When Wisconsin legalized hemp, sales of CBD products took off. Now there is a new hemp byproduct that is growing in popularity. It's called delta-8 THC. It's sold like CBD but its effects are similar to marijuana.

"Will it get you high? Basically, yes," said Rachel Cartwright, owner of CBD Therapeutics of Wisconsin.

You can get delta-8 in candies, oils and vapes, and sales are booming across Wisconsin.

"Three quarters of my telephone calls, do you sell delta-8? Do you sell delta-8?" said Dan Sebring, who owns The Real Milwaukee CBD.

But how is it legal? Well, it's complicated. In Wisconsin, hemp-derived products are legal as long as they contain less than 0.3 percent delta-9 THC. Delta-8 THC is also found in hemp and is not explicitly prohibited.

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It is impossible to beat the convenience of shopping online, as it allows you to look for merchandise across the globe with the click of a button. But with so many options at your fingertips, where do you start? If you want to save money, you need to know where the best deals are. This post will list four fantastic tips you can utilize in order to find and get the best deals when in the market for some weed.




1.  Look For Coupons

It’s effortless to get a coupon code these days. There are many websites offering coupons and discount codes for various businesses and stores. A customer only needs to go on any of these websites and type in their desired store name or browse through different offers till they find something that suits them best. Furthermore, many dispensaries actively offer a range of coupons that their customers can use for various products in their stores. For example, specialist cannabis coupon providers 420couponcodes.com even provide coupons that you can use not only the weed itself but also on the relevant paraphernalia. The best way to look for coupons is to visit a site dedicated to the industry or simply search online. You will be amazed at what a basic Google search can pull up!

2.  Check If The Site Has A Discount Page

It might surprise you at just how many online dispensaries provide pages on their websites dedicated to displaying the discounts they offer. All you need to do is visit the dispensary of choice and scour the site for these elusive ages. In many cases, they will be located in the site’s footer requiring you to scroll on the bottom of the page. Nonetheless, once you have come across this treasure trove of pages, you can often find huge discounts on a wide range of their products. Such deals are usually in the form of codes that you can enter on the checkout page and adjust the subsequent amount to reflect the discount. Another option worth attempting (although it doesn’t work all the time) is to add your chosen products into your online cart and leave the page. In some cases, one of two things might happen:

The pop-up will offer you a discount code so that you will be enticed to finish your order.

A few moments (or days) later, you will receive an email informing you of your abandoned cart, along with a discount code you can use to complete the transaction.

3. Directly Contact Various Dispensaries

This option requires a fair amount of patience and work on your half, as you will first need to gather a list of dispensaries you wish to contact. Once you have this list, contact them directly and see if any deals are available. The best way is to contact them directly via phone, but instant chat is also a great idea. Email can work, but it loses some of the instantaneousness that can convince the site owners to make a deal on the spot. However, you should understand that you may have to buy in bulk for this to work well. This is not a bad idea as it will allow you to have a large stash ready for use when you need it, but the initial outlay might be more.

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In Passaic, entrepreneurs can grow, manufacture, package, wholesale and, in the newest incarnation of its marijuana ordinance, even deliver cannabis products. They just can't sell it at retail.  "No municipality in the state can prohibit the delivery to homes," Mayor Hector Lora said. Because New Jersey requires cities to allow cannabis delivery, the City Council introduced an amendment to its ordinance Tuesday to make it clear that home delivery is acceptable. The mayor said the city is dotting the i's to make sure its ordinance, which permits the cultivation, manufacturing and wholesaling of cannabis, follows state law.  It has high hopes that it will be able to land cannabis growers and the jobs that should come with such businesses. 

Passaic has set aside the eastern portion of the city around Market Street as an area where it would permit the cultivation, manufacture and wholesale sales of cannabis products. 

Gov. Phil Murphy signed the state's new marijuana legalization rules into law on Feb. 22. According to initial rules established by the state's Cannabis Regulatory Commission, in the first two years after that, New Jersey will issue no more than 37 cultivator licenses, although more licenses will be allowed for "microbusiness cultivators" limited to 1,000 plants and 2,500 square feet of operations.

Lora added that Passaic has a strong chance of getting two of the expected first 16 cultivation licenses to be issued.   

"There's 12 large and four smaller," he said. "I am confident that we will get one large and one small.At least a dozen people interested in cultivating have contacted the city, the mayor said. Most, however, hadn't done their due diligence. 

