Profiting from Hypocrisy


It seems two members of the GOP God Squad, Representative James Knox and Brother Steve Zabawa  have been attempting to profit off of the very substance they call a “scourge”.  Cannabis, the plant that robs Montana of its rough and tough image and puts entire generations at risk, appears to be acceptable to these hypocrites as long as it makes them money.

Brother Steve Zabawa, faithful LDS car dealer, attempted to enter into a lease agreement with Montana Medical Marijuana at the location below.  He reportedly also negotiated with the business to rent his property in exchange for 10% of the net profits of the medical cannabis business.  He mentioned that he’d like the owner to provide his son Zac with employment as well.  Odd that little more than a year later, he’d be testifying in hearings BEGGING for the legislature to repeal the law allowing medical use of cannabis- especially considering his general manager’s wife is suffering from terminal bone cancer and receives help in pain and symptom relief from cannabis her husband obtains on her behalf.  Zabawa wants to take away her ability to sleep.  What a piece of work.               

Here is the actual agreement between Steve Zabawa and Montana Medical Cannabis.

419 Daniels St LOI

Representative James Knox, who has been CRYING as of late about medical marijuana (his brother is an “addict”) provided a quote to design a website for the same business, Montana Medical Cannabis.  He even offered to virtually “give away” his services because he was slow.  Morals in this case appear to be very dynamic, changing based on the potential for profit.   Here is a price quote from Knox.

It is mind blowing to me that Knox is critical on federal intervention on any level… unless it concerns medical marijuana.  Rumors have circulated throughout the cannabis community that Knox was a marijuana dealer prior to being a politician but Knox “cried” at the March 11, 2011 HB161 hearing because he “wants his brother back”.  Good grief…. maybe he feels guilty for getting him “hooked”?  He needs an education….. there is no such thing as marijuana addiction.

Zabawa and Knox want the federal government out of our healthcare.  I agree with them  but you won’t find me praising the feds for raiding legal medical cannabis shops as I know there are now THOUSANDS of Montanans who have no safe or legal access to a medicine that they truly need.

UPDATE: Rep. Knox has asked that we post a retraction as there was apparently a confidentiality disclaimer attached to the email where he offered to “virtually give away” his services to a medical marijuana provider. He has turned this over to his attorney.  We apologize for any inadvertent breach of confidentiality.  We are, after all not attorneys, but volunteer bloggers.  Apparently avoiding immediate consequences of blatant hypocrisy can be achieved by placing a confidentiality disclaimer to the bottom of each page of sanctimony.  Wouldn’t it be much easier to actually practice what you preach?  It never ceases to amaze me that legislators are so quick to condemn the lifestyles of others while partaking in very similar (or worse) activities.  Rep. Knox’s correspondence via Facebook suddenly includes the following message:

This communication may contain privileged and/or confidential information. It is intended solely for the use of the addressee. If you are not the intended recipient, you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing or using any of this information. If you received this communication in error, please contact the sender immediately and destroy this material in its entirety, whether electronic or hard copy. This communication may contain nonpublic personal
information about consumers subject to the restrictions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. You may not directly or indirectly reuse or disclose such information for any purpose other than to provide the services for which you are receiving the information.

UPDATE OF THE UPDATE: Here is the email in question. 
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24 thoughts on “Profiting from Hypocrisy

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  2. Well, well I am beginning to doubt that Mr. Knox even has a brother who is “addicted” to cannabis. I, for one would like to hear his side of the story. Where is he? Arizona?

    • Oh come on now, Mr Christian wouldn’t LIE, would he? I bet if he does have a brother, he is very disappointed Rep Knox. Rumor on the street is that Knox was a drug dealer in CA, but I have no idea if that is true.

    • That’s for sure. I had to remove the damning email between he and the medical marijuana facility owner as Knox threatened legal action. At that time, I wasn’t aware that not only had he provided Higgins a price quote, Knox actually created the website for him…. as well as cashed the $600 check. What a hypocrite.

  3. Now, shouldn’t he be required to turn over the $600.00 plus interest to the Feds. After, all that money came from the fruits of the drug trade.

