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Cheech and Chong on New Comic Book Chronicles: A Brief History of Weed with Z2 Comics

In a High Times exclusive, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong announced today Cheech and Chong’s Chronicles: A Brief History of Weed, co-written by the iconic duo, and published by Z2 Comics. It’s their first graphic novel, released just ahead of the duo’s 50th anniversary.

Cheech and Chong’s Chronicles: A Brief History of Weed will be released in a soft and hardcover editions in finer comic shops and bookstores on April 20, 2022. 

The comic book is also available to preorder now as soft cover, hardcover and an oversized slipcase deluxe format with wraparound cover art by Bob Fingerman, as well as a matching slipmat, and print set featuring work from Rick Veitch (Swamp Thing), Jim Mahfood (Spider-Man) and Jason Gonzalez. A third and hyper-limited platinum edition will also be available in a one-time signed edition with special packaging.

“I’m so excited for everyone to see this amazing work from so many talented artists bringing to life the legend of Cheech & Chong,” Chong told High Times. “I can’t wait to share this with all my fans.”

Cheech and Chong
Hardcover by Bob Fingerman. Photo courtesy of Z2 Comics.

The graphic novel presents a fictionalized history sharing pot’s documented influence on significant people and events throughout time—including Frida Kahlo, Muhammed Ali and Napoleon Bonaparte, to name a few. Its Sgt. Pepper’s-esque painted cover showcases these heroes in their full glory.

The book was created in a partnership with comedian and comics writer Eliot Rahal (A Robot’s Tale, Machine Gun Kelly’s Hotel Diablo) and artist Noah Van Sciver (Grateful Dead: Origins, Fante Bukowski), whose brother Ethan Van Sciver is also well-known in the comic book world for his cult classic Cyberfrog

Totally broke and completely dry of weed—Pedro de Pacas (Cheech Marin) and Anthony “Man” Stoner (Tommy Chong)—are in bad shape, until they get a call that changes their lives. Cheech’s old friend, a casino manager in Reno, Nevada, needs an emergency opening act for his stage show. If they can make it into town, the job is theirs. 

Print by Jim Mahfood. Photo courtesy of Z2 Comics.

“Hey man, how’s my driving?” Cheech said. 

“I thought I was driving?!”  Chong replied. 

The duo’s American road trip to score “a**, grass and cash” quickly transforms into a “reefer-fueled toke through time.” This original graphic novel from Z2 Comics is the “real” history of cannabis seen through the eyes of Cheech and Chong. The two have been making us laugh for a solid 50 years.

Z2 Comics are purveyors of graphic biographies depicting pop culture legends such as The Grateful Dead, Beethoven, John Lee Hooker and Charlie “Bird” Parker. Z2 Comics has collaborated with estates of countless other artists, leading to graphic novels about Cypress Hill, adorned with fan leaves, and Sublime, with an extra-trippy cover design. Z2 Comics is the first place to go if you’re looking for music-inspired comic books.

Comics and Chronic History with Cheech and Chong

Pot-friendly comic books—like Larry Flynt and High Times’ Thomas King Forçade—pushed the boundaries of what could be published in print format. This battle was mostly won long ago.

Dating back to several years before the first issue of High Times—comic books have shared a special relationship with cannabis. Publishing comics about pot was a battle worth fighting.

Underground hippie comics took off in the late 1960s with works like The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers (recently revived in a series) with Gilbert Shelton and Zap Comix with Robert Crumb. A wave of pot-friendly comic book artists emerged, including S. Clay Wilson, Robert Williams and “Spain” Rodriguez, crossing over with psychedelic poster artists Victor Moscoso and Rick Griffin.

Strip by Rick Veitch. Photo courtesy of Z2 Comics.

Comic books pushed the boundaries of censorship, teaching a generation how to roll joints and grow weed plants. 1968’s Feds N’ Heads by Shelton accurately depicted a peyote trip creeping up, for instance, and became a board game magazine insert. 1969’s Zap Comix #4 precipitated an obscenity case that reached the Supreme Court, with a comic book seller eventually winning. 

