We can now count the days left till 4-20 on JUST OUR HANDS. We don’t need our toes and we hardly need a second hand… because there are only 6 days left!!!
If you live in a state where recreational marijuana use is legal, then screw you. J/K. But there are plenty of ways you can celebrate. If you live in Washington, you can go to Seattle Hempfest 420Fest. If you live in Washington or Colorado, you can party like only Snoop Dogg can – with the one and only Snoop Dogg. That’s right, he’s celebrating 4-20 this year with Wellness Retreats in Seattle and Denver. His slogan: “Inhale. Exhale. Relax.” OKAY SNOOP WE KNOW WHAT’S UP.
The March Madness championship that’s more exciting than Kentucky and the University of Connecticut? The Stoner Move Championship.
If you’ve been following the blog, you know we’ve come a long way to get here. We started with sixteen classic stoner movies and it wasn’t easy to see any of them eliminated through each round. Now, we’re down to the final two – Cheech & Chong’s UP IN SMOKE vs. the classic FRIDAY.
UP IN SMOKE (1978)
IMDB user rating: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 38% tomatometer, 84% audience rating
Up in Smoke features the famous duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Duh. It’s regarded as one of the most classic stoner movies EVER, probably because it’s about potheads who are looking for weed and accidentally get deported to Mexico. They have to make the trip back the US for a gig, and they accidentally pick up a van made of marijuana. A VAN. MADE OF MARIJUANA. And that, my friends, has the makings of a beautiful film.
IMDB user rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes: 77% tomatometer, 91% audience rating
Friday features Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, a great pairing. It’s hard to compare to Up in Smoke because it has such a different kind of stoner vibe, and while it’s pretty wonderful, we think it’s also pretty underrated. Basically, Craig and Smokey, the two main characters, are chilling on a Friday afternoon smoking and hanging out. They smoke up all a dealer’s weed and have to figure out how to get the money they owe him by that evening. You can probably imagine the rest of the movie.
This was such a close round.
And despite the snotty Tomatometer, we still have to name UP IN SMOKE as the stoner movie champion. You could really call Cheech & Chong the masters of the genre. Up in Smoke did something no movie had done before…which was basically to build an entire storyline and film around two stoners just doing what they do. As much as we love Friday, what would Friday have been without Up in Smoke?
What do you think? Who would your champion have been?
And another one bites the dust…Maryland lawmakers decided on Monday to decriminalize marijuana. Adults caught with less than 10 grams will now be issued a citation along the same lines as a traffic ticket. They will pay a $100 fine on the first offense, followed by increasing amounts on the second and third, but that’s about it – jail time will no longer be a possible outcome.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was vocal about his intention to sign the law after its approval by the Maryland Senate on Monday. Known for being tough on crime, many may not have expected such a bold move. Previously, he’s been on the opposing side, fighting against decriminalization.
What caused Gov. O’Malley’s change of heart? In a statement he issued, he said:
As a young prosecutor, I once thought that decriminalizing the possession of marijuana might undermine the public will necessary to combat drug violence and improve public safety. I now think that [it] is an acknowledgement of the low priority that our courts, our prosecutors, our police and the vast majority of citizens already attach to this transgression of public order and public health.
One big concern of Maryland legislators and residents alike is the unfair prosecution and harsh sentences that African-Americans suffer when charged with marijuana possession. According to members of the Black Legislative Caucus, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), studies have shown that “African-Americans who use marijuana are twice as likely to be prosecuted for marijuana possession despite usage levels that are no different to whites.”
Although decriminalization isn’t full-on legalization and support, this is a refreshing move for Maryland. Why? Because it shows us that there are lawmakers out there who are seriously considering and questioning their views, who want to represent their constituents accurately and respectfully, who are open to making changes based on proven statistics and research, and who never say never. For that, we have to respect Governor O’Malley and the Maryland lawmakers. Congrats, guys!
And then there were 2. Which is the best stoner movie of all time: FRIDAY or UP IN SMOKE?
This round of Stoner Madness (that’s short for March Madness: Top Stoner Movie of All Time), we saw Friday defeat Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. In the stand-off between dynamic duos Cheech & Chong and Harold & Kumar, Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke took the win.
We have to admit, we weren’t too sad about seeing Fear & Loathing go, because while it is a drug classic, it just doesn’t QUITE hit stoner comedy the way Friday does. We have to wonder if it would have gotten quite so far in the tournament if it had been paired with something else from the start, something like Pineapple Express or Harold & Kumar. But what’s done is done.
The duel of duos, on the other hand, was a more painful pairing. We are really broken up about seeing Harold & Kumar kicked from the tournament, even though they put up a strong fight. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle will forever be a classic stoner film in our eyes.
