Articles Tagged: activists

Hempfest extinguishes free speech due to corporate interests

August 19th, 2013 | By Pirate

I am so glad that I rejected Hempfest, and even before this terrible event that happened at facebook this year, “the first legalization hempfest” I wrote about the reasons that I would not attend Hempfest back on .   Isn’t Hempfest supposed to be about FREE SPEECH, and a “PROTESTIVAL” (for protesting marijuana prohibition)? Hempfest extinguishes free speech due to corporate interests

After watching the Hempfest staff talk about how they wanted money from these people who are attempting to roll the worlds largest joint, and how hempfest sells booths, and how these people are “hijacking their event’.   I think it is just terrible.

What happens after a whole lot of harassment from what looks like Phineas from the Fabulous Freak Brothers, is that Hempfest staff call their lawyer, and then they call the police.   The self proclaimed general manager of Hempfest (I did not catch her name) says that “we are not here to have felony fest”.  After the police arrive, the young organizer (who I learned from the Stranger article is named Brian Laoruangroch) who is trying to roll this joint asks them “if what he is doing would be consider legal”.  The police respond and say “yes”.

So then Hempfest escalates and tells the police that they would like this young man removed from the park.

After words, this young man is recorded with about 20 grams of donated cannabis, and is attempting to roll the joint outside of Hempfest.

Not only is Hempfest barring good conservative speakers, speakers who represent living memories of fallen heros like Julia from the Peter McWilliams Tribute, and a whole host of other amazing activists, they are also calling the cops to have free speech demonstrations (legal ones might I add) restricted.

This is my video report on what I have saw, including high-rank hempfesters dissing their musical talent.

I wouldn’t attend Hempfest in the future if they paid me handsomely, this form of “protest” is based on greedy corporate interests, like Steve Elliot demonstrated in his recent article “Festival or Trade Show?  The battle for the soul of HempFest“.

More video from Ben Livingston;



Comments from the page of Brian Laoruangroch;


John Davis: “Seattle Company set to piss off reform movement permanently.” Garner media, yo!

John Davis: Don’t step on our message amateur. We will see you at 2. We want to meet. It might be a very short meeting.

John Davis: Did you talk to the event organizers about this?

Laoruangroch responded:

Prohibition Brands: “I will be wearing the cowboy hat! I will have no more than the legal limit on me John. Any joint smoked will be moved outside the park if we are asked to. The joint will have an ownership tag identifying the names, phone numbers and email addresses of the owners… no one person owns this joint. We hope you will be part of the event.”

Which earned this response:

John Davis: I will. I will personally be looking for you. Thank you for identifying yourself so well.


More information on pot mogul and VP at Hempfest John Davis:


More information about that conversation can be found here:


This is board member Keith Saunders talking shit about Everlast on facebook>

Hempfest Everlast Diss

Hempfest Everlast Diss

Hempfest Everlast Diss

Hempfest Everlast Diss

Eric Everlast Diss Hempfest 2013

Eric Everlast Diss Hempfest 2013

I think Everlast put on a great show, and packed the audience in for the show:


Worlds Largest Joint?  Someone Call the Cops!!!

Worlds Largest Joint? Someone Call the Cops!!!

Worlds Largest Joint?  Someone Call the Cops!!!

Worlds Largest Joint? Someone Call the Cops!!!

Here is a gallery that I put together with captions and cartoons that I made about Hempfest.

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The Russ Belville Challenge 2012-2013 – Legal or not?

November 21st, 2012 | By Pirate

I challenge Russ to a wager that cannabis is clearly either legal or not.  We will know if the legal cannabis market truly gets established.   If in December of 2013 there is legal, licensed dispensaries I will donate to the charity of Russ Belville’s choice (even NORML).
If Russ accepts this challenge, and there is no dispensaries and no licensing as I predict.  Then he will donate $500 to the Libertarian Party.

Russ has until December 28th 2012 to decide if he wants to take the challenge, or all bets are off!

