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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!”

Hello folks!

The 4th of July experience in Colorado was ridiculous!! It seems, for some strange reason, that a lot of people had a bunch of extra money lying around in cash they decided to spend on fireworks. My kids and I were treated to many fireworks shows going off in all neighborhoods of the city despite the fireworks ban. The smell of sulfur in the air, the loud pops and booms, the bright lights of exploding colored flames in the sky. Legality of marijuana hasn’t brought the devil to Denver just yet.  In fact recent reports indicate our violent crime, suicide, and drunk driving fatality rates are all down. Those are all reasons to be extra happy this independence day; and many were celebrating Cannabis independence too!

New numbers are in showing Colorado tourism hit 17.3 Billion dollars. A NEW STATE RECORD!! Our ski slope communities saw considerable gains, our tax coffers have been filled, and even a former PRISON in Brush, CO may be turned into a Cannabis grow facility!!

Nationally, “Charlotte’s Bill” rescheduling Hemp and CBD may become law federally, NY is advancing its CBD and medical marijuana bills, and Oregon will vote this year on Recreational Marijuana. Also from the Big Apple: the New York Times editorialized the end of Marijuana Prohibition and it led to jokes on the Tonight show, but also an acceptance that legality and rescheduling is coming in the very near future.

New legal limits for recreational marijuana in Colorado set at 10 mg per serving are forcing many edibles manufacturers out of business, as the state has said that 100 mg total per edible must be divided into 10 mg portions (to help avoid over-intoxication, they say.) This new law means a medicated potato chip manufacturer who used to sell bags of THC infused olive oil drenched potato chips in 100 mg bags would now have to separate the bag of chips into 10 different bags with only 3 chips in each bag inside a larger bag containing all 10 bags of 3 chips. Instead of continuing to make THC infused chips, this manufacturer has folded up shop. The costs and pain in the ass factor of following this regulation once again favors big business models who can afford the testing and packaging required to produce edibles for recreational use in Colorado. This only affects recreational users, this does not affect Colorado Medical Marijuana patients

But back to positive notes:
On a recent trip to our excellent amusement park in the heart of the city, Elitch Gardens, which I’ve gone to since I was a child, I was blessed to overhear a conversation behind me in line from a young woman from South Carolina expressing to her friend just how shocked she was to smell cannabis being consumed everywhere in the city (even in line for a roller coaster, or immediately after the rush as I witnessed the guy in front of me do). She was happy about it – thrilled, in fact – and her friends just laughed as she said, “Do you know what would happen in South Carolina if you smoked pot in line at an amusement park? The cops would be on you in a heartbeat!” Her male friend added (erroneously) “You can hit a bowl in front of a cop here and they can’t do shit.” (Not true; do not do it!)

We have many exciting things we are working on currently and we hope to have more good news coming soon. In the meantime, thanks once again to Rick Simpson and Christian Laurette for all they have done. We are all truly blessed to be working with this Cannabis oil.

Positive thoughts everyone’s way!

Capn Cannabis July 31st 2014

Large stores sold approximately 50 pounds of recreational cannabis each in 5 days’ time the first week of legality, with small stores selling 20 to 30 pounds each. Over $5 Million in retail sales the first week. State taxes at 25%, wholesale tax (unseen by consumer) at 15%, and 8% city sales tax equals 48% tax rate on the recreational weed. In numbers, a couple million in tax dollars raised, by people more than happy to pay it, all in one week’s time. The lines are still long at places and a month’s worth of cannabis infused chocolate edibles sold out in 2 days’ time at one of the shops. Incredible. Just incredible!

It’s Green Fever all over the state, as a Colorado state highway mile marker sign for Mile 420 has been stolen so many times the state’s transportation department replaced it with a new sign “Mile 419.99″. I couldn’t make this stuff up, it’s epic times in the joy of Colorado’s legality. Dominoes are falling all over the country – go New Hampshire, Alaska, Washington, Arizona, and New York as you prepare to pass, or implement Cannabis laws! Keep it legal for people to grow at least 6 plants, and the power to heal yourself will remain with the people. Grow ’em big :-)

Jay Leno on the Tonight Show, a great comedian in his final days as host of the famed show, is having a field day with marijuana jokes almost nightly as he heads towards the finish line. He seems to really be enjoying it, calling us “The Generation that Legalized Marijuana.” It’s awesome to see so much happening so quickly.

