Marijuana and Cannabis Culture

WeedMaps tells New York Times to stop testing employees for pot
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:20 am


The New York Times made huge headlines over the weekend when its editorial board called for the "national legalization" of marijuana. Pro-pot groups were crawling over each other so they could be among the first to offer the deepest, we-are-not-worthy bows to the newspaper of record in the United States. After all, who among them would disagree with the Times' assertion that " ... the federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana."

But one Southern California-based medical-weed information service said, Hold on just a second: It turns out the paper, which said in its editorial that cannabis is "far less dangerous than alcohol," still tests new employees for marijuana.

LA Weekly has the rest.

And the 2014 Michigan High Times Medical Cannabis Cup winners are...
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm


Wondering who has the best meds in Michigan? Who cultivates the chronic? The folks at High Times magazine held their Michigan Medical Marijuana Cannabis Cup this past weekend, crowning the top growers and hash makers in the state for their beautiful buds.

Who took home the top prizes? Read on below for the list.

Ask a Stoner: Can I buy marijuana edibles in Colorado?
Friday, July 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Denver Westword.

Editor's note: Our sister paper, the Denver Westword, runs a weekly marijuana advice column, Ask a Stoner. Today, we bring you one of the more frequently-asked questions:

Dear Stoner: My dad lives in Aurora, and we're coming out for his 75th birthday party. My wife has never smoked pot (or anything, not even cigarettes) but suffers from chronic migraines. She wants to try a pot edible, but I heard that pot can only be purchased by non-residents in smokable form. Can non-residents buy edibles? --Randy

Disturbing arrest stats in first six months of legal weed in Seattle
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 8:20 am


Local beat cops just love busting stoners. Really, it's probably a pretty easy racket. They rarely fight back, and in many cases the arresting officer can score a 2-for-1 by nabbing a minority carrying some weed. That may sound harsh, but statistics have shown for quite some time that pot busts - particularly those involving minorities - are the low hanging fruit in the world of law enforcement.

A review of the first six months of the new marijuana laws in Seattle, Washington has revealed equally disturbing numbers and trends. And shocking nobody, law enforcement spokespersons in America's fastest growing city are showing little sympathy for the terribly skewed results.

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.