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by Matt Stevens, LA Times Blog
People across Southern California (and the nation)will celebrate what they consider an important holiday Friday by getting comfortable on a couch or finding a nice forest before entering a state of deep relaxation.
That might explain why the underground holiday known as “420,” aimed at celebrating the virtues of marijuana ingestion in all its forms, is not attracting any special attention from Los Angeles law enforcement: Most “Weed Day” celebrants plan to be very, very mellow.
Authorities from the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said they aren’t planning any special measures to seek out those getting high. Spokespeople for the departments said they were personally aware of the significance of April 20.
“We’re not doing anything special,” LAPD Officer Rosario Herriera said. “We always have a sufficient amount of officers out on a daily basis.”
The origins of celebrating marijuana on April 20 are hazy. Observers speculate that it started with the numbers of local penal codes related to marijuana possession or to a random date selected by weed enthusiasts.
The Wall Street Journal reports that there were 17.4 million marijuana users in 2010, up from 14.4 million in 2007, all signs that the underground pot holiday may be gaining more steam.
Some Southland residents will be celebrating 420 with music and discounted cannabis.
Outside of Coachella, the music festival where many have indulged themselves without the holiday,Festival 420 is set to hit the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds on Saturday with a musical slate chock full of bands and DJs. The festival explicitly states that no illegal drug use or possession is allowed.
A 420 Hangover Festival is also scheduled to be held at the Observatory in Santa Ana, though a day after the big holiday.
And according to local cannabis websites, some retailers are offering discounted product on Friday.Kushmart in Hollywood, for example, is advertising a “Huge 420 sale,” with 50% discounts and more.
Back in 1999, when I was the weed mag’s music editor, I’d long had my sights on Snoop but he was playing hard to get. Snoop had had legal problems and his label Death Row put the kabosh on any interviews or photo shoots in High Times. But when he moved to a new label, No Limit, the door suddenly opened and Snoop walked through, literally.
We invited him to be on the cover of the first issue of the 21st Century (Jan. ’00). The photo shoot was set to take place at Michael Benabib’s studio on 5th Ave. in Manhattan. Snoop was already there when I arrived. He had a scowl on his face that said, “Where the weed at?” It was on the way, I told the lanky rapper as he leafed through Benabib’s portfolio.
It was on of those days in New York when a large bag of top-shelf pot was difficult to come by. Ad reps Rick Cusick and Mike Czerhoniak went out looking, but hadn’t showed up yet. About a half-hour later they walked in with a quarter pound. The bag was passed to Snoop. He opened it and stuck his nose deep inside and inhaled. Knowing that he was used to to the best Cali weed, we we worried that Snoop would not be impressed. As he pulled his nose out of the back, he flashed a big knowing smile. The shoot was on!
In the upcoming April issue of High Times (on sale Feb. 14), Snoop and Wiz Khalifa share the cover with the Cannabis Cup and a mound of marijuana (photos by Mark Mann). Chris Simunek’s interview with Snoop refers to the 1999 shoot. “I remember going to the High Times photo shoot and getting blessed with a big-assed garbage bag full of dope,” he recalls. “It was Chronic, when nobody had Chronic. They had bullshit out there then, and High Times were the only motherfuckers who knew where it was at.”
It was a fun shoot. At one point we gave Snoop a gift of a large cola bud. He said thanks and then asked for another. And another. And another. At this point I asked Rick and Mike (who both still work at HT) to handle the negotiation. Five hours into the shoot, and long after the photos had been taken, he was sitting on Benabib’s couch fast asleep. “Hey Snoop,” I tapped him several times. “It’s time to go.”
The next morning Snoop appeared on The Howard Stern Show, which Snoop also mentions in the current interview: “I was blazing up on Howard Stern and I was like, ‘You know what? High Times is the realest motherfucking magazine in the world! I said it then and I say it now…” Photo by Michael Benabib
That morning as I walked into the office I was informed that Snoop had told Stern that “High Times has the bomb weed” and so forth. The powers-that-be were worried about blowing the mag’s “cover,” so to speak. I said something about all publicity being good publicity and ducked into my office.
