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It should come as no surprise that the largest investors in Medical Marijuana are large international drug cartels, foreign intelligence agencies, state sponsored terrorists and the American billionaire class (primarily Republicans and Liberal Internationalists) who have used their almost unlimited pool of wealth to corrupt the medical marijuana industry in hopes of having complete market control & comparative advantage with the advent of marijuana legalization.
As the Green Pulpit has always claimed, ‘Legalization’ is a political term used to mask the legitimization of organized crime controlled grows, production facilities and collectives to create a legitimate avenue for the multi-billion dollar money laundering schemes that have kept the industry and its supply chain flowing for decades. ‘Legalization’ also maintains the role of law enforcement and continues the Drug War, by creating new legal schemes for possession and intoxication that allow law enforcement and the courts to continue indirectly taxing and jailing both marijuana businesses operators and marijuana patients. The Drug War itself is a for profit, unconstitutional, law enforcement entrapment that brings drugs into the United States, sells it to its citizens and arrests them to fill the for-profit jail system that benefits the bottom line of the 1%.
In rural and impoverished areas in both California and Arizona, many grows are used to support meth labs and vice versa; often with cheap or free labor being brought in by cartel coyotes, trafficking in people from Mexico, Central and South America, but also Southeast Asia and China as well. The Chinese government and Chinese businesses have been laundering money through both Mexico and California via pharmaceutical transactions, Mexican cartel banking, and most interestingly enough through Native American tribes seeking more expansive grows. Since the federal government has allowed for cultivation on Indian Reservations, many tribes have been approached by agents of the Chinese government, looking to invest hard currency into large-scale greenhouse grows on Reservation land. Their goal is to avoid having the illegal RMB’s and counterfeit USD’s from being collected by the US tax system so that they can not only have capital to create more store fronts for their operations but also so that China can protect the RMB from Federal Reserve policy.
How Drug Sales and Money Laundering Can Damage The Economy: https://thegreenpulpit.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/the-devils-work-marijuana-in-the-20s-and-30s-part-2/
What the hell does international currency manipulation have to do with marijuana? Quite a bit. China is using US Nixonian policy in reverse. Checking out our Secret History of the Drug War section we recall that narcotics have often been used as a weapon of war, primarily impacting the public health of the target population but also by introducing currency imbalances through the actual underground sales of the drugs themselves. China was defeated during the Opium Wars by both an influx of opium and currency manipulation by the British; China has now retooled their soft foreign policy to target America through an influx of illicit drugs, counterfeit dollars and manipulation of untaxed reserves created by the drug transactions. Did you know that China now manufactures 95% of all of the world’s ecstasy pills? Did you know that Chinese government subsidiaries are the #1 supplier of pseudoephedrine and ephedra (the base compounds of methamphetamine) to the Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels? Did you know that China White Heroin comes from Burma through traffickers and sources loyal to Chinese intelligence? It’s a cold war people and also a dirty one.
More on the Opium Wars: https://thegreenpulpit.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/the-opium-mob/
The worst part of all of this is that the international business Consortium and Republican lawmakers are actively collaborating with Chinese agents and business entities to keep medical marijuana illegal. Now why would they do that? Because the US prison system has Chinese and Russian investors, it’s really that simple. And if our best and brightest are being imprisoned and denied work over a plant, even more success for our global rivals in assuming military dominance and thus global dominance in the long term. Marijuana also has been proven to help get users off of the narcotics that the Chinese government now controls, its antithetical toward their goals. China is also heavily focused on unity through thought control, which is why marijuana is punishable by death in mainland China. They do not want any substance that encourages independent thought or subversive thought to be available to anyone, a very similar view shared by the Reagan and Bush administrations of yesteryear.
Both China and Russia have analyzed the US’s method of controlling the global narcostate and have seen its benefits in both population management domestically and in soft power with foreign affairs. Russian intelligence and the Russian Mafia have made a big impact in the LA Basin over the last few years, buying up infamous collectives, bribing the LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, to look the other way and taking over a network of grows stretching from Orange County to Downtown LA to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.
