Starting at NORML in 1987, Rick Pfrommer launched a career in cannabis as an activist and then as a connoisseur at Harborside Health Center. Pfrommer passed on April 3. He was 53.
Jack Kerouac's centennial reminds me that the beat writer of "On the Road" prompted my generation to do some serious road-tripping of our own, which I did in the pre-Internet '70s.
Over the last 15 years, South by Southwest has become a popular destination for the music, film and tech industries. There are also plenty of cannabis and psychedelics panels at the Austin conference, which runs this year from March 11-20.
Actor/comedian Bob Saget has passed at 65. The cause is unknown. Saget appeared in "Half Baked" and had a sativa named for him, even though he wasn't a toker. We dug up some of Saget's best drug bits and his cocaine controversy.
Tired of nasty hit articles about cannabis? So are we. The website Eat This, Not That kicked off the year with a a diatribe titled, "What Smoking Marijuana Every Day Does to You," by Heather Newgen, quoting Dr. Joseph Haraszti. Dr. Mary Clifton responds.