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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

More people smoked Cannabis at 4:20 on 4/20 in Denver than have ever smoked Cannabis together before. We raised a historic cloud of pot smoke above our city, and 80,000 people gathered peacefully to celebrate Cannabis. It was a historic moment, and I bring you our camera’s take on “the Moment” at 4:20 PM- followed by my speech that took place at 3:45 PM. I made this video to show that we did have an awesome day. And although the headlines will read about the shooting that left 3 people hurt, it was really a wonderful display of Cannabis affection, prior to around 4:45. Please watch it for an amazing view of what Cannabis legality could look like everywhere :-):  420 Rally Denver 4:20 PM FROM THE STAGE Vitamin Cannabis Films

The following day I attended the sold out 1st Annual American High Times Cannabis Cup, and it was EPIC!! Though it was so packed it was tough to move (16,000 tickets sold) I had a great time and visited every corner of the event. I enjoyed Cannabis infused Chocolate and Strawberry Fondue dripping from fountains. Medicated Pulled Pork sandwiches gave me the energy to keep walking and a buzz! All kinds of pipe sellers, pot products, butter extractors, apple bong making kits, and, of course, the best marijuana in America. Throw in some of the best cannabis concentrates in the world, and I can see why I talked to people from Amsterdam, New Zealand, New York, Chicago, California, and Oklahoma – and they were all blown away!! It was truly an experience, and next year we are hearing it will be at a larger venue – and I should say get your tickets as soon as they become available – it is a Cannabis friendly event like no other pot friendly event on the planet.

Epic times at the Cannabis Cup Denver 2013. :-)

On the Thursday night prior to 4/20, I attended the advance screening of Kevin Booth of Sacred Cow Films’ movie premier of American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny (Free the Cure!). It was an amazing film that all people involved in the Cannabis oil (Phoenix Tears) movement need to see. It has both Rick Simpson and Cash Hyde and his family in it, and tells an incredible, though sometimes sad, story about the true effects of Cannabis prohibition. Mr. Booth forges a brave trail through the trees of this growing movement with compassion, sensibility, and logic. I felt this was a movie I could show almost anyone to change their opinion on the Cannabis oil, and whether children should be given it. You can actually get the movie hosted in your city so check out this website http://www.sacredcow.com/

Regardless of how you do it, find a way to see this movie – you won’t be disappointed.

In Colorado news, the Cannabis THC DUI Bill in the Colorado legislature that would make all Cannabis users criminals if they drove, and subject them to police “blood draws” to prove they had more than 5 nanograms of THC per ML of blood, HAS BEEN TOTALLY KILLED IN COMMITTEE!! Great job and congratulations to the lobbying team that accomplished this, some unpaid – I should add. Please let everyone know this is not a free pass to smoke while driving, though, as without a new law, the old “Zero tolerance” policy is still in place. Still, that’s better than an automatic THC DUI when you are not even feeling buzzed at all at 5 nanograms. That’s six times the bill has been killed now, because it’s a stupid law in the first place to make criminals out of people who are doing just fine. We also learned Colorado voters may get to decide the amount of tax on recreational marijuana, and a Boulder-ite former NASA engineer designed an all-inclusive lockable “Colorado Grow Box” that looks really cool to make growing easier and is A64 compliant.

In “Curing” news: Corri Yelland, a woman who had stage 4 Colon Cancer, is now speaking out that she cured herself using Rick Simpson’s oil. Thanks to Rick and Christian, another life was saved. Viva la Oil! We also learned that “Sativex”, which is basically our Vitamin Cannabis oil in inhaler form put out by a British pharmaceutical company, was rescheduled by the U.K.’s Ministry of Health because it “has a low potential for abuse”. Between Marinol, Sativex, or just plain ol’ Cannabis, I’ll take God’s natural green herb any day. :-)

Overall, the 4/20 weekend in Denver was a trail blazing success!! I need a day or two more to recover :-) :-) :-)  I saw in a U.K. news outlet the headline “80,000 smoke cannabis in Denver 4/20″ and would like more people to see headlines like that, instead of ones about the shooting. Early word is the shooting was gang related and had nothing to do with the rally or cannabis. We’re still sad the violence dampened what would have been a perfect weekend, but please view the video and help me spread the positive message about what really went down in Denver on 4-20-2013, a Historical Gathering for the proponents of the most wonderful plant in the world: Cannabis! Amen~

Viva la evolucion! Hope to see you all again soon,

Kyle

Capn Cannabis

 

Happy 4/20!

