If you heard that Jay Leno was driving a cannabis car, you may imagine something like the van from Dumb and Dumber, affixed in plant leaves. However, the truth is that the vehicle in question is a 2017 Revival. The 2017 Revival appears identical to any smoothly curved, fast-running auto of its type. There are no hastily assembled leaves or coiled hemp ropes eclectically fastened on the body of the automobile. Rather, the cannabis in question is a plastics-like product fashioned from woven hemp.
Millions of fibers of industrial hemp, cannabis sativa plants which contain only trace amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, create the elegant plastics design. Recently, former Dell executive Bruce Dietzen introduced and sold Jay Leno on the vehicle in a CNBC segment. The two went through a rigorous testing process while Dietzen described the sporty car. While Dietzen’s idea was innovative, a famous American Industrialist inspired Dietzen. According to CNBC’s piece on the cannabis car,
“Henry Ford manufactured the original hemp car all the way back in 1941. The father of the Model T was an advocate for both producing and fueling cars entirely with plant material.”
Ford advocated using plant-based materials as sources of fuel and structure long before notions of climate change entered the picture. Based on reports, Dietzen crafted “the world’s greenest automobile, a car made of hemp.” While taking the 2017 Revival for a spin, Dietzen gave a nod to Henry Ford, then explained the benefits of the alternative vehicle. As the CNBC broadcast revealed, the average car produces 10 tons of air pollutants. In contrast, the 2017 Revival is a carbon-neutral vehicle that emits no air pollutants. On paper, the 2017 Revival is the top of its class.
Naturally, Leno cruised at high speeds and the engine’s horsepower paralleled that of a standard sports car. While driving, Leno wondered whether the vehicle will produce clouds of marijuana smoke if involved in a fiery crash. Dietzen informed him that the car’s structure had no connection with psychoactive cannabis, aside from its composition.
Following that, Leno questioned the vehicle’s durability. First, Dietzen pounded on the hood of the Revival, demonstrating its strength. Leno followed suit and began clapping the car with some resounding blows. As it turns out, the hemp-based body sculpting material is ten times stronger than fiberglass, according to the information released in the CNBC report. One witnesses the strength by watching the two grown men fail to produce any impact upon the hood of the vehicle. Needless to say, Leno bought the car.
With such a fascinating car on the market, one’s curiosity arises regarding the price tag. The 2017 Revival runs in at $40,000 with the standard model. Leno’s customized car cost $200,000. In terms of the future of the vehicle, the retired Dell executive has a unique marketing plan. He’s looking at reaching the younger generation that’s concerned with their carbon footprint and able to splurge on an automobile that’s the first of its kind. He plans to target young, entrepreneurial types who see the value of the car and a healthier lifestyle.
Dietzen is reported to be less interested in profiteering and seeks to promote an innovation he believes in. He remarked, “‘I’m not going to go out there and get a bunch of people for financing who want to make quarterly numbers, because that’s a good way to sink a company. I’m doing it out of my belief in what needs to be done.'” In other words, Dietzen created the Revival for like-minded individuals who have the future in mind. The car is for the consumers, rather than the shareholders or investors. Or, one could say that the vehicle is ideal for those who want to invest in the planet.
Legal cannabis is breaking into mainstream markets, erasing traditional views surrounding the background and profile of frequent consumers. From lawyers and parents to chefs and senior citizens, it’s virtually impossible to tell who uses cannabis habitually without witnessing it firsthand. This is the conclusion Eaze, a California-based medical cannabis delivery service, arrived at in its recently released survey.
According to the startup, today’s typical cannabis consumers are moms, college degree holders (51 percent) and full-time workers (91 percent).
Shocking? Yes, but there’s more.
It seems people are making less trips to the wine section of the grocery store and making more visits to legal cannabis dispensaries (or having cannabis products delivered using Eaze). Results from the survey highlights 87 percent (4 out of 5) of respondents are consuming less alcohol, citing an increase in cannabis use as the reason for the change in preference. Interestingly, 13 percent (1 out of 10) of survey participants completely replaced alcohol with cannabis.
So there you have it. The alcohol industry’s worst fear is finally coming to fruition with no relief in sight. With cannabis becoming more accessible, as regulations surrounding cultivation, consumption and distribution continue to spread, it is likely this trend is just getting started.
For parents, the survey points out that cannabis consumption isn’t an isolated habit. Sixty-three percent of respondents who are parents admitted to daily use, suggesting the practice is well integrated with their busy lifestyle. Furthermore, roughly 39 percent live with three or more people, compared to 26 percent individuals living alone.
“It’s not surprising to think that parents are using cannabis every day,” said Sheena Shiravi, an Eaze spokesperson, during an interview with Refinery29.
“Think about how often a mom reaches for glass of wine or takes Tylenol or pain killer for a headache or back pain.”
