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Texas: SXSW Is Going To Pot With First Ever Cannabis Music Showcase

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First Ever Cannabis Music Showcase featuring B-Real, Ghostface Killah and More
Friday, March 18 at Emo’s

The cannabis culture has arrived at SXSW with a music showcase dedicated entirely to our beloved plant, and featuring hip-hop artist B-Real, along with Ghostface Killah, Domo Genesis, Killa Priest, SID (Slipknot), Bizzy, Bic and others.

“This is epic,” said presenter Rory Mendoza of LEAF Brand Incorporated. “This is the first time a cannabis music showcase will be officially recognized at SXSW. Performers are reaching out to us daily to be a part of this historic music stage in Austin. The artists are proud there will be an ‘official stage’ dedicated to their love of the healing green plant.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. for this historic SXSW event on Friday, March 18 at Emo’s, Austin’s live music venue located at 2015 E. Riverside Drive.

The music stage is presented by SXSW and Rory Mendoza of LEAF Brand Incorporated. Mendoza was the promoter of February’s Ft. Worth cannabis conference.

In addition to the LEAF Music Showcase division, the company is comprised of a marketing and entertainment division, LEAF brand clothing, and LEAF Organics skin care line.

Mendoza said his entertainment contacts and history of music promotion, combined with and a passion for cannabis events, fueled the fire for the SXSW music showcase.

Music: Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real’s New Album “Something Real” Melds Variety of Styles, Eras and Emotions

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By Angie Bachara
Hemp News

When Lukas Nelson talks music, it’s not just about sound. “Music is like color,” says Nelson. “When I listen to the musicians who affected me when I was growing you, I take from the primary colors to find my foundation. Then I apply secondary colors and the music becomes more and more complex.”

The intricacy of the music that has been created by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real on their new album, Something Real, is an amazing combination of sound, color and a wealth of their lifetime influences. With only their own footsteps left to follow in, Promise of the Real is taking their music further than ever before.

Canada: Tweed Partners With Iconic Cannabis Connoisseur Snoop Dogg

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Tweed Inc., a subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation on Friday announced it has entered into a business partnership with entertainment icon Snoop Dogg.

"Snoop Dogg is one of the world's most respected cannabis icons and pioneers in the industry," the company announced in a prepared statement. "He is recognized as a connoisseur of quality, medical cannabis products and has expanded his entrepreneurial endeavors to provide expertise and strategy to business ventures that, like Tweed, represent the birth of a new industry."

"There are real social and medical benefits from the cannabis industry -- and the world is seeing this positivity in a whole new way," said Snoop. "Canada has been at the forefront of the business model, and I look forward to being a part of the road ahead."

Under the partnership, Snoop, through a controlled company, and Tweed have partnered on curated content and brand strategy exclusively in Canada. The license agreement is for an initial three-year term with a two-year extension.

As partial consideration for the arrangement, the controlled company will receive a combination of Canopy shares, royalties, and monetary compensation, released over the course of the agreement.

Global: Fans Mourn Death of Longtime Cannabis Enthusiast, Music Legend David Bowie

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A lifetime of music came to an end on Sunday, January 10, as music legend David Bowie, 69, died after an 18-month struggle with cancer.

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer," the artist's Facebook page announced. "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."

Nearly 40 years ago, back on March 21, 1976, Bowie was arrested along with rocker Iggy Pop for possession of about half-a-pound of marijuana, reports Gabrielle Bluestone at Gawker. Bowie, Pop and another man and woman were staying in a three-room suite at the Americana Rochester Hotel when they were raided by vice squad detectives at about 2:25 a.m.

All four were held for a few hours at the Monroe County Jail before they were eached freed on $2,000 bond, reports Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News. Bowie paid everyone's bail.

New Jersey: Son of Musician Peter Tosh Launches Fundraising Campaign to Battle Marijuana Charges

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Charged In New Jersey For Posession With Intent To Distribute Marijuana, Peter Tosh's son Jawara McIntosh Faces 10-20 Years In Jail If Convicted

Jawara “Tosh1” McIntosh, son of the, legendary reggae artist Peter Tosh, is fighting what he believes is a grave injustice for the possession of marijuana. As a Rastafarian, McIntosh argues, “I was raised in the tradition of Rastafari, which is not simply a religion but a way of life. And in the Rastafarian tradition, herb, also known as cannabis, is a sacrament we use freely for spiritual purposes. Besides the fact that the use of this sacred plant should be protected by the Constitution, it is utterly ridiculous that a plant could ever be classified as a drug.”

