Higher Ground: Let's do the time warp again 

Actress Susan Sarandon recently tweeted a message to rappers A$AP Rocky and Action Bronson, saying, "thx for the shout out on '1Train.' Not sure what it means, but let's blaze one & talk about it some time."

It comes as no surprise that Sarandon, or Rocky and Bronson would want to blaze one. Sarandon has been an outspoken supporter of marijuana use for years — it probably helped her get through the chilly days on the set of the classic movie Rocky Horror Picture Show. Rocky and Bronson put out tracks that boast about their involvement with the stuff, so there's no surprise there. What's interesting is that the 68-year-old Sarandon reached out across the age and cultural divide to invite the youthful performers for a smoke.

Well, Bronson did bring up her name on 2013's "1 Train," saying, "You see us scrambling, selling Susan Sarandon. The cloud of smoke like the phantom ..."

It's not clear what that means, and Sarandon says that in her tweet. Could "Susan Sarandon" have been a code name for weed? Apparently Sarandon's been trying to figure it out for two years and finally thought she would ask the originator of the rhyme (her name is awkwardly rhymed with "Grambling," for Grambling State University). Although it could be self-serving — it probably brings some youth cheese to Sarandon's game to acknowledge that she actually heard the track. Not that the Thelma & Louise star needs to score points with youths. It just might be that she has a lot of time on her hands when she gets high. In the August issue of High Times magazine, she says:

"That's the great thing about smoking weed: If you lead a very, very busy life, for me, it really makes the most of your weekend. It, like, triples your weekends. If you only have certain windows to get high, it allows you to slow down and really be there."

I'm all for triple weekends. I mean, come Monday morning it will seem like six days since you were at work. That, in itself, should make weed very popular. I'd like to thank Sarandon for that bit of wisdom. Also, that might give us some insight into why Snoop Lion talks the way he does. He's in another time zone where things take three times as long as they do in conventional time.

That might explain the behavior of some other famous people who have copped to using the herb. For instance, could Oprah Winfrey have built her empire without having more time than most people on the weekend to get things done? And now we know why her interviews were so great. Everyone else was working at 33 1/3 speed compared to her 100 percent time warp.

And Bill Gates is known to have smoked while he was in college. A self-professed nerd, this guy had the extra time on weekends to come up with Microsoft, which he co-founded in 1975 at age 20 — almost a full decade before Revenge of the Nerds had Gates yawning and saying "been there, done that." Now that he's a really rich guy, Gates has continued to be friendly to the herb, claiming to have voted for legalization in Washington state.

When President Barack Obama is giving a speech, when he pauses and looks off into the distance, is he tapping into the weed time warp he discovered as a teenager?

Comedian Jon Stewart kind of let the cat out of the bag on this secret of the highly successful when he famously said, "Do you know how many movies I wrote when I was high?" Jay Z did the same thing when he said, "I smoked some weed, and that's how I finished 'Izzo.'"

Just in case you weren't paying attention, Lady Gaga has chimed in with "I smoke a lot of pot when I write music."

All of these folks had extra time to do these great things due to the cannabis time warp. The lesson here is, if you want to have bigger, better, more creative, more fun, and longer weekends, burn one and watch a Susan Sarandon movie while listening to some Action Bronson.

Detroit high

Not only did High Times bring us Sarandon in August, its October issue, which is on the stands now, has a cover teaser that reads: "Can Pot Save Detroit?" The story begins with a longish retelling of the John Sinclair tale that segues into MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer's story, although it's all spiced up with new, live quotes from both of them. Then the story shifts to a bit about this year's hash bash, then the recreational legalization efforts aimed at 2016, and on to the Detroit Dab Warz, an event where cannabis extract makers gather to show off their products. It's a rambling story, although there are some interesting points made. Most of that is about Kramer's Jailhouse Guitar Doors USA work with prisoners.

However, the story never gets to asking, let alone answering, the question posed on the cover: Can pot save Detroit? That's a very interesting question that's worthy of some serious discussion. I know there are some people who would claim that it destroyed Detroit. But when you look at Ann Arbor, the most marijuana-friendly city in the state, it doesn't seem to have suffered from the scourge of the weed. So, really, how could marijuana make a difference in Detroit? I'll be taking a look at the Detroit marijuana scene in my next Higher Ground column.


Larry Gabriel writes the Stir It Up and Higher Ground columns for the Detroit Metro Times and is editor of The American Cultivator.

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