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by Jason Grant
Pick up that cell phone, and make a call.
Tell how being arrested for a small bit of marijuana in Philadelphia has changed your life.
That's the latest request from City Councilman James Kenney, as he continues to pound on Mayor Nutter to sign into law a measure that would make possessing a small amount of pot punishable by only a $25 fine - with no arrest.
Since Tuesday, Kenney's staff have been handing out fliers promoting the at-large councilman's new marijuana arrest hotline, which encourages callers to leave a detailed message and "if possible, please include information about the loss of job opportunities or schooling opportunities."
Kenney's staffers said they've been showing up at a muncipal courtroom and legal clinics to advertise the hotline.
So far, between Tuesday, when the line opened, and Thursday afternoon, 10 people have left messages, they said. Each would get a call back by Thursday's end, said Chris Goy, Kenney's policy director. He said all told of being arrested after Kenney's bill was approved, on June 19.
The bill, which Council approved 13-to-3, calls for people caught with 30 grams or less of pot - about an ounce - to be issued a citation and fined. But the measure can't become law before September unless the mayor signs. Nutter has said he's weighing the criminal-justice implications of it.
Kenney, a Democrat who is considering a 2015 mayoral bid, has been pressing Nutter to sign the bill. In a letter made public Tuesday, he noted that 264 citizens had reportedly been arrested since Council approved the bill, and argued that "every day Mayor Nutter fails to act, more young people will be ... jailed for a minimal offense."
On Thursday, during an interview, Kenney said of his new hotline, "I want people... to talk about their situations. [And] I want the mayor, who seems to be a bit detached from the regular people on the street, to see what he's allowing to happen."
Mark McDonald, the mayor's spokesman, responded briskly Thursday to the councilman's increasing rhetoric:
"The first thing I would recommend is maybe he [Kenney] should urge people to not walk the streets carrying pot."
He called Kenney's bill "legislation a particular council member, who does not have a very extensive history of legislative victories, is attempting to promote as he tries to figure out if he has the resources and vision to run for mayor."
The hotline number: 267-570-3726.
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PHOENIX -- A Pima County Superior Court judge may have paved the way for the state's more than 52,000 medical marijuana users to get into business of selling the drug, at least to each other.
In a ruling earlier this month, Judge Richard Fields threw out charges filed by prosecutors against Jeremy Matlock, ruling that the wording of the 2010 voter-approved law does not make what he did illegal.
Fields conceded the statute is poorly worded and subject to interpretation.
But the judge said the language of the statute is so vague that it could be read that medical marijuana users can sell to other users without fear of breaking the law. And that, Fields wrote, means Matlock could not be prosecuted for what he did.
At this point, the ruling affects only Matlock.
But Kellie Johnson, the chief criminal deputy for the Pima County Attorney's Office, said her agency plans to appeal. And if higher courts say Fields got it right, that would set precedent for the entire state.
That possibility has alarmed state Health Director Will Humble.
He said it is not his job to enforce criminal laws. But Humble said the ruling undermines his ability to take away medical marijuana cards from patients who he believes are illegally selling the drug.
And Johnson said that, if nothing else, prosecutors statewide need some guidance on what the law actually allows.
Matlock was indicted last year on charges of illegally selling marijuana. That followed his posting an ad on Craigslist offering to give medical marijuana to other cardholders but seeking a donation of $25 per plant.
In court filings, his attorney, Sarah Bullard, a deputy Pima County public defender, pointed out that Matlock has a card from the state that allows him to possess the drug.
More to the point, Bullard argued that her client did nothing illegal. She said the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act specifically permits him to transfer marijuana to any other medical marijuana patient.
Johnson said prosecutors read the law to only allow patient-to-patient transfers if no money changes hands.
That left it up to Fields to interpret a 59-word sentence -- one without a single comma or other punctuation -- to determine what is and is not legal.
With that language unclear, Fields looked to another provision in the same law which makes it a crime for any medical marijuana cardholder to sell the drug "to a person who is not allowed to possess marijuana for medical purposes.' By extension, he said, the law "necessarily implies that a qualifying patient can sell marijuana' to someone who is entitled to use it.
