Articles Tagged: jack herer

Cannabis is not a drug ITS AN HERB!

September 2nd, 2011 | By Pirate

Sensi Life Morning Show Legalization vs. Medicalization

Talking about our friend Jerry Laberdee in Spokane, and his hunger strike from jail.
Also talking about how medical marijuana laws effect cannabis consumers, and penalties.
Touched again on rescheduling cannabis
Music by Pato Banton.
Please support H.R. 2306. Write your representative ask them to support it and sponsor this bill.

Reference: Information about California cannabis arrest statistics:
http://xcannabis.com/2011/05/how-are-medical-laws-protecting-patients/

Information about Cannabis Dispensary Owner in Oregon get arrested by local police:

http://www.oregonlive.com/

Support Jerry Laberdee:

Jerry Laberdee
1100 W. Mallon St.
Spokane WA 99260
Cell block 4518w

http://www.cannabisculture.com/  <article about Jerry Laberdee

Regulate Cannabis Like Wine 2012 initiatives to legalize cannabis in California

July 3rd, 2011 | By Pirate

Regulate Cannabis Like Wine 2012 initiatives to legalize cannabis in California

In this video I talk about the two proposed initiatives in California for 2012.
Both of these initiatives have lingo about “regulating cannabis like wine”.
I talk about the differences that have stood out to me.

 


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

 

Both initiatives propose legalization for adults over the age of 21.  Which means no criminal penalties for possession, transportation, sales, distribution, manufacturing or cultivation.
Both of the initiatives address taxes and taxes are included in both initiatives.
Both initiatives allow for industrial hemp, which in my consideration is the best part of these initiatives.
One thing that stands out is that the Regulate Cannabis Like Wine Initiative includes specific lingo that protects laws granted under Proposition 215.

1. (d) The People of the State of California hereby expressly declare that this Act does not repeal, modify, or change any present medical marijuana statutes as set forth in California Proposition 215 and its progeny.

I don’t see anything that specific in the Jack Herer initiative.  Although it doesn’t appear to violate the intent of Prop215, just that it helps increase liberty in regards to cannabis.

One thing that the Jack Herer initiative does that the Regulate Cannabis Like Wine initiative doesn’t do is it gives specific exemption to medical cannabis, but it does give an increased excised tax to all other cannabis of $10 per ounce.

2. Place an excise tax on commercial sale of cannabis hemp euphoric products, analogous to California’s wine industry model, so long as no excise tax or combination of excise taxes shall exceed $10.00 per ounce.

Judge for yourself:

Federal cannabis bill info:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/22/marijuana-bill-barney-frank-ron-paul_n_882707.html

California state cannabis initiatives for 2012:

 

References

Regarding taxes:

http://www.boe.ca.gov/news/pdf/173.pdf

http://articles.ocregister.com/2009-12-04/crime/24670292_1_dispensaries-medical-marijuana-collectives

Regarding the limitations in proposition 215:

http://xcannabis.com/2011/05/how-are-medical-laws-protecting-patients/

http://www.cjcj.org/files/Marijuana_Arrests_and_Californias_Drug_War.pdf

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”

Even at the convenience store

May 10th, 2010 | By Pirate

Even at the convenience store, people are hesitant to admit it, but eventually fess up to being pro marijuana.


One guy acted like I was crazy talking about weed in public like that.   I told him more about I-1068, and I could sense he was more at ease about what I was talking about.


I explain it to people who are working for a living, like myself.  “It will increase the value of your job, when the tourism, and the sales of marijuana start actually benefiting the community a little”.


I think for businesses, tourism will increase when WA is the first state to legalize marijuana.  I mean even if California legalizes, WA will still be first in many things.

People will come here and to California, just like they travel to Holland and Jamaica, Canada, etc..

Local and foreign business will flourish from this, and the local community will see a lot more jobs out getting filled as the people get freer.

Farmers, distributors, grow equipment, smoking utensils, and 8.9% tax just like on everything else sold in a retail environment.  
Medicine will still be a tax write off Im sure.  So medical marijuana will still have it’s place. But there will be a whole new side to this too, which shouldn’t hurt medical marijuana business, in fact it will probably help it a lot!


There are something like 12,000 medical marijuana patients in Spokane now.  (I could be a little wrong on that number, but I know last fall, there were around 8000 cannabis patients, and there have been a lot more sign up since then).

