And In Other News…

…it looks like medicinal cannabis dispensaries are safe from a having an offensive operation conducted on their premises by government operators; until January 19th, that is. That is, the money for it isn’t yet appropriated.

I’ll explain.

Every year Congress has to pass a budget. If they don’t then supposedly the U.S. Government shuts down. The voting of said budget was kicked down the road a while back because folks can’t agree on where to spend our money. It’s the government. “They” are like that. There’s a provision in the old budget stating no monies will go toward busting businesses doing state authorized medicinal cannabis business in that state. The latest iteration is called the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment.

You might recall in an earlier post I mentioned the United States Attorney General (Jeff Sessions) petitioning Congress to do away with that amendment so he could get his S.W.A.T on.

Anyway… no flex cuffs for the budtenders and patrons, for right now. A few more days?

Man, I wasn’t going to mention it, because if Jefferson Beauregard happened to read this I wouldn’t want to give him any ideas, but:

Why try to talk Congress into money to bust medicinal outlets, etc. when I don’t believe there’s anything (legislatively) from preventing him from busting recreational facilities? Yeah, maybe I should keep my mouth shut. Especially ‘beins California just pulled the trigger.

And am I a prophet?
I started writing this post on the first of the month, New Year’s day. I’m a little slow, okay? Today is Friday the 5th of January. Yesterday Jeffy rescinded the Cole Memo (et al). You’ve got to be hip to the Cole Memorandum, right? Basically it was a statement by the then U.S Deputy Attorney (2013) advising district attorneys that as long as the state they are in has provisions related to juvenile cannabis use and diversion across state lines to leave them be. Black-marketeers, cartels, etc. should be their focus.

Our current Attorney General rescinded that stating, “In deciding which marijuana activities to prosecute under these laws with the department’s finite resources, prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutions…These principles require federal prosecutors deciding which cases to prosecute to weigh all relevant considerations of the crime, the deterrent effect of criminal prosecution, and the cumulative impact of particular crimes on the community.”

Uh oh.
Wasn’t that the deal before rescinding? So what is he saying? Or not.

The legal recreational states are pissed. That was quite obvious in this morning’s paper. Stay tuned.

But wait! There’s more!

Those crazy Canadians, I tell ya…

They’ve decided to legalize recreational cannabis across the whole damned country! No, really. Yeah, this year it’ll be legal across the whole shebang. The federal government appears to be leaving it up to the provinces to figure out the details. Wait, isn’t that opposite of the way… I mean, isn’t it the ‘states’ that get the ball rolling? Oh, yeah, that’s just those crazy Americans! Heh.

Go Canada!

And now back to the states.
The Veterans Health Administration recently announced a policy change. Directive 1315 put out by Carolyn M. Clancy M.D. states:

Summary of changes: Major changes include adding policy to support the veteran-provider relationship when discussing the use of marijuana and its impact on health including veteran-specific treatment plans.

Yeah, I’m not sure what the hell that means either, but there it is. I do wish the good doctor had used “cannabis” instead of “marijuana.” Hell, good ol’ Indian Hemp would have been okay. “Marijuana” just doesn’t sound very professional to me (a shrug goes here).

VA health professionals are still prohibited from taking the next step though, a written recommendation. But hey! Talk is good, right? It’s a start, I guess.

Shall we move on to guns?
Heh.

Recently I’ve read of three different states where registered medicinal cannabis patients were being cross referenced and prohibited from purchasing a firearm. Though Hawaii backed off, at one point they had sent letters to patients advising them they would need to turn in their (registered) firearms.

See, on the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) form 4473 line 11 e reads:
Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug or any other controlled substance? Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.

So, an individual wanting to be all legal-and-all signs up for their state’s medicinal registry, it gets cross referenced and no bangers for you. You can’t purchase and if firearms’ registration is a requirement where you live they could just come ask you to hand it/them over. It’s the law!

By the way, lying on the form is a federal crime.

