Wayward Bill – USMjParty Chairman

Mustard or Muster

I am proud to say when I took the helm of the U.S. Marijuana Party there were only 4 state chapters there are now 20. Due to cadre drop outs we have only 6 active chapters. We have a lot of come and go folks who said yea to Chairing a state chapter. The reason for number chapters not active. The Chairs couldn’t cut the mustard.

True cannabis activism is tedious hard work. It’s not about having cannabis 24/7. It’s about defending & thinking about the plant 24/7. It’s about numerous hours spent in legislative hearings. Judicial hearings too. 24/7. It’s about scrounging around for travel money to speak at an antiprohibition event that can’t cover your travel/lodging expenses. You learn to sleep traveling, on couches, and floors. Sometimes you get busted (knock on wood).

Perks yes. Networking. Standing for something you truly believe. Meeting new faces galore. Hobnobbing with politicians and other celebrities. And not to leave out, medicating with people you’ll never forget.

Then the traveling. TSA doesn’t allow cannabis medicine on flights. I travel by bus for that reason. If you are traveling to a cannabis state. Fly. The rainbow is at your destination. Driving your choice. Just be safe. Same rainbow awaits you.

THE BIGGEST PLUS IS THAT YOU ARE RECEIVING A CANNA-EDUCATION along the way. Mind seeds that you can plant elsewhere. “OUR TRUE MISSION!”

There is no retirement. It’s a battle and as MLK said, “No one is free until we are all free.

Can you pass the muster?

Peace, Pot, Politics,
Wayward Bill Chengelis
Chairman, U.S. Marijuana Party
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Wayward Bill attends the 2017 Cannabis Business Awards, Alexis Bortell wins “Most Influential” 2017!

The Cannabis Business Awards 2017 Presented by Chloe Villano and Clover Leaf

There were many valuable and appreciated Activists who were represented at the Cannabis Business Awards in Denver, Colorado last night.

The Cannabis Business Awards features industry power players including CEO and Founder Chloe Villano, an entrepreneur featured in People Magazine’s “Marijuana Millionaires.” As one of the first and most sought-after consultants in the industry, Villano was the first executive to receive full accredited approval from the Department of Higher Education for her cannabis school Clover Leaf University. LINK

Undoubtedly the Star of the show was Alexis Bortell, who won “Most Influential Individual” for 2017.  Alexis is suing General Jeff Sessions “not for money but for freedom”!  You can view the video of her acceptance at this LINK.

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The suit aims to prove that the Controlled Substances Act, the statute governing federal drug policy, is unconstitutional as it relates to marijuana, according to Alexis’ attorney, Michael S. Hiller.   LINK

In 2016 Wayward Bill won the Lifetime Achievement Award and has attended and participated in each yearly event since it began in 2012.  The following pictures he gathered while attending last nights ceremony.

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GOOGLE SEARCH FOR ALEXIS BORTELL HERE

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See Denver Police Shooting in Photos by Marijuana Activist Wayward Bill

A photo of the officer-involved shooting that took place near 20th and Arapahoe last night. Additional images below.

Michael Roberts | June 13, 2016 | 8:15am

“Twice in a week,” marijuana activist Wayward Bill wrote late last night on his Facebook page. “Siege situation at mi casa.”

Specifically, officers with the Denver Police Department got into a gun battle with a man who allegedly opened fire on them near the intersection of 20th and Arapahoe at around 9:20 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.

The suspect was injured but is expected to survive.

While it was happening, Wayward Bill (given name: William A. Chengelis) was watching — and capturing images of the terrifying incident.

It wasn’t the only gunplay that took place in downtown Denver over the past 24 hours.

Investigators are reportedly looking for a man who fired off approximately ten rounds on the 16th Mall near Champa around 1:45 a.m. this morning — the latest example of violence on the mall epitomized by two stabbings in April.

Here’s one image from the 16th Street Mall scene….

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…and a second….

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and a third….

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…courtesy of 7News.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the 16th Street Mall shooting.

