Better Living Through HEMP!
Better Living Through HEMP!
Harvest of 108 Acres of Industrial hemp resulted in Seed, Fiber and Chaff. JV partner Yahseng Group photo
My friend sent me a link to a new study from Italy showing how CBDS are effective in fighting brain and spine cancers. It is astounding that American researchers are not even allowed to delve into these potential game changing treatments while the US Government holds all the patents on them? WTF? Here’s the link
Its been quite awhile since I’ve had the inspiration to post. Hemp, Inc. has been busy with the challenges of producing its crop in China which is now ready for processing. The language barrier is real and communication isn’t always what it could be, but the company is about to make the decision on what the most viable option for the seed will be. Ziggy Marley has done a great job of marketing hemp seeds in Whole Foods and other national chains, and we’d like to know what you think…Do you like toasted hemp seeds of hemp hearts? Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
I really wasn’t sure that I’d live long enough to see legal marijuana, but here in 2012 we have it in two states, my old stomping grounds back in the 70’s, Colorado, and my new fav place, Washington. While it’ll take me awhile to pack my bags and move to Seattle, amid all the joy from last night’s victories, there was a tweet from Jodie Emery stating that they ought to let all the marijuana prisoners out of jail now. So, Mr. Obama, how about it? Why not make it happen. With a pen stroke you can give life and liberty to the harmless souls suffering in prisons and jails or on long periods of probation for something that America embraces as law. Let’s see, it’s legal but my father, brother, son, friend is languishing behind bars for it? I don‘t think so. Please bring these drug war prisoners home – marijuana isn’t a drug.
On October 15, 2010, AG Holder released a letter threatening the citizens of California in support of Prop. 19 by stating that the Dept. of Justice “will vigorously enforce the Controlled Substance Act against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law.”Many people feel that it was Holder’s threats that turned the tide against Prop. 19 which had been leading in the polls with about a 52% approval rating but ended up narrowly losing receiving a respectable but still losing 47.5% of the vote. Since neither side had spent significant money to run ads, most people in California, although aware of the Proposition, had not heard much of the way of arguments on either side. Holder’s statement picked up by all media and given prominent play is credited with causing a small but very significant switch in voter support.
That’s why the 9 former DEA heads want Holder to do it again, but here it is November 4, just two days before the election and except for a single letter written by a considerably lower level Dept. of Justice employee, nothing has been said. Why did Holder threaten fire and brimstone in 2010 and in 2012 utters not a word?
Colorado is one of the nine fabled swing states that will decide who becomes President in 2013. Amendment 64, Colorado’s marijuana legalization initiative is currently leading 52% to 43% whereas President Obama leads Mitt Romney by only 47% to 45%. Clearly voters in Colorado favor marijuana more than they do either Presidential candidate.
It is that bizarre distinction that raises red flags for the Obama re-election team. One of Obama’s largest base of supporters are young people – the 18-34 year olds that are so sought after by advertisers. By a huge 30 point margin (61% to 31%), this demographic overwhelmingly favors the legalization of marijuana.
What the Obama team rightfully fears is that if AG Holder comes storming into the fray threatening to “vigorously enforce the Controlled Substance Act against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law,” then a small but significant percentage of those young people will be sufficiently turned off by Obama and vote for either Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein. Both of these candidates strongly support Amendment 64.
In Colorado the Green and Libertarian parties are stressing their support with the Libertarian Party expending significant (at least significant for the Libertarians) monetary and campaign resources into reaching out to these younger voters specifically with the message that Gary Johnston supports ending marijuana prohibition.
It wouldn’t take very many of these voters switching their vote to either Johnson or Stein for Obama to come up on the short end of the stick and wind up losing Colorado to Romney and possibly the election. Holder wants to keep his job and keeping his mouth shut on this issue improves his chances.
Theory Two:Then there are those with a less cynical and more Pollyanna attitude which is Holder’s silence foreshadows a potential change in the Obama administration’s stance on marijuana.
President Obama has real word experiences with the War on Drugs. As a community organizer in Chicago, he no doubt witnessed the horrors caused by the drug war and its overt racist enforcement. In the not so distant past he has called the War on Drugs a failure and has supported marijuana decriminalization. In the more distant past, he knows from his own extremely extensive use of marijuana in high school and college, that marijuana prohibition is far more destructive to our nation’s youth than marijuana ever could be.
Could Eric Holder’s silence manifest a change in Obama’s policy during a second term? There have been all kinds of scuttlebutt emanating from Washington that reforming the War on Drugs will be an important Obama administration program if he is elected to a second term. I will believe that when I see it, but such a sea change is not unheard of in the Obama administration. He changed his mind on gay marriage (or at least got the courage of his convictions on this flaming subject) and doing the same on marijuana is not that far of a stretch.
AG Holder could still jump in at the very last moment (with the election just two days away, you can’t get much more last moment) and thunder fire and brimstone, but it’s awful late in the game to have much of an effect.
Of course there is no reason that it can’t be both crass politics and a good sign – just because it’s crass doesn’t mean it’s bad.
California is not a swing state – Obama is all but certain to carry the state. If you are aghast at Obama’s failure to follow through on his mmj statements during the 2008 campaign, voting for one of the three 3rd party candidates on the ballot is not going to endanger Obama’s candidacy – there are just not enough of us out there to make that big a difference – I sure wish there were and maybe one day there will be, but that day is not Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
All the 3rd Party candidates on California’s ballot support ending marijuana prohibition. Judge Jim Gray is the vice-presidential candidate on the Libertarian ticket with Gary Johnson. He is a long-time friend of the Inland Empire marijuana community having spoken at many of our meetings and advocated on behalf of our issues. Now that he has retired, he has made ending the War on Drugs a prime focus in his life and certainly deserves our thanks and support.