High Times’ own Paul Kirchner continued this style with “Dope Rider” beginning in the mid-seventies, still published in the magazine today. 

Cheech and Chong’s Chronicles: A Brief History of Weed carries the torch of cannabis-friendly comic books, updated for a new generation. It’s a great way to learn about the colorful history of pot, including the plant’s influence on notable heroes.

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Oregon County Declares State of Emergency Due to Illegal Grows

Local leaders of a county in southern Oregon declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, saying that the illegal production of marijuana in the community is a threat to public safety. In a letter to state leaders, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners said that the proliferation of illicit cannabis farms in the area has overwhelmed local law enforcement.

“Jackson County strongly requests your assistance to address this emergency,” the commissioners said in the letter to Gov. Kate Brown, state Senate President Peter Courtney, and Oregon House of Representatives Speaker Tina Kotek.

The commissioners are calling for funding, manpower, and state National Guard troops to help deal with the problem of illegal marijuana cultivation in the county. Members of the board said that law enforcement, local code compliance officers, and state cannabis regulators have been overburdened by the illicit activity and warned of an “imminent threat to the public health and safety of our citizens from the illegal production of cannabis in our county.”

“Since recreational marijuana was legalized by the voters of Oregon in the November 2014 general election, the illegal and unlawful production of marijuana in our county has overwhelmed the ability of our county and state regulators to enforce relevant laws in our community,” Jackson County Commissioner Rick Dyer said in a video press conference on Wednesday.

Law Enforcement Calls for Service Spike with Legalization

Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana in Oregon campaigned on assertions that cannabis reform would reduce the burden on law enforcement agencies. In Jackson County, however, local police have seen a spike in crime they say is related to illicit cannabis cultivation.

“Law enforcement in Jackson County reports a 59 percent increase in calls for service associated with the marijuana industry, including burglary, theft, assault, robbery, and nuisance crimes,” Dyer said. “And there’s also significant evidence of narco-slavery, forced labor, human trafficking, immigration issues, squalid and unsafe living conditions and exploitation and abuse of workers, child welfare issues and animal abuse.”

This year, the sheriff’s office received a state grant to add two detectives and a property and evidence clerk to the payroll to help combat illegal cannabis farms. But to properly address the issue, Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler said that the community needs an additional 18 detectives, four patrol deputies, three supervisors, and nine support personal, as well as $750,000 per year to cover expenses for services and materials. 

Aaron Lewis, a public information officer for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, told reporters that “the illegal marijuana problem in Jackson County is rather large.” 

“We have an area that is very conducive to growing outdoor marijuana. So it’s been very difficult to stay on top of some of the scope of some of the operations here in the Valley,” Lewis said. “There’s a lot of investigative work to identify major players in the game, and from there take down these processing facilities and get some of the illegal marijuana off of the street.”

Eradicating an illegal cannabis grow operation involves disassembling greenhouses, uprooting thousands of marijuana plants, confiscating and processing evidence including firearms, as well as detaining or arresting workers on the site. At a raid on an unlicensed cultivation facility on Wednesday morning, officers with the Jackson County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team destroyed 17,522 cannabis plants and about 3,900 pounds of harvested marijuana while taken three people into custody, according to a report in local media.

Public Agencies Strained by Enforcement Workload

The extent of illegal cannabis cultivation also strains the resources of other public agencies. In 2015, Jackson County code enforcement personnel handled 604 cases, none of which were related to marijuana. Through September of this year, the office has had 1,006 cases, with 663 of those related to cannabis cultivation. The local office of the Oregon Water Resources Department has also seen a spike in activity, with complaints of water theft jumping from 39 in 2015 to 195 this year.

Much of the illicit cannabis cultivation is occurring on what are ostensibly hemp farms. The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission recently reported that nearly half of the registered hemp farms inspected by the state are actually growing marijuana. About 25 percent of the hemp operations refused entry to inspectors, according to state agencies.

