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Great Moments in Weed History
61 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
How Medical Weed Healed The World
Dennis Peron first tried cannabis in Vietnam. After smuggling two pounds of high-grade herb home from the front, he became a charismatic and defiant leader of San Francisco's medical cannabis and gay rights movements. A fiery street-fighting optimist, Dennis suffered multiple stints in prison and even took a bullet in a police raid—all without ever giving up or backing down.As part of our ongoing Pride Month celebration, we're proudly re-posting this Season 1 episode that gets at the root of how the LGBTQ+ movement played a central role in not just changing the laws in California (and subsequently around the world), but in subverting a propaganda campaign against weed engineered by the government, law enforcement, and the medical establishment.Our Pride programming will conclude next week with our episode about Brownie Mary, another indomitable activist who fought for medical cannabis during the height of the AIDs crisis.Special thanks to our sponsor Tweedle Farms for supporting this podcast, including this special Pride series of episodes!JOIN US ON PATREONSign up for our Great Moments in Weed History Patreon for special bonuses and fun surprisesPLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSORS!This episode is brought to you by Tweedle Farms, Northwest Oregon's premier, family owned hemp farm, specializing in farm-to-table, terpene rich, high CBD hemp flower. Use promo code “greatmoments” for 20% off your next order shipped anywhere in the United States.GREAT MOMENTS IN WEED HISTORY MERCHVisit our new merch store with Teepublic.
47 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Cannabis Pride and Prejudice
Whether living in legal states or under prohibition, weed smokers continue to face stigmas and prejudices of all kinds. So to kick off our official Pride Month programming, we sat down for a smoky sesh with Jessamyn Stanley, a self-described “fat black queer woman" who's been breaking down barriers in American yoga since she began posting about her personal practice on Instagram in 2012.Jessamyn's the author of Every Body Yoga, has a new book Yoke: My Yoga of Self Acceptance out this month, hosts the podcast Jessamyn Explains It All, and has created the yoga app The Underbelly.She founded the activist organization We Go High North Carolina to push for an end to cannabis arrests and a social justice based approach to legalization.And she's a Great Moments in Weed History fan, who says her own cannabis activism was in part inspired by our episode on activist Dennis Peron.Our Pride programming will continue the next two weeks with re-releases of episodes about Dennis Peron and Brownie Mary, two indomitable activists who fought for medical cannabis during the height of the AIDs crisis.Special thanks to our sponsor Tweedle Farms for supporting this podcast, including our special Pride series of episodes!JOIN US ON PATREONSign up for our Great Moments in Weed History Patreon for special bonuses and fun surprisesPLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSORS!This episode is brought to you by Tweedle Farms, Northwest Oregon's premier, family owned hemp farm, specializing in farm-to-table, terpene rich, high CBD hemp flower. Use promo code “greatmoments” for 20% off your next order shipped anywhere in the United States.GREAT MOMENTS IN WEED HISTORY MERCHVisit our new merch store with Teepublic.
63 minutes | May 26, 2021
Making "Dazed and Confused" w/ Jason London (aka Randall "Pink" Floyd)
From blazing a joint at his audition, to smoking Austin, TX completely out of marijuana during the shoot, Dazed and 'Confused star Jason London tells Abdullah and Bean that the greatest weed moments on set all happened between takes, and behind the scenes.So journey with us back to the magical summer of 1993, when a cast and crew of talented unknowns that included Matthew McConaughy, Ben Affleck, Renee Zellweger, Anthony Rapp, Mila Jovovich, Parker Posey and writer/director Richard Linklater all adopted a method-acting approach to portraying 1970s stoners, with plenty of high-jinx and high times ensuing on the way to making one of the most iconic stoner films of all time..Warning: You don't need to have a joint to enjoy this episode, but it would be a lot cooler if you did.JOIN US ON PATREONSign up for our Great Moments in Weed History Patreon for special bonuses and fun surprisesPLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSORS!This episode is brought to you by Tweedle Farms, Northwest Oregon's premier, family owned hemp farm, specializing in farm-to-table, terpene rich, high CBD hemp flower. Use promo code “greatmoments” for 20% off your next order shipped anywhere in the United States.GREAT MOMENTS IN WEED HISTORY MERCHVisit our new merch store with Teepublic.
