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ORGANIC HEMP IS IN DEMAND BUT CURRENTLY IT CANNOT BE CERTIFIED IN THE U.S.

 

ORGANIC HEMP IS IN DEMAND

BUT CURRENTLY IT CANNOT BE
CERTIFIED IN THE U.S.

HELP US CHANGE THIS!
See “Take Action” Section Below to Act Now.

Your participation in this call-to-action is crucial to our collective progress regarding organic certification of domestic hemp production.

Currently, hemp cultivated in the U.S. per Sec. 7606 Farm Bill regulations cannot be certified organic by the USDA, due to misinterpretation by the National Organic Program that aligns industrial hemp with other forms of cannabis.

We are asking all our supporters to register public comments for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring 2017 Meeting, which is being held in Denver, Colorado, this April 19-21.

Background

Congressionally mandated by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) and governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the NOSB considers and makes recommendations to the USDA National Organic Program (USDA-NOP) on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and processing of organic products.

Out of any rule-making process left functioning at the federal level, the NOSB is the most openly democratic in that any citizen is able to contribute to the process through written and oral public comment. It is because of this process that we have such robust standards where if international production is under equivalency and certified compliant under USDA-NOP standards, it may carry the USDA Organic Seal.

The USDA-NOP is currently basing approval of organic certifications for domestically-produced industrial hemp on a misinterpreted definition articulated on the “Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp,” which is in contravention of the Sec. 7606 definition and is confusing certifiers, producers, consumers, State Departments of Agriculture and law enforcement in the implementation of legal hemp pilot programs.

Take Action! Here’s What We Need YOU to Do:

The official NOSB-USDA-NOP Docket for the meeting can be found here. All written comments must be registered through this site by 11:59pm ET, Thursday, March 30, to be considered.

We are collectively recommending the main points in our registered written comments to the NOSB,

feel free to copy & paste the following points into the NOSB-USDA-NOP Docket page:

  1. We highly-value the congressionally-mandated NOSB process and the integrity of the USDA Organic Certification. 
  2. Like many other common crops, hemp is bioaccumulative in that it has the potential to uptake toxins in whatever medium it is growing. It is important for hemp products consumed by humans and animals to be distinguished as organic if they are grown as such, for consumers with these food safety considerations in mind.
  3. We ask that the NOSB make a strong recommendation to the USDA-NOP to immediately clarify the instruction “Organic Certification of Industrial Hemp Production” to allow organic certifications of Industrial Hemp adhering to the congressional intent of the Sect. 7606 definition, and removing the language “as articulated in the Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp” from the instruction.

Please consider adding your own comments on how this issue affects you and your involvement in the hemp industry.

We encourage you to share this action so that others may join in solidarity.

Thank you for all you do!

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Bless The Water around the World on March 22 for World Water Day

 

Join us on World Water Day

in a Global Prayer for Water
Join us as we come together to Bless The Water around the World on March 22 for World Water Day.
Gather at your local water source, or home, and place good intentions and prayers into the water. Let’s stand in solidarity with the world’s Water Protectors and take the first step towards 
cleaning and restoring the world’s water because #WATERisLIFE.
Register now to listen to the free LIVE AUDIO BROADCAST at 5pm Pacific from Unify, led by Chief Phil Lane Jr.
And to watch the FREE UPLIFT FILM, ‘WATER is LIFE’, featuring 
Dr. Gerald Pollack, Mayan Elder Tata Pedro, Dr. Bruce Lipton,
Uqualla Medicine Man, Vandana Shiva and Whaia Whaea.

500,000 people are getting clean water access!

Want to help us make it 1 Million?

Last year, the Bless The Water campaign helped Waterbearers get clean water filters to 8 countries, and this year they are delivering their first systems on US soil, on World Water Day March 22!

Just $50 gets clean water access to 100 people for ten years!

When They Try to Bury Us, They Forget That We Are Seeds (Cannabis Culture has a new Editor and Info on Marc & Jodie Emery)

By dankres on March 10, 2017

 

Hi there.

I’m DanKres (pronounced: Dank- Rez). I am the new Editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine. I accept this job with full respect for the effort it demands, the sacrifices made by our movement’s trailblazers and the relentless joy of inclusion in this tribe.

You are all badasses and I am happy to be counted among your numbers.

Yesterday, the office of our magazine and the Pot TV studio was raided by members of the Vancouver Police Department. Production computers were seized, archives breached and the personal laptop of one of my colleagues, stolen.

CCHQ, the head shop next door to our studio, was also raided. The locks were cut from the security gate, the doors forced open and windows obstructed with paper before any of our staff had arrived at work. When the people came to do their jobs, they were forcibly blocked from entry. Police seized files, computers, iPods, and cell phones (many of these taken from the lost & found). Our vapor lounge, a safe space of 18+ public congregation, was also ransacked. Art was removed from the walls, property smashed and in a heartless tragedy, the four cats who live there were traumatized.

