Sadly several weeks later Mr. Boyer was fired from both of his full-time positions due to the interview he gave KREM. According to Boyer life since the firings has been difficult. “I was number, I still have that title, I don’t really regret it,” Boyer told reporters. Thankfully Boyer has since managed to gain one of his positions back but has not worked any hours since his return. “I can’t get a job. Everywhere I go, the employer goes ‘you’re the weed guy. We saw you on the news.’” Boyer lamented.
According to Bayer he has made it through several first-round interviews but has ultimately been rejected because he refused to take a drug test. He originally hoped in finding a job in the cannabis industry but has yet to hear back from any places he has applied to. “I just wish someone in the marijuana movement would pick me up.”
Thankfully Boyer’s luck took a positive turn when he managed to obtain a part-time job as a landscaper in North Spokane. He says his new employer has prohibited him from using marijuana while at work and forbidden him from speaking about drug use with his other employees.
“It’s never been a problem in the past,” Boyer was quick to point out. He added he hopes to prove that he can be a valuable employee. “I just need the opportunity to prove myself, Don’t judge a book by its cover.”]]>
The state government has established a functioning group which has been tasked with setting up the trail. Parts of its focus will include analyzing and addressing means by which to supply and distribute the medical marijuana to be studied. Additionally state legislators have begun to create and established law enforcement guidelines so that individuals who are found to possess personal user amounts of marijuana will not be prosecuted if their names appear on a state maintained list of terminally sick patients. New South Wales Premier Mike Baird told the nation’s parliament that he was personally impacted and moved upon hearing the story of terminally ill Daniel Haslam of Tamworth.
“Why not take a stance to say to the rest of the country, this matters. It’s time we did something about it,” Baird told the press. “So I say at the same time, we want to give the terminally and those around them, their carers, their family, a greater piece of mind. We also want to ensure that carers aren’t forced to watch their loved ones suffer when their pain can be alleviated.”
Sadly Daniel Haslam was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of bowel cancer at just 24-years old. He found that using cannabis helped deal with some of the ravaging effects of his chemotherapy. Mrs. Haslam, Daniel’s mother said she was ecstatic when the Primer informed her of the government’s decision. “I think I gave him a big hug and a kiss. He’s a very kind, caring man, you know he’s a dad,” said Mrs. Haslam in regards to the Premier who had worked so hard to help families like hers. She went on to elaborate “I think he probably knows as any parent the horrible feeling of watching your child suffer and feeling powerless. He can empathize with that I think.”
Mr. Baird went on to explain that New South Wales hopes to lead the way on a unique issue that should make it to the national agenda.]]>
“I will push for taxation and regulation of marijuana,” Kreuger said at an unrelated campaign event for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. At that same event Kreuger went on to say “I continue to work with experts around the country and to evaluate laws and regulations being put into place now. “
Ironically Senator Krueger has made a similar attempt to get such a bill passed last legislative session. Back then it seemed like an impossible liberal dream in what was back then a conservatively controlled state senate that had not even considered medical marijuana. Krueger admits that she has made appropriate amendments to her bill since the last time she submitted it. She says that observing things that worked or did not work in other states allowed her to make the necessary changes. “I knew we needed to move medical marijuana into law before people would focus on the bigger question – tax and regulation,” Kreuger said.
Mr. DeZarn who served a year in Iraq in 2005 suffers from PTSD and decided to email University President Christopher Eisgruber regarding his decision to use medical cannabis. Following his heartfelt e-mail to President Eisgruber and a meeting with several university officials from the Office of Human Resources, the University has agreed to consider DeZarn’s request to use medical marijuana on the school’s campus.
In the e-mail to Eisbruger dated August 22nd, DeZarn says “I apologize for contacting you regarding the current situation I find myself in, but I’m really not sure where else to turn because I have been told that I am no longer allowed to work at Princeton because I am a medical marijuana patient.”
