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HIGH TIMES caught up with the team behind the satirical social experiment of FOX Online. Shut down by Facebook and scorned by many online who don’t understand the satire, this team has been preying on the unethical ridiculousness that Fox News portrays as reporting on cannabis and marijuana culture as well as on the masses (some of whom mistakenly believe they are the real Fox News). If there is one lesson to learn folks, it’s to do your research and not believe everything you are told. 

What are your motives behind the page?Wanda Grizwald: Finding out what people believe, what they hear, or what they think.Olive Menses: Absolute satire of Fox News and the whole conservative/Tea Party news cycle. Messing with the folks that don’t get it.Billy Sol Durock: My motives for starting this page were to point out how ridiculous Fox News was in its continuing war on weed. I find that satire and comedy is the best weapon in the arsenal against stupidity.
How did you get started?BSD: I first got the idea for a send up of a online news service on April 1st as an April Fools’ day gag about living dinosaurs found in South America. When I saw all my friends and family fell for the joke, I thought I would write a few more.OM: We learned our craft from another, similar page. Wanda and I are longtime friends and chronic underachievers. Billy is an online friend of Miss Wanda.WG: We have a conceptual communal hatred for human stupidity.OM: We cultivate hatred as it is our greatest asset.

What type of people are behind the page?OM: Wanda and I are potheads that are tired of the typical stoner mentality. We are thinkers. We have a problem accepting the bullshit that the dumbasses use to defend weed. Made up stuff and bad internet memes. Get some real facts.BSD: Well I was always the class clown type. My problem was not thinking of something funny to say, but stopping myself from saying it.

What has the response been?WG: People hate us . Period. HAW HAW HAW™!!!OM: Fifteen percent get the satire and compliment us on the writing. Eighty percent don’t get it and hate us and threaten us with reporting us to Facebook or even HIGH TIMES. I get anonymous death threats in my inbox. Some are quite charming. There’s another five percent of folks from similar pages that are more or less in cahoots with us, aiding and abetting what we do. I would really like to thank them because they are a huge part of our success.WG: The ones that hate us do so because they are hearing what they don’t want to hear. It’s a huge number really.OM: Way more people than we ever expected. In a two-week period our page blew up, with 4000 likes and 50,000 comments on the deformity post alone. Ten thousand of those comments were in one day! It gets hard to keep up.BSD: We went from 20 likes to nearly 5000 in about 10 days. About half the people didn’t know it was a joke or criticized us for “fooling the sheeple” and hated us.The other half said that we were very funny.

Has Fox contacted you?WG: No, but we did get shut down by Facebook. We sense some ulterior motive. We had v2.0 ready to go. A subtle name change and we were back up in five hours.OM: People that disagree with our satire are always threatening to report us. So much for free speech. Such heathens. Of course we are not in any way affiliated with Fox News but some people assume otherwise. People need to do more than just see words when they read. Comprehension is so overlooked these days.BSD: I haven’t heard from the Fox Comedy Channel. I think BillO is mad because his joke writers didn’t think of this first. I’m waiting for BillO’s next book “Killing Satire.”

We do appreciate the attention we are getting because it encourages us to continue, even in the face of adversity, something that we truly enjoy. The shutdown has slowed us down considerably as Facebook zapped all of our intellectual property. We are continuing the story lines and backing stuff up this time. The link to our page is now: https://www.facebook.com/ potslamminghandjibbersarebad or a query of FOX Online in pages should get you there  (case sensitive).

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HIGH TIMES caught up with the team behind the satirical social experiment of FOX Online. Shut down by Facebook and scorned by many online who don’t understand the satire, this team has been preying on the unethical ridiculousness that Fox News portrays as reporting on cannabis and marijuana culture as well as on the masses (some of whom mistakenly believe they are the real Fox News). If there is one lesson to learn folks, it’s to do your research and not believe everything you are told. 

What are your motives behind the page?Wanda Grizwald: Finding out what people believe, what they hear, or what they think.Olive Menses: Absolute satire of Fox News and the whole conservative/Tea Party news cycle. Messing with the folks that don’t get it.Billy Sol Durock: My motives for starting this page were to point out how ridiculous Fox News was in its continuing war on weed. I find that satire and comedy is the best weapon in the arsenal against stupidity.
How did you get started?BSD: I first got the idea for a send up of a online news service on April 1st as an April Fools’ day gag about living dinosaurs found in South America. When I saw all my friends and family fell for the joke, I thought I would write a few more.OM: We learned our craft from another, similar page. Wanda and I are longtime friends and chronic underachievers. Billy is an online friend of Miss Wanda.WG: We have a conceptual communal hatred for human stupidity.OM: We cultivate hatred as it is our greatest asset.

