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    Making A Federal Case Out Of Marijuana

    By Michael Komorn

    Our client, a medical marijuana patient registered with the State of Michigan, was out for a boat ride and some fishing on his friend’s boat. What started out as a glorious day with intentions of sun and fishing on the Detroit river later turned into federal charges of possession of marijuana (21 USC 844, 21 USC 844a) when a Border Patrol agent pulled up to them and wanted to search their vessel.   Related: Michigan law regarding marijuana manufacture, delivery, and possession   The federal border patrol agent required that the two passengers, my client and his friend, open all the containers in the immediate area, to which they complied.   After the agent found no contraband, he demanded that the occupants of the boat hand over the marijuana because, according to the agent, it smelled like marijuana on the boat. Additionally, the agent said that if someone did not give him the marihuana, he was going to call the K9 unit.   What does the driver of a car or boat say in response to a law enforcement officer demanding that the occupants of the vehicle hand over the marijuana, or else?   For a vehicle, we know that the traffic stop can't or shouldn't take last for any longer that it takes to execute the traffic stop, identify and inform the driver of the violation, and issue a ticket, if appropriate. A traffic stop is not an opportunity to gather evidence of probable cause of the vehicle to search. That basic threat, calling the dogs, would be unconstitutional. That is to say, the delay in calling the dogs to get probable cause would be a delay beyond the scope of the lawful police interaction. The delay to call the dogs is a delay for the purpose of getting probable cause to search the vehicle.   Most times this decision on how to respond should be determined on a case-by-case factual basis. In other words, depending upon what is within the vehicle, the driver may or may not comply with the request of the officer. The rule of thumb, however, is to never consent to a search, ever. Equally important is the rule that you should never talk to the police or answer questions. Specifically, in these traffic encounters, or even vessel encounters, the investigated driver is not under arrest. The encounter is an interaction called an investigation, and anything that is said during this encounter will be used against you.   Ultimately, our client handed over the marijuana cigarettes and his patient card. As my client was reminded by the Border Patrol Agent, there is no medical marihuana on federal jurisdiction. Or said another way, it was the intent of this agent to make a federal case out of it.   After being retained by our client, and after a few pretrial conferences and conferences with the Assistant United States Attorney, we learned that it was also the intent of the United States Government to make a federal case of it.   Federal jurisdiction, as mentioned above, is a very different venue to litigate a marihuana case, even if it’s just for a joint or two. The liabilities for punishment are much greater, and in certain situations get worse, the more the accused litigates the case. That is to say, any benefits of resolving the case with a plea bargain are minimized should you force the government to litigate the case.   It is under these circumstances that we needed to make our decisions on how to proceed. As we got closer to the day of trial, the Government offered a number of different plea offers and options to resolve the case. Unfortunately, none of them contemplated the medical use of marihuana while being supervised on probation. Similar to many of the State Courts throughout Michigan, the likelihood of any probation supervision of any kind would preclude the medical use of marihuana.   Not directly pertinent to this case either factually or due to our federal court venue, the only Michigan case law that addresses the issue is a recent case in the Court of Appeals, People v Magyari, the defendant argued that, pursuant to the MMMA, the court could not prohibit his medical marijuana use during probation because he possessed a patient card, but the court’s opinion characterized the defendant’s use of marijuana as non-medical, and did not apply their reasons for upholding the lower court decision the appeal to all cardholders.   A probation condition disallowing his medical use of marijuana was not acceptable to my client, and besides, who would want to plead guilty to something that the state government has authorized you to possess, let alone be on probation for the same behavior? So as often is the case, the choices that presented themselves compelled us to reject the offers to plead guilty and instead litigate the case.   Our response to the offer to plead guilty was to file a “Motion to Dismiss Based Upon Justice Spending Funds to Prevent Implementation of Michigan Marijuana Laws.”   I think it is more than ironic that as we put together the motion challenging the federal government’s authority and jurisdiction to prosecute the matter, the issue of States’ Rights was in the forefront in a national debate.   As outlined in the motion, the legal authority prohibiting the jurisdiction of the government in our matter was vitiated by the Cole memorandum – both of them. Additionally, the Rhorabacher-Farr amendment was more than clear in its intent to preclude federal agents employed by the DOJ, including the DEA, from investigating or prosecuting medical marihuana patients that are in compliance with state law. If there was ever a case with the perfect facts to prevail upon it would be this case, and the mere two marijuana cigarettes. In contrast, the circumstances of the case cited, US v McIntosh, dealt with dispensaries and commercial marihuana sales. Our case was as authentic patient activity as one could find.   After filing the motion to dismiss, and appearing for the motion hearing, we learned that the Government had decided to dismiss the case. The AUSA indicated to me that he had "no desire to go to the mat with me on this case" and he was "not going to make bad case law with this case." Or said another way, he knew that he was going to lose, and instead of dealing with that result which would be precedent and impact the entire Sixth Circuit Trial Court, he thought it best to dismiss the case, and let us go on our way.   The moral of this story is that when they make a federal case out of it, you should do the same.
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    If you have ever been curious about medical marijuana and done any research, then you know that one of the major compounds in the cannabis plant that is medically useful is the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol. While THC does have its medical uses, THC is psychoactive and produces the “high” that some people are familiar with when it comes to marijuana. Cannabidiol is not psychoactive, but does provide relief for millions of people around the world. Here are ten frequently asked questions about cannabidiol and the answers.

    1. What is CBD?

    Of the 113 known active phytocannabinoids in the cannabis plant, cannabidiol (CBD), makes up the majority – coming in at about 40% of the plant’s extract. Though it may be the most prevalent compound, it is unlike its partner compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in that cannabidiol is not psychoactive. CBD is the phytocannabinoid that stopped a seizure in its tracks on national television. It also helps to soothe pain and anxiety. Medical science is also looking at this compound as a neuroprotectant and an anti-tumoral agent.

    2. What Conditions or Symptoms Can CBD Oil Relieve?

    Cannabidiol is a versatile phytocannabinoid. Though it is tough to do medical research on cannabidiol because it can affect so many of the body’s pathways at once, patients with the following conditions have reported relief from cannabidiol: cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, and various pediatric conditions. Anxiety, epileptic disorders, and psychiatric disorders are three of the top conditions medical research is using cannabidiol to treat.

    3. Will CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

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    Drug tests for employment are a fact of life for many Americans. However, the majority of drug tests are looking for the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Though high-CBD strains of marijuana can contain traces of THC, if you are using CBD oils or hemp extracts, the drug screen should not pick up the trace amounts of THC. However, keep in mind that this is only the case with hemp-based products, since hemp contains very little THC, but is high in CBD.

    4. Is CBD Psychoactive?

    No. CBD is the most prevalent cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, but it is tetrahydrocannabinol that is the psychoactive compound. CBD compounds are mainly derived from the hemp plant, which is a high CBD strain of cannabis. There is typically very little THC in high CBD strains of the plant.

    5. Can You Vape CBD?

    In a word, yes! You can get high-CBD strains of marijuana buds as well as oils and extracts. So, bring out your vape pen, your mod, or your desktop vaporizer and get to it! Make sure that you are vaping the appropriate material for your machine, though. Some pen vapes and mod vapes only support the vaping of either wax, oil, or dry herb. There are some models that will support all three with a simple change of the tank, atomizer, or chamber.

    6. What Forms Does CBD Come In?

    The most often used format for cannabidiol is oil, which patients either smoke or vaporize. High-CBD strains of bud also exist. Other popular forms of CBD are tinctures, edibles, and topicals. Tinctures are often placed under the tongue while topicals are typically used as a balm and rubbed on the skin. Edibles, of course, are eaten.

    7. Can I Buy CBD Products Online?

    This is a bit of a trick question. Keep in mind that the cannabis plant – and all its extracts – including cannabidiol – are still illegal under federal law. This essentially makes shipping CBD products from state-to-state illegal. If a website is stating they will ship to any state, including non-medical states, they are not likely using the same CBD oil as medical therapy utilizes. They are likely deriving their CBD product from the hemp plant – which is legal to import and ship – but not to grow in the United States – and treating it with harsh processes to extract enough cannabidiol for their products. Currently, there are no standards set forth by the FDA about how much cannabidiol has to be in a product to claim the product is a “CBD Product.” So, purchase online at your own risk.

    8. Do I Need a Medical Marijuana Card to Buy CBD?

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    This is another one of those yes and no answer questions. If the CBD is hemp-based, then no. However, keep in mind that the hemp plant has relatively low amounts of CBD when compared to cannabis plants. The CBD derived from the hemp plant will be several times less potent than CBD that is derived from cannabis. To purchase medical marijuana products in states where medical marijuana is legal, you do need a Medical Marijuana Card.

    9. Can You Overdose on CBD?

    In a word, no. Even at doses of 700mg to 1500mg per day, there was no toxicity shown for cannabidiol. There have been no known deaths reported due to overdosing on CBD or cannabis despite decades of research into the toxicity of the plant.

    10. How Do I Store My CBD? What is the Shelf Life of CBD?

    Depending on the form you decide to take it in – CBD should be stored appropriately. For the oil, it should be stored in a dry area away from heat. Edibles should be stored as directed and eaten before their expiration date, as with any food. The typical shelf life of cannabidiol oils and products can vary by manufacturer, so check expiration dates. However, most are good for up to 2 years.

  1. Our client, a medical marijuana patient registered with the State of Michigan, was out for a boat ride and some fishing on his friend’s boat. What started out as a glorious day with intentions of sun and fishing on the Detroit river later turned into federal charges of possession of marijuana (21 USC 844, 21 USC 844a) when a Border Patrol agent pulled up to them and wanted to search their vessel.

