420 MAGAZINE ® – Medical Marijuana Publication & Social Networking https://www.420magazine.com Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:38:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Arizona Supreme Court: No Blocking Marijuana Sales https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/arizona-supreme-court-no-blocking-marijuana-sales/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/arizona-supreme-court-no-blocking-marijuana-sales/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:38:44 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6626 [Read More]]]> The Arizona Supreme Court won’t allow state and local officials to hide behind federal drug laws to throw roadblocks in the path of those who want to sell marijuana.

Without comment, the justices have refused to review, much less overturn, a Court of Appeals ruling rejecting arguments that federal law trumps the 2010 voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. The lower court said the fact that marijuana remains a felony under federal law does not preempt the state from deciding to decriminalize it for some.

That same ruling also specifically rebuffed contentions that having county officials issue the zoning permits required for dispensaries would mean they were illegally aiding and abetting in the violation of federal law.

In reaching that conclusion, the judges pointed out that nothing in Arizona law — or in their ruling — protects dispensary operators or even medical marijuana users from being pursued and prosecuted by federal authorities under federal law.

But attorney Steven White who represented the dispensary that argued the case, said that, for all intents and purposes, that can’t happen — at least not now.

He pointed out that a provision in the budget, first inserted in 2015, precludes the U.S. Department of Justice from using any of its funds to prosecute providers of medical marijuana if they are complying with state laws. That provision was just renewed.

That extension, however, runs only through Dec. 8, meaning Congress will need to vote again if they want to keep Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his staffers in check.

The decision by the Supreme Court drew a slap from Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery who had sought to use the federal law to not only block new dispensaries but effectively void the decision by voters to legalize the drug for medical use.

“It represents the latest failure of every level of the judicial branch in Arizona, from the trial court to the Court of Appeals to the highest state court of review, to fulfill their respective oaths of office,” he told Capitol Media Services.

The 2010 law allows those with a doctor’s recommendation and a state-issued ID card to obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. The law also set up a network of state-regulated privately run dispensaries to sell the drug.

Before issuing a permit for a dispensary, though, state health officials need certification from the local government that the site is properly zoned. White Mountain Health, seeking to locate in Sun City, which is unincorporated, sought the necessary certification from the county.

Montgomery, however, instructed county officials not to respond. He argued that doing so would make them guilty of violating federal laws which prohibit not only the possession and sale of marijuana but doing anything to facilitate either.

Most significant, he contended that anything the state enacts cannot preempt federal law. Montgomery said the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution makes federal laws supreme and says “the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”

But Judge Donn Kessler, writing for the appellate court last year, said nothing in the federal Controlled Substances Act actually prohibits states from having their own drug laws.

Anyway, the judge said, the fact that Arizona has chosen to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana simply immunizes those involved from being prosecuted under Arizona law. He said there is no conflict with federal law because nothing that Arizona does precludes the federal government, if it wants, from enforcing its own laws.

“The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act does not otherwise purport to shield anyone or any act from federal prosecution,” Kessler wrote.

Nor was Kessler persuaded by that claim that county officials would be “aiding and abetting’’ those violating federal drug laws. He said county officials were not promoting the sale of marijuana but instead dealing with a simple zoning matter.

And Kessler said that budget provision limiting the Department of Justice from prosecuting people in compliance with their own state’s medical marijuana laws undermines Montgomery’s contention that state or county officials could find themselves prosecuted under federal law.

None of that convinced Montgomery that Arizona voters were ever free in the first place to legalize medical marijuana, saying that trial court acknowledged the conflict between federal law and what voters enacted.

“Accordingly, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act should have been held unconstitutional without regard for the method in which it passed into law,” he said. “Unfortunately, the court’s abdication of its duty leaves Maricopa County residents, who have consistently voted against legalizing any access to marijuana whether medicinal or recreational, at the mercy of the policy choices of the federal government.”

But while it’s true that voters in Maricopa County — and, in fact, in 12 others — opposed the 2010 initiative legalizing marijuana for medical use, there was strong enough support in Pima and Coconino counties to have the measure approved on a statewide basis.

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Legal Pot In Mexico: Everything You Need To Know https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/legal-pot-mexico-everything-need-know/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/legal-pot-mexico-everything-need-know/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:36:08 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6623 [Read More]]]> On June 19th, 2017, Mexico legalized medical marijuana, or more specifically, “pharmacological derivatives of cannabis” to be regulated and studied by the Ministry of Health. But, for now, Mexico’s medical cannabis market will look much different than say, California’s, which sells everything from cannabis flower to THC-infused massage oil. Currently, “cannabis derivatives” in Mexico, like oils and pills, must contain less than one percent THC. Although some activists are hopeful and working to change this conservative allotment, many believe that full cannabis legalization is what will help Mexico the most.

