Nov 20, 2019
Washington, D.C. –Today, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, by a vote of 24-10. The MORE Act is one of the most comprehensive marijuana reforms bills ever introduced in the U.S. Congress. The MORE Act aims to correct the historical injustices of failed drug policies that have disproportionately impacted communities of color and low-income communities by decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level, reassessing marijuana convictions, and investing in local communities. U.S. Senator Kamala Harris introduced the companion bill in the Senate.
Yesterday, Chairman Nadler and other Members of Congress held a press conference to highlight the legislation. Watch here.
“I have long believed that the criminalization of marijuana has been a mistake, and the racially disparate enforcement of marijuana laws has only compounded this mistake,” said Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). “While states have led the way in reform, our federal laws have not kept pace with the obvious need for change. With the passage of the MORE Act today, the Judiciary Committee has taken long overdue steps to address the devastating injustices caused by the War on Drugs and to finally decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.”
“As more states legalize marijuana, millions of Americans with marijuana-related convictions continue to face overwhelming barriers to jobs, education, and housing,” said Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). “That is why we must act to remove the burden of marijuana convictions and make sure these individuals have the support needed to move forward. It is also critical that everyone — especially people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs — has a real opportunity to participate in this growing industry. This is a matter of racial and economic justice. I am grateful for Chairman Nadler’s partnership on this issue and for his leadership in moving this legislation forward. I look forward to the House of Representatives passing our legislation soon.”
“This is an incredible step forward in righting the wrongs of the failed and racist War on Drugs. The federal government has lagged behind as states continue to modernize how we regulate and decriminalize cannabis. As Co-Chair of the bipartisan Cannabis Caucus, I’ll keep pushing to ensure Congress makes our cannabis policies are fair, equitable, and inclusive,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). “I applaud Chairman Nadler for his leadership, and look forward to seeing the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment & Expungement (MORE) Act get a vote on the House floor.”
“This will be one of the most historic events in our movement,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). “The MORE Act is the most comprehensive cannabis legislation to date. I am proud to have worked with Chairman Nadler to develop this bill and applaud his leadership to bring it in front of the committee. This is a major step forward. We are making outstanding progress in our blueprint to end the federal prohibition of cannabis and address the injustice brought on by the war on drugs.”
“With today’s mark-up of the MORE Act, the United States is coming one step closer to ending the devastating harms of marijuana prohibition, which have fallen so heavily on Black and Brown people,” said Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “This legislation won’t make up for the full scale of harm that prohibition has caused to its victims. It’s not going to return anyone their lost dreams, time lost at the mercy of the criminal justice system; or the years spent away from their families. But this legislation is the closest we’ve come yet to not only ending those harms at the federal level, but also beginning to repair them. Now it’s up to Congress to do the right thing and swiftly pass the bill to ensure justice is not delayed a moment longer.”
“We’re thrilled that House Judiciary made history today by voting the MORE Act out of Committee,” said Ed Chung, Vice President for Criminal Justice Reform at American Progress. “This represents a significant victory for marijuana reform and for communities of color that have borne the brunt of this country’s punitive drug enforcement policies. The House must build on today’s momentum and swiftly move the MORE Act to the floor for a vote from the full body. Congress has an extraordinary opportunity to ensure equity leads today’s marijuana reform policy.”
“The House Judiciary Committee’s consideration of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act is a significant step towards ending the failed war on drugs and correcting some of the harms that it has caused,” said Charlotte Resing, Policy Analyst, ACLU. “The bill not only deschedules marijuana at the federal level, but it also provides a roadmap for states to legalize in a just and equitable manner. The MORE Act also provides resentencing and expungement for those with marijuana convictions and mandates the inclusion of those most impacted by the criminalization of marijuana in the newly legal marijuana industry. The ACLU is pleased to support the MORE Act and its efforts to counter the over-criminalization, over policing, and mass incarceration stemming from the war on drugs.”
“The passage of the MORE Act represents the first time that the Judiciary Committee has ever had a successful vote to end the cruel policy of marijuana criminalization,” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. “Not only does the bill reverse the failed prohibition of cannabis, but it provides pathways for opportunity and ownership in the emerging industry for those who have suffered most. In 2018 alone, over 663,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana related crimes, a three-year high. Now that Chairman Nadler has moved the MORE Act through committee, it is time for the full House to vote and have every member of Congress show their constituents which side of history they stand on.”
The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act:
- Decriminalizes marijuana at the federal level by removing the substance from the Controlled Substances Act. This applies retroactively to prior and pending convictions, and enables states to set their own policy.
- Requires federal courts to expunge prior convictions, allows prior offenders to request expungement, and requires courts, on motion, to conduct re-sentencing hearings for those still under supervision.
- Authorizes the assessment of a 5% sales tax on marijuana and marijuana products to create an Opportunity Trust Fund, which includes three grant programs:
- The Community Reinvestment Grant Program: Provides services to the individuals most adversely impacted by the War on Drugs, including job training, re-entry services, legal aid, literacy programs, youth recreation, mentoring, and substance use treatment.
- The Cannabis Opportunity Grant Program: Provides funds for loans to assist small businesses in the marijuana industry that are owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
- The Equitable Licensing Grant Program: Provides funds for programs that minimize barriers to marijuana licensing and employment for the individuals most adversely impacted by the War on Drugs.
- Opens up Small Business Administration funding for legitimate cannabis-related businesses and service providers.
- Provides non-discrimination protections for marijuana use or possession, and for prior convictions for a marijuana offense:
- Prohibits the denial of any federal public benefit (including housing) based on the use or possession of marijuana, or prior conviction for a marijuana offense.
- Provides that the use or possession of marijuana, or prior conviction for a marijuana offense, will have no adverse impact under the immigration laws.
- Requires the Bureau of Labor Statistics to collect data on the demographics of the industry to ensure people of color and those who are economically disadvantaged are participating in the industry.
After reaching out to Thorne Peters via letter about a month ago, I have since received letters back from him. There have been ten Judges recuse themselves from the case so far, as reported by Ms. Linda Harrah on Facebook.
On August 13th, the Memphis Flyer published that the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the original ruling and sentence on Peters’ case dealt by the Shelby County Criminal Court. A PDF of that Court case is HERE.
In a 10 page handwritten letter from Thorne Peters he said that,
“My message must reach beyond these walls to be heard by that ONE PERSON who will hear it and use it to save themselves by following the LAW over LEGISLATION! FREE BY LAW NOT SLAVE TO LEGISLATION!
