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Monday, May 14, 2007

Marijuana March

This photo is from the New York City Worldwide Marijuana March, an annual event held on the first Saturday of May - click here for more photos. It is NYC's celebration of a worldwide event called the Global Marijuana March or Million Marijuana March, now with 232 cities involved. Each city has its own spin which involves marches, festivals, rallies, concerts, speakers and information tables. The event, which has been going on for 40 years in NYC, is a celebration of marijuana culture with an aim to legalize cannabis for all uses - recreation, medicine, fuel, etc. Various groups are involved in the organization of the march such as NORML, Cannabis Culture and Cures-Not-Wars, one of the most interesting groups. Cures-Not-Wars is making efforts to legalize the use of ibogaine, a hallucinogen of African origin which is reputedly very effective in treating opiate addiction. Ibogaine is administered in many countries as an experimental drug. In other countries, such as the United States, it is a controlled substance along with other psychedelics. Cures-Not-Wars is headed by Dana Beal, former Yippie, out of 9 Bleecker Street, the former home of the Yipster Times and now a museum (click here for previous post).. The figure at the center of the photo is, appropriately, David Peel, a musician and activist who is perhaps best known for his first album Have a Marijuana, produced in 1968 with his group The Lower East Side. The parade has the feel of a sixties rally with a benign tone. The police appeared quite easy going and tolerant of the event. After all, how much of a serious danger can marijuana activists really be :)

9 comments:

Prokur said...

I was thinking that in some states weed is already legalized...

btw, why you use red links? It isn't looking good :( They looks like not working articles in wikipedia.
More than this red text is bad on blue background.

Lucy said...

Unlike so many stylistic aspects of the 60s and 70s, the very mellow personal affect of those days has never been taken up by the modern youth -- too bad, I miss it...

Brian said...

prokur - you are correct about the red - I am involved in lots of graphics. However, the problem is that most people, even web savvy friends, frequently do not notice more subtle links. Perhaps I will try another color. And I hate underlined links.
Brian

Abraham Lincoln said...

I am always amazed at your photography and the quality in it and in your narratives. Good work.

If you got there yesterday and were part of the 100 or so who left a comment about my magazine cover for my Patty, then I need to thank you for your visit. I do appreciate it. It was a first for me.

Aigars Bruvelis said...

Thanks for the story...and
..yes, red seems to me too agresive and that is why(paradoxicaly) I ignored it when reading your post.

Ham said...

WHAT DO WE WANT? MARIJUANA!! WHEN DO WE WANT IT? (hey, can anyone remember???)

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

I make mine the Abraham Lincoln words'. Great phots, great descriptions... Great job !

rchrd said...

Egad! David Peel! Last time I was within 10 feet of him was in 1967.

Good to know he's still standing (I guess.)

roger said...

i din't get u.

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