Humorist Michael Stusser Featured Presenter At Hot Box Show

WASHINGTON: Humorist Michael Stusser, the comedic brains behind the popular online cannabis network  Higher Ground TV, has been booked as a Featured Presenter at MJBA’s “HOT BOX: The Best in Marijuana Design and Packaging 2016” seminar in Tacoma on June 2nd.

Addressing an audience of business professionals in the emerging legal cannabis industry, the theme of Stusser’s presenation will be Visual Madness: From the Devil’s Harvest to Cannabis Connoisseur.

The award-winning filmmaker and author is a business member of the Marijuana Business Association, and HigherGroundTV and MJBA have worked together extensively in the past, most famously at the Hot Pot Products for the High Holidays show.

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“Comedians in Cars Smoking Cannabis” A 4/20 Parody

WASHINGTON: Just in time for 4/20, comes Comedians in Cars Smoking Cannabis – a parody of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Created by award-winning filmmaker Michael Stusser (“Sleeping with Siri”) – who hosts the web series Higher Ground – the spoof features comedian Lauren Weedman (The Daily Show, HBO’s Hung and LookingCurb Your Enthusiasm) along with a fabulous 1965 VW Bus.

In Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Seinfeld introduces a vintage car, and then picks up his guest comedian, and drives to a cafe or restaurant for coffee. Comedians in Cars Smoking Cannabis also introduces a vintage vehicle (a very beat-up Volkswagon Bus – identical to the one featured in Fast Times at Ridgemont High), but instead of getting jacked up on coffee, these comedians get stoned out of their minds on legal marijuana. 

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11 Amazing Comedy Videos That Skewer America’s War On Drugs

NEW YORK: This week, the New York Times is rolling out a series of articles in support of the legalization of marijuana, which they ceremoniously threw their support to in an editorial on Sunday. While viewed by many as a watershed moment in the decades-long fight against the prohibition of marijuana, it’s hard not to wonder if the Times’ endorsement is a day late and a dollar short.

The phrase “war on drugs” was popularized all the way back in 1971 after President Nixon used the phrase in a press conference. Nixon called drugs “public enemy number one.” The United States spends around $51 billion on the war against drugs, according to Drug Policy Alliance. And 2.2. million people are currently incarcerated in American prisons and jails, mostly for low-level drug offenses. “Today, there are more people behind bars for nonviolent drug offenses than were incarcerated for all crimes, violent or otherwise, in 1970,” PBS explains. And that’s before we even mention the underlying racism of America’s anti-drug program.

But long before the Times put its institutional weight behind the legalization effort, a different class of citizens was rallying support for the cause: comedians. From pointing out the hypocrisy of big drug companies and the endless pushing of legal drugs, to the racial component to arrests and sentencing, the ridiculous legal penalties for marijuana possession, and the lack of compassion for addicts, comics have time and again served as voices of reason.