Articles Tagged: news report

HempFest 2012 Protesteval

August 22nd, 2012 | By Pirate

There was a lot of emotion at Hempfest this year.  There are several initiatives that were collecting signatures, there was also two camps that were there to represent for one side or the other on I-502.  In fact that was pretty much the main topic this year.
But aside from all of the politics, it was an oasis for nearly 300,000 attendees who were there to support the cannabis culture as they have for 21 years!

I was sad that we couldn’t be there.  We celebrated our sons first birthday and we had business to take care of here in Northern California.  Plus we are caring for my 90 year old grandmother and she would not have faired well in the heat.

But I was encouraged to watch a King5 news report to see a sign that we made hung proudly at hempfest.  We got the idea for the sign from a picture that I found on facebook some months ago.  It said  “Freedom Can’t Exist If Nature Is Illegal” and we attached two cannabis liberty symbols with the message “Don’t Tread On Me” below the statue of Liberty and a cannabis leaf, that Kimi designed in 2011 for Don Skakie.  We donated these signs to Jared Allaway to use for whatever legalization event that may be happening, and we were elated that they were used at HempFest!!!  Thanks Jared!

It made me feel like I was their in proxy, and it also made me miss our HempFest family.
We will not be missing next year!

Here is the photo and the article of where I found it.   Made me smile ear to ear to see this!




Jury Nullification or Mutiny?

December 23rd, 2010 | By Pirate

I have heard a lot about this from former drug enforcement officer Barry Cooper, it’s called jury nullification. 
This is proof that it works!  If the people of the jury refuse to pass judgment, deal sealed.  Prohibition is as much as over at that point.
The courts won’t continue to waste money on trials that do not end up in a conviction and instead only waste money.

A marijuana mutiny? According to a prosecutor in Missoula County, Mont., potential jurors made it clear they wouldn’t convict anyone for possessing a few buds of pot. District Judge Dusty Deschamps found it impossible to seat a jury, and decided to work out a plea bargain for the man in question, Touray Cornell, instead.

Thanks to NORML and Russ Bellville for the great news report today!

Also, please support Sensible Washington:

Fourth of July report from Reverend Ryan

July 4th, 2010 | By Pirate

We had a great time at Riverfront Park in Spokane

I was able to freely speak my mind at the Tea Party assembly at the park today (without a permit).  That was refreshing after going to jail for the doing the same thing in Utah a few weeks ago.

I also spoke to Ozzie Knezovich who is running for re-election for the office of County Sheriff.  I am convinced now that I will not vote for this man.
He is a fanatical supporter of this “Drug War” and I can not stand for that.

This is an email that I sent to the sheriffs campaign directors:

I spoke to Ozzie today about ending prohibition and what his opinion is on that.
He cited a lot of statistics from the Netherlands.  I made this video to rebuke these false claims.

I will campaign against anyone in favor of prohibition. 
I think Ozzie is a nice guy.  But if he plans on “protecting and serving” the people of this county, he must realize “The Drug War” is not a war on drugs.  Its a war on the American people.

This is my response to Ozzie

Ozzie should check out “Law Enforcement Against Prohibition”

Thanks for your time!

Ryan Thompson

There is currently no one running against him.  However, there is some unrest with a lot of his deputies, and there was a potential candidate that decided against running former Sheriff Mark Sterk.

I will say this, that if Mark Sterk runs next time on a campaign that includes ending prohibition I believe he will have a lot of support.

This is the news report on the complaints and the political movement within the Sheriff’s department:

This is the list of candidates running. Click Here

I will be writing them and asking them all their stance on prohibition.  It looks like many of them are running as republicans, so I can almost predict the responses from them.  But because Ron Paul renewed my hope in that party as a whole, I will give them all the benefit of the doubt.

Happy Freedom and Liberty day!

More references:

Comparing Important Drug and Violence Indicators

Social Indicator Comparison Year USA Netherlands
Lifetime prevalence of marijuana use (ages 12+) 2001 36.9% 17.0%
Past month prevalence of marijuana use (ages 12+) 2001 5.4% 3.0%
Lifetime prevalence of heroin use (ages 12+) 2001 1.4% 0.4%
Incarceration Rate per 100,000 population 2002 701 100
Per capita spending on criminal justice system (in Euros) 1998 €379 €223
Homicide rate per 100,000 population Average 1999-2001 5.56 1.51
1: US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Volume I. Summary of National Findings (Washington, DC: HHS, August 2002), p. 109, Table H.1.
2:  Trimbos Institute, “Report to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point, The Netherlands Drug Situation 2002” (Lisboa, Portugal: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Nov. 2002), p. 28, Table 2.1.
3:  Walmsley, Roy, “World Prison Population List (fifth edition) (London, England: Research, Development and Statistics Directorate of the Home Office), Dec. 2003, p. 3, Table 2.
4:  Walmsley, Roy, “World Prison Population List (fifth edition) (London, England: Research, Development and Statistics Directorate of the Home Office), Dec. 2003, p. 5, Table 4.
5:  van Dijk, Frans & Jaap de Waard, “Legal infrastructure of the Netherlands in international perspective: Crime control” (Netherlands: Ministry of Justice, June 2000), p. 9, Table S.13.
6:  Barclay, Gordon, Cynthia Tavares, Sally Kenny, Arsalaan Siddique & Emma Wilby, “International comparisons of criminal justice statistics 2001,” Issue 12/03 (London, England: Home Office Research, Development & Statistics Directorate, October 2003), p. 10, Table 1.1.

Great news report on I-1068

May 2nd, 2010 | By Pirate

This is from a few months back, but how wonderful it is to get a wiff of this kind of freedom.  We are almost there people!