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HBO Just Launched a Weed Gummy Line to Promote New Animated Series




HBO Just Launched a Weed Gummy Line to Promote New Animated Series

HBO Just Launched a Weed Gummy Line to Promote New Animated Series

“Close Enough” is set to premiere on HBO Max on July 9, but these limited-edition edibles are available now and through the end of July.

Published on June 30, 2020

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From High Maintenance to Bill Maher to Anthony Jr. sneaking a joint at his confirmation party on The Sopranos, HBO has long been an outlet for 420-friendly entertainment. Now, HBO Max is teaming up with two major cannabis companies to release a limited-edition line of THC-infused gummies connected to its new animated series, Close Enough.

HBO partnered with Sunderstorm’s Kahna to produce these dope edibles, which will be sold in select dispensaries throughout California. You can also find them online through cannabis tech delivery service, Eaze. These limited edition gummies are available as of Monday, June 29, and will remain available through the end of July. 

Close Enough, created by JG Quintel of Regular Show, is a surreal comedy said to focus on “a married couple, their five-year-old daughter, and their two divorced best friends/roommates all living together [while] juggling work, kids, and pursuing dreams, while also avoiding time-traveling snails, stripper clowns, and murderous mannequins.” Edibles, indeed, sound like a perfect pairing for this whacky show.

The 10mg Close Enough gummies will come in four varieties. Each flavor and effect is inspired by a specific character’s personality, according to an official press release

Josh, for instance, the “cool dad, husband, and future world-famous video-game designer,” likes to chill, so he’s represented by indica strawberry gummies.

Emily, Josh’s wife, is a logical, organized, planner — basically everything her husband isn’t. She’s a loving mother and a strong working woman who aims to have it all. Obviously, she’s on that sativa vibe and depicted by a pineapple flavored gummy. Yum.

Alex is Josh’s neurotic best friend from high school. He lives in a walk-in closet of the apartment he shares with Josh, Emily, and others. He likes getting lost in thought, so he’s the embodiment of watermelon hybrid gummies. 

Then there’s Bridgette, a “glamorous” social media influencer — at least in her mind. “Working” is more of a hobby she squeezes in between partying. Bridgette is clearly a social butterfly, so she has to feel good, balanced and avoid getting too high. That’s why her gummies are the 1:1 THC to CBD pink lemonade gummies.


“It has been so thrilling for my team and I to create a campaign that feels so authentic to Close Enough,” said Peter Sherman, senior vice president of marketing at HBO Max. “When crafting any campaign, our aim is always to create an experience for the audience that feels genuine and exciting, and this partnership with Kanha hits the nail on the head. We’re so excited about this one and we can’t wait to see how fans react.”

Close Enough debuts on HBO Max on Thursday, July 9. You can order and eat Close Enough weed gummies any time you want to, though — at least throgh the end of July.






Mike McPadden

Mike McPadden is the author of “Heavy Metal Movies” and the upcoming “Last American Virgins.” He writes about movies, music, and crime in Chicago. Twitter @mcbeardo

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8 of the best strains for focus




It’s 12:47 p.m. and you’ve got a whole heap of work that you’ve been avoiding. You know none of the tasks are too hard, but for some reason, you just can’t sit still and concentrate for long enough to do them. Still, sunlight is ticking, stress is mounting, and you know you’ll feel like hot garbage if you end the day with nothing to show for your time. You think to yourself, “All I need to do is smoke a little weed and I can zone in.” 

Which strains are you picking?

There are plenty of cannabis strains that can help you focus. And with so many constant distractions in the world, I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to try them all. While I could never name every single one, here are eight that might help you block out the noise for long enough to get shit done.

White Fire OG

White Fire OG, also called WiFi OG, is a cross of Fire OG and The White. The nugs are light green and frosty with trichomes, and the smoke tastes like gassy pine needles — which is perfect for anyone that loves chemmy diesel flavors. On the high side,  WiFi OG is great for people whose thoughts are always moving at 744 mph. It’s potent yet manageable high can help clear your mind of anything that’s not immediately in front of you.