"They all went up in smoke," he said.

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Located in unincorporated communities, the five facilities will now be able to sell edibles, drinkable marijuana products and branded merchandise, expand by 10,000 square feet and transfer business licenses among existing permit holders.



Previously classified as non-profit medical marijuana collectives, the five facilities are:

In order to get an understanding of just how embedded into our culture drinking is, all one has to do is turn on primetime TV. During any major award show or sporting event viewers are inundated with advertising from multiple different alcohol makers tasked with the goal of keeping Americans boozed up.

The problem is that a vast majority of Americans aren’t drinking as much as they once did. What are they doing instead? Smoking weed! Recent studies revealed that cannabis usage reached an all-time high (no pun intended) among the 19-30 age group during 2020. The recent increase in marijuana use bears the brunt of the blame for steadily declining alcohol sales. There are numerous factors that can help to explain when and why consumers are starting to choose bud over booze. Here are just a few.

Cannabis Is More Acceptable Now Than in Years Passed

Older depictions of marijuana usage in the media may bring to mind images of the disheveled, disoriented stoner without any cares in the world. Thanks to the increase in statewide legalization of marijuana, those perceptions are being broken daily. Now that consumers are able to walk into the doors of their favorite dispensary to purchase their pot product of choice the same way wine moms can buy their favorite bottle of vino, it’s easier to envision marijuana users as coworkers and colleagues as opposed to extras in a stoner movie from the 70s.

Alcohol Can Be More Costly Than Marijuana

It’s no secret that young people don’t have very much in terms of disposable income, especially as they’re just starting out in their early 20s. That’s why it’s paramount for them to get as much bang for their buck as possible. The price of a beer at any given bar in a major metro in the country is about $6. That means, a night out drinking could run someone anywhere between $20 and $50 a night.

That doesn’t even begin to factor in the physical toll of a brutal hangover that could be bad enough to keep you away from work for a day or so. Typically a gram of quality cannabis runs anywhere from $10-$20, and a few could be enough to last a modest consumer all week.

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For all the blubbering I do about older strains, the hybridization of cannabis makes everything in my pipe bigger, faster and stronger. Growers take the yield and potency from a strain over here, match it with something flavorful over there, and maybe you have a winner. Kids don't always outshine their parents, though, and don't have to be A.J. Soprano to come up short. Sometimes Mom or Dad are just too tough of an act to follow.

Banana MAC had a big hill to climb from the start. The name sounds like a cartoon pimp who hangs out by a fruit stand, and then there are the legacies of parents Banana Kush and MAC (Miracle Alien Cookies) to live up to. Banana Kush still clings to the title of most popular banana-flavored strain, and MAC has been a dispensary superstar for years now, thanks to serious potency and a sterling extraction record. If plants knew the pressures of societal expectations and resentment, Banana MAC would either experiment with ecstasy a little too much in high school or constantly overachieve. But Banana MAC was bred for a reason, and we'd be wise to take it seriously.

Banana Kush is a fragrant, delicious strain, but its power largely reflects those of past decades. MAC's potency and trichome production are unquestioned, and they've helped usher in a new era of strains bred for extraction. No one has ever accused MAC's basic, earthy flavor of blowing their minds, though, so the obvious plan here was creating a banana-flavored strain with bigger biceps. And for the most part, the plan works.

Representing qualities of both parents, Banana MAC has bigger buds and a fuller head of trichomes than Banana Kush, and a much louder flavor profile than MAC. The high is one of the more dangerous I've come across in a while, but it's also a fair representation of the strain's lineage, taking me on a bungee-jump-like experience of disoriented energy before gluing me to the couch if I overdo it.

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If you’re a cannabis connoisseur, it can be easy to tell the difference between weed that’s been grown outdoors versus those that are grown indoors. But to the untrained smoker, the difference between the two isn’t noticeable.

There are advantages and disadvantages with each of these cultivation methods, so whether you’re looking to grow your own or simply want to become better at identifying your cannabis, learning about them is beneficial even if you prefer one to the other – or may not even care, until you find out how they differ.

At this point, no one really knows when indoor cannabis operations began though it’s safe to assume that people began looking for ways to do so when cannabis became illegal. During the later 20th century, more people began growing cannabis indoors for many reason and because of its popularity as well as the ability to customize many aspects of the plant’s growth, more people began believing that indoor cannabis is superior than those grown outdoors. But that simply isn’t true; there are more things that constitute what makes cannabis “good quality” than simply where it’s grown.

