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Texas, oh Texas. You lift us up, teasing us with NORML and Marijuana Policy Project collaborations and waving legalization/decriminalization bill proposals in the air excitedly. Then just as we think we smell the sweet winds of change, which smell an awful lot like ganja, you tear us back down.
We’re a little down in the dumps today. Two very well-researched, well-written, all-around fantastic bill proposals were shot down this week. The first was House Bill 507, which would have greatly reduced penalties for minor marijuana offenses. The second was House Bill 2165, which would have legalized and regulated marijuana.
Now, when we say they were shot down, we really mean they were never given the chances they deserved. Both of these bills were slated to go before the House of Representatives this session, but apparently Todd Hunter, House Calendar Committee authority, flat out refused to submit them. Seriously?! Screw you too, Todd.
What’s next? Sadness for now. But chin up, Texans! We’ve never been ones to back down from a fight. And we can still make legalization happen in Texas in a BIG way. DFW NORML has a growing following and can always use more advocates! Check them out at http://www.dfwnorml.org/ and consider becoming a member. It’s only a $15 fee, and it’s an important cause. Benefits of membership include discounted entry to events like the Texas Regional NORML Conference, discounts at various businesses in North Texas, and stickers, postcards and other sponsor-related info.
The best day of the year is coming up! Only 4 more days till 4-20!
THE GLASS HOUSE WANTS TO HELP YOU PREPARE! So, stop by on 4/19 for some AMAZING deals AND a live broadcast with BOOM 94.5 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
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.
Cheers to PAX on over 500,000 sales of their renowned loose-leaf vaporizer! In celebration of this milestone, we’re happy to announce a price reduction – beginning this Friday, February 20, you can purchase the PAX portable vaporizer for $209.99.
If you’re thinking of adding a more portable piece to your collection or if you’re planning to make the complete switch from glass to vape, now is definitely a great time to check out PAX! Other than the steal of a price, what are its benefits?
It’s compact, making it completely portable. Stick it in your pocket or purse and you’re good to go.
The vapor is odorless, which only adds to the portability factor. Vape anywhere, any time without giving yourself away.
PAX optimizes battery life by cooling down when you aren’t using it, and it’s easily rechargeable.
Speaking of cooling, PAX has customizable heat settings, so you can vape just the way you like it.
It’s pretty. But seriously! It’s very sleek and elegant, which can be a nice change from the more industrial style vapes out there.
It comes with a ten-year warranty, so you know you’re getting the bang for your buck.
If you’ve been on the fence, come visit The Glass House. Let us show you the PAX loose-leaf vaporizer and help us celebrate its success!
As we announced last week, The Glass House website now features an online shop with some of our most unique glass. We adore working with so many talented artists and want you to know a little more about the people behind the pieces.
Today, we’re looking at Zach Puchowitz, who works out of his very own Ouchkick Studio in Philadelphia, PA. He began playing around with glass in the late 1990’s, graduated from the Tyler School of Art in 2003, and then commenced his glassmaking career. After some time traveling and studying under various teachers, Zach moved back to Philly and began Ouchkick in 2007.
Zach makes visually dazzling pieces, like the Sherlock featured on our online store, but he also designs a variety of other work both glass and otherwise, including lights and lamps, pendants, and a whole roll of toilet paper featuring his images printed with soy ink. His style is industrial and dark, but with a goofy side. We told you he was creative, and you know we don’t lie.
Check out Zach’s website for a gallery of his past exhibits, too. The Pipeheads are a strange little version of cute – “Legalize Me!,” their signs say. His characters ask questions like, “How does one constantly adapt to keep up with future development [of virtual and digital intelligence]?” and address topics like “human behavior and the internal struggle that we deal with in our modern everyday lives.” In addition to their stunning aesthetic, they make us think further about what this life means.
You can now make purchases from The Glass House online! We are thrilled to launch our new online shop – visit www.theglasshousetx.com and click “Specials,” or go straight to theglasshousetx.bigcartel.com.
Many thanks to everyone who came out for the grand opening of our third Glass House location this Saturday! (And, of course, to everyone who helped us celebrate Sean’s birthday in style!) Check out our Facebook page for photos of the shop, the winners of some AMAZING raffle prizes, and an epic glass-blowing demonstration by McFly Glass.
We’d also like to give a shout out to Blown Glassgoods, Pulse, Texas Tubes, and McFly Glass for their help in making the weekend a success!
In case you don’t already know…
Based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Blown Glassgoods is a team of talented glassblowers who create high quality water pipes and concentrate rigs. Their gorgeous pieces range from simple and elegant clear glass to personalized features, including color-changing swirl glass and themes like Adventure Time or Mario. Check out their full range of items here and stop by to see what we have in stock!
We featured Cannabis Cup winner Pulse Glass in April 2013 and continue to be impressed with their products. We love watching their growing success and hope you do too! Get your pulse racing and check them out here!
And then of course, there’s Texas Tubes, or TX Tubes. Because who doesn’t need a glass piece to represent our great state? Texas Tubes is based out of Austin, Texas, and not to be confused with the actual tubing company, they make a variety of solid glass pieces. See their sweet stuff here.
Finally, McFly Glass gave an incredible demonstration this weekend, blowing a custom glass rig for a giveaway! The work of this talented artist and friend truly speaks for itself. We suggest you follow him on Instagram and see it for yourself.
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us this weekend – don’t be a stranger!
P.S. Go Cowboys!
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.
