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Ludacris in Toronto: A avid cannabis supporter to headline TFOB!

Grammy Award-winning Christopher Bridges, a.k.a. Ludacris, cut his teeth in the music industry as an influential “Dirty South” rapper.

Ludacris is headlining next week at Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store. This festival includes live music, food, beer and late night adventure.

This will be the first time Ludacris headlines the festival. Last year’s concert was met with a roaring attendance when the legendary hip-hop duo Method Man & Redman appeared. The cannabis activists hit the OLG Bandshell Stage and wowed the crowd, and this year is expected to be just as electrifying.

“Ludacris will bring the southern hospitality to Toronto’s Festival of Beer and fans are sure to love it,” said Les Murray, President of Toronto’s Festival of Beer

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About Ludacris

Ludacris is a rapper and actor from  Atlanta, Georgia, known for his boisterous lyrics and “Dirty South” sound. Ludacris has achieved mainstream success as an actor, appearing in “Crash”, “Hustle & Flow” and of course his role as Tej Parker in the “Fast and Furious” film franchise. Making his mainstream breakthrough in 2000 with his second album, Back for the First Time, Ludacris has truly become his own mongrel.  In fact, he is labeled not only as a rapper but as a restaurateur, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Nevertheless, Ludacris is an innovator of comedic flow, peppered with punchlines and an activist for cannabis!

“I like sativas myself. I’m definitely more of a sativa guy than an indica guy. That’s just me.”

About TFOB Festival

TFOB presented by The Beer Store is Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage. Tickets start at $30 for a General Admission Thursday ticket then go right up to $150 for a Club Ticket ticket. This 2018 edition of the TFOB festival is presented by the Beer Store. It includes hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices and live entertainment each day. TFOB announced Ludacris as a Friday headliner and Lie music on Saturday with Dwayne Gretzky.

In addition to the beer sampling, many are a fan of smoking during these types of music festivals. The Festival has stated that all cannabis products are not welcome, even with a medical card. Nevertheless, this is common with the majority of music festivals and will not hold people back. Staying informed and smart will be beneficial to cannabis use at any festival. Discrete ways to smoke are possible or just do it beforehand. At the end of the day, Ludacris promotes cannabis as much as Canadians.

What to Bring:

  • Valid photo ID – This is a 19+ event (a photocopy of ID does not count)
  • Your Ticket. (Best to print it out and bring with you unless you ordered a mobile ticket)
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Cash
  • TTC tokens / PRESTO card
  • Mobile phone – to take selfies, call a cab or Uber – Please enjoy responsibly, don’t drink and drive.
  • Raincoat, Umbrella (check the weather before you leave home)
  • Blanket
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • A fan or water spray
  • A small bag or ph any pack

The Future of Cannabis in the Music Space

Ludacris stated to High Times:

“The future of weed looks very bright right about now. I’m very happy at the way things are happening—I feel like it’s been a long time coming, and I know a lot of artists that have been trying to advocate it, and they help the fight. I’m just hoping that everybody is happy, because who would have seen this coming? Honestly speaking, nobody would have seen this coming.”

High5 Presents: Pride Market – Smoke the Rainbow!

Kick off your Pride Party right and join The High5 on June 17th’s PRIDE Market!

With Pride month in full swing, there really is no better way to celebrate than with your friends and the High5 ladies.  Just a week before the Pride Parade, this is the best way to stock up on your medical needs, meet new people, and enjoy some killer performances.

So if you are for the rainbows and for 420 this event will be perfect for you. And if you aren’t? Why not come out and experience something new!

Who are the High5 Ladies?

Pride brings you High5 with Drag queens, comedians and more
The High Five Ladies and Drag Queen Lucy Flawless via High5

The High5 ladies are an amazing group of charismatic young women with a passion for cannabis. They are creative, funny, and always make sure to capture the essence of  Toronto in each event. You can tell who they are but the iconic green hair and you may even find them around the city hosting any number of variety shows.

The best part is they offer a plethora of services for your event. They have several packages from modeling to commercial work and each are talented in a range of art abilities: So, whether you are looking for some 420 burlesque dancers or a cannabis-themed comedy show, the High5 ladies will not let you down. They aren’t just smokers, they are advocates passionate about cannabis!

What to Expect?

Pride Snow Cones
Rainbow CBD Snow Cones to be provided at the CBD Bar. via High5

While this isn’t the first event, it never ceases to be new and creative. These monthly events bring together over 25+ of Toronto’s favorite edibles producers, live entertainment and openly welcomes all walks of life.

