Pought Thots

CC rules!
Dear Friends,

The marijuana culture is so lucky to have your magazine! I appreciate everything about Cannabis Culture: the creative art, the direct and informative writing, the website and Pot-TV network, and the awesome range of topics that you cover.

There are two things that I especially appreciate. One of them is that you and your publisher have risked your lives and freedom to provide us seeds and information. I can tell that this is more than just a job for you guys.

The other is your writer and photographer Pete Brady. I am amazed that one person can bring us so much news and pictures on so many topics around the world in a way that is always interesting, accurate, and fun to read. This guy is truly fearless, going after the DEA, the drug czar, the corrupt and brutal cops while also being able to write about our heroes, marijuana science, politics, and festivals. With his words and pictures, he brings these things home to me powerfully so I can really understand and feel them.

I tell everybody I know to buy your magazine and when I am in a store that does not have it, I tell them they should. You rule!

Yours truly,
Tamika K,
Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Mr Larsen,

I feel compelled to write you a letter today, thanking you from the bottom of my heart, for your involvement in Cannabis Culture magazine. I have just finished reading the April/May 2001 issue (CC #30). It was the first one I had read. This magazine rocks!

Marijuana man knows how to write an interesting piece of journalism (Sativa Safari). It is too bad that Marijuana Man and Barge had the misfortune of trying to smoke some pot chock full of chemical fertilizers.

The article US Prison Empire made me sick to my stomach ? that pot smokers here in the US are filling jails with cheap labour for corporate profit. Could you fill future issues of CC with more articles about US marijuana prisoners in jails?

Instead of publishing your magazine every two months, I hope that someday you will have enough money in your treasury to publish an issue every single month. Two months is a long time to wait between issues.

A devoted reader.

Thanks for the kind words. Know that our small team at CC is always heartened by your positive letters.

Although it would mean more work for us all, I would be pleased to see Cannabis Culture become a monthly magazine. I certainly have enough material to fill 12 issues a year, but sadly the advertising base isn’t yet available for such an expansion. However, I do hope to be able to go monthly at some point.

? Dana

Too political

Good magazine, nice people. But too much politics. 3/4 of your magazine deals with rather unpleasant facts.

Busts, politics, politics…

How about more pictures, more growing info. How about what to expect from certain strains, what’s on the streets, more info on some of the local seed companies?

I understand the importance of getting the laws changed, and when you do I’ll be right there to take advantage of it, but three-quarters is a lot.

pb
Milwaukee

I don’t doubt that many readers feel the way you do. I am always challenged between reporting on the unpleasant truths of prohibition, or filling CC with grow articles and happy bud shots. I try to find a meeting ground between these extremes, but it is true that CC does focus heavily on activists, politics and current events. I do my best to cover all aspects of worldwide cannabis culture, but it’s hard for me to ignore major busts or new laws so I can squeeze in a few extra budshots.

? Dana

End Silence

I really enjoy reading your magazine. One thing I enjoy most about it is finding out how and who I can help. Unfortunately, not many speak their minds, and if they do, it isn’t to the people that can make a difference. So, I guess I have a question to the millions of people in the world that complain about marijuana laws: Why is your voice silent?

I constantly hear people say, “Oh, they should just legalize marijuana.” But when they are asked the question of whether or not they write letters to their elected officials, their answer is always no.

I admire the few people who do send many letters to government and such, but the world should have more people that speak their mind, and stand up for what they believe in.

People know the good of marijuana and hemp, and hardly anyone stands up for the fight. To the nation: There is a “war” on drugs, why aren’t we fighting back?

Courtney
Martinsville, IN

I believe that there are a two factors that contribute to this political lethargy: fear of the stigma of being “outed” as a marijuana user/grower, and a feeling that an individual cannot make much of a difference.

The first fear can be a real one for some. A marijuana grower might rightfully fear drawing attention to himself by publicly backing drug law reform. For those afraid of being public, I urge you to put your money behind your beliefs, invest in your freedom, and give money to any of the activist groups whose work you appreciate.

Every single person who helps out in this grand effort to end the war is important. In the words of famed anthropologist, Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

I urge all Cannabis Culture readers to write one letter each week to a different media outlet on the issues surrounding prohibition and personal freedom. If you are on the internet, the Media Awareness Project (www.mapinc.org) provides a constantly updated archive of virtually all media articles about cannabis and the drug war, letting people write letters to papers anywhere in the world. I urge all readers to take part and use this resource.

? Dana

Pot poetry

Cannabis Culture multiplies these highs, your insight, knowledge and courage clarifies.

I write this after a smoke of the finest homegrown weed, that I watered, nurtured, cared for from seed.

Mostly, I give it away. I learned that from Emery. May peace and sun shine on your day.

Every two months I read on the road to freedom. The clues to the root of the drug war are no longer misleading.

The nine bladed jagged fan points in all directions, across the calm morning lake that allows for reflection.

