Keep Tabs on California Wildfires with SF Chron’s Live Map

A week after deadly wildfires began to spread through Northern California’s dry hills, North Bay officials said this week that the effort to contain the flames finally has gained some traction.

Conditions have drastically changed from just 24 hours ago, and that is definitely a very good sign,” Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection, told ABC News on Sunday. “It’s probably a sign we’ve turned a corner on the fires.”

“A week ago this started as a nightmare,” added Napa County Supervisor Belia Ramos, “and the day we dreamed of has arrived.”

One of the best tools we’ve come across to keep tabs on the ongoing fires is the San Francisco Chronicle’s interactive map, which shows how the blazes have spread over the past week, destroying property and hurting nearby air quality.

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Since they first began, the so-called Wine Country fires have become some of the most devastating in California history. They’ve killed at least 41 people, spurred the evacuation of more than 40,000 others, and destroyed upward of 5,700 structures. In Santa Rosa, a city in Sonoma County, even the local fire station went up in smoke.

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The region’s cannabis cultivators have been among those hit hardest. Unlike other farmers in the area, cannabis growers generally don’t have access to crop insurance. Some lost entire crops just as the plants became ready to harvest. Industry leaders have estimated that damages could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Drone footage posted by Facebook user Phillip Ung shows some of the damage to the region.

We’ve also put together a list of ways to help those impacted by the fire.

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MassRoots Board Ousts CEO

Cannabis social media platform MassRoots ousted its CEO Isaac Dietrich from his role in the company on Monday in a vote by the Denver-based company’s Board of Directors.

The development, first reported by Debra Borchardt of the Green Market Report, comes on the heels of MassRoots agreement to acquire cannabis tech company CannaRegs, which tracks changes in cannabis regulations and taxation at the municipal, state, and federal levels.

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Under Dietrich’s direction, MassRoots bought the company for $12 million in stock—a decision that may have ultimately led to his demise. Borchardt wrote:

Some members of the company’s board (and supposedly including Kveton)  had been unhappy with Dietrich’s decision to acquire CannaRegs for $12 million. Several in the cannabis industry complained that the price was too high for the company even though private investors had been willing to pay $10 million for CannaRegs and the company had no debt and was bringing in $500,000 a year in revenues.

Scott Kveton has been named the company’s new CEO, Borchardt reports. The company has yet to make any public statements about the news. Leafly reached a MassRoots representative this afternoon, who confirmed Dietrich’s ouster but declined to speak on the record.

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The last 12 months for MassRoots have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the company. In late May, news reports swirled that the company needed $5 million dollars to stay afloat. At the end of the first quarter, on March 31, the company posted total revenue of $134,721, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The net loss for the same period was $7,447,177.

At the time, Dietrich told Leafly that his company had been making “significant investments” to the company’s technical infrastructures to improve the value of the company’s public stock, which is traded on over-the-counter markets.

Over the weekend, MassRoots stock rose to around $0.44 cents a share. On Monday it plunged over 23%, down to $0.33 cents per share.

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Arkasas: Pulaski, Jefferson Counties Top Medical Cannabis Applications

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Data from Arkansas’ Department of Finance and Administration show that most applications for medical marijuana distribution sites came in for Pulaski County, the state’s most populous county, while the largest number of cultivation applications list Jefferson County.

Each of eight regions in the state will have up to four dispensaries.

The state’s Medical Marijuana Commission was meeting Monday as it whittles down applications from those wanting to take part in a program established to aid people with certain medical conditions. It received 95 applications for cultivation sites and will select no more than five. There are 227 applications for dispensaries. Each of eight regions in the state will have up to four dispensaries.

There are 26 applications for dispensary sites in Pulaski County, plus 22 in Garland County and 17 in Washington County.

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Jefferson County has 13 applications for growing sites.

The Rise of ‘Canna-Vlogging’: What to Expect When Creating Cannabis Video Social Media

Thanks to the democratization of video technology and ever-increasing accessibility to video content across virtually every relevant platform, video-based media is now the new normal in today’s social media landscape. Subsequently, the growing permanence of cannabis culture has afforded those interested in utilizing video-based media a megaphone to share ideas and experiences related to this burgeoning culture. Influencers who once fought to support their pro-cannabis lifestyles through social media platforms are now able to do so with much less pushback. The result? An influx of cannabis-related video content and a hungry community of likeminded consumers to support it.

