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The Global Marijuana March originated with International Drug Policy Day in May 1990

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Bruce Cain·Saturday, May 5, 2018

Detroit’s Metro Times is supposed to do an article on my contributions to the Cannabis Movement. But it has been 3 weeks since I was interviewed by their Senior Editor (today 5/5/18). So I’m getting concerned the article will never get published. At any rate some notes to the editor of Metro Times.

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Recall our interview where I talked about what is called either the Global Marijuana March or Million Marijuana March. Between 1985 and 1990 I helped to change the Hash Bash from April 1st to the First Saturday in April. The first International Drug Policy Day — my invention — used the Hash Bash and my magazine “New Age Patriot” to “springboard” the event. And just as with having the Hash Bash on the first Saturday in April (which I had a hand in) I set IDPD for the first Saturday in May. In both cases it seemed obvious that people were more likely to attend on the week day Vs the middle of the week. Yes most Cannabis consumers do work. [LOL].

IDPD went from 1990 to 1997. Then Dana Beal, and old Yippie out of New York City (The Hemp Museum) asked if I minded if he resumed the event as the “Global Marijuana March.” The first GMM then took place in either 1999 or 2000. The GMM kept the same first Saturday in May that was employed by IDPD. And the simple method was the same: we just encouraged activists to stage events and we simply published the growing list of events. And so today there are many events — some small, some large — throughout the globe. Yes, this all originated with IDPD in 1990.

That might be something relevant to mention in your forthcoming article on my small contributions to this movement.

===== The Global Marijuana March (GMM), also referred to as the Million Marijuana March (MMM), is an annual rally held at different locations around the world on the first Saturday in May. A notable event in cannabis culture, it is associated with cannabis-themed events, which may include marches, meetings, rallies, raves, concerts, festivals, and attempts at educational outreach.

The first Global Marijuana March was held in 1999.[1] Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have participated in over 829 different cities in 72 countries.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Locally, the Global Marijuana March is associated with names including World Cannabis Day, Cannabis Liberation Day, Global Space Odyssey, Ganja Day, J Day, and Million Blunts March.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March =====

Now my recollection was that first GMM/MMM occurred in 2000. I could be wrong about that. But the point would be I did have a hand in promoting the first annual global protest against the prevailing climate of Cannabis Prohibition throughout the globe. I think the peak for IDPD came in 1996 where events occurred in nearly 46 locations from Warsaw to South America. And as it morphed into the GMM we now have events in 829 cities and 72 countries. I think the evolution of the international movement needs to be understood. I also think people should know that the guy that started this shit is not real happy about the fact our efforts have only resulted in state monopolies which are now incentivised, by sheer monetary greed, to use zoning laws, legislation and the power of the state to violate the rights of those that want to simply grow their own Cannabis.

They have also set up a Wiki “like” site with much more information . . . though I do think this could have been done in a more organized fashion. [LOL]:

http://cannabis.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March

Now you could argue that this is not happening. “No one is trying to stop you from growing your own Cannabis!” But I’ve already sent you articles showing that it IS happening in other states. I’ve also sent an article stating that, in Michigan, they are now spending nearly twice as much to enforce these draconian laws, compared to just a few years previous. And the sick irony of it all, is that the revenue to bust growers is coming from the $100 they have to pay each year to remain “legal growers.” I am sick of this government treating our good citizens like red headed step children.

You should not need a god damn card — or any other state manufactured obstruction — for the privilege of growing your own Cannabis. You don’t need it to make wine at home. You don’t need a card to make beer at home.

Looking forward to that article. Yeah, I would have to say the IDPD was one of my more significant contributions to the Global Marijuana Movement. It would be nice if you could mention that in the article.

Bruce W. Cain

From: “bcainw” <[email protected]>

To: “Michael Jackman” <[email protected]>

Sent: Friday, May 4, 2018 8:52:47 AM

Subject: Any further updates as to when article might be coming out from my interview a few weeks back.

Any further updates as to when article might be coming out from my interview a few weeks back.

It does seem important that an alternative view gets out there. I was just reading the Free Press this morning where the legislature may pass a Cannabis Bill that would allow Congress to further amend their bill with a mere 50% Vs 75% of Congress. They already destroyed the 2008 Medical Marijuana Initiative that was passed by 63%. Allowing a simple majority to further “pervert” Cannabis law seems like a really stupid idea to me. Apparently the strategy is to pass the bill so the Marijuana Initiative will not attract too many young democrats. Of course the larger problem is we have all these state pensions that need funding. They hope Cannabis represents more revenue to offset a tax decrease. And as we had discussed many “tax/regulate” states — WA, CO, CA, MI — ARE slowly criminalizing home grows which is insane given you CAN make beer and wine at home: without a card, without an inspection, without taxation, without the fear of having you home invaded.

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By taking the ballot proposal up in the Legislature, lawmakers could amend it with a simple majority. If they waited to amend the issue after it’s passed by voters in November, they would need a three-fourths majority in both the House and Senate.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, which is pushing the cannabis legalization proposal, said it would be happy with either the Legislature or the voters taking up the measure. The group expected it would have to deal with amendments in the Legislature.

https://www.freep.com/story/news/2018/05/04/michigan-republican-lawmakers-marijuana-legalization-tax-cut/577836002/

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From: “bcainw” <[email protected]>

To: “Michael Jackman” <[email protected]>

Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:54:38 AM

Subject: Yep as the money comes in to government the right to grow goes out the window.