Lemon Thai

Most strains with Thai genetics are good for a clear-headed high that can help you defeat procrastination. Lemon Thai is no different. A cross of a Thai landrace and a Hawaiian sativa, this citrusy strain is great for anyone who’s been caught with that middle-of-the-day lag that makes even simple tasks feel the most daunting. If you’re the type of consumer that likes to puff on a vape pen throughout the day, Lemon Thai is a great cart to have handy.

Jack Frost

When you’re talking strains that help you focus, it’s only right that we bring Jack to the table. A cross of the famed Jack Herer, Northern Lights #5, and White Widow, Jack Frost is for those who need to get dumb stoned to focus. It hits you with a potent high that’ll have you knocking out the day’s to-do list without issue. Like most strains with Jack genetics, it usually has a citrusy and earthy aroma, however some people report that it may also have a somewhat fruity smell to it.

Dutch Treat

Believed to be a cross of Northern Lights and Haze genetics, Dutch Treat pushes out strong piney terpenes that alert your senses in the same way walking through the forest on a hike does. 

The delicious flavor is followed by a potent, clear-headed cerebral stimulation that many describe as the “hybrid high.” Old school and tasty, , Dutch Treat is a perfect suggestion for the dabbers.


As your cannabis knowledge bag gets deeper, you’ll learn that not every desired effect comes from THC. There are plenty of CBD strains out there that can help you focus too. 

Canna-Tsu is a CBD-dominant cross of Cannatonic and Sour Tsunami. It has sweet, earthy flavors, and the effect is relaxing in the body. I get a little anxious sometimes, and anything with Cannatonic genetics usually chills me out in a way that smoking too much THC doesn’t. If you’re looking for something light and manageable, this (or either of its parents), are solid options.

Jah Goo

A lot of times, being able to focus isn’t about energizing yourself or clearing out your mind, it’s about relaxing your body. Jah Goo is a great strain for doing just that.

This cross of Goo and Purple Jasmine produces colorful flowers with purple hues and pink hairs, and a somewhat sweet and woody flavor. Its stoney high may be a little much for inexperienced consumers, but the vets may find it just right for that 10 am smoke before flipping the Go switch.

Bay Dream

If you love Granddaddy Purple then you might love Bay Dream too — it comes from the same breeders. Bay Dream, or GDP Bay Dream, is a cross of the beloved Blue Dream and a Bay 11 hybrid. Like Blue Dream, it has a sweet flavor profile, but also features woody and piney attributes. The cerebral high provides a nice, long-lasting euphoria that helps people get active for everything that needs to get done before 5 p.m.


Harle-Tsu is another CBD strain for consumers that don’t want to get high, but still want the benefits that come with smoking weed. As its name suggests, it is a cross of Harlequin and Sour Tsunami, two of the most well-known CBD flowers. If you’re here for taste, look elsewhere, as Harle-Tsu is pretty earthy and bland; but if you’re here for effects, this strain usually makes people feel relaxed in the body and focused in the mind.

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I’m a cannabis media expert specializing in writing engaging articles and creating entertaining video content around strains, products, and information. Basically, if you want to teach people about cannabis: what to buy, what/how to consume, why, and general FAQs on any level, I’m your guy.


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Racial Bias In Pots Arrests Still Prevalent In D.C. Despite Legalization




Five years after the legalization of cannabis in Washington, D.C., racial bias is still prevalent in arrests for marijuana-related offenses in the nation’s capital, according to an analysis of police records by the Washington Post. Between 2015 and 2019, nearly 90% of those arrested for cannabis-related crimes in Washington, D.C. were Black, although African-Americans make up only 45% of the city’s population and multiple studies have shown comparable rates of marijuana use among white people and Black people.

In 2014, voters in Washington, D.C. approved Initiative 71, a ballot measure that permitted possession of up to two ounces of marijuana by adults 21 and older. The initiative also allowed adults to gift up to one ounce of weed to other adults and for the home cultivation of up to six cannabis plants. Support for the measure was bolstered by a 2013 report from the American Civil Liberties Union that showed starkly disparate enforcement of the nation’s marijuana laws, including in Washington, D.C. where Black people were eight times as likely as white people to be arrested for possession.

But Republicans in Congress, flexing their power over the city’s budget, blocked Washington from eliminating penalties on public consumption and cannabis sales. That led police in the city to continue “buy and bust” operations and other law enforcement actions aimed at marijuana.

