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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.





Lets repeal the first amendment to stop the racist tea party comments about Obama

July 31st, 2013 | By Pirate

Yesterday I was musing on how citizens initiatives get passed, things like I-502 which are so terribly negative in ending cannabis prohibition in the USA.

After my blog post, I got reading more about Mark Dice, and he is an interesting film maker.  I have to admit, I don’t know a lot about him.  But I was not shocked to see this second video of where Mark Dice got a bunch of signatures to “Repeal the First Amendment”.   His premise was “the tea party people and republicans are saying mean things about Obama, and they don’t have the right to do that – in these tough times”.

I am sorely disappointed with the outcome of this video, because of how willing people are to simply sign something.  Even after having explained to them over and over that this will “repeal the first amendment”.

I say it again, it is no wonder that things like I-502 get passed.  < repeal the first amendment?


Creepy Ass Cracka – Not the final post on the George Zimmerman case

July 16th, 2013 | By Pirate

After a lot of back and forth with friends over the last week a few things are notable.
But first I have to say that in March of 2012 I came out in support of Zimmerman getting arrested and charged, based on all of the media hype.  They really made it sound like Zimmerman pulled a racist murder on a young boy, displaying pictures of Trayvon Martin when he was a pre-teen and such, and cutting and clipping the 911 call to make it sound as if there was some racist insults being slung at Trayvon.  I posted for a week straight about this and wore my hoodie and supported the Martin family.

But in the last week I have learned some disturbing details about this case that made me change my mind.

A few things that should be known, since I constantly hear about the “right wing white man agenda” constantly regarding this case.

  1. George Zimmerman was as white as Bob Marley.  George Zimmerman’s father was white, but his mother was Afro-Peruvian.
  2. George Zimmerman was not a republican or a right winger, he was a registered democrat
  3. It is said that George Zimmerman stood up for a man in the same town who’s civil rights were violated in a racial way, and George Zimmerman protested this and passed out flyers about this in 2010

So beyond all of the cultural technicalities, I have already addressed the scientific technicalities in my previous post.

But the last thing that I found in this case.  Just as of today July 16th 2013.  Is this ‘star witness’ who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin during this whole incident.  She claims that what motivated Trayvon Martin to freak out was that as he said “he is being followed by a creepy ass cracka”.

See the video here:

Here more of her testimony here about the racial slurs that Trayvon Martin used:

So Trayvon Martin didn’t like the neighborhood watch captain to be watching him as he is going in and out of people’s back yards at night.  And when Zimmerman is on the phone and the dispatcher asks for Martin’s location, and Zimmerman gets out of his car to find the street sign or landmark, and the dispatcher says “are you following him” and Zimmerman says “ya”, the dispatcher responds “we don’t need you to do that”.  So Zimmerman starts heading back to his car and he got jumped.   Well during that conversation that Zimmerman was having with the police dispatch, Martin is busy talking to his friend on the phone, while trespassing in someone else’s backyard and the conversation is marked with racist slurs about Zimmerman’s racial identity as Trayvon Martin describes Zimmerman as a “creepy ass cracka”.

Now when I bring this up to my facebook acquaintances who have made this all about “racial profiling” for months and months.  They ignore it, and instead call me a racist?!

I find this hilarious, especially when they identify this as some “right wing conspiracy against the black man”.  As I noted earlier, Zimmerman was also black (Afro-Peruvian), and he was a registered democrat.

People are so desperate for more racism it seems.  (Barf)


Are you losing the debate? SHOUT RACIST

Are you losing the debate? SHOUT RACIST



Made it to Ted’s Montana Grill in Naperville Illinois

July 9th, 2013 | By Pirate

This is the video of our trip to Ted’s Montana Grill in Naperville Illinois.

If you want to know more about the significance of what this means to me, please see my last blog on this topic made the day before.  How free market captalism is saving wildlife

The food was EXCELLENT, I ate a bison burger with egg, jaleopeno and blackberry jam, called Canyon Creek.

