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5 Tips for High People Attending Food Festivals

From the Bite of Seattle to the Taste of Chicago to the Maine Lobster Fest, outdoor food festivals are a beloved American tradition. They are also heaven on earth for high people, who can indulge their munchies with an astonishing array of foods while enjoying ace people-watching and other entertainments.

This weekend’s Bite of Seattle, for example, features comestibles ranging from deep-fried mac n’ cheese to alligator on a stick, alongside performances from several dozen musical acts.

How do you make the most of being high at a bustling public food festival? Here are five tips.

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1. Get yourself high with an appetite-enhancing, spirit-lifting strain

Aiming for a munchie-boosting strain is a no-brainer for cannabis users headed to food fests, but just as important is finding a strain that bestows a relaxing euphoria, rather than a heady intensity. This will help users surf the sometimes-challenging realities of food fests—slowly roaming crowds, frightful Porta Potties—with a minimum of stress.

Fest-friendly strains recommended by the Leafly Testing Team: Cherry Kush, Blackberry Kush, and Skywalker.

2. Never say no to a sample

 Every vendor at a food fest is there to put their best foot forward, risking hundreds of cruddy Yelp reviews by offering samples of their goods for free to the roaming masses. Repay their generosity and bravery by always saying yes.

You don’t have to eat the whole thing—preserving stomach space is important, and less-than-glorious samples should go directly in the trash—but pretty much everything at a food festival is worth biting once, especially when you’re baked and ready to Experience Flavor. (Vegetarian/vegan/celiac restrictions apply.)

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3. Be adventurous

For certain cannabis users, being high can create cravings for the familiar. This urge should be fought at food fests, where you’ll find plenty of familiar foods alongside plenty of unfamiliar foods. Why have a hamburger when you can have an elk burger? Why eat a regular Snickers when you can eat a deep-fried Snickers?

Now is the time to venture outside your comfort zone and aim for delights you can’t get anywhere else, even if it requires antacids and morning-after, stomach-calming bong hits. That said…

4. Don’t eat the entirety of anything you don’t absolutely love

 Your stomach space is limited, and consuming the entirety of something you don’t totally enjoy just because you paid for it is a lose-lose situation: You fill your precious stomach with meh, and eating the whole thing doesn’t make it cost less.

All decent humans are wary of wasting food, but food fests demand amnesty from this ideal.

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5. Be prepared to avert your eyes

A common component of highness is a heightened sensitivity to visual stimuli—this is why watching Koyaanisqatsi while high is delightful, while watching infomercials about abused animals while high is torture.

At a food fest, high attendees will find a vast array of things to gawk at, and not all of them are conducive to happiness. Among the potential bad-trip imagery: humans chewing food, ant-covered corn cobs lying in the grass, and human feet in flip-flops stepping on a dropped piles of soba noodles.

When things get hairy, look at the sky. Isn’t it beautiful?

The High Score: E3 Video Game Teasers That Have Us Readying Our Pipes

Welcome to The High Score, where we explore the creative, immersive intersections of cannabis and gaming through reviews, product pairings, and more. Check out more installments of The High Score series here.


This week, video game developers both large-scale and small gathered in Los Angeles for E3 2017, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, where they shared exciting projects currently in the works for video game enthusiasts worldwide.

E3 for gamers can be compared to Christmas morning for a 7-year-old; it can be the best or most disappointing day of the year depending on what gets unwrapped. Like when game developer Bethesda hands you an Elder Scrolls VI-shaped box, but inside is just paid mods and yet another version of Skyrim. Or when your sibling with the Playstation gets God of War, Day’s Gone, and Horizon: Zero Dawn…and you get Cuphead (which, to be fair, looks like one of the better Xbox exclusives).

Sure, there were a few lumps of coal in the E3 stocking this year, but there were also some real bangers. Which games have us loading a bowl in restless anticipation?

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Super Mario Odyssey 

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Console: Nintendo Switch

Release Date: October 2017

I’ll Be Smoking: Amnesia Haze, to achieve the weird, psychedelic euphoria this game deserves.

