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This 4/20, brands’ efforts range from decriminalization advocacy to fun social pushes – AdAge.com

This year’s 4/20, the annual holiday for weed enthusiasts, is definitely one for celebration. Over the past year, cannabis won major battles, with recreational marijuana becoming legal in states like New York. and dispensary workers were deemed essential workers during the pandemic. Cannabis is now legal for recreational use in 11 states, and for medical use in 33 states. 

The pandemic has led to new levels of cannabis consumption among Americans. In 2020, the U.S. saw a 24% increase in U.S. adults using the plant and so far in 2021, there has already been a 26% increase, according to consumer survey company MRI-Simmons in its National Cannabis Study for 2021, shared with Ad Age. In fact, 26 million Americans reported using some form of cannabis as a result of COVID-19, with 71% starting to use marijuana with THC and 45% starting to use CBD, states the same study. And nine out of 10 of these, or 24 million Americans, say they plan on continuing their use even after the pandemic is over. 

The high-flying holiday has naturally been adopted by cannabis brands, but plenty of non-weed brands, too, are looking to connect with the same consumers continue to find ways to make their mark on the day.

This year, efforts like Jimmy John’s French bread-baking livestream and Slim Jim’s Doge-inspired snacks, are playful. Others, however, take on ongoing issues surrounding the plant, like decriminalization and federal legalization. Weedmaps is raising money for those who have been incarcerated for cannabis-related crimes and is livestreaming a criminal justice reform session, while Ben & Jerry’s is asking followers to write to Congress about decriminalizing the plant.

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Check Out This List of POC Brands To Support This 4/20 – mitú inc

Dispensaries, especially unlicensed shops, are not known to be the friendliest of places. For first timers, it can be quite intimidating to go into one and be presented with a plethora of products, where do you even begin? As you stand there trying to figure out what everything means, the pressure grows as fast as the line behind you and the budtender gives you simple responses that don’t even answer your inquiries. You probably ended up leaving with more questions than you went in with and picked the best sounding products, but don’t really know what you got or what to do with it.

Tropicanna is here to change that narrative.

The dispensary, which is located in Santa Ana, serves and delivers to the greater Orange County area, including Anaheim, Irvine, and all the way to San Clemente. You can spot the shop from blocks away, the bright turquoise and pink building is easily discernible among the surrounding storefronts. The inspiration for the decor and color scheme is tied back to the original Tropicana Club in Havana Cuba, mixed with Miami vibes and culture for a modern and Instagrammable experience.

“At Tropicanna, we want people to have fun and feel at home,” co-owner JP told mitú. “When people walk into the shop, we want them to forget about all the other bad experiences they’ve had. We’re here to help, whether it be with medicinal or recreational cannabis, we want everyone to feel comfortable enough to ask all the questions they have and leave our store confident with their choices.” 

Having been to various dispensaries, I can confidently attest to the fact that their customer service team is unparalleled. Seriously. At no point in time did I feel rushed, and when I talked to the reps it was like I was talking with a friend. The shop is well stocked in all types of products, and the customer service reps were able to help me figure out which ones were right for me based on the experience I wanted to have. I even ended up leaving with a couple of products for my mom (she needs her chocolatitos to help her go to sleep).

Not only is Tropicanna changing the customer experience game, they are also inviting the community to get involved and participate in the various events they host, the most recent of which was for Dia De Los Muertos.

“We would be nothing without our community,” continued JP, “so we wanted to let them know that we appreciate them and are proud to be a part of it. That was where the inspiration for the event came in. At the end of the day, at Tropicanna we want to stand out in the experience we provide but also community presence.”

The main event setup was in the parking lot, but there was plenty to see inside the shop. As soon as you walked in you were able to sign up for a giveaway, which was complete with products from the vendors stationed outside. Cempasuchil flowers and calaveras were everywhere, most of the staff was in full calavera makeup, and there was even an altar!

If you purchased any products from the companies that were sponsoring the event, you got some free treats from the vendors outside. 👀

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Chef Rudy, the founder of @cannabiscateredevents, has figured out how to take delicious food and elevate it. He’s at Tropicanna every Tuesday with a weekly rotating menu. This time he made carne asada esquites that were so good, just thinking about them is making me hungry. The meal was not infused, but Chef Rudy encourages customers to season and infuse their food at home with products you can purchase inside Tropicanna! Check out his IG for more info.

Nomad Cocktail Co.

I needed something to wash down my esquites, so I went over to @nomadcocktailco and got a mocktail. Maddi, the business owner and former bartender, works with products from @kan_ade_ and Cannabis Quenchers to create specialty drinks that are as delicious and potent as they are pretty. My favorites were the piña drink with the chamoy rim and the blueberry pomegranate, complete with a cempasuchil flower 😋 Check out @nomadcocktailco and @kan_ade_ for more!

