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Las Vegas City Council Eyes Paraphernalia Rule Change

Bongs, dab rigs, and other accessories could soon be making their way to Las Vegas smoke shops, as the City Council on Wednesday is set to consider changes that would allow tobacconists to sell cannabis paraphernalia.

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Smoke shops in Las Vegas currently need a license to be able to sell tobacco paraphernalia. The ordinance, posted online on the council’s agenda website, would implement a similar requirement to sell paraphernalia intended for cannabis.

The ordinance online doesn’t specifically define what marijuana paraphernalia is, describing it only as “equipment, products, and materials of any kind which are used” to ingest cannabis. The category will almost certainly include dab rigs, which are used to consume cannabis concentrates and are currently illegal to sell at tobacco shops.

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The ordinance would also set up additional rules around the sale of cannabis paraphernalia. Under current law, for example, an individual can be 18 and work at smoke shops that sell tobacco paraphernalia. Under the new ordinance, employees would have to be 21 or older to sell cannabis paraphernalia.

Shops would also need to limit sales of cannabis paraphernalia to those older 21 or older, according to measure’s text. The paraphernalia would need to be displayed in a manner that is not open to view by people under age 21, and signs would need to be posted at each entrance barring minors under 21 from entering.

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Smoke and Mirrors: How Far Will LA Cannabis Brands Go to Out-Market Each Other?

There is a new, invite-only art gallery coming to Los Angeles that will focus on “functional glass art,” which is something of a euphemism for fancy bongs. These elaborate, hand-crafted bongs cost tens of thousands of dollars each, and are part of Grey Space Art’s collection, which is relocating from SoHo, New York to Los Angeles’s Arts District later this year.

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As California cannabis companies prepare to market to recreational consumers, several brands are throwing exclusive events to entice and impress their future customers. In Los Angeles, the bar is being set higher than anywhere else, with events that blend cannabis, wellness, technology, and luxury popping up weekend after weekend. Lord Jones held a cannabis-infused sound bath on a Hollywood rooftop, while 1964 Supply Co threw an “art fight club.” Luxury brand Beboe’s swanky, celeb-studded launch was written up in Vanity Fair; other companies, like Grassfed, combine cannabis with upscale dining and virtual reality in hopes of standing out.

Grey Space Art seemed bent on outdoing it all. In the midst of Coachella earlier this year, I received an invitation to an exclusive cannabis-infused brunch that would serve as preview of this gallery. I initially dismissed the invitation—the preview was all the way in Rancho Mirage, and I was in LA without a car at my disposal. But the day before the event I received another message—there was one seat left on a helicopter, and it was mine if I wanted it. Who says no to that? I was told a car would pick me up and take me to the rendezvous point.

Smoke and Mirrors: How Far Will LA Cannabis Brands Go to Out-Market Each Other? | LeaflyAttendees socialize over brunch. (Courtesy of Grey Space Art)

So the surreal experience began. Sure enough, a black Denali arrived at my apartment in Koreatown at noon and whisked me away to a private airfield in Santa Monica. I boarded a luxury helicopter with six others: a music journalist, a magazine writer, and four totally gorgeous young Insta-famous models who looked like they had stepped straight out of a magazine.

The helicopter dropped us off in Palm Springs, where we got in another car to Rancho Mirage’s Imago Galleries. Imago Galleries was founded by Leisa Austin in 1991, and it is both vast—at 18,000 square feet—and gorgeous. We were greeted by a woman named Century, who led us to a courtyard and sculpture garden complete with a reflecting pool and glasswork by Dale Chihuly.

The first thing I did was score a mezcal cocktail at the bar; then I went to check out this “functional glass art.” Each piece was colorful and incredibly intricate: There was a bong that looked like a blossoming vase, a bong that looked like a satellite, and a bong that represented a goddess. I was then told that a ‘Mr. Grey’ would show me around.

Smoke and Mirrors: How Far Will LA Cannabis Brands Go to Out-Market Each Other? | LeaflySmoking implements on display. (Courtesy of Grey Space Art)

This turned out not to be some 50 Shades situation, thankfully. Mr. Grey is a 22-year-old entrepreneur who recounted how he invested money in cannabis stock five years ago and used the resulting windfall to open his gallery in SoHo. After proving himself in the New York art scene, he said that now was his chance to shift coasts and move the gallery to LA. It’s probably a good move, considering that California has voted to legalize recreational cannabis and New York has not.

It was nearly 100 degrees in Palm Springs, but Grey still wore a terry cloth blazer with shiny gold buttons. His grandmother, invited as well, had in tow an immaculately groomed poodle. In addition to the bongs displayed in the gallery, there were more on the tables. An assault rifle-shaped bong by artists Robert Mickelsen and Calvin Mickle was especially fantastical. Known as Jungle Gun, it is embellished with vibrant glass geckos and detailed leaves and retails at $60,000. It was moved to make way for brunch from Chef Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian Roots), which included sweet pea ravioli, charred octopus salad, rib-eye, and vanilla bean bread pudding.

