The Shmooze

Pot Not Kosher for Passover — Even on 4/20

By Anne Cohen

It’s that time of the year again — Passover and 4/20, the unofficial marijuana celebration day. On the same day.

The celebration of all things green poses a particular problem for the chosen people. Namely, is smoking pot kosher for Passover?

Sorry to disappoint, but it seems not.

In 2007, Israel’s Green Leaf Party, which supports the legalization of marijuana, declared that cannabis is among the substances Jews are forbidden to consume during Passover.

“You shouldn’t smoke marijuana on the holiday, and if you have it in your house you should get rid of it,” Michelle Levine, a spokeswoman for the party, said at the time.

Why? Because hemp seeds are considered to be kitniyot.

While biblical law prohibits eating leavened foods, rabbis have since extended the rules to apply to foods like beans, corn and rice. Hemp seeds, found in marijuana, falls under that category. So voila, no Mary-Jane for you — if you’re Ashkenazi that is.

Sephardic Jews have traditionally been allowed to eat kitniyot during Passover, so when it comes to 4/20, they’re in the clear.

If you’re really desperate though, there have been reports in the past of kosher for Passover pot cookies. Cannabliss, an Israeli company that supplies medical marijuana to Hadassah Hospital, makes them with matzo meal or potato flour.

As the ancients said: Put that in your pipe and smoke it. But don’t. Still not kosher.

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Lighting Up With Seth Rogen: Jewish Edition

By Jana Banin

(JTA) — We just can’t stop talking about Seth Rogen lately! Sorry if you’ve had enough, but this clip from Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” is just too Jew-packed to resist.

Last night the show’s host Andy Cohen got Rogen to play a round of “Spill the Herbal Tea,” in which the writer, actor and Alzheimer’s advocate was asked to admit which celebs he’d “blazed up with.” Check out the startling results.

James Franco: “It’s depressing for me to say but I’ve never smoked weed with James Franco, because he doesn’t smoke weed!” Paul Rudd: Yes, lots of times.

Sarah Silverman: Ditto.

Snoop Dogg: Naturally.

Barbra Streisand: “No, but we talked a lot about it a lot.” That said, Rogen did reveal that the diva has smoked with Peter Sellers.

Jonah Hill: Yep.

Willie Nelson: No, but believe it or not, Cohen has. Mazel!

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Heidi Fleiss Busted for Growing 392 Pot Plants

By Reuters

Heidi Fleiss, nicknamed the “Hollywood Madam” in the 1990s after she was accused of running a high-priced Southern California call-girl ring, may face charges after 392 pot plants were found at her Nevada desert home, a county sheriff said on Tuesday.

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Deputies who went to Fleiss’ home in Pahrump, some 45 miles (70 km) west of Las Vegas, last week searching for a wanted female found the marijuana plants, Nye County Sheriff Tony De Meo said.

Fleiss, 47, told detectives she was growing cannabis so she could sell it to a Las Vegas cooperative, but admitted that she did not have a license to do so, according to a news release issued by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.

Also found at her home were grow lights and several bottles of chemicals used to cultivate marijuana, the sheriff’s office said. The plants were collected as evidence and the equipment destroyed.

Fleiss was not arrested because she was caring for exotic birds worth $200,000 and because she was cooperative throughout the investigation, De Meo said, but his office had turned the case over to prosecutors for potential filing of marijuana possession charges.

A spokeswoman for the Nye County District Attorney’s Office said no charges had been filed against Fleiss as of Tuesday afternoon.

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Shumlin Says Yes to Weed

By Anne Cohen

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Potheads of Vermont, rejoice!

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill on Thursday that will decriminalize marijuana, the New York Daily News reported.

Possession of less than an ounce of pot is now punishable by a small fine, rather than an arrest and jail time. Vermont is now the 17th state in the country to alter criminal consequences for marijuana possession.

“This change just makes common sense,” Shumlin said in a ceremony at the Statewide Criminal & Juvenile Justice Conference in Essex Junction, VT. “Our limited resources should be focused on reducing abuse and addiction of opiates like heroin and meth rather than cracking down on people for having very small amounts of marijuana.”

In the past, anyone in possession of up to two ounces of the drug could face anywhere from six to 24 months in jail.

