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.
I have for a very long time believed that a voluntary society is the best form of society and the most direct route to freedom. To stand on my philosophical soapbox for a minute, I have come to an understanding that humans, much like any other animal are made to be independently sovereign and capable of survival on our own. I see the benefits of society, and “civilization” in many forms. But in human history our species have experienced capable and strong forms of society.
One recent example of this is Ireland 2000 years ago. See this video for more information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su9OqvBbSD0
Since 2011 I have been trading in the bitcoin economy. I started with selling items from our trading post on Bitmit.net.
I made several dozen transactions on Bitmit for tangible items such as survival knifes, heirloom garden seeds, tie dye shirts and more. After a while I started a new website statelesstrade.com that I started accepting bitcoin and litecoin.
I have found a lot of freedom in these trades. They are neither blackmarket related, nor do I feel any need to hide my activity, because I pay taxes on these transactions, and every bit of these transactions are legitimate in every way.
However, with these transactions I do not have to worry about potential charge backs or disputes that I have dealt with in the past with using Paypal. I do not have to worry about over draft’s or fees, or monthly account fees, etc. I do not have to worry about my bank account being frozen, or my paypal account being frozen. With bitcoin it is as if I am operating my own bank and/or payment gateway. To me this is how transactions should be.
With bitcoin it is very similar to using cash, as I stated before. There is risk to the buyer when sending money via bitcoin if an escrow service is not being used. But it is like sending someone cash in the mail. You never know if you will get your item. However there are escrow services that can be used, and many websites like Bitmit.net and CryptoThrift.com have their own internal escrow services. But with the services and websites that do not offer escrow, such as the website that I recently used bitcoin to buy $1000 worth of camping survival supplies (survivalcampingstore.com) there is a certain amount of trust that has to be given. The website itself seems very credible and professional, and it looks like they have put a lot of time and effort in to making it. I also looked on google for reviews, and I found a few good reviews and no negative reviews. So I took a risk and I made the purchase. I made the purchase last Friday and I have already gotten one of 3 boxes worth of gear that I ordered. The other boxes are on their way and they should be here soon. See the video that I made about this at the bottom of this article.
Beyond just establishing the trust of a website, establishing the trust of particular sellers is also possible, as with Bitmit and CryptoThrift, there is a rating system on their website’s that is very similar to Ebay. If the seller is treating their customer’s right, then there will be evidence in the form of positive feedback as proof. Otherwise the seller will have low or no feedback.
Many people associate cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin with the black market and drugs. But there is a VAST community that supports the cryptocurrency economy that have nothing to do with drugs or the black market. I have been keeping a running list of sites that are accepting bitcoin at: http://xbttrades.wordpress.com
Just today small shockwaves rolled through the bitcoin community as the infamous Silkroad was shut down after the owner was allegedly arrested by the FBI (ref). But as some dispair, others are glad that the large and infamous drug market is shut down, which further distances bitcoin from illicit drug trade. There are other black markets that are still in operation that accept bitcoin, but the largest market was shut down.
I am somewhat sad that SilkRoad has been shut down. I have wrote about Silkroad in the past, and the reason that I despair is that sick people who need cannabis or other medication, will not be able to attain their medicine as easily.
After losing both my grandma and my father to aggressive cancers, and after I have learned that cannabis not only treats the symptoms but has been found to literally CURE cancer (also see this video about clinical studies), I worry about the closing of sites like Silkroad and the Atlantis Marketplace. This means people that need medicine will either go without, or be forced into back alley’s to find what they are looking for.
Recently we sold our property in California on ebay for 1170 Litecoin, and we used the proceeds in part to buy survival equipment. See more in the videos below.
We have heard it before. The Ogden memo released in 2009 was supposed to give a clear path to medical marijuana dispensers to enjoy the state laws that protect their services. In June 2011 that instruction was reversed, and top priority was given to authorities to pursue and prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries.
I am happy that they are concerned about this topic, and so far they are responding favorably to the laws that people passed. But I am of course holding my breath for the other shoe to drop. Just last night before this memo was released, I wrote an article documenting how Obama has violated all of his past promises regarding this issue and others. So I expect the same thing from him again. This may just be the distraction that he needed, to distract us from the Syrian conflict. Who knows?!