Food stamps cards can be used at pot shops in Colorado – but I wouldn’t do it people – that might be considered tickling the tail of the beast, and pissing off the feds. Also I wouldn’t recommend, as a caregiver, having more than 30 total plants or 5 patients, as the state is passing a law making both illegal. This law is Superconstitutional; meaning it is on top of a law that is in the Colorado state constitution saying something totally different. So if you can convince a jury of 12 of your peers you didn’t have too many plants or patients, you are okay, but make sure you can without a doubt survive examination of your plants and patients as there will be laws in place soon. It’s sad to see the 5 patient limit and 30 plant count come back from the dead. Just like the THC DUI, it’s another example of legislators doing what they want, regardless of a constitutional vote by the people.

A heads up to all would-be shippers out of state of cannabis goods: several reports of packages not arriving to locations have many thinking the government and corporations have installed larger package scanning machines at all Colorado (and potentially Washington) mailing facilities, and are putting extra scrutiny on packages leaving the legal compassionate states. The Vitamin Cannabis team has long banned out of state shipping amongst our ranks, and I myself would be rich if I accepted the once a week offers to buy my pills and ship them to people out of state or overseas. Do it at your own risk, people, but I do not participate in shipping at all.

In the 1600’s, the Dutch had an event occur called “Tulip Mania” where tulip bulbs were overinflated in price and became worth thousands of dollars, even though the intrinsic value (the actual value of the bulb) was next to nothing. I learned about Tulip Mania in talking with the lead grower at the dispensary I work for, who talked about how the value of certain cannabis clones, like a heavy CBD, or high yielding THC with short flower time, can be inflated to thousands of dollars, when the actual value of the cannabis clone is always less than $1 in physical materials. I asked the grower to compare what is happening in Colorado right now to something else, and Tulip Mania is what he related it to. It’s Cannabis Mania, and Tax Mania, right now in Denver, but it’s all a beautiful sight to see.

In other non-cannabis news, there might be trees on mars, look for yourself and be the judge, but I think the 300 ft. coral-like trees on Martian seabed are definitely proof of alien life existing even if it is Martian Flowers. See the pics and judge for yourself. Also, dolphins have been caught – using a robotic fish camera – taking a puffer fish, making it puff its poison, then getting “high” off the puffer poison, and handing the fish to each other like a joint. It’s pretty amazing to see other creatures using “recreational drugs.” And the poor puffer fish… http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhlXllGGBS6symC3z3

$7 million in Cannabinoid research grants from the state of Colorado has been put into the budget – it’s a first – as a governmental organization will be conducting research into the validity of cannabis as medicine claims. I wonder if our team will receive any of the funds, to look into whether or not cannabis does indeed cure cancer :-). We all know it does, but it would be nice to see it official, and released to all.

Congratulations to New York, who authorized via emergency edict through the governor’s office the distribution of cannabis medicines at 20 NY hospitals. And power to the “Live Free or Die” state, as New Hampshire prepares to legalize via the state house. The dominoes are falling everywhere and prohibitions’ clock is in its final ticks… :-)

Nancy Grace of CNN called pot smokers “Lazy, Fat, and a Threat to Society” in her monologue about how pot legalization is a slippery slope. She debates Mason Tvert, a SAFER marijuana activist who handles her quite well. Nancy even turns off his mike at one point he is winning the argument so badly. Then on Saturday Night Live, they mock Nancy and fake interview a Boulder cannabis bakery manager and Katt Williams. Both will make you laugh out loud and you can check them out together here: http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2014/01/21/cnns-insane-clown-nancy-grace-converts-millions-to-marijuana-legalization/

On a positive note: the over 70 year old doctor in Northern Colorado charged with a felony after signing a medical marijuana card for an undercover cop who said he was in severe pain, will not go to jail, though he still has a criminal record as a result of the case. It’s sad to see in some areas the fear of pot being the devil’s weed still exists. The prosecutor tried to have the doc banned from talking about the case, but that was thrown out by the judge. A strong court turnout helped the doctor who hopefully will be able to return to a normal life with his family, and tell his story to prevent it from happening elsewhere.

Another positive, the first Commercial Hemp Seed production vendor license was issued in Colorado; soon we will all be able to buy commercial hemp seed. Remember it’s only $200 initial fee and $1 per acre to grow industrial hemp in Colorado. Please come grow your victory gardens here… :-)!

One final note: Mr. Snowden – the leaker of the NSA documents about how the US has been spying on everyone – told Russian authorities, who told a newspaper in Iran, that the United States Government has been run by Nazi Space Aliens since 1954. Although the source is questionable, and the story ridiculous, in a way – to me – it makes a hell of a lot more sense that evil Nazi aliens run the country than that ordinary human beings would be so terrible to each other so often, like keeping the cancer cure illegal and letting people die. I’m not saying I believe the Nazi Space Alien stuff, I’m just saying it is much easier to believe that then that humans are capable of such evil. Food for thought, folks.

