The Coming War: Securing Our Right to Grow our own Cannabis from the Global Corporations

Bruce Cain·Saturday, June 9, 2018

50 years ago (1968) I was a young Unitarian Hippie of 14 years of age. Despite the Viet Nam War the Hippie Era was well underway, throughout the entire planet. There was a widely held feeling that us Hippies were about the change the world for the better. If you were not alive then it is very difficult to understand how significantly the Hippie Era effected world culture for nearly 10 years (1965 – 1975). So it was in 1968 that I first smoked Marijuana and took my first hit of LSD.

For the life of me I could never understand why anyone would want to restrict adults from using or growing their own Marijuana. It had very little effect on one’s motor skills compared with Alcohol, Heroin and a whole long list of other drugs. So even back then I dreamed of a future society where adults could simply grow their own Cannabis without the fear of government oppression. Fast forward to 2018 I’m not so sure we are very much closer to that goal. In fact that dream of mine may be close to getting dashed forever unless we can foment a global movement to permanently guarantee our rights to grow and consume Cannabis.

In my last essay I made clear that I would not support the latest Marijuana initiative that will appear on the ballot in November of 2018. As I hope you will understand, by the end of this essay, it will probably have no effect either way. There is a much larger agenda at play for the global corporate control of Cannabis: both recreational and medicinal.

So let us start by summarizing the last 10 years of Cannabis activism in Michigan.

* In 2008 we passed Medical Marijuana Initiative by a landslide margin of 63% of the voters and majorities in every county. It was a stunning victory largely financed by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) who put up between 2-4 million dollars to collect the signatures and get it on the ballot.

If you wanted to be a grower (e.g, caregiver) you could get 6 licences allowing you to grow as many as 72 plants. Dispensaries went up like Star Bucks Coffee shops and the growers were able to sell their overage to the dispensaries. It was not unussual to see growers rake in $100,000 a year due to the passage of this initiative. It created thousands of jobs and most certainly helped the local economies as they spent their money of food, clothing entertainment etc.

But it did not take long for the state legislature to begin gutting the new law. First they allowed the list of growers to be shared with local law enforcement which was prohibited in the original initiative.

* On September 21st, 2016 Governor Snyder signed to following 3 bills regarding Marijuana.

Here are the bills Snyder signed:

===== * House Bill 4209, now Public Act 281, creates the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act to license and regulate the growth, processing, transport and provisioning of medical marijuana. The House approved it 83-22.

* House Bill 4210, now Public Act 282, amends the voter-initiated Michigan Medical Marihuana Act to allow for the manufacture and use of marijuana-infused products by qualified patients. The House approved it 93-12.

* House Bill 4827, now Public Act 283, creates the Marihuana Tracking Act and a seed-to-sale tracking system to track all medical marijuana. The House approved it 85-20.

Gov. Snyder signs medical marijuana bills clarifying dispensaries, edibles Updated on September 21, 2016 http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/09/gov_snyder_signs_medical_marij.html =====

This action, by Snyder and the legislature, basically paved the way for a “Corporate Cannabis State Monopoly” and the eventually elimination of “home grows” ability to sell their overage to local dispensaries. In the link above you will find links to all three bills. When these “Corporate Cannabis State Monopolies” are up and running, at the end of 2018, those that continue selling their overage will probably find themselves in prison. And as Kathleen Chippi (activist from Colorado) explained they WILL soon be coming after home grows as well.

===== Kathleen Chippi: It’s a shame people don’t realize that what THEY promise is the opposite of what you get. CO is witnessing the demise of 2 Constitutional Amendments that legally cannot be altered w/o a vote of “we the people”. Home grow after home grow being raided because some new neighbor who moved here complains about the LAWFUL smell of cannabis or some old neighbor who hates you just calling to ‘report’. Wait until the $1,000 dollar a day fines (per plant) start being ‘enforced’. Never thought I would dream the good old days of straight up prohibition. Now the fools who buy the pesticide/mold ridden state licensed weed put millions into funding (un-constitutional) home grow busts and DARE like propaganda–something we rarely read about is now a daily thing and the call it “legalization”.

