Marijuana dispensaries take wait-and-see approach after crackdown talk

Marijuana dispensaries take wait-and-see approach after crackdown talk

The Columbian / Associated Press

Local marijuana shops say they will take a wait-and-see approach after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently made allusions to a federal crackdown on legal pot.

Ramsey Hamide, whose co-owned dispensary Main Street Marijuana is Washington’s top seller of marijuana, said cannabis-based businesses are worried they could face fines or jail time, but for many it’s too soon to say.

“We’re not going to do anything reactionary,” he said, later adding that he and his business partners would take it “one day at a time.”

Spicer said Thursday the administration may consider cracking down on the recreational marijuana industry now legal in eight states and Washington, D.C.

“I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer said during a press briefing. He also made the distinction between recreational and medical marijuana, which he said were “very, very different” subjects.

Spicer then referred follow-up questions to the Department of Justice, now headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been critical of marijuana legalization.

The comments led Hamide and others to talk “contingency plans,” he said.

“If we’re to shut down, how do we unwind (the business)? How do we get rid of inventory? How does the framework unwind in a way that isn’t going to raise eyebrows with the federal government?” Hamide said.

Jim Mullen, owner of the trio of marijuana retailers called The Herbery, said he isn’t concerned and said people may be misinterpreting Spicer’s comments.

“I don’t think enforcement meant shutting (the industry) down, I think people are reading into it,” Mullen said. “And that’s common. It’s a new industry, it’s a big industry and it’s a popular industry. From what I’ve heard and read, people are making speculations that are completely inaccurate and out of context.”

Retailers have been thriving with little concern for federal involvement since the release of the so-called Cole Memorandum, in which Justice Department officials said federal prosecutors would not impede state laws as long as marijuana did not cross state lines.

Robert McVay of the law firm Harris Bricken said the Trump administration could choose to revoke or change the memorandum, or issue its own. But that move would put more work on agencies like the Drug Enforcement Agency.

“Federal law enforcement isn’t built to enforce these intrastate marijuana laws,” he said.

If they do proceed, the federal government could start by sending letters to marijuana businesses ordering them to halt production or sales, he said. They could be threatened with or face raids, arrests and other ramifications.

Hamide said if it comes to that, he will likely consider shuttering.

“Once that happens, we won’t be the last holdout on the block or anything, trying to take a stand against the Trump administration,” he said. “That’s a losing battle.”

Plans might also get tangled if the administration plans to knuckle down on recreational marijuana but not medical marijuana, McVay said. In Washington, for example, the programs are merged.

There are many marijuana businesses in Vancouver and Battle Ground, including 12 retailers and more than 20 producer-processors who grow, sell and make cannabis products. The industry has generated $34.1 million in excise taxes since debuting in 2014.

Washington officials look to oppose any moves made against the state’s marijuana laws. In a letter to Sessions dated Feb. 15, Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson said legalization had successfully turned a black market enterprise into tax dollars.

“This frees up significant law enforcement resources to protect our communities in other, more pressing ways,” the letter said. “We urge the DOJ to continue to allow states the option to pursue these sensible policies.”

Washington and Colorado were the first states to legalize marijuana, but have since been joined by Oregon, Alaska, California, Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.


Published at Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:19:30 +0000

Alliance Growers invests in Canwe

Alliance Growers invests in Canwe

Alliance Growers Corp. has closed the first tranche of installment of its subscription for common shares in New Maple Holdings Ltd., the parent company of Canwe Growers Inc.

Canwe is an Ontario-based company preparing to apply for a producer’s license under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). Canwe has access to a 22 acre property 1.5 hours north-west of Toronto, where it plans to build a facility focused on producing clean, premium quality cannabis. Canwe has amassed a team which includes licensed producer MedReleaf Corp.’s former Head Grower and his number two aide, both of whom are expert cannabis growers who intimately know the cannabis cultivation cycle from seed to sale.

With Alliance Growers’ four-pillar strategy and Canwe’s experienced team, the two companies plan to work together to form business synergies with the goal of creating a strong presence in Canada’s fast-growing medical cannabis space.

Alliance Growers has subscribed for a total of 375,000 common shares of New Maple at a cost of $1.00 per share, which would represent approximately 5% of the outstanding shares of New Maple if the subscription was filled in its entirety today. Alliance Growers acquired an initial common share of New Maple upon incorporation and has acquired an additional 25,000 common shares for $25,000. Alliance Growers is expected to fulfil its commitment to acquire the remaining 350,000 shares by April 30, 2017 for an additional $350,000, failing which New Maple can repurchase all of its shares from Alliance Growers at the original issuance price. The funds are expected to be used by Canwe to prepare its application for a producer’s license in accordance with the ACMPR.

In conjunction with the investment, New Maple and Alliance Growers have entered into a non-binding letter of intent for the negotiation of a business arrangement for the purchase and sale between the parties of live cannabis plants, tissue culture plantlets and other cannabis products and services subject to applicable law and the availability of products between the parties. Alliance Growers will not be able to acquire any such products from Canwe unless Canwe obtains its producer’s license from Health Canada and agrees to enter into a business arrangement with Alliance Growers.

Commenting on the investment in New Maple/Canwe, Dennis Petke, Alliance Growers’ President and CEO said, “I am pleased that we have initiated an investment with such an experienced group applying to become a licensed producer applicant in Ontario. This relationship is expected to provide synergies and mutual opportunities for going forward for developing business arrangements concerning the purchase and sale between the parties of live cannabis plants and other cannabis products”.


Published at Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:18:33 +0000

LA Prop M Puts Minorities First and Provide a Foundation for Cannabis Businesses

LA Prop M Puts Minorities First and Provide a Foundation for Cannabis Businesses

LA Prop M puts minorities first and is a new measure being considered in Los Angeles, California that aims to regulate, tax and enforce medical and recreational marijuana – order that’s much needed to bring order in the quasi-legal Los Angeles dispensaries.

The choice turns to the voters with Proposition M on March 7. Voting ‘yes’ on M would give the City Council more authority and control over the sales of legal cannabis.

L.A cannabis is complicated – there are more than one-hundred medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the ‘grey area’ due to a 2013 measure called Prop D, that gave “limited legal immunity” to those operating without a proper license.

City Council drafted Prop M. The measure would rebuild the cannabis market with a solid legal foundation for businesses, and also help more minorities get into California cannabis.

Virgil Grant and is co-founder of Southern California Coalition. The group represents minorities in the cannabis space. In an interview with the LA Times, Grant expressed his frustrations with a system that keeps out well-intentioned business people that happen to have a record – often from being victims of the failed drug war.