I doubt he will accept.  But this is what I posted on his wall:


Russ Belville I realize you are a betting man. I know you like to challenge other activists to bets, oaths, and promises (like recently with Steve Sarich), would you be interested in a double or nothing wager about legal cannabis stores opening in Washington, licensed by the Liquor Control Board?

I’ve donated to NORML many times. Supporting your endeavors with what little I could. But I’ve sworn to not donate any more based on the childish insults dealt during the last couple of cannabis legalization campaigns.

But I figure if you are right about there being legal dispensaries in Washington come 2013, then I think you would deserve a reward for accurately reading the policy, and interpreting the intentions of the state, the courts and the feds.

So how about a small $250 bet. If you win, and legal stores actually arrive in Washington come 2013 (December right?), then I donate to the charity of your choice $500. If I win, you donate $500 to the libertarian party.

Sounds like a good deal to me.

So are you willing to put your money where your mouth is?

I’ll make a video with this challenge. You challenged me to a bet on February 29th about Ron Paul. So Im challenging you.



Russ’s challenge to other activists:

I have the link to the show where Russ challenged me to a bet at this link:

In this article I discuss Russ’s poor public relations and insult tactics.

This is the video that I show where the Producer of the NORML Live show threatened me (Ganja Jon Hamm)

Bitcoin mining on xCannabis

October 11th, 2012 | By Pirate

I’ve always wanted to be a gold miner as a hobby…  However I have been trying to demonstrate to several campaigns that need funding, how to raise capital via bitcoin.  Whether you are surfing for bitcoin, trading for bitcoin, or mining for bitcoin.  Everyone can participate in this and they can either keep the bitcoin, or they can donate it to a campaign that already uses bitcoin.

First to demonstrate this, I am using a wordpress plugin that I am not very sure about, but it does generate bitcoin by the looks of it.  I have just installed this, and if you want to help the testing process or contribute to the site you can go to the widget on the side of the page that looks like this: (no longer active)

See more here <

I have recommended this to Sensible Washington and to the OCTA (Measure 80) campaign and to many individual activists who need funding.

Now certainly you are not going to get rich mining bitcoin, but if you need some extra funding this can provide a little bit.

You can also sell the stuff laying around your house that you don’t need any more for bitcoin @, which is just like ebay but for bitcoin.

In the news recently, a incumbent congressman started accepting bitcoin to fund his campaign:

Announcement Regarding State Rep Mark Warden’s Bitcoin Strategy

For other mining groups, I use as well.

You can find more mining groups by looking it up in google  “bitcoin mining groups“.

Bitcoin mining is fairly complex so if you intend to explore this occupation, do a lot of research.
People spend a lot of time and money mining bitcoin, so you want to be as competitive as possible.

See for more information on how to mine from your own website:


Boycott vs. Buycott – Boycott the boycotts!

August 23rd, 2012 | By Pirate

Recently after the Chick-Fil-A president said that he believes in the Bible, there was a whirlwind of gay and ultra liberal activist calling for a boycott of Chick-Fil-A.

“Dan Cathy believes in the Bible, so he is against us!”.

After two mayors came out in favor of this boycott, it didn’t take long for all of these activists and politicians (who abused their office) to realize that their boycott actually did the opposite of what they intended as Chick-Fil-A reported for weeks that they were having record sales!

In fact I have dedicated myself to going to Chick-Fil-A when I am near one, and buying a bunch of tasty chicken sandwiches and passing them out to the homeless to support free speech and to smack these politicians who abused their power.  I figure its the least I can do.  Except Im about 300 miles away from a Chick-Fil-A, so it will wait.

My cousin who I love dearly and who is gay and has a lot of common sense, posted this link on my profile yesterday.   “Boycott the Boycotts” is the title and it is written by a gay man who is the owner of a gay magazine in Salt Lake City.

