Jr. Gong Brings Even More Heat With Cannabis Activism

To promote his upcoming ‘Stony Hill’ album, Damian Marley is releasing a video series featuring testimonials from medical cannabis patients.

Bob Marley’s youngest son has significantly turned up the notch on his cannabis activism lately. Not only has Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley made recent waves with his announcement to transform a former prison into a facility to create cannabis extracts, earlier this month he was also announced as one of the new owners of High Times Magazine. The son of one of the greatest reggae stars the world over is releasing his new album ‘Stony Hill’ on July 21 and, as a co-promotion, is debuting a series of Youtube videos highlighting testimonials from prominent cannabis activists and patients who have successfully utilized medical marijuana on their path to healing.

The videos, titled “Medication” in line with the name of Marley’s recent single, feature cannabis advocates telling both their own stories and sharing insights on the grassroots legalization movement as well as the fledgling cannabis industry. One testimonial features Cannabis Now’s own Sara Payan — a stage 3 colon cancer survivor, director of education at The Apothecarium and member of the San Francisco Cannabis State Legalization Task Force — speaking about her discovery of the benefits of medical marijuana and her work to share the knowledge she’s learned with others.

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How Bong Appétit’s Jason Pinsky Became TV’s First Cannabis Producer

For years, cannabis consumers have been portrayed as lazy stoners in the eyes of mainstream America. Meanwhile, activists have been working hard to legalize, destigmatize and normalize its use.

Lives are being enhanced thanks to this miracle plant, and every day, we learn something new about its incredible capabilities because of pioneers like Jason Pinsky, the world’s first credited cannabis producer responsible for everything weed on VICELAND’s hit culinary show, Bong Appétit.

Jason Pinsky

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Coming Out Twice for Pride

This piece was co-created by Michelle Janikian and Catherine Goldberg.

Happy Pride month, everyone! This Pride I’ve been thinking a lot about how the queer and cannabis communities intersect and all the things they have in common.

For one, both queerness and cannabis use have been criminalized and still continue to be marginalized. Yet, despite the struggle of both groups, nothing brings people together better than a huge cone of fabulous weed.

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Everyone’s Obsessed with Rihanna’s New ‘So Stoned’ Shoe Collection

Last week, the fashion world went berserk over Rihanna’s stunning appearance in DJ Khaled’s new music video for “Wild Thoughts,” which gave the world its first peek at RiRi’s third and final collaboration with legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik.

But today, Vogue got the inside scoop on the new shoes, and this time, it’s the cannabis community’s time to get excited.

I love how @rihanna called her manolo blahnik collection “So Stoned” #TheStonerscode

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Cameron Douglas Caught with Pot in System While on Probation

The son of movie star Michael Douglas, Cameron Douglas, was almost sent back to federal prison after a probation officer said he’d been found with marijuana in his system.

The younger Douglas, 38, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2010, for conspiracy to distribute narcotics, after being found dealing heroin and crystal meth out of a hotel room.

Cameron’s lawyer, Ben Brafman, informed the court that his client sought help, after being traumatized from a critical beat down by a prison gang, while inside.

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Radical Rant: Castile’s ‘Audacity to Smoke Marijuana’ Got Him Killed

Officer Jeronimo Yanez in Minnesota was acquitted of all charges related to his point-blank shooting of motorist Philando Castile, a young black man whose execution was streamed live by his girlfriend sitting beside him while her young daughter was in the back seat.

Now, after the trial, the police dashcam footage and the initial investigators’ interviews with Castile and his two police union lawyers have been released, revealing the shocking details that Yanez initially feared for his life—not because Castile was a self-identified lawfully-permitted concealed-carry gun owner—but because Yanez could smell marijuana coming from Castile’s car.

“As I get up to the car I’m hit with an odor of burning marijuana,” Yanez told Special Agents Doug Henning and Christopher Olsen of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. “And I know it’s already been smoked, and I’ve been around, uh, through my training, I’ve been around burnt marijuana and, uh, as a police officer, I’ve been around burnt marijuana and, uh, fresh marijuana. I smelled burnt marijuana. And then, I see a female child in the back. And then I see a front seat passenger, adult female, uh, in the front seat.”

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Toasted Tweets | June 21, 2017

Happy Father’s Day, bruh. So many honored dad by making him breakfast in bed, giving him socks or a tie rack or maybe washing the family car. But some of us showed our sense of family with sinsemilla. This week’s Toasted Tweets finds sentiments by Tweetists who smoked with dad, without dad, were busted by dad, recounted memories about dad and pot and more. The bottom line is, here is a series of thoughts about dads and pot. Dad, this bud’s for you.

my dad just showed me how to air out my room so my mom wouldn’t smell the weed lmfaooo I love him

— monica (@okayt0rres) May 25, 2017

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What Happens If I’m Charged with a Marijuana DUI?

While there are some major differences in the way police handle cannabis-impaired driving and drunk driving, most court systems hand down similar consequences for both offenses. If the court convicts you for driving while under the influence of marijuana, you can expect the ramifications to include a license suspension, a drug and alcohol awareness class, fines, probation and even jail time.

However, the way the prosecution will build their case against you is very different with stoned driving. They cannot simply conduct a breath test after pulling you over to determine if you used cannabis recently.

For example, in Washington State, police have two options for proving a driver is under the influence of marijuana. These options are:

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Radical Rant: State Worker Allegedly Steals MMJ Dispensary Tax Payments

You’ve heard this story before. But this time, there’s a twist.

The federal government considers marijuana a Schedule I controlled substance.

Federal laws prevent financial institutions from laundering the proceeds of trafficking in Schedule I substances.

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Bob Weir Arranges Super Stony Surprise Meeting

Call it stoner folklore if you want, but by now most people have heard the tale of how the term “420” originated.

In the ’70s, a group of five friends from San Rafael High School, who called themselves the Waldos, would meet up daily at 4:20 p.m. to light up. By 1990, a mysterious flyer promoting 420 began circulating at Grateful Dead shows, and in 1991, HIGH TIMES published the text from that mysterious flyer—forever cementing April 20 (4/20) as the highest of holidays.

Fast forward four decades, and the entire 420-Waldos-Grateful Dead tale has come full circle.

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