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DSC_0008 copyJust days after the nation celebrated Independence- someone gets caught with marijuana at a federal campground inside Washington State.

“A man called KING 5 to say he had pot confiscated and was ticketed while camping with friends. It happened when a ranger came by to check on their campfire. The ranger noticed the group had a small amount of marijuana.
The camper said he purchased it legally, but because he was on federal land the viewer said the pot was confiscated and that he got a $125 ticket.”

“Larry Chambers, a US Forest Service spokesperson says the agency is legally required to enforce federal laws on public lands they manage, even though Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana in November 2012.”

Click here to view authoritarian comments from people who are all about federal law even though they probably were up for celebrating independence on July 4th.

Favorite comment:

“Its federal land. Just like the Military bases.”

Maybe American culture would be easier to understand if all of the US was one giant military base.

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

Same country where half time sports announcers remind us that The Troops are fighting undeclared/unwon wars overseas in order to defend your rights and freedoms.

 

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US Department of Credibility

 

 

Photo- Summer on Whidbey Island

 

DSC_0022Mystery drug results in drug treatment sentence:

Drug treatment sentence handed down in Sequim-area burglary

Was the man stealing, selling, or transporting drugs?

Was he on drugs? What sort of drugs were involved in this case?

In the past, there has been news of heroin in Sequim.

More here.

Love to see a reporter ask what role the US Border Patrol plays in keeping heroin away from the Olympic Peninsula.

Olympic Peninsula heroin racket:

Terry sentenced in heroin case

Devin L. Terry, 23, of Port Angeles, was sentenced to 24 months probation on April 24 in Clallam County Superior Court. Terry pled guilty on April 3 to delivering heroin to OPNET members on two separate days in December 2013. A third charge was dismissed in exchange for Terry’s guilty plea.

Terry was arrested when OPNET members completed a narcotics search warrant at an apartment in the 1900 block of South Pine Street in Port Angeles. Terry’s prior criminal history includes malicious mischief 2, burglary and taking a motor vehicle without permission.

 

Local TV station:

Bottle your own whiskey at Woodinville Whiskey Co.

Same city that has banned voter-approved marijuana outlets:

WOODINVILLE BANS MARIJUANA BUSINESSES INSIDE CITY LIMITS

 

In a general sense- marijuana is controversial, while wine is almost universally accepted.

Wines to complement your meals grilled outdoors

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine-why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

 

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US Department of Credibility

 

 

Photo- Bowman Bay

 

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Whidbey Island-

Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.” on Whidbey Island.

Took a quick look on the web to see if there is a post 911 history of maritime “cross-border activity” on Whidbey & could not find anything. If anyone has info, please post in comments.

 

Over on the Olympic Peninsula- post 911 cash has beefed up coastal  security:

Port of Port Angeles-

$701,063 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant:

“The Port Security Grant Program funds will be spent on upgrading surveillance cameras, lighting, access control and cybersecurity at the port’s marine terminals.”

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from the Olympic Peninsula?

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

Meanwhile-

Heroin traffickers say FU to passports, enhanced driver’s licenses & all other post-911 efforts designed to keep terrorists out of the US.

May, 2013:

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

Still no justification provided by elected officials or the US Border Patrol for an upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility.

Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

News links & documentation here: News tip/story idea

 

Sunnyside-

Scare tactics brought to you by the folks who take federal Drug War grant money.

“Freng said drugs were rampant in the United States before the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, which required labeling for alcohol, opiates, cocaine, cannabis and other drugs.”

Back when marijuana was legal- in the days when Americans were inventing and producing light bulbs, automobiles, airplanes, etc.

Dr. Freng,

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine-why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

Allowing legal, domestic production of marijuana would serve to eliminate a portion of distraction and potential corruption at the border.

U.S. Border Patrol agent pleads guilty to smuggling 147 pounds marijuana while on duty

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

 

More here: Drug War Racket

Related: A post 911 Puget Sound area

 

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Local reporters will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Or here:

US Department of Credibility

 

 

 

Photo- Low tide

Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

 

 

DSC_0064 2News media working hard to find the destructive potential of marijuana-

Marijuana news: Legalized pot in U.S. spurs growth in heroin trade

WTF?

