Articles Tagged: marijuana

Radical Russ mansplaning MJ to Roseann Barr on twitter

November 11th, 2016 | By Pirate

After the nation has had a few days to celebrate or fret about a Trump win, the funny discussions are coming from twitter where marijuana activists are trying to convince one another who has the most credentials and the best information.

Actress Roseanne Barr Argues with mansplaining Radical Russ Belville about Trump and Legalization

Actress Roseanne Barr Argues with mansplaining Radical Russ Belville about Trump and Legalization

  @RadicalRuss (Russ Belville) is currently “mansplaining” to @therealroseanne how Clinton “supported legalization 100%”, and Roseanne is explaining to chauvinist Radical Russ that;


 

Radical Russ is trying to prove that Hillary Clinton would have legalized cannabis the same way that Donald Trump would have.   He uses some vague examples where she said that she would favor cannabis.   However Russ Belville ignores the recent interviews where she said that she would not favor cannabis legalization, and that she would prosecute (much like Obama did, when in just two years as president, Obama had 6100% more federal MMJ indictments than Bush did in his whole 8 years).  The real kicker in this case for Clinton is not her public message, but her private message.  Remember that issue coming up during the debates, where she was called out for the wikileaks revelations that Clinton said that she has both a public position on the issues, as well as a separate private issue on the issues when she gave a paid speech to top bankers who at the same meeting she was assuring these bankers that she most definitely did not favor legalization.

Hillary Clinton says she has ‘both a public and a private position’

In Leaked Speech, Clinton Promises Bankers to Stand Against Pot

Hillary Lying For 13 Minutes Straight, showing Hillary have various positions on important topics

Even on February 2nd 2016, Russ had more sense on this issue saying that Hillary was basically out of touch

What really got me is how in October 2015 on Russ Belville’s show #675 at minute 15:00 he says that “Bernie … is first leading candidate from the democrat or republican party to say that he would vote to legalization marijuana”.  Yet in Russ Belville’s condesending exchange with Rosanne Barr he touts his roles with NORML and High Times as if he is some sort of expert.  Totally neglecting that Ron Paul was a “leading candidate” for president of the USA, who had said that he would legalize cannabis since the 1980’s.  Russ Belville forgets about a time when NORML actually fought for REAL cannabis law reform, see these clips of Ron Paul supporting cannabis legalization, and an interview with NORML and Ron Paul (pre-Russ).

But anyway, Rosanne is doing good fighting back the non-sense.   While I am not ecstatic with the choices that we had this year to vote for, I can say that I am glad that it was not Hillary that was chosen.  I had said that it would be no-doubt her that wins (despite how unpopular she is), but lo-and-behold, I was wrong.  I admit it.  I didn’t have this one correct for once.  I usually have these elections pegged.  I spoke about what changed in the election since I made my prediction in this post.  

I was VERY wrong about the election results

I hope that Trump keeps his promises, especially about legalizing cannabis.  I also hope and pray that Trump makes Ron Paul the Chairman of the Federal Reserve.  Although I am more realistic than that.  I didn’t trust Trump and I would have much more preferred Rand Paul.   But at least all three branches of government are controlled by conservatives, and I think that will go a long way for positive change.  Progressives have screwed this country up so bad, and the American people responded this election!  I am surprised to see Roseanne move away from being on the SJW side of the political and emotional spectrum, but good for her.   As for Russ Belville, he will continue to shill around for sponsors, to support his non-existent audience, and will continue to support regressive legislation to appease the NORML lawyers who need to keep a job.

 

PS.

Russ is bragging about getting top Alexa ratings in just two months.  But what he doesn’t explain, is that his traffic is fake.

Ref:

 

 

To which I replied to him that his traffic is fake, and anyone can figure that out by just reading this short article on fake traffic.

https://support.flippa.com/hc/en-us/articles/202891420-What-is-fake-traffic-How-can-I-identify-it-
Getting into the top 100K in just two months, after having 10 years of extremely low rankings, is just a sure sign of fake traffic.