“We said, we are no longer going to have the City Council take meetings with hundreds of other organizations,” Grant said to the LA Times. “I didn’t go to the City Council with an ‘ask.’ I went with a demand: This is what needs to be done, and it needs to be done right. We don’t get a do-over. We need smart and sensible regulations, licensing mechanisms and enforcement.”

The state still has the right to deny licenses based on past marijuana felonies, but LA Prop M Puts Minorities First.

Proposition N will also be on the ballot, however, it was written by those quasi-legal dispensaries, who have since lent their allegiance to Prop M.


Published at Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:11:10 +0000

What Is Vegan Weed?

What Is Vegan Weed?

What Is Veganic Weed?

vegan marijuana weed

If you head over to a dispensary and see them selling “vegan” or “veganic weed”, don’t be surprised. Yes, it’s a thing… but what’s it all about? Isn’t pot a plant, which makes it vegan?

The pot you’re smoking now IS a plant, yes.. But to get to you, it had to be fertilized using organic animal products such as blood meal, bone meal, and fish hydrolase. All of these things contain animal parts, but they are a good source of nutrients so that the marijuana plants grow strong and healthy.

Veganic Weed Defined

Veganic is a combination of “vegan” and “organic” and doesn’t make use of animal products to cultivate marijuana. Because it’s organic, it also means that no synthetic or chemical fertilizers were also used. Veganic marijuana plants are grown on a purely plant-to-plant basis.They get their nutrients from plant-based meals as well as worm castings and compost teas. If you’ve grown marijuana before you might be surprised if this is your first time to hear about veganic weed – but the truth is that marijuana plants grow so well with these nutrients too!

Aside from being easily the healthiest herb out there to consume, veganic weed is also kinder to the environment and are more cost-effective to grow. Indoor cultivation has become notorious for its high energy consumption, forcing eco-minded cultivators and users to find another alternative. Getting rid of animal products is a simple but significant way of reducing the impact of marijuana growing on the planet.


Benefits of Veganic Weed

Just because pot was grown using veganic methods doesn’t mean that it’s less potent than your conventional store-bought weed. Many veganic strains are actually very potent, it’s not surprising to see that some strains have over 20% THC or over 10% CBD.

Growers get the most benefit out of using veganic methods because it results in a large yield with the least input. The goal of veganic growing is to imitate the natural growing environment of marijuana in nature. In a normal environment in the wild, marijuana plants are exposed to a minimal amount of animal matter. They get their nutrients from insect decay as well as the occasional animal decay. This is why marijuana plants respond to veganic techniques so well.

What makes the yield so much bigger with veganic methods lies in the soil. When you use veganic growing methods, the soil is pretty much supercharged with so much nutritious fungi and microbes. Veganic cultivation makes the nutrients bioavailable at all times, so the fungi and microbes in the soil must be present at all times, allowing the plant to get the most nutrients out of it as possible.


Principles Of Veganic Gardening

The concept of veganic gardening was first developed by a group of horticulturists named Kenneth Dalziel O’Brien, Rosa Dalziel O’Brien, and Maye E. Bruce during the 1940’s. They wanted to prove that it was possible to grow healthy crops without having to rely on animal waste products because it didn’t contribute to overall soil health.

To make sure that the soil is healthy, vegetable waste should be used in the form of microbe teas and mulches. Originally, veganic gardening was developed for outdoor growing although some have been able to use these same methods successfully with indoor grows.


Only certified organic nutrients should be used on the soil. Successful veganic cultivation relies on the balance of both substrate and soil microbes. Microbes are responsible for breaking down the nutrients in the soil so that it’s easier for the marijuana roots to absorb it. If veganic products are used correctly, you can expect nutrient absorption to be at a rate of 100%. When synthetic nutrients are used, the uptake rates are only at around 25% at the most. What’s even worse is that using synthetic fertilizers actually damages the microbes in the soil while contributing to soil acidification.

On the other hand, using natural microbes helps to decompose plant matter while getting rid of nutrients in an already broken-down form. Nitrogen-rich plant matter should be used for vegetating plants while phosphorus and potassium should be used for flowering plants.

Have you tried veganic weed before? What was it like? Share your experience with us in the comments below!








Published at Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:00:00 +0000

Pro-pot lawmakers to join forces, launch cannabis caucus

Pro-pot lawmakers to join forces, launch cannabis caucus

The Columbian / Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers looking to draw attention to pet issues have formed groups in favor of everything from auto care to zoos. Now, there’s a caucus for cannabis.

Rep. Earl Bluemenauer said the move is a sign of how mainstream the drive for marijuana legalization has become.

“This is happening all across the country, and its going to continue,” said the Oregon Democrat, an advocate for legalized marijuana since the 1970s. “The industry is growing, as is public acceptance and demand for medical marijuana.”

Blumenauer is one of the caucus’s founding members, along with California Republican Dana Rohrabacher, Colorado Democrat Jared Polis and Alaska Republican Don Young.

A wave of states approved recreational marijuana in November, a seeming boon for the argument that federal laws and regulations need to be revised to keep up.

But it remains to be seen whether new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime foe of legalized marijuana, will roll back Obama-era policies that have allowed pot businesses to flourish in states where it is legal.

The marijuana industry brought in $6.7 billion in legal sales in the U.S. last year. That figure is expected to grow after eight states — including the economic bellwether of California — passed marijuana-related referendums in November.

With that election, a total of eight states and the District of Columbia have now legalized recreational use of the drug and 28 states have legalized medical marijuana.

Under President Barack Obama, the Justice Department declined to interfere with states that had legalized marijuana, even though federal law defines it as an illegal drug.

Rohrabacher said he doubted the new administration would target medical use, which has mainstream support, but recreational use could be vulnerable. 

He and other members of the caucus pointed out that Trump said during his campaign that states should be allowed to make their own laws regarding marijuana use.

Congress passed a spending bill in 2014 that prohibits the Justice Department from using federal money to prosecute medical marijuana businesses in states where it is legal. That prohibition, co-sponsored by Rohrabacher, must be reapproved every fiscal year.

The cannabis caucus will focus initially on increasing medical research and revising banking and tax regulations that impede legal marijuana businesses, Blumenauer said. Measures that would address each of those issues have received broad support in both the House and the Senate in previous Congresses.

“These are things that aren’t strictly partisan,” Blumenauer said.


Published at Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:44:18 +0000

Michigan Seeks Input on Multiple Licenses and Co-Location

Michigan Seeks Input on Multiple Licenses and Co-Location

Michigan Seeks Input on Multiple Licenses and Co-Location

As the State of Michigan moves forward in developing rules to implement the State’s new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today reached out for stakeholder input on critical issues—whether and how applicants can seek multiple licenses and co-locate operations under different license classes. Specifically, the Director of LARA, Shelly Edgerton, issued the following statement and request:

Many of you have been made aware during previous meetings or conversations regarding the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, 2016 PA 281, that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) was considering holding discussions to get feedback from those who have expressed interest in certain related topics or the new law in general. To examine issues that have been brought to LARA’s attention while working to implement the law, LARA is therefore seeking comments from interested parties on the topics of license stacking and co-locations as it relates to the licensed categories.  The purpose of this document is to gather information only and is not meant to interfere with the authority of the Board or Advisory Panel procedures when they are appointed as provided under the Act.

