Articles Tagged: medical marijuana patients

Radical ways of pushing legalization

September 11th, 2012 | By Pirate

So for many many years I listened to Russ Belville talking about “Legalize if for everyone”.  “Medicalization of marijuana is regressive”.   There were a whole lot of catch phrases used, personal insults dealt, and the main goal was always stated and restated  “lets legalize marijuana for everyone”.

During Prop19 there were a handful of medical marijuana patients/providers who rejected the notion of what was being proposed in Prop19, because it looked like a very ambiguous reach that could effect their medical grow rights and other issues relating to their medicine.

It was an honest concern for some, and it was blatant greed and exclusiveness for others.

But Russ took this as an attack on his freedom, and his work and made it very personal.
In radio interviews with other NORML folks, like Kevin Oliver and others it was always a big “us against them” type of thing.  This made for some pretty explosive conversations on the NORML Daily Audio Stash.   Aside from the name calling it was also just a way to belittle, berate and take frustions out on other activists from what I could tell.

This insult swap match reached all time lows as “Radical Russ” attacked Roger Christie in Hawaii in multiple posts.  One after another insulting Roger for taking donations.  Of which NORML did as well as many of their advertisers too.  But when Roger Christie did the same thing, it caused posts on the NORML stash titled such things as “The Church of Lighter Wallets”.

Mind you, Roger Christie has always been on board with what Russ proposed as “legalization for everyone”, and Roger to my knowledge had NEVER opposed any legalization initiative or movement.  In fact Roger often attended NORML conferences and supported NORML.

But in Roger’s time of need, when the authorities were persecuting him most, and before he was arrested for anything over a half a dozen posts on the NORML Stash blog, and several live broadcasts were launched against Roger for his religious beliefs and nothing else.

Russ claims that the attack was because Roger was taking donations for “get out of jail free cards”.  But up until that point and even some time after that Russ had advertisers on the NORML stash, as well as reports about and in favor of Medical Marijuana doctors and card issuers and it was never a problem for Russ to endorse, advertise and praise those folks who were issuing “get out of jail free cards” in regards to medical marijuana.

Fast forward a few years, and I-502 comes out, which is NOT AT ALL what Russ had been promoting for years prior to the release of I-502.   But Russ along with his friend Alison Holcomb at the ACLU started berating those opposed to I-502, who based on the restrictive, un-scietific, and regressive driving provisions reject the initiative.  But Russ’s take on it was “these people are just greedy patients”.  Saying that the reason people were opposing I-502 is because they are worried about their bottom line.  Alison Holcomb picked up on this, and waged the same kind of attack on those opposed to I-502.  Despite that she herself opposed EVERY other legalization initiative in Washington prior to I-502.  Not only did she not endorse or help those initiatives, she outright denounced them and rejected them.
Yet Russ didn’t complain too much about that.   He didn’t mention how much lawyers have to lose when cannabis is ACTUALLY legalized, or delve into the motives behind why the ACLU has remained practically silent on this major civil rights issue for over 75 years.  No Russ only had crass words for the pro-cannabis crowd.

Well this election season is no different.  Russ has complained several times about the OCTA 2012 (Measure 80 initiative) in his shock jock kind of way.  In fact I’ve recently started slipping when referring to Russ and the words have came out of my mouth “Russ Limbaugh”.

First it was that Measure 80 wasn’t going to make the ballot, and Russ thought that his devine wisdom in the form of insults could motivate the initiative drive and get Measure 80 on the ballot.
Well congrats Russ, your motivational speeches worked.  YOU did it!

Now that it is on the ballot, Russ is sure that he can push Measure 80 through by insulting Paul Stanford for throwing a cannabis festival outside of city limits rather than taking the platoform of Hempfest (which of course was a festival this year in solidarity mostly against Russ’s beloved I-502).
Not to mention Russ’s disapproval of the way Measure 80 has been funded and such.
RE:  While marijuana legalization campaign struggles, Oregon activists throw a smoke-in

I just wonder to myself after reading Russ’s biography.  About how he has had some superb jobs, some as an IT consultant, some as a Wall Street consultant, etc.   I just wonder with all of this excellent intellect and ability to influence financial firms and such.  Why isn’t Russ bank rolling these efforts?

I know that Russ has been taking a pay check for his efforts.  But if this was true activism, and if Russ is as good as he says he is.  Wouldn’t it make sense that Russ could use his financial wisdom to help rather than criticize?

Paul Stanford has dumped more money into legalization cannabis than anyone I know.  And there may be others, but I certainly don’t consider any efforts in I-502 to be working towards ending prohibition, especially when they are introducing many new prohibitions.   So in all of history I can’t think of anyone who is working towards personal grows, personal possession, personal distribution, etc any more than Paul Stanford.

So is this really the way to push legalization?  Insulting others.  Harming their reputation?  ralying his audience against this person or that person?   Or is that just mob mentality which places Russ at the helm of the mob, adding to just one more position on his long and impressive resume?

