"I'm a recreational pot smoker," two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand told me 15 years ago. "It's a human rights issue, a censorship issue and a choice issue."
"Obama Smoking Pot Again" blared the headline at the far-right website wnd.com on Oct. 31. Surprisingly, several marijuana sites poached quotes from the fake-news story, hence helping to promulgate it.
High Times won their third NYMSL championship on Sept. 9 with a 4-3 extra-inning victory over arch-rival Wall Street Journal.
On the Aug. 18 episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher," Penn Jillette proclaimed that he's "the only person who's never ever had a puff of marijuana who has been been on the cover of High Times magazine." Well, not quite.
During my 20-year stint with High Times, I coordinated more than three-dozen photo shoots with celebrities, mostly musicians, including Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Ozzy Osbourne, Cypress Hill, Method Man, Redman and Milla Jovovich. Many are featured in the 500th issue of High Times.
I'm deeply saddened by the deaths of Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks this year. Forty-six years ago I attended what has been described as the greatest Allman Brothers show ever, what Trucks called "the night we played until after the sun came up."
On May 23, Whoopi Goldberg called on New York's legislature to pass a bill that would add extreme menstrual cramps to the state's list of the state's qualifying medical marijuana conditions. Goldberg co-owns the cannabis company, Whoopi & Maya.
It's April, which must mean 4/20. There are plenty of events leading up and following the stoner high holiday, including public rallies in Denver, San Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto; music festivals in Atlanta, Miami and Washington, DC; industry events like the Cannabis Cup, New England Cannabis Convention and Southwest Cannabis Conference; and concerts featuring Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson and many more.
I like to say I discovered 420, because it's true. It happened at a Grateful Dead show in Oakland in 1990 when I was working for High Times.
New York's most famous street musician, David Peel, passed away today at 12:30 pm. He was 73.