Maine Dispensary’s Offer: Clean Up Trash, Get Free Cannabis

A medical marijuana dispensary in Maine offered do-gooders a chance to trade community service for free cannabis over the weekend—and it’s thinking about expanding the initiative statewide.

Gardiner-based Summit Medical Marijuana on Saturday offered cannabis to volunteers who cleaned up the community. Pick up a bagful of trash, the offer went, and trade it for a free gram of flower.

“Bring us back the full trash bag, and we give them a gift of cannabis,” Owner Dennis Meehan told local news station WCSH-6, adding that he got the idea after hearing about a similar event in Colorado. “They had a great response to this, so I was hoping to do the same thing in Maine.”

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According to the company’s Facebook page, the event was a success. On Saturday afternoon, the dispensary posted an update showing a dumpster full of trash bags. “Mainers rock!!! You’re all amazing people!!!” the post said. “Anyone want to help do this statewide in 1 month or so?”

Giving out free bud may not be best for the company’s bottom line,  but Meehan says his number one goal is to make a better Maine.

“Something that caregivers do all across Maine that very few people know about is that they make huge sacrifices every week to help others live a better quality of life,” he told WCSH.

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Gifts of small amounts of cannabis between adults 21 and over are legal under state law.

The Spark: Best British Columbia Art Walks to Enjoy While High

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Canada’s exceptional art walks, coupled with the backdrop provided by the country’s natural beauty, are the perfect excuse to while away any cannabis-enhanced evening. The following are the best to pair with bud in BC.

British Columbia

The great Nelson ArtWalk has been going for almost 30 years and, luckily, shows no signs of stopping. The Nelson and District Arts Council (NDAC) supports local artists including classic painters, sculptors, and jewelry makers; they also sponsor live performances of theater, music, and dance. With all that to appreciate at once, this art walk pairs perfectly with a pre-roll of Rene—once you have a heady high going, be sure to step into the Touchstones Museum of Art and History where you can view Jack Shadbolt’s dynamic “Momentum” collection.

Date: Once per year—June 23September 10, 2017

Time: 6pm–9:30pm

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Every year the Lake Country community becomes a bustling artistic metropolis flush with fascinating pieces and new designs. One of the largest art walks in the Okanagan, Lake Country hosts close to 300 artists and up to 3,000 pieces, making it a world-class event within a small town. To amp up your excitement, load a vape with some magnifying OG Shark: by the end of the walk you’ll feel positively uplifted and creatively inspired.

Date: Once per year—September 910, 2017

Time: 10am–5pm

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Vancouver is a city marked by creativity and free-flowing talent—not to mention delectable food, interesting architecture (check out the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion), and a vast array of daring individuals. The Vancouver art walk doesn’t stray from those cornerstones. Spend a long morning at the Medina Café and dig into their savory breakfast fricassée before lighting up the buzzy local favorite Tangerine Haze and setting off.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 5pm–10pm

Maine Panel Mulls Doubling 10% Tax on Cannabis

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — As the legalization of recreational marijuana sales in Maine nears, a legislative panel has spent months pondering the best way to tax cannabis to bring in state revenue, fund regulatory enforcement and discourage the illicit market.

In November, legalization of recreational marijuana was approved. Possession of recreational marijuana became legal this year, while the Legislature pushed back the legalization until at least February.

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The referendum included licensing fees as well as a 10 percent tax on sales by retail marijuana stores and social clubs.

“I think we’ll definitely be increasing (the tax) to some level,” said Democratic Rep. Teresa Pierce, co-chair of the Legislature’s joint marijuana legalization implementation committee.

But nothing’s been decided yet, said Pierce, who added there may be a special session in October for a vote on a final bill. Committee co-chair Republican Sen. Roger Katz said the committee is meeting often and hopes to wrap up its work by September. The Legislature approved $200,000 for the committee and $1.4 million to the state for the costs of putting together marijuana regulations, including consultants.

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Meanwhile, medical marijuana dispensaries and advocacy groups so far this year have reported spending more than $265,000 on lobbyists to sway officials. Legalize Maine has reported spending $32,000, while Maine Professionals for Regulating Marijuana has reported spending nearly $85,000.

