Articles Tagged: feds

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:

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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.

 

References:

https://www.facebook.com/utah.pirate/posts/10151320448006789?comment_id=26406743&ref=notif&notif_t=feed_comment_reply

Russ’s challenge to other activists:

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

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

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xp3s3a_reply-to-norml-live-2nd-hour-february-24th-2012-those-who-would-trade-liberty-for-security_lifestyle

http://xcannabis.com/2012/02/norml-loses-its-cool-reply-to-the-sensible-washington-article-from-feb-29th/

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

http://xcannabis.com/2012/09/radical-ways-of-pushing-legalization/

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqlJqG8Zv6w

To reschedule or to unschedule cannabis

June 23rd, 2011 | By Pirate

On our show today we are going to be having Jason Kamiri from Iowa who is in favor of rescheduling cannabis. I have recently been in favor of rescheduling cannabis as well in order to give it some legal legitimacy as medicine, since Schedule I does not offer that legitimacy.

Interview with Jason Karimi about rescheduling cannabis  To reschedule or to unschedule cannabis

The question is; Do we reschedule or to unschedule cannabis?

Jason’s website is:  http://weedpress.wordpress.com

While I agree that cannabis is medicine and should have the notion made that it is considered medicine. I have changed my mind of working any further on cannabis rescheduling.
The biggest issue is being able to fight the federal government on the topic that Schedule I says that there is no accepted medical use of cannabis in the USA.

However Oregon took care of that last year by rescheduling cannabis to Schedule II.

I am very happy that Oregon took that step and won. Because now Schedule I is federally unqualified for cannabis, since cannabis does have accepted medical benefit in a very legitimate forum in Oregon via the scheduling of cannabis in Oregon under schedule II.  Now the feds can’t legitimately claim there is no accepted medical benefits in the USA any more.  Not only by that step in Oregon, but also in regards to 15 states having legalized cannabis for medical use, and the fact that the USA government has a patent on cannabis for it medical benefits.

The problems that I have with rescheduling cannabis is that in any other schedule than schedule I, big pharma gets control of the market.  Just like any other drug in Schedules II-V, Big Pharma controls and messes with that medicine however they see fit.

It also doesn’t offer much protection to consumers under Schedules II-V, because people still go to jail for these “legal drugs” for one thing or another.  Re-scheduling cannabis is not liberating cannabis. It is merely giving it a “medical qualification” and invalidating the claim that cannabis should be classified as schedule I.

While I disagree with Schedule I, I also disagree that big pharma should get control of this crop, because if they do, they will get their billions of dollars behind prohibition, and that can’t be good for anyone but big pharma.

Below is some of the issues that have taken place in Oregon.  Despite that cannabis has been rescheduled in Oregon, their dispensaries are getting shut down and patients are still getting arrested.

Rescheduling has not liberated Oregon from my point of view.

Which is why I believe it’s necessary to go back to May 18th 1969 when Timothy Leary challenged the constitutionality of cannabis prohibition and won.

Some clips from Oregon news on cannabis rescheduling:


Oregon Senate Bill 728 passed the Senate by a vote of 26-2, the House passed it 58-1, and the Senate concurred on amendments 26-3.  It now awaits Gov. Kulongoski’s signature.  The measure adds new sections to Oregon’s law on controlled substances:

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Portland — The Oregon State Board of Pharmacy acted today to remove marijuana from the list of “Schedule I Controlled Substances,” in accordance with a bill the legislature passed last year.

The new law, ORS 475.059 established by Senate Bill 728, requires marijuana’s removal from a list of controlled substances that have a “high abuse potential and no acceptable medical use in the United States.”

The Board placed marijuana into “Schedule II Controlled Substances,” which contains substances that have a “high abuse potential with severe psychological or physical dependence liability,” but are accepted for medical use in the US and are available by prescription. The Oregon Controlled Substances Act provides three additional schedules for substances that are progressively less serious or dangerous, Schedules III, IV and V.

The Board reviewed scientific and medical literature and heard testimony from experts and members of the public before voting to move marijuana into Schedule II. This action is consistent with Oregon’s assertion that marijuana does have an acceptable medical use.

