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May 23, 2012

Patients Out of Time Clinical Cannabis Conference

I am excited to return to Colorado from Arizona, and the Patients Out of Time 7th National Clinical Cannabis Conference in Tucson, Arizona  April 26-28, 2012.

WHAT AN EVENT!

I had waited in anticipation so anxiously for over 18 months. The weeks before the conference were maddening. I felt like a child the eve before Christmas morning.

I was not disappointed either. Almost everybody a person could hope to meet on the medical cannabis side of things was there. Dr Russo and his daughter Sarah, Dr Weil, Mary Lynn and Al, Elvy, Dr Courtney, Melanie Drehrer, the list goes on and on…..please be sure to visit http://www.medicalcannabis.com for followup. The entire conference was filmed – and is available online. The CE portions will be available for a fee in the near future. Here is a video of Dr. Andrew Weil from the conference. (Click link silly – it’s active). Also – please be sure to find Patients Out of Time on Facebook.

Please be sure to add Patients Out of Time to your groups to support. This incredible conference was their 7th national clinical conference in 14 years. They hold them every 2 years. We will be rolling out a pledge program for the group – stay tuned – and please – support the science and research.

Every bit of our efforts rely on credible science and knowledge.  It is imperative we have a strong voice, and solid support for Patients Out of Time.

I had the honor of helping Jacki Rickert prepare for her day and assisting her throughout the day on the day she spoke. Jacki is an amazing woman, I was quite stunned to learn her story. Jacki was one of the 28 patients who was completely approved for the Federal IND Program, before it was shut down. She has been waiting 22 years for the Fedral Government to send her any cannabis.

For years, Jacki Rickert has been asking, “Is My Medicine Legal Yet?”

Jacki suffers from two painful and debilitating conditions, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Advanced Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, and was fully approved for participation in the U.S. Government‘s Compassionate Use Investigative New Drug (I.N.D.) Program at the Federal level in May of 1990, and by the state of Wisconsin in December of 1990.

I think she will be waiting until she dies…..unfortunately. When ol George W Sr. shut down the program, Jacki and 27 other folks were completely approved, and awaiting their first shipments. Not one of these folks ever received cannabis – as only the original 13 Federal patients were grandfathered into the program.

It is only through a series of Angels and Miracles Jacki is with us today.

22 years later – Jacki is STILL asking “Is My Medicine Legal Yet?” and is lucky to be alive. What a wonderful heart and spirit Jacki has – and i hope each and every one of you out there follow up on her story – reach out – support her and her group.

Ask the question – every day – “Is My Medicine Legal Yet?” and then fight like the devil to make it legal.

If Jacki can do it all these years from Wisconsin in a wheel chair…….we should ALL be able to fight just as hard.

Blessings to each and all out there in the world. Please – stay in touch – and be brave in your fight!

Hiedi

SO pleased to attend!

I was SO PROUD to be mentioned I coulda busted. Instead – I cried. This was a highlight of my career – and I hope to see many more!

March 14, 2012

Boulder DA asks feds to back off on medical marijuana dispensaries

It’s such a crime Stan Garnett lost his run for Attorney General three years ago. He only lost by 2,000 votes or so.

Colorado would be in an ENTIRELY different position today, if Stan would have won that race.

Take heed Colorado. Be sure you get behind this man politically, and THANK HIM for his actions now.

Boulder DA asks feds to back off on medical marijuana dispensaries

POSTED:   03/14/2012 11:40:13 AM MDT
UPDATED:   03/14/2012 12:19:32 PM MDT

By John Ingold
The Denver Post

Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett has sent a letter to the top federal prosecutor in Colorado, asking the feds to drop their crack-down on medical-marijuana dispensaries that are abiding by state law.

In the letter, dated Tuesday, Garnett writes that Colorado has created a system for regulating medical-marijuana businesses that is working and argues it is not worth the federal government’s time to target dispensaries abiding by state law.

“I can see no legitimate basis in this judicial district to focus the resources of the United States government on the medical marijuana dispensaries that are otherwise compliant with Colorado law or local regulation,” Garnett wrote in the letter to Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh. “The people of Boulder County do not need Washington D.C. or the federal government dictating how far dispensaries should be from schools, or other fine points of local land-use law.”

