Weekend's Best: Flourish Halloween cupcakes; Jeff Goldblum in 'Thor'; Lake Tahoe cannabis tasting

October 26, 2017
Lake Tahoe

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Your weekend guide to cannabis culture | from the desk of cannabis editor David Downs

Good afternoon!

Halloween is here. The pumpkins are carved. The costumes have arrived. Word of harvest parties are starting to crop up. Over on GreenState we’ve gathered the most stunning images of #croptober from our Instagram feed, and you can’t deny the joy on folks’ faces as they work to bring in this year’s bumper crop.

Adding to the excitement is the announcement of various holiday parties, compounded by the news that key parts of California will, in fact, be open for recreational canna-business on New Year’s Day. All of which means a very swift slide through the holidays and into 2018, with so much work to do between now and then.

Top on our list is finishing up the first-ever GreenState Awards — featuring 250 of California’s most excellent products, services and experiences to try out in the New Year. We distribute it in the print Sunday Chronicle Dec. 17th. I’ve been working the cannabis beat for nine years, and we’ve never had such a detailed map of what’s cool in the Golden State. You’re going to love it — so bookmark us in your browser toolbar, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Just like California, GreenState is taking things to the next level. —David Downs

Here’s what’s trending this weekend in cannabis:

Japan has terrible cannabis policy, but pretty amazing functional glass art, as evident in the upcoming All Japan Show in Denver this weekend. Cannabis Now’s Jimi Devine reports that the event will showcase the most accomplished Japanese glass blowers and their gorgeous wares, and promises to be the first of many shows coming to the American market.

Researchers estimate cannabis-related events generated $100 million in ticket sales throughout the U.S. last year; via Fortune.

Tiger Woods must submit a drug test to the state of Florida as part of his plea deal for a DUI arrest; via SF Chronicle.

In the NBA, Warriors coach Steve Kerr elaborated on his endorsement of medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids.

Independent filmmaker Harmony Korine hopes to present his next film, The Beach Bum, in 420-friendly screenings. The forthcoming picture will star Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg; via Merry Jane.

Papel picado — ‘cut paper’ in Spanish — is a staple of Dia De Los Muertos decorations. Canna Reign Studios has the first papel picado for pot!

Serra cannabis chocolate is in Vogue magazine via the new, free Broccoli Mag.

The North remembers — last year’s Halloween where Game of Thrones actors Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams went out for halloween as, ahem, ‘pot brownies’.

A new medical study finds that cannabis can help manage symptoms related to Parkinson’s Disease; via Clinical Neuropharmacology.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reminded readers that teen cannabis use declined in Colorado post-legalization; via CNN.

STRAIN: Denver’s The Joint dispensary celebrates pot-smoking R&B legend Ray Charles with a strain named after the Genius himself. This potent indica packs as much euphoria and relaxation as the man’s music catalog. EDIBLE: Emeralds Dispensary in Phoenix is stocked up on gourmet Halloween cupcakes from Top 10 Cannabis chef Payton Curry. HARDWARE: Noted California vaporizer maker Grenco is reportedly prepping a challenger the Pax Era — the Gio tank.

Refill on the @gpen Gio head stash tanks ! Yeeeeeeee

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Digital Trends has put together a list of the best pot gadgets for your home and kitchen.

It’s finally cool enough to visit Nevada and sample adult-use legalization. GreenState has the ultimate guide to cannabis tasting in Reno and Lake Tahoe.

Support for legalization climbed to 64 percent, Gallup reported. For the first time, a 51 percent majority of Republicans supported taxing and regulating the popular botanical.

California’s upcoming rollout of a recreational marijuana market might not be a total bust in certain counties. Berkeley and Santa Cruz have granted temporary recreational licenses to medical dispensaries, while San Diego looks to do the same; via Fox 5.

Snopes had to take on the task of debunking claims that Mexican drug cartels were to blame for the Northern California wildfires; via SFGate.

Go see the schlockbuster sequel Thor: Ragnarok just for legendary actor Jeff Goldblum improvising his dialog; via The Chronicle.

Netflix’s retro sci-fi series Stranger Things returns for a second season just in time for Halloween. SF Chronicle TV critic David Wiegand says the series is even stranger and better the second time around.

The celebrated video game series Assassin’s Creed brings us a prequel in the form of Assassin’s Creed: Origins, allowing gamers to show off their parkour and execution skills in an ancient Egypt setting.

@HumboldtFarmers -- Collective of Humboldt County’s finest sungrown cannabis growers.
@JessicaCatalano -- food writer and author of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution.
@RealEmeraldCup -- Northern California’s premiere annual celebration of the region’s best accomplishments in cultivation.

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend, david downs + oscar pascual