Thursday, December 20, 2018

2018 Tokey Awards


We've got to give this year's honor to former First Lady Michelle Obama who, in her new memoir, candidly wrote about smoking pot with a high school boyfriend in his car (where they also fooled around).

Asked by Robin Roberts of ABC's 20/20 why she didn't leave out the marijuana mention, Obama replied, "That was what I did. It's part of the 'Becoming' story....Why would I hide that from the next generation?"

Obviously her youthful dalliance with weed didn't turn Michelle into a worthless pothead. It may even have encouraged her interest in organic fruits and vegetables.


Other famous women who outed themselves this year include Kristen Bell, who said on the podcast WTF with Mark Aaron, “I like my vape pen quite a bit," adding that it doesn't bother her sober hubby Dax Shepard when she uses it occasionally. Her admission stirred some controversy, leading to Shepard tweeting in support.

Charlize Theron, while promoting her marijuana-themed movie Gringo, told E! Magazine, "I was a wake-and-baker for most of my life" and said to Jimmy Kimmel that she had "a good solid eight years on the marijuana." Now, she and her mom share edibles they use for sleep.

Fran Drescher, who wrote about her battle with ovarian cancer in Cancer Schmancer, keynoted a medical marijuana conference in Portland this year. Not only did cannabis help with her own recovery, she reports her father is using it to deal with his Parkinson's disease.

Gayle King, guesting on The Ellen Show, mimed smoking pot while talking about Ellen's recent birthday party, where Amy Schumer told King that she wants to get her high. King says she's planning to try it, and that her friend Oprah Winfrey "has smoked a little marijuana too." In a separate interview on Ellen, Oprah declared the pot-infused birthday party "the most fun I ever had. I don't even know what happened to me." I wonder if she got a contact high (at least).

In other outings, Liz Phair talked about smoking weed with Joe Rogan. Miley Cyrus promised she'd be back to smoking someday, and now says her mom got her back to smokingCarly Simon said she uses CBD oil on her knee, and Toni Braxton embraced CBD as a treatment for lupus. Chelsea Handler,  Kathy Ireland and Gwynneth Paltrow announced cannabis products or brands, as did Estée Lauder.


Abby Epstein & Ricki Lake
Weed the People

This powerful documentary follows several children undergoing cancer therapy, who are able to stop using powerful opiate painkillers and sometimes see their tumors shrink while using cannabinoids.

The film goes further to interview doctors, researchers, and activists, presenting a historical perspective on the war on marijuana that has put patients in
jeopardy by the illegality of cannabis, and the roadblocks to research on its uses.


- Filmmaker Amy Scott profiles director Hal Ashby, including his love of marijuana, in Hal.
- Grace Jones smokes a joint and talks about drugs in Bloodlight and Bami
- Rihanna plays a ganga-smoking rasta in Oceans 8.
- British actresses Celia Imrie and Imelda Stanton puff together playing senior sisters in Finding Your Feet.
- Michael Moore mentions marijuana legalization as a progressive issue Americans support in the brilliant Fahrenheit 11/9


This comprehensive and thoughtful study on how patients negotiate semi-legalization is as readable as it is thorough.

Drawing on interviews with patients in Colorado, the book explores the practical decisions individuals confront about medical use, including: whether cannabis will work for them; the risks of registering in a state program; and how to handle questions of supply, dosage, and routines of use. Individual stories capture how patients redefine and reclaim cannabis use as legitimate—individually and collectively—and help illustrate how stigma, prejudice, and social change operate.

The book is 20% off through the end of the year at the publisher's website. 


Emily Dufton: Grass Roots - The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America

MilaHow I Became the Hash Queen

Stephanie Hua and Coreen Carroll: Edibles - Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen. 


Amanda Chicago Lewis: How Federal Housing Policy Excludes Poor People From Legal Pot 

Sarah Stillman: America's Other Family Separation Crisis

Carla K. Johnson: Pain medicine group cancels doctor training about marijuana


Whoopi GoldbergHow women benefit from legal access to cannabis products

Morgan RoweMedical Marijuana in Maine: A Mother-Daughter Adventure

Jacob SullumPot Prohibition Makes Self Defense Illegal

Christopher Moraff: Jeff Sessions’ Marijuana Adviser Wants Doctors to Drug-Test Everyone

Anthony PapaChildren are one of the 'War on Drugs' casualties

Good Housekeeping: "Should we all be using cannabis?"