But think if there were 8 times that amount of potential customers from the black market that already buy marijuana regularly.  Many of them would be tourists.


I don’t know if this is what other people are thinking too.  But I suspect there are a lot of people that are already savvy on this idea, including our government.

But the best thing about I-1068, is there is no restrictions.  Meaning an adult can grow, possess, transport and sell any amount of marijuana.

Now people think “oh this is going to be devastating to our community”.  But how?   With there being some 40 million cannabis consumers in the USA (probably a lot more, thats just as many as who would admit to it on a governent survey), where are all of the devestating problems?  No one died from using too much weed last year, or any other year.  I did a report on how cannabis doesn’t seem to impair your driving like alcohol does.



Cannabis is much safer.  So like Colorado, Washington needs to campaign for a SAFER alternative to alcohol which DOES cause major damage to our communities.  The entire USA needs to stand up for our rights!  So that we are not borrowing money from China to stay afloat, allowing them to buy the USA one loan at a time.


We import hemp from China and sell it in the USA, but our famers can’t grow it legally??!  What?


This all need to be righted for our children and their children.  The survival of this world depends on crops like hemp, which are FAR more productive than trees, and take only one season to grow.  Hemp produces 4 times as much pulp as the same acreage of trees.  Trees take 20 years to grow, hemp takes one season to grow.  Not to mention all of the processing of greenhouse gases that hemp would sustain.  Like Jack Herer would probably say, Hemp is critical to human survival.


Bless up Jack Herer!  Let your wisdom and determination never fade away!



Jeffery Miron

Earth Day 2010

April 22nd, 2010 | By Pirate

Ryan Earth Day hemp revolutionIt is earth day in about 1 hour.  This is one of my favorite and in my opinion one of the most important holidays of the year.

I have been celebrating the  earth in my own unique ways for fifteen years.

Fourteen years ago, I got a tattoo on my arm to show my love for momma earth.


I think that one of the best ways to help our earth is to grow industrial hemp.

It is true that hemp is good for soil, and saves trees.  Not to mention hemp can be used for thousands of different products including fuel, food, clothing, rope, and so many other things.


This earth day lets focus on curing our earth for the pain that we put her through by working to legalize hemp!


Also, we should take a moment in silence to remember Jack Herer.  He was a good friend to momma earth!


If you haven’t had a chance to yet, please pick up a copy of “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer, it is a life changing experience to learn all about the hemp plant and what it can do for our world, and what it IS doing for our lovely world.


www.jackherer.com

Jack Herer the Hemperor passes away today April 15th 2010, Happy Trails!!

April 15th, 2010 | By Pirate


Hats off to you Jack for all of the work that you did to free the weed.  You are a true humanitarian and you live on in your work.

This tokes for you bro!  Wish I had met ya!


Jack Herer thanks to Salem News OR


For a real education on Hemp, check out Jack’s work at:  www.jackherer.com

 

I did some commentary on an article in Jack’s book about the marijuana monkeys.

http://xcannabis.com/2009/08/jack-herer-on-the-marijuanamonkeys/

 

It’s un-believable what the government tries to cover up.  Thanks to Jack for illuminating the truth!

Douglas Hiatt on I-1068, sounds like heaven!

April 5th, 2010 | By Pirate

I just want to thank Dougals Hiatt  and those who are working on I-1068!  Thank you so much!


This is Douglas Hiatt on King5 News talking about I-1068 and legalizing marijuana in Washington.
These are great facts!


This is for my Utah friends and people who are Latter Day Saints (Mormons)


A.D. 1854. The earliest paper to be made in Utah was formed by hand by Thomas Howard, an English Mormon, assisted by Thomas Hollis. The small beginning was sponsored by Brigham Young (1801-77) and the Mormon Church.  The first sheets of paper were produced on June 27, 1854 and probably found their original use in the printing of the Deseret News, Brigham Youngs newspaper, which began publication in Great Salt Lake City, June 15, 1850 this notice appeared in his newspaper:  Rags! Rags! Rags! Save your rags, everybody in Deseret, save your rags; old wagon covers [hemp], tents [hemp], quilts [hemp and flax], shirts [hemp], etc., are wanted for paper. [First mill opened in the Far West.]

Legalizing cannabis is not an un-Mormon priniciple



Whats with the monkey?

