Budtenders – A Call for Higher Standards

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Budtender displaying cannabis sample or his customers (photo: Cannabis Reports)

I’ve interacted with at least 100 different budtenders over the past few years as a medical cannabis consumer. The best of these budtenders were cannabis enthusiasts providing exceptional customer service. The worst of them were uninformed and aloof, ruining my shopping experiences and leaving me searching for new stores. The cannabis industry lacks uniform minimum qualifications for budtenders. I’d like that to change.

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Cannabis-Friendly Music, Part 4

Note: This is the fourth installment in our series about cannabis-friendly music, drawn from the clips we curate on our Instagram feed. All you need to know is that this is heady, cannabis-friendly music.

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So much music sounds like it was written to be listened to on cannabis (photo: musical weed dot com)

16. Max Frost & The Troopers – The Shape of Things to Come (1968)

Kicking off this cannabis-friendly music installment (in no particular order) is Max Frost & The Troopers’ “The Shape of Things to Come” from the 1968 teen rebellion film Wild in the Streets. The American International Pictures shock-cinema spectacle relates the tale of a fictional band led by singer Max Frost who becomes involved in politics in support of lowering the voting age to 18. The group’s rabid fans take things further, demanding the voting age be lowered to 15 and things go downhill from there.

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Quartz Banger Brings 710 to Life

710 Life is a Los Angeles area company that manufactures a wide variety of standard and portable cannabis vaping and dabbing devices. The company’s proprietary e-nail coil is designed to work seamlessly with a specially made quartz banger, an upgrade sold separately from their e-nail packages. I discovered 710 Life last year in a High Times article reviewing 2018’s 10 best e-nails and have used their micro mini e-nail reliably for the past 5 months dabbing live resins, jelly waxes, shatters, crumbles, and other extracts. After putting my e-nail through daily tests of performance and durability, powering it up and down, disconnecting and reconnecting the coil and cord, disassembling, cleaning and reassembling the nail components and dabbing anew without incident, it is clear why the award-winning device made it on the High Times list.

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710 Life award-winning branded micro mini e-nail set to 720 degrees
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Growing Exposed for All to Stream

Growing Exposed: Season 1, Episode 7, “Acres Upon Acres”

Growing Exposed is a new video series produced by Jeremy Deichen. Coined “the MTV Cribs of the marijuana industry” the show is led by host Amanda MacKay. Growing Exposed has found a unique way to open up the once underground world, revealing the secrets of industry leaders. In addition to garden tours, David Robinson, author of The Grower’s Handbook lends his expertise in a segment entitled Teachings of The Garden Sage. David has dedicated his life to dispelling the myths behind cannabis while educating people on how plants grow.

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Metrc Tracks and Traces from Seed to Sale

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The name Metrc might not strike a chord for most 420 devotees, but each day California cannabis growers, packagers, distributors, extractors, infusers, and retailers rely on Franwell, Inc.’s Metrc cloud-based platform as the cannabis industry’s mandated “track-and-trace” electronic regulatory system. California statute obligates cannabis industry professionals to record everything that happens to a cannabis plant or product in their possession at a given time, from the moment a seed sprouts as an immature plant until the moment it or its derivative products are purchased by a consumer. Regulatory “seed-to-sale” tracking is designed to protect the consumer, the legal cannabis industry, and the state against fraud, corruption, theft, and loss, by providing precision, real-time inventory accounting, regular reporting, and easy on-the-spot inspections. 

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4/20 Sweet Deals and Better Days Ahead

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This past Saturday was Swedish Flying Saucer’s inaugural 4/20 holiday and to commemorate the occasion, we headed out to a few local dispensaries to catch some of the action. We checked Weedmaps and Instagram to look for local deals and holiday product highlights but of the many different bargains and premiums offered nearby, BOGOs, percentage discounts, and dollar deals, though generous, seemed unremarkable. We took our time sussing out dispensaries offering the best discounts AND the best selections while keeping our eyes open for anything out of the ordinary. Although one of our go-to dispensaries seemed to have the biggest discount of the day (30% across the board), their limited extracts inventory kept us looking. If this was to be a truly special day, we needed to step outside the box and try something new.

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Smart Collective Brings the “A” Game

Smart Collective, 10745 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Smart Collective is a humble dispensary, located inconspicuously in the hallway of a single story Toluca Lake office building. Inside the nondescript suite a very clean and spare waiting room accommodates patients while a security guard processes paperwork. The dispensary interior is also clean and orderly and the store’s abundant wares are admirably organized and displayed there in a very limited amount of space.

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