As a pièce de résistance, the event was sponsored by Cartier—a first for the luxury jeweler, which created high-end gold, rose gold, and stainless steel lighters (retail: $900 each) to pair with the glass art. There was, of course, no shortage of cannabis, which guests could dab, eat, or smoke out of 24K gold rolling paper. Dipstick Vapes was on hand, explaining their new product which made it easy to use rosin: Press a button to heat the tip, then dip it into the rosin and inhale.

We were taken back to the airport after the event, where everyone began eating out of a popcorn machine ravenously despite the earlier feast. The pilot asked if they had failed to feed us at the party, but eventually seemed to catch on to the fact that everyone was pleasantly stoned, and we were whisked away back to Santa Monica, once again by private helicopter.

Smoke and Mirrors: How Far Will LA Cannabis Brands Go to Out-Market Each Other? | LeaflyAttendees mingle at the brunch. (Courtesy of Grey Space Art)

It’s an odd thing, to grow up in a world where getting caught with a baggie of weed earns you a trip to jail, and to emerge as an adult in a world where you be flown in a private helicopter to a cannabis brunch. Events like Grey Space’s are harbingers of the industry’s entrance into luxury spaces in California, a move other industries, including wine and spirits, have already made. These events elevate cannabis while allowing guests a chance to sample new products—which for now are freely given, as selling cannabis to recreational consumers would violate the changing laws.

Then again, one can also argue that ultra-exclusive events catering to the rich and influential are capable of alienating the same kind of mainstream consumer that the industry has long been working to attract. Just how far will brands go to court the upper echelons of potential customers? Surely there’s a brand out there already looking to top Grey Space’s recent display—and others will follow suit. With LA poised to become the unmitigated leader in the recreational cannabis scene when California officially opens its adult-use market in 2018, there’s no telling how far brands will go to outdo each other as they scramble for a slice of market share—or how these types of events will change the face of the industry.

Smoke and Mirrors: How Far Will LA Cannabis Brands Go to Out-Market Each Other? | LeaflyGrey Space Art will display multi-thousand-dollar bongs like the one above when it opens in LA later this year. (Courtesy of Grey Space Art)

Grey Space Art will maintain its air of exclusivity when it opens in the coming months in Los Angeles, meaning that guests will need to call a number to view the space. That number can be acquired via different means, including asking someone like me—who has been given the requisite business card—if you can borrow it.


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Top 10 Glass Brands to Watch for in 2017

This article is sponsored by Smoke Cartel, an online retailer and head shop made up of a close-knit team of glass lovers dedicated to making sure you get the best possible smoking gear.


There are multitudes of visionaries and innovators in the glass industry, and sometimes it can be overwhelming browsing through collections of pipes and smoking accessories—there’s just so much out there. However, 2017 is the year of the bong, so if you’re looking to upgrade your smoking arsenal, it’s best to know what brands to keep your eye out for.

Below, the glass experts at online headshop Smoke Cartel share the 10 vendors they are most excited about in 2017.

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If you’re looking for a classic and unbranded look, Glassheads offers some neat tricks (such as this classic Glow in the Dark Spoon) and some sweet treats (like the iconic Donut Hand Pipe). The brand features a robust catalogue of hand pipes and bubblers for those who like to take their gear on the go, and the master glassblowers at Glassheads enjoy combining their craftsmanship with their aptitude for observation. All together, it makes for an eclectic assortment of knick knacks perfect for any smoker.

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Finding good smoking accessories for concentrates is hard! Luckily, the recently launched ELEV8 is offering some of our favorite must-haves of the moment. With ELEV8, you can look dapper and act practical at the same time: The ELEV8 Enail, for instance, is an effortless and luxurious way to smoke while optimizing your temps, and will save you a lot on butane and fragile torches in the long run. The Pineapple Silicon Wax Container will keep your concentrates safe and tasty, and allow you to show off your style in the meantime.

Based out of California, UPC is the manufacturer to check out if you’re more of a utilitarian smoker. The brand standardizes all of its pipes and bongs to be the exact size and shape needed for optimized filtration, which makes for one of the most high-functioning lines around. One puff out of their Classic Beaker Bases or Showerhead Bubblers, and you’ll be a believer. UPC has maintained reliability for years now, making it one of the standout brands we recommend to new smokers or anyone looking to get back to the basics.

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If you think Chinese glass can’t be high-quality, we suggest rethinking some of your assumptions. China Glass comes from a team of master glassblowers from the Hebei province of Northern China. Based on classic Chinese ceramic arts, China Glass emphasizes an uncluttered and refined aesthetic that’s rare to find in the smoking industry, with elegant bongs such as the “Liao Dynasty” Vase and the “Kublai” Hammer. China Glass is as beautiful as it is dynamic, and the wide variety of body shapes offered in their inventory will provide every smoker with a unique and personalized selection.

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Ah, Sesh Supply, a beloved affiliate of Smoke Cartel that we’ve been working with for years now. Inspired by the gods and goddesses of Greek mythology, Sesh Supply manufactures grand and iconic bongs that combine uncommon percolation systems with extraordinary body designs. The brand is especially well known for the spinning propellor perc, a percolator popularized through their “Scylla” Beaker Rig. Sesh Supply has since pushed the boundaries of what smokers previously thought possible with the incredible “Hydra” Triple Recycler. Available in a multitude of colors, Sesh Supply bongs are for the smoker who likes to stand out.