Charles Boyle, a spokesman for Brown, said that the governor takes the situation in Jackson County very seriously, noting that she created a multi-agency team to fight illegal marijuana cultivation after lawmakers passed legislation amending how the state regulates its hemp and cannabis industries. Brown also directed the Oregon State Police to dedicate additional resources to the area and doubled funding for cannabis law enforcement grants in the region.

“The message is clear – Oregon is not open for business to illegal cannabis grows,” Boyle said. “These are criminal enterprises that deplete water resources while our state is in drought, hold their workforce in inhumane conditions and severely harm our legal cannabis marketplace.”

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Canopy Growth to Acquire Wana Brands in $300M Deal

Cannabis industry powerhouse Canopy Growth Corporation announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire Wana Brands, the continent’s largest cannabis edibles brand by market share, in a deal worth nearly $300 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Canopy has secured options to purchase Wana and its related entities once THC products become federally legal in the United States. 

“As we establish Canopy Growth as the world’s leading cannabis company, acquiring the number-one cannabis edibles brand in North America will serve to strengthen our market position in both Canada and the United States,” Canopy Growth CEO David Klein said in a press release. 

“The right to acquire Wana secures another major, direct pathway into the U.S. THC market upon federal permissibility, and in Canada, we’ll be adding the top-ranked cannabinoid gummies to our industry-leading house of brands. We’re confident in the future growth of the edibles category and the tremendous opportunities with Wana.”

The agreement provides Canopy Growth the right to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding membership interests in Wana Brands and its related entities Mountain High Products, Wana Wellness and The Cima Group, upon the federal legality of THC in the U.S. market. 

When exercising the option, Canopy Growth will make an additional payment equal to 15 percent of the fair market value of each entity at the time it is acquired. The two companies will continue to operate independently until the options are exercised.

Deal Will Unite Two Major Players

Wana manufactures and sells cannabis gummies in Colorado and licenses its intellectual property to partners producing cannabis edibles in 11 other states including California, Arizona, Illinois, Michigan and Florida, as well as across Canada. 

Canopy Growth is a Canadian-based cannabis and cannabinoid consumer products company serving adult-use customers with an array of regulated marijuana products through its Tweed and Tokyo Smoke branded dispensaries in Canada. The company also operates the medical brand Spectrum Therapeutics, which is a market leader in both Canada and Germany. 

In the United States, Canopy Growth offers hemp-derived CBD products via the First & Free and Martha Stewart health and wellness brands, giving the company a global footprint in cannabis and cannabis-related products. Additionally, in 2019, Canopy Growth announced a deal giving it the right to acquire U.S. multistate cannabis operator Acreage Holdings. Canopy Growth also has a conditional ownership interest in TerraAscend, another U.S.-based MSO.

Adding Wana Brands to its portfolio gives Canopy Growth several strategic benefits, including strengthening its access to the U.S. market. The deal leverages Wana’s leadership position and continuing expansion in the U.S., where it has the largest multi-market presence of any independent cannabis edibles brand. 

When Canopy exercises the acquisition option, it will own and operate Wana’s vertically integrated production facility in Colorado as well as its licensing division, which currently has deals in 11 states with plans to cover more than 20 states by the end of 2022. 

The acquisition will also give Canopy Growth a strong position in cannabis gummies, which are one of the fastest growing segments of the Canadian and US edibles markets, accounting for 71 of all edibles purchased, according to data from Headset.

“Edibles play a key role in attracting new consumers and adding the number-one edibles brand in North America strengthens our competitive position on both sides of the border,” Klein told Forbes in an interview. “In addition to our existing relationships with Acreage and TerrAscend, the agreement with Wana furthers Canopy’s positioning for rapid entry post-permissibility to the US THC market.”

Nancy Whiteman, the co-founder and CEO of Wana Brands, said that the announcement of the deal with Canopy Growth “reflects the culmination of more than a decade of hard work, dedication and vision put forth by our employees and partners, as well as an unwavering commitment to the plant and -our customers.” 

