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.Best of East Bay 2023 – Cannabis


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The Happy Place

Tucky Blunt has Oakland’s first outdoor smoking lounge

There is only one business where one can legally smoke cannabis in Oakland, and that is The Happy Lounge, owned and operated by the industrious Tucky Blunt, president and CEO of the adjacent dispensary, Blunts and Moore

The outdoor lounge is a place to chill and talk, meet a friend, have coffee, play dominoes. No cannabis is on sale on the premises, but the Happy Store budtenders at Blunts and Moore are just steps away. There is often a burrito truck on site.

“I’m really trying to make it a place [to] commune and consume and chill and decompress,” said owner Alphonso Blunt Jr., aka Tucky Blunt. 

This story started on the streets, as so many cannabis stories did. But Blunt attended Oaksterdam University to bring his own experience together with the technical and business knowledge available from the best in the industry. Blunt graduated from the university’s third class and went on to become the first equity dispensary owner in the country. 

A place to smoke was the next step. “In Oakland you got bars, and I can go drink and get in the Uber and leave,” Blunt said. “Why can’t I get my weed and smoke right here and leave? I should be able to do that as well.”

“The Happy Lounge commenced as somewhere to give people to commune and consume safely,” he added.

The transition has been smooth. “My neighbors love me to death,” said Blunt, “and I only have three neighbors.”

It’s all meant to be an easy, safe and comfortable experience.

“You walk into the check-in area, show your ID, buy your weed and when you exit, you exit directly into the Happy Lounge,” explained Blunt. It certainly sounds like the right place to slow down, connect and “commune,” as Blunt likes to say. 

Happy Lounge can be booked for parties too. With a party-sized purchase of cannabis next door, party throwers can get the space for free, along with DJ equipment and more.

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Best Cannabis CBD Product

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Best Dispensary

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Best New Dispensary

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Best Edible Selection

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Best Cannabis Attorney

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Best Cannabis Body Care

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Best Cannabis Label

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Best Cannabis Menu Selection


Best Cannabis Event

Emerald Cup

Best Cannabis Delivery


Best Cannabis Therapeutic Product

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Best Place to Get a Medical Cannabis Recommendation

7 Stars Holistic Healing Center

Best Discount for MMJ Cardholders

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Best CBD Selection


Best Cannabis Pre-Order Pickup Service


Best Cannabis Farm

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Best Budtenders

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Best Dispensary Discounts (MMJ, Vets, Seniors, etc.)

7 Stars Holistic Healing Center

Best Vape Shop

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