Besides, “good cannabis” is extremely subjective; what one consumer prefers due to its high THC content may differ for someone else because they want a rich aroma and complex terpene profile. They do exhibit certain characteristics that make it fairly easy to tell between the two, but the general rule of thumb is that sun-grown cannabis is usually bigger. Here are other ways you can tell:



One of the easiest ways to differentiate them is that outdoor grown cannabis are usually darker. So if the strain results in green flowers, its nugs will be a darker green, or even brown if it hasn’t been cured properly. On the other hand, indoor grown cannabis will exhibit bright colors. If the cultivar yields purple flowers, the outdoor cannabis will have a striking violet color while indoor grown cannabis will have lighter purple shades.


Typically, outdoor grown cannabis means everything will be bigger including the buds and the stems. Indoor buds tend to have smaller buds that are more dense than the chunky nugs of the outdoor grown cannabis.

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The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission says it’s finding high THC levels in some southern Oregon hemp grows. Thc is the psychoactive component found in cannabis.

Through mid-September, the OLCC and ODA visited 316 registered hemp grow sites in Jackson and Josephine County. Test results from 212 sites showed that 58% of the samples tested positive for THC. The OLCC says it is looking to extend a moratorium on new recreational marijuana producer licenses.

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With cannabis legislation flying about and American citizens being drawn into the appeal of marijuana, discussions have moved on to issues concerning cannabis-induced anxiety. Concerned communities are wondering if marijuana causes or helps to manage anxiety. And experts have explained that it works both ways.Marijuana-induced anxiety is often experienced by both long-term and new cannabis users. The type of cannabis being consumed does not matter, as both recreational and medical cannabis have been found to trigger the condition.

This article delves into the causes of weed anxiety, methods to combat its occurrence, as well as how to prevent it from occurring in new cannabis users.

Cannabis and Anxiety

These two have an intriguing connection. Researchers have carried out trials to explain this relationship. Some studies have involved the use of cannabis and its compounds to develop a potential form of anxiety treatment, while other studies have focused on looking for ways to develop and improve cannabinoid-based anxiolytic agents.

In the same vein, some experts are also working on figuring out more about THC being a paranoia trigger in cannabis users. Experiments have been carried out to connect marijuana with the onset of anxiety disorders in individuals who have no medical history of mental conditions.


Weed Anxiety

For you to understand weed anxiety, you have to know the concept of anxiety itself. Anxiety induces a bunch of reactions like increased heartbeats, inability to focus, incessant worries, and sweating. It occurs in moments that cause an individual to relieve their doubts and insecurities.

Weed anxiety can be described as the body’s involuntary reaction to cannabis in some users. It evokes mental distress, as well as physical symptoms like shaking, fatigue, nausea, stomach discomfort, and excessive sweating. It can go as far as inducing panic attacks in users.

Unlike brief anxiety moments that can be brushed off by composing yourself with breathing exercises, weed-induced anxiety is much more complicated.

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Potency has increasingly become the name of the game in the world of cannabis as THC concentrations are reaching ever greater heights. If you're looking to find the strongest cannabis around, we're here to help. Just remember, these strains do not mess around. Exercising caution when consuming them would be wise even for experienced users with high tolerances.




An indica-dominant hybrid that packs a punch with THC content reaching up to 26 percent, Wedding Pie is a great late-night "snack" just before bedtime. This relatively new strain is a cross between two other indica-dominant hybrids, Grape Pie and the extremely popular Wedding Cake — Wedding Cake was named strain of the year in 2019 by industry website Leafly. Caryophyllene and myrcene are the dominant terpenes, giving this pie a unique peppery flavor.

There are a few Wedding Pie options available in the region, but Longview-based producer Mama J's takes the top spot when it comes to THC. Their flower clocks in at 25.7 percent, making it a decent starting point if you don't want to jump straight into the high THC deep end. Find it at Royal's Cannabis and Sativa Sisters.


Grown on the rolling hills of the Palouse, Burnwell's Scarlet Queen, simply called Scarlett, is one of the strongest flower options on the market. This sativa-dominant hybrid is a cross of two other queens, killer and space. Scarlett inherited the sticky buds its parents are known for but significantly upped their punch, landing at 30.6 percent THC. It also took on the myrcene levels of its parents, giving it a traditionally herbal flavor.

