Articles Tagged: Hemp

Viability of an eco-fiendly fuel like hemp diesel – Maine Legalizes Industrial Hemp farming

May 31st, 2015 | By Pirate

With all of the many thousands of oil spoils, and now the fracking that is causing so many health problems.

My solution to this is;  www.hempmotorcompany.com    A company that my wife and I are starting, to utilize industrial hemp seed oil for fuel in diesel engines, to replace petroleum.  Hemp diesel otherwise known as biodiesel is making a come back now that Maine has gotten smart on hemp policy!

Using a vegetable based fuel is renewable, and non-toxic.

A recent example of how petroleum oil spills dessimate the earth, see how this BP oil spill in Lousianna killed off over 800,000 birds in the first year, and erroded the island that these migratory birds breed.

http://goodnature.nathab.com/video-bps-oil-spill-lost-islands-and-relocated-birds/

If you were to spill a tank full of hemp, it would turn in to nitrogen and effectively help the flora grow.

It is truly a reasonable estimation that industrial hemp has the potential to be a MUCH bigger market than the medical marijuana market.   Medical marijuana, recreational marijuana, are small fries compared to the industrial hemp industry that we are soon to have.

—  Here is Maine, legislation titled LD 4.  The governor vetoed it, but 2/3rds of the house over-rode his veto;

 

5/12/2015 –  This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?”
ROLL CALL NO. 63V
135 having voted in the affirmative and 6 in the negative, with 10 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor, since two-thirds of the members of the House so voted.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.

 

Reference;   http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_127th/billtexts/HP000701.asp

 

I suppose this is just another political suicide on the part of LePage.

 

ME Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the hemp bill, but the veto was just overridden by the legislature! WAY TO GO MAINE! http://bit.ly/1QK1IyW

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.

 

Putting my money where my mouth is – Cannabis Stocks

June 6th, 2013 | By Pirate

I have been talking for a long time how I believe in the cannabis market.  I have also mentioned on frequent blog post and video blog how I have lost trust in most of the top cannabis lobbies out there.

So I have put my money where my mouth is.   When I entered the stock market I said I would only buy cannabis stocks.  I have stuck to that, and so far I have the follow stocks.

CBIS :  420 Shares
HEMP:  5,008 Shares
MJNA:  1655 Shares

I have put more than $500 into these shares, but they continue to lose value so what I currently have is work just over $430 today.  Every time the stock goes down, I buy more.  I am waiting for the surge in price during the next election, just like was witnessed in the last election.

I honestly believe that far beyond any cannabis lobby that would like to claim credit for cannabis freedom, that the market itself will be the driving force.

If there is a large profit with these stocks, we will take dividends off the top in some beneficial amounts and feed the websites that we run to blog about cannabis.  Which includes   www.SLU2.com, www.HempStrategies.com,  www.SensiLife.com, and www.xCannabis.com

I encourage all of my readers to look in to cannabis stocks.   There are a lot more than I have listed here.  I only listed the stocks that I have so far invested in, but I am looking at a few others too.

CANV
CBIS
EDXC
ERBB
FSPM
GRNH
GWP.L
GWPRF
HEMP
HSCC
MDBX
MJNA
MWIP
NVLX
PHOT
RFMK
RIGH
TRTC
XCHC

xCannabis Tuesday Commodities report

September 4th, 2012 | By Pirate

This is the Tuesday market report for xCannabis.com, we have some news about cannabis markets, federal intervention, the 2012 election and the possibility of Ron Paul staying in the race.
We are encouraging the building of a marijuana/cannabis trading market, with dynamic updates.
Our bitcoin address is: 1FsanA3kfySNo5wZdPQf5vx5wfobwKZo2X
Please donate if you can

Our Latest Trade Show Booth

June 4th, 2012 | By Pirate

This is a booth that we put together this year for trade shows.
The trade show we are at here is the Modoc Outdoor Expo.
We have several more events lined up this year!

Kimi designs a mean banner yo!
Her website is at:  www.artisticbynature.com

HAPPY HEMP HISTORY WEEK!   June 4th – 10th

Patient Rights vs. Affirmative Defense in California

January 26th, 2012 | By Pirate

What is the difference between patient’s rights and affirmative defense, and how has medical marijuana affected patients and cannabis consumers in California?

 

  • Under medical marijuana in California, there has been a 3 fold increase in arrests.
  • Under medical marijuana laws in California (Prop215) no one has more “rights” only an affirmative defense that usually gets thrown out by the judge.
  • Under medical marijuana laws in California, the Board of Equalization is clear that state law says marijuana IS taxable. All marijuana is taxable and that is at whatever the municipality requires as well as the state sales tax.
  • Under medical marijuana laws in California, no one is safer.
  • Under medical marijuana laws in California, hemp is still illegal.

