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7 Tips for Making the Most of Seattle Hempfest

Being a free-of-charge cannabis festival held in a glorious outdoor locale, Seattle Hempfest is easy to enjoy. But here are a few strategic tips for making the most of it.

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Meet the Woman Throwing the Coolest Cannabis Parties in California

Katie Partlow’s cannabis parties have been called the best in California—and with California home to the deepest-seated cannabis culture in the world, these just may be the best cannabis events on Earth.

Through her events company LITTLE FACE, Partlow focuses on full, curated immersion of all five senses and a true search for exactly what makes us tick when we’re high. Forget the sorts of activities you’d enjoy at a cocktail party or a festival—we want entirely different experiences with cannabinoids in our system.

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Partlow has been obsessed with throwing themed parties since she was young—in fact, she once sold cannabis to her school’s basketball team to raise money to throw a birthday party. Bit by bit, cannabis and events have comingled to form the incredibly cool career path she’s following today. Yet few people could have gone from throwing their first public cannabis event at the beginning of 2016 to being one of the best cannabis party planners in the world a year and a half later. I chatted with Partlow to learn how she got her start, exactly what inspires her, what’s still problematic about cannabis parties, and what hot-ticket events she’s working on next.

Leafly: Rolling Stone called your last event the best pot party in California. What got you started throwing events?

Meet Katie Partlow, the Girl Throwing the Coolest Marijuana Parties in California | LeaflyAn art installation in progress is seen in the Think Tank Gallery in downtown Los Angeles, CA Sunday, August 13, 2017. The Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ art show opens on the 19th. (Justin L. Stewart for Leafly)

KP: I started taking event planning seriously while I was in college. Throwing cannabis-infused events is something I had always dreamt of doing. When I moved to LA to throw events, I immersed myself in the cannabis industry, working as a budtender, trimmer, joint roller, and cultivator.

What I found in the cannabis event scene in LA really disappointed me: Unaffordable events made for out-of-touch wealthy people, or events centered around bro culture with younger male audiences bent on over-consuming dabs and trading “bud porn.” … Two years ago, I started Little Face as a way to make [my] dream come to life.

Tell me about the upcoming Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ art exhibition and event series hitting LA on August 19th, and which events you’ll be involved in.

Meet Katie Partlow, the Girl Throwing the Coolest Marijuana Parties in California | LeaflyArtist Ash Santos paints the names of all the artists in the Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ art show on the wall of the Think Tank Gallery in downtown Los Angeles, CA Sunday, August 14, 2017. The show opens on the 19th and features various interactive installations. (Justin L. Stewart for Leafly)

Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ is ‘a month of art and events about Los Angeles, and all the stereotypes that come from it – especially the true ones. It’s a reflection on classic Best Coast culture from the ’84 Olympics to the Kings/Lakers rivalry, the period when we grew up with our city, and all the great and terrible things that happened in between.’ It opens August 19th and runs ‘til September 23rd. I am hosting or co-hosting three shows:

Brunchies (August 20th; 11 a.m.–3 p.m.): After the madness of [DSWC’s] opening night, many of us will want to wake and bake with the homies. So we asked West Coast legends Roscoe’s Chicken + Waffles to hook it up. They’re taking over our secret diner for a one-day-only event focusing on West Coast hip-hop, lowbrow art, and chicken and waffles [complete with] weed mimosas [and] prerolls.

Comedy, Cake + Cannabis (August 22; 7–10 p.m.): Taste California’s best edibles, elixirs, and extracts while laughing out loud to hilarious stand-up comedians. Come early, stay late, enjoy the art gallery before the show, and stick around for cake afterwards in the 50s diner!

Cannabis Cabaret (September 1; 9 p.m.–1 a.m.): An immersive performance cannabis speakeasy, co-produced with Higher Beauty. Pairing Los Angeles’ most explosive performers including the best in burlesque, drag, puppetry and more. I grew up a dance performer—ballet, Latin, and burlesque—and I always thought it would be great to host a Prohibition-themed burlesque show, with cannabis being served.

