Overtoke TV News for 07-31-2018

Louis Johnson – Experimenting with Marijuana – Comedy Works

Chalice music & marijuana festival postponed for four months

Issues with Victorville City Council not welcoming the cannabis culture to their city. Chalice Festival’s unwillingness to thrown an event that does not meet our brand’s standards. We bring over 30 million to the areas we throw events. As a culture we should not grace anti-cannabis areas with the positive impact that our events bring. Our main focus is to professionally handle and address the people who have tickets to Chalice, the vendors, the sponsors, the people who make the event what it is. 

Every person who has ever been to one of our events or. In December, we were first in line to be issued a cannabis event promoter license, which gives us the right to throw up to 10 events a year. The law said for each event we need a temporary event license issued by the bureau of cannabis control. The BCC denied my application due to the city of Victorvilles disapproval of cannabis activity in their jurisdiction. We throw our event on compliant state property and are fully entitled to the BCC issuing us our retail sales license for the event. 

While we pursue our state claim, the city of Victorville needs to hear our voices of protest! We have a city council meeting today at 530 in Victorville! Come out and support! Particularly, the legal opinion prevented the city from green-lighting the marijuana-themed art and music event because it conflicted with a city ordinance, in effect since Dec. 7, that forbids most commercial cannabis activity within city limits, Jones said. 

Keywords: [“event”,”City”,”cannabis”]
Source: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/chalice-music-marijuana-festival-postponed…

Louisville mulls changing city marijuana regulations

Louisville leaders are considering a series of changes to the city’s marijuana regulations. While Louisville City Council members have expressed agreement on issues such as increasing the allowable size of dispensaries from 2,000 square feet to 5,000 and removing the restriction that limits the total number of pot shops to four, they differ on whether to allow grow operations to open up shop in certain industrial areas. Mayor Pro-Tem Jeff Lipton was a vocal supporter of allowing marijuana cultivation when the topic of revamping regulations was raised during a discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting. Councilwoman Ashley Stolzmann and Councilman Dennis Maloney took a similar view of the matter. Some Louisville city leaders remain staunchly against allowing grow operations. 

Muckle questioned the need to change city code as it relates to commercial pot growing. Councilman Jay Keany also spoke out against cultivation, arguing grow operations do not typically provide a huge tax revenue windfall for cities, nor do they add a significant number of jobs to the local economy. Muckle and Keany also opposed any changes to city regulations that would allow dispensaries to open in the downtown area. Louisville officials have instructed city staffers to continue studying issues related to pot regulations and bring forth a draft ordinance at an upcoming council meeting to address cultivation, dispensary size and location, and the number of pot shops permitted. 

Keywords: [“City”,”allow”,”marijuana”]
Source: http://www.dailycamera.com/louisville-news/ci_31815140

Cheech Marin

Nationality: United StatesExecutive summary: The stoned half of Cheech and Chong. Marin was a counterculture cut-up who went to college in the 1960s to sidestep the draft, then moved to Canada to escape it. Their 1971 comedy album was beloved by pot-smoking high school and college kids everywhere, and they eventually wrote and starred in such reefer-themed motion pictures as Up In Smoke, Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie, and Still Smokin’. While remaining on good terms, Cheech & Chong stopped performing together in 1985. Sans Chong, Marin wrote, directed, and starred in the deportation comedy Born In East L.A. 

with Paul Rodriguez and Daniel Stern. He then mellowed into a character actor, playing a cop on Nash Bridges with Don Johnson, and chasing Tyne Daly on Judging Amy. He has appeared in supporting roles in films from Spy Kids to Christmas with the Kranks. He also voiced an evil hyena in Disney’s The Lion King. For all the endless warnings from governmental authorities that marijuana will rot your mind, Marin still has his wits about him. 

