Who is Tony Greenhand?

Though he goes by a stage name, few people have enough talent to share the spotlight with Oregon-based Tony Greenhand and his wildly artistic smokeable sculptures. Stepping into the role as a creator of premier cannabis status symbols, commissioning a thousand+ dollar joint by Tony Greenhand is like a visit to the jeweler — it lets people know that you can “afford it.”

What makes a joint worth that many coins? One stuffed with multiple ounces of weed and then expertly crafted into what some may call a monstrosity. Greenhand is fully minted as an important contributor to the smokeable artwork movement, something that would have never been possible even ten years ago, at least not legally. 

In the modern age of marijuana, Tony Greenhand is what many consider a professional joint roller. He’s someone who is credited with having created the biggest joint in the world and is beloved on social media for his joints and technique.

Weaving together weed and art

Greenhand has put work into weed sculptures for about seven years, and has since created joint art that looks like the Pink Panther, all of the Rick and Morty cast, BReal and even Nike sneaks

His work spans categories and styles, and you can see examples of detailed logos, faux heavy chains, firearms and pop culture all represented in his creations. Brands seek out Greenhand for his skills but also for his popularity — they pay him to express via joint.

There are sometimes small but intricate figures, other times literal pounds of weed get zapped in a blender and meticulously formed into life-sized objects. No matter the shape, they are all made to perform, which is the most uncanny aspect of the entire process. 

What’s Tony up to now?

Greenhand’s career is only at its early stages if he continues to roll with as much momentum as he has now. Since being covered by the media regularly, he has amassed over 250K Instagram followers, who eagerly await every stunningly detailed piece — almost as eagerly as they wait to see them being smoked. 

In 2018, Greenhand was cast in Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Kim Gordon, and Jack Black.

Get acquainted with his contributions to the weed world, you might spot him or his designs at cannabis competitions or all over YouTube. Knowing the fingers behind the forms means you’re engaged in cannabis outside of its direct consumption.

Any art that builds community and increases awareness is worth checking out, but if you’re already a fan of fine flower, this is the stuff that your dream joints might be made of. Few cannabis artists can make joint art like Tony Greenhand, but he might inspire generations of them to come. 

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A Guide To The Basic Cannabis Consumption Methods

There are a handful of different ways you can choose to consume your cannabis. To help you choose, here’s a guide to the basic cannabis consumption methods. Cannabis Consumption via Smoking Smoking is easily the most well-known and most common method for cannabis consumption. Smoking cannabis involves lighting the actual cannabis flower and inhaling the […]

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The Cannabis Now Guide to Camping & Cannabis

Whether you already have your social group’s annual camping trip written into your calendar or want to gather your favorite people together for some time outdoors, summer is a good time to get out in nature and soak up the sun before the seasons start to change. Plus, camping with friends and family is a fun way to recharge when you need to take a break and escape the daily grind. Think of it as a mental health holiday designed to calm the spirit and ease the mind — especially if you bring cannabis along to deepen the relaxation.

Smoking or vaping cannabis is one of the easiest ways to incorporate weed into a weekend of rejuvenation. You can bring your favorite go-to strains to enjoy while chilling out or being active. A calming strain can help to decrease stress and anxiety, ease insomnia or enjoy a lazy time around the fire. An invigorating strain can increase your energy, enhance your senses or improve your mood. If you plan on smoking, make sure you have an alternative plan in case it’s way too windy, it spontaneously rains or the environment doesn’t allow you to carry out your original plan. Vapers need to remember to bring a charger to keep their device functioning throughout the camping trip.

Edibles are also a quick, convenient and take up virtually no room when it comes to packing. Plus, since they are usually non-perishable, you don’t have to worry about keeping it cold or the heat making them go bad before you can enjoy them. You can also make your own cannabis-infused food at home to bring with you or bring what you might need with you to make it while you’re there. Try spreading some canna-butter on bread, frying an egg in canna-oil or put a few drops of tincture in some iced tea or flavored sparkling water.

Infused topicals can help relieve post-hike soreness, skin discomfort from too much time in the sun or relieve tense muscles from an uncomfortable sleeping situation for those that are roughing it. If you plan to be out in the elements or exerting yourself, consider mixing your preferred topical into sunscreen or regular lotion. You’ll thank yourself later.

