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August 16, 2012

Wuesthoff Medical Center ER – Rockledge Florida – Dope dealers for children

We’re supposed to want to keep drugs away from our kids – right?

Isn’t that the whole point of existence – is to learn when to say NO? Use the least harsh method?

Here’s a glimpse at my ER visit in Florida this morning, July 24, 2012. We are in Rockledge Florida – Brevard County – visiting my eldest daughter. Grace has just come from very arid Montana to very humid Florida. In Montana, there is no pool in the backyard. We swim in the creek, or go to town to the big pool.

Well….Miss Gracey is part fish. She LOVES to swim. She has lived in the pool to a point I almost had to drag her out physically as she was burning her skin. She has been underwater constantly – using a mask – and also used the Hooka underwater scuba trainer – which I’m sure blew some air in those ears under water……

Perfect setup for Swimmers Ear if I ever saw it. Wish I would have thought in advance for it.

Can’t win em all……

So….

Grace had an earache this morning. 4am to be exact – a REAL howler of one – had her howlin anyways.

We wake up Sis – and Tom gets the truck – and off to Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge – ER

We are met with an empty waiting room – and an hour wait. It is visibly apparent Grace is in pain – and we waited….and waited….the whole time Grace lamenting “They wouldn’t do this to me in MT. They’d have me right in there!”

All I could do was hold her – and wait. We FINALLY get into a room – and after another half hour wait in a virtually empty ER we are blessed with the presence of a Dr. G Edward Mallory, DO

Dr Mallory professes that Grace’s problem is due to serious sinus infections and allergies – and recommends we have a follow up with their partner pediatrician within 2 days – to check on her serious otitis media. I asked him if those allergies could have developed in the past 10 days or so since she arrived in Florida – as she has no history of allergies, or serious sinus infections.

Mind you – Grace and I share the same family physician, who has been my personal Dr for 27 years. He delivered Grace. He delivered ALL of my children. He knows EVERY issue any of my kids have EVER had. All my kids saw Jim until they moved out and away. He knows every little intricate detail of their health issues all through their lives, as I have any records from any other visits sent anywhere else to him for his files.

I trust him with my life. I trust him with my children’s life.

Then – this ER Physician? Dr Mallory – well – he has the BALLS to ask me if I would like 2 days worth of vicodin (8 pills – to be specific) for Grace for her pain.

I informed that dumbass that I was highly offended he would even SUGGEST vicodin for SWIMMERS EAR – and told him we wanted the pain drops – and something to dry the ear up. “I am 45 years old and have never taken a Vicodin in MY life – how DARE you attempt to prescribe it for my TWELVE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER!”

Well – that dope dealer scurried right on out of there – Gracie got her drops and is sleeping soundly – and we will be sure to use the swim ear I picked up once her infection is gone.

When the RN came in after the Doc to take care of things – I told her what transpired and that I was NOT happy about it.

She gave me a double thumbs up and told Grace she had a good Mom to look out for her. Nurse Boggs – you have my undying respect.

OH MY GOD FLORIDA!!!! What in the HELL? You tolerate this? Even my 12 year old knew it was WRONG.

HELLS BALLS – get to FIRING these guys before they damage more of our kids! He wanted to be “sensitive to her pain” with Vicodin at TWELVE for SWIMMERS EAR – what the HELL would he do for her at 21 when she is fully addicted???

I learned a very valuable lesson with this one trip to a Dr in Florida. People are sheep! “Do what the Dr says”

How many of you out there would have just taken the pain meds for your children? How many parents out there question doctors? Question their treatment?

“Do what the Dr says” – we are raised with that principle.

Well…..I contend that you need to “Do what the Dr says” after you evaluate things yourself too. ASK QUESTIONS – ask for alternatives – and QUESTION AUTHORITY – especially when it comes to your children.

If I would have taken that Vicodin prescription and given it to Grace I sincerely believe we would not have had as successful day as we had. As it was – as soon as the Aralgan drops went in her ear – her pain stopped. IMMEDIATELY

We got her home – and she slept over 4 hours – very peacefully – and Mom didn’t have to keep checking her breathing or heart rate – as she has never been on a heavy narcotic like Vicodin.

Grace woke up well rested – and not groggy or out of whack.

She has been perfect ever since.

Our children are our most precious commodities – we must protect them. It’s a pretty sad day when we have to protect them from a Doctor.

March 30, 2012

This is a “Do NOT Miss” event in my opinion!

Hope to see you there!

MontanaConnect

Talk about excitement! The 7th National Patients Out of Time Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics is just around the corner!

Early registration ends April 4th! Call to reserve your spot TODAY! Seating is limited

I don’t know about you – but my flights are booked, bags are almost packed, and I feel like I am going to the MOTHER of rock concerts!

The lineup of speakers for the event is a world class roster of physicians from around the world. Please see agenda here: Patients Out of Time agenda

Makes my heart pound with excitement to have so many great minds in support of medical cannabis in one place, with DR. ANDREW WEIL no less!

I also have a video message to share from Founders of Patients Out of Time – Al Byrne and Mary Lynn Mathre.

Please view their greeting. A personal invitation 

In addition – Patients Out of…

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March 27, 2012

Meet a Warrior Mother on the Autism front

MontanaConnect

Montana Connect has been championing children since it’s inception.

Please meet the first child featured in Montana Connect.

Meet Joey, and his amazing mother Mieko Hester Perez.

The Unconditional Foundation for Autism

Joey and Mieko Jan 2012

It wasn’t always smiles when I met this family 2+ years ago. It was pretty dismal actually.

