San Francisco Vexed By the Rules on Recreational Marijuana

By Alice

November 15, 2017 San Francisco

The fact that the supervisors of San Francisco are having a hard time agreeing on the rules for recreational marijuana is surprising, to say the least, considering that San Francisco has always been known as a cannabis-friendly city. The gist of the issue lies in the complaints of older Chinese immigrants who have voiced against the use of marijuana around children. This has caused the supervisors to think twice when deciding on where to allow stores for recreational marijuana.

In order to be ready for sales of recreational marijuana on January 1st, the board needed to vote on the temporary measure on Tuesday…and vote they did! The Board of Supervisors voted to hold off on the temporary measures and to allow the Board the time it needs to come to an agreement on the rules. The Board will take up the issue, again, after the Thanksgiving holiday but the fact of the matter is that the people of San Francisco will have to wait longer than January 1st to find new marijuana stores.

The possibility of overly strict regulation on cannabis in a pro-cannabis city like San Francisco is a surprising possibility. San Francisco is known for its group smoke-outs of Hippie Hill and for the smell of cannabis in certain neighborhoods and parks. Jeff Sheehy, a supervisor who relies on

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However, some Chinese immigrants have voiced their discontent, calling for an outright prohibition of recreational marijuana stores in Chinatown. They’ve called, also, for all retail stores to at least be 1,500 feet away from all places of minor gatherings from now. When you consider a city that’s as compact as San Francisco, even a 1,000 feet buffer—that’s being considered by the Supervisors—appears to be impractical and overly restrictive.

Out of the 850,000 residents of San Francisco, one-third comprises of Asian population. When you consider the fact that Chinese-Americans comprise of the majority of this sub-group and how they have contributed to San Francisco, throughout the course of history, you’ve got to say that their concerns can’t be outright rejected. According to Ellen Lee, a nonprofit social worker, children are impressionable and need to be protected against such drugs that remain illegal under the federal law. She helps lead the protests, giving the reason that a majority of the people who are opposed to recreational cannabis are elderly and don’t speak English. According to her, all of their efforts, protests and meeting have had little to no impact on the elected officials, because they are, simply, “not listening”.

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Supervisor Aaron Peskin, the representative of Chinatown, said on Monday that the Supervisors are not mere legislators. Rather, they are “group therapists” for 850,000 people, making it essential for them to understand the concerns of all kinds of people in the diverse city of San Francisco.

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ROOR Zuma Straight Cylinder Glass Ice Bong

By Anthony

ROOR Zuma Straight Cylinder Glass Ice Bong:

Zuma Straight Cylinder Glass Ice Bong

For people who have used this bong, it does not matter who and where they are. It also does not matter whichever herb they prefer to use. One thing they can agree on is that size does matter.

Measuring 50cm (19.75 inches) and having a diameter of 6.5cm, this monster has the capacity for over 1 liter of smoke.

Here are some of its key features as provided by the brand.

Made in Germany
High-grade Schott-Duran borosilicate glass
Glass non-diffuser downtube
Glass slide bowl with glass bead roll stopper
Includes ROOR 3-point glass screen
ROOR logo in orange with signature
Choose 29.2mm (mono-stable) or 18.8mm (bi-stable) joint size
Ice notches
No carb hole

As mentioned, ROOR bongs are examples of great German craftsmanship. They use the highest quality Schott-Duran 4.2mm borosilicate glass as its main material for creating this work of art. Backed by almost 40 years of experience and an intricate knowledge of physics, this ice bong has the perfect balance of water and volume.

Although 18.8mm joint is the most popular size, customers do have the choice of picking 29.2mm joint.

The 18.8mm version has the proprietary bi-stable joint that is not only twice thicker but also doubly stronger as it has 40% more glass that makes it far more durable. On the other hand, the 29.2mm version comes with a monostable joint.

Buy now


ROOR- Ice BongLooking at the straight cylinder, one of the first thing that many people notices is the logo of ROOR. While a lot of other brands does the same thing, few can match the prestige that comes with having one from this brand.