There a number of things to take into consideration if cannabis is going to a part of the camping equation, though. Even in legal states, there are sites that may prohibit smoking altogether or on certain parts of the grounds like where families may be. It’s important to find out the laws where you live and specific consumption regulations for the campsite you plan to attend. It’s in your best interest to be informed. National parks are considered outside of the boundaries of U.S. states, which means smoking in them — even in legal cannabis states — is always forbidden.

For people who will be smoking, safety is the number one issue. Please be certain to pay special attention if it’s a windy day or if there is a lot of dry grass and foliage around. Keep some water near in case of emergencies or even minor incidents where you may need a quick way to extinguish a lit joint or smoldering bowl. Also, be mindful of where you are ashing or discarding your joints, blunts, etc. Embers can easily catch fire and the last thing you want is to endanger others and burn down a forest because you were just trying to have a good time.

Lastly, be careful if you plan on hiking or camping at high altitudes. The drop in air pressure can cause a range of symptoms including shortness of breath when exerting yourself, increased heart rate, fatigue, dizziness or lightheadedness and headaches. Consuming cannabis while adjusting to high altitudes might be too much for those who have low tolerances or are unfamiliar with how the symptoms will affect them. To be in the clear, stay hydrated and take it easy while you check in with how you feel before going all out with the weed.

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How to roll a cone

Joints are among the most popular ways to partake in a bit of cannabis, and among the most obvious visual signifiers of cannabis use. Once portrayed as a wad of twisted toilet paper, the joint has become a sleek symbol of the modern weed consumer, and their conical cousins are not just a goofy avatar of cannabis past, cone joints are big business.

A joint is considered a cone when the tip is wider than the mouthpiece. This method of rolling is preferential for anyone invested in the aesthetics of smoking, as the cone joint is a counterculture icon. Most crappy joints are as smokeable as a perfect cone, but one “looks” the part while the other is simply utilitarian. 

This is why people sharpen their rolling skills — being able to pull out a beautifully executed cone is membership in the cult of stoner personality. It’s a rebel yell, it sticks out, clearly exclaiming that it is not a cigarette. Here’s how you can craft your own perfect joint.

A step-by-step guide to roll your own cannabis cone joint

First things first: choose your favorite cannabis strain. 

Keep in mind that cones aren’t always mondo-sized behemoths with gram after gram of fancy weed inside. They come in pretty much any size, so try using the same amount of cannabis you’d put in a typical joint, then adjusting to your preferences. What makes a cone a joint is the shape, not the size (though they tend to lean a little girthy). 

Materials

  • Cannabis strain of choice
  • Rolling papers
  • Crutch or filter tip
  • Pen or toothpick (used to pack down the weed)

Directions for a hand-rolled cone

Step 1 — roll your crutch

Roll a ½” diameter crutch with lightweight cardboard or purpose-made tips. Hold it on the rolling paper in the fold or crease with the adhesive gum at the very top

Step 2 — fill your roll

Sprinkle your desired amount of well ground flower along the centerfold, this can be anything from a half gram to an entire eighth.

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Step 3 — shape your cone

Fold the excess paper up over the crutch and the flower using your thumbs and gentle pressure. Using a motion similar to snapping your fingers in slow motion, tuck the paper into the flower as you begin to form a joint.

Step 4 — twist it up

When you creep up to the top of the paper, lightly moisten the gum strip. Quickly finish the twist upwards to seal the joint. Tuck or twist the tip and you’re ready for fire.

Tip: If you usually roll with your fingers evenly placed on the paper, then to get a cone shape it’s helpful to position them much closer to the edges. Some people make an angled crease in the paper before beginning to create a guide, maintaining a tighter wrap on the bottom with a slightly loose arrangement on the top. 

Play with the tension you use at the top. Just like any joint, tight is good, but too tight means a sub-par burn. Conversely, if you roll or pack a cone too loosely, you’ll end up with a floppy and unreliable joint. 

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Directions to fill a pre-made cone

Step 1 — funnel your cannabis

Using a creased business card or sheet of paper, create a funnel for your herb. Depending on the size of the cone, you will need between ¾ gram and 2 grams of ground material to fill it up. Use the funnel to add a pinch of flower at a time into the cone.