To that end we are asking for your input by responding to the questions below. We are only asking for brief answers, or comments limited to a short paragraph or a few sentences. Please provide your responses by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28th, 2016. After the responses are compiled, a meeting and/or conference call may be scheduled if appropriate to review the responses and receive additional input. Please submit your responses to

Questions: Topics: License Stacking and Co-locations

    1. Should an entity be permitted to have more than one grow license at a single location?
    2. Should an entity be permitted to have more than one level of grow license at a single location?
    3. Should multiple licenses issued at a single location be restricted to Class C grow licenses only?
    4. Should the licensed growers, processors, and provisioning centers be allowed to apply for multiple licenses? 
    5. Should a demonstrated ability to sell inventory be required as a prerequisite to issuing additional licenses at a single location? If so, what percentage of inventory over how long of a period?
    6. Should different entities operating at the same location be required to have common ownership interests? 
    7. A few other states, such as Colorado, allow growers and processors to operate at the same location and allow license stacking. Should license growers and processors be allowed to operate at the same location?
    8. There has been some mention of possible safety and security concerns if licensed growers, processors, and provisioning centers are all operating at the same location, such as one building. Should growers, processors, and provisioning centers be allowed to operate at the same location?

We can anticipate that LARA will continue to solicit stakeholder input, although LARA’s statement noted that its work on the rules is to be in consultation with the yet-to-be-appointed Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Board and Advisory Panel. Given that the formal roles of advisory panels are fairly limited under the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act, the new Board and LARA will have some discretion with respect to how deeply they involve the Advisory Panel. While it remains to be seen what opportunities will be provided for public input into the rulemaking process (apart from those required under the APA), LARA’s initial outreach here is a promising first step.

As the rulemaking process in Michigan continues to unfold, check back here to Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.


Published at Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Study: Cannabinoids May Treat Depression-Like Behavior Caused by Social Isolation Stress

Study: Cannabinoids May Treat Depression-Like Behavior Caused by Social Isolation Stress

A study published in the journal Brain Research Bulletin has found that cannabinoids may treat depression-like behavior induced by social isolation stress.

Social Isolation Stress“Social isolation stress (SIS) paradigm is a chronic stress procedure able to induce profound behavioral and neurochemical changes in rodents and evokes depressive and anxiety-like behaviors”, begins the study’s abstract.

“Recent studies demonstrated that the cannabinoid system plays a key role in behavioral abnormalities such as depression through different pathways; however, there is no evidence showing a relation between SIS and the cannabinoid system.”

With that in mind, this particular study “investigated the role of the cannabinoid system in depressive-like behavior and anxiety-like behavior of IC animals.”

For this purpose, mice were treated with a cannabinoid receptor agonist (meant to mimic the effects of cannabinoids), and a cannabinoid receptor antagonist (the inverse).

Researchers found that “behavioral abnormality followed by SIS was mitigated” after administration of the cannabinoid receptor agonist. Also, “depressive-like effects induced by SIS were significantly increased” following administration of the antagonists.

The study concludes by stating; “Our findings suggest that the cannabinoid system is involved in depressive-like behaviors induced by SIS. We showed that activation of cannabinoid receptors (type 1 and 2) could mitigate depression-like behavior induced by SIS in a mouse model.”

Click here for the full study.

The full abstract can be found below:

Social isolation stress (SIS) paradigm is a chronic stress procedure able to induce profound behavioral and neurochemical changes in rodents and evokes depressive and anxiety-like behaviors. Recent studies demonstrated that the cannabinoid system plays a key role in behavioral abnormalities such as depression through different pathways; however, there is no evidence showing a relation between SIS and the cannabinoid system.

This study investigated the role of the cannabinoid system in depressive-like behavior and anxiety-like behavior of IC animals. For this purpose, NMRI mice were treated with WIN55, 212-2 (non-selective cannabinoid receptor agonist); and AM-251 (cannabinoid receptor type 1 antagonist) and AM-630 (cannabinoid receptor type 2 antagonist). We found that behavioral abnormality followed by SIS was mitigated after administration of WIN55, 212-2. Also, depressive-like effects induced by SIS were significantly increased following administration of AM-251 and AM-630. Co-administration of cannabinoid receptor antagonists (AM-251 and AM-630), significantly reversed the antidepressant effect of WIN55, 212-2 in IC animals.

Our findings suggest that the cannabinoid system is involved in depressive-like behaviors induced by SIS. We showed that activation of cannabinoid receptors (type 1; and 2) could mitigate depression-like behavior induced by SIS in a mouse model.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:25:47 +0000

Vaporizer Buying Guide: Best Portable Vaporizers Under $200

Vaporizer Buying Guide: Best Portable Vaporizers Under $200

Planning to buy a vape, but with limited funds on your wallet?

Does it mean that you have to settle for a plastic taste on your vaping experience? Or just stick to smoking cannabis? Fortunately, you have great options for portable vaporizers under $200!

Thanks to the growing demand for cannabis and vape products, the industry evolved and is now catering affordable, high-quality vaporizers. You don’t have to settle for a less satisfying vape experience just because you aren’t willing to pay for a  Volcano.

These days, there are a lot of portable vaporizers in the market that are sold for under $200. These portable vaporizers are known for their portability, unique design, and high-quality vapor.

Check our list for the best portable vaporizers under $200 in the market.

#1: G Pen Elite By Grenco Science 

gpen portable vaporizers under $200

Dubbed as a monumental leap in technology according to Grenco Science, the G Pen Elite is unlike your ordinary generic portable vaporizer made from random Chinese OEM factories. It measures around 3.4 inches tall and 1.2 inches wide and made of plastic material. This device can hold around 0.75 grams of cannabis.

According to the manufacturer is a convection vaporizer. This means that air heats up the material via the chamber. When most vaporizers, especially small portable ones make use of conduction method in heating the materials, Grenco Science claims that they have a convection device. But according to cannabis connoisseurs online, they are convinced that the G Pen Elite is a combination of both conduction and convection technology.

What exactly can you expect from this vaporizer? For starters, it heats up to 428°F in roughly half a minute. The good thing about this device is that you don’t get a plastic taste, which could indicate that it makes use of dominantly a convection vaporizer.

