Weediquette 101: How to Be a Good Pot Citizen

Rolling Stone recently published a Miss Manners-style guide to pot-smoking etiquette, with the goal of banishing stereotypes and instructing the growing subculture to be responsible, polite and conscientious consumers.

“Whether you’re livening up a dinner party with some gourmet infused cookies or scoring some unlabeled bud from your dealer for your friend’s mom, it is important to consider how to be a good weed citizen,” wrote Amanda Chicago Lewis.

How to best live openly as an ethical stoner, says Lewis, is to keep in mind how “your behavior affects other people, and how can you better educate those around you.”

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Here’s the Deal with Pot in North Korea

Photo by Vortex Farmacy.

In 1962, American soldier Allen Abshier, stationed in South Korea, defected to the ironically-named Democratic People’s Republic of Korea—AKA (the completely non-democratic) North Korea—in order to avoid court-martial charges, after having been caught smoking marijuana five or six times. Presumably, he was allowed to smoke freely in the country where he sought asylum.

It is surprising that a regime as diabolically punishing as the one that arrested and detained college student Otto Warmbier, for allegedly stealing a poster from his hotel room while on vacation, would be so open about cannabis. (Tragically, after 17 months in prison, Otto Warmbier succumbed to injuries sustained in captivity and died a few days after his release.)

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Kanye West’s Insurance Claims Weed Caused Last Year’s Massive Meltdown

2016 was a weird year for us all. It was much weirder for Kanye West.

There he was, chained to a floating stage, flying across America during the Saint Pablo tour—the “greatest rap tour of all time,” as the Daily Dot gushed—Yeezus literally hovering over massive crowds packing the country’s biggest arenas.

And then there he was, standing on a floating stage, supporting Donald Trump’s border wall and endorsing Donald Trump—that is, had Kanye bothered to vote—and standing up fans in L.A., canceling a make-up show a few hours before it was set to begin and walking out of a show in Sacramento after just a half hour, most of which was spent yelling about Jay Z, Beyonce, Obama, Hillary—whoever, whatever.

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Employers Advised to Hold Off on Testing for Pot Use

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine official says employers shouldn’t test for marijuana because state law doesn’t allow workers to be fired for using it.

A committee tasked with establishing new regulations in the wake of the legalization of recreational marijuana heard testimony Monday from a labor department official who said the state’s current rules are an outlier.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Julie Rabinowitz said employers currently can’t fire an employee or reject an applicant for failing a drug test. She said employers need more leeway to maintain drug-free workplaces.

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Radical Rant: There Are Almost as Many Tokers as Black People

HIGH TIMES has reported that the latest Gallup poll shows that 45 percent of Americans admit to having tried marijuana and 12 percent of Americans admit they are current marijuana consumers.

That means that there are roughly as many tokers in America as black people.

The latest U.S. Census estimates of Americans claiming to be black or African-American is 13.6 percent of the population, as of 2016.

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Where to Find Your Weed-Smoking Kindred Spirits in Europe This Summer

It’s time for our annual list of best places to blaze this summer for you lucky European travelers.

As was the case last year, according to the 2017 Annual Drug Report, pot is still the most commonly-used illicit substance in Europe. Good job not getting bumped out of first place by some nasty dangerous drug!

Here is some advice on where in Europe to find the best bud and how to experience the least amount of hassle when lighting up:

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Gallup: Percentage of Americans Who Have Tried Weed Reaches New High

The most recent Gallup poll reveals that at least 45 percent of U.S. adults say they have tried marijuana—at least once in their lives.

That’s the highest percentage in the history of the yearly poll, which started in 1969, Gallup said.

When last year’s poll was conducted, 43 percent of Americans said they’d tried pot at least once.

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Alaska Marijuana Regulators to Revisit Onsite Pot Use Debate

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska marijuana regulators plan to revive debate over onsite use of marijuana in retail cannabis shops.

In February, the Marijuana Control Board scuttled proposed rules that would have allowed onsite use of marijuana in authorized stores, citing skittishness over how President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice would view marijuana.

Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Alaska and seven other states but illegal at the federal level.

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Another Football Great Gets Suspended for Weed

Baltimore Raven’s tight end Darren Waller was just suspended for at least a year, making him the fourth NFL player this off-season to be shut out for a year, all for substance-abuse violations, all believed to be weed-related.

Waller was suspended without pay after violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy for the second time in as many seasons, the league announced Friday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Waller, 24, was banned for the first four games of last season last July. He later admitted that he had tested positive for marijuana use.

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Feds Assemble ‘Pop-Up’ Court in Oregon Forest for Major Peace Gathering

BY GILLIAN FLACCUS

ASSOCIATED PRESS

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. government has sent federal prosecutors to a “pop-up” court in eastern Oregon to process citations against people attending a massive counter-culture peace gathering on public land that could draw up to 20,000 people.

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