In this broadcast I talk about how many dumb laws effect our every day lives without us even knowing. I talk about how many thousands of new laws are put against the people in the USA every year. I mentioned Chris Williams in Montana, who just got convicted and faced 45 years mandatory minimum and up to 90 years as I understand it. He will serve the rest of his life in prison despite obeying state law, and selling a product to patients that has never killed anyone.
What bothers me is how we can all agree on liberty and how prohibition is wrong, but we let little things like special rights for one group or special rights for another group divide our causes to gain more liberty. That is why I am done with special group rights. We are all created equal in this country, we don’t need special rights, we just need the liberty and natural rights guaranteed to us by the constitution and by the creator. If we stand for liberty period, all other efforts are covered.
Its when we start dividing in to “Im for these special rights, thats my cause” or “Im for these special rights thats my cause” we lose track of the ultimate goal which is liberty for all.
I refuse to consent to dumb laws. I intend to fight prohibition and unconstitutional regulations on the federal level.
NAW launched itself in the eve of the Sensible Washington petition count. I think that the timing of this was inappropriate.
There are a lot of things about NAW that suck, but the worst part of it, is that the group launched its campaign on the eve of the Sensible Washington petition drive’s final two weeks. I saw a few people who were driving some of the local and state pushes for legalization switch their facebook profile pictures to NAW two weeks ago. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, of course I took a screen capture of it because of how bizzare it was.
Well lets take a look at two very lame aspects of NAW.
1. Assigning state employees to regulate and control the cannabis sales and production in Washington state.
A. It seems like NAW learned nothing from SB 5073 that when Governor Gregoire released her statement on why she vetoed SB 5073 she said it was because she wanted to protect state employees from federal prosecution. So if she was right or if she was wrong, she felt that if she had state employees in the cannabis market, that would some how put the state employees at risk for federal drug charges, or possibly cost the state federal funding.
Pay attention to page 2: http://www.scribd.com/doc/54241512/Washington-SB-5073-Partial-Veto-Letter
B. The 5 NG driving limits for driving under the influence is scary on many levels. I know that people who have been tested weeks after they haven’t consumed cannabis have had much higher amounts than that in their blood.
And who tests this, and via what method, and where?
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Sec. 31. RCW 46.20.308 and 2008 c 282 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Any person who operates a motor vehicle within this state is deemed to have given consent, subject to the provisions of RCW 46.61.506, to a test or tests of his or her breath or blood for the purpose of determining the alcohol concentration, THC concentration, or presence of any drug in his or her breath or blood if arrested for any offense where, at the time of the arrest, the arresting officer has reasonable grounds to believe the person had been driving or was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or was in violation of RCW 46.61.503. Neither consent nor this section precludes a police officer from obtaining a search warrant for a person’s breath or blood.
(2) The test or tests of breath shall be administered at the direction of a law enforcement officer having reasonable grounds to believe the person to have been driving or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle within this state while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or the person to have been driving or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while having alcohol or THC in a concentration in violation of RCW 46.61.503 in his or her system and being under the age of twenty-one. However, in those instances where the person is incapable due to physical injury, physical incapacity, or other physical limitation, of providing a breath sample or where the person is being treated in a hospital, clinic, doctor’s office, emergency medical vehicle, ambulance, or other similar facility or where the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the person is under the influence of a drug, a blood test shall be administered by a qualified person as provided in RCW 46.61.506(5). The officer shall inform the person of his or her right to refuse the breath or blood test, and of his or her right to have additional tests administered by any qualified person of his or her choosing as provided in RCW 46.61.506. The officer shall warn the driver, in substantially the following language, that:
(a) If the driver refuses to take the test, the driver’s license, permit, or privilege to drive will be revoked or denied for at least one year; and
(b) If the driver refuses to take the test, the driver’s refusal to take the test may be used in a criminal trial; and
(c) If the driver submits to the test and the test is administered, the driver’s license, permit, or privilege to drive will be suspended, revoked, or denied for at least ninety days if:
(i) ((t))The driver is age twenty-one or over and the test indicates either that the alcohol concentration of the driver’s breath or blood is 0.08 or more or that the THC concentration of the driver’s blood is 5.00 or more((,)); or ((if)) (ii) ((t))The driver is under age twenty-one and the test indicates either that the alcohol concentration of the driver’s breath or blood is 0.02 or more or that the THC concentration of the driver’s blood is above 0.00((,)); or ((if)) (iii) ((t))The driver is under age twenty-one and the driver is in violation of RCW 46.61.502 or 46.61.504; and (d) If the driver’s license, permit, or privilege to drive is suspended, revoked, or denied the driver may be eligible to immediately apply for an ignition interlock driver’s license.
