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High End Highs

I say this all the time, but our battle for cannabis normalization didn’t just end when recreational systems were put into place. We’ve still got a long way to go to reduce the stigma around the plant, and today I’m presenting you with a doozy to destigmatize: paraphernalia. Not your uncles’ rasta colored bong, several companies are offering gorgeous and artful alternatives to the more stereotypical equipment. Even high end retailer, Barneys New York, has gotten in on it: Barneys Adds Bongs to Its Beverly Hills Store . In this blog, I’ve compiled 5 websites that hone in on a high end market, and are offering accessories that even your mother would look at and say, “ooh that’s pretty.”

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Based out of Denver, CO, Illuzion Glass Galleries hosts dozens of artists, and almost feels more like an art gallery than a headshop in their physical store. Selling everything from rigs, pipes and accessories to apparel and pendants, they’ll elevate your consumption easily. 

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Based out of Lakewood, CO, High Roller Smoke feels different from a headshop from the second you walk in. Also offering a ton on their online store, they have literally everything you could need, including e-cigarette mods, storage solutions, and apparel. 

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Based out of Portland, OR, Stonedware Co specializes in handmade ceramic pipes and one-hitters. With a unique and fresh geometric design, these fit-in-your-hand pipes would be a beautiful addition to your mantle. 

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At first glance, the pieces from My Bud Vase look as though they’ve been left out of your vintage display hutch. Even after realizing you can pack a fat one in them, the furthest word from mind is paraphernalia. I would literally never put it away; even if (god forbid) I stopped smoking, I would slap some fresh flowers in that baby and use it as a conversation piece. That’s how gorgeous these are.  

tetra glass

If you’re looking solely for fresh, clean and modern smoking accessories, Tetra is your sight to go to. Even their incense sticks have a certain vibe to them. 

~written by Melinda Gardner~

Social Hosts in Denver

Exchanges over consumption lounges in Denver is a heated topic. Finding appropriate locations for the businesses appease some concerns while anyone wishing to utilize them is a bit underwhelmed by the experience. In short, Full-Service is inaccessible due to rules on consent, and a lack of sanitizing standards for a “clean rig”. Without establishing standard practices for this, licensed public consumption will be BYOBud. 

One company from the mind of Jake Westling by the name of Pipe Dreams, operates his own business doing exactly that; cleaning your glass! Utilizing a 60 Gallon tank and a process relying on heat and ultrasound to knock off all of the resins, the waste is then washed away by his own citrus cleaner, dried, and disposed of. Without the backing of the state and some quantifiable evidence of sanitation, licensed facilities won’t be able to argue they are reliably cleaning any in-house glass for public use.
All that being said, The Coffee Joint & the Privately owned lounges in Denver host plenty of events to draw a crowd. Looking for the party? Want to meet plenty of like-minds? Follow 420 friendly event sites like Colorado Pot Guide, Meetup, Sensi Magazine, and Westword! The Coffee Joint events can also be found on Facebook & our Webpage!

Denver may be opening access to Public Consumption Spaces however, the need for a cleaning and sanitation program will need filled before anyone can host with their own glass. -OR- Denver can address the conflicts in consent for social consumption in a similar fashion to local liquor laws. 

Sources:

Ganjapreneur – Denver Establishes Permanent Social Consumption Laws

Ganjapreneur – CO Governor Signs Cannabis Lounge & Delivery Laws

Leafly – A Quick Guide toDenver’s Proposed Cannabis Club Rules

High Times – Denver City Council May Allow…

High Times – Governor Signs Public Consumption Bill

Colorado Politics – What Public Consumption Means for Denver..

Westword – Can a Bong Cleaning Service be Affordable?

Written by: Matthew D Sheahan 2019

Turn Over A New Leaf: Why It Matters

At the beginning of 2019, the city of Denver rolled out a new initiative entitled the “Turn Over A New Leaf” program. From the city website, the program aims to overturn any low-level cannabis offense committed in Denver. This includes possession of less than 1 ounce of cannabis, and cases involving hemp, paraphernalia, or infused products. Since the 4th of July is upon us and is of course focused on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, I thought it would be a good time to talk to this program and why it matters to people. 

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Failed War on Drugs

It’s no secret that the American public feels as though the so-called “War on Drugs” was a huge failure. With public opinion on cannabis constantly on the rise, it’s clear that times are changing. Additionally, these policies have cost American citizens billions of tax dollars between police resources, court proceedings, and incarceration. And while legalization is an important first step, if we as a country truly want to move on from the War on Drugs, it’s important to also include compassion for those who were victims of a failed era, as well as stop the cash hemorrhage. 

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Social Justice

It’s also no secret that people of color are disproportionately targeted and charged with these sort of convictions. Now that a legal market is emerging for cannabis, wealthy investors are poised to make millions for doing the same thing that generations of people of color have been locked up for. This is egregious, and must be made up for. The Turn Over a New Leaf program is a good step in the right direction for the city of Denver. While I could list facts all day about how the War on Drugs has disproportionately affected people of color, I’ll leave you with a link to the Drug Policy Alliance’s page on race and the War on Drugs: http://www.drugpolicy.org/issues/race-and-drug-war 

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Ethics

I really think it’s worth repeating that now that a legal market is emerging, investors are making big bucks for the same thing folks have been locked up decades for. It’s only ethical to allow those convicted to right their past mistakes, and have a chance in the market. Many of these people would be valuable additions to the cannabis industry, but are instead left out because of antiquated laws and minor charges. These people should have their freedom, and should be allowed to participate in the normalization of cannabis we are all now benefiting from. 

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How to Participate

According to the City of Denver’s website, people who have committed low-level offenses within the city of Denver are eligible. If you are unsure whether you would qualify, the city hosts clinics with volunteer lawyers to help. I’ve also linked the webpage, which will lead you to resources as well as the application. https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-marijuana-information/DenverMarijuanaEquityandSocialJustice/TurnOverANewLeafProgram.html

~written by Melinda Gardner~