Celebrate 4/20 at GGR with Gift Bags & Raffle!!!

If you are reading this it is pretty safe to say that 4/20 is your favorite holiday of the year. Stop in to GGR on Sunday and celebrate in style by stocking up on party favors, getting some free goodies and maybe even a gram of top shelf bud EVERY DAY FOR A YEAR.

That's right, on Sunday we will be doing our drawing for a free gram of top shelf bud every day until 4/20/2015. All you have to do is buy any ounce of bud on the menu or donate $50 for a raffle ticket.

Free weed for a year not your thing? Come in Sunday and donate $20 and you'll receive a gift bag that includes a house joint, lighter and grinder card.

Donate $150 and you'll receive a gift bag chock full o' fun, including:

- 1 gram of weed     - 1/2 gram of wax     - GGR Grinder Card     - GGR lighter     - Rolling Papers

and items from...

- Edipure, Casa Luna, Sweet Grass Bakery, Medizen, Maxx Power, Incredibles and Kiva.

**GIFT BAGS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LASTS, SO HURRY IN ON SUNDAY!**

 

Kid Cannabis

A weed movie coming out the Friday before 4/20 with Ron Perlman from Sons of Anarchy and John C. McGinley from Scrubs and of course Point Break....yes please. Your weekend plans just got a whole lot stickier.

Now, it'd be stupid not to load up on some good herb prior to the weekend so you can get super baked before the show. Well good news, the PR-80 is currently on the board at GGR. If it's good enough for Rick Ross, it's probably the perfect choice before you head to the concession stand at the movie theatre.



Get Paid to Smoke Weed

While normally we aren't keen on promoting competing weed blogs, I feel it is our duty to let our devoted readers know that there is actually someone out there that will pay you to smoke weed.

The Cannabist, the blog linked to the Denver Post's cannabis coverage, is offering folks a rare opportunity to be a paid marijuana reviewer. Check out the details listed below or on their site here:

1. Live in Colorado and be at least 21 years old.

2. Have a strong background in writing on deadline, journalism and getting it right the first time.

3. Authoritatively know marijuana — strains, benefits, genetics, terminology, history, geography.

4. Be familiar with the strain reviewsgear reviews and shop reviews we’ve already published, not to mention the site as a whole.

5. Have a professional work ethic and solid social media skills.

6. Be ready to write about marijuana publicly under your given name.

Chem Dog & Sour Diesel: An Oral History

Steve Hager, the former editor-in-chief of High Times, has started an online magazine called Abakus. Today, they published an oral history of the origins of Chem Dog and Sour Diesel, the two strains that experts estimate 80% of modern strains are derived from. Some highlights of the piece are below or you can read the whole article here.

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P-Bud: I’m a very small part of the puzzle, but I was there, so I know the story. I was nervous about coming in here, but I just want to set the record straight. I’m a big history guy, and I like correct history on stuff like this. I moved to Crested Butte in ’87. By 1989, ’90, we were growing a lot of m39, Skunk #1, we had a strain of Hash Plant that was absolutely incredible that I would put right up along with the ones of the Dog Bud. It was smuggled by a girl we knew from Leadville, from somewhere in Asia. She sewed it in her sleeve. We were growing that and smoking P-Bud, an outdoor strain from Colorado that was absolutely incredible. In ’89, ’90 this pot came in called Dog Bud. We were getting a lot of it. We were told it was coming from the California-Oregon border. We were getting pounds of it. It was some of the most incredible indoor that we had ever seen. The smell? You walked into a grocery store with a tiny bit in your pocket and the clerk was like, “did someone hit a skunk?” So we were getting this Dog Bud and we couldn’t believe the looks of it, we’d never seen anything like it. From what I heard, it was called Dog Bud because after you smoked it, it made you roll over like a dog. And “d-o-g,” not “d-a-w-g.” This was back when it was organic, don’t panic, but we were thinking they must have pumped so much chemicals into this pot. We just started calling it “Chem Weed,” just as a joke. So Chem Dog, he put those two together and that’s where it came from. 

All the credit goes to Chem Dog and what he did with them. Over those years, of the 91 and the Chem D, which were my two favorites. Did a lot of crosses. Of the first four, one was a male, and he chucked it. He wouldn’t have now. Three of them were keepers: The Chem 91, The Chem Sister and the Chem C, I think it was called. In 2000, he germinated four more, one was junk. The Chem D is probably my favorite for all around taste and potency. It’s pretty special. So, fast forward a couple years, Joe called me and he said, I think there’s a strain called New York City Diesel that I think is actually guys going up to Massachusetts and getting clones and they changed the name from Chem 91 to Diesel, and then New York City Diesel. So they are the same thing.

