I am an old-school journalist with more than 30 years of experience. Here at Vocal, I write mainly for Potent, Vocal's cannabis magazine. I have a PTSD diagnosis and a medical cannabis card. I specialize in health reporting.
Panhandling is a job. Here's what it pays
People who panhandle take it very seriously. Especially the ones who are good at it. Many consider it a full-time job. I know this because I experienced homelessness in 2019 and knew lots of people who panhandled. I never did it. Not once. I did not have the guts.
The places I slept while homeless, mentally ill
When you’re homeless, you’re lucky if you can get any sleep at all. Cops run you off when you fall sleep on park benches. Lie down somewhere covered with a blanket, like in a park, and you’re violating the camping ordinance and can get a ticket. At least that’s how it worked in Denver when I experienced homelessness.
Weed so wacky it comes with a warning
I recntly purchased weed so potent it came with a warning. The State of Colorado apparently has decided that marijuana concentrates can be harmful. Dispensaries are now required to hand out a pamphlet to customers ordering concentrate.
The real me shined through during homelessness
Never have I experienced anything as bad as homelessness. It’s worse than you can imagine. Police chase you off if you try to rest somewhere. Businesses don’t let you use their restrooms. In fact, there almost are no restrooms for people experiencing homelessness in Denver. Public restrooms often are closed.