As for the downside, it appears that the device is designed with an airflow constrictor. Why exactly did Grenco Science design the device with an airflow restrictor? This avoids instances when you taste hot vapor in your mouth. And because of this, minimal cooling seems like a necessity for this device.

And lastly, the design of the G Pen Elite is discreet. It looks like a kitchen equipment or some music player made of plastic, rather than a cannabis paraphernalia.

#2: Magic Flight Launch Box By Magic Flight 

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Another portable vaporizer under $200 that you should check is the Magic Flight Launch Box. This vaporizer looks nothing like other portable versions out there in the market.

The Magic Flight Launch Box offers a simplified approach to vaping. A carved box made of wood, it is quite surprising how this device can compete with some of the modern vaporizers in the market. This device is handmade in San Diego, California via an 87 step process that the company designed specifically to enhance the overall vaping experience.

Looking at the device, The Magic Flight Launch Box looks primitive with no buttons to overcomplicate things. On the other hand, looking at the inside of the device tells a different story. The Magic Flight Launch Box has superb engineering that works using two double A batteries. And to get the device working, you’ll need a plastic tube for your draws.

The best thing about this device is that it is discreet. You won’t recognize the device as some vaporizer. In addition to this, it has a huge chamber to accommodate a decent amount of herbs. In terms of vapor quality, it is comparable to the most expensive options in the market.

Unfortunately, it isn’t the sturdiest product that you can depend on. But still, for its price, it makes a good option if you plan on taking your vaping sessions outside the comforts of your home.

#3: K Vape Vaporizer By Kandypens 

k-vape-vaporizer-by-kandypens portable vaporizers under $200

If you are looking for a device that isn’t pricey and easy to use, then K Vape might interest you. Measuring 5.5 inches tall and around 1 inch thick, this device only has one button and two lights. It has three pre-set temperatures: 360°F (Red), 380°F(Green) and 420°F(Blue).

The K Vape can easily outperform similar products in the market in terms of vapor quality. And despite the size, you’ll never experience combustion from this device. It also provides an accurate temperature for its users. The lowest temperature is suggested for extracting flowers while the highest setting can produce some of the thickest vapor by a portable vaporizer.

The Kandypen K Vape is a dry herb vaporizer, small enough to fit in your pants and has a comfortable rubber grip. When being used, the device can get a bit hot, but it isn’t too hot that it can hurt your hands.

The device also has an auto-shutoff feature which can help preserve the battery when it isn’t in use. It automatically turns off within three minutes of being inactive. It can also fit around 0.6 grams of material in its chamber.

#4: DaVinci Ascent By DaVinci 

davinci-ascent portable vaporizers under $200

Are you the type who is into loose leaf vaping? Then DaVinci Ascent makes perfect sense for you. It is a multi-functional vaporizer that also works well with essential oils and concentrates. Its size is roughly around two iPhones that are stacked above each other.

It has a high-tech design meant to deliver quality vapor to its users. Da Vinci Ascent offers flexible temperature from 38 to 430°F. What makes this device superb in terms of quality is its glass pathway design. This prevents any type of plastic taste that usually comes from portable vaporizers on the market.

The lower third of the device is where you can place the material. It swings 180 degrees to open the chamber. You’ll need to make use of a glass insert if you are going to use this device, while loose leaf should be grounded into tiny pieces to get the best results.

The device heats up to your desired temperature in half a minute. Also, this device is known for its steady draws. Unfortunately, if you are after milky flavorful draws, you might be a bit disappointed with this device. Another downside of this particular device is that it can get a bit sticky after a session, not to mention it is quite hard to load the material on the device.

#5: Alfa Vaporizer By Goboof 

alfa-vaporizer portable vaporizers under $200

The Alfa by Goboof is a tough contender not only for under $200 portable vaporizers but even for the other flower vaporizers in the market. It’s a small, simple and easy to use a device that can make everyone happy.

The cylindrical chamber is well designed by Goboof. For one, it has one of the easiest to clean designs in the market. Next, its heating chamber makes use of a heating pin which allows equal distribution of heat to the cannabis. Though this device is a portable conduction vaporizer, you will not be getting a plastic taste from this particular device. 

In terms of design, the Alfa is compact and smaller than most standard portable vaporizers. It is even considered as one of the smallest vaporizers made. However, despite the small size, it doesn’t seem quite fragile. Also, it has a straightforward design that is easy to understand, regardless if you are new to vaping or experienced.

But one drawback from the Alfa is that you need to grind the material well. Loose material won’t give you a good result since this is a conduction vaporizer. 

Bonus Product: Magical Butter 2 By MB


Another product that we want to include in this list is the Magical Butter. Though the Magical Butter isn’t a portable vaporizer, this can easily compliment your portable vaporizer.

What makes the Magical Butter special is its ability to create cannabis-infused butter, oil and tinctures in seconds. If you think that you’ll need to follow complicated steps, this is something that isn’t complex to use.

It also has self-cleaning capabilities, which minimizes maintenance concerns. Aside from cooking cannabis products, the Magic Butter can also be used for culinary herbs, wherein you can make salad dressings and even skin care products.   


There’s no reason to be frustrated if you plan to vape outside but only have a small budget. Given the number of options in the market today, there are plenty of varieties you can get with just $200. 

Do you prefer vaping dry herbs or maybe essential oils? Comment below and share it with us!


Published at Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:41:15 +0000

The Best Vaporizer In The Market – As Chosen by 22 Experts

The Best Vaporizer In The Market – As Chosen by 22 Experts

You are smart!

You are looking for the best vaporizer on the market before buying your new vaporizer. However, finding the best vaporizer for your needs can be an overwhelming task and extremely frustrated.

This is crazy:

There are so many good choices, so many features to choose from, and so many vaporizer review websites with different lists.

So, at Smokazon we have decided to do all the legwork for you, and ask 30 experts and bloggers one simple question:

“If you could only use 3 vaporizers: Pen, Portable & Desktop, what 3 vapes would you choose?”

We wanted to know plain and simple which vaporizers are the best and you should consider them as your next vaporizer buddy and which one can stay out of your short list.

We feel you guys. We know many vape newbies are overwhelmed by all the vaporizer review websites out there. All the top 5, 10 and even 20 lists that have got you nowhere closer to choosing a new vaporizer or even shortlisted of 3.

Want to know the best part?

We decided the only way to get the best answer once and for all was to ask the experts within the industry and see if the best vaporizers in the market would reveal themselves.

Well, guess what…They have:

Best Vaporizers by Categories

(as voted by 22 experts!)

Best Desktop Vaporizer

#1: Volcano Vaporizer ($479) 7 Votes 

Here are some of the key features that make the volcano vaporizer the best desktop vaporizer and undefeated champion:

Easy to Clean – “I think one of the under appreciated aspects of the Volcano is the lack of cleaning, it needs considerably less cleaning/maintenance than any of my other portable or desktop vaporizers.”

