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Children’s Educational Book about Legal Marijuana?

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Some things take you by surprise, like the concept of an educational children’s book about legal marijuana.  “Is there a need for this?” my brain wondered.  “Is this too soon?”

The book at hand is Stinky Steve Explains Casual Cannabis, written by Maggie Volp and illustrated by Mauricio J. Flores.  I have to hand it to these two for even penning this book; the topic of “children and marijuana” is very taboo, and difficult to talk about.

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These brave creators took it upon themselves to tackle the controversial yet inevitable subject of parents responsibly consuming marijuana, and when children discover their parents consume recreational or medicinal marijuana.  Let’s take a look

Using all rhymes, the book is roughly 12 pages long.  There is a focus on a Rastafarian parent, a “hard working” parent, and a musician parent.  Each instance opens up with the children essentially finding out their parents partake (smelling the smoke, discovering the vaporizer, seeing the edibles locked away).  There is an illustration to accompany each instance.

The kids are concerned, and Stinky Steve basically comes in to save the day.  He informs them of how marijuana is safer than alcohol and cigarettes – including this classy line:

Tobacco can kill you,

And with one puff, you’re hooked.

Marijuana’s killed no one

The last time that I looked.

At first I questioned whether this book was meant to be read a loud by the parent, or read silently by the child – but with lines like this, it’s clear that the author intended for it to be read a loud (and for the parent to enjoy the book as much as the child).

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After Stinky Steve touches on the dangers, he touches on alcohol prohibition (and how it failed).  Lastly we get a great resolution specific to each parental instance: the Rastafarian explains it’s part of the religion, the hard worker explains it’s doctor prescribed, and the musician explains that it helps her get rid of writers block.

These above reasons are all well and good, but there is an additional factor connecting them all: the marijuana based products and paraphernalia are not for children, and are intended for responsible adults.  The adults have been discreet because they want to protect their children.

Each page of rhymes also includes a “post-it note” in the bottom right hand of the page, which quickly delves into a more serious tone of factual marijuana related information  It’s a symbiotic presentation of kid friendly rhymes, and hard evidence/facts; the combination works well, the post-it’s help to bring the context back to reality.

When I say back to reality, it’s probably because most of the book seems like it’s from an alternate reality to me – but then it dawned; legal weed IS pretty much an alternate reality.  Anyone who isn’t a kid right now has grown up in a nation that (for the majority) demonized marijuana.  We are now at a tipping point where states have begun to legalize, and with that comes products like Stinky Steve Explains Casual Cannabis.

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It’s not our reality, or at least it hasn’t been – but we have to understand this book is geared towards the next generation.  The generation who will (hopefully) grow up in a reality without marijuana persecution.  A generation where adults who partake responsibly are on par with adults who consume alcohol responsibly, and not chastised for the recreational legal activities they enjoy.

For how cringe worthy this book could have been, it was rather well done.  My only guff was with the iambic pentameter in some spots, but I’m sure Shakespeare would tell me to ease off, it’s a difficult subject.

Is it too soon for books like this?  No, but it’s going to be hard for us adults to get used to the concept of such things even existing.  At first it came off as novel, but after digesting the content – this author feels that it’s an important topic for not only children’s safety, but for the advancement of humankind accepting those who responsibly partake in legal and prescribed marijuana.

Stinky Steve Explains Casual Cannabis is available on Amazon, and is worth a read (for you, and your kids).

Up to ‘60% of recreational marijuana revenue comes from tourism’

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If I were to tell you that the main source of income for the Seattle recreational marijuana industry is tourists, would you believe me? Well, this statistic is true, and the intricacies of it are fascinating. Recreational shops are often designed with tourists in mind, ensuring that large groups can be comfortably accommodated and the ambiance remains appealing and inviting. Shops attend to every detail, from marketing to decor, to give tourists a unique and unforgettable experience.

