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Shared Dreams- A Tribute to Laura Kriho

Rest in Love Laura- you are already missed…

The day was May 28th, the year 2013. A truck had just pulled up outside my house on Curtis St in Denver. I got a phone call– it was the head of the Cannabis Therapy Institute, Video Flogger, Hemp and Weed Legalization Activist Extraordinaire and overall ass kickin’ freedom Fighter Laura Kriho on the other end- “You ready to witness history today Capn Cannabis?” She said– her tongue in cheek tone giving me a smile. “I’ll be right out” I said as I grabbed my jean jacket, hemp leaf adorned hat with a  stash pocket for weed, and headed out to meet her.

When I got in the car, Laura had a granola bar, orange juice, and two rolled and ready joints for our breakfast. “Can’t legalize Hemp on an empty stomach and not high, can we?” She laughed and nudged me to eat. She told me stories of Senator Lloyd Casey and the initial attempts to legalize Hemp in the Colorado legislature in the 1990’s. It never got passed, but they had fun, even bringing a full size bale of Hemp into the legislature, passing it off as hay. (Author’s note: The Bale of Hemp still exists somewhere- I have a few pieces of it given to me by Laura and Kathleen Chippi.) We were to meet up with the former senator before we went into the Governor’s office. After eating, Laura sparked the joint, and I smoked it, occasionally passing it to her, as she drove us to the Colorado State Capital building to see her longtime goal (and mine): Hemp and Marijuana legality, signed into law after all these years.

I first met Laura on 4-20-2008 in Civic Center Park in Denver when I filmed all willing participants of the 420 rally for my Pot activism centered Youtube channel. I had taken the name “Capn Cannabis” online and garnered a small but devoted following by sometimes being the only camera at Cannabis related activism events. Laura and Kathleen Chippi were Video Floggers– holding public servants and officials accountable by lambasting them online with video rants, questioning them in public about their ridiculous policies, and so forth. She talks on the video about the Cannabis Leis she sold– and highlights how “these are made in China- but they could be made right here in America, out of sustainable hemp. Anything petroleum and plastic made can be made from Hemp!” Her smile was ever present- even when you pissed her off her scoff contained some smile.

From there she began the Cannabis Therapy Institute, holding educational cannabis events of all kinds, and promoting full cannabis legality wherever she was– not some imitation. This led her to form her own plans to legalize in 2012, and although her efforts did not directly succeed– her interest and pursuit of the noble and just cause of cannabis legality forced the issue to the forefront– where Colorado did pass a version of cannabis acceptance– and we all owe Laura a debt of gratitude for her efforts. Just prior to Election night, Laura held the great debates on pot legality at Casselman’s on Walnut street downtown. My wife and I filmed these debates as Laura gave a voice to all in the movement– not just those with deep pockets.  Sometimes joints were smoked illegally onstage in acts of civil disobedience… but that’s just the kind of passionate, heart felt, fire filled gal Laura was- and the awesome events she put on. She always left you with some new knowledge, some new fire. Somehow you grew just from knowing Laura.

Flashing back now to that May 28th day in 2013– When we arrived at the capital, we met up with Senator Casey and saw Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper sign Recreational Marijuana into law in the main Capital rotunda. A bunch of professional TV cameras were present, and me with my tiny handheld video camera. But upstairs in the Governor’s office it was a more private affair. Just 20 or so people– no TV cameras or press– only well-dressed Hemp advocates. Das the Hemp Ice Cream man was there and a few famous lawyers. Kim Sidwell had her still camera next to me, clicking away as I ran my video cam and the Governor put ink to paper– accomplishing our dreams. As he did so, the spirit of Ken Gorman was present in the room and off to the left side the real Laura Kriho gave the guv a ball of hemp twine– which he loved. “We never get enough props,” he jokes as he handled the ball of hemp twine. (All visible in the video below, including Laura shaking the Guv’s hand at the 2:30 mark of the 4:20 long video.)

After the signing, I told the Governor about Cannabis curing cancer, and he said he had already heard, and he posed for a photo with me. It’s the proudest picture of me I have, that doesn’t involve my wife Genevieve or my 3 kids. It’s an image of me moments after I accomplished my dream, of cannabis and hemp being legal in my state. I’m wearing a pot hat, a jean jacket, and I look wild eyed and like I need a haircut– but it’s me accomplishing my dream. As of that moment I wasn’t a criminal anymore for pot. I could not have been prouder, and Laura was there to take the picture for me- like she was always there.

I cried often the night I found out Laura had passed away from a bacterial infection she contracted in Mexico. I could hardly sleep. It wasn’t until late, late that night, or early, early morning that the comforting image of Ken Gorman, Erin Marcove, and Laura Kriho smoking a joint in heaven finally came to me– and offered me tears of comfort instead of sadness. Laura was taken from us too soon. I know she had more to say.  Through my tears I watched the two videos of Laura. The first– so passionate about her cause. And the last– seeing that cause all the way to the end. Not a total, all out, victory forever more but still winning. Winning for Hemp. Winning for Pot. Winning for Justice. It brings tears to my eyes again just thinking of her long battle, finally won…

Laura and I first met because of our desires to have legal cannabis, and we saw it all the way through. I’ll forever be grateful to her for her true friendship, and of course, that photograph, that joint, that granola bar, and that orange juice that morning. For it sums up all she was in life– a caring, compassionate, thoughtful person who we all loved, and will miss, and who we will always remember. In the end I can only describe the life of Laura Kriho by saying it was an Activist’s life well lived. How many of us can say we changed the world? Laura could. I’m so thankful that my dreams, and Laura’s were Shared Dreams, so that I could know a great friend.

Rest in Love Laura Kriho

Your friend Kyle Marsh (Capn Cannabis)

Happy 4-20-2017!

 

Howdy Folks- from the Wild Wild West city of Denver!

It’s been a while since I’ve done an update, so here is what’s been happening!

