Why Kristen Wyatt Has It All Wrong

Denver Post AP Writer, Kristan Wyatt recently wrote in an article explaining just how deep the expenses of running legal marijuana distribution operations in Colorado will find it’s way into your pockets. The subject will be discussed and likely determined at an approaching three days of hearings held by the regulatory board dealing with the legislation passed legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado. It’s been stated that costs involving the new start-ups will begin at the application process with a $5,000 fee. In addition to the staggering costs of even putting your hat into the ring, there will be an operating fee in the neighborhood of $3,750 to $14,000. With background and residency checks to be required as well. Colorado prides themselves on their potential to regulate the recreational marijuana based on the success they’ve had with medical marijuana industry. While the business model will vary with more competitors and entrepreneurial spirit, fundamentally there will be striking similarities. A few things to consider when taking into account the fees that will accompany recreational marijuana: (1) The price of licensing or operations in any industry can be staggering. Any time you have state or government regulation involved, there will be substantial fees associated with doing business. (2) The cost of a doing business in the recreational marijuana industry is no different than obtaining a liquor license. Securing a liquor license in some states in certain counties can run in the $100,000+ range. Also, regulatory agencies for alcohol only issue a limited number of liquor licenses and businesses are EXTREMELY reluctant to let them go once obtained. (3) Will banks still refuse...
7 Must-Haves to Prepare for Your Next Trip

7 Must-Haves to Prepare for Your Next Trip

Anyone who has tried mind-expanding drugs before certainly knows that creature comforts are a must while walking a fine line between madness and sanity. Just like a camping trip, a hallucinogen trip is no different. There’s several things you need before hand to make sure the journey goes as smooth as possible. Unlike a typical camping trip, you’ll probably only be gone for 6-8 hours and there’s no compass if you get lost. That’s why HiLounge has put together a list of necessary items that absolutely have to be checked off before your next hallucinogenic journey. 1. Music I put this first, because this might be the most important item on the list. There’s nothing like tripping your balls off and listening to whatever music puts you where you need to be. I’ve found that Radiohead is pretty universal in most instances to help maximize your experience. Honestly, anything with a great sound that is to your liking will do the trick. It doesn’t really matter what it is, but make sure you have it cued up and ready to roll. I can say from experience, sifting through electronics to find tunes is no piece of cake when the screen is dancing. 2. Plenty of Lighters Not exactly sure how lighters manage to grow legs and walk off so often, but they most certainly do. And at the worst times too. If you’re taking LSD, you’re probably going to be smoking something along the way. Therefore, you’re going to need a flame to get those smokeables moving in the right direction. Even if you’re rocking an electric vape, lighters...
Purchase of New Safe Comes With a Bonus

Purchase of New Safe Comes With a Bonus

As a society, many of us have become accustomed to the made-easy nature of making online purchases. Usually you can get incredible deals when purchasing through an online retailer. But for larger items, after you tack on those hefty shipping costs the deal doesn’t always seem so sweet. Though, when you get $425,000 worth of high-grade marijuana included with your purchase, those shipping costs are insanely more tolerable. Recently a gentleman from Ohio made a purchase of a 6ft tall, 1000lb safe from an online retailer to store his firearms in preparation for a zombie apocalypse, the U.S. Government attempting to disarm citizens, or whatever the fuck it is he needs a safe full of guns for. Much to his surprise, the $1,700 purchase just-so-happened to have 10 bails of top-shelf marijuana enclosed with it. It seems the manufacturing plant of Champion Safe Co. is located in Nogales, Mexico. After completion, the safes are packed by local inmates and ready to be delivered. Shelby County Sheriff, John L. Lenhart said in a press conference, “My first thought was ‘Holy Shit that’s a lot of reefer.’ But I was more taken back at the sophistication of this operation. I mean, put the drugs inside of something inconspicuous and ship them? Who would of thought? They’re clearly light years ahead of us.” The man who received the package wanted to remain anonymous, but was able to comment on his recent experience. “I bought the safe with hopes of storing illegal magazines and ammo in it. But somebody beat me to the punch with using it for storing illegal shit. I told...
What is Coachella? (and Why You Should Be There)

What is Coachella? (and Why You Should Be There)

For Those Who Don’t Know About Coachella Music Festival Over this past weekend, arguably the greatest music festival in the good ‘ol U.S. of A. just completed it’s first of two jam packed weekends (Wu-Tang Clan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, and Violent Femmes to name a few) and most people had no idea. I guess what I’m trying to say is one word – Coachella. The Coachella Music Festival is a converging of the hottest music, art, and vendors at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California for (since 2012) two weekends in April where more culture, talent, fashion, and all-around awesomeness can be seen on multiple stages and with nothing but a collective thirst for a good time from all those attending to make this an incredible experience. Check out Wu-Tang Clan coming back together for their 20 year reunion dates. Coachella is about two hours drive East of Los Angeles in what some call the desert. Making it super convenient for celebs and thrill seekers alike to make the trek for the festival. This outstanding event is in it’s 14th year, starting in 1999 with acts such as Beck, Tool, and The Chemical just three months after Woodstock ’99. Which if you remember correctly, it didn’t end well. So there was definitely some hesitation about festival atmospheres. After a few years of the festival gaining momentum and continued popularity, Coachella has become one the world’s most anticipated festival events for music, art, fashion, and fun. Blur back in action with Song 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6TfKKAFJsE It wasn’t until 2012 when Coachella expanded to two weekends and in 2013 there’s...

