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What has xCannabis been up to since 2013

November 12th, 2016 | By Pirate

In May of 2013 the editor and author of most of the blogs on this website (me Ryan Thompson), was in a horrible car accident that nearly claimed my life.  It did claim the life of the drunk driver that hit me.
Shortly after that, I went from working 96 hours a week as a robotics engineer, to being in a wheel chair and not working for several years.  
I recovered partially, and I decided after such a life changing moment, that every minute counts and I decided to not waste any more time.
So I retired essentially, while still supporting my wife in her businesses and we are now circumnavigating the globe in our 45 foot yawl (sailboat).

I recently noticed that a former colleague and a “radical” liberal radio talk show host was being condescending to Trump supporters, and he happened to step in a pile of shit with Roseanne Barr, telling her that she didn’t know as much as he did about cannabis law reform. 

I jumped in and told Russ that all of his credentials don’t mean shit when in his show #675 he says something really dumb by claiming that Bernie Sanders was the first presidential candidate to support legalization of cannabis out of the Republican or Democrat partyHe if anyone should know that Ron Paul a republican law maker, and a presidential candidate that had at least if not more support than Bernie Sanders did, had supported (along side NORML) legalizing all drugs including cannabis since the 1980s.  Russ Belville’s predecessor Chris Goldstein had even interviewed Ron Paul before Russ took over the Norml Stash, and made it a 3 ring liberal circus side show (something he later got fired from NORML for).

Well then Russ tried to insult me saying that my ranking in Alexa was down to 18 million.  Which anyone can see, that it has been dropping steadily since 2013, after I essentially stopped blogging while I recovered. 
Just this last month Alexa shows a drop of 4 million in traffic ranking, which shows 30 days ago, I was much higher.

 

But this reminded me that I had captured Russ Belville’s ranking, and traffic in 2013, and his rank was way lower than mine.  His social media interactions was so very bleak.  But today he is the come back kid, and says “In just two months, my traffic rose to the top 100,000 on Alexa”.   Which in reply to this, I told him that I had just reviewed his traffic, and it shows all of the tell-tale signs of rank manipulation.

Assessment of Belville’s fake traffic


 

Jumping from the low spot that he was in just a few short months ago, to being in the top 100,000 Alexa ranks, is an obvious sign of rank manipulation.  Which anyone with $50 can do these days, just do a google search for “alexa rank boost”

So I gave Russ this challenge.  I told him that I would register a new domain (I won’t say what it is for now), and I will do exactly what he has done to manipulate the traffic ranking, and then in two months I will reveal my stats, and it will match his metrics almost identically.   Organic traffic looks much different than Russ Belville’s traffic does.  My traffic from 2013 is clearly organic, and I can prove it (its easy to see actually in my video from 2013).  However to demonstrate how easy it is to get higher ranks, I will do it, and by January I will prove it.  I won’t do it on any domain with any meaning, just some random thing, to make my case even more obvious.

The point is, to show that these people trying to drive public opinion, lie, cheat and steal.  It’s not about ethics, and the value of their content.  To them, and people like Russ Belville, it is about their ego, and their influence. 
When their traffic sucks, they pay to manipulate ranks, and then they brag about it like they are in a big dick contest.  It’s just like polling during an election.  Polling is meant as a manipulation tactic.

But for me, I blog from time to time, like I always have.  I turned down Russ Belville’s invitation by email to join him on his 420Radio network (I can show you the email), and since then Russ has been butt hurt. 
The things most important to me, is not influence, ranks, and political stature.  My family is most important to me, which is why I have always blogged.
When my dad was dying of cancer, is when I started up xcannabis.com, to educate people about the value of cannabis as a cure for cancer
When I started protesting about the cannabis laws in my home state of Utah, I got arrested for not getting a “protesting permit”, and I hired a lawyer and nullified that law.  Which then inspired me to launch more websites about free speech  (of which, those website are a lot more active than xCannabis is right now).  
But unlike Russ Belville, I have nullified dumb laws, and I have made real changes in the world.   Russ continues to sell out and promote lousy cannabis law reform in favor of creating monopolies, and as a reward he gets sponsored by lawyers who are trying to keep their jobs defending people in court from cannabis charges.  In fact all of Russ Belville’s main sponsors have been lawyers who are desperate to maintain their jobs as cannabis lawyers, who need prohibition of some form to stay in business.

This to me in the video below is what I am focused on.  Spending time with my family. Getting to know the world we live in and circumnavigating the globe in my ship, while teaching my kids about the world.

I may get back to maintaining a regular blog.  But it won’t be any time soon.  So I suppose Russ can at least gloat that as a legitimate accomplishment.  Even though my blogs beat the pants off his for years.  Now that I am taking a break, his is king of the social media world.  SMH

Negotiating with Obama

Negotiating with Obama


 

2013 progress report, where I captured Russ Belville sad ratings and rankings in search engines, social media, and traffic reports, and compared it to my own.