A few hours later Snoop and his entourage were at the door. It was time for his interview. Turns out he needed more weed. They’d gone through several ounces since the night before. After the lengthy interview Snoop held court in my office and signed autographs for everyone who worked at High Times. He gave me a special present: a signed sweatshirt with his face replacing the bearded Zig-Zag rolling papers dude.
Two and half years hence Snoop was back on the cover of High Times. This was not a photo shoot per se. He came to the Stony Awards to accept several trophies, including Stoner of the Year for his performances in The Wash, Bones, Baby Boy andTraining Day. George Clinton presented the latter award at B.B. King’s in New York on Mar. 3, 2002. After the show, Brian Jahn photographed Snoop in his fine outfit, blunt hanging from his mouth as he clutched two Stony Awards. It appeared on the cover of the July ’02 issue.
Now a decade later, Snoop Doog (and his protege Khalifa, who are starring in Mac & Devin Go to High School, this spring) has returned to High Times. “You all stay true to whattcha all do,” he tells Simunek. “You all open your doors up to real people like me and Wiz, and you all let us speak out minds, say what we feel and do what we do. At the same time, you all educated people on the that real ‘Mmmmmm, do it’ flow.”
Steve Bloom left High Times in 2007. He publishes CelebStoner.com.
Courtesy of the Associated Press
SIERRA BLANCA, Texas — Nestled among the few remaining businesses that dot a rundown highway in this dusty West Texas town stands what’s become a surprise destination for marijuana-toting celebrities: the Hudspeth County Jail.
Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and actor Armie Hammer have been among the thousands of people busted for possession at a Border Patrol checkpoint outside town in recent years, bringing a bit of notoriety to one of Texas’ most sparsely populated counties.
“Once I was in Arizona, and when I said where I was from, they said, ‘That’s where Willie Nelson was busted,’” said Louise Barantley, manager at the Coyote Sunset souvenir shop in Sierra Blanca.
Hudspeth County cameos aren’t only for outlaws: Action movie star Steven Seagal, who’s already deputized in Louisiana and Arizona for his reality show “Steven Seagal Lawman” on A&E, has signed on to become a county officer.
Locals already have found ways to rub shoulders with their celebrity guests.
Deputies posed for pictures with Snoop Dogg after authorities said they found several joints on his bus earlier this month. When Nelson was busted here in 2010, the county’s lead prosecutor suggested the singer settle his marijuana charges by performing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” for the court. Nelson paid a fine instead, but not before county commissioner Wayne West played one of his own songs for the country music legend.
West acknowledged he’s a big fan of Nelson and wanted to capitalize on a golden chance to perform for such a noted “captive audience.”
“Willie loved the song, he is a real outgoing individual” he added.
The once-thriving town of Sierra Blanca began to shrink to its current 1,000-person population after the construction of nearby Interstate 10 — a main artery linking cities from California to Florida — offered an easy way to bypass the community.
Now the highway is sending thousands of drug bust cases Sierra Blanca’s way, courtesy of a Border Patrol checkpoint just outside of town where drug-sniffing dogs inspect more than 17,000 trucks, travelers — and tour buses — daily for whiffs of contraband that may have made its way inland from the border.
Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West, younger brother of the musically inclined commissioner, said his office handled about 2,000 cases last year, most of them having to do with drugs seized at the checkpoint.
Border Patrol agents say people busted with small amounts of pot often say they have medical marijuana licenses from California, Arizona or New Mexico — three states along I-10 that, unlike Texas, allow for medicinal pot prescriptions — and claim to believe the licenses were valid nationwide.
Nelson’s publicists declined to comment about the specifics of the singer’s case. Representatives for Snoop Dogg, who will pay a fine and court costs after being cited for possession of marijuana paraphernalia, did not return several messages seeking comment.
County authorities have not yet decided whether to prosecute or issue a citation for Hammer, who starred in the 2010 film “The Social Network” and more recently played the FBI’s number two man in “J. Edgar” He was arrested in November on his way to his wife’s bakery in San Antonio after authorities said they found marijuana-laced brownies and cookies. His attorney Kent Schaffer has called the case a “total non-issue.”