La Familia

By far one of my favorite brands, La Familia is Los Angeles based and Latino owned and operated, which is rare in the cannabis industry. I first discovered them when they launched their infused chocolates, which come in flavors like Mazapan, Fresas con Crema, and Cajeta, just to name a few. This time Tania Noyola, the brand ambassador, introduced me to some of their newer products such as their Chocolate Abuelita cookies and their Churro Rice Krispie (both super yum), and their aguas frescas, which come in flavors such as Horchata, Mango, Fresa, and even Limón con Pepino! Rumor has it they even have some chile covered gummies dropping in the next few months. @lafamiliachocolate is definitely a brand you’re going to want to keep tabs on.

Wonderbrett

Wonderbrett is another Los Angeles local vendor and they brought with them artist @eternallovetribe, well known for collaborating with BJ The Chicago Kid and bringing his design to life. The design is now the packaging for one of Wonderbrett’s most popular strains, “Black Orchid,” which is “perfect for relieving stress, anxiety, insomnia, and pain.” It was really cool to watch @eternallovetribe’s art process as they created a custom piece for the event. Check out Wonderbrett’s website here.

Humboldt’s Finest Farms

What makes Humboldt’s Finest Farms different from all the other brands? For starters, they are a co-op of 3 farmers who are all about sustainability and giving back to the community. From the way they grow their plants to the biodegradable packaging, everything that Humboldt Farms does is with intention. Their goal is to produce the highest quality products in the most natural way. Click this link to check out their website.

Dreamt Products

Another minority owned business! Created by Latina scientist, Carolina Vazquez Mitchell, Dreamt Products began when the founder started suffering from insomnia. Dr. Vazquez Mitchell had been working with cannabis since she was 17 years old, and decided to take her experience and combine it with her education to find a natural solution to her problem. Today, Dreamt Products has tinctures and vapes designed to help you get the sleep you need. Click here to find out more!

If you still had room for dessert, Afters Ice Cream was there to satisfy your craving.

Naturally, I went with their mango sorbet and added tajin and chamoy. Not available infused, but still delicious 😉

If you missed the event, don’t fret! Tropicanna told mitú they’re planning on having at least one event every month. As far as what else we have to look forward to in November, they’re having major markdowns for Black Friday and will be having even more for delivery on Cyber Monday. Check out Tropicanna’s website for more info!

Tropicanna can be found at 1628 S. Grand Ave, Santa Ana CA 92705

Questions? Call (714)701-8186 for more information.

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Two Bay Area chefs are set to compete in a special spinoff of ‘Chopped’ – SF Gate

For chef Victor Aguilera, appearing on the 420 version of “Chopped” was partly a chance to redeem himself.

Out to avenge a loss on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” Aguilera, of Arepas en Bici in San Francisco, saw his chance with “Chopped 420.” The show — which also features Oakland chef Solomon Johnson of The Bussdown as another contestant — became both a chance to win it all on a competition show, but also an opportunity to address the stigma of marijuana consumption.

“So this is one of the main reasons why I did the competition: I wanted to break that taboo of marijuana being bad and scary,” Aguilera said. “… I use it a lot for my anxiety and depression — it’s just a plant and it comes from the earth, it’s given to us and it has a lot of medicinal use.”

For “Chopped 420,” all the rules are the same for this special ($10,000 prize, three chefs doing timed cooking), but the surprise basket ingredient will contain a marijuana food item for the four chefs to work with, along with a special “cannabis pantry” for them to explore.

Marijuana-fueled cooking shows are growing in popularity, with “Bong Appetit” on Vice and “Cooking on High” on Netflix. But with the arrival of “Chopped 420,” Aguilera and Johnson say they felt this signals more of an acceptance of marijuana into the mainstream.

“I think [‘Chopped 420’ is] making it more acceptable,” Johnson said. “… But I think that the show’s main purpose is to actually help break down stigma that is directly associated with medical marijuana. A lot of people that have bad things to say about medical marijuana have probably had bad experiences with it, especially with edibles. … Whereas this competition, it’s changing people’s lives, giving hardworking people an opportunity and a platform to showcase their talent — and at the same time, educate the consumers about the magic of medical marijuana.”

Chef Victor Aguilera of Arepas en Bici in San Francisco, is another Bay Area competitor on

Chef Victor Aguilera of Arepas en Bici in San Francisco, is another Bay Area competitor on “Chopped 420” which was shot in early 2021.

