Marijuana and Cannabis Culture

Snoop Dogg says he smoked weed at the White House
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm

LA Weekly.

Snoop Dogg makes no apologies for when and where he smokes weed. Case and point? His latest claim that he lit up a blunt while taking a deuce in the White House bathroom.

On his Double-G News Network YouTube show this week, Snoop sat down with comedian Jimmy Kimmel who the Doggfather about wildest place he's ever toked.

Coloradans want private pot clubs, don't want toking in public according to new poll
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11:20 am
The now-closed Maryjane's Social Club in Denver.

Though limited amounts of marijuana are legal for adults 21 and up in Colorado, there's still not many places to actually legally use cannabis other than in a private home or in a smoking room in a hotel. And while most Coloradans don't want people lighting weed up in bars or restaurants, they agree that tokers should have a place to congregate. Currently, such places are tolerated in some municipalities but not others, notably in Denver where police have raided pot clubs in recent weeks.

According to data from from Quinnipiac University, members-only marijuana clubs were embraced by a 66-29 percent margin of Colorado voters.Not nearly as many poll participants liked the idea of pot smoking being allowed at bars and other venues where alcohol is served. This idea got a 65-31 percent thumbs down. Likewise, a 63-33 percent negative response greeted a question about cannabis at ticketed entertainment events. And even marijuana smoking amid invitation-only entertainment events with no admission charge was rejected, albeit in closer fashion: 49-46 percent.

Read the local take over at The Latest Word.

How two Long Beach, California Thai Stick smugglers became the last victims of the Khmer Rouge
Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

Thai Stick.

"Although my long hair is gone now and my views are more conservative than they once were, there is a part of my past I will not sweep under the rug and disavow. I am old enough and honest enough to remember the Thai sticks that flooded my beachside town each summer--a surfer's equivalent of the Beaujolais nouveau.

During the 1970s, Thai stick marijuana--so-called because the buds were tightly wrapped around hemp or bamboo sticks before being packed into watertight bundles for the long trans-Pacific trip--was one of the most valuable commodities in the world. At $2,000 per pound, a single load of Thai could and did make many a smuggler a small fortune. To us pot-smoking teenaged surfers, these scammers--the people who fetched these loads from afar--were heroic Robin Hood characters who trafficked only in pot and surfed more world-class waves than anyone else."

Do yourself a favor, read the rest of Peter Maguire's amazing tale over at the OC Weekly.

Memorable tweets from Washington's first day of legal recreational pot sales
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm
Tweets and more below.
Better late than never: Today, Washington launched limited recreational marijuana sales for adults age 21 and over, just over six months after Colorado did likewise. And naturally, Twitter Nation wanted to talk about it.

Look below to see the twenty most memorable tweets we found, with authors ranging from a high-profile celebrity to just plain folks.

On Denver visit, Obama asked: "Want a hit, man?"
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Obama and his stoner buddies in high school.

Our president has admitted to puffing plenty of Jah herb back in the day, something we can't fault him for (Hawaii is the perfect setting for getting blazed). But these days the man seems to pass on pot -- at least when asked in public.

Last night, the POTUS had dinner in Denver with several local families. After a good dinner, nothing beats a good puff, which is exactly why we assume Instagram user Matt Anton offered up a puff to the prez. Even better? Obama's reaction. Check out the clip below.

Cannabis filmmaker on new documentary and smoking pot in front of Republican Tom Tancredo
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:20 am

Adam Hartle (left) with Tom Tancredo.

In January 2013, ex-Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo had promised to puff a joint on camera as part of a comedian/filmmaker's movie about Colorado's new marijuana laws should the measure pass -- which it did.

Tancredo later welched on his bet under pressure from his family. But in Mile High -- The COmeback of Cannabis, the now-completed documentary, which screens tonight through Thursday (with Hartle promising to give out free legal pot to adults 21 and over outside theaters), Tancredo watches as the director blazes.

Southern California Oxycontin scheme put nearly 1 million pills on the streets
Monday, July 7, 2014 at 9:06 am

A looming trial in Los Angeles involves: five medical professional defendants, including a Huntington Beach resident; Medicare and Medi-Cal being stung for $2.7 million in Oxycontin reimbursements; billings for $4.6 million in medical procedures that were not needed or never performed; and 900,000 Oxy pills eventually being sold on the streets, according to federal prosecutors. Two other Orange Countians were convicted in the wide-ranging case.

OC Weekly has more.

Texas cops clueless when it comes to the value of cannabis
Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:57 am

A rancher in Texas last week stumbled upon about 5,500 marijuana seedlings in small starter pots on land he was leasing and called the police. That alone isn't really a story. Clandestine grow operations happen all the time in this country (it's a byproduct of it being illegal, of course).

No, what makes this story newsworthy is that the Chambers County Sheriff's Office is truly clueless when it comes to understanding the value of money. Those 5,500 starter plants were valued at $2 million. That breaks down to more than $360 per-seedling. To put that into perspective, a fully rooted clone sells for (at most) $40 at a recreational pot shop in Colorado.

Four NORML college chapters suing universities over logo disputes
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

ISU NORML Facebook.
An ISU student picks up trash around campus in one of the banned shirts (in red) during a volunteer day.

Iowa State University is under fire in federal court after the Iowa State National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws says they were unfairly told to remove the school mascot, Cy the Cardinal, from their t-shirts.

Two students, juniors Paul Gerlich and Erin Fuleigh, have filed a suit in Iowa arguing that their First Amendment rights were trampled by the college, who demanded NORML remove Cy from their shirts after a state lawmaker complained that it sent the wrong message. Their lawsuit is part one of four filed this week, the others coming from students at Ohio University, Chicago State University and Citrus College in California.

6th annual Degenerate Flame Off fires up today in Eugene, OR
Friday, June 27, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Enjoying its sixth year of showcasing the hottest innovations, and innovators, in the deeply talented glassblowing industry, the Degenerate Flame Off (or DFO) kicks off today in Eugene, Oregon.

Hosted annually since its inception by the beloved local glass supercenter, Cornerstone Glass, along with Northstar Glassworks, the DFO brings together the cream of the crop in the functional glassblowing world, along with mobs of their fans, for a scene that is equal parts competition and celebration.