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    It's All Gone "Up in Smoke"

    Fifteen years ago...

    News Release
    February 24, 2003
    Operations Pipe Dreams And Headhunter Put Illegal Drug Paraphernalia Sellers Out Of Business
    WASHINGTON, DC -- National Sweep Shuts Down Retailers, Distributors and Internet Sites. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Acting DEA Administrator John B. Brown, III today announced the indictment of 50 individuals on charges of trafficking in illegal drug paraphernalia.


    Now leaping ahead to today...


    Cheech & Chong: Still Smokin' After 40 Years Together

    Lou Adler is trying to find a place to erect a gargantuan rolled joint, preferably on the roof of a prominent building in Los Angeles. He attempted to put the 33-foot-long, 3-D doobie atop the Roxy, which makes sense not only because of the abundance of big ads on the Sunset Strip and his ownership of the club but because it was a frequent spot for his buds — the inimitable Cheech & Chong — to perform.

    Alas, the permit requirements in West Hollywood appear to be too rigid, so at press time he was still looking for a spot. Adler's 1978 film, Up in Smoke, celebrates its 40th anniversary this week with a DVD/Blu-ray re-release, so he, Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin have joined forces with the Grammy Museum for an exhibit to mark the milestone: "Still Rollin' — Celebrating 40 Years of Up in Smoke" opens Friday, April 20 (4/20).

    Though the fantastic fatty is meant as marketing for the film, if it gets to be seen in L.A., it will punctuate more than the iconic movie. In many ways it will be a testament to Cheech & Chong's role in bringing marijuana into the mainstream and ultimately, in its legalization.

    Read Lena's entire well written story...



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