GKUA Ultra Premium Brings Its Celebrated Cannabis Line To Michigan’s Top Dispensaries

CALIFORNIA: GKUA Ultra Premium, the cannabis brand owned by Lil Wayne, the artistic giant and connoisseur of cannabis, announced today that their highly sought-after cannabis products and strains will be available across Michigan in select dispensaries.

“GKUA is Weezy’s Weed. It’s what I love, and now I’m sharing what I love with the people of Michigan,” said Lil Wayne. “These days everyone could use some help to feel inspired.”

GKUA Ultra Premium launched last December in California to great fanfare, bringing to market the best cannabis products in the world with some of the highest natural levels of THC available. GKUA Ultra Premium flower is sourced from the most experienced growers, who produce strains that are very limited, incredibly potent and rare in the world of cannabis. Now those strains, along with a complete line of cannabis products, will be available in Michigan, a market that moved to adult-use at the end of 2019. Since then, its recreational market has matured rapidly. In June, adult-use marijuana sales in the state surpassed medical cannabis sales, and Marijuana Business Daily expects the state to reach $1.9$2.4 billion by 2024.

“We are thrilled to expand GKUA Ultra Premium into the Michigan community, ensuring residents have access to the worlds-best cannabis products,” said Beau Golob, President and Co-founder GKUA Inc.  “Working with Lil Wayne is an honor, and we’ve found success in California through his unique vision of curating a premium line of products that inspires people and feeds their creativity. We’re sure those values will resonate with the residents of Michigan, a state known for its deep love of music and artistry.”

To celebrate the launch, Lil Twist, the rapper and reality television star, signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment music label, will visit dispensaries in Michigan where GKUA is being distributed. Lil Twist will be meeting fans and giving away swag. The tour, planned for October 10th, will include House of Dank 8 Mile (Detroit, MI), Herbology (River Rouge, MI) and The Clinic (Centerline, MI). For a full list of GKUA retailers in Michigan, use the Weezy Weed Finder on GKUA.com

In order to bring GKUA Ultra Premium to market in Michigan, the company partnered with Choice Labs. At launch, the following GKUA Ultra Premium products will be available in select Michigan dispensaries:

  • GKUA Ultra Premium Flower: Sourced from the most experienced growers, GKUA produces strains that are limited, incredibly potent and impossibly difficult to find…truly the best flower! Available at launch are two ultra premium Indica strains, Sour Garlic Cookies and Gorilla Glue #4.

  • GKUA Ultra Premium Battery Technology: The proprietary ceramic heating element and cutting-edge design is optimized to efficiently deliver vape in easily controllable doses while elevating the user experience. The battery technology combined with GKUA Ultra Premium THC is the future of vape.

  • GKUA THC Vape:  Sourced from the best cannabis strains, GKUA’s THC Vape is an exclusive formulation that carefully transforms the highest-quality cannabis into potent THC vape oil. Independently lab tested and certified for purity. GKUA Ultra Premium vape oil, pure and potent.

  • GKUA Ultra Premium Concentrates: Intensely potent and flavorful, GKUA Ultra Premium Concentrates are sourced from the finest cannabis flower with off-the-chart THC levels created for dabbing or adding to flower. Potency you can taste and feel.

  • GKUA Ultra Premium Pre-Rolls: GKUA Ultra Premium Pre-Rolls are made from the finest GKUA flower. Perfectly rolled for a smooth burn, these joints make taking the party with you easy.

About GKUA Ultra Premium
Lil Wayne, artistic giant and connoisseur of cannabis, has created the ultimate cannabis brand, GKUA Ultra Premium. Lil Wayne provides inspiration to millions of people, and now he is delivering it in one more form, the best high of your life. Produced from the finest cannabis, GKUA Ultra Premium products are Lil Wayne tasted and approved. GKUA strives to inspire artists and dreamers and supports the arts through collaborations with new artists in multiple mediums. GKUA Ultra Premium products are available in select California dispensaries. For more information about GKUA Ultra Premium products and events, visit gkua.com.

Cheech & Chong: Still Rollin’—Celebrating 40 Years Of Up in Smoke Opening On 4/20

CALIFORNIA: Grammy-winning comedy duo Cheech & Chong will be the subject of a new exhibit opening at the GRAMMY Museum® on 4/20. Titled Cheech & Chong: Still Rollin’—Celebrating 40 Years Of Up In Smoke, the exhibit is curated in collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Lou Adler, who uncovered the legendary duo, produced many of their albums, and directed the film.

