A Check-In for Couples who love Cannabis

Life is about relationships and the way they enrich our lives. The difference between one that is harmful or healthy can walk a thin line, but with a bit of effort, practice, and honesty, harmony is attainable between partners. Your relationship with cannabis is just as unique as your endocannabinoid system, and positive or negative, […]

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Join Martin Szabó for a Cannabis Photography Workshop in Calgary, AB

Commercial and portrait photographer Martin Szabó, who has specialized in the field of cannabis photography, is aiming to help your understanding of just that. Through his full-day workshop, specifically tailored to consumers and business to business operations, join Szabó as you go through the whole cannabis e-commerce photoshoot process, from start to finish, including post-production and […]

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Thousands light up joints during Hindu festival in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Hindu holy men were joined by devotees and the public Friday at a revered temple in Kathmandu where they lit up joints during an annual festival despite prohibition and warnings by authorities. Hundreds of police officers patrolled the forested area around the Pashupati temple, which was crowded with cannabis smokers celebrating the […]

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Parenting during Prohibition – an interview with glass artist Red Beard

Raising kids is hard. Growing the quality of cannabis required to deliver a medical benefit is also difficult. Doing both at the same time is even more so, especially with the ever changing legal market. With the current framework in place, Canadians can legally grow up to four plants for their personal use, and with […]

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Japan Among the Worst Places to Have Weed

It was proven again this week that Japan is among the absolute worst places you can live if you’re a cannabis enthusiast, never mind a tourist, as the story of a father and son from Nara Prefecture has started to make the rounds.

According to the English language version of Mainichi Shimbun, one of Japan’s major national newspapers, the whole thing started as a Sunday family dispute and ended up with two teenagers being arrested for violating Japan’s Cannabis Control Law. Japanese media have made sure to note one of the 16-year-olds went to private school and the other did not.

According to the newspaper, the public school kid decided to set up a small grow operation in his family’s house but from the sound of it, things never really got off the ground apart from a planter box and undescribed lighting equipment. He would eventually tell his family he was planning to grow the cannabis for profit. At that point, his father allegedly called the police on him after some kind of warning.

The private school kid would end up getting ratted out too. Between the two students, the cops would net less than 5 grams of weed and seeds. They told the police they had scored the cannabis from the internet via Twitter.

Nare Prefecture police are always on the hunt for cultivators. In 2018 they spent six months working on a tip that would eventually net them only 80 plants in the eventual raid.

The actual penalties the two could face are about as draconian. According to Article 24 of Japan’s cannabis control law, anyone who tries to import or grow pot in Japan is looking at a prison work detail of up to seven years. They also face a fine that’s the equivalent of more than $27,000 U.S. dollars.

Even for those with entrepreneurial goals, getting charged with the simple possession of cannabis that’s deemed to be for personal use, as in the courts realize they aren’t looking to make a buck with that pot, are looking at five years.

But what if they can prove you’re looking to sell that sack?

“A person who commits the crime in the preceding paragraph for profit is punished by imprisonment with work for no more than seven years, or, in light of the circumstances, may be punished by imprisonment with work for no more than seven years and a fine of no more than 2,000,000 yen,” the penal code reads.

So thanks to dad for choosing the criminal justice route as opposed to the parenting one, these kids are now looking at possible jail time until they are 23 since they admitted to collaborating on the effort.

The cannabis persecution for the Japanese doesn’t even stop when they leave home. This was again brought to the forefront when Canada legalized marijuana. By the Japanese standard, anyone found to be smoking in Canada, or anywhere else cannabis has been legalized for medical or recreational purposes, could face up to five years in jail. The penal code’s language specifically notes it doesn’t matter if it is medical marijuana. But if you are caught distributing manufactured medical marijuana products in a nonprofit manner you’re only looking at five years as opposed to the seven you would get for selling things the courts don’t find to be for therapeutic purposes. 

Japan doesn’t just put high schoolers with troubled lives at home on blast, every time a celebrity is caught anywhere near pot it’s a big news story. This included last year when the former World Junior Judo Champion, who is now a police officer in Kyoto, was arrested when visiting family in Osaka. On the visit, the police searched his house in connection with a robbery at Kyoto’s police academy. During the search, police found dry flowers and a pipe.

The highest-profile cannabis case in the history of Japan remains Sir Paul McCartney. The former Beatle was arrested at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport while on tour with Wings. McCartney said they decided to bring a half pound because they knew they weren’t going to be able to find anything to smoke. That half pound ended up getting McCartney nine days in jail, which isn’t too bad since he was facing the seven-year sentence we mentioned.

