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- 40 Global March overview
- 41 Site navigation
- 42 Cannabis is safer.
- 43 Nixon's racist drug war
- 44 The forever drug war
- 45 US Republican states
- 46 Today's far-right Republicans
- 47 $70 billion to end pandemic
- 48 GOP taxes screw middle class
- 49 Republican filibuster equals
- 49.1 US voter suppression
- 49.2 High US taxes on poor
- 49.3 And on US middle class
- 49.4 Low US minimum wage
- 49.5 High wealth inequality
- 49.6 High income inequality
- 49.7 Low quality of life
- 49.8 High household debt
- 49.9 High US medical debt
- 49.10 High student loan debt
- 49.11 Punitive bankruptcy law
- 49.12 Stagnant US wages
- 49.13 Racist law enforcement
- 49.14 Poorly rated healthcare
- 49.15 No universal healthcare
- 50 Single payer costs less
- 51 Portugal's drug decrim equals
- 52 50 drug overdose deaths yearly
- 53 Vs 100,000 yearly US deaths
- 54 President Eisenhower. 1953:
- 55 His 91% top marginal tax rate
- 56 Equaled prosperity for more.
- 57 Republican President Lincoln
- 58 Created first progressive
- 59 US federal income tax.
- 60 Thomas Paine on the poor
- 61 Overpopulation = Warming
- 62 Categories
Share links: New York City or NYC or nyc. Local or regional cannabis-related links wanted. See: New York (state). See cities by country on GMM map of all cities. See all cities (not just Global Marijuana March). See the yearly city and event lists for additional Facebook and other links.
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See also this Dana Beal page for more cannabis history of New York City.
Photos and graphics
- Twitter: CannabisParadeNYC (@GanjaNYC) | Twitter.
- Instagram: NYC Cannabis Parade (@cannabisparade) • Instagram photos and videos.
- NYC Cannabis Parade | The Founding Chapter of The Global Marijuana March.
- A brief history of the Marijuana March. Archive.
- Cures Not Wars. See archive too. Its timeline offers various versions over the years.
- Category:Dana Beal.
- Portal: Dana Beal.
- United States. Cannabis-related links.
- Wikipedia: Cannabis in New York (state).
- Google Maps: New York City.
- Google images: New York City.
- Wikipedia: New York City.
- Wikitravel: New York City.
- Wikivoyage: New York City.
Global Cannabis March. 420
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- Photos: Category:2021 Global Marijuana March.
- Annual New York City Cannabis Parade held in Union Park. By News 12 Staff. Great video of parade.
- Long video of speakers. See video of Senator Chuck Schumer. The Cannabis Parade in 4 Minutes & 20 Seconds!
- Pols for pot: At cannabis rally victory lap, politicians pay respect to hippies who were there first. By Paul DeRienzo. The Village Sun.
- Schumer Slams ‘Bigoted’ Marijuana Laws At Rally, Saying His Federal Bill Will Legalize ‘The Right Way’. By Ben Adlin. Marijuana Moment.
- Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will headline this year's NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally. As well as other dignitaries. The 2021 Route. CannabisParade.org pages.
- NYC Cannabis Parade 2021 Featured Schumer Promising to Legalize. By Dan Ulloa. Heady NJ.
- Photos: Category:420 events in 2021
- Videos: . Articles. Google search.
- Got vaxxed — get grass; Free joints in Union Square for proof of jabs. April 20, 2021 article from The Village Sun. Many photos.
- He Fought for Decades to Make Marijuana Legal. Now What?. About Dana Beal. From New York Times.
- Video: "Today at Joints for Jabs weed giveaway in Union Square, NYC. Show your vax card and get a free jay. The line went around the block."
- Marijuana NYC: Joints For Jabs to give free joints in Manhattan's Union Square to fully vaccinated New Yorkers. From PIX11.
- Marijuana activist will hand out free joints to vaccinated NYers on 4/20. From New York Post.
- Facebook event: Joints for Jabs NYC.
