Beyond Cannabutter: Glazed and Infused Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Gingerbread is a timeless classic with its robust flavors of molasses and all the best winter spices. It’s dark and dense (and dare I say it … moist?!). It’s really quite simple to make and is the perfect treat for any gathering you may have this holiday season. This cake is finished off with a kief-and-cinnamon glaze and is excellent served warm with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


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Cannabis-Infused Gingerbread Bundt

(Monica Lo/@sousweed for Leafly)

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (active: 15 minutes)

Yields: 1 cake (8 servings)

Approximate dosage: 10mg per serving, or more if you infuse the cake (optional)*

Glaze Ingredients

• ½ cup rum
• ½ cup granulated sugar
• ½ gram kief, decarbed
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon ground ginger

Cake Ingredients

• 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• 2 ½ teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon nutmeg
• ½ teaspoon cloves, ground
• ½ teaspoon allspice
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• ¾ cup butter, room temperature (sub with cannabutter for additional potency if you’d like)
• 1 ½ cups brown sugar
• 2 large eggs
• ⅔ cup molasses
• 1 cup hot water


Recipe: Hot Cannabuttered Rum

(Monica Lo/@sousweed for Leafly)


1. Lightly grease a 10” bundt pan and preheat oven to 350˚F.

2. To make the cake, whisk all-purpose flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together in a large bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, beat the butter (or cannabutter) and sugar until light and fluffy. Start adding eggs one at a time while beating. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl so that the mixture is uniform.

4. Once uniform, fold in the molasses with a spatula.

5. Begin adding flour slowly to the wet mixture and continue to fold with the spatula. Alternate with a splash of hot water before moving back to adding more flour. Continue until all flour and water have been incorporated into the batter.

6. Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for 30–35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. To make the glaze, bring a small saucepan with the rum, sugar, kief, cinnamon, and ginger to a simmer over medium heat, about five minutes. Let the glaze thicken on low heat for another three minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

8. Remove cake from the oven and let it cool for 10–15 minutes before turning it out onto a rack.

9. Pour the glaze over the cake and let it seep in. Use a brush to get in the nooks and crannies. Let it cool before serving with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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North Dakota Cannabis Legalization Petition OK’d for Circulation

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota will go the voters if supporters can gather enough signatures.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Friday approved the petition for circulation. Jaeger says backers of the ballot measure must gather about 13,500 qualified signatures to put it to a statewide vote next year.


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Sponsors say the petition seeks to make it legal to grow, possess, use and distribute marijuana for people 21 and older. It also seeks to seal the records of anyone convicted of a marijuana-related crime that would be made legal under the measure.

Supporters of legalizing marijuana fell short on petition signatures in 2016.

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Smoke This, Play That Vol. 7: Xavier Omar, Tennyson, and Jaden Smith (Yes, Really)

Greetings, earthlings, and welcome to Smoke This, Play That Vol. 7, where talk about what new music has come out and which strains pair perfectly with those tunes. Get your ears ready ’cause boy oh boy, this month’s a good one.

Xavier Omar – Pink Lightning EP

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If you don’t know about Xavier Omar, you must be new here because I scream his praises every chance I get. He really is a name to look out for in the foreseeable future. Pink Lighting is a short EP about love and all the shit that goes with it. It gives off those strong “Baby, just be there for me” vibes that go perfectly with a nice joint session around 1:30 a.m.

Strain: Pink Panther

Pink strain for a pink album, right? Pink Panther is a sativa-dominant hybrid that’ll smack you in the face, but will still make you want to get up and move, just like this EP (even though it’s a late-night kind of album). A couple hits of PP and you’ll be sliding across the kitchen to “Runnin’ Round.”

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Jaden Smith – SYRE

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You’re laughing and I totally understand. Jaden Smith? Rapping? Yes. Jaden Smith rapping. He’s been making music for a while, but it seems he finally found his sound as SYRE is one of the most enjoyable projects to drop in all of 2017. One play of the first four songs, “B,” “L,” “U,” and “E,’ and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. SYRE is deep. It’s inspirational; reflective of a young man on a journey through this world, just searching for his place. Its embodies every single emotion that all of us feel on a daily basis as we try to figure out the meaning of life. Crazy that he’s so young, yet so in tune with “getting it.”

Strain: Sharksbreath

Sharksbreath is an indica-dominant hybrid that’ll hit you hard, but won’t necessarily put you down for the count. A few hits of it and you’ll feel a vast amount of pain relief and relaxation, but it’ll bring about the deep thoughts and feelings of introspection. Just like SYRE.

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Tennyson – Uh Oh! EP

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All this time I thought Tennyson was just one dude, but it turns out they’re a brother/sister duo. Regardless, the Uh Oh! EP is such a musical journey of instrumentation mixed with a wild array of random vocals at random times. The only way to describe it is it’s an audio kaleidoscope. You get high and play this EP and suddenly you’re on a trip through a world you never even knew. Tennyson provides one of the most unique sounds and vibes out there today.

Strain: Durban Poison

Durban Poison is a sativa that makes for a good daytime strain, despite the name sounding like it’ll destroy your life. Not only will it have you up and energetic, you’ll be feeling mighty productive and ready for whatever. Combine that with how fun the Uh Oh! EP sounds and you’ve got a perfect marriage of cannabis and tunes.

