Efforts to attract cannabis tourists to the Emerald Triangle (and beyond) and to encourage locals to do a bit of education / smoking education in their hometowns have opened a new path in County of Humboldt.
The supporters of what they call The cannabis trail say it will eventually meander from Santa Cruz to Weaverville with stops along the way in honor of “the pioneers, places and significant historical moments that paved the way for the legal access to cannabis we have today ‘hui’.
Supporters say the trail will take its place along the Napa Wine Road and the Marin Cheese Trail (Marin has a cheese trail? … Join us!)
Two of the top three stops to be honored on the trail are The Hemp Connection from Southern Humboldt and Huckleberry Hill Farms. This Saturday, June 19, the public is invited to attend the unveiling ceremony of the emblem… and to satisfy the snack foods with a few small bites.
Follow the smoke trail this Saturday to The Hemp Connection at 1 p.m.
Here are more details in this Cannabis Trail press release:
The public is invited to attend an unveiling ceremony of two new cultural sites in southern Humboldt County along the Cannabis Trail on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The festivities will run from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Hemp Connection, 412 Maple Lane, Garberville, CA 95542.
If you want to learn more about the beginnings of the cannabis legalization movement in California and the main players in its ongoing evolution, then this little celebration is not to be missed!
Cultural monument n ° 1 pays homage to Marie Mills
Marie Mills first arrived in southern Humboldt County, California, in 1980. Influenced by the back-to-the-land movement of the late 1970s, she camped deep in the woods, adopted a fashion independent living and learned to grow cannabis. just by doing it.
In 1990, Marie established the first hemp retail clothing store since Prohibition – Hemp Connection – in Redway, California. His first 10 years in business were spent learning how to make handmade hemp paper from his locally grown cannabis stems and designing, dyeing, sewing and perfecting his line of hemp clothing. At the start of her operations, Marie worked mainly with imported hemp raw materials while developing her artisanal manufacturing techniques.
In 1998, with the help and support of her daughter Teresa, Marie expanded her retail business. Shortly after a second store opened in Garberville, Calif., A group of local citizens took issue with Marie’s Hemp Connection’s commercial signage prominently displaying a large image of a cannabis leaf. Their efforts to have her sign removed or altered motivated the southern Humboldt cannabis community to stand up for Marie. With the support of a small group of activists, Marie fought back and her rights as an American citizen to free speech and free speech were ultimately respected.
Today, the Hemp Connection sign stands atop the storefront of Mary and Teresa Mill, which has become one of Garberville’s most photographed properties. With the installation of a cultural landmark plaque on June 19, The Cannabis Trail is pleased to shine the spotlight on two cannabis pioneers, Marie and Teresa Mills, as well as their iconic Hemp Connection sign.
Cultural monument # 2 celebrates Johnny Casali
Johnny Casali is a 2nd generation cannabis grower from Southern Humboldt County and the owner of Huckleberry Hill Farms. As a young boy, his mother taught him how to grow and care for plants, including cannabis. “My mom was an amazing teacher. His cannabis cultivation techniques have earned him a reputation as one of the best growers in southern Humboldt.
In 1992, when Casali was 24, he was arrested for cultivating cannabis and spent the next 17 years of his life in and outside federal courts, prisons and probation systems. His history of cannabis-related incarceration is similar to that of many other men and women who have been severely penalized under the mandatory minimum prison sentence guidelines used during the decades of the drug war.
Upon his release, Johnny returned to the country and community he loved. Today, Huckleberry Hill Farms is a beautifully landscaped environment – created with the intention and purpose of honoring the small legacy cannabis growers of southern Humboldt County. Visitors are invited to stop and see how Johnny grows his high-quality cannabis from heirloom cultivars inherited from his mother.
Johnny Casali has embodied the true spirit of the cannabis cultural revolution for decades. Its history is an important part of the history of the Emerald Triangle. On June 19, The Cannabis Trail will celebrate the journey of a lifetime with the installation of a cultural monument plaque at Huckleberry Hill Farms.
Café Feast treats and more …
The unveiling ceremony will include small bites for everyone to enjoy at Café Feast in Evergreen Industrial Park, Redway, CA. Additionally, Brian Applegarth, creator of The Cannabis Trail will deliver opening and closing remarks. The Cannabis Trail pioneer board and regional map will be on display. Pebbles Trippet (another luminary in cannabis and medical marijuana) will deliver remarks in honor of Marie Mills and Rose Moberly will deliver remarks in honor of Johnny Casali.