Dr. John, Rick Ocasek, Art Neville, Doris Day, Eddie Money, James Ingram, Peter Tork, Ginger Baker, Leon Redbone, Roky Erickson, Robert Hunter, Bushwick Bill, Keith Flint, Mark Hollis and Ranking Roger are among the musicians who have passed away this year.
There are now 11 states that have legalized marijuana recreationally (Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington), 15 more with decriminalization laws and 47 with medical-marijuana laws.
I like to say I discovered 420, because it's true. It happened at a Grateful Dead show in Oakland in 1990 when I was working for High Times.
In 2017, four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana joined the Green Rush with an investment in the media outlet, Herb.co. Now, he's pitched in on a $75 million investment with the San Jose firm, Caliva.
Due to "violent crime and gang activity," the U.S. State Department warns people from traveling to five Mexican states (Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas) and suggests people reconsider visiting 11 others.
In 2018, there were 20 celebrities busted for marijuana or other illegal drugs, including seven current or former NFL players, Daz Dillnger, Lenny Dykstra, Artrie Lange and San Penn's son Hopper.
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.
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, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Bill Maher is too controversial for the Television Academy, which hands out the annual Emmy awards. For this year's nominations, announced today, Maher's show "Real Time" didn't receive one.