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April 15 2011

2011 Dr. Greenthumb, Tommy Chong & Snoop Dogg Spring Gathering, Powered by WeedMaps!

GUERILLA UNION PRESENTS
DR. GREENTHUMB, TOMMY CHONG AND SNOOP DOGG'S
SPRING GATHERING MUSIC FESTIVAL AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA EXPO
POWERED BY WEEDMAPS

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 AT THE NOS EVENTS CENTER IN SAN BERNARDINO, CA
TICKETS ON-SALE APRIL 9

FEATURING LIVE PERFORMANCES BY
SNOOP DOGG, CYPRESS HILL, TRAVIS BARKER with MIX MASTER MIKE,
STEPHEN MARLEY, COLLIE BUDDZ
AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

SNOOP DOGG AND WEEDMAPS ANNOUNCE
OFFICIAL PARTNERSHIP WITH SPRING GATHERING

FIRST ANNUAL CANNABIS CLASSIC RECOGNIZES
EXCELLENCE IN MEDICAL MARIJUANA INDUSTRY

GUERILLA UNION IN CONJUNCTION WITH MEDICINE AND MUSIC PROJECT ANNOUNCE
SAFE AND SECURE ONSITE CONSUMPTION AREA
FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS

Guerilla Union has announced the return of the second annual Dr. Greenthumb, Tommy Chong and Snoop Dogg's SPRING GATHERING Music Festival and Medical Marijuana Expo powered by Weedmaps, taking place on Saturday, June 11 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA. In 2010, SPRING GATHERING established itself as a premier lifestyle destination celebrating music and activism. The second installment will feature a powerful line-up that continues to perfectly blend the worlds of music and cannabis culture. SPRING GATHERING 2011 will feature live performances by SNOOP DOGG, CYPRESS HILL, TRAVIS BARKER WITH MIX MASTER MIKE, STEPHEN MARLEY, COLLIE BUDDZ plus more to be announced. SPRING GATHERING'S ambassadors, Dr. Greenthumb (B Real of Cypress Hill), Tommy Chong, Snoop Dogg and special guest Shelby Chong, will host the day-long festivities.

Festival organizers have also announced an exciting partnership with music artist, Snoop Dogg and technology company, WeedMaps.com, further solidifying B Real, Tommy Chong and Guerilla Union's mission to create a platform for compassion, activism and education for the entire medical marijuana community. B Real states, "We are thrilled to have Snoop Dogg join our partnership. He is an icon in music and medicine. His commitment to Spring Gathering solidifies our vision with Tommy Chong, and myself. You can count on us to bring innovative ideas that continue to shape this movement." Chang Weisberg of Guerilla Union also shares his excitement, "We have been looking for a technology partner that would make an immediate impact with our music and medicine platforms. WeedMaps' combination of web optimization, community, and content will help us power the future of this platform."

In addition to the music portion, the festival will also offer a full day of activities and attractions to further educate and drive awareness toward the ever-changing social and political landscape surrounding medical marijuana. The WeedMaps Medical Marijuana Expo @ Spring Gathering will play host to advocates, non-profit organizations, medical marijuana collectives, eco-friendly exhibitors and more. While visiting the WeedMaps MMJ Expo, fans will be treated to a full schedule of expert discussion panels, celebrity guest appearances, speakers and meet and greets. In addition to sharing hosting duties, B Real, Tommy Chong and Snoop Dogg will also participate as special guest speakers at the WeedMaps MMJ Expo.

Guerilla Union and WeedMaps have also teamed up to launch The Spring Gathering Cannabis Classic, hosted by Tommy Chong. This new platform, which will take place at SPRING GATHERING, was created for medical marijuana patients to commemorate their favorite collectives, products and strains of the season. Patients will also be able to recognize activists and artists in their communities who have helped bring integrity, compassion and progress toward marijuana reform.

