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In light of the recent spread of the COVID-19 virus and associated regulations on public behavior, we at House of Cannabis wanted to let you know about the steps we are taking to ensure the safety of our customers and staff during this a-typical moment.
The Governor has declared cannabis retail stores and grow/process operations essential. What does this mean?
Well, this is a privilege for society. It means we need to follow the rules. Maintain social spacing, don’t make needless trips, buy enough to last a while when you do venture out, and combine trips for eligible household members to minimize exposure, if possible.
For House of Cannabis stores, we are taking several steps to minimize risk to our employees, as well as the general public. We continue to sanitize frequently. All budtenders are wearing gloves 100% of the time, and we are deploying masks as this week progresses. All shifts have disposable masks, or washable, reusable masks at this moment. Every employee is being issued protective equipment to protect you, and them, should someone be non-symptomatic. As the COVID-19 Coronavirus infection appears quite virulent, I would personally avoid shopping at retail establishments that aren’t taking sanitation and personal barriers very seriously. I assure you that we, at House of Cannabis, are taking this health threat very seriously.
As this situation develops, we remain reactive to the orders of the Governor. He is the singular ultimate authority on if we stay open. It also may become necessary to reduce our hours at any or all of our three stores. If a situation develops locally that creates an environment that means we can’t safely serve the public, we will close our doors.
The State of Washington has just opened up curbside service to all adults 21+ given COVID-19 concerns, and we will be evaluating how to implement that, if possible. If you know what you want from our menu, please feel free to place an online order, and call the store when you arrive if you don’t want to come in.
We are leveraging our partnerships with other cannabis businesses, cannabis professionals, and cannabis trade associations in order to keep up with 1) industry-wide coronavirus best practices and 2) maintain an up-to-date understanding of national and state restrictions on small businesses that could potentially impact our ability to operate.
If there is any sign that we will need to close up shop, we are committed to communicating this to you, our customers, as soon as we find out. You have been good to us over the years, and so we are committed to being communicative and transparent with all of you through all of this.
Our Requests to Our Customers:
Thank you for your continued patronage at House of Cannabis. We look forward to continuing to serve you during this difficult time. If you have any questions about how we are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Stay safe and sane out there!
Tacoma: (253) 212-3711, 8AM-11:55PM Every Day
Twisp: (509) 997-4200, 9AM-9PM M-Sat, 11AM-5PM Sunday
Tonasket: (509) 486-0919, 9AM-9PM M-Sat, 11AM-7PM Sunday
Our vendors are starting to issue their own responses to COVID-19 / Coronavirus. Where possible, I have saved PDFs and linked them for download, below:
Our friends at The Happy Cannabis just sweetened our shelves with some must haves for all the Sativa lovers out there. When you talk about companies that have seriously dialed in their strain selection The Happy Cannabis is always one that comes to mind.
My current go-to from these folks is their wonderful Caesar Strain. This sneaky stoney sativa came upon my radar last summer whilst hanging it on the shelves for the first time. The dank and loud level of aroma that was coming out of these guys’ Caesar strain is rivaled by some of the most pungent gorilla glue’s that I’ve ever smelled or seen.
It probably took me like 15 minutes to complete what would have taken less than 1 minutes worth of hanging normal 1/8ths on the shelf, purely cause of the admiration and cooing that went on during the task. In my defense you cannot expect a stoner in their right mind to not absolutely worship this shit seeing it for their first time. Shortly after I purchased one of those very 1/8ths, the rest is history. Caesar stays on my short list.
photos courtesy of Budtender Chris
Date: January 3, 2020
Item: Lowest price for an ounce of buds
Area: Random bunch of Tacoma Stores
Verdict: Potzone @ $56.00
Notes: I simply called all the stores listed below and asked for their cheapest ounce price. This is probably our most often question we receive as budtenders answering the phone and sometimes the most tiresome. So, in spirit of playing devil’s advocate I challenge our readers to do this same thing as it can be kinda fun hearing the responses from different pot stores, and the layers of stoney people answering the phone. Also keep in mind that these prices fluctuate frequently so stay tuned for next week!
Tacoma House of Cannabis: normally $100 but 40% off to $60
Zips: normally $80 25% off to $60
420 Tacoma: $95
High Society: $90
Diamond Green: $85
The Joint: I think the phone was left off the hook, couldn’t get a dialtone
The Potzone: $56
Mary Mart: $90
Clear Choice: $99
World of Weed: $69
Emerald Leaves: $70
All the time budtenders are asked about marijuana at the airport. I’m not going to lie the first time or two I was asked, I didn’t feel comfortable speaking on it.
Shortly after legalization, (between 2012-2014) I was under the impression that it was still illegal to have it at the airport and TSA would strictly follow the federal laws. Which state that marijuana is a schedule 1 drug, and if you got caught with a schedule 1 drug at the airport you could very likely be going to a federal penitentiary.
2019 Kyle approaches this question much differently. Now a days when I get asked, “Is it cool if I bring some weed back with me on the plane?” or “How much marijuana can I fly out of Sea-Tac with?” I reply with one simple statement.
It all depends on where you’re flying. I usually elaborate further depending on their answer with a yada yada don’t be flying to Texas, or a yada yada if you’re flying into Cali you good Dogg.