Nintendo was the undisputed champ of this year’s E3, dishing out major titles and nostalgic teasers that have everyone’s inner child screaming with delight. Cue Super Mario Odyssey, a game that harks back to the era when Super Mario 64 ruled our adolescent lives. But while the 3D platformer of yesteryear stayed well within the lines of what to expect in the world of Mario, Odyssey looks to be of a more vivid, actively hallucinating imagination as Mario possesses anything’s soul with the power of his hat.

You can be whoever or whatever you want. A T-Rex? Just give him your hat! A business man? You can be him, too. A taxi cab? Sure. Why not. Whatever you need to be to save Princess Peach again. The sky seems to be the limit.

Based on the trailer, I can’t tell if this game takes place in New York, Jurassic Park, Mexico, or a boat in the sky, but one thing I do know: I can’t WAIT to be stoned exploring it all with my sentient hat friend, “Cappy.”

Anthem 

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Console: Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC

Release Date: Fall 2018

I’ll Be Smoking: Kosher Kush, to slow down my sloppy, anxious trigger finger.

Anthem, you guys.

In this shared-world RPG, you’re a mechanical bumblebee-human that jetpacks around a rainforest with all your friends. Y’all are leaping off cliffs, flying through ruins, diving underwater among bioluminescent orbs, singing songs over headsets, and generally enjoying the stunning atmospheres lit by soft beams of light squeezing through green canopies. What a great day.

…Until an enormous mechanical Trojan horse-robot charges in carting in a chest full of laser-spitting enemies. Here’s where I pause the game, take a huge rip of the heaviest indica I can reach, and try to hit something–anything–with my little virtual bullets. I’m not huge on first-person shooters, but I’ve subjected myself to worse for breathtaking open-world environments that you can immerse yourself in alone or with a buddy.

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Rocket League

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Console: Nintendo Switch (just announced), Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac

Release Date: Winter 2017

I’ll Be Smoking: Chocolope, to enhance focus and to generate more creative insults for my enemies.

If Mario Kart and FIFA had a baby. That’s Rocket League described in a nutshell. The premise is simple: you’re a little car trying to bash a ball into a goal. The fun of it all comes from the chaos, the mayhem, the defiance of gravity, and cursing at your friends.

Rocket League has been around for a couple years now, but the announcement that it’ll soon be released on the portable Nintendo Switch came as a pleasant surprise to those of us who want to take the game with us wherever we go.

God of War

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Console: Playstation 4

Release Date: Early 2018

I’ll Be Smoking: Thor’s Hammer, to sharpen reflexes and because Norse stuff.

God of War has been around over a decade and has traditionally been set in the world of Greek mythology. But Sony presents a different God of War this year–a game with two feet firmly set in the snowpack of Norse mythology. Here, you’ll recognize deities like Thor, Odin, Loki, and creatures like giants and the World Serpent, Jormungandr.

Despite taking place in an era of Viking brutality, the fourth God of War shows a different side of the perma-aggro Kratos we all know. “This game is about Kratos teaching his son how to be a god, and his son teaching Kratos how to be human again,” explains the game’s Creative Director, Cory Barlog.

With its breakaway from the static of the previous three God of War games–and also its step into the surreal mythology of Scandinavian antiquity–I easily have not been this excited about game since Skyrim, Breath of the Wild, and Witcher III.

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Transference 

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Console: Playstation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift; Non-VR available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Release Date: Spring 2018

I’ll Be Smoking: Green Crack, for its mind-melting properties that will make this game as nightmarish as it deserves to be.

Elijah Wood has been up to all kinds of shenanigans since his days of gallivanting around Middle Earth as little Frodo Baggins. Apparently when he isn’t acting or DJing on the weekends, Wood is developing virtual reality games that could easily appear on an episode of Black Mirror (actually…didn’t it?)

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The game is called Transference–developed in collaboration with Ubisoft–and though the trailer leaves us with far more questions than answers, we know that it takes place in the mind of another person. In other words, you are entering a VR world of someone else’s memories, traumas, and thoughts, which is all made possible through uploaded neurological “data.”