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Weedmaps Buyers’ Guide: Stash Boxes and Smell-Proof Bags

Between growing cultural acceptance and the political shifts that followed, lax laws and legal weed have transformed what it means to be a cannabis user. 

And there’s never been a better time to be a stoner than now. Suddenly, weed is wellness, a viable alternative to alcohol, prescription pills and a slew of other coping mechanisms that are objectively terrible for us. 

While cannabis is more acceptable than ever, discretion remains a key concern for most users. From the soccer mom hiding tinctures in her makeup bag to an otherwise unapologetic stoner who doesn’t want to smell like weed at the family function, the necessity for discretion exists on different levels. Regardless of where you fall on the sliding scale of a secret stoner to unabashed “weed kween,” discreet products are great tools when you want to keep it on the low. 

Here is our guide to stash boxes and smell-proof bags, with a couple of ingenious products blurring the line between the two. Until cannabis becomes federally legal, it’s wise to err on the side of caution. Especially when the err, or in this case, air, doesn’t have to smell at all. 

The Apothecarry Classic Stash Box  

The Apothecarry Classic Stash Box exists at the apex of the high end. Four glass jars, four dab containers, humidity control, joint holders, a rolling tray… the list of super stoner accouterment goes on. If you’re a baller who takes their weed seriously enough to have a head stash worth preserving, this one-of-a-kind box is for you. 

Price: $259

LiTT Stash Box

If you’re part of the 99% who can’t swing over $200 for a stash box, LiTT’s Stash Box is a great alternative. Simple, highly functional, and aesthetically cool, it has everything you need and nothing you don’t. Plus, the top of the box doubles as a rolling tray. 

Price: £23 ($29.90 USD)

Diversion Hair Brush 

With the Diversion Hair Brush, the name says it all. Though obviously not a box, it’s a great place to hide your stash when no one can know you have weed on you. If you live in a legal state, this doesn’t happen much. If you don’t, it happens all the time. Either way, we’ve all been there, and all would have been way less panicked if this brush had been there too. 

Price: $14.95

The Gypsy by Erbanna

The Gypsy by Erbanna is one of those products that blur the line between stash box and smell-proof bag. A portable stash box, if you will. This quilted case is chic enough to conjure visions of Chanel bags, yet functional enough to come with two glass jars, plenty of room for whatever else, and a combination lock to boot. Just because it’s technically a stash box, doesn’t mean it has to stay in one place. The modern stoner is on the go. Now, so is their weed.  

Price: $49.99

Stashlogix Silverton 

Another box/bag hybrid, Stashlogix’s Silverton is not for the casual stoner. With adjustable dividers, lockable zippered bags, rubber gaskets, and odor absorbent packs, it’s best suited for those who constantly deal in multiple strains at a time, most likely professionally. 

Price: $55

Mini Quilted Smell Proof Pack by Cookies

The Mini Quilted Smell Proof Pack by Cookies is, in a word, perfect. It’s discreet, cute, and coming in at $29, it’s cheap enough for almost any budget. Whether you’re on a camping trip, out around the city or just in your car, people who don’t like weed will never know you have it — or suspect how stoned you are.  

Price: $29

The Classic by Stashlogix

Equal parts eco-friendly and user-friendly, The Classic by Stashlogix is great for nomads. Aside from an integrated lock and adjustable dividers, it features Odorpax, replaceable odor absorption packets made with activated bamboo charcoal in a hemp/nylon pouch. Each pack lasts up to three years, so you’re good to go for the foreseeable future. And, to top it all off, it charges your phone. 

Price: $51

Level1620’s Northern Lights Clutch

Part of Level 1620’s collaboration with Polish artist Anna Grochowska, the Northern Lights Clutch brings a touch of boho sophistication to the smell-proof bag. “The Northern Lights take us to nature,” she said of the design. “We sit out there at night and look up at the natural colored tie-dye lights in the sky. It’s a sacred moment of connection with the universe.” Sacred moments, tie-dye lights, and connecting to the universe? This bag is a physical manifestation of what getting high is all about. 

Price: $45

Escape Luggage by Skunk 

Escape Luggage by Skunk takes the smell-proof bag to a whole new level with their rollable smell-proof luggage. With carbon lining, a TSA zipper lock, telescope handle, and a slew of other travel-friendly approaches to discretion, this bag changes the game when it comes to traveling with THC. 

Price: $225

Cloudten Glass Case 

A smell-proof home for your bong or pipe can be just as important as the one for your stash. The Cloudten Glass Case is great for traveling, with an order resistant design and a solid rubber seal liner. Foam interior will form to whatever you have to throw in there, and the padlock ensures safekeeping. No matter where you go — or what you do — bring your bong in a smell-proof gun case. 

Price: $29.99

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