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January 2022 Welcome

The first issue of 2022 is here! The fact that we made it through the past 12 months is nothing short of miraculous, and we all know why, so there’s no need to revisit the chaos that was 2021. It’s time to move forward and embrace new adventures and opportunities. As we’ve discovered, germs, the government, and even the wrath of mother nature are no match for creativity, stamina and the entrepreneurial spirit. A big shout out to retailers, manufacturers, and distributors for finding ways to connect and deliver products that fit the needs of today’s cannabis enthusiasts and progressive wellness consumers. Pause for applause. We encourage everyone to join us in helping to bring more positivity, more stability, and more community to our industry. Stay tuned for another exciting giveaway coming up soon where you can win prizes galore from your favorite vendors. And don’t forget about the HQ Event trade show happening later this Spring. As always, it’s our continuing mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations — wait, that’s Star Trek — but our course heading is kinda the same: to boldly go where few B2B magazines have gone before, to bring you more products, more features, more news, more inspiration (more run-on sentences) not only in the print editions, but online and on the social media platforms where you get your news and information. Think of us as HQ-PLUS, the Metaverse of the smoke shop industry, but without the need for crazy goggles. v

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January 2022 News

Nicotine Tax Could Cripple Vape Industry    The e-cigarette and vaping industry in the U.S. is worth over $6 billion. And the government wants a bigger piece

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December News

Breez Vs Breeze: Brand Confusion  A trademark battle is in the wind in Cali over the use of Breez – and Breeze – as a cannabis product brand.  Oakland-based Promontory

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November News

Amazon Lobbies for Cannabis Legalization Amazon, which earlier this year said it would eliminate pre-employment screens for cannabis, is upping its support for legalizing cannabis

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Everywhere you turn these days it's cannabis, cannabis and cannabis. Some places more than others ---- according to a new report by Medical Marijuana Inc., these are the top 10 cities interested In ... See more

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Nothing says Thanksgiving more than pumpkin Pie! But topping your slice with a dollop of CoolWhip just seems kind of boring these days --- like most things, you can make it better with cannabis. ... See more

2 years ago
Street Style: Greenlane Celebrates Keith Haring with Collection of Functional Art – HQ The Mag

Check out this awesome collectors set from Greenlane!

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#Glassart #Smokeshop #Cannabis #counterculture #art #alternative

The artwork of Keith Haring’s iconic artwork seems to inspire collaborations time and time again. Street art is for the people after all. Haring’s iconic images have been licensed by brands like ... See more

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The big day is almost here. Gobble down the turkey giblets, oyster dressing and pumpkin pie and then get down to business getting ready for Black Friday --- or Green Friday as we call it in the ... See more

2 years ago
Glass Baby Yoda Will MELT Your Heart – HQ The Mag

Glass artist Josh Williams knows the secret about Baby Yoda!

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#starwars #babyyoda #Mandalorian #disney #Glassart #Smokeshop #Cannabis #counterculture

Spoiler Alert! The he we’re referring to is a character in the new Disney+ Star Wars series “The Mandalorian.” He is tiny, adorable and green with giant black eyes and huge pointy ears. He is ... See more

2 years ago

This has nothing to specifically do with smoke shops or cannabis, but is an interesting marketing lesson nonetheless. During World War II, the Allies tracked bullet holes on planes to reinforce them ... See more

2 years ago

• Apple Deletes Vape Apps
• Joe Biden: Marijuana May Be Gateway Drug
• CBD Searches on the Rise
• 414,000 New Positions Expected in Cannabis Companies
• CBD Users Could Test Positive for ... See more

2 years ago
Legal Differences Between The Tobacco And Cannabis Vape Industries

Tokeaway: How well do you know your industry? While there is a great deal of crossover and similarity between two types of vape products—tobacco and cannabis, it’s important to note for retailers ... See more

The term “vape” wasn’t used a decade ago, but now you can hardly go a day without hearing it; and yet there is often confusion surrounding the term as it doesn’t denote what is being vaped, ... See more

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VIDEO | Elmo & Abby Want You To Stop Being A Grouch At Work | Fast Company

'Tis the season to be stressed ---- even more reason to have some patience, understanding and kindness to create a jolly happy atmosphere at your business.

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#businesstips #kindness ... See more

Always remember to be kind...and to laugh!

2 years ago
Survey: 39% of consumers have ditched in-store purchases due to out-of-stocks

Tokeaway: How's your inventory level? The leading reason for leaving stores to purchase online was out-of-stock items; 43% of retail associates surveyed cited customer complaints about out-of-stocks ... See more

Over half of Gen X shoppers and 75% of millennials have abandoned items only to buy them online, according to a new report. 

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