See more information on Obama’s changing policy on marijuana, and how he is has indicted nearly 9000% more medical marijuana providers than George W. Bush; http://youtu.be/x39bmr892hw
Here is the new memo in it’s entirety, we will have to wait and see how it goes. It appears to leave some loop holes in place for federal authorities to change their mind;
Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Justice Department Announces Update to Marijuana Enforcement Policy
Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an update to its federal marijuana enforcement policy in light of recent state ballot initiatives that legalize, under state law, the possession of small amounts of marijuana and provide for the regulation of marijuana production, processing, and sale.
In a new memorandum outlining the policy, the Department makes clear that marijuana remains an illegal drug under the Controlled Substances Act and that federal prosecutors will continue to aggressively enforce this statute. To this end, the Department identifies eight (8) enforcement areas that federal prosecutors should prioritize. These are the same enforcement priorities that have traditionally driven the Department’s efforts in this area.
Outside of these enforcement priorities, however, the federal government has traditionally relied on state and local authorizes to address marijuana activity through enforcement of their own narcotics laws. This guidance continues that policy.
For states such as Colorado and Washington that have enacted laws to authorize the production, distribution and possession of marijuana, the Department expects these states to establish strict regulatory schemes that protect the eight federal interests identified in the Department’s guidance. These schemes must be tough in practice, not just on paper, and include strong, state-based enforcement efforts, backed by adequate funding. Based on assurances that those states will impose an appropriately strict regulatory system, the Department has informed the governors of both states that it is deferring its right to challenge their legalization laws at this time. But if any of the stated harms do materialize—either despite a strict regulatory scheme or because of the lack of one—federal prosecutors will act aggressively to bring individual prosecutions focused on federal enforcement priorities and the Department may challenge the regulatory scheme themselves in these states.
A copy of the memorandum, sent to all United States Attorneys by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, is available below.
Interesting take on states rights, and 10th Amendment discussion. This type of assertion from a state governor, is highly important especially to those who are in the medical marijuana community and those in states who have “legalized” cannabis.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and freshman state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione have a plan to create a “Fort Knox of Texas” so that the state can start hoarding gold.
Giovanni has filed a bill to establish a Texas Bullion Depository to store the $1 billion worth of gold bars that are owned by University of Texas Investment Management Co. (UTIMCO), which are currently being housed by the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Speaking to conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Tuesday, Perry said that lawmakers were in the process of “bringing gold that belongs to the state of Texas back into the state.” Beck has been a longtime paid spokesperson for the precious metal seller Goldline, which agreed to refund up to $4.5 million to former customers last year after being sued for marking up gold more than 50 percent.
“If we own it, I will suggest to you that that’s not someone else’s determination whether we can take possession of it back or not,” Perry told Beck.
Former Rep. Ron Paul on Thursday explained to The Texas Tribune that the gold would be safer in the hands of Texans.
“If you think gold is a hedge, or a protection, you always want it as close to the individual and the entity as possible,” Paul said. “Texas is better served if it knows exactly where the gold is rather than depending on the security of the Federal Reserve.”
For his part, Capriglione said that he had gotten the idea while attending a tea party rally with Perry in Tarrant County earlier this year.
“Something on the scorecards of a lot of these businesses in deciding whether they want to come to Texas is stability and gold as being one of those items,” Capriglione insisted. “I think it’s been in his consciousness for a while in trying to get some sort of depository in the state of Texas.”
“We don’t want just the certificates. We want our gold. And if you’re the state of Texas, you should be able to get your gold.”
Tangent Capital Partners senior managing director Jim Rickards speculated to Yahoo Finance on Thursday that creating a “Fort Knox of Texas” could be a step in Texas creating its own currency and eventually moving to secede.
“This bill contains a provision that says to the federal government that you, the federal government, purport to confiscate this Texas gold, we, the state of Texas, consider that to be null and void,” Rickards pointed out. “And under the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution, they have that power.”
Earlier this year, more than 100,000 people signed a petition on the White House website calling on President Barack Obama’s administration to allow the state to secede.
White House Office of Public Engagement Director Jon Carson responded by noting that the Supreme Court in 1869 that states do not have a right to secede.
Carson noted that the Founding Fathers established a Constitution and “enshrined in that document the right to change our national government through the power of the ballot — a right that generations of Americans have fought to secure for all. But they did not provide a right to walk away from it.”
In a 2009 interview, Perry had joked that Texas was “thinking about” becoming an independent republic, but he dismissed the call to secede last year.
