If you cannot laugh at yourself try being funnier…

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I am short, a little fat, and can be a fairly grumpy asshole on most days….and that can be very funny.

I laugh at myself all of the time. I have to. I have way too many flaws and issues in my life to not find the humor in it. I can remember times when I wanted to be taken more seriously, and worked to hide my flaws to fit this mold or that trend. Believe it or not, I used to be very hard on myself and worried greatly about my public image. I used to give a shit what others thought about me to the point I was not even sure who I really was any more at times.

I cannot pinpoint the moment in my growth where that changed, but I know it came from the realization that despite my flaws and issues I am a really good person. I also looked around and decided that the other gigantic assholes I was sharing this planet with were no better than me, despite how shiny and polished they look to the naked eye. In fact, through direct experience with other humans, I understood everyone was pretty much a retarded bag of thought and emotion that did not know more about being a successful human than I did.

I have worked with some very successful people over the years, and was always enlightened by the experience. But in dealing with people who are successful, I learned that even successful people have many severe flaws. The difference is that most have acknowledged these flaws, accepted them, and have learned to be successful despite their flaws. They understand their limitations, and sometimes irrational behaviors; and they can laugh at them. By acknowledging their own shortcomings, they can then find other humans who excel where they lack and who can help them achieve their objectives.

They have taken the power from their own imperfections by embracing them and learning to overcome them. Those who cannot truly laugh at themselves can never achieve real success because they cannot understand their own failures. When we know that we are just another stupid human we can prepare for that and work around it. If we consistently deny who we are, and the way we live our life, in fear of being judged by others we lose who we are and our sense of purpose.

No matter who you are, you are a funny loser at times. Get over yourself.

The humor in life is the only thing that keeps me grounded. I like to poke fun at the world because it is an amusing place to live. I do not mind having fun poked back at me either because I am a dorky, weird, and often ill-tempered. I am the first to make fun of myself because I know firsthand how stupid I really am. No one can play the dozens with me better than me. I am that big of an asshole.

I run across a lot of people who lack a sense of humor, and who have ZERO sense of humor when it comes to themselves. These are very sad and needy creatures who fake some weird elitist self-confidence to make themselves feel important. They want so bad to command respect that they have no idea how stupid they look to the rest of us. You fuckers do know we can see you, right? Or better yet…we can see right through you.

Nothing is more sad than the person who takes their life so seriously that they really have no life at all. People hate fake people. No one who has lived on this planet for more than a decade is falling for your bullshit. We all know you are a dorky weirdo inside like the rest of us. So knock off the charades and enjoy the journey. Put down your guard every once in a while and let you be you.

Learn to laugh at yourself again. You are a funny mofo.

Some do not find my humor funny, and I can appreciate that. Most people who think that also do not know how to laugh at themselves yet. They have not figured out that there is no prize for being the coolest. They are still prisoners to their own self-conscious.

But those who have embraced who they are and who have joined in the chorus of laughter have freed themselves from the burden of ridicule. No one can make you feel bad about you if you understand that who you are is just fine, and yeah, it is a little funny.

So the next time you are feeling down, or put down by others, just embrace that dorky weird semi-crazy person that lives inside of you and laugh it off. Get a good belly laugh about what a freak you are and then move on with life knowing that the rest of us are just as big of idiots as you.

Laugh until you cannot laugh any more, and if you cannot laugh at yourself work on being funnier.

When being "nice" is no longer an option

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I try to never sugar coat things for people. Why? Because I find it only makes it that much more difficult on them when the truth comes to the surface. We are all adults here. You do not need me to coddle you and tell you everything will be okay. If you want to have that conversation call your mother.

Let’s start with folks outside of the weed movement. Our communities are filled with people who are “okay with weed being illegal.” Due to years of conditioning that weedheads are scofflaws and criminals, we often let people’s rhetoric go unchecked. Sometimes out of “respect” or sometimes because we are just too lazy to have a confrontation and reveal we are the stoner in the room.

Don’t do that any more. Our silence is their victory.