What type of people are behind the page?OM: Wanda and I are potheads that are tired of the typical stoner mentality. We are thinkers. We have a problem accepting the bullshit that the dumbasses use to defend weed. Made up stuff and bad internet memes. Get some real facts.BSD: Well I was always the class clown type. My problem was not thinking of something funny to say, but stopping myself from saying it.

What has the response been?WG: People hate us . Period. HAW HAW HAW™!!!OM: Fifteen percent get the satire and compliment us on the writing. Eighty percent don’t get it and hate us and threaten us with reporting us to Facebook or even HIGH TIMES. I get anonymous death threats in my inbox. Some are quite charming. There’s another five percent of folks from similar pages that are more or less in cahoots with us, aiding and abetting what we do. I would really like to thank them because they are a huge part of our success.WG: The ones that hate us do so because they are hearing what they don’t want to hear. It’s a huge number really.OM: Way more people than we ever expected. In a two-week period our page blew up, with 4000 likes and 50,000 comments on the deformity post alone. Ten thousand of those comments were in one day! It gets hard to keep up.BSD: We went from 20 likes to nearly 5000 in about 10 days. About half the people didn’t know it was a joke or criticized us for “fooling the sheeple” and hated us.The other half said that we were very funny.

Has Fox contacted you?WG: No, but we did get shut down by Facebook. We sense some ulterior motive. We had v2.0 ready to go. A subtle name change and we were back up in five hours.OM: People that disagree with our satire are always threatening to report us. So much for free speech. Such heathens. Of course we are not in any way affiliated with Fox News but some people assume otherwise. People need to do more than just see words when they read. Comprehension is so overlooked these days.BSD: I haven’t heard from the Fox Comedy Channel. I think BillO is mad because his joke writers didn’t think of this first. I’m waiting for BillO’s next book “Killing Satire.”

We do appreciate the attention we are getting because it encourages us to continue, even in the face of adversity, something that we truly enjoy. The shutdown has slowed us down considerably as Facebook zapped all of our intellectual property. We are continuing the story lines and backing stuff up this time. The link to our page is now: https://www.facebook.com/ potslamminghandjibbersarebad or a query of FOX Online in pages should get you there  (case sensitive).

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HIGH TIMES caught up with the team behind the satirical social experiment of FOX Online. Shut down by Facebook and scorned by many online who don’t understand the satire, this team has been preying on the unethical ridiculousness that Fox News portrays as reporting on cannabis and marijuana culture as well as on the masses (some of whom mistakenly believe they are the real Fox News). If there is one lesson to learn folks, it’s to do your research and not believe everything you are told. 

What are your motives behind the page?Wanda Grizwald: Finding out what people believe, what they hear, or what they think.Olive Menses: Absolute satire of Fox News and the whole conservative/Tea Party news cycle. Messing with the folks that don’t get it.Billy Sol Durock: My motives for starting this page were to point out how ridiculous Fox News was in its continuing war on weed. I find that satire and comedy is the best weapon in the arsenal against stupidity.
How did you get started?BSD: I first got the idea for a send up of a online news service on April 1st as an April Fools’ day gag about living dinosaurs found in South America. When I saw all my friends and family fell for the joke, I thought I would write a few more.OM: We learned our craft from another, similar page. Wanda and I are longtime friends and chronic underachievers. Billy is an online friend of Miss Wanda.WG: We have a conceptual communal hatred for human stupidity.OM: We cultivate hatred as it is our greatest asset.

What type of people are behind the page?OM: Wanda and I are potheads that are tired of the typical stoner mentality. We are thinkers. We have a problem accepting the bullshit that the dumbasses use to defend weed. Made up stuff and bad internet memes. Get some real facts.BSD: Well I was always the class clown type. My problem was not thinking of something funny to say, but stopping myself from saying it.