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Both Johnson and Aguilera are well versed in cooking with cannabis. Despite both having the stereotypical homemade “pot brownie” experience for their first foray into marijuana and food, they’ve since elevated their own cooking with cannabis. Aguilera previously catered meals for the staff at a marijuana farm, and Johnson explored cannabis and food as he went into culinary school.

“My love for cannabis obviously grew as my career did, because [of] the aches and pains that come with working the line on a consistent basis, [which] is more or less the reason why I medicate,” Johnson said. “I just got more curious the more I learned about food, the more I wanted to try to see what I could figure out on my own. Infusing more savory stuff, than sweet, learning more about whole flower extractions and flavorless infusions with distillates and tinctures and things like that. So it just started getting really fun.”

Besides moving past the stigma of working with marijuana and exploring its culinary side, both Aguilera and Johnson credited the show with getting them moving and motivated again after the pandemic devastated the restaurant industry. Aguilera started his popular Venezuelan arepas pop-up during the pandemic, making everything from home, but said he’s been trying to find his passion again, and that the competitiveness of the show allowed him to “go out there and try to represent my family and my country.”

For Johnson, not having an opportunity to work when he’s “used to going 110% every single day” in a restaurant kitchen, he felt like going on the show was an opportunity to “spread my wings without any restriction.”

“It’s been so long since I’ve been able to go full throttle, full speed, like I don’t have to worry about cleaning or anything — I just have to leave it all out there,” Johnson said. “And I think that was the most exciting thing for me, because I just felt like a sports car in a garage [like], ‘Oh well, I’ll break it out in summer.’ With the pandemic, I just had to sit at home and not do anything, but as soon as we got into the competition and I actually started cooking, I got really, really comfortable because I hadn’t realized how bad I needed that feeling again. It felt like being on the line and in the middle of a dinner rush, and it’s like, every second counts, you know what I mean? So that was really, really exciting.”

“Chopped 420” will be available for streaming on the Discovery+ platform starting Tuesday.

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Free Marijuana For Vaccinations And Cannabis Dog Toys: How Brands Are Celebrating 4/20 This Year – Marijuana Moment

Marijuana advocates and enthusiasts have a lot to celebrate on this year’s unofficial cannabis holiday 4/20.

State-level legalization has continued to spread in 2021—adding New York, Virginia and New Mexico to the list of adult-use states within the span of weeks. Congressional leaders are on the verge of introducing legislation to end federal prohibition, and Democrats are in control of both chambers plus the White House, raising hopes that comprehensive reform will be enacted this session.

But one thing hasn’t changed in 2021: companies and organizations are still doing their most to promote brands and products with marijuana-themed promotions and events on April 20.

And it makes sense. Cannabis reform is popular, with a new national poll finding a record 69 percent of Americans in favor of legalization. Plus, more adults have access to marijuana products to safely and legally enjoy the festivities, even if things still look a little different amid the pandemic.

The result of all of this is a lot of businesses and organizations trying to get in on the action, including those that aren’t necessarily tied directly to the cannabis industry.

Here’s a rundown of major brands that are celebrating 4/20:

Ben & Jerry’s

Keeping with a theme it set out last year, ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s is using its platform to promote federal marijuana reform. Digital billboards and a van covered in advertising promoting the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act could be seen in the nation’s capitol, paid for by the activist-minded business.

And in partnership with the ACLU, Ben & Jerry’s is launching a call-to-action, asking Americans to text “MORE” to 40456 “to show their support of the MORE Act.”

Jimmy John’s

The sandwich company is inviting enthusiasts to engage with its social media feeds on 4/20 for a chance to win limited-edition merchandise—a bean bag chair modeled after its signature jalepeno chips.

They will also be streaming a “wake & bake” session on their Instagram live account that features actor and comedian Rob Huebel taking viewers through a “guided breaditation” that involves “vibe-filled, euphemism-filled, bread-science-filled words of introspection.”

Hotels.com

Up until 4:20am on 4/20, people who book hotel reservations through Hotels.com can send an email with their confirmation receipt to [email protected] for a chance to win a $200 room service credit… or “munchie money.”

“The perks included as part of this Munchie Money deal are truly the culmination of all the best aspects of being a Hotels.com rewards member,” Jennifer Dohm, head of PR, said. “From late checkout to a bonus night stay, onlyHotels.com allows you to get rewarded just for reserving a stay. Getting your massive room service spread covered doesn’t hurt either!”

Nuggs

The plant-based food company is getting in on the holiday as well, offering a $420 giveaway to select Instagram followers who send them a message showing a receipt for any product that ends in $4.20.

“You can buy literally anything from anywhere, and any variation of $4.20 counts (ex: $64.20, $114.20, etc),” Nuggs said. “Remember, we said we MIGHT send you $420… winners will be randomly selected over the next few days and notified via IG DM.”

