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5 Helpful Weed Tips For Beginners




Shout outs to all my new Hail Mary Jane contributors. I put out the call and you guys responded. I’m ultra-excited about the future of Hail Mary Jane. Shout outs to my man Kyler Durden who put together this awesome list of tips that will go a long way when you are starting your weed smoking journey.

Throughout my years of cannabis smoking, I have discovered many cheap, easy tips to help out anyone who smokes. Inspired by the “American Genius” also known as Adam Carolla, I bring you, Do Yourself A Favor. But first, I feel I must tell everyone my “street cred” since I am new to this blog.

I live in rural Michigan, where in a span of 10 minutes, you can see up-tight, rich as hell, conformist, picture-perfect, suburban families as well as back-woods rednecks with an average IQ of 47 and an average tooth count of 6. I’ve been smoking for 4 years, but fully embraced the pot culture 2 years ago. Through my trial and error techniques, when it comes to smoking I think I have a broad and firm grasp on what the average American stoner goes through.

These 5 tips will make the life of any stoner easier. I personally follow these tips on a daily basis and I’ve never been caught with marijuana by anyone who I didn’t want knowing I smoke.

Everything I include on this list costs under $3.00.

Beginners Guide To Weed

1. Black & Mild Cigars

black and mild cigars

If you’re someone (like me) who has trouble rolling big thick blunts, or if you just want an easier way to do it, do yourself a favor and get a Black & Mild. You can by them in 5-packs or just single ones. Simply squeeze out the tobacco that’s inside, and now you have a pre-rolled hollow blunt with a mouth piece. All that’s left now is to grind up your bud good, then slide the weed down the blunt, packing it down with a pen every time of course. If you pack it tight and all the way to the top, you can fit almost an 1/8er bag inside of just one. Now trust me, this is best used with at least 2-3 people. I wouldn’t recommend smoking an entire one alone. I would know from experience…. Not good times.

Price: One Black N’ Mild Cigar: $1.34 with tax. (and I live in Michigan, where our tobacco tax is fucking insane!)

2. Buy Two Lighters – Essential For New Stoners

two lighters

This just dawned on me the other day while standing in line at the gas station, baked, and waiting to buy a Black N’ Mild for later. Next time you’re out lighter shopping, do yourself a favor and buy 2. Bic sells 2 sizes of lighters, Regular Size and Baby Size. Buy one of each, keeping the Regular Size one in your car, and the other Baby Size lighter in your pocket at all times. How bad does it suck while you’re 3 hits into a full bong load and then your lighter dies? Solution: Get the other one out of the car. Have you ever gone driving with a J or a blunt, but realize you left your lighter at home? Solution: one in your pocket, one always in the car.

Price: 2 Bic Lighters, one Reg and one Baby: $2.73 with tax.

3. Hollow Out A Real Book To Put Your Stash In

book to put weed

For every smoker on the go, this is a must. Do yourself a favor and hollow out a book to hide your bud. This one actually doesn’t cost anything if you have an older book no one will miss. The only requirements are that the book must be a hard cover version and must be at least 340 pages long. This isn’t as thick as you think (2 and half inches thick. [That’s what she said!] ). I personally have a stash book that is 330 pages long. It can comfortably hold a ½ ounce and a Baby lighter (or a ¼ ounce and a Reg lighter). My book, entitled ‘Smack’ (which I stole from the high school library in 2005) is about two teenage runaway lovers who live in England and get addicted to heroin. ‘Publisher’s Weekly’ said that it is an “unflinching depiction of the seductive pleasures as well as insidious horrors of heroin…”

I started cutting a rectangle with a kitchen knife on page 27 and stopped cutting on 294. It took me an entire episode of ‘House’ to finish. Looks just like an innocent book until you turn past page 26…

Price: 340 Page Book: Free/Kitchen Knife: Free (You have that shit in your house, you know you do.)

4. Playing Cards Have Many Uses

A simple deck of playing cards when used in relation to weed will give you a year full of its numerous and various uses. Do yourself a favor and buy a pack at the gas station or a dollar store. One use is it helps scrape up the excess weed that falls on the table or whatever you’re breaking on. Another use is, that after you’re done grinding up your bud, pour the ground up stuff on a playing card. Then, simply curve the card like a scoop and simply pour your ground-up goodness into the bong or bowl. Easy, fast, and you don’t have to use your fingers so the THC stays off your finger tips and in the bowl where it belongs.

And another use is only used in case of emergencies. If your bong slider breaks off at the part that holds itself into the bong, it might mean you have to buy another one to keep smoking from that bong.

But, if you roll up a playing card like you’re rolling a joint, slide it into the slider half way, then place the broken end onto card too, It’s like nothing ever happened.

