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Monday, June 11, 2018


Cynthia Nixon Talks To Teen Vogue

Calling all Sex And The City fans (and people who care about a more equitable world): In this special edition of Teen Vogue (Side) Take, we caught up with Cynthia Nixon at the Teen Vogue Summit in NYC; everything from ABC's cancellation of Roseanne to how legalizing weed in the state could level racial dynamics.

Teen Vogue Take is a weekly multi-platform digital show that explores the intersection of pop culture and social justice.​

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Fashion, beauty tips, celebrity style, pop culture, videos, and more—everything you need to be ahead of the trends. Fashion starts here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Calm Marijuana

THC DESIGN SOLVES VALENTINES DAY -- For many single people, Valentine’s Day isn’t filled with love notes, whispered sweet nothings and overpriced gifts, candy and dinner. With V-Day around the corner and more than two-thirds of US states already enacting responsible cannabis laws, this is a perfect time to explore cannabis strains to help with heartbreak and being single on what can be the least romantic holiday of the year.

According to the 2014 census bureau report, more people are single today than ever before. Half of all Americans are single compared to 37 percent in 1976. Couple that with data scraped from Facebook statuses of “break up” and “broken up” shows that Valentine’s day is the third largest day for breakups.

If you are one of the 150 million single Americans or are working through love loss February 14, THC Design, the leading breeder and cultivator of premium, safe, estate-grown cannabis in California, has curated a few of the top cannabis strains to show you one is only the loneliest number when counting the number of joints left of these strains on the least romantic holiday of the year.

Got Dumped? Dumped Someone?

Triangle Kush is a smooth indica dominant hybrid strain named as a tribute to the three marijuana capitals of Florida – Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami. An uplifting euphoric buzz washes over you in warming waves, leaving you floating on air - far away from stalking that ex.

Dosidos has a minty cookie flavor and fast and hard cerebral rush euphoric energy will swing you back onto Tinder with a vengeance. This hybrid then fades into a happy stoney introspection, eventually leading to a classic indica body buzz, so remember the good times and cry if you want to.

XJ-13 is a sativa dominant hybrid that balances high levels of THC with low levels of CBD. It will clear your head and relax those fingers from regretful texts. Binge on Netflix instead. Netflix always knows what you want

Single On V-Day

Blueberry Dome is a strain with high levels of THC to provide intense relief with amazing flavors, mixing fresh nutty mint with ripe blueberries for a confusingly delicious taste that will dance across your tongue. Pair it with that pint of Ben and Jerry's and revel in the fact you don't have to share either.

Kosher Kush transcends your body into a state of serenity, draining your mind of all worries. Who needs worries when you have Seamless for dinner, Delivery for booze and Eaze for more Kosher Kush. Staying in is the new going out. Light that new candle for a romantic night for one.

Future Berries screams treat yourself. Live your best life with the best company - yourself! What begins as a moment of clear-headed relaxation soon leads to total bodily bliss with this strain. Pairs well with spa day massages, facials, and that strange mud bath your friends said you just have to try. 

Saturday, January 06, 2018


Highlights From Last Weeks Show

Hot Topics: New additions to View family: Sara Haines welcomes new baby

We welcome two special deliveries — Haines' daughter Sandra Grace and our production assistant Jessica's daughter Zoe!

Hot Topics: New Year's most memorable moments

They discussed the most memorable moments of New Year's Eve — from Mariah Carey asking for tea during her performance to Steve Harvey's eye-catching outfit. (Video Above)

 The View Talks Marijuana

Hot Topics: California legalizes recreational marijuana

Whoopi Goldberg reacts to the landmark new law: "This is for folks who have been waiting for a very long time." (Video Above)

Hot Topics: Things to care about in 2018

Ana Navarro says the deadly protests in Iran deserve more of our attention in the new year: "You cannot stifle freedom for that long — at some point hope will come back."

The View On Logan Paul

Hot Topics: YouTube star Logan Paul apologizes after posting video showing apparent suicide victim
Navarro reacts to Paul's video: "People just have to have some damn common sense!" Meghan McCain added: "We've become so disconnected from each other because of technology." (Video Above)

Hot Topics: Trump talks Russia probe in interview with New York Times
"He said ... 16 times ... 'There's no collusion!' ... which is Spanish for: 'There's collusion!'" Joy Behar joked.

"How can the staff allow this to happen impromptu?" Navarro asked. "He's 71 years old but you need to treat him like he's 71 days old. He needs constant adult supervision!"

"What struck me was he said he has the absolute right to do what he wants with the Department of Justice," Sunny Hostin said of the interview. "You don't have the absolute right ... there's a system of checks and balances!"

Hot Topics: Bachelor Contestant Rocks Short Hair

Navarro weighs in on the hubbub caused by The Bachelor contestant: "Some of the most beautiful women on TV, the most beautiful women ever have short hair! ... Work whatever God gives you."