BarkBox

The dog toy and treat business is back at it again with another round of 4/20 themed dog goodies. Get a “spinach burrito,” “spice grinder” or a “single maple leaf” for your furry friend.

“In honor of the upcoming very normal April 20th in this very normal month, we would like to direct your attention to these very normal toys available for a limited time,” BarkBox said in a blog post. “We sourced these toys from a totally normal farm owned by a totally normal Jared, a farmer.”

Slim Jim

Slim Jim is latching onto the converging 4/20 and DogeCoin trends to raise money for World Central Kitchen.

Snickers

Snickers is also trying to ride the Doge and cannabis wave.

discovery+

The TV station is launching a new marijuana-themed version of the cooking competition show Chopped.

Paramount+

Paramount+ also wants you to stay home and watch TV today.

Grand Theft Auto

Rockstar Games is offering free virtual gifts and bonuses in GTA Online.

Call of Duty

Cannabis-themed items launched in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

White Castle

The burger joint with a reputation for attracting cannabis enthusiasts is promoting its $4.20 Muncheese meal and offering free deliveries through UberEats for orders of $15 or more.

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

The beer company launched a new ale to commemorate the Waldos, the group California teens who began the 420 craze in the 1970s.

Weedmaps

Weedmaps is hosting a 4/20 livestream event, with musical performances by artists like Snoop Dogg and A$AP. There will also be a panel led by the Last Prisoner Project to discuss the need for social equity in legalization legislation.

Musicians are also taking a moment to celebrate 4/20:

Wiz Khalifa

The Flaming Lips

Advocacy organizations are also marking the cannabis occasion:

ACLU

The civil rights group is promoting its cannabis-themed products such as a marijuana stress ball.

NORML

The pro-legalization organization put out a call-to-action ahead of 4/20 to encourage supporters to hemp them “Finish the Fight” to end prohibition.

“While we have undoubtedly made immense progress in recent years, hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens are still arrested each year for simple possession of a plant,” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said. “That is why we are calling on all legalization supporters to take time out of their 4/20 celebrations this year to help us finish the fight, both at the federal level and in those states that still are living under the dark ages of prohibition.”

DC Marijuana Justice (DCMJ)

On 4/20, DCMJ is organizing an event where members will give away free marijuana at COVID-19 vaccination centers across the nation’s capital.

Other organization are using the holiday for public education purposes around cannabis laws:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The federal agency is urging people not to drive while impaired, using the hashtag #420 in a tweet.

Colorado Department of Transportation

The department is similarly raising awareness about the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol or marijuana.

MADD

MADD is also reminding people not to drive while impaired.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

TSA says it wants to “clear the smoke when it comes to traveling with medical marijuana.”

“Marijuana remains illegal federally unless it’s less than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis,” it said. “This means you can’t travel with it, even if going from one legalized state to another.”

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

While not explicitly tied to 4/20, the federal agency did tweet on Tuesday a link to a blog post about the rules around adding cannabis ingredients to cosmetics.

Even prohibitionists are trying to take advantage of the occasion, with Smart Approaches To Marijuana’s Kevin Sabet releasing a book on 4/20 that attempts to lay out reasons not to pursue legalization and offers insights into the man behind the anti-reform movement.

In other words: no matter where people stand on marijuana, it seems everyone has something to say about it at least once a year.

Schumer Celebrates 4/20 Marijuana Holiday On Senate Floor

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Flower Power: 25 Pot-repreneurs Who Are Invested in Cannabis and CBD Businesses – Variety

Every week it seems another celebrity announces the launch of a new cannabis brand. What started with Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson in 2015 has gone mainstream; Magic Johnson and Jane Fonda are CBD brand ambassadors now. With the continuing passage of legalization in states across the nation, more such brands will hit the market.

One element of the Green Rush which has been problematic is lack of diversity in ownership. That’s not the case here with 45% placement for people of color, mostly among performers and athletes, and 36% by women. One key female figure, Whoopi Goldberg, closed up her business, Whoopi & Maya, in 2020. Goldberg announced a new cannabis venture Emma & Clyde, named for her mother and brother, on 4/20.

Pot is hot and so are the stocks. Most of the celeb brands are private, though you can invest in the companies they partner with, like Canopy Growth or Cronos.

For some it’s good to know Nelson or Bob Marley’s family have put their seal of approval on commercial pot products. There certainly are enough of them with plenty more to come.

