Smoker Supply Kit: Pack these essentials for pot-friendly picnics and baked barbecues

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Smoker Supply Kit: Pack these essentials for pot-friendly picnics and baked barbecues

Smoker Supply Kit: Pack these essentials for pot-friendly picnics and baked barbecues

Ah, the kit.

It’s a different variation for every smoker — some are simply a joint and a lighter, others are overflowing with accessories. However dialed-in you keep your supplies, it’s always a buzzkill when you’re scrambling for something. So here at The Cannabist, our Smoker Supply Kits will prepare you for any occasion.

The arrival of summer has us gassing up our grills and preparing for backyard parties. This season, step up your barbecue and picnic game with these hot items for higher hosting.

What’s in your personal supplies? Show us on social and tag #SmokerSupplyKit.

Cherry Diesel marijuana strain

1. Cherry Diesel, $40 (eighth)

Bred by MTG Seeds and a sativa-dominant cross of Cherry OG x Turbo Diesel, this social strain is a perfect fruity pair to your al fresco fare.
Shop/visit: Wholesale grower Veritas Cannabis, strain available at Mile High Green Cross, 852 Broadway in Denver


2. Juicy Jay’s Rolling Papers, $2.79

Double the flavor, double the fun with Very Cherry rolling papers (also available in all of your other favorite fruits). Made with a proprietary “triple-dipped” flavoring system for an infusion of the entire paper — not just the gum strip on other brands.

Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook

3. Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook, $24.99

The best cannabis chefs in the country come together in this classic cookbook from Boulder, Colorado-based Robyn Griggs Lawrence. It’s a must-have for enthusiasts of any level and stocked with patio-party recipes like a 10-hour “flower power” steak rub, cannabis ceviche, grilled potato salad with cannabis-marinated oranges and olives, fresh cannabis flower guacamole, and smoked grilled corn.


4. Helinox gear: beach chair $169.95, table (not pictured) $199.95

Step up and set up your spread with this ultra-light outdoor dining set. Using technology that is applied to tent pole design, it all packs down to fit anywhere.

Bicycle Hemp Deck cards

5. Bicycle Hemp Playing Cards, $3.99

Fully made from hemp fibers with original artwork and unique coloring, this is the coolest deck of cards to always have on deck.


6. Apolis Hemp Utility Apron, $108

For a brand synonymous with “global citizen,” you’ll help its affiliated worldwide causes when buying this durable hemp canvas apron. And when you don it for grilling out, a kiss for the chef is guaranteed.


7. Yeti Hopper Flip Cooler, $279.99

YOLO: This summer is the time to finally splurge on that Yeti. Built to be damn-near indestructible with a wide-mouth opening for easy access and a carabiner carry strap for ultimate portability, its cubed design is compact enough to go anywhere.


8. Coleman Windproof Lighter, $9.99

When the camp goods authority says windproof, they mean it. This refillable butane lighter with a water-resistant locking cap is discontinued on the official Coleman site, but worth tracking down elsewhere.


9. Majestix Juggling Sticks, from $29.95

Because hippies are the new hipsters.


10. Yummi Karma Chips, $5

If you’re in California, pick up a pack of Yummi Karma’s savory snacks for your party. The savory snacks are made with 50 mg of THC from whole-plant kief, are gluten free, and come in a variety of flavors like Barbecue, Sriracha, Sour Cream & Onion, and Salt & Pepper.


11. Vatra Roll-Up Backpack, $149

It’s smell-proof, padded, weather protective, and the only bag you need to carry everything from glass to flower on the go.

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Published at Fri, 26 May 2017 20:41:57 +0000

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Vermont governor vetoes marijuana legalization bill: “We must get this right”

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Vermont governor vetoes marijuana legalization bill: “We must get this right”

Vermont governor vetoes marijuana legalization bill: “We must get this right”

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday that he planned to veto a bill making Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana but indicated that he was willing to work with the legislature on a compromise.

Scott said he is sending the bill back with suggestions for another path forward and suggested that changes could be made to the bill in a special session this summer.

“We must get this right,” Scott said. “I think we need to move a little bit slower.”

The governor has said he’s not philosophically opposed to marijuana legalization but has concerns about public safety, children’s health and impaired drivers.

Under the legislation, small amounts of marijuana would have been legal to possess and grow for anyone over age 21.

Eight other states, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized recreational marijuana. Vermont would have been the first state to legalize marijuana by vote of a state legislative body. The other states and D.C. legalized marijuana after public referendums.

Studies by the Vermont Department of Health have found that Vermont has among the highest prevalence of marijuana use in the country and the second-highest use among people ages 12 to 25.

Proponents of marijuana legalization have said passage by the Democrat-majority legislature shows the inevitable expansion of marijuana legalization and the recognition by officials that it’s better to regulate and tax the industry than to keep it underground.

