"The mark of an immature man is that he would die knobly for a cause. The mark of a mature man is that he would live humbly for one" - Catcher in the Rye -WARNING WRITER SPELLING CHALLENGED! But Sometimes you have to say "what the fuck!"

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Purple haze all in my brain Lately things just don’t seem the same Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why ’scuse me while I kiss the sky

WARNING: LONG POST YET AGAIN……*sigh*

ANOTHER WARNING: This post speaks about adult content pertaining to marijuana as medicine.
Post is dedicated to Peter McWilliams
Tribute site

After reading a compassionate and interesting piece written about a bust by this guy, it got me thinking about marijuana. A beautiful and God given plant that provides relief to so many who use it as medicine. Cannabis is a medicinal herb used for thousands of years for its amazing healing properties.

California Love
Like grapes in the making of wine, or hops, cannabis strains can be cultivated into fine works of art. Sensual to taste, with genetically different effects, these strains work magic on patients with various illnesses. I lived in California after Proposition 215 passed. We were able to create compassionate centers and support networks where patients could receive organic and high quality cannabis with safe access. Safe accesses being the key word. Instead of going to the park thug, or scout some other seedy source, patients can patronage a medical cannabis cooperative. These organizations run in accordance with state law and city guidelines, and exclusively serve patients certified under the state law.


Freedom from Migraine
Since I was a small child, I experienced excruciating, Linda-Blair-exorcist puking migraines. Cat scans and doctors visits found no cause or cure. Prescribed prescription drugs, I began difficult medical battle. I tried every migraine medicine in the book , nothing really ever helped. I didn’t smoke pot recreationally as an adult until I got to Berkeley. Kinda had to have that experience. Someone suggested that I try marijuana when I have a migraine attack. The next time I woke up with my head in a vice ass curling pain, I grabbed a bong and took a toke. Guess what? It provided some relief. I was able to lie down and sleep, and the nausea and vomiting stopped. So, I started using marijuana medicinally, and it was actually helping. Further it seemed as if I experienced medicinal relief from other ailments too such as menstrual cramps and backache. My sister introduced me to this book, and I learned all sorts of great things. I fell in love….. in love with cannabis.


Welcome to Paradise
Always honest with my doctors, I obtained a note of medical necessity or physicians statement and joined the Oakland Cannabis Cooperative. At that time, the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative had a dispensary. Due to a federal case, it is no longer operational. But when it was it was fabulous. The cooperative was run like a medical dispensary, with different strains of medicine lit up like magic behind a glass case. You could purchase cookies, hash oil, and up to 10 different types of cannabis. There was also a room with clones, for patients who wanted to grow themselves. I learned to love and appreciate flavors and tastes of differing strains. Some of my favorites include white widow, bluberry kush, bubbleberry, alaska thunder fuck, and night train,. I like the fruity flavors vs. the nuttier smooth one of the other strains. But then all is good to me…. As long as it’s high quality.


Compassion for the sick and dying
For me personally, marijuana helped me survive years of horrible migraines. I don’t get them really anymore, knock on wood, perhaps the cannabis saved me. Or possibly hormones in my body just changed. But I have met patients who cannabis has kept alive, and or aided in their dying process. When you have cancer, radiation makes you nauseous and sick and you can die from wasting away. Marijuana is effective medicine for treating wasting away syndrome. AIDS is another illness that is effectively aided by cannabis. The cocktail pills taken by many AIDS patients makes them so nauseous that they choke on their vomit. Marijuana aids these patients and helps them eat and live. These patients rely on marijuana to live and they and their caretakers deserve safe access. It’s compassionate and it’s humane.

Oh How Does Your Garden Grow?
Farmers who grow for the pure science and medicinal aspects are true freedom fighters. When cannabis is being used as medicine for sick and dying patients quality becomes vital. Organic, pesticides free, high quality, good tasting… safe. There is definitely a war against growers in the US. If you really want to grow, move to Amsterdam. I don’t recommend growing in our country unless you are somehow protected under the law. With forfeiture laws and mandatory minimum sentences, it’s just not worth it. I’m saddened about this because it means patients must go with out medicine that helps them in while in serious need.

Don’t try this at home kids
I don’t think kids should smoke marijuana. I don’t think they should be having sex, drinking beer, or driving around in fast cars. Parents really should not smoke pot in front of kids, it’s disrespectful of the family environment. There are some exceptions to this rule, like if grandma is dying of cancer and in pain, kids can see this type of humane medicine and then be educated about it. Just Say Know.

Medical Marijuana Prisoners
The link to prisoners makes me sad. Roy is a friend of mine. He is an amazing person with a loving family. He grew marijuana for medicinal quality and healing effect. He only grew for California patients and cannabis cooperatives. He has been a good friend to me, and my heart is broken that he is behind bars. Especially for growing medicine that was helping sick and dying patients.

