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  1. I love the shirt – Ill buy it for the next MARCH!
    BTW when is the next MARCH going to be?

  2. Wanna do a membership drive? Put some norml stash jars up. I cant find them anywhere and know plenty of people that would pay to have them. If you threw a jar on with just a regular norml tshirt as an option for membership, i know a few people off the top of my head that would be more inclined to donating. (wish they’d donate anyway but some ppl need more motivation.)
    [Editor’s note: Stay tuned! Soon come…NORML glass jars.]

  3. Subject: Spotting dis information { freeware}
    From: Nicodemus
    Newsgroups: alt.comp.freeware
    This , is a handy reference tool for spotting trolls and other lower life
    forms. Given that independent open forums, are increasingly the targets
    of various members of the sell-out classes this is a nice reference for
    tuning up your BS detector .
    * 1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you
    know, don’t discuss it — especially if you are a public figure, news
    anchor, etc. If it’s not reported, it didn’t happen, and you never have
    to deal with the issues.
    * 2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and
    instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being
    critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known
    as the “How dare you!” gambit.
    * 3. Create rumor mongers. Avoid discussing issues by describing all
    charges, regardless of venue or evidence, as mere rumors and wild
    accusations. Other derogatory terms mutually exclusive of truth may work
    as well. This method works especially well with a silent press, because
    the only way the public can learn of the facts are through such “arguable
    rumors”. If you can associate the material with the Internet, use this
    fact to certify it a “wild rumor” which can have no basis in fact.
    * 4. Use a straw man. Find or create a seeming element of your
    opponent’s argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look
    good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely
    imply exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent
    arguments/situation, or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges.
    Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which appears to
    debunk all the charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually
    avoiding discussion of the real issues.
    * 5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. This is also
    known as the primary attack the messenger ploy, though other methods
    qualify as variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular
    titles such as “kooks”, “right-wing”, “liberal”, “left-wing”,
    “terrorists”, “conspiracy buffs”, “radicals”, “militia”, “racists”,
    “religious fanatics”, “sexual deviates”, and so forth. This makes others
    shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label, and you avoid
    dealing with issues.
    * 6. Hit and Run. In any public forum, make a brief attack of your
    opponent or the opponent position and then scamper off before an answer
    can be fielded, or simply ignore any answer. This works extremely well in
    Internet and letters-to -the-editor environments where a steady stream of
    new identities can be called upon without having to explain criticism
    reasoning — simply make an accusation or other attack, never discussing
    issues, and never answering any subsequent response, for that would
    dignify the opponent’s viewpoint.
    * 7. Question motives. Twist or amplify any fact which could so taken
    to imply that the opponent operates out of a hidden personal agenda or
    other bias. This avoids discussing issues and forces the accuser on the
    * 8. Invoke authority. Claim for yourself or associate yourself with
    authority and present your argument with enough “jargon” and “minutiae”
    to illustrate you are “one who knows”, and simply say it isn’t so without
    discussing issues or demonstrating concretely why or citing sources.
    * 9. Play Dumb. No matter what evidence or logical argument is
    offered, avoid discussing issues with denial they have any credibility,
    make any sense, provide any proof, contain or make a point, have logic,
    or support a conclusion. Mix well for maximum effect.
    * 10. Associate opponent charges with old news. A derivative of the
    straw man usually, in any large-scale matter of high visibility, someone
    will make charges early on which can be or were already easily dealt
    with. Where it can be foreseen, have your own side raise a straw man
    issue and have it dealt with early on as part of the initial contingency
    plans. Subsequent charges, regardless of validity or new ground
    uncovered, can usually them be associated with the original charge and
    dismissed as simply being a rehash without need to address current issues
    — so much the better where the opponent is or was involved with the
    original source.
    * 11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions. Using a minor matter
    or element of the facts, take the “high road” and “confess” with candor
    that some innocent mistake, in hindsight, was made — but that opponents
    have seized on the opportunity to blow it all out of proportion and imply
    greater criminalities which, “just isn’t so.” Others can reinforce this
    on your behalf, later. Done properly, this can garner sympathy and
    respect for “coming clean” and “owning up” to your mistakes without
    addressing more serious issues.
    * 12. Enigmas have no solution. Drawing upon the overall umbrella of
    events surrounding the crime and the multitude of players and events,
    paint the entire affair as too complex to solve. This causes those
    otherwise following the matter to begin to loose interest more quickly
    without having to address the actual issues.
    * 13. Alice in Wonderland Logic. Avoid discussion of the issues by
    reasoning backwards with an apparent deductive logic in a way that
    forbears any actual material fact.
    * 14. Demand complete solutions. Avoid the issues by requiring
    opponents to solve the crime at hand completely, a ploy which works best
    for items qualifying for rule 10.
    * 15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions. This requires creative
    thinking unless the crime was planned with contingency conclusions in
    place. (Can you say Rush Limbaugh – sure you can – just don’t choke.)
    * 16. Change the subject. Usually in connection with one of the other
    ploys listed here, find a way to side-track the discussion with abrasive
    or controversial comments in hopes of turning attention to a new, more
    manageable topic. This works especially well with companions who can
    “argue” with you over the new topic and polarize the discussion arena in
    order to avoid discussing more key issues.
    * 17. Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad Opponents. If you can’t do
    anything else, chide and taunt your opponents and draw them into
    emotional responses which will tend to make them look foolish and overly
    motivated, and generally render their material somewhat less coherent.
    Not only will you avoid discussing the issues in the first instance, but
    even if their emotional response addresses the issue, you can further
    avoid the issues by then focusing on how “sensitive they are to
    * 18. Ignore proof presented, demand impossible proofs. This is
    perhaps a variant of the “play dumb” rule. Regardless of what material
    may be presented by an opponent in public forums, claim the material
    irrelevant and demand proof that is impossible for the opponent to come
    by (it may exist, but not be at his disposal, or it may be something
    which is known to be safely destroyed or withheld, such as a murder
    weapon). In order to completely avoid discussing issues may require you
    to categorically deny and be critical of media or books as valid sources,
    deny that witnesses are acceptable, or even deny that statements made by
    government or other authorities have any meaning or relevance.
    * 19. False evidence. Whenever possible, introduce new facts or clues
    designed and manufactured to conflict with opponent presentations as
    useful tools to neutralize sensitive issues or impede resolution. This
    works best when the crime was designed with contingencies for the
    purpose, and the facts cannot be easily separated from the fabrications.
    * 20. Manufacture a new truth. Create your own expert(s), group(s),
    author(s), leader(s) or influence existing ones willing to forge new
    ground via scientific, investigative, or social research or testimony
    which concludes favorably. In this way, if you must actually address
    issues, you can do so authoritatively.
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  4. Cannabis shall not be marketed by the wholesale hucksters or racketeers who continue to profit from the prohibition of cannabis.

