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John Sinclair & The White Panthers
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John Sinclair Seeds

Ceres Seeds is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new line of seeds.

In co-operation with cannabis legend John Sinclair and in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Free John Sinclair Rally, Ceres Seeds presents the new John Sinclair Seeds!

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John Sinclair Seeds is the new line of connoisseur cannabis seeds which honours both superior quality and the political march towards cannabis legalization. The legendary counter-culture hero John Sinclair has through over 50 years of cannabis activism developed a skilful taste for high quality bud. In cooperation with Ceres Seeds, John Sinclair has developed four stable F1 varieties which all capture, in their own way, the essence of a connoisseur’s choice. The four favourites of John Sinclair, all handpicked and exclusively selected, are John Sinclair Sativa, John Sinclair Indica, John Sinclair Skunk and John Sinclair Indica x Sativa.

Cannabis Hero

John Sinclair has made a legendary contribution to cannabis legalization. He became a heroic icon of counterculture and of cannabis activism when he in 1969 was arrested for giving two joints to an undercover narcotics officer. He was sentenced to 10 years for possession of marijuana. This event caused widespread reactions. Abbie Hoffmann jumped the stage during The Who’s concert during the legendary Woodstock Festival in protest of Sinclair’s arrestment, and several protest were issued in the aftermath of the arrest.

"It ain't fair, John Sinclair
In the stir for breathing air"

- John Lennon

It was not until two years after, however, that any of these protests would see any effect. John’s arrest and imprisonment sparked the landmark  'Free John Now Rally' in Ann Arbour in Michigan in December 1971. This was a huge event with a significant presence of influential left-wing personalities, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Stevie Wonder, David Peel, Pete Seeger, Alan Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffmann, Jerry Rubin, and numerous others. John Lennon even recorded the song “Free John Sinclair” on his album Some Time in New York City (1972). Thanks to the enormous contribution to the concert and the massive protest against Sinclair’s imprisonment, the “Free John Now Rally” was successful. After the gathering, Michigan Supreme Court rules that the state’s marijuana laws were unconstitutional. John was released only three days after the rally, after having spent two of his ten year jail sentence.

The arrest and subsequent liberation of John Sinclair became such an iconic case for the counterculture movement and for the legalization of cannabis.

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As a pro-cannabis activist, John Sinclair has long been fond of the liberal soft drugs laws of the Netherlands and has spent a good portion of the past decades studying the consequences of its decriminalization. He got affiliated with Ceres Seeds during his quest for freedom and cannabis excellence in the Netherlands, and has worked closely with the Ceres Seeds team to select four strains which mirror the taste of a cannabis connoisseur and legend. Early in 2009 they went to work and by the end of 2011 the first varieties were ready.The result is the finest sativa, indica, skunk and indica x sativa you will find. Ceres Seeds is proud to donate a part of the benefits of John Sinclair Seeds to the John Sinclair Foundation.

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“It’s All Good” – John Sinclair


free-john-sinclairThe story of John Sinclair: poet, radio maker, activist, former manager of the notorious Detroit band 'the MC5' and co-founder of the legendary movement the 'White Panther Party' in the 1960's.

The White Panthers were a white American political collective founded in 1968 by Lawrence (Pun) Plamondon and Leni & John Sinclair. It was started in response to an interview where Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, was asked what white people could do to support the Black Panthers. Newton replied that they could form a White Panther Party. Thus, the group took its name in emulation of the Black Panthers, and dedicated its energies to "cultural revolution."

The White Panthers
WEre most active in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan and included the proto-punk band MC5 which Sinclair managed for several years before he was incarcerated. Jon Landau took over managing the band and the group disassociated with any overt support for the White Panther Party by 1970. From a general ideological perspective, Plamondon and Sinclair defined the White Panthers as "fighting for a clean planet and the freeing of political prisoners." The White Panthers added other elements such as advocating "rock 'n roll, dope, sex in the streets and the abolishing of capitalism." Abbie Hoffman was also a part of the White Panthers mentioning it in his book Steal This Book, for a free world. The group emerged out of the Detroit Artists Workshop, a radical arts collective founded in 1964 near Wayne State University. Among its primary concerns was the legalization of marijuana, something that ultimately cost Sinclair his freedom after several arrests for possession. It also aligned itself with radical politics; for example explaining the 12th Street Riot as justifiable under current political and economic conditions in Detroit.

Lawrence (Pun) Plamondon was indicted as a co-conspirator with Sinclair in connection with the bombing of the CIA office in Ann Arbor a year after the founding of the group. When hearing the news of his indictment on the left-wing alternative radio station WABX, Plamondon fled the U.S. for Europe and Africa, spending time in Algeria with the self-exiled Huey Newton. After secretly reentering the country, and on his way to a safe house in northern Michigan, he was arrested in a routine traffic stop, thus joining Sinclair in prison. Sinclair had been sentenced to nine and half years in jail for serially violating Michigan's marijuana possession laws. Plamondon was convicted and was in prison when Sinclair was released on bond in 1971 while appeals were being heard on his case. Sinclair's unexpected release came two days after a large "Free John" benefit concert held at the University of Michigan's Crisler Arena headlined by John Lennon and Yoko Ono as well as Stevie Wonder and Alan Ginsberg.

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Legal reforms

The group had a direct role in two important legal decisions. A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1972 quashed Plamondon's conviction, and destroyed the case against Sinclair. The court ruled warrantless wiretapping was unlawful under the U.S. Constitution, even in the case where national security, as defined by the executive branch, was in danger. The White Panthers had been charged with conspiring to destroy government property and evidence used to convict Plamondon was acquired through wiretaps not submitted to judicial approval. The case U.S. vs. U.S. District Court (Plamondon et al), 407 U.S. 297, commonly known as the Keith Case, held that the Fourth Amendment shielded private speech from surveillance unless a warrant had been granted, and that the warrant procedure would not frustrate the legitimate purposes of domestic security searches. This case returned to the news in 2006 regarding the Bush Administration's NSA warrantless surveillance controversy.

The judgment freed Plamondon, yet Sinclair was free only on bond fighting his possession conviction when in 1972 the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in the People v. Sinclair, 387 Mich. 91, 194 N.W.2d 878 (1972) that Michigan's classification of marijuana was unconstitutional, in effect decriminalizing possession until a new law conforming to the ruling was passed by the Michigan Legislature a week later. Sinclair was freed but the cumulative effects of the imprisonment had marked the end of the White Panther Party in Michigan, which renamed itself while its leaders were still incarcerated, ultimately choosing the Rainbow People's Party as a new name.

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