The strategy behind the Seattle marijuana tourism extends to all corners of the industry, including tours themselves. Kush Tourism, a company dedicated to delivering a unique and entertaining view of the city’s cannabis industry, leaves no detail of an amazing cannabis experience unattended. Kush Tourism offers professionally guided tours, similar to brewery or winery tours, of Seattle’s recreational presence. Transportation, even from SEATAC airport, is provided if desired, as is lodging. Anyone over the age of 21 may participate in the tours; the experience is completely legal and promises an unforgettable experience. This complete immersion experience is born from an in-depth study of the industry.

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Chase Nobles, from Kush Tourism, and his team have extensively studied the city’s recreational marijuana industry and have found that tourists are its majority demographic. In response to this finding, Kush Tourism works with recreational shops to prime retail space and products to appeal to tourists. Between 50-60 percent of recreational marijuana revenue comes from tourism. Kush Tourism helps tourists navigate the recreational industry, so they have a memorable and comprehensive experience of the possibly overwhelming scene. Chase and his team take pride in doing the research for tourists, connecting them with transportation, shop-to-shop tours and cannabis-friendly lodging in the Seattle area. This not only amplifies tourists’ experience into a stress-free vacation, it also helps those visiting for the industry to experience all that it has to offer.

The recreational cannabis industry of Seattle certainly does have a lot to offer. Recreational shops are inviting and have an abundance of unique cannabis packaging and consumables. Seeing the evolution of the industry through each individual shop is part of what makes being a resident or visitor of the area so special. Producers are intentional through every step of production, from ensuring plant health to creating innovative and beautiful packaging. This care and attention to detail is on a constant incline to maintain relevance and profits as the industry gains more contributors and consumers.

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Marijuana is still taboo in most areas of the country and is therefore considered a novelty item for tourists here; in effect, numerous people travel to Washington in order to experience legal marijuana and all of the energy that surrounds it. Also, while many locals do purchase from recreational shops, a large percentage of residents either have a medical marijuana card or purchase from the same person that has been selling them weed for the last 10 years. So, it is not as if tourists are more interested in the marijuana scene than locals. Tourists simply do not have the same outlets as locals and, therefore, look to official stores and experiences like Kush Tourism to gain insight.

Kush Tourism and recreational stores are looking forward to this year’s tourist season because it will be the first season with a fully functioning legal market; the full potential of the industry will soon be revealed. If you have yet to patron a recreational cannabis shop, now is the perfect time to do so. Not sure where to start? Kush Tourism is perfect for tourists and residents unfamiliar with or wanting to learn more about the industry. Join the energy that will soon encompass Seattle as tourism once again hits its peak.

Seattle’s First Proposed Weed Lounge

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One of the most disappointing aspects of the way I-502 was structured was that it included a couple important provisions that essentially banned the possibility of the weed lounges a lot of us hoping to see one day. There were already a few factors which make this difficult, from the state ban on indoor smoking to the numerous restrictions on smoking “in view of the public.” Perhaps the most important, however, is the stipulation of I-502 that states that marijuana cannot be consumed at the place at which it has been purchased.

At the rate at which these laws change, it will be a while before we see Seattle’s first cannabis lounge – but what will a marijuana lounge look like when one finally opens? By skirting some of the rules, and outright ignoring some of the others, let’s take a look at Cascadia Cannabis Lounge, Seattle’s first hypothetical proposed weed lounge.

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One of the biggest problems facing the process of opening a weed lounge inside of Seattle is figuring out where you can place it. The 1000 foot rule, which is designed to keep places selling marijuana away from schools and parks, means that the most densely populated areas are ineligible for any sort of dispensary or weed lounge. We’re going to toss that rule out the window and put Cascadia in the heart of Capitol Hill, possibly someplace in between Broadway and 12th, within blocks of some of the Capitol Hill’s best restaurants, music venues and coffee shops.

With a location like this Cascadia can bring real value to the neighborhood. One of the most basic is to add a service to the area that is both unique and complementary to the neighborhood at large. Just as like-minded people gather at coffee shops and bars to take part in shared interests, from espresso and news at Stumptown Coffee to music and drinks at Nuemos, so will people be able to enjoy cannabis and socialize at Cascadia Cannabis Club. By providing a safe, accessible place for adults to purchase and consume marijuana during most of the day, probably from 10am to 12am, Cascadia Cannabis Lounge will help accomplish what I-502 purports to do – taking marijuana distribution out of the hands of dealers and consumption out of the view of the public.

