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The Wonderfully Weird ‘Hicksville Pines’ Is Your New Must-Visit Bud and Breakfast

Hicksville Pines is already one of the kitschiest lodging options in all of Southern California, and it just became one of the state’s first “bud and breakfasts.”


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In just a few months, Californians should be able to purchase recreational cannabis from their local dispensaries. Many businesses are preparing for this new industry by offering cannabis-friendly experiences, including infused meals, virtual reality, and sound baths. It seems like an obvious strategy for certain hotels to begin allowing guests to indulge freely, too, without forcing them to sneak surreptitious puffs on their balconies.

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Some California operations have already explored that path, like the now-shuttered, five-room Compassion Flower Inn in Santa Cruz. Similarly, AirBNB reveals a few current options, including a vegan “bed, bud, brew & breakfast” in Tahoe. Hicksville Pines, however, offers 10 rooms, lots of communal space, and a bus that ferries guests to and from a nearby dispensary.


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Hicksville Pines can be found in Idyllwild, just over 100 miles east of Los Angeles in the San Jacinto Mountains. It’s a relatively small community, with a population of fewer than 4,000 people, but its scenic setting makes it a popular tourist destination. Of note, Idyllwild’s mayor is a golden retriever named Max. (Turns out if you’re an unincorporated community, you don’t have to have a human mayor.)

Once there, guests can choose among 10 suites housed in picturesque A-frame cabins, surrounded by mountains, trees, and sometimes snow. Perhaps the 420 Room strikes your fancy. It’s a bit on the nose for Hicksville Pines, thematically speaking, and that’s perfectly fine. The sunken bed is level with the floor, blacklight posters line the slanted ceiling, and an in-room vending machine is there to satiate any munchies.

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Then there’s the Dita, a retro-glam suite designed by burlesque star Dita Von Teese and her designer, Stacia Dunnam. It features a sleek black and pink bedroom, and a glittery pink soaking tub in the bathroom. Other rooms pay tribute to singer Dolly Parton, Nashville’s Third Man Records, Twin Peaks, geek culture, filmmaker John Waters, and Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.

Owner Morgan Night already had one similar motel—Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree—when he came up with idea for Hicksville Pines. Hicksville Trailer Palace launched in 2010, and offers guests the opportunity to stay in one of several spectacularly themed trailers in a desert setting. While on a serendipitous trip to Idyllwild in 2015, Night decided he could replicate his Joshua Tree success in a woodsy environment.

Night views both as works in progress, as he’s always contemplating new features or amenities to add. He said he was already anticipating adding a coffee shop to his Idyllwild location when he came up with another idea. “When [Proposition] 64 passed, I thought maybe we could have a place that made really great food for when you’re high, and also sold pot,” he said.


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Night was also inspired by a recent trip to Colorado, where recreational cannabis has been legal since 2012 and sold in licensed stores since 2014. “Colorado is the way America should be and the way California will be,” he said. “I’m just excited that there are states out there that are on the cutting edge, and that California is one of them.”

So while Night’s on-property café and dispensary are still in the works, he decided to pull the trigger on transforming Hicksville Pines from a peculiar weekend getaway to a stoner retreat now. Starting September 15, 2017, only guests 21 and up will be allowed, ensuring everyone on property is of age for cannabis use. Additionally, a free shuttle will make daily trips to nearby dispensaries, enabling guests to pick up their sundries with ease. They’ll also begin serving a home-cooked breakfast at 10 a.m., fulfilling the “breakfast” portion of the deal.

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Guests will always be allowed to bring their own stash, if they prefer, even after the on-site dispensary is up and running. Night firmly believes that cannabis just needs to be available, regardless of whether his guests source it from Hicksville affiliated dispensaries or their own preferred vendors.

Night himself has been using cannabis for the last decade or so, when he decided to pursue a medical marijuana card to see if it might help him with migraines and insomnia. “[Cannabis] helps me get a great night’s sleep, and then the rest of the week, I’m also less stressed,” he said. “Cannabis has really changed my life for the better.”

Though Hicksville is not intended to be a 5-star resort, guests do have a variety of fun amenities at their disposal, including a hot tub, a tipi with a fire pit inside, and a rec room with shuffleboard, ping pong, TV, and free arcade games—no quarters required. This is in addition, of course, to whatever oddities might be inside the individual suites, which could include a private hot tub, a shower head that’s actually a bidet mounted upside-down to the ceiling, record players, arcade games, or a king-sized waterbed.


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“There’s no argument that whatever you’re doing on the property, whether it’s playing video games or having sex, it’s always better when you’re high,” Night said. “And there’s nothing safer than having a place where you can smoke pot, and then fall asleep in your own bed.”

Those wishing to book their stay at Hicksville Pines can browse the rooms (no two are the same) and book online here. Singles range from $100 to $150 per night while The Great Northern—a three-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen—rents for $250 to $300 a night.

