News from the Front Lines of legalization in Washington!

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By Kristin Flor, National Leader for The Human Solution!

Today, in Washington, our vote to legalize marijuana became a reality!  Making history, Washington opened 25 recreational stores!  The Human Solution couldn’t resist an opportunity to take part in this historical event!  Sharen Marshall and I joined Martin Nickerson, (one of the Bellingham 3) and his friend Bob at one of the new recreational stores that opened up in Bellingham to advocate for our defendants and prisoners!  While the celebration proudly brought lines of hundreds of recreation users, the irony of the current events made our defendants wonder why the city would approve a recreational store and still prosecute the Bellingham 3  who are facing over 30 years in prison for a medical store!  Martin Nickerson, one of the Bellingham 3 proudly stood for their rights at the grand opening of Top Shelf in Bellingham Washington.   As we advocated that no one deserves to go to prison for our plant, we personally educated the crowd and explained that the war isn’t over, and that we still have people going to prison!  Even though, news media wasn’t too interested in capturing the grimy part of the war, the Top Shelf’s customers were happy to have us, and we got to know the proud owners of the recreational site and see another side of our laws.  We even had a future recreational store owner offer to adopt-a-prisoner, and he asked for us to come educate his customers when he opens his store!  We explained to the customers waiting in the long line of the sacrifices that our heroic defendants and prisoners are still making for this war.  Meeting Martin made the drug war very real to them.   We told them all about jury nullification and how we have to use this power that our constitutional rights grants to us so we keep each other from going to prison.  Today was a success as we took part in this historical day, I was very proud of the Bellingham 3 and their sacrifices they continue to make as they conquer prohibition.  Knowing that NO VICTIM = NO CRIME = NOT GUILTY is the first step to END PROHIBITION 2014!  NO ONE DESERVES TO GO TO PRISON OR DIE FOR OUR PLANT!  XOXOXO RIP DAD!

That Extra Day!

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Roxanne Stafford came to Willow Creek Springs with her son Ritchie to buy a cactus.. I noticed that she had a brace on her foot and asked what was up… she told me about a broken bone healing and nerve damage and I didn’t think much about it… I showed her around the garden a little and before you know it she asked about the ribbon….. next thing you know a feverish conversation ensued…….

Roxanne was quickly welcomed to our THS family and joined our fourth of july bbq. Here is a snippet of her riveting story!

New “Hard Way” member prepares for Federal Trial

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Mark Bagdasarian joined the Human Solution international’s family “the hard way” today and I believe it’s finally time to get a chapter launched in Fresno in preparation for the trial 

Mark will be a guest on this sunday’s radio show! 

August 26th trial is set to start and that will give us plenty of time to prepare if we get moving

I will be heading up for a unity session in Redding June 18-21st and will be passing through Fresno on the way up and back please contact me if you are willing and able to participate in this necessary and powerful expression of Activism 951-436-6312 or [email protected]

Here is the press release from DEA after the indictment: remmeber the source…….

Buds 4 Life Marijuana Store Owners Indicted

FRESNO, CA — Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams and United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today charging Mark Bagdasarian, 53, and his son Ryan Bagdasarian, 24, both of Clovis, with conspiring to cultivate and distribute marijuana and possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it. Mark Bagdasarian was also charged with cultivating marijuana.

According to court documents, between April 2010 and October 2011, the Badgasarians conspired to distribute marijuana through the Buds 4 Life marijuana stores they owned and operated. Mark Bagdasarian is also charged with growing marijuana for the stores.

According to the criminal complaint, in June 2011, the Bagdasarian’s stores were searched and law enforcement officers found 3,669 marijuana plants, 219 pounds of processed marijuana, and more than $546,000 in cash. One defendant said that the business was generating $30,000 to $50,000 per day in revenue. In August 2011, they reopened a store. A more recent search yielded another 35 pounds of processed marijuana and $40,000 in cash.

This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Elana S. Landau and Kevin P. Rooney are prosecuting the case.

Mark and Ryan Bagdasarian are scheduled for arraignment on Friday, October 14, 2011. If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of life in prison, and a $10 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

The charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

THSi, Leap, George Martorano and the letter

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A little while back LWOP POW George Martorano asked me if I was able to reach out to any law enforcement official active or retired also any elected official or anyone of influence in the justice system to write a letter on his behalf. It seems that the US attorney that is in charge of his case isn’t so hell bent on keeping George locked up for ever anymore.

As The Human Solution enters it’s next stage as an emerging 501c3, we are focusing a lot of energy on building and strengthening relationships with like minded groups such as Leap, Life for Pot, and November Coalition. I reached out to Diane Goldstein from LEAP Law enforcement against prohibition. She is a civil rights activist, a friend to the cause and a personal friend for years.

It took a minute but this evening I recieved this message from George via corrlinks!

hey Joe ..Diane from Leap ,came through for us ,,she sent a great letter to Whitehouse–pardon att.–and Eric holder…please tell her a huge thanks from me ,,and I will write her soon as I came a copy of it and the address and all ,,and something special fro her too from me ..ok and a big thanks to you for starting it all with her and Leap ..I pray freedom opens its’ arms with all the goodness we are laying at its’ feet ..so you take can will call soon ,,thy good bro always ,,the caged writer that goes on..

All I can say is United we stand and as we unite, we become stronger…
The end of prohibition is getting closer and I thank Each of YOU that have decided to be a part of the SOLUTION

blessings
Joe Grumbine