Archive for the ‘News and Updates’

Snoop Dogg Lights Up During Interview02.10.13

SnoopDoggpot660

 

Snoop Dogg continues to advocate for marijuana legalization and mainstream use.  Music fans who turned out to BMI’s annual pre-Grammy Awards “How I Wrote That Song” discussion got a little more than they expected thanks to Snoop Dogg — a contact high.

The rapper smoked marijuana during Saturday’s panel discussion, lighting up a large, Kush-filled blunt on stage at The Roxy. He briefly passed it off to B.o.B before methodically reducing it to ash over a 15-minute period. The panel also included Busta Rhymes and songwriters Luke Laird and Evan Bogart, all of whom abstained — at least on stage.

Fittingly, the conversation eventually turned to Snoop’s groundbreaking work on “The Chronic.”

Laird recalled growing up at the end of a dirt road in a small town of 700 in rural Pennsylvania. Yet Snoop’s work with Dr. Dre still infiltrated his world and that of all the other country kids around him.

“Let me just say, the album everyone was listening to was `The Chronic,”‘ Laird said, noting how surreal it was to be sitting on stage with Snoop.

With acoustic guitar in hand, he played a bit of his Blake Shelton hit “Hillbilly Bone” in its original form: a rap song. The Nashville-based songwriter had everyone bobbing their heads to the beat.

“Now I feel like more than ever you see these influences crossing genres,” Laird said.

Meanwhile, discontent is apparently brewing over rapper Snoop Dogg‘s conversion to the Niyabinghi branch of Rastafarianism. This, you may recall, involved a name change to Snoop Lion – allegedly at the behest of a Rastafarian high priest – the growing of dreadlocks, a musical shift to reggae and the announcement that he was actually reincarnation of Bob Marley. Now, alas, the Jamaican Rasta community seems to suspect that all this was a publicity stunt rather a genuine spiritual conversion. Bunny Wailer, last surviving member of Bob Marley’s original band, has accused him of “outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community’s personalities and symbolism” and claimed he has failed to meet “contractual, moral and verbal commitments”. The snappily named Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millennium Council, or Rasta Millennium Council has sent seven pages of demands to him. Among other things, it wants money and “moral support”, a public apology, an assurance that Snoop will stop calling himself Lion, and threatens to sue him if it doesn’t get them. “Smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and reggae music is not what defines the Rastafari Indigenous Culture,” it protests.

Lost in Showbiz doesn’t know what to believe. It wouldn’t claim to be an expert on the minutae of Rastafari. It did once cast an eye over The Holy Piby, one of the most important foundational texts of the religion, but gave up midway through chapter one of its Fourth Book when it appeared to start prophesying that a rooster would walk on the moon. Nevertheless, an examination of his recent activities does suggest that the Rasta Millennium Council might have a point: thus far, Snoop does seem to have largely concentrated on the whole smoking-weed aspect of Rastafari. This week it was reported that, as coach of the Orange County Junior All America Football League, he was planning to read his eight- and nine-year-old charges a book called Just a Plant: A Child’s Story of Marijuana. “It’s not that I would ever push weed on our kids, but if they wanted to, I would love to show them how,” he explained, nothing if not a blue-sky thinker in the world of sports training.

But on the other hand, film director Eli Roth, who went to Jamaica with Snoop Lion/Dogg has come to the rapper’s defence. “Look,” he opened, “I’m a fake rasta: I only own one Musical Youth album and I only listen to Pass the Dutchie.” Yes, that certainly seems like the kind of remark that’ll go a long way towards convincing the outraged members of the Millennium Council that everyone concerned isn’t just taking the piss out of their religion. Do carry on. “Snoop is for sure for real,” he added. “He really loves [Bob Marley] … he wants to have a message of positivity … he’s written a song about fruit juice.”

Posted in Legalization, News and Updates, Politics, Religion, Uncategorizedwith No Comments →

Medical Marijuana Info and Documentary02.06.13

Pot Plans: Efforts Surge in Congress to Reform Marijuana Laws – TIME

news.google.com

TIMEPot Plans: Efforts Surge in Congress to Reform Marijuana LawsTIMEIt’s not the first time marijuana reform bill have been introduced in Congress, but Tuesday’s measures are considered historic in scope and give further momentum to a marijuana lega …

 

 

Marijuana program a windfall for Mich. government – San Francisco Chronicle

news.google.com

CBS LocalMarijuana program a windfall for Mich. governmentSan Francisco ChronicleLANSING, Mich. (AP) — Medical marijuana is turning out to be a windfall for Michigan state government. A report says nearly $10 million in revenue was collected from app …

 

 

The Best Marijuana Documentary (Canadian)

 

 

Smoking marijuana associated with higher stroke risk in young adults

newsroom.heart.org2/6/13

6, 2013 —Marijuana, the most widely used illicit drug, may double stroke risk in young adults, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s …

 

UberFacts

Marijuana can aid in slowing down the growth of cancer cells.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 1:47:07 AM

Posted in News and Updateswith No Comments →

World’s Largest Medical Pot Dispensary, Wins Battle To Avoid Shutdown01.09.13

Medical marijuana is gaining understanding and acceptance across the U.S.

Medical marijuana is gaining understanding and acceptance across the U.S.

A federal magistrate on Monday ruled that the Harborside Health Center located in Oakland and San Jose, Calif., can continue to operate, despite a bid by federal prosecutors to shut it down. Harborside is widely considered the world’s largest medical cannabis dispensary.

The ruling comes as the latest move in a larger battle over the fate of medical marijuana dispensaries in California, where shops operating in full compliance with state law have come under pressure from the federal government.

