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Rise & Grind: The Importance of a Good Grinder

As you sail into summer and soak up relaxing, vacay vibes, consider the Santa Cruz Shredder grinder, which produces a premium cannabis grinder, an essential piece of any consumer’s equipment.  When talking about cannabis in its smokable form, you must include a rugged grinder to turn the flowers into the magic. Among my classic accessories…

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As you sail into summer and soak up relaxing, vacay vibes, consider the Santa Cruz Shredder grinder, which produces a premium cannabis grinder, an essential piece of any consumer’s equipment.  When talking about cannabis in its smokable form, you must include a rugged grinder to turn the flowers into the magic. Among my classic accessories to make smokable possible, I include a Santa Cruz grinder.

Santa Cruz is a well-known brand, and while they may cost a few dollars more than other grinders, you definitely get what you pay for in terms of strength to get through those tough fibers that hide all of the yummy goodness of cured cannabis plants. Santa Cruz products are built to last, and built to keep on grinding, use after use.  Santa Cruz Shredder grinders are made with anodized aluminum and come with a lifetime warranty.  Pick you color, your size of grinder, and away you go.

The Santa Cruz Shredder, which is the only medical-grade grinder in the world, is designed for durability and ready to shred your material to the perfect fluffy consistency.  A non-compacted, fluffy grind works great for traditional bongs or especially any kind of convection vaporizers because it exposes a lot of surface area to the heat while permitting more air flow.  It allows only the purest pollen to get through as well as a deeper storage so you can grind and carry a good amount of your aromatic blend. The product provides a nice, consistent grind of the herb in the context of a well-built, quality feel. Why does that matter? Read on.

By their very nature, cannabis fibers are tough and lots of good stuff is contained without the plant.  A good grinder makes the plant materials more available. The Santa Cruz Shredder grinds up the bud perfectly and many come with a kief press.  They grind herbs to the perfect consistency with teeth that have four pointy edges each. After grinding you will notice the kief inside and the Santa Cruz Shredder grinders have the finest crystal net on the market.  One of the other benefits is what you see below.

The powdery material at the bottom of the grinder is called “kief,” and is caught in a screen at the bottom.  Also known as cannabis crystals among other names, kief refers to the resinous trichomes of cannabis that may accumulate in containers or be sifted from loose, dry cannabis flower with a mesh screen.  Kief contains all of the cannabinoids as it is part of the pollen that collects on plants. You can smoke it, press it to make hash, or add it into your flowers when you smoke them.  I prefer the smaller available grinder, because it is easy to travel with as I visit fine cannabis stores all across the globe (someone has to do it).

The teeth of the Santa Cruz Shredder grinders are able to take extreme use.  They’re twice as strong, will never dull, and never release burrs or flakes of aluminum.  Trust me, I know. And when the lid gets difficult to turn because of resin buildup, it cleans easily with an old toothbrush and some isopropyl alcohol, and she’s just like new, ready to keep on grinding.

Another noble component of this product is that its made in the USA. We can support the troops by encouraging legislation to allow for medical cannabis for veterans as well as promote businesses that bring jobs back to the USA like the Santa Cruz Shredder. Santa Cruz Shredder makes their top notch, quality grinders in, you guessed it, Santa Cruz, California.  It’s a no-brainer to buy Santa Cruz Shredder grinders that are designed for ultimate performance. Keep up the great work, Santa Cruz. 

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Cannabis in 2021: NewsMunchies’ Wish List for the New Year

2020 has been one for the record books.  In 2021, cannabis can be a solution to some of the problems posed by COVID-19 and racial injustice.  My top wish list selection would be for President-elect Joe Biden to enthusiastically approach cannabis legalization at the federal level.  Once Biden is sworn in, what a dream it…

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2020 has been one for the record books.  In 2021, cannabis can be a solution to some of the problems posed by COVID-19 and racial injustice.  My top wish list selection would be for President-elect Joe Biden to enthusiastically approach cannabis legalization at the federal level.  Once Biden is sworn in, what a dream it would be if he ended the disastrous War on Drugs.

Democratic leaders have pledged an end to federal marijuana prohibition, and now that Republicans lost control of the Senate, the Biden administration could have an opening to move in on major marijuana reform.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who will be the Senate Majority Leader, has a history of introducing comprehensive reform of marijuana laws, including the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, as well as the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act), which was introduced as a proposed add-on to COVID-19 legislation.  The SAFE Banking Act is a bipartisan bill seeking to align federal and state “banking services access” laws by prohibiting federal banking regulators from penalizing banks and credit unions servicing marijuana-related businesses.

Previously, Joe Biden had been a “tea teetotaler” when it came to support for any mood-enhancing or mind-altering substances.  His father battled alcoholism and his son fought addiction to cocaine.  Going with an “oldie but goodie,” the President-elect had promoted a gateway drug theory about cannabis being the first step to more hard core, dangerous drugs.  

