Weed Game #1 in App Store...Promptly Disappears

A controversial iPhone game called Weed Firm which features "growing and dealing, crooked cops, gangsters and promiscuous ladies" according to the Cannabist, was released May 5 and on Monday hit No. 1 on Apple’s iTunes’ free games chart in the U.S. Just a day later it has promptly disappeared from the iTunes app store.

In the game, you start as a dealer selling baggies to a variety of customers and after that you need to grow more weed to sell. There was explicit sexual circumstances and obviously no beating around the bush (pun intended) when it came to drug related content. It was a sign digital progress that not only had Apple removed their ban of such games from iTunes and an even better sign that it quickly rose the ranks to #1 in just two weeks, but that progress was quickly extinguished when Apple promptly pulled the game just 24 hours after it topped the charts.

We will keep our eye on the app store and let you know if Weed Firm returns and is available for download, but for now it is just another casualty of the still not over War on Drugs.

Letterman Top 10 Courses at Marijuana University

Clover Leaf University in CO is offering an entire curriculum devoted to the study of cannabis.

The new marijuana-themed institution, which shares a main campus with the University of Colorado Denver, Metro State University and the Community College of Denver, as part of the Auraria Higher Education Center is teaching students how to grow weed.

Students at Clover Leaf University have the opportunity to take individual classes in "Cannabis Consulting, Master Cultivation, Cannabis Science and Testing, Infusions, Cannabis Culinary Art and Continued Legal Education Classes," according to the school's website.

On Friday, David Letterman devoted his nightly Top 10 list to the courses you can choose from at Clover Leaf. Enjoy...


NFL to Reduce Pot Penalties

ESPN reports that the NFL will alter it's antiquated marijuana policy in the near future. The announcement comes after Browns wideout and defending NFL receiving champ, Josh Gordon, allegedly tested for testing positive for weed, which may cost him his entire season.

Cleveland Browns and NFL leading receiver Josh Gordon faces a year long ban for a second positive marijuana test.

Cleveland Browns and NFL leading receiver Josh Gordon faces a year long ban for a second positive marijuana test.

The NFL will reportedly increase the threshold for a positive cannabis test (no exact number just yet), but it means that a player isn't likely to test positive if they haven't smoked pot for a while before the test.

Other major changes could include that if a player should test positive, he won’t face a season-long ban for weed. The report does not state what the reduced bans would be though.

Of course, the NFL would never admit getting something wrong, so the policy will not be retroactive and it that means Gordon and New York Giants safety Will Hill are still facing season long bans. And it certainly isn't going to return any monies to like Von Miller, Brandon Browner, and hundreds of others who’ve been fined for smoking in recent years.

The move mirrors that of what's going on nationally with legalization and hopefully, like many states the NFL will one day legalize marijuana entirely even if it's under the guise of being a "medical" decision and they will completely stop testing for weed.

As Nate Jackson said in his book, If a player wants to medicate his aches and pains with cannabis as opposed to addictive painkillers, that should be his choice.

Never Again Fear Monday

One aspiring marijuana mogul is giving new meaning to the term "coffee pot."

Adam Stites of Longview, Washington has come up with a line of cold-brewed coffee-infused drinks he cleverly calls "Legal" beverages. And there's no doubt about its intended effects.

"The coffee drinks give you an uplifting head high. We call it the wake and bake drink," he says. Stites says the cold brewed cannabis beverage could be a first, and he's experimented for some time to come up with the right combination.

Each bottle features about 20 mg of THC, which Stites says is intended to be enough to give consumers a pleasant effect without getting them completely blasted.

"We want the experience to be more similar to that if you had a nice IPA or glass of wine. We don't want to pack so much THC into every one of our drinks that it's unpleasant, especially for people that are just getting into marijuana," he says.

The coffee-infused drinks will come in plain and with cream and sugar. "Legal" will also feature three juice-based sparkling sodas: Rainier Cherry, Lemon Ginger and Pomegranate. Each is made with fresh juices and a different strain of cannabis for differing effects.

The beverages will be regulated by the state, just like any other marijuana product. Stites has applied for a producer and processor license and expects approval pending final state inspection in the next few weeks. He says pricing is still to be determined, based on how many retail marijuana stores carry the drinks.

"We can produce several hundred bottles per hour, so the question for us really is how quickly are these retail stores going to be open. But we're really excited."

