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."
William A. Chengelis (Wayward Bill)
1955 Arapahoe Street #600
Denver, CO 80202-1388