Kathleen Chippi imho, states that have not fake legalized (ADDED 1,200 plus pages of new pot PROHIBITIONS) will be in a better position IF the Feds ever repeal prohibition-because you will start with a blank slate–states like CO now have to fund/repeal dozens upon dozens of what where un-necessary PROHIBITIONS…. =====

And as this article makes crystal clear the end of “home grows” and the rise of “Corporate Cannabis State Monopolies” is happening throughout the United States. In fact it is happening around the world.

===== But some potential growers believe the ruling will squeeze the smaller operators out of Michigan’s lucrative medical marijuana industry.

“They’re doing everything they can do to shut down the mom and pops,” said Jason Durham, a medical marijuana cardholder and caregiver, who grows medicinal cannabis for five patients, but hopes to be awarded a license to grow up to 500 plants. “They want it to be one corporation that has control so they only have to babysit and monitor one business.”

It will be more expensive for the large-scale growers to get into the business. Everyone seeking a license will have to pay an application fee that will carry a cost of between $4,000 and $8,000 depending on the number of applications received. But the regulatory assessment will carry a sliding scale cost ranging from $10,000 for the smallest grower up to $57,000 for large growers, transporters and dispensaries.

The applicants also will have to prove they have the capital for the operation and carry enough insurance and security.

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Applications for the five categories of medical marijuana licenses — for growers, processors, transporters, testers and dispensaries — will be available on Dec. 15, and the Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board will begin awarding licenses in the spring of 2018.

The medical marijuana business, once the newly regulated business is up and running, is expected to generate $711 million in sales a year and $21 million a year in tax revenues for the state.

Robin Schneider, legislative liaison for the National Patients’ Rights Association, which advocates for safe and legal access to medical marijuana, said she understands the department’s desire to stick to the letter of the law, which said the number of licenses can’t be mandated, “But there is the potential that they’ll take away opportunities for smaller business owners.”

In other states, large-scale grow operations are well underway. In southern California, Canndescent, a 9,600-square-foot marijuana grow facility opened in September with plans to expand to 100,000 square feet of growing space now that voters have approved marijuana for recreational use in November. And in Massachusetts, Americann has the option to purchase a 52-acre parcel of land, which would be transformed into greenhouses and processing facilities.

Durham hopes that won’t become the landscape in Michigan.

“It will make it almost impossible for us small guys to get into the market,” he said.

Michigan regulators will allow mega-growers of medical marijuana into the state Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Sept. 28, 2017 https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/28/michigan-medical-marijuana-growers/714595001/ =====

The 2018 Marijuana Initiative: “Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” (CRMLA)

So I spoke with Josh Hovey, spokesman for CRMLA on June 8th, 2018.

In defense of the ballot initiative he said it would allow adults to have 12 plants without getting a card. While I did think that was better than having to get a “card” I said it is probably not going to matter. It only took 10 years to debase the 2008 Medical Marijuana Initiative and chances are the legislature will soon legislate against home grows as they are currently doing in Colorado and other states. I told him I was not going to support it. Furthermore I said what will it really matter once the “Corporate Cannabis State Monopoly” is up an running by the end of 2018. This initiative will do nothing to stop the destruction of thousands of jobs (growers, trimmers, dispensaries, dispensary personnel etc.). Oddly he did not disagree.

The rise of the “Corporate Cannabis State Monopolies” reminds me of an old joke about “Potentially and Realistically.” And here is the joke:

===== A boy went up to his father and asked him, “Dad, what is the difference between potentially and realistically?”

The father thought for a moment, then answered, “Go ask your mother if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars.”

Then ask your sister if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars, and then, ask your brother if he’d sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars. Come back and tell me what you learn from that.”

So the boy went to his mother and asked, “Would you sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars?” The mother replied, “Of course I would! We could really use that money to fix up the house and send you kids to a great University!”

The boy then went to his sister and asked, “Would you sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars?” The girl replied, “Oh my God! I LOVE Brad Pitt I would sleep with him in a heartbeat, are you nuts?!?!? “

The boy then went to his brother and asked, “Would you sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars?” “Of course,” the brother replied. “Do you know how much a million bucks would buy?”