No arrests were made in Vancouver, nor were any charges laid. It was a smash and grab. A fear tactic committed by bullies nearly two years after the voting public declared their support for a campaign platform founded on an end to cannabis prohibition. And it happened in a community where 147 people overdosed on prescription opioids last week, 14 of them fatally. These lives were cut short, and perhaps if they had been encouraged to share in the jam nights, yoga and positive vibes of our space some of this loss of life could have been prevented. There are no overdoses at CCHQ, yet the police are too busy displaying their might in a peaceful place to protect or serve those dying in the streets.

The only question now is, why?

As near as I can figure, and the evidence supports it. Their motive is control and compliance with the rules, even after the public has declared those rules obsolete. This is about creating a climate conducive to monopoly and big business. It is not about protecting children from the cannabis boogeyman or discouraging organized crime. It is about branding scarlet letters on all those who do not strictly adhere to the system imposed upon us. Their power was granted by the people, and now the people have realized they were lied to. Prime Minister Trudeau’s post-election victory “hope over fear” statement fuelled headlines nationwide, but through action and inaction, the sentiment has proven as easily dispersed as a puff of smoke exhaled into the high winds of reality.

The attack by the VPD was part of a co-ordinated nationwide politically motivated assault on Cannabis Culture locations in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver. The operation was codenamed “Operation Gator,” and in its wake, our founders, Jodie & Marc Emery, as well as three more peaceful people remain imprisoned in Toronto.

Despite all this, today will be business as usual. Our stores are open. Simple, beautiful tasks and pleasant transactions are being completed by kind people in honor of a commitment to freedom from oppression and support for our brethren in unjust bondage.

There is no shame in what we do and infinite power in our solidarity.

Our history is formative, and our audience of millions of people just like you, are critical thinkers who understand a law is not just simply because it is a law. You are and will continue to be respected in all content published here. This magazine was born to fit the needs of people yearning for relevant information, humorous review and expert analysis of the mystical potentials at play in the Cannabis world.

Under my guidance, this mission statement will remain fulfilled.

Stay lifted,

_D

#freejodie #freemarc #stoptheraids #endprohibition #noprisonforpot

 

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CANADA—UNITED STATES: MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON DRUG ENFORCEMENT

International Legal Materials

Vol. 27, No. 2 (MARCH 1988), pp. 403-409

Published by: American Society of International Law

Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20693198

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The DEA is represented in Canada at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and at the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver. DEA is the single point-of-contact for drug and drug money-laundering investigations overseas. DEA’s role in Canada is to coordinate international drug-trafficking investigations between the United States and Canadian law enforcement. In addition to illicit narcotics and the laundering of proceeds, DEA also investigates the diversion of legitimate pharmaceuticals as well as precursor chemicals needed to manufacture illicit drugs. Both DEA offices in Canada work with Canadians on a full complement of cases while ensuring that our activities are in keeping with Canadian laws and existing agreements.

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News Release
For More Information Contact:
Jeffrey M. Eig
Public Information Officer
Seattle Field Division
206-553-1411
July 29, 2005

Prince of Pot” Arrested by US-Canadian Task Force
Major Distributor of Marijuana Federally Indicted in Seattle, Washington

JUL 29–(Seattle, WA) The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Halifax Police Department arrested MARC EMERY, 47, of Vancouver, BC, today on a warrant issued from the Western District of Washington in Seattle. EMERY is accused of selling millions of dollars of marijuana seeds over the internet, though the mail, and in person to individuals in the United States and across the globe. The DEA, in an investigation of EMERY has traced his seeds to illegal marijuana crops in Indiana, Florida, California, Tennessee, Montana, Virginia, Michigan, New Jersey and North Dakota. An estimated 75% of the seeds EMERY sells are transported to the United States.

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http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2017/03/10/try-bury-us-forget-seeds

https://www.facebook.com/marcscottemery

https://www.jstor.org/stable/20693198?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

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The Existential War: Obama’s Collectivism Vs Trumps Individualism

 

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Bruce Cain·Sunday, March 5, 2017

Oh what a nice day to follow Alice down the rabbit hole to Wonderland.

The scope of this essay is so broad that I do fear I will be completely lost by the time I type the final period and post the essay. But whether I succeed or fail I am just hoping that it will allow my readers to better think about where we are as a human society and help the reader make more informed about which path we will choose. And, as with all my writings, I am trying to present my arguments as an old Perennial Hippie.

So first here are all 200 of my FB essays.

