A week ago today, our homeland, the fine state of Colorado, made history by voting to legalize marijuana for recreational use. In honor of this momentous occasion -- and while the specific legalities are being ironed out with the feds -- we thought we'd take a few minutes to catch up with various members of our musical community, the known imbibers, and get their thoughts on the whole issue. Shortly after one of their recent gigs, we retired to the alley with members of Wheelchair Sports Camp to smoke a joint and talk about their first time getting high, getting busted in Texas and why Colorado's potheads are more zealous than Washington's. Predictably, our conversation was full of passion and forgetfulness.
See also: - Getting stoned with Kruza Kid - Getting stoned with Two Fresh - Tip sheet: Q&A with Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp - Marijuana legalized in Colorado: Big Gigantic posts dope new tune to mark the occasion - Marijuana legalized: Lady Gaga and other Twitter reactions - In honor of Amendment 64: Ten stoner anthems, overt hip-hop odes to Mary Jane - A 4/20 playlist from marijuana critic William Breathes - Music and marijuana make great bongfellows - Did Freddie Gibbs make it to DIA without having his weed confiscated?[jump]
Westword: When looking at your voting ballot, how big an issue for you was Amendment 64?
Isaac McGaha Miller: That's what I was most excited to vote for. Since I voted for a third-party [presidential candidate], it wasn't really to vote for a candidate that was going to win. But I voted for 64 because a) It amounts to a shitload of money for the city, and b) It's pretty cool that Colorado was the first to legalize it. I don't think people quite understand how many money-making opportunities we have now.
Kalyn Heffernan: I was more surprised about the weed thing than I was about Obama. I didn't know if it was going to pass. For a while I didn't even know if Obama would win. Mitt Romney had Karl Rove, the mastermind of stealing elections.
Isaac McGaha Miller: One of the beautiful things that came out of this election was not just the pot thing, but the Republicans, in losing, have to look at themselves and say: "We need to stop being involved with women's bodies, with gay marriage." The Republican Party is going to have to modernize.
Kalyn Heffernan: Wouldn't it be great if we never elected a Republican again? And then we could just have Democrats versus real parties. Democrats verses real progressives.
Do you remember the first time you got high?
Isaac McGaha Miller: I was seventeen, living in Fort Collins. We were all stupid privileged white kids. We didn't have a bowl. We didn't know how to roll a joint...so we ate it.
Did that even get you high?
Isaac McGaha Miller: I basically got the comedown of the high. I got really tired and fell asleep watching the Gameshow network. It was so stupid. The next time I smoked pot, it was a lot better.
Kalyn Heffernan: I moved back to Colorado when I was ten. Before that, I was living in Burbank, California, and weed wasn't part of the culture. I knew more about meth -- because of my mom -- than I did about weed. So I came to Denver, public elementary, and in the first week, kids were like, "You smoke weed?"
This was when you were ten?
Kalyn Heffernan: Yeah. My cousins were twelve, and they were drinking, smoking pot. I was the good kid, and they would blow it in my face, in my ears. And finally, on my sixteenth birthday...
Kalyn Heffernan: That's how it felt to me. It was six years of me being surrounded by weed. All my friends were stoners; I even had a 4:20 sticker on my wheelchair. It was my culture. And I finally did it on my sixteenth birthday. I smoked a blunt, and then kept thinking "I'm not high, I'm not high." Then I ate a plate of spaghetti. I was really shoveling it in -- and when I looked down, my whole shirt was covered in spaghetti and sauce. That was when I thought, "Oh, I must be high."