But that wasn’t the case a few hours earlier at 20th and Arapahoe.

The Denver Police Department sketched out the details in this series of tweets….

BREAKING (1/3): #DPD responded to 20th & Arapahoe on a report of suspect making threats. When officers arrived on scene, suspect opened fire

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) June 13, 2016

Breaking (2/3): Officers returned fire, striking the suspect in the arm. Injury appears 2 b non-lifethreatening. Suspect xported 2 hospital

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) June 13, 2016

BREAKING (3/3): No officers were injured. Arapahoe closed from 19th to 21. Investigation ongoing… #Denver

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) June 13, 2016

…followed by photos sent from the scene:

Scene at 20th & Arapahoe as officers investigate an officer-involved shooting in the area. Avoid area. #Denver pic.twitter.com/oQv3Q0bAsx

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) June 13, 2016

But these images aren’t nearly as compelling as those shared by Wayward Bill, a frequent presence in our marijuana coverage over the years; he was mentioned most recently in a post about the Rigs4Us Colorado Cup on 4/20, at which he was supposed to serve as a judge. (As you’ll recall, the Cup was shut down after being raided by police and other city officials.)

On Facebook, Wayward Bill wrote that he “woke up to bullhorn: ‘Put the gun down.’ Several times. Followed by a volley of eight shots. Guy on my 3rd floor down.”

In the moments that followed, Wayward Bill managed to capture images of police deploying in the area in an effort to get an angle on the man, as well as ones actually firing — note the muzzle flash in the pic at the top of this post. He also grabbed photos of the subsequent emergency response.

Thus far, the shooter has not been identified by Denver authorities, nor have the officers who opened fire.

Look below to see photos from the scene courtesy of Wayward Bill.

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Continue to see ten more photos from the scene of last night’s officer-involved shooting.

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Thousands relax and enjoy rescheduled 420 Rally

William "Wayward Bill" Chengelis, a marijuana and political activists from Denver, stands in front of a sign that warns patrons of the illegal consumption in public spaces at Civic Center Park on May 21, 2016. Photo by Brandon N. Sanchez • bsanch36@msudenver.edu

Above:  William “Wayward Bill” Chengelis, a marijuana and political activists from Denver, stands in front of a sign that warns patrons of the illegal consumption in public spaces at Civic Center Park on May 21, 2016. Photo by Brandon N. Sanchez • bsanch36@msudenver.edu

By Teresa Diaz Soriano on May 24, 2016

The sun was shining bright and all was calm as thousands gathered in Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver on May 21 for the rescheduled Official 420 Rally 2016.

Organizers rescheduled the festivities a month after the original date due to a snowstorm that hit Colorado. Although numbers were lower than previous years, the annual rally still provided the marijuana community an opportunity to come together and celebrate.

For Lorena Ochoa and her husband the 420 Rally provided the couple an opportunity to launch their brand of custom dabbers. Dabbers are an alternative way cannabis connoisseurs can experience the wonders of marijuana oils, hash and wax. The duo moved from Pueblo to Denver in 2013 and have been networking with pot shops to spread the word. Aside from publicizing their names, the Ochoa’s participate in the 420 Rally to raise awareness of the benefits of marijuana.

Marijuana enthusiasts lounge around the grass of Civic Center Park and partake in the use of marijuana. Denver Police issued fewer citations for public consumption. May 21, 2016. Photo by Brandon N. Sanchez • bsanch36@msudenver.edu

“I think it’s stupid of our country to deny medical care to people,” Ochoa said. “Marijuana should be legal everywhere and events like this help bring the cause closer to people. The hospitality at events like this goes to show you that the negative portrayal [of the marijuana community] in the media is false.”

Many attendees like Erin Duron showed up to see rapper Wiz Khalifa perform. “His show was great,” she said. “I wish the crowd was a little more energetic, and it was a little more crowded, but it was still fun.”

By midafternoon when the weather started to cool down groups of people listened to headliner Lil Wayne perform while relaxing in the grass.