I don’t know if I’m excited for or terrified of this game, but traversing the mind of another using immersive virtual reality is a concept I can’t help but be totally intrigued by, especially when you consider its uses beyond entertainment. Could virtual exploration of a traumatized mind eventually change the world of psychology and medicine?

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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Console: Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: TBD

I’ll Be Smoking: Northern Lights, for dreamy euphoric effects that ease you into full immersion.

Introduced at E3 with live piano performed by the game’s musical composer, Ori and the Will of the Wisps may have been Microsoft’s most visually stunning reveal of the expo.

With graphics that look painted with magical luminous paints and a soundtrack probably sung by a choir of ghosts, Ori is begging to be paired with your favorite cannabis strain. Its fantastical characters, dreamy landscapes with light leaks, and heartstring-tugging plot entertain all the senses, and I cannot wait for the next rainy day spent with tea, blankets, and Ori. 

What E3 reveals got you most excited (or disappointed)? Let’s talk it out in the comments section.

San Diego Cannabis Festival Will Keep Trying After Venue Loss

A San Diego-area cannabis festival billed as the county’s largest-ever medical marijuana expo is in jeopardy after board members for the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds voted to throw out the contract with event organizers.

The Goodlife Festival, scheduled for Sept. 23, was set to feature live music, gourmet cooking demonstrations, and seminars on the health benefits of cannabis. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported this week that while fairground officials acknowledged the event’s medical focus, they said the setup felt a little too much like a party.

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“It may be [limited] to medical marijuana, but it has quite a bit of recreational feel to it,” said Russ Penniman, the president of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, the state agency that runs the fairgrounds.

Others expressed concerns that the expo could violate federal cannabis laws.

“I don’t get a good warm feeling that you’re going to comply with federal law,” board member Stephen Shewmaker said before the vote.

The board left open the possibility that the event promoter, Lawrence Bame of Westward Expos, could rework the contract and apply again. According to the Union-Tribune report, Bame said he’d do so “at the first opportunity.”

“I would be happy to try to work this out,” he said.

Fairgrounds officials had initially approved the contract with no public discussion. But once word of the festival got out, the Union-Tribune reports, “a small uproar began” among locals. Tuesday’s meeting was scheduled in response to the community’s concerns.

“This festival is normalizing the use of marijuana and sending the wrong message to the public.”

Nancy Logan, Encinitas resident

If the festival does go forward, one thing’s for certain: On-site consumption will be prohibited. Board members said consumption of THC products would run afoul of federal law. It’s not clear whether other cannabis-focused activities, such as infused cooking classes, would offend the board’s sensibilities.

If hand-wringing over violating federal law seem out of place in the country’s largest legal cannabis market, welcome to California. Attitudes toward legalization vary radically across the state, and the upscale beach towns around San Diego tend to be wary of cannabis.

Solana Beach resident Peggy Walker told board members that the cannabis festival would be a “slap in the face” to Del Mar and Solana Beach, nearby cities that have banned dispensaries and commercial cultivation.

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In a letter to the board asking it to scuttle the Goodlife contract, Encinitas resident Nancy Logan wrote: “This festival is normalizing the use of marijuana and sending the wrong message to the public.”

California is already home to some of the cannabis industry’s largest conferences and festivals, many of which allow consumption in designated patient-only areas. The Emerald Cup, held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Northern California, and the Cannabis Cup, held at the National Orange Show Event Center in San Bernardino, both permit on-site consumption.

Some other cannabis festivals, however, have run into obstacles similar to what Goodlife now faces. Earlier this year, organizers of the Las Vegas Cup were forced to scale down the event from a full-fledged cannabis fair to a cannabis-free industry event over concerns about federal law. Even topical lotions were required to be THC-free. And last year, High Times magazine’s flagship event, the US Cannabis Cup, relocated to California after multiple clashes with county governments in Colorado.

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Compared to alcohol-focused celebrations, organizers and hosts of cannabis festivals say they tend to be relatively relaxed, low-hassle events.

