Posts tagged ‘cancer’

May 29, 2012

DUID and Cannabis…….Fox 31 News weighs in

When it comes to impaired driving a study conducted by Fox 31 News in Denver has blurred the lines when the topic is cannabis and blood ng levels.

The DUID Bill presented in Colorado’s legislative session was quite the roller coaster ride as it moved through the committees and houses. At some points it seemed legislation was competing with Elitch Gardens with all the ups and downs, twists and turns.

The bill was defeated during special session on a 17-17 tied vote, with one Senator not present. This Senator’s failure to return for special session is believed to be what killed the bill, as they would have been a deciding vote, and had voted in favor of the bill previously.

This report from Fox 31 News was released just a few days after the DUID bill was killed.

Part I KDVR http://kdvr.com/2012/05/16/your-questions-answered-driving-under-the-influence-of-marijuana/

I have pulled some screenshots from the news story to highlight a few points.

First – let’s look at the ng blood levels of the subjects in the study. The subjects were asked to not medicate at all previous to test the day of testing. Blood samples were drawn prior to any testing, and after medicating.

First up – meet “Max”

Now – Max is stated to be a daily user of cannabis for his Psychomotor agitation. As seen in the report from Fox 31 News, Max’s ng blood level for THC was at 6ng prior to any cannabis use for the day.

After medicating – Max’s blood levels for THC went up to 32ng, well over the 5ng level proposed by lawmakers.

Next up is Fran – a 63 year old Fibromyalgia sufferer.

Remarkably – Fran failed her driving test with absolutely no cannabis in her system. The fact that she claims to be a user of cannabis and arrived with product to use, it is quite apparent Fran suffered a placebo effect while driving, and she was actually failed for this test by Officer Ashby. More disturbing is the fact that the product she consumed left her with no cannabis in her system to treat her condition.

Please folks – test your products – and test them regularly. Make a habit of it. The hugest concern is for the patient. As they treat themselves, they need to know they are taking a reliable product that will help them. As more interest is shown to our industry -and trials are conducted – I suspect we will see much more of these type studies. PLEASE test your product.

Patients lives depend on it.

Next is Robert:

Robert – yet another medical cannabis user who passed the driving test. Robert passed his exam even after medicating with a 10ng blood level.

Fox 31 News did a pretty extensive study – and this was actually a two part series. This is the link to the second part – and we will break down the shocking results as we go.

Part II KDVR http://kdvr.com/2012/05/17/web-poll-driving-high-vs-driving-drunk/

Brian and Justin are the subjects in the next study – comparing driving under the influence of alcohol to marijuana.

Now – Brian clearly failed his exam – and pegged his Blood Alcohol Content at .08. Many studies have been conducted on alcohol and impaired driving. With how alcohol is metabolized in the body, it is much easier to study and have quantified answers.

Justin is the final subject – with the most shocking results.

No age was ever given for Justin – so please forgive that omission. It is not remarkable to myself to see the results of Justin’s first blood ng level. For any chronic pain patient out there  I would expect them to be very high. Cancer as well.

Justin started out at 21ng before medicating at all for the day -and went to 47ng post medication.

Yet – he was deemed a good driver – and passed his driving exam with flying colors.

Next – Fox 31 News decided to ensure the driving abilities of both, and as they put it “See if Justin is just a better driver than Brian”. So – Justin imbibed in alcohol and reported a BAC of .04.

This time – when Justin took the driving test – he failed miserably. Alcohol most certainly caused impairment – YET – under Colorado DUI law Justin was still under the .08 BAC limit and would have passed a breathalyzer test. If the 5ng limit were to have been imposed with a DUID law – he would have failed for THC levels, which when he was only under direct influence of cannabis – he passed the driving test with a 47ng blood level.

So – when you mix alcohol and cannabis – is it a fair judgement to state the person is impaired and “guilty” because of the cannabis in their system when even slight amounts of alcohol can completely skew results?

Please keep in mind, cannabis facilitates other drugs within our bodies. Folks who utilize cannabis AND pain medications find they can decrease their pain med intake as the cannabis facilitates the opioids and makes them work better – thus reducing consumption.

Also – did any of these subjects have ANY other medications in their systems? Opioids? Muscle relaxers?

Granted – the Fox 31 News story is not the greatest example of scientific, empirical evidence, but it does bring many issues to light, and exposes many issues in the thought processes of legislators when they try to impose a law with no science behind it.