48 minutes | May 14, 2021
Is Biden Gonna Legalize, or What?
Support for ending weed arrests is at an all-time-high, but our newly elected President has long been a leading proponent of the War on Drugs. So where does that leave us when it comes to passing federal legalization? And if it passes, will Biden sign it?To find out, Abdullah and Bean sat down with Representative Earl Blumenauer—co-founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, and a leading pro-weed voice in Washington, DC. After publicly pushing for legalization for more than fifty years, he explains why he believes so strongly in this issue, what to expect in the future, and why he (and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) decided to wear marijuana leaf masks to Congress.JOIN US ON PATREONSign up for our Great Moments in Weed History Patreon for special bonuses and fun surprisesPLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSORS!This episode is brought to you by Tweedle Farms, Northwest Oregon's premier, family owned hemp farm, specializing in farm-to-table, terpene rich, high CBD hemp flower. Use promo code “greatmoments” for 20% off your next order shipped anywhere in the United States.GREAT MOMENTS IN WEED HISTORY MERCHVisit our new merch store with Teepublic.
108 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
4/20 SPECIAL - Game Changing Weed Strains
From Acapulco Gold to OG Kush, the history of cannabis breeding dates back thousands of years and spans the entire globe, spawning a story that stretches from the legendary landrace varietals of Nepal, Thailand, Nigeria, India and Morocco all the way to today's modern super hybrids strains.Due to prohibition, however, the history of these strains and the people who helped breed and proliferate them have been all-too-often lost, obscured or subverted. So to sift the myth from the legend, we're joined by the illustrious Danny Danko, longtime cultivation editor at High Times magazine before branching out on his own with the podcast Grow Bud Yourself. This is our official 4/20 episode for 2021, please share it with your buds while celebrating the high holiday. For a history of 4/20 itself, check out our Season 1 episode about the Waldos: "4/20 Started With a Treasure Map to a Weed Garden."JOIN US ON PATREONSign up for our Great Moments in Weed History Patreon for special bonuses and fun surprisesPLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSORS!This episode is brought to you by Tweedle Farms, Northwest Oregon's premiere, family owned hemp farm, specializing in farm-to-table, terpene rich, high CBD hemp flower. Use promo code “greatmoments” for 20% off your next order shipped anywhere in the United States.GREAT MOMENTS IN WEED HISTORY MERCHVisit our new merch store with Teepublic.
83 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Gettin' High With Willie!
Willie Nelson has smoked Snoop Dogg, Woody Harrelson, Ricky Williams, Chelsea Handler, Toby Keith, Johnny Knoxville and many other famous faces under the table.We got to hear a few of these hilarious stories firsthand recently while working with Willie and his crew on the Luck Summit, a four day online event (April 26-29) exploring cannabis in all aspects. As a special sneak preview of what's in store, we're proud to present a legend in his own right—Jay Chandrasekhar, star and director of Super Troopers, Beerfest and other films as part of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard. Jay joined us to share some incredible stories about getting blazed with America's most iconic living stoner.And stay tuned after that for the first ever episode of Great Moments in Weed History, about the time Willie smoked a joint on the roof of the White House.We've got some incredible surprises happening between now and 4/20, so please subscribe to the podcast and join us on social media.PLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSORS!This episode is brought to you by Tweedle Farms, Northwest Oregon's premiere, family owned hemp farm, specializing in farm-to-table, terpene rich, high CBD hemp flower. Use promo code “greatmoments” for 20% off your next order shipped anywhere in the United States.GREAT MOMENTS IN WEED HISTORY MERCHVisit our new merch store with Teepublic.
