Stoned rock and rollers in the 60's.
Hunny, more than our names got changed
As the 70's slipped on by.
There ain't been much these ladies ain't tried.
Tokin' Woman of the Year: Kamala Harris
|Di Prima reads from her first book, |
"This Kind of Bird Flies Backwards" in 1959
In an often-repeated anecdote from her 2001 memoir Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years, Di Prima recalls being at a "boozy, marijuana-filled party one night in New York" with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, and when she announced she needed to leave at 11:30 p.m. to relieve her babysitter, Kerouac shouted, “DI PRIMA, UNLESS YOU FORGET ABOUT YOUR BABYSITTER, YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO BE A WRITER."
The actress who played Don Draper's Greenwich Village girlfriend in TV's "Mad Men" read Di Prima's Memoirs of a Beatnik (1969) in preparation for the role. As quoted in Sisters of the Extreme, she wrote in Memoirs: "As far as we knew, there was only a small handful of us—perhaps forty or fifty in the City (NY)—who knew what we knew; who raced about in Levis and work shirts, smoked dope, dug the new jazz, and spoke a bastardization of the Black argot.....Our chief concern was to keep our integrity...and to keep our cool."
|Students with photos of Kiki Camarena. |
The must-see new Amazon documentary series "The Last Narc" interviews Camarena's widow, former DEA agent Hector Barilles who was assigned to investigate Camarena's murder, the US prosecutor of his killers, and two Mexican policemen who were assigned to protect drug lords involved in the crime, revealing the layers of corruption involved.
|Jenner in the green Calvin Klein gown |
she wore to the 2015 Met Gala.
"I am a stoner," the 24-year-old model and businesswoman agreed. "No
one knows that, so that’s the first time I’ve ever really said anything
out there." A horsewoman, Kendall also said she "would love to be the second Olympian Jenner" as a Grand Prix hunter/jumper. She also spoke about her struggles with anxiety and panic attacks (which cannabis probably helps her with). In May, she posted a sweet tweet checking in about people's mental health during COVID.
A 2014 "Keeping up with the Kardashians" episode shows mama Kris and her mother M.J. munching medicinal gummy bears and giggling. In 2015, Kourtney's husband Scott Disick entered a facility in Costa Rica that uses the psychedelic plant Iboga in its treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Kim Kardashian, who reportedly got married and made a sex tape on Ecstasy, advocated for the release of nonviolent drug offender Alice Johnson (winning her a 2018 Tokey Award; her CBD-themed baby shower earned her a 2019 Tokey).
|Cissie Graham Lynch speaking at the RNC. |
I finally succeeded in getting the number of words in my convention speech below the number of small time Marijuana smokers Comrade Kamala put in prison.— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) August 23, 2020
|Harris talking pot on "The Breakfast Club"|
During her Presidential campaign, Harris said on a radio talk show she was “absolutely in favor of legalizing marijuana,” harkening to her half-Jamaican heritage and citing the mass incarceration resulting from cannabis prohibition, particularly of young black men. Harris admitted she smoked weed when she was in college, and when asked if she might start smoking again, said, “I think it gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy in the world.”
California NORML notes, "As San Francisco’s District Attorney and California’s Attorney General, Harris upheld California’s medical marijuana law. Since being elected to the Senate, she has come on strong for federal marijuana law reform as the Senate sponsor of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, enabling states to set their own marijuana policies and reinvesting funds in communities of color that have been impacted by laws against marijuana."
In response to New York Times columnist Maureen Down claiming there hadn't been a male/female major Presidential ticket in 36 years, Hillary Clinton tweeted:
The Times has corrected Dowd's column, and their tweet, to reflect that no male presidential candidate had selected a woman VP candidate since Walter Mondale picked Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.
Clinton's tweet refers to the column written by Dowd in 2014 after she overdosed on a pot brownie she bought at a Colorado marijuana store (without reading its warning label). "Sitting in my hotel room in Denver, I nibbled off the end and then, when nothing happened, nibbled some more," she wrote. "What could go wrong with a bite or two?"
NORML's director Erik Alteri took umbrage at Clinton's tweet, and I understand his frustration with lame "stupid stoner" jokes. But note that the tweet actually warns about taking "too much" pot brownie, a message of moderation in keeping with NORML's "low and slow" advice on edibles.
|Ina Coolbrith at age 30|
Born into a Mormon family that was exiled and traveled by wagon train to California, her biography Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate by Aleta George details the hardship she and many women of the time endured.
Fleeing an early abusive marriage in Los Angeles, Coolbrith and her family moved to San Francisco in 1862. When she wasn't busy taking care of her mother and siblings and their household, she was supporting them by working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week at the Oakland Free Library, where she was librarian. Her hours were so long that she usually stayed on a cot in the basement, eventually moving to Oakland.
The hardest part of her arduous life was not finding the time to write, and watching her compatriots like Twain and Joaquin Miller (whom she named) have successful writing careers. She even cared for Miller's daughter while he went off and laid a wreath of California laurel she had made at Lord Byron's grave, something she longed to do. Miller read aloud Ina's poem to Byron as he placed her wreath:
O winds, that ripple the long grass!
O winds, that kiss the jeweled sea!
Grow still and lingering as you pass
About this laurel tree.
|Kerry Washington plays an artist who finds inspiration in weed in Little Fire Everywhere |
"But for introverts and empaths, the internal world is heaven. It’s
rich," Morissette replied.
|Phair puffs on The Joe Rogan Experience|
|George Lopez interviews Willie Nelson on Jimmy Kimmel Live.|
|The Empress (Tisca Chopra) and her hookah in Beecham House.|
|Women aren't buying into the propaganda anymore.|
|Roger can get Stoned with his Richard Nixon bong while |
thousands of nonviolent drug offenders wait for clemency.
|Johnson's case was highlighted at the 2019 State of the Union speech.|
|Lily-Rose and Johnny Depp|
|Gwyneth Paltrow Plays a Candidate Who Definitely Does Inhale in The Politician|
|Dr. Grinspoon's pioneering book, from |
back when "marijuana" was spelled with an "h"
|Two altars found at the Arad shrine on display at The Israel Museum.|
|The shrine as discovered in 1963.|
|Ke(d)eshet, the Egyptian goddess related to Asherah,|
standing on a lion. (British Museum.)
|Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan debates Cate |
Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly in Mrs. America
|Hear the Tommy Chong Bong Song.|
|Jean as Jeanne|
|From the opening credits of "Bored to Death"|
|The show almost has social distancing|
down (with Olivia Thirlby).
|Jonathan (Jason Schwartzman) and Stella (Jenny Slate) on a date.|
|The website of a mother who objected to legal cannabis in the LA Times. (Accessed 4/13/20.)|
|Jennifer Connelly talking with her son (Nat Wolff) in "Stuck in Love"|
|A 15-year-old Hynde in her Ohio backyard.|