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Will I-502 actually create legal stores?

February 10th, 2013 | By Pirate

So the question that has been posed about I-502 to many of the promoters of I-502 is “will I-502 actually do what all of the promoters promised, is it possible that there will be legal stores in Washington state by December 2013”?

The Russ Belville Challenge 2012-2013 – Legal or not?


Russ turned down the bet, but here is your chance to pick it up where Russ dropped the ball!
To participate click the link below

(this is the video that I made for Russ on November 21st 2012)

This is a betting pool for Litecoin, once this slot is taken, I will open another:

For reference, when I proposed this challenge to another supporter of I-502, this is the response that I got, and the response that I gave:


  • Friar Ryan

    You were offering a site that took bets on I-502’s passage.
    I set up a betting area of my site too, for betting on I-502’s campaign promises.
    Russ Belville turned me down on this bet (even though he LOVES to bet).
    Maybe you’d be willing to take me up on it.

  • Norm L. Mass

    Your challenge is not specific enough. What defines a “legal store”?

  • Friar Ryan

    Exactly how it was defined in I-502. I am challenging those who promised “legal dispensaries”. Their term “legal”, and my term “legal” is obviously not the same thing. So the only thing I can go by, is the wording in I-502, which was not challenged by many of the supporters. Despite that cannabis remains schedule one in not only federal law, but also state law, tells me that there are no “10th Amendment protections” for I-502’s “legal stores”.
    If WA opened up “legal stores” they would not only be violating federal laws, but also state laws. Their claim to “10th Amendment Protections” is irrelevant if WA is breaking it’s own state laws.

  • Friar Ryan

    So basically you would be betting on the provisions set forth in I-502, not my definitions of “legal” but the definitions that are in the law itself.



NJWeedman in Court for RETRIAL, prayers around the world for NJ WEED MAN!

October 7th, 2012 | By Pirate

FIJA Pamphleting – Burlington County Courthouse

Wednesday, October 10 at 7:45am – Tuesday, October 16 at 11:00am in EDT

Burlington County Court House
49 Rancocas Road
Mount Holly, New Jersey 08060

More information about Jury Nullification;

Fully Informed Jury Association » Jury Nullification


Robert Edward Njweedman Forchion

NJWEEDMAN SAYS:  Two more days before I start this courtroom shit again! Two more days before its me against the state of new jersey – fighting for us all!! All or nothing!

Robert Edward Njweedman Forchion “Courtroom updates”

Who is coming to the courthouse mmj /jury rights protest before court? – blaze with me // 8:30am courthouse steps.

For those who cant make it but want follow whats happening ill be updating as much as possible – As my trial begins on Wednesday 10/10 — i’ll be giving real time updates via twitter @njweedman, Facebook and live phonecam @ – if you don’t have a Stickam acct get one and send me a friend request ASAP (today – ill be flying/traveling tomorrow).

Independent Review of Washington’s I-502 by state Libertarians

August 22nd, 2012 | By Pirate

I typically do not usually do a full on copy and paste of someone else’s material.
But this material is of the best analysis that I have read about I-502, and it is not written by cannabis activists, it is written by those who truly care about liberty, the Libertarian Party of Washington.

I align myself with Libertarian beliefs, and this review of the initiative speaks clearly to the concerns that I have which has led me to reject the initiative.


I showed up to Hempfest on Saturday morning and the first thing that struck me as odd, were all of the “No on I-502” signs, t-shirts, and buttons. No on I-502

Wait a minute…isn’t I-502 the marijuana legalization bill set to be voted on in November.

Isn’t this the same bill that is being promoted by many leaders within the marijuana legalization movement?

