bud.com Artist Interview: Kyle Smith

            This week, our bud.com artist spotlight is something everyone can enjoy. Coming up quickly out of Ventura, California, reggae-rock, ska-punk, hip-hop musician Kyle Smith has been rocking backyards and private events across America for the last fifteen months. Before the pandemic, you could find him playing local gigs during the week around Southern California, flying out of town every weekend, while managing a day job and a personal life. Not much has changed, he has just had to shift his creativity in venue choice. For those who know him, it goes without saying, and for those who don't, Kyle Smith has a hell of a story to tell. With going on eight years of sobriety from everything under his belt, and a myriad of experience helping other addicts get clean, we've had some fans ask us, "Why would a weed website be interviewing a sober musician?" Well, because we personally know many people in the cannabis community who listen to Kyle and love his music. We hope you enjoy the interview below as much as we enjoyed putting it together. - bud.com

 

bud.com: So, your fans are wondering how you balance work, work, work, and work? Do you ever get the chance to rest?

Kyle Smith: I used to take my Sundays seriously, now the only rest I get is between midnight and 5AM every damn day. Either that, or it’s a red-eye flight from here to New York balls out landing at 7AM, turning around the next night to get back to LA on Sunday morning. I guess I set aside at least 1 or 2 days a month. Life is urgent, and I get to where I want to be fast. The more shit I eat now, the more comfortable I’ll be later.

bud.com: What are the best part and the worst part of being an organic, grassroots music artist?

Kyle Smith: The best parts are where people pull me aside after a show and I get to hug them, and they get to tell me about how my lyrics or a song I wrote impacted them, or someone they know, in recovery, or how something I wrote impacted them. That’s one of the most important things to me, and that’s what makes all the hard work and every gig worth it. Lifelong fans, people who go hard for you, and stay in your corner, and know that you’re not perfect, and will always have your back anyway. I’ve been able to build a family with people I’ve met from all over the country, and I’ll take that over some poppy, flashy bullshit any day.

The downside to being grassroots is nothing comes easy. There’s a lot of investment made that takes a long time to pay off.  I don’t have the millions of plays and views that people backed by labels do. If I drop a song, it’s up to me to make sure it gets into every person’s ears, and it’s not immediately dropped into the top 50 reggae songs, like some labels can do.

bud.com: You play a lot of reggae music mixed with other genres such as punk rock, ska, hip-hop, dancehall, and more. How do all of these types of music intertwine with the cannabis community?

Kyle Smith: We like rebel music, and I think there’s all different kinds of rebel music. I know that growing up as a huge weed smoker,  even before around 2012, smoking weed was looked down upon. I think that a lot of punk rock and reggae, and rebel music, is a big middle finger to the system, and I think that’s what I’ve always been about since I was a kid. Some shit just sounds better when you’re fuckin’ stoned. Weed always made me smile and so do punk rock and reggae. That’s how I associate the two.

bud.com As a recovering addict and fully sober individual, do you see a societal benefit for cannabis in a medicinal and recreational way?

1000% both, no doubt about it, will always believe in my heart until the day that I die.

bud.com What are your views on how the music industry has changed during a 15-month long global quarantine at the time of this interview?

Kyle Smith: I think some of us have become disturbingly comfortable with the lack of live music. I think we have become somewhat conditioned to live music not being a thing over the last year, and it’s really scary. And I think we need to get it back immediately before people get used to this. I think people appreciate and are willing to drive further than ever to go to any live music event right now. I know a lot of artists and bands have spent this whole time recording, and I think there’s going to be a massive slingshot when things fully open in January of 2022. I think for everybody that has been putting in work this whole time, or for everybody who ground through the pandemic, is about to blow up next January.

bud.com: What record have you purchased the most ever?

Kyle Smith: 40 oz To Freedom by Sublime. It’s a tie between 40 oz to Freedom & Everything You Need by Slightly Stoopid, for sure. I probably have 11 copies of 40 oz to Freedom.

bud.com: What is your dream guitar to own?

Kyle Smith: I grew up listening to shitty punk rock and I don’t really care what type of guitar it is, but I would like another 12-string acoustic Martin. Though, I do love Ibanez, they’re my number one electric and bass guitars for sure.

bud.com: When can fans expect to see your new album out?

Kyle Smith: August 2021.

bud.com: Anything else you’d like to say to your fans or the readers of bud.com?

Kyle Smith: Big shoutout to bud.com for having me on your interview, I would love everybody to know that although I am 100% clean and sober from everything, I always have and always will support the cannabis industry and community. Come find me on instagram @KyleSmithJams or Facebook.com/KyleSmithJam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6Z-Rz31TS0


Weed in California

What to Know about Cannabis Delivery in California

Although California is generally known as a cannabis-friendly state, there is some nuance to regulations about ordering weed delivery, buying weed, and growing cannabis. As cannabis businesses gain legitimacy and popularity, many laws and regulations are changing and being updated. We took a look at the current state of cannabis in California plus the laws and regulations you need to know about.