Note: legal sales of recreational marijuana have started in only one state: Colorado

Allowing legal, domestic production of marijuana would serve to eliminate a portion of distraction and potential corruption at the border- but we can’t have that in a free society.

This is what prohibition looks like:

U.S. Border Patrol agent pleads guilty to smuggling 147 pounds marijuana while on duty

Heroin traffickers are frequently successful at what they do. If terrorists were just as interested in entering the US- it appears that federal departments and agencies would have no way to stop them.

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Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

Newspeople- please consider doing a report/asking questions Re: why the US Department of Homeland Security/proud War on Terror is unable to keep heroin out of the US.

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

 

A student died in Colorado after jumping to his death shortly after eating a LEGAL pot cookie

Will they blame pickup trucks?

UPDATE: 10-Year-Old Boy Was Learning To Drive In Fatal Rollover That Killed Father & Brother

 

Colorado bill would expose pot users to child abuse charges

For people with children- will it be illegal to have a bottle of wine at home?

Be sure to praise overseas military operations for the freedoms you enjoy.

 

Related:

Puget Sound Heroin

Marijuana causing big problems in Washington State?

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The Pacific Coast at Ruby Beach

 

DSC_0035No Guns for Medical Marijuana Users

How about legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34)

Do people who take legal drugs that may bring on thoughts of suicide loose the ability to purchase or possess firearms?

How about people who enjoy a good taste of beer or tequila now & then?

 

Drug Take Back Day-

A huge success for the legal drug dealers- they sold 324 tons of pills to people who did not need them:

“Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons, that’s more than 647,000 pounds, of prescription drugs at more than 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 3.4 million pounds (1,700 tons) of pills.”

Related:

Drug Take Back Day

Heroin Update

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Photo- South Indian Island

 

DSC_0018 copyStill months before the first legal sale of recreational marijuana in Washington State-

“Washington’s first pot shop is expected to open in June or July.”

Are newspeople the only folks who use the term “pot”?

 

Pets-

Veterinarian: More marijuana means more poisoned dogs

 

Students-

Seattle Public Schools says student pot use is on rise

 

On the job-

Legal marijuana and the workplace: Legally high, legally fired for pot use

“Marijuana is not a drug regulated by the Food & Drug Administration and there is insufficient research on the effects of marijuana use other than it stays in the system for 40 days.”

Imagine being told at work that you could be fired for drinking a glass of wine because a test could indicate you consumed alcohol sometime in the past 40 days.

Favorite objections to legalization:

“Your school bus driver, airline pilot, or heart surgeon will show up high at work.”

These folks have had access to marijuana for decades. Check with your HR department- employees across America are forbidden to report to work under the influence of alcohol, mind altering legal or illegal drugs or marijuana. Ditto for using any of these on the job. Employers maintain control Re: workplace standards of conduct. Still trying to figure out how using marijuana on New Year’s Eve matters days later on the job, but that is for employers to decide.

 

On the roads-

More drivers positive for pot in Washington state

Asking a few questions here is not to defend operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, legal or illegal drugs or marijuana.

Medical marijuana has been here since 1998.

Has I-692 caused problems on the highways?

If this is an honest concern- what has the state been waiting on?

People have been able to get behind the wheel after using marijuana for decades.

This would remain so- even if recreational use of marijuana never became legal.

Maybe the Washington State Patrol sees this as a non-issue.

Where is the marijuana related accident data of the past 20 years?

If there has been a problem on the roads- why did the Washington State Patrol make no recommendations on how to address the situation prior to the Nov 2012 election?

Related: Marijuana is new? Washington State DUI testing plans-

 

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Photo- Mount Baker from Coupeville

 

DSC_0084“Erichsen said he voted against the zoning laws because of the federal prohibition on marijuana, noting he pledged allegiance to the U.S. flag at the start of Monday’s meeting, which pre-empts state law.”

 

A powerful central government knows what’s best for each one of us.

