Apr 302018
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In November, Republicans are likely going to lose the governorship to the Democrats. They are going to lose the governorship because they have betrayed the public trust. The public will choose the Democrats because they have seen the Republican-dominated legislature piss in their faces time and again. This is true on every issue, but particularly true when it comes to medical marijuana. Republicans have nobody to blame but themselves for this predicament.

On the issue of marijuana, all but a small handful of legislators are woefully misinformed on the issue. They take their cues from the corporate lobbyists who they take orders from or from the laughable ‘Reefer Madness’ propaganda of yesteryear. EverGreen Management, an entity which I am closely affiliated, worked very hard through the process of the corrupt legislature to get through some sensible regulations allowing the medical marijuana industry and thrive. These were not perfect, but gave a little breathing room for the industry to function. I am very proud of this work, although Lansing has done a terrible job enforcing the regulations.

However, all of that progress is in serious jeopardy because of the work of Republican lawmakers. Republican lawmakers Steve Marino, Triston Cole and Joseph Bellino are leading the way to criminalize medical marijuana with House Bill 5845. This not only criminalizes the manufacture of common marijuana items, which would jeopardize the industry and increase the cost of medicine for patients who desperately need it, but also eliminates the caregiver model. This legislation would create a state-dominated monopoly that would punish patients while enriching powerful special interests at their expense. It is a blatant money-grab from the sick, enabled by the combined forces of ignorance and greed within the Republican Party.

Marino leads the effort to destroy the medical marijuana industry, and he hails from Macomb County, my own backyard. We have known about the seedy record of this wanna-be career politician who got his start in politics as a lobbyist representing the most greedy interests imaginable. He served his masters very well and slithered his way up the latter very quickly. A helpful resource was created by grassroots activists showing how Marino skirts property taxes, outsources jobs at his own businesses, supports making it harder for seniors to collect social security, and brags about how he used to buy favor with legislators during his days as a lobbyist. He was even forced to retract his own statements on the campaign trail to save his ass after an embarrassing audio recording of Marino was released to the public. Sadly, he was able to get elected to the State House despite all of his baggage and now the people of Macomb County and the rest of Michigan have to endure the schemes of this veteran lobbyist who revels in his own filth.

Although I have a license and would likely benefit from Rep. Marino’s proposed power-grab, I am still blowing the whistle against it. I have heard from other industry leaders that there is a well-funded push to eliminate the caregiver model completely. With the caregivers put out of business, those of us who are licensed by the state would dominate the industry completely. The supply would dry up, the prices would rise, and the rich would get richer. As a dispensary owner who wants to build a sustainable business by giving patients the best possible medicine the marketplace can provide, I do not want this kickback. This is a form of corporate welfare, and I prefer to stand on my own two feet. House Bill 5845 is fundamentally un-American and anti-free market. It betrays the principles that Republicans supposedly stand for, and this hypocrisy will be punished harshly by the people of Michigan who know exactly what is going on in Lansing.

If you look at who is donating to the authors of this reprehensible legislation, you can see they are owned by the usual suspects. The Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association fears the medical marijuana industry as a competitor so it throws money at crooked lawmakers to oppose medical marijuana. Unsurprisingly, they contribute a great deal of dirty cash to the coffers of Reps. Marino, Cole and Bellino. For introducing House Bill 5845, they will certainly receive even greater campaign contributions during the next election cycle that will play out this year. All three of these men know how the game is played, and it is why they filed the legislation. Marino, Cole and Bellino are not well-intentioned, but rather conniving vipers who treat the Michigan taxpayer like a gentleman caller treats Stormy Daniels after slipping her a $100 dollar bill (Only our Lansing daddies don’t even give us the $100 before they have their way with us).