For the purpose of this little instructional ill give my honest official weed at the airport response.
Lets start with the depending on where you’re flying into statement in mind. If I was flying into California or Nevada and I didn’t want to mess around with the expensive prices when I were to land I might pack an 1/8th or two or three in my carry-on luggage. In California the legal limit is about one ounce of flower and eight grams of oil for people 21 years of age and older. In Nevada the limit varies slightly at one ounce of flower and 3.5 grams of oil. Therefore if I was landing in either of those states I would feel comfortable carrying a legal limit’s worth.
I think that in my case I would never check a bag that had marijuana in it especially if I wasn’t landing in a legal state.
According to a TSA instagram post from last 4-20 they jokingly alluded to the fact that they are not looking for marijuana but it is their job requirement to notify when it is found.
“Let us be blunt: TSA officers DO NOT search for marijuana or other illegal drugs. Our screening procedures are focused on security and detecting potential threats. But in the event a substance appears to be marijuana or a cannabis infused product, we’re required by federal law to notify law enforcement. This includes items that are used for medicinal purposes.”TSA on instagram
When I read the quote from TSA i understand it as, as long as local law enforcement has no problem with me carrying the given amount of marijuana when I step outside the airport then I should be fine, but they don’t straight up say that, and legally they are probably not advised to.
According to a Kiro7 article it is legal to have fewer than 40 grams of marijuana in your checked bag or carry-on when you arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
In Washington State the legal carry limit is one ounce of flower and seven grams of oil, 40 grams of marijuana is almost 1.5 times the legal limit so I have no idea how they came up with that one. Let me real quick throw a disclaimer out to make the bosses happy, at NO point in this post am I offering advice on or advising to fly through an airport with any sort of marijuana, pot, weed, cannabis, ganga, sensimilla, grass, or any other colloquialism.
Safe travels my high flying peeps.
How many of ya’ll out there blaze it up before hitting the gym? My people. Hell, maybe your a little less initiated and you dabble in using cannabis edibles or topicals as your post workout routine for relief. Wherever you fall on our little spectrum, you my friends, are the latest trend.
According to results from a research survey published by Frontiers in Public Health, cannabis use and fitness is on the rise in legal states.
605 people took the survey. The survey targeted people 21 years and older in recreational marijuana states who had liked some sort of cannabis page via facebook. In the full sample, 494 participants (81.7%) endorsed using cannabis before and/or after exercise and 111 (18.3%) did not.
I had the chance to chit chat with a couple that frequents our store as well as our very own Tacoma Center YMCA. For anonymity sake we’ll call them Jay and Nay.
“When I smoke before playing basketball it puts me in a different zone, I get more focused in on the game and have more fun.” Jay said.
“I like to smoke sativa before going to the gym normally, but lately I’ve been on a fruit chew kick,” said Nay. “It seems like it helps so I can lift more and ride the spin bikes longer.”
Nay says that she prefers our Ceres brand Fruit Chews to some other types of edibles on the market. They don’t leave a bad taste in her mouth or make her more thirsty, so its a good product to use before the gym.
For all of those post workout aches and pains without the consumption Ceres has some of the most desirable products on the market available for topicals. The Dragon Balm by Ceres is easily our most popular topical product on the shelf. And you can get it out the door for $15.
I always compare Dragon Balm to the famous Tiger Balm in smell and consistency. Pro-Tip, its better, cause its jam packed with cannabis! Dragon Balm has a broad spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes as well as camphor oil and menthol essential oils. As i stated last week, different ratio’s of cannabinoids can be more beneficial for various ailments, and everyone is different so its always helpful to come in and explain what you’re looking for to our staff. Dragon Balm has 175mg THC, 175 mg CBD, and 20 mg CBN.
Topicals such as this will only provide relief and never a psychoactive effect. So don’t you worry you wont get high from this stuff.
Whether you are using marijuana to push your personal limits at the gym, or to cope with the healing and relief process. We pride ourselves at The House of Cannabis in carrying a product to fit every one of your cannabis needs, so come on down and chat it up with our knowledgeable staff and we’ll get you stocked for your next workout session.
Its that wonderful time of year again my weed smoking compadres. Crop-tober is finally here. All the beautiful sun grown marijuana is almost finished ripening to its optimal potency. Patience guys, it’s almost ready to hit our stash jars.
Lets dive into this a little bit and think about the impact the outdoor October harvest has on us.
Realistically, the raw bud harvested in October probably wont be ready for packaging or further processing until around thanksgiving or even a little bit after. So we gotta keep in mind it takes a little while to see the impacts trickle down from our crop-tober season.
What I’m getting at here people is we should see a lot more weed be available from producers and processors here in the next month or so, and you know what that means… drumrolll… cheaper prices to the masses!
Right now the price of an ounce of weed in our store is ranging from $50 all the way up to $315 for some top shelf. I don’t see the price dropping any lower than $50/ounce any time soon and like, lets get real, that’s already too low. What we will see is the quality get a lot better at those lower price points.
Bargain shoppers be warned! We are going to start reaping the benefits of crop-tober sooner than later, so stay vigilant people.