Garnett’s letter comes following the most direct crack-down yet in Colorado on dispensaries by federal law enforcement officials. Earlier this year, Walsh sent letters to 23 medical-marijuana dispensaries that were within 1,000 feet of a school, ordering them to close or face civil or criminal punishment. All those ordered to do so shut their doors.

Colorado law establishes a 1,000-foot buffer between dispensaries and schools but also allows communities to vary the distance or grandfather in pre-existing businesses. All the dispensaries that received letters were apparently complying with state and local laws.

But federal law makes all marijuana possession and sales illegal. Drug sales within 1,000 feet of a school bring enhanced penalties. Walsh said he sent the letters because he’s concerned that the presence of medical-marijuana businesses near schools may be encouraging the increase the state is seeing in youth use of marijuana.

Walsh has said more letters to other dispensaries near schools are possible.

In his letter, Garnett said federal law enforcement officials should instead focus elsewhere: on terrorism, organized crime or major trafficking of hard drugs like cocaine or methamphetamine. Continuing to target dispensaries, Garnett wrote, “would be very disruptive to communities who have spent significant time and resources exercising their right of local control to balance the competing issues around medical marijuana.”

John Ingold: 303-954-1068 orjingold@denverpost.com

Read more:Boulder DA asks feds to back off on medical marijuana dispensaries – The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20172102/boulder-da-asks-feds-back-off-medical-marijuana#ixzz1p7JpKFwT
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And some follow-up from the Westword:

http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2012/03/marijuana_stan_garnett_letter_us_attorney_john_walsh_feds.php

In 2009, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett said he wanted to be the state’s most progressive DA regarding medical marijuana, and he accepted MMJ industry support during his failed effort to defeat state Attorney General John Suthers. Unsurprisingly, then, he’s no fan of U.S. Attorney John Walsh’s seizure letters to MMCs near schools — a point he stresses in his own letter to Walsh, which asks the feds to back off Boulder dispensaries. Read it below.

In the missive, dated March 13, Garnett notes that he’s seen “the law of medical marijuana and the dispensary business develop in Colorado ever since passage of Amendment 20,” and in his view, “the industry has developed and adapted to Colorado’s statutory and local land use and regulatory schemes.” The result is “a maturing business that pays substantial tax revenue” and fits “within the fabric of this community.”

As such, Garnett continues, he has “watched with some interest as the United States government, the United States Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office have issued repeated and sometimes conflicting messages about medical marijuana over the last three years, culminating in the recent comments in the March 7, 2012 Denver Post of the new SAC of DEA, Barbara Roach.” For one thing, Roach told the Post she was looking to move into a community that had banned MMJ retail operations.

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John Walsh.

In Garnett’s opinion, “the resources of the United States Attorney’s Office should be focused elsewhere: on terrorism, serious economic crime, organized crime and serious drug dealing (involving significant amounts of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine). I can see no legitimate basis in this judicial district to focus the resources of the United States government on the medical marijuana dispensaries that are otherwise compliant with Colorado law or local regulation.

“Accordingly…I am urging you to exercise your prosecutorial discretion to back away from the threatened criminal prosecution of medical marijuana dispensaries in Boulder County if they are compliant with state law and local land use regulations,” he goes on, adding, “In my opinion, such prosecution would serve no practical purpose, would expend important resources and would be very disruptive to communities who have spent significant time and resources exercising their right of local control to balance the competing issues around medical marijuana.”

We’ve put in a call to Garnett on this issue; if and when he responds, we’ll update this post. As for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, spokesman Jeff Dorschner says, “the U.S. Attorney received his letter late last night and is in the process of reviewing it. At the appropriate time, the U.S. Attorney will respond directly back to the district attorney.”

Dorschner points out that “our office has always had a positive working relationship with Garnett.” But he gives no hint that the letter may result in a change of policy. “Our office continues to look at the marijuana stores that are going to be the subject of phase two of this initiative,” he emphasizes. “Those letters will likely be going out soon.”

