Yesterday, December 10, 2013, Uruguay voted to create the first ever national marijuana marketplace.
Before you pack up and move to Uruguay, though, the model they will use requires all aspects of production, sales, and consumption to be overseen by the government. Many Latin American countries and other countries around the world will be watching Uruguay closely to see how they handle this model of legalization, and more may follow in their footsteps.
Under the new law, Uruguay will create a state-run Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis. This department will monitor marijuana planting, harvesting, and sales. Individuals who wish to purchase the drug will be required to enter a state registry, after which they can purchase up to 40 grams a month at pharmacies for $1 a gram.Registered households can also grow up to six plants each, and they can form cooperatives of up to 99 plants together. All of these growers will be required to register their plants with the government.
Two-thirds of Uruguayans actually oppose a government-run marijuana marketplace, but President Jose Mujica is convinced the government can repair some of the damage done by the global drug war.
As always, the new legislation has a number of critics and champions on both sides, but only time will tell the outcome of Uruguay’s model. They have 120 days, until mid-April, to draft regulations for state control over the market.
Another big day in cannabis history.
(Photo by Matilde Campodonico, AP)
With January 1 looming just around the corner, Colorado is taking its role as a guinea pig for recreational marijuana sales pretty seriously.
Last month we shared that Denver has been buckling down for wafts of cannabis to hit them, with a licensed “smell investigator” prepared to sniff out whether odor restrictions are needed to prevent the streets from being filled with the scent. According to an article in the New York Times this weekend, The Denver Post recently named a marijuana editor – Ricardo Baca.
Ricardo Baca has served at the Post for nearly twelve years as entertainment editor and music critic. In a memo to the newsroom, Post News Director Kevin Dale praised Baca for his work and described his new position as follows:
I’m happy to announce that Ricardo Baca has been appointed the editor of the marijuana website we are building. In this new role, Ricardo will be responsible for building the community and engagement around the site much like he did with Reverb in its early days. Ricardo will be working with editors and reporters in every department to ensure the site is lively, authoritative, in-depth, educational and packed with content spanning regulations to reviews.
For nearly 12 years, Ricardo has been the authority on our music scene, as a critic, the co-founder of the Underground Music Showcase and the founder of Reverb. For the past two years, he has excelled at leading our Entertainment section.
As we’ve said, the legalization of marijuana in Colorado is our biggest story in the coming year. Ricardo is the perfect person to lead this charge — and he will need all of our resources.
According to the Times, Baca is in the process of hiring a staff and is reviewing resumes for the position of pot critic. While right now he is being referred to as “Marijuana Editor,” his official title may change to “Cannabis Editor,” as the word marijuana carries negative connotations in some circles.
Since receiving his new title, Baca has appeared on CNN and The Colbert Report. He has even been mentioned on Saturday Night Live and in Great Britain’s The Guardian. With publicity like this, it’s a good thing Colorado is taking its role in legalization history seriously.
We’ll continue to watch Colorado as they serve as pioneers in America’s legalization battle. In the meantime, you can read a live Q&A with Baca here.
Photo by Kevin Moloney for The New York Times
Today, over 800,000 people in North Texas are hungry. Nearly 1 in 4 children in North Texas don’t have a warm meal waiting for them when they come home from school.
During this holiday season of thanks and celebration, please remember those in our community who are cold, hungry, or alone. Although this can be an overwhelming reminder, let’s not allow the feeling of helplessness to stop us from doing something to fight back. Together, we can make an impact!
Thirty years ago, the North Texas Food Bank opened their doors to fight against hunger in our local communities. This year alone, they provided over 62 million nutritious meals to hungry men, women and children in North Texas.
That’s why we’re hosting a raffle for the North Texas Food Bank!
Here are the details:
Bring THREE non-perishable food items to The Glass House and receive ONE raffle ticket. (Or, bring SIX for TWO raffle tickets. Or, bring NINE for THREE raffle tickets!)
The raffle began on December 1 and will conclude on December 23.
Winning tickets will be posted AT THE REGISTER on December 24.
Winners can collect their prizes any time between December 24 and January 1, 2014.
You don’t have to be present to win, but you MUST collect your prize by January 1.
Thank you for helping us make the holiday season a little brighter for hungry families in our community.
Tomorrow is a big day for medical marijuana in the state of Florida.