10 Best Things to Do in Las Vegas While You’re High

Vegas sucks. You know it; I know it; everyone knows it. Vegas is a booze-soaked money grab that if you’ve done once, you’ve done a million times. Yet every time the season rolls around, we all find ourselves booking that room at The Cosmopolitan (best beds of all time) as if we expect it to be different this time around.

Spoiler alert: This time around it will be different. Because there’s legal weed to be had. Now that Nevada has legalized recreational cannabis use for adults 21 and up, switch your cocktails for cannabinoids and learn how to actually have fun in this city.

Step one: Hit a dispensary. There are many. I was able to check out two solid ones during my recent visit:

Step two: Find a place to consume. I’d strongly advise against smoking in your hotel room (unless you’re staying in one of these ones). Of course, public consumption remains illegal, so I’d also strongly advise against that too. However, I will say that there may or may not be a staircase behind Mandalay Bay that no one EVER walks by or through. I will also say that it may OR MAY NOT be the most perfect spot in all of Vegas to enjoy the flowers of your labor. But, you know, that’s only if it exists, which it may or may not.

Step three: Indulge in one of the following activities. In no particular order, we give you the best things to do as a high cannabis tourist in Las Vegas.

Eat at Nacho Daddy

If you do nothing else, make sure to eat at Nacho Daddy. My boy Sutton put me on game and it was the greatest decision I made that whole weekend. $15 won’t get you much in Vegas, but at Nacho Daddy it gets you a big-ass plate of filet mignon (cause I’m fancy like that) nachos that’ll have you feeling like maybe calories aren’t such a bad thing.

Wander Old Vegas and Fremont Street


Up until this last trip, I’d never been to the famous “Old Vegas” that I’d heard so much about. Oh boy is it an experience. It’s the only place I’ve ever been where, within a 437-step distance, you can see a near-naked man dressed as a baby, followed by two white dudes with dreads battle rapping, followed by a bum dropping a deuce by the sunglasses kiosk like the world is his oyster. If you’re planning to a trip to Las Vegas, do yourself a favor, and take a trip downtown for the most Bruh, I’m Way Too High For This Shit experience that the city has to offer.

Walk the Vegas Strip

Obviously, right? If you touch Vegas and don’t wander aimlessly down the Strip (and then realize it’s actually a lot longer than it looks and now you’re so far from your hotel that you need to catch a Lyft back because your thighs are on fire), then did you really touch Vegas?

Get high and go on a walk down this street and you’ll find ample bright lights, photo opportunities, and enough street entertainment to keep you busy all night long. Plus there’s hella trash food for you to stop and grab, which is all my happiness requires.

Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace


Speaking of food, eat at a buffet. Every hotel has one, but if you want the best one? Bacchanal Buffet in Caesars Palace is the answer, my pals.

The bad news is that it’ll cost you 50 whole entire dollars, but the good news is they have lobster eggs Benedict and mac and cheese AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. And chicken and waffles. And an entire dessert station. They have it all. Get high, hit BB, and don’t stop eating until you feel $50 of satisfaction in your stomach. I saw a guy take off his shoes and get comfortable because he was full, but hadn’t recouped his money in food yet. Be like that American hero.

Pool Party

Encore reigns supreme, but honestly, each pool party or beach club offers the same experience: overpriced drinks that never hit because the sun is killing your buzz, and pools of water that are probably half chlorine and half gonorrhea.

But hey, at least whatever DJ they booked is playing an excessive amount of UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ, right? RIGHT?! Wrong, but the reason these make the list is because they’re excellent for getting high and people-watching. Trust me.

Drais Nightclub


This is the one club that I’ll absolutely swear by in Vegas. So many artists have residencies here that on any given night you might catch Trey Songz or somebody in concert for the lowest Vegas price possible ($40 for women, $70 for men). I saw Tory Lanez there, and he put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. A friend of mine saw Jeezy there. Last time, I was supposed to go see T.I. but ended up getting too high and passing out. Shout out to Cadillac Purple.

See a Show

Vegas shows will hit you for a grip, but in all fairness, so will everything else. At least with these you get some kind of worthwhile return on investment, in the form of a live performance and new experience.

I’ve only seen the Jabbawockeez and the Blue Man Group, but I can promise you that both of these shows are worth the high, ESPECIALLY the Blue Man Group. They don’t talk, they just make noise and do physical humor. Perfect stoner activity.

Go Skydiving


Ever gotten super-stoned, then dropped out of a plane with another man strapped to your back? I have. It’s fun as hell too. Vegas offers multiple skydiving spots on the Strip, but the real deal is Skydive Las Vegas, which is about 20–30 minutes from the Strip. According to the company, they’ll take you higher than any other skydiving spot out there … and getting higher is what we’re all about.

