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Please make your voice heard!
Here is a link to the Dockside Co-op’s blog that makes a list of all the ways that you can make a difference regarding WA HB 2149. This bill at the very least needs a lot of work, if not uprooted altogether. So please take some time and voice your opinions on what needs to be changed or if the legislature should wait until the 502 system is up and running to see if it is even going to be successful (which we all know it will haha!). I have been calling my legislators. Have you??
You can do something positive to influence governmental policy and this is the specific instance.
I hope this post finds you all well!
Trixter Phillips tells it like it is in this blog post. Should we legalize? Well, Fuck Yes!! I love how he puts that, up front and honest. These arguments could be used anywhere in the US but he is specifically talking MO just so you know. So check out this blog post and his blog. He is a die hard cannabis activist and just a cool guy in my humble opinion. Keep up the great work Trixter!! Follow him on twitter too!
Peace and Be Well!
So if you recall my previous posts (Parts 1, 2 and 3 linked here) from this last spring about mixing my own vegan potting soil to grow my garden plants in. I grew a variety of different plants from tomatoes, kale, flowers of different varieties (not cannabis unfortunately), collards, swiss chard, peppers, lettuce, etc. I feel that while this was a first trial it wasn’t very successful. The plants did grow in the soil mix, they weren’t very vigorous. So next year I think I need to add more nutrients to keep the plants growing fast and strong. I did end up repotting my tomatoes and they took off as well as adding some pelletized happy frog nutrients which really made them go crazy.
To make my mix better I want to cook the soil for the winter, so pre-mix it with everything from last year, plus cottonseed meal, alfalfa meal, a vegan fertilizer (pelletized), as well as some beneficial microbes. I will be mixing this up soon so it can sit until spring so all the components can break down and be more easily taken up by the plants. If I can get my hands on some barley meal I have heard it is good source for phosphorus so that will help out blooming. I haven’t yet located a place to get that. If you have any other suggestions please let me know. My veggies did end up producing well so it didn’t hold them back much as I noticed changes needed to be made, I did make those adjustments. Like all things in life this is a learning lesson, one that I am enjoying! Each year I hope to make this better and better. And I will continue bringing you additional information as I learn and explore other amendments and methods.
I hope you all are doing well out there, feel free to contact me about anything that might be on your mind.
This is a post done by The one and only CannaDad from his blog
He did a fantastic job on this post and on his blog (link above) there are lots of interesting images that add to this post. I highly recommend you check out his blog because his perspective on medical cannabis is unique being a parent of Brave Mykayla a young person using cannabis to help with her health. Thanks CannaDad again for allowing me to re-post this! Ok Enjoy!!
Let Food Be Thy Medicine #1: Chronic Inflammation
Acute Inflammation, also called irritation, swelling and tenderness. We have all experienced it. For the most part, inflammation is necessary; it is a critical part of the immune response system that tells us when there is infection, stress, illness, or injury, acting as our bodies warning system.
Chronic inflammation, however, is an immune system over-response. But it can become self-perpetuating. The body generates additional inflammation in response to the problem inflammation. Occasionally the immune system becomes erratic and generates an unnecessary inflammatory response with no injury or disease process present. This is referred to as an autoimmune condition.
Almost every disease or disorder exhibits some element of inflammation. Inflammation is a major culprit in the manifestation of many conditions such as:
- · Heart disease
- · High blood pressure
- · Arthritis
- · Lupus
- · Chron’s disease
- · Rheumatoid arthritis
- · Alzheimer’s disease
- · IBS
- · Colitis
- · Migraines
- · Tendonitis
- · Chronic fatigue
Anti-inflammatory medications are seen as necessary and potentially life-saving in patients with certain conditions such as cardiovascular disease and auto-immune conditions; Still it is very common for doctors to take on a cavalier approach when it comes to considering inflammation during the investigation of a patients disease process; typically inflammation is regarded as a nuisance symptom, instead of a substantial factor in their condition. This leaves many people with inflammatory conditions feeling disregarded or not listened to during the duration of their care; also, this lack of perception can lead to an aggravation of the disorder and a worsening of the symptoms experienced.
