I have gotten word that the one last true coop in Spokane is being raided right now.
Medical Herb Providers at 306 North Freya St., Spokane WA is being raided as we speak.
The report from the store volunteers is that several local cops accompanied by one federal agent is currently in their store detaining the other volunteers and it has been going on for several hours.
I call MHP the one last true coop in Spokane as they are one of few that included the community in so many ways, and allowed for signature gathering at their location for I-1149.
My heart goes out to them, as they blessed our family very much.
In the true community spirit, please get down to MHP and protest this injustice! View Larger Map
Starting in 2009 which was shortly after the raid on CHANGE dispensary in Spokane WA, there was a notion for a petition drive to legalize cannabis on a ballot initiative. The group was Sensible Washington.
I had been driving from Deer Lake in Stevens County to go to protests and meetings about this topic.
Deer Lake was roughly an hour drive each way or maybe a little longer.
But I had made friends with a lot of folks in the medical marijuana community, and in fact we built the website for Change dispensary (www.changeinspokane.com). So my family and I regularly made the trip to support those in the community.
When we knew that there would be an initiative for full legalization, we made plans to move in to Spokane, despite that we are not really happy with living in a city as opposed to a rural mountain area. But we set forth anyway.
Our first order of business was to buy a screen press so that we could help with what little we were able to. Since we had a new baby in the house and driving long distances to Spokane to get signatures was difficult and in most cases impossible. We decided to send what provisions that we could to area coordinators and potential volunteers. We gave out between 100-150 shirts in 2010 to promote the cause. We used our own design, “Real Change is Not Too Late – 1068”.
We didn’t play a particularly involved role, nor did we have time. But we helped in what ways we could, and after getting to Spokane for the end of the petition drive we went out and got several sheets full of signatures.
We opened our business on North Division in a busy area in hopes to give people a place to sign the petition that is comfortable and professional as well, we had that business open for 3 months.
There was some mix ups during the campaign, and the area coordinator kept getting changed around. It was a little frustrating, but a lot of work was getting done while Renata Rollins was coordinating and that was encouraging. So we kept up our support, and even in the end when it was clear that we would not make the ballot, we gave another lot of merchandise from our store to encourage the unpaid volunteers for their efforts. We gave two complete skateboards, and 10 screen printed shirts.
We got word back from the coordinator that we gave the items too that one set of bearings got lost, and I don’t think they were ever recovered, so despite that we gave two complete skateboards, it only ended up being one complete setup, and then most of the parts for the second. The coordinator called us and asked us if we had another set of bearing to replace the bearings that were lost, and we didn’t have any.
Well, fast forward to the following year, this year. Things started slow, but in January MHP dispensary hosted a New Years Eve party and Sensible Washington folks were invited. I brought a dozen Sensible Washington shirts that we made, and a bunch of inventory from our store to donate for a raffle. We gave the shirts to who we thought was a coordinator, as she had been claiming to be one.
But the friend that she brought was claiming that she in fact was the coordinator. Well, since they were both riding together I figured it doesn’t matter who we gave it to, because it’s going to get to the right place one way or another.
Three months pass and there were supposed to be weekly meetings happening in that time, but in fact there was no meetings, except for one at the first of January in which it got canceled by the new coordinator and the meeting was rescheduled to be at someone’s house. It didn’t turn out very well because instead of it being a meeting of Sensible Washington volunteers, it ended up being a room full of dispensary owners, and the main topic was SB 5073. I was annoyed by that, because SB 5073 has been nothing but bad for our laws, and promoting SB 5073 seemed unproductive. The topic was I-1149, but that wasn’t what was being discussed.
I did some broadcasting on this topic and I was able to interview the state coordinator (at the time) Don Skakie.
After that, no Sensible Washington meetings happened at all for months. So a new coordinator stepped up and invited everyone to meet at a organic food store to have coffee. This was the first meeting in almost 3 months, so we donated shirts to this new coordinator person. Which caused conflicts with the second coordinator that came after the first coordinator. (confused yet?). Yet, we forged through. We ended up finding out that the first lot of inventory didn’t get used properly and for about 3 weeks the coordinator couldn’t even tell us what happened to the items. We thought that would be sold as a fundraiser, and it would help the coordinator with her expenses. Instead she blamed someone else for losing them, and we had to track everything down. We got about half of the items back. It was a mess. It caused a lot of hurt feelings too.
A few weeks after that meeting in March we were undecided on where we would be having meetings, as no one had a place yet. So we found a virtual office that had a conference room and we paid $200 per month to use their facilities. We had 4 meetings.