Bellagio Water Show

The Fountains of Bellagio are pretty cool to see, especially at night. It’s the perfect thing to settle in and stare at indefinitely after you hit a pre-roll or vape pen. It’s also one of the only things in Vegas that’ll leave you like, “Wow, fam, that was mad beautiful and touching.” Mainly because you’ll be so high that everything gets you in your feelings.

Gamble and Ruin Your Life


It’s a monster that you run and run and run from, but eventually it’ll catch you. And once it does, say goodbye to any budget you thought you had. It’s so easy to be walking through a casino lobby and accidentally end up in front of the War table with a stack of $5 chips and a mind full of, “Someone has to win; why not me?” It’s even easier to walk away from that table six minutes later with 200 less dollars than you had. Being high won’t ease the pain of losing money on some dumb shit, but it WILL make it a lot easier for you to say, “Fuck it. At least those nachos were fire.”

8 Exotic and Unlikely Places to Buy Cannabis Around the World

If you’re lucky enough to visit a foreign country where cannabis is obtainable, you owe yourself a chance to check out the local selection and support the local industry.

We’ve scoured the globe to bring you the most exotic shops, markets, clubs, and dispensaries purveying cannabinoids abroad. Whether you’re seeking good flower to pair with good food or looking to take your beach holiday to the next level, start planning your travel itinerary with these eight scenic stops and distinctive shops in mind.


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Beach Kiosks: Jamaica


You may be surprised to find out that ganja is technically legally limited in Jamaica, the birthplace of Bob Marley. You won’t be surprised to find out that in spite of this technicality, the herb is easy to get—just ask your cab driver. Or your waitress. Or anyone you see walking down the street (police excluded).

Pay your respects to Marley’s legacy by lighting up a joint at his gravesite before meandering to the iconic Instagram-ready beaches of Jamaica for a more extended sesh. Look for one of the ubiquitous beach kiosks that sell bottled water to thirsty tourists—they most likely sell cannabis, too.

(Courtesy of Hemp Embassy)

Cannabis in Italy is illegal for recreational use, but it is legal for limited medical usage. And, apparently, you can even grow your own cannabis—as long as you prune it before it grows flowers.

That’s the technicality that allows Milan-based cannabis clone shop Hemp Embassy to operate and sell live plants to anyone who wants to add some special greenery to their home. It offers about 50 varieties, from Sour Diesel to Chocolate Mint, with seeds procured from some of the top seed banks around the world, such as Cali Connection. All the plants are high in THC production and can be purchased like any other plant in a greenhouse—as long as you promise not to grow buds. Promise?


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(Courtesy of Green House Coffeeshop)

You can find coffeeshops on every corner in Amsterdam—much better than a Starbucks on every corner, yes? But when you have so many options, it’s like being a kid in a candy shop: Suddenly, you don’t know where to start or which ones are actually worth the trouble.

If you’re looking an extraordinary experience in a city already full of exemplary herb, look to Green House at Haarlemmerstraat 64. It’s got a full food menu, featuring everything from BLTs to Oreo milkshakes for your munchies, and a fish tank under your feet so that you can gaze at koi when you don’t want to make conversation. It’s a celebrity hotspot, attracting everyone from Andre 3000 to Kelis, but it’s not pretentious at all: Instead it’s got good weed, good food, good music, and (we’ve heard) hot budtenders.

(Courtesy of Joe’s Smoker Club)

We’ll be honest with you: If you’re a tourist, you can’t just walk into one of Southern Spain’s famous cannabis social clubs to pass the joint. As with most private clubs, cannabis-centric or not, you need to be invited by a member or two—and you have to provide proof of residency (so a hotel won’t do, unless you’re the Spanish Eloise at the Plaza). Not all clubs are created equal, though—some are not much more than basements with mood lighting, while some, like VIP favorite Joe’s Smokers Club, occupy multiple floors for multiple modes of high: VIP club, co-working space, and chill out lounge. The club also works with local restaurants for food, invites guest DJs every weekend, and has its own app. FYI, the official hashtag is #MarbellaHighSociety, if you make it in there.


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Mercado de Coyoacán: Mexico City, Mexico


Popular with both locals and tourists, you can buy anything at this large open-air market—from ice cream to kitchenware to tourist-favorite lucha libre masks. You can also buy cannabis flowers and the pipes to go along with them.

Test out your haggling talents and try to get the cheapest price possible—the worst thing that can happen is that you walk to the next stall and bargain for the exact same product over again. Have you ever worked this hard for your high?