     

    Related: Michigan law regarding marijuana manufacture, delivery, and possession

     

    The federal border patrol agent required that the two passengers, my client and his friend, open all the containers in the immediate area, to which they complied.

     

    After the agent found no contraband, he demanded that the occupants of the boat hand over the marijuana because, according to the agent, it smelled like marijuana on the boat. Additionally, the agent said that if someone did not give him the marihuana, he was going to call the K9 unit.

     

    What does the driver of a car or boat say in response to a law enforcement officer demanding that the occupants of the vehicle hand over the marijuana, or else?

     

    For a vehicle, we know that the traffic stop can't or shouldn't take last for any longer that it takes to execute the traffic stop, identify and inform the driver of the violation, and issue a ticket, if appropriate. A traffic stop is not an opportunity to gather evidence of probable cause of the vehicle to search. That basic threat, calling the dogs, would be unconstitutional. That is to say, the delay in calling the dogs to get probable cause would be a delay beyond the scope of the lawful police interaction. The delay to call the dogs is a delay for the purpose of getting probable cause to search the vehicle.

     

    Most times this decision on how to respond should be determined on a case-by-case factual basis. In other words, depending upon what is within the vehicle, the driver may or may not comply with the request of the officer. The rule of thumb, however, is to never consent to a search, ever. Equally important is the rule that you should never talk to the police or answer questions. Specifically, in these traffic encounters, or even vessel encounters, the investigated driver is not under arrest. The encounter is an interaction called an investigation, and anything that is said during this encounter will be used against you.

     

    Ultimately, our client handed over the marijuana cigarettes and his patient card. As my client was reminded by the Border Patrol Agent, there is no medical marihuana on federal jurisdiction. Or said another way, it was the intent of this agent to make a federal case out of it.

     

    After being retained by our client, and after a few pretrial conferences and conferences with the Assistant United States Attorney, we learned that it was also the intent of the United States Government to make a federal case of it.

     

    Federal jurisdiction, as mentioned above, is a very different venue to litigate a marihuana case, even if it’s just for a joint or two. The liabilities for punishment are much greater, and in certain situations get worse, the more the accused litigates the case. That is to say, any benefits of resolving the case with a plea bargain are minimized should you force the government to litigate the case.

     

    It is under these circumstances that we needed to make our decisions on how to proceed. As we got closer to the day of trial, the Government offered a number of different plea offers and options to resolve the case. Unfortunately, none of them contemplated the medical use of marihuana while being supervised on probation. Similar to many of the State Courts throughout Michigan, the likelihood of any probation supervision of any kind would preclude the medical use of marihuana.

     

    Not directly pertinent to this case either factually or due to our federal court venue, the only Michigan case law that addresses the issue is a recent case in the Court of Appeals, People v Magyari, the defendant argued that, pursuant to the MMMA, the court could not prohibit his medical marijuana use during probation because he possessed a patient card, but the court’s opinion characterized the defendant’s use of marijuana as non-medical, and did not apply their reasons for upholding the lower court decision the appeal to all cardholders.

     

    A probation condition disallowing his medical use of marijuana was not acceptable to my client, and besides, who would want to plead guilty to something that the state government has authorized you to possess, let alone be on probation for the same behavior?

    So as often is the case, the choices that presented themselves compelled us to reject the offers to plead guilty and instead litigate the case.

     

    Our response to the offer to plead guilty was to file a “Motion to Dismiss Based Upon Justice Spending Funds to Prevent Implementation of Michigan Marijuana Laws.”

     

    I think it is more than ironic that as we put together the motion challenging the federal government’s authority and jurisdiction to prosecute the matter, the issue of States’ Rights was in the forefront in a national debate.

     

    As outlined in the motion, the legal authority prohibiting the jurisdiction of the government in our matter was vitiated by the Cole memorandum – both of them. Additionally, the Rhorabacher-Farr amendment was more than clear in its intent to preclude federal agents employed by the DOJ, including the DEA, from investigating or prosecuting medical marihuana patients that are in compliance with state law. If there was ever a case with the perfect facts to prevail upon it would be this case, and the mere two marijuana cigarettes. In contrast, the circumstances of the case cited, US v McIntosh, dealt with dispensaries and commercial marihuana sales. Our case was as authentic patient activity as one could find.

     

    After filing the motion to dismiss, and appearing for the motion hearing, we learned that the Government had decided to dismiss the case. The AUSA indicated to me that he had "no desire to go to the mat with me on this case" and he was "not going to make bad case law with this case." Or said another way, he knew that he was going to lose, and instead of dealing with that result which would be precedent and impact the entire Sixth Circuit Trial Court, he thought it best to dismiss the case, and let us go on our way.

     

    The moral of this story is that when they make a federal case out of it, you should do the same.

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    Regarding the Supreme Court decision in People v Hartwick and People v Tuttle, I offer the following agreement that might be used between any patient and any caregiver. Both can benefit from it under any circumstance. It costs nothing but time, ink, and paper, and offers added protection in the event you are arrested and tried for marijuana use if and when you need it.

    Note that the agreement requires notarization. Your bank provides notary services to its customers free. Many physician offices have a notary on their office staff, and all attorneys have a notary on board. Please note that it covers two of three necessary elements of the Affirmative Defense found in sec. 8 of the law, i.e., that you and your doctor have met and concluded a bona fide medical exam and you have been certified to use marijuana, and that patients and caregivers are engaged in medical use to treat or alleviate a patient's condition or symptoms. The third element is to adhere to the requirement that an amount not more than necessary is held in possession. I have suggested that twelve oz is an amount not more than necessary to supply a patient who uses a zip a month for a year, and would welcome any reasonable argument otherwise. To this point I have had no takers. You can find the ruling in Tut/Wick here. Footnotes 77 and 78 lay it out that this type of documentation is admissible, and even necessary, evidence in any prosecution regarding marijuana: http://courts.mi.gov...71 Opinion.pdf.

    The agreement's tenets were used in the successful defense in State v Steven Fisher (http://komornlaw.com...n-8-opinion.pdf). He was found to have possessed a reasonable amount more than thirty pounds and in compliance with the other elements of the required defense. It is admissible under the Michigan Rules of Evidence as self authenticating notarized evidence (MRE Rule 902 (8)) and self authenticating Certified Records of Regularly Conducted Activity (MRE Rule 803 (6) and MRE Rule 902 (11)).

    It also intends to prevent the need to have a physician testify, which is not advised except if necessary to provide evidence at trial, saving time, trouble, and expense. Furthermore, it is best not to have any witness for the defense questioned by a prosecutor for obvious reasons. It intends to establish the required prima facie evidence of a bona fide physician patient relationship without a physician present. It will be necessary to require your physician to sign his or her proof found in the supporting documents. If not, the court ruled that the actual text of the physician statement submitted as part of the registration process might suffice, and it was entered into evidence and ruled admissible by the court in Fisher. Registry cards do not. It would nonetheless be best to have both registration and this or a similar written agreement.

    Note that this agreement is not useful to only registered patients and caregivers, but also provides what the courts require as prima facie evidence in non registered sec. 8 defenses. Any patient or other person, registered or unregistered, can qualify as a caregiver under the definition found in the law (sec. 3(k)) to any patient, registered or unregistered, with or without connection through the registry per the definitions found in sec. 3 of the MMA. There are no limits in sec. 8 to the number of patients a caregiver can provide for nor caregivers a patient can have. Police officers and informants who enter into it are not able to entrap medical users.

    You will do well to ask an attorney re: any legal questions. I am not an attorney and have no professional relationship with anyone in that regard. It is my own work as informed musing if nothing else. It is not intended as legal advice. If anyone should want the added protection, something like this might be used in consultation with a trained attorney. I have no objection to anyone using it verbatim or edited. It, by itself, provides no protection from arrest and due process as sec. 4 state registration does.

     

     

    Patient/Caregiver Agreement to Engage in the Medical Use of Marijuana

     I,______________________________________, swear and affirm that I am a patient under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, MCL Initiated Law 1 of 2008.

    Dr._____________________________, a physician authorized under Part 170 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.17001 to 333.17084, or an osteopathic physician under Part 175 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.17501 to 333.17556, physician license I.D. number____________________ , has stated that in the physician's professional opinion, on or about (date)___________________________, and after having completed a full assessment of the patient's medical history and current medical condition made in the course of a bona fide physician-patient relationship, that I am likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate a debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the debilitating medical condition (copy attached) .

     I hereby designate_______________________________ as my caregiver under that law, and agree to conform to the Act in the medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate a debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the debilitating medical condition

     I, ______________________________________, swear and affirm that I am at least 21 years of age and have agreed to assist with the above named patient's medical use of marijuana in accordance with that law. I have not been convicted of any felony within the past 10 years and have never been convicted of a felony involving illegal drugs or a felony that is an assaultive crime as defined in section 9a of chapter X of the code of criminal procedure, 1927 PA 175, MCL 770.9a.

     

    Confidentiality: Each party agrees and undertakes that it shall not, without first obtaining the written consent of the other, disclose or make available to any person, reproduce or transmit in any manner or use (directly or indirectly) for its own benefit or the benefit of others, any Confidential Information, save and except that both parties may disclose any Confidential Information to their legal advisers and counselors for the specific purposes contemplated by this agreement. Presentment or disclosure of this information is not prohibited as required by law or in any prosecution pertaining to the medical use of marijuana.