Step 2 — pack it down

Using a pen or toothpick, push the ground material down gently, without too much force. Continue to add and pack the flower until you reach the tip.

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Step 3 — twist it up

Twist or fold the last ¼” of the cone into itself to create a bit of kindling for the flame of a lighter, match, or hemp wick.

The pros of cone smoking versus regular, uniform thickness joints are strictly personal. One doesn’t burn better than the other as long as they’re rolled proper.

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What are Hemp Rolling Papers?

In today’s tech-heavy world, cannabis is not the put-it-in-your-pipe-and-smoke-it substance we were all used to for so long. Now, there is technology for nearly everything, and weed is no different. 

Volcano vapes were once the peak of innovation, but now the hall of fame contains electronics for dabbing, decarboxylating, and even infusing oils and butters. It’s great that we have these options, though, for many, the satisfaction of consumption comes from the original roll-and-smoke methods: joints and blunts. The best ingredient for imbibing in these classic methods? Hemp.

A short history of hemp rolling papers

Rolling papers were once made primarily from corn husks, but fiber papers grew in popularity in Spain, where the history of paper production began and where the first bits of tobacco from the Americas started their 400+ year rise to ubiquity. Cannabis was certainly around back then, but cigarettes themselves were rare, so joints were highly unlikely before the 20th century when pipes were the primary way to smoke.

Eventually, brands looked to cannabis itself to provide the rolling medium, and hemp papers were born. Hemp paper was actually the first paper ever created in 150BC, according to MIT, and cannabis flower was in use centuries before that, making hemp papers a full-circle technology developed by ancient civilizations. 

Hemp papers are manufactured all over the world, with ‘premium’ offerings coming from the Spanish town, Alcoy, where papers were first popularized. 

Though made from a classically “healthy” ingredient, these papers are not more healthy than any other paper. Smoke is smoke, and hemp fibers in rolling papers are still being burnt and creating ash and carbon, which is irritating to the lungs. The American Lung Association says, “Inhaling smoke of any kind — whether it’s cannabinoid-containing weed or tobacco or another substance — is bad for lung health.” 

Do hemp rolling papers contain CBD?

Hemp rolling paper does not contain CBD. Rolling papers are made from hemp fiber, which grows on the outside of the plant’s stalk. The fibers are known as bast fibers and do not contain cannabinoids. Cannabinoids, such as CBD, are produced by the hemp leaves and flowers.

Do hemp rolling papers get you high?

No. Hemp rolling paper does not contain THC and does not provide the typical experience associated with smoking marijuana.

Where to find the best quality hemp rolling papers

No matter what rolling paper you like to roll up with for your smoking experience, make sure you don’t use anything that would be considered a bootleg product in your shopping cart. Counterfeit rolling papers are a growing issue as cannabis smoking becomes more common across the United States. 

Smoking is not the safest way to consume cannabis, so you should know all of the risks. Many see hemp papers as ‘safer’ than other brands and general tobacco use, but don’t let brown dye confuse you, these papers are not healthier than beige natural fiber papers or bleached white papers. 

Certain users report a better taste from hemp paper, but this is as subjective as strain preferences. Only you can choose your favorite way to roll a joint, and what hemp rolling papers to use.

Consider these hemp rolling papers

RAW Organic Hemp Papers

The ultimate classic papers, RAW has been a staple in the cannabis community for decades. Offered in a variety of sizes, the Organic Hemp Papers contain no dye or added chalks, so you can get the smoothest hit from your next roll. 

Price: Varies by vendor

Vibes Hemp Cones

Rolling made extra easy, Vibes Hemp Cones offer quick convenience in natural hemp paper. And coming in a box of 90 with each holding up to a full gram of flower, they’ll last you smoke session after smoke session.

Price: $105 for a box of 90

Hemp ZigZag Organic 1¼ Papers 

An all-around roll for the environmentally minded, ZigZag Organic papers are made unbleached, ultra-thin, and with 100% renewable hemp fibers. Light one up for mother nature. 

Price: $1.50 for a single booklet, $28.80 for a box of 24 booklets

Pure Hemp Unbleached Single Wide Papers

Unbleached and chlorine-free, Pure Hemp keeps your lungs in mind when crafting their pure hemp papers. Want to try a roll in every size? Consider the Unbleached Display Tower to last you all year long.

