420 Canceled Early

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The Compassionate Caregivers Of Maine also know as CCM decided to hold a 420 event this year. They rented the American Legion in Gardiner Maine and informed them it was going to be a 420 cannabis event for legal card carrying medical patients and that cannabis use would happen outside on the premise in a designated smoking/vaping tent. Along with having a few vendors. All of this was approved before the event was to take place. Or so we thought…

I should up early to the event to help lend a hand. In the vape tent there was an Ice sculpted dab rig and that thing hit amazing. Mad props to subzero ice sculpting. That thing was amazing. Although it did not last long the metal table it sat on was at a slight angle and in the direct sunlight. It slide off the table while our backs were turned. There was some amazing infused cotton candy.

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Shortly after the CCM 420 event was scheduled to start the bartender showed up. Realize it was a cannabis event where there was edibles and people smoking cannabis on the property. She had some moral abjection to cannabis people and called the police. Who never showed by the way. But they did call the Company Commander of the American legion. Who basically had the event canceled. So it is okay to drink poison but not okay to use plant biased medicine. Strange that the legion would approve the event and then turn around and do this. I am not happy with the legion and they will hear from me.

Maine has had legal medical cannabis since 1999 that is almost 20 years now and we have had legal adult use laws since 2016,  but still waiting on retail regulations. Today we really got to see where we are in our regulations. We may have legal cannabis use but we are not quite at the point of being able to hold cannabis events in Maine. And that is a shame.

Maine’s Adult Use Marijuana Bill reviewed and the limbo Maine is in.

potlawsBoth the Maine House and Senate have voted on H.P 1199 L.D 1719 and after several changes to the bill the passed it. This bill only needs to be signed into law by the Governor of Maine Paul Lepage. He has 10 days to sign it or veto it. Gov. Lepage has vowed to veto the bill even though it passed with a number of votes that could easy over turn a veto. As the goal prior to sending the bill to the Governor that it should be veto proof. How did they make it veto proof? The made the bill a money grab and reduced the rights the bill allowed. Hoping that would entice the Governor into signing the bill.

The newly amendment bill changes several things from the original bill that Mainers voted for. Some of the biggest changes are a higher tax rate from 10% to 20%. Along with increasing excise taxes on the seeds, mature plants, and on bud/extracts that will be levied at the growers of adult use cannabis that will trickle down the the consumer. This also strips down the rights of Mainers to grow their own cannabis by reducing the plant count allowed from 6 mature plants to 3 mature plants. It also removes the provision to allow cannabis social clubs a place for people to gather and use cannabis. To read the bill yourself follow the link to the Maine State Legislator at the bottom of this post.

What then is governor Lepage have against the bill? Well as it was reported in The Maine Press Herald, “LePage has been pushing more consolidation of the medical and recreational industries. If the pending adult-use bill becomes law, Maine would tax recreational cannabis at an effective rate of 20 percent while taxing medical marijuana at a much lower rate of 5.5 percent, or 8 percent for medical edibles. LePage believes the tax differential would encourage recreational marijuana users to use medical marijuana instead of the adult-use market to save money.”

So if someone qualifies for medical cannabis and would save money on the taxes and that is what he has a problem with. The bill was changed to be a money grab by the state compared to what Mainers voted on and the new bill just does not seem to take enough money from people. This is actually extremely revealing in his motivations and it is honestly scary.

A few points against this thought that the medical program will not prevent the adult use program from making money. Not everyone qualifies for medical cannabis. Not everyone will want to go through the process of getting a medical card even if they do qualify. Maine is a tourist state; tourist all will pay the adult use taxes on their cannabis. Lepage is just being extra greedy on a bill that was changed to be a money grab by the state. The bill already increased the tax from 10% to 20% the tourist will pay a lot already. Stop being so greedy over a plant!

Maine might stay in our limbo of having passed adult use cannabis laws but without the ability to legally purchase adult use cannabis. If Lepage does veto the new adult use cannabis bill the numbers in the House and Senate that voted for this bill could over turn Lepage’s veto, but that is still more time and more delays in the implementation of the adult use cannabis bill.

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FibroMan

Maine State Legislator:

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1719&PID=1456&snum=128

Portland Press Herald:

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/04/16/lepage-said-he-intends-to-veto-retail-pot-bill/

Indiana family investigated by CPS for using CBD oil is fighting back.

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Little Jaelah playing in the mud. Photo from the Justice for Jaelah facebook page.