“Huasos” (aka Cowboys): Chile

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Good news—it’s legal to smoke in the private comfort of your own home in Chile! However, that doesn’t mean you can just procure cannabis from the local supermarket. Most people get their weed delivered directly to their houses, but if you’re looking to seek it out yourself, head inland to a city like Limache, where you can ask the cowboys (yes, look for them on horseback), called huasos, for a sackful. No guarantees of how good it will be, though—but if you’re at a point that you’re hunting down cannabis from cowboys in Chile, you’re probably already something of an expert on what to look for and how to get it.


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Malé Atoll: The Maldives


Where you find surfers, you will find cannabis—it’s that simple. If you’re privileged enough to find yourself vacationing in the Maldives, a South Asian island country famous for its pristine white beaches, you can easily find hash oil sold along the surfing points. Cannabis is technically illegal in the Maldives, so you buy at your own risk, but there is hardly any legislation or monitoring going on there. Your best bet is to hang out at the best surf spots and spark up a conversation with the local youths—if you’re nice (and willing to pay), they’ll share.

Happy Pizza: Phnom Penh, Cambodia


There are a lot of culinary specialties of Cambodian cuisine that you should try: fish amok, BBQ pork and rice, green mango salad, fried bananas, and—if you’re in Phnom Penh—weed pizza from Happy Pizza (or one of its many knockoffs like “Happiness Pizza”). It’s the ultimate edible, as the pie comes sprinkled with herbs that look not too different from a healthy dose of oregano.

You can order it with “extra happiness” if you dare, but we recommend just one slice to start. Remember, even though you’re on vacation—edibles don’t get any less potent, especially when the herbs are sprinkled on like parmesan cheese.

Summer in Seattle: 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 looks back on his trip to the Emerald City to determine whether a trip to cannabis-friendly Seattle is worth its weight in legal bud. 

Products Enjoyed: ALL of them. You name it, I had it (and if I didn’t, I still had it).

High Experienced (1-10): Yes.

A few months back my Leafly editor asked ya boy Dante Jordan if he’d be down to visit Seattle for a few days and do some stuff with the squad. I was like “Ummm, absolutely, of course.” Like…do people say no to this? I’m from a place where we don’t say to free meals, let alone a free vacation. Plus I’d never been to Seattle, or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest for that matter, so I figured this would be a great opportunity to expand my travel wings and soak up a new part of the globe.


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I expected it to be a fun time, but what I didn’t anticipate was my week in Seattle to be one of the dopest experiences of my life. What a city. What a culture. And the Leafly team really made me feel like family, which enhanced the entire experience by 1,000 points. I had so much fun, so if you ask me if a trip to Seattle in the summer is worth the high, my answer is absolutely. Like, you should stop reading this article, book a flight, then come back and finish because it really is that fun of a city. Here’s why:

The Weather

Apparently Seattle only gets like two weeks of summer starting at the beginning of July (editor’s note: it’s closer to three months, but yes, our non-summer stretch is agonizingly long), so I really lucked out in the timing of my visit. The weather was beautiful, son. I’m talking real beautiful. The type of beautiful that makes you whistle while you walk for no reason at all. Shit was a smooth 87 or under every day, and now that I think of it, I really should’ve had my toes out. Summer Seattle has that sock-free weather.


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The Food

Tacos. You will eat tacos. And then after you eat tacos, you will eat tacos. Like, you think you’re about to go there and smash out eight plates of salmon and oysters that the chef literally just caught with his bare hands, but plot twist: you will be eating tacos. After eating tacos. So if you like tacos, come to Seattle.


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The People

Why the fuck is everyone so fit and pretty? I need answers. Because they are. And everyone’s also super cool. I was warned of this thing called the Seattle Freeze, which apparently is when people are being assholes when they don’t mean to be assholes, even though they know they’re being assholes, but I never encountered it so Seattlesfolk are good in my book.

How nice are people in Seattle? I was coming out of my Airbnb on Saturday with joint and lighter in-hand like the young carefree black man I am. My Smoke This, Play That Vol 2 playlist was going and I had nothing but joy in my soul, when all of a sudden I miscalculated my steps as I walked down the stairs outside the front door. Next thing you know, I was falling in slow motion as this beautiful-ass couple walked past me.


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I hit the ground, they turned around, and guess what happened? THEY DIDN’T LAUGH AT ME. WHAT? I WOULD’VE ROASTED A STRANGER THROUGH THE CEMENT HAD I WITNESSED SUCH A TUMBLE. But instead, the guy removed his arm from his girl’s shoulder, helped me up, and said, “You alright bro?” I was alright, bro. Some good people out there in Seattle.

The Cannabis


That’s really all there is to say about that. The cannabis life I live in Dallas AIN’T SHIT compared to the cannabis life they live in Seattle. Dispensaries everywhere, stoners everywhere, and the freedom to enjoy publicly (still illegal, but you seem more likely to get a warning than a citation) without the stress of “Yo, keep your head on a swivel for cops and old white people.” It’s incredible. You know things are legal, but once you see it for yourself, it’s like “Wow…I am NOT living right. In fact, I am living wrong.”