Russ Belville got fired for being a liberal shill

 

It is my opinion, that if progressives were not violent, crass, hateful, and dishonest, that this country would not have completely turned over this last election to conservatives.
The liberals lost all 3 branches of government this election.  The executive office went to Donald Trump (but lets be honest, he is more of a democrat than most other republicans, and he use to be a Democrat and a good friend of Clinton), they lost both sides of Congress, and soon will have a conservative majority in the Supreme Court.  These folks doing media, need to just be more honest, and less power hungry and manipulative so that we can regain some balance.
I mean for example, look at all of the deceptiveness in the DNC, where the DNC chair was caught manipulating the primary debates by handing the questions to Hillary before the debates.  Also seeing all of the fake polling that the media was doing during the election, trying to show Hillary as the winner, to discourage conservative voters from turning out.  When people like Russ Belville claim that “Bernie was the first ever political candidate to say he would legalize cannabis” and it is obviously false, he should be aware that people will call him on it and people will lose trust in his media and his “facts”. Hopefully encouraging him and others to change over to a more turthful platform.
It is so important and more important than ever to have trustworthy, brave, and effective media like Wikileaks, to combat the fake news like that of what Russ Belville and MSM sources give.

This country is so divided right now, and while I think there are times for peace, and there is a time for every season.

Ecclesiastes 3

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

 

Marijuana Policy Project takes over the Legalize Maine campaign in Maine for the 2016 ballot initiative

December 21st, 2015 | By Pirate

There have been two campaigns in Maine working on getting signatures for legalization for the 2016 ballot.  In late October of 2015 the two campaigns “joined forces” and MPP’s campaign manager David Boyer took over the campaign that Paul McCarrier was leading.    Reference;  Pot Legalization Campaigns Join Forces on Merged Ballot Question Effort

Then this came; Marijuana Policy Project takes over the Legalize Maine campaign in Maine for the 2016 ballot initiative

MPP joined forces with the ACLU and took over the Legalize Maine campaign, and now they are working to destroy the campaign. They even hired an abortion activist to speak to the conference as the “Featured speaker”. To me, that seems counter productive to push an abortion activist in a VERY conservative state like Maine.

My guess is that they are doing what the ACLU did in Washington state with I-502. They are trying to squash the iniative that intended to bring GOOD law reform, so that they can come back and reintroduce a much more regressive initiative next year.

Mark my words, I doubt that this initiative will even get on the ballot in 2016. But in 2017, the ACLU and MPP will reintroduce a different initiative that is much more regressive.

Prior to October, there were TWO SEPARATE initiatives to “legalize cannabis” in Maine. And then MPP took over the other campaign.

Why? Like I said above, this is some dirty dealings like we have saw in the past in other states.

The ACLU did something very similar with the Sensible Washington campaigns in Washington state.  They played the whole “Divide and conquer” card, and came out publicly in opposition of the more liberal cannabis initiatives that would allow for more freedom, right before introducing their own initiative, that is called by many “Prohibition 2.0”.

The wording in the “CRMLA” campaign is some of the best “law reform” that I have saw at a state level, but now seeing that MPP has pirated the campaign, I expect to see it fail, and then to see MPP and the ACLU forge through in 2017 with a new and more restrictive campaign, that will appeal to their lawyer sponsors who rely on prohibition for an income.

Time will tell, but either way, I refuse to support any initiative that makes an abortion activist with only scant support for cannabis, their “Featured speaker”.

Learn more at http://xcannabis.com
(do a search for ACLU, and do a search for New Approach Washington, to learn about what has happened at the hands of the ACLU in other states)

and http://disruptarian.com

This is our report on the campaign’s “Marijuana Summit” on December 5th 2015 from the campaign summit meeting.

This was our radio show on December 5th 2015, after the summit.   I spoke about other aspects of legalization that makes more sense.
It is my opinion that prohibition is illegal, and in essence cannabis is already legal.

Legalize Drugs – A Debate from Intelligence Squared U.S. – follow up

July 18th, 2015 | By Pirate

This is a debate from November 15th 2012, directly after Washington and Colorado voted to “legalize cannabis”. So here is it 2.5 years after the historical changes in law in these two states, and now not only do we have legalized marijuana in Washington and Colorado, but we also now have Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. that have jumped on board.

This is the description of the video/debate;

Intelligence Squared U.S. Presents “Legalize Drugs” with Paul Butler and Nick Gillespie for the motion, Asa Hutchinson and Theodore Dalrymple against the motion. Moderated by John Donvan.

It was 1971 when President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs.” $2.5 trillion dollars later, drug use is half of what it was 30 years ago, and thousands of offenders are successfully diverted to treatment instead of jail. And yet, 22 million Americans-9% of the population-still uses illegal drugs, and with the highest incarceration rate in the world, we continue to fill our prisons with drug offenders. Decimated families and communities are left in the wake. Is it time to legalize drugs or is this a war that we’re winning?

For: Paul Butler
For: Nick Gillespie

For legalization

For legalization
  Paul Butler
  Nick Gillespie

Against; Asa Hutchinson
Against: Theodore Dalrymple

Against Legalization

Against Legalization
  Asa Hutchinson
  Theodore Dalrymple

Here is a link to the video;  https://youtu.be/aUiymTG2v9s

I want to dissect this video bit by bit, since we have saw the realizations and addressed the fears and hopes since this change was made.  As of November 15th 2012, we could only speculate.  But in 2015 we can give this a good hard look.

At minute 9:30 former Prosecutor Paul Butler talks about how legalization makes society safer, by not locking up minor drug offenders with hardened criminals, which in turn makes these hardened criminals out of minor drug offenders.

At minute 14:14 Paul Butler talks about how the wars on drugs started, about their racial implications, and about the unfair profiling and sentencing of black youth, despite that black people do not use drugs any more than any other demographic or race.

As a note, I have addressed this topic of the racist drug war, and I have an alternative point of view. ~ Ryan Thompson

At minute 17:25 Asa Hutchinson (former director of the DEA) illustrates the comments of Barack Obama against legalization, and in my opinion further illustrates the hypocrisy of our current president.

