Every day I dare myself to interact with a complete stranger, within reason. When someone is wearing canna-friendly unusual fashion, I’ll make a point to ask about it.Just before a shift at Hotbox, someone wearing a Cat in the Hat-esque reefer hat walked past me to the patio. Immediately I burst out laughing and ask him if I may take a couple photos for this very blog post.
Our bold bud wears this hat all the time whenever he is traveling, just for a fun adventure to meet new people around the world. While visiting New Orleans, he was refused entry into a casino because of his hat. Being aware that the weed symbol was the real issue, he defended himself by making an example of another person gambling and wearing a baseball cap. Obviously there isn’t a “no hat” policy. My buddy joked with me that if his hat had stripes of red, white, and blue with a star on the front, they probably would have offered him free beverages and a V.I.P package! Ain’t that America.
Historically, hemp is a very prominent part of early America and our planet’s history. Just a bit from Emperor Wears No Clothes regarding the importance of hemp as:
“Cannabis hemp is overall, the strongest, most-durable, longest-lasting natural soft-fiber on the planet. It’s leaves and flower tops (marijuana) were- depending on the culture- the first, second, or third most-important and most-used medicines for two-thirds of the world’s people for at least 3,000 years, until the turn of the 20th century.”
Specifically, in America you could pay your taxes with cannabis hemp for over 200 years, and you could be jailed for not growing cannabis during periods of shortage. Herer describes a few of the many successful opportunities of America’s hemp history:
- Benjamin Franklin started one of America’s first paper mills with cannabis. This allowed America to have a free colonial press without having to beg or justify the need for paper and books from England.
- Plus, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew cannabis on their plantations.
Wear your weed merchandise with pride, because that leaf doesn’t just represent getting high. It’s a simple way to bring attention to a powerful resource and a foolish war. Buttons, t-shirts, key chains, and even hats cannot be illegal for their positive message. Try to open up with friendly strangers, and pass along anti-prohibition information. Pot-entially you could educate and change quite a few minds.
Always look to the bright side of the sun,