Overtoke TV News for 10-06-2018

Legalize Marijuana 420 – Keith Lowell Jensen Stand-Up Comedy

High times: why TV is getting blazed on cannabis comedies

For years, marijuana was portrayed as either an evil gateway drug or as a prop to signify that the character using it was a hopeless, lazy slacker. While drug use on TV is not regulated by FCC rules, there are certain moral guidelines that networks were obliged to uphold, at least before 10pm. When the counter culture movement was thoroughly under way, the small screen dealt with it in one of three ways: ignoring it altogether, actively preaching against it or portraying it slyly, as exemplified by Scooby Doo’s perma-stoned heroes, Shaggy and Scooby, who made their TV debut long before Cheech and Chong showed up in the 70s. By the 1980s Miami Vice was tackling drugs and Nancy Reagan was making a bizarre cameo in Diff’rent Strokes to promote the Just Say No campaign. For a long time any show that wanted to be positive about the issue had to side-step it, like That 70s Show, where the characters got stoned without a single spliff being seen on screen. 

As attitudes towards weed soften and with it being decriminalized – if not quite legalized – in many more US states, the depiction of marijuana on TV is changing. Now we see characters using it in the same way that you’d previously show characters having a drink; it’s a recreational activity that doesn’t have any moralizing attached to it. Characters in Girls, Broad City, Mr Robot and more smoke, without it leading to a worthy storyline about addiction or a descent into crime. HBO has set the bar high by turning web series High Maintenance into a hit show this month. Each episode tells a different story, featuring different characters, all linked by the unnamed man who delivers their weed. 

The characters all smoke, but that’s not the main focus. The show is brilliantly unexpected – the first episode provides a wonderful subversion of the friendship between a gay man and a straight woman – but the weed is simply a device to explore these disparate characters. Netflix has also gotten in on the trend, ordering 20 episodes of Chuck Lorre’s Disjointed, a comedy starring Kathy Bates as the owner of an LA-based cannabis dispensary, and Kevin Smith, a man who knows a thing or two about writing stoner characters, has filmed a spec pilot about a weed dispensary in LA. Even NBC has been considering a weed show, with Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott’s Buds, a comedy set in a marijuana shop in Denver. Not all drugs are getting the comedy treatment – heroin and meth are still the reserve of heavy-going dramas – but TV producers have clearly loosened up when it comes to cannabis. 

Keywords: [“character”,”drug”,”show”]
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/sep/30/high-maintenance-hbo-cannabis-tv-comedies

Elon Musk smokes weed, sips whiskey on a comedy show

Elon Musk sipped whiskey and smoked marijuana during a 2 1/2-hour podcast with California comedian Joe Rogan that touched upon everything from flame throwers and artificial intelligence to the end of the universe. Musk, 47, took one drag from what Rogan described as a joint containing tobacco mixed with marijuana, which is legal in California. A Tesla spokesperson in Germany wasn’t immediately available to comment. The spot on one of the most popular podcasts in the US marks Musk’s first appearance in a public forum since he stunned the financial world last month with his short-lived effort to take Tesla private. Along the way, Musk drew a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which already had been scrutinizing the public pronouncements he’s made regarding manufacturing goals and sales targets. 

Tesla and its CEO are now also facing a litany of lawsuits claiming market manipulation, including one filed Thursday by Andrew Left, the founder of Citron Research and prominent short seller. The episode also raised concern about Musk’s health. The bewildering incidents have played out during a critical period for Tesla. The Palo Alto, California-based company faces concerns about its limited cash balance, maturing debt and struggle to steadily build high volumes of the Model 3 sedan, the first electric vehicle that Musk has attempted to mass-manufacture. Musk told Rogan that running Tesla is the hardest of his several endeavors. 

Musk is also the founder of the tunneling startup Boring Co., plus Neuralink, which is developing brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers. Neuralink may have something interesting to announce in a few months, Musk told Rogan. 