“This current law is so limited as to be practically useless. But we’re headed in the right direction and the attitude is changing,” says Laura Carlsen, political analyst and director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy in Mexico City. Here, what you need to know about Mexico’s marijuana program, and where it might go from here.

What’s legal so far?

Mexico began changing its marijuana policy in 2009 when it decriminalized the possession of up to five grams, as well as small, “personal use” amounts of cocaine, heroin, and other drugs, in an effort to treat addiction as a public health issue rather than a criminal offense. Instead of jail time, those found in possession of substances are encouraged to enter treatment.

But the real change came in 2015, when eight-year-old Graciela Elizalde, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy known as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, brought medical cannabis to the public’s attention in Mexico. CBD oil helped to drastically reduce her seizures and improve her quality of life, and so she became the first Mexican medical marijuana patient after a Supreme Court ruling in her favor.

Since then, a medical cannabis bill has passed through both the Mexican Senate and the Lower House of Congress with an overwhelming majority, and President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the bill into law on June 19th, 2017. Now, Mexico’s Ministry of Health has until mid-December, to write regulations for medical marijuana, half the time the state of California is taking to write their adult-use regulations. If Mexico meets its deadline, products derived from cannabis could be available in Mexican pharmacies in early 2018 to help treat diseases like epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and cancer.

With its new law, Mexico has joined a handful of countries that have federally legalized medicinal marijuana, along with Canada, Israel, Uruguay, Puerto Rico and Germany – though notably not the United States.

How popular is cannabis legalization in Mexico?
Mexico is a conservative country with 81 percent of the population self-identifying as Catholic. The Catholic Church has come out against pot, medicinal or otherwise. One of their main arguments against legalization is that it will encourage teenagers to start toking up. Although, as we’ve seen in Colorado, ending prohibition lowers marijuana use among teens instead.

The most popular Catholic newspaper in the country, Desde La Fe (From the Faith), published a couple of op-eds opposing legalization, claiming cannabis has no medicinal benefits and that the government saying so “confuses the public.” A main argument for ending marijuana prohibition in Mexico is to help curb narcotraficante (drug cartel) violence. Yet the Catholic Church believes legalization will do exactly the opposite, and ended a 2017 editorial with the line, “In our sad horizon appears a sick and violent country,” referring to a Mexico with legal weed.

But compared to the U.S., cannabis has less support from the public and is still heavily stigmatized in Mexico. In November 2015, just days after Grace Elizalde’s landmark case, the Center of Social Studies and Public Opinion (CESPO) surveyed Mexicans and found 82 percent were against allowing cannabis sales and distribution in Mexico, 73 percent rejected legalizing it for recreational purposes, yet 76 percent approved legalizing it for medical use.

Up north, Americans have an opposite opinion of ending marijuana prohibition: 60 percent support full legalization according to a 2017 Quinnipiac Poll.

Legalization in the U.S. has had a huge impact on the public perception of cannabis in Mexico. In a recent interview with Cultura Colectiva, President Enrique Peña Nieto, who was previously against legalizing marijuana, said, “I’m not ruling out that in the near future marijuana will be fully legalized in Mexico. It’s already occurring in other countries, particularly the United States.”

Is full legalization in Mexico possible?

The momentum to legalize cannabis in Mexico is there, and no one has been more outspoken about this than former President Vicente Fox Quesada. In the past, Fox believed Mexico could fully legalize marijuana by 2018, but in a recent interview, he admitted Mexico’s upcoming presidential election, scheduled for July 1st, 2018, could stall any progress on this front.

“We’re getting into an electoral process for the presidency of Mexico,” says Fox. “So I think it’s going to be very difficult to advance during this period.”

Fox is also working with Mexican politicians, like Fernando Belaunzaran, on legalization efforts. Belaunzaran, a former congressman, has been a proponent for legalizing cannabis in Mexico since he proposed a bill for full legalization back in 2012.

“I’m working with a couple of congressmen and senators that are very positive about the subject [of legalizing marijuana]. They’ve been pursuing, pushing, and promoting [the issue],” says Fox.

He also met with American activist and dispensary owner, Steve DeAngelo, on the matter during a recent visit to Oakland, California. He was in the Bay Area because he was the keynote speaker at the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) convention where he said that, one day, Mexico could produce up to 60 percent of all the legal weed in the U.S., and that cannabis should be incorporated into NAFTA.

But more than a cash crop, Fox views ending prohibition as the best way to fight cartel violence in Mexico.

