Me and Diane of CCHI Fresno arrived upon the windy golden hills of Tracy Ca, around 10:15 am last Saturday morning. Upon arrival at the Mountain House Bar we were amazed to discover that it was actually larger than it appeared. They had a lovely shaded outdoor area in the back with two different levels. The Stage was down below with an outdoor bar right next to it. With just a few booths on the bottom level. While the majority of booths were located on the top-level. It had a nice round about flow to the whole area which allowed for people to move freely throughout the event. Here is a video I took as we we’re getting situated and setup in our booth before the event started.
As soon as we arrived we were treated like kings and queens by the promoters and staff of the event. They told us they wanted us right next to the main entrance because they knew the importance of ending Cannabis Prohibition in California. After getting everything situated, setup and getting Puppy all straightened out. Me and Diane proceeded to coax in anyone who even looked our direction. We immediately asked them if they knew about the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016. If not they were educated and informed by the time they left our booth.
Our booth was across from Rumpelstiltskin Extracts, Spoiled Patients Collective, Dabenport Extracts and G.A.S. We were right next to Alexis Lopez of Terpy Bird customs and his crew. Who I must thank so much for letting us use his torch and rig almost the entire event because we both spaced on bringing our own rigs. The event started out a little slow but certainly picked up throughout the day. The first day we filled up an entire sheet of people for the Email/News Letter and had spoken with everyone that came across our booth.
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I must do a huge shout out and thank you to the entire Staff, Promoters, Vendors, and everyone who attended those two days. We had a blast chilling and chatting with everyone we interacted with during the event. Looking forward to the second annual Terps Classic in the near future. Shout out to Tim and Tina King of Achelois and California Sap, Tone G. of MJ360.TV, Nick of Dream King Edibles, Sean over at Heady art market, Jenay of Kitchen Witch Gourmet, Josh and Chris over at Ibudtender, “OG Steve” Bourland and his lovely wife, The guys over at Foggy Mountain Glass, and Alex, Drea, and Leierin of G.A.S, Eric Carl, Rumpelstiltskin extracts, Dabenport extracts, and every single of you that came by our booth over the course of the weekend.
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This last weekend, on Saturday July 11th, the “California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016” launched its campaign at the Chalice event in southern California and hosted a Free Concert and Rally at the Martin Luther king Jr. Civic center park in Berkeley. I was not able to attend the Chalice Event so I do not have much to share in those regards for now. Listen and check out more info about the Chalice event on the next episode of Let My People Grow on Wednesday night from 9pm to 11pm. You can also hear more about the Chalice event on Thursday night from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on the CCHI 2016 Radio Show.
However, I was able to attend the free concert and rally in Berkeley. Michael Rivera, his lovely girlfriend, Diane Valdavinos and myself all carpooled up to the event for the day. Let me start by saying that MLK park is a lovely park with the most beautiful surrounding architecture that backdrops almost every photo you take. Ron Wesley of ALotOfFun Productions did a wonderful job securing a beautiful location, stage, the most amazing talent, and security for the event. the stage was perfectly placed for the flow of people constantly coming over from the farmers market taking place on the next street over. They could hear the wonderful music being played as they shopped for their organic fruits and veggies and would instantly migrate towards the vendors, booths and stage. Special shout out and thank you to Ron L. Wesley for making that special and awesome day possible.
It really was a great day in the park. Thousands of people strolled through the park enjoying the music, food and vendors. all while stopping by the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016’s booth. Some sat back in the shady round and enjoyed the show from a cool and windy distance. Many parents had their children playing in the park enjoying the music while they played on the playground. Not everyone was consuming cannabis but a lot of people were. The most shocking thing to me was there was no upturned noses from parents or people getting snooty about people consuming cannabis in the park. You also did not see a single cop harassing anyone.
The day started with the smooth groovy sounds of SopWith Camel floating through the airwaves of MLK park. minus the Bassist. Sadly his mom is not doing very well and we all wish him and his mom the very best. There almost hypnotic grooves filled the park with smiling faces and attracted the on goers of the farmers market over towards the vendors, booths, and stage. Though they were missing a band mate they truly played an awesome show for the city of Berkeley that day. Thank you guys!
After Sopwith Camel finished their amazing performance. The Island of black and white came on stage and just blew everyone away with their uniquely amazing sound and style. At one point in the performance the sound board operator was having a few technical difficulties and they continued to play acoustically. At one point in the performance the lead singer hopped on his uni-cycle and played his accordion while riding around in the front of the stage. he played for a minute or two while the band seamlessly picked up with the tune he was playing. He then returned to the stage and continued the performance. these are some really talented performers and musicians who donated their time and money to this great cause.
After the face melting performance and awesome cover of “House of the rising sun” by the Island of black and white we got to hear from one of our first speakers of the day, Pat Malo from Santa Cruz.
Then The band at Hand stepped on stage and played some classic covers of some classic hits from the sixties and seventies for a bit and kept everyone grooving and smiling until the Bluesetta Band came on stage and tickled the keys and played some jazzy tunes for everyone in the park. Ima Jean Hemp even made a guest duet appearance on stage with the Bluesetta band. Rocking and wailing like there was no tomorrow. I really enjoy this band. They are all such nice lovely people and talented musicians to boot.