In this industry, ROOR is synonymous with quality and luxury. The item ships to users and is ready to use. Some of its inclusions are the glass slide bowl with a bead roll stopper, an open-end downstem, and a 3-point glass screen.

Looking at some feedbacks from customers from different sources, the consensus or rather, the overwhelming majority of people who bought the Zuma glass ice bong are very satisfied. That is very important as these are observations made by the users and not the marketing pitches of the brand or any vendors.

Cost and Availability

ROOR- Ice BongROOR Zuma glass ice bong is available from Grasscity. It is one of the top retailers of smoking accessories in the world. At the time this article was published, they have it listed at $269. Besides free shipping, they also have a price match guarantee.

Here are some tips for customers who purchase this bong.

Check and make sure that there are no missing parts or items.
Visually inspect to make sure there are no signs of damage.
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Crystal Coma

By Robert Bergman

Lovers of high potency strains often pause to take a look at Crystal Coma. Immediately, the first noticeable thing is its THC content that ranges from 20% to 27%. In a sense, the absurd level is already a sign of things to come with its use. But due to its mischievous name, people often have the wrong perception of how it works.

The exact genetics of this strain is unknown. But the consensus belief is that it is a cross between Skunk No. 1 and UK Cheese. Both hybrids, of course, are formidable and considered by many to be classics. Both are also among the most prominent family of strains that exists today.

Skunk No. 1, for instance, is exceptional at providing a high-energy buzz that sparks creativity. UK Cheese, on the other hand, induces deep relaxation that is fitting at the end of a long hard day. Both strains also have one thing in common, that is their unique aroma and taste.

Crystal Coma took the best of its parent strains. It also leans more towards the Sativa side. Hence, much of its effects are cerebral. Still, it is also an excellent choice for medical cannabis users.

As its name suggests, many people think it can put users to sleep in no time at all. In reality, while it does induce laziness, it is not likely to cause a couch-lock.

Information about Crystal Coma:

ORIGIN Skunk No. 1 and Cheese
EFFECTS Happy – 10
Euphoric – 9
Uplifted – 8
Focused – 7
Creative – 6
Dizzy – 8
Paranoid – 3
Dry eyes – 3
Anxious – 1
FRAGRANCE Sweet, skunky, cheese
FLAVORS Sweet, cheesy, citrus, lemon, diesel
MEDICAL Stress – 10
Depression – 9
Muscle spasms – 8
Fatigue – 7
Pain – 5
FLOWERING TIME OUTDOORS late September to early October
PLANT HEIGHT 3 to 4 feet
THC CONTENT % 20% to 27%
CBD % 0.8%
INDICA / SATIVA % 30%/70%
INDOOR YIELD 14 ounces per square meter
OUTDOOR YIELD 17 ounces or more per plant
CLIMATE Mediterranean climate

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest

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Feeling reinvigorated, users are able to do their tasks more efficiently. For the creatives, endless ideas seem to pop in. It is also possible some people to have a heightened sensitivity. As the body becomes more sensitive to the surrounding, users also find that they have a better focus.

Crystal Coma is also a social strain in that it can influence people to be a little talkative. Feeling cheerful, users also tend to be friendlier towards other people.

Although it has a smaller Indica side, it plays a significant role and is the reason why the strain is exceptional. As its effects creep into the body, it blends …read more



Loud Dream

By Robert Bergman

Loud Dream is not the typical hybrid where breeders use two or more strains. Instead, the breeder Loud Seeds backcrossed the F1 phenotype of Blueberry to itself.

From its name, one can surmise that it induces a dreamy high, or it sends people to sleep. The answer is neither. While Indica dominant, most of its effects are cerebral. So, what users can expect from this strain is a balanced high.

It is not among the most potent strains in the world with high THC. Still, it is above average. Even so, it does not seem to cause extreme psychoactive effects. As such, it has carved its niche among people who want strains that are potent but gentle.

