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In his own words: WSLCB Officer and Whistleblower John Jung

NOTE FROM 420LEAKS: Although he lost the first round in Pierce County Superior Court last month, his attorney is filing an appeal.

We wish to thank Officer Jung for having the courage to come forward and take his battle to the courts and for contacting us after seeing our brief post here on 420leaks about his testimony in front of the state legislators earlier this year.

We have started a new folder on the 420leaks database specific to his case. New files will be added as they become available. You can view those files here, including the transcript of the last court hearing.

Having said that, we wish the agency would just go back to being a commercial regulatory agency and stop trying to become police officers.

We have watched the WSLCB beg the state legislators for full police powers after i502 passed in 2012. The legislators turned them down every time. Now they have a dubious win in court.

It changes the nature of the agency relationship to their licensees and the public in ways we did not vote for with our medical or adult use cannabis laws.

It is well beyond time to remove it from the controlled substances act completely.  And to take this out of the hands of this agency completely.

The story told by Officer Jung emphatically shows us the level of corruption on the inside, and it begins at the top levels of leadership.

They are an agency that has found itself on the receiving end of a cash windfall, thanks to cannabis regulation and enforcement. It is time for this state to reign them in, if not completely destroy them by absorbing their duties into the other regulatory, without the police state goon squads.

What happens if one of these officers who don’t have the proper training has a weapon accidently discharge, or worse, actually shoots someone?




In his own words: WSLCB Officer and Whistleblower John Jung


I’ve been a liquor enforcement officer (LEO) for the past 11 years with Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB).

However, in recent years, I have noticed what I consider to be unethical and unlawful acts against the public; from inconsistent application of rules to preferential treatment of licensees, but the most notable problem being LEOs without proper police training being passed off as if they are peace officers, contrary to the requirement of RCW 43.101.095.

After Citizen Review Panel investigation into WSLCB’s problematic enforcement activities, it was concluded that WSLCB needed to apply more consistent enforcement practices and meet the state law enforcement training standards by enrolling all new LEOs to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (known as BLEA) at the Criminal Justice Training Commission.

This was a part of the accountability assessment from the investigation findings. WSLCB acknowledged that more consistent standard training will result in more responsible LEOs for the division. With funding approved, WSLCB initiated BLEA training for all new recruits.

Unfortunately for WSLCB, between 2002-2007, retention of LCB officers who had completed BLEA training had a critically high turnover rate during that period of 43 officers, nearly 50%.

In fact, nearly 80% of the candidates left the agency with full law enforcement credentials to go to other agencies for better working conditions and pay.

To evade this problem, WSLCB simply changed the training requirement to an abbreviated 440-hour version of BLEA or sent recruits to Idaho police academy, which limited LEOs ability to transfer as laterals to other agencies.

Essentially WSLCB created a sub-standard police training for recruits, thereby not meeting the requirement of being Washington Peace Officers (RCW 43.101.095) but yet calling them peace officers.

Soon after Washington state privatized liquor sales and legalized marijuana, the agency met with many challenges to this new role and responsibilities, according to an internal agency document.

Legislatively, the agency attempted year after year to expand LEOs authority including “grandfathering” existing LEOs to peace officer status in order to alleviate these legal challenges.

Unfortunately, it never gained enough support to expand and legalize LEOs as peace officers.

However, in late 2017, the agency, without legislative action, implemented policies not only identifying LEOs as peace officers but also encroached into general authority law enforcement activities.

These troubling actions have left me with doubts about the agency’s integrity, including misinformation in LEOs annual performance evaluation forms which indicate as if LEOs attended and completed BLEA training regardless of their previous training records.

Anyone in the public who gains access to these files will assume all LEOs are peace officers since the documents note completion of BLEA training.

This is nothing more than a deception.

Although many LEOs are aware of this troubling decision by the agency yet many remain silent in fear of retaliation.

I, too, could’ve remained silent about this action and allow this agency to continue to misuse its authority against the public.

However, my personal integrity is greater than the fear of retaliation and that’s why I’ve decided to speak out in order to hold this agency accountable and transparent because the public deserves more.

