"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."
To Dennis Peron, who passed away on Jan. 27 at 71 years of age, all marijuana use was medicinal. It should be etched on his tombstone.
In August, a cannabis controversy erupted over Roger Stone's planned speech at the CWCBExpo scheduled for Sept. 13-15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. On Sept. 6, the event announced that Stone had been removed from the speaker's lineup.
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."