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Maine petition – to put legalization on the ballot

August 9th, 2015 | By Pirate

Maine pushes to legalize marijuana similar to alcohol via‘s campaign that was launched in June 2015.

Maine petition – to put legalization on the ballot

From the website, this is the initiative summary.  You can read the full initiative here.

What the Initiative Will Do

  • End marijuana prohibition — It allows adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes, and possess the marijuana produced by those plants. It will remain illegal to use marijuana in public places, and the initiative does NOT change existing laws that prohibit driving under the influence of marijuana.
  • Regulate marijuana — It establishes a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, product-manufacturing facilities, and testing facilities and creates rules governing the production, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana and marijuana-related products (e.g. testing, labeling, and packaging requirements). Municipalities will have the right to prohibit the operation of marijuana establishments.
  • Tax marijuana — Enacts a 10% tax on marijuana sales in addition to the standard sales tax and allocates tax revenue generated by marijuana sales to public education. Medical marijuana sales will NOT be subjected to the 10% sales tax.

What the Initiative Will NOT Do

  • It will NOT change the ability of employers to maintain their current employment policies or create new employment policies that restrict the use of marijuana by employees.
  • It will NOT change existing medical marijuana laws for patients, caregivers, or medical marijuana businesses.

– See more at:

While this isn’t exactly like alcohol regulation, being that there are no limits that I am aware of for home brewing your own beer, or wine, etc.
With this initiative, a person over 21 is limited to growing 6 plants, and possessing 1 ounce.  So the name of the initiative is a little disingenuous IMHO.
But a few good aspects, is that the full initiative is only 19 pages.  Which is much better than Washington’s I-502 which was 68 pages with lots of carefully worded hidden agendas.   I would not support anything like I-502.
Yet even though this initiative is not perfect, I am being pragmatic and supporting something that is better than current law, and something that gets us a step closer to complete nullification.
I honestly believe that once voters see the benefits, and lack of concern when cannabis is freer than now, that they will realize that the full benefits of cannabis can only add value to society and we as a community we nullify all of the unproductive cannabis laws on the books, and treat cannabis as just another plant.
I said the same thing about Proposition 19 in California on August 30th 2010.   I even moved to California from Washington state fully expecting that initiative to pass, which sadly we got so very close and then we missed it by just a few points.

Maine legislators kill two pro-legalization bills in one week

June 30th, 2015 | By Pirate

While the legislature has made sense on the most important aspect of the cannabis plant, it looks as if though Maine has become un-smart on the other benefits of the plant.

In just one week the Maine legislature as killed two pro-legalization bills.  Both LD 1380 and LD 1401.   One can only assume their motives aside what they have publicly said on the matter to the press.   But I have to give a few of them the benefit of the doubt.   Personally after seeing the mess that was created in Washington state, the adversely effected patients, and set a precedence for ultra-high taxes on the legal cannabis market, hence forcing recreational users back into the already strong black market.  It may be that those signals from Washington and in other places, have allowed the Maine legislature to give pause to this notion, and with good reason.

From reading the Bangor Daily news, I have caught the gist of the conversation over this topic in the Maine legislature.

Russell and Dion both said it’s only a matter of time before voters enact legalization by citizens’ initiative. The regulatory needs of legalization will be immense, and the Legislature should learn from history, they said.

“Each and every Legislature that has sat in this chamber since then has been confronted with innumerable bills to play catchup,” Representative Mark Dion said. “When we have to play catchup, citizens are at risk. Their conduct is called into question, and the government enacts a high price on error.”

“We don’t know what voters will or won’t do. They change their minds,” Representative William Tuell said. “If the voters do legalize marijuana, [but the Legislature passes this bill], we’re essentially heading them off at the pass.”

That statement by Representative Tuell hits a nerve, because I wish that Washington state legislatures should have stayed out the medical cannabis issue all together in my opinion, after having much more than a decade of trial with the well formed and liberal medical cannabis laws in Washington that have seemed to do not only good by the patients that need it, but also by the state itself in noticing how crime rates dropped drastically after the 1998 passing of I-692 that legalized medical cannabis for qualifying patients.

One very uneducated Representative made some near “reefer madness” claims about the power and authority of the Federal Government.   Representative James Campbell and Independent from Newfield said the following.

