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Burning Rainbow Farm : how a stoner utopia went up in smoke

Author: Dean Kuipers
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Pub. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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The gripping story of two marijuana advocates gunned down by the FBI after a five-day standoff. On a mission to build a peaceful, pot-friendly Shangri-La, Tom Crosslin and his lover Rollie Rohm founded Rainbow Farm, a well-appointed campground and concert venue tucked away in rural Southwest Michigan. The farm quickly became the center of marijuana and environmental activism in Michigan, drawing thousands of
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Kuipers, Dean.
Burning Rainbow Farm.
New York : Bloomsbury Pub. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006
(OCoLC)607567709
Named Person: Tom Crosslin; Rollie Rohm; Tom Crosslin; Rollie Rohm
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dean Kuipers
ISBN: 1596911425 9781596911420
OCLC Number: 62679813
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 374 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1 August 31, 2001 1 --
2 The Marijuana Capital of America 21 --
3 The Office of America 27 --
4 Occult On Wheels 35 --
5 Out in Oklahoma 58 --
6 Tom's Services, Inc. 67 --
7 Rollie 83 --
8 The Farm 98 --
9 Madd Maxx 111 --
10 Long Live David Koresh! 129 --
11 Pig Fuckers and the Thin Green Line 147 --
12 The Pantagruel of All Time-Or: Marijuana Can Save the World! 168 --
13 Collars for Dollars 197 --
14 A Blood Feud 217 --
15 The Personal Responsibility Amendment 237 --
16 What's Your Entheogen? 244 --
17 Betting the Farm 265 --
18 Death on Mount This 300 --
19 Steal Your Face/Steal Your Farm 347.
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The gripping story of two marijuana advocates gunned down by the FBI after a five-day standoff. On a mission to build a peaceful, pot-friendly Shangri-La, Tom Crosslin and his lover Rollie Rohm founded Rainbow Farm, a well-appointed campground and concert venue tucked away in rural Southwest Michigan. The farm quickly became the center of marijuana and environmental activism in Michigan, drawing thousands of blue-collar libertarians and hippie liberals, evangelicals and militiamen to its annual hemp festivals. People came from all over the country to support Tom and Rollie's libertarian brand of patriotism: They loved America but didn't like the War on Drugs.

As Rainbow Farm launched a popular statewide ballot initiative to change marijuana laws, local authorities, who had scarcely tolerated Rainbow Farm in the past, began an all-out campaign to shut the place down. Finally, in May 2001, Tom and Rollie were arrested for growing marijuana. Rollie's 11-year-old son, who grew up on Rainbow Farm, was placed in foster care -- Tom would never see him again. Faced with mandatory jail terms and the loss of the farm, Tom and Rollie never showed up for their August court date. Instead, the state's two best-known pot advocates burned Rainbow Farm to the ground in protest. County officials called the FBI, and within five days Tom and Rollie were dead. Obscured by the attacks of September 11, their stories will be told here for the first time.

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