As a result, my wish list for cannabis reform is just that – a desire for cannabis reform and most likely, rescheduling – because I’m under no illusion cannabis will be legalized under Biden.  In 2021, cannabis is not just about the high; it’s about the economy, racial justice, and a culture worth fighting for.

The Economy 

The threat of a deep, national recession should signal to lawmakers it’s time to look at ways to steer the American economy so it doesn’t fall off a cliff.  The economic waters are exceptionally rough, and to not explore every possible revenue stream would be a huge disservice to citizens.  Many local and state leaders in cannabis-friendly states are relying heavily upon the tax income it mines from all those cannabis flower and THC-gummy bear sales.  

Cannabis reform is key to an economic recovery post-COVID.  Repealing the prohibition of alcohol in the 1930s served as a major catalyst to help create millions of jobs and generate the equivalent of billions in tax revenues during the Great Depression.  Now, states across the country are turning to cannabis businesses as a source of tax revenue and jobs creation.  States such as California, Colorado, and Illinois continue to set cannabis sales records.  

National decriminalization in the United States could result in billions in tax revenue, and an estimated 1.5 million new jobs.  Unlike other businesses during COVID-19, people still ordered both recreational and medical cannabis during the lockdowns.  State’s weed windfall produced jobs and tax revenue that is too significant to ignore. 

Black Lives Matter

2020 has brought deep-rooted systemic racism in our country to the forefront.  The names George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are nationally recognized.  These high-profile, fatal incidents of violence against Black people have prompted widespread protests and a national discussion about systemic racism. 

Our criminal justice system reveals that communities of color bear the brunt of our nation’s most egregious and unjust cannabis policies.  Despite cannabis usage rates between whites and non-whites being similar, Blacks are arrested for cannabis offenses at a rate of nearly 4:1, compared to whites.

People of color are historically targeted by selective enforcement and discriminatory sentencing practices.  The War on Drugs has been a tool to target Black and Brown people, and change life trajectories in those communities for millions of people.  This means that, in the middle of a pandemic, thousands of people of color are currently stuck in crowded, unsafe prisons for minor drug offenses.  We must restore the lives of those hurt by these prejudicial policies of the past. 

In-Person Socialization 

Once we come out of this hellish coronavirus ordeal that has claimed the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans, people will want out of their homes.  Dining out is vital to our community, experiences, humanity, and sanity.  Public cannabis consumption spaces, known as “social consumption lounges” or smoke clubs will thrive in a post-COVID world.  They fill a gap in society that protects the consumer and gives them a place to enjoy marijuana products worry-free without breaking the law.  

Cannabis lounges allow patrons to safely use products that they purchased on-site.  Some cannabis lounges in recreational cities like Denver are private clubs that require you to pay a fee but they are well worth it; these membership clubs build a strong sense of community that is missing in a coronavirus world.  

Cannabis lounges are changing the culture and education around the plant and its many uses.  These are stylish, elegant, comfortable, and welcoming spaces.  (Cities like San Francisco, Oakland, and Denver require smoke lounges to have air filtration systems for the comfort and safety of patrons’ experiences.)  

My wish is that we find a new humanity and a new kindness as it relates to cannabis in 2021.  There are many reasons to be hopeful in the new year. 

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Election 2020 Results: Cannabis Runs the Table

There’s been a decisive victory.  2020 has left people wanting more access to marijuana.  In every state where marijuana legalization or drug policy reform was on the ballot, it won.  The march to decriminalize and legalize marijuana moved further across the nation on Election Day despite continued federal prohibition.  This post-election blog marries marijuana facts…

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There’s been a decisive victory.  2020 has left people wanting more access to marijuana.  In every state where marijuana legalization or drug policy reform was on the ballot, it won.  The march to decriminalize and legalize marijuana moved further across the nation on Election Day despite continued federal prohibition.  This post-election blog marries marijuana facts with commentary on where we must go next. 

First, let’s talk about Oregon.  The Beaver State has become the first state to decriminalize small amounts of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs.  You read that right.  Decriminalization signals the removal of criminal penalties, such as prison time, for the possession and use of drugs, but not the legalization of sales.  Oregon is taking an unprecedented step of decriminalizing the possession of some illegal drugs and establishing treatment to help people with drug addictions.  

Oregon voters legalized the use of psilocybin, a psychedelic drug found in magic mushrooms, for supervised therapeutic uses.  Similarly, in Washington, D.C., voters decriminalized psychedelic plants. 

In local communities where cannabis is legal, like Colorado, the goal would be for “ethnobotanicals” to start bubbling up to the state legislators for possible legalization or, at the very least, decriminalization.  In 2019, Denver became the first city to decriminalize magic mushrooms, and you can now easily find access to publicly available mushroom spores for home cultivation. 

