Cannabis Freedom Festival 1998
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by Glenn Pinfield

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Celebrate Freedom

Once again, the Cannabis Freedom Festival is scheduled to take place at the Wickham Park main pavilion in Melbourne on November 21st and 22nd, 1998. This is the fifth annual event at this location. The Cannabis Freedom Coalition and local band Lifeblood sponsor the festival. The event features speakers and bands from noon till 11 PM on the 21st, and from noon till 9 PM on the 22nd. There also will be numerous hemp vendors.

The purpose of this festival is to educate the public about the lies and propaganda they are fed about the herb cannabis (marijuana) by the government, and to help change laws to relegalize cannabis. If you care about the freedoms this country was founded upon that have all been lost, be there.

If you're tired of a bunch of pinch-nosed, mean-spirited, puritanical totalitarians telling you that the government owns your body, be there.

If you're tired of hearing mental midgets blaming inanimate objects for their problems instead of blaming their own actions, be there.

If you're tired of being told that in the name of protecting children (who have no rights in our society) you can have no more rights than a child, be there.

If you're tired of having to piss in a jar in order to get or keep a job, like you lived in Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union, be there. Speaking of piss tests, Congress recently exempted themselves from these invasive, inaccurate piss tests because, they stated, it was too "insulting." I guess they get high on hypocrisy.

In 1996 there were 641,642 marijuana arrests, 85.2% for simple possession. This doesn't include the thousands of federal marijuana arrests. This figure (the most recent available) is higher than any other year in U.S. history.

Our nation has become a police state in the name of the "war on drugs," which is really a "war on people." One in every 35 adults in the United States is in prison, jail, on probation, or on parole. In this so-called "free country," we jail more people than any other nation on earth. Most of them are non-violent drug criminals.

Many of these jailed people are sick and dying from cancer or AIDS, and use marijuana to quell nausea. What does this teach children? It teaches them to be cruel, callous, and indifferent to the suffering of other human beings, and teaches them to perpetrate acts of violence against people who are suffering and dying. The next time you hear some moron in the media wringing his or her hands over why children commit acts of violence, you can provide them with the answer: the "War on Drugs." De-evolution apparently is real, since human beings have forgotten the main lesson of alcohol prohibition: drug prohibition breeds violence.

The government's "Big Lie" campaign notwithstanding in all of history, there is not one documented death caused by marijuana (cannabis). In fact, in 1988, after a 16-year legal battle, in a 64-page ruling, the Drug Enforcement Administration's own administrative law Judge Francis L. Young called marijuana "one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."

"In strict medical terms, marijuana is safer than many foods we commonly consume," he wrote.

For general, vending, or camping information about the event, call (407) 253-3673 or e-mail

Bands interested in playing at the festival, or for general information, phone or fax Glenn at (407) 728-8152.

Casualty of War: Truth

Why should you come out to the Cannabis Freedom Festival at Wickham Park main pavilion in Melbourne on November 21st and 22nd at noon? Other than the educational speakers, great music (including local band and past "High Times" Freedom Fighters of the Month, Lifeblood) and excellent hemp vendors, there are many reasons to attend this event. You'll be supporting truth, justice, reason, peace, freedom and the American way. One day people will look back on the "War on Drugs" and view it as one of the biggest follies and mass delusions of all human existence. It will be viewed the same way the "Dark Ages" are now viewed. You'll be able to tell your children and grand children that you stood up for truth and freedom and helped end the modern "Dark Ages", rather than standing by and watching families destroyed, as millions of people have their lives ruined by the "War on Drugs."

People in the future will want to know how such a hateful, dishonest, hypocritical policy could be allowed to exist, in the same way people now ask how the German people could have allowed the Nazis to imprison and exterminate millions of so-called" undesirables."

There may even be war crimes trials in which government officials and their agents along with the officials of collaborating businesses are tried in court for the atrocities they've committed in the name of the "War on Drugs."

Who are the War Criminals? All of those associated with the "prison industrial complex." Prisons are the new growth industry in the "land of the free" due mostly to the "War on Drugs." At the current annual prison population growth rate of 8.5%, in fifty years, half of our citizens will be in prison. To paraphrase Shannon Wilson, a Brevard County attorney who was running the "Citizens'" Jail Advisory Committee a couple of years back, "We've got to spend tax dollars to build more jails because the legislature is going to be criminalizing more and more behavior."

So if you think this isn't going to affect you, think again. It doesn't take much to get thrown in jail nowadays either. People are arrested and prosecuted for political crimes on a regular basis in Brevard County. I was arrested 18 months ago for distributing information about rigged non-jury political trials held here in Brevard County. I still haven't gone to trial and there have been numerous irregularities and criminal actions committed by local judges and other county officials in regard to my case. Stay tuned though, because I'll be telling you soon about how you can witness a rigged non-jury political trial first hand. You'll get to see me tried and convicted in an honest-to-goodness non-jury show trial. As part of this story, I'll be telling you about a local judge who ordered some of Phil Williams' bullyboy thug sheriffs to steal numerous documents from the Lifeblood Free Press including a copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. (Yes, I've got the video to prove it.)

