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What The 4 Biggest Pro Sports Leagues Think About Cannabis / September 25, 2017

By Chris Roberts

More and more pro athletes, representing the full range of pro sports leagues, are opening up about marijuana’s value as an important supplement to their physically demanding careers. Ultimately, these athletes are demonstrating that cannabis can be an aid to an active body rather than a detriment.

But most admissions of this kind come in retirement, for some obvious reasons. Retirees have less to risk. In certain situations, players can risk everything—even if they never pee dirty in their lives.

As the NFL demonstrated with its treatment of former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe, today’s active players who advocate for weed are tomorrow’s retirees. No accident that he has no analog in other sports.

So how many active players, the ones with sneaker deals and secret Twitter accounts, also sneak weed? Accounts vary. The truth is that nobody really knows, just as nobody really knows how many Americans use marijuana.

Data like that is collected from surveys. On surveys, people lie. As a result, we are left to speculate. And speculate we will. Based on public statements, intuition and pure guesswork, here’s our guide to what the four biggest pro sports leagues think about marijuana.

Major League Baseball

Warm summer nights and long, interminable games, which in theory can continue indefinitely. Lazy afternoons whiled away at the ballpark, playing hooky from work and reconnecting with long-lost childhood passions.

From a fan’s perspective, baseball pairs perfectly with cannabis. And considering the long seasons full of road trips and the amount of time players often have to kill while in uniform, waiting for something to happen—which might be later that week, if you’re a pitcher—marijuana would be a good fit for players, even if the MLB didn’t have some of the laxest drug rules of any workplace in the country.

Drugs are synonymous with MLB. LSD produced a no-hitter, if the legend of Dock Ellis is to be believed. And until they were banned in 2006, well into the steroid era, players feasted on amphetamines as if they were candy.

While bodybuilders no doubt had the science perfected years before the first shot of andro coursed through Mark McGwire’s veins, baseball is responsible for introducing to a wide audience the benefits of human growth hormone.

Baseball’s subsequent obsession with steroids has allowed other drug use to swell to heroic levels. According to an unnamed player interviewed by the Huffington Post, as many as 25 percent of MLB players are regular cocaine users.

With so much else going on, baseball’s attitude toward marijuana is appropriately relaxed—that is, once you ascend to the big leagues. If you’re on a Major League roster, you can stuff your body with as much THC as it can handle (which, since there are no recorded overdose deaths, is an amount so heroic it’s theoretical) and the worst penalty you’ll face is a fine.

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Good People Smoke Marijuana: Meet Shelly Wahweotten /

By Jeff Siegel

I know he said it more than a year ago, but I just can’t let it go. The fact that the attorney general of the United States, Jeff Sessions—the chief law enforcement officer for the country—suggested that cannabis consumers are “bad people,” is beyond infuriating. And it’s simply not true.

Maya Angelou consumed cannabis. Was she a bad person?

Angelina Jolie—the famous actor who’s donated her time, celebrity status and millions of dollars to help refugees in war-torn countries consumes cannabis—is she a bad person?

Recent studies of scriptural texts have even indicated that Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user. In fact, the anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples apparently contained kaneh-bosm, which is a cannabis extract.

Would Jeff Sessions—a Christian—suggest that Jesus was a bad person?

Of course, these are all pretty famous people. But you don’t have to be famous to be a good person, nor do you have to be famous to be a good person who consumes cannabis.

While it’s important to dispel the myths of prohibitionists like Jeff Sessions by pointing to easily-verifiable evidence of good people consuming cannabis, it’s also important for us, as cannabis consumers and legalization advocates, to recognize other good people who use cannabis, but aren’t likely to be featured in the Bible or on TMZ. 

And that’s why I’ve decided to start a new series of posts where I’ll interview folks who are not A-list celebrities or messiahs, but are “good people “ who also consume cannabis or support the legalization of cannabis.

