Plant A Seed Tour Cycles 4200 Miles- Raises Awareness, Crushes Stoner StereoType


William “Palito Blanco” Mueller is not lazy. He and other professional cyclists are biking 4,200 miles across the continent to raise awareness about the benefits of the cannabis plant and the urgent need to change laws prohibiting its cultivation and use. This epic tour will also remove any doubt that marijuana makes a person lazy.

Popular culture is filled with the stoner stereotype. From Scooby Doo’s Shaggy to The Big Lebowski, the image of that lazy, good-for-nothing stoner has been firmly engraved in the minds of people. Despite millions of cannabis users who are nothing like Shaggy or Lebowski, much of the public still think of cannabis users as lazy, couch-loving individuals. But for those who have followed a global movement to de-stigmatize cannabis, it comes as a no surprise that many athletes, business-persons and celebrates have led an active and fruitful life despite of – more aptly because of – regular use of cannabis.

Plant A Seed Tour is a 4,200 mile cycling tour dedicated to bring awareness about Cannabis education, research and legalization. The professionals associated it with are not the lazy ‘potheads’. Every single member of this tour are active athletes who live a healthy lifestyle. Collaborating with the tour is NORML Athletics, a network of highly enthusiastic sportsmen who deliberately use cannabis for personal growth and peak performances. This non-profit organization is actively involved in raising awareness about the medicinal and psychological benefits of cannabis through a global network of like-minded athletes.

This coming together of two noble parties expects to break barriers and establish a more positive image of cannabis and its users. This collaboration will send a strong message that cannabis users are everyday people, athletes and even business owners who work day in and day out to raise family and succeed in life. NORML Athletics will spotlight William “Palito Blanco” Mueller throughout the tour. He is on a mission to raise awareness about the urgent need to mend broken cannabis laws.

The issue of cannabis’ numerous benefits will be at center stage and many of the long standing myths will be debunked openly. Scientific research and true life athletic examples are on our side. NORML Athletics has a growing list of prominent athletes joining their cause who continuously strive for realizing their highest potential in their respective sports. Headed by Aaron, a jiujitsu purple belt and a national level MMA competitor, NORML Athletes continue to push boundaries and bring cannabis into mainstream.

Join this exciting venture and support NORML Athletics and the Plant A Seed Tour in any and every way you can. Legalization and awareness about cannabis can save and improve lives of thousands if not millions of individuals. Know that cannabis users are not what the popular culture has made out them to be. This initiative itself is an ample proof that cannabis users are highly active, driven everyday people who strive for continuous success. Join hands as Plant A seed Tour and NORML Athletics aim to dispel the most persistent myth of our times.


Eleven Rules for Cannabis Social Etiquette


Basic guidelines for marijuana smoking etiquette have been learned by watching others and occasionally published in magazines and books over the years. One version of these rules was made available in a 2007 book titled Pot Culture as the wave of marijuana awareness began its current surge. As cannabis has continued its push into American culture, generally accepted “rules” of behavior for spontaneous smoking groups of old and new friends have developed and improved the community’s karma.

NC NORML recognizes that the plant is still illegal in North Carolina, but today it is easy for people find themselves in states where cannabis laws are friendly to consumers. The following rules are not absolute, but rather a guide for showing the expected courtesy if and when you find yourself navigating through the newly evolving cannabis cultures. When followed consistently, they ensure a healthy and helpful social existence.

We draw attention to these guidelines for etiquette as a way to point to several blooming ideas:  yes, there are millions of people who enjoy getting high socially; doing so mindfully can make the experience a beautiful one; and most importantly, these stereotypical principles of smokers’ social etiquette point to one underlying maxim – Do your best to make life better for others and yourself. The marijuana culture tends to be a benevolent, non-violent group. Let’s keep it that way.

Read, comment and practice…


Rule One – Always share. Even if you only have a small amount of herb on you, it’s considered good karma to be generous. Share what you’ve got with a smile to ensure potential happiness is maximized for all.