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High Tech is one of those rare vendors that seems to just get better and better every year. We saw High Tech reach a new level of popularity with our customers with the colorful Trap Tube 2.0, and now they are just plain impressing us with their stylish and tasty Mule Kick Perk A Cola. Designed with concentrate in mind, High Tech has been in vogue since we started Smoke Cartel and doesn’t seem to have any intention of slowing down.

What good is good glass when you don’t do the right prep work? Grinders improve the potency of your stash by keeping your pollen safe and optimizing airflow in the bowl of your piece. Kraken Grinders offer some of the best grinders available on the market, their most well-known being the multi-tiered 2.5” 4-Piece Grinder. They also have a new Pollen Press available, which makes compressing your dry herbs easy as pie!

Chubz Glass is a Smoke Cartel-exclusive glassblower who operates as a heady artist right out of our studio. Chubz focuses on monster-themed pieces, such as the “Leech” Chillum and the Little Fumed “Mongrel” Rig. These pipes contain character like no other, and the glassworking talent shows with the attention to detail and the liveliness of each individual piece.  Perfect for your mantle, we highly recommend a Chubz piece for any creature-lover or character collector.

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Empire Glassworks has earned a stellar reputation in the glass industry for some of its incredibly detailed designs and unique styles of hand pipes and bongs. This year, Empire is expanding its adorable collection even further with handpipes such as the Avocadope Pipe and dab rigs like the Boba Tea Mini Rig. This is a great go-to brand for the smoker looking to find the ideal piece for their home. Fortunately, their new releases are tastier than ever, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with next!

BoroTech is a brand new vendor and hands down one of the defining brands of 2017. BoroTech shows off its dynamism and capabilities with a wide range of products: some simple like the “Sigurd” Side Arm Beaker, others complex like the “Midgard” Inverted Showerhead to Sprinkler with Fab Body. BoroTech Glass was started by glass enthusiasts just like you, who wanted something more out of the traditional glass pipe. Now, they’re putting out bona fide chimera pipes that function like the wild beasts they are, and we can’t get enough of them.

Keep an eye out for these brands and others at your trusted online headshop, Smoke Cartel.


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8 Gorgeous Glass Bongs Under $300

When it comes to creative glass, prices tend to tip into the thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars—and from alien sea-creature bongs to intricate glass ship water pipes, these masterpieces deserve their extravagant price tags.

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However, if you’re ballin’ on a budget and don’t want to sacrifice artistic flair, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of beautiful, high-quality water pipes that fit into pretty much any budget. Each one exudes the creativity of the artists and companies who crafted them, yet none of the below will sink your bank account. From the $26 Magic Glass Water Bong to the $300 Mini Beehive Recycler, take a look at eight of our favorite creations below and nab a beautiful piece of your very own for $300 or less!

Magic Glass Water Bong

(Courtesy of Bongin)(Courtesy of Bongin)

Swirled with the colors of a sunset, the Magic Glass Water Bong by Bongin is a thrifty alternative to the wildly colorful yet wildly expensive bongs on the market. Can’t decide between this and another Bongin piece? Don’t worry—they’re so budget-friendly that you could easily buy a few and still have some cash left over.

Price: $26.30

Purple and White Octopus Critter Bong

(Courtesy of Mile High Glass)(Courtesy of Mile High Glass)

The Purple and White Octopus Critter Bong by Mile High Glass is the perfect way to impress without emptying your wallet. Just between you and me, this one is my favorite—the opulent white against dark purple lines are beautiful already, and the addition of a sea creature makes it even more fun.

Price: $64.99 

Alien Banger Hanger Water Pipe

(Courtesy of Mile High Glass)(Courtesy of Mile High Glass)

Looking for some funky company? Grab the Alien Banger Hanger Pyrex Water Pipe, also made by Mile High Glass. The alien perched atop a bulb of vibrant yellow carefully watches over your flower while leaving you free to float off after a few hits.

Price: $69.99

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Wu Dynasty Vase Water Pipe

(Courtesy of The China Glass)(Courtesy of Smoke Cartel)

This isn’t your grandmother’s china. The Wu Dynasty Vase Water Pipe by The China Glass was designed to help break down negative stereotypes toward cheaper Chinese glass bongs. If you consider yourself a history buff or simply enjoy the fancier side of life, you’ll love the elegance this piece brings to your smoke sessions.

Price: $175

The Land Yacht Ceramic Bong

(Courtesy of Summerland)(Courtesy of Summerland)

If you’re one for sleek lines and simple designs, check out The Land Yacht ceramic bong by Summerland. Just because it’s a simple design doesn’t mean it loses its luxurious air—this glistening water pipe looks a lot like an art piece at a museum. Leave it out on the living room table and we’re sure you’ll get some flattering compliments on your taste in décor.