     

     

    Subscribed and sworn before me this date: ____________________________

     

    Patient sign here: _________________________________

     

    Subscribed and sworn before me this date: ____________________________

     

    Caregiver sign here: ________________________________

     

    /s/_________________________________

     

    Print Notary Name: ________________________________

     

    Notary public, State of Michigan, County of _____________________

     

    My commission expires ___________________

     

    Acting in the County of ___________________

     

     

    DO NOT OVERLOOK the supporting documents. Use one or the other: https://sites.google...attredirects=0, which requires notarization, or https://sites.google...?attredirects=0

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    Not sure if this is old news, but I think with more states coming on is more relevant and much more of this type of situation will occur:

     

    http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/06/484977159/after-medical-marijuana-legalized-medicare-prescriptions-drop-for-many-drugs

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    in 06/05/2009 there were 1,422 patient registration cards issued.

    in 11/23/2009 there were 5,778 patient registrations issued.

    in 12/11/2009 there were 6,439 patients registered

    in 01/27/2010 there were 8,004 patient registrations issued.

    in 04/06/2010 there were 11,835

    in 05/28/2010 there were 17,362

    in 07/02/2010 there were 20,548 patient registrations issued.

    in 08/27/2010 there were 26,387 patients registered

    in 11/24/2010 there were 43,292 patient registrations issued.

    in 03/11/2011 there were 59,950 patients registered

    in 05/06/2011 there were 75,521 patients registered

    in 06/10/2011 there were 80,829

    in 08/05/2011 there were 96,399 patient registrations issued

    in 10/31/2011 there were 120,597 registered patients

    in 01/31/2012 there were 131,483 registered patients

    in 09/30/2012 there were 121,043 active registered qualified patients.

    in 11/30/2012 there were 126,201 active registered qualified patients.

    in 12/31/2012 there were 124,417 active registered qualified patients

    in 01/31/2013 there were 126,739 active registered qualified patients.

    in 02/28/2013 there were 131,861 active registered qualified patients.

    in 04/13/2013 there were 135,267 active registered qualified patients.

    in 05/31/2013 there were 128,441 active registered qualified patients.

    in 12/04/2013 there were 118,368 active registered qualified patients.

    ( LARA fudging the numbers in 2013)

    in 2013 there were a total of 129,822 active registered qualified patients [10]

    in 09/23/2014 there were 146,811 patients (as reported by procon)[3]

    in 2014 there were 147,283 patients [10]

    in 02/15/2015 there were 165,000 active registered qualified patients [1]

    in 04/22/2015 there were 175,000 registered patients [2]

    in 07/11/2015 there were 177,000 registered patients [5]

    in 11/14/2015 there were 178,629 active, registered medical marijuana patients.[6]

    in 09/30/2015 (or jan 4 2016) there were 182,091 active registered patients according to LARA

    in 6/01/2016 there were 203,889 registered medical marijuana patients [8]

    in 9/20/2016 there were 211,000 registered medical marijuana patients [9]

    in 10:30/2016 there were 204.018 registered medical marijuana patients [10]

     

     

    in 04/29/2015 there were 150 registered minor (under 18) patients [4]

    in 07/11/2015 there were 197 registered minor (under 18) patients [5]

     

     

    in 11/23/2009 there were 1,753 applications denied

    in 12/11/2009 there were 1,981 applications denied

    in 01/27/2010 there were 2,501

    in 04/06/2010 there were 3,500 applications denied

    in 05/28/2010 there were 4,667

    in 07/02/2010 there were 5,119 applications denied

    in 08/27/2010 there were 6,650 applications denied

    in 11/24/2010 there were 9,102 applications denied

    in 03/11/2011 there were 12,090 applications denied

    in 05/06/2011 there were 14,374 applications denied

    in 06/10/2011 there were 16,266

    in 08/05/2011 there were 18,783 applications denied

    in 10/31/2011 there were 14,288 applications denied (did lara mean 19,288?)

    in 01/31/2012 there were 22,550 applications denied

    in 09/30/2012 there were 28,226 applications denied

    in 11/30/2012 there were 30,250 applications denied

    in 12/31/2012 there were 31,260 applications denied

    in 01/31/2013 there were 32,383 applications denied

    in 02/28/2013 there were 33,747 applications denied

    in 05/13/2013 there were 25,788 applications denied. (i think LARA typed 25 instead of 35 here)

     

     

    [0] most of the 2009-2013 statistics come from here :http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-27417_51869---,00.html

     

     

    [1] http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/02/13/michigan-bills-would-legalize-medical-pot-dispensaries-drug-alternatives/

     

    [2]http://mjbizdaily.com/michigan-medical-marijuana-renaissance-underway-as-industry-quietly-booms/

     

    [3]http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=005889

     

    [4]http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/04/u-m_poll_shows_most_are_ok_wit.html

     

    [5]http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/07/18/medical-marijuana-cannabis-autism-seizures-cbd-thc-stoned-prohibition/30360041/

     

    [6]http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20151114/NEWS/311159957/number-of-registered-medical-marijuana-patients-in-michigan-grows-in

     

    [8] http://www.grbj.com/articles/print/86224-medical-marijuana-industry-likely-to-expand

     

    [9] http://wlns.com/2016/09/15/michigan-house-passes-medical-marijuana-laws-and-regulations/

     

    [10] http://audgen.michigan.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/r641043516-0102.pdf

  3. In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. Proverbs 21:20

     

    Well there are a gazillion conspiracy theories out there. I must admit, I am a Christian and also believe in the Shmeta, a 7 year cycle. This Shmeta year is extraordinarily biblical, 4 blood moons, star of Bethlehem, the biblical aspects of this year goes on and on, with many events to happen in September and soon after. This is not a blog to fear monger, just informational.

     

    I have done a lot of research over the years on this, but am just getting started on the prepping, better late than never. Start off small and when you buy groceries, get a little extra to put away. Don't put all of your eggs in one basket. You may want to consider stocking up on items for bartering. The thing I keep hearing of the most to invest in is gold and silver. Well, I don't have the cash flow for that and don't know of many that do. I am more concerned with survival over any financial investments. For those who can afford to invest in precious medals, turn that focus to food and water.

     

    A quick word of warning when it comes to prepping. You need to keep it to yourself for 2 reasons. 1: you don't want everyone kicking in your door if the SHTF (bunny muffin hits the fan) and taking all of your resources. You can't predict the actions of a desperate and hungry person. 2: our government will put you on a list as a potential terrorist if you have a food and water supply of 7 days or more. That was from a speech given by Rand Paul and I have to believe him.

     

     

    Let's get the "tough guy" things out of the way. With most preppers, the first thing that comes to mind is guns and ammo. That is on the bottom of my list, not to say it is not an important thing to have. It could be one of the most valuable. Here is my best advice.

     

    Have a 12 gauge shotgun. I would recommend a Mossberg 590 Military Special with a bayonet lug. That is around $350 and considered the most reliable firearm in the world. Here is a link to the model bayonet I have, the M7 bayonet with the M10 sheath. http://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/us-spec-military-style-m7-bayonet-with-m10-style-sheath?a=1884227

     

    I would recommend two different types of handguns. I would only choose a handgun that is concealable so you can blend in. A 357 revolver would be a good choice because it can accept 38 special and 38+P bullets along with the 357 mags. They are all common bullets and that is why I consider the 357 an all around good revolver. A decent 357 revolver cost around $500.

     

    For a high capacity handgun, a pistol, I would have to recommend a 9mm baby Glock (G-26). It is the smallest 9mm Glock makes and accepts all 9mm clips Glock makes, including the 33 round clip. The G-26 is around $500. I like the gen 3 model the best. A downside with the Glock, you cannot use reloads. Of course extra ammo is a must, how much, well, I do not know.

     

    If I had to choose an inexpensive assault rifle, but of quality, I would choose an AK-47. However, it can't be the cheap stamped steel version; it would have to be a higher quality with all milled parts. The price range for the AK-47 starts at about $350 and can go up to $1,000. You can easily get full metal jacket bullets rather inexpensively.

     

    If you want an American, quality, low cost assault rifle, I would recommend a Reuger mini 14. This firearm takes the .223 bullets. The cost is around $500 and up depending on the options.

     

    The last recommendation for a firearm, if you are looking for an elite assault rifle type of weapon, I would have to recommend this website: http://hdfirearms.com/ When it comes to firearms, it is not about how cool it looks or how expensive it is. It is how comfortable and confident you are with handling it. I have seen people at the firing range with the original Russian SKS, from the 1940s, with open sights and hitting the bull's eye without failure. It must be the authentic Russian model, not the Chinese knock off. When it comes to the AK-47 or Russian SKS, I do not recommend using American bullets. Use Russian or foreign military light armor piercing bullets, preferably Russian. Enough with the guns, not what this blog is about, just had to get that out of the way.

     

     

    PREPPERS - PREPPING SKILLS

    These are skills everyone should have, not because of "dooms day", but for self reliance. It is common sense to be prepared for any type of disaster. There are hundreds of different disasters that could occur from tornadoes and snowstorms to earthquakes and volcanoes. How well you are prepared can be the difference of life or death or whether or not you and your family will be made to suffer and for how long.

