“Overgrow the Government” on 4/20!

Overgrow 2016

 

This year it is more important than ever to “Overgrow the Government” on 420 and REPEAL PROHIBITION NOW!

 

There are many people who celebrate this “Holiday” both publicly and privately.  Many people will take a casual walk thru their town or nearby park to plant a token seed .  Others will have get-together’s and cook-outs at their homes or at Cannabis friendly businesses in legal States.   Still others will join in on the major 420 EVENTS of the day which include Washington, D.C., and Denver, Colorado.

There will be many Activists participating in the National 420 Event this year for Overgrow the Government.  Among them are,

In Washington, D.C.,  Overgrow the Government’s D.C. National 4/20 March Rally, Concert and Cash Hyde Day!  And, Overgrow  the Government – DC 4/20

 

In Canada, Join Dana Larsen on his cross-Canada “FREE MARIJUANA – OVERGROW THE GOVERNMENT TOUR” this April.

I am calling on all freedom-loving Canadians to grow a cannabis victory garden this spring! Dana Larsen

In Denver, Colorado, Wiz Khalifa and Lil’ Wayne Set to Rock Denver 420 Rally. THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED!!!

However, “Ticket holders will be honored at a later time” per the website notice.

 

There is even an “Overgrow the Government” website which has nothing to do with Cannabis who promotes and supports self sustainability.  Although they have not posted anything about “420”, I would invite you to take a look at their wonderful website! Their motto is:

We don’t need to “OVERTHROW” the government, we just need to “OUTGROW” the current mindset that we can’t support ourselves w/o them… Hence “OVERGROW” the government. 😉 Local economies can support themselves if we ALL join together!

Personally, I think that my celebration of this year’s 420 will be more of a family and friends get together, with a cook out, working in the vegetable garden and PLANTING SOME SEEDS!!!  

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JUST GROW IT!

 

 

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On Good Friday, Presidential Election 2016 Commentaries are open for discussion in the USMJPARTY GROUP…

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March 24, 2016

 

The U.S. Marijuana Party has a Public Group on Facebook which will host a COMMENT SESSION concerning the 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION on GOOD FRIDAY, March 25th.

 

Beginning at 8:00 AM CST tomorrow, March 25th, 2016, the FACEBOOK GROUP of the USMjParty will host a Comment Session on the upcoming Presidential Race for the Whitehouse.

It is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, however you must approved as a MEMBER in the GROUP in order to SUBMIT a POST or WRITE a COMMENT.

IF YOU would like to join us in this very important discussion tomorrow, you still have time to join Our 17,000+ Members at the GROUP LINK below.

We look forward to seeing all of our MEMBERS ideas and commentaries on this most very important ELECTION of the 21st Century!

HISTORY is about to be made this year in the United States!

YOU have a voice in the outcome of this ELECTION!

Above all else PLEASE make sure that you are REGISTERED TO VOTE and UTILIZE that Vote in this ELECTION!

We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

 

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  Sheree Krider                  “Wayward” Bill Chengelis

  Organizer                           Head Chairperson

History of the U.S. Marijuana Party

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Long before Loretta Nall campaigned on her cleavage, the activist’s cause was cannabis. The Alabama resident gained national attention during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign when she produced T-shirts with the caption “More of these boobs …” (with a photo of Nall in a low-cut shirt) “… And less of these boobs” (next to photos of her opponents). But the write-in candidate’s political roots date back to 2002, when a misdemeanor arrest for possession was the spark behind her forming the U.S. Marijuana Party (USMJP). The group — which demands “an end to the unconstitutional prohibition of marijuana” — has official party chapters in seven states, including Colorado, Illinois and Kentucky. While Nall left the USMJP to be a Libertarian Party governor nominee, the group continues to back candidates in local, state and national elections under the leadership of Richard Rawlings, who is currently running for Congress in Illinois.

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Above:  Richard J. Rawlings, President USMjParty 2004-2011

In 2003 I started my quest for knowledge regarding Cannabis and Medical Cannabis.  In 2005 I met Ms. Tonya Davis and accompanied her to a few meetings and festivals in Ohio.  There I met Lynne Wilson and also Rev. Mary Thomas Spears who has become my closest friend since then. I remember asking Tonya Davis in 2005 if there was a political way to beat the beast so to speak, and asked her about “REPEAL”  but at the time most people were in to “Legalization”.

I went home, looked up the U.S. Marijuana Party as I had occasion to come upon it previously on the internet and had created an account there.  I made a phone call to Richard Rawlings.  I had posted on the then kentucky.usmjparty.com  but it had been taken down right before I contacted him and in fact that was my reason for calling, to find out what happened to Kentucky.

It so happened that this was about the same time as the inquiry into Marc Emery was being made by the U.S. DEA for shipping Cannabis seeds by mail to the U.S. (See this Link).  At the time I knew nothing about what was going on.  Richard put the Kentucky site back up and gave me Administrator status over it.  That was the beginning of my journey with the U.S. Marijuana Party.

From the beginning I was a “Repealer” and posted as such on the Kentucky site.  But it would be a number of years before the Party itself crossed over to being a true repeal group.

About 20 or more States were lost after Marc Emery was indicted.  I stayed on.  I do not think I even realized that he had been involved with the USMjParty to any extent and I do not believe he did have any involvement, at least by the time I started in Kentucky which was 2005.

Eventually in 2010 Richard offered me V.P. status which I hesitantly accepted because I never wanted to be a politician, it just was not my line of work so to speak.  However, after much thought I did accept and we continued on with the USMjParty even though there was no income to be had for doing it.  It was a passion and a way of life – not one to collect “funds” from.

In 2011 Richard started to become ill and by the later part of 2011 I was forced into making a decision I did not want to make but it was part of the job.  I called Bill Chengelis who was the Colorado Chair at the time and asked him to take Richard’s place as Head Chairman of the USMjParty.  I would remain on as the Kentucky Chair until the position could be filled by someone else – but that never happened.

By 2012 Richard was diagnosed with Stage IV Cancer and we stayed together until his death in February 2013.  He left me with all of his websites and the USMjParty.

I definitely did not want to be Head Chair so I decided that I would change my position considering what I had been left with to Organizer of USMjParty and I remained Kentucky Chair as well.
Since then I have focused around all the other people who have came in and out of the USMjParty as State Chairs and kept up the websites and other duties.  Today we have Chairs in Colorado, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Utah , Vermont and Oregon as well as other reporting Chapters in Hawaii, Florida, California, Idaho, Virginia, Washington State, Texas, and there are others as well waiting for a Reporter.  Please see this LINK for a Directory.