Amy MargolisThe Top Cannabis Companies Are Dominated By Men. We Must Do Better 


Lisa Bernard-Kuhn
: She’s in charge: New accelerator looks to boost opportunities for women in cannabis 

Janet Burns: Women In Film Are Advancing Weed, But Censors And Stigma Don't Help


New Archeological Finds Point to Ancient Cannabis Use, Despite Prejudice of Some Scholars

Why Women Support Legal Marijuana Less Than Men, According To A New Study

Plasma anandamide concentrations are lower in children with autism spectrum disorder

Cannabidiol treatment reduces the motivation to self-administer methamphetamine and methamphetamine-primed relapse in rats

SSRIs increasingly prescribed during pregnancy, without much study on their effects

Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Associated With Elevated Rate of Language Delay in Girls


Chelsea and Deedee in the Pot Lifers Museum. 
Deedee Kirkwood 
and Chelsea Sutula
For many years, Deedee Kirkwood has put in endless energy and creativity on behalf of prisoners serving life sentences for marijuana charges. She has 30 prison pen pals for whom she works towards clemency and release on a daily basis. Her creative projects have included writing "Toke: The Play," telling her own story of emerging from a housewife and mother who hid her pot smoking to an activist for the cause. Currently, she embodies the spirit of The Pot Fairy creating adorable aprons and purses, the sales of which go to pot prisoners' commissary accounts.

Deedee met Chelsea Sutula after her collective was raided in 2016 and she was arrested. The two women became friends and supporters, and when Chelsea re-opened her Sespe Creek Collective in Ojai, CA, she added a Pot Lifers Museum and Boutique dedicated to Deedee's work and pot prison lifers.


Kim Karsashian: Donald Trump pardons Alice Marie Johnson after Kim Kardashian plea

Bernadette CoughlinWoman Fired For Consuming Cannabis After Work Is Not Going Down Without A Fight

Kim PhillipsMontana hemp farmer gets permission to use federal water from the BLM

Delores SaltzmanMrs. Saltzman Goes to Jail: The True Story of a Michigan Outlaw


Cynthia Nixon made headlines when she strongly supported marijuana legalization while running for Governor of New York. Although she didn't win, her campaign seems to have nudged Gov. Cuomo towards reform.

In Nevada, Jacky Rosen won a Senate seat after calling out her opponent for opposing legal marijuana, and Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island signed a marijuana legalization bill into law.

These Congresswomen advanced reform bills this year:

Elizabeth WarrenSTATES Act
Tulsi GabbardDATA Act
Barbara LeePregnant Women in Custody Act (now part of First Step)
Kirsten Gillibrand & Kamala Harris: Marijuana Justice Act.

And finally, Lynne Patton of HUD in NY/NJ tweeted that she would address the problem of medical marijuana users being denied HUD housing, after a 78-year-old was evicted from HUD housing for using cannabis.


Maine Lobster Festival Strips Sea Goddess, 18, of Crown Over 'Inappropriate' Social Media Photos 

Wells Fargo Closes Bank Account of Marijuana-Friendly Candidate

NRA TV Calls MJ A Prostitute of Sorts

Feds Squash Doctor Training on Cannabis for Pain

SSRIs increasingly prescribed during pregnancy, without much study on their effects


Young mom sues in Texas after questionable marijuana arrest leads to rape by jailer

Pennsylvania woman fined $4000 for marijuana on Royal Caribbean cruise

Law Enforcement and Media Attempt to Slander Murder Victim Over Marijuana

PA Man Killed After Police Chased Him in a Bulldozer over Small Marijuana Grow



Findlay & Curtis: Dagga

Keith Knight: The Knight Life


Seth Meyers: Golden Globes


Bill Maher: Grass Warfare

Jim Jeffries Ride Along With Amsterdam Cops


Jimmy Kimmel & Jane Seymour: Dr. Quinn, Medical Marijuana Woman 

Washington Post dubs "Reefer Madness" to be about the new drug: social media


Texas woman arrested for marijuana takes mugshot, gets requests for makeup tips



Stephen Colbert
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Bill Piper
Rachel Wolfson


Marty Balin
John Perry Barlow
Bernardo Bertolucci
Anthony Bourdain
Barbara Douglass
Penny Marshall
Hugh Masekela
Charlotte Rae (pictured)
Neil Simon
Kate Spade

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