Following the unprecedented and successful implementation of onsite medical marijuana consumption at the Cypress Hill SmokeOut 2010, Guerilla Union and the Medicine and Music Project have announced the first integration of onsite consumption for medical marijuana patients at SPRING GATHERING. A complete and comprehensive list of procedures and regulations for festival attendees is available online at www.springgathering.com. Festival organizers urge all attendees to carefully review all protocols and prerequisites prior to attending the festival.

The Guerilla Union ticket pre-sale, for registered Guerilla Union newsletter subscribers, will begin on Friday, April 8 from 10:00am PST- 10:00pm PST, exclusively on Ticketfly.com. Tickets will be available to the general public online via Ticketfly.com and at key retail locations starting Saturday, April 9. SPRING GATHERING will also be streaming live courtesy of B Real TV on Saturday, June 11. The live stream will feature artist performances, exclusive backstage content and artist interviews throughout the show. Fans can sign up and log on at www.breal.tv. Visit www.springgathering.com to sign up for the Guerilla Union newsletter and receive up to date information and festival announcements.

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January 08 2011

The Real Gateway Drug

high_times_encyclopedia_recreational_drugs.jpgWhen I was a teenager one of my friends had a subscription to High Times Magazine and back then, as a bonus, he received "The Encyclopedia of Recreational Drugs" which we used to marvel at and brashly proclaim

"Oh such little time, and so many substance to try"
- keep in mind that we were young and reckless, LSD and cocaine was prevalent, as were magic mushrooms, speed and MDA were occasionally around and of course lot's of weed, hash and hash-oil. Personally I was not attracted to any synthetic drug. I always felt that my group were spoiled in the selection of recreational drugs available to us but mostly all we did was smoke weed and drink beer. I managed to experiment with Peyote, which intrigued me because I'd been reading Carlos Castaneda back in the 80's and then happened to meet a Dude in a pipeline construction camp, while I was working inside the Arctic Circle, who had a stash of Peyote buttons, real true mescaline, what an experience that was, I'll never forget it. Then not long after that I left Canada for Australia and traveled through South East Asia where I experimented a little with opium, and smoked more great weed. Once I arrived in Australia I discovered that there was heroine but aside from smoking a few puffs through a bic pen (tube), which was interesting, I never had the desire to inject it but I was well aware of it's effect

Over the years I've witnessed a major shift in the mindset of young people when it comes to recreational drugs. I pride myself on remaining up-to-date with the trends in our society. Hanging out with hip people all over the world, and having lived on both coasts of the USA, I've been back-stage, in the back-rooms and in the limos with the movers and shakers of popular culture. I am qualified to know a thing or two about the modern-day use of recreational drugs. The pusher today is big-pharm, the drug of choice comes in a pill, and kids know how to use a combination of these potent pharmaceuticals like a simple recipe but the gateway drug, now more than ever is alcohol. As much as things change, some things remain the same, such as an otherwise honor roll student, losing their sensibility and suffering a momentary lapse of judgement and making a stupid mistake, by putting a harmless-looking little pill in their mouth, or getting in the car with the cool kids outside the party, it always happens much, much easier, after a few drinks.

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Maybe this has been said a thousand times and stated in a thousand different ways but there is no comparison in the dangers of marijuana, compared to alcohol, so I'll try it again, and make this statement one thousand and one:

marijuana reduces the risk of danger to young people - alcohol is the true gateway drug
One of the things that prompted me to write this article was televised statements from Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske related to the release of a major study last month, by the office of National Drug Policy Control in which he talks about the rise in the number of young people admitting to smoking marijuana, which he blames on the medical marijuana movement. He is so upside down as to be out of touch with reality. And on a side note I think that he's been wrongly nick-named and Drug Czar should be changed to Drug Warlord. However, the point is that the real problem is much different than what we're told and his statement is completely bogus but Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML already identified the SPIN and sets the record straight on his blog and then again on theHill.com.