“It’s the very first step to start taking away from cartels all the money they get from this illegal activity,” says Fox. “This is a slow process, but I’m sure it will happen one day soon.”

Could legalization hurt cartels?

There is a long history of drug trafficking, political corruption, and violence in Mexico that is all closely intertwined. On December 11th, 2006, then-President Felipe Calderón launched a “war on drugs” that escalated violence and insecurity in Mexico to new heights.

There are many reasons Calderón’s war intensified violence. For one, his “kingpin” strategy to dismantle cartels backfired, destabilizing organizations causing a violent internal power struggle, which also gave life to new, smaller, and reportedly more dangerous gangs.

But another main cause of the spike in violence, especially homicide and “disappeared” people, was his militarization of local law enforcement, and his massive increase to Mexico’s security and military budget.

Corruption seeped into the municipal police and the military, despite efforts to fire corrupt individuals, making Calderón’s militarization dangerous. A 2009 study from the Justice in Mexico organization found that 93.6 percent of municipal police in Mexico depend on corruption to make a living wage. Considering 61 percent of officers made 4,000 pesos or less per month in 2009 (the equivalent of about $300 in 2009), it’s not surprising.

“One of the big problems with prohibition is that it gives corrupt and abusive law enforcement forces a major justification for shakedowns,” says the Center for International Policy’s Carlsen.

Since Mexico’s war on drugs began in 2006, it’s been estimated around 200,000 people have been killed. But even that is a hard number to estimate in a country where 30,000 people have been reported missing, and mass-graves of unidentified people are frequently found in the countryside.

But many believe this violence is a reason to end marijuana prohibition.

“When people have legal, regulated places to buy marijuana, it takes the whole business out of the hands of organized crime,” says Carlsen. “Marijuana is a huge chunk of cartel income. Without that income there is an automatic reduction in their capacity to buy weapons, recruit teens, bribe politicians. Prohibition is the best thing that ever happened to organized crime -they couldn’t survive a day without it. So as we dial back the disastrous prohibition regime, cartels are forced like any business to downsize. They lose market, lose demand, reduce production and lose power to control territory and communities.”

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How To Use Cannabis To Combat PMS Symptoms https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/use-cannabis-combat-pms-symptoms/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/use-cannabis-combat-pms-symptoms/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:34:35 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6620 [Read More]]]> If you’re among the countless women who are forced to endure the wrath of PMS (or you love one who does), with its cramps, bloating, headaches, and mood swings each month, then cannabis just might be the solution you’ve been looking for.

There’s no definitive proof yet—largely due to the federal government’s failure to declassify marijuana as a Schedule I drug and therefore limit the research available—but early studies, as well as firsthand accounts, suggest that medical marijuana can significantly abate a number of PMS symptoms.

Period Cramps

Cramps, for many women, are the most uncomfortable side effect of a period. They can range from mildly uncomfortable to downright debilitating, making it impossible for people to complete their daily responsibilities. Cramps occur when the muscles in your abdomen contract to allow your uterine lining to shed each month. The muscle relaxant properties of cannabis—THC, more specifically—can help sooth the pain from these contractions and alleviate cramp discomfort.

Headaches

In addition to painful cramps, headaches also accompany the monthly menstrual cycle for many women. Severe period headaches—sometimes called menstrual migraines—can seriously impact concentration, focus, and general productivity. Fortunately, the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis are shown to significantly reduce the severity of headaches, sometimes eliminating them altogether.

Depressed Mood

There’s physical period pain and then there’s mental period pain. Depressive thoughts and feelings are another hormone-induced side effect of PMS that too many have to combat. Studies on both THC and CBD’s effects on depressed moods suggest that ingesting the drug can boost serotonin levels in the body—your “feel-good” hormone—and mitigate these feelings substantially. And unlike antidepressants, which often take weeks to take effect (and are likely overkill if a person is only depressed during PMS), taking cannabis can improve your mood after just one dose.

Diarrhea

So we’ve covered physical pain and mental pain, but what about the awful diarrhea that rears its head with a woman’s monthly visitor? Yep, cannabis can help that too. Cannabis’ aforementioned ability to ease cramps and reduce inflammation in your body can also alleviate gastrointestinal distress. Specifically, in early studies, cannabis has been shown to reduce hypermotility, which is a fancy word for when food moves too quickly through your gastrointestinal tract.

How To Use Cannabis For PMS

When it comes to best treating those PMS symptoms with cannabis, you have a few options with respect to how you use it.

Topical Application

If you’re not keen on getting high with your pain relief, then applying cannabis topically via cream or lotion is your best bet. There are a number of topical pain-relieving cannabis lines available and all you have to do is apply it directly to wherever you’re most uncomfortable for effects.

