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2) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Fall Retreat: The New Jim Crow
3) The Cusp: Open Meeting
4) Music for Peace
5) Home Movies Gaza at the Olympia Film Festival
6) Sit, Lie, Stand, SLEEP — An Accompaniment Event
7) Anarchist Assembly to Discuss Fracking Equipment in the Port of Olympia
8) Film Screening: Dirty Business
9) Former IDF Soldier Yehuda Shaul on Breaking the Silence
10) Smith Building Groundbreaking Ceremony
11) Cannabis Patients United — WSLCB Medical Cannabis Public Hearing
12) The Free Olympia Project Community Assembly
13) Bonus Tip of the Day

Hey, Kids! Welcome to the Thunderbolt!

I am going to defy longstanding Thunderbolt tradition this week by focusing upon some good news!

Just remember that every silver lining is attached to a dark cloud…

(Yep — I said that first the right time!)

This is a segment that I am calling…

Don’t Lose Hope Yet!

Lest you think that our phone calls and our protests and our cries of indignant outrage are pointless, Obama’s Drone Wars are finally getting serious pushback! Yippee!

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have jointly released a report stating that the drone attacks “appeared” to be war crimes and that they have “identified violations of international law”.

For both these organizations to issue a joint report is no small thing.

And keep in mind: Even though the American Media Machine largely ignores stories such as this, the rest of the world takes serious note.

You may remember Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Afghani activist that I covered recently who was shot by the Taliban for advocating education for children? Ms. Yousafzai personally met with Obama — and she told him that his drones were creating terrorists faster than they were killing them.

And finally, last but not least, it is always good when a work of true genius appears in support of a good cause: A young Pakistani/American woman named Madiha Tahir has made a film called The Wounds of Waziristan that represents the most effective blasting of Obama’s Drone Wars that I have yet seen. Ms. Tahir very calmly reasonably and factually unleashes a tsunami of moral outrage that is as moving as anything I have ever seen.

You can watch the Wounds of Waziristan on Democracy Now’s website:


I think there is no bigger terrorist than Obama or Bush, those who have weaponry like drones, who drop bombs on us while we are in our homes. There are no greater terrorists than them.
— Karim Khan, Pakistani Drone Victim


In other good news, it turns out that there is a silver lining to the Great Government Shut-Down in the fact that due to the shut-down, Obama was unable to attend a meeting in Asia — that he frigging called — and his inability to attend this meeting means that he was unable to apply the personal pressure in advancing the Trans Pacific Partnership Agenda for which this trip was intended.

If the government shut-down slowed implementation of the TPP then the shut-down was more than just foul political theatre after all! Yippee!


And I wish to point out Glen Greenwald’s genius in the manner he is handling Edward Snowden’s leaks: Had he simply released all of them at once, there would have been outrage for a period of time, but we would have moved on by now. Instead, he is slowly dribbling them out, and thus we are subjected to regular outrages on a regular basis.

Reporter Scott Shane just blew yet another lid off the NSA’s activities in the New York Times. It turns out that — surprise, surprise — the NSA has been storing everyone’s text messages “just in case”. They have also been spying on Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations amongst many many others.

The New York Times wants you to pay to read their stories but Amy Goodman conducts a very good interview with Mr. Shane here:

On yet another related note, I just discovered that Netflix is streaming We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. This is not a work of blind hero-worship; this is a journalistic quality documentary by Alex Gibney and it is a most excellent piece about Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and Wikileaks.

I like defending victims
I like crushing bastards
We’re going to fuck them all
We’re going to crack the world open and let it flower into something new
—Julian Assange


So it was really nice spending some time in Good News Land and all — but now it’s time to get back to…

The End of the World!

Boy, am I good! I have been saying for decades that John F. Kennedy was a profound visionary and that his leadership could have provided an infrastructure to build a world of peace and prosperity — and that this was exactly why he had been killed.

Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick have made a new ten-part Showtime series called The Untold History of the United States. Mr. Stone and Mr. Kuznick agree with my assessment of JFK. Mr. Stone and Mr. Kuznick also correctly (in my ‘opinion’) identify the Spanish American War as the great turning point in American history wherein we turned from internal oppression to foreign imperialism — and their series evidently confirms everything I’ve been saying for many decades now.

(Great minds think alike!)

With one amazing exception they did not mention any facts that were new during the Democracy Now interview that I watched — just Mr. Stone’s genius at providing context and relevancy.

That one exception I mentioned was an absolutely incredible story, though — and it is a story about how the world nearly ended on October 27th, 1962 that is mind-blowing and incredibly important on many different levels — and I have absolutely never heard of this before:

In 1962 there was a large cabal within the military/ Pentagon/ CIA nexus that wanted to simply nuke the Soviet Union. No shite. They had determined that they could launch a First Strike — and that the United States could “sustain the retaliation”.

No shite.

The Soviet military leaders were saying the same thing.

No shite.

This First Strike policy enjoyed the support of such luminaries as General Curtis Lemay at the Pentagon and those sinister brothers Allen Dulles representing the CIA and John Foster Dulles representing the State Department — i.e. the entire Industrial War Machine complex who very much wanted to keep the old War Machine Funding Bonanza going strong and they already had the Permanent War Economy already well implemented.

Thus, Kennedy’s detractors on this issue included a whole bunch of the deadliest and most powerful people in the world.

I’ve written extensively on this before and I don’t want to go too deeply into this right now — but for those unfamiliar with this stuff, Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev averted disaster by opening a secret back channel directly with each other — wherein both men admitted to the other that their militaries were hot to trot for a war and that neither man was sure that they were capable of controlling them.

No shite.

Both men paid steep prices for their refusal to launch World War III: Khrushchev lost his job. Kennedy lost his life.

Anyway, during the Cuban Missile Crisis Kennedy chose to embargo Cuba rather than nuke the Soviet Union. General Lemay literally threw a temper tantrum at the meeting where this decision was announced and blasted Kennedy for “missing our chance to destroy the Soviet Union”, quote.

The story in question occurred during that blockade: The United States had surrounded Cuba with military ships and a supply fleet from the Soviet Union was sailing to meet it. Nearly all of both Kennedy’s and Khrushchev’s advisors were adamantly advocating a nuclear strike. The pressure was on.

There were submarines accompanying the Soviet fleet. Unbeknownst to the Americans, they were armed with nuclear missiles. Each sub had ten missiles and each missile contained ten independently targeted warheads; this one submarine could nuke 160 American cities.

The Americans depth-charged this submarine causing serious damage. As it was sinking, the captain of the ship was unable to contact his chain of command. He figured the war had started and that he would go down in disgrace for having done nothing — which had been a real fear under Stalin, who routinely executed soldiers who were captured on the battlefield rather than dying there.

He prepared to launch his missiles.

No shite.

He was dissuaded from doing so by a unique Soviet invention called a ‘political officer’, who was basically a political advisor to military units and they were often even more powerful than the captain in many ways.

His name was Colonel Vasili Arkhipov.

While I have no academic credentials of any kind, I am comfortable referring to myself as a historical scholar since I have intensely studied history for many decades now. I have never heard of Colonel Vasili Arkhipov even though he single-handedly prevented World War III. I have never heard of Colonel Vasili Arkhipov even though there should be holidays in his honour and every schoolchild in the world should be familiar with his name.

Go here for an amazing Democracy Now interview with Mr. Stone and Mr. Kuznick.


Washington Goes to Pot

I tend to think more strategically than tactically. I like to focus on the big picture and I tend to pass on things that don’t affect that big picture. In and of itself, the marijuana issue is a fairly minour thing and I normally wouldn’t spend much time on it — but (full disclosure) I am a lifelong marijuana smoker and I am a retired marijuana smuggler and I spent six years in prison on a marijuana charge so this is an issue that I have a personal interest in — and the state is about to throw the medical marijuana people under the bus and I think that sucks big rocks so I’m going to go there…

I actually preferred keeping marijuana slightly illegal. When it was illegal, we largely controlled our own pot market. When I was smuggling pot, I was buying from friends of mine in Canada, I was selling to friends of mine in Seattle, and the Machine did not have their thumb in my pie in any manner. Not one penny of my profits went toward funding their vile War Machine. I regularly funded things I thought should be funded; I was a generous donor to various charitable organizations. I often threw $100 bills to panhandlers, especially toward kids who were living on the road/streets in an attempt to avoid being trapped by the Machine.

We were too successful: During Bill Clinton’s administration, federal arrests for pot charges increased ten-fold whilst federal arrests for all other drugs remained more-or-less flat. I was one of many victims of this federal crack-down. Whilst in prison I saw two stories by journalists who took note of this disparity; their speculation was that Clinton was trying to make up for the fact that he had publically admitted to having smoked pot himself and he had to prove he wasn’t ‘soft’ on this issue.

Actually, this vast increase in pot busts was because of people like me. During the late 90’s there was a small army of us running tons of pot over the Canadian border and we were providing serious competition to the government-sponsored dealers. By the time I was sent away, they had largely succeeded in shutting this flow off.

The same thing happened on the meth-front: Private meth-labs became prevalent during this same period and they were providing serious competition to the government sponsored Mexican Mafia dealers. Thus, there was a big federally-funded push by the State of Washington to shut down the meth-labs — an effort that was largely successful. There are few private meth-labs these days — but there is just as much meth as there ever was. The only difference is that now it all comes from the Mexican Mafia rather than from local entrepreneurs.

I haven’t researched this yet, but I have heard from several reliable sources that the state is now saying, “Okay, medical marijuana people, you were the pioneers and you were as responsible as anyone for the battle to legalize — but now that we have seized control of your pot we don’t want any competition for our government pot stores so we are going to screw you now.”

Yeah? Well, while I hesitate much more about depriving the state of tax dollars than I do depriving the feds (unlike the feds, the state builds schools and roads and things that I actually use and things that I actually care about) then if they want to screw the medical pot people then I say screw their state pot stores. I will probably make one purchase from one of their stores one time just to experience the novelty of doing it — but otherwise I have already let all my grower friends know that I plan to continue purchasing my pot directly from them.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if now that pot is legal, the medical pot people are forced once again to go underground?

Anyway, there is a public hearing this week in Lacey on the medical marijuana issue and I encourage everyone to attend. (See the calendar for the details.)

It’s time to get to work…

The Thunderbolt Calendar
November 7th thru November 14th, 2013


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1B) Marijuana Update

Legal Cannabis Week #48
Editor: Ben Livingston, Center for Legal Cannabis

• State hearing on medical cannabis
• State moves to ban cannabis in private clubs
• Stranger Green Guide released
• I-502 anniversary on Seattle Center calendar
• Zoning map updates
• Upcoming events
• Week in review
• Worth repeating

State hearing on medical cannabis

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced a public hearing on recommendations to effectively repeal the state’s fifteen-year-old medical cannabis law. Thus far disallowing the public from attending these policy meetings, refusing to provide meeting documents, and claiming complete exemption from the state’s public records and open meetings laws, state officials may have considered the possibility that such actions may violate much more than just the spirit of our open government laws, that their behavior could put the state’s medical pot machinations in precarious and reviewable legal waters.

To be fair, they might also really want to hear folks out. Unlike the last public hearing the cannabis board held in Seattle—where irate pot patients hurled insults at the three-member board while the majority of the room, there to learn about pot business rules, frustratedly waited for over an hour to get to the scheduled topic—I think this could be a positively cathartic speaking session, a focused medical cannabis action.

Don’t get me wrong: I still say this is a charade to cover up the intent of legislators and Governor Inslee to guillotine medical pot shops, home grow rights, and what they perceive as special privileges afforded anyone willing to pay $75 to a naturopath. Knowing that the game is charades, the appropriate response—the downriver response, the go with the flow response—is to play charades a bit. Besides, charades can be a fun game.

State Medical Marijuana Hearing
WED NOV 13 @6PM | Worthington Center, St. Martin’s University

The room holds 400, so the board expects quite a turn out. Still, I wonder whether that is enough seats to contain all of the angry asses that want to remind the state that cannabis is a flower given to us by the universe, that it is inherently good and surprisingly safe, that we enjoy a thoroughly positive relationship with it, and that we think them hyper-controlling, war-mongering, nature-fighting, improvident fools for trying to steal living cannabis genetics from the people.

Most certainly all the news people will be there, so this seems a good chance to make good points in defense of home-grown ganja. More than just amazing stories about how cannabis helps patients, I think we need compelling stories about the benefits of growing your own. With the massive variety of genetics and the limited licensing and production the state envisions, I don’t see them winning the argument that pot shops will provide for every patient’s unique pot strain preferences.

I think we need to hear about the healing power of interacting with the living cannabis plant. I’d advise against name calling, but I think honest indignation is a healthy and appropriate response. “These medical cannabis recommendations stink.” “I want the government to stay out of my home and my health care.” “Don’t force doctors to register pot patients in a government database.” I’d even like to hear gun-loving libertarians transpose pot plants into the cold-dead-hands slogan popularized by Charlton Heston.

Remember that the actors the state chose to play their charades were sent to endure your criticism, and not because they deeply care or have power to do anything. By all means, speak to them, persuade them, hem and haw if you must, but I think your audience is beyond the room. Speak to the people watching TV news and the legislators reading the paper. Persuade regular people that homegrown pot is as much our right as home-brewed beer.

State moves to ban cannabis in private clubs

In addition to its legislatively-sourced suggestions to squash medical pot, the state’s new cannabis regulator hopes to snuff out liquor-licensed private pot clubs before they’ve had much of a chance to sprout. See the story from Gene Johnson:

Liquor Control Board takes steps to ban marijuana use at bars
OCT 30 | Associated Press

Since I only read news if it comes in a pot-related Google News alert, I learned of this the following day, and was surprised WSLCB never sent the stakeholder notice about the cannabis club ban to those stakeholders who registered specifically to receive notices of cannabis-related rulemaking.

When I asked the agency why pot stakeholders got short shrift on the bar and private club cannabis ban notification—is it so hard to cc the pot people?—cannabis board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter responded, “The Notice to Stakeholders was sent to an alcohol rules distribution list comprised of liquor licensees because it affects an alcohol rule, specifically it pertains to the conduct of entities licensed to sell alcohol in the state of Washington.”

Which doesn’t answer my actual question—why not cc the pot people about the pot bar ban?—but that’s what I have to report. WSLCB is taking public comment until December 11 and will hold a public hearing that same day.

WSLCB Hearing: Pot Ban in Bars and Clubs
WED DEC 11 @10AM | WSCLB Headquarters

Stranger Green Guide released

The Stranger’s semi-annual cannabis insert is on newstands now, and I’m impressed enough to recommend picking it up. Chock full of pot content, it’s almost like one of those industry rags scrapping for dispensary dollars these days, except you can actually find it without going to a dispensary. Huzzah! Dominic Holden leads the thing off with some big-picture context about how our vote last November has changed everything.

Shit Just Got Real, Stoners!
OCT 30 | The Stranger

Ben Livingston introduces a handful of entrepreneurs hoping to get into the legal pot business.

The Pioneers
OCT 30 | The Stranger

David Schmader considers stoner stereotypes and wonders whether they will fall by the wayside as pot use normalizes.

Beyond Cheech & Chong
OCT 30 | The Stranger

Cienna Madrid talked to a bunch of people who didn’t start smoking pot until after pot became legal. Can you believe that?

OCT 30 | The Stranger

I (stop writing in third person and) overview the timeline between now and my first legal pot purchase.

The Timeline
OCT 30 | The Stranger

Then I rehash last week’s piece on the legislative plan to euthanize our medical pot law, hoping it might be relevant in two months when some stoner realizes his or her bong coaster is actually a cannabis guide.

Can the Medical Pot Law Be Saved?
OCT 30 | The Stranger

The winner by far, Dominic Holden really gets readers thinking with his proposal that pot shops should sell low-potency, high-flavor joints. Over 6,000 Facebookers like the idea, and some hardcore megastoners are furious.

The Ideal Legal Joint: Low in Potency, High in Flavor
OCT 30 | The Stranger

Dominic follows up the light-joint news by taking the Seattle City Council to task, once again, for joining the state’s crusade against medical cannabis. But nobody on Facebook cares about that.

Council Tries to Ban Medical Marijuana
OCT 30 | The Stranger

Follow all that up with a calendar and a cannabusiness guide, and The Stranger’s Green Guide is a wrap. I’m sad to say I couldn’t convince the publisher to include a page of rolling paper, so please disregard my previous suggestions to roll up your weed in the pervasive pot publication.

I-502 anniversary on Seattle Center calendar

My Google News alerts picked up an event listing on the KING 5 events site for an I-502 Anniversary Rally at Seattle Center. Some might recall this apparently-annual pot party started last year when hundreds of excited stoners convened beneath the Space Needle on December 6—thinking it a giant joint that would rain marijuana manna—to smoke newly legal pot in still-illegal public view.

Well, the event appears official now, as further research indicates it is listed on the Seattle Center web site:

I-502 Anniversary Rally
FRI DEC 6 @4:20PM | Next 50 Plaza, Seattle Center

The event is actually listed for 3 p.m., but that must be a typo, right? Next 50 Plaza, between the Experience Music Project and the Monorail station, happens to be under the Space Needle but not nearly as “public view” as the Broad Street lawn. It’s almost like Seattle Center officials decided if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, and moved the pot party to a more discrete location to help all the happy potheads comply with the public view prohibition.