Price: $240

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Mini MotherShip

(Courtesy of Jerome Baker Designs)(Courtesy of Jerome Baker Designs)

Jerome Baker is one of the top names in the glassblowing industry, so we were thrilled to come across one of his creations that is both functional and affordable. Check out the borosilicate glass Mini MotherShip, which exudes liveliness with its bright colors and bubbly design.

Price: $259.99

Steve Bates Clear Mini Bong

(Courtesy of Steve Bates Glass)(Courtesy of Steve Bates Glass)

Not every creative bong has to be coated with color—some of the most elegant designs are crystal-clear. The clear Mini Bong by Steve Bates Glass is a perfect example of polish without the flash. If you’re more into the smoke than the mirrors, this clear and twisty design will let your milky clouds take center stage.

Price: $300

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Mini Beehive Recycler

(Courtesy of Empire Glassworks)(Courtesy of Empire Glassworks)

Empire Glassworks has some of the splashiest water pipe designs on the market and thankfully for you (and me), they’re also pretty inexpensive! This Mini Beehive Recycler‘s honey-pot design is adorned with buzzy bees and golden honey so realistic you’ll be wary of getting your hands sticky.

Price: $300

Have your own jewel of a bong? Tell us about it or drop a picture in the comments below!


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What Is a Gravity Bong and How Do You Make One?

A gravity bong is a cannabis consumption method that uses two empty plastic bottles to funnel smoke through water and push it into the consumer’s lungs. Gravity bongs work by submerging a small bottle with a bowl of cannabis on top in a larger bottle or bucket of water. While lighting the cannabis, slowly draw the bottle out of the water to fill with smoke from the burning cannabis. Unscrew the lid, put your mouth over the bottle’s opening, and push the bottle down to let gravity propel the cannabis smoke into your lungs. Voila!

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Do gravity bongs get you higher? The short answer is yes. Gravity bongs force heavily concentrated smoke into your lungs, filling them to capacity beyond the average hit from a pipe or joint. When you inhale the contents of the smoky bottle into your lungs, you are essentially breathing in the smoke from an entire bowl of cannabis in one go. For this reason, gravity bongs are certainly not for the faint of heart. A tried-and-true method of old school cannabis consumers, it delivers a powerful hit of THC that may be too much for an inexperienced cannabis beginner.

However, if you’re looking for a bit of nostalgia and feel like getting crafty with your cannabis consumption, here’s a handy guide to creating your own gravity bong using a few everyday household objects.

How to Make a Homemade Gravity Bong

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First, gather the following items:

  • Plastic bottle (any size, but 16-20 oz is ideal)
  • Bucket or 2-liter plastic bottle
  • Aluminum foil
  • Box cutter or sharp knife
  • Poking device
  • Cannabis strains of your choice (at least one gram)

Gravity bongs can be a bit intimidating if you don’t know where to start, but the procedure is more straightforward than you might imagine. It just requires a little ingenuity, some creative efforts, and the determination to make it work.

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Step 1

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Use your box cutter to cut the bottom off your smaller bottle. The more of the bottle that remains, the larger the hit you’ll receive, so be careful not to trim too much off the bottom of the bottle.

Step 2

Cut the bottom off your larger 2-liter bottle and fill it with water. If you’re using a bucket, fill your bucket with water.

Step 3

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Unscrew the cap to your smaller bottle and use your box cutter or scissors to make a hole in the bottle cap. It should be big enough to draw air through, but not so big that the foil (and cannabis) will fall through into the water.

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Step 4

Wrap the cap in aluminum foil, shaping the foil to create a small “bowl” divot for your cannabis. You can shape the bowl to be as deep as you’d like, and the foil will keep your cannabis from falling into the water below. You may need to cut off excess foil and shape it to avoid spilling cannabis.

Step 5

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Use your sharp poking tool to make holes in the aluminum foil. Be careful not to rip the foil! You’ll need about 3-5 holes for proper ventilation.

Step 6

Load cannabis strains of your choice into the foil-wrapped bottle cap, but don’t screw the cap on yet.

Step 7

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Here’s the tricky part: Submerge the smaller bottle in the filled bottom half of the larger bottle (or bucket) until just the cap remains above water. Carefully screw the foil-wrapped bottle cap back onto the bottle.

Step 8

Light the cannabis and slowly pull the smaller bottle upwards out of the water while the bottle fills with smoke. If the bottle doesn’t fill with smoke, you may need to check and make sure that your cap is fully screwed on, and that there are no holes or gaps in the side of the bottle. Any leaks could compromise your gravity bong, and some trial and error may be required before your first successful attempt at a functional device.

Step 9

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Once your bottle is filled with smoke, carefully unscrew the cap and put your mouth over the bottle opening.

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Step 10

Gently push the bottle back into the water. As the water enters the bottle, the smoke will be pushed into your lungs.

The cannabis smoke will be cooler, having been filtered through the water, but it will deliver a powerful hit of THC. For best effects, prepare yourself and don’t force yourself to inhale too much smoke. This has the potential to make even the most veteran of cannabis consumers cough, so proceed with caution!