What has the response been?WG: People hate us . Period. HAW HAW HAW™!!!OM: Fifteen percent get the satire and compliment us on the writing. Eighty percent don’t get it and hate us and threaten us with reporting us to Facebook or even HIGH TIMES. I get anonymous death threats in my inbox. Some are quite charming. There’s another five percent of folks from similar pages that are more or less in cahoots with us, aiding and abetting what we do. I would really like to thank them because they are a huge part of our success.WG: The ones that hate us do so because they are hearing what they don’t want to hear. It’s a huge number really.OM: Way more people than we ever expected. In a two-week period our page blew up, with 4000 likes and 50,000 comments on the deformity post alone. Ten thousand of those comments were in one day! It gets hard to keep up.BSD: We went from 20 likes to nearly 5000 in about 10 days. About half the people didn’t know it was a joke or criticized us for “fooling the sheeple” and hated us.The other half said that we were very funny.

Has Fox contacted you?WG: No, but we did get shut down by Facebook. We sense some ulterior motive. We had v2.0 ready to go. A subtle name change and we were back up in five hours.OM: People that disagree with our satire are always threatening to report us. So much for free speech. Such heathens. Of course we are not in any way affiliated with Fox News but some people assume otherwise. People need to do more than just see words when they read. Comprehension is so overlooked these days.BSD: I haven’t heard from the Fox Comedy Channel. I think BillO is mad because his joke writers didn’t think of this first. I’m waiting for BillO’s next book “Killing Satire.”

We do appreciate the attention we are getting because it encourages us to continue, even in the face of adversity, something that we truly enjoy. The shutdown has slowed us down considerably as Facebook zapped all of our intellectual property. We are continuing the story lines and backing stuff up this time. The link to our page is now: https://www.facebook.com/ potslamminghandjibbersarebad or a query of FOX Online in pages should get you there  (case sensitive).

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In an effort to smoke out stagnant California voters, several cannabis clubs in the San Jose area will be giving away free weed to those valiant Americans who make it out to the polls on Tuesday to cast a ballot for the state primary elections.
The campaign, which was developed by the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition, is called “Weed for Votes,” and it entitles members of about 80 participating clubs to receive an undetermined amount of complimentary medical marijuana just by presenting a ballot stub or an “I Voted” sticker on June 3.
“We have a huge opportunity to make a large impact in who runs San Jose,” said John Lee, Director of the SVCC, in a recent press release. “Although we may not have regulations on the June ballot, insuring the right politicians are elected is even more important.”
However, while the coalition has high hopes for their effort to stone the polls, Santa Clara County voting officials are not convinced the organization’s methods of voter persuasion falls in line with state and federal laws. Those speculations have since been turned over to District Attorney Jeff Rosen, who has not yet indicated if the coalition’s offer can legitimately take place without the risk of prosecution.
The coalition also hopes their free weed tactics will help attract additional support for Tuesday’s San Jose City Council meeting, in which they will likely debate proposed changes to regulations involving medical marijuana dispensaries. Some of the new regulations would prevent cash sales, require all marijuana be grown indoors, and keep collectives from working together for expansion purposes.
“Based on the turnout on May 20th, we could see over a thousand people attend Tuesday’s council meeting,” said Dave Hodges, with the All American Cannabis Club and SVCC member. “In a show of unity we will be passing out free t-shirts and hope to create a sea of green shirts at city hall.”
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.

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Words and Photos by Ben Hartman
In a part of the world known for its divisiveness, could weed be a force of good bringing together politicians from opposite sides of the political spectrum?
That was the hope at a Tel Aviv legalization rally last Thursday night, which drew a few thousand participants from the right and left, conservative and liberal, Jewish and Arab.

Cannabis, like politics, makes strange bedfellows, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a stranger pairing than far-right lawmaker Moshe Feiglin with Tamar Zandberg from the left-wing Meretz party, both of whom spoke at the rally.
Zandberg – who in April made headlines for saying she likes to smoke a joint while watching “Game of Thrones” — told the rally “we and all the hundreds of thousands of others who aren’t here but like us, smoke in their spare time, say that we are not criminals and there is no reason to harass us!” 
Beginning with a small, somewhat confused march from the “Bima” national theater — where dozens chanted “the people want legal weed!” — the rally was held to support a bill proposed by Zandberg to decriminalize recreational marijuana use and to extol the virtues of medical weed. The demonstration featured none of the violence of an unapproved rally a month earlier in Jerusalem called “the Big Bong Night,” during which police — including mounted officers — arrested dozens of protesters.