And! Oh! and if the feds find pot and a gun in your house that gun could get you a five year beef. That weed is a Schedule I (one) substance and you’ve a weapon in your possession in the commission of a crime! Are you looking out of the window right now? Is that Jeff out there? Heh.

Well, until next time I’ll leave you with that little paranoid seed and bid you adieu.

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If you follow cannabis type news you are likely aware the DEA has assigned a separate drug code to cannabis extracts.

The Federal Register

If you follow cannabis type news you’ll know there’s a lot of hoopla over this because some folks are under the impression the DEA just outlawed Cannabidiol (CBD). I would hope, because you are a reader here, you know better. I would hope you are aware CBD always been, and still is a schedule I drug. Anything, any damned thing, having to do with “marihuana” is scheduled; the photons reflected by the leaves; the color green associated with the leaves… Okay, okay … maybe I was going a bit over the top with Sun rays and photosynthesis, but you catch my Drift.

A brief perusal of the inter-tubes indicates folks are going all panicky about the deal. The only periodical I came across with a clear headed piece on the subject was the L.A. Weekly.

Good on ’em.

I wonder if there isn’t more to the story though? Here, I’ll offer up a little something to really get folks in a tizzy.

The L.A. times quotes the DEA spokesman Russ Baer thusly, “However, Baer suggested that the separate tracking for extracts could help researchers who want ‘research protocol waivers” for work on CBD to get them faster. “It allows us to identify those applications from the scientific research community who want to do extract research and give them priority over other applications,’ he said. ‘It allows us to prioritize those to facilitate and support scientific research.'”

That sounds pretty darned good, now doesn’t it? I mean, with extracts coded differently than “marihuana,” then those extracts can be treated differently under the law, right? Hell, The L.A. times even mentions treating pediatric epilepsy with CBD. That’s all good, right?

Whatever happened to the cry about a person being forbidden from growing a cannabis plant between the tomatoes and peppers because of a plot by big pharma. Because a plant growing wild beside the road can’t be patented? What happened to those people?

CBD being rescheduled damn sure isn’t the story here (it hasn’t been). Ease of research? Take a look at the requirements for a university grow facility other than Mississippi. When that change was made everyone was, like “YAY!” Yeah, right.

Now look at this:
A Fortune

Damn, as I’ve written before, I do so wish I’d bought stock in that outfit way back when.

As the old adage goes, “Follow the money.”

Hap’nin?

Long time no blog.
The rains are here in the Pacific Northwest (they do that, return every September, October) and I crashed my bike a week or so ago (just a little bit. good timing, huh?) so I figured ‘What the hell, I may as well type and offer my views on various cannabis hap’nings of the recent.’ While jamming to goth metal, of course.

I’m not sure if I should start out with the DEA’s steadfast claim cannabis has no medicinal use, or the statistics about Medicare patients’ prescription habits in med-weed states, and how opioid overdose deaths are lower in the same. I’d like to do some sort of cool thing where at the end I tie it all together and finish, like, with one big period. You know, like when a person drops the microphone and walks off the stage?

Too dramatic?
Define “dramatic.” Does the following qualify?

Back around this April 4th the DEA responded to a letter from the then Washington State Governor Gregoire the Rhode Island Governor and other type folks about the CSA (Controlled Substances Act), DEA scheduling of “marijuana.” I write “then” because I think the letter was presented back around 2011. The DEA’s response was basically smoke and mirrors.

And then something happened along the same lines in 2015. Something. I have a hard time keeping up these days. This time the DEA’s response was more like the fun house at the county fair.
(man, I hope I got all of those links correct … ‘prolly not. sigh ;^)

And it was that one, that last DEA response, what had folks thinking they were reading between the lines; that the DEA was going to make a move on the classification of “marijuana,” that the end of this ridiculous prohibition was near… Hell, there were even reported “leaks” from an unnamed individual purportedly on the inside that cannabis would be, at a minimum, moved to Schedule II.

