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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: 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)




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).


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;

Anyway,  you can see the newspaper from where that ad was placed here:  or @

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;

And for anyone interested, this was our debut Maine edition of the Clovis Star for Fall/Winter 2013;

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!


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Memorial of Jenny Kush (Jennifer Friede)

September 4th, 2013 | By Pirate

I did not know anything about Jenny Kush over the years.  I had never listened to iCannabis radio, I had never heard her speak.  But for the last few hours I have listen to her shows, and I have gotten to know the late Jenny Kush.

RIP Jenny Kush

RIP Jenny Kush

She was hit by a drunk driver on August 31st, very similar to what happened to me on May 3rd.  Driving on the freeway, and a drunk driver comes at her the wrong direction and hit her head on.   She leaves four kids behind, the same amount of kids that I would have left behind if I had died in the accident that I was in.

It’s crazy that the things some times that we are fighting to cure, some how take our lives.  I am very blessed to be here.  But I morn Jenny and all of those like her, who get their lives ripped away from them by a careless drunk driver.

The cannabis community will miss Jenny, and the world will not continued to be blessed by her infectious laugh.  But her children will carry on her legacy.

I found this donation website for Jenny Kush;

I also found this donation site for her:

(please research both sites, as I do not have inside information to verify either source)

Get to know more about Jenny by listening to her radio show here:


Passive Aggressive Activism

August 17th, 2013 | By Pirate

I have participated in all kinds of approaches to activism over the years.   Mostly anything to do with giving freedom and liberty to people.   I started out with the “it’s my body, I’ll do what I want” as a teenager.  Which got me two cannabis charges that stuck, and one that was expunged when I was a teenager (17).  I served 8 months in jail, mostly because I didn’t understand the laws and the legal system at the time.   Later after watching my father pass away from cancer, I protested in every way that I could.   I approached it with many protests, youtube videos, support for many different cannabis organizations like NORML (and their many different branches).  We started  a page for “Cannabis Cures Cancer”  @

We have held an annual vigil for family and friends who have passed away from cancer, at the end of December we hold a “Cannabis Cures Cancer Awareness Week”.

After my dad passed away in 2008, I traveled from Washington to Utah and Idaho regularly to protest.  I tried the “tax and regulate” approach.  I tried the “no victim no crime approach”, and I got arrested for pushing too far with a protest and violating a “use of streets without a permit” law and I was arrested and put in a detention cell for a few hours.  After getting out, I hired a lawyer and a month later I got that law changed in July of 2010.

This was one of my South Eastern Idaho demonstrations in 2009.

This was another demonstration in SE Idhao in 2009:

I have continued to do what I can to change the laws, and after all of these years.  If we are counting from the first time that I was arrested for marijuana (but not deterred), it has been 19 years.  I have learned over these years, that passively trying to effect or change these laws doesn’t do a lot of good.   If you change a law, the system of prohibition just adjusts itself, and makes the laws more strict even after relaxing them at first.  We saw this with prop215 in California, where they saw a 3x increase in possession arrests from 1990 to 2010.   People think that cannabis prohibition is so relaxed in California, but the fact is in 2010, sixty thousand (60,000) people were arrested for cannabis possesion (simply possesion!) in California.   Proof that prop215 did not relieve prohibition in California.   Hopefully SB 1449 passing will relieve prohibition a little, I am hopeful it will.  But Prop215 did the opposite of help in my opinion.

As I have watched President Obama fail to keep his promises, I have watched the liberal spectrum of the political system and I have become more and more disenchanted with that wing.   George W. Bush (I do not like him, nor did I vote for him) only had one Federal MMJ indictment under his belt as president in both terms.   Barack Obama has over 80 under his belt.  So the president who has made it so well known that he believes that the drug war has failed, and that he feels strongly about decriminalizing cannabis, has 8000% more federal cannabis indictments under his belt, than his conservative predecessor.    That blows me away!

This is my video to President Obama from 2008.