The Cannabis Cup in Denver was denied a permit to hold its event here :-( So sad!! The backlash against cannabis has begun here in Colorado- including a SMART (ironically named anti-marijuana organization) group’s underhanded attempt to make 16% the maximum for pot potency in Denver- which would be horseshit- considering most strains in Denver are in the 20% and up range. I’m sad the cup won’t be here this year, but am glad the potency cap did not survive legislation. An attempt to limit new cannabusiness was stopped then brought up again-the limit set at 420 (I know- they pulled that number out of their asses)- and most likely will be passed later this week- so more business will be blocked out of competing with the marijuana monopolies currently operating our legal market here. In the Green constitutional market here (Read: Private Caregivers) MAJOR POT BUSTS of grow houses in residential neighborhoods shipping pounds of pot out of state have people a little rattled pre 4-20 all over Colorado. They were all out-of-staters who moved here to grow 400 plants in residential houses and then ship the weed out of state. Over 50 grow houses from Southern Colorado to Denver were targeted. The authorities call them “PIRATE GROWS” (ARR!!)- and all but one of the growers had wooden peg legs…

In the most positive and promising news we’ve had in a while, GW Pharmaceuticals tested positively the CBD medicine on children with seizures- and it worked in nearly 40% of the kids right away. That’s excellent news and more proof that what Rick Simpson and others said about cannabis oil is the truth: that it cures a myriad of ailments that other medicines simply can’t. I’m most thankful that these kids, previously incurable, are getting the relief that they need. This is all thanks to Rick Simpson and others who have promoted the Cannabis Oil as a remedy for children first. I’m proud of the movement when I see stories like this- and it’s just the tip of the iceberg folks- the cannabis kills cancer story will eventually be revealed- and will sink the mighty unsinkable cancer industry- which promotes death above healing. It’s even led to some grumbling that medical cannabis dispensaries may suffer when the medicine is FDA approved and released, but, to me, anything that helps kids with seizures stop having seizures is a win for the child and their family. Go Cannabis Medicines!!

The Canna-Industry in Colorado is a real job producer- now surpassing 28,000 new jobs created- and that counts only jobs directly involved in Cannabis production requiring a state badge. Ridiculously awesome!! Soon Hemp jobs and ancillary industry jobs will be counted and the whole Cannabis Sector will display its mighty force. With over a Billion dollars in sales now- it’s been a fantastic growth opportunity for people- and it’s wonderful to see!! I’d like to congratulate anyone involved with the Canna-industry- Great Job Folks! You are showing the world how great the Cannabis plant really is for us human beings…:-)

Folks, I will be attending the one true 420 political rally here in Denver- the one that CAN NEVER be cancelled by snow!! The one where all us like-minded people get together and protest the ridiculous cannabis laws by practicing safe civil disobedience in front of the Colorado State Capital- by sparking up a marijuana pipe, bowl, or joint at 4:20 PM in solidarity. It was these rallies, started by the late great KEN GORMAN- that pushed us towards legalization in the first place!! The concerts and fun time in the park came later, and not always on 4-20. This year, Mother Nature cancelled the concert party so the true political activism can shine on the real 4-20 holiday. If you are in Denver- head on out to the capital- make sure you are there at 4:20pm. It’s gonna be great this year :-)

Have a wonderful, happy, safe 4-20-2016 folks!! Much love and positive thoughts your way- Capn Cannabis
April 20th 2016

P.S. To see a fantastic pictorial history of the 420 rally- Kim Sidwell of Cannabis Camera has put together a great piece I have linked to here:

http://cannabis.camera/throwback-post-ten-years-of-420/

Happy April 2015 everyone!!

So the events of 4-20 are over- and oh my! What a week it was! From the President being on Sanjay Gupta’s CNN doc Weed 3, to the High Times Cannabis Cup, to the Saturday 420 festival, to the political rally on actual 4-20-2015 on Monday- it was epic times in Colorado! I hope you had fun wherever you were this 420!!

On Saturday I visited the 420 Marijuana event in Civic Center park- it was well attended and I looked at cannabis wares from all over the country- including sea shell and sea urchin pipes, bamboo Gandalfs, and great glass pieces too unique to even try to describe! Devin the Dude played pot songs while people toked and shopped the booths, and a great time was had by all. On Sunday it was the High Times Cannabis Cup- which was epic in itself for people from out of state (the pot plants were placed in an area specifically to take photos with this year) but a memo from the MED (the pot cops) did put a damper on the event as no dispensaries were allowed to transfer their weed to their booths to give away- like they had in past years. So less free pot, but more vendors, giveaways, and great glass!

On Monday, the actual 4-20 day I took my camera to the capital building for the traditional political 420 rally and had a great time. The spirit of Ken Gorman was strong. I toked at the 4:20 pm moment and it was very uplifting for all of us who had been to rallies before legality, to see the beautiful thing legality has become in Colorado. I edited and just released the video from the event, please check it out here:
http://youtu.be/xHLNCOJYCw4

In major news that I actually saw talked about by Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez on the View (Rosie Perez mentions the GVMT Patent on cannabis as a medicine- you go girl!), our activist friend, Shona Banda, is in some legal trouble causing national headlines. My fiancé and I met her and bought her wonderful book “Live Free or Die” (a great read- pick it up!) at the Denver “Vitamin Cannabis” premier here in Colorado.  Shona is also interviewed by Christian Laurette for the (hopefully) upcoming Run from the Cure 2 Movie “Run 2 the Cure” and is featured in the trailer:
https://youtu.be/Qv8yxuv6e1w

In the non-compassionate state of Kansas, where Shona lives, her son was at school attending a DARE educational presentation made by a member of the police department. The officer apparently spouted some pretty severe horseshit comments about marijuana and Shona’s son, having seen marijuana medicine save her life, spoke up against the officer and offered his own version of the benefits of the cannabis plant to the students. This, for some reason, angered the officer- who detained the son and ordered a search of Shona’s home- where some cannabis and cannabis oil she uses as medicine was found. Her son was taken from her by Kansas authorities, and she is now facing felony charges and the loss of custody of her son permanently. All this because her son dared to speak the truth- and she lives about 50 miles east of the border to Colorado- where this all would have been laughed away. Shona’s legal defense has been funded above its current need- but if you want to donate still to her defense fund please do so here because this may be a key court case for patients’ rights nationwide:
http://www.gofundme.com/rw8p88r

We at the vitamin cannabis team wish Shona nothing but positive thoughts and the best outcome for her and her family in all this. Ironically- today in the paper- Colorado’s legislature has approved a bill that will allow schools and parents to administer marijuana medicines on school premises if it is doctor recommended. This fixes the problem of kids who need CBD and THC blends but whose parents are forced to pick them up and cross the street to give them their life saving and life enabling meds. So in Kansas they arrest a mother and take her child over cannabis. In Colorado- we give it to them in schools- and it works. Amazing the difference a few miles can make…

In more Colorado news, 60,000 pot plants are in “quarantine”- and some were “destroyed” (read: someone took them home but said they threw them away) in Denver over banned pesticide use. The warehouse grows are inundated with bugs- and it takes some serious pesticides and work to control them. Lazy growers have been using pesticides that are toxic to humans when the bud is smoked- only now is the city of Denver cracking down on it. Some of the nutrients/pesticides in question are not all that bad- some are downright toxic and never should be used. I’m glad the city is taking these steps to curb the bad players out, but it still hurts to see cannabis plants “destroyed.” If testing comes back negative for toxicity, the plants will be allowed to be sold. I’ll let ya know in a future newsletter…

And speaking of updates, the $100 million dollar lawsuit over the RSHO toxic test results is being settled and I watched the video of the lab owner explaining how the mistake was made. We’ll see more “apology” videos from other players in the debacle shortly. In other CBD news- Realm of Caring has their product “Charlotte’s oil” available on Amazon.com for the first time. A milestone for the group and it offers hope to those suffering in non-compassionate states. Though I will still state: grow your own if you can in a legal state’s setting- it’s the best way to ensure your supply of medicine doesn’t get interrupted.