The Walking Dead: Season 3 Finale

Between Game of Thrones fans trying like hell to prove how much cooler they think their show is than The Walking Dead and Kevin Ware’s compound fracture, The Walking Dead Season 3 Finale was finally decided to have it’s day in court. The week leading up to the Season Finale, Merle met his end at the hand of The Governor much to everyone’s surprise. The most ironic part surrounding that sudden twist was the reaction by those who hated Merle just days, or even minutes prior to his demise. Most people finally were won over by the salty old dog after seeing his sweet side by letting Michonne go and attempting to roll The Governor, doing Team Prison a solid. Since that’s old news, here we are. The final showdown. Woodbury unknowingly has been preparing for this day upon first discovery of the prison crew’s existence. Though, just like any dramatic moment in television history, the villain has to be the villain. In this instance it’s The Governor roughing up his long time confidant and esteemed trustee who helped him get in his current position of power through scientific discovery and all-around sound decision making. Since Andrea has been locked away for what seems like two weeks now, The Governor will finally let her know he hasn’t forgotten he left her in his weirdo torture room by giving her some company. After once again showing his dominance through brute force and pure assholishness, Milton was faced with a forcible decision to murder Andrea one way or another. The Governor slides him the knife to do his dirt and collectively...
HiLounge’s 11 Funniest Will Ferrell Scenes

HiLounge’s 11 Funniest Will Ferrell Scenes

In any discussion of comedy genius, Will Ferrell is indisputably right near the top. After getting his start on Saturday Night Live in 1995, he hasn’t looked back since and has kept us pissing our pants with laughter time after time. His dedication to every role is unmatched and his improvisational skills are impeccable. He can’t lose when it comes to comedy. So HiLounge has helped put together our list of the funniest Will Ferrell movie scenes up to date for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFO5DNMegaA                    ...

HiLounge Daily Marijuana News – March 21, 2012

Maryland Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Pot Maryland Senate passed a bill with a 30-16 vote decriminalizing small amounts of pot this week reducing the penalties for possession. Senator Robert Zirkin recognized the “tremendous waste of resources” devoted to and involving marijuana in efforts to treat it as a serious criminal offense. Clearly Maryland is heading a step in the right direction. Read more on this story here. California to Push for Internal State Regulation in the Marijuana Industry State Assemblyman Tom Manniano has introduced a bill that would allow California’s Deparment of Alcoholic Beverage Control to head up the enforcement and control of state marijuana distribution and sale. Though, Manniano claiming that his bill is similar to Colorado’s industry practices and would request that Federal involvement be a thing of the past. See more here. New Hampshire House Passes Medical Marijuana With a 286-64 vote, Medical Marijuana passed the New Hampshire House of Representatives and now faces the next round in Senate where the bill will face tougher criticism. Republican Representative Donald Wright had professed his perception of the positive effects medicinal marijuana had on his wife’s 20 years battle with breast cancer. Claiming “it worked instantly” to improve symptoms from her illness. You can find more on the story here. West Virginia Delegate Introduces Second Medical Marijuana Bill to House On Tuesday, West Virginian Delegate Mike Maypenny introduced a second medical marijuana bill with improved language and specifics for the legislation in allowing marijuana for medical use. The bill would provide protection for medical professionals suggesting marijuana as medication and patients. Though, Maypenny is described as saying this...

12 Ridiculously Awesome Must Haves

Have you ever gone to someone’s place for the first time and thought to yourself, “where did they got all that ridiculously awesome stuff?” So have we. Now HiLounge is here to help you become the envy of all your house guests with some of the coolest stuff on the block. Simple little items that you can always turn to for a quick smile. Check out these 12 Ridiculously Awesome Must Haves and start getting your wish list together. R2 Solutions Complete Fish Training Kit If you’ve ever wanted to train your fish to become an unstoppable athlete, now is the time. Check out R2 Solutions Fish Training kit complete with soccer, basketball, slalom, and many other awesome things to watch your fish play with. If you’re saying, “I don’t have a fish,” this looks like a good reason to get one. Blacktop 360 Portable Cooking Station Some people might be a grill master and expert chef, but for those that aren’t there is the Blacktop 360 Grill-Fryer. This gem has a griller, fryer, griddle, warming tray, and cutting board extension. It’s easy to clean, runs off gas, and just plain rocks. JackHawk 9000 Wayfarer Bottle Opener Shades When you put two things together that go hand in hand, that’s a winning combination. Imagine how cool you’ll feel when someone screams out, “Oh shit. We forgot a bottle opener,” and you take off your shades and come to the rescue. James Dean could only wish he had these. Replace Face Prints Depending on your style of humor, this might be your newest prized possession. Get a wide variety of...