95 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Billie Holiday vs. Harry J. Anslinger
In a tale of weedy vengeance, Abdullah and Bean investigate the life of Harry J. Anslinger—America’s first “drug czar,” author of Marijuana: Assassin of Youth, and the man most responsible for the global prohibition of cannabis. And then they settle the score.This episode is tied to the premiere of The United States vs. Billie Holiday, a new film from Lee Daniels (Push, Empire) telling the awful true story of how Harry Anslinger used the full power of federal law enforcement to target the legendary jazz singer for multiple arrests, ultimately hounding her into an early grave.Highlighted by a brilliant Golden-Globe-nominated performance from Andra Day, the film rightly casts Anslinger as the villain. But with the narrative focused on Holiday and an undercover FBN agent tasked with taking her down, the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and his decades-long racist campaign against weed doesn’t get a lot of screen time. So Abdullah and Bean decided to dig deep into Anslinger's horrific life story.And yes, exact an herbally-infused revenge worthy to be called a great moment in weed history!Special thanks to Johann Hari whose excellent book Chasing the Scream greatly informed this episode. Clips come from: Steve Martin on Saturday Night Live, George Carlin from his album Toledo Window Box, The Big Lebowski, Marijuana: Assassin of Youth, and the legend Ed “NJ Weedman” ForchionPLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSORS!This episode is brought to you by Tweedle Farms, Northwest Oregon's premiere, family owned hemp farm, specializing in farm-to-table, terpene rich, high CBD hemp flower. Use promo code “greatmoments” for 20% off your next order shipped anywhere in the United States.GREAT MOMENTS IN WEED HISTORY MERCHVisit our new merch store with Teepublic.
62 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Santa's A Psychedelic Mushroom Shaman
Explore Santa Claus’s psychedelic roots in Siberia in the only Christmas Special where Old St. Nick gifts you magic mushrooms and even the reindeer get high AF (just ask Blixen)!So hang on to your sleigh bells, because Abdullah and Bean will be celebrating the holiday season this year with Amanita muscaria mushrooms, cannabis-infused cookies, marijuana mistletoe and fermented yak milk, just as Santa always intendedSpecial thanks to Harvard professor Donald Pfister for his enlightening annual lecture on Psychedelic Santa! And to friend-of-the-podcast Nonna Marijuana of WAMM, who turns 98 this Christmas Day. You can watch Nonna and Abdullah make “egg nug” together in the Bong Appetit Christmas special. Or watch Nonna make medicated latkes.Check out Doubleblind magazine and MAPS for more information on psychedelics.AND VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our good friends at Tweedle Farms. Go to tweedlefarms.com and use promo code "great holiday" for a 20% discount on high-quality high-CBD cannabis flower and products shipped direct to your door from their Oregon farm.Thanks to all our listeners and especially our supporters on Patreon! If you enjoy Great Moments in Weed History please drop us a line on social media (@gmiwhpodcast) and tell a friend about the show!
54 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
John Lennon Was A Weed DREAMer
In 1971, John Lennon performed publicly, for the first time in five years, at a rally decrying the injustice of Michigan police targeting a radical political activist for an elaborate undercover sting operation, resulting in a sentence of ten years in prison for passing two joints.The concert brought massive media attention, and John Sinclair soon after walked out of prison a free man, landing John Lennon on Richard Nixon's official enemies list. For the next three years, the President's "plumbers" harassed the former Beatle and his wife Yoko Ono, while the INS threatened him with deportation over an old hashish bust back in England. Meanwhile the FBI tapped his phones and sent agents to tail his every moveLennon, Ono, and their legal team fought them every step, and along the way created a new legal precedent in immigration law that still stands as today's DREAM act. (At the time of this podcast, the Supreme Court had yet to rule on a case brought by the Trump administration challenging DACA and the DREAM Act).Read John Lennon vs. The USA (written by Lennon's immigration attorney Leon Wildes) for more info, and watch the documentary The U.S. vs John LennonAlso learn more about Dr. Lester Grinspoon (whose expert witness on the difference between "marijuana" and "hashish" helped save the day) in our Season 1 episode about Carl Sagan.Big thanks to Tweedle Farms for their support this season! Go to Tweedlefarms.com and use promo code greatmoments for a discount on CBD products shipped anywhere in the U.S.Long live Nutopia!