“Decriminalizing marijuana possession will allow law enforcement officials to spend more time and attention addressing serious crimes and prevent people from being branded as criminals just for using a substance that most Americans agree should be legal,” Matt Simon, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement.

With the new system, under-21-year-olds caught with marijuana will have to go through a substance abuse screening.

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Amanda Bynes Says No To Playboy

By Anne Cohen

When you’re tweeting selfies of yourself wearing nothing but a black lacy bra, and you’re a some kind of a celebrity, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise when Playboy offers you a job.

Well, that’s exactly what happened to Amanda Bynes.

Playboy Radio reportedly extended an offer to the actress (can we still call her that?) to host her own daily, hour-long show. After a one-week trial, the actress could sign a year-long contract, complete with perks (driver and producer included).

Unfortunately, she turned them down.

Why? Apparently, she’s making an album. “I want to [do the show]. But I can’t because I’m recording an album!” she told TMZ. “I’ll go on their show for an interview when I’m promoting my album.”

No bong, no apartment, no job. Things are not going well for Amanda.

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Amanda Bynes Evicted From New York Apartment

By Anne Cohen

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Anyone looking for a roommate?

Amanda Bynes has reportedly been evicted from her New York apartment following her arrest on May 23 for smoking pot in the lobby of her building.

A source told In Touch magazine that the actress “was notified that she is no longer welcome as a tenant in the building in light of recent events.”

“At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, movers showed up and removed Amanda’s belongings from her apartment. She is officially gone from the building,” the source explained.

The In Touch report adds that requests for the former Nickelodeon star’s eviction had been filed even before her latest brush with the law. “Even before her arrest, residents had constant complaints about the smell of marijuana coming from her apartment,” an NYPD source said. “She had also cursed out residents and the doormen, and the smell of pot from her apartment was really annoying people.”

On May 23, one of the doormen at 271 West 47th Street called the police to report that Bynes was rolling a joint and smoking pot in the lobby.

According to TMZ, when the police arrived at the actress’ home, she casually threw the bong she was holding out the window, before being placed under arrest. Wearing her signature platinum blonde wig, Bynes reportedly pulled a Reese Witherspoon, yelling “Don’t you know who I am?”

She was charge with criminal possession of pot and reckless endangerment, and taken for a psychological evaluation. The infamous bong has yet to be found.

Despite her seemingly erratic behavior, Bynes’ attorney insists that she is fine. “Amanda is a normal client,” Richard Hutton told E! News. “I’ve seen no indication of anything other than that. She is fully cooperating with me.”

Bynes is due back in court on July 9.

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Amanda Bynes Arrested on Pot Charges

By Chavie Lieber

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In today’s update of Amanda Bynes news, the child star was arrested last night on pot charges and tossing a bong out of her window, NBC reports.

Sources say the doorman of her building on West 47th Street in New York City called the police after witnessing Bynes smoking marijuana in her lobby. Officers arrived to a “strong” smell of marijuana outside Bynes apartment.

Police caught sight of a bong inside Byne’s apartment just before she allegedly grabbed the paraphernalia and chucked it out the window.

The 27-year-old actress was taken to Roosevelt Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, and then to a Midtown police station for process. She’s expected to appear in court later today.

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Amanda Bynes is at War With InTouch Magazine

By Chavie Lieber

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This probably will not end well for both parties.

Amanda Bynes is lashing out on Twitter in objection to the InTouch cover story about her “drug-fueled house party.” Bynes is angry and is threatening to sue.

In the latest edition, released yesterday, the gossip journal alleges Bynes had an impromptu party in her New York City apartment and smoked marijuana. Photos inside the story feature an apartment with barely any furniture and spray-painted windows. Photos also show Bynes lying in bed with no sheets next to a black man, smoking a joint.

“One minute she’s cool and down-to-earth. The next, she’s totally different - indecisive, and she can’t hold a conversation. Mentally, she’s all over the place,” states the photographer, Giovanni Arnold. “She probably gets so high that sometimes she won’t even leave her house. Weed was everywhere. On the bed, all over the floor.”

Bynes immediately took to Twitter to insist the photos were fake and threatened to sue.

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Seth Rogen Teaches Us How To Roll a Joint

By Chavie Lieber

People use Facebook for all sorts of social interactions— “Knocked Up” star Seth Rogen uses it to share his wisdom.