Price: $39.99 for a box of 50 single-wide booklets

Bambú Organic Hemp King Size Papers

Complete with a quality assurance starter sheet in every booklet, you know you’re getting a pure roll with Bambú.  

Price: $87.50 for a box of 50 king-size booklets

Bonus: Mellow Fellow Corn Husk Wraps

If the corn husk rolling “papers” sounded like an interesting idea further up in the article, then check out Mellow Fellow. Slow burning and smooth, they also offer Banana Leaf and Veggie wraps for the adventurers out there.

Price: $2.49 for a pack of 2

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Pure Beauty Combines Aesthetics & Heart

Equipped with a pack of prerolled joints filled with premium herb, one feels more prepared for taking on the challenges of the day. In this regard, the dainty mini joints from Pure Beauty might make you feel like you’ve leveled up to gain more brightness and hope to project into a world filled with uncertain times. It’s the little things in life, as they say. 

Pure Beauty, which grows its cannabis in Sacramento, but based its company in Los Angeles, is an up-and-coming company that’s making noise in all the right ways. Their packaging is minimalist and sleek. On the website the video that plays flashes between a woman smoking a preroll to putting a fish back (?!) in the ocean and squashing grapes underfoot. It’s confusing and intriguing all at once. 

But the best part about this company is that not only does the cannabis inside taste exceptional, but Pure Beauty is also constantly trying to do its best to make sure what they are putting out into the world is sustainable. While they do utilize indoor cultivation, which is certainly not as eco-friendly as growing outdoors, they pull the water they use straight from the air using dehumidifiers and an HVAC system and the electricity is generated on site using microturbines. CEO and co-Founder Imelda Walavalkar explains that Pure Beauty even goes as far as to donate the soil they are using to public parks. 

“We are super particular about what we’re putting out there,” Walavalkar says of Pure Beauty’s flowers. “It’s just really good product that’s inside.”

The mini joints — Pure Beauty calls them babies (!) — come in packs of 10 in indica, sativa, hybrid or CBD. Pure Beauty’s working with strains like Mendo Breath and  Forbidden Lemon Glue. They’ve also got some classic flavors in their line-up such as Super Silver Haze and an Orange Burmese that pulls from the lineage of a Burmese landrace strain.

The mini joints are filled with whole flower and burn evenly. Because the joints come ready to go, they can easily be shared with friends. As a sign of the times,  each person could have their own smoke sesh down to the roach. The size makes them manageable because, as Walavalkar aptly says, “all iterations of trying to light a joint later just don’t work.”

Beyond what Pure Beauty is doing in terms of sustainably growing its flowers, the company is also launching plant-based packaging and, judging from the posts on their Instagram, saving the earth is looking quite sexy.

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Are You Using the Wrong Rolling Papers?

As cannabis culture marches on and new technologies to help us enjoy marijuana emerge, one method has remained a constant in the weed-world: the joint. Cannabis enthusiasts have reportedly been rolling joints since the early 1800s, making rolling papers a must-have for any stash box. While the rolling paper and weed combination seems simple enough, picking the right rolling papers is crucial to ensure a satisfying session. 

Traditional rolling papers are made from wood pulp, which up until this point, has dominated the market. Rice, hemp and ultra-thin papers are now available through more cannabis-centric brands that understand the difference between a rolling paper made for tobacco and one made for cannabis. 

A multitude of factors goes into finding the right rolling paper for your needs. Variables like taste, thickness and the speed at which the paper will burn all need to be taken into account. Your joint-rolling skills also come into play, as some papers are easier to roll than others. We’re breaking down the most common types of rolling papers and what makes each one unique. 

Rice Papers 

The best rice papers are made from all-natural ingredients, which in this case would be pressed and processed rice. Rice rolling papers tend to be thinner than their hemp counterparts, so you’ll taste more of your herb as opposed to paper smoke. If you’re all about tasting those terpenes, rice papers should be at the top of your list. 

When it comes to rolling with rice papers, it can seem a little more daunting than a sturdier option. They tend to be a lot smoother than other types which can affect your grip when rolling. Smokers in more moist areas like the Pacific Northwest would be wise to steer clear of rice papers as damp air and moisture can make them difficult to roll well. 