Folks were elated! and others were very concerned. With Schedule II the possession of cannabis would require a prescription (under federal law) and what of the “recreational states?” I mean, do you know of any that have laws reading Vicodin or Oxycodone can be taken for shits-and-giggles? What exactly would Scedule II, III or IV mean?!

Drama! Drama I tell you!

Have no fear, my friends, as with all good dramas (except those where the protagonist croaks, of course) this one has a happy ending : The DEA elected NOT to change “marijuana’s” scheduling, quoting the verse from the CSA, “…no accepted medical use … high potential for abuse…” That’s right, we’re saved!

Are you getting dizzy? Hell, try sitting in my chair, it spins.

I won’t go off about how anybody with web access can take a look at all of the studies on PubMed related to various maladies’ responses to cannabinoid like molecules. I write “like molecules” because working with whole plant molecules is near impossible in this country, so synthetic analogs are typically utilized in research (shrug). Still, tripping a physiological/biological response with a near mirror image of the real thing is better than nothing. I guess.

But what about statistics? Raw numbers! (the word “raw” got your blood pumping, didn’t it?).

Some recent number crunching has come up with two very related causatum. Possibly, anyway.

In med-weed states the incidence of prescription opioid fatalities is below those without an allowance for the medicinal use of cannabis by around 25%. Here, don’t take my word for it:

JAMA

And as evidence sick folk find relief in the old world medicine we see that those utilizing Medicare for their insurance buy less pharmaceuticals in the med-weed states. It wouldn’t be too much of a leap to suppose cannabis has taken the place of some of those, would it? Oh, sure, I’ll cite something for you:

Health Affairs (abstract)

But this that and the other thing don’t include FDA approved methods of treatment, now do they?

Hold that thought. Pull your head from the box. Drop the paradigm.

What if we simply quit trying to make The Powers That Be recognize cannabis as a medicinal agent altogether? What if we simply demanded it be de-scheduled because humanity has been using it as a recreational agent for, uh, like 10,000 years (probably)? What if we just said screw the medicinal aspects, some of us would simply like the option of imbibing in a bit of cannabis after a hard day at the office rather than a tumbler with ice and booze: legally?

Hell, the damned Treasury Department regulates alcohol, not the FDA or DEA.

TTB.gov

Think about it.
Have we be fighting the battle in the wrong arena?

(drops mic, walks off)

Hodgepodge

‘Bout a month ago I started a post about all the folks who’ve been convicted of drug offenses getting early releases due to revisions made in sentencing guidelines. Oh, and don’t confuse “guidelines” with mandatory minimums: two different animals.

I was going to mention that the majority of the ‘offenders’ were either in halfway houses or on probation, so it wasn’t like someone just threw the gate open and said, “You’re free to go.”

I’d intended to rant about how those folks still had a long row to hoe, with a felony hanging around their neck; how, maybe, they shouldn’t have ever been convicted in the first damn place.

Blah, blah, blah. I decided not to. I sort of got lost in the research and all of the sudden it started to feel like work. Screw that.

By the way, I read in this morning’s newspaper President Obama had lunch with several of those “released” just the other day. I haven’t a clue what’s up with that. I mean, it’s not like he’s setting up some sort of platform for a reelection. I dunno.

And you know, it is a good thing people are beginning to speak about not only the futility of the War, but the social harm it’s responsible for. Yeah, definitely.

Heck, I’m hearing rumors the topic is on the carte du jour at the upcoming UN Drug Convention. Not that I’m optimistic much will come of it, but starting a conversation is, uh, a start. I guess.

Yeah, anyway, I bailed on the whole dope-prisoner release thing.

Here in Washington State pesticides used in cannabis agriculture is making the news. Just a while back some outfit (licensed outfit) got popped using a product that wasn’t on the approved list. Shortly thereafter the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board got some sort of emergency action going related to recalls. Because, uh, they didn’t have the authority, prior to.

Speaking of pesticides (on Washington pot) there is a list of approved products, all derived from ‘natural’ sources. The funny thing is, though, no one really seems to know what happens when you burn the stuff.