This legalized system of bribery is what runs Lansing. The threesome of Marino, Cole and Bellino are emblematic of the problem, and it can be observed by looking at their funding sources. House leadership throws money their way through the Chatfield Majority Fund, the House Republican Campaign Committee, and the Michigan Values Leadership Fund. Established big money interests such as the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Michigan State Police Troopers PAC, the Auto Dealers of Michigan, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce fund these three men as well. Between the three of them, they are receiving ill-gotten gains from virtually every vulturous special interest that benefits from the corrupt status quo in Lansing. These three men are the epitome of the Lansing swamp that needs to be drained, and they won’t be going away anytime soon as they are rewarded for their compliance by their masters. We the grassroots have to stop them dead in their tracks.

Unfortunately, it may be too late to turn it around for the Republicans. Between screwing the medical marijuana industry, enacting massive tax and spending hikes and overseeing the Flint water crisis, Republicans have made their own bed and have to sleep in it come November. But in the mean time, we must defeat this terrible senseless Republican legislation designed to devastate the medical marijuana industry in Michigan. We have to prevent the Republicans in our legislator from destroying the rights of medical patients. You can find how to take action to stop House Bill 5845 at this link.

Please share this around as much as you can, as it is imperative for us to stop yet another Republican-led screwjob of the medical marijuana industry in Michigan.



1. “24th House District, Rep. Steve Marino.” http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=75

2. “17th House District, Rep. Joseph Bellino.”http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=68

3. “105th House District, Rep. Triston Cole.” http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=90

Apr 102018



Shame on Chris Hindo!

As you may be aware, the will of the voters is under attack in the city of Detroit. The medical marijuana initiative that was passed by the voters in Nov. 2017 has been effectively overturned. A small handful of cronies including seedy businessmen, corrupt city officials, and activist judges have undermined democracy and overturned a popular referendum governing medical marijuana dispensaries in Detroit.

An industry that is putting Detroiters back to work, raising the value of property in Detroit and providing a great deal of prosperity into a city that desperately needs it is being held hostage because corrupt out-of-town interests who want a gravy train all for themselves. VK Real Estate Holdings III LLC was the primary interest behind these lawsuits. Aided by a city council that wants the market tightly controlled by a few well-connected insiders, they have imperiled the entire medical marijuana industry.

VK Real Estate Holdings III LLC is a company that is closely affiliated with Chris Hindo. Hindo is a businessman and property owner who lives in metropolitan Detroit, outside of the actual city. His holding company is applying for a permit to run a medical marijuana dispensary. He should have the same rights as anyone else to run a dispensary. However, looking at how his family ran a hotel property in Inkster shows the unethical nature of this man. He is far from reputable, and his lawsuit is clearly not meant to protect consumers if you understand his history. He has no scruples about benefiting from the drug and prostitution trade, and his own motel was shut down as a result of his poor and dangerous business practices.

The Michigan Motel of Inkster, MI was forcibly put out of business after a series of fire violations in 2017 and a long record of abuses described by authorities. Over $100,000 of law enforcement resources were wasted because of frequent calls to this dilapidated hotel that was a hub for all kinds of illicit behavior including prostitution and the illegal drug trade. Muggings and other assaults were concentrated around this slum for many years. Hindo did nothing to clean up this mess, and the state was forced to intervene to safeguard the community.

The motel was used as a front for illegal drugs. Hindo maintained his hotel in a way that it would attract nothing but the dregs of the world. The model never complied with regulations and did not care about the damage they were doing to the surrounding area. When they were closed, the residents of Inkster rejoiced that this locus of crime and degeneracy was no longer in operation. Now that Hindo has lost that source of income, he wants into the medical marijuana industry and doesn’t want to be burdened by competition. He wants to control the marketplace and is being assisted by the courts and city council in his quest to monopolize the industry.

We need to keep illegal drug pushers out of this industry. Passing the medical marijuana act in 2008 was supposed to do that. For far too long, the marijuana trade was driven underground and run by criminal elements due to prohibition and the war on drugs. Now that medicinal marijuana is legalized, there is no reason for lowlifes to dominate the industry. This is what is happening because of these frivolous lawsuits. And make no mistake about it, Hindo knew exactly what was going on at the Michigan Motel the entire time.