How about legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34)

Possibly of interest: Tenth Amendment Center

Related:

The Conservative position on marijuana

You are an adult in Washington State

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DSC_0011_013It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

The Democratic position:

Dianne Feinstein Opposes Marijuana Legalization

Highway safety: Marijuana is new? Washington State DUI testing plans-

More here:

2014 Election Season

Both major parties on marijuana policy-

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Photo- The Seal Rock Oyster

 

DSC_0003Still legal in Oregon?

 

Draft rules:

No marijuana-infused products “manufactured in a form that resembles cake-like products, cookies, candy, or gum, or that otherwise may be attractive to minors because of its shape, color, or taste.”

Whatever might place children at risk- that should be off limits to the rest of society.

Meanwhile-

Fruit & candy flavored booze remain legal.

Related:

Freedom Fetish

A Free Society?

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DSC_0184Politics is controlled by majority rule.

The majority of voters will align with one of two major political parties.

Both major parties are OK with ongoing, undeclared wars overseas, the drug war racket, & a Dept. of Homeland Security that can’t keep heroin out of the US.

 

Wars-

Winding down because US officials have declared victory and are ready to get out of the undeclared wars business- or leaving because host governments take up the welcome mat?

US not welcome to stay in Iraq

US not welcome to stay in Afghanistan

 

Marijuana-

Take a look at the first states to approve medical marijuana. These states authorized medical use of marijuana based on voter initiatives-not action taken by elected officials. Ditto for both states that have said yes to recreational use of marijuana.

Is there anything written into a state or national party platform by either of our major political parties indicating they are interested in marijuana legalization or ending The Drug War?

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine-why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

Related:

Both major parties on marijuana policy-

 

Heroin & The US Dept. of Homeland Security-

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

Heroin use on the rise.

Heroin traffickers are frequently successful at what they do. If terrorists were just as interested in entering the US- it appears that federal departments and agencies would have no way to stop them.

DSC_0001More here: Puget Sound Heroin

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

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Crescent Beach/Salt Creek

 

DSC_0398Asked a couple questions on the facebook page of a liberty candidate (running for federal office) recently:

“What is your position on true marijuana legalization, which would include ending prohibition for adults age 18-20.

The law should not divide adults into groups of first & second class citizens.

What is your position on adults being able to grow marijuana plants without any medical authorization/special licenses/permits/permissions, etc.”

The basic response was that this is not a federal issue.

Makes sense to me- except the federal government is already playing a role here:

Federal agents raid marijuana dispensaries in Washington

 

“The Marijuana Eradication Program (MEP) is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and managed by the Washington State Patrol.”

“In the U.S. Department of Justice’s eyes, marijuana of any kind is illegal.”

 

Olympic National Park bust an example of where state, federal pot laws collide

 

City of Port Angeles-

“All Port Angeles Police officers have taken an oath to uphold not only state law, but federal law as well.”

 

Marijuana for profit-

“…the Bank Security Act and the Patriot Act — make it illegal for banks to take money from marijuana businesses.” 

Update:

Banks cleared to accept marijuana business

Frank Keating, president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, said the new rules aren’t enough to reassure banks.

“While we appreciate the efforts by the Department of Justice and FinCEN, guidance or regulation doesn’t alter the underlying challenge for banks,” he said. “As it stands, possession or distribution of marijuana violates federal law, and banks that provide support for those activities face the risk of prosecution and assorted sanctions.”

 

Heroin for profit-

Somehow, arrangements can be made at the bank to deal with sums as large as $3.6 million?

Is there an incentive to allow heroin traffickers to cross into the US?

If heroin was prevented from entering the US- law enforcement paydays like this one might not be possible:

Justice Department distributes more than $3.4 million to local law enforcement

From another source:

“A news conference is planned for Wednesday where the FBI, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshals will distribute $3.6 million to local police departments. The money was seized after busting one of Ohio’s largest heroin distribution rings.”

 

 

Photo- Fog clears on a summer morning at Indian Island

 

DSC_0149Both major parties are OK with ongoing, undeclared wars overseas, the drug war racket, & a Dept. of Homeland Security that can’t keep heroin out of the US.