Teas And Edibles

When topical application isn’t enough, ingesting an edible or drinking cannabis-infused tea is a great option for pain relief. Edibles have a knack for bringing more powerful body-high experiences than other modes of ingestion, which makes them among the best options for your most painful period days.

Old-Fashioned Smoking

Of course, you can always just smoke the flower if you’re looking for quick and easy relief. It’ll be more effective than topical application and is generally not as intense as an edible high. Plus, its effects are immediate, so you can easily moderate how much or how little you want/need.

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If You Can Brew Your Own Beer, Why Can’t You Grow Your Own Marijuana https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/can-brew-beer-cant-grow-marijuana/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/can-brew-beer-cant-grow-marijuana/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:32:10 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6617 [Read More]]]> Long before tourists started converging here to sample freshly legalized marijuana in the form of gummy bears and chocolate brownies, thousands of Coloradans were cultivating the medicinal plants for their own consumption and to share with ailing friends.

Now that the Trump administration is pledging to closely monitor states where the federally outlawed substance has been legalized, regulators here, and in Oregon and Washington, are trying to tame what has proven to be an unruly crop of home growers.

The biggest concern is that outsized home growers may be selling their produce across state lines.

In all three states, homegrown medical marijuana was decriminalized at least a decade before the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana sales. The relatively loose rules governing homegrown medical marijuana are now considered at odds with highly regulated commercial markets for medicinal and recreational products.

Home growers unregulated

For regulators and enforcers, the scale of some home growing operations has been a problem for years. Under antiquated rules, growers could cultivate hundreds of marijuana plants in one residence, depending on how many certified marijuana patients designated them as their grower. And while some states kept a database of medical marijuana users, little information was collected on the growers that served them.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington legalized homegrown marijuana for medical purposes, allowing people to either grow it themselves or buy it at cost from a caretaker or co-op.

With the state’s blessing, patients either smoked marijuana or ingested extracts of the plant to relieve the nausea associated with cancer treatment, to calm involuntary muscular spasms, and to treat inflammation, seizures, nervous system disorders, glaucoma and chronic pain, among many other ailments.

When it was the only medical marijuana available, states were reluctant to limit home growers’ crop yields. And regulators deferred to doctors in allowing whatever quantity of the drug was deemed necessary for medical purposes.

The only limits on production were the ones home growers placed on themselves, because they feared federal mandatory minimum sentences for having a hundred or more plants.

While most medical marijuana home growers have adhered to state laws, some have exploited the laws for profit, said Lewis Koski, a Colorado-based government consultant who previously ran Colorado’s marijuana enforcement agency.

In all three states, rental homes have been destroyed by mold from massive indoor cultivations, neighbors have complained of fumes, and state and federal law enforcement officials have seized large quantities of marijuana from criminal drug dealers operating under the guise of medical home growers.

Gray market growers

To crack down on Colorado’s so-called gray market growers, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a law in June to end what he called the state’s “Wild West” home growing policies.

Slated to take effect in January, the new law slashes the number of plants a Colorado home grower can cultivate for medical purposes from 99 a patient or roughly 600 in a home to no more than a dozen in a residence, with some exceptions.

Oregon also has moved to curtail the volume of homegrown marijuana, putting growers on notice that if they want to cultivate more than a dozen plants, they need to register with the state alcohol and cannabis commission by December and be monitored.

Under the state’s new rules, medical growers can sell up to 20 pounds of excess crop a year in the commercial market, according to Steve Marks, Oregon’s alcohol and cannabis commission director. The alternative is for home growers to apply for a commercial license, which is open to all comers, he said.

As in Colorado, Oregon’s previous limit was 99 plants for each patient with an allowance for co-ops and community gardens to grow for a virtually unlimited number of patients.

In Washington state, a law that took effect last year limits medical marijuana home growers to six plants, or 15 with a doctor’s note, down from a “60-day supply” for every patient. Under the new law, up to four medical patients can form a co-op and grow from 24 to 60 plants depending on their allowances.

While Washington’s old law limited growers to serving only one patient at any given time, growers routinely skirted the rules by documenting that they would attend to just one patient during the time it took to conduct a sale, and then move on to another patient for the next transaction.

Federal classification as illegal

Although a large majority of Americans favor marijuana legalization, the federal government has failed to alter its 1970 classification of the popular drug as extremely dangerous and illegal to grow, possess, sell or use for any purpose.

During the Obama administration, states were emboldened to legalize marijuana in part because the U.S. Justice Department agreed to refrain from drug investigations in states that legalize marijuana except in cases of significant use by minors, increased public safety or public health risks, involvement of criminal gangs or cartels, or diversion of marijuana from legalized states to non-legalized states.