The first meeting we had 12 people show up, but the second coordinator (not using names) got pissed that we were having meetings for some reason, maybe because she wasn’t doing anything and hadn’t yet held a meeting in 3 months. So she started calling people and telling them “the DEA is investigating that place, and you will be under DEA surveillance”. Which is fine, we streamed each meeting over the internet, so incase people who had something to worry about who wanted to could still attend the meeting, and not have to be associated directly. But we didn’t care if the DEA was watching the place, it was silly. We had been advertising in the paper and spreading the word about an open to the public meeting. So if the DEA wanted to be there, it’s not like this meeting was secret and maybe if they were listening they learned a few things.
This is the power point presentation from March 4th 2011, our first meeting:
So after that our attendance started waning, we went from 12 people to 5 people, and at the last meeting there was only 4 people. A competing group who had been trying to get something going was just getting started at this time, they owned a medical marijuana collective, and instead of having their own meetings they were sending their volunteers to our meetings, which I made a reference to in the video that I made about this. I had to ask the person who was coming to not come back unless they could stop being rude by interrupting people, and I also ask that they take care of personal hygiene issues as people were starting to complain including my family who came to the meetings.
After awhile when we realized we had done all that we could do, and I am proud to say that we got petitions in to the hands of about 25 people including 14 area businesses, as well as we gave out dozens of t-shirts to support the cause as well as yard signs. But when it was obvious that our effectiveness had reached it’s limit in this pursuit, and when we realized that we needed to get set up for our new arrival who is due in August, we decided to leave 2 months early to go to California where we intend to build a hemp dome.
Before we left a new group had started to be formed in Spokane that had not been there before. We heard from Sensible Washington state coordinator Jared Allaway that the ASA was holding a rally and that they did not want attendees to talk about full legalization. I didn’t hear or know who was involved in organizing the ASA in Spokane, but I relayed publicly that Donna Lambert had been receiving a lot of attacks from this group in San Diego and I expressed my disappointment that the ASA would like to silence talk about full legalization.
Well the competing group who I mentioned that were sending people to our meetings rather than holding their own, are the same group that is organizing the ASA in Spokane. After I left I got physical threats sent to me via facebook which I video taped and uploaded to youtube (I made it private, but I have it on the record as well as oodles of other interesting situations). People may request to become friends on youtube, and if you NEED to know more, I can allow certain people to see it. Friend me here; http://youtube.com/xcannabiscom
So now they are saying that I was mean to their representative and that I have done more harm than good.
Fortunately for them, Im not there any more and they can get cannabis legalized in Washington without me.
Unfortunately, this is the same group saying “don’t talk about full legalization at the rallies“.
Why work on full legalization on the down low, but publicly say “don’t talk about full legalization”?
Either way, I can relate to Marcus Garvey and other civil rights activists who have had to deal with similar drama. Marcus Garvey’s story is particularly interesting, I hope you get a chance to watch the documentary “The Influence of Marcus Garvey”.
Alternatively you can see this video on xCannabis instead of Youtube:
Lots on the table so see the calendar for the best details.
4/20 state wide!
If you are in to getting signatures and securing your cannabis freedom in Washington state.
Then hit up some of the festivals going on. This is the best day to get signatures and the biggest head event in the state is in Spokane, the big ol reggae festival.
I am so glad that this event is available, and I am sad that I missed it last year! We lived in the next county, and missed a lot of stuff last year. But we’re glad to have the opportunity to be in the awesome city again, we’re going to miss Spokane when we leave next week.
2. Reggae Festival 4/20, its on the calendar (signatures!!)
Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011
Where: 1107 W. Main Spokane WA
Description-Heads U Knighted- HIP HOP- REGGAE- DUBSTEP- An All Ages community event brining together all elements of music and Art to Spokane connecting all Vibes of great people in this town. 5 rooms of Great Music with the best Producers and Dj’s/Bands- U name it-U need it- U got it- ONE LOVE-
3. MHP’s first and last birthday celebration. This is what may be MHP’s last birthday celebration since the letter that recently came to their landlord from the DOJ.
This is also on the calendar
We are moving to California at the end of the month. We will be back eventually, but it has been good to be here and to get to know people in Spokane. We typically stay in the rural areas, but we have been in Spokane because we decided last year to move from Loon Lake into Spokane to help with Sensible Washington.
We have been blessed to meet people at the city council meetings. People like Tim and Gina deserve our support and they are fighting a tough battle right now.
