About Us

United States v. Marijuana publishes citizen journalism from the front lines of America's war on weed. 
  • Dispatches From the Field - feature-length articles America's courthouses and prisons
  • Dispatches From Inside - essays by green POWs (marijuana prisoners of war)
  • Current marijuana POWs - profiles with prisoner addresses (write to a green prisoner today!)
  • Court Cases - arrest, raid, prosecution, and property seizure actions against medical cannabis patients in California, Montana, Washington, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and at the federal level.

Cynthia Johnston, Sports Desk Editor

Cynthia Johnston began writing about her experience as a medical marijuana patient as soon as she “got legal.” She went public on behalf of legalization in 1980 with the California Marijuana Initiative and a headline: “Marijuana Protester Busted at High Noon.”

“CIA-Brat” turned gonzo blogger, Cynthia Johnston learned her politics in the belly of the Beast — at age 21 in the infamous Watergate building, answering letters to President Lyndon B. Johnson at Democratic National HQ. When President Johnson decided not to seek re-election, she became assistant to the National Political Director of Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey’s 1968 presidential campaign against Richard Nixon.

In 1972, the year of Fear and Loathing, she was assistant to the National Political Director of Senator Edmund S. Muskie’s doomed presidential campaign. In 1976, she served as statewide labor coordinator in New Jersey for the Carter/Mondale campaign, an assignment that inspired her to move to California, quit national politics, put down the bottle, and pick up a joint.

In 1977, Johnston became one of four political consultants to the California Teachers Association/National Education Association, charged with organizing teachers into as powerful a citizen-lobbying machine as the NRA. With that mission accomplished, she turned to coalition-building among labor unions, environmentalists and community activists, putting up a “Green Umbrella” for disparate groups to find shelter from political storms and work on projects of mutual interest–like urban gardening and tree-planting. But her own personal triumph was to help conceive and execute “From Streets to Streams,” a wilderness survival training program for the teen leaders of Oakland Community Learning Center–the Black Panther school in East Oakland.

With her radicalization well under way, Johnston then decided it was time to turn on, tune in and drop out of politics altogether. As her ultimate bridge-burner, she became Marin County Coordinator for NORML’s California Marijuana Initiative of 1980 (CMI ‘80.) While producing a concert for the campaign, she got mixed up with “proto-Deadhead” Steve Brown. For the next seventeen music-filled years, they worked together on film and video production in Pacifica, California, where she also tried her hand at freelance writing. For nearly ten years, she was an active member of Bay Area Women In Music (BAWIM) and served variously as Secretary, Vice President, President and Advisory Board Member.

In 1995, Johnston became public relations director for online publication, Sources eJournal, covering intelligence, espionage and terrorism. There, she wrote a three-part series, “Confessions of a CIA Brat.” She also wrote a business column, “In the Loop,” for an independent filmmaking web publication, and several pieces for Bay Area computer magazine Micro Times.

Deciding to fly solo once again, Johnston moved to San Francisco. Sources eJournal went down in the dot.com crash of the late Nineties. With a raging case of hyperthyroidism, a/k/a Grave’s Disease, she figured it was time to jump out of the hamster wheel. She moved into a funky cab-over camper and began living curbside on the streets of San Francisco. She still thinks it’s as close to Free as she ever got.

Johnston published her first blog before blogging was a word. A subsequent online journal earned her the opportunity to write a piece, “Mobile Homeless,” for The San Francisco Chronicle. She’s been blogging ever since.

Lex Libreman, Editor at Large

Frequently communicating with other editoral staff via telegrams which self-destruct upon delivery, Lex Libreman is not one to speak "on the record" in an online biography.

As Dr. Thompson noted:  When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

As philosopher George Carlin inquired: Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

"Like most of the others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser," wrote Hunter S. Thompson in The Rum Diary. "I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that my instincts were right. I shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles — a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other — that kept me going."

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, once asked, "If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"

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