I stated in an e-mail to Colorado politicians this past session that they should kill the DUID bill and apply to NIDA for funding monies to conduct a truly scientific study funded by NIDA to prove the harm of driving with cannabis in your system. We have to prove harm to get the monies – but it is possible. In Irvin Rosenfeld’s Federal protocol – it is stated he can drive and operate heavy equipment as long as he is not impaired. After years of driving and a few stops as officers smelled cannabis coming from his car – Irvin has never been deemed to be impaired – or been cited with impairment.

Irvin has been smoking cannabis over 40 years. The man should bleed green.

In addition – shouldn’t the Federal government hold some responsibility for helping to determine impairment? A NIDA study could do just that – and the Federal government has the subjects to study as well – if they ever choose to.

There have been Federal medical marijuana patients for 35 years – and the Federal Government has YET to study their own patients.

Please see the poll from Fox 31 News here – and be sure to go vote in the poll. It is located at the bottom of the second story link comparing alcohol and cannabis.

Poll screenshot pulled on 6/2/12 – stats will change over time with additional votes.

The TV Show “The Dr’s” also did an impaired driving study

http://www.everydayhealth.com/addiction/0518/is-pot-safer-than-alcohol.aspx

I have left this link for people to go look at – but please note – I do not condone utilization of this study for anything other than showing the differences of the studies. In this study by The Dr’s no blood ng levels were drawn – and personally – I take issue with any driving exam that affects a drivers peripheral vision. It’s great to be sitting in a real car – but take out peripheral vision or impair vision in any way – and the test is just not very effective or representative in my mind. I was also very disappointed in The Dr’s for not having a more empirical study. One would figure a show named “The Dr’s” they would want to know what the blood levels are.

Well….that’s my breakdown folks. Please be sure to share this information, write your politicians and encourage them to pursue NIDA monies for a study, and BE SAFE out there! Please do NOT mix alcohol with cannabis – and if you are too impaired to drive – DON’T!

Please feel free to share this post and my e-mail – and save this little kernel for the next time DUID and cannabis comes up. With how Senator King pursued it this session – I can pretty much guarantee this issue will not be going away.

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 26, 2012

Cherish what you’ve got

Because when it’s gone, it’s very painful.

How do I know?

Here’s one example:

Warrior fighting for his life 

Even LANDLORDS are affected in Montana!

So……you may be sitting there thinking “What has Montana got to do with Colorado?”

Well folks, it has everything to do with Colorado. Politically, legislatively, AND in the medical cannabis movement.

If you have followed politics in both of these states for any period of time, you will find that CO and MT are very close in many areas. Of closest interest is the whole Agricultural realm, and many state and government practices and lawmaking.

In the midwest, these two states really have the most in common, from terrain, to weather, to agriculture, livestock, water policy. I could go on and on.

Our politicians and state governments interact – and look to each other for solutions, and feedback. In many political realms, you will see them parallel, and in many instances, MT follows CO legislation within a 5 year window.

Right now – what I wouldn’t personally give to have the problems Colorado has in Montana. From the Beinor case, to the Walsh letters, to the banking issues.

I WISH we had your problems in Montana.

You may think I’m crazy for saying that, but try losing access sometime. Walk a mile in the shoes of a Montana providor or patient….it brings it all into perspective.

Do you have any idea how many folks are affected in Montana?

We had 24 raids in ONE DAY (March 14, 2011 to be exact) in a political move to push repeal through our statehouse.

Those folks are all facing their charges now, and families are being devastated.

Our lawsuit is underway, and we go to court April 30, 2012 to see if we get damaged further. or maybe some relief.

In my opinion, with how Montana’s new law is written, no matter how one interprets it – there is NO WAY to operate and function legally. There is a loophole in there one way or another to screw Montanans, and increase crime rates.

Please see new law detailed out here: See how Montana got screwed

SO – folks

CHERISH WHAT YOU’VE GOT!

I hope this will help some of you understand my views in Colorado, and why I have taken the path I have with Colorado and Montana Connect Magazines.

What happened in Montana REALLY opened my eyes, and shaped my view on how I operate and handle things. I am  “conservative with a liberal flair” and I have been all of  my adult life.

There are quite a few of us out here – and more and more are coming into the fold every day.

That’s why I have the approach to marketing I have. The attention to public view, from an objective perspective.

The world is watching Colorado – what you folks DO matters!

And folks across the nation watch……some are literally dying to get into Colorado.