The regulations will govern issues from the use of pesticides to growing for personal consumption, and the Legislature faces further votes on a bill to set up a system of labs to test marijuana. Pierce said that overall, the idea is to learn from states like Colorado.

“We are really trying to make sure we give opportunity for small grows to happen, so people who don’t want to be big industrial marijuana producers can be in the market,” Pierce said.

That could look like a market “almost akin to the craft beer market,” she said.

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One of the biggest issues ahead of lawmakers is deciding what the tax is, how it’s structured and where the money will be directed.

Katz said the idea is for licensing fees to cover the state’s regulatory and enforcement costs, with tax revenues possibly going toward public health programs to discourage youth marijuana consumption or efforts against impaired driving.

He said lawmakers share the concern of finding “that sweet spot so we’re not driving people to the black market.”

But the head of a marijuana legalization campaign is pushing back against talk of a 20 percent tax.

“Twenty percent is too high,” said Paul McCarrier, president of Legalize Maine and a board member of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine.

“The tax needs to be 10 percent to make sure we don’t encourage an illicit market. Maine already has an active cannabis economy.”

Maine is looking at examples from others states, some of which also allow local taxes. Colorado has a 15 percent excise tax and 15 percent sales tax on marijuana, while Oregon has a 17 percent sales tax and Washington has a 37 percent excise tax.

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Alaska, meanwhile, has a tax of $50 per ounce (28 grams) of marijuana. And in Massachusetts, where voters also legalized recreational marijuana last fall, the Legislature sent Republican Gov. Charlie Baker a bill for a 10.75 percent excise tax on top of the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax.

Taxes on medical marijuana, meanwhile, are generally lower. Medical marijuana in Maine is subject to a 5.5 percent sales tax.

How recreational marijuana “is going to relate to the existing medical marijuana program is a real issue for us,” Katz said.

But, he said of Maine’s medical marijuana program: “We’re not going to touch that, we don’t feel it’s within our purview at the moment.”

The Spark: Best Colorado Art Walks to Enjoy While High

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Colorado is at the heart of rec-legal cannabis culture, and the availability of great art walks is just one of the many perks that go with that status. Here are the best in Boulder, Denver, and Telluride.

Boulder

Follow the polka dots along Broadway and you’ll find yourself in the midst of the fun and vibrant North Boulder art walk. While you’re there, check out the Lotus Opening Studio and learn how art complements meditation. To really delve deep into the cerebral elements of meditation practice as you surround yourself with artistic endeavors, reach for a deeply relaxing THC-infused tea like the Colorado-based Stillwater Mint. Throw in a few ice cubes to it cool down and by the end of the walk you’ll feel so totally relaxed you’ll hardly know what to do with yourself.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

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Denver

Denver’s thriving art scene is proudly displayed at the trendy RiNo neighborhood Art District’s First Friday art walks. Tucked into this seemingly industrial neighborhood lie a variety of special art galleries such as those in the stunning Dry Ice Factory. Regularly housing up to 32 studios under one roof, the Dry Ice Factory never disappoints when it comes to variety and talent. To navigate so many different mediums and forms of artistic expression, fill a vape with the eye-opening Durban Poison and puff as you bounce from studio to studio. And if you like a little kick with your art, head over to Millers and Rossi before heading home—this self-proclaimed art speakeasy is one half  modern design and one half 1920s glamour. Order the Smoked Old Fashioned to really feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

Lined with 60 separate art galleries, the Arts District on Santa Fe boasts one of Colorado’s largest art walks. It showcases everything new, old, unique, and intriguing, like the Abecedarian Gallery for lovers of literature and artistic book art. Due to traffic, First Fridays includes complimentary shuttles that pass through the streets every 20 minutes. When you arrive, pass the time at a Mizuna, a fancy eatery serving up rich, French cuisine, and end the meal with their deeply inviting Chocolate and Rhubarb Pot de Crème before savoring a few of Dixie Elixirs‘ Mango Dew Drops and heading to the nearest artistic endeavor.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 5:30pm–9:30pm