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Miguel – War & Leisure

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THE BEST ALBUM ON THIS HERE LIST. War & Leisure is Miguel’s fourth studio album, and boy oh boy, it is a vibe. From start to finish, it’ll make you feel like the sexiest person alive. You’ll want to throw all your clothes away and bask in all of your glory. One listen and you’ll be like “Wow, it turns out Prince didn’t die after all.” Definitely get high before/while listening to this, because the way you feel will take you on a spiritual trip through all of your emotions. Whew. Such a great album.

Strain: Pineapple Express

“War & Leisure” is a feel-good album that will inspire you to get up and create something beautiful, whether it’s a painting or a baby. You need a strain that’ll give you energetic vibes to match this album’s sound. That’s where Pineapple Express comes into play. Light it up, play “Pineapple Skies,” and let everything you feel guide you into the light.

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The Foreign Exchange – Hide&Seek

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I have no clue who they are or how I found them, but I’m glad I did, and you should be, too. The Foreign Exchange is a duo comprised of rapper Phonte and Dutch producer Nicolay. Their sound is so special and so fun, and feels so good. It’ll make you want to light a joint and go dance around the block without a care in the world. Picture if the perfect Electronic album had sex with the perfect R&B album, and the baby came out already knowing how to sing and dance. Hide&Seek has a plethora of great tracks that sound like some real Miami Vice-type shit: that music that you vibe out to under a pink glow while wearing all white. I can’t wait to boogie to this joint.

Strain: Super Silver Haze

Super Silver Haze is a sativa that will have you feeling up and ready for life, even though it provides a heavy body high. If you’re stressed out or just have a lot of things going on in your head, this is the perfect strain to mellow you out. That’s why it goes so well with this album, because Hide&Seek will have you feeling super carefree and happy. A few hits of Super Silver Haze and Hide&Seek will flow right past your eardrums and all the way down into your soul.

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And as always, here’s your playlist of Smoke This, Play That Vol. 7 to ride out to at your leisure.

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New Strains Alert: OG 1 Kenobi, Sky Master, Dr. Quantum, and More

Leafly’s New Strains Alert is an ongoing series that announces cannabis strains recently added to our database. Leave a rating and review for any you’ve tried, or find out if a strain is available in your area, by clicking through to the strain page.

This week we’re adding several user requested strains and one special Seattle cut from Superseed Company and MikeHydro!

SeattleSoda, as it is affectionately named, is a cross of Superseed’s Sodalicious and the local legend, UW Purple. This strain’s intoxicating aroma of grape candy and frosting make it a must-have, but its stout sedation and potent buzz give consumers more to love than just great flavor.

Sky Master brings Blue Dream and Master Kush together to create a surprising sativa-dominant strain. It grows large, lanky plants with a strong floral fragrance and invigorating effects that linger in limbs.

Read up on these strains and more below!


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SeattleSoda is a multigenerational breeding project between Superseed Company and MikeHydro. This strain began with Superseed’s Sodalicious male which was then crossed with Seattle’s own UW Purple. The first generation of this cross went on to propagate all known SeattleSoda seed stock currently in the wild, but several unique phenotypes have also appeared up and down the West Coast. SeattleSoda emits an enchanting aroma of grape candy, frosting, and effervescent sweetness. This is an incredibly heavy hybrid that petrifies the body with blissful, stoney relaxation

Dr. Quantum is an indica-dominant cross of Dr. Who and Quantum Kush, and it strikes a balance between potency and playfulness. The strain hits fast with a heady, giggly buzz that is easy on the body. Dr. Quantum has a deep citrus perfume aroma with earthy, floral undertones. Utilize this strain to release stress and indulge in the carefree whimsy only cannabis can offer.

OG 1 Kenobi is a dank and mysterious indica-dominant strain. While it may not be your only hope, this dark but lustrous bud offers potent, long-lasting effects that gradually lean toward sedative. OG 1 Kenobi provides traditional OG effects with an intense, euphoric onset that lays into the body. These relaxing physical effects may offer some cannabis consumers relief from pain while dulling nausea, anxiety, and stress.


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Martian Muffins by Jahnetics is a heavy indica with famous parents. Created by crossing GSC (f.k.a. Girl Scout Cookies) and Romulan, this glittering, multi-faceted bud offers strong bag appeal and even stronger effects. The strain’s quick onset and deeply relaxing effects make it well-suited for consumers suffering from stress and anxiety. Be aware of this strain’s strong sedating qualities, especially when enjoyed in large amounts.

Sky Master by Washington Bud Company is a strain born and bred in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. The sativa-dominant offspring of Blue Dream and Master Kush, Sky Master inherits their tried-and-true effects which give consumers a pleasurable jolt of uplifting cerebral energy that translates to warm, functional relaxation. Thanks to its uplifting buzz, this floral, pine-scented strain lends well to achy and active cannabis consumers on the go.