Yes, yes, I know everybody doesn’t smoke their cannabis, but a whole hell of a lot do.

Oh, and pesticide testing isn’t a requirement here because apparently there’s only one lab in the state that does that because it’s a real pain in the ass.

Don’t get me started on labs! Okay, I’ll go this far: apparently the ones with decent work loads are those that consistently provide decent results (I shrug).

And just as a side note: come July 1st many legitimate medicinal cannabis growers (personal use) will become black-market growers. July 1st is when a law becomes affective making specialty clinics no longer viable to receive a recommendation from. I’m guessing military veterans are really digging that, right? I mean, a VA doc can’t go there with the medicinal weed thing. It’s in the employee handbook. Many VA vets are hosed. Oh well.

Hey! Did you read about that whole Epidiolex thing? Epidiolex? That would be a GW Pharmaceuticals product for use in treating childhood epilepsy. Epidiolex had positive results in the Orphan Drug trials so it’s going on to the next phase.

Trials here in the States. Next phase here in the States. I mention the U.S. because Epidiolex is CBD (cannabidiol) derived from plants. Uh, CBD is a schedule I “drug” just like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is. How’s that going to work?

Some have said CBD would then have to be rescheduled. Interesting…

Something else I find interesting is this has all been driven in the interest of the children. Hell, I find it ironic even. I mean, one of the first things that typically comes out of a prohibitionists mouth is, “What of the children?!” Feed them CBD? Heh.

Did you read about the U.S. Supreme court declining to hear Oklahoma and Nebraska’s whining about Colorado’s recreational cannabis law? Those state’s complaint was about “spill over.” That is, people from Colorado taking weed into their states. Why didn’t they ever try to sue Mexico? Get over it, sheesh.

And finally (whew), what about all of those opioid deaths? It’s like forty people a day quit breathing because they took just one too many pills. From what I gather, the majority of these deaths aren’t related to abuse, but simply a person thinking just a bit more will offer a bit more relief. More is better, right? Well, I suppose if a person stops breathing then they’ve found the holy grail of pain relief. I shouldn’t joke. It really is some serious shit.

The prescription pain-killer deaths are around 46% less in states with med-weed laws (whole pot, not just CBD oil). Go ahead, look it up if you don’t believe me.

I know I’ve already mentioned the study Washington State University did related to the synergistic relationship between opioids and cannabinoids at the neurological level. The proof is in the pudding, as they say. Or, maybe, statistics (shrug).

But then, I guess no one really gives a fat rat’s about adults … unless, I guess, they’re dropping like flies.

Yeah, I was gonna write about that whole prisoner release thing.
But I changed my mind.

Figi Sensationalism

I awoke this morning asking myself what it was I wanted to do with my day. I said to myself, “Let’s coin a new phrase!” I liked the idea, so there you have it, Figi Sensationalism. Wait… that’s not really a “phrase” is it? Still, you get my Drift?

I gotta be real careful here with where I’m going. I’m about to tromp around in a trough containing two inviolable subjects: children and military veterans.

Scary shit, eh? I’ll do my best not to get any on me.

Let’s start with the kiddies.

The first I read about a young child being treated with cannabis was several years before most any of us heard of Doc Sanjay or Dravet Syndrome. A mom in California was putting cannabidiol dominant oil in her child’s food. If I remember correctly the child was suffering from severe autism and the reported efficacy was remarkable. It certainly didn’t cure the kid, but the positive changes were remarkable.

The stigma of pot and kids being what it was most folks weren’t talking about giving kids cannabis, cannabinoid extracts or anything remotely related.

Then Dr. Sanjay Gupta (neurosurgeon with CNN) decided to not only tell the world he’d changed his mind about the utility of cannabis, but make a documentary explaining the why of his change of heart.

And so we met little Charlotte Figi, a poor young girl suffering from Dravet having multiple seizures daily, and how the administration of a cannabidiol rich extract had wonderous effects. The young lady went from a mess to having only a few seizures monthly allowing her to, pretty much, seem a cute little girl with a pesky malady.

