420: An evening of Cannabis, Truth, History & Activism

LaLuz_420-webHappy 420 Day from TrineDay & Wacko
An evening of Cannabis, Truth, History & Activism with author Joseph R. Pietri
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, 6-9 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Wacko / Soap Plant
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

On 420 day this year, Trineday & Wacko are happy to partner in presenting author Joseph R. Pietri, whose work as a marijuana legalization activist has been widely documented over the past two decades. This is Pietri’s only area appearance, and he’ll be signing his two most recent books, The 15-Ounce Pound and The King of Nepal.



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The 15-Ounce Pound: Big Pharma’s Plan to Patent Pot – The Legalization of Marijuana and the Loss of Freedom

In the United States, cannabis is currently illegal under federal law; this book investigates how big pharmaceutical companies and others are looking at the end game of legality—controlled by them. It examines how the Amsterdam scene was transformed; how home growers have been manipulated into using inferior techniques; and how companies, with help from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and “big pharma, “are patenting cannabis strains for control and profit. The leaders of the cannabis industry want to legalize marijuana with taxation and regulation, but the pharmaceutical industry cannot take over medical cannabis without first shutting down the scene today. This book looks at a situation where major players, using the IRS and DEA as means of removing other players, may tightly control legalized production.

Regulation will also control the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in each marijuana cigarette, forcing stronger cannabis to be available to medical patients by prescription only. A black market will still exist, so people will still go to jail, and the drug war will go on. With history and explosive, behind-the-scenes looks at big pharma collusion, this book is both an expose´ and an in depth look at the arc of legalization, including a corporate controlled scheme of patenting marijuana strains.

Joseph R. Pietri is a former drug smuggler who is a legal purveyor of cannabis for medicinal purposes and is the author of King of Nepal. He lives in Oregon.

Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Trine Day (June 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937584143
ISBN-13: 978-1937584146
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
Price $19.95

Life Before the Drug Wars

From the heyday of the 1960s counterculture’s early access to cheap, plentiful pot through the years of official intervention that foster a surging black market, this tale chronicles a former drug smuggler’s 50-year career in the marijuana trade, its evolution into a multibillion dollar business, and the characters he meets along the way. The journey begins along the infamous Hippie Hash trail that led from London and Amsterdam overland to where, prior to the early 1970’s, hashish was legal and smoked freely in Nepal, India, Afghanistan, and Laos; marijuana and opium were sold openly in Hindu temples in India and throughout much of Asia; and cannabis was widely cultivated in Nepal and many other countries where it has been used for centuries in food, medicine, cloth and spiritual exaltation. In documenting the stark contrasts of the ensuing years, the author examines the impact of the financial incentives awarded by international institutions such as the U.S. government to outlaw the cultivation of cannabis in Nepal – the end of the ‘good old boy’ dope network, the eruption of a violent criminal society, and the birth of a global black market fro hard drugs – as well as the schemes smugglers employed to get around the “man” and deliver the goods…

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Trine Day; 1 edition (March 19, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979988667
ISBN-13: 978-0979988660
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
Price: $19.95
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