Burning Rainbow Farm: How a Stoner Utopia Went Up in Smoke [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Burning Rainbow Farm: How a Stoner Utopia Went Up in Smoke

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Visit www.burningrainbowfarm.com
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596919907
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,380,759
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Dean Kuipers is the deputy editor of Los Angeles City Beat and the author of I Am a Bullet and Ray Gun out of Control. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, and Playboy. A native of Michigan (twenty miles from Rainbow Farm), he now lives in Los Angeles.
Dean Kuipers is the managing editor of the Los Angles Times entertainment site. He was deputy editor of Los Angeles City Beat and the author of Burning Rainbow Farm, I Am a Bullet, and Ray Gun Out of Control. He lives in Los Angeles.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2006

    2 Dead in Michigan. How Many More?!

    It's so interesting to see something you lived through perceived in print. Burning Rainbow Farm took a piece of my personal cultural history and splayed it open for me in stark narrative. With medically precise cross-examination, Dean Kuipers portrayed the steeling and the rusting of a man and his property in Southwest Michigan before their destruction. This book exposes the new drug police pattern for ultimate control. Take provoking actions against property and family, back the guy into a corner, drive him to pick up a gun, then walk a police officer into harm's way in order to create the perceived threat that justifies the required execution. Total surrender or death. Just the new rules of engagement. But there were beautiful shining moments and Dean made breathtaking use of key quotations out of hours and days of photos, audio and video. The beautiful ideals and morals of mass gatherers were exposed and preserved. The true ugliness of the multi-jurisdictional hit squad lay there described in political context and fullness of implication. Tom's life story flowed like a screenplay in lurid organized chapters. Although Tom skirted the line from commercialism into activism, in the bitterest end he chose to become a human demonstration. One against the disregard our state and federal laws have for the property, privacy and dignity of the modern American citizen. Thus this book also documents the only defense left against injustice. Leave nothing to forfeit, including a life that would otherwise be permanently defiled by a filthy Civil War on drugs. All this before 9/11 laws, if you think this police state was bad, wait till you get a load of the national security state! God forgive America! Jay Statzer Director of Cures Not Wars of Michigan

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