Over the past several months The Green Chazzan and friends have laid a number of issues going on throughout the country with the medical marijuana movement. There are so many incidents, raids, political stooges and bent legislation attempts that it’s hard to keep a lid on what is most important in this fight to Reschedule Medical Marijuana to a Schedule V pharmaceutical. So The Chazzan has assembled a simple list of the Top 5 obstacles the Medical Marijuana movement faces in every state in which there is a marijuana law.
Police and Municipal Corruption
Hey it’s almost Election Day! Can’t you tell? The raids are out in full force especially because Midterms often mean elections for Judgeships, Prosecutorial Positions, Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs, and all kinds of other political administrators are going to be held, and that means it’s time to look “Tough on Crime”. Already we see the DEA and local Sheriff tearing up Arizona, Colorado and Southern California especially since Governor Jerry Brown has essentially declared war on the marijuana industry at the behest of corporate interests. If you are an operator it’s in your best interest to be extra mindful within the two weeks of Election Day, especially if local inspectors, meter maids, and police have taken a sudden extra interest in your business establishment. While some dispensaries are raided for their collaboration with the Cartel and the Consortium, many local agencies and legal officials will use election time to take advantage of the system to collect extra taxes on other growers and dispensaries.
We just simply can’t talk about the history of medical marijuana without discussing the history of police corruption in the United States. Since the 1920’s, law enforcement entities throughout the country have held the arbitrary position as the black market industry’s self-appointed regulator and lead racketeer. Police departments throughout the United States have ran ‘shakedown’ bribery rackets on medical marijuana distributors for almost a century from doctors to street corner dealers; evolving from shaking down minorities in the 50’s and hippies in the 60’s to collecting monthly taxes from medical marijuana dispensaries in modern times.
The Federal government must be made to understand that it is difficult to bring the industry into compliance because of the conflict of interest held by local law enforcement and the local prison systems. Attempts by dispensaries to come into compliance must be open, fair and transparent which is why the federal government must establish public health and environmental health guidelines for the states but the industry must guide the federal government on this matter due to the lack of expertise, especially on the East Coast.
“Police and municipal racketeering of the medical marijuana industry inherently sets a price floor for every harvest…”
Why? Because knocking down growers up north keeps the marijuana price high so that the Police and DEA can extract larger incomes when it comes time to ‘tax’ the dispensaries.
Dispensary owners in Los Angeles County, the ‘Mecca of Medical Marijuana’, continue to lament over the shakedown racket perpetrated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Measure D, a vile ‘regulation by law enforcement’ bill marketed as ‘legalization’ passed in Los Angeles County segregated dispensaries in LA between pre-regulation ‘Pre-ICO’ and post-regulation ‘Post-ICO’ collectives.
Almost all Pre-ICO collectives were able to obtain their exemptions by extensively bribing the LA County Sheriff or select members of the LA City Council and the illustrious Board of Supervisors. Pre-ICO permits were also issued to collectives owned by members of the LA City Administration including former DA Steve Cooley and former LA Sheriff Lee Baca, who owned a dispensary indirectly through his secretary. The remaining collectives that remained Post-ICO after refusing to kowtow under the LA Sheriff’s extortion racket have remained the victim of continued municipal racketeering by the Sheriff and local police entities.
Measure D in itself is a federally illegal statute as it contradicts the guidance issued by the US Justice Department in the Cole Memorandum of 2013. Los Angeles faces an even tougher battle ahead as the notorious self-avowed Prohibitionist, Jim McDonnell, the police chief of Long Beach, is currently the front runner to be Lee Baca’s replacement. McDonnell is far more cunning and corrupt than Baca, having severely racketeered the Long Beach marijuana dispensaries under his tenure along with manipulating crime statistics and allowing the heroin trade to expand out of the Port of Long Beach. Should McDonnell succeed in becoming LA County Sheriff, he will prove to be a worthy political adversary to all within the California medical marijuana movement. His rival Paul Tanaka, the Mayor of Gardena, does not have a much better record but is by far the lesser of the two evils.
Colorado, Washington State and Hawaii have also had their fair share of problems from law enforcement entities picking the winners and losers of newborn dispensaries. Law Enforcement entities in this ‘Legalization’ states have used ‘drugged driving’ provisions and other legal loopholes to entrap patients and dispensary operators alike in arbitrary state compliance rackets. ‘Legalization’ laws have put law enforcement at the helm of making regulatory decisions, law enforcement may determine how marijuana laws in their state are interpreted and retain the right to impose new regulations at both the cultivator, operator and patient’s expense.