 

Wars-

Winding down because US officials are ready- or leaving because host governments say the US is no longer welcome to stay?

US not welcome to stay in Iraq

US not welcome to stay in Afghanistan

 

Marijuana-

Take a look at the first states to approve medical marijuana. These states authorized medical use of marijuana based on voter initiatives- not action taken by elected officials. Ditto for both states that have said yes to recreational use of marijuana.

Is there anything written into a state or national party platform by either of our major political parties indicating they are interested in marijuana legalization or ending The Drug War?

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

Related:

Both major parties on marijuana policy-

 

Heroin & The US Dept. of Homeland Security-

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

Heroin use on the rise.

DSC_0001More here: Puget Sound Heroin

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

 

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Working Waterfront- Bellingham

 

DSC_0011_011Voter approved marijuana businesses prohibited from using a bank:

“In essence, we would be laundering money as the law looks at it,” said Larry Hueth, president and CEO of Port Angeles-based First Federal.

“We would be breaking the law.”

Love to see newspeople ask:

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

 

Marijuana is controversial- beer is not.

Local event happening on the same weekend the above story came out:

Strange Brewfest 2014-

“Although Port Townsend has no shortage of hotel rooms, this event sells out the entire town every year.”

 

Marijuana for profit-

“…the Bank Security Act and the Patriot Act — make it illegal for banks to take money from marijuana businesses.” 

 

Heroin for profit-

Somehow, arrangements can be made at the bank to deal with sums as large as $3.6 million?

Is there an incentive to allow heroin traffickers to cross into the US?

If heroin was prevented from entering the US- law enforcement paydays like this one might not be possible:

Justice Department distributes more than $3.4 million to local law enforcement

From another source:

“A news conference is planned for Wednesday where the FBI, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshals will distribute $3.6 million to local police departments. The money was seized after busting one of Ohio’s largest heroin distribution rings.”

 

Related:

You are an adult in Washington State

Puget Sound Heroin

Heroin & the Port Angeles Border Patrol

News tip/story idea

Struggling to Defend the Border Patrol

A very serious War on Terror

Proud War on Terror- unable to keep heroin out of the US

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Photo Starfish at Oak Bay

 

DSCN4509Ted Cruz Faults Obama for Not Imposing Marijuana Prohibition on States That Have Rejected It

Some are saying the Senator is being misunderstood.

I looked for anything written on his position Re: The Drug War or marijuana policy & could not find anything.

Is there anything written into a state or national platform from either of our major political parties indicating that they are interested in marijuana legalization or ending The Drug War?

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

Related-

You are an adult in Washington State

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Early winter morning- Point No Point, WA

 

DSC_0006_007It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

Pot smokers warned: think twice before crossing U.S. border

This is the same country that celebrates independence from a powerful central government each summer.

What if you are a resident of Washington State- returning home from Canada- will you be questioned about past or future marijuana use? Then what?

 

Surely- the elected representatives Washington State sends to the nation’s capitol will press to remedy this situation?

Video:

Congressman Reichert on supporting legal pot: ‘I can’t do it’

Background:

Washington I-502

Congressman Reichert,

What does this tell young people about voting on election day?

How does each vote count when federal representatives do not support state election outcomes?

The freedom talk is just for federal holidays and overseas military operations.

Please see this essay by Congressman Reichert:

Sharing Freedom’s Stories

 

You are free to do as we tell you.

Bill Hicks

Meanwhile- heroin traffickers enter the US free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, questions about marijuana use, etc.

Multi-jurisdictional drug bust nets nearly $2 million combined of cocaine and heroin

 

A powerful central government knows what’s best for each one of us.

How about legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34)

Discuss on facebook here.

 

 

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Crescent Beach- Vancouver Island in the distance

 

DSC_0051_005Step Saver:

Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.

Washington State update:

12 months after the election- still not enough time to keep marijuana complicated:

Island County pot moratorium discussion sparks courthouse ruckus

Would-be pot producers run into obstacles in Washington state

The freedom talk is just for federal holidays and overseas military operations.