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Strawberry Alien Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid with loud terpenes and potent effects. This strain, commonly referred to as Strawberry AK, is a cross of Strawberry Cough and Alien Kush, and was bred by Dank House Seeds. It sprouts stout, squat plants that emit a sweet, fruity aroma of strawberries and cherries alongside notes of floral incense. Strawberry Alien Kush’s indica-dominance lends itself to consumers seeking relief from nausea and minor pains without encumbering them with overly sedating physical effects.

3 Bears OG by Mephisto Genetics is an autoflowering cross of Bear OG, Karma’s OG Cut, and Triangle Kush. This indica-dominant strain generates pungent, flavorful buds in a smaller, more manageable plant size. Mephisto Genetics describes 3 Bears OG as a cornerstone to their artisanal collection, blending the best attributes of the fabled OG Kush with a compact, controllable growth structure. The 3 Bears OG has an approximate 70-day growth cycle and offers effects that stimulate the appetite while leading the body toward sleep.

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A New Generation Opens Up About the ‘Grass’ in Bluegrass

David Grisman & Uncle Jerry

As it turns out, many of the original members of the Grateful Dead were also in the New Riders of The Purple Sage, including Jerry Garcia. In 1964, Garcia met Grisman at a bluegrass festival on the East coast and the two struck up a friendship. Garcia revealed his deep love of Bill Monroe, the banjo, and eventually asked Grisman to lay down some mandolin tracks on the Dead’s iconic American Beauty.

Garcia, left, and Grisman: ‘Just play music.’

In about 1973, a few years after playing together in New Riders and on American Beauty, Grisman and Garcia started the straight-ahead bluegrass group, Old and in the Way.

“Jerry could go to David’s house and know that the only thing he was going to be partaking in would be marijuana because that’s all David did,” said Craig Miller, David Grisman’s long-time manager. “So, he could come over and know he’d have relaxed atmosphere. No gawkers, no nothing. They’d have a nice relaxing time and just play music.”

Bluegrass Moves Into Newgrass

Thus, the Folk Revival becomes the locus where hippies are introduced to bluegrass, but also where bluegrass musicians find their place in the folk and hippie world. Players like Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, and David Grisman, major beacons of the second generation of bluegrass, began to meld traditional bluegrass with the psychedelia of the day.

Their “New Grass” collectives, like New Grass Revival and New Riders of the Purple Sage, experimented with the tradition’s rules by using some electric instruments, more harmonic complexity, and less rural-focused lyrical content. They also threw out the suit-and-tie look, grew out their hair, and appeared much more casual on stage.

The song “Panama Red”, released by the New Riders, is a good example. The song is a fairly standard-sounding bluegrass number, but with a story thick in metaphor about popular sativa strain. In it, Peter Rowan croons, “The judge don’t know when Red’s in town/He keeps well-hidden underground/But everybody’s acting lazy/Falling out and hangin’ ‘round.” And in place of the typical album cover of a bluegrass band dressed in suits, is a picture of a cartoon character holding a smoking blunt.


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The Origins of Jamgrass

With their experimentation and proximity to the Grateful Dead, these groups also planted the seeds of another form in the progressive bluegrass niche, jamgrass. Jamgrass experiments with the bluegrass tradition in a different way than other iterations of “progressive bluegrass.” Where New Grass stays fairly close to the tradition, jamgrass cuts classic bluegrass with funk grooves, rock n’ roll, and extended sections of improvisation, as well as the drug-friendly concert culture of the jam band world.

When Grisman and Garcia played together, two crowds met at the stage: Grisman’s bluegrass fans and Garcia’s Deadhead spinners.

“For years and years and people would come backstage or people will throw pot on the stage,” said Miller. “They know what the scene is. But when David and Jerry started working together we had a problem. People were coming to the shows because of the association with Jerry and not because of David’s music. There were two types of people coming to the shows. There were David’s fans and there were ‘the spinners,’ the people who spin around and make a lot of noise and are not listening to anything. There were a ton of acid heads, but eventually that sort of petered out and we were left with the potheads.”

In the modern bluegrass era, progressive bluegrass and its “potheads” have grown into a large and lucrative wing of the genre. Experimental bluegrass bands like Yonder Mountain String Band and String Cheese Incident have been popular enough to hook novice bluegrass listeners, and Colorado’s cannabis-friendly Telluride Bluegrass Festival has become a craze of people searching for acoustic music and the neo-hippie festival experience.

A recent article on CBCNews reported that “Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado lets people bring in their own pot but asks them to smoke it on the outskirts.” A Telluride Festival spokesperson told Colorado Public Radio that they expected close to 12,000 attendees at their 2016 festival. The Colorado Tourism Board estimated the total economic impact of the festival at around $34.7 million, making it one of the largest and most lucrative bluegrass festivals in the country


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In Appalachia, It’s Another Story

Cannabis has yet to see this sort of widespread acceptance in bluegrass’s birthplace of Appalachia, despite the potential economic benefits a legalized crop could bring to one of the poorest regions in the United States. (To say nothing of the area’s intricate network of underground marijuana growers.) As Business Insider reported, “estimates of the value of Appalachia’s marijuana crop run into more than $1 billion dollars each year.”