(3) Except as provided in this section, the test administered shall be of the breath only. If an individual is unconscious or is
under arrest for the crime of vehicular homicide as provided in RCW 46.61.520 or vehicular assault as provided in RCW 46.61.522, or if an individual is under arrest for the crime of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs as provided in RCW 46.61.502, which arrest results from an accident in which there has been serious bodily injury to another person, a breath or blood test may be administered without the consent of the individual so arrested.
(4) Any person who is dead, unconscious, or who is otherwise in a condition rendering him or her incapable of refusal, shall be deemed not to have withdrawn the consent provided by subsection (1) of this section and the test or tests may be administered, subject to the provisions of RCW 46.61.506, and the person shall be deemed to have received the warnings required under subsection (2) of this section.
(5) If, following his or her arrest and receipt of warnings under subsection (2) of this section, the person arrested refuses upon the request of a law enforcement officer to submit to a test or tests of his or her breath or blood, no test shall be given except as authorized under subsection (3) or (4) of this section.
(6) If, after arrest and after the other applicable conditions and requirements of this section have been satisfied, a test or tests of the person’s blood or breath is administered and the test results indicate that the alcohol concentration of the person’s breath or blood is 0.08 or more, or the THC concentration of the person’s blood is 5.00 or more, if the person is age twenty-one or over, or that the alcohol concentration of the person’s breath or blood is 0.02 or more, or the THC concentration of the person’s blood is above 0.00, if the person is under the age of twenty-one, or the person refuses to submit to a test, the arresting officer or other law enforcement officer at whose direction any test has been given, or the department, where…… (continue)
In short, I think that the authors of this initiative were very inconsiderate to the Sensible Washington petition drive, and I also believe that the NAW initiative has very little chance of passing. However if NAW is going to pass H.R. 2306 must pass first. So this gives added urgency to Washington activists to support whole heartedly H.R. 2306, otherwise supporting the NAW initiative is a waste of time and resources.
I think anyone interested in supporting NAW ought to really be astute to what the campaign director is saying. Alison Holcomb support SB 5073 and did not offer any objections to the dangerous parts of this bill at all.
In the end, what killed this bill was a letter from the District Attorney to the Governor, and ultimately the governor vetoing the bill based on Article VI Clause 2 of the constitution (federal preemption). The Governor said that she could not put state employees at risk for federal prosecution for being involved with the sales of a federally illegal substance.
Two months ago, Alison Holcomb spoke to an online audience about federal preemption.
Yet in June about a month later, Alison announces her role as director of NAW. NAW proposes something very similar to what was vetoed in SB 5073. State controlled, taxed and regulated market (via the liquor board). The state agency is the different, but the principle is the same.
If federal preemption was an issue in SB 5073. And if Alison is correct in her online comment about federal preemption that she made in April.
What makes Alison Holcomb believe that this won’t be a problem with putting the liquor board in charge of all of this?
What has changed that has made her change her tune?
Also, why unveil these plans just before Sensible Washington gets into their final lap of the race? Why not wait a few weeks until I-1149’s petition drive is done?
Well, after many people asked Alison these questions, many of those people were blocked from her facebook.
So I will be writing up a few more public articles on this and posing the same questions to her, in hopes that she’ll find a way to answer these questions.