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Medical Marijuana

This week Las Vegas is hosting the world’s largest gathering of cannabis executives, exhibitors, and innovators. The Fall 2017 installation of the Marijuana Business Conference and Expo, taking place this week from November 14-17, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the place to discuss the latest trends in the multi-billion dollar global cannabis industry.

CEO of Premium Produce Priscilla Vilchis, the only female minority with two cannabis licenses in Las Vegas and three in Los Angeles County, California, will be speaking on the “Cultivation Data Download: Stats, Trends & Analysis” panel on Friday, November 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. She will be presenting alongside other marijuana executives on a number of topics, including the range of costs required to start and operate various types of growing operations; tips to increase yield and maximize revenue; how cultivators are adapting to falling wholesale marijuana prices; and strategies to implement new lighting technologies into your grow facility.

Dr. Stuart Titus, CEO of Medical Marijuana, Inc., spoke on two panels at MJBizCon. The “International Developments & Opportunities” panel took place from 2:30-3:00 p.m. on November 14. This panel provided an insight into the current state of international developments pertaining to cannabis. The “Q&A with Hemp Experts” panel took place from 3:45-4:45 p.m. on November 14, which will be an interactive experience in which audience members will be able to present hemp industry experts with their questions.

Cannabis commercial real estate executive Tim Mcgraw, CEO of Canna-Hub, will be available to discuss how cannabis is an attractive real estate investment, and why the future of cannabis cultivation will be led by some of the country’s most sophisticated.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017


Morgan Freeman In AARP

Morgan Freeman has weighed in on the current political landscape in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine in an interview before Inauguration Day.

On playing POTUS

“Some people thought Hollywood wasn’t ready for a black president, but I didn’t consider it. I’m not a professional black actor; I’m a professional actor. I can remember only once in the movies playing black, and that was Driving Miss Daisy.”

On the current political landscape

“As for politics today, I supported Hillary in the election, and now it feels like we are jumping off a cliff. We just have to find out how we land. I’m not scared, though. I’m holding out hope that Donald Trump has to be a good president. He can’t not be. What I see is a guy who will not lose.”

On his stint in the United States Air Force

“I went into the Air Force with the idea of being a fighter pilot, but they made me a radar mechanic. I’m about as mechanical as a doorknob, and my test scores qualified me to be an electronic countermeasures operator, but they weren’t having that. As I understand it, General Curtis LeMay didn’t want anybody black in there. Eventually, I decided my attraction to being a fighter pilot was all movie stuff, so I said ‘Never mind.’”

On his early work studying dance

“I came out to Los Angeles and started taking classes at L.A. City College. A teacher said, ‘You move very well, so you should really study dance, because actors who sing and dance are what they call triple threats.’ This was 1962, and I danced until about 1967. I was in a production of West Side Story. I danced at the 1964 World’s Fair. With dance, you have to be all in. On The Electric Company, in the mid-‘70s, they wanted me to do some ballet move and I almost wrecked myself. You can’t just throw your legs up in the air.”

On being quite the ladies’ man

“Oh, this is Mr. Cool. Taken while I was on tour with The Royal Hunt of the Sun. that was the way I dressed on tour. And I was a smoker. Was I a lady-killer in those days? Big time. Big time. Tall and good looking, what was my secret. We went to 14 cities. A lot of the places were colleges, so it was a feeding ground. But then the show ended, and there was no work. The magic wore off. I got a job and Nedick’s, which was like McDonald’s before McDonald’s caught on.” The lady-killer? He started selling hot dogs.

On The Electric Company

“I did more than 700 episodes of The Electric Company over five years. This was Season 1, because Bill Cosby did only the first season, and, yeah, I was as shocked as everyone by the recent news about him. We all got along great, but by the third year, I began to hate myself for not having the gumption to quit. I was on my way to becoming Captain Kangaroo. No, no, no. I’d come home and my wife would hand me a glass full of scotch and water. One day, she said, ‘You need to quit this. Have you ever tried marijuana?’ From there, it was a gradual but definite weaning from alcohol to Mary Jane.”

On his relationship with his mother

“Mama was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi. She had four boys and one girl. Mama was a rolling stone. She like to go. She had a very strong moral streak: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ I’m a mama’s boy, but I got in trouble with her a lot, usually for doing something neglectful. I remember we were living close to the bone in this Chicago tenement, and she made banana pudding. I lit the oven and never took the pie out. Let’s just say I can still hear her hollering.”

On breaking into Hollywood

“I’m 50 years old, playing off-Broadway opposite the incredible Dana Ivey. Driving Miss Daisy changed everything. We heard Warner Bros. was making the movie, but they never hire New York actors. When the movie’s director, Bruce Beresford came backstage, I said, ‘So, do I get the job?’ he said, ‘You’re kinda young.’ He wanted Sidney Poitier. But when they went to Sidney, Sidney said, ‘Go with the kid.”

On that Oscar win

“The truth? It was anticlimactic. I was up for best actor three times. The Oscar for Million Dollar Baby was for best supporting. I keep the statue at home in a little room in Mississippi that has tchotchkes in it, and all of the high-end awards are there: the Screen Actors Guild, the People’s Choice, Golden Globe. I’ve stopped waiting for the best actor Oscar, because you get to a point where it’s better to be nominated over and over. It’s more fun that way. You get to stay in that crowd.”