Rule Two – Offer to someone else first. Even though you are already generous enough to share with others, handing someone else the first green puff is appreciated by all and will make someone else feel seen. Your kindness will be amply rewarded as the bud amplifies your big-hearted state.

Rule Three – Know and Reveal the Shared Strain. Marijuana strains have higher THC contents than ever before. A strain high in THC can have potent psychedelic qualities that can be upsetting to those who are unprepared. It’s socially responsible to know your strain, its THC and CBD ratios, and what to expect. can be a helpful guide, but individual plants, personal mindset, and overall surroundings will always vary – and matter greatly. Knowing and sharing your information before the first toke will break the ice early. Talking openly about how the plant can shift one’s consciousness allows your friends to feel more comfortable talking about what inner experience they may be having. Know Thy Weed.

Rule Four – Puff, puff pass. This mantra was learned and passed down from earlier generations. When adhered to, it ensures that no one monopolizes the community cannabis and sits with a smoldering joint in hand while others fidget watching the precious plant burn away. Don’t be selfish. Enjoy your few moments with the herb, and pass it along. SelfLESSness is contagious and makes for a better high every time.

Rule Five – Don’t Crash the Party. If you don’t have pot of your own, don’t shove yourself into a circle of people who may be sharing a joint. Wait for them to notice you and be gracious for any invitation to partake. Marijuana enthusiasts are typically the most generous people in our society, so don’t fret. Patience is a virtue.

Rule Six – Burn the bowl’s edge. Freshly dried marijuana is full of terpines that are the source of its characteristic aroma and delicious flavor.  If you are smoking a newly packed pipe, think of the others who are going to smoke after you and how they might savor the taste. Use the lighter’s flame to gently burn the buds packed at the edge of the pipe. Sending the flame into the center of the dried flowers robs the enjoyable fragrance from those next in the smoking circle.

Rule Seven – Clear the bong chamber. Smoking from a water bong is one of the favorite methods of ingestion according to High Times polls. When you inhale from a water pipe, a chamber fills with marijuana smoke that’s been cooled by water and easier for your lungs to hold. It’s considered good form to pass the bong with a chamber free of smoke. This is not rooted in practicality. It’s just something people do to ensure a full bong experience for the next person. If you’ve never smoked from a bong, ask someone for guidance – people are always willing to share their knowledge (and it’s always poor smoker form to ridicule others for lack of understanding).

Rule Eight – Issue a Tobacco Warning. Some people like to mix marijuana in their tobacco. This concoction is more common in Europe and relatively rare in the US. Still, tobacco makes some people sick and can be difficult on the lungs. If your shared joint has tobacco, let people know before the joint is even lit. Tobacco kills.

Rule Nine – Keep the Joint Dry. People often wet their lips in anticipation of an approaching joint. Unfortunately rolling papers are sensitive to liquid absorption. No one wants to be passed a moist joint full of someone else’s saliva. Do you best to keep your lips dry before taking a puff.

Rule Ten – Stay clean. If you’re smoking from a bong, get fresh water often and clean the glass periodically once residue shows up on the glass walls. Bongs are often cherished pieces of art, so treat them as such. If you’re using a grinder, do the detail work on your own time to ensure you show up with an immaculate tool. Do your best to improve the setting for others. Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Rule Eleven – Be understanding. If someone is having a particularly neurotic day, sometimes the cannabinoids can exacerbate the psychological state instead of being relaxing. The right mindset and intention are critical but too often neglected. Create a safe space for everyone. Let them know you have their best interests at heart. Help them be comfortable. Use every smoking session as an opportunity to practice enhanced empathy and compassion.


Cannabis consumption can be a solitary activity to help with self-reflection, creative visualizations and medicating ailments. The plant is also a way to open oneself socially despite the vulnerabilities and imperfections we all share as humans. When sharing the mild psychedelic plant with others, following these rules will ensure goodness to all those involved.

Be well.

Lawmakers Approve CBD Only Bill – HB1220

House and Senate lawmakers have approved legislation, House Bill 1220, exempting state-qualified patients from criminal prosecution if they possess a cannabis extract that contains more than 10 percent CBD and no more than 0.3 percent THC.

