CCI Withdrawn

After five months of collecting signatures in all kinds of weather, the California Cannabis Initiative (CCI) has been withdrawn. CCI was an initiative aimed at the November 2010 ballot that would have legalized marijuana in California for adults 21 and up and guaranteed civil rights for cannabis consumers. Although not enough signatures were gathered to place the CCI proposal on the ballot, the campaign has been a success on many fronts.

Integrity. The CCI campaign utilized a 100% volunteer workforce. No signature gatherers were paid to circulate the CCI petition.

Education. Thousands of California voters have learned of CCI’s main planks while visiting their favorite local venues. Some of those proposals include releasing of pot prisoners if cannabis is their only crime. Earmarking tax funds for healthcare, education, environmental programs, public works and state parks. Mandating decriminalization of marijuana in every city and county in California. Equalizing adult’s rights to grow, possess, transport, use and sell marijuana.

Fun. Volunteers have reported that CCI was one of the most enjoyable campaigns that they have worked on. It was written and staffed by sincere true believers, and attracted exceptionally intelligent individuals.

Grassroots Organization.
Hundreds of volunteers got involved and thousands of California voters have registered to vote for the first time in their life after being inspired by this campaign. This is a new voting bloc that can be activated for marijuana legalization and civil rights protection in the future.

Thank you to all who contributed to this effort. If there is enough interest, a new campaign may commence for 2012. Today the campaign needs $375 to close out the books and file the final report with the Secretary of State. Your contribution of any amount is deeply appreciated, even $5 or $10 helps, please don’t be shy! The CCI Paypal account is paypal@californiacannabisinitiative.org

Peter G. Keyes
California Cannabis Initiative Volunteer

Tim Castleman
California Cannabis Initiative Petition Campaign

Omar Figueroa, Joe Rogoway, James J. Clark
California Cannabis Initiative Proponents

Novozymes "enzyme cocktail" to make biofuel from cellulose

First-Ever Car Powered by Government Paper Waste Makes Debut at Washington Auto Show
Novozymes to demonstrate improved enzyme technology for advanced biofuels

WASHINGTON – For the first time in U.S. history, a vehicle fueled by government office waste paper and waste cardboard will drive the streets of Washington D.C. today. Global bioinnovation company Novozymes has partnered with Maryland-based Fiberight to provide the demonstration fuel.

“The advanced biofuels showcased here today demonstrate that the enzyme technology is ready for market. What we need now is commercialization and deployment of advanced biofuels in order to help meet our country’s most pressing energy and environment challenges,” said Adam Monroe, president, Novozymes North America.

During today’s ‘Ride ‘n Drive’ event, government VIP’s and members of the media will get the chance to test drive a flex-fuel Chevrolet HHR at the Washington Convention Center. In the exhibition hall, a flex-fuel Ford F150 – also fuelled with the wastepaper-based biofuel – will be on display throughout the week. Both vehicles run on E85, a blend of 85 percent biofuel and 15 percent gasoline.

Novozymes multi-year research and development efforts have resulted in an enzyme cocktail that can now be used to make advanced biofuel from agricultural residues, municipal waste and energy crops. The biofuel demonstrated at the show is produced by Fiberight (www.fiberight.com). After a sequence of pulping, pre-treatment and wash, enzymes from Novozymes turn the paper and cardboard waste into sugars that are then fermented into biofuel. A sample of the paper feedstock will also be on display throughout the show.

The company is no stranger to the government spotlight. President Bush visited Novozymes headquarters in North Carolina in February 2007 to learn about enzyme technology which resulted in part of the plans for the Renewable Fuels Standard.

Novozymes also received two contracts from the DOE for its research efforts to bring down the cost of enzymes and improve their efficiency in converting cellulose to biofuels. The first contract for $2.2 million was given in 2002, and the second for $12.3 million was given in 2008.

As a result of this work, Novozymes has been able to achieve significant reductions in enzyme costs over the years, notably the 50 percent reduction announced in 2009. Most recently, the company received a $28.4 million tax credit toward the construction of its enzyme manufacturing facility in Blair, Nebraska which will create 100 new green jobs.

