Articles Tagged: weed

Ed Forchion AKA NJ Weedman acquitted October 18th 2012!

October 21st, 2012 | By Pirate

I’ve been following NJ Weedman’s story for years, and I have posted on xCannabis several times about his divine mission.

Well he was busted for a pound of weed in May 2012.  On October 18th he was acquitted in his retrial for intent to distribute.

He was found guilty of possession, which in my opinion is bunk.  He should be congratulated for possessing the plant that cures cancer.  Speaking of which, best wishes and prayer out for Ed for his current battle against cancer!

Death for cannabis? Malaysia law requires hanging!

February 1st, 2011 | By Pirate

“Death by hanging is the only sentence provided for offenses under Section 39B (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1952,” said Judicial Commissioner Datuk Akhtar Tahir, reports Bernama, the official Malaysian national news agency.”

I am still troubled by being arrested and serving 8 months for simple possession of 2 grams of weed when I was in Utah.  I was shocked that last year in June I got arrested for simply protesting in Springville Utah.  But NOTHING that I have been through for cannabis compares to what these two harmless people are going through in Malaysia!

This Wednesday (tomorrow) we will be featuring friend and major inspiration for the show, Ray Christl.
We are going to talk about the ASEAN-NORML foundation in Asia which must be a very difficult role in activism seeing that the punishment is so great.

Ray may not be able to make it, and we also have a new guest lined up Patrick Duff.

Wednesday 2pm PST   2/2/11

Listen to the show at

What : Pat Robertson endorses legalization!

December 22nd, 2010 | By Pirate

I have been a Christian for over 10 years, and in all of those years of fervor for the Lord I have not considered Pat Robertson one of my spiritual leaders. But millions do consider him someone who speaks for them and for their God. As it is, Pat Robertson who is now supporting legalization is not un-welcome and I feel it is very responsible and brave of him to stand up for this cause! A true conservative supports legalization in my opinion!

Calling it getting “smart” on crime, Robertson aired a clip on a recent episode of his 700 Club television show that advocated the viewpoint of drug law reformers who run prison outreach ministries.

Conflict in the cannabis law reform ranks

November 7th, 2010 | By Pirate

For the past week we have had a lot of division in our movement.  Trying to get laws to pass isn’t easy when everyone on the team are throwing punches at each other.

This is my message to:  David Malmo-Levine

Hoping to relay this to the rest of the “No” crowd.

RE: facebook conversation

David. This article (longwinded) is great.

Thanks bro for your work for cannabis law reform.
I respectfully disagree with you about Prop 19, and I highly encourage you to learn more about California’s tax laws, and just exactly what is and what is not regulated in California, because I can tell you this right now. Some dispensaries get lucky and go without a raid ever. Out of the ones that do get raided, they usually get raided again. This is a form of a government tax, because the cops take the medicine and the money each time, and it is never returned. Even without a conviction.

The cartels are the ones benefiting most from this system, or lack of system.

The point is, Prop19 gave clear authority for local municipalities to decide their own laws for recreational cannabis and hemp.
Prop215 still defines medical use of marijuana.

  • As for conflict and competition:

So don’t mistake me for having a personal conflict with you or anyone else. I feel many of you are severely misinformed. Some of the No on Prop 19 people had clear agendas, and selfish motivation. Some were very explicit about it “we don’t want more competition”, I have these statements from many folks in No Cal.

If only they realized that their biggest competition (the cartels) would be defeated in part by Prop 19.

  • About taxes

Cannabis is already certainly taxable by state law in Cali.   (Re: taxing medicine is immoral)
Big MMJ grow businesses are already getting licensed for large scale grow ops, WITHOUT Prop19. Recreational users will still get busted, get a $100 fine, have their weed stolen, and their days ruined. Hemp will not be a California crop any time soon as a result of Prop19 failing to pass.

These are my issues. I don’t have personal issues with people here, mainly because I dont actually know you. It would be silly to have a problem with someone that I don’t even know.

I am here to vent, state my peace, and hope to change minds for future freedom initiatives.

Or at least get some of these folks to understand that we aren’t fooled, and Prop 19 failing is a bad thing for the majority and for freedom.
So says most of the legalization groups, the NAACP, and most of the freedom fighters that have been fighting for freedom for the past 35 years.

The bitter few that campaigned against it need to catch up with the rest of us here. Prohibition needs to be over. EVEN IF BY BABY STEPS.