Ref for the tax issue: http://www.boe.ca.gov/news/pdf/173.pdf

Ref for how MMJ laws are NOT protecting anyone (except the monopolies)
http://xcannabis.com/2011/05/how-are-medical-laws-protecting-patients/

Reference to two initiatives that give patients RIGHTS (rather than an affirmative defense)

http://xcannabis.com/2011/07/regulate-cannabis-like-wine-2012-initiatives-to-legalize-cannabis-in-california/#ixzz1kVqttPEz

 

Sound familiar:

Alcohol was smuggled over the Canadian border and medicinal whiskey prescriptions (which were allowed for certain patients) increased 400%. The scarceness of alcoholic beverages led to a dramatic increase in price, for example, a beer typically cost about 80 cents – the equivalent of $8 in today’s money. “Near Beer” became popular because it was legal (under 0.5% alcohol) and could be easily spiked with spirits to create a full strength beer.
Reference:

http://www.beertutor.com/articles/prohibition.shtml


Medical alcohol, extremely high prices? Yah, that is prohibition for ya. It ain’t good for the sick and dieing either, even with a doctor’s recommend.

Video that compares medical whiskey vs. medical marijuana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMbkQsC4Mk4

For most of the 1920s, a patient could get a prescription for one pint every 10 days about as easily as California patients can now get “recommendations” for medical marijuana. All it took to acquire a liquor prescription was cash — generally about $3, the equivalent of about $40 today — placed in the hand of an agreeable doctor. It cost $3 to $4 more to have it filled by the local pharmacist.

Then as now, the adaptability of the medical profession was impressive. In 1917, as the 18th Amendment establishing Prohibition was working its way through the ratification process, the American Medical Association ousted alcohol from its approved pharmacopoeia, adopting a unanimous resolution asserting that its “use in therapeutics … has no scientific value.”

But the Volstead Act, which spelled out the enforcement and regulation of Prohibition, nonetheless made an exception for medicinal use, and in 1922, just two years into the dry era, the AMA demonstrated how open minds can be changed — or, perhaps, how capitalism abhors a missed opportunity.

The results of a national survey of its members — a “Referendum on the Use of Alcohol in the Medical Profession” — revealed an extraordinary coincidence: The booming prescription trade had been accompanied by the dawning realization among America’s doctors that alcoholic beverages were in fact useful in treating 27 separate conditions, including diabetes, cancer, asthma, dyspepsia, snake bite, lactation problems and old age. In a word, the assertion that medicinal alcohol had “no scientific value,” from the AMA’s 1917 resolution, no longer had any scientific value.

Pharmacists who wanted a piece of this highly profitable new business devised practices appropriate to their clientele. Those with high-end customers, mindful of the power (and profit) in brand names, dispensed the prescribed “medicine” in the distillers’ own bottles, which looked exactly as they had before 1920 except for the addition of a sober qualifying phrase on their newly printed labels: A 100-proof pint of Old Grand-Dad, for instance, still announced that it was “Bottled in Bond,” but just beneath that familiar legend appeared the improbable phrase, “Unexcelled for Medicinal Purposes.”

http://www.boe.ca.gov/news/marijuana.htm

http://www.1920-30.com/prohibition/

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/medicinal-alcohol-made-mockery-of-pro…

http://www.beertutor.com/articles/prohibition.shtml

Sensi Life Radio – July 22nd 6am Morning Show

July 22nd, 2011 | By Pirate

Sensi Life Radio 6am Friday 7/22/2011

Talking about the indictments in Spokane, the show from yesterday with Heath and Darby, the hemp dome, and Ryan and Kim’s baby to be born soon.

Talking also about 5ng blood limits proposed by “New Approach Washington”, and the strange occurrences in the efforts in WA from some activists.

