Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Marijuana-Smoking Gadfly Enlivened Missouri Politics

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Marijuana-Smoking Gadfly Enlivened Missouri Politics

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HE HAD WEED * Political news wafting across Missouri tells us that a regular candidate for high office and an avid advocate of marijuana legalization has died.

Chief Wana Dubie (born Joseph Bickell) died in his hometown of Salem, Mo., about 130 miles southwest of St. Louis. He was 58.

Saying he was a man who "devoted his life to being a perpetual thorn in the side of the man," a memorial column in the Salem News reported that Dubie "died at peace on Thursday."

Dubie's biggest hit occurred last year when he staged the "Dubie vs. Blunt" campaign to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican. Dubie's platform focused on term limits and 100 percent legalization of marijuana.

Along with picking up 30,000 or so votes, good for third place in a four-person Democratic primary won by Jason Kander, Dubie also scored national press coverage.

But the Flint, Mich., native was no one-hitter when it came to elections. Before the Blunt race, he had run for state representative in 2006 and for governor in 2008.

Dubie also was the subject of a documentary in 2011, "Wana Dubie's War," which carries the blurb, "When the Government Declared a War on Drugs, Chief Wana Dubie Declared War Back."

WE GOT BEER * That giant Petri dish of debauchery known as Party Cove in the Lake of the Ozarks has been named as one of the premier outdoor party spots in the U.S.

Saying "this spot is known for public sex acts and water cannons, in no particular order," the upcoming Labor Day Weekend bash is called "one of the most infamous lake parties in America.

Party Cove (officially Anderson Hollow Cove) is near the four-mile marker on the Grand Glaize arm of the lake and draws several thousand boats on any given summer weekend. A recreational publication noted that this is the third location of a "party cove" at the lake over the last 50 years.

The list was compiled by none other than Four Loko, the controversial malt beverage that removed caffeine from its mixes in 2010 after a widespread outcry over safety concerns arose when dozens of young imbibers were hospitalized after drinking it. …

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