My claim against the state isn’t about me wanting more training, rather it is about an equal opportunity of training like other LEOs, but more importantly it is about following the law, RCW 43.101.095.

As an enforcement agency, LCB has the obligation to be held at higher standards when it comes to respecting and enforcing laws of this state.

-John Jung, WSLCB Enforcement Officer

View his testimony in front of the Washington State Legislature in March 2019 starting at about the 25 minute mark.

Police State Lives on in Washington State

The police state lives on with the blessings of the majority of the Supreme Court in Washington State.

View the full dissenting opinion in Worthington vs Westnet here

Conclusion

WestNET appears in court to initiate forfeiture proceedings but doesn’t want to be called into court by another. WestNET acts like a legal entity when it enters into agreements that it deems beneficial but doesn’t want to be treated as a legal entity otherwise. WestNET agrees to keep records but maintains that it has no records, and contends that it would be impossible for it to keep records. These contradictory positions—once hidden, but now in plain view—impair the integrity of our prior decision in Worthington I and all related proceedings.

I would grant Worthington’s motion to recall the mandate and take judicial
notice of the newly discovered, undisputedly authentic evidence.

I respectfully dissent.

Gordon McCloud, J.

Worthington v. WestNET, No. 90037-0 (Dissent to Order)

Officer Testifies on Toxic Culture, Corruption Within WSLCB

Can’t believe this didn’t make the news. On March 19, 2019, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Officer Officer John Jung exposed corruption at a public hearing in front of the WA ST House Commerce and Gaming Committee, fears retaliation to the point of hiring an attorney to help him. Start watching from the 25 minute mark…
https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2019031223

Corporations and Industry Don’t Care About Real People

I find it more than a little disturbing that the cannabis industry has continued to ignore the rights of the people they are trying to market their products to.

While Wall Street is flush with new money and new ticker symbols appearing on American stock exchanges, and new states opening the doors to “legalization”, you would think that someone out there would think it might be a good idea to first make sure the customers you serve will not be subject to police abuse.

The fact that it hasn’t happened from the multinational corporations isn’t entirely surprising, however. In fact, the first big marijuana bill in the US Congress this year was not a bill to end prohibition, but to allow banks to take money from marijuana businesses.

However, in many states, even smaller “mom & pop” supported lobby organizations that have sprung up have not pushed for ending harassment, arrests and forfeitures against their potential customers.

For instance, Washington State passed the first medical cannabis legislation in 1979. Again in 1998, with adult use passing in 2012.

However, we still have no arrest and forfeiture protection for the majority of patients.

Adults are still harassed, imprisoned or getting their property seized for having more than an ounce or trying to grow their own.

Not a single bill has ever come out of the industry groups to fix this.

And that’s in a state that “legalized”.

Maybe those of you in the industry will take this more seriously now if you read it for yourself on NBC News, because you sure have been good at marginalizing, gaslighting and ridiculing your potential customers when we tell you this stuff.

Marijuana legalization must make War on Drugs’ victims whole before companies profit

For Amazon-owned Whole Foods to get the right to sell a single pot brownie, every non-violent marijuana-related conviction must be thrown out.

So yes, even Amazon’s John Mackey, CEO of Amazon subsidiary Whole Foods, sees the organic grocer pushing into cannabis.

But have they backed legislation to first end the Drug War abuse? Not to our knowledge. Considering Amazon is headquartered in our state, you’d think that might be a priority now that they have an eye on this market.

Customer satisfaction on this doesn’t end with the sale. It should begin with ending the Drug War on REAL PEOPLE FIRST.

STOP PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE!

