Jun 202022
 

Last week, it was announced that Rep. Jim Lilly would be retiring from the State House of Representatives.

It was an abrupt announcement that took everybody by surprise. As of July 1, Lilly will be out of Lansing and working as a lobbyist for supermarket giant SpartanNash, serving as their vice president for government affairs.

“This is a great opportunity to help move this entire country forward on issues related to labor shortages and supply chain challenges,” Lilly said.

Lilly said he is leaving office because “this is the right time to make the transition to work on these issues in the private sector,” but everyone knows this is a lie. Lilly was likely tipped off that he was photographed snorting a line at a lobbyist-funded party next to Lee Chatfield, the incestuous party boy who once ran the show for the GOP in Lansing, or saw video of himself balls deep in one of Detroit’s finest strippers, a time-honored tradition for Republican lawmakers on the take.

Nevertheless, for whatever reason that Lilly is gone, it is great news for the registered caregivers and medical marijuana patients throughout the state. The Michigan Caregivers Association, a group of which I am proud to serve as President, would always go out of our way to take a big fat shit on Lilly. Not because he was noteworthy, talented, intelligent, charismatic or otherwise worthwhile, but it was because Lilly was the personal champion of the legislative package, HB5300-02, bills designed to annihilate the medical marijuana industry in Michigan.

Lilly has fallen victim to the Brikho Curse. This is what happens when karma bites the ass of these losers who thought that they could steamroll over the medical marijuana industry. I am proud to be part of the most righteous industry in the state of Michigan.  The forces of the universe are definitely on our side, even if the money and the power is not. When you fight against medical cannabis that sustains thousands of patients and allows them to live with dignity through the use of a cheap, bountiful, highly-effective medicine, there will be severe karmic repercussions against you in this life and the next.

No doubt the dirt about Lilly will be coming out in the near future, and he will join his buddy Chatfield in the Hall of Disgrace of reviled Republican predators hated by the people and live his life in permanent shame forevermore. But Lilly is far from the only man who has suffered from the Brikho Curse. Take my favorite punching bag, Steve Linder, as another example. Linder, through his immense arrogance, thought he could come in and muscle through the “Big Weed” monopoly legislation while everyone was sleeping. Instead, he was greeted with a massive spectacle that put him and his seedy reputation in the limelight.

Linder’s clients thought they were hiring a smooth professional who could quietly and effectively grease the wheels of the legislature in order to enact their sinister cannabis monopoly with little fanfare. However, what they got was a man way past his prime, an individual who peaked decades ago. They got a man tarred with scandal, who molded Lansing into a den of iniquity. What the Michigan Caregivers Association did was transform the debate from being about patient safety from being about a massive lobbyist power-grab. Our narrative resonates with the people. The public knows about the orgy of Dark Money that runs in our state Capitol. They are not naïve. They may not have known Linder by name but they know there are villains out there regularly undermining our democracy for profit and payouts.

But after the Michigan Caregivers Association’s successful education and outreach efforts, more people knew of Linder’s name than ever before. A messy battle behind the scenes and in front of the cameras resulted in a stalemate, with “Big Weed” monopoly legislation HB5300-02 stalled. Too many lawmakers knew what the underlying agenda was going into these bills, or they feared retribution from the organized and effective and ruthless cannabis community that were out to prevent yet another corporate gangbang, this time at the expense of the caregivers.

The Michigan Cannabis Manufacturing Association (MCMA), the wannabe monopolists, eventually grew tired of Linder and his ineffectiveness. At first, they allowed him to bow out in a manner as to avoid disgrace. The MCMA gave a Democrat-affiliated lobbyist Mark Fisk (learn more about him here) the title of co-Executive Director with Linder, relegating him to subordinate status. Linder was meant to sit down, shut up and know his role. But having already been disgraced in this fight, he could not do so. Linder took his wounded ego to MIRS where he said his final act as a lobbyist would be to defeat medical cannabis. This has clearly become personal for Linder, and his own personal legacy is now tied to destroying the caregivers system. Linder made it clear that this is his hill to die on, and pissing in the faces of medical cannabis patients across the state of Michigan will be his last crusade before retiring.

“When I was asked to do this, it was very strategic. I was the General Consultant for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee…This is the first new industry Michigan has created in 100 years…I needed permission to do this because the general consultant of the caucus couldn’t be on the other side of the issue…I was allowed to do this as long as it was done in a way that would provide cover…We are reverse-engineering the marketplace,” Linder said while appearing on MIRS.

