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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.

U.S.: New 'Rolling With Rogen' Cannabis Series Sparks Up On MerryJane.com

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Merry Jane, a media platform combining cannabis and pop culture, on Wednesday launched a new original series produced and created by Point Grey, “Rolling with Rogen,” starring actor Seth Rogen. The series will include Rogen's personal perspective and helpful tips for enjoying cannabis.

A hilarious and informative tongue-in-cheek how-to video tutorial on successfully consuming cannabis in its various forms. New episodes of “Rolling with Rogen” will be available on Merry Jane.

Merry Jane, recently launched by entertainment icon, Snoop Dogg, and media entrepreneur Ted Chung, represents the new reality of cannabis as part of our daily lives. The website 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.

Merry Jane also boasts a variety of original series, including:

GGN: Everyone’s favorite “hood news” talk show hosted by Snoop Dogg, where he interviews a variety of entertainers, such as Jimmy Kimmel, Kendrick Lamar, Larry King and more.

Deflowered: An intimate look into the lives of influential people where each episode spotlights a “first time” moment with our guests.

Seed to Strain: A behind-the-scenes look into some of the most well-known cannabis strains.

Wide World of Cannabis: Profiling far flung parts of the world and how they have cultivated their own unique relationship with cannabis.

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.

Medical Marijuana Could Help the NFL Cure Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Every year more and more football players are added to the list of those suffering from chronic brain injuries, yet NFL rules forbid players access to medical marijuana. Because of its non-profit organizational status, the NFL's drug policies are based on federal law.
Last week it was revealed that two more late NFL players were posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. CTE, a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated blows to the head, was the diagnosis for late Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, as well as former Miami Dolphins quarterback Earl Morrall, who died in 2014. Dozens of players have been diagnosed in recent years, including the late Frank Gifford. Some players with the disease, such as Junior Seau, have opted to take their own lives.

Former NFL defensive lineman Kyle Turley recently told NBC reporters ,"If cannabis is implemented and (the NFL) can lead the science on this, they can resolve this brain injury situation in a big way." As a co-founder and outspoken member of The Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, Turley and other retired players, as well as rapper/marijuana entrepreneur Snoop Dogg, argue that medical marijuana's pain-suppressing and neuroprotective benefits make it the only practical treatment for the effects that repeated, concussive blows to the head football players experience.

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.

U.S.: Miley Cyrus Passes Around Lit Joint Backstage At Video Music Awards

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Miley Cyrus doesn't mind anyone knowing she enjoys marijuana. In fact, the 22-year-old entertainer came backstage at the Video Music Awards with a lit joint and passed it around to photographers.

"I've been doing this shit for awhile," Cyrus said, reports Mesfin Fekadu of the Associated Press. "Because you're all my friends, and my song is kinda, sorta about the love of marijuana and the love of humankind, I brought a little joint if anyone would like any. Anyone?"

Cyrus, who flashed one of her breasts during the show, sang a song, "Dooo It!" which included the lyrics, "Loving what you sing, and loving smoking weed." She ate what were supposed to be marijuana brownies during one skit with Snoop Dogg, and lit up with a group of friends in another. She held up a selfie stick and told the group of people behind her, "Everyone say marijuana!"

Pot is popular among MTV's target audience, but these antics predictably came under criticism from an organization which ran anti-cigarette smoking ads during the VMAs. That organization, the Truth Initiative, has complained to MTV's parent company about the multiple references to cannabis during the show, claiming it would "send the wrong message" to young viewers.

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

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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."

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.: Snoop Dogg To Rally Support For Cannabis Movement At Wellness Retreats In Seattle And Denver

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A record 58 percent of Americans now believe cannabis should be legal and regulated similarly to alcohol and tobacco. With Washington and Colorado at the forefront of the movement to end cannabis prohibition, Seattle-based Leafly is sponsoring Snoop Dogg's Wellness Retreat concerts at the WAMU Theater in Seattle on 4/19 and at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver on 4/20.

Guests in Seattle will join Snoop (aka Snoop Lion), Wiz Khalifa and other special guests. Denver guests will join Snoop, Wiz, YG and Smoke DZA as they take over Red Rocks Theater.

In addition, online cannabis information and education resource Leafly has partnered with Snoop Dogg to launch the #MyLeaf social media contest, giving fans the chance to be Leafly's behind-the-scenes photographer at Snoop's Wellness Retreat. Participating in the #MyLeaf contest is easy: tag @Leafly and use #MyLeaf with a photo or video on Twitter, Instagram or Vine that showcases creative/artistic support for the cannabis movement.

Entries are accepted between now and Monday, April 14 at 11:59pm PDT. Full terms and conditions can be found http://bit.ly/snoopleaf.

"Snoop's Wellness Retreat represents a movement that's changing mindsets around cannabis," according to Leafly, a leading source of information on cannabis strains and where to legally access them.

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