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Nature, Walking, and Other Activities

I didn’t have the time to go frolic amongst the trees, but I caught a little glimpse of the wilderness as we drove out to a growhouse one day, and Seattle definitely has what the hikers need. If you’re the type to post motivational quotes under a picture of two sycamores, you should definitely make the trip to the PNW. (That’s “Pacific Northwest.” I learned that.)


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Read enough of my articles and you’ll see that my favorite thing in the world is to get high and go walk around. Seattle is the best place I’ve ever been for that. I stayed in Belltown, which is one of downtown’s next door neighbors, so I had ample avenues and boulevards to bend. One thing I was NOT ready for, though, was all of the hills in Seattle. I won’t even call them hills—they were slopes. The entire city is built like a hypotenuse. If you want to walk around Seattle, make sure you stretch out those creamy hamstrings.


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There’s so much to do in Seattle that it’s a bit overwhelming. People kept asking about my plans and I was like I don’t know, I’ll just figure it out as I go. This ended with me getting high as fuck with my Leafly homie Marika, then walking to a food truck festival. From there we went to the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center, which also had a walk-through butterfly house, the perfect match for how peacefully stoned I was.

Still, these were only a couple activities out of the millions available to me. Seattle’s one of those cities that always has something going on, so if you visit, you will definitely not be bored.

Is It Worth the High?

Do you like cities with dope-ass people? Do you like cities with legal cannabis? Do you like eating tacos after eating tacos? If you answer “yes” to any of those questions, you should already have a bag packed by the time I finish this sentence. I can’t wait to go back.

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After breakfast, you’re headed south to San Francisco, but not without two stops along the way. First, Avenue of the Giants—the state’s most awe-inspiring drive, which wends its way between enormous, iconic California redwoods over the course of 31.6 miles all the way to Cooks Valley. Designate a driver, because all other passengers should wake and bake before hitting the highway. At the highway fork, split off from the 101 and take Highway 1 south to Mendocino for glorious coastal views, then detour back via Highways 128, 253, and 101 to get to Hopland.

In Hopland, re-up on cannabis necessities at the coolest solar-powered dispensary you’ve ever been to: Emerald Pharms, where you should pick up an incredible edible or two from Flour Child (think apricot-rose jam and THC granola) and some ABX Soft Gels ($48 for 24 ten-milligram capsules). Find your way back to Highway 1 (the 116 will get you there); another few hours on the road and you’ll roll into San Francisco just in time for a late lunch of the best arepas in California, at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen. A fave of Guy Fieri (and of plenty more people without TV shows), this maize-obsessed eatery serves up Venezuelan comfort food including yuca fries, taro chips, and signature arepas—grilled pockets of white or yellow corn made fresh daily by hand, and stuffed with everything from pulled pork to spicy chicken catira to the can’t-miss combo of blackened beef asada, queso fresco, and sweet plantains.

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Loosely translated, Pica Pica means “a little of this, a little of that,” so we recommend you go the route the name suggests and order several mix-and-match dishes to share. Get them to go and walk them over to nearby Mission Dolores Park, a mecca of outdoor cannabis consumption with an ever-present sweet and skunky scent to match. Load a bowl or two of your Private Reserve OG and spark your appetite before your meal, and if you need a digestif afterwards, buy a coconut full of coconut water from “the coconut man,” a regular park fixture.

Grab a hotel room or AirBnb for the night in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood—it may be cliché, but the neighborhood was ground zero for hippie culture and cannabis reform as sparked by the Summer of Love. Drop your stuff before heading to the waterfront to visit the Exploratorium, by far the best place in California for elevated adults to marvel over wonders of science and the natural world like they were kids again. Optical illusions, mechanical contraptions, interactive exhibits, video installations—all await you at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero.

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Afterwards, you can walk down to the trippy Musée Mécanique (Pier 45; free admission) to play antique penny arcade games and musical instruments that are extra-fun after a dab. Finish out your young-at-heart afternoon with a round of fantastical Rube Goldberg-inspired mini golf at Urban Putt in the Mission, then spend the evening sipping CBD-and-terpene-infused cocktails and mocktails from the 4:20 menu (runs until 7:20 p.m.) at Flore, itself a cornerstone of cannabis reform since the 1980s.

When you get back to your hotel or AirBnb, pop a capsule or two and drift off to a peaceful night’s sleep that’ll recharge your batteries for tomorrow’s adventures.

Company Plans to Turn Desert Town Into Cannabis Paradise

NIPTON, Calif. (AP) — Now that one of the nation’s largest cannabis companies has bought the entire California desert town of Nipton, a question remains: Will the new owners rename the place Potsylvania?

The name Weed already belongs to an old mill town in Northern California.