In July letters to the governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated the Trump administration would adhere to the Obama administration’s oversight guidelines, but made clear that evidence of potential violations of federal rules in those states had not gone unnoticed.

In the letter to Washington state’s Democratic governor, Jay Inslee, Sessions cited a report from the federal government’s Northwest regional drug investigation agency, stating that the state’s “medical market (for marijuana) is considered ‘grey’ due to the lack of regulation and oversight and, furthermore, aspects of Washington’s regulatory structure for the ‘medical market’ have ‘unintentionally led to the growth of black market enterprises.’”

Tighter limits on homegrown marijuana wouldn’t be necessary if it were legal in every state or if the federal government had decided to legalize it, said Rick Garza, Washington state’s chief of alcohol and cannabis regulation.

But until either of those things happens, which isn’t likely in the near term, Washington state intends to do everything it can to control home growers’ production or encourage them to join the regulated commercial market, he said.

Commercial market

Some marijuana policymakers fear unfettered homegrown production could harm fledgling commercial markets, said John Carnevale, a Maryland-based economist and drug policy expert who is consulting with California as it develops new rules for recreational marijuana, which is slated for legalization next year.

“In my view, states should not permit home grow. It’s simply not good policy. It interferes with the creation of a legal market and interferes with states’ ability to regulate it,” he said. “Even if the law says I can only grow six plants at home, it’s unenforceable. Police can’t knock on the door and say, ‘We need to inspect your home.’”

But advocates for marijuana legalization disagree. Model legislation recommended by the Marijuana Policy Project, for example, includes an allowance for up to six homegrown plants for recreational users and the same number for medicinal users.

“We think it can easily be done in a way that addresses concerns like Colorado’s large medical grows,” said Karen O’Keefe, the group’s director of state policy. “Since adults can brew their own beer in every state, we think people should be able to grow their own marijuana.”

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Welcome To Our New Sponsor DankStop https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/welcome-new-sponsor-dankstop/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/welcome-new-sponsor-dankstop/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:45:26 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6603 [Read More]]]> Please join us in welcoming our new sponsor DankStop to our mission of spreading Cannabis awareness to the world.

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420 Artist of the Month: Damian Marley https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/420-artist-month-damian-marley-5/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/420-artist-month-damian-marley-5/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:07:25 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6600 [Read More]]]> Damian Robert Nesta “Jr. Gong” Marley is a Jamaican reggae artist. Damian is the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Damian was 2 years old when his father died; he is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damian’s nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father’s nickname of Tuff Gong. Damian has been performing since the age of 13.

Lyrics

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Such a short way up and such a long way down
Chalice it a bubble like we deh ya right down
The way you somethin’ nuff it haffi weigh five pound
Inna fields of marijuana that is my playground
I love you, Mary J
You’re the prettiest of flowers
Girl, me can’t complain
When I’m with you, I feel so high, I rise above the rain
And you no do people damage, like that bitch cocaine, no
And if them lonely, feeling only pain
‘Cause, your DNA is of the highest strain
Your effect is so potent, it’s so insane
You so gummy and sticky like a plasticine
When me grind out your body, only stems remain
And to love you is so risky, I might get detained
You always keep me flying on the highest plane
And anybody know, will always proclaim

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Your leaves of green, your purples and blue
A short little kids, adore women too
And I say to myself, what a wonderful herb
And I say to myself, what a wonderful herb

Look how Babylon so duppy, dem fight you fi years
Fi your love whole heap a man serve years
Babylon so duppy, dem fight you fi years
And now the whole a dem a buy shares
You should be a celebrity, amongst any tree
Across the seven seas, for your energy
But you’re an enemy, catching felonies
Of the remedies in your recipes, whoa

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Ask me how you feel, splendid indeed
With a likkle bit a black splendid weed
Her parents grow indoors, not a stick nor seed
And she never force-ripe, it was a real slow speed
No fertilizer, natural baby feet
No cross pollination, she’s a real pure breed
Cultivated in love and she’s not grown for greed
She’s everything I want and also all I need

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Songwriters: AHMAD BALSHE, BREYAN STANLEY ISAAC, COMPOSER AUTHOR UNKNOWN, DAMIAN MARLEY, DEVON ANTHONY DOUGLAS, SEAN DIEDRICK
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420 Warrior of the Month: Josh Jensen https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/420-warrior-month-josh-jensen-2/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/420-warrior-month-josh-jensen-2/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:45:40 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6597 [Read More]]]> Pharmaceutical Side Effect Horror Story: A Father of Five Seeks Natural Relief For A Brutal Disorder:

The saddest thing about Josh’s story is it’s no longer unusual to see side effects destruct a life. In his case it is 7 lives as 5 children and his wife watch on. This issue is not talked about enough – especially in the medical industry where it seems patients have outgrown doctors in knowledge.