This video is from a top economist/professor, Jeffery Miron:

But as I have watched liberal friends on facebook approach this, they seem to do the same passive aggressive law reform approach.  Like “ya prohibition is the worst thing that has plagued this country, but we’ll just relax the laws a little rather than nullify them”.    I recently wrote a few posts about Jared Allaway, because he has been leading a few of these law reform campaigns.   I wrote recently about I-584 “real legalization” in Washington and how it really doesn’t legalize anything.  It just puts another bandaid on the problem, rather than simply nullifying the harmful and illogical law completely.  It doesn’t even take cannabis off of the Washington State Unified Controlled Substances Act.
I also addressed Jared Allaway in a recent post that I made about “Socialism vs. Capitalism”.   Jared seems very passive aggressive in his comments, rather than saying exactly what he has to say, he kind of beats around the bush.   So I tried to light a fire, and I did yesterday, when I brought the same conversation up, where Jared was like “the federal government keeps persecuting cannabis people” and I said “Ya and we condone it by giving them endless tax monies”.   This comes after many conversations with Jared about how he is in agreement with Obama on “more taxes more taxes!”.
But my point is, the more taxes we give them, the more they spend on this obscene drug war, and wars over seas.
Yesterday he deleted my posts about it, and then I deleted him from my friends list.
All hail socialism or be censored

All hail socialism or be censored

I hate to delete people, and I usually don’t   But after I go way out of my way and I even make a video to illustrate my points  (no I don’t make a dime off my videos, no adwords or anything), and all of the time that I work on these points gets deleted, because someone demands to be in control.   Well, I just don’t have time for that shit.
This is the video that I made:
But I think it was good to draw the line in the sand.  Im tired of the passive aggressive activism, where no one wants to directly solve any problems, they just want to be responsible for some kind of “change”.  Pretty much ANY kind of change.   Socialism is really easy to push, because someone is rescuing someone else by giving them freebies from the government.   But socialism just doesn’t work, based on the reasons that I proposed in this blog post:
I guess if push comes to shove, and it will for sure some day in this road we are headed down.  I think it’s better to push before the economy and the civilization deteriorate completely.  What happened when the USSR fell apart is the last thing that I want to see happen to our country, or for my children.  So if someone is going to propose running for governor, and Jared has.  I feel like I have the right to interject my opinion about his BS policies.
One thing that I can not be accused of, is passive aggressive action, or passive aggressive activism.   If I enlist myself in an endeavor, I go all in, or I don’t go at all.   I have to really believe in something to put myself in there.   So many people have ambition to be involved, but then they don’t get much done.  They either get rich, or they get famous, but they typically don’t get the job done.   I wouldn’t even propose putting myself in for a political campaign, unless I was willing to give it 100% and get stuff done once I get there.

A few days ago Eric Holder released his BIG NEWS about drug reform.  Rather than decriminalizing cannabis, like Obama campaigned on 6-7 years ago.    Holder says “we are going to change the mandatory minimum requirements”.  What?  That’s it!  That’s the big victory that everyone is so happy about?


If you are an activist, it’s time to take inventory.   What have you done?  What positive change have you effected?  Have you accomplished ANY of the goals that you set out to do?   What’s the next step?   If you don’t know, it’s time to shit or get off the pot!

On that note, practicing medical physician and TV personality Sanjay Gupta came out and gave his new analysis on his old position on marijuana, and comes out decidedly in favor of ending cannabis prohibition!


From Liberal to Conservative, my journey by Reverend Ryan

July 14th, 2013 | By Pirate

First of all I will start with saying that I decided to opt out of the two party system a long time ago when I started supporting Ralph Nader back in the 2000 election and previous.  I decided after arguing with my father who was very much on the fence on the liberal/conservative topic, but voted democrat because Ronald Reagan let him down, that I was going to opt out of the two party system because they did not seem concerned about our best interest, just what makes the most difference to getting campaign funds and sponsors.  I started researching Ralph Nader and I really liked his plan for ‘direct democracy’ and I liked that he was genuine and sincere.  I didn’t realize how unrealistic his agenda was at the time, but I supported him based on his career and his sincerity.   I have always opposed abortion and illegal immigration and such, and Ralph and I have always differed on that.  But I think I felt let down the same way that my father did, I just took a different avenue.   However, my father and I had some of our most close moments when we would argue politics.  It was something that he and I did frequently and it sure makes me miss him when I think about this stuff.

In 2008 I mentioned my support for Ralph Nader in this video (around minute 2:00).

Even though just 4 years later I would vote for someone who is nearly the polar opposite of Nader, and that is Ron Paul.
But this shows how drastic my transition was.  I went from leaning very liberal, to going completely conservative in just four years.

This had very much to do with the monarchy / two party system in this county.

Obama made a bunch of promises and obligations and did not keep them.  I remained optimistic for years, but like many others he majorly let me down.