It is important to note that pharmaceutical medications are not without side effects. One common problem is that in suppressing inflammation, the medicine usually disables the body’s ability to detoxify, repair, and protect itself effectively. Usually, the medication itself is inherently a toxin to the body. The liver, as you may know is responsible for detoxifying our body. When the liver is unable to purify appropriately, then the cells of the liver will become damaged. Liver Dysfunction can lead to liver disease and cirrhosis (liver scarring), compounding the problem.
Luckily there are many things you can do to reduce the impact of chronic inflammation on your quality of life; the first and most important is diet change, let food by thy medicine. By reducing the foods that cause inflammation and choosing to consume foods that benefit the body instead is one the best choices you can make in your recovery. First start by reducing your intake of Trans-fats, Sugar, MSG, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Preservatives, Additives and sometimes red meat as well as gluten. This is an arduous task, due to the negative state of our food supply and our society’s apathy towards diet.
When you begin to remove the causes of the problems you have, you will notice a decrease in symptoms, as well as an increase in energy. This restored energy is felt because your body does not have to exert as much energy to fight off the inflammation; Instead your body will focus on dispensing energy to more vital and necessary functions.
As your body begins to detox, you will need to begin accumulating beneficial nutrients into your body. Educate yourself on things that can benefit your specific condition, many people find the following things to be very helpful along their journey:
*Hemp: (Cannabis sativa) Hemp has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids. Fatty acids work to achieve symbiosis, which keeps cells healthy and strong; this happens by keeping the cell-membranes absorbent for nutrients to easily pass. Omega fatty acids are the components in hemp that have anti-inflammatory properties. The primary pathway of inflammation is constructed predominantly from Omega 3 fatty acids. A diet rich in these natural nutrients assists the body in having a more profound primary inflammatory response while simultaneously minimizing the chronic inflammation responsible for pain and suffering.
* Alfalfa: (Medicago sativa) this plant is widely used for kidney conditions, bladder and prostate conditions, and to increase urine flow. It is also used for high cholesterol, asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, upset stomach, and bleeding disorders
*Flax: (Linum usitatissimum) Not only does Flax contain CBD; Protection of our blood vessels from inflammatory damage is provided by the lignans found in flaxseeds. These lignans can inhibit formation of platelet activating factor (PAF), which increases risk of inflammation when produced in excessive amounts. The overall anti-inflammatory benefits of ALA and lignans in flaxseeds has been further corroborated by studies in which flax decreases of 10-15% in C-reactive protein levels. CRP levels are a commonly used indicator of inflammatory status in the cardiovascular system.
* Papaya: (Carica papaya) eaten as fruit or taken as a supplement, papaya is a natural anti-inflammatory due to the enzymes within, papain and chymopapain. These enzymes have been shown to help lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns. It also promotes digestion and absorption of nutrients after meals.
* Ginger: (Zingiber officinale) Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. Gingerols inhibit a number of bio-chemicals that promote inflammation, including COX and lipoxygenase pathways. Ginger has been shown to reduce pain from both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
*Valerian root: (valeriana officinalis) is derived from a plant native to Europe and Asia. The root of this plant has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for various ailments including sleep problems, digestive problems, disorders of the nervous system, headaches, and arthritis
*Quercetin: Is a very medicinal plant-derived flavonoid found in fruits, vegetables, leaves and grains. The anti-inflammatory effects of Quercetin seem to come from its ability to diminish the production and activity of pro-inflammatory bio-chemicals such as leukotrienes and prostaglandins. It has been shown to cease the release of histamine, the biochemical that causes allergic symptoms like runny nose and itchy eyes. Quercetin also helps to reduce symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome and other inflammatory digestive disorders
*Bromelain: This protein-dissolving enzyme is obtained from the stem and fruit of the pineapple (Ananas comosus). Bromelain seems to exert its anti-inflammatory effect by altering leukocyte migration and activation. Leukocytes are white blood cells that help fight infection but can also perpetuate inflammation. Bromelain is beneficial for acute injuries or inflammation caused by ongoing injury, such as osteoarthritis, with its ongoing injury to joint cartilage.
*Alpha Lipoic Acid: (ALA) is an organosulfur compound which is also a co-enzyme that possesses many benefits, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection. It is both fat and water soluble, and can regenerate other important antioxidants like vitamins E, C and glutathione. It provides anti-inflammatory protection in blood vessels as well as in the fatty tissues of the brain and nerves. ALA improves glucose metabolism, which promotes good health in diabetes patients. It also shows promise in treating metabolic disorders, and regulating mitochondrial dysfunction, by reducing oxidative stress on the body.
