Police Log A Pacific Treefrog (Pseudacris regilla) in a Southern Oregon garden. Frogs in your garden are a very good sign that your environment is healthy. Image Keith Mansur ÂŠ 2013, Oregon Cannabis Connection
JS Hemp Expo Rocks New Site!
W yo m i n g M ov i n g A h e a d O n Two I n i t i a t i ve s Sanja Gupta's New Perspective On Weed
Drying Your Crop
Manicuring Your Ca n n a b i s
Wa . C o u n t y S h e r i f f Blames OMMP on L a r g e G r ow O p
Feds Approve Of MJ Legalization Laws
34 6 0 R u l e s Committee Underway
Middle-Aged Men Get Mental Boost From Marijuana!
Oct/Nov 2013 Vol. 4 Issue 5
Idaho Refugees Welcome
Recipes: Jambalaya Beer Cheese Soup
A New Column by Cher yl Smith
Cher yl's Clinical Cor ner
Grasshopper Extractor Review
U.S. Supreme Cour t Refuses Rescheduling Case
The Coming Oregon Cannabis Industr y
Connecting the Medical Cannabis Community Across Oregon
In This Issue
Oregon News The Coming Oregon Cannabis Industry
Whipped-your-butt Honey Butter
Idaho Refugees Welcome In Oregon
HB 3460 Rules Advisory Committee Set - Process Begins
Beer "Buddha" Cheese Soup
Jefferson State Hemp Expo Rocks New Site
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins
Washington County Sheriff Blames OMMP On Large Opereation
I-Five O - Oregon Marijuana Police Log
Manicuring After Harvest
Oregon News Nugs - News From Around The Beaver State
Drying Your Crop
All New Page 7
All On Page 13
Clinics & Information A Listing of Oregon Clinics, Organizations, and Cannabis Friendly Businesses
National News Feds Approve Marijuana Legalization Laws!
Product Review: The Grasshopper Extractor
US Supreme Court Rejects Marijuana Reclassification Appeal
Man Gets Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For A Half Ounce Of Marijuana
Two Separate Initiatives May Appear On The 2016 Ballot In Wyoming
A Little Girl Helps Give CNN's Sanja Gupta New Perspective On Marijuana
National News Nugs - News From Around The Nation
Medical News Cheryl's Clinical Corner - Medical Cannabis: An Aid In Controlling Diabetes? ALL NEW COLUMN!
Marijuana Improves Mental Sharpness In MiddleAged Men
Marijuana Useful In Treatment Of Hard Drug Dependency
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The Coming Oregon Cannabis Industry Southern Oregon's Brent Kenyon plans to open both a model dispensary and testing lab for other entrepreneurs to follow
By Keith Mansur Oregon Cannabis Connection With his bright red hair, a confident attitude, and disarming charm, Southern Oregon's Brent Kenyon is not your typical businessman. He is not only the proprietor of the Medford's top rated, and extremely successful seafood restaurant, The Wharf Seafood Market and Eatery, but also businesses that cater to medical marijuana patients. With new laws in Oregon about to go into effect, he plans to expand his medical marijuana interests to include a new Medical Marijuana Facility (or MMF) under the law passed earlier this year.
“It will be safe, tested, and in many instances, life changing for those suffering from debilitating conditions.” - Brent Kenyon
Kenyon, who has been involved in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) from the earliest days, also owns Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine, the area's oldest and busiest medical marijuana clinic, as well as Operation Pipe Dreams smoke shop. His alternative medicine clinic has a second location in Springfield, and they hold OMMP clinics in over a dozen locations across the state. He see's the addition of MMF's as the logical next step in Oregon for the state's medical marijuana program. Kenyon told Oregon Cannabis Connection, “Having safe and accessible medicine is something many have been fighting for,
Oregon News for years, and having the legislature pass a dispensary bill, and the Governor sign it, shows real progress in lawmakers attitudes.” Oregon's law, before passage of 3460, required patients to grow their own medicine or assign a grower to grow it for them. The law also did not allow growers to be reimbursed for anything more than their basic costs of producing the plants. In 2010 Measure 74 was placed on the ballot, which would have allowed for dispensaries, but it was narrowly defeated. In 2012 Measure 80, which would have legalized cannabis for recreational use in Oregon, was defeated by an even closer margin, less than 6%. Now, under 3460, a grower can be reimbursed by a MMF for “the usual and customary costs of doing business”. Patients, in turn, can reimburse the MMF for the medicine, though no actual profit is allowed to be made directly on the cannabis. Because of the restrictive “grow your own” provision of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA), patients can go without medicine, for a wide variety of reasons. It may be because they have no grower. It may be they lost their harvest in a police raid, or to the elements, pests or disease. In many cases patients have trusted an unscrupulous grower who never gave them their medicine, or what was rightfully theirs. Kenyon see's the passage of 3460 as a step towards a solution to this problem. “Patients need access, for many different reasons. 3460 provides reliable stream of medicine that patients know they can get,” Kenyon explained. “It will be safe, tested, and in many instances, life changing for those suffering from debilitating conditions.” Although 3460 has some flaws, Kenyon thinks it is a step in the right direction. “3460 is an excellent start to solving not only the black market issues, but also safe access for patients that have no other resource to obtain their much needed medicine,” Kenyon explained. “The industry desires, and needs, direction to legitimize a currently off the books industry. Allow us to be legitimate, 'aboveboard', and support our communities with tax revenue that can and will fund schools, healthcare, and even law enforcement.”
A MMF is a logical step for Kenyon, who's successful clinic has issued thousands of Oregon medical marijuana cards for patients over the past 14 years. Having a facility that can provide access to cannabis medicine and Brent Kenyon with also a separate Oregon AG Ellen facility that Rosenblum at her provides victory party in recommendatio Portland ns for medical marijuana to patients, will allow them to better help tailor a patients treatment. By having access to different cannabis strains, edibles, and other cannabis products, a MMF can now work with physicians and clinics to help patients understand their choices and choose the medicine which best suits them and their specific medical needs. Kenyon said, “Helping patients find ways to treat their suffering has been my passion for many years. Guiding people on how this all natural medicine can help them, and even replace their often lifethreatening and addictive prescription drugs is the right thing to do” The look and feel of what will be Grateful Meds, a statewide MMF, is intended to be more like a pharmacy than most current resource centers. They will have a clean feel, employees in proper attire, proper training, and properly labeled and tested marijuana for patients. “I think that a business that dispenses medicine should act professional, look professional, and instill confidence in patients that they are getting quality medicine,” He explained. “ We also want local municipalities to see how a professional facility can, and will, work.” The price of cannabis is not controlled by 3460, which has some people worried. With some prices seen in Washington, California, and Colorado at 15 dollars a gram, or more, Kenyon believes Oregon's supply and number of independent growers will keep the prices lower here. Cont. on Page 5
Idaho Refugees Welcome in Oregon By Keith Mansur Oregon Cannabis Connection Since Idaho is Oregon's Eastern neighbor, many Oregonians have an affinity for the “Gem State”. With picturesque open areas, beautiful mountains, pristine rivers and lakes, productive farms, bountiful wildlife and game animals, and generally friendly people. Idaho has all the trappings of a wonderful place to live and a wonderful place to raise a family. In fact, one of my very own daughters currently resides in Boise and is attending Boise State University, a very good school. Despite all these wonderful attributes, Idaho's conservative legislators continue to perpetuate a war against progress, especially against cannabis, by criminalizing and terrorizing medical marijuana users. Josh and Lindsey Rinehart, now former residents of Boise, experienced Idaho's marijuana war personally last Spring when their children were removed from there home by the State. Lindsey uses medical cannabis for her Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and is in constant need of medication to keep her symptoms in check. She and Josh, not coincidentally, were also activists trying to legalize marijuana in Idaho. Lindsey was the director of Compassionate Idaho, and Josh was the executive director of Idaho NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). Last April, Lindsey and Josh took a short vacation, and had left their children with a trusted babysitter. When they returned, they found their home a mess and their two children gone, stolen away by Idaho state authorities. “While we were gone, they came and took the kids while they had a babysitter that would let them in,” Lindsey explained. “They didn't have a warrant when they came, they came to do a welfare check... they had said my son brought cannabis to school.” Cont. on Page 5
HB 3460 Rules Advisory Committee Set - Process Begins
Oregon News HB 3460 RULES ADVISORY COMMITTEE Committee Facilitator: Tom Burns, Director OHA Pharmacy Programs
By Keith Mansur Oregon Cannabis Connection
The first Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting for HB 3460 was held on September 20th from 9:00 to Noon in Salem, Oregon. The committee is comprised of over a dozen individuals from across a broad spectrum of experience. It includes advocates, lawyers, county district attorneys, sheriffs, health professionals, legislators, business owners and others. Though no single member represents Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) patients, a number of members are, in fact, patients and caregivers themselves.