Want to have a better relationship with the government? Want to clean up this industry? Be patriotic and anonymously report foreign activity to Homeland Security. Show them who the good guys are!
The most glaring issue with the involvement of foreign actors, the Russian and Mexican Mob, is their willingness to work with Saudi and Iranian investors to traffic terrorists into the United States. This author is aware of several groups of illegal Afghan and Chechen nationals trimming for the Russian Mob at various locations, including dispensaries in the San Fernando Valley, while also working part time as valets to case terror targets within Los Angeles and the surrounding Southland. There are also several Armenian and Iranian subgroups, posing as Eastern European Jews and Israelis, that have also collaborated with the Russian’s and Saudi’s to bring terror cells into the country through the marijuana business. Dispensaries, since they are cash only businesses without employment records, provide an ideal cover for imported terror, especially if the dispensary and associated grows are ran by organized crime.
This article was recently released by JudicialWatch.org, discussing the growing cases of terror smuggling in the United States:
“ Mexican drug traffickers help Islamic terrorists stationed in Mexico cross into the United States to explore targets for future attacks, according to information forwarded to Judicial Watch by a high-ranking Homeland Security official in a border state. Among the jihadists that travel back and forth through the porous southern border is a Kuwaiti named Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir, an ISIS operative who lives in the Mexican state of Chihuahua not far from El Paso, Texas. Khabir trained hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen and has lived in Mexico for more than a year, according to information provided by JW’s government source.
Now Khabir trains thousands of men—mostly Syrians and Yemenis—to fight in an ISIS base situated in the Mexico-U.S. border region near Ciudad Juárez, the intelligence gathered by JW’s source reveals. Staking out U.S. targets is not difficult and Khabir actually brags in an Italian newspaper article published last week that the border region is so open that he “could get in with a handful of men, and kill thousands of people in Texas or in Arizona in the space of a few hours.” Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz, Mexico’s top diplomat, says in the article that she doesn’t understand why the Obama administration and the U.S. media are “culpably neglecting this phenomenon,” adding that “this new wave of fundamentalism could have nasty surprises in store for the United States.”
This disturbing development appears on the Open Source Enterprise, the government database that collects and analyzes valuable material from worldwide print, broadcast and online media sources for the U.S. intelligence community. Only registered federal, state and local government employees can view information and analysis in the vast database and unauthorized access can lead to criminal charges. Updated data gathered on Khabir reveals he’s 52 years old and was ordered to leave Kuwait about a decade ago over his extremist positions. Khabir is currently on ISIS’s (also known as ISIL) payroll and operates a cell in an area of Mexico known as Anapra, according to the recently obtained information.
A year ago Judicial Watch reported on an ISIS camp in this exact area, just a few miles from El Paso. JW’s April 14, 2015 report identified Anapra as the location of the ISIS base, details that were provided to JW by sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector. Anapra is situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. At the time JW reported that another ISIS cell was established to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas to target the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming. Sources told JW that, during the course of a joint operation, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.
A few months later JW reported that Mexican drug cartels are smuggling Middle Eastern terrorists into a small Texas rural town near El Paso and that they’re using remote farm roads—rather than interstates—to elude the Border Patrol and other law enforcement barriers. The foreigners are classified by the U.S. government as Special Interest Aliens (SIA) and they are transported to stash areas in Acala, a rural crossroads located around 54 miles from El Paso on a state road – Highway 20. Once in the U.S., the SIAs wait for pick-up in the area’s sand hills just across Highway 20. At the time JW’s government sources revealed that terrorists have long entered the U.S. through Mexico and in fact, an internal Texas Department of Public Safety report leaked by the media documents that several members of known Islamist terrorist organizations have been apprehended crossing the southern border in recent years.