The boy pondered the answers for a few days, then went back to his dad. His father asked him, “Did you find out the difference between potentially and realistically?” The boy replied, “Yes… Potentially, you and I are sitting on Three Million Dollars..but Realistically,we’re living with two whores and a homosexual.” ======

So potentially you can grow a lot of Cannabis in a year. But since you can no longer sell your overage realistically there is no longer any point in growing any more than you can consume in a year.

For those that know anything about growing Cannabis here is a short summary of yields from indoor growing. The rest of you can skip this.

===== A typical indoor grower usually sets up a sustainable garden consisting of mother plants, veg plants, clones and bloom plants. The grower cuts clones from the mother plant. Once the clones root they are put in soil and grow into veg plants with a 16 hours light cycle. When they are of appropriate height they are put into bloom stage by altering to a 12 hour light cycle.

Most growers use 1000 Watt High Discharge Lamps (HDL’s) for both Veg and Bloom stage growth. You can put a single large veg plant of a few smaller plants under each 1000 Watt Lamp. The bloom cycle is ussually between 8 and 9 weeks. If you are a seasoned grower you can get as much as 1 gram per watt. If you are a rank beginner you can still get about .5 gram per watt. So every 2 months you can basically get between 16 and 32 ounces of bud from each lamp. Yes this is a vast simplification of growing under lamps. Some Sativa varieties can have a bloom cycle as long as 13 weeks. ====

Then I asked him if it was possible to determine who is really putting up the money for this. Both the 2008 and 2016 initiatives are being financed by MPP. But where is MPP getting all the money I asked. So he said I could go to the Secretary of State Campaign database which I did.

The numbers just don’t add up. Not even close. After about a half hour digging through the state website I finally found the list of contributors but the information was sketchy and they don’t even have a total figure. My own guesstimate is that they collected about $217,000.

Here is the document from which I calculated that figure:

Michigan Campaign Statement Contributions Committee Name: COALITION TO REGULATE MARIJUANA LIKE ALCOHOL https://cfrsearch.nictusa.com/documents/453526/details/filing/contributions?schedule=%2A&changes=0

You can also go through all the campaign finance data here:

===== Michigan Campaign Finance Statement Detail Committee Name: COALITION TO REGULATE MARIJUANA LIKE ALCOHOL Statement Type: ANNUAL CS Statement Year: 201 Select the section of the filing to be displayed:

Cover Page Summary Page Contributions Itemized Direct Contributions Itemized Other Receipts Itemized In-Kind Contributions Expenditures Itemized Direct Expenditures Incidental Office Expense Disbursements Get Out the Vote Activities Itemized In-Kind Expenditures Debts & Obligations Fund-raisers

https://cfrsearch.nictusa.com/documents/453526/details?type=web =====

That does not even come close the the 5 to 8 million they expect to spend before November 2018.

===== The group pushing the ballot proposal spent most of the $651,736 it had raised so far on paying the National Petition Management team, which collected the signatures for the ballot proposal.

And the Committee to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol is now in debt to the tune of $257,484 owed to consultants, attorneys and fund-raisers.

“We’re focused right now on paying off our campaign debts. But our fund-raising continues to go strong. We have a lot of large and small donors across the state and country,” Hovey said. “Ideally, we’d like to raise $8 million for the campaign, but we’re aiming at between $5 million and $8 million.”

Marijuana legalization effort vaults a hurdle with no outside challenge to signatures Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Feb. 9, 2018 https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/02/09/marijuana-legalization-effort-signatures/321236002/ =====

So I will press Hovey to provide a complete list of contributors though I highly doubt that will EVER be provided.

The Real Global Forces behind the Corporate Control of Cannabis

The biggest contributor to Corporate Cannabis Legalization is George Soros who has spent over $80 million dollars between 1994 and 2014. He has financed, or help finance, every Marijuana State Initiative since the first Medical Marijuana Initiative: Prop215 (CA, 1996).

===== Billionaire philanthropist George Soros hopes the U.S. goes to pot, and he is using his money to drive it there.

With a cadre of like-minded, wealthy donors, Mr. Soros is dominating the pro-legalization side of the marijuana debate by funding grass-roots initiatives that begin in New York City and end up affecting local politics elsewhere.

Through a network of nonprofit groups, Mr. Soros has spent at least $80 million on the legalization effort since 1994, when he diverted a portion of his foundation’s funds to organizations exploring alternative drug policies, according to tax filings.