Will Obama keep his promises on MMJ

Will Obama keep his promises on MMJ

At minute 23:09 Asa Hutchinson starts his rant on the harmfulness of illegal drugs.   And at minute 23:30 Asa asks if ending prohibition on alcohol increase or decrease alcohol consumption, and illustrates by asking a question (not giving an answer in way of fact), that legalizing alcohol increased addiction at minute 23:44.  He uses examples of Alaska, the Netherlands, etc..

As a note, I wrote an article about the harmfulness of marijuana ~ Ryan Thompson

From the Cato Institute, this is an analysis of alcohol prohibition

Nick Gillespie (editor of Reason Magazine) at minute 27:05 makes the point of showing how much money we have spent on the war on drugs, and comparing how much success it has had.  2.5 trillion dollars spent on the war on drugs, and drug use has barely been dented.

At minute 29:45 Nick addresses how the Portugal has decriminalized drugs, and has saw a decrease in usage, where as the USA has stern drug laws, and a much higher rate of usage than places like the Netherlands, and other places that have decriminalized drug usage.

At minute 46:48 they give a preview of what this system will or could look like in a legal format.

Dr. Theodore Dalrymple  at minute 49:50 reveals that his diagnosis is that addiction is not a medical issue. The good doctor goes on to explain that it is a moral issue and at minute 50:15 that he believes that withdraw symptoms from heroin are not significant but “rather trivial”.

At minute 52:35  Asa Hutchinson makes the point that legalizing drugs will not end crime, and the cartels and criminals will not “go bankrupt” but will find other illegal endeavors to fuel their enterprises.

At minute 53:20 Nick Gillespie makes the point that despite that there will still be crime and a black market, when was the last time we had a shoot out, or a major criminal incident with a alcohol manufacturer since the 21st Amendment ending alcohol prohibition.

At minute 59:40 Nick Gillespie makes the point of which drugs are in high demand, and which drugs are in low demand, and which drugs are most effected by the drug war.  Pointing out that marijuana by in large is the most used of these illegal drugs, and it is practically harmless.

After this there are audience questions, which touch on all of the topics above.

Now for some statistics from last year on the legalization benefits of Colorado’s new marijuana laws.

 

  1. According to Uniform Crime Reporting data for Denver, there has been a 10.1% decrease in overall crime from this time last year and a 5.2% drop in violent crime.

  2. The state has garnered over 10 million in taxes from retail sales in the first 4 months. The first 40 million of this tax revenue is earmarked for public schools and infrastructure, as well as for youth educational campaigns about substance use.

  3. There are renewed efforts to study the medical efficacy of marijuana within the state, making Colorado an epicenter for marijuana research.

  4. The marijuana industry has developed quickly, generating thousands of new jobs. It is estimated there are currently about 10,000 people directly involved with this industry, with 1,000 to 2,000 gaining employment in the past few months alone.

  5. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who opposed Amendment 64, recently compared Colorado’s economy since legalization to that of other states by noting, “While the rest of the country’s economy is slowly picking back up, we’re thriving here in Colorado.” For example, the demand for commercial real estate has increased drastically, with houses in the state appreciating up to 8.7 percent in the past year alone.

  6. The voters of Colorado retain an overall positive view of the regulated marijuana market, with 54% of Colorado voters still supporting marijuana legalization and regulation, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll.

  7. By removing criminal penalties for certain marijuana-related offenses, thousands of individuals will avoid the collateral consequences associated with a criminal record. The state is estimated to potentially save $12-40 million over the span of a year simply by ending arrests for marijuana possession

Reference;  http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/09/13/7-ways-marijuana-legalization-has-already-benefited-colorado-in-only-8-months/

Happy Trails to our friend Ray Christl

July 14th, 2015 | By Pirate

I am saddened and happy at the same time, to know that our friend Ray Christl has passed on, and is now pain free and back home.

Ray passed away on July 4th 2015, he fought a hard battle with stage 4 prostate cancer in his final days, and put up a strong fight, using cannabis as treatment as well as laughs with good friends and family.

Ray and I met on Facebook or the NORML Stash in 2010, its not entirely clear to me which point was our first contact.  But our mutual concern was over Pastor Roger Christie who was in federal detention in Hawaii for his role in the THC Ministry.   Shortly after meeting up online, Pastor Ray and I decided to start doing radio together.

I had been doing radio prior to meeting Ray, and he had many years of broadcasting under his belt, so it was a good matchup.

My first radio show with Ray was on the THC Ministry hour on The Free American show with Clay Douglas.
Reference to that show on December 2nd 2010;

The Free American – THC MINISTRY HOUR 2nd Hour part 1

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

Here is a list of other shows that we created, under my station Sensi Life Radio;

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sensi-life-radio/id409096518?mt=2

Ray and I had distance because of some disagreements, and about the arrangements of his arrival to the USA from Cambodia.   I was trying to raise my family, and we had just found out we were having a new child, and Ray was hoping to stay with us.  I couldn’t accommodate, and we lost touch until the end, and we had some warm emails just recently in the last few months of his life.  I was grateful to be able to reunite with Ray.

You can hear from our radio shows his heart for cannabis healing and cannabis sacrament, and this was a lifelong pursuit of his, a very honorable pursuit.   I am grateful that he allowed me to be a part of his life and legacy for a short time.

Ray stayed in Oregon with Paul Stanford and was a caretaker at the THCF garden and worked closely with patients as a caretaker there.   The photo below, and the comment underneath I borrowed from Paul Stanford’s facebook wall.