If you look at the resume of another supporter District Attorney Pete Holmes, you can see how during hearings for HB 1550 he was proposing a way to thwart the efforts of Sensible Washington’s I-1149 petition drive: Politicians want to hold on to the reigns
“We’re happy to announce the ability to pay signature gatherers going forward!
Anyone who sends or hands in signatures before July 5th will be able to receive $.10 per valid signature if they sign the back of the petition with their number or address, with a “pay me” written on the bottom. This isn’t huge, but will hopefully be extra motivation for some on top of knowing you’re helping to end a devastating policy!”
(btw- I don’t want the $$, I want the FREEDOM!)
Here is information on sending in your signed petitions, NOW is the time!
I watched a video Doug Hiatt speaking about the final weeks of signature collection for I-1149.
Doug’s message is simple, powerful and true. We ALL have the power in a people’s initiative. We all are leaders! We are leading the way to cannabis freedom, each volunteer!
In the background you’ll see on the left of the video the box of gear we sent from Emerald Sun to the volunteers of Sensible Washington. There are several contests for the most signatures. You’ll want to go to http://sensiblewashington.org/hq to sign up as a volunteer and get info on how you can score some of this historic gear, and most importantly how you can make history and declare your freedom through getting I-1149 on the ballot this year!
This is the contents of the box we sent.
We are also sending the signatures that we found that we hadn’t sent in. So if anyone still hasn’t sent their signatures in, like we haven’t yet. DO IT NOW! No time left to wait!
If you are in Washington this is a great place to help get I-1149 on the ballot.
Thousands of signatures can be gathered.
John and Kim Novak, Don Skakie and several other volunteers will be there and they will have petitions to give out.
Coordinate with a Sensible Washington coordinator by signing up at: http://sensiblewashington.org/hq
Starting in 2009 which was shortly after the raid on CHANGE dispensary in Spokane WA, there was a notion for a petition drive to legalize cannabis on a ballot initiative. The group was Sensible Washington.
I had been driving from Deer Lake in Stevens County to go to protests and meetings about this topic.
Deer Lake was roughly an hour drive each way or maybe a little longer.
But I had made friends with a lot of folks in the medical marijuana community, and in fact we built the website for Change dispensary (www.changeinspokane.com). So my family and I regularly made the trip to support those in the community.
When we knew that there would be an initiative for full legalization, we made plans to move in to Spokane, despite that we are not really happy with living in a city as opposed to a rural mountain area. But we set forth anyway.
Our first order of business was to buy a screen press so that we could help with what little we were able to. Since we had a new baby in the house and driving long distances to Spokane to get signatures was difficult and in most cases impossible. We decided to send what provisions that we could to area coordinators and potential volunteers. We gave out between 100-150 shirts in 2010 to promote the cause. We used our own design, “Real Change is Not Too Late – 1068”.
We didn’t play a particularly involved role, nor did we have time. But we helped in what ways we could, and after getting to Spokane for the end of the petition drive we went out and got several sheets full of signatures.
We opened our business on North Division in a busy area in hopes to give people a place to sign the petition that is comfortable and professional as well, we had that business open for 3 months.
There was some mix ups during the campaign, and the area coordinator kept getting changed around. It was a little frustrating, but a lot of work was getting done while Renata Rollins was coordinating and that was encouraging. So we kept up our support, and even in the end when it was clear that we would not make the ballot, we gave another lot of merchandise from our store to encourage the unpaid volunteers for their efforts. We gave two complete skateboards, and 10 screen printed shirts.
We got word back from the coordinator that we gave the items too that one set of bearings got lost, and I don’t think they were ever recovered, so despite that we gave two complete skateboards, it only ended up being one complete setup, and then most of the parts for the second. The coordinator called us and asked us if we had another set of bearing to replace the bearings that were lost, and we didn’t have any.
Well, fast forward to the following year, this year. Things started slow, but in January MHP dispensary hosted a New Years Eve party and Sensible Washington folks were invited. I brought a dozen Sensible Washington shirts that we made, and a bunch of inventory from our store to donate for a raffle. We gave the shirts to who we thought was a coordinator, as she had been claiming to be one.
