Fifty happy years of pot smoking chronicled in memoir ‘Just Say Yes’
More and more mainstream Americans are coming out of the cannabis closet in time for the release date of ‘Just Say Yes’
Sixty-eight year-old New Yorker, author and mother of three Catherine Hiller is releasing a new memoir about smoking cannabis for 50 years. Just Say Yes: A Marijuana Memoir is basically a pot prohibitionists’ worst nightmare — a piece of anti-propaganda about a life well lived on weed.
“I wanted to show people that smoking marijuana did not make me hit rock bottom,” the longtime author tells the New York Times. “My story is the story of so many people who use each day. And so what? What’s the issue? What will it lead to?”
Hiller grew up under the influence of Reefer Madness, but a teenage boyfriend with a joint changed her mind in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The session was followed by “the world’s best hamburger,” she said. She’s had the same dealer for 35 years and has watched fellow customers grow older. Hiller’s also taken several breaks for pregnancy and nursing.
Just Say Yes is also a reflection on white privilege, as she describes police stops that would have gone much worse had she been black.
“I think it’s absurd that anyone would get stopped for this. Whatever I can do to legalize it, I will,” she said.
Here’s more folks coming out of the cannabis closet in the new video ‘Coming Out Green’ – part of “a campaign to end the social stigma of cannabis forever”.
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