STAY TUNED for the final battle between FRIDAY and CHEECH AND CHONG’S UP IN SMOKE. Which do you think is more fit for the win?
In the meantime, RIP Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle.
And that’s it. Now we’re going to White Castle.
This round of March Madness (happening in April, like it does), we saw some of our favorite movies eliminated. We wish they could all be winners. But this is a tournament after all, and someone’s gotta lose.
Today, our match-ups were…
Super Troopers vs. Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke
Pineapple Express vs Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
The Big Lebowski vs. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
Dazed & Confused vs. Friday
It didn’t happen like this on purpose, but the first movie listed in each pairing was ELIMINATED. Why?!?!?!?!
Super Troopers and Pineapple Express are both excellent, more recent favorites. But up against pure stoner classic duos like Cheech & Chong or Harold & Kumar, they unfortunately HAD to get the boot. If our dads know who Cheech & Chong are, they are some CLASSIC stoners. Have they heard of Super Troopers? Not the ones we’re thinking of.
The Big Lebowski may be the most painful loss this round. Fear & Loathing barely pulled this one off, and only because of how amazing (BUT ILLEGAL) it is to watch while stoned. We don’t know this firsthand, only from our buddies in Colorado, of course.
We mostly love Dazed & Confused for Matthew McConaughey, but Friday is an all-around more solid, more entertaining film. And we like to laugh from our guts, which Friday makes us do. So there you have it.
Let’s recap. Now, we’re left with the FINAL FOUR of stoner movies:
1. Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke, who we’ll see next round facing…
2. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. That will be a battle.
3. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, who will have to put up a good fight against…
A tough round. Who do you expect to see going into the semi-finals?
It’s officially April, and the COUNTDOWN to 420 HAS BEGUN.
Now it’s time to ask the all important question – DO YOU HAVE 420 PLANS?!
If yes, CANCEL THEM and plan to hang with us at The Glass House! Unless your plans are to attend the Cannabis Cup in Denver. In that case, you’re an idiot if you cancel them. Go and report back.
If no, COME TO THE GLASS HOUSE! You will not regret it. You wanna know why? Because:
- Food. Catered. Y’all will have the munchies and we are prepared to provide the remedy.
- Music. Dj’s. The whole nine yards. Deep Ellum on Air will be in the house (in Dallas) to record their podcast, and we’re pretty pumped to be hosting them. (P.S. If you don’t know about Deep Ellum on Air, you should. Check out this interview we did with our good pal Jedi Jantzen, Jedi Master or King of the Jedis or whatever. He’s a cool dude.)
- Two words that are actually one word: GIVEAWAYS! What would 420 be without giveaways? Here’s the deal – every $25 you spend at The Glass House will get you one raffle ticket (excluding tobacco taxed items and kratom). There are THREE grand prize giveaways as well as HOURLY giveaways from 2:00-6:00 p.m. And, you must be present to win!!
Basically, you need to put this amazing event on your calendar ASAP. We promise you won’t regret it. UNLESS you’re going to be in Denver, in which case you have GOT to bring us back photos and swag and all that good stuff so we can pretend we were there too.
See you at The Glass House on 4/20 from 2-6pm!
Today we return to our own little March Madness tournament to determine the best stoner movie of all time! We’ve finished another round of eliminations, and the competition is getting tougher.
First, we see Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke against Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. This was a tough pairing, but as expected, Cheech & Chong rise above. Why? Because at the end of the day, no matter how much weed Jay and Silent Bob smoke, Cheech and Chong will always smoke more. This can’t be denied. Is that worth a win? We think so.
Our second match-up is less stereotypically stoner. True Romance is a classic on many levels, and it’s definitely not an exclusively weed-centered film. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas meets True Romance with an equally compelling cast and similarly high ratings. The two things to keep in mind about this particular pairing – True Romance features one insanely high character (Brad Pitt), and ALL of Fear & Loathing’s characters do ALL of the drugs. Unfortunately, for this reason, we have to classify Fear & Loathing as more qualified to hold the “stoner movie” title. But we highly encourage you to watch them both and decide for yourselves!
Next up: Dazed & Confused vs. Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Gonna be honest with you guys, we chose Dazed & Confused because we like it better. They’re both great, typical high school movies from “back in the day,” and we just enjoy watching Dazed & Confused more. Does that diminish the objectivity of this tournament? Sure does. But that’s the beauty of fake tournaments, am I right? Alright, alright, alright.
DAAAAAAAAAMN!! Chris Tucker, you are a gift from God. When it comes down to How High vs. Friday, Friday wins. The soundtrack. The humor. The story. It’s just one of the best out there. How High – we appreciate the effort! But take a hint from Friday and do better next time. Or, cast Chris Tucker.
That’s it for ROUND ONE! Are you ready for the ELITE 8?