Our favorite rice papers are the recently debuted Vibes Rolling Papers. The natural paper brings out the flavor of your herb and is one of the easier rice rolling papers to roll. 

Hemp Papers 

Hemp papers have been on the scene for decades. Their steady performance and structural integrity makes them a favorite among weed smokers. The conservationist in all of us will appreciate the fact that hemp rolling papers help save trees, which is a nice little bonus. Hemp rolling papers have a light brown look since no bleaching takes place, a plus for users wanting to experience the true taste of their herb. 

Compared to rice rolling papers, hemp papers are thicker and a little rougher, making it easier to grip and roll them. These are a great option for new joint rollers or anyone who’s out of practice. The burn rate for hemp rolling papers is medium and they will go out less often than rice or ultra-thin papers. Hemp papers are kind of the “do it all” rolling paper as they can be used in most environments. 

When it came to picking our favorite hemp rolling paper, there is only really one option: RAW rolling papers. The iconic rolling paper brand has been around for decades and produces some of the best organic — and vegan — hemp rolling papers available. Their run-preventing watermark and cross-weave pattern ensure an even burn every time you roll up. 

Ultra-Thin Papers 

If you want even more flavor from your joints, ultra-thin papers are the answer. There is very little paper smoke associated with ultra-thin papers, so you get flavor-packed hits. However, they do burn a little faster than their counterparts. Usually made from rice, ultra-thin papers represent the purest flavor experience of any other type of rolling paper on this list. 

When it comes to rolling difficulty, ultra-thin rice papers are the top of the mountain. Structurally it can be harder to corral all your herb into such a thin paper, plus moisture will throw a wrench in your roll if you’re not super careful. But for seasoned rollers, ultra-thin papers should be preferred. 

For the best in ultra-thin rolling papers, we turn to Elements ultra-thin rolling papers. Pressed rice paper and Acacia gum are the only ingredients to these papers, giving you an unsullied smoke. These Elements papers burn with no ash, which leads to a mess-free joint session. 

Need More Rolling Papers?

Now that you’re fully prepped on which papers will enhance your sessions, you might need some more. If you need some new standard length, king-size, or even cones head over to vapor.com and see if they have the right paper for you.  

TELL US, how do you rate your joint-rolling skills?

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Are You Using the Wrong Rolling Papers?

As cannabis culture marches on and new technologies to help us enjoy marijuana emerge, one method has remained a constant in the weed-world: the joint. Cannabis enthusiasts have reportedly been rolling joints since the early 1800s, making rolling papers a must-have for any stash box. While the rolling paper and weed combination seems simple enough, picking the right rolling papers is crucial to ensure a satisfying session. 

Traditional rolling papers are made from wood pulp, which up until this point, has dominated the market. Rice, hemp and ultra-thin papers are now available through more cannabis-centric brands that understand the difference between a rolling paper made for tobacco and one made for cannabis. 

A multitude of factors goes into finding the right rolling paper for your needs. Variables like taste, thickness and the speed at which the paper will burn all need to be taken into account. Your joint-rolling skills also come into play, as some papers are easier to roll than others. We’re breaking down the most common types of rolling papers and what makes each one unique. 

Rice Papers 

The best rice papers are made from all-natural ingredients, which in this case would be pressed and processed rice. Rice rolling papers tend to be thinner than their hemp counterparts, so you’ll taste more of your herb as opposed to paper smoke. If you’re all about tasting those terpenes, rice papers should be at the top of your list. 

When it comes to rolling with rice papers, it can seem a little more daunting than a sturdier option. They tend to be a lot smoother than other types which can affect your grip when rolling. Smokers in more moist areas like the Pacific Northwest would be wise to steer clear of rice papers as damp air and moisture can make them difficult to roll well. 

Our favorite rice papers are the recently debuted Vibes Rolling Papers. The natural paper brings out the flavor of your herb and is one of the easier rice rolling papers to roll. 

Hemp Papers 

Hemp papers have been on the scene for decades. Their steady performance and structural integrity makes them a favorite among weed smokers. The conservationist in all of us will appreciate the fact that hemp rolling papers help save trees, which is a nice little bonus. Hemp rolling papers have a light brown look since no bleaching takes place, a plus for users wanting to experience the true taste of their herb. 