Group Vaping – “If you want to have a legitimate, in home set up that’s good for multiple people in one sitting, there’s nothing that beats the classic volcano.”

Easy to Use – “It’s has a clean stainless steel finish, and the simple controls are easy for even the novice smoker to navigate.”

Design & Functionality – “The Volcano is by far the most powerful desktop option out there. It offers gut-busting hits, and it’s built insanely tough”.

Quality –  There is a reason this has been out for years, and people still use it today, even hospitals.

#2: VapeXhale Cloud EVO ($349) 5 Votes

Here are some of the key features why the VapeXhale came 2nd as the best desktop vaporizer:

Functionality & Design – With all the different attachments, the ability to vape through water, and the punch it packs, it’s a hard one to beat.

Flavor – The VapeXhale EVO can produce some of the strongest, smoothest, most potent vapor I’ve experienced.

Durability – It offers both concentrate and flower consumption and is incredibly efficient and allows for users’ flower and concentrate to last longer.

Best Portable Vaporizer

#1: Mighty Vaporizer ($399) – 5 vote 

Here are some of the key features that give the Mighty the crown as the best portable vaporizer:

Battery life – The Mighty has been proven to work the longest time without charging, and with the extra batteries, it for sure will give you enough time to enjoy it before charging it.

Easy to use – The Mighty will give you easy life in term of using it.

Design – The mighty featuring not only nice design rather you can hold it while vaping without to worry it will warm up in your hand. The Mighty stay cool and wouldn’t get hot while holding it like some of its competition even after long use.

#2: Pax Vaporizer ($199) – 4 Votes

Here are some of the key features that give the Pax the 2nd place as the best portable vaporizer:

Design – Pax Labs has done a great job in terms of the design. Comparing to his competitors the Pax look like a vaporizer from a different world.

Discreteness & Portability – The Pax named as the most discreet portable vaporizer on the market by countless reviewers. The sleek look and the size of it make it easy to carry around in your pocket.

Best Pen Vaporizer

#1: Source Orb 4 ($99)- 3 Votes  

Here are some of the key features that gave the Source Orb the No. 1 spot as the best vape pen:

Functionality – “The versatility is amazing, and it offers something for everyone, whether you like big hits or pure flavor (or both).”

Design – “The Source Orb 4 is built tough. The stainless steel 303 construction is incredibly durable for a wax pen. And I have a feeling based on the warranty that that heavy-duty construction translates into longevity.”

Versatility – “Variable voltage, adjustable airflow, and lots of atomizers for different strains!”

#2: Hypnos Zero ($77) – 2 Votes

Design – “The Hypnos Zero pen is very well-made and has an excellent look & feel.”

Efficiency – “it sets the bar in efficiency – your concentrate seems to last forever in it.”

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Read on to discover each expert’s favorite 3 vaporizers along with their explanation and tips why they choose them! You can either skip to your favorite expert using these quick links or grab a vape, some snacks, get comfy and keep scrolling!

Buzz Danklin - Best VaporizerBuzz Danklin – Vaporizer Wizard

Desktop: Volcano Vaporizer

While I really love the Cloud Evo and the Herbalizer desktop vaporizers, I find myself using the Volcano most often on a daily basis, not to mention I got my Volcano over 6 years ago and its still looks and performs like new. I think one of the under appreciated aspects of the Volcano is the lack of cleaning, it needs considerably less cleaning/maintenance than any of my other portable or desktop vaporizers.

Portable: Mighty Vaporizer 

Since all portables have strengths and weaknesses and thrive in their own situations, it is really tough for me to come up with a single one to choose.  In the end even despite its large size, I think I have to go with the Mighty vaporizer because I do use it more often than the rest of my portables, even though it’s mostly usage around the home.  It is the perfect vape to carry from the kitchen to the living room or take out on the deck while grilling. If I am hiking, biking or skiing with a backpack, you can be sure the Mighty is in there.

Pen: Grasshopper Vaporizer  

Since I use more dry herb than concentrates, I definitely have to go with the Grasshopper for my pen. This is my daily carry unit when I am out, and about in public, it is the easiest and quickest dry herb vaporizer to use while on the go, and its very stealthy both in appearance and smell making it ideal for a lot of public situations. Despite its small size, the hopper has a very powerful heater making it one of the best vapes for skiing where freezing temps and the wind are the norms.

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Master Bong – Masterbong420

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Desktop: Herbalizer Vaporizer

Because it functions like a Volcano but better and allows you to easily integrate concentrates into your vaping experience

Portable: Crafty from Stortz & Bickel

This piece is super solid and well designed and is compact enough to travel with easily but still has a decent battery life of about 60-90 minutes. 

Pen: Galaxy By KandyPens  

Because I love the duel quartz coil

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Paint The Moon Team – Paint the Moon

paint-the-moonDesktop: VapeXhale Cloud EVO

With all the different attachments, the ability to vape through water, and the punch it packs, it’s a hard one to beat.

Portable:  Firefly 2 

Convection heating and amazing flavor, plus just an all-around well-built device.

Pen: SOURCE Orb 4

The versatility is amazing, and it offers something for everyone, whether you like big hits or pure flavor (or both).

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Rob Griffin – 420 Magazine 

Desktop: Volcano Vaporizer

Portable: Mighty Vaporizer

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Charlo Greene –


Desktop: Volcano Vaporizer

I like the old school function and feel of the Volcano when vaporizing herbs at home.

Portable: Pax 2

I think Pax has done a wonderful job with their portable vapes, and I really like the Pax 2. It’s so sleek and discreet, something that is important to me if I’m medicating on the go.

Pen: The Crystal Cult

The Crystal Cult is one of my favorite companies. The vape pens are SO beautiful, individually made and blinged out for pretty potheads such as myself.

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Bud – VapeCritic bud_vapecritic

Choosing my favorite vape from each category is a very tough decision, there are so many good ones and new models come out all the time. 

My specific list of favorite vaporizers changes over time, but the key factors I consider in my ratings remains mostly the same. Some of the areas I weight the heaviest include Ease of Use, Build Quality, Performance, and Vapor Quality. There are also areas that I feel each vape excels in or is significantly above-average. 

Desktop: VapeXhale EVO – The VapeXhale EVO can produce some of the strongest, smoothest, most potent vapor I’ve experienced. This one is also designed around working with a water tool which makes it even more unique.

Portable: DaVinci IQ -The DaVinci IQ is a very well-rounded unit, but I’d say its strengths are it’s ultra-compact and portable design, it’s ease of use, and it’s high vapor quality for conduction heating. 

