Broadcast for May 30th 2009 from http://xtube.xCannabis.com
- Human rights, gay rights, cannabis user rights
- California’s deficit, legalization in California, and taxing marijuana
- Reverend Ryan Gets his ordination credentials
Broadcast for May 30th 2009 from http://xtube.xCannabis.com
I have been so grateful thinking about my family who have served in the military for generations. It was a family tradition that was broken by this inane drug war. My dad served in the military for 23 years and was a ranger in the 101st. I had my whole life planned around joining the military, but when I tried to sign up and after passing my ASVAB with a high score, I was turned down when they found that I had been arrested for possessing a harmless plant.
I’m still upset over this, even though I overcame the setback and ended up with a freaking awesome life anyway! I still smoke herb, but I will never forgive my country for denying the ability to proudly serve this country as my forefathers did!
This is dedicated to my father!
Im on my way to Seattle tomorrow. See ya’all next week!!
I have been a Prisoner of War in this “War on Drugs”. As a teenager, when I was just beginning my life I was locked up and heavily fined for doing nothing more than possessing a harmless plant.
Marijuana prohibition locks up hundreds of thousands of people and 89% of these prisoners are locked up for simple possession of this harmless plant. These people don’t start out as hardcore criminals, then end up becoming acquainted with that lifestyle only AFTER being locked up with murderers, thieves, and rapists. Marijuana prohibition and this “war on drugs” is an assault on the American people.
For those other P.O.W.’s of this inane war, I will be out protesting against the WAR on drugs.
A few months ago, I wrote an article about being denied the right to serve my country as a result of this war on Americans.
Please read this, as we remember our veterans this Memorial Day weekend.
This is the first report I’ve received of a court system denying a case to outlaw medical marijuana.
In California, two counties, San Diego and San Bernardino, wished to exclude themselves from the law requiring them to provide citizens with medical marijuana cards. Their case stated that the medical marijuana law in California was preempted by the federal law banning the substance. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, thereby ending the appeals process.
A decision in the Supreme Court would have decided whether states can legalize medical marijuana while it is still illegal on a federal level. Wasn’t there something in the constitution that gave us that right? hmm. Finally it’s the prohibitionists that are being shut down.
Marijuana has become an integral part of every states political standpoint, and fortunately our voices are slowly spreading across the nation. State by state, we’re taking over and no one can stop us because state by state, people are realizing the ignorance of enforcing laws against marijuana use. Science is finally beginning to outweigh propaganda.
For many years now I have been a devout follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have dedicated my time and resources to preach the gospel and to take my part in the Great Commission of Christ. In 1999 I gave my life to Christ as a result of a unique, personal spiritual experience that I had while praying on the side of the road in Deer Park WA. In 2001 I wrote my biography which was inspired by this spiritual awakening. I was inspired to write a lot of poetry after that, and had it published on Poetry.com in hopes to inspire others.
I love to write and I love to inspire others. But what I have enjoyed most is serving others. After giving my life to Christ, I volunteered for a number of homeless ministries that I was once a regular client of while I was homeless. I volunteered with these ministries because of how much people blessed me while I was homeless. I wanted to inspired other clients of these ministries and show them the love that Christ and His church showed me. I completed several trainings, and I served whenever I was able. It has been a great blessing to me to be able to serve others.
In September of 2002, I spoke at a Southern Baptist convention about the loss of my brother, who lived in the most depressed state in the nation, Utah. My brother’s death was a result of depression, and anti-depressant medication that he was prescribed, and I had a burden on my heart to try to reach those who were hurting, and who couldn’t speak out about it because of the fear of rejection by the Utah culture. I wanted to be the mouth piece for those who couldn’t speak, like my 16 year old brother who lays in a grave in Spanish Fork Utah, completely voiceless now.
Now I have another burden on my heart, which is for the cannabis plant which I enjoy as a religious sacrament. I feel that our freedom of religion in this country has been hijacked by the government and the DEA. I believe that those of us who use cannabis as a sacrament as Moses and Jesus did in the days of old are persecuted unjustly and that our civil rights get violated when we are charged with crimes in relationship to our holy sacrament, cannabis.
I have heard it from religious folks and nonreligious folks that they do not believe cannabis was used by Biblical prophets. They laugh at the thought of it.
But this is not uncommon, humanity has a knack for ignorance and I am no exception. When I first gave my life to Christ, I gave up using cannabis for 7 years.
