Cannabis Grow Rights Contribute To Self-Reliance

Cannabis Grow Rights Contribute to Self-Reliance by Wendy Love Edge 

OCT 2020

We know that all human beings must eat to survive.  I feel it also stands to reason, that human beings must have the ability to grow their own medicine to take care of themselves.  The ability to attain self-reliance, should be self evident to all, and a necessary goal.  But alas, it is not. When we think about this planet,this country that we live in, it is easy to see the classism that is built into the food and medicine supplies. Because of this, it is astounding to me that anyone but the elite are thriving, or even surviving. The truth is, the quest for self-reliance is often squashed in individuals, by the uneven hand in the access to proper healthy food and medicine, and then dependence on those that control the food and medicine supply is inevitable. 

My parents taught me the value of having your own garden to grow food and herbs, from the time I was a small child. The abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit at harvest time was exciting and nourishing.  It was a less complicated time.  No one was talking about organic vs non-organic seeds, GMO’s, or even questioning if seeds could be found for certain plants.  My family used shoe leather dust and fish for fertilizer, and everything grew inside the fence beautifully without much trouble from pests or use of pesticides. The ability to grow your own food, it was clear to me, was a part of self-reliance. It was also a family and community bonding experience like no other.  Our surplus was shared with neighbors, and theirs was shared with us.  

When we discuss cannabis and grow rights, to me it is no different than other food. The cannabis plant is so versatile and useful for every household.  Hemp can be grown and used for hempcrete, paper, clothing, medicine, food, and more. Community can share in processing resources and goods.  Cannabis sativa and indica can also be grown for medicine.  Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system set up to receive this medicine.  And yet mankind treats it like a commodity and wealth builder, rather than a necessary food and medicine. Many states in the U.S. have restricted laws that don’t allow people to take care of themselves, and grow their own cannabis.  The states have rules, and restrictions, and costs for licensing hemp too- even though federal prohibition of the crop has already ended. These unjust restrictions make self-reliance nearly impossible. 

Legalization of cannabis does not equal access to the medicine.  Legalization is often a trap to continue to feed the drug war, by having different rules and regulations in different states- and sometimes cities and counties. Because the rules change by geography and not by logic, people can easily break these arbitrary rules about the plant, many times without their knowledge. Then they have to pay fines or face jail time. It is truly a travesty for this nearly universally useful plant-  that access is denied to so many, and others are punished for attempting to use the medicine or assist others to access it. 

Precluding grow rights from any laws or amendments that pass, is just another way for the government to keep control of this healing plant and to keep us all from true self-reliance.  We must end federal prohibition of cannabis, deschedule the medicine, allow universal grow rights, and expunge the criminal records of those that came before us who were, in most cases, simply seeking self-reliance. It is truly the only fair and equitable way forward. 

Grow rights are human rights.  As patients, activists, healers, and citizens we must never falter on stating to all who will listen, and some who won’t, that grow rights are human rights. 

Successfully Planning A Road Trip

Every day, people travel from one place to another without realizing how much of an accomplishment it is. How successful your daily road trips are is owed to your careful planning. It’s the kind of feat that you should take a moment to sit and appreciate, but business calls.

  When you do get to road trip on your own time, plan it as you would for work. This  may be considered to be stressful, but it’s necessary to get your priorities straightened out.  In this way you are taking care of your own personal wellness, insuring a smooth trip and reducing stress overall.  And, once you’ve overcome this phase, the new horizons you find will be all the sweeter. That’s why this article is going to give you four simple ways to plan your road trip for success.

Plan Your Route

  The moment you have a destination in mind is the time to decide if it’s route is drivable. Chances are you may have access to a GPS, but these can sometimes lead you astray.

  Go over the route to and from your destination so you’re prepared to make your own travel adjustments. Check if your intended route has any road construction on it. You might have to use a rural back road, and those have lower speed limits that can delay your arrival. Rest stops can be every couple of miles, or at your convenience.

Car Checks

  The nightmare scenario for every road trip is having your car break down miles from civilization. Be it cross-country or interstate, the long haul is going to depend on your car’s health.

  Bring your vehicle into your most trusted mechanic for an inspection and oil change. Ask the mechanic for the amount of mileage your car can go without wearing down the engine. If you don’t have a spare tire on your car, then get one in case of a blowout. It also helps to be a AAA member.

Call Ahead

  Let’s say you’re going to Memphis, Tennessee to shop for a new house. Wouldn’t it make sense to call a Memphis real estate agent weeks ahead to schedule an appointment?

  Calling ahead can keep you on your toes knowing that someone expects your business when you arrive. This is true if you plan to stay overnight at a hotel, and don’t want to scrap for any available room. Before you visit local attractions, check to see if you need to buy tickets. In the case of free admission, ask for hours of operation.

Pack Smart

  Journeys of any length mean having enough supplies to get you there and back. Packing light emphasizes the bare necessities while making room for the stuff you bring back.

  Clothing should be limited to what you have on, plus what you need for the days of your trip. Basic self-care needs like toiletries, deodorants, and shampoos are offered by hotels, but it never hurts to pack them anyway. Keep a small cooler on hand with beverages and snacks for the long ride. Entertainment options should be portable and low maintenance. Just don’t forget the phone chargers.

Also in your light pack, don’t forget any supplements or medications you may need. Additionally, keeping within your own wellness routines will help you to enjoy the trip more and reduce risk of illness or unnecessary personal challenges. 

With these 4 elements in mind, you should be able to focus more on the most important part of your trip: Enjoying it! 

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

bulldozerhealth.org

The Ballad of Peggy and Glenn,

By Rena McCain

Hello, everyone! I hope today finds you well!