Obama’s flat out insulting behavior which consists of over funding the drug war more than George W. Bush, and increasing federal indictments of legal medical marijuana provider by 8000% is terrible.
There is not one of these mainstream politicians that we can trust!  Their campaigns are bought and paid for by big banks and big industry.
So when people hear me touting conservative ideals.  This hasn’t always been the case.  This is a very recent thing.
Conservativism makes sense to me, in much the same way that Thomas Sowell describes his metamorphosis from being a Marxist in his early career to transitioning to a Conservative/Libertarian in time.

The Difference Between Liberal and Conservative by Thomas Sowell

Beyond that, I agree almost 100% now with Ron Paul now that I have a better understanding of how things work in politics.

Just a few points to make from Ron Paul, and since this is a cannabis blog I will try to focus on those topics even though it has a broader reach than just cannabis.

Ron Paul has been fighting for cannabis legalization since before Hempfest was founded.  Ron Paul had reached 10s of millions of people before Hempfest was even a twinkle in Vivian McPeak’s eye.   When cannabis wasn’t cool, Ron Paul stood up for personal liberties in this regard and others.   Even though he has never been a cannabis consumer.

These are the reasons and many others including reducing debt and ending slavery, is why I will remain conservative.
Even if I don’t vote republican.  In fact I have only voted Republican once in my life.  I will remain conservative.
But some folks like to make that sound like people who are conservative are in a religion, or a cult.  I feel the same way about anyone wrapped up in the two party system.  The difference is that I can adjust my political prospective based on facts and evidence and most other folks do not and will not.  I went from being very liberal to being conservative.
When was the last time you adjusted your ideology?

More references on this:


Affirmation of racism in commedy, have we regressed?

July 7th, 2013 | By Pirate

So last night on a friend’s blog post, this comment was shared;   HERE

What the white man dIdn’t take from the Native Americans:
-revering the elderly
-concept of sharing
I left a few comments as did a few others.  If the link at the top is still available you will be able to see what was said, if not you can see my recap below.
Friar Ryan Always racism. We rever the elderly. Had I not gotten in a car accident we would still be taking care of my 92 year old grandma. Its sad that people are so ready to dump their elders off in a facility and take the easiest way out. But its not just whites that do this and also so-called natives brutally took this land from the first settlers who were Europeans that arrived here 17000 years ago which was 7000 years before the Asians who we now call “natives” This is from a mainstream perspective so it doesn’t…See More

This is our journey to the sacred Lovelock Caves in Lovelock NV. This is the hom…See More
Friar Ryan My wife and kids are Cherokee. But not even my inlaws are into this bullshit race baiting. The more natives make dumb blanket statements about whites the more they look like racist fuckups. It would be like some racist white person saying. “All natives are drunks”. Either statement. Be it the statement in the OP or that “all natives are drunks” is ignorant and racist.
Then this comment came up, which seemed like one of two things to me.  Either affirmation of racism or an excuse for racism;
(un-named)  Did anyone realize Sarah Silverman is a comedian?
To which I said:
Friar Ryan Hey racism is really fuxking funny isnt it Steve.

Michael Richards is a comedian that people have ACTUALLY HEARD OF and not many people thought his racist rant was very funny. I dont give a fuck if Sara is a comedian. She is obviously a racist.

Read the original story from 2006 here:…
I realize there is a certain sense of “the white man is greedy, cruel and should be put in their places” in this country.
I recently had this discussion with a good friend.  Someone who gave our baby boy a hand knitted beenie, and who we supported with moral support and t-shirts during the I-1149 campaign, who is no longer a friend.  She started talking about how the natives were peaceful and kind and didn’t have the same problems as the Europeans who would come and “conquer the land”.  Ignoring that native american tribes enslaved other tribes and conquered other tribes all throughout their history.    This was my response to her;

So my last important post in this conversation from last night was;
I used to love Eddie Murphy when I was a pre-teen.  I watched his stand up all of the time, and it was very racist, and in a lot of ways it exposed a lot of problems that America still faces in this day and age.  He was hilarious.
But adding fuel to the fire with untrue notions like Sara Silverman did with her post last night, is not helping anything in my opinion.  It is a duty I feel obligated to stand up against such racist notions.   Because complacency does not help, nor does affirmation.  Rejecting racism is the only way to help this problem heal.
I got this tattoo when I was 17, and one on my chest.
Skins and Punks Everywhere Against Racism.  S.P.E.A.R
I grew up in a very racist/Mormon environment and I had to make a stand and break free.
This tattoo is how I made my stand.