Beyond that, Fields noted that 59-word clause implies that to violate the law someone needs to do two things: transfer marijuana for something of value and also know that the buyer will be getting more than the 2 1/2 ounces of the drug to which Arizona law entitles users every two weeks.
"In this case, the defendant did not transfer more than the allowable amount,' Fields wrote, with Bullard saying the undercover police officer left with only three immature plants. "There is no way to meet the 'knowing' element.'
Fields said his conclusion was necessary because of the way the initiative was written by the groups supporting medical marijuana.
"The fact of the matter is that the statute is very poorly drafted and needs a lot of work,' he wrote. "This court finds that the statute is ambiguous, does not give a person of ordinary intelligence notice as to how it can be violated, and therefore the indictment is insufficient as a matter of law.'
Humble said the ruling could undermine a key point in what voters approved in 2010 that allows those with a doctor's recommendation and a state-issued ID card to obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. The health director said he believes voters narrowly approved the law at least in part because patients would have to obtain the drug from one of several dozen state-regulated dispensaries.
He said Fields' ruling, unless overturned, creates all sorts of enforcement problems. Humble said it sets the stage for someone who obtains marijuana from elsewhere, perhaps from another state or even Mexico, to set up shop without fear of prosecution or the loss of his or her own medical marijuana card.
Via Verde News
Cannabis oil cured my terminal cancer
CANCER patient Mike Cutler yesterday hailed cannabis as a miracle cure for the disease after his symptoms vanished when he began taking the drug.
By: Tom Morgan express.co.uk
Published: Tue, July 22, 2014
In desperation he began researching online and found a YouTube video advocating the use of cannabis oil for cancer.
He decided to try it – and claims that three days after taking the banned Class B drug his excruciating pain disappeared. Two weeks later he began coughing up blood, which he believes contained the dead cancer cells.
The grandfather-of-nine went for a biopsy at the Royal Free Hospital in London in May and doctors told him the cancer cells had gone.
Retired builder Mike, of Hastings, East Sussex, recalled: “Finding I could die was terrible, so I began searching for something that could help me.
“I couldn’t accept that I was going to die. And when I found I was cured I was completely shocked.
“I’m a normal family man, not a druggie. But I had a serious illness and this helped. I can’t believe cannabis oil isn’t being used regularly as a treatment. It is a miracle cure. The NHS should use it.”
Mike resorted to illegally buying the substance from a dealer and used it to make his own tablets, taking one a day.
He is now campaigning for law changes to allow medicinal use of cannabis.
He spoke at a debate on the subject with Professor David Nutt and Green MP Caroline Lucas in Brighton.
Mike’s claim came as research published last week by the University of East Anglia revealed the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, can help fight cancerous cells.
Dr Peter McCormick, from the university’s School of Pharmacy, said: “THC has anti-cancer properties. This compound is known to act through a specific family of cell receptors.
“We have provided an important step towards the future development of therapeutics to reduce tumour growth.”
A number of organisations, including Cancer Research UK, are investigating the medical use of cannabis. Cannabinoids are known to affect brain and nerve activity, energy metabolism, heart function and the immune system.
The Royal Free Hospital confirmed that Mike has received no further cancer treatment since his transplant.
Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow their own cannabis
Why should any patients be denied access to cannabis for preventative care? -UA
Five people suffering from chronic pain brought the complaint to a court in Cologne after Germany's Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) refused them permission to grow the plant at home.
The court said the BfArM had to reconsider three of the requests that it had rejected.
While the plaintiffs all had permits to buy and consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes, they wanted to cultivate their own because they could not afford to purchase the drug and their health insurance did not cover it.
The court said three of the plaintiffs met the requirements to produce the drug because it was "sufficiently certain" that third parties would not be able to access the plants and products.
"Until now it has not been legal for anyone to grow cannabis at home but these seriously ill people will now be allowed to," court spokeswoman Stefanie Seifert said, adding that it nonetheless remained illegal for others to grow it.
"This is not a carte blanche for everyone to start growing cannabis at home - they have to be seriously ill people for whom nothing else works other than cannabis."
The complaints brought by the other two plaintiffs were rejected - the first because the court was not satisfied that unauthorized persons could be prevented from accessing the plants and the second because the court did not think the plaintiff had exhausted all other treatment options.