*Co-enzyme Q10: (CoQ10) is an essential antioxidant that also promotes regeneration of other important antioxidants. Co-enzyme Q is shown to stimulate new cell growth and inhibits cell death. CoQ10 when used in combination with Vitamin E is shown to significantly reduce chronic inflammation and oxidative stress two key contributors involved in the development and progression of vascular diseases. CoQ10 is becoming one of the choice treatments for many rare mitochondrial diseases; It has also proven to prevent migraines, increase energy as well as lower blood pressure.
The Farm bill has failed unfortunately but the good news is that this amendment was passed with 225-200. I tried to embed the video but it won’t let me for whatever reason…follow this link to learn more
Thank you for contacting me about industrial hemp. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue, and regret the delayed response.
As you may know, the 1970 Controlled Substances Act restricted the production of all varieties of Cannabis sativa, including the varieties with low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive chemical found in the drug marijuana. These varieties are often referred to as “industrial hemp.” Following the listing of Cannabis sativa under the Controlled Substances Act, cultivation of hemp became illegal without a permit from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Industrial hemp producers are also subject to state law. For more information on Washington State laws that govern industrial hemp, I recommend that you contact your state representative or state senator by calling the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 800-562-6000 or through the legislature’s website at http://www.leg.wa.gov.
On February 14, 2013, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 (S. 359). If enacted, this legislation would amend the Controlled Substances Act to permit the production of industrial hemp, subject to state laws. This legislation was also introduced as an amendment (S. Amdt. 952) to the Agricultural Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, which is also known as the farm bill. This amendment is currently awaiting further consideration; please be assured that I will keep your thoughts about the Industrial Hemp Farming Act in mind should I have the opportunity to vote on it.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator
Here are his words taken from his donation page, I highly encourage you to donate even if it is a $1. He is a hardworking and dedicated activist in Missouri but he can’t access the quality meds legally that he and his father needs to help feel better from their current medical conditions. I know he would be a great person to be involved in our cannabis community whether here in WA State or anywhere in the west with medical cannabis. So please take some time to read what he has written…
High Dear Friends:
My father and I both suffer from physical, mental, and emotional illnesses such as spinal damage, GI Tract disorders, PTSD (non-combat related), anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation to name a few. Currently we live in my grandmother’s house via a life estate she established before passing away so that we would have a roof over our heads.
However, with our only source of income being his SSI payments of 716 dollars a month and my inability to work we cannot afford to pay the yearly real-estate taxes let alone acquire bank loans to pay for the much needed repairs that this house desperately needs. I’ve applied for SSDI/SSI but even if I am accepted and receive back pay the repairs such as a new roof, repairing and renovating the bathroom, re-landscaping the yard and waterproofing the basement to avoid further deterioration of the foundation, to name a few, are well beyond our fiscal means.
To add to this, we both require medical cannabis yet we live in Missouri, one of the worst states for cannabis consumers to live, and must rely on the illicit market for poor quality cannabis, which barely aids in alleviating and or treating our medical conditions and comes with the potential of legal ramifications.
This brings me to the point of the GoFundMe page.
We’ve decided that it is best that we move to a Western state with a medical marijuana program. We know that this move will not turn our lives around overnight but moving to a state that is cannabis friendly will offer us access to grades and varieties of cannabis to treat our medical conditions. More importantly, relocating gives us a chance at a fresh start that will allow us to begin rebuilding our lives, while at the same time I can explore the employment potentials that the burgeoning cannabis markets provide potentially avoiding the limitations SSDI and SSI place upon individuals.
At this point, we do not have a plan other than moving but we need funds to make this happen. However, we barely make it month to month even with an additional 230 dollars a month in food stamps and that is why I started this GoFundMe page. As I’ve stated we do not have a concrete plan that is why I set the goal for 5,000 dollars but it will help us cover the costs of moving and provide us a buffer while I wait for SSDI/SSI to come through or find a job in the marijuana industry. I know it’s a lot of money but we have a year before the house goes up for sale by the county to recoup the backed taxes owed on the house so there is plenty of time to collect the funds necessary to make this move a reality.
Having said all that, I want to thank you for taking the time to read about our story, thank you for your donations (for those of you who are able to donate), and to thank you for sharing our story with friends and family (for those of you who choose to share).
