Marijuana and Cannabis Culture
This church of ours is open to all. . . . There will be no outcasts," reads a banner looming over comedian Pat Leborio as he struts onto the stage. He's in the church hall of St. Clement's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in San Clemente, ready to start a set for an audience that seem to be the last people on earth ready to listen to an hour of insults thrown their way: addicts.
It's become a common sight in Colorado -- at Broncos games, in movie theaters and malls, in the bathrooms at bars and clubs, even behind high schools and in employee parking lots. People will quickly, slyly grab a device from their pocket that looks like a pen and put it to their mouth. Then, after just a tiny puff and the mere hint of the smell of pot or cigarette smoke, they'll put the device -- which doesn't get hot -- back into their pocket and go back to whatever they were doing.
The use of vape pens and e-cigarettes has been common for a while, but it caught on big in 2014 after recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado at the beginning of the year. So big, in fact, that Oxford Dictionaries chose "vape" as its word of the year for 2014. Denver Westword has more.
Thanksgiving week in Amsterdam for the last 26 years or so has been a haven for cannabis users and those wanting to celebrate marijuana culture thanks to the High Times Cannabis Cup.
But it seems that after more than a quarter-century of generally being hassle-free, the Dutch are cracking down on events and have shut down the main expo for the event and are strictly enforcing five-gram possession laws and a total ban on solvent-based concentrates.
It's been two days since New York City began a more lenient, pot-friendly approach to public display of cannabis. And while we won't have any concrete data for weeks or months, we imagine it's already changed life in the Big Apple. People aren't going to be arrested for public display of small amounts of pot after cops stop them, frisk them and demand they turn out their pockets - eliminating a major tool that the cops used to criminalize black and brown people in the city.
But it doesn't exactly legalize pot use, either. Woody Harrelson and the cast of Saturday Night Live summed up the changes beautifully last week. Video below.
"I can feel some tingle in my brain."
There are no words, really, to describe the magnitude of awesome of watching three grandmas in Washington state light up a bong and vaporizer and inhale pot for the first time then play Jenga and Cards Against Humanity. Just sit back and laugh and remember the first time you ever got high and how wonderful everything was as you went from zero to giggle factory in the span of an hour -- and be glad it didn't take until the last quarter of your life to discover it like these ladies.
Considering just how much food will crowd onto your Thanksgiving table this year, it could almost be considered rude not to get baked before dinner. After all, if your Aunt Margaret went to the trouble of making her special marshmallow sweet potato soufflé, you damn well better have a few bites!
Natalie Martinez. Cannabuddha Biscuits.
But what if instead of hitting a quick bowl in the basement or rocking a few puffs of the vape pen in the bathroom, you could integrate some THC into your meal from the get-go? That's what Natalie Martinez, an L.A.-based chef for the popular DIY weed-cooking website Stoner's Cookbook, suggests: a few cannabis dishes, especially on the early side of the meal, can make all the difference when helping you politely try everyone's contributions and stay hungry enough for dessert. Amanda Lewis at the LA Weekly has more.
Members of the Marley family have granted a Seattle-based equity firm the rights to use Bob Marley's name in conjunction with a line of cannabis, cannabis-infused products and smoking accessories dubbed Marley Naturals, they announced this week
The Marley Naturals logo.
In an interview on NBC TODAY, Bob's wife Rita, his son Rohan and daughter Cedella say that the brand will represent true "heirloom Jamaican cannabis" in the American market and that they'll bring a corporate sensibility to the world of legal pot.
In Florida, like pretty much every other state in the nation, black people get arrested on pot charges four times as often as whites. The state is consistently in the top five in the country for marijuana-related arrests, and getting busted with anything under 20 grams can get you a year in jail.
So when four plainclothes cops from the Miami Dade Police Department walked up on Tannie "T-Man" Burke and two of his buddies on the evening of August 27th and accused them of smoking weed, it's really no surprise that Burke ended up in the back of a police cruiser.
What is pretty disturbing is what the cops did with him next.
There is a difference between cannabis and a t-shirt. But the distinction doesn't really matter much at Denver International Airport, which recently published the details for a public hearing at which it plans to ban the sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs.
These High-ly Legal flipflops won't be able to sell at DIA.
Show-Me Cannabis plans to file paperwork this week for a ballot initiative that would ask Missouri voters to legalize the use and sale of marijuana. The filing with the Secretary of State's Office is just the beginning of what's expected to be a costly and arduous two-year campaign to get the issue on the November 2016 ballot.
William Breathes. ISS x Lemon Skunk.
This past February Show-Me Cannabis abandoned a similar ballot initiative scheduled for tomorrow's mid-term elections after polling indicated that 51 percent of Missouri voters still opposed legalization compared to 45 percent in favor.