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We are in a battle for the hearts and minds of our fellow man. This is a real war with real casualties and collateral damage. We have lost innumerable good people to the war on weed and on a larger scale, drugs. This war rages on, even as we see the walls of prohibition crumbling and people calling for an end to these disastrous policies.

In any fight for freedom and justice it is necessary to decipher who are friends and who are foes… and who is unfortunately neutral.

In the cannabis game it is not always such a clear cut line. Sure, there are the weed activists and the drug warriors; the outlaws versus law enforcers. But there are several more layers to the onion in this equation to consider.

On both sides of the battle field there is dissension in the ranks, and double agents playing for both teams. There are weasels all around that have no qualms about selling morals and values down the river for the right paycheck.

As weed emerges into the mainstream market, there will be no shortage of folks trying to cash in — and in doing so, many will betray their trust to the movement and their fellow activists for some lousy silver coins. We already see the writing on the wall, as long established companies sell out their intellectual property to worthless investors with very little care for how we got here;yet are only concerned with what they can get from the industry now that we are here.

At least when fighting our normal adversaries of law enforcement and ill-informed drug crusaders we know where they stand and we can fight them on our terms accordingly. The new battle will come as those who masqurade as our friends are revealed as foes and enemies of cannabis freedom.

Most of this is sure to be fueled by greed and a lack of true passion for cannabis, and the struggle for justice and morality.

We can already see this happening in a lot of the more upfront and regulated markets. Big money folks are working to enact counterproductive policies to ensure their business model has a competitive advantage. A lot of these people who operate in the world of cannabis do not have the skills to compete in a free and open market.

What we see now is companies and individuals who have claimed to be a part of this weed movement working to restrict the market in order to increase their bottom line and hold their oligopoly positioning. It is shameful, and from a business standpoint some of the unfair trade practices being suggested by people in our own movement are appalling.

I often hear a call for “unity” and the suggestion that we cannot afford to confront the hucksters in our own movement because it creates ammunition for the drug warriors. From where I am sitting, this is a HUGE strategic mistake.

As these charlatans invade the Boards of our favorite reform groups and buy their way into positions of power in cannabis reform circles, what we will see is a deterioration of our values and the entire reform process turned over to these business mogul wannabes.

It is already happening. If you do not see it then you are not paying attention. The real foes of the game moving forward are not the traditional drug warriors, but the wolves in stoner clothing we see infiltrating our back lines.

As we pull out of prohibition into a legal cannabis market, these fiscal powerhouses are positioning themselves to undermine the process and to create an unlevel playing field that benfits the few. You do not have to believe me. That is fine. This will all come to reveal itsself rather quickly over the coming months and years. We can have another “I told you so” discussion then.

Right now is the time to begin cleaning house and we should not let the shiny tokens that are being presented distract us from the bigger picture. There are big money interests making plays all over this industry and a lot of the core infrastructure of the movement seems to be up for sale.

What was once sacred ground is now a plastic and commercialized strip mall of weed businesses that are being hustled for their value by those who could give a shit about cannabis freedom.

Make no mistake… as this thing comes into view, the battle is shifting. It will not be about weed, or the right of humans to consume and produce weed. It will be about money, plain and simple.

So as the money war begins, how prepared will you be? Will you have already been fooled and manipulated by these folks because you did not see it coming?

Will you wake up one day and realize everything has been taken from you and you have been voted off your own island? Will the reward be worth selling out everything you have fought for?

In a battle with so much at stake and a long history of evil and corruption, why would we be surprised to find out that our biggest enemy was within our own ranks? That the assholes who have pretended to be our allies have now used our camraderie and “movement” to advance their own causes and finances, and what we are left with is a bunch of nothingness and despair.

It is happening. Do not be an idiot. Do your homework.

Mickey Martin


Editor’s note: Mickey Martin, the Weed Activist himself, blogs at WeedActivist.com. He is coauthor of the book Medical Marijuana 101. You can buy it here.


  • We Remember Peter

    too much greed over a plant that needs to be freed!!!

  • I am happy to see someone writing about this very real and legitimate issue that is happening within the industry. Being part of the the CA cannabis industry for over a decade, before we came to create CannCast, we have seen the above with our own eyes. Maybe it was inevitable, but being blind to it, is doing so at your own peril. Thanks Mr. Martin and Mr. Elliott, for bringing this to light for the unawares.

  • You bet ya, it is happening and has been for awhile. Do you really think all these folks who are in the organizations fighting the Drug War are really trying to end it? What will they do when it becomes legal? Will they have to earn a living instead of living off the hopes and dreams of those who are members are supporters? And what will these poor Pharma companies and prison industry folks and law enforcement confiscations do when they can no longer take advantage of the cannabis patients and consumers? Think about it? Only when Uncle Sam smells all that money will it change and not until.

  • I agree that where there is smoke there is greed. Greed on both sides of the issue is the biggest reason pot is not legal.

