received by my protest crew
by myself, personally*
It has been three days and three nights since I first saw your
picture in High
Times and a promise to myself to look you up on the
will not divulge too much about myself online but I will
tell you this
- I have a lot of respect for you and the risks you take
People hail each other as heroes always overlooking the true
like you willing to take life's experiences and turn them
around to benefit
not only themselves, but others as well.
Allow me to preach for a while about this world, a world whose
bent so much on self destruction. By this I mean wars,
genocide, rape, torture, hate, and the list goes on and
on and on. Why
do we tout murderers as heroes? From the Presidents we
elect to the
wars they start, and the victories they achieve over the
of women, and children whose numbers are proudly included in
the body counts.
It is in faith that we put our plights into these
and hungrily await repreve.
Do not get me wrong, but this world sucks. Yet when I look into the
eyes of playing
children, dreamy lovers, and aging couples I realize
that this is
a beautiful world with endless possibilities even for
us - pot smokers. To calmly enjoy a bowl of the finest kind
is to feel the
earth's pulse from the earth's bounty. A knowledge not
visited by anyone
blind in the ways of higher authority.
I am glad I was able to share in your life and you were kind enough
to divulge your
experiences. This knowledge has moved me enough to write
you, and thank
you for courage and perserverence.
Love and Light
to you in the New Year.I hope you will visit S.F.Heart again
I visited your site. It is very kewl!! I congratulate you on your
good work and
worthwhile information. Very informative but fun too.
That's what I like
to see. I gave you my vote!
Your quote page is
sensational and I saw many that are new to me.
I also discovered
on your page about your speaking engagements an
new phrase "Self Preservation in the Midst of Selfless Activity".
I really like
the way you put that. And it is subject I have been thinking
You are bright as
a new penny and I look forward to visiting you again.
Peace and Love,
Hello..read your story
in HIGH TIMES an wanted say much respect you for
your effort to the
struggle. It takes alot to stand up for your RIGHTS and what
you believe in. I
try also, 2, in the Graffitti movent.....
:) Seth S. 1999
" What is it?
It is the firefly illuminating the night
It is the breath of a Buffalo in Jah wintertime
It is the shadow which runs across the plains and dissapears into the
You will know my revolution
by ordinary voice---
Let it be told---humanity
is subject to the whims of the elite.
The uppercrust, forever
high on currency,
silences the cry of
Murdering ideas is
a petty crime--which is to say--
this is not a pretty
Order is dull and
the beat is off.
Modern poet, scoff
at poetic devices.
Rules are made by
Leave them to obey.
Form or formlessness---brackets
to carry my coat.
Am I so small?
How many geniuses
do you know?
I turn I trip over "Eureka!".
So many others...think
A world away someone
is in love with me.
Of course!! How could
she not be?
I believe in Ganja.....I
hope you are happy.
I read the article
in HT. Thought I'd just wish you the best of luck in
Your honesty and bravery is inspirational. Presently,
I am "underground"
about my political views. However, after I graduate from
I intend to do as much as I can to bring down this unjust prohibition.
Good fortune, Diane.
My thoughts are with you.
I was just checking
out your site, which I didnt even know about until
quite recently. I
completely disagree with prohibition on every level.
I was recently the
victim of a horrible RIPPOFF, one of the many hazards
of prohibition, and
potsmokers trying to love and accept their
fellow human beings.
I was held for about 5 days by the notorious
LA police department
(know as the local gestapo by us stoners).
It is completely ridiculous
that these "officers of the law" completely disregard
our rights and freedoms
as pot smoking free loving citzens.
Hopefully this new
year will bring forth much needed acceptence of human
rights world wide.
Peace, Love, and Pot.
Thanks and praises
to our Creator
Thanx for the chance
to Congrat you on your Freedom Fighter of the Month
Award, and the great
site. Keep up the Good Work, and may you be PainFree.
Another Med.MJ Patient
Happy to Be
Diane...I see you
made in the issue of Hightimes Mag...
least your taking a stand....no one else
seems to have the
guts or bravery to do it...
Congrats and Merry
I read about you in
high times and looked up your web-page. It's really put
I, too, am a writer, and was a smoker. You sound like a
really motivated person--
that's cool, there aren't many people out there who
actually do things!
Or, maybe there are more than I think. At any rate, just
wanted to make contact,
say hi, keep working and peace will come-- but
sometimes even the
dischord is just what you need. (I'm starting my second
book right now and
have stumbled across the same blocks and hang-ups that I
thought I had extinguished
for good during the writing of my first. But, I'm
learning that these
things are what let you know you're really on to
So long, and keep
Greetings and Salutations,
Very nice webpage.
I was intrigued by
your interesting (and possibly tragic story if not
for the fortitude
and resilience you have shown in dealing with life)
on keeping your head together in spite of the
seemingly awful circumstances
you wrote about. I too feel that "drugs"
are inherently an
issue of freedom and that obscuring the real issue
behind such arguments
as medical vs recreational vs psychological use
are harmful to the
overall goal of the struggle: regaining liberty and
You see, as civil liberty is eroded by the
and litigatious nature of our US society, our
behavior becomes less
and less responsible. For what is freedom, but the
opportunity to act
in a responsible manner? As you must surely know,
when one is denied
the chance to act in a responsible way, one is then
not able to act responsibly
when faced with a choice of behaviors. The
stricter and more
legalistic our society becomes, the more irresponsible
it becomes as well.
I applaud you for standing up for freedom and civil
liberty and I wish
you only the best in your continued efforts to
re-establish our basic
rights. People might argue that if we make drugs
legal then society
will fall apart, but I make a counter argument: 80
years ago, almost
ALL drugs were legal, but we didn't see roving bands
of crazed lunatics
running amok did we? Of course we didn't. Because
individuals were responsible
FOR THEMSELVES; there was no "government
knows best and will
help you" attitude. If people chose to do something,
it was there responsibility,
and if that choice ended up badly, then
that was their
responsibility as well: not yours, not mine, and
certainly not the
government's either. Frankly, I think that if we can
regain some of our
freedom, then we will see a slow shift back to
stability and responsibility.