Earlier this year, as part of an ongoing investigation into national security risks in the porous southern border, JW obtained evidence that proves the U.S. government has known for more than a decade about the partnership between terrorists and Mexican drug cartels. State Department documents made public by JW in January say that for at least ten years “Arab extremists” have entered the country through Mexico with the assistance of smuggling network “cells.” Among them was a top Al Qaeda operative wanted by the FBI. Some Mexican smuggling networks actually specialize in providing logistical support for Arab individuals attempting to enter the United States, the government documents say. The top Al Qaeda leader in Mexico was identified in the September 2004 cable from the American consulate in Ciudad Juárez as Adnan G. El Shurkrjumah. The cable was released to Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).”
- Judicial Watch (2016)
Most of the terrorists work for the Consortium anyway, because it’s in major part an international relationship between Republican leadership and the House of Saud. Osama Bin Laden was a top agent of Saudi Intelligence, as were several other prominent terrorists from Al-Qaeda. Even today we see ISIS and the al-Nusra army, sponsored by Saudi intelligence, slaughtering thousands of innocents in Iraq and Syria. Hell, even Obama knows the Saudi’s did 9/11, it’s all in the secret 28 pages.
Remember, there is no excuse to protect terrorists or spies in this business! Most of the pot growing farmers we know are red blooded die-hard freedom loving Americans who would never sell out their people or country, especially to a bunch of filthy terrorists looking to hurt innocent people. We agree, see something, say something. Save lives. Locking up a terrorist isn’t snitching.
It’s no secret that every dispensary from San Diego to Oakland is staffed by former prostitutes, escorts, broke hippie girls and wannabe Hollywood starlets that are often recruited straight out of the sex trade or are subjected to interviews with dispensary owners that resemble nothing less than trying out for a porno. Girls are required to maintain stripper or ‘thin and slutty’ looks to keep their job, much like an airline attendant from the 1960’s; any deviation into professionalism is met by job termination.
The Asian Mob for one has brought in former massage parlor girls from Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, China and other locations to staff their dispensaries and make sure the management is well taken care of. The Russian Mob has a habit of picking up retired porn starlets and fake models from the San Fernando Valley, usually targeting women that have addictions to cocaine or methamphetamine, so that they can be kept happy, loyal and controlled.
Another danger to women comes during the harvest season, where many female ‘trimmigrants’ have gone up to the fields of the Emerald Triangle to harvest, only to find themselves being forced into sex slavery on the farm. The most notorious was the revelation of the Clearlake ‘Rape Box’, where women were kept in dog cages and dog crates, to be molested by the farmers and farmhands whenever they saw fit.
“LAKEPORT, Calif. — When authorities raided the marijuana growing operation, they found greenhouses filled with plants over 6 feet tall, neatly lined with individual irrigation systems. But the rest of the property, one federal agent recalled, looked like a horror scene. They found dilapidated trailers where farmers appeared to live, caches of weapons and a bloody towel.
“To me, it smacked of a scene from ‘Deliverance,'” said David Prince, assistant special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Northern California. “If I was a plant, that’s where I’d want to live. If I was a human, that’s not where I’d want to live.”
It was here, in a remote area east of Clear Lake in Northern California, that authorities allege a kidnapped teenage girl from Los Angeles County was sexually abused and occasionally held captive in a metal box. The box — about 4-by-2-by-2 feet — sat outside one of the trailers, with holes drilled through the lid and a blanket inside. The box “had been altered to imprison a human,” a federal criminal complaint read.
In charges unsealed in San Francisco, federal officials allege that two men had abused the [15-year old] girl and forced her to help with their marijuana production. The girl eventually called authorities from a West Sacramento hotel, where she was rescued, officials said.
The suspects — Ryan Alan Balletto, 30, and Patrick Steven Pearmain, 25 — face numerous felony charges. The Los Angeles Police Department arrested a third man, Eric Edgar, on suspicion of sexual assault. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had been investigating the 680-acre property owned by Balletto since December 2011, court documents showed.
Then, authorities raided the marijuana farm. “It was kind of like opening Pandora’s box,” said Lake County sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Ostini. They found 1,200 marijuana plants, guns and other items. But the most horrifying discovery was the metal box the girl said she was kept in. She told police the men made her stay in it on two occasions for a total of three days, court records show.
