Marijuana, Tony, Arthur discussed on John Batchelor

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John batchelor. Seventy seven ABC. John, john. This is totally the graduations, Tony. Thank you very much, this Tony's memoir of growing up with death. Also Tony Anthony, the last pirate, a father a son and the golden age of marijuana going to begin on the beach in Miami. Nineteen Ninety-two July, this is the year of Andrew that will wreck everything, we're watching, however man man, five feet. Eight one hundred sixty five pounds tan once had blond hair is sitting with a work crew on the beach. He works for Miami Dade picking up trash on the beach. And suddenly couple of what I picture to be beefy square-shouldered, man nondescript jackets, come out of unmarked car, and the approach him. And they asked him. Are you Tony to cope? Who are they and what happens federal marshalls? And they've been looking for a long time, there was a major indictment came down three of. In fact, overlapping rings. It was the product of one of Reagans federal drug task forces than New England drug task force one guy rolled in another role on my father, and they arrested people in Hong Kong, Switzerland money from all kinds of places more than it doesn't people have been busted. They couldn't find. My father had been a significant part of this ring couldn't find him because he washed out so completely that he'd been homeless. And then with on his way up inching back into real life by picking up trash. I'm beaches first job in twenty years. He started dealing drugs. Take him downtown federal detention in Miami day and asked him a series of questions. If you've got any money, not oh, any money, no credit cards. No, no, no, no. In the last question they asked him. Do you have any relatives, and he says? No, you. Right. That was a lie. Yeah. So it's an incredible document. When you're rested, there's a standard piece of paper where they ask you about your assets. And the final question is, do you have any dependence, and he said, no, no? We'll we'll go back before Tony before Tony dokoupil, the author to Tony to cope will the wanna be drug smuggler. This is the fall of nineteen seventy Long Island Sound, Connecticut side. Your father's living in an unheeded beachfront shack, right? Okay. He's living there for unclear reasons, but it is nine hundred seventy anything's possible. The war in Vietnam. The alienation from the country is under way, we have a Cold War. Everybody understands that at any moment. Everything goes, boom. Okay. He's living on the beach, and he sees a very attractive woman walking down the road who wish my mother. He's very cold and he's looking for somewhere to get warm. So he goes to a bar not far from where he's hanging out. And he just smiles it everyone who walks in the door. And one of those people have his mom and the following year, she took a career placement test that determined her to be of very. Keen judgment. Wonderful gauge of character. She smiled back in my father that night. And they were together next describe your father from your mother's point of view as a lab who goes out and gets dirty and in the mud and then comes in and shakes everything off and says, here I am and you take him back yet. He's charming sparkley eyed, man. I mean he dropped out of graduate program in, in English university of Detroit to come to Connecticut, and quoted t. Minored and floss fees, and undergrad. He had big ideas about our fragile earth. You know if you're a good talker. Nineteen seventy that was the thing that got you women, I think was he a hippie did he describe himself? And he who's absolutely hippie. He was part of students for democratic society chapter in the mid west in nineteen sixty nine there was a major event on a little fuzzy SEF's history, but he distributed flyers on Harvey university, and he was war, but he was antiwar reflexively. Everyone was basically pro good time. Let's start him in the chain that leads to Miami Beach in nineteen Ninety-two before we go back to the family in America. He falls in with Arthur, all the names in the book changed, except for your father's name, and. All the people who are proud of being your name your family, but he, he falls in with Arthur, and they form the TNN a roofing company. I take it they weren't working very hard, but your father liked to wear a hammer on, on his on his hip, and then one day he realizes the Tony has a second life. What is it? He realized Arthur. Yeah. He realizes that Arthur has reasons for not working in medium, cold, or light rain on, there's reason why he can't really hammer a nail straight because he doesn't need the work. He loses. Big card. Games doesn't matter. It's got a nice car pays his girlfriend's twin. At Yale, everything is good for Arthur. Can't figure out why then he realizes Arthur's dealing connected. Let's talk about what marijuana was in