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Yippie Dana Beal Fights For His Freedom On Marijuana Charges

June 12th, 2012
Free Dana BealDana Beal: "I'm not a run-of-the-mill drug runner. I'm a medical advocate. I had to do it."Dana Beal was one of the original Yippies back in the late 1960s, helping organize the radical

Activist Legend Dana Beal Headed To Prison

January 2nd, 2012
​Political activist Dana Beal turns 65 next week. For more than 40 years, Dana has been on the forefront of the battle for drug law reform and civil liberties. And in a few weeks, he'll turn himself in to serve an 11-month prison sentence.Beal, as has been the case for his entire life, has a lot of irons in the fire. Besides his work to ensure safe access for medical marijuana patients nationwide, the firebrand radical works to bring ibogaine, an herb that promises to cure heroin/opiate addiction, to the people who need it most.Of course, his impending prison sentence will interrupt the many projects about which Beal is passionate, including the Yippie Museum in New York, which will chronicle the 1960s' culture of rebellion which spawned the Youth International Party (YIP), which Beal co-founded with his legendary friends Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman back in 1968. Continue reading "Activist Legend Dana Beal Headed To Prison" >

Activist Legend Avoids Marijuana Sentence — With Heart Attack

October 27th, 2011
​Exclusive Interview: Dana BealLongtime marijuana activist Dana Beal has had a rough year. Back on January 6, he was charged with possessing 169 pounds of marijuana after being pulled over in Dodgeville, Wisconsin for a broken taillight and missing bumper -- and he was already facing charges involving 150 pounds the previous year in Nebraska. On September 20, he got a five-year prison sentence for the newer charges.It seemed a foregone conclusion. Beal -- with an ancestor who signed the Declaration of Independence, Beal, a founding member of the Youth International Party (Yippies) along with the legendary Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, Beal, who'd been involved in every major social justice movement since the early 1960s -- was going to be spending some time in the Big House. His sentence was a "half and half," where he'd have to serve the first 2.5 years and be paroled for the second half.But Dana's life has never been, and probably never will be, a boring one, from the 1960s to being in his 60s. In 1967 he was charged with trying to sell acid to an undercover cop; he went on the run but eventually ended up serving a year on that rap. In 1972 he founded, then edited, the Yipster Times (later to become Overthrow) which published until 1979. His efforts to promote the use of ibogaine to cure addiction to heroin, cocaine and alcohol through the organization Cures Not Wars have resulted in thousands of people being able to walk away from hard drugs. Continue reading "Activist Legend Avoids Marijuana Sentence -- With Heart Attack " >