American Green Inc. announced Thursday it is buying all 80 acres of Nipton, which includes its Old West-style hotel, a handful of houses, an RV park and a coffee shop. Its plans are to transform the old Gold Rush town into what it calls “an energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination.”

The town’s current owner, Roxanne Lang, said the sale is still in escrow, but confirmed American Green is the buyer. She declined to reveal price before the sale closes, but noted she and her late husband, Gerald Freeman, listed the property at $5 million when they put it up for sale last year.

A flag flies in front of a store in Nipton. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Asked what her husband would think of the buyers’ plans to turn Nipton into the pot paradise of the California desert, she laughed heartily.

“I think he would find a lot of humor in that,” she finally said, adding that as a Libertarian, Freeman had no problem with people using marijuana, and as a proponent of green power he’d be all in favor of energy independence. Over the years he’d installed a solar farm himself that provides much of the tiny town’s electricity.


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American Green says it plans to expand that farm and also bottle and sell cannabis-infused water from Nipton’s plentiful aquifer, joint moves that would make the town green in more ways than one.

One of the town’s major sources of revenue is the California Lottery tickets the general store sells to people who cross the state line from Nevada because they can’t buy them there.

The buyers are also reaching out to edibles manufacturers and other cannabis-industry businesses, hoping they’ll be interested in relocating to Nipton and bringing jobs with them.

The town’s current residents number fewer than two dozen and one of its major sources of revenue is the California Lottery tickets the general store sells to people who cross the state line from Nevada because they can’t buy them there.

“We are excited to lead the charge for a true Green Rush,” David Gwyther, American Green’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “The cannabis revolution that’s going on here in the U.S. has the power to completely revitalize communities in the same way gold did during the 19th century.”


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Indeed it was a gold rush that created Nipton in the early 1900s when the precious metal was found nearby.

But by the time Freeman, a Los Angeles geologist who liked to look for gold in his spare time, discovered the place in the 1950s it was already a ghost town. Even worse it was 60 miles south of Las Vegas and 10 miles (16 kilometers) off the major highway that connects that city to Los Angeles.

“I like to say it’s conveniently located in the middle of nowhere,” jokes Lang.

Freeman bought the town in 1985 anyway and spent the next 30 years lovingly restoring its boutique hotel and general store, building canvas-covered “eco cabins” and stocking them with wood-burning stoves and swamp coolers.

The small hotel has become a popular destination with desert aficionados and fans of the Old West, even though it’s located so close to a major rail line that moves freight between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City that guests are handed earplugs with their room keys.


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Carl Cavaness, who works at the hotel, said Thursday the sale caught him by surprise. He said he hopes the new owners will let him and his wife stay.

“We like the quiet and solitude,” the 53-year-old handyman said.

3 Strains, Products, and Pieces of Advice for Viewing the Total Solar Eclipse

Summer 2017’s total solar eclipse is America’s celestial event of the century. The first eclipse to fully cross the contiguous United States since 1918, it will mobilize millions of travelers on (and to) the North American continent. Happily, the eclipse has decided to include a rec-legal state in its path of totality.

As many as a million visitors are expected in Oregon alone on August 21st, and a good many of them will be marveling at the solar phenomenon in an elevated state of mind. The following are three strains and three products we recommend for viewing the event, as well as three pieces of advice for getting high while the world goes dark.


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Best Cannabis Strains for Viewing the Eclipse

Sunset Sherbet

The name alone brings this one to mind right away, but its effervescent cerebral effects and feel-good full body high are what make this strain a perfect eclipse-viewing pick. The indica-leaning hybrid is potent but won’t put you under, and offers a jolt of imaginative energy that will have you in awe over everything going on up above.

Mt. Hood Magic

An Oregon-born hybrid cross between Durban Poison and Northern Lights #5, Mt. Hood Magic can be found in Portland, Seaside, and Bend, and begets a bubbly, euphoric, social high and a delectable dose of citrusy flavor. If you want to get extra-local, this is your pick—just be sure to check whether the dispensary you’re hitting will have it, as it’s rarer than either Sunset Sherbet or Super Silver Haze.

Super Silver Haze

This earthy sativa is the perfect way to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the eclipse—as a Haze, it’ll leave you feeling happy yet relaxed and fully at peace with the world around you. Where Mt. Hood Magic can be tricky to track down, Super Silver Haze products and pre-rolls are everywhere, so you can definitely find this strain no matter where you end up watching the event.


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Best Cannabis Products for the Eclipse

D!PPER by Dipstick Vapes

You’ll be camped out ready to watch the eclipse for awhile (it starts coming on around 9:00 a.m. and reaches totality right about 10:20), so you’ll want something portable with a solid battery life. This concentrate vape is the way to go: It includes a unique Vapor Tip Atomizer attachment for actual dabs, or a Quartz Crystal Atomizer that can be loaded in a more traditional manner. Remember to clean it out thoroughly if you’ll be flying home—no transporting cannabis across state lines.

