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06 NOV

Fuck You for Making Me Vote Yes on Prop. 64, a Shitty Excuse for Legalization

I take no comfort in telling my fellow Californians that they need to vote Yes on Proposition 64, even though I truly believe that it is a shitty excuse for legalization. I did not come to this decision lightly. Anyone who has followed my writing on the subject throughout the entire campaign season know clearly that I think the Adult Use of Marijuana Act is a terrible law that was written by a bunch of stupid fucks who have never sold a bag of weed in their lives, and who have no idea how the cannabis industry actually works. Fuck each and every one of the cocksuckers who had a hand in writing the AUMA, putting it on the ballot, and forcing me to vote Yes on such a miserable fucking law. You are the scum of the earth, and I hate you. What is worse are the so called “activists” who have wandered around for months blowing smoke up our asses about how great of a law it is, and how great it will be for everyone. You sellout fuckfaces will have a special place in Hell… I am sure of it. Your lack of courage to tell the truth that Prop. 64 is a terrible way to legalize cannabis is telling. You have your head stuck up your ass, and you are willing to say and do anything to not have to face a defeat for “legalization” again. I do not mind that you think we should vote for it, but spare me the rosy future speech and the outright lies that this thing is going to be great. It will not. Prop. 64 is going to be difficult. It is going to ensure that a lot of good people who have worked their ass off for cannabis freedom have no voice in the future of the cannabis industry. It is going to enshrine a web of regulatory bullshit that will take many years to overcome, and which will handcuff this industry for many moons. AUMA will ensure that cops still have plenty to do to make the lives of weedheads difficult, and it will continue to result in plenty of enforcement- whether civil or criminal. It will continue to keep cannabis users as second class citizens, not to be trusted, unlike those who operate in other similar industries, like booze, coffee, or tobacco. No… We will have to RFID tag every plant and make sure every batch of cannabis is rigorously tested because it is so “dangerous.” It will limit how much we can grow, possess, and smoke because we obviously cannot be trusted to be responsible. It will tax the shit out of us at rates never seen before for a commercial product. It will create barriers to entry that ensure that the playing field is anything but level. It will create a host of really stupid regulations that limit the industry’s ability to flourish and prosper as it should. But because we probably won’t go to jail we should all be okay with this discriminatory crap that Prop. 64 codifies into law. That is right…. I hate it. I make no qualms about that. But I still want you to vote Yes for it because it is the right thing to do.

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02 OCT

Dear America.... What the Fuck Are You Thinking?

This whole election has got me incredibly depressed, and I cannot wait for it to be over. It is a series of incredibly bad choices that make wonder what we are doing as a nation, and as a society. It is certainly a two steps back election filled with fear and disgust. I do not care what you think about President Obama, but I would take a little hope and change right now over this chaotic argument between yesterday’s news and tomorrow’s nightmare. It is hard for me to stomach that we are here, and that there is literally nothing I can do about any of it. It is enough to make me want to sit this whole election out and just pretend I am Canadian for at least another four years. I have heard a lot of people in the cannabis spectrum be critical of President Obama over the years for what he has not done to make cannabis legal. Now, looking at the choices we have for his replacement, and the looming questions surrounding how a Trump or Clinton Presidency will affect the rights of people to use weed, I for one would take another four years of Obama over this crap any day. If you think Obama’s inability to legalize weed at the federal level is a reason to be upset, just wait until Donald Trump appoints Chris Christie as Attorney General and he unleashes an army of prohibition warriors to immediately roll back any progress that we have seen. It is unclear what Hillary might do regarding cannabis, but I can almost assure you that it will not be seen as progress. If we are lucky enough to keep the status quo of non-enforcement in states where cannabis is legal I will be happy. Chances are what we could see is a lateral move where cannabis is legalized as a Schedule 2, and put into the hands of special interests that have influenced the Clintons decision making process for decades. Regardless, it is clear that unless there is a miracle by Obama before January 20th of next year that we will likely not see much progress in the way of cannabis reform for years. I will take my chances with Clinton, but it makes me ill to think that this is the best we could come up with as a nation for someone to lead our country. How depressing.

