Beatle News  # 18 : Cannabis

  • 1967 – All four members of the Beatles, along with their manager Brian Epstein, sign a petition for the Legalization of Cannabis (and to release of all prisoners imprisoned due to possession of this illegal drug, plus to do further research into marijuana’s medical uses), which is published in the London’s daily Newspaper, The Times.

It was singer Bob Dylan who introduced Epstein and the Beatles, to this particular drug, in New York, in August 1964. Ringo Starr was the first to dare and try a marijuana (cannabis) cigarette offered to the band by Dylan, whereas Lennon, McCartney and Harrison were quite hesitant to do so. Soon The Beatles tried LSD, and by March 1967, both Lennon & McCartney had taken a couple of acid trips. McCartney was the first to admit that they’d all used drugs.

Earlier this year (2013), Paul McCartney officially endorsed the decriminalisation of marijuana.

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