Keywords: [“Musk”,”Tesla”,”Rogan”]
Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/elon-musk-smokes-weed-sips-whiskey-on-a-comedy-show/story-PFKAaW15XOGHE6rasfVZgP.html

Comedy sketch imagines a sobriety test for stoners / Boing Boing

CBC Comedy sketch comedy series 22 Minutes humorously imagines what a pot sobriety test might look like, cookie dough and all. People make art because they have to, and there’s always a middle-man ready to take advantage of the oversupply of willing creators to grab our rights and pay us peanuts. No matter how diligent we are about managing them, there’s always a mountain of clutter waiting for us when we start our day. That’s why demand is high for experts who can keep these businesses online. Now, demand alone won’t get your foot in the door, as employers expect you to bring some certifications to the table that validate your skills. 

Keywords: [“demand”,”there's”,”Comedy”]
Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/08/18/comedy-sketch-imagines-a-sobri.html

Overtoke TV News for 08-02-2018

Eddie Griffin backs up Colorado legalizing Marijuana | Eddie Griffin News #9

Weed is not your typical marijuana documentary, and that is exactly why it is worth checking out. It was made by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, as a special report for CNN. The fact that CNN covered the topic of weed is in and of itself groundbreaking, and shows how attitudes have started to change regarding using weed. In the documentary, Dr. 

Gupta meets with several different medical marijuana patients, exploring how weed helps them to feel better. It also looks at how difficult it is for these patients to receive the medicine they need, and how this is a result of the War on Drugs. Beyond this, Dr. Gupta also explains some of the impact that marijuana has on the brain and how usage differs between regular smokers and those who are new to smoking. This is one of the newest, most credible, and best documentaries on the medical necessity of marijuana, and one worth checking out now. 

As marijuana use and legalization becomes more mainstream, we will see more and more information and misinformation arise about marijuana use. It can be hard to get a clear viewpoint on the research, the facts, and the myths. The films above are the best marijuana documentaries because take us through the process of understanding the history, the benefits, the medicine and the legality behind marijuana use, and are a great place to start to start exploring. 

Keywords: [“marijuana”,”how”,”Weed”]
Source: https://potent.media/best-marijuana-documentaries

CACHEXIA & WASTING TREATMENT AND SYMPTOMS

Limit necessary food intake because of nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite. Hormonal and metabolic problems in protein synthesis and growth. Wasting patient response to standard pharmaceutical treatments and strategies is remarkably poor. Medical Marijuana, on the other hand is rapidly gaining a reputation as being, by far the best treatment available for Cachexia. Some of the most commonly prescribed drugs are, in fact synthetically derived THC. 

However, most experienced Doctors find that natural MMJ with a balanced Cannabinoid profiles work substantially better than synthetic isolates. Through personal choice, trial and error – patient’s agree with researchers and pick organic herb over synthetics, hands down. Growth Hormone and Steroids: Go to a medical doctor experienced in sports medicine. Margaret Haney, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at Columbia University found that the effects of synthetic and herbal marijuana were comparable. In a clinical setting, patient’s appetite improved, gained weight and slept better in comparison with placebo. 

We provide patients with the legal paperwork so they may use, possess and grow Medical Cannabis in the State of California. You fill out a form, type in personal info and brief medical history – takes a few minutes. A doctor is on standby to evaluate your application – is completed same day. 

Keywords: [“patient”,”effect”,”Medical”]
Source: https://420evaluationsonline.com/health-and-news-marijuana/cachexia

When you light it up you sometimes need a good show to watch. The 1970’s means references to classic rock, bell bottoms and wacky tabacky. You’ll love the POV camera angle of Hyde, Fez, Kelso, Foreman, or Leo passing it on the left hand side. Plus, watching Ashton Kutcher or Wilmer Valderrama playing Kelso and Fex respectively is comedic genius. Make sure to watch every fifteen minute episode of this psychedelic-hippie-art-fest-meets-Tom-and-Jerry-type cartoonage. 

Comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim take deadpan jokes verging on the bizarre, combine them with celebrity guest appearances and cheesy video effects and it equals one winner of a show for anybody stoned out of their gourd. It doesn’t need a description due to its popularity, but here we go. The main character, Peter Griffin, recites tasteless jokes for a half-hour and if you don’t laugh you really need to change your ‘tude, dude. Dave Chappelle made a movie called Half Baked of course, he makes the list. The three main characters of this show hail from Canada and live in a trailer park. 