Here are Variety’s Top 25 Celebrity Pot-repreneurs:

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From Cypress Hill to Dr. Greenthumb’s, B-Real Combines Cannabis and Hip-Hop Into a Potent Blend – GreenState

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B-Real (Louis Mario Freese), a founder of the pioneering Los Angeles hip-hop outfit Cypress Hill and a member of the supergroup Prophets of Rage (with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello), has been a prominent cannabis activist and entrepreneur for some time. But every April 20th, he takes stock of how far marijuana reform has come.

“The cool thing is it’s become a holiday for stoners, a day to celebrate cannabis and the culture,” he says of 4/20. “Also, the dedicated advocates and activists who have helped us get to this era of legalization.”

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B will be particularly busy todau, announcing the release of a double-A-sided single via his label eOne that includes “Mother Mary” featuring DJ Paul and “Triple OG,” both produced by Grammy winner Scott Storch and from the Real’s upcoming solo album.

In addition, a limited edition curated pre-roll, a Pineapple OZK strain developed with Long Beach brand Wonderbrett, will be available for purchase at his Dr. Greenthumb’s dispensaries, with a free download of “Mother Mary.” He’s also collaborated with tattoo artist Mister Cartoon for a collection of NFTs based on the artwork for “Triple OG.” The drop begins, naturally, at 4:20pm on 4/20, featuring a live auction during Cypress Hill’s livestream performance from the Roxy.

Cypress Hill, the rap band B-Real formed with Sen Dog (Senen Reyes) and transplanted New York City native DJ Muggs (Lawrence Muggerud) in 1988, naming it after a street in their Los Angeles hood of South Gate, released its self-titled debut in 1991 on the Columbia-distributed Ruffhouse label (which would include acts like The Fugees, DMX, Kris Kross, Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean). The seminal album made the group’s love of cannabis explicit with songs like “Light Another,” “Stoned is the Way of the Walk” and “Something for the Blunted,” then on their second album, 1993’s “Black Sunday,” introducing classic stoner anthems “I Wanna Get High,” “Hits from the Bong,” the spoken word track “Legalize It,” and, most notably, “Insane in the Brain.”

B-Real has become a leading cannabis entrepreneur (see Top Potrepreneurs list), owning six Dr. Greenthumb dispensaries (named after the Cypress Hill song) in California (including one apiece in Sylmar and downtown L.A., with a seventh opening in La Mesa in June). Freese also sports a line of Insane-branded cannabis products, including several vape pens in collaboration with Grenco Science’s G-Pen, Insane OG Pilsner with the Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing company, a lager which smells like weed, part of their 420 Strain Series. The rapper also hosts a podcast, a live streaming site (Breal.TV) and an infused cooking show on Vice, “Bong Appetit,” as well as producing Phuncky Feel Tips, a glass holder for joints, and the Insane Brand Clothing fashion line.

B-Real is especially pumped at the pairing with Grenco, which is producing Dr. Greenthumb’s G Pen Roam, the first-of-its-kind all-in-one portable water filtered vaporizer; the G Pen Dash, a palm-sized portable essential vaporizer; the G Pen Connect, offering an alternative to conventional concentrate consumption; as well as the Stündenglass Gravity Hookah.

“We always considered ourselves the champions of cannabis culture in terms of hip-hop and mainstream music,” says B-Real of his roots in weed. “We reference it in the music whenever we get a chance.”

Even B-Real is amazed at the current charge for legalization, which started in states like Colorado and Washington, moving to California and most recently, New York.

“It’s amazing that the tide has changed from when it was taboo and known as the gateway drug,” says B. “People are more educated now, willing to learn more by truing it out.”

Building his cannabis brand and seeing the growth of the business has been a rewarding experience for B-Real, and not just financially.

“It’s a beautiful thing when you create something and people respond to it, especially in the cannabis industry” he says. “Many of us had hoped for the opportunity to create a business within this business. Now, not only do you have flower products, but concentrates that are byproducts.  The industry is constantly evolving and we’re all learning new ways of operating. It still needs some fixes, but we’re on the path of making it better for all those that follow us.”

B-Real calls his product line “not just a brand, but a legacy and culture,” adding, “We have a lot of love for what we do, in both music and cannabis. This is a passion for us. It’s all about the quality and the love we put into each of them.”

Among the factors holding back the legitimate cannabis business, for B-Real and others, are onerous state taxes. “No other industry is taxed as high as cannabis, at least here in California,” he says. “That shit is just unfair and ridiculous. The cannabis industry basically saved this state.  The government has made a lot of money from us. Those folks need to take that into consideration.  It’s no wonder cannabis was deemed an essential service during the pandemic.”

The banking issue is another thorn in the side of cannabis entrepreneurs, according to B-Real.

“The banks are afraid to take our money because the federal government might revoke their license to operate. It leaves us in a predicament, because where do we put our money? Until it’s federally legal, we’re going to face this problem.”

