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IRATION AT THE CANNABIS CUP

With just a bit more than three weeks to go until we open the doors to the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in Clio, Michigan, we’re pleased to announce our concert headliner. Iration will stir the pot on Saturday night as this sensational sunshine reggae band takes the stage at the Auto City Speedway.

We’ve also just released our seminar schedule which features a host of Michigan-centric presentations that deal with the political issues of legalization and the personal travails of patients caught up in the War on Drugs.

Come to Clio on August 22 and 23 for a weekend extrava-ganja with hordes of vendors, an all-day entertainment stage and a major mix of education, recreation and celebration!

Go to cannabiscup.com for event info and to purchase tickets!

THE SCOURGE OF LEGAL DRUGS

In its June 15th issue, Time magazine devoted its cover story to the epidemic of opioid addiction in the US. Over 17,000 people die annually from opioid overdoses. “With insurance companies limiting the duration of patient visits to increase efficiency,” the article states, “prescribing opioids became an easy option for treating a patient complaining of pain.”

But perhaps the most damning statement from the article is its indictment of the FDA: “[It] continues to behave as if the answer to the opioid epidemic is more opioids.”

Incidentally, this is very same FDA that has not recognized or approved cannabis as medicine because “it has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”

PIX OF THE CROP

Lao Tzu (571 BC – 531 BC) is considered the founder of philosophical Taoism. He’s also a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions. Pretty good resume, right? So it’s not a bad idea for growers to heed his words, even if they were uttered 1,500 years ago: “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” So don’t harvest too early, don’t dry your plants too quickly and cure them with care. Check out this video gallery of July ganja gardens that Lao Tzu would definitely smile upon.

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TOP HOT POT SHOT OF THE WEEK

The age-old question is “Is the cup half full or half empty?” Apparently, the answer depends upon your point of view. In other words, are you an optimist or a pessimist? As far as our winning Top Hot Pot Shot of the Week is concerned, we have mixed feelings. The cup is empty, except for the pot leaf – and you really can’t do anything with a single leaf. But if you’re filling your cup up with something, we recommend ganja as an excellent choice.

No, we’re far more interested in the perfect jay in the hand of the cup holder. Because as stoners across the globe know, cannabis has the awesome ability to lighten our load, create euphoria and help us look on the brighter side of things. Usually, after toking up, every cup we encounter is not only full, but also overflowing!

Congrats to our pot-ographer with an eye for composition. He’ll receive a perfectly composed prize package for his work. Got a cool, expressive pot shot? Enter our weekly newsletter contest and win prizes. Send us your winning entry today!

CHRIS CHRISTIE WANTS TO TAKE AWAY YOUR LEGAL POT

New Jersey Governor and noted glutton Chris Christie is attempting to earn some socially conservative street cred for his long-shot White House bid by taking on marijuana legalization. While legal pot in Colorado and Washington State has proven both popular and profitable, Christie nonetheless threatened that, should he be elected president, the party would soon be over.

“I’m anti-marijuana. I believe it should still be illegal,” Christie warned while campaigning in New Hampshire. “If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it until January 2017, because I will enforce the federal laws against marijuana as President of the United States.”

When asked why he is personally against pot, Christie replied with the usual litany of prohibitionist talking points: “I believe that it does damage to the brain and I think there’s plenty of evidence that proves it. I believe it is a gateway drug to other drugs and I don’t believe, given my experience in law enforcement, that it’s the right thing to do.”

He even threw in, “I don’t think we should be encouraging our young people to engage in it,” for good measure.

If you’re a glutton for punishment, you can hear Christie say these things by playing the video at the bottom of this link.

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