Every vote counts?

Wine is OK, marijuana is not: You are an adult in Washington State

After extensive meetings and hearings over many months time- The Black Market has ruled that sales of untaxed product will continue to move forward- just as in years past.

Probably even more than in years past because after the 2012 election- county prosecutors decided not to wait on meeting results involving Governor Gregoire & the federal government, Drug Czar approval, twelve months to plan rules on sales and retail infrastructure, etc.

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Photo- Crescent Beach

 

DSC_0017You may choose to take a friend and travel to wine country.

Maybe you will stay over at a hotel or B&B.

You tour one or more wineries- you buy a bottle to take home, or maybe a dozen bottles- no doctor’s authorization required.

No controversy.

Why is marijuana any different?

 

Prohibition remains in place for adults age 18-20.

The law should not divide adults into groups of first & second class citizens.

 

You are free to do as we tell you.

Bill Hicks

 

Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.

Government permissions, authorizations, permits, and applications for marijuana should be no more complicated than those required to use a glass of wine.

Related:

A Free Society?

The Black Market

 

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DSC_0002_022Halftime sports announcers telling us that overseas military operations are somehow linked to American rights and freedoms keeps the focus on asking questions in these areas.

 

It’s Official: State Proposes Gutting Medical Cannabis Law

 

Sort of like the school lunch program replacing your favorite cafe:
New rules would ban medical marijuana dispensaries in state once recreational pot stores open

 

“Legal” marijuana in Washington State

Masterminding a centrally planned economy-

CLALLAM: County, city governments quiet on recreational pot law

Panel examines future of medical pot in state

Medical-pot sellers fear being ‘thrown under bus’

Prohibition remains in place for adults age 18-20 & for those who want to grow a plant for recreational use.

 

You are an adult in Washington State.

You may choose to take a friend and travel to wine country.

Maybe you will stay over at a hotel or B&B.

You tour one or more wineries- you buy a bottle to take home, or maybe a dozen bottles- no doctor’s authorization required.

No controversy.

Why is marijuana any different?

 

Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.

No doctor’s note required for a glass of wine- why is marijuana any different?

 

One of the control freak’s biggest concerns is that people who get authorization to use medical marijuana are just looking for an excuse to get high.

How about the folks who line up for happy hours at bars, taverns & restaurants all across America-

Are they making up excuses to purchase shots of tequila and pitchers of beer?

 

What if someone shows up at work after smoking marijuana?

Employers control workplace standards of conduct- same as it always has been/same as for alcohol.

 

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

 

You are free to do as we tell you.

Bill Hicks

 

A powerful central government knows what’s best for each one of us.

How about legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34)

 

Government permissions, authorizations, permits, and applications for marijuana should be no more complicated than those required to use a glass of wine.

Related:

A Free Society?

The Black Market

 

Discuss on facebook here.

 

DSC_0003 5Video:

Congressman Reichert on supporting legal pot: ‘I can’t do it’

Background:

Washington I-502

Congressman Reichert,

What does this tell young people about voting on election day?

How does each vote count when federal representatives do not support state election outcomes?

 

Congressman Reichert,

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

 

Smaller government & the Constitution- right up until somebody wants to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard, shut down undeclared wars overseas or marry the lover of their choice.

 

The freedom talk is just for federal holidays and overseas military operations.

Please see this essay by Congressman Reichert:

Sharing Freedom’s Stories

 

The black market favors prohibition, high taxes & complicated regulations-

Study: Nearly 40 percent of cigs in Washington are contraband

 

Preserving a free society, free markets, free trade, private property rights, & a minimal bureaucracy where SWAT raids are used to go after adults who want to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard.

 

Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.

 

Standing by for federal authorities to tell the people of Washington State what they are permitted to do with marijuana-

6 Hanford tanks are leaking nuclear waste, Inslee says

 

A powerful central government knows what’s best for each one of us.

How about legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34)

 

Government permissions, authorizations, permits, and applications for marijuana should be no more complicated than those required to use a glass of wine.