“The only real challenge we have experienced is with the event patrons parking in the local neighborhoods,” Rebecca Bartling, CEO of the Event Center at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, which has hosted the Emerald Cup for several years, wrote in a letter to the Del Mar Fairgrounds CEO.

“A side benefit, but not insignificant, is the economic benefit the Emerald Cup has made to our community,” Bartling wrote. “During the three day run the hotels in Santa Rosa are booked and restaurants are very busy.”

3 Highlights from the MAPS 2017 Psychedelic Science Conference

On April 21, over 3,000 people swarmed the Marriott Hotel in Oakland to attend the third international conference held by MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies), a 5-day conference beyond most imaginations. “[MAPS] is a non-profit research and educational organization that I started in 1986,” Rick Doblin, the founder of MAPS, told Leafly. “The best way to understand it is as a non-profit pharmaceutical company focused on developing psychedelics and marijuana into FDA-approved prescription medicines.”

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With over 40 countries represented by its attendants, the crowd at Psychedelic Science 2017 was a mixed bag of appearances and experiences. Clean-cut clinical types, curious dreadlocked psychonauts, and everything in between mingled in rows of chairs. Beneath the high ceilings of conference halls typically reserved for business gatherings and trade shows, presentations on LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, DMT, and cannabis projected onto enormous screens. Without the winds of cannabis legalization at our backs, this scene would look utterly surreal. In a way, it still did.

Scanning the day’s schedule, attendees found lectures with titles like Treating Alcohol-Related Disorders with Ayahuasca; Principles of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD; and Injustice, Intersectional Trauma, and Psychedelics. After hours, guests could meet up for cannabis-assisted meditation or yoga, film screenings, or relaxed networking – and for some guests, a sunset cruise in the San Francisco Bay.

Here, we gathered to explore the healing potential of plant and psychedelic medicines, whose true natures are so often barred from popular knowledge by taboo. For anyone fascinated by the inner workings of the mind, the weekend was an intellectual playground. And in case you missed it, here’s the highlight reel. You can also check out recordings of the presentations, which MAPS has generously shared on their YouTube channel.

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1. Medical Breakthroughs and Hope for PTSD

Setting the tone for the conference was a series of presentations on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for patients with treatment-resistant PTSD. Having recently completed their Phase II pilot study, MAPS was given approval by the FDA to proceed with Phase III trials, the final step before MDMA becomes a prescription drug for use under strict medical guidance in clinical settings. Astonishingly, 83% of study participants no longer met the criteria of a PTSD diagnosis following two months of treatment, in which MDMA was administered just twice. Compare that to psychotherapy alone – about 20% – and it’s clear that we have an important breakthrough in psychiatric medicine here.

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“I love my life. The medicine’s lessons are forever tattooed on the cells of my body,” said one participant, reflecting on her healing experience during a panel presentation. Looking next to the study’s therapists sitting nearby, she finished with a cracking voice, “With all my heart, I bow to you in gratitude.”

A day later, in the same room, three researchers – Philippe Lucas, Sue Sisley, and Zach Walsh – would present on their studies of cannabis and PTSD. Though less curative and more useful as a tool for symptom control, cannabis is giving PTSD patients back their lives as well, especially as it reduces the intake of harmful and addicting prescription medications.

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2. Community, Social Justice, and Taking a Look Around the Room

“The silencing of indigenous people is happening today. It’s happening at this conference.” That’s what panelist LisaNa Redbear had said in a forum just before we all filed into a small conference room for a workshop called White Allies and Anti-Racist Practices in the Psychedelic Community.

Chairs lined the room’s perimeter. We’d be meeting for an hour to discuss with each other the role of race in research of psychedelic and plant medicines. There was an overwhelming white majority in the room, but I hadn’t really noticed – not yet, at least.

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The forum facilitators started us off with an exercise. In our hands were ten marbles, and we were asked to put one on the floor in response to various prompts: “Put a marble down if the color of your skin has never made you feel uneasy when pulled over by police. Put a marble down if you’ve never felt discriminated against in a job interview because of your skin color.”

