MAY 2015 | Inaugural Issue
Former Denver Bronco reveals NFL’s secret to pain management
CBDs bring the healing without the high
Mother Nature’s beauty remedy
THE FACE OF MSA
charts a new roadmap to wage a war against Multiple System Atrophy using the medicinal properties of cannabis
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from the editor
April 24 will mark exactly 10 years since my father
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passed away as a result of the effects of Multiple
System Atrophy (MSA), a much more aggressive
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form of Parkinson’s. He left us at the spry age of 65. We were bewildered at how fast MSA came on and
even more bewildered at the efficiency in which
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it took away his ability to walk, talk and function.
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With no cure or even course of treatment available,
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it’s a horrible disease that when given the possible
diagnoses, most people hope it will be Parkinson’s.
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Our cover story features renowned chef Kerry
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Simon who also suffers from MSA. MSA is such a
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rare disease that Kerry is the first person I have heard of having the dread illness since my
father passed away from it in 2005. As you can imagine, interviewing Kerry brought on a
flood of emotions – seeing him in a wheelchair and hearing his garbled speech elicited so
many memories of my dear father and how he suffered.
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I thought it was very important to have Kerry as our cover story because he has decided to chart his own course and be the first in the MSA community to use medicinal marijuana to battle the disease. It’s a brave decision and will not only end up helping him, but also many others in his condition. This all leads me to the mission of this magazine. In 2005 I would have loved for my father
to have had access to medicinal cannabis and all of the relief it could have offered him
as MSA tortured his body. Sadly MSA patients’ minds aren’t affected and so they are
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very aware of everything that is happening to them and so I think effects of medicinal
marijuana would have also brought some ease to his mind as he watched his once healthy
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and athletic body fail him.
Kim Armenta But here’s my quandary, I don’t think myself or my family would have been educated enough about medicinal cannabis to embrace its use for my father – which is why we Elevate Nevada magazine makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information it publishes, but cannot be held responsible for any consequences arising from errors, false data or omissions. Elevate Nevada assumes no responsibility for any claims or representations contained in this publication or in any advertisement. Elevate Nevada magazine does not encourage the illegal use of any of the products or advertisements within. Reproduction in whole or in part strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.
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have launched Elevate Nevada. The purpose of this publication is to provide a platform to educate and inform people about the medicinal properties of cannabis and all the healing attributes it provides its users. Take a moment and flip through our inaugural issue and maybe you will learn something that might just bring relief and comfort to someone you love. With an open mind, Beth
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from the publisher First and foremost, our team at Elevate Nevada would like to thank you for reading our inaugural issue and encourage you to spread the word. I would also like to personally thank Jonathan Fine for believing in our vision, Michele Walden for joining us on this fun and crazy ride, the Kouretas brothers for inspiring me, We Can702 for all of their help, my wife Brooke for keeping me in line, designing the beautiful magazine you hold in your hands, and her unconditional love, and my children, Alexis and Jackson, for allowing me to sacrifice my family time and always giving me a hug and kiss no matter what time I get home. The idea for Elevate Nevada started a couple years ago when my mother’s lung cancer returned with a vengeance. Katherine Bertuzzi and I talked every morning on my way into work just so I could tell her I loved her. One particular call was not like all the others. In a shaky voice my mom told me her cancer had returned. Then she dropped the bombshell that she had made the decision to refuse chemo and radiation this time. For me, that was not an option, I wanted my 3-year-old to have memories of her, I wanted memories of her with my kids. When I asked her why, she told me she could not go through the nausea, sleepless nights and pain again, and that at 73 she didn’t want to sit-up in a recliner to try to sleep every night. Without even hesitating I mentioned to her the possibility of trying medicinal cannabis in an edible form that would help reduce her nausea and pain and even help her sleep. Her response was, “No, I will not take dope.” My mother believed that heroin, cocaine, meth, and marijuana were all the same thing. They were all dope and she could not see the medicinal benefits of cannabis helping her through cancer. About three months later I lost my mom and, to be honest, it is the hardest thing I have ever gone through. The moment I lost my mother and knew she refused help because of an unwillingness to educate herself, it became my mission to remove that stigma. This is how Elevate Nevada was conceived. My family has lived in Clark County for the last 13 years and it has become my home and the place where I want to spread the word first. So join me in letting people know that medicinal cannabis patients are just like you and me – they own homes, buy cars, are well educated, and have ailments and diseases that affect them. We need to start talking about the benefits of medicinal cannabis in an informed way. Please take a moment and educate yourself and learn what the benefits are for yourself, a family member or anyone you know who is suffering and in need of relief. Elevate yourself, elevate your neighbor, Elevate Nevada Love, Guy (I am not using sincerely since this came from the heart)
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contents THE FACE OF MSA
Cooking with Cannabis
Kerry Simon takes charge of his course, charting a new roadmap to beat Multiple System Atrophy using medicinal cannabis
Elevated Avocado Chocolate Pudding by chef Kerry Simon
Former Denver Bronco Nate Jackson reveals NFL’s secret to pain management
HEMP: Mother Nature’s beauty remedy
A comprehensive guide outlining the rights of medical marijuana patients
Why doesn’t the will of the people matter anymore?
