Articles Tagged: dispensaries

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)

xCannabis Commodities Report 10/15/2012

October 15th, 2012 | By Pirate

In this broadcast I spoke at length why I got my MMJ recommend renewed after vowing that I wouldn’t do it again.
I elaborate more on the value of the medical marijuana market.  I talk about both the pros and the cons of medical marijuana.

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When it comes to pandering voters who is most prolific

September 18th, 2012 | By Pirate

Who is worse for the voters in the ways of pandering and lies?  When it comes to marijuana (medical) for example;
Mitt Romney says he is not in favor of MMJ, and will fight it tooth and nail.
Obama says;  ” (he) would not ‘use Justice Department resources to try and circumvent state laws about medical marijuana.’ ”


On Feb. 29, 2009 Attorney General Eric Holder said that he did not expect raids on medical marijuana clinics to continue . “He was my boss during the campaign, he is formally and technically and by law my boss now. So what he said during the campaign is now American policy.”

On Oct. 19, 2009 the Department of Justice issued its now famous Ogden memo , which announced that prosecutorial priorities should not target “individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.” Most observers believed that medical marijuana users and caregivers who complied with state law would no longer be the focus of federal prosecution.

However, on Oct. 7, 2011, federal prosecutors in California announced their efforts to crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries with “significant commercial operations.” Drug policy experts have alleged that federal raids on medical marijuana clinics indicate that President Obama and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have contradicted their earlier positions on medical marijuana.



  1. Pursing Pot Clinics Obama (since 2009) 170 DEA Raids 61 Federal Indictments
    Bush (All 8 Years) 40 DEA Raids 1 Federal IndictmentIncrease since Obama: +400+% +610%And not all cases are documented, The DEA and Police often doing sleezy “Smash and Grab operations” where they destroy the property and steal all the valuables.

    But Kris Hermes, spokesman for Americans for Safe Access, sees an escalation in federal raids. “Arrests have not been made every time there’s been a raid,” Hermes observed. “We call them ‘smash and grab.’ DEA agents come in, guns drawn — ski masks, even. They destroy the place. They take everything” — computers, money, plants.



    I will vote Gary Johnson or write in Ron Paul.  These other two jackasses don’t care about the voters.

    But one thing to note about Romney, is at least he isn’t pandering the voters, and lying about what he feels in regards to pursuing marijuana providers.  At least Romney has grown some balls.   Not that it will help his chances of getting my vote.  But he has 1000 times more integrity in telling the truth than Obama does.

Promises from Washington ACLU when passing marijuana laws

February 25th, 2012 | By Pirate

I have been documenting all of the proposed changes to Washington state law regarding marijuana over the past 18 months.

We have saw a lot of promises, and a lot of tales of amazing progress to be made.

In the end Washington cannabis consumers always get let down.

With SB 5073 there were several promises and several groups painted pictures of how the legal landscape will be brighter and happier after these things passed.

  1. In SB 5073 we were promised that patients will have “rights” rather than an affirmative defense
  2. In SB 5073 we were promised legal dispensaries
  3. In SB 5073 we were promised a new legitimized cannabis friendly state

In the end

  • We got the provision that most providers used “one patient at any given time”  removed from current law
    (reference Section 404 of SB 5073)  This hurts providers who are helping patients
  • We got absolutely no new provisions for dispensaries, and dispensaries still remain illegal under state law
  • Patient and doctor relationships became more complicated as there are now restrictions and penalties for doctors for recommending cannabis, where as doctors were completely excluded from legal penalties;
    ref:  The effects of Section 301 from my point of view (SB 5073)
  • After all of the propaganda and promotion of these bad laws by NORML and the ACLU, patients are in more danger than ever before

These are some videos that I made on SB 5073:

WA NORML Kevin Oliver, Alison Holcomb and Russ Belville from NORML on SB 5073

What doctors and patients say about SB 5073 in Washington in regards to Medical Cannabis

x Cannabis updates (Washington) 3/31/11 SB5073 and I-1149 updates

Washington SB 5073, HB 1550 Senate and legislature comments

  • NAW aka the ACLU is proposing dispensaries again, and new DUID laws.

