A New Way to Sneak Pot into Music Festivals

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Megan Arseneaux
Megan 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 in pot, 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, 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 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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40 comments
marcy
marcy

It's nice to see an industrious pothead for a change.



Kelsey Brownell
Kelsey Brownell

Straight up, now security's gonna be snatching me by the bracelets. "Oh, whatcha got there?" *snap* "Oh, nothing asshole just some sentimental threads that you just broke for-ever!" Yup that's gonna happen, thanks Megan...

Garyn Klasek
Garyn Klasek

Wouldn't be surprised if a buncha cats who came out to the Soundgarden/NIN show in ATX did that. Lotsa pot smoke in the air..

Kristi J. Harmon
Kristi J. Harmon

Lmao!That just brought out the 14 year old WT Tucson kid in me. Made my day!

Bee Castro
Bee Castro

Francisco Lopez Yary Lopez Gleslie Glopez we should get these for coachella next yr.

Maggie Orr
Maggie Orr

Really? Not a secret anymore. Any other secrets to break the law?

Ari Gallagher
Ari Gallagher

and now I know what to look for on a person :P

John Carrison
John Carrison

25 years ago undercover cops used to hang out around concerts selling $2 joints and arresting people as soon as the pulled cash out of their pockets.

Leslie Sarate
Leslie Sarate

And now the local security companies know the new things to look for on a person.

Kama Syna Lopez
Kama Syna Lopez

Really you have to write an article. It's called a titty purse

Greg Wise
Greg Wise

Yes because I want to wear smelly paraphernalia around my wrist and head.

Tracy Schlosser-Hollenstein Wolfe
Tracy Schlosser-Hollenstein Wolfe

Mmmm, cookies, brownies, chocolate covered nuts or trail mix, tea, coffees, yeah ....ganja garden next to the beer garden? Just saying...LEGALIZE taxation with representation. Oh, wait.... I'm allergic to peanuts and strawberries....epi pen, I might die.....oooohhh what tail will wag the dog?

Doug Cleland
Doug Cleland

California. Rush, Metalica, Dio, Scorpions, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Too many to list.

Doug Cleland
Doug Cleland

I remember when you could just get high and watch the concert.

Jon Smith
Jon Smith

If one plans on sneaking something in somewhere.....it's probably best not to advertise how it's done. If you publish something online....ANYONE can read it. Just sayin'! lol

Chase T. Pierson
Chase T. Pierson

There's a guy from Cali going around to local AZ head shops selling these. His "display model" he wears is packed. pretty bold imo.

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