Author and journalist Mark Ebner puts the F in fearless reporter. Not afraid to get his hands dirty, the guy who took on Scientology has gone on to publish seven books—including the New York Times bestselling Hollywood Interrupted, which he co-wrote with the late Andrew Breitbart. What I didn’t know until he told me (during this interview!) is that, after 23 years sober, he made the choice to start smoking pot. This wasn’t some sudden brainstorm of course but a decision he came to after a scooter accident left him hooked on painkillers and he used medical marijuana to detox. Though this isn’t a common path for anyone who had multiple decades of sobriety (or recommended!), Ebner explains in this interview how he’s able to smoke pot non addictively—and I have no reason to doubt him. Not only do we unpack that fascinating turn of events here but we also get into Narconon (the Scientology “addiction recovery” program), the ways his sober friends have reacted to his pot smoking, how we only see each other as dueling talking heads on shows like E’s Secret Societies of Hollywood (I swear I’m in this even though I’m not in this teaser) and the hell of writing books for a living.
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