As Linder was blabbing, he was inadvertently revealing how destroying medical cannabis was a top-down mandate from elitist controllers. Linder plotted in secret with Senate Republican leaders and their financial backers to receive the blessing to take over the cannabis industry. It is as bad as it seems, with major Lansing players plotting in backrooms, the same individuals who urged for decades to throw cannabis users in cages, to take control over the industry that they tried to stifle at every turn. It is a naked, egregious example of the worst type of government-corporate collusion imaginable, and Mr. Big-Mouth-Little-Man Linder owned up to it in a public forum.

And apparently Linder’s masters were outraged by his display, because shortly after the MIRS interview, they cucked Linder even further. The MCMA took away his ceremonial title of “Executive Director,” forcing Linder to resign, and demoting him to the title of “senior adviser,” meaning that he’s a little bitch who they can call on to run errands for them every now and again if so needed. This is a damage control mechanism. They are just keeping Linder around for everyone to save face, but the façade is rapidly crumbling.

In actuality, the corporate cannabis industry in Michigan is self-immolating. Their greed has gotten the best of them, as seen with Terrapin’s operations shuttering in the state. They saw cannabis as a cash cow and thought they could come in and gobble up all the profits, but cannabis patients are too smart to allow that. They preferred to grow their own or receive their medicine from a trusted caregiver rather than sell out for an inferior product. The outlaw nature of the industry has taught many lessons to cannabis patients. They know which growers are bringing the fire and reward them accordingly.

The times are tough, but karma is clearly on our side. More will fall to the Brikho Curse, and the last men standing will be the tough, the righteous, the resourceful, and the innovative. We will survive, just like we did through prohibition, and our enemies will be brought to their knees. Watch out, Matt Hall, and others who are standing in line to serve this corrupt system. Justice is coming, and you will be next to circle the drains with other enemies of the caregivers who thought they were untouchable but learned a hard lesson otherwise.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.

Keep growing, my friends.

Sincerely,

Your Friend
Big George

Oct 222021
 

Friends,

I know there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty within the caregivers community due to the Linder monopoly bills and the threatening aspect of this cartel legislation that intends to wipe us all out.

I know you are worried about going back to the dark ages of prohibition, of being scared that a uniformed goon will show up and put a gun in your face for growing medicine. This is very understandable.

But we cannot give up.

The caregivers are the backbone of the Michigan economy, providing independent wealth that spans across many industries. It is not just the hydro stores like mine that rely on you to put food on our family’s plate. It is electricians, plumbers, carpenters, HVAC technicians, and so forth, and this money spreads into many other industries. 

Our economy is suffering, due to the pandemic, due to corruption, due to many reasons that I will not get into right now. By slowing down or shutting down due to fear, we not only give into the bad guys but also kill the engine that is keeping our country afloat during tough times.

This is why I implore all of you to continue your grows and continue producing medicine. They cannot come after us all. The people are on our side, and they are being alerted to the real problem. 

The real problem is Big Weed, the marijuana cartel, that would corporatize marijuana products. The caregivers system is based on relationships, sustained by the compassion of the grower. As everyone in the industry knows, there is an abundance of caregivers who will give marijuana away to cancer patients, epileptics, the pain stricken, and others who desperately need it FOR FREE!

Will that happen if the caregivers model is destroyed? Of course not, despite their assurances otherwise. They are trying to buy off medical patients with a proposed government subsidy, one that can be cut off at a moment’s notice, but that pittance is not worth selling out our freedom, our dignity and our self-respect.

I want to let the homegrowers know that myself, other business leaders, and the entire cannabis community are fighting for their rights. We are going to war with the monopolists everyday in Lansing. They know we are serious. We are hitting them with billboards, ads, calls and constant pressure to expose them. We are not lobbying the lawmakers, we are lobbying the PEOPLE against this takeover and the people’s eyes are opening. Nobody wants a corporate cannabis cartel.

We will come out victorious at the end of this. They were expecting that we would be celebrating post-legalization and relax, take our eyes off the ball, and allow this takeover to happen without much resistance. They have found that they were dead wrong. 

In the meantime, keep doing what you are legally allowed to do in our democracy through the Medical Marihuana Act of 2008. It is your constitutionally-protected freedom to grow medicine under the sensible regulations approved in overwhelming margin by the voters. Exercise your rights freely. We got your back.

Sincerely,

George Brikho

Apr 142019
 

The recent arrest of WikiLeaks cofounder Julian Assange in London is an outrage.  There are so many things wrong with this situation that I could write a book.  A long book.  Assange had been granted asylum by the Ecuadorian government back in 2012, and became a citizen of Ecuador in 2017.  Now, they have revoked that asylum, invited the London Police into their embassy to arrest him, and he is sitting in jail cell presumably awaiting extradition.  Many international human rights groups believe that he should be released.