Representative Peter Buckley (D Ashland)
Tom Burns, director of Pharmacy Programs for the Oregon Health Authority, picked the committee which is surprisingly favorable to medical marijuana. They are assigned the difficult task of creating workable rules to implement and administer the operations of the new Medical Marijuana Facilities authorized under the bill.
Senator Floyd Prozanski (D- Eugene)
Unfortunately, little to nothing was accomplished at the meeting except a reading of an initial “draft” of rules, which was woefully incomplete, and the creation of sub-committees to tackle some of the larger issues, including security and testing. The next, and hopefully more productive meeting, will be held on October 18th in Salem. Shannon O'Fallon, an Oregon Department of Justice Attorney, drafted the initial set of rules that the committee reviewed. Though rules were preliminarily drafted, as many questions were raised as answered from the 10 page document mulled over at the meeting. In fact, no rules, at all, were drafted for the testing and security sections, leaving big questions to be answered. Burns explained at one point during the meeting, referring to the testing requirement in the bill, “This is such a unique and difficult subject that I, at least for one, have no background on." Burns said he reached out to the Oregon Department of Agriculture for technical input. Transfer of ownership became the single largest issue of debate, and ideas ranged from requiring medicine be placed on consignment at all MMFs, so the patient can request it be returned at any time, to allowing the MMFs to have complete ownership once the grower has transferred it to the dispensary. The meeting ended with public comments, but only after the committee rushed
Rob Bovett, Lincoln County DA
Nole Bullock, Compassion Center Owner Jack Crabtree, Yamhill County Sheriff Todd Dalotto, ACCM Chair Anthony Johnson, Advocate Amy Margolis, Advocate Representative Andy Olson (R- Albany)
Jon Sassaman, Corvallis Chief of Police Paul Schmidt, Former Colorado Medical Marijuana Employee Gary Schnabel, Executive Director, Oregon Board of Pharmacy Geoff Sugerman, Advocate through the last few pages of the draft rules, accomplishing very little other than reading it through. Public comments were numerous, with dozens of people addressing the committee for a few minutes each. Many of the most prominent advocates in Oregon were there and offered their perspective. More than one spoke about their concerns over deliveries, and whether the “within 1000 feet of a school” restrictions in the bill would apply. Many delivery services are currently operating in Oregon, and restricting deliveries to areas more than 1000 feet from schools would be very problematic. John Sajo, the Director of Voter Power, spoke early and brought up many questions that surround transfer and reimbursement, low income assistance, tracking of medicine, and more. He repeatedly requested direction from the committee on gray areas in the law. On one concern, about the nonprofit nature of dispensaries with requiring nonprofit status, Sajo invited the committee to, “Please give us some guidance on that, there's a lot of issues surrounding that.” The next meeting will be Friday, October 18 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Hearing Room F at the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE, Salem, Oregon . A third meeting will be held in November, and the rules done by December. They hope to start accepting applications by February, 2014. Visit www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/ medicalmarijuanadispensaries.aspx for up to date information and a copy of the preliminary rules.
Jefferson State Hemp Expo Rocks New Site By Kristi Anderson Oregon Cannabis Connection Now in its 4th year, and 3rd location, the Jefferson State Hemp Expo and Music Festival turned out to be an amazing time. Bringing music, hemp and cannabis education, and friendly people together is the purpose of the 3 day event. And, their new spot was right in the backyard of many performers, sponsors, and, attendees. Most notably, the State of Jefferson band members, who throw the event each year, are from the area themselves. Being raised there, and now living there, Eric, Joe and Ryan of State of Jefferson band were able to secure a previously unused lot directly across from the famed Provolt Community Center in Applegate, Comedian Ngaio Belum Oregon. The was MC for all 3 days property also adjoins the Provolt Market, which host music events and The Apple Jam every year, and was large enough for the vendors, crowd, two stages, and camping. JS Hemp Expo brought in great headliners this year, sure to appeal to a broad range of festival goers, including Floater on Friday, Curtis Salgado on Saturday, and Les Claypool's Duo De' Twang on Sunday. As usual, many local favorites also played and thrilled the crowds, including 100 Watt Mind, State of Jefferson, Ras Cricket and The Cultivators, Frankie Hernandez, The Rodeo Clowns, 541 Syndicate, The Herbal Crew, Unified Culture, Buckle Rash, The T-Club, and many, many more. Of course, vendors from all over served up their food, apparel, products and services. Pizza, burritos, chinese food, vegan fair, and more, which helped keep the music lovers happy. The Beer garden also helped many enjoy the event, and provided great micro-brews to the thirsty. The Hemposium forum educated interested people inside the Dome from 2 to 6 each day. Sponsored by Oregon Cannabis Connection and Southern Oregon Community Center and Clinics, panels from advocates, grow experts, legislative experts, and Industrial Hemp pioneers provided essential information to the largest Hemposium crowds yet.
The JS Hemp Expo's new venue provided plenty of space, better security, and a convenient locale. Image Keith Mansur, OCC
Dave Seber of Hemp Shield provided information on the hemp industry, progress in Oregon colleges teaching hemp coursework, and specifically his wood stain and its viability. Seber is a renowned hemp expert and JS Hemp Expo was lucky to get him. Anthony Taylor or Compassionate Oregon was a presenter, and educated many on the legislative successes this past session, and where we will be going from here. Anthony Taylor was integral in these advances, and answered questions and engaged the audience on many issues. Othere panelists included Jeremiah from Northern Light and Garden on cultivation, Lori Duckworth, Lindsey and Josh Rinehart (see “Idaho Refugees” article in Oregon News), Brenda Thomas, Justin Jenkins, and others on cannabis raid victimization, and Waves and Spaceman from Takilma Radio on Industrial Hemp. The sponsors are integral to a festival, and make it happen. Big thanks go out to the Main sponsor, Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine. Dragon's Lair and Northern Lights and Garden have been major sponsors from the earliest year,. Many others were essential, including All We Create Productions, Green Leaf Labs, Paul Loney Atty, Lost Forest Recordings, Southern Oregon Backline, The G-Spot, and more. Weather was mostly good, though rain squalls did pass through a couple of times. Generally, the days were warm and the evenings cool, just as one might expect in Southern Oregon in late August. Having very little hot weather is a blessing. As many have come to expect, the event was a fun time and one to remember. Next year's JS Hemp Expo should be another great event, especially with the venue nailed down early and more time to prepare. The State of Jefferson guys did a great job, with little time, and managed to throw a rockin' fest. Can't wait for next year.
Washing County Sheriff Blames OMMP on Large Illegal Operation By Keith Mansur Oregon Cannabis Connection The Washington County Sheriffs office is once again on a medical marijuana enforcement binge, raiding over a dozen homes in the county, and detaining dozens of individuals. The group was shipping large amounts of marijuana to the East Coast and South, according to authorities. Now they want to blame the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
Oregon News Cannabis Industry Cont. From Pg 3 “One point where I can agree with law enforcement is that facilities can not, and should not, charge black-market prices for medicine,” Kenyon Said.“We plan to change this practice and offer affordable medicine. ” Testing for mold, mildew, and pesticides is required under the law, which provides another business opportunity for Kenyon.
The Oregonian's Noelle Crombie reported on Sept 5th, “Investigators found the suspects shipping 50 pounds a month to New York and Texas, neither of which have medical marijuana laws...growers used companies like FedEx to ship cannabis, for which their customers paid them $2,500 a pound.” The Washington County Sheriff's office indicated the growers were hiding behind the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act and “using it as a smoke screen” to cover up their illegal activities. However, only 18 of the 35 detained were medical marijuana cardholders in Oregon, which prompted Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's office to respond to the Sheriff's assertion.
The Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine clinic conveys a comfortable and professional atmosphere making patients feel at ease.
“We are planning to open a testing lab, CannaTech Labs to help new medical marijuana facilities comply with the new law.”, Kenyon explained. “We will, of course, also be offering testing for potency, which 3460 did not require, but we think is vital information for patients.” “Our lab also will be leading the way in cannabis research, and we are excited to have enlisted the former head of Arizona State University's Science Department to head-up that research,” He added. The Rules Advisory Committee, which hopes to have the rules in place by early December, will be making many decisions which will effect operations at facilities, and lay down rules and restrictions for the MMF program.
Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County Sheriffs Dept., speaking with the media
“I feel we have a descent group of individuals to assist the rules-making process, and there seems to be an even representation from all concerned parties including the OHA, Pharmacy Board, Lawyers, D.A.'s, legislators
Image from Washington County at co.washington.or.us
"Other than the fact that a few people had medical marijuana cards, I don't think there was a big medical marijuana connection here," said Jeff Manning to The Oregonian in the article. He also called the group a “garden variety drug ring.” The raids included six law enforcement agencies and dozens of officers. They seized over 2,600 plants from homes set up with large grow operations. Some of the homes had paid staff working the grows, according to Washington County Sheriff Sgt. Bob Ray. One of the homes which was targeted in the raid actually caught fire days before the raid. "The whole house was a complete grow operation," Sgt. Ray explained to The Oregonian. "The reason it caught on fire was the illegal wiring in the house for the grow." No one was arrested, but the case will now head to a grand jury. And, lawyers from Rosenblum's office will still prosecute the case.
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The Operation Pipe Dreams smoke shop has always had the areas best selection of smoking accessories, including vapor devices and accessories for medical use.
for and against, law enforcement, and medical marijuana advocates, “ Kenyon said. “It's a good start.” Local municipalities have recently shown signs of banning MMFs, by refusing to offer them business licenses, or revoking ones currently operating. Also, some local police and sheriffs have shown serious resistance to any dispensary program, and have indicated to local businesses that MMFs will “not be allowed” in their communities. “At this point, fifteen years after Oregonians decided cannabis is a useful medicine, and the Board of Pharmacy rescheduled it to a schedule II drug, 'a drug having medical
benefit', and the legislature, and the Governor, have decided its time to move forward, the only explanation for the resistance from local law enforcement must be their support for the black market.” Kenyon exclaimed. “It's time that taxpayer supported local officials and authorities respect the majority of not only the voters, but the legislature, as well.” Looking to the future of marijuana legalization, Kenyon hopes that the medical aspect of the plant is not forgotten, and that patients will still have access.
Idaho Refugees Cont. From Pg 3 To no one's surprise, the police later determined another student had brought the cannabis to school.
“Medical marijuana has indisputable medical value, and I have seen, first hand, what it can do for really sick people. I hope that, if Oregon legalizes marijuana, we continue what will be a well functioning medical program for those needing medication and not seeking recreation.” Kenyon remarked. In the near future, Kenyon's new business endeavors will be able to help you navigate the complexities of cannabis as medicine, different products, and also tell you what's in your medicine. He will be able to provide all the services for patients, from their OMMP physician recommendation, primary healthcare needs, alternative medicines, cannabis products and testing, and cannabis delivery systems and accessories. The local cannabis industry in Oregon is strong, and entrepreneurs like Kenyon are the driving force behind the changes we are seeing. A strong supporter of Ellen Rosenblum and implemental in the passage of HB 3460, Kenyon also is involved in a new association that will represent all stakeholders in the Oregon cannabis industry, including growers, MMF operators, trimmers, and others that need a voice. Anyone interested in the cannabis industry or medical marijuana can reach Brent Kenyon at Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine. He continues to be a leader in medical marijuana treatment and the cannabis industry of which we can all be proud.
Frogs on your plants? That's a good thing! Image: Keith Mansur, OCC
Lindsey and Josh Rinehart, new Oregon residents. Photo: Josh Rinehart
The timing could not have been better planned by the authorities. “We had just applied for Boise's third annual Idaho Hope Fest, and we had just started our second petition to get medical marijuana on the ballot...and recently gone head-to-head with the office of Idaho Drug Policy just prior to going on vacation with my husband.” “They knew who I was when they came to my house. I was the Block Captain for neighborhood watch and the officers in my neighborhood knew what I did,” Lindsey explained. “They just spent the whole last legislative session trying to ban it from the State forever, and I testified six times.” Lindsey's condition can be debilitating for long periods of time, especially when she is without cannabis. After the incident with the state taking her children, she stopped medicating for fear of losing them again, which brought on just such a prolonged attack, and prompted their immigration to Southern Oregon. Cont. on Page 6
I-Five-O Oregon Marijuana Police Log
The lightest ever I-Five O Log. We only have one entry this issue, and no photos, darn! It was off I-Five headed towards the California coast. Could it be the cops are laying off? Not so fast, they will get busy again after harvest, be warned! Oct 5 – Cave Junction (OSP) An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop led to the arrest of a California man after the trooper discovered approximately 16 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle along Highway 199 near Cave Junction in Josephine County. OSP Drug Enforcement Section will be conducting further investigation. On October 5, 2013 at approximately 1:54 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1997 Toyota sport utility vehicle displaying Montana license plates for a traffic violation along Highway 199 near milepost 30. The vehicle's driver was identified as a 56 year old man from Sun City, California. Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 16 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle. The suspect was arrested and taken to the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. Cartoon by Carlos Latuff
Oregon News Nugs Congressman Earl Blumenauer Wants Hemp Growing In Oregon Portland's liberal representative in the United States Congress, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D), has sent a letter to Oregon state agriculture leaders urging them to implement the 2009 Oregon hemp law, and allow farmers to grow the superior crop. With the federal memo from the DOJ indicating they would respect states that have legalized marijuana, Blumenauer doesn't see why that doesn't apply to Hemp also. After all, Hemp is classified as the same plant as marijuana under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Here is his letter: “I write to request that you start the process of implementing Oregon’s law allowing for the cultivation of industrial hemp as soon as practicable. In 2009, the State Legislature passed a law allowing for the cultivation of hemp. I understand that implementation of this law, however, has been on hold due to conflicts with federal law. On August 29th, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a memo indicating that as long as a state implements a rigorous regulatory and enforcement mechanism for marijuana production, distribution, and possession that protects federal government enforcement priorities, the DOJ will not interfere with state law regarding marijuana. Amanda Marshall, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, has indicated that these policies will also apply to hemp production in Oregon, telling The Oregonian in an interview published on September 15, 2013 that “hemp is cannabis. It’s marijuana, and under federal law, it’s exactly the same thing.” American retailers sell over $300 million worth of products containing hemp seeds and fibers every year, using hemp grown in other countries. Implementing the law for the cultivation of industrial hemp would allow Oregon farmers to tap into this market. With the State of Kentucky moving ahead in this issue, I am eager to understand how Oregon is prepared to take advantage of this duly passed state law. I look forward to hearing of your progress and stand ready to assist you in any way I can.”
News, "I would like a system like that for marijuana. We've already got the distribution system in place. It's not going to cost us any money to set that up." With no love lost for the OLCC in Oregon, involving the OLCC is controversial. With restricted locations, restrictive hours, and high prices, the OLCC has a bad reputation. Attorney, Brian Michaels, a member of the state Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana, told KVAL, "If you have an OLCC place that sells it and it's regulated through the state, what's on the shelf? What is it going to look like? Who's going to regulate that?” If a law is too restrictive, advocates will respond, as Michaels explained, “Then we will have an initiative on the ballot, we'll politic against theirs in favor of ours." The legislature has a short session beginning in February 2014. It is unclear yet if Barnhart will introduce a bill.