Seems like yet another sign that the tide is turning, cannabis is winning, and we have arrived. See you there!

Zoning map updates

I made the following updates to Map Legal Cannabis this week:

• Friday Harbor zoning added
• Island County moratorium added
• Hoquiam moratorium added

I had hoped to map more pot zoning this week than just the tiny Town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. But despite ten plus hours of map work last Sunday, I ran into three distinct problems trying to map three different jurisdictions, and ended up consoling myself by adding Hoqiuam’s moratorium and the Quinault Indian Reservation.

Aberdeen thwarted my efforts when it became apparent that the only zoning map the city has online is in such low-quality format, it’s practically impossible to determine the exact color of certain areas. The agency that made the map has wonderful, high-res zoning maps online for nearly every other town in Grays Harbor County, but not the one they made for Aberdeen. They told me that the published Aberdeen zoning map is super outdated anyway, and that Aberdeen actually has their own map people now. So I got the updated zoning map from those folks days later, but haven’t got it online yet.

After a few hours wasted on Aberdeen, I said screw it, I’m switching to another city. I intentionally chose one that had already created cannabis zoning maps, in hopes that I could effectively copy their work. Barely thirty minutes into the Kirkland map, I became confused. Kirkland decided they didn’t need pot-specific zoning at all, that their existing zoning can handle pot businesses. Some zones allow for pot business, but not all of those zones are on their map—meaning I don’t have the full story about where pot businesses are allowed in Kirkland. Not wanting to get lost down a rabbit hole of municipal code, I decided to bail on the plan and call someone from the Kirkland Planning Department during the work week.

Then I moved on to Everett, which I mapped for medical pot in January. I thought I could just update my existing map, but my data lacked the granularity necessary to update the layer with certainty. So I needed to re-build the Everett map, which previously I had done by overlaying their PDF zoning map onto the tax parcel shapefile and manually selecting the pot-zoned properties. But Everett has tricky pot zoning, because it requires a 500-foot setback from residential zones, so not only must one identify cannabis zoning, one must identify and buffer residential zoning. That whole process took me several days when I did it ten months ago.

After a very frustrating map-making Sunday, I almost felt defeated, but gave myself a pep talk and asked a pertinent question: are you going about this all wrong? The short answer, I decided, was yes. Rather than take each jurisdiction one at a time, figuring out mid-project that I don’t have everything I need to move forward with certainty—a problem inevitably discovered late at night or on the weekend when municipal GIS specialists relax at home—I should assume that such will always be my lot, and proactively contact city planners for help.

So I spent Monday feverishly contacting city staffers and planning departments around the state for their native-format geospatial zoning data. Most of them have printable maps, which are helpful for sure, but there’s nothing quite like the underlying data—l’original. I hope to have better map luck this week.

Upcoming events

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Island County Cannabis Moratorium Hearing
MON NOV 2 @10:15AM | Island County Courthouse

Olympia Cannabis Zoning Hearing
MON NOV 2 @7PM | Olympia City Hall

Pierce County Cannabis Moratorium Hearing
TUE NOV 5 @3PM | Tacoma County-City Building

MMJ Business Daily Conference
WED NOV 6-8 | Emerald Downs

Snohomish County Cannabis Zoning Hearing
WED NOV 13 @10:30AM | Snohomish County Admin Building East
State Medical Marijuana Hearing
WED NOV 13 @6PM | Worthington Center, St. Martin’s University

CCSE Open Meeting
THU NOV 14 @NOON | Northwest Patient Resource Center

CWU Panel: The Impact of I-502
THU NOV 21 @5:30PM | McCaw Hall, Seattle Center

Legislative Hearing on I-502 Implementation
FRI NOV 22 @1:30PM | O’Brien Building, Capital Campus

I-502 Anniversary Celebration
FRI DEC 6 @4:20PM | Next 50 Plaza, Seattle Center

WSLCB Hearing: Pot Ban in Bars and Clubs
WED DEC 11 @10AM | WSCLB Headquarters

Week in review

Mendocino County turned over its cannabis patient registry to the feds two weeks ago.

New Approach Oregon filed an initiative to legalize cannabis.

Colorado allows existing dispensaries a choice between medical, recreational, or both.

Washington, D.C. intends to decriminalize cannabis.

Jamaica considers legalizing two ounces.

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles vowed to fight for home grow, which will likely be tied to a cannabis patient registry.

Diego Pellicer re-earned national coverage from last year’s press release.

