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Award winning journalist Peter Gorman has spent more than 25 years chasing stories from the streets of Manhattan to the slums of Bombay. His features have appeared in over 100 major national and international magazines and newspapers, including Playboy, Penthouse, Omni, Americas, Italy’s Airone and Setta, Germany’s Das Zeit, Spain’s Geo and Mexico’s Geo Mundo. He is also a former executive editor and editor-in-chief of High Times magazine, where his work on medical marijuana, hemp, mandatory minimums and property forfeiture played a significant role in bringing those issues to national attention.

During the last 25 years, Peter Gorman has also had a love affair with Peru’s Amazon jungle, and has been lucky enough to have worked there collecting artifacts for the American Museum of Natural History in New York, medicinal plants for Shaman Pharmaceuticals and herpetological specimens for the FIDIA Research Institute of the University of Rome. During that same time period Peter Gorman has been learning about ayahuasca, the sacred medicine of the jungle and has recently published a book about those experiences titled Ayahuasca in My Blood—25 Years of Medicine Dreaming.

These days, Peter Gorman lives in Joshua, Texas—it’s a long story—and is a staff writer for the Fort Worth Weekly, the city’s alternative paper. He was recently named Texas’ Print Journalist of the Year by the Houston Press Club.

Entries by Peter Gorman

A Dream I Had About the Rich, Rich, Rich People

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 4:54 PM

I wonder sometimes, what makes rich people tick. Madeleina, my beautiful daughter, asked me the other day why Napolean wasn't content with owning/ruling half the world and risked and lost everything going after Russia as well. I wonder why the Walton family, owners of Walmart, can't be content with $20...

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Ripple Effect of New Pot Laws in Washington and Colorado

(22) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 4:04 PM

For those who missed it, there were two pot legalization laws passed in the last election, one in Washington State and one in Colorado. These laws do not decriminalize simple pot possession, they legalize it, for adults, for fun. Up to an ounce of pot perfectly legal. More than that,...

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Why You Should Vote Republican

(3) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 3:00 PM

There's an election coming up in November, 2012. And it's an important election. In 2008 the United States voted for a man who had a black dad. That makes him a "nig..r" in a lot of people's books and here in the good old US of A, that just is...

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So You Want to Be a Journalist?

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 11:50 AM

Someone wrote to me asking for advice on how to become an investigative journalist. I really don't have any, so instead I told him the story of how it happened and I hope it helps him somehow. Here it is:

Dear X: I'm not sure what to tell you here....

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Car Trouble Took My Daughter a Step Closer to the Real World

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 1:08 AM

Okay, so this isn't a typically bouncy post on healing or Madeleina. This is a stinky post on car trouble. Specifically, my 1994 Oceanic Green Ford Ranger pickup's car/truck trouble.

The beautiful thing has 299,271 miles on it. I'm watching because I want to be there when it hits 300,000,...

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The Abortion Issue

(8) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 2:13 PM

It's Friday, April 8. A government shutdown looms tonight if a budget can't be hammered out in the next 15 hours. At issue isn't budget cuts anymore it seems; at issue is abortion, primarily, and greenhouse gas regulation. The New York Times ran a wonderful editorial this morning pointing that...

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Dengue in Iquitos Peru

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 3:48 PM

I've just gotten back from two months working in Iquitos, Peru and the surrounding jungle. There is an epidemic of dengue fever raging in the area. News of it has been stifled by the Peruvian federal government and what little news has been released has vastly downplayed the epidemic. It...

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The Michelle Obama Weight Debate

(124) Comments | Posted December 28, 2010 | 8:59 AM

An awful lot has been written about Michelle Obama's push for better foods in schools, more recess in schools, more exercise in schools and an overall push for intelligence in exercise and food consumption that will lead to healthier lives for an awful lot of folk. And less insurance cost...

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Reagan, Trickle Down, My Daughter

(4) Comments | Posted December 22, 2010 | 3:54 PM

My daughter Madeleina, 13, got off from school early today and just a few minutes ago came into the kitchen while I was sweeping and asked: "Was Reagan a good president?"
It was sort of out of the blue and probably prompted by a mention of him on the...

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Just a Little Screwed by AT&T

(4) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 11:18 AM

Well, tis the season and all that. For me it's the season of finishing up writing assignments, putting Christmas together and then heading out to work in Peru for seven weeks. To do that, I've not only got to get hotel rooms and have gas for the boats moved up...

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Obama Cave? I'm Concerned About Social Security

(5) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 6:41 PM

Okay, what I'm most worried about is not my president's abdication of power to the Repubs in the Tax War. I know he didn't just capitulate, he caved. And that bothers me, especially from someone who claims to play basketball. Personally, I was never a very good b-ball player. I...

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Mexico, Mexico, Mexico

(9) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 10:12 AM

I write a column for a Canadian magazine called Skunk. Yes, it's a marijuana magazine and a darned irreverent one at that. My column, Drug War Follies, has been running with each issue since the magazine's inception several years ago. This is the opening section of my newest column, which...

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Big Box Store Bashing

(7) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 11:53 AM

I live in tiny, bucolic Joshua, Texas. Horses abound on neighbors' property. The nearest supermarket, one I don't use often, is more than two miles away. The nearest Walmart, which I use daily, is about nine miles from my house. From what I'm told, when the big box Walmsrt Superstore...

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Why Am I Here?

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 3:33 PM

This is my introductory post. I thought I should tell you a little something about who I am beyond the bio, and hopefully that will make you want to become a regular reader of mine here at HP. So here goes.
I'm a kid from Whitestone, Queens, New York....

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