Over the weekend, lots of folks celebrated 4/20 at the 2014 High Times Denver Cannabis Cup. This was an exciting year for Denver and for High Times – it’s the first year High Times had the opportunity to host their event in a state where recreational marijuana use is actually legal. They go balls to the wall in Amsterdam. Now they get to do it in Denver too!
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:
January 1, 2014 has come and gone. Over a dozen marijuana stores opened in Colorado on New Year’s Day, licensed by the state to sell up to an ounce for recreational use. Washington is reviewing over 300 applications for state licenses for marijuana stores expected to begin opening in the spring.
So, how were the first two and a half days of legalized recreational marijuana? Is the scent wafting through the streets of Denver, distracting everyone from their daily routines? Have marijuana-related deaths increased due to overdoses and high driving? Are school children putting in more orders for fake ID’s so they too can purchase this crazy cannabis drug?
Au contraire! There’s no such thing as a marijuana overdose, silly!
You know what, though?
Colorado’s pot legalization legislation, Amendment 64, is estimated to create $60 million for the state in combined savings and additional tax revenue according to the Colorado Springs Business Journal.
Less inmates = less prison dollars. Inmates incarcerated on marijuana-related charges cost U.S. prisons $1 billion annually, according to a 2007 study, AlterNet reports.
Washington’s legalization of marijuana could bring the state an additional $500 million in tax revenue, WPTV reports.
Anyway, no, the scent isn’t wafting through the streets, the people of Colorado are hard at work, children are safe, and marijuana is legal. And the residents love it, and we might be a little jealous.
Also, you guys should definitely check out this Huffington Post recap of just how happy Colorado residents are. Welcome to 2014!
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!
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.
Part of what we love to do at The Glass House is help you find THE piece – the one that will be your favorite for years to come. Come in to the shop and we are happy to talk you through selection, but this is a great place to start. In our last post, we looked at which pieces work best based on your smoking habits. To make a wise investment, it’s important to take into consideration where and how often you smoke. If you missed it, feel free to catch up here.
The other important factor to consider is what you like to smoke.
If you prefer flower…
Glass pipes or water pipes are your obvious choices, and bubblers are a nice medium. Like we discussed last time, a water pipe will cool the smoke the most out of these options and will be more beneficial to your lungs and pack more of a punch.
If you prefer flower and are interested in vaporizing rather than smoking, you have a few options. The following are just a few examples engineered specifically for flower, so they are generally more likely to provide the quality of vapor you want than a “one-size-fits-all” sort of vape.
- VaporBrothers Hands Free – tabletop vaporizer for flower
- Da Buddha – tabletop vaporizer for flower
- Arizer Solo – portable vaporizer for flower
- Pax – portable vaporizer for flower
If you prefer essential oils and/or concentrates…
The potency of essential oils and concentrates is undeniable. They may be tough to get your hands on and more work to make, but many would argue they’re worth the extra effort. In this case, you want either an oil rig or a vaporizer. We cover oil rigs in our Dabbing 101 post, so check it out!
Most vapes do really well with essential oils, even those engineered for multiple types of product. The Cloud is an example of a portable vaporizer that can only be used with oils, but the following are pieces that can be used with flowers, oil, or concentrates. If you like to switch off, these would be perfect options for you. Remember when using herbs with these, it’s important to make sure they are finely ground.
- DaVinci – portable
- Atmos Raw – portable
- Extreme Q – tabletop
- Volcano – tabletop
- Plenty – tabletop
We hope this helps you when you’re considering investing in a piece, whether it’s your first or fiftieth! Stop by the shop anytime and we’ll talk you through it.
Everyone has a different first-time smoking experience, but 9 times out of 10, it happens with someone else. Maybe you have a friend who has a water pipe, and they teach you how to use it. Eventually, though, you give in and you want your own. Then, the inevitable question…which piece is right for me? Glass pipe? Water Pipe? Bubbler? Oil Rig? Vaporizer pen? Tabletop vaporizer? …All of the above?
So many options! Lucky for you, whether you’re a seasoned smoker or brand new, we’re here to help.
First, and most importantly, consider your habits. How often do you smoke? Where do you smoke? And where and how often do you want to smoke?
If you’re an occasional smoker who lives alone, with roommates who don’t mind it, or with neighbors who aren’t too nosey, a glass pipe is an inexpensive and effective investment. It’s the simplest method – pack it, light it up, and smoke it. It gets the job done.
Unfortunately, a regular glass pipe does nothing to soften the smoke as it enters your lungs. If you smoke more often than once or twice a week (or even if you smoke less), it may be beneficial to pick up a bubbler or a water pipe. The water cuts the smoke, causing less discomfort to your lungs. Plus, the effects of smoking through a water pipe are undeniably powerful.
However, if you need to be a bit more discreet with your smoking, a pipe isn’t going to do the trick. In this case, a vaporizer is definitely the piece for you. With a vaporizer of any size, scent won’t give you away. A pen is more discreet for obvious reasons – you can stash it just about anywhere, and you can bring it just about anywhere. Do you want to smoke at the movies, or on a road trip? A pen will give you the flexibility you need. If you don’t plan to travel with it, then a tabletop will be much more potent.
A vaporizer is also a good option if you smoke on the reg. The vapor is much healthier for your lungs than smoke, even if the smoke is cut by water in a bubbler or water pipe.
We’ll continue this series next week when we talk about the best piece for what you smoke…but in the meantime, come visit us and let us help you choose one in person!
Also, share with us on Facebook – what was your very first piece?
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.
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