Thursday, August 26, 2010

I Paid The Idaho Tax by USA Hemp Museum's Richard M. Davis

By Richard M. Davis
Founder and Curator of the USA HEMP MUSEUM
I paid the Idaho tax.  I was just passing through Idaho on Interstate 15, on Sunday, August 15, returning to my home in California from the Bozeman Hempfest in Montana when I was pulled over by an Idaho State Trooper for having large HEMP signs in my back windows.  His keen nose detected an odor.  Just a few miles south of Idaho Falls, after it was determined I was not impaired, I was asked to stand 20 yards from the car while four police cars with state troopers and a dog searched through the 350 pounds of hemp exhibits in my car, a 1992 Honda Civic with 227,000 miles on it and with a large hemp plant on a rack on top.

At the end of what seemed like a couple of hours in the hot sun, the troopers and the pot dog had come up with a small jar of medical marijuana salve I made to use on my hands to prevent skin cancer (which I’ve had twice), a small stub of a medical marijuana cigarette, and some homemade pills containing powdered medical marijuana leaf.  I was called back to the car where the pot dog officer was to watch me repack some goods and load the car.  I saw him reach into the grass beside the freeway and pull out a small baggie which he asked if it was mine.  This got trooper number one excited and he showed me the tiny baggie with another baggie inside and said he could see a crystal inside the bag.  I saw nothing, but at age 69, I do use reading glasses for close work.  He said he was filming the stop and if I was seen dropping the baggie I was doomed.

I was allowed to put the 350 pounds of hemp exhibits back in the car, whereupon the car was towed and I was placed in handcuffs, read my rights and arrested by the trooper who stopped me.

Off I went to the Bonneville County Jail, just north of Idaho Falls.  My name is Richard Davis, and I own and am curator of the largest collection of hemp related goods in the world – the U.S.A. Hemp Museum.  You can see it on the web at  

I am a medical marijuana patient in California and had made a good faith effort to clean up the car of my medical exhibits and personal medicine.  Montana is also a medical marijuana legal state and as such I did not feel the need to transport my extensive collection of medical marijuana and its exhibits and paraphernalia to Montana.  Had I done so I might still be in Idaho.

At the jail, the state trooper called in and a large rollup door opened to let him drive me into a receiving area where I was turned over to the county police for booking into the jail.  I was being charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, two charges both misdemeanors that require $300 bond each for me to be released from jail.  Luckily, I had been given gas and lodging money by the Bozeman Hempfest people and $754 dollars was taken from my wallet and envelopes from my vest so I could post bond, promise to appear in court the next day for arraignment, and be released.  

All the possessions I had on my person were recorded and bagged right down to my suspenders.  I answered questions about my medical history, signed forms for the next hour.  Next I was placed in a holding cell with glass door and windows so that I could see others in the jail.  In all, I saw seven other inmates in other holding cells.  After another hour passed I was called out (the door magically unlocked) and told to sit on a chair below the command center which was a couple of steps higher than the cell level.

I was sitting just outside a holding cell where I could hear moaning and other noises coming from within.  This is where Jeff was being held.  I knew his name because the jail nurse came pushing a large cart that was parked in front of me and started getting medication for Jeff.  She called for an officer to open the door of Jeff’s cell.  “Did you bring my meds,” Jeff said.  The nurse then proceeded to tell Jeff the names of the medications she had brought.  I had never heard of any of the drugs she named, but she did say to Jeff he would only get half a dose because it was for psychiatric problems.

Another hour passed during which I had my picture taken.  Then it was Jeff’s turn to be fingerprinted and photographed.  Jeff was much bigger than the deputy who was escorting him, but the deputy was talking and making friends with Jeff.  “Are you doing ok on those meds Jeff,” he said.  Jeff passed me and we shook hands.  I heard Jeff say to the deputy as he was being fingerprinted just around the corner, “The meds help, but what I really need is a big fat joint.”  And that really made me smile. 

When I was ready to leave, Jeff was standing by the window in his cell looking at me as I put on my Tilley hat decorated with pot leaf pins.  “Where you going,” Jeff yelled.  “To California,” I replied.  Without hesitation Jeff yelled, “Smoke a fatty of chronic for me when you get back.”  “I’ll smoke two, Jeff, one for you and one for me.”

One of the papers I had to sign was a promise to appear in court the next day in Idaho Falls for arraignment.  I then found myself out on the street in an industrial area some five miles from where I needed to go.  The deputy had tried to draw a map, but it left a lot to the imagination.  They had taken all my cash and given me a check for the remainder, then offered to call me a cab.  Thanks.  A couple of hours later I walked into the motel I had stayed at going to Montana a few days earlier.  I cashed my check and went to Shari’s Diner before I crashed.

Court was at 1:00pm and a much shorter walk so I was very early.  I walked along the Snake River Greenbelt behind the falls that give Idaho Falls its name for what seemed like a couple of miles.  I was happy I wasn’t sore from the night before. 