Advanced biofuels can deliver up to 90 percent CO2 emission reduction compared to gasoline and are the most cost-efficient way of reducing CO2 in the transport sector. In 2009, the deployment of Novozymes’ technologies in all industries resulted in the reduction of CO2 emissions totaling approximately 27 million tons – the equivalent of taking 7 million cars off the road.
http://www.novozymes.com/en/MainStructure/PressAndPublications/Newsitems/2010/Car+on+paper+waste.htm

Prohibition STILL doesn't work. It never did. Why not regulate and tax it instead?

Prohibition STILL doesn’t work. It never did. Why not regulate and tax it instead?

Marijuana use is a victimless crime and prohibition is very unpopular among the general public. The law itself creates an unregulated black market economy that gangs and thugs profit from. Rival gangs fight over market segments and turf wars disrupt our communities with violence and other criminal activities.

History confirms that prohibition never worked and actually created one of the bloodiest, most corrupt periods in American history. The solution was to legalize, regulate, and tax the forbidden substance for adults.

When we regulate and tax marijuana for adults it will put an end to the cannabis crime wave driven by black market profits caused by prohibition. When we allow responsible adults to produce, process and sell commercial cannabis with requirements for labeling and tax commercial sales it will benefit our state and local budgets.

California Cannabis Initiative is the grassroots, people’s movement to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis. This is a 100% volunteer effort with no corporate funding.

The success of the California Cannabis Initiative depends on your contribution of time and resources.

Visit CaliforniaCannnabisInitiative.org to get started.

Tim Castleman
Yes on California Cannabis Initiative
tim@CaliforniaCannabisInitiative.org
916-889-6130

P.S. Contribute $1,000 or 1,000 signatures to receive an exclusive autographed copy of the Memoirs of the Legendary Cannabis Cowboy. Help the Cannabis Cowboy save the day again!

My first day circulating the CCI petition

It is about 7 miles from my house to Old Sacramento via the American River bike trail. I take this ride often but this time I brought a kit consisting of a little 8.5 x 11 sign frame with the California Cannabis Initiative logo in it, some California Cannabis Initiative petitions, a clipboard and some pens with me. I stopped at Staples and made 20 copies of the 4 on 1 page “Call to Arms” mini flier from the downloads page on CaliforniaCannabisInitiative.org. The clerk suggested green paper and using their paper cutter I quickly made 80 little handouts for about a buck. By the end of the day I was calling these little green slips of paper a prize because people seemed to like that.

I arrived in Old Sacramento around noon on Sunday, 9/13/2009. There weren’t a lot of people there but it was not empty so I set up my little sign on a table in a public space near the boardwalk where lots of people would pass by and started asking for signatures. Since I was using a public space there were no contracts to sign or permissions to get. I soon figured out the most effective line is simply “Legalize Marijuana” or “Petition to Legalize Marijuana”. I think with a big sign that says “Legalize and Tax Marijuana for Adults” I won’t even have to say much, people will line up to sign this petition, and often thank me for being there with it!

Over the course of about 4 hours I collected 20 signatures from Sacramento county residents and because Old Sacramento is a huge draw for tourists I got 18 from Alameda, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Placer, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Solano, Tulare, and Yolo counties. The most gratifying was a clean cut young couple with baby in a sling on dad’s chest that told me he was a police officer and all his co-workers would sign too.

Overall the response was excellent and I am pleased with my first day out. I came up 12 short of the goal, but hey, it was my first day. Based on today’s results I believe there will be some days with a hundred or more signatures. Yes, there were a handful who said no, and a lot of people didn’t respond at all, but I didn’t try to change anyones mind and was prepared to answer the questions some had. It was easy and fun, I look forward to doing this on a regular basis over the next 145 days, my personal goal is 1,000 signatures.

Taxes on Cannabis Sales

There are two equally strong arguments on this issue. Nathan Sands and a few others make the case FOR sales tax because it is the right thing to do and adds great legitimacy to our movement. Several others have made the equally valid point that why should patients help fund the war against themselves, especially when local LEO’s join the feds on these raids?

While there is no simple answer, I tend to fall on the side of liberty and no taxation without representation. These are founding principles that should not be ignored in the name of political expediency. What guarantee do we have that paying sales taxes will stop the raids? None, in fact we have evidence to the contrary and know that these sales tax records can, and will be, used against a defendant in court.