“We have long considered what the next phase of our growth might look like, and this deal is not only a great testament to our focus on bottom line growth and fiscal diligence, but also to the value we believe Wana can bring to Canopy and its shareholders now and in the future,” Whiteman said. 

“We have met many partners along the way over the past 11 years, but none have felt like the best and right fit until today. We are incredibly humbled and honored to be part of what Canopy Growth is building in terms of the future of this industry.”

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Riot Fest Brought the Good Vibes and a Love of Cannabis to Chicago

On day-one of Riot Fest, there was paranoia. Before music-lovers, which the Chicago-based festival attracts alone, entered the festival grounds, many were asking, “What about my legally acquired cannabis?!” I overheard that concern more than once, but those fears were soon laid to rest as festival goers bypassed the lovely security members and enjoyed their vices in a peaceful, three-day celebration of music and community. 

It was truly a celebration, too, with an endearing sense of community. People cared. Not only about quality music and good times, but about each other. Petty arguing and fighting, which are unfortunately common at festivals, were a rare sight, at least for my eyes. When someone was hurt or had a few too many, people helped.

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Photo courtesy of Jack Giroux

During a booming set from cannabis enthusiasts Run the Jewels, when a man hit the ground, there was only concern, no laughter. People giving a crap about one another made the music and overall experience of Riot Fest all the more enjoyable. 

A few bands dropped out before the event, including Nine Inch Nails and the Pixies, but the lineup remained stacked. This year, a few of the headliners included Lupe Fiasco, Devo, Slipknot, The Flaming Lips and The Smashing Pumpkins. 

Sometimes must-see acts conflicted in the schedule, but more often than not, all the stages presented variety. Depending on one’s mood on the day, there was a band that would cater to it. After a long day, for example, Lupe Fiasco got the energy raised sky-high. The Chicago native performed “The Cool,” and it ruled. The artist’s voice was as beautiful as it sounds on a record. 

Artists were delighted to be back on stage. Several acts admitted to the crowd they hadn’t performed since the pandemic started. Many, such as Run the Jewels, worried they’d show signs of rust. Not the case. Every artist, except Machine Gun Kelly, brought nothing but joy and their A-game to the festival. 

A bit of clarification: Machine Gun Kelly took a swipe at Slipknot as the band performed on another stage and dedicated the show to one of its founding members, Joey Jordison. Kelly mocked the group. In the end, Slipknot had the last laugh because people were actually talking about their performance the next day, while people just groaned about Kelly.

Every day was an embarrassment of riches in terms of acts to catch. K.Flay was a dominant force on stage. Along with her band, she held nothing back. She was thrilling. Sublime ignited a wave of nostalgia in the audience. 

“I used to smoke weed listening to this in college!” a friend shouted. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Living Colour brought it, as well. Those bands have such an infectious on-stage chemistry together. It radiates off the stage and consumes the audience. 

On the more rock side, nobody left Thrice or Taking Back Sunday disappointed. Disappointment was not common at Riot Fest. The massive crowd, which needed to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to attend, had nothing to complain about. 

Riot Fest
Photo courtesy of Jack Giroux

Shoutout to the attendees, whose phones were not always up and selfies didn’t run rampant. People were respectful of the performances. There was a tangible passion among the crowd there. Everyone, based on my experience, was there for the music alone. 

The audience was maybe at its most rowdy when Run the Jewels hit the stage. The two-man hip hop group, El-P and Killer Mike, have always been known to put on a helluva show. The hype is correct. Their music isn’t even to my taste, but what a fantastic performance the self-admittedly high duo delivered.

Both spontaneous and choreographed, Run the Jewels had an army of music fans on their feet and moving. There were nonstop cheers, especially when Killer Mike said cannabis prohibition needs to stop. He also gave a lovely shout out to his wife in the audience. She, too, was high, Killer Mike noted. 