Adam: I was in Amsterdam in 93, and I met the one of the two crews. And one told me it wasn’t about the taste or flavor, it was all the same diesel, the different names were about the crews. One crew was sour. You had your choice, you could buy diesel from the Sour Crew or the New York City crew, but you had to give them $500 an ounce.


Police Using Instagram to Bust Folks for Marijuana

According to the good folks at High Times, police are now monitoring your social networking accounts and busting you if they see any illegal activity. Jeremy Clayton was arrested in South Carolina for allegedly selling weed to undercover sheriff’s deputies after they saw he was posting pot shots to his social media account and mocking local law enforcement.

According to reports, Clayton posted a photo to Instagram of himself sitting in front of a computer opened to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department website; he was holding a burning joint while extending his middle finger. Although local authorities did not immediately see the photo, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said a “concerned citizen” informed the department of the “disrespectful” image, which earned him a slot on their shit list.

Now, it is important for all of you reading this to understand that it is not actually a crime to post photos of marijuana, smoking paraphernalia or even middle fingers aimed at local law enforcement to your social media pages. However, such actions could piss off the cops and give them a hard-on for finding a reason to bust you… and they will try.

Unfortunately, Clayton was not smart enough to smell a rat when he was approached by undercover officers on three separate occasions looking to buy weed, and a raid of his home soon followed.

He was charged with felony distribution of marijuana and could be facing up to five years in prison… a rather stiff penalty for advertising a love for weed and distaste for prohibition laws.

NBA Player Fights for His Right to Smoke

Larry Sanders has been suspended for five games by the NBA for failing his third drug test for pot.

The Milwaukee Bucks center says about marijuana:

"It's something I feel strongly about, just to let you know something personal about me. I will deal with the consequences from it. It's a banned substance in my league. But I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it. I know what it is if I'm going to use it.

"I study it and I know the benefits it has. In a lot of ways we've been deprived. You can't really label it with so many other drugs that people can be addicted to and have so many negative effects on your body and your family and your relationships and impairment. This is not the same thing.

"The stigma is that it's illegal. I hate that. Once this becomes legal, this all will go away. But I understand for my work it's a banned substance. I will deal with the consequences and I apologize again to my fans for that."

Sanders is injured, so the suspension won't take effect until next season. In 23 games this season, he averaged seven points and rebounds per game. Sanders has averaged six points and rebounds per game during his four-year NBA career. The 6-11 banger was taken by Milwaukee out of Virginia Commonwealth in the first round of the 2010 draft.

New York Marijuana Arrests Down 32%

We are a Los Angeles based blog, but I think it's important to keep you SoCal folks up to date with weed news around the country, but specifically in New York.

Many LA residents are NYC transplants who needed to escape the dreaded Rockefeller Drug Laws and even more of you are the bi-coastal entertainment types that need to spend significant time in the Big Apple. Well, good news folks...

Marijuana arrests that peaked in New York City under Mayors Guiliani and Bloomberg, are starting to come down.

Lowest-level marijuana arrests declined for the second year in a row in New York, from 39,230 in 2012 to 26,644 in 2013, a drop of 32%.

Last year, the drop was 23%, from 50,688 arrests in 2011, the peak year in former Mayor Bloomberg's crusade against public pot smoking or possession.

It all started with Bloomberg's predecessor, Rudolph Guiliani. In 1994, his first year in office, there were 3,141 marijuana arrests in New York (double the previous year). By 2000, during Guiliani's second term, that number had swelled to 51,267, the most ever arrested for marijuana in New York in one year. Keep in mind that under previous mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins, marijuana arrest totals were as low as 774 in one year (1991).

Russell Simmons: "Marijuana is Less Harmful Than Tylenol

Rap/Fashion/Etc. Mogul Russell Simmons defended medical marijuana on the Aresenio Hall show last night even though he doesn't smoke himself. He smartly complained that our antiquated drug laws have not only hurt people, but hurt the country as a whole by sending people to jail that weren't criminals and while incarcerated those people learned criminal activities. He also said Tylenol is more dangerous than weed...Preach Uncle Russ, preach!

Bone Thugs-n-Cannabis

Rapper Krayzie Bones of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony fame told TMZ that he was recently gifted a custom vending machine by a fan and says it inspired him to create his own line of personal vending products to meet the needs of stoners where they need it most: at their marijuana point of purchase. The rapper-turned-entrepreneur has struck a deal with a few LA dispensaries to start carrying his vending machines and has started the ordering process for the equipment. The initial stocking will include stoner essentials like Funyuns, Pop Tarts and Twinkies.

Please let us know if you spot a Krayze Machine at your local shop so we can let other stoners know and we can all meet at the Crossroads.

