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  2. 2. THE edibles LIST CEO/Editor-in-Chief b. LE gRAND aDVERTISING manager: wAYLON bROUSSARD Chief technology officer: Till Paris dreamteammedia.com Senior Editor: katharine Lotze copy Editor: theo brazeau CONTRIBUTING EDITORs: hilary widom shane chant Nikole granger bryce crawford canorml Recipes: Nikole granger Photographers: designs by bo designsbybo.com Wolfgang benedict wolfgangbenedict.com Video Production: DAN SMARG mavpics.com VIDEO editing: jacob johnson edibleslist.com Interested in Advertising? Contact Us: info@edibleslist.com 310.601.7299 2 It’s 4:20... Do you know where your edibles are? LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Every issue we seek to bring you the latest in medical marijuana news. Last month in preparing our magazine, industry advocate and cannabis expert Cheryl Shuman introduced us to Moriah and Dahlia Barnhart, who our featured cover story is about. In the midst of all the news Colorado and Washington are making having recreationalized cannabis, we cannot forget that there are real patients out there that need access this medicinal plant. We sometimes can easily take for granted the things that we have in our lives, like being in a state where medical marijuana is legal. We have top of the line edibles, topicals, vaporizers, dab rigs, extractions and infusions, all of which we seek to inform you of and bring to the forefront. But there are still more than half of the other 50 states where cannabis is illegal. Part of the knowledge that we collectively as a community can put out there is that plant can be utilized in so many ways that don’t involve getting “high,” both as a medicine and a renewable resource. CBD oil is a medical wave of the future that is now. Not only can it help patients with pain and healing for ailments of all kinds, it can help save lives and give hope in quality of life especially in cases like Dahlia Barnhart. So we dedicate this issue to Dahlia and her battle with brain cancer, and we lend our support to all other CBD refugees. • B. LE GRAND Editor-in-Chief 3
  3. 3. CONTENTS 6 JUICING RAW CANNABIS TO JUICE OR NOT TO JUICE................................................. 8 MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES TURN RECREATIONAL...............................9 Saving Washington’s MEDICAL MARIJUANA............................................................ recipes: canna OLIVE OIL, canna PESTO, MEDICATED MEAT L OAF, MEDICATED SUGAR COOKIES.......................................... 10 COL ORADO COULD MAKE hISTORY... AGAIN....................................................................12 ARIZONA & EDIBLES............................................................12 EDIBLE VENDOR FEATURE: HEALTHY HIGH EDIBLES.....................................................14 FORMER MARINE MAKES HISTORY WITH FIRST PURCHASE OF MARIJUANA...................16 CANNA BOYS: TWO YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS GET THEIR GROW ON IN THE HEART OF WASHINGTON STATE..................... 18 THE WAR ON DRUGS IS KILLING OUR CHILDREN: THE STORY OF DAHLIA & MORIAH BARNHART............................................................ 4 20 NEW YORK LEGALIZES MEDICAL MARIJUANA........................................................ 22 THE SHOP HEARD ROUND THE WORLD........................................................... 22 vendor Catalog listings........................................... 23 5
  4. 4. It’s a good time to be a cannabis connoisseur in Washington State. The state legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, however, Washington’s 1998 medical marijuana law – and its patients – are now in jeopardy. Initiative 502 “as it was implemented has no effect on medical marijuana,” said James Lathrop, the concerned about access to low-THC, high-CBD medicinal marijuana. “Even though these shops are open to everybody – you can just walk in and buy it – does that give a 60-yearold any information on how to use it for arthritis?” Lathrop said. As a healthcare provider, Lathrop says he does recommend certain strains for specific conditions. But he’s worried his patients them. Lathrop says home-growing marijuana has even more medicinal value than the pre-packaged varieties. Patients who grown their own medicine can juice the plant and drink the fresh juice can benefit from its antiinflammatory qualities without any intoxicating effects. But some patients are concerned that six plants is much too low to meet their needs. The medical law currently allows 15 plants per patient, however, the Liquor Board says that the federal government threatened to start enforcing if the state didn’t tighten up their marijuana regulations. It’s still unclear if edible forms of cannabis would be available to patients in recreational shops: I-502 states that any forms “appealing to children” are prohibited in stores. Kohl-Welles says she’s still looking at where they