Meet Shelly Wahweotten

I’m not sure if Jeff Sessions would ever have tattoo artist Shelly Wahweotten over for a dinner of milk and Melba toast, but rest assured, Wahweotten is a good person who not only supports the legalization of cannabis, but has also worked passionately to protect the environment and the rights of Native Americans. 

And today, I’d like to introduce you to her.

HIGH TIMES: Most people know you because of your work as a tattoo artist. What got you interested in tattooing?
Shelly Wahweotten: I was exposed to art and a low-brow culture at an early age. My father was a skilled, self-taught artist himself, my mother in craft areas. Tattooing came naturally, growing up in public schools and a middle to lower social class.

HT: What are some of the most memorable tattoos you’ve done for people?
SW: Sometimes it can be hard to remember everything, being that I stay fairly busy in the trade. It’s sometimes like remembering what meals I had during the last week. Ha! I’ve done tattoos for people that start out as the smallest butterfly or flower, representing family members, then becoming good friends with them over the years and covering their entire backs, arms, chest, neck and hardly being able to pick out the very first flower they started with over a decade ago.

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LinkedIn for Weed? 24-Year-Old Brings Pot Jobs to the Masses /

By Tim Kohut

Are you in the market for a career in a billion dollar industry, but have absolutely no job experience and couldn’t pass a drug test if your life depended on it? Well, ironically enough, what once seemed like an impossible task is now a certified reality, thanks to a brand-new job network focusing directly on finding new jobs in the burgeoning cannabis industry.

An Untapped Market

24-year-old Karson Humiston, a recent graduate of St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, conceptualized an idea for a job-finding network that would cater to recent graduates.

“I started looking into industries that I thought would be exciting to millennials,” Humiston said.

Ultimately, Humiston’s search led to the cannabis field, where she soon realized an abundance of entry-level jobs were available, despite most applicants having little-to-no prior experience in the field. According to ZipRecruiter CEO Ian Siegel, the legal cannabis industry has shown a 68 percent increase in employment opportunities since 2015.

She also discovered the high-growth potential in the industry, and the ability for employees to develop a legitimate career in a market once considered taboo.

In an effort to scour the marijuana job market, Humiston soon found herself in the midst of a cannabis trade saw.

“The first booth I went to was for the Marijuana Investment Group,” Humiston recollects.

The group told her they were looking to fill several positions, but all the candidates required were some generically transferrable skills.

Humiston immediately took to task creating business cards for a company called “Gradujuana”. She wasted no time collecting her things and moving out to Denver, Colorado, where recreational weed was recently legalized, and the job market was plentiful.

She then began the process of linking up prospective employees with various cannabis companies she had previously networked with. She became, in essence, a cannabis recruiter.

However, Humiston soon ran into trouble. She realized the remaining stigma around the cannabis industry was holding her company back from realizing its full potential.

This led Emily to change her company name from the somewhat unprofessional Gradujuana to Vangst, which means “catch” in German. She then hired her own recruiter, and things began to pick up some steam.

The LinkedIN for Weed

Despite some increased success, Humiston still felt she was being overlooked by companies due to her ties to the weed industry.

“Facebook pages related to cannabis business have been shut down,” Emily noted “In general, some job boards don’t let you boost your job if it’s cannabis-related. We had trouble with Indeed,” she added, “Probably because they work with a lot of companies who don’t want to support the industry.This led Emily to develop her own weed-centric, interactive job board for Vangst.

This led Emily to develop her own weed-centric, interactive job board for Vangst. Vangsters, developed by Vangst Talent, allows companies to create unique profiles, post job listing, and conversely, allow job-seekers to connect with said businesses.

Since its inception last month, Vangsters already boasts profiles for 7,900 people and 55 cannabis companies. The site is free for job-seekers, but companies are required to pay $69 a month, which allows them to post unlimited …read more



Pot Jobs: 5 Ways to Get Your Foot in the Door of the Weed Industry /

By Jen Bernstein

Looking for a career move to greener pastures? Here are five steps to getting your foot in the door of the marijuana industry.

