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Just Vote No on the Michigan’s Cannabis Initiative: Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

Just Vote No on the Michigan’s Cannabis Initiative: Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (November 2018)

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Bruce Cain·Wednesday, June 6, 2018

So it is June 6th, 2018, and it looks like we’ll have another awful Cannabis Initiative on the November Ballot. It is being pushed by the “Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” (CRMLA). Having reviewed the language of this idiotic Initiative I simply cannot support this personally. And if there were “truth in advertising” it should really be called “Cramming Ridiculous Marijuana Laws up our Asses.” And it sucks so bad that it could probably suck the rust off of a door knob. You can read the news here:

===== Michigan pot legalization initiative dodges Republican meddling, heads to ballot Posted By Violet Ikonomova on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2018/06/06/michigan-pot-legalization-initiative-dodges-republican-meddling-heads-to-ballot =====

You can read the full text of the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” Initiative language here:

https://www.regulatemi.org/initiative/

I’m sorry but I’ve been a Cannabis Activist for well over 50 years and a journalist and activist for over 30 years. I have known every major player in this movement — from Timothy Leary, to Jack Herer to good old John Sinclair. I have engaged in debates with Jodie Emery, Chris Conrad, Ed Rosenthal and many other activists over those decades. And I’m here to tell you: WE ARE BEING SOLD OUT. And I’m not just talking about Michigan but throughout the US, Canada, Europe. The sad fact of the matter is we have been sold out by NORML since they began in the early 90’s. And from there we got sold out by every other corporate Cannabis organization including: DPA, MPP, SSDP, LEAP (Wooldridge). And now in 2018 you see this curious phenomenon where all of these states and countries are slowly turning the screws on home growers.

I’m not saying this to boast but to simply be accurate. There is probably no one on the planet that understands drugs or drug policy any better than I do. Here are a few of my more recent essays that I would recommend:

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

Why the Right to Grow Your Own Medical Cannabis Must Be Protected from “Tax, Regulate and Control” State Models https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/why-the-right-to-grow-your-own-medical-cannabis-must-be-protected-from-tax-regul/1941658819193430/

The Real Reasons that Cannabis Consumers are getting sick and why State Control is not the solution https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/the-real-reasons-that-cannabis-consumers-are-getting-sick-and-why-state-control-/1937440196281959/

You are more than welcome to read the other 230 essay that I have written here:

https://www.facebook.com/bruce.cain.98/notes?lst=100000184321094%3A100000184321094%3A1528324382 =====

I was saying the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” Initiative really sucks as have all of the initiatives since Prop215 passed in California in 1996.

Why in the Hell would we want to treat Cannabis (e.g., Marijuana) like Alcohol which cannot be produced at home. Why not treat it like beer or wine: both of which can be produced in your home without “a card,” zoning restrictions, home inspections, fee’s and a host of other unnecessary bullshit.

So let us take a look at the “door knob” sucking “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” initiative for a moment. Here is the summary of what it has to offer:

===== * Legalize the possession and sale of up to 2½ ounces of marijuana for personal, recreational use.

* Impose a 10% excise tax on marijuana sales at the retail level as well as a 6% sales tax. The estimated revenues from the taxes are at least $100 million.

* Split those revenues with 35% going to K-12 education, 35% to roads, 15% to the communities that allow marijuana businesses in their borders and 15% to counties where marijuana business are located.

* Allow communities to decide whether they’ll permit marijuana businesses.

* Restrict purchases of marijuana for recreational purposes to 2½ ounces but an individual could keep up to 10 ounces of marijuana at home.

* Allow the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), and not the politically appointed licensing board that will regulate the medical marijuana side of the market, to regulate and license marijuana businesses, ranging from growers, transporters, testers and dispensaries.

* Set up three classes of marijuana growers: up to 100, 500 and 2,000 plants =====

So here is my brief critique of “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” initiative:

===== * Why is there any limit on how many ounces of Cannabis you can buy? Last I checked there is no limit on the number of cases of beer you can purchase or the number of bottles of wine you can purchase.

* Why are we allowing any tax of Cannabis when it is a medicine and no other medicines are taxed?

* Splitting the revenue is a ruse. Because we allowed the legislature to gut the 2008 initiative they are now setting up what I call “Corporate Cannabis State Monopolies.” So just as shit seems to float to the top, the profits are being taken away from small growers whose profits went directly back into the local communities. Now it will go to the State government and the rich millionaires that pushed all the small growers out of business. Oh, and you will now pay a 16% tax on all purchases which we’ve never had to pay before. Such a deal! Now the same state government, that has been persecuting consumers and growers, for the last 50 years, have decided to put the small grower out of business so they can take all the profit. So I should be overjoyed that the state has finally seen the light and has now decided to become our drug dealer? It was not even 12 years ago when our legislature was fully behind criminalizing Cannabis because it was dangerous. Hey like Cindy Lauper once said “money changes everything.”

* Why do we need regulation at all? Why do I have to have the right medical condition to use Cannabis?

* How dumb do these people think we are? =====

So then today Adam Brook, longtime Master of Ceremonies for the Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, indicated his support for the initiative. He is now selling “VOTE YES” pins in support of the initiative. I do like Adam as he had let me speak at the Hash Bash some 15 times between 1990 and 2012. So I voiced my disagreement and asked longtime activists — Kathleen Chippi (Colorado) and Timothy Locke (Abrogate Michigan) — to join the discussion. Kathleen provided some insights into what is going on in Colorado in the wake of thier “Corporate Cannabis State Monopolies.” Basically they are now going after home growers in order to maximize revenue to the state. Tim was rather succinct in his disapproval when he said “Vote Yes to Increase Arrests.” And I think they are both right.

To be clear this flew in the face of the glowing prounouncements by Adam Brook and Howard J. Wooldridge (Head of LEAP: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition). Again I like Adam. I really don’t like Wooldridge for many reasons beyond the scope of this essay. Let’s just say I wish the whole organization would go LEAP off a very high cliff.

So as the criticism of the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” initiative began to dominate the discussion: suddenly the discussion was no longer directly accessable and some of the comments had been deleted.

“Kathleen Chippi ??? did the thread comments just get deleted?”

I have no idea whether Adam really did anything to hide the discussion but a number of people did wonder where the discussion thread went. In any case this might be a good strategy for us “True Legalizers” in the future. Engage those that you disagree. Try to be nice as you make your points. Don’t engage in “trollish” behavior or insult those that you disagree.

At any rate I’m going to end this essay now and simply provide a transcript of what I could recover from the discussion that Adam initiated. But first my opinion of the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” Initiative.

Just Say NO! to the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” Initiative

Just Vote NO! for the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” Initiative in November 2018

The Legislature destroyed the 2008 Medical Marijuana Initiative in just 10 short years.

No reason to make it even worse by voting in even more regulations, more busts, more taxes etc.

Perhaps these supporters should spend more time on other thing relating to Cannabis Policy:

* Make it legal for Cannabis growers and consumers to own guns. Right now they can’t. * Stop Child Protective Services from taking children away from parents that are medicating them effectively for diseases such as epilepsy, chrons disease, parkinson’s etc.

I mean there is a lot you could be doing. Unfortunately this initiative is something we wish you were not doing.

===== Partial Transcript of Adam Brooks discussion of the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” Initiative:

Adam L Brook Marijuana will be on the Nov ballot. Get your VOTE YES pin now! $10 +$3 shipping…

Walt Williams Won’t legalization hurt some folks

Adam L Brook Yes, cops & prosecutors!

Walt Williams What about people who can’t grow being forced to get from provision center commercially grown?

Howard J. Wooldridge And current marijuana dealers will be hurt badly

wolf Neal Smith It’s going to kick big pharma and private prisons right in the wallet.

Howard J. Wooldridge William u r allowed 12 plants…that is not enuf? Willie Nelson can’t smoke that much…or u are currently an MJ grower and dealer in the black market?

William Yeah right on Adam let’s let Monsanto make some Frankenstein GMO cannabis that kills everybody who smokes it just like tobacco.

Ron Klug Howard J. Wooldridge You trying to dry snitch em out?

William Ron Klug that wouldn’t surprise me one damn bit. He used to be a cop. You know what they say about old dogs and new tricks right?

Kathleen Chippi Howard J. Wooldridge who the fuck are any of you to decide how many non-toxic plants a person can have or needs? Not sure why people don’t see the FAKE ‘legalization” rules/fee’s/prohibitions are BASED ON THE SAME LIES, PREJUDICE AND GREED as 1937 Reefer Madness???

William When I joined this movement it was about growing your own medicine. Now everyone wants big business to make their medicine for them because they’ve been told by the TV to ask your doctor about every goddamn pill under the fucking sun. What the fuck are your brains made out of Jell-O or what?

