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Award-winning investigative journalist (and dad) Peter Gorman has spent more than 20 years tracking down stories from the streets of Manhattan to the slums of Bombay. Specializing in Drug War issues, he is credited as a primary journalist in the medical marijuana and hemp movements, as well as in property forfeiture reform. His work has appeared in over 100 national and international magazines and newspapers.

Peter Gorman's love affair with the Amazon jungle is well-known to people in the field. Since 1984 Mr. Gorman has spent a minimum of three months annually there generally using Iquitos
Peru as his base. During that time he has studied ayahuasca the visionary healing vine of the jungle with his friend the curandero Julio Jerena. He has collected artifacts for the American Museum of Natural History botanical specimens for Shaman Pharmaceuticals and herpetological specimens for the FIDIA Research Institute of the University of Rome. His description of the indiginous Matses Indians’ use of the secretions of the phyllomedusa bicolor frog has opened an entire field devoted to the use of amphibian peptides as potential medicines in Western medicine.


Thanks for stopping by the archive. This is a collection of articles and interviews that have been written over the past 20-25 years. It's by no means complete, but there should be something here to entertain/frighten anyone who takes a look. I say entertain or frighten because some of these pieces involve the Amazon, or exotic places and hilarious drug tales or simply outlandish things; others deal with the War on Drugs, nasty politics and so forth. There is also a section of interviews I did with some pretty interesting people.

There's no particular order to the stories in a section or even the sections themselves: I just culled them and passed them on to Phoenix, section by section, and he's putting them up. So some of them are much newer than others. Some, particularly in the Drug War and newsy areas, are dated but might still be a good read.

As of now, we're nowhere near finished. We'll be adding material as we can, trying to keep it fresh--at least for an archive.

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That's it. Enjoy
Peter G

Amazon Jungle Stories

CIA COUP IN PERU OPENS DOOR TO PLAN COLOMBIA

BETWEEN THE CANOPY AND THE FOREST FLOOR

CATERING AN AMAZON PARTY:
THE FINE ART OF CULINARY MAGIC IN THE JUNGLE

THE COLD BEER BLUES BAR: A BIRD’S EYE VIEW TO THE FAILURE OF AMERICAN ANTI-COCAINE POLICY IN PERU

DON’T BUY THIS ANIMAL
Eco-Tourists, Locals, and the Marketplace Decimating Peruvian Amazon’s Wildlife

Julio Jerena, My Friend and Teacher, Has Passed

CASTING A VANISHING PEOPLE:
THE SCULPTURE OF FELIPE LETTERSTEN

MAKING MAGIC
A Westerner Glimpses One of the Secrets of a Tribe of Hunter-Gatherers in the Amazon

PLANT MAGIC: THE MEDICINE CABINET IS FULL OF IT

SAPO: An Amphibian Medicinal of the Indigenous Matses of Western Peru

A Primer on Shamanism in northwest Amazonia in 2006

The Floating Slums of Iquitos: Acculturation in the Peruvian Amazon

The Vision Seekers: Matses Indians of Peru

What Gringos Expect from Trips to the Amazon

A WEDDING IN PERU

 

Tales from India

Bhang! Bhang! You’re High!

CHASING THE DRAGON’S TAIL

Ganja on the Ganges

MAGIC MUSHROOMS IN INDIA’S ANCIENT ALTO RAINFOREST

Snake Charmer

Three Stones to Mark a Fire: India's Forgotten Artist

 

Fort Worth Weekly Cover Stories

Border Wars

When David Becomes Goliath Our Disenchantment with Walmart

DAY WORK - Better Than Nothing but Not by Much

DYING AT HOME - The Life and Death of an Ordinary Person

From the Amazon to Pecan Street
Some of the world’s most important botanic research is being run from downtown Fort Worth

THE HIGH COST OF BEING POOR

Ice Burn - A Cautionary Drug Tale

Welcome to Johnson County, Texas: Come on Vacation, Leave on Probation

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROHIBITION: LEAP

Lineman Down

Plan Columbia - The Pentagon's Shell Game

SMUGGLER’S BLUES

TASERS: WEAPON OF CHOICE FOR BULLY COPS

The Annexation Boom

The Trans-Texas Corridor: The Road to Salvation or the Highway to Hell

 

Interviews

HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW: BROWNIE MARY RATHBUN

THE HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW: PETER DUESBERG

THE HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW: CLYDE BELLECOURT, FOUNDER OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT

Hemp Times Interview—Wade Davis

WADE DAVIS: STUDENT OF THE PLANTS

The HIGH TIMES Interview: ALBERT HOFMANN: THE FATHER OF LSD

Mark Stepnoski: This Cowboy’s Smokin’

Kenny Jenks: Aids Battler

HOWARD LOTSOF: TAKING AIM AT ADDICTION

Mary Lynn Mathre, RN: Rx for Medical Marijuana

 

Drug War Stories/Follies

SIXTY YEARS OF REEFER MADNESS
Prohibition Follies from Anslinger to McCaffrey

MARIJUANA AND THE QUESTION OF RELEGALIZATION

BUNGLE IN THE JUNGLE

Cannabis Innovators 1

Cannabis Innovators 2

THE CLINTON DRUG WAR LEGACY

Coca Country Updates: Colombia, Peru, Bolivia

COLOMBIA QUAGMIRE

25 years for 6 ounces of pot

Cannabis Spirituality

Drug War Enforcers: The US DEA

Dr. Tod Mikuriya: Shrink Rapped

TRUE CRIME: THE HUMAN TOLL IN THE WAR ON DRUGS

THE ROGUE’S GALLERY OF DRUG WAR MONSTERS

DUAL PROSECUTIONS: PAYING TWICE FOR THE SAME CRIME

EVO MORALES: Bolivia’s New President Faces Uphill Task

FORFEITURE: THE SEIZING OF AMERICA - Part 1

OPERATION GREEN MERCHANT: AN OVERVIEW

The Myth of Colombian Coca

Paraphernalia: Smokin’ Hot Legal Issue Again

PSYCHEDELIC SUPERSTARS

THE STRANGE AND TRAGIC CASE OF JIMMY MONTGOMERY

SUSPECTED POT DEALER KILLED

Crushing Butterflies Under Iron Boots

THE CANNABIS CUP

THE McCAFFREY SCANDALS

YOUR CHILDREN ARE DYING

 

Drug War Follies: Gorman's Column in Skunk Magazine

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