[video] Afroman arrested for viciously PUNCHING woman on stage

First off this was incredibly cowardly on his part. What exactly did she do to warrant such a vicious blow? He couldn’t just gesture to security to remove her from the stage? Sucker shit all around from this clown. Lastly, why do drunk ass people continue to go on the stage uninvited? Her boyfriend or whoever that was who climbed on stage after the blow should of stopped her from even going up there in the first place.

via TMZ

Afroman was booked for assault, and released after paying a $330 bond.

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Bob Marley Estate Gets With Private Equity Firm to Market Cannabis Products

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As states in the U.S and countries abroad begin to loosen laws against recreational and medicinal use, its only right that the Marley children get a hand in on this soon to be multi-billion dollar market rising across the globe.

SEATTLE (Reuters) – The family of Reggae icon Bob Marley and a Seattle-based private equity firm on Tuesday said they are launching the first global cannabis brand with marijuana products sold under a name long tied to a plant he lovingly called “the herb”.

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NY MAG gives the REAL DEAL on NYC’s New ’25 Grams Marijuana’ Law

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Before my NYC peeps light up some sour in celebration, please take serious note that if you get caught smoking you will still get arrested. NY Mag puts everything in perspective below:

While Bratton said that the new policy applies to weed that is in open view (a big shift), it does not apply to weed that is being burned. People caught smoking weed will continue to be arrested. (It’s also still probably not a great idea to wave your bag around in public, regardless of its size.) Pot-possessors with outstanding warrants will be taken into custody, as will people who can’t show ID. “An officer ultimately has to make the judgment on the scene,” said de Blasio, suggesting that people whom the cops deem suspicious or uncooperative might also be subject to arrest.

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CANNABIS AS ADDICTIVE AS HEROIN, NEW STUDY FINDS

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While the validity of this study will be highly contested, ask yourself do you know someone who needs a joint to jumpstart their day like a cup of caffeine? Chances are that person has an addiction, whether mild or full blown…they are reliant on something outside of themselves to make themselves feel complete, so maybe we should be asking just exactly what defines “addiction?” 

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[video] Kings of Cannabis (Full Length Documentary)

For all my weed heads.

via HiphopUpdate

You might not know who Arjan Roskam is, but you’ve probably smoked his weed. Arjan’s been breeding some of the most famous marijuana strains in the world—like White Widow, Super Silver Haze, and many others—for over 20 years.

In 1992 he opened his first coffee shop in Amsterdam and has since crafted his marijuana-breeding skills into a market-savvy empire known as Green House Seed Company, which rakes in millions of dollars a year.

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Freddie Gibbs gets note from TSA about his ‘weed’

Don’t think this was the best idea to blast this out to the world Freddie. If you got away with it you should have kept it to yourself and close friends because you probably are gonna get some people in trouble and maybe even yourself. I hope Ed Lover has trademarked C’Mon Son cause it seems to becoming more and more mainstream by the minute.

via Forbes

“ TSA takes all allegations of inappropriate conduct seriously and is investigating this claim,” says a spokesperson for the TSA. ” Should the claims be substantiated, TSA will take appropriate disciplinary steps and refer the alleged possession of an illegal substance to law enforcement.”

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Governator Says its time to Debate Legalizing Marijuana

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via Sacramento Bee

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday it’s time for California to study whether to legalize and tax marijuana for recreational use, though he’s not yet advocating for such a change.

The governor was asked about a recent Field Poll showing that 56 percent of registered voters support legalizing and taxing marijuana to raise revenues for cash-strapped California. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, has proposed legislation that would legalize the drug for recreational use, rather than just medical purposes.

“Well, I think it’s not time for that, but I think it’s time for a debate,” Schwarzenegger said. “I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues, I’m always for an open debate on it. And I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what effect did it have on those countries?”

He said his native Austria is revisiting some of its marijuana laws, for instance. The Austrian Parliament last year authorized cultivation of medical marijuana.

