Articles Tagged: cannabis

Radical Russ mansplaning MJ to Roseann Barr on twitter

November 11th, 2016 | By Pirate

After the nation has had a few days to celebrate or fret about a Trump win, the funny discussions are coming from twitter where marijuana activists are trying to convince one another who has the most credentials and the best information.

Actress Roseanne Barr Argues with mansplaining Radical Russ Belville about Trump and Legalization

Actress Roseanne Barr Argues with mansplaining Radical Russ Belville about Trump and Legalization

  @RadicalRuss (Russ Belville) is currently “mansplaining” to @therealroseanne how Clinton “supported legalization 100%”, and Roseanne is explaining to chauvinist Radical Russ that;


 

Radical Russ is trying to prove that Hillary Clinton would have legalized cannabis the same way that Donald Trump would have.   He uses some vague examples where she said that she would favor cannabis.   However Russ Belville ignores the recent interviews where she said that she would not favor cannabis legalization, and that she would prosecute (much like Obama did, when in just two years as president, Obama had 6100% more federal MMJ indictments than Bush did in his whole 8 years).  The real kicker in this case for Clinton is not her public message, but her private message.  Remember that issue coming up during the debates, where she was called out for the wikileaks revelations that Clinton said that she has both a public position on the issues, as well as a separate private issue on the issues when she gave a paid speech to top bankers who at the same meeting she was assuring these bankers that she most definitely did not favor legalization.

Hillary Clinton says she has ‘both a public and a private position’

In Leaked Speech, Clinton Promises Bankers to Stand Against Pot

Hillary Lying For 13 Minutes Straight, showing Hillary have various positions on important topics

Even on February 2nd 2016, Russ had more sense on this issue saying that Hillary was basically out of touch

What really got me is how in October 2015 on Russ Belville’s show #675 at minute 15:00 he says that “Bernie … is first leading candidate from the democrat or republican party to say that he would vote to legalization marijuana”.  Yet in Russ Belville’s condesending exchange with Rosanne Barr he touts his roles with NORML and High Times as if he is some sort of expert.  Totally neglecting that Ron Paul was a “leading candidate” for president of the USA, who had said that he would legalize cannabis since the 1980’s.  Russ Belville forgets about a time when NORML actually fought for REAL cannabis law reform, see these clips of Ron Paul supporting cannabis legalization, and an interview with NORML and Ron Paul (pre-Russ).

But anyway, Rosanne is doing good fighting back the non-sense.   While I am not ecstatic with the choices that we had this year to vote for, I can say that I am glad that it was not Hillary that was chosen.  I had said that it would be no-doubt her that wins (despite how unpopular she is), but lo-and-behold, I was wrong.  I admit it.  I didn’t have this one correct for once.  I usually have these elections pegged.  I spoke about what changed in the election since I made my prediction in this post.  

I was VERY wrong about the election results

I hope that Trump keeps his promises, especially about legalizing cannabis.  I also hope and pray that Trump makes Ron Paul the Chairman of the Federal Reserve.  Although I am more realistic than that.  I didn’t trust Trump and I would have much more preferred Rand Paul.   But at least all three branches of government are controlled by conservatives, and I think that will go a long way for positive change.  Progressives have screwed this country up so bad, and the American people responded this election!  I am surprised to see Roseanne move away from being on the SJW side of the political and emotional spectrum, but good for her.   As for Russ Belville, he will continue to shill around for sponsors, to support his non-existent audience, and will continue to support regressive legislation to appease the NORML lawyers who need to keep a job.

 

PS.

Russ is bragging about getting top Alexa ratings in just two months.  But what he doesn’t explain, is that his traffic is fake.

Ref:

 

 

To which I replied to him that his traffic is fake, and anyone can figure that out by just reading this short article on fake traffic.

https://support.flippa.com/hc/en-us/articles/202891420-What-is-fake-traffic-How-can-I-identify-it-
Getting into the top 100K in just two months, after having 10 years of extremely low rankings, is just a sure sign of fake traffic.

I showed Russ Belville’s traffic and youtube success back in 2013 in this video when I compared my traffic to Russ Belville’s traffic.