- 'Joints for jabs': free marijuana for vaccinated New Yorkers. From France 24. Photo on left below from article: "A man smokes a joint and shows his vaccination card as marijuana activists hand out free joints to vaccinated New Yorkers on April 20, 2021 in New York City."
May 2: Digital Facebook event: Virtual NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally 2020.
- Facebook: NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally.
- Facebook: NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally - Official After Party.
- NYC Cannabis Parade.
- 2019 Lineup.
- These New Yorkers Love Weed So Much They Threw a Whole Parade for It - VICE.
- Brent’s 8th annual WEEDPOCALYPSE Tickets, Sat Apr 20, 2019 at 4:20 PM | Eventbrite.
- Facebook: Brent's 8th Annual WEEDPOCALYPSE.
- Facebook: NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally 2018.
- At NYC's Cannabis Parade, Racial Justice Was A Major Topic Of Conversation. May 7, 2018 article by Mona Zhang.
- 2018 Lineup.
- Best 4/20 events in NYC for celebrating the National weed holiday.
- 420: The Musical | Things to do in New York.
- 420: A Ganjapalooza | Cannabis & Marijuana Events | Cannafo.com .
- Facebook: 7th Annual Weedpocalypse: Smoke On The Water.
- Hitting the high notes! Musical comedy ‘420’ celebrates weed | Brooklyn Paper.
April 20, 2017:
May 6, 2017:
- While Others Sipped Juleps, Cannabis Marchers Sparked Up For Change In Cities Around The World. By Janet Burns. Forbes. Article is about New York City march and rally. A video may pop up in front of text, and can't be removed. If so, in Firefox you can toggle to reader view by clicking the icon at the end of the location bar. Or by clicking the F9 key. It changes the format, and the video is no longer a problem.
- NYC’s potheads march in annual parade. By Khristina Narizhnaya and Dean Balsamini. New York Post.
- Facebook: NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally - 2017.
- 2017 Lineup.
May 2, GMM:
- 420 Day 2014 in New York | 420 Day Events.
- 420 Legalize NY Concert in Williamsburg, Apr 20, 2014 9:00 pm | Party Earth.
May 3, GMM:
- NYC Cannabis Parade Volunteer Information.
- Youtube: Dana Beal from Prison at the NYC Cannabis Rally. Video of the crowd while Dana Beal spoke to them from prison.
- 46th Annual Global Marijuana March New York | May 4, 2013 | New York, NY | Party Earth.
- Facebook photos:
- The 411 from the Feline. Archive. The Villager.
- David Peel Sang Once for Lennon, Now for Occupy Wall Street. New York Times. "handed out fliers for an upcoming marijuana rally."
- Global Cannabis March Charges the Drug Policy Alliance with Sabotage. Archive. CelebStoner.com
- Photos: Cannabis March In Marijuana Arrest Capital Of The World: Gothamist.
- Scoopy's Notebook. April 27, 2011. See section titled "A burning issue." The Villager.
- Facebook photos.
- More Facebook photos.
- Photos. Google+: May Day is Jay Day.
- Photo: May 1, 2010: May Day rally and march. Mostly young people march to legalize marijuana in NYC.
- Photo: Protesters at the pro-marijuana march on May 1, 2010 in New York City
- NYC Pot Protesters March to UN. Archive. CelebStoner.com
- Worldwide Marijuana March Preview. Archive. CelebStoner.com
- GMM videos:     .
- Pot Smokers' March Is Out of the Park. By Mike Allen. New York Times.
- Youtube: World Wide Marijuana March at New York 2008.
- Photos: NYC WWMM May 5, 2007. (Archive).
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- Pot Rally Mellows Out. By Nathaniel Bane and Kaili McDonnough. New York Post.
- Interview with Dana Beal. Preview of Global Marijuana March 2007. Youtube link.
- Life Imitates South Park. By Sarah Ferguson. Village Voice.
- Pot Marchers to Gather in Washington Square Park Again. By Sarah Ferguson. Village Voice.
- Pot pulp. Archive. The Villager.