As for how the music and his cannabis business interact, B-Real is blunt.  He insists it’s a compliment to be called the Grateful Dead of hip-hop, but he would prefer comparisons to “Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath.”

“It wasn’t something we were looking to be, compared to someone else,” says B-Real. “It was just something that happened, and we embraced it.  We were able to have an impact beyond just putting out music to attract new fans. It’s a movement. There are times we haven’t released new songs for three or four years and still had festival shows sell out. We appreciate people seeing us in that light.”

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Vt. marijuana individuals commemorate 4/20, eagerly anticipate lawful industry – WCAX

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – Marijuana stores can be prepared to open up following year in Vermont, making the following 4/20 pot-smoking “vacation” a large one. For some cannabis followers, the vacation can be wonderful, but also for several, it’s still complex browsing present state and also government regulations.

“4/20 is our informal preferred vacation,” stated Kelsy Raap with Eco-friendly State Garden Enthusiast, a Burlington store that expenses itself as the state’s “biggest expand shop.”

The Pine Road shop uses devices for those with an environment-friendly thumb of all degrees when it involves marijuana. “We still, also in the solitary week we have actually been open below, have actually seen individuals can be found in as well as stating, ‘I intend to expand for the very first time,'” Raap said.But as cannabis is lawful to have and also expand in minimal amounts in the state, it’s still hard for some to obtain the seeds to start– the shops can not offer them.”It’s still extremely hard to obtain accessibility to the genes, due to the fact that it’s still government a grey location. It’s government prohibited to offer the seeds,”Raap said.Access to marijuana items will certainly alter when Vermont’s retail industry opens up.

The legislation passed in 2015 yet the policies and also regulations are not yet in position. Presently, there are just clinical cannabis dispensaries open in the state. Marijuana individuals continue to be nervous for the leisure market to open up. “There is a flourishing illegal market right here still in Vermont as well as we are wishing that opening this controlled industry will certainly bring a great deal of those individuals right into the lawful market, “claimed Bridget Conry with the Champlain Valley Dispensary.Governor Phil Scott allow the entertainment sales regulation come to be regulation without his trademark and also doubters state he was slow-moving to call the Marijuana Control panel that will certainly supervise the advancement of the managed market. Supporters state the procedure is still on the right track to obtain dispensaries open by May of 2022.”Not just do you obtain some tax obligation earnings yet you have the procedure of security and also control that the area and also the state can apply over marijuana,”stated Sen. Chris Pearson, P/D-Chittenden County.With completely managed marijuana heading, will individuals appear to get it? Those in the sector state yes. “Vermonters are mosting likely to have the ability to most likely to a shop below in Vermont and also acquire marijuana that has actually been lab-tested,

it’s identified suitably, they understand specifically what they are obtaining, “Conry claimed. “The individual that wishes to expand their very own is possibly mosting likely to purchase it also, “Raap said.And for those that are attempting to expand their very own …” It would certainly behave for seeds as well as plant-wise

, however besides that, it does not actually trouble me if we obtain them or otherwise,” stated Mike Bessette of South Burlington.”It is among those points. Like, I can purchase my tomatoes at the grocery store or I can expand my tomatoes. I’ll acquire if I’m going out yet I would certainly like to do it myself if I can,” Jack Barron of Williston.Green State Gardner is offering

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4/20 Recipes on TikTok to Cook Your Way Through the Holiday Every Day – Distractify

It’s really hard to be a stoner and not have a sweet tooth, because TikTok is seriously overflowing with sweet treats to make in honor of 4/20, or any other day you want a little chocolate with your weed. To make this fudge, all you have to do is mix condensed milk, Cookies ‘N’ Creme Hershey’s Kisses, and, of course, cannabis butter in a pan until it all melts together. Let it harden, cut it up, and enjoy. But, you know, don’t enjoy too much.

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NJWeedman Is Opening a Wynwood Weed Lounge and Shooting a Reality Show – Miami New Times

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Longtime marijuana activist and entrepreneur Ed Forchion, better known as NJWeedman, is opening a weed lounge in Wynwood — and filming a reality show about it.

The lounge, the Joint of Miami, is set to open in early summer. According to NJWeedman, it will be a place for Miami’s cannabis community to gather. “It’s a place for local potheads to drift over,” he tells New Times.

The lounge will also display artworks by local artists. “I painted the entire inside black to serve as canvases for the artists. I’m an art lover,” says NJWeedman, adding that he hopes to get the new lounge involved in Miami Art Week this December.