Legal fees and debt from the sizable bail are mounting. In response, Tosh1 and the Peter Tosh Estate have launched an Indiegogo Crowdfunding account to help McIntosh fight the charges. The account is now live at: www.indiego.com. The decriminalization of cannabis has become a hot topic in recent months, and will certainly be a campaign issue in the 2016 elections.

In fact, it is a widely held opinion among lawmakers that the criminal justice system should be reformed. Recently at the NAACP’s annual convention in Philadelphia, President Barack Obama cited the “long history of inequity in the criminal justice system in America,” and argued that the system was “particularly skewed by race and wealth.”

U.S.: Willie Nelson's New Marijuana Brand Willie's Reserve Gets Funding

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Country music legend Willie Nelson is teaming up with private investors looking to cash in on a celebrity-endorsed brand of marijuana.

Tuatara Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, this wee announced its partnershipwith Nelson, 81, known for such standards as "Always On My Mind" and "On The Road Again," as well as for his well-documented fondness for cannabis, reports Tom Huddleston, Jr., at TIME.

Under the partnership, Tuatara will lead a group of investors financing the development of a legal recreational marijuana brand featuring Nelson's name and likeness.

"Willie's Reserve" will be a "premium cannabis lifestyle brand" for recreational marijuana users in states where it is legal, starting with Colorado and Washington "and also other states as regulations allow." Local businesses in those states will grow, distribute, and sell Willie's Reserve marijuana based on the brand's specifications and "quality standards," according to a press release from Tuatara and Nelson.

"I hear stories from people across the country about how the end of marijuana prohibition is improving their lives," Nelson said. "Legal marijuana makes sense. Good business will prove it can work in America," said Nelson.

U.S.: Snoop Dogg Launches Merry Jane Media Platform For Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Music legend Snoop Dogg on Monday announced the upcoming launch of MerryJane.com, a new digital media business dedicated to marijuana.

The rapper/investor said at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference that the media platform, Merry Jane would be an online destination for cannabis users and the industry that serves them, reports Jessica Guynn at USA Today.

MerryJane.com will feature celebrity interviews, marijuana news coverage, and tips on subjects such as identifying the best strains. The platform will feature several different video series, including "Deflowered," which focuses on first-time cannabis experiences, and a cooking show on how to make pot-infused edibles.

"We're providing the industry with something that's void right now," Snoop said, reports Ryan Parker at The Hollywood Reporter. "We are the information hotline for cannabis. We are what's missing."

"There are few companies out there that have attempted to enter into the marketplace, and their download apps total and page views total are really numbers that we're going to crush within the first six months," said MerryJane.com cofounder, media entrepreneur Ted Chung.

California: Melissa Etheridge Confirmed As Keynote At Cannabis World Congress

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Melissa Etheridge, Grammy and Academy Award winning singer-songwriter, will be a keynote speaker during the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo), September 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles.

Etheridge's much anticipated keynote address will take place on Thursday, September 17, at 2 pm. The CWCBExpo in LA is an event for the legalized and medical marijuana industries.

“I was extremely honored to be asked to speak at the CWCBExpo because as a cancer survivor, who discovered the unparalleled medical benefits of cannabis during my recovery, I feel very passionate about helping to remove the negative stigma and educating people about its real medicinal value,” said Etheridge.

“We are thrilled to have Melissa Etheridge Keynote at CWCBExpo in LA,” said Christine Ianuzzi, managing partner of Leading Edge Expositions, LLC, and show director for CWCBExpo. "Not only is she an iconic rock star, but also a very successful entrepreneur and advocate within the legalized cannabis industry. Her historic keynote will be enormously well received and very captivating."

Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Melissa has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. She began her distinguished musical career in 1988 when she stormed onto the American rock scene with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album.

Unsurprisingly, Keith Richards Still Likes A Morning Joint

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Keith Richards likes to wake and bake. "Wait... I need a NEWS STORY for this?" You may be thinking. But the guy's 71 now, and he quit cocaine a decade ago.

"I smoke regularly, an early morning joint," Richards told Mojo Magazine. "Strictly Californian."

Richards, who lives in a home in Sussex, England, which he bought in the 1960s and has a Manhattan apartment, praised the legalization of cannabis in some American states, reports The Telegraph.