I know – we just “imported” our first patient last week, from Florida. A seriously ill Crohn’s patient.

That story will be shared soon……

I meant what I said about increasing registry numbers. We have a HUGE base to draw from in Colorado – and even more from out of state who see Colorado as THE place to be.

After my experience in Montana and Colorado – that’s what I tell folks too. At least until we get Montana straightened out.

I share my experience there. The beauty of the industry – the safety of the patients.

What we have going on in Colorado is not only beautiful, it is history.

Please folks….cherish it. Exemplify the spirit of the Pioneer……lead.

You have the lead – please – act local – think GLOBAL.

So many people around the world are watching.

WIN that Beinor case – and fight for Boulder.

Please stay tuned for a story from Boulder too – there are HUGE problems in the city – and we must rally.

CHERISH what you’ve got – for it is ever so painful to lose…….

March 26, 2012

One Love – One Fight – Affecting ALL rights

When Colorado Attorney General John Suthers􀁠 cross petitioned on behalf of Beinor v. Industrial Claims Appeals Office,
2011 WL 3612226 (Colo. App. 2011) he challenged the fundamental principles upon which Colorado medical marijuana exists.

The industry has come together in defense of the case and Amendment 20, voted in by Coloradans to allow patient access
to medical marijuana.

The kickoff fundraising party, One Love at Hayters, will take place on Thursday, March 29, and is being hosted by industry business associations ACT4 Colorado (ACT4CO) and Cannabis Business Alliance (CBA).

About the Case

Jason Beinor, the plaintiff and petitioner, is a medical marijuana patient and was a Denver municipal employee until he lost his job for testing positive for medical marijuana.

Beinor is now represented by Andrew Reid, of Springer & Steiner, P.C., a professor at University of Denver􀁠s Sturm College of Law, and one of the state’s pre-eminent attorneys for constitutional law.

Beinor, a reluctant spokesperson, has kept a low profile and declined interviews and offers to speak
in public. Yet it is Beinor whose name has become synonymous with Amendment 20 patient rights. The marijuana had been ingested several days prior, he was not impaired on the job, and his employment record was clean. Beinor sought but
was denied unemployment benefits.

In a 2-1 vote, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that the Medical Marijuana (MMJ) provisions of the Colorado
Constitution only 􀁬decriminalized􀁺 marijuana used for medicinal purposes under the Constitution, but did not secure a 􀁬right􀁺 in qualifying patients and their caregivers to use the medication. A qualifying MMJ user or care-giver couldn’t be
criminally prosecuted under state law, but because marijuana remains listed as a 􀁬controlled substance􀁺, the user would remain subject to all other non-criminal restrictions and prohibitions under Colorado law pertaining to the use of
controlled substances.
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It is crucial that we as an industry come together in support of Beinor. There is no more important case affecting medical marijuana today. It brings to bearing the key issues 􀁲 from what a latent presence of THC does, or does not do to impact impairment, to the classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance with no medical value, to the tension between state and federal authority,􀁺 said Robert Hoban, CBA chair and partner at Hoban & Feola.

The Imminent Threat to Patients, Caregivers & the Cannabis Industry is not only may unemployment benefits be denied as in the Beinor case, but other benefits and rights are impacted, from licensed occupations to rights to qualification for student loans, eligibility for welfare and employment assistance as well as parole and probation. 􀁬

As long as the Colorado courts fail to recognize the Constitutional right to use medical marijuana, each of the 80,000+
qualifying MMJ patients are placed in the position of having to choose between control over their health, or employment, occupation, education, rights and benefits. We cannot let the decision stand,􀁺 says Rico Colibri, president of
CARE, a medical marijuana patient advocacy group that has provided Beinor’s legal defense resources to date.

Currently the patient, the industry and the attorney general await notice on whether the case will be heard by the Colorado Supreme Court. 􀁬We are already seeing this case cited from the Court of Appeals ruling. Our priority is to secure
the Constitutional right to medication, which is the purpose of the current petition to the Colorado Supreme Court in the Beinor Case, and virtually all of these other restrictions should fall as well since they would infringe upon a Constitutional
right,􀁺 according to ACT4CO President Nicholas King.

The kickoff event, One Love at Hayters, 1920 Blake Street, Denver, is the beginning of grassroots mobilization on the part of patients and businesses alike.

Musical performances by Whiskey Tango, Buggsy Mogues and Selecta Nikka T will be performing. Doors open at 6PM and a suggested minimum donation of $10 dollars is requested.

