Pot makes better dads

While perusing the internet this morning I came across the most bizarre OP-Ed piece written by contributing author Mark Wolfe for The New York Times.

Wolfe claims that since getting his marijuana prescription for his “back problems” he has become a more attentive father.

I am not by any means advocating the use of marijuana in front of your children or while you are taking care of children. In my own opinion you need to be completely straight and in a sober frame of mind when you are watching kids because you never know when the little boogers will swallow a penny, or set the house of fire.

But on the flip side is there something to be said in this piece? I think in Wolfe’s piece he says that pot makes him a more attentive father who enjoys interacting with his two young daughters. Here is a link to the original OP-ED piece  Pot makes better parents.

I’m not going to place judgement on Wolfe but are some things to consider. Wolfe makes the claim that since using medical marijuana “he is more appreciative” towards his family. He also says it has relieved his anxiety and because of this his health and mental frame of mind has improved he feels that is what makes him a better father.

Is it irresponsible parenting? What do you think?

Veteran’s Hospital says, “No pills for you!”

“The price of freedom is  eternal vigilance.” Thomas Jefferson

I had this really cool conversation with one of my fellow veteran’s Sgt Ryan Begin, who I have written about a few posts before. Begin had his elbow blown off while on his second tour of duty in Iraq.

Begin has started an online petition to sue the federal government for safe access to those who use medical marijuana.

Begin said over the past seven years he has been on nearly every antipsychotic, every opiate, and depression drugs the VA has to offer.

The VA diagnosed him with Bipolar and PTSD, the same diagnosis I got from them. Personally, I think it’s a conspiracy.

“If they keep us all pilled out we can’t fight back,” Begin said. And never truer words have been spoken by a man who has suffered not only during war but the war at home too.

He also said he had been given opiates for nearly 3 years and after he kicked that the VA turned around and gave him benzodiazepines and Valium

Patients who use medical marijuana should not be made to feel like criminals because they don’t believe in the conventional ways of wellness. But the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital won’t give pills out to someone who is using medical marijuana if a vet pisses dirty. So now you got un-medicated veteran’s running around shooting at people.

Marijuana doesn’t cure physical or mental illness, but what it does do is it makes the situation manageable, and allows the body to balance and heal its self. And as opposed to conventional medications side effects, pot doesn’t have a negative effect on the user because cannabinoids are something our own  body makes.

When someone suffers such as Sgt. Begin, the PTSD affects the chemical make-up and then with pills added to the situation a storm starts to brew.

As our military men and women come home from this long tenuous war it is time for all people in America to stand up, speak your peace and be vigilant in the fight for solidarity.

Marijuana activists take to streets of San Jose in effort to repeal new medical pot laws

The city of San Jose have managed to set an ordinance on medical cannabis dispensaries. The new laws which will take effect on October 27th are basically impossible and unreasonable. They go against Prop 215 and SB420, which is what the voters of California wanted back in 1996 when Prop 215 was passed.

The new city ordinance will reduce the number of dispensaries from 100 to 10. The 10 would then have to apply for a permit, and it is a first come first serve basis.  The 10 dispensaries left would have to move to industrial areas of the city, all so know as the ghetto.

Dispensaries would also have to grow their own product on sight. This again goes against Prop 215, SB420, and the federal government! And the best thing about this ordinance is you can no longer pay for your medicine with cash, debit, or credit cards! So basically the long and short of it is, the city council doesn’t want them in San Jose.

If San Jose would visit each dispensary they would find some of them operate like a “club.” For instance, I went to one the other day that was basically a “club.” They had three large flat screens, 12 theater seats, a popcorn cart, a soda machine, and four vaporizers. I asked one of the directors what was with the refreshments? He said it was for Monday night football! OK, I am not feeling this at all.

These clubs are hurting the dispensaries who are operating within the law, and that’s why San Jose wants them all to get out. I want them out too! Voters never wanted clubs where a bunch of healthy young kids hang out on a Monday night slurping sodas, burnin’ blunts, and then getting into a car and possibly killing someone or themselves, all because they got high at a cannabis club.