This month is dedicated to Pride and in true Pride fashion, this event will be hosted by Drag Queen Lucy Flawless. Not to mention, the High5 are bringing back the witty and hilarious comedian Paul Thompson to leave the audience with a few good chuckles.

Each month this event always makes sure to create something fun for the CBD Bar. The featured item this month? RAINBOW CBD INFUSED SNOW CONES!!! Is your mouth-watering? This is the perfect drink to represent Pride in all its colours and to show you can still have fun without the alcohol!

Be Prideful!

So if you are looking for something fun to do as a group or even a solo adventure, the High5 events always offer a little something for everyone. The evenings are full of fun, entertainment and can definitely be a social sanctuary for people to support local producers and craftspeople. Overall, you will leave educated, connected and probably a little stoned!

*First 100 people in the door receive a free THC/CBD infused Lube!*
*First 80 people in the door receive a free special edition High5 T-shirt!*
*Free tote bags with entry!*

Weed Day in Toronto | Events Listing

This will be the last 4/20 under prohibition in Canada. That’s pretty darn special, so it should come as no surprise that there is a stash of events

Here are a few events worth checking out

420 Toronto @ Nathan Philips Square

For the 12th annual party, Nathan Philips is the new Dundas. While this year the city denied the organizers a permit, the smoke show must go on. Despite the risks involved with a no-permit event, organizer Chris Goodwin (Cannabis Culture and Pot TV), insists the festivities will continue as planned. Event goers will be able to shop around vendor tables to replenish their stash, dance to tunes playing over loudspeakers and satisfy the munchies courtesy of food trucks on-site.

Time: noon to 7 pm . See Facebook for more details.

Da Block Party 420

Guaranteed to be a gong/bong show of epic proportions, Hotbox in Kensington Market will ensure that the block will be hotter than ever for the final 420 under prohibition.
Hosted by The Life Of The Party, DiggyScottt, Abi Roach & Friends, this 19+ event will be held at 215 Augusta Ave, with 2 celebrations expanding throughout the neighbourhood.

Time: 1 pm to 11 pm
Place: Hotbox Lounge & shop, 204 Augusta Avenue
Bread: $15

Visit their Facebook page for tickets and more info.

420 Comedy Festival

As with any 420 event, BYOP (bring your own pot) is essential. Happening at The Underground Café and Social Club, the event will kick off at 7 PM with Spark up with a Sketch Show, Get Lit The Party show begins at 8 PM, The High5’s Got Talent featuring Lucy Gervais will start at 9 PM, The Spotlight Shows running from 10 PM to 11 PM with Paul Thompson, Big Norm, and a slew of others with an improv show at midnight.

Time: 7:30 pm to 11 pm
Place: Yongesterdam Lounge, 529 Yonge Street
Bread: $20

Yongsterdam 420 Jam

Yongesterdam Lounge is throwing a 420 comedy night, featuring Zoe Brownstone, Dave Martin, Rebecca Reeds and headliner Ali Hassan. Expect an amazing host and a very talented line-up of comedians who are excited to make you laugh your pants off.

The kitchen will be open until late to accommodate those munchies, so fear not – no one goes home hungry. Oh, and there will be loads of amazing prizes.

Time: 7:30 pm to 11 pm
Place: Yongesterdam Lounge, 529 Yonge Street
Bread: $20

Wellness Event

Enjoy a Reiki Healing and Wellness Counselling Session for just $5! Come and experience a soothing reiki healing session and an informative wellness consult. More info on their Facebook Page.

Time: 3 pm to 6 pm
Place: Yongesterdam Lounge, 529 Yonge Street
Bread: $5

Amsterdam Brewery 420 Party

Do the rooftop party thing at Upper Deck by Fran’s, hosted by Amsterdam Brewery and UDbF. There will be draught and pitcher specials of San Rafael ’71 4:20 Pale Ale, plus a munchies menu, and DJ K Smooth spinning live from 9 pm till close.

Time: 11 am to 2 am
Place: Upper Deck by Fran’s, 2-20 College Street
Bread: Free

Queens of Cannabis: 420 Fundraiser

The Queens of Cannabis are celebrating cannabis culture for a good cause. With a portion of ticket sales from this fundraising event going towards The 519, guests can expect a live DJ, full-service bar and a drag show.

Time: 5 pm to 2 am
Place: Church Street Garage Bar, 477 Church Street
Bread: $15 to $20

10 reasons to come to The High5 Presents: Pot of Gold

Another Saint Patrick’s Day is upon us, which means the town will be painted green over the next 24 hours while indulging in a variety of drinkables and edibles. The High5 presents a different take on this Irish holiday, and it will involve more than 25 craft cannabis brands in one gorgeous venue.