The bill awaits action from Republican Gov. Pat. McCrory, who has pledged to sign it.

UPDATE July 3, 2014
Today Pat McCrory signed into law the Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act.

Only patients diagnosed with intractable epilepsy who possess a recommendation from a neurologist and are registered with the Department of Health are allowed to possesses high CBD-extracts under the proposed program. The law does not provide for any legal in-state source of the product at this time.

House Bill 1220 also encourages specific state universities to carry out clinical trials using cannabidiol extracts. However, because cannabidiol is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, any state-sponsored clinical investigations of the cannabinoid must also receive approval from various federal agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration, Public Health Service, the US Drug Enforcement Administration, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The approval process for such trials typically takes several years.

North Carolina NORML sees the benefits and dangers of this bill’s passage. Despite this painfully small gain, we can’t let this minimal progress diminish our base’s enthusiasm for activism. It is important that all supporters of NORML’s mission continue the push towards full legalization of the plant.

The Disaster Of (North Carolina’s) CBD-Only ‘Medical Marijuana’ Legislation

This article by Russ Bellville was originally published on the Weed Blog. It heavily references the North Carolina CBD-only bill that just passed the General Assembly with almost no debate. The governor has indicated he will sign the bill into law. Read on to understand why this is happening in a state that previously wouldn’t discuss marijuana.


Since the premiere of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary “Weed” back in August, the general public has quickly come to understand the miraculous healing power of cannabidiol, or CBD.  The political perception of medical marijuana changed forever when parents saw little Charlotte Figi, the girl with intractable epilepsy, go from hundreds of seizures a week to just one or two, thanks to CBD treatments.

But that change in perception isn’t a good one.  For now there are two types of medical marijuana – CBD-Only and “euphoric marijuana”, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie calls medical marijuana that contains THC.  Just as “We’re Patients, Not Criminals” cast non-patients as criminals, the lobbying for these new CBD-Only laws relies heavily on pointing out that CBD is a “medicine that doesn’t get you high”, which casts THC at best as a medicine with an undesirable side effect and at worst as not a medicine but a drug of abuse.

This is a disaster both politically and medically; let’s begin with the former.  Politically, whole plant medical marijuana (the kind with THC in it) began in 1996 in California and from that point, it took eleven years before there were a dozen whole plant medical marijuana states in America.  CBD-Only medical marijuana began in March in Utah and from that point, it’s taken only four months to put us on the brink of a dozen CBD-Only medical marijuana states.

Also consider that of those first dozen whole plant states, eight of them were passed by citizen ballot initiative.  All twelve of the CBD-Only laws were passed by state legislatures, often by unanimous or near-unanimous votes.  Every legislature that has taken up the issue of CBD-Only medical marijuana has seen the legislation fly through the committees and both chambers (except Georgia, and that state was only derailed by some parliamentary shenanigans by one legislator).  Take North Carolina this week as an example.

On Tuesday, a committee of the North Carolina House of Representatives cancelled a meeting to discuss a CBD-Only bill.  No rescheduled date for the meeting was announced.  Local newspapers on Wednesday posted headlines that the bill’s passage was unlikely.  The Senate wasn’t likely to pass the bill in this short session that ends next week.  There would be no good reason for the House to move forward with the bill.

But on Wednesday afternoon, the meeting was suddenly rescheduled and the CBD-Only bill passed unanimously.  This morning (Thursday) the bill was heard by a second committee and passed immediately.  This afternoon it was heard and amended on the House floor where it passed 111-2.  It now awaits passage by the state Senate.

By the end of this week, it seems North Carolina could become the 12th CBD-Only state, joining Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri (awaiting governor’s signature), New York (governor’s executive order), South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.  Why are legislators so fast to pass these CBD-Only bills?  It’s fair to assume politicians are moved by the plight of epileptic children.  With CBD-Only, there’s no downside of being the guy or gal who voted for legalizing something that “gets you high”.  But even so, how do these bills move so fast and garner little to no opposition?

