barney smoking weed

barney smoking weed

Children’s TV host Barney the purple dinosaur was caught with cocaine hidden in his tail and cussed out a child.

Baseless rumors of similar denigrating nature have plagued other children’s hosts cherished for their friendliness and sincerity. Back fence gossip asserted the genial Mr. Rogers was a convicted child molester or had served in the armed forces as a sniper and thus had dispatched many to their graves. The radio host Uncle Don was believed to have uttered “There; that ought to hold the little bastards” into a live mike at the conclusion of one of his shows when he thought the station was no longer broadcasting. And “Steve” of TV’s Blue’s Clues was said to have died of a heroin overdose, a clear indication that, contrary to his squeaky-clean on-camera image, he’d been deeply into illegal drugs.

In 2001 in Charleston, West Virginia, four members of the same family pled guilty to federal charges of conspiring to sell cocaine and two prescription painkillers that police had discovered stashed in a Barney doll.

Barney murdered a child and was jailed for his crime.

The man in the Barney suit is a child molester. (The same has been whispered about – in neither case is it true.) In an expansion of that rumor, the convicted pervert is playing the part of the purple dinosaur as part of his sentence.

Purple dinosaur children’s host Barney had cocaine hidden in his tail and cussed out a child?

Children’s TV host Barney the purple dinosaur was caught with cocaine hidden in his tail and cussed out a child. Baseless rumors of similar denigrating

Why Barneys’ high-end head shop may be the future of cannabis-related retail

The new high-end head-shop concept that opened inside Barneys New York’s Beverly Hills flagship last month is about more than $950 blown-glass bongs, $1,575 herb grinders and a concierge to help you order THC-containing vaporizer pens and pastilles for home delivery. It’s a high-profile harbinger of where cannabis-related retail — and most likely the luxury department store space — is headed in the era of legal marijuana.

The 300-square-foot space that opened March 21 on the fifth floor of the department store at 9570 Wilshire Blvd. — it’s dubbed the High End — is elegantly appointed and stocked with a range of upscale smoking accessories such as hand-crafted stash jars from Siemon & Salazar; imported French rolling papers by Devambez (a gift set, complete with matchbooks, rolling tray and vermeil joint-packing tamper, will set you back a cool $8,850); functional jewelry (necklaces from Good Art Hlywd that double as vape-pen lanyards and a lip-shaped Carole Shashona ring that converts into a stylish joint holder); hemp-derived CBD beauty and wellness products; and an assortment of vintage Hermès and Gucci ashtrays.

Most notably, it also features an on-site representative from Beboe, the Los Angeles-based luxury-level cannabis brand and partner on the project. That person will explain the company’s products to the canna-curious and help him or her place an order for home delivery. (And no, you can’t use your Barneys credit card — we made sure to ask — because the orders are actually placed through a third-party delivery service called Emjay, which launched in L.A. with the Barneys/Beboe partnership.)

Retail focused on the discerning dope-dabbler demographic has been part of the Southern California landscape for a while. Mister Green — an East Hollywood boutique where $319 vintage Tiffany Elsa Peretti lighters, $95 crystal-shaped ceramic pipes and $149 bottles of Hippie … fragrance sit cheek by jowl with coffee mugs and Nalgene water bottles emblazoned with the words “bong water” — opened two years ago this month. Then there’s Higher Standards, an elevated take on the traditional head shop that opened in New York’s Chelsea Market in late 2017 and recently opened its third in-dispensary pop-up shop in the Los Angeles area, offering a tightly edited mix of smoking accessories and gifts ($379 USB-powered dab rigs, $128 joint-rolling machines and $98 Jonathan Adler jars labeled “ganja” among them).

Catering to the well-heeled, deep-pocketed, luxury-loving cannabis consumer at the major department-store level in California and elsewhere is novel — and symbolically important.

Non-medical cannabis use has been legal here since the November 2016 passage of Proposition 64 (it remains illegal under federal law), and a January forecast by New Frontier Data projects that total statewide cannabis sales — estimated at $2.5 billion in 2018 — will nearly double (to $4.9 billion) by 2025.

That means high-profile efforts like Barneys’ are likely to cause a retail and cultural ripple effect. After all, that’s essentially what happened in with dispensaries. When MedMen made them a brightly lit, inviting sea of blond wood more like Starbucks than the dicey dope dens of old, it was front-page news. And today, that look is more the norm than the exception.

To that end, the postage-stamp-sized spot on the top floor of Barneys is an elegantly appointed space that takes inspiration from the work of Richard Neutra and Paul Fortune, with a warm olive green and autumn-leaf brown color palette with marble accents, custom-crafted display cases and meticulously placed merchandise. At first glance the space could easily be mistaken for a shoe salon, but for the row of smoke-gray blown-glass Caleb Siemon bongs standing at attention along the top shelf.

On a pre-opening tour of the space, Barneys’ New York-based creative director Matthew Mazzucca explained that the seed of the idea was planted last year when he was spending a lot of time in Los Angeles. (Recreational cannabis is currently illegal in New York.)

“I noticed that many of my friends, whether they personally engaged in cannabis or not, were starting to curate their homes” to be cannabis-friendly, he said. “This one super-chic woman I know — her house has this beautiful Paul Fortune kind of interior, and on her table was a tray with an Hermès ashtray, three jars of weed, two pipes and all that stuff. I said, ‘You don’t even smoke pot.’ And she said, ‘But I always have guests that do,’ and that was sort of the trigger for me. I really wanted to address this cultural shift that’s happening.”

The new high-end head-shop concept that opened inside Barneys New York’s Beverly Hills flagship last month is about more than $950 hand-blown glass bongs and $1,500 grinders — it's about the upscale future of cannabis retail — and probably department stores, too.