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The Creation Of A Marijuana Culture

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The Grateful Dead are recognized as one of the most successful bands in the history of rock and roll. The band consisted of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Phil Lesh, and Bill Kreutzmann. But before the band was known as the Grateful Dead they were known as the Warlocks. The Warlocks were formed from the remaining members of the Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions was made up of Garcia, Weir, and McKernan, who later came together with Kreutzmann and eventually Lesh. As the Warlocks the band attended Ken Kesey’s acid tests as one of his main performers. The acid tests were created by famous author and Oregon native Ken Kesey, who created the test to entertain friends and ...view middle of the document...

Before the 1930’s marijuana was a tool, medicine, and was used by select few for its recreational properties. By the 1930’s many people were against the plant because of the dark images created from the film Reefer Madness. For the rest of 1930’s decade other movies and even propaganda posters were created to defer people away from marijuana. In the midst of World War II America set aside the their hatred of plant and cultivated it for the war effort. In 1950’s American’s saw the government step in and assist with societies fight against marijuana. Bills and other legislation was passed threatening American’s with jail or prison time for the smallest marijuana violations. With 1960’s came the hippie and countercultural movements, which helped with expanding the America’s drug culture. In the 1960’s the generation needed something to help them rebel and marijuana was it. Parents could shake of the change in clothing and music, but the one thing they could not overlook was marijuana use. With the rebelling hippie generation at it’s peak they had to do something spectacular.
The majority of people in the United States know a brief background of the legendary musical event Woodstock or have at least heard the name. The idea of Woodstock came from a four investors wanted to make quick money. The master plan was to make a recording studio that musicians could rent and use as a retreat. Without sufficient money to fund the recording studio the four men decided to sponsor a two-day concert for 50,000 people. With tickets set at $7 for a single day and $14 for two days the group calculated that if 50,000 people came as planned there would be enough money for studio. The men organized the concert by hiring musicians, security, caterers, and finding a location in Wallkill, New York. But on July 2, 1969 the residents of Wallkill passed a law banning Woodstock from taking place in their community. Woodstock certainly seemed a disaster but before the concert was cancelled a man from Bethel, New York named Max Yusger rented his 600 acre farm out to the group. Two days before the concert 50,000 people were already camping next to the stage forcing the group to make the concert free for the audience. over 500,000 people showed up for the two days of free music to see bands like the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and The Who to preform. The concert started on time but went over the original two days going for a total of three. After, the group of men that were responsible for Woodstock were fined 1,000,00 and involved in 70 different lawsuits. Luckily the following year in 1970 the hit movie Woodstock was released, leaving the only $100,000 in fines.
Woodstock was seen as socially unacceptable and by the 1970's marijuana was considered as a bigger threat than before. A year after the marijuana instigated Woodstock festival President Richard Nixon had declared a war on drugs and placing marijuana in Schedule One (highest tier of drugs) claiming it...

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