An online business that says it has the “latest and funkiest glass and smoke accessories for the true connoisseur” is set to open its first brick-and-mortar location in Adams Morgan.
FunkyPiece is slated to arrive at 2116 18th St. NW in early October, owner Matthew Bebawy told Borderstan this morning.
“We’re just a big fan of the area,” he said. “I think it’s a good fit for us.”
The Adams Morgan storefront most recently was occupied by Crooked Beat Records, which left in May. The record shop’s owner said he moved his business out after he developed “serious respiratory problems” from working in the store.
Bebawy said he found that bugs and other problems created an “unbelievably dirty” space. But he said he cleaned it up and feels safe working there.
“The place is looking great,” Bebawy said.
Founded in 2012, FunkyPiece sells “everything from hand pipes, dab rigs, water pipes, bubblers, rolling papers, apparel, grinders, lighters and so much more,” according to its website.
Marijuana activists will gather in front of the White House tonight to protest the DEA’s recent refusal to remove pot as a “Schedule I” drug.
Members of the local marijuana advocacy group DCMJ are set to hold an “emergency demonstration” at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW tonight at 8:20 p.m. and speak out against the DEA’s lack of action, according to a Facebook event post.
“Here we are, 43 years and millions of marijuana arrests later, and we being told that cannabis is still as dangerous as heroin. WHAT THE HELL?!?!” organizers wrote on Facebook. “The Obama Administration’s DEA thinks Americans should go to jail for a non-toxic plant. WE THINK OTHERWISE!”
The event will also feature something called “tone deaf karaoke,” where activists will “poorly sing ballads of reform, like the Obama Administration’s DEA has poorly reformed America’s cannabis policies.”
More on the demonstration from the DCMJ website:
Can marijuana make the world a better place? Araminta Scott and Ariel Oxner say it can.
The duo have created Space Cakes DC, a weed-laced pastry business they say is a nonprofit organization. Through home deliveries and pop-up stands, Scott and Oxner have brought cannabis-infused brownies, cupcakes and cookies to the masses in the District.
The main ingredient in their edibles is a butter-weed mixture called, “cannabutter,” Oxner said. A friend, who taught himself how to grow marijuana, gives them the pot for free to make the special sauce, Scott added.
“We want to show people that there’s other ways to get high than just smoking,” Oxner said.
During the convention, dubbed the “Capitol CannaShow,” attendees will be able to hear from such speakers as Capitol Hemp owner and weed activist Adam Eidinger and Charlo Greene, the activist and businesswoman who famously quit her news reporter job on live television.
When marijuana was legalized in the District last year, many people rejoiced, but some with less smoking experience scratched their heads. “Weed is legal, great!” they might have mused. “But how do I grow it? Where do I find it? How do I smoke it?”
Just a few months ago, the answer to many of those questions was “just Google it,” or “I dunno man, go ask Adam at Capitol Hemp.” But the D.C. School of Mary Jane, a new educational business based in Columbia Heights, aims to change all that.
It’s been called “weed on wheels.”
Kush Gods, the District’s only large-scale mobile weed dispensary, is planning to expand its fleet of marijuana-decorated cars stocked with weed-laced brownies and candy. And despite the company’s questionably legal business model, its owner isn’t worried about police intervention.
On a typical night, a Kush Gods car can be found parked on U Street, 14th Street or in Shaw and Adams Morgan. The company lures potential customers with “kush girls,” who explain the business to curious passers-by. A transaction works like this: Drop money in a “donation box” and receive a free gift of weed-laced edibles.
“It’s picked up a lot in the last couple days,” he said. “I would say we’re doing at least an extra 25 percent. It’s been great for us.”
The company currently has six employees, including the chefs that make the edibles. Kush God said he plans to hire four more people in the coming weeks as drivers and to work as kush girls. He added that he also plans to add to his fleet of bud-decorated cars but is not sure how many vehicles he wants to buy.
But let’s pause for a second. Though weed cultivation and ownership is legal in the District thanks to Initiative 71, sales are not. As marijuana activist organization DCMJ pointed out on Wednesday, taking money — in a donation box or otherwise — while doling out weed could count as a sale, no matter what you call it.
