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The Free American Hour December 1st 8am AZ time “Cannabis Religion”

November 26th, 2010 | By Pirate

I have been invited to talk about Reverend Roger Christie and Religious Freedom with Reverend Raymond Christl on Blog Talk Radio “The Free American Hour”  I originally met Reverend Ray Christl on the NORML Daily Audio Stash.  There was sort of a heated discussion going on between Radical Russ Belville several ministers who visit the stash.  I’ve blogged about it here, or you can search the NORML Daily audio stash for more of the conversation. Ref:   http://stash.norml.org/on-religious-use-of-cannabis/comment-page-1#comment-66533
I don’t know if I am the most qualified but I definitely give it my best.

This is my story, I have been a Christian since I was 22 when I actually got baptized in the Provo River (Provo Canyon, near of course Provo Utah) .in 1999 by Pastor Gene Short of Light the Way Church in Orem UT.
I had given up cannabis and also all drugs including tobacco, however that is not completely true if you include caffiene which is FAR more habit forming than marijuana and is something that I have not been able to kick my whole life.  I have been sucking down pepsi almost every day for 25 years.

When I found Christ it is what I considered a new and relevant revelation on who He is (you can see an old version of my story “This Ragged Life Renewed” ( http://mystory.behindzioncurtain.com ).  I originally wrote that in 2001.  Christ opened my eyes to so many things.  Mostly faults and short-commings in myself causing me to look deeper, and to grow inwardly.


Behind Zion Curtain - This Ragged Life Renewed


I started using cannabis again when what is diagnosed as having Migrain and cluster headaches, and cluster headaches are the worst of the two.
I have blood vessel problems that were found via CT Scan, which cause these headaches in part.  I also have a lot of spinal on other head/skull damage from skateboarding and climbing things, etc..

Since I started using cannabis legally and even prior to that when I continuously went to jail when I was a teen and a young adult because I refused to let the government tell me what I could put in my body.   I was 17, 18 and 19 when I got arrested for marijuana, 2 of those arrests resulted in several months each of jail time, and I didn’t give up smoking weed for years later, when I gave my life totally to the Lord.


Rasta Fari and reggae music is what brought me to discipleship of Jesus.  It was in the spiritual and Jesus Christ oriented music that I felt comfortable and not too offended by my Mormon (LDS) root, to look into the Bible and study about the whole history of it.  Then eventually adding prayer to my daily activity, and eventually having a very real experience with the physical manifestation of the whole spirit, in just an event that shined a light on what it was all about.


I talk about that a little in this video.



For about 12 years I have been a born again Christian, disciple of Christ.  It has been since I was 17 that I have listened to reggae music regularly.
When I first bought Peter Tosh “Legalize It”, and I started smoking ganja regularly.    I went to a few Dead Shows and I traveled all over the USA on my own from the time I was 15 until I was..  Oh well I guess we still move a lot.  5 times in 3 years.   That’s a record for us, but just barely.


Previous to finding Christ and submitting to the will of God I drank a lot and tried to not be at my parents house because I couldn’t get a long with my mom and as a result I didn’t get a long with my pop either.  My dad drank a lot when I was younger, and we never had a great relationship.  I moved in with my cousin Aimie who was dating a self proclaimed skin head.  We got tattooed and talked about politics.  I guess we got in a few fights but nothing to brag about.  It was politically motivated.

I had all kinds of home made tattoos all over my body.  It was really lashing out.   Mostly at my parents who could never get a long. 
My dad who named our childhood dog “Spook” and regularly made racist jokes about this dog.  Just in jest as he saw it, not anything mean or cruel.
He grew up in a different time than my generation did, and he served in the national guard in the 1960s when the MLK marches took place and he claimed among other things that the people that he hired to work for him were black people and he paid them well and treated him with respect, and it was those same people who came back with the keys to steal from his laundry mat.  My dad exaggerated from time to time, but had the best of intentions.  But that was one thing that I believe was true and effected him deeply, because he talked about it on multiple occasions.
Apparently he was stationed in Georgia at the time.  So it must have been pretty tense times.


But a little bit of that rubbed off on me when I saw the BATF shoot little 14 year old Sammy Weaver in the back in 1992 at Ruby Ridge in Idaho, and they had no right to be on that property anyway.   It was horrible.  And thats when I started losing confidence in our government.   I was 13 years old at the time.   So I started feeling like my future was in jeopardy one way or another.