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Though spanning minimal space (it’s about a block long), the Navajo Street Art District houses some of Colorado’s most prominent studios. You’ll kick yourself if you skip Zip37—one of the oldest art galleries around—that displays fine art, diverse pieces, and out-of-this-world creations. Toke up with the cerebrally stimulating White Nightmare before checking out Jeanne Treaux’s Bubble Headed Cowgirl for an up close and personal experience, then head into Factotum Brewhouse for a Friday night pick-me-up in the form of a chocolatey stout.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 5pm–9pm

The Golden Triangle Museum District is chock full of—you guessed it—spectacular museums. With so much history, art, and culture surrounding this magnetic hub, it’s only fitting for the city of Denver to celebrate the eclectic block by opening up its sidewalks to the masses. Big names such as the Denver Art Museum sit in harmony with smaller, localized spaces like the Walker Fine Art Museum to cater to a variety of tastes. To move through this vast array of venues and endless museums, keep Jesus OG on hand for its relaxed vibe and ability to focus the mind. You’ll find this strain to be particularly perfect for walking through Hadley Hooper‘s imaginative Tableau at the DAM, displayed through August 20th.

Date: Last Fridays, year-round

Time: 5pm–9pm

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Telluride

Though far from Colorado’s big cities, Telluride puts up a creative fight when it comes to their modest yet endlessly diverse First Thursday art walk. This mountain town itself is a stunner, and its breathtaking surroundings offer the perfect backdrop to the twelve galleries that shape its equally breathtaking art scene. Stop at the Telluride Bud Company for a fresh strain like the earthy Violator Kush, which exudes the great outdoors, before popping into Lustre to view some nature-inspired jewelry in a venue bursting with color.

Date: First Thursdays, year-round

Time: 5pm–8pm

The Spark: Best Northern California Art Walks to Enjoy While High

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Northern California is home to some of the artsiest cities in the US. The following are the best high art walks they’ve sparked, from San Francisco and San Jose to Oakland and Sacramento—even all the way over in Placerville.

San Francisco

You’ll want to crank up Scott McKenzie’s San Francisco as you stroll the sidewalks at First Thursday. A tradition since 1993, this art walk has become a lasting and welcome staple in this ever-expanding, tech-forward city. Duck into the Bloom Room at the heart of it all and spend some time in their Vapor Lounge for a quick session with friends before you hit the streets. If you need a pick-me-up, pop around the corner to Blue Bottle Coffee on Jessie St. for some fresh, gourmet pastries and a cup of comforting Bella Donovan.

Date: First Thursdays, year-round

Time: All day

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San Jose

Parallel to the magnetic San Jose Museum of Art occurs the small yet intriguing First Friday art walk. Don’t let its modest size fool you—San Jose’s favorite excuse to get outside caters to a variety of creative enthusiasts, particularly by way of its Street Mrkt, where artists and creative vendors congregate. You’ll even find unexpected venues such as Third Space Fitness getting in on the event. Get your hands on a creative gram or two of White Widow and get down with a little yoga before viewing some mentally stimulating displays.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 7pm–11pm

Oakland

Oakland’s First Fridays are a celebratory affair packed with music, art, food, and culture—at its monthly events, the air is alive with creativity and movement, and it’s only fitting to join in with a full vape and an elevated mind. Load up on a buzzy, energizing sativa like Strawberry Cough to really get into the street party experience this art walk offers. Save some room for dessert at Endless Summer Sweets where you can order a sweet-tooth-quelling funnel cake topped with powdered sugar and caramelized bananas, and to end it all on a high note, keep your eyes peeled for those “secret” alleyway galleries and surprise shows that finish out the night.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 5pm–9:30pm

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Sacramento

California’s capitol isn’t just a historical landmark—it’s also a buzzy, creative scene with plenty of amusing galleries and hotspots. Before you hit up the designated art walk streets, take an afternoon to observe all of the incredible murals found on buildings and structures sprinkled throughout the city (we adore this colorful glitch art piece by John Horton on Crocker & Crocker). Then roll up a joint of happy Kali Mist, take a turn down 18th Street, and connect with your inner child at the Art of Toys—look for the Kaleidoscope Collection and get lost in a sea of color.

