Old Hippie Kenobi

Ask Old Hippie: Why Is Marijuana Illegal, Anyway?

Dear Old Hippie, I’ve been smoking weed for awhile and always took for granted that it’s been illegal forever. Me and my buddies always assumed that it was because marijuana helps you think “outside the box”, since it certainly isn’t dangerous or unhealthy. But then I found out that it used to be legal. So […]

Old Hippie Kenobi

Ask Old Hippie: How Have Words About Marijuana Changed Since The Sixties?

We never heard of “smoking out” or “smoking up” anyone. It was “getting high with”, “turning on”, “smoking grass with”. We called it “grass” among ourselves; “pot” was something parents or news media said. Nobody ever said “marijuana” unless they were talking to an authority figure or were being cute. “Turn on”, of course, was […]

Old Hippie Kenobi

Ask Old Hippie: How Has Marijuana Changed Since The Sixties?

Nugs? Buds? Never heard of them. All we ever saw was ground-up powdery stuff or crushed leaves (and twigs, and seeds…often all mushed together in what’s called “brick” today). Sometimes we saw little pieces of crushed flower, and we were amazed: it was actual proof that it came from an actual plant! Even on the […]