Tomorrow, the Florida Supreme Court justices will hear arguments about a proposal that will *fingers crossed* appear on the November 2014 ballot – a proposal to legalize medical marijuana.
Eight out of 10 Florida voters support medical use of marijuana according to a recent poll, and as long as sponsors reach 700,000 validated voter signatures by February 2014, the proposal will appear on the November 2014 ballot.
What is there to argue about, then? Two issues: whether ballot language is accurate, and whether the proposal encompasses a single subject. The state GOP leaders and others critical of a medical marijuana amendment believe the language would lead to more recreational use of marijuana rather than just being used to treat critical illness. They also argue that it is too broadly written to fit the “single subject” requirement.
Despite the opposition, the proposal has garnered enough popularity to become a hot issue in Florida. Supporters like former House Speaker Jon Mills, trial lawyer and major funder John Morgan, and several policy groups have been vocal in their arguments in favor of the amendment, appealing to the public’s sensitive side. According to an article in the Herald Tribune, Morgan appeared in a radio ad with the following quote:
“Medical marijuana has been proven to give our loved ones relief they need, helping with pain, appetite, seizures and spasms. Unfortunately, Tallahassee politicians refused to vote on the issue last session. They wouldn’t even hear testimony from patients and their families. Therefore, we will take this act of mercy to you, the people.”
What will the outcome be? Only time will tell! We’re rooting for you, Florida.
Okay, Bears fans, this wasn’t your best weekend. Let’s talk about Chicago for a second.
This past summer, Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill that will make Illinois the 20th state to allow medical marijuana use beginning January 1, 2014. It establishes a four-year pilot program that will allow patients suffering with one of 42 named illnesses to be prescribed marijuana for treatment and pain management. The permitted “dosage” maxes out at 2.5 ounces per two week.
The state law, while something worth celebrating, is apparently the nation’s toughest yet. Only 22 growing centers are permitted, and they are prohibited from opening within 2,500 feet of a school, day care center, or residential area. The maximum number of dispensaries caps at 60, and these are banned from opening in a private home, residential area, or within 1,000 feet of a school or day care center.
Of course it can’t be that easy, though. According to the Sun-Times and the Tribune, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Edward Burke and the city’s Department of Planning and Development think more rules are needed! They introduced a plan last week to further limit where dispensaries and growing operations can set up shop in the city. This proposal includes the following restrictions:
Dispensaries and “cultivation centers” must be located in manufacturing districts.
Parking spaces at dispensaries and “cultivation centers” would be limited depending on the size of the facility.
Special-use permits from Chicago’s Zoning Board of Appeals would be required, allowing residents to object.
Come on, Chicago. We know you’re upset about the Bears, but really? Sounds like a lot of restrictions. But still, baby steps…we’ll take it.
As most of us stuffed our faces with turkey this weekend, cannabis growers and their fans enjoyed the 26th annual High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. What an incredible way to spend the Thanksgiving holiday! Over the past four days, judges sampled a number of strains, culminating in last night’s award ceremony where they announced this year’s best of the best.
And the big winners are…
Whitewalker OG – Gold Coast Extracts (Seed Company Indica)
Tangie – Reserva Privada (Seed Company Sativa)
Somari – Soma’s Sacred Seeds (Seed Company Hybrid)
Lemon Cleaner OG Nectar – TCLabs / TerpX / EmoLemon Cleaner OG Nectar – TCLabs / TerpX / Emo (Seed Company Hash)
Cannatonic – Elemental Seeds (CBD Flowers)
CBD Simple – Hemp Company / Seed Company (CBD Concentrate)
Green Place – Rollex OG Kush (Coffeeshop Flowers)
Green House – Lemon Crystal (Neder Hash)
Green Place – Twizzla (Import Hash)
Check out the full list of winners at http://www.hightimes.com/read/winners-26th-annual-amsterdam-cannabis-cup
Be sure to check out High Times’ video recap of the weekend as well! And don’t worry, you don’t have to wait a whole year for another Cannabis Cup. The next one is scheduled for February 8-9, 2014 in Los Angeles. Let us know if you have plans to go!
Let us thank YOU this Thanksgiving!
Whether you’re mapping out your Black Friday shopping destinations or planning your sanctuary away from the madness, be sure to at least make a stop at the Glass House. We’ve got some fantastic deals for Black Friday weekend that are sure to get you through the frantic holiday season and give you some great gift ideas.