Parents with like children started moving to the source of the extract — in droves.

States passed laws allowing the administration of cannabidiol to children with certain maladies.

GW Pharmaceuticals is in a fast track FDA trial with its product Epidiolex, for the treatment of various pediatric epilepsies.

The University of Alabama’s neurology department is conducting a study on the efficacy of treating both pediatric and adult epilepsies with cannabidiol.

Good stuff, eh? Thank Doc Sanjay and CNN for the way they sensationalized the medicinal administration of cannabinoids.
And guilt (I’ll explain, hold your horses!).

Enter Doctor Sue Sisley, formerly employed with the University of Arizona (Sue’s a shrink). Sue got into a telemedicine gig where she was treating military veterans for PTSD, many of whom were reporting relief from the symptoms by using cannabis. Sue had enough anecdotal evidence she decided a double-blind, “gold standard” study was in order. Hell, after a bunch of wrangling she even managed to get approval from Uncle Sam (all three, four(?) departments of). The University canned her.

No, really! Isn’t that outrageous! Here the woman could well be on to something to ease the suffering of our “troops” and the school handed her her walking papers.

You bet it made the media. Vets were quoted on T.V., analyst analyzed, opinion writers opiniated…

Sue landed in Colorado where the Board of Health gave her a 2 million dollar grant to study cannabis’ efficacy in veterans with treatment resistant PTSD.

After all, it is our (society’s) fault, right? I mean, we sent them over there where they experienced the horrors of war, right? We damned well oughta do what we can to help out, eh?

Hell, there’s been a proposal in Congress to allow V.A. doctors to prescribe cannabis to their patients!

Good stuff, eh? Thank the doc’s perseverance, the media, State of Colorado … and guilt.

I’m getting there.

Who in their right mind would deprive a poor, helpless, little convulsing girl anything — anything at all! — that could possibly bring her out of her stupor to laugh and play with her dolls? My gawd man! A person would have to be an animal!

What if it was a grown man? What if it was that bum over in the alley having a fit. No one wants to see that right? It’s best to turn and walk away. Yuck.

It is true a disproportionate number of veterans (compared to the general population) take their lives. I believe the estimated average is 22 daily. I’d guess two have done so while I’ve been sitting here hunting and pecking. Maybe not the two you think though.

A recent study of 4 million U.S. service members and veterans found that deployment is not associated with an increased risk of suicide. Those at the greatest risk are those that didn’t serve their whole enlistment. Here, you can read it yourself in the Military Times:

Statistics

All of this “veteran suicide!” sensationalism is over people who most likely don’t even have an honorable discharge?! Wait, that’s not what I’ve been told…

Figi Sensationalism.

What if the participants in the trial were former inmates who’d been gang raped while incarcerated? Former drug dealers whom due to their PTSD couldn’t sleep, use public bathrooms, get a good night’s sleep or function in society? Well, that’s what they deserve, right? Hell, they were probably pushing the dope on kids anyway. Phht.

Now, now, please don’t misunderstand. I’m ALL for treating kids and vets with cannabinoids in an effort to afford a better quality of life. Make no mistake! I’m also for treating the guy in the alley and the ex-con, too. No one gives a rat’s ass about them though. They aren’t cute, don’t interview well, and are basically uncomfortable to be around.

Figi Sensationalism, man.
It begs the question, “Does the end justify the means?”

Maybe.
And maybe I just don’t like the feeling I’m being hoodwinked.

You?

(BTW, that “vet thing” needs more scrutiny. I’m hopeful this new information will prompt some action)

“Medical” Marijuana

That’s a misnomer, man. In my opinion there aint no such thing.
Now, before you go getting your panties all in a bunch, bear me out here.

Yes, cannabis can most definitely be used medicinally. I’ve no qualms about that. Hell, I do so myself. But it aint “medical” marijuana. The strain I’m currently boiling down and capping isn’t any different from the one a person across town might be smoking out of a bong before settling in to watch a movie.

If their pot aint “medical” then why would mine be?

