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    "Legal Weed" is just beer

    The federal government is telling the owner of a small brewery in Weed, California that the pun on the beer caps of the Weed Ales crosses a line.

    "Try Legal Weed," the caps joke.

    The U.S. Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau says those three little words allude to marijuana use.

    Vaune Dillmann, owner of Mt. Shasta Brewing Co., says he was just trying to grab attention for his beers and this tough-luck place in the morning shadow of Mt. Shasta.

    But in the two months since he received a warning, the 61-year-old brewer has found himself in a David-vs.-Goliath struggle, cast as the little guy.

    The bureau's bureaucrats have told Dillmann he needs to stop using the "Try Legal Weed" bottle caps. If he doesn't, he could risk fines or sanctions. His worst fear: being forced out of business.

    A balding former cop turned saloon owner and then master brewer, Dillmann isn't one to back down.

    "This is ludicrous, bizarre, like meeting Big Brother face-to-face," he grumbled recently. "Forget freedom of speech and the 1st Amendment. They are the regulatory gods, a judge and jury all rolled into one. This is a life-or-death issue for my business."

    Besides, he said, the town itself was named for a man, not a plant. Abner Weed was a lumber baron who served as a state senator from these parts a century ago.

    So far, no one has ordered Dillmann to recall any previously capped bottles. But he recently took delivery of another 400,000 caps. If they can't be used, he'll be out $10,000. That's no small change for a small business like his.

    The controversy has, via the Internet, raised the ire of beer lovers all over. Dillmann has received more than 1,000 letters, e-mails and phone calls, almost all in support. He's also tapped his local congressman, Rep. Wally Herger (R-Chico), and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who pressed regulators.

    Dillmann has appealed, with a decision expected by Sunday. He vows not to cave, and expects a long, expensive legal battle if need be. He says he just wants to keep his caps and not lose his shirt.

    What irks him most, he says -- even more than the feds' lack of a funny bone -- is what he considers a double standard.

    While stomping on him, Dillmann says, the government treats Budweiser with kid gloves, despite the fact that "This Bud's for You" also could be mistaken for marijuana slang.

    "They sell Bud. We sell Weed," he said. "What's the difference?"

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    Re: "Legal Weed" is just beer

    Good point with the "this bud's for you" thing. Why does our Gov need to waste time on this???



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    Re: "Legal Weed" is just beer

    Best for Dillmann to change the caps. Some pothead will probably see the beer and buy some, thinking he's really getting legal liquified marijuana. When the pothead realizes he really isn't getting weed, he will sue Dillmann for false advertising and win millions of $$$. This is California after all...


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    Re: "Legal Weed" is just beer

    Wonder if drinking it gives you the "munchies".



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    Re: "Legal Weed" is just beer

    You can put your "Weed" in there!









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    Re: "Legal Weed" is just beer

    I bet Rachel Ray is somehow involved with this brewery. I don't trust her.


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    Re: "Legal Weed" is just beer

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    You can put your "Weed" in there!








    That is horrible...but I found it hilarious .



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    Re: "Legal Weed" is just beer

    What a joke. They should go after these guys too, since its also illegal (well technically it is in that state).




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    Re: "Legal Weed" is just beer

    Quote Originally Posted by pulse View Post
    What a joke. They should go after these guys too, since its also illegal (well technically it is in that state).

    Gotta admit that's pretty funny.



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    Re: "Legal Weed" is just beer

    I think he has a great point with "This BUDS for you"



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