Compared to rice rolling papers, hemp papers are thicker and a little rougher, making it easier to grip and roll them. These are a great option for new joint rollers or anyone who’s out of practice. The burn rate for hemp rolling papers is medium and they will go out less often than rice or ultra-thin papers. Hemp papers are kind of the “do it all” rolling paper as they can be used in most environments. 

When it came to picking our favorite hemp rolling paper, there is only really one option: RAW rolling papers. The iconic rolling paper brand has been around for decades and produces some of the best organic — and vegan — hemp rolling papers available. Their run-preventing watermark and cross-weave pattern ensure an even burn every time you roll up. 

Ultra-Thin Papers 

If you want even more flavor from your joints, ultra-thin papers are the answer. There is very little paper smoke associated with ultra-thin papers, so you get flavor-packed hits. However, they do burn a little faster than their counterparts. Usually made from rice, ultra-thin papers represent the purest flavor experience of any other type of rolling paper on this list. 

When it comes to rolling difficulty, ultra-thin rice papers are the top of the mountain. Structurally it can be harder to corral all your herb into such a thin paper, plus moisture will throw a wrench in your roll if you’re not super careful. But for seasoned rollers, ultra-thin papers should be preferred. 

For the best in ultra-thin rolling papers, we turn to Elements ultra-thin rolling papers. Pressed rice paper and Acacia gum are the only ingredients to these papers, giving you an unsullied smoke. These Elements papers burn with no ash, which leads to a mess-free joint session. 

Need More Rolling Papers?

Now that you’re fully prepped on which papers will enhance your sessions, you might need some more. If you need some new standard length, king-size, or even cones head over to vapor.com and see if they have the right paper for you.  

TELL US, how do you rate your joint-rolling skills?

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Lowell Farms Is California Cannabis Regulators’ Biggest Test Yet

“Cannabis legalization in California is a failure” is a thing you hear because, according to the state, something close to 75% of California’s cannabis economy exists outside of the state’s regulated marketplace. For every weed store doing a banner business, there are three “guys you know” doing just as well — better, probably, since they don’t have to pay taxes or deal with a distributor, or a testing lab, or anyone else.

Most of the blame for this heaped at the feet of lawmakers and elected officials, who have either (or both) taxed cannabis so greedily that untested and suspicious product is preferable to the market, or decided that legalization didn’t matter and theirs would be a dry county or town (and thus an ideal place for any enterprising underground cannabis entrepreneur to set up shop, maybe using WeedMaps).

But you can’t have a regulated economy without regulators and in order for the laws to have any meaning, regulators have to demonstrate that the laws matter. And in dealing with the allegations that Lowell Herb Co. processed cannabis at an unlicensed facility, California’s cannabis regulators have their first major test. What happens next could have serious consequences for legalization.

You’ve probably heard of Lowell — the company sells CBD pre-rolls made from hemp coast-to-coast (I have seen them at my local bodega in New York City, as well as many other bodegas in Brooklyn and Greenwich Village) and also sells THC pre-rolls in California dispensaries. They also opened a cannabis café in September that has since been rebranded as the Original Cannabis Cafe. According to the California Attorney General’s Office, for about three months, from December 2018 to March 2019, the company also processed some of their cannabis at an unlicensed facility in San Luis Obispo County.

According to a civil complaint filed in San Luis Obispo County court on Dec. 13, investigators from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Department of Food and Agriculture paid a visit to a property used by Lowell in Nipomo, California, on March 13 of last year. There, workers were busy rolling pre-rolls and packaging jars of cannabis in a facility that company official Brett Myers Vapnek admitted to investigators, had no license.

The state seized more than a half-ton of product in various forms: 17,772 pre-rolls in 184 boxes; 19 pounds of loose pre-rolls; 60 pounds of shake, presumably to roll into more pre-rolls; 677.6 pounds of untrimmed flower; 72.9 pounds of mixed trimmed and untrimmed flower; 125.1 pounds of kief; 290.5 pounds of flower in plastic totes; 180.3 pounds of flower in 26 plastic bags, and another roughly 25 pounds of cannabis in either flower or pre-roll form.