51 minutes | May 28, 2020
The Grateful Dead Fight the Man (And Win)
Jerry Garcia and Mountain Girl sat rolling joints and cleaning the stems and seeds from a brick of weed when a fateful knock came at the door of 710 Ashbury Street.Having your communal crash pad raided by the police isn’t typically the start of a great moment, but for the Grateful Dead, the October 1967 undercover police sting operation that targeted their home and headquarters turned into a pivotal inflection point in the band’s trajectory. One that would change cannabis history and spread weed consciousness around the world. That's because rather than pleading out or turning informant, they held a press conference right in the same room where they’d been busted, calling out the local police and the national War on Drugs as a racist, hypocritical, counter productive, unconstitutional failure.Abdullah and Bean also discuss the huge role the band and their many Deadhead followers played in spreading high quality marijuana and seeds across the country, including classic strains like Sour Diesel and Chemdog.Very special thanks to the legend Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap) for guesting on this episode, as he actually wrote the 1967 pro-legalization statement the Dead presented at their press conference.Read more first person accounts of this incident in Rock Skully's book Living with the Dead and in Rosie McGee's memoir Dancing with the Dead.Hear the Grateful Dead's October 22, 1967 Marijuana Defense Benefit concert in its entirety at archive.orgCheck out Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally's book A Long Strange Trip.Support us by supporting our good friends and sponsors, Tweedlefarms.com - use promo code greatmoments for a discount!
56 minutes | May 21, 2020
The High Hindu Holiday
Once a year, Hindus celebrate cannabis and the god Shiva with the ancient festival of Maha Shivaratri, an all-night affair of fasting, meditation, chanting, and dancing.Abdullah tells Bean the story in this Freaky High-Day episode, and the guys talk Hinduism, the divine origins of cannabis, weed-loving deities, and psychedelics.They also try hash-infused Bhang, one of the world's oldest edibles and maybe Shiva's favorite.Support the show buy supporting our sponsors! Visit Tweedlefarms.com and use promo code greatmoments for a discount on quality CBD products.
51 minutes | May 14, 2020
Bong Hits for Jesus!
A weed-fueled stoner prank escalated to the highest court in the land after a student in Juneau, Alaska used the opportunity of the olympic torch passing through town to unfurl a banner reading "Bong Hits For Jesus."What makes this a truly great moment in weed history is not just the way Joseph Frederick thumbed his nose at an oppressive high school and its humorless principal, but the years he spent afterward, defending his personal liberty and the free speech rights of all students in the United States.Along the way, he'd face police harassment, multiple arrests, and a series of courtroom battles that led all the way to the Supreme Court. Where the Justices repeatedly had to say and hear the words Bong Hits for Jesus.Visit our sponsors at Tweedlefarms.com and use promo code greatmoments for a discount on quality CBD products!
52 minutes | May 7, 2020
Oaksterdam's Weed Mayor
Richard Lee's life changed forever when he slipped on a catwalk while setting up the lights for an Aerosmith concert, suffering a spinal injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. A Texas native raised by conservative Republican parents, Richard would fight to educate his family, his state, and ultimately the entire country about medical cannabis.Eventually, he transformed an eight-block stretch of his adopted home town so thoroughly that it came to be known, affectionately, as Oaksterdam. Richard’s empire included two cannabis coffeeshops, a medical cannabis dispensary, a gift shop, his political headquarters, and the 30,000 square foot main campus of Oaksterdam University, the country’s first trade school dedicated to training people for careers in the legal cannabis industry.He then put up his own money to run a state-wide marijuana legalization initiative in California. Not long after, the Feds came to shut him down. And the city of Oakland rose up in his defense.Support Great Moments in Weed History by supporting our sponsors! Visit Tweedlefarms.com and use promo code greatmoments for a discount on CBD products shipped anywhere in the U.S.
