Tokin' Woman of the Year: Kathy Bates
Asked by the New York Times if she smokes pot, Bates replied, "Yeah, I do. I’ve had a prescription for some time for chronic pain. I’ve really become a believer. I find it just as, if not more, effective than other pain relief." She also said she supports legalization "even more so now that I’ve become more educated about what its properties are" and mentioned meeting NFL players in the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition.
AARP Magazine's headline was Kathy Bates: She's Smokin', and Stephen Colbert introduced her as "an Academy Award–winning actress who terrified us in Misery, inspired us in Titanic, and now she sells us weed on the Netflix show Disjointed." She demonstrated her technique for using a vape pen for Stephen, and gifted Chelsea Handler with a cannabis wrist corsage for her interview on Chelsea.
Bates also played a marijuana-smoking lawyer in the 2011-12 TV series "Harry's Law," and portrayed Alice B. Toklas's lover Gertrude Stein on film in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." In 2014 she said she'd shared "some good sh##" with Susan Sarandon and Melissa McCarthy.
Gotta say, though, having just seen Bates in "The Great Gilly Hopkins" (2015), it made me wish the writing for cannabis-themed movies and TV could approach a great film like that one.
Admission of the Year
“It’s never fun to work in drug prevention,” said Drug Free America’s Deputy Director Amy Ronshausen.
Alexis Bortell - 12-year-old suing Sessions over marijuana policy
In Peru, mothers rouse support for legalizing medical marijuana
Women could push marijuana legalization across the finish line in Texas
Political She-Ro Award
Elizabeth Warren Wants Marijuana Answers From Trump Health Nominee and Seeks to Pull Pot Shops Out of Banking Limbo
New York Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal introduces bill to allow cannabis for menstrual cramps
Harwell Open to Medical Marijuana Law in Tennessee
Kamala Harris to Trump: Leave Grandma's Marijuana Alone
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on the future of marijuana legalization
Minister of Women and Child Development in India Wants Medical Cannabis
Best Commentary (Written)
NORML Women of Washington: Profit vs. access on Facebook, our digital town square
Best Commentary (TV)
Samantha Bee Rips Jeff Sessions
John Oliver on MJ Legalization
Bill Maher: Opiate of the Masses Now Officially Opiates (and Booze)
Dr. Oz Shocks "Fox & Friends"
Funniest TV Moment
The Daily Show: Roy on Drugs
Saturday Night Live: Leslie Jones's Jamaican Vacation
Russell Brand on His Favorite (and non-favorite) Drugs
Kathryn Hahn's Wake and Bake on "I Love Dick"
Family Feud Contestant Wins with Weed
Mary Janes: The Women of Weed
Best Video or SeriesKelsey Darragh: I Tried Medical Marijuana For 30 Days
To See If It Could Cure My Chronic Pain
Damian Marley: Meet Medical Cannabis Patient Michelle Aldrich
Now This: This Grandma Wants You to Smoke Weed
Merry Jane: Queens of the Stoned Age
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dog: T-Mobile Super Bowl Ad
Top Tweets (Politicos)
Best Musical Moment
Sheryl Crow wailing on the harmonica to Willie Nelson's "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" at Farm Aid
Best Dance Moment
Stella Abrera performing "Soul Bossa Nova/Dear Quincy" (with pipe) in tribute to Carmen de Lavallade at the Kennedy Center Honors. See Carmen dancing it.
Best BookAshley Picillo & Lauren Devine: Breaking The Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed and Business
Debby Goldsberry: Starting and Running a Marijuana Business
Ayelet Waldman: A Really
Paula Poundstone: The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness
Excellence in Reporting
Amanda Chicago Lewis: Medical Pot Is Our Best Hope to Fight the Opioid Epidemic
Paul Armentano, NORML: Blowing the Lid Off the "Marijuana Treatment" Racket
Sofia Miselem, AFP: 'Grandma's magic remedy:' Mexico's medical marijuana secret
Tom Angell, The Marijuana Moment: Teen Marijuana Use Down In Most Legalized States, Federal Data Says
Brooke Edwards Staggs: The Cannifornian
Arnie Cooper, The Sun - Hooked: Maia Szalavitz Debunks Myths About Addiction
Best Public Art
"I Thought the KKK was OK" (pictured)
Best SpeechDiane Goldstein accepting the H.B. Spear Award for Achievement in the Field of Law Enforcement at the Drug Policy Alliance Conference.
Kathleen Harrison: Cannabis and Spirituality
Women's Visionary Congress: Women and Cannabis Salon
Best BillboardThe "moving hand" billboard on Sunset Strip for Disjointed. (See it moving at night.)
Cannabis and pregnancy: Maternal child health implications during a period of drug policy liberalization
People Who Smoke Weed Have 20 Percent More Sex
Women Who Smoke Marijuana Are Smarter Than Women Who Don't
Delaying marijuana smoking to age 17 cuts risks to teens' brains, new study suggests
Medical Marijuana for Children with Cancer? What Providers Think
Middle-aged women prescribed the most opioids, report finds
Children More Likely to Overdose If Mothers Are Prescribed Opioids
Energy Drinks Are a Gateway to Cocaine and Alcohol
States of Shame
Kansas Jails Cancer-Stricken Grandmother for Driving After Taking Anti-Nausea Drug
Proposed Wyoming Bill Equates Giving Substances Like Cannabis to Pregnant Women as Homicide
Alabama's crackdown on pregnant marijuana users
One North Texas Mother Convicted of Five Felonies for Breastfeeding One Child on Pot
Texas Cops Spent 11 Minutes Searching a Woman's Vagina, Found No Drugs
"What Were They Smoking?" Award
Ann Coulter: Marijuana use is “destroying the country”
Sen. McCaskill: If Pot is Legal "Kids Will Get Handed Joints Like They Get Handed Beers"
Rob Portman Claims MJ Laced with Fentanyl
Himachal Pradesh local women destroy cannabis plantations
Feds block a product aimed at keeping drugs out of kids’ hands
Feds Authorized Montana Woman's Hemp Farm, but Now They're Killing It
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