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Getting stoned with Wheelchair Sports Camp

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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...

Finally?

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."

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