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There were two other reasons I decided to write this piece, which has accidentally turned into a rant. One of this blogs readers asked if I could mention how out-of-control modern day pharmaceutical drug addiction has gotten, specifically how today's teenagers are getting addicted to pills and how epidemic this problem is. This particular reader is of the belief, as am I, that cannabis may actually hold the key to combating this problem. The other reason for my writing this article was for a family from a very wealthy community in South Florida, good friends, who have suffered so terribly and now recovering from having their family torn to pieces by an Oxy abuse problem with their teenage son, whom they save through intervention. I witnessed first-hand the psychological scars on the family as well as the damaged attitude of the youth, it was scary. Another friend from Las Vegas wasn't as lucky and his son crashed his BMW at high speed, taking with him his life and those of 2 passengers and left behind massive tragedy.

The last time I heard, the family from South Florida have managed to save the sanity of their son and keep the family together but they have become so convinced about the promise of marijuana in changing or at least addressing the huge problem of designer drug abuse that they've decided to sell their house in Florida and are looking to buy a Marijuana Dispensary in California and they don't even smoke weed.

December 14 2010

Reefer Leaks

Julian-Assange-WikiLeaks.jpgI just read a letter from Michael Moore called "Why I'm Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange" and it strikes me as so accurate and important, that I feel compelled to add my two cents worth, and try to make sure more people understand his point of view. This topic is at the crux of the "War on Drugs" and may be a small step for mankind, towards truth in "why marijuana is illegal?" and a better understanding "what caused the prohibition of cannabis?".

Please don't confuse me for being a big fan of Michael Moore's, although I've enjoyed some of his work and agree with some of his ideas, I am a huge fan of his courage, for speaking his mind and saying things in public that make conservatives cringe. Michael Moore is an American patriot, in the truest sense of the word because he's put his own country ahead of his own personal security. This man is doing the world a great service by raking the muck that no-one else wants to smell, let alone touch.

This entire story reminds me of one of my favorite Ziggy Marley songs:

Be Free :
The system's got too much control,
and they don't wanna let it go
I'm a prisoner fighting to be free,
I'm breaking out of captivity

Be free, be free
to be free

Little by little, I'm losing control
as little by little my rights erode
I stop the deputy, now you know
mama don't try, you see I got to go

( Chorus )

The government's got too much control,
now is there some place that we can roll
the politics of fear and oppression is everywhere now
the law is closing in, just take what you can bring

( Chorus )

The system's got too much control,
now is there some place that we can roll
I'm a prisoner fighting to be free, the law is closing in
just take what we can bring

I'm no authority on what was released in Wiki Leaks and I'm not convinced that Julian Assange had (or has) altruistic motivations but I heard the statements from his former partner, who claims that he's carrying on with a new format called OpenLeaks.org, which will be a private membership site where news groups and the general public will be able to gain access to archives of data but in the future there won't be a massive out-pour of dirt. So to me, it seems that something really good is coming from this info-war, as it was nick-named by John Perry Barlow:

"The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops," Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow said in a tweet reposted by WikiLeaks to its 300,000-odd followers.

Now there's someone I'm a huge fan of (ie. JPB of EFF), in many ways he's my hero and inspiration. In the year 1999 JPB agreed to become an adviser on my advisory board for Rock-n-Roll.com when I was the CEO, but only under the condition that our business be completely and 100% open source - it took me a few years to fully understand what he meant by that term (I thought, at first, he was referring to the software) and even longer to realize the significance of open source. Think about how much better the world would be if we all lived in complete open source? Would total open source end all war, including the war on drugs? Truth will set us free.
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July 05 2010

Star Spangled Banner Ad

Reefer Poker American FlagWhenever I hear the "Star Spangled Banner" sung I get misty-eyed and when it's performed by a great singer, especially at a championship sporting event, I actually shed tears despite my best efforts to not look silly. Why this is unusual to me, is because I'm an Expat Canadian and my own National Anthem barely raises my attention, let alone emotion, then the Brazilian National Anthem sounds ridiculous (to me), and only one of a dozen people could tell you what the words are, let alone the meanings, yet Brazileiro's get very emotional about their anthem. So what's up with the Canucks - Stand on guard lyrics?

