WA Marijuana News on the Associated Press

The last couple days an article has been floating around various news stations courtesy of the associated press. The headline reads: 5 years In, Washington Considers Overhaul of Pot Regulation.

In the article they detail certain changes that the Liquor and Cannabis Board have been mulling over.

Potential changes that were touched on included spreading out the regulation of marijuana businesses to other state departments and re-thinking the state’s seed-to-sale tracking program. In my opinion, having the Department of Ecology overseeing the certification of marijuana testing labs would tighten up a lot of the slack and misinformation that slips through the industry from time to time.

I’ve chatted it up with a few different lab technicians about the legitimacy of THC percentages on labels and how they might not be as truthful as the average consumer may believe. One of the guys I chatted with who shall remain nameless put it like this.

He said, “Company’s know that the consumer demand is calling for high THC percentages, they are going to do whatever they can to get the highest THC percentages documented on their labels. A lab technician might be able to falsify a THC percentage by altering the formula used to test the product, i.e. use 8ml of solvent instead of 10ml to get a more concentrated test result.”

Right now, the Liquor and Cannabis Board would have to get a significant complaint in order to investigate the malpractice of any specific testing facility. This has happened in the past and testing facilities have ceased to exist. I think that if the Department of Ecology was tasked with certifying and enforcing these testing facilities there may be less issues with funny numbers on our labels.

I’ve said it before and ill say it again, the biggest misconception of the i-502 industry is that the higher the THC on the label the better the product. Oh and one more… that 32% THC on that eighth you’re buying is probably lying to you.

Enough rambling… back to the Associated Press article… They outlined two very progressive proposed bills for the next session of legislature.

One bill would encourage greater ownership of marijuana businesses by minority, women, or veteran citizens and would offer grants and other technical assistance to businesses that qualify.

Another proposal would allow tier-1 producers to sell directly to medical patients either on-site, by delivery, or through a farmers market style as long as it met the regulations set in place.

How to: Backwood Blunt Wrap

Rolling a blunt or a joint can be as artistic as one makes it out to be. For my daily blunts the three things I care most about is that I roll them somewhat quickly, they have at least a gram or two in them, and the most important, that thing better be functional.

Blunts and joints can vary in many shapes and sizes, from your basic papers to your specific brand blunt wraps. For the sake of this instructional we’re going to focus on the brand Backwood Cigars being used as the blunt wrap.

The way I learned to roll backwoods differs slightly from how I would roll any other blunt wrap, the beginning and the end is where this technique varies.

Your standard Swisher Sweet or other blunt brand may call for a splitter or ripping or something else but the way that I was taught to break open the Backwood is by unraveling the cigar from the mouthpiece side first. Every Backwood cigar is slightly different considering it is rolled out of a tobacco leaf, which makes each wrap slightly different as well.

After you discard of your tobacco cigar guts you are going to brush off the remaining tobacco off the wrap and check the status of the leaf. If there’s no holes or breaks or anything you’re good to go.

Now for other blunt wraps and joints I would prefer using a grinder than breaking up the marijuana with my hands. When rolling the Backwood I prefer to break up the buds with my fingers, I feel that it helps for that blunt to smoke consistently. Especially if you’re smoking that tippity top shelf weed, you know that super freaking sticky that will clog your blunt up if the weeds way ground up and wrapped to tight. Anyways, I digress, on to the grinding.

Okay so you got your gram or two of weed all broke up with your fingers, its ground to the size of some finely diced onions or cilantro, or maybe a mixture of both. Maybe I’m just stoned and a little bit hungry for some tacos, either way lets roll this freaking blunt.

Next we’re going to flip it around and figure out which way we want to position the wrap. A lot of the time the stem of the leaf dictates which way you’re going to wrap your blunt. I usually wrap the blunt from the mouthpiece side first and roll it to somewhat of a cone style of roll. There is no rush at this stage, take your time. Don’t even worry if the mouthpiece or end of the blunt doesn’t look pretty, we’ll take care of that later.

It’s all rolled up, some of the weed fell out the end and it looks like it needs some TLC. No problemo. Let’s get to doctoring. The way I roll blunts requires two tools. I usually have with me a pair of scissors and a blunt packer of some sort, i.e. a key, anything with the circumference of lets just say a chopstick.