Today we push for REPEAL of the CSA as well as other Federal and U.N. laws which continue to dominate the Law even though Cannabis has been “legalized” in 23+ States.  Federally it is still an illegal substance under U.N. law via the UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances (1971) .  These are all grave issues which need to be addressed along with the commercialization and pharmaceutical takeover of this plant, which is in effect ONE plant…Cannabis Sativa L.

REPEAL is the only path to true freedom of this plant.  If we let legalization and CSA Schedule II take it over we have lost the war for the common person who wishes to grow their own on their own property without taxation.

We are “FIGHTING FOR THE FREEDOM FROM PROHIBITION OF YOUR FREEDOM’S!”

Sheree Krider with Gatewood Galbraith at Terrapin Farm

Above:  Sheree Krider with Gatewood Galbraith @2010

 

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Above:  Sheree Krider @2012

 

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STATE CHAPTERS AND OTHER AFFILIATIONS

 

Time Magazine Reports: U.S. Marijuana Party

 

The United States Marijuana Party

 

The History Behind the U.S. Marijuana Party (with Marc Emery)

 

USMjParty on Wikipedia

 

Archives of historical information/sites

The Hijacking of the Kentucky Marijuana Party

The Hijacking of the Kentucky Marijuana Party

… via ShereeKrider on Facebook!

On Saturday April 5th, 2014, I was notified by Brenda Eaton, a friend on Facebook that someone was using my name to duplicate my main profile account.

From Brenda:

“Someone is trying to steal your profile… I got a friend request from you on a account just open… Do you want me to take a screen shot and send it to you?”

By that time they had added approximately 75 of my “friends”.

“They will have you blocked to where you can’t see them doing it… Be right back with the screen shot.”

The following are screenshots of the rouge account which was located at http://facebook.com/sheree.krider.54 They had effectively duplicated my profile and was adding my friends as fast as they could do it. Before it was over they had over 1500 of my friends they had attached themselves to.

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As Brenda had said, they had me blocked from seeing the profile from my own account. The result of me “clicking on the link” was “sorry that page isn’t available”…

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Brenda advised me, “Most people won’t say anything… But I know who all my friends are. I plan on protecting my friends… Be careful with that asshole pretending to be you. They will send your friends horrible messages, just so they will delete you… Someone don’t like what you fight for, or post… Be careful”

At that point I started posting on my profile about what was happening.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SOMEONE HAS HACKED MY ACCOUNT AND HAS SOMEHOW MADE A PAGE W/MY PROFILE AND ARE ADDING MY FRIENDS AS WE SPEAK. I HAVE SET MY FRIENDS AND CONTACTS TO PRIVATE FOR NOW UNTIL THIS IS SETTLED. PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO SO NO ONE ELSE GETS TAKEN OFF GUARD! I WAS JUST NOTIFIED BY BRENDA EATON THAT THEY HAVE 75 OF MY FRIENDS…..PLEASE HELP IDENTIFY THESE PEOPLE!!! I’m tired of people stealing my f/g name! Sheree Krider

PLEASE CHECK FOR YOUR NAME ON THE LIST AND REMOVE IT!

PLEASE SHARE THIS EVERYONE! IT HAS BEEN REPORTED BY ME AND A COUPLE OTHER PEOPLE…..DONT GET BIT!

After numerous reports which friends made on the bogus profile were sent in I again posted on Sunday,

WILL SOMEBODY OUT THERE CHECK THIS LINK AND SEE IF IT IS STILL ACTIVE? DO NOT FRIEND THIS PERSON IT IS NOT ME IT IS A HACKER. FROM MY END IT SHOWS PAGE NOT FOUND. https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54

And the response was,

Diverse Sanctuary WOW I JUST ADDED THAT PAGE
Diverse Sanctuary IS THIS YOU? https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54
Sheree Krider NO IT WAS NOT – LOOKS LIKE THEY DELETED THE LINK.
Diverse Sanctuary IT IS STILL THERE https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54
Sheree Krider FUNNY WHEN I TRY GOING TO THE LINK IT TELLS ME IT NO LONGER EXISTS
Diverse Sanctuary IT HAS BEEN REPORTED AS A FRAUD
Sheree Krider I HAVE ALSO REPORTED THIS!
Sheree Krider THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN I TRY TO GO TO THE SAME LINK:

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Doug McVay Ah. So, that’s the friend request I got from https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54. Page was created 9 hours ago, according to the bits at the bottom. It’s still up.
Sheree Krider IT WONT LET ME SEE IT!
Doug McVay Presumably you’re blocked from seeing it. I always wondered what that would look like.
Angie Martin I just removed that profile from my friends list Aunt Sheree. Hope you’re doing well. Love ya

Don Land your fake page is still there, I let Electropig know…he was the only mutual friend there….you might to change profile pic so others know the difference..

On April 6th I again reported on my profile about the situation as it had not been resolved as of yet.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SOMEONE STILL HAS A ROGUE ACCOUNT SET UP WITH MY NAME ON IT AND SO FAR HAS MANAGED TO TAG OVER 1000 PEOPLE OR MORE. PLEASE DEFRIEND THIS PERSON IMMEDIATELY. I HAVE FOUND OUT FROM A SOURCE THAT THE FOLLOWING OWNER IS APPARENTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS AND I DONT KNOW FOR SURE HOW IT IS INTENDED: https://www.markmonitor.com/ Sheree Krider

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SOMEONE IS IMPERSONATING ME AND “ADDING” PEOPLE OFF MY FRIENDS LIST. DO NOT “BEFRIEND” ANYONE WITH MY NAME ON IT RIGHT NOW – I GOTTA GET THIS MESS STRAIGHTENED OUT. SEE MY STATUS FOR MORE INFO ON MY PROFILE.

I am sure glad people pay attention to those things…. I lost my website at shereekriderdotorg because someone tagged it for renewal and the same day it came up (before i had a chance to get in there and pay) they nabbed it up. Hence, shereekrider.com. But the guy at hosting said they had to have been watching the account for a while to do something like that. It was a marketing company that did it.

On April 8th, I again reported the following,

ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ATTENTION….ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEFRIENDED THIS “BOGUS” ACCOUNT NAMED shereekrider 54 NEED TO REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THAT PROFILE – IT IS NOT ME AND IT HAS BEEN REPORTED: https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54/friends
MaryJane KY SINCE THEY HAVE BLOCKED ME FROM SEEING THE PAGE I CANT ADD THIS INFORMATION TO THE REAL “SHEREEKRIDER”…
MaryJane KY IF SOMEONE CAN DO THAT FOR ME- PLEASE DO!
MaryJane KY THERE ARE NUMEROUS PEOPLE ON THERE WHICH CAME FROM MY FRIENDS LIST AND NEED TO REMOVE THEMSELVES. THE “HACK” CAME FROM HTTP://MARKMONTIOR.COM/ ACCORDING TO “WHOIS” DATABASE.

