The International Cannabis Business Conference is heading to Hawaii. Kaua'i that is, on Dec. 1-3, at the Grand Hyatt. It's the destination conference of 2017.
So far in 2017, there have been 19 celebrity drug arrests, including singers Melissa Etheridge, Todd Rundgren, Yvonne Elliman; rappers Chief Keef, Shock G, Cassidy and Young Thug; NFL players Demetrius Harris, Aaron Jones and Trevone Boykin; NBA player Zach Randolph; comedian Artie Lange; and several actors, including Rose McGowan.
So far in 2017, many well-known musicians have passed away, including Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Tom Petty, Gregg Allman, Glen Campbell, Chris Cornell, Walter Becker, David Cassidy, Malcolm Young, Chester Bennington, J. Geils, Mel Tillis, Al Jarreau, Butch Trucks and David Peel.
It's taken Anthony Bourdain 15 years to finally smoke a joint on one of his travel foodie TV shows. Now that marijuana is legal in Washington State, he decided to sample some of the cannabis available in Seattle's regulated pot market on "Parts Unknown."
Nabbed at the U.S. border in North Dakota on Aug. 17 after her tour bus was pulled over and Customs agents found joints on board, Melissa Etheridge pled guilty nearly three months later to the charge of marijuana possession.
There are now eight states that have legalized marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington), 14 more with decriminalization laws and 46 with medical-marijuana laws.
Now that pro-pot Phil Murphy has defeated Kim Gaudagno to become New Jersey's next Democratic governor, many think legalization is right around the corner for the Garden State.
The funkmaster himself, George Clinton, likes to vape cannabis. He was seen toking from a pen in Brooklyn on Nov. 1 while in the company of house music duo Soul Clap (Charlie Levine and Eli Goldstein).