     

    Prepping used to be a standard lifestyle. We have become so dependent on government, big businesses, technology, and the power companies. In the past, 90% of the populous lived in rural areas. Now it is the opposite. I can't imagine what it would be like in the city if the power were to go out for 2 weeks, especially in the northern states during the winter. If everybody had some form of investment in preparing, it would not be much of a problem. The way society is today, we need to ask; What will you do for clean water or food? We have seen the government fail; remember the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? It would be impossible for the government to aid and protect us all if there were a big disaster. Such as, what if the New Madrid fault line were to become active like it did many years ago? I believe that was the worse documented earthquake in the US. It went off for days. The epicenter was in the part of the US where Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas meet, and the effects were felt all the way to New York. The quake caused church bells to ring. It was so intense, and went on for so many days that people began to fall to their knees believing it was the wrath of God and began to repent. Do some research on the Madrid fault line, you will be shocked. For those in the west, what if the Yellowstone super volcano erupts? That could potentially take out 1/3 of the US.

     

    It is not a matter of if; it is a matter of when a disaster happens. Currently, we are overdue for an EMP from the sun. This event has been documented as occurring every 100 to 150 years. The last time it happened, it destroyed every electronic device on earth. Even items that were not connected started smoking and burned up (telegraph equipment, etc.) If that were to occur today in America, it is estimated that up to 90% of the populous would die within 2 weeks. Our power grids are very fragile. It could take 5 to 15 years to replace depending on the amount of damage. The main elements of the power grids are very complex, made in China, and takes years to have just one made. Our power grids are not adequately protected in this country.

    This will give you an idea as to how fragile the power grids are.

     

    Our entire country is extremely fragile in many ways. We have our lowest food reserves and lowest water reserves. Clean, safe drinking water is becoming more difficult to access. not to mention a full economic collapse, we are not immune to that. We could be in the same predicament as Greece not long from now since the global currency is in the process of being changed. Surely there will be some type of financial crises. If you ask me, the economy looks worse than ever, just being masked by the petro dollar and that can only last so long.

     

    Prepping will have different requirements for each individual or family. I will be focusing on my plan. I live in a rural area. Many people discuss "bugging out". I plan to hold down the fort. I feel that bugging out during a crisis can be dangerous for many reasons. This is not to say that for others, it may be the best choice.

     

    WATER: That is the most difficult essential item for most to prepar for. There are many that take it to the extreme in storing water for a crisis. The average person requires 1 to 2 gallons of water per day minimum. This is only for eating and drinking.

     

    I am fortunate when it comes to the issue of water. I have a newly installed 5" hand pump deep well that has been approved by the health department as potable (safe for drinking). My water storage is safely underground.

     

    We are already in the beginning of a major water crisis across the entire country. At least referring to the cities and water treatment plants, not to mention the intense droughts in the west. Also, Flint, Detroit, and cities in Ohio, the water that they are receiving is not considered safe to drink and does not comply to federal laws. In other words, it is potentially poisonous dirty water. The problem is only going to get worse. Within the next 5 years it is expected that water prices will double across the nation. Here is a worthy article to read over. This article will give an idea of how serious and expensive this problem is for our nation. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/drinking-water-systems-imperiled-by-failing-infrastructure/ar-AAeNjqY?li=AA54ur#image=1

     

    Here is a disturbing article concerning the water supply for Flint, MI. They have been poisoning people and manipulating the test results. Expect this to be carried out across the country. Greed has taken over! http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/10/08/lax-water-system-oversight-manipulated-data-lead-to-public-health-crisis-in-flint-researcher-says/

    Here is a video where it is taken to the extreme when it comes to water storage. Not saying that you should go to this extreme, but everyone should have an adequate supply of clean water stored. He provides many good tips. nutnfancy has a wide range of videos from firearms to food when it comes to survival.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcE5x3X6TQ4&feature=youtu.be&t=1m35s

     

     

    FOOD: Food storage is not difficult, or expensive, even for someone living in an apartment. It can get expensive if you choose to purchase freeze dried goods, which can last 20 to 30 years and no refrigeration is necessary, until opened for some items. Even meat is available freeze dried. If you are fortunate enough to have the money to invest, you can get everything you need in freeze dried form here: http://shop.honeyville.com/

     

     

    I for one do not have the finances to invest in freeze dried foods. I fall into the category of the mid to low expense investment. I have decided to start preparing my own dried food supply. I have invested in 2 essential tools to begin my journey. The first item is the Excalibur food dehydrator. I have the Excalibur 3920TB Food Dehydrator which is a 9 try unit with a built in timer. It has good customer reviews and was reasonably priced (through Amazon.com). Excalibur makes smaller units with just as good of ratings. The next item I have invested in is the FoodSaver V3240 Vacuum Sealing System and also the FoodSaver Kit wide-mouth jar sealer, regular sealer, and accessory hose. The FoodSaver investment cost under $150 with the jar sealing accessory kit. I highly recommend the FoodSaver equipment for all marijuana growers. From now on I will be vacuum sealing all of my jarred buds for optimum freshness and longevity.

     

    The opportunities are endless for long term storage of food which are affordable and efficient. To start, buy dry goods in bulk, like at Sam's Club or Costco. A 50 pound bag of rice can be purchased for under $20. Check out this video where the guy stores 50 pounds of rice in canning jars.

     

    Another example of storing dry rice for long term using mylar bags: This is part 3, and it shows how oxygen absorbers are used.

     

     

    There are other methods, like mylar bags, food grade buckets, etc. I like the glass jars because rodents cannot get into them. However, as the saying says, "don't put all your eggs in one basket", it may be wise to use all methods. What if the jars get broken, from an earthquake for example?

     

    Oxygen absorbers are also good to have on hand when preparing foods for long term storage. With certain methods, you may wish to use oxygen absorbers in addition to vacuum sealing. There are many videos on YouTube that show many different techniques of long term storage of foods. As I learn more, I will add it to my discussion.

     

    The food dehydrator is great for long term storage of foods as well as making simple, healthy snacks for anytime. Dried fruit are transformed into simple, healthy snacks that last a long time, do not require refrigeration, and taste like candy!

     

    Along with the food dehydrator I also purchased The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook by Tammy Gangloff, Steven Gangloff & September Ferguson. I plan to invest in other books for a more diverse viewpoint on dehydrating and storing food. There are some awesome recipes for "instant, just add water meals" that can be prepared utilizing dried meats and vegetables. Just imagine the space you can save, not only for long term food storage, but even for daily use!

     

    It is time for a lifestyle change. Buy organic fruits and vegetables, no more pre-canned preservative ridden food from the grocery store. Yes, canned goods are not all bad to have around and good to stock up on by means of prepping. Most canned goods can go beyond the printed use by dates as well. Either way, I plan to change my ways to a more healthy way of life and it begins with food. In the end the equipment will have paid for itself. Buying in bulk, preparing food for long term and short term use provides less waste and can save a family well over $1,000 a year in food purchases alone.

    Here are a couple of videos showcasing the use of freeze dried and dehydrated food and long term food storage.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gothlufqKA4&feature=youtu.be

     

    Christy Jordan has a lot of great videos on dehydrating foods. This video is about dehydratig ground beef. You must be careful with storing any meat, it must be fat free. The fat will cause the meat to go rancid no matter how dry the meat is. Dehydrated ground beef can potentially store for 2 years or longer without refrigeration.

     

     

    FUEL: I am only planning to store 10 gallons of treated gasoline. I probably should store more, but space is a concern. I don't want to put all of my reliance on gasoline or electronically operated equipment.

     

    Heat for the colder climates. I haven't done too much research on this. Currently I burn wood for heat. I purchase a season supply of wood every spring. The wood burning stoves do not require electricity and that is a plus.

     

     

    More to come as I get more involved...

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    Cannabinoids, Ketogenic Diets, Holy Basil, and the PPAR Connection

     

    Recently there's been a lot of talk, and even more confusion, about the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of pediatric epilepsy. The science behind the possible physiological mechanisms involved seem to have been all but entirely left out of this discussion. Though this paper is not meant to be definitive, this is an attempt by a layman to inject some science into this ongoing discussion. More importantly this is directed at all of the families that desperately need facts and suggestions, not politics and debate.

    There seems to be a glaring commonality shared by a number of alternative forms of treatment being utilized in pediatric epilepsy. In the case of cannabinoids, ketogenic diets, and Tulsi (holy basil) the physiological mechanisms involved, as they relate to epilepsy, appear to exert their effects, at least in part, via PPAR pathways [1, 2, 3]. What are PPARs, and what do they have to do with epilepsy?

     

    PPARs

     

    Epilepsy is far from fully understood, but current science may lead one to believe that mutations in genes play a larger role than previously thought [4]. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) regulate the expression of genes [5]. The physiological mechanisms involved are not yet fully understood as they relate to epilepsy. However, there appear to be a number of interesting implications.

     

    Low levels of endogenous (naturally occurring in the body) cannabinoids that are CB1 and PPAR alpha agonists (activators) have been linked to epilepsy [6]. PPAR agonists are believed to be regulators of brain inflammation and oxidative stress [7, 8]. Both have implications to epilepsy [9, 10]. This is in part why PPAR gamma is suspected to be a neuroprotective agent in epilepsy [11]. PPAR alpha might be of even greater interest as it's the target of a number of novel antiepileptic drugs [12]. PPAR alpha activation is also believed to enhance memory acquisition [13]. So while there doesn't appear to be an entirely clear understanding of the physiological mechanisms involved, there does seem to be a number of correlations.

     

    There's a large number of natural compounds that are PPAR agonists [14]. These include, but aren't limited to: cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and saturated fats [15, 16]. This is one example of a commonality shared between the use of cannabinoids, ketogenic diets, and Tulsi (holy basil) in the treatment of epilepsy. They all contain PPAR agonists, and in turn modulate gene expression [1, 2, 3].