would fit in, possibly in the medically endorsed stores that her bill provides. Her bill would also implement a voluntary patient verification system to help those with state-issued cards avoid arrest for possessing more than an ounce, or growing at home. The verification system would be purely for law enforcement purposes and would not be subject to public disclosure. Patients who choose not to register in the system would be subject to recreational laws. For now, there is no purchase-tracking system to regulate recreational purchases in Washington. The bill would also allow for minors to access medical cannabis with a healthcare provider’s recommendation and entry into the patient verification system. Minors would also need a parent’s consent. Though hers isn’t the only legislation being drafted, Kohl-Welles is hopeful that a bill will pass regarding medical marijuana. “I’m encouraged at this point that there will be something that will pass.” saving washing on By Katharine Lotze, Senior Editor medical director and owner of Advanced Holistic Health. But that doesn’t mean recreational cannabis isn’t having an indirect impact on medical weed. Brian Smith, media relations officer at the Liquor Control Board, says that there is no set date for medical marijuana shops to close until legislation passes, however, according to draft recommendations circulated to dispensaries by the Liquor Control Board, the state could phase out medicinal shops by January 1, 2015. Lawmakers, like Washington State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, are preparing legislation to fold the medicinal industry into the new recreational market, and are working on creating special provisions for patients with a doctor’s recommendation. Thought Senator Kohl-Welles is still refining her legislation as of publication time, everything she’s planning in the bill will make sure patients have “safe, reliable access.” And that’s exactly what patients want. Kohl-Welles says one of her constituents, the father of a 5-year-old with epilepsy who suffers from more than 100 seizures per day, is concerned about having to go to a recreational daily to purchase cannabis for his son. The boy’s seizures decrease dramatically with cannabis, which his parents put in his applesauce. But it’s not just patients who are 6 won’t be able to access those strains soon. “The focus of these recreational stores is on recreational use,” he said. “THC is just one tiny piece of the story, but for recreational use, THC is the story.” Kohl-Welles has similar concerns. She says some patients are concerned that they would have to pay higher prices, more taxes and not have access to the amounts they need, and lawmakers don’t want patients taking their business to street dealers to meet their needs. “We don’t want to have a black market continue,” she said. The legislation she’s working would amend that. Kohl-Welles’ bill would allow for some of the new I-502 stores to obtain medical endorsements with at least one employee who is trained to deal with medical cannabis strains and educate patients, as well as allow patients to purchase up to three ounces without the 25 percent excise tax. Patients, like Kohl-Welles’ concerned constituent, would also be allowed to grow up to six plants at home, or have a designated provider grow for 7
  5. 5. JUICING RAW CANNABIS To Juice or Not To Juice; That is The Question… BY NIKOLE GRANGER Staff Writer The first question you have to ask yourself is why you want to start juicing your cannabis to begin with. It is important that anyone thinking of changing their diet to first consult with their doctor. When a patient smokes their cannabis they are actually missing out on about 99% of the health benefits because of the heat from your fire. The argument is that by juicing your cannabis you benefit far more on a physiological scale, but without the psychedelic effect. Several studies are suggesting that juicing your cannabis you can help to regulate and improve your immune, bone and nerve functions. Let’s think about what we already know about our medical cannabis. To be technical Marijuana is consider a vegetable; classified as Schedule 1 illegal; but a vegetable none the less. We also know that marijuana has unique immune regulating capabilities, which is vital for patients suffering from any sort of a compromised immune system. Marijuana also is high in anti-oxidants, is an anti-inflammatory, has anti-emetic properties, and can boost your metabolism. The list goes on… There are a few concerns with juicing your raw cannabis; however these concerns are the same for every cultivated plant. For starters there is a minuscule risk of being exposed to and/or contracting a possible pathogenic microbe. Marijuana can and does harbor a wide variety of microbes. Typically this can occur when your cannabis is not used right after pruning and/or improper storage. Normally this would not do any real damage to a healthy person, but