His spending has been supplemented by Peter B. Lewis, the late chairman of Progressive Insurance Co. and an unabashed pot smoker who channeled more than $40 million to influence local debates, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The two billionaires’ funding has been unmatched by anyone on the other side of the debate.

Mr. Soros makes his donations through the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit he funds with roughly $4 million in annual contributions from his Foundation to Promote an Open Society.

Mr. Soros also donates annually to the American Civil Liberties Union, which in turn funds marijuana legalization efforts, and he has given periodically to the Marijuana Policy Project, which funds state ballot measures.

George Soros’ real crusade: Legalizing marijuana in the U.S. By Kelly Riddell – The Washington Times – Wednesday, April 2, 2014 =====

Another article puts his contributions (1994 – 2014) at $200 million.

===== Financier George Soros has become one of the largest supporters of drug reforms ranging from medical marijuana use to the easing of sentencing for drug charges. His foundation has donated about $200 million to drug reforms since 1994, double what most people had estimated until now.

An Inside Look At The Biggest Drug Reformer In The Country: George Soros October 2, 2014 https://www.forbes.com/sites/chloesorvino/2014/10/02/an-inside-look-at-the-biggest-drug-reformer-in-the-country-george-soros/#78d492e31e29 =====

===== George Soros appears to be a hero of the cannabis movement — helping states (and even an entire country) pass legislation for medical and recreational use. But he also has strong ties with the pharmaceutical industry and Monsanto as a major stock holder — the same chemical corporation and biotech giant that developed Agent Orange, DDT, PCBs, toxic pesticides, rBGH, Roundup Ready and genetically engineered Frankenfoods. While the widely circulated urban myth that Monsanto is currently developing genetically modified cannabis is false, if you dig a bit deeper, it turns out the corporation quietly conducts research projects on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in marijuana for the apparent purpose of genetically modifying the plant at a future date.

Engdahl believes it doesn’t take a large stretch of the imagination to see that Monsanto could very well be laying the groundwork for a future controlling patented cannabis seeds, especially since Uruguay’s president Mujica has expressed a desire to create unique genetic codes for marijuana within his country in order to undermine the blackmarket. Monsanto could easily step in and accommodate Mujica’s wish, considering the history the biotech corporation has had in Uruguay over the decades growing GMO soybeans and maize.

Back in the United States, it’s interesting to note that the criminalization of both industrial hemp and marijuana has been financially lucrative for a range of industries, like the prison system and military-industrial complex, along with the banking, fossil fuel, timber, cotton and pharmaceutical industries. In light of this, Conrad Justice Kiczenski warns:

“The next stage in continuing this control is in the regulation, licensing and taxation of Cannabis cultivation and use through the only practical means available to the corporate system, which is through genetic engineering and patenting of the Cannabis genome.”

Monsanto, Big Pharma, George Soros, and the Push to Legalize Marijuana https://wakeup-world.com/2016/07/20/monsanto-big-pharma-george-soros-and-the-push-to-legalize-marijuana/ =====

So where is all of this leading?

I predict that the first thing we can look forward too (just kidding) is that State Governments will start cracking down on anyone the tries to sell their overrage. Next they will start instituting “cards,” zoning ordinances, home inspections and various fines for home growers in general. It is already well underway in Colorado where the “Corporate Cannabis State Monopolies” are all ready up and running. At some point expect that they will try to criminalize home growing in general.

The next thing that will happen is that Big Pharma will start patenting seeds, patenting various Cannabinoids (CBD, THC, CBG etc.). Next there will probably be a war between “Corporate Cannabis State Monopolies,” Big Pharma and perhaps Big Tobacco. How that will unfold I have no idea. But what IS clear is the Big Boys are going to have a huge incentive to put home growers completely out of business.

So what do we need to do to stop this?

I think we need to begin working both locally and globally. After all you don’t bring a knife to a gun fight and you don’t fight global corporations through local initiatives. Yes we need to fight this at a global level by uniting Cannabis consumers and producers throughout the planet.

