So far, it’s been one of those weeks where we wish social media had never been invented. Bruce Jenner is transitioning to a woman and everyone has an opinion about his gender identity. The city of Baltimore exploded into riots after Freddie Gay’s funeral and everybody’s got something to say about that too. At the same time, we’re hearing the death toll from Nepal’s earthquake continue to rise.
In the midst of tragedy like Nepal, and in the midst of a Facebook news feed that sometimes shows us who our hater-friends are, we wish everyone would just chill out and share a peace pipe.
Not that cannabis can fix everything, and not that it can undo natural disasters, racial tension, violence, hatred or general intolerance – we’re not saying all that! But we do adore this article on ladybud.com that compares the inhalation of the peace pipe to inhalation during yogic breathing or meditation. Here’s how the writer describes the feeling you get after a long and distracting day, when you come home to finally relax:
So you get home at last after a busy day, you sit down and spark up. Inhale deep and slow, pausing at the top to hold in your hit, savor it — and then slowly you exhale out fully. A few more moments of this and you begin to feel calm, still, and quiet in mind. Suddenly the busy day washes away and you are allowed a pause in time to just be.
The author even asserts that “marijuana is a gateway drug to a deeper sense of self.”
We like to think if everyone in the world just started smoking a little, maybe we’d be less hateful and more inclined to promote peace. I mean, just a thought, right? Check out the full article, called “Breath of Life: The Intersection of Marijuana, the Mind, and the Sexual Self” by following this link.
Drug. Abuse. Resistance. Education.
or, Drugs. Are. Really. Excellent.
Depending on your elementary school, you know.
Do you remember the D.A.R.E. program? Maybe it was different for every school, but there was definitely a special policeman who came to ours to tell us how to say “NO!” when some teenager felt like offering us 8-year-olds some scary and confusing substances. Really, they should have been warning us about grown-ups who are willing to dress in Daren the Lion costumes to talk to 8-year-olds.
Speaking of D.A.R.E., today the Atlantic published their own critique of the program, mostly focusing on the program’s central message that marijuana is a gateway drug that can – and likely will – lead to use of harder drugs, addiction to those drugs, then an episode of Intervention that ends in successful rehabilitation only after the entire family is ruined and everyone hates each other for treating each other in such a shitty way.
BUT WE DIGRESS.
The idea that marijuana is a gateway drug is, quite simply, a big fat exaggeration of a faulty theory based on an amalgamation of random facts. According to the Atlantic, the folks behind the website Treatment4Addiction dug a little deeper into the data from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health ”to see which drugs people tried right before and after they started using a given narcotic.” At first glance, it may look like marijuana could be called a gateway drug. But upon further investigation, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Check out the full article here, and prepare to send to your anti-cannabis friends and family.
In the meantime, you can purchase your very own Daren the Lion costume from D.A.R.E. According to their website, it fits “slim wearers up to 5’10.” And there’s so much wrong with that statement alone, we can hardly take it.
Today is 4/20 but you wouldn’t know it because stoners everywhere forgot. ZING! Happy 4/20, everybody! Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for our pre-4/20 celebration! Remember if you didn’t make it out yesterday, we’re still here at three locations with plenty of 4/20 goodies for you.
If you’re stuck working today and can’t celebrate just yet, now might be a good time for you to partake in spirit. Here’s our highlight reel of this year’s 4/20 internet presence:
Did y’all watch WEED 3 on CNN last night? Dr. Sanjay Gupta, once a staunch opponent to marijuana legalization, has made a complete 180 in recent years. Last night, on 4/20 eve, he blew everyone’s minds with a compilation of research painting marijuana in the best light EVER. Check out the recap here.
ABC News got a kick out of reading Leafly reviews and published their favorites here. Personally, we feel that if this writer had been stoned, she could have found some funnier reviews, but these aren’t too bad. CHALLENGE: Find funnier ones and post them on our Facebook page.
Jezebel posted a pretttttty relevant article about the stoner diet – how to deal with the munchies and stay, you know, not huge. All this being said, it’s kind of weird, but apparently stoners eat about 600 calories more than the average person and still manage to stay slimmer. Because cannabis is magic. Don’t believe us? See #1. Dr. Gupta basically proves it.
Well, this list hit 3 items and it’s 4/20, so we’ve got, uh, stuff to do. Deuces, y’all!
The best day of the year is coming up! Only 4 more days till 4-20!
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Last year, we did some research on the origins of the term “420” in relation to the fine flower. You can read the “official” story here. This year, we thought we’d share the Urban Dictionary definition. Urban Dictionary is the next best method of research after Google Image Search, Safe Search Off. In case you were wondering.
