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Why I will not attend Hempfest #hempfest

August 4th, 2013 | By Pirate

This is a post that I wrote on facebook a few minutes ago, and rather than posting it directly to facebook, it is a message that I want other to see as well so I am posting it on my website.

For your reference (incase you commented on a post that I made last night about Hempfest, this is for you), I was asked to take down my post about Hempfest this morning, by a person who’s picture I shared when I said what I had to say.
I don’t believe in censorship, and I usually don’t take down posts.  But apparently my words caused this person problems, and that was not my intent.  I shouldn’t have shared her picture to say what I had to say about HempFest being boring.

So let me say it again.  There are WAY too many liberals, and party-hardy types speaking at hempfest, and far too little conservatives, and non-party-hardy types.

That is not to say that conservatives don’t support ending prohibition.  In fact they do, and they have for far longer than liberals have from my estimation.
Ron Paul has championed ending prohibition for nearly 40 years, and he doesn’t even consume cannabis.  There were two prominent republican presidential candidates last election pushing for the end of prohibition (one a former governor, and the other a long standing congressman), and in fact no democrat presidential candidates pushing for ending prohibition.   Peter McWilliams, another conservative and libertarian type pushed for ending prohibition.   Many many conservatives push for ending prohibition.  However, you will not hear ANY of them speaking at HempFest this year.  And for that reason, I protest and I won’t be going to HempFest in the future, spending nearly $300 on a booth so that I can keep my young children out of the sun.  Or dropping donations in the donation bin.  Or spending hundreds and some times even thousands of dollars on goods at HempFest.  Rather, I will attend benefits for people (conservative type people) like Adam Kokesh who believes in liberty, and ending prohibition, and who is locked up without bail right now.  Or people like Buju Banton who has also been kidnapped and locked up.   So many people out there need our help, and therefore I will not party-down at places like HempFest until all of our brothers and sisters are free!  And then, maybe then I will party again.  Maybe then I will celebrate.  But not until then!

For reference:

This is the $300 booth that we paid for at HempFest 2009:

This is the video of my daughter and I at HempFest 2008:

This is the banner we made that was posted at Hempfest 2012:


xCannabis at HempFest  blanket #24 by Hempsterdam

xCannabis at HempFest blanket #24 by Hempsterdam (2009)


We’ll miss you HempFest!   Please find some balance to the force in the meantime!

Word Is Bond – Someone Always wants to be someone

March 13th, 2011 | By Pirate

After having many friendships and several business relationships fail I have looked back to figure out what went wrong.

To me it always comes down to egos.  It comes down to someone wanting to be someone that either they are not, or that they aspire to be.

In the case of Change it seems like it came down to money.  It’s always about money.  As much as people say “I dont do it for the money”.  I always find it suspect when they say that, yet there are hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake.

Lets take for example the story of Christopher Stevens in Spokane Washington.   Chris Stevens bravely opened Change in Spokane.
This is the website that I made for them when I was a patient:
Along with Scott Shupe and a few other brave business men in Spokane.   I was blessed by their services to help relieve inflammation of a vesicular anomaly in my brain.  I traded my services in website design and website hosting for medicine and it was a great blessing to me.   I was happy to be a small part of something so awesome and historical.
Chris registered the domain, and I put the site together.
I drove all the way from Deer Park to Spokane weekly to get good quality, fresh medicine.  It wasn’t hugely convenient, but since I didn’t know anyone in Deer Park as we had just moved there, it was nice to be able to walk into a store that I knew had regular business hours and a regular supply of at least 5-10 strains of medicine.  Sometimes I have different symptom and sometimes different strains help in helping me in different ways.  So that was a huge blessing above and beyond what I had available in the black market.

So finally after the state accepts $11,000 from Change for taxes, and shortly after Scott Shupe was caught in Oregon with more than his limit of medicine.   They get raided and shut down and the police also went to four other residents houses.

Shortly after that happened, I created some software mods that I released for free to help dispensaries prove that they were only selling cannabis to “one patient at any one time”   You can see that service here: anyone can download and use those softwares and use our website and our youtube videos for free.

While Mr. Stevens is in jail, he is filmed with this testimonial about the events that took place over the span of three months previous.

Now this is where I get confused, because while Mr. Stevens was running for city council, and while he was running Change with his business partners, they were telling us this was about “compassion” and “medicine”.
But in this interview Mr. Stevens claims that his business partners lured him into Change based on “making millions of dollars”.

