Humans have been laughing at jokes about inebriation at least since Romans wrote comedy. Once it was drunks who were funny — Otis on "The Andy Griffith Show," Foster Brooks, Dean Martin — but drunks just seem like alcoholics now. Marijuana, meanwhile, has moved in — pot jokes long ago entered the mainstream — and with "Disjointed," it now has a whole sitcom of its own.
The series, premiering Friday on Netflix, was created by David Javerbaum (the wonderful Paul F. Tompkins puppet panel show "No, You Shut Up!") and "Two and a Half Men" man Chuck Lorre, the co-creator of CBS’ "Mom," a comedy about substance abuse and recovery. To some degree, this wants to be the stoner "Cheers" — James Burrows, who co-created that series, directed the "Disjointed" pilot.
There are "budtenders" here; a central workplace flirtation; and a coterie of comical regulars who want to go where they almost can remember their name. As on "Cheers," the door to the street is on the left, the one to the office is on the right.
If you want to be at the center of a Venn diagram where Cannabis Enthusiast overlaps with History Buff, then download the new podcast "Great Moments in Weed History with Abdullah and Bean," which aims to turn your next couch-surfing session into a time-traveling, THC-trivia-packed adventure by focusing on the relationship between pot and cannabis-culture heroes such as Willie Nelson, Maya Angelou, Carl Sagan and Jesus. (Yes, that Jesus.)
The podcast was created by veteran cannabis journalists David Bienenstock, a former head of content for High Times and author of "How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High," and Abdullah Saeed, former host of the "Bong Appétit" TV series and a recurring guest star on HBO's "High Maintenance." The co-hosts bring a combined quarter-century of cannabis coverage experience to the table.
Paris-based trendy-casual brand Sandro, which has a long history of mining the music world for its capsule collections — think David Bowie, the Stone Roses, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, New Order and Joy Division — has licensed the name and likeness of reggae legend Bob Marley for a quartet of spring and summer 2018 men's pieces. This new collection, which dropped Wednesday, is just in time for music festival season.
Pieces include a green, yellow and red-striped cotton T-shirt with Marley's name in black flocking above the late musician's likeness ($100); a black T-shirt with his name in white flocking above a similar illustration ($100); and a white linen tee ($130) screen-printed with "Exodus — Bob Marley & the Wailers" — a reference to the group's 1977 album (and, as Marley fans will no doubt notice immediately, it's in the same typeface as the words appear on the album's cover).
Alarmed that California's fledgling legal marijuana industry is being undercut by the black market, a group of lawmakers proposed Thursday to reduce state taxes for three years on growing and selling cannabis to allow licensed sellers to get on their feet.
With many California license holders claiming they can't compete because of high state and local taxes, the new legislation would cut the state excise tax from 15% to 11% and suspend a cultivation tax that charges $148 per pound.
Federal prosecutors in San Diego announced Thursday they have indicted 75 people nationwide, including 40 in San Diego, in a massive drugs and money operation that interim U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman called the biggest money laundering investigation ever in San Diego.
The defendants laundered drug proceeds from the Sinaloa cartel for years, Braverman said at a news conference at the federal building in downtown San Diego announcing the wide-ranging operation. He said the network was responsible for laundering tens of millions of dollars in drug profits in the past three years.
California’s pot regulation agency has sent 900 warning letters to marijuana shops suspected of operating without state licenses.
Lori Ajax, the chief of the state Bureau of Cannabis Control, also sent a cease-and-desist notice to the marijuana-location service Weedmaps, telling it to stop advertising sellers that lack a permit, officials said Wednesday.
Ajax, the first person to hold her post, notified Weedmaps that a new state law that took effect Jan. 1 requires all marijuana sellers to have state licenses and all advertisements to contain the state license number.
A weathered marquee near the center of this small Native American reservation perched on the high desert plateaus of central Oregon reads "Every Day Is Another Chance," offering a sense of optimism that can be hard to find among anybody who lives here.
The once-bustling lumber mill that sliced and shipped Douglas fir throughout the Pacific Northwest closed two years ago when the machines got too old and expensive to replace. The tribe tried a casino, but it was located half an hour from the highway, and nobody came.
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is now offering travelers a chance to dispose of any marijuana they might have on them before hopping onto a flight. So-called "amnesty boxes" have been installed at the airport and soon will be located at smaller airports in North Las Vegas and Henderson — 20 dope boxes in all.