- Report from New York City. Archive. And below:
|Report from New York City|
|Beautiful weather, Beautiful people, Beautiful march. Made some beautiful new friends and had a beautiful day. It started off at 11:00am set in Washington Square Park, for the 1st time in years, with an ibogaine forum and march history speech by Global/Million Marijuana March founder and veteran activist Dana Beal (www.cures-no-wars.org) while we handed out flyers to the people in the park as they came up to see what was going on so they would be up to speed with what Dana and the other speakers were talking about. Most of the people listening, aside from the 100 or so people starting to float in for the march, were tourists and really getting into the speeches and many had questions which were cheerfully answered by those who had answers. A few brave souls lit up some joints and the cops were pretty cool, well actually they were really cool throughout the entire day because they hung around and were glad to talk to anyone who wanted to talk to them about their opinion of the war on cannabis. The opinion was the same from any cop I talked to "Will you people please get this put on the ballot and I'll vote for it because I have better things to do on the 1st week of May every year then babysit you people". Very nice.
I met a cop that really didn't understand that street pot was the same thing as what is growing in the ground just dry. He was under the impression it was similar to how coca becomes cocaine since the have to wear hazard gear to move it and he's never seen it because it's always wrapped up in packages or bundles or something. He, like every law enforcement officer I and others spoke to, is very aware that they need to go home, type in www.leap.cc and start reading since every cop I spoke to agreed that cannabis enforcement is a total waste of time & money. Some mentioned much concern over the impending scourge of crystal meth that is on the way and that they wouldn't mind the weed resources to get a jump on it. We let them know that Leap would let them know how to make their concerns heard. I have to say I had a great time going up to "The Man" and saying "Hey, I remember you from last year. How've you been? Thanks for coming out and watching out for us" They returned the greeting and we talked, well except for those in plainclothes who preferred to stay "anonymous". I always say that the GMM is the one place on Earth where everyone is completely equal and all get along as one. Everyone seems to take a day off from hating each other and that is a beeeeeautiful thing and very spiritual if you are aware of the vibe, which I did my best to make sure those I spoke to knew to be part of the vibe. A few more speakers spoke including the Pieman ( www.pieman.org ) who is always great to talk to because, even though he has a tough time of it getting around anymore, he is absolutely 100% pure 1960's activism and there's so much to learn from him. Dana explained to us that the Mayor through his lawyers had to change our finish from Battery Park which is a good sized park on the southern most tip of NYC by the Statue of Liberty to City Hall Park in front of City Hall because blasting (how American & ironic?) and our safety. Well that sounds like a step in the right direction, Washington Square Park and City Hall Park all in the same day, good start.
12 noon we walk a few blocks to the starting point at Houston & Bleecker Streets. There was a free speech/open megaphone for an hour, with all its usual screaming and animation, while banners, flyers & signs were being handed out.
1pm we are on our way. Another part of his march I really find amusing is the fact that this GMM is the only march, parade or the like that people stop off at the various food stands, carts and pizza & burger joints along way, grab something to munch on and catch up to the march while usually being stopped by people on the street with questions or tourists who want a picture holding one of our signs or while walking in the march looking like a participant. I gave away a sign to a pair of young adult European couples who wanted a souvenir to take home. That should make for some fun going through customs. The people we passed all cheered us on which made us all think "Tell me why is weed illegal again?, Everyone seems to like it".