After the Bluesetta band was done wrapping up there jazzy set we got to hear from one of my personal favorite cannabis activists and freedom fighters. Chris Conrad, author, an expert witness on cannabis and owner and operator of the West coast leaf. Now its all digital and goes by theleafonline.com. He showed up to the event to express his pride and gratitude to the people who have kept the CCHI Initiative alive all these years. This is language that was written and crafted by Jack Herer and Chris Conrad and many others many years ago. These men, and women did all the studies and researched into the real causes and people behind prohibition. They also did heavy research into the positive effects of legalizing cannabis hemp 100%. How it could in fact help save the planet, stop deforestation, replace petroleum, and help reverse the green house effects. Chris knows that the CCHI 2016 is the best language and initiative for the people of California in 2016. That is why he spent so much time in the past fighting and crafting this language in the first place. I could go on and on talking about how much I respect Chris Conrad, his awesome wife Mikki Norris, and everything he said that day. But I will just let him tell you in his own words.
Now if that didn’t get you fired up to get off the couch and take to the streets collecting signatures, and stumping for the people’s initiative, the “CCHI2016″ I’m afraid there is not much anyone can do to motivate your lazy ass. What did he call it again? Oh yeah! ” This is the best, the best, the best initiative for the people of California and its up to us to secure it on the 2016 ballot, and its the one I want everyone busting their butt for this upcoming election cycle!”
Just after Chris Conrad got the entire park and city of Berkeley ready to march across the United States and demand the end of Prohibition we were all greeted with the intergalactic funky sounds of Gigantis. This lady, and gentlemen’s where rocking and funking the hell out of MLK park during the hottest time of the day and it never even phased there intergalactic jam session. These Guys and Lady were awesome. She even game me a free Shirt! One of my new favorite bands.
After the intergalactic funky grooves had finally resided. Dan Herer made his way to the stage and spoke softly, calmly and very intelligently about the importance of ending cannabis prohibition and why he believes the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016 is that solution. Unlike his father he is quite and humble, But just like his dad he gets directly to the point and is very motivational. He is a very nice man and a very hard-working person that I respect dearly.
Once Dan Herer wrapped up his speech Clear Conscience took to the stage and blessed everyone with their reggae/rock/hip-hop sound. These guys didn’t hold back anything. They came on fast and jammed out with their rocking island vibes vibrating throughout the park. These guys did an amazing job and were quite possibly one of my favorite bands of the event. I really like the flow and sound of their music. They all really meld and mesh together quite nicely producing their very own unique sound and vibe.
Once Clear Conscience wrapped up their performance we got to hear from another O.G. cannabis activist. State Coordinator of the CCHI2016, and a dear friend and trusted associate of Jack Herer’s, Buddy Duzy. Buddy took to the stage to tell everyone that the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016 is not just a pot initiative. It is a states rights initiative. This allows us to Legalize, the way we want to! These allows us to regulate, the way we want to! The government has no business, or legal right telling the sovereign people and the sovereign state of California what laws or guidelines we must abide by in regards to cannabis hemp prohibition.
Must be getting early? Are all the clocks running late? Because I’m hearing a grooving sound that is similar to the Grateful Dead, but it kinda sounds Hardly Deadly! Hardly Deadly closed out the night with some of the greatest classic Grateful Dead songs the world has ever known. They got everyone that remained in the park to come up to the stage, dance and be merry while they closed out the evening and event with their own unique and awesome dead head sound. You can tell these guys genuinely enjoy music and just jamming out till you can’t jam out no more! These guys were a great finishing act for an amazing evening in the park in Berkeley Ca.
I just want to thank everyone that came out to the Event last weekend. The vendors, the food, the sound guy, security, the amazing bands and speakers, and the Promoter for making this day possible. It was a very memorable day and a very successful official launch of the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016’s campaign. We are all looking forward to having many more of these types of events as the campaign continues. I know me and Diane are working hard on trying to lock down a venue to hold a CCHI 2016 Free concert and rally here in fresno or the central valley. So if you can help us with securing a location for an upcoming free concert and rally for the CCHI 2016 here in fresno please contact us at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before I go, I wanted to share some photos of dear friends, dedicated activists, and all the amazing vendors and booths that helped make that day possible. You guys rocked! Thanks again!
By Dustin F. Lowery
On Wednesday, June, 3rd, California State University Fresno hosted Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and his Blue Ribbon Commission on marijuana policy. It was a big day for a lot of Central Valley cannabis activists and almost everyone seeking sensible regulation in regards to Cannabis Hemp. Quite a bit of the Central Valleys hardest pavement pounders for legalization where in Attendance. Diane Valdavinos, Jeffery Faure, Dawn Marie Jobe, Jeff Clark, Brenda Linder, and Derek Payton. At least we all thought it was going to be. We all had to endure quite a bit of Reefer Madness at the Blue Ribbon Commission On Marijuana Policy. It started with Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom beautifully pandering to all the various different groups, organizations, and different Initiatives in the room. He really did a great job speaking to the crowd in attendance. Which is also why he has had such a successful political career.
After Gavin Newsom was done giving his introduction to the audience he then began to introduce the rest of the panelists. You can find the entire list of panelists below.
Speaker and Working Group Commissioner Bios
Gavin Newsom is the Chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy. He was elected as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of the State of California on November 2, 2010. His top priorities are economic development and job creation, improving access to higher education, and bolstering California’ environmental leadership. Newsom came from a successful background in both the private sector, starting 15 small businesses and creating more than 1,000 jobs, and local government, having served as a Supervisor, and later, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco.
Elizabeth Cox is a Research Specialist at UC San Francisco’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, where her focus is on state and local tobacco control policymaking. Ms. Cox recently authored a comprehensive report on tobacco control efforts and tobacco industry tactics in California.
Rick Crane is a Strategic Programs Coordinator for UFCW 8-Golden State. Based in Bakersfield, he has been in the retail business for 46 years and a contract negotiator for UFCW for over 20 years. The UFCW represents 160,000 private sector workers in retail food, agriculture, retail drug, non-food retail, cannabis and healthcare industries in California.