Still, Kush God said he wasn’t worried that his heightened notoriety would draw scrutiny from the police, who he added have let him carry out his business without any problems so far.
“It was a thought that crossed my mind, but knowing the laws and understanding them, I don’t think we’ll have any problem unless they try to change something,” he said. “As long as it’s legal to give it away, people can donate to whoever they want to donate to.”
Kush God also emphasized the fact that his company is not operating in the shadows.
“We’re not hiding, the vehicles are loud enough,” he said. “Law enforcement has been seeing us. You can’t not see it.”
He added that while he’s happy to distribute his edibles for recreational use, he does want people to realize that his products are not only used recreationally. The company’s slogan is “Healing the Nation,” which Kush God said applies not only to physical conditions and illnesses that can be helped with marijuana, but also to people’s state of mind.
“I think it’s a mental thing too,” he said. “It can change people’s mindset. It relieves a lot of stress and makes people more calm.”
Photo via Instagram/Kush Gods 101
A long-awaited medical marijuana dispensary in Dupont Circle is now open for business.
The National Holistic Healing Center opened its doors at 1718 Connecticut Ave. NW yesterday without much fanfare or celebration. The business is open for new patient registration and appointments every day of the week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Owner Chanda Macias told Borderstan last month that she aimed to stock several strains of marijuana and various edible and marijuana-infused products. Macias also said she’d like to have a classroom space for pot-centric growing, gardening and cooking workshops.
Macias was unavailable for comment and photos inside the business were not allowed when a Borderstan reporter visited earlier today.
Details on how to become a member are available on the center’s website. Here’s a daily menu from the dispensary’s Instagram account:
A medical marijuana dispensary is set to open soon near Dupont Circle.
The National Holistic Healing Center will open its doors at 1718 Connecticut Ave. NW at the end of the month, says owner Chanda Macias.
Macias, a cell biology specialist who has worked at Howard University since 2007, says that the center will provide organic marijuana, edibles and educational workshops for local patients with medical marijuana prescriptions. She also has plans for workshops on gardening, cooking and holistic healing, which will cover which strains of marijuana best treat specific ailments.
The business, located in the basement of the office building at 1718 Connecticut Ave, is still under construction. When open, Marcias says it will include a main store stocked with several strains of marijuana and various edible or marijuana-infused products as well as a classroom space for workshops.
The opening date has not been set, but Macias says they are planning for a grand opening event once the construction is complete.
Macias says she has been working to get the dispensary approved for over a year.
Dupont Circle’s ANC 2B unanimously endorsed her application in a letter to the District Department of Health last May. After several rounds of scrutiny from the DOH, Macias says that the center got its final approval last month.
Capitol Hemp is back.
The beloved hemp store reopened today at 1770 Columbia Road NW.
Like its previous incarnation — which was raided by D.C. police before shutting down in 2011 — the store will continue to sell “non-drug” products like hemp clothing, hemp oil-infused soap, shelled hemp seeds, and hemp paper prints.
But this time around, store co-owner Adam Eidinger won’t have to mince his words about some of the other products he’s selling.
Thanks to the District’s Initiative 71, the marijuana legalization and cultivation measure that Eidinger’s DC Cannabis Campaign helped pass in February, it’s now perfectly legal for Eidinger to tell his customers he’s selling bongs and vaporizers of the pot-smoking variety.
“This is a free speech zone for cannabis,” he says. “You can call it what it is. You can say ‘I want to get high.'”
Eidinger says he also plans to sell home marijuana cultivation kits at “barely above cost, more of a community service.”
The store will host a grand opening event on Wednesday with free hemp gelato for attendees at noon.
Borderstan reporter Jared Holt also contributed to this article.
The U Street Movies Series will pay homage to D.C.’s pot law by screening two beloved stoner films tonight.
Attendees can view the original “Reefer Madness” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” tonight at 8:20 p.m. at the Harrison Recreation Center (1330 V Street NW) in honor of Initiative 71, which legalized in February the possession and cultivation of marijuana in D.C.