Information about Loud Dream:

ORIGIN Blue Dream
EFFECTS Happy – 10
Focused – 9
Euphoric – 8
Uplifted – 7
Relaxed – 6
Dry eyes – 8
Dizzy – 1
Paranoid – 1
Headache – 1
FLAVORS Sweet, pine, earthy, pepper
MEDICAL Eye pressure – 10
Stress – 5
Pain – 4
Depression – 3
Nausea – 3
FLOWERING TIME OUTDOORS late September to early October
THC CONTENT % 14%-16%
INDICA / SATIVA % 60% / 40%
INDOOR YIELD 18 to 21 ounces per square meter
OUTDOOR YIELD 21 ounces or more per plant
CLIMATE Mediterranean climate
RESISTANCE TO DISEASE Resistant to pests

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest

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Even as the physical high starts to set in, the Sativa side continuous to wield its influence. It delivers a reinvigorating feeling that clears the head as well as provides a sharper focus. As both the mental and physical effects blends in perfectly, the result is that users feel good, remain productive, but very relaxed.

Loud Dream is excellent for daytime use. In fact, it can make people sociable. So, expect bouts of giggles and laughter to go along with being a little talkative.

Another thing about this strain that should spark the interest of many people is that it can cause arousal. It is not the only strain that can induce that, but only a few do not cause people to feel lazy or locked on the couch, which negates something that could be fun. Of the few, Loud Dream is one.


Most users describe the odor of Loud Dream as being sweet and flowery. The pleasant aroma of lavender is also evident. Generally, its fragrance is mild and in some ways, soothing.


Much of its scent carries over with a note of fresh earth. A peppery, spicy aftertaste helps for a smooth smoking experience.

Adverse Reaction

There are no surprises when it comes to the possible unwanted effects as a result of using Loud Dream. Being cannabis, dry mouth and eyes are to …read more



Open New York Delivery

By Alice

Open New York Delivery:

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New York governor Andrew Cuomo legalized the use of medical marijuana use by registered patients with qualifying conditions in July 2014.

With that bill, marijuana retail businesses (also known as Registered Organizations) are the responsible vendors for manufacturing and supplying New York State with medical marijuana.

Applications were open for a short period of time, as they were closed in June 2015, less than a year since legalization.
However, applications for prospective entrepreneurs were closed in June 2015.

How many marijuana businesses are there currently in the state

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There are currently 10 registered organizations in operation state-wide, and New York state has not indicated when they will accept new applications.

The medical marijuana program license application period was open from April 27 through June 5, 2015. Only five registered organizations were allowed by law and were awarded in August of 2015. The license holders are allowed to open 4 dispensaries each, totaling to 20 locations in the whole state. The first dispensaries opened on January 7, 2016.

New York’s program authorized each of license winners to operate one cultivation and processing facility and five geographically-spread out dispensaries. It should be noted that costs for opening and operating a dispensary in New York state are quite high.

In 2016, 526 physicians were registered to certify patients for medical marijuana, and 2,675 patients received certifications.

How much money is there in the New York marijuana market

Medical sales for 2016 amounted to $35,700,000 while estimated medical sales for 2021 are expected to reach $253,500,000

Delivery Owner requirements

Delivery Owner requirements

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New York’s dispensary system is currently quite preventive to new business owners, with limited doctor participation and supply adding up to the high costs. Although the state is trying to address the problem, there is no planned date for the re-opening of retail business applications.

However, a biannual report that came out in August 2016 suggested 12 recommendations for improving the program, including the need to add five more dispensing organizations in the next two years.

Several of those recommendations have already been implemented, such as home delivery, chronic pain as a qualifying condition, wholesale, and allowing physicians assistants and nurse practitioners to certify patients for the program.

One notable aspect of New York’s legislature is that it specifically bans patients from smoking cannabis. All methods must be approved, but smoking is banned. This erratic legislature leads to lower purchasing from patients, endangering the viability of the cannabis market in the state.