I usually start with the chopstick and gently pack the weed in from the end side first. I pick up whatever weed fell out onto the tray during the roll up and pack that in as well. I will do this 2 or 3 times or until I’m satisfied with how she looks. I usually twist the end of the blunt like a joint to prevent from anything falling out. Repeat the same method on the side you smoke out of until there is a firmly packed mouthpiece.

I then take my scissors and simply trim the excess blunt wrap. When I learned this little tip it gave me the power to roll the perfect blunt damn near every time. Its so simple that Ill run it by you one more time. Basically, however far you packed the mouthpiece side of the blunt in, you cut to. I usually also cut the side that I twisted like a joint just to make it easier to light.

There you go. You got your very own hand rolled tobacco leafed dank ass cannabis blunt, celebrations are in order! What’s that? You couldn’t follow? Im a bad teacher? Well, if that’s the case so be it. But if you’re down for a round two, I saw a video of these dudes and they make this shit look easy, so click the link below. Your welcome.

Recipe for the Perfect Stoner Movie Night

Every once in a while I like to practice my stoner habits in your classic stereotypical ways, and hey that’s just fine man. With that in mind, one of the go-to low-key activities is kickin’ back, getting nice and stoney, and taking in some cinematic culture. Whether it be a date night with the significant other, the K-9 companion, or even solo-dolo, cannabis and movie consumption for me, goes hand in hand.

The girlfriend and I have our routine down pat on how to approach movie night, varying a little of course whether were staying in or hitting the theater. Lately our recipe for the perfect stoney movie night has been the sum of 1-part infused drink and 1-part doobie or blunt.

If our movie night is destined for the theater, we would most definitely be practicing safe and legal consumption and would never advise against. Our version of safe consumption just might include passing the infused drink back and forth while blazing our pre movie doobie in the parking lot, but hey each to their own.

Ray’s Lemonade come in two dosages 25 and 75 mg of THC and a myriad of different flavors.

The infused marijuana drink must be one of my favorite additions to the marijuana industry since legalization. In my opinion, the infused liquids hit your system much faster than infused edibles or activated concentrates. Whenever I split a 75-100 mg infused drink the high sneaks up on me within 45 minutes of consuming the thing. The infused drink high will last anywhere from one to another two hours after it starts kicking in, making it the perfect addition to any movie night. My favorite infused drinks that we have in stock now and for the foreseeable future are Wild Side by Green Revolution and Ray’s Lemonade by Dogtown Pioneers.

Green Revolution’s Wild Side drink comes in a variety of flavors whether your preference be THC or CBD dominant.

The infused drink takes 45 minutes to kick in?!? Have no worries, that’s what the doobie’s for. Lately my favorite infused pre-roll has actually been that of the blunt persuasion. Sensi Organix’s Blunt Royale line makes wood tipped, hemp wrapped blunts that come in one and two gram varieties.

Blunt Royale comes with oil infused one gram, or full flower two gram options.

Hardest decisions I’ve made in a while was narrowing down my favorite stoner movies to create a little list for ya’ll. One through four were easy, these will probably always be my top four stoner flics, unless somebody super epic from the stoner community makes a cinematic masterpiece, until then, they are set in stone.

Holy smokes though man the number five slot was hard to narrow down. Some titles that just quite didn’t make the cut, but I feel I must list anyway: Harold and Kumar, Cheech and Chong, Jay and Silent Bob, Grandma’s Boy, the almost contender list could go on and on.

But alas, my top five stoner movie list. If you hadn’t seen any of them, go ahead and crawl out from the rock you’ve been under for the last 20 years and thank me later, I just made you plans for the night.

  1. Half baked
  2. Big Lebowski
  3. How High
  4. Pineapple Express
  5. Dazed and Confused

Lets talk Cannabis Infused Topicals

Before legalization I never thought to much about the benefits or market for marijuana infused topicals. If I am being honest, before our state legalized, I never put any thought into consuming marijuana for any reason than to get a little baked, or a lot baked, whatever you’re into.

Nowadays I get to sell marijuana to damn near every demographic out there. One of my favorite consumer groups being in the minority. Once or twice a week I get the pleasure of selling danks to someone’s wily grandma seeking a little relief for her arthritis, inflammation, or whatever the case. Her danks just differ a little from your average consumer.

