Interviews

Emerald Triangle Oral History Project

Hardy Church – Clip 1

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: July 28, 2016
  • Humboldt County, California
  • Total Length of Interview: 2 Hours 37 Minutes

Hardy Church – Clip 2

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: July 28, 2016
  • Humboldt County, California
  • Total Length of Interview: 2 Hours 37 Minutes

Linda Sanders – Clip 1

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: July 28, 2016
  • Humboldt County, California
  • Total Length of Interview: 1 Hours 19 Minutes

Linda Sanders – Clip 2

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: July 28, 2016
  • Humboldt County, California
  • Total Length of Interview: 1 Hours 19 Minutes

Kevin Porter – Clip 1

  • Interviewer: Ghislaine Ball
  • Date of Interview: August 26, 2017
  • Mendocino County, California
  • Total Length of Interview: 1 Hours 33 Minutes

Kevin Porter – Clip 2

  • Interviewer: Ghislaine Ball
  • Date of Interview: August 26, 2017
  • Mendocino County, California
  • Total Length of Interview: 1 Hours 33 Minutes

Donald Rodrigues

  • Interviewer: Ghislaine Ball
  • Date of Interview: August 26, 2017
  • Mendocino County, California
  • Total Length of Interview: 2 Hours 29 Minutes

Anonymous – Clip 1

  • Interviewer: Ghislaine Ball
  • Date of Interview: September 2016
  • Total Length of Interview: 54 Minutes

Anonymous – Clip 2

  • Interviewer: Ghislaine Ball
  • Date of Interview: September 2016
  • Total Length of Interview: 54 Minutes


Cannabis Activism Oral History Project

Well known marijuana prohibition activists such as Mary (Brownie Mary) Rathbun, Dr. Tod Mikuriya and Jack Herer have passed away and along with them their own stories and histories on their work to legalize medical marijuana. Many other early activist’s stories are at risk of being lost if no effort is undertaken record them. The 420 Archive is interviewing those on the front lines of the movement in the 60s and 70s making sure their memories of events are recorded and preserved.

Pebbles Trippet

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: December 14, 2015
  • Place of Interview: Headroom Smoke Shop, Willits, California
  • Length of Interview: 108 Minutes

Pebbles Trippet is lifelong advocate for marijuana legalization & medical cannabis. Co-founder of several organizations, including Medical Marijuana Patients Union, Mendocino Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. Marijuana defendant turned litigant, challenging the constitutionality of the marijuana transportation laws for lack of medical access, ending in victory with People v Trippet which set the current quantity standard for medical patients, i.e. whatever is reasonably related to the patient’s medical condition.



Medical Cannabis Oral History Project

The Following interview clips are from the oral histories done of medical cannabis patients at the 2015 Emerald Cup, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California.

Terry Rugg

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Length of Interview: 33 Minutes

A farmer and educator, Terry Rugg, talks about use of cannabis for his heart disease and in his recent fight with cancer. He also discusses the police raid on his farm and ongoing prosecution by the Kansas legal system.

Matthew O’Neill

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Length of Interview: 23 Minutes

Matthew O’Neill, a medical cannabis patient for epilepsy, talks about his mother’s fight with cancer and helping finding cannabis for her when he was a teenager.


The Following interview clips are from the oral histories done of medical cannabis patients and operators at the 2015 Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.

John Alverez

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 28, 2015
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Length of Interview: 36 minutes

Alvarez began using medical cannabis for in 2009 as an alcohol substitute for alcohol dependence.

Yami Bolanos

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 30, 2015
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Total interview time: 43 minutes

Yami Bolanos discusses the difficulties and challenges of following dispensary regulations in Los Angeles, CA.

Stephen Dondeney

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 28, 2015
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Length of Interview: 33 minutes

After Doctor told him he was dying and there was nothing they could do for him, he became aware of Medical Cannabis for his chronic pain, nausea, lack of appetite (possible Crones Disease).

Mimi Friedman

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 29, 2015
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Length of Interview: 32 Minutes

Mimi Friedman suffers from end stage achalasia with esophageal muscle spasms, gastroparesis, sliding hiatal hernia, and peptic ulcer disease which began after a car accident. Friedman discusses her experience trying to move to a state with medical cannabis only to see the the laws reversed.

Steve Green

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 30, 2015
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Total interview time: 43 minutes

Steve Green uses medical cannabis for Epilepsy, PTSD, Chronic Pain. He discusses State and Local Laws effect on medical cannabis use in Oakland County, Michigan. Even though he was a medical patent and followed protocols in place he got charged criminally in Michigan for the cultivation of marijuana and had his infant daughter removed from home.

Deborah Rehmer

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 30, 2015
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Length of Interview: 36 Minutes

Disabled Navy veteran, she started treating son with mental illness with medical cannabis in 2001. Started to use medical cannabis herself in 2004 to treat PTSD and Gastric bypass surgery complications.

Sarah Shrader

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 28, 2015
  • Length of Interview: 20 minutes
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.

Sarah Shrader uses medical cannabis for fibromyalgia caused by a motor vehicle accident at 19 years old. Initially had reservations, felt she didn’t need it as much as terminally ill patients.

Issues with recording. Echoing near the end.