We must never forget not only Thone Peters, but ALL of the prisoners of the drug war that have so savagely been incarcerated and denied their rights and freedom, lost their families and more, because of a commerce driven NWO Agenda to control each and every one of us by legislation to do so. Enforced by the military industrial complex, which was in fact voted upon by us when we put the people into the government industrial complex, which we created, and in which we all now live, and have been living for at least the last 200 years, (because that’s as far back as I care to go). So it is essentially all of our faults that this scenario came to be, not on purpose, but by lack of knowledge and understanding and the all out cover up by the entities which evolved beyond our understanding and ability to react. In short, “they” think they have us all wrapped up nicely.
Thorne states in his letter that he is facing at least 26 additional months, and possibly another 30 months “in the offing”, for a total of six years. I surely hope and pray that this doesn’t happen. I hope that all prisoners of prohibition will be set free soon. There are a few States that are taking a step in the right direction, however it needs to be done at a Federal level, repeal their sentences, and mass release them all. They are in fact prisoners of war.
For the act to be guilty, the mind must be guilty, for the mind to be guilty, the act must be criminal.
Without further ado I will give you excerpts of the words from “TKP Thorne Peters”, from the Memphis Tennessee Penal Farm:
“My message must reach beyond these walls to be heard by that ONE PERSON who will hear it and use it to save themselves by following the LAW over LEGISLATION.”
“Any who stand for Bills and propositions to create LEGISLATION to REPEAL, REFORM or REDRESS THE law STAND AGAINST FREEDOM!”
“We will not be set FREE by the System that has been designed to enslave us with fees, fines, sin tax and penalties for engaging in consensual behavior that have been opined into arguments in the name of enacting LEGISLATION to save us from Ourselves, for Our own good. PROHIBITION is a crime against humanity, but we have accepted it as an outgrowth of a Democracy based on providing Representation to inflict the will of the PEOPLE against the HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL. Slaves did not need the EMANCIPATION PROCLOMATION to be FREE. They were born FREE. LEGISLATION robbed them of that FREEDOM with a CONSTITUTION that supports bigotry over moral turpitude. ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, NOT SLAVES OR FEMALES. WE THE PEOPLE cannot be given power over the FREE WILL of FREE individuals to engage in consensual acts of FREEDOM of choice…no matter how many SHEEPLE gather with their pitchforks, torches and LEGISLATION to rule me with Jackbootz and Kangaroo Courts.”
“The LAW cannot change because I AM THE LAW. LEGISLATION supports an artificial system of LEGAL and ILLEGAL that does not exist in nature.”
“In 2003, in LAWRENCE V. TEXAS, the SUPREME COURT ruled that sodomy is now legal. So, by this standard, if I sodomize you, how can you declare it is illegal? In this primal act we understand the law. I, the individual, the most powerful force on earth, declare that sodomy is UNLAWFUL when done to me! But the individuals or gaggle of FLOCKTARDZ have the authority to tell others they cannot engage in an act that they find immoral, deviant, disgusting, or reprehensible…”
“If Our right to say YES is stolen by LEGISLATION then Our right to say NO is up for vote and that is RAPE! We are brainwashed on the most fundamental level to deny Our individuality in order to be more easily led astray. Look at the words we use to refer to an individual – OURSELVES, THEMSELVES, YOU is also plural or singular. Individuals are denounced as RECALCITRANT, RABBLEROUSER, DISSIDENT, we have problems with authority – INFIDEL, BLASPHEMER, ENEMY OF THE STATE. CONFORM OR DIE! …
“This is why the Holy/Legal Union of Marriage is imposed, so that you must answer to someone other than yourself. If not GOD or CROWN OF GOVERNMENT, then your Spouse. Pay a fee to the establishment to prove your Love – The Contract of Marriage. OR the ENTITY will label your children Bastards! Control through stigma. It costs little to get married and a lot to get a divorce.”
“If we go FREE, the ENTITY goes broke!”
“Two people commit the same Act, (ACTOS REUS), for the same purpose, (MENS REA), yet by the Democratic process of LEGISLATION by REPRESENTATION, one can be declared a Criminal and the other a Customer.”
“Two people toke up. Where are you at in America? Are you following the rules? Two people use a drug. Just say no to drugs. Which drugs? If you are using drug, did you pay your fee to the AMA and go to the monopoly of Big Pharma? Are you a Customer or a Criminal for using that drug? Are you using one of the drugs prescribed by the MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX or one of the drugs PROHIBITED BY PRESCRIPTION by the LEGAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. If you’re not paying a fee to the entity there will be fines. So be good SHEEPLE, and do what you are told to do, the way you are told to do it and you will be a FREE CITIZEN in a FREE COUNTRY, even though there is RESTRAINT OF TRADE in the FREE MARKET ENTERPRISE. You are FREE to buy what the ENTITY allows you to buy!”
“We are trained to believe that LEGISLATION sets us FREE, when in reality LEGISLATION is what declares us SLAVES. The motto on our $ is E PLURIBUS UNUM – FROM MANY ONE.”
The reality is that we are conscripted by LEGISLATION to become MANY rather than ONE.
“As Senator Huey P. Long said: When Fascism comes to America, it will not be called Fascism…It will be called Anti-Fascism”
“Denouncing Our blessed CONSTITUTION makes you an ANARCHIST, a SUBVERSIVE. As good Americans we must follow the CONSTITUTION…well, which version?”
“States Rights enforced atrocities that were confirmed by Congressional Act. The Fugitive Slave Act, The Mann Act, The Volstead Act, The Racial Integrity Act, Comstock Law, are all violations of Our Human Rights and were enforced in Supreme Court decisions. In Dred Scott V. Sanford, SCOTUS ruled that Negroes were like Hogs.”
“You notice that in School, they never teach us about the people who stood up as individuals against the system; only of those who stood up in SUPPORT of the System. We do not learn the names of those who stood up as Individuals to declare that they are FREE BY LAW, NOT SLAVE TO LEGISLATION. Linda Brown V. Board of Education; Aurelia Browder who defeated segregated buses. Estelle T. Griswold who ended Comstock Law against Birth Control Pills, and Professor Timothy Leary who defeated the Marihuana Tax Stamp Act of 1937, which became the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. And here we are!”
“And who claims to be the great voice of the LEGAL movement? NORML. NORML wants to REFORM Marijuana Laws, not END PROHIBITION. 50 years of what? They’ve got SHEEPLE cheering for these legislated victories in State after State, and in every State there are PLANT PRISONERS, and in every State someone is getting busted for POT. In NO State can Police or Government Officials use it. In NO State is it available as part of your treatment on your Health Care Options, and in NO State is a Medical Marijuana Card respected by Employers who are Drug Testing You for Employment!”