I showed Russ Belville’s traffic and youtube success back in 2013 in this video when I compared my traffic to Russ Belville’s traffic.

2013 xCannabis Progress Report – We’ve reached one million people

I had a full time job working 96 hours a week, and I blogged only a few times a month.  Yet I had high rankings and far more traffic than Russ.

Now all of the sudden in just two short months, he is in Alexa’s top 100K?   ya right, I refer you to the article about fake traffic above.

 

Maine petition – to put legalization on the ballot

August 9th, 2015 | By Pirate

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

Maine petition – to put legalization on the ballot

From the website RegulateMaine.org, 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: https://www.regulatemaine.org/initiative-summary/#sthash.UstAzIVs.dpuf

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.

Caucus on International Narcotics Control June 24th 2015

July 2nd, 2015 | By Pirate

For years the DEA, the FDA and many prohibitionists have covertly and sometimes as in this case petitioned for cannabis to be taken out of Schedule I, and taken into Schedule II in the Federal Controlled Substances Act.   Now even some of the people who regularly use cannabis have been duped into this fervor of rescheduling cannabis.   Having been a guest on radio shows such as Carl’s Cannabis Corner with Carl Olsen where long time activists are flip flopping on this issue.  Where on one hand they are proposing and supporting legislation to “reschedule” cannabis, and when confronted with the serious faults in this approach they say “that’s not how I mean it, I actually mean un-schedule”.   There is a HUGE difference between RESCHEDULING and UN-SCHEDULE.  I explained these differences to Jason Karimi who is a friend of Carl Olsen.  I think that show with Mr. Karimi was the best show yet that we have had on this issue, in explaining why reschedule will cause long term harm to access for everyone in all states.

Recently on June 24th 2015 the Caucus on International Narcotics Control debated this idea of taking cannabis out of schedule I and putting it into schedule II, and the premise by those on the committee is that putting cannabis in schedule II will make it easier to research, even if it doesn’t make it fully accessible to patients.

But what everyone fails to mention or recognize, is that cannabis is THE most researched plant on the planet, with over 150 well researched patents on it.  What other naturally growing plant has 150 patents on it?  Even the use government has a patent on cannabis.  Ref  US Patent 6630507

This isn’t about needing more research.  Instead this is about freeing a plant that needs less regulation than peanuts as it causes few deaths, and has less potential harm than peanuts.
Cannabis is not responsible for one single death in written history, and peanuts kill via allergies about 150 Americans a year.

So what is all of this hooraw about?   This is about the pharmaceutical companies cashing in on all of their extensive research and expensive patenting processes.  This is not about getting sick patients the medicine that they need.  This is not about reducing the flow of non-violent offenders in our prisons, this is not about restoring liberty.  This is about the money!

I have always said “Follow the money” when it comes to proposals on marijuana law.  I suggest that now as well.

DEA FDA and NIDA want cannabis rescheduled

credit to illegallyhealed.com for this image

 

 

 

Starting a cannabis business in 2015

May 4th, 2015 | By Pirate

This is a basic overview of starting a cannabis business in 2015.

The “Green Rush” is on.  Many states have already changed their cannabis laws in favor of retail and commercial productivity.  Many states are currently working on the same.  Here is a list of the present laws pertaining to states that have liberalized cannabis laws.    re;  http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881

Now that there is a lot of new opportunity, you need to know how to proceed to utilize the opportunity.  You want a cannabis business, right.   If not, may your pursuits be blessed none the less.  For those who want to get more information on what it will take.  Please consider the following.

Forbes recently wrote an article labeling Cannabis as 2015’s best startup opportunity.  There is a lot to learn from this article, which may help you decide if this industry is for you.   Ref;  http://www.forbes.com/sites/caroltice/2015/02/05/why-legal-cannabis-is-2015s-best-startup-opportunity/

Lets go over the basics.  You are going to need to do a lot of research, to make the decisions that are to follow.   Which state is best for your business model?  What are the laws that govern your potential business?  What are the startup cost.   Which is why the first step should be to write a business plan.