I want everyone to attend all of my events and feel like, ‘Wow, I have never experienced this before, but I’ve always wanted to.’

At all my events, the focus is around art and community. I am excited to bring the cannabis community into a space filled with artwork, and for the artists and community to get to know all the new cannabis products. I focus on the things I know and love best—food, performance, and laughing.

You told me that your cannabis cabaret event will be the largest you’ve ever done. How long does it take to put something like that together?

Meet Katie Partlow, the Girl Throwing the Coolest Marijuana Parties in California | LeaflyThe Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ art show opens on August 19th and features various interactive installations. (Justin L. Stewart for Leafly)

I feel like I have been planning my whole life for Cannabis Cabaret! It has been floating around my mind for years. At first, venues and dispensaries wouldn’t quite understand what I meant by “curated weed event” and they wouldn’t want to have anything to do with me. Can you blame them? It takes some explaining, but once you build trust with venues, they keep calling you back. Now that I have a solid network and team of folks behind me, it usually takes just a few weeks for full planning, marketing, and execution. It takes community support to really make all this happen … and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with the dream team again.

What’s different about throwing cannabis parties as opposed to, say, a cocktail party?

Meet Katie Partlow, the Girl Throwing the Coolest Marijuana Parties in California | LeaflyAn in-progress, DMV themed room at the Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ art show in the Think Tank Gallery in downtown Los Angeles, CA Sunday, August 13, 2017. (Justin L. Stewart for Leafly)

I consider it a huge privilege and responsibility to introduce people to cannabis products. This is an exciting time, there is weed in every single thing you can think of, so I vet out the brands, see who takes the time to get their flowers lab tested, etc. I curate the brands, food, and entertainment solely on whether or not I would consume it and like it.

It’s important to me, whether it’s someone’s first bite or million-and-first bite of a pot brownie, that everyone has a great experience.

I am extremely mindful of the space and environment, whether or not it’s a good space for someone who is ‘medicated.’ Would it be a place I would like to be if I was stoned? If the answer is yes, I proceed.

You can overdo it with weed, so I like to encourage folks to microdose. You can always take more, you can’t take less. I don’t want anyone to feel awkward. I want to create a community where people feel safe and like they can be themselves. No judgment if you are new at this, this is what the place is for.

What’s your relationship to cannabis? Do you have a favorite means of consumption?

Meet Katie Partlow, the Girl Throwing the Coolest Marijuana Parties in California | LeaflyKatie Partlow, Director of Social Experiments at Little Face events, pauses for a portrait in the 420 Lounge while preparing for the opening of the Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ art show at the Think Tank Gallery in downtown Los Angeles, CA Sunday, August 13, 2017. (Justin L. Stewart for Leafly)

My relationship to cannabis? We are in a committed relationship. I really enjoy it all. When I want to be social, I usually stick to joints or make infused drinks. If I’m at a movie, I will usually take a small bite of a gummy candy to relax my body. I use topicals for sore muscles. For strains, I usually follow with my nose – I tend to like citrus-smelling sativas and sweet, pungent indicas.

Obviously the ability to throw cannabis parties is a privilege, and many others don’t have the same privilege. How do you hope to address this type of inequality through your events?

I left Washington, DC with many friends (myself included) who had been arrested for simple possession of marijuana and who suffered from the war on drugs. Either legal fees, probation, or jail time. When I arrived in LA, smoking outdoors felt funny at first.

California feels like a bubble, where people are forgetting about all the other people in other states who are still getting arrested, losing their jobs, losing their livelihoods due to the criminalization of cannabis. [I] remind people not to forget about those that were or still are in jail for marijuana. It’s hard for me to really “celebrate legalization” until the War on Weed is officially, federally over.

At my events, I welcome organizations and groups who are fighting for drug reform and racial justice—to join Little Face in celebration, but to raise awareness and funds to continue to support those who are and who have been negatively impacted by the War on Weed. One of the great things about the cannabis community is that it is truly diverse. All ages, races, colors, and creeds use cannabis so I think if we can all stick together, we can really smoke this legalization thing over the top!