The complete FB Essay of Bruce Cain https://www.facebook.com/bruce.cain.98/notes?lst=100000184321094%3A100000184321094%3A1488734044

Finally let me make this general statement about all of my essays. If I had to explain everything, in many of m essays, then each essay would probably be a 300 page book. To get around this problem I provide links that help the reader better understand the nuinces of a given sentence or paragraph. To put in Beatle-eque terms:

‘The love you take is equal to the love you make.’ [What you get out of my essays is equal to the effort you put in to understanding my essays.] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_(Beatles_song)

With all that in mind lets get started . . .

First we need to define what is meant by Collectivism and Individualism.

Collectivism: Collectivism is the moral stance, political philosophy, ideology, or social outlook that emphasizes the group and its interests. Collectivism is the opposite of individualism. Collectivists focus on communal, societal, or national interests in various types of political, economic and educational systems. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collectivism

Individualism is the moral stance, political philosophy, ideology, or social outlook that emphasizes the moral worth of the individual.[1][2] Individualists promote the exercise of one’s goals and desires and so value independence and self-reliance[3] and advocate that interests of the individual should achieve precedence over the state or a social group,[3] while opposing external interference upon one’s own interests by society or institutions such as the government.[3] Individualism is often defined in contrast to totalitarianism, collectivism, authoritarianism, and more corporate social forms. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individualism

As I hope to make clear:

Obama is a collectivist Trump is a individualist

How the life-force favors collectivism

Collectivism goes back to the beginnings of sexual reproduction as I try to explain in this comment I made on an article on sexual fantasy:

===== Ah sexual fantasies. While this is quite interesting I don’t think it gets to the “bottom” of this. LOL.

At the bottom lies what I would call the “life-force” whose primary purpose is to improve upon the virus (e.g., our DNA) so that life is better able to promulgate itself through the dimension of time. Sexual reproduction goes back about 1.5 billion years as life evolved and provided a more efficient model for diversifying the human genome. And as this occurred subconscious neurochemical scripts also evolved to nudge us toward mating with partners that would improve upon the our DNA’s ability to survive through the continuum of time. For more on this read the WIKI article on Evolutionary Psychology.

Here are but a few examples of such programming:

* Many animals will submissively raise their hips for fertilization by a perceived alpha male. For more on that see the WIKI article on Lordosis.

* Women, in their most fertile time of the month, are much more likely to cheat on their bonded partners and mate with a perceived alpha male.

* Then their is “sperm competition.” Again read the WIKI article or the article on evolutionary psychology.

So while your upbringing definitely effects your preference for various sexual fantasies I’m simply suggesting that might get to the lips, tits and hips of the matter . . . it doesn’t quite get down to the bottom. At the bottom is what you might call genetic collectivism: the fact that we are influenced by unconscious neurochemical scripts that favor the interests of the species above the interests of the individual.

The interests of the species is pushed forward by these neurochemical scripts that act primarily on the lower Reptilian brain. The interests of the individual are pushed forward by making better use of the higher brain, such as the cerebrum.

Sexual Fantasies: What They Say About You http://personallifemedia.com/2013/10/sexual-fantasies-what-they-say-about-you/?a_aid=4d10d6658ceff&a_bid=2dca6ad0 =====

To be clear I think that our evolution toward a more utopian society will depend on our conscious utilization of the higher brain. Our demise will become increasingly certain if we continue to allow our lives to be governed by our lower reptilian brain. Got that?

Global Government and Obama represent a collectivist ideology

Obama and his 8 year tenure represent a collectivist agenda. Obama was a student of Alinsky and everything he did as president reflects this agenda to topple our republic and create a collectivist/socialist state.

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Saul Alinsky’s Doctrine: 8 steps to topple a nation and create a socialist state by IWB · October 16, 2015

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people 2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live. 3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty. 4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state. 5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income). 6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school. 7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools. 8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Saul Alinsky”s Doctrine: 8 steps to topple a nation and create a socialist state by IWB · October 16, 2015 http://investmentwatchblog.com/saul-alinskys-doctrine-8-steps-to-topple-a-nation-and-create-a-socialist-state/

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It should be obvious to anyone with a brain that these 8 steps were all exploited by Obama during his 8 years as president and his current activities to destroy Trumps individualist agenda (reducing regulations, rejecting a New World Order etc.).

I would also recommend you read this WIKI on Rules for Radicals by Alinsky:

Rules for Radicals From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rules_for_Radicals

Nationalism and Trump represent a Individualist ideology

By no means to I think Trump is a saint. I am already troubled by his appointment of globalist bankers (Goldman Sachs to his cabinet). But it was a binary choice between Hillary and Trump. And their were two main issues that compelled me to vote for Trump:

(1) He promised to reduce immigration whereas Hillary wanted to further open our borders to Muslim Terrorists and even more Illegal Aliens.

(2) He promised to reject the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) which would have led to the end of US sovereignty. Hillary saw the TPP as the “gold standard.”

