Articles Tagged: pot

Appeals Court Sides with Spokane Dispensary owner Scott Shupe

December 21st, 2012 | By Pirate

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.

In late 2012, in fact just today the charges and ruling was reversed and Scott has been vindicated!

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.

But this is something to build on for sure.

Penn Jillette lays down a wonderful case for libertarianism

October 16th, 2012 | By Pirate

I fully agree with Penn in all that he said in this video.   I know I disagree with Penn Jillette on many topics, but politically he and I are in a very close alignment.   Faith, God, theism is something that he and I have a minor divide, though a lot of what he says about the Bible is both clever and funny, I think it is incorrect and not closely analyzed by the statements that he sometimes makes.

However what he says about “People think that if you are libertarian that you just want what happened in the Bush years to continue…  …  every libertarian I know HATED the Bush administration”..  He goes on to explain how there were a lot of misconceptions that the Bush administration was libertarian, which is not true.   But in some ways, Bush was far more liberty conscious than Obama, seeing that Obama has 60 times more federal indictments under his belt in just 4 years, than Bush had in all 8 of his.  SIXTY TIMES is significant coming from the presidential candidate that was campaigning on a pro-pot platform.

But what we have in this country is croney-capitalism + socialism, and the libertarian representation in this country is faltering.  Our country is less free market, and less libertarian than 18 other countries in the world in regard to economic freedom.   When our country was strong, and we had less poor people and less deficit we were much much more libertarian.   When our country started falling to pieces we had been going down the road to socialism for about 80 years.   Now we are seeing the harvest from all of this socialism, and it isn’t looking pretty IMHO.

Anyway, here is Penn Jillet with “Penn Jillette: Reconciling Atheism with Libertarianism ”

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!

Pot Pundit or Freedom Activist?

April 23rd, 2011 | By Pirate

Someone recently called me a “pot pundit”.   Which I thought.  Hmmm.

But then they said “like Glen Beck”.  Then I thought.  Wow!

The only thing Glen Beck and I have in common is Mormonism, but thats something that I no longer subscribe to.

Glen Beck offers very little sincerity in my opinion.  Freedom doesn’t seem to mean much to Glen Beck.  My opinion is, he has very little to complain about in the way of suffering and real issues.

I don’t believe I am a pundit.  I take this far more seriously than a way to make media, or make money.  I have given my heart and sweat into this, with absolutely no financial reward.  My family misses vacations, and toys so that we can do the activism that we do.  To be called a pundit is like being a veteran of a foreign war and having someone call you a “pawn”.   I personally think it’s a derogatory term, 1. to be referred to as a pundit, and 2. to be compared to Glen Beck.

You think Glen Beck is missing meals to do his media?   You think Glen Beck has served 8 months in jail for what he believes in?  You think Glen Beck has suffered at all in his skewing of the news?   What about law reform, has he changed any laws?


That is what separates me from Glen Beck, or Rush Limbaugh, or any of these other so-called “pundit’s”

A pundit is someone who offers to mass media his or her opinion or commentary on a particular subject area (most typically political analysis, the social sciences or sport) on which they are “knowledgeable.” The term has been increasingly applied to popular media personalities.[1] In certain cases, it may be used in a derogatory manner as well, as the political equivalent of “ideologue.”

In my opinion an ACTIVIST is someone who goes to jail and gives it all for what they believe.   A pundit is someone who gets paid to offer sensational opinions.

Activism consists of intentional action to bring about social, political, economic, or environmental change. Activism can take a wide range of forms from writing letters to newspapers or politicians, political campaigning, economic activism such as boycotts or preferentially patronizing businesses, rallies, street marches, strikes, both sit-ins and hunger strikes.

Some activists try to persuade people to change their behavior directly, rather than persuade governments to change laws. The cooperative movement seeks to build new institutions which conform to cooperative principles, and generally does not lobby or protest politically.

Big difference.

What if I-1149 fails this year?

April 6th, 2011 | By Pirate

For anyone who is interested, I have been toying with the idea that 3 months (3000 signatures per day) may not work out.

That maybe we should plan well in advance for doing this again next year. Just as a precautionary measure, you know not putting all of our apples in one basket.

I have some ideas and maybe some backing for next year if we HAVE to run this again.
I consider that the problem with this year is that there wasn’t a lot of planning last year for this. Everyone thought I-1068 was the end all be all of our efforts. Unfortunately it didn’t work out, and honestly this may not work out this year either.

So far I have come up with some info, but nothing else that is solid yet.

