The Digital Nomad Posted November 9, 2011 Report Share Posted November 9, 2011 (edited) One of the things that helps in a public forum, is to get to know a little about each other. Since I am pretty active in the MMMP, I figured I might as well give a proper introduction. - sorry about the 'universal greeting', the middle finger. Its work related. Ah the fun days of crawling around, pulling wire, carrying heavy servers. I worked loss prevent for Best Buy, Crowd Control for the Palace and DTE center (Pine knob). Private community patrol (beach patrol!) bicycle patrol, fairs, etc. I am famous for several cases, including catching a sex offender at Macomb College, and recovering a stolen Salvador Dali painting. Again, I was the right man, in the right place at the right time - with a marijuana secret. I am a patient who started out with a CG, but now grows for myself. I joined the MMMP back in October 2009. I actually joined a CC club first, the Macomb Oakland Compassion Club - as they showed me how to get started. I was legal with paperwork by November. My disability is somewhat recent, while all my life I had hearing and vertigo issues, I also had chronic pain from several injuries to my back. I recently lost my job, and filed for disability instead of unemployment. Marijuana helps my vertigo, there are no pills or treatments for vertigo. It helps with the daily grind of chronic pain as well. Having a CG allowed me to first start the MMMP searching for what kinds of strains would help me, the social events, farmer's markets the MOCC had, helped me try various strains. These were not 'pot parties', this was important for me to examine and test other strains. My prior work experience was armed, unarmed security, computer network tech, nurse tech in a large hospital on a cardiac unit, crime lab assistant, college student of 7+ years. I enjoyed mtn biking off road, Japanese martial arts, hiking - I was pretty active until my vertigo got worst. I had smoked marijuana before it became legal, hiding it from everyone, including girlfriends. It took a while before I connected the medical side of marijuana, with how it helped me eat, sleep, be less stressed, and keep a positive outlook on life. My job, my friends - made it very hard to use marijuana. I did not have many friends I smoked with, in fact I smoked alone very often. I worked jobs that would have immediately fired me as marijuana and work ethics don't mix. The funny thing - in each of my jobs I was the best employee, the hardest working, the most clear headed, logical common sense guy everyone wanted on the job. I got raises, promotions, bonuses, and great reputation - but no one knew my secret. Since I started medical use, I stopped drinking alcohol. I realize I was drinking alcohol for treating pain, depression, and anxiety. With a steady supply of medical marijuana, I found I could shape my life to be healthier. Drinking alcohol as medicine is just wrong. My pill use is declining, and that is good because pills kill my appetite, my motivation, my creativity. As a geek, I made sure I learned everything I could about the MMMP, the laws, growing, the facts about marijuana, and I learned from patients, CGs, and the public about how it effects them. hands-on learning is the best, learning with other growers is the best, and never think you know everything because it is a constant learning process. I have also been pretty active in the community, it is part learning process and part therapy, and in part because I believe we do have a viable medical solution. I figure I now have about 14 or more personal grows under my belt, and I have consulted on so many grows now. There is no one specific way to grow, there is no one perfect technique to grow. I have met both good and bad people in this movement. Criminals of course attracted to money and weak people. There were some sick people with narrow POV on life, that need more than any help I could offer. There were egos, petty BS, politics - but I tried to stay clear of them. I generally feel positive about the majority of people in this arena - most people do believe in patients helping patients, supporting CGs that help patients. People should use their past work experience to help the MMMP. DN Edited November 9, 2011 by The Digital Nomad Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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