Spray-painted on the outside was the first letter of the girl’s name. Inside was a decal that “depicted an animal skull surrounding the shadow image of a human skull with the logo ‘Bone Collector,'” according to the court documents.
The men put a hose through one of the holes to clean the girl and wash out the human waste inside, prosecutors alleged. Inside the box investigators found human hair and a poem the girl had written about being held inside the box. A “rack” allegedly used for bondage and sex toys were also found on the property. Authorities alleged in court papers that Balletto called the girl a “trooper” because she didn’t scream when she was in the box.
Authorities said the investigation is ongoing. U.S. Atty. Northern District spokesman Joshua Eaton said there could be more victims….”
The quasi legal status of marijuana dispensaries in California and Colorado have created ample opportunities for organized crime and foreign intelligence to use dispensaries as an immaculate system to wash their illicit gains from cocaine, heroin, pills & ecstasy, people trafficking, stolen goods and other underworld activities. Since medical marijuana is a cash only system, it’s simply a matter of adding the illicit cash to the stockpile of legitimate yet unaccounted dispensary monies and claim a higher amount of marijuana sales to mask the transactions. There is not a BSA analysis or IRS audit or any other program outside of FINRA/FinCen licensure that can account for this, and even then it’s a legal quagmire, this is a major roadblock in federal decriminalization and true legalization.
What marijuana industry members must understand is that the US Department of Justice does not have an incentive to legitimize organized crime and foreign controlled businesses and marijuana activists must realize it is their obligation to work with the government to help discern and discriminate between individuals and organizations accurately. Who are the good guys? And who are the bad guys? Legitimate growers need to answer these questions so that the government can make an accurate prescription in performing accurate regulation and targeted enforcement against the racketeers.
The government is preparing to act on ‘Legal Marijuana’ in a big way because the legitimization of marijuana businesses means a gross expansions of both tax and due diligence revenue. What does that mean? Well at the Cannabis Cup, we met with a consultant from a company called Emerald Environments who were offering environmental solutions to what they regarded as the ‘coming regulatory apocalypse’ in California. They were representing a larger Fortune 500 entity that had become interested in the passage of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act of 2015. The company had been analyzing the marijuana compliance issues, and their representative informed us that most of the marijuana industry was in gross violation of both federal and state EPA statutes within the State of California.
The consultant told us to check out the California State Water Resources Control Board’s website.
SWRCB Cannabis Cultivation Site: http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/enforcement/cannabis_enforcement.shtml
He informed us that this program will become statewide, with similar programs for indoor grows that have to meet the government’s industrial standards for air quality, soil impacts, water use and land use. Interestingly enough the SWRCB has been evaluating the industry over a period of four years and this PowerPoint pretty much details their conclusions:
Not good people. These agencies look like they are getting ready to ticket the crap out of the growing community for all of this reckless behavior with the environment. Our friend also informed us that if the tickets mount or if the environmental impact is bad enough, the consequences could lead to asset forfeiture actions similar to the DEA.
The Green Rush is the new Gold Rush it seems, in every way and shape. Dispensaries are very much historically akin to the old Western Trading Posts that dominated California during the Gold Rush, like the historical Sutter’s Fort. Many of the people that got rich off of the gold rush were those that sold supplies (hydro-stores) to the miners and those that bought gold (dispensaries) in exchange for cash, supplies and food. The trading posts made the gold available to interested parties like jewelers and banks (vendors) who would try to take the gold back to the East Coast, either by ship or by horse and cart.
“The benefit to the forty-niners [growers] was that the gold was simply “free for the taking” at first. In the goldfields at the beginning, there was no private property, no licensing fees, and no taxes. The miners informally adapted Mexican mining law that had existed in California. For example, the rules attempted to balance the rights of early arrivers at a site with later arrivers; a “claim” could be “staked” by a prospector, but that claim was valid only as long as it was being actively worked.”