Meet little Jaelah Jerger a 20 month old little girl with myoclonic seizures with up to 40 seizure events per day. It was suggested that Jaelah take Keppra an anti seizure medication by a doctor at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Jaelah parents were worried about the potential side effects of Keppra that include drowsiness, dizziness, unusual tiredness or weakness. Not wanting their daughter to suffer with the side effects of the pharmaceutical medication.  The Jerger family found a chiropractic neurologist in Evansville, Indiana that was willing to prescribe cannabidiol (CBD) to control little Jaelah myoclonic seizures. This worked with great success by going from 40 seizures per day to becoming completely seizure free with the use of CBD.

 

The problem. The Jerger family was reported to child protective services by a staff member at Riley Hospital. Their reason? They said that the Jerger family was not treating their daughters medical condition. Guess they missed the fact Jaelah was seizure free on CBD.

What happened after the report was “CPS arrived at the Jergers’ house in Huntingburg on Sept. 20, formally asking the parents to agree to keep Jaelah on Keppra, to take her for weekly blood tests to confirm she was taking Keppra and to only see a specified physician, Lelah said.” (IndyStar) To make this situation worse CPS also told the Jerger family that they could only send their daughter to a specific hospital and not letting them even decide who their daughter can see for medical care. Since this overreach by the Indiana CPS the Jerger family is now able to see a neurologist at the University of Louisville who is monitoring the use of CBD oil for Jaelah Jerger. She is no longer using Keppra.

Lelah Jerger says that Indianan CPS violated the family’s rights when they sought blood samples from their daughter to prove she was taking Keppra and not a medication containing CBD.  (WTHR)

If you are interested in helping the family with their fight check out their gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/jaelahs-attorney-fees and don’t forget to check out the Justice of Jaelah Facebook page.

As always,

Spread Cannabis Knowledge!
FibroMan

Referenced

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/31/cbd-oil-reduced-toddlers-seizures-still-state-threatened-take-away-child-mother-says/755232001/

https://www.wthr.com/article/family-sues-state-agency-over-investigation-of-their-use-of-cbd-oil

Social Security is Terminating My Benefits.

Today I want to blog to you not just as FibroMan, but as Marc Smith.

IMG_9296 I am a disabled Navy veteran and have been unable to work due to my injuries obtained while serving. Basically what happened to me was I was servicing oxygen equipment on a Navy aircraft and when finished I slipped down the steps that lead up to the plane. This fall caused me to get a chronic pain condition known as fibromyalgia. This is why I’ve called myself FibroMan if that was not obvious.

Anyway after my medical discharge from the Navy in late 2008, I attempted employment, but I started to get worse than I was during my medical discharge. I filed for Social Security Disability and after a couple denials I was able to get a lawyer and see a judge. I won and started receiving my benefits around 2010.

Yesterday, I got a letter telling me that after reviewing my case they have determined that my health has improved enough that they do not consider me disabled anymore and will stop my benefits starting in March.

The only real reason I can think of this is my cannabis use over pharmaceutical medications. When I started getting social security in 2010, I was taking around 3 pages of pills. I was still taking those medications when I had my first review in 2014. However, shortly after that first review I had started taking cannabis. I did ask social security why I was being reviewed again so soon at the beginning of this process. I was told that there was a push to process more reviews from this administration. So it is also possible this is part of this administrations war on the sick and poor. Although I think my medical cannabis use was their reasoning to remove me specifically.

Cannabis has greatly improved my quality of life and I honesty do not think I would still be alive today if I was not taking cannabis. In fact I know I would not be. My pain was just too uncontrollable before I found cannabis. While I am appreciate all that cannabis has done to help me manage my fibromyalgia better it has not cured me. I still am unable to do many things and if I do to much this flares my pain making me unable to do anything. My limitations are real.

Yet, Social Security sees that I am not taking pages of pills and since social security is a federal agency and federally cannabis is not recognized as medicine they are most likely looking at it as if I am not taking any medication. Ignoring that I need to use cannabis to manage my pain. Now I faced with the fact that I will not have enough money to pay for all my bills. That I am going to have to find some way to generate some income.

In the mean time, I’m somehow suppose to find a job that will pay me enough, let me have a flexible work schedule do to my illness, let me use my medicine at work and not flare my fibromyalgia.

I can appeal their decision, however, due to my cannabis use I do not think that will go anywhere. I also am scared of the appeal for one big reason. While they still pay you during the appeal process if you loose the appeal then you are billed for all the money they pay you during that period. That kind of dept could ruin anyone. I am going to talk to the original lawyer office I used that won my case to see if they have any suggestions.

To all of you that like what I do here on my blog conceder becoming a patron of mine on Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/fibroman This will help me pay for my website renewal that is coming up and purchase future cannabis related item to review and maybe even one day get video equipment to start a youtube.

Thank you for listening (reading) my story. Consider sharing it to spread awareness of how the federal government treats cannabis patients.

And as always,
Spread Cannabis Knowledge!

Marc Smith aka
FibroMan

My Reaction to Story of The First Claimed Cannabis Related Death.

