Green Panthers

Definition - What does Green Panthers mean?

Green Panthers is a marijuana rights-based advocacy group headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. They originally formed in Washington D.C. in 1990. The founders were Terry Mitchell and Loey Glover, who are co-listed as national coordinators.

Not much has been heard from the Green Panthers since the 1990s. As they aim to engage in acts of civil disobedience sometimes anonymously, their level of involvement at any given event is difficult to ascertain.

Hydrolife explains Green Panthers

The Green Panthers group is probably best known for a 1993 pro-cannabis protest that took place in front of the then Clinton White House, in which they dubbed “Inhale to the Chief”.

During the 1990s, the Green Panthers also published a newspaper entitled the Revolutionary Times. Their symbolic flag, a green cannabis leaf on a white background, is still occasionally seen at rallies.

Green Panthers has/had numerous stated goals, including:

  • Protest the seizure of homes and personal property for drug offenses
  • Defend the rights of sick people to have government-provided medical marijuana
  • Support and develop community-based initiatives to bypass federal medical marijuana prohibition
  • Provide medications directly to those in need
  • Oppose the use of "shock incarceration" boot camp prisons for those convicted of drug offenses
  • Cease the physical abuse by the state of incarcerated offenders
  • Organize coordinated resistance actions across the country to show opposition to the government against the War on Drugs
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