What will Cascadia Cannabis Lounge look like? As the first cannabis lounge in Seattle, we want it to be demonstrative of how a well-designed marijuana lounge can definitively add value to its surrounding neighborhood. To that end, Cascadia Cannabis Lounge is going to be a classy joint. Not stuffy classy, no one should feel intimidated to hang out there, but someplace with lodge-like qualities that celebrate the heritage of Seattle and Washington, and with clean, industrial lines. Imagine a cross between Smith and Café Vita, if you would.

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Cascadia Cannabis Lounge would be staffed by experienced industry professionals, providing product guidance and to-order joints. A large selection of edibles would be available, and a full coffee bar would be open from 10 am, alongside other medicated and non-medicated beverages. A small stage would host low-key performances and music in the evenings.

All in all, Cascadia Cannabis Lounge would be dedicated to providing a professional, enjoyable cannabis experience that would bring real value to a community that could easily benefit from it. Hopefully, one day this dream can become a reality.

Is Recreational Marijuana REALLY that Expensive?

Is legal marijuana really that expensive?

One of the biggest complaints from consumers is the price of weed. When compared to the black market, the consensus agrees that it is expensive. But, relatively speaking, when compared to other pleasures like alcohol, is recreational marijuana really that expensive?

It’s a Friday evening and you are lounging around watching a movie or catching an NBA game on your television. To enhance your enjoyment, let’s say you have 3-4 micro-brews during the course of the evening. At $9.99 a 6 pack, you’re looking at $4.50 to $6.00.

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Now, prices have come down for recreational marijuana. But, let’s just say you buy yourself a gram of a good strain from a good producer for $20. You can probably squeeze four bowls out of that gram. If this is the case, for $5, you would most likely have your evening covered.

While recreational pot may seem expensive when compared to what we are used to with the black market, when compared to beer, it doesn’t seem that bad. Does it?

Let’s look at another example…

We posted a review of ZootRocks last week, our first review of cannabis-infused edibles.

There are 20 ZootRocks in package, with each lozenge containing 5mg of THC. Most likely, one of these lozenges may be sufficient, although you may find yourself having two during the course of the entire evening. If this is the case, these ZootRocks should last you 10 evenings. Based on the price of $38, the price comes out to be less than $4 an evening.

Less than $4 an evening, when compared to alcohol, sounds like a bargain! Also, keep in mind that the bargain won’t fully be realized until you wake up the next morning without having to deal with a ‘damn hangover.

What are your thoughts on the prices of recreational marijuana? When comparing to alcohol or beer, do you still think it is overpriced?

2 Glaring Differences Between Washington & the Newest Legal Pot State: Alaska

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Alaska has just become the 3rd state in the country to officially legalize recreational marijuana. This begins the long and tedious process of creating the rules to regulate the industry.

This means the first recreational pot shop to grace the landscape of the great frontier will not be until next year. Until then, Alaskans won’t be able to purchase weed legally, but they do have a way to obtain it which leads us to the 2 glaring differences between Washington State & Alaska recreational marijuana laws.

1. You can grow marijuana plants in the privacy of your home in Alaska, not in Washington

Despite being the first state in the country to officially legalize marijuana, Washington has lagged behind Colorado and now Alaska, in allowing residents to grow marijuana in their own home. Under the current law, it is illegal for Washingtonians to grow their own marijuana, unless you received a license as a producer. In Alaska, you can now grow up to 6 plants in your home.

2. $100 fine if you are caught consuming marijuana in public? OUCH!

It is illegal in both states to smoke marijuana in public. But the main difference is in the fines. In Washington, if you are caught smoking in public, you are looking at a $27 fine – which is the same as consuming alcohol in public. Even so, public consumption of marijuana laws are very relaxed.

In Alaska, the law for public consumption of marijuana is strictly enforced with $100 fines.