The Grateful Dead is on Hold

Jerry Garcia’s marijuana pipe takes a long, strange trip and ends up in a Marin County antique shop. “It’s like a treasure hunt for me,” Garcia said. “I’ve been down to the local pawn…

The Grateful Dead is on Hold

Jerry Garcia’s marijuana pipe takes a long, strange trip and ends up in a Marin County antique shop.

“It’s like a treasure hunt for me,” Garcia said. “I’ve been down to the local pawn shop and brought it back. What is in there is like something out of a movie. It’s like the Grateful Dead. I don’t know the band, but those guys are very colorful in a good way.”

To keep up with the Grateful Dead, Garcia says he needs to get his hands on what’s available in a big way. On one hand, he has a stash in the basement of his house in Encinitas, which he uses to smoke his daily dose during shows. But in addition to that, he travels to the Bay Area, where he uses all the marijuana he can get his hands on, including a stash that comes from his own mother.

“I have to make sure I don’t get busted,” he said. “With the Grateful Dead, they can come out of nowhere. With me, it’s always a little bit of a challenge.”

Like many longtime fans of the Grateful Dead, Garcia had wondered what a big stack of Grateful Dead concert concert tickets sold for when they hit the marketplace. But he’s learned to take the guesswork out of it.

“The one piece of advice I would give to any young guy is to go find out,” he said. “I think they (the Grateful Dead) have been around for five decades; who knows what they are going to do today?”

If he could afford to buy the Grateful Dead concert tickets, Garcia would buy them all. He doesn’t want to see them go on sale again.

“I could sell this one (the marijuana), and it would be a lot better than the three or four tickets that are going (on the open market),” he said. “The Grateful Dead is very special, and it is amazing that people come out to see them.”

The Grateful Dead tour is on hold as Garcia continues to battle the effects of a degenerative disk in his neck.

“It’s definitely discouraging,” he said. “It’s definitely going to take a lot of patience.”

LUCAS PARK — The Lucas County Fairgrounds is a popular day trip for local residents and visitors alike, for the family-friendly entertainment

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