1. Create a Cannabis-Specific Résumé

Regardless of whether you have cannabis-specific experience, create a résumé that details your relevant skills. If you have management training and you’re applying to run a dispensary, or have worked at a nursery and possess a great green thumb, then outlining such employment skills is a must. The same is true if your experience was pre-legalization or in a state that currently has a medical marijuana program. No job is too small to list: If you trimmed dozens of pounds of weed during harvest, you have valuable training and hands-on experience that will be attractive to dispensary managers looking to fill such a role. Keep your résumé up to date and use LinkedIn as a tool to help employers to find you.

2. Move It

If you’re living in a non-legal state, you’ll have to be prepared to move to a place where there’s job availability. Job sites like WeedHire, Ms. Mary Staffing and list all of the most current jobs available by state.

3. Temp to Full-Time Positions

As in any new company or industry, full-time positions are sometimes hard to come by. Companies in start-up mode may not have the financial means to hire you full-time right off the bat, but as time progresses and you become a valuable resource, they may decide to offer you a full-time position. Other companies have trial periods, after which your job performance will be evaluated for a full-time gig. It is generally worth the investment of time to take a part-time position because, even if you’re unable to land full-time employment with that company, you’ll come away with relevant experience to add to your résumé.

4. Get Educated and Invest in Yourself

If you’re lacking relevant job experience, be proactive by taking a training or certificate program at a cannabis-specific school like Oaksterdam University in California or Clover Leaf University in Colorado. Highlighting these programs on your résumé will help you stand out from an overflowing pool of job seekers.

5. Get Active

Meet as many people as you can so they know you’re actively looking for a cannabusiness career. Join a local meet-up group, engage with other activists and attend events, and always work to expand your networking circle. Doing field research by attending job fairs and meeting company reps will help you burnish your interview skills and clue you in to open positions (some of which may be unlisted), as well as help put a face to your name when you submit your application.

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Snoop Dogg Releases Smokable Songbook /

By Nick Lindsey

When it comes to the pantheon of cannabis culture pop icons, Snoop Dogg reigns supreme. Not only does the man smoke pretty much non-stop, but he also raps about weed, advocates for weed and to top it all off, he’s also a cannabis entrepreneur. In fact, he’s one of the most innovative weed businesspeople around. As evidence, consider Snoop Dogg’s smokable songbook. This mind-blowingly cool cannabis product is literally one of the dopest things we’ve ever seen.

Snoop Dogg’s Smokable Songbook

“Snoop Dogg Rolling Words: A Smokable Songbook” is pretty much what the name suggests. It’s a small book full of lyrics to some of Snoop’s most well-known songs. As Snoop Dogg himself put it in a promotional video: “some of my classic lyrics from back in the day.”

The small booklet includes lyrics to songs like “Nuthin’ but a G Thang,” “Gin and Juice,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and more. All the lyrics are printed in a font made to look like Snoop’s handwriting, so it’s almost like you’re looking at one of his actual notebooks.

While that’s already enough to make this is a super-cool book, that’s only half the story. The best part is that Snoop Dogg’s smokable songbook isn’t made out of regular paper. It’s all printed on rolling papers—but don’t worry, it uses non-toxic ink so you can confidently burn lyric after lyric.

Now you know why this is one of the dopest weed accessories ever created. But Snoop’s not done yet. When Snoop does it, he really does it. The cover of Snoop’s smokable songbook is made out of hemp and the spine is a match striker. That way you can spark up immediately after rolling your Snoop-lyric joint.

The Only Problem

There’s only one problem: this incredible product only had a limited run and it’s now basically extinct. Back in 2012, Snoop released his smokable songbook as a promo for a new line of Snoop-branded cannabis products.

Apparently, people who attended Coachella that summer were able to get their hands on these dope little books of rolling papers. But since then, they’ve pretty much disappeared.

