Somerset Store Pulls Marijuana Cookbook

Somerset Store Pulls Marijuana Cookbook
Posted by CN Staff on December 03, 2005 at 07:25:25 PT
By Cecilia Oleck, Detroit Free Press
Source: Detroit Free Press
Troy, Mich. - Looking to add Trippy Krispy Treats to your holiday hors d'oeuvres list? Until this week, you could find a recipe for the marijuana-laced sweets in a cookbook sold at the newly opened Urban Outfitters at the Somerset Collection mall in Troy, Mich.But the hip store - which caters to the trendy high school and college crowd with cool clothes, edgy books and games, and funky home decorations - pulled "The Marijuana Chef Cookbook" by S.T. Oner after a Troy group complained.
Teenagers and other shoppers "didn't go there specifically to be exposed to that," said Ann Comiskey , executive director of the Troy Community Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse , the group that raised concerns to Urban Outfitters' local managers."They went there to buy clothes or a handbag. They went to buy a T-shirt and, `Oh, by the way, here's a book on marijuana.' "Calls to the Troy store were referred to the company's Philadelphia headquarters. A spokeswoman there declined to comment. She would not say whether the book had been pulled from other stores. The cookbook was still available Friday on the retailer's Web site: Urban Outfitters store in Ann Arbor, Mich., never got the cookbook, but an employee who answered the phone Friday said the store does sell a board game called "Weed the Game."It's not the first time the chain has been criticized for its merchandise. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People opposed its "Ghettopoly" game and the Anti-Defamation League objected to a T-shirt that read, "New Mexico, Cleaner than Regular Mexico."The retailer also was criticized when it sold a T-shirt reading "Voting Is for Old People" and another emblazoned with shopping bags and money signs that read "Everyone Loves a Jewish Girl."Coalition members were pleased that Urban Outfitters removed the marijuana cookbooks, but some shoppers didn't understand the controversy."If you don't like something they're selling, don't buy it," said 15-year-old Jay Savage of Clinton Township, Mich., who visited Urban Outfitters for the first time Wednesday with his mom and 18-year-old sister Natalie.Jay said he hadn't noticed any of the store's edgier items, including drinking and sex card games, but that it wouldn't have stopped him from going there for the clothes.But Comiskey said Urban Outfitters was sending the wrong message . "Selling books on how to do something illegal - like how to pack a good joint - that's a risk for our kids." Newshawk: MayanSource: Detroit Free Press (MI)Author: Cecilia Oleck, Detroit Free PressPublished: December 02, 2005Copyright: 2005 Detroit Free PressContact: letters freepress.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #22 posted by Richard Zuckerman on December 05, 2005 at 08:09:59 PT:
That book store sounds somewhat cowardly! I have sent letters to Boards of Education asking them to improve the curriculum of public schools to teach the dark side of government. While the book store is at it, perhaps they should include the pro-Marijuana books authored by Dr. Lester Grinspoon? And anti-psychiatry books written by Dr. Thomas S. Szasz, M.D.; And the book entitled THE SECRET WAR AGAINST THE JEW, by John Loftus, Esq., an attorney with the Nazi Hunter Section of the U.S. Dept. of Justice who says the Bush Family financed 40% of Adolph Hitler's fascist regime steel manufacturing and after the war until 1951. See: Yesterday, while in Universal News magazine shop, I noticed the article in this month's issue of Eye Spy magazine about whether M15 killed Himmler. This "hip" bookstore should stock the shelves with the information not taught in public schools, such as Jack Herer's book entitled "The Emperor Wears No Clothes", downloadable from!! Another thing this bookstore should offer for sale are loose issues of The Free Press, P.O. Box 2303, Kerrville, Texas, 78029-2303, (Fax)(830) 896-7374, freepres, $25 for 12 issues, especially their November 18, 2005, cover article entitled "Congressman Larry McDonald exposed the New World Order tyranny," about the letter the late Congressman Lawrence P. McDonald authored, dated November 1975, shortly before he was killed in the Korean Air Lines (KAL) flight 007, shot down over Sakhalin Island in the Sea of Japan. The article mentions that "Dr. Larry McDonald was the loudest, most sophisticated, elegant and handsome opponent of World Government on the face of the planet." In addition, this newsletter sells the chart of who owns America, mentioning the two U.S. Supreme Court Justices who are members of the Bilderberg and Council on Foreign Relations, which I personally consider to be a conflict of interest to their sworn oath of allegiance to uphold the U.S. Constitution!!!! Same book store should offer books about 3rd parties, such as those written by Ralph Nader.This month's issue of Paranoia Magazine has a few articles every public school student should read, one article about the rising power by