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04 SEP

I HATE AUMA... AKA PROP. 64

Whose bright idea was it to put a “legalization” initiative on the ballot in California that no one likes, and which will likely make the buying, selling, smoking, and possession of weed an unnecessary nightmare for decades to come? That is what you will never find out. No one wants to claim responsibility for this garbage. Good luck finding out who actually wrote the thing. I can tell you who didn’t write it though… someone who actually buys, sells, smokes, or possesses weed. Otherwise they would have been able to see how idiotic their stupid initiative really was. I will just say it as simply as I can… “I HATE PROPOSITION 64: THE ADULT USE OF MARIJUANA ACT (AUMA).” What a kick in the nuts this thing has turned out to be. Prop. 64… aka The Adult Use of Marijuana Act is on the ballot and will either pass or not on November 8th, regardless of what I do. It makes me sick to my stomach to even think about because the reality is that we are fucked either way. Not like a little fucked either… We are really fucked either way. There is no getting around it. The one certain outcome of Prop. 64 is that we will be FUCKED. If the thing passes we are saddled with a law that is anything but cannabis freedom. We will have a law that is cemented by voter initiative onto the books that will create more problems than solutions. It will create a cannabis landscape filled with barriers and pitfalls, and will ensure that cannabis is kept as close to prohibited as humanly possible, while still maintaining the guise of legalization. It will still give cops the power to make your life a living hell for weed if they choose to, and it will create a barrage of legal questions about what is legal, and what is not, that will not likely be answered for many years through the slow and pain-staking process of our broken court systems. Prop. 64 is a mess. It is ridiculous to think that some genius sat down and decided to write pages and pages of useless restrictions and bullshit regulations based on hyperbolic points of opposition, and that they actually spent the millions needed to put the world’s largest word salad on the ballot to govern cannabis in California for decades to come. They should call it Prop. 64-pages. On the face it will be great. The headlines will read “California Legalizes Weed.” And it seems for a lot of folks that is enough…. for us to give the impression to the world that the largest state in the nation, and the world’s 8th largest economy, just legalized weed for people 21-and-over to use. Many have predicted that our passing of AUMA will be the straw that broke the prohibition camel’s back. They keep enticing us with delusions of grandeur about how when California legalizes weed that the walls of prohibition will crumble before our very eyes, and the doors to the prisons will fly open with thousands of weedheads pouring into the streets, FREE AT LAST! FREE AT LAST! Save me the rhetoric. I am not buying. I gave at the office.

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03 JUL

Why the Term "Nonmedical Marijuana" Proves that AUMA is STUPID...

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act uses the term “Nonmedical Marijuana” 28 times in its 62 pages of overburdensome nightmare regulatory bullshit pipe dreams. The very essence of this made up word-salad terminology shows clearly what is wrong with the AUMA… It is stupid. It is a bad idea. It is poorly written by people who have never sold a bag of weed in their lives to appease segments of the population who will hate us regardless. The fact that you have to categorize somewhat legal weed as “nonmedical” just shows that your focus is way out of whack from the jump. It is bad enough that I have had to spend the last decade arguing with most of these folks that all cannabis use is not medical, no matter how much they wanted to tell me that it was. When I blast off with 10 fat blunts and get lit like a firework with the homies in the middle of the Cypress Hill show I am not medicating… I am smoking weed and loving it; and that is okay. I like to get high… I also medicate with cannabis at times. I can do both. I am talented like that. But now I have to figure out how to argue with people about “nonmedical marijuana,” as if that were a real thing? No thanks. I am already crazy angry that we ended up with such a piss-poor version of legal cannabis to vote on in November. Now I have to figure out what these people mean by “nonmedical marijuana?” Are you shitting me? What exactly are you trying to hide with this gibberish? Who is buying what you are selling? How can you even say that with a straight face? I am not doing it. I won’t. If you want to have an “adult use” conversation, then fine…. Let’s do that. But this “nonmedical” deal is not going to work for me. There is no way I am going to spend the next four plus months having a dialogue with you folks about some “nonmedical” mythological creature.

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18 JUN

Two Steps Back. How the raid of CBD Guild is a raid on the entire cannabis community and the MMRSA program as a whole.