Medicinal cannabis updates from across the United States
HEALTH BREAKTHROUGH: Cannabinoids bring the healing without the high
Dispensary map & locations for Southern Nevada
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WHEN THE SHOW IS OVER FORMER DENVER BRONCO
REVEALS THE NFL’S SECRET TO PAIN MANAGEMENT Writer: Michael Todd
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e About half of NFL players smoke pot and virtually every single player in the league has a certifiable need for medical marijuana. At least that’s the opinion of former Denver Broncos tight end Nate Jackson, who used marijuana instead of prescription medication to manage his daily pain during his six-year NFL career. “Marijuana allowed me to be an elite athlete and I didn’t get addicted to pain pills,” Jackson said. “A lot of guys prefer (pot). They’ve been smoking weed since high school. The fact you’re in the NFL at all means you have your marijuana use under control.” Jackson, who retired from professional football in 2010 after tearing his hamstring off the bone in training camp with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the now-defunct United Football League, believes the NFL should and eventually will remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. “I hope the NFL powers-that-be look to the country’s shifting sensibilities about the plant with an open mind and allow players to medicate themselves how they see fit,” Jackson, 35, said. “I think the NFL will come around. Studies show that marijuana helps the brain recover from brain injuries. If that all comes to light, it will.” Jackson, who had two touchdown catches in 43 games for the Broncos from 2003 to 2008, said attitudes about marijuana use have already softened among NFL coaching staffs. “Coaches are well aware their players smoke weed. Teams thoroughly vet guys when they’re scouting. They know marijuana is a big part of their players’ lives,” he said. “They prefer guys smoke weed and go home and play video games than go out drunk driving.” Jackson suffered a slew of injuries during his career that he documented in his critically acclaimed 2013 memoir, “Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile.” He broke his leg, dislocated his shoulder, separated both shoulders, tore his groin off the bone once, tore his hamstring off the bone twice, broke fingers and ribs, tore the medial collateral ligament in his knee and more. Jackson, who beat some long odds by reaching the NFL from a tiny Division III school – Menlo College – in his native California, also suffered concussions during his career. He believes marijuana not only helped him manage his pain but helped heal his brain. “I truly think it helps with pain,” he said. “What do pain pills do? They don’t heal injury. They change the pain sensors in your mind. I think marijuana has a similar effect on the body. It has a therapeutic effect on the brain and it can be said that football players constantly deal with brain injuries. “I came out of the NFL with my wits intact. I feel pretty sharp, motivated and smart, and I know I medicated with marijuana all the time. I think it helps the football brain.”
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e A San Jose, California native who has a home in Denver,
“They don’t need to make it a news event and make
where marijuana has been legalized, Jackson still uses
somebody have a somber moment where they say
the drug to manage psychological and physical pain
they’ve made a mistake,” he said. “Meanwhile, they’re on
stemming from his playing days.
the field kicking ass and making the NFL tons of money putting on an awesome show.
“I know marijuana helps me in a lot of ways in my life,” he said. “Now that I’m done playing, it’s helped me
“In the state of Colorado, where I am now, all these guys
psychologically with the elements of PTSD (Post-traumatic
have a legitimate clinical reason to be using medicinal
Stress Disorder) players deal with. And I have legitimate
marijuana. They can go in any doctor’s office and he’ll
write a prescription for them in a second, because their bodies are destroyed.”
Standard NFL operating procedure for pain management continues to consist of pregame
Jackson is encouraged by the
injections and highly addictive
fact that the U.S. has started to
embrace the therapeutic effects of pot, with 23 states legalizing
“They create addicts,” Jackson
said of pain pills. “One of the big dangers people don’t discuss
“It’s just proof that, by and
much is when football players
large, Americans are realizing
leave the league, they’ve got a
it’s not the devil’s weed. It’s not
beat-up body and they’re gonna
“Reefer Madness”,” he said. “If
medicate. If you send them out to
you smoke weed, that doesn’t
the world with an addiction, it’s a
recipe for disaster because they
or can’t be successful. We’re
have money and can disappear
discovering that a lot of really
in their own addiction.”
Americans use marijuana. While Jackson would love to see the NFL simply stop testing for
“It frames marijuana in a new
marijuana, the league currently
light. It’s pretty cool to watch
tests players once a year for street drugs, including pot,
it change. It makes me feel I don’t have to hide it as
between April and August. “If you pass that test, you can
much or feel like an outcast. I’ve kind of shaken off the
medicate as needed all year round,” Jackson said.
stigma that goes with it.”
However, if a player tests positive for marijuana or
Jackson, who has written pieces for the New York Times
another banned substance such as Adderall, he’s placed
and other publications and is working on a fiction novel,
in the NFL’s drug treatment program, where players are
can only hope the NFL will remove marijuana from its list
randomly tested up to 10 times a month and face career-
of banned substances.
threatening bans for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
“I’m not advocating that people smoke weed at all,” he said. “But what I’m advocating is for the NFL
“That’s when these guys get in trouble,” said Jackson,
powers-that-be to be a little more compassionate and
who strongly opposes the way the NFL publicly punishes
open-minded to the pain players go through and what
players for using marijuana.