Adam L Brook When you joined our movement you should have asked more questions…… I never heard about medical until long after the concept of a PRA (Personal Rights Amendment) was not able to get the signatures to get on the ballot….. and when medical was proposed I never said it was anything more than a foot in the door. THIS is about moving the ball forward and changing attitudes…..we have a long way to go….. and you can think the Black Market is racist (which I agree and that’s why I use the term, as people should never forget) but it has been perfected over the last 80+ years, 40 of which war was declared against us, and will always be here for those who can’t or won’t deal with the “system”…I for one think that once we can get another 10years down the road the laws won’t matter as the old guard will have died off and the new generation doesn’t care about a safe substance like marijuana (another racist term I use in homage to my brown brothers and vipers of the past)……

No reason to be a keyboard warrior my old friend…. you attack the wrong side of this battle…. go after the pigs or the assholes in the legislature, but attacking fellow activists only hurts the progress we are making….

William Adam L Brook I’m not attacking other activists. I’m attacking sellouts.

Adam L Brook William not one of these people has sold out. To do that you have to have changed your opinion in exchange for something…..they have believed in this from the get…of course lots of polling was done in order for many of these folk to feel comfortable in putting this forward…..had we done the polling back in the PRA days we would not have wasted our time… Believe it or not but this was a winner before the first signature was collected…..again its about changing attitudes…..its one of the few things that keeps me fighting to stay alive…I hope to live long enough to see the laws the way I want them….

William Adam L Brook I was involved in the movement 12 years before PRA. I personally never felt the need to go to Hash Bash until Schmid decided to use Hash Bash as a kickoff event. I just want to be left alone to grow my own but with these greedy motherfuckers passing stupid laws I know eventually they’re going to come after my garden, and when they do I’ll look for Tom and Rollie on the other side and tell them you said hi.

Adam L Brook William please do. I miss the fellas dearly…. let them know I kept my promise and we are moving the ball forward….matter of fact being gay is no longer an issue (they’d be much more comfortable in public these days) and hopefully like I said before growing /smoking marijuana will not be an issue once the laws making weed illegal change to a regulated system…I can remember my father making wine and not giving a shit that he made 500, which was twice the legal limit, as no one cared…. the police chief didn’t accept his case of wine and then investigate how much was being made, he said thanks and when and drank his wine….

Unfortunately I could go on and on and I know I won’t change you mind, but maybe your attitude will change once you see no one is coming for your garden…

William Of course they’re going to come for my garden. How else are they going to corner the market? Let’s face it anybody can grow the stuff so why would anybody need to buy it?

Adam L Brook William I can’t grow it…I can barely stand…. had I not become “Mr. Hash Bash” with a reputation that causes people to help me out I would be force to the commercial market…. in the last 10 years, ok I was locked up for 2, so in 8 years I have never purchased over the counter weed in this state/country…. (many many times in Amsterdam, but that’s a quasi illegal market, so I felt comfortable). The commercial market has its place in society…..stop the fear mongering… I don’t see anyone coming for personal grows…..again its about the old guard dieing off and the attitudes changing…. in the last election in California there were first time voters who had had legal medical their whole lives, so voting yes on rec was a simple yes vote….. mind you it took cali 20 years, while Michigan will do it in half that time…

William Adam L Brook all you have to do is look at how the medical marijuana law got butchered by the legislature to know that as soon as recreational gets passed they’re going to butcher it too. The first thing that will be hacked out is personal cultivation.

Adam L Brook William they couldn’t get a majority to pass it themselves…. you give them a lot of credit that they can get ⅔ to make changes….. as for them changing the medical law that was done at the behest of Law Enforcement, who by now has seen the writing on the wall and has started to change their attitudes…. trust me, I have been intimately involved with them over the last 10 years and in the last two have been treated differently with each encounter…. Twice had weed handed back to me and sent on my way, once even being allowed to continue on my way when I admittedly should have been arrested, after being recognized as Adam L Brook, weed activist.

Times are a’changin as the great poet once said.

William The times might be changing, but time is a pendulum. History always repeats itself. The legislature will fuck with recreational use laws just like they fucked with medical marijuana laws and stoners and patients alike will suffer.

William Aron Kozin I happen to be disabled. I don’t work. I have a lot of time on my hands. I grow my own and I don’t grow any to sell. If I have extra I will give it away to somebody who needs it. I don’t believe in the commercialization of cannabis. It is a plant that anybody can grow anywhere on the planet except the the North and South Poles. It is ridiculous to think that you can get rich but everybody’s treating this legalization movement like a gold rush.

William Bob Harris personally I ignore arbitrary bullshit like the number of plants I can grow. The older I get the more I’m going to need. For me edibles work better and last longer than smoking. I raise rabbits and use their manure for fertilizer and butcher them for meat. I use a modified version of the beef jerky marinade recipe at Infusedeats.com with my rabbit meat.

William Joe Willey once they shut down home growers they can charge any price they want and get away with it. Why do you think they have an arbitrary plant limit? Nobody believes in a free market anymore.

William Joe Willey the legalizers are proposing a 12 plant limit just like we’ve got under medical marijuana. I don’t obey that law and I sure as hell am not going to obey some fascist law written to help the rich get richer.

Bruce Cain I would not implicate you Adam but you know damn well we have been infiltrated by “sell outs” — those that could give a damn about our right to grow our own — at least as early as 2000. We sat on many of the same committees with Matt Able, Tim Beck, Kevin Zeese who were on the “Tax, Regulate and Control” bandwagon as early as 2000.

For me there have only been 2 important goals since I first started smoking Cannabis in 1968:

* The inalienable right to grow our own: no taxes, inspections, zoning laws, cards.

* A framework whereby the market was dependent on small growers supplying the dispensaries or simply selling to friends and relatives.

I think it insane to be happy with where things are at the moment. Not blaming you. But it is what it is. And it ain’t good.

The Global Marijuana March originated with International Drug Policy Day in May 1990.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/the-global-marijuana-march-originated-with-international-drug-policy-day-in-may-/2393282000697774/

Manage

William Bruce Cain copying and pasting your comments all over the thread is just annoying. Once is enough.

Kathleen Chippi Adam L Brook Being gay didn’t violate CRIMINAL federal law.

Bruce Cain Kathleen Chippi Yep being gay does not violate criminal federal law but smoking/growing Marijuana still does. Can’t own a gun. CPS takes your kid because you find Cannabis helps with their epilepsy.

Perhaps the moral of this story is that, as long as you are taking it up the ass — figuratively or literally — the government will leave you alone.

But if you begin to complain about taking it up the ass — by the government — expect some problems. LOL

William Y’all are giving your money to criminals if you go to that damn Cannabis Cup. If you see any people from High Times magazine there tell them to give Steven Hager his pension already. I’m boycotting the cup until he gets what he deserves.

Adam Rzepecki Don’t stop with just one hole in your head….buy them all David Beckett. Anyways Im going to go smoke some GMO with Monsanto. Also I am asking anyone I know that’s “cool” for a free ticket to high times, because I don’t support crooks but really want to go. Cool people PM me its my bucket list to meet the great “whacka flocka”

Bruce Cain I would not implicate you Adam but you know damn well we have been infiltrated by “sell outs” — those that could give a damn about our right to grow our own — at least as early as 2000. We sat on many of the same committees with Matt Able, Tim Beck, Kevin Zeese who were on the “Tax, Regulate and Control” bandwagon as early as 2000.

For me there have only been 2 important goals since I first started smoking Cannabis in 1968:

* The inalienable right to grow our own: no taxes, inspections, zoning laws, cards.

* A framework whereby the market was dependent on small growers supplying the dispensaries or simply selling to friends and relatives.

I think it insane to be happy with where things are at the moment. Not blaming you. But it is what it is. And it ain’t good.

Bruce Cain The refrain “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there” was essentially a paraphrase of an exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat in Chapter 6 of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Any_Road

Bruce Cain I’m tinkering with the idea of getting involved in this mess once again. LOL.

So at the moment the only thing I’d be motivated to do is debate ANYONE that thinks we are on the right path with these “Corporate Cannabis State Monopolies.” The fact is there are not many willing to debate this issue with me: especially if they disagree in our right to grow our own under a framework of “True Legalization:” no taxes, zoning, inspections cards etc.

I’ve challenged a number of people lately . . but no takers. Time for Hemp would be a great podcast to have such a debate but I was banned from that around 2009 when I helped the folk in CA defeat Prop19: the first “Tax, Regulate and Control” initiative. I debated Chris Conrad, Jodie Emery and a few others. Casper (Time for Hemp) was told he’d loose his show if they let me on again. There must be a reason for that. LOL

But I’m here. I’m straight. And I’m just waiting for someone to take the bait.

I met with the Senior Editor of Metro Times 8 weeks ago for an article on my view of the Cannabis Movement. Well its been 8 weeks. LOL. He indicated that he was still behind but is still going to publish the article on my views and activism in the Cannabis movement. I’ll believe it if/when I see it. LOL

William Don’t even use the L word. The fascists have corrupted it too much with their greed. They have indoctrinated everybody to believe that legalization means that it will be sold like cigarettes and alcohol. You don’t get rid of prohibition by burying it under more bad laws. You get rid of it by repealing the law that created it in the first place.

Bruce Cain I really don’t care what word is used: Legalization, Re-Legalization, Abrogate, etc. But I well understand your point. What is really important is how we structure the “final solution.” And I think I’ve always made that pretty clear:

* No Cards

* No Inspections

* No Government oversight.

* No licences.

* etc.