“Professional Athletes cannot use it without getting busted, and POTHEADZ can get their Kids taken away! There is a Bill for RIGHT TO TRY if you are trying to stay alive and use new fangled pharmaceutical Drugs, but POT is not one of them! Yeah, we got LEGAL WEED! After decades of fighting the ENTITY to prove that POT is NOT a Drug, SHEEPLE now refer to it as a Drug to beg to get some! DIVIDE and CONQUER! MEDHEADZ V. POTHEADZ.”
“The Legal Industrial Complex realizes it can no longer have the monopoly on Cannabis, so they want to split the difference by handing us over to the Medical Industrial Complex.”
“Thus, here I remain, facing charges due to a BILL in a CRIMINAL COURT, demanding to face a VICTIM in the name of the LAW, and I am told that the STATE is the VICTIM, according to LEGISLATION that enfranchises Criminal Codes. I demand that the CRIMINAL COURT define my GUILTY ACT only to be told that I have VIOLATED a CONGRESSIONAL ACT, TO WIT: The CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT, amended from the CONTROLLED DRUG SUBSTANCES ACT, not only to silence the point that POT is not a Drug, but to keep their greatest enemy under wraps: HEMP!”
“LEGISLATION MAKES SLAVES OF US ALL! WHEN YOU STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS BY STANDING AGAINST THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS WE ALL FALL DOWN!”
“So, I am on an Island, alone. I reject all forms of Process to give me a portion of what is mine. I will not negotiate with the Carjacker to allow me to use my Car on the weekends. It’s MY Car!
“I go to Court and I am told by NORML, The “Nixon Organization of Reprehensible (Marijuana) Lawyers”, to join them on working to pass LEGISLATION. That is Politically motivated Judicial Bias, which is a Crime, to go along with Restraint of Trade. Perversion of Justice. There is No Victim.”
“When the Individual faces an Individual in a Court of Law, there is Justice. When the Individual answers to the ENTITY in a CRIMINAL COURT there is oppression.”
“Through these various PROHIBITIONS, Our Country is home to 25% of the Prison population, even though we represent 5% of the World. But it is far more insidious than that. These numbers do not include all those on Parole or Probation, and it does not count those sentenced to DRUG REHAB. America accounts for 1/2 of the arrests in the World. Two of three do not face a Victim – They answer to charges based on a BILL, that has been Legislated into existence.” So if the ENTITY did not have PROHIBITION, 2 of 3 of them would be gone. Judges, Lawyers, Bailiffs, Clerks, Transcribers, Jailers, Parole and Probation Officers, Bail Bondsmen and others. If Cops weren’t on FB as “Bob Smith” hunting POTHEADZ or on Craigslist pretending to be seeking Prostitutes, THEY WOULD BE OUT HUNTING THUGZ NOT DRUGS! Then there would be a Cop on every corner Protecting and Serving the People, and Criminals would be less likely to rear their ugly heads on Our Streets! Where would the ENTITY be then?”
“It doesn’t matter what you BELIEVE; it only matters how you BEHAVE.”~THE KINGPIN THORNE PETERS!
Additionally this information was reported on Facebook on Thorne Peters Profile: (Please view video through the link).
Hey peepz call in from TKP Thorne Peters starts at 10:00 minutes. The whole criminal court division here in Memphis TN has recused on his case. Celebrate his birthday on August 21st. Write him at 1045 Mullins Station RD, Memphis TN 38134. RNI #389985. Call Amy Weirich for your freedom. 901 222 1300 ” Free the Kingpin. There’s No Mens Rea for Cannabis. Give us our Freedom. Hang up. *67 your phone and your number is not shown. #IAMTHELAW #NOMENSREA NOMENSREA leaves No Cannabis Enthusiast Behind.
I think maybe some late Birthday Cards are in order?? I know from previous letter that THORNE HAS NOT received many letters of encouragement. I think that anything we can do to help ease his situation including a card or a letter, we should do it! It is so easy to be forgotten when your incarcerated. Please remember him, and all the others out there in your thoughts.
Please write to TKP Thorne Peters at this address:
Shelby County Correctional Center
1045 Mullins Station Road
Memphis, TN 38134
SINCE APRIL 3rd, 2018 Thorne Peters has been incarcerated in the prison system of MemphisTennessee.
As he fights for his own rights and OUR rights as a cannabis consumers, he also fights for prisoners rights from within the walls of the Penal Farm in Memphis.
A very in depth article has been published at “MemphisTruth.Org” in which Thorne Peters ordeal thus far has been featured. I encourage everyone to view it.
“We are political prisoners. We are having our rights violated by a prohibition.”
“We are consenting adults in a free society, with free will, committing acts of consensual behavior, that are nobody else’s business. Yet the Government industrial complex, the legal industrial complex, continue to make it their business.”
*Medical Pot – “Why can’t we all have pot?”
*Decriminalized Pot – Where can I buy some legal decriminalized pot?”
“There is no such thing as a non-violent criminal, all crime is violent”
As written in the U.S. Marijuana Party introduction, “More Americans are in jail today for marijuana offenses than at any previous time in American history.”
These people who are unjustly incarcerated are our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, children, cousins, other family members and friends. They do not deserve to be in a cage for a NON CRIME! We are NOT CRIMINALS! We are peaceful, law-abiding and loving Citizens who deserve the right to live in peace.
We must do everything we can to help these individuals fight for their own liberty and OURS!
The war will never be over until each and every one of these people are free and have all their rights restored.
CAN DO CLEMENCY .COM has many people who have been incarcerated for “Pot” for life sentences. Please view and share.
Meanwhile, while we wait to be free again …
Please call AMY WEIRICH; D.A., Memphis, TN (901) 222-1300
And also call the Tennessee Governor at (615) 741-2001 and say “investigate THE KINGPIN conspiracy…”
And last but not least, please DONATE to the “Freedom Fund”!
Remember to write to Thorne Peters at:
1045 Mullins Station Rd., Memphis, TN 38134 RNI# 389985.
Hearing from those who care means everything when you are in 23 and 1 lockdown.
Also remember to support other people who are being incarcerated for Cannabis charges! Below I have listed a few of them. Many thanks to Kerry Cannon who forwarded their names to me!
While we wait to see true justice served keep these and all prisoners in your thoughts and prayers daily and every chance you get write a letter or sign a petition or make your feelings about the issue known by following Activist’s and sharing thru social media !