Little Face is committed to building an inclusive space within the cannabis community, to education and research making us all better consumers, and to promoting likeminded artists and activists to grow the future we dream of. If you are interested in getting involved, performing, or attending, please connect with me: katie@littleface.events.


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Summer in Seattle: Is It Worth the High?

Welcome to “Is It Worth the High?”, where our writers see newly released movies, listen to the latest album drops, and try other experiences while high to determine whether they’re worth your time, money, and most importantly, your cannabis buzz. This week, Dante Jordan looks back on his trip to the Emerald City to determine whether a trip to cannabis-friendly Seattle is worth its weight in legal bud. 


Products Enjoyed: ALL of them. You name it, I had it (and if I didn’t, I still had it).

High Experienced (1-10): Yes.

A few months back my Leafly editor asked ya boy Dante Jordan if he’d be down to visit Seattle for a few days and do some stuff with the squad. I was like “Ummm, absolutely, of course.” Like…do people say no to this? I’m from a place where we don’t say to free meals, let alone a free vacation. Plus I’d never been to Seattle, or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest for that matter, so I figured this would be a great opportunity to expand my travel wings and soak up a new part of the globe.

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I expected it to be a fun time, but what I didn’t anticipate was my week in Seattle to be one of the dopest experiences of my life. What a city. What a culture. And the Leafly team really made me feel like family, which enhanced the entire experience by 1,000 points. I had so much fun, so if you ask me if a trip to Seattle in the summer is worth the high, my answer is absolutely. Like, you should stop reading this article, book a flight, then come back and finish because it really is that fun of a city. Here’s why:

The Weather

Apparently Seattle only gets like two weeks of summer starting at the beginning of July (editor’s note: it’s closer to three months, but yes, our non-summer stretch is agonizingly long), so I really lucked out in the timing of my visit. The weather was beautiful, son. I’m talking real beautiful. The type of beautiful that makes you whistle while you walk for no reason at all. Shit was a smooth 87 or under every day, and now that I think of it, I really should’ve had my toes out. Summer Seattle has that sock-free weather.

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The Food

Tacos. You will eat tacos. And then after you eat tacos, you will eat tacos. Like, you think you’re about to go there and smash out eight plates of salmon and oysters that the chef literally just caught with his bare hands, but plot twist: you will be eating tacos. After eating tacos. So if you like tacos, come to Seattle.

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The People

Why the fuck is everyone so fit and pretty? I need answers. Because they are. And everyone’s also super cool. I was warned of this thing called the Seattle Freeze, which apparently is when people are being assholes when they don’t mean to be assholes, even though they know they’re being assholes, but I never encountered it so Seattlesfolk are good in my book.

How nice are people in Seattle? I was coming out of my Airbnb on Saturday with joint and lighter in-hand like the young carefree black man I am. My Smoke This, Play That Vol 2 playlist was going and I had nothing but joy in my soul, when all of a sudden I miscalculated my steps as I walked down the stairs outside the front door. Next thing you know, I was falling in slow motion as this beautiful-ass couple walked past me.

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I hit the ground, they turned around, and guess what happened? THEY DIDN’T LAUGH AT ME. WHAT? I WOULD’VE ROASTED A STRANGER THROUGH THE CEMENT HAD I WITNESSED SUCH A TUMBLE. But instead, the guy removed his arm from his girl’s shoulder, helped me up, and said, “You alright bro?” I was alright, bro. Some good people out there in Seattle.

The Cannabis

BRUH.

That’s really all there is to say about that. The cannabis life I live in Dallas AIN’T SHIT compared to the cannabis life they live in Seattle. Dispensaries everywhere, stoners everywhere, and the freedom to enjoy publicly (still illegal, but you seem more likely to get a warning than a citation) without the stress of “Yo, keep your head on a swivel for cops and old white people.” It’s incredible. You know things are legal, but once you see it for yourself, it’s like “Wow…I am NOT living right. In fact, I am living wrong.”

