Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ganja in Music, Poetry and Art

  Gene Kruppa (right), famous swing and jazz drummer from the 1930-40s, shown here with the Benny Goodman band. In 1943, Krupa was arrested for possession of TWO marijuana cigarettes and was given a three-month jail sentence

Above: Women in Assam selling cannabis

John Sinclair, American Poet (b. Flint, Michigan, 1941)

After a series of convictions for possession of marijuana, Sinclair was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1969 after giving two joints to an undercover narcotics officer.[6] This sentence inspired Abbie Hoffman to jump on the stage during The Who's performance at Woodstock to protest. It also sparked the landmark "John Sinclair Freedom Rally" at Ann Arbor's Crisler Arena in December 1971. The event brought together luminaries including rock musicians John Lennon (who recorded the song "John Sinclair" on his Some Time in New York City album[


 Best Marijuana Photo of 2012: Monterey Bud



Seattle Hempfest

The Great Marijuana Hoax
First Manifesto to End the Bringdown

"I've never had a chance to explain my position on this subject without interruption, and to a large audience," says the poet Allen Ginsberg about the myths, the lore, and the legal aspects of marijuana. "So people mistakenly think I'm asking people to take dope-fiend dope."

by Allen Ginsberg
 Atlantic Monthly November 1966:

(The online version of this article appears in two parts.)

HOW much there is to be revealed about marijuana in this decade in America for the general public! The actual experience of the smoked herb has been clouded by a fog of dirty language perpetrated by a crowd of fakers who have not had the experience and yet insist on downgrading it. The paradoxical key to this bizarre impasse of awareness is precisely that the marijuana consciousness is one that, ever so gently, shifts the center of attention from habitual shallow, purely verbal guidelines and repetitive secondhand ideological interpretations of experience to more direct, slower, absorbing, occasionally microscopically minute engagement with sensing phenomena.

 Reefer Madness: The Film:
Reefer Madness (originally made as Tell Your Children and sometimes titled as The Burning Question, Dope Addict, Doped Youth and Love Madness) is a 1936-1939 American propaganda exploitation film revolving around the melodramatic events that “Reefer Madness is a film directed by Louis Gasnier and starred a cast composed of mostly unknown bit actors.
Originally financed by a church group under the title Tell Your Children, the film was intended to be shown to parents as a morality tale attempting to teach them about the dangers of cannabis use.[5] However, soon after the film was shot, it was purchased by producer Dwain Esper, who re-cut the film for distribution on the exploitation film circuit beginning in 1938/39 through the 40s and 50s.[5] The film was "rediscovered" in the early 1970s and gained new life as a piece of unintentional comedy among advocates of cannabis policy reform.[5][6] Today, it is in the public domain in the United States and is considered a cult film.[6] It inspired a musical satire, which premiered off-Broadway in 2001, and a film based on the musical in 2005.

"Take 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, 1 whole nutmeg, 4 average sticks of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon coriander. These should all be pulverized in a mortar. About a handful each of stone dates, dried figs, shelled almonds and peanuts: chop these and mix them together. A bunch of cannibus sativa can be pulverized. This along with the spices should be dusted over the mixed fruit and nuts, kneaded together. About a cup of sugar dissolved in a big pat of butter. Rolled into a cake and cut into pieces or made into balls about the size of a walnut, it should be eaten with care. Two pieces are quite sufficient. Obtaining the cannibus may present certain difficulties.... It should be picked and dried as soon as it has gone to seed and while the plant is still green."
Cecil must sternly advise that you shouldn't try this at home. If you do anyway, at least you won't have to worry about the munchies.

- Cecil Adams

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