In 1992, he won the first celebrity tournament on Jeopardy, and in his spare time, he volunteers for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and serves on the Inner City Arts Council. He is also a collector of Hispanic art, and markets his own hot sauce. In 2004, while Chong was imprisoned for selling bongs, Marin accepted an award on Chong’s behalf from Comedy Central, for Best Comedian Behind Bars. 

Keywords: [“Chong”,”Cheech”,”Marin”]
Source: http://www.nndb.com/people/620/000022554

Seeing Green: Celebrities Selling Marijuana « CBS Chicago

CHICAGO – Recreational marijuana is still against the law in 41 states. A number of celebrities with their own brands to sell are seeing green all the same. Hollywood has long been addicted to a good marijuana joke. Now he’s legit – selling a line of organically-grown cannabis called Chong’s Choice. Chong’s Choice is for sale in six states, and as with any other product, name recognition matters. 

With marijuana sales expected to reach $8-10 billion by the end of this year, and projected to double to $20 billion by 2022, more celebs are investing money and lending their names to get a foothold in this growing market. He says celebrities such as Chong, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dog and even Whoopi Goldberg are helping marijuana go mainstream. Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge is getting in on the act, from the ground up; she calls 47 acres in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains Etheridge Farms. Etheridge says she discovered the healing power of marijuana during painful chemotherapy sessions after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. For Etheridge, pot isn’t just about getting high; it’s about getting healthy – and, she says, the product grown here will have strict standards. 

There are even edible products, like gingersnap weed cookies and other baked goods. Etheridge Farms is not yet up-and-running, but she hopes that putting the Etheridge name on her products will lead to more people experiencing a higher level of relaxation. 

Keywords: [“marijuana”,”Etheridge”,”product”]
Source: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/05/27/celebrities-selling-marijuana

Overtoke TV News for 07-25-2018

Spirit of Marijuana (Oluwa comedy)

Acting Classes Los Angeles & Santa Monica

Most experienced actors are placed in a Comedy Intensive after an Intro Work Session. Comedy Intensives meet either three consecutive Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays. After completing the Comedy Intensive, our four week Technique Clinic is the next step. Examining drama as well as comedy, we further develop and expand upon the skills introduced in the Comedy Intensive. Clinic classes meet once a week for four consecutive weeks and are taught by LK&Co. 

While the Intensive is largely about what we have to teach you, and the Clinic is half what we have to teach you and half what is specifically going on with you and your acting, the Ongoing classes are pretty much all about you. Utilizing currently casting film and television material, Ongoing classes cover every aspect of the actor’s career. Ongoing classes meet once per week for three, four or five weeks, depending on the month. While our Essentials, Intensives, Clinics, and Ongoing acting classes focus aggressively on your acting-related issues, many of you quietly suffer from vocal issues that keep you from booking work even when your acting is superb. For several years we’ve been promoting Matt Beisner’s voice classes, and now we are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with his VOICE CLUB! 

in order to offer classes that focus specifically on vocal production! You will learn a daily, ten to twelve minute vocal warm-up consisting of 21 detailed, physical exercises that will enable you – once and for all – to effortlessly create beautiful sound through the release of your breath. While actors often see changes almost immediately, the exercises do take some time to take hold – most people have years of poor vocal habits. The Acting Essentials class meets twice a week for eight weeks, and is taught by LK&Co. 

Keywords: [“classes”,”week”,”Intensive”]
Source: https://leslykahn.com/classes

Tommy Chong reflects on pot’s evolution as he turns 80

LOS ANGELES – Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he’d live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America. He even knew in 2003 when Chong was imprisoned for nine months for conspiring to distribute handcrafted artisanal bongs the government declared drug paraphernalia. So much so that when the High Priest of Stoner Comedy turns 80 on Thursday – that’s right, 80 – he expects his Chong’s Choice brand of marijuana, available in legal dispensaries in several states, will be consumed in abundance at the parties his family is planning. Not that he was ever a heavy pot user, Chong says, just a consistent connoisseur. When no other hits followed, Motown dropped the group, and the Canadian-born Chong returned to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he ran a pair of strip clubs with his brother. 