China, including their takover of an Oil company in Canada, the book written some time back around 1999 by a few Chinese military Colonels specifically mentioning explosion of the World Trade Center and use of Bin Laden, that Israel sells China with nuclear weapons, within the next ten years China will be the 2nd world's superpower!! The second article noteworthy in the present issue of Paranoia Magazine talks about Psychotherapy, that psychotherapy does not really help society.I have a lawsuit against a public library for their rule limiting our use of the public pay telephone to 3 minutes, even when nobody is waiting to use the phone! The lower court went along with the government attorneys that the municipal court conviction for "disorderly conduct" bars me from this lawsuit under Heck v. Humphrey. The dismissal is presently on appeal, Richard Paul Zuckerman, Plantiff, v. Borough of Highland Park, et al., Docket number A-4461-04T1, Appellate Division Team 1 Leader Ed Costantini, (telephone number)(609) 292-4822, wherein I allege that Trisuzzi v. Tabatchnik, 285 N.J.Super. 15, 25, 666 A.2d 543 (App. Div. 1995) and Bembenek v. Donohoo, 355 F.Supp.2d 942, 948-950 (E.D. Wisc. 2005), headnote 4 warrant an outright reversal. I am also asking the appellate courts of New Jersey to ESTABLISH A CAUSE OF ACTION FOR RETALIATION UNDER THE STATE CONSTITUTION! The N.J. Supreme Court denied my request on November 7, 2005, which requires me to now wait until the Appellate Division hears my case, after which I can ask the New Jersey Supreme Court AGAIN! Team 1 Leader Ed Costantini told me a couple of weeks ago I must wait 6 months for oral argument on this appeal! Establishing a cause of action for Retaliation when a public employee violates our State Constitutional freedom of speech has the effect of providing enforcement of the State Constitution!!! Last week, I received the law review article entitled STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: THE ENDURING DEFAMATORY POWER OF MENTAL DISORDER, by Karen M. Markin, kmarkin, 29 Law & Psychology Review 157-185 (Spring 2005), supporting the U.S. Surgeon General's report released in 1999 on the increasing stigma of being labeled "mentally ill." Ms. Markin uses court decisions on defamation of being called various names implying mental illness to support the U.S. Surgeon General's report. She does not mention that a litigant with "mental illness" may have a credibility problem. See, e.g.: Kelly v. Meachum, 950 F.Supp. 461, 475 (D. Conn. 1996)["A clinical history of mental illness is probative of the credibility of the witness", citing Chnapkova v. Koh, 985 F.2d 79, 81 (2nd Cir. 1993)]. Richard Paul Zuckerman, Post Office Box 159, Metuchen, New Jersey, 08840-0159, richardzuckerman2002 
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on December 04, 2005 at 22:54:47 PT
AP: Court Date Set In Hemp Case
Monday, December 5, 2005SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A court date has been set later this month for a man who wants to grow industrial hemp on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hold oral arguments on Dec. 12 in a legal case involving Alex White Plume, the vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.White Plume and members of his family have tried to plant hemp on their property but it has been cut down and confiscated by federal agents.Industrial hemp is related to marijuana and is used to make rope and other products. It has only a trace of tetrahydrocannabinols, or THC, the drug in marijuana, but it is illegal to grow hemp in the United States.Copyright: 2005 Associated PressLink:
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on December 04, 2005 at 20:47:29 PT
That sound so much better then just cotton!
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Comment #19 posted by potpal on December 04, 2005 at 20:05:02 PT
Why not wrap outselves in hemp cloth?!
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Comment #18 posted by Max Flowers on December 04, 2005 at 12:51:40 PT
Brilliant! Exactly. That hits the hypocrisy dead-on.
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on December 04, 2005 at 09:56:13 PT
Audio: John Walters 
"Drug Czar" Warns About Dangers of Marijuana Use in MissouriBy Steve WalshMany attempts are made - at the state and national levels - to deal with Missouri's methamphetamine problem. But the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy says marijuana remains a big concern in Missouri. National "Drug Czar" John Walters says there is no reason the fight against drug abuse in Missouri can't include marijuana as well as meth. Walters cites a statewide survey showing 78 percent of Missouri teenagers who enter drug treatment facilities claim marijuana as their substance of choice.AUDIO: Steve Walsh Report (:60 mp3)
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on December 04, 2005 at 09:48:51 PT
Interesting articles on alcohol and tobacco. Everything is analyzed. It makes me a little crazy. Life really is a big risk too. Maybe we should wrap ourselves up in cotton and never leave the house. I could live with that! LOL!