Frankly, I feel the same way about the state ID card. It compromises personal liberty and can be used against defendants in court, or at the least in covert investigations carried out by LEO’s that have never been friendly to cannabis consumers in the first place.

At the end of the day, the People exert the most control over their government via the Power of the Purse. Government needs taxes to function and when the People pay tax without representation we betray our founding principles. Therefore I feel it is important that we unify as a movement and clearly state that we will cheerfully pay our fair share of taxes when the raids stop and we can rely on LEO’s to protect our property rather than seize it. Meanwhile, it may be prudent for providers to fund savings accounts that can be used to pay taxes when prohibition of cannabis ends.

Tim Castleman
Medical Marijuana of America

Follow up letters to Matsui Staff

February 7, 2007

Dear Rob Leonard, Joe Trahern and John Young,

Following up on our meeting January 29th, I want to first thank all of you for the extraordinary investment of time and attention you gave us. You can all take pride in your professional demeanor and presence that has helped restore my hope in our system of government. Though it was very disappointing to not be able to actually meet my representative in congress, the staff did a fantastic job and gave us over two hours of their time.

However, I remain even more deeply disappointed at the lack of action taken by Ms. Matsui in response to our request that she publicly confirm her intention to vote NO on the pending supplemental funding request for the military. It is imperative that Ms. Matsui join the courageous members of congress that have made clear their intention to vote NO on the president’s supplemental funding request.

Will Ms. Matsui vote NO on the pending supplemental request for more funding of the war on Iraq?


February 7, 2007

Dear Rob Leonard, Joe Trahern and John Young,

Following up on our meeting January 29th, I want to first thank all of you for the extraordinary investment of time and attention you gave us. You can all take pride in your professional demeanor and presence that has helped restore my hope in our system of government. Though it was very disappointing to not be able to actually meet my representative in congress, the staff did a fantastic job and gave us over two hours of their time.

I want to congratulate and thank Ms. Matsui for the flood protection funding announced in the president’s budget. This is long overdue and vital to not only Sacramento, but the entire state of California for protection of our fresh water supplies. It was disappointing to once again see no mention of the Natomas area, and the suggestion that everyone should have flood insurance is a bit late, IMHO. Fortunately we do have flood insurance but I know most don’t, and those living in Natomas are faced with rates about 4 times what we pay, so it seems to me some significant leadership is required to bring Natomas into the fold of 100 year protection.


February 7, 2007

Dear Rob Leonard, Joe Trahern and John Young,

Following up on our meeting January 29th, I want to first thank all of you for the extraordinary investment of time and attention you gave us. You can all take pride in your professional demeanor and presence that has helped restore my hope in our system of government. Though it was very disappointing to not be able to actually meet my representative in congress, the staff did a fantastic job and gave us over two hours of their time.

I am very glad to note Ms. Matsui’s record of support for public transportation. As you know, the president’s budget once again falls far short in funding for Amtrak. It seems his administration is dedicated to dismantling this national treasure and we need even more leadership from Ms. Matsui to not only fully fund Amtrak, but to encourage expansion of the system to help reduce energy consumption and the greenhouse effect caused by jet contrails and emissions.

Will Ms. Matsui support full funding for Amtrak?

Will Ms. Matsui take a leadership role in shifting subsidy funding from the airline industry to expanded rail transportation?

On a local level, will Ms. Matsui support the Solar Steam Train project described at www.SolarSteamTrain.com ? This would be a fantastic project for Sacramento and the world to advance alternative forms of energy efficient transportation powered by the sun!


February 7, 2007

Dear Rob Leonard, Joe Trahern,

Following up on our meeting January 29th, I want to first thank all of you for the extraordinary investment of time and attention you gave us. You can all take pride in your professional demeanor and presence that has helped restore my hope in our system of government. Though it was very disappointing to not be able to actually meet my representative in congress, the staff did a fantastic job and gave us over two hours of their time.

I am happy to know that Ms Matsui recognizes the medicinal value of cannabis to thousands of Californians. It is my understanding that Ms. Matsui supported THE HINCHEY-ROHRABACHER MEDICAL MARIJUANA AMENDMENT TO THE 2006 COMMERCE-JUSTICE-STATE APPROPRIATIONS BILL and I would urge her to support this important legislation when it comes up again. It is long past time to reign in the DEA and make them call off the raids on legal patients and their caregivers/suppliers.