We get to City Hall Park which is quite small and are told that we only have a noise permit so we have to give up our signs and we could only be on the sidewalk outside of the park and to see the speakers and entertainment we had to sit down in a roped off area of sidewalk. Well I gotta say my ass immediately began to hurt, not because of the concrete either. We were literally kicked to the curb by the city. Poor Dana had to field like two or three fuktillion "What da fuk is going on?" questions from the marchers. Everyone made the best of it and we headed into the park for a bench in the park where we could hear the speakers but not have to be crowded on the sidewalk in the direct sun as did many people which ended up making more room for those out in front of the "stage". From what I've seen from the last couple years of attending various NY marches/rallies and such, sadly if you've heard the speeches at one NY rally you've heard them all. I agree that the history of pot oppression is an important part of promoting activism, especially for those who are just starting out and are hungry for info and passion to fuel their own fight, but I really feel there is almost no focus on now, , tomorrow and how we're going to win this fight. But that's a story for another time. I was blessed with being veeeeery brownied-up, since I knew smoking would be a game I didn't want to play this year, and had a wonderful glow the whole day with out having to hide like a criminal to burn a joint so the joints I brought along just in case somehow made it into the hands of some of my new friends without weed. Sharing is Caring, remember? Being brownie boy protector of cannabis freedom, I pretty much rambled the ears off of anyone who would listen and pretty much was unable to shut up for hours. Around 4pm or so we headed out into the rest of the city, walked around aimlessly, hanging out at street corners eating a variety of delicious NY street food, watching people go by, especially the summer clad females of all varieties, while doing our best to attract attention to our pro-cannabis t-shirts the whole way until exhaustion set in, caught a cab and headed to the train home. I would love to see enough people come out that we could all light up and the law would be rendered helpless but the people who did come out were great and very into either sharing information or asking questions. I do believe I love them all and am looking forward to being able to enjoy a bud with everyone someday soon in a NY March. See you all at the NY Harvest Fest in October.
- New York’s Smokeless Smoke-in. Archive. By Steve Bloom. High Times.
- Archive. Worldwide Protests Call For Legalizing Medicinal Marijuana. Article and video by NY1 News. Also archived here and here.
|From the article|
|A group rallied in Lower Manhattan Saturday to call for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.
“Cures not Wars” is urging lawmakers to allow hemp to be used with a prescription.
“If alcohol is socially acceptable, then I see no reason why marijuana can’t be,” said Audrey Silk, a Libertarian candidate for mayor, who joined the demonstration. “And medical marijuana to me is a total no-brainer. There is no reason to deny people who say it works fot them the ability to use it.”
The group is also touting the new drug ibogaine, which it says helps cure addiction.
“Basically with every other drug you take for drug addiction, like methadone, when the methadone wears off, you’re back in withdrawal,” said Dana Beal, another protestor. “When the ibogaine wears off there is no withdrawal.”
Similar demonstrations took place in nearly 200 cities around the world, including Prague, Kiev and Tel Aviv.
- It's a Protest, Not a Pot-Fest. MMM 2004. Archive. By Preston Peet.
- Million Marijuana Marches: Tranquility in New York, Thousands in Toronto, First Time in Sweden, Troubles in South America. Drug War Chronicle.
- Tiny Turnout for NYC's Million Marijuana March. Archive. By Preston Peet. High Times.
- NYC Rally Urging Marijuana Legalization Draws 200. By Karen Mahabir, Staff Writer, Bergen Record.
- Small Crowd at a March for Marijuana. By Michael Brick. New York Times.
- Million Marijuana March. Archive. By simul. kuro5hin.org
May 4 MMM:
- Pig-headed Arrests Mar NYC MMM 2002 Event. Archive. By Preston Peet.
- Proponents Of Marijuana Stage Protest. By Thomas Lueck. May 5, 2002. New York Times.
|Local news media summary|
From: Andrew Seidenfeld <noprob@...> To: Dana Beal <dana@...>, <ptpeet@...>, Ssdptalk mailing list submission <ssdptalk@...> Status:
I didn't catch the early evening news at 7, but at 10:00pm Channels 5 and 9 both broadcast local news, and they both covered New York's Million Marijuana March.
Channel 5, Fox, had a short thing, maybe 15 seconds, with great on-stage footage of Preston Peet editor of http://www.drugwar.com. They mentioned the police made 148 arrests there, though I don't know if this is the latest figure. I presume most of the arrests were for marijuana possession, but I wonder if those arrested just got a desk appearance ticket (out of the cop shop in a few hours) or were put through the system (in jail until bail could be set, and paid, on Monday or Tuesday).