 

Pastor Ray Christl

Pastor Ray Christl

Ray Christl passed away early on July 4th in Arkansas, after a long fight against cancer. Ray worked decades for global cannabis freedom. Ray and I worked together on Oregon initiatives to end marijuana prohibition, and Ray helped THCF Medicinal Gardens, where this photo was taken on September 1, 2014. Ray believes in the spiritual significance of cannabis and is devout in faith. Ray leaves family and friends from his hometown of Chicago to his family in Cambodia, Hawaii and Arkansas. Ray was here in Portland for most of his final years, and just left to be near his family in Arkansas on June 13. Thank you for your good works Ray, and blessings and prayers for you and your family and friends..

Bless up and happy trails Pastor Ray Christl!

Maine legislators kill two pro-legalization bills in one week

June 30th, 2015 | By Pirate

While the legislature has made sense on the most important aspect of the cannabis plant, it looks as if though Maine has become un-smart on the other benefits of the plant.

In just one week the Maine legislature as killed two pro-legalization bills.  Both LD 1380 and LD 1401.   One can only assume their motives aside what they have publicly said on the matter to the press.   But I have to give a few of them the benefit of the doubt.   Personally after seeing the mess that was created in Washington state, the adversely effected patients, and set a precedence for ultra-high taxes on the legal cannabis market, hence forcing recreational users back into the already strong black market.  It may be that those signals from Washington and in other places, have allowed the Maine legislature to give pause to this notion, and with good reason.

From reading the Bangor Daily news, I have caught the gist of the conversation over this topic in the Maine legislature.

Russell and Dion both said it’s only a matter of time before voters enact legalization by citizens’ initiative. The regulatory needs of legalization will be immense, and the Legislature should learn from history, they said.

“Each and every Legislature that has sat in this chamber since then has been confronted with innumerable bills to play catchup,” Representative Mark Dion said. “When we have to play catchup, citizens are at risk. Their conduct is called into question, and the government enacts a high price on error.”

“We don’t know what voters will or won’t do. They change their minds,” Representative William Tuell said. “If the voters do legalize marijuana, [but the Legislature passes this bill], we’re essentially heading them off at the pass.”

That statement by Representative Tuell hits a nerve, because I wish that Washington state legislatures should have stayed out the medical cannabis issue all together in my opinion, after having much more than a decade of trial with the well formed and liberal medical cannabis laws in Washington that have seemed to do not only good by the patients that need it, but also by the state itself in noticing how crime rates dropped drastically after the 1998 passing of I-692 that legalized medical cannabis for qualifying patients.

One very uneducated Representative made some near “reefer madness” claims about the power and authority of the Federal Government.   Representative James Campbell and Independent from Newfield said the following.

“Why don’t they put a bill in to tell the people of Maine not to pay their federal taxes anymore?” he said. “What they’re doing is telling the people of Maine how to break federal law. And I think it’s disgusting.”

This is the kind of representative who appears to not be well educated on constitutional matters.  As states do in fact have the right to have laws that vary from federal law, and this example can be found in many hundreds if not thousands of examples.  One example is the minimum wage.  The Federal law says minimum wage is __fill in the blank__ and states can increase that if they would like.   Guns and abortion are another hot topic of how one state varies from another state, and also from the Federal government.  Then of course there are medical marijuana laws, of which Maine is a medical marijuana state, and those type of laws have been independent and maybe even contrary to the Federal Government’s laws on the topic.   James Campbell is running on old and out dated logic, much like Governor LePage, when LePage vetoed the Hemp Bill LD4 just to have the legislature quickly override him the following month with the easily obtained 2/3s majority that is required.

LePage said among other things;  “This legislation is fatally flawed and due to current federal law, I can see no way to make this concept work. Maine’s current law regarding industrial hemp contains “trigger provisions” that limit State licensing until the federal government excludes industrial hemp from the definition of “marihuana” or until the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency issues permits for growing industrial hemp.”

But this goes back to the working medical marijuana laws in Maine.

LePage also made another erroneous comment about industrial hemp when he said;

“I also have serious doubts about the agricultural and economic benefits of this bill. At this time, there are no developed markets in Maine for hemp and it is unlikely that this product would command a price high enough to make this crop worth growing. Proponents argue that hemp fiber can act as a replacement for wood fiber, but Maine already has a vibrant forest industry with developed infrastructure. The same cannot be said for hemp, as there is currently no equipment in Maine to grow, harvest, transport, or process hemp.”

That comment I believe brings us to the heart of the issue.  There is already established industries with LePage’s and other representatives ears.   LePage citing the “vibrant forest industry” shows to me a little bias.
There are far more uses for hemp than just fiber.  My wife and I’s company is for hemp motor oil, fuel, and body parts, similar to how Henry Ford and Rudolph Diesel designed cars in the 1940s.

With all of the things that are wrong in these discussions in the legislature and in the governor’s office, I can still only be grateful for the ability to legally grow industrial hemp, which we plan on doing asap.

With that in the Bangor Daily News article that I read on this topic, there are two separate and competing pro-legalization groups that are collecting signatures to put the legalization question out to statewide ballot in 2016.
Please read both of those initiatives and be educated on what is coming!

 

Civil Rights Violated in Pocatello Idaho – For Immediate Release

June 12th, 2015 | By Pirate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – A Man’s Civil RIghts Violated in Pocatello Idaho

On February 16th 2015 the Pocatello police responded to a call to my house over a situation of assault and battery. A family member came to my house and assaulted me over a minor family dispute with a 3rd party.  He also hurt my 3 year old son in the process.