The Globalist Collectivists get set back by Brexit and Trumps victory

Brexit was a blow against the globalist empire by English citizens that were growing weary of having Muslim immigrants forced down their throats as well as diminishing control over their own government. Trump won for very similar reasons. And both won by such small margins that it makes me wonder if there is really something like divine providence lurking deep within the life-force.

===== Divine providence From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In theology, divine providence, or just providence, is God’s intervention in the world. The term “Divine Providence” (usually capitalized) is also used as a title of God. A distinction is usually made between “general providence”, which refers to God’s continuous upholding the existence and natural order of the universe, and “special providence”, which refers to God’s extraordinary intervention in the life of people.[1] Miracles generally fall in the latter category.[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divin… =====

To be clear I don’t really believe in divine providence. I certainly do believe it possible that the people of the United States and the European Union did “finally” decide that didn’t like getting it up the ass by these globalist scum every god damn fucking day.

In this context I would also encourage you to read this essay I wrote in 2015. In essence the globalists are using Islam as a tool to destroy our republic in order to force us into a One World Global Fascist State:

The Muslim Invasion of the US/Europe and the End of the World https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/the-muslim-invasion-of-the-useurope-and-the-end-of-the-world/1217516511607668

The Post Election Conspiracy to Impeach Trump

I really did not think that Trump was going to win last November although it gave me great relief that perhaps the American People had finally become awakened to their plight under a globalist/collectivist agenda. And if you read my essays, after the election, it is clear that the attempts to impeach Trump began promptly, the day after the election.

OK, I’m getting tired of writing for today. I hope the way I have framed the issue helps the reader better understand what is going on and what is at stake. We are in the midst of a global existential crisis and what occurs in the coming weeks and months will determine which road we take forward: collectivism or individualism. To put it more bluntly, what we do going forward will determine if we are to become slaves on a globalist plantation or freemen/free-woman who retain or liberties in a sovereign republic.

So consider this (above) the official end of my essay. In the addendum I’m just going to list a few important articles and videos that relate to the subject. I will leave it up to you, the reader, to see how this fits into this Collectivist/Individualist paradigm.

Addendum:

Why does General Mattis want the female John Kerry at a top Pentagon post? By: Jordan Schachtel | March 03, 2017 https://www.conservativereview.com/…

What This Saudi Professor Said Should Infuriate Every Woman On Earth http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2014/03/1…

Recent Lou Dobbs Video: Interview with Paul Sperry of the New York Post Outlines Obama’s Strategy to Impeach Trump through OFA and other organizations. This is a must watch.

UNREAL! Obama has an army of tens of thousands of paid instigators attempting to destroy Donald Trump’s presidency according to a new report! What more proof do we need that Obama is committing acts of treason? https://www.facebook.com/imdeplorab…

How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency By Paul Sperry February 11, 2017 http://nypost.com/2017/02/11/how-ob…

OFA attacks Trump Supporter Rally at Berkley while police do nothing (03/04/2017)

The police did nothing. The Trump supporters were attacked. This is part of Obama’s OFA which is out to escalate violence in the weeks and months ahead. Been an activist most my life and I’ve never seen the police simply “let it happen.” There is something very odd going on here. I think the solution is to go after Obama and his financier Soros. Obama is getting 90 million for a fucking book which is insane. This is really about getting money to Obama to incite even more violence. People should have listened to me back in 2008 when I properly labeled Obama what he really is: A Globalist Corporate Whore. . . and supporter of Radical Islam. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKF…

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World One of the few instances where I would agree with the UN. Significance? Global agriculture is not the answer. 12/17/2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/…

France’s Death Spiral to Islaminization by Guy Millière March 5, 2017 at 5:00 am https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/…

An Alleged Muslim Spy Ring – Is This Why Rex Tillerson Cleaned House? by Tyler Durden Feb 12, 2017 How did these Muslim Terrorist be allowed in the Obama Administration and did they leak information leading to the death of our special forces in Yemen? http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-…

Mark Levin PROVES Obama Wiretapping on President Donald Trump | Fox & Friends 3/5/17 VERY IMPORTANT VIDEO. He lays it all out: “These are Police State Tactics” (7’00”) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91f…

Girl Sexually Assaulted by Muslim Boys on The Toronto Subway. Nobody Helps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOI…

Trump Bust Huge Islamic Spy Ring which points directly to Obama http://thetrumpmedia.com/news/trump…

64 ways Obama is sabotaging Trump Ex-president plots to force resignation or impeachment http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/64-ways-…

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"NJ Weedman" raided by SWAT team while streaming on Facebook Live

March 3, 2017, 4:49 PM

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TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey marijuana advocate dubbed “NJ Weedman” has been arrested on witness tampering charges and was broadcasting on Facebook Live when SWAT team members burst through the door. 