for someone with a compromised immune system this could be problematic. When you do not juice your raw cannabis right away you also have a risk of experiencing some of the psychedelic effects that are typical from medicating with dry buds. For most people juicing your raw cannabis will only result in a positive change in your life with several benefits. Again, consult your doctor and dietitian to make sure you are the right candidate. When you’re ready to juice your cannabis, make sure you use a blender or juice machine that is equipped to handle thick greens. To be clear you do not juice the stalks, you juice the leaves and buds picked directly from the plant. A few tips before you juice… • Always only juice fresh raw cannabis • Juice raw leaves and buds • I prefer mixing my cannabis juice with several other juices for flavor purposes, carrot being my favorite • I would not recommend storing my cannabis juice longer than a couple days in the refrigerator • As always… Medicate Responsibility 8 MEDICAL DISPENSARIES TURN RECREATIONAL BY SHANE CHANT Staff Writer Pulling up to the curb in front of Dank Colorado, one of at least thirty-seven medical marijuana dispensaries to turn recreational in the state of Colorado, I had to check my GPS to reconfirm this was indeed the building housing a store to legally purchase marijuana. Dank Colorado opened its doors in 2009 as a medical marijuana dispensary after the now partners had been growing medical marijuana in a rented warehouse space for their own personal use. “We’re musicians, so we’re like, ‘Hey, let’s rent a little warehouse space, let’s have band rehearsal, let’s have some plants in the back corner…’” said Justin Jones, a partner in Dank Colorado. “We never tried to start a dispensary or anything like that.” Assortments of people were periodically walking out with small white paper bags in hand. Some young, some old, some with finely stitched clothing, some suggesting they came directly from a construction site; you know the type, normal everyday looking people. I walk in with skepticism and curiosity in tow. Situated in a seemingly uninhabited business park in northeast Denver, within a brick building that resembled a DMV, down a narrow corridor painted in neutral tones that began confirming my motor vehicle suspicions, I began to smell the familiar scent I’ve been sporadically smelling throughout the state since the first of the year. It hasn’t been an easy road leading up to the recreational sale of marijuana, with a myriad of impasses by rules implemented by state and federal entities. Amendment 20 was added to the state constitution by Colorado voters in November of 2000. The amendment stipulated that primary caregivers and patients may possess limited amounts of medical marijuana for personal use. Caregivers and patients were allotted no more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana, and no more than six marijuana plants with three or fewer being mature, which is how Dank Colorado got its start. “We were just trying to take care of ourselves, and then of course some of our friends had their medical cards and said, ‘Hey, I heard you guys were growing. Will you grow for me?’” Jones said. Initial dispensaries established in the early 2000’s were soon put under the thumb of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) via Colorado’s health department, limiting caregivers to only five patients. This was overturned, though the Health Department tried again in 2009. The five patient rule was rejected for the last time by the Colorado Board of Health following strong opposition from Sensible Colorado -- a nonprofit medical marijuana advocacy group -- allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to blossom with fewer restrictions. Voters passed Amendment 64 in 2012, making the sale of recreational marijuana legal to anyone of the age of 21. “Then we so happened to have this commercial space, and then the [retail marijuana] explosion happened, then the Ogden Memo came out and Obama said they were going to honor states rights,” Jones said. “Since then it’s just been about getting all the licenses as they became available. We started with one grow light and then kept putting all the money back into it, and it’s just grown and grown and now we’re here today.” At the very end of the hallway of the building the walls are painted a light green foliage hue. Jackson Pixley, an employee of Dank Colorado, greets me with a smile and a robust handshake. In a full beard, a baseball cap with the word “dank” sewn into the material, and a green hooded sweatshirt, he’s a warm introduction of this facility. He looks his customers in the eye, stands up straight, and speaks with a nonjudgmental, empathetic tone to customers who slowly lumber to the door in noticeable pain. He multitasks checking I.D.’s, informing customers before him and on the phone of the shop’s inventory, the day’s specials, and the various forms available for