Stoners Against Legalization OR Voters Against NEW Prohibitions

Does NAW really have a chance?

Posted on 09 July 2011 by Reverend Ryan

I502 Presentation Seattle Channel – Washington Legalization Initiative – or is it?

My question for New Approach Washington AKA the Washington ACLU.   Why introduce NEW prohibitions when trying to remove other prohibitions?   If you wanted to assure voters that the roads would be protected, you could have reminded voters or explained to them what Reckless Driving laws are all about:

RCW 46.61.500

Reckless driving — Penalty.

(1) Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. Violation of the provisions of this section is a gross misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to three hundred sixty-four days and by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars.

(2) The license or permit to drive or any nonresident privilege of any person convicted of reckless driving shall be suspended by the department for not less than thirty days.

(3)(a) Except as provided under (b) of this subsection, a person convicted of reckless driving who has one or more prior offenses as defined in RCW 46.61.5055(14) within seven years shall be required, under RCW 46.20.720, to install an ignition interlock device on all vehicles operated by the person if the conviction is the result of a charge that was originally filed as a violation of RCW 46.61.502, 46.61.504, or an equivalent local ordinance.

(b) A person convicted of reckless driving shall be required, under RCW 46.20.720, to install an ignition interlock device on all vehicles operated by the person if the conviction is the result of a charge that was originally filed as a violation of RCW 46.61.520 committed while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or RCW 46.61.522 committed while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug.


[2011 c 293 § 4; 2011 c 96 § 34; 1990 c 291 § 1; 1979 ex.s. c 136 § 85; 1967 c 32 § 67; 1965 ex.s. c 155 § 59.]

Colorado rejected a said limit as well:


From the Patients Against New Approach Washington Page on FB

Kevin Oliver (AKA Washington NORML) says:

Washington N.O.R.M.L. ?…but, it’s legal for everyone, everywhere in WA, from anywhere in the USA, to come to this state and walk around with and ounce of the killer stinky ganja?! Where can I get some? Any patients willing to sell for $400 an ounce on the black market? Anyone? Anyone? (Rhetorical question)”

Friar Ryan (me) says:

Friar Ryan Ive heard all that I can handle from establishment law makers. I want to hear from “we the people” not “we the lawyers”.
Im not even as worried about the patient issue as the DUID issue. There are a lot of problems with this law. It’s definitely NOT “legalization”. Maybe “pseudo legalization” but I think I’ll call it “pseudo prohibition”

I think WA NORML actually is buying into the idea that he can walk right in to one of these state regulated dispensaries, puff up, and possibly share with his buddies over 21.
1. There will be NO DISPENSARIES. We already know that, remember SB 5073 anyone?
2. If there is no legal procurement, then all marijuana will still have to be illegally obtained
3. If Kevin shares his ounce with his buddy. Heck even if he passes a joint to his buddy, he’s still breaking the law.

I wonder if Kevin can wrap his mind around any of this? And if he can, maybe he’s totally cool with it all, even the possibility that he some day will get pulled over, and the cops will say “sir we smell weed, you must submit to a blood test”. And maybe he can’t afford to bail out of jail while they are waiting for the blood test results to come back, and he won’t be able to attend the next illegal ganja party where all of his super duper lawyer friends are at illegally passing joints to one another. So he waits and waits in jail until the test results come back.. A couple of months pass, and finally the results come back, and lets say Kevin is freed from jail because he is a light weight, and one hit lasts him for weeks. So he isn’t above like 5ng limit like all of his friends are. Well good for you Kevin”

Kevin says:

Washington N.O.R.M.L.