A similar article in the Washington Post implied that cannabis industry jobs could replace coal jobs, stating, “the marijuana industry will create upward of a quarter of a million jobs in the United States, more than manufacturing is expected to create.”

“The farther south you get or in the Bible Belt,” said Craig Miller, they more the locals “think that if you take one hit of joy you’re going to be on heroin in 24 hours.”

“But if you look at the history of medicine,” Miller added, “before the prohibition of pot they were putting THC tinctures into” common pain remedies.

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Many bluegrass musicians also use cannabis as medicine, whether legal or not, arguing that it’s safer than drinking. There are legends about older artists like John Hartford using cannabis during the last cancer-ridden years of his life. The new generation, including Kamel, Miller, Groopman, and 25-year-old bluegrass star Billy Strings, praise cannabis for helping their health and music in a variety of ways.

How so? There’s near-universal agreement that it helps them wind down and sleep while on tour. Even more importantly, they point out its ability to make them focus more deeply on the music, relax during more challenging songs, and enhance creativity for songwriting.


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I’m Getting in Tune

Recently, even Dave Grisman came out about his use of cannabis and its influence on his newly released song, “Cinderella’s Fella,” with Tommy Emmanuel.

“‘Cinderella’s Fella’ was written after sampling a fine strain of weed grown by my late friend Jerome Schwartz in Petaluma,” Grisman said. “He called it ‘Cinderella’ and thus I became her ‘fella’ after inspiration took hold in the form of this airy dawg/jazz waltz.”

If I smoke a little bit, I’m like ‘Where’s my guitar?’

Billy Strings

“The psychoactive effects can put you more in tune with what’s going on, and musically, with the rhythms and faster songs,” said Kamel.

“You know if I smoke a little bit, I’m like Where’s my guitar?” said Strings, “Today I’ll smoke and then I’ll just grab my guitar and sit and play. Not to say I wouldn’t do that if I didn’t smoke, but it definitely it always makes me want to pick up my guitar.”

Perhaps bluegrass’s attitudes towards cannabis will shift with the rise of this younger generation. Strings is a perfect example. It’s nothing for him to talk about weed, publically smoke it, or play cannabis-friendly festivals and events like the MI Medical Country Fair Cannabis Cup in Michigan. In fact, sharing his experience with it is, for him, just a form of more honest self-expression as an artist.

Strings has incorporated cannabis into his brand in a way that few other bluegrass artists have. It sometimes makes him nervous, he admits, but “it’s been a part of the process of writing every song I’ve written,” he said.

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High Style: Inside Stylist Cary Tauben’s Creative Wonderland

It’s the end of a long day. You get home, change into your comfy clothes, order a pizza, and crack the first of a series of beers that’ll help you maximize your relaxation. Meanwhile, for fashion stylist, creative consultant, and sometime-magazine editor Cary Tauben, evening is the time for cannabis, and not just any cannabis: he prefers sativa-dominant strains that get his tired brain moving again.

“With cannabis, my mind starts to go off,” says Tauben. “I get all these amazing creative ideas.”

“When I come home and I’m organizing for a shoot, with cannabis my mind starts to go off,” explains Tauben. “I get all these amazing creative ideas. I use cannabis as more of a creative outlet. It boosts my creativity and gives me interesting ideas—‘Oh my god, I have to think about a hat, I have to think about a shoe.’ It just gets my mind moving.”

In motion is how you want to picture Tauben. He’s been driving his life forward since barely out of high school, having begun his career at 20 and become fashion editor of Dressed to Kill magazine at 21.

Today, he’s a stylist who prides himself on making his sets feel great—which he makes seem very easy. Welcoming Leafly at the lush Westmount Victorian townhouse he shares with his partner, Tauben is friendly, gregarious, and very easy to talk with.

“Aside from being a stylist, I’m also known for just being a very positive, happy person and making sure everyone feels comfortable at all times, whether it’s on set or at a party,” he explains.

An Easygoing Nice Guy in an Industry of Egos

It takes panache to turn being an easygoing nice guy into a career in an industry full of egos, but Tauben makes it sound as though nothing could be more natural. He can mention in passing that he’s partied with Kate Moss and it sounds not like a brag but essential information. If you’ve seen footage of him dancing on a yacht with lusciously thonged plus-sized model Ashley Graham, you can tell how comfortable he makes people.

“Stylists take care of the model. You could have a great outfit on, but if you don’t feel confident, it doesn’t really work. Confidence is key.”

On set, he says, he wants above all to keep models happy, to the point that he becomes a mother figure. Do they need a coffee, or a water? Are they overworked and need a break? Tauben takes it on himself to ask in order to keep the shoot comfortable.

“Stylists take care of the model. We kind of make sure everything flows properly,” says Tauben. “The job of a stylist in fashion is one of the most crucial parts, because if what you bring to set doesn’t work, the whole shoot can fall apart. It’s about making sure that the client is comfortable and also that the model is comfortable and that they feel good. You could have a great outfit on, but if you don’t feel confident, it doesn’t really work. Confidence is key.”


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Confidence is also one of Tauben’s guiding principles. His understated charm is built on a wellspring of ease in the world that goes back decades.

