I came to be a marijuana writer from left field...
Bath bhongs, eating half an ounce of hashish dissolved in yoghurt, smoking footlong spliffs? I've been a bit caned from time to time, though there is a limit for someone who has the a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.
Why then be a marijuana writer when I can't touch the stuff myself?
I was a leading UK mental health nursing journalist for several years. I spoke to a lot of leading lights in the field until one day a New Zealand psychiatrist and I were talking and he asked me, "What if LSD was the opium of psychiatry?"
That sent me into a new direction. I made new friends and contacts and soon did marijuana writing with Treating Yourself Magazine, also publishing cannabis stories in some unlikely locations such as Mental Health Today and a defence procurement magazine.