Most Canadian's will tell you the same thing, we love USA. We know we're different in some way's, but we also know we're the same in most ways, and in lifestlye we attempt to emulate our big neighbor to the south. Our culture is an American culture, as is a growing segment of the world's population, even if each nation brings it's own mix to the party, in the end we're all listening to, and watching, the same media, striving to drive the same cars, eat the same food, build the same houses and live the large lifestyle, like the American's.

It was sad to witness the erosion of the of the global sentiment towards American's over the past decade but that seemed to subside for a time with the election of Obama, proving that the majority of citizens wanted to change some ways and make some amends. When all along we Canadian's continued to adore USA, even if there were some mistakes made because we trust in the U.S. political system, more than our own, that the voices of reason will have an opportunity to be heard. I for one like to believe that there are enough smart people, not afraid to speak their minds, to make sure that before an important law is passed, it's meaning has had a fair and thorough debate.

These past couple of years have been the most challenging times for the people of USA, the shit-storm just doesn't seem to want to end. Whether it be Geo-political, domestic, economic or even environmental, as in the Gulf disaster, the greatest asset of the nation has been brought to bare, on whatever issue it's confronted, that is; "willful determination". This is what makes us admire American's, it's how they react to adversity; with resolve and confidence, that the problems are going to be fixed, and no-matter what the issue is, or the obstacles are, it will get done, once the plan is set and the decision is made to make it happen, it will happen!

Amongst the most charming traits of American's Is the ability to laugh at themselves and write books, make movies or even comedy sketches that make jest of some of their foibles. Being able to make fun or even art of what otherwise might be deemed a political or International disaster, act of war, or a career suicide (ie. Celebrities making mistakes), no matter who does what, somebody's going to make a joke of it, even if it's beyond tasteless. This candor brings humility to the character of the people and makes the rest of realize that mistakes happen and everyone is watching with a keen eye. I especially like that a Canadian such as Jon Stewart can sling as much mud at anyone in the news and everyone laughs. And around the world Expat American's are making people of other countries laugh, smile, or respond in some meaningful way, often in a life-saving ways, or even in a police/peacekeeping ways, very often in a leadership capacity, however my favorite role of American's abroad is like the Gringo's of Amsterdam, or the many American's that I've met in far-flung corners of Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, and Thailand, incredible great people!

Maybe we Canadian's are so infatuated with everything south of the border because we spend so much time there. I for one have been to more than 40 states, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Even driven from Buffalo to Miami and back, from Miami to Vancouver and back, and once across the top from Idaho across to Sturgis, South Dakota, before heading south back to Miami. Plus, I've had the good fortune to have visited all of the biggest cities, and lived in South Florida for 12 years, I can attest to Miami being my second home and favorite gateway to Latin America. Sure the beaches of Hawaii are arguably the best anywhere, the city on NYC the capital of the modern world, Vegas the ultimate city of sin and excitement, and L.A. is the Mecca of all that is cool and hip, but having said all that, it's still an easy answer, when asked "what is it I love the most about USA?" - it's the people.

Happy Independence Day!

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March 30 2010

CNN Prince of Pot

marc_emery2.jpgIn a recent interview Marc Emery said;

"None of what I am accused of doing, which is selling cannabis seeds over the Interent, harmed anyone," Emery said. "These were all things done in a political context. I've run for election, since 1980, twelve times. [...] There are levels of support in this country including the three previous mayors of Vancouver, Senator in the Senate, and certainly gracious members of the House of Commons who presented that petition yesterday."

Dr. Lester Grinspoon

potrecon.jpgDr. Lester Grinspoon may very well be the most influential marijuana activist of all time. If there were an award for achievement in changing the way people think about smoking marijuana Dr. Grinspoon would win hands down. During his more than 4 decades of honest intellectual contributions and recommendation for re-thinking the use of cannabis and the laws related to marijuana Dr. Grinspoon founded the Harvard Mental Health Letter, and was its editor for fifteen years, which among other qualifications, put him in a better position than any contemporary American physician to tell the truth about drugs.

