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Jello Biafra
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Eric Reed Boucher, better known by the stage name Jello Biafra, is an American punk rock musician and political activist best known as the former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys. After the band disbanded, he became a solo musician and spoken word artist, releasing several albums on his record label, Alternative Tentacles. In his political life, he is an active member of the Green Party and participates in activism relating to his progressive political beliefs. He is a self-proclaimed anarchist, and advocates civil disobedience in the name of political change. Biafra is known to use absurd media tactics in the tradition of the Yippies to highlight issues of civil rights, social justice, and anti-corporatism. His stage name is a… Read More
Oliver Stone
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William Oliver Stone known simply as Oliver Stone, is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director and screenwriter. Stone was born in New York City. His father was Jewish and his mother a Roman Catholic. He was raised an Episcopalian as a compromise Stone attended The Hill School, Yale University and New York University. He attended Yale for one year before dropping out. He then taught English at the Free Pacific Institute in South Vietnam for six months and moving on to work as a merchant marine before returning to Yale, where he dropped out a second time. A veteran of the Vietnam conflict, Stone served with the United States Army from April 1967 to November 1968. He specifically requested… Read More
Hunter S. Thompson
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Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 - February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. He was known for his flamboyant writing style, most notably in his novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which blurred the distinctions between writer and subject, fiction and nonfiction. He was the creator of Gonzo journalism and, as such, is widely imitated A Louisville, Kentucky native, Thompson grew up in the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood of the Highlands. His father’s death lead Hunter and his two brothers to be brought up by their mother, who was a heavy drinker. Thompson's difficult youth, and its influence on his behavior and the development of his misanthropic worldview, await serious literary analysis. After early trouble with the… Read More
Peter Tosh
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Born Winston Hubert McIntosh, young Peter grew up in the Kingston, Jamaica slum of Trenchtown. His short-fuse temper usually kept him in trouble, earning him the nickname Stepping Razor, after a song written by Joe Higgs, an early mentor. He began to sing and learn guitar at a young age, inspired by the American stations he could pick up on his radio. His career was cut short when he was brutally murdered during a burglary. Peter was raised by his aunt, even though his personality would have you believe that he raised himself. An extremely self-reliant, self-dependent entity, Tosh fought for those who could not fight themselves. He was a voice for those who had not the means, nor the… Read More
Jack Herer
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Jack Herer, sometimes called the Emperor of Hemp, is an author and advocate for the hemp and marijuana movements. In 1970 he wrote one of the seminal books on the history of hemp and marijuana prohibition. Herer also founded and served as the director of an organization named HEMP (Help End Marijuana Prohibition). A former Goldwater Republican, Herer is now an outspoken pro-marijuana and hemp activist. He believes that the hemp plant should be decriminalized because it has been shown to be a renewable source of fuel, food, and medicine, and can be grown in virtually any part of the world. He has devoted his life to the support of cannabis, hemp and marijuana. Jack Herer is also the name… Read More
Melissa Etheridge
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Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961 in Leavenworth, Kansas) is an American rock musician. Etheridge has produced eight albums since signing her first major recording contract in 1987. Three of them have gone multi-platinum: Melissa Etheridge (1988), Yes I Am (1993) and Your Little Secret (1996). Two others went platinum and another gold. She has won the Grammy award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance twice in her career, for the song "Ain't It Heavy" in 1992 and "Come to My Window", in 1994. She is a Bruce Springsteen fan, and she has covered his song "Thunder Road" during live shows. Etheridge is also famous as a gay rights activist, having publicly come out as a lesbian during President… Read More
Angel Raich
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Angel McClary Raich has been permanently disabled since September 1995. Angel was one of 14 "medical necessity" patients that the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative was fighting for in the United States Supreme Court in 2001. Angel is a mother of two teenage children. Angel's children know more than anyone how medical cannabis brought their mommy back to them. According to Angel, "The hardest part of being disabled is watching the suffering in your children's eyes as they watch you endure such suffering with no end in sight." In late 1997, Angel's doctor felt cannabis would be an effective medication to treat her many complicated and complex medical conditions. Angel was in a wheelchair from January 1996 to August 1999. Cannabis… Read More
Ray Charles
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Ray Charles has the distinction of being both a national treasure and an international phenomenon. He started out from nowhere; years later finds him a global entity. Hundreds of thousands of fingers have hit typewriter and word processor keyboards telling and retelling his story because it is uniquely American, an exemplar of what we like to think is the best in us and of our way of life. The Ray Charles story is full of paradoxes, part and parcel of the American Dream. Rags to riches. Triumph overcoming tragedy. Light transcending darkness. The name Ray Charles is on a Star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. His bronze bust is enshrined in the Playboy Hall of Fame. There is the… Read More
Mikki Norris
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Mikki Norris has been an activist for drug policy reform since 1989 when she formed the American Hemp Council along with her husband Chris Conrad. Over the years, they have traveled extensively to educate the public on the many uses of hemp, and to network and strategize with activists and businesspeople on how to advance the movement. In 1993, the couple moved to Amsterdam to design exhibits for and curate the Hash Marijuana Hemp Museum, which they updated in 2000. As community action co-coordinator for Californians for Medical Rights, she helped organize petitioners to qualify the medical marijuana initiative (Prop. 215) for the 1996 California ballot. In 1995, shortly after moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Norris decided to… Read More
Montel Williams
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Talk show host Montel Williams, who uses medical marijuana to treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, could have received up to a year in state prison as a result of being caught with a small amount of marijuana in Detroit's Metro Airport Monday night. According to news reports, Williams was detained briefly after security screeners found that he was carrying a small amount of marijuana. He reportedly was fined $100 and allowed to board his flight to New York, where his nationally syndicated talk show is taped. A statement released by Williams' office indicated that he used marijuana on the advice of his physician to treat the chronic, constant pain caused by MS. "A large body of medical evidence has… Read More
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