OMMP Fees Go Down, For A Few The Oregon legislature, through the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Human Services Subcommittee, last session approved a small decrease in certain Oregon Medical Marijuana Program fees. Though the Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana (ACMM) proposal
Idaho Refugees Cont. From Pg. 5 We had to leave,” She explained. “My attack lifted within a week of being here and having cannabis.” They chose Medford, and the entire Rogue Valley region, since the rent is affordable, the climate is very similar to Idaho, and the area also affords good growing conditions for cannabis. Unfortunately, the person who originally offered Josh both gainful employment and the family a place to stay, turned out to be a fraud. He told them to leave after just a few days, without explanation. “It was three or four days that we were there,” Josh explained. “He called us and told us that we needed to get out, out of nowhere.” Fortunately, she had corresponded with Lori Duckworth, the former executive Director of Southern Oregon NORML and the Southern Oregon Cannabis Community Center. Duckworth, as usual, reached out to them and offered assistance. Lindsey explained, “When we got here we were kind of screwed by the person we thought was there to help us, and without Lori, I really honestly do not know what we would have done.” Her recent experiences, and track record of activism, have inspired Lindsey to begin a new project, The Undergreen Railroad. She also has become the local chapter co-leader of Moms for Marijuana in Oregon's Rogue Valley. With the Undergreen Railroad, Lindsey is hoping to bring people persecuted in States that prohibit marijuana to legal marijuana States. She hopes to create an organization that can help cover the costs of moving, finding jobs, getting healthcare, and other impediments that could prevent patients from relocating. “The Undergreen Railroad will be a non-profit organization to help move medical and recreational marijuana users from non-legal states to legal ones,” Lindsey described. “We just want to help people get where they can be safe and happy, and secure.”
ACMM Meeting in Medford. Image Keith Mansur, OCC
would have met the states required revenue goal and would have reduced the burden on the poorest and most disabled patients, a small reduction was all that was approved. Effective October 1, 2013 cardholders on SNAP will have fees reduced from $100 to $60 and cardholders on OHP will have fees reduced from $100 to $50. The new OMMP fee structure:
Way to go Earl! You are to be admired.
Cardholder application and annual renewal fee: $200
Oregon Representative Wants Legislature To Legalize Cannabis
Reduced application fee for persons receiving SNAP benefits: $60
"I think the Legislature needs to take charge of it. We need to run out a measure to the veople in November 2014," Rep. Phil Barnhart from Eugene told KVAL news September 10th.
Reduced application fee for persons receiving SSI benefits: $20
Though no details have been worked out by Barnhart, under his measure, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (or OLCC) would have full regulatory control over marijuana production and sale.
Fee for replacement registry cards: $100 ($20 for those patients who qualify for the $20 reduced application fee).
Barnhart explained further to KVAL
Reduced application fee for recipients of OHP: $50
Grow site registration fee where the patient is not his or her own grower: $50
Though the organization will help any marijuana user that seeks safety and security, except for those that may be evading authorities or are wanted for a crime, priority would go to severely ill patients in immediate need of relief and families in danger of losing their children due to cannabis use. Mom's for Marijuana supports mothers and families who use marijuana and they work to destroy misconceptions about the plant. By putting mothers out front that are normal moms who happen to use marijuana instead of pharmaceuticals or alcohol, Moms for Marijuana shows that cannabis users are normal people, and maybe even your very own neighbor. A “Free The Babies” rally is planned on November 8th in Medford, and worldwide, by Moms for Marijuana. With Child Protective Services run amok in the United States, all concerned parents and citizens should get involved. “It's time for cannabis patients and users around the country to stand up and say that just because we use cannabis doesn't mean our children are free game for you to make some money,” Lindsey explained. The local chapter's rally will be at the Jackson County courthouse from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on November 8th. There are also rallies planned in Portland and a number of other cities including Berlin, Germany. For more information on The Undergreen Railroad, Moms for Marijuana, or other projects Lindsay and Josh are involved in, visit them on Facebook!
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Feds Approve Marijuana Legalization Laws!
By Keith Mansur Oregon Cannabis Connection We occasionally do product reviews in the Oregon Cannabis Connection. Usually, it has to really catch our attention, or be unique for our industry. Well, the Grasshopper Extractor definitely caught our attention! It is a unique, and effective, machine to extract trichomes and resins from your plants.
Department of Justice announced it will allow Colorado and Washington to move forward with implementation of laws establishing state-regulated systems of marijuana production and distribution. “Today’s announcement is a major and historic step toward ending marijuana prohibition,” said MPP director of federal policy Dan Riffle. “The Department of Justice’s decision to allow implementation of the laws in Colorado and Washington is a clear signal that states are free to determine their own policies with respect to marijuana. “We applaud the Department of Justice and other federal agencies for its thoughtful approach and sensible decision. It is time for the federal government to start working with state officials to develop enforcement policies that respect state voters, as well as federal interests. The next step is for Congress to act. We need to fix our nation’s broken marijuana laws and not just continue to work around them.” While the memo reiterates that marijuana use and distribution are still in violation of federal law, it lays out the priorities for the Department of Justice in states where marijuana policy differs from federal law: the distribution of marijuana to minors;
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firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana;
revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels; the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states; state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity; violence and the use of
Image Keith Mansur, OCC The Grasshopper Extractor is a sturdy built yet portable unit.
Stacy Page, an industry expert for over 8 years, has teamed up with Eric Sfragidas , a master metal worker and fabricator, to create a dry ice extractor that has is remarkably effective in removing trichomes and resin glands from plant material. It is really easy to use, incredibly fast, and produces a number of grades of extract by utilizing different screens and multiple runs. I visited Sky High smoke shop in Medford, who are a distributor for the Grasshopper, to see what the device looked like. I was intrigued to say the least. Bobby, owner of Sky High, plugged it in and let it run for a minute. My first impression was, “WOW! That shakes hard.” I had to see it in action. Since Grasshopper Extractor is located in Southern Oregon, and I reside in the Grants Pass area, I was able to visit Stacy and Eric to get a first hand demonstration.
An old sign at Ole Miss., which is the location of the U.S. federal marijuana garden.
After scraping the catch tray out, we reattached the tray and restarted the Grasshopper. After another five minutes, which is controlled by an built in timer, the machine shuts down, and out comes another full ounce of kief. Though slightly “greener” than the first batch, it was still a very nice result, for sure!
Stacy Page, who previously worked at a grow supply store in Southern Oregon, explained to OCC, “The way people do it now...it's a lot of work and you don't get a lot of return.”
growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands;
After the last memo issued by Cole regarding state medical marijuana law and federal enforcement, states with very clear policies in place to control and regulate marijuana distribution saw little or no interference. This latest memo seems to echo that position in the cases of Washington and Colorado for adult use, so hopefully we can expect the Department of Justice to continue this trend moving forward.
Adding a few pounds of dry ice and 12 ounces of plant material yielded almost 3 ounces of extract, in 10 minutes!
That is 2.8 ounces in ten minutes!
drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;
preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property.
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After seeing the results, I was truly astonished. In five minutes of shaking, the Grasshopper yielded a 15% return (in weight) on the plant material we put in. After putting the recommended twelve ounces of dry “shake” trim from last years harvest (the close trim or “sugar” leaves, many say) into the machine, along with a few pounds of dry ice, we pulled 1.8 ounces of golden colored powder from the catch tray. It was beautiful! It was fast! It was amazing!
They claim a 25% yield in fifteen minutes, and they are right. We had a 23% yield in ten minutes. They have two different classifier screens (149 and 210 micron) that attach to the bottom of the hopper which allows production of multiple “grades”. You can also empty the catch bin after each five minute run to separate the initial, higher concentration, extracts.
Image Keith Mansur, OCC Two different size screens come with it to help separate different grades.
They also showed me a sample of kief produced from a load of dry cannabis “water”, or “fan” leaves, from a recent harvest. It was a grayish color, but smelled and tasted like kief. Their results from potency testing came back at 17% THC and over .50% CBD. From fan leaves! That really blew my mind. Stacy explained to OCC, “One advantage is that before people with water leaves were just chucking them out because it was just way to much effort to deal with them.” I was initially skeptical about the ferocity of the shaking. Eric explained that they found, through trial and error, that this seems to be the best level of shaking to yield the best product in the shortest amount of time. Another huge advantage to dry ice extraction is the dryness of the resulting Cont. on Page 11
US Supreme Court Man Gets Sentenced To Two Separate Initiatives Rejects Marijuana 20 Years In Prison For A May Appear on the 2016 Reclassification Appeal Half Ounce Of Marijuana Ballot in Wyoming. By Phillip Smith StopTheDrugWar.org
By Johnny Green The Weed Blog
The US Supreme Court on October 7th declined to hear an appeal from medical marijuana advocacy groups who had challenged the DEA’s decision to maintain marijuana’s status as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, the category reserved for the most dangerous substances.