Sure Prop19 wasn’t perfect. No one thought that it was.
What was true is that most agreed that Prop19 did not define medical marijuana. It is clearly stated by many professionals, lawyers, law makers and activists that Prop215 exclusively defined Medical Cannabis. And Prop19 covered everything else.

This is my response to a No on 19 guy who wrote me on facebook, who coincidentally shares the same name as John Walsh’s late son “Adam”.

Titled: “Yes on 19, no to cartels”

I just want this drug war to end people. Thats all. Isn’t that what we all want?

For future reference, it is MUCH easier to amend a law than to write a new one.

Its hard to believe that we have let the fascists divide us.  Isn’t that the oldest trick in the book?  Dividing then to conquer?


Word from Russ Belville, with a great overview of what we accomplished and what he believes should happen next.

You can't win with legalization that criminalizes part of the largest group of marijuana smokers

Even at the convenience store

May 10th, 2010 | By Pirate

Even at the convenience store, people are hesitant to admit it, but eventually fess up to being pro marijuana.

One guy acted like I was crazy talking about weed in public like that.   I told him more about I-1068, and I could sense he was more at ease about what I was talking about.

I explain it to people who are working for a living, like myself.  “It will increase the value of your job, when the tourism, and the sales of marijuana start actually benefiting the community a little”.

I think for businesses, tourism will increase when WA is the first state to legalize marijuana.  I mean even if California legalizes, WA will still be first in many things.

People will come here and to California, just like they travel to Holland and Jamaica, Canada, etc..

Local and foreign business will flourish from this, and the local community will see a lot more jobs out getting filled as the people get freer.

Farmers, distributors, grow equipment, smoking utensils, and 8.9% tax just like on everything else sold in a retail environment.  
Medicine will still be a tax write off Im sure.  So medical marijuana will still have it’s place. But there will be a whole new side to this too, which shouldn’t hurt medical marijuana business, in fact it will probably help it a lot!

There are something like 12,000 medical marijuana patients in Spokane now.  (I could be a little wrong on that number, but I know last fall, there were around 8000 cannabis patients, and there have been a lot more sign up since then).

But think if there were 8 times that amount of potential customers from the black market that already buy marijuana regularly.  Many of them would be tourists.

I don’t know if this is what other people are thinking too.  But I suspect there are a lot of people that are already savvy on this idea, including our government.

But the best thing about I-1068, is there is no restrictions.  Meaning an adult can grow, possess, transport and sell any amount of marijuana.

Now people think “oh this is going to be devastating to our community”.  But how?   With there being some 40 million cannabis consumers in the USA (probably a lot more, thats just as many as who would admit to it on a governent survey), where are all of the devestating problems?  No one died from using too much weed last year, or any other year.  I did a report on how cannabis doesn’t seem to impair your driving like alcohol does.

Cannabis is much safer.  So like Colorado, Washington needs to campaign for a SAFER alternative to alcohol which DOES cause major damage to our communities.  The entire USA needs to stand up for our rights!  So that we are not borrowing money from China to stay afloat, allowing them to buy the USA one loan at a time.

We import hemp from China and sell it in the USA, but our famers can’t grow it legally??!  What?

This all need to be righted for our children and their children.  The survival of this world depends on crops like hemp, which are FAR more productive than trees, and take only one season to grow.  Hemp produces 4 times as much pulp as the same acreage of trees.  Trees take 20 years to grow, hemp takes one season to grow.  Not to mention all of the processing of greenhouse gases that hemp would sustain.  Like Jack Herer would probably say, Hemp is critical to human survival.

Bless up Jack Herer!  Let your wisdom and determination never fade away!

Jeffery Miron

420 Earth Day Benefit for I-1068

April 16th, 2010 | By Pirate

Come to the I-1068 Earth Day benefit, $5 suggested donation (to help legalize weed in WA)

Reefer Madness is so funny, especially knowing that the government seriously thought this would work, back in the 30’s! 

It probably did work on some fools!  LOL 

Lets have some laughs!

Emerald Sun will be selling shirts at the benefit, 25% of these sales go to Sensible Washington.

I-1068 Benefit Concert and Reefer Madness!

Time: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 6:00 PM – Wednesday, April 21, 2010 12:00 AM
Host: Renata Rollins
Contact Phone: 509-723-9965

The Empyrean (Spokane, WA)

171 S. Washington

Spokane, WA 99201

Emerald Sun T-Shirts and threads


There wasn’t enough participation tonight to be able to give away all of the wears that we brought. So we will have all of these, and we will ad more to the raffle next time. So at least 6 raffle prizes for the next get together, which I suspect will be the NORML/Sensible WA meeting at 4pm on Saturday @ he Empyrean 171 S. Washington, Spokane. Congrats to the three winners from last night!