Every little bit helps!
September 27, 2018
NJ Weedman – “Mission accomplished…all good”!
Today in front of the New Jersey Statehouse NJ Weedman, Ed Forchion , followed by Vice News, made his way outside the window of Governor Murphy and asked him to “Veto the Bill”.
In the video above he tells everyone about it!
The latest version of the bill, like previous drafts, would not allow people to grow marijuana at home.LINK
Although I could not find a copy of the Bill as it has NOT been released yet, I did come across a website named NJ Cannabis Insider that stresses the need for financing in excess of $1 to $2 MILLION DOLLARS needed for a startup! That would pretty much a guarantee that only well financed Corporate Entity could apply.
It also stresses that you must have a clean background – which would automatically eliminate anyone ever charged with any kind of Cannabis possession or trafficking. Again, guaranteeing that only Corporate Entities with a well documented background should apply!
This is why Ed Forchion is asking that the Bill be vetoed as it stands.
Neither I nor most minorities who were victimized by the current marijuana laws can’t participate or even fill out a application for a job or to get ownership in this proposed industry. The cannabaggers are making obscene requirements and prohibitions to make selling weed legally exclusive to the rich and politically connected.LINK
This is a good example of the difference between legalizing and repealing the prohibition of Cannabis altogether.
Repeal would ensure that everyone has equal rights to a plant which God had put on Earth for everyone’s use.
Legalization limits that plant severely and makes sure only the wealthy will dominate its very existence leaving everyone else open to prosecution as usual.
If there are no growing rights then there are no rights, period.
#NoMensRea #RepealProhibition #StopDrugWar #EndProhibition
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – More governments should turn away from a repressive war on drugs that has “failed” and look to proven strategies to implement regulated markets for risky substances, a group of former presidents and leaders said in a report published Monday.
Since the group that includes 12 former heads of state began advocating for an end to drug prohibition in 2011, a growing number of countries and U.S. states have created medical or recreational markets for marijuana.
Now the group is looking at ways to smooth the way out of prohibition, recommending countries start regulating lower-potency drugs as well as reforms to international treaties that require prohibition and punishment.
“The international drug control system is clearly failing,” said Helen Clark, a former prime minister of New Zealand. “The health … of nations is not advanced by the current approach to drug control.”
By taking control of illegal drug markets, the report argues governments can weaken the powerful criminal gangs that have grown despite decades of efforts to stamp them out.
The report, “Regulation: The Responsible Control of Drugs” by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, will be released at an event on Monday in Mexico City.
The commission chose to launch its report in Mexico, whose criminal gangs are top suppliers of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana to the United States and where gang-related violence has driven murders to a record high.
“Mexico is the most important country in the fight against drugs,” said former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria.
Mexico’s recent history exemplifies the report’s claim that evidence shows arresting drug traffickers has little impact on drug supply and may increase violence.
Just over 10 years ago, Mexico intensified its battle with drug gangs by sending out the military to battle traffickers.
While dozens of kingpins have been captured or killed, the number of gangs operating in Mexico has multiplied as new criminal leaders step into the breach and battle over turf.
The commission recommends governments open participatory processes to shape reforms toward regulation.
Incoming Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has already started to hold town-hall reviews on violence and discuss potential “amnesty” for non-violent drug traffickers and farmers. Members of his team have said Mexico will evaluate creating legal markets for marijuana as well as opium.
The report calls for a renegotiation of the international treaties that created a “repressive” strategy where drug users and low-level dealers face stiff prison sentences, but it cautions nations are far from a global consensus yet.
Canada will legalize recreational marijuana use on Oct. 17, and it recognizes it is violating treaties.
“Current drug policies are reducing neither the demand nor the supply of illegal drugs, quite the contrary, while the increasing power of organized crime is a sad reality,” writes Ruth Driefuss, the former president of Switzerland and chair of the commission.
Marijuana arrests are rising in the U.S., even as more states legalize cannabis.
There is now an average of one marijuana bust roughly every 48 seconds, according to a new FBI report released on Monday.
The increase in marijuana arrests—659,700 in 2017, compared to 653,249 in 2016—is driven by enforcement against people merely possessing the drug as opposed to selling or growing it, the data shows.
Last year, there were 599,282 marijuana possession arrests in the country, up from 587,516 in 2016. Meanwhile, busts for cannabis sales and manufacturing dropped, from 65,734 in 2016 to 60,418 in 2017.
The increase in cannabis possession arrests comes despite the fact that four additional states legalized marijuana on Election Day 2016.
While among those states, legal recreational sales were only in effect in Nevada by the end of 2017, the prohibition on possession for adults was lifted soon after the successful votes there as well as in California, Maine and Massachusetts.
“At a time when more than 100 deaths per day are caused by opioid overdoses, it is foolish to focus our limited law enforcement resources on a drug that has caused literally zero,” Don Murphy, federal policies director for the Marijuana Policy Project said in an interview.
“Actions by law enforcement run counter to both public support and basic morality,” added NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. “In a day and age where twenty percent of the population lives in states which have legalized and nearly every state has some legal protections for medical cannabis or its extract, the time for lawmakers to end this senseless and cruel prohibition that ruins lives.”
Overall, marijuana arrests made up 40.4% of the nation’s 1,632,921 drug arrests in 2017.
Drug arrests as a whole also increased last year, up from 1,572,579 in 2016.
There is now a drug bust every 19 seconds in the U.S.
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Published on Friday, 14 September 2018 12:57 | Written by njweedman
FOR DECADES minorities have had marijuana in their neighbor hoods. There is not a shortage of weed in the hood…if one in the hood wants weed, there is weed. There really is a black-market of weed in minority neighborhoods, weed distribution systems that have been in place for decades. That said and done, now the state is proposing that the hood stop buying their weed in the hood and buy it from the state’s chosen few, none of which are us. WTGanja!
The State of New Jersey is seriously now contemplating legalization via a legislative act and instead of really legalizing weed, the government is creating a state sanctioned marijuana industry (a monopoly). This industry, is being formed largely by State Senator(s) Sweeney and Scutari who are taking (bribes) lobbying money from politically connected rich Caucasians who aren’t even part of the marijuana culture. I call them “cannabaggers”.
These two politicians and the cannabaggers are making the new marijuana industry laws to cater to these cannabaggers exclusively.
I nor most minorities who were victimized by the current marijuana laws can’t participate or even fill out a application for a job let alone ownership in this proposed industry.
