Marijuana has changed a lot since it was made illegal in 1937. It has changed drastically within the last 10 years. Umpteen states have medical marijuana state laws and now Colorado and Washington have legalized it for recreational use. People are accepting marijuana into pop culture more and more everyday. Years ago, most smokers tried to hide toking up in public. Now I see more people publicly smoking without trying to hide it. Which I think is a great thing to an extent. There is a time and place to do that. If you’re in other sticky situations where marijuana is not highly accepted then you need some stealth moves.
The HMJ staff has each written out a little about some of their ways to smoke your weed in stealth.
I have only had a few occasions in my life when stealthy smoking was necessary. In those situations, I tried several tricks but none of them were that effective so my contribution is more about telling you what NOT to do. I tried smoking out of the window, tried turning on showers so that the smoke could get into the steam from the shower, and putting towels under doors. None of those things worked. In both situations, the people eventually found out that I was blazing. It might have been because I started to get careless when I would smoke. So here are my rules for getting with smoking:
- Go outside if you can. If you MUST smoke, make sure to get a can of ozium for the after effects.
- Don’t get lazy with cleaning up. Make sure the smell is clear and there are no roaches or lighters lying around. Those can all be giveaways.
- Consider alternate ways of smoking like vaporizing or dabs that tend to leave less of a smell.
Good Luck, Greenies!
My personal stealthy smoking technique would have to be my NO2 vaporizer. It has a mouth piece that happens to look like a McDonalds straw so I take fast food drink cups, put the vape in the cup, and stick the mouth piece through the cover. Everyone assumes I’m drinking sprite!
Disclaimer: This is probably THE most I’ve ever done in life to hide my smoke.
When I lived at home in NJ I had a 2-room attic space; but I couldn’t freely smoke, so I used to blaze out the window. Literally like half my body out the window. The ONLY window that opened in the attic was one facing the backyard. It was a challenge when it rained (toking under my umbrella, ella, ella), or when it got east coast cold (smoking in a winter wonderland), or if my parents were in the backyard (b*tch don’t kill my vibe). In order to keep the smoke outside I kept the ceiling fan on low for ventilation, another fan facing where I was sitting to blow the smoke out the window, and of course a towel/blanket at the door and air freshener readily available. Ozium is the truth. Now when it came to smoking outside I used a metal cigarette pipe through the streets of NYC. Make sure you carry your body spray, gum & lotion/hand sanitizer if that’s your plan. I’m not really a fan of those pipes anymore but they served their purpose. Personally now-a-days in LA, the most stealthy I get is putting the joint down. I miiiiight put it out… meh. I hope we all can freely liberate our lives through the flowers of marijuana for the rest of our days.
The stealthiest way to smoke is to smoke by people smoking cigarettes. The disgusting and overpowering smell of cigarette smoke with mask the smell of your weed. There is nothing better to kill the smell of marijuana than cigarette smoke. Nobody is going to be looking at you smoking a one hitter or a small joint if you just blend in. It’s pretty simple if you can get past the smell of cigarettes. I smoke cigarettes, so I am somewhat bias.
Since, generally, it’s the fragrance that causes difficulties (though I think the fragrance creates joy) for stealth we turn to the vaporizer. Very few uninitiated are familiar with that aroma. Still prudent to open a window.
I remember when I was in college in Georgia and marijuana was still very much illegal, both technically and culturally. I used to romanticize and ruminate about how cool it would be to walk home from a class while smoking a joint casually in the open air. Now that I live in Vancouver, casual public marijuana smoking is more or less tolerated, even in the heart of downtown. Despite this dramatic shift of tolerance, I still have the urge to be discreet. To this end, my personal vaporizer seems to do the trick. Vapor’s a lot less heavy than smoke. But really I just don’t worry about getting “caught” anymore.
When I think about discreet smoking, I think back to college, finding hospitable alleyways, parks and always keeping a look out for the cops. I was in a fraternity in college and there was a policy against smoking marijuana in the fraternity house, even out in the back parking lot. So the smokers in the fraternity decided to make an informal smoking space out of the back lot of the nearby Baptist Center. Pretty funny I suppose. We never had any trouble with the Baptists, believe it or not.
When you want stealth, keep this saying in mind, ” the best place to hide, is right out in the open. Plain sight”. Where would someone least suspect you of doing something at that given moment. Back when I was living in NYC, my favorite time to smoke, was when I was on my bike, biking all through NYC. My favorite place to smoke on my bike is the West Side Highway Bike Lane. If someone was to ever smell me smoking, I’d be a block down already, and they can’t do anything about it. If u see the occasional cop or patrol , just keep it cool,it the joint/blunt down, and keep It going. Wait a little before you ale another puff just in case they are watching when you pass. If they smell it, there’s too many other people riding on the bike lane to pinpoint one specific person.
Bikers behind you might smell it, but that’s something you rarely have to worry about. It’s never happened to me but you just have to remember in NYC, there’s always someone outside or someone looking. As long as I’ve been riding bikes in NYC, I’ve only seen a few bike cops in the city. Make sure you obey all laws on bikes while riding, especially in Manhattan, because cops will harass you for the simplest shit. That gives them all the ammo they need to stop you, say you smell like you been smoking weed, search you, and so on and so forth.
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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