Joe Garza is the Chief of Police for the City of Reedley. He has 25 years of experience as a law enforcement professional beginning his career as a patrol officer for the City of Reedley and rising to the position of Chief of Police in 2012. He serves as a board member of the California Police Chiefs Association and in a number of regional law enforcement and civic groups in the Central Valley.
Mihae Jung is Prevention Education Manager at KYCC, an organization that provides comprehensive community services in the Koreatown, Westlake and Pico-Union neighborhoods of Los Angeles. In addition to policy work on alcohol outlets, she has worked directly with youth through organizing, restorative justice, and treatment. She is part of the Los Angeles Rethinking Access to Marijuana collaborative.
David Lampach is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Steep Hill, a leading cannabis science and technology firm. He is a leader in the technological and business advancements of the cannabis analytics and testing market. He has also advised a number of jurisdictions on local and state regulation of marijuana, including in California, Washington and New Mexico.
Rob MacCoun is a Professor at Stanford Law School. He is a social psychologist and public policy analyst who has published numerous studies on illicit drug use and drug policy, including a major recent study for RAND Corporation. He is a preeminent scholar working at the border of law and psychology.
Pat Oglesby is a tax lawyer, and former Chief Tax Counsel, U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the former International Tax Counsel, Joint Congressional Committee on Taxation. He has also at the law and business schools at the University of University of North Carolina. Pat serves as the co-chair of the Regulatory and Tax Structure Working Group of the Blue Ribbon Commission.
Ben Rice is a criminal defense and medical cannabis attorney. He has represented cultivators, dispensaries and doctors involved in medical marijuana, as well as advised policymakers. Ben serves as a member of the Regulatory and Tax Structure Working Group of the Blue Ribbon Commission.
Abdi Soltani is a member of the Steering Committee of the Blue Ribbon Commission, with Lt. Governor Newsom and Stanford professor Keith Humphreys. He serves as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California. Abdi worked previously as a community organizer on issues of educational opportunity and civil rights.
Steve Worthley is the Chairman of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, and represents the northern portion of the county. He is active on the California State Association of Counties and the Rural County Representatives of California. In his private practice as an attorney, he previously represented the forest products industry, including in relation to public lands.
Here You can view the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy at California State University Fresno in its entirety.
Well if you went to this panel and discussion expecting to hear sensible regulations and cannabis policy reform you were probably sadly disappointed. The very first guest speaker on the panel Mihae Jung started out the conversation with dropping the “Oh the Children” fear tactic without referring to any specific data or polls supporting her claims. Her argument pretty much boiled down to we have to over tax, and over regulate in order to keep prices high to protect the children, because low costs equal greater access for children. She worries that all collectives, clubs and dispensaries will end up in the migrant and low-income areas and the dispensary owners will offer up 3x to 4x the going rate and will make it very attractive to low-income property owners to permit the dispensaries in these low-income communities.
She claims it will put a huge strain on the local police, Schools and families in those areas and already has in some areas. In which all cases mentioned it has not and will not. It actually lowers crime in the surrounding areas due to increased security and video surveillance. I also hate to break it to you but most collective owners move into the lower-income parts of the cities or counties because they know the city most likely doesn’t care and won’t come into that area if hardy ever. They also find tenant hungry property owners looking for anyone to fill their vacant properties in these lower-income areas. They do stimulate and boost local economies in those impoverished areas. They also employ people.
Not to mention most local governments view them as a nuisances and only permit them in those specific areas. If they permit them at all. You know? The forgotten parts of town that the city has long forgotten. Nor do they even pretend to care about the people who inhabit those areas. That speaks to the fact that most cities and counties can care less about safe access for qualified and valid medicinal cannabis patients any more than they do about the homeless and impoverished, the hungry and struggling working class families. Especially the ones on a low or fixed income who need the most assistance in obtaining quality organic medicinal cannabis versus the alternative Over-prescribed toxic pharmaceutical industry that does kill our children every day.
They love to permit the Clubs and dispensaries in those forgotten and underfunded areas of the city or county. Why? Because where there is a higher concentrations of poverty, there is always higher amounts of criminal activity. If the only place you permit those establishments is in the areas with the most criminal activity. You can then always turn around and say they attract a lot criminal activity just by simply having a presence in that specific pocket of the community. Even if the establishment was never vandalized, robbed or broken into. Even if the establishment has an impeccable record and is in good standing with the surrounding businesses. Even if it was actually shown to decrease crime in the immediate surrounding area. They would never talk about that nor research into it. They will only cite the high amounts of criminal activity in the only area they permitted them to be in. Which also just so happens to be the epicenter for criminal activity in their town or county.
That was just the first panelist. Im afraid it only got much more disappointing as the panel continued. The second Panelist to totally blow everyone’s minds in regards to over taxation was Rob MacCoun a Professor at Stanford Law School who’s fantasy would be to see a scheme where Californian cannabis consumers are taxed specifically to the THC to CBD ratios in the cannabis they purchase. He also suggested a higher tax on more potent strains of cannabis. Why? To prevent people from breeding and consuming more potent strains of cannabis? Yes! He thinks it is a very serious public safety issue and he doesn’t believe people have any will power. Nor will they be able control their own limitations of consumption. Which will in turn equate to an epidemic of cannabis pandemonium and everyone’s tiny infants and sweet children will actually be exposed to ample amounts of highly potent killer cannabis that will apparently be the first cannabis in recorded history to ever kill someone.