Miley Cyrus is Now the World's Foremost Weed Advocate

Miley Cyrus has become the world's foremost weed advocate. She has a huge fan base of adoring teens and she is more outspoken than any other celeb when it comes to enjoying a liuttle ganja. She smoked a J at the MTV Europe Awards, her wardrobe selections on her current Bangerz tour are very cannabis inspired and last night she even gave an impromptu pro-weed/anti-cigarette rant when she smelled someone smoking tobacco at here show. 

Addressing fans, she said, “It smells like somebody’s smoking in here and you’re not smoking the good stuff.”

Miley then encouraged fans with a nicotine habit to switch to weed, insisting, “You know weed has never killed anybody. Instead of smoking a cigarette, why don’t you roll a fat joint.”

She went on to say the reason she chose weed over cigarettes is because the cigs were making her look old and because no one wanted to make out with her, now on weed she says everyone (boys & girls!) want to make out with her. 

Miley you are the Queen of Cannabis and I would very much like to be your King.

Weed More Legal Than Ever, Cops Still Cops

In case you thought that the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana across the country has cooled cops when it comes to smoking, just check out this video of how cops react to seeing a bong being used on the street, even though it doesn't have weed in it...


Classical Grass

Colorado is still leading the way when it comes to being a weed friendly state...

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra has devised a plan to raise interest in classical music by holding a number of upcoming weed-friendly events. It may be the state's only full-time professional orchestra, but it faces the same budget concerns and diminishing audiences plaguing other ensembles. So why not exploit the state's budding marijuana business? "The cannabis industry obviously opens the door even further to a younger, more diverse audience," the Symphony's CEO Jerome Kern told The Associated Press. For the marijuana producers, Kern said, the symphony offers its legitimacy.

The concert series, "Classically Cannabis: The High Notes Series," will feature small ensembles of musicians playing in a downtown Denver gallery. It will culminate with a concert at the Mile High City's vaunted Red Rocks venue. "This is a cannabis-friendly event," the Symphony's website said of the latter event. "But cannabis will NOT be sold at this event; it's strictly B.Y.O.C. (bring your own cannabis)." (Smoking pot is officially illegal at Red Rocks, though music fans have been scoffing at that law for years.)

A business called Edible Events Co. has organized the events, encouraging concertgoers to bring joints, baked goods or tinctures of marijuana. "We try to create upscale events where people can come and enjoy some cannabis just like they would a glass of wine," Edible Events' Jane West said. Attendees must be 21 and over and have $75 for a ticket.

CBD Oil Now Legal in 5 States, More on the Way...

On April 17th, Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill named for two-year-old Harper Grace Durval, making Mississippi the fifth state to legalize CBD oil. 

CBD Oil had already been legalized in Alabama, Kentucky, Utah and Wisconsin. Other states such as Florida and Georgia have bills that have been passed, but haven't yet reached the Senate for a vote.

Recent publicity about children who suffer from seizures benefitting from oil extracted from marijuana that has almost no THC (i.e hemp) has set off a wave of legislation like never seen before. Now state reps can favor marijuana without the fear of people getting high from it. While this doesn't necessarily relate directly to the popular opinion about legalizing medical marijuana in all forms, it is a good sign that government officials are considering the medical benefit that can be derived from marijuana without taking the archaic stance that it's all just a big ruse so people can get high.

The bottom line is we have a long way to go, but the fact that Southern and historically conservative states are starting to come around on marijuana in any form is a good start.

Wiz Khalifa = Winning

Wiz told TJ Miller (who was guest hosting for Chelsea Handler) that he no longer pays for weed because he is letting growers at The Cookie Company sell a strain of named after him. The strain is called Khalifa Kush, it is an Indica which Wiz says actually wakes him up and gets him "really really high."

We at GGR will see what we can do about getting our hands on some KK and adding it to our already stacked menu. In the meantime if you want some rapper weed, come in and try our famous PR-80 which is of course Rick Ross' fav strain.


AirTHC is AirBNB, But for Stoners

AirBNB is the popular website where you can rent unique housing options in as many as 192 countries. It's pretty damn cool. But you know what's cooler? AirTHC the new site that is AirBNB, but with housing options that are 100% smoker friendly.

AirTHC just launched yesterday (4/20 duh) so their option are far more limited than their namesake, but between piggybacking the name recognition or AirBNB and the rapidly growing number of legal, medicinal and of course recreational smokers, I'm sure the AirTHC options selection will spark quickly.

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.

Chem Dog

Chem Dog

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).