Cannabis is cannabis. Some folks use it to treat maladies, some to catch a buzz and others even make stuff out of it. It’s all just marijuana*. I suppose a possible exception could be strains that carry a heavy cannabidiol load, thus mitigating the psychoactive effect of tetrahydrocannabinol, but still … you can see my point, can’t you?

Which brings me to:

I was reading an NBC News article the other day about a cat who runs a lab and does what those types of labs do, test cannabis. I wasn’t happy to read about all of the contaminates that were turning up, molds, fungus, butane… Nasty stuff, man. Heck, here in Washington State a lab owner testified before a legislative committee they had found vaginal fluid on a sample. Caveat emptor, eh?

One comment the cat made really caught my attention though. He was talking about the THC content and how little CBD was turning up. The author of the article wrote something like,”The samples carried little to no CBD — the compound that makes medical marijuana “medical.”

Now, I’ve done told you I believe “medical” marijuana to be a misnomer, with a possible exception (“possible,” I’m still rolling that around). Howsomever, does this mean Marinol isn’t a medicine? I mean gosh, it’s prescribed and everything! Aint no CBD in Marinol, man.

As the synthetic pharmaceutical version of THC would imply, tetrahydrocannabinol does have medicinal utility.

So, does this muddy the “medical” waters even further?

Which brings me to:

The United States Congress and the CARERS Act. Your reading this so I’m guessing you’re aware a proposal has been made changing cannabis from a schedule I drug to a schedule II. There are several ramifications.

One being, taking cannabis from a I gives credence to its medicinal utility. According to the DEA schedule II drugs have accepted medical use though a high potential for abuse. They are the most regulated pharmaceuticals.

Hold that thought while I cover a couple of other effects this legislation would have.

The rescheduling opens up research. I’m a big proponent of examining the potential in both phytocannabinoids (from the plant) and synthetics. I’m of the opinion there’s a treasure trove there waiting to be “discovered.” Let the studies begin!

The bill would open up the Veterans’ Administration to allowing its medical professionals to prescribe cannabis. Again (being a vet myself), I’m thinking this would be a very, very good thing.

The CARERS would also allow states to (legally) set their own policies on medicinal marijuana.

Currently there are twelve sponsors of CARERS, six from each side of the aisle. More than half recently got onboard.

It sounds good, doesn’t it!

Maybe.
Maybe not.

Currently cannabis is federally illegal. What that means is, other than locking people up for fooling with it, there’s absolutely no regulation. It can’t be prescribed. Only medicines can be, and schedule I drugs aren’t.

Sure, there’s something like 23 states with medicinal cannabis laws, but these are all state/fed wink and a nod agreements.

What will the landscape look like should cannabis become a schedule II “medicine”?

That scares me.

*I normally try to refrain from using the word “marijuana.” I feel it’s a pejorative, in a sense. The subject matter kind of left me no choice however.

The “Web”

Charlotte’s to be precise. And you know I’m not talking about a spider that saved a pig from the slaughter-house, but a cannabis plant strain and a derivative therefrom.

Anyone that pays the least bit of attention to the medicinal cannabis happenings is hip to that little, Figi, girl whom took the media by storm by practically being cured of a form of pediatric/juvenile epilepsy by ingesting a CBD prominent oil rendered from a plant now called Charlotte’s Web. Yes! “Charlotte” is the little girl’s first name. See, you were with me the whole time.

Because “It’s For The Children!” more than several states have passed legislation allowing the possession and administration of said oil to younguns with the same/similar malady. Cool, huh?

The trippy thing is, in a few of those (states) the legislation actually called out the medication by its trade name, Charlotte’s Web™©®. What a marketing coup! I mean, think about it. That’s like having a law that reads locking pliers are illegal, except for Vise Grips™©®.

Anywho, I came across this article in a Denver CO. paper (Westword) and thought the author (Warner) did a bang up job. It’s a little long, it’ll take ten minutes to get through it (or, maybe that’s just me). Check it out?

