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Michael Phelps’ Image Takes Another ‘Hit’ as He Heads to Rehab

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Michael Phelps, 29, is the most decorated Olympian in history, with 22 medals (18 of them gold) from the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. And although he “retired” after the London Olympics, the guy is used to a certain joie de vivre. He loves the spotlight.

Let’s say it provides him a certain “high.”

The lackluster pedestrian life might not be enough for Phelps. According to Maryland police, Phelps was “speeding excessively and crossing double lane lines within the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday.”

After a DUI and a good amount of public shame, Phelps decided not to say “no, no, no”: he’s headed to rehab.

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Talk About Product Tie-In! Indie Film Using Medical Marijuana for Promotional Purposes

 

The upcoming indie film Tusk has partnered with a dispensary called Buds & Roses and a company called Kushman Veganics on two strains of medical marijuana — White Walrus and Mr. Tusk — that will also be a promotional vehicle for the film.

The movie is about a man who’s slowly turning into a walrus, stars Justin Long and is written and directed by Kevin Smith, who’s known for taking a liking to the wacky tabacky from his previous work, such as Clerks.

“This is right at the intersection of art and stoner culture,” Graham Retzik, a marketing strategist with the film company A24 told The New York TimesIndeed.

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Is the Public Statement of Advocacy the New PR Stunt?

rainbow_targetMinneapolis-based Target hit a direct bulls-eye with an interesting blog post from Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Jodee Kozlak. In the post, she notes her retail chain had signed on to a recent federal amicus brief.

Nothing too exciting, until you see that Target now stands side-by-side with Apple, Nike, Starbucks, and Facebook in support of judges striking down bans on gay marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana.

This announcement came as a stunner to many in the press as the organization has been unclear about its stance on the subject for many years. Target executives do not talk about it, which is why many assumed that they were not supporters.

Then this blog post happened, inspiring headlines everywhere. And a few hacks and flacks of the more cynical nature were left wondering whether it was a sincere statement or a stunt.

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Obama to The New York Times: ‘Legalize It? No We Can’t.’

yes we cannabisThe week began with a landmark opinion piece from The New York Times’ editorial board, which collectively asked for the federal repeal of the ban against marijuana. You can imagine it caused quite the hubbub at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

While the White House placed Press Secretary Josh Earnest on the front lines, taking its respective shots in rapid fire succession, the man in the Oval Office was silent about the whole thing…until now.

To President Obama, upholding the ban isn’t the feeling or decision of the White House, so much as it is simply following the letter of the law.

 

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The New York Times Editorial Board Says ‘Legalize It’; Munchies Ensue

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One green begets another

In what has to be the biggest sign of the inevitabililty of that marijuana legalization, The New York Times editorial board announced this weekend that ”Now is the time!”

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

That sound you hear is America dropping its collective jaw.

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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

‘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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