Motown had helped Chong obtain a green card, and the two headed to fame and fortune in Los Angeles. On a recent early morning, Chong answers the door for a photo shoot at his longtime home in the hills overlooking L.A.’s wealthy Brentwood section, arriving in gray jeans, sandals and a black T-shirt advertising the name of a Colorado cannabis dispensary he recently visited. As a photographer sets up, Chong polishes off a breakfast of oatmeal topped with sliced banana. In recent years, he’s become a vegetarian, although he backslides. Chong, whose father emigrated from China before World War II, mostly identifies culturally as Chinese, although he’s equally proud of his Scotch, Irish and Native American ancestry from his mother’s side. 

Before the pair’s bitter 1980s breakup, Cheech and Chong dominated comedy for 15 years. Those efforts generally ended in angry, insult-laden exchanges until 10 years ago when Paris Chong intervened. 

Keywords: [“Chong”,”years”,”Marin”]
Source: https://apnews.com/4d7fdb532d5a4b8482aba8d5f5c14b79

Doug Benson

Douglas Steven Benson is an American comedian, marijuana rights advocate, television host, actor and judge who has appeared on Getting Doug With High, Comedy Central Presents, Best Week Ever, Trailer Park Boys, and was a contestant on Last Comic Standing in the show’s fifth season. He currently serves as a judge for the Comedy Central series The High Court with Doug Benson. Benson also currently hosts the popular Doug Loves Movies podcast along with his weekly marijuana video podcast show Getting Doug with High. His Comedy Central series The Benson Interruption ended its first season in December 2010 and was turned into a monthly podcast in January 2011. Benson was born and raised in San Diego, California, to parents Wendy, a pharmacy clerk, and Robert Matthew Benson, a former English teacher turned salesman. 

Along with comedian friends Arj Barker and Tony Camin, Benson co-created and performed in the comedy stage-show The Marijuana-Logues. Benson appeared on the comedy compilation album Comedy Death-Ray. In 2006, Benson began hosting a weekly comedy podcast, titled Doug Loves Movies, which is recorded in front of a live audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. Benson started a weekly talk-show on YouTube entitled Getting Doug with High, that generally airs live every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m PST. Benson invites featured guests to recreationally smoke marijuana with him at 4:20. 

Benson currently serves as a judge on The High Court with Doug Benson, a comedic court show on Comedy Central. On December 29, 2009, Benson had a documentary special called The High Road with Doug Benson air on the G4 network. The special followed Benson and comedian Graham Elwood on one of their stand-up comedy tours. 

Keywords: [“Benson”,”Comedy”,”show”]
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Benson

Overtoke TV News for 06-25-2018

Funny marijuana smokers comedy show Ep18Pt1of3

Medical Marijuana To Expand In Louisiana

Two bills expanding medical marijuana in Louisiana will become law after Gov. John Bel Edwards signs the last one this weekend. House Bill 579 by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, adds Parkinson’s, glaucoma, severe muscle spasms, chronic pain and post traumatic stress disorder to the 10 conditions currently qualifying for medical marijuana. Edwards’ spokesman Richard Carbo said the governor planned to sign James’ bill Saturday, the last day Edwards can sign or veto any bills from the Regular Session that ended May 18. 

Those that aren’t signed or vetoed after Saturday will automatically become law. House Bill 672 by Rep. Rodney Lyons, D-Harvey, which the governor has already signed into law, also adds autism to the list of conditions covered. Supporters of James’ bill to add PTSD have said the medicine could be especially helpful to veterans and combat the nation’s opiod crisis. Rep. 

Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches, is a military veteran whose son is also a veteran. 

