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.
I feel like growing up in the Northwest it’s a necessity to have a few go-to activities or places to be when the weather turns up. Shit, especially us west-side Washingtonians. We get so sun deprived that when it finally does get nice out everybody and their sister are out and about and sometimes our go to spots are way too crowded, or you know, not so great of place to go and blaze it up at.
Have no fear though my friends I’m here to give you a couple of my go-to secret stoner friendly spots and activities, but remember keep it clean, pack-in pack-out, treat it like your momma’s house, and we’ll have no qualms.
Disc golf is the perfect outdoor activity for my attention
span and athleticism. There are a few awesome spots within the Tacoma area that
are nice and stoner friendly. Steilacoom disc golf course is coming in at the
top of the list it has three marked courses; two full 18-hole courses, one
9-hole par 3 course, plenty of places to burn one. Always be cautious and
courteous of other course goers though because occasionally you will run into a
family with youngsters, and c’mon no one wants to be that guy.
A summer past time for many of my friends and I, has always
been skimboarding. Damn near every peninsula, island, or coastline within the
Puget Sound has a sandy beach or two. If you look hard enough, and at the right
tide, it might just be the perfect little skim spot.
Now I’m sorry, but I cannot divulge any of my secret Puget
Sound skim spots because frankly I can’t trust ya’ll with that information.
I’ll tell you what though, I’ll bargain with you. Chambers Creek, specifically
Lower Chambers Creek Canyon Trail. There is little trail head/pull off on
Chambers Creek Rd. after the hill before the Chambers Creek Wastewater Plant.
Park your car and follow the trail all the way back. You may have to wade out
into the creek, over a log or two and then get ready to be blessed.
The creek opens into the dankest skimboarding oasis. Water
at the perfect depth for the area coverage of probably more than two full basketball
courts. This place is heaven on skim-able water man. There may even be a rail
or feature or two left out from previous skim competitions or skim boarders if you’re
lucky. There are usually some super cool dudes and dude-ettes in the skim area,
follow protocol, hop in line, wait your turn, and keep the frisbee’s out of the
god damn skim area!
Kobayahi Park has some great trail hiking for those on the
other end of the Chambers Creek trail. Upper Chambers Creek Canyon Trailhead is
a good place to look up for some quick nature without venturing too far from
the Tacoma area. If you know how to look up places on Google, you should be able
to locate this quaint little trail blazing spot no problemo.
Whether were skim boarding, disc golfing, hiking or whatever
our outdoor recreational activity of choice, remember our #1 goal is to have
fun. Safe and responsible fun can go hand in hand with marijuana use, and I
know I don’t have to convince you guys this, sometimes we do have to convince
the naysayers of this, just remember that and keep it cool and responsible
while were out and about in our state’s beautiful public areas. I’ll leave you guys
with a classic quote and a little subliminal message to remember to stop by Tacoma
House of Cannabis on your next adventure, Mathew McConaughey’s character from
Dazed and Confused…
In the past, when my car broke down or needed mechanic work
for whatever reason, I generally call around to every mechanic in a nearby
radius to get quick price quotes on my replacement transmission/tires/brake
pad/ whatever issue I have.
More and more everyday this is how people are going about
purchasing bulk marijuana. Over the past year, a significant percentage of the
phone calls received at our shop are consumers inquiring about the cheapest
ounce of flower for sale.
Two to three months ago you could call your average Tacoma
marijuana retail shop and their cheapest ounce of flower would range from $40.00-$60.00.
Twenty-eight grams for $40.00. That’s friggin’ cheap.
Fast forward to now, if you call into your average Tacoma
marijuana retail shop asking for their cheapest ounce of flower they’re going
to tell you $75.00-$80.00. Everybody, lend me your ears, that’s still friggin’
Over the last two years Washington’s weed market, similar to
Oregon’s, over produced useable flower, which drove prices down and created a demand
for that $40.00 ounce. Today, as a retailer looking around for a producer/processor
to sell us an ounce at a price point that allows us to get it to the consumer
at $40.00 is impossible. With a less than standard 2.5x mark up to cover our
own costs and excise taxes Tacoma’s bulk purchasing consumer is demanding a $16.00
ounce from the producer/processor.
Companies that sold their ounces at that $16.00 price point
to retail shops do not exist anymore. That is a less than sustainable price to
sell packaged marijuana for that is consumer ready.