Reverend Ryan talks about religion and marijuana

May 19th, 2012 | By Pirate

As a Utah native, born and raised in Utah county and as a person who grew up around a lot of prescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco as well, I later experimented with marijuana as a teen and young adult.
My experimentation with marijuana got me in big trouble as a teenager and a young adult.
Some of my consequences were.
1. Loss of my freedom
2. Loss of my money
3. Loss of my job
4. Loss of my friends
5. Loss of my family (in regards to a relationship)
6. Loss of my home
7. Denial for getting into the military
8. A life long drug record

The consequences above are a fair warning to anyone who thinks that they should try marijuana.
Other consequences can include the police busting down your door and possibly shooting your dog, your family members and you, which happens almost daily in the USA.

But this topic is about marijuana and religion. Since Utah is a borderline theocratic state, and 80% of the legislators in Utah are LDS (despite that less than 60% of the population is LDS). I decided to illustrate how marijuana/cannabis/ganja usage is not in conflict with religion, not even the LDS faith as the fundamental level.

First of all, lets go over Bible scriptures and doctrines.

1. Genesis 1:29, basically the very first page of the Bible.

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

That scripture should be self descriptive. Nothing more needs to be added to that.

2. Deuteronomy 14:26 KJV
And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the Lord thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,

3. Then we get into something a little more complicated, which is kaneh bosm .
This Hebrew word comes from Exodus 30:23, and is a part of the ingredients for the anointing oil of Moses.
Not many scholars dispute that this is a reference to cannabis/marijuana/hemp/ganja.
But for those who reject this idea. I refer you do a scholar named who has written about the Holy anointing oil.
In his book The Living Torah: A new Translation Based On Traditional Jewish Sources

Aryeh Kaplan points out that historically based on many sources and Septuagint readings, this Hebrew word means “cannabis”.


In 1 Timothy 4:1-5 we see how the Pharisees were acting like the prohibitionists of today:

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

(definition of meat in the Bible, look up the verse quoted earlier from Genesis 1:29, plants equal meat in many Bible verses)

Further more we can see how LDS leaders and LDS doctrine evolved to be much like the Pharisees and Sagisees in their sect of religion.

At first tobacco and alcohol were consumed and even sold by Joseph Smith and many of the early founders, even Brigham Young.

From “”

Joseph Smith’s Bar

In Nauvoo Joseph Smith sold liquor. The following ordinance relating to this matter was passed in 1843, Joseph Smith being mayor of Nauvoo at the time:

Ordinance on the Personal Sale of Liquors.

Section 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of Nauvoo, that the Mayor of the city be and is hereby authorized to sell or give spirits of any quantity as he in his wisdom shall judge to be for the health and comfort or convenience of such travelers or other persons as shall visit his house from time to time.
Passed December 12, 1843.
Joseph Smith, Mayor.
Willard Richards, Recorder. (History of the Church, vol. 6, p.111).

Joseph Smith’s own son related the following:

About 1842, a new and larger house was built for us … and a sign was put out giving it the dignified name of “The Nauvoo Mansion” …Mother was to be installed as landlady, and soon made a trip to Saint Louis….

When she returned Mother found installed in the keeping-room of the hotel – that is to say, the main room where the guests assembled and where they were received upon arrival – a bar, with counter, shelves, bottles, glasses and other paraphernalia customary for a fully-equipped tavern bar, and Porter Rockwell in charge as tender.

She was very much surprised and disturbed over this arrangement,… “Joseph,” she asked, “What is the meaning of that bar in this house? … How does it look,” she asked, “for the spiritual head of a religious body to be keeping a hotel in which is a room fitted out as a liquor-selling establishment?”

He reminded her that all taverns had their bars at which liquor was sold or dispensed….

Mother’s reply came emphatically clear, though uttered quietly: “Well, Joseph,… I will take my children and go across to the old house and stay there, for I will not have them raised up under such conditions as this arrangement imposes upon us, nor have them mingle with the kind of men who frequent such a place. You are at liberty to make your choice; either that bar goes out of the house, or we will!”

It did not take Father long to make the choice, for he replied immediately, “Very well, Emma; I will have it removed at once” – and he did (The Saints’ Herald, January 22, 1935, p.110).

