Oakland internet celebrity “Coral Fish” of CoralReefer420.com passed her one millionth cumulative YouTube view this month. The milestone marks a new high point for the social-media artist, who over the past eighteen months has found fame, followers, and promises of filthy lucre by doing what she does every morning — taking fat bong rips of hash, blowing them at the camera, and bidding viewers a good day.
Coral's intimate, relaxed, candid video posts — and yes, her butt on Twitter — is all part of what might be called an intuitive aesthetic of self-disclosure. Twenty-three years old with platinum blond hair, fair skin, manicured eyebrows, makeup, pierced ears, a tank top, and an elf-like smile, Coral takes viewers literally into the cannabis closet with her.
Before the smoke had even cleared from an unprecedented police raid last Wednesday, November 23, the 24th annual High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam concluded with a concert and the annual awards ceremony.
On Wednesday, Amsterdam police conducted a massive, 100-officer raid at the Cup's venue, Borchland. Possession of marijuana has been decriminalized in the Netherlands, but according to tweets on the scene, from Dana Larsen, Director of the Vancouver Cannabis Dispensary Society, "Police officer told me they investigated yesterday, saw some booths giving out weed and breaking other rules. So now the event is shut down. ... Everyone has to leave except for exhibitors. Cops are friendly and polite."
David Holland, event counsel for High Times, later told the Express via our online comments section that “this started over a misunderstanding about a permit application filed by the venue to host the event. Police are ensuring that all vendors are in compliance with the 500 gram limit under the Opium Law for licensed vendors at the venue. Only one vendor has been identified as potentially over the limit, but only slightly.”
High Times says police arrested and released one female, Mila, “the hash queen of Amsterdam” for excess hash. No attendees were arrested. Still — a serious show of force since Conservatives took power in the Netherlands and shut down weed tourism to the south of the country
Here are the award winners — including the East Bay's own Debby Goldsberry, formerly of BPG — from a High Times press release:
(See update at bottom) When conservatives who seized power in the Netherlands this year closed coffeeshops in the southern part of the country to weed tourists, it seemed like an unfortunate bummer.
This morning, however, police in Amsterdam are in the process of raiding the 24th annual High Times Cannabis Cup Expo. Possession of marijuana has been decriminalized in the Netherlands. But according to tweets on the scene, "everyone will have their buds confiscated, but no one will be charged or fined. This is the first time this has happened in 24 years."
Here's your headlines: 1) In these tough times, one must diversify one's bonds, yo. GZA lectures at Harvard.
2) The Roots play Fishbone's “Lyin' Ass Bitch” for Michele Bachmann's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel.
3) Snoop Dogg records custom theme intro to "Weed Wars," Discovery Channel's new show about Harborside.
2011 may go down as the year the federal government once again declared war on medical marijuana, but the medical marijuana movement remains rather undeterred. In fact, medical cannabis seems to be on an inexorable course toward wider adoption, as the science and technology around the plant grows up. Legalization Nation presents some examples from the 2011 Holiday Gift Season.
Medical Marijuana 101 by Dale Gieringer
Proponents of the the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine voter initiative are out in California this week collecting signatures to get on the 2012 ballot. According to field reports, petition-signers are saying “just legalize it already” and asking for talking points. Which brings up a good one: smart people can barely make sense of the laws around medical marijuana in California, much less the dizzying fast-moving industry. So, Dale Gieringer, head of the California chapter of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, penned this 88-page guide to the drug's safe and legal use. Published in the East Bay by Quick American this year, it's sort of a CliffsNotes on therapeutic cannabis, debunking 75 years of government propaganda. The drug's a natural medicine that's been used for centuries, the book argues, and in 2009 the American Medical Association officially endorsed its value. This fall, the California Medical Association also called for outright legalization, in order to better study the plant. Buy Gieringer's book to upgrade the gray matter of a loved one.
Here's your headlines: 1) Herman Cain says medical pot is a state issue — thereby joining the ranks of other Republicans who won't be president.
2) Irony Time: U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag stands pat on kids near heroin, crack, meth or strip clubs. Instead, she closes a regulated, San Francisco pot dispensary. In Haag's defense, "World’s Hottest MILF Lisa Ann" is probably ok around kids.
Legalization Nation has obtained an early copy of the first episode of The Discovery Channel's new series Weed Wars, which begins airing Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. The reality TV series documents the lives of people at the largest dispensary on the West Coast, Oakland's Harborside Health Center, and it's virtually guaranteed to draw both positive and negative attention to medical marijuana in Oakland.
Californians may not be ready to legalize pot, but they don't think anybody should be going to jail for using it, either. That's what extensive surveys say, according to San Francisco political consultant Bill Zimmerman, and that's why he's running an initiative to give the people what they want.
On Tuesday, the California Secretary of State announced that Zimmerman's "Reduced Marijuana Penalties" initiative may circulate. The initiative limits punishment to a $250 fine or community service for possession, cultivation, sale, or transportation of up to two ounces of marijuana. It retains existing penalties for marijuana offenses on school grounds and for offenses involving sale to a minor, employment of a minor in a criminal marijuana enterprise, and driving under influence of marijuana. It makes property forfeiture laws inapplicable to marijuana offenses involving two ounces or less. It also retains laws regarding marijuana in the workplace, driving under influence, and medical marijuana.
The proponents now have 150 days to circulate petitions for this measure, meaning the signatures must be collected by April 5, 2012.
Zimmerman said his group spent a great deal of time and money on public opinion research polling after Prop 19 and found:
"Set inside Oakland's Harborside Health Center — the nation's biggest medicinal cannabis dispensary, serving more than 94,000 patients," the four-part series Weed Wars is now set to debut on December 1 at 10 p.m. on both the Discovery Channel and Discovery Fit & Health.
Here's your headlines:
1) "We fabricated drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas, former detective testifies" [NYDN].
2) Chris Roberts at SF Weekly previews the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Competition.
3) Listen: Thom and Doom collab on "Retarded Fen."