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‘It’s a Natural Substance’: The Week in Cannabis Quotes

The first day of fall is upon us, but although the seasons are changing, Jeff Sessions’ opinion of cannabis hasn’t. He sounds off once again about his disdain for the plant, Iceland eyes legalization, Russia thinks Morgan Freeman is sick from too much cannabis, and more. Here’s a roundup of quotes from the past week.

“I’ve never felt that we should legalize marijuana. It doesn’t strike me that the country would be better if it’s being sold on every street corner. We do know that legalization results in greater use.”

– US Attorney General Jeff Sessions responding to a reporter’s question after a San Diego press conference centered on the Coast Guard seizing large quantities of heroin and cocaine

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“What’s really interesting to see, with all the legalization of marijuana happening, is how there’s evidence that it can be helpful in a medicinal sense for people. That it can really be an alternative pain management system, and, in some cases, helpful for depression. I think there is a lot of pushback against [medical marijuana], because I don’t think we can monetize it with the same kind of margin you can with an anti-anxiety pill that you get from behind the counter. But it’s incredible to see people who can’t sleep, or people who have chronic pain, report really positive results, and it’s a natural substance.”

– Gwyneth Paltrow during a conversation with Goop writer Sarah Mesle

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“I was having a bad day, a very bad day. He got the ugly side of it.”

– Donavon Culps, who admitted to kidnapping and killing Lucid budtender Cameron Smith in Cheney, Washington. Culps was denied entry to Lucid for failing to produce proper identification. He subsequently took his anger out on Smith, who was taking a lunch break in his own vehicle.

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“I said before my order was: ‘If I have children who are into drugs, kill them so people will not have anything to say.’ So I told Pulong [Duterte’s son]: ‘My order is to kill you if you are caught. And I will protect the police who kill you, if it is true.’”

– Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose son has recently denied allegations that he is a member of a Chinese gang that is smuggling methamphetamines into the country. Duterte’s violent crackdown on drugs in the Philippines has resulted in thousands of deaths since he took office in June 2016.

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“Decriminalisation would be progress. But if the production and sale [of drugs] remains illegal we miss the opportunity to control access, protect children and minors, and to tax consumption.”

– Pawel Bartozek, an MP for Iceland’s Reform Party, who introduced a bill to Parliament that would legalize cannabis in Iceland

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“The Rossiya 24 rolling news channel brought together a panel of psychiatrists, who attributed Morgan Freeman’s performance to a Messianic complex resulting from playing God or the president in several films, not to mention ‘drug abuse.’ The channel’s eccentric weatherman Vadim Zavodchenkov also got in on the act, explaining that Mr Freeman was ill through ‘overwork and marijuana use.’”

– BBC News translating Russian news’ reaction to Morgan Freeman’s appearance in a video clip produced by The Committee to Investigate Russia. In the video, Freeman calls attention to Russia’s role in interfering with the 2016 presidential election, declaring, “We have been attacked. We are at war.”

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“I had eaten over 800mg of THC and was way too high for confrontation so I just held back with two other passersby to watch what would unfold.”

– Sean Patrick Duff, who saw a man wearing a Nazi armband get punched unconscious by a passerby after they got into a verbal altercation in Seattle

Dr. Oz Defends Medical Cannabis on ‘Fox & Friends’

Mehmet Oz, more commonly known as Dr. Oz, the cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality, has made a career out of controversial opinions on all matters related to health, medicine, weight, and pseudoscience. He has also been named one of the most influential people of the 21st century, and a “trusted voice in daytime television.”

Earlier this week, Dr. Oz stopped by Fox & Friends to converse with hosts Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Ainsley Earhardt. The topic of the segment was Dr. Oz’s recent interview with Ivanka Trump, but he quickly pivoted to a subject that has not been well received in the past by the Fox & Friends crew: medical marijuana.

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Kilmeade mentioned the opioid epidemic and Dr. Oz took the opportunity to segue. “The real story is the hypocrisy around medical marijuana,” he explained.

“People think it’s a gateway drug to narcotics. It may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic, but we’re not allowed to study it because it’s a Schedule I drug, and I personally believe that it could help,” Dr. Oz said.

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The Fox & Friends crew has not been so warm in the past to the concept of cannabis, medicinal or otherwise. In a recent segment, Kathy Barnette compared the trend of using cannabis rather than alcohol as “replacing an M16 rifle with a machete.”

“They’re both very dangerous,” she said. In fact, cannabis is 114 times less toxic than alcohol and there are no recorded cannabis overdose deaths, but alcohol accounts for approximately 88,000 deaths annually.

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A Fox & Friends clip from 2014 criticized the federal government for not banning EBT recipients from using their benefit cards to purchase cannabis. “It does insult the taxpayer that the federal government is actually taking their hard-earned dollars to provide entertainment and recreationally used marijuana,” said Rep. Libby Szabo (R-CO). Tucker Carlson called it a “shocking waste and abuse of public funds,” and commented on the lack of concern from lawmakers about the issue.