Mercer County authorities say Ed “NJ Weedman” Forchion was arrested Friday afternoon; he was indicted Tuesday by grand jury. His broadcast captured the moment officers entered a room at his girlfriend’s house. 

“There’s probably officers in Trenton or somewhere looking at my Facebook Live right now,” Forchion said about seven minutes into the first broadcast. “I hear car doors opening but I’m not going to go near the door.”

A few minutes later, Forchion ended the first broadcast. He posted another video a short time later showing police officers opening the door and telling him to show his hands:

SEE VIDEO HERE

Forchion tells NJ.com he thinks the new charges stem from him revealing the name of a confidential informant. 

Forchion was arrested in April during a police raid of his eatery, called NJ Weedman’s Joint. He has spent time in and out of prison for marijuana possession. In 2012, federal agents in California raided his pot farm, confiscating 600 plants, according to CBS New York. He is charged with selling marijuana at his establishment. 

Prosecutors have said an informant bought marijuana from Forchion multiple times before the raid and provided essential information on the sales. 

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Dakota protesters regroup, plot resistance to other pipelines

Sat Feb 25, 2017

A man warms up by a fire in Sacred Stone camp, one of the few remaining camps protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., February 24, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Yang

By Terray Sylvester | CANNON BALL, N.D.

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline who were pushed out of their protest camp this week have vowed to keep up efforts to stop the multibillion-dollar project and take the fight to other pipelines as well.

The Oceti Sakowin camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, was cleared by law enforcement on Thursday and almost 50 people, many of them Native Americans and environmental activists, were arrested.

The number of demonstrators had dwindled from the thousands who poured into the camp starting in August to oppose the pipeline that critics say threatens the water resources and sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The tribe has said it intends to fight the pipeline in court.

The 1,170-mile (1,885 km) line, built by Energy Transfer Partners LP, will move crude from the shale oilfields of North Dakota to Illinois en route to the Gulf of Mexico, where many U.S. refineries are located.

Tonya Olsen, 46, an Ihanktonwan Sioux from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who had lived at the camp for 3-1/2 months, said she was saddened by the eviction but proud of the protesters.

She has moved to another nearby camp on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation land, across the Cannon Ball River.

“A lot of people will take what they’ve learned from this movement and take it to another one,” Olsen said. She may join a protest if one forms against the Keystone XL pipeline near the Lower Brulé Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, she added.

Tom Goldtooth, a protest leader and executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, said the demonstrators’ hearts were not defeated.

“The closing of the camp is not the end of a movement or fight, it is a new beginning,” Goldtooth said in a statement on Thursday. “They cannot extinguish the fire that Standing Rock started.”

Many hope their fight against the project will spur similar protests targeting pipelines across the United States and Canada, particularly those routed near Native American land.

“The embers are going to be carried all over the place,” said Forest Borie, 34, a protester from Tijuana, Mexico, who spent four months in North Dakota.

“This is going to be a revolutionary year,” he added.

NEXT TARGETS

Borie wants to go next to Canada to help the Unist’ot’en Native American Tribe in their long-running opposition to pipelines in British Columbia.

Energy Transfer Partners, the Dallas-based company constructing the Dakota Access pipeline, is already facing pushback from a diverse base of opposition in Louisiana, where it is planning to expand its Bayou Bridge pipeline.

Other projects mentioned by protesters as possible next stops include the Sabal Trail pipeline being built to transport natural gas from eastern Alabama to central Florida, and Energy Transfer Partners’ Trans-Pecos in West Texas. Sabal Trail is a joint project of Spectra Energy Corp, NextEra Energy Inc and Duke Energy Corp.

Another protest is focused on Plains All American Pipeline’s Diamond Pipeline, which will run from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Valero Energy Corp’s Memphis refinery in Tennessee.

Anthony Gazotti, 47, from Denver, said he will stay on reservation land until he is forced out. Despite construction resuming on the Dakota pipeline, he said the protest was a success because it had raised awareness of pipeline issues nationwide.

“It’s never been about just stopping that pipeline,” he said.

June Sapiel, a 47-year-old member of the Penobscot Tribe in Penobscot, Maine, also rejected the idea that the protesters in North Dakota had failed.

“It’s waking people up,” she said in front of a friend’s yurt where she has been staying. “We’re going to go out there and just keep doing it.”

(Additional reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago and Liz Hampton in Houston; Writing by Ben Klayman; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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iN hONOR OF rICHARD jAMES rAWLINGS

Richard James Rawlings with Gatewood Galbraith in Glasgow, Kentucky 2011

The U.S. Marijuana Party, did, on February 24, 2013, loose one of its first and most influential Presidents, 

Second only to Loretta Nall, who preceded him as the first President of the USMJParty in 2002.