Once again . . .

For me there have only been 2 important goals since I first started smoking Cannabis in 1968:

* The inalienable right to grow our own: no taxes, inspections, zoning laws, cards.

* A framework whereby the market was dependent on small growers supplying the dispensaries or simply selling to friends and relatives.

Kathleen Chippi The L word is the successful Re-Branding of the same lies, prejudice and greed as 1937 Reefer Madness/Prohibition. No science, sanity or humanity involved, 80 plus years later.

William Kathleen Chippi like I’ve always said prohibition started with a tax law. What makes them think another tax law is going to end prohibition?

Kathleen Chippi The (Unconstitutional) 12 plant limits passed in CO (17 years after no limits for MMJ) and now what do we have-loss of our 4th Amendment-unwarranted house searches based on basically any complaint about the (constitutional) smell of ‘pot’ and loss of the 5th Amendment with attempting to make people have house inspections by the government and pay for a permit!! to grow even ONE non-toxic plant in some counties. Out of control government/over regulation and no accountability….just like the feds….FUCK FAKE ‘legalization’/”like alcohol”/”tax and regulate” to hell.

Bruce Cain I’m so glad that Kathleen joined this discussion from the great state of CO. I know Adam you really don’t like to get into the politics of this too deeply. I also know you to be one of the best informed activists in the movement. In any case I encourage my MI activists to go to her FB page and simply read about all the bullshit going down in CO. Why? Because it is coming here within the year. With a vengeance. That’s why. LOL

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

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

William A lot of commercial growers are using myclobutanil to combat fungus. It’s safe to use on edible plants but it turns into hydrogen cyanide as it combusts. If you smoke cannabis treated with a fungicide that contains myclobutanil you are inhaling hydrogen cyanide.

Bruce Cain How did the discussion thread get reduced to a photo. LOL. Did you do that Adam? Or did it JUST happen. LOL.

At any rate great discussion. And I do agree with Kathleen: on the whole these initiatives have actually made it worse. If you want to see how it has gone downhill just look at the annual arrests from the 60’s till today. Let’s see if I can find that. At any rate this is not what I would call progress: more like an incremental journey straight to Hell. LOL

http://marijuana-arrests.com/images/1965-2012-marijuana-arrests-chart.jpg

Bruce Cain Oops nothing to read about here. LOL

Kathleen Chippi ??? did the thread comments just get deleted?

Bruce Cain I’m not sure what just happened. “Somehow” you now have to click on the “Cannabis – Vote Yes” pendant a few times and NOW the comments appear to the right of the picture. Did you do that Adam or did it just happen magically. LOL. Could it be you don’t like the direction the discussion went? Or was it magic!

Bruce Cain Let me just say this Adam. It is very disappointing that — because you didn’t like the direction of the discussion — you would basically delete the discussion or make nearly impossible to access. It makes you appear like so many of these idiotic Snowflakes that can’t handle an honest debate. And by the way I would not vote for this piece of shit excuse for a Marijuana Initiative. Either way we loose: whether the State Legislature passes their own bullshit or if this pile of smoldering crap ends up on the ballot. I guess your just showing you True Colors. LOL. Let me know if you did this or is was merely FB Magic. Frankly this has never happened on any discussion I initiated so I’m assuming that you censored it.

Timothy Locke of Abrogate Michigan June 6 at 9:20pm Vote Yes to Increase Arrests. =====

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Why the Right to Grow Your Own Medical Cannabis Must Be Protected from "Tax, Regulate and Control" State Models

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Bruce Cain·Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I’ve been juicing kale, hemp seed, hemp oil etc. for about a year now . . . using my Vita-mix blender. For someone that doesn’t do much cooking it has been great. So a few weeks back I added a gram of raw Cannabis to my daily smoothies and found that I felt very energized though their were no psychotropic effects. I did this little experiment because I have been reading that the raw form of THC, THCA, may have all sorts of wonderful effects on our health. So while I would like to continue this I can’t. Why? Because a gram of Cannabis costs about 7 to 10 dollars per gram and I just don’t have $3,650 extra dollars a year to make this part of my daily diet. Before I go to far let me make clear that that my decades of activism, for the right of adults to use Cannabis (e.g., Marijuana), has NEVER been predicated on it’s Medical use. And before 1900 most American would have agreed with that statement. It was not until the Harrison Narcotics Act (1914, I believe) that their was any prohibition of opioid use. It was not until 1918 that we prohibited alcohol and that was rescinded in 1932. It was not until the Marijuana Tax Act (1937) the Cannabis was prohibited at the Federal Level.

As far as I’m concerned we all have the inalienable right, as adults, to alter our state of consciousness: whether that be through alcohol, Cannabis, or entheogens such as LSD, Peyote, Psilocybin or even DMT. And even if you don’t agree with that statement, surely you will admit that a 100 years drug prohibition is a failed policy that has destroyed both entire communities and millions of individual lives.

Having said that I also agree with fellow activist Dennis Peron who said: “All Cannabis use is Medical use.” As far as I’m concerned getting “high” is, in fact, medical use.

So let me briefly summarize the history of the medical use of Cannabis.

A very short history of the Medical use of Cannabis

* The Medical use of Cannabis goes back many thousands of years and was used by numerous cultures during that period of time. And the conditions treated by Cannabis were recorded in the Medical Codices of these said cultures.

* As Cannabis (Marijuana) went mainstream, during the Hippie Era of the 1960’s, it was widely acknowledged as a safe way to relieve stress and other medical conditions.

* The growing understanding of how Cannabis ameliorated the symptoms of Glaucoma, Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis etc. led to the passage of the first Medical Marijuana Initiative (Prop215, CA) in November of 1996.

* In 2003 Rick Simpson successfully cured basal cell carcinoma skin cancer by applying THC oil directly on the lesions. Later it was found the RSO (Rick Simpson’s THC oil) could be taken orally and would have profound effects on various forms of cancer and other health conditions.

===== Rick Simpson’s Story: The man who rediscovered the cure for cancer Lincoln Horsley 10/30/2013 http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/rick-simpson.html =====

* In 2010 William Courtney (MD) presented a paper on high dose non-psychoactive dietary uses of THCA at Cannabis Therapeutics in Rhode Island April 2010.

===== Origins of Cannabis International Foundation By Dr. William Courtney https://www.cannabisinternational.org/about.php

Is Juicing Raw Cannabis the Miracle Health Cure That Some of Its Proponents Believe It to Be?

This article also has information on dosing with raw Cannabis.

http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/juicing-raw-cannabis-miracle-health-cure-some-its-proponents-believe-it-be ===== Why Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System is so important The evolution of Medical Marijuana use has also been greatly affected by the discovery of the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in 1995. I would highly recommend reading the following article and I have included some links at the end for your further research. The discovery of the human ECS is probably one of the most important scientific discoveries in the last 10,000 years. Yet in the 12 years, since its discovery, most of our medical schools still don’t even teach about it. “Endocannabinoids” are Cannaboids — substances from the Cannabis plant (THC, THCA, CBD, CBG etc.). — that are produced within (e.g., endo = within) our own human bodies. And the only source of the THC exocannabinoids (e.g., exo = outside) – cannanaboids outside of the human body . . . come from the Marijuana plant: Cannabis. And what is even more amazing is that virtually all of the Animal Kingdom — from Fish to Humans — has an Endocannabinoid System! In the simplest of terms a happy ECS brings balance (e.g., homeostatis) to the human body. And with a happy ECS comes improved health. But to optimize our ECS we need to provide enough Cannabinoid Acids (such as THCA) and Non-Acid Cannabinoids (such as THC). The Cannaboid Acids — such as THCA — come from ingesting raw Cannabis (whether it be right off the plant or the dried form that is said to be “cured”). The Non-Acid Cannabinoids (such as THC) come from smoking a joint or eating edibles: where the THCA has been cooked to transform it into THC. Please note that this is a very simplistic explanation. There are many Cannabinoids, besides THC, and they all have various effects on our Endocannabinoid System. ===== In 1995, Mechoulam’s group discov-red a second major endocannabinoid — 2-arachidonoylglycerol, or “2-AG” — that “locks on” to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors. By tracing the metabolic pathways of THC, scientists stumbled upon a unique and hitherto unknown molecular signaling system that is involved in regulating a broad range of biological functions. Scientists call it “the endocannabinoid system,” after the plant that led to its detection. The name suggests that the plant came first, but in fact, as Dr. John McPartland has explained, this ancient, internal signal system started evolving over 600 million years ago (long before cannabis appeared) when the most complex life form was sponges.

The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System http://www.beyondthc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/eCBSystemLee.pdf =====

Making sense of Medical Cannabis history

Up until Dr. Courtney exposed the beneficial effects of THCA (e.g., Cannabis in its raw form) most medical use was centered on decarboylize Cannabis THC. Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide (CO2). Upon heating, Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid decarboxylates to give the psychoactive compound Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol.

