On August 31, 1971, three months after the San Francisco hippie school bus caravan landed in the backwoods of Tennessee, The Farm was raided and four men were arrested for growing a sizable crop of marijuana. One of the 300 hippies in the budding community was a lawyer who mounted a legal defense based upon the claim The Farm was a church and a legitimate religion that uses marijuana as a sacrament, and has the right under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to practice religion with no interference from the Government. The case bounced through the Appellate Court system and made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to hear it and the men went to jail for a year.

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