the fall of nineteen seventy. It's about to go through a transformation. But at this time I can remember on campus in nineteen. Sixty eight big headlines. Five busted for marijuana in their rooms there. Going to be thrown out of school for a semester. Big scandal. Was it a federal crime in the fall of seventy or the spring of sixty eight? It was actually not a federal crime. There was the marijuana tax law, which was passed thirty seven which if you had marijuana you had to pay a hundred dollars tax, which was so, so, so people couldn't afford it, and if you're busty tax fraud so technically wasn't federally legal the system that we have today was not yet in place, the Rivera difficult state laws, and there was huge opposition to its use. So certainly some discouraging, I do not recall, however routine arrests the way it would become in the nineteen seventies and eighties. No, not at all. Some states were, particularly Coenen, and in the late sixties major mainstream magazines, like life and time, we're covering quite a counterculture movement to soften the laws on the state level. But there was nothing like what we would see with federal task forces knocking on doors and knocking over that starts. Next year with under Nixon, Richard Nixon's administration, the war on drugs. What we understand. I think the stat you gave us as the DA when it was founded was forty three million dollars funding, and it became by nineteen eighty billion dollars funding continued to climb through the eighties. But here we are at the beginning. This is the Christmas of drug dealing in America and your father's there at the beginning. It's like being in Silicon Valley in nineteen seventy okay? Now, what he really wants to do is deal marijuana to the neighborhoods, he knows. So he gets it from Arthur, and then he resells it and makes a small profit. Yeah. You know, the, the business is, is built on connections built on whether you guys at another sell your product. It's, it's kind of like pyramid marketing. You know, I sell the you, you sell to me and around goes the money. And at the end of the day somebody ends up with more than the next guy. And my father was very good at turning people, his way he went to, to. New Jersey in instantaneously had a neighbor. Neighbor- neighborhood. Yeah. He was from New Jersey and the, the trick of buying getting an ice cream truck out front. Early, early example of his flourish for, you know, he's a bit of a performer, he his final brick on his first weekend of sales, he wants to do something special brick is a brick is a kilo marijuana Mexican marijuana in the Mexicans run the metric system, which frustrated green go dealers. So the caller kilo brick and it was wrapped like a brick and he, he was playing to sister, who was hoping to sell it herself and make across the country to San Francisco Carolyn Carolyn, right? Important connection in my very and so he, he had worked as an ice commencement in high school friends in that business bars a truck, and he sets up his own house to ring the bell for Caroline who seventeen years old, and it's not doesn't want ice cream. So there's a whole lot of cash right away. Tony couple understands. This is a business and I have a marketing plan, and it's probably going to grow. But the presumption of time was marijuana would be made decriminalized, I think, is the term that they used. Absolutely. Because wall Nixon is remembered as someone who launched the war on drugs, who's the first person to use that, that phrase, there was also a powerful movement against Kony drug laws in the nineteen seventies there was a famous blue blue ribbon presence. Commission that recommended decriminalization. And, you know, if you were paying attention to that side of the conversation, you could think he's on the ground floor of something that's about to be like cigarettes. So this is nineteen seventy we leave it there. You see how fast marijuana's growing in Colorado? Imagine how fast it's going to grow with the whole baby-boom coming up behind. Tony to couple who's born forty six. So he's just at the front end your father of the baby. Boom, we're going to come back and go back to the Dakota pulls as they arrive in America. The end of the nineteenth century, the book is the last pirate, a father, his son and the golden age marijuana. I'm John Batchelor. This is the John Batchelor show. Balance of nature, changing the world, one life at a time. Nature started. I have not gotten one cold. I kind of fight everything I get a little tickle. But it goes away. It's just amazing, the difference, I want you to know how much I appreciate the counseling and so forth year attention to your people. I have been a pretty big advocate for the balance of nature. I don't know how many truck drivers Vastra me. I'll keep going at eighty nine years old. Nature. I want to.

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