But the friend that she brought was claiming that she in fact was the coordinator. Well, since they were both riding together I figured it doesn’t matter who we gave it to, because it’s going to get to the right place one way or another.
Three months pass and there were supposed to be weekly meetings happening in that time, but in fact there was no meetings, except for one at the first of January in which it got canceled by the new coordinator and the meeting was rescheduled to be at someone’s house. It didn’t turn out very well because instead of it being a meeting of Sensible Washington volunteers, it ended up being a room full of dispensary owners, and the main topic was SB 5073. I was annoyed by that, because SB 5073 has been nothing but bad for our laws, and promoting SB 5073 seemed unproductive. The topic was I-1149, but that wasn’t what was being discussed.
I did some broadcasting on this topic and I was able to interview the state coordinator (at the time) Don Skakie.
After that, no Sensible Washington meetings happened at all for months. So a new coordinator stepped up and invited everyone to meet at a organic food store to have coffee. This was the first meeting in almost 3 months, so we donated shirts to this new coordinator person. Which caused conflicts with the second coordinator that came after the first coordinator. (confused yet?). Yet, we forged through. We ended up finding out that the first lot of inventory didn’t get used properly and for about 3 weeks the coordinator couldn’t even tell us what happened to the items. We thought that would be sold as a fundraiser, and it would help the coordinator with her expenses. Instead she blamed someone else for losing them, and we had to track everything down. We got about half of the items back. It was a mess. It caused a lot of hurt feelings too.
A few weeks after that meeting in March we were undecided on where we would be having meetings, as no one had a place yet. So we found a virtual office that had a conference room and we paid $200 per month to use their facilities. We had 4 meetings.
The first meeting we had 12 people show up, but the second coordinator (not using names) got pissed that we were having meetings for some reason, maybe because she wasn’t doing anything and hadn’t yet held a meeting in 3 months. So she started calling people and telling them “the DEA is investigating that place, and you will be under DEA surveillance”. Which is fine, we streamed each meeting over the internet, so incase people who had something to worry about who wanted to could still attend the meeting, and not have to be associated directly. But we didn’t care if the DEA was watching the place, it was silly. We had been advertising in the paper and spreading the word about an open to the public meeting. So if the DEA wanted to be there, it’s not like this meeting was secret and maybe if they were listening they learned a few things.
This is the power point presentation from March 4th 2011, our first meeting:
So after that our attendance started waning, we went from 12 people to 5 people, and at the last meeting there was only 4 people. A competing group who had been trying to get something going was just getting started at this time, they owned a medical marijuana collective, and instead of having their own meetings they were sending their volunteers to our meetings, which I made a reference to in the video that I made about this. I had to ask the person who was coming to not come back unless they could stop being rude by interrupting people, and I also ask that they take care of personal hygiene issues as people were starting to complain including my family who came to the meetings.
After awhile when we realized we had done all that we could do, and I am proud to say that we got petitions in to the hands of about 25 people including 14 area businesses, as well as we gave out dozens of t-shirts to support the cause as well as yard signs. But when it was obvious that our effectiveness had reached it’s limit in this pursuit, and when we realized that we needed to get set up for our new arrival who is due in August, we decided to leave 2 months early to go to California where we intend to build a hemp dome.
Before we left a new group had started to be formed in Spokane that had not been there before. We heard from Sensible Washington state coordinator Jared Allaway that the ASA was holding a rally and that they did not want attendees to talk about full legalization. I didn’t hear or know who was involved in organizing the ASA in Spokane, but I relayed publicly that Donna Lambert had been receiving a lot of attacks from this group in San Diego and I expressed my disappointment that the ASA would like to silence talk about full legalization.
Well the competing group who I mentioned that were sending people to our meetings rather than holding their own, are the same group that is organizing the ASA in Spokane. After I left I got physical threats sent to me via facebook which I video taped and uploaded to youtube (I made it private, but I have it on the record as well as oodles of other interesting situations). People may request to become friends on youtube, and if you NEED to know more, I can allow certain people to see it. Friend me here; http://youtube.com/xcannabiscom
So now they are saying that I was mean to their representative and that I have done more harm than good.
