Mark Pedersen

The MORE Act

The MORE Act

I would be shocked at anyone who could not see the glaring bigotry in all of this. This is Cognitive Dissidence in its purest form. It’s apparent that the authors, even when faced with almost a century of history, still are not convinced that Cannabis does not pose any harm …

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Smoking Medicine

Smoking Medicine

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’t quite true.

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a hopeful time

a hopeful time

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 activists, “entrepreneurs” and profiteers raced to cash …

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Pedersen & Niehouse:  Felony Case Resolution

Pedersen & Niehouse: Felony Case Resolution

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 crime. These were …

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Oklahoma’s Cannabis Law: Question No. 788

Oklahoma’s Cannabis Law: Question No. 788

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 once they become involved with “the industry”. What they fail to, or in all …

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2018-041 Missouri’s Amendment 3

2018-041 Missouri’s Amendment 3

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. It seeks to create a privatized dispensary industry and …

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Where I’ve been…

Where I’ve been…

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 many dear friends have passed. All too many, like …

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Living the Dream

Living the Dream

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 …

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