NBA All-Star Gary Payton’s New Cookies Pressure Heating Up California


It’s time to name a timeout on overpriced, mid-grade bud with a celeb identify slapped on the aspect.

As a substitute, rotate within the new pressure, Gary Payton, and dominate the sesh.

“That is just like the Wheaties field for the weed sport and we had been the primary to pop it off.”

Berner, Cookies co-founder and rapper

Simply in time for the NBA preseason hype, the worlds of cannabis and professional sports activities are uniting like by no means earlier than within the bestselling new selection from the worldwide cannabis model Cookies.

This isn’t some crass copyright violation, both—like The Sport’s 2018 joke pressure “LA Bron James.” Payton’s really in on this one.

Fifty-one-year-old Oakland, CA, native and NBA All-Star Payton licensed his identify and likeness rights this yr to Cookies, additionally based mostly in Oakland.

The 2006 NBA Finals Champion and 1996 NBA Defensive Participant of the 12 months’s face screams off of eighth-ounce flower luggage bought at licensed California retailers and supply providers this week statewide.

The going fee? As much as $70 per eighth. The stuff sells out in hours.

“That is just like the Wheaties field for the weed sport and we had been the primary to pop it off,” mentioned Cookies founder and rapper Berner, in a July launch. “What makes it finest is the bag behind it’s so fireplace.”

Participant vs. Herb Match

Certainly, unique herb connoisseurs hunt small, artisanal releases of Gary Payton from Melrose to Humboldt this fall as a result of the precise flower proves as legit because the baller’s document.

Nicknamed “The Glove,” Payton’s a nine-time All-Star level guard who might frustrate Michael Jordan in his prime. The Glove is ambidextrous, terrific at assists, and a infamous trash-talker ranked third in most technical fouls of all time.

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Maintaining with the person—his dried, cured cannabis flowers current as a single, dense, glistening, riotously multicolored, 3.5-gram nug. It was so stunning, it felt like a criminal offense to interrupt it up.

Waves of traditional Cookie dank aroma—delicious, candy, creamy, berry—washed out of the bag, perfuming each room during which it sat. Heads will name this “loud.”

Exceedingly high-THC, intensely hybridized Gary Payton electrifies because it sedates—producing a time-warping psychological gauze that teleports you 180 minutes into the long run, and over to some munchies. For actual.

The Y and Snowman

How did this specific pressure get related to the Seattle Supersonics star? Fandom.

The Cookie fam are basketball heads and streetballers since childhood. When grower/breeder Kenny Powers crossed two coveted Cookies strains—The Y and Snowman—offspring quantity 20 stood out as the most effective.


Unique new Cookies pressure Gary Payton bins out the competitors. (David Downs/Leafly)

“That Gary Payton,” Powers mentioned, shaking his head in disbelief. Fellow grower Jigga, Berner, and their interior circle concurred. No shock, actually, however one among Berner’s buddies knew one among Payton’s buddies. An Oakland assembly led to a licensing deal. “The vibe was proper and we each determined to vary the sport collectively,” mentioned Berner.

“[Cannabis] is accepted extra on this technology,” Payton mentioned in a latest video.

First teased in May on social media, managed releases of the hybrid all through the summer time have generated unusual, lengthy, early morning traces of heads at Cookies’ two Los Angeles shops and different drop areas.

You could find pretend luggage on the market on-line from illicit market counterfeiters—imitation is the very best type of flattery.

We rapidly forked over $70 for the actual deal at Outdoors Lands’ Grasslands. It proved to be cash effectively spent.

Cookies, Alien Labs, C.R.A.F.T. Collective, IC Collective, and some different California manufacturers have created a brand new class of cannabis: One thing akin to positive whiskey that you simply preserve in particular weed fridges and solely escape for people that actually get it.

Subsequent up, Gary Payton involves Cookies-affiliated grownup use shops in Michigan.


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