The court stressed that it was necessary to assess whether individuals met the requirements to grow their own cannabis on an case-by-case basis.
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration believes marijuana policy is a states' rights issue, the White House said Monday in opposing Republican-led legislation that would prevent Washington, D.C., from using local funds to decriminalize marijuana possession.
The GOP-sponsored House amendment would prevent D.C. "from using its own local funds to carry out locally-passed marijuana policies, which again undermines the principles of States' rights and of District home rule," the White House said in a statement. The White House said the bill "poses legal challenges to the Metropolitan Police Department's enforcement of all marijuana laws currently in force in the District."
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) called Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) a "tyrant" for meddling in the District's governing process with the amendment, pointing out that Maryland just voted to decriminalize marijuana possession. The amendment is aimed at blocking a recent D.C. law that lowers the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana to a fine.
It's been less than a year since the Justice Department decided not to sue Washington state and Colorado for legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana. Attorney General Eric Holder told The Huffington Post earlier this year that he was "cautiously optimistic" about legalization in Colorado, which began recreational sales Jan. 1. Washington state sales began this month.
Holder didn't weigh in on decriminalization in his own city of D.C., but said it was not a good use of law enforcement resources to give young people a criminal record for drug possession.
“It is great to see the White House accepting that a majority of Americans want marijuana law reform and defending the right of D.C. and states to set their own marijuana policy,” Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, said about the White House statement on Monday. “The tide has clearly shifted against the failed war on drugs and it’s only a matter of time before federal law is changed."
Via Huffington Post
Music inspires us, in many ways. It helps us create, and when used properly the music can make you feel no pain. People from all ages and walks of life can agree, cannabis and music are some of the best mediums for unifying people of various cultures and lifestyles. In this interview we take a glimpse into the hip hop careers of three hard working, passionate and tough puffing musicians from across the U.S.; Dj Slim, Burnt M.D., and Ponyboy Los Marijuanos. As the Hemp Hop movement grows we talked with these three MCs because of their roles as activists in the cannabis movement. They have dedicated time and have risked their freedom for the underground cannabis culture. As MC’s they have tirelessly strived to build a mastery of albums and have influenced the cannabis movement each in their own way, politically and lyrically. From hosting and founding countless events, to flawlessly rocking stages from coast to coast, these guys know what what it takes to be successful, all the while staying completely medicated with the best dank grown today. We are thankful to call all three of these artists our friends.
BN You created a song called “Utilize Your High” what is your opinion on the stigma of a “lazy stoner?”
DJ Slim Well the stigma of a lazy stoner is that they are unproductive, day dreamers with no ambition or drive to get ahead in life. I can't lie I do know several weed smokers that fit that stigma.On the other hand I have friends that I smoke weed with, and they are some of the most intelligent weed smokers you would every want to meet. I'm referring to doctors, lawyers, first responders, financial brokers, all the branches of the military, as well as leaders of major organizations and corporations. I met many of them during my music travels and they smoked almost as much weed as I do. For them utilizing your high is an understatement. Marijuana is what has helped them to focus on what they needed to do to achieve the success they have today, especially because some of those people also had an illness or physical disability which made what they were trying to do even more difficult.
BN How many music awards have you won, been nominated for and what were they?
DJ Slim Since the release of Hemp Hits in 2009, I’ve been nominated for a High Times Doobie Award twice. I have also won two Global Marijuana Music Awards (Best Music Video: I Wanna Be High, Album of The Year: Hemp Hits), an American Marijuana Music Award (Best Music Video: Best Music Video: I Wanna Be High) and the Masscann /Norml 2009 music video of the year for “I Wanna Be High”. I received album of the year award in 2010 from Marco, the owner of Treating Yourself magazine. Most recently in April of 2012 I was blessed to win a Hightimes Doobie Award from Hightimes magazine in Austin Texas for my Activism in the Marijuana community. Now i need to work hard to get another High time Doobie Award for my music.
BN What does freedom mean to you?
BurntMD Freedom is a prism of perception. We have free will as human beings, however do we have freedom as individuals, and if we do, is that freedom pure? Why is it that in a 'free country' the most heavily populated entity is the prison industrial complex? Freedom is not free and you have to be dumb to mistake it. Freedom comes with a cost; you must spend time respecting yourself & your surroundings in order to allow everyone the same rights of freedom.