Now while I disagree with his lifestyle on a personal level, I have to agree with his tactics here.
He introduces a new and more positive tactic called “Buycott”.   It is a way to concert efforts towards BUYING from the businesses that you DO like rather than trying to penalize the businesses that you do not like.

example:  BuyCOTT Chick-Fil-A

I was especially troubled by the fact that a few rouge mayors used their political office to try to destroy someone’s business, and so were many other people.   That is what my stake in all of this is.

But recently with Initiative 502 in Washington there have been a lot of people that I have been friends with who actively support I-502 that have sent a lot of hate my way.  One of those people who have this toxic negativity actually used to be a moderator on this website, and he now owns a company of hand made apparel and stuff that he makes himself.   Others are members of NORML, and of course the ACLU.

In the past I have given donations to these groups or I have bought services from some of these businesses.  But no more.  Rather than giving money to these people who are voting against my freedoms, and who are trying to set an awful precedence in Washington.  I will give my money to other activists, lawyers and business instead.

When looking up a lawyer I will make sure to go through the lists of lawyers who are involved with the ACLU and NORML and I will NOT be giving them my business.

When I look up a group that requests donations to fight for freedom, I will make sure they know the difference between good law and bad law.  Recently the Washington State Libertarians came out against I-502 ( ), and they will CERTAINLY be getting the donations that I used to send to NORML as well as other Libertarian candidates and organizations (except watch out, Judge Jim Gray supports I-502, and therefor in proxy so does Gary Johnson).   I had started considering switching my vote from Ron Paul to Gary Johnson, because Ron Paul might not get the nomination and he is retiring.  But I have decided against Gary Johnson now that I have learned his VP is supporting I-502.  Besides I read an article recently that gave me a lot of hope for the Ron Paul campaign on the huffington post.

So consider voting with your wallet.  This is something that we have promoted and applied in our lives for a long time.   This is a facebook group that we started in 2009:

I vote with my wallet and I support businesses that support legalization

As for REAL change in Washington, I urge my friends to support I-514!

Read I-514 | Cannabis Child Protection Act of 2012/13

This isn’t hateful, or controversial or politically incorrect.  This is just making an effort to support the businesses that support you!

Soon will be offering t-shirts and we will not be taking cash for them.
Our t-shirt sales will be sold via BitCoin.  I also intend on making a video illustrating how bitcoin works.   Keep an eye out for this.  Bitcoin is the universal, no-centralized currency that does not depend or directly cooperate with ANY government!

Thanks for your continued patronage and support!

What is a libertarian?

May 23rd, 2012 | By Pirate

For a very long time, I have been searching for libertarian representation in government.   Before I could really find a good example of a libertarian in politics, I supported Ralph Nader for a decade or so just based on his sincerity and lack of corporate sponsors.  But then Ron Paul really stepped up to the plate, and in his third bid for president it was obvious that Ron Paul is sincere and SERIOUS about becoming president of the USA.
So this year I did something I never thought I would do, and I registered with a political party.   I always felt far more comfortable with conservatism than liberalism.   I never pictured myself registering as a democrat, despite that I have huge respect for Sen. Mike Gravel and I love a lot of what he and Ralph Nader stand for and I love their sincerity.
Though Nader isn’t a democrat per say, he is very ‘progressive’ and has some socialist beliefs.

But the more I learn, the more I read and the more I get acquainted with Ron Paul I find that the only possibility for me in this presidential election is Ron Paul and that is regardless of what party he belongs to.  He has ran as both a libertarian and a republican.

In just looking deeper into the Libertarian party, I found that it is growing and I believe that the libertarian party will have grown by leaps and bounds after this election.

But what defines Ron Paul supporters as libertarian? What defines Ron Paul as Libertarian?

Here is a useful link to help define that relationship:

Here is Ron Paul representing his libertarian ideals.

Has libertarianism ever worked in history?

It has even in the early stages in our own country in many ways.  When libertarianism and the free market has been allowed to work, libertarianism has shown itself to be the strongest points in history.

Another example is ancient Ireland.