According to the state, Lowell “placed unregulated cannabis market, thereby” helping to undermine legalization and put us in the situation we’re in today. It’s not clear how much untested or unregulated Lowell Smokes product made it out to the market, but some did, as per the state, creating a “grave public health and safety risk,” according to the complaint. How much, or where, and how potentially bad? For now, the state won’t say: spokesmen for both the Bureau of Cannabis Control as well as the California Department of Food and Agriculture declined to provide details to Cannabis Now, citing the ongoing investigation.

According to the San Luis Obispo County courthouse, Lowell has yet to respond to the state’s lawsuit.

However, in a statement released to www.theblacklist.xyz, which was among the very first to break the news of the March raid (and to post the accompanying civil complaint filed in San Luis Obispo County court), Lowell insisted that anything sold under its brand was sold only after it was tested by a state–accredited lab — while seemingly admitting that there was some kind of “licensing issue” at the Nipomo warehouse.

“We have never released a product to the market that has not been tested in a state-licensed testing facility,” the company said. “All Lowell products are sourced and sold exclusively in California’s legal cannabis marketplace. We only distribute our products through licensed and verified retail and distribution outlets.”

Following the raid, the company told theblacklist, Lowell moved its distribution operations to a licensed facility in Los Angeles.

According to a 2018 story in the Los Angeles Daily News, Lowell Herb Co. had facilities — or at least planned to hire employees — in Santa Barbara, San Diego, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles as well as in San Luis Obispo. It’s unclear if the company operated facilities in other areas. That article reported that “Lowell’s marijuana plants are grown in a farm in San Luis Obispo County.”

The thing is, both the state and Lowell could be “right” in this situation. It’s not inconceivable that Lowell rolled joints and packed jars at a facility that didn’t have a license, while also making sure that the flower used to pack those products were tested, with the accompanying proof, and were later sold at a licensed dispensary. (For that we may have no better proof than the company’s word, since all this happened before the state’s track-and-trace system became mandatory last summer.) It’s also not clear how much Lowell product passed through the unlicensed warehouse, and where it ended up.

All this will likely come out in the investigation and what turns up, and what the ramifications are, if any, will also influence other merchants’ actions going forward. Lowell might have erred, but now all the onus is on the state of California to not mess this up. Nothing more than the future of legalization might hinge on it.

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The Best Rolling Papers for Joints

Joint rollers, this list will come in handy. 

Prerolls are great and all, but I love rolling joints. There is a great joy in rolling a good joint for the sesh. And papers are the mechanism that delivers your weed, which makes them important. This list is an ode to the joint papers that make our smoking sessions great. 

I have personally tried every single one of these brands listed below. Some, I have known like close friends, historic brands with lineage over 100 years. Others are the new papers on the block that should be tried at least once. 

From the very affordable to the very fancy, here are 10 of the best rolling papers for weed:

Juicy Jays

Colorful, fruity Juicy Jays are made out of hemp fiber and are beloved by many. The popular 1 ¼ inch papers are adored by smokers who seek to match a flavor profile with the natural terpenes in their cannabis. I have found they taste strongest on my tongue right after I roll it, or just after I lick my lips after hitting the joint, and not necessarily in the smoke itself. Favorite flavors of mine include Sticky Candy, Pineapple, White Grape, Peanut Butter, Peaches & Cream, and Wham Bam Watermelon. 

Blazy Susan’s Pink Rolling Papers 

The pink papers you have been seeing all over Instagram? The cannabis accessory company Blazy Susan coined them. These are vegan, non-GMO, and made with organic pink pigments in a factory in France. Some may consider these girly, but joints made with Blazy Susan’s rolling papers are quite simply a stunning way to smoke. Most importantly, they offer function alongside their cute aesthetic form by burning slow and evenly and tasting super light.

OCB

If you like good rolls with an air of sophistication, then the French-made OCB papers are perfect for you. Founded in 1918 (yep, we been rolling that long), OCB — which stands for Odet, Cascedec, Bollore — is sold on six continents. 