Listen to internet radio with xcannabis on Blog Talk Radio

 

I-502-Factsheet-DUI   From New Approach Washington

See this study by the BBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6Fcks7pla0

See this report about Colorado’s similar proposal:

http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2011/04/thc_driving_limits_innocent_people_jail_test_results.php

http://regulatecannabislikewine.com

http://sensiblewashington.org

http://sensilife.com

http://xcannabis.com

Lifting up in prayer the following:

Dennis Whited
Jerry Laberdee
Russell Blake
Charles Wright
Jon Vivian
Roger Christie
Marc Emery

 

Further reading, info about the ASA organization and the Spokane Chapter:

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=191741160857871&topic=359

My issue with the ASA in Spokane, and when it started:

http://youtu.be/_b8_9ArgUXY

Springville Art City Daze Parade and Protest 6/4/2011

June 4th, 2011 | By Pirate

SPRINGVILLE ART CITY DAYS PROTEST:
June 4th 2011

 

http://springvilleonline.com/2011/06/springville-art-city-days-protest-2011/

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=172572619466500

http://www.springville.org/calendarevents/calendar/main.php?view=event&eventid=1300833551341

Last year at Springville Art City Days I was arrested for excercising my free speech by holding a sign that said “Legalize It” and passing out free t-shirts and cards.

This year I will not be able to make the protest, but I encourage others to be there this year.

The law that made it illegal for me to protest was changed one month after I was arrested and exonerated. Municiple Code 42-108 was repealed by Springville city council on July 20th 2010.

So feel free to share your voice with the community, it is no longer illegal.

If you do have problems, I’ll put my money behind your court case!

You can see more about this law that was changed, and my pledge to defend freedom fighters here:

http://xcannabis.com/2010/10/the-law-that-i-got-changed-in-springville-city-utah/

Also learn how Brigham Young told Utahans to grow hemp while he was governor.

http://www.deseretcannabis.com/bygrewhemp.htm

Spokane is rocking signatures

March 30th, 2011 | By Pirate

We have been so amazingly blessed in Spokane by so many volunteers!
Today we got 11 more full sheets of signatures from volunteers, to add to 7 sheets that we got the day before from a couple of awesome businesses out there who help medical patients!
My heart about skipped a beat when I walked into walk-in Wednesdays today and there was Ian, Dave, Troy and Annie rocking signatures like clock work, and they all had huge smiles!
To be able to again apologize for my attitude and oneryness was a relief as well, and I was quickly forgiven.
I tell people that I tell you exactly what I think and if you don’t like it, then you’ll probably get your feelings hurt or get mad, or blow it off.  But don’t take it personally, and just know that I like you enough to give it to you frankly without tap dancing around easy little issues.

But at the same time, I am rough around the edges and life is high stress right now.
But we found out that we are having a baby boy, and that he is perfectly healthy and growing nicely.  The due date is mid August.

Thanks everyone for the well wishes and support!   I have been on pins and needles anxiously awaiting this ultrasound.

I know my language is foul, and my words are sharp.  Sorry again.

 

Also I wanted to mention a few supporting businesses that are collecting signatures for I-1149.
Leo’s Choice, THC Pharmacy, Indicare, and Medical Herb Providers.   These are all local business with a lot of love!
If you haven’t checked these places out, please do, they are the real deal!

 

Spread the word about the contest, we have opened it up to allow people to work together.  So 10 people or groups of people can collect on the contest prizes.   If you turn in 100 petitions that are complete and error free (as much as possible), you’ll win one of our hemp gift packages worth around $120 each.   Hemp soaps, hemp wallets, pipe bags, and shirts will be in each gift basket.
This is donated by our personal company   Emerald Sun Inc.

The person with the most signatures even if its not 100 sheets, but if you turn in the most over all.  You will win TWO of these packages and one keif box with the Sensible Washington logo on it, made in Washington by Mr. Keifbox.
If you want to get one of these look up Nick Valdez on facebook, they are going for $50 each.

So the grand prize for April for the most signatures is worth $290! And a group of volunteers can turn in their petitions together to claim the prizes.  So lets work together people and get this done!

 

Also please check out the public calendar for more events coming up for getting signatures.
http://xcannabis.com/calendar

How will I-1149 put people back to work?

March 27th, 2011 | By Pirate

We are volunteering to help push through I-1149 in Washington state, and we believe that it will put many people back to work.
We had a question from a Craiglist reader about “How”.

I think there are many ways how it will work.  We only need to look at history.

There is the fact that bio-fuel can effectively be made from hemp, and there is no competition with other food such as corn which is commonly used for ethanol.
When we use corn for making fuel we are directly competing with a food crop, which then raises prices of many foods.
Hemp is not that way, very few foods in the USA are being made from hemp  (although it is a great source of nutrition).
Hemp can be used in building construction, clothing, paper and thousands of other products.
In the 1930’s Henry Ford made “the hemp car” which you can learn more about by doing a google or a youtube search.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hemp+car&aq=f

We will also be able to employ many people in the tourism market for when people come to Washington instead of Amsterdam for cannabis tourism.

You can learn more about this by picking up Jack Herer’s book “The Emperor Wears No Cloths”