Richard James Rawlings took the head of the table in 2005 after Ms. Nall’s resignation.

He actively ran for Congress in Peoria Illinois several times.  He promoted many legalization activities in the Peoria area of Illinois and attended many more events in various states until he began to become ill in 2009-10.

It was not until July of 2012 that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Throat, Lung and Adrenal Cancer.

At the age of 51, he died peacefully at his mother’s home where we had resided since shortly after his hospitalization in Glasgow Kentucky for two weeks in July 2012 where he received the diagnosis and the surgery for the trach which he would continue to wear until the night of his death when I removed it.

All of his family were with him almost constantly during the last two weeks.  And I am forever grateful to them for all their support to me during this most difficult time.

His death broke my Heart.  We were not only coworkers, friends and companions – we were lovers and partners.

He will never be forgotten by me and I know the same sentiment holds true with all of his family, friends and followers.

May what he stood for never be forgotten:  Repeal of Hemp/Marijuana/Cannabis Laws at best or Legalization at least.

Richard J. Rawlings with his family at TJ Samson Hospital, Glasgow, Kentucky, in July of 2012

Richard J. Rawlings and Sheree Krider at Richard’s Mother’s house in Peoria, IL in January of 2013.

May He Rest In Peace

Sheree Krider

 

Richard and his plant

 

Ode to the Hemp

WE COME TOGETHER TODAY TO PRAISE YOUR ALMIGHTY
GIFTS TO US…
YOU HAVE GIVEN US LIGHT FOR WARMTH,
MEADOWS OF FRESH FLOWERS,
AND HERBS,TO KEEP UP HEALTHY,
YOU GAVE US DARK TO SLEEP AND TO REST OUR
WEARY HEARTS AND MINDS FOR ANOTHER DAY,
YOU GAVE US BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO LOVE US,
AND CHILDREN TO CARRY ON OUR NEVER-ENDING
ENDEAVORS – TO CARRY OUT YOUR WILL ,
AS WE KNOW WE WILL NEVER ACCOMPLISH
THIS ALONE.
YOU GIVE US INTELLIGENCE TO BE ABLE TO
SEPARATE THE GOOD FROM THE EVIL,
DEAR FATHER IN HEAVEN,
GIVE US THIS DAY, OUR DAILY BREAD,
AND FORGIVE US OUR SINS,
AS WE FORGIVE ALL OTHERS,
AND
GIVE US THE STRENGTH, TO CARRY ON,
TO RECTIFY THE EVIL THAT TO WHICH WE HAVE
SUCCUMB,
TO BRING BACK THE MEADOWS,
THE FLOWERS AND TREE’S,
TO CONTINUE TO HEAR THE BIRD’S AND BEE’S!
BLESS THE HEMP LORD, AND KEEP IT STRONG,
AND ENABLE US, TO CARRY ON…

AMEN

@ShereeKrider

*Dedicated with Love to Richard J. Rawlings…USMJParty

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NORML Forms Multi-State Workplace Drug Testing Coalition

by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator February 14, 2017

The fact that 190 million Americans now live in states where marijuana has been legalized to some degree is raising a number of questions and issues about how to integrate the American workforce and marijuana consumers rights in regards to drug testing. With medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and recreational marijuana for adult use in 8 states and Washington DC, millions of responsible and otherwise law-abiding adults remain at risk of being excluded from the workforce due to a positive drug test — even where the use does not affect an individual’s job performance or has taken place days or weeks prior to the test.

NORML believes that this practice is discriminatory and defies common sense. As a result, a growing coalition of NORML Chapters in California, Oregon, Colorado and Washington have come together to advocate for necessary legislative and workplace reforms to protect responsible marijuana consumers.

NORML’s Workplace Drug Testing Coalition’s efforts will focus on these four areas:

  1. Reform workplace drug testing policies
  2. Expand employment opportunities for marijuana consumers
  3. Clarify the difference between detection technology and performance testing
  4. Highlight off-duty state law legal protections for employees

“Even though marijuana is legal and readily available in several states, consumers are being unfairly forced to choose between their job and consuming off the clock as a result of out-of-date employment practices,” said Kevin Mahmalji, National Outreach Coordinator for NORML. “That is why many NORML chapters active in legal states are now shifting their attention to protecting honest, hardworking marijuana consumers from these sort of antiquated, discriminatory workplace drug-testing practices, in particular the use of random suspicionless urine testing.”

Employer testing of applicants or employees for trace metabolites (inert waste-products) of past use of a legal substance makes no sense in the 21st century.  This activity is particularly discriminatory in the case of marijuana where such metabolites may be detectable for weeks or even months after the consumer has ceased use.

With the 2017 Legislative Session underway, this issue is finally getting the attention it deserves. Legislation has already been introduced in Oregon and Washington, and is gaining traction in those states.

