History and Historiography

The Bong and the Rifle

Another old article on the Green Panthers and their ideal of a “Stoner Homeland” from the 1990s. Their goal was to have a separatist weed-friendly homeland in northern California. Now they’ve got about 20 homelands across the United States and its territories. This doesn’t make “pan-secessionism” sound so far-fetched.

By Cletus Nelson

Not all stoners are passive in their loathing of the War on Drugs–the pot-loving Green Panthers are preparing for armed struggle and the possibility of a separate stoner nation. Sound like the plot of Kurt Russel’s next post-apocalyptic flick?

The tactics used by activists to voice their dissent against the prohibition of marijuana have changed very little since the 1960s. Despite the fact that the drive to legalize cannabis began in an environment that spawned such violent, armed groups as the Weather Underground and the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), today’s hemp advocates are firm adherents to the peaceful protest.

Each year a myriad of non-threatening marches, candle-light vigils, demonstrations, and sit-ins are held in the hope of ending the herb’s illegal status. Although the tireless efforts of these many tie-dyed warriors are to be commended, the war against America’s pot smokers keeps escalating.

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