Marijuana could save the United States of America -- or at the very least Colorado -- because the State is $2 MILLION richer from its new marijuana tax -- and that's just for the month of January.
It's pretty staggering ... in the first month since the pot law became effective, more than $14 million worth of recreational weed was sold in the state. Taxes on gross sales reached $2.01 million.
Colorado has around 160 state-licensed pot stores and it's clear ... business is booming.
Luther Campbell To IRS
Me Owe You Long Time
3/10/2014 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The 2 Live Crew song "Face Down Ass Up" pretty much describes the position Luther Campbell finds himself in right now ... because the Tax Man's about to rip him a new one.
Campbell -- famous for the 2LC hit, "Me So Horny" -- just got slapped with a $74K federal tax lien.
According to IRS docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Luther didn't pay either all or some of his 2012 taxes.
Campbell famously fought the government once before and won ... after a federal appeals court threw out a ruling by a lower court judge that the group's album, "As Nasty As They Wanna Be," was obscene.
Like You've Never Seen Him ... And It's Bad
3/10/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber can be insulting, arrogant, snotty, ignorant and disrespectful ... and all in one sitting -- because that's exactly what he was like during his deposition last week in the lawsuit where his bodyguard allegedly beat up a photog.
TMZ obtained a copy of the entire 4 1/2 hour, videotaped depo ... and it's just unreal. We've boiled it down to what we think are the best 4 clips.
1. ARROGANT BIEBER -- He just can't hide his contempt for the photog's lawyer, and it comes out in pretty awful ways. We put some snippets together and you'll get the idea. It represents his attitude throughout the depo.
2. LOVESICK BIEBER -- Selena Gomez is clearly a hot button, because when the lawyer asks about her, everyone goes nuclear. Bieber eventually rips his mic off and he and his lawyer storm out.
3. CONTENTIOUS BIEBER -- He compares his interrogation to being grilled by Katie Couric or "60 Minutes." Simply hilarious.
4. DISRESPECTFUL BIEBER -- When asked if Usher discovered him, Bieber disses his mentor and says he was actually discovered on YouTube. The best part ... he clearly was trying to say he himself was instrumental in his success, but instead he says, "I was detrimental to my own career."
Truer words have never been spoken.
Don't Crap Until AFTER the Maid Leaves
3/10/2014 1:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's a tip Emily Post would approve of ... when nature calls, consider the help ... at least, that's the Brown Code that Bengals safety George Iloka lives by.
The 23-year-old defensive stud just faced that exact situation in his home ... tweeting:
"I gotta take a big ol s**t but my cleanin lady still here. And she super nice so I dont even wanna do her like that by tearin up the bathroom."
Way to do her a solid, man.
The Most Shocking Post-Prison Technology
That Blew My Mind
3/10/2014 2:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
After 5 years in prison, rapper Lil Boosie couldn't believe how dramatically the world changed in such a short period of time -- but one piece of technology stood out as the most mind-blowing.
When Boosie got locked up on drug charges back in 2009 ... there was no Instagram, no FaceTime, Google wasn't making glasses -- and during an interview Monday, Boosie talked about what the technology overload felt like after his release.
But one technological advancement was more unbelievable than the rest. Watch the video to find out.
Catches Some TMZzzzzz's
3/10/2014 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber was aggressively contentious during his 4 1/2 hour deposition Friday, but the videotape shows there were what seemed to be blackout periods as well.
We can't say for sure Justin nodded off during the depo, but it sure looks that way. His eyes closed and he seemed to be in a far away place.
People in his camp insist Bieber was not sleeping, but he does seem worn out during much of the questioning.
Maybe he should have slept more, because he looks worse when he's awake.
I Take Xanax Illegally
3/10/2014 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber jumped the gun in his deposition Friday ... and in the process admitted he was taking
Rx meds illegally.
As you know, Justin is being sued by a photog who claims the singer instructed his bodyguard to beat him up.
During the questioning, the photog's lawyer asked Bieber if he had a prescription for Xanax. Before Justin's lawyer could object, the singer blurted out that he did not.
Justin's lawyer was clearly upset and told Bieber to hold his horses before answering.
It's a significant question ... because during Justin's DUI arrest cops say he admitted his mom had given him Xanax, and he tested positive for Xanax which is the basis for the DUI charge.
It probably won't impact the case. If Bieber was under the influence it doesn't matter whether he took it legally or not.
But it wasn't the smartest thing for him to say.
3/10/2014 12:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Channing Tatum's got brown hair ... but he had a real blonde moment in L.A. last night.
Tatum was gassing up his vintage pick-up when we asked about the head transplant research going on in Italy right now -- seriously, it's a real thing.
We asked Channing if he could put his head on any person's body in the world ... which body would he pick? It was a pretty straightforward question, but Channing's answer ... just listen for yourself.
And right when you think the situation couldn't get any dumber -- our camera guy takes it to a whole new level.
'Marriage Boot Camp' Hubby
I Got Gay Men Off
... For Money
3/10/2014 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Porn has ripped marriages apart before ... but not like this.
TMZ has learned, one of the husbands from Season 2 of "Marriage Boot Camp" once did porn for a gay website called "Straight Guys for Gay Eyes."
Shaun Sulligan -- porn name Johnny Walsh -- shot two scenes for the website back in 2009 ... one sex scene with a woman and one solo masturbation scene.
It's pretty unusual -- the website basically markets straight sex to a gay male audience ... focusing on the man's body instead of the woman's. But hey, whatever floats your boat.
Sources close to the show tell us, Shaun's porn past has become a sore subject in his marriage and will be addressed on the show.
FYI, Shaun shot the porn the same year he met his wife Sofia -- we're guessing she's not too happy about that.
You Are NOT the Father
3/7/2014 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Fails to Kill at Gun Show
3/10/2014 9:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Zimmerman has figured out a way to exploit what made him famous -- GUNS.
Zimmerman did a meet-and-greet Saturday at an Orlando gun shop. People lined up for an autograph pic of Zimmerman and his dog ... actually only around 20 people lined up.
It's a page out of the OJ playbook ... get acquitted of killing someone, and then show up places and sign autographs.
One funny thing ... the pic Zimmerman signed is clearly from days past, when he weighed 50 lbs less ... and that's being generous.
Vanity ... it's not just for good people.
In other news...
The stars -- they're all powerful. So they probably don't want you to know these images of them even exist.
A Mash-Up Study In Exaggeration
3/10/2014 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber sighs, grunts, gesticulates ... and is generally ornery during his marathon deposition Friday.
We've combed through the entire 4 1/2 hour depo -- where he's being sued for allegedly ordering his bodyguard to open up a can of whoop ass on a photog.
The mash-up is representative of all of Bieber's antics as he did everything humanly possible to avoid answering questions.
On one level he comes off incredibly unlikeable, but when you put some of the classic moments together it's kind of hysterical.
Laughing It Up
With K. Fed's Preggo Wife
3/10/2014 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Federline has his very own first wives club -- Britney Spears (wife #1) and Victoria Prince (wife #2) got on like a house on fire Sunday ... laughing and chatting at Britney's son's soccer game.
It was the ideal picture of divorce -- Kevin and Britney (who split in 2006) each took their significant others to their son Jayden's soccer game in L.A. Britney took her current boyfriend David Lucado ... and Kevin took his pregnant wife Victoria.
As we reported, even Kevin and David are pals.
Gotta hand it to Kev and Brit -- they've figured out post-divorce life in a way most people don't.