You can read more on Decarboxylation here:

Decarboxylation From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decarboxylation

When we smoke Cannabis it is the glowing ember that converts THCA to THC via decarboxylation. When we ingest Cannabis the brownies, RSO etc., it is the heating of the THCA the converts the THCA to THC via decarboxylation. If you inhale Cannabis it is THC-Delta9 that is responsible for the psychotropic high as it goes from the lungs, to the bloodstream and to the brain. If you ingest Cannabis your liver converts the THC-Delta9 to THC-Delta10. The “body buzz” you feel from ingesting Cannabis is due to THC-Delta10.

Only since 2010 has the case been made for ingesting raw Cannabis (THCA) which has no psychotropic effect. But there are many reasons why you might want to start doing this.

===== There is much research to be done on THCA. As things stand now, however, preclinical research has uncovered a wide variety of potential uses for THCA. THCA has demonstrated a wide variety of beneficial effects on the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system has been described as the largest neurotransmitter network in the body.

According to one source, THCA has a wider variety of effects on the ECS than both THC and CBD. Some of these roles include anti-spasmodic effects, anticonvulsant effects, anti-insomnia effects, and is reported to be immune supportive.

However, there is slightly more substantial evidence that THCA may hold potential in the following areas: Anti-Cancer, Insecticide, Anti-Inflammatory, Neuroprotective antioxidant, Anti-emetic, Analgesic etc.

THCA: The Real Reason You Should Be Eating Raw Cannabis Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments42 11 May, 2017 http://herb.co/2017/05/11/thca/?utm_content=bufferd00ed&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer =====

How much Raw Cannabis (THCA) is required to positively effect you health?

When I first considered Dr. Courtneys work I found a plethora of articles saying it was sufficient to simply juice 5 to 15 leaves per day. Here is but one example of articles that suggest 10-15 leaves is sufficient, when you will read, it is not. I really have to wonder why this misinformation has not met with more scrutiny: “In their inspiring short film “Leaf, ” Dr. Courtney and his wife suggest juicing 10 to 20 fresh leaves daily. Proposing a mix of one part cannabis juice with 10 parts carrot juice to counteract the bitterness, he suggests selecting leaves around 70-90 days after sowing, Educated Cannabinoid Crusaders: Could cannabis be an essential nutrient?”

Educated Cannabinoid Crusaders: Could cannabis be an essential nutrient? Posted by Owen Smith on May 5, 2014 https://owensmithe.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/educated-cannabinoid-crusaders-could-cannabis-be-an-essential-nutrient/ I was highly skeptical of this as I have looked at both buds and leaves under a 200 power microscope: the leaves do not have many trichomes: the tiny glass mushroom structures that contain THCA and the other various Cannabinoids. And it turns out my skepticism was warranted:

To determine the cannabinoid content of fan leaves, a prospective juicer sent 30 large leaves from a flowering Omrita Rx plant to the Werc Shop, an analytical lab in Los Angeles, for testing. They were found to contain a combined total of 11.5 milligrams of cannabinoid acids. To ingest 600 mgs of cannabinoids, by this measure, one would need to juice more than 1,500 leaves every day and/or a significant amount of bud. http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/juicing-raw-cannabis-miracle-health-cure-some-its-proponents-believe-it-be

Finally the other day I found some actual documentation on dosage:

* “Dr. William Courtney recommends that patients juice 15 leaves, and 2 large (2 to 4 inches long) raw buds per day.” https://www.medicaljane.com/category/cannabis-classroom/consuming-cannabis/juicing/#introduction-to-juicing-cannabis

* Courtney recommends “expanding our use of cannabis from the 10-milligram psychoactive THC dose to the 600-to-1000 milligram dietary dose.”

Suddenly it all made perfect sense. A gram of raw Cannabis is about 20% Cannabinoids and in most varieties most of those Cannabinoids are in the form of THCA. So in order to get 600 milligrams of THCA you would have to ingest about 3 grams of raw/dried Cannabis bud each day.

1 gram Cannabis is 20% THC so would contain about 200 milligrams of THCA. This would mean that you would have to throw about 3 grams of raw cannabis into you smoothie to get a 600 milligram does of THCA. And while Courtney insists on raw, uncured Cannabis, I believe that cured Cannabis (e.g., dried Cannabis is just fine). This is because curing only converts are very small percentage of the THCA to THC. So I see little difference between a 2-4″ raw bud and a dried/cured bud. Just saying. If you think my assertion is wrong please send a link. In any case it would seem that, to get a prescribed dose of 600 milligrams, you would have to be juicing about 3 grams of raw Cannabis into your daily smoothy.

The problem

“Colorado marijuana prices vary by city, strain, season and other variables. But overall you can expect to pay an average of around $13 per gram or $228 an ounce.” Average Colorado marijuana prices for Spring 2017 http://marijuanarates.com/blog/colorado-marijuana-prices

Even if you are buying ounces each gram is still going to cost you about $7/gram. So lets do the math:

3 grams/day * $7 * 365 day/year = $7,665/year for a 3 gram/day dose And that adds up to 1095 grams/year: just for juicing and nothing for inhaling.

Given that a pound is 454 grams that comes to about 2.5 pounds per year.

Gee how many of us have an extra $7,665/year to juice THCA into our bodies? Probably not many. The only way you are going to be able to do this is by growing your own which can be done for a fraction of that price, though requiring a bit of labor growing, trimming and harvesting.

To put this into more perspective a “great grower” can get as much as 1 gram/watt while a novice grower would be lucky getting .5 gram/watt. So a good grower might get 2.2 pounds per 1000 Watt HPS Bloom lamp. A novice grower might get 1.1 pounds per 1000 Watt HPS Bloom lamp. [1000 grams/1000 watt lamp / 454grams/pound = 2.2]

So if you are healthy enough to “grow you own” this is quite doable. Unfortunately many medical users are not healthy enough for the rigors of maintaining a sustainable garden. But however you want to cut it “growing your own” is the only way most of us are going to be able to medically juice Cannabis to improve our health.

And this brings up a second looming problem. Beginning in 2012 state Cannabis initiatives went from Medical to “Tax/Regulate and Control” initiatives, beginning with CO and WA. These initiatives incentivize state monopolies to control the growing of Cannabis in a “seed to sale” model, so that the states can tax every gram of Cannabis grown. 5 years later the states are now beginning to come down on home growers in order to boost their profits. And the large Mega Grows have been found to be using pesticides and herbicides on the plants making them toxic, especially to medical users. I explore this further in the following essay.

The Real Reasons that Cannabis Consumers are getting sick and why State Control is not the solution. https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/the-real-reasons-that-cannabis-consumers-are-getting-sick-and-why-state-control-/1937440196281959/

The solution is the resurrection of the Tomato Model: MERP3

Since the 60’s there had been plenty of talk about the “Tomato Model,” for Cannabis. What this bascially means is that Marijuana/Cannabis should be allowed to be grown just like tomatoes: no taxation, no regulation and no state control. Since about 2008 I began constructing my own Tomato Model which I called “MERP:” The Marijuana Relegalization Policy Project. Because that is a mouthful to say I simply called it MERP which has undergone some evolution over the years. Ironically the “Tomato Model” has worked flawlessly since it began in the late 1960’s and there is no reason it could not continue to work today.

Here is my current explanation of MERP3:

===== All adults should have the sovereign right to 4, 1000 Watt, bloom lamps in their homes. If they stay within these parameters the police should be no more harmful than a dead ghost on a bright sunny day. This will probably put all those NORML “pot Attorneys” out of business for good and we will all be a whole lot less paranoid. AND they should be able to sell their overage without any “tax, regulation or government control.” And like the original Tomato Model — beginning with home grows in the 1960’s — you will not be able to write off any expenses for electricity, nutrients, lamps, clones etc. Let’s call that the third incarnation of MERP. That would be MERP3. With MERP3 no more children will be taken from their parents, no one will any longer have their homes taken away through forfeiture laws and no one will any longer get shot at 3 AM in the morning by police goon squads. And with that we will all be a whole lot happier. It will also make it far less expensive to incorporate Cannabis as a supplement for health in order to fuel our endocannaboid system. That would include the use of non-psychotropic raw Cannabis (e.g., THCA, CBDA) as well as carboxylated THC from edibles and smoking. We continue to see that “Tax and Regulate” fails to meet these criteria. And given my decades as an activist — talking to thousands of people — I am quite confident that WE THE PEOPLE prefer a MERP3 Tomato Model over State Corporate Control. You are simply kidding yourself if you feel otherwise. =====

As I said at the beginning of this essay: the right to alter one’s consciousness is an inalienable right regardless of whether a given drug has medical application or not. But it is also clear that Cannabis has many medical benefits and adults should have every right to use it both recreationally and as a medicine. I feel exactly the same way about “Magic Mushrooms” or Psilocybin. Adults should have the right to both cultivate and consume Psilocybin.

I have been an activist too long already. If you have ever attended a “Million Marijuana March” (2000 – Present) I started these international events with “International Drug Policy Day” back in 1990. I have published both a Magazine (New Age Patriot: 1989 – 1997) and Website (New Age Citizen: 2000 – 2012). I have spoken numerous times at the Ann Arbor Hash Bash and other similar events. I have done my part.