Some company’s in Washington’s market have a business model
in which they operate at a loss to put pressure on the market and drive consumers
to their stores or create a demand for their product. This is happening at the producer,
processor, and retail level.
Personally, I am worried what effect this business model
will have on the future of the industry. Lets say 30 years pass by and all the
sixteen marijuana retail licenses within the city of Tacoma are controlled by 2
people, and they operate as a hive to hike the prices up or only carry certain farms
and basically take out the things which make this industry good for the consumer,
diversity, fair competition, small businesses, etc.
Whoa now, Ill pump the brakes on the theorizing of the
future of Tacoma’s weed market… Back to cheap ounces. I am predicting that the
average price of a normal budded ounce in Tacoma’s market will not drop below
that $60.00 to $70.00 price point. Unless of course the retail store is letting
them out the door at a stupid low price to drown the market.
There are a lot of holidays out there and I can easily think of two that directly affect our wonderful stoner culture. Of course the Mecca of stoner holidays 4/20 (April 20), and the lesser known 7/10 (July 10). What’s the story behind 7/10 you may ask? Why is July 10th all of a sudden a stoner holiday? As far as I know it’s literally only the word “OIL” spelled upside down and backwards. Which if you ask me is kinda lame, but you know, it’s not about how the holiday was created, it’s about what it stands for, and any holiday that stands for fat dabbies for everyone, I can get behind.
So let’s get to the goods. We’ve been making some serious upgrades to our dab wall as of late by bringing in a couple of real heavy hitters into our top shelf category. Western Cultured (on IG, here), American Extract Co (on IG, here), and Lifted Dreams Extracts are just a few of my favorite additions regarding new companies on our dab wall. Western Cultured has a Banana Split freshly dropped today that is retailing for $35.00/gram. It is the one that I have tried so far out of our new Western Cultured stock and it did not disappoint. All of Western Cultured extracts are processed by X-tracted Laboratories (aka Refine Seattle) who have a very unique process and blend of Hydrocarbons that in my opinion make some of the tastiest terpy/waxy/saucey extracts Washington has to offer.
American Extract Co and Lifted Dream Extracts are both our new top shelf diamond and sauce brands. Both companies take the model of processing with only the best growers in the state to produce the most gnarly diamonds and sauce we can get our dabbers on. American Extract Co sources flower from Lucky Devil, House of Cultivar, and many more top shelf producers. Lifted Dreams Extracts often partners with The High Point, which another one of the top shelf brands that we carry in flower. The High Point’s Sin Mint Cookies is an item which is extremely hard to keep on the shelves so if you see it I highly suggest you snag it while it’s still in stock! Lifted Dreams extracts are retailing for $45.00/gram whilst American Extract Co is retailing for $40.00/gram.
If nothing else, 7/10 day is a great day for stocking up a little stash of some special stuff. With deals all over the city on amazing oil, you can build a little war chest of dabs for special events or parties.
If we can’t see you today, don’t panic, it’s cool. You can
stop in any and every Saturday for our weekly Shatterday sale!
And wait there is more, Sunday through Thursday from 9:00pm til
close we run a happy hour sale so remember us on your late night re-ups for that
extra bit of savings.
Governor Jay Inslee signed SB5605 into law at about 4PM on Monday, May 13th 2019, after its passage in April via both the State Senate and House. The Senate did need a further reconciliation passage after the House amended the bill. The bill would require sentencing courts to vacate cannabis possession convictions, assuming that the person was above the age of 21 at the time of arrest. At the time of passage in the house, The News Tribune quoted State Senator and Bill sponsor Joe Nguyen (D-White Center) as saying:
“This proved you can do transformative justice reform issues and it’s a bipartisan thing,” said the bill’s lead sponsor, Sen. Joe Nguyen, D-White Center. “Our unjust laws of the past shouldn’t hold you back from being successful in the future.”
This could potentially be a boon to otherwise law abiding citizens who have had to uncomfortably confront this injustice on housing and employment applications, college loan applications, military service, and travel abroad. The Washington State Patrol reports that as many as 68,000 convictions could be expunged, affecting more than 58,000 individuals.