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The Trouble With Tribble: Inside the Mind of a Unique Glass Artist and Cannabis Advocate

Winner of the High Times Cannabis Cup for Best Glass on three separate occasions, Scott Tribble (AKA Scoz of Scoz Glass) lives and breathes functional glass art. Since 2000, Scoz has been creating unique glass sculptures, pipes, bongs, and marbles. Most well-known for his sparkling dragon creations and mammoth “Skulliosis” piece, his fans can’t get enough of his talent and vivid imagination.

Now living in Issaquah, WA (a stone’s throw away from Seattle), Scoz set up shop in his own garage in order to stay closer to home and look after Musket and Ned, his two trail running coon hounds. We got a chance to speak to Scoz about his glassblowing work, inspirations, and life as a successful glass artist.

Be sure to follow Scott’s work on Instagram, Facebook, and his website.

(Courtesy of Scott Tribble)(Instagram: @scozglass)

Leafly: When were you first introduced to glass blowing?

Scoz: I was always into sculpting with clay and was also intrigued by glass blowing. After high school, I began researching glass blowing and discovered lamp working. I liked that you could have a home studio, so I decided to go that route. I met a guy who was a pipe maker and he showed me a few things and I taught myself from there. Not too long after that I met J-Red (J-Red Glass) while snowboarding at Stevens Pass and learned he was a glass blower too, so we started working together and it just advanced from there

What’s the biggest challenge in designing and creating pieces meant for cannabis consumption? 

My pieces are mostly sculptural, so the hardest part is making sure it functions well while still looking how I want it to look.

(Instagram: @scozglass)(Instagram: @scozglass)

Who are your top glass art inspirations?

Nature, movies, and art in other media are my main inspirations.

Who, if anyone, have you collaborated with recently?

I collaborate with Doc (Doc Glass) regularly as he is my shop mate. Also, JDZ recently came over and we made “The Forest Spirit Dragon”.

(Instagram: @scozglass)(Instagram: @scozglass)

If you consume, how has cannabis contributed to your creativity when developing designs and ideas?

I’ve always felt that it enhances my creativity, so I do get stoned sometimes when designing a piece.

What has been your proudest moment since you started creating up until now?

Honestly I think my proudest moment was Skulliosis–it’s massive!! It was seven years ago now, but still a big highlight of my career.

(Instagram: @scozglass)Skulliosis (Instagram: @scozglass)

Where do you see glass art going within the cannabis industry now that more states are beginning to legalize and there has been a greater positive movement?

Just hoping it continues to grow and expand!


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Bogus Bongs or Bogus Lawsuits? Pipe Maker Sues Shops Over Fakes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — In the rarefied world of high-end bong makers, Roor glass water pipes have long been smoked to impress. The German pipe maker’s products are so sought after that some models command prices of $1,000. There’s even a gilded, diamond-studded Roor that goes for nearly $4,000.

Both cannabis and the tools used to smoke it remain illegal under federal law, but that hasn’t stopped Roor and its American licensee from using the federal courts to protect the brand and its sales.

In Florida, California and New York, lawyers are accusing smoke shops and mom-and-pop convenience stores of selling counterfeit Roor bongs in violation of U.S. Trademark No. 3675839, protecting “SMOKER’S ARTICLES, NAMELY, GLASS PIPES, BONGS, WATER PIPES, (and) WATER PIPES OF GLASS” sold under the Roor mark, which has “a stylized font with the last “R” facing backwards.”

‘Counterfeiting is a huge problem for us.’

Jay Farraj, Owner of Sream, Roor’s US partner

Almost 200 such lawsuits have been filed since 2013, most of them in the last year.

“Counterfeiting is a huge problem for us,” said Jay Farraj, the owner of Sream Inc., Roor’s U.S. partner. Sream is based in Corona, California. Farraj said the company’s revenue lost to counterfeiters is in the “millions.”

Now that cannabis has increasingly been legalized for medical or recreational use in some U.S. states, consumer demand for high-end pipes is booming, and imitators of the German pipe maker abound. But the bong market remains a gray area legally. Most makers and sellers advertise them as tobacco pipes, while giving a wink and a nod to their place in the cannabis industry.

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Alison Malsbury, a Seattle lawyer who specializes in cannabis trademark law, said this marketing sleight of hand could be the best defense against Roor’s lawsuits. The accused sellers could challenge the legality of the company’s 2009 trademark, which specifically calls its product a bong. If a product violates federal law, it can’t be trademarked.

And Roor, she said, would have to show it never went after the cannabis market. That might be hard, given that its products have won numerous awards in High Times magazine’s annual Cannabis Cup competition. She said this might be why many of these lawsuits have settled and none have gone to trial. Neither Roor nor the sellers, she suggested, want to discuss their business before a judge.

“To go into court and say under oath that what you are doing is a crime, that’s something a lot of people are unwilling to do,” Malsbury said.

Attorney Jamie Sasson, whose firm represents Roor and Sream in the Florida lawsuits, denied this. Sasson said that the company is perfectly willing to go to trial if necessary.

Under federal trademark law, companies injured by counterfeit sales can seek up to $150,000 per act. Stores sued by Sream and contacted by The Associated Press said they have been told to fork over between $12,000 and $16,000 to avoid trial.

