Dear Friends,

Michele and I felt that in order to prepare for our upcoming trial, we
needed to take a week off and go backpacking as a family. Since we have a
four year-old and a nine month-old infant this was no small undertaking, but
we really felt that it was important as a family to spend some private time
together, before going out and slaying dragons.

So we headed out to a remote location near Yosemite and spent a week camped
above 10,000 feet, among pristine alpine lakes, soaring granite peaks, and
glaciers, completely alone with Nature.

We couldn't have come up with a better plan, we've finally lost any
remaining fear about this trial. Not only are we no longer afraid, we are
empowered by this opportunity to make the case not just for medical
marijuana, but for returning to the Bill of Rights and the ideals of the
American Revolution.

I'd like to share with you some of the insights that came to us during our
high altitude retreat in the Yosemite backcountry:

--GOVERNMENT IS THE DISEASE; THE BILL OF RIGHTS IS THE CURE. In 1776, Adam
Smith published a book called 'The Wealth of Nations,' which argued that
government is by nature non-productive labor and functions as a parasite,
sapping strength from its host. Our founders appreciated Adam Smith views
and that is one reason the Constitution and Bill of Rights were so carefully
crafted to limit the scope of government. Our experience with Prop. 215 has
shown us exactly how the Bill of Rights was quickly perverted by government
parasites, who provide nothing of value to society and are intent only upon
expanding their powers and feeding their own voracious appetites.

--THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE RIGHTS OF THE
MAJORITY. Only by defending the rights of each individual as MORE important
than that rights of all others, can we ensure that government is kept in
check. The Bill of Rights is clearly worded as a statement of individual
rights and the 9th and 10th amendments specifically added to protect the
rights and powers of individuals against encroachment by government. A
moral society can never be accomplished though immoral acts against those we
deem as criminals, despite what the cowardly drug warriors tell us. Only
when we have driven off these parasites and created a government that
respects each citizen's right to be left alone, can we look forward to a
truly prosperous and enlightened society.

--TRIALS ARE HISTORICAL TURNING POINTS FOR IDEOLOGICAL BATTLES. Every
important paradigm shift from the Copernicus to Darwin has ended up as a
court trial, why not medical marijuana? Opening day at our trial was
covered by CBS, NBC, and FOX, as well as the Sac Bee and Orange County
Register. Our trial is allowing us to educate millions of people about
medical marijuana as well as exposing corrupt law enforcement and the urgent
need for each citizen to uphold and defend the Constitution and Bill of
Rights against all enemies, especially those hiding behind their public
offices, or badges.

The Bill of Rights is truly the greatest document ever written, because it
outlines a magnificent blueprint of checks and balances for human freedom.
Two centuries after it was written, we are failing miserably to follow these
simple instructions and, as a consequence of our ignorance, have deprived
ourselves of the true blessings of a genuinely free and open society.

What are these blessings? More than anything they are the right to life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These rights are inalienable and can
never be separated from us by any law or government parasites.

The drug warriors and other useless parasites who have infected our once
great nation, have had their day. Now it is our turn and we must do
everything in our power to WAKE PEOPLE UP, re-ignite our freedom-loving
American Revolution and restore our precious Bill of Rights.

Let freedom grow,

Steve 9/26/00