MARILYN MONROE: Some Like It High

CONTACT MUSIC: A movie showing MARILYN MONROE smoking what appears to be marijuana is set to go on sale. The never-before-seen silent film, recorded by Monroe’s pal at a party in New Jersey in the late 1950s, was tracked down by collector Keya Morgan, who paid $275,000 (£172,000) for the footage.  The Some Like it Hot star is shown puffing on the joint, laughing and drinking wine. The woman who shot the four-minute clip has asked to remain anonymous, only revealing her first name as Gretchen, but has confirmed the cigarette contained marijuana, explaining, “I got (the pot). It was mine. It was just passed around. It was not a party. It was just a get-together. You know, come over and hang out.” MORE

SORTA RELATED: At most colleges, marijuana is very much an extracurricular matter. But at Med Grow Cannabis medical-marijuana.thumbnail.jpgCollege, marijuana is the curriculum: the history, the horticulture and the legal how-to’s of Michigan’s new medical marijuana program. “This state needs jobs, and we think medical marijuana can stimulate the state economy with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars,” said Nick Tennant, the 24-year-old founder of the college, which is actually a burgeoning business (no baccalaureates here) operating from a few bare-bones rooms in a Detroit suburb. The six-week, $485 primer on medical marijuana is a cross between an agricultural extension class covering the growing cycle, nutrients and light requirements (“It’s harvest time when half the trichomes have turned amber and half are white”) and a gathering of serious potheads, sharing stories of their best highs (“Smoke that and you are … medicated!”). The only required reading: “Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible” by Jorge Cervantes. MORE

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