More stories of consumers getting harassed in the news lately:

Over 60 Party Guests Zip Tied and Arrested for an Ounce of Marijuana

“Outrage After Police Search Terminally Ill Cancer Patient’s Hospital Room For Marijuana”

Only the White Man Can Profit from Pain

Only the White Man Can Profit from Pain
by author and activist Saab  Lofton
http://saablofton.com/
Saab Lofton Channel on YouTube

“Nah, man, the government will never legalize drugs in America.  The  first reason they will never legalize drugs in America is because the government makes way too much money putting our brothers and sisters in fucking jail.  That’s first of all.  The second reason the government will never legalize drugs in America is because, God forbid,  some brown people got wealthy.  Can’t have that.  ‘Cause drugs come from brown countries.  We can’t have wealthy brown people.  There are  no wealthy black — or brown — people in America.  We got some rich ones, we don’t got no fucking wealth.  People go, ‘what’s the difference?’  Here’s the difference: Shaq is rich.  The white man that signs his check is wealthy.  ‘Here you go, Shaq!  Go buy yourself a bouncing car!  Bling-bling!’  I’m not talking ’bout rich, I’m talking ’bout wealth… One of the number one rules when it comes to acquiring wealth goes like this:  The  rule is, only the white man can profit from  pain.  So if you’re black or  brown, you can make money in America, you can prosper in America,  you can get rich in America, but whatever you decide to do, it better be  positive.  ‘Cause if one person is harmed,  you will be destroyed… White  man makes alcohol.  Tastes great, I love it, you love it, we all love it.  Kills  motherfuckers every single day.  Okay?  Some of y’all ain’t even make it home tonight ’cause of  alcohol… But it’s all right ’cause it’s all white. White man makes cigarettes, the most dangerous product known to man.  Cigarettes are so fucking dangerous, it kills motherfuckers that  don’t smoke… But it’s all right ’cause it’s all white.  Could you imagine if  the Philip Morris family was a bunch of jheri-curled niggers from  Mississippi?  Do you know how illegal a pack of cigarettes would be?  You would get sixty years just for a carton of Newports!”   –Chris Rock, from  the 2004 HBO comedy special, “Never Scared”.

I can relate.  I’ve been called “the  Tiger  Woods of  science fiction” by  Professor Sam E. Anderson (author of Black Holocaust for Beginners) as  well as “the  black Rod Serling” — not necessarily as flattery, but as dire  warning, for as Serling himself once wisely said…

“Television, like its big  sister, the motion picture, has been guilty of the sin of omission… Hungry  for talent, desperate for the so-called ‘new  face,’ constantly searching for a transfusion of new blood, it has overlooked a source of wondrous talent  that resides under its nose.  This is the Negro  actor.”  –The Twilight Zone  Companion

“Overlooked” is an all too polite way  of saying “passed over.”

I was asked to comment on systemic discrimination insofar as hemp/marijuana because I know for a fact it’s the case in science  fiction/fantasy, so…

Let’s start with the basics:  First, “white privilege” simply means the odds are on your side.

However harsh your lives may have been, Caucasians, the odds are, anyone resembling Halle Berry or Lenny Kravitz will have had it far, far worse and God help you if yo’ ass resembles Tracy Chapman or Yaphet Kotto (there’s  also such a thing as “lightskinned privilege” amongst blacks).

Likewise, the term “black tax” is similar in meaning to “the glass ceiling,”  whereby, again, the odds are you will have worked harder than your pale,  male rivals in order to prevail.

Far harder.

Second, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance because history tends to repeat itself whenever it’s forgotten, so don’t, as in, do not wait for some  “Age of Aquarius” moment whereby color will forever be barred from conversation.

If you’d never tell a survivor of World  War II’s Jewish Holocaust to “let it go,” then refrain from telling that to African Americans.  Silence slows (or  halts) the solving of societal problems, and countless lives are on the line,  so no one cares how embarrassing certain subjects are to discuss

In order words, black lives matter more than white feelings — so much  more, it’s now become all-important to remember that merely  being accused of racism is insignificant next to actually suffering from it.

Finally, Negrophobia is the fear of ethnic miscegenation (what accounts  for, say, Obama looking more like his black  parent than his white one) or of  being surrounded by dark skinned Humans who’re (presumably)  harboring revenge for past atrocities.

Negrophobia is in fact a form of criminal insanity (as I explain in my lectures, the Joker will kill over a joke,  the Cracker will kill over a skin) whether or not it’s actually acted upon (in either event, its protected by the  First Amendment just as the Flat Earth Society, the  nonsense of Alex Jones, et cetera) and it manifests itself in a  variety of  ways.