Because Scutari and the cannabaggers are making obscene requirements and prohibitions to make selling weed legally exclusive to the rich and politically connected. – Who can’t put some weed in a jar and sell it….Why must we be millioniares to sell it? I had a dispensary in Los Angeles that I started with $500, an apartment to grow weed in. You dont have to be a millioniare to sell weed!!!-
Is Foreign Money Buying Up Some of Michigan’s Corporate Cannabis State Grow Facilities and Dispensaries?
Who would have thought that God had corporations in mind when he said “I have given you every plant bearing seed on the surface of all the earth?”
I have been a Cannabis Activist for 50 years and a Journalist/Activist for at least 30 years. I just wanted adults to be able to “grow their own” without government interference and become the only source of Cannabis for our state dispensaries. Instead our legislators are setting up a “Corporate Cannabis State Monopoly” in Michigan. And the same boilerplate is unfolding in CA, WA, CO, AZ and OR. As far as I’m concerned the people got screwed again. Rather than blather on let me refer you to a few of my recent essays which you can find at the links below.
===== The Coming War: Securing Our Right to Grow our own Cannabis from the Global Corporations BRUCE CAIN·SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018 1,231 Reads https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/the-coming-war-securing-our-right-to-grow-our-own-cannabis-from-the-global-corpo/2445909552101685/
Just Vote No on Michigan’s Cannabis Initiative: Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (November 2018) BRUCE CAIN·WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018 419 Reads https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/just-vote-no-on-michigans-cannabis-initiative-regulate-marijuana-like-alcohol-no/2441433565882617/
The Global Marijuana March originated with International Drug Policy Day in May 1990. BRUCE CAIN·SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018 582 Reads https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/the-global-marijuana-march-originated-with-international-drug-policy-day-in-may-/2393282000697774/
Why the Right to Grow Your Own Medical Cannabis Must Be Protected from “Tax, Regulate and Control” State Models BRUCE CAIN·TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017 3,920 Reads https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/why-the-right-to-grow-your-own-medical-cannabis-must-be-protected-from-tax-regul/1941658819193430/
The Complete Recent Essays of Bruce W. Cain https://www.facebook.com/bruce.cain.98/notes?lst=100000184321094%3A100000184321094%3A1536699785
This little bit of research began with a Facebook post from Adam Brook, who has been the Master of Ceremonies for the Hash Bash since 1989 to 2018. Here’s Adam’s Post:
Wild Bills gets DENIED! There is no Oasis!
Before I go on I want to briefly review my history with Adam Brook and the Hash Bash. The two of us have been involved, as Cannabis Activists, since around 1985. We were both instrumental in having the Hash Bash occur on the first Saturday in April rather than on April 1st. And we did that, around 1989, in order to increase attendance for what might be the longest running Annual Cannabis/Marijuana protest in US history. I have spoken at the Hash Bash nearly 15 times between 1990 and 2012 and Adam continues to MC the annual event. We’ve both been significant Cannabis Activists for many decades. So when he blocked me from his Facebook feed — after calling me a racist and xenophobe — I was taken aback. I am neither a racist, an Islamaphobe or a Xenophobe.
I grew up in Dearborn and have lived in the area for many decades. I’m not at all racist and have many great neighbors who happen to be Muslim. But all groups have their “bad actors.” The Jews had the Purple Gang. The Italians had the Mafia. And yes I do believe there is a fringe group of Muslims that are probably connected to Hezbolla – a Lebanese Shiite Terrorist group.
Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God By Matthew Levitt https://books.google.com/books?id=6QsxCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA323&lpg=PA323&dq=Zig-Zag+Counterfeit+Cigarette+Paper+Scheme+dearborn&source=bl&ots=UM1ExdVMVX&sig=xw__xZ5vpt5h6BG9YOYC7oznmmg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjI5aKwn7HdAhUMr4MKHdcVBQ8Q6AEwEHoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=Zig-Zag%20Counterfeit%20Cigarette%20Paper%20Scheme%20dearborn&f=false
And there was a Chaldean Mafia operating in Detroit in 2011.
As you read this essay, largely focusing on Wild Bills Tobacco Outlets, it is obvious that they have little respect for our laws (e.g., the ZigZag Conterfiet Racket, 2004) and one has to wonder where are the money came to set up 75 stores in Michigan and more recently 3 stores in Ohio. Apparently the state feels the same way as they denied giving Oasis a dispensary in Lansing for previous criminal activity [Sept. 10 2018].
Frankly I have no formed opinion on Wild Bills but there is plenty of data to suggest they are not choir boys. And that is how I will present it in my essay. I will lay out the facts and let my readers decide. With 75 stores and recent acquisitions, of grow facilities and dispensaries, I guesstimate there is already over 200 million dollars in total assets for Wild Bill’s. * $50 million for grow warehouses if CRMLA (Prop 1) passes in November 2018 * $150 million, at least, for there 78 “Wild Bill’s Tobacco Outlets. [I’m guesstimating $2 million per outlet]. * ??? The Oasis Wellness Centers. * ??? Salaries for workers across 78 Stores. And my big question is this: where did all this money come from? Are there foreign Chaldean investors behind this? Or is it just a bunch of “rich greedy assholes?” What is not in dispute is that Wild Bill’s is trying to corner the market in both Cannabis production and distribution. What is not in dispute is Wild Bill’s has stated that they want to put the home growers out of business. Fuck that.
Every group has their bad apples. And what I do not want to see is a Cannabis Mafia monopolize the Cannabis business, in Michigan, as the Italian Mafia once monopolized Alcohol. Frankly I want it to remain in the hands of small growers which is why I am imploring people to boycott Wild Bill’s while encouraging you to “grow your own” and put the “Corporate Cannabis State Monopolies” — in Michigan and other states — out of business.
So let us begin disassembling this story by going back to Adam’s post.
Wild Bills gets DENIED! There is no Oasis!
Adam gave no link to any article describing “why” Wild Bills Tobacco got denied. And that began my research.
This is how Wild Bill’s Tobacco Website describes themselves:
===== About Wild Bill’s Tobacco
Wild Bill’s Tobacco, formerly known as Smokers Outlet, is the 5th largest tobacco retailer in the country. The first store opened in 1994 and the company slowly expanded to more than 60 stores over the next 22 years. At Wild Bill’s, we specialize in providing the best quality tobacco products at competitive prices all under one roof for the convenience of our customers.