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Comment #15 posted by potpal on December 04, 2005 at 08:25:05 PT
ot sunday
Well tobacco industry under attack in UK...real progress being made...;-) Alcohol in moderation can be good for you...yeah right. Give pot a chance.
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on December 04, 2005 at 08:19:30 PT
You are a very kind person and I really appreciate all you are doing for us and our special cause. CNews is a community of good people who care. We aren't a pushy group of people but are serious about what we believe. Share this web site everywhere you want too. I appreciate it!Happy Holidays to All!
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Comment #13 posted by westnyc on December 04, 2005 at 08:11:07 PT
Time for Action - I love my community too!
I totally understand the feelings of the Troy Community Coaltition for the blah blah dee blah blah. I had the same experience yesterday when I went to Walmart to buy coffee and left stunned when I saw a Bartender's Guide for sale. I agree with Ann Comisky as I most certainly "didn't go there specifically to be exposed to that!"I'm outraged and disappointed with Walmart (A Freedom Loving Store). They actually do random drug testing of their employees to make their stores safe for everyone; yet, they subscribe to selling this filth. I'm demanding they remove this item from all their stores and I'm also demanding they expand their drug testing policies to include their customers as well. I'm scared, patriotic, and mostly - I want to be safe in their stores! 
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Comment #12 posted by mayan on December 04, 2005 at 06:08:08 PT
Gary Storck
(Letter) Gary Storck: Most agree medicinal marijuana should be legal: Shots: Oregon NORML Honors Growers - By FRED GARDNER: folks that ban books would have burned them in the old days. Progress? 
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Comment #11 posted by Jim Lunsford on December 04, 2005 at 04:28:47 PT
Bifurcation Point
is when the present mode of operation is no longer capable of handling the task and it has to change. Whether it wants to or not. The direction and depth of the change is unpredictable, but the probability can be guessed at. We are coming close to such a point.Who has confidence in government anymore? Personally, I think Katrina did a lot to destroy that faith. We can wage war all over the world for oil, but can't provide a reasonable level of support in a national disaster? Please!I don't support either party. The fact that we have only two major parties is an indictment of corruption in itself. What? I can only have two viewpoints represented? Out of 300 million citizens? Only TWO viewpoints? Get real.FoM, I thought I would let you know that I have begun to print this website address in my various postings on the web. I am attempting to ensure that this site is not held responsible for my words, but I do hope to draw a little more attention to this site. I think that Cannabis reform is central to so many different causes. I read an article the other day which stated that the internet has changed the way we conduct politics and news in the world. So, I've decided to conduct all of mine on the web. After all, paper only creates profits for the timber industry. Link:
Thanks to everyone for recommending this site.I believe that we are at such a bifurcation point in our society. Change is coming at a blinding speed, and across all spectrums of thought. I just love the drama! lolWhat if everyone posted once a week? Somewhere, not just here. But in places of their interest. An active citizenry is the only defense of true freedom. Even a posting counts.Thanks to everyone for all you have done. Many of you have far exceeded the expectations of an active citizenry. Far more than anyone such as myself. Thanks, JimRev Jim LunsfordFirst Cannabist ChurchInformed Public: Creates an active citizenry
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Comment #10 posted by runderwo on December 03, 2005 at 23:57:05 PT
Why do people drink alcohol? Because it tastes good? Why doesn't O'Doul's fly off the shelves if intoxication is not the draw? Would people smoke cigarettes if they were nicotine free? Face it, the attraction in all of these things is the intoxication. This author has no clue what he is talking about with respect to marijuana and quotes statistics out of his ass. Of course it is possible to have a puff or two of weed without becoming completely and non-functionally stoned. I just don't understand why alcohol gets a free pass in his worldview when it is clearly possible to abuse it and the results are far worse than the most egregious marijuana abuse. And notice how he apologizes for prohibition without going into any of the harms done by it, while at the same time painting marijuana in the worst possible light.Whatever, it's really too bad more people will read his opinion than anyone who is informed on the subject. I guess that is because anyone who is informed on this subject is automatically flagged as 'interested' in some way, so they are ignored by the mainstream media in favor of the people who are 'interested' in prohibition (but perceived as having some sort of moral high ground for whatever reason).