The show is so popular they’ve appeared on the cover of High Times as well as making a guest appearance on the GGN Network, Snoop Dogg’s internet channel/stoner show! Anyway, the show will just make you laugh you rear end off. This awesome show has been around for years and is loved by everyone. 

Keywords: [“show”,”character”,”need”]
Source: https://herb.co/marijuana/news/10-best-stoner-tv-shows-need-see

Alcohol and Drugs: Untimely Celebrity Deaths

The tragic loss of a renowned celebrity or athlete to a drug or alcohol-related death is an event that often leaves many unanswered questions. Famous and much-loved celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Heath Ledger have been the victims of such unfortunate circumstances. While many deaths may be due to misuse of illegal substances, these drugs are not always illicit – and an overdose may not always be intentional. Death due to drugs can also be the result of mixing prescribed medications with other drugs, alcohol, over-the-counter medications or even herbal supplements. Drug-drug interactions may also play a role in drug-related deaths. 

The consumption of multiple central nervous system depressants, such as opioid pain killers, sedatives, hypnotics, or alcohol may lead to an unintentional overdose due to severely depressed breathing. Mixing illicit, prescription or over-the-counter medications can be dangerous, and patients should always rule out drug interactions with their healthcare provider. The use of prescription medications with illegal drugs or alcohol can produce an unpredictable and fatal response, and many deaths due to such circumstances may have been preventable. The following table outlines the death of notable celebrities and athletes who have had drugs or alcohol implicated in their deaths. 

Keywords: [“death”,”drug”,”alcohol”]
Source: https://www.drugs.com/celebrity_deaths.htm

Overtoke TV News for 03-13-2018

Bill Maher talks marijuana, comedy, politicians and fluoride on the Bald Faced Truth radio show

Ngaio Bealum, a cannabis comedian from Sacramento, reflects on the passage of Proposition 64 in California

During a recent lunch hour at midtown’s Hook & Ladder, exactly one week after Proposition 64 was passed by California voters, Sacramento’s leading cannabis celebrity reached into the pocket of his sports coat, pulled out a small baggie filled with Red Diesel marijuana buds, and slapped it defiantly on the table. Bealum’s likeness, with his signature Sherlock Holmes pipe and graying dreadlocks, even has been licensed for strains sold by the Natural Cannabis Company. Ngaio riffs on pot in ways that focus on the topical and the personal, such as parenthood while being a cannabis activist. 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana in California, despite some push back within the cannabis community. Bealum, a cannabis activist since 1990, was sold on the decriminalization aspects of Prop. Bealum says he’s appeared in court twice over pot-related matters, including an arrest in Washington before the state approved recreational use in 2012. Despite the momentum for marijuana in the 2016 elections, with eight states passing recreational or medical marijuana use initiatives, Bealum remains nervous over the future of legalization. Though marijuana is now decriminalized in 29 states and Washington, D.C., cannabis remains illegal under federal law. On election night, as Donald Trump was elected as 45th president of the United States, Bealum responded to a tweet that questioned if pro-marijuana measures would remain under a Trump administration. For now, Bealum’s on a roll playing the cannabis circuit and says opportunities appear to be increasing in the wake of Prop.

Keywords: [“Bealum”,”marijuana”,”cannabis”]
Source: http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/article115446308.html