Re-legalizing marijuana is the prime
example of this. Anyway,
enough of my rant; you are preaching to the
choir on this one.
Thanks for your efforts.
PS- You turned out
great. You're a beautiful, articulate young woman who
has already proven
her point. Don't let anyone try to make you think
again, and keep up the good work.
i just got done checking
out your site. Good job!!!
Please that me know
if theres anyway i can help you make a differance?
your friend mookie[mike]
Hi. I read the
article about you in High Times. I like your page and was
wondering if I could
copy and paste the "hempis.html" section of your site for
mine. My site
is mostly graffiti art, but there is a marijuana section that
I'm always trying
to add on to. So please write back and keep up the good
I think it is great
what you are doing,not to mention you are a
This world needs more people like yourself, fighting
for the betterment
of this nation. I stand behind you unconditionally.
My only regret is
there is not much activism to be done from Oklahoma
City, except go to
the state capital on April 20, which I always attend.
I think a conversation
with you would be an interesting and learning
experience, so if
you would email me back.
how are U ? I`m OK I`ve been 2 State Collage
be 4 it
was like 10
years ago . anyway I like what your doing ! I saw it
I will vote 4 U in da HIGH 100 OK C-ya
well i saw you mentioned
in high times... so today i went to your websight.
first i'll say, its
loaded, nice job i still have not seen it all in the 2hrs i
have been on it...
i feel like i want
to tell you so much and give you praise with out
belittleing you fight
and not seeming like i'm in "adore"....follow me???
well i have so much
to thank for
starting to smoke
pot... new self esteem, confidence and a higher satisfaction
of life... i was a
very politicaly minded person for a few years, into a music
and political scene
were i almost felt pressured (now that i look back) to keep
tabs and fight for
what were nothing but ideas...since giving up most of those
causes (extreme animal
rights, political prisoners, the like..) i now am
fighting for something
with a foundation with in me (pot) not a sometimes
biased cause or story...now
i know what fighting for someting because it means
the different quality
of my life...i dont know what else to say but i want to
say keep giving them
the truth and i tip my hat to you, if i ever wore one -
Like I said I saw
your URL to your page in the new issue of High Times so I
thought I would give
your'e page a looksee . frankly, I am impressed at the HTML
value but that
is beside the point I strongly believe in the legalization of
Marijuana that I will
defend and i also voted for the medicinal use of Marijuana
I am sure you have
heard all this before i just merely wanted to say Great Web
thank you for your
time and mine
glad to see someone
who's not afraid to stand up for what she believes
in. wish i knew more
females who smoked. seems most of the people in my
area who toke are
males. am 32 yrs. old and have never dated a female who was
cool about it.fine
job on the web page and congrats on being featured in high
dream. the closest that i've come is getting my
squirrel's pic in
the pets issue a year or 2 ago.
keep up the good work--free
Today I saw an article
about you in high times, and I just wanted to
thank you for all
your work in decriminalizing marijuana. I am from
Canada and do a small
part here to help in the decriminalization. I
checked out your web
page and thought it was really good. I also have
a web page http://members.tripod.com/greenleaf_bandit
please let me know
if you would put a link from your page to mine, as
I will do the same
thank you for your
Hi, my name
is Peter M. and I am 21 years old. I am a
Canadian student at
Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
My E-mail is PAMUNOZ@ice.lakeheadu.ca
Just a few words...
I read your profile
in High Times and I felt compelled to visit your
page. I read your
story and I thusly felt compelled to write you. I
realize you are probobly
very busy but I feel happy nonetheless
knowing I have written
you and shared some thoughts...
It is a great pleasure
to know that there are people like you, with
your drive and commitment,
in the world. Although it seems a little
weird, I think about
my future children a lot, and worry about the
society they will
grow up in, and the people and heroes they will
emulate. I am just
one person, but you have my respect, and I
hope my children will
emulate you and people like you.
It's funny, In history
I learned that the basis of the modern society
is this emphasis on
"reason" and how a happy society comes from
But the lived experience of history is always
different than the
ideals. A perfect example came to speak at my
university. His name
was Ruben "hurricane" Carter. He was a
major contender for
the boxing champianship in the 60's, when,
due to a racsist police
and trial, he was sent to prison for a crime
he did not commit.
It took 20 years of legal maneuvering to get
himself freed. HE
SPENT 20 YEARS IN JAIL FOR SOMETHING
HE DIDN'T EVEN THINK
OF DOING!!! The story is filled with
anecdotes of hypocritical
legal cats who fed, not on a notion of
truth and justice,
but on getting a conviction. Isn't it bizzarrre that
our legal system is
set up in such a way that the person who can
argue the best, wins.
There is no justice. It is all sophistry. But
hearing him speak,
he had no bitterness. I was stunned. He
seemed so happy and
content with his new life; it was as if the
past never happened.
It makes me sad how a man so wronged can
be happy, and the
people who wronged him continue in their
to have a "just" society. I asked him if he still
believed in "the system".
His response was truth: "I have no
problem with the system
as long as I'm not part of it (chuckle)...But
seriously, the system
is made up of people, acting for the people. If
the system becomes
a war against the people who created it,
there has got to be
I read your story.
I will not insult you by offering parlour room
sentiment and ornate
dictions of sympathy. I will say, however, that
it seems that you
have lived and experienced far too much in your
early years, so much
that it would crush people less strong. It is a
pleasure to see the
phoenix rise. Keep rising. I am writing to you
while I am in a transition
stage. I am slowly becoming happy with
my life, and now having
the courage to fix my problems. Your story
reenforces me, and
gives me a little more hope. It seems that all
the toil and frustration,
if directed right, has a payoff that is larger
than the sum of its
parts. I am realizing this is true for me, and like
you, I have lived
far too much in too short a time, granted that not
nearly as much as
you. Seeing the rays of the sun creeping over
the horizon is just
as good as seeing the full God in all its glory,
because I know that
that time of complete vision is coming soon...