Vermont’s legislature passed the measure six months after residents in Massachusetts and Maine voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Both states are now developing mechanisms to regulate and tax the sale of marijuana. The New Hampshire Legislature is considering a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Nearly 20 states have bills pending that would legalize adult-use marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The other eight states that have legalized marijuana have done so via citizen referendums, but Vermont does not have a legal mechanism to carry out such referendums.

Will be updated.


Published at Wed, 24 May 2017 16:30:46 +0000

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Advertising Week and PRØHBTD MEDIA announce exclusive content partnership

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Advertising Week and PRØHBTD MEDIA announce exclusive content partnership

Advertising Week and PRØHBTD MEDIA announce exclusive content partnership

LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Advertising Week and PRØHBTD® MEDIA are kicking off a new exclusive strategic partnership that will focus on original content to showcase the inner workings and challenges of building a brand in the cannabis industry.

“We are honored that Advertising Week chose PRØHBTD MEDIA to showcase a select few modern cannabis companies with this new docu-series,” says co-founder Drake Sutton-Shearer. “It will be a wild deep dive into the unique world of cannabis brand building and what it takes to win in this challenging industry.”

The completed docu-series will result in an eight-episode video series that showcases four cannabis companies taking a mainstream marketing and advertising approach to their premium consumer brands.

“The cannabis industry is poised to become one of the fastest growing media and advertising markets in the U.S.,” comments Douglas Rowell, Advertising Week Global Head of Development Original Content. “PRØHBTD MEDIA is at the center of this vibrant and booming marketplace, and I am so proud to be working with them to showcase these innovative companies and daring brands to our global audience.”

The series will be syndicated across the Advertising Week partner network to millions of global subscribers. A special showing of the docu-series will premiere at Advertising Week in NYC this September in addition to a featured panel focused on cannabis media and marketing.

Adds co-founder Joshua Otten, “The goal for this series is to show the concept and outcome for each challenge and solution faced by some of our brand partners. We will document and explore these obstacles on the road to success leaving no stone unturned.”

The series premiere will coincide with an invite-only private event for leading senior executives in the mainstream advertising and marketing arena featuring name-recognition talent that will be announced closer to the date.

“Within the next 10 years, the cannabis industry is poised to exceed $50 billion annually. This radical growth will have a direct effect on nearly every industry,” adds Sutton-Shearer. “We’re here not only to help cannabis brands tell their stories to a larger audience, but also to help mainstream brands access cannabis consumers in a way that is brand-safe and genuine.”


PRØHBTD MEDIA provides world-class video production, digital marketing and branding solutions for more than 45 brand partners in the cannabis industry. As the leading content studio, PRØHBTD also produces original video and editorial with multi-platform distribution across the PRØHBTD Media Network, which includes, AppleTV, Amazon Prime, Roku, Metacafe, Dailymotion and more reaching 100+ million monthly consumers and business owners.

About Advertising Week:

Since its creation in 2004, Advertising Week has drawn more than 2.5 million participants from around the world to New York City, London and Tokyo for weeklong hybrids of thought leadership seminars and unique evening events. This year marks the 14th edition of Advertising Week in New York City and the launch of Advertising Week Latin America (LatAm) in Mexico City. Beyond education, engagement, enlightenment and entertainment, the global mission of The Week is to inspire young people to join the craft, to focus on the social impacts of advertising, assemble the world’s best and brightest to foster dialogue on the most pressing and interesting issues facing the industry, and to shine a light on the business and economic influence of the advertising, media and marketing industries.


Watch PRØHBTD® content:

Edibles with Birdie
PRØHBTD Cities Havana, Cuba
PRØHBTD Cities | Austin | Brandon Boyd
Get Loud! with Slink Johnson
Pot Pie
Modern Grower | Edibles
Learn | What are Cannabinoids?

For all press enquiries, please contact:
Alex Jacobs | Sunshine Sachs  | 212-691-2800 |

SOURCE Advertising Week


Published at Tue, 23 May 2017 18:44:57 +0000

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Maryland finally gets medical marijuana program off the ground

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Maryland finally gets medical marijuana program off the ground

Maryland finally gets medical marijuana program off the ground

The commission that oversees Maryland’s fledgling medical cannabis program voted last week to award the state’s first full license to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The stage two license, awarded to Forward Gro LLC, is a final sign-off from regulators for putting plants in the ground. The company will still have to wait for dispensaries to be fully inspected and licensed before it can sell cannabis products to approved patients, which it hopes to do by late summer or early fall.

Gail Rand, chief financial officer and patient advocate for Forward Gro, said “the patients of Maryland will finally have an opportunity to try this medicine that could help tens of thousands of people.”

The vote by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is a milestone for a program that has been beset by repeated delays and questions about the fairness of the licensing process.