We all fear side effects, especially after watching one of those all too common TV commercials that lets you know that you can have less arthritic pain but will face Lymphoma, Skin Rashes, Vomiting, and possibly early menopause or a neurological issue as a side effect. Many of us watch these commercials and think “Who would possibly take that medication?”- but the answer is very simple. Almost all of us would. We’ve grown to trust western medicine and listen to a doctor’s order as if they were experts.

Many of us have taken on that expertise ourselves spending day and night scouring the net and libraries for more information in order to treat ourselves from afflictions doctors have caused. For Josh and Aimee – they’re only hope is they learn quickly and the Cannabis Community responds to their calls for help in Arizona.

Even after this brutal disability hit based solely on side effects of Big Pharma in January of 2014, he was denied 2 times for Disability and had to wait over 2.5 years to see a judge and get it.” This left a family with these five beautiful children with literally scraps to live on. How did this all happen. It all seems like a bad dream they should be able to someday wake up from.

It all started with Prescription drug side effect that had an almost immediate onset: “After the bad side effect reaction in January 2014, He was then hospitalized from but they upped the dose.

2 days later uncontrollable movements started. They played them off as anxiety and wanted to double the dose again which is when I got him out.

After that when we met with his prescribing doctor a week later, they kept him on that dose for another couple weeks then she took him off it and put him on another 3 medications. Each and every time he went in, they said it was anxiety and the side effects weren’t that bad (some landed him the ER for heart attack symptoms!!) He was in therapy 3x a week and they kept saying it was behavioral. He was diagnosed with Complex PTSD.”

The above post was done on Facebook and shared over 10,000 times in total. Sadly, working with his wife Aimee, I’ve been unable to find a source for compassion trim so they can make their own medicine at home. I’ve been unable to find him a compassion source to provide oil for him although I created “The American Cannabis Compassion Alliance” 6 months ago.

In the past days that alliance has grown as we tackle the problem of hundreds, if not thousands, of kids in Hurricane Harvey and Irma evacuation centers without seizure medication or oil.

The well known “Hemp Sisters” have joined that fight, but why am I typing about this instead of telling Josh’s story? Because the need is real and the people are real. We can’t turn our heads to kids with no CBD in Evacuation centers nor can we turn our heads to Josh and his beautiful family.

If you are in the Industry and would like to help people, read Josh’s story and maybe start with him would be my advice as someone that knows his need to be very real. As a father I could not imagine being separated from my children due to what a prescription drug did to me. Cannabis/Cannabis oil is necessary to calm the non stop shaking/tremors for this to happen.

“In January 2014 my husband Josh became disabled from a horrible side effect called Akathisia from a commonly prescribed antidepressant.” Says his wife Aimee. A bad drug with a known side effect did this to him. But what exactly is Akathisia?

Let’s learn for Josh’s sake.

I needed to know – how possibly could this happen to such a good man? His wife Aimee explained, “At the end of 2013, due to several stressful situations, He gave in when his therapist that offered him a low dose of an antidepressant. What happened next changed his life.”

This is what his daily life looks like in a photo collage – videos are brutal to watch but we all must face the music. Someone – any one of us – is going to fall into the number we all do not want to talk about or look at. That small percentage that is seriously disabled or perishes due to the side effect of a medication a doctor tells us will work.

The before and after the drug side effect is so sad. A loving father that will do anything to be with his kids must only visit for short periods when he can. Little kids don’t know what to think. It saddens me to know I have the knowledge to help him but don’t know anyone in Arizona to work with me.

His wife goes on, “He was then polydrugged with 14 Pharma meds in a 10 month period to try to “cure” what was done, only causing further damage. Dystonia as well as mini strokes and Drug Induced Parkinson’s. After that 10 months he was taken off them and swore to never touch another poison again.” I wanted to know more.

All of us that deal with medication on a daily basis have this fear in the back of our heads “What will this do to us” – I needed to know what happened next.

“Two years after that went by suffering and almost dying every day because the pain was so bad, then he made the decision he would follow the worlds lead and try Cannabis. It works for him but we can’t keep in supply” says his wife “We had been taught our whole life it was evil and society of course shoves it in your face that its bad and illegal. But it was a moment of life or death”.