Before moving on to the next half of our first round of MARCH MADNESS: STONER STYLE, let’s look at a few of our favorite stoner scenes from this week’s winners.
1. Super Troopers
The opening scene of Super Troopers is an obvious choice, and we posted it on Monday. But here’s a shorter version where this poor soul eats a bag of weed to avoid getting busted by state troopers.
Apparently a LOT of Americans keep weed-related secrets. We’re going to interrupt our March Madness Stoner Movie Tournament to find out more about them.
Are you familiar with PostSecret? People all over the world mail anonymous postcards to founder Frank Warren in Germantown, Maryland to purge their deepest, darkest, and sometimes silly secrets. Warren selects a few each Sunday morning and posts them on postsecret.com. You can find compilation books in pretty much any bookstore.
For 3 months in 2011, there was an app version of PostSecret, but it had to be shut down because of abusive content. Now, a new app has appeared on the market – Whisper.
As kind of a combination of Facebook and PostSecret, Whisper allows users to share their secrets anonymously, express themselves, and share via social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Whisper has also found a way to tremendously cut down on abusive, threatening, or pornographic content by implementing more security measures.
But what we’re interested in here at the Glass House is something The Huffington Post just covered in a recent article. Apparently Whisper has seen a number of doctors, teachers, preachers, computer programmers, firefighters, police officers, and soccer moms admitting to smoking pot on the reg. And they aren’t confessing because they feel guilty – they’re confessing to say, “Hey – it’s okay! I defy stereotypes!”
According to the article, at least 14 million Americans admit to smoking pot regularly. Professions like the above still have a strong stigma attached to marijuana use, but maybe anonymous sharing will lead to less anonymous sharing. Maybe eventually, everyone will be a little less afraid to talk about it, and the stigma will slowly disappear.
Round 1, Part 1 of March Madness Stoner Style sees a few CLASSIC movies eliminated…
First, we saw Half Baked up against Super Troopers.
Half Baked is an amazing stoner movie, it truly is. But do you know how it ends? SPOILER ALERT – one Mary Jane sticks around for main character Thurgood (Dave Chappelle), and the other does not. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a watch! But next to Super Troopers, it just didn’t make the cut.
With its victory, Super Troopers prepares for the next round – but will it be challenging Cheech & Chong, or Jay & Silent Bob? Either way, it’s bringing with it its best characteristics:
- THE CAST! The same guys who brought you Beerfest and Slammin’ Salmon can do no wrong.
- Cop shenanigans. We need some cops to root for.
- This scene:
Next, we’ve got Pineapple Express defeating This is the End.
This was a tough choice, because they are both legit fantastic movies with some of our favorite players – James Franco and Seth Rogen. Plus, while these movies are similar in tone, This is the End features an incredible cast of characters, all hilarious, and a million cameos. But in the end, Pineapple Express won out as more appropriately labelled as a “STONER” comedy.
Third, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle absolutely CRUSHED Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, pitting it against Pineapple Express in the second round. We’re not going to explain this one, because we think you’ll probably understand. But if not, feel free to make your case.
And finally…The Big Lebowski took down Grandma’s Boy. This was admittedly a sad pairing, because we feel that Grandma’s Boy deserves to go further. At the same time, The Big Lebowski is considered by many to BE the Ultimate Stoner Movie, and for good reason. Its cinematic perfection is rivaled only by a few, and we’re excited to see if it will truly maintain its status throughout the tournament.
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It’s March Madness, y’all! Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you know what that means. All of a sudden, everyone you know is a college basketball fan – and they aren’t just fans, they’re EXPERTS. Everyone’s an expert.
Well, we know our customers, and we’re gonna make a pretty safe bet that even if they’re college basketball fans, there’s at least one thing they like more. In celebration of you, our loyal customers and friends, we’ve created our own little March Madness Tournament…to determine the TOP STONER MOVIES of ALL TIME!
We’re starting with 16 picks of some highly regarded ganja-related movies. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll pit these movies against each other and determine the true, ultimate stoner movie.
As happy as we are to run these classics back for ourselves, input from our customers and friends would be greatly appreciated! We’ll take your opinions and arguments into consideration, and this will be an amazing community effort. Find us on Facebook, get to brushing up on the movies you haven’t seen in awhile, and LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
Interested in checking out homegrown art from right here in Dallas Fort-Worth? Look no further than right here at The Glass House. We’re currently featuring artist Shahla Yma, and you’ll know immediately which paintings and prints are hers by their bold, vibrant colors and pop culture references. Shahla’s artistic focus is on illustration, painting, and branding.
In her own words:
4/20 is almost a month away, y’all – what are your plans? If you have the option to travel to Denver, by all means, you should absolutely do it.