Brigham Young admits to Word of Wisdom problems:

Brigham Young declared on September 27, 1845: “… I am and ever intend to be the Master of my passions … some may say that I am in the habits of taking snuff and tea yet I am no slave to these passions and can leave these off if they make my brother affronted….” In 1854 Brigham Young drank coffee on a regular basis (see Mormonism – Shadow or Reality? p.408). On April 7, 1867, Brigham Young acknowledged in the Tabernacle that he had chewed tobacco for many years: “… it is not my privilege to drink liquor, neither is it my privilege to eat tobacco. Well, bro. Brigham, have you not done it? Yes, for many years, but I ceased its habitual practice. I used it for toothache; now I am free from that pain, and my mouth is never stained with tobacco” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 12, p.404).

The Mormon Church clearly sold and bought liquor, tobacco, coffee, etc.

Stanley P. Hirshon writes:

In Utah the church dominated the liquor trade. In 1856 Caleb Green freighted six tons of tobacco, rum, whiskey, brandy, tea, and coffee across the plains for Young, and two years later The New York Times reported that the “principal drinking-saloon and gambling-room are in Salt Lake House, a building under the control of the Church and the immediate superintendency of Heber C. Kimball.” …Young tried his best to rid himself of rival brewers (The Lion of the Lord, p.285).

On June 7, 1863, Brigham Young acknowledged publicly that he had built a distillery:

“When there was no whisky to be had here, and we needed it for rational purposes, I built a house to make it in. When the distillery was almost completed and in good working order, an army was heard of in our vicinity and I shut up the works; I did not make a gallon of whisky at my works, because it came here in great quantities, more than was needed” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 10, p.206).

In his sermons Brigham Young occasionally discussed the idea of Mormons producing their own tea, coffee, tobacco and whiskey and making money from it:

You know that we all profess to believe the “Word of Wisdom.” There has been a great deal said about it…. We as Latter-day Saints, care but little about tobacco: but as “Mormons” we use a great deal…. The traders and passing emigration have sold tons of tobacco, besides what is sold here regularly. I say that $60,000 annually is the smallest figure I can estimate the sales at. Tobacco can be raised here as well as it can be raised in any other place. It wants attention and care. If we use it, let us raise it here. I recommend for some man to go to raising tobacco…. go to and make a business of raising tobacco and stop sending money out of the territory for that article…. We annually expend only $60,000 to break the “Word of Wisdom,” and we can save the money and still break it, if we will break it (Journal of Discourses, vol. 9, p.35).

The statement by Mormon Apostle George A. Smith would also lead a person to believe that wine was used to excess: “… after the people had fasted all day, they sent out and got wine and bread…. they ate and drank…. some of the High Counsel of Missouri stepped into the stand, and, as righteous Noah did when he awoke from his wine, commenced to curse their enemies (Journal of Discourses, vol. 2, p.216).

In my opinion those who are denied temple entrance or who are disciplined for consuming mind altering substances share a similar lot in life with Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Parley Pratt and many of the early apostles who enjoyed mind altering substances as well.

Even up until Joseph Smith’s last moments he was drinking and smoking.

Joseph and Hyrum Smith were murdered in a gunfight in the late afternoon of June 27, 1844. The hours immediately before that gunfight, which Joseph, Hyrum, John Taylor, and Willard Richards spent smoking, drinking, and singing to lighten their mood.

“Before the jailor came in, his boy brought in some water, and said the guard wanted some wine. Joseph [Smith] gave Dr. Richards two dollars to give the guard; but the guard said one was enough, and would take no more.

“The guard immediately sent for a bottle of wine, pipes, and two small papers of tobacco; and one of the guards brought them into the jail soon after the jailor went out. Dr. Richards uncorked the bottle, and presented a glass to Joseph, who tasted, as brother and the Doctor, and the bottle was then given to the guard, who turned to go out.”

(History of the Church, Vol. 6, page 616)

Long after Joseph Smith’s death, in the Salt Lake City temple there were installed spittoons.
(in the PDF above you will see several shots of spittoons in the SLC temple like the picture below)

LDS Temple Spitoon

LDS Temple Spitoon

1911 Photo from inside the Salt Lake City Temple.
It has been claimed the photo depicts white spittoons
at the foot of several chairs.

Now that we have the religious hypocrisy out of the way. Lets just talk about the harm and lack of harm in regards to mind altering substances.

