The Last Summer of Prohibition in Massachusetts

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The Last Summer of Prohibition in Massachusetts

 Thanks to The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA), all the community support and volunteers for their hard work collecting at multiple rounds of signature collection, raising thousands of dollars and ensuring that the legalization of marijuana for adult use would be on the November ballot! Vote Yes on Question 4!

I personally feel very strongly that we are going to be able to pass this initiative, we need 51% and over 20 years we have seen 85 distinct questions on Mass ballots, including two binding questions in 2008 and 2012 and all have passed in favor of marijuana. So, let’s agree that it will pass, if this is the last summer of prohibition how can we celebrate the victims of the war on weed in MA? Here are six ways to celebrate the end of prohibition in MA this summer.**


6) Grow a plant in your basement

It isn’t so illegal if you are already a registered medical marijuana patient, but if you aren’t, you could illegally grow a plant in your basement… just reread that. You can “illegally grow a plant”… how is growing a plant illegal?? In any case, you could **but maybe you shouldn’t. If you do, we won’t tell anyone, promise.


5) Come up with a prohibition inspired strain name

One particularly interesting observation of alcohol prohibition and cannabis prohibition is the nomenclature of the illegal goods that find their way to market. A man with a still may have named his moonshine something like, Burnin’ Bourbon or Willy’s Whistle Wetter. A Massachusetts man named his now famous strain Chem Dawg and others are named after famous cannabis activists like Jack Herer. But asking drunk and/or stoned people to come up with names that are digestible to the general public is harder than it sounds. You may be familiar with strains like Mob Boss, Green Crack, White Widow and Cheesy Dick… If NIC had a strain it would be called Scholars’ Skunk, a heady high that allows the user to focus on their studies.


4) Stay up for the last 4:20 am of prohibition

Well, if you are over 29 you probably don’t see 4:20 am too often, especially if you have a family. But what is wrong with one last hoorah!? If you can keep yourself awake on the last night of prohibition, which would be December 14th, 2016, you should.

Our suggestion, set up cookies on the cookie sheet in the oven and an alarm for 4 am. Get up and turn the oven on while you prepare your joint, bowl, bong, rig, ceremonial hot stone, whatever; by the time you are all done with your 4:20 festivities your cookies will be ready for an early early morning breakfast!  


3) Practice Civil Disobedience

Civil disobedience is a traditional form of protest that activists have been using for decades, and it basically means to break the law openly in defiance of bad laws. Rose Parks not moving seats, chaining yourself to a tree, or smoking a joint in the Boston Common are all examples of civil disobedience. Now in Massachusetts we have had a decriminalization law since 2008 so the worst that can happen if you have less than an ounce is a $100 fine. So take the risk if you dare and smoke a joint on your front porch, on the sidewalk, or on a walk in the park!


2) Donate $4.20 to the campaign

If you can afford the black market or dispensaries you can spare a $4.20 donation to the cause. As much as it may suck, campaigns are very expensive and complicated to run. Having a qualified staff and materials don’t come free. Support their hard work as often as possible. This is what is going to truly change our world. This initiative will create jobs, taxes and careers for aspiring individuals.


1) Have a Speakeasy Party

Relive the Roaring Twenties with a flapper party! Fringe dresses and double breasted suits while smoking joints with extreme cigarette holders. Have prohibition style drinks, like “The Sidecar” and “Bee’s Knees”, and play some jazz music while doing the Charleston and the Turkey Trot.


Remember this is a time to celebrate, we are going to take this victory all the way across the nation and it is going to take us all working together! Vote Yes on 4! Then plan your own celebration for the end of what has been an oppressive racist war against poor and people of color, against Americans as a whole. Celebrate the money that is going to be saved and made for our state. Celebrate that we will be free to make our own decisions as adults.


See you in class!

Cara Crabb-Burnham – Dean of Faculty