In my case, Negrophobia assumes this form…

“[White supremacist Milo] Yiannopoulos bragged about how rudely he  behaved to the ‘top execs’ and was as surprised as anyone when he landed a reportedly large advance of $250,000, according to The Hollywood  Reporter, which broke news of the deal:  ‘I met with top execs at Simon &  Schuster earlier in the year and spent half an hour trying to shock them  with lewd jokes and outrageous opinions.  I thought they were goingto  have me escorted from the building — but instead they offered me a  wheelbarrow full of money.'” –Jenny Pierson, AlterNet, January 4th, 2017.

M  E  A  N W  H I  L E  .  .  .

“Because Saab Lofton’s A.D. is one of the most exciting books to emerge  from a young black writer in years, its obscurity is all the more shameful.”   –Tony  Norman,  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,  December  16th,  1997

ALL THE MORE  SHAMEFUL

“Lofton’s novel deserves a far broader audience than it has accumulated  thus far.”  –Darius James, New York Press, November 12th, 1997

DESERVES A FAR BROADER AUDIENCE

“It’s been hard to ignore the mounting evidence — the friends who were  pushed out of jobs… even if they were eminently overqualified … Most of  all, it’s the small moments of discrimination that are so insidious, they’re  hard to pinpoint.  In my career, I’ve been excluded from key projects that  were given to white women… often made fun of and called ‘defensive’ and ‘difficult to work with’ by white men and women.”  –Ruchika  Tulshyan,  The Seattle Times, September 20th, 2018

So a known enabler of the alt right tried to shock publishing executives with “lewd jokes” and was given “a wheelbarrow full of money” while my black ass is sleeping in the garage of a house with NO plumbing/electricity for the second winter in a row.  The odds are, someone as pale skinned as Milo will be given quarter of a million dollar advances even as I’m constantly told to “tone it down” by the civility-obsessed. It’s the system’s fault; it’s bigger than any one man.

And there’s no, as in, less than negative zero reason to assume the hemp/marijuana dynamic is supposedly free of such irrational duplicity.

In anything, I’ve been informed recently of at least one phenomenon whites and blacks will perceive very differently: Cannabis start-ups employing former policemen as frequently as security firms?!

Presumably this sick practice is designed to “confer legitimacy” upon cannabis businesses; to “assuage community concerns” whenever new locations are opened, which sadly places white feelings over black lives once again…

“I’m bothered by the fact that the government’s current plan is to bar people with pot convictions from participating in the huge marijuana economy that is now emerging. We have the expertise. We know how to grow high-quality plants. We have the distribution networks. The government’s policy is unfair, punitive and discriminatory. If it really believed in amnesty*, it would let people with non-violent records for possession lead the way … The government has turned the pot economy over to the people who lost the drug war: the cops and politicians who were responsible for destroying so many lives by turning pot smokers into criminals. They’ve been given the keys to the vault. They’ll be profiting from the same activities they used to prosecute. The hypocrisy is staggering … Amnesty* is not enough. It should include an apology for ruining the lives of hundreds of thousands of people for no legitimate reason. They should be asking us to forgive them.” –Rosie Rowbotham, a former producer at CBC Radio, The Guardian (UK), June 6th, 2018

Rather turn the pot economy over to those “responsible for destroying so many lives” than turn it over to a bunch of niggers, huh?

Only the white man can profit from pain.

Saab Lofton was born in South Central Los Angeles, raised on the road as a “military brat” and graduated from Olympia, Washington’s Evergreen College. He’s also a cartoonist, an award-winning journalist as well as a novelist — in fact, his first novel (A.D., 1995, III Publishing) was endorsed by Professor Howard Zinn and it’s responsible for a Republican (Jon Hatchell from Alexandria, Virginia) becoming a socialist … As an “internet troll,” he personally led the charge to save Uganda’s LGBT community from certain death (thus saving half a million lives), fought past a fleet of libertarians in order to cattle prod the FCC into voting for net neutrality in 2015 and cyberstalked white supremacists since then until the Ku Klux Klan itself lost over fifty subsidiaries, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center … A documentary based on him — Saab Lofton: The Movie — is available on YouTube.