It’s April 14th, 2013. The month of 4-20-2013. It’s going to be epic. :-)

There is no ticket needed to the 420 Rally in Civic Center Park on Saturday 4-20, where more people will gather to celebrate cannabis freedom by toking at 4:20 PM than ever before in history. I hope to see you all there… :-)

I’m sorry to say that tickets to the High Times Cannabis Cup are now SOLD OUT in all forms – and are going for 5 to 10 times the ticket price online. I bought my tickets for $35 thanks to Dr. Thurstone, a prohibitionist who published an anti-marijuana article in a local Denver paper, and the web version had a link to purchase tickets to the high times cup. I will be using my two tickets on Sunday with Hemp Girl, and we hope to have a grand time, although I will be the only one smoking as she is still breast feeding our kids. If you see us be sure to say “hello” and I’ll share a toke!

Literally, there is too much going on with Colorado’s Cannabis legality to go into too many details; the waters are still murky, but a clear picture will soon emerge. In the meantime, I am super happy Colorado residents can grow cannabis legally and are no longer in fear of arrest for an ounce or less of marijuana. The freedoms we enjoy are unique to our state.

To those who have recently questioned whether Colorado will “suffer” from legalization, our business index is rising, companies are moving here because of our legality, and our market continues to create jobs. There are hundreds of ancillary business successes, and overall the cannabis trade is keeping our economy strong in a recession. Strange how the facts don’t add up to the scare tactics.

Cannabis is still medicine, even though recreational use is now legal. :-) We have heard from an epilepsy patient who let us know he has been treating himself for years with cannabis edibles and oils and they are the only thing that works to keep his seizures down. It just goes to show, what doesn’t work for someone may work very well for another person. I can’t wait for the day when we know for sure, based on testing of 1,000 or more people, which strain and what cannabinoids do what. It will be a blessing to us all…

In the meantime, the “vertical integration” laws that helped put me and thousands of other cannabusiness out of the industry, will most likely be thrown out. The HB 1284 regulation said that cannabis dispensaries must grow 70% of their own weed. It meant thousands of dollars in costs, because some dispensaries never grew their own weed, but had several growers who supplied their product. The government put them out of business, and now that they’re gone, and less than a hundred dispensary owners are left, the regulations are gone. I don’t think the “regulations” were even designed to “regulate”- they were designed to “eliminate” competition for the Perfect Corporations business to succeed. Maybe with Vertical Integration, and the 70/30 rule gone, more opportunity will arise for SMALL Colorado Cannabusinesses who truly care about patients’ needs and don’t sell “winterized” butane hash. But on a positive note it looks like Colorado voters will get to decide how much tax will be added to cannabis retail sales. I’m guessing the voters will keep the tax low :-)

I’ll be sure to write again just after 4-20 to let you know how it all went, and go to a rally for cannabis legality wherever you are – and share in the moment – when we honor those who have come before us – whom have fought for this plant.

Happy 4-20-2013!!

-Capn Cannabis

 

P.S.  David LaGoy, “Damien” passed away on March 22nd 2013. His courage helped pave the way for the medical marijuana community we have in Colorado today, and all dispensaries should realize Damien is the reason they can operate, after he sued to stop the state from only allowing 5 patients per caregiver. When he won, and caregivers could have hundreds of patients, the true Green Rush began. Dispensaries popped up all over Denver, began paying taxes and becoming accepted, and they were so entrenched by the time anyone wanted to do anything about it that we still have them today. We all owe David a lot. I thank him – and may he be remembered always. Rest in Love David LaGoy.