But as I write our rights to “grow our own” are coming under increasing attack. This is being promulgated by the growing number of state governments that are implementing “Cannabis Monopolies” through the emerging “Tax/Regulate/Control” Model: which first reared its head in 2012. Since 2012 legislators have been chipping away at the earlier Medical Marijuana initiatives (starting with Prop215: CA/1996) through both zoning laws and legislation. To put it in the simplest terms: they want all the Cannabis tax revenue and they are willing to put you in jail if you continue to grow. And I fully expect this to get worse over the coming years.

And let us not forget just how insane “Tax/Regulate and Control” really is. The very state governments that have been warning us about the dangers of Cannabis — for over 70 years — are now silently moving forward to become our new drug dealers.

We should never allow the foxes to watch the chicken coup. And we should never allow our persecutors to be in control of the production and distribution of Cannabis. “Tax/Regulate and Control” must be made subservient to a “Tomato Model.” Otherwise expect the War on Cannabis Consumers and Producers to escalate.

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Links to help you understand the Endocannabiod System and the many Medical uses of Cannabis for personal health.

===== The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System http://www.beyondthc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/eCBSystemLee.pdf

THCA: The Real Reason You Should Be Eating Raw Cannabis Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments42 11 May, 2017 http://herb.co/2017/05/11/thca/?utm_content=bufferd00ed&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Why You Should Be Eating Raw Weed Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments103 13 February, 2016 http://herb.co/2016/02/13/eating-raw-weed/

Have We Reached Peak Potency Limits Of THC And CBD? Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments28 29 March, 2017 http://herb.co/2017/03/29/peak-potency-thc-cbd/

10 Reasons Why You Need To Start Eating Raw Cannabis Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments0 05 April, 2017 http://herb.co/2017/04/05/eating-raw-cannabis/

Top 10 Cannabinoids And What They Do Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments0 06 February, 2016 http://herb.co/2016/02/06/top-10-cannabinoids/

THC: Everything You Need To Know About Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments0 24 July, 2016 http://herb.co/2016/07/24/what-is-thc/

Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System http://norml.org/library/item/introduction-to-the-endocannabinoid-system

Medical cannabis works best with education. http://healer.com/

Decarboxylation: What It Is, & Why You Should Decarb Your Weed http://herb.co/decarboxylation/

The Endocannabinoid System For Dummies (We’ve Made It Easy For You) Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments3 28 July, 2016 http://herb.co/2016/07/28/endocannabinoid-system-dummies/

Support Research on Cannabis & Women’s Health http://www.impactcannabis.org/

A Summary Comparison of THC, THCA, and CBD http://www.cbdscience.com/uploads/1/3/9/3/13931495/thc_thca_cbd_comparison.pdf

Cannabis Tincture Survery (2010) http://www.cbdscience.com/press–news.html

Google [[amounts of CBD THC THCA in various forms of Cannabis] https://www.google.com/#q=amounts+of+CBD+THC+THCA+in+various+forms+of+Cannabis

THC, THCA, CBD, CBC, CBN: Medical Marijuana Composition, The Chemicals in Cannabis https://unitedpatientsgroup.com/blog/2014/04/11/thc-thca-cbd-cbn-the-chemicals-in-cannabis

Cannabis Strain Information: Don’t Judge Your Strain by Its Name! by UPG https://unitedpatientsgroup.com/blog/2015/02/09/dont-judge-your-strain-by-its-name

Learn How To Dose Cannabis Medicine, A Doctors Perspective! January 5, 2016 https://unitedpatientsgroup.com/blog/2016/01/05/doctor-what-is-the-dose-of-my-cannabis-medicine

How To Decode Cannabis Labels: Here’s Everything You Need To Know Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments2 17 July, 2016 http://herb.co/2016/07/17/cannabis-labels/

CBD, THC & CBG – Exploring Cannabinoids https://www.zamnesia.com/content/260-cbd-thc-cbg-exploring-cannabinoids

New Blends of Old School Genetics! https://www.zamnesia.com/272-mr-nice-limited-editions

THCA vs. THC: How to Read a Lab Result By Sirius J July 20, 2015 http://hightimes.com/grow/thca-vs-thc-how-to-read-a-lab-result/

Cannabis Analysis: Potency Testing Identification and Quantification of THC and CBD https://www.perkinelmer.com/lab-solutions/resources/docs/APP_Cannabis-Analysis-Potency-Testing-Identifification-and-Quantification-011841B_01.pdf

Google [thca levels in fresh or dry cannabis] https://www.google.com/#q=thca+levels+in+fresh+or+dry+cannabis

Introduction to Juicing Cannabis “Dr. William Courtney recommends that patients juice 15 leaves, and 2 large (2 to 4 inches long) raw buds per day.” https://www.medicaljane.com/category/cannabis-classroom/consuming-cannabis/juicing/#introduction-to-juicing-cannabis

Cannabinoid Profile: Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCa) Links to “Crash Course” in THC, CBD, THCv, CBG, CBC and THCa (this article) http://theleafonline.com/c/science/2014/07/cannabinoid-profile-crash-course-thca/

Your Endocannabinoid System Explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZYjJf0t2OQ&feature=youtu.be

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam on the endocannabinoid system https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3fkiwTABag =====

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The Global Marijuana March originated with International Drug Policy Day in May 1990

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Bruce Cain·Saturday, May 5, 2018

Detroit’s Metro Times is supposed to do an article on my contributions to the Cannabis Movement. But it has been 3 weeks since I was interviewed by their Senior Editor (today 5/5/18). So I’m getting concerned the article will never get published. At any rate some notes to the editor of Metro Times.

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Recall our interview where I talked about what is called either the Global Marijuana March or Million Marijuana March. Between 1985 and 1990 I helped to change the Hash Bash from April 1st to the First Saturday in April. The first International Drug Policy Day — my invention — used the Hash Bash and my magazine “New Age Patriot” to “springboard” the event. And just as with having the Hash Bash on the first Saturday in April (which I had a hand in) I set IDPD for the first Saturday in May. In both cases it seemed obvious that people were more likely to attend on the week day Vs the middle of the week. Yes most Cannabis consumers do work. [LOL].

IDPD went from 1990 to 1997. Then Dana Beal, and old Yippie out of New York City (The Hemp Museum) asked if I minded if he resumed the event as the “Global Marijuana March.” The first GMM then took place in either 1999 or 2000. The GMM kept the same first Saturday in May that was employed by IDPD. And the simple method was the same: we just encouraged activists to stage events and we simply published the growing list of events. And so today there are many events — some small, some large — throughout the globe. Yes, this all originated with IDPD in 1990.

That might be something relevant to mention in your forthcoming article on my small contributions to this movement.

===== The Global Marijuana March (GMM), also referred to as the Million Marijuana March (MMM), is an annual rally held at different locations around the world on the first Saturday in May. A notable event in cannabis culture, it is associated with cannabis-themed events, which may include marches, meetings, rallies, raves, concerts, festivals, and attempts at educational outreach.

The first Global Marijuana March was held in 1999.[1] Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have participated in over 829 different cities in 72 countries.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Locally, the Global Marijuana March is associated with names including World Cannabis Day, Cannabis Liberation Day, Global Space Odyssey, Ganja Day, J Day, and Million Blunts March.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March =====

Now my recollection was that first GMM/MMM occurred in 2000. I could be wrong about that. But the point would be I did have a hand in promoting the first annual global protest against the prevailing climate of Cannabis Prohibition throughout the globe. I think the peak for IDPD came in 1996 where events occurred in nearly 46 locations from Warsaw to South America. And as it morphed into the GMM we now have events in 829 cities and 72 countries. I think the evolution of the international movement needs to be understood. I also think people should know that the guy that started this shit is not real happy about the fact our efforts have only resulted in state monopolies which are now incentivised, by sheer monetary greed, to use zoning laws, legislation and the power of the state to violate the rights of those that want to simply grow their own Cannabis.

They have also set up a Wiki “like” site with much more information . . . though I do think this could have been done in a more organized fashion. [LOL]:

http://cannabis.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March

Now you could argue that this is not happening. “No one is trying to stop you from growing your own Cannabis!” But I’ve already sent you articles showing that it IS happening in other states. I’ve also sent an article stating that, in Michigan, they are now spending nearly twice as much to enforce these draconian laws, compared to just a few years previous. And the sick irony of it all, is that the revenue to bust growers is coming from the $100 they have to pay each year to remain “legal growers.” I am sick of this government treating our good citizens like red headed step children.

You should not need a god damn card — or any other state manufactured obstruction — for the privilege of growing your own Cannabis. You don’t need it to make wine at home. You don’t need a card to make beer at home.

Looking forward to that article. Yeah, I would have to say the IDPD was one of my more significant contributions to the Global Marijuana Movement. It would be nice if you could mention that in the article.

Bruce W. Cain

From: “bcainw” <bcainw@comcast.net>

To: “Michael Jackman” <mjackman@metrotimes.com>

Sent: Friday, May 4, 2018 8:52:47 AM

Subject: Any further updates as to when article might be coming out from my interview a few weeks back.

Any further updates as to when article might be coming out from my interview a few weeks back.