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on December 03, 2005 at 19:04:35 PT
Off Topic: Can The Pot: Keep Current Drug Laws
Laws Protect Us From Drugs' Widespread Effects, Serve National and Personal IssuesBy Brian GatensThursday, December 1, 2005 The criminalization of drugs is practiced for two distinct reasons: the abusive effect that they have on the user and the threat that users then pose to society. These laws, admittedly, have not been as effective as hoped. However, the baby should not be thrown out with the bathwater and we should not allow the pursuit of perfection to get in the way of a good thing. Drug laws should remain in place and drugs should not be decriminalized.Although it is rather intuitive to question the difference between the legality of alcohol and the legality of harder drugs, the difference is quite simple. An adult can have a single drink of alcohol without being impaired. The same cannot be said for illicit drugs. Complete Article:
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on December 03, 2005 at 19:00:14 PT
Off Topic: New Tactics Needed In Drug War
By Grant WelkerDecember 02, 2005Earlier this fall, a former Seattle police chief wrote in a Los Angeles Times article that all drugs should be made legal in an attempt to curb drug violence and some of its consequences - civilian and officer deaths, a dangerous environment for officers and a continuous federal cash commitment. Norm Stamper, a cop for 34 years, called for legalizing all drugs - including marijuana, heroin, cocaine, meth, psychotropics, mushrooms and LSD. Cigarettes and alcohol are legal and prohibition was unsuccessful, Stamper said, so it doesn't make sense for the government to continue to try to stop illegal drug use. I am not endorsing a plan to legalize all drugs in the United States - I just think it makes sense for us to consider a different approach. Traditional drug enforcement hasn't been successful in getting drugs off America's streets, so a call for change is something. It isn't practical to legalize all drugs, but aspects of the plan could work.
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Comment #7 posted by ekim on December 03, 2005 at 18:30:03 PT
Seige no lets support them 
i hope Ann Arbor. Detroit, Furndale, Traverse City voters that voted for Medical Cannabis will show support for a book on perpairing and serving Cannabis and the Company that offered it to the public -Teenagers and Others" saw Edward R. Merl expose one of these types tonight in good night and good luck-----But Comiskey said Urban Outfitters was sending the wrong message . "Selling books on how to do something illegal - like how to pack a good joint - that's a risk for our kids." Teenagers and other shoppers "didn't go there specifically to be exposed to that," said Ann Comiskey , executive director of the Troy Community Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse , the group that raised concerns to Urban Outfitters' local managers.Dankhank one wish for xmass that mandm will do the Hash Bash its just down the road. Rainbow Farm vibs are still being tracked.Geoffrey Fieger who is running for AG on the Dem. ticket office was just taken apart by the FBI and IRS.
Who when running for Gov against John Engler back in 1998 and only lost by a small amount said he wanted to do something about drug laws unfairly impacting many.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on December 03, 2005 at 18:20:19 PT
Oh my I just turned it on and he was throwing up in a toilet. I had to change the channel or I was going to get sick. My stomach is very sensitive. LOL!
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Comment #5 posted by Dankhank on December 03, 2005 at 17:54:58 PT
Starting 5 min. Eminem 90 minute, Madison Square Garden
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Comment #4 posted by Toker00 on December 03, 2005 at 16:01:24 PT
I guess there's a few dummies still out there.
TCCPDAA. Look guys, there are "drugs" everywhere and they will be there, available to your children, every day that they remain prohibited. Cannabis is the least toxic, least harmful, and most beneficial of ALL these terrible "druuuuuugs" you fear so. Liberate Cannabis and the drug war and all the destruction there of, on both sides, will cease. Educate your children about the dangers of "drugs" as soon as they can reasonably understand the subject. Cannabis should not be included in the "dangerous drugs" curriculum. It should be taught that cannabis is a rehabilitating tool. Alcohol and hard drug addiction can be SUCCESSFULLY treated with cannabis. Cannabis is what it is, not what the DEA wants you to believe it is. IT IS MEDICINE!!!!!Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW! 
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Comment #3 posted by siege on December 03, 2005 at 10:14:41 PT
 Urban Outfitters
 Urban Outfitters: Is this another one we put ON the not to BUY from store LIST!
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on December 03, 2005 at 09:38:33 PT
mission number one-----------
Annihilate to reduce to nothing; destroy utterly: To destroy the from or collective existence of: To cancel the effect of;Rare. To reduce to silence, helplessness, ect.:
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Comment #1 posted by Zandor on December 03, 2005 at 08:27:17 PT
Total bull shit
What a load of crap they are!!!!Kids can drink all the beer they want but looking at a cook book is going to far.............what a crock.
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