Ganja Vibes Blog

Why Are No Women Celebrity Stoners Willing to Come Out of the Greenhouse?

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"]NORML Logo NORML Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption]
Famous women stay mute when it comes to their relationship to weed, but their voices could be of the utmost importance. The only way famous women talk openly and politically about pot use today is if they are using it “medically” -- as in the case with Melissa Etheridge, who spoke openly about her pot use during the chemo treatments she underwent during her 2005 battle with breast cancer. What we don’t hear is celebrity women who are willing to advocate for the legalization and taxation of weed, aka cannabis sativa. But they should, because it’s better for the economy, for the sick and ailing and prescription-addicted, for farmers and for the environment. Twenty million-plus Americans use marijuana recreationally. And here’s where things get tricky for potential high-profile women advocates. Women have not been shown “what’s in it for them” if they endorse re-legalizing marijuana and industrial hemp. Subsequently, they still feel there’s too much at stake both personally and professionally to publicly stand up for drug policy reform. Even as much of our history as a nation included this plant -- it served us as rope and masts in the ships that won our wars, as the medium for our founders’ message when the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper -- f amous women stay mute when it comes to their relationship to weed. 
Where are the female Tommy Chongs, the Snoop Dog (Lion)s, and the Willie Nelsons? They are out there, but they’re not talking. And they need to understand all they have to gain by coming out of the greenhouse or the pot cookie closet. Is it because they’re not as cavalier as men when it comes to going on record about breaking the law to smoke pot? With upwards of 850,000 marijuana arrests yearly and over a trillion spent, the war on drugs has been the costliest war in American history. Our job at the NORML Women’s Alliance is to urge women to become more vocal about the need to “free the weed.” But a sister needs to help a sister out!
So this is a call to arms to Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Sarah Silverman, Joss Stone, Paris Hilton , Drew Barrymore, Charlize Theron, Rihanna, Cameron Diaz , Mischa Barton and Jennifer Aniston. Which one of you will be gutsy (and career savvy) enough to cash in on your celebrity stoner status? Millions of us are waiting for our USmagazines to arrive with those first photos of a green goddess collecting her platinum bong for her commitment to the cause.Here are three good reasons why famous women should consider legalizing marijuana in America.
1. It’s an entirely green initiative. Oil companies are already bidding on the oil reserves underneath the ever-melting polar ice caps. Hemp is oil and all of our cars and airplanes can run on it while also putting out-of-work farmers back to work. Hemp actually improves the environment where it is grown. 2. It could save your life. Not only is pot way cooler than alcohol, it’s also non-toxic. Dylan Thomas could not have smoked himself to death. There has never been a cannabis-related death. Ever. In fact, recent studies show that cannabis kills stage 4 cancer cells. It’s not only not bad for you, studies are showing that cannabinoids (helpful compounds found in the plant) support the immune system. These same compounds found in the pot plant are found in mother’s milk. So, while drinking can kill you -- and others if you drive while intoxicated -- pot could save your life. 3. It will probably make you a pop cultural icon. If you are a famous hot female, what’s more rad than getting photographed smoking a blunt in a Bob Marley bathing suit in Barbados? Rihanna could change lives if she would just come out and say, “I smoke pot. I like it.” Dr. Andrew Weil, the guru of alternative medicine, has called cannabis sativa the dog of the plant world. In other words, the pot plant has been growing loyally since the dawn of mankind, making itself useful to us as fiber, food and medicine. This war on weed is being sustained by a self-interested government that has never figured out how to properly profit from legal marijuana production, and is afraid of its power to put so many big oil and pharmaceutical companies out of business. Famous women can help change this by arming themselves with the facts and being fearless in the conviction of their choices. Theirs are the voices that are missing from this important struggle, and they need to step up. It’s high time. Greta Gaines is a singer/songwriter who lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and two young sons. She serves on the national board of NORML and on the NORML Women’s Alliance. She has been named in Skunk Magazine’s “100 most important marijuana activists.”