With states moving towards the legalization of mushrooms and other ethnobotanicals, look for California and Washington to also decriminalize and/or legalize these and other plants, like Ayahuasca and Iboga.  Note, it’s not just about trippin’ at a Phish concert, as the active ingredient in some of these treatments, dimethyltryptamine, a.k.a DMT shows promise in breaking the cycle of chronic withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid addiction.  For now, these treatments are available, but only in Costa Rica and other remote corners of the world.  The best news is that most of these plants and extracts are safe even at higher doses, and there are few if any deaths are associated with safe use.

American voters, even some of the most conservative ones, are ready to repeal the War on Drugs.  In Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota voters decisively legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. After Election Day 2020, nearly one out of two Americans live in a state that decriminalized cannabis, and there is more coming soon to a dispensary near you. 

From the ballot results, it appears that legalizing cannabis and ending the War on Drugs may be unifying issues. Cannabis ran the table with voters in these states who supported separate presidential candidates (Arizona and New Jersey went into the Biden column, and Montana, South Dakota, and Mississippi went to Trump).

Federal marijuana policy reform is moving slower than state initiatives.  Legalization at the national level would be the big prize.   Elected lawmakers and legislatures must move the needle.  The 2020 election shows that Americans are fed up with a federal policy on drugs, especially cannabis.

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New Boulder Cannabis Shop: Marquis Cannabis Makes Royal Flush into Boulder Marketplace

I’ve taken the “Pepsi Challenge” on California cannabis but nothing could be more challenging than to enter a marketplace like the metropolitan area surrounding Denver and its neighbor just up the road, Boulder.  As with the serious competition for the best burger, pizza, or local beer, the People’s Republic of Boulder of which I am…

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I’ve taken the “Pepsi Challenge” on California cannabis but nothing could be more challenging than to enter a marketplace like the metropolitan area surrounding Denver and its neighbor just up the road, Boulder.  As with the serious competition for the best burger, pizza, or local beer, the People’s Republic of Boulder of which I am a proud member, requires that if you want to sell cannabis in this town, and survive, you better bring it.  

Since my first visit to the legal cannabis marketplace, I continue to find that Colorado sets the bar in quality and availability for one of the broadest spectra of flowers and associated derivatives as well as edibles.  I am glad to report that Boulder has as its newest, good value, high(er) quality cannabis shops, the newly-christened Marquis Cannabis.

Good Value, High(er) Quality Flowers

Before we get to the issue of this strain versus that strain, let’s talk about flower quality.  When I judge a cannabis plant as a consumer, I’m looking for proper density and color of nugs, the unique quality and aroma of a well-cured plant, and the perfection of a hand-trimmed cola.  Marquis Cannabis lands on all fours, providing a memorable experience between its balance of indica, sativa, and smartly curated hybrid crosses.

If I locate the right place in Colorado that produces a quality plant given all of the love and curing it requires, I will soon find a particular flower that I may be smoking for years to come.  For example, I always stop by L’Eagle Dispensary in Denver to pick up a half-ounce of Girl Scout Cookies and then head over to the Denver Kush Club to pick up African Queen. Over the past several years, I have tried most, if not all, of the flowers and these favorites always end up in my cart. 

At Marquis Cannabis, I have some early favorites.  In the “classic” category, I am a hybrid-kush smoker, so I thoroughly enjoyed Mob Boss, a strain commonly found at Cannabis Cup competitions. I got my kush on with a quarter of Maximus OG, which was a spot-on, end of the day kind of head-and-body high.  Marquis Cannabis also has a long list of great crosses.  For me, the real treat in this category has to be either the Taffie, which was a powerful head but not-too-stoney high, and most deliciously smelling Orange Sunshine, which could not be more tangy and fruity, both before and after the burn.

Location, Location, Location Helps

There are plenty of nearby dispensaries worth visiting, but at 19th & Broadway, Marquis Cannabis is but two blocks off the famed Pearl Street Mall, two blocks from the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, and only a few blocks from West End Tavern for some of the best BBQ and local brews this certifiably foodie town has to offer.  If you have time to spend in Boulder, pick one of these famous eateries, and head over to Marquis Cannabis.  Either start at CU Boulder, and head towards Pearl Street Mall, or start on the West End of Pearl, and head towards Broadway.  It’s a surefire way to spice up your visit to Boulder, leaving with a full and satisfied belly, a tasty buzz, and a craft beer on your breath.

Last but certainly not least, the importance of a well-functioning website is key to the modern cannabis market.  The website for Marquis Cannabis has an easy-to-use, easy-to-follow interface with the online ordering service Dutchie, which may be essential in the COVID-19 era.  It allows you to make your selections, which will be waiting for you when you arrive.  The shop offers a broad selection to choose from for concentrates as well as edibles.

Travel, taste, and enjoy it all safely and responsibly.

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