     

    Why does this matter? Phytocannabinoids (natural plant derived cannabinoids) have many of the same pharmacological characteristics as endogenous cannabinoids, including PPAR activation [2, 16]. As this paper intends to illustrate, the reason that this might be important is that there is a large number of natural sources of PPAR agonists, some of which include cannabinoids that originate outside of the cannabis plant.

     

    Ketogenic Diet

     

    This paper won't delve into the physiological mechanisms that are suspected to be involved with ketogenic diets, in relation to epilepsy, other than to point out that it's believed to involve the activation of PPAR alpha [1].

     

     

    Cannabis

     

    Botanical extracts from cannabis can contain a variety of cannabinoids [16]. The use of cannabinoids derived from cannabis appear to continue to prove their effectiveness in the treatment of epilepsy [17]. Unfortunately, due to the politics surrounding cannabis, not all families currently have the legal access to the cannabinoids that they so desperately need. Until each State has recognized the therapeutic value of cannabis, and every family has legal access, it may be beneficial to attempt to identify alternative options for treatment. Though it's highly speculative, it seems worthwhile to take a look at the possible physiological mechanisms involved with cannabinoids derived from cannabis in an attempt to identify other possible alternatives. Prior to getting into possible alternatives, let's review some of the research on the primary cannabinoids in cannabis, as they relate to epilepsy.

     

    Almost 500 compounds have been identified from cannabis [16]. Botanical extracts from cannabis contain varying amounts and types of compounds which are primarily composed of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. As will be illustrated, many of these compounds are PPAR agonists. While we'll limit our discussion of cannabis to CBD and THC, it's worth noting that there is a large number of additional PPAR agonists present in any given cannabis plant, or botanic extract thereof [2, 16]. It is the opinion of this author, based on the research cited in this paper, that each PPAR agonist may have the ability to impact the degree of effectiveness of any given botanical extract.

     

    CBD is currently the cannabinoid being most heavily explored in the treatment of epilepsy. One pharmacological characteristic of CBD is that it's a PPAR gamma agonist [18]. CBD is believed to reduce neuroinflammation and promote neurogenesis via PPAR gamma [19].

     

    Possibly of greater importance is that CBD suppresses fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), which in turn increases the levels of an endogenous cannabinoid, anandamide, a PPAR alpha and gamma dual agonist [18]. In addition, FAAH inhibition increases N-palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), and N-oleoylethanolamide (OEA) levels, both of which are PPAR alpha agonists [20, 21]. Low PEA levels in the brain have been linked to absence epilepsy and it has been suggested as a candidate for treatment [6]. In general, PPAR alpha agonists might be of particular interest in the treatment of epilepsy as they're currently being explored as new antiepileptic drugs [11].

     

    One explanation for the effectiveness of CBD in the treatment of epilepsy might be based on the fact that you're getting, one PPAR gamma, one dual PPAR alpha and gamma, and two PPAR alpha agonists, all from the pharmacological effects of one cannabinoid. Not to mention any other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids present in a botanical extracts from cannabis that may also be PPAR agonists.

     

    Another potentially favorable pharmacological characteristic of CBD is that it's a 5HT1A-receptor (serotonin) agonist [2]. Depression and memory deficits in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy have been linked to low 5HT1A activation [22].

    The elephant in the room as it relates to cannabis is THC. Like CBD, THC is a PPAR gamma agonist [18]. THC is most known for its activation of CB1 receptors which are associated with some of the psychoactive effects of cannabis. It should be noted that CBD is an effective CB1 agonist blocker and is believed to mitigate the psychoactive effects of THC [23]. However, CB1 directly activates GABAergic synaptic transmissions [24]. Perturbing GABA (γ-Aminobutyric acid) levels has implications to epilepsy; GABA agonists are known to inhibit seizures, while antagonists are known to induce seizures [25]. This seems to indicate a potentially favorable indirect action of CB1 agonists.

     

    These studies are but a few that seem to suggest that both CBD and THC modulate multiple physiological mechanisms that relate to epilepsy. In addition to THC and CBD there are other cannabinoids present in cannabis that it might be helpful to understand the pharmacological characteristics of. For more information see: Izzo, “Non-psychotropic plant cannabinoids: new therapeutic opportunities from an ancient herb” [2].

     

    Terpenes and Flavonoids

     

    A large number of terpenes and flavonoids are present in cannabis [16]. Many of the same terpenes and flavonoids present in cannabis are abundant throughout the natural world. There is a large number of terpenes and flavonoids that are PPAR agonists [14]. In addition to acting as PPAR agonists, terpenes and flavonoids display a host of other pharmacological characteristics that it might be helpful to be aware of, if they're present in botanical extracts [26]. As an example: d-limonene is not only a PPAR alpha agonist, but it can also increase the bioavailability of non water soluble lipids, like cannabinoids [27, 28]. Another example would be beta-myrcene, which isn't known to be a PPAR agonist, but is a sedative that has been shown to increase barbiturate sleep time [29]. These two examples are simply meant to illustrate the relevance of terpenes and flavonoids present in cannabis, there are many others that it might be wise to consider as well.

     

    To outline the characteristics of each individual terpene and flavonoid is beyond the scope of this paper, and has been discussed in length by others. Readers interested in learning more about the synergistic relationship between cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are suggested to read: Russo, “Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid‐terpenoid entourage effects.” [26].

     

    Do they have to be from Cannabis? No. Essential oils are primarily made up of terpenes and flavonoids. There's a small group of families reporting, on Facebook, limited success with the use of Tulsi (holy basil) in the treatment of epilepsy. Let's examine one possible explanation for this.

     

    Ocimum sanctum, or Tulsi (holy basil), has a wide variety of chemotypes. However, it's possible to find essential oils from one particular chemotype that may be of particular interest. Ocimum sanctum ct eugenol has two main constituents with implications to epilepsy. The primary constituent is eugenol. Eugenol is a PPAR gamma agonist, and is being studied for use in the treatment of epilepsy and cephalic pain [30]. The second most prominent constituent is beta-caryophyllene. Beta-caryophyllene is not only a terpene, but it's also a cannabinoid, and a PPAR gamma agonist [31]. The successes with holy basil, while limited in range and scope, might indicate an entire realm of natural alternatives that are currently being overlooked by and large.

     

    There's a large number of sources for essential oils. However, most are for external use only. It would also be highly advisable to find a supplier that provides GC/MS analysis, as well as a distill date, on all of their essential oils. This can help to ensure that there is a known quantity of constituents, and that they haven't degraded. The constituents and ratios can vary significantly between batches of essential oils, and they often have two to five year shelf lives.

    Caution would be advised as it's also possible that there can be allergic or otherwise adverse reactions to any and all natural compounds. Due diligence is required, and consultation with a physician prior to incorporating any new variables into a health a wellness regiment is recommended.

     

    For comprehensive lists of natural sources of natural PPAR ligands see: Huang, “Herbal or Natural Medicines as Modulators of Peroxisome Proliferator‐Activated Receptors and Related Nuclear Receptors for Therapy of Metabolic Syndrome.” [14]. Additionally: Christensen, “Identification of plant extracts with potential antidiabetic properties: effect on human peroxisome proliferator‐activated receptor (PPAR), adipocyte differentiation and insulin‐stimulated glucose uptake.” [32].

     

    Other Legal Cannabinoids

     

    As it was just mentioned above, natural cannabinoids have been discovered that are derived from sources other than cannabis [33]. There appears to be a growing number of cannabinoids that continue to be identified, some of which will be highlighted here for their relevance to epilepsy.

     

    Beta-caryophyllene, mentioned above, is found in a variety of natural sources including, but not limited to, cannabis and holy basil. Beta-caryophyllene might be of interest as it's a full CB2 agonists cannabinoid (with anti-inflammatory properties), and PPAR gamma agonist [26, 31].

     

    There are also two lesser acknowledged (at least in the West) cannabinoids that might be equally pertinent to this discussion. Magnolia officinalis has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 2000 years [34]. Magnolia officinalis root bark extracts contain magnolol and honokiol, both of which are cannabinoids, and PPAR agonists [35, 36, 37]. These two cannabinoids are widely available and have a growing body of research that indicate that they may have untapped potential in the treatment of epilepsy.

     

    Magnolol is a novel lead structure for cannabinoid receptors agonists, and is a PPAR beta/delta and gamma agonist [37, 38]. One study found that magnolol inhibits epileptiform activity mediated by GABA; it was shown that 40 and 80mg/kg “significantly delayed the onset of myoclonic jerks and generalized clonic seizures, and decreased the seizure stage and mortality” [39]. Another study found that magnolol and honokiol both enhance GABAergic neurotransmissions, and asserts that supplements that contain magnolol and honokiol might be “effective anxiolytics, sedatives, and anti-convusants” [40]. It also stated the need for caution as possible side effects and drug interactions might be expected.

     

    One pharmacological characteristic of Honokiol is that it's a PPAR gamma agonists [35]. A study conducted on mice found that both honokiol and magnolol at a rate of 1 and 5mg/kg “significantly increased NMDA-induced seizure thresholds” [41]. In a separate study Honokiol was shown to be a neuroprotectant in oral dosages of 3mg/kg which reduced inflammation and oxidative stress in mice, and “significantly increased NMDA-induced seizure thresholds” [42].

