The art of rolling a joint has become so advanced that it’s hard to be the one who “destroys” it, as the art becomes your remedy. So, since most of this rolled art probably didn’t last much longer than a day or two, I thought I’d feature some of the most creative joints I’ve seen in a while… joints I could never roll!
Creative Joints You Should Know
Yes, that’s right, I never could manage to master the art of rolling a pristine regular joint, let alone joint origami like this; the tiny, delicate paper and my fingers never seemed to cooperate. Hey, at least I can roll a decent blunt! So, in honor of all you skilled paper rollers out there, let’s take a look at some of the best I’ve seen lately…
1. A JOINT
Yes, something as simple as this A-shaped joint is something I could never come up with, but I’m sure it’d pack a healthy punch.
It wouldn’t be too difficult to get it lit, but I have to wonder how that middle section factored in.
Either way I’m sure it was a deliciously-flavored treat, even if they did end up with a chunk of unused greenery at the end of it.
Have any of you smoked a joint like this?
How’d it turn out?
2. BASEBALL JOINT
This fancy little bat and ball-shaped joint would probably burn a little better than the last joint, and you could pack the ball part with any special little treats your heart desires.
This might burn a little uneven, after you finish off the ball, but there’s plenty of herb packed into this beast, so I don’t think anyone will be complaining too much.
I’d be tempted to hide a chunk of shatter in the ball to really knock it out of the park!
3. BRAIDED JOINT
The last thing I attempted to braid was my moustache, after growing my beard out for a year, and that didn’t turn out even half as nice as this joint did!
It looks like this baby is holding quite a good amount of herb, and probably took a while to construct.
This is the kind of joint you show up to a party with, and then watch in amazement as it comes apart during your session.
I’d be happy to be toting around this Celtic sword of herbal goodness, but sad to see it go.
4. DOUBLE HEART CROSS JOINT
Now, this bad boy took some serious skill to construct!
Two hearts, intertwined with each other, only to have another joint cross through them in the center, and then be wrapped in thin coils of hash oil.
This was probably as fun to watch burn as it was hard to construct, and I’m sure it knocked quite a few people on their ass!
5. LOLLIPOP JOINT
I wasn’t too sure what to call this one, so I opted for the lollipop joint, because it looks like it’d be a treat for anyone!
I’m sure it was great to watch the circles break apart, and the multiple rings of hash oil would make sure that everyone got that extra flavor boost.
Joints like these wouldn’t last too long, partially because you wouldn’t be able to sit it down without messing up your creation, so you might as well light it up!
6. PEACE SIGN JOINT
This joint symbolizes what everyone feels after finishing off a good joint, but damn would you have to be delicate with this one!
It’d be beautiful to watch it burn, and could probably double as a torch, to help you make your way through the crowd at some festival at night.
It’s not every day you see 5 glowing embers coming out of the same joint but, if you do see such a thing, then you know it’s a good day!
7. DURGA JOINT
OK, so I had to look into what eight-armed creatures were out there, and it looks like this lovely goddess (Durga) is said protect her devotees from all angles.
Now, this would take quite a few lighters to light it evenly, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be long before you felt safe, inside the warm embrace of Mary Jane, in the shape of Durga.
I hope the feet join back together at the bottom, otherwise that’d make for an uncomfortably-close tandem puffing session.
8. EIFFEL TOWER JOINT
Someone was feeling a bit French as they constructed this tower of a joint, which stands pretty well on its own… as it patiently waits for you to smoke it.
This one actually might burn pretty well, but damn would you have to be gentle when you passed it!
I can imagine whoever took part in burning this tower down felt just as high as the Eiffel Tower is tall.
9. HANG LOOSE JOINT
No, this joint doesn’t appear to be rolled loosely, but it does remind you to relax with the universal symbol for “hang loose”, brah.
I’m sure this little beast packed quite a punch when they got to the palm, but I bet ET would have been proud when the fingertips were all lit up.
I dig your style, young grass roller!
10. LIGHTNING BOLT JOINT
Now, it’s no shocker that this joint would be a double-barrel of fun, but its simplicity doesn’t make it any less creative in my mind.
I like that it looks like a 2D lightning bolt from this angle, but is actually more like a 3D step in design.
I wonder if they opted to fill each side with a different strain?
That’d make for a lovely blend of smoke in the end…
11. POT LEAF JOINT
Alright, so it doesn’t exactly look like a pot leaf, but I think we all get the idea!
And this bad boy would definitely be a great joint to smoke, but you’re probably going to want to have more than just that one lighter on hand.
12. SCORPION JOINT
Would you let this beautiful joint sting your lips?
Now, I’m not sure how well those little legs turned out, but it looks like this creepy crawly would pack quite a pleasant punch.
Just don’t smoke this one around any paranoid smokers, or they might stamp out your creativity!
13. H-CEPTION JOINT
I had no idea to call this one, but there are at least 10 different H’s hidden in this advanced joint.
I guess it kind of looks like a star fighter or some kind of plane, but who cares what you call it, right?
Now, it might suck to light it, but I bet it made for quite the smoke show while it burned on down.
14. HEART SHAPED JOINT
Now, this joint might not be as advanced as the other heart joint, but I know I wouldn’t be able to roll it, and it’d make a nice gift to a loved one.
Nothing says I love you like a handmade gift that helps you unwind after a long day and, while it might be a little difficult to get started, it probably smoked pretty well.
How many of you have rolled heart-shaped joints like this one for your significant other?
15. SHERLOCK JOINT
Here’s a joint for the sophisticated smoker, and there is definitely a lot of good herb packed in this baby!
I actually think I’d feel a little fancy puffing on a joint like this, and I like how they left some herb poking out of the top.
But as high as my tolerance is at the moment, I’d probably need a bit of help finishing off a joint like this one.
Where’s Watson when you need him?
16. LADY JOINT
Speaking of fancy, check out this lady…
Who wouldn’t be tempted to put their lips on these gently crafted papers?
Be careful though, you don’t know what she’s packing under that skirt!
That’s about all I managed to scrounge up, but you joint rollers really are a creative group of stoners – keep on creating! Maybe someday you’ll inspire me to practice the craft myself…
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.
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 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 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.
Jason Kikel is a Senior Data Analyst at Cannabiz Media, where he researches licenses across the cannabis marketplace and the policies behind them. He brings forth a variety of experience in urban planning, agriculture, and education, as well as enthusiasm for an expanding industry. Jason graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University and recently completed his Master of Community + Regional Planning at The University of New Mexico. A longtime cannabis policy reform advocate, Jason first jumped into the cannabis economy as a graduate student while completing his master’s thesis, studying the legalization-land use-water policy nexus in Colorado. Jason recently delivered a presentation on this research, “Land Use, Water, and Policy Considerations in Emerging Cannabis Markets: Lessons from the Arid Mountain West” at the inaugural Institute for Cannabis Research conference at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
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.
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 http://www.purationinc.com
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.
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