Currently one of our rotating head logos has a smoking monkey on it.
Some want to know whats up with the monkey’s? 
It doesn’t have a lot to do with the Zion Curtain, but in Jack Herer’s book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes“, there is an article about the government tests done with marijuana in the 70’s.

The researchers gave the monkey enough smoke to suffocate them, and that is exactly what happened to them, over and over again. Tell me one human that you know who smokes 63 Colombian strength joints in 5 minutes!?!?!! 
See this article, or reference The Emperor Wears No Clothes”.

How that relates to me, or even Utah.  Is that I served almost 8 months in Utah for possession (not distribution, not for growing, JUST possession) of a few grams of weed before I was 19 years old.  Utah has insane weed laws.


http://xcannabis.com/2009/08/jack-herer-on-the-marijuana-monkeys/

http://xcannabis.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/jackherer_monkeys1.jpg

http://xcannabis.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/jackherer_monkeys2.jpg

http://www.jackherer.com/chapters.html

Eleventh of September

Uwe Banton – 11th September

11th of September is a sad day for many different tragic events in history.
I think about this day on occasion. Even though it’s sad, it’s good to remember.

News from the Rev

Happy New Year!   I’ve been busy with some projects.  Doing some community service, by modifying some really cool open source software, for use in a marijuana dispensary environment.  I’ve invested some $$ and a lot of time in to this project.  We released the software(s) for free at EmeraldPOS.com
I have also been busy with cancer awareness and I have been posting what the CURE for cancer is, CANNABIS!
The new year 2010 seems like the old year, but progress IS being made in our government. If nothing else, the government is respecting the 10th Amendment better than in previous days. Marijuana is not such a villainous plant is seems. Laws are being passed, public servants are not being prejudice or piggoted (pot biggoted?)..

It also seems many if not most than many of the politicians in office today including the last 3 presidents of the USA are ‘former’ pot smokers. The current president “inhaled frequently, that was the point” by his own admission. Pot isn’t the evil corruption of this world like many religious folk make it out to be.   In fact, it’s quite the opposite.   I made a few videos last year about religion and cannabis.   Please enjoy the links below.  From the video at the top that shows that cannabis cures cancer.  To the cannabis and religion videos that I’ll be posting at the bottom. All in all 2009 was a great year, and 2010 seems like it will be the same.  Praise Jah!

Cannabis Cures Cancer



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGmPamqJpf8

More Cannabis Cures Cancer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJcVr0GLsEA

Politics – Utah vs. Marijuana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfp25vJZ_5k

1rst web sermon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z0lVzdP7DI

Politics, Religious Freedom (Barack Obama): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa8Q2I4TpZI

Protest at Drug Court in Idaho Falls on 4/20/2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXWGyXMJrVw

There was a bunch of good times. You can see the rest of them at: http://youtube.com/xcannabiscom

http://youtube.com/utahpirateradio

I think one of the better videos that I’ve made was my topic of Marcus Garvey / Bob Marley and the Irish Immigration in the early days of the USA, at least this is one that I put a lot of heart in to.



Yolanda Madden gets a new trial!

I love Barry Cooper, I think he is an outstanding human being. 
He is the former ‘top drug officer’ in his area, where in his career he headed a 14 organization drug task force.

Barry Cooper ultimately saw the pain and destruction and ineffectiveness of the drug war, and he switched sides and married a pot dealer.

See the latest story about what happened when Barry Cooper setup Odessa TX police in order to bring attention to the Yolanda Madden case.

Yolanda Madden gets a new trial! < link to Cooper’s site!

It’s too bad when the legal system itself is more corrupt than the so-called “criminals”. 
Odessa PD should be ashamed!

Good work Barry!

Legalizing cannabis is not an un-Mormon priniciple

It is a fact that Brigham Young himself directed his flock to grow cannabis.

From a document by an Idaho state Rep (Tom Trail)

Seven states have approved hemp cultivation. Many more might follow if North Dakota clears all the administrative and legal hurdles. Idaho Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, says he will resubmit a thrice-rejected bill allowing farmers to plant hemp if North Dakota succeeds. To the Eastern Idaho legislators who object, Trail notes that Brigham Young, patriarch of the early Mormon Church, directed Utah settlers to grow hemp.

“I think it’s a good crop,” Trail says.

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/tools/story_pf.asp?ID=166347

Here are other references to Brigham Young’s direction to Mormon settlers.