Congratulations to all the CBD groups, Phoenix Tears groups, and 420 event planners and attenders who made this 4-20-2015 the greatest one for Cannabis ever!! I thank you for bringing a green tear to my eyes :-) We’re reclaiming the freedom that God gave us!

Blessings and positive thoughts and energy your way-

Capn Cannabis
Kyle Marsh
April 29th 2015

Hello, folks! This is the final newsletter before I visit the Cannabis Cup in Denver and Celebrate the 420 Holiday 2015. I’ll be attending the traditional 420 Rally on Saturday 4-18, the High Times Cannabis Cup on Sunday 4-19, and the old fashioned Political Rally at the Denver City Capital on the actual 4-20 Holiday. Denver is booming, folks; the housing market cannot catch up with the demand. People are moving here by the thousands. The Summer of the Love of Bud is on in Denver, and if you can be in the Mile High City that weekend, I would “highly” recommend it :-)

Rob Corry Jr., the Denver Marijuana Attorney Extraordinaire, has won another court case that the prosecutor wouldn’t even dare take to trial. It centers on the constitutional Amendment 20, which legalizes cannabis use in our state constitution, versus the Colorado state assembly drafted HB 1284, which creates super-constitutional regulatory laws on top of what the voters approved. The state has found, after millions of dollars in unsuccessful trials, that the citizens of Colorado- time and time again- when in a jury of 12- choose to side with the person growing the cannabis and not the state’s bullshit laws that were added later. The legislators and prosecutors continue to demean the citizens of our fine state by insisting we “didn’t know what we were doing” when we passed Amendment 20. But when it comes to jury trials they have lost every single one- and didn’t even take this one to a jury trial. It looks like we did know what we were doing- and by continuing to prosecute citizens on super constitutional laws- you spend tax payer dollars we would rather see go elsewhere. So stop it, please. Congratulations to Rob and his team for another victory in the war against cannabis prohibition that continues on despite what you may read in the papers and despite our “legality.”

The stories about the Cannabis Oil and its benefits, and CBD oil and its benefits, continue to expand through all forms of media. From a letter to the Editor in rolling stone, to radio podcasts now blasting the message, to small anecdotal reports creeping into major media. The patents and big pharma pills on the horizon also indicate a major shift in what information is allowed to seep into the mainstream thought and opinion machine. As of March and April 2015, we are starting to see major government agencies preparing to handle what is now being debated: the Rescheduling of marijuana in the drug code. But is it just hype?

From what I have witnessed, it could still go either way. There is one camp that says rescheduling is imminent- possibly even this month- because of several pending law suits that are tied up in the court system, which the rescheduling would eliminate. These include the lawsuit against Colorado by neighboring states and another suit by several of our own sheriffs who claim they are being forced to violate federal law by ignoring cannabis violations they see now on a daily basis. There is also a case in California where a judge has the power to send the rescheduling issue all the way to the Supreme Court, who could ignore it. It gets pretty complicated, but those who see rescheduling happening in the next few months point to these court issues, and banking and IRS reversals on dealings with canna-businesses- that a change is about to happen.

On the flip side, the big pharmaceutical companies could use their might to overrule ambitious de-regulators and continue to use the scheduling of marijuana as a buffer against competition. By running cannabis based medicine trials in places like Israel, the UK, and Spain, they can determine potency and side effects while American companies are restricted from all but anecdotal research. Rescheduling opens up the field to competition from a lot of cannabis based suppliers- and if there is one thing big industries don’t like, it’s fair competition. The “Perfect Corporation” I call out in my film could still delay for years the rescheduling of cannabis.

So as it stands- I’m hopeful we’ll get a 4/20 gift- and the talk about rescheduling will swell into action. But the wiser, older part of me who has seen this all go down, says it still could be 2 years away and not to get my hopes up. I don’t think writing letters to legislators will help- it’s up to what big business wants. They may want rescheduling because of legal technicalities in the drug law they just can’t get around. Or they may use those same technicalities to keep competition away. It’s part of the canna-drama- as the wall of prohibition crumbles. There’s one thing I do know. That damn wall is being torn down :-)

On a shitty note- Fecal Transplants for people with c. diff who just can’t get rid of it are now becoming more common place. Yes, I mean taking someone else’s shit and having it enema’d into you. Apparently it’s a thousand year old practice (I’ll remind everyone Dr. Zubrynski used human and animal urine in treatments for over a decade before he was finally forced to stop)- but there are side effects that can be very bad- though the cure rate seems so far to be very good. I’m not judging the treatment, or people who are desperate for a cure when modern medical science can’t cure them (or in this case, most likely, gave them the c. diff)- but the FDA now approved a “Poop Pill” that is made from tested donor feces, which is then frozen and encapsulated. Don’t worry- you don’t swallow the pill- (unless you want to?) it’s dissolved into a liquid then gravity drained into your rectum.

I’m only bringing this up to point out the BULLSHIT that is the fact that the FDA would never approve cannabis in a pill form- but they’ll approve a literal shit pill. I’m laughing and crying at the same time- I just can’t explain how this works anymore without launching into a rant about hypocrisy in our laws regarding “medicine.” And don’t get me started on the infringement upon religious substances currently banned- in favor of intoxicants that produce no spiritual experience whatsoever. But that’s a rant for another day, and another newsletter, and a separate meeting down by the docks…in the meantime-

I’m wishing you the most positive energy filled 4-20 holiday experience possible. Take a toke to your freedom. And if Cannabis freedom isn’t the reality tunnel you are looking through- be an evolution agent- and create your own reality tunnel- by moving to a compassionate state- or enacting change where you live. Change happened in Colorado- and it’s glorious. The green god shines down upon us all- as we grow the cannabis plant— everywhere. HAPPY 4-20!!

