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Why Hollywood's Marijuana Portrayals Are Out of Step With the Times

Why Hollywood’s Marijuana Portrayals Are Out of Step With the Times

Why Hollywood’s Marijuana Portrayals Are Out of Step With the Times

Hollywood has a drug problem.

As America slowly crawls out from under the devastating weight of a failed War on Drugs, much of the entertainment industry still treats legal marijuana as a low-hanging punchline or forgettable.

Olivia Newton-John Reveals She Used Marijuana to Ease Cancer Pains

Olivia Newton-John Reveals She Used Marijuana to Ease Cancer Pains

Olivia Newton-John opens up about her second bout with cancer in a new interview with Australia’s “60 Minutes,” saying that at one point she couldn’t walk. The singer even admits that she used medical marijuana as treatment to ease the pain.

Netflix Promotes 'Disjointed' With Show-Inspired Marijuana Strains

Netflix Promotes ‘Disjointed’ With Show-Inspired Marijuana Strains

To market its new pot-focused Kathy Bates workplace comedy “Disjointed,” Netflix took over a West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary for the weekend where offerings included strains inspired by the streaming service’s shows including “Grace and Frankie,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “BoJack Horseman.”

Snoop Dogg Water Pipes Latest Cannabis Venture for Rapper

Snoop Dogg Water Pipes Latest Cannabis Venture for Rapper

With his cannabis brand having already rolled out in Colorado and Canada, the recent launch of Snoop Dogg water pipes, known as POUNDS, means consumers can smoke Snoop-approved cannabis out of Snoop-approved glass.

The Reality of Marijuana for Minorities Scores a Seat at the Oscars

The Reality of Marijuana for Minorities Scores a Seat at the Oscars

Award season is coming to an end this month with the 89th Academy Awards airing on Feb. 26, 2017, at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre. Two of this year’s nominated films depict the consequences of drug use in minority communities — a completely different experience than that of some of this year’s nominated actors.

Sounds of Marijuana at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards

Sounds of Marijuana at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards

With California having both legal medical and recreational marijuana, performers may see more legal green than Grammy gold on awards night. Here’s a rundown of the nominees who love marijuana just as much as they love music.

Master P Jumps in the Legal Cannabis Game

Master P Jumps Into the Legal Cannabis Game

On Nov. 28, 2016, rapper and entrepreneur Percy Robert Miller, better known as Master P, announced the launch of Master P’s Trees, the rapper’s brand of legal cannabis flowers, edibles and “liquid gold” vape oil.

OrganiGram Partners with Trailer Park Boys

OrganiGram Partners with Trailer Park Boys

On Nov. 23, 2016, OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (TSXV:OGI), a licensed producer of medical marijuana in Canada, announced that the company had been chosen by Trailer Park Boys, a Nova Scotia-based Netflix original series, as its exclusive marijuana producer, business partner and brand developer.

Tweed Hosting Free Summer Shindig in Ontario

Tweed Hosting Free Summer Shindig in Ontario

On Aug. 15, 2016, Tweed Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSXV:CGC), is hosting the Front Yard Shindig, a free concert with multiple artists scheduled to perform on Tweed’s front yard in Smith Falls, Ontario.

Music Video Marketing: 'Legal' Cannabis Commercial by Mirth Provisions

Music Video Marketing: ‘Legal’ Cannabis Commercial by Mirth Provisions

On July 22, 2016, Mirth Provisions, maker of cannabis-infused beverages in the state of Washington, released what the company is calling “the world’s first-ever cannabis product commercial.”

Willie Nelson Lighting Up Cannabis Brand with Concerts in Washington and Colorado

Willie Nelson Lighting Up Cannabis Brand with Concerts in Washington and Colorado

On July 21, 2016, Willie Nelson announced that Willie’s Reserve, the country singer’s premium cannabis brand, is making its debut at select stores in the state of Washington this month, with Colorado following in August.

Dead & Company on Jimmy Kimmel

Dead & Company Promoted Legalization on Jimmy Kimmel Live

On May 10, 2016, Dead & Company, a band including surviving members of the Grateful Dead and guitarist John Mayer, performed on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and used the opportunity to advocate for the legalization of marijuana.