it takes to play.” e
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NAVIGATING THE LEGAL LANDSCAPE A comprehensive guide outlining the rights of medical marijuana patients Writer: Amanda Connor In a storied and colorful 15-year history, Nevadans have gained the constitutional right to use medicinal marijuana. However, because of all the twists and turns the law has taken over the last 15+ years, many patients do not clearly understand what they are permitted to do and might get lost on their travels as they seek to find relief from medical marijuana. The journey of medicinal marijuana in Nevada began in 2000 when a constitutional amendment was approved by 65 percent of the stateâ€™s voters. The amendment gave patients the legal right to use marijuana as medication. In 2001, the Nevada State Legislature jumped on the bandwagon and passed a law that created a system for qualifying patients to obtain a registry identification card to use medicinal marijuana for certain chronic and debilitating conditions.The law also permitted a
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A patient cannot be a caregiver and a caregiver can only be a caregiver to one cardholder. Furthermore, if the patient is under the age of 18, the patient’s custodial parent or guardian must give permission for the patient to obtain a
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medical marijuana registry identification card. Despite the groundbreaking effort taken in 2000 by the voters that paved the way for the law in 2001, the medical marijuana road came to a dead end. Patients had no way to obtain or access medical marijuana except for growing at home – assuming, of course, they were able to navigate around the detour of legally obtaining seeds or clones without crossing state lines or purchasing from another patient. For several years, patients had a constitutional right that they were not able to exercise and it was not until 2013 that the Nevada State Legislature decided to complete construction on the medical marijuana highway. In 2013, the Nevada Legislature passed amendments to the law that allowed for medical marijuana dispensaries to open and legally sell medical marijuana to Nevada patients (and out-of-state patients) who hold a valid medical marijuana card. Although the path to legal dispensaries has been filled with potholes, legal medical marijuana dispensaries are anticipated to open in the fall of 2015, if not sooner. A qualified patient will be able to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana
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every 14 days. Furthermore, dispensaries can sell patients edibles and/or tinctures that have the same amount (up to 2.5 ounces every 14 days) of usable marijuana. Until then, patients will have to continue to grow their medicine in the privacy of their own homes. A patient is allowed to grow up to 12 plants in his/her private residence. However, remember that the law defines a plant as a seedling, a clone, a mother plant or a flowering plant. A patient is allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana. If a patient possesses more than the amount that is allowed, sells to someone, drives under the influence, uses the medicine in public or violates other laws, the patient can be charged with criminal violations and the medical marijuana registry card will provide no protection. Therefore, the patient card does not provide blanket protection or immunity. The opening of medical marijuana dispensaries will affect patient rights. Patients will lose their right to grow once a dispensary opens in the county where the patient is a cardholder (or where the primary caregiver lives). Therefore, once a dispensary opens in Clark County, all Clark County patients will lose their right to grow their own medicine. However, there are a few exceptions (an express lane of sorts). A patient who had a valid registry identification card prior to July 2013, and was growing, will retain the right to grow (up to 12 plants) until 2016. Also, there are a few other exceptions that allow medical marijuana patients to detour around the roadblock prohibiting home grows. These include the fact that available dispensaries are unable to supply an adequate amount of medicine to the patient and that the dispensaries do not supply the particular strain the patient needs. Regardless of the roadwork that has occurred regarding medical marijuana over the last 15 years, a destructive dogleg still remains. While medicinal marijuana use is legal for qualifying patients by Nevada state law, marijuana remains a federally illegal substance. Therefore, any person who is in possession of marijuana is committing a federal crime. However, the federal government has issued statements that it will not go after patients or medical marijuana dispensaries acting within the state law. Thus, any medical marijuana patient (or a person interested in becoming a patient) should be aware of his or her rights and the laws before beginning to use the medicine. Patients can be best informed if they contact an attorney familiar with the stateâ€™s medical marijuana laws. e May 2015 elevatenv.com
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THE FACE OF MSA
Kerry Simon takes charge of his course, charting a new roadmap to beat Multiple System Atrophy using unconventional methods Writer: Beth Schwartz
Photography: Erik Kabik
Declared the rock n’ roll chef by Rolling Stone magazine, Kerry Simon
I also spoke with Kerry’s movement specialist Peter Pinto on March 20,
was used to making splashy press announcements and hosting
who offered his observations of Kerry’s physical condition. In addition,
glamorous VIP openings for his always-on-the-culinary-cutting-edge
I interviewed Kerry’s nurse manager who wished to not be identified.
restaurants located in hot spots as far away as the Dominican Republic
Kerry’s physician at Lou Ruvo Brain Center for Brain Health/Cleveland
and as close as the several he owned right here in his home base of
Clinic, Dr. Ryan Walsh, declined to be interviewed for this story.
THE PATH TO PHOENIX TEARS In December 2013 he would again make headlines but it was to be a
Kerry, who will be 60 years old in June, has lived with the disease
much different kind of news story. Kerry would share with the world
for seven years although it was not officially diagnosed as MSA until
that he had been diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) – causing the renowned chef to experience a
the fall of 2013 (MSA is notoriously hard to diagnose as it is commonly mistaken for Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) or
much different kind of fanfare.
multiple sclerosis (MS)). Over the years Kerry has tried various treatments to combat his MSA
Kerry would become the face of the little-known
diagnosis but hasn’t met with much success.
disease that is a more severe and aggressive form of Parkinson’s and affects only about
Doctors originally thought, prior to Kerry’s
four in 100,000 people. MSA is a very rare
MSA diagnosis, that cancer was attacking
degenerative neurological disorder associated
his spine to the point where they gave him
with nerve cells in specific areas of the brain.
chemotherapy. As for the most cutting edge of
This cell degeneration causes problems with
treatments, stem cell therapy, was administered
movement, balance, and other autonomic
to Kerry at Mayo Clinic in early 2014.
functions of the body such as bladder control and blood-pressure regulation. At this time, there is no cure for MSA and no known way to prevent the disease from getting worse. The goal of treatment is to control the symptoms.
In an effort to bring Kerry relief from the effects of MSA, Jason Strange, Kerry’s primary caregiver, looked into various forms of medicinal cannabis. He finally settled on Phoenix Tears, also known as Rick Simpson Hemp Oil, which is a potent and sedative
And that’s where our story begins.
purified decarboxylated cannabis resin with 95 to 98 percent THC.
