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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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.

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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.

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.

$40 ounce… Gone forever?

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.

Where does the $20 you spend at the weed store go?

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’ cheap.

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.

Happy 7/10, Fresh drops on HOC Tacoma dab wall

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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.

Western Cultured BHO

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.

Dank BHO from American Extract Co

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.

Happy 7/10 y’all!!

PinkBoots420.com – A strong green job resource

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.

These Pink Boots were made for writing, and Pink Boots is keeping you up to date on job openings. Seriously.

Cultivar, Chemovar: What’s the point?

So probably at least once or twice every day one of our customers says to me in the most Dazed and Confused-esque way. . . “Man . . . you got like the dream job man… Do you like get to test all these strains?” to which I reply in my most Half Baked-esque way, “Hell yea dude! And you best believe it my man! And the proper term is cultivar.” Okay, I may leave out the latter in my best attempt to not sound like a douche-bag, much to my boss’ dismay.

It had to have been about three to four weeks ago my boss was super excited to geek out on the latest terminology he heard from a key speaker at the Terpestival. The words “cultivar” and “chemovar” are more informative synonyms to words I classically knew as cannabinoid/terpene profile and strain.

So, long story short, he informed us about this new terminology to help classify marijuana correctly for lab technicians and growers and everyone in-between. Nicholas Demski, a writer for terpenesandtesting.com, gives a clear and concise description of the differences between the term cultivar and chemovar.

A cultivar is what a grower might cultivate, a variety of a plant created or selected and maintained though cultivation, For cannabis; Sour Diesel, GG#4, and OG Kush are all examples of different cultivars, so yeah its means the same thing as the term potheads have used for decades, strain.

A chemovar is the term used when considering cannabis from a more scientific approach. By observing the terpene profile, cannabinoid presence, and other elements of the whole plant that are not inert, labs are able to identify different chemovars within the cannabis plant.

Demski paraphrases Dr. Ethan B. Russo in saying scientists don’t have the luxury of using generic names for plants that vary so wildly in their appearance yet have strikingly similar compound structures. Russo says that cultivars are eminently malleable, and are as simple to alter as writing a new label. Chemovars is needed for precise dosing and consumers looking to replicate an exact effect. Lab technicians need to isolate these measurable chemical markers found in cannabis to help classify the industry and differentiate between plant chemistries, and the physiological effects the plants will trigger.

Before I give you my opinion on this spicy new terminology, I highly suggest reading a piece by Dominic Corva, titled ‘The Chemovar and the Cultivar.” Corva does a beautiful job explaining the differences between some of these newer terminologies and how they relate to older ones we might be using wrongly.

So back to my opinion piece . . . I am 100% for the unifying of cannabis culture and mass informing of any thing that has to do with a positive effect in the industry, especially when talked about by significant industry players like Dr. Ethan Russo, and Dominic Corva. But holy shit, most consumers aren’t ready to hear these pretentious sounding words describing weed.

Happy Hour SPECIALS at Tacoma House of Cannabis

Greetings, dear customers!

Tacoma House of Cannabis is pleased to announce the permanent addition of HAPPY HOUR from 9PM-11:55PM Sunday thru Thursday at Tacoma House of Cannabis, during which our customers will receive 15% OFF THE ENTIRE STORE* (see details below the video). We are setting this discount to apply to every item in the store that we can legally apply it to!

*Because of LCB regulation, we can’t sell any items for less than what we paid for it, plus the 47.1% cumulative tax that the State and Local governments impose on purchases at our store. For this reason, about half a dozen items we normally offer at deep discounts cannot be applied to this sale. These include our $5 per gram dabs, $2 1g joints, and Kush Creams topical products.

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02/28/2019 Promotion

Get 30% off the entire store when you share one of our FB videos on your timeline, to your friends. You can view the videos below, and the link below the video will take you to Facebook to share your chosen video. PLEASE USE THE LINK BELOW THE VIDEO YOU PICK, AND NOT YOUTUBE’S SHARE BUTTON.

Bring your phone with you to the store and show our friendly budtenders your post, and they will apply a 30% discount to your purchase, TODAY ONLY.

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Due to State regulations with regards to selling marijuana items below cost, we will not be double stacking any discounts, and any items in the store already discounted beyond 30% from their normal list price will not apply to this offer.

This offer is only good until 11:55PM on 02/28/2019.

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## This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.