Louisiana is one of the worst places to get busted with marijuana in the country. Louisiana marijuana laws are so harsh that I can’t imagine being a marijuana consumer there. I live in Oregon where the marijuana laws are very liberal, so maybe Louisiana’s laws seem harsher to me than to other people, but I can’t imagine being sentenced to twenty years in prison for a marijuana offense.
The court denied in summary order a petition for a writ of certiorari from the groups, led by America ns for Safe Access, which had sought Supreme Court review of a DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the DEA’s ruling that a change in marijuana’s classification required the Food and Drug Administration’s recognition of acceptable medical uses for the drugs. Advocates of rescheduling marijuana have been trying to do so for more than four decades, but have been thwarted by DEA delays and intransigence. This was the third formal rescheduling effort to be blocked by DEA decision making. Schedule I drugs are deemed to have no acceptable medical uses and a high potential for abuse. Other Schedule I drugs include LSD, MDMA, and heroin. Despite the fact that there is an ever-increasing mountain of research detailing marijuana medicinal effects and despite the fact that 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, the DEA continues to insist that it cannot be down-scheduled. Joe Elford, lead attorney on the case for Americans for Safe Access, told Law360 that the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari was in line with its reluctance to overturn lower courts and administrative decisions on medical marijuana. “It’s disappointing, but not altogether surprising,” he said. A fourth effort to reclassify marijuana led by the governors of the medical marijuana states of Rhode Island and Washington was filed in 2011 and is still awaiting action. From StopTheDrugWar.org.
Federal marijuana cigs, sent to Oregon's Elvy Mussika monthly!
But that is exactly what happened to Corey Ladd. Mr. Ladd was sentenced to twenty years in prison for possessing just 15 grams of marijuana. In Louisiana, if you have been convicted of marijuana possession three times you can get 20 years in prison. It feels weird even typing that out. 20 years in prison, for marijuana. I don’t care how many times you have been convicted for marijuana, or what amount of marijuana you were caught with, there is no reason you should be serving multiple decades in prison for a marijuana only offense. What a waste of tax dollars. What a waste of a jail bed that should be reserved for a deranged, violent person. Someone really needs to take a hard look at Louisiana’s marijuana laws and see how much money is being wasted. Louisiana’s marijuana laws result in racially biased practices that have a detrimental effect on the State’s minority communities. According to Dissident Voice: For example, Louisiana arrests about 13,000 people per year for marijuana, 60% of them African Americans. Over 84 percent were for possession only. While Louisiana’s population is 32 percent black, 60 percent of arrests for marijuana are African American making it the 9th most discriminatory state nationwide. In Tangipahoa Parish, blacks are 11.8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites and in St. Landry Parish the rate of black arrests for marijuana is 10.7 times as likely as whites, landing both parishes in the worst 15 in the country. If you live in Louisiana, get active. The only way marijuana laws will change there is if you put the pressure on your legislators over and over again, because Louisiana is not an initiative state. Lobby for an initiative process and align with other causes that also would benefit from an initiative system. Then Louisiana will be ripe for an initiative that reform’s the State’s horrendous marijuana laws. © 2013 The Weed Blog. From www.theweedblog.com. Reprinted by permission.
By Keith Mansur Oregon Cannabis Connection The nonprofit organization Weed Wyoming will file a state ballot initiative which will permit medical marijuana use. Their stance is that the majority of Wyomans do not support full
legalization, but are open to medical use. “Although there is already an initiative in the pipeline for the 2016 ballot addressing marijuana law reform, its ‘whole ball of wax’ approach has no chance, as it is our experience that there is a lot of support for reform in our state, but the vast majority of that support is for medical reform and not recreational use,” They said in a press release. Their initiative would allow people with a medical recommendation to cultivate up to 10 marijuana plants, yet only posses up to 10 ounces. However, smoking of marijuana would actually be allowed in any location that allows tobacco smoke. Wyoming's NORML chapter also introduced an initiative on September 30th that legalizes cannabis for recreational use. According to the Petition Statement it would “Tax and legalize cannabis, hemp, and ALL related products and businesses in the state of Wyoming, removing all penalties for use by adults over 21 years of age within the state of Wyoming for both medical and recreational consumption.” Christine Christian, the head of the NORML chapter that formed on April 20 of this year, explained to Wyoming Tribune Eagle, “There are way too many people in jail over possessing minor amounts of marijuana. All we are doing is sending them to jail and making them better criminals.” According to Phillip Smith at StopTheDrugWar.org, “More than 2,000 people a year are arrested on marijuana charges in Wyoming, a state with only slightly more than half a million residents. About nine out of 10 of those arrests are for simple possession.”
A Little Girl Helps Give CNN's Sanjay Gupta New Perspective on Marijuana By Sharda Sekaran Drug Policy Alliance CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is making waves for his recent reversal of opinion on medical marijuana. Part of this has to do with an expansive body of medical evidence but the touching story of a 5-year-old girl may have also played a meaningful role. What if you were the parent of a small child suffering from a severe form of epilepsy that sent her into debilitating shocks hundreds of times each week, disrupting nearly every moment of the day, often leaving her in a catatonic state and crippling her development? You’ve tried every treatment available, seen countless specialists and nothing seems to work. You’ve taken your child home from yet another emergency hospital visit, this time carrying with you the immeasurable weight of a “do not resuscitate” order from her doctor. Her treatment providers have exhausted every avenue they know of and have left you with very little hope. Finally, at the height of your desperation you discover one last course of action but it is not one without controversy. You’ve learned about a plant containing chemicals that have proven beneficial to children like your daughter. However, the first complication is that the plant also has psychoactive properties and as much as you want to help your child, you don’t want to keep her in a constant state of intoxication. You find there are strains of the plant with less of the intoxicant chemical and more of the one you believe has the medical benefits you need. However, there is a second very daunting complication: the plant is illegal and this fact creates significant consequences. Few clinical researchers have had the ability to do thorough testing of the plant and objectively review its side effects due to politics and the fact that the federal government has banned it. Getting a reliable and safe supply will be an extraordinary challenge. And even if your local laws permit limited access to the plant and your child improves with it, you may never be able to travel with her across state lines without the risk of arrest and possibly having your little girl taken away from you by the authorities. A young couple from Colorado, Paige and Matt Figi, faced this very harsh dilemma and their story is the subject of Dr. Gupta’s special “Weed,” airing this Sunday night. Their 5-year-old daughter, Charlotte, struggles with a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome, and though they have endured extreme measures to treat her with medical marijuana, the results have been outstanding. Charlotte has gone from having hundreds of seizures a week to only one Cont. on Page 11
National News Romania Legalizes Marijuana
National News Nugs Study: Illicit Drugs Cheaper And More Prevalent Despite Increased Legal Sanctions Law enforcement-based efforts criminalizing the possession of illicit substances have largely failed to reduce drug production, potency, or access, according to an assessment of global drug interdiction efforts published online recently by the British Medical Journal.
Romania has become the tenth country in the EU to legalize medical marijuana. This is welcome new for those that are suffering from various ailments in Romania. Up until now people have had to either use medical marijuana illegally or use harmful pharmaceutical drugs. Other European countries that have legalized medical marijuana include Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Czech Republic, and Spain. I wonder how long the United States will sit on the sidelines at the national level. Not only does the
Investigators from Canada and the United States reviewed government data to assess the long-term, global impact of enforcement-based supply reduction intervention efforts. Researchers reported, "[T]he global supply of illicit drugs has likely not been reduced in the previous two decades. In particular, the data presented in this study suggest that the supply of opiates and cannabis, in particular, have increased, given the increasing potency and decreasing prices of these illegal commodities." Authors reported that in the United States, the average price of heroin, cocaine and cannabis decreased by an estimated 80 percent between 1990 and 2007, while average drug purity increased by 60 percent, 11 percent and 161 percent respectively. They concluded: "With few exceptions and despite increasing investments in enforcement-based supply reduction efforts aimed at disrupting global drug supply, illegal drug prices have generally decreased while drug purity has generally increased since 1990. These findings suggest that expanding efforts at controlling the global illegal drug market through law enforcement are failing." Full text of the study, "The temporal relationship between drug supply indicators: an audit of international government surveillance systems," is available online at: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/. By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director. © NORML 2013. Reprinted by permission.
