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THIS JUST IN: Cannabis Sales Creating Some High Times for U.S. Business

THIS JUST IN 2If you watch the news, you may recall there was this mild kerfuffle about legalizing the hippie lettuce.

And in Seattle and Denver (where they smoke so much weed that with a good southern and western front, the entire state of Idaho is baked for about 10 days), it was permitted.

People were happy rolling more joints than burritos. Hipsters would sit on the City Hall steps in makeshift Hookah lounges. And the police would just mosey on by, while considering a trip to get some waffles from some reason.

Then, this report from the Marijuana Business Daily (yes, that’s a thing) offers some reasons on why marijuana may be legalized nationwide in a couple of years. In fact, 8 billion of them. Read more

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‘Drive High, Get a DUI’ Campaign Is as Real as Missing Funyuns in Denver

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Yeah, brah. Those voices really are telling you it’s not kosher to dope and drive.

It was only a matter of time after the state of Colorado legalized marijuana consumption that the Colorado Department of Transportation was going to do make an ad campaign about it. And they did with the series entitled “Drive High, Get a DUI.”

Sure, it is as light-hearted as watching a “Cheech and Chong” movie from the glorious 70s and 80s (find it online, kids), but it makes the point when the hippie lettuce kicks in, folk tend to space out. And that’s not so cool when you are in the middle lane of the highway.

Take a peek of the ads after the jump…

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THIS JUST IN: McGruff the Crime Dog Caught with ‘Tree’

THIS JUST IN 2Back in the roaring 80s, there was a PSA that took a life of its own with McGruff the Crime Dog.

This cartoon bloodhound was created by ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi via the ubiquitous Ad Council. McGruff was the mascot for the National Crime Prevention Council and U.S. police departments all knew about him, used him and patrolled with him.

McGruff was awesome because he had this James Cagney-esque of 1920 gangster talk to “Coppers” but he was one of the good guys, SCHE-EEEEE? Drugs. Bullying. Safety. All of it was in a concentrated effort to “Take a Bite Out of Crime.”

And now that big bite was taken out of McGruff’s behind as John R. Morales was sentenced this week to 16 years and three months in federal prison on drug and weapons charges after police found more than 1,000 marijuana plants and 27 weapons, including grenade launchers, at two indoor farms.

The 41-year-old former actor pleaded guilty and says he “entered the drug trade to help sick relatives.”

Colorado Officials Knew This Day Was Coming: Mile Marker 420

How much good-and-bad-and-who-cares PR can the state of Colorado take?

First, the state legalizes the hippie lettuce. Then, all hijinks, fun and yuks ensues. Followed by a tweet for the ages by my latest BFF Ben & Jerry’s. And now this, from the Colorado Department of Transportation

Dead heads, Phish fans and Coachella followers everywhere are stealing mile marker 420. Like, as fast as CODOT can put them back in the ground. To wit, something completely genius happened to prevent those hipsters with the munchies from thievery. Note the picture:

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That’s right. Mile Marker 419.99! If you are ever in the neighborhood, it’s along Interstate 70 just east of Denver.

Colorado DOT? Point. Set. And match!

Colorado Sushi Spot Creates World’s First ‘Marijuana Pairing Menu’

TREND ALERT: upscale restaurants all over Colorado are (probably) cursing Hapa Sushi for being the first to develop a pairing menu that has absolutely nothing to do with alcohol.

Not only does said menu suggest entrees that might just taste better under the influence of certain plant breeds (try the Pakaloko Shrimp after some “Pakistani Kush”), it also includes a few other messages intended for that affected demographic: copy announces that the dining room is “ergonomically designed to reduce paranoia”, and this “happy legalization” page needs no explanation.

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Would you believe there’s an agency behind this? Of course there is.

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Colorado Weed Joke Proves That Ben & Jerry Are Just Hippies

Colorado: Where “Home on the Range” means something completely different.

On January 1, the Centennial State became the nation’s first to legalize marijuana. That means all Deadheads and Widespread Panic fans are putting their homes on the market because Denver suddenly is the place to be, but ice cream major domos Ben and Jerry also decided to do something that should have created big PR issues for their brand.

You think that was a #PRFail or #PRWin? Take a gander at the numbers. More than 10,000 retweets and 6,000 favorites says #winning all day long. And while “half baked” on “phish food,” that day is going to last a long, long time. Now, pass me those stale Cheetos, please.

POLL: Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana for First Time in U.S. History

To paraphrase an old folk song from the 60s: “The times they are a’ baking.” It’s no secret that this country is getting more liberal with its collective ideology. That’s not to say ACLU-card carrying “bleeding hearts,” hyper-political folk. The word technically refers to people who are not necessarily opposed to new ideas or ways of behaving that are not traditional or widely accepted.

Take this latest Gallup poll as Exhibit A:

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Since the 60s, when America was puff-puff-passing more than most, to now, that “liberalism” of thinking has become more pervasive than ever before. And now, as Gallup notes, more than 58 percent of America is now down with buying a bong and keeping it watered-down.

Why?

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Friday Munchies: Seattle PD Gives Free PR to Frito-Lay at ‘Hempfest’

Boy oh boy, those sure do look like Scooby snacks.

Frito-Lay—or, more specifically, Dorito’s—received a bit of free viral PR this week via an unlikely source: the Seattle Police Department.

On Saturday the city will host its annual “Hempfest”, a gathering of like-minded people dedicated to making rope, oils and clothing from the world’s most naturally resistant fiber (we kid, we kid). Cops surveying the festival plan to hand out 1,000 bags of munchies in what the department is honestly calling “Operation Orange Fingers”. Said bags will each bear stickers urging attendees to visit the department’s Marijwhatnow page for more details of the 2012 laws which legalized simple possession of that one thing in Washington State.

We would mention that they’ll also arrest anyone found possessing more than the legal amount of weed or trying to drive while under the (obvious) influence, but we wouldn’t want to harsh your buzz. We’re more amused by the department’s Twitter responses:

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