"One of the most pleasant things to watch is a map of American [showing states where pot is legal], where it goes, green... green... green," Richards said. "Whether it's a good thing in the long run, I don't know."

Richards gave up cocaine back in 2006 after falling out of a tree and undergoing brain surgery. He said he hasn't taken heroin since 1978. He still drinks, he told Mojo, but "other than that, I'm pretty straight."

According to Richards, the Stones may return to the studio at the end of this year.

Photo: High Times

U.S.: Marijuana Arrest Turns Into Music Career For Chief Greenbud

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A simple marijuana possession charge in a small Nashville suburb back in 2005 changed the career trajectory of a small business owner and songwriter. When he saw firsthand how the system handles those convicted of what he saw as a victimless crime, Chief Greenbud decided to share his experience.

After writing several songs on the subject and posting them online, he was asked to perform for a local chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Ten years later the Chief is releasing his fourth album and has amassed over 1.7 million followers on his social networks.

Chief Greenbud's latest CD, "Chief Greenbud Volume 4" is set for physical and digital release on August 25.

The Chief said he's especially proud of the title, saying “I've spent a lot of time thinking about it. We've had multiple meetings brainstorming ideas to come up with the perfect name to represent what we're putting on the CD. I feel that we captured its essence,” he noted lightheartedly.

“There are several songs that I am excited for people to hear," Chief Greenbud said. "‘Everybody Gets High’ is an upbeat anthem that every stoner will be able to groove to and sing along with.”

Another song on the disc is 'iBake', about a regular guy who likes to smoke a little weed but is fearful of what may happen if he is caught. As the lyrics state, "I can’t wait for the day when my state says okay, and I won’t waste a single minute being afraid I bake."

Global: Fans React With Dismay As McCartney Switches From Pot To Alcohol 'For The Kids'

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Paul McCartney presumably isn't singing "Let Me Roll It" to his grandkids after saying in an interview that he's given up marijuana "to set an example" to the youngsters.

The legendary singer/songwriter/bassist and former Beatle told The Mirror that he gave up pot "a long time ago," reports New Musical Express.

"I don't do it anymore," McCartney, 72, said, two weeks shy of his 73rd birthday. "Why? The truth is I don't really want to set [a bad] example to my kids and grandkids. It's now a parent thing."

McCartney has been busted for weed numerous times over the years, first in Sweden in 1972, and also including a nine-day jail stay after getting caught with nearly half a pound in Japan in 1980 and again in 1984 in Barbados.

"Back then I was just some guy around London having a ball, and the kids were little so I’d just try and keep it out of their faces," McCartney said. "Instead of smoking a spliff I’ll now have a glass of red wine or a nice margarita. The last time I smoked was a long time ago."

That's a puzzling statement, since it's widely known that marijuana is safer than alcohol.

New York: Roger Daltrey Threatens To Cancel The Who Concert Due To Pot Smoke

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Who's Roger Daltrey on Wednesday night threatened to cancel a concert at Nassau Coliseum, saying he'd walk off stage if someone smoking marijuana near the stage didn't stop.

Daltrey claims he has an allergy to cannabis smoke that affects his throat and singing voice, a condition the band emphasized during the informational slides it projected before the show, reports Glenn Gamboa at Newsday.

Daltrey ultimately confronted the audience member who was toking up; the fan seems to have obliged and the show continued as planned.

"Over the course of The Who's 50 years as a band, you'd think frontman Roger Daltrey would have built up a tolerance to cannabis smoke," wrote Philip Cosores at Radio.com.

"After all, he has performed in weed-filled halls throughout the stony '60s up to present day when weed is practically legal," Cosores wrote. "It is surprising to hear that the singer is not so accommodating to people that want to get high while they watch his band."

A fan video which surfaced shows guitarist Pete Townshend suggesting that a pot smoker stick it in his rear, saying "it is the quickest way!"

Photo of Roger Daltrey: WBAB

California: Lightning In A Bottle Festival Integrates Harm Reduction Services Onsite

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Popular Festival Has Track Record of Success in Keeping Attendees Safe

The California-based Lightning in a Bottle festival is breaking new ground in the United States by taking a comprehensive harm reduction approach to drug use at its event. It is the only festival in the U.S. to offer both peer-led drug education and mental health services onsite, communicate about those services to its attendees, and evaluate their effectiveness post-event.