(he also instructed them to grow tobacco)

A.D. 1854. The earliest paper to be made in Utah was formed by hand by Thomas Howard, an English Mormon, assisted by Thomas Hollis. The small beginning was sponsored by Brigham Young (1801-77) and the Mormon Church.  The first sheets of paper were produced on June 27, 1854 and probably found their original use in the printing of the Deseret News, Brigham Youngs newspaper, which began publication in Great Salt Lake City, June 15, 1850 this notice appeared in his newspaper:  Rags! Rags! Rags! Save your rags, everybody in Deseret, save your rags; old wagon covers [hemp], tents [hemp], quilts [hemp and flax], shirts [hemp], etc., are wanted for paper. [First mill opened in the Far West.]

http://www.hempmuseum.org/SUBROOMS/HEMP%20PAPER%20CHRON.htm

This one from Rep. Tom Trails of Idaho:

http://www.infotrail.com/idaho2008/Pre_Legislative_Update/Hemp_Update/hemp_update.html

Like the prohibition in the 30’s that cost much money and many lives.  This prohibition (of cannabis) will end too!

Judge and former narcotics agent support legalization

Judge Nepolitano with special guest Barry Cooper discuss the benefits of ending prohibition, just like the USA did in the 30’s with alcohol.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV3bBqpy76M

Also see this report:

A labor organization’s former voice for a drug-free work force pleaded guilty Friday to trafficking medical-grade marijuana.

I support Barry Cooper for Attorney General! Go Barry!

Utah is responsible for the first cannabis prohibition

Police Harassment in Utah

Police Harassment in Utah

I have been researching the beginning of cannabis prohibition in the USA.  I have found several sources that show that the first prohibition of cannabis in the USA started with Mormons in Utah, without any science or logical reasoning.

Mormons which outlaw coffee, tea, alcohol, and tobacco for dogmatic religious reasons, banned cannabis when a group of Mormon missionaries returned from Mexico with cannabis.

This movie “High – A true tale of American Marijuana”  is a great show with truthful history of cannabis prohibition in the USA.
I HIGHLY recommend it!


HIGH The True Tale of American Marijuana

Also see a post that I made about this on xCannabis.com.

Also reference drugwarrant.com which has a great article on the subject.

LDS bloggers vs. the facts – prohibition discussion

This is a conversation that I recently got into with some long time LDS blogger aquaintenances that I have chatted with for over 8 years.  I felt compelled to bring this conversation to my blog and archive it, because with some of these same folks, I have had over 500 posts deleted in one day.  So I wanted to set the record straight, and archive it.

I’ve done this before when they have accused me of lying, cheating, and abusing them.  ROFL.  I either make a video, and/or archive these conversations for later.  I have a whole collection of these conversations spanning over 8 years, because of how many times I’ve been censored by some of these folks.

Anyway, this conversation is about LDS sponsored prohibition.   I made comments earlier in the conversation about “Why don’t LDS spend more money feeding the poor and helping out widows, and less time and money trying to take people’s rights away”..


Burt LDS in brown, Whew in blue and me in red:

If you drink that coffee your going to hell

If you drink that coffee your going to hell


“Then you make a statement that the LDS financed over half of the Prop 8 campaign! First off the LDS Church did not contribute any money to the Prop 8 campaign! Second what ever the real contribution by LDS members to the Prop 8 campaign, it is within their right to contribute to what they want to pass! No real rights were taken away by prop 8 just the right to call a same sex union a marriage, which is not a right!” My Previous comment!

Burt, if the LDS leaders that urged the members to donate, doesn’t qualify. And if the members don’t make up the organization. Then you have a point.

Here is an apostle urging the members to support the initiative: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=1B2ECCDC5A032A82&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&v=ewXaVmfOj2w
And the members responded. The members make the church. Without the members, the organization doesn’t exist.


Again I want you to back up your claim that the LDS Church financed over 50% of the Prop 8 campaign or admit that you Lied!

