1980, that summer was the first time me and my buddies went to the Fourth of July Smoke In in Washington D.C. Back then during the Carter administration, the Smoke In coexisted peacefully with all the other July Fourth festivities. Every year the Beach Boys played in the National Mall and then there would be an incredible fireworks show and in the middle of all that was the annual Smoke In.
At the concert, they tossed out joints to the crowd then we all marched in the parade with all the other groups, smoking pot as we made our way down Pennsylvania Ave. That year it was hilarious because my friend’s little sisters had tagged along and as we marched in the parade, they stood on the side yelling at him ” I’m going to tell Mom!? ” It turned out to be an end of an era because the next year, Reagan took office and Wayne Newton played and all the Smoke In people got busted.
….of course that didn’t stop the Fourth of July Smoke In and still happens every year. This year will be the 43rd annual!
here’s the website: http://smoke-in.org/mj/?q=about
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FOURTH OF JULY SMOKE-IN / RALLY, MARCH & CONCERT TO END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION ON JULY 4TH IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
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Fourth of July Hemp Coalition
Attn: John Pylka
P O Box 5513
Washington DC 20016