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CANNABIS COMMENDATIONS ROOM
|2. HISTORICAL & COSMIC HEMPSTERS||8.||14.|
|3. LIVING LEGENDS||9.||15.|
|6.||12. LETTERS ON HEMPSTERS||18. READINGS OF/BY HEMPSTERS|
1. WELCOME TO THE CANNABIS HEMP
This room is dedicated to the millions of persons who are not mentioned here, but that have suffered loss, incarceration, even death due to the 63 years of Cannabis prohibition.
Since this is a museum I would like to include here historical figures that I came across who stood up for or loved the hemp plant or who had some related relationship with the plant. Many mentioned here did not want to be at the forefront of Cannabis prohibition - Donald Scott comes to mind. Yet over the years I have been involved, I have witnessed or heard of thousands of Americans who stood up for Cannabis, at risk of loss of their personal liberty, with the government looking over their shoulder. After listening to Brownie Mary Rathbun testify before the government, I was really proud to share a joint with her on the Capital steps in Sacramento. Because I'm the Curator here you are going to meet a lot of the people I crossed paths with, while others I will have to search out. If you are here and don't want to be, let me know. I want to thank everyone who has ever been to a hemp rally, who ever smoked a joint, bought a hemp product, or voted for hemp medicine, because we have a common mind and purpose. We want to extend freedom, to ourselves, to farmers, to patients, and to our children, to make up a new life based on natural, renewable, and sustainable resources.
Many people here made direct contributions to the museum in time, money, or museum items. My special thanks to you.
|2. HISTORICAL HEMPSTERS.
|George Washington and his slaves grew hemp at his
Mt. Vernon home in Virginia. "Father of the U.S.A.,
first President, Revolutionary War General, and hemp farmer,
Washington said: "Make the most of the Indian hemp
seed, sow it everywhere."
I couldn't have said it better!
|The forth U.S.A. President, Statesman, author of the Declaration of Independence, hemp farmer, and slave owner, Jefferson said: "THE GREATEST SERVICE WHICH CAN BE RENDERED ANY COUNTRY IS TO ADD A USEFUL PLANT TO ITS CULTURE."|
Article by Diane Ackerman, PARADE MAGAZINE, July 15, 2001. "Gardening is a favorite activity in more than 50 million American households, but for THOMAS JEFFERSON -who, in his spare time, was President -it was an all consuming passion...As a slaveholder, he had an almost endless supply of labor for the task."
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
|George Washington Carver was the greatest agricultural researcher in American history. He showed you could make almost anything from farm products and agricultural waste. Carver developed hundreds of products out of the peanut. Henry Ford was a friend and used Carver's ideas in building his early Ford cars.|
LYSTER H. DEWEY
Dewey was a botanist with the Bureau of Plant Industry, U.S. Department of Agriculture. He wrote articles on hemp for the U.S.D.A. Yearbooks (see U.S.D.A. Yearbook, 1901, p.540-554. Dewey also testified for the hemp plant at the hearings of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.
MARY JANE "BROWNIE MARY" RATHBUN (1925 -1999)
|Brownie Mary Rathbun made marijuana brownies to give to AIDS patients. She was recognized in San Francisco, in 1992, for her years of service at the AIDS ward of San Francisco General Hospital, by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who declared a "Brownie Mary Day." Shortly after Brownie Mary was arrested in Sonoma County, in the kitchen of a friend doing what she did so well. Baking. She was in possession of 2.5 pounds of marijuana leaf. She testified before many governmental bodies in an attempt to legalize the medicine she knew worked and was safe.|
|LETTER SUBMITTED TO THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: APRIL 18,
RE: Brownie Mary Rathbun
Now that marijuana is legal for medical use in California, one of my favorite hero's in the struggle to accomplish that will always be Brownie Mary Rathbun. As a colleague in the movement, I mourn her passing and celebrate her compassion and courage in the face of incredible odds. What a woman!
Richard M. Davis, Curator U.S.A. Hemp Museum
BOB MARLEY (1945 - 1981)
|"Why people drink is they want
feeling I get when I smoke herb. Everybody need to get
high but some people getting high with the wrong things." -
BOB MARLEY: IN HIS OWN WORDS. By Ian McCann, 1993.
PETER McWILLIAMS (1950 - 2000)
|Peter McWilliams, best selling author, was an advocate and activist for the medical use of marijuana. He was arrested on a federal charge of conspiring to manufacture and sell marijuana, and denied the use of marijuana for his personal battle with AIDS, by the federal government. He died while awaiting sentencing in the court of Judge George H. King, who denied his defense. All this was after the passage of Proposition 215 by the people of California.|
DONALD SCOTT (? - 1993)
|The legal nightmare of hemp prohibition went on long enough to cause the home invasion murder of Donald Scott. No drugs were present. The various police agencies had already divided up Scott's 4 million dollar property on paper. These tactics over a relatively harmless plant are an outrage. The government will only be stopped with re-legalization of hemp, all hemp.|
|3. LIVING HEMP LEGENDS. These people are alive and in our debt. Every person alive will one day thank them as they see cleaner skies, an end to global warming, and a better world based on hemp and truth and strong individuals.|
THE GRANDFATHER OF THE MODERN HEMP MOVEMENT
Willie Nelson NORML PSA "Medical"
'Back in the '60's when the rest of us were just smoking hemp,
Willie Nelson was talking about making food and clothing
and buildings and paper and medicine from the hemp plant.'
Richard M. Davis in a 2008 interview
THOMAS CHONG & CHEECH MARIN
|Senator for Ontario, Canada. On June 19, 1996, Senator Milne successfully proposed an amendment to the government's drug legislation, Bill C-8, authorizing the cultivation of hemp in Canada.|
|Actor and Hemp Activist, Harrelson has been making waves by supporting the hemp movement with his money and his deeds. He is hemp's best known friend.|
SISTER SOMAYAH MOORE-KAMBUI
|Los Angeles hemp activist and Sickle Cell patient has been arrested several times for her activism.||
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|New York activist visiting California. Dana has spearheaded the Million Marijuana March, and the upcoming Space Odyssey 2001 on Saturday, May 5th, 2001.|
|Cancer survivor nine times, hemp activist, and political prisoner of the federal government, Todd McCormick. I know Todd. I've seen his scars and seen him not able to move. I've met Todd's mother and heard her stories. Todd is a political prisoner in every sense of the word. The people of California voted after a long struggle to allow citizens to use medical marijuana. If Todd grew too much for his personal use, it would be agriculture and beyond the jurisdiction of Congress. He and many others should be pardoned and released by Governor Davis, immediately. States rights rule in agriculture says the U.S. Constitution.|
|Garberville hemp entrepreneur,
Humboldt hemp activist (Whitethorn, CA). Marie Mills, with
For the past five years I have worn Marie's hemp vests, daily. Marie, like every other hemp entrepreneur in the U.S.A., must import hemp from other countries. The United States farmer and industry in general is being taken advantage of by what looks like an illegal prohibition of agriculture.
MANY MORE ARE IN THE WORKS.
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