I already did this with International Drug Policy Day (1990 – 1996) which grew to about 66 worldwide protests/teach-ins annually by 1996. Dana Beal continued this tradition in 2000 with the Million Marijuana March which has grown to nearly 800 worldwide events by May 2018. You can read more about that in this essay:

The Global Marijuana March originated with International Drug Policy Day in May 1990 https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/the-global-marijuana-march-originated-with-international-drug-policy-day-in-may-/2393282000697774/

Both IDPD and the GMM occur on the first Saturday in May. I see no need to change the date as there are many good reasons for this particular date. But this time around we need to make very specific demands that are both clear and specific. The most important will be a demand for “True Legalization.” And basically this will mean all adults should have the absolute inalienable right to “grow their” own Cannabis. No “cards,” licences, home inspections, zoning prohibitions etc. The government should have no more control than a dead ghost on a bright sunny day. It might also be nice to develop an open source community to teach the masses as to the best practices for growing, making butter, oils etc.

The second demand should be for a free market for the production of dry herb, oils and anything else individuals might want to produce. I would suggest that dispensaries should be wholly dependent on small growers in order to provide millions of jobs and keeping the profits within local communities. I think we should also eliminate any more taxation, regulation or control over this most sacred plant. This is what I proposed years ago with my MERP Model which is really an extension of the “Hippie Distribution Model” that was wholly responsible for production and distribution between 1965 and 1996. In essence you are not taxed but you cannot write off anything on your taxes: nutrients, electricity, lights etc. And with this model there will be no need for government involvement.

There are also other provisions that should probably be added:

* No patents on seeds or Cannabinoids.

* No GMO Cannabis period. ===== Why it is important to fight against GMO Cannabis and patents on Cannabis seeds, Cannabinoids — anything pertaining to Cannabis — right NOW!

I would not support this bill Trump may support. If you are not going to completely deschedule Cannabis, from the CSA schedule then, as far as I’m concerned, it is Dead on Arrival. IF you read the article carefully it is clear the bill does not do that. LOL

Let us get beyond the Reefer Madness Bullshit. Read my essay above and just think about this for a moment.

Soros has financed every damn initiative back to Prop215 (CA, 1996). In Prop215 “card” were encouraged but not required . . . I do believe. All succeeding initiatives: “cards” required.

I have always suspected the cards to be somewhat of a “poison pill” with origins back to 1996. Perhaps they didn’t see the smart meters coming later, that could achieve the same purpose — identifying home grows when the time came to get rid of them.

So “why” might Soros demanded the “cards.” Could it have been he foresaw monopolizing Cannabis via GMO Cannabis (terminator genes etc.). I mean Monsanto has pretty much done that with the US supply of Soy, Corn etc. And after all GMO farming did begin in the early 1990’s. AND he is heavily invested in Monsanto and favors GMO Cannabis.

Furthermore Rescheduling Cannabis would give great advantage to Big Pharma or even Big Tobacco. That has pretty much been agreed upon from many articles I’ve read.

So then comes the question with Trump . . . who I did vote for by the way. How cozy is he with Monsanto (or whatever it is called now, LOL) and how cognizant is he of the real underlying issues. And even if he is cognizant . . . does he care. Like I said I voted Trump because I could not vote for Hillary. But I do not agree with all he’s done and he is what I call a “blunt instrument.”

Any thoughts on this theory?

President Trump says he’ll ‘probably’ support newly-proposed ‘STATES Act’ marijuana bill https://www.theindychannel.com/nct/national/president-trump-says-he-ll-probably-support-newly-proposed-states-act-marijuana-bill

===== I’m sure I’m missing a few things but this is a good starting point. I would encourage people suggest additions of their own.

During the research for this essay I have found some very informative articles that should help expand and clarify what I have just finished writing here. Please take some time to read through them at your leisure.

===== Ohio’s Weed War: Corporations, Activists Clash Over Legal Pot Why are corporate raiders and old-school activists locked in a battle for the soul of the marijuana movement? 10/23/2015 https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-great-ohio-weed-war-20151023

An Inside Look At The Biggest Drug Reformer In The Country: George Soros OCT 2, 2014 https://www.forbes.com/sites/chloesorvino/2014/10/02/an-inside-look-at-the-biggest-drug-reformer-in-the-country-george-soros/#78d492e31e29

Monsanto, Big Pharma, George Soros, and the Push to Legalize Marijuana https://wakeup-world.com/2016/07/20/monsanto-big-pharma-george-soros-and-the-push-to-legalize-marijuana/

The War on Weed: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for “Corporate Cannabis” https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-war-on-weed-monsanto-bayer-and-the-push-for-corporate-cannabis/5534771

Cannabis -Marijuana: The “War on Weed” Is Winding Down – But Will Monsanto/Bayer Be the Winner? https://www.globalresearch.ca/cannabis-the-war-on-weed-is-winding-down-but-will-monsantobayer-be-the-winner/5532555?

