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Fixin’ Stupid: The War on Weed 2.0

Fixin’ Stupid: The War on Weed 2.0

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.                                                        -Bertrand Russell What is it about Marijuana that is worth […]

Does My Butt Look Saggy Underneath These Jeans?

Does My Butt Look Saggy Underneath These Jeans?

How old are you/how dumb am I? Let’s count the rings/around my eyes.                                          -The Replacements Time: it slips, it drags, it stalls, it clings, it snags holding on, and a minute can last an eternity […]

Mr. Manner’s Guide To Kindness

Mr. Manner’s Guide To Kindness

As a self-conscious iPhony, I refuse to be one of those wired zombies who shuffles head down and oblivious through crowds, jungles, epic plagues; past street-shootings; ignorant of toddlers straddling from fire escapes by their little pink fingers as flames dance through shattered windows while these special ones text absently about how bored they are. I […]

My Wife’s Addicted to Breaking Bad And I’m Not Allowed To Do Meth

My Wife’s Addicted to Breaking Bad And I’m Not Allowed To Do Meth

I do not approve of the so-called hippies, but I do not approve of any government control over drugs. The government does not have the right to tell any individual what to do with his or her health and life. You probably know that I received a prescription for the stimulant Benzedrine, or “speed.” I […]

HEMPFEST 2013: What Does The Average Person Think?

HEMPFEST 2013: What Does The Average Person Think?

PHOTOS: Jack Rikess When the Grand Dame behind Ladybud gave me the assignment to cover the largest marijuana gathering in the world, Seattle’s Hempfest; she only had one rule, “Don’t interview anyone famous! I want to hear from the common person, the regular Jane, no more celebrities! I care what the people think! Not someone […]

Put Your Big John Here: The Boston Tea Party

Put Your Big John Here: The Boston Tea Party

This is a true story about smuggler that we’ll call “Big John.” The time was Colonial America. Tea was king. It was the drink of the people after alcohol and mead. Coffee was just starting in the new world but was largely for the highfalutin Loyalists and upper crust. Tea was money. And there was […]

50 Years As A Junker: Or The Meaning Of The Perfect Dumpster

50 Years As A Junker: Or The Meaning Of The Perfect Dumpster

PHOTOS: Jack Rikess There have been a few Fridays that I’ve accompanied Raymond on her ritual end-of-week junking expedition. On the north side of San Francisco’s Haight, across the Panhandle, Ray likes the surprises or discoveries that can be harvested from this particular line of trashcans waiting out near the curb for pick-up. “Lots of […]

A Short Talk With My Mom About Pot

A Short Talk With My Mom About Pot

I think my mother’s greatest trait is resiliency. At 88, she is a two time survivor of cancer, does yoga, water aerobics, dances with the stars and keeps an open mind. Me and my brothers named her Reefer Lady when we were kids. She needed a CB radio handle and had two refrigerators at home. […]

Meridel Le Sueur

Meridel Le Sueur

“Each generation must go further than the last or what’s the use in it?” -Meridel Le Sueur My junior year of high school was a mixture of colliding elements. I was supposed to know what I wanted to do with my life. By not knowing, my parents felt I was working against the unexpressed aspirations […]