Live wise and humbly my friends,
Capn Cannabis
March 31st 2015

P.S. This year I will be taking two tokes 4-20 weekend in Denver to commemorate the lives of two great heroes, who are no longer with us. They would have loved to see the brilliance Cannabis legality really is in Colorado. So one toke to the late great Ken Gorman “Governor Pothead”, and another long toke to the immeasurable legend Jack Herer. I’m also celebrating 4-20 for two other Cannabis heroes who are still with us: Rick Simpson and Christian Laurette. Guys- I may be one of a handful of people who know that information you spread freely, at the perfect time, tipped the scales in favor of regulated legality of cannabis in Colorado instead of a clampdown that would have nipped it in the bud. For that, I’ll take tokes for you this 4-20, too. 😉

Viva la evolucion! – Kyle Marsh

 

 

Folks, 60 Minutes just did a special segment on Colorado’s first year of marijuana legality and they announced “The Sky hasn’t fallen.” In fact, our violent crime is down, road fatalities down, and even burglaries are down. Meanwhile, our economy is up… way up! The Ski resorts reported their best year ever, the economy was ranked #1 in the nation, and our #1 problem now is affordable housing for the thousands of people moving here. If San Francisco was a mecca in the 1960’s, Denver is the new city of hope and promise for both Marijuana Refugees seeking medicine, and the smartest and brightest of the up and coming generation, who have moved here for jobs and acceptance of their cannabis associated, or “plant based”, lifestyle. It’s going to be the Summer of the Love of Bud this year in the Mile High City. Won’t you join us for the Evolution? Come participate in the THC Test and Celebration :-)

But there are some Debbie Downers in the bunch, like the states of Oklahoma and Nebraska whose DA’s have chosen to sue the state of Colorado for our cannabis legality and the supposed problems it’s causing for the neighboring states. Personally, I think it’s a ridiculous lawsuit, and apparently so does a Republican State’s Rights supporting State Senator from one of the states, who has promised to join Colorado’s side if it goes to court. It’s hysterically funny. And John Suthers – a former enemy of cannabis – will now represent our state in the lawsuit and defend my right to use Cannabis. Ha Ha!! The prohibitionists used to rain shit down upon me and my band of cannabis merry makers; now the shit is being rained on them, as their fortress of bullshit collapses and I get to watch, while legally toking cannabis!

But Speaking of John Suthers, Colorado’s AG is going after a butane hash maker who blew up his house making shatter (wax, dabs) and is claiming he was making Cannabis Oil. Constitutionally I’m on the oil guy’s side, but I’m not in favor of butane hash oil and it certainly is not the same thing as Phoenix Tears, or my Vitamin Cannabis oil – which is made with ALCOHOL. The City of Denver legally recognizes her citizens’ right to make the oil in small batches using Alcohol, which will not blow up as easily as butane. But now, due to a comma written into the bill, John Suthers is arguing that all cannabis oil production is banned, regardless of method and cutting agents used. If he’s found right, it makes the Denver ordinance null and void because cannabis oil would become illegal on the state level.

Now I pray this doesn’t happen (so do thousands of refugees moving here just so they can legally make cannabis oil), and there is another bill in the state house that will attempt to make oil production illegal again. If it passes it will go to court again when an everclear oil manufacturer goes to a jury trial. It is ridiculous that even after legality I’m still facing the loss of my rights to make cannabis oil out of cannabis I grow myself. That’s the only way I can control the quality and to force me to buy it from a shop is ridiculous, monopolistic, and immoral. But, like I was famously told by the man implementing the laws, “Regardless of Morals, I have a business to run.” Those laws benefit big business, not patients or people. To make laws to prevent sick people from getting medicine from anyone is insane.

Lastly, the 2015 420 Rally in Denver will be on Saturday 4-18 and Sunday 4-19 this year- as far as being an official city permitted event. Another rally and march will still take place on Monday 4-20, around the capital, but only this march/event will be unpermitted, and illegal; a spontaneous (though planned) “Gathering of the People”, and that is just how the event started! The 420 events I attended in the past were never permitted by the city and the cops allowed us to congregate, begrudgingly, and quickly moved us out of the park and made arrests numerous times. There were years with 200 people, and years with a couple thousand. After activist Ken Gorman’s death, the rally became a meeting point for the minds that would legalize cannabis in Colorado soon after, just as Ken had told me before he was killed. Legality of cannabis has been a blessing to many and it all went down just the way he said it would. Now, in 2015, one year into what can only be described as a smashing success to cannabis legality, to see the event unpermitted by the city and in true original form again, it brings a tear to my eye and you know damn well I’ll be at the capital in Denver on 4-20-2015 to celebrate Cannabis, Ken Gorman, and Colorado’s first strike victory in the war on the drug I love: Kaneh Bosm.

My family and I had a wonderful Christmas. We hope you all are having a wonderful start to your new year. Positive thoughts to you and yours,

Kyle Marsh
January 2015

P.S. In Ken’s honor, let me leave you with his favorite phrase: “Keep on Smokin’ them joints!”

Howdy from the Wild Wild West Mile “Legally” High City of Denver, folks!

From the largest city in the state with the best economy (yeah…it’s because of the weed), I bring you greetings and salutations, marijuana musings, and news of cannabinoid victories in our state. Open your hearts and minds and here we go!

For starters, according to dateandtime.com, the latitude of Denver is “39 44’20 N.” I just find it fitting that there’s a “420” in our numerical location. 420 is now embedded in our culture, and if it wasn’t for the 420 Marijuana Legalization rallies held each year which got the ball rolling, we wouldn’t have the blessings of hemp and cannabis freedom we enjoy today. I’m not too into the numbers of things, but all 420’s stick out to me – on license plates, serial numbers, and, as it turns out, my geographical location on planet earth. :-)

In major news, the Colorado Department of Health once again tried to place unconstitutional limits on caregivers in our state who privately care for thousands of the marijuana refugees that have flocked to our state for treatment with cannabis medicines that work when all else fails. One individual cares for 80 patients with epilepsy who need a specific CBD plant (Note: it’s not all just CBD, many epilepsy patients use THC/CBD blends). When he brought some of the children he treats and their parents to the state house to testify in a public comment session, there was no way the board could vote against forcing 70 children to find another caregiver. It’s a complicated situation, but the department did the right thing by avoiding this issue… for now… Other attacks on greenhouse growing in favor of highly polluting warehouse grows is on the horizon, and I’m sure the caregiver/patient number issue will be revisited in the future.

In other pot news, the Israeli government did an extensive study on cannabis and PTSD and found immediate cannabis use right after the traumatic event resulted in a significant decrease in the symptoms and future damage. No surprise, cannabinoids can cross the ultra-protective blood brain barrier, and once there they operate to protect and repair the brain itself. Funny how a substance that did that would remain illegal for so long.