So the whole skinhead thing didn’t sound so bad.  I already didn’t get along with my folks because they were Mormon and I was a toker.  Mormons are more anti-cannabis than any other religious group that I have encountered.  So that separated me from having a relationship with my folks, and many other unrelated issues and circumstances.


What I did learn about skinheads, is that their history and the origins of one of the preferred musics in skinhead pubs both in England and the USA and also other parts of the world is reggae.  SKA wouldn’t exist without black reggae music.



Without learning about skinhead culture, I would have not been as keen to learn about  this wonderful reggae music that I fell in love with at a young age.

I made this video about my family and my past and my heritage.

I’ve always felt that remembering the mistakes of our past helps us to prevent them from happening in the future.





So essentially, learning about skinheads helped my break  the racist ideology of my forefathers that practiced Mormonism.

Mormon doctrine is notoriously racist.  It was pretty much what the main plotline of the Book of Mormon is about.  “The Righteous White Nephites and the wicked dark skinned Lamanites. blah blah blah”.

I thank Jah every day for my new prospective on life that Jah has been blessings abundantly since creation.

This is a video that I made about Marcus Garvey, a very influential figure in the Ras Tafari movement.



I have made many other videos like this.  But both Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey inspire me in many ways, and this is kind of a tribute to them and to give an experience from my point of view.Cannabis Faith


If you want to learn more about my cannabis ministry visit:    Cannabis Faith On xCannabis.com


Cannabis has been a rich part of many religious movements, doctrines and rituals.   It is no less important now.

This brings me to the topic at hand which is Roger Christie.   I have never met Roger Christie, I have sent him email and I have posted in his blog for a little over a year.

I originally started xCannabis before I ever learned of Roger Christie surprisingly seeing how well know he is and how long he has been doing his ministry, but when learned of him he very soon became a favorite person of mine and I looked for his videos to come out often.  Which also led me to learning about Chris Bennett.   Which I have read a few of his very exhaustive articles on this subject.  That guy is too smart for his own good, but I love his work!  I have also saw Chris Bennett on CannabisCulture which I still read twice or more a week.


The conversation that I had with Russ I made a recent VLOG about and I posted a couple of other related blogs on xCannabis.com. 
So if you are interested in what the beef is between Russ and Roger Chrstie, its best if you go to  http://stash.NORML.org

I would like to thank Russ for all that he does there!  I disagree with him about Roger Christie, but I believe united we stand and divided we fall.

One point I am going to be making on this show is “Does the Controlled Substances Act Override the 1st Amendment



If you listen to a few of Clay Douglas’s shows you will see why I am posting this now, and why I tell the tale of me spending time living with skinheads.

Here is his playlist.


Listen to internet radio with Clay Douglas on Blog Talk Radio



References:

On Religious Use of Cannabis


More info about the religious use of cannabis

There is no money in curing cancer

September 12th, 2010 | By Pirate

People are amazed that I would claim “cannabis cures cancer“, for example one of the reasons I get is “if cannabis truly cured cancer, it would be used in medicine”.


Watch this video to figure out WHY curing cancer is not desired by the companies who would make these drugs.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR38y2I5g5E


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.

http://thebleak.com/MedicalMarijuana/420/?tag=proposition-215


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.




Ron Paul – Legalize all drugs

July 28th, 2010 | By Pirate

This is from last year, but it’s a goodie.  Ron Paul says legalize all drugs!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpgWAAmVwDM

How harmful is marijuana?

July 26th, 2010 | By Pirate

I often get anecdotes from people “well even if you can’t die from marijuana, it does cause car accidents”.


I have to revisit this topic, because that anecdote leads to a good point.


To the best of my research less than a few dozen people died in car accidents while driving and high on marijuana. 
But here are some facts to consider when thinking about the harm of marijuana.

1. Marijuana metabolites stays in your system for longer than 30 days after you have smoked it, yet the high only lasts for 2-3 hours if smoked.