The Jewish celeb joined Facebook earlier this week, and made a video tutorial on how to roll a joint for his social media debut.

Taking to Twitter, Rogen tweeted to his followers, “I finally joined Facebook! To make up for lost time, I made a tutorial vid showing how to roll a CROSS JOINT! Enjoy!” and linked to his Facebook page.

“Rolling a crossjoint isn’t so hard guys. what is hard is posting this after smoking one,” Rogen wrote on his video tutorial. “Now you all have to promise to use this information only for good and never for evil.

Enjoy, my friends.

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High Times With Mason Tvert

By Anne Cohen

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For the first time ever, more Americans are in favor of the legalization of marijuana than not, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

You know that trip you’ve been planning to Colorado for, ahem, recreational purposes? Well, you’ve got one main man to thank for it.

Activist Mason Tvert is no new convert to the cause. Tvert’s marijuana consciousness emerged while in college, when he was, as he sees it, mysteriously subpoenaed in an investigation on marijuana use, as someone suspected of using the drug.

After studying political science and journalism at the University of Richmond, he moved to Colorado, where he cofounded SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation), an organization that seeks to educate the public about the benefits of marijuana over alcohol, in 2005. Before becoming the communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project, the largest organization in the country working exclusively to end marijuana prohibition, Tvert co-directed the successful Colorado campaign to legalize marijuana-use by adults.

The Forward called up this nice Jewish boy from Scottsdale, Arizona, to ask him what he thinks about the new poll, pot, and those who still oppose it.

Anne Cohen: So, why are you in favor of the legalization of marijuana?

Mason Tvert: Marijuana prohibition has been an abysmal failure, just as alcohol prohibition was a failed policy, and it’s time for a more sensible approach to marijuana policy. Every objective study on marijuana has concluded that it is far less harmful than alcohol. It’s just irrational to punish adults who are making a choice to use the less harmful substance.

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Israeli Ingenuity? No-High Pot

By JTA

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Israeli researchers say they have developed a marijuana plant that gives the user no high.

The research firm, called Tikun Olam, operates a marijuana plantation in northern Israel, according to the Jerusalem Post. Medical marijuana has been legal in Israel since 1993, though its recreational use is illegal.

Tikun Olam claims that its new marijuana plant does not contain THC, the constituent of the plant that gives users a high. But the new plant still contains Cannabidiol, which doctors say can aid the treatment of a variety of illnesses.

The Post reported that cannabis is used to treat 9,000 people in Israel, according to the Health Ministry.

“Sometimes the high is not always what they need. Sometimes it is an unwanted side effect. For some of the people it’s not even pleasant,” Zack Klein, head of development at Tikun Olam, told the Post.

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Montel in Israel on Medical Marijuana Quest

By Nathan Burstein

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“Fact-finding missions” to Israel don’t usually involve cannabis, but medical marijuana is the reason former talk-show host Montel Williams is currently in the Holy Land.

“Some of the leading science on where and how those chemicals [in marijuana] work is being done right here in this country,” the Emmy Award winner said during the trip.

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Washington's Marijuana Rabbi

By Josh Tapper

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“What would it be like to smoke pot with my rabbi?”

It’s a question that’s surely crossed the minds of many daydreaming Hebrew school students. But what if it’s the rabbi who’s selling the weed?

The Washington City Paper reports this week that Jeffrey Kahn, a 58-year-old D.C.-area rabbi, hopes to become the proprietor of the city’s first sanctioned medical marijuana shop. Kahn and his wife, Stephanie, plan to open the “Takoma Wellness Center,” which will have a “zen-like but simple and classy” feel, Stephanie explained.

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Marijuana Kingpin Lived With His Orthodox Parents

By Michael Kaminer

Looks like we’ve got true-life sequel material for “Holy Rollers,” the just-released film in which a young Orthodox Jew gets lured into drug running.

Bail was denied Thursday for Jonathan Braun, the 27-year-old Staten Island boychik accused of smuggling more than 100,000 kilos of marijuana from Canada into the U.S. — all while living with his Orthodox parents and a 90-year-old grandparent on quiet Buchanan Avenue in Staten Island, according to the New York Daily News. “Before Thursday’s bail hearing, defense lawyer Ross Kramer handed a black yarmulke for Braun to a deputy U.S. marshal, who checked it for contraband,” the News wrote.

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