The air was surprisingly fresh considering the event’s nature. Stephanie Lopez, who was working her father’s booth Glass Gallery, stated the lack of marijuana use was due to cops ticketing people for smoking.

“You’re still not allowed to smoke in public,” Lopez said, “If you don’t get caught then you don’t get caught, but if you do then you know what happens.” She believes if the event happened closer to the original date there would have been more leniency.

Officer Jacob Herrera took a more lenient approach and said, “At events like this, live and let live.” The crowd was easygoing and Herrera said there were no major incidents to report.

For some, the lack of marijuana was a good thing. Shenae Micelvin, the chair coordinator of the nonprofit organization Falcons Youth Organization, and football coach for the organization, Aaron Grimes, fundraised at the rally. Micelvin let kids involved in the organization run the booth and sell snacks, such as cheetos and candy bars.

“We originally were not going to participate in the event,” Micelvin said. “But this time around we knew it was going to be more kid-friendly. Organizers encouraged kids.”

Falcons Youth Organization raised roughly $500 for students to participate in after-school activities, and were happy to be involved in a major part of the community amassed at the 420 rally.

People will remember the Official 420 Rally 2016 as a relaxed gathering of not only cannabis enthusiasts, but families and friends wanting to spend a day in the sun.

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420RADIO News for Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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  1. US Marijuana Party’s Wayward Bill Arrested In Washington, DC
  2. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum endorses bill legalizing medical marijuana outlets
  3. New Hampshire nears approval of medical marijuana law
  4. Medical Cannabis Patients Will Rally In Olympia to Save Medical Cannabis in Washington State
  5. Drug testing for food stamps, and 10 other GOP amendments to the farm bill

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U.S. Marijuana Party Chairman Detained in Washington, D.C.


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From the U.S. Marijuana Party website:

Published on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 

Written by Sheree Krider

William Chengelis

It has just come to my attention that William A. Chengelis, a.k.a., “Wayward Bill”, acting President of the U.S. Marijuana Party has been detained in Washington, D.C.

Apparently, per Jeffrey Kabik he was arrested following a handing out of a sampling of medibles.

“We were at the federal congress office building cafeteria. with the Silver Tour, Robert Platshorn.

About 60 in our group.  About 300 in the hall.  Bill gave out medibles and one went to a regular tourist.

Next security and jail. ”

Jeffrey is now awaiting a call from Bill but the rumor is that the current bail may be as high as $125,000.00.

This puts the July 4th marching permit for the White House in jeopardy.

I am awaiting news and will update accordingly.

Anyone wishing to donate funds for Bill please call me at 270-473-0355.

ShereeKrider

UPDATE:  Jeff Kabik has just informed me that Wayward has been released and he is going to pick him up.  We do not have any further details yet but will keep updating…

UPDATE: From our own acting president:

Wayward Bill

“Beer. Delicious homemade East coast spaghetti. Phattys. Friends. No banging steel doors. No snorers. I’m okay. Hasn’t sunk in yet. One thing the doo-doo isn’t shallow. I’ve always been a risk taker. There was no profit involved. All medications were donated I made a bad judgement call. Two pot misdemeanors. 180 days max or 360 back to back. Another front line furlough maybe . Decisions Decisions!”

UPDATE: 6/25/2013

Quoted from Wayward Bill’s Facebook Page:

Wayward Bill Defense Fund…

PayPal waywardwon@hotmail.com.

I am taking my case to trial.

Two misdemeanors.

Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance

and Unlawful Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Controlled Substance was Cannabis Candy.

I am in for the fight of my life. If I lose I could get up to 180 days incarceration (concurrent) plus up to a $1000 fine and or 360 days (consecutive) plus up to a $2000.

PLEASE DONATE My first court date (Preliminary Hearing) is August 2.

Robert J Corry Jr is taking the case pro bono but I am going to have to fly him and me to Washington, DC to represent me. Hotel accommodations too.