(Of note: MaryJane KY is also ME!)

This is just one reply to that post:

Brenda Eaton I can’t believe Facebook has not deleted that account… I made about 10 reports… This should make a major story where Facebook allows abuse…

There were numerous reports made on the “imposter” of my profile. Yet no action was being taken on “Facebook’s” end.

April 9th, this morning, I again checked my profile and asked friends to verify whether or not the bogus profile was still on line.

This is the conversation which took place:

Sheree Krider

5 hours ago

SOMEONE PLEASE CHECK THIS LINK AND SEE IF THIS “BOGUS” PROFILE IS STILL THERE! I CAN’T SEE IT FROM MY END! https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54

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Brenda Eaton Yes it still there… One of the reason it is, they have a cell phone number where Facebook can notify them.

Perry B. Anthony Yep

Brenda Eaton She has activated Facebook Mobil… That keeps Facebook from finding the IP location.

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Sheree Krider Brenda Eaton Can you see the phone number?

Brenda Eaton Whoever it is, they are out to cause you trouble… Sometimes, changing your profile picture often helps keep this from happening. There are laws where you can sue them if they are in the US…. Catching them will not be easy with a cell phone… Never seen where this one happen before, but I will check and see what I can do…

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Sheree Krider I’m contacting the http://markmonitor.com site today and confront them about it. I’lll see what happens.

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MarkMonitor | Brand Protection, Domain Management, Anti Piracy, Anti Frau

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Entertainment & MediaConsumer GoodsOnline ServicesHardware & Software Technology…

Brenda Eaton NO, tried that when I seen it was activated…. Good luck with that… The Domain belongs to Facebook, and they have control over any outside help.

Brenda Eaton On the good side, she has lost about 30 of your friends… No new friends have been added.

Brenda Eaton Information that belongs to you is on the left side… That bitch is on the right side. It looks as if she has planned this for some time to destroy you… She has no

family members… It makes me mad that Facebook allows this kind of abuse to continue…

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Brenda Eaton Twitter will not allow two people to have the same name… Good for Twitter, because she couldn’t get a Twitter account under your name.

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Sheree Krider Brenda Eaton Diverse Sanctuary Wayward Bill Listen to this shit! I just called The MarkMonitor.com business who is listed as owner on “whois” for the link in San Franciso CA, Ph# 415 278 8400 and spoke with MR DAVID LAURICELLA who informed me that he was not responsible.

Brian McCullough You know what I point out ever time I see it.. The Double Cross.. It’s the fingerprint of the FBI .., the Feds….

Brenda Eaton It may help by reporting what is going on as bullying… Facebook takes this seriously. You are being bullied from identity theft… Try reporting it as a bullying problem. Let Facebook know they have you blocked, and they are contacting your friends pretending to be you calling them bad names. Facebook is responsible for someone that ends their life from allowing bullying… Not saying that is what you would do, it is a way to get something done.

Brenda Eaton Not sure if this will take you to the link or not… https://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/…

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Sheree Krider Anyway, while i was on the phone with him, I had him to pull up the url on “whois”.com and he confirmed that was them but they aren’t responsible for what the person puts on Facebook????? wtf is this shit? I informed him he needed to find out who was using that url and to cease it. He said he couldn’t do anything about it. I said that the only thing I knew to do was call a lawyer and he agreed that is what I should do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle Weiss White Still there

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Sheree Krider AT THIS POINT I WANT EVERYONE ONE MY FRIENDS LIST UNDER ANY OF MY ACCOUNTS BESIDES THIS ONE TO UNFRIEND ME IMMEDIATELY…..THOSE URLS ARE:

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Sheree Krider https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.5?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

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Sheree Krider

Worked at United States Marijuana PartyWent to Seneca High SchoolLives in Cave City, Kentucky

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Sheree Krider https://www.facebook.com/ShereeMarieHardesty?fref=ts…

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Hardesty Sheree

U.S. Marijuana Party at United States Marijuana PartyStudying Business Education at Spencerian CollegeLives in Cave City, Kentucky

Brian McCullough Should we unfriend and or report and block?

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Sheree Krider https://www.facebook.com/maryjane.ky.3?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

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Sheree Krider THESE ARE ALL VALID ACCOUNTS, BUT WITH WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW YOU’RE BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. SO JUST UNFRIEND THEM FOR NOW. ILL HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO AT THIS POINT. KNOW A GOOD LAWYER?

Brenda Eaton This is the main reason everyone is leaving Facebook and going to Twitter… This web-site may help you. But, I had to get a lawyer when it happen to me… https://www.facebook.com/help/www/263149623790594/

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Brenda Eaton From experience, it is someone on your friend list. They are reading all of the messages. That is why no new friends have been added. Most likely they used someone else phone to activate the account to protect themselves… Hide your friend list, followers, and pictures from everyone until that account is destroyed.

Brian McCullough Thanks I got rid of em.

Dede O’Hara Yes doll it still is this shouldn’t be legal at all

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Sheree Krider As I was trying to say before I was rudely interrupted by a “update” by my laptop: I WANT EVERYONE TO REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM MY FRIENDS LISTS UNTIL I GET THIS STRAIGHTENED OUT. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. IM GOING THRU AND DELETEING ANYONE WHO I DONT KNOW OF ON THIS ACCOUNT WHICH WILL CERTAINLY INTERRUPT MY “VENUE” HERE – WHICH IS WHAT THEY WANT – WHICH IS WHY I HATE TO DO IT. BUT…………..

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Sheree Krider @Brenda so does this mean i need a police report too?????

What do I do if someone is pretending to be me on Facebook?
If someone created a Facebook account pretending to be you, please report the Timeline from a computer.
If you’d like information about an account that’s impersonating you, please file a request that includes the following:
Scanned or digital image of a government-issued ID (driver’s license or passport, for example)
Notarized statement verifying your identity
Copy of a police report about your claim

Dede O’Hara Cant fb at least tell you where the fake person is doing all this from and go get the loser

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Sheree Krider HELL, THERE ISNT ANY WAY TO GO THRU ALL THESE PEOPLE AND JUST DELETE THEM….I CANT TELL IF THEY ARE A “TROLL” OR NOT UNLESS THEY DON’T HAVE ANY FRIENDS????????

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Sheree Krider Paula Willett I think your safe here. I don’t know what to do about this.

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Sheree Krider There have been numerous reports made on the page – I don’t know what the problem is.

Brenda Eaton Sheree, there is a way in finding out their location… I’ll be back, it might take a few min’s.

At this point I was just dumbfounded as to what to do about it especially since I could get no help from Mr. David Lauricella at http://markmonitor.com as he had advised I probably should get a lawyer! (After I told him I was getting a lawyer)!