License and Financial requirements

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Cannabis Has Given Back To The Community More Than Prohibition Ever Has

By Sarah

Last spring, two hundred lucky high school graduates in Pueblo County Colorado were 

Dispensary employees participate in an AIDS walk. Image Source: Colorado Pot Guide

Prohibition Tears Communities Apart

What has prohibition ever done for your local community? We know that the Drug War unilaterally targeted minority and poor communities and has led to the largest prison population in the world. Many have had their lives ruined because they were caught with cannabis. These people have lost their jobs and their freedom, despite doing nothing morally wrong. In contrast, the bankers who caused the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression continue to influence the people who run this country.

Let’s Use that Money for Good

In many US states where cannabis prohibition is still an unfortunate reality, social programs like education are in big trouble. The ACLU estimates that cannabis arrests cost states 3.6 billion. Imagine all the things that we could spend those billions of dollars on. Maybe for once the US could be number one in something that matters like education, or life satisfaction.

The United States has the lagest incarceration rate in the world. The US consists of four percent of the world’s population. Currently, they hold 22 percent of the world’s prison population.  Things were getting better there for a minute, when the Obama administration pledged to stop doing business with private prisons. Now that Trump is in power and is firmly in bed with the private prison industry, expect things to get bad.

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How has cannabis given back to your community? Share with us in the comment section below!

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Weed-Star Kickflip Double Drum Perc Bong

By Anthony

Weed-Star Kickflip Double Drum Perc Bong:

Kickflip Double Drum Perc Bong

The set itself is 26cm or about 10.2 inches tall. Compared to the straight pipes, it is on the shorter end. However, not everything is measured in height. Before continuing, here are the key features of the bong as provided by Weed-Star.

  • Made of thick borosilicate glass
  • Two drum percolators
  • Splash guard dome
  • Flared mouthpiece
  • Reinforced built-in downstem
  • Male 18.8mm ground joint
  • Female 18.8mm bowl with integrated screen and roll stopper handle
  • Decorated with WS WS-line logo
  • Designer Ziggy Jackson’s etched signature
  • No carb hole
  • Circular foot
  • Available with several colored accents

Looking at this gorgeous bong, it looks like it came out of some futuristic high-tech laboratory. The dual chamber itself is already quite a sight, but the addition of accent colors completes the masterpiece.

The bong works like this.

First, the smoke is pulled into the bottom chamber through the built-in reinforced downstem. As it passes through the drum percolator, smoke is broken down into small particles through the bubbles. The smoke is then pulled into the next chamber and go through the same process again. Hence, it is further reduced into smaller particles. To ensure that users do not inhale water, there is also a splash guard dome on the second drum percolator.

A couple of things happen too. One is that the resulting smoke is much cleaner. Another is that it is also cooler.

For the user, inhaling the cooled-down and cleaner smoke through the bent tube feels extremely smooth. Thus, it is easy on the throat and the lungs. In essence, the experience becomes so much more satisfying.

Often, in poorly designed bongs, one of the issues that arise is the lack of flavor. That is not the case with the Kickflip Double Drum Perc Bong. The resulting smoke after filtration retains much of its flavors and continues to provide a potent kick.

Designed by Ziggy Jackson, every little detail in crafting this masterpiece is well-thought of. For instance, having a flared mouthpiece makes it comfortable to use even in long sessions. The bent tube itself is at an angle that makes it convenient for use as well.

Accidents can happen, though. One of the most common ones is that the herb bowl rolls over can falls to the ground, and then shattering into a billion pieces. Hence, adding a simple stopper already prevents that from happening. It may seem like a small detail but believe it or not, there are still many others brands that do not have this feature.


Weed-Star Kickflip Double Drum Perc BongOne of the things that we look at is the feedbacks of people who have bought and used products. We are pleased to see that everyone who has purchased this futuristic bong are very happy and satisfied with its performance.