On the comforts of home

“… I own this blues club called Ground Zero in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where I live. We needed good music there because the place has everything else: It’s beautiful. It’s quiet. It’s green. I started going to Mississippi in the 1970s, after my folks moved back there. I couldn’t do New York anymore – living in a cave, concrete everywhere. I get to have a normal life in Mississippi. Nobody bothers me. I stay home. I golf with friends. I go have dinner. I survived inner-city South Side of Chicago, which was a hellhole, and worked hard over the years. I figure I owe it to myself to have some peace at this point in life.”

On Nelson Mandela

“I’d been trying to make a movie about Madiba for 15 years. When his book Long Walk to Freedom was published and someone asked who should play him in the movies, he called me out. So we got in touch and stayed in touch. I went to his house in Johannesburg. I said, ‘If I’m going to do this, I need to get to know you. I need to be able to touch you.’ I would go and watch him and listen to him until I could capture that Madiba spirit. One day, his assistant, Zelda, came to the Invictus set. She said, ‘How did he get here before me?’ She thought I was Mandela. What did I take away from him? Well, yes, he’s a hero, but he’s also just a guy. He has all this courage, and that’s what it takes to be Mandela. You can do anything with enough kindness and compassion.”

On his family

“We’re not a get-together-on-Thanksgiving kinda family. My daughters fight like cats. I say, ‘You people want to be together, fine. Not here.’”

“I think when someone in my family is famous, the downside is everybody expects things of you. But you have to make things happen on your own When my son was younger, he said he wanted to be an actor and that I should introduce him to people. I said, ‘You should change your name. Don’t use Freeman.’ He didn’t listen to me.”

On his AARP Movies For Grownups Career Achievement Award

“At a certain point in life, if you’ve had some success, awards start to fall from the sky. But the Movies for Grownups Achievement Award really means something. I started my movie career at the age of 50, and some of the best years have happened since then. I get a lot of pats on the back – they’re all over the place – but this one’s more than fun. It’s priceless.”

Cover Photo By: “Robert Trachtenberg for AARP

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Miley Cyrus

E! NEWS -- Miley Cyrus killed Hannah Montana using a potent combination of sexuality, foam fingers and marijuana. And it happened right in front of our eyes.

Her transformation began exactly two years ago, when she caused international outrage by twerking her butt offagainst Robin Thicke's crotch during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The performance came across as desperate, a suggestion that she was willing to do anything to break free from the shackles of her Disney-sweetheart alter ego.

But two years later, as she gears up to host tonight's VMAs ceremony, we know how wrong we were. It has become remarkably clear that Miley is much smarter than anyone initially gave her credit for.

She may have stuck a fork in Hannah Montana that night, but she reinvented Miley Cyrus.

Here are five things we're loving about Miley 2.0:

She Outwitted Her Critics:

For a while, Miley's spree of candid marijuana talk, twerking and tongue-wagging gave the impression she needed to come with a permanent NC-17 warning. And we weren't the only ones who thought so. In her recent New York Times interview, Miley admitted: "People that I really loved and thought were my friends judged me for it. They were like, ‘You were on drugs when you did that performance.' I did nothing! I still don't get it."

Monday, January 12, 2015



Larry King

Former Governor Jesse Ventura turns the tables on legendary broadcaster Larry King, the man who’s interviewed over 60,000 people in his storied career.

Larry sounds off the state of our nation (“hopeless”), marijuana (“a great aphrodisiac”), his greatest fears (“death”), and President Obama (“a puzzle to me”) on Jesse Ventura's weekly podcast "We the People with Jesse Ventura" available on PodcastOne and iTunes.

Larry King sets the record straight:

Yes, he's smoked the 80s...with his doctor....

"I guess I smoked weed in the mid-80s, about five or six or seven times. I enjoyed it. I found it a great aphrodisiac. It was much better than liquor; I never liked liquor much. I like a little wine, but I enjoyed pot...I smoked with my doctor. He got great stuff from Jamaica." 

His greatest fear? Death.

“I worry about going to sleep and not waking up. I fear death. I don’t want to die.”

Where are we headed as a nation?

“The world is split apart. This country...I’ve never seen this country as split as it is, with the tea party, the far right, and the far left... nothing’s together. People don’t want to compromise. Compromise is the art of politics. We don’t do that anymore. We’re at a standstill. [Instead] we have hypocrisy.”

Monday, November 11, 2013



Lady Gaga On Elvis Duran

Lady Gaga sat down with Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show to talk about the release of her new album ARTPOP(out today), being the first performer to sing in space, and her emotional struggles with drugs and depression in the past. Elvis was able to dig into "Gaga's basement," during his 45 minute exclusive with the POP SuperStar. Elvis, as usual, created a comfortable atmosphere in which Gaga felt safe enough to discuss these difficult topics.


