Romance novelists raise $400,000 for Georgia Senate races – with help from Stacey Abrams 25 Nov 2020 article. Senate cannabis reform depends on Democratis winning. "Abrams’ work fighting against suppression of black voters and organizing voter registration efforts is widely credited with helping Joe Biden become the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia in more than a quarter century. Democrats have said her work was 'pivotal' in flipping Wisconsin and other battleground states."
17 Sep: Cannabis in presidential race: Biden-Harris pledge to decriminalize marijuana. "Democrats' marijuana reforms are significantly more progressive than those of the Trump administration. At the start of his administration, Trump's first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, moved to crack down on states that had legalized marijuana. ... in the administration's 2021 budget, the president removed medical cannabis protections that prevented the Justice Department from interfering with state cultivation and distribution."
1 Sep 2020: Historic US House vote to legalize marijuana federally expected this month.. VOTE! "This November, 35 of the Senate’s 100 seats go before the voters—which means the outcome of this fall’s general election could very well mean the difference between federal legalization, or the continuation of cannabis prohibition. NORML, Drug Policy Alliance, the ACLU, the Marijuana Policy Project and other legalization advocacy organizations urge you to register to vote and vote to support reform at all levels."
Marijuana: Decriminalize marijuana use and legalize marijuana for medical purposes at the federal level. Allow states to make their own decisions about legalizing recreational use. Automatically expunge all past marijuana convictions for use and possession. Lift budget rider blocking DC from taxing and regulating legal marijuana and remove marijuana use from the list of deportable offenses. Encourage states to invest tax revenue from legal marijuana industries to repair damage to Black and brown communities hit hardest by incarceration.
Before there was needle exchange, there was harm reduction: the movement to separate marijuana and hard drugs. We started that in the sixties! There's really no way of telling how many lives were saved because of the cultural establishment of a norm, but a lot of people wound up not needing to exchange needles to begin with.
What did he accomplish?
In December, 1980, with Howard Lotsof, I initiated the development of ibogaine as the first broad spectrum treatment for heroin and opiates, methamphetamine and crack/cocaine, alcohol and cigarette addiction that was an "interrupter", not a maintenance drug like methadone. In other words, as any aficionado of Law and Order SVU B.D.Wong can tell you, ibogaine eliminates heroin addiction with a single dose.
What good did he do?
Finally deciding to ignore detractors who claimed I was nothing but a criminal, in 1993 I established the series of medical marijuana buyers' clubs that have supplied hundreds of chronically ill New Yorkers (mostly with AIDS) with safe, clean, inexpensive cannabis up until the present day. That effort is tolerated by the authorities and continues in my absence--although patients now pay more and can't afford it. (I saved people on disability a lot of money.)
It is estimated that roughly 10,000 people have been treated with ibogaine worldwide. According to Dr. Ken Alper of NYU, 69 percent of these were for substance abuse, 56 % were for opiates. Ibogaine is winning acceptance in dozens of countries. After I visited New Zealand and established that ibogaine works by expressing a growth factor, GDNF, that regenerates dopamine receptors, NZ Medsafe scheduled ibogaine as a prescription drug.
In other words, we found the Beatnik Holy Grail, the substance Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs were looking for when they went to the rain forest in 1959. I think that makes the Yippie! Museum part of the History of the Village.
The Nebraska jail system may have been trying to kill Dana Beal. December 2, 2012 letter from Dana Beal: "I was lying on my back and coughed just once, and got the most excruciating pain from my right hernia. Since previously I had to move around to get stabbing pain, this means my large intestine is really trying to burst through my abdominal wall." November 21, 2012 letter: "After walking 'round the yard for 45 minutes, I came in, lay down on my bed, coughed just once -- and got the worst, most excruciating stab of pain that you can imagine in my right hernial sac." Nov. 18, 2012 letter: "The growth on my back is getting bigger, but she won't order a biopsy, and there will be no hernia operations."
One week after returning to prison this past February 2012, he had another heart attack and a stent had to be placed. He has other serious medical issues, such as an acutely painful double hernia described above, which are not being addressed in prison. In addition, he is taking a blood thinner, which is not being properly monitored. Therefore, theoretically, the hernia could rupture and Dana could bleed out and die before help arrives.
It's happening again. After walking 'round the yard for 45 minutes, I came in, lay down on my bed, coughed just once -- and got the worst, most excruciating stab of pain that you can imagine in my right hernial sac. I immediately wrote nurse Flynn (whose name I got this morning when I signed their form corresponding to the HIPAA form), telling her the problem is back. When she lanced my finger after I slammed it in the door, she told me she thought I was stable, and seemed inclined to economize on elective surgeries for inmates. The clear implication was that they're going to report that I'm perfectly fit to do whatever sentence Scott Tinglehoff wants to give me.
When I got here I wrote a "kite" (as in "go fly a kite!") letter telling the medical staff that the Sheriff's error in not moving me here September 4th meant that I was liable to miss surgery in Madison with Dr. Dave DeAngeles at St. Mary's. So that they would have to do it instead. They wrote back: "Your county is responsible for your care and any referral would need to be approved." Then when I saw Flynn, she said barring a strangulated hernia, they don't fix hernias. What bothers me is that when this happened in April, it was when I moved one leg to get off the bed. So I laid on my back all summer, pushing in my hernias, and nurse Michelle said my constipation was my own fault for not exercising more. It only started feeling tender again recently. This time I way lying on my back and coughed - once. I cough a lot, so if this is going to happen every time, I'm in trouble.
