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Our plans for legalization

May 27th, 2010 | By Pirate

We are involved in many different cannabis related businesses, from dispensary software with Emerald POS, to cannabis themed t-shirts, pipe bags, skateboards and custom patchwork clothing from Emerald Sun Design .  We also blog here at, and we use to spread the word by offering a free short link maker software.

But what we have always desired to do is open up a cafe.  We have owned  two domain names that are names of cafe’s that we have tossed around, and we have settled on which on of the two we will be using.

Come December 2010 when ganja is legalized in Washington we will have a vapor lounge, with edibles, etc.

This is something fairly new to the USA.  But very common in Europe.

See this video of a cannabis tour in Amsterdam.

Holland coffee shops are revolutionary and a great tourist attraction. I hope Washington starts seeing the huge benefits that cannabis will bring to our state. Taxes, jobs, tourism, and especially freedom!

We aren’t revealing our name, or our opening date as of yet.  But we will be opening soon with baked goods and smoothies.  Soon we will expand to coffee and in December we will have vaporizers.

Emerald Sun is setting

May 25th, 2010 | By Pirate

For a short time, Emerald Sun Design Studio is going to be resting.

We opened up with much ambition to see laws change in Washington, we have had high hopes of this and we have given away over 40 t-shirts to promote the cause.

But after learning that we have been passed by on so many local t-shirt deals that are cannabis related, or legalization related.  We have decided to leave the activism via t-shirts up to other t-shirt companies. 
Adam, our former editor, started up a t-shirt company shortly after we did, and it seems he is doing a lot for the movement and as recently printed out 500 t-shirts for a cannabis legalization supporter.  Adam says that he will be opening up a shop, and the whole 9 yards.
I wish Adam, and others that are involved in printing promotional material for the cannabis legalization movement, the best of blessings.  I hope that Adam, and others, will have courage to display these t-shirts that are promoting a free-cannabis message proudly in their store fronts, and proudly around town where ever they go to!  I hope every one of those 500 t-shirts sell out. 
I also hope that the I-1068 shirts that Sensible Washington just released a few weeks ago get worn everywhere!  I posted earlier on where to pick those shirts up.  You can also go to for more details.

We need a lot more signatures for I-1068, please get involved!   That is what I will be doing with my free time that I am not dedicating to the shop.  I will be hitting the streets and gathering signatures.  I figured that it’s the best thing to do, since I’m not making much progress with Emerald Sun.   We opened to help the movement.  But we are now closing to help the movement.  I know, it’s ironic.

We will still keep open online and we will continue making our custom threads and accessories.  We have plenty of hemp items available.  Custom patchwork clothing hand sewn by our famous Kimi, and we have plenty of unique paintings hand painted by Kimi.  Our I-1068 shirts, and our other designs will remain available online.   We’ll also see you all at  HempFest 2010!    We will be re-opening as a cannabis cafe in December!

Thanks for everyone’s support!

For a celebration of i-1068 we are selling the stock of our I-1068 shirts for $4.20 each while they last!

The I-1068 - 420 Special

BTW-  If anyone is looking for commercial real estate to open a dispensary/co-op/seed shop, etc..  Our rental is transferable, and it comes with a variance to run a dispensary or a medical marijuana business.  Contact me if you are interested;


New updates for May 2010

May 19th, 2010 | By Pirate

We have had a few pressing issues come up in the last month, including a move to a new location.

We have been living in furnished rentals for the past 3 years, and we lived on our yacht which was furnished.
But now that we have moved into a non pre-furnished home, we have been shopping for new furniture to add to the chaos.

Also in our past house we had next to dial up internet.  That prevented me from doing any shows or much of any social networking on the net.

(the video below illustrates why, we lived in heaven, which out of reach for conventional internet sources)

I am back at it now.  I finally have incredible Comcast speeds, plus we have high speed in the shop which is where the xCannabis studio is eventually going to move to.

At our xCannabis studio we will have interviews, and vapor tokeouts.  It’s going to be a good time.  Hopefully by then we’ll be read for doing a once a week cable access show. We are exploring lots of options to get the word out on I-1068.  But as always, life has a way of taking us in new directions all of the time.  Hence the recent move.

Emerald Sun Design Studio’s website is complete, and unfortunately we are stuck with using PayPal, as much as we hate to. 
But PayPal is safe, and self secured.  PayPal’s structure makes it one of the safest methods on the internet for buyers.
But when it’s use PayPal, or don’t accept online payments, we decided to fire up PayPal again.

Our shirts are sent out the next business day on every order, and most of our shirts can be ordered in 10 different colors, 5 different sizes, and at least 10 different styles.  From hoodies to t-shirts, to long sleeves and even Polo’s.

Check out for more info.

We have a chance for people to win Emerald Sun gear from xCannabis.   Scott P from Spokane came in and picked up his custom t-shirt with our “Cannabis is proof” shirts, we custom tailored (cut off the sleeves and hemmed them up) and custom printed a shirt for Scott and Mark, and I was VERY blessed to have them stop by on Monday.  Thanks guys!

We continuously lift you both up in prayer.  Please keep us in yours.

See this post for more information on the contest;

Emerald Sun Contest

We have more ventures on the horizon.  Thanks for your love and support!  Bless up!

May 1st, lots of CHANGE, and good change too!

May 2nd, 2010 | By Pirate

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!

Also if you have had any trouble contacting me by email.  I have 30 different email accounts, so the best way for me to sort them is to get email via this contact form.  That way your email messages do not go to junk or get lost in cyberspace somehow. 
This same contact form is also on our ABOUT page.