Jacob and Jennifer Welton sued Arizona to allow medical cannabis extracts for their child.

Fully Informed Jury Association placed jury nullification ads in Washington, D.C. subways. Read more or contribute to the brilliant project—I got ten on it.

Privateer Holdings announced plans for a Canadian pot farm.

Israel intends to announce comprehensive cannabis reform.

Knesset Member Tamar Zandberg submitted a bill to decriminalize cannabis in Israel.

Canna-Pet medicates animals.

White Salmon City Council considers a city-run pot shop.

Every prime minister smoked pot, defense attorney argues.

Adam Wookey faces drug trafficking charges after a large Toronto bust that had nothing to do with his synthetic cannabis company.

Palm Springs votes on medical cannabis taxes this Tuesday.

Denver City Council scaled back a bill to criminalize pot smells.

Steve Elliott modified the previous article ever so slightly before slapping his name on it.

Kari Boiter held medical cannabis patient meetings across the state.

Franklin County Board of Commissioners enacted a collective garden moratorium.

MMAR Coalition Against Repeal prepares to sue the Canadian government for removing patient home grow rights.

Sgt. Kevin Glaser called Missouri medical cannabis activists illiterate welfare recipients.

Central Washington University Office of Alumni Affairs presents an I-502 panel at Seattle Center on November 21.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board asked Attorney General Bob Ferguson for a formal opinion on municipal cannabis moratoria.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board filed paperwork to prohibit cannabis consumption in private clubs.

President Obama waged the pot war as forcefully as previous pot-smoking presidents.

Lynnwood Police Department returned six pounds of pot and 202 dead plants to Aaron Pelley’s clients. But who packed the Columbian coffee bags?

Cannabis producers consider reducing their hefty carbon footprint.

Pierce County Councilwoman Connie Ladenburg opines in favor of clear cannabis zoning laws.

Killy Nichelin complained about state pot rules that allow entrepreneurs without qualifying locations to obtain provisional licenses, saying they could “game the system.”

Jeff Stewart found it difficult to find a pot production location.

Laura Kriho compares Colorado’s pot tax proposal to the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act.

Ben Livingston predicts Colorado’s pot tax proposal will pass with 79%, and sometimes writes in third person.

Obamacare eliminated the Basic Health Plan, where we planned to put a large chunk of our pot taxes.

Alex Cooley grows pot.

Bloomberg snapshotted the national pot politics situation.

Legal pot supporters abstain from pot, mostly. Check out John the Freak’s legal ounce!

Oregon faces similar municipal moratorium issues as Washington.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced a hearing November 13 on legislative recommendations to gut medical cannabis patient rights.

Worth repeating

“I think that supporting home-grows makes sense. It’s the humane thing to do. It just has to be controlled.”

— Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles on defending patient home grow rights, and tying those rights to a pot patient registry

“Once someone has a license, they essentially have a legal right, and therein, if you potentially impact that legal right, there is question as to whether you have the authority to do that. And there’s potential consequences to that, meaning, of course, legal action.”

— Franklin County Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Verhulp on potential consequences of using a moratorium to further a prohibitionist agenda

“This just seemed like a gem of a property, and we really liked the City of Nanaimo and the people we met there and it seemed like a good investment for us.”
— Privateer Holdings CEO Brendan Kennedy on starting a Canadian pot grow

“I probably think that there’s going to be one on the west end, and the City of White Salmon was looking at it. Isn’t there a way to go ahead and make some money with it?”
— White Salmon May David Poucher on pursuing a city-owned pot shop

“There’s only one kind of registry in this state and it’s for sex offenders. I’m not a sex offender. I am a sick person, and it is extremely offensive to be classified in that manner.”
— Medical cannabis patient Kari Boiter on a proposal to force pot patients to register with the government

“We’re the little guys who really thought we had a chance. At this point, with all the work we’ve done, it’s unfair to change the rules this late in the game. … There’s going to be thousands of people in the lottery now.”
— Pot entrepreneur Killy Nichelin on concerns that ill-qualified pot entrepreneurs will beat them in an ill-advised state lottery

“A quick scan of the room should by itself be ample evidence for not legalizing marijuana. It scared the hell out of me that these people actually go to the polls and vote. But I voiced my opinion and they voiced theirs. Tomorrow I go back to fighting crime and serving the public and they go back to drawing their welfare check and trying to figure out how to legally grow marijuana, I mean hemp, so they can turn this economy around, cure cancer, treat glaucoma, and destroy the Mexican Drug Cartels.”
— Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Kevin Glaser on cannabis activists


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2) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Fall Retreat: The New Jim Crow
Saturday November 9th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Gwinwood Conference Center, Lacey

This is an annual event.