Upon receiving notice that local and Federal law enforcement officials were raiding the facilities and homes of CBD Guild, manufacturers of Care By Design and Absolute Xtracts products, my first reaction was one of disbelief. Just a couple weeks before I had created a presentation for the organization that was to be used to inform and educate representatives from over a dozen State agencies charged with developing the new cannabis regulatory program for the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (BMMR). They invited these folks to tour their facilities in hopes of helping them to establish a positive program as required by the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) that was passed by the CA Legislature last October. I was certain that the reports of the raid must have been a mistake, as there was no other organization in the industry that was more compliant and prepared than the folks at CBD Guild. How could it be that in the midst of developing licensing programs for the industry that includes the manufacturing of extractions and finished products could a full blown raid of one the industry’s model providers be happening? Was this a joke? Did I miss something? Are we really back to doing raids again? Really?

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04 JUN

I can't believe I am probably going to vote against weed legalization...

I have been debating with myself for months over the issue we face in California regarding legalizing cannabis for adult use. I have sat back and watched as activists and weedheads who I respect and care about have expressed their opinion on the ill-fated Adult use of Marijuana Act, which submitted what is likely enough signatures to qualify for the ballot last month. I have tried to wrap my head around it all and find the silver lining… but I have come up short. I just do not think I can do it. I am sorry. I was an adamant supporter of Proposition 19 even for all of its faults. I defended the honor of Richard Lee and the Prop. 19 crew with all I had, and made enemies in that battle that still remain today. I did not think it was a great law by any means, but I believed it was “good enough” and that it would change the world. It did indeed change the world, as the close election showed that it was possible to pass legalization laws, and it motivated the efforts in Colorado and Washington that passed in 2012. For 2010, the law seemed revolutionary. Regardless of where you stood in the Prop. 19 debate, one would have to admit that it looks pretty sexy compared to the 62-page debacle that is the AUMA. The most humorous thing about the current AUMA effort is that you cannot find one person who will give it a full-throated endorsement that it is a good law. Instead you have a bunch of half-hearted endorsements from “leaders” in the cannabis community making such bold statements as, “It is seriously flawed, but it is better than where we are at now” and “I will hold my nose and vote yes because it is better than what we have.” But is it? Is it really? Do the pages and pages of unnecessary restrictions and cumbersome regulations really make things better? Or does it potentially cement in a terrible law through a voter initiative for decades to come? Could it actually end up being much much worse than where we are?

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05 MAY

Is California Ready to "Regulate Cannabis Like Alcohol?" Will we learn from Colorado's mistakes?

In 2012 Colorado voters legalized recreation cannabis. The Amendment 64, codified as Article 18, section 16, of the Colorado Constitution. The civil rights protected in the Colorado Constitution include, voting rights, rights to bear arms, prohibition of slavery, and freedom of speech and press, and now the right to possess and consume recreational marijuana, or how it should be spelled, cannabis. Marijuana, after all, is a slang and derogatory term for cannabis. First, it’s regulate like alcohol. (1) PURPOSE AND FINDINGS. (a) In the interest of the efficient use of law enforcement resources, enhancing revenue for public purposes, and individual freedom, the people of the state of Colorado find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for persons twenty‐one years of age or older and taxed in a manner similar to alcohol. Article 18, Section 16 includes subsection 3. Personal use. (3) PERSONAL USE OF MARIJUANA. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the following acts are not unlawful and shall not be an offense under Colorado law or the law of any locality within Colorado or be a basis for seizure or forfeiture of assets under Colorado law for persons twenty‐one years of age or older: (a) Possessing, using, displaying, purchasing, or transporting marijuana accessories or one ounce or less of marijuana. (b) Possessing, growing, processing, or transporting no more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants, and possession of the marijuana produced by the plants on the premises where the plants were grown, provided that the growing takes place in an enclosed, locked space, is not conducted openly or publicly, and is not made available for sale. (c) Transfer of one ounce or less of marijuana without remuneration to a person who is twenty‐ one years of age or older. (d) Consumption of marijuana provided that nothing in this section shall permit consumption that is conducted openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others. (e) Assisting another person who is twenty‐one years of age or older in any of the acts described in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this subsection. Examining these two portions of the constitutional amendment it makes clear several items. First, it IS regulate like alcohol. Despite the fact that there are many more different forms and different ways to consume cannabis than alcohol. But for simplicity let’s get down to basics. For example, lets scale it down to just forms of liquid cannabis. Products like Dixie Elixirs, Keef Kola, and Marqua. If these liquid forms of cannabis, products that would be consumed in the exact same way as alcohol is, it would be regulated like this. Liquid cannabis would be available and licensed at all the places alcohol is now. Liquor stores, wholesale distribution, bars, night clubs, convenience stores, sporting events, private clubs, special events, political events, weddings, restaurants, even, gasp.... church functions.

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20 MAR

Refusing to Forget Who I Am.... An Outlaw

I didn't choose the outlaw life... the outlaw life chose me. When America decided to make weed illegal they took away my fundamental right to feel better, and my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I learned at a young age that cannabis was a good choice for me. At the age of 12, I was locked up in a psychiatric ward for 45 days against my will with a team of doctors that decided I had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I was released and put on a heavy dose of Ritalin for over a year. Whatever your thoughts are on ADHD are irrelevant. In 1988 doctors were giving out Ritalin to kids at an alarming rate, and this practice still continues into today whether Ritalin or Adderall, or any other number of anti-depressant medications on the market. These drugs change the brain chemistry of humans. They change who you are and how you feel, and these effects are lasting. So whether or not I really had a true medical issue worthy of this type of meth-based drug prescription, or if I just had a single mom who worked 60 hours a week to pay the bills incapable of controlling a strong-willed hardhead like myself, these genius doctors decided to use me as a Guinea pig and dose me with Ritalin to try and calm me down. Anyone who knows me probably figured out that their plan failed, as I to this day am a person who still does not conform to the norms of society in any way whatsoever. I live life on my own terms. Fuck your society. I do what I want. At the age of 13, I found weed. Weed actually saved me. I found that a few hits of a joint stopped the madness in my head. I found clarity. I could see the world for what it was. I was happy when I was stoned. The panic that is a constant in my human experience would cease, and I could function. So what a kick in the nuts it was when I found out the only way to get weed was to be an outlaw. At this time in my life I was living in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri… or as we referred to in Misery. Needless to say weed was even more illegal there than in most places. The Bible Belt is a bitch. To make a long and complex story short, once society made me an outlaw I found it difficult to draw the line on other issues. I was a roughneck kid who found trouble alluring. School was always too slow for me. It was not that I was incapable of doing the work. On the contrary. I was too capable, and the pace of the American school system was too slow for my development. It was mundane and lacked a sense of accomplishment. I found that being an outlaw was a much more compelling existence and I ended up in rehabs, group homes, and I ended up doing 13 months in the toughest juvenile prison in North St. Louis as a teen. I lived on constant lockdown for over a year, and it was me and 36 black kids who became my brothers over time. Talk about an eye-opener into the racial disparity of the “justice” system. I got my GED in juvenile prison, scoring a 98% on the test. Because I was a relatively low-risk white kid with no place to go, as my mom chose the tough love route that was so chic in those days, at the age of 15 the jail let me leave every day to go to Harris Stow State College, a predominantly black college. I got a scholarship there with the help of one of the teachers at the prison and got a 4.0 GPA on college level work through my first semester. After being released my mom moved us to Arizona in an effort to start over. But I was already an outlaw. It was just a matter of time before I found my way back to the life, and I spent a lot of time in and out of jail through my youth. I became a hustler. I came up in the weed game and dabbled in other drugs too. I moved out on my own at the age of 16 and decided that I would figure life out on my own terms through my own viewpoints and ideas. It was hard. I can’t even begin to explain the experiences that made me who I am today and how I managed to pull myself out of those difficult days. I eventually grew tired of AZ and moved back to New York City where my father was. I linked up with some of the biggest players in the City and used to run the Sheep’s Meadow weed game in 1994, pushing weight all over the East Coast. It was here that I learned the economics of the weed game, and how to make a living being a weed outlaw. Fast forward a couple of years and I ended up following a girlfriend out to California. It was late 1995, and I had to re-establish myself and start over again. Petitions for Prop. 215 began circulating and I was living on Panther Beach near Santa Cruz making $50 a day to gather signatures, while also getting my small time weed hustle back. It was an eye-opening period in history for me, as it was the first time I had considered my use of weed as a medical right. It was the first time that I felt like there was some sense being made about weed. It was the first time I understood that it was not my choice to be an outlaw, but that the society we lived in had failed me and made me a criminal. It was striking.