The police officer gave me the option to press charges for battery, and I told him “no, this is family”.

In speaking with the officer, he told me that “facebook messages are not illegal” and that “offering to box someone is not illegal”. (I have the discovery evidence which includes and audio recording of this conversation)

Also if you want to hear the entire story, I have supplied the discovery evidence, and the recorded police interviews here;  https://youtu.be/ggyGkRZaalQ

So after the police officer left, I wrote on facebook to the perpetrator and said; “If you want to fight me, there is a boxing ring here in town. I’ll meet you there any time you want.”

I was not threatening him, or intimidating him. In fact, with his interview (that is part of the discovery evidence) he admitted to the police that he (the perp) originally offered and advised me of a fist fight, and that “he does things old school”.  I was simply offering a venue to fight OTHER THAN my home where my family resides.  I wanted to let the perp know that there are better places to take care of that, IF HE STILL WANTED TO FIGHT.   But it was not acceptable to do it at my home.

Looking at the perp’s record, and his step-son’s (the step-son was the instigator) record in the public court repository, these two have a criminal records of one of them that includes “assault and battery with a deadly weapon”, “phone threats and harassment” and the other of “stalking” and assault. I have a fairly clean record for the past 20 years. When I was a teen I got a pot ticket for simple possession, and since then I have had a hand full of traffic infractions. But nothing else.  (7 of those traffic citations came from over zealous police in Pocatello in less than a 12 month period of time. 2 of those citations were for parking on own property, and those citations were thrown out)

So the next day, the police officer called me and referenced my facebook message, and told me “you can no longer file charges against the (perpetrator) since you wrote this message”. I responded, “you told me yesterday that I have a year to file charges, so since he is using you to harass me, that I do now want to file charges”. The officer responded “if you file battery charges on him, then I will file disorderly conduct charges on you”.
I responded “fine lets do that then”.  (he did not provide documentation of that phone conversation though, however I may have it on my broken phone, because I record all of my calls.  But my phone broke shortly after this incident.  I am still working on retrieving that info)

They did not file battery charges on the man that assaulted me. But instead they gave him “disorderly conduct charges” for assaulting me, which he plead guilty to. They also gave me the same charge.

This man who assaulted me was told (documented) to stay away from us. He came over anyway. He assaulted us. He even admitted it to the police. But they wouldn’t press “battery” charges on him, and they retaliated against me too.

I was running a newspaper in Pocatello Idaho, and in my 3rd Quarter release of my newspaper, I criticized their police budget and their purchasing of military vehicles. I also spoke out against the drug war (like I do in every newspaper). I believe this is why the police are retaliating against me, even though I have done nothing wrong.  I received more harassment via traffic stops in that city in less than 12 months while we lived there, than I have received in my ENTIRE LIFE.

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They offered me a $200 bond forfeiture deal, but I refused it, because I am not guilty. I recorded that conversation too. Reference to my discovery evidence:


Pocatello Idaho regulates facebook messages… by xcannabis

 

I am trying to run a crowd funding campaign, so that I can travel from Maine to Idaho to have this jury trial. Please help me get the word out. More information can be found here; https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/to-hire-a-lawyer-to-defend-against-speech-charge/x/11052178

My phone numbers are; 208-269-8410 an 207-213-7443

Ryan Thompson

www.xcannabis.com
www.clovisstar.com

Also reference;  http://xcannabis.com/2015/06/man-gets-charges-for-defending-his-family-in-pocatello-idaho/

Starting a cannabis business in 2015

May 4th, 2015 | By Pirate

This is a basic overview of starting a cannabis business in 2015.

The “Green Rush” is on.  Many states have already changed their cannabis laws in favor of retail and commercial productivity.  Many states are currently working on the same.  Here is a list of the present laws pertaining to states that have liberalized cannabis laws.    re;  http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881

Now that there is a lot of new opportunity, you need to know how to proceed to utilize the opportunity.  You want a cannabis business, right.   If not, may your pursuits be blessed none the less.  For those who want to get more information on what it will take.  Please consider the following.

Forbes recently wrote an article labeling Cannabis as 2015’s best startup opportunity.  There is a lot to learn from this article, which may help you decide if this industry is for you.   Ref;  http://www.forbes.com/sites/caroltice/2015/02/05/why-legal-cannabis-is-2015s-best-startup-opportunity/

Lets go over the basics.  You are going to need to do a lot of research, to make the decisions that are to follow.   Which state is best for your business model?  What are the laws that govern your potential business?  What are the startup cost.   Which is why the first step should be to write a business plan.

There are a lot of places online that will guide you through this process for free, or you may want to hire a lawyer.  To give you some leads on what route to take, I will share my google search with you;  Free Online Business Plan Free

I have known associates who were very happy with enloop.com and there are many others out there.

I recommend at very least, running this buy a savvy lawyer after you have written up a good draft of your business plan.

After you have finalized the business plan, you will next need to locate a place of business.  In most states, there is a buffer that needs to be in place from certain types of properties.  For example some municipalities and states require cannabis businesses to be at least 1000 feet away from a school, and in some municipalities and states it is 1000 feet away from a residential neighborhood.   This is where your original research will come in to play, because you will need to factor your rental costs and overhead into your business plan.  So when you are writing your business plan, you should be in search of your future place of business and the regulations involved with establishing that business.