Because CBD-Only bills are political cover.  Voting for the CBD-Only bill allows the politicians to say they’re sympathetic to the plight of sick people and want to help patients get any medicine that will ease their suffering.  But they can also still play the “tough on drugs” game and maintain their support from law enforcement and prison lobbies.  Their vote garners headlines that a politician formerly considered “anti-medical marijuana” has “changed his mind” or “altered her stance” on medical marijuana.  Best of all, it gets the sick kids and their parents out of the legislative galleries and off the evening news.  For the politicians in these conservative states, it makes the medical marijuana issue go away, or at least puts the remaining advocates in the “we want the marijuana that gets you high” frame where they are more easily dismissed.

Medically, the CBD-Only laws are also a disaster.  Cannabidiol is just one constituent of cannabis and by itself, it doesn’t work as well as it does with the rest of the plant.  Dr. Raphael Machoulem, the Israeli researcher who discovered THC (the cannabinoid that “gets you high”), called it “the entourage effect”, the concept of many cannabinoids and other constituents working in concert, synergistically.  To make an overly-simple analogy, it’s as if we discovered oranges have vitamin C in them, but banned oranges completely and only allowed people with scurvy to eat vitamin C pills.  Yes, those pills can help you if you’re vitamin deficient, but any nutritionist will tell you eating the whole orange will not only allow your body to absorb the vitamin C better, the fiber from the orange is also good for your body, and oranges taste delicious, which makes you a little happier.  Plus, if oranges are in your diet, you’re not going to get scurvy in the first place.

The authors of these CBD-Only bills aren’t writing them for optimal medical efficacy, however, they’re writing them for political cover.  The parents treating their children in Colorado with CBD oil will tell you that it takes quite a bit of tinkering with the ratio of CBD to THC in the oil to find what works best for their child’s type of seizures.  Some of these kids need a higher dose of THC.  But the legislators write the laws mostly to ensure that the THC “that gets you high” is nearly non-existent.

The North Carolina law, for instance, mandates that the oil contains at least 10 percent CBD and less than 0.3 percent THC.  That’s a CBD:THC ratio of at least 34:1.  For comparison, an article by Pure Analytics, a California cannabis testing lab, discusses the high-CBD varietals most in demand by patients are “strains with CBD:THC ratios of 1:1, 2:1, and 20:1.”  The article explains how a breeding experiment with males and females with 2:1 ratios produced 20:1 ratio plants about one-fourth of the time.  It also describes a strain called “ACDC” that “consistently exhibited 16-20% CBD and 0.5-1% THC by weight.”  That’s one variety with a range of 16:1 to 40:1.  But you must only use the ones that are 34:1 or higher.

In another indicator that politicians are more interested in political cover than helping sick kids, many of these laws are written with no mechanism for in-state production and distribution of the CBD oil.  Some expressly protect the parent who goes out of state to acquire the oil (likely from Colorado) and brings it back home.  So parents are given hope for their kids, but they have to go to Colorado, establish three months residency to qualify for a medical marijuana card, clear the hurdles necessary to get their child signed up for the card, purchase the high-CBD oil, break Colorado law by taking it out of state, and break federal law by being an interstate drug trafficker.

Then back home, the parents are safe, assuming the oil they purchased in Colorado meets the CBD:THC ratio mandated by law.  The ratio listed on the label or mentioned by the provider is no guarantee.  At The Werc Shop, a cannabis testing lab in Los Angeles, an intern writes about how she was sold a strain promised to be 15 percent CBD and 0.6 percent THC, a 25:1 ratio that would be illegal in North Carolina if processed into oil.  When she ran liquid chromatography tests on the sample, it turned out to be 9.63 percent CBD to 6.11 percent THC, a 1.6:1 ratio.

CBD-Only isn’t just a political and medical disaster in the states that adopt it.  These laws also have a detrimental effect on the process of passing whole plant medical marijuana in other states.  Every medical marijuana state since California has enacted increasing restrictions on its access based on the need to keep out the illegitimate marijuana users – the ones who just want to get high.  First, qualifying conditions were restricted.  Then, home cultivation of marijuana was eliminated.  Now, medical marijuana laws are being debated and passed that ban all marijuana smoking and allow no access to the plant itself, just pills, oils, and tinctures.