2. Just because they were found with marijuana in their system, it doesn’t mean that they were high on marijuana and could have possibly been using prescription medication, alcohol, or other drugs.  Alcohol is responsible for approximately 39% of all car accidents in the USA.  Reference

3.  Cell phone distraction causes 2,600 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the United States every year.  But I don’t hear many people complaining that cell phones should be illegal.   Reference

4.  Aspirin kills approximately 7500 people per year, and my youngest child can walk in to any store and buy aspirin without an ID or credentials.  Reference

5.  With marijuana you can not overdose, it’s scientifically impossible.  Reference


Now I think people don’t like statistics because they can lean one way or the other depending on how someone puts the numbers together.  I fully understand.  Which is why I am giving personal testimonies from experts, see the links next to the 5 points above.


Also this is a video that I have shown in the past.  This was a study done on a marijuana user while driving intoxicated and while driving sober.

Marijuana clearly didn’t impair his driving after a very large joint. Which would explain why so few people die in car accidents from being stoned.




Informants and blood thirsty police, not a good combo

May 14th, 2010 | By Pirate


Story from the Daily Audio Stash


I’ll tell you something about these “informants”.  Usually, they are a neighbor, or an enemy of some sort that are looking to cause someone problems.  They are not a reliable source of info, they are people with an agenda, looking to cause someone problems.  That is why the testimony of an informant is not enough to obtain a search warrant.  How these search warrants get issued based on the testimony of an informant is beyond me!

On the flip side of that.  Dealers in the black market who have a problem with someone will label someone a “snitch”, and cause someone a bunch of problems, and sometimes even death.   

This hearsay, on either side of the issue is unreliable and cruel.  Unless there is PROOF, ignore the bullshit.  We need to hold these cops accountable!

California to legalize marijuana? Petition says it will be on the ballot.

January 31st, 2010 | By Pirate

I would be so absolutely grateful and humbled if California legalized marijuana!
I am so pessimistic about these things.  I fight, and I hope that freedom and liberty prevails!
For some reason it just seems to simple and too smart all at the same time.  It will confuse voters, because I feel like they expect something complex and full of a bunch of bullshit.

Legalize pot,

  • The police win; less non-violent criminals to have to deal with so they can focus on more serious crimes.
  • The parents win, because marijuana will be kept and sold in a secured and adult environment.(right now more teenagers smoke marijuana than smoke tobacco.  Same with alcohol and pot.)
  • Of course the tax payers win, because there is another great stream of jobs and tax money in a legal market.
    Instead of importing hemp from China, Australia and Canada we could produce and process it here.  That would create a lot of jobs.  Americans wear a lot of hemp these days, even though it’s more expensive than other fabrics.
  • Taking money away from the black market and infusing our community in a positive way would be good for everyone (except maybe the cartels and such)

We need to make sure that cannabis stays legal to grow under our current medical marijuana laws.  But I would love to see complete all out legalization of marijuana for adults.   As long as these adults are allowed to grow marijuana.
I support legislation that promotes these intelligent and sensible ideas that groups like NORML, MPP, and REASON are all promoting.

On the NORML Daily Audio Stash I heard a lot about how there are over 1 million children selling marijuana.
Legalization will run the black market out of business, just like with tobacco and alcohol.
Lower prices, ,more taxes and the community benefits from the taxes and has no need to spend billions criminalizing a harmless plant that has many medical benefits!


California proposes to legalize with TV Ad campaign and over 700,000 signatures from NORML:  http://slu2.com//00

This is from the Stranger:  http://slu2.com//z

Washington activists also filed an initiative that would legalize marijuana. But unlike California’s ringleader who “bankrolled a professional signature-gathering effort,” the campaign leaders in this state are planning an all-volunteer campaign and having a hard time even accepting online contributions.

While we have been doing business in point of sales, we have spoken with many banks.  Bank of America assured us that they would support our clients who run medical marijuana dispensaries!  
We have more information in the forums here at xCannabis.  Emerald POS has it’s own category.

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When a town in Utah does something very noble!

June 18th, 2009 | By Pirate

This is history by about 8 years now, but back in 2001 the little town of 400 people in Utah named “Big Water” passed an ordinance that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana to a $10 fine (under 1 oz), and possession of paraphernalia a $5 fine.

The motive behind this says mayor Willie Marshall “Our ordinance made justice affordable for everybody,” said Marshall. “Let the punishment fit the crime.”