I think it’s disappointing watching activists, even friends and former friends flip flop so much.
On one hand I see folks wanting “more freedoms”, but they also want their social benefits so they also want “more government”.   These two desires can’t exist, because when there is more government, there is less freedoms.

I have lost serious respect for people who are still so stuck on socialism that they can’t make wise political, social and business choices.  Judgement gets clouded by “what do I get out of it”.
Wealth redistribution (aka socialism) is theft.   Forcefully taking from one group and giving it to another group does not have anything to do with freedom.  It is tyranny and theft.

So you will hear people with libertarian ideals cuss mandates like forced government healthcare, and forced government retirement plans.   Mandates are also a form of tyranny.   Choices are different than mandates.  I like choices.  But mandates violate my freedom.

But when it comes to our current society, I have been put in a position to utilize the state.
For example to work on behalf of my grandmother who just got deceived and stole from.
I have had to call the police to investigate this on her behalf.
How can I feel comfortable with this?
Well I justified calling the police even though I do not like or agree with state enforced contracts etc, because my grandma has been paying property taxes for over 70 years and she deserves to utilize the protection that she has been paying for in regards to contracts.

The same thing goes for me with social security.  I pay into social security, even though I don’t believe that the state has any business running this racket, nor do I believe that the government handles my money well.
But if I get to a point in life where I can claim social security benefits, I will because it is MY MONEY.
It would be self defeating to give all of this money to the government to hold for me, if I didn’t claim it when I am able.
I don’t believe that the government does well with my money or anyone elses, so your damn right I will be taking that money back!  But that doesn’t not say that I believe in socialism, I just believe in taking what is rightfully mine.
I worked for it, I paid for it, and I will get that money back if possible.

I made this video awhile back about social security.

In the end, I would give up all of the socialism in a heartbeat for liberty.
But in some regards, I don’t have much of a choice in the matter of retirement.
I don’t have the ability to block social security deductions from my income, as it comes out monthly regardless of what I do.   But give me the opportunity to opt out, and your damn right Im opting out.

Opting in to liberty, often means sacrificing the security of the state.  But the free market and the ability to make free choices is so much more powerful of a civil right and an essential right.

Other reading on this subject:

Why would someone who favors civil rights and liberty join the Republican Party?

Filming in public what are your rights?

April 25th, 2012 | By Pirate

First we must define “what is public”?

I know that the law allows for one party consent in more than 10 states.   Utah being one of them, and I know because I have utilized this when dealing with police.  That applies to telephone, video etc.

But what about online, what makes online events public vs. private?

I know that on facebook and other social websites like MySpace, making a conversation, a group, a profile private is easy.
There are a lot of tutorials and ‘help’ sections to learn more about doing this.

So when a group is public, or when an email has been sent.  Are those situations where events are “public” or at least rightfully recorded?

I think so.  I have found serious issues that have included threats, bullying, intimidation and even elderly abuse online and I have recorded several of those types of events.

I don’t mind being criticized for it.  Activists do it all of the time with police and violent encounters.
I see using video is a tool for an activist, just as it is a tool of the nanny state.

It is suggested by studies that the average US citizen gets filmed without giving consent at least 300 times per day.
Which includes public camera, private (businesses) cameras, traffic lights, toll booths, police cameras (dashcams), etc.

I like to have a recording of weird shit that has presented itself in my life as well.


Here is an example that I found on YouTube recently that illustrates my point.

These are videos that I made that have come in handy in the past.

This incident would have been better if I had a recording of the event that took place.
But I did get some interesting data from these recordings, from public officials.

This is another issue that I recorded, and I truly believe the camera is what saved me.

This is another one of my new favorite websites:

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.

NORML Loses it’s cool – Reply to the Sensible Washington article from Feb 29th

February 29th, 2012 | By Pirate

I have been a supporter of full legalization for a very long time, including the controversial Proposition 19 in California.