Brad Klippert (R-Kennewick) sought to limit the effect of the bill by sponsoring an amendment that would have given the courts the discretion of vacating the conviction, rather than compelling the court to do so. The amendment failed. However, through the House Appropriations Committee, the bill was further scoped to include verbiage that compelled the same action in all jurisdictions to ensure those charged and prosecuted under local, municipal ordinances were vacated, as well.
The Cannabis Alliance, was instrumental in lobbying the legislative body on this and several other bills during this and the previous sessions. The Cannabis Alliance is an industry group focused on introducing common sense laws and regulations to the industry, that benefit the industry as a whole, as opposed to a selective few.
Of further note, SB5442/HB1095 was passed by both chambers and would allow medical cannabis of certain types and dosages to be administered at public schools in accordance with a physicians instructions. Similarly, HB1401/SB5719 aim to bring Washington State Industrial Hemp laws in line with Federal laws, making it easier for Washington State Industrial Hemp based businesses to compete in the national marketplace was also passed in both houses and await the governor’s signature, on his desk.
Well, The Dandy Warhols (PDX) just got their tour underway, and DJ Rescue (Zia, their bass manipulator) does a series of after-show DJ sets at a watering hole after their legendary psych-rock gigs. The tour isn’t coming to Seattle, Tacoma, or Portland, but on June 22nd, 2019, DJ Rescue aka the one and only Ms Zia McCabe will be at Tacoma House of Cannabis on June 22nd 2019 from 7PM into the night, spinning some tunes! You can say ‘high’ and ask Zia to sign your Dandy merch. We will have some hardcard posters on hand to commemorate the event if you need something for her to shine. We are looking forward to having you in.
The first time I took a dab… wow… seems like quite a long time ago. Probably around 2011, my homeboy from work at the time told me to come blaze before work, naturally, I said “Hell yea!” Little did I know the doorways that were about to be opened into the fantastical world of hash oil dabbing.
I vaguely remember my buddy’s rig at the time, probably your run of the mill bong with a titanium nail equipped, perfect for hot dabs with no flavor and all that punch that goes with smoking hash oil. Before you go to judge me remember it was literally my first time dabbing and the year was 2011, so yeah, cut me some slack.
I was on my way to work, stopped by my dude’s place, took my dab, left shortly
after. BOY-O, did I get the most baked I’ve ever been in my entire life!
I continued to voyage my bicycle to work at the local steakhouse where I worked as a line cook at the time. When I arrived, needless to say, my manager saw right through my Visine lacking eyes, told me I wasn’t allowed to use any sharp knives for the day, and banished me to the dish pit, I abided.
forward eight years and I’m doing a demonstration on how to do a cold-start dab
for my legal weed shop’s online blog. God bless America, and especially our
beautiful Pacific Northwest.
“What is a cold-start dab?”, you may ask? I’ll give you a quick description, as well as a video in which I will demonstrate the speedy cold-start dab.
cold-start dab is achieved by simply scooping up the desired amount of hash oil
and placing it into a non-heated quartz banger, attached to whatever rig you
may have. I personally have never attempted a cold-start dab on any other type
of rig besides your standard quartz banger setup. You proceed to cover the
banger with your carb-cap, prepare yourself for your dab as you heat up the
banger for 10-15 seconds (depending on the thickness of your banger).
then use your carb-cap to move the oil around your banger as you hit that shit!
Way to go dudes and dude-ettes! You have just completed your very first
convenient and tasty, cold-start dab.
We see lots of resumes from prospective job seekers at all three of our stores. Sadly, there aren’t nearly enough jobs at our facilities for all the qualified job seekers that we see. However, the Tacoma and the Seattle area at large have a great resource for the green job seeker. We have a local blogger, Pink Boots 420, who is dedicated to maintaining all the green industry jobs she see’s posted to her blog. The list of things she posts are a LOT longer than just ‘budtender’. . . From marketing to trimming, in fact. You really should check it out over at website (pinkboots420.com) and her Facebook page.
Yeah, sadly you are seeing that right. The LCB has compelled us to change our signage in accordance with the Washington State Legislature’s bill altering advertising regulations, which passed in 2018. It was enacted this year, and disqualified our billboard from being allowed to advertise our brand, by 4 inches in height. We want to assure you that we are doing just fine. We do appreciate your continued patronage. We are working proactively with the LCB on what we can do with that sign to benefit our business.