Or maybe we will see the first strain of cannabis to actually impair people to the point of not being able to operate a motor vehicle and millions of high drivers will hit the road and kill millions. Oh the Horror! Anyone that is to high to drive, doesn’t. That is the difference between alcohol and cannabis. I have never came across a cannabis consumer who just got so stoned he could barely move off the couch tell me, ” I’m so high right now, I think ill drive home.” It is always, “I am to high to drive right now. I need to chill for a bit.” Not to mention they are never impaired to the point of intoxication. Mainly because there is no toxic substances in the natural non toxic cannabis plant. Everyone likes to say, ” You just never know. The science and studies are still out on the subject.” Well, I’m pretty sure we know! We have a pretty long track record of coexisting and evolving with the cannabis plant. To the extent the Human Species has developed an intricate Endocannabinoid System to process, distribute, and utilize the many compounds that come from only one place in nature, the cannabis plant.
Nobody has ever died from the consumption of Cannabis! Nobody! More potent strains, means less overall consumption, while receiving the same health benefits or effects. Every doctor or physician that recommends cannabis will tell you that, the more potent the concentrate the patient consumes means they will find faster relief and have to consume far less carcinogens than through the traditional ways of smoking the medicinal cannabis. Which perfectly ties us into another guest panelist who is actually from and apart of the cannabis industry, David Lampach of Steep Hill Labs. Who did not refrain from using scare tactics to insist that all cannabis should be properly tested. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that the company he works for just so happens to be the largest private industry cannabis testing company in the United States and possibly the world? Maybe!
I mean this kind of harkens back to the previous point that, Nobody, I mean nobody has died from the consumption of cannabis. David Lampach tried to play a very a shady game of connect the dots. He cited a recent incident at the UC Davis school of Medicine where, ” Several Immune Compromised patients had died of fungal pneumonia after recently using medical cannabis.” He followed that up with, ” It was unknown if the medicinal cannabis use contributed to the cause of death, and due to current federal restrictions the doctor was unable to drill down further on the matter.” He then went on to push blame towards the dispensary and owners that ran the establishment from which they were purchasing their medicine.
Where he said, ” However one of the doctors was able to recall one of the locations of the dispensaries where the patients had been getting their medicinal cannabis, and as it turned out, sadly, they where not testing for mold.” So there you have it folks. First people to ever die from cannabis ever and its all that dispensary owners fault. Eureka says the owners and proprietors of Steep Hill Labs! So? Because these immune compromised patients, ( Already really sick people ) who decided to try a homeopathic natural alternative died of fungal pneumonia they are all dead from the moldy medicinal cannabis they bought from a dispensary that was not using Steep Hill labs to test their medicine? Wow! What a perfect storyline and product pitch for your company.
You could end up just like them if you don’t test everything. Dead! All because a Cannabis Testing Company and their rep found the perfect case scenario where, maybe, and we are talking about a really huge maybe, that some already very ill patients may have possibly died from using moldy medicinal cannabis. And don’t forget his statements earlier. ( ” due to current federal restrictions, (That is pretty Convenient for claims ) the doctor could not drill down further on the matter.” ) Are these the first recorded cases of deaths associated with cannabis in human history? I highly doubt that is the case. People have been consuming cannabis for thousands upon thousands of years and there is no recorded deaths associated with its consumption. That would even have to include the nastiest, pesticide, fungicide, herbicide laden cannabis that’s ever been sold on the legal and illegal markets.
Show me one single recorded, documented, and factual case of anyone even dying from just the poisoning of consuming badly grown, herbicide and pesticide laden cannabis. Please! I have looked and I can’t find one. I may be wrong. please prove me wrong. But, guess what? Even if you found one. I could just use the very same vague reply he uses to defend his argument. I can turn around and say, ” Well, sadly, federal restrictions deny factual testing and statistics on this subject matter, so,,,,, we will never truly know if the moldy cannabis did in fact kill those poor people.” Death and the fear of death equals sales, sales, sales! Even though there has never been a legitimate fear or reason to believe that any moldy cannabis has ever killed anyone ever. They make millions insuring that you believe it has, it can, and it will continue to kill people unless every single bud, and every single leaf of cannabis cultivated is tested for everything. Preferably done by them, at Steep Hill Labs of course.
Then like a breath of fresh air enters Ben Rice from Santa Cruz, Ca. Ben has been a Criminal defense lawyer for 30 years. He was one of the few sane voices on the panel that day. He pointed out the huge disparities between Fresno county and Santa Cruz in regards to cannabis regulations. When (WAMM) The Wo-Mans Alliance for Medical Marijuana was raided in 2002 the city and County of Santa Cruz actually came to the defense of the collective after being raided by the DEA. He represented the city and county of Santa Cruz along with the ACLU and some other fine lawyers in federal litigation concerning WAMM. The city and county both embraced and supported WAMM. I doubt we will see the fresno city or county board of supervisors educating themselves about Cannabis let alone supporting and embracing a collective here anytime soon.
He also spoke to the fact that California was actually the first state to prohibit cannabis. While later being the one of the first states to pioneer reforms in cannabis regulations and laws. But the absolute best moment was when Ben Rice kind of looks over at the Reedley Chief of police and pauses, ” Well, Santa Cruz being, well, Santa Cruz we had a Sheriff who had seen that our district attorneys office was not interested in losing in court anymore. And they stopped filing the cases or they were resolved for next to nothing.” Wait it gets even better. He then says ” Our Sheriff said, look my budget is limited.” pauses and looks directly into the face of the Chief of Police and says, ” and he decided to eliminate his marijuana eradication team and use those resources for more serious crimes in Santa Cruz.” Like a Boss!
The next panelist to hit the mic was Rick Crane. He is the Strategic Programs Coordinator for UFCW 8-Golden State. He discussed the importance of legitimizing cannabis workers. He also closed with saying, ” Proposition 215 is now settled law. If California moves forward with outright legislation next year, it will only underscore the urgency that we believe is needed to regulate an already big industry that could thus grow exponentially.” So let me decode that for you. He does not care about legalization one bit. Him and his handlers do not favor legalization. They want the unregulated medicinal cannabis industry fixed before addressing legalization. Sound familiar? Do you remember Americans For Safe Access claiming the same thing during the prop 19 campaign ? Well The UFCW 8- Golden state is (ASA) Americans for Safe Access. Same tent. They are only concerned about the collectives they own and operate and securing restrictive permitting that insures they maintain a healthy leg up on their competitors.
