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Stoner, Colorado "mayor" Frank McDonald on post-Amendment 64 dream for two-person town

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Frank McDonald is the self-proclaimed mayor of Stoner, Colorado, a town whose population numbers two -- with the other resident being, in his words, "an old lady named Mary Jane." But thanks to the community's name, and the passage of Amendment 64, he thinks the future for the tiny spot on the map is bright -- and smells pretty skunky.

Stoner, located in what McDonald describes as "a little valley in the middle of nowhere near Rico on your way to Telluride," consists of nine buildings, not counting Mary Jane's place ("She lives in a little hunter's shack up on Stoner Creek").

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This mural of Frank can be found on the floor of Stoner's restaurant.
According to McDonald, the structures include an eatery, a general store, several cabins (well, three of them are trailers) that need to be remodeled or refurbished and 35 RV spots. But what the average observer may consider a ramshackle assemblage McDonald sees as a destination music venue: Mary Jane's at Stoner Grill, Bar and Events Center.

"The property is roughly six acres, and once a big stage is up, we could do events for about 4,000 people," he says. "Parking would be about a mile away, so we'd have to run a shuttle service, but we'd want to maximize capacity. And we could bring in all kinds of acts, like Shinedown -- I know some of the guys -- or L.A. Guns or, on the country side, Hank III. We'd get them at the beginning or end of tours -- get them for less money, because we'd be working with local not-for-profits. And who wouldn't want to play in Stoner, Colorado?"

McDonald isn't a Colorado native. Up until about two years ago, he lived in Liberty, Missouri, where he says he served as the CEO of a new product development company and took part in affiliated business ventures with his wife -- now his ex-wife.

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McDonald shows off his garden.
Their personal and professional breakup was accompanied by a diagnosis of cancer, which he treated with cannabis oil; he's a medical marijuana patient and a passionate advocate of the plant's healing qualities who hopes Stoner can become a gathering place for those who feel likewise. Nonetheless, his kidney had to be removed -- but he never lost hope that he'd survive. Indeed, he says, "I was in the hospital when I agreed to purchase Stoner."

Four weeks after his organ's removal, McDonald had relocated to the town, which once served as a watering stop for trains transporting miners, he says. But his plans for getting the place up and running were delayed by another disaster.

Continue to read more about Frank McDonald, the "mayor" of Stoner, Colorado.



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stonermayorfrank
stonermayorfrank

SORRY DONKY     THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR COMMENTS     IM OLD AND NEW TO THIS MUCH COMPUTER STUFF SO I MISS A BT BUT I AM TRYING    YOU GUYS ALL MAKE IT WRK TOO......

stonermayorfrank
stonermayorfrank

LOVED ALL THE COMMENTS BOTH SIDES.  FREEDOM ISNT FREE, SOMBODY HAS TO TAKE THE FIRST STEPS.  YES GIVING THE BIRD FOR THE ARTICLE WOULD HAVE BEEN FOOLISH, GOOD THING THAT PIC CAME FROM MY FACEBOOK AND I HAD SENT IT TO MY EX-WIFE.  PAPPER PICKED IT UP.  AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT HAVING THE RIGH TO THINK DIFFERANTLY AND COLLECTIVELY DECIDING WHICH WAY THE MAJORITY WANT THINGS TO BE.  WE DID THAT IN COLORADO AND 64 PAST AND THE PEOPLE SPOKE.  DOESNT MAKE THE OTHER SIDE UNHEARD JUST NOT AS LOUD.  THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND I HOPE YOU DECIDE TO COME SEE SOME GOOD SHOWS  THIS NEXT YEAR.  STONER COLORADO,  SHARE THE MAGIC

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Monkey
Monkey

McDonald weed in Stoner Colorado, that's funny on many levels. I'm sure people will line up for a stay at the fine trailer park for banjo night and some dirt weed grown out back. Where do I make a reservation?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Weed California -- Just Says NO ***

http://cannabisfantastic.com/2010/10/weed-california-just-says-no/

A Northern California town named, WEED, has long used it’s name to poke fun of itself. Weed, California, is indeed located just above the famed, “emerald triangle” of California, an area long known for growing some of the States best marijuana. You can buy a t-shirt at a local store of this sleepy little town in the Northern-most part of the state that say “I Love Weed”, and a local brewery has a tongue in cheek motto on their bottle caps that say, “Try Legal Weed”.