On display through spring 2019, the exhibit explores what made the world fall in love with East L.A. native Richard “Cheech” Marin and Canadian Tommy Chong, while chronicling the development and success of their first feature-length film, Up In Smoke. Items on display will include the original marked-up script from Up In Smoke, the master tape for the soundtrack album, comedy sketches, an assortment of limited-edition 40th anniversary smoking devices, and selections from Marin’s “Blazing Chicano Guitars” guitar-art collection, among other items.

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As the first strictly counterculture comics, Cheech & Chong helped change the dialogue, and ultimately attitudes, about marijuana use. As recording artists, they utilized the studio much like musicians do—a place to improvise and experiment as they turned their comedy routines into full-length albums. They released an eponymous LP in 1971 featuring studio sketches including “Dave,” “Cruisin’ With Pedro De Pacas,” and “Trippin’ In Court.” The album’s 1972 follow-up, Big Bambú, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album. The following year’s Grammy-winning Los Cochinos also charted at No. 2 and included the novelty hit “Basketball Jones.” These albums, and those that followed, served as a template for future comedy albums and stoner films.

“Cheech & Chong are arguably the quintessential comedy duo of the hippie generation,” said Scott Goldman, Grammy Museum Executive Director. “Individually, they’ve achieved great success, with Cheech becoming one of the most well-known and respected Chicano entertainers, and Tommy making his mark as an actor, writer, musician, and cannabis rights activist. Together, they became a voice for the counterculture, and to this day their hit film, Up In Smoke, is considered one of the best comedies of all time.”

Willie’s Reserve Available Now In California

CALIFORNIA: Award-winning music legend and marijuana activist Willie Nelson announces the launch of his Willie’s Reserve cannabis brand in California. Flow Kana, the premier sustainable sun-grown cannabis provider that embraces the small farmer ecosystem, was selected as the Willie’s Reserve partner in California. Available in select California dispensaries now, cannabis enthusiasts can enjoy Willie’s Reserve Legendary Stash of packaged flower and signature Ready Roll pre-rolled joints from Flow Kana’s network of independent heritage farms in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties.

Throughout his career, Nelson has served as the face of responsible marijuana use and has never wavered from his mission to build fair and profitable business with a positive impact on cannabis culture.

“California has a progressive way of thinking and they’ve decided that cannabis is a positive plant to have in the land which is what I’ve always believed,” Willie Nelson said. “And know we’ve come pretty damn far. From the point where they’d put you in prison for life for a seed to where we are now, which is a lot of progress.”

The boutique strains are hand selected, Willie-tested, and will be the first craft cannabis strains offered by Willie’s Reserve to be available in the Golden State in early spring 2018. Each strain is cultivated on independent farms in small batches, using only organic inputs, and under full sun in California’s premier cannabis growing regions of Northern California.

“California has a unique gift of thousands of small cannabis farms that have been cultivating for generations and Flow Kana is focused on bringing their sustainable, sungrown cannabis to market,” said Michael Steinmetz, Flow Kana CEO and co-founder. “It is an honor to partner and power the Willie’s Reserve and other brands that share the value of building a better and more sustainable cannabis industry.”

The carefully selected Willie’s Reserve strains are processed, packaged, and distributed throughout California from Flow Kana’s Flow Cannabis Institute, the world’s first cannabis campus and processing center dedicated to the small-batch craft cannabis farmer. Flow Kana offers partners a range of distribution and white label co-packing services to companies who strive to provide consumers with premier clean, compliant, and sustainable products.

Beginning this month, Willie’s Reserve is available at these select retailers in California: Medithrive in San Francisco, 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center in Richmond, Ojai Greens in Ojai, Desert Organic Solutions Collective in Palm Springs, Torrey Holistics in San Diego, Green Goddess Collective in Venice Beach, Little Trees in Arnold, Airfield Supply Co. in San Jose, and Big Sur Canna+Botancials in Carmel-By-The-Sea.

 

Hip-Hop Artist Trae Tha Truth Brings Original Animated Comedy Series To 420TV

CALIFORNIA: 420TV, a cannabis news, entertainment and lifestyle VOD channel set to launch in early 2018, has announced a programming deal with hip-hop recording artist Trae tha Truth to develop 10 all-new episodes of the original animated comedy series based loosely on the rapper’s own life. 420TV has also acquired the library of 30 existing episodes.

“Trae tha Truth,” produced by White Oak Music Group, follows the adventures of Trae as he dispenses his unique brand of comedy and wisdom to a clique of colorful insiders – Grey, Jay’ton, Boss, Purpa and Birdfeed. The series is voiced by Trae, along with help from his influencer friends and fellow rappers. Among the VIP guest voices are Snoop Dogg, Marlon Wayans, Riff Raff, Omar Epps and B-Real.