Local officials say they’re not on a celebrity witch hunt, but some residents are enjoying the publicity from the high-profile arrests. They say the once forgotten town of Sierra Blanca should take pride in not pandering to famous people caught breaking the law.
“We get attention because something is being done right,” resident Adolfo Gonzalez said while shopping at a local convenience store. “It’d be worse if we’d let them go because they are celebrities.”
That’s not expected to change when Seagal comes to town. Sheriff West insists the “Under Siege” star hasn’t indicated any plans to film his show here — but the sheriff isn’t ruling it out.
“If he wants to, we can do it but that’s not what he said this was about,” West said.
West’s spokesman, Rusty Flemming, said Seagal will patrol the area and train colleagues in martial arts and weapons techniques. The actor is expected to arrive in Hudspeth County within months, once he’s done filming a new movie in Canada.
Seagal’s management agency did not return calls and emails seeking comment about his plans in Texas.
Commissioner West, meanwhile, is keeping his musical skills sharp — just in case another performer pays a surprise visit to the county jail. The lead guitarist and vocalist of a local band, West said he regrets not having a chance to sing for Snoop Dogg, but wasn’t sure if the rapper would have enjoyed the performance anyway.
“Our stuff is laid back,” he said. “Mas o menos (more or less) country.”
Courtesy of The Smoking Gun
After recently telling an interviewer that he would like to discuss the legalization of marijuana with President Barack Obama, the rapper Snoop Dogg was arrested this weekend for pot possession.
The performer (real name: Calvin Broadus) was busted by Texas cops Saturday after several joints were found on his tour bus. The weed was discovered by a drug-sniffing dog during a routine inspection at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, the same town whereWillie Nelson was popped in November 2010.
Like Nelson, Snoop Dogg claimed ownership of the marijuana found on his bus, which was searched by the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office. The 40-year-old rapper, cited for misdemeanor pot possession, was not booked or made to pose for a mug shot like Nelson.
Prior to a concert last week in Washington, D.C. Snoop Dogg told a radio interviewer, “Before I even said ‘Hi’ to President Obama, I would change the aroma of the room…And then we could start conversing after we had that aroma change. You know what I’m talking about?”
Obama, however, does not support the legalization of pot.
Rapper Snoop Dogg is facing a minor drug charge in Texas after border agents say they found several joints on his tour bus.
Hudspeth County sheriff’s office said in a statement that Snoop Dogg, whose name is Calvin Broadus, was arrested Saturday at the Sierra Blanca highway checkpoint and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor typical in cases involving small amounts of marijuana.
According to the sheriff’s office, a border agent smelled marijuana smoke coming from the bus and ordered everyone off so that a dog could inspect the vehicle. A prescription bottle with several marijuana cigarettes was found in a trashcan, and more marijuana was found in two other containers. In all, 0.13 pounds of the drug were found.
Broadus admitted the drug was his and was released, the sheriff’s office said.
Broadus’ agent didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Monday. In interviews, the rapper has said he has a license to use medical marijuana in his home state of California because he suffers from migraines and blurred vision.
County Judge Becky Dean Walker says paraphernalia citations are typically handled by justices of the peace in the county and that they are resolved by a no contest plea and a mailed-in fine of up to $500.
Country singer Willie Nelson was arrested in November 2010 for marijuana possession at that same checkpoint.
I could go on for days about the issues I have with the show, as a person who works in the cannabis industry and does not appreciate the way Discovery or H-side has chosen to portray our industry. I do think there have been some good segments in there that have been powerful, but watch the clips below and see if you can find out what issues I may have with the show. Try not to let fake overacting and flair for the dramatic make you as ill as it did me.
Read the rest of the post at Cannabis Warrior
The little stoner movie that could - We Are the Hartmans – is currently screening at rock clubs around New York. It’s about a bar that receives an eviction notice and the efforts to save it.
“It was blast to play a Willie Nelson-type of character,” says Chamberlain, who’s best known for his roles in The Thorn Birds, Julius Caesarand Dr. Kildare over his long, illustrious career. Read more here……..