Marbles rolled out of white hands around the room, but about five questions in, we heard a voice from the back corner of the room. “Excuse me, can we switch this up?” said one of the only black women in the room, tears in her eyes, palm full of marbles. “I understand what this exercise is meant to show people, but for me, this is torture.”

This comment accomplished what no exercise could. Thinking back to what LisaNa had said, it dawned on me that the conference’s keynote speakers were indeed overwhelmingly white, overwhelmingly male – perhaps not out of discrimination, but a problem running in the veins of an inherently racist drug war; of course participation by minorities in the psychedelic community and research is met with fear of repercussion and prosecution. The importance of this fact cannot be forgotten as we seek to build an industry of diversity and inclusivity.

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3. Spirituality and the Exploration of Consciousness

Inextricably tied to mind-expanding plants and sacred medicines are experiences of mysticism. This spiritual aspect of psychedelic medicines can provide a kind of existential therapy, especially for those enduring the trauma of terminal illness and end-of-life anxiety. These spiritual experiences, often referred to as “catalysts,” can be immensely powerful tools of healing.

Though these types of intense trips are most commonly associated with potent psychedelics like psilocybin and LSD, even cannabis has the power to catalyze healing in the right setting.

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I first experienced the glorious combination of cannabis and guided meditation a year ago with Daniel McQueen of Medicinal Mindfulness, so when I saw a similar opportunity on the MAPS schedule, I hurried over to the 21st floor of the Marriott where Sōtō Zen teacher Vanja Palmers would be leading a silent meditation followed by a sound bath. Outside, we gathered in the largest smoking circle I’ve ever seen and passed around joints in silence.

Back inside were singing bowls, gongs, drums, sitars, and some obscure instrument that looked like a giant tambourine. At least sixty of us laid down quietly and waited for the sound to wash over. It began with quiet tones humming from the bowls then escalated to fearful crashing of the gongs, before finally erupting into the melodious singing of sitars. Here among the sounds, the sensations, and silent friends, peace was on tap.


Want more coverage from the conference? Look forward to more on cannabis, PTSD, political hurdles, and more in upcoming Leafly features. In the meantime, don’t miss these cannabis speakers from the conference!

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7 Ways to Make Your Dispensary Event a Success

Hosting a cannabis-friendly event at a dispensary can be a bit tricky. On one hand, you want everyone to feel welcome, but on the other hand, there are strict rules and regulations on how customers may consume cannabis legally and dispensaries must maintain strict compliance.

There are currently no states that legally allow public consumption of cannabis, which can put a cramp in the plans of most cannabis parties. However, if there’s one takeaway from using marijuana, it’s the wonders of cannabis creativity being put to good use. Dispensaries should consider throwing events like customer appreciation days, launch parties, and other celebrations at their location. Not only is it a marketing win, it’s a fun way to give back to the community.

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Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning an event hosted at your dispensary.

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Let the Music Play

A key to any great event is an awesome soundtrack. Whether this means enlisting local bands or perusing the local house DJ scene, make sure that your event is rocking to spice up the party. If the band or DJ is also a hit with the cannabis crowd, all the better!

A great example of this stands out from the 420 pre-parties Leafly hosted in Southern California. DJ Francesca was on the scene to keep things grooving at Evergreen, Western Caregivers, and Airside Wellness during the days leading up to 4/20.

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Offer Great Deals

Nothing entices customers like a screaming deal, and if you’re gearing up for a big event in-store, spread the word on your upcoming sales. Send out flyers, update your Leafly deals, and let your regular customers know about the big day. Advertise in the local papers or just use word of mouth to let the market know you’ve got an event coming up and it will be worth their time to attend.

Greenworks sponsored Leafly’s 420 Comedy Show in Seattle and boosted their pre-sales with a 4/19 Stock-Up Sale where everything in the store was 50% off, causing enough buzz that on 4/19, the store was overflowing with customers.

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So Much Room for Activities!