ANYWAY. We liked Urban Dictionary’s definition because it contains phrases like “pot-smoke wiseacres,” and because it reminds us that “someone’s parents out there invented the term 4/20”:
“The term 420 originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971, among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking wiseacres who called themselves the Waldos, who are now pushing 50. The term was shorthand for the time of day the group would meet, at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur, to smoke pot. Intent on developing their own discreet language, they made 420 code for a time to get high, and its use spread among members of an entire generation.
So there ya go, someone’s parents out there invented the term 4/20.
And remember this:
There are NOT 420 chemicals in weed. It’s about 315, the number goes up or down depending on what you’re smoking.
4/20 is NOT police code or Maryjane.
And that whole shit about Holland and 4/20 over there being “tea time” for smokers isn’t true either.”
In the words of Bill Nye, “noooooooooooooow you knooooooooooooooooow.”
BUT! MOST IMPORTANTLY! Whatever your 4-20 plans, remember to stop by the Glass House on 4-19 to pick up the many, many tools you’ll need to make your 4-20 memorable. Or, unmemorable, as the case may be.
Texas loves the MPP!
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) has been present and active in Texas for a little over a year now, and already we’ve seen a significant upswing in political support for decriminalization here. Last Wednesday, four different marijuana proposals went to a hearing before the Texas House Jurisprudence Committee. One of these bills would legalize the drug, and Republican David Simpson actually used the Bible to make his case. The other three would simply reduce penalties of possession of less than an ounce – one a civil infraction, the other a Class C misdemeanor.
Unfortunately, the hearing didn’t include any proposals with a middle ground of medical legalization. But in a state like this, God love it, legalization just might have to come in baby steps. According to the MPP, lesser penalties and lighter charges are priority for the present.
How far will the proposals go? No news yet. The bill proposals seemed to receive favorable response, but we don’t know yet whether they’ll go to vote.
If you think you might be planning a European vacation in the next few years, it might be beneficial to know that Italy could soon see legalization. About 60 lawmakers from all parties have signed a motion to legalize marijuana. Of course, they still have to iron out the details, so we anticipate it will be at least a year before we see major progress.
If you’re planning a European vacation sooner rather than later, you’re pretty much screwed on the cannabis scene. Your best bet is the Netherlands (Amsterdam, duh). Although we tend to think of marijuana as being legal in the Netherlands because of all the Amsterdam cannabis cafes, it’s really only legal in public areas designated for smoking. It’s still illegal, but decriminalized, to possess personally.
In looking at this handy dandy Wikipedia list of “legality of cannabis by country,” we also learned that in Jamaica, it’s illegal (but decriminalized) to possess BUT as of February 2015 you can grow up to five plants for personal use. We also learned that weed is legal in North Korea, which really makes no sense.
Anyway, eyes on Italy – let’s see how quickly they move forward, and how quickly other countries follow suit.
As we all know, Indiana has been a shitshow lately. The state was so busy worrying about business’ rights to deny service based on sexual orientation on the grounds of religious freedom, they failed to consider what OTHER things people might want to do “on the grounds of religious freedom.” Like SMOKE THE REEFER.
In fact, according to Raw Story, the ex-Governor Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law on the same day that the First Church of Cannabis signed its paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office.
So, if you’re a member of the First Church of Cannabis, it only makes sense that your religion requires you to use cannabis, right? It’s an argument you could make. Of course, the RFRA does charge the state with deciding whether breaking certain laws in the name of religion would actually “burden a person’s faith,” but is it really worth fighting a bunch of stoners who want to use the ganja as a sacrament? Just sayin’.
In conclusion, if you live in Indiana, you can be denied service at a restaurant if you’re gay, but you can probably get away with smoking weed on the basis of your church membership. Okay, that’s a SLIGHT oversimplification…but is it?
And for our next round of “What would you do you?”…in Colorado, the marijuana industry is obviously poppin’, and the tax dollars are parceled out to not only to industry regulators, but also to things like school construction. However – and why this was just now recognized, we’ll never know – the state of Colorado has a provision in its Constitution that has everyone scrambling.
According to the New York Times, Colorado may have to refund that $60 million in tax revenue. A provision of the state Constitution requires any overage in expected tax revenue to be refunded back to the taxpayers. The state actually expected $70 million in revenue from marijuana, so it isn’t that they’re experiencing an overage from that particular revenue stream, but that’s not how it works. ANY overage across the board requires this…it’s just that the marijuana revenue will be the first to go.
The New York Times states that this would really only amount to about $11 per taxpayer, but you can imagine the controversy the situation has sparked. People are pretty opinionated about taxes, for good reason. Lawmakers are trying their darndest to get the bill turned around, or to come up with a provision in order to keep the $60 million. They hope the voters will be on their side.