Reefer Madness, which lasts just over an hour, starts at sundown. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure begins shortly after.
The film series is free and residents can bring food and drinks. Bringing along pets, alcohol or pot is prohibited.
The next film in the series will be Monsoon Wedding, which plays on Aug. 19. Check out the full schedule on the U Street Movie Series Facebook page.
Photo via Facebook.com/ustreetmovieseries
The Adams Morgan hemp shop infamously raided by D.C. Police in 2011 and ultimately closed is coming back to life.
In a tweet sent out yesterday evening, Capitol Hemp announced its triumphant return:
Began the build out today at 1770 Columbia Rd NW . 😏🌴⏳⬆️
— Capitol Hemp (@CapitolHemp) June 9, 2015
According to the shop’s Twitter profile, it will carry “hemp clothing, bags, paper, pipes, vaporizers and more.”
Photos via Twitter.com/CapitolHemp
DC Streetcar Plans Deliver Some Promise
The DC Office of Planning released their Streetcar Land Use Study, and TBD has issued some early approvals for the plan. Imagine a world where 50% of DC’s population lives near a streetcar stop! I am dreaming with wistful sighs, after enduring the commute from hell on the Red Line this morning.
The author considers this as well, but seems to envision a world in which all transit systems could come out as winners. I can see that, I guess. Streetcars may provide public transportation to areas previously served by spotty bus service and make new areas of town more desirable. If that translates into a more vibrant urban area with affordable housing (hello, tax base), then everybody wins. It has the potential to do so, but the devil’s in the details, and execution.
Washington’s Pot Culture
The usually somewhat staid Washingtonian has devoted the February issue to marijuana. Specifically, the city’s plans to legalize medical marijuana this year are up for discussion as writers “get blunt.” Ahem. Ward 2 (that’s us!) has the highest marijuana usage in the city, so congratulations are in order. But with the bust of Capitol Hemp still fresh in many people’s minds, it remains to be seen how police will handle the new law and if Congress plans on leaving us the hell alone.
The Rent is Too Damn High, MoCo Style
Greater Greater Washington features a dilemma most Washington area residents face at some point in their first three months here. Where the heck can you rent a place that allows you to be in a safe neighborhood with some urban amentities that allows you to get to work in a reasonable commute…that you can actually afford?
In Montgomery County, the problem is even worse. The build outs represent what young families want, namely detached housing, parks and some single-car garages. But the fastest growing population in MoCo are millenials, who are desperate for affordable units near Metro stops. The author has some ideas on how to address both challenges, and they aren’t half bad.
Occupy DC: Inside the Park
The Georgetown Voice goes inside the Occupy DC encampment and uncovers some interesting info about the food situation (spoilage and waste is a bigger issue than not having enough), trash and the grass everyone cares about so much. Apparently, the protesters are moving tents and re-seeding the grass during their time in the park, so there you go. It’s worth the read (it’s a little long) if you are at all curious as to what the protesters are protesting and how they’re spending their time. Note: a lot of these people are educated and employed and wear shoes, so stop stereotyping already.
Howard U to March in Support of Occupy DC
Howard University students, faculty and alumni are planning a march today to “bring more racial diversity” to the protests. They will start at the Campus and end at the Chamber of Commerce and have coordinated with the two occupation groups encamped in DC. The Washington Post has a quick blurb recopied from the AP that outlines their plans, so look for more coverage as the event unfolds.
Capitol Hemp Raided
Both locations of Capitol Hemp were raided on Wednesday night, a move the owner said was politically motivated. DCist has the updates in this unfolding story, but several employees (and a customer) were arrested and thousands of dollars of merch were seized. The laws seem awfully fuzzy about what is allowed and what is illegal regarding drug paraphernalia in DC. The political motivation the owner is referring to, by the way, is not about drugs but his opposition to a boutique hotel that he says has turned neighborhood folks against him.
Bummer. The dog joint will be closing its doors on November 11. U Street Girl broke the news, and noted it was likely inevitable given all the construction around the area. Did you ever get a hot dog there? I thought they were pretty decent, and as much as I love taquitos from 7-11 it was nice to have an alternative late-night stumble home snack.