It seems like just yesterday that we were chanting “School’s out for summer!” with Alice Cooper, but “no more teachers, no more books” can’t last forever. Here we are, approaching the end of August once again.
Whether you’re a parent itching to get your bored kids back out of the house, a college student getting ready to spend all of your money on books, or someone who literally has no ties to academia anymore, we have back-to-school sales JUST for you!
This coming weekend – Friday, August 22 through Sunday, August 24 – we’re giving you some sweet deals to help you excel in HIGHER education. And, since you’ll be out and about back-to-school shopping for your academic needs anyway, don’t forget about the importance of your extracurricular activities! Better yet, come by before your back-to-school shopping for a more relaxed experience…
At all three locations (Knoll Trail in Dallas, Frankford Road in Dallas, and Round Grove in Lewisville), we’ll be offering the following deals:
- Up to 15% off headys
- Up to 50% off (!!!!!) water pipes, hand pipes, and apparel
- Up to 30% off hookahs, oil rigs, and other accessories
We’re betting you probably need a break (or soon will) from a) your kids, b) studying, or c) life. If you agree, come by The Glass House this weekend and we’ll see you then!
Texans have been all over the news recently with marijuana busts…just last night, a car hit a state trooper and bailed towards Rio Grande. Later, the car was found abandoned with more than 300 pounds of cannabis worth about $100,000. The trooper is okay – has been treated and released from a hospital – but the driver hasn’t been found yet.
Yet another bust took place in Central Texas this week, near Navasota. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office found almost 3,500 plants ranging from two to eight feet tall on a 50-acre property. The discovery was made after a neighbor reported the operation to authorities. Again, like similar operations recently found in Chambers County and in Polk County, it’s believed that the growers were living either on the property or nearby in the woods. Goodbye, $1.7 million worth of marijuana.
And of course we’ll have to wait until the beginning of September to hear whether 19-year old Jacob Lavoro will really be charged with a felony for making pot brownies in his apartment a few months ago.
An interesting layer to the recent drug busts? Apparently, according to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, fewer than 3% of Texas adults have partaken in the ganja in the past month, whereas 52% have had a beer or other alcoholic beverage in the past month. Nathan Jones of the Baker Institute at Rice University attributes these habits to Texas culture, which “is very accepting of drinking and even of binge drinking, which is in many ways a type of drug abuse.” He believes the current culture encourages reckless behavior, but didn’t make any statements about marijuana legalization.
What are your thoughts on the culture of alcohol and drug use in Texas? What have you observed?
Marijuana has been a part of the creation, production and enjoyment of music since at least the early 20th century. Years ago, Cannabis Culture published a four-part history of marijuana and music in the 20th century written by Russell Cronin. This is our “part two” of a highlights reel for you, but you should definitely check out the full series at www.cannabisculture.com. You can start with part one of the series here.
During the 1970’s, as marijuana was a huge element of the reggae movement, disco was also emerging. Like we mentioned in regards to progressive rock, harder drugs took over the disco scene as well, and cocaine emerged as the disco drug of choice. The artists still used pot for inspiration (case in point: Rick James), but the club scene wasn’t really interested.
When punk emerged in the 1980’s, musicians wanted to separate themselves from the hippie dippie pot smoking culture. It wasn’t that they didn’t enjoy marijuana…it’s just that cannabis was for hippies, and punks didn’t want to be hippies – obviously. According to Cronin, though, they just waited until no one was looking to light up a spliff.
In the late 1980’s, marijuana’s presence in clubs was for a very specific purpose. Cocaine was old news, and the newest drug on the market was ecstasy. It had everyone hooked. Partying at raves would end with marijuana in “chill rooms,” which would make the comedown smoother.
The 1990’s saw a return of ganja love, mostly thanks to hip-hop. Cronin says that “the entire hip-hop nation seemed to be living under a pall of pot smoke” and any selection of 1990’s rap will probably prove that point. In the rock and pop world, pot also made a comeback, with representatives like Oasis and the Beastie Boys.
Now, after we’ve experience fourteen years of 21st century music, it’s safe to say that the music we hear every day has been inspired by the use of cannabis – often it even references the drug. We love what Cronin says – “Decades of anti-pot propaganda, claiming that cannabis is a dangerous drug, is contradicted by the lyrics to innumerable pop songs that have lodged themselves into the consciousness of even the most casual listeners.”
Marijuana has been a part of music history for as long as anyone can remember. It opens up the mind in new ways, allows us to listen differently, and gives musicians the opportunity to go beyond theory and technique into what’s almost a new dimension of creativity. Years ago, Cannabis Culture published a four-part history of marijuana and music in the 20th century. We stumbled upon it recently and thought it was so fascinating, you might like a highlights reel.