Date: Second Saturdays, year-round

Time: 5:30pm–9pm

Just outside of Sacramento at the heart of a quaint yet gorgeous mountain town, the main streets of Placerville play host to some fabulous local art. These sidewalks aren’t only dedicated to paint and canvas; you’ll find everything from flower baskets to stagecoach rides. A relaxed environment like this deserves some relaxed and euphoric cannabis: Load up a pipe with a cool indica-leaning hybrid like Hollywood OG to get your mind loosened up and completely de-stressed before taking in myriad oil paintings, floral displays, drawings, and much more. Also, did we mention that the stagecoach rides are free? Just imagine sinking into a cushy seat and getting driven around those lovely streets without a care in the world. If that doesn’t get you to Placerville, we don’t know what will.

Date: Third Saturdays, year-round

Time: 5pm–9pm

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The Spark: Best Southern California Art Walks to Enjoy While High

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So-Cal rocks its own personal style, and nowhere is that more apparent than the sunshine-soaked art walks through its biggest cities. Check out the best of San Diego and LA below.

Los Angeles

Ahhh, the City of Angels. Creative minds flock here to express their innovative talents and show off their hard work to the masses. If you’re a local, you’ll want to arrive early for the laid-back vibes and a chance to hit every gallery before closing time—and don’t skip on a chance to see the Sokamba Performing Arts Company put on live performances throughout the walk. Nibble on a decadent California-based infused chocolate bar like a sweet Satori as you wander on a self-guided tour chock full of stimulating statues, refined paintings, and rhythmical dances. Cool your throat parched from the LA heat with the iced sugar-and-spice Gingersnap by Philz Coffee on 8th.

Date: Second Thursday, year-round

Time: 6pm–10pm

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If you enjoy the pared-down sound of live music—whatever genre it may be—then head over to First Thursdays at San Pedro. You can hear music emanating throughout the streets, galleries, bars, and restaurants all through this art walk. Leave no stone (or note) unturned, and bring a vape full of sensory Orange Crush to magnify the diverse sounds floating around you—it’s the perfect time to open your ears and discover something new and exciting. Take a break at Behind the Scenes Costume for an amusing time trying on outfits of your favorite characters and holiday figures, and be sure check out their incredibly detailed 18th Century Collection mirroring Marie Antoinette’s opulent style.

Date: First Thursday, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

The Venice art walk is run solely by volunteers, so you know the passion is high and the art hits close to home. This particular walk prides itself on community and shares work by tried and true locals that capture the famous cool of California lifestyle. Grab a bite at Hama Sushi for a chance to view their featured artists, and order the Sashimi Sampler to try all their best cuts. While you walk around, plan to sip on a spot of lemonade infused with your own citrusy tincture to bring out the vibrant vibes of the Venice streets while dodging the heat.

Date: Third Thursday, quarterly

Time: 6pm–10pm

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The Pasadena art walk is a once a year event that draws over 5,000 art-loving spectators. It’s an all-day event, so take your time at a favorite brunch spot before wandering through this creative scene. Pop into the Pasadena Museum of California Art to view some of California’s best works by lifelong Golden State artists—in particular, don’t miss LA native Kenny Sharf‘s trippy Kosmic Krylon Garage. The walk is an all-ages affair, so keep your medicine discreet by opting for White Rabbit THC Tablets and setting your sights on a number of spectacular visual displays.

Date: Once per year—October 14, 2017

Time: 11am–6pm

San Diego

San Diego’s largest art walk pulls in both local artists and creatives from across the nation. Home to the famous and extralively Gaslamp Quarter, it’s no wonder San Diego has also opened its arms to the equally energetic Southern California art community. You’ll want to stick to a classic California strain such as OG Kush for its euphoric effects and stimulating cerebral qualities as you walk along. Carve out some time for a sweet treat and ask for two scoops of creamy Blueberry Cheesecake ice cream at Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream to cool you down.