Challenge people’s position if they want to make cannabis users lesser people, or if they try to make weed out to be something evil. Do not give them a pass. Step right up and say “I like weed and I am a good person. Your position on cannabis is inaccurate and frankly, it is offensive.” Put them on notice. Quite being passive and letting this prohibitionist dialogue make the rounds without pushing back.

The time for being “nice” is long gone. We have spent the last few decades being nice and all we have gotten for it is a bloated and evil prison system that sucks up poor and minority folks at alarming rates, and a system that ruins their lives over weed and other drugs. When you wonder if you should say something, think about the poor kid getting pocket checked for his weed and hauled off to jail right at that moment because that happens nearly every hour of every day in this nation. That should make you angry. We are locking up our friends and neighbors for weed, and it is no longer acceptable.

It is our duty to make those who support these policies feel like complete shit. We need to make those who believe in the drug war myths, and who still spew the ignorant hyperbole of yesterday, feel like outcasts. Those views should no longer be welcome in our society, and it is up to us to demand that it stop now.

Being nice has gotten us nowhere fast. Begin telling people that it is no longer okay to treat us like criminals, or to search our property, or take our kids, or fire us from our jobs, or to treat us like lesser citizens because we like a safe, enjoyable, and helpful plant that has harmed no one.

Within our own circles we also have a lot of work to do. Our ranks are often cluttered with folks who are either just really stupid, or who have ill intentions to use our cause as a stepping stone to their fame and/or fortune.

There is a concerted effort to keep confrontation to a minimum in this industry, as people feel that any issue that may arise shines a bad light on our movement. But when we fail to confront issues, we allow for chaos to rule the day.

Don’t do that any more. Our silence is also our approval.

When people exploit our issue and use it to take advantage of others, or to sell their goods, we all lose. Not only is the message muddled, but our credibility is also tarnished. People say, “See. This whole industry is full of people like that. This is not about freedom or rights. It is just about drugs and money.” The good nature folks who have dedicated their life to this cause and plant are lumped in with the cannabis idiot circus because we have decided that being “nice” is easier than making waves.

So I have made it a point to have that difficult conversation within the movement, as well. It is not always easy, but often necessary. I have dedicated a lot of hours of my life to making weed legal for adults to use as they please, and I take personal offense to those who want to make that more difficult for me by exploiting the message and cause for their own personal gain.

I am the one who has to show up at City Council meetings and explain that this bullshit is not representative of our movement and industry. I have to justify your behavior and action to the masses, and try to explain why we are all not full of shit because of what you do. It is me who has to write letters to journalists to give the other side of the story when you have outright lied and inflated your position. It is us here on the ground who gets to clean up the mess left behind by your lofty ambitions and shitty planning.

So forgive me if my “nice” is turned off. I can not stomach standing by while you shit all over the chess board again.

Those who question my commitment to this movement because of my failure to be “nice” are likely not part of this movement at all.

Welcome to the Hotel California

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California is the weed capital of the world. There is no disputing that. The weed movement was born here, and California is still by far the largest producer state of the sticky-icky kind bud. But California is somewhat fucked legally, politically, and in our own heads. It is clear that it will take a miracle to get adult use legalization passed here through any voter initiative process in 2014.

Not for lack of trying though. Like we saw in 2012, multiple groups have chosen to file initiative language and take an unorganized and underfunded shot at the title.

“It’s déjà vu all over again” -Yogi Berra

So far we have two camps hoping to make the ballot for the 2014 election cycle. One is the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI) aka “The Jack Herer Initiative.” The other is called the Marijuana Control, Legalization, and Revenue Act (MCLR). Both groups face serious challenges, including each other.

Th California Cannabis Hemp Initiative is the evolved work of cannabis legend, Jack Herer. The core language was written by Jack before his passing in 2010. The language was filed by Jack’s friends Buddy Duzy and Michael Jolson and they have already began gathering signatures. The challenge is to gather 504,760 valid signatures by February 24th, 2014. The group has come up short on any substantial funding for the initiative and is counting on a mostly volunteer force of signature gatherers to get it on the ballot. For the record, no initiative has made it to the ballot with just volunteer signature gatherers. It would seem that the goal here would be to gather a robust amount of signatures and hope that money comes to rescue them before the clock runs out. Impossible? No. But it is a severe long shot at best.