Although I don’t know how that would look on a resume or what job you would apply for in something like that.   “2008-2012  Worked at the front position of a mob to rally people against others who I disagree with”?

Maybe he could get a job with the League of Militant Atheists if they ever reorganize, now that Stalin is dead and all?   I wrote about that awhile back:  Is militant atheism a sore spot for the legalization movement?

But over all, I don’t see this Radical notion of “divide and conquer” helping the legalization movement.  Nor to I think consenting to new prohibitions is helping either such as is found in Initiative 502 in Washington state.

What would impress me however is if Russ dumped the kind of money many other activists that he is working against do into legalization.  I personally spent over 15% of my income for several years into this cause, despite having children and responsibility that Russ doesn’t have.  Which 15% isn’t nearly what Paul Stanford is pouring into this cause, but it is a good portion of Russ’s annual salary with NORML.  (according to what Russ revealed in his debate at the Baker Institute).

There are many people doing more than myself, more than most.  But certainly none that I know of that are doing more than Paul Stanford is.

So I think it really makes Russ lose credibility to insult people that are devoting their lives to ending prohibition and instead backing lawyers in the ACLU who have grossly ignored prohibition for over 75 years.

I don’t know if this is a pissing contest, or if Russ actually thinks this will help some how?
Point is I have to denounce this behavior because as Russ asserts, he is trying to be “The Voice of The Marijuana Nation”.  But his voice does not represent me at all.

However I have to give him credit for putting together a very professional show, and for presenting very good facts.  I just think his ambition to be a leader is contradicted by his inability to lead very well.

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Wise words from Ronald Reagan regarding socialism via socialized medicine

October 22nd, 2011 | By Pirate

Wise words from Ronald Reagan regarding socialism via socialized medicine.

Socialism in socialized medicine does not exclude cannabis, and lately we have saw some strange events within the medicalization of marijuana.

There are a lot of things that I do like about Ronald Reagan, certainly when he was campaigning with Barry Goldwater in the late 60s.

The political philosophy of Ronald Reagan is admirable. Of course the execution of those plans, had mistakes and compromise while he was at his prime as the presidente.

RIP President Ronald Reagan

This was Ronald Reagan’s warning about socialism via healthcare in in 1961.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jK2_trRPRk

This is my commentary on Ronald Reagan. This all reminds me of my pop RIP.
My dad was a moderate democrat, but he told me once he voted for Ronald Reagan and was let down by him. Which is very understandable looking back.
However Ronald Reagan gave significant income tax breaks, and a lot of benefits to small business startups. There are a lot of good things done by Ronald Reagan during his presidency. One thing that frustrates me is why he didn’t end the drug war, and why did he create new wasteful and ineffective government branches for the drug war.

Every president has their shortcomings, even Obama who totally bombed on his major campaign promises, including not bringing the troops home, and not protecting medical marijuana patients and “decriminalizing marijuana”

This is my Ronald Reagan commentary on a few of his radio broadcasts about socialism.

More words of wisdom from Ronald Reagan

This is a video that I made for Barack Obama before he took office.


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Patient’s records taken in Washington raids

May 3rd, 2011 | By Pirate

I feel horrible about what has happened in Spokane, and my heart goes out to the sick and dieing in Washington who just lost their sources of medicine.  But let me just point out that some of what happened such as these dispensaries losing patient records, was COMPLETELY un-necessary!

We have sent out emails, post cards, and personally discussed with dispensaries and providers what they can do to protect their records and how they can better document “one patient at any given time”.   We started  www.emeraldpos.com in 2009 and we modified some great open source software, and even paid a developer to upgrade our modification for a Dispensary management system.    This has the ability to store records remotely in a secured database in a secured facility, or locally, and it has many front end and backend dispensary management functions.   The best part is that it is not expensive like some of the other software systems that do the same thing.  Some software that is available for dispensary management is upwards of $7000.   Our software is COMPLETELY free!

My heart breaks after watching this video from Club Compassion.   Both for the owner and for the patients.

 

 

I hope that if nothing else comes from this, that other dispensaries will employ some sort of safety measures for their patient’s records.  This is very sensitive information and this issue NEEDS to be addressed!

See EmeraldPOS.com for more info (we also offer free video training on YouTube, to help you get set up):

ACLU makes a lot of great points about Washington Medical Cannabis laws

April 10th, 2011 | By Pirate

I have been resistant  to suppot the ACLU in it’s medical marijuana opinions because there have been things in the past that I have not support of felt free was well represented in some of their past comments or choices to not support other people’s initiatives.

But I just have to say I am very glad that they came out with this information.
http://www.aclu-wa.org/blog/were-winning-medical-marijuana-patients-need-more-help

I feel that this comment was well representative of my beliefs.

Patients Shouldn’t Have to Register Like a Sex Offender!!