Today, it’s just a super chic, thin paper most cannabis consumers know for their holographic-reflective accents. The flax plant fiber paper themselves are so thin, they are transparent, and include an adhesive strip of Arabic gum that is vegetarian and non-GMP. Most OCB packs of papers come with 32 leaves and 32 perforated tips attached so you can roll a crutch for every joint. 

Raw

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Raw papers with a flower and twaxy blend, plus some Weedmaps glass tips to top it all off.

Founded in 1995, Raw papers are produced in Alcoy, Spain, a town for which the history of paper production is attributed, dating back to the 1600s. People love RAW papers because they have no added chalk, dyes, or additives. The lineup of Raw papers, according to the website, are made of just plants and plant starch, are vegan, non-GMO, chlorine-free, gluten-free, made using windmill power, and with a special criss-cross watermark that helps them smoke more evenly. 

One thing we love? The paper packs and cones come in quite literally every size imaginable, including extra-long “RAW Classic Challenge Con” that is 2 feet long (600 mm). The company has done its share of special collaborations and artist series including a line with Wiz Khalifa, Clipper lighters, B-Real’s Phunky Feel glass tips. 

Pure Hemp

Pure Hemp is as classic and minimalist as its name implies. Made in Barcelona, Spain, by a 125-year-old Spanish paper company Miquel y Costas Miquel S.A., these rolling papers put “earth’s oldest crop,” hemp, on a pedestal. These papers are thick to the touch, making them a bit easier to roll, but burn even and clean. Beloved Pure Hemp packs also have a clever “last 5” warning strips with a little cartoon dude. Try them for yourself to see.

Elements

Elements, as its name implies, is obsessed with earth-friendly materials and green energy in making its papers. Made with sugar gum for its adhesive, these sweet packs come with perforated crutches for rolling, and the paper itself is made out of rice, making them almost completely translucent. To be even more eco-friendly, the papers production facility in the Spanish region of Alcoy (the birthplace of rolling papers) is entirely wind-powered. 

Elements are also uniquely dope for its “perfect fold” engineering, as well as its watermark which is in a criss-cross shape, meant to prevent runs and allow for a smoother burn. One last plus: their packs are great for throwing in your pocket because of their magnetic closing mechanism.

Randy’s

Ah, Randy’s, the original wired joint papers. Founded in 1975 in San Francisco, these bad boys are an engineering marvel, so simple yet so extraordinarily easy to use. And they smoke well, too. The classic ”Randy’s Wire” is made out of 100% steel made in America, which gradually bends and folds over as you smoke the joint. About halfway through, the wire becomes a joint holder that enables you to finish the rest of the j with ease, even when it gets teeny-tiny. 

Lift Tickets

These are the only paper on the list that you need to purchase in a dispensary because they are finely coated with cannabis concentrate. Lift Tickets are sticky but surprisingly easy to roll, because the added layer of stickiness helps cohese all the ground-up cannabis together. Strains that the 5-pack of Lift Ticket papers come in are terpene-infused varieties like indica Larry OG, the concentrates produced by cannabis company LoudPack. Only available in California, these papers are one of the best flavored rolling papers around. 

Zig-Zag

People have been rolling these babies for 130 years. A Zig-Zag pack looks and feels like an old, familiar friend. They are one of the most widely-accessible (they’re available over the counter is most convenient and grocery stores) and popular rolling papers in the world. The slow-burning orange pack is a go-to for cannabis consumers to roll with. 

Other Zig-Zag options today include their unbleached and organic hemp papers. At 32 papers per pack, they are going to be one of the most affordable rolling papers on the list. The man on its cover, a 19th-century French soldier and mythic rolling paper innovator Le Zouave, is a countercultural icon.

“80 Benny” Papers from Empire Rolling

These are a cool party trick. Smoking benjamins has never been easier, thanks to the $100 bill papers from Empire Rolling. Their “80 Benny” papers are colorful and look exactly like a modern $100 bill, Ben Franklin smirking-and-all. The 80 Bennys are made with natural plant fibers, non-toxic vegetable oil coloring, and organic sugar glue. Their “wallet” packs have 20 perforated filter crutches in them for your rolling convenience. They are thick and make for a tougher roll, but super worthwhile to make your friends think you are a baller smoking tiny Benjamins.

Feature Image: Juicy Jays are one popular joint rolling paper that made the list. (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

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