There are a lot of places online that will guide you through this process for free, or you may want to hire a lawyer.  To give you some leads on what route to take, I will share my google search with you;  Free Online Business Plan Free

I have known associates who were very happy with enloop.com and there are many others out there.

I recommend at very least, running this buy a savvy lawyer after you have written up a good draft of your business plan.

After you have finalized the business plan, you will next need to locate a place of business.  In most states, there is a buffer that needs to be in place from certain types of properties.  For example some municipalities and states require cannabis businesses to be at least 1000 feet away from a school, and in some municipalities and states it is 1000 feet away from a residential neighborhood.   This is where your original research will come in to play, because you will need to factor your rental costs and overhead into your business plan.  So when you are writing your business plan, you should be in search of your future place of business and the regulations involved with establishing that business.

Another consideration that is very important, is will you start a for profit business, or a not-for-profit business?  A lot of this will depend on what state regulations require.
Learn more here;  http://www.cannalawblog.com/how-to-open-a-cannabis-business-for-profit-vs-not-for-profit-that-is-the-question/

After you have made your business plan, located your future place of business.  The next thing to consider is sources.  Are you going to consign your products in a retail store?   Or will your product be produced onsite?  Or will you be the manufacturer?  Sources will also play a role in writing a good business plan so that you can better project profit and loss.

Some where along the way you will need to consider a short term and a long term plan for funding.  Take note, your business will not be profitable right away.  So estimate for at least one year of out of pocket expenses and for as long as 3 years for out of pocket expenses.   This is not a “get rich quick” scheme by any means.  It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make this and any business work well.

Are you going to fund the venture yourself?  Will you need financing?  Have you thought about crowd funding? A crowd funding company that I recently learned about was created by anti-virus guru John McAfee, ref;  https://www.qikfunder.com/

Eventually you will need staff.  Are you qualified to manage a staff, or will you be hiring a manager?

As for tracking sales, and employee time on the clock, you should consider a “dispensary management software” or a “Point of Sale” software.
We have installed OpenBravo POS in many dispensaries throughout the years.  Ref:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openbravo#Openbravo_POS

There are other much more expensive software out there.  But there are also some awesome opensource options.

Some will allow you to track employee’s time.  Some will allow you to control and track inventory.  Some have both front and and back end features.  It all depends on what your business model requires.

One more touchy subject, is how to accept payment for product.  Many have had negative experiences dealing with traditional banking.  Some people have had their bank accounts frozen or seized.  So the other options that I can think of that would be highly effective is CASH and BITCOIN.  Cash also has it’s limitations, based on it’s tangibility and lack of digital access without a bank account.  But Bitcoin seems to be a perfect transaction currency for cannabis businesses.  I wrote an article about this problem back in 2013, ref;  http://xcannabis.com/2013/10/how-to-use-bitcoin-in-the-real-world-and-in-the-black-market/

Hopefully this has given you some ideas that you hadn’t thought of.   Soon I will write an article strickly about starting an industrial hemp business, after the crop has spent more than 56 years being illegal to grow, but legal to import and sell.

If you would like a personal phone consultation from an expert who has assisted the start up of dozens of medical cannabis dispensaries.  Write to:  info@xcannabis.com  and ask for a consultation, and we will give you a quote.

 

Is Cannabis Prohibition Constitutional ? Nullifying dumb laws

August 26th, 2013 | By Pirate

In the case of The USA vs. Timothy Leary in 1969, Timothy Leary fought the law, and NULLIFIED prohibition on a FEDERAL LEVEL based on prohibition being unconstitutional.

Learn more about this from a broadcast that I did on June 23rd 2011 with Jason Karimi on “rescheduling cannabis”

http://slu2.com/nullify

http://xcannabis.com/2011/06/to-reschedule-or-not-to-unschedule-cannabis-todays-show/

youtube.com/watch?v=hbCPLVYV02U

Learn more about Timothy Leary’s case here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leary_v._United_States

We don’t resolve dumb laws and tyranny with MORE LAWS. We nullify dumb laws!

