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The 15 Ounce Pound: Big Pharma's Plan to Patent Pot

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The 15 Ounce Pound: Big Pharma's Plan to Patent Pot

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Jun 21, 2014


In the United States, cannabis is currently illegal, but this book investigates how big pharmaceutical companies are looking at an end-game of legality—controlled by them. It examines how the Amsterdam scene has been transformed; how home growers have been manipulated into using inferior techniques; and how companies, with help from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and “big pharma,” are patenting cannabis strains for control and profit. The leadership of the cannabis industry want to legalize marijuana with taxation and regulation, but the pharmaceutical industry cannot take over medical cannabis without first shutting down the scene today. The book predicts that legalized production will be tightly controlled by major players, using the IRS and DEA as a means of removing other growers. Regulation will also control the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in each marijuana cigarette, forcing stronger cannabis to be available to medical patients by prescription only. A black market will still exist, so people will still go to jail, and the drug war will go on. With history and explosive, behind-the-scenes looks at big pharma collusion, this book is both an exposé and an in-depth look at the arc of freedom and probable control through use of pharmaceutical patents for marijuana.

Jun 21, 2014

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The 15 Ounce Pound - Joseph R. Pietri


15-Ounce Pound

Big Pharma’s Plan to Patent Pot

Joseph R. Pietri

The 15-Ounce Pound: Big Pharma’s Plan to Patent Pot

Copyright © 2014 Joseph Pietri

Presentation Copyright © 2014 Trine Day, LLC

Published by:

Trine Day LLC

PO Box 577

Walterville, OR 97489


Library of Congress Control Number: 2014932059

Pietri, Joseph

The 15 Ounce Pound—1st ed.

p. cm.

Includes references and index.

Epud (ISBN-13) 978-1-937584-15-3

Mobi (ISBN-13) 978-1-937584-16-0

Print (ISBN-13) 978-1-937584-14-6

1. Marijuana industry -- United States. 2. Marijuana industry -- Netherlands 3. Pharmaceutical industry -- United States. 4. Marijuana Smoking -- legislation & jurisprudence -- United States. I. Pietri, Joseph . II. Title

First Edition

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Printed in the USA

Distribution to the Trade by:

Independent Publishers Group (IPG)

814 North Franklin Street

Chicago, Illinois 60610


There’s somethin’ happenin’ here

What it is ain’t exactly clear

There’s a man with a gun over there

A tellin’ me, I got to beware

I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound?

Everybody look what’s going down

Origin of the term POT

Moroccan gentlemen have traditionally kept their smoking herbs in a small ceramic containers.

The wise old men of the village are commonly blessed with the saying,

May his pipe and pot always be within reach.

Special thanks to Lord Shiva who guides me, and to Kris my publisher who toned down my anger all this information gave me. To Ray Cogo, John Chick RIP, Dan Boughen, Hollyweed Dragon, Bret Brogue and Curry Ojeda for inspiration, to Joe Adams for running the farm, to Wernard Bruining for photos, and special thanks to Peter McGuire, and Reinhard Delp and family

Table of Contents


Title page

copyright page

Om Shiva Shankara


Origin of the term POT



When you go into the jungle, don’t talk to the monkeys – go directly to Tarzan.

A Road Less Traveled

A Toke of Contention

Smells Like Skunk

Operation Green Merchant


The Horse’s Mouth

What’s Going On?


HortaPharm Article in Dutch Newspaper

GW Pharmaceuticals Press Release

British Newspaper article

From the Journal of Forensic Sciences:

From the TokeSignals:

Sam Sez

Cannabis Cabal

Potter’s Pot Thesis

Biopiracy and The Tale of Turmeric

Going Dutch?

A Day in the Life

Time Will Tell

Water Hash

The beat goes on …


There’s somethin’ happenin’ here





During the past year a new realism has entered the debate over marijuana legalization. Not only did CNN’s trusted Dr. Shanjay Gupta do a complete 180 and denounce his previous statements about pot, President and one time Choom Gang member Barack Obama recently stated in an interview that he considered pot no more dangerous than cigarettes and alcohol. Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent decision to allow banks to launder marijuana money, coupled with the legalization of recreational pot in Colorado provide further evidence that the American government’s unconditional surrender in the war on marijuana is near. Like the Nixon administration during the waning days of the Vietnam War, the Obama administration is looking for a clean exit from the war on pot, but there is none. The U.S. government has lost the War on Drugs and now must face its toxic progeny: a prison industrial complex, a two-tiered judicial system and an out of control pharmaceutical industry whose opiates kill more people each year than all illegal drugs combined. If this is the war its proponents once bragged it was, it will be counted as one of the great pyrrhic victories in military history.

Without question, the most costly and pointless battle in this war was fought against marijuana. Cannabis is probably the most useful plant on earth, but because one of its one thousand molecules is intoxicating, the entire species has been outlawed for almost a century. During the decades of pot prohibition, massive commercial hemp farms were replaced by tiny clandestine gardens whose tradecraft and strain genetics were closely held secrets. The illegal marijuana industry is one of the best examples of economist Adam Smith’s invisible hand at work, and provides empirical proof that political laws will always be less powerful than the economic law of supply and demand. With the legalization of American marijuana imminent, big pharma and their hand-picked allies in the pot trade are attempting to establish a marijuana monopoly. The future looks sadly familiar.