What happens when you learned the truth? Do you apologize Burt?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[44][45][46] whose members are commonly known as Mormons, also publicly supported the proposition. The First Presidency of the church announced its support for Proposition 8 in a letter intended to be read in every congregation in California. In this letter, church members were encouraged to “do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time.”[47][48] The response of the LDS membership to their leadership’s appeals to donate money and volunteer time was very supportive,[49] such that Latter-day Saints provided a significant source for financial donations in support of the proposition, both inside and outside the State of California.[50] About 45% of out-of-state contributions to ProtectMarriage.com came from Utah, over three times more than any other state.[51] ProtectMarriage, the official proponents of Proposition 8, estimate that about half the donations they received came from LDS sources, and that “eighty to ninety percent” of the early volunteers going door-to-door were LDS.[52] The LDS Church produced and broadcast to its congregations a program describing the opposition to the Proposition, and describing the timeline it proposes for what it describes as grassroots efforts to oppose the Proposition.[53][54] Local LDS leaders set organizational and monetary goals for their membership-sometimes quite specific-to fulfill this call.

Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah all have 3.2 beer laws!

I’ve lived in Colorado, a state where in fact you CAN buy wine in the grocery store, which IS stronger than 3.2%. Don’t misinterpret what I said.
If I want to cook with wine, I can go to the grocery store in the states that you have listed, and buy wine for my meal. In Utah, no go.

In Utah the only beer you can buy in a grocery, convenience, or drug store is 3.2 % by weight the only place you can buy higher content beer is in Liquer stores and some bars with Liquer license, with high content beer aproval! In Colorado the only beer you can buy in a Grocery store or convenience store is 3.2% by weight Some drug stores can sell 5% by volume beer! Some bars can get a licence to sell 5% by volume beer but they are not allowed to advertise the higher content, therefore you never know what you may get when you walk in to a bar! In Minnesota, some places can get a license to sell 5% by volume beer but it is not easy! In oklahoma 3.2% by weight is the normal but some places can sell 5% by volume beer but it has to be at room temperature!

See my last response.

How did Utah get 3.2% by weight beer in the first place? Federal regulation during prohibition! Many states were slow to change to higher contents after the law was changed! Most states were more concerned with harder Alcholol. But the 5 listed above still have not increase the alchohol level in Beer! How much difference is there between 3.2% by weight and 5% by volume? 3.2% by weight is the same as 4% by volume so it is 1% difference by volume! the difference between beer and 80 proof vodka (40% by volume) is 35% by volume 1% does not seem as much does it?

Did you fail to comment on the fact that Utah was the only state in the Union with “Private Clubs” as opposed to traditional pubs and bars?

http://www.sltrib.com/tourism/ci_12721457

don’t you feel foolish constantly posting false information and statements that have no basis in facts?


Out of all of the times I have to repeat the facts, and provide sources, over and over again. Sometimes it’s just too much for me. I posted the truth (again) and I just backed it up (again). Do you ever feel compelled to offer an apology? After 8 years, probably not… ;(

Burt

Whew says:

Good post Steve! Isn’t it interesting how Ryan claims Aspirin has killed more people than “Weed”. I sometimes watch the TV program called “Cops”, and it is very interesting at how many times the Police stop guy’s and gal’s under the influence of “Pot”, “weed” take your pick. And it is very interesting how the Police will not let them continue to drive their car, I wonder why?


I have never advocated for anyone to drive while intoxicated on anything. Not pain killers, not alcohol, not prozac. I don’t believe in driving while intoxicated, and Im glad that there are laws against it.
However, if you want to know more about it, have you ever tried to find a study that demonstrates how a person reacts while stoned?
I have, here is one of few studies on the subject. (BTW- If you look up statistics, there isn’t much to find there either. Why?)

~Ryan

Links

Alcohol related automobile fatalities in the USA

Information about marijuana related auto fatalities

Video showing a drunk man buying alcohol at 10:45 in the morning

Video of a man driving while stoned (televised study of the effects before and after)



You decide which is more harmful. Cannabis, or alcohol… I dont advocate for driving while intoxicated. However, there is a reason why there are 40 million marijuana smokers in the USA, and so few marijuana related accidents. And it has nothing to do with prohibition.

More information about Prop 8 financing: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/01/top-officials-w.html

(this post was removed from the original blog, or at least made private so that general visitors of the site can’t see it.

But I made some PDF’s of the conversation for ref.

Angry after leaving – Mormon2

Angry after leaving – Mormon3



“Then you make a statement that the LDS financed over half of the Prop 8 campaign! First off the LDS Church did not contribute any money to the Prop 8 campaign! Second what ever the real contribution by LDS members to the Prop 8 campaign, it is within their right to contribute to what they want to pass! No real rights were taken away by prop 8 just the right to call a same sex union a marriage, which is not a right!” My Previous comment!