I don't even know
you, yet I know that you are human, full of
faults, praise-worthy virtues, experience,
charisma, and thus,
your own individuality. You have the courage
to display your humanity
to all the world...
This makes you a beautiful
human being, and a graceful individual.
If you can, I'd love
to hear from you.
I just got done reading
your web page articles and your bio. WOW. I hope you
don't mind if I comment,
life hasn't been easy for many people but your
road seems to have
been especially toilsome, thusfar. I hope that you can
find some pease. (and
some kind tasty buds)
I'm at my friends house and I read "My Story" I started to cry
because I remember
the night you told it to me and we both just sat there
and cried. I
miss you so much. If I had to pick a person I most admire it
would be you.
I printed out "My Story" too. You look so cute in that
picture. I love
you very much. See you later, bye.
Love your little sister
Megan = )
I've just discovered your website, read your poetry and your story. I'm
touched and impressed.
I salute your courage and determination. That said I
want you to know I
too am a "medical marijuana" user, who has used the herb to
aid in dealing with
stress, depression (officially diagnosed as the
ADHD, and alcoholism. Since giving up Booze and self-
medicating with Bud*,
I've finished an undergrad degree and completed course
work for a master's
degree, my thesis will deal with entheogens and the God
thing. I also have
worked as a wilderness guide in situations where my
judgement and decision-making
were required to avoid life-threatening
indeed the weed sure makes one brain dead ayhh? Prior to
giving up the mind-expanding
legal highs (I quit smoking cigarettes as well as
I was a violent, angry, mean as hell, lying petty criminal-
shoving white powder
and stealing other folks valuables- a generally worthless
piece of amerikan
So what's my point?
I'm a fellow traveller willing to join forces in an
attempt to educate
and inform for one. The other thing that got me to write
you is that I am closely
associated with The Peyote Foundation and would like
to share my experience,
strength and hope with you. My feeling is that this
medicine, used in
ritual ceremony, would be of immense help to you in dealing
with some of your
grief and abandonment issues. Aint' I the busy body?
I'm currently living near the University of Illinois, maybe we could do
Ten Bud Lovers thing.
Want to know a little more about me? How can I assure
you I'm legit?
Incidently, my e-mail address is derived from my dogs' names, but I love
,of course, this was a motivator in contacting you.
Congratulations on the H.T. freedom-fighter award. Keep the Faith, pray
Kindest Regards, David
*while in Grad school
in Berkeley, CA I was able to get a M.D.'s
M. M. and was a card-carrying member of the Oakland
Cannabis Buyer's Coop.
I was just checkin' out your page. I was reading high times
yesterday and i saw
you and i was like wow a hot chick that loves pot.
Well anyway im 20yrs. old i live in chicago, i go to school
at Devry. And
i LOVE to get baked everyday. I would love to check out one
of your smoke-outs.
It sounds pretty groovy. What kind of nugs can you
get out there?
I just wanted to say
that beautiful women like yourself can take us a
long way in fighting
the war on drugs. Keep fighting and stay beautiful!
"Sample in a
tried to go into chat
room (legalize) this morning and found it was closed temp.
to depend on my friends.... don't know if you remember talking
to me or not.
your web home is really nice. love ur poetry. thats my thing too.
i'm a person who needs
mj for med reasons( have glaucoma and FM) and want to
do what ever i can
to make it available to all of us who need and not to
fear the conseq. keep
up all the good work and let me know any great news .
i do not know
how to contact any of the friends i met in the patriot chat
peace and a hug
Have you gotten the
January issue yet? I guess if your article is in
February, which goes
on sale sometime around the end of December, you
should get a check
sometime around then. I don't know if it would be in
time for Christmas.
I can ask.
Good to see you got
the drug-counselor gig. I don't see any contradiction
between being a drug
counselor and a toker-after all, our argument is that
if we're allowed to
get high legally, we wouldn't fuck it up by being
letting it wreck our lives. Some people just can't get
high because they
can't control it, but that doesn't mean the rest of us
should be barred.
I suppose there are philosophical arguments for sobriety,
for maintaining your
health and not impairing your coherence and
competence, and for
excess, for getting out of control and visiting alien
regions of the mind,
but I won't dwell on that too much for now. I wouldn't
babysit on acid (not
that I do that anymore), but a blowout can be
if painful on the morning after. (I wonder if
aspirin sales in New
Orleans go up on Ash Wednesday.)
One of these days
we'll get to hang out, get high and philosophize some more.
In case you were wondering,
I heard about you from the current issue of
High Times. Well,
I just thought it would be better to get your permission before
plopping a link to
your site from mine without giving you a chance to see
what kind of site
is linking to yours first.
Fellow Bud Connoisseur,
More up to Date: http://188.8.131.52/
I just tried to call
you tonight actually... got your machine. Anyways, I
was on the phone with
the organizer of this event that I copied you on.
She's a law student
at Temple U and this is her first of many events here in
the city. This
discussion is meant to lead into a city/state wide drug law
She says the room its being held in should be big enough
for 120 or so.
I told her I would bring as many folks as I could. Here's
some of the specifics...
Forum sponsored by the Phila Bar Association on 12/1.
Begins at 12:30 and
the formal lectures are scheduled to end at around 2:30.
After this, we still
have the room for discussion till 6:30. It sounds like
there is going to
be some pretty big folks here... definitely worth sticking
your nose into if
you get the chance. The building is on the corner of
market and juniper
(right next to city hall) on the 10th floor in the phila
bar education center
I know you mentioned
being in the phila area this week, so I hope you get
this before you leave.
I think I'm headed for Roaring Spring tuesday or
I'm not sure when I'll be back in the city, but I'd like
to coordinate with
your schedule to try and catch you either here or there.