Date: Second Saturday, year-round

Time: 6pm–10pm

Surrounded by lush rose bushes and fresh air, the yearly Liberty Station Fine Art Festival is a highly anticipated and absolutely gorgeous nod to the Arts District’s talented community. Breathe in some Space Queen for that euphoric sativa glow as you soak in the sunshine and take in stunning pieces all over the Arts District map—don’t pass up tent #701, where you’ll find vibrant paintings by Antonio Proa. Ready your belly for the mouthwatering Le Jambignon savory cheese crepe by Fabrison’s (found in the street food area) before calling it a day.

Date: Once per year—August 12 & 13, 2017

Time: Saturday—10am–6pm; Sunday—10am–5pm

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Next to the historical Hotel del Coronado where Marilyn Monroe filmed Some Like it Hot, you’ll find a dynamic art-forward community at Art-in-the-Park. Lazy Sundays never felt better than with a pre-roll of soothing Dutch Treat and a slow walk featuring stunning visual displays. Each artist featured in this walk is hand-selected by a five-person jury to ensure an awesome mix, so you know you’re seeing some of the best art San Diego has to offer.

Date: First and third Sundays, year-round

Time: 9am–4pm

The Spark: Best Oregon Art Walks to Enjoy While High

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Galleries and showings are a way of life in Oregon, and cannabis goes right along with them. The following are the best of the best in Portland and Eugene.

Portland

According to Portland history, the Pearl District got its name from a local gallery owner who felt that the buildings in the old warehouse district were like “crusty oysters and that the galleries and artists’ lofts within were like pearls.” So it should come as no surprise that this little patch of artistic paradise regularly caters to more than 10,000 visitors during its vast and widely celebrated art walk. Grab some buzzworthy Oregon Pinot Noir for a close-to-home strain that will make you feel like a tried and true local before heading into the clean, bright Basic Space Gallery owned and operated by two Oregon natives. Hanging on the walls you’ll find Karen Cruickshank‘s oil paint collection that’s sure to take your breath away with its bursts of color and soft, rainy details.

Date: First Thursday, year-round

Time: 6pm–10pm

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Show Portland’s Eastside a little love by crossing the Willamette River to the charming Eastside art walk. Pop into Bridge City Collective where you’ll find delectable edibles, including a wide selection of gluten-free to vegan options to satisfy your personal dietary needs while stimulating your mind. After munching on an infused caramel or two (we love Periodic Edibles‘ Sativa Orange Vanilla), ready yourself for a mystical time with an elevated mind at pushdot studio on 11th, where you can view some expertly shot photographs from the Lightleak Los Angeles series currently on display.

Date: First Friday, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

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Last Thursday on Alberta Street is on its 19th season, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down anytime soon. This popular event takes over 15th through 30th Street, encompassing galleries, shops, open sidewalks, and restaurants. Come hungry for the plethora of food trucks that cater to the growing crowds, but stop by Tea Bar first to quench your thirst with their Sparkling Rose Lemonade sweetened with Egyptian rose petals. Keep those summer vibes going when you swing by The Green House to pick up a few energizing strains like Lemon Skunk to get you in the mood for a clear, warm night and thoughtful works of art.

Date: Last Thursday, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

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Eugene

Explore the artistic scene on your own or opt for a guided tour—either way, you’ll get a dazzling experience at Eugene’s First Fridays. Be entertained by complimentary events that occur throughout the walk, such as Fiesta Cultural or the upcoming Mural Tour on August 4. Mary Jane’s on 7th stocks something to satisfy all your cannabis needs, and if you opt for the tour we mentioned, nab some medicated gummies to chew on while you’re guided around the local art spaces. Keep your buzz going into the night and head over to the intersection at West Broadway and Charnelton to listen to the funky, post-R&B Chanti Darling from 8 to 10 p.m. on August 4th.

