Ken Gorman, the subject of "High Times," this week's feature, was famous for his pro-pot diatribes and anger-fueled sermons against the establishment. When he wasn't spouting off at the steps of the state capitol, wielding bongs and joints, he was broadcasting messages on his home hotline about the "Asshole of Week" or ending up in the news somehow.
An unapologetic zeal for the legalization of pot highlighted his life, which he willingly made public -- a characteristic many suspect led to his death.
But few have seen the intimate writings of the man outraged by the prohibition of marijuana, which he credited with the ability to save the human race. After his murder Feb. 17, 2007, family members found his writings, and they were willing to share them with Westword.
Gorman kept a pot manifesto of sorts, chronicling the progress of the marijuana movement throughout the 1990s, as well his personal frustrations of national and local drug laws. With a local twist, he often called the politicians who stood in the way of pot legalization "nazis" and accused them of torture for barring the afflicted from a new form of medicine.
Among his musings is a report he was ordered to write while in prison, in which he notes his regret about using cocaine, which he says further fueled the war on drugs -- a war that put pot legalization even more out of reach:
Gorman also saved roughly edited scripts of his "Asshole of the Week" tirades, which featured a new target every week, usually a politician. Among them is the script for the "Asshole" that featured Beverly J. Kinard, a local anti-pot activist, which made a splash in the local media. See the scripts below:
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.