I called Mary Spears of Diverse Sanctuary who everyone knows is a very good friend and Sister to me. I asked her to call this man and see if she could make any sense out of what he was telling me as she is more knowledgeable than I am concerning legal matters.

At that point, she did call him and I do not know the specifics of the conversation but it must have kicked someone in the ASS because less than twenty minutes after she got off the phone with them the BOGUS PROFILE WAS FINALLY DELETED!

Here is the outcome:

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2 hours ago

I am happy to tell you… The site has been destroyed…

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Brenda Eaton It was before I could get the IP address… It’s a simple step if you know what you are doing… It is most likely someone on your friend list, and if I could get the exact GPA location, you may know who it was… Sorry, the site is gone, or they have blocked me. Let someone else check and see. If it is still there, I will go in with my sister’s account and get the location for you.

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Sheree Krider I just logged on thru all my other accounts and it seems it is gone. I would like to see some other people check it out too so I can make sure!

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Sheree Krider Ironically enough, I had called the “MarkMonitor.com” company and spoke with a David Lauricella who told me that even though “whois” said it was their link – it wasn’t. They were the hosting company”….Mary Diverse Sanctuary called them again for me and wa la somebody got off their ass!

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Sheree Krider It has been verified by several people that it is GONE GONE GONE!

Brenda Eaton Just make sure you notify me if someone looks like me and has my profile picture and sends you a friend request… I will take care of them my way

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Sheree Krider Brenda Eaton HELL YEAH!

Ironically enough, a few weeks ago I had set up a new account on Facebook using MaryJane KY as my Profile name. FACEBOOK CUT ME OFF AFTER I HAD ADDED ONLY 200 PEOPLE! Blocked me from adding friends or messaging for 30 DAYS! Although I will admit that I went through Facebook and found all the Kentucky Politicians and requested adds! I guess somebody out there did not like that!

However, this person managed to get 1500 of my friends before being shut down as an imposter!

After multiple reports to Facebook and two phone calls to “MarkMonitor.com” the situation has been resolved. (I hope).

As of today, my profiles are intact. No harm done except to ruin my weekend and exploit many people who thought they were adding another profile of mine!

The problem is when you add that many people on a Facebook account and you do not know them all personally, it is very hard to determine who the “spy” is.

Evidently someone wants me offline. However, I cannot figure out why.

And I cannot go through 5000 people that are “friends” and delete everyone I do not know personally or my “venue” would be shot to hell. So therefore, all I can do is pray that this doesn’t happen again – at least anytime soon!

*The moral of this story is: BEWARE OF WHO YOU ADD ON FACEBOOK AS “FRIENDS”!

ShereeKrider

There’s something about me…

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Sheree Krider

I do not want to be a politician, nor a lawyer. However, at this point I do wish I had a Law degree!

But I do not want to be put into a position where I can no longer say what I feel is right, but must succumb to the “for the greater good of the people” clause which they use in order to be able to lie to us with a straight face.

I originally came to the USMJParty in 2005 as the Kentucky Chair and Website Administrator. In 2010 I accepted VP of USMJParty although an official Charter was never set up.

In 2011 I appointed William A. Chengelis to Head Chair and Colorado and I resigned the VP position but continued on as Kentucky Chair and help keep up the websites for Kentucky and USMJParty.

Richard Rawlings who was the former Head Chair/President had resigned due to illness, but was still the owner of all of the Websites for the “Party”.

Upon his death in February of 2013 I was left with the websites and decided to act as the “Organizer” and Kentucky Chair until such time as the USMJParty sets up an Official Charter and can elect a permanent Head Chairperson.

As Organizer of the U.S. Marijuana Party I can focus on leading the masses thru education and information and get their attention on at least one of the worst Human Rights abuses I have seen in my lifetime with the scope and magnitude of the lies that were spread across virtually the entire GLOBE concerning Cannabis Medications and Hemp, as well as Cannabis for recreational use…

The U.S. Marijuana Party (USMJP) is a “Anti-Prohibition – Repeal and Nullify” Party with regard to Cannabis/Hemp Laws (vs. Legalization – which “leaves” the plant under the total control of the Government and us without any inherit rights to the plant at all). Effectively it is a Pharmaceutical takeover of the plant.

WE ARE MOST IMPORTANTLY A HUMAN RIGHTS PARTY. We need educated – (self-taught is always acceptable), informed, and politically motivated people to run for office under the USMJP. We also need dedicated Chair People and others to set up State Chapters. It is only YOU that can help save our Earth and bring it to peace by petition, voting rights, running for office and activism in whatever form. We are Constitutionalists who believe in adhering to the “Civil Rights” which we were given by the Forefathers of our Country. All of these are important: Human Rights, Civil Rights, Constitutional Rights, Religious Rights, PATIENTS Rights, and many more issues as well, including but not limited to: Global Warming, All other Ecological concerns, Coal Fly Ash and ponds, Fracking, GMO’s and their usage. Human Trafficking, Prison abuse, Children’s Rights, 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights, etc., (It goes on and on…)

After all, as Gatewood Galbraith once said: “There are only two ways to win a war. One is politically and the other to take it to the streets”. I damn sure hope the streets isn’t where we end up….

Peace and Prayers to You All!

Sheree Krider

Contrary to Ms. Cris Ericson’s comments…

THE U.S. MARIJUANA PARTY IS A VALID POLITICAL PARTY

I received a disturbing email from someone who I had  thought of as a colleague this morning.   This is an excerpt of that email: (Ms. Ericson’s writing is highlighted in “orange”)…

REVISED PLATFORM AUG. 23, 2010
The United States Marijuana Party is on the
official election ballot in Vermont for the
general election Nov. 2, 2010, with candidate
Cris Ericson for United States Senator
and
Cris Ericson for Governor.

Please send campaign contributions
by check or money order to
Ericson for Governor
or
Ericson for U.S. Senate
Please call for information regarding the
largest legal amounts you can contribute.
You must be a U.S. Citizen.

The United States Marijuana Party in Vermont
is a separate legal entity from the
United States Marijuana Party in other states
.

The United States Marijuana Party in Vermont
owns the domains:
http://USMJP.com
http://USMJP.net
http://USMJP.org

The United States Marijuana Party in other
states was originally owned by Marc Emery,
Prince of Pot, who was extradited from Canada
to the United States for selling marijuana
seeds over the internet to allegedly 70,000
Americans.  His sentencing hearing is not until
September 2010. He is being held in Federal Prison
in the State of Washington.  There is no statement
from Federal Prosecutors yet as to what will happen
to the 70,000 Americans that Marc Emery sold
marijuana seeds to over the internet from Canada
using U.S. mails.
Marc Emery’s domain was
http://usmjparty.com
and domain searches no longer publicly list the owner.
Rich Rawlings owns the domains:
http://usmjparty.org
http://usmjparty.net

Cris Ericson, with her more conservative approach,
is the only candidate in the Unites States of America
who has achieved BALLOT STATUS for the
United States Marijuana Party.