This effect has not been prescribed, though from healed heads the herb has survived.

Now the hands of time are vaguely described, by melodic beats of a distant tribe.

Fluctuating constantly as the stream, with turbulent pools yet crystal clean.

So jagged stones gently round. Ancient chains dissolve immersed in sound.

Chaotic designs of foliage combine, ancestors swing from the vine, as nourished roots intertwine.

The flowers’ hues are not obscene. Her multicolored views will be seen. Follow the lines or read between.

Joe CA

Thanks for the pot-poetry.

? Dana

Grow couples

I wanted to respond to Anonymous Bud of Colorado (CC#29, Cannabis Community, Pought Thots) and let him know that his problem is shared by many. My husband prefers to use government sanctioned drugs, but has always supported me in my decision to use marijuana. Due to factors such as my safety, quality of the pot and the cost, we started growing many years ago. It’s my operation but I couldn’t have done it without the support and expertise of my “engineer.”

I fully understand the fear that Anonymous Bud speaks of. It would break my heart if there were any legal consequences for my husband due to me growing in our home. Fortunately, being Canadian, we are in a better position than the personal grower in the US.

When we invite people over, we unplug the venting fans downstairs, burn scented candles, and use a plug-in air freshener strip. I’ll smoke pot often when we have guests so if they smell pot they’ll attribute it to my smoking.

Fear was the motivating factor in my decision to stop growing and using pot a few years ago, but I missed it immensely. Then I got mad. Mad at myself for giving in. I started growing again and I have no regrets. Like Bud I get satisfaction from writing letters to my local newspapers and elected representatives. The best way to fight the war on ignorance is to come out of the closet.

I had to laugh when I read of Bud’s dream of Amsterdam-style coffeeshops. A girlfriend and I have perfected our pot baking menu and have even picked the name of our cannabis tea cafe.

You’re not alone, Anonymous Bud. There are many couples I know in our position. Keep talking to your wife about it, but don’t ever give up.

Keep Growing!

MJ
Your BC Bud

Rebel?

Rasta Bob Marley once stated “these governments and people, who say they want to do so much good, say ?the people they mustn’t use the herb.’ and when asked why? they cannot find a reason, so they say ?they mustn’t use it; they mustn’t use it because it will make the people rebel.” Then cocking his head and looking off into the distance, the rastaman from Jamaica asked quizzically, “rebel?” and finally almost mockingly he asked “against what?”

I suppose one could make the argument that the people will smoke cannabis, think about all the inequalities in their daily lives, and then they will rise up and rebel against the folks who have misused political power. So much for the often stated belief that pot makes people unambitious.

What makes citizens rebel against governments are the inequalities that some governments force upon certain sectors of their governed. Tavern patrons and chain smokers would generally be the first to revolt violently against any gross inequalities shoved down their throats… not the cannabis smokers.

No, no… a thousand times no. Bob Marley is revealing the depth of his spirituality. Ras James calls in “Rasta Zen.” Bob’s provocative question, “against what?” is the Jamaican Zen master kindly pointing to the sound of one hand clapping.

Ras James
Rider of Selassie I’s flying white horse.

Employment?

I am a victim of my country’s outrageous and unconstitutional war on marijuana. I was arrested along with six other peaceful homesteaders on Waldron Island in 1997. Dozens of soldiers from several agencies with automatic weapons invaded our homes, took our crops and tried to take our dignity. If I am to be a convicted felon, I can think of no other crime that I would be prouder to be convicted of… Marijuana Cultivation.

I am happy to see the formation of the BC Marijuana Party. I would love to see the formation of such a party in this state. In the meantime, does CC or the Emery seed bank, or any of your associates have any employment positions for a current US law student and freedom fighter?

Sincerely, Ivan
Washington

I receive many letters seeking a paying job at CC, Pot-TV, or elsewhere in our organization. Sadly our employment opportunities are limited, we have a small, dedicated staff and not much room or money for more personnel.

I encourage anyone interested in improving the world to start up a Marijuana Party in their city/state/country. Depending on your region and local laws, forming an official political party can be easier than you think, and you will be surprised at the people who come out of the woodwork to help you. Who knows? If you work hard enough, perhaps someday people will be writing to your organization, looking for their dream job!

? Dana

In prison

How are you doing? I’m better than I thought I would be under the circumstances, but this is still terrible.

I am still promoting “jury nullification” as a way of ending the war, although I didn’t get a chance to use it during my trial as planned.

Please write back.

Ed Forchion
“The NJ Weedman”

Ed Forchion’s sad case has been profiled in CC (CC#30, NJ Weedman gets 10 years!) I encourage CC readers to send Ed, or any other pot-prisoner, a short letter saying hi and offering moral support.

Edward Forchion
414575 – Riverfront prison
North Camden, New Jersey
08101-9104

? Dana

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