Articles Tagged: legalize

Carl’s Cannabis Corner Radio show May 22 Rescheduling Cannabis

May 23rd, 2011 | By Pirate

Carl’s Cannabis Corner Radio show May 22 Rescheduling Cannabis.
Thanks to our gracious host today Carl Olsen. Today’s topic “Rescheduling Cannabis vs. Full Legalization”.

Carl’s Cannabis Corner


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

May 4th, 2011 | By Pirate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can see more at

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

We need to address this on a National level.

You can sign the NI4d online.

Leave the state employees out of it

April 15th, 2011 | By Pirate

This further illustrates why a people’s initiative that does not include state employees for overseeing a highly regulated market is so important on a state level.   But to address prohibition on a national/federal level, we need more direct representation to change federal law, which is why I support  the National Initiative for Democracy:

When the state employees get appointed to cannabusiness jobs the threats start.

This is why I-1149 is the best choice by far in regards to protecting patients, and creating some sustainable jobs in the hemp industry.

This was a blog about HB 1550 from February where I voiced similar concerns about involving state employees in such a way.

Here is an update to the SB 5073 saga:

The top federal prosecutors in Washington sent a stern warning to Washington State that a medical-marijuana law passed by the legislature this week, which would license dispensaries and growers, could result in a wave of criminal charges against cannabis providers and even state employees. At the same time, in a mixed message, they telegraphed that the Obama Administration’s policy of tacitly permitting states with medical marijuana laws would proceed.×4814850

“The Washington legislative proposals will create a licensing scheme that permits large-scale marijuana cultivation and distributions,” wrote US Attorneys Jenny Durkan and Michael Ormsby, respectively representing the Western and Eastern districts of Washington State, in a letter sent today to Governor Chris Gregoire. “This would authorize conduct contrary to federal law and thus, would undermine the federal government’s efforts to regulate the possession, manufacturing, and trafficking of controlled substances. Accordingly, the Department could consider civil and criminal legal remedies regarding those who set up marijuana growing facilities and dispensaries as they will be doing so in violation of federal law. … In addition, state employees who conducted activities mandated by the Washington legislative proposals would not be immune from liability…” including “criminal prosecution.”

The letter was sent in response to an inquiry from Governor Gregoire to Attorney General Eric Holder.

Read more:

Source: Seattle Times

Washington’s top federal prosecutors have threatened to crack down if the state goes forward with a proposal to legalize medical-marijuana dispensaries and growers, putting in jeopardy a bill that has already passed both chambers of the Legislature.

… Earlier this month, Ormsby, the U.S. attorney in Spokane, warned in a news release that “marijuana stores” are illegal and urged property owners who rent to medical-marijuana dispensaries to evict their clients or potentially face forfeiture actions.

“We are preparing for quick and direct action against the operators of the stores,” Ormsby wrote.

Read more:

What can one person do online to promote freedom!?

April 12th, 2011 | By Pirate

There are a lot of things a person can do on the internet to promote freedom. I know that freedom is not a spectator sport, but there are things that homebody’s can do to promote and even enact freedom initiatives.

Please visit:

Legalize 2011!

New direction for xCannabis and Sensi Life

April 4th, 2011 | By Pirate

After a long and troubled road that we have driven on this I-1068 and I-1149 petition drive.  We have some sad news and some happy news to report.

So far between last year and this year we have given away almost 250 t-shirts for these initiatives.  We have also promoted the idea of full legalization by holding regular meetings, and last year we had a professional media/sign/t-shirt shop right across the road from Walmart, Home Depot and Rosaurs food at the Y in Spokane, and cannabis was our main theme.


We have been very blessed to have gotten to know many hard working activists like Renata, Dave, Ian, Jared, Don and so many others out there.


So even though we resigned today as coordinators from Sensible Washington, we wanted to not worry about the troubling and hard aspects of what led us to that decision, and instead we wanted to talk about all of the great things that have happened in the last couple of years.


We had the privilege in 2009 to help CHANGE build their business, and we were responsible for designing, and as a result of Change getting shut down, we also developed some open source software that we released for free to help dispensaries run their business legally and to keep records of serving “one patient at any given time”.