Admittedly, this is not always a possibility if you’re working with a limited floor plan. However, making full use of the space you do have, whether indoor or outdoor, is a great way to magnify your dispensary’s appeal with a whole lot of fun and creativity.

This was perfectly displayed when Dockside SODO celebrated its one-year anniversary and went all out with fun activities–they had a bouncy castle, live glass-blowing demonstrations, several bands performing, stoned yoga, henna tattoos, and even a planetarium yurt! Not only was the event a raucous success, customers were enticed to stay long after they’d made their purchases due to the fun and creative activities available. Who doesn’t want to go jumping in a bouncy castle?

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Don’t Forget the Munchies!

If there’s anything that goes hand-in-hand with cannabis, it’s great food. Free food is even better. For those who are concerned about cost or the mess involved with onsite food services, food trucks are an easy, affordable solution.

At Dockside SODO’s one-year anniversary celebration, not only were there food trucks available, they also offered free scoops of ice cream and free cupcakes. There’s no better way to a person’s heart than through their stomach.

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Invite Influencers

Expand your event reach by inviting a top influencer to visit your dispensary. Influencers can be anyone from a celebrity in the cannabis realm to a popular Instagram or YouTube star. They often have thousands of followers and their popularity can give your event a boost.

This was exemplified recently when Snoop Dogg made an appearance during the grand opening of the Jardin Cannabis Dispensary in Las Vegas. He met with fans, signed autographs, and posed for pictures while budtenders educated customers about the various medical cannabis products available.

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Educate Your Audience

Join with local industry folks and educate your staff on the best products, best practices, and latest innovations in the cannabis industry. Customers trust budtenders to help them choose the best strains and products for their needs, and these events serve as an opportunity to spread knowledge and keep your staff up to speed.

Leafly is now offering the Budtender Sesh, designed for newbies and veterans alike, aimed at bringing together the best and brightest leaders to network and learn about the latest cannabis trends. This includes vendor demonstrations, happy hour, and an exclusive Cannabis 201 Master Class from Leafly’s strain experts.

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Brand Your Customers

Swag for days! A great way to ensure that folks remember your event and your brand is to deck them out in branded merchandise. This can be a bit tricky because many states prohibit cannabis giveaways. However, branded accessories are fair game and can include sunglasses, lanyards, lighters, rolling papers, shirts, stickers–the possibilities are nigh endless, so long as there’s no cannabis product involved. Customers love freebies, and giveaways can help encourage them to return to your business.

If you’ve got the overhead available, creating your own line of branded merchandise is a great way to make an impact on your customers and nurture loyalty for returning consumers. The investment will easily be paid off in the new customers you’ll acquire and the brand affinity you’ll inspire. A little bit goes a long way!

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Have you hosted a successful event at your dispensary? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!

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Register Today for the Cannabis Health Summit

This article is sponsored by Green Flower Media. Green Flower’s mission is to help you learn everything about cannabis today by working with the world’s top cannabis experts to create easy-to-understand courses, classes, videos, and more!


It can be very confusing stepping into the world of cannabis as medicine. The plant and its benefits are extremely nuanced, the experience is truly unique for every individual, and on top of that we’re learning about new applications for cannabis every day.

To help you gain a better understanding, the team at Green Flower is bringing back the Cannabis Health Summit for 2017. This virtual, live-streaming event is presented online from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST) on May 6 and 7, and gives you a chance to learn everything you want to know about cannabis and health from some of the world’s top cannabis experts.

Presented like the TEDtalks for cannabis, the Cannabis Health Summit is a free two-day event that will give you expert guidance from some of the industry’s top authorities on a variety of cannabis topics. Session themes range from discussions like “What’s Exciting About Modern Cannabis Today” with Steve DeAngelo of Harborside Health Center to “The Incredible History of Medical Cannabis” with Dr. David Bearman MD and everything in between.