“It could very well be that everyone is happy with that decision and then we could move to that,” Schwarzenegger said of other nations’ legalization policies. “If not, we shouldn’t do it. But just because of raising revenues … we have to be careful not to make mistakes at the same time. Continue reading

Just-Ice Breaks Down the History of the Blunt

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via Jesse Serwer

When I interviewed Just-Ice about his classic ‘86 debut, Back to the Old School, for XXL recently, I asked him about his use of the term “blunts” in the track “Little Bad Johnny”—the first such mention in any rap song. His response was a detailed account of the evolution of every rapper’s favorite weedsmoking instrument. Naturally, this tangent didn’t make the piece, but I thought those interested in New York lore might appreciate Just’s breakdown of how the Jamaican practice of smoking weed out of large, hollowed-out tobacco leaves (known as “fronto leafs”) evolved into an NYC ‘hood staple and, eventually, an ubiquitous rap talking point.producto

“The reason why a cigar is called a blunt is very simple. If you’re old enough, you should remember El Productos. That is the original blunt. Besides a fronto leaf, cause a fronto leaf was always here. Truth is people just couldn’t get a hold of those unless you were Jamaican. So what you used to do is go to the store, get a tray bag of weed and an El Producto blunt. And you would unwrap them like a leaf and then you would put your weed in there and roll it back up.

El Producto blunts, they went out of business in I think ‘85, ‘86. After the El Producto blunt, ’cause that was a strong ass cigar, a lot of people couldn’t take the pressure in they chest from the weed and the cigar. So El Producto created a new cigar called the Fino. That’s after the blunt. So that was a little lighter tasting. ‘Cause blunt actually means harsh. Now, a lot of people wasn’t skilled enough to unwrap the Fino and rewrap it over correctly, so they started smoking Phillies. With Phillies, all you had to do was split them open, put the weed in and roll it up. But a lot of people who smoked weed didn’t like Phillies, ’cause it burned too fast. Then we left the Phillies…Oh shit, my food’s burning, hold on… Continue reading

The Great White Hope: Do You Believe?

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via NY Times

THESE days the Asher Roth show begins after the concert is over. In late March Mr. Roth performed at the Sherman Theater here for East Stroudsburg University’s “I ♥ College” week. By 10:30 p.m. he was offstage, and the obstacle course began.

First came the well-wishers and the weed smokers, who kept this young rapper occupied for a long time in the basement dressing room. Then, outside the theater, came the frat boys, beers in hand. Was Mr. Roth, they wondered, man enough to party with them? Then there was the guy in the gray sedan who trailed Mr. Roth’s caravan back to the Budget Inn & Suites just to see what was going on. After that a return to town: house party crashed, beer pong played, pictures snapped.

“I have to embrace this role of ‘Asher Roth’ now,” he said the following morning in the hotel’s empty restaurant, wearing the same white T-shirt and grayish jeans as the night before and straining a bit after just a few hours’ sleep. “If I continue to behave this way, sure, people are going to love me, but I’m going to be run down into the ground.”

Mr. Roth is taxed because of another morning after, the one described in the woozy party anthem “I Love College,” his debut single, which has sold almost a million copies to date, peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been streamed more than 30 million times on his MySpace page. It’s a wistful look back at his slacker student years: “I can’t tell you what I learned from school/But I could tell you a story or two.” In the video Mr. Roth winds his way through a surrealist frat party, dancing with people in animal suits, making out with girls and grinning madly. Continue reading

U.S. Gov’t to Yield Marijuana Jurisdiction to States, Stop Cali Raids

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San Francisco — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is sending strong signals that President Obama – who as a candidate said states should be allowed to make their own rules on medical marijuana – will end raids on pot dispensaries in California.marijuana-leaf

Asked at a Washington news conference Wednesday about Drug Enforcement Administration raids in California since Obama took office last month, Holder said the administration has changed its policy.

“What the president said during the campaign, you’ll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we’ll be doing here in law enforcement,” he said. “What he said during the campaign is now American policy.”

Bill Piper, national affairs director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a marijuana advocacy group, said the statement is encouraging.

“I think it definitely signals that Obama is moving in a new direction, that it means what he said on the campaign trail that marijuana should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal justice issue,” he said.

Piper said Obama has also indicated he will drop the federal government’s long-standing opposition to health officials’ needle-exchange programs for drug users.

During one campaign appearance, Obama recalled that his mother had died of cancer and said he saw no difference between doctor-prescribed morphine and marijuana as pain relievers. He told an interviewer in March that it was “entirely appropriate” for a state to legalize the medical use of marijuana “with the same controls as other drugs prescribed by doctors.” Continue reading

California Seriously Considering Legalizing and Taxing Marijuana

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Reporting from Sacramento — Could Cannabis sativa be a salvation for California’s fiscal misfortunes? Can the state get a better budget grip by taxing what some folks toke?medical_marijuana

An assemblyman from San Francisco announced legislation Monday to do just that: make California the first state in the nation to tax and regulate recreational marijuana in the same manner as alcohol.

