Neil Young Cannabis use may affect his US Citizenship Application
Canadian Singer Songwriting superstar Neil Young has discovered that honesty is not the best policy when it comes to Marijuana use. He has fallen foul of a curious bit of legislation. Jeff Sessions proposed an immigration policy whilst he was Attorney General. It was added in April 2019 and stipulates: “An applicant who is involved in certain marijuana-related activities may lack GMC (Good Moral Character) if found to have violated federal law. Even if such activity is not unlawful under an applicable state of foreign laws.”
Young wants to vote in the 2020 presidential elections
Once again the conflict between state and federal laws is causing confusion. Neil Young is bidding to become an American citizen in order to vote. He answered a question honestly about his legal use of the drug. Young stated, “I sincerely hope I have exhibited good moral character and will be able to vote my conscience on Donald J Trump and his fellow American candidates.” I don’t think there would be many surprises as to which way he would be voting.
Young has lived mainly in the United States since the heady days of the 1960s. He would like to achieve dual citizenship. His family is all American and Neil Young has done more than most to deserve an opinion. His attitudes on climate change are well known. He is widely idolized as a leading member of the Los Angeles Laurel Canyon scene from the 60s and 70s. As recently as October, he told the LA Times: “I’m still a Canadian; there’s nothing that can take that away from me. But I live down here, and I pay taxes down here. My beautiful family is all down here. They’re all Americans, so I want to register my opinion.”
Neil Young Cannabis Use
Neil’s cannabis use is well documented. He has been a smoker for most of his adult life. He refers to smoking in many of his interviews. His honesty seems to be the issue rather than anything that he has actually done. He was interviewed upon the release of the 2018 Netflix movie, Paradox, in which he plays the Man in The Black Hat. He said at the time, “Have a beer, smoke some weed, take a walk, breathe some air, listen to it, see if it makes you feel different. It’s better for your soul. Because there’s nothing coming out of the platform that’s good for your soul the way real quality is.”
Neil Young’s cache, of course, rose significantly due to the performance of Crosby Stills Nash and Young at Woodstock in 1969. The seminal festival was instrumental in changing world attitudes to music and certainly cannabis use. It was a huge milestone and throughout the career of Neil Young cannabis was never far away.
He gave up using cannabis in 2012 as he was writing his superb memoir, Waging Heavy Peace. He suffered a brain aneurysm in 2005 and also has epilepsy. A long-time friend of fellow advocate Willie Nelson, He was famously arrested for possession along with David Crosby and Eric Clapton.
Neil Young has always been something of an enigma. In his life story, Waging Heavy Peace, it becomes apparent that he doesn’t do things by halves. His life long abiding passions have remained constant. Music, Cars, Model Railways, and Cannabis. He is not one to dip his toe. He has an impressive car collection and his model railway involvement has resulted in his owner a company that makes replica trains.
Lionel Legacy Trains are not children’s toys. These are impressive super-detailed model railway trains. As they struggled to compete in the US, the company moved manufacturing to China and Neil became an owner. Helping to save the company. His love of weed certainly enhanced his songwriting and some of his finest works have been created whilst smoking.
At the height of his career, for Neil Young cannabis use was never far away.
Cannabis Cooking Show Series 1: a Huge Netflix Hit
Cannabis Cooking takes yet another huge step into the mainstream with an amazing new Netflix series. With $10,000 prize money at stake for the winner of each episode, the new 6 part cooking competition is attracting big audience numbers. As the show says in its introduction, there is a revolution taking cooking by storm, and it is all because of the star ingredient, cannabis.
In each episode, three top cannabis chefs compete to provide a fabulous three-course cannabis-infused meal for the judges. It takes cannabis cooking to a whole new level and brings it fully into the mainstream. Their kitchens are fully stocked with traditional ingredients but also a whole array of cannabis edibles.
Cannabis Cooking Judged by Experts
The judges are singer and culinary expert Kelis and Portland Oregan’s best-known cannabis chef Leather Storrs. In each 30 minute episode, they are joined by celebrity guest tasters. It’s fun and games all the way and the judges soon get into the spirit of things.