 Pre i-502, if you didn’t have your medical marijuana recommendation, I imagine infused topicals would’ve been almost impossible to find if you didn’t know someone who grew their own varieties of CBD dominant strains. Even at that, you then had to put the time and effort into converting that raw flower into a consumable topical. So, let us rejoice! Legalization has brought the availability of things like marijuana infused topicals to the mainstream market.

The average topical consumer generally isn’t interested in feeling the high effect. Whether it be they have to pass a drug test or whatever the case, they do not want THC in their bloodstream. These consumers generally lead with the question, is the THC found in the topicals going to get me high? The simple answer here is no and for the majority of topicals in the i-502 market the answer is no.

Leafly.com wrote an interesting article on cannabis infused transdermal patches and interviewed Dr. Noel Palmer, who had some very enlightening points. The main one being that if the transdermal patch was infused with various cannabinoids including THC, the consumer would feel the psychoactive effect.

 When asked how transdermal patches can get cannabinoids into the bloodstream, Dr. Palmer replied, “There are two effects really going on. You want to create a patch where the cannabinoids don’t really like living in the patch, so they want to get away. So you try to create conditions for them to migrate from the patch into a place that might be more favorable. In the transdermal scientific world we use what are called permeation enhancers and carriers; those are general words that describe additives put in patches to help them transfer into the blood.”

While we don’t currently carry any transdermal patches at Tacoma House of Cannabis, we do carry topicals that will NOT enter your bloodstream. So have no fear Agnes, Mildred, and Ruth, the infused topicals we sell aren’t going to leave you “feeling it,” or have any psychoactive effect.


We carry many different company’s and styles whether you’re looking for infused bath bombs and salts for that extra relaxing soak, or balms, lotions, and creams to take the edge off your lingering ailment.

Kush Creams is one of our best reviewed topicals on our shelf. Kush Creams uses a special blend of cannabinoids and oils which makes their product stand out to the competition.

Kush Creams Natural Sensi is their scent-free variety

Here’s a little explanation I pulled off kushcreams.com on their secret to success, “At Kush Creams, we choose to use highly medicinal emu oil for the base of all topical products. Emu oil is the only oil that penetrates down into your epidermal layer, delivering the rich medication directly where you need it, versus spreading it superficially on the surface skin as with salves and balms, clogging your pores and preventing the medication from penetrating to the area where you need it. Our lotion, however, absorbs into your skin and you are able to reapply repeatedly to increase your dosage. Emu oil is the secret to our delivery system.”

For all the Aphrodisiac Stoners…

Legal, recreational marijuana brings all types of consumers out of the woodworks. I get the pleasure of serving weed to a vast variety of people, some more entertaining than others.

No joke, some days it seems like Dave Chappelle scripted our consumers straight out of his movie, Half-Baked, when he montages all the different types of stoners they sell to. One demographic of consumer that is always fun to sell to is the guy or gal looking to spice it up in the bedroom. We’re going to call them the ‘aphrodisiac stoner,’ if I were to try to fit the Half-Baked ‘different types of stoner’ mold.

We got some fresh drops this week, one strain specifically standing out for that aphrodisiac stoner. Mt. Baker Gardens (M.B.G.) grows a strain called Candyland which may be just the thing for all those individuals looking to get high and hot and heavy. M.B.G. brought us three strains Candyland, Lemon Sorbet Birthday Cake, and Sin Mint Cookies.

An Ounce of M.B.G.’s Candyland retailing for $200, Eighths for $30, Grams for $10

If you’re asking me, the Candyland takes the cake (and the cookies). The look of the Candyland buds are immaculate. Coated in crystals and trichomes, with hints of a beautiful purple and light green variegated throughout the jar, Candyland is a cross between Granddaddy Purple and Platinum Girl Scout Cookies.

Most growers and weed heads alike call Candyland a strong sativa with the classic happy, euphoric, and energetic type of high to go along with the sweet, earthy, and citrus-y flavors and smells. I have heard from many different strain reviews, read ups, and consumer feedback that Granddaddy Purple can be the source of the arousal part of the high. The beauty of M.B.G.’s Candyland is the energetic/happy effect that goes right along with it.

So you heard it first here folks. We got the stuff to get the birds singing and the bees buzzing, just ask for M.B.G.’s Candyland.

