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.
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.
Back in March, it was reported that natural-born hempster Woody Harrelson had stopped smoking pot. In July, he danced around the question with Stephen Colbert, but on Oct. 20 he admitted to Jimmy Kimmel that his canna-fast started in March 2016.
Heidi Grossman-Lepp, wife of marijuana activist Eddy Lepp, was arrested on Oct. 3 by the Yuba County Sheriff's Office on charges of producing and cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and suspicion of conspiracy.
Two days after he did a fake-toke gesture while wearing a Legalize It t-shirt when throwing out the first pitch at the Pirates' final game of the 2017 baseball season, rapper Wiz Khalifa reminded people, "When you invite me you know that's what you're inviting. I stand for pot."