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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wild animals used to guard marijuana operation

This is one of the funniest marijuana news items I've seen in a while. Apparently some guys in Canada were using wild animals to guard their weed growing operation, including bears, but all the animals turned out to be tame and just sat around watching when the police showed up. Maybe they got into the stash!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Oregonian calls medical marijuana a 'farce'


The editorial board of The Oregonian says "the whole wink-and-nod farce that has characterized the politics of medical marijuana has become downright offensive."
Exactly. That's why it should just be completely legalized.
Another smarter and more sensible blogger responds to the editorial here.

Poor Washington DC residents get cheap weed

NY Daily News reports that a law in Washington D.C. will require discounts on medical marijuana for the poor. Maybe some day it will be a $4 prescription at Wal-Mart. We can only pray.

New group calls for marijuana legalization with 'Just Say Now' campaign


The Huffington Post reports that a new group of marijuana legalization advocates are launching campaigns in several states using the slogan 'Just Say Now'. The group is made up of former judges, prosecutors, cops, bloggers and others.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

How should employers handle medical marijuana users?

The Wall Street Journal asks in a new poll: How should employers handle workers who use medical marijuana where legal? So far a whopping 62 percent of those who've voted say employers should cover medical marijuana with health benefits and should ignore testing. I am in complete agreement!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Weedtoon #2

Okay, so I had planned to post a cartoon every day, but I forgot. What can I say? That's what happens when you have a pothead for an editor. Anyway, here's another cartoon to giggle at:

Marijuana legalization supporters earn more than opposition

The Associated Press has some great news for us today: Marijuana legalization supporters in California have out-earned the opposition by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Right on.

Senate bill could do away with medical marijuana edibles

CBS News reports that a new Senate bill introduced by (who else?) Diane Feinstein could prohibit selling marijuana mixed with candy and other sweets. The law is supposed to keep companies from marketing marijuana to kids. What a joke. Who the hell is going to sell this stuff to kids anyway? I just can't picture a child walking into a dispensary and walking out with marijuana in any form. I suppose it could happen, but it would definitely be an exception to the norm, and should be delt with on a case-by-case basis instead of just taking away this much-needed medicine for everybody. This is just another part of Sen. Feinstein's personal war against drugs. She should be ashamed of herself.

Top 10 Stoner Movies Ever: #7 Pineapple Express

Sorry for the delay on this entry. I've been a busy man lately. But anyway, here it is: The #7 Top Stoner Movie Ever.
Pineapple Express is a classic fish-out-of-water story about two potheads who get caught up in an action movie plot straight out of a Jerry Bruckheimer flick. 
Seth Rogen stars as pothead everyman Dale Denton, a process server who witnesses a murder and must escape certain death at the hands of criminal thugs with lots and lots of guns.
I've always liked Seth Rogen and found him hilarious, but he is really out-shined in this one by co-star James Franco. Franco plays Denton's drug dealer Saul and is so lovably goofy that he steals the show. I don't know why he doesn't play more comedy roles, because this dude is seriously funny.
If you like Judd Apatow style comedy, don't miss this one.
Here's a clip:



Feds thinking about medical marijuana policy overhaul?

California Watch reports that top drug officials may be hinting at reform of medical marijuana policy. It's about time!

Marijuana to treat Tourettes?

According to State Bill Colorado, the state is considering allowing medical marijuana use for Tourettes Syndrome.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Medical marijuana feeding black market

The Daily Camera has a very in depth article about marijuana from Colorado's medical cannabis industry feeding the black market, because apparently these guys are growing so much weed that they have to give some of it away illegally.
There's also a video to go along with the report. You can watch it right here:

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Taking a break

I'm headed out for the Padres/Dodgers game in San Diego and don't have time to post the #7 movie in the Top 10 Greatest Stoner Movies Ever countdown, but I'll be back at it tomorrow. Anybody have any guesses what the next movie might be?