Cultivation section on page 14!
Obama Administration refuse to legalize medical marijuana at a national level, but it continues to disrespect the will of voters at the state level by harassing medical marijuana program participants in states that have passed medical marijuana laws. The United States federal government needs to step up an do what’s right and legalize medical marijuana at the federal level. Especially considering the US government produces medical marijuana for four federal patients, and owns patents relating to medical marijuana. History will look back on this hypocrisy and future American citizens will consider this area of federal policy to be a colossal failure. Do you live in Europe? If so, how do you feel about Romania legalizing medical marijuana? Do you feel that there needs to be more ailments recognized for appropriate use? What country do you think will be next to legalize medical marijuana in Europe? If you live in America, how long do you think until the federal government here legalizes medical marijuana? Visit www.theweedblog.com to join the conversation. By Johnny Green at The Weed Blog. © www.theweedblog.com. Reprinted by permission.
Delaware Finally Moves Forward on Medical Marijuana Program Delaware decided to move forward with their medical marijuana program on October 1st, moving to allow a single pilot compassion center in the state when the Delaware Division of Public Health published preliminary regulations for the program.
In 2011, Governor Jack Markell signed the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act, but due to conflict with federal memos and guidelines on marijuana laws, he had DE Gov. Jack Markell suspended the program. Last August, he lifted the suspension to allow for the compassion center to move ahead. Physicians will be able to recommend medical marijuana for many conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis, nausea, seizures and other conditions. Thom May is the Public Health division’s Health Systems Protection chief, and he told Delaware State News that the new regulations really only cover the bidding identification process and the operations of the compassion center. Which also includes security and safety.
Cannabis Connection Stumbo, formerly the state’s attorney general, has long been considered an opponent of reforming marijuana laws. When Kentucky was considering a bill to allow industrial hemp earlier this year, Stumbo’s attempt to block the bill resulted in a public dispute with the state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. Stumbo eventually relented under strong public pressure and allowed the bill to pass. Although industrial hemp and medical marijuana are very different issues, advocates feared Stumbo would take a similar attitude toward medical marijuana legislation. His recent comments would appear to pave the way for the Kentucky House to seriously consider a medical marijuana bill in 2014. From Marijuana Policy Project. Reprinted by permission.
Jackie Rickert Bill Reintroduced in Wisconsin
“We spent a lot of time reviewing other states throughout the country, in particularly those in this geographic region,” May told Delaware State News. “Every state’s situation is different and unique with themselves.”
Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D – Middleton)and Rep. Chris Taylor (D – Madison), along with local patients, held a press conference and announced the reintroduction of the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act.
To just place a bid for the pilot compassion center, entities must pay a $5,000 “bid” fee. May explained to Delaware State News that an official request for proposal for the pilot center will be released by December, and they hope to be going through the bids by March next year. Once the winner is determined, they will begin growing up to 150 plants by July and be allowed an inventory of 1,500 ounces or less.
“Under the measure, medicinal marijuana could be prescribed to patients with cancer, glaucoma, AIDS-HIV, post traumatic stress disorder, seizures, severe pain and nausea, and muscle spasms.” reported The Capital Times in an article October 3rd, the same day as the press conference.
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Kentucky House Speaker May Support Medical Marijuana Kentucky advocates for medical marijuana received a pleasant surprise in September when several media outlets reported that House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) is now “leaning in favor” of passing a medical marijuana law.
MPP reported, “Sen. Erpenbach continues his championing of patients’ rights, while Rep. Taylor takes the torch from former state Representative Mark Pocan, who was recently elected to Congress.” Rep. Taylor explained in a news conference that the bill would allow patients, with a doctor's recommendation, to grow up to 10 marijuana plants. The amount they can possess at any one time, however, is only 3 ounces. Patients who do not grow their own medicine would be allowed to purchase medicinal marijuana at state-regulated “compassionate care centers.”
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product. Since dry ice (or frozen CO2 gas) has no liquid stage at normal atmospheric conditions, it is a totally dry process. When dry plant material is used, as is recommended, there is no worry of mold or curing.
small episode each month with regular and carefully monitored use of the plant.
The catch tray, after 5 minutes of shaking. The resulting quality after the first shake was excellent!
medicated with kief from a quarter gram to a half gram, or more, in each.
Image Keith Mansur, OCC After 10 minutes of shaking, the plant material is broken down and dry ice broken up.
I add enough kief in my recipes to equal a half gram in each dose of treats. I effectively get 56 doses (a dose could be 1 brownie or 3 mini-muffins, it's up to you) from one ounce (or 28 grams) of kief. So I can get 168 medicated doses from processing 12 ounces of my shake trim when utilizing the Grasshopper Extractor. Image Keith Mansur, OCC
“It's a dry process, and there's no cure time. You get a dry product out of the machine and it's ready to use,” Eric explained. The price may seem a little high, at $2,500, but the effectiveness and speed make it very affordable, especially for larger growers. Considering many spend $800.00 for a hand spinning trimmer, $1,500 for a trim table, or over $8,000 for a hops trimmer, the price Image Keith Mansur, tag is very OCC reasonable. Growers A convenient timer could even go in shuts the unit down together and share after 5 minutes. the unit between them. You could even buy one and rent it out! Dry ice kief is gaining in popularity because it is more potent than “bud”. It is smoked by some, but it is also very easy to cook with. You can make butter with kief by warming it on the stove for 15 minutes on low heat. You can make treats
After 10 minutes, 2.8 ounces was removed from the plant trimmings. The resulting treats were quite good!
I made our favorite medicated Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (see Recipes section), and I can attest to the quality of the product it produced. It is just as good as my hand shaken dry ice kief, and in a mere fraction of the time! What took me an entire afternoon of hand shaking, the Grasshopper accomplished in 10 minutes! My hat's off to Stacy and Eric for coming up with a new and innovative product. You can watch a video online and learn more at www.grasshopperextractor.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org If you are interested in seeing one in person, and are in Southern Oregon, stop by Sky High in Medford. They are located at 828 S. Central, Suite 3. Or call them at 541-622-8181.
The Figi family’s breathtaking experience helped transform the views of Dr. Gupta, a respected neurosurgeon and once candidate for U.S. Surgeon General who had previously bought into the notion that the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. federal government have enforced a prohibition on marijuana based on sound scientific evidence. After poring over more of the data, meeting Charlotte Figi, and traveling around the world to interview experts for this special, Dr. Gupta dramatically revised his thinking and even issued a public apology for his previous dismissal of the medicinal benefits of marijuana.
Charlotte Figi, walking through a Colorado greenhose full of "charlottes Web", a strain very high in CBD named just for her.. Image from marijuana.com
and providers are vulnerable to arrest and interference from federal law enforcement.
In New Jersey there is a bill sitting on Governor Christie’s desk that, if he is willing to sign, would allow medical marijuana to be recommended for children like Charlotte. The legislation was created in response to the case of Vivian Wilson, a two-year old also suffering from Dravet Syndrome in New Jersey, whose family has struggled to get her access to medical marijuana. Vivian suffers an average of 15 seizures a day and has had more Josh Stanley, from his Youtube Video Realm of Caring. than 20 hospitalizations due Stanley developed the Charlottes Web strain to to her condition. be high in CBDs. Image Youtube
Among the clinical experts interviewed for the special is Columbia University neuroscience professor and Drug Policy Alliance board member Dr. Carl Hart. Dr. Hart has been on a mission for over two decades to study the attributes of illegal drugs from a rational, scientific basis and intentionally avoiding the cloud of drug war propaganda. His new book High Price chronicles his personal and academic journey and the pitfalls of a research environment tainted by bias, knee jerk restrictions and political agendas limiting information that could prove vital to physicians, patients and families. Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing the use and production of medical marijuana for qualifying patients. However, the medical use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and patients in the remaining states are without any legal access at all. Even in states where medical marijuana laws exist, patients
There are many casualties of the drug war, not the least of which is access to sensible science-based research on the beneficial properties of marijuana. Hopefully, Sanjay Gupta’s thoughtful and moving examination of this issue will help further boost the growing tide of reason, compassion and innovative thinking on this issue. Sharda Sekaran is Managing Director of Communications at Drug Policy Alliance. Copyright © 2013 Drug Policy Alliance. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
Cheryl's Clinical Corner A new recurring column from Cheryl Smith, Executive Director of Compassion Center in Eugene, Oregon. Cheryl is also Vice-Chair of the state Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana.