Jack Herer the Hemperor passes away today April 15th 2010, Happy Trails!!

April 15th, 2010 | By Pirate

Hats off to you Jack for all of the work that you did to free the weed.  You are a true humanitarian and you live on in your work.

This tokes for you bro!  Wish I had met ya!

Jack Herer thanks to Salem News OR

For a real education on Hemp, check out Jack’s work at:


I did some commentary on an article in Jack’s book about the marijuana monkeys.


It’s un-believable what the government tries to cover up.  Thanks to Jack for illuminating the truth!

Philly Chapter Report for 3/19/09

March 22nd, 2009 | By slash

Philly Chapter Report

This was a regular meeting on the schedule. Things here in Philly are ramping up..big time.  Our local State Rep. Mark Cohen will introduce a MMJ bill this month!

I have a meeting planned at my house with other patients to get some testimony in writing and mailed to him immediately.  I hope we can get some quality time in front of a committee.  Live in person pleas and appeals are the tipping point in many legislators opinion when it comes to this issue.

In other happenings..

The permit for the GCM went in this week.  We need a permit to have the march. Time must be spent finding sponsors from local business.  Posters must be printed, distributed to volunteers, and hung around town. There is still no place for an after party,  yet,  but this is Norml.  A place has always been found.  This was a small meeting of the hard cores to hash out the time line for the next couple weeks between meetings.  Events always out pace the ability to keep up it seems.  Every one stays connected through the e-mail list.

The last topic discussed was about an info seminar on Saturday the 21st  over the Ben Franklin Bridge in Collingswood, NJ.  Open to the public,  testimony from patients was really good.

The one man had to have an electronic stimulator and take 1/2 doz. pills or more plus cannabis just to function.  His story is typical…. sickness, fustration, lack of understanding, and the illegality of his NEEDED medicine.

Chris Goldstien had a spectacular presentation once again.  I have seen it before but it never gets old or boring.

Ken Wolski was there. Ken was instrumental with the NJ law.  If not for Ken,  Chris,  a few others,  and those no longer with us who worked over a TEN YEAR PERIOD,  this would not have happened here in Jersey.

I have to say that I felt some twinges of reefer madness…during the Q&A  a person asked about how does someone go all year using only an outside grow to supply their needs when the limits of the law seem low. To grow enough outside for a whole years supply one would have to break the law.

Here’s the madness…

When commenting suggested indoor growing this person says with absolute vehemence I won’t do that, that causes fires and I’ll burn my house down. (basically..don’t quote me there)    This person, I felt, had some kind of fear about indoor grow. But how do these opinions and feelings get this way? Main stream media reefer madness is what this person thinks is reality I guess.  Have an electrician set you up with an LED system.  These cost effective, inexpensive to operate, long lasting, and easy on the electric bill systems are the way to go.  NJ will have compassion care centers so even if you can’t or won’t grow you’ll never be with out.

The guy probly doesn’t grow, has no experience at growing, and has never seen a quality LED low wattage cool running system.  His attitude was shocking to me.  I hope these fears people have will finally go away as we collectively become more educated as a population towards MMJ and the needs of the MMJ patient.  This meeting was at the local library and the room was full but not quite packed.  Rumor Had Rep. Cohen coming, but that was a no show… but it was rumor.

The next meeting is 4/2/09 at the ‘A-Space’

People need to get off their duff and DO SOMETHING!!

No one is gonna do it for ya!!!

Saying of the day….

”If I could get someone to do as much as nobody…. weed B kicking ass”

Until next time

Slash…… Peace out

When Reality Meets Misconception

March 18th, 2009 | By

My foray into the realm of medical marijuana began with a simple visit to our newly-opened patient center in Olympia. At first, I was not sure what to expect, as this was really the last place I would have thought I would be a decade ago. I honestly expected to see some police presence, although I am thankful there was none.

I expected jars of weed behind glass counters like you see in pictures of the dispensaries in California. Like my expected police presence, there was nothing. I sniffed the air, and no smell of ganja wafted to my nostrils. Was I even in the right place? I appeared to be in a small office waiting room that included a small glass counter with what appeared to be educational pamphlets on top, a few old institutional grade chairs, and a desk behind a glass partition next to a closed door leading to what I assumed where more offices.

