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

Day 3 Noah Kleinman trial 

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Due to a scheduling conflict, I was unable to attend the entire day of testimony from Paul Montoya to be referred to as Rat #1
The US Atty continued to drone on as they tend to about email messages between Paul and Noah in an effort to build their case as “overwhelming”

On Cross examination Allison worked to establish the “store as Paul called it” as a collective. She got Paul to admit that he only in the past couple of months referred to the dispensary as a store. He also testified that his clients signed an agreement before they were able to join however he did not acknowledge creating nor approving it. In such a case there is so very little that can be offered as a defense as state law does not apply however if a juror determines that was acting lawfully but for the federal conflict, they could be the first one ever to use their power to nullify.  Paul’s plea deal was brought up and although Paul insisted that he had nothing to gain from his testimony by the U.S. Attorney’s office, We know that although the judge ultimately decides the sentence, The U.S. Attorney has the power to add or drop charges more or less as they please. The sentencing report issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office is also at very least an influence. Court recessed for the day around 2pm and the schedule will be 8am till 2 or 2:30 p.m. two 15 minute breaks but no lunch at the judges suggestion.
After court we went to DeeDee and Paul Kirkwoods and shared dinner with Noah and several of the Human Solution’s Green team..Per the attorney’s request I did not interview Noah however we had a very nice afternoon and there is no doubt the value our support has to his spirit and we continue our pledge to gather support from wherever we can.
Now we have reached out across the movement and to non affiliated activists and although so far it has been all THS, word has it that some “others” will be joining us from San Diego this week. We also have carpools forming from Riverside, Orange County, Long Beach, and The San Fernando Valley. Please contact us if you are willing to attend but need a ride! 951-436-6312 or email [email protected]
Our offer still stands to Los Angeles area Activists… please come out and join us. Tuesday till trial is over….
In somewhat related story, Tuesday is election day and another civil rights group is planning a first amendment expression protest nearby and rumor has it that there may be  a jury nullification message displayed between noon and three pm. Please consider coming out and expressing yourself outside the courthouse as loud and boisterous as you like!!!
Thank YOU for being a part of the solution


Blessings

Joe Grumbine