Governor Rick Perry talks about the 10th Amendment and Succession.
Further more, Ron Paul is starting his own news channel, and is expected to be one of the most honest and straight forward journalist sources in US history.
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.
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.
Since 2010 a little known company called MedBox Inc has entered the medical dispensing industry, and has just in the last few days MedBox Inc filed its Form 10 to become a fully reporting public company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This is big news and also acted as a catalyst in the company’s stock price increase in the OTC market from about $20 to over $27 overnight.
The company’s approach is not new to medical dispensing. In fact there are many companies that have been in to automated medical dispensing for a long time.
But what is difference about MedBox Inc is that not only are they entering the medical marijuana market with a strong presence, but MedBox Inc is also competing with some other very strong companies that are in the pharmacy automation industry for hospitals, long term care facilities, as well as jails and prisons.
On one hand I am excited to see some legitimacy in the market, and on the other hand I am disappointed by MedBox suing it’s competitors making MedBox Inc a company that I will likely not be investing in.
If money is the driving factor, rather than helping people in need. Then you can consider me out.
It’s not that I have anything against cannabis. It’s not that I plan on permanently quitting using cannabis.
But right now I am feeling fine. I use cannabis primarily for headache relief, as well as stress relief.
I still have a valid medical marijuana recommend. But I have been feeling fine lately. Fine enough that I don’t need cannabis any longer at this point. I do still very much like cannabis. But between the expense, and some of the side effects of cannabis (such as short term memory issues and concentration), and the fact that I am actively taking pilot lessons I have decided to take a break.
Right now my family is learning Gaelic (via RosettaStone, GREAT software), and I am going back to school. So memory retention is very necessary right now.
That is not to say that people can not do well on cannabis. Because they certainly can. I passed many of difficult tests while using cannabis. My wife was a straight A student all throughout school, and got an academic scholarship to Westminster in Utah, and during her highschool years, she was stoned every day all day.
But this is a bit different. I will be piloting a plane. I will be taking off and landing at potentially busy airports during my training. So this is a much more serious situation than taking a math test in high school.
As I said, I am still a fan of cannabis in society. I still believe that cannabis is mostly harmless. I am still a supporter and activist for legalization. But the difference is, that I am going back to a point where I was 10-12 years ago, where I am back in school and I am trying to get the biggest bang for my buck with learning (both piloting and the Gaelic language).
I wanted to mention incase my time on this blog become more and more limited, which I suspect that it will.
However, PLEASE support Hempfest, and please consider sending good vibes to Vivian McPeak who is having a difficult time right now. Vivian is a living legend and the founder of Hempfest. He just had his car stolen (mind you a very special car). Look Vivian up on facebook to see the car, and to find out how you can help.
I just bought Vivian’s book “Protestival”. AWESOME book, with a DVD and an amazingly professional publishing. Good work! (see the book features in my video above)
I had planned on showing off some of the shirts that I ordered from Jared Allaway, but they haven’t shown up yet. Please also check out Jared Allaway on facebook to see his shirt campaign. AWESOMENESS!
Spokane Medical Marijuana provider Scott Shupe was charged with drug trafficking in relationship with his business “CHANGE”. CHANGE located itself only blocks from the police department, in a nicely located, commercial/retail building which was very out in the open. They obtained business licenses, paid retail sales tax, and operated professionally. They would even take back any medicine that was not satisfactory with no questions asked.
In late 2009 the owners and some associates of CHANGE were arrested and charged with drug trafficking.
I am so happy for Scott Shupe, and this totally turns my attitude around about Washington state.
In this court case they did reference one thing incorrectly. After SB 5073 (which was after the CHANGE case started in 2009), the serving “one patient at any given time” provision was struck from 69.51 WCA. Section 404 of SB 5073 destroyed this defense that obviously worked to the benefit of Scott Shupe.
I do not think this has anything to do with I-502. I think Scott’s case is being judged under the laws of 2009, and the state laws of 2009 were in Scott’s favor.
Those same laws would not apply to anyone in this day, because SB 5073 destroyed those protections.
In this broadcast I spoke at length why I got my MMJ recommend renewed after vowing that I wouldn’t do it again.
I elaborate more on the value of the medical marijuana market. I talk about both the pros and the cons of medical marijuana.
I also speak about bitcoin and about our new program to earn bitcoin at www.xcannabis.com.