“I just want young kids to know that you actually can become addicted to it [marijuana]… I have been addicted to it and its ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self medication and I was smoking up to 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day with no tobacco. I was living on a totally other psychedelic plain, numbing myself completely and looking back I do see now that some of it had to do with my hip pain. I didn’t know where the pain was coming from so I was just in a lot of pain and really depressed all the time and not really sure why.”

“It’s a battle, every day. I don’t want to lie about it because there is no reason to lie. But, the truth is that it is very hard to be famous. It’s wonderful to be famous because I have amazing fans. But it is very, very hard to go out into the world when you are not feeling happy and act like you are because I am a human being too and I break and I think there is an assumption, not just by the corporate world, or by humanity that I cannot break because I am alien woman and I am unstoppable. The truth is that I can break, and I did. I was not very good at breaking. I lost everything that I love. I was in a wheelchair for six months. I did a lot of drugs and took a lot of pills. I let it all kind of go because I didn’t know if I was going to live for the next year or two. When your schedule gets that out of control and you’re not able to feel the ground anymore you lose a sense of your own soul.”

“I had to stop. I was addicted to it [marijuana]... I’ve been addicted to various things since I was young. Most heavily over the past seven years. A friend gave me this term I lily pad from substance to substance because I get to a point where I can’t go any further with one substance so I move to another.”


“You can fight. I do put that pressure on myself; I have to be high to be creative. I need that, that’s an error in my life that happened for over 10 years. Can I be brilliant without it? I know that I can be and I have to be because I want to live, and I want my fans to want to live. I don’t want them to torture themselves in the way I have. I want to show people that I will last past 27 and I will last longer, and so will you. I want to change this code in the atmosphere that in order to be remembered I must die young. In order to be remembered as a legend I must be dead first. This is unhealthy. The way that we [celebrities] are treated by the media, this is unhealthy. Not just me, I am just one of many people that are treated poorly by the media.”


“Look I think my Achilles heel in this business has always been from the beginning, like, oh is she a rich girl from New York? Did she go to a private school? But actually I did go to a privileged school, I did go to a private school, I did have a great education. My parents were not rich, they sent me to a great school with all the money that they had…I am smart. I will no longer allow this thing that was my Achilles heel to remain there.”


“There’s this incredible pressure on female artists that we have to reinvent ourselves between each record. Michael Jackson didn’t reinvent himself with each album, or Elton John or Whitney Houston. These are some of my favorite artists in history. What I was thinking about was I don’t want to throw my wigs away, I don’t want to throw my outfits away, I want to celebrate them because these are the inventions that got me to where I am. I want my fans to know that you really just need one good idea. I feel like this pressure that the public puts on you to have several good ideas over and over again until you die; this is actually not reality.”


“ARTPOP is definitely a time that we are really excited to be putting art into the front and that corporations will no longer drive me or my work and that the House of Gaga- this is our foray into the art and technology world. The artRave was the beginning of that.”


“I’m usually already on to the next album when the album comes out. I’m really very fascinated with this transformation inside of me that I am feeling very happy and confident in the work that I have created. I really love this album. I mostly love this album because it helped me lose 30 pounds in the gym!”


"This album is about joy, coming into my own, and also really deciding for myself as an artist that I don’t need to change my image with every single album. This was something I was really fascinated with iconography and how we see the artist.”

“This is why ARTPOP is so important to me. I want the world to know that the real intelligence is in the heart and the mind of the artist and not the corporation.”


“When you have road bumps in your career everybody starts to shake and everybody starts to get nervous… The reality is that there was never any formula and I am not a marketing plan and I never have been. ARTPOP has no marketing plan… This was something that was generated by this young collective group called the House of Gaga, which has been our debut on Sunday at the artRave… What I’m trying to say I guess is that I may be talented at music, but my greatest talent is seeing potential in others.”


“I think the truth is that since the beginning of my career, although I am a pop star now, I was not generated by a factory, I was not generated by a corporation, and there was no team other than the team that I put together that helped me make my artistic dreams come true.”


“If our minds go, there is nothing else. Somebody gives me a canvas at the beginning of every album cycle and its blank. I am left with a paintbrush and I sit by myself. That is the thing I want people to know and recognize not just about me, but about themselves… There is a canvas, a paintbrush, and an artist and then the ideas start to come. That is what ARTPOP is. What I want my fans to know is that you will not be defined by the people that hire you. You will not be defined by the corporate world around you. You will be defined the ideas that are in your own heart and in your own mind. It is just you, and that brush, and that canvas. You will work hard enough that one day you will sign only your name at the bottom of that blank page.


“It’s going to happen in 2015… This event where I didn’t have to pay for my seat, and it was offered to me by Zero G Colony and Virgin Galactic to be the first to technically to sing from space. Who knows if someone will build a rocket before then, I don’t know! It was more important to me that I am the first to sing from a Virgin Galactic space craft.”