2013 xCannabis Progress Report – We’ve reached one million people

I had a full time job working 96 hours a week, and I blogged only a few times a month.  Yet I had high rankings and far more traffic than Russ.

Now all of the sudden in just two short months, he is in Alexa’s top 100K?   ya right, I refer you to the article about fake traffic above.

 

Christians for Cannabis, Catholic nuns growing medical cannabis

November 21st, 2015 | By Pirate

Christians for cannabis

I have been teaching and preaching about how cannabis has a special place in the Bible and in the lives of the people of the Bible.  References to cannabis in rituals, and healing can be found in many chapters of the Bible, both old and new.  The translation of the words that identify cannabis in the Bible have been properly sorted out, but rabbi’s with authoritative teaching credentials in Torah translation, Rabbi’s like Aryeh Kaplan who wrote the book “The Living Torah”.

Now in many areas of the world, as in the days of old, many devout religious people are growing cannabis for it’s amazing healing benefits.

This group of nuns in California is growing both high THC, and low THC medical cannabis strains.  As they talk about in the video, they explain how congress has recently taken high CBD, but low THC cannabis off the drug schedule. This opens up many avenues for patients in non-medical states to get their medical cannabis.

This is their website; http://sistersofthevalley.org

Maine petition – to put legalization on the ballot

August 9th, 2015 | By Pirate

Maine pushes to legalize marijuana similar to alcohol via RegulateMaine.org‘s campaign that was launched in June 2015.

Maine petition – to put legalization on the ballot

From the website RegulateMaine.org, this is the initiative summary.  You can read the full initiative here.

What the Initiative Will Do

  • End marijuana prohibition — It allows adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes, and possess the marijuana produced by those plants. It will remain illegal to use marijuana in public places, and the initiative does NOT change existing laws that prohibit driving under the influence of marijuana.
  • Regulate marijuana — It establishes a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, product-manufacturing facilities, and testing facilities and creates rules governing the production, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana and marijuana-related products (e.g. testing, labeling, and packaging requirements). Municipalities will have the right to prohibit the operation of marijuana establishments.
  • Tax marijuana — Enacts a 10% tax on marijuana sales in addition to the standard sales tax and allocates tax revenue generated by marijuana sales to public education. Medical marijuana sales will NOT be subjected to the 10% sales tax.

What the Initiative Will NOT Do

  • It will NOT change the ability of employers to maintain their current employment policies or create new employment policies that restrict the use of marijuana by employees.
  • It will NOT change existing medical marijuana laws for patients, caregivers, or medical marijuana businesses.

– See more at: https://www.regulatemaine.org/initiative-summary/#sthash.UstAzIVs.dpuf

While this isn’t exactly like alcohol regulation, being that there are no limits that I am aware of for home brewing your own beer, or wine, etc.
With this initiative, a person over 21 is limited to growing 6 plants, and possessing 1 ounce.  So the name of the initiative is a little disingenuous IMHO.
But a few good aspects, is that the full initiative is only 19 pages.  Which is much better than Washington’s I-502 which was 68 pages with lots of carefully worded hidden agendas.   I would not support anything like I-502.
Yet even though this initiative is not perfect, I am being pragmatic and supporting something that is better than current law, and something that gets us a step closer to complete nullification.
I honestly believe that once voters see the benefits, and lack of concern when cannabis is freer than now, that they will realize that the full benefits of cannabis can only add value to society and we as a community we nullify all of the unproductive cannabis laws on the books, and treat cannabis as just another plant.
I said the same thing about Proposition 19 in California on August 30th 2010.   I even moved to California from Washington state fully expecting that initiative to pass, which sadly we got so very close and then we missed it by just a few points.

Caucus on International Narcotics Control June 24th 2015

July 2nd, 2015 | By Pirate

For years the DEA, the FDA and many prohibitionists have covertly and sometimes as in this case petitioned for cannabis to be taken out of Schedule I, and taken into Schedule II in the Federal Controlled Substances Act.   Now even some of the people who regularly use cannabis have been duped into this fervor of rescheduling cannabis.   Having been a guest on radio shows such as Carl’s Cannabis Corner with Carl Olsen where long time activists are flip flopping on this issue.  Where on one hand they are proposing and supporting legislation to “reschedule” cannabis, and when confronted with the serious faults in this approach they say “that’s not how I mean it, I actually mean un-schedule”.   There is a HUGE difference between RESCHEDULING and UN-SCHEDULE.  I explained these differences to Jason Karimi who is a friend of Carl Olsen.  I think that show with Mr. Karimi was the best show yet that we have had on this issue, in explaining why reschedule will cause long term harm to access for everyone in all states.