Cheech and Chong

High in Hawaii: Cheech and Chong Talk Marijuana and Donald Trump

On May 5, 2016, Honolulu Civil Beat released an interview with Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, with the comedic duo discussing marijuana legalization and Donald Trump. Cheech and Chong were in Honolulu as a part of their national tour.

rally

Rescheduled Denver Annual 420 Rally to Feature Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne

Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne will headline a free music festival at Civic Center Park on May 21, 2016, as part of the rescheduled Denver Annual 420 Rally. “On April 16, a significant snowstorm hit Denver and forced us to postpone what was slated to be the largest 420 event in the world,” said Santino Walter, Producer of 420 Rally.

London

High in London: Group Hotboxes Ferris Wheel Pod

On April 20, 2016, Trollstation, a web-comedy group, released “420 London High Hotbox,” a video that documents the group boarding a pod on the Coca-Cola London Eye, the largest cantilevered observation wheel in the world, and hotboxing it to film a music video during the wheel’s 30-minute rotation.

National Cannabis Festival

National Cannabis Festival on #420three — the Magic Number

On April 23, 2016, National Cannabis Festival will celebrate legalization progress in Washington, D.C., at RFK Stadium from 12-8 p.m, with a day full of music, policy, advocacy, education and entrepreneurship.

Bill Maher

Bill Maher Smokes a Joint on TV to Make a Point About Legalization

On Feb. 12, 2016, on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher directed his “New Rules” editorial segment to proponents of marijuana legalization, reminding them that legalization is not guaranteed, even if it is recreationally legal in four states.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith Throws His Hat in the Dispensary Comedy Ring

Actor, writer and director Kevin Smith, creator of films like “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” and “Dogma,” is no stranger to finding the humor in marijuana and cannabis culture, and has just finished production on “Hollyweed,” a half-hour comedy set in a Los Angeles dispensary. Smith wrote, directed, and stars in the project.

Zep Again

45 Days to Zep Again & House of Floyd at Marijuana Investor Summit!

On March 3, 2016, Zep Again and House of Floyd will share the stage in the Grand Ballroom following The Great Marijuana Debate, moderated by ProCon.org, kicking off the three-day Marijuana Investor Summit in San Francisco.

Chuck Lorre

Chuck Lorre Plans New Sitcom Set in Colorado Dispensary

Chuck Lorre, the big shot co-creator and executive producer behind shows like “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mike and Molly,” and “Mom,” is apparently shopping around a new multi-camera sitcom set at a Colorado marijuana dispensary, according to Deadline.

Star Wars

7 Strains for ‘Star Wars’ Fans

Since 1977, fans of “Star Wars” looking to fill their lives with as much branded merchandise as possible have had little trouble doing so, with characters adorning everything from bed sheets to cleaning products. While none of the following strains are officially endorsed or approved by the people behind “Star Wars,” they do exist.

Rihanna

Rihanna Denies Launch of Branded Marijuana Line

The story seems to have originated with 18karatreggae.com, which quoted the singer of hits like “Umbrella” and “Disturbia” as saying “MaRihanna by Rihanna is truly the first mainstream cannabis brand in the world and proud to be a pioneer … .”

Mechoulam

Film Review: ‘The Scientist’ and Raphael Mechoulam’s Discovery of THC

“The Scientist,” released on July 29, 2015, and recently screened in the United States, is a documentary film about one of the most important modern medical pioneers in the field of cannabis research.

Ron White

Comedian Ron White Launches Pro-Pot Presidential Campaign

Comedian Ron White, best known for being the one guy from the Blue Collar Comedy tour that people who don’t like the Blue Collar Comedy Tour will admit they like, has filed the necessary paperwork to enter the current presidential race as an independent, and widespread legalization of marijuana is one of his chief concerns.

The Weeknd

Pop Star The Weeknd Teams With PAX for Limited Edition Vaporizer

Canadian rhythm and blues star The Weeknd has joined with high-end vaporizer brand PAX to release a product called The Madness Fall Tour Limited Edition PAX, to be sold along with other, more traditional merchandise.


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