I was a 19 year old kid that goes into the military recruitment office in Provo Utah.
I was only about 100 lbs, and I didn’t have a lot to offer physically. So they ran me through a pre-ASVAB test, and I scored really high. After that I had both the Airforce and the Marines trying to recruit me.
I was really wanting to be a part of the Airforce and I have forever as long back as I can remember, wanted to fly an airplane.
But there were a few last technicalities. They had not ran a background check or tested my pee yet.
When the recruiter ran my background check two tickets for marijuana showed up. I was shut down. They said if it was only one ticket they could probably work around that. But with two, there as no hope.
So I moved on in life. I drifted around for a few years. Found a relationship with Christ in my life, and my life steadily improved.
After all of these years of being blessed, I am always on the lookout for a way to be helpful, and give back.
This last year, I came across the Tough Mudder event (www.toughmudder.com)
I researched what this was all about, and who their charity is. They give to the Wounded Warrior Project, and Tough Mudder has donated over 5 million dollars to this project. I made the connection “I couldn’t serve my country like my forefathers, but I can serve the men and women who have bravely served.
I am glad that I wasn’t able serve in active duty military because the end result would be that I would be put in a position to kill or be killed, and I just did not believe in that war enough to either kill or be killed. So that was a relief. Not that I wasn’t wiling. But it was a blessing in disguise.
But with the Tough Mudder event, I could prove some things to myself. I could also contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project. I believe in the Wounded Warrior Project because I know a lot of these men and women come home from war with PTSD, and our government is not taking very good care of them. These foundations that help our soldiers I believe in, especially with the reputation of the Wounded Warrior Project..
On May 3rd, I was denied service to my country once more when I was hit by a Iraq Veteran, likely suffering from PTSD, and self medicating with alcohol who hit me in a head on collision while he was driving the wrong way on the freeway (I-5), going at about 70 miles an hour. This is the exact thing I was working on with whatever help I could give with Tough Mudder. Getting treatment for our torn men and women who come home from battle is a major goal of mine. This is a fine example of why it is so important.
I will not be able to complete the course this year, but I hope to be in good enough shape next year to complete one of these courses.
This is my video blog from April talking about the tough mudder.
I ask that people please lift our soldiers up in prayer. They go to war for what ever reason, but when they return they do not always get the care that they need.
Below are pictures of this car accident that ruined my go at this Tough Mudder event.
But I am glad that I was driving a Ford Expedition, because that is the only thing that saved me in this accident.
The other driver did not make it. I am really blessed to have survived!
I have been involved with discussing these issues for 4 years on a regular basis, and 20 years on a personal level ever since getting arrested for cannabis for my first time at age 17, and 2 times after that the last time being when I was 19 years old. So I have three arrests on my record for cannabis.
My second arrest at age 18 was when I got pulled over driving from St. George Utah, to Provo Utah and I was on I-15 in Nephi Utah. A Utah Highway patrol officer pulled me over, gave me a tough time about damaged equipment because my front bumper had a huge ding in it and my left front fender did too. My headlight was broken, but this was during the day, and my car was completely safe. The cop suspected me of possession of some kind of substance, probably because of my appearance or something. I thought for sure that I had nothing on me. But he was able to find a baggy with one small flake of cannabis in it. He wrote me up for damaged equipment and DWI. When I went to court I took a plea from the prosecutor for a reduced charge of misdemeanor possession, which carried less harsh penalties, but I still lost my license for 6 months and I served 2 months in jail. The alternative would have been 6 months in jail and a loss of my license for a year. So the possession charge was much less consequential.
I have years of history in cannabis usage and legal trouble to back my opinion and my facts.
Ive asked Russ many times “Have you ever been arrested for possession of marijuana” and for the first time tonight Russ answered my question and said “No I have not”. He has not been arrested for DUID either. He asked me if I have ever had a field sobriety test in the last ten years, and I have not. In fact I have never had a field sobriety test, not even when I was charged with DWI in Juab County Utah. They arrested me without any impairment testing at all!
But sometimes this conversation devolves to “You are a patient against legalization” or “You’re in the I gots mine crowd” (Both coined by Russ Belville). But recently Alison Holcomb of the ACLU started making commentary in the same way Russ Belville often does. She recently said in a press release that “There seems to be industry interests at work (against I-502)”.
So with all of these accusations about “greedy patients” and “industry interests”. What about the side of these debates that is supporting unscientific and unreasonable DUID provisions. What is their angle? Do they have “industry interests”?
I recently posted a story about the ACLU who has been around since 1920 (around the time cannabis prohibition started being realized at state levels), and in over 75 years the ACLU has sat on their hands and have done NOTHING about it. But now all of the sudden after they watched (though they didn’t support) Sensible Washington collect hundreds of thousands of signatures on a shoe-string budget they are all of the sudden interested in supporting some distorted and rather troubling reform law? Why did it take them 75+ years to get in on this?