Burt, if the LDS leaders that urged the members to donate, doesn’t qualify. And if the members don’t make up the organization. Then you have a point.

Here is an apostle urging the members to support the initiative: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=1B2ECCDC5A032A82&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&v=ewXaVmfOj2w
And the members responded. The members make the church. Without the members, the organization doesn’t exist.






Again I want you to back up your claim that the LDS Church financed over 50% of the Prop 8 campaign or admit that you Lied!

What happens when you learned the truth? Do you apologize Burt?




The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[44][45][46] whose members are commonly known as Mormons, also publicly supported the proposition. The First Presidency of the church announced its support for Proposition 8 in a letter intended to be read in every congregation in California. In this letter, church members were encouraged to “do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time.” Local LDS leaders set organizational and monetary goals for their membership-sometimes quite specific-to fulfill this call.[47][48] The response of the LDS membership to their leadership’s appeals to donate money and volunteer time was very supportive,[49] such that Latter-day Saints provided a significant source for financial donations in support of the proposition, both inside and outside the State of California.[50] About 45% of out-of-state contributions to ProtectMarriage.com came from Utah, over three times more than any other state.[51] ProtectMarriage, the official proponents of Proposition 8, estimate that about half the donations they received came from LDS sources, and that “eighty to ninety percent” of the early volunteers going door-to-door were LDS.[52] The LDS Church produced and broadcast to its congregations a program describing the opposition to the Proposition, and describing the timeline it proposes for what it describes as grassroots efforts to oppose the Proposition.[53][54]

Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah all have 3.2 beer laws!

I’ve lived in Colorado, a state where in fact you CAN buy wine in the grocery store, which IS stronger than 3.2%. Don’t misinterpret what I said.
If I want to cook with wine, I can go to the grocery store in the states that you have listed, and buy wine for my meal. In Utah, no go.

In Utah the only beer you can buy in a grocery, convenience, or drug store is 3.2 % by weight the only place you can buy higher content beer is in Liquer stores and some bars with Liquer license, with high content beer aproval! In Colorado the only beer you can buy in a Grocery store or convenience store is 3.2% by weight Some drug stores can sell 5% by volume beer! Some bars can get a licence to sell 5% by volume beer but they are not allowed to advertise the higher content, therefore you never know what you may get when you walk in to a bar! In Minnesota, some places can get a license to sell 5% by volume beer but it is not easy! In oklahoma 3.2% by weight is the normal but some places can sell 5% by volume beer but it has to be at room temperature!

See my last response.

How did Utah get 3.2% by weight beer in the first place? Federal regulation during prohibition! Many states were slow to change to higher contents after the law was changed! Most states were more concerned with harder Alcholol. But the 5 listed above still have not increase the alchohol level in Beer! How much difference is there between 3.2% by weight and 5% by volume? 3.2% by weight is the same as 4% by volume so it is 1% difference by volume! the difference between beer and 80 proof vodka (40% by volume) is 35% by volume 1% does not seem as much does it?

Did you fail to comment on the fact that Utah was the only state in the Union with “Private Clubs” as opposed to traditional pubs and bars?

http://www.sltrib.com/tourism/ci_12721457

don’t you feel foolish constantly posting false information and statements that have no basis in facts?


Out of all of the times I have to repeat the facts, and provide sources, over and over again. Sometimes it’s just too much for me. I posted the truth (again) and I just backed it up (again). Do you ever feel compelled to offer an apology? After 8 years, probably not… ;(

Burt

Whew says:

Good post Steve! Isn’t it interesting how Ryan claims Aspirin has killed more people than “Weed”. I sometimes watch the TV program called “Cops”, and it is very interesting at how many times the Police stop guy’s and gal’s under the influence of “Pot”, “weed” take your pick. And it is very interesting how the Police will not let them continue to drive their car, I wonder why?


I have never advocated for anyone to drive while intoxicated on anything. Not pain killers, not alcohol, not prozac. I don’t believe in driving while intoxicated, and Im glad that there are laws against it.

However, if you want to know more about it, have you ever tried to find a study that demonstrates how a person reacts while stoned?

I have, here is one of few studies on the subject. (BTW- If you look up statistics, there isn’t much to find there either. Why?)