Discovery’s series looking at the world of medicinal cannabis premieres Dec. 1.
Who better to record the title track for a show about medicinal cannabis than Snoop Dogg?
Discovery’s Weed Wars, a show looking into the world of medical marijuana, will feature a rap song by Snoop, a long-time marijuana advocate.
“I got to have it in my life because it’s the only thing I need, I need it in my life,” Snoop raps on the track.
STORY: Medical Marijuana Show Premieres on Discovery Channel This Fall
“It’s the medicine from the medicine man,” he continues. “These are the brothers who be fighting the weed wars.”
Weed Wars follows Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the nation’s largest medicinal cannabis dispensary serving over 94,000 patients. The series introduces the Harborside staff as well as the growers and “patient farmers” whose job it is to provide the “medicine” – the buds – that will be eventually purchased and used by thousands of clients.
“Weed Wars fearlessly pulls back the curtain on a once illegal and still controversial world,” said Nancy Daniels, executive vice president of production and development for Discovery Channel. “From the inner workings of the business to Steve’s distinctive leadership style, Weed Wars is a fascinating glimpse into this highly unique setting,”
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The unscripted series premieres on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 10 p.m. on Discovery.
Snoop Dogg is busy with other projects as well. The rapper will team up with Wiz Khalifa for a collaborative film project titles Mac and Devin Go To High School. Due in December, the duo will precede the movie with a soundtrack by the same name.
Listen to the title track below:
cool song to kik back 2 hope u like it
Chorus: (Bizzy Bone and Bluelight)
Keep smokin -
I’m the weedman, I’m the weedman, I’m the weedman
Keep on chokin – I’m the weedman, I’m the weedman;
Yeah boi, wear corduroy
I’ve gotta keep on smokin -
I’m the weedman, I’m the weedman, I’m the weedman
Keep on chokin – I’m the weedman, I’m the weedman;
Yeah boi, wear corduroy
Hey, gimme some herbs, the word
Better hit it, we know, we know what you heard
Thai-da-da-da, done hit my burb
Here to get it, hit it, and niggas is served
And lets hit the burbon and
It’ll switch your nerves, and I’ll get to swervin
Burnin in my Benz, and I’m here, nigga
Don’t you ride with me, you have to learn it
Close the curtain, nigga, we searchin
Search for the blunts and stone, I’m certain
Runnin up, so I’ll be runnin, and rappin’s my hobby
when I’m smokin I’m workin, and I’m hurtin, hurtin
Reefer, reefer, reefer, yes, me P.O.D.d-ah D.d-ah
Past overdose comatose, see a
see a bunch of sticky creeper, creeper
Roll it up, sellin my kin folk
and the end of the world, I’ll have the indo, indo
And you can hook it up, need no friends though
See, little B.B. gives no weed fees when your ends low
We can get smoked
(Hey!) About to curb serve over phat tracks
Bluelight has got the scoop on where the party’s at
Somebody said, “Damn, where’s the drinks?”
It’s chillin’ in the middle of the kitchen sink
We got Alize, and Isle iced tea
A little Bambazini and some Hennessey
The stuff that keeps you toe-up
Now tell me are you high enough?
Remember forever addicted, get it twisted
It’s that mystic Rip and Guiness, hit it
Singin my business, lately, got me ready to kick it
But dig it, my high jumped high–got me thinkin, “Die, die, die.”
Twenty twin, twin, then again, no crime in a dime
What did I yell to my pero, straight to the bank, oh, ever so thankful
My mayo, aiyyo, stay away or come and get split a wig, insane, oh
Gotta make that money, man, any and all cost, y’all
Any and all, all, nah, gonna get caught up, caught
The house was so hot, I can’t stand the heat
I’m dancin with my peoples I’ve been tryin to see
There bumpin my jam, guess who I see
Comin to hype the party with some indo, tweed?
We got Bizzy Bone, Krayzie
Layzie, Wish and Flesh, thugs-n-harmony
Righteous when I spike the punch
My people’s gonna drink it up
You gotta puff, puff, give, and pass it to the left (X3)
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