So I am proposing a compromise. Instead of passing an ordinance which goes against what the voters of California approved more than 25 years ago, let’s pass a set of best practice standards in which “dispensaries” are allowed to operate. For those who don’t follow these practices  they should be closed and all assets seized.

Let’s close the ones who are only doing business in cash, because I guarantee those guys aren’t paying taxes to the city.

Let’s permanently close those who are operating illegally and moving their operations from one place to another to avoid law enforcement, and let the city take all their revenue.

Close the vapor rooms downtown, and close those who are operating as a club and not a dispensary for patients who are in need of this medication.

If the city and the dispensaries came together we could all get what we want. The city wants to reduce the number of dispensaries, and I get that. Who wants “clubs” out numbering Starbuck’s? I don’t.

If the city eased up abit on these unreasonable restraints the dispensaries would have an opportunity to operate, make revenue for our city, and serve their patients too. We all can co-exist together in harmony.

Let’s all get on the train to peace and freedom, because the times are changing, and in these hard economic times no one can afford to lose one dime, not even the city.

Hash Hazard

Yes, these brownie may look good but they are still illegal.

The other day while listening to Len Tillem on KGO radio a guy called in because he was arrested for possessing tincture. I didn’t even know what tincture was until I looked it up.

Apparently tinctures are not new. Until cannabis was banned in 1937, tinctures were the primary type of cannabis medicines. Tinctures are essentially alcohol extractions of whole cannabis (usually the flowers and trim leaves). Tinctures are easy to make and very inexpensive. Tinctures contain all 80 of the essential cannabinoids instead of only one with Marinol. Some of the cannabinoids such as cannibidiol (CBD) actually reduce the psychoactive effects of THC while increasing the overall efficacy of the preparation (Patients for Medical Cannabis.)

Under California Prop. 215 concentrates including hashish, honey oils, tinctures and edibles are not protected under the law and are considered illegal, and you will go to jail.

I didn’t know this until an active cannabis advocate friend of mine educated me on Prop 215.

So my question is why sell it in the co-ops if it is illegal?

Basically, the patients want it and the reason they want it makes perfect sense. As mentioned above tinctures and concentrates are far more effective than Marinol for patients in terms of the medicinal effects. but the dosage can be regulated as needed.

So just a warning to those who use concentrates and edibles, beware of the PO-PO. Don’t  think because you have a recommendation that you are immune from the law of the state.

Be smart and be aware.

Doctor, doctor can’t you see I’m burnin’ burnin’

For those of you who grew up in the 80s you will recognize this song by new wave group The Thompson Twins “Doctor, Doctor.” But I am not going to be nalstalgic about the great 80’s when every girl wore granny jeans and huge hair, and every man owned a bomber jacket and wanted to be Tom Cruise.

I want to talk about the medical marijuana doctors. Now, I am not putting any assumptions against the patients and their illnesses. But I do see a lot of “young” people who have cannabis cards. I often wonder why is it they have a card? I mean, what could possibly be wrong with someone so young?

But this is more about the doctors and their responsibility as healthcare providers. It wasn’t that easy for me to get a card. In fact, the doctor that gave me the prescription requested not only my medical records, but a note from my psychiatrist to assure him that if I went whack-a-doo there would be a guaranteed bed at the Clockwork Orange Hotel. This doctor was on the up and up.

But I have heard there are many doctors who are competing to gain patients and will write a prescription without medical records.

This simply is not what Proposition 215 was about. It was about health, and somehow it moved from that to creating a constituency of future pro-pot voters. I’m not knocking the strategy, in fact it is brillant.

But when it comes to doctors there is a  moral obligation they have towards their patients and not their pocket books.

So next time I see one of these healthy younsters, I’m  going to go up to them and say, “Hey Whipper- Snapper what’s your plague?” If they stammer, I am stealing their pot and blaming my actions on my rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, and the doctor will back me up.