Channel 9, UPN, ran 2 or 3 promos leading up to their coverage, which lasted about a minute. They had great footage of the parade (which I missed this year), and Cures Not War's Dana Beal (http://www.cures-not-wars.org), talking on stage about nonviolently repealing the marijuana laws. Also footage of people booing the police as they took away another person.
Neither channel showed anyone smoking pot, because not many people were smoking pot. There were about 500 cops there, and thousands of people there. Still, the event was somewhat smaller than last year, when there also hundreds of cops and not many people smoking pot. The weather was sunny and warm.
ABC 20/20 was there videotaping anybody who wanted to say anything; they'll probably air a piece this summer.
There were 3 stages again this year. There were also vendors for food, clothing, and paraphernalia, and a table for a Libertarian party candidate, and for Medical Marijuana Barbie, now with "Hookers for Weed."
Some really good music, and good speakers, including Dana, Preston, Ask Ed (Ed Rosenthal), and people from Students for a Sensible Drug Policy and the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Pie Man, and more.
May 5 MMM:
- Chemical Warfare. Archive. May 9, 2001 article. High Times. By The HighWitness News Team.
- NYC Marijuana March and Rally Marred by Aggressive Policing. Archive. Independent Media Center.
- Million marijuana march. Reports for cities worldwide. By Dana Larsen on December 16, 2001.
|From the article|
|The most confrontational rally took place in New York City, where police were very hostile towards the crowd. Pot-freedom is against the agenda of NY Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, whose anti-pot crusade has resulted in New York cops making 10% of all pot busts in the country.
A crowd of about 5000 people filled five city blocks as they marched through town. Plainclothes cops pulled pot-smokers out of the crowd, putting them in plastic cuffs and hauling them away. When some people started pointing out the undercover narcs, they too were arrested and hauled off. As rally-goers protested the police actions, they were clubbed and then pepper sprayed. Police sprayed dozens of people, including two High Times editors.
According to organizer Dana Beal, police made almost 200 arrests, over 60 of them for the catch-all charge of “obstructing governmental administration.” Last year’s New York march saw over 300 arrests.
May 6 Millennium Marijuana March:
- Millenium Marijuana March, NYC photo essay. Many photos. Click small ones to enlarge. Pages A. B. C. See archive.
- Millenium marijuana march 2000 on Tag magazine. Article, and many great photos, and audio clips. Archive.
- MMM in NYC. More great photos. Archive.
- Mike Ruppert letter to the New York Times: Official Attendance Figures for MMM - Malarkey. Archive.
- 312 Arrested In Pot-March Bust. New York Daily News. . See archive.
- NY City Hall Press Conference Tue. May 9th, 2000. 312 arrests, many illegal ones, many long detentions, harassment, brutality, etc.. Cures not Wars. See archive.
- Suburbs' Youth Meet City's Tough Justice. Archive. New York Times.
- Reports of arrested participants. Harassment, illegalities, long detention, booking. From the Millennium Marijuana March message board. See archive.
- Record Heat at the NYC Millennium Marijuana March. And a couple photos. Archive. By Preston Peet, Special to HighWitness News. High Times.
- MMM2000. "Pictures that I took at the Millennium Marijuana March in New York City on March 6, 2000." Archive.
- Millennium Marijuana March. Photos. Click to enlarge. Archive.
- Wikipedia: Grass (1999 film). Also called Grass: History of Marijuana. Narrated by Woody Harrelson. It shows 1999 MMM march and "Cures not Wars" banner. It says "New York City 1999". See video on Amazon here.
- Cures Not Wars report. From the article:
|That night we got coverage on CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, UPN, and WB 11, along with a three minute loop that ran for all weekend on NY-1. The Times missed the march altogether, mistaking the people waiting in Battery Park for the actual event. The best article, in the Daily News, plugged the actual date of the Millennium Marijuana March -- May 6, 2000 --and if taken together with Newsday, make one one pretty good article.|
- Marijuana Relegalization March & Rally MayDay 1999 - New York City. Many photos on 8 pages.