Let me know what ya
b'byes for now,
So where are you from?
do you go to Penn
State? Do you know Megan ----- ? She referred me to your
web page and i must
say it is somethin' spectacular. megan said you were
goin' to be in high
times magazine, and i had to check it out for myself!
why don't you email
me back sometime, i'd like to smoke up with...I mean
meet you sometime!
email me back if you feel so inclined!
I must say you are
one of the coolest people I've had a chance to meet
in my stint here at
U. Magazine. I just got back in town today, so I
apologize its taken
me this long to get back to you.
I understand you spoke
to our art director last week, and he said we
couldn't use the scanned
pictures because of the resolution. Do you have
color prints or slides
of those photos? If so, then we could scan those
in here. If you have
them, could you send them to me in the mail? If you
send them in Priority
mail (2-3 days), we could scan them in and get
them back to you in
a few weeks. Let me know!
As far as CASA goes,
I'll have more info on that later on. I'm working
on that story for
U. Magazine, and then another story for
about drug culture on college campuses. So, if you
know anyone that would
want to talk about that, that would be very cool.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Erie, PA and then went to Ohio State —
graduated in June.
Have you ever been to Columbus, OH? There's a lot of
good grassroots activism
going on there, too.
Hope to hear from
you soon. Have a great day!
Yep, we have a subscription
to HTimes, and in fact it is the January issue
that we just received.
So, I guess my hearty congrats. are a bit premature.
In any case it is
a flattering article, you should definitely save a copy.
How many copies of
the tabloid do you want? Just let me know & I'll mail
'em out. No charge,
since you guys do such a great job with them.
Glad to know that
everything is going well with the Rallies. How's Dr. H's
legal battles going?
Good I hope. He must be an interesting & dedicated
soul to put himself
in the jaws of the law-enforcement beast.
Take care & let
me know how many tabs. you need.
Yours in struggle,
PS- Hey don't forget
to drop me a line next time you come to DC.
Hope you're doing
well. I just wanted to say that I saw your article in
High times & thought
I'd say 'congrats' - I hope your profile will inspire
others to join the
Did you see the tabloid
in Penn State's paper on Tuesday?
Wassup?! How goes
I visited your page...
followed every link.
I read your poetry
I read your life story
& came away with
a full understanding of your cause.
reading your story. LOL.)
I didn't know you
were in PA.
I have family up there.
Seen any annoying, loud people around?
Hey whats up ? , I
live in Pa are there going to be anymore smokeouts
anyplace in pa??
Fate is an amazing
thing, isn't it?
I hope the cops treated
you ok during your arrest. I know the feeling.
During the 80's, I
was arrested while blocking an entrance to a military
base on the Cape.
It was during Reagun's illegal military operations in
I was very impressed
with your web page-honey buds-quite the nom de
guerre-! Your story
was an amazing tale to read. You have experienced so
much-so much more
than any one should have to. But somehow you have become
the person you are
because of those experiences. You now have the challenge
before you of creating
a future and fulfilling a destiny that will make
your cruel beginnings
as important a part of your life as the wonderful
delights and happiness
that still await you.
Sometimes it can be
a difficult and depressing struggle to change peoples'
marijuana and other things, for that matter. After
all, we are fighting
many years of lies, distortions and propaganda. One of
the technigues I use
to keep me going is to not focus on the end result of
whether cannabis users
will be free from incarceration and harassment
tomorrow, next week,
next year or ever. But rather, that I am doing the
right thing today
for a cause I believe in. If I don't think about when or
if the ultimate success
will come, but only that what I'm doing now is good
and just, then I don't
get as everwhelmed with the prospect of how long my
task will take to
accomplish. The life fully and well lived does not dwell
on the past or the
future, but only on living today to the max. It may
sound trite, but it
is nonetheless basic and true.
So Diane, what do
you do for fun and fulfillment when you're not busy being
a warrior for the
I think of you often
and hope all stays well with you.
Your friend and fellow
Dick Elrick, Esq.
I was online when
I got your last e-mail,
didn't notice 'till
I wrote a little poem
for you about your fight.
Fight for the cause
a fight without pause
All the rewards
will be of course
all their remorse
and a bit of applause
for the right of your
Then the highest of
fall apart at the
At the littlest force
(That's why I never
write to rhyme, I suck at it.)
While the world sleeps,
you continue to fight.
Not in vane, not unappreciated.
I am a sociology
major at the University of North Texas in Denton. I have
been employed in human
services related to abnormal psychology and
I worked with a disabled Vietnam veteran
who had been shot
in the back and was quadriplegic.
He required assistance
with all of his basic needs, and I
provided him with
home health care. He suffered from painful spasms which
were the result of
atrophied muscles and retracted tendons.
I witnessed his body
convulse as he cried in agony. He tried painkillers, muscle
stimulation, and accupressure. These options proved futile
His physician suggested smoking marijuana as an analgesic.
The results were impressive,
as he completed his physical therapy
without any spasms.
I support medical
research of marijuana, and the decriminalization of use by
with terminal, chronic, and disabling diseases such as
cancer or AIDS. It
does not serve justice to deny suffering patients quality
Republican Newt Gingrich recently proposed life in prison
for first offense,
and the death penalty for the second offense of
possession of over
2 ounces or marijuana. I urge you to contact your
this important and timely issue. We cannot remain
silent. Your voice
truly counts. They just want you to think it doesn't.
I'm looking at a three year sentence for growing marijuana for
my migraines and seizure
disorder (three adult plants and a number of
cutings). I'm a 45
WM married with two chidren, one in high school and one
University. Lately, I 've feeling pretty sorry for myself
until I came accross
your web site. I read your BIO and it touched my
heart. The story of
your life and how you still seem to have it all together
has given me a new
strength to see me through this ordeal. Your an
on doing what you're doing.
wow... your webpage
I'm a 20 yr old f
visual art student in canada bc
.... and I smoke weed
(sounds like an AA
meeting :) )
Your life is amazing
and you are such a beautiful person to have been able to
pull through it and
stand out strong. I have ADD and tend to fall into
I always thought smoking pot was contributing to
can i find info about this?