Happy week of Thanksgiving, everybody! Before we even begin this week, we want you to know that we give thanks for you, our supporters, partners, customers, and friends, now and always. We appreciate you!
Now, you guys know what Thanksgiving is all about: family, friends, and food. And for some, football. And for others, Black Friday shopping. But this is the perfect holiday for tokers, because, well, FOOD.
Today we’re giving a shout out to Grassroots California! We’re excited to carry several of their products, and we know you’re going to love them as much as we do.
Although the name suggests otherwise, Grassroots California is actually located in Denver, Colorado. They are all about making quality merchandise at affordable prices and donating a percentage of all their proceeds to non-profit organizations. We love that instead of becoming sucked into corporate greed, they want to give back to their communities and communities around the world. Some of the organizations that benefit from their donations include Surfrider Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, NORML, and the Humane Society…just to name a few. These are some good folks.
Oh, and did we mention how Grassroots California got started? Ryan, or “Ruga,” its founder, wanted to produce a film about the California cannabis culture. He personally experienced the benefits of medical marijuana after a surfing injury and became passionate about supporting legalization efforts. In the process of marketing the film, he and the former art director designed a hat called “Cali Green.” When it came out, Ruga sold them on the Venice Beach boardwalk and local dispensaries. They sold out within a week.
We love that Grassroots California has come so far in the last few years, and we’re proud to carry their hats in our shops. Come by and check out the selection and know that your purchase is supporting people in need as well as the legalization movement.
For more information, check out their Facebook page at Grassroots Cali.
Today on the Glass House blog, we point you to High Times magazine, who released a new Youtube video that will help you consider some important questions before investing in a vape pen. You’ll notice that these are similar questions to the ones we addressed in our series, Which Piece is Right for Me?
Today marks the second day of the two-day Hemp Industry Association (HIA) Conference held in Washington, D.C. at the Phoenix Park Hotel. The HIA is a membership-based non-profit trade group founded in 1992 to represent the interests of the hemp industry and to encourage the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp, low-THC oilseed and fiber varieties of cannabis.
Growing hemp is illegal under United States federal law because of its relation to marijuana. Several states have made the cultivation of industrial hemp legal, but because of the resistance they face from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), they still haven’t begun to grow it. This year in Colorado, farmers brought in the first hemp crop in the U.S. in over half a century when marijuana was legalized.
Enter the HIA. With the United States’ strict hemp laws, the HIA serves a two-fold mission: to educate the public about the positive attributes of hemp, and to assist all those in the hemp industry with the exchange of information and technology.
This is the HIA Conference’s 20th year. Yesterday’s speakers featured representation from a diverse sampling of organizations including Whole Foods, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, and the University of Minnesota. Today is dedicated to hemp lobbying, followed by a presentation of Bringing It Home, a documentary about hemp, healthy homes, and a greener future for America.
For more info on the HIA, check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thehia. As always, we’ll continue to keep you updated on what’s going on in every aspect of the legalization battle!
When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use, they forgot about one thing: that bud is dank, bro! The sweet, sweet smell of cannabis now wafting through the streets of quiet Colorado neighborhoods apparently doesn’t appeal to everyone. The solution? A not-so-little device called – get this – the NASAL RANGER. Sick.
Denver, Colorado literally has an odor ordinance, and citizens are becoming increasingly restless, calling on the city to enforce the ordinance so they can breathe clean air. To detect the scent, Denver is taking it to the streets! According to NPR, Ben Siller, a licensed “smell investigator” from Denver’s Department of Environmental Health, uses the Nasal Ranger to detect the presence and strength of odors, including cannabis. NPR compares the Nasal Ranger to Futurama’s “Smell-O-Scope” with its megaphone shape. (“If a dog craps anywhere in the universe, you can bet I won’t be out of the loop!”)
So far, complaints have mostly revolved around growers, not consumers of the plant. The scent has to be incredibly strong (8:1 clean to dank ratio) to warrant a fine, but the fine is pretty steep – $2,000. It’s been almost 20 years since anyone broke that threshold.
When stores selling marijuana for recreational use open up after the New Year, Siller expects even more odor complaints. Denver is considering making updates to its rules before then. They may define more restrictions around “open and public” marijuana use to prevent people from smoking in their yards or having the scent escape any windows.
