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Denver police have been ordered to keep those in attendance of this weekend’s 420 event at Civic Center Park from paying tribute to their stoner heritage the only way they know how — smoking weed. Reports indicate that city officials are still nervous about the annual cannabis celebration after a shooting last year injured a couple of people.
Fear of violence has not stopped the powers that be from putting their stamp of approval on liquor sales during the festival. The McNichols Building located on the grounds of the Civic Center Complex will provide space for liquor sales and consumption, according to Denver Westword.
Denver police spokesman, Sonny Jackson, says the department has beefed up its force and plans to control the event.
“There will be a large police presence in the downtown area at the event,” Jackson told the Denver Westword. “What I can tell you is that officers will be patrolling the area to ensure the safety of the public — people involved in the festival and people traveling nearby.”
Although, Jackson says officers have been instructed to discourage participants from smoking weed during the festivities, the force has been told to use proper discretion when shaking down offenders. “We want people to respect the laws and the ordinances,” said Jackson. “Voters said marijuana was legal and we respect that. And we also want people to respect the laws as written — and the law says not to smoke publicly. But we want to exercise discretion for the safety of everyone involved.”
In Colorado, public consumption of marijuana is considered a petty offense with a penalty of 15 days in jail and a maximum fine of $100, according to NORML. To avoid the unnecessary hassle, we suggest taking along a stash of edibles, which are legal in the state.
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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There is no more of an outspoken marijuana advocate in Hollywood right now than Seth Rogen.
There is no more of an outspoken enemy to the legalization of marijuana than Nancy Grace.
Thus it gives us great joy when someone like Seth responds to Grace with the one line retort we were all thinking:

How many people must die before this stops?! #PotToBlame?
— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) April 17, 2014

.@NancyGraceHLN you are a fucking dumbass.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2014

.@Sethrogen hi seth! thx for watching!
— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) April 17, 2014

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420 Supercut

Pop culture’s audio-visual remix act Eclectic Method has cherry-picked the best marijuana moments from decades of pop culture to create this brilliant two-minute “420 Mix” supercut. It highlights pot classics and honors less well-known reefer references; HIGH TIMES’ June cover stars Method Man and Snoop Dogg are featured, as are a host of other comedians and actors. Pay tribute to the herb. 4/20 weekend!
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Celeb Pot Shots of the Week

It looks like all the celebs were celebrating Coachella this past weekend in the same way and some of them shared their love of  Mary Jane. This week we’ve got some celeb pot shots from 2 expected sources and one very unexpected person. Check it out!
Sean “Diddy” Combs posted this “Get Him To The Greek” style pic of him the morning after party in Coachella with a joint in his mouth and promoting his new tequila Deleon:

Snoop was no surprise to us for posting a pot shot but was a huge surprise to the concert goers when he did a quest performance with Pharell of Beautiful. He posted this pic and of course was stacked with his own supply:

The most interesting celebrity pot shot of the week goes to Kylie Jenner wearing a pot leaf necklace? Does this mean she is in fact a Pot Priestess and is coming out of the closet? Stay tuned.

#LivingTheHIGHLife #PotPriestess #CelebPotShotFollow @MizzBarnhill 

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Weed, California is a small Northern California town founded by Abner Weed in 1897. The town is reliant on the logging industry and boasts the city motto: “Weed like to welcome you.”
The Burnetts of Pinole, California (located about four hours south of Weed), stopped by the town on their family vacation to Oregon and bought their son, Tony Jr, a few souvenirs, including a sweatshirt that said “I (heart) Weed! California” and a tie-dyed shirt that said “Enjoy Weed.”
When Tony Jr. wore one of the shirts to Pinole Middle School, school officials told him his outfit violated the dress code and demanded that he turn the shirt inside out. The boy texted his dad asking him to pick him up because he felt embarrassed by the commotion.
His father, Tony, told to KTVU, a local San Francisco news station, that his son’s shirt “says I love Weed, California. What if it says I love Pinole, California? His teacher said that Weed, California is the same thing as weed you smoke.”
Do you think it bothers school administration that this kid’s teacher did not know the difference between cannabis and a town in Cali? Nah, most likely not. It’s the zero policy that’s really important.
What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