CCHI is certainly not a terrible initiative, but in my opinion it will not likely make the ballot; and even if by some miracle it does, it will face real challenges in getting passed. Why? Because the initiative attempts to do too much IMO. Our opposition would murder the language, which allows for any adult to grow up to 99 plants. For the record, I am down for 99 plants. I am not sure what super stoner would need 99 plants for their own “personal use” but I am certainly all for it…..the problem is that I am not MOST voters.

The picture below is a 99 plant garden. The opposition and drug warriors will scare the public with pictures like this and ask them a simple question…”Is this what you want in your neighbor’s back yard?”

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Regardless of how many people support adult use legalization in California, there is still a large faction of the population that does not think large cannabis production in their neighbor’s yard is a great idea. Sorry. I wish it were different, but in this day and age it just is not. We see hundreds of communities all over the State passing ordinances banning outdoor cultivation altogether, but somehow the fact that this initiative will let every person grow 99 monster plants and ties the hands of local governments to do anything about it will just fly under the radar. It is just not likely.

It is a political nightmare, and even if it was Jack’s great idea from a time passed, it is not likely to be politically viable in an election at this time. I personally believe that Jack would have been open to reducing the plant numbers to make the initiative more likely of passing, but I have been told directly by Mikey Jolson that I “have no clue” and that I am basically “telling Jack to fuck off.”

So be it….Let the folks who carry Jack’s legacy convince you that Jack Herer would not compromise at all and that he would make no adjustments based on political calculations after seeing two states pass voter initiatives. What they do not tell you is that Jack also opposed Prop. 215 before he supported it. They also state that Jack NEVER would have supported Prop. 19 either, but Jack’s family stated differently in a letter released during the Prop. 19 campaign:

As an idealist, Jack was adverse to half measures. He originally opposed Prop 215 because it stopped at medical use only. He initially opposed Senate Bill 420 because it set limited quantities as a safe harbor. Over time, however, he came to appreciate the freedoms they created, and took pride in the role he played in inspiring those changes. Jack’s great fear about Prop 215 and SB 420 was that people would accept those limits, become complacent and stop working for full legalization. He feared we would be stuck with medical use forever.

Likewise, Jack railed against Tax Cannabis 2010, now Proposition 19, and its plan for limited legalization and local authority to tax and regulate marijuana sales to adults 21 and above. It falls far short of what he wanted. Jack ‘wanted it all,’ and Prop 19 is just a part of that dream. Unfortunately, Jack passed away before Prop 19 made the 2010 ballot; so many people think he would still oppose it. We don’t believe that, and we ask that everyone stop saying he would cling to that position as we move toward the Nov. 2 vote.

So forgive me if I do not share the opinion that Jack was so steadfast in his ways that he would not take into consideration the current political and legal climate, and possibly adjust his language to be more electable in California’s current political and legal climate. Maybe Jolson and Duzy are right. Maybe Jack would have stood his ground, regardless of the changes we have seen, as well as the backlash happening surrounding home cultivation in the State. If that is the case, I would tell Jack the same thing I told Duzy and Jolson…..They are nuts.

The response is always the same….”You hate Jack and want to keep people in prison.”

No asshole…..I respect the shit out of Jack and believe that in order to assure people were released from prison and that the initiative would fucking pass that Jack would have been willing to compromise his idealism for reality. If I am wrong on that, then that is okay. Since Jack is not here to debate it, the world will never know.

I liken it to Steve Jobs passing. Many say he would have never created the iPad mini because he thought 7 inch displays were too small; but when Apple began getting their ass kicked by 7 inch tablets in the marketplace, the company jumped on board and created the iPad Mini. Why? Because the company knew another thing about Jobs….he wanted to win and would adjust his model to do so. For the record, the iPad mini is slated to be the best selling tech product this holiday season.