Fortunately for them, Im not there any more and they can get cannabis legalized in Washington without me.
Unfortunately, this is the same group saying “don’t talk about full legalization at the rallies“.
Why work on full legalization on the down low, but publicly say “don’t talk about full legalization”?
Either way, I can relate to Marcus Garvey and other civil rights activists who have had to deal with similar drama. Marcus Garvey’s story is particularly interesting, I hope you get a chance to watch the documentary “The Influence of Marcus Garvey”.
Alternatively you can see this video on xCannabis instead of Youtube:
So we are leaving for California at the end of April. Lots of people have asked “are you leaving because of the problems with the legalization movement”?
Come on, get real! ROFL There has been nothing but problems in the legalization movement. There are many reasons for that, but I have to say that none of these “problems” are very serious.
There are a lot of people with a lot of personality, and determination and passion all of which are fighting for this cause for their own reasons. Being that no one is really getting paid for this, and being that there is a lot riding on the outcome of this, yes there are some personality conflicts.
I think that many people are very excited to be the “boss”. Everyone wants their shot at it. That and the fact that there is so much money and influence in this movement presently. The cannabis industry is just taking off, and we have lawyers scrambling to figure what exactly they are going to do when prohibition ends, who will their clientele be? We have dispensaries who are fighting the idea of having more competition, we have lobbyists wondering what they will get paid to lobby for next, and we have police who forecast being out of a job if there are no potheads to arrest.
But the problems now are no different than the problems last year, or 30 years ago, or 50 years ago. These are the same problems, different year.
But to those who have asked the question, no we are not leaving to avoid these problems. However it is mighty convenient to move on to more peace and quite in the middle of the wilderness, just when all of this hit a boiling point. LOL
We have been announcing that we are going to leave to build our house this Spring for about 6 months now.
We have been very excited about are prospects to build our hemp dome on our property.
We actually bought this property last year, and we had planned on moving to it after cannabis was legalized with I-1068. But when I-1068 failed, we decided to move from our lake house rental in Loon Lake, to move into Spokane where the action was, and give it one more year, and one more try before we left for Cali. We thought we’d leave sometime between when our lease ended in April to sometime in June when our daughter was done with her extra curricular activities such as ballet.
But when we started seeing certain situations present themselves to us, and when we realized we would probably serve the movement better by not arguing with people about how things should be. We decided to move at the end of April instead of June so that we could get started on building our home.
It is pointless to argue with people most of the time, and that keeps coming around. With the new baby coming, and with the move that we are working on, the added stress of dealing with people’s ego’s helped us make our decision.
But we sent 9 Sensible Washington shirts and a collection of signatures for I-1149 to Seattle today, and we have more to send soon.
We will continue to fight for this cause, and if we need to, we will do it again next year. But for now, we are going to take care of some personal issues in our own life.
Peace and signatures!
This is “A Time 4 Hemp” with Casper Leitch in January where I talk with the show about our plans this summer.
So anyone who thinks they are responsible for me leaving. LOL Good luck! We move around a lot and experience the world.
We’ll be back in Spokane soon enough though, we always end up back in WA after a bit of traveling. =)
Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (adminstrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery. -Thomas Jefferson
We have been so blessed to know so many who stand up for their freedom. We wanted to thank Tim and Gina for standing up and redressing grievances with their local officials. This is an age old duty that everyone is tasked with. Too bad some people ignore the calling. But I congratulate these two very sweet souls for caring and stepping up to the plate, I have been deeply inspired by them and so many people in Washington. The people in this state are truly the reason that I call Washington home, and I always will.
This is from the March 7th City Council meeting (2011) in Spokane WA.
I’d rather stand up for the challenge rather than sit down for the show in most cases.
Lately I’ve been feeling pretty stressed out by what are changing about my rights in this country.
I have had some serious objections to how freedoms are changing, and how authoritarian figures are increasing their rule.