Riot Fest didn’t stop after the headliners performed. There are late nights after shows to catch around Chicago. I only caught one myself, but it was one worth catching. The feverish punk group from Los Angeles, The Bronx, had my ears ringing in delight at The Cobra Lounge. The band even gave me an excuse to finally put my long hair to good use and bang it around a bit. They hadn’t performed in a long time, but you’d never know it. 

Riot Fest was such an enjoyable experience full of good times that it’s impossible to list off all the damn fine acts that livened up not only the weekend, but the year, for many in attendance. Fever 333, Anti-Flag, Body Count, which is fronted by Iced-T, and many other groups brought nothing but joy to Chicago. This year’s Riot Fest was yet another reminder of why live music is just good for the soul. 

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The Best Weed-Themed Halloween Costumes

Choosing the perfect Halloween costume comes easy to some, but not everyone. If you’re coming up short on a creative outfit that combines your love of the herb with your love of America’s best holiday, we’ve got you covered!

Here are PotGuide’s suggestions for some of the best weed-themed costumes for your next Halloween bash.

Marijuana-Themed Halloween Costumes Off the Rack

When you just don’t have the time or energy to brainstorm, try these quick and easy options. Some you can find at your local Halloween store, but if not, the Internet is at the ready. Just be sure to order your costume early!

Bong

A classic cannabis costume for those who wish to dress as what Spirit Halloween would call a “cylindrical glass water pipe.” This one is readily available for purchase online if you don’t want to mess around with cardboard, Exacto-knife, and tape.

Bag of Weed/Bottle of Weed

This is another no-hassle marijuana costume that can be bought with the click of a button. Go as the classic sandwich baggie filled with nugs or a medicine bottle if there’s going to be narrow doorways or a packed room.

Blunt/Joint/Spliff

Hit your Halloween gathering and get ready to puff puff party with this classic weed costume. Whether you’re going as a fat blunt, a medium doobie, or a traditional spliff, you got the most mobility when you hit the dance floor with this one.

Weed-Themed Character Costumes

If you’re looking for a bit more personality with your costume, here are some classic cannabis characters to make it a Happy Halloweed.

Weed Fairy

Put your own spin on Lady Gaga’s iconic weed Halloween costume. Throw on a green wig, some pot-leaf pasties (to your comfort level), and rock a green mesh skirt and go as the weed fairy. Do you bestow joints upon party-goers or make edibles appear with a touch of your wand? Create your own mythology of this new cannabis-fantasy character.

Shaggy

Everyone’s favorite van-dwelling, mystery-solving, cowardly dog whisperer fits right in at any Halloween party. When you’re done toking up in the back of your own personal Mystery Machine, do your best loose-limbed stride into the gathering in a green T-shirt and brown pants. Grow your hair long and rock a chin patch to complete it.  

The Dude

The go-to Halloween costume for any long-haired, bearded pot smoker who can rock a mean bathrobe, shorts, and plastic sandals combo. Whether you’re pulling out joints from that robe pocket or your bowling ball bag to burn down, remember to take ‘er easy for all us sinners out here.

Towelie

South Park’s resident stoner is here for two things: extolling the benefits of towel ownership and telling you how stoned he is. When it comes to weed-themed Halloween costumes, this one is a breeze to make. Hang a towel off your shoulders, one off your back, carry a joint, and pitch your voice as high as you can. “You wanna get high?” and “Don’t forget to bring a towel” are your go-tos for selling this costume.

Smokey Friday

Everyone’s favorite South Central LA neighborhood drug dealer is also a perfect last-minute weed costume to throw together. Blue cap, blue t-shirt, gold rope chain, a pair of khakis and you’re good to go. Hang a beeper off your belt if you want some extra credit. Just hope Big Worm doesn’t show up to the same spot.

Bong-Ba-Dook

If you really want to impress, why not go as one of horror cinema’s most recent monsters? Attach a cardboard downstem to the Babadook’s signature stovepipe hat, throw on a large black coat, and spend the entire party asking in a raspy croak if anyone wants a “Ba-Ba-Tooooooke?”