     

    These studies seem to indicate that magnolol and honokiol, like other cannabinoids, have been identified as modulating multiple physiological mechanisms that relate to epilepsy. The fact that other botanical extracts of cannabinoids have a growing body of scientific (and anecdotal) data with favorable implications to epilepsy might also be seen as an indication of their potential. In addition to PPAR activation, magnolol and honokiol have many of the same pharmacological characteristics (including CB1 and CB2 activation) when compared to some of the cannabinoids derived from cannabis [35].

     

    A consideration when sourcing magnolol and honokiol is that both have shelf lives of less than two years [43]. This might draw into question the quality of the majority of US sources.

     

    There may be other natural sources of cannabinoids worth considering as well. Readers interested in learning more about other natural cannabinoids are suggested to read: Gertsch, “Phytocannabinoids beyond the Cannabis plant–do they exist?” [33]. Additionally, diet can effect endogenous cannabinoid levels, which might also provide alternative options for treatment. See: Maccarrone, "The endocannabinoid system and its relevance for nutrition." [44].

     

    Conclusion

     

    All in all, it appears that many cannabinoids may exhibit antiepileptic properties, partly via the activation of PPARs, and GABAergic transmissions [18, 24, 39, 40, 41]. It appears as though some other alternative forms of epileptic treatment share a commonality in that they also involve PPAR activation [1, 3]. PPAR alpha might be of particular interest in the treatment of epilepsy [11]. PPAR agonists are abundant throughout the natural world [14]. It's the opinion of this author that it appears possible that there are legal inexpensive cannabinoids, and other PPAR agonists, that aren't yet fully being taken advantage of in the treatment of epilepsy. Again, caution would be advised as it's also possible that there can be allergic or otherwise adverse reactions to any and all natural compounds. Due diligence is required, and consultation with a physician prior to incorporating any new variables into a health a wellness regiment is recommended.

     

    Note from author:

    This paper has not been peer reviewed, nor is the author a licensed professional in the medical field. You're encouraged to read the cited references which are all peer reviewed, and are mostly available to read for free online via Google Scholar. You're also encouraged to share, print, or transmit this paper in anyway you see fit.

     

    While the topic of this paper and the majority of citations relate to epilepsy, the available research in relation to phytocannabinoids and cancer is far greater. This includes legal phytocannabinoids.

     

     

    Email: michigancannabinoidspecialist@gmail.com

     

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/207827158/Cannabinoids-Ketogenic-Diets-Holy-Basil-and-the-PPAR-Connection

     

     

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    19. Esposito G, et al, “Cannabidiol reduces amyloid beta-induced neuroinflammation and promotes hippocampal neurogenesis through PPAR-gamma involvement,” PLOS One, 2011.

     

    20. Schlosburg, Joel E., Steven G. Kinsey, and Aron H. Lichtman. "Targeting fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) to treat pain and inflammation." The AAPS journal 11.1 (2009): 39-44.

     

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    23. Mechoulam, Raphael. "Cannabis—a valuable drug that deserves better treatment." Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Vol. 87. No. 2. Mayo Foundation, 2012.

     

    24. Katona, István, et al. "Distribution of CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the amygdala and their role in the control of GABAergic transmission." The Journal of neuroscience 21.23 (2001): 9506-9518.

     

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    28. Jing, Li, et al. "Preventive and ameliorating effects of citrus d-limonene on dyslipidemia and hyperglycemia in mice with high-fat diet-induced obesity." European journal of pharmacology 715.1 (2013): 46-55.

     

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    31. Bento, Allisson Freire, et al. "β-Caryophyllene inhibits dextran sulfate sodium-induced colitis in mice through CB2 receptor activation and PPARγ pathway." The American journal of pathology 178.3 (2011): 1153-1166.

     

    32. Christensen, Kathrine B., et al. "Identification of plant extracts with potential antidiabetic properties: effect on human peroxisome proliferator‐activated receptor (PPAR), adipocyte differentiation and insulin‐stimulated glucose uptake." Phytotherapy Research 23.9 (2009): 1316-1325.

     

    33. Gertsch, Jürg, Roger G. Pertwee, and Vincenzo Di Marzo. "Phytocannabinoids beyond the Cannabis plant–do they exist?." British journal of pharmacology 160.3 (2010): 523-529.

     

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  5. So every day I read more and more about dispensaries, and government this and that.. LEOs hate this law due to lack of funding stemming from Marijuana arrests..

     

    I was theorizing this morning with a buddy of mine..

     

    I can see it now, the Government run dispensaries will cancel out our rights to grow our own, which in turn will put a halt to the "legal home grow" That will satisfy LEO cause they will now be able to raid each suspected home that has a grow and seize all the equipment and still get to charge you with a cannabis related charge. seems to be looking up for the big guys imo..

     

    They get to corner the MM market, and seeing as it wont be legal to grow your own anymore they know 40-60% of people have involvement in growing they have a huge new group of Marijuana users to target to hit their quota.. I'm not excited about the future at all

     

    All this belly aching about your precious dispensaries is going to ruin everything for alot of people that just want to get by and not have to go through another fiasco run by the government the same people that have no idea wtf is good or bad.. its all about the money $$

     

    Is it REALLLLLLY that hard to find some herb, the stuff thats been around since the beginning of freaking time?? Can't they setup a web based program that makes it easy like a click of the button kind of stuff for the real square/newbie. Kinda like buying insurance you have a site setup with CG's the new pt goes through finds your ad that fits what your looking for and move along????

     

    Sorry my rant is out of frustration, I just have this nasty feeling that the police and suits will get their way.. and Marijuana arrests will be here to stay.. legal or not.

  6. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to speak to the American bar Association this afternoon about reducing sentences for minor drug offenders. He will also outline some encourage reducing prison populations by finding alternatives for elderly and non-violent criminals and encouraging and creating ways for federal prosecutors to sidestep minimum sentencing guidelines. Read more here

  7.  

    Titles do not match descriptions, 11 proposed changes in one bill; Legislative “Swiss cheese” needs evaluation, not speedy vote

     

    By Rick Thompson

     

     

    Word is circulating in the
    and in Lansing that the Walsh package of anti-patient bills may be voted on in the Senate on Thursday, Dcember 6th during this year’s lame duck session of the legislature. These Bills addressing the
    (MMA) have been so extensively modified and widely criticized that they have little clarity and even less support remaining. Enough significant questions remain to keep these bills shelved until a more organized and popular effort can be launched during next session.

    The
    were a package of eight
    designed to “reign in” the MMMA. Introduced in June 2011, none of the bills
    have ever
    been passed and in the year-and-a-half since their introduction, the need for action has fizzled and died. No community groups are calling for action against marijuana patients; the opposite is true, with voters
    signaling the need for relaxed marijuana laws, not increased restrictions on the sick and injured.

    The Bills, now pared down to four, have been passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate Judiciary Committee. They await a vote of the Senate, and then a vote in the House affirming the Senate's changes. Any bills not approved at the end of this year are voided and must be re-introduced next year.
    suggest this legislation had no chance of passing during the regular session, suggesting Republican leadership intentionally reserved their consideration until after the election. The bills could be reborn next year: Republicans will
    in both the House and Senate in 2013, removing any need for end-of-year legislative expedience at the expense of social justice. The lame duck session is
    and a superficial reading of bills prior to passage is common. The Walsh bills require a more extensive read to understand the complexities- there are 11 changes to the MMA proposed in the current version of HB 4851 alone.

    Stone Soup Legislation

    carries this official government
    :

    Health; medical marihuana;
    photograph on medical marihuana card
    ; require. Amends sec. 6 of 2008 IL 1 (MCL 333.26426).

    (emphasis added)

    HB 4834 was introduced in June of 2011. That issue, requiring photographs on medical marijuana cards, has been dropped from the current version of HB 4834 being floated in the Senate, V-2. Senators and Representatives unfamiliar with this bill, who rely on these descriptions for guidance, will be voting for a fraud. HB 4834 has been altered so many times the content is confusing to even the most intimately involved politicos. A companion bill, HB 4851, has proposed or contained more than 15 different variations on changes to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (see chart below). Even single issues appear on different bills. Transporting live marijuana plants in a car is allowed under HB 4834, but rules regarding transporting dried useable marijuana in a car are found in HB 4856. The passage of the Walsh bills would create more of the “Swiss cheese” that the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act is routinely compared to.

    Single issue bills are completely possible- the Senate did it. The three Bills that have been passed by the Senate and are headed for a vote in the House- SBs 321, 505 and 933- are single-issue bills, easily read and understood. So are two of the four House bills, HB 4853 and HB 4856. Combined, the two controversial House bills 4851 and 4834 currently contain more than 30 proposed changes to the MMA.

    Much of this confusion is the result of the legislative stone soup nature of the development of the Walsh Bills. It appears each bill was started as a single issue before various special interest groups each added their own flavor to the soupy package. "Special interest groups are lining up to push their agendas and collect political IOUs," says the Morning Sun. The Michigan State Police, the Michigan Township’s Authority, the Attorney General’s office, the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, all contributed pieces to the end result. This is especially apparent when evaluating the additional restrictions on patients made after both HB 4851 and 4834’s initial filing (see chart below).

    And there will be no time to read these convoluted pieces of legislation: reports suggest the Senate has booked themselves an early exit from duty, bowing out as early as December 13th, whereas the House may continue to conduct business until the 20th. If true, this gives the Senate only six days in session remaining in 2012 with more pressing issues left to resolve, including the NPO status of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Right to Work, regional transportation, Emergency Managers, tax credits for fetuses, etc.