It does seem important that an alternative view gets out there. I was just reading the Free Press this morning where the legislature may pass a Cannabis Bill that would allow Congress to further amend their bill with a mere 50% Vs 75% of Congress. They already destroyed the 2008 Medical Marijuana Initiative that was passed by 63%. Allowing a simple majority to further “pervert” Cannabis law seems like a really stupid idea to me. Apparently the strategy is to pass the bill so the Marijuana Initiative will not attract too many young democrats. Of course the larger problem is we have all these state pensions that need funding. They hope Cannabis represents more revenue to offset a tax decrease. And as we had discussed many “tax/regulate” states — WA, CO, CA, MI — ARE slowly criminalizing home grows which is insane given you CAN make beer and wine at home: without a card, without an inspection, without taxation, without the fear of having you home invaded.

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By taking the ballot proposal up in the Legislature, lawmakers could amend it with a simple majority. If they waited to amend the issue after it’s passed by voters in November, they would need a three-fourths majority in both the House and Senate.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, which is pushing the cannabis legalization proposal, said it would be happy with either the Legislature or the voters taking up the measure. The group expected it would have to deal with amendments in the Legislature.

https://www.freep.com/story/news/2018/05/04/michigan-republican-lawmakers-marijuana-legalization-tax-cut/577836002/

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From: “bcainw” <bcainw@comcast.net>

To: “Michael Jackman” <mjackman@metrotimes.com>

Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:54:38 AM

Subject: Yep as the money comes in to government the right to grow goes out the window.

No need for a reply. I just found another instance where, as state monopolies rise, the right to grow goes out the window. This is an example from Canada. This IS what will occur in Michigan. Mark my words.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/marijuana-pot-cannabis-legalization-condo-landlord-1.4630048

It is human nature. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And now they want ALL the money. Listen to the money talk. LOL

AC/DC “Listen to the Money Talk”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUBl1W-dWE0

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Hash Bash 2017: The Great Cannabis Betrayal Continues

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Bruce Cain·Friday, March 31, 2017

I would very much appreciate it if you would re-post and republish this article as widely as possible. Whether you live in the US, Canada — or anywhere around the world — your right to “grow and sell” your own Cannabis is under assault. I have been a small voice in this movement for many decades and this is not the “end state” that I, or many other activists had envisioned. And if we don’t take a stand very soon I fear your very right to grow your own will soon be “up in smoke.” And that is why I am giving explicit permission to republish this article with no further permission. The people have a right to understand how we have been betrayed. Bruce W. Cain March 31st, 2017

The Past:

Since I first smoked Marijuana, in 1968, I always felt that adults should have the right to both grow and sell what they were not able to consume. And most of us young Hippies felt the same way as we firmly believed that “government is best which governs least.” We also favored small decentralized economies which was perfectly expressed in the book “Small is Beautiful” by EF Schumacher (1973): “among the 100 most influential books published since World War II.”

===== Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered is a collection of essays by British economist E. F. Schumacher. The phrase “Small Is Beautiful” came from a phrase by his teacher Leopold Kohr.[1] It is often used to champion small, appropriate technologies that are believed to empower people more, in contrast with phrases such as “bigger is better”.

First published in 1973, Small Is Beautiful brought Schumacher’s critiques of Western economics to a wider audience during the 1973 energy crisis and emergence of globalization. The Times Literary Supplement ranked Small Is Beautiful among the 100 most influential books published since World War II.[2] A further edition with commentaries was published in 1999.[3]

Small Is Beautiful From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Is_Beautiful =====

Yep us Hippies were probably the first generation of Americans that understandably feared overbearing government control as well as the movement toward globalization: what Bush(1) would later call “One World Government” in the early 1990’s.

This Saturday will mark the 46th Hash Bash in Ann Arbor: one of the nations oldest Annual events calling for the legalization of Cannabis. The first Hash Bash was held on April 1st, 1972 in response to the arrest of John Sinclair. Sinclair was due to be imprisoned for 10 years for possession of 2 joints. At the time Marijuana arrests were at a very low level, compared to today, and there was little doubt that he was really arrested because he publicly advocated for the legalization of Marijuana (e.g., Cannabis).

Prior to the first Hash bash John Lennon (of the Beatles) played and spoke at the “John Sinclair Freedom Rally on December 10, 1971 at the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. The event drew about 20,000 people where Lennon performed a special song: “It ain’t fair John Sinclair” which you can listen to at the following link:

John Lennon – John Sinclair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZJLInCgem8

John Sinclair Freedom Rally From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sinclair_Freedom_Rally

Prior to all of this the Beatles circulated the first petition, calling for Marijuana Legalization, on July 24th, 1967, which was signed by many luminaries including scientist Carl Sagan. It is worth noting that the petition did not speak to the issue of personal cultivation.

===== The Beatles call for the legalization of marijuana Monday 24 July 1967 A full-page advertisement appeared in The Times newspaper on this day, signed by 64 of the most prominent members of British society, which called for the legalisation of marijuana. Among the signatories were The Beatles and Brian Epstein. https://www.beatlesbible.com/1967/0… =====

My initiation into all of this occurred a year later in 1968 at the tender age of 14. It was in 1968 that I was first introduced to both LSD and Marijuana. And from that beginning I could never understand why either substance should ever be illegal. Cannabis never impaired my motor skills as much as the Boones Farm Wine we used to drink back in the day. And the propaganda that LSD was addictive was “too cute by half.” About the last thing you would ever want to do, after a 10 hour LSD trip, would be another 10 hour LSD trip.

[I am not, by the way, suggesting that 14 year olds should be doing LSD by the way. But I have “always” been an advocate for legalizing the cultivation of both Cannabis and Psilocybin Mushrooms for adults.]

It was not understood, till decades later, that the War on Drugs (including Marijuana) was perpetrated by the Nixon administration to criminalize blacks and Hippies.

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One of Richard Nixon’s top advisers and a key figure in the Watergate scandal said the war on drugs was created as a political tool to fight blacks and hippies, according to a 22-year-old interview recently published in Harper’s Magazine.

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people,” former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman told Harper’s writer Dan Baum for the April cover story published Tuesday.

“You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” Ehrlichman said. “We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

Ehrlichman’s comment is the first time the war on drugs has been plainly characterized as a political assault designed to help Nixon win, and keep, the White House.

Report: Aide says Nixon’s war on drugs targeted blacks, hippies By Tom LoBianco, CNN Thu March 24, 2016 http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/23/politics/john-ehrlichman-richard-nixon-drug-war-blacks-hippie/ ======

There are a few other milestones, during these early years that are worth consideration.

In 1965 Timothy Leary was arrested for Marijuana possession and was due to serve 30 years in prison. Just like Sinclair, Leary was singled out because he advocated the legalization of both Marijuana and LSD. I was asked to speak on a panel with Tim in 1993.

===== Leary v. United States, 395 U.S. 6 (1969), is a U.S. Supreme Court case dealing with the constitutionality of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Timothy Leary, a professor and activist, was arrested for the possession of marijuana in violation of the Marihuana Tax Act. Leary challenged the act on the ground that the act required self-incrimination, which violated the Fifth Amendment. The unanimous opinion of the court was penned by Justice John Marshall Harlan II and declared the Marihuana Tax Act unconstitutional. Thus, Leary’s conviction was overturned. Congress responded shortly thereafter by replacing the Marihuana Tax Act with the newly written Controlled Substances Act while continuing the prohibition of certain drugs in the United States.[1]

Leary v. United States From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leary_v._United_States =====

Leary’s successful overturning, of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, quickly resulted in something even worse: The Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The Controlled Substances Act place both Marijuana and LSD on Schedule 1, which also included drugs such as Heroin.

Controlled Substances Act From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controlled_Substances_Act

Many decades later I have decided to “self identify” as a Perennial Hippie. You can understand what I mean by that through reading through the following links:

===== Hippie From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippie

Perennial philosophy From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perennial_philosophy

The Perennial Philosophy (book) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Perennial_Philosophy_(book) ===== In 1989 I had begun publishing a magazine on Drug Policy (New Age Patriot) which was internationally distributed by 1990. I was also involved in the Hash Bash along with Adam Brook and Rich Birkett even before that. It was around that time that we arranged to have the Hash Bash on the First Saturday in April, rather than on April 1st. That way we figured that the event would draw more activists, which it did. It was also in 1989 that I met Jack Herer (The Emperor Wears No Clothes): possibly the most effective Cannabis Activist in our long history:

Jack Herer From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Herer

In 1990 I used my publication and my involvement in the Hash Bash to start a annual international event to call for the Legalization of Marijuana and an end to the Drug War in general. The event was called International Drug Policy Day (IDPD). I basically encouraged activists to set up an event which I would publish in my magazine. By 1996 IDPD was celebrated in 60 locations around the world: including Warsaw, Russia and South America. I stopped publishing New Age Patriot in 1997 which also ended IDPD. But then activist Dana Beal took the baton and IDPD became the Million Marijuana March which has been celebrated in over 300 locations world wide.

The next important milestone in the Marijuana Movement was the passage of the first Medical Marijuana Initiative in November of 1996. Prop215 was the first state initiative allowing adult to grow their own Cannabis for medical purposes. But of course as Peron once said: “all use is medical use.”