purchase. There is no cold, clinical feel to the store like a traditional medical waiting room. Though the flat screen television showed highlights of the Denver Broncos playoff game, there was a silence among the customers as they shuffled through the small rope line with eyes affixed to the menu. “We’re seeing about 35 percent out-of-state people traveling in, people who have never smoked marijuana before,” Jones said. “People that didn’t want to get their medical marijuana card, young and old, very diverse customers.” Jones has customized his store to better serve the needs of his customers, whether they seek marijuana for recreational or medicinal use. Dank Colorado has physically separated their medical and recreational stores that provide different products for the different needs. Many other stores have one entrance with a retail window and a medical window next to each other, whereas Dank Colorado has physically separated the stores so they can continue to take care of their medical patients, and serve them in a private area that’s separate from the recreational element. “That way there’s no line for our medical patients, and they’re not having to get into this whole party weed thing going on with the retail side of things,” Jones said. “So that’s one of the things we wanted to do to say thank you to all the people who have been with us for the last four years medically, and be able to continue to serve them in a more mellow and private environment.” 9
  6. 6. meDIBLE rECIPES Infused Pesto Canna Olive Oil Ingredients; 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 4 cloves garlic 3 cups packed fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/4 cup pine nuts 1/2 cup of canna virgin olive oil Medicated infusions do not always have to be sweet. Test out this recipe for a quick way to make some medicated olive oil that you can use for any savory meal, or even just eat it accompanied with your favorite bread! Ingredients: 28oz (3.5 cups) extra virgin olive oil 1oz (28.3g) of finely ground quality marijuana (or up to 1/4 lb. commercial grade) Pesto Directions: Pour oil into a large saucepan, heat on a medium setting, and let it warm up. It is very important that you do not let the oil boil. Once the oil is hot, but not boiling, you may add the cannabis powder. Stirring frequently, and watch for bubbles. If the oil begins to boil remove it from the heat until the temperature is low again and lower the heat. Continue for at least 1 hour. We suggest allowing the bud to soak in the hot oil for about 2 hours. Strain the oil through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer and press to remove all oil from the cannabis into a container only after it has cooled to a safe temperature. Pasta Prep: Sugar Cookies Ingredients: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 egg yolks 1 cup canna-butter Combine basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, canna olive oil, and nuts in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend to a smooth paste. Add parsley if desired. Cook desired pasta, here we used penne, in a large pot of boiling, salted water (approximately 10-12 minutes) until al dente, or when pasta reaches desired firmness. Drain well, and return to pot. Stir in pesto to coat pasta. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese. 1 1/4 cups white sugar 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets. Cream together sugar and canna-butter. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Stir. Form dough into walnut size balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Don’t flatten. Bake 10 to 11 minutes, until tops are cracked and just turning color. Medicated Meat Loaf Ingredients: 1/2 pound of ground chicken breast 1/2 pound of ground turkey 1 egg 1/2 onion chopped 1 cup of dried breadcrumbs 1/2 cup canna oil 1/2 cup of milk 2 tablespoons of mustard 1/3 cup of ketchup Salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine the meat, egg, onion, canna oil, milk and bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. In a separate small bowl, combine the mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour. 10 11
  7. 7. Colorado could make history...again State is looking to fund cannabis research BY BRYCE CRAWFORD Colorado media have lately been flush with stories of how the oil derived from certain strains of marijuana is having a positive effect on epileptic children. Now, likely for the first time in American history, a state will actually fund the research to back up that kind of anecdotal evidence. That assumes, of course, that the $7 million allocated in Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2014 budget — plus $84,656 to pay for a full-time fund administrator — actually passes legislative muster during the upcoming session. But should it, grants sized between $500,000 and $1 million would be available to universities, research hospitals, foundations and the like to study