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Yet, the fight is far from over for people who want to start crafting their own cannabis-themed video content. They still face an uphill battle to receive the same benefits of social media success as their peers in other genres. Learn more about how cannabis video content has permeated social media, plus glean some takeaways for those interested in exploring cannabis vlogging.

Strict, Yet Vague, Content Guidelines

Perhaps the largest setback to creators within the cannabis genre has (and still remains) stringent yet often overtly ambiguous content guidelines. These restrictions stifle creativity and prohibit information about cannabis and the future surrounding it. Entire social media platforms have been known to discriminate against cannabis-based content on the grounds that they violate user agreements and content rules established by the sites’ administrators.

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For creatives aiming to share cannabis-related content, these restrictions have become the greatest setback. Nevertheless, through perseverance, social media influencers have emerged to share their voice and, despite opposition, have persevered in growing the community to what is is today.

An important distinguisher in the emergence of the cannabis genre in video-based social media culture has been YouTube. This platform has been the epicenter of video-based content since its inception, and YouTube continues to dominate the space in terms of user acquisition and engagement.

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YouTube has emerged as a uniquely important destination for cannabis-based content due to its (passive) acceptance of creators looking to explore this unique sector. Compared to its competitors, YouTube has had a history of being notoriously soft on restricting cannabis-related content, offering creators a safer space to share their videos without fear of takedowns or other forms of censorship.

…that is, until recently.

One major aspect that separated YouTube from other video-based social media platforms has been its incentive program for creators to earn revenue though advertising. Otherwise known as AdSense, this program allows creators to collect a share of the advertising revenue that their content generates.

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A caveat to this program, one that hadn’t affected cannabis content creators until earlier this year, is that the programming must prove to be “advertiser friendly” in order to qualify for AdSense revenue sharing. Due to a series of issues involving ads playing on highly controversial (non-cannabis-related) content, YouTube has since altered not only its policy towards which content qualifies as advertiser-friendly, it’s also modified its algorithms to make this type of content much harder to search for and view. Cannabis content did not make that cut, and revenue sharing for this community has all but been lost because of this change.

Diversity in Cannabis-Related Content

Despite the fiscally devastating impact of the recent AdSense policy changes, creatives continue to persevere by sharing their cannabis-related content. Today, a vastly diverse array of cannabis-themed video creators have succeeded in amassing an impressive community of fans and enthusiasts. Their accomplishments, though shadowed by an inability to share in the financial spoils deserved to them, have not been lost on the millions of engaged fans who continue to watch, like, and share.

Here’s a look at a few accomplished influencers who have pioneered cannabis video-based content and paved the way for others to follow in their paths.

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Joel, or “Jolie Olie,” as he has coined on his wildly popular YouTube channel, has amassed a following exceeding 1.4 million subscribers, making his channel arguably the most popular cannabis-themed program on YouTube to date. Since 2013 he has been cranking out weekly content ranging from smoke sessions to product reviews and event excursions.

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Cannabis strain reviews and educational content is the name of the game for Josh from StrainCentral. His efforts to push this sub-genre forward have succeeded profoundly, and his content is among the highest quality out there. Today , you can see StrainCentral in every corner of the cannabis space. From frequent postings on his main channel to collaborations with other creatives, Josh continues to inspire cannabis education in as many ways possible.

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A true influencer in the cannabis space, Joe Kid has revolutionized long-format videos with his newly renovated YouTube talk show filmed out of his home in Colorado. Perhaps one of the most engaging and polished productions available, his show has gained him a popularity to be reckoned with. Tune in weekly as he and his fiancée traverse the cannabis landscape with a self-produced show that covers everything from reviews to interviews and more.

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Based out of Rhode Island, canna-vlogger Sasha (also known as “SilencedHippie“) has made waves in cannabis-related video content. One of the earlier self-described “stoner-vloggers,” her channel has pushed the vlog concept to new heights. Today, Sasha is among the most recognized social media influencers in the cannabis space, where you can find her educating and engaging fans all over the country.

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How to Start Your Own Canna-Vlog

If you’re interested in creating your own cannabis-themed content, there are many ways you can get started. Here are a few tried and true sub-genres to look into if you need a little inspiration on where to begin.