At court we were instructed that some of us were eligible for an early resolution conference with the prosecutor, a new program for the county.  My name was called.  I wanted him to drop the charges, but early resolution means you plead guilty to something, you pay the tax, court costs and fees and they let you go.  I plead guilty to possession.  He made it clear, and so did the judge, that no amount of marijuana was legal in Idaho, even if it was your medicine.  One hundred days in jail was suspended, the other count was dropped and the judge went along with our deal.  Except for picking up my car at some unknown location I was done.  Total tax for driving through Idaho was $840.  I paid the Idaho tax.

Moral of the story is if you drive through Idaho with a large dry pot plant on the roof of your car; don’t put large HEMP signs in your rear windows.  No signs are allowed on back windows in Idaho.   

Back to work!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

From The Family of Jack Herer - Re: California's Prop. 19

Casper Leitch, the host of Time4Hemp, which airs week nights on American Freedom Radio, forwarded this note from Jack Herer's family about Prop. 19 that sheds light in the storm brewing because of the latest marijuana proposition to come before California voters.  Hemp For Victory!!!

"Jack Herer would ask — no, he would demand your yes vote on Prop 19, along with a pledge to continue fighting for the plant, the people and the planet."

From the Family of Jack Herer, author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes
Van Nuys, California

August, 2010

Dear Friends of Hemp and Cannabis,

Our father, Jack Herer, was a man of leadership, compassion and idealism. He worked relentlessly for decades to achieve his dream of legalizing Cannabis hemp in all its forms, personal, medical and industrial. He wanted Cannabis to be free and open, and to be given full respect for its enormous economic, environmental and cultural benefits.

As an idealist, Jack was adverse to half measures. He originally opposed Prop 215 because it stopped at medical use only. He initially opposed Senate Bill 420 because it set limited quantities as a safe harbor. Over time, however, he came to appreciate the freedoms they created, and took pride in the role he played in inspiring those changes. Jack’s great fear about Prop 215 and SB 420 was that people would accept those limits, become complacent and stop working for full legalization. He feared we would be stuck with medical use forever.

Likewise, Jack railed against Tax Cannabis 2010, now Proposition 19, and its plan for limited legalization and local authority to tax and regulate marijuana sales to adults 21 and above. It falls far short of what he wanted. Jack ‘wanted it all,’ and Prop 19 is just a part of that dream. Unfortunately, Jack passed away before Prop 19 made the 2010 ballot; so many people think he would still oppose it. We don’t believe that, and we ask that everyone stop saying he would cling to that position as we move toward the Nov. 2 vote.

As his family, we want the world to know that the last thing Jack Herer would want is for Californians to vote to keep Cannabis illegal. He was smart and had the political savvy to know that once a measure is on the ballot, the time for bickering has passed. That is why he campaigned for Prop 215 despite its shortcomings. That is why, were he able, he would now be telling voters to rally around and Vote Yes on Prop 19.

Does that mean he would want everyone to stop and be happy with the modest changes that Prop 19 affords? Absolutely not! What Jack would want us to do right now is to support Prop 19, and come Nov. 3 he would be right back again, telling you to renew your commitment to bring a comprehensive California Hemp and Health Initiative to the voters in 2012 or some future date. Jack Herer would ask — no, he would demand your yes vote on Prop 19, along with a pledge to continue fighting for the plant, the people and the planet.

It is true that Prop 19 does not fulfill our father's dream; but it takes us much closer to achieving it than we are now, and for that reason we, his family, endorse Prop 19 today. Please vote yes on Prop 19 Nov 2, but do it with the dedication to keep working toward complete legalization in Jack's honor.

Sincerely, Dan Herer et al.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Time 4 Hemp - Great Radio Show

 Hosted by Casper Leitch

In the ultimate act of insanity, we've made nature illegal via hemp prohibition and wonder why we are having all these problems. It doesn't have to be this way.  It's Time 4 Hemp to save the day.

Casper Leitch's  TIME 4 HEMP  airs weeknights at 11 P.M. CST on the powerful American Freedom Radio Network. The links below are posted to help you find the back shows for this great source of hempucation.

Time 4 Hemp has a YouTube Channel with many guests including the great hempster Willie Nelson.

The show's archives have nearly 200 free MP3 downloads!

You can find 44 FREE MP3 DOWNLOADS in the Time 4 Hemp - MUSIC PotCast archives - each packed with lots of music about how wonderful Marijuana is.  While there you can also subscribe to the Time 4 Hemp - MUSIC Potcast rss feed if you like.

You can find 67 FREE MP3 DOWNLOADS in the Time 4 Hemp - TODAY PotCast archives - each spotlights the hard working activists in the Marijuana Movement and is showcased with fantastic music about how wonderful this plant is. While there you can also subscribe to the Time 4 Hemp - TODAY - PotCast RSS feed if you like.

You will also find 21 VERY SPECIAL FREE MP3 DOWNLOADS from the Time 4 Hemp series.

You can also listen to the FREE downloads of all past ’TIME 4 HEMP - LIVE’ radio programs;

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Green Rush

A compelling look at the lives of some not-so-ordinary farmers, The Green Rush is a chronicle of the trials and tribulations of a unique group of marijuana farmers in Northern California. A must see film.

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