But not before I explain the parameters of my interview with Kerry
“It’s a methodology followed by tincture oil developed by Rick
which took place on February 10 at his home. Once an avid runner and
Simpson. It is slowly starting to garner attention in the medical
biker well-known for living a healthy lifestyle, Kerry is now confined to
community. More so in Europe because they have had more
a wheelchair and his speech so impaired and garbled that one of his
flexibility recently to do experimentation and perform clinical
caregivers, Jason Strange, a longtime friend who is not a nurse and
observations medicinally, but there has just been a plethora of
does not have any medical training, did most of the talking regarding
anecdotal evidence for various types of patients for this type of
Kerry’s use of medicinal marijuana. One of Kerry’s business partners,
preparation to cure a wide assortment of ailments,” Ari Farar, one of
Ari Farah, was also present during our February 10th interview to
Kerry’s business partners in a dispensary he is involved with, explains
discuss some of the chef’s related investment interests in a dispensary.
of Phoenix Tears.
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e “A lot of people had recommended it,” Jason adds of Phoenix Tears.
Kerry’s movement specialist for the last year-and-a-half, Peter Pinto of
“We went for the strongest one because the disease was attacking him
FitLife Fusion, was surprised by his patient’s reaction to Phoenix Tears. “A
aggressively so we wanted to attack the disease aggressively. There is no
few weeks into the Phoenix Tears, he had rewound time about four to six
real damage or effect this can ever have on his body so we were like let’s
months back to where he was,” Peter explains of Kerry’s physical condition.
go for it and see what happens.”
“He was having an easier time talking, he was having an easier time communicating, he was far more alert. He was able to get out of the chair
Kerry started using Phoenix Tears eight months ago, receiving it orally
a bit more, and he was walking around with me more. It was intriguing to
three times per day: morning, noon and night. He also takes cannabidiol
say the least. I felt like all of a sudden he turned time back.”
Kerry, pictured with caregiver and longtime friend Jason Strange, demonstrates his mobility during our interview on February 10.
(CBD) tablets twice a day which is a compound in cannabis that counters
SIGNS OF RELIEF
the psychoactive effects of THC. In addition, Kerry takes CDP or citicoline
When I ask Jason what kind of relief the medicinal marijuana cocktail of
once a day to mitigate or reduce cannabis intoxication.
Phoenix Tears, CBD and CDP brings the celebrity chef, Kerry pipes right up and says “sleep” before Jason can even answer.
The effects from Phoenix Tears were quick and very real. “When we first tried it, it immediately put him to sleep and he got a little high so we
Jason looks over at Kerry and agrees. “Yes, it’s sleep because it brings his
adjusted it with CBD pills because that wakes him up. We saw deliberate
body to rest. It brings him to ease because this disease that he is fighting
motion, we saw his appetite increase, and we saw all these things that we
is a degenerative growth type of thing in his brain. His body is constantly
wanted to have happen start to happen,” reveals Jason.
active in ways where he doesn’t want it to be. Him being restless all day and restless through the nights is very taxing on his system. So, for him, it
According to Jason, most positive were the effects medicinal cannabis had
allows his whole body to calm down.
on his neurological condition. “When people say getting high slows you down and mellows you out that’s a good thing for Kerry,” Jason explains
“And he is feeling good why he is doing it and he should feel good --
of medicinal marijuana’s effect on lessening Kerry’s tremors. “I guess you
there’s no problem with that. It alleviates the pain to his heart and his mind
would kind of compare it to someone who has ADD because they can’t
that comes with a disease like this. It’s a great side effect and it helps with
concentrate, they can’t sit still because their bodies are freaking out.”
depression on so many levels. It puts your mind in a different state and
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e you will be able to deal with things on an easier level. You just concentrate
everything that wasn’t working,” says Jason. “And you didn’t even have to
on the things you need to concentrate on and not all the ifs, ands, or buts
look that far to see the changes and find something that’s going to do this,
that are associated with it.”
this and this. Although it was so frustrating to know we let it progress this far when this was available the whole time.”
Kerry’s movement specialist, Peter, also observed positive signs resulting from Kerry’s medicinal cannabis regimen. “His condition has progressed
PIONEERING A MOVEMENT OR TWO
slightly but not nearly like it had been and he still has good days and
I ask Kerry if he ever smoked marijuana recreationally at any point in his life.
bad days,” Peter explains of Kerry, who he sees three times a week for
He furiously shakes his head no quickly telling me in one succinct phrase
45 minutes at a time. “In terms of how effective Phoenix Tears has been
that he lived “very healthy.” I tell him that I find that a bit ironic as it is quite
so far, it’s one of the only things that have made a big difference in
well-known he treated his body as a temple and he is now using marijuana
to heal it. He quickly nods in agreement. I ask if he considers himself an activist between his non-profit organization, Fight MSA (fightmsa.org),
Others on Kerry’s medical team are more skeptical of the relief medicinal
and now a public user of medical cannabis. He replies in a garbled voice,
marijuana is bringing the chef. “The only thing we have noticed is that his
“I never thought of that.”
tremors have become a little less,” explains Kerry’s nurse manager for the last year-and-a-half, a R.N. who wished not to be identified and does not
Kerry might not have thought of it, but Ari has. “We want to garner
condone Kerry’s use of medicinal cannabis.
