For cannabis lovers, there is nothing more aggravating than those who have falsely villainized the plant, and nothing better than getting in a good jab at their expense! The infamous Richard Nixon has been zinged so many ways it is a novel in itself, but one grower is adding to that list.
A legendary political operative, Roger Stone has turned his mind to cannabis. To “burn” Nixon, and the legend of the man who put cannabis on the Controlled Substance Act against scientific recommendation, he is growing a strain of herb called Tricky Dick. Not only is the strain named after Nixon’s nickname after Watergate, but it is grown at a farm in his hometown! Even better, Stone says that the strain that is:
“A very unique blend of marijuana. You smoke it, you become very paranoid and you want to go to a Chinese restaurant.” – Stone
Stone also has an impressive collection of Nixon memorabilia, including a Nixon bong, and other counter-culture era smoking slanders.
Thai stick and Tricky Dick
Thai stick was a popular form of marijuana in the 1960’s and is the symbol of (almost) everything Nixon hated. The book, Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade goes in depth as a documentary of the scene of cannabis, the 60’s, and the War on Drugs. Written by “Thai-Stick” Peter Maguire, it details the smuggling, the scene, and the devastation as people went from cannabis to hard drugs as the herb began to disappear.
Nixon has been the butt of more jokes, gags, spoofs, and satires than virtually any other president in history. Even funnier, he inadvertently helped smuggle cannabis himself once!
If you want in on the jabs, then you are in luck. In honor President Richard Milhous Nixon, the man who started the War on Drugs, www.thaistickbook.com is offering a limited number of hand rolled, made in the USA, cotton T-Shirts. This is the only time Nixon will have your back.
Grab one and wear it with pride while smoking your favorite legal herb, in a Nixon bong, if you can find one, and then you can call it checkmate!
Do you know someone affected by the War on Drugs in the 1960’s? What is their view on cannabis compared to the modern day image? Share on social media or in the comments below.