Under Utah law, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, as well as a six-month drivers license suspension. Under state law, paraphernalia possession nets the same maximum six months and $1,000. According to a newspaper article about this situation that can be found at this link:  http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/215/bigwater.shtml

I agree with Mayor Willie Marshall, and even though I think a $10 fine is too much for a victimless crime, I believe his intentions were in the right place, and I think you will find the city of Denver Colorado agrees, where it is legal (no fines) for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

Ruining people’s life forever, putting a misdemeanor on their record which denies them the ability for scholarships, military service, working at certain jobs, etc..  for a victimless crime is insane.  A $1000 fine for possessing a plant that has never killed anyone in all of history?
This would be like making drinking from a drinking fountain a misdemeanor punishable with jail time and a $1000 fine.  Based on harm, and social impact, marijuana is no more of a threat than drinking water!

Bravo to this courageous mayor and this courageous city council.  It’s only too bad that these ordinances were later repealed, and that at least one officer is recorded and reprimended for threatening the city council members.

Utah Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Giles blew up at local officials, Marshall said, in an account whose broad contours were confirmed by regional Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Lynn McAfee. “Once the police heard about this, they hit the ceiling, the Kane County sheriff and the Highway Patrol were just enraged,” said Marshall. “They do a lot of intimidating people into letting them search their cars. But Officer Nathan Giles was especially bent out of shape. He came in and yelled at the town clerk. ‘Who’s the dope-smoking son of a bitch who wrote this ordinance?’ Giles yelled. And then he made threats. ‘All hell is going to break loose in Big Water,’ he told her,” Marshall said.

Two weeks after the ordinance passed, UHP started harassing members of the entire town of Big Water:

On December 7, two weeks after the ordinance was passed, the town was hit with an “enforcement blitz” by Highway Patrol and Kane County Sheriff’s officers. “They were ticketing everyone for anything,” said Marshall. “They had a half dozen Highway Patrol cars out there pulling people over for no seat belt, failure to signal, anything they could think of.”

Which was confirmed by Lt. McAfee of the Utah Highway Patrol.

But this wasn’t the end of it, and as you guessed, this all has to do with police funding and getting revenue from these so-called crimes.

But Giles wasn’t done. “Then he went over to the water board office, where one of the council members works, while on-duty and in uniform and started arguing with her,” Marshall said, “telling her the ordinance was unconstitutional, that we had to repeal it, that the Highway Patrol could just stop writing tickets in our town, basically threatening to cut off a source of town funding. Not that we’re a speed trap,” Marshall quickly added. “Giles was very threatening and his behavior was very inappropriate.”


This is Utah life under a huge microscope in relation to the ‘drug war’.  No drug war equals no police funding.  It’s not about harm reduction, it’s about revenue!

This isn’t a war on drugs, this is a war on the American people!

Another Reference from a local newspaper:  http://archive.deseretnews.com/archive/880574/Big-Water-axes-controversial-laws.html

Marc Emery will be sentenced

June 4th, 2009 | By Pirate

Cannabis Culture’s pot warrior Marc Emery has accepted a plea deal to 1 count of drug trafficing and will be sentenced this fall.

I am sad to see the end of this fight come to a conclusion, but I am happy for Marc that he feels that he made the best choice in this matter.

Marc Emery will be writing a book in prison, and Cannabis Culture will be continuing on.

Also, as a tribute to this man.  He and his team at Cannabis Culture is what inspired me to take up this cause myself.

We love you Marc!

See the latest on this from PotTV in this YouTube video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-t1Nq7OcE8[/youtube]

Marc Emery accepts plea deal

Happy Memorial Day

May 25th, 2009 | By Pirate

I have been so grateful thinking about my family who have served in the military for generations.   It was a family tradition that was broken by this inane drug war.  My dad served in the military for 23 years and was a ranger in the 101st.   I had my whole life planned around joining the military, but when I tried to sign up and after passing my ASVAB with a high score, I was turned down when they found that I had been arrested for possessing a harmless plant.

I’m still upset over this, even though I overcame the setback and ended up with a freaking awesome life anyway!   I still smoke herb, but I will never forgive my country for denying the ability to proudly serve this country as my forefathers did!

This is dedicated to my father!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jUdMIr1-LM[/youtube]

Im on my way to Seattle tomorrow.  See ya’all next week!!

END THIS WAR ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!   END THE DRUG WAR!