PSA: Vaporizer Cartridge Awareness

When shopping for vape carts in Washington’s legal market it’s very easy to get lost in the huge selection that most stores have available to consumers. Once you get to the counter and start talking to the budtenders its even easier to be misled or misinformed about the product that they have available, intentional or not.

In my opinion, if you’re looking for a full spectrum vape cart that is going to have strain specific qualities you are going to be much better off going with a CO2, Ethanol, or the creme de la creme Live Resin or High Terpene Extract (HTE) oils.

CO2 hash oil is created by using carbon dioxide as a solvent. The process is officially called super or sub-critical CO2 extraction. The CO2 is turned into a liquid and ran over top of the marijuana in a closed loop extraction process which strips the THC, CBD, other cannabinoids, and other essential terpenes and oils from the raw plant. After extreme pressures and temperatures you are left with a hash oil that has the full spectrum qualities to tailor to each individuals. CO2 oil is the safest and cleanest way to make marijuana concentrates.

Leaf Werx carries CO2 vape carts compatible with magnetic, 510 threaded, and PAX Era batteries

Ethanol extraction is similar to CO2 in the sense of the full spectrum oil that is returned after the extraction process. Ethanol is even more effective at extracting a full spectrum product in the fact that it can dissolve both polar (water loving) and non-polar (water fearing) substances. In laymen’s terms, ethanol extraction is extracting more cannabinoids, terpenes, and oils out of the marijuana.

RSO+GO is a great example of an ethanol extracted vape cart that can be found on our shelves.

Live resins and HTE oils are becoming some of my favorite options when it comes to what is available for vaporizer cartridges. Processors are using hydrocarbons to extract high percentages of terpenes and other cannabinoids. The majority of concentrates in the dabable world are made from hydrocarbons, processors are mixing these live resins and HTE’s with distillate to make them compatible to be smoked in cartridge form. Basically, these distillate and cannabis derived terpene mixes are making the gems and juice or diamonds and sauce of the cartridge world. A vape cart that finally tastes like your’e taking a low-temp fresh dab.

Acme Diesel’s HTE and Avita’s Live Resin are the creme de la creme of vape carts in our store when considering the 510 threaded battery type

As a retail industry worker, specifically when talking about vaporizer cartridges, I witness lots of sales representatives come through and try to upsell their product or exaggerate the benefits of their products. Look I get it, their sales representatives, their job is sales. I’m a budtender, my job is also sales.

It’s our job to inform you what you’re purchasing and at the House of Cannabis we pride ourselves in doing that in the most honest way possible. With that in mind, gather around, if you don’t take harsh news well, maybe you should grab a seat…

Your 95% THC distillate vape cart that you paid $40 a gram for is, in my opinion, the worst cartridge on the wall. Not because it tastes bad. Or because it won’t get you “high.” Distillate tastes delicious, for what it is. It gets you plenty high, if you’re looking for a pure THC, spectrum-less high.

My bone-to-pick with distillate revolves around the misconceptions of the industry that companies easily exploit, and it happens with many distillate vape cart companies. A lot of these products have artificial terpenes added or fruit derived terpenes when claiming to be a specific strain. If the terpenes are not cannabis derived then they are not going to carry those special qualities that give the specific effect or high that the strain is claiming to be, they will simply taste like it, with a very spectrum lacking, pure THC high.

Every Tuesday at Tacoma House of Cannabis we run a sale on our vape cartridges, that’s every Tuesday, all day long. So, since it is Tuesday, lets freaking do it, let your hair down and treat yourself a little bit. Go ahead and ask one of our budtenders to show you one of those super dope Live Resin or HTE cartridges, you can thank us later.

Hempfest on the Horizon


Reminiscing of past Hempfests… always such a stoned memory. Our Seattle Hempfest weekends usually started in Bremerton. My friends and I would congregate for the free ferry ride to Seattle where we would roll joints in the bathroom to gear up for the brutal walk North. Once we landed in Seattle if we weren’t feeling bougee enough to flag down a bike cart we would get to stepping quickly so we could start sparking those freshly rolled joints in the safety of the Hempfest gates.

