Over the weekend, Massachusetts’ first cannabis stores prepared to open, the 2018 harvest cured, and vast swaths of California burned. Exercise some self-care using ‘Hit This’, Leafly’s weekly guide to pop cannabis culture. Here we go!
Sativa to Watch—Jack Herer. The best cuts of Jack Herer taste candy-sweet and piney, and provide a clear blast of energy. This elemental sativa saturates Portland, OR, and it’s popular in L.A. and Seattle, too.
Productivity Hack—Set your watch 10 minutes fast this week. Early is on time and on time is late.
Productive Product—Sprig CBD-infused sparkling citrus soda. What a great week to microdose for anxiety reduction, am I right?
TV—Monday: HBO’s latest documentary “The Price of Everything” takes a deeper look into the shady business of selling contemporary art | Friday: Netflix’s Drug War drama “Narcos” moves on from Colombia to Mexico’s Guadalajara Cartel for season four; a celebrated ’80s cartoon character gets a Netflix reboot with the series premiere of “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”; Rally racer Ken Block showcases some insane driving stunts in the premiere of Amazon’s “The Gymkhana Files” | Sunday: Ben Stiller directs Benicio Del Toro in Showtime’s prison escape comedy/drama “Escape at Dannemora.”
Film—The cinematic world of Harry Potter expands further with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”; Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen helms the all-female heist thriller “Widows”; Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne star in the comedy “Instant Family.”
Music—Rising hip-hop/R&B star and Dr. Dre protege Anderson .Paak releases his third studio album, Oxnard; Alt-folk rockers Mumford and Sons return to their acoustic roots for their latest effort, Delta; Smashing Pumpkins come out of their recording hiatus with their 10th album, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun; Blur frontman Damon Albarn reunites with his super-group The Good, The Bad & The Queen for the new album, Merrie Land.
Sports—MLB’s hot stove season heats up as coveted free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado look to sign massive contracts in new cities.
Fashion—Reebok hopes to catch up to their competitors by partnering with mega pop star Cardi B; they’re also honoring one of their most popular athletes with a new signature shoe dedicated to Allen Iverson out Nov. 17; Jordan brand commemorates his 1985 NBA debut with the release of the Air Jordan 1 “Rookie of the Year” releasing Nov. 17.
Gaming—Sony’s massive online multiplayer war franchise Battlefield returns with Battlefield V; Fallout 76 will serve as a prequel to Bethesda’s heralded RPG franchise; Nintendo finally brings the Pokemon franchise to the Switch system with two special bundles of Pokemon: Let’s Go.
Events—Mexico City welcomes Robbie Williams, Lorde, and the Chemical Brothers for the Corona Capital festival Nov. 17-18.
News—Veteran’s Day is observed today in the US. To mark it, Leafly partnered with the Red Badge Project to get up close and personal in seven stories about cannabis for veterans. . . . Also, a vet-led Canada House Clinics profile. . . . And California needs compassion back.
Weekend in Brief
Reuters distributed a thinly-sourced hit piece claiming cannabis “creates higher rates of behavioral problems” than alcohol. . . . The first legal cannabis sales in Massachusetts might be hours or days away, it seems. All eyes are on the NETA shop in Northampton.
With the election mostly over, attention turned to the 15 states most likely to legalize next. . . . Prospects for reform grew in the House. . . . Illinois cannabis companies prepared for rapid progress on legalization in the formerly gridlocked state. . . .Missourians realized they lack doctors qualified to discuss cannabinoids. . . . And R.I.P., Orange County, California.