Price: A deck of playing cards: $1 (at any dollar store) per year. (PER YEAR)

5. Save Your Roaches

Blunt roaches, joint roaches, and any other kind of roach you have, do yourself a favor and save them! Everyone once in a while in a stoner’s life, money can get tight. And by that I mean eating a spoonful of peanut butter for lunch because that’s all you have to eat because your fucking roommate blew his pay check at the bar when you told him the day before that it was his turn to buy the groceries!!!!!… Sorry, I got a little personal there for a second. Apologies… But anyway, if you put your roaches in a special ash tray or tin or whatever, you have some for a rainy day.

Price: Nothing! It actually saves you money and saves your sanity when you realize you have a few extra roaches to hold you over for 4 days until its payday. (Sorry, getting personal again.)

And that’s just five I was thinking about at the moment. I bet if I wasn’t as baked as I am right now and had some more time to think, I could name off 10 more. And I bet you guys have some “Do Yourself A Favor” tips for you to share as well. Leave your own tips in the comments area.



Cannabis and the 2020 Election




Next month, five states will be voting on seven ballot measures to legalize cannabis. A variety of proposals, including constitutional amendments, statutory initiatives, and alternative measures, could establish new medical cannabis markets in two states and expand legalization to include adult use legalization in four states. Three of these proposals would enshrine cannabis possession and consumption within state constitutions.

This article will explore the proposals themselves as well as the short-term implications of legalization on existing license holders and the industry.

2020 cannabis ballot measures policy focus

State-by-State Review


Arizona voters have another opportunity to legalize cannabis next month, after narrowly defeating adult use legislation four years ago. In recent years, the Copper State’s medical cannabis market has seen significant MSO expansion, and new mandatory testing requirements launch at the beginning of November.

There are roughly 150 medical cannabis licenses in the state currently — all of which would receive priority status in the application process for adult use licensing. Additionally, diversity applicants and applicants in areas currently lacking cannabis retail access would be fast-tracked applicants.

Prop. 207 does include local control and opt-out provisions, and a new 16% tax would direct revenue to a variety of funds, while retail operators would be able to launch delivery services as soon as 2023.


Mississippi could become the 34th state to legalize cannabis for medical use, but two competing measures are creating complications on the ballot. A citizen-driven campaign led to the placement of Initiative 65, while the legislature responded with Alternative Initiative 65A.

Initiative 65 establishes a medical cannabis program similar to the program structure of many other states; with clearly defined qualifying conditions, possession limits, taxes, registration fees, and a regulator — the state health department. The alternative includes no definitions and only allows smokable cannabis products for terminally ill patients, leaving a highly restrictive market requiring enabling legislation.

Previous bills have been proposed, but never brought to a vote — leaving some skeptical that anything at all may come of Initiative 65A.


Montana’s existing medical cannabis program relies on a system of caregivers who cultivate cannabis and make manufactured products, including edibles and concentrates. Additionally, there is a limited number of licensed dispensaries throughout the state. Legalization would be a major evolution for Montana, which has seen multiple ballot initiatives and legislative interventions in recent years.

Two measures have been placed: one constitutional amendment to set the age of 21 as the minimum buying age and a measure to establish a commercial adult use market. While no early sales provisions are included, Montana companies would be the only businesses able to start sales for the first year after legalization.

New Jersey

New Jersey voters may make history, legalizing the adult use of cannabis and triggering a race among Mid-Atlantic states to implement sales first. While all of New Jersey’s neighbors have existing medical cannabis programs, none have taken steps to expand further. In recent years, numerous regional state legislatures have attempted to legalize, and Public Question 1 may tip the scales for an entire region with over 50 million residents.

The text of the amendment is brief, but it establishes a definition for ‘cannabis’ while permitting possession, use, and industry operations for adults ages 21 and up. The existing Cannabis Regulatory Commission would be tasked with regulating the industry, but the state legislature must first come to an agreement and pass enabling legislation.

Currently, New Jersey’s medical market includes roughly fifteen licenses, including cultivation and manufacturing, as well as a limited number of dispensaries. The next phase for cannabis in NJ is uncharted territory for now: it is unclear if existing licenses will be given the first opportunity to serve the general public.

Given licensing delays and a slow rollout in Illinois, lawsuits and delays could be in New Jersey’s future — with some analysts suggesting a four-year timeline from amendment passage to full implementation. This may be good news for MSOs, including Columbia Care, Verano, and Acreage Holdings, among others.

South Dakota

South Dakota has long been unfriendly to cannabis in all forms and has some of the nation’s strictest marijuana possession penalties. While other non-medical states have at least given a nod to low-THC medical hemp programs, the Mount Rushmore state hadn’t established any kind of hemp or cannabis program at all until the legislature passed industrial hemp legalization this past spring.

Now, the state could make history as the first to legalize cannabis for medical and adult use purposes at the same time. Two proposals are on the ballot: an initiated measure to launch a medical cannabis program, and a constitutional amendment to fully legalize cannabis, with provisions including adult use, a medical program, and expanded hemp legalization.