Pen: Hypnos Zero -the Hypnos Zero pen is very well-made and has an excellent look & feel. It also produces some of the smoothest vapor from a pen that I’ve tried, and it sets the bar in efficiency – your concentrate seems to last forever in it.

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Matthew Price –

medical-jane-logoDesktop: VapeXhale Cloud EVO  

Portable: Firefly 2 

Pen: Hypnos Zero By Linx Vapors 

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David Bienenstock – High timeshigh-times-logo - best vaporizer

Portable: Mighty vaporizer 

My favorite portable vaporizer, without a doubt, is the Mighty from Storz and Bickle. 

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Serge Chistov –  Honest Marijuana

honestPortable: Pax Vaporizer

I’ve always been fond of the Pax when it comes to portable vaporizers, though I like using Randy’s Pilot for concentrates.

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Jeffrey Zucker – Green Lion Partners  

green-lion-logoDesktop: Vapexhale Cloud EVO

It is one of the best, smoothest hits available regardless of method. It offers both concentrate and flower consumption and is incredibly efficient and allows for users’ flower and concentrate to last longer. 

Portable: Pax Vaporizer 

Pax’s new concentrate vaporizer offers an incredibly sleek and easy to use pocket concentrate consumption option. It’s the best hit per oz of any device, no question. Their proprietary cartridges are available at partner dispensaries in CO and CA. 

Pen: Puffco+ Vaporizer 

The new ceramic heating chamber is a lot cleaner and easier to use than prior cool options, and this is also one of the most durable pens on the market. 

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Drew White – NisonCo nisonco - best vaporizer

Desktop: Volcano Vaporizer

I may be an old soul when it comes to this category, but the classic Volcano is still top for me. This unit has been time tested for ages and, to me, nothing comes close to filling up a big bag than using it how you please. Over the year’s people have found new and innovative ways to fill the chamber to suit herb and concentrate needs at the same time. If you want to have a legitimate, in home set up that’s good for multiple people in one sitting, there’s nothing that beats the classic volcano.

Portable: Vapium Summit Plus

The Vapium Summit Plus is by far my favorite portable vape for dry herbs. It is extremely dependable and durable with very simple yet effective settings. This portable herb vape has 8 different heating settings, smartphone Bluetooth connectivity, a water resistant housing, a built-in stirring tool, and a heavy-weight feel that’s great for repeated use outdoors. If I had to give one critique, it would be the size, but I don’t think the product would be as reliable as it is if it wasn’t built to its current specifications.

Pen: Baker Vaporizer

A small company called Hippy Trip makes the “Baker” which happens to be my favorite handheld concentrate pen. It’s really tiny but packs a serious punch as do all of Hippy Trip’s pens. This has a digital display, variable temperatures, perfect airflow, and accountable use in a wide variety of environments/temperatures. It is a bit dainty though and can be effected is jostled or jarred too much.

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Ethan Andersen  NisonConisonco

Desktop: DaBuddha Vaporizer

The first time I ever consumed cannabis, I did so via my friend’s Da Buddha. That will always remain my favorite desktop vaporizer. 

Portable: Firefly Vaporizer  

Many of the reviewers I’ve worked with have spoken highly of the Firefly, and the few times I’ve tried it, it’s produced a great taste without much effort. 

Pen: O.pen Vaporizer

I always felt O.pen products worked well when I was consuming, though pens weren’t my cup of tea.

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Tyler – Smoking with Style smoking-with-style - best vaporizer

This is a tough one, if I could only use 3 vaporizers for the rest of my life, I would want as much variety as possible.

Desktop: Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer 

The first vaporizer would be one for around my house that wouldn’t get brought out much.  There are a bunch of desktop vaporizers, but then one that stands out the most to me is the “Arizer Extreme Q” because it’s an affordable, easy to use and solid desktop vaporizer. 

Portable: G PRO Vaporizer 

I’m the type of guy that’s always on the go, and I can’t carry around a massive desktop vaporizer everywhere I go so for my 2nd choice I’m defiantly going with the “G PRO Herbal Vaporizer.” Now the G PRO isn’t the most discreet or concealable option, but it’s much more portable than a massive desktop vaporizer like the Arizer. With 3 different heat settings, the G PRO is perfect for someone who is looking to for a wide range of different tastes while vaping their herb. 

Pen: Atmos RX Vaporizer

For on the go type smoking situations, I couldn’t think of a better vape for a better price than the “ATMOS RX.” At only $70 it makes it is sure to give you the best bang for your buck! It’s also a pen so it can easily be concealed and looks just like your regular, everyday vaporizer. Don’t be fooled by its size, though, this bad baby van heats up in 2-5 seconds and packs one mean hit!

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When I was asked to choose my favorite vape pen, portable vaporizer, desktop vaporizer, and grinder, I decided to imagine a dire circumstance in which I actually would be stuck with the same vaporizer for the rest of my life, and then write down the first vaporizer that popped in my head. It’s like the “there’s a gun to your head and you have one call” meme.

Desktop: Herbalizer Vaporizer

If you asked every vaporizer user what the best desktop vaporizer ever is, the votes would probably be split between the Volcano and the Herbalizer. I chose the latter because to me the Herbalizer is an upgrade on the amazing, but decades-old Volcano. The Herbalizer vaporizer has a powerful microprocessor that gives you unprecedented control over your vaporization. It also boasts immaculate vapor production, as well as complete versatility in the way of inhalation methods, and a functional yet elegant design. The Herbalizer is on a level no other vaporizer had reached before its launch. And to this day it arguably remains the best desktop vaporizer.

Versatility makes for a better vaping experience. With the Herbalizer, nearly every vaping preference–whether it’s for large, intense draws or small, flavor-rich hits, clean-tasting steamroller pulls or long-lasting balloon bag sessions with friends–is met. The Herbalizer features two modes, aromatherapy and vapor therapy, and multiple ways to inhale.

I love how easy it is to switch to whichever mode or method of inhalation you prefer. Aromatherapy mode vaporizes essential oils and fills the room with calming vapor. Vaportherapy mode is geared more toward medication, with three ways to inhale: a medical grade whip tube, glass steamroller, or squeeze-valve balloon bag. Makers of the Herbalizer have made sure each method of inhalation is easy to use and efficient. For example, the steamroller is simple to attach, the squeeze valve that releases vapor from the balloon bags conserves hits. The glass steamroller attachment delivers very smooth hits by extending the vapor path, giving it more time to cool off. The versatility of the Herbalizer makes it a great vaporizer for recreational and medicinal users alike.

The Herbalizer is shaped like a futuristic space pod–a little daunting when you see it online–but when you actually take it out of the box for the first time, it’s not as intimidating as the glamor shots make it look. The oyster shell design opens up to reveal a simple control panel with a trench around it in which sits the coiled whip tubing. A mezzanine storage compartment is secreted away in the top level of the shell, opening up in Polly Pocket/Mighty Max fashion to reveal space for holding accessories and vaping materials. This comes in handy and gives the vaporizer a home-base quality that I haven’t found in other devices.