J.D. TriXteR Phillips
Here is the link for the we pay page http://www.gofundme.com/35xud4
In the spirit of celebrating Hemp History Week here is a great show In the Lab with Genifer about the hemp plant (low THC marijuana/cannabis plants). I love this show and there is a ton of incredible information each week regarding cannabis/marijuana in all its facets. The science of this plant is very technical and it is good to have a reputable source for information in this early time as cannabis begins to become legal as well as studied more vigorously. If you are in any way interested in medical cannabis/marijuana, hemp, testing of cannabis, cannabinoids, etc this is the show for you.
And yes hemp protein in banana and zucchini bread is amazing!
Here is the message that Senator Murray from WA State sent me in response to my message asking her to support SB 3240 the hemp farming amendment that might be added to the larger Farm Bill.
“Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for industrial hemp farming. I appreciate having the benefit of your views on this matter.
The views of Washingtonians are very important to my work. I will keep your thoughts in mind, and I encourage you to stay in touch. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at http://murray.senate.gov/
United States Senator
If you would like to read more about this topic here is a link to the weed blog’s reporting on this.
Thank you for contacting me regarding marijuana legalization and H.R.1523, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013. I appreciate you taking the time to write and share your thoughts with me.
As you may know, H.R. 1523 was introduced on April 12th by Rep. Rohrabacher of California and has been jointly referred to the House Judiciary Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Although I am not a member of either of those two committees, I am following this legislation very closely as this is an issue that uniquely affects Washington State.
I have long supported the use of marijuana for prescribed medical purposes. Like every American, I have seen friends and family undergo treatment for devastating diseases. In some cases, their only relief came from a prescribed dose of marijuana. I firmly believe that doctors and patients should have the right to prescribe and use substances like marijuana that have legitimate medical purposes.
Last November, I sided with a majority of Washingtonians to vote for Initiative 502, which allows for the legal sale, possession and recreational use of marijuana for anyone over the age of 21. I believe that the federal government should respect the decisions of Washington’s voters, and I am working to ensure that federal laws do not obstruct the implementation of I-502.
Despite Washington’s legalization vote, marijuana remains a federal crime under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Marijuana is listed as a Schedule I substance, alongside incredibly dangerous drugs like heroin, LSD, and methylenedioxymethamphetam
I am particularly concerned about federal laws that restrict banks’ ability to offer their services to marijuana growers and merchants who operate legally in states like Washington. Right now, banks are hesitant to accept accounts from marijuana businesses because of federal regulations that require them to report any “suspicious activity” by their customers, including transactions of $5,000 or more that are known or suspected to be derived from illegal activity. As long as marijuana is illegal under federal law, Washington banks will face overwhelming reporting requirements and possibly even sanctions if they offer their services to marijuana businesses. That could force the marijuana market in our state to operate as 100% cash-based, which in turn would make it much harder for law enforcement to detect and prevent crimes like money laundering, theft, and illegal sales or purchasing. I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that federal law does not force financial institutions to deny their services to the marijuana industry.
In the coming months we must work together – on both the state and federal level – to develop workable solutions that will keep our kids and communities safe while respecting the will of the people.
Again, thank you for contacting me about our state and national marijuana policies. I hope that I will continue to hear from you on this and other issues in the future.
Member of Congress
Member of Congress
I thought this was encouraging but the bummer is that he didn’t say he would co-sponsor this bill so I will be writing to him next on that fact.
Here is Senator Maria Cantwells response to this bill:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the federal regulation of marijuana. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
As you may know, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970 prohibits the production and distribution of all varieties of Cannabis sativa (marijuana). Under the legal concept of federalism, the Controlled Substances Act is not pre-empted by state medical marijuana laws; similarly, state medical marijuana laws are not pre-empted by the Controlled Substances Act.
On November 6, 2012, voters in Washington state passed a measure to legalize and tax the sale of marijuana for recreational use, expanding authorized use under state law beyond medicinal purposes. The measure, Washington Initiative 502, took effect on December 6, 2012. Initiative 502 tasks the Washington State Liquor Control Board with the licensing and regulation of the production, possession, and distribution of marijuana for persons age 21 and older. Additionally, the Initiative authorizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana and the sale of marijuana by state-licensed retail shops, and regulates and taxes the drug.