Video Diaries

Chronicling your daily musings or thoughts may be the easiest place to start if you’re new to filming your cannabis lifestyle. Just turn on the camera and organically create, allowing others a window into your life’s adventures. There’s no wrong way to vlog; simply getting out there and pressing record is all you’ll need to get started. This can be anything from smoking with friends to hanging out and sharing your views and opinions on cannabis culture.

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Grow Journals

For those cultivating their own cannabis, whether at home or as an occupation, grow journalling is a terrific way to share experiences with engaging fans. This sub-genre has grown rapidly in popularity over the years, with influencers in this space amassing subscribers at incredible rates. Documenting a grow doesn’t necessarily require you to be a master grower, either—learning the ropes is a valuable element to capture for those who are looking to learn as well.

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Educational Content

If you find that you’re the kind of person who loves educating others about cannabis lifestyle and culture, producing educational content may just be for you. From performing strain or product reviews to providing tutorials, there’s no limit to the amount of content you can produce when focusing on teaching others about cannabis. Sharing knowledge is one of the most powerful tools an influencer can have in this space.

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These are just a few ideas to get you started on your path to creating quality cannabis-related video content. There are many ways you can take advantage of this growing medium, so pick an angle and give it a try. You never know what will resonate with an audience until you put yourself out there!

If you’re a fan of cannabis video content, share down below what you enjoy seeing the most and why. In the meantime, happy canna-vlogging!

Recipe: CBD-Infused Chocolate Lava Cakes

If plunging your spoon into a piping-hot chocolate cake and watching molten cannabis-infused chocolate spill from within sounds like your idea of a decadent experience, we’ve got the recipe for you. These single-serving chocolate lava cakes are each infused with 5mg CBD (you can sub a THC tincture, if you prefer) and are pretty much guaranteed to bring you back for a second serving in the same sitting. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, of course.

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Cannabis-Infused Chocolate Lava Cakes

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Yields: 4 cakes

Approximate dosage: 5mg per cake*

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, plus more for buttering the ramekins
  • 1 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 full eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 20 milligrams’ worth of CBD tincture (you can use THC tincture if you prefer)
  • 2 teaspoons flour, plus more for dusting the ramekins

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Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450˚F.
  2. Place the butter in a bowl and microwave to melt. Add the chocolate to the hot butter and stir until the chocolate melts.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the two eggs, two additional yolks, sugar, and your cannabis tincture and beat until light and thick, about one minute. Add the egg mixture and the flour to the melted chocolate and beat until fully incorporated.
  4. Butter and lightly flour four 4-ounce molds or ramekins (make sure not to miss any spots, or the cakes will stick). Tap out the excess flour. Divide the batter among the molds. (At this point you can refrigerate them for up to three hours if you’d like; just bring them back to room temperature before baking.)
  5. Place the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the cakes have puffed up a bit, the tops are barely set, about 7–9 minutes. The cakes should still jiggle slightly when shaken. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for one more minute.
  6. Put a plate on top of the ramekin and (using a potholder to protect your hand) carefully invert the cake onto the plate. Let it sit for 10 seconds, then lift up the ramekin. Enjoy immediately.

Pro Tip: Add a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream to the cakes if you like. Some cherry or raspberry preserves also accompany this dessert well. Bon appétit!

This recipe was developed in partnership with Tilray. Tilray and Leafly are both owned by Privateer Holdings.

*Note: The amount of cannabis tincture specified in this recipe is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your tincture and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.

Michigan Update: Mad Dash for Licenses, NMU Launches Cannabis Program

Michigan officials are gearing up for a mad rush on Dec. 15, the first day cannabis business-license applications become available in the state. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will be releasing applications for all five categories of the state’s medical cannabis industry, including cultivation, processing, testing, transportation, and sales.

Nearly a thousand would-be business operators have signed up for state-run training sessions, Shelly Edgerton, director of the state’s licensing department, told a crowd in Ann Arbor, according to the Detroit Free Press. “We may have 50. We may have 1,500. We may have 5,000,” she said.

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Attendees of the Ann Arbor training session had a host of questions about application details, the Free Press reported, ranging from licensing-related costs to how the state will accept tax payments. Offices in other states have been overwhelmed as cannabis operators, largely unable to get comprehensive banking services, deliver thousands of dollars in cash.