No need for a reply. I just found another instance where, as state monopolies rise, the right to grow goes out the window. This is an example from Canada. This IS what will occur in Michigan. Mark my words.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/marijuana-pot-cannabis-legalization-condo-landlord-1.4630048

It is human nature. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And now they want ALL the money. Listen to the money talk. LOL

AC/DC “Listen to the Money Talk”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUBl1W-dWE0

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Marijuana activist since 1960s facing California pot charges

By DON THOMPSON Associated Press

December 20, 2017 08:50 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

A marijuana activist whose advocacy dates to the 1960s counterculture has been arrested in California toting 22 pounds of illegal marijuana, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Irvin Dana Beal, 70, of New York, was arrested Saturday in far Northern California after prosecutors said his rental car was spotted weaving across the road and driving 20 miles below the speed limit. James Statzer, 51, of Michigan, also was arrested.

The arrest occurred along a well-traveled highway in California’s famed Emerald Triangle area, known for its high-grade pot. A police dog smelled marijuana during the stop and 22 pounds of the drug was found.

Both men pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing drugs for sale and felony transportation charges and were being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Beal has been promoting marijuana’s medical benefits for decades. His activism dates to the 1960s heyday of Abbie Hoffman and the Youth International Party, known as the Yippies.

Recreational sales of marijuana become legal in California on Jan. 1, and medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 1996. But it’s still illegal to transport large quantities of the drug or to take it out of state.

It’s not uncommon for traffickers to think they can now transport pot risk-free, said Deputy District Attorney Colleen Murray, who is prosecuting the case.

“People are like, ‘It’s legal.’ So often they’re very open with officers, ‘Oh hey, I have 100 pounds,'” she said. “That’s not the way it works.”

Defense attorney Tom Ballanco said it’s not clear if his two clients thought they were acting legally.

Friends were raising money for Beal’s bail, Ballanco said, concerned that he is a heart attack survivor and has other illnesses. Beal isn’t a flight risk and looks forward to fighting the charges, Ballanco said.

“The nature of his life, really, is one of activism. He’s not the type of person who’s going to flee from this,” Ballanco said. “He’s certainly a very colorful figure. I’m happy to be representing him and his co-defendant.”

For law enforcement, these were routine arrests in an area where traffickers typically tote hundreds if not thousands of pounds of famed Emerald Triangle pot to East Coast states.

“People can buy it here for maybe $800 or $1,000 a pound,” Murray said. “Once they get back there … they’re going to get maybe $3,000 to $4,000 a pound for it. That’s a nice profit.”

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Facebook Posts Indicate That Once Again, Dana Beal Has Been Arrested

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John Penley

Dana Beal [seen here speaking at the DNC protests in Philly] has just been arrested again for transporting a load of marijuana in Weaverville, California.

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Wayward Bill

Bummer. A fellow Yippie and friend.
Dana Beal BUSTED IN NORTHERN CALIF
BUSTED YESTERDAY IN TRINITY COUNTY, CALIFORNIA….
HE IS LOCATED AT :
TRINITY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
101 MEMORIAL DRIVE
P.O. BOX 1228
WEAVERVILLE, CA 96093

TRINITY COUNTY JAIL FACILITY
101 MEMORIAL DRIVE
P.O. BOX 1119
WEAVERVILLE, CA 96093

(530) 623-2611
Fax: (530) 623-8180

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Updates will follow…

Guilty verdict in case of Yippie caught with 155 pounds of pot

PUBLISHED FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 AT 6:19 PM / UPDATED AT 8:46 PM
Guilty verdict in case of Yippie caught with 155 pounds of pot
By Paul Hammel / World-Herald Bureau

LINCOLN — One of the original members of the ‘60s revolutionary group, the Yippies, was found guilty this week of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after being caught with 155 pounds of baled pot in a van at Ashland, Neb.

Saunders County District Judge Mary Gilbride, in an order dated Tuesday, also rejected, for the second time the use of a “choice of evils” defense by Dana Beal, 65, of New York City, a long-time advocate for using marijuana as medicine, and the official historian of the Yippie Museum.

Beal, at a trial last month, admitted he was a passenger three years ago in a van carrying the marijuana.

But in court and in jail interviews, he has said his crime should be set aside because the cannabis was being delivered to a group of AIDS and cancer sufferers in New York and Michigan who use the pot for pain relief, appetite enhancement and for other medical reasons.

Beal and his attorney, Glenn Shapiro of Omaha, said they want a jury to weigh whether Beal had chosen a lesser evil —and should be found innocent — because he chose to break the law to provide medicine for sick people.

Seventeen states have legalized marijuana for medical uses, but Nebraska and New York are not among them.

Shapiro or Beal could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon, but both have said they plan to appeal the conviction.

Beal will be sentenced on Nov. 19. The marijuana delivery charge is a felony, punishable by five to 50 years in prison. Two others arrested in the van, James Statzer and Christopher Ryan, were sentenced to 36 to 48 months and 24 to 36 months, respectively, in prison.

Saunders County Attorney Scott Tinglehoff said his office would not have a sentencing recommendation for Beal until after a pre-sentence investigation is completed.

But, he said, it was unlikely that he will not recommend some time in prison because Beal, while he was awaiting a trial on the 2009 drug stop in Nebraska, was arrested in Wisconsin for transporting pot across that state.

“He obviously doesn’t care about following the law and acts like he’s above it,” Tinglehoff said. “Because of that, we have a problem with it.”

The Yippies, or Youth International Party, were a radical group that used satire and pranks to mock the status quo. They were best known for leading protests that disrupted the Democratic National Convention in 1968. Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman were among their leaders.

One fellow Yippie, Ed Rosenthal, is among the Beal supporters who have said they will testify at his sentencing hearing.

Contact the writer:

402-473-9584, [email protected]

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