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420 2012 in Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz
by Bradley Stuart ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
On Friday, April 20th, thousands of people descended upon Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz for Four Twenty (420), a counterculture holiday observed in cities throughout the world, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.

Cannabis is recognized as medicine by the state of California, 17 other states in the USA, Washington DC, and a growing number of people and governments all over the world. Cannabis is typically ingested through smoke or foods made with cannabis-infused cooking oil or butter.

Four Twenty in Porter Meadow at UCSC is an unorganized annual tradition. Last year, rain caused people to seek shelter under the forest canopy. This year, it was the hot sun which drove people to the shade provided by the trees.
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Slacklining, a practice in balance where people walk along a thin flat cord tensioned between two trees, was a popular activity.

Petitioners were out collecting signatures for various ballot initiatives, including the California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative, which would legalize "cannabis hemp" for industrial, medicinal, nutritional and "euphoric" use.

At about 5:00pm, approximately 10 University of California police officers walked into the meadow to surveil the celebration. The officers spoke briefly with some people, and left 15 minutes later, without incident.

Although it is illegal under U.S. federal law, cannabis is legal, and recommended by doctors, in California.

Health educator Ron Marczyk explains, "The government's public mantra has always been that marijuana is not a medicine in any form, as in Schedule I, which means (a) the drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse; (b) it has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States (Remember U.S. Patent 6,630,507 B1?); and (c) there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision."

In the 1990s, activists and doctors were energized by seeing marijuana help dying AIDS patients. A study of smoked marijuana at the University of California, San Francisco, under Dr. Donald Abrams was eventually approved by the federal government after five years. Dr. Abrams is excited about cannabis medicines and the potential effect that components of the marijuana plant may have against cancer cells.

Ron Marczyk points out contradictions in the U.S. government's classification of cannabis. "While spending billions of dollars to promote its anti-drug meme, behind the scenes it was simultaneously trying to prove to the Patent Office that cannabinoids are powerful anti-oxidative medicines that fight oxidative stress diseases in everyone. One of the main causes of cancer is oxidative stress disease.

"So the crazy Catch 22 is that the U.S. government is now claiming cannabis is medicine, but is also saying it isn't medicine and that it needs to be against the law."

Photos from 420 in Previous Years at UC Santa Cruz

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, & 2011
§Porter Squiggle
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Santa Cruz Mountains
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Cannabis Leaf Shirt
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§UC Santa Cruzsterdam
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Fish Rap's Fo' Twenty Edition
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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"4/20" Most Successful Strike This Year
§Sun and Shade
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Medical Cannabis
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Upside-Down in Tree
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§THE BAY we fresh.
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Waving and Smoking
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Accordian
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Slacklining Bob Marley
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§NorCal Grown Cannabis
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Ballot Initiative
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Acoustic Band
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Walking the Line
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Finding Balance
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Picking Up Trash
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§Kush Bob Marley
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:41 PM
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§University of California Police
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:43 PM
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§Man Looking Down
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:44 PM
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§UCPD Looks Around
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 1:44 PM
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Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Robert Norse
Saturday Apr 21st, 2012 5:42 PM
I read in the Sentinel, then heard from activist Kim of Occupy Santa Cruz that poet and African-American activist Isaac Collins was jailed on felony sales or possession with intent to sell.

The Sentinel story is at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_20444247?fb_comment_id=fbc_10151532103460386_31687512_10151533965935386#f14ba1e2e65e6ce
...along with the usual foul-smelling cloud of bigoted comments on the comment stream. Not surprisingly, the positive comments about marijuana outweigh negative ones.

I called the jail and was advised by a guy who answered as "Control" (seriously!) that they did have Isaac locked up. He was there on $5000 bail, charged with HS 11359 Possession of Marijuana for Sale. As he was arrested (or perhaps booked) at 1:30 PM on Friday, I was told, he won't reach court until Wednesday morning 4-25 at 8:15 AM.

Isaac is an African-American street poet who spent hundreds of hours staffing the information table at Occupy Santa Cruz before sheriff's deputies dismantled, crushed, and curfewed the peaceful protest in early December. He has also recited his poetry many a time on my twice-weekly radio show. Folks are invited to call in and offer support tomorrow 9:30 AM to 1 PM at 831-427-3772. We broadcast at 101.3 FM and stream at http://audio.str3am.com:5110/listen.pls .

I'd be curious to know if anyone else was busted yesterday, and whether anyone was arrested in past years. Anybody know?

Hearing so serious a charge used against a black activist is a chilling thing. It seems police and D.A. are getting considerably freer with their use of felonies.

I'll be in court Monday 1:30 PM for the Preliminary Hearing of 4 of the Santa Cruz 11 in Dept. 6 if folks want to hook up.

A quick tip: if you want to find out if someone is being held in jail, call 454-2420, then push 0 to avoid answering machine hell.
by Becky Johnson
Monday Apr 23rd, 2012 5:53 AM
Get on every jury! So, 2500 UCSC students light up in the Great Meadow and the cops arrest ONE BLACK GUY??!!
Talk about selective enforcement! These marijuana busts are bogus anyway. The same government that is banning a popular, helpful, and fundamentally safe herb, are pushing expensive and dangerous pharmaceuticals on the general population. Despite that most Californians favor legalization for pot (for medical use at least), the police are just pushing their repressive and outright unjust "law enforcement" against the will of the people.

the best way to fight back is to get on every jury. ONE JUROR can "hang" a jury and foil a conviction. There is no consequence for a juror voting his/her conscience. In fact, that is why the founders of the Constitution set up juries---to be the final check on bad laws!

GET ON EVERY JURY!! FREE ISAAC COLLINS!!
by Ed Natol
( ednatol [at] hotmail.com ) Monday Apr 23rd, 2012 10:06 AM
http://inmatelocator.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/

In fact he is no longer listed, so somebody must have thrown bail down.