America’s Most Weed Friendly Cities

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This is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the June, 2011 issue of The Art of Mary Jane Magazine. Subscribe today for the best of Mary Jane girls and stoner culture.

America, the beautiful! From sea to shining sea this land of ours remains one of the most magnificent on the planet, and always made more magnificent when enhanced with a few puffs of kind bud – but make sure you know what kind of town you’re in before you light up, or you might find yourself with shwag weed, or even worse, cooling your heels in the local lock-up. Let’s examine the best cities in the country for scoring, smoking, and steering clear of the law.

San Francisco – Haight-Ashbury still crawls with counter-culture types thumbing their noses at the system, and it remains one of the easiest places to score without fear of law enforcement…

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In Appreciation: Davy Jones

Not all music critics were kind to The Monkees during their heyday, or years afterward, but it cannot be denied that within the group one could find true talent. Of the four, Davy Jones personified the image of the teen idol and, along with the rest of the group, participated in the 60s push for peace and love. “Daydream Believer”, one of The Monkees’ biggest hits (and one where Davy sang lead), is a great example of this mindset:

Davy Jones passed away this week, and leaves behind many fans and a lasting legacy of music that made people happy. He will be missed.

Hunger Games Actor Defends Miley Cyrus

With all the recent news of celebrities and drugs hitting the wires, it was no surprise to us to see a throwback to Miley Cyrus’s association with the herb. On and off-again boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, whom we’ll see inThe Hunger Games with stoner Woody Harrelson, sort of came to her defense, though didn’t necessarily condemn or condone her use of cannabis.

Truthfully, Cyrus is of age now and in charge of herself. Considering how prescription drugs and alcohol likely contributed to the death of Whitney Houston, and how alcohol was definitely a factor in Amy Winehouse’s death, we would much prefer that Hannah Montana has an occasional toke instead of a fifth of gin.

Turning the White House Green

It’s not like we’re asking the President to kick back and share a bong. If the news that questions about the legalization of marijuana stand to dominate the upcoming hangout session Mr. Obama has planned on Google Plus means anything, it’s that people are determined not to let the issue go away. The President has offered his time via social media to address issues important to the people, and the people have made it clear that legalization, decriminalization, and marijuana as medicine is important!

Just last October, Gallup confirmed that more than half of polled Americans believe cannabis should be legalized! According to Gallup this is the first time the polls tipped in favor of legalization ever, and these polls have been going on since 1969! The tide is turning,people are more education about the benefits of cannabis and hemp, and with social media allowing us the spread the message easier, who knows how many more people will vote yes to legalize in future polls.

Mr. Obama, we’re talking. We hope you’re listening.

 

Interview With Shelby Chong

This interview appeared originally in the June issue of The Art of Mary Jane Magazine.

How important is it to go green, how should we contribute to the movement?

I think it is very important that we go green. Look what happened in Japan. We have to change our whole way of thinking and the first thing people can do is stop using plastic. The ocean is being destroyed because of plastic and that’s an easy one to give up. Take a bicycle or just walk. Let’s just change! We have to change because other than that there won’t be an Earth for us to live on, because it is getting destroyed. It’s very sad for the next generation.

What is the most charming thing about Tommy?

His sense of humor, and that he’s crazy. He loves to get high and he’s a genius.

How do you inspire each other?

He helps me write my shows, so when we are on stage we sort of inspire each other to be funnier – to just let go. We study tango together and we dance and just feel the music. He is very spiritual and reminds me of that side of living, where I am a little more materialistic and he is the true hippie in the family.

When did you start pursuing comedy?

It’s been twelve years now that I have been doing standup comedy. I started because Tommy and Cheech split up and Tommy started going on the road by himself. He was lonely and so he said, Shelby come with me. I was an actress then, and I said I will but I just don’t want to hang out in the hotel, so then Tommy said you can start by doing my intro. It grew and grew, then I got to open the show for Cheech and Chong – so that’s really helped my career.

What would you say would be the best approach to the marijuana legalization movement?

Get out and vote! If everybody that smokes pot would vote it would be legalized. How many millions of people smoke pot now? A lot of people don’t admit it, but everybody smokes pot.

The more they research marijuana, the more cures they find. What approach would we need to integrate marijuana as medicine in hospitals?

We would have to get rid of all the pharmaceutical companies because they control it now, because they make a lot of money and they’re not going to make a lot of money off of pot. The whole way of thinking would have to change, or some very rich people would need to get behind pot, and lobby it and give the government money so it gets legal. That is another way, to get some very rich stoners involved.

Why is our thinking so backwards when it comes to healing plants as medicines being used as the main form of treatment?

It all comes down to money. People don’t make money off of plants and that’s what all of America is – it’s all about making money, and that’s what Tommy’s argument is, basically that if we can package it we can tax it.

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