Recreational weed delivery in California

Thanks to the 2016 MAUCRSA (Medicinal and Adult‐Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act), adults over the age of 21 can partake in recreational cannabis. Prop. 64 regulates medicinal-use cannabis and has provisions for growing, testing, and selling cannabis and cannabis products, like CBD. 

Prop. 64 paved the way for the boom in canna-businesses and the normalization of cannabis and cannabis products. Thanks to Prop. 64, adults can carry a small amount of cannabis at LAX (and other state airports), adults can enjoy edibles, and growing a personal-use amount of cannabis is no longer a crime (up to six plants). 

In 2019, the state launched the Bureau of Cannabis Control to help oversee and regulate cannabis delivery, weed shops, dispensaries, and the sale of flower, vape cartridges, edibles, concentrates. The goal of the bureau’s Get #weedwise campaign is to encourage consumers to search for and buy weed from licensed dispensaries rather than unregulated dealers. 

If you’re wondering about weed delivery, rest assured that you can get cannabis delivered legally. In 2018, some municipalities challenged dispensary deliveries in their areas. Thanks to a 2020 ruling in the Fresno County Superior Court, cannabis can be delivered anywhere in the state.

Order weed delivery online

When you’re searching online for “weed near me” or “cannabis near me” on Yelp or Google it’s easy to get sidetracked by ads or unlicensed businesses. Use the bureau’s online tool to make sure you’re buying from a licensed dispensary. 

Just because you bought cannabis from a dispensary or ordered weed pickup from a legitimate business, doesn’t mean you can light up just yet. Cannabis use is still more tightly regulated than alcohol consumption so there are additional rules you should be aware of before enjoying your edibles. Feel free to enjoy your vape, concentrates, or edibles in the comfort of your own home. Be sure to wait until you're indoors, since consuming cannabis in a motor vehicle is not allowed. And, it should go without saying that driving under the influence is prohibited.

You’re prohibited from opening cannabis packages or consuming weed in public - like in the dispensary’s parking lot or at the beach. It’s also worth noting that you’re not allowed to bring or consume cannabis in any national parks since they’re considered federal land.

Cannabis regulations are changing quickly as marijuana gains acceptance for both recreational and medical use. Recreational cannabis use is legal for adults over the age of 21 but medical marijuana still requires a Medical Marijuana Identification Card through the Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program (MMICP). In order to get a medical marijuana card, you need a valid state ID and a recommendation from a licensed doctor (which can be done through an in-person visit or by telehealth visit). A medical marijuana card (formerly MMJ card) allows you access to different, medical-use products, medical-only dispensaries, and removes certain restrictions on possession limits.

All these changes may be updated with the next election cycle so it pays to stay up-to-date on both state-level and municipal laws.

East Bay Area weed delivery

In Northern California if you live in one of the following zip codes in East Bay (Oakland weed delivery, Berkeley weed delivery, Alameda weed delivery, Concord weed delivery, Emeryville, Fremont, Livermore, Pleasanton weed delivery, San Ramon weed delivery, and Walnut Creek weed delivery) you can get weed delivered fast:

94701, 94702, 94703, 94704, 94705, 94707, 94708, 94709, 94710, 94712, 94601, 94602, 94603, 94604, 94605, 94606, 94607, 94608, 94609, 94610, 94611, 94612, 94613, 94614, 94615, 94617, 94618, 94619, 94620, 94621, 94622, 94623, 94624, 94625, 94649, 94659, 94660, 94661, 94662, 94666, 94501, 94502, 94530, 94706, 94507, 94516, 94518, 94519, 94520, 94521, 94522, 94523, 94524, 94526, 94527, 94528, 94529, 94540, 94541, 94542, 94543, 94544, 94545, 94546, 94549, 94552, 94556, 94557, 94563, 94570, 94575, 94577, 94578, 94579, 94595, 94596, 94597, 94598, 94506, 94551, 94553, 94566, 94568, 94582, 94583, 94588, 94536, 94537, 94538, 94539

Sacramento legal cannabis delivery

In Sacramento weed delivery is available if you live in one of the following zip codes:

95811, 95814, 95816, 95817, 95818, 95819, 94203, 94204, 94205, 94206, 94207, 94208, 94209, 94211, 94229, 94230, 94232, 94234, 94235, 94236, 94237, 94239, 94240, 94244, 94245, 94246, 94247, 94248, 94249, 94250, 94252, 94254, 94256, 94257, 94258, 94259, 94261, 94262, 94263, 94267, 94268, 94269, 94271, 94273, 94274, 94277, 94278, 94279, 94280, 94282, 94283, 94284, 94285, 94286, 94287, 94288, 94289, 94290, 94291, 94293, 94294, 94295, 94296, 94297, 94298, 94299, 95605, 95608, 95609, 95612, 95616, 95617, 95618, 95628, 95660, 95673, 95691, 95741, 95742, 95798, 95799, 95812, 95813, 95815, 95820, 95821, 95822, 95823, 95824, 95825, 95826, 95827, 95828, 95829, 95830, 95831, 95832, 95833, 95834, 95835, 95836, 95837, 95838, 95840, 95841, 95842, 95843, 95851, 95852, 95853, 95860, 95864, 95865, 95866, 95867, 95887, 95894, 95899, 95610, 95611, 95621, 95624, 95626, 95630, 95632, 95639, 95655, 95662, 95670, 95671, 95695, 95697, 95757, 95758, 95759, 95763, 95776, 95603, 95615, 95620, 95648, 95650, 95658, 95659, 95661, 95663, 95667, 95668, 95672, 95677, 95678, 95690, 95746, 95747, 95762, 95765, 95683

Marin County weed delivery across the Golden Gate available in the following zip codes:

94901, 94903, 94904, 94912, 94913, 94914, 94915, 94920, 94925, 94930, 94939, 94941, 94942, 94945, 94947, 94948, 94949, 94957, 94960, 94964, 94965, 94966, 94974, 94976, 94977, 94978, 94979, 94998

SF cannabis delivery to me

Weed delivery in San Francisco in the following zip codes can easily be delivered:

94005, 94013, 94014, 94015, 94016, 94017, 94080, 94083, 94096, 94098, 94101, 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94106, 94107, 94108, 94109, 94110, 94111, 94112, 94114, 94115, 94116, 94117, 94118, 94119, 94120, 94121, 94122, 94123, 94124, 94125, 94126, 94127, 94131, 94132, 94133, 94134, 94135, 94136, 94137, 94138, 94139, 94140, 94141, 94142, 94143, 94144, 94145, 94146, 94147, 94150, 94151, 94152, 94153, 94154, 94155, 94156, 94157, 94158, 94159, 94160, 94161, 94162, 94163, 94164, 94165, 94166, 94167, 94168, 94169, 94170, 94171, 94172, 94175, 94177, 94188, 94199, 94030, 94066, 94130

Atwater residents in Merced County that live in the following zip codes can get speedy weed delivery:

95368, 95301, 95312, 95303, 95340, 95341, 95343, 95344, 95348, 95365, 95369, 95374, 95388, 95334, 95306, 95307, 95313, 95315, 95316, 95317, 95319, 95322, 95323, 95324, 95325, 95326, 95328, 95329, 95333, 95360, 95361, 95363, 95380, 95381, 95382, 95386, 95397, 95350, 95351, 95352, 95353, 95354, 95355, 95356, 95357, 95358, 95367, 93635, 93620, 93610

San Mateo and Peninsula cannabis delivery service

Weed delivery to San Mateo residents in the following zip codes is available on-demand or scheduled:

94044, 94010, 94011, 94012, 94002, 94003, 94128, 94401, 94402, 94403, 94404, 94497, 94070, 94025, 94026, 94027, 94061, 94062, 94063, 94064, 94065, 94018, 94019, 94020, 94021, 94028, 94035, 94037, 94038, 94301, 94302, 94303, 94304, 94305, 94306, 94309, 94039, 94040, 94041, 94042, 94043, 94085, 94086, 94087, 94088, 94089

Salinas residents in Monterey County in the following zip codes can get fire weed delivered:

93901, 93902, 93905, 93906, 93907, 93908, 93912, 93915, 93922, 93925, 93933, 93940, 93942, 93943, 93944, 93950, 93953, 93955, 93962, 95020, 95021, 95023, 95024, 95039, 95045, 93926, 95004, 95012

Goleta in beautiful Santa Barbara County, home to UCSB residents, in these zip codes can get their weed delivered:

93116, 93117, 93118, 93120, 93121, 93130, 93140, 93150, 93160, 93190, 93101, 93102, 93103, 93105, 93106, 93107, 93108, 93109, 93110, 93111, 93013, 93014, 93001, 93003

Order weed delivery in LA 24/7

Los Angeles weed delivery is available to residents in the following zip codes (despite the daily LA traffic ;-)):

90046, 90028, 90038, 90069, 90212, 90210, 90067, 90211, 90077, 90064, 90035, 90036, 90004, 90005, 90010, 90020, 90019, 90048, 90024, 90025, 90049, 90012, 90015, 90017, 90026, 90027, 90039, 90057, 90065, 90272, 91316, 91335, 91343, 91401, 91403, 91405, 91408, 91411, 91423, 91436, 91601, 91602, 91604, 91605, 91607, 91376, 90031, 90032, 90029, 90068, 91608, 91606, 91406, 91402, 90404, 90402, 90403, 90405, 90006, 90034, 90071, 90014, 90013, 91505, 91506, 91504, 91502, 90401