It’s officially May, and summer is practically here! You know what that means…a few glorious months of outdoor festivals and events. We’ve compiled some of the “greenest” events of summer 2014. Let us know which ones you’ll be checking out!
May 8-10: Eighth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, Portland, OR
Conference sponsored by Patients Out of Time and the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
May 23-25: Sasquatch Festival, Gorge, WA
You know what’s legal in Washington, don’t you?
Featuring: Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, MIA, Foster the People, Kid Cudi, HAIM, and more!
The greatest day of the year is only 2 days away! Easter! Just kidding. 420!
Many myths and rumors surround 420 – how did it get the name, after all? The Huffington Post did some digging and posted an article about it last year on April 20. You can check out the full story here, but the recap is below.
In 1971, a group of five friends known as the Waldos for always hanging out at the same wall outside the school, heard a rumor that a Coast Guard service member could no longer tend his plot of marijuana plants near the Point Reyes Peninsula Coast Guard station. They met outside the school at 4:20 p.m., after practice, to hunt for the plants and take some of the bud for their own. At first, they were unsuccessful. But they kept at it, meeting at 4:20 and heading to Point Reyes. They never found the patch, according the five original Waldos.
So that’s how 420 began! And we’re glad it did, because now we have the perfect excuse to give our customers amazing freebies!
Stop by the Glass House on Sunday and join the 420 party! Why?
- Music. Dj’s. Deep Ellum on Air recording their podcast. All around good, local entertainment.
- Free food from The Butcher’s Son gourmet food truck. You’re gonna have the munchies, right? So come and get your free munchies, then!
- Giveaways galore! Every $25 spent in the store = 1 raffle ticket, and we will be featuring storewide sales! We’ll have drawings at 2, 3, 5, and 6 – as well as grand prizes at 4:20 (duh).
- Goodie bags for our first 50 customers…and two very special gift bags for our first 2 customers.
- Because we’ll be there. And we’re great company!
Seriously, guys – plan to make a stop at the Glass House on Sunday. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. and sales start at 11:00 a.m. We can’t wait to see you there, and to see you win some gorgeous free glass! Check out the grand prizes pictured on our Facebook page and let us know what you’re looking forward to most about this 420!
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.
As many of you know, on August 31st we lost our friend Jenny “Kush” Monson. Jenny and her boyfriend Jeremy DePinto were hit head-on by a drunk driver over Labor Day weekend. Jenny leaves behind four beautiful children and an abundance of family and friends.
Jenny lived in Colorado and was a passionate cannabis activist. She participated in Occupy Denver, helped found Moms for Marijuana in Colorado, and worked as an organizer for Mile High NORML. She also started her own radio show, SexPot Radio, which was an avenue to educate thousands on cannabis and sex.
Services and special activities to honor Jenny have been held everywhere, from Denver’s Hoodlab to the Boston Freedom Rally to the High Times Seattle Cannabis Cup. Rare Dankness Seeds founder Scott Reach and his wife Pamela were good friends of Jenny, and they have set up a FundRazr to help raise money for Jenny’s four children.
Jenny’s children are with their grandmother, Lori Monson. In her honor, the Reaches are collecting funds for her children to help with college costs and other expenses that many parents help their children with as they grow.
So far, friends and family have collected $15,162 towards the $100,000 goal. We have been honored to contribute as we can, and we hope you will too. Please visit https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/dapAc and help contribute to the future of Jenny’s children.
Happy Friday, y’all! Today we want to feature two of our favorite California smokeware designers . . . and offer you a special discount. Because it is Friday, after all.
Sheldon Black Designs – 10% off!
Sheldon Black began designing and producing commercial smokeware in Los Angeles, California in 1988. Since then, Sheldon Black has been responsible for revolutionizing glassware with two US patents – the Combined Tobacco Smoking Pipe Bowl and the Receiving Stem. In our estimation, Sheldon Black Designs can do no wrong! Their products are both durable and sexy, including their highly-regarded bubbler collection, limited edition artist collaborations, and incredible glass tube line.
Come find out why Sheldon Black is considered a pioneer in the American smokeware industry…and enjoy 10% off your purchase!
A week ago today, the New Jersey State Assembly and Governor Chris Christie made some changes to the state’s marijuana laws.
The vote allows marijuana to be prescribed to children in medical form as long as two doctors sign off. Parental permission is required for edible marijuana to be made available to minors through tablets, capsules, drops or syrups. The new law also allows dispensaries to grow and sell more than three varieties of cannabis to patients.
What inspired such a change in New Jersey’s laws regarding children and medical marijuana use? The growing number of families speaking out about the positive impact it could have on children with epilepsy.
For years, children have been taught the dangers of marijuana use by teachers, parents, and lawmakers. Most express concern that marijuana kills brain cells, and will therefore stunt growth and harm IQ. Dr. Sharon Levy, pediatrician and addiction specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, told the Boston Globe that adolescents exposed to marijuana recreationally are often subject to mental health and thought disorders, as well as a lower long-term IQ.