George Soros’ real crusade: Legalizing marijuana in the U.S. By Kelly Riddell – The Washington Times – Wednesday, April 2, 2014 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/2/billionaire-george-soros-turns-cash-into-legalized/

Michigan regulators will allow mega-growers of medical marijuana into the state Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Sept. 28, 2017 https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/28/michigan-medical-marijuana-growers/714595001/

Why Pro-Pot Advocates Are Happy Michigan Didn’t Just Legalize Weed (06/2018) https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/michigans-marijuana-law-w521129

The War on Drug Laws: Fundraising in Marijuana Legalization Campaigns by by J T Stepleton | 2016-06-23 https://www.followthemoney.org/research/institute-reports/the-war-on-drug-laws-fundraising-in-marijuana-legalization-campaigns

Marijuana Policy Project https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cycle=2018&cmte=C00389882

The Money in Marijuana: The political landscape https://www.opensecrets.org/news/issues/marijuana/

Marijuana Policy Project https://www.mpp.org/

Marijuana Policy Project From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marijuana_Policy_Project

Marijuana Policy Project cuts staff amid funding challenges Published June 7, 2018 | By Jeff Smith https://mjbizdaily.com/marijuana-policy-project-cuts-staff-amid-funding-challenges/

Marijuana Industrial News http://mjinews.com/ http://mjinews.com/tag/ballot/

New ordinance may cap number of marijuana dispensaries in Detroit Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press June 7, 2018 https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2018/06/07/new-ordinance-may-cap-marijuana-dispensaries-detroit/681024002/

Do Lotteries Really Benefit Public Schools? The Answer is Hazy Updated June 12, 2017 https://www.publicschoolreview.com/blog/do-lotteries-really-benefit-public-schools-the-answer-is-hazy

What percentage of lottery money goes to Michigan schools? Kim Russell Feb 12, 2016 https://www.wxyz.com/news/what-percentage-of-lottery-money-goes-to-michigan-schools

Cannabis Prohibition Nullification and the 10th Amendment Posted on September 25, 2013 https://xcannabis.net/2013/09/25/cannabis-prohibition-nullification-and-the-10th-amendment/

I would have never supported legalization if I knew it’d end this way Posted on September 12, 2017 https://xcannabis.net/2017/09/12/not-support-legalization/

Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol https://www.regulatemi.org/

Canada’s Senate votes to legalise recreational marijuana Long-term goal of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party set to be realised after Conservative senators defeated https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/canada-weed-legalised-marijuana-recreational-senate-vote-justin-trudeau-a8388996.html

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(fl) Judge: Joe Redner can legally grow his own marijuana

Justine Griffin

Published: April 11, 2018

A court ruled Wednesday that Tampa strip club owner Joe Redner can grow his own marijuana for medical purposes, a decision that lawyers say could lead to a wave of similar cases.

The ruling by Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers applies only to Redner, 77. The Florida Department of Health responded quickly, filing an appeal.

The department had said Floridians are barred under state rules from growing cannabis for their personal use, including those who are legally registered as medical marijuana patients.

But Redner and other critics across the state say the health department continues to create barriers for more than 95,000 registered patients in Florida that could benefit from marijuana. Redner is a stage 4 lung cancer survivor and a registered medical marijuana patient.

“Under Florida law, Plantiff Redner is entitled to possess, grow and use marijuana for juicing, soley for the purpose of his emulsifying the biomass he needs for the juicing protocol recommended by his physician,” Gievers said in her ruling. The word “solely” is bolded and underlined for emphasis in the document.

“The court also finds … that the Florida Department of Health has been, and continues to be non-compliant with the Florida constitutional requirements,” the judge added, referring to the constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2016 that made medical marijuana legal.