Something wasn’t right. Fortunately for me, the Libertarian Party of Washington* booth was located right next to a “No on I-502” friendly booth. At the booth, a young man and woman named Adam and Katie proceeded to tell me everything that was wrong with the bill. I was floored by what I was told. But instead of immediately switching my view on I-502, I decided to do some research of my own. I acquired the entire 66 page bill and this is what I found hidden inside of it…


Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

I-502 will create new criminal penalties for medical marijuana users who drive, through a new and intrusive per se DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) law. I-502 institutes a new unreasonable legal limit on blood THC levels for marijuana users. Active THC from marijuana stays in a person’s blood days and even weeks after the marijuana has been ingested. Inactive THC stays in the body for much longer.

“Sec. 31.1 Any person who operates a motor vehicle within this state is deemed to have given consent…to a test or tests of his or her breath or blood for the purpose of determining the…THC concentration…”

“Sec. 31.2 The test or tests of breath shall be administered at the direction of a law enforcement officer having reasonable grounds to believe the person to have been driving or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle within this state while under the influence…of any drug.”

“Sec. 31.2 (i) The driver is age twenty-one or over and the test indicates…that the THC concentration of the driver’s blood is 5.00 or more;”

“Sec. 31.2 (ii) The driver is under the age twenty-one and the test indicates…that the THC concentration of the driver’s blood is above 0.00;”

That sounds reasonable right? People shouldn’t be driving under the influence of drugs.  Well, it would be reasonable if there were scientific proof of impairment with a blood THC level of 5ng/ml. The facts are…

“It is not possible to conclude anything about a driver’s impairment on the basis of his/her plasma concentrations” –U.S. Department of Transportation “Marijuana and Actual Driving Performance: Effects of THC on Driving Performance”


“THC may be present in blood for a period of days after past use, long after any performance impairing effects have worn off” –Armentano, P. “Cannabis and Driving: A Scientific and Rational Review”

I see this provision to be unrealistic and hurtful to the medical marijuana community. It also implements a zero-tolerance policy for any medical marijuana patient between the ages of 18-21, even when they have a recommendation from their physician to use medical marijuana. This provision would be the same as if you had a glass of wine or beer at dinner, then was arrested and charged with a DUI the next day.

This is the most glaring problem with this initiative, although there are others…

I-502 gives the report of the police officer status as actual evidence to be used to press charges against the patient.

“Sec. 31.8 (b) The sworn report or report under a declaration authorized by RCW 9A.72.085 submitted by a law enforcement officer is prima facie evidence that the officer had reasonable grounds to believe the person had been driving…while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs…”

I am not going to go into the new FBI background checks, or the new restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries that this initiative adds, although they are important.

Unfortunately, according to the sponsors of I-502, they are aware of the lack of scientific evidence of impairment that coincides with the use of marijuana, as well as the recent studies that have shown that traffic fatalities drop by an average of 9%-13% in states that have adopted medical marijuana friendly laws.

A driving under the influence of drugs charge will:

Stay on your driving record forever.

Severely impair your ability to get a job.

Cost you your drivers’ license for up to a year.

Get you a seat in drug & alcohol classes.

Raise your car insurance rates.

Cost you attorney fees.

So, why have the sponsors of I-502 added these ridiculous provisions to the initiative? They argued that their polling data from Proposition 19 in California showed that there was a large group of uninformed voters who would not vote for I-502 unless it included new penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana.

Uniformed voters? So, instead of trying to educate people on the truth of this issue, they will instead punish peaceful marijuana users?


As leaders, we cannot sacrifice principles for political expedience, especially when it will do harm to the very people who have trusted us to fight on their behalf. I would ask that the current leaders supporting I-502 take a second look and oppose this hurtful piece of legislation. The pro-marijuana bills that are going to be on the ballot in Colorado and Oregon in November will have to lead the way for the marijuana legalization movement. These bills do not have DUID provisions.

As a Libertarian, I cannot, under good conscience, support any piece of legislation that violates our natural rights as humans. Whether you agree with the use of marijuana or not, you should agree that adults have the right to choose what they put in their own body without influence, force, and fraud perpetrated by government.

