Sustainable T-Shirts for WJAE420.com Available via Cannabis Art Guild

We are absolutely honored and delighted that cannabisartguild.org has decided to partner with wjae420.com to create these affordable and sustainable T-shirts with The Hemp Nut logo on the front, and our logo on the sleeve. Help support our efforts to end the stigma of cannabis, support women in music, and entertain and educate you!

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The Wendy Love Edge Show with Topher Kogen- S4, Extended Episode 2 Availble Now!

We are so excited to share the latest episode of The Wendy Love Edge Show with Topher Kogen. This extended episode is called, “Celebrating Art and Music”. It is quite a celebration, and we’ve provided the YouTube link below for your convenience.

You can also catch the show on all major podcasting formats, Cannalink24.com, cannatube24.com, KM420 Radio online from Texas, Unity Radio 97.9 FM in Worcester MA, Activate Radio online from Boston MA at activatemedia.org, WJAE420.com online from Fayetteville Arkansas, KPSQ.org and 97.3 FM Fayetteville AR.

Enjoy the show!

Spencer, “We the People Deserve Better” Boston, By DJ Kerry Cannon

Spencer “We The People Deserve Better” Boston 
By Kerry Cannon

Late January 2020, the news quickly spread around the world that a man had lit up a joint in a Tennessee courtroom, and declared- ” We The People deserve better.” Spencer Boston was in court that day, facing charges for the victimless crime of being in possession of 1/8 th of Cannabis flower. That’s about 3.5 grams. I recently had a conversation with Spencer about that day, the aftermath, the madness of Cannabis prohibition, and where he’s at now with his “criminal” case.
Spencer Boston showed up to court on January 27, 2020  with a joint tucked into his pocket, unsure if he would follow through with his stunt. Spencer decided he’d see how things went and go from there, but was fully prepared for the consequences of his actions. His intention wasn’t to disrespect Judge Haywood or the court. Spencer’s intention was to bring about greater awareness of the absurdity of Cannabis prohibition, how time and resources are wasted on victimless crimes, while real crimes, with actual victims, occur. “I had nothing to lose. I had recently lost my job. If I go to jail it will be a vacation. In my eyes, I had nothing to lose at all” , Spencer shared. about his pre spark thoughts. “I’m not getting slapped in the face and being told not to do it again, when it’s really not a big deal. When there’s people out here actually doing bad things.”  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzfg16WyfHA

Spencer was immediately detained after lighting up the joint in the courtroom, and held for 10 days in jail in contempt of court. While incarcerated, Spencer was being told that he made High Times, his story was being reported on across the world, a gofundme was set up for him, and that many calls were being made to the court asking Judge Haywood to drop all charges against him.  Spencer said he thought the people telling him this were just boasting him up. He was shocked when he learned it all was indeed true.  No big news really comes from his sleepy town of Lebanon, Tennessee. 
Outside of federally legal Hemp (CBD), there are no forms of Cannabis legalization in Tennessee. While all use of Cannabis  is medicinal, regardless of the intentions behind it’s use, Tennessee continues to make patients criminals. When asked if he receives any medicinal benefits from toking Cannabis, Spencer shared that he has ADHD. “I’m naturally stimulated. Cannabis slows me down, gives me a breather, helps me to not be overloaded, and takes tension and anxiety away” Spencer said.  There are currently stacked misdemeanors charges that Spencer is facing, which are 3 civil possession charges, disorderly conduct, and contempt of court. Arraignment for Spencer Boston is scheduled for November 25, 2020. He’s currently out on bond. Interesting fact- Spencer’s dad is a long time, well respected police officer who works at the very courthouse where Spencer lit up at. His dad wasn’t aware of his son’s actions, at his work, until later that day. While in the office, other police officers shared the news that someone had light up a joint in the courtroom earlier that day. He became aware it was his son who did this, after another officer showed him a picture of the guy who lit up. Spencer said his dad was very unhappy with him for a few days after this, because of how it might affect his reputation professionally. The father/son on the opposite sides of this issue, created conversation within the police force. Spencer’s dad shared with him, that all the police officers there are for legalizing weed, that they’d rather not spend time ruining people’s lives over weed, and would rather put their efforts toward actual crimes.  Interestingly, this stunt by a police officer’s son, actually created some good within the force, and didn’t hurt Spencer’s dad’s reputation at all. I asked Spencer if there was any action he’d like we the people to take in support of him. He said to standby, and that he appreciates all of the support he’s had.  It was great speaking to Spencer.  He’s  very down to earth, and courageous in following his heart. For him it’s natural, as he doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of those who don’t contribute positively to his life.  Thank you Spencer for taking one for the team!  It’s going to take many of us to really end this madness.  The conversation needs to be ongoing. Action must happen. We need to do what we can to stop injustices that may not directly affect us, yet indirectly they do.  In the not too distant future, my full interview with Spencer Boston will be broadcasted on WJAE420.com on The KC Kush show.  Tune in there to hear about Spenser’s story and more. 

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. 

Managing Personal Change

 

 

This article I’ve written delivers information about managing personal change.  I’d like to point out that while cannabis creates homeostasis from which all other health benefits can come, one still needs to look at personal lifestyle choices to create health and wellness.  This is particularly true for those suffering from chronic physical conditions, and those with PTSD and anxiety. Finally, after the article, I hope you will enjoy the meditation I have provided to assist you with grounding and staying in the moment.

 

In the midst of personal change, fear can often erupt. Worry then ensues. These two things, fear and worry, serve no positive purpose in managing change. Well really, they serve no positive purpose in any part of our lives.

So how does one limit the fear and worry when change is happening and an inevitable part of life?
The mind is the most important piece of the puzzle to maintaining rationality and making decisions that will achieve a positive change. When you have your mind right and are staying positive and rational, you can do anything! Your mind tells you what needs to be done. Listen to it, but only with a rational tone. If it starts running away with itself it’s time to rope it in and bring it into balance. Fear and love are inversely proportional. So reduce the fear about the change by showing yourself love and kindness. You could do any or all of the following: Take some time to exercise, go for a walk, ride your bike, walk your dog, or practice deep breathing, Make sure you are nourishing your body, and are eating for health. Try some simple meditation. Remind yourself that you have a 100% track record for getting through other changes in your life. If you can, write some positive affirmations on pieces of paper and put them around your house where you can see them. These things will keep your mind positive and rational.

Once you feel you have decreased the fear and worry sufficiently, then ask yourself, “what do I need to accomplish to get through this change?” This is the action that is necessary to make the change. So answer your question! Start a list of these things with everything you can think of. Even if the list is starting to get long, don’t allow that to increase your fear and worry again. This is a list of things you will do over time. You may want to put time frames on each item if that will help you to sort out the time you need to get through the change you are making. You are in the drivers seat of this change. You are not a victim, and it is not driving you!

The fact is, this change might just help you onto the path that you really want. Check in with yourself about that, and about what you heart is wanting, what your higher self is needing, what your true self feels about the change that you are making. It is a good idea to journal these thoughts to help you sort them out. If journaling doesn’t work for you, then sit quietly and sort out what you feel about the change with regard to your life path, your heart and your higher self. By taking the time to feed the heart and soul, and listen to it, you will find that your head will continue to decrease in fear and worry.

As I said at the start, change in life is inevitable. We can only control our reaction to it, and how we manage it. When we do this, we are caring for and loving ourselves. This is an essential element of good health and well-being.
Take back your health America!

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

Meditation:

https://soundcloud.com/bulldozerhealth/audio-rec

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.