“Miners [growers] worked at a claim [grow] only long enough to determine its potential. If a claim [grow spot] was deemed as low-value—as most were—miners would abandon the site in search for a better one. In the case where a claim was abandoned or not worked upon, other miners would “claim-jump” [jack] the land. “Claim-jumping” [jacking] meant that a miner began work on a previously claimed site [steal plants]. Disputes were often handled personally and violently, and were sometimes addressed by groups of prospectors [activists] acting as arbitrators. This often led to heightened ethnic tensions. In some areas the influx of many prospectors could lead to a reduction of the existing claim size by simple pressure.”
These days what we are seeing in the industry is coercion and collusion by organized crime and city councils to lock down the authorized distributors of cannabis in order to control and fix the price of marijuana. This started in the City of Long Beach, spread throughout California and now it’s like a disease going from marijuana state-to-state. This model seems most successful in Arizona where growers are terrorized by the Paradise Valley elite, and their attack dog Sheriff Joe, who retain almost exclusive control over all available dispensaries and large scale grows in the state of Arizona. The state, despite being the neighbor of the Mother Plant, has not shared the same benefits as Oregon; in fact just the opposite. Arizona has a disproportionately high price for marijuana due to the difficulty and severe penalties for cultivation and transporting without a license in the state; the Arizona-California border is heavily maintained and most vendors have to stay super low key in the Phoenix-Tempe area due to Sheriff Joe’s Orwellian surveillance state. This pressure by law enforcement is to ensure that prices remain high for the patient or end user within the state. Local AZ growers are screwed out of the benefit of high prices because dispensaries, due to their complete control over distribution, dictate the prices they are willing to pay. Which happens to be at almost 50% below California market rate. While these groups rob the growers of their hard worked gains, they then turn around and screw the patients with 50-65$ eighths of mid-grade. We are talking a cost of $900-$1200 and a gross profit of $6000 or more, per pound. This is the wet dream of the Tax & Jail cabal known as The Consortium. They have complete domination over the Arizona market, led by local hedge fund sociopath JP Holyoak and with the aid of Marijuana Policy Project, have tried to deprive citizens of their individual grow rights in the state of Arizona so that they can continue to fix the marijuana markets as they always have. (See Part 1: Miami Boys). Holyoak and friends have even actively tried to suppress the opposing AZFMR initiative, which allows for individual grows, by bugging and hacking activists phones, monitoring Facebook chats and breaking into emails.
The goal of this financial Consortium in every state, is to control the distribution of marijuana, subjugate and eliminate the small and medium sized farmer, commercialize greenhouses on a mass scale, sacrifice medicinal quality in exchange for high profit ‘commercial grade’, which will simply be outrageously expensive mids and kill off the competitive craft market. All medicinal quality marijuana will be controlled by Big Pharma companies like Gilead, Teva, GW, Merck and Pfizer, all owned or shares held by The Consortium members behind AUMA. The ultimate goal is to return the legal marijuana market back to the same limited number of hands that controlled it from the mid-70’s to the mid-90’s, when the cycle was broken with Dennis Peron’s liberation of the movement with Prop 215.
They do this by bribing city councils and local police in every county of every marijuana state. These guys are billionaires so their pockets go long and deep. Most American cities still have deep budget gaps or debt dismay from the 2008 financial crisis, so their politicians are chomping at the bit for more revenue, especially if it benefits themselves. Most city councils, like those in Santa Ana, Long Beach, Santa Cruz, San Diego and many others throughout marijuanadom will not issue an operating permit unless the Mayor and Council members are offered stakes or monthly kickbacks from the dispensaries. This is not implementing a tax to benefit the public welfare, but rather political corruption designed to profiteer off a cash only business, that’s probably money laundering, with no taxes and no regulations.
We have discussed city corruption with marijuana at length in past articles and series like Narc vs. Narc, and the Coalition of Corruption. We encourage you to check out the site further.
More to Come…
–The Green Chazzan