But now, not only was it about millions of dollars.  Now Mr. Stevens is turning state evidence on one of these people who suckered him in to making “millions of dollars”.

“Shupe faces charges of delivery, possession and manufacture of a controlled substance — all felonies that might come with prison time. (Change’s other owner, Christopher Stevens, plans on testifying against Shupe, which will lessen his own charge to a relatively minor misdemeanor.)”   ref:

You can say what you want about Scott Shupe, but one thing is for sure.  He bravely paved the way for other patients, and stuck his neck out for a whole bunch of people.   I guess the difference between Scott and Chris, is that Chris is honest about it being all about money.  I don’t know what Shupe’s motives were for sure, but I suspect the pay wasn’t bad.

Here’s the thing.  It has been said by many of fine humans  “united we stand, divided we fall”.   We can’t be turning over on our friends.  Regardless on if they duped you into making millions or not!
I really liked Chris, and he was even running for city council, and was very kind to patients.  But this whole event makes me think of a bumper sticker that I once saw  “The more I know about humans, the more I love my dog”.

This is a sad day for medical cannabis in Washington.   We need to clear this law up once and for all, and simply LEGALIZE IT!

Spokane has heart! Protest at the city council meeting tonight!

March 8th, 2011 | By Pirate

I did not find out about this problem via the traditional means.  I had not learned of the details I should say, however the problem with Spokane police is obvious.   From the “Golden Goose Fund” whistle blower that came out a few years ago forcing the Spokane police to admit wrong doings, and admitting to having no account where hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of sales from seized assets disappeared and has gone unaccounted for.

When this was all coming out, it was at the same time that Change In Spokane got shut down for providing legal medicine to legal medical patients.      You can see my video and my letter to Spokane Police Department in 2009 here:

Tonight was another awesome display of how Spokane citizens can peacefully assemble and get their point across.  In Tim’s and Gina’s protest tonight many activists did not sit down, and they turned their backs to the city council for not allowing a discussion to take place after the ombudsman’s hearing.   After every other item on the agenda, they made time for questions at the end but at the end of the ombudsman’s hearing (despite that “Got Questions” was the last slide during this presentation), the president “Joe Shogan” showed contempt and anger to the idea of questions that anyone had for this hearing.  Instead he gave 3 minutes for questions at 9pm like they always do.   They gave 3 minutes for this issue, but more than an hour (with questions) for the contractor ordinance that they are trying to pass.

Joe Shogan

City Council President At Large Term: 2008 – 2011 Contact
After you watch this meeting, please write Joe and let him know his conduct tonight was inappropriate!
I was just so proud and amazed that Tim and Gina and other protesters refused to sit down, even as Joe Shogan called in the police.
After he asked them to leave, about 6 minutes later the police showed up.
At this time I was late for getting home to get my girls from girlscouts and I was in the lobby getting ready to leave.  But when I saw this display of protest I decided to stick around and film what happened.
Fortunately no one was arrested (wouldnt have that been ironic, and ALL TOO PUBLIC), but the city council meeting stopped for nearly 7 minutes while this demonstration took place, and eventually the protesters peacefully walked out of the hearing at their own will.
Im further impressed of how peaceful yet effective this protest went.  I stuck around another 15 minutes as my parking meter flashed red, and as my time issue grew more urgent.  But I saw it through, and the other protesters stayed when I left shortly after.
I rushed home to take care of all of my pending issues, and turned on channel 5 (citycable5) and watched the rest of the hearing.
At the end Tim and Gina got up and testified with heart and conviction in a very well spoken and thoughtful way about their horrible experience after sticking up for their friend at Change who has had his life turned upside down when the police arrested him and continue to pursue him.
Tim and Gina testified that they have never had a problem with police before testifying for their friend in front of a committee, but shortly after they continue to be harassed by Spokane Police.  They used their 3 minutes so well, and it brought me to be very angry.  Anyone who loves freedom would be angry about what the Spokane police are doing!
An article came out about this in the Spokesman Review on 2/23/2011 and that will shed more light on this.  If you would like to see the whole meeting replayed, please watch it on March 10th 2011 @ 6pm PST on Channel 5 in Spokane or at the City website >
We will also be recording this and re-posting it on our website for later viewing as soon as it is broadcast.
Im sad to say that only a small portion of what I filmed showed up at  I believe a few other folks were filming from a different point of view and I look forward to getting that video and I will be posting it at:
Much love to these awesome freedom fighters, THANK YOU for having heart enough to CARE ABOUT YOUR FREEDOM!!
See the replay of this on March 10th 2011 @ 6pm: