Few people seem more excited to be here than DJ Stone, who’s standing under a tent that’s raffling off a 4-foot bong with a sign “Take Me Home!” taped to its stem. Medical marijuana “gave me back a life,” he says. He pulls down the collar of his “Bud Head” T-shirt to show a lengthy scar on his shoulder. He was shot by friendly fire in Vietnam at age 19, he says, and in the 1980s, jars of painkillers from the VA nearly killed him. Now, he’s CEO and founder of 1000 Watts, a Rhody-based glossy described as a “holistic health magazine dedicated to providing accurate information to medical marijuana patients everywhere.”
Stone’s table is stacked with copies of the latest issue, the cover of which displays an American flag with a cannabis leaf in place of the 50 stars. On the “Table of Contents” page are close-up photos of fuzzy, crystal-flecked marijuana buds and a note.
“[E]ven though I hate my government and the politicians. . . I LOVE my country,” part of it reads. “Be well and keep medicating! DJ Stone.”