Naomi Watts' pot dog scare
While some dogs like to hang out and get stoned with their masters, it's never wise to let your pet munch down too much bud.
Aussie actress Naomi Watts learned this lesson the hard way; she and her hunky boyfriend Heath Ledger had to rush her spaced-out pooch to Vancouver's Animal Emergency Clinic while she was in the pot-friendly city filming her new flick, Anymore.
Watts, best known for her recent starring role in The Ring, is the proud owner of Bob, a seven-month-old Yorkshire Terrier.
According to media reports, the vet's records show that the dog was diagnosed for "suspected ingestion of marijuana." In addition to intravenous fluids and medication, Bob was subjected to a pee test.
Celeb tabloid The Star even solicited a quote from an animal-rights activist at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who said "anyone who exposes an animal to marijuana is mistreating it." However that's a bit of a generalization, as don't we all know some pets that like to get high?
Watts' spokesperson predictably denied that the dog had eaten any of the couple's stash, claiming instead that the passed-out pet just had "narcolepsy." Watts' hunky boyfriend Ledger likes to keep his image squeaky-clean. He is even quoted on the anti-pot website freevibe.com as saying that "family and friends" are his "antidrug."
James Bong, licensed to chill
James Bond star Pierce Brosnan had his privacy invaded while quietly trying to buy a bong in his hometown of Malibu, California.
While Brosnan, 50, picked out an ornate $1000 glass bong at the popular Dementia smoke shop, a customer sneakily photographed the star's purchase, and then promptly sold the photos to celebrity tabloid The Star.
The customer said that Brosnan, who lives near the store, "spent ages talking to the guy behind the counter. He went from the smallest pipes to the really expensive ones. He didn't seem bothered to be seen in there."
Brosnan has never acknowledged being a toker in interviews or media reports. But maybe now he'd agree to star in a sequel to the 2000 video hit Secret Agent 420: James Bong, Licensed to Chill, which starred Rich Trapp, Tommy Chong and Frank the Angry Dwarf.
Ashton Kutcher reveals Bush twins hookah bash
Ashton Kutcher, star of That 70's Show and current boy-toy of celeb stoner Demi Moore (we outed her in Celebrity Stoners issue #42), outed President Bush's twin daughters in the May issue of Rolling Stone.
"The Bushes were underage-drinking at my house," said Kutcher, describing a party sometime around December 2001. "When I checked outside, one of the Secret Service guys asked me if they'd be spending the night. I said no. And then I go upstairs to see another friend and I can smell the green wafting out under his door. I open the door, and there he is smoking out the Bush twins on his hookah."
According to a "close source" quoted in the National Enquirer, when Daddy Bush had the Rolling Stone article read to him he immediately got on the phone to his toking twins. The President told his toking twins that "first and foremost they needed to be more discreet."
"George told his daughters he remembers what it's like to be young and carefree. But he also explained it was more than a little embarrassing to read that his daughters were surrounded by clouds of marijuana smoke in a young Hollywood hunk's bedroom.
George W himself is known to have been a heavy user of cocaine during his youth, and was arrested for theft and vandalism in college. In 1976, at the age of 30, Bush was convicted for drunk driving. When these issues were brought up during the 2000 elections, Bush repeatedly lied and denied, then brushed these incidents off by saying, "When I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible."
Morgan Freeman on God's own herb
In an April interview with UK newspaper The Guardian, actor Morgan Freeman explained that he had stopped using cocaine and other "hard drugs" but that he would "never give up on the ganja."
Morgan, 65, has been nominated for three Academy Awards. He called marijuana "God's own weed" and explained how Moses' encounter with the "burning bush" was an early Biblical reference to the spiritual benefits of cannabis use.
Sadly the reporter didn't explore Freeman's pot-based beliefs further, but did add that ganja was clearly "a subject close to his heart."
Bing Crosby: the toking crooner
Bob Hope celebrated his 100th birthday in May, with a number of parties and tributes being put on in his honor.
It's unknown if Hope is a current toker, but he was certainly never opposed to the wondrous herb. One of Hope's common pot jokes while entertaining the troops in Vietnam was that "instead of taking it away from the soldiers, we ought to give it to the negotiators in Paris."
Another cannabis joke which Hope used in Vietnam: "I hear you guys are interested in gardening here. Our security officer said a lot of you guys are growing your own grass."
Regardless of whether or not Hope was a toker, his centennial birthday is excuse enough to mention Bing Crosby, Hope's partner in movies and also the most popular entertainer of the first half of the 20th Century.
Crosby and Hope first met in 1932, when the two were performing at the Capitol Theater in New York. A few years later they were working together doing vaudeville routines. Their best work together was their seven hit "road movies" released between 1940 and 1962. A new one was scheduled for production in 1978, but Crosby died of a heart attack before filming began.
Crosby, who dominated American pop-culture for most of the 20th Century, was already an avid toker by the time he teamed up with Hope. Crosby got his start singing jazz during the 1920's, and in the Crosby biography A Pocketful of Dreams, author Gary Giddins explains that Crosby was introduced to reefer by jazz great Louis Armstrong.
The ganja-loving Armstrong eventually appeared in several movies with Crosby, and on many of his radio and TV shows. They shared a hit single in 1951 (Gone Fishin') and teamed up for the classic album Bing and Satchmo in 1960.
A Pocketful of Dreams also quotes Bing's eldest son, Gary, describing how his father told him he should just smoke pot instead of over-drinking. Gary even claims that pot had an effect on his father's casual musical and theatrical style. "If you look at the way he sang and the way he walked and talked," says Gary, "you could make a pretty good case for somebody who was loaded."
Gary also explains how sometimes, when marijuana was mentioned in Crosby's presence, "he'd get a smile on his face. He'd kind of think about it and there'd be that little smile."
In his new book, Good Medicine, Great Sex, author David Ford recounts the time he interviewed Bing Crosby in 1962. After the formal interview was over, Ford asked Crosby if "at home you might put a little grass in your famous pipe?"
As Ford tells it: "He looked me right in the eyes and rewarded me with a generous grin and a wink."
"Since my interview with Bing," adds Ford, "I've had various musicians tell me that in fact he smoked a lot of pot, and that it did keep him mellow."
Although Crosby was reluctant to publicly admit whether he continued to use cannabis, he wasn't shy about telling the media he thought it should be legal. In numerous interviews during the 1960s and 70s, he forthrightly said the herb should be at least decriminalized.
Despite the fact that Hope wasn't as avid a toker as his friend Crosby, Bob has been immortalized by the global cannabis culture in another odd way. Because of its rhyme with the word "dope," in parts of England "Bob Hope" is used as a slang expression for the herb itself.