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‘mother!’: Is It Worth the High?

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Daniel Caesar – Freudian

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

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Strain: Strawberry Cough

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

Oliver – Full Circle

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

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Strain: Dutchberry

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

Buddy & Kaytranada – Ocean & Montana EP

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

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Strain: Travel Joint

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

Tennyson & Mr. Carmack – Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

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

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Strain: Fruity Pebbles

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

Passion Pit – Tremendous Sea of Love

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

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Strain: OG Kush

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He’s Always Innovating

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

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

Snoop Has Passed the Torch Down to Wiz

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

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


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

To paraphrase Earth, Wind & Fire:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Watch This: Three Former Cops Smoke Cannabis Together

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

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

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

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The ‘It’ Movie: Is It Worth the High?

Welcome to “Is It Worth the High?”, where our writers see newly released movies, listen to the latest album drops, and try other experiences while high to determine whether they’re worth your time, money, and most importantly, your cannabis buzz. This week, Dante Jordan determines if we all actually all float down here (or whether we’re just feeling effects from really, really good bud) by checking out the blockbuster adaptation of Stephen King’s It.


Products Enjoyed: One Swisher Sweet of Sour Diesel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Smoke and Mirrors: Korean Smokewear Brand Sundae School Challenges Stereotypes

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

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

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Welcome to Sundae School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cannabis and Cultural Identity

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Potential for Smokewear to Effect Change

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Former Raider Now Selling Cannabis in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The display case just inside the front door is filled with the kind of stuff you would find at any sports memorabilia store. Frank Hawkins used to run interference for Marcus Allen back in the day, and there are plenty of signed footballs and pictures of No. 27 in silver and black.

There’s a picture of Hawkins with a former governor of Nevada, and a drawing of the late Raiders owner Al Davis with signatures from players on it. Next to them is a team photo from 1983, and a championship banner with the result of that season’s Super Bowl: Raiders 38, Redskins 9.

A few feet to the left is what is called the “smell room,” one of many signs that this is no memorabilia shop.

Everyone who enters is greeted by a smiling man with a question:

Medical or recreational?

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Hawkins didn’t set out to be in the marijuana business in the town where he grew up and later became a city councilman. He resisted it at first, mostly because he says he doesn’t smoke the stuff.

Now he sits in a back office at Nevada Wellness Center just a few blocks from the glittering Las Vegas Strip, amid strains of cannabis with names like Devil’s Lettuce, Silver Back Gorilla and Black Afghan.

It’s all legal in a city where almost everything goes. But Hawkins — who opened the first medical marijuana dispensary in town — says it hasn’t been easy.

“We started out losing $50,000 a month,” Hawkins said. “We suffered for a long time.”

That changed on July 1 when Nevada became the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana. Marijuana shops, which had been competing for a few thousand customers who had medical marijuana cards, could now sell to anyone — including tourists — over the age of 21.

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That meant long lines on opening night at the shop Hawkins owns with two partners. It also meant a lot of cash in an industry where, as the sign in the lobby tells customers, business is all conducted in cash.

Things were slower on a recent summer afternoon, when only a few customers came in and headed to the smell room to get a whiff of what they might buy.

“Back when I was growing up marijuana was a bad word,” Hawkins says. “Now it’s a household name.”

And Hawkins thinks it can be beneficial to football retirees and current players as an alternative to opioid painkillers.

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Though undersized at 5-foot-9 and 210 pounds, Hawkins ran for 5,333 yards in four years at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Oakland Raiders drafted him in the 10th round in 1981. He stuck with the team and showed some promise, but the next year the Raiders were salivating over the chance to get the Heisman winner.

“The running backs coach said, ‘You guys ever hear of a guy named Marcus Allen?” Hawkins recalled.

Hawkins became, “a battering ram.” For the next six years, he led the way for Allen. He got some carries of his own, though, and scored two second quarter touchdowns in the AFC Championship game to break open a close game to put the then Los Angeles Raiders in the Super Bowl.

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The Raiders would meet the Washington Redskins in Tampa Bay for the championship. They had Jim Plunkett and Allen in the backfield, but most importantly they had an attitude.

“We knew we were going to beat the snot out of them,” Hawkins recalled. “I told everybody at home, bet all you got because there’s no way in the world the Redskins can win.”

The Raiders wore black, and were so dominant the game would become known as “Black Sunday.” Allen ran wild behind Hawkins for 191 yards.

Hawkins ran three times for six yards and caught two passes for 20 more. He won a Super Bowl ring he only brings out on special occasions.

“I don’t want to lose it,” the 58-year-old said. “Somebody might say it was because of CTE.”

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The Raiders of past gathered in July in wine country in Northern California, where the team trains. There were 110 former players and the talk was about old times and the resurgence of the team under Mark Davis, son of the late owner Al Davis.

There was also talk about various ailments, and the possibility some former players might have CTE or other brain damage.

Among those in attendance was Plunkett, who the next week would create a stir by telling the San Jose Mercury News that his body was broken down by all the hits he took with the Raiders and that at the age of 69, “My life sucks.”