I had given up cannabis until I developed a vesicular anomaly that causes my sever headaches called cluster headaches that come on strong and fast, and that no prescription medicine has been able to relieve in anyway. With these headaches I sometimes go blind, and I get a loud ringing in my ear. It completely destroys my senses for about 30 minutes and the pain brings tears to my eyes. One toke off a spliff instantly relieves this pain and this drastic symptoms, with no ill side-effects.
I tried Imitrex and Midrine before trying cannabis and all that those medicines did was make me feel ill and give me nose bleeds.
When this problem started we lived in Washington state which has passed many decriminalization measures for marijuana, and I tried some. Instant relief as I described. It was amazing, no nose bleeds, no stomach aches, no yucky feeling, nothing. I just felt better, and happier. The only real side effect that could be considered negative, was I felt hungry and got what people call “the munchies”. I was sold, and start the process to get my medical marijuana card in Wa.
After that I started questioning whether this would conflict with my faith, and what I found was amazing. Moses used cannabis in his anointing oil. This is found in non-marijuana using Rabbi’s writings. I have wrote about this several times before on this blog.
Exodus 30:23 Fragrant Cane, or Cane of Bosom, or Sweet Cane is translated in several Hebrew Dictionaries as “Cannabis”.
See Roger Christy from the THC Ministry (Hawaii)
I have also spoke about Jesus and His resistance to state and religious laws which forbid certain food and certain eating practices:
Now what I have found recently is quite amazing.
See this video.
And read this about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993
Our religious rights are protected!
The NJWeedman proved this when he practiced his religious sacrament on federal property in New Jersey. He was arrested, he was man-handled, he weed was taken. But the charges got over turned. Not once, but 3 times!
If you are a Christian, Jew or Hindu the use of cannabis your religion goes back thousands of years!
Ever wonder why Indians can use Peyote but no one else can? Because it’s a religious sacrament.
On May 13th in the “Boise Weekly” there was an article ran about the 300 person crowd at the state capitol for the “Global Marijuana March”.
This news couldn’t be better. I only wish that I had been there. What an inspiring and wonderful event that I will regret missing for the rest of my days I imagine.
I have been saying that Idaho will legalize marijuana next, becoming the 14th state that legalizes marijuana in some way. But I think I am wrong about that, because Missouri will be next it looks like. But we have a proposal for a 2010 bill from an Idaho representative:
Here are a few clips from the “Boise Weekly”:
Then Ryan Davidson, a “Ron Paul Republican” and marijuana activist from Garden City, announced through the bullhorn that Moscow Rep. Tom Trail plans to introduce a medical marijuana bill next year.
Since 1996, voters have favored ballot initiatives removing criminal penalties for growing or possessing medical marijuana in Alaska, California, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. State legislators in Hawaii, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Vermont have passed medical marijuana laws. On Nov. 4, Michigan became the 13th medical marijuana state and Massachusetts’ voters decriminalized personal possession.
In an article found in the Washington Post, the current White House drug czar (former police chief of Seattle Norm Kerlikowske) explains that the White House will be changing the current US drug policy to a harm reduction policy instead of a punish and destroy the product policy.
I am amazed and proud of the brave citizens who took to the streets on May 2nd in Boise:
The Worldwide Marijuana March drew more than 300 demonstrators to downtown Boise on Saturday, May 2. Offering peace signs and garnering many supportive car honks, the marchers moved slowly under scattered showers along Capitol Boulevard to the front lawn of the Idaho Legislature.
On some of the local blogs that I go to, I have been told that Idaho isn’t supportive of marijuana legalization. But after considering how Hailey Idaho has twice legalized marijuana (not just medical, but recreational as well), and how this proposal has been through the capitol a few times, and seeing how four of our neighors on Idaho’s border have legalized marijuana in one way or another. I think legalization can be clearly viewed on our horizon!
Join NORML and lets start an Idaho NORML chapter! www.NORML.org
Last month marked a new showing of support for marijuana legalization in South East Idaho.
There have clearly been a lot of support throughout the rest of Idaho for Marijuana legalization. Including Hailey Idaho which have twice passed a series of initiative that we passed by the voters of the city, and despite that these initiatives were overturned, one thing is clear and that is that Idaho, like four of our neighbors (who have already legalized medical marijuana) is ready for legalization. Right now these four neighbors have at least legalized medical marijuana; Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Montana all have legal medical marijuana laws. Oregon and Washington have gone a few steps further by decriminalizing simple possession in many areas of their state.