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US Marijuana Party’s Wayward Bill Arrested In Washington, DC

byTheWeedBlog

Jun 18, 2013

William A. Chengelis, aka Wayward Bill (photo: US Marijuana Party)

BY RUSS BELVILLE

The president of the US Marijuana Party, William A. Chengelis, better known to marijuana law reformers as Wayward Bill, has been arrested on charges of distribution of a dangerous controlled substance by Washington, DC, federal police, according to reports from Denver’s John Doe Radio.

Tim Martin reports that Chengelis and federal medical marijuana patient Irvin Rosenfeld were initially detained, but Rosenfeld was soon released without arrest. Chengelis is scheduled for a bond hearing this afternoon on charges of allegedly passing a cannabis-medicated candy to a patient on federal property, according to Martin.

According to NORML, under federal law, “distribution of a small amount of marijuana, for no remuneration, is treated as possession.” The penalties for first time possession under federal law are a misdemeanor with a possible one year in prison and $1,000 fine.

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  • 2013 Cannabis World Summit – Day 03 – Wayward Bill Chengelis

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    Bob B.

    Published on Apr 18, 2013

    This political activist describes the current state of marijuana laws in Colorado, and to be honest, as an outsider it almost sounds like a utopian paradise for cannabis enthusiasts. However it hasn’t always been as fantastic as it’s been since the historical victory last year when Colorado voters decided that it is time to end the prohibition against marijuana in their State, letting people grow and consume cannabis for medicinal AND recreational purposes. Bill shares with us a bit of the journey it took activists, such as himself, to gradually “legalize” marijuana, initially on a municipal level in Denver and then all the way up to the State level. He shares a few tips and insights for people in other regions, within the United States and other Countries too, to consider what ultimately worked for them to achieve the outstanding result they accomplished. We briefly touch upon the campaign educating the public that “marijuana is safer than alcohol”, and how those simple words powerfully reframed the issue. On April 20th Bill is planning to do a short video recording in front of the White House, showing his support for the legalization of this marvellous plant, and we hope to provide his video message for you on the next day of the Summit.

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    Wayward Bill Takes The Helm At U.S. Marijuana Party

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    By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ on August 1, 2011

    The torch — or is it the spliff? — has been passed at the United States Marijuana Party, which this week announced Wayward Bill (also known as William A. Chengelis) of Denver, Colorado is taking over its top position.

    Wayward Bill replaces former party President Richard J. Rawlings at the top spot.

    “After eight hard years managing the party Richard was ready to move on,” Wayward Bill said in a press release. “Sheree Krider, VP, United States Marijuana Party recommended me in a party memorandum for the top position. She also resigned her position within the national office. I spoke to both her and Richard prior to making my decision to accept. It was a happy coup.”

    According to Wayward Bill, his taking the helm means that the USMjP will now be located in Denver. “The address has yet to be determined,” he said. The party was previously headquartered in Peoria, Illinois.

    “I will be taking a more proactive approach by hopefully first moving our current USMjP chapters close to their state capitols so that they can be more involved with marijuana law reform in their respective states,” Wayward Bill said. “You will see us everywhere. The halls of government, in the media, in social media, at political functions and rallies, on online forums, everywhere.

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    ​”Like the phoenix we will as a party once again rise to shine,” Wayward Bill said. “It is my vision to have a ‘4/20’ rally in every state in the year 2012. ARE YOU READY???”

    Wayward Bill said he would be requiring all USMjP state chapters to become financially solvent within six months to apply for nonprofit status in their state. “This is the first step toward becoming actual state political machines,” he said. “Time for the status quo to go.”

    “On the national level the USMjP will be working with the Annual Smoke-In coalition plus the Denver 420 Rally Team to bring a bigger, badder, and better annual 4th of July Washington, DC event,” Wayward Bill said.

    “Myself and others are currently reviewing the USMjP mission statement for possible edit or rewrite, Wayward Bill said. “The USMjP needs a revamp. Look for change.

    “The United States Marijuana Party of Colorado will continue to be chaired by me,” Wayward Bill said. “I am dictated by my own directives and will be working on making the Colorado party a nonprofit.”

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