Anyway, I'm going
to continue exploring your website.
About the smoke out - At times I was embarassed. People I know would
me and be really uncomfortable.
They did not even want to come over and
say hi. One
friend from my freshman year said "Ray, don't you know people
are looking at these
guys and thinking they are a bunch of long hairs?" I
tried to rationalize
my position. He was drunk and I think he just was
being polite to listen.
That tennis girl that likes/liked me saw me. She
waved. I wonder
if she thinks differently of me now? I don't know.
Everyone is afraid.
They must feel like we are advocating unbrideled
that be so bad anyhow?
I ran a search of "Diane Fornbacher" through all the major search engines
. I came up with some interesting stuff.
Mostly articles or
writings of yours. I liked them all.
I'll stop here. Please E-mail me whatever you are thinking about.
you to be very engaging
Raymond (AKA Raymond)
I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ME . THE
OF KIND PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF ARE WHAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE PROUD
PARADES FOR, AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS NAMED AFTER. NOT THE SO CALLED
HEROES LIKE SAMMY SOSA AND MARK MCQUIRE WHO HAVE PARADES IN
FOR THEM WHILE THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK PAY FOR IT. THAT IS A
POLLUTANT IN ITSELF. DONT GET ME WRONG, I LOVED THE YEAR BUT THAT IS
IT TOO FAR. ANOTHER THING IS HOW CAN THE GOVERMENT OF THE UNITED
SEND MEN INTO ORBIT AT SUCH A COST (422 MILLION) AND STILL CANT GET
ENOUGH MONEY TO FIND A "USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA". A FRIEND AND MYSELF
THE ISSUES OF WHY MARIJUANA IS ILLEGAL AND HE BROUGHT UP A GOOD
POINT. THEY WON'T BECAUSE THEY CAN'T TAX IT. ANYONE CAN GROW IT, NOT A
ONLY GROWS IT. I HAVE BEEN SMOKING CANNABIS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS
NOW AND I AM AS HEALTHY AS THEY COME. BUT IT HURTS WHEN MY PARENTS SIT
AND SAY THAT "ANY FOOL THAT SMOKES THAT CRAP CAN NEVER BE AS HEALTHY AS
HERE." I MEEN I JUST WANT TO SCREAM OUT" I AM YOUR SO-CALLED POT
AND PROUD OF IT!" SO, AT THIS MOMENT PLANS FOR A SMOKE OUT ARE RUNNING
TO BE DEVELOPED AT A LOCAL COLLEGE. --ST. ANDREWS. I AM
GOING TO PRINT OUT FLYERS FROM MY COMPUTER AND PASS THEM OUT AND POST THEM
IF I HAVE TO, I WILL DO IT MYSELF. THE NICE THING ABOUT IT IS
MY MOM IS A NURSE THERE AND SHE SHOULD GET A REAL REALITY KICK IN THE
FROM THIS. ANOTHER THING, MY COUSIN SUFFERS FROM INSOMNIA
AND I FEEL
FOR HER SO I'M GOING TO TRY TO GET HER TO SMOKE SOME BECAUSE SHE WON'T
MEDICATION FOR IT. I LOVE YOU AND THANK YOU FOR THIS INSPIRATION THAT
HAVE PUT INTO MY HEART. WISH ME GOOD LUCK PLEASE.
LOVE YOUR FRIEND,
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF MARIJUANA? MINE IS THE KIND I CAN SMOKE
WITH THE "REGULAR,GOOD,CLEAN FOLKS"
I read your story
with great interest. I retired last spring after 33
years of public-school
teaching. Many of my students smoked marijuana,
and I was (and am)
sympathetic to the cause. I have smoked it myself
only a few times,
but would like to do so a lot more in the future, now
that I am no longer
I was intrigued by
your inference that smoking it helps your "breathing
problem", as I recently
stopped smoking cigarettes when I was told by my
doctor that I might
be in the beginning stages of emphysema. (I don't
want to see the "end"
stages!) I know I can't count on honest answers
from medics about
marijuana, so I thought I'd ask you about this. How
could smoking marijuana
help a breathing problem? I don't have any
at this point, and I don't want any...but if I
choose to smoke marijuana,
am I committing suicide? Or is it actually
I know your schedule
is busy, but any help or insight you can provide
will be appreciated.
I'm pleased to present
the Honeybud Weedwackers site
with the MaryJane
Smokin' Site Award.
This award is presented
to websites that promote
the positive use of
cannabis, and have informative,
entertaining and original
content. As far as personal
hemppages go, yours
is one of my favourites! I've also
added a link to you
on the MaryJane Site.
It isn't a requirement,
but if you want to link the
Smokin' Site award
back to us, (it goes without saying
that we appreciate
any links we can get), then point
it to: http://members.xoom.com/hash_man
Keep up the positive
work, and free the weed!
The MaryJane Crew
I loved your cute
little bug card sooooo much! Thank you! It made my day.
am real busy with
work, but I wanted to say hi and say that it was great to
meet a sister in the
movement. There are so few, esp someone so coherent,
competent, and strong
like you. You got it goin' on! I am very honored to
have met you.
I wish we had met earlier that day!!! What fun we would have
had hangin' out.
Next time. Keep your eyes open in your closest city what
people aare doing
for the Oct. 22 National Day of Protest vs. Police
the 3rd annual. Remember, the January MMM planning mtg. too.
It is I who should
thank you. Your spirit, enthusiasm and commitment
flooded me with such
a sense of joy that I still feel it today.
Diane, its rare in
today's world, where human and spiritual isolation is
more often the rule
rather than the exception, that two people are able to
make a connection.