Don't let the smooth, subdued packaging fool you; this is without question an in-your-face strain. Find it at Cannabis & Glass, Spokane Green Leaf and Cinder.

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Marijuana may have been legalized in New York state earlier this year, but Johnson City residents may soon be restricted in where it’s legal to light up. 

The village is looking to pass an amendment to local law that would add cannabis to the list of substances restricted from spaces like public parks and other village-owned property. Tobacco smoking and vaping are already banned from those public spaces. 

“This adds cannabis to our list of things you can’t do in public parks and public property similar to the no-smoking rules we have now,” said Mayor Greg Deemie. “We’re just adding recreational marijuana to it. Right now cigarettes and vaping is already banned in the parks and certain other areas in the village. We’re just basically adding (cannabis) to the list of things you cannot do.” 

New York state legalized marijuana smoking essentially anywhere tobacco smoking is currently legal, with a few exceptions. It also granted localities the ability to enact tighter regulations in public spaces. 

Johnson City's action will be the subject of a public hearing at the village’s Oct. 5 meeting before coming before the board for a vote. Deemie said the primary goal is to protect residents from secondhand smoke in Johnson City’s public parks.  

“The parks are the big thing. That’s where we have the biggest issues,” said the mayor. 

This isn’t the first time Johnson City has been at the forefront of local policy changes. Laura Kelly, Community Engagement Coordinator for Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga, said the village was among the first in Broome County to enact a tobacco-free parks policy. Kelly expects other municipalities in the region to follow the village’s lead once again when it comes to restricting cannabis use in public parks. 

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What comes to mind when you think about the essential items stoners regularly rely on? Probably rolling papers or blunt wraps, or elaborate bongs and pipes.

While it’s not necessarily false to say that stoners depend on those items, there are more everyday household goods that ease the lives of stoners than you probably think. There are several common household items that even most stoners never thought could come in handy. Here are a few of them.

Brita filter

Have you ever felt like you’ve been wandering around the desert aimlessly after smoking a joint because of how dry it made your throat feel? Any true stoner knows that cotton mouth (Is Cotton Mouth From Marijuana Use Actually Dangerous?) is a common byproduct of a smoke session gone right. That’s why regular pot smokers benefit from having an ice cold supply of water waiting for them in the refrigerator. Being dehydrated can create quite the buzzkill for you and a group of friends during a smoking session, and having access to ice cold, filtered water is the best way to avoid that.

Food storage containers or sandwich baggies

If this one caught you off guard, it’s likely that you aren’t alone. Even though you probably associated sandwich bags and plastic containers with school lunches or leftover spaghetti, they serve as great storage devices for your weed too! Depending on how much you’re willing to shell out, certain food storage containers can even trap the smell, too.

Another inconvenience plastic storage containers can solve is having a safe, secure place to place your goodies if you’re taking them to a friend’s house to enjoy. The struggle of having somewhere to store your stuff usually doesn’t manifest itself until it’s too late to do something about it, so it helps to always keep either sandwich bags or a small plastic storage container on hand.

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New York State's cannabis market is on the way, but there are still a lot of questions about how it will work. As that debate plays out in Albany, a pair of Central New York entrepreneurs are on a mission to break down stereotypes surrounding the drug and ease residents into the idea of having "canna-business" in their neighborhoods.

They say that, while smoking marijuana has become legal in the state of New York, that’s only a fraction of the battle.


“Since March, we've been kind of sitting down and talking about some ideas and we wanted to do something new,” said Byron Cage.

Cage is working on vibrate clothing in support of legal cannabis with his business and brand, "The Higher Calling." It's a means of supporting the dream of a sales and consumption lounge in the coming years.

