In the pause between well-worn classic rock hits, two guys are talking up a company called Sky High Munchies. Over a looping clip from a Sublime song, they point out that Sky High can’t actually sell you weed but can gift you “up to an ounce of some of the finest cannabis in the state of New Jersey” when you buy their snacks.
OK, you have my attention.
SkyHighMunchies.com is one of several “cannabis gifting services” operating in New Jersey, bringing a whiff of all-American entrepreneurial spirit to this weird twilight time between when we legalized it and when the state sets up a way to sell it. You buy some seemingly overpriced item like cookies, hoodies, hats or stickers, and the driver can personally choose to also give you the weed or withhold it if you look underage or sketchy.
Is it legal? According to this story by our Amanda Hoover, the answer is . . . maybe?
But hey, the weed folks were advertising on good, old-fashioned terrestrial radio — the ads even play during Phillies games — and there’s nothing more Boomer Establishment than that!
And so it came to pass that on a recent sunny, suburban Saturday morning, between Swiffering the kitchen floor and finishing the grocery order, I answered the door to a cheerful young man with a sleeve tattoo and a face mask who handed me a green paper shopping bag.
Inside was the kind of stuff you’d pack for a day of binge-watching or a trip to the beach: SpongeBob SquarePants fruit snacks, a Big Texas cinnamon roll, some Cheetos, a Twix bar, a bottle of water and some weed in vape and flower forms. (Actually, since so many beaches are going smoke free, maybe check out the edibles. Just saying.)
A friend’s delivery included Looney Tunes Space Jam 2 fruit snacks, a bag of chips, some Oreo cookies, infused gummies and a few disposable cannabis vapes. Neither order on its own amounted to more than a half-ounce worth of weed, but for novice or infrequent consumers or a hookup for your week at the Shore, it’s plenty.
The whole experience was as normal as the Whole Foods order that arrived a few hours later, and about as pricey. Total bill: A hefty $275, including $50 delivery fee. The transaction, confirmed by phone and with an emailed receipt, felt as safe as ordering a pizza. Best of all, I’m not driving around with weed in the car, a risk I assume is factored into the delivery cost.
Upsides: Super easy online ordering and payment, good variety of products and strains for smokers and non-smokers, friendly and discreet delivery, and oh yeah, some dude will bring weed and Twix bars to your house. For medical marijuana patients far from a dispensary or people with limited mobility, the delivery aspect alone could be a game-changer.
Things to consider: It will show up on the credit card or cash app statement as SKY HIGH MUNCHIES, so if that’s going to be a problem for you, use a prepaid cash card or actual cash.
Again: Some dude is going to bring weed to your house, so if you have kids around or an uncool landlord or boss (we don’t), please use extra caution. They also offer infused candy products in packaging that mimics the real thing, so parents may want to avoid those items. And obviously, don’t drive high.
Driving wasn’t an issue the day of our delivery — after the housework and cooking, I settled in with the green bag full of treats and the Citrus OG, giggling and snacking my way through several episodes of a BBC sitcom about William Shakespeare, then fell asleep watching Saturday Night Live.
The SpongeBob fruit snacks were exquisite.
Here in Jersey, more than 2.7 million people voted to let adults use pot recreationally, yet panicked local officials in towns are choosing to ban everything related to sales — just in case. Of what?
The drunkest towns along the coast can’t bear the idea of cannabis businesses squeezing into a storefront between bar and liquor store. Sea Isle thinks weed businesses are “detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare of the City.”
For folks in the weed business, our Cannabis Insider provides terrific coverage of the many issues at play in setting up the market. But when it comes to recreational, retail weed, it’s too often cops and elected officials who are leading the conversation. It can’t just be the Weedman and Paul Mulshine, though I dig their back-and-forth.
My husband and I aren’t drinkers, and like many women, “wine Mom” culture isn’t my thing. So if middle-aged, utterly mainstream dorks like me are ordering weed from radio spots, it’s clear the market isn’t waiting around for Trenton.
Doesn’t the state want our business?
Have you used a cannabis gifting service? Are you a weed consumer who feels stigmatized by the booze-industrial complex? If so, email me at AQuinn@njadvancemedia.com and tell me what’s up.
If you’re someone who doesn’t want weed businesses in your town, would a delivery service like this make the idea of legal weed more palatable? If you’re anti-weed entirely, that’s fine too, but I’m not looking for a debate.
And most importantly, will my boss approve the expense report? Fingers crossed!
Also this week, a new decision in a 30-year-old murder case, why so many feel so anxious, mask mandate updates, this year’s prices for beach tags (or badges, I don’t judge) and more:
- SPLIT DECISION: The murder conviction of Michelle Lodzinski, in jail since 2016 for murdering her 5-year-old son Timothy Wiltsey in 1991, will stand. The state Supreme Court justices split, with three in favor of throwing out a lower court ruling denying her appeal, and three opposed. The seventh, Justice Stuart Rabner, recused himself for unknown reasons.
- HIGH ANXIETY: If the pandemic is ending (around here, not globally) and things are going back to normal, why are so many people dealing with anxiety and depression? And how to deal with it? Caroline Fassett goes in search of a solution and finds some approaches worth trying.
- THE LATEST ON MASKS: Like the Holy Spirit or Elvis, masks continue to be with us and without us. The state’s mask mandate is mostly going away, but the TSA and some businesses will continue to require them in some cases. Keep those masks handy. Matt Arco fills you in.
- PARTY SHOOTING: Asia Hester, 25, went to a house party last weekend and become one of three victims of a deadly mass shooting that left a dozen others wounded and two men dead. Friends remembered Hester as beautiful and hardworking in online tributes.
- BOOKMARK THIS: You simply are not prepared for any beach outing this summer until you consult this list of beach tag fees. Every beach, in every town, right ‘chere. Get all of our essential Summer of ’21 info here.
Finally this week, it never feels right to wish someone a “Happy Memorial Day,” since the holiday is about honoring those who have given their life in military service. Instead, despite crappy weather in the forecast, I wish you and the folks you care about a safe, pleasant and extremely Jersey long weekend.
P.S.: This is now a Christopher Butcher (and Bigdog!) stan account. Way to go!