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Wed Jun 13, 2012, 03:31 PM

Dr. Bronner’s Head Arrested In White House Hemp Protest

Dr. Bronner’s Head Arrested In White House Hemp Protest

by David Borden

David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, which imports more than 20 tons of hemp oil each year from Canadian farmers, was arrested by members of the DC Metropolitan Police Department after committing an act of civil disobedience within sight of the White House early Monday morning. Bronner and fellow hemp activists pulled up to 16th and H Streets NW, unloaded a jail cell-like structure (to prevent police from immediately interfering), which Bronner locked himself into with 12 hemp plants. He then proceeded to harvest the plants and press hemp oil from them. (Bronner was planning to spread the oil on slices of bread and share it with onlookers, but that was unconfirmed at press time.)

Bronner said he was waging a “beer bet” with President Obama that the hemp plants are not marijuana and have no drug value. The plants were grown from Canadian hemp seed, and under Canadian regulations, hemp can have no more than 0.3% THC, meaning the plants have no use as a medicinal or recreational drug.

“The industrial hemp plants I am harvesting and processing into oil cannot produce a high of any kind, but according to the Obama administration I’m in possession of approximately 10 pounds of marijuana,” said Bronner. “President Obama’s US Attorney who handles drug cases in Washington, DC will not be able to prove my hemp has any more drug value than a poppy seed bagel. The Obama position on hemp is not science-based or good for the US economy. We’ve lobbied and campaigned for over a decade and feel abandoned by our president, who as an Illinois state legislator voted twice for hemp cultivation.”

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http://www.theweedblog.com/dr-bronners-head-arrested-in-white-house-hemp-protest/

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Response to villager (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 04:09 PM

1. Just his head? What about the rest of him?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 04:11 PM

2. They aren't kidding when they say pot is a cure-all.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 04:14 PM

3. Guess he'll have to visit the nearest head shop

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 04:48 PM

4. It's indeed a funny "head"line!


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Response to jberryhill (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 10:22 PM

18. He's no dead-head!

nt

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 05:41 PM

8. His elbows have been released on their own recognizance...

His hands are undergoing testing. Reports are the Addams Family servant Thing is a... thing of interest.

His feet are asleep in a holding cell.

His torso, arms and legs are being questioned separately.

His butt is still at large.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 10:21 PM

17. I wil *not* post a youtube link to "Re-animator"

Find it yourself

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Response to villager (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 05:02 PM

5. I didn't know good old Dr. Bronner did public appearances. Love his rants on his soap bottles.

Don't necessarily agree with all he says, but he appears to truly believe it. This is an interesting story here. Thanks.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 05:29 PM

6. I think he's been dead for awhile, his kids are running the company now

There's an interesting documentary about him called "Dr Bronner's Magic Soapbox". He was quite the kook! Great soap though.

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Response to rbixby (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 05:38 PM

7. Ah, so he's passed. And Rand Paul building his movement with this.

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Response to villager (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 05:43 PM

9. Zombies strike again?

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Response to villager (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 05:46 PM

10. "act of civil disobedience within sight of the White House "...

boy, doesn't that sound rather aristocratic?

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 06:24 PM

14. Sounds kind of fascist to me

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #14)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 07:09 PM

15. In all fairness...

That damn law has been around for a while, but that doesn't make it right. I guess our betters just cannot be bothered by the unwashed masses.

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Response to villager (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 05:58 PM

11. Put his own freedom on the line to make the point, without violence. Brave, smart, creative. n/t

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Response to villager (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 06:05 PM

12. He'd better get to a head shop.

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Response to villager (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 06:14 PM

13. Where was Bronner for the past few decades???

For him to make the claim this is ALL Obama's fault is just ridiculous. This war has been ongoing for quite some time, since the late 30's. Where was Bronner during Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, on and on???

I'm all for making Hemp and Cannabis legal once again, however, I find it rather disingenuous to place ALL the blame on Obama.

He needs to focus his frustration on a couple of Senators who have included industrial hemp in the farm bill. I think that approach will garner better results. However, I also believe his tactic was a rather clever one. Now Mr Bronner get busy and go visit Sen. Wyden's office.


http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/232637-dem-senator-advocates-for-industrial-hemp-bill



Just like candidate Obama campaigned on in 08, yet apparently went over everyone's heads or they weren't listening. So below are some of those quotes!


One of my fundamental beliefs from my days as a community organizer is that real change comes from the bottom up.


Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

BARACK OBAMA, speech, Feb. 5, 2008


I will never forget that the only reason I'm standing here today is because somebody, somewhere stood up for me when it was risky. Stood up when it was hard. Stood up when it wasn't popular. And because that somebody stood up, a few more stood up. And then a few thousand stood up. And then a few million stood up. And standing up, with courage and clear purpose, they somehow managed to change the world.

BARACK OBAMA, speech, Jan. 8, 2008


We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it's easy, but when it is hard.

BARACK OBAMA, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 10, 2009



Sounds like pretty good advice and wisdom. WE ARE the CHANGE WE ARE LOOKING FOR!

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #13)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 11:04 PM

19. Where in the article does he make the claim you attribute to him?

"For him to make the claim this is ALL Obama's fault is just ridiculous."

And for you to state that he made that claim is outstandingly dishonest.

He hasn't been running the company, founded by his father, for decades.

And it is only recently that customers of his have been arrested for possession of products which are, in the US, perfectly legal.

You ought to learn some backstory before dishonestly putting words in other people's mouths.

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Response to villager (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 07:33 PM

16. Hemp ought to be legal anyway.

It's not a drug. It's a very useful plant. Why it's still illegal is a mystery.

Bake

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