BN Do you think other states are going to follow Colorado and Washington’s full on legalization of cannabis, and how do you see this affecting the cannabis industry in the future?
BurntMD Great question. I think many states are afraid to address the question of whether or not marijuana is not only a gateway drug but also itself simply a big bad criminal enterprise. This may be a 'free' country, though it is run by many Christian principles, and how could you be a god-fearing, church going, war hawk, if you allow your citizens to use drugs? Want my real answer? I think that the government is laxing its view on marijuana simply to allow the citizens of our country to pull the blinds over our eyes. Keep us high while they are blatantly defiling our great constitution, keep us on prescription drugs so we continue to fund their wars while we are too stoned to do anything about it. Continue to teach our children methods of falling into society rather than harvesting independant thinkers. Poor states will utilize the cannabis industry to help fund there failing systems, I am not sure if the actual facts will ever be the reasoning behind the legalization of marijuana. Alcohol & cigarettes are legal though they have no benefits. Though we may be rebels with a cause, we must govern the chaos that binds us together, we must be founded on ethics, morals, and people care; not a money laundering profiteering scam. If you havent heard it yet today, I love you, and you are not alone. Growth Till Death; Kill The Disease...Spread the cure. One Love. – MD
BN When did you begin working with Jack Herer and how did he influence you personally, and your career?
Ponyboy I first met Eddy Lepp in Amsterdam while performing at the Cannabis Cup for the first time, he introduced me to Jack Herer. They schooled me on the power of the plant and all its great properties. They showed me how the war on drugs is really a war on people and not for the good of society as they claim. They helped me realize that I had the power to reach people thru my music and that I should use that influence in a more positive way and stop rapping about gang banging and all the negativity. They taught me so much and I dedicate my new tracks to the patients, the growers, the families, the victims of the drug war as well as the smokers and tokers.
BN What is your definition of “Hemp Hop” and where did it originate?
Ponyboy Hemp Hop is conscious marijuana music that promotes the many uses of the plant and not just talking about getting high. It stems from the teachings of Jack Herer’s Book, “the Emperor wears no clothes” which everyone needs to read! Buy a copy or read it for free at www.jackherer.com .
BN What advice can you offer future freedom fighters who want to help end prohibition completely?
Ponyboy Help out whenever and however you can! Stick to your guns and don't be phony. If you are planning on becoming an activist get ready for a fight. Join a local organization that is fighting the same fight; groups like NORML, ASA, THCFC, SAFER, LEAP, need more supporters! All of them are a lil different so make sure you find one that you identify with, some groups are more active in some regions more than others so it’s important to do you research. Volunteer to help out at events and get to know the community. Freedom Events like the Boston Freedom Rally and Seattle Hempfest depend heavily on volunteers so get in there and do your part! It's not an easy battle and we desperately need more soldiers fighting the good fight, if we ever plan on changing these absurd laws.
For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation's war on drugs.
Lately, however, the Drug Enforcement Administration has found itself under attack in Congress as it holds its ground against marijuana legalization while the resolve of longtime political allies — and the White House and Justice Department to which it reports — rapidly fades.
"For 13 of the 14 years I have worked on this issue, when the DEA came to a hearing, committee members jumped over themselves to cheerlead," said Bill Piper, a lobbyist with the Drug Policy Alliance, a pro-legalization group. "Now the lawmakers are not just asking tough questions, but also getting aggressive with their arguments."
So far this year, the DEA's role in the seizure of industrial hemp seeds bound for research facilities in Kentucky drew angry rebukes from the Senate's most powerful Republican. The GOP-controlled House recently voted to prohibit federal agents from busting medical marijuana operations that are legal under state laws. And that measure, which demonstrated a shared distaste for the DEA's approach to marijuana, brought one of the Senate's most conservative members together with one of its most liberal in a rare bipartisan alliance.
How much the agency's stock has fallen was readily apparent in the House debate, when Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) denounced the agency's longtime chief.
"She is a terrible agency head," Polis said of Administrator Michele Leonhart.
