Cinema Stoner: Valerian & Mango Hybrid

I am still so excited about Valerian I can barely sleep. A knockout sci-fi pic whose enjoyment exponentially increases with marijuana consumption, Luc Besson’s phantasmagoric space noir is a cinema stoner’s prayer answered—a retro-futuristic graphic novel come to life. 

I mean, this is a movie whose full title is literally Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – a subtitle that screams “take drugs before me.” Adorned with a crackerjack plot following two space agents (Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne) who uncover dastardly corruption in a floating Galactic United Nations, the sprawling picture operates on pure breathless gusto, a luminous Star Wars pastiche painted with breath-taking off-world visuals.

You cannot be high enough to watch this movie. As the film opened on half-naked aliens harvesting nuclear pellets from shitting space armadillos, I wondered if my kindly sativa was up to task. Cycling to the cinema as I smoked, Mac Garden’s Mango (16.2% THC, 0.08% CBD) simply made everything seem pleasant. But tucked into a reclining leather seat in a darkened air-conditioned rural movie theater, the fruity Mango hybrid melded seamlessly with the loopy beauty of Valerian‘s universe. 

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Glass with a Story: Mark Lammi and Cruiser Pipes

Through 15 years of glass blowing and countless thousands of pieces made, Mark Lammi has been in the custom pipe game for a while. Beginning his career selling the wares of other glassblowers, he stumbled across an opportunity to start an apprenticeship in Eugene, Oregon, bringing him in close contact with some of the biggest names in the business.

“Being surrounded by talented artists and the best weed growers in the world, I literally lived that lifestyle to the fullest,” Lammi told HIGH TIMES. “I ate, slept and breathed glass pipes every moment, and in a lot of ways I still carry that passion to this day.”

That passion has turned into tons of projects over the years, but a more recent one combines glassblowing with another passion: classic cars.

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Massachusetts Governor to Review Marijuana Bill after Final OK in Legislature

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is promising to carefully review a bill that makes changes to the state’s voter-approved recreational marijuana law.

The legislation was formally sent to the Republican governor’s desk on Thursday after final procedural votes in the House and Senate.

Lawmakers earlier voted to accept a compromise hammered out by negotiators after the two chambers approved competing versions of the bill.

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Radical Rant: There Are Almost as Many Tokers as Black People

HIGH TIMES has reported that the latest Gallup poll shows that 45 percent of Americans admit to having tried marijuana and 12 percent of Americans admit they are current marijuana consumers.

That means that there are roughly as many tokers in America as black people.

The latest U.S. Census estimates of Americans claiming to be black or African-American is 13.6 percent of the population, as of 2016.

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Psychedelicatessen: Sativa Spring Rolls

Roll up some fresh veggies to enjoy with a hash-infused peanut dipping sauce.

Spring rolls are a classic go-to for a quick and easy bite in warmer weather, and they’re also perfect for using whatever veggies you happen to have on hand with minimal fuss. Add a quick, no-mess cannabis-concentrate-infused spicy ginger-peanut dipping sauce, and you’ve got a simple, healthy, and potent meal that can be prepared in less than 45 minutes.

For the infused peanut sauce:

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Dank Designs: Branding Bud and Pot Packaging

Photo by Vortex Farmacy.

The cannabis industry is growing rapidly with new brands and products popping up each day. But the only brands that will succeed in this saturated market are those with professional packaging and design.

The days of homemade labels are over, and competitive cannabis branding is already reminiscent of sleek, tech design like Apple. Considering anyone over 21 in California will have access to adult use cannabis in as little as six months, and Las Vegas just went into effect, brands are gearing up to make their products as mainstream and appealing as possible. 

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Study Maps Medical Pot Laws and Regulations

Anyone trying to make a living in the legal marijuana industry has faced the absurd and frustrating obstacles resulting from cannabis being legal in a certain states, but not legal on a federal level, which still maintains a Schedule 1 classification for weed, therefore allowing the feds to ruin one’s business or life at any given moment.

Temple University laid out the facts regarding how state laws disparately regulate patient registration and civil rights, product safety labeling and packaging, and dispensaries, according to a new study published in the journal Addiction.

The study, done earlier this year, found that state laws mimic some aspects of federal prescription drug and controlled substances laws, as well as regulatory strategies used for alcohol, tobacco and traditional medicines.

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Where to Find Your Weed-Smoking Kindred Spirits in Europe This Summer

It’s time for our annual list of best places to blaze this summer for you lucky European travelers.

As was the case last year, according to the 2017 Annual Drug Report, pot is still the most commonly-used illicit substance in Europe. Good job not getting bumped out of first place by some nasty dangerous drug!

Here is some advice on where in Europe to find the best bud and how to experience the least amount of hassle when lighting up:

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Jeff Sessions Desperately Wants to Allow Police to Keep Stealing Your Property

Nearly lost in the miasma of secret anti-marijuana meetings in Colorado and Donald Trump’s very public wish for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to go far, far away and never come back is Sessions’s updated plan, released Wednesday, to allow American police to more freely and easily relieve American citizens of their property—even if they have never committed a crime.

Since the mid-1980s, police and prosecutors have been able to seize cash and property, without convicting or even charging the rightful owner with a crime, under a process called “civil asset forfeiture.” (The process’s genesis is in colonial America, but the method as we know it today began 30 years ago.)

Property can be sold and cash can be deposited directly into police department’s bank account—and it’s entirely on the erstwhile owner to prove that every last cent was earned legally. If the cash came from the sale of property that wasn’t sufficiently documented, or for wage work without a W-2, too bad—that cash is now the government’s, and good luck getting it back.

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Gallup: Percentage of Americans Who Have Tried Weed Reaches New High

The most recent Gallup poll reveals that at least 45 percent of U.S. adults say they have tried marijuana—at least once in their lives.

That’s the highest percentage in the history of the yearly poll, which started in 1969, Gallup said.

When last year’s poll was conducted, 43 percent of Americans said they’d tried pot at least once.

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