Writer Russell Cronin starts with the jazz era, which took place in the early 1900’s. The most highly-regarded jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie, had improvised under the influence for 40 or 50 years. That’s what made them jazz musicians, according to a pharmacologist at the time – “they could jazz things up, liven them up.” Before he was known as the politician and activist, Malcolm X sold reefer to these guys.
After the jazz era, artists like the Beatles and Bob Dylan used cannabis to influence their music, and encouraged listeners to partake in order to better understand the message. John Lennon said that by the mid-1960’s, “The Beatles had gone beyond comprehension. We were smoking marijuana for breakfast. We were well into marijuana and nobody could communicate with us, because we were just glazed eyes, giggling all the time.”
Of course we know about the hippie era, rastafarianism, reggae, and progressive rock along the lines of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. We know about Janis Joplin and Bob Marley, and about Neil Young and the Grateful Dead. Eventually, progressive rock saw the boom of cocaine, and marijuana took a backseat to harder drugs in greater amounts.
Stay tuned for what’s next, and in the meantime, check out parts one and two of the Cannabis Culture series!
Welcome to Texas, where possession of pot brownies can land you life in prison. Okay, okay, not really…at least, not yet, anyway. But thanks to the news media, all of America has heard of Jacob Lavoro now, the 19-year old in Georgetown, Texas who faces 10 years to life in prison because he was making hash brownies in his apartment.
The basics – a pregnant neighbor called because the smell of smoke next door was making her sick. (Tip #1: If your neighbor is preggers, maybe try to keep the smell from wafting over.) The cops came into the apartment, allegedly without a search warrant, and arrested Lavoro after finding 2.5 grams of THC in the brownies as well as other paraphernalia and an apparent client list. (Tip #2: Don’t let them in without a search warrant and don’t get arrested. Bada bing, bada boom.)
In two weeks, Lavoro will be presented in front of a grand jury on charges of the possession of nearly one and half pounds of drugs with the intent to sell, a first-degree felony with a punishment of 10 years to life.
But don’t worry – thankfully, it’s likely that Lavoro’s charges will be reduced, “not because of public outcry, but because of legal procedures” – you know, the legal procedures of freaking the fuck out and calming down later. Because of the unlawful entry, and also because 2.5 grams of THC isn’t all THAT much, Lavoro has a good chance of a much better outcome than even ten years in prison.
He’ll be tried on September 4th, so until then…
(Photo: Ashley Goudeau, KVUE News)
The New York Times editorial board is incredibly supportive of marijuana legalization – so much so that they recently published a series calling for an end to prohibition of the drug. They talk about the politics behind prohibition, including racisim and xenophobia. They highlight the injustice behind many marijuana arrests. They look to science for answers about the drug, and discuss the many ways in which the marijuana market can and will be successful.
The New York Times makes an impenetrable case for the legalization of marijuana, recreational and medical. As a little added bonus, when they posted the series, the editorial board asked readers to comment and state their preferences – against legalization, for it, or uncertain. According to a summary article the Times published yesterday, NYT readers “overwhelmingly believe that prohibition is pointless.”
The article references a few of the most interesting and thoughtful comments they received, even those that were anti-legalization. There are some folks out there who are calling for prohibition of alcohol and tobacco as well, and to those people, we say…thank you for your consistency, at least?
But the New York Times gave us an idea. We know where most of you stand on the issue – but we’d like to hear it from you. Are you for legalization, against it, or unsure? And why? Share on our Facebook page, or use the Comment section below.
This Sunday, New York Times readers saw the first-ever full-page marijuana-related advertisement…on page 17 in the paper’s A section, to be specific.
The ad features Leafly, an app and website that we’ve talked about before. Leafly is sort of a “Yelp” for cannabis, and one of the best resources out there. Leafly provides information and user ratings for a variety of strains, as well as the symptoms each strain is most effective in treating.
You can imagine, then, that Leafly’s advertisement is less of a drug promo and more of an information promo. It depicts a woman running past a New York brownstone, reflecting on the sativa that helped her fight cancer. A man is also shown entering the same brownstone thinking of the indica that helped relieve his multiple sclerosis symptoms. We’re pretty obsessed with the tagline – JUST SAY KNOW.
Just say know.
Here in Texas, thousands of marijuana plants are being destroyed after two busts this month. Is the State of Texas saying “know”? No.
In Colorado, politicians and anti-legalization activists are bitching about the strength of edibles, using the public’s lack of knowledge as a reason for prohibition rather than education. You know how this problem could be solved? Just say know.