“He looked good, but a little bit off balance and he lost some weight,” Hawkins said. “He did mention the fact he was in pain.”

So were many of the players at the reunion, one reason they were quite interested in the business Hawkins is in.

“Most of them wanted to know how they could get involved or get one in their city or state,” he said. “I told them any state you’re in I’d be more than happy to come and invest my time and money and get another store opened in their communities.”

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Marijuana is still a punishable offense in the NFL, and players are subject to suspensions with a second positive test.

Pain pills, on the other hand, are readily available for almost any kind of injury. With the nation immersed in an opioid crisis, a 2011 study showed retired players misuse opioid pain medications at a rate four times that of the general population.

“You got a headache, they give you a pill,” Hawkins said. “You got shoulder pain, they give you pain pills. Whatever your problems are they gave you pills.”

Marijuana, a growing body of research indicates, can reduce pain more effectively than opioids and may be beneficial for concussions. It’s done not with the mind altering Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the drug, but the cannabis compound Cannabidiol, or CBD.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was for years a hardliner on the use of cannabis but said last month he has reached out to the player’s union and is willing to fund a study to see if there are benefits.

Hawkins said he doesn’t need a study to be convinced. After a recent hip replacement surgery he had blood clots in his legs that his doctor was treating for six months with blood thinners.

A woman at his shop suggested he try capsules containing CBD that dissolve in water. After taking them for a few weeks, Hawkins said a body scan showed the blood clots had disappeared.

Hawkins estimated 20 percent of current players — some of whom have come into his shop — are using some form of cannabis to relieve pain and inflammation.

“The beautiful thing about the marijuana plant is they don’t have to smoke it to get in the system and they don’t have to get high,” he said. “They can use the CBD part of the plant and not the THC part of the plant. It can be put in soaps, eaten, in mints, you name it.”

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Hawkins considers himself relatively healthy, thogh he’s quick to show off scars, including one from a tendon that separated in a 1987 game, eventually leading to his retirement.

He still loves football, though if he had a son he wouldn’t let him play. He’s not so enamored with the NFL, which he believes knew long ago the effects of hits to the head but did nothing about it.

“I understand the NFL from a business perspective,” he said. “I don’t like it from a personal perspective.”

Hawkins also understands people may view him differently because he sells marijuana. He says he’s OK with recreational use, though it’s the medical side he’s most excited about.

“Folks who have PTSD to trauma to football injury or have cancer it works on all of them,” he said. “And it’s certainly better than the opioids they give players.”


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The Spark: Incredible Cannabis Tattoos (and the Stories Behind Them)

Applied by phenomenally talented artists, cannabis tattoos have moved far beyond plain pot leaves to make room for some seriously inspiring artwork. And whether you’re wandering the cities of South Korea or soaking in the salt air of California, you can find cannabis themes cropping up in tattoo shops all around the world.

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To celebrate this unique branch of artwork, we’re spotlighting some incredible pieces below. From smoky lions to witchy scenes, cannabis enthusiasts keep their hearts on their sleeves—truly—with these permanent tributes to our favorite plant.

Alphonse Mucha Inspirations (displayed above)

“It’s a famous Alphonse Mucha lithograph, but to me it just captures the feeling of bliss and escape that consuming cannabis gives me—the feeling of really letting go, you know?” —Darren Harris (client)

Location: Washington State

Artist: Robyn Emlen (Instagram / Facebook)

Shop: Two Birds Tattoo

The Woman in Blue

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Location: Poland

Artist: A.D. Pancho (Instagram / Facebook)

The Smoking Joint

Location: Colorado

Artist: Teddy Safarian (Instagram / YouTube / Website)

Shop: Think Tank South

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Witchcraft and Medicinal Plants

“My sleeve is an ode to the Renaissance witches’ flying ointment. During the Renaissance, Italian witches would mix a potion of Deadly Nightshade, Henbane, Hemlock and Wolf’s Bane. Then they would slather the potion on a wooden dildo and stick it up their vagina. (This is why we have the trope ‘witches flying on a broomstick.’) The potion would cause them to have an incredibly psychotropic experience and they would dance around a fire while practicing divination.

My sleeve pays homage to this practice, as my matriarchal line is made of Italian witches. My forearm holds the botanical illustrations of the plants used in the potion and cannabis. I chose to include cannabis to make the sleeve even more personal. Cannabis is the all-star medicinal plant and I think it can act as a great illuminator, which is the intent of the witches’ potion.