     

    “Even if these issues individually merited consideration there is simply no time to give them a thorough evaluation by legislators or a reasonable period for citizen response,” said Jamie Lowell of the 3rd Coast Compassion Center. “There are no lame ducks in the Senate. Every man and woman is going to have to own their vote and be accountable to the people in January. And the people have spoken, clearly and often, on this issue.”

     

    read the whole article here

  8. blog-0792794001345389491.jpgClare County Compassion Club . ning is considering doing another BBQ. We are looking to see how many are or would be interested n Joining us? We have been getting alot of requests lately for us to have another one.So WE thought we would ask and see if anyone else would b or is interested n Joining us. We would supply the meat as allways..And everyone brings a dish to pass..This will be n a safe place....This would be for Patients/caregivers and spouses of(less someone needs someone to drive them there)..This would be held in Clare County..Please let us know if you would be interested n joining us..Thanks n advance..
  9. I Just smoked, my desription of how I feel at this moment;

     

    Ok so I just smoked a joint of a strain called Super Bee, a card holding friend stopped by to give it a try cause I was having some pretty bad back spams, and saw no sleep in my future.

     

    So its been about lets say 10 minutes give or take, Once we started smoking I could instanly taste what would be desribed as earthy, with a pine flavor and smell?. Got to be around the 3rd hit and the buzz effect starting to kick in, were about 1/2 way done with the joint at this point.

     

    I at this point start to feel my spasms in my back begin to untense up and the twitching started to go away, I still have a pretty good head buzz at this time, not to the point of "duh whats going on" I am now at the place that I have no real pain at all the effects of the head buzz have made me forget that I was in pain before we started..We have finshed the joint by this time, and I feel pretty "medicated" I seem to be thinking alot, nothing in particular just lots of things going through my head.

     

    I don't feel any pain anymore, I know I still hurt, but I just don't feel the pain anywhere now since I smoked, pretty cool thing!. Umm what else my memory is fine all my motor skills seem to be normal no more back spasms and my anxiety has dropped immensely, still have that heavy feeling in my head, Don't quite know how to put it in words.

     

    It has taken a while but I would label this bud a "creeper buzz" cause 10 minutes ago I was medicated its going on 20 minutes or so and the effect is much stronger. I feel great, I keep trying to desribe how I feel as it starts to effect me more and more, But all I can desribe is how I don't have any pain that I can feel at the moment? I tried laying down to fall asleep and my mind is racing still, this is normal for me when I smoke.

     

    I would say that when the effects of the head buzz start to go away (10-20 minutes) that I will be able to shut my eyes and fall alseep cause still 30 minutes later and I'm not feeling the back twisting pinching shooting pains I felt just prior to ingesting it, and that to me is a medication that has done its job it effectively stopped my pain and kept my mind busy so much so that I forgot that I was even struggling with back spasms just a 30-45 minutes ago.

     

    Well that was my smoke report and how this strain effected me, it helped with all the right things I needed assitance with at the time. THANK YOU CANNABIS!

     

    I leave the reply/comments open to you all on how you are effected after you medicate, I did this so people can read and see what they may expect after they inhale cannabis for the first time, or the regular user that has a certain strain they want to share the report on.

  10. Did You Know?

     

    Little Known Facts in the Medical Marijuana Debate

     

    1.Marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, meaning it is considered to have a "high potential for abuse," "no currently accepted medical use," and "a lack of accepted safety." Rescheduling marijuana to the less restrictive Schedule II or III (45 KB) remains a contentious issue.

     

     

    2.The University of Mississippi has grown marijuana (including a placebo with virtually no THC) for US government-approved research since 1968. Each year the university grows 1.5 acres, 6.5 acres, or none, depending upon demand.

     

     

    3.The first cannabis-based prescription medicine, Sativex, was launched in the United Kingdom on June 21, 2010. Sativex is a mouth spray approved to treat spasticity in patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

     

     

    4.Eight of the 10 states that had legalized medical marijuana by 2006 saw a decrease in teen use of marijuana from 1999 to 2006.

     

     

    5.The states with the three highest possession limits among the 16 states with legal medical marijuana are Oregon (24 plants), California (18 plants), and New Mexico (16 plants).

     

     

    6.Smoked or inhaled marijuana takes only a few minutes to reach the brain, where a series of cellular reactions occur that ultimately produce the "high" feeling. When eating or drinking marijuana, this process can take up to an hour.

     

     

    7.When swallowing marijuana (in teas, brownies, etc.), the main active ingredient, Delta-9-THC, is transformed by the liver into the more psychoactively powerful Delta-11-THC.

     

     

    8.In 1978 the US government started the Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) program. Although closed for new patients in 1991, it still supplies 320-360 marijuana cigarettes monthly to each of the four seriously ill patients remaining in the program.

     

     

    9.According to FDA data obtained by our filing of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, marijuana was not reported as a primary cause of death at all between Jan. 1, 1997 to June 30, 2005 (the time for which the data were available).

     

     

    10.The US Department of Justice, in an Oct. 19, 2009 memo, advised federal prosecutors not to target medical marijuana patients whose actions are in compliance with the law in states that have legalized medical marijuana.

     

     

    11.Marijuana contains over 400 different identifiable chemical constituents, including steroids and Vitamin A.

     

     

    12.The British Lung Foundation reported in Nov. 2002 that 3-4 marijuana cigarettes a day are as dangerous to the lungs as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day.

     

     

    13.A UCLA study presented on May 24, 2006 found no association between marijuana and lung cancer, and it suggested that marijuana may even have "some protective effect."

     

     

    14.Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrative Law Judge Mary Ellen Bittner ruled on Feb. 12, 2007 that "there is currently an inadequate supply of marijuana available for research purposes."

     

     

    15.The 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, commissioned by the US government, recommended that under certain narrow conditions marijuana should be medically available to some patients, even though "numerous studies suggest that marijuana smoke is an important risk factor in the development of respiratory disease." Read more about the report's conclusions.

  11. do allot of reading and I do not remember a locality barring medical use anywhere else before in a medical cannabis State . Even Livonia's troubling actions previously banning caregiver activities did not go there . That doesn't mean it hasn't occurred but it is rare if so

     

     

    . It just goes to show how discriminatory and dangerous attitudes are for patients . Already many are afraid to go to emergency rooms even at State Run Institutions like the U of M . 3 years after the act has passed I have not heard of one Hospital or Nursing home to have a vape or smoking area for patients who use this as medicine . Even the mention of it is frowned on and of course department heads are banning physicians from writing recommendations even denying medications due to program participation . Yet the AG's office does not step in to protect patient rights .

     

     

    Election year politics are causing a backlash for participants and distractions from care patients just do not need . The fact is only 1% of the population uses medical cannabis and the use is spread out over the whole State . Pretty much our closed community regulates itself and market forces will downsize distribution channels overtime due to real world demand and supply constrictions . It is sad that through the Michigan Municipal League and meetings with prosecutors that have no corresponding opposition harmful attitudes have been spread to form policy against patients and caregivers . Policy that forces opposition and expensive legal actions in which the sick and dieing are at a huge disadvantage in having to go up against the war chest funding of the local Government sworn to protect and serve them . We have even seen the State send in special prosecutors to assist thus further imbalance the court proceedings .

     

    Without the supply from the caregiver system the whole program collapses for the sickest patients even Bill Schuette recognizes eligible though he still will not recognize that any medical benefit from cannabis exists . Because when that is recognized it forces policy of opposition to change to accommodation . In every meeting with officials positive studies reinforcing medical benefits must be driven home negating any foundation for nuisance law . Further the act stipulates all other acts and parts of acts in conflict shall no longer apply ; so how are they enforcing law from the CSA on patients now by merely quoting Federal Statutes we all know conflict but the majority of voters that elected officials choose to ignore ?

     

     

    http://www.lansingst...D=2012303180069

  12. Another recipe using yet another part of this great healer that we just toss out! My last "recycle" recipe was using root balls for topical applications. The stem oil is used in recipes or taken as is.

    Dizz

     

    1) grind stems or cut up into small pieces. A coffee grinder will do the job nicely

    2) In slow cooker add stems and enough oil of your choice (olive, canola, coconut etc.) to thoroughly cover stems. You may need to add oil to compensate for the loss of oil due to the stems absorbing oil as they soften and cook.

    3) Cook on low for 12 hours. Once you reach the 12 hour mark turn off slow cooker and let it sit for 12 hours. You will need to cook the mixture for two 12 hour cycles.

    4) After second cycle of cooking cool and strain.

    This mixture can be use as normal in any recipe calling for oil. Some will substitute butter for the choice of oil that is used to replace the oil loss from the stems softening and absorbing the oil as well as there are those who will make this mix with all butter. I have not found one method superior to the other. You will not get that THC high or buzz from this mixture because the stems are high in CBD, but you will get a subtle deep body relaxation and pain relief with use. If you desire the THC effect add ground buds to make a 50/50 mix and cook in the same manner.

     

     

     

    Happy Cooking!!!

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    I have five plants that are almost ready for flower and the clones are doing well. I moved my grow tent and added a humidifier as well as watering being cut back and plants are doing well. I also added protyk and it has done well not to let plants wilt. I love it. I am excited to star flowering but I am being patient so as to yield better and to not be impatient and :lol: flower bunny muffin up...

    I will keep posting so that I can see what I do and track my success and failures.

  13. I have been absent from these boards for several months for a number of reasons, chief among them, the lack of an internet connection in my ultra-rural, northern Michigan compound. While I have been fairly isolated, I have stayed in touch with the goings-on by slipping into town under cover of darkness to periodically surf the web. I've noticed that some posts, and many news stories use words that have a different meaning from the word the author was looking for, and I will attempt to clarify the terminology regarding medical cannabis entities.

