We can now accept debit and credit cards through an LCB approved processor, with a super low $1 charge. We’ve also dropped our ATM fees to just $0.50 per withdrawal!
Now you don’t have to be nickel-ed and dime-d to death by fees from both the weed store, and an out of network debit transaction. Some stories we have heard from customers are hair raising, including up to $8.50 in additional fees to the list price of the packages purchased.
Part of the reason we had not be able to bring card services to you to this point was the cost prohibitive fee that ALL the other weed stores charge you when you purchase. Rather than sharing the load, they pass along all those fees to you to maximize their profit.
At House of Cannabis, we think a little differently about things because we are in this for the long game as the little hometown chain that could. From our roots in Medical Cannabis at places like Tacoma Holistic Collective, Cannatonics Society, and Rainier Xpress (Olympia), to the House of Cannabis chain in Washington State legal weed (Tacoma, Tonasket, and Carlton), we are FROM Tacoma. #LocallyOwned and #VeteranOwned, we care about you. We care about our city.
In the last week the media has produced some fear mongering
headlines involving an investigation of an Oregon death linked to vaping.
Articles on various websites in the last couple days are not
shying away from pointing the finger at vape products purchased at a legal pot
shop to be potentially linked to the cause of the death of the middle-aged
I call these fear-driven headlines blasphemy!
If you ask me the only connection one could make to a
hazardous cannabis vape oil is one that would be sourced from the black market.
I was talking to some family members from California that
shop around at some of the flea market style cannabis bodegas. We were
specifically talking about certain vendors selling rip off vape cartridges that
either didn’t work or didn’t get you high. My cousin was jokingly talking about
them refilling old cartridges with hot dog water and ripping people off.
Frequently people come into Tacoma House of Cannabis asking
about refilling empty vape carts with oil that they thinned out with substances
like MCT oil or something else they purchased from the internet or at a tobacco
I always tell people that this is a bad idea. Not just
because the filaments could burn out in the vape cartridge and leave your oil
trapped, but because cutting/thinning pure cannabis oil is not natural and one
should never smoke a thinning agent.
The fear mongering that the various media outlets were doing
didn’t take any of the black-market aspect into consideration.
NPR published an article that did a really good job breaking
down what could have been the source of the health hazard.
In the NPR article they interviewed New York State Health
Commissioner Howard Zucker and picked his brain on the issues of what could be
the source of the health hazard.
Zucker says that Vitamin E oil was very prevalent in about
13 of the patient-submitted cartridges that they analyzed.
Vitamin E oil could be used as a topical or a dietary supplement but vaping it could be very harmful. When it is “inhaled deep in the lung, [it] can cause problems,” Zucker tells NPR.
Vitamin E oil is not an approved additive per the rules and regulations of the New York medical marijuana program, and the cartridges that contained it appeared to be black market products purchased off the street, says Zucker.
Its reported that officials in Oregon say that the man that
died of severe pulmonary illness had used a vape product purchased at one of Oregon’s
state regulated marijuana stores.
If Oregon officials are going to make a connection of this
death to the product he purchased in a legal marijuana store in their report, they
had better also try to make a connection to any and everything that could have hindered
this man’s lungs in the previous year.
I say that this type of press release is fear mongering and
attempt to smear the name of legal cannabis. And that is totally not cool man.
Those that are still worried from the slough of stories that
came out this week, my only advice would be to never purchase any marijuana product
from anyone that is not a state licensed marijuana store. But c’mon man, especially
a vape cart.
Football season is finally upon us, for all of us die hard fans our time to rejoice is now! Personally, the nostalgia and joy I get from the NFL season, rivals that of a Christmas morning for your average child. Between the fantasy football, the pig skin pick ‘em leagues, or just watching my Hawks battle it out every week, I freaking love the NFL. Some may call that a little bit immature and you know… I’m okay with that.
What I’m NOT okay with is the stance that the NFL has
repeatedly taken on the topic of cannabis. Year after year the NFL is forced to
take stances on issues that come up in the media’s spotlight.
Whether it’s the league ambivalently taking sides on social issues like what Kaepernick was kneeling during the national anthem for, or the league straight up enforcing penalties on players for actions in their personal lives.
With Kaepernick, teams around the league boycotted him as a
player and wouldn’t roster him even though he was good enough and better than
many players around the league. They didn’t want him to use the NFL stage as an
outlet for the social issues he was advocating.
On account of this being a weed blog I’ll pump the brakes
and get back to my element… cannabis. The NFL in the past, has been notorious
for enforcing harsher penalties to players that test positive for marijuana,
then athletes who have committed violent crimes.
Martellus Bennett, a retired NFL player, recently went on a Bleacher Report podcast and said that he thinks 89 percent of active NFL players smoke weed.
“There are times of the year where your body just hurts so
bad,” Bennett said. “You don’t want to be popping pills all the time. There are
anti-inflammatory drugs you take so long that they start to eat at your liver,
kidneys and things like that. A human made that. God made weed.”
Andrew Brandt, writer for Sports Illustrated had this to say about the NFL and cannabis testing, “It is not a drug test; it is an intelligence test. Players who have not previously tested positive are only tested once a year, and only during a four-month offseason window that begins on April 20 (yes, 4/20, maybe the NFL does have a sense of humor) and ends on August 9.”
Nate Jackson, another retired NFL player, was interviewed on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and said that he thinks 50% of players in the NFL locker room smoke weed. When asked on his personal consumption of cannabis in the NFL, Jackson said, “I weeded as needed.” He then went on to say how viable cannabis has been to him as a medical alternative to painkillers.
I may disagree with the league in the stance they take on
various issues but I’m not going to lie, they have a goddamn awesome product
and I subscribe to it religiously. But hey at least I stream my gameday bootleg-style
on the internet.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
UPDATE 12:11AM 4/20/2019: It’s been a long day, but we have LOADS more product for 4/20 day! I’ll see you all there in less than 8 hours!
Tacoma House of Cannabis is doing it up right on 4/20 day BY STARTING ON 4/19, with a blistering set of deals on product with our unique vendor set. Get deals on all the awesome farms carried nowhere else on 38th St, and enjoy our debit/credit service with no fees. Not from us. Not from your bank.
So much good stuff…. Where to begin?
CONCENTRATES & CARTS 37.5% $8 Nat Canna Dabs *** $5/g 40% OFF Avitas 40% OFF Dorado 40% OFF Mantis Extracts Oregon Silver Tip 1g 40% OFF Luv8 40% OFF selected Heavenly Bud Concentrates 10% OFF Mantis Extracts (remainder of the line)
JOINTS/PRE-ROLLS $1.50 1g joints from sour face $1 0.5g joints from cyclops 20% off Dr Bonez joints 20% OFF Emerald City Growers
FLOWER/BUD 50% OFF MAD MARK FARMS Special 420 Ounces and Halves 50% OFF Wholesale Cannabis Co 420 Ounces 25% OFF Old McDonald Farm 1/8ths 25% OFF Mr Grimm 25% OFF NW Rootz 25% OFF Pilot 25% OFF The High Point 25% OFF Spady Bud 25% OFF High Tide 25% OFF Panoptic 25% OFF Stone Age Gardens 20% OFF Especial Cannabis flower 20% OFF Cowlitz 20% OFF NW Grown 20% OFF THCBD 20% OFF Delta 9 10% OFF Cyclops 10% OFF Cloud 9
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.
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.
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.
REQUIRED STATE DISCLAIMER
## 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.