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Hempfest cops get mellow

Last November a Washington state referendum, I-502, more or less legalized possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana. So naturally there was a really festive, smoky atmosphere at this year's Seattle Hempfest, last weekend.

How did the cops react? Well, they handed out free bags of Doritos, paid for by private donations and each with a sticker:

"Hempfesters! We thought you might be hungry" and then some "dos and don'ts" about the revised law: "Don't drive while high. Don't give, sell, or shotgun weed to people under 21," etc. And then: "Do listen to Dark Side of the Moon at a reasonable volume."

Not bad, eh? But I'm sure Winnipeg's police would be every bit as cool, if the law ever changed here. Don't you think?

Sweet idea

DID you see the story about Maria Sharapova wanting to change her name?

The tennis babe has a candy company, Sugarpova, and the Times of London reported she was going to change her last name to that, legally, in time for the US Open starting Monday.

She has since backed away from this scheme, having scored maximum publicity without actually doing anything.

But now that this idea is out there, others will no doubt grasp at it. Soon the NFL, for example, will have quarterbacks with names like Peyton Miller Light, Colin Jaguar and Tim Jesus.

Maria's 26.

Meet the Other Woman

REMEMBER when Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes announced their separation, early in 2010? There was talk, never firmly substantiated, that an Other Woman was involved, namely actress Rebecca Hall (The Town, Iron Man 3, Vicky Christina Barcelona).

Now she and Sam have come out, so to speak, and were wandering around New York holding hands the other day. So this is a happy ending, sort of, I guess.

He's 48. She's 31.

Finding Anastasia

DAKOTA Johnson, daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, is the latest probable Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shade of Grey movie, say, a movie-news site.

Charlie Hunnam, from Sons of Anarchy, has the inside track for the Christian Grey role.

Dakota is 23. Charlie's 33.

Luckily, it wasn't refused

NAOMI Watts, out publicizing her new Diana Spencer biopic, claims to have been given Di's "permission" to do the role.

She told Event, a British newspaper magazine, that during filming ''there were definitely moments when I felt Diana's presence... So I found myself constantly asking for her permission to carry on... I felt this enormous responsibility of playing this iconic woman.

''It felt like I was spending a lot of time with her. There was one particular moment when I felt her permission was granted."

Rumer has it...

BRUCE Willis, father of four daughters, has ambitions for them: he told the Mail on Sunday, in England, "women should be in charge of everything."

"I worship women," he said. "Women are much smarter than men -- I conceded that a long time ago.

Women... should be the presidents of every country in the world. Guys can't compete, they just kind of run through life messing things up."

He's 58. His kids with Demi Moore are Rumer, 24; Scout, 22; and Tallulah, 19. With his new wife Emma Heming he's the dad of Mabel Ray, now 15 months.

A new Leif

LEIF Garrett, who was sort of the Justin Bieber of the 1970s, has warned Justin, via Fox411, to "not believe your own publicity.

"Sussing out who your real friends are is full-time work. Every scumbag, every drug dealer, every chicken hawk wants a piece of you," he said.

He should know. A child TV star in the early '70s, he switched to music in 1976 and the young teen girls went nuts. Then came drug and booze trouble that lasted a long time; in 2010 he was in rehab after a heroin bust.

"When you've got that sort of power at that young age," he told 411, "and everything at your doorstep, you put out that bad boy image... testosterone, hormones, all of the money, you see what else you can get away with."

He's 51.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 25, 2013 ??65524

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