Washington state and Colorado were already among 18 states with exceptions to their drug laws that permit individuals to grow, possess, or use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The initiatives passed this year make Washington state and Colorado the first in the nation to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Neither state measure affects the federal ban on marijuana use under the Controlled Substances Act.
As you may know, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013 (H.R. 499) on February 5, 2013. This legislation was referred to numerous House Committees and is awaiting further consideration. If enacted, this bill would limit the application of federal laws prohibiting the distribution and consumption of marijuana. At this time, this legislation does not have a companion bill in the U.S. Senate. I will keep your thoughts in mind if I have the opportunity to consider this or similar legislation in the Senate.
Washington voters have clearly spoken on this issue. The Department of Justice needs to provide Washington residents and law enforcement with clear guidance on implementation and enforcement in this unprecedented situation. I will continue to work with Washington’s governor and attorney general, local law enforcement, and Obama administration officials to provide clarity for Washingtonians.
United States Senator
This reflects a new tone on ending cannabis prohibition. It used to be Sen. Cantwell just referred to the controlled substances act and said there would be no chance of her trying to change this. Now with the state of WA accepting I-502 she must feel compelled to listen to the voters which is awesome. She isn’t saying that she wants legal weed across the US yet but I do believe it is coming! Hope you have a great weekend all my cannabis buds! Stay Lifted and wear sunscreen because the sun is out in the pacific NW!!!
I have taken some time to review several collectives here recently and wanted to share them with you. Below is a link to my weedmaps profile where you can read my opinions of some of the best and worst collectives around Tacoma, WA. I will continue updating this regularly as I visit more and more collectives. My hope is that I can experience the good, bad and the ugly for you so you won’t have to worry about getting poor service or disgusting meds. So check this out! Stay Lifted my buds.
So the Aroma of Tacoma Medical Cannabis Cup is out. There are 200 judges passes but only 12 people actually judge (they are sold out btw). Not sure I understand why they sell judges passes…I guess as a “judge” you get a bag of schwag but that isn’t why I would want to go. The term schwag doesn’t give me images of high quality cannabis. Being originally from the south schwag = a headache. So it is a cup where the best weed will be decided but yet only 12 people are “selected” to judge. How do I get to do that? Shouldn’t it be the 200 patients that have judges passes making the decision on what they like best? It seems like a old boys network kind of thing to me. I wonder if this event is put on by Sacred Plant Medicine? Anyone know?
Just to get in to the cup is $25 but their isn’t any vending due to it being a public event. does anyone have any other ideas as far as something to do on 4/20 in the Tacoma/Seattle area? I guess I will look at the Dope Cup…the aroma of tacoma cup seems like it will be a lot left to be desired although I believe this event could be so much better. To be clear I have never been to one so I would have to reserve my final judgement for if/when I get to go. Just learning about it left a bad taste in my mouth. Due to my medical situation I can’t sit around all night to enjoy the music and other things planned so just putting that out there. The most I can be expected to tolerate is about 2-3 hours and then I want to go home due to extreme pain.I wish someone would make a cup that would take that into consideration because I know I am not the only one out there with challenges to attend an event like this.
Here is the link to the Dope Cup
the one bummer about this one is that it starts at 7 pm. It is in Seattle so I would have to figure out transportation and something for that person to do while I go to the cup event since they aren’t a patient and don’t really want to go to the cup event. So complicated.
Well everything is going well. I have successfully created quite the starter garden! These pics are about week or two old so you can imagine how things are going now. The seedlings seem to do ok with the soil that I made up which is a relief. Since these pictures I have weeded a few of the slower growing plants out as well as thinned the lettuce out of the red/orange container. I have also used quite a bit of lettuce as you can see from the pic below showing the clipped lettuce that is ready to be washed and eaten. We actually haven’t even bought any lettuce since we got these starts going! So we spent about $100 on soil and garden stuff and have saved probably $10 on just lettuce. I think I am getting close to feeding some things like the Kale to get it growing a bit faster although we have transitioned it outside along with the lettuce. We had to harden it off moving it from the tent to the window, then outside. Each step lasted about a week. The plants are doing very well outside. I think they like the rain water.
Here are the latest tomato pics that I took, you can see how much they have grown. the next warm period they will be transitioned outside. I am prepared to cover them if needed so they don’t get any frost damage or whatever might happen.