Riot Fest Brought the Good Vibes and a Love of Cannabis to Chicago

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On day-one of Riot Fest, there was paranoia. Before music-lovers, which the Chicago-based festival attracts alone, entered the festival grounds, many were asking, “What about my legally acquired cannabis?!” I overheard that concern more than once, but those fears were soon laid to rest as festival goers bypassed the lovely security members and enjoyed their…

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Ms. Pat Opens Up About Her New BET+ Series, ‘The Ms. Pat Show’

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Ms. Pat is one of the best comedians around. She could read the phonebook and make it funny. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, next year marks Ms. Pat’s 20th anniversary in standup. In recent years, she’s published a memoir, Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat, and most recently, just sold a one-hour special to…

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Hip-Hop Mogul Jay-Z Invests in Cannabis Retail Platform Flowhub

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Cannabis point-of-sale platform Flowhub announced on Tuesday the closing of a $19 million round of strategic funding, including significant participation from venture capital firms Headline and Poseiden as well as a personal investment from entrepreneur and hip-hop billionaire Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter.  The new round of funding for Flowhub brings the total amount of capital raised…

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Leading the Charge: Stephanie Arakel, Vice President of Strategy and Product at Viola Brands

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It’s no secret that if you’re working in the cannabis industry, you need to be on top of everything coming your way. One woman who’s dominating her role in the industry is Vice President of Strategy and Product at Viola Brands, Stephanie Arakel. Arakel’s journey into cannabis grew organically starting with her culinary college career,…

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REVIEW: Puffco’s Inaugural Puffcon

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Disclosure: I’m Terp fam and I’m going to throw them some real love here. Call it bias, but they’re dope and I love it. It’s hard to throw a consumption event in California, but building a site within the city limits of Los Angeles since Prop. 64 events has been mostly impossible. With the exception…

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Justin Bieber Jumps On Cannabis Industry Bandwagon

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Pop superstar Justin Bieber has made a foray into the legal marijuana industry through a partnership to produce a line of pre-rolled joints with California cannabis company Palms Premium that was announced on Monday. Meanwhile, however, cannabis advocates are weary about the number of celebrities waltzing into the industry without paying their dues first. Sold…

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Stoners Fly ‘High as a Kite’ with New Marijuana Tattoo Collection Book

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High as a Kite: A Guide to Marijuana is not, as its many co-authors have stressed, “a guide to growing marijuana” but “a collaborative effort by creatives to showcase the beauty of cannabis through tattoos.” Here’s another way of putting it: High as a Kite, a collection of cannabis-related tattoo art collected from across the…

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NBA Icon Chris Webber Unveils Detroit Cannabis Facility

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NBA Hall of Famer and entrepreneur Chris Webber on Tuesday broke ground on Players Only Holdings, a $50 million cannabis production and training facility in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Once completed, the new facility sitting on nine acres near the Detroit River is expected to create hundreds of jobs over the next three years. Co-founded by…

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The Cannabis Question Looks at Weed and the Body and Brain

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The more cannabis becomes accepted in the U.S., the more frustrating it becomes that cannabis researchers are barred by Schedule I status and cannot freely research, as well as that communities of color remain more at-risk for incarceration. The new PBS and NOVA documentary The Cannabis Question tackles both problems in one, succinct film.  The…

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Josiah Hesse on ‘Runner’s High,’ Athletics and Smashing the Stigma

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When I heard my Denver writer colleague Josiah Hesse was releasing a major-deal book on cannabis and running, Runner’s High, I knew I had to chat about it with him for High Times. All writers have a struggle story, but Hesse’s is particularly powerful. Self-educated as an author, he independently put out his books and…

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