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Tommy Chong on “Dancing with the Stars” is Selling Weed to My Mom

Tommy Chong on “Dancing with the Stars” is Selling Weed to My Mom

“Tommy Chong is in the semi-finals! I think he’s the oldest contestant to make it this far,” my mother said breathlessly over the phone earlier this week. “You’d never know he’s a smoker.” She’s right. He is the oldest dancer to progress this far, and he doesn’t seem to be out of breath on stage. […]

When Is It Okay to Be Stoned?

When Is It Okay to Be Stoned?

I have been using cannabis for the better part of eight years. As a teenage stoner in South Carolina during the late aughts, marijuana was relatively hard to come by, highly illegal, and not of great quality, so I was limited to using it privately and only for occasions that I believed it would be […]

Cannabis Consumers Union Changes Name to Cannabis Consumers Coalition

Cannabis Consumers Union Changes Name to Cannabis Consumers Coalition

It has only been two months since the Cannabis Consumers Coalition’s official launch and the organization has reached national attention. In July, the Cannabis Consumers Coalition announced its official launch with a press release, and within one week received a cease and desist letter from Consumer Reports, who has trademarked the name “Consumers Union.” Not […]

Knit, Purl, Puff: The Joys of Stoned Knitting

Knit, Purl, Puff: The Joys of Stoned Knitting

Everyone knows the stereotype of the lazy stoner, sitting on the couch, eating Doritos and watching television. What these people fail to realize is that there is nothing like enjoying a little cannabis and sitting down to do something productive. It’s a uniquely pleasureable experience, one that far too many people have thus far been […]

Stoners and Stunners: Renaming and Reclaiming

Stoners and Stunners: Renaming and Reclaiming

We’ve got our share of derogatory slang in the cannabis reform movement. Some terms have worse connotations than others. Pothead. Stoner. Burn out. These can make the inevitable, confused slip to “druggie” and “addict”. Folks in our predicament sometimes have a couple of options: reclaim or rename. Suffragettes taught us bout reclaiming pejorative expressions. Journalist […]

Are Pot Smokers Really Lazy? The Motivation Behind Amotivational Syndrome

Are Pot Smokers Really Lazy? The Motivation Behind Amotivational Syndrome

IMAGE: Still of Brad Pitt in True Romance (1993) Talk of cannabis turning delighted taxpayers into lazy slugs abounds again. I usually hear it on the radio after arising early to write, hitting the exercise bike, teaching two classes, enduring a faculty meeting, arranging for one daughter to get to gymnastics and the other to […]

Reflections On 420: What Will My Friends Think Of The Facebook Photos?

Reflections On 420: What Will My Friends Think Of The Facebook Photos?

I had a little freak-out this morning. It’s something that marijuana reform advocates go through from time to time, and no, it’s not weed paranoia. It’s something much deeper, and it’s something I need to talk about. In the aftermath of a great 4/20 festival where I was one of many speakers, my facebook newsfeed […]