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https://www.hempfest.org/about/hempfest25/

Before a recreational market was established in Washington my friends and I would always be super excited to accumulate edibles from various sources at Hempfest. Once a year we would have access to all these awesome new stoners that we would never get access to in our hometown little stoner circles. My strategy was always to seek out the hippiest looking grandmas because they would never disappoint when it came to dank ass edibles. Boy did I bite off more than I could chew one or two times, lets just thank god for the massive amount of food vendors that are available for us at the Munchie Market. Nowadays it’s very easy to get your hands on tasty baked goods or any type of edible with recreational stores scattered everywhere, my friends, we’re spoiled compared to how it used to be.

For a how to make firecraker edibles click the link
https://hightimes.com/edibles/how-make-firecrackers/

The more I think about it, Hempfest is like a weed smoker’s version of comic-con, it has everything, and anything weed related legally available, except for marijuana. So be smart; bring some doobies, blunts, vape pens, edibles, whatever your heart desires just practice good safe consumption habits, partake once you get inside the gates. Don’t forget to bring a little extra cash to avoid getting slaughtered by the ATM fee’s and lines. One more tip, you’re allowed to bring your own water through the gates. We all know what its like to get caught with some brutal cotton mouth on a dazed August day, so do yourself a favor and bring that thirst quencher.

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Stay tuned as we amp up for Hempfest as we will be running some in store sales to gear you up for the festivities. More to come on that as we approach our holy weekend.

Hempfest is August 16-18 at Myrtle Edwards Park just west of Seattle Center. We might not be there officially as House of Cannabis, but you can bet your best nugs a few of us will be there in our free time so if you see us, give us a shout, and be prepared for an instantaneous smoke session to commence. Peace and Love ya’ll.

Editors’ Note: Check out the video, below, for a little history in to what stopped Tacoma Hempfest, just 8 years ago this summer.

“Smoking on that Dragon and that shit got me on Saturn,” Fresh drop from Luv8

“Most potent shit in the store,” “that pressure,” “gassy,” “straight drugs,” all these statements have been used to describe the strain Dragon by Luv8. It was never quoted by a quasi-famous musician until Tacoma House of Cannabis’ very own budtender Red, aka Redhead, had this to say in his latest release about smoking Dragon by Luv8, “Smoking on that dragon and that shit got me on Saturn.”

Boy is he not lying, smoking a blunt of Dragon left me the most stoned I’ve been in a long-ass time, It leaves you stoned like its the first time you smoked weed… every freaking time! In Redhead’s latest music video, One Of A Kind, Redhead gave praise to the strain with the “got me on Saturn” lyric. The Director ChaseFade and producers Beezo and Say Zay did an awesome job highlighting and capturing the half ounce in the video, which is a safe bet to say they were smoking during the filming. We screen captured it for yawl’s ease of viewing, but don’t forget to checkout the full video linked below.

Grams and 1/8ths of Dragon available, RIGHT NOW! Click the pic to reserve some online!

And hell, let’s get our boy Redhead paid, spark up some Dragon, let the advertisement run its course, and enjoy the Official Music Video filmed at Tacoma’s very own Cheney Stadium.

Luv8 literally just left the shop, so stay tuned and we’ll get that Dragon put back up on the shelves. We Usually carry the Dragon in ounce, half-ounces, eighths, single-grams, and 2-pack joints. So whatever your fancy we got you, come down and smoke that shit that the rappers are smoking, and we’ll see you on Saturn.

THIS JUST IN… $45.00 Ounce

 Ladies and gentlemen step no further, we have heard your shouts and pleas. After searching far and wide, over rivers and mountains, valleys and peninsulas. I’m talking we had to hit up everybody in our little black weed book, my friends we have it.

The $45.00 ounce of flower is back.

Zenhorse is hooking us up. Today August 2, 2019 and later next week Zenhorse will be filling a number of orders tagged especially for us. After a series of harvests of what I am guessing is light deprivation outdoor buds, or maybe some outdoor autoflower buds. These guys came through. I just checked them out before clocking out for the day and people, these thins look damn good for $45.00. The strains are Blue Dream and Columbian with a surprising trichome content and equally impressive bud structure.


Tacoma House of Cannabis will be re-stocked on that bottom dollar ounce so get it while the getting is good. These things go fast.

P.S. I still stand by my article published earlier this month on the $40 ounce and how it will be gone in the future. What we got from our friends at Zenhorse is what I’m calling an anomaly in the market, but like, uh… that’s just my opinion man.