What would you do? If you were a tax-paying Colorado marijuana consumer, would you vote for the state to keep the tax dollars? Share your thoughts on Facebook or in the Comment section below. Check out more details at the New York Times.
Purchasing your first flower vaporizer can be an intimidating task, especially because the options multiply daily. At The Glass House, for example, you can find a vape pen small enough to fit in your pocket, a tabletop vaporizer with balloons to share with friends, and everything in between.
When you’ve decided what style piece works best for you – a choice we’re happy to help you with – it’s then time to learn the mechanics of the vape. Especially with pens, the key to the perfect vaporizer experience is temperature. At what temperature do you get the most bang out of your bud?
To answer the question, High Times conducted an experiment. They used an Herbalizer, which fills up balloons. They weighed the sample of bud before and after vaporizing to see the most “effective” temperature at which to get lit. And what did they find?
The higher the temperature on your vaporizer, the more likely all that good stuff is turned into vapor for your enjoyment. But, the lower the temperature, the longer the vaping experience will last. It seems that the sweet spot for most is between 350 and 400…at least, according to High Times. Check out their whole study here.
Marijuana legalization is an issue we feel pretty passionately about here at The Glass House. Duh. And it quietly impacts so many areas of society, it becomes all the more frustrating to deal with dissenters. As medicine, cannabis wins. It would be great for the economy and has already made bank in Colorado. We know the Drug War in America is a complete disaster. The population truly suffering at the hands of this drug? African American males, who are the most likely to be incarcerated on non-violent drug charges. In fact, the number is so disproportionate it’s embarrassing.
With all of these facts on the side of legalization/decriminalization, what is taking so damn long? Oh you know, politics.
In a recent interview with VICE magazine that you can watch in its entirety here, President Obama opens up just a bit on the future of cannabis in this country. Here’s what we gleaned:
- Only one-third of eligible voters actually voted in the last election. How do we legalize ANYTHING if we don’t VOTE?! Even if legalization is popular in public opinion, the majority of the public doesn’t bother to do anything with their opinons. Are you getting it?
- Americans care about the War on Drugs. It was the number one question VICE received from its readers to pose to President Obama. He didn’t love that, and he said that young people should pay more attention to things like, you know, climate change. Okay, okay. But just because there are other problems doesn’t mean that the War on Drugs ISN’T a problem.
- Obama sees decriminalization as a good thing, but encouragement of marijuana use as a bad thing. He believes we need to think about consequences of legalization on society, “particularly vulnerable parts of our society.” We’ve heard this before from other politicians worried about substance abuse. The thing is, we have watched A LOT of A&E’s Intervention and never seen an episode about weed addiction. That might sound like a ridiculous argument, but there are A LOT of seasons of Intervention. Seriously. Someone please enlighten us.
- If enough states decriminalize marijuana, it is likely that the federal government will reschedule the drug from its current status.
So we learned a little but not a lot. Thanks, VICE and Obama. Anyone care to share their thoughts on the marijuana portion of the interview? Please do! Find us on Facebook or let loose in the Comment section below.
Forget about medical marijuana for people. What about pets?!
Although we’re still working to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over in ALL states, medical is legal in Nevada. Maybe this is what prompted Nevada State Senator Richard “Tick” Segerblom to submit a proposal to let owners obtain medical cannabis for their pets as long as their vet confirms it might help relieve the symptoms of a chronic or debilitating illness.
This leads us to ask, “is that a thing?” Medical marijuana for pets, that is. Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago that the DEA warned against legal marijuana for the very reason that it might HARM pets? Ohhh, that was another one of their intimidation tactics? IT’S SO HARD TO TELL SOMETIMES.
Yes – medical marijuana for pets IS a thing. In fact, Canna-Pet was established in 2013 as the first legal and safe medical marijuana supplement designed for animals. And no, it wasn’t invented by some rando trying to get his dog high. Veterinarians Sarah Brandon and Greg Copas, together with MIT-educated Dan Goldfarb, spent fifteen years between the three of them conducting research and clinical trials. The result? Canna-Pet, which contains less THC than the human stuff, and can help pets with slew of medical issues, including anxiety, excessive aggression, cancer and the effects of treatment, cognitive issues, diabetes, digestive problems, marking, seizures and pain relief.
Even if you’re just a casual beer drinker, you’ve probably heard hops referred to as “dank,” and maybe smelled a beer or two that reminded you of weed. This week, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, DC Brau Brewing Company in Washington D.C. released a green beer called “Smells Like Freedom.” Well, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and also in honor of decriminalized marijuana in DC!