However, for children suffering from epilepsy, leukemia, or other serious and painful illnesses, medical marijuana has been proven to ease pain, stop seizures, prevent nausea, and increase appetite. The magic ingredient here is CBD – cannabidiol. While THC is the main constituent of marijuana, CBD comes second at 40%. Most recreational marijuana users are looking for the high that comes with THC, but users in need of medical benefits look for a high CBD rate.
Doctors still aren’t completely sure why CBD works, although its medical benefits aren’t just psychological. But because steroids, chemotherapy, and other treatments can take such a toll on children (and adults), medical marijuana high in CBD and lower in THC seems to be an incredible and effective method.
NORML posted the following video from The Washington Post that explains more about medical marijuana use for children. Check it out! And we’ll continue to keep you posted on legalization information in the news.
Photo credit: HAILEY PHOTOGRAPH FROM SHANNON MAXIM (Source: http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2013/07/13/what-every-parent-needs-know-about-medical-marijuana/grvvHf7VAsRYJaori70p1L/story.html)
Those of you who have been into one of our shops or browsed our photos online know that we pride ourselves in our selection of local, hand-blown glass pipes. While we also aim to be your one-stop-shop for all your smoke and toke needs, we are The Glass House, after all.
When most people think of the art of glass blowing, they probably don’t immediately connect the thought with glass pipes. The studio glass movement began in the 1960’s when a ceramics professor and a chemist/engineer held workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art. During these workshops, they experimented with creating blown glass art from melted glass in a small furnace. It exploded into a worldwide movement. Now, many museums, studios, and educational institutions offer glassblowing resources for training and sharing.
And although many folks may not connect glass pipes with art, we believe they truly are an artistic medium, and we love knowing the pieces we use to smoke are one-of-a-kind.
In the DFW area alone, there are plenty of places to learn the basics of glassblowing.
Vetro Glassblowing in Grapevine features paperweight workshops for beginners, and a more advanced glassblowing class for those who have completed the prerequisites.
Similarly, Dallas Glass Blowing offers paperweight workshops for beginners. (What can be easier to start with than a paperweight, right?)
Bowman Glass in Dallas offers classes for beginners – no experience necessary!
In Forth Worth, American Glass Supply features a variety of classes for beginners and experts alike.
So, creative people, what’s stopping you? Check out one of these classes today! And keep us in mind when you’re crafting beautiful glass pipes.
We are saddened by news we received Saturday of the loss of one of our own.
As a result of what is legal in the great US of A, our friend Jenny Kush was taken from us. Jenny and her boyfriend were hit by a drunk driver Friday night on their way home.
We at The Glass House did not get the chance to know Jenny as well as her boyfriend Paul. But from the outrageous and hilarious stories Paul would tell us, we know Jenny was one of those people that could light up a room just by walking in. She was dependable and a true one-of-a-kind.
With our hearts heavy, throats choked and fighting the anger, we here in the DFW wish the best for Jenny’s family that was left behind.
We started a Facebook auction yesterday, Sunday the 1st, in memory of Jenny. We are auctioning off one of our Zii mini tubes. ALL PROCEEDS OF THIS AUCTION ARE BEING DONATED TO THE MEMORIAL OF JENNY KUSH!
This is a great opportunity to ease the burden on Jenny’s family. Let’s help an important cause by getting this amazing mini-tube from Zii into someone’s hands at a steal. The auction lasts until 8pm Central Time tomorrow, Tuesday, September 3, 2013. Visit our Facebook page to bid on the AUCTION post by using comments. Please bid in increments of $20.
Our hearts and minds are with Jenny Kush’s family and friends.
For more information about Jenny’s work, or to make a memorial donation, please visit https://www.wepay.com/donations/jenny-kush-memorial-fund.
Speaking of summer events out west, Burning Man started this week.
What is Burning Man?
Burning Man went from a small festival on the beach of San Francisco in the 1990′s to a 48,000+ member week-long event in Black Rock City, Nevada. Participants journey out to the Black Rock Desert to be a part of an experimental community where they are challenged to express themselves and rely on themselves. They set up a makeshift city and end the week with the burning of a massive effigy – the burning man.
According to the festival website, there are no rules about how everyone should behave or express themselves as long as they protect the health, safety, and experience of the rest of the community. Each individual decides for themselves how they will contribute to the community.
What’s to love about Burning Man?
What’s not to love about a festival that requires its participants to be one with the desert and with each other? The sheer amount of passion and creativity in one place results in incredible art throughout Black Rock City.
Burning Man also places heavy emphasis on taking care of the environment. While festival members camp in the desert for a week, they have a “leave no trace” policy, meaning that once the festival is over, there is literally no evidence that anyone has been there.
If you pare it down, Burning Man gives its participants the opportunity to experience something rare – self-discovery in the context of a safe, creative community. The journey to Black Rock City is like a pilgrimage, and the week spent there is life-changing for nearly everyone who experiences it.