Attorney Jamie Sasson holds a counterfeit Roor bong at his office in Deerfield Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Attorney Jamie Sasson holds a counterfeit Roor bong at his office in Deerfield Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

While cheap, generic bongs go for about $15 online, Sasson showed off a counterfeit Roor in his office that he said was purchased for $90. If authentic, that size and model would sell for $400. The glass felt thinner and weaker than two legitimate pipes. He said the counterfeits, believed to be made in China, are hurting Roor’s reputation.

While refusing to confirm the settlement amounts requested, he said a penalty of about $12,000 for breaking the law was “a good number. It doesn’t put anyone out of business. It stings but it is not going to cripple.”

Smoke shop owner Jay Work (pictured above) considers the Roor lawsuits legalized extortion. Smoke shop owners, he said, are vulnerable because they sell bongs in a “gray” market where “you look not to ruffle feathers.”

He said he unknowingly sold $1,200 worth of counterfeit Roor bongs he got from a distributor at a convention. He said he offered to surrender his $600 profit, and then the whole $1,200, but Sasson’s firm demanded $14,000. The deal was then revised, Work said, to $12,000 if he also bought $2,000 in authentic Roor pipes.

In late December, Roor unexpectedly dropped the lawsuit without explanation. Work says Farraj is exaggerating his losses.

“This is all about generating lawyer fees,” said Work, who owns the five-store Grateful J’s chain and is former president of the Florida Smoke Shop Association.

Steve Bloom, editor of Freedom Leaf magazine and publisher of celebstoner.com, said Roor remains a status symbol among serious cannabis smokers, but has lost dominance to other top-end bong makers.

‘This is all about generating lawyer fees.’

Jay Work, Owner, Grateful J’s smoke shops

“Roor was the one to get if you wanted to spend money — people would be impressed,” Bloom said.

Are they worth it? Bloom compared bongs to stereo equipment. Some people can tell the difference in the sound or smoke produced by expensive gear, while others can’t.

Grateful J’s owner Work was dismissive. “You can’t tell one water pipe from another,” he said.

Work said Roof’s craftsmanship doesn’t match its reputation. He pulled out three Roor pipes and put them on his store counter, pointing out the flaws in two of them. One had a slight lean when standing on its base. Another had a connection that wasn’t smooth.

“I can’t get rid of them,” he said. Work complained that it took him six years to sell most of a 100-pipe shipment from Roor.

Ken Minerley, a South Florida lawyer representing six smoke and convenience stores being sued by Roor, said some of his mom-and-pop clients sold a single fake Roor pipe to an undercover company agent after buying them from a distributor who also sells underwear, toiletries, and other goods. He said a cease-and-desist letter and perhaps a demand for $1,000 would be enough to keep counterfeits off shelves.

“It seems like they have made a business decision that it is more profitable to sue these people than it is to sell their products,” Minerley said.


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Taking the 3D-Printed Bong to the Next Level

For all the hubbub around 3D printing in recent years, it’s still rare in 2016 to encounter an honest-to-goodness 3D-printed object. We may’ve read of doctors prepping for surgeries with custom-printed replicas of patients’ organs or know the odd friend with a desktop MakerBot, but most of us still don’t consciously interact, on the regular, with anything 3D printed.

Cannabis, because it’s cannabis, could very quickly change that.

Right now it’s not too difficult to download a 3D model that will allow you to print a serviceable, albeit questionable, bong right at home. The problem, though, is that a good 3D printer starts at around $1,000, and those use various forms of plastic, which is the kind of thing that inspires borderline-obsessive Reddit threads about health concerns, even when using non-toxic, biodegradable PLA. So commercial artists tend to explore different media.

“Plastic just wasn’t the route for us,” said Al Jacobs, one of two brothers in their 20s who founded Printabowl, a Seattle-based company, in 2015. The startup produces a line of intricate-yet-understated pieces meant to redefine what an everyday bong looks like. “A lot of people envision a desktop printer,” Jacobs said. “We have fine-arts backgrounds, and we wanted to make things with an element of longevity and durability.”

The brothers researched printing with glass, “but where the technology is at the moment, it didn’t allow it, especially not the quality of glass that most collectors are used to.” What they arrived at instead is kind of a reverse process: a 3D printer is used to make a mold, which is then used to cast the final product in porcelain.

Printabowl's "Hai" design was inspired by the architecture of the Shanghai Tower and the helix shape of DNA. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)
Printabowl’s “Hai” design was inspired by the architecture of the Shanghai Tower and the helix shape of DNA. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Sticklers might stop here to argue that this means the pieces aren’t technically 3D-printed, which is a fair point if that’s the argument you’re trying to win. But the brothers say that’s missing the point, that the pieces are meant to be works of art akin to artisan-blown glass. “Our mission is to make cannabis more approachable and acceptable,” Jacobs said.

Al’s brother, Printabowl co-founder Saul Jacobs, is also a glass artist. “He would show his professors these amazing, functional glass pieces, but they were almost immediately discounted because you could smoke out of them,” Al said. “They weren’t accepted as fine art.”