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Nature, Walking, and Other Activities

I didn’t have the time to go frolic amongst the trees, but I caught a little glimpse of the wilderness as we drove out to a growhouse one day, and Seattle definitely has what the hikers need. If you’re the type to post motivational quotes under a picture of two sycamores, you should definitely make the trip to the PNW. (That’s “Pacific Northwest.” I learned that.)

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Read enough of my articles and you’ll see that my favorite thing in the world is to get high and go walk around. Seattle is the best place I’ve ever been for that. I stayed in Belltown, which is one of downtown’s next door neighbors, so I had ample avenues and boulevards to bend. One thing I was NOT ready for, though, was all of the hills in Seattle. I won’t even call them hills—they were slopes. The entire city is built like a hypotenuse. If you want to walk around Seattle, make sure you stretch out those creamy hamstrings.

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There’s so much to do in Seattle that it’s a bit overwhelming. People kept asking about my plans and I was like I don’t know, I’ll just figure it out as I go. This ended with me getting high as fuck with my Leafly homie Marika, then walking to a food truck festival. From there we went to the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center, which also had a walk-through butterfly house, the perfect match for how peacefully stoned I was.

Still, these were only a couple activities out of the millions available to me. Seattle’s one of those cities that always has something going on, so if you visit, you will definitely not be bored.

Is It Worth the High?

Do you like cities with dope-ass people? Do you like cities with legal cannabis? Do you like eating tacos after eating tacos? If you answer “yes” to any of those questions, you should already have a bag packed by the time I finish this sentence. I can’t wait to go back.


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‘The Profit’ Host Marcus Lemonis Likes Cannabis People, Process & Product

Millions of mainstream viewers will get an inside look at the cannabis industry tonight, as CNBC’s primetime series The Profit has host Marcus Lemonis vetting a number of California marijuana companies as they ramp up for the state’s 2018 leap into adult-use legality.

Airing Tuesday nights at 10pm EDT on CNBC, The Profit follows entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis as he puts his own money on the line to save and grow struggling businesses. For this episode, though, Lemonis won’t be spending any of his own money. Instead, he’ll meet with several cannabis entrepreneurs running companies that range from small-scale start-ups to multi-million dollar grow ops.

“The marijuana industry is exploding as more states embrace the legalization of pot,” Lemonis said in a media release. “Whether this is a good investment opportunity or all a big risk, one thing is clear—these numbers are impossible to ignore.”

Tonight’s episode begins in the town of Desert Hot Springs, which was facing bankruptcy as a town, before an industrial-scale grow operation gave them hope for an economic comeback.

Lemonis visits with local growers and talk about the hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of cannabis plants around him—all in the face of a possible crackdown by the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Lemonis then dives into the world of cannabis-infused edibles. At a local production plant, he learns about new edibles that include vegan, gluten-free, marijuana-infused tarts.

He finishes up by exploring cannabis retail stores, visiting the dispensary MedMen, an upscale dispensary in West Hollywood.

Lemonis also goes for a ride-along with a cannabis delivery service, before talking with an illicit cannabis dealer about how his clientele list has dropped dramatically.

The special episode of “The Profit: Marijuana Millions,” premieres tonight, Tuesday, August 8, at 10pm EDT.


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High DIY: How to Make Easy Cannabis-Infused Bath Bombs

Sylvia Plath wasn’t wrong when she said, “There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” And what could possibly make this already soothing activity even more relaxing? A little help from THC or CBD in the form of a colorful bath bomb!

It’s no secret that bath bombs have been a hot commodity for some time now—these palm-sized fizzies come in a variety of shapes and colors while boasting excellent skin benefits. Pairing those benefits with the added body-relaxing effects provided by cannabis can lead to the ease of tension, reduced inflammation, and overall tranquility.

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Whether you’ve been on your feet all day and your body is aching, or you’re simply looking for an excellent way to enjoy a lazy afternoon, below we show you how to make the perfect cannabis-infused bath bomb.

Note: Cannabis-infused topicals will not get you high. Click here to learn why.