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28 FEB

Why Sean Parker is the Jeb Bush of Marijuana

As we look across the political landscape for 2016 one thing is evident… this year is unlike any other before. For most of modern history political battles have been won by the person with the most money. Over the last 20 years approximately 98% of elections have been won by the person who could spend the most money on their campaign. Like clockwork, you could almost guarantee that the person with the best fundraising machine would win the election. The Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court made this reality even more bewildering by allowing unlimited contributions to Super PACs working on behalf of a certain campaign or candidate. Money and politics have been like peanut butter and jelly… you rarely see one without the other. Elections continue to be bought and paid for by special interests, and in return those special interests receive political favors that allow them to pretty much do whatever they want whenever they want. Long gone are the days of one person-one vote. Most politicians spend half of their work schedule fundraising for their next campaign effort. It is a sad reality that has left many voters completely apathetic and feeling like the game is rigged. This is why when Jeb Bush, son of the 41st President and brother of the 43rd President, began his quest for the Presidency this year most pundits considered him a shoo-in for the Republican nomination. His initial shock and awe fundraising machine amassed over $150 million dollars between the campaign itself and his Right to Rise Super PAC. The idea was that, like his brother, he could come in and take the field over by crushing the competition with cold hard cash. The media and politicos seemed to agree that Jeb would be able to outspend everyone else by such a dramatic margin that there was no way he could lose. It was clear that Jeb would have a war chest so much bigger than the next guy that no one else even had a shot. But 2016 has proven to be anything but a normal election season. Enter one Donald J. Trump to spoil little Jeb’s big plans. Trump floated down and escalator at Trump Tower in June and immediately began to change everything we thought we knew about politics. He proceeded to play into the fears and frustrations of millions of Americans who are fed up with politics as usual. He accused Mexicans of being rapists and declared that China was ruining everyone’s lives because we allowed bought and paid for politicians to bargain away our freedom to the highest bidder. His brand of politics is anything but conventional and no one thought he had a snowball’s chance in hell of winning an election. Fast-forward 9 months and here we are with Trump smashing the Republican field and leading nearly every poll in every state by a wide margin over the competition. Where is Jeb Bush you might ask? After getting destroyed by Trump in Iowa, New Hampshire, and eventually South Carolina little Jeb was forced to suspend his campaign in an effort to save face. After spending over $100 million dollars he came up with a total of 94,411 votes in the first three contests before dropping out. He literally spent well over $1,000 per vote that he received and came in sixth place in Iowa and fourth place in New Hampshire and South Carolina. For well over $100 million bucks Jeb couldn’t even place in the top three in any of these contests. At times, it seemed like the more money he spent somewhere the worse he did. Like every major ad buy from his campaign resulted in a loss of voter support. It got so sad that even the most bleeding heart liberal felt a little sorry for Jeb as trump pummeled him with accusations of being low energy and just a continuation of his brother’s failed Presidency. Jeb proved to be a big fat expensive loser in the end. Which brings me to Sean Parker… Talk about a big fat expensive loser.

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31 JAN

Why Sean Parker’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act will not pass…

The short answer is. “BECAUSE IT SUCKS.” It is no secret that I am not a fan of the bullshit Adult Use Marijuana Act being put forth by Pawn Sharker and the other wannabe billionaire boys club members who think their money gives them some sort of power, and a right to create a cannabis law that will cripple the California cannabis economy for years to come. What is a fact is that these jackasses and their legal gurus created a 62 page nightmare of a law that will make California the most heavily regulated cannabis industry in the world. Way to go. You cannot attempt to solve every problem and answer every criticism in a voter initiative. You just can’t. What you end up doing is actually not solving any problems, and creating more criticisms than you tried to answer. Voter initiatives need to be simple and concise. They need to be easily understood. History shows that efforts which are too complex generally fail at the ballot box. The Center for Range Voting explains it as follows: “Structuring too complex of a ballot measure—often by attempting to do too much in one law— is the death knell of a ballot initiative. Complex social problems in this country often cannot be resolved by initiatives. Successful initiatives can always be explained in one succinct statement and often times focus on populist themes.” The Adult Use of Marijuana Act is the poster boy of initiatives that attempt to do too much. It does not just legalize weed for adults. Instead, it attempts to create a detailed system virtually from scratch for how the entire industry will operate. The sly authors attempted to try and align it with the newly enacted Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, which has resulted in nearly 200 bans across the State. The MMRSA laws already have about a million “fix-it” bills coming behind them because the authors botched so many things (#justatypo), and lobbyists on both sides are pitching literal fits to try and further alter the new regulations. Yes… This is what they are basing their new and exciting “adult use” law on. Super. I am sure everyone will be thrilled to campaign for that effort (rolls eyes).

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