  4. I’m no lawyer either, but just because someone tells you that the email they’re sending you is confidential DOES NOT mean you’re required to live by that. You have to agree with him that it’s confidential, and do so in writing. people get emails all the time with those confidentiality clauses at the end, but that doesn’t bind the recipient unless they agree to it. if the montana med marijuana guy wanted to share that email, he has every right to do so. it belongs to him, and knox has no control over it after he hits “send.”

    • Well, I was sent the information anonymously. I have confirmed that it is indeed genuine but I don’t want to endanger anyone legally. That is the last thing we need right now. The Billings Gazette has picked up on this situation and soon it will be in the news.

      • Oh I agree with you, and I didn’t aim my first comment at you. I meant to say that people stick those stupid secrecy clauses at the end of their emails and expect everyone out there to live by that. sorry, i don’t do that. want me to? ask me in writing. and, also to those same hypothetical people out there, don’t quote HIPAA in your secrecy thing, because you don’t understand that HIPPA almost certainly doesn’t apply to you. it’s called CYA, but its unnecessary.

        • I know what you mean, I just really don’t want to have to pay for an attorney to defend me on a ridiculous charge so I removed it. Unfortunately for Knox, someone emailed a copy of the blog (before I removed the email) to the entire legislature and newspapers. I just really don’t feel I need a confidentiality disclaimer when I send an email because I stand by what I say. Only a hypocrite needs one….. and that applies to Knox. There will be a piece about this in the Gazette tomorrow.

          • The supposed confidentiality clause in an email is on par with a non-disclosure agreement. Which has no legal force unless signed by both parties involved.

            I daresay that his push for the removal from your blog is a red flag of just how guilty this guy truly is.

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  6. Suppose the email with the confidentiality boilerplate contained a confession to a murder. Suppose it contained proof that the author was indeed the fellow who hacked into your bank account and helped himself to your money.

    Would the confidentiality clause require you to conceal evidence of a crime?

    Email is a postcard. If Mr. Know truly wants to keep information confidential, he’ll encrypt it. He know how.

    Meanwhile, I urge the people who voted for Mr. Knox to submit comments explaining why they voted for him, and why they think his vision of Montana’s future, and his political and business practices, are good for his constituents.

  7. I think its cool that there are so many carpetbaggers in the teabagger legislature this year. The copper collar is settling nicely into place on Montana’s neck after all these years.

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  9. Ah yes….. Mr. Knox and his hypocrisy.

    I love how he passes out personal information of those of whom he is opposed. Encouraging recipients of the contact info to harass and potentially stalk them for disagreeing with his views.

    Yes. I can see that Mr. Knox is a true champion of freedom and one who respects people who hold views and opinions different than his own.

    Thank heaven this guy isn’t my employer. But then again…. I’ve seen his cheesy-ass websites and wouldn’t have them within a hundred miles of my design portfolio.

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  11. From WIKI:

    The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLB), also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, (Pub.L. 106-102, 113 Stat. 1338, enacted November 12, 1999) is an act of the 106th United States Congress (1999–2001). It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton and it repealed part of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933, opening up[clarification needed] the market among banking companies, securities companies and insurance companies. The Glass–Steagall Act prohibited any one institution from acting as any combination of an investment bank, a commercial bank, and an insurance company.

    The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act allowed commercial banks, investment banks, securities firms, and insurance companies to consolidate. For example, Citicorp (a commercial bank holding company) merged with Travelers Group (an insurance company) in 1998 to form the conglomerate Citigroup, a corporation combining banking, securities and insurance services under a house of brands that included Citibank, Smith Barney, Primerica, and Travelers. This combination, announced in 1998, would have violated the Glass–Steagall Act and the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 by combining securities, insurance, and banking, if not for a temporary waiver process.[1] The law was passed to legalize these mergers on a permanent basis. GLB also repealed Glass–Steagall’s conflict of interest prohibitions “against simultaneous service by any officer, director, or employee of a securities firm as an officer, director, or employee of any member bank.”[2]

    What does Knox’s business letter/confidentiality have to do with ANY of the above??? He is neither a securities, insurance or banking entity.

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