 

Look for the drug war to remain in place-

The Drug War places us all at risk

Related-

The legal drug dealers sold 371 tons of pills to people who did not need them:

A huge success for the legal drug dealers

A Free Society?

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Photo- Port Hadlock Happy Hours

 

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If you stood on a public sidewalk like this- how long could you get away with it?

Not selling, not smoking, not sharing, just standing.

We do not live in a free and honest society.

 

Raw milk and marijuana are similar to me.

I don’t use either one, but I want to live in a society that is OK with peaceful & voluntary adult choices.

Halftime sports announcers telling us that overseas military operations are somehow linked to American rights and freedoms keeps the focus on asking questions in these areas.

 

Budget/jobs/economy concerns?

Instant, non-experimental jobs program/revenue generator requiring zero tax dollars-

Allow U.S. farmers to answer the global demand for Industrial Hemp.

More here:

Freedom Fetish

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Photo- South Indian Island Scene

 

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“THIS WHOLE LEGAL MARIJUANA BUSINESS IS REALLY, REALLY BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT”

 

If prohibition was ended- anybody could grow marijuana or bring it home from places where it grows outdoors.

This is not about to happen.

Shortcut for policy makers:

Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.

 

Prediction- untaxed marijuana will continue to be available in all 50 states. Masterminding a centrally planned economy will not change this.

 

Black market update:

Study: Nearly 40 percent of cigs in Washington are contraband

 

Pro Drug War/federal grant money TV spot:

Will marijuana legalization lead to more violence in Wash. state?

Violence is linked to prohibition. Medical marijuana has been here since 1998. Have legal medical marijuana operations caused violence?

Do agricultural practices linked to beer and wine production cause violence?

 

This is what prohibition looks like:

“U.S. Border Patrol agent pleads guilty to smuggling 147 pounds marijuana while on duty”

Allowing legal, domestic production of marijuana would serve to eliminate a portion of distraction and potential corruption at the border- but we can’t have that in a free society.

 

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

 

Related:

The legal drug dealers sold 371 tons of pills to people who did not need them.

Washington State Marijuana

Both major parties on marijuana policy-

Freedom Fetish

 

Discuss on facebook here.

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

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The welcome mat is out.

 

The federal message:

If you have ever smoked marijuana- you are not welcome here- forever:

“Saunders also said some people who answer honestly a customs officer’s question whether or not they’ve ever smoked marijuana could also be turned away from crossing the border forever, unless they apply for and receive a waiver.”

Washington State border tough on pot, despite new law

Though this is a federal issue- state governors and the senators and congresspeople we send to Washington DC are free to work to influence the federal government in this area.

 

At the state level:

Getting physical over Discover Pass rule costs state $45,000 at Fort Worden State Park

Hurry up and sell another $45,000 worth of Discover Passes and it’s all good.

 

Related-

Taking the fun out of State Parks

 

 

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Mt. Constance from Highway 101 at the Dosewallips River

March, 2012

 

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The suspicionless checkpoints in the video took place away from US border crossings and ports of entry.

Border Patrol checkpoints came to Jefferson County, WA in 2008.

Local people didn’t want them & they were shut down.

 

Washington is a medical marijuana state.

State and local law enforcement agencies do not conduct suspicionless checkpoints in Washington State.

In 2008, the US Border Patrol came here and set up suspicionless checkpoints- away from border crossings and ports of entry.

They stopped a legal medical marijuana user with a legal amount of medical marijuana. He was a passenger in a car.

 

“Federal law allows the border patrol to conduct the checkpoints and stop and talk with any motorist and passenger of any vehicle, said Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Joseph Giuliano.”

“No cause is needed to converse with anyone in the car,” Giuliano said. “Zero, zilch.”

A month later:

We are told the #1 US Border Patrol objective is to stop terrorists.

The US Border Patrol explains this objective at a local public forum- this YouTube video covers Border Patrol objectives at 3:50

At that same forum a lady asked:

“What is the penalty for not identifying oneself to federal agents at an internal, suspicionless checkpoint?”