Dr. Grinspoon is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author or co-author of over 160 journal articles, including his 1995 commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled "Marihuana as Medicine: A Plea for Reconsideration." His first book, Marihuana Reconsidered, originally published in 1971 by Harvard University Press, was recently republished as a classic. His latest book, Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine, co-authored with James B. Bakalar, was published by Yale University Press in 1993 (revised and expanded edition, 1997) and has now been translated into ten languages. Dr. Grinspoon was also a reviewer of the 1999 Institute of Medicine report, "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base."

Dr. Grinspoon appeared in the Canadian documentary The Union: The Business of Behind Getting High ~ Also, he has two very good websites that I recommend, plus that you visit and join his Facebook Fan Page.

Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine - Dr. Grinspoon's official website
Uses of Marijuana - A website about the potential of medical cannabis

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March 18 2010

February 11 2010

Dr. Lester Grinspoon

potrecon.jpgDr. Lester Grinspoon may very well be the most influential marijuana activist of all time. If there were an award for achievement in changing the way people think about smoking marijuana Dr. Grinspoon would win hands down. During his more than 4 decades of honest intellectual contributions and recommendation for re-thinking the use of cannabis and the laws related to marijuana Dr. Grinspoon founded the Harvard Mental Health Letter, and was its editor for fifteen years, which among other qualifications, put him in a better position than any contemporary American physician to tell the truth about drugs.

Dr. Grinspoon is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author or co-author of over 160 journal articles, including his 1995 commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled "Marihuana as Medicine: A Plea for Reconsideration." His first book, Marihuana Reconsidered, originally published in 1971 by Harvard University Press, was recently republished as a classic. His latest book, Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine, co-authored with James B. Bakalar, was published by Yale University Press in 1993 (revised and expanded edition, 1997) and has now been translated into ten languages. Dr. Grinspoon was also a reviewer of the 1999 Institute of Medicine report, "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base."

Dr. Grinspoon appeared in the Canadian documentary The Union: The Business of Behind Getting High ~ Also, he has two very good websites that I recommend, plus that you visit and join his Facebook Fan Page.

Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine - Dr. Grinspoon's official website
Uses of Marijuana - A website about the potential of medical cannabis

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January 21 2010

Rick Simpson

rick_simpson.jpgHe's a 'healer not a dealer' - is the slogan now being associated with the Canadian Marijuana Activist Rick Simpson after he won the "Freedom Fighter of the Year" award at the High Times Cannabis Cup, last November in Amsterdam. Rick has quite a story to tell and it doesn't bode well for Canadian authorities, as it gains more momentum every day, and since the moral to the story, which RCMP and Canadian government officials have tried to suppress, is that Hemp extract Oil (we call Hash Oil, or Honey Oil), made from high-grade strains of cannabis, cures cancer. Surprise, surprise! There's enough people to back-up what Rick is saying to make an inquiring mind wonder - could it be true? can THC cure cancer?

High Times Magazine Steve Hager is a person in a position to know the difference between truth and sensational bollocks, especially when the topic is medicinal marijuana related. There is an excellent article on High Times website called Rick Simpson's Hemp Oil Medicine and according to an interview by the Urban Grower (see: YouTube video) we'll be seeing more support from Steve Hager and High Times Magazine and possibly a movie to illuminate the truth about the Rick Simpson story.

The good folks from Greenhouse Seeds sponsored Rick's trip to the Cup in Amsterdam, which indicates two interesting issues to consider, first; The StrainHunters have made a life of researching cannabis, Ok for a different purpose than healing cancer but the point is that Arjan and Franco are not likely to be duped by smoke and mirrors, these guys know the power of the plant. Secondly; Rick Simpson is not rich enough to be able to afford his own travel to the Dam and now his exile from Canada, since as it turns out his house was again raided and the RCMP are seeking him for questioning. The point here is that if he were able to grow enough high-grade weed to produce honey-oil to help a bunch of people recover from life-threatening illnesses, and if he were motivated by capital gain (ie. Money) then he'd certainly have enough cash to travel in style to Europe. Maybe Rick Simpson is telling the truth because someone had to?