Hold on to your butts it only gets worse from here folks. The next Speaker on the Panel was Tulare county board of supervisor Steve Worthley who started out his reefer madness by stating, “In Tulare county we chronicled over 600 grow sites and contrary to many of the speakers I’ve heard this morning many of ours are really wrapped around organized crime.” Then he went on to say “With over 440,000 residents in Tulare county its safe to say the number one business is export and marijuana is no different.” He then insisted that, ” People are even growing in backyards.” Oh the horror! He then pulled the same card as the first speaker and claimed, ” People are offering poor families and migrant workers $5000 if they can grow on their property or backyards and they will receive another $5000 when they are done.” He pretty much bragged about how extreme Tulare county is in enforcing Tulare’s unconstitutional bans on valid, legal medical cannabis patients. So that just goes to show the two extremes. In Santa Cruz the entire county and city rise up in defense. In the Central valley the cities and counties invent new ways of scapegoating state law by using code enforcement.
Now the next speaker Joe Garza is the Chief of Police for the City of Reedley and he actually got booed and it was well deserved. If he is in fact a father of four children than he does a lot of lying to his children to defend his job, title and income. He started his uneducated and non factual rant with, ” Although this is a forum on taxation and regulation it needs to be known that, California Police Chiefs association DOES NOT support ANY legalization or decriminalization of MARIJUANA.” No kidding? Cant take away the California Police departments bread and butter. He has to know that even after the passing of prop-215 there are actually 14 times as many cannabis prisoners in California then in 1980. This does not include federal prisoners like Eddy Lepp, Dale Schafer and many more.
He goes on to say, ” Legalization of MARIJUANA is just bad public policy because the DRUG is addictive and significantly impairs bodily and mental functions.” Even though its cured cancer and he knows it’s never killed anyone. Cannabis is no more addictive than sugar or caffeine and it is a non toxic plant. If Cannabis impairment is such a serious issue? How come we are not seeing this epidemic of stoned drivers crashing and killing people on California highways and byways ? Mainly because Cannabis is a natural non toxic plant that does not intoxicate or impair motor skills. In fact for most people it increases motor skills, brain activity and even helps regenerate new brain cells.
Now prepare yourself for this one. It is a huge jumble of lies. ” Policies aimed at legalizing marijuana have resulted in unintended but predictable consequences. Including increased use amongst minors, additional drug trafficking by criminal syndicates, and an increase of crime.” Here is the stretchiest of stretches for you though. ” Despite claims to the contrary the social cost of legalizing marijuana will dwarf the meager taxes that it raises.” Seriously dude? He then added, ” Unfortunately at a certain point those high taxes will simply encourage an illicit market that can come in, under grow, and undercut the high-priced legalized market.” Your killing me smalls. Do you understand your job? At all?
Ok lets start with his absurd claim that increased usage amongst minors is an unintended consequence of legalization. WRONG! Lie #1. Teen alcohol and drug use — including marijuana use — was down across the board in 2014. Click here for the full story. Now to prove him wrong on his quack pot theory that despite contrary beliefs the social cost of legalizing Cannabis would cost more than it would actually generate nonsense. You have to really be living under a central valley rock to believe this. Colorado raked in 76 Million dollars in marijuana taxes and business fees last year alone last year. These allegations are largely based upon the premise that present taxes on alcohol and cigarettes fail to adequately pay for the social costs associated with these drugs’ use and abuse.
His premise is all but irrelevant to the cannabis legalization debate. Do you Know why? Cannabis is 1000 times safer than alcohol! According to US Centers for Disease Control, alcohol plays a role in about 41,000 fatal accidents a year and in the commission of about 1 million violent crimes annually. Worldwide, the statistics are even grimmer. Stated a February 2011 World Health Organization report, alcohol consumption causes a staggering 4 percent of all deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence. Cannabis deaths ? Not a single recorded or documented case of death from consumption of cannabis has ever been recorded or catalogued. Not to mention 94 percent of social costs for cannabis are linked to law enforcement.
He is not done dropping the Reefer Madness bomb on you. He then says, ” However before we can really speak about the legalization of marijuana we have to look at where will it be sold? Will our neighborhoods become red light districts like in Amsterdam? Accompanied by the same crimes and social disorder? ” Yes folks he really said this nonsense and yes last I checked this was the modern age of technology and the 21st century. Just to finish off all the crazy BULLSHIT this man spewed off that day. He then followed that up with, ” Lets not forget the nuisance caused by the powerful odor of mature marijuana plants.” I actually find the smell of his bullshit wafting from his mouth to be a bigger nuisance than the lovely perfumes of the cannabis plant. Now hear is the part where everyone in the room bursts into laughter or boo’s him. ” In my 26 years of being a police officer, I’ve known it to be a gateway drug, and it is a gateway drug.” The room erupts into giggles and laughter and the host has to ask the guests to refrain from doing that again. So he again states, ” Again as a police officer this is a well-known fact.” Room erupts into laughter once again.
All I can say at this point is please just watch the video and decide for yourself. This Panel and discussion took place on the 3rd of July and I just finished this article today. There was one more panelist. She talked about the similarities of the Tobacco Industry. Just like Before Cannabis is not Tobacco. All this Reefer Madness makes head want to explode. Look for a detailed article about the Central valley Reform meeting that took place in Goshen just an hour after this panel and discussion took place. Not in Visalia, or Fresno like some had advertised.