- Smoke and Jeers. Million Marijuana March Protests NYC's Record-High Pot Arrests. And: another archive. By Jennifer Gonnerman. The Village Voice. See another archive (partial).
- Pot Protest. 1999 Million Marijuana March. Tag Magazine. See another archive.
- Thousands Participate In Million Marijuana March. High Times. See another archive.
- Pot vs. Pets in Park Face-Off!. New York Daily News
- Scotty J's Report On The MMM March in New York.
- Million Marijuana March. Worldwide reports. By Reverend Damuzi. July 1, 1999 article.
|From the article:|
|The turn out was unbelievable: in New York, as many as 25,000 people marched and chanted anti-drug war slogans. ...
In marijuana-intolerant New York, correspondent Dana Beal reported a very different experience. Police in New York formed a “wall of blue” forcing 25,000 marchers out of affluent areas and making over 105 arrests in the process. Witnesses described some of the arrests as violent attacks on pot protestors.
One woman, carrying a sign that read, “Stop All Cannabis Arrests,” saw one of the arrests take place right beside her. “It was horrible,” she said. “We heard the smack of the body against the building.”
According to Beal, New York Police also distributed fake flyers, telling protestors to organize at the wrong spot at the wrong time, drawing nearly 4,000 away from the march’s main assemblage. Around the world, the Jay Day experience demonstrated that the most dangerous drug on the streets was power ? the power of police in certain precincts to abuse peaceful demonstrators partaking of a harmless, happy herb.
1998 Million Marijuana March (MMM) on May 2. This was before it went global in 1999.
- Pot Smokers' March Is Out of the Park. By Mike Allen. May 3, 1998 article. New York Times.
- Million Marijuana March. Kickoff March and Rally in New York City. Many photos. Page 2. 3. 4.
- Youtube video (now gone) had clip from the Howard Stern Show on November 19, 1998 - Goofing on the 1998 Million Marijuana March that occurred on May 2, 1998 in New York City. Dana Beal calls in to the show at 9 minutes 9 seconds in. Howard, Dana and the crew also discuss the upcoming 1999 MMM on May 1, 1999, and that it will occur in various cities worldwide.
1998 Million Marijuana March flyer below. See largest version of flyer.
Facebook photo caption:
Photo sources and history:
- A Brief History of the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally. cannabisparade.org
- Pot Smokers' March Is Out of the Park. By Mike Allen. May 3, 1998 article. New York Times. From the article:
|Mr. Beal works out of a garret on Bleecker Street, where the faded paint outside still says, "The Yipster Times." He and his followers have staged a marijuana rally in the park every year beginning in 1973 -- each time with a permit, except last year, when they held what a city spokesman called "an illegal assembly."|
- 1967-06-01 Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY, USA - Jerry Garcia.
- 50th anniversary of The Grateful Dead's first show in NYC, Free Live Music/Party! | Facebook. From the event description: "June 1st, 1967, The Grateful Dead played their first East Coast show ever in Tompkins Square Park in New York City. There were 3,000 people in attendance and Richie Havens was the opening act."
- EV Grieve: A 50th anniversary show commemorating the Grateful Dead playing Tompkins Square Park.
- A Long, Strange Trip Back to the Dead’s First Show in NYC, 50 Years Ago Today.
- June 1967: New York City. Grateful Dead Sources.
- The Youthquake and The Shook-Up Park. June 8, 1967, Vol. XII, No. 34. By Don McNeill. The Village Voice.
- Lost Live Dead: June 1, 1967 Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY Grateful Dead (free concert).
- Free shows at Tompkins Square Park, 1967: 6/1... Lists free shows:
6/1 Grateful Dead/Group Image
6/14 David Amram
6/21 Marc Levin Ensemble
6/28 Blues Project
7/12 Sonny Nevins Jazz Revue
7/19 Richie Havens
7/30 Pterodactyls play smoke-in
Quote below (emphasis added) from no-longer-existing page at yippiemuseum.org/whatsup.html (archived):
- "The first Smoke In was held in February 1967 in upstate New York by Michael Aldridge but it did not receive much press attention. In June 1967 Dana Beal and the New York Provos held the second smoke-in in Tompkins Square Park. Due to several arrests this demonstration received considerable press. Beal went underground in January 1968 but the Smoke Ins continued just as they do today as evidenced by the above photo of 10,000 Smoke Inners in Boulder on April 20, 2008."