Our stores are equipped with the largest well humidified walk in humidors containing fine cigars from across the world. Many of our locations have a lounge area where customers can relax and enjoy a fine cigar with friends. All staff members are trained and equipped with the necessary knowledge and tools to assist the customer and provide exceptional service. http://www.wildbillstobacco.com/about/ =====
The 75 Stores are mainly in Michigan and there are 3 locations in Ohio. They are named both “Wild Bill’s and Mr. Vapor.
How Wild Bill’s Tobacco, Smokers Outlet Management and Oasis Wellness Centers are related
===== The top donor to the the current campaign, shown as giving a total of $150,000 as of June, is a company called Smokers Outlet Management in Troy, according to the campaign finance statements. The company owns 68 Wild Bill’s Tobacco shops across Michigan, its website says. But its plan is to use the name Oasis Wellness Centers to open a major chain of marijuana shops in Michigan, according to statements made to state lawmakers’ committees and summarized in a memo filed with the state House Judiciary Committee in 2015 by the company’s vice president, Paul Weisberger.
Top 6 Donors to the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol:
1.) Smokers Outlet (chain of 68 Wild Bill’s Tobacco shops), Troy, $150,000
2.) Marijuana Policy Project (nonprofit with 32,000 members), Wash, D.C., $58,161
3.) Andrew Driver Jr. (with Advance Electric), Gaylord, $35,000
4.) David Kelley (investment banker), Traverse City, $10,000
5.) Alec Riffle (with Tree City Health Collective dispensary), Ann Arbor, $10,000
6.) Wholesale Hydroponics (store for marijuana growers), Lansing, $10,000
Michigan marijuana campaign brings together activists, moneyed investors, tobacco dealers
Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press Published 11:03 p.m. ET July 15, 2017
Wild Bill’s has some really big plans for Cannabis Grow and Distribution Facilities
Under the name, Oasis **, Wild Bill’s is willing to pay $21 million dollars for a 320,000 square foot building to 50 percent of the company’s dispensaries across the state. So we can project that they somehow have the capital to invest $40 to $50 million dollars to supply all their dispensaries. Are they planning to convert the 75 Wild Bill’s Tobacco stores into dispensaries. And gee where is all this money coming from?
===== BANGOR TWP, MI – The Bangor Township Board of Trustees have thrown their support behind bringing a medical marijuana grow and distribution facility to Bay County.
Trustees unanimously agreed at their meeting Tuesday, May 9, to support an investment of a grow and distribution facility. Before any type of industry comes to town, however, the township needs to update its code of ordinances.
About 50 people were in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting.
Oasis Wellness Center, based out of Clawson, Michigan, is interested in investing $21 million into the former Dow Chemical Co. and Crane Resistoflex building, 4675 E. Wilder Road.
During public input, Oasis Vice President Paul Weisberger said his company is looking to employ more than 100 people in the 320,000 square-foot building. Weisberger said Oasis is not currently in the medical marijuana field.
Bangor Township Supervisor Glenn Rowley said other companies have reached out to the township, although Oasis has been the most vocal.
Rowley said future board meetings will discuss ordinances and layout details.
“There’s one opportunity to do this right and we want to make sure we have that,” Rowley said. “We agree we are going forward on this.”
As part of the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act, which went into effect last December, application processes for licensed dispensaries is expected to be finalized by Dec. 31.
Bay County township supports medical marijuana facility Updated May 10, 2017; Posted May 9, 2017 https://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2017/05/bangor_township_agrees_to_impl.html =====
===== BANGOR TOWNSHIP, MI — A medical marijuana company has approached Bangor Township about investing $21 million to purchase and convert an old factory building into a grow and distribution facility.
But before the controversial industry comes to town, the township’s board of trustees needs to throw its support behind it. A discussion takes place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Bangor Township Hall, 180 State Park Drive. It’s unclear at this time if the board is going to make any formal decisions on the matter Tuesday evening.
The company, which township officials are declining to name, hopes to purchase the old Dow Chemical Co. and Crane Resistoflex building at 4675 E. Wilder Road and hire 140 people to work at the plant. If plans come to fruition, the plant would supply medical marijuana to 50 percent of the company’s dispensaries across the state.
Medical marijuana company wants to invest millions into Bay County Updated May 6, 2017; Posted May 6, 2017 https://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2017/05/medical_marijuana_bay_county_d.html =====
Wild Bill’s is denied a provisioning center in Lansing
===== Accordingly, the latest round of state approvals didn’t grant a license to a single Lansing-based business. Oasis Wellness Center of Lansing — with local approval for two local growing operations and two processing facilities — was denied for state prequalification for those and several other business enterprises across mid-Michigan.
City records indicate Oasis planned five local businesses centered around Beech and Hazel streets. The state board suggested the owner was arrested twice but failed to disclose that information in its state applications. The would-be shops were also turned down based on the poor “moral integrity” of the company’s founders.
State officials eye marijuana deadline extension [Sept. 10 2018]
Local licensing system remains stagnant amid statewide changes http://lansingcitypulse.com/article-16421-State-officials-eye-marijuana-deadline-extension.html =====
Who own’s Wild Bill’s Tobacco?
Mike Samona, CEO Justin Samona, Chief Marketing Officer Paul Weisberger, VP Oasis Wellness Centers
===== The best business news for Wild Bill’s Tobacco, based in Birmingham,Michigan, with 50 stores, was when the state of Michigan enacted a 50-cent tax cap on individual cigars at the end of2012. “It allowed us to be much more competitive with our online competitors last year, which led to an increase in sales,” explains Justin Samona, chief marketing officer. Wild Bill’s specializes in premium cigars, with cigar lounges in20 locations and walk-in humidors with Spanish cedar paneling and advanced humidification systems in all 50 stores.But the top trend in 2013 was the electronic cigarette craze in Wild Bill’s stores, just as it was across America,according to Samona. “We see the paradigm shift and we feel that e-cigs are here to stay,” he says. “Wild Bill’s is quickly becoming known as the electronic cigarette destination. Our stores are equipped with modern e-cig super centers, which we call ‘Mr. Vapor.’The chrome shelving and blue LED lights attract customers right when they enter the store. Customers can sample disposable e-cigs, rechargeable kits, tank kits, mod systems and over 100 different flavors of e-liquids and strengths.” In 2013, the chain improved its business through customer service management.“ The HR management team here launched many creative bonus and incentive plans,”Samona explained. One such plan that caused great excitement was the profit-sharing program, which is eligible to all managers that have been with the company for three or more years.The thinking behind it comes from Mike Samona, CEO. “When you have loyal, satisfied customers, your business becomes more referable, thus more profitable,” he says. “We’ve discovered that staff members will provide much better service to our customers, whether it’s through up-selling, converting or handling complaints, when they know a percentage of the profits will go to them.”