The festival, set to take place this Memorial Day weekend (May 21-25) at the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, California, offers harm reduction services through the organizations DanceSafe and the Zendo Project.

DanceSafe is a public health organization working since 1998 mostly within the electronic dance music community to promote non-judgmental health and safety information, ranging from safer sex and “protect your hearing” resources to straightforward drug education that explains drug effects and safer use practices honestly. The Zendo Project is a group of trained therapists and volunteers who assist festivalgoers undergoing a difficult psychological experience, whether drug-related or not. They set up a separate “safe space” apart from main festival areas, and often work in tandem with onsite medical teams.

U.S.: BUSH Series of Vaporizers Released In Conjunction With New Snoop Dogg Album

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Snoop Dogg’s New BUSH Album Out Tuesday, Included With G Pro Vaporizer Set

Listening Parties for BUSH Kick Off Tuesday At Select International Retailers

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Snoop Dogg sure knows how to do an album release up nice and proper. Not only is he collaborating with vaporizer powerhouse Grenco Science, coordinating the release of a like-named "BUSH" vape pen with his new album, but when consumers buy the BUSH G Pro Vaporizer set, it will come with an included digital download of the new release.

"In celebration of today’s release of Snoop’s new album, BUSH, Grenco Science proudly unveils the Snoop Dogg BUSH G Pro Vaporizer and G Slim for Ground Material," the clearly thrilled company gushes in a Tuesday press release. "The G Pro Vaporizer comes with a digital download of BUSH, making it the first release of its kind, bundling music with a vaporizer set."

The album, available both digitally and physically across North America, was executive produced by multiple Grammy award-winner Pharrell Williams, and is a creative partnership between Doggystyle Records, I Am OTHER and Columbia Records. Fans can purchase the album here: http://smarturl.it/BushAlbum.

"The BUSH Series combines the industry-leading functionality Grenco Science products are known for with the lively, flourishing garden imagery inspired by Snoop Dogg’s BUSH album artwork," at least according to the company's press release.

Texas: Trooper Ordered Into Counseling After Being Photographed With Snoop Dogg

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A Texas state trooper has been reprimanded and forced to undergo "counseling" after being photographed with music legend Snoop Dogg.

Trooper Billy Spears, who was pictured in uniform beside the rapper at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, is now fighting back, according to his lawyer, arguing that while he agreed to be photographed, he didn't realized the famed rapper had marijuana convictions, or that they'd affect him, reports Nina Golgowski at the New York Daily News.

"Martha Stewart, she's a convicted felon," said Spears' attorney, Ty Clevenger. "What about Randy Travis? He's had run-ins with the law."

Snoop Dogg posted the photo, taken last month, on Instagram after apparently requesting the photo himself while serving as the keynote speaker at SXSW. Spears' superiors in the department eventually saw the photo, that didn't identify Spears or the department by name, and were not amused.

"Me n my deputy dogg," Snoop captioned the shot on Instagram.

"While working a secondary employment job, Trooper Spears took a photo with a public figure who has a well-known criminal background including numerous drug charges," reads the counseling reprimand, obtained by The Daily News. "The public figure posted the photo on social media and it reflects poorly on the Agency."

U.S.: Recording Artist 2 Chainz To Examine Weed On Episode Of 'Most Expensivest Shit'

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Grammy-Nominated 2 Chainz and GQ Team Up For Season 2 of Hit Web Series "Most Expensivest Shit"

13-Episode Season Launches Tuesday on Condé Nast Entertainment's THE SCENE with Brand New Episode, "Weed"

Platinum selling, Grammy-nominated recording artist 2 Chainz has teamed up with GQ again for the highly anticipated second season of the hilariously entertaining web series “Most Expensivest Shit.” In each episode, host 2 Chainz showcases the most outrageous toys of the rich, revealing the most rare, sought-after, and expensive extravagances available today.

The 13-episode season launches on Tuesday on Condé Nast Entertainment’s THE SCENE with “Weed,” which finds the candid host testing out the most expensive marijuana products in Los Angeles.

Watch Season 2, Episode 1 on THE SCENE here or on GQ’s YouTube channel here.

Watch the Season 2 trailer here.

Colorado: Snoop Dogg's 2nd Annual Wellness Retreat Set For 4/20

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For the second consecutive year, Uncle Snoop’s Army will present Snoop Dogg’s Wellness Retreat in Colorado on 4/20.