Dispensaries have been operating in a kind of gray area in Michigan for several years. Medical marijuana became legal in 2008, but no statewide licensing program existed at the time.

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The shift to a state-regulated industry could cause some hiccups. Some lawmakers have called for dispensaries to shut down on Dec. 15, reopening only once they receive a state licenses. Others worry that could interrupt access to medicine for cannabis patients. State lawmakers in both the House and Senate have introduced bills that would allow dispensaries to stay open during the transition period.

The state was home to 218,556 registered patients as of late 2016, according to the most recent available state data. Here at Leafly, we estimate that number has grown roughly 10% during 2017, putting the number of current patients at around 240,000.

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Northern Michigan University to Offer Cannabis Degree

The largest university in Upper Peninsula is offering a degree in cannabis. Northern Michigan University in Marquette began its medical plant chemistry program this semester. The program, which boasts about a dozen students in the first class, according to the Detroit Free Press, combines chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, marketing, and finance.

It’s designed to give students a more traditional approach to cannabis education than niche programs at schools like Oaksterdam University or Humboldt Cannabis College. Students at NMU, the school says, will benefit from a traditional, four-year college experience and also addresses the science and business of growing cannabis.

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Melissa Etheridge’s Cannabis Mugshot Is Amazing

Melissa Etheridge, singer, songwriter, Grammy-winner, and cannabis advocate has blessed the world with what may be the greatest mug shot of all time, after a cannabis possession arrest at the US-Canada border.

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Etheridge smiled for the photo after her tour bus was stopped and searched with K9 units as she crossed into the US from Canada at the North Dakota border on August 17. Agents discovered cannabis oil aboard the tour bus and arrested her. According to reports, she was booked for the possession of a controlled substance and pleaded not guilty. Although the musician has a medical marijuana authorization from her home state of California, North Dakota does not allow reciprocity for out-of-state medical marijuana patients.

Just weeks later, at the same border crossing, ’70s rocker Todd Rundgren was passing through on Sept. 9 and was hit with a similar charge. Although the K9 units missed it, US Customs and Border Patrol agents found two vapes and containers with THC liquid inside. He was booked for possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

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North Dakota legalized the use and possession of marijuana for medical purposes last November, but the program is not operational yet. An arrest for cannabis possession can land you in jail for up to 30 days with a maximum fine of $1,500.

“I continue to use cannabis to treat the lasting gastrointestinal effects of the chemo and to help me get a good night’s sleep.”

Melissa Etheridge

For her part, Etheridge has been vocal about her cannabis use in recent years, using it as part of breast cancer treatment and even acknowledging that she prefers to consume cannabis rather than alcohol with her adult kids. She’s also entered the cannabis industry as an entrepreneur, offering a line of cannabis-infused wine through her company, Etheridge Farms. She’s featured in the documentary “Mary Janes: The Women of Weed,” a film focusing on female entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry set to be released later this winter.

Etheridge is also an outspoken proponent of legalization, having recently visited Missouri to endorse a medical cannabis proposal and share her experience using cannabis to treat the side effects of chemotherapy. “Not only did it treat my nausea better than anything else I tried, it alleviated both my physical and emotional pain. I continue to use cannabis to treat the lasting gastrointestinal effects of the chemo and to help me get a good night’s sleep,” she said. “It saddens me when I think about the tens of thousands of patients in Kansas and Missouri who do not enjoy the same safe, legal access to medical cannabis that I did.”

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Beaming from ear-to-ear in her surprisingly cheerful mug shot, Etheridge reminds us of a cool, activist aunt. Her friendly, unabashed grin makes it seem like she doesn’t regret a thing.

Hands-On With the Vivant Dabox Wax Vaporizer

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The Leafly office recently got a chance to take Vivant’s new Dabox concentrate vaporizer for a spin. We put this wax vape in the hands of product guru Darren Harris and dab virgin Ian Chant, then had the two of them compare notes. Here’s what they had to say after a week with Vivant’s newest offering.