Medical use is enshrined in both proposals, while the constitutional amendment would prevent the legislature from any type of statutory tampering to limit a retail market. The constitutional amendment would establish a commercial market for both adult use and medical purposes. Medical use would include home cultivation. As there is no cannabis market in the state at this time, no businesses would be able to take advantage of “early sales” provisions, as seen in other states.


Previously, medical cannabis programs and commercial licensing schemes predated adult use legalization, and the majority of these proposals came into existence by way of the ballot. In most of the earliest states to fully legalize, this was the case: Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Massachusetts, and Nevada all had some form of voter-approved medical cannabis legislation first.

Implementation of adult-use legalization has, however, varied across the states. In these proposals, Arizona, Montana, and New Jersey have existing medical cannabis infrastructures, but the implementation of adult use will likely lead to program changes.

Some legalization measures have allowed for existing medical dispensaries to launch sales to adults during a period of late-stage rulemaking. These businesses have operated under modified compliance rules, with track-and-trace requirements and varying tax rates until legalization rules are completed.

After Oregon voters approved legalization in 2014, the state’s medical market rapidly expanded with early sales on the horizon. At one point, there were more medical dispensaries in the state than Starbucks or McDonald’s locations. That number later dropped as businesses converted their licenses over.

For some of the states with legalization on the ballot this year, the transition out of medical will pose challenges: product shortages, long customer lines, new tax rates, uncertainty over product offerings, and testing requirements on top of an already difficult pandemic business environment.

Overall, legalization measures promise to bring a significant impact to consumers and patients in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota. It’s hard to quantify the short-term improvements to consumers and industry operators, as passage of these initiatives will set off a flurry of legislative and regulatory discussion over the holidays and into the spring. Existing licensees and hopeful applicants should keep an eye for new opportunities: public comment periods, application deadlines, and new sales opportunities on the horizon.


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Cuomo advisor predicts New York will legalize pot in April




New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s advisor on marijuana policy said this week the Empire State could legalize weed in April of next year with a bill that would serve as a model for other states looking to allow recreational pot in the United States.

Axel Bernabe, assistant counselor to Governor Cuomo, was a guest on the Under The Canopy series, recently launched by Canopy Growth, where he discussed cannabis legalization efforts in New York. According to Bernabe, a bill to legalize marijuana will be introduced through the state budget in January again, while he expects legalization to take effect by April. 

As New Jersey appears ready to legalize marijuana this November, Bernabe said the Cuomo administration has been watching its neighbor “closely.”

“We’re watching New Jersey closely. We’ve always been confident that we’d get to this before New Jersey, so if they pass the referendum they still have to have an agreement between the governor and the Senate over there,” he said.

“If New Jersey can beat us to it, they’ll get a gold star but I still think we’re gonna set the model for this,” Bernabe added, referring to the bill’s social equity provisions, among other things. 

During the interview, Bernabe also said that New York has been monitoring how legalization has been unfolding in Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts, but has also consulted with states on the West Coast, where the legal pot industry is larger and more developed. 

Regarding hemp, Cuomo’s advisor said the state will release its guidelines and regulations for CBD consumer products early next year as well.

“Those products are already out there, so there’s no sense in pretending they’re not,” Bernabe explained. 

For this reason, the governor and his team have been working on guidelines, which will include maximum dose per serving labeling and warnings about potential THC content in various hemp-derived products. New York has copied a lot of Florida’s hemp regulations while crafting its own policies, Bernabe stated, before telling Canopy Growth’s David Culver that the administration is currently putting the finishing touches to the guidelines. 

Although Governor Cuomo promised his state would legalize weed soon, marijuana legalization was left out of the New York state budget for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which hit the state particularly badly earlier this year.

Cuomo previously proposed working in conjunction with the neighboring states of New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania on coordinating a recreational marijuana system for the region. 


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PURA Concludes Farmersville Meetings – Deal Imminent




Dallas, TX – October 20, 2020 – OTC PR WIRE — Puration, Inc. (OTC PINK: PURA) today announced that CEO Brian Shibley concluded a key meeting yesterday essential to finalizing the acquisition of 72-acre property in Farmersville, Texas central to the company’s recently announced Farmersville Brands strategy.  “The acquisition is imminent. Look for an announcement very soon,” said Mr. Shibley.

PURA has scheduled the release of a comprehensive update this Friday, October 23, 2020, to provide the latest information on progress with the Farmersville Brand strategy. The Friday update this Friday will include the latest on the company’s planned dividend of PAO Group, Inc. (OTC PINK: PAOG) stock in conjunction with PURA’s sale of its cannabis cultivation business to PAOG.

For more information on Puration, visit

Disclaimer/Safe Harbor:

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Puration, Inc.
Brian Shibley,
(800) 861-1350


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