Princeton officials ultimately decided to allow DeZarn’s request to medicate pending the submission of the appropriate documentation and more discussion by Human Resources officials. DeZarn recently obtained a medical marijuana card from the state after going through a grueling two year process. He firmly asserts that using medical marijuana has allowed him to stop taking his previously used prescription medication. He says he is thankfully no longer in pain and smokes marijuana anytime he has a spasm. The groundbreaking meeting comes weeks after DeZarn was told by a public safety official that he may no longer work at Princeton while using medical marijuana, he claimed that the Department of Public safety believed he posed a threat to the security of the campus environment.
In his e-mail to President Eisbruber, DeZarn writes that the DPS official in question told him to “just stay home and get high with my friends.”
The Granville City Council voted 6-1 to close the loophole by changing the laws wording to have it align with Ohio state law. Simply three lines of legislation in the village’s code meant the difference between a pain free life and chronic debilitating pain for some, such as Mr. James Malick. “It feels like somebody hits you in the face all day long is the way I feel then. About five, ten times a day it feels like somebody comes up and hits you in the face with a brick and you just drop to your knees,” Mr. Malick said when describing his chronic pain.
Mr. Malick states that his symptoms are a result of nerve damage that he has spent the past several years unsuccessfully trying to manage. He says his doctors feel the only permanent relief would involve an extremely risky brain surgery that may leave him in even worse condition. “They said coma, paralyzed, or seizures for the rest of my life,” Malick told a local NBC affiliate.
“I’m a patient I know how it can help patients, said LeAnne Barbee, a local advocate for medical marijuana.
Ironically it was an article written by Mr. Dennis Cauchon in which he notified patients of the loophole that also drew the ire and concern of Granville Village Law Director Mike King. Upon becoming privy to the loophole in the towns code he suggested that the village council adopt a new revised ordinance that fell more in alignment with the Ohio Revised Code. According to Mr. King “Prior written recommendation from a doctor is not the same as a lawful prescription,” because there is currently no such thing as a lawful prescription for marijuana in Ohio.]]>
The newly proposed rules would limit the number of patients a medical marijuana caregiver may service to 10, at this current time caregivers may serve more than 5 patients if they file and are granted an exemption waiver. Of the 2,896 licensed caregivers across Colorado only four service more than 10 patients at a time. A Boulder County resident, Jason Cranford, claims he is the caregiver in Colorado who serves the largest amount of patients, almost 90 by his own figures.
Most of Cranford’s patients are minors, children who are suffering from severe and debilitating seizure disorders. According to Cranford he provides them and their parents with non-psychoactive form of cannabis oil that is rich in the cannabinoid CBD. He processes the oil from his own plants which he has named Haleigh’s Hope, after one of his original patients whose family credits Cranford’s oil with saving her young daughter’s life. If the new rules are approved Cranford will be forced to disengage himself from dozens upon dozens of patients. “I pray that she’d be in that 10, But I just don’t know. How can you choose between kids? These are kids’ lives.” said Janea Cox, Haleigh Cox’s mother.
The state Board of Health plans to hold an open public hearing on the new proposed rules on September 16th, Cox said she expects dozens of families to attend the meeting and protest.
According to the state health department, the new rules are needed in order to fight against abuses in the caregiver system which according to officials has been a source for illegal cannabis on the black market. A recent state audit found oversight of caregivers to be lacking and that in many cases caregivers may be running as “small scale businesses but are not being regulated as such.”
Dr. Larry Wolk, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said the large marijuana grows associated with plus-sized caregivers could pose health and safety risks, especially if they are in residential areas.”We want to try to create a reasonable ceiling for what can be considered a caregiver operation,” Wolk said. “…at some point, it does need to be called a commercial operation.”
According to Colorado’s constitutional amendment regarding medical marijuana, a caregiver is defined as someone who “has significant responsibility for managing the well-being of a patient.” While caregivers are allowed to grow marijuana on behalf of patients a subsequent court decision ruled that caregivers must do more than provide medical marijuana to their patients.