Hempcrete is also in the news a lot, with a video you can see here of it blackening but not burning under a propane torch test. For people building in areas that may be prone to wildfires, hempcrete is an incredible option, and we hope to see it being used more in Colorado and elsewhere very soon. More research is also being done on hemp as an energy storage facilitator. It’s absolutely amazing what this plant’s products can be made into. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeW6kuZgPY4

There is news from Realm of Caring announcing they will begin getting their medication to patients everywhere soon. Congratulations to Realm and all involved in this monumental achievement. There is an awesome article that includes many details that only people actually caring for kids with epilepsy/autism can use, that I’m including here: http://www.ladybud.com/2014/09/18/realm-of-caring-announces-charlottes-web-to-be-shipped-to-all-50-us-states/

But the biggest news of all comes from a familiar source: TEAM LANDON in Colorado Springs. All I can say is watch the video on the link below, but only if you want to see a kid who had leukemia vaping a cloud pen and a stunned newscaster asking the question: “Does Cannabis Really Cure Cancer?” Landon’s test results are amazing, from dying of cancer to only needing checkups to make sure the cancer hasn’t come back. All by using cannabis oil/phoenix tears. It’s newsworthy, it has been for a long time, and now it’s finally on the actual news. The story is changing, too; now instead of focusing on whether cannabis oil should be given to children, the news is focused on real cure stories they can’t deny. It reminds me of when I made part two of Vitamin Cannabis called “Save the Children.” I had hoped it would happen sooner, but I’m glad it’s finally happening. Others are seeing it’s the children who are most vulnerable to disease, and it’s kids who benefit most from the cannabis oil.

To Rick Simpson and Christian Laurette, Landon’s story of life is your story continued. Landon and his mom Ran from the Chemo and ran to the cure, thanks to you guys. I hope you’ll watch the video and see just what is happening here in Colorado where compassion rules the day. View story here: http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/09/24/springs-woman-claims-marijuana-cured-her-sons-cancer/

We hope you find the fall weather turns your cannabis purple. Keep the faith, keep spreading the word, we are all making a difference, folks, we truly are. :-)

Viva la evolucion – viva la revolucion,

Capn Cannabis
September 29th 2014

Howdy folks from the wild wild west!

Denver, the Mile Legally High city was in full marijuana rebellion spirit over the 4-20 weekend and it has taken me this long to recover to write the recap! I had a great time, and though “the filthy white lines that the airplanes leave behind” did their best to rain out our 4-20 celebration it did little to dampen the dank times we all had.

I started my Saturday April 19th at the High Times Cannabis Cup. Parking was a nightmare; cars from NY, Alaska, MS, MI, RI and even Canadian license plates! Fortunately, I had friends leaving who gave me their spot, so Hemp Girl and I were able to be in the recreational marijuana section of the Cannabis Cup at 4:20 PM. To my surprise, I was one of just a few people commemorating the moment. I brought a little of our Jack Herer strain grown from seed to have a special toke to Jack, Ken Gorman, and the others who are with us in spirit, watching this all happen. From there we walked around the huge venue and marveled at all the out-of-staters and international visitors to the cup whose wide eyes were easy to spot. There were a few booths (of the 500!) that had actual growing marijuana plants on display. Many event goers paused to touch the plant leaves, and nervously squeeze a bud. These were the first pot plants these people had ever touched. They took cell phone photos, posed, and I’ll never forget the smiles on their faces as they had their plant cherries popped. I take for granted the fact I’ve now worked with tens of thousands of pot plants; seen them, held them, trimmed them, loved them… For people in other parts of the world, working hands on with a cannabis plant would still get them prison time. For me, it gets me a legal paycheck…or at least it used to :-).

Although I have spoken at the Ken Gorman Memorial 4-20 Marijuana Legalization Rally the past two years (it has been a great honor), this was the first year the rally was not named in Ken Gorman’s honor, and it was the first year a private commercial events company took over the running of the rally. Many longtime activists like myself were excluded from speaking at this year’s event, mainly due to the fact that my speeches from the past two years – if given this year – would have caused the event organizers to lose their permits, as I would have encouraged illegal civil disobedience from the crowd by asking them to “take a toke to their freedom.” So when I woke up 4-20-2014 and suddenly felt Ken Gorman’s spirit urging me to head to Civic Center Park anyways, I loaded my bowl and headed downtown. After passing through security, and posing under a large sign reading “Public Marijuana Use is illegal”, which was forced by the city of Denver, for a photo op, I merged into the center of the crowd. I got out my bowl, but paused for a second as the spirit of Ken was strong around me. I put the pot away and got out my camera and began taking video of the crowd – right as three Denver Police Officers made their way right to me! In past rallies, the police could not walk through the crowd. Not so this year; the police were attempting to bust me for smoking my pipe with cannabis at the 420 marijuana rally, but since I had no pipe in my hand there was nothing they could do but retreat back into the crowd, which parted like a sea to let them out. It’s an entertaining video I’ll use in Vitamin Cannabis 2 :-).

After the incident, I was handed a joint by a fellow rally goer next to me and it was the lone time all 4-20 weekend I smoked pot with a stranger. It was not like that in the past, we all used to smoke together. This year was not as political, not as revolutionary, not a big deal at all – even though it was a big deal!! It’s strange to see this all as “normal” now when we used to be labeled and targeted for our beliefs that cannabis was harmless and should be legal. We used to be chased out of the park; now we were herded into it. Another stage was set up – I heard later – that had a political element, but with the music stage blasting tunes it was difficult to focus on anything other than the main stage. During B.O.B.’s performance at 4:20 PM 4-20-2014, I felt Ken Gorman and Jack Herer smiling down on all of us. 10,000 gathered in a park smoking cannabis at the same time. It was different this 4-20 for sure, but it was still epic, amazing and something to behold. I think back to the early rallies with just a few hundred brave souls. I’ll tell my kids about those days because they will never be seen again…

In local news, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra has announced three BYOC events, with the BYOC standing for “Bring Your Own Cannabis.” It seems the orchestra is about to go into financial ruin and these concerts are a last ditch effort to bring a newer younger audience to the traditional stuffy class of concert going people. Many tuxedo wearing old school orchestra supporters are pissed, but let’s be honest, there aren’t a lot of them left. If the symphony doesn’t do something to bring in new people, it won’t be around. So even though many “letters to the editor” of our local papers decry the symphony head for these BYOC concerts, many people are planning on attending and bringing their own cannabis to consume while listening to some epic music. I see no problem with Buds and Beethoven, or Symphony 420. :-)

In the “Piss Me Off” section of the newsletter: the Perfect Corporation has found a way to stop me from doing cannabinoid testing of our oils and cannabis. It’s not just me they are blocking, they have blocked all ordinary citizens from testing, including the parents of children who need the cannabis oil and use testing to ensure their kids are getting what they need. (See link here: http://www.denverpost.com/marijuana/ci_25688115/marijuana-testing-labs-barred-from-taking-samples-from). It is a sad act and there was a two page rant on why the Colorado State government is blocking testing that I had written, but, in the hopes of staying positive, I’m not going to include it. I’m just going to say I hope that testing from patients is restored in Colorado soon. Another caregiving friend has pointed me to a lab for you east coasters, though. So here is a link to them: knowyourgrow.co (NOT DOT COM!).