Date: First Friday, year-round

Time: 5:30pm–8pm

The Spark: The Best High Art Walks in North America

With the summer months boasting longer evenings and warmer nights, it is the perfect time to explore your city and discover all the creativity it has to offer. And what better way to enjoy that creativity than with an elevated mind? After all, cannabis, whether used as inspiration or simply for viewing pleasure, has been a point of artistic influence for years.

So take a stroll through your local art walk after puffing on a pre-roll, and see just how gorgeous, interesting, creative, and thought-provoking myriad types of art can be when paired with the perfect strain. Below, we list some of the best art walks in major markets. Check out our picks, and who knows—you just might stumble upon the next Picasso.

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The Spark: Best Washington Art Walks to Enjoy While High

The Spark: Best Washington Art Walks to Enjoy While High

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The lush green state of Washington attracts introverted creative types from around the world. Here’s where to see the best of their work in Seattle, Olympia, and Spokane.

Seattle

In 1981, Pioneer Square introduced the first art walk to ever grace the USA. Assembled by a group of passionate art dealers, the event exploded in popularity and is now one of Seattle’s favorite monthly traditions. Not only will you have access to sidewalk showings and galleries, this little corner of Seattle has many public displays (like the famous Native American Totem Poles in Occidental Square) that you can view at any time. Before you go, plan to sink your teeth into the rich and delectable Bacon and Brie Burger in the heart of it all at BRGR Bar. Afterwards, load up on a solid sensory strain like Permafrost and see if you can spot a phantom or two on the city’s hair-raising SPOOKED in Seattle ghost tour.

Date: First Thursdays, year-round

Time: 6pm–8pm

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With the famous Lenin Statue taking Fremont’s center stage, and the popular sculpture of a massive troll peering out from under the Aurora Avenue bridge, this artsy neighborhood proudly wears its creativity on its sleeve. With so much inspiration surrounding these streets, it’s no wonder Fremont takes its art walk seriously—you’ll find everything from oil paintings to spoken poetry and live bands. An art walk so steeped in its unique surroundings deserves a bright, uplifting strain like the euphoric Fire OG. Stop by Fremont’s very own Have a Heart to nab a gram or two. But first, before the show, don’t miss a quick stop at Brouwer’s to beat the heat with a light and refreshing Steigl Grapefruit Radler (add a shot of tequila for a little extra buzz).

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

On second Thursdays, Capitol Hill’s incredible art galleries fling open their doors to showcase established artists and talented hopefuls alike. Before hitting the town or strolling down those brilliant rainbow crosswalks, drop by Ruckus Seattle for some discreet edibles—we recommend sweet hard candies to line your pockets as you bounce from venue to venue. With an elevated mind, you won’t want to miss the positively refreshing and absolutely magical garden store NICHEoutside or the enigmatic Ghost Gallery on Denny Way.

When: Second Thursdays, year-round

Time: 6pm–10pm

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Spokane

On the first Friday of every month, downtown Spokane lights up with local artists and their unique creations. In addition to the usual gallery openings, myriad restaurants and retail spaces offer their own special promotions during this monthly art walk to support the creative community. Make a pit stop at Lucky Leaf Co. to load up on oil or wax for your favorite vape pen for a discreet yet endlessly elevating experience. Curb your munchies with Iron Goat Brewing‘s spicy Thai Pizza, drizzled with Sriracha aioli and creamy peanut sauce. Check out displays from Iron Goat’s featured artists before heading out for more incredible art.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 5pm–8pm

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Olympia

The Olympia Arts Walk is a twice-yearly event that draws almost everyone in the entire city. Flush with hundreds of artists and over 100 businesses, Downtown Olympia makes the perfect space for creative talents and art enthusiasts. Stay until the sun goes down to witness the breathtaking Procession of the Species—a showcase that mixes elements of humanity and the natural world. You’ll want to reach for a pure Washington strain such as UW (named after the University of Washington in Seattle) before taking to the streets of Washington’s glowing capitol. 

Date and time: Spring—April 28 (5pm–10pm) & April 29 (12pm–8pm); Fall—October 6 (5pm–10pm) & October 7 (12pm–5pm)