Keywords: [“Bill”,”sign”,”James”]
Source: https://indykush.com/medical-marijuana-to-expand-in-louisiana

New York State To Take Another Look Into Legalizing Marijuana « CBS New York

With Massachusetts legalizing marijuana and New Jersey considering it, Cuomo may have a change of mind to avoid losing revenue to neighboring states, reports CBS2’s Marcia Kramer. Last month New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced plans to expand his state’s classifications of medical-use marijuana. Murphy had made legalizing marijuana part of his campaign for office, including legalized recreational marijuana in New Jersey. In an odd twist, the governor is getting support from New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray. 

Both de Blasio and his wife have copped to smoking weed when they were younger, but the mayor is still on the fence when it comes to making it legal. NYPD Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce was asked Friday about McCray’s position. Many people Kramer spoke with Friday were admittedly on the fence. Marijuana became a billion dollar business after Colorado legalized weed, bringing in hundreds of millions in new tax revenue. New York’s study is expected to be completely by fall. 

Keywords: [“NEW”,”marijuana”,”legalize”]
Source: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/04/06/new-york-legalizing-marijuana

| EW.com

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Keywords: [“advertisers”,”site”,”activity”]
Source: http://ew.com/article/2014/09/23/new-girl-exclusive-video-nick-stoned…

Cheech and Chong Say ‘Pot’s Over’ Now That Republicans Like John Boehner Are Supporting Marijuana Reform

The age of marijuana’s rebellious and cool status is officially over, according to Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. It all started when late-night host Colbert asked Marin and Chong what they thought about the push for legalized pot now that Republicans like former House Speaker John Beohner-a longtime opponent of marijuana reform-were starting to support pot’s legalization. The company grows and sells legal marijuana and services 11 states. According to 68-year-old Boehner, he decided to join the company in effort to get veterans legal access to the drug. Although Beohner’s newfound acceptance of marijuana raised eyebrows, his sentiments regarding the medical value of the plant falls in line with a growing number of Americans who believe patients and adults should be able to legally consume cannabis. 

A Pew Research Center report in January found 61 percent of U.S. adults were in favor of legal marijuana. 

Keywords: [“marijuana”,”pot”,”Marin”]
Source: http://www.newsweek.com/cheech-marin-tommy-chong-marijuana-899060

Canada Senate Gives Approval to Marijuana Legalization – Cannabistical: of or concerning cannabis.

A bill to legalize marijuana, proposed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has been passed by the Senate through its third and final reading. The legislation – C-45 – has already been passed by the House of Commons, but will go back for one final vote on Senate amendments before being sent to the Governor General for Royal Assent. Once the law takes effect, the possession and cultivation of personal amounts of marijuana will be legal for those 18 and older. The law authorizes licensed marijuana businesses to sell marijuana and marijuana products, and also allows online sales. Passage of the law makes Canada the second country, following Uruguay, to officially legalize marijuana. 

A C.D. Howe Institute report released last year found that legal marijuana will bring Canada around $675 million in annual tax revenue. >View original articleAuthor: Anthony Martinelli. 

Keywords: [“marijuana”,”law”,”Canada”]
Source: http://cannabistical.com/canada-senate-gives-approval-to-marijuana…

Grasgeflüster

A widow discovers after her husband’s suicide that he has mortgaged everything they own and the banks are ready to foreclose. Faced with impending doom and little working knowledge except her ability to grow plants, she struggles to save her home. Enter her gardener, who is struggling to make a few marijuana plants grow in a hidden location and suggests that she use her green house to help grow the plants and sell them to make the money both need. What he doesn’t know is that his girl friend is pregnant and thus fears that they will be busted for growing marijuana. While supposedly working, the whole village is well aware of the endeavor and is hoping for their success. 

When the plants come in, Grace takes the crop to London and tries to sell it to a ruthless, but charming drug dealer. 