Regardless of my opinion, or the opinion of Camp Jack, the initiative is filed and petitions are being circulated with the 99 plant allowance. This does not make it impossible to pass, but it certainly poses a much larger risk to it being passed, and gives a hell of a lot of ammunition to those who oppose cannabis freedom.

But fuck it…..Let’s just say I am nuts. That the 99 plant deal will not be an issue at all and that 51% of California would not even notice the 99 plants if CCHI makes the ballot. Let’s just imagine that it is a non-issue like Camp Jack would have you believe….How does it make the ballot?

This same camp took up this same initiative on a similar volunteer basis in 2012, and collected about 50,000 signatures, or less than 10% needed to qualify for the ballot. They have 150 days to collect 500,000 VALID signatures, which usually means you need to gather about 750,000 at least. We are 14 days into that 150 days. In order to collect 750k signatures in 150 days, it is necessary to get about 5,000 signatures per day….and that is EVERY day. It is a huge task, and it takes a lot of time, energy, and most of all MONEY. Is it possible? Yes. Do I see any signs that this group will be capable of accomplishing such a daunting task given their current structure and team? No.

I sat up late last night thinking of ways this would be possible. I want nothing more to believe that there is a path to victory somewhere in there, but even my vivid imagination could not find that answer. Unless a couple of million bucks walks in the door sooner than later to rescue the campaign, my gut feeling is that it is dead in the water.

That being said, I have a hell of a lot of respect for Michael Jolson and Buddy Duzy, regardless of our difference in opinion. I understand Jolson is pissed at my criticisms, and wants the world to know that I have “no idea what I am talking about.” That is fine….I hope he proves me wrong and makes me eat my words. I told him I would give him one pound of fire cannabis nugs if he made the ballot and another if CCHI passed. Hopefully my criticisms will drive Team Jack to get it done. I have my serious doubts, but that does not mean I am not rooting for them.

Which brings me to the next item of business…..the Marijuana Control, Legalization, and Revenue Act that was filed by Jon Lee and Dave Hodges from the SaveCannabis.org forum on Friday. The language filed was 35 pages long. We can begin there.

To make a long story short, te group began pushing their initiative plan earlier this year and posted their intentions to an industry email list and website that they created called SaveCannabis.org. The email forum began innocently enough, but soon became fodder for industry folks. Email after email from one lunatic after another filled up the inbox of activists, and eventually people lost interest. Quality dialogue and idea sharing was drowned out by ideological hyperbole and threats.

But in the chaos, the group continued to put forth its initiative language, creating a Google open source format that anyone and everyone could add to and adjust. The idea was to use a platform of inclusion to appease the idiot circus that is the cannabis movement sometimes. Many believe hat where Richard Lee failed in Prop. 19 was not letting enough people within the industry to have a voice in the process. While there may be some truth to that, the answer is certainly not entertaining every idea and pet project need in the industry and cramming language together that attempts to pay favors to  every segment of the industry to gain their support.

In June the group took to their forum and claimed “Good news is, we currently have commitments of $2.5 mil and our PAC will be filing next month!” This is a fairly impacting statement, as if true, would mean that this initiative would almost certainly make the ballot. But the key word in the statement is “commitment.” The reality is that it is hard to believe there is $2.5 million available for a project that does not even have a website up yet, and who filed nearly two weeks after the suggested deadline.

My opinion about the language is that it is WAY overdone. I am not sure if anyone on Team SaveCannabis has ever done petitioning before, but I am very interested to see what the petition booklet ends up looking like. In the State of California, the entire language must be on each petition booklet, as well as the State issued summary above each signature panel and on the front. Even on a legal size in the smallest possible font, I am betting the booklet will have to be 16-20 pages long. The paper itself will be a burden to those who have to carry it and get signatures. Printing will be a mint too….

But that is all logistics. It can be  done for sure, and it sounds like it will. So here we will have a SECOND Marijuana Legalization Initiative Statute circulating. Whatever could go wrong here?

The main issue with the document is that it is riddled with complex solutions to irrelevant problems. It attempts to answer the questions of yesterday, without any vision of tomorrow. The language painfully attempts to make everyone happy by including this provision or that handout; but in the end it is just a mess.

