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."
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, Malcolm Young, Chester Bennington, J. Geils, Mel Tillis, Al Jarreau, Butch Trucks, Cuba Gooding, Joni Sledge, Prodigy, James Cotton, Larry Coryell, Col. Bruce Hampton, Dave Hlubek and David Peel.
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).
"Obama Smoking Pot Again" blared the headline at the far-right website wnd.com on Oct. 31. Surprisingly, several marijuana sites poached quotes from the fake-news story, hence helping to promulgate it.
Snoop Dogg is a busy man these days on television. His Emmy-nominated show, "Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner" is back for a second season on VH1 and his latest series, "Snoop Dogg Present The Joker's Wild," debuted on Oct. 24 on TBS..
There's a crisis in Alaska among the dog sledding community. Musher Dallas Seavey has been charged with giving his dogs the opioid Tramadol to help them finish the 1,000-mile Iditarod Race, from Anchorage to Nome, last March.
So far in 2017, there have been 14 celebrity drug arrests, including singers Melissa Etheridge, Todd Rundgren, Yvonne Elliman; rappers Chief Keef, Shock G and Young Thug; NFL players Demetrius Harris and Trevone Boykin; NBA player Zach Randolph; actor Corey Feldman; and comedian Artie Lange.