Chuck’s Silk

I’ve been busy

AND a bit lazy, too, I’m afraid. I haven’t posted anything in ages AND there’s a lot going on.

Colorado and Washington State peddling weed from retail outlets is old news now, though Washington’s stores just recently opened their doors. Colorado got a jump on Washington (though both laws were enacted close together) because it had a medicinal dispensary system already in place. Washington is currently a cannabis ‘mess.’

Many of Washington’s municipalities have outright banned anything to do with cannabis, leaving just a smattering of retail stores, producers and processors. Washington hasn’t had a legal system for distributing cannabis (medicinally) from the inception of I-692 (medweed) in 1998 so there was no ‘foundation’ for the recreational arena.

Even at an astronomical price per gram (gram?!) supply can’t keep up with demand and the retailers are threatening the producers with a lawsuit for price gouging and fixing. No really, man. I’m not joking. I surely do wish I was.

Tie that with the State Legislature getting ready to hose medicinal users, basically gutting the current law that I-692 became (69.53A), and it really gets crazy. AND scary.

Certain legislators are using the retiring Western Washington U.S. attorney’s (Jenny Durkan) veiled threat to take action if the state didn’t get its medicinal system in order to force ‘patients’ into the hobbled recreational system. No really, man. I’m not joking. I surely do wish I was.

And the really twisted thing is, all of this could have been avoided if the governor (Gregoire) back in 2011 (I think it was) hadn’t line item vetoed a bill passed by the legislature (E2SSB 5073) that would have revamped the medweed law (69.51A) to allow and regulate medicinal cannabis dispensing.

Folks in Washington who use cannabis in the treatment of their malady about to get royally hosed when the legislature convenes.

But enough about my problems…

There’s that doc down at the U. of A. who got canned because she pissed off a couple of state legislators (‘least one, anyway). Well, she also had worked for four years to get all of the required government approvals to do a study on the effects of cannabis on PTSD. Okay, it hasn’t been proven that’s why she got sent packing, but everything seems to point to it.

The Phoenix New Times has an excellent article about the matter.

Oregon and Alaska are poised to legalize recreational cannabis. Oregon recently passed legislation allowing medicinal dispensaries. Hopefully, that will give them a bit of a head start like Colorado had.

Some Dravet Syndrome kids don’t respond to CBD-only oil. Sometimes a touch of THC will facilitate the desired results. sometimes the whole effort is fruitless. I just thought I’d mention it.

Speaking of CBD oil for kids with epilepsy…

Did you hear nine states have passed legislation allowing the possession and administration of CBD to the kiddies? Yeah, I find it rather symbolic (useless?) myself. Where and how are the parents supposed to procure this product? What, when the stork drops off the little bundle of joy there’s a care package included with the blanket?

And what’s up with the East Coast and all of the gyrations it seems to be having with medicinal cannabis? It’s like the laws get passed and then the regulatory outfits come up with every conceivable obstacle possible to make it near impossible to implement. Sheesh.

Oh, and let’s not forget Florida. Hopefully that attorney cat (Morgan) didn’t shoot himself in the foot giving that little speech in a bar while he was all boozed-up. Morgan’s put several million dollars into the florida medical cannabis initiative. His foul-mouthed carrying on did nothing for the cause (don’t look at me like that! Heh). I’m sure he wishes he hadn’t done it. I do.

Okay, I guess that’s all I got for this afternoon. After I eat these last two cookies (of two packages of two) I’m going to go start dissasembling a motorcycle transmission.

Or, maybe I’ll go take a nap.

Betting the Pharm

I’ve mentioned my mixed opinions about pharmaceutical outfits in the past. On one hand, I think they’ve had a hand in the prohibition of cannabis for all of these years. On the other, who else is going to do phytocannabinoid research? Certainly not me. I keep trying, but as yet no one has donated the testing equipment. I got a stove top range and a bottle of alcohol. That’s it.

And don’t worry. I use both separately. Pretty much.