P.S —-> Please listen to the Comment and question sections in the video. Some serious and good questions were asked from dedicated activists from the central valley.
BY: Dustin Frazier Lowery
On June 3, at 10:30 a.m. – 12:00p.m. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy will be at California State University Fresno in the North Gym Assembly Room conducting a Public Forum on Taxation and Regulation. This Event is sponsored by a joint venture and collaboration between the Office of Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and the American Civil Liberties Union of California.
The Fresno chapter of the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016 will be in attendance at this event and recommends that everyone please attend this important discussion on June 3rd. If given the opportunity the CCHI 2016 Fresno Chapter will present the Blue Ribbon Commission with information on the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016 and why we believe it should be considered as a serious solution for marijuana policy for 2016. It is a serious and viable solution to our current marijuana policies, and the best solution to a cleaner and more sustainable economy for California.
CCHI2016 Radio is back with another END PROHIBITION packed episode!
Milan made some major waves in So Cal this past weekend got some great support for CCHI!
Patrick Moore and Jeannette Perez were in attendance at a legalization roundtable
and we will have Patrick on to talk all about what transpired!
Click here to listen live –> http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cchi2016/2015/05/22/cchi-2016-radio-episode-10
TRiP was at Hempcon in Las Vegas with Jeff Clark and it was literally a BUST !
Sheriff Joe Arpio of Arizona is really proud of the biggest bust in Phoenix history !
CCHI Radio hopes to hear from someone from the Bus CUP in Las Vegas.
AND Andrew Hutchings from NugLife Radio Will be on to dedicate some time to RIP MOSH
The Central Valley of California is in dire straights as I write this very article. The Central valley hosts 4 out of the 10 most polluted cities in the U.S. Apparently the smaller cities located close enough to larger ones like ( Merced-Fresno ) are considered the same area. So on the list you will see several Central Valley cities. Fresno-Madera tops the list at #1. Bakersfield is #2. Visalia-Porterville-Hanford came in at #3. And coming in at #4 we have Modesto-Merced. So technically there are 8 Central valley cities in the top 4 most polluted cities in America. I imagine all the other small cities in between them are just as bad. They most likely just don’t want to list the entire Central Valley as having unhealthy and unfit air to breathe because they need room for the larger cities like Los Angeles who was #5 on the list, and San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland who gets the honorable mention at #6. But you got to give them credit. They tried to list as many Central Valley cities as possible.
So why is the Central Valley so polluted and the air so unhealthy? Well the first and most obvious is it’s an enormous valley. I’ve been told you can see the Central Valley from space. Don’t know if that’s true or not, but I imagine you could. The Central Valley is really two valleys. The San Joaquin to the south and Sacramento to the north. All told, the Central Valley is about 450 miles long, from Bakersfield up to Redding, and is 60 miles at its widest, between the Sierra Nevada to the east and the Coast Ranges to the west. It’s larger than nine different states. The Central Valley acts as a pool for pollutants produced by the region’s residents, its industry and its large agricultural community. These emissions then get trapped in the valley by an inversion layer of warm air. Then add-on the fact California has had the worst smog problems in the United States for over 40 years and we have a real disaster on our hands here people.
California is also a large Oil producing state. What? Yes it is the 4th largest Oil producing state in the nation behind Alaska. California is also a very large oil-refining state in part because of the stringent regulations California has in place on the amount of oxygen allowed in gasoline. Oil refineries pollute our air, water, and land. Oil refineries cause smog and air pollution. Almost all refineries in every country currently pollute at unacceptable, unhealthy levels. Oil refineries emit about 100 chemicals everyday. These include metals like lead which makes it hard for children to learn. They also include very smaller size dust particles that get deep into our lungs and harm our ability to breathe. Finally, refineries emit many gases like sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NO2), carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, dioxins, hydrogen fluoride, chlorine, benzene and others
Did you know the Central valley was not only loved by farmers and cultivators for its vast sunshine and ample size it was also praised for being the healthiest top soil in the nation. Now due to non organic and unhealthy agricultural practices the top soil is dead in most places. If you want to see how the land has changed because of dubious farming practices, take a drive on State Route 45 south of Wasco. Large swaths of land that are no longer farmed. Due to petroleum derived, synthetic fertilizers that they inject directly into the soil. Which in turn poisoned and killed off the living microbes and organisms in the soil leaving the soil barren, alkali and lifeless. Or take a Drive past the real HARRIS ranch, were your juicy steaks sit in a small crowded pin knee-deep in their own waste, forcing them to use antibiotics on the cows that you in turn consume after purchasing, cooking, and eating. Why? So they can push more cattle to market faster? Big Ag is destroying the local farmers way of life and our climate at the same time.
Those crafty signs blaming the government for their own misuse and malpractice of their own land doesn’t garner much attention from me. You have to spend a lot of money and be very greedy to destroy such vast amounts of fertile agricultural land for profit. Trying to alter nature to accommodate the large agricultural business model did not work and it will never work. Growing vast amounts of government subsidized Corn, SoyBean, or whatever fetches top dollar from the taxpayers is what has caused the fertile Central Valley top soil to die in the first place. Not the lack of water. They have always had all the water they needed allotted to them here, and some. Even during our current drought only residents have been asked to cut back on usage. The agricultural industry uses 80% of the water consumed in California every year. Even though everyone here in Fresno is now on Meters and now pays for every dime they sprinkle on their own lawn. Residents are the only ones currently being threatened with fines if they don’t cut back usage.