Another consideration that is very important, is will you start a for profit business, or a not-for-profit business?  A lot of this will depend on what state regulations require.
Learn more here;  http://www.cannalawblog.com/how-to-open-a-cannabis-business-for-profit-vs-not-for-profit-that-is-the-question/

After you have made your business plan, located your future place of business.  The next thing to consider is sources.  Are you going to consign your products in a retail store?   Or will your product be produced onsite?  Or will you be the manufacturer?  Sources will also play a role in writing a good business plan so that you can better project profit and loss.

Some where along the way you will need to consider a short term and a long term plan for funding.  Take note, your business will not be profitable right away.  So estimate for at least one year of out of pocket expenses and for as long as 3 years for out of pocket expenses.   This is not a “get rich quick” scheme by any means.  It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make this and any business work well.

Are you going to fund the venture yourself?  Will you need financing?  Have you thought about crowd funding? A crowd funding company that I recently learned about was created by anti-virus guru John McAfee, ref;  https://www.qikfunder.com/

Eventually you will need staff.  Are you qualified to manage a staff, or will you be hiring a manager?

As for tracking sales, and employee time on the clock, you should consider a “dispensary management software” or a “Point of Sale” software.
We have installed OpenBravo POS in many dispensaries throughout the years.  Ref:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openbravo#Openbravo_POS

There are other much more expensive software out there.  But there are also some awesome opensource options.

Some will allow you to track employee’s time.  Some will allow you to control and track inventory.  Some have both front and and back end features.  It all depends on what your business model requires.

One more touchy subject, is how to accept payment for product.  Many have had negative experiences dealing with traditional banking.  Some people have had their bank accounts frozen or seized.  So the other options that I can think of that would be highly effective is CASH and BITCOIN.  Cash also has it’s limitations, based on it’s tangibility and lack of digital access without a bank account.  But Bitcoin seems to be a perfect transaction currency for cannabis businesses.  I wrote an article about this problem back in 2013, ref;  http://xcannabis.com/2013/10/how-to-use-bitcoin-in-the-real-world-and-in-the-black-market/

Hopefully this has given you some ideas that you hadn’t thought of.   Soon I will write an article strickly about starting an industrial hemp business, after the crop has spent more than 56 years being illegal to grow, but legal to import and sell.

If you would like a personal phone consultation from an expert who has assisted the start up of dozens of medical cannabis dispensaries.  Write to:  info@xcannabis.com  and ask for a consultation, and we will give you a quote.

 

So I go in to a headshop today, and freak one of the locals out

May 4th, 2015 | By Pirate

So just for the record.  I ALWAYS talk about Hemp.  I have many motives, many reasons, just like about everyone in the world with a head on their shoulder.

But let me explain something to you.  I would NEVER go in to anyone’s place of business, and talk about anything illegal.

So I go in to a “headshop” that sells HEMP today and I mention “hemp eliquid” because the Hookah pens that they sell look an awful lot like the “ehookahzz hemp pens“, I asked him “are those the e-hookahzz hemp pens”?   A   But I guess the thing that he wasn’t getting, is that LD 4 is in the Maine legislator  right now, (also see this update:  http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/bills_127th/billtexts/HP000702.asp) to legalize hemp on a state level WITHOUT federal approval/aka legalization on a federal level, and the sources I speak to are speculating that the governor will sign this as well.  It’s still working it’s way through committees as we speak, but its moving and it appears to be something most are in favor of in these committees.   But for sure do your own research!

I was explaining that the new hemp law is why we moved here.   I mean we have lived in 4 medical marijuana states, plus Colorado and Washington.   Our first born was born in Colorado.
So if we were worried about medical marijuana, we would just go to a different state all together.  We are here because hemp seems like a likely crop to be happening here in the near future, and we want to invest in hemp.   I think out of all formats of the cannabis sativa plant, that HEMP is the most valuable, and most productive crop.

Although I have very well already receive a medical marijuana recommend in the state of Maine from my therapist Christine Carr.  I have the recommend available to be reviewed by anyone I choose.  I also have a medical recommend in 3 other states by M.D.’s, and I have since 2009.

But that is completely besides the point.  I just think it’s trippy how people react to the word “hemp” at all.   I mean do these people not distinguish the difference between hemp and sensimilla ?  There is a large difference, even though they are the same species of plant.

Hemp (from Old English hænep) is a commonly used term for high-growing varieties of the Cannabis plant and its products, which include fiber, oil, and seed. Hemp is refined into products such as hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel.

Other variants of the herb Cannabis are widely used as a drug, commonly known as marijuana. These variants are typically low-growing and have higher content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoids. The legality of Cannabis varies widely from country to country, and from state to state in the United States. In many countries regulatory limits for concentrations of psychoactive drug compounds, particularly THC, in hemp require the use of strains of the plant which are bred for low content.[1]  (wikipedia 05/2015 hemp)

sinsemilla

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n

1. (Recreational Drugs) a type of marijuana with a very high narcotic content
2. (Plants) the plant from which it is obtained
[C20: from American Spanish, literally: without seed]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

I tend to cross reference many sources for a definition, I suggest that you do the same.

 

Here is what I was talking about, and what I was trying to give him advice on, from one shop owner to another shop.  Is, check out this HEMP based eliquid that is legal in all 50 states.  An eliquid that I sold at my shop in Pocatello Idaho, where there are no favorable laws for cannabis, with the exception of allowing folks to import and sell HEMP that has “naturally occurring amounts of THC” (less than 1% is the DEA standard for “naturally occurring amounts).