This elevated market is a must for the curious and Epicurious of cannabis, and here are 10 reasons why you should join us tonight.

Baked + not-so baked goods

Duh, the main reason you came? Selections include baked and no-baked bites, candies and beverages. Bakerz Shop (high, Lida!), Sofa King Baked, EP Infusions, Purple Canna Crown and many others await your taste testing, so get on that $10 ticket ASAP and get more tasting bang for your buck.

Dab bar

Perfect for the low-calorie taste connoisseur, dabs will be had! Being a lightweight, we’re coughing already. Hidden Valley Reserve will have a table set up, so stop by and say high!

The High5 

You’ve seen their epic promo shots, now come meet the ladies who are a main driving force for putting this event together. Sarah Gillies and Samantha Smith have been working hard on their recent High5 rebrand, and we are here for it. Also – can we talk about those gorgeous wigs?!?!

Fudge

Made with 100% cannabis bud butter, Miss Fudgemaker crafts a variety of artisan fudge flavours. After tasking them at the Love Market, I can confirm that if you add in some Baileys to the recipe, this is probably the closest thing to the ideal Saint Paddy’s treat.

Savoury treats

Matties Patties pack a punch of flavour and somewhere around 120 mg of THC. While that would put me on my ass, it may be your perfect dose.

Topicals, tinctures and athletic recovery…Oh, My!

Included in the roster of ab-fab infused brands are those that not only make us feel good inside but outside as well. You’ll find the likes of Blessed™, Charlene Freedom, Hemp Med and Dragon Elixirs onsite, to suit all of your relief needs.

Our main squeeze and Muay Thai Queen, Angelina will be blessing everyone with her edibles and athletic recovery insights. The train, treat, repeat Blessed™ owner produces high (lol) quality chocolates that are guaranteed to get you feeling zen after an intense sweat sesh.

Meanwhile, Gideon of Dragon Elixirs is healing sore muscles and joint pain with his wintergreen and rosemary Dragon Rub. Speaking from personal experience, this formula has helped me with my lower back pain immensely. The elixirs line is brilliantly crafted, with formulas that cater to several alchemic wellness needs.

CBD cocktail bar

Tasty and better-for-you cocktails, these drinks are THC-free, booze-free and help to dilute those “uh-oh, I think I overdid it with the edibles” moments. Which bring us to our next point…

Hangover-proof

Now while you may decide to venture off and join the insanity that is Saint Patrick’s Day in Toronto at some point this weekend, this event is 110% booze-free – so you’re guaranteed to enjoy all the benefits of a night out minus the dreadful hangover. Luck has nothing to do with it – just give your liver a break and satisfy your taste buds instead.

Comedy

Comedy and cannabis is an obvious pairing for guaranteed good times, and that’s why Lucy Gervais hosts all High5 events. She’s as hilarious as she is witty, and if you haven’t seen her in action, there ain’t no time like the present!

It’s happening in the East End

Oh, right. This mainly applies to us…

Tickets

Get your ticket on NOW in advance so you can put more green into your stash.

Happy Saint Paddy’s everyone, and remember – when it comes to edibles: start low and go slow.

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VIDEO: What You Need to Know About The Future of Cannabis Legalization in Canada

For many Canadians, there are concerns regarding how everything is going to roll out once cannabis legalization is passed in Canada.

After a recent poll, it was revealed that the public perception of cannabis legalization in Quebec is far less approved than it is in the rest of the country. According to an article by CBC, nearly 60% of Quebecers are not in favour of legalizing cannabis. While this largely falls on the fears that legalization of cannabis will negatively impact one’s well-being, there are several arguments which counteract this fear.

In order to inform those who are wary of legalization, it only made sense to bring in a few of the industry’s most involved to facilitate a discussion about whether or not these concerns are sound. The panel was hosted at Breakfast Television Montreal and moderated by Elias Makos.

The video below touches on how legalization is expected to roll out and which forms of consumption will have to wait (flower and concentrates only, but not edibles), where we can expect to buy it (dispensaries vs. pharmacies and liquor stores) and whom will be able to purchase (current age of majority).

Check out the video to see what the group of panelists and Elias had to say.

Foreword: Welcome to Stonerbites – this is my story

About a year ago I became reacquainted with cannabis – as part of my job. No, I wasn’t getting paid to smoke it (umm, how awesome would that be?), but rather I was commissioned as a copywriter and creative mind for a special project involving an upcoming craft cannabis brand. Three brands and one parent company later, I was getting more than just the lingo down. Eventually, I traveled to California for a bliesure trip (yes, you read that right), where business meet leisure is now called ‘bleisure’.

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