In reality, a vast majority of cannabis dispensaries don’t accept any form of credit card, let alone an EBT card. There may not be a law against using government assistance to purchase marijuana, but the reality is not only unlikely, it’s nearly logistically impossible.

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Dr. Oz is not without his own dubious credibility. He’s been accusing of promoting controversial treatments and pseudoscience, including psychics and spiritual mediums, miracle appetite suppressants, Reiki energy healing, and magic weight-loss cures. However, he is a highly influential figure among mainstream viewers, and as a “trusted voice,” his mindset has the potential to influence many minds on the benefits of cannabis, not least of all as a solution to the opioid crisis.

Will Dr. Oz’s insight help usher the Fox & Friends (and, through them, President Trump) into a new line of thinking on cannabis?

Smoke This, Watch That: Movie and TV Picks for September 2017

You clicked the link so you already know what it is: movies and strains, strains and movies. We’re talking about what to get high and watch, so peep the below suggestions for the September 2017 version of Smoke This, Watch That.

Strains to Enjoy

Cadillac Purple

Leafly Cadillac Purple indica <strong>cannabis</strong> strain

I smoked Cadillac Purple while in Las Vegas and ooohweee, it is some gas, do you hear me?! I rolled a blunt of this and a supposed-to-be night out at Drais ended up being a night of me sitting in a stairwell for two hours because my legs were not interested in movement at the time. Get high and don’t move? Perfect strain for a movie/watch sesh.

Big Smooth

Leafly Big Smooth hybrid <strong>cannabis</strong> strain

Big Smooth is another tried-in-Vegas strain that had my body in a permanent sitting position. It’s a beautiful flower that was so covered in trichomes that it looked frozen. The high is a heavy smack in the face, so if you’re thinking, “Which strain should I smoke to wind the night down?”, then look no further, you found it.

Chemdawg 91

Leafly Chemdawg 91 hybrid <strong>cannabis</strong> strain

One pre-roll of Chemdawg 91 had me and my friends locked into a deep-ass conversation about life, dreams, and also why Funyuns might be the best chips out there. It’ll hit you with a nice body high, which is exactly what we want when it’s time to kick back and watch some flicks.

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What to Watch in September 2017

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

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Platform: Hulu

Genre: Drama (movie)

Mood: My Spirits Are in the Dumps, and I Need That Inspirational Pick-Me-Up

If you’ve never seen The Pursuit of Happyness, go watch it right this second. If you have seen The Pursuit of Happyness, go watch it right this second. It’s the true story of a man who loses everything but refuses to give up because, well, giving up is not an option. It touches my soul every single time. It’s the type of move that fills your eyes with tears and fills your heart with hope. Also, if you ask me, it’s Will Smith’s best performance ever (next to the “How come he don’t want me?!” scene in Fresh Prince).

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

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Platform: Amazon Prime Instant Video

Genre: Action/Drama (movie)

Mood: It Doesn’t Have to Be Great, But It Does Have to Be Entertaining

13 Hours is definitely not the best movie, but it’s good enough to keep your attention with a bunch of gunfire and “Oh my God, how will they survive?!” anxiety. It stars Jim from The Office, and it’s basically the story of a security team that fights to save a US compound in Libya from multiple waves of terrorist attacks on, of all days, the 11-year anniversary of 9/11. Like I said, it’s not great, but it’s full of enough action to keep your attention.

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

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Platform: Amazon Prime Instant Video

Genre: Comedy/Crime

Mood: I Need a Movie With a Twist That’ll Make Me Yell “Yooooooooo!!!”

Seven Psychopaths is the best damn thing Colin Farrell has ever done, next to the classic Phone Booth (fight me). It stars him as a struggling screenwriter who’s struggling to write this script about, you guessed it, Seven Psychopaths. In his struggle, he enlists help from his best friend, who kidnaps dogs for a living with some old dude played by Christopher Walken. That’s all I’ll tell you about it because the more I explain, the more I’ll give away parts of the movie, and I want you to go into this with a completely blank mind. You’ll love this movie, though. It’s hilarious, it’s unpredictable, and it twists and turns all over the place in manners that will blow your high-ass mind.

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What Happened to Monday (2017)

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Platform: Netflix

Genre: Action/Adventure (movie)

Mood: Give Me a Movie Premise I’ve Never Seen Before

What Happened to Monday is the best movie Netflix has ever produced, which isn’t too high of a bar to clear considering 94% of their Netflix originals have been absolute garbage. But this shit was fire. It’s about an overpopulated world in which the government only allows families to have one child to combat the population issue. Any more than one, and those siblings get taken away. However, one grandfather of septuplets, played by William Defoe, decided to protect them by making each child pretend to be the same girl/woman. But then the secret gets out, and BOY DOES SHIT GET REAL. I had a body full of Bubba Kush when I watched this, and each new twist or plot revelation had my mind blown to smithereens.