According to a Click On Detroit report about the Michigan Motel (and the liquor store next door with the same ownership), Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said: “There’s cutting agents, pill presses, there are containers that you actually use to magnetize to the bottom of vehicles so you can transport narcotics.”

These startling facts indicate that Chris Hindo was not just a hapless fool unaware that his run-down motel was a dope front, but rather he was a willing and active participant in this sinister drug trade. With VK Holdings associating with this man, they are no doubt bringing Hindo’s same crooked ethic to all of their business ventures as well. Now that we have established the character of this man and his real estate operation, let us examine the particulars of the lawsuit that he filed to overturn the democratic process in the city of Detroit.


In the baseless lawsuit, Hindo and VK Holdings are attempting to conflate spacing requirements with zoning provisions. Although they cannot point to one single case where spacing requirements are required to be listed as zoning, the lawsuit was upheld in a court of law. The referendum was overwhelmingly approved by voters, but lawyers, bureaucrats and cronies are using the courts to stop the reforms that the people clearly want to be enacted.

The initiative approved by Detroit voters was written in pursuance to the law. The restrictions supersede any zoning scheme, and are meant to allay the concerns of the people by providing common sense restrictions. These were put into the referendum because law-abiding business leaders wanted to protect the community and create a safe, regulated market. This safe, regulated market is being impeded by bad actors filing asinine lawsuits, and the government apparatus that is naturally biased against cannabis is helping these bad actors along either knowingly or unknowingly.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Robert Colombo is an enemy of democracy. He effectively overthrew the political process with an arbitrary and biased ruling. In a scandalous turn of events, the city started as the defendant but actually became the plaintiff in the case. The city turned their backs on the people they were supposed to be representing, and worked with a gang of crooks to overthrow democracy. They were all working on the same team to strangle a burgeoning industry providing jobs, prosperity and medicine to an entire community. The judges, bureaucrats, prosecutors and lawyers within our government are empowering the worst of the worst because they care only about preserving their own power and privilege.

The committee will keep fighting despite these setbacks. We know the truth is on our side and despite the corruption within our political system, we believe that the truth will prevail in the end. We will take this to the Supreme Court if needed. The fight never ends, and we will see it through until its over. Medical marijuana was approved in 2008, and we have been fighting ever since. We fight for the patients, caregivers, dispensary owners, and the people of Detroit who are benefiting from the many jobs provided by this industry. The public is on our side, as any opinion poll will demonstrate, and the committee will expose this corruption and ultimately be victorious in the end. Marijuana prohibition is in its death throes, and these are little more than the last desperate gasps of a dying system of control.

Please share this article, and spread the word about the injustice plaguing Detroit and its medical cannabis industry!

1. https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/inkster-motel-with-long-history-of-drug-trade-shut-down-due-to-fire-code-violations
2. https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/inkster-motel-closed-due-to-drugs-code-violations
3. http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2017/02/27/filthy-inkster-motel-and-liquor-store-shut-down-by-police/
4. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2018/02/16/judge-denies-lawsuits-throw-pot-initiatives/110499300/

Apr 282016

Governmental Consultant Services Inc. Holds Medical Marijuana Industry Hostage!
The corporate vultures have realized that the medical marijuana is booming. The feeding frenzy has began with different special interests scurrying to corrupt the industry in order to line their pockets. Perhaps the most egregious culprit is Governmental Consultant Services Inc. (GCSI).

“In a recording, Ken Cole of GCSI bragged about how he was corrupting the process,” former 9th District Republican Congressional candidate and owner of Edenz Hydro Garden Stores, George Brikho said, “Cole stated he was going to hijack the important medical marijuana reform bill, and personally insulted [Rep.] Mike Callton for trying to make the medical marijuana industry friendly to patients and caregivers.”

It gets even worse from there. After Brikho had exposed the harmful impact of GCSI and other influential lobbyists on medical marijuana legislation, he was accosted by Cole personally in Lansing.

