San Francisco embraces Amsterdam-style cannabis lounges

"The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary's marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors.

"There's nothing like this in Jersey," said grinning Atlantic City resident Rick Thompson, getting high with his cousins in San Francisco.

In fact, there's nothing like the Barbary Coast lounge almost anywhere in the United States, a conundrum confronting many marijuana enthusiasts who find it increasingly easy to buy pot but harder to find legal places to smoke it."

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Michael Christopher
Cannabis-Friendly Lounges Could Be Coming to West Hollywood This Year

"West Hollywood wants to become one of California’s first cities to allow ‘cannabis consumption’ lounges. In late November, West Hollywood’s City Council approved regulations which amended municipal codes and zoning ordinances to regulate cannabis land uses. This includes the authorization for cannabis consumption areas or lounges in the City of West Hollywood."

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California Goes Legal: Updated List of Open Adult-Use Stores

How to find a licensed adult-use cannabis store in California? That may be tougher than you think.

Temporary licenses from California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, which took effect Jan. 1, have gone out to several dozen stores. The bureau is updating that list of retailers daily, and we’re tracking the list in the table below. The licenses aren’t absolute guarantees that those stores will be open, but it’s the best information we have at the moment. Click through on the live link to find store hours and, in many cases, full menus of the product available..."

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Cannabis News, Localmoodteam
Las Vegas Could Have Nation’s First Government-Regulated Cannabis Lounges

Pot cafes, stoned yoga and painting while puffing could be just around the corner in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas officials are considering an ordinance proposed by Councilman Bob Coffin that would allow the city to license marijuana consumption lounges. The proposal comes months after the Nevada Legislature’s legal arm issued an opinion that nothing in state law prevents local municipalities from allowing such businesses.

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Lifestyle, Cannabis Newsmoodteam
Hey, ‘Budtender’: Los Angeles’s Power Brokers of Pot Crank Up the Kook

In January, California will join the list of states where recreational marijuana is legal, among them Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska. With researchers tallying California’s marijuana sales at $7.7 billion last year, the so-called green rush has already turned gold. Next year, the Standard hotel in Hollywood plans to open a dispensary for edibles. “It’s exploding in a good way,” said Emerald Castro, a brand ambassador for cannabis start-ups. “There are a lot of professionals on board.”

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Marijuana Goes Legal in California on Jan. 1. What you need to know...

Move over, 4/20. California has a new pot holiday: Jan. 1, 2018.

It’s a date that dispensaries and marijuana consumers have had in their sights ever since Proposition 64 designated it as the official opening of the adult-use market in California.

After a year of anticipation, the big switch is a month away. Even state regulators are pumped.

“I know this sounds crazy, but we’re looking forward to Jan. 1," said Lori Ajax, who heads the state's Bureau of Cannabis Control, the agency that will license dispensaries and some other cannabis businesses..."

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Cannabis Newsmoodteam
High fashion gets higher with designs celebrating cannabis

"The intersection of marijuana and fashion at one time meant tie-dye shirts, beanies and Birkenstocks. And “stoner style” certainly hasn’t gone away, with no shortage of affordable T-shirts, leggings, flip-flops and more that help the masses wear their love for weed on their sleeves. But as cannabis consumption becomes fashionable, the world of high fashion is also embracing the plant in subtle and bold ways."

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Fashionmoodteam
The Standard Hollywood and cannabis brand Lord Jones to open an in-hotel boutique early next year

"Boutique hotel group Standard International and cannabis-infused confection maker Lord Jones have announced a partnership that includes opening a retail shop in the lobby of the Standard Hollywood early next year.

There are also plans to create co-branded THC-derived products and expand to the hotel’s downtown Los Angeles location — and beyond — as regulations permit."

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Localmoodteam
Ty Dolla $ign Announces New Album Release Date, Shares 2 New Songs

Ty Dolla $ign has announced the release date for his next album Beach House 3: It’s out October 27 via Atlantic. Ty$ has also shared two new tracks from the LP. Below, listen to “Dawsin’s Breek” (featuring Jeremih and produced by Mike WiLL Made-It) and “Message in a Bottle.” Beach House 3 includes the recent songs “So Am I” and “Love U Better.” It’s Ty Dolla $ign’s sophmore record, following 2015’s Free TC. Last year, he released the Campaignmixtape.

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Musicmoodteam
High Fashion for a Higher Purpose: NY Fashion Week’s First Cannabis Event

The cannabis community of New York opened its doors to the fashion industry, with a curated group of attendees from household name brands such as Alexander Wang and Giorgio Armani to independent designers, hair stylists, and even the occasional investment banker (because NYFW attracts all kinds). Guests conversed over cocktails, chocolate-covered strawberries, and CC Gregibles’ CBD-infused popcorn by executive chef Gregory Baumel.

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Fashionmoodteam