There have also been attempts by some of the lesser skilled growers to influence city and county administrations to limit what strains may be used; typically pushing for the 12 highest yielding and easiest to grow strains in which they could retain market advantage. Other growers have also limited county and state regulations to CBD only strains in a greedy attempt to corner their own state markets. Growers of this nature need to be isolated and ran out of the industry because they are harmful to us and beneficial to corrupt police and municipal officials. There are over 1000 known strains of medical marijuana throughout the world, all with unique and complex cannabinoid complexes that have yet to be fully understood in terms of medical benefits. So who are these growers, many without a college degree let alone a high school education, to decide which strains are medically valuable and which are medically not valuable?. Persons with low quality seed banks, incentives to do large scale thousand plus plant operations with low quality but high volume turn out. These claims are not based in science, only in greed and a lack of craftsmanship.
These same entities have also played a significant role in championing municipal and county based ‘marijuana bans’ throughout California and other states with marijuana laws. A method created by Americans For Safe Access and the League of California Cities to eliminate competition and maintain the shakedown rackets. We have spoken about how municipal bans work in our Coalition of Corruption series, but just a quick refresher; municipal bans have been put in place throughout California and the only dispensaries exempted from the bans have either successfully sued the municipalities in court or they have had their place secured by ASA through pay-offs or law enforcement sponsorship. However even successful lawsuits have proven not to be enough given the recent raids in San Bernardino County and Orange County; the City of Anaheim brutally discriminated against marijuana businesses just last week by cutting off all water and power to dispensaries that wouldn’t cave to the city’s extortion demands.
Many will argue that the cities have the right to govern themselves but we argue that they must do so in a lawful manner. This is America, not Honduras. Most cities brought in medical marijuana dispensaries to cover up other fiscal discrepancies and shortfalls following 9/11 and the 2008 crash, with most operations peaking around 2006 and 2010 during the heights of the conflict in Afghanistan for both administrations. Many cities, to thwart federal investigators, initially brought in medical marijuana as a means to transfer monies from other illicit rackets to the medical marijuana dispensaries. However the cities liberal enaction of medical marijuana laws brought with it an influx of locals, northern hippies and out-of-state con artist carpetbaggers that stymied the cities plans for an easy transition.
State corruption has taken a step further now that the Sheriff’s Departments of several counties throughout California have used the Open Fields Clause to justify the non-intervention of their departments towards the highly illegal mercenary raids being conducted by LEAR Corporation and Blackwater (Xe) throughout the state. This program has been tacitly backed by Governor Jerry Brown in exchange for Consortium and Prison Guards Union donations to both his reelection and future Senate ambitions.
Con Artists and Scams
The Medical Marijuana movement is rife with Con Artists, Frauds, Racketeers, Frontmen, Informants, Clowns, Charlatans, Crooked Lawyers and just genuinely psychotic people with strange backgrounds.
Currently in Del Ray Oaks in Monterey County we are seeing Cheryl Shuman of ‘Echelon Cannabis’, a notorious Hollywood con, known for running a Hollywood Madame service under the guise of a movie set optician business. Startups that work with Mrs. Shuman’s CNBC sponsored entrapment scheme will quickly find themselves in deep waters; she has made it her business to understand what is and isn’t protected by Marijuana Laws including copyrights and trade secrets related to medical marijuana products. Mrs. Shuman quickly steals her ‘new partners’ products knowing full well there is no legal recourse against her for doing so; she will even go as far as to steal marketing materials from other organizations and rebrand them for her own purposes. Shuman knows she is violating the RICO Act and the Cole Memorandum and isn’t afraid to let her business associates know that they are doing the same once they have entered her trap.
More About Shuman’s Hollywood Background: https://encyclopediadramatica.se/Cheryl_Shuman
Any of the victims that dare to resist are quickly reminded that Mrs. Shuman is associated with Norton Arbelaez Jr., the son of one of the most powerful cartel bosses out of Bogota, Colombia. Arbelaez Jr. and Sr. are two of the most powerful members of the Consortium, the cabal of corporate and cartel interests that are seeking to transfer control of the industry and its seeds to a small group of well moneyed hands. Arbelaez serves as the representative of the Colombian Cartel’s portion of the international marijuana trade, working in concert with Marc Emery of the Canadian Cartel, Arjan Roskam of Holland, George Soros (DPA) and the Marijuana Policy Project and the Sinaloa Cartel of Mexico to stop independent growers in the United States, especially California, from out-competing them with their superior medicinal marijuana quality.