Keywords: [“plants”,”grow”,”sell”]
Source: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0195234

Overtoke TV News for 06-02-2018

Marijuana Cook Books Comedy Animation Ganjalicious Recipe

Stoner Comedy Pioneer And Ganjapreneur Tommy Chong Still Toking And Joking At 80

LOS ANGELES – Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he’d live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America. He even knew in 2003 when Chong was imprisoned for nine months for conspiring to distribute handcrafted artisanal bongs the government declared drug paraphernalia. So much so that when the High Priest of Stoner Comedy turns 80 on Thursday – that’s right, 80 – he expects his Chong’s Choice brand of marijuana, available in legal dispensaries in several states, will be consumed in abundance at the parties his family is planning. Not that he was ever a heavy pot user, Chong says, just a consistent connoisseur. When no other hits followed, Motown dropped the group, and the Canadian-born Chong returned to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he ran a pair of strip clubs with his brother. 

The pair began warming up audiences with stoner jokes, and a comedy team was born. Motown had helped Chong obtain a green card, and the two headed to fame and fortune in Los Angeles. On a recent early morning, Chong answers the door for a photo shoot at his longtime home in the hills overlooking L.A.’s wealthy Brentwood section, arriving in gray jeans, sandals and a black T-shirt advertising the name of a Colorado cannabis dispensary he recently visited. As a photographer sets up, Chong polishes off a breakfast of oatmeal topped with sliced banana. Chong, whose father emigrated from China before World War II, mostly identifies culturally as Chinese, although he’s equally proud of his Scotch, Irish and Native American ancestry from his mother’s side. 

Before the pair’s bitter 1980s breakup, Cheech and Chong dominated comedy for 15 years. Those efforts generally ended in angry, insult-laden exchanges until 10 years ago when Paris Chong intervened. 

Keywords: [“Chong”,”years”,”Marin”]
Source: http://marijuanaretailreport.com/stoner-comedy-pioneer-and-ganjapreneur…

Stoner Comedy Pioneer Tommy Chong Turns 80

While 4/20 might be the official ‘unofficial stoner holiday,’ May 24th remains a significant date in marijuana lore in its own right-it’s 1/2 of the legendary comedy duo Cheech and Chong’s birthday. Today especially, is an extra special celebratory day for potheads and marijuana advocates alike, as the stoner comedy pioneer Tommy Chong turns 80. Chong, who has advocated for legal marijuana since his early stoner comedy days, is now beginning to see his dreams come to fruition. By 1965, Chong and his band, Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers, signed with Gordy Records and recorded their debut eponymous album. After releasing two additional singles, the group broke up after Chong and bandmate Wes Henderson were fired from Motown for failing to acquire green cards to become U.S. 

citizens. Chong then returned to Vancouver, British Columbia, to run a couple of local strip joints with his brother. After settling on the name ‘Cheech and Chong,’ the soon-to-be-infamous comedy team released their self-titled debut comedy album in 1971, which was nominated for a Grammy. The duo would go on to release four more Grammy-nominated comedy albums, including Big Bambu, Los Cochinos, Cheech & Chong’s Wedding Album and Sleeping Beauty. He ended up serving 9 months in prison for the endeavor, with many questioning the ethics of the case and whether or not Chong’s status as a stoner comedian caused his ultimate downfall. 

In 2012, Chong announced he was suffering from prostate cancer. In 2015, Chong stated that his cancer had returned, this time colorectal. Now, Chong gets to enjoy the fruits of his, and so many other cannabis pioneers’ labors, through his own special brand of weed: Chong’s Choice, which is available in dispensaries throughout several weed-legal states. 