  5. Free Cannabis
    Marks The Beginning of World Progress
    Receive your gift look around what do you see, I see so much anger, so much war
    Free Cannabis is the door when you see what is going on, when you see that angry boss yelling at you like some barking lowly dog remember/consider it is your blood and sweat that has paid the +axes that has allowed those sweat bastards to populate.
    I say enough

  6. Meanwhile……….back in, Humboldt County .
    Regulating cannabis: City ordinances weigh in on marijuana dispensaries
    The cities of Humboldt County have taken the lead on regulating cannabis as the county trudges on with its development of a medical marijuana ordinance that will cover rural and unincorporated areas of the North Coast.
    Medical marijuana regulations have been cropping up throughout the county in the last three years as an answer to the growing issue of grow houses, both legal and illegal, and a lack of consistency between state and federal laws. Here is the current status of various city ordinances in Humboldt County:
    Arcata’s medical marijuana guidelines, approved in November 2008, restricts cultivation space to 50 feet and 10 feet in height for residential grows. Dispensaries have to obtain on-site cultivation permits that dictate that the cultivation cannot exceed 25 percent of the total floor area, with a maximum of 1,500 feet and 10 feet in height. Dispensary guidelines include operation standards, a cap on the number of dispensaries allowed in the area and prohibiting the display of cannabis plants on signs.
    Eureka approved its guidelines for residential and commercial cultivation in August 2010. For patients, growing medical marijuana can only occur in the residence where the patient lives, and the garden must be 50 square feet, or less. Lighting cannot exceed 1,200 watts, and there must be no external evidence of marijuana cultivation, according to the ordinance.
    The ordinance limits the number of stand-alone dispensaries
    to two and dispensaries with cultivation sites to four. Last week, the city adopted changes to the commercial side of the ordinance, including limiting the size of exterior signs to 6 square feet, allowing only one dispensary per cultivation and processing facility, and prohibiting the display of cannabis plants on signs.

