Interviews with top pot, stoner, and marijuana advocates, about their past and current projects.
A group of enterprising young Americans packed up their belongings and moved to a secluded spot along a coast, where they spent the summer alternately lounging in the warm sun and learning how to harvest a marijuana field. They grew 1,000 plants, harvested the crop, and packed it into neat little tins. Everybody who bought it agreed it was good shit.
Prior to his death, Tom Forcade's wife, Gabrielle Schang-Forcade, conducted an impromptu interview with the High Times founder. This interview was featured in HiLife Magazine almost a year after his death in the September 1979 issue.
Adam Volerich is a NYC indie filmmaker with a slight British accent. When he's not creating films, he searches for Sasquatch and collects Blu-ray DVDs. And when he's not doing that—well—he's in the editing room making what us mere mortals perceive as visual magic. Volerich's latest film, Board, follows pot-dealing Ricky after his stash has been stolen by a shady client, which thrusts him into a hazy journey to the mystical land of Coney Island. While it is a visual adventure, it is also a tale of humanity and the everyday. The film features a soundtrack blessed by the magical fingers of Michael Cera; all I have to say is, "Dude, where's my stash?"
Michael Hollingshead, a researcher and writer, spent much of his career studying hallucinogenic and psychedelic drugs. He would later go on to work with psychedelic therapists, Ram Dass (formerly Richard Alpert) and Timothy Leary. Following his research with the two men, Hollingshead reunited with Ram Dass to interview him for Stone Age magazine.
If you do drugs, then probability is you’ve met at least one drug dealer in the course of your life style. In every town, in every city, in every empty rural region, somebody is slinging something. Of course, these people are demonized by the media, often portrayed as faceless poisoners of the young. In my own experience, they can actually be quite normal, if there really is such a thing, but they aren't that different from you and me. Everyone has a story. Dealers come from all walks of life, lured by the siren call of the hustle.
"Of course I know how to roll a joint." Martha Stewart said that in an interview with Andy Cohen. Martha Stewart and Breeanna Whitehead would probably be friends. Pothead, rule breaker, weirdo—these aren’t the words you generally associate with your boss, but the employees at Stoned Girls are led by an interesting woman. Breeanna Whitehead is a founder of Stoned Girls, a company dedicated to hot girls and weed. The website is plastered with half-naked women smoking bongs and Whitehead wouldn’t want it any other way. Although medical and recreational marijuana has been legalized in some states across the US, running a business about weed is still frowned upon.
“And God said let the earth bring forth grass, and the earth brought forth grass, and God saw that it was good." - Genesis... something or other.
In the later part of the 20th century, the young lawyer Keith Stroup, a key member of NORML, succeeded in influencing ten states to ease their marijuana laws. He hasn't stopped working on the other forty, where every day you smoke, you are threatened with jail. At a NORML conference, there was plenty of smoke. Hash, grass, pipes, joints, and a lot of proud homegrown, was brazenly passed in every direction, over lunch, over dinner, at the plenary sessions, in the corridors, in the public rooms, even to the hotel help.
Unbelievable. It was right there on the radio, coming at you with 50,000 watts of power over every major AM station in the country. It was called "White Rabbit," and not only was there an assortment of LSD-laced lyrics about Alice in Wonderland and hallucinatory mushrooms, pinned by a refrain of "feed your head" bombarding you from the car radio everywhere you went, but the song was actually beautiful—a compelling melody with fascinating bass and guitar lines, the first of something they were calling the "San Francisco sound" that had psychedelics written into every quarter note. And God, could Grace Slick sing!
The original stoner duo, successful beyond their wildest weed dreams, iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong achieved cult status by defining an era with their funny, insane, irreverent, counter-culture, no-holds-barred satirical comedy routines. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s amazing success was more fate than plan. They ended up in the right place at the right moment. In their own marijuana infused words, phenomenal success began with stand up comedy which led to hit comedy albums, hit films, shattering comedy album sales and breaking box office records. Their stunningly successful streak in comedy albums transitioned to films in 1978 with their first movie, “Up In Smoke,” the biggest comedy-hit of 1978, grossing over $100 million at the box office.