People of the Hemp, Part 2: Criminalizing Traditional Teachings

Alysa Landry | Indian Country Today | September 29, 2014 Four times a day, Crandy Johnson prays in his Native Tuscarora language and uses a homemade tincture made from traditional herbs. Crandy, 72, and his brother Tracy, 74, are second-generation metal-workers who spent their working years as “steelwalkers,” perched atop skyscrapers, bridges and other structures from New York to Alaska during the construction boom after World War II. During an interview in Tracy’s home on the Tuscarora reservation in northwestern New York, the brothers talked fondly of their career. “We did everything,” Tracy said. “We were on top of buildings and pipelines Read More …

People of the Hemp, Part 1: Losing Land, Culture, Tradition

Alysa Landry | Indian Country Media Network | September 26, 2014 The way Tracy Johnson tells it, the plateau of land overlooking Niagara Falls and nestled among the Finger Lakes of northwestern New York once was covered in fields of hemp. The natural herb, interspersed with rows of corn, was evidence of centuries of inhabitation by the Tuscarora, now a dwindling tribe on a tiny sliver of land. The Tuscarora, or Ska-ru-ren, are the “people of the hemp,” “hemp gatherers” or “shirt-wearers,” so-named because they traditionally wore shirts made of woven hemp, said Tracy, who is one of about 660 enrolled members Read More …

Cannabis in Native American’s Culture and Religion

By M. Allister Greene | CannabisDigest.ca | April 2012 Less than 500 years ago, this land had tens of millions of people, from thousands of different cultures that lived from the Arctic to the tip of South America, and spread from one coast to the other, in every environment on these continents. We lived, we breathed, we fought, we loved, we made mistakes and we grew as a part of the earth. This land had roads that carried materials, stories, and knowledge that connected the peoples of this land to one another. And then it was all taken away, as Read More …

Is Indigenous cannabis an “aboriginal right”?

How an Ontario Court ruling on Indigenous medicine might affect the “Aboriginal right” of Indigenous people growing and selling cannabis. Table of Contents Justice Edward’s groundbreaking ruling on “Aboriginal Right” Are Indigenous Medical Cannabis Dispensaries an “Aboriginal Right” What defines an “Aboriginal Right”? Aboriginal people have no rights that the Canadian system is required to respect Implications for the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Industry Between equal rights, force decides   By Tom Keefer  In 2014, Ontario Court Justice Gethin Edward made a groundbreaking ruling in a case having to do with Aboriginal rights and Indigenous medicine. The case before him concerned Read More …

The Unconstitutional Prohibition of Cannabis

By William Price Trolinger, III The Unconstitutional Prohibition of Cannabis.. Preface. A. The Origins of Hemp. B. Historical Literary References to Hemp. C. Hemp and Religion. D. Hemp and Essential Nutrition. E. Cannabis as Medicine. F. Cannabis in America – A History. G. Cannabis Prohibition. H. The Cannabis Prohibition is Unconstitutional. Conclusion. Preface: Prohibition …. goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes 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 Read More …

The History of Indigenous Cannabis: Natives, Explorers, and Colonists

by Rowan Robinson | pp. 124-129 of The Great Book of Hemp  (1996) The Vikings depended on hemp for their sails and rope, and they probably carried hemp seed with them and planted it when they visited North America about a thousand years ago. Sailors usually carried supplies of seeds with them to provide the necessities of life in case of shipwreck. Cannabis was already in North America in prehistoric times, possibly brought from China by explorers, drifting shipwrecks, and birds migrating across the Bering Strait to the west coast of the continent. Some of the earliest evidence of hemp Read More …