CannaCon, Large Pot Expo, Draws Crowds In Seattle

WASHINGTON: A marijuana-enhanced barbecue sauce is among the products on display at a large cannabis expo in Seattle.

CannaCon is a three-day event that runs through Saturday. The expo features seminars as well as exhibitors offering products for all aspects of the medical and recreational marijuana industry in Washington state.

Comedian Tommy Chong, famous as half of the 1970s duo “Cheech and Chong,” was among those promoting products at the event. Chong posed for photos with fans in between talking to potential business customers.

Michael Stusser Goes “Up In Smoke” With Cheech Marin

Journalist Michael Stusser (host of Higher Ground) pops in the passenger seat to discuss the new era of marijuana with Cheech Marin. The results are hilarious and surprisingly informative in this “Up in Smoke” Re-Mix.

And don’t worry, the great Tommy Chong doesn’t get left out! Watch till the end for a special shout-out.
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Why Marijuana’s Moment Has Arrived

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A few decades ago, marijuana was a topic that relatively few people, mostly counterculture musicians and comedians, spoke about in public. The comedy team of Cheech and Chong made films such as “Up in Smoke” that extolled the pleasures of smoking pot at a time the subject was still taboo.

“When trouble times begin to bother me,” they sang, “I take a toke and all my cares go up in smoke.” On the fringes of American society, it was usually possible to find activists who wanted to legalize it, as the reggae artist Peter Tosh famously sang. Efforts to legalize the substance in the mid-1970s failed.

Now marijuana has gone mainstream. Twenty three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Colorado and Washington have legalized pot for recreational use. The media has featured lively debate over the issue.

Joining other media outlets that have run articles supporting this cause, The New York Times editorial page published a number of high-profile pieces that call for making pot legal at the national level and outline specific steps that should be taken to ensure that the industry evolves in a safe manner.

 

Smoke Signal? Hawaii Senate Panel Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana

HAWAII: Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Cheech and Chong are paying attention to the Hawaii Legislature?

Posted on the pot-toking comedy duo’s official website this week was an alert that two Hawaii state Senate committees were preparing to hear a pair of bills that could “bring needed sensibility to Hawaii’s marijuana laws.”

Cheech and Chong (or whoever maintains the website) offered tips and talking points to their followers for submitting testimony.

It’s not completely out of the ordinary for Cheech and Chong to be tracking pro-marijuana bills here. Chong has longtime island ties. [Read more…]

Smoke Signal? Hawaii Senate Panel Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana

HAWAII: Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Cheech and Chong are paying attention to the Hawaii Legislature?

Posted on the pot-toking comedy duo’s official website this week was an alert that two Hawaii state Senate committees were preparing to hear a pair of bills that could “bring needed sensibility to Hawaii’s marijuana laws.”

Cheech and Chong (or whoever maintains the website) offered tips and talking points to their followers for submitting testimony.

It’s not completely out of the ordinary for Cheech and Chong to be tracking pro-marijuana bills here. Chong has longtime island ties. [Read more…]

Rob Ford 'Not A Good Poster Child' For Marijuana Legalization: Tommy Chong

CANADA:  Toronto mayor Rob Ford has spoken favorably of marijuana decriminalization. He has even said he has smoked “a lot” of pot and was once arrested in the U.S. for possession.

So you would think über pot advocate and legendary comedian and activist Tommy Chong would be rooting for the city’s embattled mayor.

“I think if you want to end up legalizing marijuana in Canada you gotta get rid of your mayor, man,” said Chong in an interview with the Star. “He’s just not a good poster child for the legalization cause, if you know what I mean.”

The world’s biggest celebrity pot advocate also happens to be Canadian. He was born in Edmonton, gaining fame with comedy partner Richard “Cheech” Marin in movies such as cult classic Up In Smoke. He served time in jail for selling drug paraphernalia, mostly bongs.

Rob Ford 'Not A Good Poster Child' For Marijuana Legalization: Tommy Chong

CANADA:  Toronto mayor Rob Ford has spoken favorably of marijuana decriminalization. He has even said he has smoked “a lot” of pot and was once arrested in the U.S. for possession.

So you would think über pot advocate and legendary comedian and activist Tommy Chong would be rooting for the city’s embattled mayor.

“I think if you want to end up legalizing marijuana in Canada you gotta get rid of your mayor, man,” said Chong in an interview with the Star. “He’s just not a good poster child for the legalization cause, if you know what I mean.”

The world’s biggest celebrity pot advocate also happens to be Canadian. He was born in Edmonton, gaining fame with comedy partner Richard “Cheech” Marin in movies such as cult classic Up In Smoke. He served time in jail for selling drug paraphernalia, mostly bongs.

Actor Chong Draws A Crowd To Celebrate Marijuana Legalization

COLORADO:  It’s been history in the making for marijuana enthusiasts since the recreational use of the drug became legal here Wednesday and comedian Tommy Chong wasted no time Saturday coming up with a new twist on a historical quote to celebrate the new law.

“This is one small stagger for a stoner and one giant leap for stoner kind,” Chong said with a laugh during a visit to Marisol Therapeutics, where hundreds of his fans gathered to meet him. [Read more…]

The 70's — Crazy On You

By Little Sweetwater

I recently watched the induction of Cheech and Chong into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During this, I reminisced about the first time I was introduced to marijuana. I didn’t know it was illegal, because I didn’t know what it was. I came from a Wyoming family that didn’t drink or dance, and since drugs were a part of the “other side of world.”  We’d never had a discussion on drugs.

After college, I got a job in Houston. The “other side of the world” for three years. That first summer in Houston was a revelation into the brilliant lights that were going to always be a part of my life. I discovered Reggae and Marijuana, what a combo, and I played my first game of pool. [Read more…]