All over the United States and throughout the globe, patients are suffering from chronic pain, seizures, nausea from cancer treatments, and more symptoms that could be relieved by medical marijuana. Just say know.
We’re not afraid of what the science will say. We look forward to seeing more cannabis research in the future. Just say know!
The $2 million marijuana farm bust in Chambers County earlier this month was just the beginning. Earlier this week, 29 fields of marijuana plants were discovered by a deer hunter in Goodrich, Texas in Polk County. It’s already being called a record-breaking operation, with over 100,000 plants with a street value of $175 million.
Some interesting facts about the investigation…
- How many law enforcement officers does it take to bust a pot farm? In this case, seventy-two! They represent twelve different state and federal agencies. That’s a lot of manpower. If you’re planning any other sorts of crimes in the area, do it now while all the officers are busy!
- The good people of Goodrich can’t BELIEVE there’s a secret world of pot farming happening right beneath their noses. “You figure you could smell it cuz it has its own smell,” says resident Lance Sarver. It sure does, Lance. It sure does.
- Similar to the Chambers County operation, these growers had a camp set up with personal property and food, as well as elaborate equipment like trenches, pumps, and irrigation systems.
- Officers think there were six people involved in the operation, and one suspect is in custody. Cell phones were found out in the fields that may help law enforcement track down those responsible.
- The total number of plants found in this one operation is just a little bit smaller than the entire amount of marijuana plants confiscated in all of Texas throughout all of last year. Whoa.
We’d like to hear your thoughts on the bust. Any opinions on the utilization of seventy-two law enforcement officers to clear fields and resolve issues relating to the bust? Any thoughts about whether the State of Texas will choose to use the plants for research purposes, or just destroy them as they did in this month’s earlier bust? What would you do if you were in charge? Let’s hear it – find us on Facebook or use the Comment section below!
E-cigarettes this, e-cigarettes that…over the past few years, the trend has exploded, and now we see them everywhere from bars to cars. People use e-cigarettes for a variety of reasons – to quit smoking, or just as a safer alternative, to smoke indoors or in crowded venues where the smoke could bother others, or to prevent their children from inhaling secondhand smoke.
Scientists and health professionals have been warning us that not enough research has been done, and the devices simply haven’t been around long enough, to know whether e-cigarettes are truly a healthy alternative to cigarettes. We’re fans of the devices (although prefer Advanced Personal Vaporizers for more serious vapers), and we know you guys are too, so we thought we’d do a little research and let you know what we find.
And, what we found is that “no cigarette is a safe cigarette” is a pretty safe rule to live by. E-cigarettes don’t burn tobacco leaves combined with a ton of additives, at least 69 of which are carcinogenic, so that’s definitely positive! Voltages of e-cigarettes below 3.2V emit 800 times less formaldehyde than a cigarette. Higher voltages produce more carcinogens, and so it’s important for e-cig users concerned about safety to keep their voltage low, which is usually possible as many allow you to manually adjust.
At the end of the day, you’re still inhaling something into your lungs other than the air. So in that respect, “no cigarette is a safe cigarette.” But e-cigarettes, especially at low voltages, do still seem safer.
The following Daily Beast article is a great introduction to both e-cigarettes and vaporizers, and does a really great job of educating readers on E-Cigs 101. Check it out at http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/this-is-your-e-cigarette-on-drugs.html. And remember that we carry everything from the simplest e-cigarettes and juices to some pretty fancy schmancy portable vaporizers…if that’s something you want to check out.
Toby Melville / Reuters
One of the best things about working at The Glass House? The culture and community (including you, our customers!). We’re surrounded by awesome people right here in the Dallas Fort-Worth area, but we’re also connected to a larger community of artists and advocates. Nothing beats it!
Today we want to give a shout-out to Dan P. Glass, a Michigan artist who has received international recognition for his sandblasting experiments, self-taught cold working techniques, and overall versatility. Dan P. is known best for his Native American Peace Pipes and large-scale weaponry like Oriental Swords and Battle Axes. Baller!!
If you’ve seen a Dan P. piece, you know it. The colors are vibrant, the technique is polished and sexy. Want to see flower petals on your pipe? Crushed opal to add some sparkle? Ethereal pendants? You got it. For those who like their pieces to reflect their personalities, or for function and beauty to go hand-in-hand, Dan P. is your guy. Stop by The Glass House and check out some of his gorgeous pendants. You can also see his other work at www.danpglass.com.
When Upworthy posted a selection from Emily Baxter’s art project, “We Are All Criminals,” we wonder if they anticipated such a wave of negative feedback (on Facebook, that is, where it’s too easy to forget that you should never read the comments).