The only real problem with the Herbalizer is the price. At a steep $600 not everyone can afford it. A more affordable alternative is the Vapir Rise. This vaporizer is a triple function–whip-style, balloon bag, and glass bubbler attachment (not included). It takes some time to fill up the balloon bags, but besides that, there’s not much to criticize. I love the simplicity and feeling of the touch pad control, which lets you choose between forced-air or no fan modes, and gives you precision temperature control. And the vapor production is very pure thanks to the HEPA filtration system.

Portable: AirVape XS Vaporizer

Few vaporizers offer as many essential features and as much build quality for under $200. The three pillars of vaping–design, performance, usability–stand strong in the AirVape XS. This vaporizer looks great, feels great, and vapes beautifully, at almost half the price of other high-performance portable vapes.

Design matters. We carry portable vaporizers wherever we go, constantly pulling them out of our pockets for quick hits, and toggling their controls on-the-go. A portable vaporizer needs to be easy to grip, conceal, and operate on-the-fly, which makers of the AirVape XS clearly understand. The form factor is flat, smooth, and compact, making it easy to hold (and hide) in your palm. The glass mouthpiece (great for leaving vapor tasting clean) pops off to reveal the herb chamber and reattached after loading is complete. The rubber connector piece on the glass mouthpiece keeps it from overheating and burning your lips (big plus). Assembling the mouthpiece of this vaporizer takes no time at all, and I’ve found it’s easier to clean than most other vape mouthpieces. Overall, the AirVape XS is easy to operate, looks sleek, and feels great in your hand.

Unlike desktop vaporizers, portable vapes give you vaping on-the-go. But sometimes advanced features are sacrificed in place of that compactness. One of these features is precision temperature control, which gives you major control over your vaping sessions by allowing you to pinpoint specific temps. For example, you can choose the ideal temperature for whatever vapor profile you love, or a specific strain you like. Precision temperature is fairly rare in portable vaporizers, but it’s found in the AirVape XS. You can pick between 317F to 428F, a temperature range that contains the ideal temperatures for the most popular strains.

As far as usability, the AirVape XS has a digital display with simple arrow buttons that make choosing a temperature very easy. Once you’ve picked your heat level, a rapid 20-second heat up time lets you vape on-demand in little windows of opportunity throughout the day. When the vaping temperature has been reached, the AirVape XS vibrates to notify you. This feature is convenient when you’re in public and don’t want to walk around with the vaporizer in your hand the whole time.

The best vaporizers do the essential things well. With precision temperature control, a clean vapor path with a ceramic heating chamber and glass mouthpiece, straightforward controls, and an ergonomic design that feels solid, the AirVape XS leaves little to want and much to appreciate.

Pen: Source Orb 4 vaporizer 

As a fairly prolific vaporizer reviewer, I say that without much hesitation. This vape pen is the real deal, from its durable build to its unique (and absolutely effective) mouthpiece design, 6 advanced atomizers and a powerful vape battery, the Source Orb 4 Premium is the one right tool for anyone who loves vaping waxy oils on-the-go.

I’ll summarize the Source Orb 4 in one word: Interstellar.

The pod-like mouthpiece, made of gleaming stainless steel, looks aeronautical. The magnetic lock lid, which pops completely off and onto the mouthpiece with no screwing necessary, defies gravity by soaring back into place from inches away. As far as vapor production goes, the Source Orb 4 sends people into deep space and back with intensely flavored and potent vaporization. It’s that combination of minimal aesthetics, barebones functionality, and strength that make the Source Orb 4 Premium a vape pen among vape pens.

The Source Orb 4 is built tough. The stainless steel 303 construction is incredibly durable for a wax pen. And I have a feeling based on the warranty that that heavy-duty construction translates into longevity. I always use the length or absence of a wax pen’s warranty to gauge how much confidence the manufacturer has in their vaporizer, and the Source Orb 4 is protected by a lifetime warranty.

The final reason why I’d choose the Source Orb 4 Premium as the one vape pen for me is its versatility. My personal idea of a great wax pen is a unit that doesn’t leave you wanting for more. For one thing, you want a menu of atomizers to choose from. The Source Orb 4 Premium comes stocked with an arsenal of 6 atomizers that deliver a more complete wax vaping experience. A quartz single coil atomizer gives you small, flavor-rich hits, while a dual quartz rod atomizer gives you bigger, more intensely flavored draws.

Similar to the quartz double rod is a white ceramic double coil atomizer, and a unique black ceramic double coil atomizer is designed for low temperature vaping. The black ceramic absorbs waxy oils and vaporizes them “slow and low.” The resulting vapor is smooth and tasty. You also get a couple coil-less atomizers that vape wax very efficiently and make clean-tasting vapor. And swapping atomizers is simple (this is where the magically magnetic lock lid comes into play). You simply pop off the lid, remove the atomizer, and pop the next one in. Then you get to marvel at the magnetism pulling the lid back into place.

If the Source Orb 4 Premium is the vape pen in your pocket when you wash up on a tropical shore, you’d be set for life. Unless of course, you prefer dry herb over wax concentrates. In that case, you’d live the rest of your days in exasperating remorse.

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Max Simon – Green Flower Media

greenflower-logo-high-resDesktop: VapeExhale EVO

Portable: Mighty vaporizer 

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T. Bud – The Chill Budthe-chill-bud

Desktop: Epicvape E-Nano

I chose the Epicvape E-Nano as my favorite desktop vaporizer for a few reasons, the first being that I use it almost daily. It’s an extremely affordable vaporizer that performs as well or better than anything else I’ve used.

The E-Nano is a dead-simple design, a simple glass tube with a screen is loaded with herb and placed on top of the heating unit. Unlike most traditional “desktop vaporizers” the E-Nano fits comfortably in your hand. I’d only call it a desktop model because it needs to be plugged in. For the price, you won’t find a better vaporizer.

Portable: Davinci IQ

The vast majority of my vaporizer experience is with handheld models. While the Davinci IQ isn’t necessarily my daily driver, I believe it’s one of the most well-rounded and truly portable vaporizer on the market.

When most people look for a handheld vaporizer, they want something rugged that they can throw in their pocket and bring out during a hike or a walk. You don’t want to fiddle with loading the oven or be concerned with breaking off fragile bits. The IQ is straightforward, simple to use and the performance is top notch.

Pen: Dr. Dabber Aurora

While the majority of my experience is with handhelds, I have very little with pen vaporizers. I’ve tried a few, and for the most part, they seem very similar to one and other. The core components are often exactly the same, so a lot comes down to the quality and the price.

