Cannabis Culture

Friday, January 4, 2013

Tonight's First Friday Will Include Weed Testing, Seriously

by David Downs
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

This is kind of a random mash-up, but whatever.

Tonight's iteration of Oakland's monthly art walk will include an appearance by the weed testers at Steep Hill Labs, who'll test your stash for free.

Maybe you need to settle a bet. Maybe you like data. Maybe you like seeing cutting-edge near-infrared spectroscopy used to assay psychotropic botanicals.

Whatever your reason, Steep Hill's staffers and their QuantaCann machine will be on Telegraph between 26th and 27th streets in the "SF Chronic Truck". Their appearance is co-sponsored by Town and Country Cooperative.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Drug War Facts: How Many Stoners Are There in America?

by David Downs
Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Last week, Snoop Lion went on and claimed he smokes 81 blunts a day, 7 days a week, which seems a bit excessive. But it got us thinking, 'How many other Americans out there smoke weed every day?'

The answer: about 5 million.

According to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, "nearly 5.0 million persons used marijuana on a daily or almost daily basis over a 12-month period."

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Stoners: Get Used to Life Under The Microscope

by David Downs
Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Are stoners ready to be a model minority?

They better be, because now that pot legalization passed in two states, any two-cent story with a weed connection has national legs. Over the weekend, it was the case of one bar owner in Washington who said he would — stop the presses — allow people to smoke pot on the premises. SHOCK! Horror!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

The New York Times Is on 'A Yoga High With a Little Help' (from Ganja)

by David Downs
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM

"The number 420 is code for pot smoking," the New York Times learns today in its report 'Yoga High With a Little Help'. In the story ...

Screw it: Let's play a game of West Coast stereotype bingo, and see how many the Times can cram into this one. Here we go!

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Watch 'The Daily Show' Discover 'The Silver Tour', Mess With Ignorant Sacramento Bishop Ron Allen

by David Downs
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

On the Wednesday, December 5 episode of The Daily Show, the segment 'Old Tokes Home' features
Al Madrigal investigating "medical marijuana's effects on America's most vulnerable, Jazzy-riding citizens," and messing with Prop 19 foe, and self-appointed Sacramento Bishop Ron Allen.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The World Is Going To Be Okay: 'Arthur Magazine' is Coming Back

by David Downs
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM

The end of the Mayan long calendar? Pshhaw. The world is going to be fine, because Arthur Magazine, "the long-running music and culture periodical, perhaps best known for its dual embrace of psych-folk and radical lifestyle politics, is coming back into print after a four-year hiatus," FADER reports. We are more than slightly happy about this.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Slate Beholds Robyn Twomey's Revealing Pot Shots

by David Downs
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Arg, we never have enough time to give some proper love to Robyn Twomey for her revealing, brilliant photo series on the faces of medical cannabis use in California.

Twomey has shot for WIRED, Time, Twitter, The New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic, among others, and in her "medicine" series we see old grandmas, young Obama fans, suburban moms, and hipsters lighting up — medical cannabis patients all.

It's stark and real, and the perfect opposite of the endless CNN B-roll footage used with pot stories. (You know what I'm talking about: close-up video of some goateed indigent with a fungal nail infection lipping some natty roach. Yup, that's what all pot smokers look like.)

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

World Series Highlights Medical Marijuana's "Reciprocity" Problem

by David Downs
Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM

The World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers is technically a medical marijuana series. Both cities honor respective state laws, which carve out criminal immunities for medical marijuana patients. But, legally, California patients visiting Michigan have an easier time of things than Michiganers (-ites?) visiting Cali. Michigan honors medical marijuana recommendations made in California. California does not offer such reciprocity.

“There are 17 states that allow patients with doctors’ recommendations to use medical marijuana, but only five—Arizona, Maine, Michigan, Montana, and Rhode Island—include reciprocity,” noted the Marijuana Policy Project, yesterday, in a release.

“So," the release asks, "how does a medical marijuana patient travel?"

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Toss Stones Throw Some Change for its New Documentary, 'Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton'

by David Downs
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM

And now for a cannabis culture break:

Stone's Throw — the label of "America's Most Blunted", Madlib — is funding a documentary through Kickstarter. Per a release: "Drawing on live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the folks who put Stones Throw on the map, director/producer Jeff Broadway's feature-length documentary, OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON, will follow the label's enigmatic founder, Peanut Butter Wolf, as well as explore its left-of-center artists, history, culture and global following."

"The production of a Stones Throw documentary began in late 2010, when French company MediaTV sent Paris-based filmmakers Sébastien Bauer and Lucas Blaya to Los Angeles to begin filming events for the label's 15th anniversary. Over several months, the two amassed over 100 hours of footage before Broadway joined the production.

"The documentary is still in production, and requires further funding for its completion. Broadway has launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $35,000 for additional production trips, shoots and the edit of the film. The duration of the campaign is 45 days, and will conclude at the end of November."

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

San Diego Chargers Safety Atari Bigby Hails from "University of Jah Rastafari"

by David Downs
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Watch Jamaican-born San Diego Chargers safety Atari Bigby subvert convention with a shout-out to the "University of Jah Rastafari" in this NBC Sunday Night football clip.

The NFL's overseers frown on such insolence, Atari. Expect a fine. And watch out for racial profiling in San Diego, or, as we call it, 'the Florida of California'.

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