Couples Weed-Themed Costumes

When you’re bringing a plus one (or more) to the Halloween Bash, these marijuana-themed costumes are always a hit.

Abby and Illana from Broad City

These Broad City New York friends have taken the mantle of comedy stoner-duo for the new century. The friend (or partner) with the straightest hair can throw on a horizontal striped shirt and beanie, and the one with the curliest hair just needs an NYC crop top and funky fanny pack. If your natural hair doesn’t fit the look, a cheap wig will get the job done.

Cheech and Chong

Cheech and Chong is a classic stoner Halloween costume for a pair of friends or a couple. This 70’s stoner comedy duo costume is easy to put together. All you need for Cheech is a red beanie, red suspenders, and a sleeveless undershirt. Your Chong costume is complete with a bandana, glasses, and jean jacket (befitting this Canadian’s roots.)

Half-Baked/Sir Smoke-a-Lot

The four leads from the stoner classic Half Baked make a great weed-themed costume when you’re mobbing in a group. Some blue coveralls, a tie-dye shirt and fanny pack, a fast-food uniform, and an orange prison jumpsuit completes the quartet. 

If you’ve got five coming, get a puffy yellow jacket, yellow pants, a chain, and no shirt and you’re Sir Smoke A Lot. Sell it with these classic lines

Marijuana Strain Costumes

A clever weed costume always sparks up a conversation, so why not dress as your favorite strain? Those in the know will appreciate the effort.

White Widow

white widow weed halloween costume

Add a weed leaf to this costume and you are set! photo credit

Buy Natasha Romanov’s winter costume from her solo Marvel movie, put a pot leaf on the belt where the spider should go, and bam! White Widow.

Purple Urkel

Hitch up your purple slacks as far up as they’ll go, snap on some pot leaf suspenders, add thick purple glasses and you’ve got Purple Urkel. You’ll get bonus points from the older millennials if you can throw down the Urkel Dance while you’re at it. 

Romulan Kus

If you’ve got some pointy ears and a Star Trek costume laying around, slap on a pot leaf instead of a communicator and beam down to the party as Romulan Kush.

Maui Wowie

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Pair this with board shorts and flip-flops to complete the look. photo credit

A simple weed-themed Hawaiian shirt, sunglasses, flip flops, and board shorts will leave no doubt which tropical island strain you’re dressed as.

The Wrap Up

Halloween is the most fun holiday of the year, whether you’re a candy-crazed kid or a cannabis-consuming adult. If you’re the latter, we hope this list has inspired you to throw together your next weed-themed Halloween costume. Of course, as with any drug, or social gathering during this time, enjoy responsibly and stay safe! 


Do you have any favorite weed-themed Halloween costumes? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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Cannabis and Celebrity-ism, Good or Bad for Cannabis?

That’s the justification I suppose. I’m certain there’s also a decent amount of money for licensing his name to be used on a product. I’m sure he’ll make a sweet mint on the deal. According to the statement, some of the money will be diverted to good causes such as the Last Prisoner Project and Veterans Walk and Talk. Both noble causes. While all of this is great for Bieber and the charities it will undoubtedly help – the larger question should revolve around Celebrity-ism and the Cannabis industry.

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CannaShrooms – A Closer Look at the Ever-Increasing Cannabis-Mushroom Products Hitting the Market Soon

Within the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of products churned out from the cannabis industry. In fact, if you have been following the trends, you will find that more products are a mix of cannabis and wellness substances that have become customers-favorite. If you are keen on experimenting with these new marijuana trends, you should try cannabis-mushroom products.

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What are CBD Cigarettes or Hempettes? A Guide to the Smokable Hemp Out There Today!

Have you noticed the uptick in CBD products sold at many businesses such as small coffee stands and even your local convenience store? CBD has skyrocketed in popularity as people are being introduced to its range of potential benefits. You might like to try hempettes for their relaxation properties or to help you stop smoking tobacco. Either way, we’ve got you covered on all things CBD cigarettes. Keep reading to find out about the best CBD cigarettes, and what they’re all about.

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