The Joint of Miami will also house a juice bar and will host several food trucks purveying vegan fare. A large outdoor area will host live bands and guest DJs. NJ Weedman says some big names in the music world have reached out to him, though he declined to mention names, explaining that nothing has been confirmed.

The Joint of Miami is Weedman’s second…joint. The original NJWeedman’s Joint, located in New Jersey’s capital city, Trenton, is a weed-themed smoke shop and restaurant whose menu items include a “Snoop’s Dream” breakfast and a “Rasta” stir-fry. Although Weedman didn’t sell pot at the establishment, it was raided in 2016; police seized $19,000 worth of marijuana found on the premises. Forchion (Weedman) and ten others were arrested, and he was initially indicted on 11 drug-related charges. The charges were subsequently downgraded or dropped.

Weedman says he doesn’t plan on selling any weed at his Miami location, which he’s classifying it as a “members-only” club. Annual memberships are priced at $420 through June, with an unspecified price increase after that; day passes are also available. Forchion says he’s unsure what, if any, legal ramifications might apply to a lounge that invites patrons to get baked. The marijuana advocate says he simply wants to open a place for people to chill in a relaxed setting.

To that end, Weedman, who’s 57, sees the Joint of Miami as an alternative to bars. The lounge, which will serve no alcohol, will offer indoor and outdoor areas where people can listen to music, see art, and smoke pot. “I socialize, so I go to bars. I can deal with someone who’s sipping on a drink, but there’s always some drunk and it gets annoying,” he explains.

Though Weedman is adamant that he won’t sell weed at his Miami lounge, the self-proclaimed “marijuana activist” does sell weed out of his Trenton shop, which is located directly across the street from city hall, and does so blatantly, without a license. The shop offers 16 varieties of pot, edibles, and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

“Most of my members have medical marijuana cards. I get about 200 to 300 people a day in New Jersey,” says Weedman, who opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana, likening it to “corporate cannabis” and “the Walmarts of weed.” (The State of New Jersey legalized recreational marijuana in February of this year.)

Weedman’s Miami exploits will be documented in a reality series, Miami’s Highlife With NJWeedman, which will follow along as he opens his Miami lounge. The series will stream on Unleashed Entertainment’s website. Though a release date has not been set, a representative for Unleashed, which launched early this month, said the first episode should coincide with the opening of the Joint of Miami.

Weedman, who has been traveling back and forth from New Jersey to Florida, says he was planning to open the Miami lounge long before the reality-show concept arose.

He’d tried to break into showbiz, even lived in Los Angeles for a time and appeared in a few productions. “I shot sizzle reels and nothing,” he says.

Then, after he found the Wynwood space and signed a lease, he got a call.

“My phone rings while I’m walking into Walmart and bam! Unleashed wanted to hit me up about a reality show,” he recounts. “It was the cream on the cake: I’m a media whore and this was right up my alley.”

The lounge won’t open for a few months yet, but Weedman says he already feels like Miami is home: “I’m treated like a celebrity here and I’m enjoying myself.”

He has also been checking out the bars and restaurants in his new neighborhood. (Perhaps not surprisingly, when asked to name a favorite, he mentions Kush. “I checked out the menu and they have chicken and waffles.”)

If you’re looking for work, the Joint of Miami has scheduled an interview day on May 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. Those interested in applying should send a résumé to HR@thejointofmiami.com.

Just be prepared to “fail” a drug test, Weedman says.

The Joint of Miami. 2010 NW Miami Ct., Miami; thejointofmiami.com. Opening summer 2021.

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13 ways to celebrate 4/20 in NYC this year – Time Out New York

It’s a high point for New Yorkers who partake in the green stuff—Governor Cuomo just signed legislation to make weed legal in New York and the state is on track to be one of the nation’s biggest markets for it.

And while there are still developments to come, New Yorkers can now have three ounces of recreational weed and smoke wherever smoking is normally allowed. So it goes without saying that as the first 4/20 where marijuana is legal, there’s a bit more cause for celebration here in 2021. 

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To celebrate, New Yorkers are celebrating like never before with live music jams, culinary events and ways to get your snack on. Below are our favorite 4/20 events happening in NYC:

1. Free joints at Union Square Park until 4:20pm

Dana Beal, the 74-year-old founder of the Global Marijuana March, has organized a “Joints for Jabs” event today. Between now and 4:20pm, show up at Union Square Park with proof of vaccination and you’ll be given a fat one.

2. Seven Grain Army Pre-Opening Bake Sale

If you’ve got the munchies, you won’t want to miss this bake sale aiming to raise funds for Seven Grain Army’s new location at 88 Roebling Ave. You’ll get a preview of the shop’s menu—you can order a brunch sampler, the cafe’s signature muFins, probiotic mylks, jam, a limited edition tote bag, and much more, according to greenpointers.com. You must preorder your food ahead of time and plan to pick up between noon and 6pm at the Roebling Avenue location’s bake sale window.