Mrs. Shuman has been using the Colombians to protect herself and her family from members of Italian organized crime. The buds in her so-called ‘Beverly Hills’ aka South Central based marijuana club are most certainly BC Beaster quality and any Hollywood type foolish enough to buy buds from her is most certainly slumming their greens at top tier pricing. With already such colorful characters, one can only imagine the cavalcade of characters being rolled out for the Ohio and Florida marijuana bills.
Lack of Education
There is a stunning divergence within the Medical Marijuana movement that has severely debilitated its ability to function cohesively as a unit and that is the Education Gap. Many members of the movement do not have a college education, let alone a high school diploma; they do not understand legal statutes, financial markets, basic business management, government processes and many other functions necessary to be successful in today’s society. Street smarts and natural businesses smarts can get you far but eventually legal walls appear that create complications. Being unable to deal with these complications in the proper legal manner has led to abuse by law enforcement, attorneys and doctors alike; seeking to take advantage of the education gap for their own profit and social gain.
This is why a statewide cultivators union is important, to protect the rights and freedoms of the growers from the educated abusers like the police, marketers, billionaires and lawyers. The union will create a pathway for cultivators to work with educated supporters like botanists, horticulturalists, biologists and environmental scientists. The new generation of young growers, cultivators and activists are seeking to use their knowledge to support and expand the world of medical marijuana and this must be harnessed by the senior leadership of the movement as it stands. The growers and pioneers must educate this new generation through a centralized medium on how the Medical Marijuana really works lest they become servants and victims of the Consortium.
The Los Angeles Times interviewed Deputy Director James Cole of the US Department of Justice, author of the 2013 Cole Memorandum. He stated that he wanted California to get its ‘regulatory act together’, meaning to bring state law in compliance with the federal guidelines of the Cole Memorandum. This warning could apply to all Marijuana states that desire to avoid federal raids. We also can’t forget that its midterm season and without a doubt the increase in both state and federal raids are coinciding with a ‘tough on crime’ image.
There is also a severe lack of political education within the movement that can be largely attributed to misinformation and revisionist history campaigns by High Times Magazine, NORML and Marijuana Mafia organizations like ASA, MPP and DPA.
How Many Times Have You Voted For A Judge That Promoted Marijuana Convictions?
How Many Times Have You Researched The Judges and Prosecutors on Your State’s Election Ballot?
Do You Know Your Local Judges’ Stance on Medical Marijuana? What About Your Local Prosecutor?
In elections, these questions matter. Judges and Prosecutors make Marijuana Convictions possible. No court support effort in the world is as effective or as powerful as a ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ VOTE against a prosecutor or a judge in a major election. Want to send a message to the courts? Why not vote out the judges that maintain the marijuana rackets and support police racketeering? Why waste your money on ineffective court support organizations when you can do so much more damage by actually voting in an election?
*Non-California readers skip below*
Team Chazzan did the research on California’s upcoming General Election to identify which candidates are pro-medical marijuana and which candidates are not.
California General Election Medical Marijuana Voters Guide
Governor – Abstain, neither support MMJ.