When it comes to methods of consumption, only nine percent of parents prefer not to smoke or vape cannabis. The top two options include rolling flowers into joints and grinding small loads into water pipes. This suggests that the presence of curious kids in the household does not affect cannabis flower consumption. Women, who make up “the fastest growing consumer segments in cannabis,” also follow similar cannabis consumption preferences.
However, it is important to highlight that while women prefer consuming cannabis flowers, they aren’t scared to explore their options. Using purchasing data from the delivery platform, Eaze researchers found that early adopters of up and coming cannabis products (topicals, rubs and oils) are women. The female demographic is using cannabis to ease a wide range of symptoms, including anxiety, PMS and nausea.
“They [women] use lower-dose edibles or CBD products (CBD does not have psychoactive effects) 42% more than men do. They’re also using it to replace potentially more harmful habits, like a form of harm reduction,” explained Shiravi.
David Cicero of Nashville Tenn. has been arrested for operating a “makeshift marijuana shop” out of his home.
Thanks to a tip from a concerned citizen, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department charged Cicero with possession of marijuana for resale and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. His bond has been set at $15,000. It appears Cicero was running a business that sold multiple types of cannabis products, including concentrates, edibles, and plant material. About $30,000 and packaging materials were also confiscated by police.
Many states have moved to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis that are clearly intended for personal use, but Tennessee is definitely not one of those states. The penalties for possessing over half an ounce of cannabis in Tennessee can earn a person a felony charge, and/or a $5000 fine. The type of felony is a Class E, which is considered the least serious felony classification and has a maximum of three years in prison.
Cannabis and the 4th of July are a great combination. Lighting up on our nation’s Independence Day is certainly symbolic, but it’s also great when combined with lounging, enjoying the outdoors, hanging out with friends or just watching some fireworks.
Adding cannabis to this mix can be done with ease in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. This list takes into account not only if cannabis is legal in the area, but how entrenched cannabis is in the local scene. Nevada recently legalized cannabis, and enjoying it in that state is legal, but dispensaries are thin on the ground and local law enforcement is still playing catch-up with the new legislation. For folks hoping to fly into Las Vegas and expect the cannabis scene to be as entrenched as San Francisco’s, they should wait a while before considering it a canna-friendly destination.
Colorado, California, Oregon, and Washington have adjusted to new cannabis laws for enough time that it has become normalized in those states. California is still under medical-only cannabis laws until January 1st, 2018, but its relaxed program means many Californians still can get a medical recommendation with ease. Maine is also an option for those who can’t travel too far from the east coast, but recreational sales won’t begin until next year. In all of these places, cannabis is still illegal on federal lands, like parks and campgrounds, so plan your holiday accordingly.
Why consider it for the 4th: an escape from the big city with enough waterfront views for everyone.
This destination is located the farthest north out of the rest of our recommendations, and it’s a great place to escape the summer heat, if only a little. Ferries are a part of life in the area, and quick rides can get you to the heart of the city or in the middle of nature within a short amount of time. Bellevue hosts one of the area’s best fireworks displays, and the Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog is a local favorite for dog owners.
Why consider it for the 4th: Small town vibe in a very cannabis-friendly state.
Boulder comes out of hibernation for summer, and the city really embraces Independence Day with huge fireworks displays, family-friendly activities, and plenty of cannabis. As a Colorado town, it’s familiar with canna-tourists. If you can plan ahead, reserve tickets for the local Budz, Sudz, Grow & Dispensary tour. The state is also home to canna-friendly accommodations, so it’s the perfect destination for an all-cannabis holiday.
Why consider it for the 4th: A destination for outdoor activities with family. And cannabis.
Central Oregon is a quick flight from Portland. Fly into RDM on major carriers and Bend is a 20-minute drive from the sleepy airport. This former mill town is home to some of the best cannabis in the state, and knowing your cannabis hasn’t traveled far means you’re getting some of the freshest herb available. Downtown Bend has a family-friendly 4th of July celebration with food and fireworks, but hit up the town’s cannabis tours after you’ve done all the hiking, biking, fishing and rafting you can handle.
Why consider it for the 4th: Instagram-worthy events for extroverts.
One of the best-kept secrets about LA is the fact that people tend to leave the city for major holidays, but Independence Day seems to be the exception, with thousands of SoCal residents head to the beach or to the Rose Bowl for fireworks. Venice Beach is home to the 4th of July Mr. & Mrs. Venice Beach competition, and is an event that makes a trip to Venice even more memorable. The celebrations at the Hollywood Bowl really do the venue justice, which allows you to bring a picnic and your own booze.
Why consider it for the 4th: The best for recreational cannabis
Denver packs in a lot of activities for the days surrounding the 4th of July. Combining it with its tourist-friendly cannabis market means you can enjoy Independence Day in a city where cannabis has been normalized moreso than any other destination in the United States. This year, Denver Comic con’s last day falls on July 2nd and the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival ends on July 3rd, so you can hit up both events before celebrating the 4th at Elitch Gardens.
