perspectives on counterculture
Medical Marijuana and Hemp
This panel highlights several icons who pushed for the normalization of the cannabis plant and its use. The woman in the photo to the right is Pebbles Trippet who was arrested a half-dozen times in different counties for transporting her medical marijuana. She represented herself in court every time and won, establishing in the state’s courts that the 1996 medical marijuana law implies a right to transport cannabis — a precedent-setting case.
The federal Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (The Farm Bill) defines hemp as the plant species Cannabis sativa L. with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis . In other words, it will not get anyone high.
The cellulose fiber and other parts of the hemp plant can be used to make clothing, rope, canvas, building materials, paper, food and medicine . Henry Ford once made a car partially from hemp to showcase the plant’s huge potential.
NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) was founded in 1970 to advocate for the reform of marijuana laws in the United States regarding both medical and non-medical use. It is still running today.