Before I became a marijuana maven, I was a freelance writer of some distinction. One subject that fascinated me was the origins of video games.
You don't need me to tell you that police are out of control in America. On July 17, another disgusting example of brutality happened in New York when cops used a chokehold to apprehend an asthmatic man, who died during the encounter.
The Denver Post's Cannabist website is one of the big stories of the year in marijuana media, but sometimes they're off the mark, such as the latest article, "Vaping is the Dumbest Thing Ever."
The Cannabis Cup was hardly off the ground when High Times editor-in-chief Steve Hager tossed it in my direction. The year was 1992. It was not yet a public event. He told me to go over to Amsterdam and run it.
Now that New York's marijuana-arrest crusade is coming to an end, many of us who got caught in NYPD's net can tell our stories. I'm one of the many thousands of New Yorkers who were busted for weed. Here's my story.