I want to share this story about Peggy Kimmel and Glenn Keeling and what our legal system here in the United States has done to their lives. It’s tragic that people have to fight for their health this way and I would encourage anyone who is moved by this story to reach out and show your support in any way that you can. No one should have to endure this.

So this couple that I know, Peggy Kimmel and Glenn Keeling, are from Ohio. In June of 2016, Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed HB 523 making cannabis medically legal as of September 8, 2016. This made it legal to seek doctor recommendations for medical cannabis. This is exactly what Kimmel and Keeling did!

Keeling suffers from Crohn’s Disease. And, in accordance with the law, his doctor recommended cannabis, issuing a medical cannabis card that Keeling believed allowed him to legally buy and use cannabis as medicine.

According to Keeling, the cannabis was helping him deal with the disease.

“I was able to eat better,” Keeling told Duane Pohlman, a reporter with Local 12 WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio. “I had more of an appetite. I was able to get out of bed.”

Who wouldn’t want to feel better and get out of bed?”

Kimmel, who was issued a medical cannabis card by the same doctor, said the cannabis she was using to treat her MS was a miracle medicine.

“I could walk without using a cane or a walker,” Kimmel said.

Additionally, the cannabis had replaced dozens of pills, shots and other pharmaceuticals that a biopsy had revealed were harming her liver. Just, wow!

So, it really is one thing to knowingly break the law. But it’s quite another when it’s legal and recommended on doctor’s orders. But seemingly this is exactly what’s happening there in Ohio. This couple is facing a dozen charges and could lose custody of their daughter for legally medicating with cannabis.

Keeling is currently facing 16 drug charges. His wife, Kimmel, is facing 15 drug charges after police showed up with a search warrant on October 31, 2018.

When Village of Rockford, Ohio police officers and Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies came to their home on Halloween night, Keeling said he led them straight to the cannabis. The cops that came and arrested them didn’t care that they had been issued valid medical cannabis cards. What an injustice when law enforcement officials are not even aware of the laws they are supposed to be enforcing! Or even worse, when they don’t care to educate themselves, either.

Even Kimmel’s 14-year-old daughter, Tina Lane, said it was clear that her mother was improving on cannabis-based medicines.

“My mom could walk.” Tina said.

Along with all the other charges, her mother and stepfather also face a count of child endangerment, even though Mercer County Child and Family Services, which investigated the case closed their case without any action, stating in a letter that the “family has many strengths, including a desire to protect Tina and provide for her basic needs.”

“They feel that she is safer with us than anywhere else,” Kimmel noted.

But that night, the entire family’s sense of security was shattered. Keeling left in handcuffs and would spend nearly a month behind bars.

Moving forward, Mercer County Prosecutor, Matt Fox, was in Mercer County Court at Keeling and Kimmel’s arraignments. Fox argued that bond for the pair included the usual conditions: “That they don’t consume alcohol or drugs and subject themselves to random testing,” Fox told the judge.

Eric Allen, Kimmel’s attorney argued the condition be changed to allow his client to use an essential medicine: marijuana.

“Over the past few months there have been an increasing number of lesions on her brain. Using medical marijuana tends to alleviate some of her suffering.” Allen told the judge.

So, like a decent human being and in accordance with the law, Judge Jeffrey Ingraham issued bond conditions for Kimmel that includes use of medical marijuana under a doctor’s supervision. So they can use it legally, but are up on charges for also using it legally. How does this happen?

When asked if she would like to say anything to the prosecutor, Kimmel didn’t hesitate.

“I am not a criminal.” Kimmel said. “I would not ever break the law on purpose of any kind.”

They are both free on bond, but struggling financially because this has been a very costly, in more ways than one. They have been fighting for 19 months, and have finally been “granted permission” to use their medical cannabis. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get because of the financial hardship the state has imposed on them.

Please visit the links below to know more about this couple and where they are now in their fight for their lives, or make a quick call to Mercer County Prosecutor Matt Fox at 419-586-8677. Please ask that all charges against Peggy Kimmel and Glenn Keeling be dropped.

Thank you! One team, one dream?

Sign the petition:  https://www.change.org/p/matt-fox-no-criminal-charges-for-medical-marijuana-patients?recruiter=269537161&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_abi&recruited_by_id=203061a0-d920-11e4-8959-d100ed686160&share_bandit_exp=abi-17131326-en-US&share_bandit_var=v3&utm_content=fht-17131326-en-us%3Av2

 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the MONTROSE STAR.

Rena McCain is a co-founder of the Cannabis Open Carry Walks. Find her on Facebook at GanjaGrrl420, or via Twitter @sassikatt24 and Instagram at ganja_grrl420. Listen to Conversations with Ganja Grrl & 420 News HQ, McCain’s broadcast on MixLR.com every Sunday morning, 11 a.m. ’til 2 p.m. CST on the MountainHighX station. To listen, download the MIXLR APP for Android or Apple. Make an account. Search for and follow MountainHigh10.

Budgeting: Focus on What Matters to You Most

Pulse Magazine Article January 2017

http://thepulsemag.com/wordpress/2017/01/concert-series-focuses-on-alternative-care

We are so thrilled that The Pulse Magazine in Worcester MA covered our monthly concert series this month in this article! Please read!

If you are in or near Worcester MA, please join us for this monthly series. The next one is on January 13th at Spiritual Haze in Worcester MA. We have 3 bands:  Secret Sage, James Keyes, and Kara Bennett Music. There will be vendors, artists and amazing silent auction items. We are even auctioning off a FULL SCHOLARSHIP to Northeastern Institute of Cannabis worth $2,000!  This event is not only a fundraiser for Bulldozer Health Inc., but a full legalization of cannabis celebration!

Thanks again The Pulse Magazine!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

Take back your health America!

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