  7. Due to Obama’s action or in-action, it’s time to get started with the 2012 GOP. Not only suporting candidates like Johnson and Paul, but also pressing candidates like Cain(“Due to the current economic state and the current deficits, wouldn’t legalization help the situation by cutting spending and increasing revenues?”) and others on their views. With current economic times the way they are, the prospect of creating a new Green industry and emptying overcrowded prisons will be our biggest weapon.
    I believe our biggest GOP obstacle will be Romney. Him we can attack on “Romneycare” and it’s unpopular similarities to “Obamacare”. Also, highly publicizing his 2007 answer to a suffering MMJ patient.

  8. New topic: DUI Laws
    I personally don’t believe in DUI laws (the term “Drunk” is even vague). Personally, I believe the way UI (Under Influence) laws should be made and handled is to increase penalties when the offended has been found under the influence(AKA after an accident or running a red light, etc… for DUI). Where MJ is concerned, a sobriety test in combo with medical evidence(Blood THC?, Saliva with a high cut-off?) should be required. My personal point of view is do what ever you want to yourself, but if you hurt someone else or break laws (outside of sale/possession, etc…) then you were not consuming responsibly.
    I know when I’m too drunk to drive(3 drinks is about my limit), I know when I’m to stoned to drive(after a bowl of good quality, I have to wait a while as it does affect my motor skills). Responsible consumption is a must and where the public needs education. I have consumed recreationally for over 10 years. Not once have I ever been pulled over for DUI of any type, not once have I ever had any drug charge against me, not once have I ever failed a drug test, and I have always consume in private(I don’t smoke cigs even with non-smokers around except in a private residence or asking if they mind or where acceptable like a bar). If we ever want true legalization (like cigs or beer), then we must address these type of public safety issues.

  9. One final comment on the GOP field. Trump. I think of the candidates that we here would support he has the best chance of getting the nomination. He has said, legalize and tax it. At least we have three viable candidates this time around and two are likely to be possible nominees(Trump/Paul). Romney is likely going to be our biggest obstacle. If Romney gets the nod, I’d rather have 4 more years of Obama.

  10. …….but, you better think twice bfore coming to, Humboldt to grow your weed . Laws here are strickly enforced by the U.S. Government &local juristictions .
    The following people were sentenced in Humboldt County Superior Court:
    * Tina Marie Wantt, embezzlement, theft from elder or dependent adult, grand theft, make false entries in records. Fined $4,345 and sentenced to one day in jail, 100 hours community service and two years probation. Judge Timothy Cissna.
    * Amy Sue Spindler, possess narcotic controlled substance. Fined $870 and sentenced to 69 days in jail and three years probation. Judge Bruce Watson.
    * Kelly Renee Valentine, possession of concentrated cannabis. Fined $970 and sentenced to 100 hours community service and two years probation. Judge Bruce
    * Monte William Davis, possession of concentrated cannabis. Fined $970 and sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation. Judge Christopher Wilson.
    * Ryan Scott Roe, evade peace officer. Fined $1,780 and sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation. Judge Timothy Cissna.
    * Michael Nolan Brown, possession of marijuana for sale. Fined $1,740 and sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years probation. Judge Bruce Watson.

  11. I have my piece. A 70 year old woman I was busted for cannabis possession and growing cannabis with out a license. I have MRSA, arthritis of rt. hip and knee, lower back bone loss, depression, high blood pressure, stress and now high anxiety. I go to court the 25Th and have hopes that the penalty will not be too severe. A low income person I have a public defender. I meet with him for one hour the 24Th. How can he put up a good defence in one day? I could use some support and at least one person who sees my side. Contact me at 607-283-3842.

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