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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.

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