Though Israelis are often more tolerant of marijuana than their political leaders, times have been tough lately for local potheads. A hash drought that began a few years worsened as construction finished on the Egyptian border fence, which was built to stop illegal migration from Africa. Bedouin smugglers that used to bring hashish and sandy, low-grade bud over the Egyptian border in truckloads have had to improvise, settling for tossing bricks over the fence from atop ladders. Meanwhile, prices for hash have nearly tripled.
The drought led to the rise of “Mr. Nice Guy” and other synthetic cannabis which until recently were sold openly at kiosks across the country. In addition, organized crime figures and everyday Israelis have begun building growrooms throughout Israel, which has spawned busts on a weekly basis in suburban houses, schools, and earlier this month, atop a nursing home in the city of Ashdod.
Also, while over 11,000 people are licensed by Israel’s Health Ministry to use medical marijuana, it remains significantly more difficult to obtain than it is in states in the US where it is prescribed. Nonetheless, medical marijuana has flooded the black market, helping smokers survive the drought.
“The way that society has looked at it has changed, but not the way politicians do,” said Eli Kaupp, a 33-year-old Tel Avivian, as a reggae band warmed up onstage.

Like others at the rally, Kaupp spoke of the influence of pharmaceutical companies and the links between big business and politicians.
One unlikely champion of legalization has been Moshe Feiglin, well-known for being one of the most right-wing politicians in the Knesset, Israel’s legislature.
Last year Feiglin, a speaker at the rally, proposed a bill allowing any doctor in Israel to prescribe medical marijuana and to permit patients to grow their own.
Feiglin, whose wife takes medical marijuana for her Parkinson’s, said he doesn’t see a contradiction between his conservative views and his support for legalization.

“Not at all, the opposite even – this is about freedom, this goes with my support for personal freedom,” Feiglin told HIGH TIMES.
Whether law enforcement, conservative lawmakers and religious Israelis will catch up to Zandberg, Feiglin, and their like remains to be seen. For demonstrator Moshe Ufnik, though, the future is assured.
“We need to legalize the fucking plants, and by law or by street it will change.”

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Although the United States government has held the patent on cannabinoids since 2003, they will not provide cannabusinesses with the same legal protection. Uncle Sam’s hypocritical mindset towards intellectual property in relation to the marijuana industry was a topic of major discussion last week at NORML’s 2014 Legal Seminar in Aspen, Colorado.
Some of the leading attorneys in America gathered at The Gant last Friday to discuss the issue of trademarking cannabis-related products. During the event, California intellectual property attorney David Branfam spoke out about how America, the two-faced nation, is poised to earn a king’s fortune with their patent on cannabinoids, yet they will not allow today’s marijuana marketers to protect their ideas and products by obtaining patents or trademarks. 
“The United States Patent and Trademarking Office, in its infinite wisdom, will not issue a trademark for anything that has to do with cannabis-infused products,” said Branfam, driving home the backhanded detail that while cannabinoids are property of the United States government, they remain classified by their agencies a Schedule I dangerous substance with no medicinal benefit.
Using several fast food chains as an example, Branfam argued that consumers need to feel comfortable with their product purchases and that they come to expect a certain level of quality from the companies that sell them, a concept he says is virtually impossible to accomplish inside the anarchy of the current pot market. “The public needs to know, when it goes into a dispensary and it buys something, they need to know that they’re getting something that’s the same as what they could buy in another dispensary, another city or another state,” he said.
Unfortunately, if a cannabis company, like Dixie Elixirs & Edibles, believes their competition has stolen their idea, there is no real legal recourse that can be taken because trademark enforcement for the marijuana industry remains against federal law, he added.
However, in an effort to gain an advantage with the Trademark Office’s inevitable policy change towards the legal marijuana trade, Branfam suggests cannabusinesses get a head start by registering their company’s promotional products, like shirts, logos and websites.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.

