Tuesday, September 29Urban Hippie

Author: Maureen Meehan

From the Playboy Mansion to Cannabis Radio, Paxton Quigley is Still Making Waves

From the Playboy Mansion to Cannabis Radio, Paxton Quigley is Still Making Waves

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Like most cannabis users in the 1970s, Paxton Quigley knew it was wise to be discreet about her cannabis consumption as she moved through several successful careers in academia, research, investigative journalism, and acting. Then she took a job where she came face-to-face with one of the most famous names in marijuana, Keith Stroup, founder of NORML, who was visiting the most famous person in the adult entertainment industry, Hugh Hefner. No, Quigley was not a Playboy Bunny. And Stroup was not at the Playboy Mansion for the usual reasons that gentlemen visit there. Quigley had been hired by the company’s CEO, Christie Hefner, as Corporate Director of Community Relations with the goal of promoting the “positive side” of Playboy and the Playboy Foundation. The year was 1980 – th
Activist Bernardine Dohrn Receives Michael Kennedy Social Justice Award

Activist Bernardine Dohrn Receives Michael Kennedy Social Justice Award

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The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has been recognizing cannabis legalization advocates from around the country since 1998, as part of their National Conference and Lobby Day in Washington DC. The Michael J Kennedy Social Justice Award, now in its third year, is part of that tradition. Named after legendary civil rights and criminal defense attorney  Michael Kennedy, who served as general counsel to High Times from its founding in 1974 until his death in early 2016, the award was established by NORML with the blessing of Kennedy’s wife, Eleanora, and their daughter Anna.  For those who may not have known Kennedy, chairman of High Times for many years, his daughter Anna introduced him with a short film about his, High Times’, and NORML’s enduring str

High History: How LSD Ended Up in A French Town’s Food Supply

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The post High History: How LSD Ended Up in A French Town’s Food Supply appeared first on High Times. Have you heard about that time LSD ended up in a French town’s food supply? As you can imagine, this type of tomfoolery ended in pandemonium, hysteria and a lot of upset people. Here’s what went down in this French town. Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé? Don’t you hate it when someone sprinkles LSD in the local food supply? A small French village was not too happy about it either. In fact, they had no idea what the hell was going on. They just knew that hundreds of people woke up one day to frightening hallucinations and mass insanity. The collective bad trip occurred in August of 1951 in the village of Pont-Saint-Esprit, located in Southeast France. Villagers literally tripped out of their minds

Doctors Offer Free Medical Pot Assessments for Veterans

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The post Doctors Offer Free Medical Pot Assessments for Veterans appeared first on High Times. There’s a group of doctors who are offering medical pot assessments for veterans. Although they’re not officially associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs, they seem to take the wellbeing of veterans seriously. Here’s the scoop. Canna Care Docs It’s no secret that the world of politics is rife with corruption and hypocrisy. When Republican lawmakers aren’t challenging the basic human rights of everyone who is not a white, non-LGBT Christian man, they are gushing about their respect and admiration for the troops. And yet, they block congressional bills that would allow Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors from recommending medical marijuana. But not all is hopeless. Medical marijuana for U.S. v

Weed Edibles and Cannabis Chefs Popping up at Food Festivals

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The post Weed Edibles and Cannabis Chefs Popping up at Food Festivals appeared first on High Times. Known to put on a delectable spread, the Los Angeles East Side Food Festival, has a new section that’s not only going to be delicious, but is going to make everything else taste even better.The festival’s celebrity chefs will be joined this year with cannabis chefs who will show off their edibles and take the munchies to a higher level, shall we say. Dubbed the “Cannabis Corner,” the enclave will feature samples of THC-infused creations from three local vendors, as well as a cooking lesson from chef Luke Reyes of the roving pop-up La Hoja. Chef-model Brandin Lashea, courtesy of cannabis-focused media studio PRØHBTD will also be on hand. As far as cannabis-infused treats go, attendees can exp

Congress Debates Medical Pot For Cops and Calls for More Research

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The post Congress Debates Medical Pot For Cops and Calls for More Research appeared first on High Times. Congress debates medical marijuana for cops and calls for more research, marking a significant shift in the culture. Yesterday, they discussed a measure calling on federal agencies to study the use of medical marijuana by police officers. The sponsor of this measure? A Republican from Florida. Wait, what? Cannabis For Cops The discussed measure was an amendment to the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017. The goal of this legislation is to “protect the mental health and well-being of law enforcement officers” and requires the U.S. attorney general to consult with the secretaries of defense and veterans affairs to submit reports to Congress on “mental health practices a

Colorado’s Pot Sales Exceed $1 Billion in First 8 Months of 2017

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The post Colorado’s Pot Sales Exceed $1 Billion in First 8 Months of 2017 appeared first on High Times. Please allow us to engage in some vicarious bragging about the financial benefits of legal marijuana: Colorado has eclipsed the $1 billion mark in marijuana sales in just eight months in 2017—officially earning the title of a bona fide billion-dollar industry. Feel free to say “wow” a few times, then get on the phone and tell your elected representatives that your state can and should do the same. And don’t take no for an answer. And mention that Colorado also hit the billion-dollar mark last year in a mere 10 months, raking in a total of $1.3 billion in 2016. Raking In The Green This year’s cumulative sales equate to more than $162 million in taxes and fees for Colorado’s coffers, to be

Sheriff Indicted for Groping 900 Students in Alleged Drug Searches

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The post Sheriff Indicted for Groping 900 Students in Alleged Drug Searches appeared first on High Times. We just got word of a sheriff indicted for groping 900 students in alleged drug searches. This story sickens us. But we recognize the importance of knowing everything that is happening under our current administration. It is a regime that not only sanctions outrages but is pathologically obsessed with cracking down on drugs. This latest report is all the more disgusting because it happened to innocent high school kids. What Happened On April 14, 40 uniformed officers raided the Worth County High School in southern Georgia just as the morning bell rang. Sheriff Jeff Hobby put the school on lockdown and demanded that the 900 students in the school that day line up against the classroom w...

Oregon Distributes $85 Million in Legal Cannabis Tax Revenue

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The post Oregon Distributes $85 Million in Legal Cannabis Tax Revenue appeared first on High Times. Oregon is reaping the green benefits of its legal weed industry to the tune of a cool $85 million. Having legalized marijuana in 2014, Oregon has finally begun to distribute the tax dollars that the state has collected, after a two-year wait. Wait, What Took Oregon So Long To Distribute Its Legal Cannabis Tax Revenue? The reason is that the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), which oversees the state’s legal marijuana program, had to first reimburse the administrative costs associated with setting up and implementing the program. The OLCC took out a loan for $13 million to cover the initial setup costs, agency spokesman Mark Pettinger explained to the King5 television station. Now that