“Why don’t they put a bill in to tell the people of Maine not to pay their federal taxes anymore?” he said. “What they’re doing is telling the people of Maine how to break federal law. And I think it’s disgusting.”

This is the kind of representative who appears to not be well educated on constitutional matters.  As states do in fact have the right to have laws that vary from federal law, and this example can be found in many hundreds if not thousands of examples.  One example is the minimum wage.  The Federal law says minimum wage is __fill in the blank__ and states can increase that if they would like.   Guns and abortion are another hot topic of how one state varies from another state, and also from the Federal government.  Then of course there are medical marijuana laws, of which Maine is a medical marijuana state, and those type of laws have been independent and maybe even contrary to the Federal Government’s laws on the topic.   James Campbell is running on old and out dated logic, much like Governor LePage, when LePage vetoed the Hemp Bill LD4 just to have the legislature quickly override him the following month with the easily obtained 2/3s majority that is required.

LePage said among other things;  “This legislation is fatally flawed and due to current federal law, I can see no way to make this concept work. Maine’s current law regarding industrial hemp contains “trigger provisions” that limit State licensing until the federal government excludes industrial hemp from the definition of “marihuana” or until the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency issues permits for growing industrial hemp.”

But this goes back to the working medical marijuana laws in Maine.

LePage also made another erroneous comment about industrial hemp when he said;

“I also have serious doubts about the agricultural and economic benefits of this bill. At this time, there are no developed markets in Maine for hemp and it is unlikely that this product would command a price high enough to make this crop worth growing. Proponents argue that hemp fiber can act as a replacement for wood fiber, but Maine already has a vibrant forest industry with developed infrastructure. The same cannot be said for hemp, as there is currently no equipment in Maine to grow, harvest, transport, or process hemp.”

That comment I believe brings us to the heart of the issue.  There is already established industries with LePage’s and other representatives ears.   LePage citing the “vibrant forest industry” shows to me a little bias.
There are far more uses for hemp than just fiber.  My wife and I’s company is for hemp motor oil, fuel, and body parts, similar to how Henry Ford and Rudolph Diesel designed cars in the 1940s.

With all of the things that are wrong in these discussions in the legislature and in the governor’s office, I can still only be grateful for the ability to legally grow industrial hemp, which we plan on doing asap.

With that in the Bangor Daily News article that I read on this topic, there are two separate and competing pro-legalization groups that are collecting signatures to put the legalization question out to statewide ballot in 2016.
Please read both of those initiatives and be educated on what is coming!


Maine finally legalizes hemp!

June 28th, 2015 | By Pirate

Maine finally legalizes hemp when the legislature overrides governor’s veto.

Since the second World War, Hemp has not been grown legally on American soil for commercial purposes.   With a change in Maine law via LD4 in the legislature, Maine has finally legalized the COMMERCIAL production/farming of industrial hemp.

It was a bitter battle getting to this point.  Where a bipartisan group of representatives and senators passed this bill and sent it to governor LePage to sign.  Governor Paul LePage vetoed the bill, and issued this statement defending his action;

Governor LePage said in a May 8 statement defending his decision to veto the bill, “I simply cannot support inadvertently putting Maine’s hard working farmers at risk of violating federal criminal laws, which is the practical effect of this bill.

But the legislature quickly overrode the veto with a 2/3s majority.   On May 12, the House voted 135-6 to override LaPage’s veto, and one June 16th, the Senate voted 27-6 to over ride the non-sense veto by the governor.

The bill reads;

2. Growing permitted. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person may plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell and buy industrial hemp if that person holds a license issued pursuant to subsection 4. A person licensed pursuant to subsection 4 may plant, grow and harvest only hemp that is grown from seeds acquired from a certified G1 seed source. A person licensed pursuant to subsection 4 may acquire hemp seeds directly from a certified seed source or from a hemp seed distributor licensed in this State distributing hemp seeds pursuant to subsection 2-A.
An amendment to the bill included an “emergency clause,” which bypasses the normal 90-day waiting period for a law to take effect. The bill notes that “farmers need adequate time to prepare for their upcoming growing seasons,” and supporters wanted to make sure the process moved forward immediately.

While there are some rules that will need to be created by the Department of Agriculture, the sponsors of LD4 expressly included in the measure that all will be “routine technical” rather than “major substantive” rules, and required the commissioner to issue them.

