John Sinclair has made incalculable contributions to cannabis
legalization. He is celebrated as a heroic icon of American countercul
ture and of cannabis activism in particular, since he was arrested for
giving two joints to an undercover narcotics officer in 1969. He was
soon after sentenced to the unusual punishment of 10 years for mere
"It ain't fair, John Sinclair In the stir for breathing air" - John Lennon.
John ís arrest and cruel sentence sparked the landmark 'Free John Now Rally' held in Ann Arbour, December 1971. Due to the continued pressure to release John by his friends on the outside and his own campaigning, a huge event was planned to include John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Stevie Wonder, David Peel, Pete Seeger, Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffmann, Jerry Rubin, and others. John Lennon recorded and dedicated the song ìJohn Sinclairî to the cause, and included it on his album 'Some Time in New York City' (1972).
Thanks to these high profile contribution to the concert and the
massive protests against Sinclair's imprisonment, the ìFree John Now
Rally was an unimaginable success. After the gathering, the Michigan
Supreme Court ruled that the state's marijuana laws were unconstitu
tional. John was released from his cell three days after the freedom
rally, after having served two of his ten year sentence. The arrest and
America and remains an iconic sucess story for the counterculture
movement and for worldwide cannabis liberation.