Did the person who set up McKee's Web site turn on her?
Yesterday, we reported on two medical marijuana Web sites that had recently been commandeered, with the content completely changed. Now, the same thing has happened to JoAnna McKee, co-founder of the oldest patient co-op in Seattle.
McKee says she went to the Web site of her education and advocacy organization, Green Cross Patient Network, yesterday and discovered that information about how to reach her had been removed. Her picture remains but now there is contact information for a variety of other medical marijuana organizations.
The head of Green Buddha is a woman named Muraco Kyashna-tocha. That's the same person that Dale Rogers, head of a dispensary called Compassion in Action Patient Network, and attorney Douglas Hiatt believe changed the content on their sites. Hiatt and Rogers say Kyashna-tocha set up those sites for them. In comments to SW's post yesterday, Kyashna-tocha denied ever working for Hiatt.
McKee says Kyashna-tocha also set up her site. "She talked me into it," says McKee. The Green Cross proprietor already had one site hosted by a network of medical marijuana organizations, but McKee says Kyashna-tocha argued that Green Cross needed another stand-alone site that devoted more space to McKee's role in passing a medical marijuana initiative and getting the local movement started.
"I don't know anything about computers," says the 67-year-old McKee, who takes marijuana for a variety of ailments, including epileptic seizures and pain associated with a broken tail bone.
So McKee didn't know that the URL seattlegreencross.org is not registered to her but to something called ICDSoft Ltd, listed on GoDaddy.com as having an address in Sofia, Bulgaria.
McKee says she has never heard of ICDSoft Ltd. Nor, she says, does she have any idea why Kyashna-tocha might have altered her site. Kyashna-tocha has not yet responded to a request for comment.