I believe that on that brisk autumn Saturday of the
Freedom Rally, you
and I did just that.
I hope in the future
that the fates will allow our paths to cross once again.
Yours with affection,
I like your site a
lot. Thanks for all the hard work you have obvously done
for this movement.
How about a technical, non-inspiring quote from the
enemy that they wish
they had never released? This is circa '92 if it matters.
The DEA's Administrative
Law Judge, Francis Young concluded:
"In strict medical
terms marijuana is far safer than many foods
consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can
result in a toxic
response. By comparison, it is physically
impossible to eat
enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana
in its natural
form is one of the safest therapeutically active
substances known to
man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana
can be safely used
within the supervised routine of medical care."
Here are some more
"The oppressed should
rebel, and they will continue to rebel and
until their civil rights are fully restored to
them and all partial
distinctions, exclusions and incapacitations
Notes on Religion, 1776. Papers, 1:548
goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it makes attempts
to control a man's
appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things
that are not crimes.
A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very
principles upon which
our government was founded."
--Abraham Lincoln(December, 1840)
I meant to let you
know how courageous it was of you to include your
story on your website.
I apologise for not having said so when I saw you in
person.; Things were
a bit hectic at the Festiva (not to mention emotional,
for me at any rate).
It is admirable that one should state the truth even
though the pain it
brings is all too real. Although I still have my mother
(she attempted suicide
when I was only 1) I lost both of my brothers in this
manner. I have learned
not to hem and haw when people ask me about my family.
It is almost embarassing
because noone has told my father to this day that
both of his sons killed
themselves. He was told that they had heart problems!
We are only as sick
as the secrets we choose to keep. I am so glad that you
have found the strength
to share the truth!
In case you felt as
if noone was listening, and/or cared.....believe me,
suicide and domestic
violence has involved many more people than are willing
(or able) to admit
it. Perhaps someday, if we are all willing to be honest and
share our experience,
these problems can be addressed in a realistic manner
and you have taken
a major step in that direction. I only hope that I can
someday be as honest
p.s. Did you check
out the November edition of High Times!? Check out the 100
list. If October pops
up, just change the '10' in the URL to an '11', it is
Just §cooby here.
Well no, Andre I should say. How are you? I hope I
have'nt sent a personal
e-mail to a work-related site, or some such
craziness. I just
visited your site for the first time, and I must say
it is REALLY well
laid out. It looks great. I took the time to read
"Your Story". That
is I guess the main reason why I felt that I HAD to
e-mail you. I cant
believe it, but I was brought to tears whilst reading
about your past. I
really just wanted to say (and dont let my
:) precede me) that you are a truly wonderful
woman. To see someone
that has lived through such incredible upheaval
turn out to be so
strong and so selfless and so completely personable is
almost like meeting
a do-do. You are a list of cliches. "From amidst the
rocks a rose has bloomed."
Anyway, I am reaching
the point of babbling on like a freak, but I
really wanted to say
that from the first time that I chatted to you, I
new that you were
a "Gifted" person. You have an ambient radiance about
you which I haven't
sensed in many people. I just regret that a few
thousand miles means
that I cant shake your hand, say G'Day and light up
a three pound spliff
to converse over! :) Perhaps one day, if I can get
my US holiday organised
I may just spring up at one of your rallies,
joint in hand, and
Well I'll let you
get back to your no doubt busy schedule, but if you
care to drop me a
line some time, my e-mail address is ---------.
I would love
to correspond. No doubt I will see you again soonish at
Legalize, but until
then, take care, keep up the good work, and more
than anything else.....stay
happy and stay sane.
PEACE AND LOVE.........Your
friend Andre (The Scoob)
I'll twist one and
spark it for you as soon as I get home! (though it
will be as much for
ME as it is for you.......) hehehe
Stopped by your
site today to see what was new, and YIKES! What a story!
Normally, a tale
like that would send me into a fit of flippant smartassedness
(like, I wonder
what Chapter 3 will be:
I Am Nailed To
The Hull And Eaten By Gulls?!?).
That's how I often
deal with undealable tragedy -- black humor.
However, it's not
quite that easy when the story's true and I've
met the protagonist.
My next response
would usually be to attempt to say something "comforting,"
which would undoubtedly
wind up sounding completely inappropriate and assinine
-- especially since you're (hopefully) through the worst of it by
now. Thankfully, I
caught myself before
blurting something so retarded.
So, HB, I'm left
with nothing for you but THANKS. Thanks for doing whatever was necessary
to let the events
of your past open your heart instead of stomping it into
icy black shards.
The world has plenty of those already.
As you've discovered,
love is the ultimate rage against pain and hate.
And afterall, who
but she buried beneath a great pile of the world's shit could
beams of redemption and salvation? You bounce
back good, you
rubbery little psycho!
for Chapter 2,
ps: from the Tao
who knows people is clever;
who knows herself has insight.
who conquers people has force;
who conquers herself is truly strong.
who knows when she has got enough is rich,
she who adheres assiduously to the path of Tao is a woman of
purpose. She who stays where she has found her true home
she who dies but perishes not enjoys real longevity.
Hello...was reefered (lol) to your wonderful page by some nice
Legalize.com & was wondering how I could get involved in a Smokeout...
I live in South Jersey.
hey honeybuds, this is spliffy,
or vivian...i got your website from
tenfreak from legalize...which
i am a member of also
it was really inspiring, and made me
write you to let you
know that alot of us out here have no idea where to
start, besides getting
stoned everyday...you know?? In January, I'll be a
to a university from my community collge and I was
wondering if you have
any ideas on how to start an active group
supporting the cause...im
pretty sure theres no such group already but I
plan on checking on
that soon...im just not sure as to how to go about
it all...im 18 years
old and have been smoking pot for 5 years... ( dont
let the age scare
you, i just dropped out of high school and started
please write me back sometime
with some help...peacenluv,
I visited your website
and was amazed at your courage to speak your
beliefs and rights
on the legalization of marijuana. I myself am a
proponent of legalization
and hope that the US government realizes
that marijuana is safer than usually perceived. One of the main reasons
that marijuana isn't
legal at the moment is because the gov't is NOT
money from it. Lawmakers should open their minds and realize
that the hemp
plant has many uses. As you said on your website, hemp
could be used an altenative
to trees for use as paper and so on. I am
curious, do you smoke
pot to alleiviate pain from
a serious disease
or for simple fun?
