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Introduction

Since the sixties, the use of cannabis has expanded at a huge rate despite all attempts by states across the planet to prevent it with the US-inspired infamous 'War on drugs', which has actually been a war on people.

We hear now of the success of 'hempreneurs' who are running successful businesses selling not only the huge variety of cannabis products, but also seeds, growing mediums, grow lights, fans and all the paraphernalia for illicit home production. Others are developing strains from around the world, experimenting with hybrids for medical uses and expanding human knowledge of this amazingly versatile plant.

Most high streets in the UK and rest of Europe, despite the law, openly sell hash pipes, seeds, bongs, water pipes and other paraphernalia in a bewildering display. It is a part of the culture of huge numbers of people, both indiginous and immigrant, and demand is unlikely to go anywhere but up, as will profits for some, as the business moves more and more centre stage, and with legalisation now firmly on the horizon and being debated openly in many countries.

hemp, grass, growing, cultivation

Few now still make the ludicrous claims on which the law was based, increasing numbers of people recognise the health and recreational benefits of cannabis in all its forms; medicinal cannabis is legal in a number of European countries, several US states, and full legalisation has been declared in Colorado and Washington, with more states planning to join them. Holland has been joined by Portugal and Spain, and South American countries are beginning to withdraw from the yoke of US bullying which led to their anti-drug legislation; fueled by the pharmaceutical companies which stand to lose billions in profits, and the alcohol industry which has always seen cannabis as a recreational drug that could rival alcohol with all its dangers and problems.

flowering head of cannabis

The UK is behind on this issue, but even here the pressure is mounting. The problem with politicians is that, as well as being hugely ignorant of the normal life of normal citizens, they are slaves to the tabloids and terrified of losing their well-paid jobs [with perks] so wary of saying anything that might affect their re-election.

What about those who lost?

But what about the many who risked their liberty fighting the long battle over cannabis, supplying it across the country and the world, and many of them paying the price? In the sixties, the climate of fear was real, not the relaxed attitude of the 2000s. Many dealers were busted and lost everything including their liberty. There's nothing quite like the sound of a gang of police smashing down your front door in the middle of the night, treated like dangerous degenerates, children and pets terrorised.

Locked up with criminals like armed robbers, murderers and burglars, they did their time and returned to society, but many then found life a struggle, and some have never recovered from both the sentence and the poverty caused by the bust and losing everything; returning to society with nothing. Few could make a career out of being an 'ex-dealer' as Howard Marks has done, most kept quiet about their past and tried to live a qiet life away from the spotlight. They exist now on the margins, in their sixties and seventies, often not even entitled to a full pension as they get older, and lacking property or savings. No one gives them a thought, younger cannabis users least of all. The high prices the herb now commands means high profits for many, yet none of this goes to benefit those 'soldiers' who fought and personally lost everything in the 'war'. Everyone is now a beneficiary of their courage and determination. Few recognise this.

Help for Heroes

Killing wars have their heroes who survived and are celebrated and nurtured for the rest of their lives, a special pension is standard, and accomodation is often provided; they have their honoured place in society. The 'drug war' heroes are ignored, often they can't even afford their own dope at today's high prices, despite having more medical need for it than many younger users. Until the day when they can be prescribed medicinal cannabis by their GP, they struggle to afford a smoke.

Most of these sixties dealers weren't 'bread heads', they were content to make a living, looked after friends who were short of cash, donated to 'freak' causes and events such as Release, and festivals, arts labs and happenings, and most of their customers were, or became, friends. Most were generous, and not the avaricious 'drug-pusher' of popular mythology, most refused to sell other drugs, although there were some around then, and became connoisseurs of cannabis and its many varieties. They provided the vital retail link between importer and customers. Yet when they were busted, due to the paranoia and fear created by the police, most of these friends drifted away and remained uninvolved. Suddenly, there were a lot less 'friends' around; they were on their own. Those dealers who were lucky and avoided busts often bought houses and other properties, or started businesses on their proceeds. It would be interesting to know exactly how many present day businesses started off with a cash injection from dealing!

