From the Archives: Norman Mailer on Pot (2004)

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Their one belief is that pot is good, pot takes care of everything—it’s their gospel. I could see our relation to God: God needs us as much as we need God. Each thinks that they can benefit from pot: God can give you the insights and the devil will reap the exhaustions and the debilities. Instead, people are always taking sides—pot’s good, pot’s bad; pot should be outlawed, pot should be decriminalized—there’s always this legalistic approach. Too many attitudes have settled in on pot, and there’s too much dead-ass in the thinking of pot smokers now.

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By Richard Stratton

Thirty years ago, when High Times was in its infancy, I did a long interview with Norman Mailer that was published in two parts in Rolling Stone magazine. Mailer and I first met in Provincetown, MA, in the winter of 1970 and have been close friends ever since. At one time we owned property together in Maine, which was put up as collateral for bail when I got busted for smuggling marijuana in the early ’80s. The Feds were all over the connection between Mailer and me; he testified for the defense at the trial of my partner in Toronto, Rosie Rowbotham, who ended up doing over 20 years for importing...

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