IMG_1471This morning I woke up and read an article that came out of Colorado’s local news WZZM13. The Article, “Doctors Claim first Marijuana Overdose Death.”

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The Article goes over a case where a 11 month old child ingests a cannabis edible and several days later has a seizure and eventually dies of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart). Two of the poison control doctors (Dr.Nappe and Dr. Hoyte) are claiming that it was the THC in the baby’s system that caused the myocarditis because it was the only thing in the baby’s system.
It should also be noted that in the article it is also pointed out that, “Myocarditis has a long list of other known causes, mostly from infections by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.” (WZZM13)

When “9NEWS spoke to multiple ER doctors and medical researchers for this story. Many praised the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center as a top-tier institution for researching the issue, but none accepted this case as bulletproof evidence of a marijuana overdose death.” So in reality it seems that the doctors claiming that THC caused this child’s death are making a very bold claim without being able to prove their claim just that it may have or might have caused myocarditis. Is this how medical and scientific study is done now? I think it is, therefor it must be? How about empirical evidence? In the video interview the reported said that doctors can say how cannabis could cause myocarditis. Instead of this really bold claim; how about you submit for peer review before making such an audacious claim.

I think that overall I am on the side of Dr. Kaufman who said, “I’m going to have to call ‘BS’ on this one,” Kaufman said. “I’m not saying that it’s not. But I think it’s a pretty big leap to say that it is.”

I would like to bring up O’Shaughnessy medical study of cannabis in 1839 when he administered a high does of cannabis tincture to a female child 40 days old eventually giving this baby 130 drop equal to 15 grain of resin for several days to control convulsions . (1 grain equals 0.064 grams) making 15 grains about 1 gram of pure cannabis resin. To give an idea of dose O’Shaughnessy noted that 10 drops of this same tincture was enough to intoxicate medical students who experimented with the tincture.  I bring up this medical study to show the amount of a high dose has been historically administered to infant children. Making me seriously doubt the validity of the doctors who claim cannabis killed an 11 month old boy.

I plan on doing some more research on this article and topic. I just wanted to get my reaction out there for people to see.  Make sure to read the original article from WZZM 13, so you get the full context of this story. Also if you have not read O’Shaughnessy, “On Preparations of the Indian Hemp, or Gunjah” from 1839 you are also really missing out.

“Spread Cannabis Knowledge!”
FibroMan

 

 

Hospitals with Reefer Madness

h2There is something very wrong with the main stream medical perception on cannabis in some regions of our country. Sometimes this is in direct opposition to the current successful establishment of medical and/or adult use cannabis laws. What I am talking about is something that can effect almost anyone and that is the need for an organ transplant. My state of Maine has both a medical marijuana program and adult use laws. As one of my previous article on Garry Godfrey illustrated is if you need an organ and are a legal medical patient then you will be denied being allowed on the transplant list.

r.pngThis is not an isolated event. In Utah a man, Riley Hancey age 20 was not a medical patient and had only smoked cannabis with a few friends over Thanksgiving break. Tragically in December he suffered case of pneumonia that turned into a rare lung infection. This infection caused him to need double lung transplant. The hospital ran a drug test and found trace amounts of THC in his system from when he smoked over Thanksgiving and this disqualified him from getting any organ transplant at the University Hospital of Utah it was, “according to its policy, does not transplant organs in patients with “active alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drug use or dependencies,” spokeswoman Kathy Wilets said at the time.

Here is the problem. If he would have drank over Thanksgiving the alcohol would not have been detectable by December. For that matter if he would have done any number of the hard drugs they also would not have been detectable in his system after that long of a period of time had passed. Cannabis has the unique characteristic to stay detectable in a mammals system much longer than other substances because every mammal has an endo-cannabinod system and this systems keeps cannabinoids in you system longer because you body creates natural endo(internal) cannabinoids and ingesting cannabis introduces ecto-cannabinods that work with the endocannabinod system. The endo in edno-cannabinoid means internal and the ecto in ecto-cannabinod means external and these terms are used to differentiate where the cannabinods source is.  Unlike alcohol and other drugs that your body sees as a toxin to be flushed out as soon as possible.

Riley Hancey stayed at Utah hospital until in March he had been accepted to University of Pennsylvania hospital would accept him as a patient and do his transplant and had the procedure done March 29th. Unfortunately Riley had complications from the surgery and passed away on April 22, 2017. Maybe, just maybe if he had not been required to stay 68 days in Utah in intensive care because they would not do his life saving procedure then maybe Riley would have had a better chance to survive his surgery.r3.png

Policy at the hospitals regardless of what state they reside in should not have policies that reflect Anslinger’s Reeffer Madness. You life should not be in danger because you used cannabis. The plant is not a toxic substance. Yet, hospitals can treat you like a metaphorical leper that can be shunned without guilt because you used cannabis. How is this okay? Why is this acceptable? One thing is clear this needs to change.