Popular Pot Lovers

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Inception actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt says that weed is his drug of choice, and that he often escapes into his own little world and goes on “weedfests” to relax: ”I still do that sometimes; I go on little weedfests. I’m a pothead. That’s my drug of choice.” Natalie Portman Natalie Portman, who recently became a mother for the first time, says she used to smoke when she was in college: “I love stoner comedies. I smoked weed in college, but I haven’t smoked in years. I’m too old. I wish I was that cool, but I’m like an old lady now. I’m in bed by 10 p.m. I can’t do that anymore.” Lady Gaga Lady Gaga once said in an interview that she smokes and drinks a lot when she’s writing music because it helps her get inspired: “I smoke a lot of pot when I write music. I’m not gonna, like, sugar coat it for 60 Minutes that, you know, I’m some, like, sober human being, ’cause I’m not. I drink a lot of whiskey and I smoke weed when I write.”

Celebrity Sex Toy Connections

By Cory Silverberg, Guide Updated September 04, 2011 Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by the Medical Review Board It may seem like the life of a celebrity is enviable. But there are many ways in which being a celebrity sucks. One of them is a lack of sexual privacy or respect. Not that all celebrities act in a way that suggests they want or deserve to be respected, but even those who do can be unfairly outed for their sexual interests. Since I take a strict do-no-harm approach to sex education, far be it from me to participate in the non consensual outing of celebrities sex toy interests. As such, the following list of celebrity sex toy connections only includes those that are revealed by said celebrity. Guilt free fluff. If you have a connection to add, let me know. Real Sex Toys from Real Housewives In the tangled web of reality television self-promotion it's hard to know what comes first, the cry for attention/marketing ploy or the interest from the entertainment media and TV watching public. It's not that Kandi Burruss hadn't already achieved some fame as a singer before she joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but she credits sexpert and sex toy spokesmodel Laura Berman with the idea for having her own line of sex toys. It's kind of nether-world celebrity sex toy connection, not particularly salacious, and not particularly famous either. The good news is that her toys, called Bedroom Kandi, are being made by the folks at OhMiBod which means you can expect Kandi's toys to be of better quality and better design than those of her inspiration. Lady Gaga Inspired by Adult Store It's no specific product endorsement, and maybe she says this to all the cities she tours, but in Charlotte, NC Lady Gaga professed her admiration for XXX stores, particularly their porn selection, which she explained was much more fun than the porn stores in New York (she finds those boring). She was inspired enough by the adult stores she passed on the highway, that they will apparently feature in a new song. Minutes after this Youtube video as uploaded, legions of porn publicists began figuring out ways to use Lady Gaga's name in their next release for Clam Lappers Volume #162. Mark Twain’s Vibrator In 2010, one hundred years after his death, the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography will be published. Given that he was by many accounts a “sexual man” it is perhaps not unfitting that one of the first teasers about the text revealed that Twain owned, used, and recommended to friends, the Arnold Electric massager, known these days as an electric vibrator. Too Young for Vibrators? When 16-year-old Taylor Momsen, one of the stars of Gossip Girl revealed in an interview that she isn't dating and considers her vibrator her best friend, it provided at least a few days of meaningly blog fodder. Some were offended, others were offended at the offense, and everyone took the opportunity to make at least one disparaging comment about a 16 year old girl. Momsen didn't identify her preference in sex toys, but the idea of teens using vibrators does have the Oprah seal of approval and I most of the outraged folks didn't seem to care about that revelation. It's interesting that for all the hand-wringing and moralizing about her age, the response to her revelation wasn't that different than the response to stars who are over 16 talking about their vibrators. Martha’s Massager After getting released from prison Martha Stewart began doing more media to take back some of the attention she lost while locked up. In one memorable appearance (not surprisingly on the Howard Stern show) Martha gave a shout out to her favorite vibrator. Suitable for such a powerful woman, she loves The Thumper, which is used by physiotherapists and body workers, but according to Martha is also very handy for sex. Halle Berry’s Embrace She didn’t get specific on product, but Halle Berry has a sex shop review for you. Responding to a question about sexuality when you’re single, Berry wisely suggests that one shouldn’t rule out sex just because one doesn’t have a partner, “...that's not good. You can still embrace your body by going to the gym or going to The Pleasure Chest." Tracy Morgan’s Emotions So as it turns out, Tracy Morgan DID run into a Babeland sex shop in SoHo and shout “do you have any Motion Lotion?”. For the uninitiated, Motion Lotion (which is actually a rip off of the original Emotion Lotion) is a sickly sweet flavored warming liquid. Most of the formulations are not condom compatible, making me worry a bit about Morgan’s other supposed purchase. Eva Longoria’s Best Friend's Best Friend There was a media moment where Eva Longoria kept speaking out publicly about sex. It was surprisingly refreshing (at least most of it) but then apparently publicists and marketers decided it was too much. But not before Longoria made several pitches for the benefits of rabbit vibrators. Lamenting that she didn’t discover the joys of sex toys sooner (because they add to an overall healthy sex life which includes solo and partner sex, she adds) Longoria cryptically revealed that when she gives her girlfriends vibrators “they scream”. A Christmas Gift from Debbie Reynolds In Wishful Drinking Carrie Fisher describes receiving a vibrator from her mother as a Christmas gift when she was fifteen. Her mom, Debbie Reynolds apparently also gave a vibrator to her mother that year. In theory not a bad gift, but if it was left under the tree it’s also not the most respectful way to support your daughter (and mother’s) sexual exploration. Dave Stewart Rocks a Vibe Leave it to legendary musician and record producer Dave Stewart to take sex toys seriously enough to use is power, fame, and creativity, to create a vibrator of his own. The former Eurythmic teamed up with Jimmyjane to create a signature edition of their Little Something vibrators and released an accompanying song, “Let’s Do It Again”. 50 Cent Vibrator Worth More Than 50 Cents Well before Dave Stewart penned a song to go with a vibrator, 50 Cent promised a personally endorsed vibe. This was back in 2005, and no word on the progress of the 50 Cent vibe, but unlike some celebrity endorsed sex toys, at least 50 had a hand in the design. he likes blue, so it's going to be blue. High School Musical Sex Shop Whether they want to remembered for their trip to this Los Angeles area sex shop or not, then High School Musical stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens willingly documented their visit via a few fan pictures taken next to the "Lovin' Lamb Party Sheep" and bulk packaged penis stir sticks. With great stores like Pleasure Chest and Coco de Mer, I'm not sure why they chose this place, but maybe their love for cheese overwhelms their taste in sex toys.