I also have my doubts about funding and campaign viability. It is uncertain how the group plans on rolling this thing out. The language was filed by a small contingency of industry players and it was announced there would be a press conference. At the time of writing this I have seen zero press stories, and only one email from the proponents put out yesterday stating:

      The “Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act” (MCLR) was filed Friday in Sacramento for the November 2014 California ballot. The MCLR is the culmination of efforts that began and were developed over the last year primarily through input directly from members of the SaveCannabis.org forum.
      The eventual outreach beyond the forum to all Californians has culminated in an exceptional Initiative. This document meets several important criteria in being inclusive, structurally defensible and designed to address the most areas possible as defined within the current State and Federal guidelines and agendas.
      The Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act was developed by suggestions from thousands. Hundreds reviewed and edited the content. Dozens analyzed the legal and legislative requirements. It is an effort by the people for the people. And those people – all of us – are ready to vote for reform.
      My personal thanks to this forum and all those who have followed and participated in this great beginning. Thanks in particular for your patience in waiting to hear the latest news. The process of filing is complex and time consuming. The full text of the MCLR and a message from Dave Hodges will be posted shortly.

The latest version of the language I saw can be found here: MCLR ver 6_0_clean

I will just say that the initial roll out of this effort has left a lot to be desired and makes me question if the effort is serious at all. There has been a lot of time and energy put into the project, so we will see if it has legs. My initial thought is that it does not, but I am happy to be wrong on this one as well.

What I do know is that we again are disorganized and divided; and will likely fall short in 2014.

But this is what has become of the California cannabis landscape. Because of the pure size of the State, it is often just unmanageable. A lot of the bigger names are hedging their bets for 2016, as the big money players have made it clear they are waiting until then.

I do not see the world waiting though. I think cannabis legalization will move rapidly, and that November of 2016 is jut too far away.

Here is how I see it going down in Cali and maybe I will be wrong…only time will tell.

  • Early 2014…..CA Legislature passes medical regs a lot like AB604, but probably a little more stringent to get the last few votes they need. 
  • 2014….Colorado and Washington begin implementing adult use with success.
  • 2014 Election: Nothing happens in California but another smaller state may pull off a legalization measure.
  • Jan 1, 2015: Cali medical regs go into place and people will have tobe licensed to be a part of the industry.
  • Early 2015….another State (maybe Maine or Rode Island) pass adult use through their Legislature
  • Late 2015-Early 2016: California Legislature evolves medical regulations and passes adult use. 
  • Election November 2016: Folks who chose to sit on their hands are stuck with a “good enough” model from the State and will not justify spending the money to try and change a program people are already pretty used to.

I wish I had a better projection. I love California. This is my home.

But as I continue to read the writing on the wall, I am discouraged by a lot of what I see here. It is not a matter of being fractured, or splintered. That is to be expected. The problem is that there is no real problem for a lot of folks here. Weed is damn near legal and is a huge part of the culture. It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks, especially when the dogs have it pretty fucking good. So there is not a lot of motivation for real change. Not from the cannabis community, or from the opposition.

But change will come and we will not likely control our own destiny. Or maybe I am just a crazy person and everything will be super groovy. Who the fuck knows any more? Cali continues to make my head spin, and not just from the dank weed either.

Mirrors on the ceiling…..Pink champagne on ice.

 

Ruining everybody's lives and eating all our steak

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The weed movement is alive with the sound of bullshit.

It seems like every day a new huckster shows up with tall tales about throwing a football over the mountain. The environment is ripe for hyperbole and the Uncle Ricos are out in full force. You got people taking victory laps for races they never even ran, and using their self-proclaimed lies to fleece anyone who will buy into their schemes.

Then there are the enablers. These folks stand around the sidelines begging people to not rock the boat and to just let the untruthful rhetoric go unchallenged in the name of the greater good. These co-dependent bullshitters do not mind being mislead and lied to, as long as there is some perceived gain for themselves, or the community. So what if a person in disingenuous? As long as we are making progress, why should we challenge the moral fabric of those aligned with our cause?