I am calling for marijuana reform in Idaho, and I am putting everything I have behind this movement. If you would like to join up with xCannabis in Idaho and form a NORML chapter, we can start getting even more work done.
Visit www.NORML.org to join NORML. If you would like to broadcast your pro-liberation (of marijuana) message on xCannabis, then join the conversation! You can now upload your own videos directly through xCannabis. Just write a post, and at the bottom of the posting page, there is an option to upload a video.
You can upload a new conversation topic or opinion, or you can upload a response to someone else’s video.
< use this button when writing or editing a post to leave a video comment. You can use your webcam, or you can upload a new video, or even select a youtube video to respond with.
Let get this conversation fired up!
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I have went through a dry spell in the beginning of my campaign to legalize marijuana for responsible adult usage.
No matter how many magazines, newspapers, and television stations that I write, I have had little media for my protesting in Idaho and Utah.
I know that there are many people who want to stand up, and speak out but out of fear of losing their job or more, they don’t.
And for those who do, big round of bong hits to you!
So with all of the many attempts to get the conversation going in South East Idaho, only the Idaho State Journal, and the blog Idaho Falls Today have covered any of this. Channel 8 news apparently covered a different protest in Idaho Falls on 4/20, but I had to cover my own.
So I have been looking for a way to get a cable access talk show about pot. Tonight Russ Belville (aka Radical Russ) from the NORML Daily Audio stash sent out a message that he was on a webcast. So I checked it out, it was a wonderful forum of conversation on the topic of marijuana. It’s amazing to see what is happening in Oregon and around the nation!
Here is that show. http://stash.norml.org/see-me-live-right-now-on-cannabis-common-sense/
This show is broadcast on the internet via www.ustream.com
If anyone ever wanted to do a public access type of show, check this media medium out, it’s free!
We will be using this on xCannabis, look for our streaming videos and radio.
I have been writing to all of the local newspapers in my area about marijuana law reform. A few of the articles that I have written have been published in main stream media (Whatever main-stream means anyway.. This is Idaho!).
This is my response #2 to one of the articles that I wrote to the Idaho State Journal. I feel very refreshed to know that at least one media company is doing their job, and actually reporting local news like this! There are a few others out there, including channel 8 news. They all know who they are, and thanks for being fair! For online communities in Idaho Falls, I am still highly partial to the www.IdahoFallsToday.com blog, I feel like free speech is welcomed there, and that is very refreshing!
Here’s the latest vlog:
P.S. Join NORML!
xCannabis has been changing and growing in many ways this last week! I finally got my second wind after the new baby and the move!
We have implemented a few features that will allow us to grow more, and will allow our contributors to see a part of the pie.
I have been talking about this for a long time, but I have finally put something together that will allow us to do some profit sharing. That, after all, is our ultimate goal, to protect pot smokers from stupid urine tests, and discrimination in the work place. We would like to give creative stoners a place to make money, and stay stoned.
xCannabis has spots at the bottom of each post and each page that will allow a sponsor to contribute to the author of the said blog article. See this for more information: Sponsor xCannabis
We have several authors, and we want them to be rewarded too, so for every sponsorship that their post gets, we will send that author 50% of the sponsorship amount.
This way xCannabis can be fair to everyone who works hard to help this movement keep growing strong!
Anyone who is an author of this site qualifies (contact me if you wish to become an author, please provide references). Each article submitted must be reviewed by the editors before we post it. Please make original materials, and on relevant topics.
Sponsorship starts at $5, and can be any amount upwards. If your post gets a $50 sponsorship, xCannabis will send you a check or a paypal transfer for $25.
Send me an email if you’re interested, and I will get you an agreement for this. So that we can claim these payments on our taxes, and vise versa.
We also have a few openings for some pot podcast people. Anyone who is interested in “potcasting” please let us know. We would like to present a few different channels on our potcast. Profit sharing will be similar to article publishing. We have a nifty toolbar that will help us in this venture now, too.
Check out the toolbar @ http://toolbar.xcannabis.com
That toolbar is new to xCannabis, but I have been testing it for a few months and it is solid. I’ve looked for information on the company that makes these toolbars possible, and they have a good reputation. “Conduit” is the name of the company if you have any concerns. http://www.conduit.com
With this toolbar we will be streaming podcasts, and RSS feeds from xCannabis and NORML. Download it and tell us what you think. Apparently if enough people use it, it will make us money when people use the google search engine that is built into the toolbar. More money coming in, means that we can advertise in more places, and travel to upcoming protests, etc. We are also hoping to have a booth at Seattle HempFest this August.