“I’ll explain this to you - it’s not so easy to sing from space. Even if you are flying to space on one of these commercial flights this is not congruent with the actual event and what will be done. This is an entire event and festival that’s being created to take music to the beyond and have me, the artist, singing from this space craft and that will be live streamed back to earth while there is a concert going on Ground Zero.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2013



The War on Drugs is Immoral and Ineffective

By Brian Woodward

The War On Drugs

Despite increased efforts, manpower, and resources, the war on drugs has been a resounding failure. W.C. fields once quipped, “If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” Not only does the government continue to fail in its crusade against drugs, it continues to perpetrate a policy of immense immorality. It has been over forty years since President Richard Nixon declared war on drugs. What do we have to show for it? The United States has wasted over one trillion dollars, caused incarceration rates to exceed that of the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin, discriminated heavily against African-Americans, propped up the drug cartels, and allowed drug profits to flow into the pockets of al-Qaeda and other such terrorist groups.

The biggest success in the war on drugs has been the protection of drug cartel’s profits. In a standard legalized business, there are countless importers and exporters of a particular good. However, due to drug raids and seizures, the price of maintaining an operation has been driven up, forcing out small time distributors. This allows the only viable distributors to be those with enough money and resources to avoid interdiction efforts. These are the highly violent drug cartels that are flush with cash. By keeping goods out and arresting local distributors, the government keeps the price of these drugs up. What else could a monopolist want?

The production of drugs can be a very inexpensive endeavor when it is not necessary to take immense precautions to avoid interdiction. Thomas Sowell, the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, asserts that “if a user could support his habit for a few dollars a week, he would still be an addict, but would not have to steal, mug, or murder to support his habit.” Zealots are unable to realize that they are not God. They possess neither the license nor the capacity to dictate how others live.

Drug enforcement agencies like to dazzle the public with their alleged high rates of drug seizures. American law enforcement confiscated approximately 1.5 million kilograms of marijuana in 2007, up 30% from 2002. Their efforts were even better with cocaine. They seized 50% more in 2007 than in 2002, a colossal 150,000 kilograms of cocaine. However, a 2011 study published in the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies indicates that “despite these outstanding numbers, only an estimated 41.5% of all cocaine and 25% of all marijuana was intercepted globally in 2007. Consequently, interdiction efforts have failed to effectively dismantle the drug industry. Experts believe that seventy percent of a drug needs to be intercepted worldwide to substantially reduce the size of the industry.” In addition, the percentage of drugs intercepted is likely inflated due to the inability to account for the amount of drugs that are smuggled in undetected.

Experts indicate that in order to make an appreciable difference, confiscation would have to be doubled. Furthermore, interdiction spurs what experts refer to as a “balloon effect”. This posits that when confiscation efforts are expanded in a certain area, the producers simply change locations. When interception efforts increase in one region, production merely moves to another region, which, as a result, makes seizure operations ineffective.

The Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies study goes on to state, “Another fundamental problem of interdiction is that it actually increases the profits of, and therefore the violence within, the industry.” The working theory of enforcement agencies is that reducing the supply of drugs will force costs up and push usage down. This is naive and misguided. The reality is that the drug supply is generally inelastic, meaning that due to the addictive nature of drugs, demand is not increased or decreased significantly when price fluctuates.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Medical Marijuana Plan Passes Assembly

"It's Cruel to Deny Treatment to Patients Who are Suffering" Says Gottfried

 Medical Marijuana

The following e-mail was sent to us by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried. We applaud the work he does, not only on this issue, but so many other issues that make New York a better place.

Patients suffering from serious debilitating or life-threatening conditions could be treated with medical marijuana under medical supervision under a bill overwhelmingly passed by the Assembly on Wednesday, June 13. The bill has substantial support among the medical community, patient groups, and religious organizations. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have laws that allow medical use of marijuana, with Connecticut being the most recent to sign it into law on June 1.

"If the patient and physician agree that the patient's serious debilitating or life-threatening condition should be treated with medical marijuana, the government should not stand in the way," said Gottfried. "It is cruel to deny treatment to patients who are suffering or to turn them into criminals."

The plan approved by the Assembly "would be one of the most restrictive medical marijuana laws in the country," Gottfried said. "It is modeled on the law we apply to highly dangerous and addictive drugs like morphine or oxycodone, but even tighter."

"To watch someone you love fight to live through the agony of the pain without any relief is too hard to bear. Medical marijuana can help ease this suffering," said Geri Barish, a Nassau County cancer survivor and mother whose son used medical marijuana before he succumbed to cancer. "Knowing that a doctor could provide safe and legal access to medical marijuana in a controlled environment will give patients with severe illnesses in New York State hope."

New York's bill, A7347-B/S7283-A, introduced by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senate Children and Families Committee Chair Diane J. Savino, has the bi-partisan support of over 50 other legislators. "This is long overdue," said Gottfried, noting that this is the 16th year he has introduced a medical marijuana bill in the Assembly.

Under the bill, a licensed health care professional who is authorized to prescribe controlled substances would certify the patient's need for marijuana for treatment of a serious debilitating or life-threatening condition. The certified patient then registers with the Department of Health. The marijuana would be purchased from a specially registered and regulated hospital or pharmacy.