Tommy Chong hosting California’s #1 Medical Marijuana festival, BLAZERS CUP

Iconic actor, best-selling author, and Grammy Award-winning comedian Tommy Chong is bringing Blazers Cup to San Bernardino this December 2nd and 3rd, 2017. Blazers Cup is a 2 day celebration of the best medical marijuana in California and recognizes the premier MMJ growers, breeders, edible chefs and extract artists. The event will have over 500+ marijuana vendors, an estimated 25K+ attendees, and 20+ music acts (Past featured talent includes The Game, Kid Ink, Ty Dolla. Tommy is perhaps best known as one-half of the legendary cannabis-fueled comedy duo Cheech & Chong which minted six gold records and released eight films during their reign, for which Chong also co-wrote and directed. Cheech & Chong defined an era with their hilariously irreverent, satirical, no-holds-barred comedy routines. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s phenomenal success began on the stand-up comedy circuit which led to 9 hit comedy albums and 8 hit films, breaking box office records, shattering comedy album sales, garnering multiple Grammy nominations and mesmerizing fans for more than four decades. After a nine-month prison sentence in 2004 for shipping bongs to Pennsylvania, the comic became a passionate advocate for cannabis freedom and fairness. In 2012, Chong announced he was battling prostate cancer a decided to combat his illness with a controversial cannabis oil protocol. On July 5, 2012, he revealed that the cannabis treatment had been effective and he is now cancer free. He continues to be an outspoken advocate for cannabis, which he credits for supporting his healthy and active lifestyle.

Keywords: [“Chong”,”comedy”,”cannabis”]
Source: http://www.chicago3media.com/tommy-chong-hosting-californias-1-medical-marijuana-festival-blazers-cup

‘Silicon Valley’ and the Return of Stoner Television

His early work includes the British series Absolutely Fabulous, Pulling, and Peep Show, all series with regularly inebriated characters and plots revolving around marijuana. With experience in both British and American network and cable television, Shapeero has a unique perspective on the shifting attitudes toward marijuana in media. Critics of on screen marijuana use like the Parents Television Council have maintained that normalization of drug use in media sends the wrong message and perpetuates more usage. Gillian Jacobs’s character Britta Perry on Community is one of the few open marijuana users on network television. That ’70s Show simultaneously engaged in two kinds of marijuana related television tropes: the taboo object is never explicitly seen, only implied; and the characters accidentally ingest marijuana by consuming a baked good. The tradition for accidental consumption of marijuana is one of the oldest tropes surrounding on screen usage because nonconsenting dosage absolves the inebriated party of moral culpability while also allowing for the comedic situations a stoned character introduces. Two recent episodes of Raising Hope and Growing Up Fisher featured marijuana usage. Tommy Chong guest starred, as Cloris Leachman’s boyfriend, on the Raising Hope marijuana episode and Leachman uses her age to legitimize her right to smoke. By virtue of their ubiquity, most of the negative associations with marijuana use come from reality television programming like Cops. Other marijuana coverage in reality television has also focused on law enforcement efforts.

Keywords: [“Marijuana”,”episode”,”character”]
Source: https://www.thedailybeast.com/silicon-valley-and-the-return-of-stoner-television

Pete Davidson, the SNL comic famous for weed jokes, announces he is sober ‘for the first time in 8 years’

Aside from his insightful barbs, the comic became known primarily for three things: his father’s death in the 9/11 attacks, being one of SNL’s youngest talents when he joined the cast in 2014 at age 20, and his love of pot. Take the sketch, for example, in which Davidson leads an army of potheads to celebrate in the streets of New York after the city amended its laws against possession. Davidson hasn’t made any other statements on his decision to quit, and NBC declined the Associated Press’s request for comment. As outspoken as the young comic always was about his drug use, neither the network nor SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels publicly aired any problem with it. Davidson himself hasn’t spoken publicly about wanting to be sober, although in a Comedy Central stand-up special, he joked about going to rehab as a Christmas present for his mother. It remains unclear whether Davidson has found a new method of dealing with Crohn’s disease, but the shift might be good for his comedy. As Bill Hader relayed to the New York Times and Davidson himself told Rolling Stone, he has long been ready to move on from the pot jokes that have almost come to define him – many years before most comics are defined at all. Davidson, of course, will not be the first celebrity to quit drugs after becoming so associated with their usage. Eminem famously went through rehab after several albums in which he described his drug use. Given that Davidson’s progression from marijuana jokes was already in motion, it seems unlikely his comedy will change significantly.

Keywords: [“Davidson”,”joke”,”told”]
Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/08/pete-davidson-the-snl-comic-famous-for-weed-jokes-announces-he-is-sober-for-the-first-time-in-8-years/