Flashback Friday: The Reign of the Law

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In the 1980s, cannabis activist Jack Herer brought a copy of James Lane Allen’s book The Reign of Law: A Tale of the Kentucky Hemp Fields to the High Times office. The following excerpt was printed in the May, 1989 issue.


The Anglo-Saxon farmers had scarce conquered foothold, stronghold, freehold in the Western wilderness before they became sowers of hemp—with remembrance of Virginia, with remembrance of dear ancestral Britain. Away back in the days when they lived with wife, child, flock in frontier wooden fortresses and hardly ventured forth for water, salt, game, tillage—in the very summer of that wild daylight ride of Tomlinson and Bell, by comparison with which, my children, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, was as tame as the pitching of a rocking-horse in a boy’s nursery—on that history-making twelfth of August, of the year 1782, when these two backwoods riflemen, during that same Revolution, the Kentuckians then fighting a branch of that same British…

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