There was plenty of green grass at the second annual Idaho Hemp Offers People Everything Fest in Ann Morrison Park Sept. 30.
"We are here to promote education of the cannabis plant," said Lindsey Rinehart, an organizer for the event.
Several dozen people attended the event sponsored by the Idaho chapter of Moms for Marijuana and Idaho NORML, which seeks to "advocate for the end of the federal government's war on cannabis consumers and promote the re-legalization of industrial hemp," according to its website.
The event featured various live entertainers, vendors and informational speakers who spoke on the history, politics and culture of cannabis. Signatures were collected for the Compassionate Idaho Citizens Initiative, which strives to legalize medicinal marijuana.
Rinehart made it clear that the event was not intended to be a party or a place for people to openly smoke marijuana.
"They would be asked by our security to put it out immediately, because that would take away from our message," she said.
Click here for a photo slideshow of the event.
Young men who routinely smoke marijuana might just have something more serious than the possibility of being snagged by the cops to worry about—a new study has linked smoking pot with an increased risk of developing a particularly nasty form of testicular cancer.
An NBC news story reports that the study published online earlier today in CANCER, an American Cancer Society publication, links marijuana smoking with an increased rate of developing non-seminoma tumors in men as young as their teen through their mid-30s. In fact, they were twice as likely to develop the form of cancer.
The study, conducted by scientists at the University of Southern California, states that:
"The group that is at risk for developing these tumors is overwhelmingly young men. They should be looking and paying attention to changes in their testicles anyway."
While it's still a relatively low likelihood of developing this particular form of cancer, maybe male pot smokers will have second thoughts next time they're craving a little weed—thoughts about their cajones, that is.
Julia Davis Park looked pretty green on Sunday, Sept. 25, during a festival held to educate folks about marijuana. Hundreds turned out for Idaho H.O.P.E. Fest (Hemp Offers People Everything), Boise's first hemp festival. It featured live bands, DJs, guest speakers and educational exhibitions.
"The purpose is to educate people that hemp does offer people everything," said Sarah Caldwell, event coordinator. "The turnout is better than I expected."
So a team of BW staffers has landed in Berkeley, Calif., for the weekend to better our alt-weekly skills and just before we lay our heads down to sleep each night in a very charming little boutique hotel in the center of all the action, we reach over to dim the light on a most curious piece of furniture:
The first season of the Sarah Silverman Program was possibly an introduction for many to Silverman. A thin, youngish woman, Silverman (played by Silverman) displays the worldliness of a 9-year-old, the narcissism of Paris Hilton and the mouth of a sailor. Season two of the Comedy Central series continues Wednesday, Oct. 8 with two premieres: "High, It's Sarah" in which Sarah tries marijuana for the first time and discovers that pot highs can lead to deep lows--and the kidnapping of a captain of industry (played by guest star Garry Marshall); and in the second premiere, "The Mongolian Beef," Sarah learns that a longtime family prejudice against Mongolians may be short-sighted.