The Cannabis Health Summit is an exciting presentation designed to share knowledge. Attending the summit is as easy as registering today and tuning into the live-stream event here on Leafly. By registering you’ll gain access to a personal library of cannabis resources to access any time you want that will help you navigate the world of medicinal cannabis.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Steve DeAngelo – What’s Exciting About Modern Cannabis Today
  • Jeffrey Raber – Understanding the Chemical Compounds in Cannabis
  • Dr Allan Frankel MD – How to Legitimize Cannabis as Medicine
  • Paul Armentano – Is Cannabis Safe? Here’s What the Research Says
  • Eugene Monroe, Eben Britton, Bas Rutten – Why Cannabis for Athletes Is a Big Deal
  • Andy Williams – Cannabis Research: Past, Present, and Future
  • Dr. Dustin Sulak – How to Use Cannabis Without Impairment
  • Cotyln Turner – This 17-Year Old Boy Cured His Crohn’s With Cannabis
  • Muffy Montemayor – The Pluses and Minuses of Each Delivery Method
  • Dr. David Bearman MD – The Incredible History of Medical Cannabis
  • Mel Frank, Kyle Kushman, Patrick Murphey – How to Grow the Highest-Quality Clean Cannabis
  • Gay Hendricks – How This NYT Bestselling Author Creates on Cannabis
  • Gary Richter and Rob Silver – Cannabis for Pets
  • Maya Elisabeth, Dahlia Mertens, Didi Davis – Everything You Need to Know About Cannabis Topicals
  • Mara Gordon – How to Find Your Ideal Dose When Self-Medicating
  • Chris Boucher, Morris Beegle, Ari Sherman,– The Game-Changing Potential of Hemp
  • Jeff The 420 Chef – How to Make Light-Tasting Canna-Butter
  • Alison Ettel, David Hargett, Mike Clemmons – Understanding Cannabis Extraction Methods and Concentrates
  • Samantha Miller, Ben Cassiday – Terpenes: Unlock the Hidden Potential of Cannabis
  • Robyn Lawrence – How to Manage Your Dose When Cooking With Cannabis
  • Dr Malik Burnett M.D. – How Your Endocannabinoid System Interacts With Cannabis
  • Josh Wurzer – Why the Same Strain Can Impact People Differently
  • Joel Stanley, Tim Gordon – How CBD Will Change the World
  • Dr. Janice Knox MD, Dr. Jessica Knox MD, Dr. Rachel Knox MD – This Family of Cannabis MD’s Will Answer Your Cannabis Questions
  • Dr Genester Wilson King – Why Our Aging Population Is Turning to Cannabis
  • And more!

(Note: Speakers and topics may be subject to change.)

Register for the Cannabis Health Summit today!

Once you are registered, come right back here at 9 a.m. (PST) on Saturday, May 6th to stream the event live, right here on Leafly.

4/20: Leafly’s Live Cannabis Coverage

Happy 420! We’ll have live rolling coverage of the world’s cannabis festival throughout the day from Leafly News staff around the globe. Be sure to check out Leafly’s event calendar for 4/20 celebrations near you.

Beyond ‘Dark Side of the Moon’

6:38am – We just found the day’s best conversation starter: Name your top five stoner albums. Rolling Stone just resurfaced a great feature from 2013, “The 40 Greatest Stoner Albums.” Dr. Dre: Check. Pink Floyd: Check. Portishead: Wait, what?

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When Will the Federal Madness End, Earl?

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenaeur, leader of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, will be celebrating 4/20 by fighting to end federal prohibition. And he’ll take time out to answer your questions. Tune in to his Reddit AMA later today at 1pm Eastern, at reddit.com/r/trees/.

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It’s an All-Week Event

Many of us celebrate 4/20. Snoop Dogg celebrates 4/20 Eve.

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Wake n Bake, Toronto

5:59am – Good morning Toronto! You’ve got three hours to get to Yonge-Dundas Square for the start of 420 Toronto. On your way, enjoy this profile of festival organizer and longtime activist Chris Goodwin, posted this morning by Leafly contributor Randi Druzin. Did you know he got his start by selling candles?

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London Coppers Wary of the 420 Day

5:52am – It’s still early in the United States, but events are well underway in London, where thousands are gathering for the annual Hyde Park cannabis rally. That makes the Metropolitan Police a bit uncomfortable, and they’re warning enthusiasts to temper their enthusiasm. And here, courtesy of the Evening Standard, is our first favorite headline of the “420 day”:

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It’s a New Day in West Virginia

5:45am PDT – As morning breaks on 4/20, West Virginia enjoys its first full day as America’s 29th legal medical marijuana state. Yesterday, Gov. Jim Justice signed SB 386 into law, legalizing the use of cannabis (but not cannabis leaf) as medicine. It may be a while before the two million residents of the Mountaineer State enjoy the full benefits of the lawMMJ cards aren’t expected to be issued by the Bureau of Public Health until July 1, 2019–but today’s a day of celebration. Welcome to 420, West Virginians!

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The Best Things to Do in Canada for 4/20

Canada is in the throes of celebration already with the announcement of Canada’s legalization measure and this 4/20 will be a historic one. Here are some of the conventions and festivities going to celebrate the season.

April 20-23: 420 Vancouver Classic (Vancouver, BC)

World Cannabis will be hosting the biggest free 4/20 farmer’s market in Canada from 4/20 through 4/23 at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the heart of the city. There will be two stages with live music, DJs, a bakewalk, workshops, and giveaways. The 4/20 Games will take place earlier in the day, while the Weed Woman will be meeting fans, appearing on stage, and offering a $2 dab bar.

There will be a mass joint giveaway at 4:19 p.m. by the main stage for anyone 19 years of age and older with a valid photo ID, and the winners of the Vancouver 420 BudBowl will also be announced just before 4:20 p.m. live on the main stage.

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April 21-23: O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo (Toronto, Ontario)

With the recent release of Canada’s federal legalization measure, states, municipalities, and other jurisdictions are a-buzz with what the future may hold for the cannabis industry as a whole, and this conference will be an important one for the entrepreneurs and business-minded folk looking to get into the industry or expand their cannabis brand.

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O’Cannabiz will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto from April 21 through April 23, and is positioned as the go-to event for anyone who is already in the cannabis industry or is interested in learning more about the opportunities it offers. There will be panels and workshops with expert advice and a business road map for prospective growers, handlers, marketers, investors, and more.

Register now!

The Best Things to Do on the East Coast for 4/20

For the first time ever, the East Coast will be getting a piece of the 4/20 action, having legalized cannabis for adult use in Maine and Massachusetts during the last election. Between those two states, plus a few other states legalizing MMJ along the Eastern Seaboard, things are finally looking up for the East Coast!

April 21-22: World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo (Pittsburgh, PA)

The World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo is an exclusive event featuring the leading medical marijuana educators, businesses, and professionals from around the globe. This event will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from April 21 to April 22. For those who purchase VIP tickets, you will be privy to red carpet treatment, a meet-and-greet with former-NFL-player-turned-cannabis-activist Ricky Williams.

The convention will be filled with panels, seminars, discussions, networking events, and business opportunities for those who are curious about the medical cannabis market.

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April 21-23: Sweetwater 420 Festival (Atlanta, GA)

The Sweetwater 420 Festival might be one of the biggest 4/20 celebrations on the East Coast and it’s happening in the most unexpected place. In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, over the course of three days, there will be over 40 bands performing on four different stages for live music. The festival will be held in Centennial Olympic Park with three days of environmental awareness, awesome bands from around the country, SweetWater brewing company providing their brews, tons of vendors and delicious food. Get your tickets ahead of time!

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April 22-23: 2017 New England Cannabis Convention (Boston, MA)

The New England Cannabis Convention is certain to be a game-changing event for the East Coast. With 200 local and national exhibitors, more than 100 industry expert speakers, advice on careers, investing, medical marijuana education, and live demos for those who have a vested interest in joining the newly legal cannabis market, this will be the must-attend event of the year.

Held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston from April 22 through April 23, you can go for one day, all days, or even just specific events. Buy your tickets now!