I have always figured that lawyers have a vested interest in keeping prohibition alive, especially criminal defense lawyers like the ones that pay NORML for a listing in their legal directory and such. These lawyers have a commodity, that is criminal charges against potential clients. Without those criminal charges, these lawyers don’t make money. So the less things that are illegal, the less money they make. That is a fact. When cannabis prohibition ends. Those lawyers who have spent 10’s of thousands of dollars in advertising “your marijuana defense lawyer is waiting” in the phone book and on billboards, etc are looking for a different field of work and their advertising dollars are all of the sudden no longer helping them. Criminal defense lawyers would be CRAZY to want criminal penalties on cannabis to go away. Is that not logical?
Or maybe Russ Belville can explain to me how this will benefit these lawyers when criminal penalties end? What career path will they take, when the career that they have built their life’s work around all of the sudden goes away? What then Russ? How about you Alison Holcomb?
If prohibition ends, lots of lawyers will be getting off the gravy train real quick!
You all can talk about “Industry Interests” but I think you are fooling yourselves if you don’t think people can see through the industry interests on your end.
Whether you are a paid activist, or a paid lawyer you DO have industry interests. Russ is a paid activist, and Alison is a paid lawyer, dems the breaks people.
This is one of Russ’s posts about the self centered interests of the activists in Washington:
(if you look at the back and forth during prop19, you will see these kind of things posted on the NORML stash roughly every week for about 6 months, where Russ is constantly calling out patients as greedy)
If we are going to talk about how Russ disses people who make money from cannabis, we should also remember the constant posting about Roger Christie’s “Church of Lighter Wallets”.
Russ was terribly offended that Roger was making money from cannabis, even though Roger has ALWAYS fought for full legalization and has NEVER opposed it to my knowledge.
You may want to use www.archive.org if the NORML website that I linked to is not available. It is available now, but since Russ is no longer with NORML it may be gone someday. So Archive.org is a great place to recall history.
“Sadly, the veto of SB 5073 was applauded by some dispensary operators who, coincidentally, also oppose passage of I-502. These individuals benefit from confusion, fear and patchwork medical marijuana enforcement across the state because the mess perpetuates prohibition’s inflation of cannabis prices and drives patients to a smaller number of surviving businesses. ”
So now we have heard what everyone thinks of the other’s motives. The point is, we all have motives. But I think some people’s motives are clearer than others.”
For those who have never been arrested for cannabis. I am surprised and often very happy that they would support legalization. But then, is it “Legalization” or is it “New Penalties”? That is the question.
For reference, my arrest record is public, and I found this on mugshots.com, which is a picture of me from almost 2 decades ago, when I got arrested for cannabis possession.
I haven’t sold cannabis since I was around 20 years old. I am not a greedy MMJ dispenser as Russ or Alison would have you believe about every I-502 opponent.
I am someone who has ACTUALLY suffered at the wrong end of prohibition. Not some paid activist!
So if we need to have an ad hominem discussion to satisfy everyone’s need to have a pissing match. Here is my contribution.
As for the facts. Kari Boiter did a WONDERFUL job presenting the facts and the ACTUAL langauge of the initiative in this hempfest debate:
I was happy to be able to participate in the Global Marijuana March. Got to see a lot of friends, and met new ones. I continued to have more and more irie as the day passed. What a blessing! Praise Jah!
I wasn’t used to seeing this kind of a turn out. When we protest in Utah and Idaho there are maybe 3 people at most. Usually they are all related to me. LOL Sometimes we get a volunteer from drug court, which is cool! I always try to protest at drug court, to kind of ease the pain of the victims that have to be violated there. Even in Provo Utah, I get tons of support, but very few bodies to help out.
But protesting in WA has always been exciting!!! Lots of participation, and people concerned about their civil rights!
As our way of saying thanks, we gave out what shirts we could to those that were working hard on advertising the I-1068 initiative.
We met several signature gatherers, I wish I would have had shirts for all of them. I only came with 10 shirts, and I expected that to be more than enough. But people were buying, trading, and getting shirts as soon as I got there. More people wanted to buy shirts, but I had already given most of them away somehow.
We are dedicated to giving more I-1068 shirts away.
If anyone wants to support our efforts to give these shirts away, please visit Emerald Sun Design Studio and buy a few shirts from us.
Our prices our reasonable. Especially for the continued 4/20 special sale. We basically started the 420 Special sale for 4/20. But since there are so many 4:20’s in a day, we just keep that special going and going. So it’s the first shirt for $14.20, and you get the option of buy a I-1068 shirt for $4.20. It rounds out to $20 with tax. 2 shirts for $20, thats our 4/20 special!
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I also just learned on CannabisCulture.com that Marc Emery will be in custody on September 28th. He is asking for support. I am going to try to make a way for me to be in Seattle. But I have to be in Utah the following week, so I may not be able to make it. I encourage you to go out to show him support both in B.C. and Seattle.
Here are the details of that. http://cannabisculture.com/v2/content/marc-emery-be-taken-custody
Brush up on history and Marc Emery by visiting Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Emery
Also, Eddy Lepp is not free. Please keep those in mind who are not as fortunate to be on the outside of a cage, and please be grateful for men and women who are willing to stand up for their rights!
Our motto at xCannabis is “Exercising your FREEDOM, Preserves your FREEDOM”.. We have to stand united, so spare some time and muster some courage to stand up for what you believe in.