“I’ve always dressed extravagantly, even when I was a kid. I had bracelets up to here,” Tauben recalls with a smile. “When I wore heels starting when I was like 17, 18, I would get stared at on the street, but it wasn’t because I wanted to get stared at. It was the way that I was able to express myself and feel confident. I wear heels sometimes because I feel powerful and I feel tall. Or I wear really, really long hair because it just gives me this extra power and that’s how I’m able to express myself and bring that confidence. From an early age, I was always confident. So I kind of brought that into my styling and into trying to help my clients find that confidence as well.”

The Kid with Fashion-Show Dreams

Long before he started at Bialik, one of Montreal’s private Jewish high schools, he was hungry for a very specific experience he knew the school offered. When he was in sixth grade, friends a year older participated in the school’s fashion show, and his path forward was set.

“I always wanted to be in the fashion show,” he says. “There were [student] producers who would produce the show, and they would go to all the showrooms here and get clothes and they would wear the clothes and dance in the clothes—and that was the fashion show,” he recalls. “I always thought it was super cool.”

“I’ve always dressed extravagantly, even when I was a kid,” says Tauben. “It was the way to express myself and feel confident.”

The specialized high school also demanded a heavy course-load, with Yiddish and Jewish History courses on top of the already-mandatory English and French. But Tauben was happy to take it on, especially because the school prepared him for the fashion industry.

“I ended up being a producer and I loved it,” he recalls. “I got to know the industry a little bit in Montreal because I got to go to all these showrooms and I didn’t know that showrooms even existed. Now, I go to these showrooms to borrow clothes for my photo shoots. So it was kind of a stepping stone.”

Tauben credits his parents, above all, for encouraging him to believe he could do as much as he’s done. They were always open with him and happy to let him dress however he wanted, while never forcing him to participate in extracurriculars he didn’t feel at ease with.


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“With my father, I remember at family dinners, if I ever said anything negative, my dad was like ‘I never want to hear no. I only want to hear positives,’” he recalls. “I think that kind of helped me be a positive person. I’m not a big complainer. I’m rarely in a bad mood. I really value my parents for that.”

His father was also open to cannabis, being a longtime hash smoker. When Tauben was an older teenager and his parents would go away for weekends, he and his brother found cannabis was a natural way to accentuate a good time. As Tauben grew up, he also discovered the value cannabis held in boosting his already remarkable creativity.

Into the Legal Future

This means, above all, that he’s more than ready for legal recreational cannabis to come to Quebec. On recent trips to Seattle and Las Vegas, he marveled at the friendly openness of the American recreational markets. Although Quebec as a whole has become more conservative when it comes to cannabis, Tauben is convinced that Montreal will remain cannabis-positive.

“Look at the tam-tams,” he says, citing the decades-old Sunday-afternoon institution. “It’s a place where people go on Sundays to smoke cannabis and play drums and dance around, and sure, there are police there, and they obviously smell cannabis, but it doesn’t matter. It’s something that everyone knows about. You know cannabis users go there every Sunday.”

Tauben is already thinking about how recreational cannabis is going to change the culture, and fashion.

Acknowledging that living in Quebec likely means having to wait a little bit longer for retail-ready cannabis—especially while labels get translated into French—Tauben is nonetheless already thinking about how recreational cannabis is going to change the culture, and fashion.

As mainstream acceptance of cannabis continues to grow, “I’ll probably have some really interesting, more fashion-y paraphernalia,” he says, noting that he’s already developed a collection of cannabis-themed handbags, clothing, and accessories. That, too, is a sign of changing times for Tauben himself.


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“Maybe 5, 6 years ago, when I had anything with weed leaves on it, it wasn’t something that I wanted to wear because I didn’t want clients to associate cannabis with me and think like, ‘Oh my God, this guy is a big stoner.’ It’s always been a stigma, but now it’s becoming more trendy and people are seeing the business end of it. I’m not as shy with it now. I’m also an established stylist now too, so it’s kind of like, I do what I do and that’s it.”

More than anything, cannabis is for Tauben an inspiration, and a tool that helps him draw on an already abundant imagination. “If you use it safely and recreationally and you’re not out of your mind, it’s something that enhances a vibe or enhances the moment. It’s something that should be looked at as positive.”

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Washington’s Best-Tasting Strains From Fall 2017

A strain may have an incredible aroma, but it doesn’t always translate well to flavor. The intricacies of its aroma may fall apart under the heat of combustion. An imperfect cure, flush, or growing environment can also lead to a harsher smoke. But a well-grown flower with amazing flavor is something to truly revel in.

These Washington state strains exhibit flavors that can stand the test of heat, delivering well-preserved terpene profiles when smoked or vaporized. Whether you like sour strains that reek of diesel or sweet varieties that taste just like fruit medley, dig in and find the one for you.


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Sherbet by Gabriel Cannabis

Gabriel Cannabis' Sherbet: the best-tasting strain in Washington state for fall 2017

Voted “Best Flavor” in this season’s Top THC-Dominant Strains in Washington, Sherbet by Gabriel Cannabis embodies a harmony of sweet-smelling terpenes. Its aroma is sugary and dessert-like but opens up into flavors of deep grape and marionberry. The exhale leaves behind an earthy, herbal taste much like spicy echinacea tea.