Medical Cannabis: An Aid in Controlling Diabetes? Fred was an 81-year-old man who was referred to Compassion Center for assistance after his doctor signed an Attending Physician Statement to allow him to obtain a medical marijuana card. Fred qualified for participation in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) because of his glaucoma. This feisty, active little man—he continued to build cabinets, mill his own logs and perform other physical labor—had other medical problems, as well. He had developed lower back pain from lifting a trailer tongue, and an x-ray revealed significant arthritis. His pain also radiated down his right leg. He had had a previous hip replacement and was a long-time smoker with coronary artery disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Most interestingly, he had undergone a pancreatectomy for pancreatic cancer more than 15 years earlier, with resulting diabetes. To control his diabetes, Fred was on insulin replacement therapy, monitoring his blood sugar and giving himself insulin injections several times a day. Fred started taking cannabis capsules twice a day. These cannabis capsules were a #2 capsule with coconut oil containing one percent cannabis extract, consisting of 3.47 mg THC, 0.62 mg CBD and 0.13 mg CBN. After several months of this initial dose, Frank reported that he was getting less pain relief than he would like. At that time, he began taking #1 capsules containing 8.675 mg THC, 1.55 mg CBD and .325 mg CBN in the evening, and was also given some topical cannabis analgesia made from extract with 98 mg THC, 18 mg CBD and 4 mg CBN per ounce. A year later he is doing well on two of the higher dose pills twice a day.
excited to learn about the clinical research study recently reported on in the American Journal of Medicine entitled “The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among US Adults.” (Elsevier, 2013) The study looked at 4657 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2005 to 2010, looking for any associations between cannabis use and fasting glucose insulin levels, insulin resistance and factors relating to blood cholesterol levels. Also considered were age, sex, race, education level, physical activity level, alcohol usage and other factors. The study found that participants who reported marijuana use in the past month not only had lower levels of fasting insulin and lower insulin resistance scores, but they had smaller waist circumferences. (This last finding mirrored that of recent studies that found smaller average body mass index (BMI) and obesity among marijuana users, a counter-intuitive finding in light of the increased appetite often linked with marijuana consumption.) The study found no correlation between the dose of cannabis and the insulin response—which parallels what we saw with Fred. The authors of the study discussed areas for further study of this phenomenon. They also noted that with the increasing trend of legalizing medical marijuana in the US medical professionals need to be aware of effects of the herb on common disease processes, including diabetes mellitus. A Note on Insulin Resistance Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body produces insulin but does not use it effectively. When people have insulin resistance, glucose builds up in the blood instead of being absorbed by the cells, leading to type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Most people with insulin resistance don’t know they have it for many years, until they develop type 2 diabetes—a serious, lifelong disease. The good news is that if people learn they have insulin resistance early on, they can often prevent or delay diabetes by making changes to their lifestyle. Source: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/insulinres istance/
Fred reported that the cannabis substantially reduced his pain, which was no surprise. What was unexpected was that during the first month of regularly using cannabis medicine, his blood sugar (which he checked several times a day) was lower, and he needed one or two fewer insulin injections each day. However, despite increasing his dose of medical marijuana over time, Fred did not experience any further decrease in blood sugar—it stayed at the prior decreased level. This got me thinking. I hadn’t heard that medical marijuana could lower blood sugar, but the “munchies” that are well-known to marijuana smokers and often involve sweets indicates some connection between blood sugar and cannabis consumption. So I was
Cheryl K Smith is an attorney who has been Executive Director of the nonprofit Compassion Center in Eugene since 2009. She is an editor and author of books on raising goats and death with dignity. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited. Contact Compassion Center at 2055 W 12th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402 Phone:(541) 484-6558 online at www.compassioncenter.net
Marijuana Improves Marijuana Useful Mental Sharpness In In Treatment of Middle-Aged Men: Study Hard Drug
By Steve Elliott Tokesignals.com
From Marijuana Policy Project
Not only does smoking marijuana not “burn you out,” but it’s downright good for your brain. Yet more scientific evidence — this time, that it actually appears to improve cognitive functioning among middle-aged men — comes from a 2011 medical study. Researchers looked at a large sample of 8,992 men who “used drugs,” mostly cannabis, at age 42 and then again at age 50, reported the LA Weekly. The men were tested to measure their level of brain functioning. Surprise, surprise — the Brits who had used illegal drugs did just as well — or slightly better! — than the chaps who had never “used drugs” at all. When current and past drug users were lumped together as one group, their scores tended to be better than those of non-users. That advantage was small, researchers said, and might be due to the fact that people who have tried drugs tend to be better educated than those who haven’t. “A positive association was observed between ever (past or current) illicit drug use and cognitive functioning,” the study’s authors concluded in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Marijuana was by far the most commonly used substance among participants of the study — performed by Alex Dregan of King’s College London, reported Amy Norton at Reuters. ”At the population level, it does not appear that current illicit drug use is associated with impaired cognitive functioning in early middle age,” an abstract of the study concludes. Other drugs that were asked about included amphetamines, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, cocaine and ecstasy, but only three to eight percent of study participants said they’d ever tried those. A small subset of participants who claimed they had been treated for their drug use — which could suggest heavy or addicted drug use, or perhaps harder drugs of choice — did not fare as well cognitively at 50, but there were so few of them, it was impossible to draw meaningful conclusions, the study’s authors said. “In a Western population of occasional drug users, this is what you’d expect to see,” said John Halpern, a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist who has studied the potential cognitive effects of drugs. “In some ways, this is not surprising,” Dr. Halpern said. “The brain is resilient.” The study’s findings support the idea that the effects of marijuana and perhaps other drugs are only temporary, and that cognition isn’t damaged once the effects wear off.
Scientists at the University of Montreal have conducted research that demonstrates that marijuana may be useful in the treatment of drug dependency, potentially treating a wide spectrum of stimulant addictions. While it’s good to see scientific evidence supporting a notion we’ve all embraced, the idea is nothing new; Dr. Tod Mikuriya first discussed pot as a supplement for harder drugs in his 1969 book Tod Mikuriya. “marijuana in Image Salem-News.com medicine.” Demonstrating cannabis therapy has been extremely successful in helping addicts recover from crippling addictions for more than 100 years. According to this government sponsored website – a new study from the Addiction Psychiatry Research Unit at the University of Montreal discovered that; “ the ECBS [endocannabinod system] in the neurobiology of stimulant addiction and the effects of its modulation on addictive behaviors. They state that; “A growing number of studies support a critical role of the ECBS and its modulation by synthetic or natural cannabinoids in various neurobiological and behavioral aspects of stimulants addiction.” During their exhaustive study the Canadian researchers found; “cannabinoids modulate brain reward systems closely involved in stimulants addiction, and provide further evidence that the cannabinoid system could be explored as a potential drug discovery target for treating addiction across different classes of stimulants.” As most pot smokers will tell you, their use of marijuana over other substances has ultimately been an anti-gateway drug. Stopping kids from experimenting with tobacco – who needs a cigarette with there is a good joint to be smoked. Eliminating the allure of alcohol…again, second rate to good weed – and ultimately avoiding the pitfalls of hard drugs. From www.MPP.org. Used by permission.
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Ingredients: Equal parts Canna butter, room temperature Honey
1/2 cup chopped green onions 1/2 cup chopped white onion 1 large green pepper, julienne 1/2 cup chopped celery (include some leaves too) 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/3 cup canna butter 1/2 – 1 pound raw shrimp pealed and de-veined 1/2-1 pound sliced andouille sausage (or substitute 1 cup cubed ham) 1 (16 oz) can tomatoes 1 cup chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon red cayenne pepper 1 cup uncooked rice Tomato juice
You will need: Knife Standing mixer Parchment paper or plastic wrap Directions: Cut the butter into chunks. Place butter into the mixer's work bowl and beat at low speed, using the whisk attachment to loosen the butter. Increase the speed to medium and add the honey and beat until well combined, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove butter from bowl and spoon onto parchment paper or plastic wrap. Roll into a log and refrigerate for 2 hours.