~Ryan

Links

Alcohol related automobile fatalities in the USA

Information about marijuana related auto fatalities

Video showing a drunk man buying alcohol at 10:45 in the morning

Video Showing a stoned man using cannabis while driving (before getting stoned and after)


You decide which is more harmful. Cannabis, or alcohol… I dont advocate for driving while intoxicated. However, there is a reason why there are 40 million marijuana smokers in the USA, and so few marijuana related accidents. And it has nothing to do with prohibition.

More information about Prop 8 financing: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/01/top-officials-w.html

Protesting all alone behind the zion curtain

I have organized and attended many rallies in Utah and Idaho over the past year.  Whenever I have an opportunity to do it, I do.

Which means, every holiday that we travel to those areas, I make it a point to make a new sign, and I show it off in front of drug court at some town Behind the Zion Curtain.

I have very few if any people show up.  I often get the crotchety old man or old lady who lectures me about immorality or something.  But something that can be seen in the videos that I make is that people honk, hug me, or scream cheers of support.  And no small amount at that.  It is really fun making a bunch of noise in these town of Utah where prohibition is the normality.

Whether we are talking about people shunning those who drink coffee, or tea, or who smoke cigarettes, or come from a different religion and are proud of it.  All of these things are against Mormon doctrine.   You can see these doctrines in the “Word of Wisdom” which is actual a section from their book of doctrines titled “The Doctrine and Covenants” .   Reference: Doctrine and Covenants Section 89 (Also see the main LDS website for the Utah group here:  http://tinyurl.com/6ry8bt)

The idea that other religions get shunned because of the LDS in Utah, also appears to be doctrinal.   Joseph Smith History Chapter 1

” I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.”

I consider this institutionalized bigotry.  Which is something else that I advocate against.
So this Thankgiving, I will find myself Behind the Zion Curtain once again, and I will be looking for a good place to protest.
If anyone knows of any good parades, or events let me know.   info@behindzioncurtain.com

This is a video of one of my last protests in Utah:



BTW-  EVERYONE is welcome to attend and participate!

Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857

If you are wondering what that pile of rocks are on the banner at BehindZionCurtain.com, that is a mound built to memorialize a massive grave for over 120 innocent men, women and children that were killed while unarmed by Mormon leaders in Southern Utah in 1857.

The reason that I put that mound on the website, is as a protest to the LDS church not allowing the family members of the victims to properly mourn or give proper burial to their ancestors.
The LDS church owns the property where the current mound is now. But in the late 1850s a rock cairn was built with a cross on top in the exact same place as the LDS owned memorial is now. But Brigham Young in a fit of rage, ordered that the memorial be torn down. Since it has been rebuilt, the LDS church has prevented the family of the victims from erecting the signature cross that Major J. H. Carleton had originally constructed on the memorial, to give reverence to the faith of the victims who were buried there.
It should be noted that the LDS church does not consider the cross a sacred icon, and it is not worn by LDS and you will not find a cross at any LDS church or temple.

This is what the original cairn would have looked like:

Mountain Meadows Massacre Cairn

Mountain Meadows Massacre Cairn

The MMMF (Mountain Meadows Massacre Foundation) have constructed a replica of the original memorial in Carrollton Arkansas. See pictures at this link: MMMF Replica Memorial

It is my opinion that the LDS church are in the wrong for the massacre back in 1857. They are also wrong for restricting the family members of the victims from properly honoring their ancestors.
SHAME ON YOU LDS!

xCannabis Updates for September – October 2009

September 25th, 2009 | By Pirate

xCannabis in the Zion Curtain

xCannabis in the Zion Curtain

Here are a few updates that you should know about. I will be in Provo Utah, Protesting at the 4th District Court on Monday October 12th 2009 from 2pm to 4:19pm.

125 N 100 W, Provo, UT?
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I will attempt to follow up with a rally in Salt Lake City on the following day, Tuesday October 13th from 2pm to 4:20pm. The rally will be at the SLC Federal Court Building, just like the last time.

400 south Main St.

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I also know now that Jack Herer is alive, and could use our prayers and hopes for his recovery. Visit http://www.jackherer.com/ For details of his condition.