Here’s the complete text of Garnett’s letter to U.S. Attorney John Walsh.

Stan Garnett Letter to US Attorney John Walsh

February 9, 2012

Meet your Charter Issue Colorado!

Vol I Issue I

Let's Connect!

We’re gettin her ready to roll!

There’s still folks out there who owe me content……get it to me please!

We can use all the support we can get – Advertise today!

Let’s Connect and showcase our industry.

We are Pioneering a new industry, making history.

Represent! Walk Proud!

We invite you to walk with us.

We want your feedback folks……give us a call.

Management Team:

Hiedi – 720-326-6577

Irvin – 954-536-9011

Randy – 720-840-5028

Let’s Connect!

December 12, 2011

Thank you for a successful book tour!

Thank You!

So sorry for the delay in this post folks….it’s been a MADHOUSE! Irvin and I were rear-ended on the 19th as we started our day for the book tour that day. We were on our way to a 10am appointment – and were at the corner of Colorado and 40th……waiting for the red light to change. Well…..out of nowhere – WHAM! We were nailed as we sat there by a gal in a Dodge Stratus. She didn’t even leave a skid mark – and the speed limit was 40mph…..yikes!

We are both ok…..so no worries. Irvin went directly to the hospital that day from the scene, and I got checked out when I got there. We don’t mess around with Irvin’s bone disorder, something like that wreck could really mess him up. We both feel very fortunate to have been in my GMC Safari van and surrounded by all that American Steel to protect us. My side took most of the impact, and I have a pretty severe case of whiplash. Irv got a touch too – and his hip has been bothering him.

I have since been to Montana, and returned. I will be traveling between both states, and working in both. The woman who hit us was insured (Thank heavens!) so we have both been dealing with the insurance company, and treatment for our injuries. For me, computer work has been murdersome, and I am finally getting to where I can sit and type some. My range of motion in my neck and shoulders has been greatly reduced, and I look forward to the day I can change lanes on these crazy Denver highways with no pain.

Back to book tour thank yous!

We would like to extend a sincere apology to the two shops we missed that morning. Kind Love, and The Giving Tree – so sorry we missed your stops that day. I called the shops from the crash and told them, and we hope to make their places next time Irv is in town. I will be calling to book them when we plan the next tour. We are looking at January – so please folks – if any of you want Irvin in your shop – contact us as soon as possible! 406-594-7932 or 720-326-6577 or 954-536-9011. I can start the list and will book you folks first when we figure out dates.

It still amazes me how many folks don’t know we have Federal Patients……we have to change that! I’m hoping to get over to the Western Slope soon……and want to book a tour that direction as well.

When Irvin landed on the 15th – we hit the floor running! We attended a MMIG meeting that night, as well as attending meetings with Act 4 Co and the Cannabis Business Alliance throughout the week. The CSMCC – Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council – threw a mixer on Friday night, where we met a LOT of folks, hung out with Dr. Bob and company, and just had a great time. It was great to meet all the different folks from the trade groups, and see their different missions and roles in medical cannabis in Colorado. We look forward to meeting more, and being involved with each and every one of them at one level or another. Through Colorado Connect we hope to introduce each and every one of you to the different groups, and encourage you to pick the one or select more than one if you choose, that fits your mindset and goals for your future in this great new industry. Each group has it’s own strengths, and they ALL need your support to do the best job we can. We are all fighting toward the same end result here, and there is a LOT of passion in and about this industry. It is so exciting to witness and be a part of!

Thank you again to each and every one of you who hosted us in your shops. There were quite a few who had us a second time….and we loved seeing you again! We hope to develop long lasting relationships with all of you, and we are here to help any way we can.

Please, feel free to call us anytime. The numbers are listed above. Let’s plan another tour for January – and get Irvin scheduled into the key places we may need him. Think we might need him for session? We might be able to arrange that, with the right planning. He is a great voice to have speak on behalf of patient rights.

There will be another post coming directly – as today – we go to Eagle Colorado to chase down John Suthers…….stay tuned.