J22ff will not only sign your blunt, he’ll SMOKE IT with you too.You can find more than one example of him expressly andemphatically stating, “I WILL SMOKE WEED WITH YOU!”Back in the day there were the "acid kool-aid" tests andwhile those days are sadly gone, today its the "stab anddab" test - you're not real unless you're dabbin’ out withthe many grassroots geniuses in the community. Of courseit doesn't hurt to have blown trees with godfathers likeCheech & Chong or Willie Nelson, among others. Jeffrey isas real as they come and he stands out for the hard workhe has put in with the cannabis community and his downto-earthapproach to being forever a part of it.Shark Tank for StonersBy now his experience in comedy and print had reached anapex and a new idea was brewing; an idea that would takeJeffrey right back to his roots in illustration. In a weird sortof self-replicating way, the 420 comic gave birth to the 420comic. His new idea was to make pot-themed comic books.He wanted to bring cannabis out of the realm of simplecomic material and solidify it as its own genre. The cannabiscomic book. Whoever said superheroes couldn’t smokeweed AND save the day?In 2014 Jeffrey took his new idea, Cali Chronic Comix, toa brand new reality “ganjaprenuer” webseries, The Marijuana Show. Think Shark Tank meets HalfBaked. Out of hundreds of initial applicants, hewas chosenas one of the final ten who got to put their ideas before potentialinvestors on the show. The biggest difference in hisapproach was the questions he was asking. Questions like“What do you do onceyou’re high?” Stoners need somethingto do and putting a funny, 420 friendly comic book intheir hands just made perfectsense. In contrast tothe other contestants, whowere pitching the usualgrowing gear, glasswareor ganja laden grub, Jeffrey’scomic books stoodout as fresh and unique.So much so that he wasthe ONLY contestantawarded an investment.King of Quality Productionspartnered with Petersonand gave him $25k asseed money. Since thenCali Chronic Comix hasgrown to include severaltitles including “TheAchievers”, the flagship“Superstoners” and evencanna-coloring books.The jump from printedcomic to animated seriesis already underway. I toldyou - this guy is anythingbut stereotypical with awork ethic and drive thatis to be admired for anyonebut especially for a stoner. You could say Jeffrey’s a bitof a super stoner himself.Vegas DazeMore recently Jeffrey has been kicking around Sin City,keeping himself busy as ever. While he continuesto workon his various projects, he’s still racking up the laughs andcontinues to be a prominent voice in the ongoing fight forcannabis. Las Vegas, now being dubbed the “New Amsterdam”,is one of those rare places where the crazy neverends. Best of all you can smoke weed openly there so andits become a whole new attraction for visitors. Maybe it washis unconventional upbringing or the 12 years of BurningMan, but somehow The 420 Comic just fit into the Vegascrazy like a glove. Now he’s living a comedians dream,doing his unique canna-comedy shows in the heart of LasVegas.All of sudden people are coming to vegas to get high. Youcan openly consume which is a complete head trip for anyoneused to living under paranoia-inducing prohibition. Jeffreyonce asked, "How often does Vegas get a new vice?"Not often and never quite like this! The timing really couldn'tbe better for a ganja guerilla-warrior like Peterson. Vegas isthe El Dorado for creative performers and now Jeff is nowis finally reaping the comedy gold he was collecting as ayoung kid constantly going against the grain. Few peoplecan claim to be a staple in the cannabis world and evenfewer are as vocal an advocate for pot as Jeffrey is. Othercomics would give anything for what he has accomplishedand he deserves every bit of it. Right down to the very lastdiamond dab.
Q&A with the man himself:1. How did you first get into cannabis and the culture around it?In 8th grade, after some peer pressure, I was encouraged to hit the bong. That was all it took. I foundMy happy place. Pot. I went out and bought a bag the next day. Fortunately, my big brother Dan wasa huge Stoner and taught Me the ways of the weed. I'm never not high now and that has kept Mealive.2. What made you take the leap from stoner to activist?In 1991, I watched a show called "Hemp For Victory with Richard Marcella" on LA cable access. Theguest was Jack Herer, speaking about His book The Emperor Wears No Clothes. I was fascinated. Inever knew pot had so many attributes or such a rich history. I met Jack shortly after and He and Ibecame great friends. His book influenced My metal band Knightriot to record a Cannabis/Hempsong, "Ballad of the Unsung Hero" in 1991. From that point on, I was a Cannabis Activist.3. Why do you feel that entertainment makes for good activism?As a kid, I went to acting school briefly, but it was Rock n Roll that really inspired me to Perform. Istarted singing in Hollywood with Knightriot in 1988 and later with The Justice League in 1993. Bothbands were Cannabis advocates and songs like 'Dope" from 1994 reflected that. I had known an upand coming comedian at that time named George Lopez and in 2003, I got the courage to do standup and on George's advice, do Pot Comedy. We remain friends to this day. There is a strong messageabout the many benefits of this super plant that I deliver through Humor. Making people laughgets them thinking and that way I can slip in some truth between one-liners and Celebrity Impressions.4. Who has been your biggest inspiration(s) along the way and why?I am highly influenced by stand up comedy and sitcoms. Seinfeld and Carlin are some of My Favorites.The SNL guys: Eddie Murphy, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Jim Breuer and Adam Sandler. TheCoen Brothers film The Big Lebowski has greatly inspired me but more than anyone though, it's themovies and the records of Cheech and Chong. I would listen to their albums as a kid and try to mimicthem. George Lopez told me that I could be like them if I stayed focused. In 2014 thanks to King OfQuality Productions, I opened for them in Denver. In My 18 year career, I have worked with Legendsin comedy in music such as Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley, Joe Rogan, Doug Benson, Mike Epps, Afroman,Ludacris, Roseanne,Wayne Newton, Louie Anderson, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Too Short, E40,Twiddle, Fishbone, Ozomatli and many more greats.5. What has been the biggest change you've seen in the culture over the year?It's astonishing to see something so vilified become so acceptable. No apologies, just CBD at 7-11,Hemp at Walmart, 24-hour dispensaries, billboards, TV commercials, celebrities becoming spokesmodelsforCannabis. Meanwhile, thousands of pot POWs rot in jail or suffer in the system for Cannabisoffenses. What is weird to Me is that I used to be kind of disrespected as a Pot Comic when Istarted in 2003. Now, in 2020 there are 420 comedy shows everywhere and every comic is up thereJ23