So the pollution and emissions from us, the oil Industry, large agricultural industry and all other general industries all get trapped right here and will not leave or dissipate because of an inversion layer of warm air that traps it in our valley. Now….don’t do, what everyone thinks you’re gonna do….and just, flip out man! But there is and has always been a viable solution for the Central Valley. Hemp! What if the Central Valley farmers were able to cultivate a drought resistant, pest resistant Crop that cleaned the air, and replenished the damaged soil? What If that one crop could provide Food, Paper, Fiber, Medicine, Fuel, and up to 50,000 different potential uses ? What if this single plant could create thousands of JOBS and an entire new fully sustainable and renewable GREEN industry for the California economy to thrive on? Why would any farmer, city, county, government, or economy be against that? Hemp is the only Plant on earth that can do that for California and the Central Valley.
So how Can Hemp Save the Central valley ? Hemp can help save the Central valley in several ways. Lets start with the air we breathe. This is from a bulletin by the USDA in 1916: Hemp is the miracle plant of our time, breathing in 4x the carbon dioxide (CO2) of trees during its quick 12-14 week growing cycle. Trees take 20 years to mature vs 4 months for Industrial Hemp! Our forests are being cut down 3x faster than they can grow! One acre of hemp produces as much cellulose fiber pulp as 4.1 acres of trees. (Dewey & Merrill. Bulletin #404. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. 1916) Obviously we have known that for quite some time. No other plant in the plant kingdom is as efficient at converting CO2 back into oxygen then Hemp. Burning anything produces CO2. But every year during the growing season, plant photosynthesis turns that CO2 back into oxygen. Hemp is the perfect crop for the Central Valley farmers to help combat those trapped Greenhouse gases in the valley on an annual basis.
Replenishing the damaged soil is essential to revitalizing the Central Valley and the California economy. There are so many small farming communities that rely on agriculture and farming in the Central valley. Look at Mendota, when there is no food to grow, there is no jobs, and no commerce. There are quite a few local farming communities just like Mendota that may simply vanish if the farmers are not given a drought resistant crop. One that requires very little water, no pesticides, and will grow in depleted soils and in all climates, all while replenishing the damaged top soil for all future crops there after. well Guess what? Hemp is the undisputed king of soil rejuvenation in the plant kingdom.
(From-Hemphasis.net) – It helps detoxify and regenerate the soil. Falling leaves and shrubs not used in processing fall to the ground and replenish the soil with nutrients, nitrogen, and oxygen. This rich organic mulch promotes the development of fertile grassland. Some of the carbon which is “breathed” in by the plant in the form of CO2 is left in the roots and crop residues in the field. The CO2 is broken down by photosynthesis into carbon and oxygen, with oxygen being aspirated back into the atmosphere. With each season more CO2 is reduced from the air and added to the soil.
Hemp roots absorb and dissipate the energy of rain and runoff, which protects fertilizer, soil, and keeps seeds in place. Hemp plants slow down the velocity of runoff by absorbing moisture. By creating shade, hemp plants moderate extreme variations in temperatures, which conserves moisture in the soil. Hemp plants reduce the loss of topsoil in windy conditions. Hemp plants also loosen the earth for subsequent crops. Hemp plants can even pull nuclear toxins from the soil. In fact hemp was planted near and around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to pull radioactive elements from the ground. The process is called phyto-remediation, which means using plants (phyto) to clean up polluted sites. Phyto-remediation can be used to remove nuclear elements, and to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, crude oil, and other toxins from landfills. Hemp breaks down pollutants and stabilizes metal contaminants by acting as a filter. Hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants found.
The minimum benefit of a hemp crop is in its use as a rotation crop. Since hemp stabilizes and enriches the soil farmers grow crops on, and provides them with weed-free fields, without cost of herbicides, it has value even if no part of the plant is being harvested and used. Any industry or monetary benefit beyond this value is a bonus. Rotating hemp with soy reduces cyst nematodes, a soy-decimating soil parasite, without any chemical input. Hemp could be grown as a rotation crop and not compete with any other food crops for the most productive farmland. Marginal lands make fine soil for hemp, or hemp can be grown in between growing seasons.
Now lets focus a little more on Jobs, growth and the economy of the Central Valley and what Hemp can do to help things GROW. (Bad Pun Alert) According to Chris Conrad, a respected authority on cannabis and industrial hemp and who authored Hemp for Health and Hemp, Lifeline to the Future, the industry would be regionally sustainable, reviving the local economy wherever it was grown. “Hemp will create jobs in some of the hardest-hit sectors of the country — rural agriculture, equipment manufacturing, transportable processing equipment and crews — and the products could serve and develop the same community where the hemp is farmed: building ecological new homes, producing value-added and finished products, marketing and so forth,” he writes in an e-mail from Amsterdam, where he is doing research. ” Add to that all the secondary jobs — restaurants, health care, food products, community-support networks, schools, etc., that will serve the workers. The Central Valley of California would see a surge of income, growth, jobs and consumer goods.”
Are you aware that the United States is the #1 importer of Hemp in the world? Do you know why? Are you aware that the United States remains the only industrialized nation that refuses to distinguish Hemp from its sibling, Cannabis? (Most commonly known by its racially fueled given name Marijuana) Our United States government considers Hemp a Schedule 1 narcotic, worse than cocaine, meth, and opium, and lists it on the Controlled Substance Act alongside its non toxic cousin and prohibits its cultivation. Did you know a Hemp Bill passed in California 2 years ago and the Govinator vetoed it citing the bill conflicted with federal law? Do you honestly believe Cannabis is illegal 100% because its bad for you and everyone else? If you do, I do not blame you! Every single generation has been kept in the dark and lied to about Cannabis. Brainwashed into believing things like Cannabis kills brain cells, or smoking marijuana will give you man boobs and make you infertile. All lies and myths to keep you from knowing the REAL truth. Cannabis Hemp is the people’s plant. There is no other plant on the planet that can lift the poorest of our world out of economic despair. There is no other plant on the planet that can stop deforestation and replace fossil fuels, petroleum derived synthetics, and end our dependency on Oil. There is no other plant in the world that can provide you with, Food, Clothes, Housing, Energy, and medicine by just simply growing it on your property.