A “major substantive” clause would require approval by the legislature, which would have delayed hemp farming for at least another year. The emergency clause ensures that supporters will have as much time as possible on their side!

This is why my wife and I once again left Idaho to come back to Maine.  We are now preparing our land for hemp crops.  We hired a forester and we are going to start clearing the land for this pursuit ASAP.  We have been sourcing seeds and equipment and we have some great leads.   Section 2 of the legislation makes sourcing seeds much easier than previous bills that have passed on this matter;  “A person licensed pursuant to subsection 4 may acquire hemp seeds directly from a certified seed source or from a hemp seed distributor licensed in this State distributing hemp seeds pursuant to subsection 2-A.”

The Thompson family will soon be farmers of Industrial Hemp!

Maine =  “The Way Life Should Be”

More information:

This is our hemp biofuel company;

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;    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.

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?”
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.




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!

So I go in to a headshop today, and freak one of the locals out

May 4th, 2015 | By Pirate

So just for the record.  I ALWAYS talk about Hemp.  I have many motives, many reasons, just like about everyone in the world with a head on their shoulder.

But let me explain something to you.  I would NEVER go in to anyone’s place of business, and talk about anything illegal.

So I go in to a “headshop” that sells HEMP today and I mention “hemp eliquid” because the Hookah pens that they sell look an awful lot like the “ehookahzz hemp pens“, I asked him “are those the e-hookahzz hemp pens”?   A   But I guess the thing that he wasn’t getting, is that LD 4 is in the Maine legislator  right now, (also see this update: to legalize hemp on a state level WITHOUT federal approval/aka legalization on a federal level, and the sources I speak to are speculating that the governor will sign this as well.  It’s still working it’s way through committees as we speak, but its moving and it appears to be something most are in favor of in these committees.   But for sure do your own research!

I was explaining that the new hemp law is why we moved here.   I mean we have lived in 4 medical marijuana states, plus Colorado and Washington.   Our first born was born in Colorado.
So if we were worried about medical marijuana, we would just go to a different state all together.  We are here because hemp seems like a likely crop to be happening here in the near future, and we want to invest in hemp.   I think out of all formats of the cannabis sativa plant, that HEMP is the most valuable, and most productive crop.

Although I have very well already receive a medical marijuana recommend in the state of Maine from my therapist Christine Carr.  I have the recommend available to be reviewed by anyone I choose.  I also have a medical recommend in 3 other states by M.D.’s, and I have since 2009.

But that is completely besides the point.  I just think it’s trippy how people react to the word “hemp” at all.   I mean do these people not distinguish the difference between hemp and sensimilla ?  There is a large difference, even though they are the same species of plant.

Hemp (from Old English hænep) is a commonly used term for high-growing varieties of the Cannabis plant and its products, which include fiber, oil, and seed. Hemp is refined into products such as hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel.

Other variants of the herb Cannabis are widely used as a drug, commonly known as marijuana. These variants are typically low-growing and have higher content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoids. The legality of Cannabis varies widely from country to country, and from state to state in the United States. In many countries regulatory limits for concentrations of psychoactive drug compounds, particularly THC, in hemp require the use of strains of the plant which are bred for low content.[1]  (wikipedia 05/2015 hemp)




1. (Recreational Drugs) a type of marijuana with a very high narcotic content
2. (Plants) the plant from which it is obtained
[C20: from American Spanish, literally: without seed]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

I tend to cross reference many sources for a definition, I suggest that you do the same.


Here is what I was talking about, and what I was trying to give him advice on, from one shop owner to another shop.  Is, check out this HEMP based eliquid that is legal in all 50 states.  An eliquid that I sold at my shop in Pocatello Idaho, where there are no favorable laws for cannabis, with the exception of allowing folks to import and sell HEMP that has “naturally occurring amounts of THC” (less than 1% is the DEA standard for “naturally occurring amounts).


Here is from their Page:  “There is no need for a Prescription or Medical card to purchase CBD. It is a natural constituent of the Industrial Hemp plant containing very low levels of THC. Having only trace amounts of THC, our CBD oil is non-psychoactive and legal in all 50 states. In fact, the FDA considers hemp oil to be a nutritional supplement.”

