Another friend I have met and come to know through e mail is Todd. If you were to look at Todd - yes you would think ‘Hippie’ - probably because of his hair and yes that is about it, that is the only thing that makes Todd look like a hippie and if people judge him on that it is their loss. I have come to know Todd and his ladies as I call them, his beautiful wife Kerry and his two (also beautiful) daughters for over a year now.
I first met Todd at the Treating Yourself Expo - a great place to meet many who believe in the same idea. Todd is impressive to say the least, TRUST me he is far from a stereo typical stoner/hippie. He works 2 jobs is a husband, soccer dad, and a Cannabis Activist. He is an average, hard working, proud American who is determined to make changes and faces more obstacles than many of us. At first I admit I just thought he was running a club that documents different strains to assist people - his own research project - but then I listened to him on a radio interview and thought:
YIKES! GOOD FOR YOU TODD!
Todd is doing - and $$$paying much more than many of us and he is doing it
ALL BY THE BOOKS! - He is growing medicinal cannabis, playing by all the rules including TAX stamps and the additional $ for this luxury... and it is costing him a fortune: We got our second order of $3,494.40 in NC Marijuana Tax stamps today. Now total in last few months has been $6,988.80 sent to Department of Revenue. This time order was correct and stamps are labeled at 28 grams each.
Todd is also opening a lounge and smoke shop, a note from one of his e mails here is how he is going about it: Building inventory for the lounge and smoke shop right now. I have my sale tax # and filed first sale tax on 1-7-2012 which was $239 and have to file every month. So now besides the $3,900 that I send in Quarterly they get a monthly sales tax too. I also had to file for Other Than Tobacco Products License and done it in Nov. Just talked to the Department of Revenue last week and they said I need to send a $2500 bond and two more forms to get this License. Once this is done I will get my license and also have to file a monthly 12.8% tax on products sold. Money, Money, Money is all they want but are I am more then happy to pay if they let me and leave me alone. So I will be paying 6.75% sales tax monthly, 12.8% OTTP tax monthly and my Quarterly of $3,900 and all recorded by the NC Department of Revenue. This I am doing to be able to show them solid and recorded evidence of revenue brought in. Once I receive this last license I can then get a building and open the lounge. One building I wanted already rented out. I want my ducks to be in a row before opening...
WHEW! Imagine having to go through all that! Over and over again...Todd is tireless. He promotes, talks openly and does not back down. He has earned the right to be where he is- ask him he knows how to tell you to go about business the proper way - he could be like the many who grow illegally - but he is not - he is making it hard for the government to be the hypocrites that they have become. I wish there were more Todd. I admire him for his work and determination. Please visit my friend Todd’s site - if only to say hello and show him he has much support. I look forward to seeing him again at this years EXPO!
Todd he is working very hard for all of us. Including the future generations.
Thank you Todd.