Emerald POS still helping dispensaries, with freebies

April 15th, 2010 | By Pirate

We are still operating Emerald POS (, in hopes to help dispensaries and lower operating costs and set up costs.

We started Emerald POS when the police in Spokane started misinterpreting the language  in I-692, where the police were saying that “one patient at any one time” meant you can only ever provide to one patient if you are a provider. 
The law of I-692 provides language that states that a provider can provide to a patient, even if the provider isn’t a patient them self, as long as the provider meets certain criteria.  See more at this link I-692 Full Text.

So we recoded some opensource / freeware software that is really great software  (   Our version included the ability to add patient documents and photos, as well as a Time/Date stamp that would be placed on a receipt at the time they start the transaction, and when they end the transaction.  We also recreated the layout and graphics, making it more touch screen friendly.

We have several upgrades still in the works for this software.  But we have also been using OpenBravo for the last few months in our own store.
At the Emerald Sun Design Studio we are using a 15″ touch screen system, which is exactly the same unit as the Opal System @

OpenBravo is very touch screen friendly.  It even has a restaurant module built in for waiting tables (optional). 
The reports are amazing, it creates barcoded labels for your products, and has the ability to use scales.
There is a long list of features.  But we are impressed by the security, and the flexibility of the software.
You can use the same secured database in multiple locations, such as a warehouse or a second store, or even do management functions from home.
See the features here:

For a dispensary, this software is invaluable, yet it is free and the best part is that it is opensource.
If you need something add to this software that isn’t already there?  Pay a developer.  How do you find one?  There are many places on the net to find a developer.  I often use Craigslist so that I get someone local, and qualified.

We work primarily with open source software in our business.  We have many computers that run CentOS 5.1 (Linux).
On the computers that are running Windows, we use a variety of OpenSource software, such as OpenOffice, GIMP, and others. 
Our website’s include software from WordPress, which is also OpenSource.
On we offer two OpenSource software’s for free.  PHPPointOfSale (with our upgrades), and OpenBravo (as-is).

Both of these POS programs are used by many, including software developers, and store owners.  There are thousands of professional users of these softwares.  But why OpenSource?  Is it because it’s free?   My answers are this.

  1. OpenSource software is open, and able to be modified by anyone.  Even redistributed.  This makes usability increase because there are many more developers working on it, than a private for-sale software.  The more developers the better!

OpenSource is economically friendly since the cost is much lower than private for sale software, usually OpenSource software is free.

But it mostly comes down to the community.  Supporting other developers and store owners in refining usable and scalable software.

Now some people like private for-sale software.  Which is fine, and we do offer the option of installing QuickBooks POS, or Microsoft (Dynamics) POS for the retail cost of the software.
But the two softwares that we offer and support are OpenBravo and our version of  PHPPointOfSale based on these having more scalability, usability and features than in other software.

Some of these medical marijuana dispensaries have chosen to go with other brands of paid software.  We respect that.  But my warning is this.  If it isn’t opensource software, someday the developer is going to move on to something else, or die.  Will you have the needed upgrades and support?

What if the next generation of operating systems comea out?  Not all XP software is compatible with Vista as is right.  So that next generation of operating systems will need to have software upgrades for the POS system that you are using.   With OpenSource, you can ensure that your POS system will be usable forever, because if nothing else you can pay a developer to upgrade your software.
But more than likely, you won’t have to, because 100,000 other people need the same upgrade and one or more of them will get the job done and give it to the community for free.
With private for sale software, that is usually not an option.  For-sale software is typically closed source, and no one else can improve it.

For example, you can’t pay someone to modify the core files of your Adobe Photoshop.  Wny?  Because it’s not OpenSource.   You have to depend on Adobe to make those upgrades.  With this smaller developers that close their source, and reserve their exclusive rights to the software, they don’t have the longevity that Adobe or other software developers have.  Let’s face it, most companies don’t last beyond their first 3 years in business.   Can you trust that you’re developer will be in business as long as you need him to?  Probably not.

Im not going to name any of these developers.  They have great sales agents though.  I just want to give people a different option, because we want to help keep dispensary costs down.  We love the dispensaries, we just hate the high prices on their meds.

Im glad that I vented that.

Now as a little advertising for   So far, none of our competitors can beat us on hardware prices.  With our hardware, you can install ANY POS software.  Our hardware comes with Windows XP, Vista or CentOS 5x (Linux) installed.  You choose the Operating System and the POS system.

For example on our prices we offer a Industrial POS computer from HP (high end POS equipment), with a 15″ touch screen monitor both with 3 year replacement warranties (The HP rp3000 PC has a 3 year, 24 hour response ON SITE business warranty included), it comes with a barcode scanner (5 year warranty), Thermal Printer (2 Year replacement warranty), cash drawer, and standard peripherals for $2199 with free shipping.    To get the same thing, without all of the warranties from our competitor, you’ll pay over $2600 after shipping, and if you want the warranties it will cost more.  The HP Onsite Business warranty is very valuable, but our competitors don’t even offer that.   See this link:

Anyway, I just wanted to be very clear in my intentions.  We are here to help, not to increase the cost of business or make things harder than they need to be.

We love cannabiz and we would love to see MORE of it!!!   So let us help you set up your cannabiz.

If you want to test our POS system at Emerald Sun Inc, come on down to  9423 North Division St.  Spokane WA.

If you need promotional material for your cannabiz, Emerald Sun is a Design Shop, and we do all types of print media, including shirts, signs, business cards, brochures, etc..   We also offer our own line of hand sown (by us) patchwork clothing!

Happy Trails!