If you haven't already abandoned your reading in disgust, I would be surprised. Where do I begin? This initiative is not just problematic, it's an effrontery to all medical Cannabis patients - to every Missourian suffering from chronic or terminal illness....I've never really understood why people would be so prone to settle for far less than what they need. I guess what frustrates me most is that so VERY FEW who would vote for an initiative like this have actually read it or understand the ramifications...A lot has happened since that magazine cover. History, apparently, has not played out exactly as we planned. It appears that the vernacular raced ahead of the law. Words like “legal”, have been stretched - practically to the point of breaking - as ...First and foremost, in our “efforts to protect society”, we must also afford protection for the patient for whom medical Cannabis programs were initially created.Without the means to accurately determine motor-function, or the lack there of through blood or urine tests, one would think the obvious resort would be to actually observe a crime, before considering a “stop, charge, fine or arrest”.Denying a patient access to the medication they require is the REAL crime – plain and simple. It’s time that freedom and liberty ring true in our nation. Only We, the People can ensure that our needs and wishes are preserved for, not only ourselves but...It is in overcoming that heroes are born. When we rise above our daily challenges, when we reach beyond our own circumstance – no matter how great - and realize the need that eclipses our own – the greater need that effects our world – this is what makes...For those who still find nothing troubling regarding Missouri's medical "marijuana" initiative, Amendment No. 2, here are a few reasons for contemplation, taken from my recent critique,Sitting here on the porch of my apartment; if it’s clear and I look hard, I can see the mountains. They remind me where I am.
I draw a joint from my cigarette case. Light it. I draw in that first comforting puff. As I exhale, I watch the smoke r...The time has come for law in this nation to reflect the truth and no longer pander to bigotry, corruption and divisiveness. REAL education MUST be the forerunner to the drafting of ANY law, especially when it encompasses such a wide demographic as Cannabis.
Liberty...It is because of our close association with this plant and its sustenance that we are seeing miracles. It is my hope that through the work that we are doing, all will see and seek to preserve this needful humanitarian outreach and help us to open the...As strange as it might sound, unbelief, or perhaps more descriptively, “Cognitive dissidence”, is far more evident among the recreational Cannabis crowd than the public at large. What's more, their self-imposed ignorance morphs into blatant apathy onc...For the better part of two years, we have existed within the fear of an uncertain and terrible future. Five felonies is not a slap on the wrist. The Jefferson County DA's office was seeking to make an example of us. We were being portrayed as organized...If you’re a long-time Cannabis patient, chances are you have heard (many times) someone, most likely a physician, say “…medicine has NEVER been smoked!” …Quite often amid threats of COPD, emphysema or lung cancer.
Well, as I would find out, that wasn...Compared to smoking, the odor is much more confined, usually to just a few feet from the “puffer”. And it dissipates quickly, as vapors do. Unlike a pipe or a joint, the majority of the Cannabis product never reaches combustion. Instead the liquid is ...Cottage industries are created with each "baby step" that caters to prohibition at that particular level, becoming entrenched - politically and financially. For them, greater freedom for all spells the end of their livelihood.
With each "step", more ...What about our children? What about the world that we’re leaving for them? You know, this is about far more than Cannabis. It’s about honesty and truth.As Thanksgiving approached, other concerns began striving for importance. My good friend and mentor, Federal Legal Patient, George McMahon was in hospice. The thought of his passing without me seeing him one last time seemed more than I could bear. So...Completely removing Cannabis from a state’s CSL changes everything. Literally. And it would be the right thing to do. Once beyond the ignorance and propaganda that has revolved around Cannabis for almost a century, a new since of both freedom and responsibility w...