cannabis’ effect on maladies like epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder, or the effect of marijuana in infant brain development. “The impetus is that we have about $13 million in the Medical Marijuana [Program] Cash Fund, and it needs to be used for purposes that relate to the people who paid for their medicalmarijuana cards,” says Henry Sobanet, director of the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting, in an interview with the Indy. “And the impetus really was that now there appears to be ways where legitimate research can be conducted on the use of cannabis or marijuana for medical purposes.” PTSD and pot have been linked in these parts for a while. Brian Vicente, executive director of advocacy group Sensible Colorado and co-author of Amendment 64, twice in the last three years has applied to the Colorado Board of Health for the condition to be added to the state’s list of cannabis-treatable ailments. Those petitions have been rejected both times. “We hear from veterans every day, or quite often at Sensible Colorado, that say that this helps them,” Vicente told us in 2012. “So, we feel it’s compelling both scientifically and morally.” University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor Robert Melamede agrees, arguing that “our existing policies are literally killing veterans. “And even though I’m an old hippie,” he says, “I find that incredibly offensive. ... We’ve got veterans killing themselves every 60 or 90 minutes. It’s ridiculous.” Melamede, who also runs an infused-products company called Cannabis Science, says he’s a likely candidate to apply for a grant to launch a PTSD-related study, should the fund make it to life. Other organizations contacted for this story — like the research arm of University of Colorado Health, which leases Memorial Hospital — said no plans for a medical study would be made until the money was available. The budget request says that, once passed into law, it would probably be July 2014 before the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment could issue any requests for proposals. No matter what, though, Sobanet says now seems to be a ripe time for “legitimate research.” “It’s interesting, and I think we’ve seen these stories about people moving here, with the oil and the epilepsy,” he says. “So yeah, I think if this works, it seems exciting that there could be treatments that come from a plant. “[And] this is more on a personal note: These stories are fairly heartwarming — they appear to be providing a lot of relief. So, I think, for scientists that investigate these treatments, it’s an exciting opportunity.” This article originally appeared in the Colorado Springs Independent. ARIZONA & EDIBLES Watch your step, medical-marijuana users: Phoenix police say they might bust you for holding the wrong kind of cookie. In researching an upcoming cover story about marijuana food products and concentrates, “Half Baked,” Phoenix New Times asked police to clarify their position on the preparations of marijuana not protected by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. That includes, basically, anything but using whole buds in edibles. It’s very similar to a decision in Michigan recently surrounding the same topic. Phoenix New Times has the details on why you’d better be careful with your edibles in Arizona. • CANORML 13
  8. 8. meDIBLE FEATURE HEALTHY HIGH EDIBLES BY B. LE GRAND Editor-in-Chief The “Raw Food Diet” traces back to the late 1800s when a doctor discovered he could cure his own jaundice by eating raw apples. The diet consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, berries, nuts, seeds, and herbs in their whole natural state. Cooking or heating food destroys its nutrients and enzymes making food toxic. While the health food craze is always on the rise, only recently have we seen raw medibles become available to the average patient. Healthy High Edibles is one of those edible companies leading the forefront of the healthy edibles explosion, being one of very few companies to offer raw, vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free edibles. The creator of Health High Edibles became a vegetarian at 14 years old and learned to cook and bake for himself, and that was his gateway to raw and vegan food. He felt compelled to educate himself on the subject. Starting out as an artist and musician, he became aware of the agricultural global impact and economic health of our society. He soon transitioned into a health and wellness expert in Los Angeles to help others, including celebrities like Woody Harrelson, transition into a raw or vegan lifestyle. He noticed that there was a lack of healthy edibles in the medical marijuana world, and he feels like a revolutionary and is happy to be part of a cannabis movement in the United States. He had a dog with cancer and treated him with CBD oil knowing CBD is effective in treating tumors and brain tumors. The treatment improved his