 

youtube.com/watch?v=EuONG9GLmWY

Passive Aggressive Activism

August 17th, 2013 | By Pirate

I have participated in all kinds of approaches to activism over the years.   Mostly anything to do with giving freedom and liberty to people.   I started out with the “it’s my body, I’ll do what I want” as a teenager.  Which got me two cannabis charges that stuck, and one that was expunged when I was a teenager (17).  I served 8 months in jail, mostly because I didn’t understand the laws and the legal system at the time.   Later after watching my father pass away from cancer, I protested in every way that I could.   I approached it with many protests, youtube videos, support for many different cannabis organizations like NORML (and their many different branches).  We started  a Causes.com page for “Cannabis Cures Cancer”  @  http://cancer.xcannabis.com

We have held an annual vigil for family and friends who have passed away from cancer, at the end of December we hold a “Cannabis Cures Cancer Awareness Week”.   http://www.causes.com/actions/1710962-cannabis-cures-cancer-awareness-week

After my dad passed away in 2008, I traveled from Washington to Utah and Idaho regularly to protest.  I tried the “tax and regulate” approach.  I tried the “no victim no crime approach”, and I got arrested for pushing too far with a protest and violating a “use of streets without a permit” law and I was arrested and put in a detention cell for a few hours.  After getting out, I hired a lawyer and a month later I got that law changed in July of 2010.

This was one of my South Eastern Idaho demonstrations in 2009.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXWGyXMJrVw

This was another demonstration in SE Idhao in 2009:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IMG6xJT1MbY

I have continued to do what I can to change the laws, and after all of these years.  If we are counting from the first time that I was arrested for marijuana (but not deterred), it has been 19 years.  I have learned over these years, that passively trying to effect or change these laws doesn’t do a lot of good.   If you change a law, the system of prohibition just adjusts itself, and makes the laws more strict even after relaxing them at first.  We saw this with prop215 in California, where they saw a 3x increase in possession arrests from 1990 to 2010.   People think that cannabis prohibition is so relaxed in California, but the fact is in 2010, sixty thousand (60,000) people were arrested for cannabis possesion (simply possesion!) in California.   Proof that prop215 did not relieve prohibition in California.   Hopefully SB 1449 passing will relieve prohibition a little, I am hopeful it will.  But Prop215 did the opposite of help in my opinion.

As I have watched President Obama fail to keep his promises, I have watched the liberal spectrum of the political system and I have become more and more disenchanted with that wing.   George W. Bush (I do not like him, nor did I vote for him) only had one Federal MMJ indictment under his belt as president in both terms.   Barack Obama has over 80 under his belt.  So the president who has made it so well known that he believes that the drug war has failed, and that he feels strongly about decriminalizing cannabis, has 8000% more federal cannabis indictments under his belt, than his conservative predecessor.    That blows me away!

This is my video to President Obama from 2008.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DwGdwItpCE

This video is from a top economist/professor, Jeffery Miron:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcRMRuS-J-U

But as I have watched liberal friends on facebook approach this, they seem to do the same passive aggressive law reform approach.  Like “ya prohibition is the worst thing that has plagued this country, but we’ll just relax the laws a little rather than nullify them”.    I recently wrote a few posts about Jared Allaway, because he has been leading a few of these law reform campaigns.   I wrote recently about I-584 “real legalization” in Washington and how it really doesn’t legalize anything.  It just puts another bandaid on the problem, rather than simply nullifying the harmful and illogical law completely.  It doesn’t even take cannabis off of the Washington State Unified Controlled Substances Act.
I also addressed Jared Allaway in a recent post that I made about “Socialism vs. Capitalism”.   Jared seems very passive aggressive in his comments, rather than saying exactly what he has to say, he kind of beats around the bush.   So I tried to light a fire, and I did yesterday, when I brought the same conversation up, where Jared was like “the federal government keeps persecuting cannabis people” and I said “Ya and we condone it by giving them endless tax monies”.   This comes after many conversations with Jared about how he is in agreement with Obama on “more taxes more taxes!”.
But my point is, the more taxes we give them, the more they spend on this obscene drug war, and wars over seas.
Yesterday he deleted my posts about it, and then I deleted him from my friends list.
All hail socialism or be censored