During Proposition 19 there was a lot of negative emotions stirred up, and there was a lot of back and forth going on.  Not just between NORML and Prop19 opponents, but I also had some serious online conflicts with Anti-Prop19 activists as well.  Some of these exchanges included insults, threats and very unbecoming behavior.   Of which, when things like this occur I use my screen shot software to document it.  (see the bottom of this video for some of these examples)

But when NORML started receiving criticisms about I-502 and their recent endorsement of this initiative, Russ Belville and other NORML board members and employees have made such claims as opponents of I502 as being “enemies”, during his show on 2/24/2012 titled “Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War” this was the theme.   I called in on the second hour of that show, and despite being promised an uninterrupted 2 minutes to explain my opposition to I-502, I was interrupted after only getting one minute and three seconds (uninterrupted), and I got repeatedly interrupted by Russ and eventually at the end of the show Russ hung up on me.

Shortly after that show, I had Jon Hamm aka GanaJon attack me on facebook with some silly insults and what seemed to me like a personal threat.

Russ would say that people like me are on the fringes of the legalization movement, and that my opinion is inconsequential to what is really going on.

He may not care much about what I think.  But I am a stake holder in Washington, and I have served time in jail for simple possession of marijuana.

This is a documentary that I made about my call into the NORML Live show.

Part 1:

Part 2:


This is a video that I made about another Radical Russ broadcast about I-502 from a few days before where Russ replied to a few of my comments:

Needless to say, I felt that this article from Sensible Washington addressed this issue really well:


NORML Loses Its Cool

February 29, 2012

Allen St. Pierre should have seen it coming.

After all, the Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), was asked by Steve Bloom if could publish an email St. Pierre had written about medical marijuana being a “legal farce”.  It had been submitted by a disaffected attorney in Colorado seeking to discredit St. Pierre.

Politically, St. Pierre’s points had some validity, but without proper context it appeared as though St. Pierre had gone out of his way to slam patients. The reaction was anything but positive.

And then, in February, NORML went all in on I-502. NORML’s unconditional endorsement of the controversial initiative really got the waters boiling. Forced to respond to criticism, St. Pierre shared his hope that opponents of the measure would “step aside and take no public position”.

Unsurprisingly, activists are struggling with the about-face on what St. Pierre himself calls “arbitrary, unscientific, and unnecessary” per se DUI standards. What happened to founder Keith Stroup, who  famously pledged to never vote for anyone who would seek to make him a criminal? What about Deputy Director Paul Armentano’s unambiguous report that there is currently no evidence showing a clear correlation between an individual’s impairment and THC in the blood?

We have long depended on the unparalleled work by NORML Show Live’s Russ Belville to provide us with the facts we need to make informed decisions, but now that the money has started pouring in from Progressive Insurance CEO Peter Lewis and travel guru Rick Steves, the weather has taken a turn.

If you had a million dollars to reform our drug laws, what would you do with it? Supporters of I-502, notably St. Pierre, are hell-bent to 1) put a victory on the board (with another legal farce), 2) generate an election-day headline (look for that on page A13), and 3) argue the Supremacy Clause before the Supreme Court (the squash heard ’round the world).

Of late, Belville has been taking aim at opponents of legalization on an almost daily basis. In his 2/21 show, he professed a desire to remain respectful, yet spoke of “scurrilous lies” and referred to Steve Elliott’s site as “Tool of the Town”. Not long ago, Belville had pledged to tone down the rhetoric he used during the Prop 19 debate. But in his 2/24 show, he leveled a with-us-or-against-us ultimatum, and declared opponents of I-502 to be his enemies in a rant aimed “Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War”.

Et tu, NORML?

Clearly, there’s too much disrespect on both sides of the debate. Personal smears and intentional distortions among the reform community only serve the good of prohibition. The worst mistake any of us can make is to denigrate the contributions of another volunteer. Hyperbole only sets us back, whether it comes from The Stranger‘s Dominic Holden calling opponents of I-502 “high-pocrites”, or opponents of I-502 equating it with the apocalypse. That said, anyone who’s receiving payment as part of a legalization effort can afford to buy tougher skin.

