WHAT ARE THEY SMOKIN’?

The fashion world is a chaotic land full of outlandish Instagram photos and Kanye West shows, but every once in a while something magical happens. A phenomenon unlike any other.

The fashion world (and yes the sports world) were blessed this past month with the RompHim.

What’s the RompHim, you ask? Well, that’s a great question. According to the Kickstarter page—which is currently hovering at just under $360,000—the RompHim is a romper designed for men. It’s described as “your new favorite summer outfit,” which almost certainly isn’t true.

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NATIONAL POLICY GROUP TO PROVIDE FIREPOWER FOR SESSIONS

Just after inauguration, The National District Attorney’s Association (NDAA) created a policy group featuring 14 district attorneys who will issue advisements on possible law or policy changes regarding cannabis.

At their first meeting, the group reportedly wanted to draft a letter to all governors in states where medical and recreational cannabis are legal, instructing them to shut those businesses down within 90 days. Yikes.

That didn’t happen. But the fact that it was considered created a momentary burst of fear that rattled the industry and caught many off-guard. Who are these guys, and what kind of power do they wield?

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DID ALIENS BRING POT TO EARTH?

Thoughts of outer space often come to mind while smoking. There’s something cosmic about your mind being transported to a new plane of thought; the euphoric feelings, the stress of the day magically melting away. Is there a reason for this? Could cannabis and the universe be somehow linked in a deeper, more significant way?

*adjusts tin foil hat* Let’s begin, shall we?

Brands like Lil Mayo, everyone’s favorite alien, and Seattle-based Dawg Star have invited the astral connection. The name “Dawg Star” comes from the history of the stars Sirius A and B, and the supposed connection to ancient aliens. Yes, those ancient aliens. According to legend, the Dogon tribe of West Africa called cannabis the “two-dog plant,” as they believed it was brought to Earth by a goddess descended from the brightest stars in the sky, Sirius A and B, the “two-dog star.” Only Sirius A can be seen with the naked eye, however, leading to multiple theories that the isolated Dogon tribe could only have known about the existence of Sirius B if they had, in fact, been visited by aliens.

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REEFER MADNESS STRIKES AGAIN: CBS NEWS CLAIMS CHILD OVERDOSES ON POT: Fact Checking In An Age Of Fake News

At a time when the term “fake news” is used to diminish the legitimacy of media outlets, it is imperative that facts are checked, then checked once more for good measure. Faith in credible journalism depends on it.

On the 14th of May, CBS New York published an article that claimed a 10-year-old boy had overdosed on cannabis-infused candy. The title alone is a prime example of erroneous and lazy journalism; a clickbait title meant to boost ratings, without concern for the facts. But this is not where the faulty journalism ends. In their report, CBS claimed that “the boy ingested at least one piece of the candy containing 250mg or more of THC.” The bag pictured in their article, however, clearly states that the bag contains 10 individually-wrapped pieces that contain 25mg of THC each. That is 250mg per bag, not per piece.

Not only did the child not overdose (there are zero reports of anyone ever overdosing on cannabis), he consumed far less cannabis than reported, and was released from the hospital the same day. Although feeling a little sick to his stomach, according to Lieutenant Mark Emma, the child returned home.

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TO VAPE OR NOT TO VAPE: Cannabis’ Rising New Trend

“Do you smoke?”

“No, I vape.”

In California and across America, it’s a conversation that’s becoming increasingly familiar. According to the second annual State of Cannabis report by Eaze—the Uber of cannabis—vaping products are increasing in popularity more quickly than any other form of cannabis consumption.

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STONER ARCHIVE: Remembering Our Favorite Cannabis Stories

This year for 420 we took to the streets seeking out your best cannabis stories, in honor of the holiday. We ran into a lot of interesting people on our ventures and gathered a few of the best (and strangest) ones.

Jason Horvath:

“My first time I definitely got high! We were young, and it was fall in Virginia. We went behind a school and made a bong out of a Sunny D bottle…I think we even used the juice as bongwater. I don’t remember what was on the radio, but I remember feeling like I was in Star Wars, being pressed back into my seat. I watched the snow fall in the dim of the headlights. I was giggling with a perma-grin on my face the whole ride back into the city. I remember thinking, I want to do this every day of my life. It stills goes down in my book as one of my all-time favorite stoner moments.”

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20 THINGS TO DO ON 4/20

Ah who are we kidding. Trying 20 new things in one day is close to impossible especially while medicated in true 420 fashion. Sticking with the numerical celebration of our beloved flower here are four things to try on 420.

Channel Your Inner Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, arguably one of the greatest dramatists of all time is believed to have been a toker. Cannabis was found in clay pipes in his home and on his property. Shakespeare also mentions “noted weed” and “a journey in his head,” in two different sonnets which many have speculated were about our beloved flower. Cannabis is known to create a relaxed, creative mindset so why not follow dear ol’ William’s lead and try your hand at writing your own Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet or Midsummer Night’s Dream. Write a screenplay, write a poem, write a recipe for when the munchies kick in.

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THE GREAT ESCAPE: Taking the Workplace Toke Break on 4/20

Say you need to step out of work for twenty minutes and catch a quick smoke break, but your coworkers aren’t exactly the type that can appreciate you’ve got something righteously dank stashed away, waiting to be smoked. Your approach is everything. By making a plan (or really, just going for it) you can step out of work for a few—and have a tight alibi, if anyone notices.

The Stealth Approach

This is so sneaky they’ll never see it coming. Have a clean-cut friend show up at your work with “just a few questions about your whereabouts on January 17th.” You’ll obviously need some privacy for your “interrogation.” When you return, feel free to act somber and sport a pair of sunglasses. Your neighbor hasn’t been seen in a few weeks and people are starting to ask questions. Chances are one of your neighbors is a shut-in anyway, so bonus points for not exactly lying.

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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRODUCERS OF PLANET EARTH: DOPE Magazine Needs Your Help!

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation, creators of the Planet Earth series:

We’re living in dark times. Now, more than ever, we need to ask the tough questions—regardless of belief system or political alignment. We’re all in this together. And if we don’t find common ground, the results could be disastrous. I think you know what I’m talking about. BBC, we need answers. Find us definitive proof of the existence of Bigfoot.

Or El Chupacabra. Or Nessie. Hey, we’ll even settle for a glimpse at a Yeti.

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RICKY WILLIAMS SET TO OPEN WORLD’S FIRST CANNABIS GYM: Heisman Winner Partners with Jim McAlpine to Stay Lit and Fit

Ricky Williams, the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner who rushed over 10,000 yards in the NFL during his professional career, and Jim McAlpine, who founded 420 Games, which “works to break down the stereotypes that have been built up during the era of cannabis prohibition” through athletic events, have partnered to create Power Plant Fitness, the world’s first cannabis gym.

Ricky Williams is no stranger to the stigma surrounding marijuana. During his career, he faced multiple suspensions and was unable to play for the NFL for several years due to testing positive for marijuana. Williams has taken that history and turned it into a positive. Both Williams and McAlpine advocate utilizing cannabis as one of many possible workout supplements that contributes to health and wellness, but they are not opening the gym exclusively to cannabis users.

According to McAlpine, cannabis helps him control his weight and focus. As this is not the case for everyone, when new clients join PPF they will complete a cannabis performance assessment to determine when or if cannabis-influenced workouts are right for them. With Williams’ athletic history and McAlpine’s record of promoting a healthy and responsible lifestyle, it’s safe to say this gym is not going to have the stereotypical “lazy stoner” atmosphere.

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