The loosely organized online hacktivist collective known as Anonymous on Friday night briefly took down cherylshuman.com, the website of Cheryl Shuman of Beverly Hills, the cannabis personality who is known for multiple appearances in national media, and who has billed herself as “the Martha Stewart of Marijuana.”
Shuman, who is involved in a personal feud with fellow cannabis personality Mickey Martin of Oakland, California, was found to be the owner of a website which accuses Martin of pedophilia, according to Anonymous. Martin, while frequently obnoxious and possessed of a decidedly juvenile sense of humor, has never been charged with any sex crimes.
Martin did narrowly avoid serving time in 2008 after his felony conviction for his part in the the Tainted Medicinal Edibles case. He made a plea bargain, accepting guilt on a count of conspiracy to manufacture a mixture or substance containing marijuana.
Martin heads up an organization called Parents 4 Pot, which aims to “defeat the social stigma surrounding adults who use cannabis responsibly.”
Shuman, who offers public relations, marketing agency services, and “special events,” according to her website, encountered controversy late last year when she took over Moms For Marijuana International against the wishes of its Board of Directors and then had her puppet leader and financial beneficiary, Serra Frank, dismiss the entire board.
A representative of the organization tipped off Toke Signals just before the action occurred at 8 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, and provided the following public statement.
Greetings Citizens of the World and Cannabis Community,
We are Anonymous.
It has come to our attention that Cheryl Shuman of www.cherylshuman.com, has used our image in an attack against Mickey Martin. The image was used without our permission or authority.
We found the image being used on a slander website, making accusations. Anonymous has conducted research and after much work, found no proof to support the allegations on her website.
Furthermore, the website was hosted by www.domainsbyproxy.com. The hosting company is an immediate red flag, as the person or persons who paid for the site were trying to stay hidden. With research, it was revealed that Cheryl is paying for the site. When conducting research on Cheryl, what we found was sickening. So Cheryl, we of Anonymous have a message for you:
Cheryl Shuman, we are well aware of your transgressions on the Internet and in person, they include but are not limited to:
-Exploitation of Mykayla Comstock.
-Exploitation of Jenny Kush’s death.
-Release of faulty products.
-Doxing and harrassment of civilians .
-Threatening those who get in her way.
-Abuse of a cancer patient for personal gain.
Cheryl, you used our image, so it is clear that you know about our reputation. How would any sane person believe that we would back you? This transgression will not go unpunished.
We will be relieving you and the internet of your foul website, www.cherylshuman.com on Friday of May 2nd, at 10:00pm CST. We will then release the website back into your control.
For this to happen, we demand that you agree to the following:
1. You involved us in your petty feud, now end it. The attacks on Mickey Martin will cease. The slander websites will come down.
2. You will never again use Anonymous imagery without consent from Anonymous hive members.
3. You will cease any and all deceptive practices.
4. Abuse and harrasment will stop.
For compliance in our demands, we guarantee that we will not expose your personal correspondences and all information we extracted. You may not menace the online community any longer. This will be your first and last warning.
Anonymous is the final boss of the internet.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
You should have expected us.
Cheryl Shuman®, 468 North Camden Dr., #200, Beverly Hills, CA-USA 90210
Cheryl Shuman, P.O. Box 06249, Columbus, Ohio 43206-0249
Corporate Email: Cheryl@CherylShuman.com
MSN: CherylShuman@hotmail.com Yahoo: CherylShuman@yahoo.com
My Space: http://www.myspace.com/cherylshuman
My Space blog: http://blog.myspace.com/cherylshuman
Live Video: http://www.livevideo.com/CherylShuman