The retreat is a concert featuring Snoop Dogg and special guests A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz, with additional guests forthcoming. The concert will take place in Englewood, CO on 4/20/2015.

Last year’s Wellness Retreat concert sold out almost immediately and featured special guests Wiz Khalifa, YG, Smoke DZA and more. This Spring, Snoop will debut his first album on Columbia Records, executive produced by Pharrell Williams, titled BUSH.

Snoop invites guests to Inhale, Exhale and Recharge for a once in a lifetime concert in a state that celebrates and protects legal marijuana.

Tickets are available via AXS.com beginning Friday, February 13 at 10 am Mountain Time.

U.S.: New Guide Covers Issue of Drug Use at Music Events

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"Managing Drug Use at Your Event" Aimed at Event Producers, Focuses on Improving Health and Safety of Festival Attendees

Guide Calls for Drug Education, Onsite Mental Health Services and Drug Checking

In response to an increasing number of deaths at music festivals and other events in the U.S. and a rising emphasis on use of police and enforcement tactics, a new guide aims to give event producers an alternate approach that places health first when it comes to drug use. The recommendations in the guide include onsite drug education, mental health services and drug checking.

The guide states that alcohol and other drug use is “the norm at almost all events” while acknowledging that addressing illicit drug use is challenging. Drug war-era policies, such as the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act -- passed in 2003 and commonly known as the RAVE Act -- have loomed large.

The RAVE Act has been misinterpreted by many event producers as grounds to shut down their business if they take any approach to drug use beyond zero tolerance. “We know it’s a tricky subject, but it’s time to get real,” the guide states, concluding that, “The fact is, a pragmatic approach to managing drug use at events saves lives.”

As detailed by the guide, a pragmatic approach to managing drug use includes both improving practices event producers already employ, like use of security and medical teams, as well as adding new services, like onsite drug education and mental health spaces.

Global: Bunny Wailer Criticizes Marley Estate On Commercial Marijuana Deal

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Bob Marley's former bandmate, Bunny Wailer, has publicly criticized a deal between the Marley estate and the Seattle-based international marijuana company Privateer Holdings. Wailer, who has long advocated for cannabis legalization, said the business venture isn't a good idea.

"The Marley Natural deal must be publicly opposed," Wailer said, reports Shereita Grizzle at the The Gleaner. Not only does the deal have serious implications for future efforts by Jamaica to capitalize on the benefits of marijuana legalization, but it also highlights the selfishness of the Marley estate, according to Wailer.

Wailer agreed with those who say that Bob Marley shouldn't be used as the face of the first global cannabis brand. "The people are correct," Wailer said, adding that the global cannabis brand should incorporate The Wailers as a whole.

"The ganja issue can only be dealt with as The Wailers collectively, and what the Marley estate has done since Robert Marley's death is to wipe away the collective works, catalogue, image and rights of The Wailers from public existence," Wailer said.

"The Marley Natural brand has now spotlighted their (the Marley family's) selfish behavior," Wailer said, adding that himself and the late Peter Tosh are probably more deserving that Marley himself to be the face of the cannabis brand, given their greater involvement with the issue.

U.S.: Melissa Etheridge Talks Marijuana In New Larry King Interview

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Music icon Melissa Etheridge sits down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” to talk about the ‘panic’ in her industry, President Obama's job performance, legalizing marijuana and her new self-released album.

As a cancer survivor, Etheridge explained how medical marijuana got her through it and why cannabis should be legal across the board. “I think it could help our society incredibly,” she said. (You can view the interview clip below.)

Of her duet with Queen Latifah, “It was so much fun, any genre anything just come knock on my door I’ll sing with you, I love playing in other people’s sandboxes,” Etheridge said.

The Oscar winner talked about why 'coming out' in 2014 isn't always an easy decision, “It’s still very ingrained into our society that men and women is correct.” Melissa also discussed why the country has come around so fast on the issue of gay marriage and rates the president’s slow action on gay marriage rights, “It can’t be easy to be President, it can’t be easy… but as a President I think he’s doing ok...Politics is just about this side and that side and where you’re going to land and you got to wait till public opinion gets up there.”

She wrapped up her interview by answering social media questions from some of her biggest fans, including any parenting advice she has and if she wants to be a grandmother.

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