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Portland — The Oregon State Board of Pharmacy acted today to remove marijuana from the list of “Schedule I Controlled Substances,” in accordance with a bill the legislature passed last year. The new law, ORS 475.059 established by Senate Bill 728, requires marijuana’s removal from a list of controlled substances that have a “high abuse potential and no acceptable medical use in the United States.” The Board placed marijuana into “Schedule II Controlled Substances,” which contains substances that have a “high abuse potential with severe psychological or physical dependence liability,” but are accepted for medical use in the US and are available by prescription. The Oregon Controlled Substances Act provides three additional schedules for substances that are progressively less serious or dangerous, Schedules III, IV and V. The Board reviewed scientific and medical literature and heard testimony from experts and members of the public before voting to move marijuana into Schedule II. This action is consistent with Oregon’s assertion that marijuana does have an acceptable medical use.

Senate Bill 728

http://www.leg.state.or.us/09reg/measures/sb0700.dir/sb0728.en.html

 

http://stash.norml.org/wake-n-bake-lounge-raided-after-nearly-seven-months-of-openly-operating-in-aloha-4

On Wednesday June 16, 2011, officers in Washington County served search warrants on Wake n Bake Lounge, located at 18918 Shaw St in Aloha, Oregon.  Three residences associated with the cannabis club were also searched.  Although computers, various equipment and cannabis were confiscated during the execution of the warrant for suspected “manufacturing and distribution of a controlled substance,” no arrests were made.

How will this affect pot in Oregon? And what does this mean?

“A schedule I drug means that it has no medicinal value that is recognized,” said Lane County Chief Deputy District Attorney Patty Perlow. “A schedule II drug has recognized medicinal value but a high risk of abuse.
http://www.kval.com/news/local/96612724.html

How do we end the controlled substances act for ALL states?

May 4th, 2011 | By Pirate

How do we end the tyranny from the federal government in regards to cannabis laws in the US states that have decriminalized cannabis for medical use or otherwise?

The constitution via Article 6, the 14th Amendment, etc has a supremacy clause that overrides state laws. That is why the feds still come into our state and arrest people who are complying with state law. No matter what we do on a state level, will mean very little to the federal government.

The only thing that will give us the protections that we want, is to end the controlled substances act, on a federal/national level.

How do we do that? We can’t do it on a state level. We can’t depend on the legislature to do it.

Even if we could do it on a state level, and even if the federal government didn’t have the ability to over-ride state law, there are only 24 states that have a ballot initiative process, which is why so few states currently have decriminalization laws.

We need to work on this from a federal prospective, which is why I do promote and get the word out. I have reach over 500,000 people from my youtube videos alone.

We have switched most of our support to the Democracy Foundation, to benefit the National Initiative for Democracy which is the ONLY way we as a people will be able to address the Controlled Substances Act and end prohibition.

You can see more at http://NI4d.us

We can sit and waste time on state laws, but that only goes so far.

We need to address this on a National level.

You can sign the NI4d online.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMoPo4eRMUQ

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.

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/feds-raid-medical-marijuana-facilities-in-spokane-washington

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

Sensi Life Radio 2/19/11 – News

February 20th, 2011 | By Pirate

Lots of News on this show.


See this link for the show, or listen to show archive below:


Listen to internet radio with xcannabis on Blog Talk Radio



http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sensilife/2011/02/20/sensi-life-radio–roots-rockin-reggae


HELENA – On a mostly party-line vote with Republicans in favor, the Montana House voted again Saturday to repeal Montana’s medical marijuana law, after a House panel examined the measure’s fiscal impacts.   http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_77e47f42-3c69-11e0-bdbc-001cc4c002e0.html


We have found some kind of issue going on involving the Attorney General and the lingo of I-1135.

But Sensible Washington expects to get the revisions taken care of by February 24th!