The two had previously clashed over the DEA's insistence that marijuana continue to be classified as among the most dangerous narcotics in existence.
"She has repeatedly embarrassed her agency before this body," Polis said.
Leonhart, who declined through a spokesman to be interviewed, is not getting much backup from the White House.
This year, she complained that President Obama seemed alarmingly blase about what she sees as a pot epidemic. Her remarks to dozens of sheriffs gathered at a conference in Washington came soon after Obama told the New Yorker magazine that marijuana seemed no more dangerous to him than alcohol.
"She said, 'I am so angry the president said what he said and completely ignored the science,'" recalled Thomas Hodgson, the sheriff of Bristol County, Mass.
Her remarks were so frank, Hodgson said, that another sheriff who had been attending such meetings for three decades interrupted Leonhart to tell the crowd what a risk she was taking. The audience then gave her a standing ovation, Hodgson said.
Leonhart went on to complain about a softball game White House staff had participated in with marijuana advocates, and declared that one of the low points of her career had been seeing a hemp flag fly over the Capitol — a display Polis had requested.
When Leonhart left, Hodgson said, she got another standing ovation.
The enthusiasm from law enforcement agents suggests why Leonhart, a holdover from the George W. Bush administration, where she served as acting DEA chief, remains ensconced in her post even as more than 42,400 people have signed a petition demanding her resignation.
"The Obama administration has to walk this tightrope," said Sam Kamin, a law professor at the University of Denver. "The youth vote and a number of populous states are moving in one direction, and elements of law enforcement are not."
He added: "These are people who have spent their lives enforcing marijuana laws. To say we are going to let the states decide what federal law is, is difficult for them to swallow."
The DEA also is operating amid mixed signals.
Many lawmakers think marijuana should no longer be classified among the most dangerous drugs, but they're reluctant to vote to change federal narcotics law. And despite cautious acceptance of state legalization laws by the White House, its enforcement strategy is ambiguous. The statutes that guided narcotics agents at the height of the war on drugs to aggressively go after pot remain on the books.
After word spread in May that Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. had called Leonhart in for a private chat and admonished her to stop contradicting the administration, Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) rushed to her defense.
Wolf accused Holder's office of a "Nixonian effort to pressure a career law enforcement leader into changing her congressional testimony."
Leonhart "has done an outstanding job leading this agency during a challenging time," Wolf wrote in a letter to Holder.
But that view no longer commands a clear majority in Washington, as the agency repeatedly has run into congressional opposition.
The usually unexcitable Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, reprimanded the DEA after it impounded 250 pounds of hemp seeds en route to the University of Kentucky from Italy. The seeds were to be used by researchers exploring the possibility of reintroducing the hemp industry in the U.S.
Hemp, the fiber of a non-psychoactive cannabis plant, can be manufactured into clothing and numerous other products. One thing it can't do is make a person high. Nonetheless, the DEA deemed the seeds a controlled substance.
McConnell said the agency was wasting limited resources on the seizure "at the very time Kentucky is facing growing threats from heroin addiction and other drug abuse."
Amid political pressure and a lawsuit from Kentucky's Department of Agriculture, the agency granted the university an expedited controlled-substances permit.
The hemp offensive bewildered even some longtime DEA allies.
"It is an unnecessary fight," said Robert Stutman, a retired director of the agency's New York division. "It doesn't affect the drug issue one way or another."
The hemp case also irritated Kentucky's other senator, tea party favorite Rand Paul, who signed on to sponsor the Senate version of a House measure that would curb raids on medical marijuana dispensaries.
A desire to rein in the DEA has kindled an intriguing political alliance between Paul and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), one of the chamber's most liberal members, who is cosponsoring the measure.
As the DEA has struggled with the politics of marijuana, it also has faced a spate of incidents requiring administration officials to clean up after agents.
The Justice Department last year agreed to a $4.1-million settlement with a man whom DEA agents left handcuffed in a San Diego holding cell without food or water for five days. And federal investigators are looking into charges that the agency has been improperly collecting phone company data and concealing from defendants how the information was used against them.
But neither those problems nor changes in public opinion have caused the agency to shift its ground. The DEA's latest policy paper on pot declares the medical marijuana movement, which has won victories in 22 states, to be a fraud.