"As an attorney and a person actively involved with civic affairs, I work very hard to uphold the law," said Jamin Sewel, a Bronx resident who was diagnosed with MS ten years ago. "I would like to thank the Assembly for recognizing the thousands of New Yorkers like myself who are living with serious and debilitating conditions for which medicinal marijuana can provide relief."

THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, has been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Agency in synthetic pill form since 1986. THC in pill form, which is legal in New York, commonly delivers a larger dose than the patient needs or can tolerate. There is substantial medical judgment that consuming marijuana naturally makes it easier to control the dosage and symptoms are easier to manage. The bill would allow use of the natural form of marijuana.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has stated that the federal government will not interfere in states with medical marijuana laws unless both state and federal laws were broken.

"This is sensible, strict, and humane legislation. The fact that Arizona, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New Jersey and over a dozen other states allow this while it's still illegal in New York is political correctness run amok, at the expense of the suffering of thousands of New Yorkers," Gottfried added.

Under appropriate professional care like other drugs, marijuana has important therapeutic use for many seriously ill patients. In an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004, the Lymphoma Foundation of America, the HIV Medicine Association, and the American Medical Students Association said: "For certain persons, the medical use of marijuana can literally mean the difference between life and death."

A Siena poll released in May of this year, found a "strong majority" of New Yorkers support the legalization of the use of medical marijuana 57%-33%. When polled two years ago, the proposal was supported 50%-41%.

Medical marijuana legislation has the support of a broad array of health and other organizations, including:

Medical Society of the State of New York
New York State Nurses Association
Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State
Pharmacists Society of the State of New York
Statewide Senior Action Council
Gay Men's Health Crisis
New York AIDS Coalition
New York State AIDS Institute Advisory Council
Oncology Nursing Association (New York State chapter)
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
AmericanAcademy of HIV Medicine
AFSCME District Council 37
Housing Works
Latino Commission on AIDS
Family Services Network of New York Inc.
Drug Policy Alliance
Compassion & Choices of New York
Gray Panthers, NYC Network
National Lawyers Guild, NYC Chapter 

Nationally, allowing the medical use of marijuana is supported by the American Public Health Association, the American Bar Association, and the Lymphoma Foundation of America, among others. The medical use of marijuana is recognized by the American Medical Association and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.

For the full text of the bill, go to and type in bill number A7347.

Monday, June 11, 2012


Scott D. Levy

We find it insane that New Yorkers still get charged with little marijuana offences. The money spent and the lives ruined is horrible. Read below the news story that NORML sent us. We applaud Gov. Andrew Coumo for fighting this injustice. We knew when we elected him, that he was fair and understanding just like his parents. Having met just about the whore family, the saying "The apple does not fall far from the tree" rings true here.


Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo has endorsed a legislative effort to equalize marijuana possession penalties, regardless of whether the cannabis is possessed in private or in public view. Governor Cuomo announced his support at a press conference on Monday. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly are also backing the effort.

Under state law, the private possession of up to 25 grams of marijuana is a non-criminal civil citation, punishable by a $100 fine. By contrast, the possession of any amount of cannabis in public view is a criminal misdemeanor [NY State Penal Law 221.10].

In 2011, New York City law enforcement spent $75 million arresting approximately 50,000 minor marijuana offenders under Penal Law 221.10. Many of these offenders had marijuana on their person, and only revealed the cannabis publicly after being ordered by police to empty their pockets during 'stop-and-frisk' searches. According to the Governor's office, 94 percent of arrests for small amounts of marijuana in the state are in New York City. Over 85 percent of those charged were either African American or Latino.

Governor Cuomo said that the present law is "incongruous" and "disproportionately" effects black and Hispanic youth.

Pending bipartisan legislation - Senate Bill 5187 and Assembly Bill 7620 - would equalize minor marijuana possession penalties to a non-criminal, fine-only offense. According to the Associated Press, Cuomo's proposal differs slightly from these measures because it would retain criminal misdemeanor penalties for cannabis smoking in public.

State lawmakers are expected to be in session for three more weeks.

Last week a coalition of advocacy groups, including and the Drug Policy Alliance, launched an online advocacy campaign featuring video testimonials from people who the campaign says have been illegally searched or falsely charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in New York City.

For more information or to view the video testimonials, please visit HERE

Wednesday, May 04, 2011



Once again legislators in Illinois are discussing whether to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. According to State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), the sponsor of the bill, he thinks he has the votes for passage in the House. “It will be the best, most restrictive, mostly regulated law in the country,” Lang said. The law would allow people with debilitating medical conditions to smoke marijuana but would limit possession to less than 2.5 ounces, prohibit driving for six hours after smoking the drug, would only be sold in state-licensed highly regulated not-for-profit dispensaries (limiting the outlets to 59—one per senate district) and the program would expire in three years. Think of the new levels of bureaucracy that will have to be created to administer and enforce the law. Insane!