     

    CAREGIVER (for LEO)

    Section 3 of our law explains exactly what a caregiver is; "Primary caregiver" means a person who is at least 21 years old and who has agreed to assist with a patient's medical use of marihuana and who has never been convicted of a felony involving illegal drugs." Nowhere in the state definition does it say a caregiver is a dispensary like our opponents have articulated. Is this an error on their part or are caregivers really a dispensary? Caregivers do dispense medical cannabis to patients so it's easy to see how they made that leap and why the public seems to be buying it. Further, I know some caregivers who are generating more revenue than lots of small businesses. And while these arguments may be accurate, our law is clear and unequivocal about what a caregiver is, just read Section 3.

     

    COMPASSION CLUB

    A compassion club is exactly what Greg Francisco and I envisioned them to be, a community-based support network that assists medical cannabis patients and caregivers locally. These groups were requested to meet in a public facility such as a library, to expressly provide community outreach and help newcomers find the resources they need. We never intended for these entities to become collectives or smoke clubs, we always told club hosts that they would have an upper leg at establishing a "collective" by networking through the club, but the club was always supposed to be for local outreach.

     

    Because these lines have blurred, the media and our opponents have successfully morphed the words Compassion Club into Dispensary. We need to publically clarify this in the media so everyone including law enforcement understands the difference.

     

    COLLECTIVE or COOPERATIVE

    A collective is formed when a group of patients and caregivers strike out beyond the Compassion Club and form a separate entity. Usually registered as a not-for-profit corporation (not a 501C3), these entities are not sanctioned by the MMMA and are not Compassion Clubs. A collective is a group of people acting individually, yet sharing in the common goal of producing and distributing medical cannabis exclusively for it's members. Unlike Compassion Clubs who generally operate on zero-balance budgets and support from it's members, Collectives usually generate enough revenue to rent or buy their own space, and pay employees and taxes.

     

    A medical cannabis dispensing collective usually operates from a storefront or clubhouse, not a public place. A collective is a form of dispensary, kinda like a credit union is a type of bank. They both do the same thing, many times the only difference is fees and customer service.

     

    DISPENSARY

    A dispensary is a storefront business that distributes medical cannabis and operates fundamentally like any for profit business. Most of these entities are not-for-profit corporations (again not 501C3), but some actually operate as traditional for-profit businesses.

     

    Are dispensaries legal or not? Nobody knows for sure, the courts have not told us yet, but they will. Do we need dispensaries? Absolutely! If you read the definition of caregiver, it actually calls them "primary caregivers". Section 4 further states.

     

    "A primary caregiver who has been issued and possesses a registry identification card shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, for assisting a qualifying patient to whom he or she is connected through the department's registration process with the medical use of marihuana in accordance with this act, provided that the primary caregiver possesses an amount of marihuana that does not exceed.....".

     

    We would all agree that "primary caregivers", the same people LEO views as dispensaries, are restricted to transferring medical cannabis only to the patients they are directly registered to. A good argument could be made that dispensaries are needed as "secondary caregivers" to ensure as our law intends in Section 8a2, "The patient and the patient's primary caregiver, if any, were collectively in possession of a quantity of marihuana that was not more than was reasonably necessary to ensure the uninterrupted availability of marihuana for the purpose of treating or alleviating the patient's serious or debilitating medical condition or symptoms of the patient's serious or debilitating medical condition....". What happens when a patient's primary caregiver drops the patient, runs out of cannabis, or has a crop failure? Dispensaries will ensure you have access to the medicine you need, when you need it.

     

    Aside from the distrust of dispensaries prevalent on these boards (for understandable reasons), most dispensary owners are not in favor of institutionalized growing because they understand it would strip patients and caregivers of their right to cultivate their own cannabis. Some dispensary owners are mom & pop operations just like caregivers and they understand the issue, and agree with the right to grow because most are patients too. Even the large dispensaries produce as much of their own medicine as they can to meet member demand, and to help lower prices and still generate enough revenue to sustain the business.

     

    And because they are traditional businesses in a sense, they have operating costs. The cost to operate a dispensary can be enormous when you look at the way dispensaries will be required to operate in the future. Zoning ordinances will eventually force dispensaries to adopt uniform security measures that can cost thousands to purchase and maintain. While no dispensary owner has ever disclosed to me how much inventory they have, the cost to purchase enough medical cannabis treatment options (more than just raw cannabis) to sustain a dispensary could easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Don't forget the lights, heat, phones, employees, taxes, advertising, promotions, and other administrative costs. Oh, I almost forgot permits and legal fees. That's why dispensaries must charge up to $30 per gram for topshelf medicine. Most also have medicine available for under $15 per gram and under $300 an ounce. While still not cheap, those prices are reasonable for a "secondary caregiver" when your regular caregiver can't or won't provide.

     

    All patients should select a primary caregiver, even if you choose to grow your own cannabis. Making your spouse or friend a caregiver extends the protections of our program to good people who may not qualify as a patient, but who regularly come in contact with cannabis.

     

    I hope this clears up the confusion over the composition of the different entities. As members of this community I ask that you correct people when they improperly use one of these words so the media, the public, and our opponents all understand the difference. All of us are leaders within our own circles and that requires each of us to participate in the education of the masses.

  14. YOU GUYS GOTTA CHECK OUT WHAT EVEN SOME OF THE NATIONS LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE TURNING TO. IT COULD BE ONE OF OUR GREATEST DEFENSES IN "HEMP HISTORY" (now i get they are not advocates for med-mj...but they understand that the U.S. GOV. is declairing war on the public for this medicine for personal gov. gain)...they profiteer from minor civil raids and destroy the family structure of our nation by collapsing homes across our FREE nation for minor amounts of marijuana and these days most of the seizures are legal registered users....BS!!! time to stop the COWBOYS like we did b4 and only then will the UNITED STATES CITIZENS have their rights restored...MARIJUANA is our nations future the sooner the fed gov grabs hold of that truth the sooner we move forward with peace and free ontrepanuership on a grand scale for all generations to come...THE 1st link is a horrible raid, have your man gut on this one got me, the following links are for law enforcement against prohibition..."I DO NOT CONDONE LAW ENFORCEMENT ON MANY LEVELS, IN MY EYES THEY ARE OVER-RATED GANG MEMBERS PROTECTED BY THE STATE, AS SHOULD WE BE" if the state would step in n help us like it does for the CROOKED donkey COPS out there that get away with murder and prejiduce the public just MIGHT re-gain their trust in that so called public safety force... NEVER KNOW...SO HERE YA GO...TOKE IT EASY <//////(@~~`~.~~

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbwSwvUaRqc

    I ACTUALLY QUIVERED OUTA FEAR FOR MY FAMILY (even tho i use caregiver) and RAGE FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS ONE...

     

    DUMB donkey COP SHOOTS THIS KID FOR FLINCHING!!! GRR

     

    THESE GUYS ARE NOT EVEN TRYING TO HIDE IT...THEIR LETTING US KNOW THEY WILL GO ROGUE IF THEY GOTTA...

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypdLv0hldvo

     

     

    WAKE UP AMERICA...POTS NOT THE ENEMY THE PROHABITIONISTS ARE

     

    http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php

    (the link above is actually for LEAP

     

    also see the COWBOYS in another raid on youtube its called "Cops Kill Young Father-to-Be in Botched Marijuana Raid" this sshtuffs gotta stop

     

    Source: Mary Jane ~Vs~ Federal Pain

  15. November is an awareness month for many different things, but I am going to start with information covering lung cancer.

     

    You can get lung cancer even if you never smoked a day in your life. Scientists estimate that environmental tobacco smoke (secondhand smoke ) causes about 3,000 lung cancer deaths per year among adult nonsmokers in the United States.(3) But there are over 30,000 Americans who never smoked that get lung cancer each year.

     

    While smoking has been largely associated with lung cancer it's not the ONLY cause of lung cancer. Second hand smoke , Radon gas, asbestos, and exposure to other carcinogens also contribute. Further it attributes to ALL CANCERS, including breast, colon and prostate cancers to name a few.

     

    Overall, it has been estimated that 1.7% of lung cancers up to the age of 68 are hereditary.

     

    Common Symptoms of Lung Cancer:

    A cough that doesn't go away and gets worse over time

    Constant chest pain

    Coughing up blood

    Shortness of breath, wheezing, or hoarseness

    Repeated problems with pneumonia or bronchitis

    Swelling of the neck and face

    Loss of appetite or weight loss

    Fatigue

    These symptoms may be caused by lung cancer or by other conditions. It is important to check with a doctor

     

    Risk Factors

    Smoking cigarettes or cigars, now or in the past.

    Being exposed to second-hand smoke.

    Being treated with radiation therapy to the breast or chest.

    Being exposed to asbestos, radon, chromium, arsenic, soot, or tar.

    Living where there is air pollution.

    Genetics; a history of lung cancer in your family.

     

    So please take care of yourselves and those around you! More November Awareness information to come!

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    An instant classic! :D

     

    Watch this one folks...it has more content w/ signs and blueberry and peanutbutter

     

     

    THANKS!

    great day, great people, great support. Ed Boyke XXX-XXX-XXXX. he needs people to help beat the bushes and take recall petitions around to get signed. call him if you can help in any way.

     

    Use PM (Personal Message) System for contact information

     

    Source: Saginaw Rally 7/21 Video

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