dog’s health while he was still alive, as chemotherapy for his dog wasn’t an option. For the last two years, Healthy High Edibles has been making ground-breaking edibles that are actually healthy for you. No more do you have to consume your medicine in a fatty or sugary manner. You can eat Healthy High Edibles as a part of a healthy diet and incorporate them into a viable weight loss regiment. These edibles were not created equal: they were created to fit in with a raw food and vegan diet. 14 Healthy High Edibles are made with coconut oil, an amino acid-containing oil that is said to be even healthier than its olive cousin. The coconut oil infusion creates a quicker, faster acting, and cleaner delivery of the medicine. Their edibles menu includes macaroons, cheesecakes, peanut butter chocolate bars, chocolate truffle cakes, and ice creams, to name just a few of the delicious but health conscious items. The unfortunate misconception is that a vegan edible won’t taste good, but with natural agave sweetener and organic high-grade chocolate, Healthy High Edibles’ menu is packed with flavor and medicine. But if you’re rather skip sweet and head right for savory, don’t worry: not all their edibles are raw.cooked edibles are also available. Healthy High Edibles were truly a treat to test and review. They’re light and healthy, don’t leave you feeling weighed down, and are extremely potent. Remember: medicate with caution. We always recommend eating half or less of an edible and then waiting at least an hour to see if you feel like you need to medicate more. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K For nore information checkout: www.healthyhighedibles.com or email info@healthyhighediblescom twitter.com/healthyhighmeds facebook.com/healthyhighedibles 15
  9. 9. Former marine makes history with first purchase of recreational marijuana BY SHANE CHANT Staff Writer Sean Azzariti, a former Marine and two-tour Iraq veteran, became the nation’s first person to purchase recreational marijuana on January 1st, 2014. The transaction took place at a medical dispensary turned recreational store called, 3D Cannabis Center, in Denver. Azzariti, a budtender at Kind Love, a medical marijuana dispensary in east Denver, started on the road to advocacy while seeking out a more effective form of treating his own post-traumatic stress disorder. He began seeking treatment for PTSD in 2006. “I went to go see psychiatrists and doctors who prescribed me obscene amounts of prescription pills,” Azzariti said. “I realized if I started taking those pills I’d be pretty much useless. So I began to explore cannabis and how it could affect PTSD by doing my own research and what worked for me, and started noticing a lot of positive effects.” It wasn’t long before he began advocating for the use of cannabis in treating other returning military vets. “I got in touch with the guys from Marijuana Policy Project, NORML, and Americans for Safe Access and started doing a lot of advocacy work with cannabis for veterans,” he said. His purchase consisted of one-eighth of an ounce of the strain known as Bubba Kush, and a THCinfused truffle for $59.74, as the media surrounded him. 16 Standing alongside him was his mother, who filmed the event with a pink smartphone. Adding to his list of merit, reverence of fellow returning vets and notable support for legalization of marijuana, Azzariti was recognized for his continued efforts in contributing to the momentum of this monumental cultural change. “I was voted the most influential individual in 2012 by my peers of the entire Cannabis Business Association for the amount of advocacy work I was doing for veterans,” Azzariti said. “So they asked me if I wanted to due the huge honor of being the first person in the country to purchase recreational cannabis.” Given his newfound celebrity, Azzariti has garnered the attention of news outlets and talk shows around the world, from The Arsenio Hall Show to news publications as far away as Finland. However, he has remained steadfast to his roots of advocacy in helping returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets receive more effective means of treating their PTSD. “In the last few years we tried three times to get PTSD added to the acceptable ailments for medical marijuana here in Colorado, and three times it got denied by the state,” Azzariti said. “We took that as real disrespectful that they wouldn’t acknowledge this. That’s why we went the recreational route, and pushed veterans with PTSD on the recreational side.” But for Azzariti the battle is far from over. “I don’t think the fight is over, and I’m definitely not done until this is available to everyone, not just veterans or those with PTSD. I think we have enough good and intelligent people in this movement right now to where we’ll leave a good example for other states and possibly other countries. “