attention and get it to the point where there are actual clinic style studies,” he says of Kerry’s use of Phoenix Tears. “One of the best benefits of a
IS CANNABIS REALLY THE CURE?
prominent figure like Kerry Simon trying it and having success and seeing
“We treat, we don’t cure,” Jason says of Western medicine. Ari agrees, explaining that “oftentimes with pharmaceuticals, you have to take other medications just to deal with the side effects of the other pills. It’s just a perpetual thing, you are trying to combat one thing caused by another. Phoenix Tears does a good job of accomplishing what some of these other pharmaceutical meds are attempting to do on the positive side without the negatives ones.” Jason explains that with those positive attributes in mind “we are setting up a roadmap for Mr. Simon as far as his illness is concerned with MSA and how we can alleviate the use of pharmaceuticals and move toward a more medicinal or herbal way to treat him. The fact is he doesn’t need the things that have attacked his nervous system. There’s a medical way to do it with a plant rather than all these chemicals.” Even though Jason hopes to move Kerry away from traditional pharmaceuticals, according to Kerry’s nurse manager, “he is still taking conventional medicine prescribed by his physicians.” But Jason remains undaunted. “What we are doing now with the Phoenix Tears is more about [relieving pain, helping with sleep and lessening tremors]. It was such a relief to see something actually work after
Kerry pictured with caregiver Linda Strange demonstrating his exercises.
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e positive results is that it hopefully will lend credence where the medical community will take note and actually put some effort into it.” With regard to Kerry’s MSA fight and use of medicinal cannabis, it is a potential development his fellow MSA sufferers can look to for finding a little bit of relief. “The outlook was bleak,” explains Jason of the lack of progress in finding a cure for, or even a treatment to slow down, MSA. “With Kerry doing it, it puts a prominent figure in this environment. Everything he is dealing with from creating awareness for MSA to the medical marijuana and even his diet – all of these different things in combination is what is making him feel better and that’s what he is bringing a lot of awareness to.” The combination of Kerry’s celebrity status and his fundraising efforts led to a Global MSA Research Roadmap Conference which was held at the city’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health/ Cleveland Clinic last November. Key thought leaders from four continents, 12 countries, 30 academic institutions, 15 pharmaceutical companies and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were in attendance. The roadmap meeting was inspired by chef Kerry Simon and was held so the MSA Advocacy Working Group Panel could present their recommendations for future advocacy initiatives, according to msaawareness.org. Kerry’s advocacy and fundraising efforts have also kick-started a comprehensive clinic for MSA at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The clinic will utilize the best neuroimaging diagnostic tools available and provide patient services to manage symptoms.
DISPENSING THE HEALING But it’s not just not an MSA Clinic at Lou Ruvo Center and fundraising endeavors that Kerry has been toiling away on to the betterment of the MSA community. Kerry has also joined forces with a local dispensary where he will not only be sharing his success using medicinal marijuana, but the Culinary Institute of America graduate will also be sharing his cooking talents. As medical marijuana dispensaries begin to open throughout Nevada during the next year, patients who visit Red Rock
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e Wellness will find a selection of gourmet edibles that might look familiar.
In addition to specialized customer service, Red Rock Wellness will focus on
Kerry will be recreating many of his signature dishes, including his famous
edibles. With a couple thousand feet set aside for a kitchen, the dispensary will
Dessert Platter, for Red Rock Wellness.
have the capacity to do a lot of different things including offering fresh cookies daily that patients can purchase while they are waiting to fill prescriptions.
“I was trying to think of prominent local business owners who might be a good fit because the city wanted us to have established people. I thought
“As far as his finer dishes we are going to use Cannabinoid oil to create not
of Kerry, it was kind of like a no-brainer especially with the edibles, and I
something that will necessarily get you high as much as it might help your
also knew he was starting to dabble in it for his condition. So I kind of threw
well-being and you can eat on a daily basis,” Jason explains when mentioning
it out there to see if they were interested and if it made sense,” explains
a high-end salad being created by Kerry for the dispensary’s menu. (You can
Ari, spokesman for Red Rock Wellness, of how Kerry became aligned with
check out one of Kerry’s cannabis recipes on page 22.)
the dispensary. Whether it’s creating Red Rock Wellness, LLC
(tentatively named at
this time) has been
partnering with, paving
approved for a grow
and manufacture license
MSA patients with his
is other of
and has a pending
medicinal cannabis or
dispensary license with
giving a once little-
the city of Las Vegas
but did not receive one
prominent face – these
from the state. In turn,
things are still in limbo
for the operation but
are all still secondary.
plans are starting to take shape. They have a
The Ari Farah, Jason Strange, and Kerry discuss the medicinal properties of cannabis.
thing Kerry Simon is doing right now is
facility at APEX and
fighting for his life.
their retail location will eventually open at Bonanza and Main.
“He is just hanging in there, fighting and looking for a cure. He is fighting this thing every day. And that’s the main thing that I see, anybody who
“We are doing a full breadth of products whether its flower for smoking or
has this disease, who has progress in their day, are the fighters,” Jason
extracts. It will be various things, we are very open-minded and concerned
theorizes. “You can have whatever you want in your system and have a
about the patient experience,” Ari explains. “Every patient may react
support group of people around you that love and care about you but
differently to what the strain is or the preparation of the medicine. For
you must be involved in your own fight and your own struggle and not
each patient we are going to keep a track record. There might be a little
bit of try some of this, try some of that. We are going to try and find that sweet spot of what helps someone the most because it is early on in the
“It’s his will, his morale and the people around him – it’s a combination of
science and experimentation side and we want to contribute to that and
things but it mostly has to do with him. As with anything that he did or
make notes and make it available for other people to use. It’s going to be
anything he has applied himself to with the restaurants and so on, he’s also
a by-patient basis so we can give them the best medicine for whatever
doing it with MSA and not letting this beat him. He is doing anything he can
their ailment may be.”
to fight back.”