A freshly unboxed Dabox. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

First Impressions

DH: So I use a standard dab rig pretty regularly, and I enjoyed using the Dabox. I’m used to pulling as much as I can, and so the first few times, I held it down for a nice long time. I realized later that you don’t really have to hold the heating button down for more than five seconds or so to get a perfectly good pull off this and blow out a cloud that was pretty massive…

IC: It’s probably more reflective of how new I am at this, but it took me a couple of times putting it through its paces for me to be comfortable and feel like I knew what I was doing. But once I had a handle on it, the Dabox did really right by me.

DH: It’s kind of odd that there’s a learning curve, because functionally, it’s very simple—it’s one button, no temperature changes, you just hold and inhale. The thing you need to figure out about that is how long do you need to hold the button. For me, it took a day or two to learn that I could really just hold it for a second or two and kind of sip off of this. Because if you want to get super-smacked, you can just rip this thing two or three times and you’ll be right there. But if you want to work your way up to that level of high, you have to kind of learn to finesse it.

IC: Design-wise, I really liked the Dabox too. It fits right in the palm of your hand, and it’s got a nice heft to it that I wasn’t necessarily expecting. It feels really good when you’re holding it. The heating coil was easy to swap out, and the swing-open chamber was really smooth. Taken as a whole, it just feels really well-crafted.

DH: Yeah, I’ve used a number of concentrate vaporizers that feel cheap, whether it’s a plastic mouthpiece or the actual construction. This does not feel like something you’d expect to find at this price point.

The chamber of the Dabox swings out for easy loading and coil replacement. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

Just Add Wax

IC: So what concentrate were you using with this?

DH: I was using the Middlefork honey crystal from Oleum, which is one of my favorite brands. And in the Dabox, you really get that blast of terpenes that is so tasty. Then later, I tried a sugar resin from Oleum, which was not as messy as the honey crystal. How about you?

IC: I was using an Oleum sugar resin as well, which was really kind and very easy to load. I’m not sure would want to go with anything that was much viscous than that.

DH: Yeah, loading honey crystal into the Dabox, which has kind of a shallow chamber, was tough; sugar resin was a lot easier to break off and drop in. I’d definitely recommend a more solid concentrate like sugar resin or shatter that you can break apart easily over a more viscous product, which is going to be more time consuming and involve some extra cleanup.

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On The Go

IC: As far as portability, I would be super happy to take a Dabox to a friend’s house for a barbecue or for a hike in the woods. But because you are going to regularly be loading wax into the chamber, I would feel on the conspicuous side using this vaporizer at, say, a concert or a park.

DH: Yeah. I think that this won’t be my main go to piece for dabs, but if I’m going to a friend’s place or going to be on the road for a weekend, it makes a perfect side accessory to get that experience on the go. And that’s one place I’d give this an edge over even some things that bill themselves as portable dab rigs, which still have things like an e-nail that are gonna get you some looks.

IC: This is definitely pretty anonymous. I felt like once this is loaded, I could walk around downtown Seattle without anyone giving me a look.

DH: Well, that’s exactly what I did, so yeah, you can.

An included scoop and charger make sure the Dabox is ready to go right out of the box. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

How To

IC: As someone who is new to using concentrates, and especially to a concentrate vaporizer, I feel like I could have done with some more documentation. For something that bills itself as easy to customize by swapping out coil heads, I would love to have seen that explained out just a little more.

DH: I agree. I would have liked a little bit of a warning on that front and some pointers on how to easily clean stuff.

IC: Even as someone who’s generally disinclined to read instructions, I read these thoroughly and I still had some questions. And as we talked about, most of that stuff I figured out just through use, but I think they could have eliminated some of that trial and error period.

DH: Something I did find annoying was the silicon filter, which got clogged a lot.

IC: Yeah, I was taking a toothpick to mine pretty regularly.

(Turns out, there’s an instruction manual available online that was more thorough than the one that came packaged with the Dabox we tested.)

Dabbing for Beginners

DH: I was curious, since you’re new to this experience, did it make you more likely to use a vape in the future, either for concentrate or for flower?

IC: Yeah, this thing definitely piqued my curiosity on vaping, and also on concentrates. I’ve been curious about things like sugar resin and shatter since I moved back to Washington, but I think any process where two of your main tools are a torch and a nail… you’re going to scare some people off, me included. The Dabox, though, is pretty simple and feels familiar.