The United States Marijuana Party in other states
under those other domains
(
http://usmjparty.com
http://usmjparty.org
http://usmjparty.net )
has NEVER HAD A CANDIDATE ON ANY BALLOT IN ANY STATE
AND IS NOT REGISTERED AS A POLITICAL PARTY
IN ANY STATE WITH ANY SECRETARY OF STATE.

CRIS ERICSON, UNITED STATES MARIJUANA PARTY
is registered with the Vermont Secretary of State
http://www.sec.state.vt.us

Regardless of what Marc Emery’s people may say,
CRIS ERICSON IS THE ONLY
UNITED STATES MARIJUANA PARTY CANDIDATE
REGISTERED WITH ANY SECRETARY OF STATE,
AND WITH THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS,
AND WHO IS ON ANY OFFICIAL ELECTION BALLOT.

THE OTHER GUYS ARE NOT ORGANIZED OR CERTIFIED
OR REGISTERED AS A LEGAL POLITICAL PARTY ENTITY.

Cris Ericson does not smoke, use, inhale, ingest,
grow, cultivate, sell, transport or do anything
will any real marijuana.

Cris Ericson believes that marijuana should be legal
for adults to use responsibly.

Cris Ericson has an entirely intellectual and factually
correct approach to marijuana legalization based on facts
and statistics,  using only
legal and proper procedural tactics.

Cris Ericson has been on the official election ballot
in Vermont 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010.
Her domain
http://crisericson.com
is archived in the Library of Congress Minerva Program.
Cris Ericson has actively campaigned to legalize
marijuana every campaign season, with diligence and
dedication in the pursuit of freedom to control our
own bodies and our own minds.

THERE ARE STATE
AND
THERE ARE FEDERAL
MARIJUANA ISSUES.

There are Vermont State Marijuana Laws,
and there are Federal Marijuana Laws.

In 2011 USMJP will be able to file as a minor party in Vermont.
<a href="
http://usmjp.com"> USMJP Vermont </a>

2010 UNITED STATES MARIJUANA PARTY
PLATFORM OF
MARIJUANA
POLIITCAL ISSUES
FOR THE NOV. 2, 2010 ELECTION IN VERMONT.

*************************************************************************************************************************************

CONTRARY to what Ms. Ericson is claiming, the U.S. Marijuana Party HAS been listed in the Library of Congress:  http://webarchive.loc.gov/lcwa0017/*/www.usmjparty.com/

and http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/lcwa/mrva0017.1992/default.html  and http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/lcwa/searchAll?query=U.S.+Marijuana+Party&field=all&sort=titlesort  and http://webarchive.loc.gov/lcwa0016/2004*/www.usmjparty.com/

and continuing:

http://web.archive.org/web/20050403213736/usmjparty.com/usmjparty_sites.htm

The above lists the archived websites of the State sites of the U.S. Marijuana Party.

The U.S. Marijuana Party was in Time Magazine in March of 2010.

Historically, the Founder of the U.S. Marijuana Party was Ms. Loretta Nall, in November of 2002 after having met Marc Emery while on a vacation in Canada.

After returning home from that trip her home was raided by DEA looking for evidence of illegal Marijuana, of which none was found.  That was effectively the beginning of the U.S. Marijuana Party.

While it is true that there were “Seeds” which were sold through mail order from Marc Emery’s “seed bank” to individuals in  the United States, it is NOT true that the U.S. Marijuana Party is, has, or ever would operate off of Marc Emery’s money since Richard J Rawlings has been Executive Director, starting in 2006. 

Quite the contrary, Marc Emery is now asking for donations to support himself in prison in the U.S.  (For unjust charges, I might add).

Politically speaking we are Independents with many socially libertarian positions.  But each state contends with its own  pertinent demographic problems in a way they feel will best represent their state.

The U.S. Marijuana Party will address any issue concerning  Cannabis/Marijuana/Hemp Prohibition, Human Rights and Civil Rights, as we believe in adhering to the "original" Constitutional Rights of all United States Citizens.

We most certainly believe in the REPEAL OF THE PROHIBITION  OF MARIJUANA/CANNABIS AND HEMP!

There were quite a few “State” party affiliations until 2005 when the DEA arrested Marc Emery with a “trans-national” warrant.  At this time, as is common for third party affiliations, many State sites ceased and desisted out of fear of retaliation from the DEA for something they were not guilty of to begin with.

It was not until 2006 that Richard J. Rawlings was offered the opportunity to take over the U.S. Marijuana Party via Loretta Nall who decided it was in her best interest to run  Independent in Alabama, as she was running for Governor.  Of note, Loretta Nall was then, and still is a very influential political person in her home state.

At the time Richard J. Rawlings took over the U.S. Marijuana Party, there was NO money.  The party still operates with NO budget, NO income to speak of and only Four legitimate state chapters, which are:

ILLINOIS  U.S. MARIJUANA PARTY, Richard J. Rawlings

COLORADO U.S. MARIJUANA PARTY, “Wayward” William A. Chengelis

KENTUCKY U.S. MARIJUANA PARTY, Sheree Krider

WYOMING U.S. MARIJUANA PARTY, Charlie Lake

The U.S. Marijuana Party has legitimate Federal Tax Identification and operates as a LEGAL ENTITY within the U.S. Tax Codes, (even though there is little to report). 

Our follower’s can verify the fact that a “US Marijuana Party of Vermont” never existed, via this link of archived sites for the Party. 

The Official Domains for the United States Marijuana Party
https://usmjparty.org | http://usmjparty.com | http://usmjparty.net
http://usmarijuanaparty.com | http://usmarijuanaparty.org

Official State Chapters
Colorado: http://co.usmjparty.org | http://co.usmarijuanaparty.org
Illinois: http://il.usmjparty.org | http://il.usmarijuanaparty.org
Kentucky: http://ky.usmjparty.org | http://ky.usmarijuanaparty.org
Mississippi: http://ms.usmjparty.org | http://ms.usmarijuanaparty.org
Wyoming: http://wy.usmjparty.org | http://wy.usmarijuanaparty.org

Furthermore, the following information is provided to confirm the ownership of the U.S. Marijuana Party:

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Registrant:
United States Marijuana Party
861 S. KIM MOOR Rd.
Peoria, Illinois 61605
United States
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Domain Name: USMJPARTY.COM
Created on: 24-Aug-01
Expires on: 24-Aug-10
Last Updated on: 05-Aug-09
Administrative Contact:
Rawlings, Richard richrawlings@usmjparty.com
United States Marijuana Party
861 S. KIM MOOR Rd.
Peoria, Illinois 61605
United States
3096488734
Technical Contact:
Rawlings, Richard richrawlings@usmjparty.com
United States Marijuana Party
861 S. KIM MOOR Rd.
Peoria, Illinois 61605
United States
3096488734

Now that this issue has been addressed as to the “ownership” of the name, we will address a few other issues as well.