I hope this message finds you all well and happy. Positive thoughts and energy your way. I truly love you all and will continue my lightworker lightwork as long as we’re gleaming. Please wish me and my family light and good tidings as well. Viva la evolucion, viva la oil!

Kyle Marsh
Capn Cannabis January 25th 2014

P.S. An Update on “Team Landon”: Landon Riddle’s mom, Sierra Riddle, is fighting for her son’s right to use cannabis rather than toxic chemotherapy (he doesn’t even have cancer right now, but they are requiring him to continue treatment for the next few years anyway!). They are trying to raise money for an attorney as well as car repairs to travel form Colorado Springs to Denver regularly for appointments with his doctor. You can help them out by visiting their website and making a donation: http://hashtagteamlandon.wix.com/support.  And/or you can nominate her as an Unstoppable Mom here: http://livekellyandmichael.dadt.com/contests/unstoppablemoms/. Both would help out greatly and would be very much appreciated.

P.S.S. Oh man the news just keeps coming… the pro football league in America just announced it would consider marijuana for treatment of brain injuries, the University of Colorado announced their 33% increase in admissions applications “has nothing to do with recreational marijuana legality” – h huh, sure it doesn’t – and Obama talks about how marijuana isn’t all that bad. The times they are a changin’ and I like what I see. Come to Colorado to go “Hiking” Folks! :-)

URGENT UPDATE- LINES STILL OUT THE DOOR IN COLORADO!

I had to take the time to wish you all a happy new year! And, of course, update you on the ongoing revolutionary activities taking place in Colorado right now. It is urgent because if you are seeing what I’m seeing (lines still around the block TODAY for pot), you know that other cash strapped states and cities are seeing this, and it looks like the Federal Government of the United States will be rescheduling the cannabis plant soon as cities and states have begun ignoring the federal law and begun trying to pass and passing cannabis legality laws already (GO NEW YORK!). But let me tell you a little about how it went down… :-)

Folks, people from all over the world – literally, and all over the US – waited in line in the snow and freezing cold at 8 am to become the first few thousand people in the world to legally buy marijuana. Some camped out, but the very first was an Iraq war vet who purchased marijuana to help with his PTSD, as cameras rolled. It was “High fives All Around” as the local paper put it, as over a MILLION dollars in pot sales rolled out of just under 20 total shops open January 1st. The rush was so intense shops began limiting purchases almost immediately as it was realized Colorado could be out of its recreational stock sooner than expected- though emergency measures by the state should prevent that from happening (i.e., actually licensing the rest of the 150 shops to open). It was beautiful to see people lined up around the block at most of the locations, and the best part is, it all went off without a hitch, a complaint, or a problem. Thousands of tax dollars were raised (over $287,000 in taxes, to be exact) and people were happy all over; and by the end of the week, over $5 million in confirmed sales were made. The rest of the country and world saw how peacefully a legal pot market can operate.

However, it’s not really about the numbers! We all expected a good first couple days for legal weed in Colorado, but here is the thing: the lines are still out there as more and more people are coming out to buy legal weed. They come and buy and wait in line immediately to buy more (totally legal). It’s been ridiculous, incredible, and amazing to watch. Even Nancy Grace calling pot smokers “fat, lazy, and a danger to society” (WHAT?!) can’t bring us down. The city and state are happy with the money, the cops are happy with the money and peacefulness of the crowd, and – most importantly – patients who didn’t want to be on the medical list, and ordinary citizens of the world they are happy, too.  They now have access to this sacred herb medicine from God.

I was blessed to work with the late great Colorado Marijuana Activist Ken Gorman when he was throwing the 420 rallies on the steps of the capital building (after being chased out of the park) and other rallies in Denver to promote pot’s legality. There were days when only 50 people would show up, and one time, only 20. We thought 12 were cops and undercovers, so we felt outnumbered! It never fazed Ken. He said, “I won’t be here to see it, but one day it will be legal, right here, and the people will show up then.” That was the kind of guy Ken was, always preaching to his friends. Sometimes prophesizing about his own death by “unknown shooter” in a “drug deal gone bad”. He said it would all lead to pot being legal here in Colorado first. I never truly believed him, until I started to see it happening.