57 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Hemp for Victory!
Native American leader Alex White Plume planted his first hemp crop on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 2000, sparking a long battle over tribal sovereignty that included a series of DEA raids, a federal injunction, and a tense stand-off between Alex, his siblings, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and the U.S. Department of Justice.Along the way, Alex would discover an important ally—millions of feral hemp plants that were first planted in the 1940s to support the U.S. war effort in WWII, as extolled in the long suppressed government propaganda film Hemp for Victory!Learn more of the White Plume's incredible story of suffering and vindication in the documentary Standing Silent Nation.And please support Great Moments in Weed History by supporting our sponsors at Tweedlefarms.com - use promo code greatmoments for a discount on your order of CBD products, shipped anywhere in the U.S.
70 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
4/20 SPECIAL! - #BlazeAtHome Part 2
Roll another one, and celebrate the high holiday with part 2 of Abdullah and Bean's #BlazeAtHome420 special, which features even more of their personal greatest weed moments, from chopping it up with Dave Chappelle backstage at the Doobie Awards and getting cast as "Greasy Stoner #1" in an episode of the Trailer Park Boys and as a dab-ripping Phish fan on High Maintenance, to getting stoned in Siberia and slipping through the fingers of the KGB.Please stay safe, sane and stoned this 4/20 and be sure to assemble your own weed crews (past and present) for a digital sesh. Check out GMIWH social media (@gmiwhpodcast) for info on 4/20 livestreams where we'll be hosting weed history trivia live!To learn more about the history of 4/20, check out our Season 1 episode "4/20 Started With a Treasure Map to a Weed Garden."Thanks so much to everyone reaching out on social media to say the show is bringing you some joy and laughs right now, that means the world to us.Support our show by supporting our sponsor Tweedlefarms.com, use promo code greatmoments for a discount on your order of CBD products.
42 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
4/20 SPECIAL! - #BlazeAtHome Part 1
Celebrate 4/20 at home this year with Abdullah and Bean, in a special two-part episode where the hosts of Great Moments in Weed History share their own personal greatest weed moments with each other—and with all of you weed history heads out there.In part 1, they swap stories about grass-oriented adventures they've shared jointly together while working at VICE and High Times, including legalization day in Denver, the world's biggest ever Cannabis Cup, a trip to Hunter S. Thompson's house, getting to know Nonna Marijuana, and the origin story of the cannabis cuisine show Bong Apetit.Part two will drop on actual April 20th so look out for it!And remember, great moments in weed history happen to everyone, and they happen every day, so while we're all stuck at home this 4/20, we can still get together with our friends online, get lit, and share our best weed stories. And someday that will be a weed story too.To hear the long, strange story of how 4/20 became a high holiday, check out our episode about the Waldos from Season 1.Abdullah and Bean wish to thank everyone who has reached out to say that the podcast has been bringing them some joy, relief and laughs right now, it means the world to us. We also wish to dedicate this episode to all of our weed crews, past and present.Support our show by supporting our sponsors, visit Tweedlefarms.com and use promo code greatmoments for a discount on full-spectrum CBD products, shipped right to your door.
41 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
Summer of the Cans (Live In Humboldt County)
When 22 tons of weed washed up on Brazil's beaches one magical summer, the locals interpreted it as a gift from Yemoja, a sea goddess deity with African roots that was adopted into Brazilian Catholicism. In celebration they threw some of the most incredible cannabis-fueled parties in history, where they sampled and shared the countless cans of incredibly potent "Thai stick" that improbably came in on those unforgettable "green tides."One minute cannabis was expensive, shwaggy, and hard to find in Brazil. The next it was suddenly free, dank, and everywhere.So naturally, it will be forever remembered as The Summer of the Cans!Special thanks to Tocha Alves, a Brazilian director who made an incredible documentary film called The Summer of the Cans and supplied us with a version with English subtitles so we could tell this story.Very special thanks to weed legend Danny Danko, host of the OG cannabis podcast Free Weed, for suggesting this story!And a HUGE THANKS to Savage Henry Comedy Club for hosting us as part of their incredible annual comedy festival in the heart of Humboldt County, California, and to Alec Cole for his help with the recording.Please visit our sponsors Tweedle Farms and use promo code greatmoments to get a discount on their CBD-rich cannabis flowers and products, which can be shipped almost anywhere.