New poll: California Marijuana Initiative in dead heat

The CA Independent Voter Network is reporting new voters are evenly divided on Prop. 19.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

L.A. Times columnist calls for marijuana legalization

Los Angeles Times columnist Hanna Liebman Dershowitz says that California "can, and should, legalize, tax and regulate marijuana". The article also has some good information on the disparity between state and federal laws. Read the article here.

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Top 10 Stoner Movies Ever: #8 Harold & Kumar go to White Castle

This movie took the format of Cheech & Chong (two foreign guys who like to smoke weed) and invigorated it with a youthful energy. 'Harold & Kumar' is about two guys on the greatest munchie mission in history. The movie is funny and fast, and most importantly, doesn't take itself too seriously at all.

Although the sequel, 'Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay' upped the ante in terms of pure craziness, it didn't seem to have the heart or originality of the first movie.

And who can forget the legendary cameo by Neil Patrick Harris?

Watch the trailer:

Harvard Professor: "Marijuana is the wonder drug of our times"

I don't watch much TV, so I guess I missed this, but apparently ABC's 20/20 aired a segment featuring two mothers who put their children on medical marijuana with astounding results. The two boys, one with OCD, and another with Autism, showed marked improvement from the medicine.
A Harvard professor interviewed in the segment argues that no one is ever too young to use medical marijuana and calls it "the wonder drug of our times".
It's great to see quality information on marijuana breaking through in such a popular format. It's starting to feel like support for legalization is coming to a crescendo. The hippies did what they could in the 60's, but I think they were too busy focusing on ending the war in Vietnam. Now that so much attention has been given to marijuana in the mainstream, maybe we'll finally see some results.

You can watch the segment from 20/20 here:


 

Marijuana Cartoon of the Day #1

The Chronic(le) will now feature a new cartoon every day for your giggling pleasure:

Today's cartoon courtesy http://ocnorml.org/

Across U.S., A Slight Plurality Support Marijuana Legalization

United Liberty has an awesome opinion piece on why marijuana should be legal.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Medical Marijuana legal in Washington D.C.

The Washington Post reports that Washington D.C. has legalized marijuana for medicinal use! Hooray for you!

Top 10 Stoner Movies Ever: #9 Rolling Kansas

Rolling Kansas is a delightful romp about five men on a road trip to the mythical marijuana fields of Kansas in search of a top secret government stash. And it co-stars Rip Torn as a crazy, old kook. Need I say more?
Here's a clip:





Monday, July 26, 2010

Top 10 Stoner Movies Ever: #10 Reefer Madness


Okay. This one makes it on the list primarily due to it's historical significance.The film, released in 1936, was funded by a church group and originally went by the title 'Tell Your Children'. The plot revolves around the tragedies that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try smoking pot. Consequences of using the devil weed include a hit and run accident, a rape, and a suicide.
   The movie is quite humorous to watch due to the fact that the whole movie is basically one big gob of misinformation. I'm sure this movie did quite a bit to defame marijuana during it's time, but now it's just funny.

 Check out a clip below:



Best Stoner Movies Ever

Over the coming 10 days, The Chronic(le) will be revealing our picks for the Top 10 Best Stoner Movies Ever. There is always much argument over what exactly constitutes a 'Stoner Movie', so we're going to use to following guidelines: Marijuana must be a central theme and/or a driving element of the plot. So, in other words, 'Cheech & Chong' yes, 'Fear & Loathing' no.

Man finds pot in painting

The Associated Press reports that some guy in Georgia found 4 pounds of weed hidden in a painting that he was going to auction. Of course the guy turned the painting over to the authorities. Why can't stuff like this ever happen to me?

Blog keeping good track of Medical Marijuana in Colorado

Today I stumbled across a nice blog that is keeping very good track of Colorado's medical marijuana scene. Check it out!

Marijuana Minister held without bail

Hip Hop Wired reports that a marijuana minister in Hawaii is being held without bail because he is 'too dangerous'.

Golden State eyes pot of gold

The Edmonton Journal has a good piece on marijuana legalization in California.