According to many reports including the government managed Center for Disease Control (, marijuana kills zero people a year.
Some links for this statistic are:

82228447Now lets get to the nitty gritty about Utah. Utah is often touted as having less illicit drug usage and less alcohol usage than many other states in the USA, and this is true. However the danger here is the false sense of safety.
More often than not the fact that Utah doubles the national average in prescription drug abuse and overdose is left out of the claims of how healthy Utah is.
I illustrated this via a recent critique of a Springville Utah PSA video that was released in 2010.

Springville City ASAP and Know Whats True tells lies

Springville fights stigma during red ribbon week

Reference to the March 18th 2008 city council meeting:

And since Springville recently removed this document from their website, you can also see it in the internet archives here:

More information on Utah’s out of control mental health issues are at:

Utah No. 1 in prescription drug abuse | Deseret News

Prescription overdose: top cause of injury death in Utah |

This is a video that I made on May 18th 2012, Reverend Ryan talks about religion and marijuana

My reasons for wanting full legalization – memory lane

May 3rd, 2012 | By Pirate

I was watching videos from last year that I made.   I was curious about some of the specifics of the two California initiatives that I was aware of at the time.

I was able to listen my main concerns about cannabis prohibition. I have been saying these things for years in other videos. Since 2008 on video and well before in my teen years as well.
My main concern is LIBERTY.

This is the first video (besides my hempfest videos), that I did about cannabis and uploaded.

Uploaded by xcannabiscom on Aug 30, 2008

This is a 10 minute video about Christianity and Cannabis

Family and priorities

March 14th, 2012 | By Pirate

In my activism/life, half of it was when I was not married and did not have kids.
Most of that was not very effective or focused.
As a married man with some wonderful responsibilities, I am more focused and passionate than ever before.
Life has certainly had ups and downs.  But more so when I was wild and “free”.
With age comes responsibility, with responsibilities comes struggles, from those growing pains come wisdom.
I am a very proud daddy, husband, and grandson.   Proud of my family, and of the freedom that has been gained through commitment and true friendship.  My wife is the best thing that has ever happened to me.

That does not mean to say that just because I am often absent from political processes that I care any less.  I just have responsibilities that I love with all of my heart and I am still as concerned as ever for the freedom of my self, my family and their families to come.

In the mean time and as strongly as ever.  I support Ron Paul because he is consistent, active and strong for freedom!

This is Ron Paul speaking to NORML in 1988

Ron Paul NORML interview 2007
Would like to see all of the legalization groups rally around Ron Paul.

Legalization debate at the Baker Institute Russ Belville and Kevin Sabet

March 12th, 2012 | By Pirate

Russ Belville, Outreach Coordinator, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., Former Senior Adviser, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (2009-2011); Assistant Professor, Division of Addiction Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine

For nearly a century, U.S. drug policy has been characterized by the punitive prohibition of illicit drugs, with “zero tolerance” for drug users, producers and traffickers. This bipartisan policy has cost hundreds of billions of dollars and produced an incarceration rate that is by far the highest in the world. And yet, the number of American citizens with substance abuse problems has remained remarkably stable over the last 30 years, and illicit drugs remain easy to obtain for those who want them.

Public support for the war on drugs has dramatically decreased, but there is less agreement over what polices should replace drug prohibition. On Friday, March 9, following a keynote address by noted travel writer, public television producer and public radio host Rick Steves on the previous evening (Thursday, March 8), the Baker Institute will host a conference titled “The War on Drugs Has Failed. Is Legalization the Answer?” Able and respected defenders of current policy, leading advocates for reform and academic researchers will discuss and examine key issues such as alternatives to prohibition, effects of the war on drugs on minority communities and international efforts to reduce the harms of drug abuse.


Legalization debate at the Baker Institute Russ Belville and Kevin Sabet

The War On Drugs Have Failed – The Baker Institute Debate – Russ Belville and Kevin Sabet

March 10th, 2012 | By Pirate


Russ is a fine speaker. Im fond of his style. One thing that was not at all necessary to make a joke about (as it alienates and pushes away) the Ron Paul supporters who use cannabis, as if though they are wacky people.
Ron Paul is a fine politician, who is respectable, has had a great career as a doctor and a congressman, and has more support from our military than OBAMA!
Im not impressed with this type of marginalization of Ron Paul and his supporters, especially by someone like Russ Belville who stands to benefit as much as anyone if not more by Ron Paul’s libertarian principles and stand on legalizing cannabis.
Other than that divisive remark about Ron Paul supporters. I loved what he had to say. GJ!