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Inspired by Kerryâ€™s story and his courageous fight against MSA? You can show your support and donate to his non-profit organization by visiting www.fightmsa.org.
Cooking with Cannabis Elevated Avocado Chocolate Pudding by chef Kerry Simon 1 pound of ripe avocados, remove skin and pits
4 ounces maple syrup
Using a food processor, blend all ingredients except for the
4 tablespoons sugar
cocoa powder until smooth and creamy. Add cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
gradually and blend until smooth.
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
Chill for one hour. Serve with your favorite tropical fruit
1 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa butter melted 1 1/2 tablespoons THC/CBD butter melted
Recipe can be made with or without THC/CBD.
(Level of THC/CBD should be easy on the system and able to increase regularly for an individualâ€™s specific protocol. The above is merely a suggested amount of THC/CBD quantity.)* *Please remember that when you cook with medical cannabis you are cooking with a drug and the amounts and sizes of the drug and portions of the food ingested should always be taken into consideration. Always start out with small portions or doses and wait 30 minutes to an hour before eating any additional portions. 22 May 2015 elevatenv.com
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BOUND BY DEMOCRACY Writer: Abby Tegnelia
First, a confession: I loathe recreational marijuana. I don’t like the
Before the law bypassed the meddling Congress to pass at the
smell of it, and it pains me to see people hacking up a lung after
end of February (with the support of such power players as
having smoked it. (“This stuff never makes me cough, I swear!”) I also
Nancy Pelosi), D.C.’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, gave a rousing press
don’t like how anti-social it is, sending people outside to smoke while
conference that dryly encouraged, “Congress to not be so
I sip my wine indoors alone.
concerned about overturning what 7 out of 10 voters said should be the law in the District of Columbia.”
Some might think this makes me an unlikely advocate for its legalization in either medicinal or recreational form. And it does, I
Congress, stay out of it. If laws are in place to support something
guess, because I do not, in any way, shape or form, exactly approve
that legally reached the ballot to begin with, it is awful to watch
of ingesting marijuana for fun. It’s just not my thing. But I also
you try to use an unwieldy spending bill and a splash of legalese to
don’t think that matters at all in today’s current state of affairs. And
try to block it.
thus we wade into politics, starting with one particular incident – in our nation’s fine capital, no less – that has me all riled up.
The legalization of marijuana in the U.S. is happening, whether you (or I) like it (“it” meaning marijuana) or not.
It’s no secret that our government isn’t winning popularity contests these days, with more and more voters throwing up their
I don’t care if you yourself could “never” go through with an
hands and staying home from the polls rather than pick either
abortion; women should have the right to have one. I don’t care if
party. And one issue that really makes my blood boil: when
your church doesn’t believe in gay marriage, because we live in
smug politicians pit themselves against those Americans who do
a country that claims separation of church and state – you
make it to the polls. So a recent kerfuffle in Washington, D.C.
should fight for the rights of others regardless of who you
has me in an irate state of mind.
personally want to walk down the aisle with. And if medicinal marijuana helps some patients feel better, it is their right to
Initiative 71 passed last November in Washington, D.C., legalizing
decide whether or not to partake.
small amounts of marijuana. A whopping 70 percent of voters voted for it, and yet Congress immediately tried to block it, using a
I’m happy to discuss sometime over cocktails – whether or not
spending bill, of all things, as a shield.
you join me in a glass of wine or are a teetotaler who sticks to juice. But thank you for keeping that one on the books, as there
It made headlines across the country, causing Americans again to stop
was a time I wouldn’t have even been able to enjoy my Pinot Noir
and consider how our “democracy” is really defined. I mean, what’s
or a good martini. Now it’s time to be open to something else –
the point of voting if the government (who, let’s face it, no one trusts
whether you have experience with it or not.
anymore) can just “override” the vote of the people based on politics? Marijuana legalization is a brave new world, yes. But we’re America. So Washington, D.C. found itself in a pickle.
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ELEVATE YOUR STATE Medicinal cannabis updates from across the United States
GEORGIA The Georgia legislature approved a bill on March 26 that Republican Governor Nathan Deal will sign legalizing a non-smoking form of medical marijuana for patients with seizure disorders and seven other medical conditions. The bill would allow patients with diseases including cancer and multiple sclerosis to use a non-intoxicating oil derived known as a CBD from the marijuana plant.
IOWA On March 26 members of the Iowa Senate voted to establish a comprehensive medical cannabis program seeking relief from debilitating diseases and conditions. “This is a very important bill,” said Sen. Bill Dotzler, D-Waterloo, before a 9-5 vote by the Senate Ways and Means Committee that would authorize the production and dispensing of medical cannabis for expanded uses and medical conditions. “People’s
NEW JERSEY The state of New Jersey has recently added PTSD as one of the qualifying illnesses for a medicinal marijuana card. The resolution (ACR-
lives, I believe, are at stake and their health and well-being is at stake.”