Having penalties, including potential prison time, is not going to discourage anyone from trying to sell medical prescription marijuana on the street anymore than current laws prevent drug activity. The smoking of marijuana should either be totally legal or totally illegal. Just because Illinois would have the most regulated law in the nation, is not enough reason for a legislator to vote Yes.
Alcohol is legal and the only medical benefits are that a glass of wine is good for your heart and can raise your good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Marijuana has been shown to diminish nausea from chemotherapy, lessen symptoms of multiple sclerosis, lessen pain of people suffering form HIV/AIDS and other medical aliments. So if alcohol is lawful, why not marijuana?

I have made my position clear that I hate alcohol, so why do I seem to be supporting the legalization of medical marijuana when I find the drug so repulsive? Simply because it would lead to making marijuana legal for everyone and government could tax the use. Because the bureaucracy and associate costs the passage of the bill would create, I am pro legalization of all marijuana, not just for medical use. If it is legal for everyone, the government would profit. If it is legal just for medial applications then it costs the government money to regulate.

One can either get high or not. If marijuana is legal, it should be legal for everyone over the age of 21; there should not be restrictions on who can use the drug.

And because of fear of the slippery slope that medical usage would lead to wide-spread legalization, Illinois legislators won’t be able to vote, “Yes.“ If people realized the profit for government with legalization, they would be in favor of it. But nobody is thinking about the money; only about the smoke.

Editors Note: I think all my readers know how I feel about the legalization of Marijuana. We spend billions here in New York State arresting and jailing people who smoke weed. With our state budgets in the red, this is the perfect way to save money on prosecuting people who smoke, and at the same time, make tax money. Almost everyone I know smokes Marijuana. When will our straight laced politicians wake up and see that Marijuana makes money. Right now the drug dealers make tax free cash with no benefits to the state. Stop arresting people who smoke and at the same time reap huge tax profits. I guarantee states will go from not having enough money every year, to having more than enough. Wake up America!

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Monday, March 29, 2010


Snoop Dogg

Rap star Snoop Dogg says he has never performed sober. Snoop is insisting he takes the stage only when he's smoked marijuana. The Snoop has long been an advocate for the legalization of the weed and has a prescription for medical marijuana. He also admits he is never without cannabis when he hits the stage. He told Larry King, "I’m under the influence of medical marijuana. I’ve never performed without it."
Photo By: RD/Kabik/Retna

Saturday, March 27, 2010



David Paterson

It really amazes me how our government officials in New York, like Governor Paterson and now Mike Bloomberg, continue to tax the poor, but they do it in such a round-about way, that all the politicians look saintly. This proposed soda tax will only hurt the poor, plain and simple. The rich will continue to buy soda and anything else they want. The poor will also continue to buy soda, but they will be forced to spend money they really do not have. Just take a ride through any poor neighborhood, there are limited choices in the supermarkets, deli's and bodegas. Soda is the cheep choice to sell in these communities. No one in these neighborhoods can afford to buy these 5 dollar designer healthy drinks. Healthy food costs big bucks. Poor people do not have the option of buying anything but soda. Go into any fast food restaurant, a healthy salad is 4 times more than a less nutritious double cheeseburger. Look what the cigarette tax has done. They took a addicted public and raised the price of cigarettes from around $2.50 a pack to almost $12.00 bucks. The rich did not even blink a eye at the price increase, nor did they quit, but the poor, who are just as addicted, are still smoking because they can not stop and they are spending money they do not have. This is what the soda tax will do. Tax the poor. We already pay tax on money we earn. We pay sales tax and we pay taxes to ride in a taxi here in New York City, if you can believe it. When are our politicians going to do the right thing, which is to go through every single department we have in this state, and start getting rid of waste. Everywhere I go, I see waste in government. If I can see it, why can't our officials? Stop these taxes on the poor!



We spend billions every year arresting people for smoking marijuana. We spend money on law enforcement and sending these people to jail. I do not care what anyone says about marijuana, it is less dangerous and less costly than alcohol. Alcohol has caused millions of deaths, and no one can say that about marijuana. California is getting ready on a vote to legalize marijuana, because they see the huge tax revenue it will bring in. Why New York is so behind the rest of the world, is beyond me. I am not talking about just legalizing Medical Marijuana, which should be legal anyway, but I am talking about making marijuana once and for all legal. Control and tax it like you control alcohol. The billions saved on arresting and jailing people and the tax monies collected will give this state a surplus instead of a deficit. It is such a simple answer, yet our politicians thinking are still in the stone age, or maybe they are stoned!

David Paterson Photo By: RD/Dziekan/Retna

Thursday, January 14, 2010


We received the following e-mail from Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried on legalizing Medical Marijuana. We commend him on his stand, and we hope his fellow elected officials will support this issue in full.