Lt. Governor – Gavin Newsom
Attorney General – Kamala Harris (Trust Me)
*Former Prosecutor and/or Strong Anti-Marijuana Stance & Drug Sentencing
STATE SUPREME COURT
KATHRYN MICKLE WERDEGAR* – NO
GOODWIN LIU – YES **MAJOR MMJ SUPPORTER**
MARIANO-FLORENTINO CUÉLAR – YES
JIM HUMES – NO
KATHLEN M. BANKE – NO
ANTHONY KLINE – YES
THERSE M. STEWART – YES
STUART R.POLAK – NO
MARTIN J. JENKINS – YES
IGNAZIO JOHN RUVOLO – NO
TERNCE L.BRUINERS – NO
MARK B.SIMONS – YES
FRANCES ROTHSCHILD* – NO
JEFFREY W. JOHNSON* – NO
BRIAN M. HOFSTADT – YES
LEE ANNE EDMON – NO
AUDREY B. COLLINS – YES
NORA M. MANELLA* – NO
PAUL TURNER – YES
KENNETH R.YEGAN – NO
DENNIS M. PURLISS* – NO
MADELIENE L. FLIER – YES
LAURENCE D. RUBIN – YES
VANCE W. RAYE – NO
ELENA J. DUARTE* – NO
RONALD B. ROBBIE* – NO
WILLIAM J. MURRAY JR. – NO
ANDREA LYNN HOCH* – NO
LOUIS MAURO – NO
JAMES A. MCINTYRE – NO
GILBERT NARES – NO
ALEX C MCDONALD – NO
TERRY B. O’ROURKE – NO
THOMAS E. HOLLENHORST* – NO
KATHLEEN E. OLEARY* – NO
RICHARD D FYBEL – YES
DAVID A. THOMPSON – YES
WILLIAM F. RYLAARSDAM* – NO
RICHARD ARONSON – YES
STEPHEN KANE* – NO
GENE M. GOMES* – NO
DENNIS A. CORNELL* – NO
DONALD FRANSON* – NO
ROSENDO PENA JR. – YES
MIGUEL MARQUEZ* – NO
EUGENE MILTON PREMO – NO
FRANKLIN D. ELIA* – NO
ADRIENNE M. GROVER – YES
PATRICIA BAMATTRE-MANOUKIAN* – NO
As if we didn’t have enough problems, let’s turn to the Big Elephant in the room. The Fortune 500 corporations and the billionaires that own them. They are a problem. Why? Because they want their cut of the layer cake, a slice of the marijuana pie. They don’t want to do anything to build it, they simply want to dominate it with their money and corner the seed market so that they can make the rules.
The billionaires of America know that medical marijuana and legal hemp pose an epic commercial challenge to the industries they have owned and controlled for the past century. Who can corner such a freely distributed yet proprietary seed? Monsanto and Cargill believe they can, George Soros believes he can, RJ Reynolds and Altria are sure going to give it their best shot, Merck, Teva, Astra Zeneca and don’t forget the Alcohol industry, they won’t let the decline of alcoholism go quietly.
What is their strategy? Their tactics? It’s simple, outlaw the small and medium size grower and dispensary operators. Narrow the strains down to only the high volume strains that can be reproduced easily and then outlaw grows that produce less than 1000 plants, screw medical value it’s all about marketing and money for the billionaires. Medical value strains can be patented instead by Monsanto or Merck and be sold to patients at extraordinary rates just like many major medications for the terminally ill today that is what the billionaires want to see. A continuance of the same old, same old, no cures, just treatments and the flow of money to hospitals and drug companies will continue unabated.
The whole sorry situation in America’s hospitals today are only just beginning to change with Obamacare. You will hear Republicans scream about the cost of Obamacare but those healthcare costs could be reduced if medical marijuana was rescheduled by the government. The simple truth is these billionaires are using their influence to run the medical marijuana industry in a manner in which it will not compete with their current business interests. The Consortium is working to establish regulations throughout North and South America that excludes the wealthy from punishment for the use of cannabis but maintains criminal punishments for the poor who use marijuana as a medication the most.
The ‘Old Oligarchs’ as Aristotle keenly put, do not wish to see progress trump their control, they would prefer the detriment of the public to such an outcome. In Aristotle’s tale, The ‘Old Oligarch’ did not like the Athenian Navy because it strengthened the Athenian democracy and diminished his own power. The Old Oligarchs of America do not like medical marijuana because it is a plant of the people, for the low, middle and high to share and heal with and it diminishes their power which comes from the profits of pharmaceuticals, alcohol and tobacco, prisons, food, and other forms of commodity control.
That is why the Wall Street Hedge Funds, the big businesses and oligarchical entities like George Soros are doing their best to divide and conquer the industry. Using banners like Safe Access, Safety First, Responsibility and all kinds of other fear mongering Anti-Saloon League type propaganda language. Paying front-men like Marc Emery, Don Duncan, Gary Johnson, Alison Holcomb, Rick Steves, and retired law enforcement officials to tout ‘Legalization’ aka corporate domination of the medical marijuana industry. The same group of corporate raiders are now slowly invading the State of Oregon, touting a measure much similar to the one they already passed in Washington State and hoping for another California Coup in 2016. The end result of these ‘Legalization’ Bills is that the non-corporate competition and the home grower get raided, the patient continues to be drug tested, business as usual.
