A New Way to Sneak Pot Into Music Festivals

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Megan Arseneaux
Arseneaux shows off how to smoke out of her handmade Secret Smoker Bracelet

By Amanda Lewis

One challenge of music festivals is figuring out how to sneak some pot inside, even while wearing as little clothing as possible. Is there really a good way to do it without sticking it up somewhere really uncomfortable?

Enter the Secret Smoker Bracelet, a colorful hemp-braided wrist accessory that unscrews to reveal a nickel bowl and wooden bead mouthpiece. It complements the Secret Smoker Headpiece, a headband that camouflages your intentions with three festival-friendly fabric flowers. The products are the brainchild of the sunny, pink-haired pothead Megan Arseneaux, who sells about 25 to 35 a week on her Etsy shop, she says, under the name Alice Moon.

Born in New Orleans, Arseneaux, now 25, moved to Los Angeles four years ago. She decided to stay after falling under the charms of the city's creativity and cannabis.

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Amanda Lewis
Megan Arseneaux in her work studio

She spent a year perfecting the design while working at a pot shop in Santa Monica. After the dispensary moved to Inglewood -- where, as she puts it, "the clientele didn't want a white girl advising them on their marijuana" -- Arseneaux began to focus full-time on her Etsy store. From her Echo Park bungalow, she drilled beads, braided hemp and Instagrammed up a storm. Within a year, she was selling so many bracelets that she developed carpal tunnel syndrome and had to hire some helpers.

One promotional video on her Instagram account shows a willowy girl with ombre hair twirling at Joshua Tree to the sounds of Best Coast, before detaching her flowered headband and lighting up. You get the sense this is her target customer.

Each bracelet or headband takes about three hours to make, so inventory is sometimes in short supply. Recently she posted five new bracelets on Etsy and sold out within an hour. But with bracelets going for $35 and headbands for $75, Arseneaux is doing well.

Although she wants to keep the products handmade and "legit," bigger companies have already started selling cheap, mass-produced knockoffs, which customers complain quickly fall apart. The Secret Smoker Bracelet, however, is durable. As lovecookiedough commented in one of Arseneaux's nearly 70 five-star Etsy reviews: "This little device is probably one of the best inventions since the wheel. Who ever said smoking isn't cute?"



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13 comments
Mervis
Mervis

This story ran in the LA Weekly about two weeks ago. Rerun? Sharing resources?

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

Note to Megan:  You are selling a bracelet for $35 that takes three hours to make, and you are having trouble keeping up with orders.  Raise the price.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Next thing you know she'll figure out how to make an aluminum can into a smoking device.

bellhawzx
bellhawzx

You didn't come up with this idea, it already exists... Nice try though

MattL11
MattL11

I applaud the concept, but seems to me that an all-day festival might require a bit more, um, storage capacity.  

TexMarine
TexMarine

"After the dispensary moved to Inglewood -- where, as she puts it, "the clientele didn't want a white girl advising them on their marijuana" 


...weird...that seems like bigotry and racism.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@TheCredibleHulk  Yeah, I don't get it. It is easy to sneak in weed. I have actually had a much harder time bringing in a lighter than I have ever had with weed. Wait, are you a cop Hulk?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@JustSaying @TheCredibleHulk

LOL.

Way back in the 1900's, a friend and I were at Summerfest - Milwaukee's annual music festival - taking in a Joe Walsh concert on one of the many free stages set up throughout the lakefront venue where it is held. Anyway, it's all outdoorsy and open, right on the banks of Lake Michigan, so if you are discreet, you can pretty much smoke at will. (at least, back then you could - it's been a while.)

While we were standing at the fringes passing a one-hitter back and forth, enjoying the show, we notice a guy in front of us sort of "noticing us" if you know what I mean - so my buddy taps him on the shoulder with the 1-H and offers it up. Before I know it, the guy is flashing a badge over his shoulder, waving us goodbye - never even so much as looked back.

dalman214
dalman214

@helloman214 yes, respond to racism and bigotry with... more racism. That's the way!

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