“A new industry in Maryland has been officially launched,” commission executive director Patrick Jameson said in a statement. “Medical cannabis production will change the face of Maryland and will have a profound economic and health impact on the entire region.”

Last August, the commission awarded “pre-approval” licenses to 15 companies after receiving a crush of applications. Businesses that failed to win licenses brought lawsuits seeking to open the program up to more firms.

One lawsuit takes issue with the commission’s decision to re-shuffle the list of winning firms in the name of geographic diversity. Another alleges that the commission failed to properly account for racial diversity in awarding licenses.

A legislative effort to expand the number of licenses to include minority businesses and the companies suing the state over geographic diversity failed in the General Assembly last month. And as recently as Monday, a jilted license applicant filed an injunction seeking an emergency ruling to halt the issuing of licenses.

Like many of its competitors, Forward Gro’s investors include well-connected political donors and former government officials. A partial owner of the firm is Gary Mangum, the chief executive of flower wholesaler Bell Nursery and a top donor to Gov. Larry Hogan (R).

The firm also benefits from the expertise of George Johnson, a former Anne Arundel County sheriff and superintendent of the state Department of Natural Resources, who is an investor and head of security.

The marijuana commission is expected to vote later this month on the stage two application of another pre-approved grower, Curio Wellness.


Published at Mon, 22 May 2017 20:26:04 +0000

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Denver 4/20 rally organizers receive 3-year ban

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Denver 4/20 rally organizers receive 3-year ban

Denver 4/20 rally organizers receive 3-year ban

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration banned the organizer of this year’s 4/20 rally from hosting the event for three years citing a series of violations at the marijuana celebration.

In a letter released Saturday, the administration identified “substantial violations of city requirements” after conducting a review of the 2017 event and imposed $11,965 in fines and $190 in damages in addition to the temporary ban.

“We will continue to ensure that events in our parks are safe, compliant and of high quality,” said Happy Haynes, the executive director of Denver Parks and Recreation in a statement.

An attorney for the Denver 4/20 rally organization called the three-year ban “extreme overkill” on the part of Hancock’s administration and suggested the real explanation is the mayor’s opposition to marijuana. He pledged to get the decision overturned on appeal.

“I think we’ll be able to show … the city’s motivation is to silence the message (of the event) because there aren’t any actual concerns or problems, they are all technical in nature,” said Rob Corry, the group’s general counsel.

The city outlined five concerns in its 11-page letter to the 4/20 event organizers — enough to trigger the three-year ban for future event permits. The violations of the city’s public event policy included four noise complaints, untimely trash removal, limited security guards, unlicensed food vendors and street closures.

Corry disputed each issue and the city acknowledged in the letter it never notified the organizers about the noise complaints.

“None of these things remotely come close to justify revoking the event,” Corry said.

The trash issue received the most attention after piles of rubbish remained in Civic Center Park the morning after the event concluded. The rally attracted several thousand people for the 4:20 p.m. marijuana smoke-in and a concert by rapper 2 Chainz.

“Leaving the trash overnight in the park, even if bagged, is not effective or timely removal of trash from the park,” the letter states.

Corry said the permit issued for the event allowed them to continue the cleanup the day after, and in the end, “we leave the park cleaner than we received it.”

The Denver 4/20 rally organizers have 15 days to file an appeal, and Corry said if the violations are not overturned, then they will also consider taking the case to court.

In the meantime, the controversy surrounding this year’s festival is drawing attention from outside organizations — particularly the Centennial Institute, a think tank of Colorado Christian University, the faith-based school that stood against recreational marijuana sales in its home city of Lakewood.

Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute, told The Cannabist earlier this year that his organization would become more proactive in “highlighting what’s happening with Colorado in the legalization of marijuana.” The Centennial Institute is planning an Aug. 11 summit on that topic, featuring speakers from law enforcement, education and the medical community.

“It’s not just one thing, it’s a series of things that have gone wrong with this rally,” Hunt said.

Hunt said he walked through this year’s 4/20 event and was disheartened to see cannabis consumed openly in public and in the view of children. He said he and others were concerned about reports of gunshots near the event as well as people pushing down a perimeter fence to gain access to the event.

The Centennial Institute drafted an anti-4/20 petition that was later circulated via email blasts, social media, radio ads, and via CCU’s website. The petition asked Hancock to disallow future 4/20, claiming that the rallies “have become unsafe, flaunting blatant illegal activity, and trashing a national historic landmark, and with incidents of a knife attack and gunshots, the rally is a threat to attendees and the people of Denver.”

Police incidents included the arrests of two individuals after at least one shot was heard a block away from Civic Center Park; five arrests at the event; civil citations given to 20 people; and a report at 10:45 p.m. of a man threatening the post-event clean-up crew.

On Wednesday, Hunt delivered the petition and 4,091 signatures to Hancock’s office.