There are so many things that occurred from Prop215 (CA, 1996), to today, that it would take a book to cover it all. But certainly one of the most important Michigan events was the murder of Cannabis Activist Tom Crosslin at Rainbow Farm: about 1 week before the Terror Attack on the World Trade Center (09/01/2001). I spoke at his farm numerous times and sat down to lunch with him on a few occasions as well. In retrospect this is very important as it made clear that the “Deep State” was still more than willing to persecute and kill our activists in order to push back on the inevitable: the full legalization of Marijuana.

Rainbow Farm From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Farm

Tom Crosslin From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Crosslin

Then in November of 2008 the people of Michigan passed the Medical Marijuana Initiative by 63% of Michigan voters and majorities in ALL Michigan counties. I personally collected about 1200 signatures in order to get this on the ballot. Since we needed over 400,000 signatures this amounted to about 1 in 400. This was backed by the Marijuana Policy Project led by sex offender Kampia and had the same poison pill going back to Prop215: you had to get “a card” to be a grower/caregiver. In my opinion this registry will be used to bust every last grower once the “big boys” get their mega grows up an running. The data mining of “smart meters” will also be used to get growers who have refused to get “a card.” You should not need a fucking “card” to grow Marijuana. You don’t need it to brew beer or make wine at home. We should have been suspicious about the need to have a card from the very beginning!

The Present

Between 2008 and today (April 1st, 2017) both our legislators and monied drug reform groups — NORML, DPA, MPP, etc. — have been pushing “tax, regulation and control” — what is also know as a “seed to sale” model. This was already beginning to occur as early as 2000 by the way.

One of the first assaults on the Medical Marijuana Initiative came in the form of local city ordinances that forbid home growing in cities like Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak, Ferndale and many other cities. This “boiler plate” legislation was pushed through by Municiple Leagues and was an obvious subversion of the will of 63% of Michigan voters.

===== Bruce Cain, resident and drug policy activist, said he’s cautiously optimistic about council’s decision. He said his worry was the city would try to prosecute patients and caregivers who are in compliance with state law. “I’m just relieved you’re doing what you’re doing,” he said. [By the way, I never said that]. Cain said he supports the complete and untaxed legalization of marijuana. It is the only way the country will stop the drug cartels, he said, and it would make cheap medicine widely available. Marijuana is not a dangerous drug, Cain said. He said it should at least be treated the same as alcohol, which is more dangerous.

Heights council OKs ban on marijuana dispensaries Friday, January 14, 2011 http://www.rockindlaw.com/dearborn-heights-passes-ordinance-prohibiting-dispensaries/ =====

Adam Brook — long time Master of Ceremony for the Hash Bash — also spoke out against these ordinances, which I believe led to his arrest and incarceration for owning a gun which he inherited from his father or grandfather.

So here we are today just waiting for the Mega Grows to open: at which point the home growers will be thrown under the bus. I will leave it to the reader to read about what is about to happen to Cannabis in Michigan as the “big boys” move in to monopolize production and distribution. =====

===== LANSING — The medical marijuana industry is poised for explosive growth in Michigan. And new laws seeking to regulate, tax and legitimize the lucrative business have unleashed a torrent of cash at Lansing decision makers, sending dozens of lobbyists, lawmakers, legislative staffers and business owners scrambling for a piece of the billion-dollar enterprise.

All the jockeying is taking place under Michigan’s weakest-in-the-nation laws outlining government ethics, transparency and conflicts of interest. And it’s happening while Lansing awaits Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointment of a five-member board that will ultimately oversee licensing of the industry, raising questions about who will truly benefit from bringing pot to the mainstream.

The stakes are high: While medical marijuana revenues in Michigan are estimated at more than $700 million, if full legalization of marijuana happens, as it has in eight other states, the revenues could be enormous. Arcview Market Research, a California-based company that tracks the marijuana industry, reported $6.8 billion nationally in legal marijuana sales — both recreational and medicinal — in 2016, and projects the market to grow to $21.6 billion by 2021.

New medical marijuana laws set industry ‘on steroids’ http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/25/new-medical-marijuana-laws/99430088/

Medical pot draws rich, well-connected investors http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/03/25/medical-pot-marijuana-rich-investors/99415236/

===== * Registered medical marijuana users: 244,125 * Registered caregivers: 40,702 * Estimated sales with new medical marijuana regulations: $711 million * Estimated tax revenues with new law: $21 million * Number of plants for each class of medical marijuana growers: up to 500; up to 1,000; up to 1,500 * Product yield for single marijuana plant: Depending on the strain, 2 ounces to 2 pounds. * Price: $8 to $20 per gram, which would translate into a range of $448 to $18,140 worth of finished product from one marijuana plant.

Medical marijuana by the numbers http://www.freep.com/story/news/pol…

Medical pot: from ballot to regulated industry www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2…

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Medical pot laws ignite Lansing feeding frenzy http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/03/25/medical-pot-laws-michigan/99250684/ =====

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The Future?

The dream of many of us Hippies — to be able to grow and sell without “tax, regulation and government control” — is fast becoming like the American Dream: you really have to be asleep to believe it.

Under “seed to sale” state governments and millionaire gangapreneurs are going to want every last penny that they lobbied for. So instead of many small growers supporting local communities we will see them herded into the criminal justice system for doing exactly the same thing the “big boys” will be doing: growing and distributing Cannabis. And let us not loose sight of how hypocritical this really is. The very same state governments that have been persecuting Cannabis Consumers/Producers — because Marijuana was so dangerous — are now going to become our New Drug Dealers. And the very same Hippies that optimized the the technology, hybridized new strains etc. will be going to jail. Please, let that sit in for a moment.

Between 2010 and 2012 the Hash Bash was overtaken by dispensary owners like Ream, 3rd Coast (Ypsi) and others. And because of that the last time I was allowed to speak was in 2010, following a speech by John Sinclair. You can watch the video here:

Hash Bash in Ann Arbor and the End of the War On Marijuana (2010) https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=TtmVsOg_XZw =====

===== This video contains speeches by John Sinclair and Bruce Cain with introductions by Hash Bash “Master of Ceremonies” Adam Brook. In the second year after Medical Marijuana became legal in Michigan we celebrate the 39th Annual Hash Bash in Ann Arbor Michigan. John Sinclair, the first speaker, is the actual reason the Hash Bash began. In 1970 he was persecuted, as a political prisoner of the state, after facing 10 years in Prison for the possession of 2 Marijuana Cigarettes. In December 1970 John Lennon, of the Beatles, came to Ann Arbor to hold a special concert to raise money for John Sinclair’s defense. Soon after John was free. Bruce Cain is the second speaker and is the author of the MERP Model for Marijuana Re-Legalization. Under this model all adults would be able to “grow their own” untaxed, unregulated and unlimited in the number of plants that they can grow. This is the ONLY way that the Mexican Drug Cartels can be defeated. It is the only way that the sick and the poor will be able to afford Marijuana. And it is the only way that the PIGS (Police Instigating “Grass” Stings) can be prevented from breaking into our homes . . . much like the British broke into the homes of the American Colonists. Both Cain and Sinclair support the right for Americans to grow their own Marijuana without taxation or regulation. We both would like to see Marijuana treated like Beer — where we can presently produce home brew — rather than “hard liquor” where you can purchase, but not produce, your own product.

It appears that NORML, DPA, MPP, Obama . . . and many other “interested” parties (e.g., the Rx and Tobacco industries) want to prevent Americans from “growing their own” in order to monopolize the market and charge $300 to $500 for an ounce of Marijuana when we could essentially grow it ourselves for free. It is worth noting that many members of State Chapters of NORML no longer agree with the “tax and regulate” model. The “tax and regulate” mantra is coming mainly from National Members of NORML, DPA and MPP.

Cain is urging American Citizens to recognize, that for the first time in US history, a majority of American voters now want complete legalization . . . including the right to grow our own.

Vast forces, including the Corporate Controlled Media, are trying to “manufacture consent” for a “tax and regulate” model that will prohibit any significant “self cultivation” in order to serve the greed of those most likely to monopolize the markets: large dispensaries, the federal government, the tobacco industry and the Pharmaceutical industry.

The Mainstream Corporate Media will not allow activists, such a Cain, Sinclair, Herer, Peron etc. explain what they see wrong with a “tax and regulate” model that does not allow self cultivation.

Hash Bash in Ann Arbor and the End of the War On Marijuana (2010) https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=TtmVsOg_XZw =====

That was the 15th(?) and last time that I spoke at the Hash Bash. And here is what I had to say about that in 2012.

====== Bruce Cain has been a long time activist who has always believed in the inalienable right of adults to grow their own Marijuana as well as other foods and herbs. He has spoken at 15 of the last 23 events but feels that the Hash Bash has been hijacked by those intent on “taxing, regulating and controlling” it for the benefit of monopolists like Steve DeAngelo of Harborside . . . who will be allowed to speak.