All are welcome to attend.

About One Love

One Love is an inclusive, non-partisan, unaffiliated group of medical marijuana industry and patient stakeholders that exists to unify resources in support of common legal outcomes. Current fundraising activity is being used to support the legal defense of landmark medical marijuana patient Jason Beinor.

http://facebook.com/oneloveforbeinor

About ACT 4 Colorado

ACT for Colorado is a member driven organization of independent cannabis professionals organized and dedicated to ensuring patient access to quality medicine from diverse local sources through advocacy and education. ACT represents over 100 small and mid-sized businesses across Colorado. To learn more, please visit act4co.org.

About Cannabis Business Alliance

The Cannabis Business Alliance is organized and operated primarily for the purposes of promoting the common business interests of its members by encouraging policies which stimulate economic development for the medical marijuana industry as well as as business in general for Colorado; advising and communicating with members concerning industry best practices; serving as the voice of its members to relevant local, state and national governing bodies; and creating and implementing business events and social activities to promote and enhance the members􀁠 business success.

Learn more at cannabisalliance.org or follow on twitter @Cannabizalliance

Please print, distribute, and attend!

Please print and distribute and encourage ALL to attend!

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February 26, 2012

Still….a LONG road ahead

The fight is just beginning.........

Cashy is Cancer Free…..again…..for now.

By no means is the fight over.

That became quite apparent to me traveling back to Montana with the Hyde’s. As I watched the reads on Cashy’s story go up, and up…….and the relief spread across the world (we have comments from as far as South Africa)………

I cringed.

Does everybody think we’re done? Do they all think Cashy and his family are home free?

I hope not, because brutal point in fact is – the fight is NOT over. Not even for a second.

Grab a Kleenex…..and read this.

PNET Brain tumors from Wikipedia

Definition – “Primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) is a neural crest tumor.[1] It is a rare tumor, usually occurring in children and young adults under 25 years of age. After successful chemo- or(and) radio- therapy the 5 year survival rate is only 7,6-8% .[2]

“Survival – Patients diagnosed with a medulloblastoma or PNET are 50 times more likely to die than a matched member of the general population. The most recent population-based (Surveillance, Epidemiology and End-results Database) 5-year relative survival estimates are 64% in children (1-9 years) and 35% in adults (20+ years). [4]

So….yes, we can breathe easy that Cashy is cancer free – for NOW.

But this fight goes on EVERY day! Every day is the battle to find the proper, safe medicine for Cashy. Ensure he has supply, and oil rich in CBD.

There are good souls out there who attempt to donate oil. Not many, but a few brave souls. I commend their efforts, and hope to educate some folks so they understand exactly how dialed in this entire process is. Encourage folks to know what is in their garden. Test it. Buy CBD strain seeds – PLEASE. Research those seed companies, ensure they are really selling CBD rich strains.

It’s not just “fill a syringe with oil, and put it into the kid.” There are three different types of oil, used at different intervals throughout the day for different purposes. They are all tested and use absolutely NO chemical processing. Water only, and suspended in a hempseed oil. 140mg/ml to be exact.

It’s not a game here, it’s serious science.

Life saving science, dialed in with an organic diet, and parents determined to see their son live, no matter what the cost.

During the drive back to Montana, Mike and I talked for a long time. The most profound statement I heard come out of Mike’s mouth, that I wish to share is soon to follow. Let’s lead up to it a bit first……

Mike has had to search diligently for oil, and product to make oil. He has spoken to many many growers in many different states. Many caregivers in many states. Business people, scientists, doctors, and “hippies”. All walks.

You’d be surprised who is actually the most compassionate and generous. One day I hope we can tell the stories……I think you would be amazed to witness who is the bravest of all, if you don’t already know.

Point is: Cashy’s life is that important. We know we can save him with cannabis oil. We are proving it every day, with every little success, every HUGE success.

Every little smidge of help counts.

On our drive – Mike had one statement to make to anybody and everybody out there flying the medical flag.

“If you aren’t testing your products, ALL of your products, you are NOT medical. You’re just playing the game.

WE NEED to know what dosages are. People can be so generous, and want to give us oil. If that oil is processed with a chemical, and is only 30mg/ml we really can’t use it. It’s too much oil to have to ingest for treatment. We cannot and will not use chemicals on our son.

I cannot have poor product for my son. The dosages have to be right on, no matter how big their hearts are and how good their intent. Cashy’s life depends on it. I will not give my son product that has not been tested.