"Organizers," it says, "did not really concern themselves with marijuana as a medicine — they just saw it as a means to an end, which is the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes."
Displayed prominently in the DEA Museum at its Arlington, Va., headquarters is part of a California dispensary that narcotics agents raided and shut down. It sits alongside the rebuilt front of a crack house.
Via LA Times
For one brave family, this is the motto they live by. For the past year they have been struggling in their search to cure their daughters cancer. When doctors weren’t helping, they took matters into their own hands. It is because of the hearts and minds of MyKayla’s mother and step father that she is alive and strong today. Their family sets a leading example, awakening the country to the long considered taboo of cannabis.
So far they have been victorious in the uphill journey with cancer. They are not just brave for battling their seven year old daughters cancer into a remission, but show strength in trusting themselves in their own research over conventional methods. After chemotherapy failed, they tried medicating with cannabis and saw a miraculous, instant improvement. Using cannabis took their daughter away from bone marrow transplants and into a full remission from a staggering 85% cancer cell count. Results like that are pretty hard to deny, and with physical evidence like this, it makes it hard to understand why our entire country is not considering cannabis as a viable treatment option. Call it ignorance, slander, or simple misunderstanding that keeps people in fear of cannabis; but even the federal government must see its benefits as they themselves have a patent on the plant. Some may find giving a child cannabis wrong, but when your child's life is at stake and with results like these you can begin to see a little clearer into the medicinal benefits of cannabis.
I was blessed with the opportunity to speak with Mykayla and her family only days before their trip to Hawaii. They were full of excitement, as they were about to embark on Mykayla's much deserved, “make a wish” vacation. Mykayla was very much your typical happy and excited little girl. Not even through her treatments did she stop smiling, in high spirits she tells me she is most excited to see the pineapple farms. Her story begins last year, July 13th, 2012.
Mykayla had been complaining of increasing pain and flu like symptoms for almost a month. Her doctors were beginning to really question why this sweet little girl was so sick. The family prepared for the worst, and when the test results came in confirming Mykayla had Acute T-cell Luekemia, they immediately they began to seek all realms of healing. They even started Mykayla on a raw, vegan diet. “Personal nutrition, herbal supplements, and always having a positive mentality were key roles in our daughters success” Brandan, who is so loving and supportive of their family, had been well knowledged in the scienctific research and medicinal properties that existed in Cannabis, and was keen to push the treatment option into light. He had helped Erin with her previous illness using this therapy will amazing results. This had allowed them to see first hand how at the very least it provides comfort and more vitality in treatment then the dozens of drugs being prescribed. They are not alone leaving cannabis to be the victor in fighting cancer, but this family firmly believes that there should be a balance between conventional and holistic medicine.
There are two approved traditional methods for treating cancer. The first is chemotherapy, and the second radiation. Both are extremely toxic to your body. As an adult, you can refuse either of these treatments but for children one of the two methods must be used. Mykaylas family chose very low dose chemotherapy. About 95% of children undergoing chemotherapy achieve remission fairly quickly. When Mykayla had been undergoing chemotherapy for almost a month with little change in her cancer counts, her family began to worry and immediately reached out towards therapies they felt more comfortable with.
The family planned from the very beginning to combat Mykaylas cancer with cannabis. They used a mixture of highly concentrated edibles, juicing, and topical treatments all prepared using organic locally grown cannabis. Instantly she was able to eat again, and her mood changed dramatically. She was happy, and always smiling. They had began this treatment without contacting their oncologist, and even with the outstanding improvements to Mykaylas counts and health the physician was extremely upset. The doctor took it as far to accuse the family of being criminals. The family switched doctors, and since could not be happier with the treatments or with Mykayla's progress. Fortunately in Oregon it is acceptable to treat a child with cannabis so long as you have proper doctor. Studies on cannabis show it has the ability relieve pain and nausea, protects the body from some of the harmful side effects of chemotherapy, and can even eliminate cancer cells. This natural remedy is also a neuroprotectant and an antioxidant. In one week of treating their daughter with cannabis they had lowered their daughters T-cell count down to zero. A miracle. Mykayla is living proof that cannabis should qualify as part of the treatment option offered for terminal illness.