The Green Party has always been strongly in favor of ending marijuana prohibition and the War on Drugs and their candidate, Dr. Jill Stein has spoken forcefully on the subject. And then there is Roseanne Barr of the Peace and Freedom Party – I know that sounds like a joke but that’s what people thought of that second rate actor Ronald Reagan.
It’s the swing states that are going to decide who is President and it may be that the young voters in Colorado turning out en masse to vote for marijuana may be casting the deciding votes.
At 7:30 p.m on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the RiversideMAPP meeting we will either be celebrating the victory or commiserating the loss of the marijuana legalization measures. Those ballot measures along with the Presidential race and many of the statewide and local races will be analyzed and our prospects for success in protecting and expanding medical marijuana laws and marijuana law reform will be discussed.
On October 16, the federal appeals court for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration, a legal challenge to the government’s contention that cannabis has no medical use.
The panel of three federal judges focused on the question of legal standing, whether the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit have a right to sue the government because they were directly injured by the current classification. Following the oral arguments, the court requested additional briefing on the harm sustained by plaintiff and disabled U.S. Air Force veteran Michael Krawitz as a result of the federal government’s policy on medical marijuana.
Krawitz, a disabled veteran, was denied treatment by the US Department of Veterans Affairs because he was using cannabis on the advice of a physician to treat pain, trauma and an eye disease. That forced him to pay out of his own pocket for medical care to which he would otherwise be entitled through the VA. The VA has a policy of denying pain management care to anyone who uses cannabis.
“The court’s request for clarification is a sign that this case is being taken very seriously,” said ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford, who argued the case. “The experience of plaintiff Michael Krawitz being denied treatment by the Department of Veterans Affairs is real and emblematic of many other patients caught up in the federal government’s harmful policy on medical marijuana.”
ASA argues that the DEA acted arbitrarily and capriciously in ignoring scientific evidence of the commonly employed therapeutic uses of cannabis. The suit contends that the federal government’s intransigence is keeping cannabis out of reach for millions of Americans who would otherwise benefit from its therapeutic value.
The previous legal challenge to the classification of cannabis was rejected by the D.C. Circuit in 2002 after the court concluded the plaintiffs lacked legal standing to bring the suit. No medical cannabis patients were part of that case. Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administrationincludes several patient plaintiffs, and ASA also argues that the organization has standing because it incurs significant costs countering the government’s false claims with valid scientific information.
The landmark case is an appeal of the DEA’s decision last year to deny the 2002 rescheduling petition by the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis, of which ASA is a member. It marks the first time in nearly 20 years that a federal court has heard arguments on the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance, a category reserved for drugs with a high potential for abuse and no current accepted medical use that cannot be used safely even under medical supervision.
A decision from the court on whether the case can proceed is expected within the next several months.
“The current classification of cannabis is based more on politics than science,” said Elford. “This is an historic opportunity for patients and doctors to confront politically motivated decision-making with the scientific evidence that cannabis is a safe, effective medicine that can meet the needs of millions of patients.”
It’s gratifying to see the concept and company that I founded soar to new heights as the new management gets national media recognition. Although I have moved on to another venture in the same industry, I am proud that my legacy is provoking worldwide interest.
“This 60 Minutes segment airs at a pivotal time in our country’s history with medical marijuana. We (MJNA) are thrilled to be selected for the show and to lead the way on the forefront of our industry. This show will allow millions of viewers across the nation to see why our business does just that. On Sunday, we invite the public to take an inside look at our company, product lines and plans for how we will continue to transform the future of medical marijuana,” says Red Dice Holdings President, Tripp Keber.
Medical Marijuana Inc.(OTC: MJNA), a leading hemp industry innovator, is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, Red Dice Holdings, will receive national media attention for its Dixie Elixirs and Edibles brand on 60 Minutes this Sunday, October 21 at 7:30 PM ET. Denver’s thriving medical marijuana industry will be the primary focus of the show’s segment by Steve Kroft. 60 Minutes, the most successful television broadcast in U.S. history, draws an average of over 13 million viewers a week, more than any other network news program and twice the audience size of its network news magazine competitors.
A key interview airing on the “Rocky Mountain High” show will feature Red Dice Holdings President and Managing Director of Dixie Elixirs,Tripp Keber. Mr. Keber will present the 27,000 square foot state of the art Dixie manufacturing facility in Denver, Colorado that produces the revolutionary Dixie Elixirs and Edibles product lines, which are sold to over 500 legal dispensary accounts throughout the state. Dixie has also just launched the ground breaking new non THC, CBD Hemp-Based Dixie X health and wellness product line, which is available over the counter through online orders to customers in all 50 U.S. states. It has recently been medically documented that Cannabidiols (CBD -1.18%, news) may offer powerful relief to people suffering from ailments ranging from epilepsy to metastatic cancers.
Over the past several months, local media and national cable networks have steadily covered the topic of medical marijuana, however, this 60 Minutes airing marks a historical moment for both Medical Marijuana, Inc. and the industry as a whole. The show will broadcast to an unprecedented number of viewers just 16 days before the U.S. Presidential Elections. With medical marijuana legalization measures also on the ballot for November, the show will investigate a number of critical issues at stake including the industry’s complex legal structures, how medical marijuana businesses have created thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in state tax revenues for medically legalized states, yet remain prohibited by federal law. Additional interviews on the segment will include a prize-winning grower and dispensary investor in Colorado.
For more information about Dixie Elixirs Products visit: http://dixieelixirs.com/.
For the latest news on the Dixie X product launch, sales growth, customer testimonials and future expansion please visit: http://tinyurl.com/8hcwhvx.