We are at the dawn of new age in medicine and a new day for mankind. Not only can hemp save the world, it can eliminate a great deal of human suffering and can even put an end to starvation. What are we waiting for? Join with me and let us put an end to this madness. It can only survive if we continue to sit on our backsides and do nothing. Stand up and be counted and let us give ourselves a chance to heal. ~ Rick Simpson

Over 500,000 people have viewed his You Tube video called Run From the Cure and every day the traffic is growing to the Rick Simpson website called Phoenix Tears

January 13 2010

Jesus of Cannabis

Jesus_potleaf_heart.jpgJesus and his apostles were reputed to have used a Holy oil for healing and enlightenment. The Bible makes no direct mention of marijuana, so for anyone to assert that Jesus smoked it is making assumptions, although there were mild types of marijuana in Palestine at that time so it is possible.

The Bible does however make references to the "new wine" and sacred herbs which some have considered to be a reference to marijuana. The original Hebrew recipe for this oil, found in Exodus 30:23 contains references to a plant known as "keneh bosem", and a number of researchers have identified this with cannabis. The most compelling research for Jesus being an advocate of Cannabis was by Chris Bennett and first published in High Times on February 10th, 2010

Chris Bennett said cannabis was widely used at the time to heal the sick.

"The medical use of cannabis during that time is supported by archaeological records."
He said the ancient anointing oil contained high levels of cannabis extract.
"The holy anointing oil, as described in the original Hebrew version of the recipe in Exodus, contained over six pounds of keneh-bosum - a substance identified by respected etymology, linguists anthropologists, botanists and other researchers as cannabis extracted into about six quarts of olive oil along with a variety of other fragrant herbs".
"The ancient anointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture."
Miracles
Mr Bennett suggested the drug may have played a role in some healing miracles carried out by Jesus and his disciples. Read the report here.
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January 04 2010

Beverly Hills NORML 90210

NORML_90210.jpgCheryl Shuman and Fred Rhoades the founders of Beverly Hills NORML 90210 are two crusaders for the reformation of marijuana laws who are making a big noise across the web and over the social networks. Fred has a most interesting background (see: Fred's Bio) with a wealth of knowledge and experience in Organic farming, then in 2007 he first met Cheryl, which he say's changed his life forever, and since that day they've worked together on a number of cool projects, first and foremost was treating the cancer and lung disease that Cheryl had been diagnosed with, Fred became her caregiver and they elected to apply a medicinal cannabis therapy combined with natural remedies. Today Cheryl is in remission and living an active lifestyle but the overall experience compelled her take a more active roll and lend her energy and experience to bring about change in the laws that surround marijuana, hence the formation of the Beverly Hills Chapter of NORML (www.norml90210.org)

The two cannabis crusaders made such a dynamic duo that they decided to start an organic farm in Northern California, where they hope to bring all their focus and knowledge to the business of healing. Complying with the legal guidelines of California Fred and Cheryl formed "Shaman Therapeutics" a Private Non-Profit Medical Cannabis Collective that serves seriously ill patients in both Northern and Southern California.

Fred and Cheryl also work with other collectives, activists and medical marijuana patients working to reform marijuana laws in Beverly Hills and throughout USA.

"This is a challenging time as a legal medical marijuana patient. Laws and politics are changing on a daily basis, says Fred Rhoades." "The prohibition of such a miraculous healing plant must stop. As a patient, caregiver and activist I will stand strong to fight for legalization and safe access for everyone."

December 23 2009

King of Cannabis

arjan_strainhunters.jpgArjan is the founder of the Green House Coffeeshops and Seed Company, the most successful cannabis business in the world. Winner of many international awards (32 High times Cannabis Cups, 17 Highlife Cups, and dozens of other awards), a true leader in cannabis genetics. The vision, passion and hard work of Arjan earned him the distinction of being the "King of Cannabis" but he does not rest on his laurels (so to speak), as he continues to search the planet to collect cannabis genetics and landraces with his longtime side-kick Franco and the team known as the Strain Hunters.

