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Colorado: Hunter S. Thompson's Marijuana Strain To Be Sold As Gonzo

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Hunter S. Thompson's widow, Anita, took over ownership of the writer's longtime home, Owl Farm, this summer. In addition to making it a writer's retreat and a private museum, she will be launching a new brand of cannabis products from there.

"I'm excited," she said. "It's a lot of fresh starts."

Anita recently posted on Facebook that she had found a way to extract the DNA from marijuana and hashish that Hunter S. Thompson actually used, which she saved after his suicide 11 years ago.

She intend to offer the pot for sale in states where recreational pot is legal, such as her home state of Colorado.

“Since it became legal I get approached probably once a month by cannabis growers, dispensaries,” Thompson said. “I’ve had probably 10 meetings in the last three years and I always ended up saying ‘No’ because it’s the same story every time: somebody wants to slap Hunter’s name on their strain.”

She said she was glad that she held off on partnering on a marijuana brand until it could be done right.

“If I put Hunter’s name on somebody else’s strain I can never go back and say, ‘No, this is the authentic one,’” she explained.

"Celebrity pot" is already a common thing, including Marley Natural, created by a Silicon Valley-based company that licensed Bob Marley's likeness.

U.S.: Celebrities High On Marijuana Businesses

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Whoopi Goldberg was a guest on Stephen Colbert's Late Show on CBS last week and was introduced by the host, who said "My first guest is an actor, author, talk show host, and has her own line of premium pot."

She's joined an ever-growing group of celebrities who are pushing their own line of specialty marijuana products that includes Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and Tommy Chong.

"It's gotten into the fad scenario at this point," Harvard Business School marketing professor John Quelch told USA Today, " where celebrities almost feel obligated to attach themselves to the cause."

Goldbergs's company, Whoopi & Maya, focuses on cannabis-infused salves, balms, and edibles designed to relieve menstrual cramps, her company website says.

When asked by Colbert how she got into the business, she said "A friend of mine said to me 'Hey, Snoop Dogg is doing this and Willie is doing this.' "

Here are some of the well-known names of celebrities and the pot products they represent:

Snoop Dogg: Snoop's branded line of marijuana, Leafs By Snoop, includes flavors such as Lemon Pie, Purple Bush, and Northern Nights. He says on his website, "Let's medicate, elevate, and put it in the air. Snoop Dogg doesn't actually own the business; a company in Colorado does. He can't own it because he's not a resident in Colorado.

Pennsylvania: Dems Become First Major Party To Back A Path To Legalize Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

The Democratic Party made history in Philadelphia Monday by voting to approve a national platform endorsing a "pathway" for marijuana legalization.

The platform calls for removing marijuana from the federal government's list of Schedule 1 drugs. That list includes LSD and heroin; Schedule 1 drugs are considered the most dangerous with a high potential for abuse and no medical purpose.

“The fact that one of the country’s two major parties has officially endorsed a pathway to legalization is the clearest sign we’ve seen yet that marijuana reform is a mainstream issue at the forefront of American politics,” said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, a pro-legalization group.

“A clear and growing majority of voters want to end prohibition.”

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton does not back full legalization at the federal level. She has often said that marijuana legalization should be left to the states, allowing them to be “laboratories of democracy.”

Legal marijuana could see a huge expansion this year.

Voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada will vote on marijuana legalization in November, and voters in Florida and Arkansas will have the opportunity to vote for medical marijuana.

U.S.: Former Lineman Eben Britton Discusses Marijuana Use In The NFL

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Former NFL lineman and current writer Eben Britton this week discussed marijuana use in the National Football League.

Cannabis media platform MERRY JANE sat down with Britton on "Deflowered," a MERRY JANE original series that unveils an intimate look at the lives of artists and society's influential figures that have been touched by cannabis and its culture.

Each episode poses a unique look into a monumental "first time" for guests -- a vital moment to their careers, inspirations and outlook. "Deflowered" brings new light to the vast array of people within cannabis culture.

To watch the new episode of "Deflowered" featuring Eben Britton, visit: https://www.merryjane.com/culture/deflowered-with-eben-britton

MERRY JANE was recently launched by entertainment icon, Snoop Dogg, and media entrepreneur, Ted Chung. The website, including partners Seth Rogen, Guy Oseary and Miley Cyrus, is a media platform at the crossroads of pop culture, business, politics, health, and the new generation of normalized, sophisticated cannabis culture for all.

Photo of Eben Britton: Leafly

Uruguay: Wide World of Cannabis Explores First Country To Legalize Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Cannabis and pop culture media platform Merry Jane is investigating cannabis globally in their new original series, "Wide World of Cannabis," which premieres Wednesday.

The first episode, "Uruguay Part 1," travels to South America to explore the first country in the world to completely legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana.

"This is just the start of Merry Jane's deep dive into cannabis use around the world," publicist Katie Jang told us on Wednesday.

Merry Jane was recently launched by entertainment icon Snoop Dogg and media entrepreneur Ted Chung.

The website, including partners Seth Rogen, Guy Oseary and Miley Cyrus, features the latest news on cannabis, business and entertainment, as well as a location mapping service for dispensaries, and an encyclopedia of all things cannabis.

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