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The NORML Stash Blog » A NORML Life http://stash.norml.org The Growing Truth About Cannabis Tue, 12 Feb 2013 01:23:20 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2 The NORML Network / HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup “4:20 Somewhere” Raffles http://stash.norml.org/the-norml-network-high-times-medical-cannabis-cup-420-somewhere-raffles http://stash.norml.org/the-norml-network-high-times-medical-cannabis-cup-420-somewhere-raffles#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:41:51 +0000 "Radical" Russ Belville http://stash.norml.org/?p=26584

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Next weekend we will be bringing you live coverage of the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles.  Tune in to http://live.norml.org on Saturday, Feb 11 and Sunday, Feb 12 from Noon to 7pm Pacific Time for free live coverage of the panels, the expo floor, and interviews with cannabis culture celebrities.

If you plan on attending the event, get your tickets online NOW – they sell out fast!  Use the promo code CANORML to get a special 40% discount for supporters of The NORML Network!

We will be holding our Special “4:20 Somewhere” Raffle both days at the Cannabis Cup.  Tickets are $5 at the event or five for $20 and the proceeds benefit The NORML Network.  We’ll have six raffles each day for over $2,000 worth of prizes and your ticket is good for every raffle until you win or the last raffle ends.  You need not be present to win, but you must pick up your prizes at the event; we will not ship them or hold them after 7pm Sunday.

We will announce the winning ticket numbers at :20 after on our live coverage (which you can view on our Ustream app for your iPhone or Android), through our @NORMLNet Twitter account (so follow us!), by text message to your cell (if you write your number on your tickets), and on a whiteboard at our merch desk.

Raffle Time
(Sat & Sun)
Prize Package Description
4:20 Eastern
(1:20 local)
“Schwag” The NORML Gold Leaf lapel pin ($5), NORML Sticker ($1), 6 NORML Buttons ($6)
4:20 Central
(2:20 local)
“Grass” The “Schwag” ($12) + Rick Steves Hemp Backpack ($35), NSL T-Shirt ($20)
4:20 Mountain
(3:20 local)
“Bud” The “Schwag” ($12) + Stealth Backpack ($80), NORML T-Shirt ($20)
4:20 Pacific “Kind” The “Bud” ($112) + Marijuana is Safer book ($15)
4:20 Alaska
(5:20 local)
“Dank” The “Bud” ($112) + Medical Marijuana in California book ($15), NORML Nug Jar ($15)
4:20 Hawaii
(6:20 local)
“Chronic” The “Dank” ($142) + A NORML Life DVD ($20) + Autographed NORML Banner

These packages may change by event time… most likely, they’ll get better as we get donations from other vendors to add!

Online viewers can also get in on a piece of the action.  At every raffle, we will randomly select one of our @NORMLNet Twitter followers to win a “Schwag” prize pack.  In the last three raffles of the day, we’ll add an autographed NORML banner signed by the whole NORML SHOW LIVE crew, HIGH TIMES crew, and other cannabis celebrities.

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NORML SHOW LIVE #749 http://stash.norml.org/norml-show-live-749 http://stash.norml.org/norml-show-live-749#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2011 02:22:02 +0000 "Radical" Russ Belville http://stash.norml.org/?p=25013 Download Link: Secret Stash - Register to access
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  • If you want to call me a liar, consider doing so in person
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“Radical” Russ featured in A NORML Life http://stash.norml.org/radical-russ-featured-in-a-norml-life http://stash.norml.org/radical-russ-featured-in-a-norml-life#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2011 00:17:16 +0000 "Radical" Russ Belville http://stash.norml.org/?p=24992

I’m really excited to see this new documentary from Rod Pitman (Hempsters: Plant the Seed) and Adam Ross (Cash Crop).  I won’t lie… it’s because I am in it, but I’m also excited to see all my friends and colleagues in it as well.  Check out the Facebook page.

In any complex interconnected system, it only takes a few of the right connections to reach the influencers of the system.

It’s not that I’m so desperate to see myself on the big screen.  I’ve been doing TV and radio and public speaking for some time now, so the novelty of being in a film, while a step up, isn’t the most exciting part of this situation.  The exciting thing for an internet database stats geek like me is that this means I finally have an acting credit listed in The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)!

That provides an extra bit of geek cred on another site, The Oracle of Bacon.  This is a fun little site that tells you how any actor is connected to Kevin Bacon based on a chain of shared movie roles.  For example, Ronald Reagan is connected to Kevin Bacon in two steps – Reagan was in “Brother Rat and a Baby” in 1940 with Eddie Albert, who was in “The Big Picture” in 1989 with Kevin Bacon.

Now I have a “Bacon Number” of three.  My path to Kevin Bacon begins with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek.  He was in movies with Peter Fonda, Rob Zombie, and Tony Plana that lead then to movies with Kevin Bacon.  Sure, I have to cheat by checking the “include documentaries” option in the search, but I’ll take it; it’s more legit than my friend D.J. Giles having to include TV shows (which, thanks to a failed 1992 TV pilot with Robin Givens, gives him a Bacon Number of two).  Interestingly, we are now four steps away from each other in the IMDb.

So what?  Well, silly as the Oracle of Bacon game is, it does demonstrate an important sociological phenomenon: the interconnectedness of networks.  In the entirety of the Oracle of Bacon, is it difficult to find any actor you can think of who is any more than four steps removed from Kevin Bacon.  And Kevin Bacon isn’t even the most connected actor in the database (that would be Dennis Hopper).

So think about how many people you are directly connected to in your life.  Then consider all the people they are directly connected to, and the people they are connected to, and so on.  Now imagine the ripple you can create just within your own networks by openly proclaiming your cannabis use and educating the people near you.  The fact you give to your co-worker might get re-told to his friend and re-told to his friend the city councilman.  The voice you give your medical marijuana activism may be heard by your relative who is then emboldened to speak out who is then heard by others who then pressure the governor to support medical marijuana.

It also tells you that if you want to make a difference, you need to increase your contacts.  Get out to your local NORML or other reform group meeting or event.  I’m only working for NORML and doing this show because I met someone who introduced me to someone else.  Our engineer and intern are working here because they went out to meet other cannabis reformers.  You can find your local chapter at http://norml.org/chapters and if there isn’t one, email start@norml.org to learn how you can start one.

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