The ex-dealers who were busted and served their time, especially from the sixties, who didn't make loads, and who didn't die, are now very poor, yet if they hadn't worked as dealers there might never have been a 'sixties' phenomenon, and no cannabis culture today. Back then it was dangerous and the risks were real; the dope sub-culture was small initially and noticeable, the first of the youth cultures, there were risks at every turn, and an address book falling into the hands of the police could result in many busts.

From this cultural paradigm shift came environmentalism and awareness of the damage being done to the environment, many dopers left the cities for the countryside and simple living. Dealers often funded communes and other experimental ways of living being tried then.

Most people knew nothing about cannabis and looked on it as evil and the same as all drugs, police and courts included. Remember that all that amazing music people still rave about was created with dope, it was an important part of the cultural shift, which many made millions from, yet no one has given a thought to the [mostly] men who made it all possible. It was they who defied the law and ran the supply chains, who created access to dope and laid the foundations that we all benefit from today. They were our pioneers, but they have been forgotten, especially by those who gained most from their early sacrifice.

This site is an attempt to rectify this state of affairs, make it possible for those with funds such as modern day dealers, seed merchants, and paraphernalia sellers, and ordinary tokers who appreciate what was done back then against heavy odds, to contribute something to their own charitable cause and help those who fell by the wayside over the years. There is no fixed amount, donations of any size are very welcome and appreciated. Direct debits can be set up to the paypal account if you wish, or you can make a one-off donation, or as often as you like, according to your resources and generosity.

Cannabis is now a vast global business, and many are making a good living from it. This will expand further as the law is changed in more and more countries and it moves into the mainstream, with doctors prescribing it for a variety of ailments, there are many opportunities opening up. At some point large companies will move into the market with a wish to capitalise on this, but there will always be the small entrepreneurs who sell to friends with a personal service as has always been the case.

Who can benefit?

We are here for anyone who was a dealer in the sixties, who was busted and served time in prison, and who is in present need. You can make an application for a grant by filling in a simple form and providing backup documents for your experience. Proof, documents such as copies, photographs, newspaper clippings etc., must be submitted together with the application, and should also include your present financial situation. Your privacy will be protected at all times and nothing will be shared with third parties.

The time is now

The arguments for cannabis legalisation have been made succinctly elsewhere, and there is an overwhelming case for the ludicrous, US-inspired anti-cannabis law to be scrapped. The world is moving towards a more sane and sensible attitude towards a plant which has been so useful to humans thoughout our evolution.

As we move [too slowly] towards a change in the law, a law which is so widely ignored that it brings the law itself into disrepute and pits the people against the police, it is time to recognise those who fought for freedom to choose, and lost their own personal freedom as a result. They have no voice, they are the forgotten few. Time for the many who have never paid the price, to donate now to the few who did; dealers, businesses, individual smokers and anyone who has ever enjoyed the most beautiful and useful plant of all, can simple donate through this site in the knowledge that all will go to the deserving ex-dealers who contributed to making your lives better. Most did it from a profound conviction and dedication to the hemp plant. At a time of nascent environmentalism, they promoted a plant that could be the salvation of all of us, by removing increasing amounts of carbon from the air and reversing climate change induced by global warming.

Businesses wishing to supprt the fund can have adverts here on the site for a donation of their choosing. Email us to arrange one.

 

For more information, Donors please click here

For more information, Recipients please click here

A survivor speaks: interview with an ex-sixties dealer here

Another survivor speaks: interview with an ex-sixties dealer here


British Isles c 2050

arctic ice

Animation of arctic ice melt

Time to move to higher ground

The time to move to higher ground link will change from time to time, illustrating how this phrase is becoming more and more common and relevent; from New Orleans, to Fiji to East Anglia to Holland and not forgetting other countries which aren't low lying but which can suffer devastating floods from too much rain, even Native Americans are affected.

I moved to higher ground in 2000 when it was clear that flooding was becoming the norm and climate change was happening now.
On the journey west, we passed flooded fields right across the [UK] midlands, it felt almost apocalyptic.
Since then, floods have become common in the UK and many other countries.

When farmers get flooded out on a piece of ground repeatedly they know what to do – farmers are a very practical lot – they move to higher ground