- Police Look On as Hippies Stage a Park Smoke-In. By Stephen A.O. Golden. July 31, 1967. New York Times. From the article:
|The sweet, heavy smell that indicates burning marijuana drifted over Tompkins Square Park on the Lower East Side yesterday evening. The hippies were having a "smoke-in," and seven policemen were standing by, doing nothing about it. [Subscribe to read more].|
- Or read the full article online here: Page 63 of Marijuana (2018 book by The New York Times Editorial Staff). More from that article indicates that there were several smoke-ins that summer of 1967:
|The smoke-in began at about 7:15 P.M. [July 30, 1967], when a band called the Pteradactyls began playing electric guitars. ... Provo had a smoke-in last Sunday and the Sunday before.|
Verified by a member of the Pterodactyls, Robin LeMartel, here.
- 50 Years Ago: The Summer of Love Brings Pot, Protests and Psychedelic Rock to the East Village. May 16, 2017. By Frank Mastropolo. Bedford + Bowery. From the article (emphasis and links added):
Inspired by a Dutch anarchist group, activists A.J. Weberman and Dana Beal founded the New York Provos. When underground newspaper The East Village Other moved, the Provos took over its former office on Avenue A.
“We put a big sign in the window that said ‘Psychedelic Revolution,'” says Weberman. “I remember going out, selling this magazine we had, New York Provo magazine, and talking to 100, 200 different people a day on the street, wherever I’d meet them, trying to get them to come to our demonstrations.
“And we began to organize. Every time there was a pot bust, we’d march through the streets to protest them busting people for marijuana. The people in the neighborhood were very receptive, they threw flowers at us – along with the flowerpots. We started a bail fund and went down to 100 Centre and bailed out a number of people who couldn’t make bail for pot.”
In June 1967, Beal staged the first of a series of Smoke-Ins in Tompkins Square Park. “We had the first Smoke-In in the entire world there,” says Weberman, who left the U.S. that year. “We smoked pot openly to show people that it didn’t turn you into a raving maniac. Back then the pot was so weak it hardly did anything.”
- From Sip-Ins to Smoke-ins…Marijuana and the Village. By Matthew Morowitz — April 20, 2016. Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. From the article:
|In June of 1967, marijuana enthusiast, activist, and one of the founders of the Yippies, Dana Beal, organized “Smoke-Ins” that took place in Tompkins Square Park. According to the book [Grateful Dead date is wrong], Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific:
- "Jerry Garcia playing guitar at a Grateful Dead concert in New York City's Tompkins Square Park in 1967". New York Times. That link lists 2 different dates in May 1967. Both are wrong. The Grateful Dead first played there on June 1, 1967.
Some interesting photos and graphics:
- Google image search: 1967 smoke-in in Tompkins Square Park.
January 10 demonstration:
- Mimeographed handbill for the 'LEMAR (Legalise Marijuana)' campaign, headed 'Free Marijuana Prisoners'. Women's House of Detention. Greenwich Ave. & W. 10th Street on Sunday Jan. 10th from 1.00 to 3.00 pm.
Photo shows Allen Ginsberg at a December 27, 1964 legalization demonstration in New York City by the marijuana advocacy group LeMar (Legalize Marijuana). It was possibly the first public street demonstration for marijuana in the USA. A sign says: "Smoke Pot ... it's cheaper and healthier than liquor".
- Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky -- Legalize Pot! August 26, 2009, by Tony Ortega. Village Voice. It reprints this Village Voice article:
- Pickets for Pot Push Legalization. By Mary Perot Nichols. December 31, 1964, Vol. X, No. 11.
