IF you want an interesting historical breakdown of why marijuana is illegal this is a great piece of audio. Chomsky explains that it has nothing to do with the herb’s effects or danger but really was made illegal so the police could go after, harass and basically outlaw citizens or groups of people they didn’t like. For example in England at one point Gin was outlawed but not whiskey, poor people drank gin…

Marijuana prohibition was created just to target an ethnic group, it’s roots are extremely racist and have nothing to do with science or medicine, everyone thats ever wondered why the useful mj plant is illegal should check this out!

The Redwood grove that all of the locals know and love appears to have avoided the fire; at least the main grove.  There are several blogs maintained by families who live close to the fire that have been extremely informative.  Glenmaple.com has been updating his collection of maps and photos.  All of them are very good

Outlaws for what?

July 10, 2008

Joe Hill is the adopted name of a long-time resident of Mendocino County, veteran of skirmishes with Power in the guerilla war for popular control of media.

I think a lot of things have to be changed if we hope to really enjoy life here or anywhere.

I certainly agree that straight talk about marijuana is important, but given all the serious problems we face, I see it as one of many factors to consider in surviving right now. From what I’ve seen, most marijuana growers, the vast majority, are in it for the money. And as far as I’m concerned that’s okay. It certainly no worse than working for a box store (which is killing downtown) and I’m glad some of the young folks have decided to stay here and grow pot rather than moving far away to work for Chevron or teach English Literature at UCSB or whatever.

The question is what are you (we) doing with the money we wrangled out of the marijuana industry?

That’s a question I’ve asked of some growers I know. What about contributing something to your community? Some of them scoffed at the idea. They would do it, maybe, if everyone else did. Some were at least tolerant of the idea. And a few of them I know are generous with their money and make significant contributions to the community. But I’ve never seen any actual organized effort on the part of growers to do something for the community.

A conscious public effort on the part of growers (not impossible to accomplish) would go a long way toward winning the next vote. And it might even feel good. It might even be a step in the right direction.

Woody Guthrie tells a story of Pretty Boy Floyd, the depression-era bank robber: “Every crime in Oklahoma was added to his name.” But on Christmas Day a carload of groceries appeared along with a note: “You say that I’m a robber, you say that I’m a thief. Well, here’s a Christmas dinner for the families on relief”

Do you know any grower who deserves the Pretty Boy Floyd Award?

Joe

The best m.j. ever?

July 6, 2008

headband

headband

A strain called headband has quickly become the most sought after strain in Humboldt County. Similar to Sour Diesel and O.G. kush, this strain smells amazing and is incredibly strong. I would have to say that this is the most desirable srtain of marijuana that I have ever come across. It’s exclusivity makes it pretty hard to find. Supposedly this strain is a mix of the O.G. and the Sour Diesel. A blueberry headband has also been propogated as of late.

A big thanks goes out to Kym for getting in touch with me and making such an in depth posting about what we are trying to do at Grow magazine. I also appreciated the comments that have been posted on her blog so far. Seeing the positive responses to our project gives me much needed encouragement. I spoke with Kym about doing a story on the Hacker Creek diesel spill. If anyone is out there that has a picture or opinion that they would like to share for an article for the upcoming issue of Grow, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My email is humboldtgrow@gmail.com

Red Headed Blackbelt

A group of close friends and I celebrated the 4th at Mad River beach last night. It was an amazing experience. Pound for pound more fireworks than I have ever seen before. We must have seen at least 1,000 mortars go off. I am curious as to how much trash was left behind. We tried to pick up all of our trash, but I left with the feeling that we still left quite a mess. A friend of mine thought that the excessive amount of fireworks was directly related to all of the expendable income that comes from marijuana sales. I guess weed money is good for something.

federal agents unload evidence during the first day of operation\
federal agents unload evidence during the first day of operation “southern sweep”

The times standard came out with an article that gives new detailed information about the group that was being investigated. The name of the group was Lost Paradise land corporation. I had heard a few comments and rumours about the group over a year ago. I spoke with a young man today that gave me quite a bit of insight into some of the details of the group. My source indicated to me that the house in Sunnybrae was 8 lights and two other homes that were searched contained 20 and 28 lights. All 3 of these homes were controlled by a single female who was also present during federal raids at Whale Gulch in 1996. I still need to verify a lot of this information. I’ll have more details tomorrow.

Fires still burning

July 3, 2008

10 miles south of Garberville

10 miles south of Garberville

One nice thing about driving back and forth between Arcata and Ukiah is watching the seasons change in such a beautiful area.  The past 10 days has been spent in amazement at the surreal apoctolyptic setting that currentlty surrounds us.  I know that the fires in Northern CA have caused a lot of problems, but its hard to deny how much it has helped take our minds off of measure B.  I never thought that I would see my home town so divided over a single issue.  To top it all off, the rercent ruling people vs. Kelly has caused even more confusion  and now even after measure B has been declared the winner people still dont know what to think.  A break in the silence occured today when the press democrat came out with the Sheriff stating that he will not uphold measure B until the people vs. Kelly ruling can be sorted out.

Press Democrat article

People Vs. Kelly