The vape pen I’d reach for would be the Dr.Dabber Aurora, a recent release that replaced their fan-favorite Ghost model. It comes with multiple atomizer options to ensure you have the perfect session each and every time.

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Lance Lambert – Weedmaps

wm-logoDesktop: Volcano Vaporizer 

As for desktop vaporizers, that’s not really me. I would have to say though that the tried-and-true Volcano is by far the most popular with my colleagues. It’s has a clean stainless steel finish, and the simple controls are easy for even the novice smoker to navigate.

Portable: Loki Touch

My new favorite for portable is the Loki Touch. Nothing against others in this category, but they addressed what I saw as a basic design flaw with many portables; They moved the chamber to the bottom! Moving the heating element as far as possible from the mouthpiece made perfect sense. I also love the LED touchscreen display. Not that I’m a huge tech geek, but everything else in life is a touchscreen, why stop with smoking technology?

Pen: KandyPen’s Mini

For pens, I would have to say my current go-to is KandyPen’s Mini. I recently got my hands on their latest lineup, and have enjoyed them all. The quality is there, both in form and function. Also, the fact that they offer a lifetime warranty is a major plus when compared to most in the marketplace today.

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Kevin Rasopo – Knowtechie

knowtechieDesktop: Volcano Vaporizer 

My go-to for desktop would most certainly be the Volcano. The Volcano is by far the most powerful desktop option out there. It offers gut-busting hits, and it’s built insanely tough. The only downside is its price.

Portable: Mighty vaporizer

My choice for a portable vape would be the Mighty, which is also made by Storz & Bickel. Just like the Volcano, this unit offers some really good results, especially when it comes to flavor.

Pen: QuickDraw 500

My choice for the pen style vape would be the QuickDraw 500. Not only does this sucker offer options for concentrates, but there’s even a cartridge for loose flour, which is unheard of in this sort of league of pen vapes. Heck, there’s even for e-juice if that’s in your ballpark.

In the end, if you notice, most of my picks are from Storz & Bickel. Their beasts when it comes to vaporizers, so anything from them is surely a safe bet.

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Old Hippie – Beyondchronic 

old-hippiDesktop: Arizer Extreme Q

For desktop vapes, you can’t go wrong with the Arizer Extreme Q, because it does both whip and bag, and you can set it with a remote (how cool is that?).

Portable: Haze V3

My most portable vape is a Haze V3 which lets you switch between two strains, or bud and oil, and keep them both loaded and ready to go. You can set the temperature you want, and it fits right into a small pocket.

Pen: Source orb 

Like many people, I’ve been using a lot more concentrates lately, not only for vaping but for making edibles without having to cook for hours. Vape pens are awesome because you’re vaping almost instantly. My new favorite is the Source Orb. Variable voltage, adjustable airflow, and lots of atomizers for different strains!

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James Zachodni – Dope Magazine 

Dope Magazine logo - Best vaporizer Desktop: Volcano Vaporizer 

 I’m still a fan of the OG “Volcano.” There is a reason this has been out for years and people still use it today, even hospitals. 

Portable: Firefly

The “Firefly 2” is very elegant and easily fits in a purse or pocket. It offers both flower and concentrates vaping in a very unique design with tons of color options.


“The DOPEN” is my choice based on the simple plug-and-play cartridge model. I have yet to see a good “pen” that offers the ability to load your own concentrate without making a huge mess. I think the DOPEN offers the no-brainer of cartridges, but also with great design and price point. 

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Adrian Farquharson – Fresh Media

freshmediaDesktop: None

I’ve only used a desktop once, and it’s okay but not my main choice of consumption. For me, the high was less faint and definitely much longer to prep and wait for it to get ready.

Portable: Pax

Portable vapes are great that you can alter your heat on average between 3 temperature settings so the user has more control of their experience and you also have the ability to use as much of variety of different extracts you desire versus pre-fills which are usually limited to a number of strain options.

Pen: Jetty Extracts

I personally enjoy a vaporizer pen for the simple convenience it provides. With a pre-fill cartridge, it eliminates several minutes of prepping and loading the pen with your extract which works great for someone who’s on the go much more frequently and may not have the discretion to load their device. A huge winning factor with pre-fills is it’s less messy – you’re hands don’t have to touch the extract and break it down to fit within your pen’s chamber. More and more pre-fills are using extraction processes to provide clear CO2 to their audience.

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Finding the best vaporizer for your needs got much easier.

After putting this list, we have notice most of the experts mentioned Desktop and Portable vaporizer but not Vape pens.

Even when they mentioned the best vape pen, we didn’t have a clear winner as we had with desktop and portable before.

 This is not surprising to us because the vaping industry changed lately and people are switching from Pen Vapes to Portable and Desktop vaporizers.

We think one of the reason is because the market has been flooded with Pen Vapes and many of them are cheap, low quality made.

When the pen vaporizers were introduced to the vape market, people have fallen in love because back them most of the portable vaporizers wasn’t portable enough to carry around not to mention the use of it. However, most of the companies as step up and release fantastic portable vaporizers. For example, Storz and Bickel have taken a great share of the portable market with The Mighty and the crafty vaporizers. Both Vaporizers has been chosen as the best portable vaporizers by many reviewer time after time.

And just to recap, here are the results again:

Best Desktop Vaporizer:

#1: Volcano Vaporizer ($479) 7 Votes 

#2: VapeXhale Cloud EVO ($349) 5 Votes

Best Portable Vaporizer:

#1: Mighty Vaporizer ($399) – 5 vote 

#2: Pax Vaporizer ($199) – 4 Votes

Best Pen Vaporizer:

#1: Source Orb 4 ($99)- 3 Votes  
#2: Hypnos Zero ($77) – 2 Votes

Final Note: 

HUGE thanks to everyone who contributed to this crazy article! Please share if you know someone is looking to get new & best vaporizer!


Published at Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:30:33 +0000

State of Michigan Issues RFP for Marijuana Seed-To-Sale Tracking

State of Michigan Issues RFP for Marijuana Seed-To-Sale Tracking

State of Michigan Issues RFP for Marijuana Seed-To-Sale Tracking

As Michigan continues to move forward in establishing a regulated system for its medical marijuana program, the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) this week issued the Request for Proposals for a “seed-to-sale” monitoring program. This statewide monitoring program is required by Public Act 282 of 2016, and all licensees in the new system will be required to participate in the program.

LARA’s RFP requires any bidders to submit questions to LARA only in writing through the State’s procurement process, with those questions due February 9, 2017. Attempts to contact LARA other than through this process can result in a bidder’s disqualification. Bids themselves are due March 2, with an anticipated commencement date for the contract of June 8, 2017.


Published at Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000