It is also my life’s work as I am a cannabis educator and advocate. As you travel up the arm, the plants devolve into flames that then give way to a fiery night sky. The hawk with its wingspan outstretched over the galaxy represents the ability to use medicinal plants to reach the highest divine potential. The piece ends with the full moon on the shoulder. With this piece I wear my heart, my history and my power on my sleeve.” —Emma Chasen (Client)

Location: Oregon

Artist: Pony Reinhardt (Instagram / Website)

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Munchies Paradise

Location: Sweden

Artist: Vickan (Instagram / Facebook)

Shop: Queendom Crew

True Cannabis Buds

Location: Oregon

Artist: Sean Wright (Instagram / Website)

Shop: Wonderland Tattoo

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Bob Marley and The Lion of Judah

“This piece was done by my good friend Katie and is a part of a sleeve on my left arm. It’s dedicated to a lot of artists and musicians that have made an impact on myself, my perspective, and my own art. Bob helped me realize the power and potential of cannabis—his music celebrated life as well as the herb. To this day, whenever I’m in a funk, I can put on a Marley tune like Three Little Birds or One Cup of Coffee to remind me that without the lows in life the highs wouldn’t be so sweet. You also might notice that Bob is exhaling smoke that makes up the clouds surrounding him and the other symbols incorporated in the sleeve.” —Will Hyde (Client) 

Location: Washington State

Artist: Katie Farlow (Instagram / Facebook)

Shop: Bothell’s Hometown Tattoo

Plant Medicine

Location: Colorado

Artist: Aries Rhysing (Instagram)

Shop: All Sacred Tattoo

The Smokey Lion

Location: England

Artist: Sophie Brown (Instagram / Facebook)

Shop: This Mortal Coil

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Skulls and Cannabis

“Cannabis has been very good to me in many ways for a very long time. I can’t wait till my country gets on board with legalization so I can achieve a lifelong dream which is to have my own cannabis farm. Hopefully this will happen soon.” —Jorge Del Rio (Client) 

Location: Mexico

Artist: Abril Hernandez (Instagram / Facebook)

Shop: Tia Juana Tattoo

Enlightened Sessions

Location: South Korea

Artist: Min Ah Yun, aka XXMika BabyXX (Instagram / Facebook)

Hazy Nights

Location: California

Artist: Wilson Pan (Instagram)

Shop: Cryptic Tattoo


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‘Get the Criminal Elements Out of the Sale of Marijuana’: The Week in Cannabis Quotes

Plenty is happening all over the world—from brutal hurricanes and earthquakes to savage wildfires—but the cannabis conversation continues with a mix of setbacks, czar appointments, and Speedos. Here’s a roundup of quotes from the past week.

“One treatment option I have advocated for years would be placing nondealer, nonviolent drug abusers in a secured hospital-type setting under the constant care of health professionals. Once the person agrees to plead guilty to possession, he or she will be placed in an intensive treatment program until experts determine that they should be released under intense supervision. If this is accomplished, then the charges are dropped against that person. The charges are only filed to have an incentive for that person to enter the hospital-slash-prison, if you want to call it.”

– Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) in testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee May 18, 2016 (the quote is over a year old, but this week President Trump announced his appointment of Marino as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, or “White House Drug Czar,” as it’s informally known)

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“If we eliminate this right of the states to basically legalize the medical use of marijuana and put it in the hands of those people who I have just described…[will these people be] honest businessmen who are going to be held accountable and held with transparent type of operations? No. They will be replaced by whom? They will be replaced by drug dealers. They will be replaced by the Mexican drug cartel. That’s who’s being helped if we eliminate this provision that has been part of the appropriations bill for the Department of Justice for the last three years.

Why are we thinking about transferring those billions of dollars now in this industry directly into the pockets of the drug cartels? That’s what the vote is. The vote is not ‘Oh, we’re gonna stop anybody from using marijuana, because marijuana is bad.’ That’s not the vote. That’s not the result of the vote. The result of the vote will be billions of dollars immediately transferred into the pockets of the drug cartel. That’s what will happen.”

– Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) addressing the House to keep the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment alive. On September 6, the House Rules Committee rejected the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment.

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“We will make it harder for young people to access marijuana than it is now because right now Canadian kids have easier access to marijuana than just about every developed country in the world, and secondly, we will get the criminal elements out of the sale of marijuana and the tremendous profits around that.”

– Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talking to the Global Okanagan about how the Canadian government is on track to legalize adult-use cannabis by summer 2018. 

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“Some days, I wish I did.”

– New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during a Democratic mayoral debate against his opponent, Sal Albanese. De Blasio was talking about how he doesn’t smoke cannabis but did “once or twice” while attending NYU.

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“It was midnight. I was trying to get a cab hime from Grosvenor Square to Notting Hill Gate and I was standing on the corner, laughing maniacally. No cab would stop for me. I had to walk all the way home to Notting Hill.”

Michael Caine recalling the time Richard Harris gave him some cannabis that made him laugh so hard he almost “had a hernia”

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“I use medicinal cannabis, which is really important for pain and healing. It’s a plant that has been maligned for so long, and has so many abilities to heal…I will do what I can to encourage it. It’s an important part of treatment, and it should be available. I use it for the pain and it’s also a medicinal thing to do – the research shows it’s really helpful.”

– Olivia Newton-John during an interview with News Corp, in which she shares how medical marijuana helped her while she battled breast cancer

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“Lots of people honking their horns, waving at me. It’s been mostly positive.”

– Jeffrey Shaver of Kitchener, Ontario. Shaver has been protesting outside the Kitchener courthouse while wearing a Speedo and holding signs that read “Return My Bong” and “Return My Marijuana.” He is a legal medical marijuana patient who was arrested five months ago on possession charges, and he wants his confiscated bong and cannabis back.


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