DH: I think this is a great entry point device. I have friends who are curious about dabbing, but often I end up kind of doing everything for them—it’s an intimidating process. If you’re interested in dabbing but you’re not quite sure where to start, the Dabox is a great way to affordably give yourself a dab experience before you jump in entirely.

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7 Mandatory Toronto Food Experiences for High Folks

According to Vogue, Toronto is the city that all food lovers should be flocking to. According to Prime Minister Trudeau, the entirety of Canada will legalize adult-use recreational cannabis by July 1, 2018. According to me, these are the seven Toronto food experiences no cannabis-enhanced human should miss.

1. The Dirty Bird Chicken + Waffles

Are you a sweet-and-savoury appreciator? Head directly to Toronto’s iconic Kensington Market, where the Dirty Bird is serving up the classic southern American sugar-and-spice dish of chicken and waffles. This space is super casual, with limited seating. More often than not, there will be a line-up but trust us, it’s worth the wait because the fried chicken is golden and tender, and the waffle on-point. Since opening, the Dirty Bird has become known for their signature dish ‘the ODB,’ which has heaps of boneless dark meat piled on top of a maple buttered waffle and dressed in a sweet and tangy sauce. You won’t be able to get the fork into your mouth fast enough. (79 Kensington Ave, 647-345-BIRD)

2. Seven Lives Tacos

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One of the best taco joints in Toronto, period. Seven Lives serves up fresh, authentic tacos that are bigger than most and stuffed full of unique amazements. Our pick? Their legendary Gobernador topped with smoked tuna, shrimp, and queso cheese. Key facts: Seven Lives takes cash only and almost always has a line. Order your tacos to go, grab a seat on an outdoor bench, and chow your way to heaven. (69 Kensington Ave, 416-393-4636)

3. Junked Food Co.

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If there’s such a thing as Munchie Heaven, Junked Food Co. is it. The fare is ridiculous and fun, like big cups of cookie dough or sandwiches made with waffles. But what you really want to get your hands on is one of their Smash Bags. What is it? Well, it’s when Junked Food takes a snack-sized bag of Doritos, rips it in half, and spoons in delicious toppings like cheese, lettuce, sour cream, hot sauce, pico de gallo, and jalapenos. Best in show: the Mac Smash, which also has a hefty heap of—you guessed it—mac and cheese. (507 Queen St W, 647-343-5326)

4. Hollywood Cone

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If you have a sweet tooth, you absolutely must visit Hollywood Cone, a larger-than-life take on all things ice cream located right in the middle of Queen Street West. Hollywood’s classic Mutant Shakes are huge thick handspun creations involving toppings like cheesecake and brownies and ranging in price from $10.99 to $18.99 (and totally worth it). Want something healthier? Try the epic 18-inch banana split, boasting multiple bananas, voluminous ice cream, chocolate AND caramel drizzles, topped off with a dollop of whipped cream. (1167 Queen St W, 647-350-2662)

5. NomNomNom

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What kind of Canadian list would this be without poutine? While poutine is famously a Montreal street snack, some places in Toronto have nailed it and NomNomNom is one of them. Their menu offers a slew of different poutine variations but you’ll want to stick with the classic traditional here, which is everything you’ve ever dreamed of: squeaky cheese curds, thick brown gravy, just the right amount of salt. The portions are generous and shareable, and the service is quick and friendly. Best part? While this poutine stand is served out of a storage container street truck, NomNomNom is open year round for all your poutine cravings. (707 Dundas St W, 647-636-0707)

6. When The Pig Came Home

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For those craving Montreal-style smoked meat sandwiches outside the confines of Montreal, this deli in Toronto’s West End has you covered. With a small lunch counter and outdoor bench seating for four, this deli will make virtually every one of your sandwishes come true. From porchetta to peameal bacon, this place offers it all and does it well. Try their house-made hot sauces and mustards on your sandwich or live with regret forever. (3035 Dundas St W, 647-345-9001)

7. Street meat

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Hot-dog street vendors are a key part of the Toronto’s character and life. As in New York, you can’t walk a few blocks without running into a cart offering up spicy Italian sausages or thick all-beef hot dogs with a ridiculous array of toppings and sauces. Working all hours of the night and in every season, Toronto’s hot dog vendors valiantly serve up the best street meat you’ve ever had—especially if you’re wandering around high and hungry. (Anywhere in Toronto)