Scott Shupe, Chris Stevens, and so many who helped get Spokane rolling in the right direction deserve our support.
An All Ages community event brining together all elements of music and Art to Spokane connecting all Vibes of great people in this town. 5 rooms of Great Music with the best Producers and Dj’s/Bands- U name it-U need it- U got it- ONE LOVE-
THIS is the biggest 4/20 Event in the Northwest! 100 BANDS-DJ’S-ARTIST- PRODUCERS- PAINTERS-POPPERS-DANCERS !!!!!!
SPOKANE MASONIC CENTER
1107 W. Main
SPOKANE, WA. 99201
We love all the heads to come out and represent there culture and Self in there own unique way.
ALL AGES EVENT !!
21+ID+ Beer Garden
Bios and links below all music lineups below- Free music samples and MORE…….420
This is our open/public meeting for the I-1149 petition drive.
Our Spokane meetings take place Friday nights at 7pm.
Our mission is to put petitions in to people’s hands.
Tonight we had two people come to the meeting and get petitions, and we gave them t-shirts as well.
I have been working hard on two aspects of marijuana law in Washington.
On one side I am working on seeing SB 5073 change or DIE because of it’s potential to harm my rights as a medical marijuana patient with a serious medical condition.
I have been uploading video feeds from the senate and now house hearings, as well as personal video blogs from me about my opinion on this as a patient and a freedom activist/advocate.
There are many potential outcomes for marijuana this year in Washington, but one thing is for sure, is that it will never be the same again. Marijuana laws are changing, it’s up to use to give our input and to tell our congress what we will accept and what we will not.
Remember they work for us. If you see bad legislation, and our representatives are voting for it. Let them know their jobs our in our hands at the ballot box.
We are having our regular meetings for the I-1149 petition drive.
We have new petitions and we will accept your gathered signatures to send them in.
When: Friday 3/31/11 aka (April 1st)
Where: 1312 North Monroe St., Spokane WA
Recently I made a decision to start meeting about faith and teaching about my prospective on the universe and the creator.
I have no formal training and I have no plans to make a formal religion. But I want to meet with others, who may or may not be like minded and share my life’s lessons and discuss the idea of intelligent design vs. competing theories.
This move was inspired by many small conflicts and discussions about this topic. I have been working on a freedom initiative here in Washington, and I have been happy to participate, but some of the people that I work with have inspired a new venture in my life.
We will be meeting for Sensi Life (name of our gatherings)
When: Sunday’s at 10am (until further notice)
Where: 1312 North Monroe St., Spokane WA
What: Gathering to talk about topics concerning intelligent design, world philosophy and community I.E. Sensi Life
Here is a new sermon in regards to this announcement:
* Description: There is a price for freedom, it’s called responsibility. Many people would rather be lazy than free. This is a conversation about religion and religious persecution that I participated in on facebook.
There are a lot of great things to announce about I-1149.
We are getting the petitions TODAY! Firday 3/18/11
We will also have signs and t-shirts available for donation of $15 for either (sign or shirt)
There are a lot of new volunteers and veterans from last year getting on board.
And since we are just winging it, and since we don’t really represent Sensible Washington or anyone official.
I wanted to present you video that we took at one of last year’s Sensible Washington meetings.
Also to commemorate glad memories, and cultural homage here is a concert my family enjoy whenever Washington’s own Jug O’ Punch is in town. This band has played on our yacht for us several times!
I took a vacation from all of my other obligations this week, and for the last 7 days I have been working almost solely on the legalization effort in Washington. We have gone the distance to get a meeting going in Spokane every Friday at 7pm. We are giving updates from Sensible Washington via guest speakers and coordinators. We are giving our own news about how we see the progress in Washington. We are also setup with a great volunteer Rebeckah who is working as a volunteer recruiter with Sensible Washington. She can help you get signed up to help and answer questions.
We also mentioned a few things going on in Washington this week, including a visit from Gil Kerlikowski to the Seattle Times on Friday.
I dispelled some rumors that I heard, and invited the authors of the rumors to come on the show. (email@example.com < write me).
Thanks for listening! See you at the next meeting! Thanks for coming out to all of those who did! Thanks for caring about your freedom!
WHAT: Legalization / Sensible Washington Volunteer meeting
WHEN: Friday March 11th 2011, 7pm – 9pm
WHO: Concerned Citizens
WHERE: 1312 North Monroe St. Spokane
CALL: 888-694-8737 ext 707 Ryan
… 888-694-8737 ext 708 Kimberly