Apparently, it is now illegal to possess or distribute copies of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution on the sidewalks of Brevard County. By the way, if you're wondering why you haven't heard about this, two editors at Florida Today told me they didn't have time to cover this story, the public wouldn't be interested and none of their reporters were interested in this story. That's because Florida Today is largely an apologist for the "prison industrial complex" and is not interested in printing the truth about atrocities committed in the name of the "War on Drugs." The management of that paper seems to be largely from the Joseph Goebbels school of journalism.

Speaking of Joseph Goebbels, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America is one of the largest perpetrators of the "Big Lie" that has ever existed. The fact that they are not exposed for who they are and what they represent is a sorry statement about just how controlled the mainstream press in the United States is. The Partnership is largely a front for monopolistic drug corporations who don't want any competition, and for government organizations like the D.E.A who have an unlimited supply of covert cash from their ability to sell illegal drugs legally.

A more appropriate name for the organization would be "Partnership for a Truth-Free America." Their slogan should be "Say No to Some Drugs," (the ones they don't sell, at least). This organization is funded in large part by pharmaceutical, alcohol, and tobacco corporations, including Pfizer, Anheuser-Busch and Phillip Morris. By the way, each year, more than two million people in the United States are hospitalized and more than 100,000 die because of adverse reactions to prescription and over-the-counter medications. No one in all of human history has ever died from smoking marijuana.

The name of the Partnership is also indicative of how, in the name of the "War on Drugs," we have completely perverted our language into a type of "1984" style newspeak and double speak. "War is Peace" to the drug warriors. The partnership does not want a drug-free America. They want an America in which only the drug corporations they represent are free to sell drugs in a monopolistic market. (So much for the free market we supposedly have).

Use and abuse have also come to mean the same thing to drug warriors. Millions of people use marijuana without abusing it, but drug warriors classify all use as abuse.

"Say no to drugs." Whenever I see or hear this phrase or see or hear the phrase "drug free," I think of the book 1984, which ironically is when the current "War on Drugs" really got cranked up. The people spouting these phrases are in reality taking all sorts of drugs: Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, aspirin, decongestants, heart medications, arthritis medications, high blood pressure medications, cancer medications, etc. In reality, these people are lobbyists for huge multinational, monopolistic drug corporations. Chances are pretty good that Nancy Reagan is not saying no to drugs nowadays either, now that Ronald has Alzheimer's.

Ironically, marijuana's prime active ingredients have recently been shown to shield human beings from brain damage. One of the active ingredients has been shown to forestall permanent nerve damage in lab animals subjected to cerebral choke and surgical shock. The ingredient is now undergoing human trials in Israeli hospitals. Doctors associated with this research stated, "We have found that cannabinoids are very powerful antioxidants." A biologist on the project emphasized, "In fact, they appear to be more powerful than vitamin C or vitamin E." Some of the researchers have concluded that cannabinoids are likely to be useful in preventatively forestalling progressive, oxidation-mediated brain diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's syndromes. The researchers also consider cannabinoids promising for the treatment of meningitis, arthritis, and AIDS. Research on cannabis in the United States is generally not allowed due largely to Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and because every time the government allows research, it proves that marijuana is mostly harmless and also is medically beneficial.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America uses as its front, the notion that they are trying to protect children. This is the biggest bunch of cynical, hypocritical crap I have ever heard. It reminds me of the movie "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" in which the movie starts with one of the main characters played by Michael Caine, ripping off an elderly rich widow by convincing her that she'll be helping to save the children of his non-existent country. Whenever people are trying to steal your money or your freedom they always do it in the name of the children. The reality is that groups like the Partnership are responsible for ensuring that children continue to be victims of the black market drug trade. There's no one on the street corners vying to push six-packs of beer to children. People during alcohol prohibition were much smarter than people are nowadays. Their main slogan in trying to end alcohol prohibition was: "Save Our Children. End Prohibition."

The "War on Drugs" is not really about children. It's about throwing adults in jail and stealing their property. Under asset forfeiture laws that allow the government to steal, you are forced to go into court even if you have never been convicted of a crime and prove that your money is innocent, in which case you probably still will not get your property back. We are allowing police agencies to fund themselves with whatever they can steal. It sort of reminds you of the fall of the Roman Empire or Nazi Germany.

If you're tired of the philosophy that government owns your body and all your property, come out to the Cannabis Freedom Festival at Wickham Park Main Pavilion on November 21st and 22nd at noon. Come to have a good time also, and to sign petitions to place a medical marijuana initiative on the ballot in Florida for the year 2000 elections.

Be there. It's your right under "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Remember this: The government hates marijuana because it makes people think. Remember this also: It's your constitutional right if you sit on a jury to refuse to convict non-violent drug criminals regardless of what the judge says. Otherwise, there would be no need for a jury.

For general or vending info or for packets of information detailing the inaccuracy of drug piss tests, call the Cannabis Freedom Coalition at (407) 253-3673 or e-mail:

For general or band info call or fax Glenn at (407) 728-8152.


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