Conquering the 7 Summits, 1 Edible at a Time

The 8,848 meter tip of Mount Everest is a far cry from the relatively flat plains of northern Indiana. It was probably an even further cry from the thought of then early-20s Tommy Danger. But as it happens, fate will often take you further than you ever dreamed.

Danger began his personal journey while setting up a 5K in his small town to raise money for a 14-year-old girl with cancer. She ultimately ended up losing her life, leaving Danger to wonder how this young girl could be taken away, while he remained as healthy as he had ever been. That pondering began a trek, beginning with a cross-country bike ride and ending with a mountain peak—with a little weed throw in too.

In Tommy’s own words:

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Boxing Champion Wilder Charged with Pot Possession

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor marijuana possession, but his lawyer says the marijuana found in his car did not belong to him.

Police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, said in a statement that they arrested Wilder on Wednesday afternoon after they found marijuana in his Cadillac Escalade. Wilder, 31, was initially stopped for a window tint violation. Officers searched the car after smelling marijuana and found a small amount in the vehicle’s console.

Wilder was charged with second-degree marijuana possession, a misdemeanor, and released on $1,000 bond.

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Ice Cube to Produce Film about Dock Ellis: MLB’s Acid Tripping Pitcher

We have written about people doing extraordinary things while tripping on acid and about LSD helping with certain disorders, but frankly, baseball great Dock Ellis takes the cake.

Forty-seven years ago this week, one of the most important moments in baseball history was made when the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitcher took to the mound and pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres—while tripping on acid.

Reporters at the game, who learned of Ellis’s feat 10 years later, said they couldn’t believe it.

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Radical Rant: NFL Bans Marijuana Ads, But Hard Liquor Ads Approved

With the addition of Indiana recently on to the list of states that approve of medical marijuana use, now fully three-quarters of the teams in the NFL play in such states. In addition, one-quarter of NFL teams play where[*] adult use of marijuana is legal.

Yet, in the latest memo from the NFL concerning television advertising, the league steadfastly bans the promotion of any cannabinoid products during its games, even in those legal/medical states.

However, the league isn’t completely anti-drug.

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Tiger Woods Episode Reveals Drugged Driving Is a Bigger Problem than Stoned Driving

First: Tiger Woods did the right thing.

Last week, the greatest golfer of our time, now 41 years old, many years and four back surgeries removed from owning a sport and A-list celebrity status, started to feel sleepy while driving around near his Florida home—the hangover from a pharmaceutical cocktail, including Vicodin, prescribed after his most recent surgery in April.

He had just enough presence of mind to pull over to the side of the road before he passed out. If he’d only remembered to turn the car off before falling asleep while still in the driver’s seat—where police found him before sunrise on Memorial Day morning, engine running, brake light and turn signals on—Tiger Woods may have escaped the ignominy of failing roadside sobriety tests (he had a blood-alcohol count of 0.00 but copped to being overwhelmed by the pills), being slapped with a DUI charge and having his bleary-eyed mugshot printed on every sports page in the country.

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Race Car Drivers, Marijuana Smuggling—and Now More Intrigue

Don Whittington and his two brothers were the only sibling trio of drivers to have ever qualified for the same Indianapolis 500 race. That was 1982.

During those heady years of racing, two of the Whittington brothers—along with two other famous Indy 500 drivers, Randy Lanier and John Paul Sr.—apparently also loved speed boats, barges and small planes… especially the ones full of weed from Colombia, Mexico and other such places.

In 1986, the four Indy 500 racers were all busted in connection with multi-million dollar schemes that funded, or partially funded, high-end racing teams.

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Cliff Robinson Endorses Oregon Senate Bill About Cannabis Consumption

Cliff Robinson is submitting the following written testimony in support of Oregon Senate Bill 307, which would provide for ‘regulation by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission of consumption and sale of cannabis items at temporary events, including licensure of premises on which temporary events are held.’:


Madame Chairs and Members of the Committee,

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NASCAR Removes Pot Sponsor’s Logo from Car

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Carl Long was forced to strip the logo of a Colorado-based marijuana vaping company from his car Friday after NASCAR said it violated rules governing sponsorship and paint schemes.

The logo for Colorado-based Veedverks was plastered on Long’s green and yellow No. 66 for tech inspection, but a NASCAR spokesman said it was never vetted and approved. And when officials learned of the hood logo, they had crew members remove it before the car went to the track.

NASCAR officials said it will not adorn the car the rest of the weekend.

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Former NCAA Player Trey Jarrells Talks Quitting Football For Marijuana

If you deem yourself a real sports fan, then you must remember Treyous Jarrells from his time as a Colorado State running back—with a very promising future. However, it is more likely that you know him as the guy who traded football for weed, going out in a flare of media exposure and public criticism.

At the time, people assumed he was “just a pothead,” who preferred scoring ganja to scoring a touchdown. Nonetheless, there is much more to this interesting story of advocacy and standing up for one’s ideals.

Fortunately, I had the chance to chat with Trey at the Viridian Cannabis Investment Series, a super-serious business event focused on diversity, hosted by Viridian Capital Advisors at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

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