Period.

I cannot put his life at further risk no matter how pure intentioned the donor”

That hit home for me. Our entire conversation hit home for me.

As Mike talked about the children he had witnessed die over just the past year, my heart not only broke, but my fear for Cashy increased a hundredfold.

I witnessed Mike taking calls from those very same parents. Two called to celebrate the news while I was with Mike. Their own children had died of the very same type of tumor within the past few months, yet they were so filled with hope and excitement for Cashy and his family. Thrilled with their success. Hopeful to see one child survive of the many they personally know battling the same vicious cancer.

Ever fought cancer? Ever administered life-saving oil to a patient?

Ever made the oil to save a person’s life?

Even with a 2 oz limit – that is not near enough quantity of plant and flower material needed to make a quality oil at cancer fighting dosages. It takes roughly a pound of plant material to make one ounce of oil. If that plant material is not quality – it takes MORE. Lot’s more.

To treat Leukemia effectively in an adult, I know you need about 6 pounds of product per month – to make 3 ounces of oil – to really dose an adult, and get apoptosis into effect.

The type of tumor directly affecting Cashy’s brain is very aggressive. We all witnessed that with its recurrence in 2011.

It’s gone now. I sincerely hope it will remain gone.

Before I we go any further, I ask each and every one of you to watch this:

Define Better

What is better for our children? The general populations seems to think chemical intervention is the only way.

What does Cashy’s story tell us all?

It tells me, there is a better way, and we are well on the path to it.

Last year, Racing Horse Productions was in Montana filming a documentary. It started in the fall of 2010, and they filmed through the summer of 2011. Many of us in Montana were filmed for the movie.

I believe when it began, they had one idea of the direction they were going. As they saw what transpired, it shifted.

I am excited to see the results, and I am told it depicts what happened in our legislative session well.

It’s what we were up against – it’s what we fought.

Code of the West Trailer

See that green button they pushed there in the end of the trailer?

That was the green button for repealing medical marijuana in Montana.

That green button being pushed to kill Cashy. On St. Patrick’s Day 2011 no less.

The day after Montana politicians met Cashy at the state capitol.

We can NEVER let that happen again.

Ever.

Warriors – keep up the fight! Subscribe to this blog, stay tuned. Share the postings, and share Cashy’s story.

Spread it far and wide across the world – so we can save not only Cash – but many more children just like him.

Industry people – TEST YOUR PRODUCT! Ensure your clients are getting the right medicine. Safe, with accurate dosages! No matter where you are – find a way.

People’s lives depend on it.

Also – always keep your doors open to parents like Cashy’s parents. Find a way to help. Train your staff.

Pay it Forward.

You never know who you may help one day, and just how far their gratitude will go.

Politicians – please – know what you do. Protect the innocent at all costs, and do no harm.

Cashy is the most innocent of all……and Montana politicians attempted to murder him last year. That is my honest opinion. They did not care to look at the science and truth, or protect the patients. They treated us as criminals – called us scourge.

Montana Politicians opinions.

We had a select few defenders, but the majority were out for murder.

Funny – all with the intent to “Save the Children”

If only they would have listened when they met Cashy.

If only……

Please support the Cash Hyde Foundation

Also – please support the next issue of Montana Connect. A good portion of the proceeds will be going to the Cash Hyde Foundation.

Stay tuned for details

Winning!

February 24, 2012

Cashy Media Coverage

What a whirlwind day!

Cancer Fears Cashy

Folks around the world (yes, I said WORLD) have been rejoicing and crying tears of happiness for the Boy of Steel – our sweet Cashy boy.

I am going to list the news stories on this post, and will update it as I get more.

Tune in here for the full list, and keep coming back to see if you missed anything. I expect the list to grow over the next few days.

Please folks – SHARE Cashy’s message!

Also – remember – the fight ain’t over! Prevention Prevention Prevention!

Constant vigilance! PNET tumors are VICIOUS and have a 90% kill rate.

PLEASE support the Hydes and their foundation – help continue to save Cashy, and other children across the country.

http://www.cashhydefoundation.com

On to the stories:

ZooFM 107.5 Radio – Missoula MT – Aaron Traylor interviews Mike – Audio

Channel 8 KPAX.com – Missoula, MT – Jill Valley interviews Kalli – Audio

KXLY Spokane – Executive Producer Melissa Luck announces the news.

Mobilizing Cancer Patients at Childrens Hospital