A woman holds a joint at a recent 4/20 Rally in Denver. (John Moore, Getty Images)

Pollack: ‘Don’t let pot just be another yuppie lifestyle accoutrement’

When I saw a couple of snotty rich young ambitious marijuana marketing types in The New York Times yesterday claiming they were “weeding out the stoners” and that they “want to show the world that normal, professional, successful people consume cannabis,” I got pissed, because I am a stoner. And I was especially pissed because I was traveling on business and couldn’t do what I usually do when I get pissed, which is smoke weed. Or vaporize it. Or eat a candy. Regardless, I was an angry pothead. More of writer Neal Pollack’s column for The Cannabist:

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Praying for Texas marijuana: Boots on the ground in pot’s biggest battlefield

It’s been a mammoth month for Texas marijuana. “In a business where it’s slow to do anything,” one state legislator told us, “we’ve gone light years in the last few months.” But will any of the Lone Star State’s cannabis legislation pan out in 2015? Cannabist columnist Neal Pollack reports from Austin.

The view from Anita Thompson's house on Owl Farm, with NORML's annual Aspen barbecue in the background. (Katie Shapiro, The Cannabist)

Blissed Out on Owl Farm: At NORML’s party on Hunter S. Thompson’s land

We take you inside NORML’s annual party at Owl Farm, Hunter S. Thompson’s beloved land outside of Aspen, Colo., to talk about pot legalization and more. Sitting down in the kitchen they shared, his widow Anita Thompson asks: ‘Could you imagine Hunter Thompson in a dispensary? Sometimes it breaks my heart when I go into one and that he’s not here.’

Texas (Eric Gay, AP)

Texas medical pot bill for CBD oil heads to Gov. Abbott

The Texas House is sending a limited medical marijuana bill that would give epilepsy patients access to cannabidiol oil (CBD) to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. Here’s a closer look at what the measure entails.

Pot group doesn't want Tommy Chong's help lobbying Congress

Pot industry group lobbying Congress doesn’t want Tommy Chong’s help

The National Cannabis Industry Association wants Congress to see pot smokers as respectable professionals, not stoned slackers, so they decided against having “Cheech and Chong” actor Tommy Chong represent the group as a celebrity marijuana activist on a Hill visit scheduled for late April.