This is a cautionary tale about governments and government agencies.  The behavior of Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, is reprehensible.  It is proof that all too often a government can say something or promise anything one day, and change its mind on a different day.  That becomes very true when there is a change of leadership in a government.  It is known that Moreno has been implicated in a corruption scandal in Ecuador by his country’s legislature.  As always, governments show they cannot be trusted.

Assange may appeal to the government of France for asylum on humanitarian grounds (he has a son who lives in France).  But what would come next?  Does anyone really want to trust the French to do the right thing?  Assange will always be on the run unless the United States drops its legal case against him.

The international media should be praising the work that Assange and WikiLeaks have done over the years.  Assange should be as revered as Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers in 1971.  Our United States Constitution guarantees freedom of the press.  Assange should be treated as a reporter and WikiLeaks considered a news reporting organization.

It should be stated that Assange is not accused by the United States government of hacking.  He is a reporter who has used a hacker as a source.  He is a journalist who has sought to protect his sources, which earned the enmity of several national governments.  If we value freedom of speech then we have to stand in support of him.

If we care about holding our own government accountable, especially when it is engaging in unjust warfare overseas, then we need people like Assange doing the very work that they have done.  The justifications for our military misadventures have often been spurious.  We need to admit that the United States either has no clue about what it is doing in the Middle East, or (worse) is an intentional bad actor.  Ellsberg, Assange and others have done the necessary work over time to expose our foreign policy misconduct.

It’s time to free Julian Assange!

In Liberty,

George Brikho

May 032015
 

It is now a well-known fact that our government, especially at the federal level, lies to us regularly and keeps us in the dark on pretty much everything. However, the lid may soon be busting off of one of the most speculated-upon events in our nation’s history – 9/11 and who was really behind the attacks that changed our country forever.

Introduced by Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), House Resolution 428 (H.Res.428) would implore the President to release 28 pages of classified documents pertaining to 9/11. According to the Congressmen who have read the documents under a vow of secrecy about their contents, it is a real eye-opener that shatters many previously-held notions of what happened on that fateful day.

Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky) said, “As I read [the classified documents], and we all had our own experience, I had to stop every couple of pages and just sort of try to absorb and try to rearrange my understanding of history… It challenges you to re-think everything. I think the whole country needs to go through that.”

Former 9th District Republican congressional candidate George Brikho agrees with Rep. Massie’s analysis.

“The 9/11 official government story stinks. The government has lied and cheated every step of the way. They are hiding something huge from us. It’s so obvious, and it’s not being done to keep us safe. We must deny the government propaganda and demand the truth,” Brikho said.

Both the Bush and Obama Administrations have refused to disclose the documents, prompting a nationwide movement to get this crucial information released to the public. Former Florida Senator Bob Graham, who was once Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is leading the charge to get these documents released.

“This has been a major source of frustration and anger for me. Back in 2002, I co-chaired the congressional inquiry into 9/11. We produced, after more than a year of research, hearings, interviews, reading thousands of documents, a report of over 800 pages,” Sen. Graham explained in an interview with independent news site BenSwann.com.

“That was the chapter that went to the question of who financed 9/11. I have been trying since that time to get those 28 pages released because I think that would be an important piece of information on to me the most essential, unanswered question of 9/11, which is did the 19 hijackers act alone or was there a support network, which facilitated their financing, their lives while in the United States, their training and practicing the plot,” Sen. Graham said.

The support network supposedly comes from Saudi Arabia. The 28 unreleased pages, according to Sen. Graham, are a startling revelation that the feds have been less than truthful about what happened on 9/11 this entire time and that one of America’s closest allies, Saudi Arabia, had a much larger role in the attacks than what was previously acknowledged to the public. Making matters worse, the feds were supposedly knowledgeable about Saudi Arabian involvement in the attacks, and knowingly covered it up.

“Our foreign policy is a disaster. We are giving weapons to terrorists all over the world. Christians are being slaughtered as a result. Radical Islam is thriving as a result. It all comes from 9/11. It gave our insane government the excuse to bomb the world into oblivion,” George Brikho said.

Brikho continued on to say, “Our government has sent countless men and women to die based on lies. This is a criminal enterprise that is operating in Washington D.C. This is gangsterism. We need to get all the information out to the public, and then jail the crooks responsible for this massive cover-up.”

In spite of the odds that lie ahead of Brikho and the truth movement that he represents, George maintains an optimistic outlook and a fighting spirit that will only subside after he achieves justice.

“We are making progress in the fight for government transparency,” Brikho said. “People are starting to realize that you can’t trust the government. You give these scumbags an inch, and they will take a mile. I will never trust them to be anything but liars and thieves. I will fight them until the bitter end if necessary.”