Wednesday, June 29, 2011

OkCupid Profiles With "Blunts" and "Marijuana" Get More Action

by David Downs
Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 10:07 AM

WIRED magazine offers some pro tips for all those in online dating hell this June. In their article "Optimum Dating", OkCupid's analysts found that in the "Six Things I Could Never Do Without" question on every profile, "the words most likely to get a conversation going for men are chillin', blunts, cabernet, horsepower, faithfulness, and sensuality; and for women lingerie, marijuana, deodorant, handcuffs, mouthwash, and Red Bull.

Two more pro tips for the single ladies: OkCupid profile word length should be around 800 instead of the average 280 — but beware: while guys get the same number of responses writing at a 10th grade level as they do at a 4th grade level, for women: "If your essay is written at a college level, the number of worthwhile messages you get drops off a cliff. Sad."

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

High 'Up': 'What's It's Like' Selling Pot At Seventy

by David Downs
Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 12:45 PM

The hot topic of marijuana — and seniors' right to access it — percolates on popular news and community web site today, where weed fans known as "Ents" are helping raise $7,000 for What It's Like, a short film about a weed and mushroom dealer in a retirement community.

It's about aging, loss, and hallucination, according to Austin, Texas producer Matt Naylor. "The short is based on a true story told to me by a friend," writes Naylor on the film's kickstarter page. "[It's] about being afraid to get old and learning to age with grace."

As of this post's timestamp, the project needs another $1,300 in the next three days via Kickstarter, an online pledge system for creative projects. Here's a video of the first part of episode one.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hemp Pilot Threatens Sexy Time With Medical Marijuana Crop

by David Downs
Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Hide your kids, hide your wife — California's chronic growers are on a collision course with legalized hemp this week.

Sen. Mark Leno's Senate Bill 676 seeks to authorize an eight-year, five-county pilot project to grow fields of hemp, marijuana's sober cousin and an industrial textile. But fields of hemp can actually ruin crops of the stoney stuff like Blue Dream, Grand Daddy Purple and Sour Tsunami.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

The Roundup: Lordy, Lordy, The Drug War Turns Forty

by David Downs
Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Here's your headlines: 1) Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" singer Grace Slick, now 71, does a benefit art sale for patient rights.

2) With 26 San Francisco dispensaries now open, clubs don't want any more competition. In related news, word 'round The Town is Oakland's city council may try to raise the number of clubs from four to eight and re-start its farm permitting process this month.

3) Miracle-Gro made headlines last week when its CEO told the Wall Street Journal he's ready to market toward pot growers.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New "420 Tours" Rolling Across the Bay (Like A Boss)

by David Downs
Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Disneyland might be celebrating the grand opening of the newly refurbished Star Tours this Spring, but the Bay Area medical marijuana community just opened its own wormhole into another galaxy with the start of “420 Tours”. Yup, this is happening.

The next evolution in Napa Valley's famed limo and wine-tasting culture, Ferrari 420 Tours is helmed by one Kim Ferrari and her husband out of Marin County, CA. The affable wellness products salespeople don't actually slang chronic, but do believe in its palliative properties. Ferrari became a medical marijuana patient in 2002 after workplace injuries crippled her.

“[Cannabis] got me out of a wheelchair,” she said. “I just got tired of living in the closet. I said, 'It's time.'”

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Monday, June 13, 2011

'High Times' Medical Cannabis Cup SF Contestants Weigh In

by David Downs
Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Bay Area dispensaries are submitting their best buds this week for judgment in the second annual High Times Medical Cannabis Cup San Francisco, hosted by the iconic counterculture magazine on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Upper Playground Slanging 'Blue Dream'

by David Downs
Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM

We were visiting the Haight yesterday when we noticed San Francisco urban art and clothing kingpins
Upper Playground have these dope-ass new T-shirts in stock.

  • -dd

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Flaming Lips To Sear Thousands of Eyeballs at Harmony Fest Saturday

by David Downs
Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 10:32 AM

King freaks The Flaming Lips return to the freak kingdom this weekend to continue their reign atop a three-day bill at the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa, CA. Organizers expect about 35,000 to attend and perhaps camp at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds' eco-fest, off of Highway 101. Primus, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Ghostland Observatory, and Michael Franti & Spearhead round out the 100-band line-up, performing on seven daytime and five nighttime stages.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Black Lips Drop 'Arabia Mountain' on Vice Today

by David Downs
Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Grubby garage rockers Black Lips take listeners on another weedy trip, this time to Arabia Mountain on Vice Records today, before playing the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco Saturday, June 11.

While most garage rock acts struggle to stand out in a field that can be entered by literally anyone, Black Lips have managed to transcend the genre through increasingly deft musicianship and totally depraved live shows. They're a now-global name that's about to get even bigger.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Snoop, Chong Planning NorCal 'Gatherings'

by David Downs
Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 2:25 PM

NorCal and SoCal's sometimes disparate weed cultures are scheduled for a crossover event.

Snoop Dogg, as well as Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin plan to host “music and medicine”-themed Northern California concerts this fall and next spring. Producing the events is Southern California events company Guerilla Union — who produce Rock the Bells, the Cypress Hill Smokeout and this upcoming weekend's second annual Spring Gathering in medical marijuana battleground San Bernardino County.

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