Its hard to understand why our country is ignoring cases like Mykaylas and so many others. In the near future we hope to hear more real life stories of the healing powers of cannabis. Stories like Mykaylas’s can help open closed minds on the plagued issues of cannabis. I want to thank Mykayla and her family for being so brave in sharing their experience with the world.
Erin and Brandan asked me to express that if any family is undergoing a similar situation with a loved one, that they are in full support of your struggle. Even in the states where it is illegal to medicate with cannabis, they ask that if anyone needs help or support to simply reach out to them and they will be there. You can contact them through their website www.bravemykayla.com. On their website you can learn more about Mykayla’s story, her treatment regime, and any upcoming fundraisers for this cause.
This brave little girl and her family have been on one crazy ride since last summer, and they are still so positive and full of love. Positivity is truly magical in hard times, and it’s so inspiring to see people who are struggling still bursting with happiness and peace. They too are inspired; Mykaya’s story is only the beginning of their mission to share their journey with the globe. Why give all that effort? It challenges the minds of conventional thinkers and the limitations we have when treating the ill in our country. They are challenging the taboo of holistic medicine and conventional cancer treatments, and that alone is very powerful. This family brings major evidence in the positivity of modern medicine.
As we begin to unravel the mysteries of why our country is so plagued by illness and disease, we learn that there are other ways to medicate aside from local pharmaceuticals. Were now experiencing long term effects from harmful things like gmos, pesticides, processed foods and additives. Were prescribed drugs to remedy our illnesses, but why? Synthetic drugs are derived from plants, so why is the plant considered illegal, but man made (chemical infused) drugs are not? I want this story to inspire you all to become more aware of these rising issues, because the government is ignoring these ideas even with the obvious positive results. This plant could save hundreds of thousands of children and adults just like Mykayla, and at the very least provide comfort to someone while they undergo a very painful experience. To make a bold statement, sometimes you need to take risks. Those think outside the realm of normalcy and take risks have the power to revolutionize the world.
by Matt Sledge
NEW YORK -- Marijuana prohibition now costs state and federal government as much as $20 billion a year, an economist told The Huffington Post -- and legalization efforts are only just beginning to chip away at that.
That number comes from Jeffrey Miron, a senior lecturer at Harvard University who in 2010 studied the likely impacts of drug legalization, finding that about $8.7 billion would be saved on law enforcement and another $8.7 billion would be generated from taxes on marijuana. Accounting for inflation, that would add up to about $20 billion now, he said.
The number is modest in terms of the overall government budget -- but far too high a price to pay for a drug that does little to harm non-users, he argued.
As Miron acknowledges, his number is sort of a thought experiment, a suggestion of what would happen if marijuana was legalized on every level of government. Despite a recent Pew Research poll finding that 52 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization, politicians seem to only just now bewarming up to that proposition.
In Colorado and Washington, voters led the way in November referendums. But the rules and regulation around marijuana, which will be treated similarly to alcohol and tobacco under the states' laws, are only beginning to be hammered out.
During the runup to Washington's referendum, the state branch of the American Civil Liberties Union estimated that local governments spent $211 million on enforcing marijuana laws between 2000 and 2010.
Alison Holcomb, the state ACLU's drug policy director, told HuffPost that local governments are already reaping the rewards of legalization.
"Just within a week after the vote, county prosecutors across the state started dismissing misdemeanor marijuana possession cases that were pending at the time, and there were over 220 cases that were dismissed," she said. "So that was a very tangible example of the criminal justice costs that we were already saving, even before the actual initiative went into effect."
Although the potential marijuana tax revenues were a major selling point for voters in Colorado and Washington, neither state has yet decided how it will tax the green stuff. The states' decisions are being complicated by the Obama administration, which has yet to announce how it will respond to legalization.
If the feds take a hard line, said Miron, expect state tax collections to be insignificant. "I think a lot of their industries are going to stay sort of in the shadows. There's going to be very little tax revenue collected," he said.
Whatever happens to state treasuries, the human costs of marijuana laws are clear: around 750,000 people were arrested for marijuana-related crimes in 2011. That's one arrest every 42 seconds.
Via Huffington Post