(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

How to Make Your Own Cannabis Bath Bombs

Start to finish: 3+ hours (active: 15 minutes)

Yields: 1 bath bomb

Ingredients

  • Bath bomb molds (we love these ones from Amazon)
  • 4 ounces baking soda
  • 2 ounces corn starch
  • 2 ounces citric acid
  • 2 ounces epsom salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon essential oil
  • ¼ teaspoon THC or CBD infused coconut oil or tincture
  • 1–2 drops food coloring or mica color powder

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(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Directions

  1. Combine all dry ingredients (except color) in a bowl. Whisk until evenly mixed.
  2. Combine all wet ingredients (except color) in a small glass vessel (a shot glass works perfectly).
  3. Very slowly, stir the liquid mixture into the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If you see lots of fizzing, you’re going too fast. If you’re using food drops for coloring, add them now.
  4. After all ingredients are evenly combined, the mixture should feel like damp sand. To test it out, put a small amount in your hand and squeeze. It should stick together in 1–2 big chunks once you release your hand. Add a few more drops of water if it doesn’t. Once you reach the desired consistency, mix in the color powder (if using).
  5. Fill each half of your mold with the mixture until it is a little over-filled, but don’t pack too densely. Loosely sprinkle some more of the mixture on each half (this helps the two sides meld).
  6. Press the halves together firmly and hold for a few seconds. Gently remove one side of the mold.
  7. Place the bath bomb mold side down and allow to dry for about 20 minutes. Carefully remove the other side of the mold in a gentle twisting motion. (Pro tip: Bath bombs can fall apart very easily, but you can remold one side or re-mix the whole ball and start over if you need to.)
  8. Let sit for a few hours (or preferably overnight) until bath bomb is totally firm, then enjoy a soothing cannabis-infused bath and let your stress melt away!

(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)


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The Leafly Comedy Tour Hits the Road With the Gateway Show

Join Leafly and the Gateway Show at one of several comedy tour stops between August and December! We’re bringing laughs throughout Washington, California, Nevada, Colorado, and Oregon.

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Forget 5:00—4:20 Is the New Happy Hour

For anyone who regularly chooses cannabis over alcohol, 4:20 is already the de facto happy hour. Finally, the rest of the world is catching up.

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Where to Find a 4:20 Happy Hour

Upscale establishments in both LA and San Francisco have launched happy hours beginning at 4:20 p.m., a sign of cannabis’s ever-expanding place in mainstream consciousness. EdiBOL, in downtown LA, the Happy 420 Hour menu features deep-fried bites (“Munchabols”—all priced at $4.20) and cocktails named after cannabis strains (complete, we noticed during a recent visit, with strain descriptors—relaxed, uplifted, etc.—from the Leafly pages for each drink’s namesake strain). The menu runs from 4:20 to 7:00 p.m. every weekday.

More recently, in June, San Francisco’s beloved Flore—the site of the auspicious first meeting between famed cannabis activists Dennis Peron and Mary Jane “Brownie Mary” Rathbun, and a hub for revolutionary rethinking of cannabis since the 1970s—launched a CBD-and-terpene-infused cannabis cocktail/mocktail menu (supported with a selection of happy hour munchies to go with them, and augmented with CBD-infused beer on tap). The happy hour pays homage to the café’s (and more generally, the Castro neighborhood’s) rich history and significance in cannabis history. Each of the 16 drinks on the menu contains a low dose of CBD and terpenes that mimic specific cannabis strains. The menu runs from 4:20 to 7:20 p.m. on weekdays (though Flore is considering cutting the happy hour off at 7:10 in a nod to the dabbing community).

Why the Shift Matters

What’s notable about this evidence of a shift toward daily celebrations of 4:20 in non-cannabis establishments is that the concept of happy hour as we know it has long been associated with the most popular substances of the day. The idea of an after-work drinking occasion originated when absinthe was at the height of its popularity in Europe in the 1800s, and was originally called l’heure vert: The Green Hour (after the color of the drink congregated over). After absinthe fell out of favor, the same concept was rebranded as happy hour during the Prohibition era, and again was associated with the hot commodity of the day: alcohol more generally. Now, as cannabis consumption and acceptance of it both continue to skyrocket, cannabis’s own version of happy hour—4:20—may be the new five o’clock.