The key signs to look for in sniffing out oligarchical legislation are the following:
- Drugged Driving
- Cannabinoid Limits
- Strain Type Limits
- Home Grow Bans
- Prohibitions of Small Scale Grows
- Dispensary Limits
- License Issuance Limits and Lotteries
- Municipal Bans with Exemptions
The biggest problem affecting the whole medical marijuana movement from uniting behind federal rescheduling is the internal division within the movement caused by the aforementioned symptoms. Through the limelight we have lost sight of why we initially started this movement, to help the patients fight terminal diseases and that is what we must continue to do. We have allowed the desire for glamour and wealth to cloud our drive to reschedule and decriminalize medical marijuana at the national level. We must federally reschedule medical marijuana as a cohesive unit so that we may all live in health and liberty as we deserve.
The billionaires will continue to try to co-opt and control the movement, to keep us sick so that they may continue to profit off our deaths for generations but through education and newfound wisdom we can learn how to heal ourselves through the Earth that God created.
“God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation; herbage yielding seed, fruit trees yielding fruit each after its kind, containing its own seed on the earth. And it was so. And the earth brought forth vegetation: herbage yielding seed after its kind, and trees yielding fruit, each containing its seed after its kind. And God saw that it was good.”
“God said, “Behold, I have given you all the herbage yielding seed that is on the surface of the entire earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit; it shall be yours for food”
All pharmaceuticals either come from chemicals manufactured in a laboratory, herbs from the earth or combinations thereof. Both Big Pharma and Big Food, want to corner the seed industry so that they can continue to profit from a monopoly over the resources of the earth just like any other oligarchical entity like Big Oil or Big Mining. Marijuana, another resource from the earth is not exempt from the desires of the large corporate billionaires.
We have to accept the reality that state and federal regulation of medical marijuana is inevitable but we have to organize to ensure that the regulations are both equitable and open for patients, growers and operators not just large corporate entities and law enforcement. Growers must unionize on a state by state basis to ensure that proper markets that are conducive to industry growth are created and to defend the inherent interests of the industry from predatory interests. The likes of the Drug Policy Alliance, The Marijuana Policy Project and Americans For Safe Access do not work for you, they work for very large, very wealthy and powerful corporate entities that have no interest in seeing an industry with the independence that medical marijuana currently has. But with independence comes responsibility which is why growers must take it upon themselves to organize and establish what responsible, fair and conducive regulations look like.
“When your parents do not have the money to pay the medical bills, no one will pity you….When you are beaten by your competitors, no one will pity you…”
- Jack Ma, CEO of Ali Baba
Brutally honest but a true statement about the state of globalized business, meaning that our competition does not care if we live or die, nor will anyone care if we lose the fight against them. However there is a chance, like the tortoise versus the hare, they are fast and well-resourced but they are still playing our chess game and we have the ability to change the rules. We must:
- Form Statewide Unions
- Set Inter-Union Rates and Rules
- ‘Select and Elect’ Politicians and State/Municipal Bureaucrats that are Pro-MMJ
- Lobby Congress to Reschedule Medical Marijuana to Schedule V
- Repeal Municipal and County-By-County Dispensary Bans
- Establish Weights and Measures,
- Establish Environmental Standards For Growing
- Sale Standards For Each State
- Establish “Regulation By Doctor” Laws in Every State/Curtail “Regulation by Law Enforcement” and “Drugged Driving” Programs at both State and Federal Level
- Lobby Congress to Open Up Medical Marijuana Research Programs For Healthcare, Domestic Growth, Research and Development
Protesting, making arbitrary and uncoordinated referendums and gathering behind false ‘Marijuana Messiahs’ is not the answer, in this technological age we must have a well-coordinated multi-dimensional approach that utilizes the media, the legislature, the internet, public and private forums, political analysis and mass networking. We must learn to work together by forming alliances with like-minded medical growers that want to see this industry survive and expand over the next 40 years.
We have to beat the corporations and police unions at their own game by organizing a union that can play the political game on even ground through harnessing the financial power of our industry through an organized legal conduit that benefits those contributing to it.
Here is an example of a conceptual model created by Patrick Rohde of APRA that details how the ‘Select and Elect’ process works:
“And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand….”
- Mark 3:25
However this process will only work if the growers settle their differences and come together in each state or it will most certainly end in failure. Farmers, growers and cultivators must come together in California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Montana to fight for the right to personal/home grows, open strains, open seeds, open markets, fair regulations, equitable regulations and the sustainability of an industry you helped create.
- The Green Chazzan