This just reminds us of how much we love dank hops and the brewers who do too. Beer geeks look no further. Stoners, you check this out too. Our top 6 cannabeers:
- Lagunitas Censored (Petaluma, CA) – Lagunitas first tried to name this copper ale “Kronik.” Much to our dismay, the BATF didn’t like the marijuana reference and forced them to change it. Now there’s a “Censored” sticker slapped over it. Good enough?
- Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting (Marshall, MI) – Released on 4.20.14, Smells Like a Safety Meeting was also federally censored – the beer was once named “Smells Like Weed.” Will it be released again this year? Someone find out for us.
- Stone Enjoy By 4.20 (Escondido, CA) – Stone brews a new batch of their Enjoy By IPA every few months, so as long as you drink it by the date on the bottle, you know it’s fresh. We love Enjoy By 4.20 because…there’s just something extra dank about it.
- Sweetwater Hop Hash (Atlanta, GA) – This Double IPA out of Atlanta promises to contain as much “hop hash” as the brewers could possibly scrape out of those beautiful Yakima hops. Two meanings, we get it, we get it.
- Pizza Port Carlsbad Chronic (Solana Beach, CA) – A quiet little beach town in Solana Beach houses the brewery Pizza Port, who is brewing an amber ale that the federal government apparently WILL allow to use “chronic” in its name. It’s a session amber, so you can pretty much drink it while getting stoned all day.
- Pipeworks 4 Hands Square Grouper (Chicago, IL) – Another Double IPA, this one by Pipeworks, and we understand why IPA’s are the dankest of all the beers. The red-eyed grouper blowing smoke out of its fish-lips on the bottle art explains everything.
Find these beers and drink them! Or, tell us your favorite dank beer – find us on Facebook or in the Comments below!
Tuesday marked a big day for marijuana legalization advocates as three Senators (Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky, Democrat Cory Booker of New Jersey and Democrat Kirsten Gillebrand of New York) presented a proposal to federally decriminalize the drug. This would make each state responsible for their own cannabis laws.
Given that the states are clearly already making their own cannabis laws, this proposal has been a long time coming. Although President Obama’s administration turns a blind eye to “legal” cannabis operations within the states, and although Obama has expressed his opinion that the drug is a vice no worse than alcohol, marijuana remains federally classified on the same level as extremely hard drugs like heroin. For better or worse, we’ll be looking at a new administration soon. There are no guarantees that the lenient attitude will continue.
Not only would the state vs. federal problem be solved with federal decriminalization, but businesses in the industry would have the opportunity to obtain bank loans, scientists could begin conducting research without jumping through a thousand hoops, and marijuana could be used more widely as a pharmaceutical.
Only time will tell how the proposal plays out in the Senate. We’ll keep you posted!
While we think of marijuana legalization as completely reasonable, we have to admit we’ve been surprised to hear certain others express their approval. People distanced from the drug – those who have never truly been exposed to it – often view legalization advocates and cannabis users as low-life losers who don’t DO anything with their lives. We know this is a fallacy and do everything we can to fight the stigma.
The stigma goes both ways, though. You’d be surprised to hear who some of the drug’s advocates are.
Picture it now. You’re standing at your kitchen sink, rinsing your water pipe. You grab some 420 cleaner, you’re shaking it around…and fuck it all if you don’t drop the thing and break a piece off. We can see your face now.
Your trusty water pipe is busted. Maybe you life-hack it and can keep using it, but maybe not. Maybe you feel like it’s time to start fresh. So you make a trip to The Glass House and we hook you up with an even better one. But now what do you do with your old piece? Just trash it?
Don’t do that to your trusty old pipe! That’s what she said? But seriously, if your piece has sentimental value or if you’re feeling creative, you can absolutely repurpose your pipe into something new and usable. For instance:
1. A lamp! Check out this one featured in the television show Life Unexpected.
2. A vase! This actually comes in handy when clueless parents drop in unexpectedly. A quick Tumblr search produces plenty of ideas.
3. A steamroller! Then you can still smoke with it too. Check out this how-to video, and also…please be careful. If you need some help, there are pretty amazing glass artists right here in DFW.
4. A fish bowl! Sounds crazy, right? Just please clean the damn thing.
5. A piggy bank. Just start throwin’ your loose change in there. Soon you’ll be able to afford a new one.
6. Any piece of art you want. Put it in a plastic bag and bash it with a hammer. Those gorgeous glass pieces are perfect for jewelry-making, for mosaics, for picture frames – grab your hot glue and go nuts.
See? We’re so helpful. The next time you break a piece, don’t freak out! Visit us, and turn your old pipe into something way cool.
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