Hard to find, this booklet documents the legal battle of Stephen Gaskin, the Farm’s leader, and three other members against the US Government. In 1971, they were arrested for manufacture of marijuana, a felony in Tennessee. In the trial, they argued that they used marijuana for religious purposes, to assist them in meditation. They lost their case and spent one year (of three year sentence) in prison in 1974.
The book is an actual legal brief filed in court, with appendices describing the “agreements” of The Farm religious society and showing early pictures of the famous intentional community. Stephen, as head of his own legal team, insisted that no “legal technicalities” be employed in the defence strategy, even though he might well have been acquitted on the bad warrant and bad search. Instead, as this brief illustrates, he wanted to tell the “system” in his own words, what the truth of the matter is, and that government has no place interfering with how people come to personal terms with God.
Summertown (TN): The Book Publishing Company, 1974.
First edition 8vo (21.7 × 15 cm) Softcover Unpaginated [120 pp] Texts in English Illustrated wrappers. Side-stapled bound. Printed in purple throughout with some pages in green.
Very good condition. Rusty staples with age toning and foxing. Otherwise in near fine condition. Item ID: 3030.