Although the alcohol is still present, elements of cannabis culture as well as cannabis itself are defining this new trend. “[Before], folks were getting up from the table to go smoke a joint and we needed to solve that—how are people going to consume and enjoy their cannabis and socialize over it?” explains Aaron Silverman, one of two co-owners of Flore. “Starting with cannabis-infused cocktails help bridge that gap over to socialization and food,” agrees Terrance Alan, Flore’s other co-founder. “Menu items on the munchie menu … not only go well with our new drinks [but] resonate with the cannabis community.”

Copious dispensaries, of course, have celebrated 4:20 as a happy hour for years: Greenway Marijuana in Port Orchard, WA, for instance, offers daily specials starting at 4:20 and running until 8:00 p.m. Bud and breakfasts also get in on the fun: Maine’s utterly charming 200-year-old Laughing Grass Inn, which runs “Maine’s premier bud and breakfast event from August to September,” offers a complimentary 4:20 happy hour during the event featuring a bud bar and edibles at no extra cost. Occasionally, even bars will throw events for the 4/20 holiday itself, like Florida’s Square Grouper Bar and Grill did (sadly, no cannabis was served). But besides being a cannabis promotional tool and a novelty for those outside the industry, 4:20 has long been under-celebrated.

However, with the mainstream adaptation of cannabis’s signature time as the new daily moment to kick back and hang out, cannabis offers us all something new: Not only does the herb continue to bring cannabis consumers together, cannabis culture now indirectly offers non-consumers a reason to join in and chill, with or without the flower itself.

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How to 420 at Flore and ediBOL

If you visit either California city, both cafés are must-visits. Light, bright, laid-back ediBOL is the perfect place to hang after a smoke sesh—particularly because the $4.20 munchie menu is fantastic. Do not miss the “stoned-ground” corn pops with chipotle crema: these slightly spicy, savory-sweet fried food clouds check every box on the must-have munchie characteristics list. The spiced buttermilk fried chicken sliders are pretty amazing too, as is the ultra-rich PB&J (pork belly, fig jam, and lemon gremolata)—or you can just go the route I went and order the entire menu, for less than the price than two craft cocktails anywhere else. The $6 drinks pay tribute to illustrious strains from Tangie to Blackberry Kush—we recommend diving into a lively, lightly spiced Pineapple Express, which sports a tropical flavor palate and elements of mango, lime, jinra, and ginger.

At Flore, don’t miss the Blood Orange Mojito—a favorite of owner Aaron Silverman, for one—featuring mint-infused spiced rum, blood orange bitters, citrus, soda, hemp-derived CBD sourced from Canada, and cannabis-derived terpenes that mirror the profile of powerhouse sativa Jack Herer. You’ll also find CBD-infused IPA on tap (a feat of chemistry that required help from a Ph.D chemist—you won’t see this everywhere), and the zero-proof Thai Tea on Ice, paired with elements of Sour Diesel, is another (booze-free) winner. Don’t forget that munchie menu, either—buffalo-blue cheese tater tots and Cool Ranch Dorito-crusted chicken fingers aren’t going to eat themselves.


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NFL Offers to Work With Players Union to Study Cannabis

The NFL is again flirting with changing its policy on cannabis—but for the first time, it seems to be putting its money where its mouth is. The league has reportedly written to the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) offering to work together to study the cannabis as a potential pain management tool for players.

The NFLPA, which is currently conducting its own study into medical cannabis as treatment for players, has yet to respond to the letter sent by the league.

“We look forward to working with the players’ association on all issues involving the health and safety of our players,” Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, told the Washington Post, which first reported the news on Tuesday.

Lockhart’s comments seem to conflict with what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on ESPN’s Mike & Mike radio show in late April. At the time, Goodell said the league sees no medical benefits to cannabis, adding that “it may not be healthy for the players long-term.”

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“We’ve been studying that through our advisors,” Goodell told Mike & Mike. “To date, they haven’t said, ‘This is a change we think you should make that is in the best interest of the health and safety of our players.’ If they do, we’re certainly going to consider that. But to date, they haven’t really said that.”