But, they’re fears over Cannabis were based on prohibition led Reefer Madness that’s slowly faded over the years but has not left – especially in Sen. McCain’s land of Arizona. Quite conservative good ol boy state that I was surprised even allowed Medicinal in the first place, but they made it extremely hard for all to get.

“Getting a medical card doesn’t mean medicine is easy to get here, for me it seems impossible. I’ve tried and tried and it’s so frustrating. I’m sick and have my children to care for, I have severe epilepsy but this state makes it really hard to get help with the current program for Cannabis.” Said Kayliegh Davis, a good friend with Epilepsy, and more that live in Arizona.

Aimee continues with their story, “It has now been a year since he has been able to get his Medical Card for our state and he has a better quality of life. His uncontrollable movements calm down and he can control his body again when he uses it. He can sleep again. His memory and speech have improved so much sense from the damage, since he has started using Cannabis.

It has saved his life but because of him not being able to work its hard for him to get what he needs consistently.”

I asked about their history – what kind of husband he’d been as this man is a warrior, her response “Josh has ALWAYS been a hard worker. A loving, fun father, husband and friend, he learned things very quickly, was a people person, team player and always has been promoted fast in all his jobs. He has never once been fired.

When we were tight on our finances, several times over the years, he would have no problem getting a second job to provide for our growing family. We never had credit cards, loans, car payments, debt of any kind. We lived simple with our children.”

We could go on about this but I’m aware people are busy and will only read so much. Josh’s needs are very real and providing compassion help to him means 5 little kids get to have daddy in their lives every day. Personally? It makes me want to take a bootleg mission regardless of consequences.

It also makes me question the huge Industry, once again. Why must people believe that providing compassion to individuals means one can’t also make an income? I know I travel around like a gypsy a lot – or did in the past working compassion – but, I’ve met several recently with huge operations internationally that have created an empire all based on giving.

Stretching from Israel to Canada to Columbia – people wanting to help Americans but can’t. We can help Josh and Aimee – all it would take is one person out of 10,000 suppliers to change their world. Until then, it’s up to all of us to help and love one another.

Such an intense story and request for help. I can’t imagine this happening to me or my loved ones. One can only glimpse into Josh and Aimee’s life now. A good hard look is painful even from the outside. Josh is a true warrior that is fighting with all he has to be Daddy. Aimee is a wonderful person who perseveres throughout all of this continuing to show love for her family and the world. Two great people that deserve a break. I pray they get one.

News Moderator: Ron Strider 420 MAGAZINE ®
Full Article: Desperately Seeking Cannabis: A Fathers Plea – Naturally Awakened
Author: Mike Robinson
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420 Artist of the Month: Damian Marley https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/420-artist-month-damian-marley-4/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/420-artist-month-damian-marley-4/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:43:42 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6594 [Read More]]]> Damian Robert Nesta “Jr. Gong” Marley is a Jamaican reggae artist. Damian is the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Damian was 2 years old when his father died; he is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damian’s nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father’s nickname of Tuff Gong. Damian has been performing since the age of 13.

Lyrics

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Such a short way up and such a long way down
Chalice it a bubble like we deh ya right down
The way you somethin’ nuff it haffi weigh five pound
Inna fields of marijuana that is my playground
I love you, Mary J
You’re the prettiest of flowers
Girl, me can’t complain
When I’m with you, I feel so high, I rise above the rain
And you no do people damage, like that bitch cocaine, no
And if them lonely, feeling only pain
‘Cause, your DNA is of the highest strain
Your effect is so potent, it’s so insane
You so gummy and sticky like a plasticine
When me grind out your body, only stems remain
And to love you is so risky, I might get detained
You always keep me flying on the highest plane
And anybody know, will always proclaim

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Your leaves of green, your purples and blue
A short little kids, adore women too
And I say to myself, what a wonderful herb
And I say to myself, what a wonderful herb

Look how Babylon so duppy, dem fight you fi years
Fi your love whole heap a man serve years
Babylon so duppy, dem fight you fi years
And now the whole a dem a buy shares
You should be a celebrity, amongst any tree
Across the seven seas, for your energy
But you’re an enemy, catching felonies
Of the remedies in your recipes, whoa

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Ask me how you feel, splendid indeed
With a likkle bit a black splendid weed
Her parents grow indoors, not a stick nor seed
And she never force-ripe, it was a real slow speed
No fertilizer, natural baby feet
No cross pollination, she’s a real pure breed
Cultivated in love and she’s not grown for greed
She’s everything I want and also all I need

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Songwriters: AHMAD BALSHE, BREYAN STANLEY ISAAC, COMPOSER AUTHOR UNKNOWN, DAMIAN MARLEY, DEVON ANTHONY DOUGLAS, SEAN DIEDRICK
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
For non-commercial use only.
Data From: LyricFind

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420 Artist of the Month: Damian Marley https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/420-artist-month-damian-marley-3/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/420-artist-month-damian-marley-3/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:24:48 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6591 [Read More]]]> Damian Robert Nesta “Jr. Gong” Marley is a Jamaican reggae artist. Damian is the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Damian was 2 years old when his father died; he is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damian’s nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father’s nickname of Tuff Gong. Damian has been performing since the age of 13.

