It is true that the Internet has become the main forum for the struggle for cannabis legalisation by activists, but man cannot live by social networking alone. There are other ways to combat prohibition, in person, from a massive smokeoff in front of an institution, to greeting the US president with a giant inflatable joint. Here we show, for some inspiration, examples of activists who have stood out by exhibiting some ingenuity in their efforts.
Four years ago a group of Australian activists in favour of marijuana legalisation created a giant, ten-meter joint to welcome President Barack Obama. In this way they sought to persuade the Nobel Prize winner to convince Australia's prime minister to legalise grass on the continent/island. It is evident that they were quite high when the idea occurred to them.
The revenge of the marijuana snatchers
Two years ago a German activist group calledEinige Autonome Blumenkinder (which, according to Google Translator, means something like the "Children of the Independent Flowers") planted several kilos of cannabis seeds in the landscaped areas of the town of Gottingen. In this way they sought to draw attention to and denounce the law banning marijuana in the Teutonic country. Within a month local gardens and flowerpots had transformed into beautiful Babylonian gardens, to the delight of local consumers, and to the great dismay of the authorities (tightwads), who quickly proceeded to eradicate the aromatic plant.
Last year Uruguayan consumers celebrated the legalisation of cannabis with a party in a park in the country's capital of Montevideo. Amidst dances, songs and tortas fritas people applauded the establishment of three legal ways to access marijuana: domestic production of up to six plants per home, joining a growing club, or purchasing it at licensed pharmacies, where prices ranged from 20 to 22 pesos/gram (68 euro cents).
The event's Romantic/Geeky moment came when, as if they were princesses freed from the jaws of a dragon, the first grass plants were "liberated from a world of prohibition."
The Nazi Pope
Legend has it that this manis Colombian. We're not really sure about what message (?) he wants to send with those marijuana leaves and swastikas. The jumble is completely hallucinogenic, especially if he means to exhibit the Nazi symbol and not the Tibetan one. He was seen at the World Cup in Brazil. Any information on his whereabouts, to help us unravel the mystery of his crusade, would be appreciated.
Mega smokeoff in front of the Senate
What better way to demand the lifting of the senseless ban on cannabis in much of the world than smoking a joint right in front of the whole political establishment? Well, smoking ten thousand of them! This must have been the reasoning of Artists and Organisations for the Liberation of Marijuana in Mexico, which in 2012 organised a big smokeoff, along with a rock concert and body-painting parade, before the Mexican Senate. Maybe someday, instead of fighting them, the politicians will join them.
Or, you can continue to use the Internet, but putting a face on it. Baddie Winkle is an American grandmother who became a cyberspace celebrity after appearing in several photos, partially nude, wearing costumes alluding to marijuana, or even smoking it. She drew half a million followers on Instagram and 250,000 on Twitter faster than it takes to clean a bong, where she defined herself as "the woman who has been stealing your man since 1928." It's never too late if the grass is good!