This is an ad that I had placed in my own print news paper “The Clovis Star

Emerald See Hemp Eiquid

Emerald See Hemp Eiquid









Our youtube video about this Cold Pressed Hemp Product/Eliquid here;

Anyway,  you can see the newspaper from where that ad was placed here:  or @

In the fall of 2014, our Clovis Star Newspaper put out more information on the DOJ’s decision on this industrial hemp’s qualifying factors, which basically came down to “what is naturally occurring amounts of THC”.     See that edition here;

And for anyone interested, this was our debut Maine edition of the Clovis Star for Fall/Winter 2013;

Recently I had a tenant accuse me of being a “pot head” after he and I got in a dispute about him smoking in our apartment that we rented to him.  He signed a lease saying that he would not smoke in the apartment, otherwise if he did, he agreed to an “immediate eviction”.   When he complained about “a weird smell”  I reminded him of a conversation that I over heard, where he was smoking on his front porch (which was not allowed on the lease) and he was talking to his neighbor about burning weed, and he had a horrible mix of inscents that other tenants had complained about to the police, something that smelled like a mix of potchoulli and playdoh.

And I get this a lot, since my car has a big ass hemp leaf on it.  And my store sold hemp eliquid.  I guess it doesn’t help my defense when I have also been a signature coordinator for legalization/decriminalization of cannabis campaigns/initiatives.

I guess what logic doesn’t make sense there, is that anyone who wants to regulate cannabis, and put it in a “legal” environment, is that they want to take money out of the cartels and gangs and put it in the community instead.  I am someone who has worked hard and invested diligently for 20 years to get cannabis into a functional industry for general society (rather than just the black market, and grey market, etc).  So no, I am not going around ruthlessly trying to break laws.  That is not my gig at all.  I haven’t had a problem with the law since 1997, other than a little domestic thing with my father in law this year.  But for 99% of the last 20 years, I have been clean as a whistle.   What is on my record from 20 years ago, is misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana and nothing else.

I brought a legal format of cannabis to several very “red” (prohibition rich) states, and let the general population (who does not frequent the black market) experience a legal benign format of cannabis aka “industrial hemp” oil.   It went over very well in Idaho where there are no MMJ laws, no hemp laws, no rec laws, etc.  Idaho is as prohibition rich as it gets, and a good portion of the city budget for Pocatello comes from fines and forfeiture (research for yourself, I can’t not recall where I read that) .  So selling cannabis there, even in the format that it was being prepare, it was still a very Taboo subject.   But we did it anyway.

In Maine, at least they have medical marijuana, and they pass an industrial hemp law last year, which is being revised and is in committee now and should be passed which this time it will actually allow access to farmers who want to grow hemp (I am one of them).


Not All Marijuana Is Illegal

Not All Marijuana Is Illegal



















When people have told me that I have offended them for not being more assertive, or not doing enough.
I don’t mean to demand too much.  I think that our freedom is worth fighting for, and I don’t believe that armchair activism is very effective.

I want to apologize for anyone’s feelings that I may have hurt in my recovery since the car accident.  Dealing with stress right now is difficult, and I have been officially diagnosed with PTSD.

I am getting readjusted.  I will also write up something nice about this business in our print newspaper.  After all, they are one of very few in the area, and their selection is fantastic.
I also understand about being paranoid, but also at some point you have to stand up and fight regardless of any fear or hesitation.  Hemp should not be illegal to grow, it is just stupid that it is.
Most modern nations do grow industrial hemp, including our neighbor Canada and many of our allies including the UK and Australia.
(I know, Im talking in terms of imaginary borders, anyway..  You get my point hopefully)

peace, love and prosperity!


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NJ Weedman gets his medicine by mail (Cannabis delivery)

August 27th, 2013 | By Pirate

I have been following NJ Weedman lately again.  It has been a few months since I have paid much attention to anything but healing from my accident.  But I have watched NJ Weedman as he has been getting treatments for his bone cancer in California, while living in New Jersey.   We had contacted Ed Forcion (AKA NJ WEEDMAN) in June when we were on our way to our new home on the east coast and we wanted to do an interview with him.   Ed agreed, and we told Ed we would pay him for his time.
When we got to Ohio, we started see how low our funds were, and how far we were from Maine.  So we told Ed we would have to reschedule.   New Jersey would have taken us several hundred miles out of our route.