Recently on June 24th 2015 the Caucus on International Narcotics Control debated this idea of taking cannabis out of schedule I and putting it into schedule II, and the premise by those on the committee is that putting cannabis in schedule II will make it easier to research, even if it doesn’t make it fully accessible to patients.

But what everyone fails to mention or recognize, is that cannabis is THE most researched plant on the planet, with over 150 well researched patents on it.  What other naturally growing plant has 150 patents on it?  Even the use government has a patent on cannabis.  Ref  US Patent 6630507

This isn’t about needing more research.  Instead this is about freeing a plant that needs less regulation than peanuts as it causes few deaths, and has less potential harm than peanuts.
Cannabis is not responsible for one single death in written history, and peanuts kill via allergies about 150 Americans a year.

So what is all of this hooraw about?   This is about the pharmaceutical companies cashing in on all of their extensive research and expensive patenting processes.  This is not about getting sick patients the medicine that they need.  This is not about reducing the flow of non-violent offenders in our prisons, this is not about restoring liberty.  This is about the money!

I have always said “Follow the money” when it comes to proposals on marijuana law.  I suggest that now as well.

DEA FDA and NIDA want cannabis rescheduled

credit to illegallyhealed.com for this image

 

 

 

Passive arm-chair activism vs. Actual activism

May 24th, 2015 | By Pirate

For all of my life I have been active in one cause or another.  Whatever had churned my heart.  When my heart strings are pulled on an issue, I typically pour my entire self into the endeavor.   I can’t just passively participate, it’s not in my soul to sit back and watch other people do all of the work.  Something inside me tells me that I have to get involved.

Recently I have been called “lazy” and a “drug user” and a plethora of other things by jealous family and friends.  The reason being is that I got in a horrible accident in 2013, I’ve had many surgeries since, and I got a bit of an insurance settlement to get me through the next few years.   So I took some time off activism.  For example, this forum was down for a little over a year, just because I didn’t not have the ability to focus on this.   For about 8 months of that year, this site was not online at all.  I simply let it go, which is not like me to do, after putting 7 years into this blog/forum.  We have 13,243 members (which I am going to clean up inactive members at the end of this month).  On twitter we have over 6000 followers, and between all of our facebook groups we have over 60,000 likes/participants.  Needless to say, I put a lot of time in to this site, and others.  But since my accident, I just have been in a bit of a slump.

But even with the downtime, I still provided for my family.  We started a new newspaper, and a vaporizer store while we were in Idaho.  I couldn’t just lay around moping all of the time, I had to do something.

But I am getting my bearings straight again, and I am getting back to it.  Trying not to get too deep into passive arm-chair activism

Activism for me does not pay anything, nor would I want it to.  I have almost a million views on Youtube, but I do not turn on adwords or monetization, because I don’t want my activism to be based on a financial gain.   For 7 years I have my hundreds of videos for youtube, some of them each have over 60,000 views and hundreds of likes, but I have not crossed the line from “grassroots activist” to “paid lobbyist”, it’s just not my style.

You can see some screenshots of my youtube account for xcannabis;

Youtube Statistics

(reference this video for more, circa 2013; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDm7cjLXolM)

I mean if I was desperate to live the easy life, I would tap into every opportunity to make money off anything that I can.

But instead, I have done all of my activism on my tab.    When we spread the word in the past, we have printed and given out t-shirts at out own expense (I got arrested for it in Springville Utah, and ended up getting a law nullify that the used to arrest me).  I also paid for that lawyer out of pocket, and got no reimbursement for it from anywhere.

During the Sensible Washington campaigns, I used my own earnings to rent a conference room at a law office and paid for the meetings and all of the concessions.   We did not pay signature gatherers with those initiatives, but we did give thousands of dollars of gifts away from our stores for rewards in regards to the efforts of collecting signatures.

