5–17-08 Hum­boldt Brews, Arcata, CA poster by Chris Shaw

5/17/08 Moonalice poster by Chris ShawMay 17, 2008 Hum­boldt Brews, Arcata, California
Moon­al­ice poster by Chris Shaw

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia coast has always had mag­i­cal qual­i­ties that pro­tect the tribe from harass­ment. The soil is also unusu­ally fer­tile, enabling hip­pies to grow some of the world’s finest strains of hemp. While Hum­boldt rope no longer enjoys huge demand from ships of sail, the tribe in the region has adjusted with a range of alter­na­tive hemp prod­ucts. Hemp beer, milk, and cloth­ing are in evi­dence around Arcata, as are high end, organic prod­ucts based on hemp flowers.

The pol­i­tics of Arcata are unusu­ally hos­pitable for the tribe. In 1989, Arcata made itself a Nuclear-Free Zone. In 2003, the city was the first to make vol­un­tary com­pli­ance with the Patriot Act ille­gal. While they have not been able to reverse the Pro­hi­bi­tion of hemp, the cit­i­zens of Arcata have demon­strated a com­mit­ment to doing so. In short, it’s a Moon­al­ice kind of town.

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