3. The Mads cover the Marijuana short starring Sonny Bono 

The Mads, Trace Beaulieu & Frank Conniff from Mystery Science Theater 3000, are riffing over the 1968 educational short that the “clearly stoned” Sonny Bono hosted. The video was shown in high school health classes across the U.S. during that time. You can catch it on YouTube today.

4. House of Hemp presents: 420 Celebration 

Join the House of Hemp (863 Broadway, Brooklyn) for discounted ($50) facials, massages and yoni streams and a chance to win a raffle for more than $150 in items. When you stop in after 5pm, a DJ and saxophonist will provide tunes. At 7:30 and 8pm, enjoy yoga with a fun twist for $7. Purchase your tickets here.

5. David Peel 420 Tribute

The Bowery Electric is hosting a show (in-person but also live-streamed) paying tribute to David Peel, featuring the David Peel Club Band, Mickey Leigh’s Mutated Music, Soulcake, The Cynz, Sea Monster, Joey Kelley & Dive Bar Romeos, Puma Perl, Tiny Pinecones, Bill Popp and Rewd Onez. Tickets are $15 in person and $10 online.

6. Higher Learning Panel Discussion

Head to Basquiat’s Bottle (1198 Fulton St.) for a panel of cannabis professionals (Tarik Buds, Jackie Jeong, Wanda Benvenutti, and Dave Boredom) who will talk about the new law, using in public, how to grow your own home herb, cooking with cannabis and how to be a part of the industry. There will be cocktails, food and more. Doors open at 7pm, but purchase your tickets quickly because it is limited capacity.

7. 420 Bonfire

BYOB(ong) to Hemp Lab NYC’s Cannabis Club event with kratom cocktails, infused ice cream, munchies, gift bags, board games and music. Everything is first-come, first-served, so get there early! Head over to its Greenpoint location (128 India Street) between 7 and 11pm.

8. CBD Kratom opening

CBD Kratom is opening a new location in Chelsea (354 W. 14th St.) with more than 600 cannabis and kratom products, featuring CBD, Delta-8 THC, CBG, and over 50 strains of pure kratom. Head over to the grand opening to celebrate starting at 8am.

9. Parade and forum with the Start SMART Coalition

Celebrate and learn what legalization means for New Yorkers with advocates and defenders who have been fighting for legalization for years. The event will start with a parade from 125th St./Lex Ave at 2pm, which will stretch to 111th St./Lexington Ave. Then, the forum begins at 4:20pm at the People Church 163 E. 111th St. This is a family event, all ages are welcome. Food and drink will be provided.

10. The Music of Bob Marley

The Cafe Wha? House Band is paying tribute to Bob Marley’s music, message and activism through performances by Amadou Gaye and Robin Andre. Tickets are $20 for the show at 8pm.

11. Weeding Out The Stoned: 4/20 Edition

This is the “Game Show of Sobriety Tests”: Eight comedians enter—all but one of them are stoned. “Officer” Alex Grubard will administer the sobriety tests, gathers testimony and plays mind games so the audience can eliminate stoners one-by-one. If the sober person is the last comic standing then everyone wins dope prizes. Grab tickets for $20 and head over to Asylum NYC (307 W. 26th St.) at 9:30pm on Friday.

12. The Goods Mart Think BIG Munchie Box

The Soho-based Goods Mart just launched a munchie box that Includes Gigantic Almond Horchata, Gwell Energize Japanese Matcha Bites, a two-pack of Partake Cookies, Pipcorn Cheese Balls, Purely Elizabeth Granola Vanilla Almond Butter, Smart Sweets Sweet Fish, Symphony Chips, Torie and Howard Chewie Sour Berry Fruities and The Good Crisp Sour Cream & Onion chips. It’s $60 with $10 of that going to the Minority Cannabis Business Association.

13. Blue Point Brewing’s Legalize Wheat brew and HopBox

Blue Point Brewing just released a hoppy American Wheat Ale made with a pineapple express terpene blend that it’s pairing up with a limited-edition HopBox that includes the Legalize Wheat, but also the Peripheral Drift (IPA), LIIT (Hard Tea Seltzer), and Hoptical Illusion (IPA) brews alongside rolling papers, munchies, a limited edition poster designed by Helen Kennedy, the first artist-in-residence for the Grateful Dead, who designed the Legalize Wheat brew packaging. You can order these items here. If you’re on Long Island for 4/20, stop by Blue Point for an all-day celebration with vendors, live music, food and drinks, movies and more. 

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