Keywords: [“Chong”,”comedy”,”Cheech”]
Source: https://hightimes.com/news/stoner-comedy-pioneer-tommy-chong-turns-80

Stoner Comedy Pioneer Tommy Chong Turns 80

While 4/20 might be the official ‘unofficial stoner holiday,’ May 24th remains a significant date in marijuana lore in its own right-it’s 1/2 of the legendary comedy duo Cheech and Chong’s birthday. Today especially, is an extra special celebratory day for potheads and marijuana advocates alike, as the stoner comedy pioneer Tommy Chong turns 80. Chong, who has advocated for legal marijuana since his early stoner comedy days, is now beginning to see his dreams come to fruition. By 1965, Chong and his band, Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers, signed with Gordy Records and recorded their debut eponymous album. After releasing two additional singles, the group broke up after Chong and bandmate Wes Henderson were fired from Motown for failing to acquire green cards to become U.S. 

citizens. Chong then returned to Vancouver, British Columbia, to run a couple of local strip joints with his brother. After settling on the name ‘Cheech and Chong,’ the soon-to-be-infamous comedy team released their self-titled debut comedy album in 1971, which was nominated for a Grammy. The duo would go on to release four more Grammy-nominated comedy albums, including Big Bambu, Los Cochinos, Cheech & Chong’s Wedding Album and Sleeping Beauty. He ended up serving 9 months in prison for the endeavor, with many questioning the ethics of the case and whether or not Chong’s status as a stoner comedian caused his ultimate downfall. 

In 2012, Chong announced he was suffering from prostate cancer. In 2015, Chong stated that his cancer had returned, this time colorectal. Now, Chong gets to enjoy the fruits of his, and so many other cannabis pioneers’ labors, through his own special brand of weed: Chong’s Choice, which is available in dispensaries throughout several weed-legal states. 

Keywords: [“Chong”,”comedy”,”Cheech”]
Source: https://www.medicalmarijuana.com/stoner-comedy-pioneer-tommy-chong…

Overtoke TV News for 06-01-2018


Who made marijuana? (the legend of 420)

Social justice baked into the laws regulating Massachusetts’s budding marijuana industry

As Massachusetts prepares the framework for legal marijuana businesses, the state is trying to address a disparity in the way authorities used to apply anti-drug laws. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is acknowledging in its regulations that people of color and residents of poorer neighborhoods have been targeted for drug enforcement at higher rates than people who are white and of wealthier means. Cities with the most arrests and convictions under marijuana laws are being given a break. As part of the commission’s plan, marijuana business applicants who have been unfairly subjected to these disparities will become part of the commission’s Social Equity Program. The program offers people a variety of benefits, including employee training courses and help raising money to get their businesses off the ground. 

First-year law students in the Legal Skills in Social Context program researched how existing legislation in other states has prohibited certain communities from participating in the newfound legal marijuana industry. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose mission includes decriminalizing responsible drug use, nearly 80 percent of people in federal prison for drug offences and almost 60 percent in state prisons are black or Latino, despite the fact these groups use and sell drugs at similar rates to whites. Allowing people with a record of marijuana-related violations to take part in the legal pot industry is a first for states that have legalized marijuana, according to Leo Beletsky, associate professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern. The commission identified 29 municipalities in the state that have had historically high rates of arrest, conviction, and incarceration related to marijuana crimes. Title, who this week served as a guest lecturer in Beletsky’s class, has been involved in the marijuana legalization movement for more than a decade. 

She lauded the people who appointed the commission members, saying they brought a wide-range of expertise to the table. Her focus on social justice was the driving force behind the regulations that seek to level the playing field. 

Keywords: [“marijuana”,”Commission”,”people”]
Source: https://news.northeastern.edu/2018/04/20/social-justice-baked-into…

Marijuana Dispensaries

While 4/20 might be the official ‘unofficial stoner holiday,’ May 24th remains a significant date in marijuana lore in its own right-it’s 1/2 of the legendary comedy duo Cheech and Chong’s birthday. Today especially, is an extra special celebratory day for potheads and marijuana advocates alike, as the stoner comedy pioneer Tommy Chong turns 80. Chong, who has advocated for legal marijuana since his early stoner comedy days, is now beginning to see his dreams come to fruition. Chong’s career first started back in Calgary, where he began playing the guitar at 16 years-old. After releasing two additional singles, the group broke up after Chong and bandmate Wes Henderson were fired from Motown for failing to acquire green cards to become U.S. 

citizens. After settling on the name ‘Cheech and Chong,’ the soon-to-be-infamous comedy team released their self-titled debut comedy album in 1971, which was nominated for a Grammy. The duo would go on to release four more Grammy-nominated comedy albums, including Big Bambu, Los Cochinos, Cheech & Chong’s Wedding Album and Sleeping Beauty. The pair’s first feature film, Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke, was released in 1978 and became an instant cult classic and staple of the burgeoning pro-cannabis counterculture. The film spawned two successful sequels: Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie in 1980, and Nice Dreams in 1981. 