First, Ken was murdered in his house in 2007, in a “drug deal gone bad” and the “unknown shooter” still has not been found. At the following 4-20 rally, unpermitted by the city, but an informal memorial for Ken led by his daughter Val, the 420 Colorado movement to legalize weed was born. Thousands gathered to honor Ken by showing civil disobedience to the state and smoking weed together at a single moment, 4:20 pm on 4-20-2007, as Ken had been doing for years. The faces at that rally, and the following year, led the way to Colorado’s cannabis future that I see today – and it’s beautiful!

If you look at my youtube.com/capncannabis account, you see a video history of Colorado’s victorious marijuana movement. From my videos at that rally in 2007, you see all the people that now I’ve watched being interviewed on CNN, and national news, as our “movement” became a “force to be reckoned with”. It was a small movement of a group of dedicated people, but it all started with Ken Gorman, and his life and death. Watching more of my videos you see comedy shorts, more activist videos, and then suddenly I stumble across a working cancer cure through Rick Simpson and Christian Laurette, and the Vitamin Cannabis team is born. Many of us feel the Cannabis as a Cancer cure story, and the minds it changed immediately when people who were against cannabis suddenly had a sick family member whose only option was the herb, was the extra 10 to 20% we needed in both the polls and the actual vote to legalize cannabis once and for all. We may never know if that is true, but I know it played a part, in the overall story of courage, that we all showed in winning this war against our plant.

We will honor Ken Gorman this 4-20-2014 once again – in the same park he used to toss out joints to the crowd in. Ken’s daughter Val has said, “If paper cups were illegal, Ken would have fought for paper cups.” It just happened to be cannabis that Ken was fighting for. The activists he trained, including myself (I released Ken’s “It’s A Cannabis Christmas” CD and worked closely with him for 2 years), have finished the job, and in the way that Ken predicted prior to his death. We will celebrate victory day for cannabis this 4-20, and those of us in the know, will also celebrate the life and death of Governor Pothead, the KG1, Ken Gorman.

I’ll still be releasing my book “Vitamin Cannabis: Or, How I learned to love the Cure and fear the Perfect Corporation” sometime in 2014, and it will tell the whole story I have been blessed to witness from beginning to end. Prohibition of marijuana started and ended in Colorado – and for the 50 or so of you who I dearly love who actually read this newsletter (I do love you!) take three special tokes tonight if you partake….

1.      For Ken Gorman, who started this all.

2.      For the end of prohibition, and victory.

3.      For God, who is watching all this and laughing at how ridiculous it was that we would try to eliminate his/her most potent plant!! They tried Lord, and after 70 years of still trying, they finally gave up.  :-)

There is of course more to come, but the events of this past week have inspired a “high fever induced” spoken word piece, as I’ve been ill, but home, and able to watch my activist friends on national news channels. Pot’s never received so much coverage – and 99% of it is positive. I also just saw “Dr. Feelgood” Sanjay Gupta’s report on Landon, a child in Colorado with ALS who is using Cannabis Oil to keep his cancer away- it was an amazing report. He called again for rescheduling cannabis, and scientists are now coming forward with solid evidence cannabinoids kill cancer cells. Federal legality is imminent. Cannabis curing cancer was on CNN tonight…Wow.

To top it all off, the public school kids in CA who were exposed to meningitis will get the illegally imported vaccine from Europe, just like the kids at the Ivy league school with the same outbreak. It’s good to see things working out so well. J  Positive thoughts and good vibrations to all of you – may the “new energies” in “your town” watch over you in the coming year. Do your best to deserve the love you receive. Keep the light, my friends, and never doubt “that a small group of dedicated people, can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has…”

“From Where I Stand Today”

From where I stand today,

hundreds of people stand in line for legal cannabis.

From where I stand today,

medicine is dispersed in stores,

instead of on shady streets.

From where I stand today,

once vacant factories and churches,

now house growing cannabis plants.

Employing people,

Empowering people

and for the people.

From where I stand today,

customers who just paid 33% in taxes on a $35 1/8 of weed,

yell “I’ve never been so happy to pay a tax in my life.”

From where I stand today,

I see need stricken schools ready to accept

the $40 million in pot taxes they will receive.

$287,000 the 1st day.

From where I stand today,

I see other states watching the long lines,

and changing their own laws,

to benefit from the once hidden pot market,

now been revealed.

From where I stand today,

the great illusion is over,

prohibition is dead in Colorado.

And the clock’s in its final ticks for the US,

then the world.

From where I stand today,

as a pot activist fighting

 for the cause now won,

I see

only

 joy.

:-)

God bless Colorado

Happy New Year 2014- Kyle Marsh Capn Cannabis- cannabischorus@gmail.com