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Digging through our closets: Marijuana's new high life in popular culture

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Before heading out to the holiday sales, gift receipt in hand, get some fashion inspiration from some of our readers’ favorite features from 2009:

Barneys New York in Beverly Hills had its $78 "Hashish" candles in Jonathan Adler pots, Los Angeles had its THC Expo hemp and art show, Showtime had its fifth season of "Weeds." This was a big year for pot.

"The stoner is the new drunk," said Robert Thompson, a professor of television and pop culture at the University of Syracuse S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, in an August article.

In the article, Times staff writer Adam Tschorn talked about our culture's newly developing acceptance (and, dare we say, obsession) with weed, as fashion, films, TV and politicians all began to embrace it, despite its illegality under federal law. Read the full article here.

Do you agree with marijuana "marching into the mainstream"? Or are there bigger implications to a Cheech and Chong comeback? Tell us below.

-- Kelsey Ramos

Photo credit: Jon Krause / For The Times

 
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Despite passing with nearly 56 percent of ballots cast in 1996, the voters’ mandate regarding the Compassionate Use Act has been ignored and undermined at every step along the way. Any move to legalize pot in California will elicit the same type of responses and worse, regardless of its margin of victory in the Legislature or at the ballot box. You can read my rant in full at http://www.calpotnews.com/ballot-initiatives/buds-nugs-responsible-pot-use-isnt-an-oxymoron

It wonderful news to see cannabis back in a positive light. After all Cannabis is much older than the USA and has contributed to human history in an important way.. Pick one..

It is however, somewhat Schizophrenic in the State as to what is in or out with cannabis from place to place

For any of L.A. coming north to the Central Valley you can expect good support for the existing black market structure as that is what Anti-Legalization supporters are actually defending by not allowing Medical shops.

The closer to Sacramento and we start to see some shops but you will be on the far side of Mantica before you come to one..

In honor of 2010 I salute everyone who is getting others to register and vote, for decriminalization or also called legalization in some circles, in November

We brave few will slug it out in the Central valley and hope that by November we all can feel the positive feeling of Cannabis Liberty.

http://www.marijuana.bz/2009/12/31/california-norml-calls-for-legalization-blitz-in-2010/

Please use the above link to email representatives to vote for AB390..
We have November if this bill is killed at some point.

Neither path is true legalization but we must all stand together and move forward nonetheless.

We can do more in 2012 once people are not afraid to be seen in their communities collecting signatures of a ballot initiative.

It is a plant for crying out loud! Plant a seed, and a after a few months, it becomes a bush.

http://www.pbs.org/thebotanyofdesire/map-timeline.php?plant=cannabis

http://www.drugwarrant.com/articles/why-is-marijuana-illegal/


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The same way that everyone that consumes alcohol is not a "drunk", everyone that smokes cannabis is not a "stoner".

The vast majority of those who drink alcohol drink moderate amounts, their main goal is not to get "wasted", they're not irresponsible, not addicted, not destructive to themselves or others, etc.
They occasionally drink moderate amounts in social situations.
Same thing for cannabis.

"Reefer Madness" called and wants it's idiotic, outdated and misinformed stereotypes back.

POT USERS-DATABASE
US & INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED Medical/Science Reports:
Pot physically damages the human brain!
Pot 'flashbacks' can happen weeks after use of Pot!
Pot Addicts & Alcoholics have the same gene damage!
Pot physically damages dna for the next 4 generations of babies!
There are legal drugs that do not cause 'flashbacks'.
'THC pills' are available thru Medical Doctors.
The 'medical screening' for Pot Cards is a joke.
POT USERS NEED TO BE LISTED IN A PUBLIC DATABASE!
POT USERS NEED THEIR DRIVING LICENSES REVOKED!
TAXPAYERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHO IS 'UNDER THE INFLUENCE':
IN COURTROOMS,
ON THE HIGHWAYS,
IN THE WORKPLACE,
IN LAW ENFORCEMENT,
IN GOVERNMENT OFFICES,
IN DAYCARE & SCHOOLS WITH CHILDREN!
EVERY 'ORDER BY A PERSON OF AUTHORITY' BECOMES SUSPECT OF DRUG USE/ABUSE/UNDER THE INFLUENCE'!
THE PUBLIC CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE ANY MORE INNOCENT PEOPLE TO DRUG 'ACCIDENTS'!

The secrets are out. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. It leaves no hangover and is calorie free. It's non addictive (depending on how addiction is defined) and has minimal negative health effects. Even at black market prices, marijuana intoxication costs less than your bar tab. What's not to like?

The secrets are out. Our government has been lying to us about marijuana, intentionally and continually, for over 60 years. They have treated marijuana users in a most demeaning way. with harsh legal sanctions, invented claims of health risks, and abusive additional penalties from loss of public housing, loss of children, loss of property, loss of professional licenses, loss of drivers license, loss of employment, including military service, loss of school loans and eligibility to compete in organized sports.

The government has promoted lies that marijuana users are lazy, incompetent, morally bereft people who can't get an education or safely raise children. They have grossly overstated the risks of driving and operating machinery. They claim marijuana use leads to more dangerous drugs and that jailing adult cannabis users somehow protects children from experimenting with the drug.

The government claims that smoked marijuana has no medicinal value.

As the truth emerges, is it any wonder that marijuana and marijuana users are going main stream?

Break out the bong, a new day is dawning.

Beverly Hills NORML90210.org was planning on being involved with the THC Expo. I have tremendous respect for Todd as a friend, cancer survivor and activist. However, when recently approached by the Hemp Convention and Medical Marijuana Expo in February, I felt compelled to accept their offer to organize the activists, speakers and exhibitors. I'm thrilled that they are allowing us interaction as well as their full support for the movement. Every interaction I've had with them has been 100% professional.

It is my sincere hope that we can UNITE and not divide our movement. Anyone that has POSITIVE energy to move forward, I welcome them to contact me directly. We are moving full speed ahead with a National Celebrity Public Service Announcement Campaign, Concert Fundraiser and more to unite the "mainstream" audience with the Cannabis movement. NOW is our time! Let's make history together and not destroy the momentum we have.

Respectfully,
Cheryl Shuman
Executive Director
Fred Rhoades
Director of Operations
Beverly Hills NORML90210.org

Another sign of the times is http://www.reeferpoker.com and to provide an example of the size of the sub-niche they've tapped into, on both Christmas Eve and New Years Eve over 120 people logged-in to the Poker room to play poker with like minded people in an event called Stoners vs Staff.

Hey, all you cannabis fans!

It’s time for the world’s biggest trade show, dedicated to the celebration of the cannabis plant.

But now the THC Expo is the THC Expose. It’s still the same show—but bigger and better and greener!

On April 23rd, 24th, and 25th, the world of cannabis businesses will convene at the Los Angeles Convention Center, once again, to demonstrate to the world that marijuana’s time has come!

Learn all about the new, modern age of cannabis industry. See all the newest innovations in cultivation equipment. Meet the best medical marijuana dispensaries in California. Find out how to get your medical recommendation.
Learn how to grow.
Sample the newest, hottest hemp products.
Buy your dream pipe as the top paraphernalia outfitters nationwide set up for business.

But most important, be a part of the celebration. Help carry the banner. Let’s make marijuana—legal and free!

Remember, the THC Expose!
April 23rd, 24th and 25th.
$10 admission fee.
Must be 18 or older.

The THC Expose at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
We’ll see you there!



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