All hail socialism or be censored

I hate to delete people, and I usually don’t   But after I go way out of my way and I even make a video to illustrate my points  (no I don’t make a dime off my videos, no adwords or anything), and all of the time that I work on these points gets deleted, because someone demands to be in control.   Well, I just don’t have time for that shit.
This is the video that I made:
But I think it was good to draw the line in the sand.  Im tired of the passive aggressive activism, where no one wants to directly solve any problems, they just want to be responsible for some kind of “change”.  Pretty much ANY kind of change.   Socialism is really easy to push, because someone is rescuing someone else by giving them freebies from the government.   But socialism just doesn’t work, based on the reasons that I proposed in this blog post:   http://xcannabis.com/2013/07/socialism-or-capitalism-for-the-next-election/
I guess if push comes to shove, and it will for sure some day in this road we are headed down.  I think it’s better to push before the economy and the civilization deteriorate completely.  What happened when the USSR fell apart is the last thing that I want to see happen to our country, or for my children.  So if someone is going to propose running for governor, and Jared has.  I feel like I have the right to interject my opinion about his BS policies.
One thing that I can not be accused of, is passive aggressive action, or passive aggressive activism.   If I enlist myself in an endeavor, I go all in, or I don’t go at all.   I have to really believe in something to put myself in there.   So many people have ambition to be involved, but then they don’t get much done.  They either get rich, or they get famous, but they typically don’t get the job done.   I wouldn’t even propose putting myself in for a political campaign, unless I was willing to give it 100% and get stuff done once I get there.

A few days ago Eric Holder released his BIG NEWS about drug reform.  Rather than decriminalizing cannabis, like Obama campaigned on 6-7 years ago.    Holder says “we are going to change the mandatory minimum requirements”.  What?  That’s it!  That’s the big victory that everyone is so happy about?

Ref;   http://reason.com/archives/2013/08/14/eric-holders-prison-break

If you are an activist, it’s time to take inventory.   What have you done?  What positive change have you effected?  Have you accomplished ANY of the goals that you set out to do?   What’s the next step?   If you don’t know, it’s time to shit or get off the pot!

On that note, practicing medical physician and TV personality Sanjay Gupta came out and gave his new analysis on his old position on marijuana, and comes out decidedly in favor of ending cannabis prohibition!

http://www.businessinsider.com/sanjay-gupta-cnn-weed-thc-cbd-2013-8

 

Roger Christie will be allowed to use religious defense in court

August 15th, 2013 | By Pirate

After three years in a federal detention without bail for the alleged crime of cultivation and distribution of cannabis, it has been decided that Roger Christie and his wife Share Christie will be able to use their religious defense in court.

This is a victory for the Christie’s, for their supporters and family, and for religious freedom everywhere.

I have had long, heated arguments with agents of NORML like Russ Belville and Keith Stroup about how religious defense has worked, and can work.  But they continue to reject this possibility, even though there are plenty of cases that prove otherwise.

I believe that the Christie’s will be set free by a jury of their peers, and I think that the federal government will look foolish after wasting all of this time and all of these resources to persecute an innocent man over a harmless plant.

“HONOLULU —A federal judge has ruled Roger Christie and his wife Share Christie will be allowed to use religion as part of their defense against charges they manufactured, possessed and distributed large amounts of marijuana on the Big Island. U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi made the ruling July 31 during a status conference.

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Brett Hamil Puff Puff Pass the blame for shitty laws #bretthamil #hempfest

August 6th, 2013 | By Pirate

This is my response to Brett Hamil about I-502 and Hempfest.  > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dCryr5XIfM
Brett Hamil obviously doesn’t know shit about the law, or legalization, or the vested interests behind I-502.

1. Brett says I-502 legalized cannabis.  That is not true.  Cannabis is still a Schedule One Drug on a State and Federal level.

