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Inside Cannabis (Feb 24th, 2017)

Country music legend Willie Nelson has long been celebrated as a cannabis icon. The toke-happy musician has penned such songs as “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" and “It’s All Going to Pot;" a strain of weed was named after his 1975 album “Red Headed Stranger; in 2015, the country star started his own cannabis brand, Willie's Reserve; and he's spent years fighting "anti-weed propaganda" in an effort to legalize and destigmatize the drug. At 84-years-old, the musician-cum-activist looks back at his marijuana legacy. – CANNABIS NOW

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Young pot-smoking entrepreneurs are making a living by getting high on YouTube. These "WeedTubers" are riding the waves of legalization and mainstream acceptance of cannabis to online celebrity by filming themselves smoking, discussing various strains, making edibles and simply being a smoking buddy to their fans across the world. The stars make money through sponsorships, branded content deals and merchandise sales. – THE GUARDIAN

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Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart have sparked outrage among anti-marijuana organizations for their T-Mobile ad. The ad, which first aired during the Super Bowl, features the odd couple (and costars of the VH1 reality show 'Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party') exchanging quick quips full of weed-alluding innuendo. In response, the aptly named organization Parents Opposed to Pot has called for a boycott of T-Mobile, claiming the ad only serves to promote their show, which is "nothing more than an effort to normalize the use of marijuana." – LEAFLY

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A new craze is lighting up the beauty world: weed-infused manicures, or 'canni-manis.' While bright green colors and pot leaf decals are old news, this new trend is incorporating real marijuana, crushed up and set in clear acrylic. Canni-manis are emerging all over the world, even in places where cannabis is still illegal, making it a risky business for some. – HIGH TIMES

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Wanda James is Colorado's first black dispensary owner. Her credentials include being a former Navy lieutenant and political campaign manager who was appointed to work on Obama’s National Finance Committee, as well as a member of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Amendment 64 Task Force that laid the groundwork for regulating recreational marijuana. James and her husband decided to focus on legal marijuana in response to the issues of mass incarceration. – THE CANNABIST

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With the imminent expansion of the cannabis market set to bring a massive diversity of new strains, Leafly looks at how they will all be named. From Acapulco Gold to Timewreck, the nomenclature of strains through history has been both methodical and random, carried out by clandestine growers and spread by word-of-mouth. But that may change as the industry becomes mainstream and consistency becomes key. – LEAFLY

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WATCH THIS

In the newest episode of the VICELAND series BONG APPÉTIT, where host Abdullah Saeed throws elaborate cannabis-infused dinner parties with notable chefs, the soirée takes place in Joshua Tree for a camp cookout by chef Jake Francis. 

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GEAR ROUNDUP 

VICE commissioned Greg de Hoedt, president of the United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs, to test the best vaporizers on the market. 

From stash jars to grinders, Leafly reviews the top weed gear for February 2017.

In the age of vaping, The Cannabist asks: Are bongs dead?

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