In 1985 at the age of 20 Arjan met an old medicine man in Thailand. At that point he'd already spent ten years of his life in Africa and five years in Asia. The old medicine man had a dream: he dreamt of a free cannabis plant. He explained and taught Arjan the religion of this plant. But he also explained he would never win his battle with just money. Passion and love were the only options. No one ever died because of the cannabis plant, but the power of alcohol, tobacco and the pharmaceutical industry prevent this plant from being used and accepted. The medicine man was right. He eventually died, but the day Arjan met him it changed his life. He wanted to bring this dream closer to reality.

Arjan returned to Holland and got to work. Due to the Dutch Law we can't disclose what he did for the next few years up until 1992, but expect you can guess. All his passion and knowledge encouraged him to open the first Green House Coffeeshop, in the Tolstraat in Amsterdam, in 1992. Green House had a different approach from all other existing coffeeshops. Instead of the old, dark and stuffy interiors, the shop was a big open space with colorful artistic decoration created entirely by his wife and himself. They created the first artistic Cafe-Coffeeshop in Holland. Arjan invited Amsterdam Police officials and the city mayor to the opening, and Green House was an instant hit. The judges from the High Times Cannabis Cup dropped by in 1993 and they won several prizes - for best atmosphere, best weed, and more. It was the beginning of the Green House legend, one that thousands of customers experience everyday.

Celebrities from all over the world started visiting Arjan's coffeshop and became his friends. When you visit take a look at his 'Hall of Fame', you'll be surprised by all the famous names that have spent time there, enjoying the same atmosphere as you can. They grew rapidly into a major cannabis enterprise and won prizes every year at the High Times Cannabis Cup, many of which for the best atmosphere or best weed. In 1993 Arjan expanded, opening his second Cafe-Coffeeshop on the Waterlooplein, a busy central square in Amsterdam. He also established the Green House Seed Company. Go to www.greenhouseseeds.nl or look for it on MySpace. They breed and sell the best cannabis genetics in the world.

In 1997 Arjan opened the third Green House cafe-coffeeshop on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam, in the heart of the famous Red Light District. Again, he developed and made the whole of the interior and decoration themselves - the bar with its sunken mosaic stones lit from beneath, handmade lamps and one-off paintings - all completely unique to the Green House. And more recently, in 2007, he opened the fourth Green House coffeeshop, in the busy Harlemmerstraat. It is a very stylish lounge, with three levels and a huge floor-aquarium with red koi carps. A real cannabis connoisseur paradise, where delicious food is served all day long.

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December 10 2009

Cheech & Chong - Get it Legal

cheechandchong_getitlegal.jpgThe Cheech & Chong Get It Legal Tour is scheduled to make 22 stops across North America, including Boulder, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Bellingham, Buffalo, Portland, Santa Barbara, Tampa, Louisville, Detroit, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Fort Worth, with Canadian stops in Regina and Saskatoon; more dates will be announced soon. Chong's wife and comedy partner, Shelby Chong, will open all dates on the tour, as well as DJ-Joey Mojo.

Successful beyond their wildest dreams, the iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong defined an era with their hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred comedy routines. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong's phenomenal success began on the stand up comedy circuit which led to 9 hit comedy albums and 8 hit films, breaking box office records, shattering comedy album sales, garnering multiple Grammy nominations and mesmerizing fans for more than a decade.

With nine albums released from 1972 through 1985, Cheech and Chong were nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album with their third album, Los Cochinos, released in 1973. Big Bambu, their second album, was the biggest selling comedy record of all time in 1972 and remained so for many years. Their stunningly successful comedy streak transitioned to film in 1978 with their first movie, "Up In Smoke," the highest grossing comedy of 1978, topping $100 million at the box office. Cheech and Chong co-wrote and starred in a total of eight feature films together, all directed by Chong.

From the world famous Troubadour in Los Angeles where they were initially discovered, Cheech & Chong announced their first tour in over 25 years!

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