In Section 10(a) of I-502, the law concedes to comply with all federal laws.   So if cannabis is a schedule one drug on a state and a federal level, then there are no tenth Amendment protections, because in order to receive 10th Amendment protections, state law must be complied with.  If someone is breaking both state and federal law, they receive no 10th Amendment protections.

Ref:   http://xcannabis.com/2013/06/if-cannabis-is-legal-in-washington-why-is-it-still-schedule-one/

section 10(a)>

“(a) Federal laws relating to marijuana that are applicable within
Washington state;”

http://sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/i502.pdf

Ref to Schedule one:  http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=69.50.204

I-502 specifically acknowledges the Federal jurisdiction, and submits to it.
Therefore a store opening with the permission of the LCB is unplausible.
The state can’t put state employees in jeopardy of violating federal law, especially with the specific acknowledgement of federal cooperation all throughout I-502.
If the Federal Government was to remove cannabis from the Federal CSA, or if the federal government lost jurisdiction via the commerce clause of the constitution by nullification of the commerce clause, then I-502 would possibly have more legal standing, though Washington state would also have to remove cannabis from the Washington State Uniform Controlled Substances Act as well. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commerce_Clause )

 

 

If cannabis is legal in Washington, why is it still a schedule one drug?

If cannabis is legal in Washington, why is it still a schedule one drug?

2.  Brett mocks the opposition to I-502 in the cannabis community for opposing legalization, while praising the ACLU for supporting I-502.   The gap that he leaves out is that the ACLU has not once supported a legalization initiative in Washington for over 75 years, and the two times previous to I-502 (faux legalization), they openly and publicly opposed it.  Similar to Peter Holmes.

Reference to the ACLU opposing truly ending prohibition:

http://xcannabis.com/2012/08/why-in-75-years-has-the-aclu-never-supported-a-cannabis-legalization-initiative/

 

Reference to Peter Holmes opposing truly ending prohibition:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg93SBrwh1A

Without a Clue  ACLU

Without a Clue ACLU

3.  Brett gives motivations as to why people in the cannabis community would oppose legalization, citing selfish industry ambitions.  However I give the same reasons why attorney’s would oppose I-1149 and I-1068 but would support a pseudo-prohibition instead like I-502.   Lawyers make money off defending people from cannabis charges.  They would not want something like I-1149 to pass, because all I-1149 did was remove penalties.  It did not add any new penalties, and it did not consent to federal laws, nor did it violate any federal laws like I-502 does.  Since I-502 leave cannabis as a schedule one on a state level, and since I-502 (section 10a) concedes to federal authority (giving up 10th amendment protections) I-502 would be much more beneficial to the careers of lawyer who are members of the ACLU, much more than something like I-1068 or I-1149 would.  I-502 added new penalties, while not even truly removing old penalties.  I-1149 just removed old penalties.   But the ACLU opposed I-1149 and I-1068.   Why doesn’t Brett address that topic?

4.  Brett cites the irrational fear of people, citing that I-502 has not caused drugged driving arrests to go up.
As I cited in the video, the negative consequences of the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act took years to show up.
The 1937 Marihuana Tax Act was presented as a way to legitimize and tax cannabis crops.  In the end, it created the first cannabis prohibition on a federal level.   So just like I-502, the 1937 version was presented as a positive bureaucracy, but it ended up being prohibition in disguise, just like I-502.

5.  Brett claims that people opposed I-502 because of the potential that it would increase prices based on the 90%+ tax rates it would impose on cannabis.   He said that we do not know if that will happen, because the tax doesn’t start until November 2013.   However, based on the scheduling of cannabis on a state and federal level, I contest that there will be no “legal stores” based on current law under I-502.   But these tax structures have cause medical cannabis to be jeopardized with increased taxes and regulation, as it has been proposed that the Liquor Control Board now takes control over medical cannabis.