Redner’s attorney, Luke Lirot of Clearwater, said the judge was right to “castigate the health department for being a barrier to medicine.”

While the ruling affects only Redner, Lirot says his case “does provide a usable approach for other people whose doctors will certify that this is of value.”

In the meantime, the state’s appeal will block Redner from growing his own marijuana right away. Lirot said his first order of business will be to try to lift the stay that prevents Redner from growing and juicing marijuana during the appeals process, which likely won’t begin until late this year or early next year.

“The appellate process takes a long time, and in this case, it’s going to affect Redner’s life exclusively,” said Jay Wolfson, a professor at Stetson University College of Law and the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. “Because this issue is big enough, no matter who loses in appeals, the case will go on the state supreme court after this. You can bet on that.”

In January, Gievers denied a motion by the Florida Department of Health to dismiss Redner’s case. The judge also denied Redner’s motion for an emergency temporary injunction, which would have allowed him to grow marijuana plants during the court process. But she described Redner’s plea in the case as “constitutional in nature,” which allowed it to move forward.

In her ruling, Gievers says the health department “has still not complied with the Constitution,” and until it stops “violating its constitutional duty and mandated presumptive regulation, the evidence clearly demonstrates that Redner is entitled to follow the recommendations of his certified physician under Florida law.”

“The Legislature failed to act and that has a lot of consequences. This case is one of them,” said Leslie Sammis, a Tampa-based defense attorney who is also a member of the The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws legal committee. “I think that the state and the health department should focus their energy on coming into compliance with this court order instead of stalling until it’s forced upon them by the courts.”

During a short, non-jury trial in March, attorneys representing the health department warned that Redner’s case could open the door to more lawsuits over the constitutional amendment’s language. Several lawsuits already have been filed against the department, but none other than Redner’s has specifically challenged the state agency’s interpretation of the amendment’s language.

“It is my understanding that the health department is facing many pending lawsuits,” Wolfson said. “It’s a legal quagmire.”

Redner says this means other patients should be able to challenge to possess their own plants, too.

“With this order, (patients) can go to their doctor now, and as long as they have a good enough reason to need to possess a plant, be it because they can’t afford the medicine at the dispensaries, as long as they have a recommendation anyone should be allowed to grow,” Redner said. “The cat is out of the bag. There’s no way to stop this now.”

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Canadian Oil Men Continue On…Daren McCormick’s Preliminary Hearing begins…

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Free Man On The Land Daren Wayne of the Family McCormick, son of a Canadian Military Man, is originally from Northport, Nova Scotia.  He has traveled all across Canada and Europe and it was in his travels that he met the infamous Mr. Rick Simpson.

He was introduced to Rick Simpson and saw what he had accomplished with Cannabis oil and he began growing “for the cause”, to help seriously ill people, at virtually no charge.   After Rick Simpson was raided and left Canada, Daren continued on.

The rest is becoming history…

The last plant left behind after the raid

Above:   Rick Simpson, with the last plant left behind after the raid

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Chris Harrigan has been following Daren’s story closely and has documented the saga on video.

This first link to the video below gives the background of the story.

I will ask you to please watch the video’s as they absolutely  explain the situation at hand and why everyone should rally and support Daren in his unjust predicament.  He is absolutely being targeted for giving away free Cannabis oil to seriously ill people. 

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The next video gives some information about the preliminary trial in Daren’s last arrest which took place on April 3rd. 

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Below:  April 3rd, after the Preliminary Trial

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Daren has a very dedicated entourage of followers who believe in his cause and know of the injustice that has been inflicted upon him and they steadfastly remain by his side to support him.

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Above:  Daren’s Cannabis garden, after the raid on August 23, 2017.

There is so much information available on Daren’s cases that there is no way I could input it all here.  Please use the links provided to see what has been published so far.

I will post any further information that I get.

Below:  A Star Is Born!

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Kevin James  April 2 ·  

Introducing the Cumberland Colchester Marijuana Party of Nova Scotia.
Pursuant to s448 (2)c; s449 of the Canada Elections Act, and s.127 (3.2) of the Income Tax Act;
[…is an electoral district association of the marijuana party &
its AGENTS, ARE AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE OFFICIAL RECEIPTS…]
Corporate Structure, Formalization & Bylaws to be released shortly….
Meet the Rev Bros… REvenue Agents…
☆ stay tuned…

attending Court Support Drop Charges Keep Daren Free! with Daren Mccormick, marijuana party and Miss Molly in Amherst, Nova Scotia.

