I have been in the cannabis trade since 1963, and nothing I have ever experienced was as low life as some of the people involved in the ice wars patent infringement and intellectual property rip off case. The case is so bizarre I really don’t know where to start.
After I published ice wars and got a booth on the annual cannabis cup 07 in Amsterdam Trans High Corp., who ran the venue, allowed skunk man, aka David F. Watson to personally pin up warrants with my picture, calling me a snitch. The answer in fifty thousand copies to my book came from the Dutch cannabis monopoly: “the Donkers , Sensi Seeds and …. who paid Lawrence F. Cherniak, a crook for hire. On the back cover it says “the ice water method (Reinhards name for the process) ca…imagine two bags and a blender”((get exact quote)) A clear and deliberate confusion of the origin of a patent, which makes them liable under Dutch law. My publisher in Switzerland was nearly bankrupted and cheated by Cervantes aka “van Patten”; high times grow guru on duty. He sold his marijuana bible to my publisher and after the deal was done Cervantes published a new version, which made the one my publisher bought obsolete. This blow stopped the release of ice wars in German, as the Dutch monopoly wanted it.
On May 12, 2009 grobots international was raided by the D.E.A paramilitary style. Reinhard’s son and girlfriend were woken up at gunpoint and the request by the girl to put clothes on triggered an “ I will blow your head off”. “It was like if Monsanto was here”, their main interest was research, samples and seeds. They completely trashed the business, deliberately destroying inventory, took all the cash and cleaned out all the accounts. “Non judicial forfeiture” they call it. Instant, unusual, financial ruin as punishment before any legal process is started. What ever happened to the 4th amendment?
After that all “affiliated companies” and I were banned from the THC expo by Todd McCormick. My king of Nepal signs brought down as well as my posters, which said, “buy American cannabis, support American cannabis industry, preserve American land race strains” they were all taken down. Treating Yourself magazine and the Grobot booth were threatened: if I show up they would all be thrown out. They did this, so the bubble man could do his show for his rip off products. They froze me out in order to sell the scam; they stopped my free speech because they fear the truth to come out under their media control. “ They did not approve of my agenda” which speaks the truth about them and their “sponsors”. See how much power they have?
Because they control the media and all cannabis information they are able to rip off young stoners and med patients with little cannabis knowledge. Skunkman threatened
John from Skunk Mag to withdraw “all Dutch ads” if he prints me again. John caved in.
Reinhard, the founder of Grobots, also inventor and patent holder of the ice water method, was just getting somewhere in court. After years of expensive bogus negotiations (they pay Reinhard 3,000 a year flat, no looking in the books, but help him fight competitors) with the gang of four: Mark Richardson aka “bubble man”, Cynthia van windham “green harvest”, Mila’s Canadian importer, xxx tractor Lucy …. (Ad name), and a poor long shore man with no book keeping for payload bags. All united behind one expensive law firm in Toronto, which threatened Reinhard with “their clients deep pockets”. Now, finally after a decade of rip off, Reinhard has them in BC Supreme Court. This will be the first time a real judge will look at the evidence since Reinhard got his European and Canadian patent in 2006, after an 8 year wait. And KBR, Kooteney bubble refinery makes a high quality bag product and is paying Reinhard for a license.
In Germany a Belgium company has to reveal now how their Dutch cannabis extract “flos” is made (dry ice instead of ice) and in return they threatened Reinhard with a law suit and bags are sold under license of the ice water patent now. On top of all Grobots kicked ass against the big Dutch imported light depro green houses, which they offer on the west coast. They come and set it up for you, very expensive, on grid only, as big as you like, they got your address. Grobots (grobots.com) mobile SunGates were going like hot cakes, they are off grid, solar powered and adjustable in size and offer the individual -, family- or collective grower a chance to produce awesome sun bud year round. When Grobots, after promoting sun flower forcing since 1992, started out again with their flower forcer a couple of years ago the Dutch/ Canadians competitors made a cheap cable- drive copy (the auto flowererer) and ran full page adds in High Times (!), way before they even had a product. Now Grobots has them beat again with their new SunGate.