Joseph Pietri’s The 15-Ounce Pound is a timely and important book. The author’s investigation of the ominous alliance of HortaPharm, GW Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer A.G. provides yet another example of a corporate consolidation that will attempt to destroy or swallow all competition. Should big pharma be allowed to patent a plant that has been used medicinally by non-industrial cultures for centuries? The story of cannabis industry pioneer Reinhard Delp is a sad and cautionary tale that should inspire the former black marketers, those who ran the greatest risks and paid the greatest price, to resist the corporate takeover of American marijuana.

One response to The 15-Ounce Pound will be predictable. Joseph Pietri will be called DEA informant, rat and snitch as he has in the past for pointing out uncomfortable facts. However, these are just ad hominem attacks; his critics will strenuously avoid the substance of Pietri’s argument because he is correct about the confused state of legal marijuana in the United States and throughout the world. Big pharma, DEA insiders, and Wall Street kleptocrats should not be allowed determine the future of legal marijuana.

– Dr. Peter Maguire

June 1, 2014

Chapter 1

When you go into the jungle, don’t talk to the monkeys –

go directly to Tarzan.

It was rainy and gray when I landed in Amsterdam from Oregon for the 19th High Times Cannabis Cup in November of 2006. After getting through the airport maze I hopped on a trolley into town. I had booked a room at the last minute; when I got there it was a fifth floor walk-up, no elevator and my room was on the top floor. I carried my books, luggage, and equipment, and fell out on the bed.

My new book The King of Nepal: Ice-Wars Edition was fresh off the presses, and I intended to introduce it at the Cup. I also had an XTR 1000, a new hash-making machine, which I planned to demonstrate at the Cup. My thoughts raced back to Viola, the inventor’s wife who had warned me to be careful; none of them would even dare to go to Holland for fear of being killed.

The next day I lugged all my gear over to the venue, which was held on an industrial island just across from Amsterdam, so we had to cross over on a ferry. The venue was small, a hassle to get to, but we had rented a premier booth on the stage, a top spot. Kelly Kriston, founder of KDK Wholesale and I shared a booth. We set up our booth, and Arjan’s Greenhouse donated cannabis for the XTR 1000 demonstration. I was all set up at the Holy Grail of weed, the Cannabis Cup.


Although cannabis was never truly legal in Amsterdam, it was tolerated by law enforcement as requested by city officials. Laws were never changed at the city or national level, so the legal consequences could be reapplied any time.

What blossomed in Amsterdam was quite remarkable. The coffee shops began selling marijuana over the counter. Word got out and the tourist dollars poured in. The idea of the Cannabis Cup came to High Times editor Steve Hager in 1987, or so the story goes. The first Cup was held in 1988.

–end of sidebar–

Over the years, it has been whispered amongst the cannabis community that High Times’ annual Cannabis Cup was rigged and an overall fraud. Cannabis Culture, a Canadian publication and competitor to High Times, extensively documented what they viewed to be corruption, favoritism and rigged outcomes at the Cannabis Cups they observed.

In the booth next to me was DNA Genetics. The company had entered their Martian Mean Green in the cup. They offered us a bag of the worst schwagg I had seen in quite a while.

The first day started with meeting and greeting. I was selling books, and folks were getting high on some hash that I had made. Everybody told me it was the best they had ever smoked in Amsterdam.

In my Ice Wars Edition, I had added a bombshell chapter in which I detailed what I believed to be a fraud committed by a cabal of David Watson, Robert C. Clarke, Mila Jansen and others regarding an ice water hash-making method, which had been developed and then later officially patented in December of 2000, by Reinhard C. Delp. He had filed for his patent in February of 1997, and it was a very significant and important breakthrough in hash-making processing.  It involved washing the plant in ice water to separate the resin glands – the medicine.

The cabal stole Delp’s invention, and with the help of High Times and the rest of the cannabis community, wittingly or unwittingly, created a myth, which has been presented as factually true.

The next day, I was jst starting to sign books when I noticed in the corner of my eye, someone eyeing me. He was tall and built like a pro football player, and then suddenly he darted towards me in an extremely threatening manner.

You blew my cover, David Watson blared.

He was staring at me like a boxer at a contentious weigh-in.

Kriston from KDK Wholesale, who was even more buff than Watson stepped in.

Everything OK? Kriston asked

Watson looked at Kriston and backed off.

 Within hours Watson put up wanted posters with my face on it all around the Cup, implying I was a narc.

Paranoia set in, but I stood my ground, never leaving my booth. I was told later that Watson had offered to buy my booth space at the Cup.

I pressed on with my book sales.

Hager remained eerily silent.

A lady named Zoe, approached and gave me a hard time about my Ice Wars book, saying, Why are you writing bad stories about my friends?

Have you read it? I asked.

No, said Zoe.

I gave her a book, the next day she came up to me and said, What you wrote may be true, but why do you have to put everybody’s dirty laundry out.

The Cup dragged on, and the vibes got worse. The wanted posters were everywhere; the effect they had on the Cup and me was what Watson intended. I was isolated in a climate of hostility and danger.

In fact it appeared that Watson had handed them out to everyone who had a booth, but not everyone put them up. It would take a lot more than a Gorgeous George look-alike and a few angry hippies to rattle the King of

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  • (5/5)
    This is a must read for anyone that cares about the cannabis community as well as knowing what is and has been going on behind our very backs the US like many conspiracy theorist claim the US has driven up the cost of cannabis worldwide to make way for harder drugs, the war on drugs was more of a war on cannabis, free will, as well as the poor, ghetto ridden areas helping pump up violence and harder drugs all the while cannabis is world wide scorned after centuries of herbal healing and religious sacrament and ritualistically, the US went In paid the countries to outlaw cannabis and now heroin has taken its place world wide safe state of affairs but this is an excellent book as well as his first the King of Nepal!