Since Nixon’s declaration of war on drugs, it has been a long, hard, slog for advocates of legalization of marijuana. Almost 46 years have passed since then, and only in the past decade has there been any substantive progress to bring marijuana into the consciousness of the mainstream public. Most efforts in that time have focused on the medical benefits of a plant that has as-yet-untapped potential to aid millions.
At the forefront of the trench warfare have been organizations such as NORML and, business-to-business events such as the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC). The ICBC provides an annual, international, high profile opportunity to showcase the commercial viability of the plant. However, at this year’s conference in San Francisco on February 17th, the event will have an eclectic icon of the music and film community of Hollywood attending as the key note speaker.
Henry Rollins, the hard rocking front man of legendary bands Black Flag, Danzig, and the Henry Rollins Band is also well known for his roles in numerous movies. But despite what would appear to be a bad-boy image, Rollins is also well known for his Straight Edge lifestyle. So what gives? Have Rollins’ principles gone to pot?
No, not at all. Rollins has always led from the front when it comes to critical thinking on the social paradigms of ‘good’ and ‘bad’. He contributed an article recently to Rolling Stone magazine that highlighted the racial nature of marijuana prohibition. In other words, Rollins approaches the topic of cannabis with judicious and even-headed rationality.
So, at this year’s ICBC in San Francisco, expect to hear a key note speech from a man of grit and gravitas…and lots of passion. If Rollins’ delivery is true to style, he will be forthright and direct, and in doing so, he may accomplish in one speech, something that many have labored to do for years: Bring the light of reason and clarity to a much maligned plant.