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Do you know of the book “ALCOHOL CAN BE A GAS“? The author is on Coast to Coast every few months telling listeners how easy it is to make alcohol fuel at home for cheap. He also recommends building community stills run for a profit. He says the permit needed by the feds is easy to apply for and to receive. With all the green waste on the big island this sounds like a small business opportunity for somebody to me. Whattaya think? Might be fun to call and order the application, just in case, and so you can advise others on the island who are interested in going to work and making a new business.

Any pro-Cannabis national news today, fullmoon, end of calendar year?

All the best gas to you, so to speak :-p

Roger

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—–Rose, Jeri on 12/28/2012 6:30 AM wrote:

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Freeing the herb means freeing the economy for all farmers to grow hemp and until someone builds the plants for dealing with those plants as biomass for fuel it will be used for cloth and food and paper. Someone like Branson has to invest in setting up a plant for making that fuel. The oil people will fight back by lowering their prices. That is why no one will make that investment. They all know how the pieces are played on the board.

ROGER CHRISTIE on 12/28/2012 1:46:18 AM wrote
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Hey there Mike,

Aloha to thee. Thanks for the latest news report, and the lawsuit from Rev. Baker in Colorado.

Part of what we get at the legislature is what we want, and what we request (with facts, passion and sustained political effort) of our ‘representatives’ to pass for us. In my opinion, ‘decriminalization’ is asking for far too little. It just means a civil fine instead of an arrest, prosecution and possible fine and or state prison sentence. It’s better than what exists now, but it’s too litle – too late. We need the police off of our backs for Cannabis and out of our gardens forever. We need a peaceful sky. We need a legal, home-grown supply. Decriminalization doesn’t provide for a source of legal herb. I think Tracy Ryan at the Libertarian Party of Hawai’i says it best when she writes that we deserve liberty for Cannabis; strict regulations will still mean crime and blackmarket herb.

Share and I hope and intend that the federal marijuana laws change soon and we’re freed of all charges before our trial date in mid-March. I’m writing to Senator Leahy of the Judiciary Committee tonight. I sent a fat package of related materials and a letter to Sen. Mazie Hirono last week. I recommend that she hears from the big island ganja-ohana! I told her we need her to be our champion in the U.S. Senate and I mean it. Now I’ll also write to brand new U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz. He’s a former social services guy, so he must have a heart for people.

Don Wirtshafter was just here on Christmas eve for a few hours visit with me. He’s writing an article about his visit with me for the WC LEAF, too. What a good guy.

All the best to you and yours!

Roger

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—–Aiello, Mike on 12/27/2012 3:45 PM wrote:

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Hawai i Cannabis News by Emery Garcia
The passage of two mainland state initiatives legalizing cannabis has spurred renewed interest for cannabis decriminalization. The last time a decrim bill was introduced was in 2011. Although SB1460 passed in the Senate the bill died in the House.
Hawai i cannabis activists are more confident that this year with the House undergoing a major leadership shakeup the climate will be more favorable to passing decrim for up to an ounce and much needed changes to the States antiquated medical cannabis program.
“We have had a bad medical cannabis law since 2000 with no changes in all that time,” said Andrea Tischler, Chair of the Big Island Americans for Safe Access.. “Imagine a law that permits certified medical use but provides no way to access the medicine other than to grow it yourself or find a primary caregiver? That for a sick person most often is a daunting task.” Tischler is hoping that a more compassionate legislature will soon pass a law allowing dispensaries in the state. “We are making dispensaries and transferring the medical cannabis program to the Health Department two of our priorities for this legislative session”, she affirms.
The travesty of justice for Big Island resident, Reverend Roger Christie drags on. For the past 30 months Christie has been unconstitutionally held without bail or trial in a Federal Detention Facility in Honolulu. Along with Roger, 13 others including Roger s wife, Share, are being charged with cultivation of cannabis and sales from Christie s THC Ministry in Hilo. He has petitioned the court and been denied bail seven times. Even though he has never been charged with another crime, the judge has ruled repeatedly that he must remain in custody as he may be a “danger to society”. Rastafarian minister, Nancy Harris respectfully expressed, “My brother Reverend Roger Christie has endured the harsh conditions of pretrial confinement, denied almost all visitors, yet he remains hopeful, positive and loving”.
Reverend Christie strongly believes he has the right to use cannabis religiously as guaranteed in the first amendment. He and the other defendants are scheduled for a March trial..
There is optimism in Hawai i that cannabis laws will be reformed and that Roger will be exonerated. With rapid drug policy reform occurring on the mainland and public support trending toward legalization the coming years will eventually lead toward ending punishing cannabis laws. Historically the Aloha State has deep roots in the acceptance and use of cannabis.

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