I have tried in the past to be very active and involved in declaring my freedom. It seems that it is always a very high stress level that I commit myself to, I hate taken a back seat to the actions taken to work on my freedom. Sitting down just doesn’t work for me.
So I have done what little I can do, with having a full family and more on the way, as well as with our ever changing situation, it has been hard to be active when I am feel called to action more than ever. With the new expenses and the new baby that have introduced their selves in our lives as of late, I have been taking more hours of work. Which means less hours working on the initiatives that I am currently working on.
But with my extra hours, I do try to do what I can from home, including making materials to promote the agendas, and posting easy to access information for people to read online and in the local classifieds papers.
But I only have a few signatures to show for my efforts, and that makes my kind of depressed and critical of my work.
Kimi on the other hand has been able to put lots of petitions in people’s hands, from Spokane to Ellensburg, several businesses and volunteers have petitions, and even though we won’t be around to pick most of these up, everyone knows that there is an address on the petitions to send them in directly to Sensible Washington. So hopefully those seeds produce great fruit. Kimi has filled up a few petitions herself. But it seems like it’s going to come down to the wire on Initiative 1149.
We have heard of an event that Sensible Washington is putting on for 4/20 in Spokane, and there is a huge reggae show on Spokane. We have added a lot of things to the calendar that people can attend and get signatures at. Big events are the best place for signatures. Lines work well as people have nothing else better to do but sign something they care about. http://xcannabis.com/calendar
A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.
A lot of updates to report with Washington politics and laws regarding cannabis.
Both sides are currently under attack, the medical and the full legalization for adults sides.
I shouldn’t say “sides” because we are all fighting for freedom, and if we aren’t than we are confused.
But some (not all) medical folks like to separate themselves from full legalization, and I think that boat already left the dock. We are on to a more mature cannabis culture, one that doesn’t treat harmless plants like some kind of highly contagious disease that may be caught.
This is my report with an inclusion of some hearing from the Senate Ways and Means committee on the fiscal issues.
This is a doctor, his lawyer and a patient all testifying about the negative effects of this bill.
Here is an example of just how serious our law makers are about helping patients. Mock them, reduce their value. Paint them out to be lazy stoners that can’t afford their own pizza!
For anyone who is interested, I have been toying with the idea that 3 months (3000 signatures per day) may not work out.
That maybe we should plan well in advance for doing this again next year. Just as a precautionary measure, you know not putting all of our apples in one basket.
I have some ideas and maybe some backing for next year if we HAVE to run this again.
I consider that the problem with this year is that there wasn’t a lot of planning last year for this. Everyone thought I-1068 was the end all be all of our efforts. Unfortunately it didn’t work out, and honestly this may not work out this year either.
So far I have come up with some info, but nothing else that is solid yet.
In my opinion I think we should put some checks and balances in place.
1. No one in a leadership role with special interests, including dispensers, growers, lobbyists or pot lawyers. (Special interests freaks contributors, and volunteers out)
2. A reliable and proven 3rd party signature count provider. (I have some good info on this)
3. A very open structure to the organization, none of this “I am coordinator, you better respect me” bull
I am planning for the worst, but hoping for the best.
If anyone is interested, I will be working on this idea over the next 8 months, and I will be posting my ideas accordingly on xCannabis.com.
I may not want to run or lead the campaign, but I am just kicking around ideas and posting them publicly incase someone wants to use these ideas, or maybe I will run it if no one else steps up.
But this is too serious of an issue to let the legislature take control of our rights. I would hate to see something like HB 1550 pass, and I would especially hate for SB 5073 to pass!!!
Here is a resource that I am using, and I have others that I am investigating now.
This is a group that people may want to look into for running successful citizens initiatives. Help on many levels, including info for professional independent petition counts>
Citizens in Charge Foundation
2050 Old Bridge Road Suite 103
Lake Ridge, VA 22192
Phone: (703) 492-1776
Fax: (703) 910-7728
Thanks for being concerned about your freedom, and DOING SOMETHING about it!