Does pot have medicinal value?

This is a blog that I have been wanting to write for some time now. I am coming “out of the closet” to talk to you about my experience as a medical marijuana patient.

In 2002, I suffered a major depressive breakdown. I was unable to work or function in daily life, and I was suicidal.

I attempted suicide by gun while laying in the bathtub. I knew I was in a dangerous place. The only lucid thought I had was to get the hell out of that bathtub and get to a hospital quick!

Of course I was carted away by ambulance to the bat-shit crazy farm. I was locked down in a mental institution on a 5150 (suicide watch.) I was diagnosed with Bipolar I, and if you know anything about the disease one out of every three people with Bipolar attempt suicide. It has the highest suicide rate than any other mental illness.

When I got out three days later, I was given a shit load of pills. I was taking 14 to 17 pills a day which made me feel like I was on another planet! And again, I was unable to work or function in daily life. I was still suicidal, but now I had no gun to do it.

The pills caused other things to happen that were devastating. I lost my ability to have any children because the Seroquel made me infertile at the age of 33. The Depakote put on more than 70 pounds on me, which then gave me Diabetes 2 and high cholesterol. And I could go on and on with the side effects. I felt like I was taking poison every day when I took those pills.

Do you see the running theme here? More medicine equals more problems both physically and mentally. And the drug companies want to keep us believing in the benefits of their poisons. They have lobbyists and lots of cash to influence the federal government, and unfortunately they tell us that marijuana has no medical value.

One year ago after reading an article about the benefits of medical marijuana for people with Bipolar, I decided to try it. Of course my shrink was apprehensive but in the end she gave in.

For the first time since my diagnosis I feel like I am living again! I am taking two pills a day to manage my illness, reduced my blood sugar and cholesterol significantly, and I have lost a total of 49 pounds in one year!

I have managed to graduate from college with a degree in Public Relations, open my own business, and now I work to lobby for the rescheduling of marijuana  and the educate the public about the positives of cannabis.

It’s time for all of us to stand up against the drug companies. We need to take charge of our health and don’t let the drug companies or the federal government dictate what is good for us.

Support ASA  now. Their aim is to research marijuana and its medicinal value.

Check this video out from The Young Turks

Medical pot growers still in jeopardy of federal prosecution

The federal “goons” are at it again prosecuting marijuana growers who supply to dispensaries.

Scott Feil,  Lake County resident, was arrested on federal charges of cultivating marijuana. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=8238096

“Scott is a service provider that provides medicine to low and low income patients,” medical marijuana supporter Gregory Ledvetter said.

The Obama administration made it clear last week it will not allow large scale growing operations even if state law allows them. In a letter to federal prosecutors, Deputy Attorney General James Cole wrote, “Persons who are in the business of cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana, and those who knowingly facilitate such activities, are in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, regardless of state law.”

So basically Prop 215, which was passed by California voters, means nothing. Ok no offense to gay people out there, but California voted against Gay Marriage by a whopping 65 percent, yet it is still in the court being decided. New York passed gay marriage, but you don’t see the feds arresting gay people for wanting the freedom to love and marry who they want.

Same should be for those of us who have the right to use medical marijuana. It is our civil right to choose the best route for our own health and take the drugs that we see benefit.

I have Bipolar 1, which is the basically the worst level if Bipolar to have. More than 10 percent will commit suicide. I have been using medical marijuana for more than a year now. It is more effective in controlling the manic and depressive states of the disease. It helps with sleep and anxiety, and because of medical marijuana I do not have to take as much medicine to remain stable.

Those of us who have Bipolar know the affects of the medication and the affects are often time worse than not taking them. Example of these are rapid weight gain, diabetes, suicidal thoughts and sometimes death.

The point by revealing this to you is that I have the right to determine my own health path to wellness. Marijuana is what I choose to take to be well, and no one including the federal government has the right to take that away from me.