Friar Ryan: What is funny? The fact that you are an out of state activist who may as well be working with the DEA to keep pot illegal for recreational users in WA? The fact that you grow and sell pot in another state, like you used to do here? The fact that there are real people in the world that have real money who don’t care about you? Or the fact that the same group that put together 69.51a are putting together 502, which, when taken togther could give WA state more privileges and protections than any other state for both personal and medical use – is that funny? If you want to be a grower/preacher/hero, then change federal prohibition, or spread your non-strategic vocal activism spam to every other recreational decrim/medical marijuana defense website and facebook page, as suggested in another thread by Radical Russ, such as: SAFER, ASA, MPP , ect.”
I then found out he censored all of my posts on the Washington NORML FB page, and blocked me.
All that I posted were these two videos:

So I say:

Friar Ryan As for me being an out of state activist as you call it. I spent 13 years more time in Washington than Russ Belville has, I paid taxes there this year, and I raised my kids there. Many of my friends and family still live there, and I return often. Go complain about “out of state activists” who are not stake holders in WA laws.”

This is all after trying to make peace with NORML, and starting a new monthly donation of $4.20.   Which is small I know, I don’t have a lot of money.  But over the last 4 years I have donated over $600 to NORML, and I have tried to support them.  But I do not support this type of  behavior.


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.

Slacktavism and social status – Sensi Life Radio 7/27/2011

July 27th, 2011 | By Pirate

Sensi Life 3:45 Wednesday 7/27/11 Trendy Slacktavism

There are so many slacktavists who see activism as a sure way to social status. This is a broadcast about ‘trustafarians’ who sport the Lion of Zion emblem or wear the colors of the Ethiopian flag, but know or care nothing about Ras Ta Fari (aka Halie Selassie I), ‘anarchists’ who believe in socialism, and “peace promoting hippies’ who tout warbama slogans on their social networking sites and bumper stickers.

Listen to internet radio with xcannabis on Blog Talk Radio

There is good news to report. Mayor McGinn of Seattle authorizes dispensaries despite a decision by the Governor to veto state law that would authorize dispensaries. Good work Seattle for listening to your people and responding accordingly!


Twenty-five years ago they spoke out and they broke out

Of recession and oppression and together they toked

And they folked out with guitars around a bonfire

Just singin’ and clappin’ man what the hell happened

Then some were spellbound some were hellbound

Some they fell down and some got back up and

Fought back ‘gainst the melt down

And their kids were hippie chicks all hypocrites

Because fashion is smashin’ the true meaning of it

— Smashmouth – Might As Well Be Walking on the Sun


Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized

How are medical laws protecting patients?

May 28th, 2011 | By Pirate

Here are the facts.  Prop215 has been a good step forward, but stagnating  activism to proceed in regaining our rights have not helped, and in fact keeping cannabis “medical only” has only hurt people.

The facts are in the numbers.

“In 2009, there were 17,008 felony and 61,164 misdemeanor marijuana arrests in California, for a total of 78,172.
In 2008, there were 17,126 marijuana felonies and 61,388 misdemeanors, for a total of 78,514. This was the highest number of marijuana arrests since pot was decriminalized in California in 1976, according to Dale Gieringer of California NORML.”

I think that the fight to secure medical cannabis has been a good fight, and there have been many major victories won in this fight.

But cannabis prohibition violates many of our constitutional civil rights.   It should not be treated as anything more scarey or anything more regulated than aspirin.
Aspirin kills over 7500 people a year in the USA.   Cannabis does not kill ANYONE!

As far as medical dispensaries being protected, or medical patients being protected.
Just do a google search for  “Dispensaries shut down in California“.

This is not even a question of which is better in the issue of medical vs. social cannabis.
If we legalize cannabis further in can only be better for medical patients as it opens up the FREE MARKET, giving patients more options and better prices.

But further than that.  It helps protect people and legitimize the value that cannabis has in society, including and most importantly industrial hemp.

Cannabis is NOT medical only.   Cannabis is a God given plant with many values and uses.