“Random suspicionless drug testing of applicants or employees for past marijuana use is not just unfair and discriminatory, it’s bad for business,” said attorney Judd Golden of Boulder, Colorado, a long-time NORML activist and Coalition spokesperson. The modern workforce includes countless qualified people like Brandon Coats of Colorado, a paraplegic medical marijuana patient who never was impaired on the job and had an unblemished work record. Brandon was fired from a Fortune 500 company after a random drug test, and lost his case in the Colorado Supreme Court in 2015. The Court unfortunately found Colorado’s lawful off-duty activities law that protects employees for legal activities on their own time didn’t apply to marijuana use.

California NORML is also expecting legislation to be introduced this session to address this issue. Ellen Komp, deputy director of California NORML said, “One of the most frequently asked questions we have been getting since Prop. 64 passed legalizing adult marijuana use in California last November is, ‘Am I now protected against drug testing on my job?’ Sadly in our state, not even medical marijuana patients are protected against job discrimination, and it’s a priority of Cal NORML to change that. We are hoping to get a bill introduced at the state level and are working with legislators, unions, and other reform groups to make that happen.”

NORML Chapters across the country are advocating on behalf of the rights of responsible marijuana consumers against discrimination in the workplace. “Our coalition was formed with the intention of not only educating legislators, but also with businesses in mind.  It is important they know testing for marijuana is not mandatory, and that employers have testing options,” said Jordan Person, executive director for Denver NORML. The Denver chapter is currently working with companies that offer performance impairment testing of workers suspected of on-the-job impairment or use rather than unreliable bodily fluid testing to help provide options for employers.

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For decades drug testing companies and others have pushed their agenda through a campaign of misinformation. Until now there has never been an organized effort to challenge the profit- driven ideology of those who seek to benefit from intrusive drug screening. Mounting evidence continues to prove there is no logical reason why adult marijuana consumers should be treated with any less respect, restricted more severely, and denied the same privileges we extend to responsible adults who enjoy a casual cocktail after a long day at the office.

For legal questions, please contact Coalition spokesperson Judd Golden at juddgolden@outlook.com. For other marijuana related questions or an interview, please contact Kevin Mahmalji at kevinm@norml.org.

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In memory of cannabis activist Laura Kriho

By Sarah Haas – February 9, 2017

In September 2013, Boulder was soaking wet, but on the 23rd the rain stopped, the clouds parted and the sun shined down on the bricks of Pearl Street. It was there Laura Kriho joined a group of cannabis freedom fighters who gathered to hand out hundreds of free joints amid spontaneous chants of “Free the weed!” As with any good protest chant its meaning wasn’t just literal, but symbolic of a bigger picture.

The weed given away that day had been in jail, actually locked in an evidence room for the past two years. When it was released to lawyer Rob Corry, he, Kriho and others in the activist community decided to give it away. They hoped to call attention to the marijuana tax issue appearing on the upcoming November ballot as Proposition AA, a marijuana tax hike to which they were staunchly opposed.

Kriho thought that Amendment 64 was already too strict and the additional taxes that would be instituted with Proposition AA were a step backwards, away from a free market and toward prohibition. Later that week, Kriho wrote about the giveaway in a guest column for “Weed Between the Lines” in Boulder Weekly: “This tax debate highlights what has become a very clear division between cannabis supporters. There are those who support an expensive ‘strict regulation’ model paid for by high taxes, and there are those who continue to support simple “legalization” with reasonable taxes and regulations.

“To most people, ‘legalization’ means that prohibition laws are repealed, people are no longer punished for cannabis use, and police resources are used to fight serious crimes. However, A64’s ‘strict regulation’ model does the opposite of this in many cases. The A64 model allows some people to have some marijuana at some times, but it continues marijuana prohibition for other people with other amounts of marijuana at other times.”

A cannabis activist in Boulder since 1992, Kriho didn’t just fight for legalization, but for “marijuana freedom” beyond regulation, taxes and industry. Whether working to legalize industrial hemp at the federal level in the mid-’90s, ushering in Amendment 20 to bring medical marijuana programs to Colorado in the aughts or for patient’s rights and adult-use cannabis in more recent years, Kriho was a staple of the front lines, fighting to liberate cannabis from prohibitionist laws and attitudes.

Friend, fellow activist and chairman of the U.S. Marijuana Party William Wayward Chengelis remembers the day he met Kriho, in 2008 at a Youth International Party rally taking place at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

“I’d heard about her before — I mean, when you look at hemp or cannabis in the state of Colorado, Laura’s been there since the beginning — she’s always been there,” he says. “And now that I’ve known her and worked by her side I can say that she always stood up for what she believed and never backed down, not once. She was a yippie through and through.”