Simple….one word…….INTEGRITY.

Those willing to trade our integrity for the promise of prosperity will likely never realize either one. When we fail to rise up and demand integrity from those representing our cause, we demean the hard work and energy of everyone. Because too many people that our movement looks to for leadership cannot seem to grow a sack of nuts and challenge some of these wingnuts, what we have is unchecked chaos resulting in garbled messaging and missed outreach.

Pretending something does not exist will not make it go away.

At times I wonder if there are even any folks left in the ranks who remember what we are fighting for.

What I see is the different tribes of cannabis circling their wagons looking for the next big thing that can propel them to the front of the pack. Nobody wants to make any waves in fear of not being asked to the dance, or losing their position in the race for fame and fortune.

Are there any people left who just want pure unadulterated cannabis freedom? Is everyone so worried about where they will come out on the other side of prohibition that they could give a shit how we get there? Are folks willing to let any dipshit with an orange van and a few footballs  waltz right in an make a bunch of bogus claims without having the courage to stand up and call “BULLSHIT?”

I cannot do it. I cannot sit back and watch these wannabe business moguls run roughshod over the industry without at least trying to stop them. You can cry and whine about how we should never say anything bad about another supposed cannabis activist because it fuels our opposition. That is the most pathetic thing I have ever heard.

You know what fuels our opposition? Being lead by cowards who did not have the nerve to have the difficult conversation within their own ranks, resulting in opportunity cost and lost goodwill.

We are only as good as the worst among us. If we cannot begin to weed out the charlatans and  con-men on our own, we should not be surprised when their deviant and selfish actions become synonymous with our entire message.

We already see the pump and dump kings working to co-opt the goodwill of national reform groups and charity organizations. We see self-admitted cannabis nobodies getting big airtime because they have a pocket full of money. There is little regard for cannabis and/or freedom in the modern era of  promotion. Cannabis politics also makes for very strange bedfellows.

But I challenge you to look around and take stock of what is going on. Understand that there is a lot more happening at this very moment than weed activism. Moves are being made. Souls are being purchased. False promises are being made. People are getting fleeced. You want the moon? You got it….

The Big Magnet in the Sky is in the details.

When the ugly face of reality is all that is left, let’s just remember we had this conversation. Most of what you see now is a mirage. There is a lot of scripted conversation and double talk happening that is being sold as progress. Most of the folks out there whoring themselves out will not be here when it is all said and done.

They will be chewed up and spit out by bigger fish with even less integrity. What we see now is child’s play compared to real business and industry. Most of these players do not have the stomach for it and will be gone at the first decent sell-out payday. Mark my words.

But some of you fuckers need to quit ruining everybody’s lives and eating all of the steak before it gets ugly. That is fair warning. Steak for thought.

Integrity matters.

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Do more. Work harder. Make a difference. Be a good person.

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Can you feel it? We are getting close. It is happening. The cries of our opposition are telling.

It is now time for the kill shot. It is time to step up and do more. We all have that in us. Whatever you are good at, do it more- do it better- work harder.

The war is over if we want it to be. Drug warriors are noticeably worried about the end of cannabis prohibition. Hell…the leaders of our movement are noticeably worried.

Why? Because the world has changed. Yesterday will be gone soon; and we will be faced with the challenges of tomorrow. But it must happen. We have got to allow our society to evolve, and we need to be be the driving force for real and meaningful reforms.

I challenge you to take the next few months and work harder for cannabis freedom than you ever have in your life. Stay up late and get up early. Burn the midnight oil for this cause and I assure you we will see real results over the coming year. We must turn up the volume and begin to hold people’s feet to the fire. What we see happening is real. We are winning, but have not yet won.

It will take all of us doing the work to end this thing once and for all.

We are surrounded by wolves in sheep’s clothing, so we must remain vigilant. Everyone who claims to love weed is not necessarily our friend; and some are certainly enemies of freedom. There are many who are here to ride our cause all the way to the bank, and could give a shit about how we get there as long as they get theirs.