In my opinion I think we should put some checks and balances in place.

1. No one in a leadership role with special interests, including dispensers, growers, lobbyists or pot lawyers. (Special interests freaks contributors, and volunteers out)

2. A reliable and proven 3rd party signature count provider. (I have some good info on this)

3. A very open structure to the organization, none of this “I am coordinator, you better respect me” bull


I am planning for the worst, but hoping for the best.

If anyone is interested, I will be working on this idea over the next 8 months, and I will be posting my ideas accordingly on
I may not want to run or lead the campaign, but I am just kicking around ideas and posting them publicly incase someone wants to use these ideas, or maybe I will run it if no one else steps up.

But this is too serious of an issue to let the legislature take control of our rights. I would hate to see something like HB 1550 pass, and I would especially hate for SB 5073 to pass!!!



Here is a resource that I am using, and I have others that I am investigating now.

Just FYI:

This is a group that people may want to look into for running successful citizens initiatives. Help on many levels, including info for professional independent petition counts>

Citizens in Charge Foundation
2050 Old Bridge Road Suite 103
Lake Ridge, VA 22192
Phone: (703) 492-1776
Fax: (703) 910-7728


Thanks for being concerned about your freedom, and DOING SOMETHING about it!



Ryan Thompson


Knowing your “advocates” in Washington

April 5th, 2011 | By Pirate

A whole series of new pot advocates and advocate groups have popped up in Washington in light of the recent success of many many cannabis dispensaries throughout the state.  To list a few of them:


The strange thing here, is that this is a pretty tight nitched group comprised of pretty much the same 2 to 3 people.
This is clear when you read this article on the CDC:


One thing that I notice by browsing their websites, is that the WCA and the CDC both mention each other back and forth, and mingle together openly.   But one thing is also obvious, regardless that all 3 groups are comprised of pretty much the same leadership, only the WCA and CDC mention each other (at present, and for the past 4 months) on their websites.   But neither the WCA nor the CDC promotes the Sensible Washington group,  OR  I-1149.    Its also obvious that there is little mention of the CDC or the WCA on the Sensible Washington website.

In fact until this week, I didn’t realize how they were all directly connected because of what seems like an illusion that they are separate groups all together.


However you can see how they all work together, as the CannaCare forums do a great job of defining:


Cannacare, while they don’t support I-1149, they are very informative and sincere and in the last couple of weeks I have been paying a lot more attention to Steve Sarich, and I thoroughly enjoyed his recent testimony on SB 5073 in the house Ways and Means committee.  At first I thought that this group was just a bunch of pot business people who were opposed to legalization because of their self interests.  That may be the case to an extent, but I think everyone listed here has bias.  But the more I read what this group is about, Cannacare actually makes a lot of sense.   Washington NORML and others have negative things to say about CannaCare, but you also have to look at where NORML gets their funding.  They say NORML stands for “National Organization for Rich Marijuana Lawyers”.   Tell me, where do marijuana lawyers get their clientele when marijuana is legalized? I say ALWAYS follow the money!


As for who they all are.   I suggest doing a google search on each one of them, and see what is driving them.

I have drawn my own conclusions, but as it is obviously very complicated, I refer everyone to go ahead and draw their own conclusions of what is going on here.


I went to one of the meetings of the WCA/CDC/SW or whatever, and I got it all on film.  Please watch if you want to get a first hand POV on this.


Death for cannabis? Malaysia law requires hanging!

February 1st, 2011 | By Pirate

“Death by hanging is the only sentence provided for offenses under Section 39B (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1952,” said Judicial Commissioner Datuk Akhtar Tahir, reports Bernama, the official Malaysian national news agency.”

I am still troubled by being arrested and serving 8 months for simple possession of 2 grams of weed when I was in Utah.  I was shocked that last year in June I got arrested for simply protesting in Springville Utah.  But NOTHING that I have been through for cannabis compares to what these two harmless people are going through in Malaysia!

This Wednesday (tomorrow) we will be featuring friend and major inspiration for the show, Ray Christl.
We are going to talk about the ASEAN-NORML foundation in Asia which must be a very difficult role in activism seeing that the punishment is so great.

Ray may not be able to make it, and we also have a new guest lined up Patrick Duff.

Wednesday 2pm PST   2/2/11

Listen to the show at

Sensi Life Radio – Speaking about prohibition in a no-tolerance state

January 26th, 2011 | By Pirate

Sensi Life Radio – Speaking about prohibition in a no-tolerance state

Today (January 26th at 2pm PST)

We hope to interview Cassandra from Utah who has been a victim of this “no tolerance” system in Utah.

