In 2018, more than 70 popular musicians passed away, including Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, the Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, the Temptations' Dennis Edwards, Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin, the Buzzcocks' Pete Shelley, Hugh Masekela, Charles Neville, Avicii, Roy Hargrove, Cecil Taylor, John Perry Barlow and Edwin Hawkins.
As usual, there were plenty of films that featured marijuana and other drugs this year, from stoner comedies ("Super Troopers 2") to dank dramas ("White Boy Rick") to enlightening documentaries ("Weed the People"). Here are our Top 30.
We've got Phish CDs, "The Big Lebowski" 20th Anniversary edition, Hemplogy pet treats, Irie CBD pain cream, AccuVape's Dragon X portable vape, Tribe Toke's Flip Battery, Jane West's glass collection, "Freedom Leaf" subscriptions and Cheech & Chong and Marijuana Policy Project t-shirts. It's never late to purchase these items.
The Jewish holiday Hanukkah begins Sunday night and continues for eight days. Abby Dorsey (a.k.a. MC Flow) sends up the festive occasion with her rap song, "Pot in the Latkes," about cannabis-infused potato pancakes. Also watch Adam Sandler's "The Chanukah Song" and the lighting of the cannabis menorah.
The best drug-themed TV show returned for a fourth season on Netflix on Nov. 16. "Narcos: Mexico" goes back to the '80s when the Guadalajara cartel ruled the country's drug trade and DEA agent Kiki Camarena was a casualty of the drug war.
There are now 10 states that have legalized marijuana recreationally (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington), 13 more with decriminalization laws, 46 with medical-marijuana laws and 40 with hemp laws.
Legislation allowing the use of low-THC, CBD-rich marijuana oil primarily for children suffering from seizure disorders has been approved in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Godfather Grass? Apocalypse Nugs? Famous movie director Francis Ford Coppola, who's already known for his wine brand, is moving into the marijuana business.