Both brothers studied art at the University of Washington in Seattle. They came up with the idea for the company while in a chemical engineering class “focused on getting some of these science-minded students to think more about broader applications for their discoveries.”

“We signed up for it thinking it was a total blow-off course, two credits, nothing, you know?” Al explained. “It actually had a long-lasting impact on us.”

A Printabowl, as it’s currently made, is a labor of love. Each made-to-order piece takes about two and a half days to produce. That includes the time to print and prepare the single-use mold, cast the piece, fire it, glaze it, and then fire it again. Planning a design’s form and texture is another process entirely.

And it’s the designs themselves that make plain what 3D printing offers the artists.

The company's "Ferro" design is a testament to the degree of precision that 3D printing can offer artists. (Courtesy of Printabowl)
The company’s “Ferro” design is a testament to the degree of precision that 3D printing can offer artists. (Courtesy of Printabowl)

Consider the company’s Ferro design, which is inspired by ferrofluid, a liquid that responds to magnetic forces. “If you look closely at the piece,” Al adds, “it also spirals down in a Fibonacci sequence.” It’s an astounding level of precision, one that would be difficult to achieve in handmade porcelain and nearly impossible with blown glass.

The pair’s initial line also included a sleek, conical design—the Alpha—and one called Tessellate, which is vaguely reminiscent of a tall boulder. All are made of porcelain and come with a 10mm glass downstem and glass slide to use with flower. (The company previously offered an optional quartz banger, and Al said they’re working to make those available again soon.) And if you’re worried about heat, don’t be: The ceramics are fired at 1,700 degrees F, Al said, higher than a bowl or a red-hot bucket.

“We are experimenting in precious metals, as well,” he added, such as gold, silver, and even platinum. (The sample the company sent to Leafly was, disappointingly, still ceramic.)

The company’s latest design took inspiration from the Shanghai Tower, and its shape echoes the twisting helix of a strand of DNA. The first of the company’s architecture-inspired Edifice series, the model is called Hai—pronounced, you guessed it, “high.”

The price tags on Printabowls, or most of them, anyway, reflects the company’s fine-art ambitions; its initial designs sell for $299. That puts it in solid competition with hand-blown, original glass. The Hai is much more affordable, at $109, only a small step up for someone looking for something different than a classic glass bong.

Each Printabowl includes a 10mm glass downstem that can be fitted with either a bowl for use with flower or a bucket or nail to use for dabbing. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)
Each Printabowl includes a 10mm glass downstem that can be fitted with either a bowl for use with flower or a bucket/nail to use for dabbing. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

I spent a weekend with the Hai and found I liked it better for use with concentrates—I’ve recently become a big fan of CBD dabs—though it also handles flower admirably. Both the chamber and the amount of water the piece holds is comparatively small, on par more with the average dab rig than your standard bong. The porcelain makes for a smooth and cool draw, and the proportions of the design ensured I didn’t get so much as a speck of bong water on my lips.

The company also sent along their Pelican case, which retails for $45 and holds the piece itself as well as the accompanying glass parts. It’s an impressively solid piece of gear, and it had Leafly’s high-end glass aficionados drooling.

A Printabowl is a bit different than a glass piece. If you like to be able to see smoke or vapor fill the chamber, a Printabowl’s opaque porcelain might take some getting used to. I sometimes noticed myself double-checking to make sure I’d cleared the chamber. That’s quick to pass, though, and ultimately a matter of personal taste.

The tradeoff is that, for a $109 bong, the Hai is remarkably presentable. It looks more like an elegant vase than an implement of impairment. Which is a big part of what the Printabowl brothers are going for. Cannabis accessories are increasingly objects even casual consumers feel comfortable displaying on end tables and mantelpieces. Printabowl wants to take that trend and drive away with it.

“When they released the model T car, it was notoriously ugly,” Al said. “What happened was General Motors began to study how, when you take the functionality of it but dress it up with different parts, you can shift people’s perception of the object.”

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7 Tips for Making Your Own Homemade Pipes and Bongs

If you’re a frequent cannabis consumer, odds are you’ve found yourself fiending for some flower but sans a smoking device. Cue the homemade pipe or bong.

The most famous of this breed include the apple pipe and water bottle gravity bong, but the scope of what’s possible is limited only by imagination – and luckily, cannabis consumers are creative folks. Some devices are artistic masterworks, while others barely get the job done, but in the sage words of one Leafly follower on Facebook, “If it works, it ain’t stupid.”

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Below, we’ve gathered a few tips and hacks from the Leafly community – let them guide you in your homemade smoking device endeavors.