As always,

“Spread Cannabis Knowledge!”
FibroMan

MMJ Patient Taken Off Organ Transplant-list because of Medical Cannabis

 

I was shocked the other day. On my local news a medical cannabis patient in the state of Maine was being denied a kidney because he was a cannabis patient. Then shortly after that I saw on Facebook an Attn: Video about Garry Godfrey the same cannabis patient. I shared his story on social media immediately; I did not even realize this was a potential issue for the cannabis patient in the state of Maine.

Gary had been on Maine’s transplant list for a kidney since 2003 and in 2010 the hospital changed it’s policy on cannabis. Maine legalized medical cannabis in 1999 and 11 years later, they suddenly change their policy?

Garry was faced with an impossible choice. Stop using medical cannabis. Then wait a year before being let on the bottom list again and wait. OR Continue to use medical cannabis and be taken off the list and fight to change the law. He chose the latter. Why? Pharmaceuticals had not been able to treat his condition adequately. Cannabis let him be a father to his children; when pharmaceuticals had not been up to the job. What would you choose? In his own words, “I should have never had to choose between a life saving organ transplant and a life saving medicine.”

WMTW (My local news station) Had attempted to get a comment out of Maine Medical Center but the spokesmen for the hospital would not commit on this case. According to Maine Medical Centers their drug policy, “Our Drug Use policy currently prohibits transplant candidates from using marijuana, due to the risk of an invasive fungal infection known as Aspergillosis.” But what is the real risk of Aspergilloisis in cannabis? Maine being a legal medical and adult use state has cannabis testing labs. Why not have patient test their cannabis? What about extractions of cannabis oil (RSO) and Dabs? That process should kill any molds and as stated before the Maine cannabis labs can test for molds. I was curious to how common this mold would be found on cannabis and emailed one of the labs and waiting to hear back still.

I had also become curious to what else Aspergillosis might be found in. According to Steep Hill Media report on mycotoxins, “routine laboratory testing for Aspergillus and Ochratoxin is done on coffee beans, red wine, cereals and dried fruits because of these concerns, [and] Another commonly-appearing Aspergillus strain is a mycotoxin called Aflatoxin, which is among the most carcinogenic chemicals known. Aflatoxin has been found in the breast milk of mammals eating contaminated feed, peanut butter, cooking oils such as olive oil, and in patients using contaminated cosmetics. Liquid chromatography (LC) testing has shown at least faint traces of Aflatoxin in at least 50% of food samples tested.”

17554359_1269021163212829_755973993754232425_n.jpgI reached out and asked Garry if these things that are tested for aspergillosis and could pose a simular risk of exposers to aspergillosis are on the restricted list or might disqualify a potential organ recipient. None of them were. Cannabis saw being singled out as a perceived Gary had been on Maine’s transplant list for a kidney since 2003 and in 2010 the hospital changed it’s policy on cannabis. Maine legalized medical cannabis in 1999 and 11 years latter, they suddenly change their policy?

Garry was faced with an impossible choice. Stop using medical cannabis. Then wait a year to get on the bottom list again and wait an unknown amount of time hoping for a kidney. OR Continue to use medical cannabis and be taken off the list and fight to change the law. He choose the latter. Why? Pharmaceuticals had not been able to treat his condition adequately. Cannabis let him be a father to his children; when pharmaceuticals had not been up to the job. What would you choose? I know what I would do. Yet, lab test could clear cannabis medication of any potential risk before using cannabis medicine if pending an organ transplant. Not only that, but 12 other states current already protect medical cannabis patients from being unduly discriminated against as organ transplant recipients based solely on cannabis use.

Garry just testified in Augusta Maine’s capitol on a LD 764 a bill that would give Maine patients those same protections if passed. The workshop vote will be on Thursday April 6, 2017.

However, while it is going to be good news for any new organ transplant patient to not have to go through what Garry had gone through at least in the state of Maine. For Garry he will need to go back on the bottom of the list that he had already been on for 7 years. His spot on that list is now forever lost. Gary has page on Facebook for those looking to learn more about him or inquire on how to help.

https://www.facebook.com/KidneyForGarryGodfrey/

If you are in a medical cannabis state and you don’t know if you can be discriminated against to recite an organ transplant. Find out and contact you Representatives if you don’t want discriminatory practices in your area.  No one should be denied an organ because of cannabis!

As always,

Spread Cannabis Knowledge!
FibroMan

Sources:
http://wgme.com/news/local/kidney-patient-taken-off-transplant-list-for-using-medical-marijuana

http://steephilllab.com/mycotoxins-molds-and-cannabis/