The pair then followed up with a trio of lesser-renowned films in Things Are Tough All Over, Still Smokin, and the non-stoner flick Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers. Now, Chong gets to enjoy the fruits of his, and so many other cannabis pioneers’ labors, through his own special brand of weed: Chong’s Choice, which is available in dispensaries throughout several weed-legal states. According to the AP, Chong’s Choice will be the pot of choice throughout his 80th birthday festivities. 

Keywords: [“Chong”,”comedy”,”Cheech”]
Source: https://www.recreationaldispensariesnearme.com/stoner-comedy…

Tommy Chong’s Here, Man! High Priest of Stoner Comedy Marks 80th Birthday

LOS ANGELES – Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he’d live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America. He even knew in 2003 when Chong was imprisoned for nine months for conspiring to distribute handcrafted artisanal bongs the government declared drug paraphernalia. So much so that when the High Priest of Stoner Comedy turned 80 on Thursday, May 24, 2018 – that’s right, 80 – he expects his Chong’s Choice brand of cannabis, available in legal dispensaries in several states, will be consumed in abundance at the parties his family is planning. Not that he was ever a heavy pot user, Chong says, just a consistent connoisseur. When no other hits followed, Motown dropped the group, and the Canadian-born Chong returned to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he ran a pair of strip clubs with his brother. 

The pair began warming up audiences with stoner jokes, and a comedy team was born. Motown had helped Chong obtain a green card, and the two headed to fame and fortune in Los Angeles. On a recent early morning, Chong answered the door for a photo shoot at his longtime home in the hills overlooking L.A.’s wealthy Brentwood neighborhood, arriving in gray jeans, sandals, and a black T-shirt advertising the name of a Colorado cannabis dispensary he recently visited. As a photographer sets up, Chong polished off a breakfast of oatmeal topped with sliced banana. Chong, whose father emigrated from China before World War II, mostly identifies culturally as Chinese, although he’s equally proud of his Scottish, Irish, and Native American ancestry from his mother’s side. 

Before the pair’s bitter 1980s breakup, Cheech and Chong dominated comedy for 15 years. Those efforts generally ended in angry, insult-laden exchanges until 10 years ago when Paris Chong intervened. 

Keywords: [“Chong”,”years”,”Marin”]
Source: https://www.marijuana.com/news/2018/05/tommy-chongs-here-man-high…

Overtoke TV News for 05-31-2018

Legal Marijuana

A stoner looks at 80: Comedian, marijuana advocate Tommy Chong reflects on his career

LOS ANGELES – Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he’d live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping the country. Not even in 2003 when Chong was imprisoned for nine months for conspiring to distribute handcrafted artisanal bongs the government declared drug paraphernalia. So much so that when the High Priest of Stoner Comedy turns 80 on Thursday – that’s right, 80 – he expects his Chong’s Choice brand of marijuana, available in legal dispensaries in several states, will be consumed in abundance at the parties his family is planning. Not that he was ever a heavy pot user, Chong says, just a consistent connoisseur. When no other hits followed, Motown dropped the group, and the Canadian-born Chong returned to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he ran a pair of strip clubs with his brother. 