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 Over the past several years, there has been a significant increase in the number of cannabis cultivators in the U.S. as the government is now accepting more applications for cannabis cultivators. In addition, the number of applications for which cannabis is prescribed is increasing. This is expected to increase cannabis sales, and thereby open new revenue channels for market players. Furthermore, the anticipated federal-level legalization of medical marijuana in the U.S. will only help this market to witness high growth opportunities in legal medical consumption. The demand for legal marijuana is expected to surge rapidly due to changes in government policies. Several new startups are venturing into R&D, cannabis testing, and manufacturing. In Canada, many provinces are looking forward to the privatization of cannabis retail stores. Many provinces that chose a single supplier are now inviting applications from multiple suppliers. These factors are anticipated to drive the market over the forecast period. According to a report from Grand View Research, the global legal marijuana market size was valued at USD 9.1 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.7% from 2021 to 2028. The report said: "One of the major factors fueling the market growth is the expanding demand for legal marijuana owing to the growing number of legal cannabis countries. Owing to the recent legalizations in different countries, the use of medical marijuana for various aliments is gaining momentum worldwide. Patients suffering from chronic illnesses, such as Parkinson's, cancer, Alzheimer's, and many neurological disorders, are administered medical marijuana. The demand for cannabis oil is increasing rapidly, especially among countries with legalized medical marijuana." Active companies in the Cannabis market this week include Cannabis Strategic Ventures, Inc. (OTCPK: NUGS), Sundial Growers Inc. (NASDAQ: SNDL), Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB), Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE:CGC) (TSX:WEED), cbdMD, Inc. (NYSE: YCBD).

Grand View Research continued: "Recent novel food ruling in Europe will further strengthen the growth of CBD isolates in the coming years. Moreover, the children consuming cannabis are being prescribed with oil only as it has shown tremendous benefits for the treatment of disorders, like epilepsy. In Feb 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed three bills for the legalization of recreational cannabis for adults 21 years and older in New Jersey, the U.S. This is further expected to boost the market potential in the coming few months. North America dominated the market with a revenue share of 79.6% in 2020. The growth of the regional market has been supported by enlightened government regulations and the legalization of marijuana for medical as well as adult (recreational) use partially in the U.S. and Canada. The presence of key marijuana cultivators and manufacturers in the region, the legalization of marijuana for adult use, increasing retail sales, and geographical expansion of retail stores are some other factors driving the regional market."

Cannabis Strategic Ventures, Inc. (OTC Pink: NUGS) BREAKING NEWS: NUGS Unveils New LA Dispensary Brand and Coming Cultivation Expansion involving New Licensed Indoor Grow Facility - Cannabis Strategic Ventures, an emerging leader in the U.S. cannabis marketplace, is pleased to update current and prospective shareholders as the Company begins to deploy its newly acquired licenses, including the upcoming grand opening of the Company's customer-facing cannabis dispensary brand, "MDRN Tree", which will open its first Los Angeles location sometime this fall.

After the launch of MDRN Tree, the Company plans to deploy another of its new licenses for the establishment of an indoor cultivation facility with the capability of up to 1,200 grow lights, projected to produce 2-3 lbs. of premium exotic cannabis flower per light per harvest across an estimated 5.75 harvests per year, suggesting an upside potential for total production capacity of over 15,000 lbs. of premium exotic cannabis flower per year.

As discussed in its release dated September 23, the Company entered into a material definitive agreement in 2019 with LW Ventures, Inc. ("LW") involving the assignment of NUGS equity to LW shareholders in exchange for up to $8 million in funding and the transfer of four cannabis licenses issued by the City of Los Angeles and the State of California for the Retail Sale, Cultivation, Distribution, and Manufacturing of cannabis products.

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The impact of COVID-19 on shopping behaviors is a matter of great concern not only to retailers but economists, city planners, public health officials and a whole slew of other interested parties. A 2020 survey of online consumers in nine different countries produced by The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and titled “Covid-19 and E-Commerce”, found that the pandemic has accelerated a shift towards online shopping.

The survey also suggests that the shift towards a digital retail world may be permanent. This news has sparked some intriguing innovations in the cannabis retail space, including the rise of “immersion retailing”, which seeks to create all-inclusive, multi-sensory shopping experiences that lure customers off of their couches and back into stores.

Planet 13

Planet 13‘s (OTC: PLNHF) flagship store in Las Vegas recently added a new 80-foot wide LED wall in the expanded dispensary showcasing immersive entertainment (like lions breaking through the wall, vines growing up to the ceiling, and much more creating an incredible visual experience for customers).

The dispensary also has a Willie Wonka style production window where customers watch edibles and beverages being produced and interact with products on flat screens. There is a choreographed Orb drone show over the dispensary floor, an interactive floor in the grand hallway, and a giant laser graffiti wall.

Planet 13’s Santa Ana, California store is the largest cannabis store in the world at 112,000 square feet, is not actually a store in the conventional sense but more of an “entertainment concept”. This concept includes Budtender greeter/concierges, beautifully merchandised products, and a sensory bar that invites customers to indulge in a cannabis experience reminiscent of a tour of wine country. Future plans for the as-yet-unmaximized space include a coffee shop, pizzeria, event space, and a customer-facing production facility that provides a real-time look at the manufacturing process behind Planet 13’s products.