Colorado residents represented about 40 percent of those 4,000-plus signatories, Hunt said. It was unclear how many of those signatures were from Denver residents, Hunt said his office would need more time to tabulate those numbers.

“We felt like it was time to strengthen our voice and tell our mayor there’s a strong contingency of people who are opposed to this rally,” he said, noting that opposition is from people both inside and outside as well as prominent members of the public such as Archbishop Samuel Aquila.

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Published at Sat, 20 May 2017 21:24:55 +0000

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Who is Crop King Seeds’ New Owner?

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Who is Crop King Seeds’ New Owner?

Who is Crop King Seeds’ New Owner?

BREAKING NEWS- Cannabis Life Network has just learned that Crop King Seeds, a Canadian cannabis seed company, is transitioning to new ownership. Details are scarce and there is unconfirmed speculation they may have been sold to a licensed producer.

We will update when or if we hear more, and be sure to stayed tuned for the full details in Crop King Seeds’ official announcement next week.

Sessions overturns Holder memo, returns to harshest drug sentencing policy

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Sessions overturns Holder memo, returns to harshest drug sentencing policy

Sessions overturns Holder memo, returns to harshest drug sentencing policy

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions overturned the sweeping criminal charging policy of former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. and directed his federal prosecutors Thursday to charge defendants with the most serious, provable crimes carrying the most severe penalties.

The Holder memo, issued in August 2013, instructed his prosecutors to avoid charging certain defendants with drug offenses that would trigger long mandatory minimum sentences. Defendants who met a set of criteria such as not belonging to a large-scale drug trafficking organization, gang or cartel, qualified for lesser charges – and in turn less prison time – under Holder’s policy.

But Sessions’ new charging policy, outlined in a two-page memo and sent to more than 5,000 assistant U.S. attorneys across the country and all assistant attorneys general in Washington, orders prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” and rescinds Holder’s policy immediately.

The Sessions memo marks the first significant criminal justice effort by the Trump administration to bring back the toughest practices of the drug war, which had fallen out of favor in recent years with a bipartisan movement to undo the damaging effects of mass incarceration.

“This policy fully utilizes the tools Congress has given us,” the attorney general’s memo says. “By definition, the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum sentences.”

The new policy is expected to lead to more federal prosecutions and an increase in the federal prison population. In February, Sessions seemed to prepare for that inevitability, reversing a directive from previous deputy attorney general Sally Yates for the Justice Department to stop using private prisons to house federal inmates.

Yates said at the time that doing so was possible because of declining inmate numbers. Sessions, though, said it had “impaired the [Bureau of Prisons’] ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system” – hinting that he saw a very different future for putting people behind bars.

In speeches across the country, including his first major address as attorney general, Sessions has talked of his belief that recent increases in serious crime might indicate that the United States stands at the beginning of a violent new period. He has noted that the homicide rate is half of what it once was, but he has said he fears times of peace might be coming to an end if law enforcement does not quickly return to the aggressive tactics it once used.

Sessions recently ordered the Justice Department to review all its reform agreements with troubled police departments across the country – which he says stand in the way of tough policing – and marijuana advocates fear he might crack down on the drug even in states that have legalized it.

The Sessions memo was largely crafted by Steven H. Cook, a federal prosecutor who was president of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys and is now detailed to the Justice Department. Cook was a harsh critic of the Obama administration’s criminal justice policies. The implementation of Sessions’s memo will be overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who has come under criticism in recent days for the firing of former FBI director James B. Comey.

The new policy revokes Holder’s previous guidance to prosecutors to not specify the quantity of drugs in the charges they brought to avoid triggering mandatory minimum sentences – provided the defendant did not have a significant criminal history, was not violent, or was not a leader of an organization or tied to a gang.

That was particularly significant, because large quantities of drugs typically forced judges to impose stiff sentences – 10 years for a kilogram of heroin, five kilograms of cocaine or 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. Prosecutors, too, could use the threat of a mandatory minimum penalty to facilitate plea bargains, and some were irked that Holder’s memo stripped them of that tool.

Cook has said that the Holder memo “handcuffed prosecutors” and it limited when “enhancements” can be used to increase penalties, an important leverage when dealing with a career offender and getting them to cooperate.

Sessions’ memo says there could be exceptions, but those cases must be approved by a U.S. attorney, assistant attorney general or other supervisor, and the reasons documented in writing.

The memo also directs prosecutors to always pursue sentences with the range calculated by federal guidelines – which are sometimes above even the mandatory minimums – unless a supervisor says it is OK to do otherwise.

“There will be circumstances in which good judgment would lead a prosecutor to conclude that a strict application of the above charging policy is not warranted,” the memo says. “In that case, prosecutors should carefully consider whether an exception may be justified.”

Read the memo

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Memo on Department Charging and Sentencing Policy (Text)


Published at Fri, 12 May 2017 14:04:04 +0000

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