Lastly, regarding the ancient Hebrew anointing oil called “Kaneh Bosm.” For a long time now I have known the biblical references to a cannabis, myrrh and frankincense based oil known in the ancient Hebrew texts as Kaneh Bosm. I attended private Christian school through 6th grade, memorizing many sections of the Bible. I am also the 4th son of a Virginia minister who runs a large church program still to this day that reaches millions of people. I have always been a man of strong faith in God, a higher power, and the spirit of the earth that resides in, and connects us all. My 2 year old daughter is named Serafina Faith, after the Seraphim angels, and my faith in God.

When I began working with the phoenix tears oil I felt a strong holy presence while making the medicine. Then after Vitamin Cannabis was released the e-mails began, from people asking me if I knew I was releasing the secrets of the Knights of the Templar, and also from religious people asking about the Kaneh Bosm and implying the cannabis oil I was making was the same. In researching ancient religious texts, I discovered what they were saying had basis in fact. Written in ancient languages, a recipe for an oil that could extend life or even bring people back from near death. The Knights of the Templar existed for centuries, being sought out by kings and nobles for their life extending treatments. In the bible, Jesus uses the Kaneh Bosm to cure blindness and leprosy, both of which could be treated with large amounts of cannabis oil, or what we call today, the Phoenix Tears.

I felt so strongly the spiritual calling of the Kaneh Bosm I considered naming my consulting company after the sacramental oil, but not being of Jewish decent I wondered if that might be offensive to some. In talking with a fellow trimmer about the Kaneh Bosm, and my feelings that God is present when I’m making it, he casually mentioned he had heard many people discovering, through DNA testing, that they did in fact have Hebrew blood in them, even if they did not seem or “look” Jewish.

I have always felt connected to ancient Africa, Israel and connected greatly to American Indian Tribes, but like most mainly and obviously white people, it never occurred to me that we all might really have descended from the same place regardless of what we looked like. In Christian school they always told us we all came from Adam and Eve, and in my metaphysical studies the “All of Us Are One” mantra seemed to be saying the same thing: we all came from the same place. Could it be true?

So I decided I needed an answer; something in writing that would let me know once and for all where I came from, what blood and DNA flows through me. I sent away for a DNA test and a month later I found out the reason I felt so connected.  It is true, we are all one…

Below is a copy of my DNA test which shows very clearly that, despite what I look like, I am 3% African, 3% Native American, and 1% Jewish in addition to my 91% mainly European other influences.

If someone like myself can have origins 5,000 years ago in Africa and Israel, we all do! I’m not unique or special, we all are!! We are all God’s children; from our DNA to our bones to the blood that flows through us. What reverberates through me, reverberates through you, reverberates through all of us. The vibration of life stemming from long ago still runs through these veins.

I’m glad I discovered where I came from, so many moons prior. I would urge you all to look into DNA testing to find your origins. Find out why you feel the way you do.

We really are all one; we really are all connected. We really all came from the same place. Now if we could just get ourselves back to the garden again… :-)

May the blessings of peace, love, and beauty embrace your life…

Positive thoughts to you all.
Kyle Marsh May, 2014

Folks, the Vitamin Cannabis team has been having a little fun lately using a book called “Cannabis Alchemy” from 1974 – and attempting to make a 99% THC “Shatter” or Wax, as it’s called here in the Mile High city. I’ve included the test results here: The goal is to make a pure THC shatter- then I’m going to eat it and “Trip THC.” We came damn close- making a shatter that reached 82% THC and 7% CBD- for an 89.5% batch. The Shatter- when “dabbed” is the most amazing high I’ve had- like being back in high school again. We have put our 99% experiments on hold while we continue to focus on Cannabis Oil Phoenix Tears batches to cure people and extend lives; which, by the way, we also have a new test of – and not surprisingly – we hit 83% Cannabinoid content! (We usually hit 80% for what I consider to be actual “Phoenix Tears” medicine.) You can see the results below (end of newsletter/update). What was surprising, however, was our 3% CBN rating! It’s the highest CBN we have hit in a batch of the Tears. Ideally, testing could lead to specific oil’s with specific cannabinoids for specific diseases. If the big pharma companies don’t synthesize or illegalize the Cannabinoids, then release their proprietary medicine on their own.  The “Perfect Corporation” is trying to put the brakes on our amateur alchemist testing- so I don’t know how many more tests I’ll be able to bring you all as the laws are changing to protect big companies- but I’ll keep trying, folks…please buy a movie if you can- there are only 40 left of the 100 I made and your support keeps our testing going.

I am blessed to be in Colorado and have access to a team of growers who provide me with the best medicine available on earth. I’m not bragging, I’m just in Colorado! To that end, I came across a Harlequin made Phoenix Tears oil medicine and, wanting to try a true “CBD High”, I took 1.5 grams and put it into capsules and took it – over 1000 mg of CBD and 420 MG of THC – and I must say it was amazing!! It was like taking a high level pain pill but without the “medicine head” the pain pills leave you with. I was functional, happy, getting stuff done, and a little bit high as well, but in a good way. There were no ill effects to taking over 1000 mg of CBD at once, and I must say I would do 1000 mg of CBD every day of my life if I could. It was that good.

To make sure my CBD experiment was valid- the next week I took 1.5 grams of our traditional 80% THC Phoenix Tears medicine – 1000 MG of THC with very little CBD. I was GONE!! Too high!! I could do it again, but it would have to be spread out across the day, not all at once. I felt great the next few days, but I would not repeat my 1000 MG of THC in one dose experiment without using a heavy CBD blend to counteract the severe high I felt, or some citicoline. I basically had a mild THC trip on just the oil – which I’ve done before, but never all at once. It leads me to believe that a more balanced blend of THC/CBD oil could be the miracle panacea we are all searching for- and we are starting to see these blends available in Colorado. My experience was phenomenal on the CBD/THC blend. I was just too high on the THC pill. For curing cancer, though, I wouldn’t mind being a little high. :-)

On a sad note, activist Roland A. Duby – AKA Ronnie Smith – a Cancer Cure activist who helped edit the last Jack Herer’s “Emperor Wears No Clothes” book and treated over 300 people with cannabis oil himself, lost his long battle with leukemia and passed into the next realm in early April. I never met Ronnie personally, but early on in the Vitamin Cannabis story when there was no one supporting us and our claims other than Rick Simpson and Christian Laurette, I received an e-mail from Roland. He offered support, resources, answered questions, and passed on good karma to our team. We picked up a copy of “Emperor Wears No Clothes” and found his name in it – and my whole team was a little relieved that some people in America were aware of what we were doing. It offered us some protection – we felt – that others knew. Besides Christian and Rick, Roland was our only support in the beginning. Ronnie didn’t have to write those e-mails to me during a dark time for us. But he did- and I’m thankful for them to this day. Roland: this 4:20 PM bowls to you…and the positive change you affected in your lifetime. Viva la evolucion, Brother…

Everyone please have a happy, safe, epic, and wonderful 4-20-2014! Take a toke to your freedom – and the freedom others don’t yet share. The battle is over in Colorado & Washington, but the Drug War Soldiers still have work to do – the War is not won. If you are coming to Colorado for the festivities, I’ll see you at the Cannabis Cup. :-) Viva la evolucion, viva la oil!!