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  11. 11. COVer feature: The War on Drugs is KILLING Our Children BY B.LE GRAND Editor-in-Chief Dahlia Barnhart is only three, but has seen more hospital visits than most adults. She was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer last year, and her mother, Moriah, has moved the family of two from Florida to Colorado to allow Dahlia to receive CBD treatments for the disease. An accumulation of symptoms that didn’t add up alerted a mother’s instincts that something was wrong with Dahlia. She never slept more than 2-3 hours her entire life, doctors tried to diagnose her with ADHD, she was unstable which they attributed to growth spurts, she had headaches and tremors (extremely abnormal for a baby), and was vomiting for a day and a half before she took her in to the ER. It was there she told the hospital she thought Dahlia had a seizure, knowing that she would get a CAT scan immediately, and sure enough the scan showed a huge mass in her brain. Upon the initial CAT scan, the pressure was such that it was enough to cause permanent brain damage, so an external drain was done at the time of the biopsy. Because of the size of the tumor a partial tumor resection was performed immediately to release the pressure in Dahlia’s brain. Diagnosed by six different hospitals, in June 2013 they went to St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., which had given the most aggressive diagnosis. There were obvious developmental delays from the surgery itself. Dahlia was prescribed drugs to treat the side effects of other drugs. “When you see your child being prescribed these very dangerous and deadly medications, you become very desensitized to the initial stigmas associated with any medication. And you get to a point where you’re reaching out for anything that’s safe and effective.” In this most heart breaking story, our hero ends up being the vigilante hemp plant in which “CBD” (Cannabidiol) is found. There are at least 85 known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, CBD being the second major constituent next to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol); however CBD is nonpsychoactive and is shown to have a wider array of medical applications than THC. Containing less than 1 percent THC, the CBD oil made by HempMeds Px being used to treat Dahlia, can legally be shipped across state and international borders. “Morphine comes from the opium plant, it’s a dangerous and deadly medication. Tons of medications in our society are made from plants that are toxic plant extracts. I’ve always believed, and as the Bible says, plants are made to nourish and heal.” Moriah conducted hundreds to thousands of hours worth of research on her own, going as far as contacting scientists and researchers on the government payroll. She discovered trustworthy information from many extremely educated sources before she really decided that this was something that would ease Dahlia’s quality of life but also something that could give her [her] life back. She herself does not use cannabis, she says she’s the one in a million that adversely gets affected by it in a negative way that is anxious and not enjoyable for her at all. When asked if she uses marijuana, she says, “I also don’t use her morphine, her chemotherapy, or any other drugs that she needs.” Moriah says, “The saying, ’The weight of the world is on your shoulders,’ is brought to an entire new level. The idea that the life of your children is in your hands, is more real to me now than I think it could be in any other time of your life. My baby’s life is my only priority today.” Moriah recently relocated from her hometown in Tampa, Florida to Colorado Springs, Color., for safe access and consequence-free options for Dahlia’s treatment. “It seems criminal that we have no rights in the care of our children.” Family and friends have been extremely supportive of her move and her decision to use CBD oil as treatment for Dahlia. There isn’t a person who cares about her who doesnt want her quality of life to improve. When asked what Dahlia’s doctors say regarding the use of CBD oil, she says they all say “It’s federally illegal. No surgeon or doctor with any government hospital affiliation is going to discuss the issue.” She reached out to HempMeds Px when she found out that CBD had been patented by the United States government as a neuro-protectant. Chemotherapy poses the risk of brain damage, but Moriah was most worried about radiation, which causes severe brain damage. “Knowing that CBD is non-psychoactive I knew there was a way I could get my hands on it. It’s shown to repair brain damage, and help with neuropathy.” Dahlia’s CBD oil intake consists of a gram a day split up between 2-3 doses. The very first day she took CBD oil she slept through the night for the first time in her life. She woke up the next day hungry and rested. It was like the medicine she was so desperate to get her hands on was working like a miracle drug overnight. “I noticed she