Harborside’s landlords have called on the court to order an immediate halt of cannabis sales at their properties in Oakland and San Jose on the grounds that the activity is illegal under federal law. Meanwhile, the city of Oakland, which last year received more than $1 million in tax revenue from Harborside, has filed suit against the federal prosecutors to challenge the forfeiture action.

Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James ruled that it is the role of the government — not Harborside’s landlords — to determine whether the business should be shut down for its alleged violation of the Controlled Substances Act.

Landlords “are attempting to use a procedural rule in a civil forfeiture proceeding to bring what amounts to an enforcement action … against Harborside,” the 17-page ruling said. “This is a measure which the Government — the entity charged with enforcing the statute — has elected not to pursue.”

Judge James also declined to grant a motion from the City of Oakland to immediately prohibit the federal government’s legal efforts to close Harborside. A hearing is scheduled later this month to hear further arguments in the City of Oakland’s lawsuit.

Medical cannabis is currently legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia, but U.S. prosecutors have argued federal law — which forbids the substance — should take precedence.

Harborside’s lawyer, Henry Wykowski, underscored the importance of Monday’s decision.

“We are gratified that Judge James listened to and analyzed the parties’ arguments so thoroughly and has now rendered an opinion that will ensure Harborside has the right to present its case to a jury,” Wykowski said in a press release on Harborside’s website. “Despite the government’s efforts to shortcut the case, Harborside will now be able to fully defend itself at trial. That is all we had asked, and the court has now agreed. The stage is now set for a jury trial on the underlying issues of the litigation, which will probably take place in about one year.”

Posted in Dispensaries, Edibles, Education, Legalization, News and Updates, Politicswith No Comments →

Latest Marijuana News and Updates in Denver, Colorado11.27.12

Colorado Web Directory For Marijuana Shops

Dispensary information. Medical and recreational information. Pot laws and regulations. Marijuana tourism. For the latest information about the medical and recreational marijuana industry in Colorado, please visit www.ColoradoOrBust.com/contact

Colorado marijuana information

Colorado marijuana information all in one web site.

 Recreational marijuana legal in Colorado.

Posted in Colorado, Legalization, News and Updateswith No Comments →

National Marijuana Group To Endorse Obama For Second Term As President08.29.12

The medical marijuana industry could save the U.S. billions and generate billions in jobs and taxes.

 

The United States Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce, a 10,000 member-strong national business group with individual state chapters across the country, has officially endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term as President, it was announced today.

“Let’s not get distracted by the myriad of issues that will be brought to the forefront at the upcoming political conventions, the single most important election issue is getting our economy back on track,” remarked Thomas L. Leto III, President and Founder of the U.S. Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce.

“The Economic Potential of the Cannabis Business in the U.S. is Limitless and President Obama understands this,” “It is our impression that Mr. Romney just doesn’t get it.”

Leto says the Cannabis Industry has the potential to become a $100 billion annual industry and would create 5 million new jobs within the first year of Federal legalization, which would allow transportation of marijuana across state lines, making easier for businesses to operate.  Currently, the U.S. Government has delegated legalization of Cannabis to the state level where local legislatures have mostly failed to agree on a solution to legally cultivate the business for growth.

Posted in News and Updates, Politicswith No Comments →

California Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Up In Smoke07.28.12

What Will Los Angeles’ Ban on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Mean? – Daily Beast

news.google.com

Reason Online (blog)What Will Los Angeles’ Ban on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Mean?Daily BeastIt sure is, says Don Duncan, the California director of Americans for Safe Access. Not only do dispensaries pay sales tax (which goes to the state), but …

President Obama should respect state cannabis laws – National Cannabis Coalition

http://nationalcannabiscoalition.com/16h ago

While joining the Bush Administration in threatening property forfeiture against medical cannabis dispensaries and imposing tax regulations that can bankrupt medical dispensaries, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency has warned gun sellers to not to provide firearms to medical cannabis patients, banks have been thr…

UberFacts

There are more dispensaries and marijuana businesses in California than Starbucks, McDonald’s and 7-Elevens combined.

Sunday, July 22, 2012 6:47:04 AM

Medical Marijuana Dispensary DEA Raid – California’s Best Meds – San Diego

Narcotics Task Force (NTF) Raid on Medical Marijuana Dispensary in San Diego. On January 11, the San Diego Narcotic Task Force raids California’s Best Meds located in San Diego CA. That night 3 dispensaries were raided. Read more at www.SafeAccessSD….

Technorati Tags: , , ,

Posted in News and Updateswith No Comments →

Colorado marijuana-legalization measure raises question of pot tourism10.18.11

Colorado’s legalization of limited possession of marijuana — if voters approve it this November — would bring the attention of the nation to the state, both sides of the issue agreed Wednesday.

Where they disagreed, though, is whether that attention would be a good thing.

In a debate co-hosted by The Denver Post and 9News, Amendment 64 opponent Happy Haynes said the measure would attract illegal-drug dealers, hurt Colorado’s brand among businesses and bring in unwanted marijuana tourists. Proponent Betty Aldworth saw it differently, saying there is no evidence the measure would harm the state’s business climate and that any marijuana-motivated visitors would be welcome.

“Those are tourism dollars, are they not?” Aldworth asked.

Haynes said the state should be more discriminating.

“The idea that any dollars that we get are OK, I’m not in favor of swelling our state coffers … with money because people are getting high,” she said.

Amendment 64 would make legal possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older and also allow adults to grow up to six marijuana plants in their home. But it would also allow for specially licensed marijuana stores, which could sell to anyone 21 and older who presents “government-issued identification to determine the consumer’s age.”

Posted in Colorado, Education, Legalization, News and Updateswith No Comments →

  • You Avatar