Tonight I was able to send Ed $20, to try to keep my promise.  I figure it may come in handy during a rainy day when Ed is budless.  I sure wish I could send more.  I know Ed is overwhelmed right now with medical treatments, court cases, and activism.  As Ed often says “Activism doesn’t pay” and I know that all too well.   It was nice to be able to support a good activist and someone who has been very effective in promoting and using Jury Nullification.  Good work Ed!

Tonight Ed posted a video about how he had sent his medicine to himself from California to New Jersey and he displayed a video with all of his ganja treats..   This is revolutionary!   People in so-called “Dry states” can do this too, and there are many ways to do it.

First this is Ed’s documentation of this process:

See more at:

Now here is the nitty gritty of how this works for other people.

I have learned about several websites on the “Darknet” that you can purchase and have different illicit items shipped to you.

It is neither illegal to visit these sites, nor is it illegal to post about them.  But the legality of the items and the process in which the items are shipped is a different story.   Before I give any links to these sites or references to these sites, let me make it clear.

1.  You do no know who you are ordering from.  Be very mindful of that.

2.  You don’t know what you will receive in the mail or who will follow your package

3.  You need to be VERY careful of how you browse these sites and how you relay information over the internet.
With this in mind.   I am neither responsible for your orders, or your actions.  You take full responsibility!

However if you are a cancer patient and you need cannabis for medicine, I have no moral conflict with you ordering cannabis online to help treat your symptoms or in fact to even CURE your ailments with cannabis.   I lost my father and my grandmother to cancer, as well as countless friends and loved ones.

First is Silk Road Marketplace, which is one of the oldest sites for ordering medicine over the “Darknet”.

They accept bitcoin as payment and they offer both sellers accounts and buyers account.   You can learn more at Wikipedia

Forbes reports that Silk Road makes 22 million dollars in sales per year.

Then there is a few smaller sites.  One that I have heard of is “Black Market Reloaded”, and I do not know much about it.  You will have to do your own research.

Another one that has made some recent waves over the last few months, and has gotten a lot of press is “Atlantis”.   Which is also an .onion website, and offers very similar services to Silk Road.  They are probably most well known as Silk Road’s biggest competitor.

Learn more about them at this link:

Now down to the security issue.   As NJ Weedman says, he does not have items delivered to his own house.  That would just be stupid.   So finding a drop location is going to be one of the most difficult problems with getting meds by mail.

It takes the TOR Network to even gain access to these sites.  The TOR Project is used by various private individuals, organizations and governments to provide concealed/anonymous internet browsing.   Learn more at their website;

But many people have still been traced.  Recently several web hosting sites, and mail hosting sites were targeted by authorities and their owners were found and arrested.

Read this:

Many of these sites had illegal child porn or other related services on them, and it good that those people were blocked from injuring children.   However many legitimate services that activists, journalist and others rely on were also taken down at the same time, since it was a central hosting company that was providing service to these sites.

So I recommend to people to do many things to protect themselves.  On top of using the TOR Project, I recommend looking into an anonymous VPN service.  See more at this link;

It is also well known that using Windows in any sense will leave you vulnerable to attacks and exposing sensitive data.  So I recommend using linux, as well as a USB live linux OS like Tails.   Even if your computer is loaded with only one operating system, and that OS is a Windows version.  You can still bypass using windows, and boot in to a USB Operating system like Tails, which is designed to provide anonymity.

And there are many others to choose from.

You may also want to encrypt your data.  TrueCrypt is known for being a free an effective way to encrypt your data.

See more here:

That is the basics, and there is a lot more to it than that.   So do your own research.  DO NOT TRUST WHAT I HAVE GIVEN YOUR HERE.  There are always changing circumstances that may leave you vulnerable.   So rely on your own research and wisdom.

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Is Initiative 502 in Washington REALLY legalizing marijuana? – Logical Fallacy

March 8th, 2012 | By Pirate

There are 12 states already that have decriminalized marijuana to some extent.
This means you don’t get a criminal record, you don’t go to jail, and you don’t get blood drawn for possessing less than a certain amount, an ounce is pretty standard in most of these states.
I-502 offers NEW PENALTIES. Which is not what legalization should look like.

North Carolina
New York

Credit for the picture of US Attorney John McKay due to NPR: