Fear, Loathing & Phone-Based Weed Delivery in Haight-Ashbury

Surveying the state of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in 1967, the king of the Gonzos himself, Doctor Hunter S. Thompson, observed that “marijuana is everywhere.” Not long beforehand, hippies had flooded into the neighborhood en masse, and countless more were allegedly on the way. Suddenly, as Thompson wrote, hordes of people were smoking “on the sidewalks, in doughnut shops, sitting in parked cars or lounging on the grass in Golden Gate Park.”

The scene that he went on to describe made the mere presence of pot seem innocuous by comparison. LSD was easily available, and “heads” had overrun Haight Street, turning it into what Thompson saw as a veritable carnival of human experience. “Who needs jazz, or even beer,” he asked, “when you can sit down on a public curbstone, drop

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