Here are some of the links cited in the video:

“The Obongo Song” for Marijuana Hypocrite Obama – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3iOHt1RKR8

I also found it unfortunate to hear your other Hash Bash planner, Charmie Gholson, expressing joy over that fact that they are busting white people. This is also unacceptable and some might even argue it to be racist in its own right. No one should be getting busted for growing or consuming Marijuana. Here is the podcast in which she makes the statement:

========================= Charmie Gholson-Comm. for a Safer Michigan, Caitlin Sampson by ROJS Radio Sat, March 3, 2012 At 43:00 Gholson states that she supports taxing Cannabis. Bad girl! At 46:00 It is good white people are getting arrested She is part of Able’s “Repeal Today” http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rojsra…

Why Bruce Cain is not being allowed to speak at 2012 Hash Bash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeOB6J6g2F8&t=16s =====

If you are a Cannabis consumer or producer you have every right to be pissed off at the current Hash Bash Promoters, the Pseudo Drug Reform organizations and your legislators. And don’t get excited by the two initiatives for 2018. Essentially, unless we act, the door on persona cultivation is shutting fast. The state wants the revenue and the “big boys” are going to be the sole providers to the local dispensaries. Small growers will obviously be thrown under the bus and treated like criminals. And the consumer will be paying through the nose for an herb they could grow themselve for perhaps $20/ounce. Instead you will probably be paying $60 and eighth and $350 per ounce.

So I will end this with links to proposed initiatives by MPP and MI_Legalize. Frankly I don’t know why they would even bother. And neither will do what we first set out to do in the late 1960’s:

* Erase all Marijuana offenses from judicial records. * Allow Marijuana consumers/producers to own a gun. * Allow adults to grow and sell their overage. * Stop the persecution of consumers/producers.

===== MI Legalize 2018: The People of Michigan’s Movement to Legalize Marijuana http://www.milegalize.com/ http://www.milegalize.com/read_the

March 22 Draft Ballot Language Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol https://www.facebook.com/notes/michigan-coalition-to-regulate-marijuana-like-alcohol/march-22-draft-ballot-language/280551502380931 =====

There is STILL a much better solution: MERP and the Tomato Model

Here are some notes on my MERP Model for legalization as it was in 2009. The basic plan is still better than most that I’ve read but it needs some revision. My web is long gone so this is what I’m left with. MERP is really just a version of what existed since the 60’s: Tomato Model, Hippie Distribution System. At the end of the day it was really structured to insure the “industry” would ALWAYS be dependent on local growers.

===== An Overview of the MERP Model for Marijuana Re-Legalization By Bruce Cain – submitted to NeuroSoup on July 20, 2009 http://www.neurosoup.com/an-overview-of-the-merp-model-for-marijuana-re-legalization/ =====

Frankly I would summarize my better solution this way in April of 2017.

Any adult should be able to have 2-4 1000 Watt lights per home. If you stay within these limits you can sell your overage and law enforcement will be reduced to the authority of a dead ghost on a bright sunny day. And of course you will still retain your 2nd Amendment right to own a gun. I still think THAT is the end game we should be fighting for. And please let me know if you agree. I would also encourage you to join my Facebook group in case I decide to throw my hat back in the ring of this insane “fools crusade.”

Bruce Cain’s Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/BruceCain2016/

Additional Links and Articles on the Hash Bash and Cannabis Policy:

Brad Forrester thread on competing Marijuana initiatives https://www.facebook.com/normlbrad/posts/1341595895961874?comment_id=1343570582431072&reply_comment_id=1345230525598411

More on MERP scattered throughout the web. Google [bruce cain merp] https://www.google.com/#q=bruce+cain+merp&*

===== Bruce Cain, Editor of “New Age Citizen,” talks about the history of Marijuana and how its prohibition is part of a larger Globalist agenda to push us towards a Post-Constitutional New World Order where inalienable rights are no longer guaranteed. He believes that both Obama and McCain have been selected to further this agenda and that citizens should stop legitimizing the “Election Charade” by writing in the names of 3rd Party and Independent Presidential Candidates. He further believes that the American People must organize to stop either candidate from pushing us further toward a Globalist New World Order when one of them becomes our next president in January 2009.

This lecture was given before a “live audience” at the Trumbull-Plex Theatre on Sunday, October 19th, 2008: just 2 weeks before the Presidential Election. The Trumbull-Plex Theatre is located in Detroit, Michigan. He was the featured speaker at this event that was celebrating that Michigan will most probably be the 13th State to Legalize Marijuana for Medicinal use. Bruce Cain encourages the distribution of this video in order to de-legitimize the 2008 Presidential Election and challenge the New World Order in 2009.

If nothing else it is a fact filled journey tracing the history of the animal kingdom’s consensual relationship with mind alterng drugs over the millennia. But it actually goes much further, tracing the role that Marijuana Prohibition has had in the building of a “Technological Cage” by which the New World Order is slowly stripping away the inalienable rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Marijuana: Past, Present and Future from Bruce Cain November 2008 https://vimeo.com/2056650

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===== Bruce Cain Beyond the semantics it is rather clear that state legislators are taking what the people wanted (e.g., the ability to grow your own) and instead pushing forward with the corporate industrialization of Cannabis. All this is being done in order to trace all production from “seed to sale.” Of course in order to set up such a system it is pretty obvious that, at some point, they will “need” to smother out home growers.

A great case in point would be Michigan which passed one of the most liberal — thought not perfect — Medical Marijuana Initiatives in 2008. Ever since then our legislators have been carving away at that. And now they are setting up the Mega Grows to supply the dispensaries. And once “up and running” your caregivers (home growers) will no longer be able to supply dispensaries.

And once that occurs I predict increase raids on home growers using information from “card” registries and data mining smart meter readings/electrical usage. We are already seeing an uptick in states like CO where “tax and regulate” is further along than in Michigan. To put it in the simplest of terms: state governments smell the potential revenue and they want to be sure they capture all of that revenue. And by hook or by crook their incentive will be to further persecute those that continue to grow their own.

It is quite obvious that this “seed to sale” monopolization will have severe consequences for “home growers.” Since the 60’s millions have eeked out a living growing, trimming Cannabis. Once “seed to sale” is fully implemented these same millions will be left with “working for the man” at perhaps $10/hour and losing the accumulation of knowledge/wisdom that comes from maintaining a sustainable grow: cutting clones, maintaining mother plants, maintaining veg plants, maintaining bloom stage plants, optimizing output etc.

In the decades I have been involved in this “fools crusade” so much time has been spent on the semantics:

* Should we call our plant Marijuana or Cannabis?

* Should we talk about our plan as Legalization of by some other term.

I am a secularist like Jefferson who saw that, beyond the silly miracles, there was a lot of folk wisdom contained in the Bible. And this Bible quote seems quite relevant to the discussion:

God said, “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit; they shall be yours for food. Genesis 1:29

I have yet to see a version of this that states: “I give the corporations every seed bearing plant.”

Over the last 200 years we have seen the rise of the collectivist state.

* The Civil War effectively centralized federal authority.

* The Federal Reserve effectively put the control of our economy in the hands of globalist banks and corporations.

* The Drug War prevented us from growing our own herbs and medicines.

* If Hillary had won the TPP would have been passed and US sovereignty would have been subjugated to global elites (again global banks and corporations).

In all of this the individual has been relegated to a slave of the state. For 60 years small growers have supplied the market place with ample amounts of Cannabis. That system is what we have all been fighting for all of these years. And no matter how you want to slice it this outcome — the corporate industrialization of Cannabis — was NEVER the end game that we fought so hard for.

So regardless, of the semantics, our goal has always been to secure the rights of small growers. This has got to be one of the greatest “bait and switch” outcomes in recent history and it cannot stand. And there is no way you can characterize the corporate industrialization of Cannabis as “legalization” or whatever you want to define as our inalienable right to grow our own foods and herbs.

So at the end of the day — beyond the semantics — this has always been our goal: our inalienable right to grow our own foods and herbs.

Commentary on “What Legalization Wants” https://www.facebook.com/notes/mich… =====

The Terror Preceding 911: Rainbow Farm by Bruce Cain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77b…

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So this lunatic Rick Jones wants sodomy laws and apparently he wants to sodomize us as well. When do we stop putting up with this bullshit?

“It’s time to get marijuana out of houses and put it somewhere else,” Sen. Jones said. “Let the pharmaceutical companies grow it and sell it in pharmacies.” https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruc… =====

Stopping the Michigan Legislatures War on Michigan Cannabis Consumers https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruc…

===== The Ride So Far Words and Music by Bruce W. Cain Copyright 2009

See you driving in you car How you like the drive so far babe? Will you travel very far? Or will the highway fade before your eyes?

You drive around so aimlessly Where was it you hoped to be now? Did you reach your destiny? Are you where you hoped to be today?

Chorus:

There must be a better way than this We need to talk about it They won’t even let us grow a weed It’s time to shout about it

Weed it just a symbol now Of those freedoms I hold sacred I wear this leaf to tell you now We’re here to take our freedoms back today

And all of us is all we need Peace on Earth is what we pray for The love you get will far exceed All the love you’ll ever give away

Refrain:

Come on, Come on, Come on baby Come on down and join the circle Come on little Goddess let’s get high

Come on, Come on, Come on baby Come on down and join the circle Come on everybody let’s get high

The Ride So Far https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKF…

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