Joey was at least 50 pounds lighter than he is now, emaciated, and withdrawn into his lil autistic world. He had not been eating, and Mieko discovered Cannabis, and started her fight. Please be sure to visit the foundation website for the entire story.

Mieko was a very determined mother who had never had anything to do with Cannabis. EVER. She worked in the legal profession, her family had law enforcement ties.

Cannabis was Taboo.

When a child is on the verge of dying, parents will do ANYTHING to save their child. Mieko had found herself in this position, and Joey…

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March 18, 2012

Behind the Latest Bust at High Times Magazine – The Daily Beast

Behind the Latest Bust at High Times Magazine – The Daily Beast.

I must say – I find it disturbing that the DEA would look at a publication and it’s Freedom of Speech – and consider them to be “drug paraphernalia

Although, if they were running drugs in the 70’s and 80’s I guess that would make sense.

If the folks there are running drugs now…….

I leave the rest to your though processes.

POINT:

How do YOU want to be viewed in a regulated industry in Colorado?

The outside world is watching…….

Are you a drug dealer?

Or are you a professional, medical facility?

Think about it………the outside world wants to know!

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

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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

March 12, 2012

Frustrating Friday

I’m actually writing this post on a Sunday night, as I really wanted to chew on things in my mind after my phone conversations I had on Friday.

Last week – I dealt mainly with supportive services to our industry. Folks who are not directly involved, but rather offer services you need to perform your business every day. Executives and business people who care very deeply to see Colorado succeed.

Well……let me tell you folks, I have thought long and hard about this all weekend.

 

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See those images above? That was what I experienced when speaking with supportive services last week. Friday was of particular interest, as folks really laid out their frustrations.

And it wasn’t about me….it was about the Colorado Medical Cannabis Industry.

More directly – YOU – the business owners in Colorado. MMC, MIP, and staff.

Now….I’m not going to lay down this “you know who you are” crap. I hope all of you will look at this as constructive criticism, and work to fix the issues within your business, and interactions with the public and supportive services.

Don’t shoot the messenger either. I promised at LEAST five executives who deal with supportive services to our industry I was going to write this.

Here goes, starting with the biggest complaints first:

  • Pay your bills – from the smallest to the largest – get it done. These folks committed their services to you, and have mouths to feed and bills to pay.
  • BUDGET – figure your monthly budget and stick to it. Look at it honestly, project for your future, and trim the fat.
  • Live within your means.
  • When you make an appointment with somebody, keep it, and be on time. If you are going to be late, be courteous and call. Many people schedule appointments throughout the day, and simply cannot wait for you.
  • Work on COLORADO. So many folks around the nation are looking TO Colorado, and many folks in Colorado are looking outside the borders. Perfect THIS regulated industry and make it shine before you look to reach outside. It is imperative Colorado succeed, and lead the nation.
  • Get serious about your business, and treat it as one. If you are not involved with a trade group – GET INVOLVED.
  • If you have a personal beef with another business owner, deal with it or WALK AWAY. Infighting and back-stabbing helps no one, and harms patients in the long run.
  • Get your patients more involved. Session is in gear – have them all Facebooked and Tweeted up – and ask for action on the hill. Educate them about the current events and bills. Ask them to be involved, write letters, testify, and advocate for their medicine in any way they can.
  • YOU TOO! Get Facebooked and linked and tweeted to all the groups you need to be associated with to share the news. Then – SHARE THE NEWS. If you don’t have time, delegate the responsibility to staff, and ensure they do it.
  • DELEGATE – Delegate duties folks! Organize! Don’t try to own every little faction. The stress from not delegating duties to staff and trying to do it all yourself will not only make you batshit crazy, but will eventually erode your business.
  • How about not be so impaired, or have impaired folks working in your business. It is against regulation to medicate on site. While not a frequent issue in many businesses, in a select few it is a daily problem.
  • Act responsibly. Please
  • Encourage your clients to act responsibly.
  • What’s up with the waste? The recent stories in the news left many supportive services folks very frustrated. Bad press like that is completely un-necessary.
  • Support each other! We all have different views, and one method may work, another may not. If you cannot agree with a person – DO NOT tear them up publicly in any way. Keep it to yourself and your close group – and walk away. Practice professional courtesy. Agree to disagree.
  • PUBLIC FORUMS – Whoo boy. I was told about it – and sent examples of public forum comments – and even witnessed some myself. Holy cats people – WE are not the only ones who read those! When commenting online – be respectful, and responsible. If you have folks who are “trolls” or keep a fight going – DO NOT COMMENT. You feed them – and it goes on and on and on……comment respectfully, and responsibly. People are watching ALL the time. Don’t embarrass yourself or us, please.

I spent a majority of Monday morning reviewing this with the same folks I spoke with last week, and they are very happy to have me voice these opinions.

I may have some to add – as I did not get to my full list, as folks were so frustrated last week many needed to vent too. Stay tuned.

I hope to see comments – and feedback. One of the common statement from support service folks was “Why don’t they ever call us back? We’re here to HELP them? Why are we reciting regulation to them? It should be the other way around?”

Answer them folks – here’s your opportunity.

Please understand – in NO WAY is this intended to start a war or feud. It is CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM from professionals who care about YOU.

If you find yourself offended by anything in this post, my question would be “What are YOU doing on the list that offends you so much to take it so personal?”

Honestly?

Folks – you have a job people across our nation would LOVE to have. Please PROTECT IT AT ALL COSTS! What happens in Colorado is paramount to the rest of the Nation.

The Nation is watching.

Let us help you…….