RE:  https://sensiblewashington.org/blog/uncategorized/announcing-i-1135/


More information about House Bill 1550, which is gaining support around the state.


http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorials/2014270472_edit20legal.html


My opinion is:


1.  It will implicate the state in federal crimes by involving the state liquor board, and involving the tax commission.

2.  Where will the state get the marijuana from?   Hopefully local growers.  But possibly state instituted facilities.


I think that this bill can’t possibly pass, because of the adversity it creates between the state and the feds.
Sensible Washington’s initiative makes more sense because it doesn’t involve government entities on a day to day basis, and the state is not selling a federally illegal substance.   But removing criminal penalties is a smart and fiscally responsible thing to do.  I believe that is what these legislators are trying to say.   I wish more of our representatives with voice support for this people’s initiative!  =)


Also we commented on this article, where one dispensary was saying most of the other dispensaries should be shut down.
RE:  http://www.kxly.com/news/26827269/detail.html

I gave this guy 3 chances/invites to come on the shows, 3 different shows I have offered him a chance to speak his mind.
He claims that the interviewer misrepresented what he said, and I gave him a chance to speak his mind. 
You can see the commentary, some of it by him on that KXLY link above.

If he is meaning to explain himself, according to the public comments in that link, I don’t see anything too much different than what he said in the interview.  It seems like the reporter got the story right, if those comments are any evidence.


Anyway, I have proposed meeting in person, having him call my personal line, or having him call in to the radio show.

Im done with this unless he is ready to tell his side of the story.


Also speaking of telling a side of the story of any story, please check out   http://blogtalkradio.com I have had a ton of good times with this format!


Also we are redesigning the functionality of  www.SLU2.com  please write or call if you have any questions.   888-694-8737  ext 707

info@slu2.com


I also gave a reference to this move:  Pump Up the Volume from 1990.   That was a very inspirational movie to me.   I recommend it to everyone!



This again is to any of those dispensary owners or growers who oppose ending prohibition!





REGISTER TO VOTE!


http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/voterinformation/Pages/RegistertoVote.aspx


It’s the only way you can have your signatures counted for I-1135 this year!

Tyranny prevails even longer in California

November 3rd, 2010 | By Pirate


Now that all that California has is Prop 215, which doesn’t protect recreational users, it doesn’t give a platform for hemp, and doesn’t further the cause.  California can also look forward to having an AG that will rape the MMJ market.  Looks like the “no on Prop19” shot themselves in the foot.

Had prop19 passed, the feds would simply have too much to deal with…. Now that it got shot down, Californians are like fish in a fish tank. 


Shooting fish in a fish bowl

 

Point is, what do we do next to fix this?
Prop 19 was the USA’s best hope for ganja freedom.

Now it’s Jack Herer 2012!

The arrest of Roger Christie, the end of religious freedom in the USA?

July 21st, 2010 | By Pirate

I am astonished that an herb like cannabis that grows from the ground the way that God intended it, and describes it in Genesis 1:29-30, that has no record of ever killing anyone due to toxic side effects is illegal in the first place. But what is more troubling is that in this country we are supposed to be guaranteed religious freedom. But where is it? Cannabis is referenced in the Bible as keneh bosem

The Holy Anointing Oil of Moses was made with 250 shekels in weight of cannabis.

So when does the government get to regulate morality, if there is such thing as freedom of religion?  How can the government judge what is a true religious practice or not?  Are they the moral authority of all faiths?


Most of all, who has cannabis ever hurt?  Cannabis heals, cannabis is industrially viable in thousands of ways, including building material, fuel, paper, rope, oils, etc.


I can not believe that the feds won’t even let Roger Christie post bond, as if he has been proven guilty of anything!


Here is news on this case from the THC Ministry website:   http://www.thc-ministry.org/?page_id=453



This is a video that I made to address the freedom of religion issue in the USA, and I quoted a speech from Barack Obama during his visit to Cairo Egypt.



Feds make it clear. Marijuana patients aren’t criminals

October 20th, 2009 | By Pirate

Is it true?  Well, Im celebrating anyway.  Where’s my stash?!

See this article @ MSN

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33376482/ns/health/?GT1=43001

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/us/19holder.html
They have said this before, and I truly hope that they have come to the conclusion that the 10th Amendment is a principle our country is founded on, and that the Bill of Rights apply to all people who are citizens of this nation.  They need to respect states rights, as the courts have ruled many many times.

After all of the problems in Spokane as of recently, and of course what has been going on in California, I am skeptical but I will never give up hope to regain our freedom and liberty in this country!

Overgrow the government!