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Marijuana enforcement officials, city council members, and citizens all came together to discuss marijuana sales in the city, the timeline, and the economic impact at the 5th annual Western Colorado Economic Summit at the Grand Junction Convention Center on Thursday. City Council member, Abe Herman says, “Things we’ve come to consensus on is the cap of the number stores which is ten stores throughout the city. We have agreement from council on that, and the other item is the selection process for those ten stores which is a weighted lottery.”

Herman is pushing for store owners to give back to the community through non-profits and other ventures instead of just chasing profits. “Rather than it being pure chance, it will be weighted towards operators we feel are going to meet the goals and the vision we have for the community,” said Herman.

Also discussed were buffer zones of 1,000 feet from schools, 500 feet from parks, and rehabilitation facilities, but it could all change. Herman says, “Nothing is concrete at this point cause we haven’t adopted regulations yet.”

The marijuana city sales power point presentation may be done, but the city council policy discussions continue including a special tax rate of 6% with a total rate of over 26%. Community Development Director Tamra Allen says, “15% sales tax for marijuana, and that goes to the state. We get 10% of that back or 1.5%.”

Most decisions can change, but what won’t change is where the revenue is going. “For administration enforcement related to marijuana in the city is one. And, the second one is to the highest priorities of the recently adopted parks recreation open space master plan,” said Director Allen.

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Marijuana is now legal in New York, but that doesn’t mean you can smoke it everywhere. Here’s a look at some of the rules on where you can and can’t smoke in the state. Generally, anywhere you’re not allowed to smoke a cigarette, you’re also not allowed to smoke a joint.That includes a host of places where smoking is banned under New York’s Clean Indoor Air Act:


WorkplacesBarsRestaurantsEnclosed indoor areas open to the public that contain a swimming poolPublic means of mass transportation like subways, underground subway stations, buses, vans, taxicabs and limousinesTicketing, boarding and waiting areas in public transportation stationsAll workplaces where services are offered to children including youth centers, detention facilities, child care facilities, child day care centers, group homes for children, public institutions for children and residential treatment facilities for children and youthAll schools and school groundsAll public and private colleges, universities and other educational and vocational institutionsHospitalsResidential health-care facilities, although smoking and vaping by adult patients is allowed in designated rooms, according to the actCommercial establishments used for any trade, profession, vocation or charitable activityAll indoor arenasZoosBingo halls

But there’s more. Numerous cities and counties across the state have banned smoking in public parks and other locations.

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Sitting by the pool at a boutique hotel in Palm Springs on a one-night, mid-August getaway, I struck up a conversation with a guy named Gary. I didn’t know anything about my fellow sun-worshipper except where he was from (Huntington Beach), that he’d grown up in the 1970s (he had seen Jimi Hendrix and the Doors perform live) and that he was down to chat about cannabis. I, just a few days out from touring cannabis label Ball Family Farms’ Los Angeles grow (for a profile of its founder and chief executive, Chris Ball), was more than willing to oblige.

Gary and I talked growing laws (in California you can grow up to six mature plants). We talked about how THC-infused edibles are metabolized differently, and I told him about my recent adventures in pot-plant parenthood (and how reluctant I was when it came to actually smoking my baby). He told me about his neighbor’s towering plants that leaned like light-seeking sunflowers over their shared fence.

After chatting for several hours over the course of two sun-drenched days, I felt as though Gary and I were part of the same community of cannabis enthusiasts. (Let’s call us “cannathusiasts,” shall we?) Even though I wasn’t 100% sure Gary actually smoked weed (or ever had) I felt I had found a kindred spirit because we had bonded over all things bud.

In the before times, I would have responded to this almost magnetic tug in my chest by brandishing some pot — either a pre-rolled joint or an already packed pipe — and offering to get us both high. However, I was worried — not about getting caught (I’d be smart enough to furtively fire up off property; this wasn’t my first rodeo) — about catching COVID-19. After all, just last year the world was wondering whether we’d ever feel the magic of a first kiss again and there were reports that the friendly handshake was going the way of the dodo.