Why consider it for the 4th: A region dedicated to the best food, drink, and cannabis
Home to this year’s Norcal Cannabis Cup and Emerald Cup, Sonoma has embraced the cannabis trade alongside their wine and food cultures. A quick drive from nearby San Francisco means Norcal residents can pick up their favorite cannabis products on the way to enjoying their vacation, although there are some great dispensaries in the region. Head to Healdsburg for their small-town 4th of July activities, or escape to the beach to cool off.
Party band and notable mashup collaborators Lance Herbstrong (Kamal Soliman, Peter DiStefano and Bill Sarver) have teamed up with Grammy award winning hip-hop lyricist Big Daddy Kane for their first original song “Ripped.” Written for the new stoner film by the same name, Ripped stars comedians Russell Peters (Last Comic Standing, The Jungle Book, Chef) and Faizon Love (Grow House, Black-ish, Friday, Elf).
When best friends Harris (Russell Peters) and Reeves (Faizon Love) smoke top secret CIA weed in 1986, they wake up thirty years later and decide to become a part of the green rush by opening a cannabis business. Between advances in technology and legalized weed, it takes the hilarious duo a moment to get acclimated in the 21st century. The film’s (ahem) climax is marked by Lance Herbstrong’s live performance of “Ripped” to a room of dancing party people.
Lance Herbstrong is widely regarded for throwing backstage parties and performing music industry ‘insider’ events. Band members Kamal Soliman and Peter DiStefano have impressive resumes in the music industry which eventually led them to form the band. DiStefano played guitar in Pornos for Pyros with Perry Farrell and has been featured on albums with Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland, as well as in numerous movie scores through collaborations with notable composer Harry Gregson-Williams (Man on Fire, Shrek 2, Total Recall). Soliman was head of artist relations at concert promotion/event production firm C3 Presents for nine years and helped recreate Lollapalooza. He produced all the C3 festivals and Obama’s inaugurals while there and is currently managing the world tour for reggae luminary and canna-preneur Damian Marley.
(Jim Bennett photo / Provided to MassRoots)
Along with producer/engineer Bill Sarver, the three Lance Herbstrong pioneers regularly invite special guests to join them on stage. From Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack, Perry Farrell, Karl Denson to world champion cyclist Lance Armstrong himself, the band’s long list of collaborations, remixes, and mashups receiving hundreds of thousands, even millions of plays, is as impressive as their hot new single “Ripped” featuring Big Daddy Kane, one of hip-hop’s most legendary vocal stars.
More tour dates will be announced soon on their website, for now you can catch Lance Herbstrong on
September 9th in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Ripped is in-theaters in select cities across the US and on iTunes and VOD now.
There’s nothing convenient about dabbing cannabis concentrates – unless you’re using the Ooze Magma.
Most people are stuck dabbing at home, because setting up a traditional rig is a tedious process. Furthermore, working with extremely hot nails can be tricky – even for veteran cannabis consumers.
But thanks to technological advancements and cutting-edge trends currently taking the legal cannabis industry to new heights, you can now dab outside of your home with ease.
Luckily for us, the Ooze Magma is changing the way people consume cannabis concentrates.
Portable, Functional and Discreet
The Ooze Magma offers a seamless dabbing experience for individuals with busy lifestyles. It contains everything you need to consume shatter or wax on the go. The multi-functional main body houses the heating components of the device, which features four temperature settings: 572°F, 662°F, 752°F and 842°F. To get started, click the button three times and watch the LED indicators light up.
Unlike traditional dabbing, you don’t have to wait for the chamber to get hot before loading in the concentrate. This allows you to pre-load the chamber hours before consumption!
The kit comes with a glass water bubbler that connects to the head of the main body, turning it into a complete, compact bong. You have the option to take dry hits or use it with water. A top cap keeps the loader closed to stop residual burning. To ensure stability during consumption, a stand base keeps the unit upright at all times.
The e-nail is powered by a powerful 2,900 mAh battery. Each session lasts 20 seconds, which equates to about three hits. It’s possible to extend the session for another 20 seconds by pressing the master button. An automatic shut-down feature preserves the battery (turning it off after 60 seconds of no activity), ensuring power doesn’t run out when you need it the most.
When the portable rig is on the verge of running out of power, the LED indicator lights will flash 10 times. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stop dabbing, as the unit still works while charging! To charge the device, simply plug it into a mainstream wall outlet, using the USB adapter. You could also plug it into your computer or power bank for on-the-go charging.
Use Your Own Device
Want to use the e-rig with your own bubbler or water pipe? No problem! Using the base adapter, the main body can turn into an attachment that fits over a wide range of smoking devices. Simply flip the base adapter over and carefully screw the bottom of the unit on the head of your preferred contraption.
The Ooze Magma is currently available online for $199. This price point is pretty great, considering the kit comes with a packing tool, extra rubber rings, a carrying case and two coils (dual quartz and quartz nail).