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Ghost Train Haze by Sweet As!

Sweet As1 Cannabis Co.'s Ghost Train Haze: the 2nd-best-tasting strain in Washington state for fall 2017

Ghost Train Haze is known to pack a spice rack of different flavors, which Sweet As! captures masterfully in its own rendition. Upon opening the container, your nose is immediately met with an overpowering aroma of overripe oranges, sour citrus, and pine oil cleaner. Its flavor shape-shifts into what feels like an entirely new palate of tastes, including clean mint, lavender, and rich sandalwood.

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Middlefork by Royal Tree Gardens

Royal Tree Gardens' Middlefork: the 3rd-best-tasting strain in Washington state for fall 2017

It should come as no surprise that the first place winner of this season’s Top THC-Dominant Strains in Washington delivered a standout experience of flavor. Royal Tree’s Middlefork carries an overwhelming diversity of fruity, dessert-like flavors that can range from lemon-blueberry muffins to vanilla chai, citrus tea, or candied oranges with a slightly sour fizz. The smooth exhale leaves these flavors lingering a moment before its dreamy, euphoric effects take the wheel.

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Chocolope by Gabriel Cannabis

Gabriel Cannabis' Chocolope: the 4th-best-tasting strain in Washington state for fall 2017

Traditionally, Chocolope is an earthy strain with subtle flavors of spice and coffee. Gabriel’s Chocolope, however, delivers an altogether different experience—one that is nuanced with bright flavors of lime, tropical fruit, and warm pine dancing together on the exhale. Its flavor is an undisturbed reflection of its aroma, which bursts from the jar with loud notes of sour candied citrus.

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Sour Diesel by Nebula Gardens

Nebula Gardens' Sour Diesel: the 5th-best-tasting strain in Washington state for fall 2017

Sour Diesel has long been a household name, known by its sting of sour fuel and acrid gas. Nebula’s hand at Sour Diesel is impressive in both aroma and flavor, preserving these legacy attributes with an earthy, minty finish. Hints of rosemary and spearmint are detectable in a vaporizer, whereas smoking this strain brings more of a sweet, hashy taste like burnt sage.

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Here’s How to Pack the Perfect Stash Box

With an ever growing list of cannabis products on the market (and just as many ways to consume them), keeping all of your cannabis essentials in one secure spot can get a little tricky. We get it, so we put together the ultimate stash box checklist, featuring everything you need to complete your stash.


High DIY: How to Make a Cannabis Stash Box

While big-ticket items like bongs, dab rigs, pipes, and tabletop vapes will likely be set out for all to see and use, miscellaneous accessories (and consumables, if you have underage kids or visitors) need a designated place to live—hence the art of building the perfect stash box. From the necessary lighter to a handy bit of black pepper, fill a quality stash bag or box with these stash basics and never find yourself empty-handed again.

Have your own go-to stash box additions? Tell us about them in the comments.

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Whether you live for buzzy sativas, relaxing indicas, or a touch of each in a hybrid, every smoker needs some fantastic flower. Check out our top 100 strain picks, discover a few unsung varieties, and visit your favorite dispensary for some quality nugs to jumpstart your stash box collection.

Load up on papers, cones, and crutches that you’ll need for a perfectly-rolled joint. For ease of use, consider the Classic Cones from RAW, or for a taste of the finer things in life, check out these flashy White Gold Sheets from Shine Papers.

Price: Cones—Varies, White Gold Sheets—$20 

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Cannabis flower would be nothing without a lighter. Get creative with a DIY piece, declare your passionate love for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (we won’t judge), or step up your tech game with this flameless number by ZiCO. If you’re trying to keep it all-natural, check out Hemplights’ 200-foot Hemp Pack, which you can keep contained with Just Perfect Pipes’ handy Hemp Wick Spool.

Price: Dwayne Johnson Lighter—$2.99, ZiCO Flameless Lighter—$29.99, Hemplights Hemp Pack—$19, Hemp Wick Spool—$7.50


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Pokey tools come in all forms—from sharpened chopsticks to wayward bobby pins—but no need to look under the couch or rifle through a kitchen drawer to clear your bowl. Consider picking up this decorative Peace Poker No. 2 from Peace Pokers to have close at hand.

Price: Peace Poker—$16

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Invest in a quality grinder to keep your kief contained and your cannabis perfectly broken apart. If you prefer to vape dry herb, check out’s intriguing Anaxy Seed grinder, designed for precision pouring. Wary of aluminum? Check out our favorite stainless steel grinders.

Price: Anaxy Seed—$35


Beyond Aluminum: In Search of the Best Stainless-Steel Grinder

Concentrates come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. They’re essential for dabbers and vape enthusiasts alike, so it’s best to keep them close at hand in your stash box. No matter where you live, we guarantee there’s a perfect concentrate out there for you.

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You can’t dab without a dabber, and Stash Lab Technologies got it just right with their incredible “Ned the Narwhal” Glass Dab Tool. Feeling a bit spicier than that? Check out the Chili Pepper Dabber, too.