I have a lot to share about my experience in Utah as well, as it is where I grew up, and where I spent a lot of time in jail for pot when I was a teen.
Also watch this episode of Rachel Maddow with former Mayor of Salt Lake City Utah, Rocky Anderson.

Listen to internet radio with xcannabis on Blog Talk Radio

Date / Time: 1/26/2011 2:00 PM Category: Radio

Call-in Number: (626) 696-8606

To those who voted No on Prop 19

January 26th, 2011 | By Pirate

If Prop 19 was before me right now, I would vote for it.

I don’t like the taxation part of it, in that it would allow for excessive taxation.  I believe you’re right about leaving that door wide open.

However, municipalities are already passing marijuana laws at a community level.  Look at LA and San Diego, or Oakland for that matter.

Prop 19 in my opinion was not making it easier for municipalities to do this.  They do it anyway, with or without Prop 19.

The best thing about Prop 19, is it was not the final chapter in the story.  2012 comes around, we revise the law via another Proposition.

The second best thing that it did, was it created incentive for municipalities to compete for ganja business.
In a true free market, that would play out to the advantage of all cannabis consumers.

Not all municipalities would be dumb enough to force pot business out of their communities.   And the ones who tried to do that (Like LA and San Diego are doing right now), will be begging for them to come back.  Especially knowing that other communities would be getting revenue from these business.

Free market definitely works.  The competition would force municipalities to lower their licensing, or taxing codes in pricing, so that they had a healthy cannabis business.  
Same thing with vineyards and stuff, the history there is very similar.

I also believe very strongly that all of the hysteria about how it would effect medical rights, was out of whack.  I didn’t see anything in that initiative that said ANYTHING about amending or replacing Prop 215.

What I saw in Prop 19 was a not-so-perfect initiative that had a fighting chance of doing the following things:

1.  Making hemp crops available to our farmers (my family are farmers)
2.  Make social ganja legal for everyone over 21.   No fine, no police chats, nothing.
3.  Increasing California’s tourism substantially, in turn making tons of jobs
4.  Eliminating or significantly reducing the shenanigans of the cartels.   And giving their profits back to legitimate, legal, born in this country, business owners who are needing to put food back on their families tables.

What a vote against Prop19 did, was get cannabis one step closer to becoming rescheduled instead of legalized.

What I mean, is instead of getting it legalized in California for cultivation, possession and sales.   California reinforced this bunk medical theory, that all marijuana is medical.

Why is that bad?

Because people want to have tax free transactions just like other pharmaceutical drugs.

You wonder, what is bad about no taxes?

Non-profit laws exists for a reason, if you dont want to pay taxes like the rest of businesses, then go non-profit.  Sure there is a downside to being non-profit.  But on the other hand, you get what you want in regards to taxes.

However, the only things that get a tax break at the commodity level, are pharmaceutical drugs that are scheduled by the DEA as medicinal.

And what is so bad about that?

Well, do you know how difficult it is to become a pharmacist?  
What about owning a pharmacy?
Not to mention all of the paperwork, and records keeping, and blah blah blah.   Licensing isn’t’ cheap  for pharmacy owners either.

So if you want to turn this into medical only, and keep it that way.  Some day this will come back to bite you in the ass when the feds decide to turn marijuana in to a medicine.

Did you know that the federal government owns US patents on cannabis medicine.   (US Patent 6630507)

You just wait for the feds to take over this medicine before you want to start working towards legalization.   You will get this crop taken away from 80% of the people already in this industry.

I know you couldn’t imagine having to get a pharmacists license just to sell marijuana.   But it COULD happen.

Police have to use deceit to arrest small time pot buyers (less than $25 worth)

July 28th, 2010 | By Pirate

John Stossel interviews Detroit’s police chief Jerry Oliver who points out that since the dealing of drugs is between willing buyers and sellers, the War on Drugs forces cops to use deceit to catch those dealing drugs. Despite all the law enforcement resources put into fighting the drug war, availability of drugs is just as high as before the drug war began.

Video showing the police acting like pot dealers on the street baiting customers into buying pot from a fake dealer.  Most of the allegid buyers are looking for less than $25 worth of weed.  Some of these ‘offenders’ get their car seized, or more.

Yet there are no less drug users now, than before the drug war started.    Why are we losing the war on drugs?   Why in the Netherlands, where drugs are essentially legalized and sold in legal cafe’s do they have less users than we have in the USA?

The drug war is a lost cause.

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