Wana Jewels

There’s a good chance you’ll be near a ton of people while you’re watching, so be considerate with smoke, vapor, and smells, particularly if you’re around families. Edibles are the most discreet way to do it. We recommend low-dose edibles so you can slowly tailor your high to the perfect level as the eclipse comes on. Wana Jewels are delicious and ideal for this kind of dosing, as they contain less than 2mg per candy.

Mary’s Medicinals Transdermal Gel Pen

This purchase is an investment in comfort—you’re going to be craning your neck for hours watching the sun. A transdermal topical is the perfect thing to have on hand: Rub it between your wrists for a subtle mental buzz, or massage a few pumps into your neck for localized relief and minimal psychoactive effects.


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Advice for Watching the Eclipse While High

Be wary of dry eyes.

Smoking or vaping in particular can cause them, which won’t make for an enjoyable viewing experience. Solution: Stay hydrated, bring eye drops, and if you want to be extra-careful, close your eyes when you exhale a lungful of smoke or vapor. And speaking of eyes, don’t forget your shades—meaning eclipse viewing glasses, which you’ll need to safely look at the sky (no, regular sunglasses won’t work).

Pack a survival kit.

Include munchies, water, eye drops, sunscreen, an extra lighter, those eclipse viewing glasses, a camera or your phone, a blanket, a pillow—and don’t forget your cannabis. It’s far better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Speaking of preparedness, set multiple alarms on the morning of the eclipse, and stake out your preferred viewing location in advance.

Make a trip of it.

Want to spend more than a day in Oregon? Good plan, because trying to arrive at a viewing location anywhere close to Monday morning is going to be your worst nightmare in terms of traffic (we’re talking standstills, not a crawl). What to do: Check out our complete Oregon cannabis road trip itinerary, which zig-zags between the state’s cannabis hubs before ending up in the path of totality in time for the eclipse. That way, if untimely clouds ruin your viewing plans, you’ll still have had a fantastic time in this beautiful state.

Colombia’s Cannabis Scene Is Currently the Best in the World. Visit Before That Changes

Colombia’s Pacific coastline moves to a rhythm all its own, driven by the heavy African influences from decades of a slave trade as intense as anywhere in Brazil. In fact, Cali, the country’s third-largest city and the only real metropolis in the Pacific area, is the second blackest city in South America, next to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. That means it’s got some serious soul going on. Many people skip Cali, as visually it’s just another urban landscape, but dive into the music, try out some local bud, and you’ll understand why Cali is known to locals as the surcusal de nuevo cielo (“a new branch of heaven on earth”).

Word to the wise: The rainforest-carpeted crags of the Farallon Mountains, which provide an exotic backdrop to Cali’s otherwise drab appearance, are a hot narco-trafficking zone, so don’t go wandering around in the mountains alone. There’s no reason to: Some of the best-quality cannabis in the country is readily available, including a local strain called Corinto, which is sweet, smooth, and named for a nearby town where much of the herb is processed. Corinto is sold abundantly all over Cali, including in pre-rolled joints right in San Antonio Park, a leafy vista point that looks out over the city skyline and fills with couples and families most nights of the week. This colonial area is also a good place to find a bed and breakfast or inexpensive hostel in historic digs.

With an elevated mind, Cali-style salsa is quite simply out of this world.

Cali is known throughout Latin America as the capital of salsa, and you won’t enter a taxi, restaurant, or even a bank in this tropical city without hearing its syncopated beat vibrating through the air. Like jazz in the US or reggae in Jamaica, the salsa in Cali is driven in part by the city’s strong cannabis culture, and some of the best dancers I know always puff on a pre-roll before tearing up the floor.

With an elevated mind (or without), Cali-style salsa is quite simply out of this world. To see this pure joy in motion for yourself, head outside of the city limits to Juanchito, where salsatecas that have been grooving since the 60s, including the mighty Chango, stay packed until the sun comes up.


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Additional image credits:

Header: DC_Colombia/iStock

Tayrona: SL_Photography/iStock

Bogotá: Courtesy of Ocean Malandra

San Agustín: DC_Colombia/iStock

Cali: Tiago_Fernandez/iStock

Two Canadians Arrested for Cannabis in China, Leaving a Bushel of Questions

On July 14, two Canadian employees with the Cirque de Soleil-styled equestrian extravaganza Cavalia were arrested and imprisoned in Beijing, after allegedly being found to have consumed marijuana.

Details on the arrests come from a Radio-Canada report, helpfully translated by the CBC: “Chinese police visited a hotel in Beijing where the Cavalia team was staying, and tested them for marijuana use. There were a number of arrests of members of the show’s technical team, including two Quebecers.”