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Old mining town turns to marijuana after prison, factory close

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WALSENBURG, Colo. – A developer’s plan to build hundreds of cannabis greenhouses could make this tiny southern Colorado town one of the nation’s largest producers of legal marijuana.

The town sold 330 acres of municipal land for more than $1 million to create a campus for growing, processing and distribution, with the marijuana to be trucked 160 miles north to consumers in metro Denver. Walsenburg is a former coal mining town that never recovered when the mines closed by the 1960s, and its population has dropped to fewer than 3,000 residents. In Huerfano County, which is home to Walsenburg, 20% of the population lives below poverty level.

Today, the town’s main street is filled with vacant buildings offered at cheap rent. Most people drive through the historic downtown without stopping, often headed west to Great Sand Dunes National Park or Wolf Creek Ski Area. The marijuana project envisions pumping $1 million monthly into the local economy, giving town officials funds for road and infrastructure repairs, and also offering as many as a 1,000 direct and related jobs.

"The only export we really had was smart kids. Now hopefully this will be able to retain those kids in this community," said Walsenburg Mayor James Eccher.

The Martra Development project proposes having about 500 people working on the site, with each greenhouse rented out separately. That will allow smaller growers to get started while giving them room to expand. Martra officials visited 17 counties in Colorado searching for the right combination of land, water and a business-friendly climate.

"There’s people who are saying, ‘hey, embrace this. And then there are CAVE people – citizens against virtually everything. You’re not going to satisfy everybody. What you have to do is try to do is at least not anger the majority," said county administrator John Galusha.

Today, most marijuana grown in Colorado is grown indoors in warehouses stuffed with high-powered lights to mimic the sun. Industry experts say warehouses in urban areas were simply the easiest place for growers to set up shop, especially for those accustomed to hiding their work.

Indoor marijuana cultivation uses so much energy that Boulder County, Colo., enacted a special fee to offset the power demands by growers running lights for 12 hours a day. With marijuana legal in Colorado, a growing number of developers are erecting special-purpose cannabis greenhouses in traditionally agricultural areas to take advantage of abundant natural sunlight and a long growing season.

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"A cannabis operator, who’s been operating up there (in Denver) with the boot on his neck, just choking to death on his overhead, looks at this model and says ‘when can I have it?" said Brian Trani, Martra’s CEO.

The answer, Trani says, is as soon as October. County officials say the project has been met with some skepticism by locals who say Walsenburg has had its hoped dashed before, including when a nearby privately-run prison and a manufactured-home factory closed.

Count Maria Cocchiarelli-Berger among the skeptics. The curator of the town’s contemporary art museum, she worries Walsenburg is pinning too many hopes on a single project. Still, she admits, the town needs to do something.

"I like to be optimistic, but having lived here for 10 years now, I’ve seen a number of ideas come through that were going to save us. We’ve pinned our hopes on these things … but lots of people just last six months or a year. I do hope it works, but until I see it working, I really am not sure that that’s going to be the key out of the mess we’re in."

A marijuana-growing supply store opened in downtown Walsenburg a few months ago, and co-founder Luara Tank says she’s struggling to keep lights, potting soil and other equipment in stock. On the store counter sits a dish of replacement springs for marijuana-trimming shears, and while the store has been welcomed, some customers still park around back or up the street, she said. Tank moved to Walsenburg to grow, and got tired of making the two-hour round-trip drive to buy supplies.

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Patchwork of pot rules hampers marijuana business expansion

"People were guerrilla-growing anyway," Tank said. "It’s pretty perfect here for growing. There’s no jobs here, so you have to make your own job."

Four states have legalized recreational marijuana, along with the District of Columbia, and 23 states and the District have legalized some form of medical marijuana. In many cases, officials levy taxes on the marijuana products to help move the marketplace from the black market to a legitimate business. Colorado reported collecting $10.6 million in legal marijuana taxes and fees in May, twice the amount it collected a year ago, with $91 million collected in the nearly-finished fiscal year.

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