Ref:

New WA Legislation Would Put Medical Marijuana Industry In the Hands of the Liquor Control Board

http://thejointblog.com/new-wa-legislation-would-put-medical-marijuana-industry-in-the-hands-of-liquor-control-board/

Ref to Comparing I-502 to the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937:

http://xcannabis.com/2012/10/comparing-initiative-502-to-the-marihuana-tax-act-of-1937/

In the end, I think it’s disgusting how ill educated many of these pro-I502 pundits are.  People like Russ Belville and Dominick Holden seem to be educated but blindly supporting bad law.  I don’t know exactly why, other than Russ Belville for example was getting a salary from NORML (pot-lawyers) of over $30,000 per year at the time.  I don’t know if that is why, or if Russ is just a suckup to people with power.   Maybe a little bit of both.   But clearly I-502 is bad law.  NORML did very little to support previous legalization efforts in Washington, and the ACLU flat out opposed other legalization efforts.   For Brett Hamil to not criticize these groups for opposing legalization in the past, but to lay heavy responsibility and guilt on hempfest, is irresponsible and hypocritical.

 

If you are interested in REAL LEGALIZATION in Washington State, see this link:

http://reallegalization.org/

 

From Liberal to Conservative, my journey by Reverend Ryan

July 14th, 2013 | By Pirate

First of all I will start with saying that I decided to opt out of the two party system a long time ago when I started supporting Ralph Nader back in the 2000 election and previous.  I decided after arguing with my father who was very much on the fence on the liberal/conservative topic, but voted democrat because Ronald Reagan let him down, that I was going to opt out of the two party system because they did not seem concerned about our best interest, just what makes the most difference to getting campaign funds and sponsors.  I started researching Ralph Nader and I really liked his plan for ‘direct democracy’ and I liked that he was genuine and sincere.  I didn’t realize how unrealistic his agenda was at the time, but I supported him based on his career and his sincerity.   I have always opposed abortion and illegal immigration and such, and Ralph and I have always differed on that.  But I think I felt let down the same way that my father did, I just took a different avenue.   However, my father and I had some of our most close moments when we would argue politics.  It was something that he and I did frequently and it sure makes me miss him when I think about this stuff.

In 2008 I mentioned my support for Ralph Nader in this video (around minute 2:00).

Even though just 4 years later I would vote for someone who is nearly the polar opposite of Nader, and that is Ron Paul.
But this shows how drastic my transition was.  I went from leaning very liberal, to going completely conservative in just four years.

This had very much to do with the monarchy / two party system in this county.

Obama made a bunch of promises and obligations and did not keep them.  I remained optimistic for years, but like many others he majorly let me down.

Obama’s flat out insulting behavior which consists of over funding the drug war more than George W. Bush, and increasing federal indictments of legal medical marijuana provider by 8000% is terrible.
There is not one of these mainstream politicians that we can trust!  Their campaigns are bought and paid for by big banks and big industry.
So when people hear me touting conservative ideals.  This hasn’t always been the case.  This is a very recent thing.
Conservativism makes sense to me, in much the same way that Thomas Sowell describes his metamorphosis from being a Marxist in his early career to transitioning to a Conservative/Libertarian in time.

The Difference Between Liberal and Conservative by Thomas Sowell

Beyond that, I agree almost 100% now with Ron Paul now that I have a better understanding of how things work in politics.

Just a few points to make from Ron Paul, and since this is a cannabis blog I will try to focus on those topics even though it has a broader reach than just cannabis.

Ron Paul has been fighting for cannabis legalization since before Hempfest was founded.  Ron Paul had reached 10s of millions of people before Hempfest was even a twinkle in Vivian McPeak’s eye.   When cannabis wasn’t cool, Ron Paul stood up for personal liberties in this regard and others.   Even though he has never been a cannabis consumer.

These are the reasons and many others including reducing debt and ending slavery, is why I will remain conservative.
Even if I don’t vote republican.  In fact I have only voted Republican once in my life.  I will remain conservative.
But some folks like to make that sound like people who are conservative are in a religion, or a cult.  I feel the same way about anyone wrapped up in the two party system.  The difference is that I can adjust my political prospective based on facts and evidence and most other folks do not and will not.  I went from being very liberal to being conservative.
When was the last time you adjusted your ideology?

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Putting my money where my mouth is – Cannabis Stocks

June 6th, 2013 | By Pirate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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