Born Rich (2003)

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Platform: Hulu

Genre: Documentary (movie)

Mood: I Need a Reminder of How Broke I Am

This is a fascinating documentary from 2003 about the heirs to mega fortunes and how simple their lives are. They never need to worry about money or opportunities. It’s filmed by the heir to Johnson & Johnson, and basically he just goes around interviewing his other super wealthy friends, which makes them veeeerrryyyy uncomfortable. One of those friends is Ivanka Trump, and it’s wild how you can see the foreshadowing of the person she is today.

Batman & Bill (2017)

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Platform: Hulu

Genre: Documentary (movie)

Mood: Just Once I’d Like to Watch a Documentary With Interesting Information

Batman & Bill is a documentary about the story behind Batman’s creation and how Bob Kane essentially stole the idea from his writing partner, Bill Finger. While it chronicles the entire story behind that, the flick is really about the journey the filmmaker goes on to get Finger his credit that he was denied for so many years. As a creative person, this left me shook, because it highlights the scumbaggery of the entertainment industry and how intellectual property gets stolen every day. (Matter fact, let me go file some copyright claims right quick.)

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Wild Horse, Wild Ride (2011)

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Platform: Amazon Prime Instant Video

Genre: Documentary (movie)

Mood: Show Me Something I’ve Never Seen or Thought of Before

Wild Horse, Wild Ride was my favorite watch of this month. It follows the journey of various horse trainers who are given 100 days to turn wild mustangs into domesticated animals to put up for adoption. It’s a great watch in the same way your favorite show is a great watch—you get sooooo invested in these trainers and their horses that you don’t even notice that it’s almost two hours long. Watch this.

Marc Maron: Too Real (2017)

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Platform: Netflix

Genre: Stand-up comedy special

Mood: Make Me Laugh About How Everything Sucks

Marc Maron is such a legend and his latest special is so funny. I was dying from open to close. He talks about everything from politics to relationships to death. Watch this and then come back to me so we can talk about the Rolling Stones bit. His Mick Jagger impression will have you gasping for air. So funny and spot on.

John Mulaney: New in Town (2012)

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Platform: Netflix

Genre: Stand-up comedy special

Mood: Make Me Laugh About How I’m Not You

I watched this special for the first time in college, but I ran it back earlier this week and it still holds up. John Mulaney is so damn funny, and now that I’m older, New in Town is even funnier. He covers a vast amount of topics and experiences, but at the core of it, this stand-up is pretty much just about how frail of a man he is. He has a newer special called The Comeback Kid, which is also hilarious, but if you’ve never checked out Mulaney before, start at New in Town. You will not be disappointed.

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Bojack Horseman (2014-present)

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Platform: Netflix

Genre: Comedy (animated series)

Mood: I Need a Show That’s Equally as Sad as it Is Funny

Season 4 of Bojack Horseman just released on Netflix and if you’ve never watched this show, you’ve been doing yourself a serious disservice. It’s a show about a has-been actor that’s dealing with the realities of his irrelevance, as well as the realities of how bad he is at life in general. And oh yeah, he’s a horse. But be warned: it’s full of relatable commentary that might mess your world up. If you’re in a dark place in your personal life, Bojack’s going to shine a light directly at those issues. It’s equally as sad as it is funny.

‘mother!’: Is It Worth the High?

Welcome to “Is It Worth the High?”, where our writers see newly released movies, listen to the latest album drops, and try other experiences while high to determine whether they’re worth your time, money, and most importantly, your cannabis buzz. This week, Dante Jordan checks out the buzz (while buzzed) surrounding Darren Aronofsky’s mother! to see if this polarizing film is worth checking out.


Products Enjoyed: A blunt of the finest no-name herb. (It was definitely an indica, though. I was majorly sedated.)

High Experienced: 10. I smoked right before going to the theater, so my high peaked in the middle of the movie. Pro move.

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Honestly, mother! is…so damn good! It’s the best movie I’ve seen all year—you know, one of those movies where you pay for the whole seat but you’ll only need the edge. The vibe is super creepy, and the whole time you’re just waiting for someone to get killed or something creepy to happen, but it keeps dragging you…and dragging you…and dragging you along until the last 30 minutes when ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE.

Most of the critics said it was a wild ride, but that’s an understatement. It’s a rollercoaster. The movie took so many unexpected turns in times of maximum anxiety that I literally jumped out of my seat on multiple occasions. My entire body is still shaking as I’m typing this.

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Is mother! entertaining? YES. Oh my goodness, yes. It’s a movie where you have absolutely no clue what’s going, but you know that every moment is critical to the core purpose of the film, so you keep walking down the storyline, just waiting for the reward, and BOY DOES IT PAY UP. If you’re stoned during this movie, it’s going to take your high to unforeseen levels. It’s so mind-blowing that I turned to the person next to me and said, “Wow, I’m so glad I got high for this.”

Not only is the movie itself entertaining, the actors in it are absolutely phenomenal. I was so ready to hate on Jennifer Lawrence, but if she wins an Oscar or something for this performance, I’ll be the first person clapping and screaming like a black mother at a high school graduation. I. Am. SO PROUD of her. And then Javier Bardem? Could we have cast his role any better? The answer is no. They were both perfect for this film.

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So what’s the movie about? It’s hard to explain without spoiling the experience. Some may describe mother! as having a bit of a “twist,” but not in the traditional sense. There’s no Sixth Sense in-movie twist where you’re hit with a YOOOOO, I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING moment. Rather, it’s an after-movie experience where you think about what you just saw and realize the entire meaning of it all. I’m not the most religious man, but I picked up on some strong religious allegory. Just go in with no expectations; shit, the whole movie was a twist I wasn’t ready for, and I was blown away by the result.

Would I see mother! again? I’m already planning to, son. I need to see it twice to catch all of those little things that I missed during my first viewings. Like I said, mother! is seriously the best movie I’ve seen all year. Anyone who’s trashing it can meet me in the front yard with a pair of Sock’em boppers on and we can handle our beef like the good ol’ days.

Is It Worth the High? Yes. Oh my God, yes. Go see it right now. Then see it again right after. It’s a masterpiece.

Smoke This, Play That Vol. 4: Buddy & Kaytranada, Passion Pit, Oliver, and More

Greetings, fellow music lovers, and welcome the newest edition of Smoke This, Play That, where I get so high that I no longer know my name and listen to a bunch of music to find out what you should be playing through your speakers. This month is packed full of musical nutrients for the eardrums, so without further ado, here are my five album suggestions for this month. Enjoy!

Daniel Caesar – Freudian

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Daniel Caesar is a new kid out of Toronto with a very powerful, unique voice and sound. If I had to pick a comparison, I’d call him a baby Sampha, but his music really gives you a H.E.R. feeling in the way that it makes you long for something/someone who never existed. Freudian is audio nostalgia. If you’ve ever been in love, or fallen out of love, or just had a really good meal that you think about often, you will definitely cry to “Blessed.” Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Strain: Strawberry Cough

I like Strawberry Cough because I can smoke it and still make moves. It makes me feel upbeat and lively, which is why it pairs perfectly with Freudian. Even though the songs have such deep and meaningful messages, the sound of the album is still very upbeat and soul-capturing. The highs of THC combine with the highs of the music to form quite the holy matrimony. Love this strain, love this album.

Oliver – Full Circle

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This is my favorite album on the list. It’s so damn good. I’d never heard of Oliver before, but I loved Full Circle so much that I’ll definitely listen to anything they put out from this moment forward. It’s one of those albums where the tracks transition between each other so well that if you’re high while listening, it’ll all blend into one long-ass song. I went on a walk to this album and once it ended, I realized that I’d walked five miles. That’s how lost you get in the music.

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Strain: Dutchberry

I had Dutchberry back when I was in Seattle and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I LOVE this strain. Like, I want to date it. Dutchberry smells and burns like a fruit-flavored candle, tastes delicious, and feels like a cloud. The effects will have you low-key giddy and in an unexplainable good mood, just like Full Circle.

Buddy & Kaytranada – Ocean & Montana EP

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Buddy’s a young cat out of Compton who makes some of the best-feeling/most fun music I’ve heard in a really long time. He also really, really loves himself some cannabis. I mean, he made an entire song about looking for a lighter to spark his blunt. But him being on the list isn’t just about cannabis; this EP shoots 5/5 from the field. Produced by Kaytranada, Ocean & Montana is a trip through the mind of a young man who just wants to get high, chase women, and party with his friends. I don’t know about you, but that’s relatable content for me.

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Strain: Travel Joint

This EP is a trip through Buddy’s mind, so Travel Joint is a logical pairing. But in addition to that, Travel Joint is a fun strain, man. I smoked it in Las Vegas before taking a walk down the strip, and even though I was doing nothing, I still had a lot of fun. I credit the high for that. Plus, Buddy makes super fun music (give “A Lite” a listen), so he needs to be paired with a fun strain. Indulge in and enjoy both, my pals.

Tennyson & Mr. Carmack – Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

I checked out Tennyson while creating this month’s playlist and let me tell you, that boy makes some great music. Vibing out to his Like What EP lead me to Tuesday Wednesday Thursday, a joint project with Mad Decent producer Mr. Carmack. It’s only three songs, but you’ll definitely play it on repeat so many times that it’ll feel like a whole album. I’d describe T-W-TH as audio therapy. It’s mood-changing music that’s perfect for anyone who’s in a bad mood or just having one of those days where you can’t shake the bad vibes. Plus, there’s a BJ The Chicago Kid feature on “Thursday.” You can’t beat that.

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Strain: Fruity Pebbles

Fruity Pebbles sounds like a basic foo-foo strain, but don’t let the smooth taste fool you. It’ll hit you with a pretty strong high, and it lasts a while, too. I smoked a Fruity Pebbles pre-roll and the next thing I knew, I was dancing around downtown Seattle like ol’ boy in the Apple EarPods commercial for no discernible reason. This is why it pairs so well with Tuesday Wednesday Thursday. Much like the album, Fruity Pebbles is a mood-changer that’ll have you feeling relaxed and content.

Passion Pit – Tremendous Sea of Love

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This was my first introduction to Passion Pit and they are definitely worth the high. Tremendous Sea of Love has a big sound that only gets bigger as you get higher. I smoked a blunt of OG Kush to this, and by the end of the album, my hands were to the heavens and I was feeling all kinds of positive energy. I became one with the music. I was a human treble clef. Do yourself a favor: get stupid high, then go sit on some grass and let Tremendous Sea of Love play as you stare at the sunset. ‘Cause that’s exactly what it’ll make you feel like doing. It’s a true musical journey.

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Strain: OG Kush

I know I’ve suggested this strain for past albums, but it’s what I smoked while determining if Tremendous Sea of Love was worth the high. I was a little tired before listening, but that OG hit me with a surge of energy that took the entire musical experience to the highest level.

Lastly, as always, I’ve composed an Apple Music playlist of newish songs for your next Walk ‘n Toke. Light up some fire, grab your headphones, and take a lap around the block to Smoke This, Play That Vol. 4: https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/smoke-this-play-that-vol-4/idpl.u-xlyNqJ3tXGb0yV

4 Reasons Why We Should Respect Wiz Khalifa’s Influence on Cannabis Culture

Cameron Jibril Thomaz, also known as Wiz Khalifa, is my generation’s Snoop Dogg. Like Snoop, Wiz is promoting cannabis on a mainstream scale throughout his career. Snoop’s brand, however, was borne out of gangster rap, while Wiz’s image and growing empire has been about cannabis since Day 1. From his MySpace/Say Yeah days, to his U-Stream smoke sessions, to his weekly freestyle videos, Wiz has always been about our beloved plant.

Wiz embodies everything that we love about our culture: the happy-go-lucky stoner lifestyle built on freedom of self. And when you take all of that into account while recognizing how rich and successful he is, you see Wiz as proof that, contrary to popular belief, anyone can have an entire career based on cannabis and still reach unforeseen heights.

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It’s time we show him the respect that his influence on cannabis culture deserves. Here are a few reasons why.

He Used Social Media to Create an Online Community for Cannabis Enthusiasts

If you were in college between 2008-2012, you definitely saw the Wiz Effect firsthand. He had a cult following before dropping his Kush & Orange Juice mixtape, but once that swept the music industry by storm, Wiz had fans everywhere supporting his entertainment company, Taylor Gang. It got to the point where Taylor Gang was no longer just his crew, but an entire community of people who were looking for someone to say, “Hey man, it’s alright to be you.” Wiz was that someone. He was different, and it really affected people everywhere. He showed us “weirdo kids” that it was completely alright to embrace our inner hippie and live life on our own terms.

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Wiz’s social media presence has had a powerful influence on cannabis culture, bringing likeminded individuals together under a common cause. Reply to a Wiz tweet, or get a Wiz retweet, and you’ll have 20 people in your mentions yelling “TGOD” and all kinds of things you can relate to. I can’t tell you how many random online friends I made throughout that time. The community he was able to create has embodied everything cannabis culture is about: inclusion.

He Never Compromised His Brand to Appeal to Mainstream Media or Societal Norms

When Wiz walks the red carpet, he always rolls up (no pun intended) dressed to kill with a joint on deck, and he lights it every single time. Considering how the world is often influenced by celebrities, we need more influencers to embrace and encourage our culture publicly the way Wiz is.

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We need them to come forward and stand up for cannabis. We need them to be out here saying, “Yo, I get high, and all the stigmas surrounding it are corny.” Cheech & Chong did it, Willie Nelson did it, Snoop did it, Seth Rogen is doing it, and now Wiz is the face and driving force of it.

He’s Always Innovating

At this point in his career, Wiz has taken his brand and stretched it far past music. The way he hustled Taylor Gang merch into millions of dollar is the same way he’s stretched his brand across other areas of both the cannabis and entertainment industries. Not only does he have his own line of papers, rolling trays, etc., he also his his Weed Farm iPhone game and, most importantly, his signature cannabis strain, Khalifa Kush.

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Partnering with Tryke Companies (which does business in Vegas as Reef Dispensaries), the exclusive producer of his Khalifa Kush strain, Wiz has said that he stands to make up to a half a billion dollars off the growth surrounding his strain. When the Super Duper Green Rush begins once it’s finally legal everywhere, whose blueprint do you think these big money celebrities will follow? Exactly. Khalifa’s become immensely influential in this space.

Snoop Has Passed the Torch Down to Wiz

It’s very obvious who Snoop has deemed next in line when it comes to the whole cannabis-rapper-stoner-figure game. Even since Wiz’s early days, Uncle Snoop has always been right there with the cosign. His mentorship has grown into multiple collaborations including countless songs (“Young, Wild, & Free” being one of the biggest), a movie (Mac and Devin Go To High School), and the High Road Tour they did the summer of 2016. Wiz was even one of Snoop’s first guest when GGN (Snoop’s YouTube show) was just a skeleton of what it is now. Legends don’t have to embrace the next generation. They don’t have to pick successors. But it’s very clear who Snoop has chosen to continue pushing the culture forward.

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I could go on and on, but those are just a few reasons why we should respect Wiz Khalifa’s influence on cannabis culture. In honor of Wiz turning the big 3-0 this month, twist yourself a few Raw papers, light ‘em up, and let Kush & Orange Juice ride out on good time. Wiz is the man.

‘It’s High Time to Address Research Into Medical Marijuana’: The Week in Cannabis Quotes

To paraphrase Earth, Wind & Fire:

Do you remember
All of these quotes in September?
If not, don’t be a pretender
Get caught up with this roundup today

We’ve got Alex Jones being Alex Jonesy, editorial boards urging Congress to protect cannabis and hemp, Orrin Hatch dusting off his book of marijuana puns, and more. Here’s a roundup of quotes from the past week.

– Far-right radio show host Alex Jones holding President Trump accountable for a campaign promise he never made

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“Congressional leaders cannot continue to bury their heads in the sand. Decades of experience have shown that the U.S. can’t win a war on marijuana. Moreover, waging such a war now would hurt the millions of people who rely on medical cannabis for relief and would overrule the many, many voters who have supported medical and recreational use of marijuana.”

– The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board urging Congress to listen to voters’ “overwhelming support for medical marijuana” 

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“It’s really going to be up to local governments but I’m hopeful that they will start to look at this  and basically experiment with different ways to provide public use.”

– Senator Tick Segerblom (D-NV), exploring options for Nevada to establish legal cannabis lounges

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“While this action provides a measure of certainty for the millions of medical marijuana patients and the clinics and business that support them, much more needs to be done. More than 95 percent of Americans now have state-legal access to some form of medical marijuana. The American people have spoken, and Congress needs to hear them. Ultimately, we need permanent protections for state-legal medical marijuana programs, as well as adult-use. Prohibition is a failed policy resulting in nothing more than wasted resources and lives.”

– Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), issuing a statement regarding the extension of protections for state medical marijuana programs through December 8, 2017

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“Trump could fix the problem by directing his administration to knock pot from its ridiculous position as among the most dangerous of controlled substances. Congress could act as well, and we’re pleased that so many of our congressional delegation, on both sides of the political spectrum, support needed regulatory reforms.”

– The Denver Post Editorial Board calling on President Trump and Congress to “give hemp farmers a break

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– Excerpts from Orrin Hatch’s announcement to improve scientific research on medical marijuana that were highlighted to showcase his deliberate choice of words

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And I think there is some pretty significant evidence that marijuana turns out to be more harmful than a lot of people anticipated, and it’s more difficult to regulate than I think was contemplated ideally by some of those states.”

– Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaking at the Heritage Foundation about whether the Trump administration will reverse the Cole Memo

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Watch This: Three Former Cops Smoke Cannabis Together

Here’s a Strange Buds episode of three former cops having a little smoke session. Before indulging, they do a field sobriety test to show that they’re fully functional and then BAM, BONG IN THE FACE. After a few hits off the glass, the interviewer asks a couple of questions:

  • Have they arrested someone for marijuana?
  • Is it a gateway drug?

Once the questions start rolling, you really get to see who’s who. I’m not saying buddy in the red shirt is an undercover narc who probably arrested everyone once the cameras stop rolling, but I am saying he makes me uncomfortable and I don’t trust him. But on the other end of the table, it feels like the old dude in the sweater was a former hippie and now that’s he’s old and dusty, he’s ready to return home to the commune. Then the guy in the middle, well, he was just way too high for the whole situation. I respect that.

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The ‘It’ Movie: Is It Worth the High?

Welcome to “Is It Worth the High?”, where our writers see newly released movies, listen to the latest album drops, and try other experiences while high to determine whether they’re worth your time, money, and most importantly, your cannabis buzz. This week, Dante Jordan determines whether or not we all actually all float down here (or whether that’s just a byproduct of really, really good bud) by checking out the blockbuster adaptation of Stephen King’s It.


Products Enjoyed: One Swisher Sweet of Sour Diesel

High Experienced (1-10): 8: I wasn’t so high that I fell asleep, but I was definitely high enough to smash out three hot dogs and a box of pretzel bites without loathing myself.

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Don’t hate me for going against the common opinion, but I didn’t find It to be all that scary. Maybe that’s due to the fact that I remember watching the original in a dark hotel room when I was nine years old and was so frightened that I had to go sit in the sunlit hotel lobby until my parents returned, so I wanted the new It to restore that feeling, but I can only remember one or two instances where I jumped or felt any true sense of terror.

Plus, Pennywise was never really ’bout that action like he wanted us to believe. He might’ve caught a couple bodies here and there, but for the majority of the movie, he’d run up and get super close to killing someone, then some random happening would cause him to fall back. That shit had no effect on my goosebumps whatsoever.

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However, I cannot say the same for everyone else in the theater. The lady sitting next to me was acting like OUR lives were in danger. She even grabbed my hand once, and I was like “Yo ma, chill, I don’t know you like that.” (Pro tip: never see horror movies in theaters if you don’t have to. The crowd reactions may ruin your experience.)

Though I wasn’t scared, I do feel as though the new It did a great job in honoring the old It. When it comes to remakes, my only ask is that the new is better than the old, or at the very least just as good. I hate when a remake is so trash that it disrespects a classic (PLEASE LEAVE SPACE JAM ALONE).

But I didn’t feel that from It, which actually felt like a new and improved version of the 1990 miniseries. Though terrifying in action, Tim Curry’s Pennywise always looked like he was ready to whip you up a balloon dolphin at a moment’s notice. Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise, however, looked like he was out for blood and mayhem from the very start. That makeup; that costume; that creepy-ass voice and laugh. Everything about his character was done so well. If I were an innocent child watching this adaptation movie for the first time, instead of a 27-year old cynic, I could definitely see it making me feel as I did at age nine.

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Is It Worth the High? Is It what all the critics and hype made it out to be? I wouldn’t say so, but in all fairness, is anything ever? From a terror standpoint, it was a dud for me personally, but I still very much enjoyed seeing It and recommend you fill your soul with THC and go see it as soon as possible. The movie was well-made, not too long, wasted no scenes, and the characters were all awesome. You find yourself genuinely caring about their well-being. Plus, it was also unexpectedly hilarious. I’d almost call it more of a comedy than a horror flick. In fact, from this moment forward, I demand all movies find a place for Finn Wolfhard to act as comic relief, because his character had me dying from opening to closing credits. That kid is a star.

Smoke and Mirrors: Korean Smokewear Brand Sundae School Challenges Stereotypes

Korean American brother-and-sister duo Dae and Cindy Lim are an Asian parent’s dream on paper. (I know this because I, too, have Asian parents.) They attended Ivy League schools (Cindy, 21, is a senior at UPenn; Dae, 24, graduated from Harvard). They’re great at math (Cindy is studying economics at the Wharton School and Dae majored in applied mathematics). They have not forgotten how to speak Korean (they visit Seoul frequently for work and pleasure). And they’re hardworking with the accolades to show for it: Their Seoul-made, New York-based streetwear brand, Sundae School—a side hustle for the two founders—has already been featured in both the pages of Vogue Korea and on Vogue.com.

Sundae School was conceived as “smokewear,” a term coined by the siblings to mean “apparel for smokers and especially stoners.” There are handy little spliff holders on the hats, for example. But for their second collection, out October 1st and currently on pre-sale, Cindy and Dae are adding another item to the agenda: showcasing the possibilities of Asian counterculture that they themselves know so well.

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Welcome to Sundae School

Profile: Korean Smokewear Brand Sundae School Challenges Asian Stereotypes | LeaflySundae School founders Dae and Cindy Lim. (Courtesy of Sundae School)

The debut collection, Chapter 1: Genesis, was released on 4/20 of 2017. It consists of embroidered patches, T-shirts, denim jackets, caps, a tin box (for your stash), hoodies, and long-sleeve shirts emblazoned with pithy references to Korean American culture and witty puns like “Smoking Chills” and “Honor Rollers.” The business partners and siblings, who spent the summer living in apartments within walking distance of one another, smoke spliffs together while working on the brand every night.

They’re not only pushing against stereotypes of the straitlaced Asian nerd, but also smashing preconceptions of the stoner as an ambitionless, directionless slacker. Cindy aims to be a venture capitalist after college graduation; Dae was a former McKinsey consultant whose current day job is Head of Growth at VFILES. Their conservative Christian parents disapprove of them consuming cannabis, but it’s way too late to stop them now. Their brand derives its name, partially, from their Christian upbringing attending Sunday school. Dae does the design and Cindy manages the business development.

Profile: Korean Smokewear Brand Sundae School Challenges Asian Stereotypes | Leafly(Courtesy of Sundae School)

The upcoming collection is called When Tigers Used to Smoke, a famous Korean phrase that is equivalent to Once Upon a Time. “We are representing tigers as yellow people all around the world,” Dae explains, noting that Asian people have been aware of the properties of cannabis for millennia. In ancient Chinese medicinal tomes dating back to 2700 BCE, cannabis was listed as a drug. The new collection involves an interpretation of hanboks, traditional Korean garments, updated with fabrics like pinstripe denim and velour to become smoking jackets and pants.