Being a 2nd generation, born and raised resident of the Central Valley I have taken it upon myself to educate anyone and everyone about what Hemp and Cannabis can do for this area. I think it’s harder for the older generations to truly believe this due to the mass amounts of reefer madness they were forced to endure throughout their lives. It might also be that they watched a lot of good people get arrested and severely punished for something so minor as smoking a marijuana cigarette, possessing plant matter, or god forbid, grew a non toxic plant. That is understandable. I understand that most of the Central Valley considers itself to be more conservative and traditional. If that is the case then let’s get back to the way things really use to be. Minus the reefer Madness of course. Lets get back to producing Hemp in California. We already host the worlds 5th largest economy here in California. Imagine how much the entire state would have already benefited had Arnold Schwarzenegger not vetoed the state bill 2 years prior.
We all know the politicians are paid off by the very corporations who insured Hemps prohibition in the first place right? So that makes things a little more difficult but not impossible. This very scenario and situation in which we face right now is nothing new. The state of California has a people’s initiative process. It not only has one, it paved the way for 23 other states to do the same thing. In 1911, an amendment to the California Constitution established the California initiative process, giving voters the right to enact legislation. In other words, it gave the voters a power equal to the power of legislative branch of state government. This movement toward direct democracy was part of increasing popular demand across the country in the late 1800s for social and political reform. In California, progressives concerned about the influence that monied interests, such as the Southern Pacific Railroad, exercised over the legislature led the movement. In the Midwest, the populist movement included an effort by citizens to establish the initiative and referendum process to deal with government corruption. As the groundswell grew, in 1897, Nebraska allowed cities to include the initiative and referendum in their charters. By the end of the 19th century, states were amending their constitutions to include the initiative and referendum power. Currently there are 24 states that have some form of initiative and referendum procedures.
The California Initiative process can also be a double-edged sword. There are a lot of wealthy “individuals” who own a lot of “stock” in certain “companies” who plan on “funding” certain initiatives in California that legalize Cannabis in very “specific” ways that will most likely “benefit” a few wealthy individuals or “Board Members.” The saddest and most obvious fact of all is, they don’t even touch the topic of industrial Hemp, nor do they even pretend to care in most cases. Most of them are more concerned about limiting the amount you possess or the amount you can cultivate on your own personal property. So at the same time we must all be very informed and educated on who is financing and providing funds to these initiatives. I can personally assure you from personal experience that there is only 1, all grassroots, volunteer, people funded and operated initiative and campaign out there that’s main focus has always been about restoring Hemp in California. It’s the Jack Herer Initiative. The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016. They are the only ones publicly asking for donations and funds to register and qualify the initiative for the 2016 ballot. I guess the rest already have money and funding behind them and thats why they are not asking or concerned about it. That in itself should raise some red flags.
Not a single other initiative is publicly holding events stating they need exactly 900,000 – 100,000,000 dollars for the specific reason of paying professional petitioners to insure the CCHI qualifies for the ballot. The CCHI 2014 campaign came very close to qualifying in 2014 on a volunteer basis only. This is reality folks. The CCHI is asking for you to read the initiative and make up your own mind and decide if you support it, and if you could possibly donate whatever you can spare to help them pay professional petitioners to qualify it for the 2016 presidential ballot. because the other campaigns already have funding to do the exact same thing. If we want to guarantee the CCHI qualifies for the 2016 ballot they need serious donations or thousands of motivated volunteers. The others are merely holding round tables pretending like your opinion counts or matters. When the real truth is they already have a plan, a scheme, and apparently its well-financed. Imagine that! I wonder what they have in store for all the average consumers of cannabis in California in those 28 page initiatives? I can also tell you one initiative that has already filed, while claiming its an open document, plans on making cannabis DUI’s on skateboards and bicycles a reality for the future of California. Thank you? seriously?
I mean the CCHI is not just about re-legalizing the responsible adult Consumption of Cannabis for adults 21 and over in a complicated regulatory way like most initiatives. It’s mainly about re-legalizing industrial Hemp in California. It always has been. It’s about returning a Clean and renewable energy source to the California economy. It’s about growing abundant amounts of the planets most nutritional seed for human consumption. It’s about cleaning the polluted air we breathe with mother natures best plant at converting CO2 to oxygen. Replenishing and rejuvenating the damaged over fertilized soils we cultivate with natures #1 plant at restoring damaged soil. Dropping our dependency on foreign oil and producing clean renewable energy right here at home. Producing clean, natural and biodegradable plastics from Hemp instead of petroleum-based synthetic plastics that pollute the air while being refined, and pollute the land and ocean after use. It’s about choosing a safer, smarter and healthier alternative for us, the planet and all future generations.
So I urge you to please read the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016 and decide for yourself whether you like or disagree with it. It won’t take long it is only 2 pages of sensible regulations that is very easy to read and understand. The California cannabis Hemp Initiative is the Job creator and economic booster the Central Valley and Californians desperately need to progress forward into a cleaner and more sustainable future for everyone. Hemp is the key to saving the Central Valley and California’s economy. The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative is working very hard to make that a reality and they NEED our help. They need the people to stand up, support, donate, and volunteer to make this a reality. There are no heavily financed fat cats promising to fund them. So please go to their website and read over the initiative, if you agree with the initiative and want to se it succeed please donate whatever you can spare, or volunteer to be coordinator in your county or city. It’s up to the people of California to make this a reality.
BY: Dustin F. Lowery
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