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  1. Sturdy produce and plastic containers are good bets. Hall-of-famers include apples, carrots, bell peppers, and water bottles. They work well because they hold their shape during the construction and consumption processes; carrots, for example, are sturdy enough to carve a bowl into to create a steamroller. And a bonus of an apple pipe is that you can eat the outside of the apple afterward to cure cottonmouth. 
  1. Gather as many supplies as possible. Constructing a homemade smoking device can take a few tries (particularly if you’ve already indulged). Lacking inspiration? Get seasonal! Think pumpkin bongs in the fall, watermelon bongs in the summer – the sky’s the limit.
  1. Certain materials are always handy. A pen with the ink removed is great for making holes in fruit pieces and/or to use as a downstem. Aluminum foil is convenient for connecting disparate elements of your homemade device; just don’t use it as the bowl piece, since heat from your lighter can cause oxidation and the release of harmful chemicals. Toothpicks can create a makeshift screen on a fruit pipe.
  1. Steer clear of juicy or mushy produce. What bananas, oranges and the like offer in flavor, they lack in cleanliness, particularly if you’re passing the piece around a smoke circle. Keep in mind how things like bananas will react to the heat from your lighter, too (spoiler alert: they’re gonna get brown). That said, small fruits such as strawberries work well as bowl pieces or as personal one-hitters.

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  1. If you’re going to cheat, use a pre-fabricated bowl. This piece is the handiest if you’re going to include a pre-made element in your smoking device. When inserting a bowl piece (pre-fabricated or not) into a plastic bottle, melt the bottle with your lighter before poking the hole – this can help create an airtight seal with the downstem.
  1. Things might get messy. If you’re in a real pinch, gum (with all the sugar chewed out of it) can be a godsend. Sticky peanut butter can also work as a temporary seal in pieces that aren’t airtight; same goes for soft, sticky candy, like Airheads or Starbursts. Steer clear of using unnatural adhesives like tape near the bowl piece; some varieties can release chemicals when heated.
  1. Don’t forget the air filter. Wrap a dryer sheet over the end of a toilet paper tube and secure with a rubber band, then exhale smoke through it to mask any odors and keep your sesh discreet.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Cannabis Glass Products

  • ‘Tis the season to upgrade your glass collection! From bongs to pipes and beautiful bubblers, these offerings will put a smile on any cannabis connoisseur’s face.

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    Killer Bee Hand Pipe
    This little spoon pipe from Red Eye Glass will have you buzzing after each use! It’s made from a highly durable borosilicate glass and adorned with killer bee designs all over the pipe, making it the perfect little device for at home or on the go. Available in multiple colors.
    $29.99

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    5-Inch Mini Steamroller Glass Pipe
    At only 5 inches long, the steamroller’s short and straight profile makes carrying this pipe around a breeze, and the borosilicate glass ensures that it’s durable easy to use. The mouthpiece even comes with an ash-catching component that will help keep ash from sneaking into your mouth.
    $14.99

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    Helix Standard Basic Bubbler
    Made from a high-grade borosilicate glass, this bubbler features a fixed downstem and Grav Labs’ signature Helix Venturi Chamber to product a swirling yet cooling effect that looks cool and feels even better. Available with green, red, white, or black logos for a little bit of customization.
    $79.99

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    Prometheus Pocket
    Offered in a variety of colors, this pipe is composed of borosilicate glass surrounded by an anodized aluminum shell, assuring that it can take a beating and still keep ticking. The stem unscrews from the bowl for easy cleaning, and the pipe’s metal screen helps catch ash and debris while in use.
    $84.99

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    Straight Tube Bong with Fixed Inline and Honeycomb Perc
    This 17.5″ tall bong has a simple overall design but comes with features to ensure a powerful and high-quality smoke with each use. It has two honeycomb-style percs and a fixed inline stem to help decrease the chance of spills and breaks while providing a direct and stronger hit.
    $89.99

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    Basic Bubbler 32mm Glass Hand Pipe
    For its small size, this striking yet simple bubbler packs quite the punch. Coming in at only around 4” long and 32mm in diameter, it seems unassuming at first but is designed for big hits with its x-cut diffuser downstem (which, along with the mouthpiece, come in a variety of colors).
    $43.99

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    Green Beaker Bong with Ice Notch and Bubble Accents
    Standing at 16” high, this bong is designed with green coloring and accents along the bottom, bowl, and mouthpiece, with some cool bubble details around the mouthpiece for a nice, textured flourish. It also comes with a six-armed slitted diffused downstem for great filtration and smoother pulls.
    $79.99

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    Popeye Stemless Straight Tube Bong
    This 15” tall bong comes with matching color accents at the base and neck tube while also sporting both a honeycomb and turbine perc for top-of-the-line filtration all the way through. The bong itself is stemless for more streamlined hits without having to worry about any possible stem breakage.
    $79.99

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    Classic Spoon Pipe
    This classic spoon-style pipe is built with simplicity and function in mind. Each pipe comes in various colors and is made of a durable borosilicate glass that features the classic spoon bowl and carb hole. It even has a custom ash catcher!
    $19.99

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    12 Inch Silicone Unbreakable Bong
    Shopping for someone clumsy? This 12-inch silicone unbreakable bong may be the perfect piece! It’s made from silicone, meaning it’s durable and can be disassembled for easy transport. (It does come with a glass downstem and bowl though, so some care will be necessary.)
    $68.99

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Leafly’s 2016 holiday gift guide is sponsored by EveryoneDoesIt.com – The World’s Online Smoke Shop.

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