If I had to guess they are possibly Chaldean as that is a common Chaldean (Catholic) surname. But who knows.
Wild Bill’s got busted in 2005 when it used to go under the name Smoker’s Outlet. “Wild Bill’s Tobacco, formerly known as Smokers Outlet, is the 5th largest tobacco retailer in the country.” In this case nearly 30 of their stores were selling counterfeit “Zig Zag” rolling papers . . . for which they ultimately got caught and busted. What other illegality went under the radar?
===== BOLLORE S.A., Plaintiff, CIVIL ACTION NO. 04-CV-73867-DT vs. DISTRICT JUDGE ANNA DIGGS TAYLOR MADISON HEIGHTS TOBACCO MAGISTRATE JUDGE MONA K. MAJZOUB https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURTS-mied-2_04-cv-73867/pdf/USCOURTS-mied-2_04-cv-73867-0.pdf =====
Next look at all the defendants (e.g. law breakers) in this case and take note of all the businesses owned by Wild Bills or Smokers Outlet Management that owns Wild Bills. And finally look at the names: many of which suggest Middle Eastern ancestry. Possibly Chaldean?
Habib Ajame, Defendant Mahmoud Ajami, Defendant Alsahil Enterprises, Incorporated, Defendant Amazing Dollar, Defendant Amazing Dollar of Highland, Defendant Steve Bahri, Defendant Baldwin Mini Mart, Incorporated, Defendant Bemis Road Service Station, Incorporated, Defendant Citgo Gas Station, 496 Main Street, Defendant Dina’s Dollar, Incorporated, Defendant Divon, Incorporated, Defendant Dort Highway 200, Incorporated, Defendant Edward Eid, Defendant Eid Enterprises, Incorporated, Defendant Mary Fawaz, Defendant Flint Tobacco, Incorporated, Defendant Joseph O. Garmo, Defendant Samer Hanna, Defendant Aoun Jaber, Defendant Jaber’s, Incorporated, Defendant John’s Marathon, Incorporated, Defendant Madison Heights Tobacco, Incorporated, Defendant Main Street Express, Incorporated, Defendant Marci, Incorporated, Defendant Mega Mile Gas and Mart, Defendant Awatif Misho, Defendant North Pointe Marathon, Incorporated, Defendant R and S Food and Gas, Incorporated, Defendant SAC Investment, Incorporated, Defendant John Samouna, Defendant Luke Samouna, Defendant Mazin Samouna, Defendant Saza, Incorporated, Defendant Shadia Enterprises, Incorporated, Defendant Shell Gas Station, 1220 North Wayne Road, Defendant Shell Gas Station, 28851 Hoover Road, Defendant Gurdial N. Singh, Defendant Roy Sitto, Defendant Smokers Discount, Defendant Smokers Outlet Management, Incorporated, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Centerline, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Centerline, Incorporated, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Eastpointe, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Eastpointe, Incorporated, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Ferndale, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Ferndale, Incorporated, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Hazel Park, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Hazel Park, Incorporated, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Highland, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Madison Heights, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Roseville, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Roseville, Incorporated, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Shelby Township, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Shelby Township, Incorporated, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Sterling Heights, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Sterling Heights II, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Sterling Heights II, Incorporated, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Sterling Heights, Incorporated, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Taylor, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Troy, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Troy, Incorporated, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Warren II, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Warren II, Incorporated, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Waterford II, Defendant Smokers Outlet of Waterford II, Incorporated, Defendant Speedy’s Gas and Groceries, Incorporated, Defendant Sunoco Gas Station, 3142 Miller Road, Defendant Sunoco Gas, 3000 East Eight Mile Road, Defendant Sunoco Gas, 6401 West Eight Mile Road, Defendant Sunoco-Miller Road/1-75, Defendant Super Mobil, Defendant Tobacco Road, Defendant Tobacco Road, Ltd, IV, Defendant Webb Operating Company, Defendant Charles A. Zain, Defendant Bollore, S. A., Plaintiff North Atlantic Operating Company, Incorporated, Plaintiff North Atlantic Trading Company, Incorporated, Plaintiff https://www.gpo.gov/…/USCOURTS-mied…/content-detail.html
More bribes and criminality as the “Corporate Cannabis State Monopoly” gets ready to put all the small growers out of business
===== The U.S. Attorney’s office has indicted three would-be Michigan medical cannabis dispensary owners, accusing them of attempting to bribe officials in Garden City to approve their license, the Detroit Free Press reports. Brothers Mike and Ali Baydoun, along with their nephew Jalal Baydoun, are accused of offering bribes to the three city council members, the mayor, and the police chief.
Federal authorities say the Baydouns handed an envelope with $15,000 to a city council official – $5,000 each – in December and offered to buy the city a police car, pay a police officer’s annual salary, and give the officials a 25 percent cut of the dispensary’s profits. The councilor handed the envelope of cash over to the FBI. The indictment also alleges that the family said they would put $150,000 in an escrow account that would be used to pay additional bribes.
Under the city’s medical cannabis ordinance, only two cultivation licenses are available and the accused were hoping the bribes would convince officials to amend the rules, add another license, and award it to them, allowing them to grow 1,500 medical cannabis plants in the city.
The U.S. Attorney’s office declined to comment further on the investigation or who else from the State might be suspected of colluding with the Baydouns.
U.S. Attorney’s Office Indicts Three for Attempting to Bribe Michigan Officials for MMJ License 8/04/2017 https://www.ganjapreneur.com/us-attorneys-office-indicts-three-attempting-bribe-michigan-officials-mmj-license/ =====
A Short History of Wild Bill’s Strategy to Monopolize “Corporate Cannabis” in Michigan
If you are from others states expect the same crap to play out: the Rich Ganjapreneurs — like Wild Bill’s — will soon be pushing to prohibit adults to “grow their own” in their homes. To put it in the simplest of terms the “Corporate Cannabis State Monopoly” — both the State Government and the Approved Millionaire Ganjapreneurs — don’t want any competition. In future years “your” Wild Bill may come in the form of a Microsoft Executive, Big Pharma or possible a foreigner with deep pockets. But if we don’t stop this crap everyone is going to see a “Wild Bill” coming to monopolize the market in your state eventually. “Money talks, bullshit walks.”
1994: Wild Bill’s (under the original name “Smokers Outlet”) opens there first store.
2004: Wild Bill’s (under the original name “Smokers Outlet”) get busted for selling counterfiet ZigZag rolling papers at nearly 30 of its stores throughout Michigan.