A term from the ’60s for politically active hippies fighting for freedom and against war, Kriho wore the yippie badge proudly, but it wasn’t always easy. People didn’t always like her, even more people disagreed and still more categorically wrote her views off as unrealistic.

On top of that, she wasn’t successful half as much as she was unsuccessful. Her early federal hemp bills were killed in the Senate, year-after-year, the medical policies she espoused were disfigured beyond recognition by the time they made their way to state law and despite fighting against Amendment 64 because it was too regulated, too corporate and too prohibitionist, it passed. Even Proposition AA, which she sought to combat by handing out free joints, passed by a wide margin. And yet her influence cannot be overlooked nor her tenacity understated.

“One of the things about us yippies is that we get in your face,” Chengelis says. “Laura got in people’s faces. Sometimes she won, sometimes she lost, but she never gave up.“

For Kriho, there was no such thing as compromise and concession was not an option — she knew her stuff, knew what she believed in and didn’t temper herself in voicing her opinions. In many ways she was the epitome of Trump’s “nasty woman,” a term hurled as an insult but claimed as a heroic trait, and it is precisely in this spirit that she and her activism gain their most salient legacy.

“Her and I have two philosophies in life,” Chengelis says. “First, what you don’t know, learn. What you do know, teach.

“The other is: Show up, do the work and hope for positive results. That is where her and I met and that’s where we always agreed. You gotta get out there and you gotta do it. You can say whatever you want, but if you do not show up and do the work, nothing gets done.”

Surrounded by friends and family, Laura Kriho died on Jan. 30, 2017, in Boulder, at the age of 52.

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Tuesday February 7, the US Army Corps gave notice of intent to grant the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline

Rise With Standing Rock and Indigenous Resistance

Yesterday, Tuesday February 7, the US Army Corps gave notice of intent to grant the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Mni Sose (Missouri River). 

They are skipping the Environmental Impact Study ordered in December, and skipping the congressional notification period required by law to push through a destructive, exploitative and illegal pipeline. We knew these attacks on frontline communities were coming and now more than ever we must #GrowTheResistance and take bold action. We stand united with Indigenous Peoples and water protectors.

It Takes Roots (a formation of the Indigenous Environmental Network, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, the Climate Justice Alliance and the Right To The City Alliance) is calling for all our member groups and communities to rise up TODAY FEBRUARY 8th in solidarity with the Indigenous Coalition at Standing Rock’s worldwide call for emergency actions “to disrupt business as usual and unleash a global intersectional resistance to fossil fuels and fascism.  Connect with other struggles.  Think long-term movement building.  We are in this for the long haul.” 
Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, said
“Donald Trump will not build his Dakota Access Pipeline without a fight. The granting of an easement, without any environmental review or tribal consultation, is not the end of this fight — it is the new beginning. Expect mass resistance far beyond what Trump has seen so far.
“The granting of this easement goes against protocol, it goes against legal process, it disregards more than 100,000 comments already submitted as part of the not-yet-completed environmental review process — all for the sake of Donald Trump’s billionaire big oil cronies. And, it goes against the treaty rights of the entire Seven Councils Fires of the Sioux Nations.”
Check out the call below and take action!

WORLDWIDE CALL TO ACTION FEB. 8

We are calling for emergency actions all over the world. PLEASE, THIS IS OUR LAST STAND.
Please visit everydayofaction.org to find or register an action wherever you are. Check out our world action map  to join the mass distributed actions TODAY, February 8th. 

ACTION PLANNING TIPS

We encourage groups across the globe to connect our prayers for the water with other fights against fascism and the domination of people and Mother Earth (deportations, muslim ban, attacks on labor, deregulation of wall street, other fossil fuel projects, censorship of the press and academia, etc).
Choose the target that is most strategic for building long-term collaborative resistance in your local area.  Potential targets may include:  city halls, federal buildings, army corps offices, ICE detention centers, banks profiting off DAPL, sheriff’s offices that have come to Standing Rock, labor union offices, sites of workplace struggle, etc.
MESSAGING – please amplify and use the messaging put out here by

  • Rise with Standing Rock….against violations of sovereignty, crimes against Mother Earth, fascism, violation of law, etc.
  • Continue to elevate what’s happening on the ground in ND — demonstrate that this is something serious that resonates to all peoples in the face of Trump administration tyranny. Follow: @IENEarth on twitter and facebook.
  • Support Tribes’ request for TRO (Temporary Restraining Order)/injunction!
  • Resist Trump’s direct attack against indigenous communities with his executive orders re: DAPL & KXL. Indigenous communities are not backing down.
  • Police violence seems inevitable and mass casualties are very likely. The only way to keep people safe is to do the Environmental Impact Study.  If not, any blood spilled is on Trump’s hands and the hands of the Corps.   

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