US Border Patrol said they would call in the Sheriff when a person refused to identify themselves.

Sheriff says they will not respond to a non-emergency situation involving a person peaceably refusing to interact with federal agents.

Question about providing ID is at 0:35

 

Checkpoints ended here in 2008- possibly due to well-informed citizens and local protests. Looks like they weren’t vital to national security after all.

War on Terror- credibility squandered.

 

Related-

NMA Position On Roadblocks

Federal Policy No Longer Enforced at the Local Level?

Video collection- DHS checkpoints

 

Discuss on facebook

Olympic Peninsula Border Patrol timeline here.

 

More from the Blaine Sector:

The Garage Sale Incident

 

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Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.

 

Government permissions, authorizations, permits, and applications for marijuana should be no more complicated than those required to use a glass of wine.

 

The freedom talk is just for federal holidays and overseas military operations-

“But the state’s most important allies in this risky political fight — its 12-member congressional delegation — have remained mostly silent.”

 

Masterminding a centrally planned economy-

Governor Inslee sends letter detailing state’s legal pot plan

Inslee also wrote that he is exploring digitally tracking legally grown plants and processed marijuana to preclude large-scale diversion. He mentioned that apples in the state can already be traced from individual orchards, “through packing houses and distributors, and ultimately to market.”

Governor Inslee,

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

 

Standing by for federal authorities to tell the people of Washington State what they are permitted to do with marijuana-

6 Hanford tanks are leaking nuclear waste, Inslee says

 

“…strict advertising limits will minimize exposure to those under 21.”

During major sports events- every other ad on TV is for some version of super popular watered down beer. What prevents adults age 18-20 from viewing these ads?

 

A 25% tax to discourage the black market?

House panel hears bill to tax medical pot sales

 

Elected officials aren’t too good at prohibition-

Heroin continues to make it past the drones-

 

Black market update:

Study: Nearly 40 percent of cigs in Washington are contraband

 

Both major parties on marijuana policy-

 

Look for the drug war to remain in place-

The Drug War places us all at risk

 

A powerful central government knows what’s best for each one of us.

How about legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34)

 

Related-

Freedom Fetish

 

 

Photo- Fog clears at Port Hadlock

 

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Effort building to change U.S. marijuana laws

“An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax.”

“…growers would have to obtain a federal permit.”

 

This does not sound like ending the drug war.

Many fans of legalization seem to look past plans for federal taxes and permits.

 

Washington State already has plans for hefty taxes.

Still wondering how high tax penalties will end the black market:

Study: Nearly 40 percent of cigs in Washington are contraband

Tax benefit expected from marijuana sales:

“The Office of Financial Management has concluded that taxes will raise $1.9 billion (that’s no typo, not “million” but “billion”) within five years.”

 

Surely- people must be controlled with licenses, permits, permissions, inspections, certificates, authorizations, fees, directives and mandates.

How else could we be safe?

 

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

If people are free to opt out- as they do when they produce their own wine or beer- I would be less critical of this.

 

 

Photo- Port Townsend scene

 

 

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Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.

 

Prediction- state and federal governments will work together to keep the black market up & running.

 

The Washington State situation-

January, 2013-

Federal government explains role in Washington’s new marijuana law

“If you have a for profit business that operates selling drugs, the Feds will step in.”

 

Strict pot controls needed, state says

“Garza said it’s important for officials to properly project consumption rates so the state is growing the right amount of product for in-state users and not having any extra supply that could spill into other states that haven’t legalized marijuana.”

 

Still wondering how high tax penalties will end the black market:

Study: Nearly 40 percent of cigs in Washington are contraband

Tax benefit expected from marijuana sales:

“The Office of Financial Management has concluded that taxes will raise $1.9 billion (that’s no typo, not “million” but “billion”) within five years.”

 

BREAKING: In Fight Over Marijuana’s Scheduling, Appeals Court Rules in Favor of DEA and Schedule I

A powerful central government knows what’s best for each one of us.