53 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
Psychedelic Surfers Invented Dabs
Smuggling hashish out of Afghanistan in the 1970s presented the Brotherhood of Eternal Love with a unique supply side problem, which they solved in a way that forever changed the game for cannabis concentrates and culture.Best known today for their international LSD operation, this legendary group of surfers, smugglers, and psychedelic evangelists also worked together with the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground to break their spiritual leader Timothy Leary out of prison.In this episode, Abdullah and Bean focus in on the Brotherhood's incredible marijuana smuggling ring, which got them dubbed "the hippie mafia" and involved some of the most fascinating characters in the long and fascinating history of cannabis true crime. Including the largely unknown story of Ronald Hadley Stark, who has been pegged by various people at various times as an undercover CIA asset sent to subvert the counterculture, a rogue KGB operative sent to foment a new American revolution, a ruthless career criminal disguised as a peace-and-love flower child, and a cunning snitch who transformed the Brotherhood of Eternal Love from idealistic hippies into international drug smugglers.For more on the BOEL, check out these books (The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, 1984 and Orange Sunshine, 2010) and documentaries (Orange Sunshine, 2016 and The Sunshine Makers, 2017).Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors; visit Tweedlefarms.com and use promo code greatmoments for a discount on CBD products.
57 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
Little Women Get Lit
Hashish bon bons play a starring role in one of Louisa May Alcott's "scandalous" short stories, but you'd never know that by reading her many biographies. Partially because she wrote Perilous Play (1868) under a pen name, but mostly because her experiences with high-powered edibles have been all but erased from history.With the recent Greta Gerwig adaptation of Little Women sparking a revival of interest in the author, Abdullah and Bean spend the episode recounting Alcott's incredible life story, and uncovering her stoney exploits, including settling in for story time as they read weed-infused excerpts from her jaunty little tale about a group of young society women who pass a most interesting afternoon and evening together by getting absolutely wrecked on hash candy.Special thanks to researcher and activist Ellen Komp, author of Tokin' Women: A 4,000 Year Herstory, which chronicles this story and many others. Please visit our sponsors at Tweedle Farms and use promo code greatmoments - by supporting them you support the podcast.
57 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
The Pope of Pot (Live at the Brooklyn Podcast Festival)
His newspaper ads read 1-800-WANT-POT, promising New Yorkers quality cannabis at a fair price, delivered in under an hour, by bicycle, at a time when legal cannabis was still a distant dream.Known as the Pope of Pot, Mickey Cesar had first learned how to navigate the illicit weed business in the 1970s while living in Amsterdam, before coming home to start America's first underground delivery service. What followed was a tale of overcoming arrests, getting shot, and a snitch calling Howard Stern, all to bring the cannabis sacrament to his growing flock.This episode features special guest Ben Sinclair, star and co-creator of High Maintenance on HBO. On High Maintenance, Ben plays a NYC weed delivery guy who makes his rounds on bicycle, so naturally Abdullah and Bean were thrilled to share with Ben the story of his real life predecessor. We recorded live in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Bell House in NYC as part of the 2020 Brooklyn Podcast Festival.Special thanks to journalist Mike Sager who wrote a June 1991 Rolling Stone article about Mickey called "The High Times and Strange Time of the Pope of Pot"Special thanks to Danny Danko for MCing the live show. And to Kevin Schumacher for taking photos. And to everyone who came out to share a very special evening.Please support our sponsors, as that helps support our show. Visit tweedlefarms.com and use promo code greatmoments to get a discount on CBD products and more!And very special thanks from Abdullah and Bean to all of our supporters on Patreon.
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