So what does this all come down to?  First of all, I have family who are activists for gay rights and such.  We have had a few conversations about our activism, and I get a feeling that they sense competition with me.   The last conversation that I had with a family member about activism was in March.  I started trying to apologize for our misgivings on facebook.   She stopped me, and she said  “I have my causes, and I am passionate about it, and you have yours.   We are all passionate”.

I was like whoa nelly.  Im not having a competition about activism, I am just trying to apologize and move on from our disagreement.    The conversation ended, and I haven’t heard from that person again.   It’s likely that I never will, and its likely that I will never reach out.

But I notice that I am a competitive person.  Not competitive with other people as much, but competitive in getting something done.

Like with those initiatives in WA under Sensible Washington in 2010, and 2011 (i-1068 and i-1149). I was desperate to get those initiatives passed, because I KNEW and I made videos about it, and I said that “If we do not get these passed, we will have some corporation or organization come in to Washington and take over cannabis, and screw it up”, and that is what happened with I-502.  This video is kind of long winded, but I post it to demonstrate why I am so passionate and maybe even competitive.  Ref: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtFsQ-EO3H0

For someone who has been arrested for simple possession of cannabis (as a teen), spent many months in jail over simple possession, was denied service to this country over it, and who has had negative side effects follow me around from being arrested in my life, I am VERY passionate about getting cannabis laws decriminalized.

That is not the only thing that I have worked on.   I have also worked on issues like protesting the wars (including the drug war), ending affirmative action, fighting against unconstitutional issues like Proposition 8 in California, restructuring our markets in the USA, and promoting responsible and smaller government.   But I think my biggest efforts have been made in cannabis law nullification.

Anyway, we only have one life.  Are we going to pass a broken world on to our children, or are we going to fix it?  Do not let this opportunity pass you by, to make the world a better place!

This was a video that I made directly after my accident that took me out of commission for 2 years.  This explains why I do blog.

 

 

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

(?s?ns??mi?lj?)

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 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

 

9/11 and the wars since, talking about PTSD and the Tough Mudder Challenge

September 11th, 2013 | By Pirate

We are coming up on the 12th anniversary of a very horrible event that occurred on 9-11-2001 and I have made a video to talk about the soldiers who come back from the conflict in the middle east with PTSD. I have encouraged my listeners to participate in the Tough Mudder endurance challenge, and to contribute to the Wounded Warriors Project.
I made some commentary on cannabis and PTSD, and provided some clips from doctors who endorse using cannabis for treating PTSD.

It has long been known that cannabis has positive effects on people with PTSD, but I am not recommending cannabis to anyone.  Rather I am just encouraging people to watch the video below and listen to what doctors have to say about it.

I suffer from PTSD myself after getting in a life threatening car accident in May 2013.  The person who hit me was a veteran who was also likely suffering from PTSD, and had a history of drunk driving before this incident.  He died in the car accident.   These are the kind of people that I aim to help by participating in events like the Tough Mudder challenge, and donating to the Wounded Warrior Project.

 

Video clips used under the FAIR USE ACT, for non-commercial, educational purposes.

Learn more here:

http://veteransformedicalmarijuana.org/content/general-use-cannabis-ptsd-symptoms

Is Cannabis Prohibition Constitutional ? Nullifying dumb laws

August 26th, 2013 | By Pirate

In the case of The USA vs. Timothy Leary in 1969, Timothy Leary fought the law, and NULLIFIED prohibition on a FEDERAL LEVEL based on prohibition being unconstitutional.

Learn more about this from a broadcast that I did on June 23rd 2011 with Jason Karimi on “rescheduling cannabis”

http://slu2.com/nullify

http://xcannabis.com/2011/06/to-reschedule-or-not-to-unschedule-cannabis-todays-show/

youtube.com/watch?v=hbCPLVYV02U

Learn more about Timothy Leary’s case here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leary_v._United_States

We don’t resolve dumb laws and tyranny with MORE LAWS. We nullify dumb laws!

 

youtube.com/watch?v=EuONG9GLmWY