How about legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34)

 

“Hurst said the initiative also doesn’t set strict enough rules for businesses linked to DUIs or other crimes their patrons might commit in surrounding areas. Under the initiative as it stands, there’s no set number of nearby crimes that would automatically trigger a sanction. Instead, the law gives the liquor control board discretion to decide when a business is associated with too much wrongdoing.”

 

Instant, non-experimental jobs program/revenue generator requiring zero tax dollars-

Allow U.S. farmers to answer the global demand for Industrial Hemp.

 

In California, it looks like the local government was trying to do the right thing-

Mendocino County spars with feds over conflicting marijuana laws

 

You are free to do as we tell you.

Bill Hicks

 

Related-

Freedom Fetish

Washington state-licensed marijuana outlets?

The Drug War places us all at risk

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

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US Department of Homeland Security:

 

More here:

Video collection- DHS checkpoints

 

DHS checkpoints shut down in Jefferson County WA:

Federal Policy No Longer Enforced at the Local Level?

 

State and local LE agencies do not conduct DUI/suspicionless checkpoints in Washington State.

DUI checkpoints elsewhere in the US:

 

 

 

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Platoon 3049, MCRD San Diego

Jun-Sep 1979

 

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Inslee vows to press Obama administration to support legalization of marijuana in Washington

 

Cities and counties here are not waiting on federal Drug Czar approval.

They are not waiting for the state to use up the next 12 months deciding on rules, authorizations and permissions for licenses & retail outlets.

They are not enforcing federal law.

They are throwing out marijuana cases involving untaxed product that were pending prior to election day.

What incentive do people have to wait a year for the first state authorized retail outlet to open?

 

 

Photo- Point Hudson scene

 

 

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Bremerton- an old military town & home of the nation’s largest and longest-running Armed Forces Day parade- throws out marijuana cases involving untaxed product that were pending prior to election day:

Bremerton city attorney drops pot cases

Bremerton, located in Kitsap County, follows the County Prosecutor in saying no to federal policy:

County drops 60 pot cases

Kitsap County is home to the largest naval organization in Navy Region Northwest.

Port Townsend remains silent?

 

Related:

In Washington State- Mixed Messages on Marijuana

 

 

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Early winter morning at Point No Point, Kitsap County, WA

 

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City of Port Angeles-

“All Port Angeles Police officers have taken an oath to uphold not only state law, but federal law as well.”

City of Seattle-

The Seattle Police Department told its 1300+ officers via email Wednesday that “Until further notice, officers shall not take any enforcement action—other than to issue a verbal warning—for a violation of I-502.”

Some counties are going their own way:

County drops 60 pot cases

A couple of areas where state and federal enforcement are different here-

Medical Marijuana & suspicionless checkpoints away from border crossings and ports of entry:

Sobriety Checkpoint Laws

The US Border Patrol on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula turned small-time enforcement of marijuana over to state and local authorities years ago- see video here:

Federal Policy No Longer Enforced at the Local Level?

 

Related:

Hey Mr. Drug Czar-

Marijuana & the relevance of state, federal & UN authorities

Washington state-licensed marijuana outlets?

Marijuana is new? Washington State DUI testing plans-

 

Possibly of interest:

Suspicionless ID checks away from border crossings & ports of entry-

State and local law enforcement agencies do not conduct suspicionless checkpoints in Washington State.

Border Patrol checkpoints came to Jefferson County, WA in 2008.

We are told the #1 US Border Patrol objective is to stop terrorists.

The US Border Patrol explains this objective at a local public forum- this YouTube video covers Border Patrol objectives at 3:50

At that same forum a lady asked:

“What is the penalty for not identifying oneself to federal agents at an internal, suspicionless checkpoint?”

US Border Patrol said they would call in the Sheriff when a person refused to identify themselves.

Sheriff says they will not respond to a non-emergency situation involving a person peaceably refusing to interact with federal agents.

Question about providing ID is at 0:35

Checkpoints ended here in 2008- possibly due to well informed citizens and local protests. Looks like they weren’t vital to national security after all.

War on Terror- credibility squandered.

 

 

Photo- Foggy morning at Port Townsend

 

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