Buoyed by the widely held belief that cannabis is California’s biggest cash crop, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano contends it is time to reap some state revenue from that harvest while putting a damper on drug use by teens, cutting police costs and even helping Mother Nature.

“I know the jokes are going to be coming, but this is not a frivolous issue,” said Ammiano, a Democrat elected in November after more than a dozen years as a San Francisco supervisor. “California always takes the lead — on gay marriage, the sanctuary movement, medical marijuana.”

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[UPDATE] Eight arrested in Michael Phelps case

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via WISTV

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – New details have emerged about a party where Olympic champion Michael Phelps was spotted.

On Feb. 2, a British tabloid published a picture of the 14-time Olympic gold medalist using a water pipe to smoke marijuana. The picture was taken at a party in Columbia back in November when Phelps was here for a visit.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has been taking a lot of heat from people in this country and all over the world.

They want to know why Sheriff Leon Lott is going after Michael Phelps.

Many are saying the sheriff should concentrate on more serious crimes, or at the very least, not focus solely on the Olympic champion when there were others at the party who were also breaking the law.

Now it appears the case has expanded beyond Phelps’ activities.

The party took place in November at a house on Blossom Street near Five Points.

It was at that house where someone snapped the photo of Phelps taking a hit on a marijuana pipe called a bong.

Lott says the picture indicated a law was being broken in his jurisdiction. He said he couldn’t ignore the violation just because Phelps is rich and famous.

We’ve now learned that since investigators began trying to build a case, they’ve made eight arrests: seven for drug possession and one for distribution. These are arrests that resulted as the sheriff’s department served search warrants. Continue reading

Marijuana More Potent Than Ever

Having not smoked weed in almost eight years I truly believe that this new grade is way beyond anything I could handle. We have posted articles about this before but the news reports continue to surface.

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via Wired

Modern agriculture hasn’t just made beef cows beefier and corn cornier, it’s also made pot more potty.

The potency of marijuana, measured by the presence of its (psycho)active ingredient, THC, has tripled since 1987, according to the latest figures from the Department of Justice’s National Drug Intelligence Center.

The new data from the University of Mississippi Potency Monitoring Project — which is not just a group of your college buddies talking about the differences between now and the old days — was released in the 2009 National Drug Threat Assessment.

The Department of Justice attributed the steadily rising numbers to “increased demand for higher-potency marijuana and improvements in cultivation techniques.”

The new pot is certainly a superior product to the shake of the old days, but it’s nowhere near as strong as some war-on-drug advocates have contended. The old White House drug czar, John Walters, has said publicly that marijuana’s THC content has “increased as much as 30 times,” which researchers say is not supported by the available evidence.

On the other hand, Bruce Mirken of the Marijuana Policy Project, an organization lobbying to change the drug’s regulation, said that the average American pot doesn’t stack up with the tightly-controlled cannabis in Amsterdam.

“In the Netherlands, where marijuana for medical use is sold in pharmacies and grown to government standards of purity and potency, the minimal allowable potency is 15 percent THC,” Mirken wrote in an email to Wired.com.

He also noted that the potency of marijuana might not actually matter much, with smokers (and/or midnight tokers) adjusting their intake based on the bud’s THC content.

“A fair amount of data show that people who smoke marijuana adjust their smoking behavior in accordance with the potency of the material,” Mirken wrote. “This is just like alcohol drinkers, who commonly consume a far smaller quantity of hard liquor than they do of beer.”

2,700 Year Old Stash of Weed Found in Chinese Tomb

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via The Star

OTTAWA – Researchers say they have located the world’s oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China.

The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly “cultivated for psychoactive purposes,” rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany.

The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China.

The extremely dry conditions and alkaline soil acted as preservatives, allowing a team of scientists to carefully analyze the stash, which still looked green though it had lost its distinctive odour.