You might remember when New York Times writer Maureen Dowd ignorantly consumed an entire edible – way more than the suggested dosage – and had an 8-hour anxiety attack. We know it sounds harsh calling Maureen ignorant, especially when the packaging of this particular edible doesn’t do much to call attention to the candy’s high concentration of THC. But let’s call a spade a spade. When was the last time you decided to do some drugs without asking any questions? If you did, and you enjoyed the experience, you should thank your lucky stars.
“But it’s legal! We shouldn’t have to ask questions about it!” Okay, think about that statement, and then take some personal responsibility.
But okay, okay, honestly, we’re glad Colorado and Washington are playing the guinea pigs of marijuana legalization. They’re staking out uncharted territory and figuring out what works and what doesn’t as far as industry best practices. And their communication lapses show us what information is important to communicate to those embarking on edible journeys for the first time.
Drug policy experts are pointing to candy bars like Dowd’s as a force that could fuel even more controversy and legalization backlash. They fear people may lose confidence from the many horror stories, especially pointing at American eating habits. We aren’t used to sitting down and eating half of a baked good. Thankfully, Colorado is now finalizing rules that will require edible makers to score their products into serving sized pieces, or to package serving sizes separately.
Think about it. After prohibition (or after the prohibition your parents inflicted upon you), people had to learn how much alcohol to drink so they wouldn’t puke, pass out, or make terrible, TERRIBLE decisions. Does that mean you call the liquor store or the news media and whine about how the alcohol you consumed got you too fucked up? I guess you could…but you’ll hear a LOT of laughing in the background.
With the growing marijuana industry, is now the time to purchase stock? We’re no market experts, but Cody Willard is. He writes for the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, and recently posted a summary of the best and worst stocks to purchase in the marijuana industry.
Willard’s biggest warning is to stay away from penny stocks. Playing penny stocks will likely lose you money. Not to worry, though – he offers alternative investment options, especially those that will supply the more industrial-sized marijuana farms, like Lindsay and Calgon Carbon.
Lindsay Manufacturing is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. It’s the manufacturer of Zimmatic brand center-pivot irrigation systems, and also manufactures farm and construction machinery, as well as road and railroad infrastructure equipment. Calgon Carbon is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and offers products and services that remove contaminants and odors from liquids and gases.
Another suggestion from Willard? Keep an eye on Potash Corporation. Located in Saskatchewan, PotashCorp is the world’s largest potash producer and the third largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate, three primary crop nutrients used to produce fertilizer.
What to stay away from, specifically? American Green ERBB, GrowLife PHOT, Hemp HEMP, Medical Marijuana MJNA, and any other hyped-up penny stocks.
Last year in Illinois, the state voted to adopt a Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP). Although it formally began on January 1, 2014, a legislative committee finally approved rules this week. Soon, growers and retailers will be able to apply for permits and get the ball rolling.
Representatives sponsoring the legislation have been very complimentary of Governor Pat Quinn and his office for their sincere engagement in the process. According to them, seven months actually wasn’t a bad timeline for the work necessary to implement this pilot program, which included pursuing public feedback, researching, and writing rules. The program does end in 2017, though, so the quicker the program gets on its feet, the better. At this point, it will be spring 2015 before the drug is actually available.
So, the basics:
1. Qualifying patients include those suffering from cancer, glaucoma, HIV, hepatitis C, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and more. There are a total of 30 conditions, but the law is still considered comparatively strict.
2. Beginning this September, patients should apply for a required medical cannabis registry identification card. Applications should take about 30 days to review.
3. Patients will pay $100 a year to apply for a medical marijuana card. Disabled people and veterans will pay $50.
More great news for Illinois – Jonathan Caulkins of Carnegie Mellon University made a rough calculation that the state’s annual sales of marijuana should range between $20 and $30 million. Growers will pay a 7% tax on their sales, and the state will also collect up to $6 million in permit fees annually. Makin’ bank!
Bob Morgan, the medical marijuana program coordinator for the Illinois Department of Public Health, answers questions after a Joint Committee on Administrative Rules meeting Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Chicago.The committee approved bringing legal marijuana one step closer to reality for qualifying patients. Illinois is joining a growing number of states that authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. New York recently became the 23rd state to make medical marijuana legal. Photo: Stacy Thacker, AP
FYI – if the marijuana farm in Central Texas belongs to you, federal investigators are probably headed your way. A rancher from Chambers County recently leased some land from the Army Corps of Engineers and found something he didn’t expect – 5,500 marijuana plants worth about $2 million. Ouch. That loss is going to hurt.