Nixon and Armstrong Sneaking the Weed
Vice President Richard Nixon unknowingly helped Louis Armstrong smuggle three kilos of pot into the USA. It was 1958 and Armstrong had been named a Goodwill Ambassador by the USA Division of State. The division funded Armstrong’s tour of Asia and Europe. As an envoy, he didn’t need to cross by customs whereas touring, besides upon his return to his personal nation. On the Idlewild Airport (now generally known as John F. Kennedy Airport) in New York Metropolis, Armstrong was despatched to the customs line to have his luggage inspected. The story goes, it made him sweat profusely – as it could anybody, and a few of us have been there. Simply then, Vice President Nixon walked by and mentioned, “Louis, what are you doing right here?” Armstrong defined he was coming back from his Goodwill Ambassador Tour. Nixon promptly picked up Armstrong’s luggage and carried them by customs – together with three kilos of weed! Thanks very a lot Mr. VP.
After Nixon found that Armstrong smoked pot, he nonetheless had nothing detrimental to say concerning the musician. In truth after Armstrong died, Nixon honored his passing, saying: “His nice skills and luxurious spirit added richness and pleasure to all our lives.”
And that’s no lie!
Yosemite 420 Airplane Crash
It occurred in 1977. An airplane crashed into frozen Decrease Merced Cross Lake in Yosemite Valley, dropping 6,000 kilos of marijuana that had been being smuggled from Colombia. When phrase unfold, folks confirmed up with out realizing they would want chainsaws and axes to chop by the ice to succeed in the contraband. Just a few 40-pound bales caught out of the ice and had been shortly snagged. For months, folks hiked to the lake hoping to attain some weed and plenty of did. It’s rumored that scavengers made out with $20,000 value of weed. One individual is claimed to have purchased a home with the earnings, whereas the acclaimed nature photographer, Vern Clevenger purchased his first Nikon with the marijuana he recovered and bought. Learn the total story within the climbing documentary Yosemite Rebellion.
Carl Sagan and the Ganja
The well-known astrophysicist Carl Sagan was a real believer, smoking pot from his mid-thirties till he died. He wrote an article beneath a pseudonym that was revealed in a ebook referred to as, Reconsidering Marijuana. Mr. X famous that he had by no means been moved by artwork, however when excessive on marijuana, he was in a position to perceive the artist’s intention, and the perception would carry over into the following day. Identical factor with music. He wrote that for the primary time he was in a position to comply with all three elements in a three-part concord – one thing he had by no means heard earlier than.
Sagan writes with grace and readability about difficult concepts. It’s an exquisite piece of writing from an exquisite thoughts. It wasn’t revealed he was the writer of the article till after he died. Too unhealthy he’s not right here to see the rising acceptance and widespread legalization of our lovely weed. He was hopeful that this flip of occasions would happen.
A memorable quote: “…the illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an obstacle to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and perception, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately wanted on this more and more mad and harmful world.”