Thus, it is no surprise that as Wisconsin, New York, and Florida are hotly debating and likely to pass whole plant medical marijuana laws, the legislatures and governors of those two states rushed to pass CBD-Only laws first.  It’s reminiscent of then-Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger rushing to sign a marijuana decriminalization bill in summer of 2010 to take the talking point of California arrests for personal possession away from Prop 19′s campaign to legalize marijuana.  Every press conference and public debate about the CBD-Only bills will emphasize “it doesn’t have the THC that gets you high”, forcing whole plant advocates into a defense of THC’s medical efficacy in spite of the “high” even more than they’re already forced to.

This is why any fight to allow patients to grow whole plant medical marijuana with the high-inducing THC in it must now pivot to the support of all adults’ right to grow marijuana if they want to get high.  Every new restriction on medical marijuana, whole plant or CBD-Only, arises from the perceived need to keep the healthy high-seekers out of the medical marijuana.  Eventually, pharmaceutical companies will perfect the CBD:THC ratios and dosages in sprays, tinctures, and inhalers that will surpass the consistency and efficacy of the plant with its natural variety.  Those companies will be glad to supply the 34:1 CBD oil North Carolina requires and whatever ratio any other state requires, for a hefty profit, of course.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference


Join the March Against Fear and Legalize Medical Marijuana


If you want North Carolina voters to have an opportunity to pass a medical marijuana law this November, it is imperative that you join Todd Stimson and many others for a medical marijuana rally this weekend.

On June 6, 2014, Todd Stimson began walking from Asheville towards the capitol in Raleigh to raise awareness about North Carolina’s need to legalize medical marijuana through the Medical Cannabis Act (HB 1161). Along the way he has been interviewed by local and national newspapers.

House Bill 1161 was introduced in the state legislature last month. If legalized, qualified medical marijuana patients and their caregivers would no longer be subject to arrest and prosecution for using marijuana under a doctor’s order. The bill would also set up a regulated medical cannabis supply system for patients to safely access their medicine.

Everyone who believes doctors should have the right to prescribe marijuana for qualifying conditions such as cancer, should join the growing base of supporters this weekend at Jordan Lake and at the Legislative Building in Raleigh Monday through Wednesday to meet with their representatives. Supporters are in the majority, but members of the General Assembly don’t know this fact.

If the Medical Cannabis Act passes, it would allow the citizens of North Carolina to vote for or against medical marijuana in the state in this coming November election. For the bill to pass, it must be approved by a three-fifths vote in both chambers before it can be placed on the ballot.

Despite facing possible felony convictions for cultivating the plant to help many cancer patients in North Carolina, Todd Stimson has humbly walked across half the state for the people who need the plant to survive. “This [march] is about public awareness.  [The Medical Cannabis Act] lets the people decide. We believe in the freedom of choice. You should be able to help yourself and treat yourself. And that’s what we think it should be, to let the people decide instead of them trying to tell us yes or no.”

If you want to join the effort to pass a full medical marijuana bill this year, you can call Todd directly or learn more at the Facebook event page here

Todd Stimson     (828) 699-5704

Where Todd and medical marijuana supporters will be and how you can join them….

June 21 & 22 (Saturday and Sunday)

Parkers Creek Campground at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Campsites 9, 10, 11, 12 in Loop #1
Map of Area –
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Info –

What to bring…
– Water & Gatorade
– Tent
– Business/professional clothes to wear at the Legislative building next week
– Willingness to stand up for what you believe in


June 23, 24 and 25th (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
Monday is the official completion of the March Against Fear at the next Moral Monday.
Tuesday and Wednesday groups will organize and meet with Representatives in the General Assembly to discuss the need to pass the Medical Cannabis Act.