Submitted by

Skizzle42
on March 21, 2011 – 5:40pm.
Here is more information on the subject:
Thanks to everyone getting signatures for i1149, more info at  www.SensibleWashington.org
If SB 5073 is the symptom, then i1149 is the remedy!
More great information from the ACLU:  http://www.aclu-wa.org/activist-toolkit

Spokane Police complaints up, discipline down – Protest Monday at 6pm

March 4th, 2011 | By Pirate

More citizens alleged misconduct by Spokane Police Department employees last year than the previous four years, but the number of complaints that resulted in discipline decreased.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/feb/23/complaints-against-police-rose-in-2010/

Spokane Police complaints up, discipline down – Protest Monday at 6pm

http://www.facebook.com/pages/KXLY4-HD-News-5/72959077736?sk=wall#!/event.php?eid=101521379931291

Time
Monday, March 7 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location
City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

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Calling ALL in Spokane WA!!!!

It is time to pull the troops together and circle the wagons!

We have a review on Spokane Police Ombudsman http://198.1.35.123/about-us.
…coming up on Monday March 7th at 6:00p.m. at the local City council.

We have presented a number of well substantiated claims showing gross
Malfeasance, Misfeasance, and Nonfeasance on behalf of the Spokane Police, Spokane Prosecutor, SIU, Police Ombudsmen, CPS, IA, Assistant Chief of police, Chief of police and the The Mayor.

When city officials no longer are there for the common citizen.
It is time for us to stand together and demand change!

We have all been subjected to gross offenses; protection of local thugs and crimes committed against us with no citations issued. Even with attempted vehicular manslaughter.

Why you ask?
That is what we have asked, the only thing that has come to light is that we are Medical Marijuana patients.

If we ever want this community to have a real voice we need to come together!

We need to demand answers from our city council why are these people in office when they are not serving the common person?

If they don’t want to work for the people, than we the people, will put those in office that will fight for the common man! We were told that, “if we had the money we could hire our own police officer to watch our house.” Thank you SCOPE officer… We thought it was our tax dollars that paid for police protection.

This article was a PR piece, now we should all get together and let the Spokane Council hear from the people who know the truth!
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/feb/23/complaints-against-police-rose-in-2010/

*If you feel that we are living in a police state it is time to have your voice heard!

*If you feel you have been let down by your local “protectors” it is time to be heard!

*If you feel Medical Marijuana patients are unfairly treated it is past time to stand together and show this community that we do have a voice, and it is screaming together we are fed up and we demand change, REAL change now!

*Don’t Fear Change, Change FEAR!

-Here is what some of these city officials and city offices salaries and budgets look like:

-Police Ombudsman $90,000.00

-SIU:
2010 Actual Expenditure 2011 Projected Expenditure
General Fund Non-General Fund General Fund Non-General Fund
Direct Personnel & Benefits $2,619,944.00 $0.00 $2,299,493.00 $0.00

-Administrative Personnel & Benefits $216,431.00 $0.00 $198,714.00

-Interfund Charges Allocated to Bid $382,050.00 $0.00 $375,264.00

-Other Costs Allocated to Bid $359,985.00 $265,307.00 $0.00

-Total Expenditures $3,578,410.00 $0.00 $3,138,778.00 $0.00

-2010 Total: $3,578,410.00

-2011 Total: $3,138,778.00

-Spokane Mayor: with Spokane having a populist 204,400 the mayor gets paid $8,834.00 a month.

-Spokane City council members: $2,500.00 a month.

-Chief of Police Anne Kirkpatrick’s salary is as illusive as her phone number : http://www.spokanepolice.org/

*If you think State funds are inappropriately being spent, demand accountability!
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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

Police violate the will of the people (and state law) in Spokane

September 13th, 2009 | By Pirate

A three month investigation of CHANGE dispensary in Spokane WA, has resulted in the Spokane police department to violate state law, and the will of the people.

Washington state law says that medical marijuana patients can get their marijuana from a caregiver.  The clause is that the caregiver can only dispense medicine to one patient at a time.

In compliance with state law, CHANGE dispensary used a strict policy of serving only one patient at a time.   They have a waiting room, and a dispensing area.  In the dispensing room only one patient is allow to be served at a time.  CHANGE took careful records of each sale made, what time the sale took place, and what the purchase was and for how much money.

I know, I was a regular client of CHANGE.

This is from the WA State Department of Health:
“A designated provider must be at least 18 years old and must be designated in writing by the qualifying patient. A designated provider can only be a provider for one patient at any one time.”

See this link:  http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/medical-marijuana/

How else are patients going to get medicine?  Go to the black market?   If the police want to strengthen the black market, thats just exactly what they have done by shutting down these legal, taxed and regulated medicine providers!

From the Spokesman Review
There is a huge rally planned at the courthouse on 9/14/2009  at 11am
See more here:  http://xcannabis.com/2009/09/the-great-northwest-is-under-attack/