Here are a few links either depicting or opinionating Ms. Ericson’s work:

Crackpot Candidate #1: Cris Ericson, Candidate for Governor of Vermont.

Ms. Cris Ericson on Blogger

Theocracy For Marijuana In Vermont

United States Marijuana Party is on Vermont ballot for Governor & U.S. Senate 2010      “…Because Corporations may now promote campaigns, a good campaign fundraiser should be seeking a reality t.v. show producer to follow Cris Ericson’s campaign….”

Marc Emery Update  

(Coincidentally enough, after having shunned the U.S. Marijuana Party for it’s alleged affiliation with Marc Emery, she has used “his” update to post her candidacy on that site.)

HOW DOES A CANDIDATE W/NO FUNDS "HIRE" A FUNDRAISER?

Free Marc Emery!! Canada’s Prince of Pot Has Begun His Journey Into America’s Gulag  (Once again, using a Marc Emery discussion to promote her campaign:..”…)

MAKE MARIJUANA LEGAL! VOTE CRIS ERICSON 2010!

by Ms. Cris Ericson (not verified), September 29, 2009, 04:23pm

DO YOU LIVE IN VERMONT?

DO YOU WANT TO HELP MAKE MARIJUANA LEGAL?

VOTE CRIS ERICSON 2010!

http://makemarijuanalegal.com
MAKE MARIJUANA LEGAL dot com

OUT-OF-STATE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS ARE LEGAL!
VOTE CRIS ERICSON
FOR UNITED STATES SENATOR
FOR VERMONT 2010.”

As of this time, the political satire of Ms. Cris Ericson for Governor, or Senator (whatever), as a U.S. Marijuana Party Candidate is questionable because there is NO legal affiliation with the UNITED STATES MARIJUANA PARTY.  There are NO “USMJParty” Candidates. 

The following statement was made by Richard J. Rawlings and sent to the Vermont Board of Elections:

“To whom it my concern,

Cris Ericson used fraud to get on the ballot for the 2010 election in your state of Vermont.

Cris Ericson has never been a member of the United States Marijuana Party nor has there ever been a chapter of the United States Marijuana Party in the State of Vermont. Cris Ericson used the United States Marijuana Party name to get the 500 signatures needed to get on the ballot in 2010 without the permission of the United States Marijuana Party. Cris Ericson does not represent the United States Marijuana Party, and we ask that you to remove our name from the Vermont ballot for 2010.

Sincerely.

United States Marijuana Party
Richard James Rawlings
Executive Director”

The “USMJParty” will continue to look into this matter and the legalities thereof, and will post updates as warranted.

smkrider

Tea Partiers aren’t alone: 11 Political Parties You’ve Never Heard Of

The U.S. Marijuana Party!

The Tea Party groups are at it again, this time rallying by a middle of nowhere Arizona-Mexico border in order to support of Arizona’s immigration law. Seems like these guys can’t stay out of the news . They just keep nominating people for Congress, and experts think that they might actually win some races. Is this the start of a new political party? Well third parties tend to come and go, you just never hear about them. Here’s our list of political parties you’ve never heard of.

  1. Students Rights Party – This party believes that lowering the voting age is a smart idea. Their philosophy 25% of the U.S. population is under 18, so why should they not get a voice in government.
  2. U.S. Marijuana Party
  3. usmjparty-logo

As you have probably guessed, this party wants to legalize the use and sale of marijuana. The party was started in 2002.

U.S. Marijuana Party on Wikipedia

  1. U.S. Pacifist Party – The main belief of this third party is to reach a military budget of zero. This is similar to the Costa Rican system of virtually no army.
  2. Pansexual Peace Party – The PPP believes that peace is achievable through the glorification of creativity, freedom and sex. They are a small group of strongly opinionated men and woman.
  3. American Third Position Party – This party was founded in 2010 on the basis of white nationalism. They have very strong views on labor laws and policy.
  4. Reform Party – What do you do when no one wants you? Form your own party! Billionaire Ross Perot founded this party so that he could run for President of the United States in 1996.
  5. The Personal Choice Party – This party is founded on the philosophy, “live and let live.” They believe that as long as you are not harming anybody else, you the right to do what ever you want with your money, time and honor.
  6. Youth International Party – The goal of this party is to make America an anarchist state and to cause as much chaos as possible. They try to get as much media attention as possible by doing things like starting a riot in grand central station or nomination a pig for president. Abbie Hoffman founded the party in 1968.
  7. Libertarian National Socialist Green Party – This is a modern Nazi party that is the very opposite of the Nazi party. They believe in anti-discrimination, equal rights and cleaning up the environment.
  8. The Guns and Dope Party – This party was formed in the hope that gun and dope enthusiasts would band together to execute a “tsarist takeover”. Their motto is, “Like what you like, enjoy what you enjoy, don’t be afraid to make slurping sounds, and don’t take crap from anybody.”
  9. Party X – This party is not actually a political party at all, they, “Stand by American interest and the American people.” They are against almost everything about modern government but have no real agenda about how to fix these “Problems.”

The Boston Tea Party started like these parties. It was formed after breaking off from the libertarian party in 2006. They are one of the more radical versions of the tea party groups in the news. They believe in relentless shrinking of government at all levels. As time passes, will the Tea Party shrink too?

What can you do?

The legacy of the tea partiers is up to you. Primary elections are just around the corner, so register your neighborhood for the upcoming elections.

The U.S. Marijuana Party!

Tiny Martinez, Executive Director of The United States Marijuana Party of Colorado stepped down as the head of Colorado’s new and up and coming political party.

 

Today Tiny Martinez, Executive Director of The United States Marijuana Party of Colorado stepped down as the head of Colorado’s new and up and coming political party.

In his stead William A. Chengelis (Wayward Bill) has been promoted to Executive Director, United States Marijuana Party of Colorado.  He was previously Assistant Executive Director.   His promotion was approved and confirmed by Richard J. Rawlings, Chairman, United States Marijuana Party.

The United State Marijuana Party Mission Statement:
"WE seeks to remove all penalties for adults 18 and over who choose to consume cannabis in a responsible manner."
"We demand an end to the war on productive and otherwise law abiding citizens by the powers that be who claim to protect us."
"We demand the right to use any medication our health care providers and we deem fit without government interference."
We demand the release of all people imprisoned on marijuana charges and that their criminal records be expunged.
We demand that all property seized in marijuana raids be returned to the rightful owners at once.
We demand that our law enforcement officers make more efficient use of our tax dollars and use the resources they have at their disposal to go after violent criminals and crimes that actually have victims.
We demand the right to grow marijuana for personal consumption, just as alcohol can be brewed at home legally so long as it is not sold untaxed.
We demand that you stop treating us like second class citizens for consuming something that is less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco, both of which are legal and cause numerous deaths each year. Cannabis has never caused one.