Price: Ned the Narwhal Dabber—$39.99, Chili Pepper Dabber—$23.99 

From convenient, disposable vapes to unique and artistic vape collaborations, there’s a vape out there that’s right for everyone. Puff on a discreet pen you can take anywhere or consider an effects-based brand to get you in the right mood. Prefer CBD? Reach for the Focus CBD Vaporizer Pen (available nationwide) from Select Oil for a rush of peppermint and a dose of mental clarity.

Price: Select Oil CBD Vape Pen—$55


10 Excellent Portable Dry-Herb Vaporizers

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Pre-rolls, flower, and concentrates need to live somewhere secure, so house them in a few reliable stash jars and you’ll never have to deal with crushed joints or battered nugs again.  Tetra’s stylish Metra Box is a stylish take on flower storage; pre-rolls will be protected with Futurola’s waterproof Storage Tubes; and concentrates store easily in Cannaline’s non-stick 5ML Concentrate Containers.

Price: Metra Box—$75, Futurola Storage Tubes (set of 10)—$7.99, Cannaline Concentrate Containers (set of 10)—$9

Eye Drops

Dry, bloodshot eyes will be a thing of the past once you include refreshing eye drops to your stash box. Throw in the incredibly soothing Rohto Eye Drops in Cool for near-instant relief from the classic cannabis induced red-eye.

Price: Rohto Eye Drops—$5.99

Humidity and Odor Control Packs

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Keep mold, mildew, and strong odors at bay with humidity and odor control packs. If you’re traveling with cannabis, throw a couple of Stashlogix aroma-suppressing OdorPax into your stash box to keep it discreet. For the ultimate in humidity control, reach for Boveda’s innovative 2-Way Humidity Packs which ensure the perfect cannabis-approved 58–62% relative humidity.

Price: Stahlogix Odorpax (set of 5)—$12, Boveda Humidity Packs (set of 10)—$13.99


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Black Pepper

A tried and true way to counteract paranoia, black pepper is a welcome bonus to any stash box collection. Keep a miniature pepper mill on hand to get a fresh whiff of this anxiety-quelling spice anytime you (or your friends) need it.

Price: Mini Pepper Mill—$24.95

Honorable Mentions

Sometimes you can’t pack everything you want into one conveniently sized container, but if you find yourself with a little extra room in your stash box, consider including these excellent additions and bulk up your cannabis collection.


Dispensaries With the Largest Product Selections in Every Major Market

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A smoke circle with a freshly packed bowl or lit joint needs a place to ash, and if you don’t want to set it out on your tabletop, you can keep it in your stash box (empty it before you do, of course). Check out our picks of the coolest ashtrays on the market or go rustic with Happy Valley Pipe Company’s ceramic Adventure Ashtray with its very own built-in stash bowl.

Price: Adventure Ashtray—$35

Soothe achy joints or irritated skin with an infused topical to calm inflammation and other maladies. Stash Omm Remedies’ 1:1 THC to CBD Baba Salve with your smoking accessories, or try out a Mary’s Medicinals 20mg THC Transdermal Patch for a unique cannabis delivery method.

Price: Baba Salve—$28, Transdermal Patch—$15


5 THC Topicals Putting Cannabis Skin Care on the Map

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You don’t need bulky brownies or large packs of gummies to take over your stash space, but it’s always nice to have a backup in your box. CBD lovers should check out Mr. Moxey’s delectable Ginger CBD Mints (available in Washington and Oregon); if you’re a fan of drinking your THC, keep a few packets of Subtle Tea’s 40mg THC Hibiscus Berry Tea (available in California) for quick and calming indulgence.

Price: Ginger CBD Mints—$35, Hibiscus Berry Tea—$8

Every dabber needs a dab mat, and if you have room to keep it in your stash box, you’ll save table space better reserved for showing off your rig. Check out DabPadz for an excellent selection including this trippy Wired mat.

Price: Wired Dab Mat—$5

Cotton Mouth Cure

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Dry mouth has plagued us all after certain strains, but besides chugging an enormous amount of beverages, you can rely on a bottle of ZiiNGLES Cottonmouth Solution.

Price: Cottonmouth Solution—$24.99

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Cautious Texas Among Last States to OK Medical Marijuana

MANCHACA, Texas (AP) — When California rings in the new year with the sale of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive that doubts swirl over who will even use it.

Texas is the last big state to allow some form of medical marijuana, albeit an oil extract so low in the psychoactive component, THC, that it couldn’t get a person high. Though it might seem that Texas policymakers have softened their attitude toward the drug, bringing them more in line with the U.S. population as a whole, they have not. A joint could still land you in jail in Texas, and the state’s embrace of medical marijuana comes with a heavy dose of caution.


Why Cannabis Reform Crashed in Texas

Among the concerns are the license fees to grow marijuana in Texas — which are the highest in the U.S., at nearly $500,000 — and that the program is rolling out with just eight participating doctors in a state of 27 million people. And, like other states, access is limited to a small pool of patients who have been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy and tried at least two other treatments first.

“They didn’t belong in jail, but that’s what happens in Texas.”