Ref:  https://www.hookahzz.com/faqs/

Here is from their Page:  “There is no need for a Prescription or Medical card to purchase CBD. It is a natural constituent of the Industrial Hemp plant containing very low levels of THC. Having only trace amounts of THC, our CBD oil is non-psychoactive and legal in all 50 states. In fact, the FDA considers hemp oil to be a nutritional supplement.”

This is an ad that I had placed in my own print news paper “The Clovis Star

Emerald See Hemp Eiquid

Emerald See Hemp Eiquid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our youtube video about this Cold Pressed Hemp Product/Eliquid here;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOYUTzIn9nA

Anyway,  you can see the newspaper from where that ad was placed here:  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwNWsCJzdhQXZTJtVDk5eXNnRFU/edit  or @ http://clovisstar.com/the-clovis-star-2015-winter-spring-edition/

In the fall of 2014, our Clovis Star Newspaper put out more information on the DOJ’s decision on this industrial hemp’s qualifying factors, which basically came down to “what is naturally occurring amounts of THC”.     See that edition here;  http://clovisstar.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/clovispocatello2.pdf

And for anyone interested, this was our debut Maine edition of the Clovis Star for Fall/Winter 2013;  http://clovisstar.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/clovisstared1b.pdf

Recently I had a tenant accuse me of being a “pot head” after he and I got in a dispute about him smoking in our apartment that we rented to him.  He signed a lease saying that he would not smoke in the apartment, otherwise if he did, he agreed to an “immediate eviction”.   When he complained about “a weird smell”  I reminded him of a conversation that I over heard, where he was smoking on his front porch (which was not allowed on the lease) and he was talking to his neighbor about burning weed, and he had a horrible mix of inscents that other tenants had complained about to the police, something that smelled like a mix of potchoulli and playdoh.

And I get this a lot, since my car has a big ass hemp leaf on it.  And my store sold hemp eliquid.  I guess it doesn’t help my defense when I have also been a signature coordinator for legalization/decriminalization of cannabis campaigns/initiatives.

I guess what logic doesn’t make sense there, is that anyone who wants to regulate cannabis, and put it in a “legal” environment, is that they want to take money out of the cartels and gangs and put it in the community instead.  I am someone who has worked hard and invested diligently for 20 years to get cannabis into a functional industry for general society (rather than just the black market, and grey market, etc).  So no, I am not going around ruthlessly trying to break laws.  That is not my gig at all.  I haven’t had a problem with the law since 1997, other than a little domestic thing with my father in law this year.  But for 99% of the last 20 years, I have been clean as a whistle.   What is on my record from 20 years ago, is misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana and nothing else.

I brought a legal format of cannabis to several very “red” (prohibition rich) states, and let the general population (who does not frequent the black market) experience a legal benign format of cannabis aka “industrial hemp” oil.   It went over very well in Idaho where there are no MMJ laws, no hemp laws, no rec laws, etc.  Idaho is as prohibition rich as it gets, and a good portion of the city budget for Pocatello comes from fines and forfeiture (research for yourself, I can’t not recall where I read that) .  So selling cannabis there, even in the format that it was being prepare, it was still a very Taboo subject.   But we did it anyway.

In Maine, at least they have medical marijuana, and they pass an industrial hemp law last year, which is being revised and is in committee now and should be passed which this time it will actually allow access to farmers who want to grow hemp (I am one of them).

 

Not All Marijuana Is Illegal

Not All Marijuana Is Illegal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When people have told me that I have offended them for not being more assertive, or not doing enough.
I don’t mean to demand too much.  I think that our freedom is worth fighting for, and I don’t believe that armchair activism is very effective.

I want to apologize for anyone’s feelings that I may have hurt in my recovery since the car accident.  Dealing with stress right now is difficult, and I have been officially diagnosed with PTSD.

I am getting readjusted.  I will also write up something nice about this business in our print newspaper.  After all, they are one of very few in the area, and their selection is fantastic.
I also understand about being paranoid, but also at some point you have to stand up and fight regardless of any fear or hesitation.  Hemp should not be illegal to grow, it is just stupid that it is.
Most modern nations do grow industrial hemp, including our neighbor Canada and many of our allies including the UK and Australia.
(I know, Im talking in terms of imaginary borders, anyway..  You get my point hopefully)

peace, love and prosperity!

 

P.S.  We supply several vaporizer shops all throughout the country with both Hemp Eliquid and Kratom Eliquid.   Write us for more information; : http://xcannabis.com/contact/  (18+ only)

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How Dread Pirate Roberts got busted

October 3rd, 2013 | By Pirate

This is from a site with the url of medium.com.  I do not know anything about this site, or the credentials of the author to analyze the arrested of “Dread Pirate Robers” aka  Ross William Ulbricht.   But after looking over the criminal complaint and the public arrest records that are currently available, this assessment seems accurate.

I am neither condoning the behavior of Ross William Ulbricht, nor am I convinced that the allegations are true or accurate.
Law enforcement is well known for making up crimes as they go.  Some times the allegations (in general) are accurate.   But that is neither here nor there.  I am just giving this information as a technical analysis to people who may try to follow in SilkRoad’s footsteps.   In previous articles I have offered some technical information on how to ensure internet privacy, and how to safely (or at least as safely as I have observed) obtain needed medication like medical marijuana  (ref:  http://xcannabis.com/2013/08/nj-weedman-gets-his-medicine-by-mail-cannabis-delivery/).   I do this because of how many people that I have lost to terminal illness that were close to me, who could have benefited from cannabis while fighting for their lives.  I think the shady back-alley black market is a difficult and dangerous means to obtain needed medications.   So I wanted to offer my analysis of how this online drug market works, and how to stay safe.