Will Ms. Matsui take a leadership role to call off the DEA’s war against medical cannabis in California?

Will Ms. Matsui co-sponsor new legislation similar to the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment or the States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act H.R.2087 introduced in the 109th congress?

Robert G. Schmidt (Genesis 1:29) imprisoned: letters needed

Robert (Duke) Schmidt has been sent to a prison camp in Leavenworth, Kansas.
I was in the military prison there once a long time ago. It really sucked and a crucial link to the world came in the mail. Even though letters are opened and read by the guards, they were still a bright spot in the otherwise gray world that is prison.

Robert needs letters sent for his appeal, and to him while he sits it out thousands of miles from his wife, family and friends. At the end of this e-mail I have pasted the letter I wrote to use as an example if you like, but originality is important, so be sure to edit to add your own experience.

Details of the raid including before and after pictures are online at:
http://genesis129.hempusflag.com/

Fax your letter of support to his attorney at 323-653-1225

Send a letter to Robert at:

Robert G. Schmidt #80579-020
FPC Leavenworth Unit B-2
Satellite Camp, P.O.Box 1000
Leavenworth, Ka. 66048

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To Whom It May Concern:

I met Robert G Schmidt the summer of 2000 and subsequently visited his medical cannabis production and distribution facilities on numerous occasions. It was Robert who first pointed out to me that Proposition 215 was now California State law 11362.5 & 11362.9 as he described his efforts to be in compliance at all times.

Robert also told me about ongoing meetings and correspondence with DEA regarding his registration to manufacture a controlled substance. I met his patent attorney, William Hyde, and learned of his research into concentrating the medicinal properties of cannabis to provide efficient methods of delivery without smoking the vegetable matter. I heard about local law enforcement officials visiting his dispensary to train new
officers, and met dozens of medical cannabis patients that he helped.

Robert and I talked often about the concept of ‘whole stalk utilization’ in which all of the plant material is put some use, such as making paper from the left over leaves, branches and stalks after harvest. As a bio-resource development researcher I was greatly intrigued with this prospect and expressed my interest by participating in a response letter to Robert’s most recent DEA correspondence requesting more information – just before their raid in September 12, 2002.

Oddly, weeks later they sent yet another letter and request for more information, this after they had just raided both his leased Sebastopol ranch and Petaluma office space! I mention this DEA correspondence to illustrate Robert’s sincere belief that Genesis 1:29 was operating in full compliance with California State law, and registration with DEA was a typical government process well underway at the time of the DEA raid.

Robert never attempted to hide or conceal any of what he was doing. Quite the contrary, he not only had registered with the DEA, but also worked closely with local officials to move his dispensary from a residential location to a more suitable commercial space, across the street from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

All of this served to inspire confidence in me and deepened the shock when I learned of the raid. Robert clearly knew the law and was making every attempt to remain in compliance, yet he was singled out from the dozens of other medical cannabis providers to be jailed and lose everything. Now he has been sent thousands of miles away from his wife, family and friends to a prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. This is an outrage, what happened to the Rule of Law? What about States Rights? What about the 1000+ medical cannabis recipients that now must turn to the street again?

I sincerely hope the reader of this letter has the integrity and compassion to help correct the injustice of jailing this man, and take the appropriate action to see his release as soon as possible.

Tax and Regulate Marijuana Trust Fund

Proposed is a way to voluntarily pay a tax on marijuana sales, safely and anonymously if desired, while building a trust fund to be turned over to tax authorities upon decriminalization of marijuana.

The fund could be designated for use by state and local governments to pay for public benefit programs as defined by the funds board of directors.

After overhead costs are paid, income will be equally split between current contributions to programs approved by the board of directors and an interest bearing trust account to be held until marijuana is decriminalized by congress and then released to appropriate government tax authorities. This distribution will be contingent on development of a fair system of taxation and regulation for marijuana in the United States, and release of all non-violent marijuana prisoners held in American prisons.

If the Trust Fund were set up as a non-profit organization, would contributions be deductible? Is there already an organization that would be a good vehicle for such a project? Is there a level of interest to pursue this?