I was fired by High Times for requesting a small raise to cover the cost of my kid’s braces ($250 per month). At the time my take-home pay did not even cover the rent on my apartment, and I had a disabled family member I was taking care of that required an additional location, and was a single dad with two kids. They dismissed any possible raise, even though the cannabis cup I created was making millions, and the magazine circulation had shrank to unprofitablity without my leadership. This angered me so much that I requested a buy out on the ten percent of the company I owned. They said, see what you can get. I got four offers at $250k per share, half my shares. High Times fired me, threatened me with litigation, seized all my archives, and forced me to give up the shares for less than a quarter on the dollar. And then they didn’t even honor the bullshit deal.
Why was I so angry at High Times? Mostly because I’d recently got back from lunch with the head of Lion’s Gate and his top execs and they had greenlighted a $2-million movie called High Times Cannabis Cup, and after that lunch, Lion’s Gate hired a screenwriter, who met with me and the producers, and wrote a brilliant script that was a comedy, yet it included all my concepts on ritual theater, and non-violence, and cannabis ceremonies, and really gave props to the Temple Dragon Crew, and the Temple Dragon Band, and used the candles in the film. This was going to be my vindication after being chained in a cellar for seven years by High Times, only High Times squashed the film by saying they had to take out the Temple Dragons and all their magic.
Funny thing was, when High Times kicked me to the curb, nobody on the staff stood up against the owners and said, don’t do this, although some had been hired by me. This was not the case under my leadership, we actually confronted their selfish ways and demanded reforms and got them. But there’s a price to pay for that sort of leadership, and I paid it in spades. And when they torpedoed me, I just kept chugging along like nothing happened, and kept doing my ceremonies, only now I didn’t have the 50,000 people, I only had 150 people, but we didn’t care, this was fun for the dragons and I couldn’t give it up. So what happened? Some highly placed person at High Times took a dump on the media coverage of my Treasure of the Holy Grail event with the Waldos and told me basically to drop dead and fade away, like, we fired you, why aren’t you gone? They couldn’t even respect my humble little attempt to tell the world that the true story of the holy grail involves cannabis.
Chiefrocker Busy Bee and me have a plan for a national tour called the Cannabis Soul Revival. It is a sincere attempt to honor cannabis spirituality and involves all cultures and all types of music. Our ceremonies are inspirational, fun and educational, and it’s about unifying all cultures to end war for profit. We don’t consume cannabis as part of the ceremony, or force it on others, but do permit its use by adults. If there are any companies pouring money by the tens of thousands into High Times and their phony Cannabis Cup, feel free to ditch the bad karma and get on board with the Cannabis Soul Revival with Chiefrocker Busy Bee and me. You can message me for more info. We are currently talking to Live Nation, as Busy already hosts a national tour with them called The Art of Rap. And if enough sponsors sign on, we can skip Live Nation and make the revivals free to attend. The best ceremonies are always free, something High Times will never understand.
Stand up for the counterculture and stand against the corporate greed fest. Boycott High Times and boycott their worthless Cannabis Cup. Please help spread the word.