[UPDATED With Cops Raid Cannabis Cup!:] OC's Legendary Brotherhood of Eternal Love To Be Celebrated at High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam

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UPDATED POST, NOV. 23 12:05 P.M.:
Update by Marisa Gerber

In an unprecedented move, cops raided the Cannabis Cup today and made several arrests. 

About 150 uniformed police raided the High Times' cannabis-themed competition held south of Amsterdam and arrested everyone who had more than five grams of weed, according to a Sensi Seeds report.

Although it's pretty insane(in its 23 years, the competition has never before been raided), no one inside freaked out. Instead, the people lining up to leave formed a smoking circle and rushed to consume as many samples as possible, the story says.

It's unclear if the remainder of the competition will be cancelled and there is no mention of the raid on High Times' site yet.


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John Griggs, (R) with Rosemary and Timothy Leary, circa 1968
ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 18, 12:00 P.M.: Back in the late 1960s, the Brotherhood of Eternal Love was a spiritual organization based in Laguna Beach that doubled as America's largest LSD distribution network and hashish smuggling ring. Today, several members of the group, as well as relatives of John Griggs, one of the group's founders, are flying to Amsterdam for High Times' 24th Annual Cannabis Cup. They're traveling courtesy of the magazine as special guests for the event, at which Griggs, who died in August 1969 at the group's commune in Idyllwild, CA, will be posthumously inducted into the so-called Countercultural Hall of Fame.

The cannabis cup begins tomorrow, Nov. 19 and lasts until next Thursday, Nov. 24th, when the countercultural award ceremony takes place. Among the special guests are Carol Randall, Griggs' widow, and her husband, Michael Randall,  an original Brotherhood member who also managed Mystic Arts World, the group's famous headshop, which was located across the street from Laguna Beach's historic Taco Bell on S. Coast Highway, as well as John Griggs, Jr., and Brotherhood member Travis Ashbrook.

Steven Hagar of High Times first announced the plan to induct Griggs into the hall of fame in January of this year. "They weren't just a smuggling organization, they were a religious movement," he said of the Brotherhood. "Much of what you see today at Rainbow Family Gatherings looks a lot like what was going on around Griggs at Laguna. Since Griggs remains relatively unknown, it's only right that we try to raise his profile and celebrate his accomplishments at the Cannabis Cup."

The Brotherhood of Eternal Love was formed as a registered non-profit organization in 1966, with LSD as a sacrament, just days before California became the first state in the country to ban the substance. Their mission: turn on the world and achieve universal peace through cosmic mind expansion. The following year, the group lured Timothy Leary to California, where he lived for two years with Griggs (whom he called his "spiritual guru" and one of the "holiest" men to ever live in the U.S.) in both Laguna Beach and Idyllwild.  Among other things, the Brotherhood helped plan Leary's unsuccessful 1969 campaign for governor (John Lennon wrote "Come Together" as a campaign anthem) and created an international LSD network, complete with its own secret laboratories and homegrown acid brand, Orange Sunshine.

To help fund the labs, the Brotherhood used everything from surfboards to Volkswagen buses, and eventually yachts and airplanes, to funnel untold quantities of hashish from Afghanistan and marijuana from Mexico and Hawaii, where the group popularized the infamous Maui Wowie. The Brotherhood was also the focus of what was then the largest raid in the brand new "War on Drugs," which was launched by Richard Nixon and is still going strong, in August 1972, when dozens of members were arrested in California, Oregon, Maui, and Afghanistan. To read more about the group, check out my book Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love and Acid to the World, which is coming out in paperback on Dec. 6.

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Robert Dale Ackerly
Robert Dale Ackerly

igh Times, DEA, Normal , WAMM, Obuma and the Rest of Nazi America want to Own the Pot industry and tax you as our lords and masters. The Stock holders are ex Snitch DEA lame evil money folks like Watson and Rosenthal They are making big bucks on the Marijuana Stock Market an GW Pharma and busting the competition. We get Busted they get richer. A Pyramid Scam like the Fed Reserve Bank and their Flunky slaves

Robert Dale Ackerly
Robert Dale Ackerly

High Times, DEA, Normal , WAMM, Obuma and the Rest of Nazi America want to Own the Pot industry and tax you as our lords and masters. The Stock holders are ex Snitch DEA lame evil money folks like Watson and Rosenthal They are making big bucks on the Marijuana Stock Market an GW Pharma and busting the competition. We get busted they get richer a scam like the Fed reserve bank

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Robert Dale Ackerly
Robert Dale Ackerly

HAPPY LOVE SEASON WHEN WE CAN LOVE FOR NO REASON. Hay The Rats, Rips, DEA and the Lame working for the Man had to try and steal The BEL  Thunder, Nice Try. The Federal Reserve Bank is Under investigation by the FBI for Treason and The RICO Act. and according to the F.B.I. they can not talk about a ongoing investigation.  The Controlled Substance Act. was fronted by Henry Anslinger whose wife was a heir to the Fed Reserve, World Bank Blood line.The Bushes are related to and funded Hitler. They killed J.F. Kennedy 2 weeks after he singed senate Bill 1110 to End the Fed and Print Our Own Money. Lincoln was assisted after he shut down the World Banks attempt to take over Americas currency with the Rothschilds.ALL YOUR DRUG LAWS ARE ILLEGAL The Only Ones pushing this crap are Nazi Americans suppoorting their Masters.These People are Evil and want to rule the world, eliminate 90& of the World population with Elite supernatural, intellectual Bankers running the world. like Bush says, the New World Order, is the Old World Order Blood line. They promised their flunky slaves some crumbs. The Plastic Starr Bisket Heads with a Heart Of Plastic and a Head full of Dough are working for the Man, Get HIP to the Man don't be Lame playing his Evil Game..The Whole Scam is to control the Strains of Cannabis and Seeds for Monsanto, Normal,  High Times, DEA and the Rich elite to keep control of us, distract us with Legalization of Marijuana and Gay Marriage, while they plan to invade Iran.  End the Federal Reserve Bank, World Bank and  We eliminate War, Crime, Poverty, Taxes, Drug Wars, Government. We can share Natures Sustainable Resources She provides Each Generation, with the Earths Share Holders, Equally on computers. Using  modern technology to free the work force gives us Time to create Art,  quality merchandise and husband Natures abundance.Our Birthright.Do not let them distract you!!!!!!!!! Occupy The World be a 100% er.!!!!!!!!! Watch Zeitgeist Moving Forward. Zeitgeist Movie  is Pre School for Lames. Watch for Further BEL Productions to Spread Peace and Love to the World.PEACEOUT  Bobby BEL

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Marisa -- thanks for posting up the raid info.  High Times is reporting the show will go on, but they are moving venues. 

I guess the Dutch authorities don't like having the revenue generated by the Cup each year.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Nick did you hear about the appelate court ruling in the joe grumbine case? Its going to be a game changer.

Aquariantemple
Aquariantemple

What  Goes Around Comes Around Turn On Tune In Spread The Love.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

"Timothy Leary's dead...no no no no he's outside...looking in..."

RayChristlTHC
RayChristlTHC

Great part of our early history   ONELOVE 

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Have fun!  Bring back gifts. 

truth
truth

Bobby Bel Is a *CON MAN*.


Nschou
Nschou

Yes it is. Stay tuned on the Long Beach front, folks. much is happening and these are strange times indeed.

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