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The Claw Joint is a masterpiece of marijuana ingenuity — and a piece of art in and of itself. Four joints in one may seem a bit indulgent, but hey, if you never try, how would you know? Take a look at the creation of one courtesy of Youtube user Bic Bronx:
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Just past midnight on Friday, about the time many of you were lighting up your favorite strain in celebration of the weekend, the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives was doing something that was neither moronic nor divisive. After some debate, the lower house of Congress voted to end federal raids on medical marijuana establishments in 22 states and the District of Columbia. It was the first time in history the federal legislature approved a bill clearly aimed at the reform of marijuana laws nationwide. 
I live in San Diego, not far from Pacific Beach, an epicenter of sk8ters, surfers, tourons and college group houses. The home of Garnet Street and its legendary college bar scene (think “Real World” meets “Jersey Shore”), it is also the birthplace of the X Games. After weed was legalized in California in 1996, some of the earliest dispensaries sprung up here, but before I could even get my first license, local cops started routinely busting the shops. State law be damned — all the money and all the weed was confiscated. 
As well as the lists of the patients. 
Since medical marijuana was made legal in California, voted by the people though a ballot initiative, legal weed in practice has been a murky proposition. Sure, the dispensaries open, but as we have seen, local officials in cities like San Diego and Los Angeles have often ordered police to shut them down, defying state laws. 
Likewise the Feds. In Los Angeles, the owner of my favorite dispensary came to work one day to find a letter from the US Department of Justice telling him to choose: shut down voluntarily or be raided. He was about to be cleaned out of money and product, subject to fines, jail time or both. He was one among many. State laws might be sovereign in theory, but in practice, state marijuana statutes have been under fire from both the top and the bottom. 
I remember consoling my dispensary-owner friend, trying to figure out why our great liberal hope, President Barack Obama, was so intent on harshing our buzz. After a couple of good bong rips, we came up with an interesting conspiracy theory: Perhaps Obama’s teenage daughter had been caught smoking pot with some of the rich kids with whom she attends private school in DC. Now momma Michelle was on the warpath. You could just see her, finger wagging at her man, the president of the most powerful nation in the world, ordering him to act.
In no time the Obama was on the phone to his buddy the Attorney General, Eric Holder, and the threats and the closures began. Private property was seized. Patients were denied their medicine. My dispensary-owner friend and his wife ended up moving into an apartment with his young son. Whether or not he was forced to go underground to make a living is another issue. Certainly his patients were scattering.
And so it has continued in a pendulum fashion. Shops open, neighbors protest, officials get itchy, shops are raided and closed. Laws be damned. Many people I know have switched to delivery services, more of a moving target for police. Other patients continue to buy from street dealers, where the prices have dropped considerably, and where nobody keeps any medical histories, driver’s license numbers or dates of birth.
Of course, shopping on the DL, you never know what you’re getting. 
Maybe your pain or anxiety demands weed that is high in CBDs, for instance. Maybe you like super-creative strains high in THC. 
When you’re calling that dealer, you’re getting whatever he can cop, and you’re chancing arrest. 
There are hundreds of thousands of Americans currently serving jail time or on parole for the very things you and I were casually doing this weekend.
As strange as it sounds, the historic legislation was introduced by US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from Huntington Beach, California. As always, the power is in the purse; the bill was proffered by Rohrabacher as an amendment to the budget of the Department of Justice, or more specifically, it was attached to the “Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2015.” In a roll call vote, the measure passed 219-189 (408 out of a possible 435 votes). While it was the Democrats who carried the vote (170 plus 49 Republicans) it is important to note that the measure was backed overall by members of both parties. 
The language of the bill orders the federal Justice Department not to interfere with states’ medical marijuana statutes. If the bill is passed in the Senate, funding for Drug Enforcement Administration raids on marijuana operations would cease. 
“This is historic,” said Rep. Rohrabacher, “a victory for states’ rights, for the doctor-patient relationship, for compassion, for fiscal responsibility. This vote shows that House members really can listen to the American people, form coalitions, and get things done.”
The vote in Congress was hailed as by DC-watchers as a clear indication of a shift in attitude in recent years regarding the use of marijuana, primarily for medical purposes. That a Republican congressman introduced the bill was particularly significant in a party long known for a propensity to legislate morality. 
Clearly, when politicians are willing to be counted in a recorded roll-call vote, the tide has shifted. Polls show that a majority of Americans favor legal marijuana. A more sane policy seems closer at hand then ever before. 
“Various members of the House have been trying to protect state medical cannabis laws for nearly a decade; it appears Congress is catching up with the will of the voters,” said Nushin Rashidian, co-author of A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition. “The disconnect between state and federal law is in urgent need of a resolution, so this seems to be a step in that direction,” added co-author Alyson Martin. 
Last summer, after years of making the three-hour trek to Los Angeles to get my medical card (a legal environment that was slightly more stable) I finally took my chances in San Diego. There’s a place right down the street that has a sweet concentrate sale every Friday. The shop is in its third incarnation after previous busts. 
It still gives me the willies a little bit, knowing that the government might show up any minute and confiscate my personal information.
At least I’m a rebel with a cause — and a bit of newfound hope.  
Mike Sager is a writer-at-large for Esquire and a special correspondent for High Times. For more info, please see www.MikeSager.com or www.TheSagerGroup.net. 

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