The Netflix show is a face-paced wise-cracking ride through cannabis edibles and as you can imagine the judges get as baked as some of the dishes. As the loaded Appetizers, Mains and Desserts appear the judges and guests get high on excitement and of course the food itself.
Episode 1 Grilled Backyard BBQ
Celebrity panel: Ricki Lake, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jo Koy and Elle King
Chefs: Amanda Jackson, Nate Santana, Cynthia Sestito
40 years of experience between them, it’s Long Beach CA, meets Californian Skateboard cook and experience New York State old hand. The larger than life chefs really bounce off each other as the competition hots up.
Episode 2 Global Eats
Celebrity panel: Bria Vinaite, Ha Ha Davis, Sabrina Jalees, and Flula Borg.
Chefs: Brendan Darby, Harold Sims, Melissa Parks
This is Mexican food versus, African Michelin star quality versus European cuisine. CBD laden cooking and terrific global THC infused specialties. The Chefs present amazing tacos, soups, and dishes to delight the judges.
Episode 3 I Do Cannabis
Celebrity panel: Michael Voltaggio, El-P, Emily Panic, and Too $hort
Chefs: Stacy Primack, Lauren Williams, Coreen Carroll
Incredible wedding theme cannabis-infused dishes from the amazing chefs.
A Cannabis Technology Company expert takes on an ex-football player and DC. Chef and German-born cookbook author.
Episode 4 Futurist Food
Celebrity panel: Nate Robinson, Megan Gailey, Clayton English, and John Salley
Chefs: Chris Yang, Heather Feher, Brooke Egger
A fine dining restaurant owner and chef does battle with a newbie cannabis chef and a very experienced, grower, edible maker, delivery driver, and chef. In this episode, the chefs give us a glimpse into what the future of cannabis cooking might just be like.
Episode 5 High Holidays
Celebrity panel: Alaska Thunderfuck, Amanda Seales, James Jones, and Michael Rapaport.
Chefs: Liv Vasquez, Derek Upton, Patrick Mulcahy
A chef who travels around the States running pop-ups that educate people on Cannabis in food, an ex session drummer turned cook and a Boston based stoner restaurateur and dinner party host. The chefs had to choose a holiday and go for it. We ended up with Ramadan, Thanksgiving, and a whole selection of other holidays. Enjoy those traditional holidays while getting as high as a kite.
Episode 6 Comfort Food To High Cuisine
Celebrity panel: Jeff Dye, Mike E. Winfield, Brooks Wheelan, and Jade Catta Preta.
Chefs: Danielle Bruno, Matthew Chase, Manny Mendoza
Orange County chef Danielle brings her bubbly personality to the table to take on Manny a cannabis events runner from Chicago and Californian cannabis chef and ex-con Matthew. This is probably the toughest brief of the 6 episodes and it is fascinating to see how the chefs handle it.
The overall feel of the show is fun, but don’t be fooled, these guys re seriously good chefs and anyone watching will be interested to try some of these amazing looking marijuana-infused meals. The show definitely takes cannabis cooking to a whole new level.
I think if they really want to sell the idea of both cannabis in food and the show itself, Netflix will need to try and temp some A-listers onto the show for a possible series 2. Very few of the 24 celebrities on show across the 6 episodes will mean anything to anyone outside of the American bubble.
That being said, it’s a great idea and a fun show which gets cannabis edibles in front of a new and growing audience.
Check out the show on Netflix
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Celebrities Celebrate 4/20 Day in Their Own Ways
Celebrities around the world have been celebrating 4/20 day in their own inimitable ways. From Miley Cyrus to Don Cheadle, Celebs have been tweeting messages and sending best wishes to each other. As the World accepts cannabis as a lifestyle choice more and more celebrities are completely open about their love of the weed.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Even Netflix Joined in
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High Times Hemp Cup 2020 winners
Let’s have some good news for a change eh? The High Times Website posted the winners in its highly prized Hemp Cup for 2020. This is a spin-off of their Cannabis Cup which is arguably the most prestigious awards ceremony in the Cannabis industry.
Hemp Cup Categories
The Cup has 8 different categories and the winners, runners up and third place get mentioned in all of them. From Best Flower right through to Pet Products all aspects of Hemp use are covered.
Get the full list of winners on the High Times website
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