Lyrics

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Such a short way up and such a long way down
Chalice it a bubble like we deh ya right down
The way you somethin’ nuff it haffi weigh five pound
Inna fields of marijuana that is my playground
I love you, Mary J
You’re the prettiest of flowers
Girl, me can’t complain
When I’m with you, I feel so high, I rise above the rain
And you no do people damage, like that bitch cocaine, no
And if them lonely, feeling only pain
‘Cause, your DNA is of the highest strain
Your effect is so potent, it’s so insane
You so gummy and sticky like a plasticine
When me grind out your body, only stems remain
And to love you is so risky, I might get detained
You always keep me flying on the highest plane
And anybody know, will always proclaim

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Your leaves of green, your purples and blue
A short little kids, adore women too
And I say to myself, what a wonderful herb
And I say to myself, what a wonderful herb

Look how Babylon so duppy, dem fight you fi years
Fi your love whole heap a man serve years
Babylon so duppy, dem fight you fi years
And now the whole a dem a buy shares
You should be a celebrity, amongst any tree
Across the seven seas, for your energy
But you’re an enemy, catching felonies
Of the remedies in your recipes, whoa

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Ask me how you feel, splendid indeed
With a likkle bit a black splendid weed
Her parents grow indoors, not a stick nor seed
And she never force-ripe, it was a real slow speed
No fertilizer, natural baby feet
No cross pollination, she’s a real pure breed
Cultivated in love and she’s not grown for greed
She’s everything I want and also all I need

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Songwriters: AHMAD BALSHE, BREYAN STANLEY ISAAC, COMPOSER AUTHOR UNKNOWN, DAMIAN MARLEY, DEVON ANTHONY DOUGLAS, SEAN DIEDRICK
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
For non-commercial use only.
Data From: LyricFind

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420 Artist of the Month: Damian Marley https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/420-artist-month-damian-marley-2/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/09/420-artist-month-damian-marley-2/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:04:11 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6586 [Read More]]]> Damian Robert Nesta “Jr. Gong” Marley is a Jamaican reggae artist. Damian is the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Damian was 2 years old when his father died; he is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damian’s nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father’s nickname of Tuff Gong. Damian has been performing since the age of 13.

Lyrics

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Such a short way up and such a long way down
Chalice it a bubble like we deh ya right down
The way you somethin’ nuff it haffi weigh five pound
Inna fields of marijuana that is my playground
I love you, Mary J
You’re the prettiest of flowers
Girl, me can’t complain
When I’m with you, I feel so high, I rise above the rain
And you no do people damage, like that bitch cocaine, no
And if them lonely, feeling only pain
‘Cause, your DNA is of the highest strain
Your effect is so potent, it’s so insane
You so gummy and sticky like a plasticine
When me grind out your body, only stems remain
And to love you is so risky, I might get detained
You always keep me flying on the highest plane
And anybody know, will always proclaim

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Your leaves of green, your purples and blue
A short little kids, adore women too
And I say to myself, what a wonderful herb
And I say to myself, what a wonderful herb

Look how Babylon so duppy, dem fight you fi years
Fi your love whole heap a man serve years
Babylon so duppy, dem fight you fi years
And now the whole a dem a buy shares
You should be a celebrity, amongst any tree
Across the seven seas, for your energy
But you’re an enemy, catching felonies
Of the remedies in your recipes, whoa

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Ask me how you feel, splendid indeed
With a likkle bit a black splendid weed
Her parents grow indoors, not a stick nor seed
And she never force-ripe, it was a real slow speed
No fertilizer, natural baby feet
No cross pollination, she’s a real pure breed
Cultivated in love and she’s not grown for greed
She’s everything I want and also all I need

Medication
Your medication makes me high
Just be patient
I’m like a patient trying to find
Levitation
Run your fingers down my spine
Elevation
Your medication makes me high
Hey

Songwriters: AHMAD BALSHE, BREYAN STANLEY ISAAC, COMPOSER AUTHOR UNKNOWN, DAMIAN MARLEY, DEVON ANTHONY DOUGLAS, SEAN DIEDRICK
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
For non-commercial use only.
Data From: LyricFind

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