The truth is that it is hard to find fault with this bong. With regards to craftsmanship, these are made with high-quality heat-resistant borosilicate glass. Quality control has been exceptional as the brand has consistently shipped out units …read more



Melissa Etheridge Pleads Guilty To Pot Possession

By Adam Drury

The post Melissa Etheridge Pleads Guilty To Pot Possession appeared first on High Times.

After her August 8 bust crossing into North Dakota from Canada, Melissa Etheridge pleads guilty to pot possession. Etheridge’s lawyer submitted the plea on behalf of the rock singer on Tuesday. As per the court’s orders, Etheridge will pay a fine of $750 and serve a one month period of unsupervised probation.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted border officials to what turned out to be joints, hash oil and cannabis topicals in Etheridge’s tour bus. But Etheridge’s celebrity, and her status as a California medical cannabis patient, probably helped her to avoid the maximum penalty in North Dakota.

Melissa Etheridge Pleads Guilty To Pot Possession In North Dakota

Weed busts are bad enough. But getting caught in a state with some of the harshest penalties for possession makes the situation even worse.

And the Dakotas have some of the toughest laws on the books. Possession of under an ounce is as lenient as it gets. If you’re convicted, you’re looking at a misdemeanor charge with a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.

From there, however, penalties quickly escalate.

Over an ounce? A felony with a five-year sentence and a $10,000 fine. And selling any amount can land you up to 10 years in prison, with a three year mandatory minimum for second-time offenders.

The point is North Dakota isn’t somewhere you want police to bust you for weed.

And unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to two-time Grammy Award-winning musician Melissa Etheridge.

As Etheridge’s tour bus crossed the border from Canada into the United States, a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers. With probable cause, thanks to the dog, the border agents then stopped and searched the bus.

According to Burke County Sheriff Jeremy Grohs, the search turned up joints dipped in hash oil and wax topicals.

After the discovery of the joints, Etheridge admitted they were hers. Police then arrested Etheridge for possession of marijuana while passing through an international border, according to court records.

Melissa Etheridge Pleads Guilty To Pot Possession For Treating Cancer Diagnosis

A resident of Hidden Hills, California, Etheridge, who is 56, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.

While undergoing chemotherapy, Etheridge spoke out about her use of medical cannabis. In an NBC Dateline interview from 2005, Etheridge said cannabis improved her mood and increased her appetite.

Then, in a 2009 interview with Anderson Cooper, Etheridge said she still used weed to help with her acid reflux and to calm her in extremely stressful situations.

Medical marijuana use is, of course, legal in Etheridge’s home state of California. And furthermore, the songwriter had an active medical marijuana recommendation in the state at the time of her arrest in North Dakota.

A believer in the medical use of cannabis, in 2014 Etheridge partnered with Greenway Compassionate Relief, a Santa Cruz dispensary, to create CBD-infused red wine.

Indeed, Etheridge’s history with medical cannabis may have contributed to her lenient sentencing. Etheridge told the arresting officer she …read more




By Robert Bergman

The original intent for the existence of Jasmine was to have her help people sleep. Bred by Tikun Olam, it was supposed to help patients suffering from different illnesses rest and recover. But being a cannabis, of course, there are also other unintentional benefits. Hence, it has made a name for herself not only among medical users but also with recreational users.

Knowing more about Jasmine can be quite confusing. If there is one thing we know about the Israeli company which created the strain, that is secrecy. In other words, they do not divulge much information about the genetics of their hybrids.

Looking around, we see some sites identifying its parent strains. Silver Haze x Golden Boy, Trainwreck x Silver Haze, and Querkle x Harlequin. It is possible that some or all are real strains bred by other groups. In that cases, they happened to pick the same name Jasmine. Then again, it could also be a simple case of people pulling information from thin air.

Regardless, and this is only with regards to Tikun Olam, they named it as such due to its pleasing aroma.

