Hugh Hefner, or "Hef" as he preferred to be called, played a crucial role in the early days of NORML. At a time when most Americans were accepting the government's "reefer madness" propaganda, Hef, through the Playboy Foundation, provided NORML with our initial funding in early 1971, and became our primary funder all during the 1970s. And by focusing attention in Playboy magazine on some of the most egregious victims of the war against marijuana smokers, he helped us convince millions of Americans that marijuana prohibition was a misguided and destructive public policy. Hefner was a fearless cultural crusader who believed deeply not just in the right to sexual freedom, but also in civil rights and the right to privacy. May he rest in peace.
As set out in Lord Younger’s statement , the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments had some questions about the personal copies for private use and quotation and parody statutory instruments. This is not unusual, but given where we were in the parliamentary cycle it was not possible to implement these regulations on 1 June. The government re-laid these regulations before Parliament on 9 June with a view to their coming into force on 1 October 2014. Draft statutory instruments and supporting explanatory memorandum are now available.