Just one more thing to think about when crafting marijuana policies… no one said legalization would be easy!
In 2011, less than half of all violent crimes found any resolution. Less than half. That means more than half of all violent offenders in 2011 are enjoying their freedom. What or who do we have to thank for this little kink in the criminal justice system?
In a video by Learn Liberty that has been floating around social media sites thanks to Upworthy.com, Professor Alex Kreit of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law explains how America’s “War on Drugs” is leaving violent criminals on the streets because law enforcement officers are using so much time and energy to arrest and incarcerate non-violent offenders for drug possession, including marijuana possession. In fact, 81% of all drug arrests are for simple possession.
Kreit then looks at other countries, giving evidence that when the government makes a distinction between violent and non-violent crimes, and treats addiction as an illness rather than a crime, the criminal justice system becomes leaner and more efficient.
The video’s final question: who are the real victims of the government’s war on drugs?
If you haven’t gotten around to watching The House I Live In, which is a documentary addressing the same question, watch this video in the meantime.
We also encourage you to visit the Learn Liberty website, where they provide action steps for individuals and organizations against the drug war. They point you to the Marijuana Policy Project, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. They’re doing great things for the legalization cause.
If you feel strongly about the message of the video, you can also help Learn Liberty make it go viral. On their website, they provide a link to tweet the video to several prominent figures who have made public statements about their support of marijuana legalization and their disgust at America’s drug war.
Consider the age-old question…is all press really good press?
Unfortunately, Miley Cyrus hasn’t asked herself that question, maybe ever. Last night, suited up in silver spandex, she gave the MTV European Music Awards crowd quite the treat, twerking with a dwarf onstage. The world would be a better place if that were just a joke, but no, it really happened.
The MTV EMA’s took place in Amsterdam this year, where Miley was awarded Best Video for “Wrecking Ball.” Given her history, of course the press was all over Miley from the minute she set foot in the city. While marijuana isn’t technically legal in Amsterdam, smokers still won’t be prosecuted for possession of small amounts, and it’s sold in coffee shops. Tabloids report that Miley spent significant time with her friends at the Greenhouse coffee shop, where less embarrassing stoners Snoop D-o-double G and Wiz Khalifa like to get high.
To top it all off, Miley finished her performance at the EMA’s by lighting up a blunt – or, as MTV calls it, “a fragrant cigarette.” MTV was quick to edit this special encore out of America’s telecast.
So, is all press really good press – not for Miley, but for marijuana? Every day, activists, politicians and healthcare professionals work to destigmatize cannabis and educate the public on its benefits. Will support of the cannabis cause from such a controversial figure add one more weapon to the arsenal of anti-marijuana crusaders? Will activists now have to work even harder to overcome misinformation and miseducation?
What do you think? Is Miley helping or hurting the efforts towards legalization, or is she having no impact at all?
(Photo: Sven Hoogerhuis, AFP/Getty Images)
Maybe you’ve noticed some of the incredible glass pieces we’ve posted on our Facebook page recently. You didn’t realize Winnie-the-Pooh could be both adorable and epic, did you? If you haven’t already checked it out, you should “friend” us on Facebook at TheGlass HouseTX. In the meantime, we’ll tell you a little about that Winnie-the-Pooh piece, designed and constructed by Franticus Glass.
Franticus is located in Tucson, Arizona and their mission is simple: to create and provide high-quality, American-made products and to give their clients the best customer service in the industry. We can vouch for them! Their products are absolutely high-end, from their intricately-designed glass pieces to their ceramics, wood, and metal. As they say themselves, this is the stuff dreams are made of.
Once you’ve seen a few Franticus pieces, you’ll be able to pick them out of a crowd. Vibrant colors, fascinating characters, and imaginative designs define their style consistently in one-hitters, water pipes, hand pipes, oilcans, and ceramics. These guys truly take glass and ceramics to a new level, perfecting not just the craft but the art as well.
If you’re looking for a piece to brag about, to set you apart from your friends, to accurately reflect your awesome personality, and/or just to become your new favorite, a Franticus piece might be exactly what you need. Come by either of our two locations and let us show you what we have in stock!
You can also check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Franticus or follow them on Instagram at @franticusglass.