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A Journal of Cannabis and Culture

The Ultimate Cannabis-Friendly Pride Guide

The Ultimate Cannabis-Friendly Pride Guide

BY PAUL SCHRODT

Along with the full heat of summer, June brings with it the blast of balmy joy that is celebrating LGBTQ communities all over America. While the various official Pride festivals and parades tend to be associated with drinking, no one wants to deal with the sluggishness or hangover that comes from over-imbibing while waltzing around in the sun. Temper yourself and feel maximum euphoria with the right cannabis-friendly Pride shenanigans. Up ahead, a few choice ideas in various cities (and one that’ll work anywhere) to get lifted while affirming human rights—and, of course, just having a delightful time.

2019 Cannabis Friendly Pride Guide

The Bayou (Los Angeles)
West Hollywood is, simply put, the gay capital of Los Angeles. The 2019 LA Pride parade route follows the famous Santa Monica Boulevard, beginning in Hollywood and stretching all the to its western neighbor. Preceding the parade is a week’s worth of activities and events. Grab a literal front-row seat for all the hottest (temperature or otherwise) action at The Bayou, the neighborhood’s least-pretentious watering hole. A laid-back and hyper-colorful bar with plenty of outdoor space, it’s full of positive and festive vibes that can be enjoyed—like the disarmingly gracious staff—even when the only substance you’re hitting is a vape pen. The food is also notable: The Bayou Burger and cajun gravy-stuffed Mash Puppies shouldn’t be overlooked. Also, do not skip the generous twice-daily happy hour that runs from 4 to 8 p.m., and then again from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A true hang no matter the hour.

Night + Market (Los Angeles)
There’s no lack of great restaurants in West Hollywood, but perhaps none matches the dazzling playfulness and complexity of Night + Market. The acclaimed Thai concept from chef/owner Kris Yenbamroong, which now has three locations across L.A., is a haven for Pride attendees who need a bit of nourishment before hitting the streets again. And a little THC to open your flavor palate will only make you appreciate the diverse tastes that much more. Highlights include the friend chicken wings, sour pork sausage, and crab fried rice, all served in a casually hip, poster-strewn setting.

San Francisco Pride Celebration (San Francisco)
No American city looms larger in the gay imagination than San Francisco, which has won so many rights for LGBTQ citizens over the years. Unsurprisingly, it still has one of the largest and most impressive Pride parades in the world. Pack your preferred cannabis product and stick around for the full two-day celebration at the steps of City Hall (June 29-June 30), which will feature performances from a strong musical lineup including Kehlani, Yaeji, Le1f, and Ivy B., each of whom are sure to sound even better with a toke or two. You can rest assured that even though the event is outdoors, it’ll never be too hot—this is San Francisco, after all.

The People’s Dispensary (Portland)
If you’ll be in Portland during Pride, consider patronizing a local LGBTQ-owned dispensary, The People’s Dispensary, which aims to empower marginalized communities. Owner Christine De La Rosa, aka Miz Chris, put her passion into the venture by carefully sourcing cannabis flowers that have been thoroughly tested and also offering thoughtful THC alternatives, like a CBD bath and beauty basket that’s just begging to be gifted. There’s an outpost in Oakland, too, if you find yourself in the Bay.

A Cannabis-Laced Gay Picnic
If you’re not close to any of these weed-friendly Pride attractions, don’t fear. Pride takes place during the summer, which is the ideal picnic season, and nothing complements al fresco dining more than a light hit (or two, or three) of a joint. What makes a picnic gay, though? Well, for one, inviting a group of your best LGBTQ friends and allies, and if you’re so inclined, shrouding your body in rainbow hues. You can also stake out turf on a beach with a well-known gay section, such as South Beach in Miami, Jones Beach in New York City, and Will Rogers Beach in Los Angeles. Along with the essentials like chips and dip, fresh fruit, potato salad and sandwiches, stop by a quality Italian bakery for a heaping order of those addictive almond-flavored rainbow cookies to bring along. It’s the ultimate, on-theme dessert to round out the perfect Pride picnic.

MedMen and Equality California

MedMen is pleased to partner with Equality California, the largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. MedMen will be donating 15% of all limited-edition Pride product proceeds generated at all of our California stores to advance LGBTQ equality for the month of June. Equality California continues to pave the way in improving the well-being of the LGBTQ community and empower the next generation of LGBTQ leaders.

Every time one of the Pride product SKUs in our California stores is sold, 15% of the proceeds will go to Equality California:

If you’re in California or Nevada to celebrate Pride, make sure to Shop MedMen for all your cannabis goodies.

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