Getting stoned with Wheelchair Sports Camp

Page 2 of 2

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 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."

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Josiah M. Hesse
Contact: Josiah M. Hesse