I also just learned on CannabisCulture.com that Marc Emery will be in custody on September 28th. He is asking for support. I am going to try to make a way for me to be in Seattle. But I have to be in Utah the following week, so I may not be able to make it. I encourage you to go out to show him support both in B.C. and Seattle.
Here are the details of that. http://cannabisculture.com/v2/content/marc-emery-be-taken-custody

Brush up on history and Marc Emery by visiting Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Emery
Also, Eddy Lepp is not free. Please keep those in mind who are not as fortunate to be on the outside of a cage, and please be grateful for men and women who are willing to stand up for their rights!
Our motto at xCannabis is “Exercising your FREEDOM, Preserves your FREEDOM”.. We have to stand united, so spare some time and muster some courage to stand up for what you believe in.

Write me if you have any questions: info @ xCannabis.com

The end can also be a new beginning

September 19th, 2009 | By Pirate

It has been a sad day today, learning of two sad loses.
First of all, as a family shoutout. We lost our cousin today Carlos. Who died at a very young age as a passenger of a car that got in a really bad accident. Im toking tonight in remembrance of two men that I’ve never met, but who both deeply effected my life today.

Jack Herer

Jack Herer

I don’t know if this is true, but according to many internet resources, Jack Herer is either in critical condition from a heart attack, and other reports say that he has passed on.
Since I don’t subscribe to television, I can only rely on the internet and friends for information.

So I will share a few sources that I deem credible that have mentioned Jack’s condition.

http://www.celebstoner.com/200909182963/comments/comments/it-has-been-confirmed-from-family-that.html

Also see this link, which seems to have a different report, but may be a source worth investigating.

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/september172009/jack_update_9-17-09.php

Incase you are one of few who do not know who Jack Herer is.  He is “the Hemperor”, he is one of the most referenced authors in the cannabis culture.   Jack Herer wrote “The Emperor Wears No Cloths”, which is where his well deserved title comes from.  This is an encyclopedia on cannabis history.   I’ve shared some of my favorite pages from Jack’s book on xCannabis as of late.  He has some amazing facts that are able to hold up.  Jack knows his stuff!

This is Jack’s website:  http://www.jackherer.com/

I first read this book at a bookshop in Seattle about 10 years ago:  The Emperor Wears No Clothes .
The information that I read in there, in regards to history, religion and debunked marijuana myths was a beginning of a life changing experience that wouldn’t come to harvest for nearly 10 years.

I could never remember Jack’s name, but I remembered the name of the book, and some of the information that I read in the book.  I have long recited the facts behind the marijuana monkey studies.  And it wasn’t until about 2 years ago that I located the book in the bookstore while doing some installations in Barnes N’ Noble.   “Jack Herer” thats the name that I was trying to remember.   I have been enriched with hard to find facts through that book, and I can honestly say Jack has inspired me in many ways.   What a diligent, intelligent, and freedom loving man!

Emperor of Hemp – The Jack Herer Story:

Im blazing with Carlos and Jack in my thoughts and prayers.
Neither of you will ever be forgotten.

Thanks Adam for the vid link!  Welcome back!!!

Jack Herer on the Marijuana Monkeys

August 28th, 2009 | By Pirate

I did a broadcast back in May when we lived in Idaho.  Its the broadcast that I have stored at Ustream.tv from the end of May 2009.

In the middle of that broadcast, I mentioned this marijuana/monkey study that was done in the 70’s.  Where they decided to show that marijuana was harmful by forcing 30 blunts worth of high grade Columbian marijuana down these monkey’s lungs every day causing them to atrophy in approximately 90 days.  Some experienced even greater marijuana injection up to 63 blunts in 5 minutes.

Monkey Marijuana Study
Marijuana monkey study

I couldn’t find this study on the internet anywhere, but I knew that I had saw it somewhere.
When I was at the CHANGE dispensary, I found it in Jack Herer’s book “The Emperor Wears No Cloths

So I made copies to link to the blog and to share via my next vlogcast which is tomorrow at 6pm PST.
http://xtube.xcannabis.com

Here are the links to the study, these images are used via the Fair Use copyright act.


http://xcannabis.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/jackherer_monkeys1.jpg

http://xcannabis.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/jackherer_monkeys2.jpg

Im glad I finally found the links, it was embarassing that I was broadcasting about this, and I hadn’t gotten my sources rounded up.
After looking on the internet for 20 minutes, and not finding it.  This was a relief!  Im posting this up so that others may have access to it.
I suggest taking what I have here and posting it on your website as well!