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December 21 2010

Teapot Party Meetup

Teapot Party on FacebookOur new leader of the 420 Army has taken up the mantle! This is the catalyst we've been waiting for, the blunder of one dumb cop, has gotten the ball rolling in what will become the movement to turn the tide in the battle to legalize marijuana. Take action now! This is an insurgency (peaceful, since we're stoners) and this is your call to duty.

Willie Nelson sparked a new political effort after his arrest for marijuana, telling CelebStoner.com, "There's a Tea Party. How about a Teapot Party?

Our motto: 'We lean a little to the left.' Tax it, regulate it, legalize it."

Now it's our chance to join together to get this Teapot Party started! We need to demand change and back candidates who want to legalize marijuana and hemp as their main issue. Get together with other Teapot supporters by joining a Meetup near you, or take action on-line by joining, and then sharing the Facebook group with your friends.

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April 11 2010

Alcohol vs Weed

alcohol_vs_weed.jpgIn the defense of pot, there has never been a more sound reason, for decriminalization of weed, than the justification defined in this excellent article by David Sirota from Salon. This is the best, short and sweet, summation of an indefensible denial argument.
Title: Making the case for marijuana

This article is such an important point of view, one that I share wholeheartedly ~ Our laws related to marijuana are doing more harm than good. David Sirota adds this poignant point to drive home the message:

Last week, students at 80 colleges asked their schools to reduce penalties for marijuana possession so that they are no greater than penalties for alcohol possession. It's a request with safety in mind: According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol use by college kids contributes to roughly 1,700 deaths, 600,000 injuries and 97,000 sexual assaults every year. By contrast, "The use of marijuana itself has not been found to contribute to any deaths, there has never been a single fatal marijuana overdose in history (and) all objective research on marijuana has also concluded that it does not contribute to injuries, assaults, sexual abuse, or violent or aggressive behavior," as the group Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation notes.
"It's time we stop driving students to drink and let them make the rational, safer choice to use marijuana," said one student.
Please read, bookmark and social network: Making the case for marijuana

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."

March 18 2010

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 22 2009

New Orleans as Marijuana Mecca

Fleur_de_Lys_Variante.pngLegal weed in the Big Easy? What a genius idea! One of the 12 candidates running for mayor of New Orleans is Jerry Jacobs, running on a platform of Social Change, and some say a long-shot to win but he's put forward a great plan: Legalize Marijuana, to reduce crime and increase sales tax, in an attempt to triage the city's budget crisis. During an interview with WDSU Jacobs said:

Legalizing marijuana will do for the city of New Orleans what ending Prohibition did for the country in 1933, it put the gangsters and bootleggers out of business and increased sales tax revenue.

Imagine the positive impact that Amsterdam type regulations could have on New Orleans? Tourism, which some predict will never come back to pre-Katrina levels, would grow faster than an indica plant in a hydroponic grow-op. New cannabis coffee-shops would spring-up all over the city to create new jobs and commerce. Industrious citizens would be able to apply for a license to grow weed at home and supply to the shops and/or medical marijuana patients. New Universities would open their doors, like Oaksterdam to teach students bud-tending and cannabusiness management. The increase of weed would even cause a greater demand for food to help the restaurants get back to where they once were. The Big Easy would become popular once again.

As for crime? Which is a problem in New Orleans and partly responsible for keeping tourists away, anyone in doubt about what a dramatic decrease would happen, need only study the reports from other cities that have decriminalized drugs, such as Portugal, or regulated cannabis cafes such as Amsterdam. Anyone who doesn't take this idea seriously should use common sense to realize that crack cocaine is much more of a problem and by isolating that one illegal substance by making the other legal, allows enforcement a much better chance of addressing the cocaine epidemic.

Pharmaceutical drugs have become the scourge of our culture and the biggest risk to our young people. Designer drugs and prescription pills are the biggest problem amongst young adults and interestingly marijuana spoils the high of all narcotics, for most people, in most cases. Crack-heads only use marijuana as a currency to buy crack by trading in enough weed to save up for a rock. A heroin junky will only smoke weed when they can't score heroin, why? It helps to keep them mellow and takes the edge of substance deprivation. Marijuana can be used in an effective treatment for the recovery of all other types and forms of addiction. New Orleans could be a destination city for substance abuse treatment.

new_orleans_bourbon_street.jpgAny police officer, anywhere in the world, will tell you that the most dangerous suspect to handle is one that is drunk on alcohol and/or stoned on chemicals drugs, more and more often of the pharmaceutical type. The very non-toxic, chemical composition of marijuana is what makes people peaceful when they use it, and therefore much easier to handle as a crowd, or individually, which is why marijuana has been allowed and accepted in European cities that host large football (soccer to us) tournaments, where they previously witnessed incidents of mass rioting, civil disobedience and destruction of public property. When the crowds of rabid football fans smoke weed no-one or nothing get's hurt.

The Big Easy is the perfect place to open the doors to legal marijuana. There's nothing to lose and everything to gain. Besides, it's the birthplace of Jazz so shares a long tradition of smoking weed and to this day it's as easy to score as a good Jambalaya, even quadruple the police force and I can promise you the herb will still be easy to find in the French Quarter. Please, just take it out of the hands of crack-heads, thieves and junkies! Stop empowering the criminals and start growing a friendly city.

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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December 02 2009

Toke of the Town

tokeofthetown_banner.pngJust discovered "Toke of the Town - Cannabis Culture News and Views" which is a member of the Village Voice Media network. Within a few minutes of perusing the tongue in cheek Toke of the Town I really liked what I was reading and then realized why, the editor is Steve Elliott my online friend from Seattle, aka 'alapoet' and maybe the most prolific blogger (see: Reality Catcher) and active social net-worker online that I know. Aside from being a great writer Steve is a true activist and not just for marijuana law reform, as he's the kind of guy who will speak his mind, write letters to politicians, march in protests, or get in the face of any aggressor of any sort of injustice. There couldn't be a better editor for the Village Voice's "Toke of the Town".

Follow the tweets of "Toke of the Town" or join Steve Elliott on any of these following social networks: Delicious, FaceBook, Friend Feed, Linked In, Stumble Upon, or YouTube

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November 19 2009

Green Aid Festivus

greenaid.gifJoin Ed Rosenthal, the "Guru of Ganja", for the annual Green Aid Festivus, a party to raise money for the Medical Marijuana Legal Defense and Education Fund.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 23, 8pm
WHERE: SOMArts Center - 934 Brannan @ 8th San Francisco
TICKETS: $60 each*
Call: 510.849.4692 or write: tickets@green-aid.com
Website: Green Aid

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