Motown had helped Chong obtain a green card, and the two headed to fame and fortune in Los Angeles. On a recent early morning, Chong answers the door for a photo shoot at his longtime home in the hills overlooking L.A.’s wealthy Brentwood section, arriving in gray jeans, sandals and a black T-shirt advertising the name of a Colorado cannabis dispensary he recently visited. As a photographer sets up, Chong polishes off a breakfast of oatmeal topped with sliced banana. Chong, whose father emigrated from China before World War II, mostly identifies culturally as Chinese, although he’s equally proud of his Scotch, Irish and Native American ancestry from his mother’s side. More than just a stoner comedian, he’s been a passionate marijuana advocate for decades. 

Before the pair’s bitter 1980s breakup, Cheech and Chong dominated comedy for 15 years. Those efforts generally ended in angry, insult-laden exchanges until 10 years ago when Paris Chong intervened. 

Keywords: [“Chong”,”years”,”Marin”]
Source: http://www.medina-gazette.com/Nation-World/2018/05/24/A-stoner-looks-at-80-Comedian-marijuana-advocate-Tommy-Chong-reflects.html

Stoner comedy pioneer Tommy Chong still toking, joking at 80

LOS ANGELES – Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he’d live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America. He even knew in 2003 when Chong was imprisoned for nine months for conspiring to distribute handcrafted artisanal bongs the government declared drug paraphernalia. So much so that when the High Priest of Stoner Comedy turns 80 on Thursday – that’s right, 80 – he expects his Chong’s Choice brand of marijuana, available in legal dispensaries in several states, will be consumed in abundance at the parties his family is planning. Not that he was ever a heavy pot user, Chong says, just a consistent connoisseur. When no other hits followed, Motown dropped the group, and the Canadian-born Chong returned to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he ran a pair of strip clubs with his brother. 

The pair began warming up audiences with stoner jokes, and a comedy team was born. Motown had helped Chong obtain a green card, and the two headed to fame and fortune in Los Angeles. On a recent early morning, Chong answers the door for a photo shoot at his longtime home in the hills overlooking L.A.’s wealthy Brentwood section, arriving in gray jeans, sandals and a black T-shirt advertising the name of a Colorado cannabis dispensary he recently visited. As a photographer sets up, Chong polishes off a breakfast of oatmeal topped with sliced banana. Chong, whose father emigrated from China before World War II, mostly identifies culturally as Chinese, although he’s equally proud of his Scotch, Irish and Native American ancestry from his mother’s side. 

Before the pair’s bitter 1980s breakup, Cheech and Chong dominated comedy for 15 years. Those efforts generally ended in angry, insult-laden exchanges until 10 years ago when Paris Chong intervened. 

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Source: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/may/24/stoner-comedy-pioneer-tommy-chong-still-toking-jok/

‘The Dope Show’ bringing laughs to Spokane

This combination of comedy and cannabis seems to be the perfect ingredients for The Dope Show, a new monthly event at the Spokane Comedy Club and other entertainment venues in the Northwest. In an email, Smith said each performer has a different reaction so audiences never know what they’re going to get. While the show is built around the marijuana experience, the content isn’t necessarily all weed, all the time. That means, even if you aren’t a cannabis connoisseur, you can still enjoy the Dope Show. The first three Dope Shows this year have had an average attendance of around 200 people. 

The good thing about the Dope Show is that you can attend anytime because it’s a different show each time. Smith had the idea for the show shortly after recreational marijuana became legal in Washington. At the time he says he didn’t have much of a following and knew he couldn’t bring in big crowds, so instead he took the opportunity to start The Dope Show and invite other comedians. Along with the Spokane location, he also organizes The Dope Show at the Historic Everett Theatre in Everett and the Tacoma Comedy Club. In Spokane, The Dope Show is sponsored by local 502 retailers and producers including Phat Panda and The Green Nugget. 

While state regulations make it illegal to use or bring marijuana on the premises of the Spokane Comedy Club, Smith encourages guests to support and frequent these sponsoring businesses. The Dope Show takes place the last Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. at Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague Avenue. 

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Source: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/may/25/dope-show-bringing-laughs-spokane/