Classic Cannabis Candids: Jack Nicholson

It's Friday, so you shouldn't really need any extra inspiration to get high, but just in case you do the below picture is a simple reminder that one of the world's greatest living actors, womanizers, basketball fans and people, Jack Nicholson, is also probably somewhere sharing a joint with a girl half his age.

New Study Debunks Burnout Theory

A new study published  in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, found that college students who used marijuana scored better on tests of processing speed and verbal fluency.

The study compared the performance of 35 non-users with 35 daily marijuana users who began using marijuana before the age of 17.

“Marijuana users were high functioning”“Marijuana use during this age span has been most strongly associated with cognitive impairment,” the team writes.

Interestingly, the two groups showed no significant differences in tests of working memory and verbal learning. However, contrary to their better performance on other tests, marijuana users scored slightly lower on tests of motivated decision making, engagement and verbal memory.

Basically, to sum it up, stoners are the ones who will have the great idea to go get some food and they'll voice that opinion clearly, but you might have to help them decide which fast food restaurant to go to.


Utah Girl Denied Medical Marijuana Dies

They named a bill "Charlee's Law" after her. Charlee Nelson, who died Sunday, was one of countless children around the country awaiting passage of bills that would allow them to use CBD oil, a form of marijuana.

The six-year-old resident of West Jordan, Utah suffered from a neurological condition called Batten disease that causes seizures, mental impairment, blindness and loss of body control, and eventually death. She was diagnosed with the disease last February.

During that time there have many accounts of how hemp oil - low in THC, high in CBD (for cannabidiol), hence minus the high - can help children who suffer from seizure conditions, such as epilepsy. Dr. Sanjay Gupta's two Weed programs on CNN have both focused on the search for CBD, which generally takes parents to Colorado for a steady and reliable supply of a strain known as Charlotte's Web.

Now states like Utah are moving ahead with legislation that will only allow legal use of CBD-rich products, primarily in the form of a tinctures taken orally. Just days before her death, the Utah State Senate voted unanimously in favor of the bill, joining the House in support. Gov. Herbert's expected to sign it.

It appears that Charlee was never treated with cannabis oil, simply because it wasn't available to her in Utah.

The big problem is finding an immediate source of CBD oil in current non-medical states such as Utah, as well as the other states with CBD legislation in the works - Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky. Each state would become the supplier via universities or, in the case of Utah, the Department of Agriculture.

If the bills are signed by the respective governors, it will still take a while for the programs to get off the ground. So why not ask the federal government for an exception to allow patients or caretakers to cross state lines and secure the oil in Colorado or California, and bring it back to Utah or wherever? With that type of provision built in, maybe children like Charlee Nelson could be saved.

California Democrats Call For Legalization

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The California Democratic Party voted unanimously to approve a resolution making the legalization of recreational cannabis an official party platform.

The resolution makes it clear that the California Democrats “support the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana, in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol”. The cannabis resolution was approved without debate, and through a unanimous voice vote. Cheers erupted after the vote.

“I supported it [cannabis legalization] because hopefully it will stop Hispanic and black kids from being put in jail for minute quantities of marijuana,” said Beverly Brown, a delegate from La Mirada, an 82-year-old nurse practitioner.

The vote comes as several initiatives to legalize cannabis aim for either the 2014, or 2016 ballot.

First Marijuana Commercial Will Air on Network TV

Here is the first medical marijuana commercial that will air regularly on network television. The spot is for MarijuanaDoctors.com, a service that helps you find a physician in your area that can subscribe medical cannabis and it is already set to air 800 times in New Jersey on various networks. It has also been approved to air in markets across the twenty other states in which medical marijuana is legal. The spot is pretty funny, and I definitely get the point, but it does kind of make me wish there was a guy on my corner that I could get some sashimi from right now. I am high though.

Famous Colorado Smoke Shack Destroyed

Every good ski mountain has one, a secret shack somewhere out of bounds or on the outskirts of the trail map, where skiers and snowboarders can go to get high during their day of shredding.

Well an especially famous smoke shack called Leo's, at Breckenridge in Colorado, was recently shut down after appearing on CNN's Inside Edition. CNN placed hidden cameras inside the shack and caught dozens of folks smoking before they headed back out on the slopes. Then in true "we'll be damned if we are gonna let people have fun without exposing how it could be dangerous" fashion, Inside Edition showed a bunch of skiers and snowboarders wiping out…And of course, blamed it on the weed.

Following the report the folks at Vail Ski Resort, which owns Breckenridge, destroyed Leo's leaving smokers high and dry (pun intended).

A rebuild project for Leo’s has already started and is collecting "likes", but the sad part is that no one was doing anything wrong and now what was certainly one of their favorite parts of skiing Breckenridge is gone because some news outlet is trying to prosper on pot legalization stories and in this case, tearing it down any way they can.

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