Kyle Marsh
Capn Cannabis
Denver, CO- The Mile “Legally High” City
April 19th, 2014

 

 

Test results mentioned above (click to enlarge):

Shatter Test Results

Shatter Test Results

Phoenix Tears Test Results

Phoenix Tears Test Results

So much has happened in the last month, it is ridiculous. Despite all that I will inform you of, there is one thing that hasn’t yet happened. There is still a cancer wing at the children’s hospital where young children with cancer are being given chemotherapy and radiation treatments that cause them to lose their hair – and sometimes their lives. Meanwhile, I would face federal charges were I to approach those children’s parents and offer a potential cancer cure in the form of the phoenix tears medicine I know how to make. So though there is much to be happy about, and the epilepsy CBD cure (a version of the phoenix tears made by people I taught to make the tears years ago) is now on CNN and major news media, I am still not able to treat children with cancer and attempt to extend their lives. Until I can do this – or others do it – I will not consider the mission complete and I will continue to fight the “Perfect Corporation” forces that oppose this.

To the 2,000 epilepsy patients on the Marijuana Refugee waiting list in Colorado: I have tested an ordinary strain of widely available Canadian imported HEMP SEED OIL. And the test results should give people everywhere hope!!  Revealed in test results linked to at the end of the post – THERE IS .01 GRAMS OF CBD IN ORDINARY HEMP SEED OIL AVAILABLE LEGALLY EVERYWHERE! Which means, for epilepsy, Draven’s disease – and other diseases where the traditional THC heavy Cannabis Oil is not applicable – ORDINARY WHOLE FOODS/VITAMIN STORE/NATURAL GROCER PURCHASED HEMP SEED OIL MAY WORK!!! If you take a few ounces a day, of course. Might I suggest one ounce in a smoothie in the morning, and a couple more times throughout the day for a month, until you see results. 100 grams of ordinary Hemp seed oil (slightly less than 4 ounces) contains approximately as much CBD as one gram of the “charlotte’s web” oil. It’s a lot more hemp oil – I know – but if you can’t afford to be a “Marijuana Refugee” and come to a compassionate state to get the CBD strain oil – if you can even get it (there is a huge waiting list but other options do exist) – then please try the hemp oil in the meantime, it can only be positive.

Secondarily, Project CBD blessed the Vitamin Cannabis team with a strain called Lady Harlequin, which I took a year to grow and finally harvested two different samples. One test showed 15% CBD and 6% THC, and one test showed 14% CBD and 5% THC. Both are great results, but here is the CBD SECRET: they are from the same plant. The test with 14% CBD was harvested at 5 weeks, while the test with 15% CBD was harvested at 8 weeks. What this secret reveals is that if you are going for CBD, you can get twice the harvests in as regular 8 week cycle plants! In theory, and we will test this soon, high CBD cannabis strains could be harvested at 4 weeks – or even sooner – to get just the CBD without as much of the THC. Save yourself weeks when growing CBD strains, and keep the same ratio of CBD to THC! The test results for both are posted here. We would love to hear other feedback on this subject, but in the meantime, to growers out there, if you have CBD plants you do not need to wait a full 8 weeks if you are growing for CBD content!

Thirdly on CBD, there is mass confusion between the heavy CBD oil (which is on the Sanjay Gupta CNN specials and other major news media) that may cure epilepsy, Draven’s, and potentially autism, and the heavy THC “Phoenix Tears” medicine that may cure cancer, Alzheimer’s, and a host of other ailments. Add to the confusion the “Cannabis Juicers” movement who ingest thousands of milligrams of raw inactivated cannabis, and we have many different options for people to try to help themselves – all of which seem to work in slightly different ways. I am doing my best to guide folks down the different paths and I would encourage everyone to help others differentiate between the CBD Cannabis Oil and the THC Phoenix Tears oil. They are essentially the same oil, just made with a different variety of the hemp/cannabis plant.

Along those lines, Utah, Florida, and several other states just legalized the use of the CBD Cannabis oil as long as it has less than .03% THC in most cases. There are several ways to get this oil, but if you don’t have an emergency case please try the hempseed oil remedy in large amounts first – though I will say, thousands of parents are moving to Colorado to get access to medicine for their children. So far it is going quite well, as there are many people here who are willing to help. Ultimately, though, I would like to see access to all forms of cannabis oil medicine everywhere – and lets empty out these damn Children’s hospital cancer wards and cure the kids first :-)

In national news, Martha Stewart has a new line of Hemp Yarn available for sale – a sign of the apocalypse for sure… Stephen Colbert calls Colorado “Potsylvania” for our “jazz cigarettes” but ultimately decides to “put his republican morals aside to rake in all the cash” from the taxes on Colorado cannabis. “The market has a spoken and it is a tokin!” he says. It’s a hysterical commentary you can see linked to here: http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/5js43m/colorado-s-booming-marijuana-industry.

Spring Breakers are breaking to Colorado for our legal cannabis. Before I recently quit my job at a recreational dispensary to look for work at a medical one, I saw taxi cab after rental car after taxi cab pulling up to the pot shop with college aged tourists eager to spend money legally on cannabis. They walk out with smiles. It’s awesome to see, but I know my heart lies in the medical aspect of all of this.

Speaking of medical, after 22 years of fighting it, the Feds finally sign off on a university study to gauge the effects of cannabis on PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder for which there are military and civilian versions of, both of which can be helped with Cannabis. I say this having witnessed it first hand when returning Iraq veterans flocked to Colorado to benefit from the medicine available here. I think they will find massive benefits for the disorder from cannabis use, but then again I think they’ll find massive benefits from cannabis use on a lot of disorders, diseases, and ailments.

In other news, there was a pot leaf on the USA Today website and it linked to a story on Cannabis Oil for epilepsy and the marijuana refugees flocking to our state to be treated by the Realm of Caring foundation and other groups. It’s awesome to see so much coverage and even better to see kids being cured. The green is rolling into our state as the pot sales were “higher” than expected – no pun intended. In fact, the tax money is coming in so fast they will have to lower prices or everyone in Colorado may get a tax refund from the state due to our TABOR laws which require the government to give all money not budgeted for back to the citizens. We’ll know more in a few months, but legalization has brought smiles to many faces regardless of whether you voted for it or not…Mexico and Texas may legalize – more signs of the apocalypse…but a friend of Willie Nelson’s is in on it in Texas which is cool! The banks give Cannabis business the “Grow Ahead”, but the cash can’t smell like weed… :-). My former employer bought “Stink Sacks” to put the money in – specially treated bags so the cash won’t smell. Hysterical!

