Ganja Tales

Ganja Tales comprises nine short stories, each one looking at a different aspect of the marijuana culture from growing it, to smoking it, to nearly getting busted with it. These literary short stories feature protagonists in situations that everyone can relate to.

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About Craig Pugh

Double Leo. Vegetarian. Peace advocate. Astrologer. Astronomer. Literary omnivore. Screenwriter. Coffee and ganja connoisseur. Dog lover. Cat friend. Reformer. Dreamer. Fallen spirit. Struggling angel. Military brat. Military veteran. Teacher. Editor. Author. Insomniac. Driven. 100 mile-an-hour guy in a 60 mile-an-hour world.

I've lived in many places growing up as a military brat and was 12 years active duty myself. While a military journalist, I was twice named the top feature writer in the United States Government. The first story that won was on a French citizen who fought with the Resistance against the Nazis in World War II. After the war he became an American citizen and spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was “A Man of Liberty.”

The second story that placed was about an infantry chaplain who was a rabbi with American forces pushing across France in 1944. When the war was over the rabbi founded a house in Stuttgart, Germany, that reunited families decimated by the holocaust, when and if this was possible. We called this man’s living example of love for humanity “Rabbi, Teach Us.” You can read these stories on my blog listed below.

In 2000 I self-published “Ganja Tales.” The nine tales are still the only marijuana short-story fiction I've read anywhere. The hard-copy press run sold out a long time ago, but the stories can be read now on Smashwords. People say stoners don't read or write -- this one does! And I know plenty of people who do. I should also say that anyone can enjoy my stories because they're about human nature, not smoking marijuana. For example, the first story, "Finders Keepers," is about the lies we tell our friends. That's a pretty deep subject, right? But the surface of the story, the top of it, is about a guy who's tearing his apartment apart looking for his roommate's marijuana stash. Don't worry. I have a master's degree in English and have been writing for 40 years now. I won't let you down. I know my way around a story line.

Last year I took three stories from the volume and wove them into the larger narrative of a “Ganja Tales” screenplay. I was really surprised at the result. Think about it. A serious marijuana movie? How would you do that? Took me over a year of writing to figure it out! I think I told a really good story and I am doing all I can to sell it. Look for the IndieGoGo campaign this summer!

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