This weekend and early next week are North Carolina’s best chance to for a public showing and to let our legislators know the importance of passing a true medical marijuana bill en masse. If you believe it is time to end the needless suffering of patients, seriously consider opening your schedule the next few days to join Todd and many others in the final march to open medical marijuana to those in need.

If you do not agree with the laws, NC NORML asks that you do your part to change them.

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Medical Cannabis Act – HB 1161 (2014)

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North Carolina has a chance to legalize medical marijuana in 2014 with the Medical Cannabis Act (House Bill 1161).

The bill would amend the state constitution and allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for qualifying patients with illnesses such as cancer, Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease.  If passed, medical marijuana patients and their caregivers would be allowed to possess and use marijuana based on a doctor’s guidance.

Similar bills have been introduced in the past. Despite overwhelming support, all potential medical marijuana legislation has been ignored or killed in the first committee hearing. Representative Alexander spoke to NC NORML last year and explained what the citizens must do to pass these bills. In short, North Carolinians must show up in growing numbers and vocalize their support for the bill to their Representatives.

If the Medical Cannabis Act passes, it would allow the citizens of North Carolina to vote for or against medical marijuana in the state in this coming November election. For the bill to pass, it must be approved by a three-fifths vote in both chambers before it can be placed on the ballot.

For this bill to have a chance, please contact your representative and senator and encourage each to support this bill. To change the laws in North Carolina, the members of the General Assembly must be reminded that a strong majority of citizens in this state support the legalization of medical marijuana.

If you do not agree with the laws, NC NORML asks that you do your part to change them.

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

March Against Fear – Press Release

March Against Fear 2014 The Road to Civil Rights for Cannabis Users.


Asheville Vance Monument to the Raleigh Legislative Building

On June 6, 1966 James Meredith started a solitary March Against Fear for 220 miles from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi to protest against racism. Ordinary people both black and white came from the South and all parts of the country to participate.

On June 6, 2014, Todd Stimson will start a March Against Fear peaceful picketing walking for 240 miles from Asheville, NC to the Raleigh Legislative Building to protest against the violation of cannabis users’ rights and to support Legislation of Cannabis (NC HB941) and the 2014 House Bill to create an amendment to the state’s constitution to legalize medical marijuana (NC HB1161). Hoping to break the fear of incarceration for possessing and cultivating a non-toxic, and minimally addictive plant, citizens have to stand up for their rights and demand their voices be heard. The marchers will be taking US 70 and US 64 traveling through many cities for 17 days. They will then be peaceful picketing walking into Raleigh on Moral Monday June 23.
Todd and the other marchers hope to inspire ordinary people (both users and non-users) from across the state and all over the South to participate.
The following is an estimate for where Todd and everyone who joins him will be on certain days throughout our North Carolina

March Against Fear 2014
June 6; Day 1- Asheville Vance Monument–Black Mountain
June 7; Day 2 – Black Mountain–Marion
June 8; Day 3 – Marion–Glen Alpine
June 9; Day 4 – Glen Alpine–Valdese
June 10; Day 5 – Valdese–Hickory
June 11; Day 6 – Hickory–Catawba
June 12; Day 7 – Catawba–Statesville
June 13; Day 8 – Statesville–Cleveland
June 14; Day 9 – Cleveland–Salisbury
June 15; Day 10 – Salisbury–Lexington
June 16; Day 11 – Lexington–Thomasville
June 17; Day 12 –  Thomasville–Arcdale
June 18; Day 13 –  Arcdale–Liberty
June 19; Day 14 –  Liberty–Siler City
June 20; Day 15 – Siler City–Jordan Lake
June 21; Day 16 –  Jordan Lake
June 22; Day 17 – Jordan Lake–South West Raleigh
June 23; Day 18 – South West Raleigh… Raleigh Legislative Building

If you are along this route and could help the marchers in their tireless efforts with accommodations, food, etc please contact them immediately.
Contact Details:
You can find an event page at Against Fear 2014.
Todd Stimson     (828) 699-5704
Jason Humes     (239) 887-7414
For medical Cannabis information please visit

Jordanna Colby