“The goal was to not only eliminate the criminality associated with cannabis but to establish a regulatory system for distribution,” G. Malik Burnett, a leader of the effort to reform Washington’s cannabis policy, told the Post. “When there’s a gray area, police are able to enforce what they feel they should enforce.”

Between 2015 and 2019, D.C. Metro Police made 3,631 arrests for marijuana-related offenses.

While arrests have declined significantly since the passage of Initiative 71, 89% of those arrested during that time were Black. That figure mirrors the 89% of arrestees who were Black during the three years prior to legalization. To conduct the analysis, the Washington Post reviewed the records of more than 11,500 marijuana arrests by Metro Police between 2012 and 2019. The data was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the newspaper.

Black Neighborhoods Targeted

Georgetown University law professor Vida Johnson said that police in Washington, D.C. make a deliberate effort to focus their drug enforcement activities in the city’s Black neighborhoods.

“Rather than go to American University or George Washington’s campus, where we know there are marijuana sales, they’re focusing on poor communities of color that are mostly African-American,” Johnson said.

“And to what end?” she continued. “We have already decided as a community that marijuana isn’t dangerous.”

Metro Police declined to comment on the racial disparity in marijuana arrests revealed by the Washington Post analysis. But spokesperson Kristen Metzger said in an email statement that the department “respects the intent” of Initiative 71 and “makes very few arrests” for cannabis-related offenses. Metzger added, however, that the police department “takes illegal distribution, especially where it is linked to violent crime, very seriously and we will continue to protect our residents by enforcing these laws.”


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Liberty Health Sciences Partners with VCC Brands for Florida Distribution




TORONTO – Liberty Health Sciences Inc. (CSE: LHS) (OTCQX: LHSIF) (“Liberty” or the “Company”), a provider of high-quality cannabis, announced today that it has entered into a licensing agreement with VCC Brands (VCC). Also known as Venice Cookie Company, VCC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of CBD and cannabis infused beverage and edible products in the US. The agreement will bring VCC’s extensive line of edible products to Liberty’s network of dispensaries, once the products receive approval from the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Agriculture.

VCC’s portfolio of products includes some of the industries most recognized consumer brands, including cookies, pretzels, lozenges, beverages (Cannabis Quenchers), teas, and tinctures.


“We continue to look for great companies and partners and we are thrilled to enter into this licensing agreement with VCC Brands so we can provide our customers with these one-of-a-kind award-winning products,” said Victor Mancebo, Chief Executive Officer of Liberty. “VCC’s portfolio brands, such as Venice Cookie Company, Cannabis Quencher, Subtle Tea, and One Tincture are extremely popular, and we are excited to be part of their expansion across Florida.”

VCC Brands prides itself on producing a consistent product that follows strict business standards and quality assurance initiatives. With an eye towards growing nationally recognizable brands that are relied upon for taste and potency, just like other packaged foods, the company created an in-house art and design team that develops all of its product line packaging to maintain branding consistency.

“VCC Brands looks forward to expanding the availability of its most sought-after THC products to the state as well,” said Kenny Morrison, Founder and CEO of VCC Brands. “Our heritage medical cannabis brands, Venice Cookie Company, and Cannabis Quencher should be a welcome addition to the Liberty lineup. From gummies to beverages, to baked goods and chocolate, VCC Brands makes cannabis health and wellness easy to drink and eat safely.”

VCC Brands products will be available, pending approvals, in October at all of the following Liberty locations:

  • Boca Raton
  • Bonita Springs
  • Bradenton
  • Cape Coral
  • Dania Beach
  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville Beach
  • Lakeland
  • Merritt Island
  • Miami
  • North Miami
  • Orange Park
  • Orlando
  • Palm Harbor
  • Panama City
  • Pensacola
  • Port St. Lucie
  • Sarasota
  • St. Petersburg
  • Stuart
  • Summerfield
  • Tampa (Hyde Parke
  • Tampa (Tetra)
  • Tallahassee
  • West Palm Beach
  • Winter Haven

About Liberty Health Sciences Inc.
Liberty is the cannabis provider committed to providing a high-quality cannabis experience based on our genuine care for all cannabis users and a focus on operational excellence from seed to sale. For more information, please visit:


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