They distributed salmon-colored mimeographed leaflets that read in part: "Like liquor prohibition, pot prohibition violates personal liberty, promotes racketeering, and invites mass evasion of the law. But while alcohol is demonstrably productive of a hangover, cirrhosis of the liver, violence, and Dylan Thomas type scenes, marijuana on the other hand is in ALL respects gentle, benevolent and absolutely nonaddictive. We defy anyone to produce one shred of evidence that marijuana is in any way addictive!"
"On Shivaratri (Shiva's birthday)," said Ginsberg, who last year spent some months in India, "all the respectable families drink bhang (a mixture of marijuana, almond paste, and milk) prepared by all the respectable grandmothers in India." "Pot," he explained, "is sold in government stores, and is a big industry there."
- Allen Ginsberg: Marijuana Legalization Pioneer. Martin Torgoff, February 23, 2017. Freedom Leaf Magazine. December 1964 demonstration mentioned at the end of the article.
- FREE THE WEED 48—February 2015. A Column by John Sinclair. It includes some history of LeMar.
- http://i.imgur.com/Nzld3eD.jpg - the big photo.
- 50th Anniversary of First Pot Protest - August 16, 2014 | California NORML.
- Allen Ginsberg at marijuana rallies, mid-60s. Photos and article. Quote from the article:
Reefer Madness reproduces an excerpt from the Federal Bureau of Narcotics’s file on Allen Ginsberg:
On December 27, 1964, GINSBERG and ––––– had marched in front of the Department of Welfare Building, East 9th St. and Avenue C, with signs reading “Smoke Pot, It’s Cheaper and Healthier Tha Liquor” and “Pot Is a Reality Kick.” There individuals are members of an organization called LEMAR (Legalize Marijuana) and their names appear in the files of Interpol. (1998, p. 221).
Not a cannabis event. But a pivotal event in Washington Square Park nonetheless:
"On this day [April 9] in 1961, poets, musicians, artists and their supporters showed up to Washington Square Park in New York and were met by a large force of the NYPD. The city had begun rejecting the necessary permits to play in the park for no clear reason, effectively banning musical gatherings in this park known as a center of folk music. About 3,000 protesters arrived to oppose the changes, organized in part by folklorist Izzy Young. That day of defiance became known as the Beatnik Riot, with artists, including a young Bob Dylan, defending their space to play and connect openly and freely. Within a couple of weeks, the city relented and music returned, and a new era of defiance was emerging in the folk music world."
- 3000 Beatniks Riot. Title is tongue-in-cheek ridiculing a New York Daily Mirror headline. From article:
|The next day, the New York Daily Mirror, the conservative Hearst tabloid, ran a giant war-is-over front page headline, “3000 BEATNIKS RIOT IN VILLAGE.” Other local papers followed suit. That week’s Voice scoffed at the Mirror’s “hysterical” coverage, wondering if there were three thousand beatniks in the entire country that Sunday, let alone in Washington Square Park.|
Global March overview
The Global Marijuana March (GMM) is also known as the Million Marijuana March (MMM), and Global Cannabis March (GCM). Other names, and associated events (some have been around longer than GCM): World Cannabis Day, Cannabis Liberation Day, Cannabis Parade, Ganja Day, J Day, MardiGrass, etc.. GMM occurs on the first Saturday in May, or thereabouts, depending on the city and country. It began in 1999. See New York City, Dana Beal, and Wikipedia: Global Marijuana March. It may include marches, meetings, rallies, raves, concerts, festivals, information tables, and more. The six main demands: stop all cannabis arrests; stop the lies; release the medicine; heal the sick; end the prison state; Cures Not Wars. See ibogaine. And Facebook: Ibogaine Universe!!!! See for many links for , reports, , videos, , press/media, , etc.. See flat lists. See GMM Facebook. See Archive.org to find archived reports by entering the URL. See report compilations: 420 and Global Marijuana March event lists by year. See also: Wikipedia: Legality of cannabis by country. Please let us know of missing cities for any year: Talk.