Amsterdam | Store | A local headshop on West Hastings where patrons aren’t thrown out for smoking weed (just so long as they don’t ask where they can buy it). Though officially called the “New Amsterdam Cafe”, no one uses the “New” or the “Cafe”.
Usage: “I took my American friends to the Amsterdam and they left puddles on the floor.”
Since Vancouver’s Bike Share program looks like it’s finally happening, this is what should come next. The electric gizmo, dubbed the Be.e, goes from 0-50 kph in seven seconds and has a 60-90km range on a 2000-cycle battery that can be fully charged in less than four hours. Via Like Cool: “The body made of hemp and flax fibers that have been impregnated with a biologically derived resin. The result is lightweight, nippy and nimble—which is why similar technology is used in Formula 1 cars.” The cool thing is that the Be.e isn’t for sale in The Netherlands. They’re only available as rentals, and for a piddling $180 a month. It’s a natural fit for Vancouver. I mean…weed, flax, bio-resin, electric…and doesn’t the guy in the suit look like our Mayor? Well, he doesn’t really (head cropped accordingly), but make it happen just the same, Moonbeam!
Dabs | Slang | Dabs are concentrated cannabis extracts that quickly get you really high. They’ve been growing in popularity on the West Coast for the last few years. Also known as “earwax” or “honey”.
Usage | “I’d do some dabs with you but I sort of want to be able to function like a normal human being for the rest of the day.”
(via Laughing Squid) ”Smoking Weed With the President is a conscious rap song and recently launched fundraising campaign by Richard Williams (aka Prince Ea) of Make Smart Cool that aims to bring awareness to the marijuana legalization issue. Funds raised in the campaign will go to making a ‘professional and educational music video’ of the song.” It’s still a tidy effort. It would probably have more traction if it was Will.i.am’s follow-up to “Yes We Can”, but that dude is probably busy being a hologram somewhere. Note that Harper hates hip hop and thinks marijuana was created by the devil on a Sunday, so don’t expect the powers to be convinced up here.
A new book called Barack Obama: The Story has the skinny on the President’s glory days as “that dude” at every party’s weed circle…
“Barry also had a knack for interceptions. When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted “Intercepted!,” and took an extra hit. No one seemed to mind.”
Moral: if you love freedom and hate terror, bogart that joint.
Derp. Blame it on the wallpaper (it’s totally tripping me out, too)…
The marketing of marijuana in a legalised environment would make for an interesting opening for tapped in designers. It might be time for you creatives to open an office in Abbotsford…
Given the rapidly shifting attitudes toward the legalization of Marijuana and the growing support of medical marijuana use, Print Magazine recently asked some design firms to take a whack at designing what would be packaging for legal Marijuana cigarettes (yes, people… joints).
According to Print magazine, the statistics website FiveThirtyEight estimates that if public support continues to grow at its current pace, legalization could happen within 15 years.
Print Magazine contacted four firms; Lust, a graphic design practice in Amsterdam established by Thomas Castro, Jeroen Barendse, and Dimitri Nieuwenhuizen; the New York office of Base, which worked with its branches in Europe; the Oslo firm Strømme Throndsen, winner of the 2009 Award for Design Excellence for its flour packaging; and The Heads of State, a two-man operation run by Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers in Philadelphia.
The brief was simple: What would a legal pack of marijuana cigarettes look like?
Take a look here.
Local politician and marijuana activist Marc Emery is best known as Canada’s “Prince of Pot”. An excerpt from his wiki: “He is the publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine, a founding member of the Freedom Party of Ontario, the Marijuana Party of Canada and the BC Marijuana Party, founder of the Iboga Therapy House and founder of Pot-TV. He ran for mayor of the city of Vancouver in 1996, 2002 and 2008.” Read the whole thing, as its a gooder (he was once arrested for selling 2 Live Crew CDs!).
He’s been making headlines around the world recently as he is currently under threat of extradition to the United States for selling marijuana seeds online. The punishment in Canada is a mere $200 fine (silly), while in the United States he could face 10 years in prison (silliest).
Emery and two employees were arrested five years ago by Canadian police working as stooges for George W. Bush’s Department of Justice. The move, in our opinion, was utter bullshit, setting a dangerous precedent that remains nothing short of a big fat dent in Canada’s judicial sovereignty. Our Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson, has been sitting on Emery’s extradition papers since the second week of January. The Conservative has yet to sign them, and we hope he never does. We suspect his pen’s restraint is pure politics, as his dooming signature likely (and rightly) wouldn’t go over well with Canucks both left and right.
In the meantime, over 12,000 Canadians have signed a petition asking that Emery not be sent to the States for something that is only a minor offense in Canada. Earlier this month, three MPs (1 Liberal, 1 NDP, 1 Conservative) came out strongly on his side. We hope more will follow, and sincerely wish him the best of luck. To help us understand who he is a little better, he answered all 60 of the questions that we posed to him this week. Read more
This is clever. A Colorado sushi grill (pardon?) and sake bar called “Hapa” (no relation to Vancouver’s Hapa Izakaya chainlet) is advertising their lunchtime noodle specials by mapping their locations in relation to medical marijuana dispensaries in downtown Denver and Boulder. When reached for comment, a representative of Vancouver stoners said “what?”
Since we’re in the pot capital of the universe, you probably know that yesterday was 4/20. If not, don’t sweat it. 4/20 is all about 4:20pm, the time of day that is ritually observed by those who enjoy marijuana so much that they allow it to define their lifestyle. The every other evening “after the kids go to sleep” tokers could give a shit. Give it a day. Call it a name. Big deal. 4/20 is for the full-on stoners.
For these chronic types 4/20 can be every day, once a week, or whenever they remember, but at 4:20pm on the 20th day of the 4th month, the celebration takes on a mass appeal. Here at home Read more