Burning green at Burning Man
Something unexpected – Burning Man has actually been called the MOST dangerous place to do or share drugs in the United States.
Cannabis and Burning Man have a long history together, which comes as no surprise considering the relationship between cannabis and the artistic community (and the fact that Burning Man is known as a “hippie” festival). Tokers look at Burning Man as a place to let go and see where their art will take them.
Although the festival boasts freedom from rules to encourage self-expression, in the past few years, the marijuana community has found Burning Man to be a dangerous place to express themselves through that particular medium. The scent is everywhere, but the law enforcement that patrols Black Rock City will crack down if they know where it’s coming from. Smoking marijuana is still a felony in Nevada, and the state (and federal government) will not recognize medical marijuana cards.
Anyone ever made the journey out to Black Rock City? How was your experience? Let us know on Facebook, or come tell us your stories in person!
As many of you tokers know, Seattle Hempfest just finished up about a week ago. If you’ve never heard of Hempfest, or if you’ve never been, this is the time to start planning for next year! Just imagine spending the weekend with your friends on the waterfront enjoying great food, live music, a mountain view, and obviously a lot of green. Now imagine how beautiful and cool Seattle in August must be. Now imagine cops handing you snacks. That should be enough to convince you of just how awesome Hempfest is.
From August 16-18, tens of thousands of pot smokers from all over the country gathered in Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park to celebrate and advocate for marijuana legalization. Hempfest is the world’s largest annual cannabis protest rally and this year featured six stages of music, world-renowned speakers, and tons of food, arts, crafts, and political booths. This year was especially celebratory after Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana use by adults over 21.
Hempfest is more than just a pot-smoking rally, though. Its 22 years of existence have been founded on the idea that when citizens and public officials work together to accomplish common goals, beautiful things happen. Their desire is to educate the public on the many benefits of cannabis – including medicinal, industrial, agricultural, economic, and environmental. And of course, by gathering so many cannabis lovers in one place, they hope to (and do!) advance the public image of cannabis advocates and enthusiasts.
The leading Hempfest story we’ve been hearing all over the news is that of the Seattle cops. Thankfully, our past experience with cops at summertime festivals has been pretty chill. In an act of solidarity, though, the Seattle police department actually handed out Doritos! Of course, affixed to the Doritos were labels encouraging folks to check out a post on its website called “Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle.” It (humorously!) explains some of the ins and outs of Seattle’s new law.
So, cheers to the Seattle police for their good natured approach to all the pot smoking. Cooperation is so great! We’re still chuckling at Jeremiah Vandermeer’s comment that police handing out Doritos to stoners really does prove that “The Drug War” is a joke.
Want to be a part of Hempfest 2014? Of course you do! The dates are August 15-17, 2014. Go and enjoy as a participant, or support a worthy cause and volunteer!
If you traveled for this year’s Hempfest, we know you have stories to tell and photos to share! Find us on Facebook, leave your comment below, or come see us in Dallas or Lewisville.
First of all, Oasis fans, you’re welcome.
Seriously though, let’s veer from the delicious vapes and other accessories for a day to more fully appreciate the artistic side of smoking and toking. For decades, artists and musicians (and probably Oasis! – where were you when we were getting high?) have used herbal methods to open their minds to new ideas and to inspire their work. After a good smoke, you want every element of your surroundings to contribute to the experience. Blank, boring walls might not kill the inspiration, but they probably won’t help, either.
Enter tapestries. Wonderwall tapestries are 90×100 inch cloth tapestries that can be hung on a wall or used as bedspreads. These beautiful, unique pieces of cloth art feature a variety of colors and themes, including nature, spirituality and, of course, cannabis. Whether you groove to zodiac signs, Buddha or the tree of life, we have a tapestry you’ll love.
We’ve found that although some tapestries are available at online retailers, shopping for them online is about as effective as shopping for clothes on the internet. You have no guarantee it will fit! There’s nothing like seeing these one-of-a-kind pieces up close and personal, and selecting the one that fits your smoking style best.
In case you’re picturing swirling psychedelic colors with a huge marijuana leaf in the middle, and in case that’s not your thing…don’t get us wrong! We’re not implying that because you’re a toker, you want a bedroom filled with trippy, multi-colored tapestries and blown-up photos of Bob Marley. We carry a wide range of tapestries for every style. But if you do need some tie-dye for your hippie van ASAP, The Glass House is a safe place for you. Also, we expect an invite.
Come visit us and see our entire selection!
If we want to get cannabis legalized in the state of Texas, we are going to have to join together in a big Texas way. This coming weekend, June 7-9, is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the movement as well as experience the energy and opportunity created when people join together as a community for one cause and purpose.
Please join The Glass House at the Texas Regional NORML Conference (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) in Fort Worth. There will be amazing keynote speakers, workshops, a screening of the new film American Drug War 2, a hemp fashion show, parties, and so much more.