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Speaking to Radio-Canada last Thursday, Cavalia spokesperson Eric Paquette refused to confirm or deny the information, noting only that the employees had unspecified “concerns” with Chinese authorities. He stressed that “It’s very important in our company policy to follow the laws of the country where we produce shows.”

Three days later came news that the two imprisoned Cavalia employees had been freed. In an email sent to the Presse Canadienne Sunday evening, Éric Paquette acknowledged that Chinese authorities had instructed Cavalia to buy airline tickets for the pair, and confirmed “the two individuals have already arrived in Canada,” reports the Montreal Gazette.


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With the Cavalia-affiliated Canadians safely home, what remains are questions. Was the alleged cannabis use for medical purposes, thus casting the alleged users as international medical-marijuana trailblazers? Or was it for recreational purposes, thus casting the alleged consumers as idiots who’d risk everything to get high in a country where drug possession can be punishable by death?

Or did the alleged cannabis use happen at all? Between the Beijing police’s “test for marijuana use” (which could feasibly show traces of the drug ingested weeks before) and the arrested Cavalia employees’ reported “concerns” with Chinese authorities, there’s a lot of interpretive wiggle room.

For now, hurrah for the safely returned Canadians, and stay tuned for more info.

The Ultimate Cannabis Road Trip Through Oregon

Now for the real reason you’re here in late August. This summer, Oregon will play host to the path of totality (i.e. the swath of land where it’s possible to view full coverage of the sun) for the first solar eclipse to cross the whole country since 1918. Eclipses are a magical thing, and cannabis is guaranteed to magnify that magic. Stop in at Bend’s super-friendly Oregrown for some last-minute supplies before you head out of town.

As many as a million people could flock to Oregon alone to view the eclipse, which means a couple of things. For one, don’t expect to be able to travel to a viewing location on the morning of the event—traffic and crowds will be unprecedented (we’re talking standstills, not a crawl); and second, you need to book your travel plans now—as in, immediately after you read this.

The Ultimate <strong><a href=Marijuana Summer Road Trip Through Oregon | Leafly" width="840" height="525" />Wine Down, a working ranch in Prineville, will host Moonshadow Festival, “the most Oregon-y solar eclipse event out there.” (Courtesy of Wine Down Ranch)

Many hotels have raised their rates astronomically if they’re not full already, and some campgrounds have been booked solid for years in advance of the eclipse: As such, your best bets for reasonably priced accommodations lie on privately owned lands. Many wineries and ranches, for instance, are opening their doors to campers, and a number of towns, parks, and properties have also put together makeshift festivals to celebrate. To party like a local, head for the Moonshadow Festival in Prineville—it’s going to be “the most Oregon-y solar eclipse event out there,” according to one of the most Oregon-y newspapers in Oregon.

Moonshadow will be held over four days at the Wine Down Ranch. Tent camping passes are $200 per person, and include commemorative glasses that you’ll need to safely view the eclipse. You don’t necessarily need to be there be there on the first day of four; just don’t cut it too close. If you don’t manage to buy tickets in time, alternate suggestions include the Totality Awesome eclipse camp in Madras, and Roshambo Art Farm in Sheridan (where ticket sales will fund construction of a new cidery, though some camping days are already sold out).

The Ultimate Summer <strong>Cannabis</strong> Road Trip Through Oregon | LeaflyMoonshadow attendees will be able to partake in yoga, hiking, stargazing, music, and more over the course of the four-day fest. (Nadezhda1906/iStock)

At Moonshadow, there’ll be plenty to keep you entertained until the day of the eclipse: live music, yoga, hiking, local food and drink vendors offering samples, and plenty of stargazing (the Perseids meteor shower will be tapering off, meaning a boatload of shooting stars). On Monday morning, wake up early and grab a prime viewing location—you don’t want to miss a moment of the eclipse’s gradual onset, starting at 9:00 a.m. As the phenomenon begins, settle in with your safety glasses, spark up a pre-roll, and get ready to share a once-in-a-lifetime memory with fellow fest-goers and other viewers around the world as the eclipse reaches perfect totality by 10:25 a.m.

Want to extend your road trip? Start off with our Washington itinerary, or hop on I-5 South and head to California where the third leg of our Ultimate Cannabis Roadtrip will begin. Keep an eye out for the next itinerary on Leafly soon!

Additional image credits:

Header: 4nadia/iStock
Portland: ivanastar/iStock
Oregon Coast: WestWindGraphics/iStock
Bend: estivillml/iStock
Prineville: Igor Zhuravlov/iStock

Note: This road trip itinerary is not intended to encourage unlawful cannabis consumption of any kind. Never drive under the influence of cannabis or consume in violation of any state or local law, and always keep your cannabis sealed and locked away in the trunk while on the road.