Posts tagged ‘Health’

June 24, 2012

Bob Crouse is a patient NOT a criminal

Meet Bob

Looks pretty good huh?

You may recall him from this post

Bob Crouse misplaced his leukemia

Lab results and everything. Bob has been doing a wonderful job beating his disease.

Let’s hope he can continue to do so.

You see  – the District Attorney in Colorado Springs seems to have it out for medical marijuana – and any folks who may choose to utilize medical marijuana in El Paso County.

Bob’s case goes to trial Monday morning  June 25, 2012.

I hope as many of you out there who can attend – PLEASE DO! Bob NEEDS support from as many folks as he can get – and El Pas County needs to see that prosecuting patients is just NOT RIGHT and a huge waste of taxpayer monies.

I hope as many of you out there who can attend do. It starts Monday and will more than likely go all week for certain. With the 4th of July upon us – they are going to want to wrap that case up before they have to sequester a jury for any major holiday.

There are events all week in Colorado Springs – here is an update I got from Mark Slaugh – with iComply and CSMCC

Next Monday is Bob Crouse’s Rally for Freedom as he goes on trial. They will be picking the jury that morning and it’s very important we rally as many people as we can to support Bob. Colorado Springs needs to know that we, as a community, will not stand for the prosecution of Cancer Patients who use cannabis.

 

Bob Crouse Freedom Rally

Monday, June 25th 2012

7am to 1pm  – El Paso County Courthouse

(EVERY DAY @ SAME PLACE AND TIME WHILE BOB IS ON TRIAL)

After the rally and first day of Trial, join Audrey for a class on nutrition.

Audrey’s Class on Nutrition
Monday June 25th 2012

7pm – Vibrant Health Clinic – 313 N. Tejon St. Ste 11, 80903

The First patient advocacy group meeting will be in July.

We will be discussing patient issues and plans of actions for many of the major issues impacting our rights; so come out.

 

C4CPR Patient Advocacy Meeting
Wednesday June 27th 2012

7pm – Lofty’s – Fountain and Weber, 80903

Also, we’re having our Veterans Cannabis Council meeting the next night at Lofty’s @ 7pm. Please invite your vets.
Here’s a facebook link if you haven’t liked their page yet. http://www.facebook.com/VetsCann

VetsCann Meeting
Tuesday, June 26th 2012
7pm – Lofty’s @ Fountain and Weber, 80903

Finally, we have a CSMCC Industry Mixer next Thursday at the Warehouse Restaurant. I’ve attached the flyer for your review and we have a very important guest coming. 

Please join us to find out what the Department of Revenue is doing with the MMED and what the future looks like approaching July 1.

 

CSMCC June Mixer
Thursday, June 28th 2012

7pm – Warehouse Restaurant @ 25 W. Cimmaron St. 80903

Bob Crouse Life Celebration Flyer 25TH (2)

CSMCC INDUSTRY MIXER – June 2012

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.

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!

February 15, 2012

Supply of key drug to treat childhood leukemia may run out in weeks | The Salt Lake Tribune

Supply of key drug to treat childhood leukemia may run out in weeks | The Salt Lake Tribune.

WHAT?!?!

This drug is essential….and the FDA, who allows the manufacture of millions of units of oxycodone quarterly every year, cannot compel drug companies to produce a drug to save 2-5 year old children?

There’s something SERIOUSLY wrong here!

As the need for the drug goes up, so does the cost. This is a cancer CURING drug, not one to treat a symptom.

Can you see what is going on here?

As the parents of these children are financially crippled in 90% of all cases, this KILLS children! The drug companies make money no matter what, whether treating a symptom, or shorting supply of a critical drug to up the costs.

Makes me CRAZY mad!

Then….we have the fight against Cannabis on top of it all.

Why is it that every drug or herb that works to CURE cancer is either in short supply, maligned socially, or made illegal Federally? Do you think that maybe the drug companies don’t want us to get “better”.

They make more money on sick folks than they do healthy ones.

Think about it.

Please help fight cancer of ALL kinds today, but especially for the children. How many 2-5 year old children across our nation will die without this drug that cures at 90%?

Speak up folks…..THIS is the crime.

Stop killing the children!

December 22, 2011

Bob Crouse misplaced his leukemia

At least  that’s what he told me when he called – so happy he was crying.

Made me SOB in happiness with, and for him.

You see – Bob Crouse is VERY special to me – and we will be sharing his story in the Charter issue of Colorado Connect

Here’s an e-mail written by Mark Slaugh from iComply in Colorado Springs. I hope you will join us in the celebration!

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Hey Everyone!

GREAT NEWS!!

Bob Crouse has been fighting his cancer with phoenix tears and winning!

After talking to Dr. Melamede last night and reviewing the blood work, Bob called this morning with excitement in his voice. He said “half my cancer is gone!” and joked that he may have “misplaced it”. We were both bursting with excitement and he wanted to share his blood work results with everyone to show the proof that CBD causes Apoptosis in his Body and that cannabis is curing his cancer!

                                              2007                       9/2011                  10/2011
White Blood Count          27.3                        24.1                        16.8                        Thousands per NCL – Normal Range: 3.8 -10.8                (Leukemia)
Lymphocytes                     22400                    19039                    11726                    Cells per NCL – Normal Range: 850 – 3900                (Leukemia)
Platelets                              187                         124                         103                         Thousands per NCL – Normal Range: 140 – 400              (Causes blood to coagulate)
Neutrophils                        12                           19                           26                           Thousands per NCL – (New cell growth)

As you can see over time, Bob’s white blood cell and lyphocyte count has diminished – these counts are where the Leukemia lives and are indicators of the agression of the disease. Clearly, Bob has almost dropped half of his cancer when comparing the results to his original diagnosis in 2007. Over the last 30 days, between 9/2011 – 10/2011, Bob has had regular access and ingestion of phoneix tears medicine. This cannabis oil concentrate has brought his blood counts almost back to normal levels. The Neutrophils are what fight the cancer and as the cancerous cells are killed off, these cells have come back. Bob is getting better, at least according to his lab results.

Considering Bob takes no other medications for his cancer, science would have to summarize that the CBD from his medicine is indeed causing Apoptosis which sends a suicide signal to cancer cells while leaving his healthy cells alone. This is great news and should make the District Attorney Dan May, think twice before prosecuting sick patients who need medical marijuana.

Please consider joining C4CPR and the CSMCC on Friday, January 27th for Bob’s Motions Hearing Rally. Help us reach 100 protestors and send a strong message to Dan May that Colorado will not stand for the prosecution of patients anymore!
http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/2011/08/22/advocates-protest-the-prosecution-of-leukemia-patient-bob-crouse

http://www.gazette.com/articles/crouse-127067-legal-criminal.html

http://www.csindy.com/colorado/mmj-take-it-or-leave-it/Content?oid=2388286

Thank you all for supporting Bob during this trial on his life.

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I would also like to say Thank you to all who have supported Bob – and all who will be. There are many more patients out there just like Bob who need us so badly – to help support and love them, prop them up through sickness and trial.

If you can make it on the 27th – I think you will be amazed. I hope you do make it – Irvin Rosenfeld and I will be there!

If there are any more patients or people being prosecuted unjustly – PLEASE let me know. This is another function of Colorado Connect – SUPPORT.

You guys – and the patients too. NOTHING is more powerful than having 80% of a courtroom get up to leave with a defendant.

NOTHING

Walk proud warriors!

Hiedi

Please – give my number to those in need. 720-326-6577