Well there is no better lessons than by learning from other people’s mistakes.  So take this with a grain of salt, and be wise to the possibilities of available technology available to opponents of safe and natural medications.

 

Ref:  https://medium.com/p/d48995e8eb5a

 


  1. Advertised Silk Road days after it’s launch on drug forums and bitcointalk.org with the username “altoid”. 8 months later he used this username looking for developers and included his personal email (rossulbricht@gmail.com) in the message.
  2. Using records from a seized webserver, the FBI agent subpoena’d his way back through a private VPN server to an IP address at a coffee shop on Laguna street in San Francisco. This happened to be 500 feet away from the house of one of Ross Ulbricht’s friends.
  3. US Customs intercepted a package containing 9 pieces of counterfeit id. All 9 had photos of Ross Ulbricht with different names.
  4. Ulbricht posted on Stack Overflow using his real name, asking “How can I connect to a Tor hidden service using curl in php?”. One minute later he changed his username to “frosty”, but a subpoena shows the original name.

There are more details in the full criminal complaint, but it’s clear this guy was an amateur for someone running the largest drug dealing website in the world.

UlbrichtCriminalComplaint

 


It is said that many of the SilkRoad sellers have already started website’s of their own.
I do not vouch for, or have any way to help people find these website’s other than via doing independent research.
But I have read several articles stating that these site’s exist on the .onion network via using the TOR Browser.

 

How to use bitcoin in the real world, and in the black market

October 2nd, 2013 | By Pirate

I have for a very long time believed that a voluntary society is the best form of society and the most direct route to freedom.   To stand on my philosophical soapbox for a minute, I have come to an understanding that humans, much like any other animal are made to be independently sovereign and capable of survival on our own.   I see the benefits of society, and “civilization” in many forms.  But in human history our species have experienced capable and strong forms of society.
One recent example of this is Ireland 2000 years ago.   See this video for more information:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su9OqvBbSD0

Since 2011 I have been trading in the bitcoin economy.  I started with selling items from our trading post on Bitmit.net.
I made several dozen transactions on Bitmit for tangible items such as survival knifes, heirloom garden seeds, tie dye shirts and more.   After a while I started a new website statelesstrade.com that I started accepting bitcoin and litecoin.

I have found a lot of freedom in these trades.  They are neither blackmarket related, nor do I feel any need to hide my activity, because I pay taxes on these transactions, and every bit of these transactions are legitimate in every way.
However, with these transactions I do not have to worry about potential charge backs or disputes that I have dealt with in the past with using Paypal.  I do not have to worry about over draft’s or fees, or monthly account fees, etc.  I do not have to worry about my bank account being frozen, or my paypal account being frozen.   With bitcoin it is as if I am operating my own bank and/or payment gateway.  To me this is how transactions should be.

With bitcoin it is very similar to using cash, as I stated before.  There is risk to the buyer when sending money via bitcoin if an escrow service is not being used.  But it is like sending someone cash in the mail.   You never know if you will get your item.  However there are escrow services that can be used, and many websites like Bitmit.net and CryptoThrift.com have their own internal escrow services.  But with the services and websites that do not offer escrow, such as the website that I recently used bitcoin to buy $1000 worth of camping survival supplies  (survivalcampingstore.com) there is a certain amount of trust that has to be given.  The website itself seems very credible and professional, and it looks like they have put a lot of time and effort in to making it.  I also looked on google for reviews, and I found a few good reviews and no negative reviews.  So I took a risk and I made the purchase.  I made the purchase last Friday and I have already gotten one of 3 boxes worth of gear that I ordered.  The other boxes are on their way and they should be here soon.  See the video that I made about this at the bottom of this article.
Beyond just establishing the trust of a website, establishing the trust of particular sellers is also possible, as with Bitmit and CryptoThrift, there is a rating system on their website’s that is very similar to Ebay.   If the seller is treating their customer’s right, then there will be evidence in the form of positive feedback as proof.  Otherwise the seller will have low or no feedback.

Many people associate cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin with the black market and drugs.  But there is a VAST community that supports the cryptocurrency economy that have nothing to do with drugs or the black market.  I have been keeping a running list of sites that are accepting bitcoin at:   http://xbttrades.wordpress.com

Just today small shockwaves rolled through the bitcoin community as the infamous Silkroad was shut down after the owner was allegedly arrested by the FBI (ref).   But as some dispair, others are glad that the large and infamous drug market is shut down, which further distances bitcoin from illicit drug trade.   There are other black markets that are still in operation that accept bitcoin, but the largest market was shut down.

I am somewhat sad that SilkRoad has been shut down.  I have wrote about Silkroad in the past, and the reason that I despair is that sick people who need cannabis or other medication, will not be able to attain their medicine as easily.
After losing both my grandma and my father to aggressive cancers, and after I have learned that cannabis not only treats the symptoms but has been found to literally CURE cancer (also see this video about clinical studies), I worry about the closing of sites like Silkroad and the Atlantis Marketplace.  This means people that need medicine will either go without, or be forced into back alley’s to find what they are looking for.

Recently we sold our property in California on ebay for 1170 Litecoin, and we used the proceeds in part to buy survival equipment.  See more in the videos below.

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Video about how Bitcoin is a perfect currency for cannabis/dispensary transactions

 

 

How bitcoin works with real world trades – buying and selling

 

bitcoin-banker cannabits