Articles Tagged: advocate

From a cannabis advocate: “We all agree regulation is needed”

May 15th, 2011 | By Pirate

During a conversation today about my rejection of the new medical marijuana bill that is being proposed in Washington currently, someone said to me:  “We all agree regulation is needed and that the current status quo sucks.”

Who says “We all agree” with this?   I don’t.  Ron Paul doesn’t.  Many logical people do NOT agree with this.

I am not going to re-iterate what I have already said about this dozens of times.  I will just post this clip from Ron Paul as he has a great chance of being President in 2012.    This is from a Doctor’s prospective and lends a lot more credibility to this topic than 90% of the cannabis advocates out there, whether medical or otherwise.

For more info visit:

Notice what he said about the first US prohibition against marijuana. They did it through regulation and taxation, because they didn’t have the authority to tell us what to do in our personal lives! Reminds me of these new medical marijuana bills that are being introduced!

This was my video LONG before the state started messing with medical marijuana in Washington state, my opposition to regulation has been consistent:

Updates from xCannabis 3/31/11 Updates on SB 5073 and I-1149

April 1st, 2011 | By Pirate

I have been working hard on two aspects of marijuana law in Washington.
On one side I am working on seeing SB 5073 change or DIE because of it’s potential to harm my rights as a medical marijuana patient with a serious medical condition.
I have been uploading video feeds from the senate and now house hearings, as well as personal video blogs from me about my opinion on this as a patient and a freedom activist/advocate.

There are many potential outcomes for marijuana this year in Washington, but one thing is for sure, is that it will never be the same again. Marijuana laws are changing, it’s up to use to give our input and to tell our congress what we will accept and what we will not.
Remember they work for us. If you see bad legislation, and our representatives are voting for it. Let them know their jobs our in our hands at the ballot box.

We are having our regular meetings for the I-1149 petition drive.
We have new petitions and we will accept your gathered signatures to send them in.

When: Friday 3/31/11 aka (April 1st)
Time: 7pm
Where: 1312 North Monroe St., Spokane WA

Check the calendar for updates:


Call the hotline to get more info, or check out the Spokane Nickle Nik paper, the number is 1-888-644-3872

You can see the videos that I am uploading at:

Also these are some that I have uploaded today (more to come)

More on this hearing:



(But don’t be a fool about SB 5073)


Contact your reps:



Representative Room Phone
Chopp, Frank (D) Chair LEG 339C (360) 786-7920
DeBolt, Richard (R) * LEG 335C (360) 786-7896
Angel, Jan (R) MOD A 105 (360) 786-7964
Armstrong, Mike (R) LEG 425B (360) 786-7832
Dahlquist, Cathy (R) MOD D 203 (360) 786-7846
Eddy, Deb (D) LEG 132D (360) 786-7848
Frockt, David (D) MOD D 104 (360) 786-7886
Goodman, Roger (D) MOD E 101 (360) 786-7878
Green, Tami (D) LEG 122H (360) 786-7958
Johnson, Norm (R) MOD G 103 (360) 786-7810
Kelley, Troy (D) MOD D 106 (360) 786-7890
Kretz, Joel (R) LEG 335A (360) 786-7988
Maxwell, Marcie (D) MOD D 103 (360) 786-7894
Moeller, Jim (D) LEG 429B (360) 786-7872
Orwall, Tina (D) MOD E 201 (360) 786-7834
Pettigrew, Eric (D) LEG 434B (360) 786-7838
Probst, Tim (D) MOD E 103 (360) 786-7994
Rivers, Ann (R) MOD A 203 (360) 786-7850
Ryu, Cindy (D) MOD F 106 (360) 786-7880
Schmick, Joe (R) MOD A 103 (360) 786-7844
Short, Shelly (R) MOD A 204 (360) 786-7908
Springer, Larry (D) LEG 132E (360) 786-7822
Sullivan, Pat (D) LEG 339A (360) 786-7858
Van De Wege, Kevin (D) LEG 434A (360) 786-7916
Warnick, Judy (R) MOD C 201 (360) 786-7932

*Ranking Minority Member

Devils advocate; Prop19 does not exempt cannabis medicine from taxes

August 22nd, 2010 | By Pirate

This is the statement I often get from opponents of Prop 19.

“Proposition 19 does not exempt patients from taxes”

My answer:

If Proposition 215 doesn’t already do that, then Proposition 19 won’t change anything.

Medical marijuana is already technically taxable in California.

At present only a portion of the state’s 200-plus medical cannabis dispensaries pay sales taxes. In principle, medical cannabis is subject to sales tax under current Board of Equalization rules, which exempt only drugs dispensed in licensed pharmacies by a physician’s prescription. However, many patients’ groups contend that sales tax shouldn’t apply to non-profit cooperatives and collectives.

So that is a reason for another new initiative.  If people want marijuana to not be a taxable substance for patients, then they need to step up to the plate and make that happen.  Because medical marijuana, unless prescribed via a pharmacy with DEA drug scheduling, etc, is not presently exempt from taxes.  So again, Prop19 doesn’t change Prop215.