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Having a green tongue is not enough reasonable suspicion for a law enforcement officer to suspect drug activity, according to a verdict handed down earlier this week by the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
The case involves 18-year-old Hillman Blesdell-Moore, who was pulled over by police in 2011 for a busted taillight and then engaged in a unique level of roadside bullying tactics that we had never heard of until now.
Court reports indicate that during a routine traffic stop, Officer Roy Holland asked to see Blesdell-Moore’s tongue and then used its green color as reasonable grounds for initiating a full-blown drug investigation. Holland testified before the state’s high court that although Blesdell-Moore did not appear to be impaired and was not driving poorly prior to being pulled over, he was suspicious of the suspect’s nervous behavior and bloodshot eyes… that is when he asked to see the man’s tongue.
Throughout the course of the traffic stop, Blesdell-Moore maintained that he did not have any drugs in the vehicle. And despite the fact that Holland did not detect the odor of marijuana or see any evidence to suggest drugs were in the vehicle, he persistently harassed the man about what a drug-sniffing dog would find if one was turned loose.
Holland eventually told Blesdell-Moore and his father, who was on the phone assuring the officer that the broken taillight would soon be fixed, that he was free to return home. But just as the man was about to leave, the officer changed his mind and radioed in a canine unit. That is when Blesdell-Moore confessed to being in possession of a couple ounces of marijuana and psilocybin mushroom, which led to his arrest.
However, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Blesdell-Moore’s drug conviction was to be reversed because the arresting officer did not have substantial enough evidence to transform a routine traffic stop into a search for drugs — deeming his actions unconstitutional.
“Although the brief inspection of the defendant’s tongue did not prolong the stop, we conclude that the search altered the fundamental nature of the stop by transforming it from a routine traffic stop into an investigation of potential drug activity,” according to the court’s ruling.
Overall, the justices were not pleased by the officer’s underhanded police work. “Holland was determined to conduct a drug investigation unsupported by reasonable suspicion,” said the magistrates. “This is especially troubling in light of the defendant’s youth and Holland’s statement to (his) father that he would be releasing the defendant to return home.”
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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 By Mike Adams
While some of us have an admiration for the recreational horrors surrounding psychedelics, others are more interested in their medicinal magic, which some studies have found to be effective in treating various health conditions from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder.
To assist curious minds in learning more about psychedelics, Evolver Learning Lab has joined forces with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to bring a series of online courses on the psychedelic sciences to the public. The program, “Psychedelic Science: How to Apply What We’re Learning to Your Life,” takes place in five sessions beginning on May 7 and will focus on the risks and benefits of drugs like MDMA, LSD, psilocybin, ayahuasca, ibogaine, as well as others.
“In this unique course, you will gain a deeper understanding of psychedelics’ potential as treatments for trauma and addiction, learn what’s unique about psychedelic experiences, and discover how you can help create contexts for the safe and beneficial use of psychedelics,” according to the website.
Brad Burge, who has been with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies since 2011, will host the Internet course, along with a distinguished panel of experts in psychedelic science.
“The main focus of the course will be on making psychedelic science accessible to people in a way that’s meaningful for their everyday lives,” Burge told Motherboard during a recent interview. “There has been an explosion of research into psychedelics as therapeutic tools, scientific tools, and spiritual tools, and this course is intended to give an overview that is both broad and deep.”
The course is $129, and includes five hour-long video seminars along with a 30-minute Q&A session with Burge and his panel of guests immediately following.
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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Tale of the Lighter Gnome

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This recipe from The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook showcases the best of the season in one amazing dish. Share it with friends at a sumptuous 4/20 feast!
Celebrate the bounty of a new growing season with this dish that’s perfectly in season on April 20th. Better known as 4/20, the once unremarkable date has slowly evolved into a new high holiday, set aside by stoners of all stripes to celebrate the herb amongst like-minded friends. The celebration’s origins are humble in nature; it was simply the time of day when four friends (dubbed “The Waldos”) met to share a joint each day in San Rafael, California. Little did they know that they were beginning a new ceremony that would unite potheads worldwide! Everyday at 4:20pm, you can light up a joint in solidarity with other stoners in your time zone. It’s a tradition that has caught on, and today, there are huge 4/20 parties and festivals in many cities, including famous gatherings of students in Boulder and Santa Cruz.  
An Italian rice stew, risotto is dense, rich and intensely satisfying — perfect stoner comfort cuisine. This risotto uses the freshest spring ingredients for a variation in texture and bright colors that stimulate the senses. Visit your local farmer’s market around April 20, when the bounty of tender new vegetables is beginning to be harvested after the long, dreary winter. As for tracking down the secret ingredient, you’ll have to find another kind of farmer entirely.
Ingredients:-4 tablespoons cannabis-infused olive oil-1 medium leek, white part only, cleaned and finely chopped-4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced-1 small carrot, grated-4 ounces sugar snap peas, stems trimmed-4 ounces fresh asparagus spears, woody stems removed, cut into inch-long pieces-Freshly ground pepper, to taste-3 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth-¼ cup California dry white wine-Olive oil cooking spray-1 cup Arborio rice-1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley-¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preparation:In a nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of THC olive oil over medium-low heat. Add leek and sauté until wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in mushroom and continue to look, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add carrot, sugar snap peas, and asparagus. Continue to cook, stirring, for another minute. Remove from heat, season with pepper, and set aside. 
In a medium saucepan, bring broth and wine to a boil. Reduce heat and keep broth mixture at a slow simmer. 
In a large pot which has been lightly coated with cooking spray, heat remaining 2 tablespoons THC olive oil over medium heat. Add rice and stir well until all grains of rice are coated. Pour in 1/2 cup of the hot broth and stir, using a wooden spoon, until all liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the broth 1/2 cup at a time, making sure the rice has absorbed the broth before adding more. Measure out 1/4 cup of the broth and combine it with the reserved vegetables. Once all broth has been added and absorbed, add the vegetable mixture and continue to cook over low heat for 2 minutes. Rice should have a very creamy consistency.
Remove from heat and stir in parsley and Parmesan. Stir well to evenly combine.

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