I-502 will cause more harm than good to peaceful marijuana users. I urge you to vote No on I-502! But don’t take my word for it. Read the bill here and watch the debate below.
C. Michael PickensC. Michael Pickens is the Washington State Director for the Gary Johnson 2012 Campaign. He is also the author of the new book, “Libertarian Leadership: Planting the Seed for a Libertarian Future.” Michael can be reached at

*The Libertarian Party of Washington did not endorse I-502

Don Skakie Speaking at Hempfest 2012 about I-514

August 18th, 2012 | By Pirate


Initiative 514 to the Legislature needs 241,153 valid signatures by December 31 2012 for consideration by the Legislature in the January 2013 legislative session. It could then be accepted as written and made law immediately, or would more likely appear on the November 6 2013 ballot for a vote by the People either with or without an alternative written by the Legislature.

You can read the Full Text of I-514 as it appears in the public record on the Washington Secretary of States website here:

Divisions emerge over pro-pot initiative at Seattle Hempfest

““I’m actually sad that Hempfest isn’t embracing this as sort of a pinnacle of the work that they’ve been doing for so long,” said Alison Holcomb, campaign director for the I-502 campaign. “There have been so many people who have worked literally for decades to have a chance to begin to roll back marijuana prohibition … and this is the year that we can finally break through that wall.””

THEN WHY DIDN’T YOU ALISON OR THE ACLU EVER SUPPORT ANY ** REAL ** LEGALIZATION INITIATIVES BEFORE THIS SHITTY I-502?   You don’t care about legalization, you care about making money from defending people against criminal charges.  Alison Holcomb, you are such a lawyer, and that is NOT meant to be a compliment!

Filming in public what are your rights?

April 25th, 2012 | By Pirate

First we must define “what is public”?

I know that the law allows for one party consent in more than 10 states.   Utah being one of them, and I know because I have utilized this when dealing with police.  That applies to telephone, video etc.

But what about online, what makes online events public vs. private?

I know that on facebook and other social websites like MySpace, making a conversation, a group, a profile private is easy.
There are a lot of tutorials and ‘help’ sections to learn more about doing this.

So when a group is public, or when an email has been sent.  Are those situations where events are “public” or at least rightfully recorded?

I think so.  I have found serious issues that have included threats, bullying, intimidation and even elderly abuse online and I have recorded several of those types of events.

I don’t mind being criticized for it.  Activists do it all of the time with police and violent encounters.
I see using video is a tool for an activist, just as it is a tool of the nanny state.

It is suggested by studies that the average US citizen gets filmed without giving consent at least 300 times per day.
Which includes public camera, private (businesses) cameras, traffic lights, toll booths, police cameras (dashcams), etc.

I like to have a recording of weird shit that has presented itself in my life as well.


Here is an example that I found on YouTube recently that illustrates my point.

These are videos that I made that have come in handy in the past.

This incident would have been better if I had a recording of the event that took place.
But I did get some interesting data from these recordings, from public officials.

This is another issue that I recorded, and I truly believe the camera is what saved me.

This is another one of my new favorite websites:

Cancer patient sent to federal prison for 5 years

May 5th, 2011 | By Pirate

This is a complete outrage and another reason why we need to worry about ending prohibition on a federal level STAT!


After more than six years of litigation, and three years of appeals for manufacturing and conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cannabis, Dr. Marion “Mollie” Fry and her husband of 25 years, civil attorney Dale Schafer, attended a hearing at the US courthouse in Sacramento Monday week, in which their bonds were revoked and they were given a the date of May 2 to surrender to serve five-year federal prison terms.

Dr. Marion Fry with longtime partner, attorney, Dale Schafer at their home near Sacramento. (Photo by Sharon Letts)

Fry and Schafer’s prior home located in the hills just north of Sacramento was raided in 2001, with 34 plants confiscated – what they believed to be well below the 99 plant limit set forth by local ordinances.

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