Privacy Policy

Who we are

Higher Ground Magazine is published by the Aquarian Publishing Company, Seattle, WA, USA. Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload or send images to the website, you should avoid uploading or sending images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact AND REVIEW forms

Your email identifies you within our review system and will be kept private. You will receive your subscription at this email without confirmation. If you submit Reviews, this email (with your User ID) is your identification by which all of your reviews are laced together for your personal cannabis journal. Your email address is used to track REWARDS and to provide information you’ve requested. We will only share your information if you tell us (see below).

By requesting a Subscription, you authorize Aquarian Publishing Company to send occasional news and marketing emails. A confirmation will be sent before you receive your first issue.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. THEY REACT TO YOUR BROWSING, not anything we prepare.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We analyze aggregated data, such as how far consumers generally travel to obtain a product. Your personal information is not part of the analysis.

Who we share your data with

We only share your personal data when you tell us to do so. Examples of “you telling us” include sharing your name, address, and phone with a shipping company for the purpose of delivery when you win something, or order goods through our store.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (such as our Contributors), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

We will never share your contact information with anyone unless you tell us to do so. Examples of “you telling us” include sharing your name, address, and phone with a shipping company for the purpose of delivery when you win something, or order goods through our store.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We use encryption to protect data. Users must enter an email to identify their submission.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In the event of a breach we will inform users if and how they were affected.

What third parties we receive data from

Google, Facebook, State regulating authorities, U.S. Census Data, and numerous others.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data


Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Higher Ground Magazine, its website,, and Seattle Bliss, a blog at, are the exclusive property of Aquarian Publishing Company, Seattle, WA, USA. None are affiliated with any cannabis licensee. Aquarian Publishing Company does not endorse, sell, promote smoking or consumption of, any cannabis products by anyone under the age allowed by law. Please obey local regulations.

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