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‘Walking Dead’ Actor Raises Money For Kids Who Use Medical Marijuana

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Norman Reedus, who plays zombie-slaying Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead, is once again raising money to help kids suffering from serious illnesses get medical marijuana treatment.

Yes, again. It seems he loves helping kids as much as he loves taking out walkers on TV.

Right now, for every $5 you donate to SavingSophie.org, you’re entered to win some Reedus-signed memorabilia from the organization. Saving Sophie is a non-profit set up by the parents of Sophie Ryan, who was diagnosed with a low-grade, optic pathway glioma brain tumor when she was eight years old.

After creating a Facebook page around their child’s situation, a friend introduced them to Ricki Lake and filmmaker Abby Epstein, who were in production on their recently released documentary “Weed The People.” With this new connection and information, the parents decided to use a combination of chemo and cannabis oil to treat Sophie’s condition. Sophie’s brain tumor has since shrunk by up to 90 percent, according to their website.

Through the donations to the non-profit, Sophie’s parents “hope to pay it forward to those who are now in the same financial troubles we once found ourselves in.”

Contributions will help fund the group’s cancer research initiative, which currently consists of eight patients who are using “cannabinoid therapy alongside doctor-prescribed treatments,” according to an email blast.

“Our goal with this research is to bring non-toxic cancer treatments through human trials so that doctors will have access to this life-saving medicine for patients in need.”

This isn’t the first time Reedus has helped raise funds for pediatric patients using cannabis.

In January 2017, he tweeted a call for donations to CannaKids.org for a raffle featuring some of his autographed gear and more.

It’s clear the Boondock Saints star and heartthrob of early 2000’s Hot Topic shoppers has a caring heart for children seeking to use cannabis as a cancer treatment.

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Chris Wallis is a filmmaker and content creator based in Oakland, California. Over the last six years, along with extensive work with the cannabis industry, he's helped international nonprofits, national advocacy groups and political campaigns tell their stories to hundreds of thousands of eyeballs across media. He watches a lot of TV and movies, often while consuming cannabis.

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Congressional Democrats Compete In Marijuana-Themed Trivia Game

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Democratic members of Congress scored points for correctly answering questions about marijuana during a trivia game at a retreat they participated in last week.

The cannabis quiz was part of a bond-building exercise designed to unite the party around shared legislative goals. The category in question was reportedly titled the “Green New Deal,” a play off climate change legislation that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is championing. But these questions concerned a different kind of green matter.

The marijuana queries weren’t especially policy-oriented, though, according to one reporter who got information about how things went down. Instead of questions about various cannabis bills that have been introduced in the 116th Congress, they tested lawmakers’ cultural understanding of the plant and how it is consumed.

Trivia finalists Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Katie Hill (D-CA) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) made it into the cannabis round, according to Politico’s Heather Caygle. The two congresswomen correctly identified “sativa” as the answer to an open-ended question about variants of marijuana.

A Democratic staffer told Marijuana Moment that the question was phrased: “there are two main types of marijuana: indica and ______.”

But Gallego was ultimately victorious, answering a question about a type of device that uses water or air pressure to quickly draw smoke. Caygle wrote that the question was about a “gravity bomb,” but clearly she meant gravity bong.

The trivia category is the latest in a series of signals that marijuana is a popular topic among congressional Democrats. At the same time, some members like Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) have emphasized that the issue isn’t a laughing matter and should be discussed seriously.

But reform advocates can nonetheless rest assured that cannabis is fresh on the minds of Democratic members as they take their two-week recess—and that at least some of them know their marijuana products.

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Seth Rogen Talks About Taking Magic Mushrooms At Cirque du Soleil

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Actor Seth Rogen takes his movie roles very seriously. So when he was asked to scout filming locations in Las Vegas for a “Knocked Up” scene where he and Paul Rudd take magic mushrooms at a Cirque du Soleil performance, Rogen and co-producer Evan Goldberg didn’t cut corners.

“As responsible producers, we thought the only appropriate way to really know which one would be the best would be to do shrooms for two days straight and see every single Cirque du Soleil show that was on The Strip at the time, which we did,” Rogen said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday. “It was amazing.”

But not all of the shows were psilocybin-friendly, he said. A water-themed show made him nervous for the performers and he “kept trying to get them to stop.” Another show that’s billed as “exotic” and “burlesque” also didn’t feel right, he said.

“Sex becomes very medical on mushrooms,” Rogen said. “You just don’t want that.”

The eventual winner was a production that is considered more family friendly and comical. The Mystere show, which featured a “big, funky baby dude in it,” proved to be “a comedic gift from god.”

Better yet, the manager of the show agreed to let the “Knocked Up” production film on location, and he didn’t have a problem with the use of magic mushrooms.

“How do you think we come up with stuff?” Rogen recalled the manager telling him.

Later in the interview, Rogen talked about his recently launched cannabis company, Houseplant. He said it fulfilled a lifelong dream to “provide people with high quality cannabis.” But it’s not the first time the comedian sold marijuana. “During prohibition” he sold cannabis and shrooms, he said.

“I’m doing my best,” Rogen said. “I’m just trying. It’s an exciting time.”

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Michigan Governor Celebrates Marijuana Legalization In Video For Hash Bash Event

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This weekend’s 48th annual Hash Bash event received the blessing of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), who released a video statement supporting the gathering and touting the state’s legal cannabis program.

Whitmer said that she attended last year’s Hash Bash while advocates were still working to get cannabis legalization on the 2018 ballot and while she was running for governor. “We worked hard, we got it done, we made recreational marijuana legal in the state of Michigan,” she said.

“Last month, I established the Marijuana Regulatory Agency to make sure we can efficiently regulate both medical and recreational marijuana. I am proud of the work we did to pass Prop 1,” she said. “Stay safe and have fun at Hash Bash 2019!”

Besides the state’s pro-legalization governor, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) is also on board with the cannabis event. She’ll be speaking at Hash Bash, as will NORML founder Keith Stroup, a representative from the Michigan attorney general’s office and other activists and researchers.

The event, which will take place on Saturday, is meant to be both educational and entertaining. There will be keynote speeches on the state of cannabis regulations and the latest research into marijuana, in addition to several musical performances.

While cannabis is legal in Michigan, there are still a variety of marijuana-related bills under consideration in the legislature, including legislation to loosen restrictions on transporting cannabis and adding warning labels to medical marijuana products.

Following her electoral victory, Whitmer also said she wants to sign legislation to expunge the criminal records of individuals with prior marijuana convictions.

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