NORTH CAROLINA After passionate testimony, North Carolina says their state will not be legalizing medicinal marijuana anytime soon. “Legalizing
224) approved in a 44-20 vote would also reverse the requirement that
marijuana for medical purposes is both unnecessary and a slippery
a list be made public of all physicians willing to recommend patients to
slope. We oppose House Bill 78. It could open the door to legalizing
the program – a step that has kept some doctors from joining out of
marijuana for recreational use, which we do not want in this state,”
fear they will alienate other patients or partners.
said Tami Fitzgerald, spokesman for NC Values Coalition.
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e MINNESOTA A recent Minnesota Department of Health informal survey of 1,361 potential participants in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis program found about half of the interested users reported their qualifying condition as multiple sclerosis or severe muscle spasms. The state expects to begin enrolling patients in the program by June. MDH Assistant Commissioner Manny Munson-Regala said the law requires manufacturers to have
at least one distribution site open by July 2015 and the remaining three by July 2016.
OHIO Ohio is making a run at legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use. A group named ResponsibleOhio is trying to collect more than 300,000 signatures to put the amendment to a vote in November. If approved, Ohio will join Colorado, Washington,
Oregon, and Alaska in legalizing marijuana as a recreational drug.
HAWAII On March 25 Hawaii’s Senate Health and Public Safety committees passed House Bill 321 that would create medical marijuana dispensaries and production centers in each Hawaii county. But first, lawmakers amended the bill to allow dispensaries to begin operating next year. Senator Josh Green, who chairs the Health Committee, wants potential dispensary
owners to be able to grow and prepare their product starting this fall.
NEVADA Democratic State Senator Tick Segerblom sponsored a bill that would allow pet owners to get medicinal marijuana for their pet if their veterinarian certifies the animal has an illness that might be alleviated by the drug. The proposal is in its earliest stages and faces several
legislative hurdles before it could become law. The pot-for-pets provision of SB372 is part of a larger bill that would overhaul the state’s medical marijuana law, removing penalties
for drivers who have marijuana in their blood and requiring training for dispensary owners.
WASHINGTON, DC Hundreds of city residents lined up for “seed share” – an exchange program that helps cannabis enthusiasts grow it at home. “It really does mark the conclusion of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign. We’ve accomplished our goals. It’s simply about the people who have
been buying marijuana from the underground economy,” Adam Eidinger, head of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, said. “If they grow it, sometime later this year they won’t have to buy it anymore from the underground economy.”
CALIFORNIA San Diego’s first permitted medical marijuana dispensary opened on March 18 in an Otay Mesa strip mall near the international border. The opening allows residents to buy cannabis from an authorized shop in San Diego for the first time since California voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 1996. San Diego joins nearly 50 other cities in California that offer a process to legitimize medical marijuana dispensaries, but it is the only city in this county to do so.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA On November 7, 2000 voters in Nevada passed Question 9, amending the state constitution to sanction medical cannabis with 65 percent of the people voting yes and 35 percent voting no. After 13 years of waiting, on June 12, 2013 Governor Brian Sandoval signed S.B. 374 into law which fulfills the state constitution’s mandate that the legislature provide for appropriate methods of supply for
QUESTION: Can state or local police arrest me for using medical marijuana in Las Vegas? ANSWER: Yes, the police can and will arrest you if you violate Nevada’s marijuana laws even if you are a medical marijuana patient. If you have questions regarding Nevada’s medical marijuana laws you should consult with an attorney.
medical marijuana. With the law in place, dispensaries all over the state are set to open this year.
ANSWER: After our physician has determined your eligibility (with a qualifying medical condition), we will submit your application to the State. If approved for a medical marijuana card, you will be allowed to use marijuana medicinally within legal limits.
QUESTION: Do I need a physician or a lawyer to apply to the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program?
ANSWER: You need a physician licensed in the state of Nevada to recommend you for the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program and to sign off on your application. The Nevada State Health Division does not make any medical assessments with regard to your application. Only a physician makes the determination whether you suffer from a disease protected under the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program.
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QUESTION: How does the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program work?
QUESTION: How much marijuana can you possess? ANSWER: . Currently, the Nevada MMJ license allows you to grow 12 plants, purchase 2.5 oz. every two weeks and possess 2.0 oz. at any given time.
QUESTION: What medical conditions qualify me for the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program?
ANSWER: Recognized conditions in Nevada are as follows: AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, PTSD, or any condition that causes muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea, severe pain, or cachexia (disease-caused weight loss and malnutrition).
QUESTION: How does marijuana work in your body?
ANSWER: Scientists in the past several years have discovered what is known as cannabinoid receptors, found in parts of the brain and spinal cord. Not only can they play a part in pain control, they also help control the vomiting reflex, appetite, emotional responses, motor skills and memory formation. If you have questions, contact email@example.com www.drreefer.net 702.428.0000
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HEALTH BREAKTHROUGH: CBDs
Cannabinoids bring the healing without the high ONE OF THE BIGGEST BREAKTHROUGHS IN THE MEDICINAL CANNABIS INDUSTRY HAS BEEN THE DISCOVERY OF CBDS OR CANNABINOIDS. CBDS OFFER THE MANY MEDICINAL BENEFITS OF MARIJUANA WITHOUT THE MIND-ALTERING EFFECTS. BY USING STRAINS THAT ARE HIGH IN CBD AND LOW IN THC, PEOPLE LIVING WITH ILLNESS ARE ABLE TO UNLOCK THE THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS OF MARIJUANA WITHOUT THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING ‘HIGH.’ TO FOLLOW ARE A FEW CBDS THAT HAVE PROVEN POPULAR WITH PATIENTS IN ALLEVIATING VARIOUS AILMENTS.