Justin Timberlake Says He is 'Absolutely' a Pot Smoker

By Jeremiah Vandermeer, Cannabis Culture - Tuesday, June 14 2011 CANNABIS CULTURE - JT loves his MJ: Teenie-pop sensation turned rising Hollywood star Justin Timberlake says he is "absolutely" a pot smoker, and that "some people are just better high." In a recent interview with Playboy, the former 'N Sync frontman couldn't have been more upfront: PLAYBOY: You’ve talked openly about using drugs, smoking marijuana. Are you still a pot smoker? TIMBERLAKE: Absolutely. PLAYBOY: Is it a creativity booster? I read you were stoned for much of the time you made Justified. TIMBERLAKE: The only thing pot does for me is it gets me to stop thinking. Sometimes I have a brain that needs to be turned off. Some people are just better high. It's an interesting interview, and JT seems like a pretty cool guy. Hollywood seems to think so too: JT is playing starring roles in the upcoming Bad Teacher, Friends with Benefits and other films. This isn't the first time JT has talked about his herb-smoking habits. I thought he looked baked on that episode of Punk'd! I was starting to wonder if Timberlake had been hot-boxing the studio with the boys from The Lonely Island after seeing these hilarious collabo music videos from Saturday Night Live. I've been getting high and watching these for a month: Dick in a Box Motherlover (feat. Justin Timberlake) [youtube] 3-Way (The Golden Rule) (feat. Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga) [youtube] The guys from The Lonely Island - Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – feature Snoop Dogg on the title track of their new album, Turtleneck and Chain, and just told MTV what they learned while hangin with the Doggfather: "Weird thing about Snoop, we found out: Snoop doesn't smoke weed," Taccone said. "Yeah, he doesn't smoke weed," Samberg picked up. "He smokes weeeeeeeed. He smokes weeeeeeeed. He does not smoke weed." Jeremiah Vandermeer is editor of Cannabis Culture. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.