Snoop is still at the head of an ever-expanding cannabis empire. Maybe the next product he comes out with should be a re-release of his smokable songbook. As far as we’re concerned, this thing would sell out instantly.

Check out the video Snoop made when he originally came up with the idea. Who knows, maybe enough popular demand will inspire him to put these back on the shelves.

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Ace the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam with this certification prep course! /

By Jared DiPane

Whether you are looking to start a new career or just advance the one you are in currently, you’ll need some certifications under your belt to make you stand out above the others. Unfortunately, getting certifications can be a time-consuming and expensive process. You need time to study, money to pay for the courses, and then you just have to hope that you can keep up with that and your regular job. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way.

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For Google, HTC deal is about the Pixel's next decade /

By Daniel Bader

Google wants to win the smartphone game, and with the recent HTC deal, there’s a realistic roadmap to getting there.

When rumors began swirling about Google buying HTC’s smartphone division, anyone with an opinion on the industry had thoughts; here’s why it’s good for Google; here’s why it’s a terrible idea. Both sides were probably right, to some extent.

Now that the deal is done, though, we have a more nuanced understanding of exactly what transpired, and why Google chose not to acquire HTC’s entire smartphone division, but instead over 2,000 of its employees, most of which have worked in some capacity on the company’s Pixel lineup. The deal ensures that the Pixel lineup is here to stay, that Google is not just invested in hardware as a division — this is not some ephemeral project that will dissipate into Google’s core business as so many others have over the years — but in the Pixel smartphone as a concept.

Google was a very different company when it bought Motorola in 2012.

I agree with many things about Alex’s beautifully-written Editor’s Desk from a few weeks ago, but we divert in a couple of key matters — and I have the benefit of hindsight, so forgive me — when it comes to Google’s past and future. For starters, I firmly believe that Google didn’t buy Motorola primarily for its patents in 2012, nor did it “become a smartphone vendor by accident.” That lets Google off too easily, by allowing the company to reframe its enormous mistake in a way that, in retrospect, still makes sense. Yes, we lost a ton of money, but it was all about the patents anyway, so it was still a good deal for us.

Google definitely bought Motorola to become a smartphone vendor. It wanted to build Motorola into a tier one smartphone vendor to take on Samsung and Apple by reshaping the company in its own image. Under Google, Motorola went through a metamorphosis of simplicity and focus that, even under Lenovo today, it is still benefiting from. Similarly, Google learned a tremendous amount about the smartphone industry, about making deals with wireless carriers, and about manufacturing smartphones, that likely led it to understand that it didn’t want the overhead. If, under Google, Motorola had risen to sell tens of millions of phones a year and turn a handsome profit, Google would be boasting today of its success in delicately balancing the needs of Android the platform and its in-house smartphone division.

This is an oversimplification, but when Google sold Motorola to Lenovo in 2014 for less than a fifth of what it paid it also shed itself of the tremendous ongoing financial burden of actually owning the equipment, and maintaining the logistics and distribution deals, that go along with being a smartphone maker. It’s tough, capital-intensive work — work that Apple, which …read more



Is the LG V30 good for gaming? /

By Hans-Georg Kluge

The LG V30 is a great phone in many aspects,so we decided to look in detail at whether it’s good for playing games, as this was one of its biggest selling points.

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[Deal Alert] AT&T/unlocked LG V20 is down to $329.99 on Breed via NeweggFlash /

By Richard Gao

The LG V30 may have been announced, but it still isn’t for sale in the US. Until then, last year’s V20 reigns as the newest LG V-series phone you can purchase stateside. And now, you can get an AT&T/unlocked model for just $329.99 on NeweggFlash through seller Breed.

In case you’ve forgotten, the V20 sports a 5.7″ 1440p IPS display, a Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage with microSD expansion, a 16MP/8MP camera setup on the rear, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 3200mAh battery.

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The best home security camera on the market: Amaryllo /

By Luis Ortega

Amaryllo home security cameras are available on the market now. But should you buy one? We think so, here’s why.

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