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Directions: In a large pan, saute onions, green pepper, celery and garlic in the canna butter just until tender, not browned. Add shrimp and sausage and cook for 5 minutes. (If ham is substituted, add it when adding the rice). Add the tomatoes, broth, salt, cayenne and rice; stir and cover. Cook on low for 25 to 30 minutes, until rice is done. If mixture becomes too dry, add tomato juice.
Page 13 Medical cannabis consumption can be unpredictable, always start with a quarter serving and give it time. Effects can take up to an hour and sometimes longer. If you have doubts, you should contact a cannabis clinician about dosage.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins By Lindsay E.
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups diced carrots 1 1/2 cups diced onions 1 1/2 cups diced celery 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper 3 cups chicken broth 2 cups beer (Sierra Nevada is a good one to use) 1/3 cup canna butter 1/3 cup flour 4 cups milk or half n half 6 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon dry mustard Popped popcorn for garnish Directions: In a large saucepan over medium heat, stir together carrots, onion, celery, and garlic. Stir in hot pepper sauce, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Pour in chicken broth and beer; simmer until vegetables are tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat.
Ingredients: 4 eggs 2 cups sugar 1 can (15 oz.) solid-pack pumpkin 1 1/2 cups cannabis infused oil or softened canna butter 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate mini chips 1/2 – 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts (optional) Directions: In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil or butter until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to pumkin mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate mini chips and macadamia nuts. Fill paper lined mini muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 400° for 15 – 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Meanwhile, heat butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Stir in flour with a wire whisk; cook, stirring until the flour is light brown, about 3 or 4 minutes. Gradually stir in milk, whisking to prevent scorching, until thickened. Remove from heat, and gradually stir in cheese. Keep warm. Stir beer mixture into cheese mixture. Stir in Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and dry mustard. Bring to a simmer, and cook 10 minutes. Serve topped with popcorn. You can also add some smokey kielbasa, slice and saute until just brown then add to soup.
Cool in pan for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes approximately 96 mini muffins. The mini muffins make it easier to dose.
Cultivation Drying Your Crop
Manicuring After Harvest For me, right after all the plants have been harvested, it is time to manicure them. Some wait until the branches have dried, but I prefer “wet trimming”. Manicuring is simply cutting off the leaves that were growing from the buds. Cut off all the leaves surrounding the bud, so that just the bud remains.
Trim off the "shaggy" leaves until just a tight bud remains. Image by Keith Mansur, OCC
to hold. Now work your scissors in between the bud and marijuana leaf. In one quick pinch you should be able to separate the marijuana leaf from the bud by snipping the cannabis leaf at the base. Notice that the stem of the marijuana leaf is covered in trichomes? Hang onto these leaves as they are very high quality trim. Repeat the process until you have removed as much cannabis leaf as possible. If you find that you cannot get at the cannabis leaf then simply snip as much of the leaf away as you can by sheering them in half or as close to the bud as possible. A large, untrimmed bud. Start with the large "fan" leaves.
Manicuring cannabis is a relatively simple process, yet a tedious and time consuming task making the temptation to cut corners and hastily trim very inviting. Manicuring correctly is an essential step in the production of high quality cannabis as poorly manicured and/or handled cannabis heads will begin to degrade in quality, rapidly, and if cured or stored incorrectly they may even become moldy or have their taste ruined from the dying excess leaf remaining from a poor manicure job. How to Manicure: When manicuring the buds, use a pair of scissors with small blades (to reach hard to get leaves) or trimming clippers that are comfortable on your hands. . If you have a small crop, you can handle the plants with you bare hands. With a large crop, wear powder free latex gloves. The latex Good gloves will collect trimming trichome resin in a similar manner to the way live secsissesnotrisalare marijuana plants are rubbed to make hashish. The latex gloves have to be powder free or the powder will get mixed into the resin. When you are finished manicuring all the plants, remove the gloves and place them in a plastic bag (to catch resin that drops off). Put the plastic bag with the gloves in a freezer for 2-3 hours. The trichome resin can easily be peeled from the frozen latex gloves and consumed the same way you would use hashish. Work over a table or some kind of smooth flat surface. This will make it easy to collect all the material that has been cut away from the buds. It is lower in THC than the buds, but rather than throw it away, you can use it to make kief, hash, or hash oil. Grab your first plant and use your fingers to remove as many of the excess leaves that you can. Chop the remaining branches into convenient workable sizes for hand-held manicuring. Next you will start the more precise, secondround manicure. Pick up your first piece of bud by the stem and clip away as much of the branch or stem as makes it comfortable
Once marijuana plants have been harvested, they have obviously ceased to produce new cannabinoids and resins. The main changes to the potency will be negative, but effective drying and storage can help mitigate the effects. Most of the weight contained in the plant is water and drying will cause the liquid to evaporate, ensuring that the marijuana will burn evenly and smoke well. lf you were impatient, and tried to quickly cut, dry, and smoke a bud prior to your harvest, you probably noticed how poorly it smoked. This is due to the water that comprises well over half (more that 60%) of its weight. It probably didn’t get you high either, since drying also helps to activate the cannabinoids within the marijuana plant. But since you are a prudent cannabis grower, you waited until your buds were perfectly ripe and ready.
Rotate the plant by the stem to gain access to the other side of the manicured bud. This rotation movement is the quickest way to access all of Uie leaf sites on the plant. Take care when cutting not to remove pistils or calyx along with the marijuana leaf. To avoid pistil removal, try using the very tips of the scissors when you snip so that the blades do not go past the piece you want to cut. Repeat this process with the other first-round, handmanicured pieces and you will eventually end up with very nice manicured pieces of bud that are ready for curing. How much you remove depends on what quality of manicured bud you want to end up with. Undoubtedly the method above produces the best quality manicured bud from your harvest, however the weight of the overall product will be reduced. By leaving on lots of trim leaves these will actually dry in with the bud to create a medium quality manicured bud that weighs more than the best quality manicured bud. UItimately it is your choice: you can manicure your bud for maximum weight or quality.
You will end up with several separate piles of leaf, both from the preliminary manicure step and the more intensive manicuring process. Some people discard this marijuana leaf, or “shake”while others smoke it. Still others will make hash or hash oil from it. Most of the leaf will be harsh to smoke but will contain some cannabinoids. Of course, what you do with your leaf is entirely up to you. If absolutely necessary, you can wait to manicure the buds. However, the leaves will begin to dry up and wilt and the job will take more time if you wait. Manicuring right after the plants are harvested will also speed the drying process . From www.theweedguru.com. Used by permission.
Verticle drying with netting, allows for more buds in a smaller space. Image by Justin Jemkins
to mold. This is the reason that the drying area should be secure: your multiple trips should not arouse suspicion. Expect the drying time for a large amount of marijuana plants to be at least ten days to two weeks. From www.ilovemarijuanagardening.com. Used by permission.
There are several methods to consider when drying marijuana, and they range from quick and easy, to slightly more involved but not much more difficult. The method that I will describe is the slowest but by the far the most effective in terms of sealing in the aroma and taste of your buds. Simply hang the buds upside down in a secure dark place such as a closet or room with sealed windows and a good draft. It is important that air be able to circulate while the marijuana plants are being dried. This means that you may have to exercise some caution in terms of where you might be able to safely dry the plants – they will be very, very pungent. Use a fan to keep the air circulating and be sure to separate the plants or you could lose a lot of your buds to mold. Removing the large green leaves and stems speeds the drying process since those parts of the plant contain much more water. Do not dry the marijuana in the sunlight as the buds will lose potency, their color and some of their taste. They may also become brittle, which will make them smoke very harshly. If your drying room is very humid, or if it is raining outsider pay special attention to your bud and make sure that the room is well ventilated. You will have to be especially vigilant under these conditions with respect
The pinkest bud I ever saw! The aptly named 'Fuchia' strain, growing in a Southern Oregon Garden. Image by Keith Mansur
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