And lastly, I went to a concert in Denver at the Gothic theatre: The Toadies played their “Rubberneck” album. My fiancé (Hemp Girl), a friend Black Beard, and I went to see them perform their song “I Burn.” In Colorado, before 420 meant pot friendly, you would ask someone new “Hey, do you burn?” as a way of asking if they smoked pot. I always answered “I Burn” when asked, and when I heard the Toadies song of the same name, it became an anthem of my twenties. Listening to Bill Hicks comedy and “I Burn” while smoking cannabis, dreaming of legalization, and praying for a day when I could walk into a store and buy weed. That “prayer in every spark” became a reality in January, and though there is much still to be done to make sure all have access to this medicine and all can grow it themselves, I still “burn” and pray for those who are sick and in need. Spark a bowl and pray with me for the revolution that leads to the cancer cure.

We all await patiently Christian Laurette’s and Rick Simpson’s next great feat: “Run from the Cure 2” as 4-20-2014 approaches….it promises to be historic. If you haven’t seen the trailer for it yet please click here: http://youtu.be/Qv8yxuv6e1w.

Viva la evolucion, viva la oil!

Positive thoughts everyone’s way :-)

Kyle Marsh
Capn Cannabis
Denver, CO
March 31st 2014

 

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Hemp Seed Oil Results

Hemp Seed Oil Results

Harlequin 5 Week Results

Harlequin 5 Week Results

Harlequin 8 Week Results

Harlequin 8 Week Results

Ken Gorman’s Murder 7th Anniversary

Folks, today is the 7th year since marijuana activist Ken Gorman was murdered in his home in Denver. Please smoke a bowl to celebrate Ken’s life even if you didn’t know him personally.

I worked closely with Ken on several projects, including his “It’s a Cannabis Christmas” comedy CD which he produced and attended many 420 rallies with him where he threw out joints. He had a fire about him – one time I was with him at fast food burger joint Wendy’s when Ken told the youth group teenagers in front of us their burgers would taste better after a joint, and that cannabis was in the bible. They laughed and smiled but only said they were with their church right now. Later while Ken and I were eating, a Holy Bible slammed down on the table, disrupting my fries. A pissed off youth group leader had heard the comment about cannabis in the bible and demanded Ken “Show Me Where.” Ken calmly opened the first page to Genesis, read the verse about “Seed bearing plants” and asked the gentleman, “Now then, does the cannabis plant have seeds?” I would have laughed out loud had I not feared the Christian would have gone devil on us in a rage, but he didn’t. He said a few more words about not appreciating Ken talking about drugs to his youth group and walked away – maybe with a new respect for the plant. That’s just the kind of guy Ken was – he was a riot to be around, always causing “trouble” but he genuinely cared for the people in his life, and those he just met that he could help.

Ken always told his close friends he would be killed in a “drug deal gone bad” and the police would never solve it, but it would lead to marijuana being legalized world-wide. I never believed him, until 7 years ago he was murdered – shot in the chest – in a “drug deal gone bad.” At the ensuing 420 rally after his death, the formation of the movement that would legalize marijuana in Colorado was founded; set in stone and ready to mobilize. What we accomplished together has made history here, and now we are seeing pot laws changing the world over. All because of a movement that was made so strong by one event. One man’s death – his sacrifice – made all of us here realize just how important it was that cannabis laws be changed and now, no more waiting and BS’ing around. The simple fact is big money came in at the last second to help Colorado legalize. The groundswell was growing already, through grassroots efforts led by brave men, brave truth tellers, like Ken Gorman.

Ken exemplifies George Carlin’s quote, “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Gorman was a revolutionary act his whole life. He told the truth, even to those that weren’t willing to listen yet. Now they hear the 420 music, Ken :-)

Miguel Lopez, the bearer of the torch for the Mile High City’s 420 rally, wrote and released a nice press piece about Ken. I have included it for you to read here. Please take a toke to Governor Pothead, the KG1, Ken Gorman. Rest in Peace, my friend, knowing the people you taught the game saw victory in your state first. Viva~ Capn Cannabis Feb 17th 2014

 

The following is the press release from Miguel Lopez:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

Ken Gorman murdered seven years ago today. Legacy lives on while murder remains unsolved.

February 17, 2014 – Denver, CO – Seven years ago today, gunmen in masks walked into renowned marijuana activist Ken Gorman’s home and shot him in the chest. The murderers left cash and marijuana behind, and Ken’s death left behind grieving marijuana activists. His murder remains unsolved.

Ken’s lasting legacy is one that touched members of the marijuana community of all walks, but primarily the poor and disadvantaged. His charisma attracted a large following and he had an almost cult like following of young urban adults of whom many were homeless or poor. He taught of the injustices of marijuana prohibition and how it impacted minority and poorer communities the most. In 1993 he started the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park, which through time gathered hundreds of attendees.

Many people in the marijuana scene today never knew Ken. Acting as though they were the ones to bring about the drug policy reform Ken launched in Colorado, they forget that there were people who literally made the ultimate sacrifice for them to be able to capitalize on the growing marijuana industry. It is the explicit desire of the Denver 420 Rally to remind the marijuana community of the history of one of its founders. The Denver 420 Rally also strives to keep his memory alive and see his murderers brought to justice.

Tragically, the fact that Ken’s murder has never been solved highlights an issue that is largely ignored by the general public, and that is the reality that law enforcement rarely serves justice for the poor.

The Denver 420 Rally experienced this recently with last year’s shooting. The Denver Police and Denver City Council want to nag the organizers of the rally about security, yet even with cameras and witnesses, they still haven’t found the shooter. Federal agents nabbed the Boston bomber and he wasn’t even at the scene! This goes to show the level of priority being given to two different communities. To add insult to injury, cops this year plan to write citations in spite of the $11,000 that the Denver 420 Rally paid for the permit. They don’t write citations for The Taste of Denver, which also draws a wealthier crowd.

This year will be the Denver 420 Rally’s biggest event yet. Historically a rally, the Denver 420 Rally is evolving into a festival. Yet, that does not mean that the organization will stop being a political organization and promoting human and civil rights. There have been a lot of positive changes in drug policy reform, but until everyone is free and marijuana is decriminalized, the Denver 420 Rally will still be championing for social justice.

We hope to see you there and in the famous words of the late Ken Gorman, “Keep on smoking them joints!”