Articles Tagged: volunteers

Doug Hiatt with a solid message about I-1149

June 18th, 2011 | By Pirate

I watched a video Doug Hiatt speaking about the final weeks of signature collection for I-1149.

Doug’s message is simple, powerful and true.  We ALL have the power in a people’s initiative.  We all are leaders!  We are leading the way to cannabis freedom, each volunteer!

In the background you’ll see on the left of the video the box of gear we sent from Emerald Sun to the volunteers of Sensible Washington.   There are several contests for the most signatures.  You’ll want to go to to sign up as a volunteer and get info on how you can score some of this historic gear, and most importantly how you can make history and declare your freedom through getting I-1149 on the ballot this year!

This is the contents of the box we sent.
We are also sending the signatures that we found that we hadn’t sent in. So if anyone still hasn’t sent their signatures in, like we haven’t yet. DO IT NOW! No time left to wait!

You can also write to Jared Allaway @

Conscious Culture Gathering 2011

June 9th, 2011 | By Pirate

If you are in Washington this is a great place to help get I-1149 on the ballot.
Thousands of signatures can be gathered.
John and Kim Novak, Don Skakie and several other volunteers will be there and they will have petitions to give out.
Coordinate with a Sensible Washington coordinator by signing up at:

Fri: 10:00 am 12:00 am
Sat: 12:00 am 12:00 am

June 10 &11  2011

DEA back at it in Spokane, the one last true coop is getting raided!

May 18th, 2011 | By Pirate

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!
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Standing up or sitting down

April 11th, 2011 | By Pirate

Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (adminstrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.  -Thomas Jefferson


We have been so blessed to know so many who stand up for their freedom.   We wanted to thank Tim and Gina for standing up and redressing grievances with their local officials.  This is an age old duty that everyone is tasked with.  Too bad some people ignore the calling.   But I congratulate these two very sweet souls for caring and stepping up to the plate, I have been deeply inspired by them and so many people in Washington.  The people in this state are truly the reason that I call Washington home, and I always will.

This is from the March 7th City Council meeting (2011) in Spokane WA.

I’d rather stand up for the challenge rather than sit down for the show in most cases.
Lately I’ve been feeling pretty stressed out by what are changing about my rights in this country.
I have had some serious objections to how freedoms are changing, and how authoritarian figures are increasing their rule.
I have tried in the past to be very active and involved in declaring my freedom.  It seems that it is always a very high stress level that I commit myself to, I hate taken a back seat to the actions taken to work on my freedom.  Sitting down just doesn’t work for me.
So I have done what little I can do, with having a full family and more on the way, as well as with our ever changing situation, it has been hard to be active when I am feel called to action more than ever.   With the new expenses and the new baby that have introduced their selves in our lives as of late, I have been taking more hours of work.  Which means less hours working on the initiatives that I am currently working on.
But with my extra hours, I do try to do what I can from home, including making materials to promote the agendas, and posting easy to access information for people to read online and in the local classifieds papers.
But I only have a few signatures to show for my efforts, and that makes my kind of depressed and critical of my work.
Kimi on the other hand has been able to put lots of petitions in people’s hands, from Spokane to Ellensburg, several businesses and volunteers have petitions, and even though we won’t be around to pick most of these up, everyone knows that there is an address on the petitions to send them in directly to Sensible Washington.  So hopefully those seeds produce great fruit.   Kimi has filled up a few petitions herself.  But it seems like it’s going to come down to the wire on Initiative 1149.
We have heard of an event that Sensible Washington is putting on for 4/20 in Spokane, and there is a huge reggae show on Spokane.  We have added a lot of things to the calendar that people can attend and get signatures at.  Big events are the best place for signatures.  Lines work well as people have nothing else better to do but sign something they care about.

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.

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


House Rules for xCannabis meetings

March 27th, 2011 | By Pirate

I think there should be ground rules when you come into someone’s house.
I have been through this in the past at our volunteer meetings, and I will go over it again.
We have meetings in Spokane at 1312 North Monroe St. where volunteers can come pick up petitions, and volunteer to help and learn about whats going on in Washington relating to cannabis law reform.
There are several things that I have become irritated with as I continue to get complaints.
The main thing is, when we get on a particular topic we continue to have interruptions mainly from just one person.
Tonight we were playing video from the recent Ways and Means committee on HB 1550.

To illustrate what the government is saying about Sensible Washington legalizing via a people’s initiative.  In this case there were other points of interruption as well.  But the reason that we were playing the HB 1550 question is because a few people in attendance wanted to know what would happen if we just decided to do nothing.
I played them the video, but had to stop it and rewind it 3 times because there continued to be an interruption from someone who we have had to ask to not interrupt people in the past.  It’s just common courtesy.
Well, when I tried to correct this person, I was told “please don’t interrupt me”.   I thought to myself  “wait a minute, wasn’t it you that just interrupted the question that the volunteers just ask, for the third time?”.

It makes me upset because I have to continue to remind this one particular person to NOT interrupt.  I have had complaints about it at almost every meeting, and the imposition of this person is what is annoying.

1.  We are not representing Sensible Washington, but we are supporting it.
2.  We pay for out of our own pocket to rent this place.

Even if we weren’t paying for this place, and even if we were directly representing Sensible Washington, it is just common courtesy to not try to speak over someone elses conversation.  Instead wait until the video or the conversation is done before speaking.

It is like going to a movie, and yammering away at the top of your lungs.   Its just rude.

We shouldn’t need to set ground rules such as “be polite”, and “don’t over talk people in the middle of their sentence”.

But since we are renting the building, and hosting the meeting a few things need to be said.

1.  We may be talking about something you are not interested in, but really all we are doing is waiting for people to ask questions or pick up petitions.   We don’t have a set format.
2.   We value everyone’s opinion and questions, however we think rudeness and interruptions should not be a part of the meeting.
3.  We consider the place that we operate out of an extension of our dedication to Sensible Washington.
4.  If you want to host a meeting that the topics are designed by you, there are plenty of meeting places for that.   Host your own meeting.

At the end of the video after sternly instructing this person (again) to not interrupt, I gave him his moment to speak.  But he decided he was done.

We will in fact give everyone a chance to answer questions, or address topics.   But it really is rude to make me have to stop and rewind the video that is playing, instead of keeping questions and comments quiet until the end.

Had this person not told me to “not interrupt him”, I wouldn’t have gotten upset.  But after 3 meetings of constant interruptions, I felt it very necessary to get my point across.

Next time we have to have this debate, we will ask this person to go in the other conference room, and if he wants to host a meeting about topics that he wants to talk about, he will be more than welcome to go into the second conference room and host it.
We have 3 conference rooms, and we can certainly have 3 different meetings going on.

Of course we recorded the meeting like usual, and we will post the entire meeting when we convert it.    Take care!

Also be sure to see our ad in the local NickleNik (Spokane) for the meetings (Time and Location).

Petitions are in (Spokane)

March 21st, 2011 | By Pirate

After a sea of changes and complications in Spokane, including the conviction on Scott Shupe and a lot of fallout in the medical community from the bank account’s of several providers getting frozen apparently.  As well as many new Sensible Washington volunteers.  We do have 1000 petitions (more like 900 now) and people are getting anxious to see this get passed.
My wife stepped up as a coordinator.  I personally didn’t want to be anything that includes a title.  But we have been coordinating on our own for awhile anyway.  We have a place designated for meetings, and we have been trying to communicate to the nay-sayers about what I-1149 is all about.   Kimi has been getting the petitions out to local shops and volunteers, as well as SW shirts.
This is kind of a difficult time for us, as we did not for-see being pregnant during this petition drive.  We actually moved in to town from Loon Lake so that we could help facilitate and volunteer to help the other coordinators.   But in December we found out our 3rd and last baby that we have been trying for has arrived in utero.   I am busier than ever preparing for our home build this year in California.   But a long with other coordinators and volunteers we are going to make a good effort to forge through.

I have been saying “I don’t represent Sensible Washington”.   I still don’t officially.  But there is no question that I fully believe in what Sensible Washington is about.  Which to me when I hear “Sensible Washington” it sounds a lot like FREEDOM!

There are a lot of reasons why.  I never really get into the “official” this and that, because I love grassroots and to me grassroots means something that is not so organized, but more organic, and raw.  I’ve posted about it in the past in regards to grassroots activism.

I noticed last year there were people saying  “I can’t work with this coordinator and I can’t work with that coordinator”.   This year I felt the same way.  I got upset when people would call themselves “coordinator” and then wouldn’t do much to help.   It sempt like more of a self-promotion thing and that irritates me.

Well now I have felt the burn of that label when someone recently accused me of self-promotion.  Which goes back to why I just like to support a freedom agenda in a non-official way.  I don’t need a title to do something positive.
However, my wife and I were trying to get petitions printed, and printing them on a small scale as we were, cost $17 for just 40 petitions.   But buying the petitions in bulk turns out to be incredibly cheaper, around $135 for 1000 petitions.  But to make it easier for Sensible Washington to pay for these, as it makes someone accountable for what goes out and comes in, Kimi decided to step up as a volunteer coordinator so that Sensible Washington could authorize the expense.  Thank you SW!

What we are finding now, is that even though we have the petitions we are not seeing many people stepping up to take them out and get them signed.  We have had some very dedicated folks who know the urgent need to get this on the ballot, step up and get the petitions out.  But so far these are few and far between.  We have been able to get the petitions out to some friendly businesses as well.

So we are going to be out and getting signatures ourselves and hoping to find more volunteers to help collect signatures.

We need folks at the colleges, and the STA plaza, as well as grocery stores and other friendly businesses.

Last year Angela Johnson who came in as a coordinator spent 5 days in her car on Division collecting signatures, and then we took her spot on Division St when she had other business to tend to.  That was a great spot, it was by Bargins (sp?) furniture warehouse which is empty and friendly to our cause and has several parking spaces.

There are a lot of concerts and events coming up that also have many if not mostly cannabis friendly folks that want to sign this petition as well.
We will be sending out updates about that as they come up.

If you want to volunteer, please sign up at:
You will get assigned to a team, and you will get weekly updates about events and current happenings.

Here are some local Spokane events:

Knitting Factory Presents
My Darkest Days
Fri 3/25
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Chop Meat Records Presents:
Nahachis, Livid Undead
Sat 3/26
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Knitting Factory Presents
Saving Abel
Red Line Chemistry, Desperate Union
Sun 3/27
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

A Day To Remember
Bring Me The Horizon, Pierce The Veil, We Came As Romans
Wed 3/30
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Hosted By: Lauren Spears AKA Kentucky of Bad Girls Club
Thu 3/31
The Mixx916
Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Locals Live!
Faded Ink, Fallen Regiment, Burn Away, 4Ways2Fall
Fri 4/1
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Infinite Entertainment Presents: The Red Carpet Affair
Hollywood Nights: Hosted by Kevin McCall & The Rej3ctz
Sat 4/2
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Kosta Presents-Concert for Isaac- Powered by VPI Home Solutions
Fri 4/8
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

DJ Panix & Koreshakti Tribal Fusion
Sat 4/9
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Knitting Factory Presents
Strange Noize Tour 2011
Krizz Kaliko, Johnny Richter (From Kottonmouth Kings), Kutt Calhoun, Saigon, Potluck, Young Jay
Mon 4/11
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Rock 94 1/2’s “TOO BROKE TO ROCK” Concert Series
Madlife, Failsafe Project, Yukon The Archer
Fri 4/15
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


We are also working on putting together an AWESOME 420 event.  Details to come!

Interview: Don Skakie w Sensible Washington 1/11/11

January 11th, 2011 | By Pirate

I spent some time today speaking with Don Skakie via a phone interview.  Don gave us an hour of his time to update everyone on Sensible Washington.

Don is coordinating with the volunteers state wide to get this ballot initiative that Sensible Washington is proposing on the ballot.
We are supporters and I wanted to let everyone hear from the source what is happening with Sensible Washington.

Also be aware that there are meetings taking place all over the state.  We live in Spokane so I will announce the info for the Spokane meeting.

What: Sensible Washington open meeting
When:  1/12/2011  @  7pm
Where:  Community Building, 35 West Main St., Spokane WA
Who:  Everyone

For information on other counties please visit:

Here is a link to the interview from 1/11/2011 with Don Skakie:

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1-5 Billboard for Sensible WA near Fife

December 20th, 2010 | By Pirate

Mile marker 138 near Fife WA  (north and south)

Thanks to generous donations from two Sensible Washington volunteers and support and cooperation of the billboard company, Gotcha Covered Media (thank you!), we now have North- and South-facing billboards at this location through the November 2011 election.

Also for the east side, you can see the huge banner that Sensible Washington and Medical Herb Providers have put up in MHP’s location at 306 North Freya in Spokane.