Right at that moment, a gentleman about my age (late thirties) sauntered out of the back, dreadlocks, hemp tie dye  T-shirt and reeking of marijuana. I knew then I was at the right place. His eyes were as glazed as a Krispy Kreme donut, of which I am sure he was searching. To my surprise, he politely asked me if I needed any help.

I tried to explain the reason for my visit, but I was so used to talking around the “pot” issue that I was having some difficulty making myself clear. Considering that I was sober, and the man helping me was stoned, you would think I had the mental drop on him. Nope. He finished my line of thought for me with “so you need a doctor’s recommendation for cannabis.”

“Well, yes” I said. “But there is something you should know; I do not have cancer or AIDS.” To this he replied, “That’s okay. Do you have any of these symptoms?” He then rattled off a list of ailments, seventy-five percent of which I suffer from. I glumly told him this fact and he smiled and handed me a stack of paperwork to fill out.

The good ATF

As I filled out the paperwork, I felt compelled to converse with the friendly character. I asked him if they saw many vets. He said, “Yes, we get a lot of you guys coming in here.” I queried him as to how he figured that I was a vet. He replied that he had noticed a certain look about me the moment I came in. I am not sure what constitutes that certain look, but I have been told this before. I wondered if this was going to be a problem.

In my mind, things could have gone differently. Almost 20 years ago, had it not been for injuries sustained to me during the war, I would most likely have moved on to law enforcement. I could have been one of those men with his boot on the neck of some hapless medical patient, stripping them of their rights and dignity. Thank God my tank ran me over and knocked some sense into me.

It became clearly evident that my past was not going to be a problem. The man helping me told me that he was grateful for my service, but it was time to stand down and heal thyself. It seemed to me that for being stoned, this man was perceptive, compassionate and intelligent. Not what you would consider your atypical pothead. How much more wrong can one get? Well, apparently, the Government can. I learned all my previous behavior on marijuana policy from them.

Despite all facts that had previously been presented before me, I wanted to know that I was not the only one doing just the opposite of the strict Army mandate prohibiting marijuana. I needed to know that I was not supporting terrorists that would kill my brother and sister soldiers with money that came from my wallet. Am I healing myself or am I feeding addiction?

After an hour of education from the enlightened individual at the clinic, and some objective research done by myself, I have come up with some answers.

In answer to my first concern, Yes, there are many veterans who use marijuana to stave off the after affects of their service. In fact, I have met many of them already.

No, my money is not supporting terrorists, but prohibition does. Even the atypical liar-heads that work for the big name media have been squawking like terrified chickens about how illicit marijuana is funding these brutal drug cartels. Stop using tax dollars to bust harmless patients and recreational users. Then use the proceeds saved from the lost war on drugs and gained from the fair taxation of marijuana to stomp the living daylights out of real terrorists! You know, the ones cutting off people’s heads. The fact that terrorists and cartels will lose roughly half of their funding, while we double ours, spells sad news for the real bad guys.

As for healing and addiction, the answers are two fold. For all the medications the VA prescribed me, not one worked the way it was supposed to. I gained one hundred and fifty pounds (doubled my weight), developed worsening cardiac problems, suffered from horrible depression, could not think straight, had no libido, felt sicker than a dog and just plain did not care if I lived or died.

In reality, I have been prescribed enough benzodiazepines (tranquilizers) to kill a whale. To boot, they did not take care of the pain, PTSD, nausea, nightmares or anxiety. With marijuana therapy, I am back to my normal weight and the severity of my other symptoms is more or less manageable. Marijuana is no cure for what I have, but it makes life far more bearable.

While I was going to the VA, I drank heavily and worked in professions that required me to carry a firearm. Alcohol was the only “legal” thing I could take that numbed the pain. When I came off of the medications, I was violently ill for about two weeks. Now I no longer drink, take anti-depressants, tranquilizers or pain medications. I still have to take other meds for the rest of my life, but I take far less and feel much better. So pardon me if I don’t appreciate some bureaucratic bean counter telling me how to manage my health or deeming me an addict because I use marijuana medically.

I also realized being a veteran was empowering. Folks listen to what I have to say. No one questions that, of all our citizens, soldiers and veterans have a right to have their voices heard and deserve straight answers. Society becomes outraged when they see veterans getting screwed by the people they have bled for. If you are a veteran and you believe in marijuana reform, then say something. If you are not a veteran, but support those who are, then say something on their behalf. People will listen.