San Jose considers weed tax

The Associated Press reports that San Jose, CA is considering a 10 percent tax on medical marijuana, which would be the highest weed tax in the state.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Weed to be allowed in VA clinics

The Associated Press reports that new Federal guidelines will allow marijuana to be used in V.A. clinics in the 14 states where medical marijuana is legal. It's nice to see that the government made a sane decision to allow our war vets a little relief. Kudos to you government!

Legalizing weed would make a lot of money? Really?

Firedoglake.com reports that a new analysis of Prop. 19 shows it would raise 'Hundreds of Millions of Dollars' for California. Tell us something we don't know.

Hashing it out with marijuana activist and educator Richard Lee

The San Francisco Chronicle has an audio interview with Richard Lee, founder of Oaksterdam University, and driving force behind Prop. 19.

Brett Michaels Busted

ABC News reports that Brett Michaels was cited for having weed on his tour bus.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Well, duh!

The Big Money reports that marijuana legalization could make California a richer and safer place.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Green Party backs Prop. 19

The Independent Political Report reports that California's Green Party are backing marijuana legalization.

Oakland OKs big pot farms

NY Daily News reports that small growers are upset after the Oakland City Council approves large marijuana growing operations in the city.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Former lawmaker busted for grow operation

The Desert News reports that former Utah state legislator Jeff Fox was arrested after a raid uncovered pot and plants in his home.

A Canadian viewpoint

Columnist Jon Ferry gives us a Canadian view on California's marijuana legalization debate.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Is the Economy Driving Marijuana Legalization Efforts?

KTVU.com reports on the economic ramifications of large marijuana growing operations in Oakland.

Feinstein opposes California legalization measure

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Senator Diane Feinstein has come out against legalizing marijuana in California.

Weed wars in California

The Economist has a great overview of the marijuana legalization efforts in California.

Monday, July 12, 2010

San Diegans against pot?

The San Diego Entertainer Magazine reports that a poll of San Diego residents shows 54 percent voting 'no' on marijuana legalization.

Religious group busted in Hawaii

Members of a religious group centered around marijuana have been indicted for growing and distributing weed.

Avoid fake weed

The stuff sounds awful!

AOL continues awesome weed coverage

AOL has been posting tons of great articles on marijuana lately, this one is an opinion piece that reveals a lot of truth about the herb. Enjoy.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Californians, Register to Vote!

My Countdown Countdown

If you live in California, please don't forget to register to vote before Nov. 2, when we will vote to legalize marijuana! If you're not already registered, go here and sign up!

$1.50 joints?

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that marijuana legalization in California could drop the price of a joint of high-quality marijuana to just $1.50. Awesome news indeed.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Company to teach cities how to tax pot

Marketwatch.com reports that a new company called Marijuana Inc. is providing tax collection solutions for cities.

Paris Hilton busted for weed in South Africa


OMG! News reports that Paris Hilton was arrested after being found with a small amount of marijuana at the World Cup in South Africa.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Colorado vet fighting to get medical marijuana approved for PTSD

ABC News in Denver reports that a local veteran is pushing to have medical marijuana approved for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Read more here.

California cities considering weed tax

 According to a report from AOL, many cities in California are considering following in Oakland's footsteps and setting a tax on medical marijuana.

Cheaper weed?

The Associated Press has more on a possible marijuana price drop under Prop. 19.

L.A. Supervisors trying to ban dispensaries

Scpr.org reports that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are making moves to ban dispensaries in unincorporated areas, but a ban may not be constitutional.

NAACP says pot is civil rights issue

CNN has a piece on NAACP claim that young blacks are disproportionately targeted for marijuana arrests.

AOL Runs down facts on Prop. 19

AOL gives 'Key Facts on California's Marijuana Legalization Vote', but they don't tell us much that we didn't already know. They do quote the Rand Drug Policy Research Center as saying Prop. 19 could cause the price of marijuana to drop by up to 80 percent though. This is exactly what I see happening as well; the streets will be flooded with high-quality, low-cost pot for everyone. This law will be the best thing that ever happened to pot smokers.