If you’ll look at the post just before this (in the medicinal cannabis category) you’ll see I wrote of a nasty pediatric form of epilepsy called “Dravet Syndrome.” I told about families in Utah petitioning their legislature to allow them to legally treat their children with a phytocannabinoid extract of CBDs – because it’s working for a bunch of other kids.

There’s a side story here about “Dravet Families” moving to Colorado – by the droves – in order to help their kids. But that aint what I’m writing about. This is what I’m writing about:

Epidiolex

My post about the extracted CBDs is dated 10/16/13. The release about Epidiolex is dated 11/14/13.

And I’m going to let this post lie right here.

It’s for the Children

(I’m double dipping this go’round. This post will appear in both the prohibition and medicinal cannabis categories)

Dravet Syndrome (why is ‘everything’ a syndrome?) has been in the news quite a bit of late. It’s a form of epilepsy that strikes children within a year of birth. It’s a real son of a bitch.

A kid can have 300 seizures a week. You can imagine the havoc that reeks on not only their bodies, but also their minds. Standard pharmaceuticals don’t work worth a damn. Dravet’s is bad news. Bad, bad news.

Hold that thought.

I think it was down in California where CBD prevalent cannabis first started catching on with medicinal users. Folks with intractable pain, Parkinson’s, MS – that sort of thing – found the cannabidiol worked rather well for their malady.

And I’m going to guess that move away from THC was driven by published clinical studies. Believe it or not, folks truly using cannabis medicinally have a tendency to research and read up on the latest literature.

So, for some, catching a buzz is fine and dandy, but to get to the root of the problem CBD ( not a psychoactive cannabinoid) is the ticket.

And then some California kid’s mom gave their seizing child a dose of cannabis oil and the episodes lost frequency. And then they all but stopped.

It about created an uproar. I mean, a responsible parent would never dream of giving their child pot, right?! RIGHT!?

Maybe if the parent were at wits end and was trying to save the child’s life? Maybe. And what if it wasn’t ‘pot?’

The California kid got a little press, not a whole bunch, but some. Though It was enough folks began to give it some thought. Especially a parent with a child suffering from Dravet’s.

The next news story was from Colorado. It went big because a T.V. doctor included Charlotte’s story in a documentary on medicinal cannabis. It went real big.

You can read about Charlotte here.

Pot no one wanted (’cause Colorado aint California?) possibly saving a child’s life. Pot nobody wanted and parents desperate to save their kid’s life.

And now we move to Utah.
Yes, I wrote “Utah.”
Dravet’s is alive and well in Utah, too.
Medicinal cannabis ain’t legal in Utah.
But, parents with ‘Dravet Kids’ apparently do their research, too.

And a group of mothers (“moms” I’m writing of) have petitioned the state legislature to allow them to (legally) treat their seizing children with CBD.

Man, I don’t want to sound callous, but I find this whole unfolding terribly interesting; from a scientific standpoint, sociological and legislative. It really is one hell of a story.

The mom’s don’t want cannabis. They want the CBD extract. Not the plant. Not THC. Not “medicinal cannabis.” The CBD extract. They want to save their childrens’ lives.

So, as any parent would (I’d hope) they’ve taken action. In their case they’ve chosen to bang on the door of with the state legislature.

It appears legislation will be introduced that will allow these folks to (legally) provide a viable treatment for their childrens’ malady.

You can read about it here in the S.L. Tribune.

Did you read it? Did you see where Representative Froerer wonders if any legislation is required? If a CBD extract is same-same as any hemp product routinely sold in the United States?

I find it all terribly interesting. And a bit ironic.

In that flick Reefer Madness the narrator (Dr. Carroll) closes with the statement, “Because the dread Marihuana may be reaching forth next for your son or daughter….or yours….or YOURS!”

Dread?
Or lifesaving?

If you are reading this, then I’d guess you’ve some interest in cannabis science and law. May I suggest you watch and see what happens in Utah? Could they breach a barrier? A barrier many of us might not even knew existed? That of medicinal cannabis and cannabinoids.

After all, it’s for the children.

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