This movement is in serious need of some self-purification. It would be great to see those considered leaders of this movement just put down the donation bucket for a minute and take the time to do some house cleaning.

Manage the movement you lead and stop managing the organization you run…..or get the fuck out of the way for those of us who love weed and demand freedom. We are coming. We will not stop. We cannot continue to sit by and hope change will come to us.

In order to make a diference we have to have share common goals. Our goals as a movement must be pure and true. We cannot continue to be constrained by the failed visions of yesterday.

It is time for real action, and that will take some real leadership.

The movement will always be fractured and splintered in its current form because there are just too many hurt feelings from years of ineffectiveness and sometimes treachery. It is hard to make a difference when at the core, the different tribes of our movement have such great disdain for one another.

I am not one to push the myth of unity. Not with this group. I have been standing here too long to have any real hope for that.

The movement is full of agendas and motives. The old guard and new guard do not even speak the same language. The ground is moving beneath our feet and we have to decide if we are going to allow for the noise and confusion to retard our progress.

But let’s stop blindly wandering towards cannabis freedom. Let’s find a more focused message and more clear strategies that will result in the real death of prohibition.

Quit hiding behind the fears of what could be or maintaining the status quo. Take our direct actions and pointed messages farther than we ever have before. Challenge the status quo. Do not think for a minute that our opposition is not working hard to keep cannabis freedom as limited as possible.

We can decide if we want to make a real difference or not…..if ending the madness is important enough for us to have the tough conversations and do the real work. Or if we are going to allow pageantry and parlor tricks to continue to rule the day.

This community does not need more distractions…we need actions. We need people willing to use their talents, their communications and their energy to be an active voice for change. We need to hit the ground with an army of informed people to meet our opposition wherever they may be.

It is imperative we have soldiers in every community to step up and get out to meetings and to organize in their communities. We need people willing to challenge people’s thinking by saying loudly and proudly “I LIKE WEED AND I AM A GOOD PERSON.”

In order to push change, we have to make it embarrassing to be on the wrong side of history. We don’t just want an end to these archaic policies, we want a fucking apology.

It is no longer okay to stand on the sidelines and wait for the rest of us to do the work for you. You have got to do your part if we want to make this happen. If we want to really end weed prohibition, and free our brothers and sisters from prison, we have got to get moving like never before.

The walls are crumbling so grab a sledge hammer and jump right in. I have never been more optimistic than I am right now.

There will always be those in our ranks who lack heart. We cannot let these forces overpower our message of cannabis freedom. We are too close to be done in by those we believed were our friends. The end of cannabis prohibition is near, and I refuse to let those using our issue for fame, fortune and power to continue on without a fight. Either pick up a sledgehammer or do not be surprised if the sledgehammer start swinging at you, and your house-of-cards empire.

Do more. Work Harder. Make a difference. Be a good person………Or get run over by those of us who will.

Cheryl Shuman is Full of Shit

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I have tried to be nice. I have tried to be respectful. I have bitten my tongue on more than one occasion because I also fell victim to “wanting to believe” syndrome.

Cheryl Shuman has made quite the name for herself in cannabis media circles. Her relentless pursuit of self-recognition has yielded some fruit. She has made numerous appearances on any number of news and television shows touting herself as the “Martha Stewart of marijuana.” Let me begin by saying “Shut the fuck up, Cheryl.”

You are no more the Martha Stewart of marijuana than I am the Martin Luther King Jr. of marijuana. You can run around selling that misleading bullshit if you want to, but let’s get real……Martha has more integrity in her butternut squash soup than you do in your whole pathetic existence. Martha made her name doing the work, not just talking about the work she was supposedly doing.

And if you want to know where you differ from Martha in a HUGE way…one word…..SUCCESS.

Martha Stewart’s brand is successful, and the products she endorses are successful, because Martha has a great understanding of business and is AUTHENTIC. She inspires people with her true and genuine abilities, and does not rely on the smoke and mirrors bullshit that has now become synonymous with Shuman’s antics.

