One Direction ordered to pay weed bond before concert in Philippines

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Members of the clean-cut boy band One Direction were forced to pay a cash bond to authorities in the Philippines in an effort to guarantee they won't spark a joint onstage during a concert in Manila, Agence France-Presse reported.


Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson were each asked to post a $5,000 bond before the show. If they use drugs or even imply they're using drugs during the performance, they'll lose the money.

The Philippine Bureau of Immigration told AFP the bond had been paid on Thursday by the band.

A video of the pair smoking what appears to be marijuana surfaced over the summer, and authorities in the Philippines want to make sure they won't bring weed onstage.

Fellow band member Liam Payne publicly apologized after the incident last year, but his contrition apparently didn't satisfy anti-drug groups in the country.

Of course, the $5,000 might not be enough to send a message. The band earned $75 million in 2014, according to Forbes, placing them at #28 on the list of the world's most powerful celebrities.


Tommy Chong talks about becoming a felon for selling water pipes

Back in 2003, marijuana enthusiast and comedian Tommy Chong went to jail for nine months for selling bongs and glass pipes online, a sentence that shocked him and his family at the time. He told Rolling Stone about the experience in a lengthy Q&A published this week.


Chong said he received a "hero's welcome" when he arrived in jail and that a guard asked him to autograph some of his comedy records. He spoke about sharing a bunk with Jordan Belfort, better known as "The Wolf of Wall Street," and helping the financial industry scammer write a book.

Times have changed when it comes to marijuana laws. While weed remains illegal on the federal level, four states and the District of Columbia have legalized the drug. Nearly half of all states in the U.S. allow cannabis for medical reasons.


Did Chong expect legal weed eventually? "Yeah, I did," he told Rolling Stone. "I knew it was good for you. I've gotten high with every Beatle except Paul – and he's the only one that really was a pothead – and I saw top athletes smoking it."

Where do your parents buy their weed?

Baby boomers were waaaayyy bigger potheads during their youth than any other generation in recent history, so it's reasonable to think they might still want a bit of grass every now and again.


But how do they get it? This isn't the 1960s, when marijuana was practically a food group. Vanity Fair interviewed some older folks to find out where they're scoring their pot these days.

In states such as Colorado, they appear to be more comfortable buying recreational marijuana as opposed to the medical counterpart, which requires a doctor's visit and raises the possibility of landing on a list of users.


“I think it kept a lot of baby-boomers away," Alison Ledden, marketing director for a dispensary in Boulder, Colorado, told Vanity Fair. "There’s a little bit more of a conspiracy theory. My name is going to be on the list!"

In places where the drug isn't legal, some people feel it's too dangerous to ask around town, so they might turn to younger people. One Michigan woman interviewed said she scored dope from her massage therapist; another man said he connected with a younger guy living in his apartment building.


Ted Hesson was formerly the immigration editor at Fusion, covering the issue from Washington, D.C. He also writes about drug laws and (occasionally) baseball. On the side: guitars, urban biking, and fiction.