“People assume that Asians don’t know about weed,” Cindy says, but cannabis was commonly grown in South Korea before United States military intervention in the 20th century. “It is not this American thing,” Dae adds. “I’ve smoked weed in Morocco. I’ve smoked weed in Spain. I’ve smoked weed basically everywhere I go.” He even runs an Instagram account documenting his international spliffs.

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Cannabis and Cultural Identity

Profile: Korean Smokewear Brand Sundae School Challenges Asian Stereotypes | Leafly(Courtesy of Sundae School)

Both Cindy and Dae first tried cannabis at preppy red-bricked schools on the East Coast. After a late night of studying, Dae had found several of his schoolmates smoking in the shower, the hot water turned on so that the smoke would travel with the steam. He had never heard of marijuana before. He got “pretty high” that night, from what he recalls as “shitty weed—that white boy Connecticut weed.”

When Cindy tried cannabis for the first time, she remembers not getting high at all. Later, she and her brother took a trip to Pena Palace in Portugal, a 19th-century castle surrounded by almost 500 acres of exotic parkland, where Cindy shared an especially potent edible on the train ride over. She recalls climbing up the mountain to the palace and seeing giant mice instead of cars coming towards her. “It was like Alice in Wonderland,” she says. The yellow-and-pink castle’s eclectic design—it looks like six castles smashed together—amplified the Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole. Overwhelmed, Cindy refused to smoke again for the rest of the trip.

Profile: Korean Smokewear Brand Sundae School Challenges Asian Stereotypes | Leafly(Courtesy of Sundae School)

But getting high together actually brought the siblings closer. “Asian culture is repressed about feelings and emotions,” Cindy explains. “But when Dae and I smoke weed, we open up to each other.” Sundae School was conceived as an idea in 2016 while the siblings were back in Seoul—without herb to smoke but with plenty of time and ambition on their hands.

Though industrial hemp is grown for textiles in South Korea, cannabis was banned under the Cannabis Control Act of 1976. That, coupled with a conservative culture, makes South Korea one of the hardest places to procure cannabis—it’s stigmatized in the mainstream even amongst young people and is commonly known as “Devil’s Lettuce.” None of this has stopped them from partnering with Korean underground stars and brands to promote Sundae School, though. “People are getting more curious,” Dae says. “They’re like, what is this Devil’s Lettuce that the government is banning but all of these rappers are talking about?”

The Potential for Smokewear to Effect Change

Profile: Korean Smokewear Brand Sundae School Challenges Asian Stereotypes | LeaflySundae School’s pop-up Garden of Marijuana installation at Cakeshop in Seoul. (Courtesy of Sundae School)

During the summer of 2017, Sundae School partnered with South Korean artist Jiyen Lee for a pop-up installation called Garden of Marijuana, consisting of 303 green-colored, black-lit sculptures of the Virgin Mary to simulate the sensation of getting high—a holy experience for even the most steadfast atheist, and a way to get around the fact that cannabis is strictly outlawed in South Korea. (Their next party, in New York, will have spliffs.) The installation-slash-shop-slash-party was held at Cakeshop, one of Seoul’s hottest clubs, and attracted some of Korea’s top underground celebrities. Sundae School didn’t have to pay a single won—Cindy and Dae managed to convince those involved that this would be a mutually beneficial experience for everyone.

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There are more milestones ahead for Sundae School—for one, they’re reaching out to Rihanna, the queen of smokewear (Cindy has tried mailing clothing to three different addresses and isn’t giving up yet). Continuing to pay homage to cannabis and subvert their Christian upbringing, they’re working on an upcoming campaign with Sisters of the Valley, a California-based farm whose proprietors call themselves “nuns.” Along with the second collection, the siblings are also working on a content platform called Mellow Yellow to showcase the complexities and nuances of Asian counterculture. Currently, the platform is just an Instagram and domain, but Dae and Cindy hope to expand it to a full production company—including original films in Hollywood someday.

Profile: Korean Smokewear Brand Sundae School Challenges Asian Stereotypes | Leafly(Courtesy of Sundae School)

“We are Korean Americans. We came from Korea when we were 10, and growing up in American culture, there’s a cultural pride in creativity, in voicing your opinion in democracy,” Dae explains. “Korea, it’s not the same, right? Everyone’s taking the same tests. Everyone has to wear the same clothes to school. It’s a very conformist society.”

There is an invisibility in Asian culture, Dae adds. Asian American immigrants can be hesitant about speaking out in public and being political when the model minority myth says to align with mainstream white culture and reap socioeconomic success. But brands like Sundae School have a chance to change the conversation.

“There are a lot of closeted Asian smokers out there,” Dae says. “We want to create a community of these honor rollers.” True to their mission, they invite me for a smoke the next time we meet.