With support for full legalization rising in every demographic, it is time to take St. Pierre’s point to heart: the time to pursue full legalization is now. Prohibition must be removed at the taproot. Meanwhile, Belville portrays efforts in California too underfunded and Colorado’s recently certified initiative too unlikely to pass. What a self-fulfilling prophecy that would be.

On Belville’s 2/29 show, he described the opposition to I-502 as “a select tiny few people…out in force.” And despite a heavy-handed attempt to turn an online survey about I-502 into a push-poll, Belville still found roughly a third of his followers inclined to vote no.

To quote Upton Sinclair, as Belville is fond of doing: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on him not understanding it.”

I502 A Senseless Division and Senseless NEW… by xcannabis

Questions about Washington initiatives

November 13th, 2011 | By Pirate

Ive heard recently about people collecting signatures for a number of petitions in WA.  Specifically interested in the conversation that Gina Cargile brought up about the petitions that her brother saw getting signed, for NAW (I-502).
I am curious why so many activists follow whatever legislation has the word “marijuana” in it.  Do they read it?  Do they realize how much they are sacrificing for such little reward?
Why sacrifice?  Why give in to peer pressure?  Why not READ the initiative and apply some critical thinking.
Then of course I see the city council meetings in Spokane.  Im curious about that.  There are a few people I know, albeit not very well, going to these city council meetings and asking for a “legal review” of some local cannabis initiatives.  Now while these initiatives seems promising for local recognition Im curious how effective they will be and seeing how much time is spent on them, and will they ever get out to the signature process?  The council president made some good points about these laws not being applicable in regards to state and federal law, and we saw this same thing earlier this year that despite state law, 40+ dispensaries were shut down anyway.

So this leads us back to, what to do about state law?

Do we rally behind SB 5073?  As I told everyone all year from the beginning that SB 5073 would screw patients and it most certainly did that.  Screwing up the “one patient at any given time” provision, hindering the doctor patient relationship with new requirements and regulations, etc..

Or….  Instead of being so willing to sacrifice our rights, in exchange for new ones.  Why don’t we just address the problem head on, as we have attempted with SW in the past?

I-505 is good law.  I-1149 was good law.  I-1068 was good law.
Its not like there aren’t better options to SB 5073 and I-502.
There are plenty of better options.

So why split support between bad law like I-502 that makes highly restrictive and highly dangerous DUID limits, and good law like I-505 that simply ends penalties period?

Are we REALLY that desperate for change, that we will shoot our selves in the foot?   I don’t get it?
Sometimes lessons come in the form of pain.  As we have saw in 2011 pain has been a lot of the growing process in Washington.

Real Liberty vs. Fake Liberty – Ron Paul on the topic of politicians who fake it

September 13th, 2011 | By Pirate

Real Liberty vs. Fake Liberty – Ron Paul on the topic of politicians who fake it.


Watch Ron Paul’s entire speech in San Francisco here:

This is one of his most impressive speeches that I have heard.

I agree with his points about holding politicians to the fire, and not let them double-talk their way through an election.

A lot of politicians speak a good game, but they don’t play by the rules that they themselves define.

I pointed out the issues surrounding the drug war.

Some activists will support anything that is popular.
Some activists will support anything having anything to do with cannabis.
Real freedom loving activists are very particular about what they support.

There are 4 pieces of legislation that I mentioned:

HR 1983:

HR 2306



In those examples you can see a similar topic (Cannabis law reform) being addressed.
The differences are great though.   They are as different as night and day, and this is why I can’t grasp how some activists can support all of these.   I certainly can’t understand how anyone who cares about liberty could possibly support  HR 1983, or I-502.

Ron Paul discusses the need to hold politicians feet to the fire, and call them on their double talk.

I am one freedom lover who doesn’t care what is popular, I care about freedom and liberty above all other social notions.

~Rev Ryan