I'm going to tell Suzanne Kusy that she needs to work it out to get me to Oakhill [Correctional Institution in Oregon, WI] and the surgeon who's competent. Not the butcher at Fox Lake who went into an inmate's scrotum three times looking for the hernia that was plainly hanging out of his abdominal wall above the pubic bone. Plus we have elected officials in Madison who can pester the DOC to move me and pay for the surgery.
Tell Marsha Rummel this makes it doubly important to write to Suzanne Kusy and Judge Gilbride (c/o Glenn Shapiro), mentioning the need for this operation besides the work release. Add this to the letter I just sent you when you cc it to Corey, Colin, etc. and email it to Glenn. We should have gone to federal court already, or this wouldn't be happening.
Make certain Suzanne Kusy gets my book even if you have to send her your copy. And the video disc from R.J.
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For info on helping or contacting Dana Beal go here. The contact info is updated as Dana is moved around.
The first Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival: Sept. 25, 1971.. October 1, 2010 article by Gary Stork. "At that time, Dana was in jail in Madison charged with several counts of sales to a narc and also charged with possession with intent. In the end, he copped a plea and served about a year in the Dane County jail. William Kunstler, legendary lawyer for radicals, was willing to serve as his defense lawyer but the case didn't ever come to trial. I sure didn't think Dana Beal would still be facing time in prison 40 years after 1971."
From an old page (yippiemuseum.org/whatsup.html) is this quote (emphasis added):
"The first Smoke In was held in February 1967 in upstate New York by Michael Aldridge but it did not receive much press attention. In June 1967 Dana Beal and the New York Provos held the second smoke-in in Tompkins Square Park [in New York City]. Due to several arrests this demonstration received considerable press. Beal went underground in January 1968 but the Smoke Ins continued just as they do today as evidenced by the above photo of 10,000 Smoke Inners in Boulder on April 20, 2008."
"Hippies Protest In NYC". Video of August 23, 1967 rally. "Carrying guitars and beating drums, hippies and supporters of Yippie activist Irvin Dana Beal gather in New York City to protest his arrest for selling drugs and to raise money for his bail." There is no audio. QuickTime may need to be installed to play the embedded video, or download the video via the link there, and play it on your media player.
Hippies protest Dana Beal's arrest in NYC 1967. Video with timecode and more of the rally. "When Dana got popped for acid in 1967 the whole summer of love community came down to the federal courthouse and carried him on their shoulders when he got out on the community bail fund."
"Antigone," a documentary in progress. YouTube link. This version includes some of the Wisconsin sentencing. This video shows much of Dana's work, in order to put his current situation in context. Video changes to full-screen, high-definition quality around 1 minute 10 seconds in. That is Dana being held up by others in the 1967 rally videoclip shown at the beginning.
Dana Beal's entire sentencing testimony. September 20, 2011. 36 Minutes: YouTube link.
Music video cartoon about our dynamic duo, Dana Beal and Aron "pieman" Kay. Video was created in 2003 (see notice at end of video). The music is by Benedict Arnold & The Traitors. The song "Death penalty for pot" was written in 1981, and recorded around 2002 according to the info on the Youtube page.
Our founder and usual editor Dana Beal is still in custody in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, for allegedly traveling with 185 pounds (approximately 85 kilos) of marijuana, ostensibly headed for medical marijuana groups across the country. He seems to be doing OK in jail. Though he had trouble with the food and trouble sleeping at times early on, he seems to have adjusted. He was "in the hole" aka administrative segregation (AdSeg) twice, with lights on all night, for, allegedly, sneaking food back to his cell. He has four different news channels to watch on TV in the common room, and once risked his life asking the other prisoners to quiet down while he was on he phone during a Green Bay Packers playoff football game. (They won the Super Bowl eventually; it's like a religion in Wisconsin.)
He calls in to the New York office and to contacts around the country every day. (Keep sending $$ to his lawyer for phone account and defense.) He is still working on getting medical marijuana and ibogaine a public hearing and also rescheduling by the federal government. Anything you can do to help would be useful, e.g., write your congressional representative and ask them to sign on to the letter to DEA Director Leonhardt that is circulating. Or also help support Dimitri Mugianis' defense effort after his bust for ibogaine.
Dana is still trying hard to ensure that the posters for this year's event will get printed and sent, though it is almost too late. Call Paul Stanford in Portland Oregon for info. Dana still would like more cities to join the list and put on events. If your city is not on the list preceding this, please e-mail your info, NOW to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please help Dana out materially.
He is going to need funds for legal defense and even for small things like phone calls and personal supplies while he is jail. He would like people to set up PayPal links on their Facebook and web pages to get money to his lawyer.
For now, funds can be sent to:
Irvin Dana Beal
c/o: Iowa County Jail
1205 North Bequette Street
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Please send in the form of a postal money order made payable to Irvin Dana Beal
[with your name and return address on the envelope]