Wayward Bill Chengelis has been a political activist all his adult life.  He started out with the White Panther Party in 1969 in the campaign to free John Sinclair the then party head who received 10 years for two marijuana joints.  Through the years Wayward Bill Chengelis has been active in Yippie, the ACLU, the Democratic Party, S.A.F.E.R., Sensible Colorado, NORML, and the United States Marijuana Party.   He is 59 years old and went to Youngstown State University studying political science, constitutional law, and journalism although he never finished to receive a degree. He is also a Vietnam era war US Army Veteran.  He was honorably discharged in 1974.  Wayward Bill currently is considered disabled (crippled left hand, bi-polar, PTSD) and lives on a meger VA non-service connected disability pension.  He is a licensed medical cannabis patient for severe pain in his left hand.  He knows first hand the discrimination by both VA and HUD invoked on cannabis patients.

As a writer Wayward Bill Chengelis has been a stringer for Rolling Stone, Managing Editor/Writer, Amateur Brewer, and a writer for Unbroken Chain.  He has also been an active blogger since 2005 with his personal blog, Deadheads United™.

Wayward Bill Chengelis is a firm believer of internet networking.  He is so popular on Facebook that he has over 5000 friends and also has had a fan create a fan page for him.  He is considered a force to be reckoned with in the Re-legalize Cannabis Movement and is one of the most active front liners in the Colorado Cannabis Movement.  He often refers to himself as a "Marijuana Mercenary" because he knows every pro-weed agenda and is willing to stand side by side with anyone who knows that the end of day mission is the re-legalization, regulation, taxation of commercial (hemp), medical, and recreational marijuana. He will be speaking at the Hemp Can Save The Planet March and the 41st Annual Smoke-in in Washington, DC on the Fourth of July. Quote Wayward Bill, "Being asked to speak on the 4Th of July in our nation’s capitol is truly an honor.  The time for re-legalization is now and I am playing a bit part in something momentous.  So big that I predict that we will have legal weed in Colorado by 2012."

Per Wayward Bill Chengelis concerning the direction of the United States Marijuana Party of Colorado, "My first priority for the party will be finding a cannabis savvy attorney to help move the United States Marijuana Party of Colorado from just being a group of like minded individuals with organization name to being a non-profit.  By instituting that status we will be able to install a board and officers so that we as a party can start running POT-political candidates and helping to end the "Cannabis Prohibition" we have been shackled with for the past 73 years. We will also be holding events throughout the state to recruit members and to help create a larger "Cannabis Culture" in Colorful Colorado."

Information:
William A. Chengelis (Wayward Bill)
1955 Arapahoe Street #600
Denver, CO 80202-1388
waywardwon@hotmail.com
720.628.2639


https://usmjparty.org/united-states-marijuana-party.html
http://co.usmjparty.org/

‘Prince of Pot’ pleads guilty to federal charge

By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN May 25, 2010 10:15 a.m. EDT

After years of legal wrangling, "prince of pot" Marc Emery is pleading guilty to a U.S. distribution conspiracy charge.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW: Canadian marijuana activist Marc Emery pleads guilty to U.S. charge
  • Under terms of a plea deal, he faces up to five years in a U.S. prison
  • Co-defendants were sentenced to probation in Canada
  • Emery says he’ll go to prison to prove a point: that marijuana laws are unjust

(CNN) — A man known as Canada’s "prince of pot" pleaded guilty Monday in a deal with prosecutors that could send him to prison in the United States for five years.

Marijuana activist Marc Emery pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington, to a single count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana following an 18-month investigation into the seed-selling business Emery operated from his head shop in Vancouver, British Columbia.

U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez scheduled Emery’s sentencing August 11. At that time, the judge has the choice of accepting or rejecting the plea agreement, said Emery’s Seattle-based attorney, Richard Troberman.

"Based on comments the court has made. I have every reason to believe he will follow the plea agreement," Troberman told CNN.

Emery, 52, was brought to the United States last week. Canada’s justice minister signed an extradition order May 10 that left the outspoken libertarian with little choice after years of fighting extradition.

"Marc has never been afraid to face the music," said Emery’s wife, Jodie. "He’s spent most of his life breaking laws he considers unjust to demonstrate they’re unjust. He’ll go to jail to prove how absurd our drug laws are."

The plea comes nearly five years after Emery was arrested in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he says he was the guest speaker at the Maritimers Unite for Medical Marijuana festival. He was accused of selling marijuana seeds to customers in the United States.

The same day, Emery wrote on his website, DEA agents raided his head shop in downtown Vancouver, where he sold bongs, pipes and books. He also produced the magazine Cannabis Culture and ran an Internet portal, Pot-TV.

He’ll go to jail to prove how absurd our drug laws are.
–Jodie Emery, defendant’s wife

The head shop was the headquarters of Emery Direct Seeds, the target of the DEA’s 18-month undercover investigation. During the investigation, according to court documents, agents bought seeds from Emery’s business over the internet and in person.

Investigators also traced his product to illegal growing operations in several states, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a July 2005 news release.

A statement issued by the DEA in 2005 after Emery’s arrest suggested that he was targeted for his activism, with DEA Administrator Karen Tandy touting his capture as a "significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the United States and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement."

Tandy described Emery as one of 46 of the U.S. attorney general’s most wanted international drug traffickers and the only one from Canada, with his "marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine" generating nearly $5 million in profits.

Emery and two of his employees were each charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana seeds and conspiracy to lauder money, charges that carry penalties of 10 years to life in prison. After years of legal wrangling with Canadian and U.S. authorities, Emery reached the plea deal on the lesser charge, Troberman said.

Co-defendants Gregory Williams and Michelle Rainey-Fenkarek entered pleas this year to lesser offenses and were placed on probation in Canada, according to court documents. They were never brought to the United States.

This prosecution has to do with his criminal activities and has nothing to do with his political activism.
–Emily Langlie, U.S. Attorney’s Office

Tandy stepped down as DEA administrator in 2007, and U.S. authorities seem to have backed down from her 2005 hard-line stance. The news release can no longer be found on the Department of Justice website, and the DEA referred calls to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

"This prosecution has to do with his criminal activities and has nothing to do with his political activism," said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Langlie added that she could not comment on the 2005 DEA statement.