As the debate over medical marijuana goes on across the country, the New York State Assembly Committee on Health today passed a bill that would legalize the use of marijuana for patients suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, 14 states have laws that allow medical use of marijuana, and a bill in New Jersey is expected to be signed into law before January 19th. New York State's bill, modeled on Rhode Island's law, requires patients to have a physician or licensed prescriber certify their need for marijuana for treatment of a statutorily defined "serious medical condition." Patients must then file their certification with the Department of Health and receive a registration card from the state. Possession would be limited to two and a half ounces."If a patient and their physician are in agreement that the most effective way of controlling their symptoms is marijuana, government should not stand in the way of treatment," said Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee and sponsor of the bill. "It is cruel to turn end-stage patients into criminals when they are following what their doctor recommends for relief."THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, has been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Agency in synthetic pill form since 1986. THC in pill form commonly delivers a larger dose than the patient needs or can tolerate. There is substantial medical judgment that consuming marijuana naturally makes it easier to control the dosage and symptoms are easier to manage. This method, however, remains illegal in New York.U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has stated that the federal government will not interfere in states with medical marijuana laws unless both state and federal laws were broken.The bill is supported by: the Medical Society of the State of New York, the New York State Nurses Association, the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State, Statewide Senior Action Council, Gay Men's Health Crisis, the New York AIDS Coalition, the New York State AIDS Institute Advisory Council, the Oncology Nursing Association (New York State chapter), the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Academy of HIV Medicine, and Housing Works. Nationally, medical use of marijuana is supported by the American Public Health Association, the American Bar Association, and the Lymphoma Foundation of America, among others.

Editors Extra: Medical Marijuana is something that is long overdue in New York State. These drug companies for years have been lobbying to stop the legalization of Marijuana for medical use, because they market Marinol, a Marijuana pill that makes them a fortune and does nothing. A few years ago when I was very ill, I got this prescription and it cost 583 for a one month supply. It did nothing to help my symptoms, so I went out and brought a bag of weed for 40 dollars and it did the job and it lasted a month. Now a prescription costs over 1200 bucks and does absolutely nothing. It is a waste of insurance money, when a cheep 40 bag of weed will do the trick. The State Of New York will save millions on their Medicaid plans alone. I firmly believe Marijuana should be legalized fully and be controlled like cigarettes and alcohol, but Medical Marijuana is a start in the right direction. States can make billions of dollars in tax monies and save the trillions of dollars they spend arresting and jailing people who smoke. If fact, I am sure the legalization of Marijuana will take the states out of the red and send them into the black. This is something that is long overdue, and we commend Richard N. Gottfried on almost always being on the right side of our issues here in New York. Visit NORML to learn more on how we can make this happen all over the country.

Thursday, April 09, 2009


Britney Spears

Former toxic singer Britney Spears left the stage for almost an hour yesterday, after complaining the air at the concert venue had become too smoky. The audience was stunned when the singer stopped her show in Vancouver, British Columbia, after just three songs, leaving the audience waiting for more than 20 minutes for an explanation on why she did this. An announcement was then made, reportedly ordering the audience to stop smoking marijuana and cigarettes in the arena, as it was "unsafe" for Spears to perform. After a further 40 minutes, the singer finally came back, but a concertgoer tells blogger Perez Hilton the star looked upset by the interruption, adding: "She did not look into it at all!" When the show ended, Spears took a moment to warn against smoking, telling the crowd: "Thanks Vancouver. You were wonderful. Drive safe. Don't smoke weed!" A representative for the star has since explained that the delay was caused by very poor air circulation. Concert promoters at Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment denied marijuana smoke was to blame, insisting the audience members were puffing cigarettes. A statement from Spears' camp reads: "We want to apologize to all the fans who attended our Vancouver show tonight for the brief pause in Britney's set. Crew members above the stage became ill due to a ventilation issue."
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Reverend Calvin Butts

Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons rallies against New York's Rockefeller drug laws outside Governor David Paterson's office in New York City today. We agree with this music icon. Half a billion in New York alone goes to fight little drug offences like Marijuana. Alcohol kills people every day. Marijuana does not. It is time to make marijuana legal.
Photos By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital

Sunday, February 01, 2009


Michael Phelps

Olympic champion Michael Phelps has apologised for his "regrettable" behavior after photos surfaced of the star athlete using a glass pipe associated with Marijuana use. The British newspaper the News of the World published a shot of the gold medal-winning athlete holding a pipe, more commonly referred to as a bong , to his lips at a party in South Carolina, Columbia that took place last November.The publication alleges that Phelps was at a house visiting his secret girlfriend, student Jordan Matthews, and left party people in shock with his behavior.In a statement released today, Phelps says, "I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. "I’m 23 years old, and despite the successes I have had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner that people have come to expect from me. "For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public, it will not happen again." Phelps’ representative Clifford Bloxham reportedly tried to broker a deal with the tabloid to stop the photographs from being published, even offering the star’s services as a columnist for the newspaper for the next few years. Bloxham allegedly told the publication, "It’s seeing if something potentially very negative for Michael could turn into something very positive for the News of the World."
Editors Note: When is the world going to wake up. There is nothing wrong with smoking Marijuana. Alcohol kills people every day, not Marijuana !
Visit NORML to fight for the legalization of Marijuana.