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By Bryan Punyon Special to Toke of the Town Fair Warning: This article begins with material that some may find offensive, but for a point. "Why do Concentration Camp shower heads have eleven holes? Because Jews only have ten fingers." Find me a joke about the Cannabis community that borders on that kind of black humor. Go ahead, I'll wait. "What's the difference between a Jew and a pizza? Pizza doesn't scream when you put it in the oven." Same challenge. Still waiting. "Holocaust jokes aren't funny, Anne Frankly, I won't stand for them!" Gotta love wordplay. Some of my favorite jokes are the result of clever word choice. Still nothing on the offensive Cannabis jokes? Well, then. Many will find these kinds of jokes offensive. To be honest, they're some of the tamest Jewish jokes that I know. It's called Gallows Humor, the art of turning tragedy into hilarity, because the alternative to doing so is to give in to despair and disgust. For an oppressed people to claim the language used in their own dehumanization is a form of cultural empowerment, and part of that includes the use of their own slurs and derogatory humor. If a Jew tells Holocaust jokes, do you have the right to be offended? We will return to that question shortly. I am a Jew, and I am a Cannabis activist, and I'm pretty annoyed that Marc Emery would equate one with the other. Mr. Emery's article is the latest in an ongoing...
A Hempfest marred by dozens of busts for people just passing the joint at 4:20? Say it ain't so! It could happen if I-502 passes and is enforced as written. But you'd think Seattle Hempfest would be heaven on Earth after the passage of "legalization" Initiative 502 in Washington state, if all the information you had to go by was a Marc Emery quote -- posted by trophy wife Jodie -- on Facebook today. "Next year at Seattle Hempfest, if I-502 passes, everyone will be able to carry an ounce of marijuana around on their person and not be concerned with arrest!" Emery wrote from prison. "Or losing their job! Or losing custody of their children. Or violating probation. Or getting a criminal record. "Tourists and residents of Washington state would be afforded the greatest legal protection available to any marijuana user in the whole world," Emery claimed. "After I-502, visitors and residents in Washington State will have more legal right to possess and smoke marijuana than any American or Dutch resident has in Holland!" Quite a rosy picture, that. Too bad it has -- like most of what either Emery has to say these days -- vanishingly little to do with reality. Let's take a look. What if I-502 passes and is enforced -- AS WRITTEN -- at Hempfest 2013? Well, as far as carrying around an ounce of marijuana and not being concerned with arrest? Unless you bought that ounce at a state-licensed store, you'd still get busted. If...