The D.E.A called his Xtractor a “mini lab” while in Oaksterdam University, Oakland Ca, you can get a course in using the bags for fifty bucks, and you can buy them after.
Selective law enforcement? A turf war? The D.E.A is an international organization.
Is the Amsterdam tail wagging the D.E.A dog? Who is in control? Holder or the Dutch cannabis monopoly? Evo Morales just kicked the D.E.A out of Bolivia for drug dealing. Arnold does not have the guts. Holder just told them to stop. Do they care? “There is no such thing as legal Cannabis uttered a DEA agent during his search and destroy mission when “doctors recommendations” were brought up.
What “change”? Change into black suits?
What’s next? Are they going to target me and ruin me with non-judicial forfiture, so I cannot publish “my agenda” anymore? They do not care if they can make something stick later or not, they just lie first and you are already taken out by the time legal procedures begin. Non-judicial forfeiture, since the Inquisition a tool of any corrupt and crooked government to selectively take adversaries out, takes their stuff, suppress descent and wipe out competition.
Gives new meaning to the old bumper sticker “ Don’t steal, the government does not like competition.”
And how about the local and state officials in medical cannabis states who are collaborating with the D.E.A, handing over law abiding, tax paying, medical Cannabis user of their state to armed assault, home invasion robbery style, paramilitary D.E.A action. All that for what is in California only a violation of the health and safety code. Non-judicially seized local assets are going to the feds (personal incentives) and state and county are left with the expensive clean up, having to conduct expensive bogus trials and lock their med users up. Aren’t they not gravely acting against their oath to state and local laws and their duty to protect their residents? They must be held accountable!
And while the D.E.A literally kicks doors apart, destroys local small businesses and hassles their customers even for potting soil (“We know what that is used for!”) A Dutch government/pharma delegation is traveling from Oregon to “Oaksterdam” to promote their Dutch cannabis extracts. An international drug dealing conspiracy?
D.E.A: Dutch enforcement agency. They come back with our seeds after they patented them and make us pay. Like Tulips, they want it all.
There is a giant global demand for cannabis extracts for pharmaceutical use coming up. Much bigger than our medical use. Being able to grow now also became a question of free agriculture and access to free global export.
I have news for them: the American west coast growers are ready for that global demand. With their own land race heritage strains, pre Dutch genetics, generations of knowledge and our own real patents to process. Grown organically, with real sun and without the huge carbon footprint of the Dutch lamp pot.
Fascism is alive and well, in the canna-bowel movement. They would have burned my books and broken my DVDs if they could. They nominated Todd mc McCormick as their Goebbles.
The saddest thing of this entire affair is the way Reinhard Delp and his family has been treated by that canna industry. Delp’s ice water method was the biggest improvement in agricultural processing in 5000 yrs. His aha moment led only to years of everyone else making fortunes and taking credit of a method they never understood, since they never read the patent. Instead of supporting this genius they stonewalled him, that is until the patents were issued. If we had supported this family who knows how far we would be today. He is probably the most copied individual in canna history. His invention improved hashish and purified it to where it is considered pharmaceutical grade.
His invention led to GW pharmaceuticals, Mila, bubble man, xxxtractor, bubble sacks, schwagg bags, and aqua lab, the list goes on and on. Health Canada saved oodles of money through Canadian patients treating themselves; it would be all Sativex now if he had published. Until now he had to pay dearly for his generosity.
The hardest thing to take is to watch everyone dilute his formula by attaching the antique dry sieving methods to the ice water method technique. Now all the books written in support of the fraud by all the grow gurus: Robert F. Clark, Ed F. Rosenthal, Mel F. Frank, aka James Goofwin, George F. Cervantes, aka van Patten, the Donkers, Sensi Seeds, Jason King. They were all there and nobody wrote about his introduction, except that one glitch in their propaganda machine: High Times article May 1998, an article they wish they never let through. Cheap nylon sold at wedding dress prices, is the achievement of the weed-greed group that tries to monopolize the canna industry.