2015: Wild Bill’s announces its intent to open a major chain of marijuana shops in Michigan, according to statements made to state lawmakers’ committees and summarized in a memo filed with the state House Judiciary Committee in by the company’s vice president, Paul Weisberger.
===== Excepts from Weisberger’s Letter: (Vice President of Wild Bill’s Oasis Wellness Centers)
“We believe that the grow operation needed to supply consistent, high quality medical marijuana should be based in a larger scale “commercial grow” type model.” [What I call a “Corporate Cannabis State Monopoly.”]
“This would allow for a consistent and cost effective supply of product while at the same time moving the grow operations out of our neighborhoods.”
“We must bring this above ground and out of the neighborhoods through a commercial grow operation that provides consistent lower cost medical marijuana.” [05/07/2015]
RE: Michigan House Judiciary Committee; House Bills 4209 and 4210 From: Paul Weisberger, vice president, Wild Bill’s Oasis Wellness Centers http://house.michigan.gov/sessiondocs/2015-2016/testimony/Committee339-5-7-2015-5.pdf =====
2016: (December) The Legislature passed laws to tax,regulate and control the market: to create what I call the “Corporate Cannabis State Monopoly.” Once in place (October 2018?) the vast number of small growers — who sold their overage to local dispensaries and “patients” — will become instant criminals if they continue to sell without a license none of them can afford. In practical terms it will cost literally millions to “get into this game.”
2017: (May) Wild Bill’s offers $21 Million for a 320,000 square-foot building in Bangor Township to supply just 50% of it’s projected dispensaries.
2017: (July) Wild Bill’s becomes the top donor to the CRMLA Initiative ($150,000)
2017: (Sept) Wild Bill’s (Oasis) Gets on one of the 5 working groups (growers) regulated by the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) for the State of Michigan.
===== Per the August 22 statement from LARA/BMMR, almost 750 applications were received and of those, more than 550 were valid and complete. From that huge pool of citizens the Departments have selected the advisory groups who will make recommendations to LARA for rules governing the different business types; LARA is not obligated to honor the recommendations.
Michigan: LARA Announces Medical Marijuana Workgroup Members September 27, 2017, 8:00 am Rick Thompson Medical Marijuana https://www.weednews.co/michigan-lara-announces-medical-marijuana-workgroup-members/ =====
2018: Wild Bill’s now has 75 Stores in Michigan and 3 in Ohio
2018: (Sept) Wild Bill’s is denied a provisioning center in Lansing because the owner had 2 arrests and because of the “poor moral integrity” of the company’s founders.
2018: (July) Michigan awards the first 7 Medical Marijuana Licences for the “Corporate Cannabis State Monopoly” — which was put in motion through legislation in December 2016.
===== Michigan awards first medical marijuana licenses Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Published July 12, 2018 https://www.freep.com/story/news/marijuana/2018/07/12/medical-marijuana-michigan/779840002/ =====
2018: (Nov) If Prop 1 (CRMLA) passes, in November’s Election, those that get a “Corporate Cannabis State Monopoly” licence stand to profit from a $700 million dollar industry while all the smaller growers will become instant criminals if they continue to grow or sell to groups or individuals. This is what Wild Bill’s and all the other Millionaire Ganjapreneurs are betting on. That is why Wild Bill gave more money than anyone else ($150,000) to get it passed.
The Corporate Cannabis State Monopoly will probably be operational in the next year. And once it becomes fully operational you can expect an increase in arrests and home invasions for home growers. The State will want all the profits from “seed to sale” and will therefore be incentivized to put the small growers out of business: regardless of whether they are growing for themselves or continuing to sell their overage.
Meanwhile you just have to wonder where Wild Bill’s is coming up with 50 million dollars to buy growing facilities and millions more for their dispensaries. And where did the Baydoun’s come up with $150,000 dollars in bribes to open a dispensary in Westland, MI. Could some of this money be coming from Terrorist organizations or other crime syndicates?
When my friend Jack Herer died in 2009 he could not have foreseen this nightmare. It was not what either of us had hoped for. I really thought I had retired from this fools crusade but I seem compelled to carry on. Perhaps the best solutions is to encourage everyone to “grow their own” and put these “Corporate Cannabis State Monopolies” out of business.
I also want to make clear that I don’t really know that Wild Bills is a criminal syndicate. I do know that it took me hours to find the little information that I did find on their operation. But where is all of this money coming from? I am no nearer answering THAT question than when I began. And Wild Bill’s is but one of many groups that want to get into these “Corporate Cannabis State Monopolies. Frankly they all deserve thorough investigation. Until that happens — which it never will — let me just say:
Grow Your Own.
Destroy the Corporate Cannabis Beast.
We cannot allow our government to take away our right to grow a plant the really belongs to all of us.
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NOVA SCOTIA CANADA: Once again it seems that you can’t grow Cannabis and treat licensed patients, even if Cannabis is “legal”.
At approximately 10:30am on September 5th, Rev. Daren McCormick and Rev. Kevin James were visited by the RCMP at which time they proceeded to search their property located in Loch Broom Nova Scotia Canada, where they were growing Cannabis for Patients. Rev. Kevin James explained to RCMP that they were licensed plants and who they belonged to. The RCMP produced no warrant yet they proceeded to search both outside and inside their home.
They were both incarcerated by the RCMP for growing, and trafficking Cannabis. They both remained incarcerated for 24 hours before being released. Rev. Kevin James was denied medication for seizures during the stay.
Over 1000 plants were taken by the RCMP as well as a small indoor grow. Personal items of the two men were taken in the search such as legal documents, witness lists and an antique Bow that hung above the fireplace belonging to Daren’s Grandfather, a family heirloom dating back to 1915 that yielded no threat to anyone.
The garden of Cannabis is estimated to be worth well over a million dollars plus and it has been destroyed. You can’t give back a plant that was pulled from the ground in its natural growing state!
Above: The Global Incident Map publishes the bust.
Above: Rev. Kevin James Service Dog “Molly” was not charged in the raid!
He has also posted these status updates on Facebook concerning the events:
FOR POSTING US ON THIS MAP 🙂 DOES THIS MEAN WE MADE IT TO THE BIG BOY LIST LOL
Daren Mccormick has 4 new cannabis charges, and i have 5 new charges… in last 10 days… heads up…
Q. If a patient revokes the DG status of a grower and they get caught growing anyway… say 850 plants x 4 crops a year and do it for 4 years or so…. and the patient receives zero from their garden… thats diversion…
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