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​Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, the legendary creator of Gonzo journalism, would have been 73 years old today.

Thompson’s Gonzo style of reporting involved immersing himself in the action to such an extent that he became the central figure in his own stories.
He was known for his savagely uncompromising writing style; his heroic intake of marijuana, psychedelics, and other drugs; his almost complete contempt for authority and rules; and his anarchist views.
Thompson became best known for his 1971 book, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, a strongly autobiographical tale of a drug-fueled Hollywood-to-Sin-City road trip with his 300-pound Samoan attorney.

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The Silverdome, in Pontiac, Michigan, is scheduled to host a marijuana expo on Halloween weekend. Organizer Bruce Perlowin said he expects 100,000 visitors.

​What is being called “the largest cannabis/wellness event ever held in the Midwest” has been scheduled for Halloween weekend in Pontiac, Michigan, at the renowned Silverdome, according to Medical Marijuana Inc.

“The sheer size of the Pontiac Silverdome will allow for the sale of hundreds of exhibitor booths, a hundred thousand visitors and live band performances,” said Bruce Perlowin, the CEO of MJNA.
According to Perlowin, the experience his company has gained from the past year of doing small educational seminars has prepared MJNA to roll out large scale expos throughout the United States.

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Maybe they should print it on rolling papers.

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​Grammy Award-winning musician Ziggy Marley is expanding his artistic repertoire with the release of MarijuanaMan, a new comic book featuring a superhero from a planet that is in desperate need of THC (hey, that sounds a bit like Earth, actually).

Our hero, MarijuanaMan, seeks to save Earth’s marijuana fields from destruction by the evil drug company PharmeXon, thus saving his cannabinoid-starved home planet in the process.
The first issue’s of Ziggy’s MarijuanaMan book will hit shelves across the country on April 20, 2011, and Ziggy will be making an exclusive one-day-ony appearance this month at Comic-Con International in support of the new comic.

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Robert Platshorn, the Black Tuna, brought a million pounds of Colombian gold to American shores.

​If you were an American pothead in the 1970s, you probably smoked some of Robert Platshorn’s weed. His organization brought in tons of fine Colombian when it was considered some of the best pot in the world. And that’s the reason Platshorn later became the longest serving marijuana prisoner in U.S. history, doing 29 years inside the federal prison system.

Much of the primo Colombian flooding the U.S. marijuana market in the late 70s could be traced back to the Black Tuna Gang, a major smuggling ring which once brought 500 tons of pot into the United States over a 16-month period.
I remember well the sweet, potent buds of Santa Marta Gold that were available in 1977 and 1978. Possessed of a soaring sativa high and mind-blowing expansion in the lungs, this ‘lombo weed became the gold standard of connoisseur pot to a generation of appreciative stoners. To this day, I think of Colombian weed every time I hear Rush or Blue Öyster Cult.

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Kushtown Pineapple Soda will tickle your taste buds and tease your brain cells. Can I get it cheaper by the case?

​With the flourishing medical marijuana dispensary scene in San Francisco, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of delicious cannabinated beverages available.

But how to tell the good from the bad? It was pretty much let the higher buyer beware until now.

SFoodie to the rescue! Our fellow Village Voice Media scribes over at the SF Weekly have selflessly made their way through countless pot potations (yes, they probably did lose count).
And incredibly, they managed to pull themselves together enough afterward to select the five tastiest, “notable for their deliciousness as much as for their dosage,” SFoodie helpfully notes.

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Sativex, unlike the pill Marinol, has more than 60 of marijuana’s cannabinoids instead of just THC.

​Sativex, a cannabinoid-based liquid medicine sprayed under the tongue, has been approved for use in Great Britain to help treat the muscle spasticity suffered by multiple sclerosis patients, it was announced on Friday.

Sativex is a natural marijuana extract that is provided by British-based GW Pharmaceuticals. It was approved in 2005 for use in Canada to treat neuropathic pain.
“Once again, the scientific community has confirmed that marijuana is medicine and it can provide safe and effective relief to patients suffering from certain conditions,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project.
“Sadly, our federal government, through the Drug Enforcement Administration, has blocked effective research into the therapeutic effectiveness of marijuana,” Kampia said. “The United States could be leading the world in the development of cannabinoid-based medicines, but instead our government has ceded this industry to the U.K., while intentionally prolonging the agony of patients in this country.”
The Food and Drug Administration has already approved for medical use in the United States the pill Marinol, which contains only marijuana’s principle psychoactive component, THC.

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Walker helpfully included a photo of both the iPod and the marijuana in his Craiglist ad, according to police.

​A 20-year-old Arizona man has been arrested after allegedly placing an online ad to trade marijuana and an iPod for an iPad.

Jacob Walker of Gilbert, Ariz., posted an advertisement on saying that he wanted to trade cannabis and an Apple iPod Touch for an Apple iPad, according to the Gilbert Police Department.
He helpfully included pictures of both the iPod and the pot in his online ad, reports Jennifer Thomas of

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Glenn Erickson, MedMar: “We wanted to provide a safe, secure atmosphere”

​One of Montana’s largest single-location retailers of cigarettes is now selling something else to smoke. But you need to be a registered patient to buy it.

Glenn Erickson at Gilligan’s Tobacco Shop has opened MarMed of Montana on the second floor of his store in Butte, reports Tim Trainor at The Montana Standard.
Before adding marijuana to his smokables, Erickson, 55, met with Butte-Silver Bow law enforcement and the county attorney’s office, making sure he was doing nothing illegal and was operating within the law.
“From a business standpoint, there are a lot of unknowns,” said Erickson, who has operated the tobacco shop for 12 years. “Let’s be honest; there is a lot that still needs to be cleared up.”

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Dude, I am sooooo thirsty.

​The latest beer from O’Fallon Brewery in St. Louis, Missouri, sounds really tempting: Hemp Hop Rye. The bottled beer is “an amber ale brewed with both toasted hemp seeds and rye,” according to Tony Caradonna, president of O’Fallon, reports Dave Nelson of Riverfront Times.

“Hemp is a botanical cousin to hops and we use one that’s grown organically,” Head Brewer Brian Owens said. “It’s extremely nutritious and adds a wonderful nutty flavor in the finish. It’s a perfect complement to the rye and to the Cascade, Hallertauer and Summit hops in the beer.”

The recipe, concocted by Owens, includes three kinds of malted barley, two types of rye, the aforementioned three varieties of hops and of course my personal favorite ingredient, toasted hemp seeds. Rye isn’t a traditional brewing ingredient — it has been used more often in distilling whiskey — but it is gaining popularity with specialty brewers for its unique spiciness, Nelson reports.

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​​A free screening of the award-winning medical marijuana documentary Waiting To Inhale will be held on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, at Shambaugh Auditorium, 100 Main Library, on Tuesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with patients and activists about medical marijuana and ongoing attempts to make Iowa the 15th state to give seriously ill patients safe and legal access to medical marijuana.
Rep. Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City) will also be in attendance.
This screening, which will be co-hosted by the University of Iowa Students for Sensible Drug Policy, takes place as the state prepares to create a medical marijuana task force this summer and proponents hope to move a medical marijuana bill through the Iowa Legislature next year.
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