World Cannabis Week starts on April 17 and leads up to the High Times Cannabis Cup, all culminating in one big 4/20 celebration. It’s funny to think that the city of Denver will be smoking joints while the Mecca for Evangelical Christians (aka Colorado Springs) is less than 100 miles away. Did we mention 4/20 is on Easter Sunday this year?
In the words of Jason Blevins of the Denver Post, “The big day will blend celebrating dope smokers, jubilant skiers, Easter-egg hunters, the world’s largest cannabis competition and Christians extolling the resurrection of Jesus. The colorful cultural swirl of Colorado gets a little pot added to the melting pot on Sunday, April 20, 2014.”
We need to create a new COEXIST bumper sticker just for the occasion. There’s no reason why all these things can’t be combined. We like to think Jesus would totally smoke a blunt with us.
Cannabis Culture recently featured an article about the natural link between marijuana and Easter which we found to be pretty interesting. We know that Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and the most sacred Christian holiday. Author Ellen Komp shares that the holiday originates in ancient Babylon, where people celebrated the resurrection of their god Tammuz around the time of the spring solstice. Tammuz was brought back from the underworld by his mother/wife Ishtar (pronounced “Easter” in most Semitic dialects). The symbols of Easter (flowers, painted eggs, and rabbits) were also the symbols of their celebration.
Ishtar was known as a compassionate, healing deity. Her worshippers practiced burning incense (thought to be cannabis) as part of their religious rites. In the Old Testament, when prophets warn the children of Israel to cease their idol worship to gods and goddesses like Ishtar, the women tell him they will “continue to secretly burn incense to the Queen of Heaven”.
No matter where you celebrate 4/20 or Easter this year, remember the history of the holiday and light one up in honor of the ancients.
Not that any of our readers are cannabis users (at least not local ones anyway, wink), but just in case . . . don’t you associate the drug with an elevated state of mind? It’s almost religious in nature, fostering creativity and connecting you with something larger than yourself, even if it’s just that 90% of the brain you don’t use every day. So while ganja may be thought of as spiritual, we don’t typically think of it as religious, and it clearly hasn’t been embraced by most of the world’s religions.
In fact, many religions – like Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism – consider it to be “off limits” just like alcohol (unless you’re Presbyterian, in which case, bring on the booze but not the illegal substances). One religion in general, though, has close ties with cannabis, incorporating it into their worship and traditions.
The earliest reports of cannabis as a sacred substance come from the Atharva Veda in India and Nepal. In it, cannabis is mentioned as one of the five sacred plants. The three types mentioned are bhang, which would be the leaves and plant tops made into a tea; ganja, the leaves and plant tops smoked; and hashish, the buds or extracted resin. Bhang is the most commonly used in Hindu tradition.
According to Hindu tradition, when the elixir of life (amrita) was produced from the churning of the ocean, the deity Shiva created cannabis from his own body to purify the elixir. Another legend suggests that the cannabis plant sprang up when a drop of the elixir touched the ground. Either way, cannabis is now believed to cleanse sins, unite a person with Shiva, and avoid misery in the afterlife.
So, there’s your history lesson for the day. One man’s vice is another man’s key to heaven. Do you have other knowledge of cannabis and its place in religious tradition? Share it with us!
Will the nation’s capital break federal law?
Maybe you saw the article we posted on our Facebook page last week about Washington, D.C. decriminalizing the possession and consumption of small amounts of marijuana. Last week, the D.C. City Council voted to eliminate laws that made possession of up to an ounce of marijuana a criminal offense punishable by a fine of $1,000 or a six-month prison sentence. This summer, new regulations go into effect that will make possession only punishable by a $25 fine. Public consumption will remain a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $500 or 60 days in jail.
But wait! We have more good news!
Yesterday, the D.C. Board of Elections cleared a ballot measure that could put them right in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington. The board’s decision allows a band of activists to begin gathering the 25,000 signatures needed to get the measure on the November ballot.
According to the Washington Post, if the signatures are collected and the ballot measure passes, it will allow adults 21 and over to possess up to two ounces of marijuana for recreational use, and to grow up to three plants in their homes. Things are looking good – a recent Washington Post article assures us that if activists can get the measure on the ballot, it has a pretty strong chance of passing.
The most humorous part of this process is that if the measure passes and recreational marijuana use is legalized in Washington, D.C., the very CAPITAL of the NATION will be in conflict with federal law. Isn’t it ironic? (Don’cha think?)
Questions have already arisen about how overlapping local and federal jurisdictions would affect enforcement – what if you’re smoking in a national park? On the Mall? What if Obama feels like lighting up? Who knows?
What do you think of decriminalization in Washington, D.C.? Do you expect the measure to make it onto the ballot? Let us know in the Comment section or on our Facebook page!