23 March 2013 - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Stanley "Flesh-N-Bone" Howse works together with a medical marijuana facility in Otisville, Michigan, to cultivate and distribute a new strain for patients in the area.
The partnering between Flesh-N-Bone and Anthony Butler owner of the Green Oasis dispensary arose after the owner of a company that specializes in marijuana-themed clothes (which Butler used to work for) put the two in contact following a discussion about who might like to get involved in the medical marijuana industry.
They worked very close together to figure out what they wanted out their new variety. The strain called "Phifty Caliber Kush,", has a distinct floral taste and works as an effective pain reliever. "It's the best of the best," said Butler.
The grammy award winning rapper hopes the new strain can provide relief for qualified patients and he's proud to be a part of a "paradigm shift in the culture" of medicinal marijuana. The Green Oasis may also start selling merchandise and it's possible Howse might visit the dispensary in the future.
24 August 2012 - Familiar with being a speaker of controversial opinion, King of smut Larry Flynt stated on his blog earlier this month:
"With polls showing that 50% of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana, why aren’t steps being taken to make that a reality? Blame those that have the most to lose from legal weed: the pharmaceutical, alcohol and prison industries. Pharmaceutical companies don’t want people turning to pot for pain relief because it would mean fewer customers buying prescription medications. Brewers and distillers don’t want the competition either. With mounting scientific evidence that pot is safer than alcohol, legal marijuana would clearly put a major dent in the booze business’s profits. Private, for-profit prisons only make money if they’re filled to capacity, and that means locking up weed growers and pot smokers."
Vocal and influential, Flynt is certainly a valuable ally in the fight for legalization in the States.
21 July 2012 - Morgan Freeman adds his name to the list of A-list actors who have spoken publicly about their support of marijuana legalization, a point he gave depth to in a recent interview with Newsweek:
"Marijuana! Heavens, oh yeah. It’s just the stupidest law possible, given history. You don’t stop people from doing what they want to do, so forget about making it unlawful. You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s supid."
With more and more influential Hollywood stars getting out of the cannabis closet, and hit TV shows such as "Weeds" that centre on every one's favourite herb, signs are growing of a normalization of smoking marijuana. The friends of cannabis are growing in numbers, as well as in pride.
29 May 2012 - Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested in Alabama on charges of driving under the influence and attempting to elude police. This was his second arrest in two months. Last time he was busted on April 3 for marijuana possession.
Fairlay initially refused to stop for the police's emergency lights and siren, but eventually he pulled over and seemed impaired. He was arrested without resistence.
The former Auburn star was also fined for reckless driving, having no proof of insurance and driving with an open trunk.