Check out the latest podcast from Wendy and Topher. It was do much fun creating this episode and chatting about food! Enjoy!
Cannabis Grow Rights Contribute to Self-Reliance by Wendy Love Edge
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.
Join us for the first quarantine edition of The Wendy Love Edge Show with Topher Kogen. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Wendy Love Edge
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.
Whether you’re saving for your dream apartment in Manhattan, for retirement or something else, having a budget is a must. Surprisingly, only about a third of Americans say they maintain a household budget, according to a recent Gallup poll, which means if you have one at all, you’re already ahead of the game.
The goal of any budget is to help control spending so that you can spend less than you make, while focusing spending on what matters the most. No matter how you decide to do it, your budget should meet that goal. For those who truly want to make the most out of their financial situation, consider these tips for the most effective budgeting possible.
1. Start by Tracking Your Spending
Before you sit down to create your budget, it’s important to understand how much you’re spending. Tracking every dime spent will reveal just how much those tiny purchases can add up over time – like that daily Starbucks latte or monthly subscriptions you forget you had even signed up for. Ideally, aim to track for spending for 30 days, but even doing it just for a week can provide the important information you need to learn about your spending habits.
2. Start with the Most Important Categories When Creating Your Budget
Begin your budget with the most important categories, meaning the necessities for you to live,like shelter (rent or mortgage payment), food, utilities, transportation and basic clothing. Once you know what you absolutely have to spend on, you can fill in the other categories, such as entertainment.
3. Pay Yourself First
As the goal of budgeting is usually to save, helping you to spend less than you make, one of the best ways to accomplish that is to pay yourself first. Don’t simply save what you happen to have left over at the end of the month as there’s likely to be little left. Save first, and then spend the rest. If you can, have a portion automatically taken from your paycheck or checking account into your savings account, so avoid the temptation to spend.
4. Work on Paying off Debt
If you have debt, make it a priority. Use the debt snowball method, which is arguably the best way to get it paid off as quickly as possible. What you’ll do is make the minimum payments on all debts other than the smallest – pay as much as you can on that one and once it’s gone, take that payment and apply it to the next smallest while making the minimum on the rest, and so on.
Every time you pay a debt off it helps to keep you motivated, and before you know it, it will all be gone – just avoid the temptation to create any new debt.
5. Plan to Adjust Your Budget Monthly
As monthly expenses, and sometimes income, can change, plan to adjust your budget every month, planning for things like an oil change on your car, back-to-school supplies, and special occasions like birthdays and vacations. When you’re prepared, it takes a lot of stress off your shoulders and makes sticking to a budget much easier.
I hope you found this useful information. Money matters in your health and well-being!
Take back your health America!
Wendy Love Edge
3 Ways Seniors Can Improve Their Health, Heart, and Soul
by Guest Blogger Jason Lewis
Looking for more reasons to smile during your golden years? Improving quality of life is a common aspiration for seniors and older adults. You may already be eating healthier and exercising more to take better care of yourself, but do you know how to make even more of an impact on your physical and mental health? The keys to doing so may be easier than you think, but there are steps many seniors tend to miss. So, here are three ways you can make the most of your life and take more control of your health.
Get Those Regular Check-Ups at the Dentist
If you have more reasons to smile as a senior, you want to be sure that smile is clean and healthy. Beyond aesthetics, your oral health influences processes throughout your body that may surprise you. Poor dental health has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease as well as digestive disorders. There is even a cyclical connection to depression
If you are feeling depressed, you may not feel like taking proper care of your teeth and gums. On the other hand, when you let your oral health slide, you may end up feeling self-conscious. So, for your oral, mental, and physical health, be sure to check in with your dentist on a regular basis.
Worried about the costs? If your Medicare Advantage plan covers dental, you should use those benefits. If not, look into alternate plans, like Aetna’s Medicare Advantage plans, that will offer coverage for dental exams, as well as vision screenings. Think having dentures means skipping the dentist? According to dental experts, that could leave you vulnerable to gum disease and even oral cancers, so you should still schedule regular exams.
Add Exercises for Balance to Your Workout Routine
When you work out, you may be thinking of your heart health and weight. But should you be thinking about reducing your risk of being injured by a fall too? The answer is a resounding yes! Falls account for millions of injuries each year, and some falls can even be fatal. Whether serious or not, you don’t want to put yourself at the risk of experiencing a fall in your senior years. So, how can exercise help? Your workouts can help keep you from falling, but only if you add enough strength training and balance to your fitness routine. Something as simple as a leg raise can help steady your body while building up the muscles needed to keep your legs sturdy. Want to decrease your fall risks and increase your mood in the process? If so, you should consider adding more yoga or tai chi to your fitness plans. Both will work to boost your balance and mood, but the slow pace of tai chi may be a better fit for some seniors.
Go Volunteer with Your Favorite Local Charity or Cause
Taking more time to care for your oral health and balance can be good for your body and brain. However, if you want a boost for your soul, you should think about giving back to your community. When you give a part of yourself to a cause, you are not only helping to enrich the lives of people in need, but you are also giving yourself the gift of knowing you made a difference. Volunteering is the perfect way for seniors to leave a positive legacy, but it can also provide a much-needed social connection. Not only do those social connections help prevent loneliness and depression, but they may also help improve your memory. Wondering where to start when looking for opportunities to give back? While you’re reading this article, you can also check out volunteer match sites that will help you figure out what kind of work will be right for you, whether it’s helping people learn to read or building homes for the homeless.
There are a million ways to keep yourself healthy and thrive as a senior. Hopefully, this short list gives you a better idea of the not-so-common steps you can take to improve your quality of life and to nourish your mind, body, and soul.
Photo Credit: Pixabay
Please watch the latest episode of The Bulldozer Health Show!
In this episode Wendy is on location in New York, New York with Dr. Erick Eiting. The for-profit prison system is discussed in relation to health care and other social issues, as well as available healthcare for prisoners, healthy food, and much more! Sponsored in part by: The CT Medical Marijuana Critic, Total Hemp U.S., The Barling Clinic, Better Living Rx, and Sage Advice LLC.
Thanks for watching!
Wendy Love Edge
Take back your health America!
Wendy Love Edge