  • I see the truth in what you’re saying and it makes me very sad. I’d like to think most of the activists I work with don’t GAF about making a buck and only want to end prohibition. But I’m not naive to it, and I am seeing it happen in some situations. And for those of you reading this who are making a big buck off of this movement.. why don’t you share the wealth? Moms for Marijuana sure wouldn’t turn down a big old donation to, say… our quilt fund or the Idaho 3 legal fund from some of you “activists turned big money makers.” 🙂

    Being in the east, where we are still fighting for what y’all have in the West, I don’t see it so much within my personal circle. Yet! I think most of us here are just too embroiled in the fight to even fathom making money from it. But thanks for the warning for the future….. I have a soft heart and tend to see the world through rose colored glasses, I guess I better take ’em off every once and awhile

  • Marie

    I have been seeing it for a couple of decades. But, you can’t show people what they don’t want to see. A good clue used to be someone dealing wide open for a long period of time w/o ever being popped. I saw some attend every Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and other similar movements, dressed in appropriate hippie attire, only to sell their “ware” and they usually had the best stuff which was much rarer then than today.

  • Ann

    With so many democrats pro-legalization, but at the same time, they are already “pledging” allegiance to Hillary Clinton, who PLAINLY said, “There needs to be more studies.” Although Israel has been studying over 30 years, other countries and hasn’t even the US supported a 30-year study- providing people with a joint a day for a longitudinal study, it appears to me, it’s been studied enough & she is NOT our friend. (Not just because of the cannabis issue, either) I am confused about the next election- why would pro-cannabis people vote for someone who doesn’t appear to be pro the cause, even for medicinal purposes? Just want other people’s opinion on the issue.

  • Ann

    that’s another good point. I NEED it medicinally, & when I see all the “hippie” stuff, half-nude women promoting paraphernalia, it sickens me, I believe it’s recreational use, keeping it from being seen as a legitimate herb from our Creator for legitimate and serious ailments.

  • Ann

    Also, I’m not saying that to be down on recreational tokers, but I believe the medical benefits to those with severe medical problems that the huge possible side effects of allopathic drugs, especially in combinations, that can be alleviate those “poisons” should take top priority

  • didntwanna

    Humanity only sees extinction at the end of our mutually self-destructive road. Cannabis was here to save us from destiny, oh well.

  • Tony Aroma

    Prohibition is about money, legalization is about money. That’s what capitalism is. Nothing necessarily wrong with that, or with people in the industry wanting to make money. The REAL problem is that politics is also about money. Unfortunately, corrupt politicians catering to special interests is the way our government works. Always has and always will.

  • Arunigrace

    This is brilliant 🙂 Thank you Mickey.

  • Arunigrace

    Yes but how much “making money” is too much? Does the corrupt politician or business owner absolutely *have* to resort to dirty tactics just to make a little bit more while they’re burning the patients?Hemp and mmj need to be in every yard in the country. They should think about making money somewhere else. Create a green postal service. Turn UPS,Amtrak, or the postal service green but the patients need to be left out of these greed wars. Is the backstabbing capitalism really worth it in these instances?

  • Arunigrace

    Don’t worry about the Democrats or Republicans as they’re both known to be disloyal. Choose Jill Stein instead. People think we only get two choices. We don’t. We can build the candidate we need with the right amount of properly directed effort.

  • Good point. Ppl have been voting republicrat for far too long, and theyre the ones that have loused this whole mess up, so vote ANYTHING other than these 2 parties, send a strong message to washington, and get REAL change

  • Prohibition and the legalization of marijuana. If you are for it, most say so. If they are against it, most will say so. If they are riding the rails they are most likely a Wall Street investor or an opportunist. Congress btw, fits into the latter. http://tinyurl.com/d3ub4a8

  • Excellent Article! I see this happening and it scares me. These are the people out there who are shameless self promoters, talking of 5 year plans, hoping to get rich off medical marijuana patients. I pay attention. I see people placing themselves strategically to make money. I know nothing other than my patients feel better with marijuana and this plant should not be regulated by the government. I get a lot of attacks because I only work on medical. I am a nurse. I work on lots of healthcare issues. I am not limited to marijuana legislation. The marijuana activists are different. I am not saying that in a bad way, but there is a different feel with some of the people. The ones that give me sketchy feelings are probably sketchy. Be wary, because you don’t know who is your friend.

  • jeremyjanson

    “We can already see this happening in a lot of the more upfront and
    regulated markets. Big money folks are working to enact
    counterproductive policies to ensure their business model has a
    competitive advantage. A lot of these people who operate in the world of cannabis do not have the skills to compete in a free and open market.”

    The left-wing learns of the danger of Crony Capitalism and excessive
    regulation. Well done weed activists, well done! Sometimes in the most
    unexpected places the greatest achievements are made.

  • paulvonhartmann

    Right-the-f**k-on Mickey.
    I wish I’d said that…& I will!

    Ummm, does this mean we don’t get to party-for-pot at the Playboy Club…?