I’d gotten baked outside my bubble only two or maybe three times since the March 2020 start of the pandemic but always had the foresight to make sure everyone had a designated piece of paraphernalia. One (pre-vaccine) time, though, I unexpectedly shared a few puffs of a joint with a famous rock star. For two weeks, I was horrified I’d end up becoming infamous for accidentally killing a music icon with COVID-19. That tickling terror of transmission hung over me like a cloud for a long time, and it’s exactly the kind of buzzkill that takes all the fun out of a spontaneous opportunity to expand one’s smoking circle. It left me equal parts angry, frustrated and socially isolated.

I’m not alone. For many members of the toking tribe, discovering another like-minded soul out in the wild, the first impulse is to share. Passing a lighted joint to another human being — whether puffing poolside in Palm Springs or blazing in your own backyard with a new neighbor — is the kind of secret handshake that makes two strangers fast friends and even the most mundane moments memorable.

I still remember my first social smoking experience — now almost 40 years in the rearview mirror — as clearly as if it were yesterday.

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The crew behind Garden Valley, California-based burger spot, Red Rooster Burgers & Brew, had enough with teens smoking pot in the bathroom, among other things, leading to a ban of all unsupervised customers under the age of 18. “It is with GREAT sadness that we have made the decision to not permit underage kiddos in the restaurant without a parent or legal guardian for the following reasons…” Red Rooster Burgers & Brew posted on September 24. Red Rooster Burgers & Brew sells burgers, fries, shakes and ice cream sundaes, as well as alcoholic drinks such as beer or wine. The post continued, adding a list of dozens of complaints—the first one on the list being “marijuana being smoked in the bathroom.” The list included littered condoms, skateboarding, the use and sale of e-cigarettes, as well as coins, fries and candy being thrown at employees.

With a brief review of California law, there is no possible way for people under the age of 18 to legally consume cannabis, unless it is for medical use and approved by a physician, under the supervision of a legal guardian.

“For the last two years we have spoken to kiddos and voiced our concerns numerous times!” the post continued. “Then, we implemented rules so they could still feel like they had a place to go, feel safe, and hang with their friends. It’s very clear to us that the bad behavior is not going to end. If you have a kiddo that needs a safe place to be after school please reach out to us. It is not our intent to exile the youth in our community but to protect our property. Some of their actions are unlawful and we won’t allow it.”

In California, only adults ages 21 and older can legally purchase pot for recreational purposes. There is no age limit on medical cannabis use, however minors under age 18 need permission from their legal guardians to use medical cannabis. So that means that young adults ages 18-20 are allowed to visit state-licensed medical dispensaries, but not adult-use dispensaries.

Unfortunately, pot smoking wasn’t the only problem at the burger restaurant, Red Rooster Burgers & Brew. “We also have issues with youth roaming the streets at night vandalizing the neighborhood,” the post continues. “Recently a neighbor’s Kalloween display was vandalized. We found pieces of it in our parking lot. It’s unfortunate but we will have to install security cameras to catch these vandals. We live in such a quaint beautiful town. I wish it didn’t have to be this way.”


Beyond the Burger: Teens and Pot

Sandwich chain Cheba Hut, makers of “Toasted” subs, took the exact opposite approach, marketing to young adults through sandwiches like “Thai Sticks” or “Kali Mist.” 

But most business owners don’t want a mess to clean up when teens take over. In August, Oregon-based Burgerville took an even more extreme measure and closed a franchise in Portland permanently, due to underage criminal activity.

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One of the things that many people love about cannabis is that there are so many varieties from which to choose. Having the ability to choose from multiple marijuana strains means being in control of one’s high at a level that no one would have been able to imagine 30 or 40 years ago.

But depending on how well a consumer knows cannabis strains, that can be both a good and a bad thing.

Those with a good understanding of the strain purchased can prepare for whatever effects it might bring. Munchies, cottonmouth, drowsiness, whatever those associated effects may be.
Without that insight, however, cannabis users could be in for a much different experience than they’ve planned. For example, whether a person has been toking since his or her teens, or if that consumer just started partaking recently as an adult, it’s likely that he or she has experienced couch lock — that is when people are so high, they feel like they just can’t move off the couch — and it can feel impossible to break out of.

Here are some tips for dealing with this common consumption mistake.

Fizzy drinks

One of the oldest ways for breaking couch lock is simply for a person to enjoy his or her favourite soft drink.

In this case, the more caffeinated and sugary, the better. Scientists have long claimed that the glucose in soft drinks can increase insulin levels, leading to a burst in energy for one’s prefrontal cortex to eventually break out of couch lock.

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