Cannabis use has many uses

Patient’s records taken in Washington raids

May 3rd, 2011 | By Pirate

I feel horrible about what has happened in Spokane, and my heart goes out to the sick and dieing in Washington who just lost their sources of medicine.  But let me just point out that some of what happened such as these dispensaries losing patient records, was COMPLETELY un-necessary!

We have sent out emails, post cards, and personally discussed with dispensaries and providers what they can do to protect their records and how they can better document “one patient at any given time”.   We started in 2009 and we modified some great open source software, and even paid a developer to upgrade our modification for a Dispensary management system.    This has the ability to store records remotely in a secured database in a secured facility, or locally, and it has many front end and backend dispensary management functions.   The best part is that it is not expensive like some of the other software systems that do the same thing.  Some software that is available for dispensary management is upwards of $7000.   Our software is COMPLETELY free!

My heart breaks after watching this video from Club Compassion.   Both for the owner and for the patients.



I hope that if nothing else comes from this, that other dispensaries will employ some sort of safety measures for their patient’s records.  This is very sensitive information and this issue NEEDS to be addressed!

See for more info (we also offer free video training on YouTube, to help you get set up):

DEA Raids in Spokane 4/28/11 footage

May 3rd, 2011 | By Pirate

The DEA as well as local agencies decided that they would take the medicine away that patients desperately need in Spokane on 4/28/11.   The agents raided 4 different dispensaries and have threatened the landlords of all others.
It is against the will of the voters of Washington who passed I-691 in 1998 so that patients could get access to the medicine that they need.

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When will the people unite, pool resources and simply END PROHIBITION!?!
Let’s pass I-1149!

Governor Gregoire vetos the protections that patients used to have, by keeping the negative parts (SB 5073)

April 30th, 2011 | By Pirate

The end result of what so many so-called activists were supporting in Washington in regards to SB 5073 is that now patients have less rights than they had under RCW 69.51a.

For 13 years doctors have had exclusive exemptions in state law in regards to recommending medical cannabis to patients in Washington.

“((A health care professional shall be excepted from the state’s
25 criminal laws and shall not be penalized in any manner, or denied any
26 right or privilege, for….))”

SB 5073 the WHOLE time has removed that exclusivity by crossing out the above section.
There has not been a moment in this whole process where it wasn’t crossed out under the proposed SB 5073.

“((A health care professional shall be excepted from the state’s
25 criminal laws and shall not be penalized in any manner, or denied any
26 right or privilege, for))”

Now that is gone, as well as many patient’s rights.

Gov Gregoire approved the negative parts and vetoed the parts of the bill that benefited patients, including the patient registry and the official validation of dispensaries.

You can see what I have been saying to NORML about this in the following video:

To me it was obvious that the governor would take this approach because she said the same things about the state employees vs. federal law back in 2008 under SB 5615.   I am not at all surprised that she used the same excuse this time.
What I am surprised about, is that very few people in WA seem to remember that fiasco from 3 years ago.

Well it’s all said and done.  Patients just got screwed in Washington state.   I hope all of the supporters of SB 5073 are very proud of themselves still.

I posted my final video commentary on the whole issue tonight on facebook:
See this group:

I am done supporting marijuana bills, as they always seem to screw patients.

If you want to see how this progressed, I have tried to keep up to date commentary on this from the beginning.

Click here for a list of blog posts and videos about SB 5073:

I am going to be giving MORE support to the National Initiative for Democracy.

We changed our beneficiary from NORML to the NI4D on our facebook group too.
Last year we raised $96 for the NORML Womens Alliance with this group.
This year we are working on fund raising for the National Initiative for Democracy.

With the NI4D, we can vote on federal law, and thus end the controlled substances act nation wide.

Blessings to everyone!   Stand up for your rights!   Don’t trust others to do it for you!
It’s your freedom, fight for it!

Other articles about this today:

Washington SB 5073 Partial Veto Letter