Roy Lee Sharpnack
Federal Correctional Institution #12618-097
3600 Guard Road
Lompoc, CA 93436


From OCBS site “Roy Sharpnack sentenced, at age 55, to 57 months for helping cultivate Almost a Thousand plants for a prospective dispensary in El Dorado County. His wife, Sharon, says he testified proudly to the grand jury about growing marijuana for medicine. Sharpnack has been denied Marinol in prison, leaving him at risk of life-threatening seizures from Meniere's disease”


Vaporize ME!
A safe way for patients to medicinally use cannabis is vaporization.

From CANORML Vaporization is a technique for avoiding irritating respiratory toxins in marijuana smoke by heating cannabis to a temperature where the psychoactive ingredients evaporate without causing combustion.”


I met this guy on my return flight from Amsterdam
I was Sent to Amsterdam to coordinate a “Goddess Cup” by these guys . But that is a story for later.


statement of safe cannabis use

more principles of responsible use

criteria for medical admissions

Medical Marijuana Research

Principles of Responsible Cannabis Use

Proposition 215 info

Proposition 215 was approved by California voters on November 5, 1996 and went into effect on November 6, 1996

SECTION 1. Section 11362.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read: 11362.5. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. (b) (l) The people of the State of California hereby find and declare that the purposes of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 are as follows: (A) To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person's health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief. (B) To ensure that patients and their primary caregivers who obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction. (C) To encourage the federal and state governments to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana

Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative
We're a not-for-profit cooperative
supporting patients who benefit from medical cannabis.


From OCBC site, about OCBC case.

The Supreme Court ruled May, 2001 that
we may not resume dispensing cannabis to our patient-members.

OCBC case from their website
May, 2002, OCBC welcomes Judge Breyer's order as an opportunity, at last, to present its arguments to the Court of Appeals.

May, 2002, California's Supreme Court affirms that H&S 11365.2 provides patients limited immunity from prosecution,
and grounds for affirmative medical defense.
The Supreme Court ruled May, 2001 that
we may not resume dispensing cannabis to our patient-members.

May, 2002, OCBC welcomes Judge Breyer's order as an opportunity, at last, to present its arguments to the Court of Appeals.

May, 2002, California's Supreme Court affirms that H&S 11365.2 provides patients limited immunity from prosecution,
and grounds for affirmative medical defense

My statement was used in this case that went before the United States Supreme Court.
(warning this contains personal information about me, proceed with caution and respect… thank you. )

And thats all she wrote tonight.

18 comments:

Me said...

Hi!

Thanks for the comments about the poem. Not sure whether its all that good or not however if you like it its all good!

I would be honoured for you to link to me and of course I would reciprocate, although why you would want to link to my bolg I do not know!

Hope things are good, Take care

lab munkay said...

Wow- I have suffered migrains for just over 2 years now. I would gladly get high instead of decapitating myself like I dream of when my migrain train hits. Thanks for this post.

Paul G. said...

vadergrrrl,

A very thoughtful and thought provoking post, good work.
In 1997 I was tapped for federal Jury duty in Atlanta.
The case I was interviewed for was a marijuana case where a moving truck had been pulled over and searched and found to contain a sizable quantity of marijuana.
The driver of the truck and the trucks owner were to be tried for interstate transport with intent to sell.
At the start of jury questioning the judge asked a general question "Do any of you have -any- problems with the marijuana laws".
My hand was the only one to go up out of a group of 25 or 30 people.
The judge proceeded to ask us a list of questions individually, what papers we read, had we had a problem with a lawyer, did we know lawyers, had we gotten high in the last 6 months....
Then he came back to me on the marijuana law question.
"What problem or problems do you have with the laws?"
My response was simple and to the point, "The laws and the punishment incurred as a result of those laws have caused more damage and done more harm than the lack of those laws would have done."
His response was "Can you decide this case based on the law, and not on your opinion of the law?"
My answer was yes. He knew, and I knew that the jury were going to be the ones who would ultimately decide what that law meant and what was intended by both the law and the defendants.
I'd like to be able to say we heard the case and found the 2 men guilty of criminal interstate trafficing, or that we found them innocent, but the 2 of them accepted a plea and we never got to hear the case.

As to lab munkay #9s comment about getting high, getting high isn't the point or even the result unless you just want to. Most medical use does not require enough use to get high.
Getting high is a whole different issue from what Vadergrrrl was addressing, and not one that I'm going to address at this time.

Now for the sake of the State and Federal authorities, don't follow, search or arrest me you would be wasting your time. I don't have any, don't hold any and don't know where to get any marijuana.

Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files said...

The civilized world is past due for legalization.

Right on, vadergrrrl.

Jack said...

Interesting post as usual. My thoughts on this subject are coming. Should make for some interesting comments, if nothing else.

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