It’s hard to believe that the idyllic Laguna Canyon enclave of Woodland Drive, not too far from the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, was once known as Dodge City because of the gunfire that tended to erupt there in the 1960s.
That was a long time ago, but it seems memories are still fresh about the days when Laguna Beach — and Woodland Drive — was the center of a sophisticated and highly entrepreneurial international drug ring that imported and sold marijuana, hashish and the “new” drug, LSD, with a zeal and business-savvy that could have impressed a Donald Trump.
That’s also when psychologist- turned-drug guru Timothy Leary — who had been kicked out of Harvard University for sanctioned LSD experimentation and later arrested after LSD became illegal — was given shelter in the canyon by the secretive and still-mysterious Brotherhood of Eternal Love. People are still trying to figure out if the Brotherhood was a group of Orange County street thugs, a drug cartel, a hippie mafia or a cult of mystics determined to spread peace and love throughout the world. Or all of the above.