Emery summed up his raison d’etre in a lengthy article published in Cannabis Culture and online after his arrest. He described his thoughts at the moment he was handcuffed: "Every seed sold, all the millions of dollars I had given to the cause, every speech to free our people, every arrest, jailing and raid I had endured: it was all for this moment in time."

iReport: "Prince of Pot" speaks

Much like in the United States, distribution and trafficking carry heavier punishments: a maximum of seven years for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for conspiracy to traffic in marijuana, according to a spokeswoman for Department of Justice Canada.

In practice, Canadian judges rarely mete out sentences longer than two years plus fines, based on a policy of judicial guidance that calls for incarceration as the last resort, according to several criminal defense lawyers and drug policy experts.

"Sentences typically don’t reach the mandatory minimums that are in place in U.S. federal system," Vancouver defense lawyer Kirk Tousaw said. He is Emery’s legal counsel in Canada, a contributor to his magazine and attorney for his co-defendants.

It was the U.S. who stepped in and put pressure on Canada.
–Richard Trouberman, U.S. defense attorney

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Extradition to the United States, however, is commonplace in cases of Canadians accused of selling or smuggling drugs in the United States, said Troberman, Emery’s Seattle-based attorney. He has represented many Canadians in the United States.

"The only thing that makes this case somewhat unusual is that Marc was very visible and open about everything he did, and the Canadians had no interest in prosecuting him," Troberman said. "It was the U.S. who stepped in and put pressure on Canada."

Emery is the founder of the British Columbia Marijuana Party, and his status in Canada as a tireless champion for marijuana reform has been cemented through more than a decade of sit-ins, demonstrations and runs for political office. By his own account, he has been arrested at least a dozen times since 1995 related to his activism, and Vancouver Police have raided his shop several times since it opened in 1994.

In media interviews and biographies posted on CannabisCulture.com, Emery claims to have been fined twice for selling seeds and says he has spent three months in a Saskatchewan jail after being caught passing a joint in public.

"Some people will say he pushed it too far, but that’s his approach. He’s the enforcer on a hockey team. He makes everyone else look polite," said Eugene Oscapella, a founding member of the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy, which shares many of Emery’s goals but pursues them through public education and legislative efforts.

To Oscapella and others familiar with Emery, the trajectory of his activism made martyrdom in a U.S. prison the next natural step.

"He did this on purpose. He did it knowing the potential consequences," Oscapella said of Emery’s Direct Seeds. "Emery has always stuck his neck out. He’s a civil libertarian, almost an anarchist, so it’s very much his character to thumb his nose at U.S. drug policies."

iReport: Emery’s wife speaks on his extradition

People familiar with the case said Emery’s fate was sealed when the current conservative Canadian government came into power touting a law and order agenda that included vows to bring in mandatory minimum laws for certain drug offenses.

From behind bars, Emery continues to guide the movement with the help of his wife, Jodie, and legions of supporters. He plans to apply for a transfer to Canada after he is formally sentenced, which is expected to occur in two to three months, his lawyer said.

Emery sent a message to supporters in an recorded telephone call with his wife while he awaited extradition. He urged them to keep up the fight against mandatory minimum sentences and other new drug enforcement laws by adopting "militant" tactics, like sit-ins at the offices of MPs and traffic blockades.

"If just one person, me, being in jail is what it takes to arouse thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of Americans and Canadians to get out and be involved and be responsible and take charge and take the initiative, then I’m a very happy individual."

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Canadian Politicians Present Thousands of Signatures In Support of Marc Emery | Cannabis Culture Magazine

Canadian Politicians Present Thousands of Signatures In Support of Marc Emery | Cannabis Culture Magazine

 

 

CANNABIS CULTURE – Members of Parliament from the Liberal, New Democratic, and Conservative Parties of Canada presented petitions today to the House of Commons with over 12,000 signatures asking the Minister of Justice to stop the extradition of marijuana activist Marc Emery.

In a show of cross-party MP support rarely seen in the House, Scott Reid (Conservative), Libby Davies (NDP), and Ujjal Dosanjh (Liberal) stood in succession and asked Conservative Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson to refuse to sign extradition orders sending Emery, a Vancouver entrepreneur and well-known activist, to the United States for a 5-year prison term.

Conservative MP Scott Reid: "I’m presenting a petition today, quite a large petition as you can see from the pile on the table beside me, regarding Marc Emery, the leader of the British Columbia Marijuana Party, who is facing deportation to the United States. The petitioners draw the attention of Parliament to a number of pertinent facts, I won’t go through all of them but I think some are relevant here. Marc Emery’s activities, the ones for which he is being extradited involve selling viable seeds, viable marijuana seeds, over the Internet. It’s worth noting that these activities were approved by Health Canada’s referral of medical marijuana patients to his seed bank. It is worth noting as well that courts in ruling on this subject, Canadian courts have ruled that a $200 fine is an appropriate punishment for this kind of activity as opposed to extradition to a country where he can face potentially life imprisonment. Finally it is worth noting that, under the Extradition Act, the petitioners point out, the Canadian Minister of Justice shall refuse to surrender a person when that surrender could involve unjust or undue or oppressive actions by the country to which he being extradited."

NDP MP Libby Davies: "I too have a very big stack of petitions to present, about 4000 petitions, along with other colleagues in the House who have received a similar number, and these are petitions from Canadians across the country who draw to our attention a matter of great urgency concerning the US call for extradition of Mr. Marc Emery as we’ve heard just earlier. Many dedicated individuals have collected approximately 12,000 petitions reflecting a strong belief that Mr. Emery or any Canadian should not face harsh punishment in the US for selling cannabis seeds on the Internet when it is not worthy of prosecution in Canada. The petitioners call on Parliament to make it clear to the Minister of Justice that such an extradition should be opposed. I am very pleased to present this; I think it is a very strong reflection of Canadians’ views on this matter and we hope that the Parliament of Canada will act on this, and certainly the Minister of Justice will take this into account."

Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh: "I join my previous two colleagues with respect to this petition regarding Marc Emery. I believe there is a certain degree of unfairness that is inherent in the process that has been used to deal with him, and these petitions urge the Minister, the Attorney General, to not surrender Marc Emery to the United States for extradition. While I come from British Columbia, a former attorney general and former Premier of British Columbia, I have certain sympathies with Mr. Emery, not because of what he did, but because I believe that the process that was used to arrest him and punish him wouldn’t have been done in the case of Canadian authorities wanting to arrest him and punish him, and I believe that because of that unfairness, the Minister of Justice is urged by the petitioner to take another look at it."

U.S. MARIJUANA PARTY

 
Please refer this message to anyone living in
Kentucky.
 
And also does anyone know if you can change your voter status to the "U.S.
Marijuana Party"?
 
I think that would be a good stragety – to get everyone to change their
voter registration status.     I dont want anymore democrats
or republicans.  DO YOU?
 
Please follow the link below to the US Marijuana Party (wish it was a real
party!)
 
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