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Washington state activist Don Skakie, left, holds signed petitions for changes to I-502 as he greets Joe and Liz Grumbine at the Cannabus on Sunday
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Washington state activist Don Skakie, left, holds signed petitions for changes to I-502 as he greets Joe and Liz Grumbine at the Cannabus on Sunday
[Deb Fischer McReynolds]

After the big green Cannabus made a journey from southern California to Montana to provide support for medical marijuana martyr Chris Williams at his federal sentencing (he got five years), it seems that more people were following its southward progress as it headed back home through Oregon.

The saga of the bus, with The Human Solution leader Joe Grumbine, Seattle medical-marijuana activist and Chris Williams advocate Kari Boiter, and other prominent members of the community aboard, took a potentially chilling turn around mid-day on Monday when the Oregon State Police pulled the vehicle over for an alleged non-signaled lane change. The traffic stop reportedly took place on Oregon Highway 126, just past I-5.

“Getting pulled over right now,” Grumbine posted on Facebook around noon; “Wants to search,” he posted a few minutes later. “Sorry for the delay.”

This was the unpleasant view out the back of the Cannabus in Oregon after the vehicle full of activists was pulled over. After news crews showed up, two of the cops quickly left, according to Kristin Flor, who took this photo.
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This was the unpleasant view out the back of the Cannabus in Oregon after the vehicle full of activists was pulled over. After news crews showed up, two of the three cop cars quickly left, according to activist Kristin Flor, who took this photo.

“Ptsd sucks… unreasonable anxiety abounds…” Grumbine posted. “2nd cop pulling up.”

“He wants to search” was followed a few minutes later by “They’re searching,” then “3rd cop now.”

After Boiter called a lawyer and Seattle-based medical marijuana attorney/activist Douglas Hiatt alerted the press, things took a turn for the better. “Camera showed up,” Grumbine posted about 2 pm on Monday, then, a few minutes later, “2 more cameras… news.”

“Trashed the bus,” Grumbine tweeted of the search’s results, then, shortly afterward, “Back on the road.”

According to The Human Solution member Stephanie Landa, the Cannabus is now safe in Eugene at activist Stephanie Bishop’s home, and everyone is safe. Several traffic tickets were written, but no marijuana was found.

After the press showed up, the cops exited the bus, but not before trashing it. “Amazingly enough, they did not open anyone’s personal belongings, hmmm, but Joe Grumbine did get interviewed by the press again,” Landa posted on Facebook. “Ending Prohibition and educating and being educated… YAY.”

 

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