The department’s proposed rules would set a hard cap of 10 patients per caregiver but would keep the current waiver in place should a caregiver wish to service more than the regularly allowed 5. According to the Denver Post “Twenty caregivers — 0.7 percent of the total — currently serve more than five patients. More than 75 percent of caregivers serve only one patient, according to state figures. Caregivers serve about 3.8 percent of the state’s total medical marijuana patient population.”
Some CBD providers in the state, such as the well known Realm of Caring sell the oil concentrate through a state regulated dispensary, Crandford chooses to provide the oil to his patients as a caregiver because he is able to keep the costs down further for his patients. “In my situation, it’s obviously for the patients,” Cranford said. “What I’m growing can’t even get you high. I’m getting caught in the crossfire.”
Patients who are forced to give up their caregivers still may obtain their medicine from other safe access providers in the state. “They may be able to obtain these products from another caregiver or a dispensary,” said Wolk.
Mr. Yates, who suffers from tongue cancer, claims that his throat has been irreparably damaged by the radiation treatment he has been undergoing. He says marijuana is the only effective tool he has found to relieve his pain. Previously caught in 2011 for growing marijuana, he continued the process until he was once again caught at his home in Brockworth, Gloucester and ultimately arrested in April.
Yates has pleaded guilty at Gloucester crown court to growing three dozen cannabis plants in his home and supplying some of his growing’s to his tenant. Amazingly, after hearing of Mr. Yates medical ailments Judge William Hart refused to send him to jail, he in fact refused to pass a suspended sentence! “You know that ordinarily a custodial sentence would be considered and might even be inevitable for this sort of offence but I would not be able to live with myself if I sent you to prison,” said Judge Hart. He went on to elaborate “That would express no humanity or compassion and it would be a sad day if these courts lost sight of humanity and compassion when it is appropriate.”
Yates, a property listing manager, was given a one year conditional discharge. Mr. Yates who is a father of two and a grandfather of four spoke with a husky, weak voice due to his illness, but described Judge Hart as a “fabulous man”.
According to Prosecutor Janine Woods, local police raided Yates’ home on April 9th of this year and found three dozen marijuana plants growing in a spare bedroom. The street value of the cannabis was estimated to be between 10 and 30 thousand British Pounds. Upon questioning Yates admitted that the plants were for his own personal use and that the only other individual who knew of or used the illegal plants were his tenant Anthony Young.
In July of 2012 Yates received a similar 6 month conditional discharge for his initial offense for illegally growing marijuana. Mr.Yates’ defense attorney, Joe Maloney, told the court that his client was “very, very ill indeed,” and that the “only thing he has found which ameliorates his pain is cannabis.”
When passing down his sentence Judge Hart told Yates “You have been suffering for some time now with a very serious cancer and you have undergone treatment which has been, I am sure, very unpleasant and very distressing. The prognosis for you is bleak. You find some comfort in the consumption of cannabis. You drink whisky and you also find comfort in that. The pain relief provided by doctors does not provide you with what you need. Someone in your position is very different to the usual defendant who comes before this court charge with this offence.”
Ultimately Judge Hart ordered that all of Yates’ drug paraphernalia and growing equipment be destroyed. The judge was kind enough to allow Mr. Yates to keep the box in which the equipment was kept after Yates told the court that it held much sentimental value to him because it had previously belonged to his father.
Following his sentencing Mr. Yates said he would have been utterly ashamed if he had been sent to prison because it would result in him feeling as if he was letting down his 20-year old University student daughter, who had been of the utmost help to him during his time of illness. Mr. Yates gave the following statement; “Obviously I know that cannabis is illegal in this country at the moment, But you don’t have to look far around the world to find places where it is legal – 11 States in America, South Africa, Brazil, some parts of Australia, Holland, Turkey. They all allow growing of cannabis for its medicinal qualities.”
