Who Says Bongs & Pipes Aren't Art? High-End Smokeware in LBC
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, August, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder
Very few artists come up with art that is actually funtional, if anything that alone should be enough to showcase the skill that glass blowers must have to make some of the amazing pieces that we see today.
There's a special spot deep in the heart of the LBC that offers brilliant, intricate sculptures. While you may not be in the market for home decor, perhaps you are perusing the sprawl for new additions to your marijuana paraphernalia collection. GooseFire Gallery in Long Beach is a spot you may want to add to your checklist.
Doubling as high-end smokeware, these artistic pieces not only spice up your living space but serve as pipes and bongs.
Exhibiting around 75 pieces of "controversial glass art," GooseFire Gallery showcases the work of 15 artists, reports Press-Telegram. Though marijuana isn't for everyone, Owner Matt Abrams, 29, feels that anyone can appreciate the items as art.
"I think even people who don't enjoy the marijuana see the time and effort and the artistic elements put into these pieces," Abrams said. "You can't deny that. They look at it and go, `I don't appreciate that it's a pipe, but I do appreciate that it's a beautiful piece of work.'"
The functional artworks range in price staring at $500 to $10,000, excluding a $45,000 glass bamboo-climbing lemur. The piece consists of about seven pipes hiding among the bamboo shoots.
"There's nothing else like that out there," said Abrams of the lemur work.
Aside from practical art, Adams also dabbles in medical marijuana. His family owns One Love Long Beach, the collective across the street from the gallery. Adams serves as the managing director and handles the legal work.
While the gallery is well-received by many, others are not impressed.
"Drug paraphernalia labeled as smokeware is no more art than vomit is," Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation. "Drugs have destroyed many lives and families and there is nothing beautiful or fascinating about it. ... Peddlers of smokeware who recklessly promote drug activity and contribute to this health problem just to make a buck, even under the guise of art, are repulsive, not artistic."
Art or vomit, L.A.?
125 Year Old Pot Smoker Claims Weed Was Her Secret To Longevity
Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, August, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
A 125-year-old woman, said to be one of the oldest women in India, died at her home in Orissa, her family said Sunday. Fulla Nayak claimed that smoking cannabis every day was her secret to long life.
Fulla Nayak, a resident of Kanarpur village in the coastal district of Kendrapada, died of old age complications Saturday.
According to her 72-year-old grandson, Fulla was 125. But as per a voter photo identity card issued by the government in 1995 she was 120 years.
The grand old woman lived in a small mud-walled thatched house in Kanarpur, about 25 km from the district headquarters. She is survived by two of her four daughters and around two dozen relatives.
Her eldest daughter, Jamuna, 92, lives in the same village. Her husband died at the age of 50.
Fulla was in the news when her grandson Narayan Nayak claimed last week that she could be the oldest woman living in the world. He had said that he would write to the Guinness book authorities to record the claim.
Fulla was known for her love of smoking ganja and cigars and palm juice. She also loved steaming hot tea.
She had never suffered any debilitating ailment throughout her life. Except for her weak eyesight, Fulla maintained good health and used to walk without support.
The Lighter Wars
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, August, 19th 2011 by THCFinder
Teens may be charged for pot brownie prank
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, August, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
A trio of teenagers in downstate Illinois are looking at a possible criminal record after police say they baked a batch of marijuana brownies and handed them out to unknowing victims.
The O’Fallow Township High School students were attending summer band camp where the incident allegedly took place. Besides facing criminal charges, the school may also take disciplinary action, according to STLtoday.com.
O’Fallon police Sgt. Rob Schmidtke told the site, “Anytime anybody is given drugs or something else without their knowledge that can obviously be a health hazard. We won’t let this slide. It could have been a very big deal.”
Police were tipped off via a fellow student who had learned about the prank and alerted a school administrator.
Schmidtke says the three teens confessed to lacing the brownies, adding, “It could have been an interesting band practice.”
O’Fallon Police Chief John Betten told the Belleville News Democrat, “No charges have been filed at this point and the case is still under investigation,” and that fortunately there were no “reports of problems” for any of the band members that ingested the pot-laced baked goods.
“Maybe [the teens] didn’t do a very good job of making them,” he added.
Medical pot superstore thrives while awaiting legal ruling
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, August, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
PHOENIX -- A Valley medical marijuana superstore is on track to crack $1 million in sales even though the state's dispensaries are in limbo because of a federal lawsuit.
"We Grow" hydroponics store sells everything that medical marijuana patients need to grow their own pot, except the plant itself.
Sunny Singh, owner of the store in central Phoenix, has plans to open up stores in Flagstaff and Tucson.
He said there's a lot of uncertainty about the medical marijuana law, passed by Arizona voters in 2009, because of the federal suit over whether dispensaries are legal. But, Singh said, "The medical marijuana act is in full effect. If you're a qualified patient, you can go see a doctor, get your evaluation done and get your medical marijuana card. You can get your card and cultivate yourself, up to 12 plants per patient."
Almost 9,000 people have applied for a medical marijuana card in Arizona and most applications have been approved.
Until the injunction against dispensaries is lifted, Dhar Mann with "We Grow" said the store is helping hundreds of patients who need marijuana.
"Whether that is you're coming to purchase your products to build an indoor grow room or you're coming to receive support services, such as classes, meet with a doctor for a cannabis evaluation, you can do that all under one roof here at our We Grow location in Phoenix," Mann said.
Singh added that "We Grow" offers a technician team that installs and manages your plants for you and helps you throughout your whole harvest.
Singh plans to open "We Grow" stores in Tucson and Flagstaff.
Smoke and fly
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, August, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
Why drink and dive when you can smoke and fly.
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