I will be writing
in the future.
A forwarded message to me
from Jim to the Women's Christian
Women's Christian Temperance Movement:
I have been reading
the Bible, and I have come across some statements
which seem to be at
variance with the global drug war that your
to support and promote. Could you please
address the quotes
and concerns I've listed below?
And God said, Behold, I have given you herb bearing
which is upon the
face of all the
...and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life,
I have given
for meat; and it was so.
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
*It seems to me
that by banning marijuana, jailing those who grow or
possess it and
destroying it in the fields, we are clearly spurning God's
gift of seed-bearing
herb. How can it be bad, when it was made by His
hands and declared
by Him to be "very good?"
Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will
your Father forgive
JUDGE not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge,
shall be judged; and
withwhat measure ye mete, it shall be measured
to you again.
*The above statements
seem to indicate that we should be peaceful,
merciful and forgiving
toward those we feel have lost their spiritual
path through addiction
Clearly, it seems,
we should not be judgmental or punishing -- certainly,
making WAR on these
lost souls seems to be clearly proscribed. Am I
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly they are
ravening wolves. Ye shall know them
by their fruits.
Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
The "fruits" as
used above, I understand to mean the
of one's actions," as opposed to the
mere words one
uses. If we analyze the "fruits" of the war
on drugs over the
last eighty years, we find ever
prison population, rates of addiction,
new and more dangerous drugs,
corruption of law
enforcement and politicians and despair.
war's start in 1914, very few people
even knew what
marijuana, heroin and cocaine were. The use of
these drugs by
children was unheard of.
1980, nobody knew what crack-cocaine was.
Am I missing
The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say,
Behold a man gluttonous,
and a winebibber,
a friend of publicans and sinners.
Am I to understand
by this passage that Jesus drank wine and
associated with sinners?
How then, could these things be evil?
...A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country,
and in his own house.
This statement seems to indicate that those who bring forth the wisdom
the lord are destined
to be persecuted and besmirched in their
own country. Perhaps
we should look to these people, rather than to
those in power,
for the mercy of the Lord.
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be
Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh
out of the mouth;
this defileth a man.
...Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
all seem to indicate that we should not judge
what a person takes into
their body, but
rather from the words and actions that come
from the body.
Could this be interpreted to mean that if our
drugs or is even addicted to them, we should not judge
or punish them
unless they actually, physically harm innocent
If I were so unlucky as to become drug addicted,
would I want to
be fined and imprisoned, or treated with
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye are like unto
whited supulchres, which
indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full
of dead men's bones,
and of all uncleanliness.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are
full of hypocrisy
...for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Again, this seems
to hearken to the "fruits" issue mentioned above.
Our society seems
to preach care and
drug users, yet in actuality we point guns at them,
arrest and incarcerate
them. We don't
even give lip service
to compassion for those who sell the drugs,
yet are they not
God's children also? Is a
policy of WAR against
them in keeping with God's word?
I'd be very interested
to hear your views on these matters.
for your consideration.
(And let us thank
Jim Incollingo for his invaluble insight and efforts!)
My apologies and sincere
regrets for not making it to the Smoke out.
recounted Sunday's happenings to me when he got back.
I've also just finished
reading your synopsis, and it really looks like
we will ultimately
win this thing. I also have been tracking the Times
poll, and if any stock can be placed in those sorts of polls, it appears
only 12% of the people
who responded, support Prohibition!!! My own
against these paternalist Drug laws are testimony
to the fact that a
majority of of American Citizens show overwhelming
support for change!!!!!
Well, keep up the extrordinary work, and I hope
to meet you someday
soon! Peace, Liberty, and Justice, Gary M. Sage /
I've been enjoying
the new features on your site; it looks like
you've been a busy
bee with all the arts-fest/smoke-out
usual, you're webpage looks great and
It seems from the responses on your page
and on Dr. Heicklen's
that everyone had pretty much the
same reaction to the
protest asI did
ON OUR SUCCESS!)
You guys did something
really beautiful. Thanks. I'm so glad I
was able to help,
even in such a small way.
Gary Sage bounced
me a Peter McWilliams alert about the
Time Magazine poll.
In the alert, McW
cited the number of voters supporting the
continuance of the
drug war as 17%. When I checked yesterday
morning, it was 12%.
(wait a minute, let me do the math...) we have
90% of the people
Also, let me know
what you think of my radio exchange with
the WoD weenie from
Philly. If you've got the
time, of course, now
that you're a nationally known, front line
ps: sacrifice is noble,
but don't neglect your self ...
I want to thank you and the rest of the PSU crew (including Diane,
Jay, Summer, Charlie, Paula, and anybody else whose name I've forgotten
(sorry!) -- please
pass this along to all of them as well) for your
and after the protest on Sunday. I was very
impressed by your
devotion and courage, to put on the protest despite
the arrest of Dr.
Heicklen, the continual harassment by the police, and
the Saturday night
riots. I hope that you're all as proud of yourselves
as I am of you, and
that you'll continue to move forward with the
on the ground gained so far, and taking advantage of
and adding to the
momentum that you've acheived. I want all of your to
know that what you've
accomplished is no easy feat, and is something
that most people could
only dream of doing. Your continued activism and
support of the reform
movement has inspired me to do more to fight
prohibition, in whatever
ways I can. I, and others, have tried for some
time to organize others
to support the reform movement, both here in the
Harrisburg area, and
where I was living in Delaware, with relatively
People too often find that the "easy way out" is more
attractive, to lay
low and play it safe. They let themselves fall prey
to the indimidation
of the law, rather than take the risk of defiantly
standing up for their
rights and beliefs.