He said his radiation treatment in 2011 had reduced the tumour so that he is now in remission but it had left him without a sense of taste or smell and without the ability to produce saliva. He constantly has to drink water and use an artificial saliva spray.Neither is he able to chew or swallow food and is fed through a tube directly into his stomach.It is the pain in his throat at the base of his tongue that a nightly smoke of 3-4 joints of cannabis relieves so effectively he said.
While Ms. Goldberg did applaud New York for finally making the final steps of joining the ranks of legal medical marijuana states she did point out that she felt Governor Cuomo’s bill left too many needing patients out in the cold. Goldberg believes that Governor Cuomo should open up the current program to include serious conditions like migraines and certain internal disorders. Additionally Goldberg felt the Governor had gone a step too far in limiting how possible patients can choose to use medical cannabis.
Goldberg herself uses medical marijuana for glaucoma and that New York should expand its list of qualifying conditions to allow patients suffering from the debilitating eye disease to be able to use the drug. “I will say I would have loved to have had a conversation with the governor and his staff,” Goldberg wrote in her guest article on The Cannabist. “I probably would have asked, ‘Did yall talk to a whole lot of patients? How did you come up with the list of conditions? And did you talk to any of the other governors about what affect medical marijuana has had on patients?’”
The world famous Oscar winner even addressed Governor Cuomo’s banning of the actual smoking of cannabis saying “I appreciate that he’s making an anti-smoking statement by not selling the actual marijuana bud, but it feels like he’s limiting people’s ability to deal with their illness in a way that works for them.”
Under the Compassionate Care Act Cuomo Signed last month, medical cannabis is only approved to treat a list of 10 debilitating conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, and epilepsy. If the Health Commissioner is inclined, they are allowed to add additional conditions as the program moves forward.
According to Department of Health spokesman, Bill Schwartz “The initial list of diseases to be covered by New York’s medical marijuana program was based upon the best available evidence,” Regardless, Goldberg said she harbors no ill will or bad blood with Governor Cuomo despite her personal unhappiness with the law. She actually closed out her guest article with a “big hug to Gov. Cuomo”
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It seems that more and more Americans are in debt, it seems that uncontrolled government spending and ridiculously unobtainable policy has butchered the American Dream and it all begins with prohibition.
What was the American dream?
No one really knows for sure ‘what the American dream’ really is. For some it’s a place where individuality can be expressed without the fear of some authority figure scorning your behavior, as long as you don’t hurt anyone else. For others it means that with hard work and a good idea you can make something of your life. The bottom line of the American dream is the same; freedom and opportunity.
While this dream is noble in nature it has not existed for over 70 years now. Since the initial prohibition of alcohol and sub sequentially the illegalization of cannabis the very principles of the American dream was kicked in the groin.
The slaughtering of a dream…
In a country that was founded on the principles of “liberty” the mere act of prohibition is treason. To imprison people for consuming a plant is the same as imprisoning them for the color of their skin, their particular faith or ideological belief. It means that “what you are doing is wrong” but not because it actually is wrong, merely because it does not fit their personal “agendas”.
In other words, while cannabis consumption, or any other drug consumption in reality is nothing more than an exercise of your fundamental right to freedom of expression, to illegalize the action is essentially a passive claim on the “liberty” of thus said person. Another way of putting it is; by legislating an action as such the government passively “owns” your body. They become the “masters of your will” and dictate what you can and cannot do.
We all agree that murder is wrong and should be punished by the law, same goes with rape, theft and extortion to name a few. All of these actions victimizes someone and thus is wrong. But how about being Muslim or liking certain types of foods over others? These highly personal decisions should never be concern of an authority figure and neither should drug consumption.
An adult of sound mind, in the land of the free, should be free to be able to choose what goes into their bodies.
The mere fact that there are institutions built on the contrary only goes to show that the American Dream was first gagged and then dragged into an open field where generations of DEA agents, Pharmaceutical heads and a plethora of other so called Americans, shot bullets of prohibition into the cranium of the beloved dream. They left it there to die…but we won’t let it die…will we?