Goodell did add, however, that “medical marijuana is something that is evolving, and that’s something that at some point the medical advisors may come to us and say, ‘This is something you should consider.’”

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For the league, that message may have come in the form of an earth-shattering report that speaks to the dangers football poses to brain health. Of 111 deceased NFL players’ brains that were donated to science and studied, 110 were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a dengenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head.

Some have pointed to CBD, a cannabinoid with neuroprotectant properties, as a possible treatment for brain injury or even for use as a prophylactic.

Following the publication of the study, Goodell announced that the NFL and would end its brain research partnership with the National Institute of Health. in the media, he seemed to downplay the study’s findings that playing football damages many players’ brains.

“The average NFL player lives five years longer than you,” Goodell told reporters. “So their lifespan is actually longer and healthier. And I think because of all the advancements, including the medical care, that number is going to even increase for them.”

NFL players currently are tested for cannabis and face potential discipline if they fail the screenings. The tests, however, are relatively easy to pass according to what former Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe told Leafly last fall.

“That is actually one of the things that the NFL’s drug testing program does kind of have going for it,” he told Leafly. “If you get caught smoking weed, then you probably have a problem. You know exactly when the test is coming. The league’s testing [period] starts — ironically enough — on April 20. Then the testing window extends all the way through training camp.”

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The NFL in 2014 modified its drug policy regarding cannabis, increasing the threshold for what constituted a positive test. Before 2014, the threshold level was at 15 nanograms of THC per milliliter of urine or blood. The change doubled that amount, upping it to 30 nanograms.

The NFL and NFLPA likely would have to wait until their next collective bargaining agreement to get a deal done around medical cannabis. The current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in 2020.


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2028 LA Olympics to Be First Ever With Legal Cannabis

Los Angeles has reportedly reached a deal that will bring the 2028 Olympic Games to Southern California. While it will be the third Olympiad to be held in LA, it’s set to be the first—ever—to be held amid a legal adult-use cannabis market.

Los Angeles last hosted the games in 1984, more than a decade before voters helped California become the first US state to legalize medical marijuana. The city also hosted the 1932 Games, held during the days of alcohol prohibition.

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While officials in LA had been working to bring the 2024 Games to the city, they reached an agreement with Olympic leaders to give LA the Summer Games in 2028 instead, the Los Angeles Times reports.

It’s not yet clear how hosting the games in a legal-cannabis jurisdiction may affect athletes or the public. Cannabis is legal in California for adults 21 and older, but some participating countries still impose harsh penalties for possession or use.

Countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran are vehemently against cannabis and other substances. In Saudi Arabia, for example, one can be flogged for possessing cannabis in the country—or executed for distributing larger quantities. Some Asian countries also threaten the death penalty for drug crimes.

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During the 1996 Olympics, held in Atlanta, not all the events took place in Georgia. Facilities in Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida were also used. If the 2028 Games look to nearby regions, cannabis consumers may still be in luck­—Nevada, the country’s newest legal, adult-use cannabis market—is right next door.

Who knows, maybe we’ll even have a Hyperloop by then.


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Watch This: Guess Which Two Celebs Get ‘Special’ Trailers When Visiting Conan?

If you thought we were done talking about Conan, then I’m sorry, you were sadly mistaken. I promise we will never stop going in. Here’s a clip from a recent interview Snoop Dogg did with Conan where they talk about, yup, you guessed it, Snoop and how much he loves getting high.

Most shows have a green room for their guests to hang out in before they come on, but apparently that room isn’t big enough to house and support the pre-show antics of one Mr. Doggy Dogg. Learning from his mistakes, Conan gets Snoop his own trailer when he visits to prevent Snoop from smoking out the entire building. (And he also discloses the only other guest to receive that special treatment. I’m sure you can guess who it is.)

I don’t know about you, but this makes me want to smoke with Snoop even more than I already did. I mean, seriously, do you know how much cannabis it takes to smoke out an entire building?! All of it, that’s how much. #goals


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