Ben Livingston

Ben Livingston

Ben Livingston develops Map Legal Cannabis, produces the I-502 Anniversary Celebration and writes the pot column for The Stranger. He is an outspoken Seattle pot activist who joined the movement in 1995.

Recent posts by Ben Livingston

Job opening: Washington seeking regulatory leader after quiet departure

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is considering candidates to fill a vacancy on the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board after one of three members quietly resigned. The March departure of Russ Hauge, a former county prosecutor, came as the agency finalized rules to merge the state’s medical and recreational cannabis systems.

Crafty portable vape crushes competition (review)

The Crafty portable vape, from the famed maker of the Volcano vaporizer, has good flavor, a USB hookup and a vibrating reminder — and a long warranty is another plus if the sometimes-fickle Storz & Bickel product goes bad

All-glass hash oil dabbing with VapeXNail feels regal (review)

The VapeXNail is a clear glass tube attachment for using hash oil with the VapeXhale Cloud EVO vaporizer. The oil sits deep in the heating area and quickly volatilizes into wonderful, water-filtered clouds of consciousness-changing cannabinoids. It is super simple, and it is super effective.

Review: Made-in-the-USA Da Buddha Vaporizer melds style with simplicity

I appreciate simplicity in most things, and Da Buddha Vaporizer is pretty simple. It’s basically a ceramic heating element encased in glass, controlled by an unmarked, guess-and-check temperature knob. A plastic tube with an herb-filled glass receptacle is attached to that heater, and the user breathes in through the tube to manually control the flow of air. To decrease the likelihood of burning the crap out of yourself, the heater is moderately surrounded by an aluminum case.

Wulf Mods Tundra mimics better, pricier portable vapes (review)

REVIEW: Sometimes we want high-end products but we don’t want to pay high-end prices. At $120, the Wulf Mods Tundra is much cheaper than many portable vapes. It’s stylish and functional too, but there’s a caveat: a rubbery, plastic smell and taste.

Zema Pro vape pen ably handles herbs, oil and e-juice (review)

I like the Zema Pro from Got Vape. I want to say that up front, because whenever I review vape pens, I typically spend my initial paragraphs explaining how they’re all pretty similar. And then maybe I’ll note my concern that these little Chinese e-cigarettes are almost entirely untested for health hazards. I’m a total buzzkill at the pen party.

Herbalizer — smartest vaporizer ever? (review)

The Herbalizer is a vaporizer like no other. It was designed by a pair of former NASA engineers, which helps explain the deliberate creation process behind the device. A few vaporizers can claim precision temperature control. A few can claim super-fast startup. A few can be called beautiful. But none has so deftly married these features like the Herbalizer.

Raw papers’ genius packaging sparks stoner flashback (review)

Remember when we used to smoke joints? In a package of Raw Artesano rolling papers, the built-in cardboard tray is ingenious simplicity. And it’s bound by an elastic band that holds the tray form securely, so more than being a great stoner idea, it actually works really well.

Are 99-cent pipes future of pot tourism?

It’s good to visit another house of weed worship every so often, to experience a different cannabis consecration chamber — especially if you land a gig reviewing pot paraphernalia. So when my local dispensary operator showed me Hollow Pointz, the cheapest pipe they sell — a strip of aluminum rolled into a cone — I felt duty-bound to check it out.

Curious device smells like a winner (AromaChill review)

The AromaChill, an herbal breathing device, is intended to promote mindful breathing, which can help calm the mind, according to inventor Robert Bornn. To use the AromaChill, first chill the base in the freezer, then add some cannabis—or any herb, really—to the chamber, assemble the device and breathe deeply.

VaporGenie Volta: If MacGyver needed a vaporizer (review)

I once dreamed of a game show where stoners would compete to build the best pot pipe with only convenience store items purchased with $4.20. Contestants would piece together small parts to fashion inventive new pot paraphernalia like marijuana MacGyvers.

O.penVape: Simplifying the vape pen experience (review)

As with computer technology, vaporizers seem to get smaller each year, evolving from desktop models like the Volcano — the original gold standard — to the increasingly popular and widely available portable vaporizers, many of which are based on electronic cigarette technology.

Colorado and Washington: 7 differences in state pot laws

After voters in Colorado and Washington passed historic initiatives to legalize cannabis in 2012, regulators in both states spent a year drafting guidelines for a newly legal pot industry. But legal cannabis rules will differ greatly in many ways from state to state. Here are some of the core differences between the legal pot experiments moving forward in Colorado and Washington.