The Stoned Age

The Stoned Age

By Aaron Gilbreath

A story about being young and compulsive, “The Stoned Age” follows a twenty-something narrator’s attempt to quit smoking pot and clear his head. Living in funky Tucson, Arizona, his multiple attempts at sobriety fail, so he enrolls in a drug treatment group and discovers his other problem: cultural perceptions. As a fellow rehab patient tells Dave Chappelle’s character in the movie Half Baked: “You in here ’cuz of marijuana? …Man, this is some bullshit!” Which is exactly the author’s dilemma: if cannabis sativa is so harmless, why can’t he quit smoking it?

About Aaron Gilbreath
Aaron Gilbreath is an essayist and journalist. He's written for The New York Times, Harper's, Paris Review, The Believer, Vice, Oxford American, Tin House, Brick, Narratively and The Threepenny Review, and wrote the musical appendix...
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