Twelve years ago, as a homeless young adult I was blessed to be able to get paid to get signatures for I-691 which started all of this, and ever since then I have been glad to continue with the fight for all of these years, throughout 4 different states.


My wife has been coordinating for Sensible Washington, until last night when we got some threatening calls from someone who desperately wants to be a coordinator, and we decided to step down because as it is we are pregnant and we have bigger things to worry about than some drama queen who wants to be the boss.


We are going to try to continue to help get petitions back, because as it is we don’t trust the person claiming to have all of the authority out in Spokane.  So we are instructing people to send their petitions back that we handed out directly to Sensible Washington at this address:

Sensible Washington – P.O. Box 1184 – Seattle, WA 98111-1184 Phone: 206-707-5502


If you need help with postage or envelopes we will gladly deliver these supplies to you or your business.

We also want to explicitly announce that we do not condone or feel represented by either Britney Lanza or Barbara Kirk.
We remove any support that we have lent to them in any way, and we want our friends and colleagues to know that they are not a part of anything that we have going on in this state or anywhere.   We are in fact rather embarrassed by their conduct and we are removing ourselves as representatives from Sensible Washington directly related to their participation in this petition drive.

We feel that this effort needs to be better represented and in our opinion these two are not representing well.  They certainly do not represent our interests or our efforts!

We are encouraging people to continue to the petition drive though, and as I have been recommending to people, please turn your petitions in directly to Sensible Washington via the address that is printed on the petition.


We are also encouraging people to participate in your local government.  We are aware of petitions that are being circulated around town to have our city council in Spokane to put cannabis criminalization as a lowest priority similar to Seattle, Denver and Breckenridge CO.



We encourage people to participate in the Spokane City Council meetings every Monday at 6pm.

There will be many like minded folks there as well, and the community needs your support.


If you need petitions for I-1149, we still have plenty and are more than willing to get them to you when you need them.


We will continue to have meeting every Friday at 7pm at:   1312 North Monroe St., Spokane WA 99205

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.

Returning petitions

March 27th, 2011 | By Pirate

When you collect a full sheet of signatures, or even if its not completely full but you want to turn in what you have collected, our recommendation is one of two things.

1.  Return them yourself via postal mail, the address is on the petitions
2.  Return them to the coordinator that you get the petitions from.

These petitions need to be accounted for, so if you got petitions from a particular coordinator, please return them to that coordinator and not someone else.

We have regular meetings, that you may find updates for in the local NickleNik (Spokane) paper, or on our website.  You may also find a calendar at: if you sign up as a volunteer.
We recently set up a Washington Cannabis hotline at:   888-694-8737 ext. 706.   You can learn where we will be holding a meeting and you can return the petitions at those meetings.   This is our up to date public calendar:



Meeting about legalization in Washington in Spokane @ 6:30pm tonight

February 25th, 2011 | By Pirate

Meeting about legalization in Washington in Spokane @ 6:30pm tonight.  2/25/11
I will be broadcasting the meeting @ Should be starting around 6:30pm as I understand it, we are meeting down by the community building at 35 w Main.

Medical cannabis only vs. Full legalization (update)

February 24th, 2011 | By Pirate

I have been talking about this full legalization vs. medical marijuana only (as prescribed by Dennis Peron and others).

I have always said after hearing this theory of “all cannabis use is medical use” that if we get complacent about legalizing and if we get to thinking medical is enough, while neglecting industrial, social and spiritual use, then the DEA will reschedule cannabis and take it away from us.

They are proposing to do JUST THAT now!

Read the following PDF:

US Government patent’s cannabis:

Sensible Washington Meeting 1/7/11

January 9th, 2011 | By Pirate

I did a radio broadcast on this meeting, not live at the meeting but a commentary afterward on our weekly Saturday radio show.

The Sensible Washington meeting changed locations a few times and there was a lot less people for this meeting as there were the same time last year at the same time.   It had a lot to do with the change of locations.  But Sensible Washington is working on a more permanent and reliable location for future meetings.  We are also considering commercial property for our radio show and for hosting meetings.

Listen to the radio show for 1/8/2011

Also as of now we have Don Skakie from Sensible Washington scheduled to be interviewed on 1/11/2011 on Sensi Life Radio.

Listen to internet radio with xcannabis on Blog Talk Radio