“Cole was in my face,” Brikho said. “Heated words were exchanged inside the Capitol. He threatened me. He insulted me, he pushed me, he became unglued. It was a very bizarre situation as well as unprofessional behavior. I would never let this hothead represent my interests as a lobbyist under any circumstances. Cole’s temper and classlessness would cost me money and respect in the community.”

Brikho feels that Cole became unhinged because he and others have been working to expose exactly what he is up to in Lansing, and it is not pretty.

Under proposed amendments to Rep. Callton’s bill, special interests would dominate the medical marijuana industry because of a state-mandated monopoly on the three tier system related to medical marijuana. This needless middleman position would ultimately drive the price of medicine upward, and hurt the patients who desperately need this medicine to survive.

The 3 tier would be limited to established distributors in industries such as beer & wine, gas, tobacco and others. Cole and the GCSI lobbying on behalf of these interests, the greedy players are, Mazan Samona owner of Wild Bill Tobacco, Wisam Paulus owner of Trepco, Hani Mio and last but not least Ron Boji the infamous scumbag who raped the tax payers of Michigan with his dirty 134 million dollar SENATE BUILDING deal, and according to Brikho, it is not a coincidence that they all benefit from the proposed new language that would drastically alter Rep. Callton’s common sense medical marijuana bill.

It is feared that this 3 tier monopoly could open Pandora’s Box. This system would empower these goons to control the market and make access to medicine, that the patients desperately need, more expensive.
“Let’s not toy around here. These merchants kill people everyday and Cole is their pathetic lackey,” Brikho said. “They are trying to capitalize on ignorance. Marijuana is medicine. It is not like alcohol or cigarettes. Patients and caregivers should not be classified with these peddlers of death and destruction.”
“Because marijuana has been classified as a Schedule I substance with no medicinal value by federal regulators for several decades, many misconceptions have been delivered to the public. Now special interests are trying to cash in on these common misconceptions,” according to Brikho.
“I don’t want these seedy interests to taint our industry,” Brikho said. “They wait until the 11th hour, and then try to change important legislation behind closed doors to hurt the people and line their own pocketbooks.”

“Perhaps Cole and GCSI would sell their souls to serve these interests, but I would never stoop to their level,” Brikho said. “I will fight them tooth and nail, and will never get in bed with them under any circumstances.”

During Brikho’s time with the Michigan Cannabis Development Association (MCDA), he observed that Cole and the GCSI were very much in cahoots with the organization. This relationship has been cultivated, Brikho claims, because of the cozy association between Cole and MCDA board member Terrence Mansour.
“Birds of a feather flock together. Mansour and Cole are both cowards who don’t have the balls to kick in your door, put a gun to your hip, and rob you themselves,” Brikho said. “So they hide behind crooked politicians to rob the taxpayers for them. They are more contemptible and disgusting than common street trash.”

“The Founding Fathers created the American republic to stop this type of collusion. Government was meant to be limited so that businesses could win in the marketplace based on their merits, rather than special interest groups becoming wealthy based on whatever favors they could curry with the politicians.”

“The greed is what I cannot understand,” Brikho said. “These men have their hands in everything. Money grubbers like Cole and Mansour want to squeeze every dime they can through the political process. They don’t care who they hurt by doing so. This is evil we are dealing with, and this is the evil that unfortunately reigns supreme in America right now.”
The American system is breaking down, and the most vulnerable individuals in our society are at risk as a result: the sick and in-firmed.

“We will never quit fighting for the rights of patients and caregivers. We will never give up on the American dream,” Brikho said. “This is too great of a country to allow scumbags like Cole and Mansour to destroy it. Justice is coming to those lowlifes, I promise it.”

Call your State Senator and demand that Rep. Callton’s bill be approved without any harmful amendments. Demand that patients’ rights are put first, rather than corporate lobbyists. You can find their information at this link: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/