NBA Commissioner Says He’s Open to Medical Pot

With states all across the nation climbing out of the pit of pot prohibition, it should come as no surprise that professional sports leagues are now starting to discuss the possibility of revising their drug policies.

Although the majority of the debate is, so far, focused on how cannabis medicine might be used as an alternative to opioid medications for players in the NFL, it was recently revealed that the arena of professional basketball is, too, giving this treatment option some consideration.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who has not exactly been in support of changing the NBA’s drug policy with respect to marijuana, is apparently loosening his stance on the concept of players using the herb as a substitute to dangerous prescription drugs.

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LISTEN: “Ways To Get Stoned” with The Habit

With a name inspired by their addiction to weed, Seattle’s flagship comedy outfit The Habit drops a weekly “Fantasy Drafts” podcast – but instead of drafting football players, they pick abstract concepts like Mythical Creatures, Ways To Die, and Breakfast Cereal Mascots.

Ep 0019: Ways To Get Stoned Fantasy Draft

More an excuse for these journeymen intellibros to riff off each other’s rapier wits, their latest “Ways To Get Stoned” features the comedians getting progressively higher throughout the episode. With a special guest appearance by The Empire Strikes Back’s Billy Dee Williams, the draft reaches a fever pitch with discussion of Honey Bear stopping 9-11, and their mutual hatred of vaporizers.

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The Ultimate Stoner Dorm Room Guide

It’s back to school time, and for many, it’s the beginning of college: college campuses will soon be swarming with new freshmen to get in everyone’s way and see how far they can push the rules. One of those rules is smoking in dorms—while we don’t condone the practice, we know you’re going to anyway.

So, to keep you safe (and make you a little cooler to new friends), here’s our list of what you need to toke in your dorm room

1. Smell-Proof Container for Bud

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Stoner Sex: Rekindling Old Flames, Suicidal Thoughts, Jealousy & Period Sex

Dear Hyapatia,

I love my girlfriend very much, and sex with her is some of the best sex I have ever had. She is wild and passionate all in one. I don’t want to be gross or anything, but my girlfriend wants to have sex at all times… if you know what I mean. I personally do not like to have sex when it is “that time of the month.” She takes this personally. I have tried to explain that I have never enjoyed that with any of my girlfriends. She understands that but wants our relationship to be different. I just don’t want to and don’t think I physically would be able to even if I tried. Why is she so hung up on this? — Kyle

Dear Kyle,

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Every Famous Astrophysicist Agrees: Marijuana Should Be Legalized

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There aren’t very many famous scientists in the world—for some reason, celebrity and peer-reviewed research don’t go hand-in-hand—but where popular culture and rational inquiry intersect, the resulting Venn diagram is pro-marijuana.

On Monday, prominent astrophysicist (and Twitter personality) Neil deGrasse Tyson joined the ranks of learned academics to endorse cannabis legalization. Who knew—there isn’t an intellectually honest argument in support of drug prohibition and the carceral state to be had.

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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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Radical Rant: Former Baltimore Narcotics Officer Has Solution for Rooting Out Bad Cops

You’ve no doubt seen the not-one-but-two separate body cam videos where officers with the Baltimore Police Department are seemingly planting drug evidence. With these, and so many other videos of bad cops run amok, what can been done to better police the police?

On my daily cannabis news podcast, The Marijuana Agenda, I sat down with Major Neill Franklin, a former cop with 34 years of experience as a narcotics officer for the Maryland State Police and as the commander for the Education and Training Division of the Baltimore Police Department. He’s also the executive director of Law Enforcement Action Partnership[*], a non-profit organization of former police, prosecutors, judges and others dedicated to advancing reforms in criminal justice and drug policy that improve public safety.

The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Weed Weddings and Marijuana Marriages: Can Cannabis Couples Last?

These days, canna marriage last?

In U.S. states where marijuana is legal, the weed wedding industry is booming. A hybrid culture is happening, comprised of newly launched businesses, created to meet the demands of a new marijuana marriage ceremony trend. The presence of cannabis benefits bridezillas, bridesmaids and wedding guests alike.

Many companies can be found exhibiting at the Cannabis Wedding Expo, where couples can meet various marijuana vendors and cannabis professionals, who can help infuse pot and paraphernalia into a couple’s wedding plans. Expos currently take place in Denver and California.

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No War, More Weed for Noise Cans

Noise Cans is a category-defying artist who amalgamates musical genre and textures, and inspires pride in cultural diversity.  Through uniquely weaving his rich Bermudian culture into heart-felt songs, his music has touched critics around the globe. Noise Cans is a movement. He collaborates with established artists, and also features the next generation of superstars, working with young artists that are also about the movement rather than a superficial image. His new tune “No War” with Jamaica’s Jesse Royal speaks to the consciousness he brings with him into the music.

The Gombey masks and outfits Noise Cans wears celebrate the African and Caribbean diasporas, inspiring his listeners to explore the history of the many cultures that contribute to his music. The fact that Noise Cans has been featured by massive artists like Steve Aoki speaks to the way his rise is being celebrated. Get familiar. Get excited. Noise Cans is a cultural movement that we need more of. We’re thrilled that he took time to answer some questions for HIGH TIMES about his music, his path and his love for the ganja.

HT:  You describe your sound system as “badman rave”.  What does that mean to you?  

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Pot Matters: Opioid Deaths Continue to Increase

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reports that deaths from drug overdoses continue to increase, from 16.7 per 100,000 in the third quarter of 2015 to 19.9 in the third quarter of 2016. Roughly 60 percent of these deaths are from opioids (mostly fentanyl and heroin).

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which contains the NCHS, estimates a total of 52,404 fatal overdoses in 2015. Data obtained from state agencies by the New York Times indicates there will be over 59,000 overdose deaths reported for 2016.

The death rate from overdoses had already increased from 12.3 per 100,000 in 2010 to 16.3 per 100,000 in 2015. The Washington Post reported on a study from a University of Virginia professor, suggesting that death rates for 2014 may be 24 percent greater than reported totals, indicating a far worse opioid problem than presented by the CDC data.

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