This from Oly FOR:

Everyone is invited to the 2013 Fall Retreat organized by the Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation on Saturday November 9 in Lacey. Every year WWFOR brings people together from throughout our region to focus on an important issue. This year’s theme focuses on “The New Jim Crow,” an interrelated cluster of phenomena that perpetuate racial injustice even after the end of formal “Jim Crow” laws that had enforced racism for many decades.

I am attaching the flyer, which I also enclosed with the Olympia FOR’s October-November newsletter.

We will post the flyer soon at and

Please pre-register through the WWFOR office in Seattle – (260) 789-5565 – because knowing how many people will come will help us plan the event. When you pre-register, please either use the form on the flyer or tell WWFOR the relevant info (e.g., carpooling).

For more information call Glen at Olympia FOR, (360) 491-9093 or Ellen at WWFOR’s office in Seattle, (206) 789-5565

3) The Cusp: Open Meeting
Saturday November 9th at 3 PM @ the Cusp, behind Dumpster Values, corner of 4th and Franklin, Downtown Olympia

It’s a new social center for radicals! Good idea!

From the organizers:

Come and participate in the 1st open meeting of Olympia’s new Social Center. We will be discussing upcoming events and people are encouraged to attend with ideas for events and projects to happen in the space. Located at The Cusp behind Dumpster Values in the old Bike & Bike space.

4) Music for Peace
Sunday November 10th from 3 to 5 PM @ United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE

Come listen to good music and benefit Safe Place!

From the organizers:

Music for Peace
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Short Description: Bevy, Olympia Peace Choir and Rattlin’ Bog..a fund raiser for SafePlace
Location: The United Churches of Olympia
110 Eleventh Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Contact Information:

• Join us on Sunday November 10 at 3:00 pm for Music for Peace, a special performance featuring Bevy, Olympia Peace Choir and Rattlin’ Bog.
• A freewill offering will be taken. All proceeds support Safe Place.
Location for The United Churches of Olympia

5) Home Movies Gaza at the Olympia Film Festival
Sunday November 10th at 7 PM @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SE

Come educate about Gaza.

From the organizers:

Home Movies Gaza at Olympia Film Festival
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time: 4PM
Short Description: Home Movies Gaza, a short film by Palestinian filmmaker Basma Alsharif will screen at the 30th annual Olympia Film Festival!
Location: Capitol Theater
206 5th Avenue SE
Olmypia, Washington 98501
Contact Information: Amriah at The Rachel Corrie Foundation: or 360.754.3998

Home Movies Gaza, a 2013 short film by Palestinian filmmaker Basma Alsharif will screen as part of the 30th annual Olympia Film Festival at Capitol Theater, Sunday, November 10, at 4 p.m. The film is part of The International Experimental Shorts segment of the festival sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. Seven short films with a total screening time of 74 min will be featured, followed by Q&A with filmmakers Basma Alshariff and Erick Lyle.

Born in Kuwait in 1983 to Palestinian parents, Alsharif has worked between Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, Gaza, and most recently Paris. She is a visual artist who uses moving and still images, sound, and language to explore the anonymous individual in relation to political history and collective memory. Using language as a response to images, and images as a response to the aesthetic of text, Alsharif attempts to reveal the unreliability of facts, history, numbers, and statistics.

This event is sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation and Olympia Film Society. Admission is $10 General Admission, $7 OFS Members, $4 Kids (12 and under). Tickets are available online at the Olympia Film Society website or at the box office.

Click for more information about the festival lineup

6) Sit, Lie, Stand, SLEEP — An Accompaniment Event
Monday November 11th at 6 PM @ Location TBA

Come push back on Olympia’s criminalization of poverty and homelessness.

From the organizers:

Due to the increase in gentrification efforts of the Olympia City government, WE (the citizens of the streets and our supporters) will be staging an event, to bring awareness and inspire compassion for fellow humans, that have not a place to sit, lie, stand, or sleep. Hot food will be shared with genuine love and good conversation. Please be kind and come join us for this day of acknowledgement of the hardships and a measure of solidarity with our fellow Olympians out in the cold nightly.

7) Anarchist Assembly to Discuss Fracking Equipment in the Port of Olympia
Monday November 11th at 6 PM @ the Cusp, behind Dumpster Values in Downtown Olympia

The name says it all.