When you have to have 7 different Facebook accounts to get your pathetic messaging and self-promotion out with a barrage of posts about me, me, me, me, me- you are a sad and pathetic human.

Cheryl has lost focus of the issue at hand….cannabis freedom. She uses this platform to hype her name and whatever shitty product she is pushing this week, but one has to question whether she even really likes weed at all; or if she simply likes the attention it brings to her.

The sad part is that it is so obvious this person is struggling to be relevant. It is obvious that she has made promises she cannot keep to certain products and companies and that those companies have been sold a bill of goods. Every project this woman has touched has mysteriously evaporated.

Beverly Hills Cannabis Club? Non-operational. Kush magazine? Gone. CannaCig? Irrelevant and had to be rebranded with no reference to her now. She is nowhere on their marketing anymore. Shaman Therapeutics? Irrelevant and insignificant. Stiletto Stoners? Not even sure what the fuck that is. Cannalebrity? Same self-inflated irrelevant bullshit. Haute Vape? Never fucking heard of it.

Do not believe me? Check it out for yourself…Go to the Cheryl Shuman “Brands” page on her website here: http://cherylshuman.com/brands/

Click on anyone of the brands listed there and you will see an identical bullshit site that says nothing about what the brand is or who they serve or what their mission might be…they are all just ANOTHER LAME COMMERCIAL for this wannabe celebrity smokescreen.

But scroll down further and look at the “Brands we have worked with.

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Notice that NONE of the brands she actually put her name on, such as Kush Magazine and CannaCig are even listed, WTF is up with that?

It is called simple fraud. Inflating hopes and dreams and leaving investors in her wake is this broad’s M.O. I have been personally approached by Ms. Shuman being promised an appearance on Ricki Lake and investments into my interests. I politely denied and tried not to throw up in my mouth.

Most of my silence stems from Shuman knowing to steer clear of me. But it has become such a sideshow that it infects my interaction with other folks that I have decided my silence is no longer okay. It is time to call bullshit on one of the biggest bullshitters ever and I will come right out and say it…..“Cheryl shuman is full of shit.”

Some will question her claims of medical conditions of which “cannabis has saved her life.” People have claimed that she is lying about ever having cancer or being seriously ill. I will not do that. If a person is pathetic enough to do that shit, then my exposing them is the least of their worries. Karma is a real bitch on shit like that.

But more so…it is unnecessary. There is enough real evidence of this woman being entirely full of shit that I do not have to speculate. The evidence is there for all to see. Everything she has touched has simply turned to shit and she has left innumerable investors blowing in the wind.

There is also the case of Brave Mykayla. Cheryl latched on to this touching tale of a young girl who found success in cannabis treatments. She apparently used this story to get exposure on to the Ricki Lake show.

In the filming of the show, Shuman apparently threw a temper tantrum because the show’s producers actually wanted to talk about Mikayla instead of the shiity vape pen CannaCig products she was hucking that day. She used this family to get her 15 minutes in the spotlight and then was upset when they actually wanted to discuss the girl’s story over her shitty product line.

I am not going to get any deeper into that out of respect to Brave Mikayla’s family, but that is the type of evil shit that goes on when a person is entirely devoted to promoting themselves and are beholden to the promises they made their investors.

I went from liking Cheryl, to tolerating her, to outright being disgusted over the past two years. When she came up to me at the Boston Freedom Rally looking for attention and probably another shitty selfie with her arm around my neck, I politely told her I had fliers to hand out. We did not speak the rest of the weekend. Mostly because I did not want to tell her how ultimately disappointed I was with her bullshit. I was trying to enjoy my weekend drama free.

But I left feeling like I should have said something….Like I could no longer deal with Hurricane Shuman in a passive aggressive manner. That I myself lacked some authenticity for my failure to state the obvious…..that Cheryl is indeed full of shit.

So now I have said it and I FEEL BETTER ABOUT MYSELF. I am sure there will be a shitstorm of defensive bullshit from Cheryl and her minions. I could give a shit. Bring it. The more we dig deeper into this discussion the more of this bullshit will come to the surface, and I am positive my hands are clean…..so let’s do this.

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