of Colombian Gold, Thai, and a Swiss landrace strain, users depend
Treats: inflammation, sleep and digestive disorders
on Harlequin to provide clear-headed, alert sativa effects. Unlike most
At a government-sanctioned cannabis cultivation facility in
high CBD strains, Harlequin almost always develops a CBD:THC ratio
northern Israel, researchers at Tikun Olam have developed Avidekel,
of 5:2, making this strain one of the most effective for treatment of
which, at zero percent THC and 15.8 percent CBD, provides all
pain and anxiety, as CBD counteracts THC’s paranoia while amplifying
of the healing power of cannabidiol with no discernible high.
its painkilling properties. Harlequin is well known for its ability to relax
Avidekel has shown promise in treating a variety of conditions with
without sedation, and to relieve without intoxication.
minimal side effects. “The cannabis plant, enriched with CBD, can
be used for treating diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, liver inflammation, heart disease and diabetes,” explained Ruth Gallily, professor of immunology, at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Sour Tsunami Treats: pain and inflammation Sour Tsunami is a strain that became popular because it was one of the first to be specifically bred for high CBD rather than THC content. The result is a
strain that’s effective at treating pain and inflammation without producing
a significant “high” that is linked to high THC. Sour Tsunami CBD levels test
Charlotte’s Web is a sativa marijuana strain that has gained
as high as 10 or 11 percent, while THC is usually under 10 percent.
popularity as an option for treating epileptic seizures. Charlotte’s
Web’s medical potency is due to its high CBD content, which was specifically cultivated by a pair of Colorado breeders, the Stanley Brothers, for a young epileptic patient named Charlotte. Charlotte’s Web is believed to be the highest CBD strain in the world with 20 percent CBD and less than 0.5 percent THC. As of September 2014, Charlotte’s Web Hemp Oil can legally be shipped to all 50 states because the oil contains less
than the maximum THC allowed for
food products, legislation.
according to federal hemp
Jamaican Lion Treats: pain, anxiety, and inflammation Jamaican Lion is a high CBD sativa strain with a concentration of 9 percent CBD and 6 percent THC. Jamaican Lion’s creator first brought the strain to California in 2007, where it was distributed to patients because it induces mild psycho-
activity despite its low THC
content. Few strains compare
to Jamaican Lion as it
eases pain, anxiety, and
mental cloudiness. medicalseeds.com e
Harlequin Treats: pain and anxiety Harlequin is a 75/25 sativadominant strain renowned for its reliable expression of CBD. A descendant
To find CBDs specific to your condition or educate yourself more fully on their healing properties, visit projectcbd.org.
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e DISPENSARY LOCATIONS COVER THE VALLEY Medical marijuana establishments planning to open in 2015 LAS VEGAS Silver Sage Wellness 4626 W. Charleston Blvd. Nevada Wellness Project 823 S. Third St. Commerce Park Medical 1112 S. Commerce St. NuVeda 1320 S. Third St. Serenity Wellness Center 1800 S. Industrial Rd. Blum LV 1921 Western Ave. Naturex 1860 Western Ave. Releaf 2242 Paradise Rd. Nevada Wellness Center 3200 S. Valley View Blvd. Desert Aire of Las Vegas 420 E. Sahara Ave. Nuleaf Dispensary 4500 W. Charleston Blvd.
N. LAS VEGAS
N. LAS VEGAS
NORTH LAS VEGAS Cheyenne Medical 2755 W. Cheyenne Ave. NuVeda 2113 Las Vegas Blvd. North Reef Dispensaries 1366 W. Cheyenne Ave. Waveseer of Las Vegas 5530 N. Decatur Blvd. HENDERSON Great Basin Care 4300 E. Sunset Rd.
UNINCORPORATED CLARK COUNTY Clear River 1975 Casino Drive, Laughlin Euphoria Wellness 7780 Jones Blvd., Las Vegas Gravitas Nevada 7885 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas Inyo Fine Cannabis Dispensary 2520 Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas Nevada Organic Remedies 6877 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas TGIG 4647 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas The Clinic Nevada D1 4070 Arville St., Las Vegas Integral Associates 5765 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas LVMC 6332 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas CWNevada 6540 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas Just Quality 4235 Arctic Spring Ave., Las Vegas Global Harmony 5630 Stephanie St. Las Vegas Fidelis Holdings 3325 Pepper Lane, Las Vegas Desert Inn Enterprises 2900 E. Desert Inn Rd., Las Vegas Nev Medical Marijuana Dispensary 4240 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas Nevada Holistic Medicine 4660 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas GB Sciences Nevada 4850 S. Fort Apache Rd., Las Vegas The MedMen of Nevada 4380 Boulder Hwy., Las Vegas MediFarm 1130 E. Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas NuLeaf Clark Dispensary 430 E. Twain Ave., Las Vegas Approved by state and city or county Tryke Companies SO NV 3400 Western Ave., Las Vegas Wellness Connection of Nevada 3615 Spring Mountain Rd., Las Vegas Approved by county but not state MediFarm 3650 Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas LivFree Wellness 5155 Dean Martin Dr., Las Vegas MM Development Company 4810 Sunset Rd., Las Vegas NATURX 9120 W. Post Rd., Las Vegas
Approved by state but not county Approved by city
Approved by state and city or county
Approved by state but not county
Approved by county but not state
Approved by city
*Not all dispensary addresses were available for confirmation at press time.
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THE FACE OF MSA KERRY SIMON Former Denver Bronco reveals NFL’s secret to pain management Health Breakthrough: CBDs bring the healing witho...
Published on May 15, 2015
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