From the organizers:

This is an open assembly for anarchists to discuss how we might intervene on the shipping of fracking equipment through the Port of Olympia. We are against the shipment of fracking equipment because we are against the very existence of the Port and capitalism in its entirety. If you share this hatred for capitalism and have no interest in begging the city council to take action on our behalf, and know that the Port of Olympia was never “ours” to begin with, we invite you to join us. Bring ideas and proposals.

8) Film Screening: Dirty Business
Monday November 11th at 7 PM @ United Churches, 110 11th Ave SE

Come learn about the Great Hoax known as ‘clean coal’.

From Oly FOR:

Mon Nov 11: FILM: ”Dirty Business” features stories about coal ranging from China to West Virginia. “Dirty Business” reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal, and explores the murky realities of “clean coal.” 7:00 pm at the United Churches, 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia. It is part of The United Churches’ “Justice & Coal” series. Info: 943-1210

9) Former IDF Soldier Yehuda Shaul on Breaking the Silence
Monday November 11th at 7 PM @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

Come hear about Israeli war crimes from the horse’s mouth.

From the organizers:

Cofounder of BREAKING THE SILENCE, an Israeli organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories.

He will be talking about their new book Our Harsh Logic. It constitutes a decade’s worth of testimony by IDF soldiers on what really goes on in Palestine.

Sponsored by:
Students for Justice in Palestine
The Rachel Corrie Foundation
Coffee Strong

10) Smith Building Groundbreaking Ceremony
Tuesday November 12th from 10 to 10:30 AM @ 837 7th Ave SE

This is for the new low-barrier homeless shelter that so many fought so long for.

From the organizers:

Smith Building Groundbreaking Ceremony

You are invited to the Family Support Center’s Family Shelter & Affordable
Housing Project (aka the Smith Building) Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday,
November 12th at 10am. Coffee and pastries provided. Please come take a few
minutes out of your morning to celebrate with us as construction begins!

When Tue Nov 12, 2013 10am – 10:30am Pacific Time
Where 837 7th Avenue Olympia 98501 (map)

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11) Cannabis Patients United — WSLCB Medical Cannabis Public Hearing
Wednesday November 13th from 6 to 9 PM @ 5300 Pacific Ave, Lacey

The state wants to throw the Medical Marijuana folks under the bus. (See commentary section for details.)

Come to this hearing to express displeasure.

From the organizers:


NO CHANGES TO RCW 69.51a until at least after the I-502 stores are open!

The Washington State liquor Control Board wants your opinion of their plans to gut medical cannabis laws.

Here’s your chance to let them know in person.

Press release from November 1st, 2013:

Liquor Control Board to Hold Public Hearing on Draft Medical Marijuana Recommendations
Single hearing to be held on November 13 at Saint Martin’s University

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor Control Board (Board) announced today that it will hold a public hearing on Nov. 13, 2013, to hear public testimony regarding recent draft medical marijuana recommendations.

Hearing DetailsDate: Nov. 13, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Worthington Center – Saint Martin’s University (5300 Pacific Ave. Lacey, WA 98503)

A proviso in Section 141 of the state operating budget directs the Washington State Liquor Control Board to work with the departments of Revenue and Health to develop recommendations for the Legislature regarding the interaction of medical marijuana regulations and the emerging recreational marijuana system.

The draft recommendations on which the Board will take comment cover eight categories that include possession amounts, medical marijuana authorizing requirements, taxation and other topics.

The Board will present final recommendations to the Legislature by January 1, 2014 . The date for the Board’s approval of the final recommendations has not yet been determined. The Board continues to take written testimony at

The event agenda is posted on the Board website at For more information about the current state of medical marijuana, please visit the WSLCB website or the Department of Health website at

12) The Free Olympia Project Community Assembly
Wednesday November 13th at 7 PM @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

It’s time to consider radical solutions.

From the organizers:

The Free Olympia Project seeks to act as a hub for radical community building projects in Olympia. We want to help create community assemblies, free food networks, guerrilla gardens, really really free markets, radical literature distribution, free shelter, and any other projects working towards the goal of a community of horizontal abundance that can improve our material conditions and increase our autonomy from capitalism and the state

This is a space to gather face to face and share projects and ideas, tell people what you’re working on and how they can plug in, and find others with similar ideas. There are already tons of great people working on great projects in Oly. Let’s get together! Bring food for a potluck

13) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Spread some good news today.




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