To the dismay of cannabis fans passing through, the town was named after it’s founder, pioneer and local lumber mill owner, Abner Weed. So far, the town has said no to medical marijuana dispensaries and there is a ban on them withing the city limits. Mayor Dave Pearce, whose son works for a business that sells I love Weed T-shirts has said he doesn’t want his town to be a focal point for the real thing. Abner Weed is buried in a family plot in neighboring Dunsmuir, where along with Mount Shasta, are the only two cities in Siskiyou County where you can buy medical marijuana. Mayor Pearce says that he doesn’t want his town to gain a reputation for being a marijuana mecca.

http://cannabisfantastic.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/WeedCAsign.jpeg

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

Frank McDonald is a Ganja Warrior.  In the face of danger he rises and meets the challenge to bring business to Stoner and help keep the reputation alive that Colorado is a recreational marijuana paradise.  It doesn't matter what the Federal Government says, this man is a modern day Paul Revere and will be regarded as such.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

In other news, the DEA is staging a raid in Stoner, Colorado.

Oi'Ram Arejan
Oi'Ram Arejan

Im not even in a band but now I'm thinking about starting one. JUST FOR I CAN PLAY THERE!

stonermayorfrank
stonermayorfrank

@Monkey SORRY   NO DIRT WEED ALLOWED IN STONER      WERE RIGHT UP THE ROAD FROM TELLURIE.... NO TRAILER PARKS EITHER, BUT THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND SHARRING IN THE CONVERSATION      FREE SPEACH,,,,, GOTTA LOVE IT

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Monkey I hadn't made the McDonald connection, Monkey. Thanks for pointing it out.

stonermayorfrank
stonermayorfrank

@tutonehcc THANK S    YOR COMMENTS ARE GREATLY APPRICIATED AND MAKE THE HELL THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT PUT ME THROUGH WORTH EVERY SECOND

ITS GREAT TO BE AN AMERICAN

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@Cognitive_Dissident No one cares about the DEA.  Being the Mayor of Stoner is taking a chance yes, but all great things are accomplished by those who take chances.  I'm proud of this ganja warrior.

stonermayorfrank
stonermayorfrank

@tutonehcc @Cognitive_Dissident THANK YOU VERRY MUCH,    mj SAVED MY LIFE      ITS NOT A BAD THING TO BE ATTACKED FOR DOING WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN    COMMENTS LIKE THIS MAKE IT ALL WORTH WHILE   JUST KNOWING THAT OTHERS WILL APPRICIATE IT AND FORUMS LIKE THIS FOR FREE DISCUSSION ARE OPENED  MAKE ME REALIZE THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY IM DOING THE RIGHT THING      yOU MY FRIEND ARE AS MUCH A GANJA WORRIOR AS I     DONT STOP DOING WHAT YOU LOVE AND KEEP THINKING FREE

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@tutonehcc Perhaps you missed the photo of him standing in front of (presumably) his crop, and flipping off (presumably) the feds. Remember the guy who had the bright idea of going on the news and showing his crop?

There's a difference between taking chances and looking for trouble, which includes giving the feds a reason to care about you (going out of your way to piss them off.)

Yeah. DEA raid.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "No, I was a statist asshole"

So you ought to enjoy the Statist Dream of surrendering total control of Marijuana to BIG GOVERNMENT Regulators and the insatiable parasites at the Dept. of REVENUE ... 

... all for a "scintilla of freedom".

"Principled Libertarian" indeed!

LOL!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay It COULDN'T have been a typo, because obviously, I MEANT to type "thing." I confused "thing" and "think" all the time when studying grammar, didn't you?

/sarcasm

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@CloudGang Yes, they shouldn't exist. The state itself shouldn't exist. Back to reality. Poking a bear with a stick gets you mauled.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@Cognitive_Dissident back to the narrow mind thing, as exemplified by your stereotyping 'potheads' which I am proud to be and if the worst you can call me is a fool, then this conversation is very boring 

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@tutonehcc See where I DIDN'T say he has no right to be an idiot. I WILL call it being a fool, because it is foolish. It reinforces what the authoritarians believe about patients and potheads, and so do you.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@tutonehcc Don't tell me how "narrow" my outlook is. I don't even thing the state should exist. I think he's got every right to do everything he's doing. How's that for a narrow outlook? I just think he's being an idiot. 

Please tell me what flipping the bird at law enforcement is going to accomplish. Please tell me what "it's working" means.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@Cognitive_Dissident @tutonehcc How can you narrow down someone's first amendment right to mere 'taunting'.  You will never understand because your outlook is narrow on life.  It's OK, there will always be those who are not satisfied with doing what they are told or what is lawful.  This is why it is a war and there are warriors.  Please understand, McDonald is not a fool, knows exactly what he is doing, and it's working.  Fuck the DEA!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@tutonehcc No, you don't understand. I've got no problem with him doing what he believes in. I'm saying he's a fool for taunting the people who are going to make his life miserable for it.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@Cognitive_Dissident You don't understand, it's honorable to do what you believe in.  It's brave to do what you believe in the face of danger.  This is why McDonald is a ganja warrior and a hero!  

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