Marijuana and Cannabis Culture
As many of us who went to school in the Rocky Mountains can tell you: college kids plus weed plus snow days equals pot igloos. I can remember a major storm my senior year dumping feet of snow at my house at the University of Denver and me and my roommates building a snow hotbox in my back yard big enough for eight that lasted for at least a week.I think my roommate Andy even slept it in it.
Unfortunately, four college kids in Utah weren't as lucky and are facing disciplinary action from the University of Utah for simply doing what college kids do.
It feels like just yesterday Justin Bieber was down in the Sunshine State allegedly blocking off a Miami Beach roadway, drag-racing with R&B singer Khalil and being snarky with the po-po. The Biebz was placed under arrest for failing a field sobriety test, resisting arrest, and driving with an expired license.
As a first-time offender, TMZ reports the megafamous pop star was offered a pretty standard plea deal: community service, alcohol abuse classes, and random drug testing. In his infinite wisdom, he said no deal. After all, this is Florida, where people have literally gotten away with murder. Read the rest over at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen had to suffer along with the rest of us as his team got crushed in the Super Bowl. And now, PDB Sports, the company that handles the squad's business on his behalf, is being sued for discrimination and defamation.
M.LaMay/Facebook Michelle LaMay in front of her Cannabis University bus
The plaintiff is Cannabis University, whose founder, Michelle LaMay, says a vehicle was ejected from two home playoff games in January simply because the word "cannabis" was printed on it.
Earlier this week, Westword and High Times magazine filed a lawsuit against the State of Colorado in regard to regulations that restrict recreational marijuana advertising to publications that are deemed "adult" by a state-mandated formula. Attorney Steve Suskin, who represents Westword on behalf of the paper's parent company, Voice Media Group, says the complaint was filed because the state's current rules could violate the First Amendment. Meanwhile, the paper's publisher emphasizes that when it comes to such ads, Westword is very much open for business.
"We are 100 percent confident of the legality of where we are in terms of taking this business," says Scott Tobias, who is also the CEO of Voice Media Group, a company that owns publications in Los Angeles, New York and other major U.S. cities in addition to Denver. "From the very start of Amendment 64, we committed ourselves to being a reference point to the medical marijuana community, and now the retail marijuana community. We remain committed to strong partnerships and support of these businesses."
Is Florida ready for medical marijuana? Well, yeah actually. The latest polls show that seven in ten statewide support legalized weed for various ailments, and supporters have gathered enough signatures to put the question on November's ballot. One way or another, loosened mary jane restrictions seem coming to the Sunshine State.
Miami New Times
But everyone knows Miami rocks to its own beat on just about every statewide issue. How's the average Magic City resident feel about medical marijuana?
Comedy can be the best medicine, especially if mixed with some medicinal cannabis. That was the idea behind the Medical Cannabis Health Fair & Comedy Fundraiser held last Friday night at the Oriental Theater.
Set up by the Cannabis Patient Network, the event featured healthcare and educational vendors, speakers and patients, who shared how cannabis has helped them. Following the educational fair, there was also comedy show.
As we've noted, official tourism agencies in Colorado continue to keep marijuana at arm's length, as it were. For instance, a VISIT DENVER list of things the city has in common with Seattle, released prior to the Super Bowl, somehow managed to skip legal pot entirely.
Not that the media has needed much prodding to promote such trips. A recent CBS feature on the subject has now been supplemented by a hefty Washington Post spread that even includes a "vocabulary lesson for pot tourists."
Have you asked yourself, "Wow, I wonder if Marco Rubio has ever been stoned?" Probably not, because, honestly, who cares?
The funny thing is that Rubio refuses to answer the question because he thinks people might actually care.
The Associated Press decided to ask Rubio the pot question.
Our friends over at the Miami New Times have his response, and their reaction.
This November, throngs of Floridians will strap on their sandals and flop their way to the polls to cast ballots that may well be the end of Florida as we know it. That's right, folks. It's over. Kiss it all goodbye.
Because on November's ballot is an amendment so evil and insidious that mere contact with the ink will be enough to turn toddlers into meth-crazed cannibals. I don't even want to say it.
Fine, I'll say it: Medical Marijuana.
This weekend, on February 8th and 9th, an estimated 17,000 weed enthusiasts from every corner of the cannabis community will descend on the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino for the second time in as many years, to feast their eyes, and their lungs, on the finest marijuana and concentrates that the west coast has to offer.
While, technically, this weekend's event is referred to as a High Times Medical Cannabis Cup, little or no flavor or culture is lost in translation between the new-age Cups in the U.S., and the granddaddy of them all, the official annual Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. Competitors, vendors, and buyers all converge for two full days to form a scene complete with informational seminars, special guest appearances, live music, and of course, the awards.