Dr. Paul Van Ness, Baylor College of Medicine neurologist

“It’s heartbreaking. Being able to say, ‘Yes, you can get it,’ but reading over the whole law there is still some things we have to jump over,” said Cristina Ollervidez, 31, who lives near the Texas-Mexico border and is three hours from the closest participating doctor. Her 7-year-old daughter, Lailah, has a type of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and is in a wheelchair.

Her daughter isn’t listed as having intractable epilepsy but still has days when she gets several seizures.

“Seeing Texas put limitations, I do get that part,” Ollervidez said. “But I don’t think they did their exact research.”

The frustration over access is similar in other states that have also passed restrictive medical marijuana laws. One Georgia legislator goes so far as to have low-dose cannabis oil shipped to his office from Colorado as a workaround to his own bill, which allows people to possess marijuana but doesn’t give them a legal way to obtain it.


Georgia Lawmaker Deals Cannabis Oil in Shadows of the Law

Texas is similar to more than a dozen states that restrict access to a low-THC cannabis oil. However, Texas — which is 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) wide — licensed just three dispensaries, none of which are in the western half of the state or in fast-growing cities along the border with Mexico. And the Republican who won over skeptical conservatives to pass her law in 2015 is noncommittal about expanding the program.

That leaves Morris Denton, who runs the Compassionate Cultivation dispensary near Austin, looking far down the road.

“If you’re willing to take a long-term view and you’re willing to suffer a few scars along the way, that success will come,” Denton said. “The lessons themselves represent a barrier to entry for others who may come in. But I think it’s hard to pinpoint how, where and when to start a legal medical cannabis industry.”


What Makes a Medical Cannabis Program Succeed?

Texas has also placed tighter control on marijuana growers. The licensing fee is 80 times more than originally recommended. The Texas Department of Public Safety once proposed a fee as high as $1.3 million to help offset the costs of state troopers patrolling the dispensaries, although that recommendation was later dropped.

Growers are required to have surveillance video of every square foot of their facility and to preserve recordings for two years, which is longer than some police dashcam footage must be retained in Texas. They also aren’t allowed to bring in a third-party to test the quality of their product.

The driver behind the Texas law is Republican Stephanie Klick, a Christian conservative who strongly opposes the recreational use of drugs and who didn’t support expanding her law this spring. She said it took her 18 months to round up enough votes in the Legislature and convince skeptics that patients weren’t going to abuse the cannabis oil.


CBD vs. THC: Why Is CBD Not Psychoactive?

“There was one sheriff that thought these kids were going to be juvenile delinquents and end up in his jail. And these are really sick kids,” Klick said, noting that lawmakers will consider expansion only after they’ve seen the results of the current framework.

Only four states — Kansas, South Dakota, Nebraska and Idaho — have no form of medical marijuana on the books. Seventeen others, including Texas, allow only low-THC medical cannabis, according to research from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Kristen Hanson, a program director for NCSL, said Texas is unusual for requiring that a doctor “prescribe” the cannabis oil instead of using the word “referral” like most states. The distinction is blamed for dissuading more Texas doctors from signing up, because under federal law, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug with no medical use and therefore can’t be prescribed.


Texas Has a Medical Cannabis ‘Prescription’ Problem

Dr. Paul Van Ness, a neurologist at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, is one of the few doctors who have registered with state to participate in the program. He said he supports the restrictive nature of the Texas program, though he concedes the downside is limited access.

He said he already has patients smoking marijuana, some of whom have been arrested because of it.

“They didn’t belong in jail, but that’s what happens in Texas,” Van Ness said. “So if they can do it legally, that’s a lot safer.”

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The Roll-Up #13: Christmas Will Break Your Heart

The Roll-Up features Leafly editors Bruce Barcott, Ben Adlin, and Dave Schmader in a Friday morning roundtable about the week’s top cannabis news.

Leafly Podcast

Episode 13: Christmas Will Break Your Heart

This week: The end of net neutrality is bad news for the cannabis industry; MassRoots implodes; Canada wants to tax medical cannabis (what?); Walmart sells a ‘Weed Christmas Tree’; and Dave explores the narrative semiotics of The Waitresses’ holiday classic, ‘Christmas Wrapping.’

What, are you not familiar with the show? Every Friday, Leafly editors Bruce Barcott, Ben Adlin, and Dave Schmader dissect the week’s top stories in cannabis with analysis, arguments, jokes, and obscure cultural references.

The Roll-Up: It’s a news and culture podcast that hits the sweet spot between stoned and scholarly.

Stories Mentioned In Episode 8:


How FCC’s Net Neutrality Rollback Could Hurt Cannabis


The Kid Won’t Quit the Company: Inside the Epic Battle for MassRoots


Which Is Cheaper: Walmart’s ‘Weed Christmas Tree’ or Actual Weed?


Massachusetts Taking First Steps to Allow Cannabis Clubs


Canada’s Cannabis Tax Plan: Good for Provinces, Bad for Patients

Previous Episodes:

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About Our Music:

The theme song for The Roll-Up is “Turn Me On,” from the EP of the same name by The Shivas. Check out their music on iTunes. For more about the band, see their home page,

“Christmas Will Break Your Heart” is by LCD Soundsystem and you can find their merch here.

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