But more important than fragrance or taste, it is the benefits that it gives that matters. The company itself has a research and development facility to study cannabis and its medical uses. Besides the scientists, they also have horticulturists to breed or refine strains. All that is to provide products that licensed medical marijuana users can avail of and use.

Information about Jasmine:

ORIGIN Unknown
EFFECTS Euphoric – 10
Relaxed – 10
Happy – 8
Sleepy – 7
Hungry – 7
FRAGRANCE Sweet, rose, lavender
FLAVORS Sweet, lavender
MEDICAL Stress – 10
Nausea – 9
Depression – 7
Lack of appetite – 7
Pain – 6
THC CONTENT % 14% to 16%
CBD % 0%
INDICA / SATIVA % 70%/30%
INDOOR YIELD 12 to 16 ounces per square meter
OUTDOOR YIELD 12 ounces or less per plant
CLIMATE Mediterranean climate

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest

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Here is where Jasmine comes in. She starts off by altering the behavior and mood of users. By the nature of her Sativa traits, all her users end up feeling happy.

Then, the physical effects kick in. With that, a soothing sensation warps around the body. It also blends in with the cerebral high serving as an anchor so that users do not get overwhelmed. There are none of the buzzing cerebral euphorias that may even lead to psychedelic effects. In other words, it is the Indica side that stabilizes the mental high.

For users, feeling good and pleased, together with the physical relaxation, quality sleep becomes possible.


Breeding this strain, Tikun Olam may not have focused on its fragrance. Instead, their primary …read more



Man Arrested With $3.5 Million Worth Of Drugs

By Chloé Harper Gold

The post Man Arrested With $3.5 Million Worth Of Drugs appeared first on High Times.

Reports of a man arrested with $3.5 million worth of drugs are circulating the web. The story is automatically interesting because of the sheer volume of drugs involved. But the additional details of the arrest make the reports all the more intriguing. Here’s what we know.

The Case

This week, police officers in Germany made an arrest and seizure of epic proportions. They arrested a man who, officials say, allegedly ran an international drug smuggling business. According to reports, the police discovered and seized a hefty quantity of narcotics in the man’s apartment. The found substances included cannabis-infused chocolate, cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines.

The drugs weighed a combined 440 pounds. For those of you using the metric system, that’s a grand total of 200 kilos. Authorities estimate that the drugs would have a street value of $3.5 million, or three million euros.

The man arrested with $3.5 million worth of drugs is a 29-year-old Dutch national. The officers working on the case say that he had been operating his business online from his apartment. He had, allegedly, been working through the darknet.

The Darknet

Man Arrested With $3.5 Million Worth Of Drugs

For those who are not familiar with the term “darknet,” you’re in for a wild ride.

It’s a term used to describe a specific type of overlay network, which is essentially a computer network that has been developed on top of a previously existing network. A darknet is one of these networks, but you need to have specific software or authorizations to access it. It’s important to know that a darknet is not intrinsically shady or malevolent. Some people use them for private file sharing. But at the same time, it’s impossible to ignore the crimes that are committed through darknets. Specifically the sale and purchase of illegal products and services.

The most famous, or infamous, darknet marketplace was called Silk Road. The network allowed people to sell black market goods such as drugs, weapons and fake IDS.

Initially launched in 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation shut down Silk Road just two years later. The FBI arrested the founder, Ross William Ulbricht, and a U.S. Federal Court convicted him of a multitude of charges, including computer hacking, conspiracy to traffic narcotics and money laundering.

Silk Road may have been the first darknet market, but it certainly wasn’t the only one. There are quite a few platforms and black market networks on the darknet—that we know of. Most recently, over the summer, the FBI shut down another online black market called AlphaBay, which they say was 10 times larger than Silk Road.

Final Hit: Man Arrested With $3.5 Million Worth Of Drugs

This is an ongoing investigation and therefore, the details available to us are, sadly, limited.

We know that the man arrested with $3.5 million worth of drugs is a Dutch national living in Germany. We also know that he was, allegedly, …read more