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    Posted October 6, 2011 by
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    Denver, CO: October 5th Tribute for Victims of Cannabis Prohibition

     

    Denver, CO: Several activists gathered on Wednesday night to pay tribute to all victims of cannabis prohibition.

     

     

    Upon gathering at the State Capitol, in Denver, Colorado, activists took a moment of silence to honor those that have been "denied their chance to succeed because of their choice to use, grow or advocate the cannabis plant... those that have fallen at the hands of our reckless drug laws... those that have paid with their life, those that have lost their children, their livelihood, their goods, their property or their currency in this misguided war against cannabis."

     

    They came out to pay respect to victims of the past, like Samuel Caldwell, as well as people currently affected by cannabis prohibition, like Marc Emery, Patricia Spottedcrow, Chris Bartkowicz, Bob Krause and the thousands (if not millions) of other people harmed by cannabis prohibition.



     

    The significance of October 5th originates in Denver, Colorado, where on Oct. 5, 1937, "Samuel Caldwell went into the history trivia books as the first marijuana seller convicted under U.S. federal law... Caldwell's wares, two marijuana cigarettes, deeply offended Judge Foster Symes, who said: "I consider marijuana the worst of all narcotics, far worse than the use of morphine or cocaine. Under its influence men become beasts. Marijuana destroys life itself. I have no sympathy with those who sell this weed. The government is going to enforce this new law to the letter."   via ~NORML.org.

     

    See more images related to the Colorado cannabis movement at KimSidwell.com/mmj and learn more about cannabis prohibition at MileHighNORML.org.

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