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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.