You, on the other
hand, have overcome apathy, ignorance, fear, extremism
and hate. You've
stood firm in the face of oppressive and heavy-handed
authorities to defend
your convictions. You've worked to the point of
exhaustion to make
your message heard and to educate people about the
issues which in our society are so often surrounded by
lies and misinformation.
You've had to endure slanderous remarks,
obscenities, and people
giving you the finger, in response to your
attempts to enlighten
them and open their minds to the truth.
Despite these and
other hardships, you've succeeded in informing those
who came to find out
more about issues regarding the drug war. You've
shown people, who
otherwise would have thought that they were alone in
their beliefs, that
there are indeed others out there that feel the same
made people think about whether or not the drug war is a
good idea. You've
spread awareness about cannabis, and about the evils
of the war on drugs.
You've looked the authorities in the eye and
started them down,
both figuratively and literally. You've collected
hundreds of signatures
that together create a show of force against
You've managed to get hundreds of car horns to honk in
support of the reform
movement. You've garnered the support of
countless others in
the reform movement, and convinced many to join you
You've made history by taking the first steps toward
restoring the civil
liberties which have slowly been stripped away, as
well as our human
birthright to utilize cannabis. You have successfully
defended and exercised
your freedoms, as embodied in the U.S.
Constitution and Bill
of Rights, and have proven yourselves to be true,
you deserve medals for bravery, courage and valor.
YOU ARE ALL TRULY
I am saying all this
because I want to make sure that you realize it.
It's easy to get caught
up in what you work so hard for, that you don't
fully recognize what
you've accomplished. This is a task that requires
a tremendous amount
of effort, time and devotion, and which involves a
great deal of frustration,
tears and weariness. It's also one for which
you receive relatively
little praise, thanks or satisfaction, other than
that which your give
yourselves. I want to thank all of you from the
bottom of my heart,
and congradulate and salute you all for a job well
done. I hope
that my words will provide you with hope, encouragement
and support that can
help keep your group together, to stay active,
vocal and public,
and to keep up the fight against the tyranny and
unjustice of prohibition.
We have the truth on our side. It's up to
each of us to get
it out and make it be known!
founder of Marijuana
Liberation Front and author of:
Tea-room & Cannabis Cafe website
Just visited your
wonderful site. Thank you for the wealth of info.
was very moved by your poem. I am also a somewhat ancient, poet (at
is the Marijuana Liberation Front.
We are locatedin
New Jersey and are planning some actions in the near future.
Most of my time
is spent on-line trying to convice the few unconvinced that
America has been
going down a very dangerous road with regard to drug
Email me when you have the time! My website is
BABES TEA ROOM
me know what you think!
Gary Sage (our
mutual friend from the Marijuana Liberation Front)
bounced me the
schedule for the upcoming 4-day event in State College.
about road tripping on out to join the fun, howl wildly
intervals and generally add our porky mass to the
be sure to say "hi" if we see you there.
If we were limited
to one day of attendance only, which do you think
would be the best
day to show up? (Of course, we'd like to see your
On a more general
note, I've had my website up since November of '97.
a chapter from my master's thesis. For about six months,
I got no response
at all (not that I'd posted links or advertised it).
Gary Sage was my
first contact, sometime back in May. We've met a few
times since then
and have become friends (not uncommon for fellows in
the cause, as I'm
sure you've found out). We're now working on
taking action, speaking out and doing whatever we
can to turn this
evil tide. Through Gary and on my own, I've become
the 'net with several individuals and organizations who
have really changed
my outlook on the possibility of conquering what
seemed only a few
months ago to be an utterly insurmountable foe.
Though I was cynically
skeptical when first I heard of it, it seems the
promise of the
internet as a means of social change is actually
A few recent tv shows (Frontline: America's War on MJ, and
ABC News Special on consensual crimes) have confirmed to
me that big changes
in consciousness and reality are just around the
may go through a brief period where the war heats up just
before it gasps
it's last (perhaps this is that period), but someday
soon this war's
My point is this:
there are still a lot of like-minded people
out there. Your page and others like it are water in
the desert for
our isolated and still-terrorized brothers and sisters.
Keep it up --
you are having a real and positive effect. Thank you for
your courage and
efforts on all our behalf.
your humble serpent,
ps: Your account
of the May 2nd march in NYC is well-written and pretty
shoulda been there! NEXT TIME I WILL!
Kampia of the
Policy Project -the ONLY pro-cannabis Legalization
group in D.C.
You say you have
friends who use marijuana medicinally. Can you
please e-mail me
their contact information -- e-mail addresses,
Patients are our most important
we proactively take the time to track them down and
make them feel
at home with MPP.
Policy Project (MPP) 202-462-5747 (phone)
on your impressive web page. It's fun to navigate and
I'm new to the whole web page world, and recently
found the Legalize
pages; I have a site there under the name Hylo Bates.
That's also where
I found your page.
reason I origionally decided to write you was to add an opinion
of mine and see
what you thought. I didn't have a chance to look through
all your pages,
so if you have a piece saying what I'm going to say,
then I apologize.
Anyway, the point I wanted to make is this; in my
college, I found that people who were drunk tended to be
far more dangerous
than those who were high. Drunk men were far more
likely to get in
fights, vandalize property, and--worst of all--commit
My friends and I at college (we lived on the
and subsequently were ostracized from the rest of
the 1,000 student
campus) came up with this slogan for young woman
Get drunk, get raped...smoke pot instead.
thought I'd pass that along. I have several other sites, along
with my Legalize
one. The one you might be most interested in is at
I put a link to
your site there.
It'd be great if you'd do the same for me...as you'll
see if you visit
mine, nobody's seen it yet. Keep up the good work.
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