“To our knowledge, these investigations provide the oldest documentation of cannabis as a pharmacologically active agent,” says the newly published paper, whose lead author was American neurologist Dr. Ethan B. Russo. Continue reading

Teens Charged With Using Severed Head as Bong

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Just when we thought we were finished reporting weed-related news along comes this. While investigating a vehicle break-in Houston authorities apprehended a teenage suspect, Kevin Wade Jones, 17, who commenced to spilling the beans on himself and his crimeys. But the tale he told police was too bizarre for them to believe before they apprehended another suspect, Matthew Richard Gonzalez, 17, and he reaffirmed this horrendous tale. Houston Police Department senior police officer Jim Adkins said the boys admitted to partaking in a gruesome ritual of unearthing a corpse, severing its head and using it as a bong to smoke weed.

Jones claimed he and his friends used shovels to dig up the body and removed the corpse’s head with a garden tool, Adkins said. Jones also revealed he and the other two boys took the severed head to the juvenile’s home, where they used the skull as a “bong” to smoke marijuana, the officer said.

The corpse was that of an 11-year-old boy that was buried in a cemetery dedicated to “black” war veterans and their families. As of presstime all three suspects have been charged with abuse of a corpse and they’ve all provided written and verbal confessions, telling on themselves. The severed head hasn’t been located as of yet.

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[Video] Man Forces 18 Month-Old To Smoke Weed on Camera..

It wasn’t by design that a gang of stories about marijuana just seemed to fall in our posts today, but you know what they say…news is often stranger than fiction and this story definitely qualifies.

My night started with the “weed theme” when I turned on DEA and saw them dismantle a sophisticated weed operation in the middle of Detroit. They used thermal detection technology from a helicopter to key in on a house that was pulling on an insane amount of energy. More stories started pouring in.

Police found $4.5 million worth of weed in a foreclosed house (the Detroit operation didn’t come close), then a story arose about the disproportionate amount of blacks stopped in the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk Program and a civil liberty union’s plans to contest that program.

Then a story pops up about an organization of physicians that are endorsing the use of medical marijuana and calling for the reclassification of the plant.
Lastly a super disturbing clip of a young man making his 18-month old child take a hit of a glass pipe of marijuana.
Please let us know what are your thoughts on this travesty?

Second Largest US Physician Group OK’s Medical Marijuana

The second biggest physician group in the US has joined the growing chorus of agencies who have gone on record to endorse the use of medical marijuana. In addition they are also calling for a reclassification of the plant which is currently classified as a Type 1 drug, putting it in the family of heroin and LSD.

Type 1 drugs technically have “no accepted medical use and being unsafe for use even under medical supervision,” which doesn’t technically apply to marijuana since it is being used under medical supervision in California. There is apparently resounding scientific proof of its medical use. To circumvent the argument that smoking of the plant causes lung cancer, in their appeal to the American Medical Association proponents are proposing that marijuana be used through a vaporization process, eliminating the threat of cancer. Medically it is believed that cannabis helps curb the effects of AIDS, cancer and other ailment treatments which is normally vomiting, wasting and nausea. It also relieves pain.

DEA Show Premiers on Spike, Produced By Al Roker

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DEA is a new reality show that will bring you INSIDE THE DRUG WAR from current murder capital Detroit.
Produced by happy go lucky Al Roker of Today show fame, who would have thought that a show about drugs, guns, and murder would come from the modern day potato head. Should be interesting..

Watch the 10 minute teaser here

Spike TV’s DEA Episode Three – First Act

Update: This show is definetly pro-police but the trailer was good and showed how much the DEA rely on snitches to make cases and should make any potential drug dealers re-think their career choice.

Does Hip Hop Encourage Smoking? Survey Says…

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Source: AllHipHop

 According to a recent study, Hip-Hop music may be responsible for an increase in smoking amongst teens it was recently revealed.  Over 75% of the most popular Hip-Hop songs of 2005 contained some kind of explicit reference to using drugs, alcohol or tobacco, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  The Pittsburgh School of Medicine also found that 48 out of 62 rap songs studied as part of a larger look at music in general, contained one or more references to substance use.  The study examined Billboard’s 279 most popular songs of 2005, finding that a 41.6 % of those songs had a drug reference of some kind.  “Overall, 116 of the 279 unique songs had a substance use reference of any kind,” wrote the researchers. “Ninety-three songs (33.3%) contained explicit substance use references.”  “Only four songs contained explicit anti-use messages, and none portrayed substance abuse refusal,” the study also found.

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