“After my team and I met with the 420TV team, we knew that a partnership with them would be a great thing,” said Trae. “We look forward to continuing this amazing ride on the Cannabis movement wave. Thankfully, I’ve been given a lot of freedom with my show, and fans will be rewarded with more Trae tha Truth content that they love, back at it, in a fresh, all-new season.”

“Beyond the hilarity of Trae’s adventures is the story of a true survivor who overcame challenge after challenge navigating the streets of Houston on his way to greatness,” said Alex Nahai, a 420TV partner, who facilitated the deal. “This series is really funny, but also from the heart of an incredibly talented, creative and generous man. We are thrilled at the chance to work with Trae in bringing his series to 420TV.”

The Tragically Hip Partner With Newstrike On Medical Marijuana

CANADA: Newstrike Resources Ltd. has confirmed that one of Canada’s most iconic group of musical artists, The Tragically Hip, are the investors and partners identified indistinctly as the “band” in the Company’s Filing Statement dated May 18, 2017, filed as part of the recently completed business combination with HPI Holdings Ltd. Newstrike’s common shares are expected to commence trading on a post-closing basis on the TSX Venture Exchange at the open of markets on Thursday, June 1, 2017, under the new ticker symbol “HIP“.

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“Newstrike is uniquely positioned at a time of unprecedented opportunity for companies in the emerging cannabis market: the dawn of a completely new consumer category. The members of The Tragically Hip are known to a generation of Canadians for their unwavering commitment to quality and integrity and, as investors and partners, we look forward to drawing on their artistic sensibilities and complementary business acumen to help Newstrike develop brands, within the government’s evolving regulatory framework, that reflect these same values,” said Newstrike’s CEO, Jay Wilgar. “I am proud, humbled and honoured that they chose to partner with us and invest in our team.”

Even Country Music Is Ready for Marijuana Legalization

It has been rough and rocky traveling for cannabis cowboys for most of the 40 years since “Me and Paul,” the hounded-by-the-Man classic in which Willie Nelson tipped off like-minded longhairs to the presence of narcs in Laredo. “If you’re staying in a motel there,” he warned dryly, “don’t leave nothin’ in your clothes.”

Thousands of miles, songs, and buds later, country stars at last aren’t hiding their drugs — or, in the case of Nelson compatriot Waylon Jennings, flushing the harder stuff down the john, as in the magnificently titled 1978 smash “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out of Hand?” A heap of recent hits and album tracks by the most mainstream of Nashville stars endorse pot both tacitly and with full-throated approval. Even a resolutely un-outlawish hunk like Blake Shelton went all-in with 2011’s “Ready to Roll,” a loping, blissed-out tribute to getting off work and getting high with your spouse.

“Ready to Roll” could have been a mid-’70s Wings hit, which isn’t exactly an endorsement. But its domestic warmth exemplifies how this still-illegal substance squares with Nashville’s celebration of traditional values: Male country stars are always singing about happily ever afters these days, and this song admits that long-term commitment doesn’t have to be dull: “Let other fools go paint the town,” Shelton sings, “We’ll just hold this sofa down/Till Monday morning rolls around.”

Medical Marijuana Advocates In Arkansas Launch Fundraising Campaign To Put Initiative On 2014 Ballot

ARKANSAS: Medical marijuana advocates Arkansans for Compassionate Care (ACC) and Americans for Safe Access (ASA) have joined forces to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot. The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act (AMCA) is a comprehensive blueprint for establishing and regulating a medical marijuana program run by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Advocates are launching their fundraising campaign at 2pm this Saturday, November 9th with a Budweiser-sponsored, all-day concert at the Silverado Club, 1205 W. Hillsboro Street in El Dorado. Budweiser has underwritten the venue and a portion of the beer sales will go to ACC. [Read more…]

Medical Marijuana Advocates In Arkansas Launch Fundraising Campaign To Put Initiative On 2014 Ballot

ARKANSAS: Medical marijuana advocates Arkansans for Compassionate Care (ACC) and Americans for Safe Access (ASA) have joined forces to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot. The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act (AMCA) is a comprehensive blueprint for establishing and regulating a medical marijuana program run by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Advocates are launching their fundraising campaign at 2pm this Saturday, November 9th with a Budweiser-sponsored, all-day concert at the Silverado Club, 1205 W. Hillsboro Street in El Dorado. Budweiser has underwritten the venue and a portion of the beer sales will go to ACC. [Read more…]