was thirsty, which along with nutrition is so important for getting through the chemotherapy. I was convinced it was something she needed. It seems she transformed into a normal 3--yearold overnight. Eating, drinking, playing, and sleeping.” She’s no longer on morphine, but still on chemotherapy. Moriah has chosen to use the CBD oil as a supplement to Dahlia’s mandated medications, rather than relying on it as a miracle cure. Moriah petitioned the Obama Administration early on to make access available to the medicine, shocked to find she had very little options. During the government shutdown it was taken down twice. If Florida’s Supreme Court puts a medical marijuana measure on the ballot it will be voted on by the people later this year, November 2014. “It’s a plant that grows out of the ground, and it’s safer than most other drugs. Its benefits have been known for thousands of years, and I thank God every day for the opportunity for my daughter to have quality of life,” she says. It’s a supplement that she potentially plans to give Dahlia for the rest of her life, only time will tell. In five years she hopes that the Federal prohibition on cannabis gets lifted. “The war on drugs is seen for what it is, which is: it’s killing our children. Absolutely trust your gut and instinct, and what you know is right for your child. Politicians are not physicians. We have a right to provide happiness and health to our children. Any parent than can understand that to watch your child get sick, and then watch them continuously suffer every day, understands that there are no words for that.” Moriah feels betrayed by her own government, telling her what she can and cannot do. Even if she didn’t need the medicine or chose to utilize those resources, it is very important to have the options. “I didn’t fully understand this plant prior to being forced to turn to it with no other options.” “Please don’t judge until you’ve done your own research. Look hard into the other medications to the elderly or sick; it’s much safer and more effective than any other medication we have out there today. Anyone that believes FDA approved medications, or psychotropic psychiatric medication that causes 7-year-olds to hang themselves is beneficial, should be open to the scientific facts that CBD oil helps repair brain damage.” So in this battle,we salute Cheryl Shuman, HempMeds Px, and the State of Colorado with the support and access made available to Dahlia to improve her life. To donate or find out more how you can help go to: ww.DahliaStrong.org to donate www.youcaring.com/other/dahlia-s-life-fund-/117047 www.facebook.com/dahliaslaw/ www.fundrazr.com/campaigns/4VRu9
  12. 12. BY KATHARINE LOTZE Senior Editor Doctors found 26-year-old New York state resident Christopher Niemetz’s brain cancer after he wrecked his ex-girlfriend’s car. He had a seizure while driving which caused him to plow into a tree. However, fighting his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of the brain is only part of Niemetz’s battle; he’s also fighting for the legalization of medical marijuana in his home state. Niemetz was among many other patients, parents and advocates of medical cannabis who presented their experiences to four New York State assemblymen and women on Dec. 18. Their efforts were partially successful, as New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on January 8 making medical marijuana legal for some types of illnesses such as cancer and glaucoma, according to Reuters. One parent, Missy Miller, has a 14-year-old son, Oliver, who suffered a stroke in utero, and now has continuous seizures throughout the day. The family has tried every form of legal treatment available, but upon watching Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s special “Weeds” on CNN, they are holding out hope that medicinal marijuana can help their son’s illness. “I cannot -- cannot -- lose another child to this,” Miller told the assembly. But Oliver still won’t be allowed to medicate with cannabis under the new 22 The shop heard round the world PARADISE CANDY COMPANY Casa Luna Chocolates First rec shops open in Colo. BY KATHARINE LOTZE Senior Editor Cynthia Johnston, 69, and her cousin Joe Morris, also in his 60s, were some of the first people in line to purchase recreational cannabis in 3D Cannabis Center Colorado when the country’s first legal shops opened on Jan. 1. “It was amazing,” Johnston said, a community leader with the NORML Women’s Alliance of Los Angeles County. “Everyone was beaming.” She estimates that there were around 300 customers in line at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver just after the early-morning press conference. Customers could purchase everything from edibles to joints, and Johnston, a medical patient in both Colorado and California, says “everyone got quality attention.” While she stuck with the traditional smokeable forms of the plant, Morris opted for edibles and tinctures. He recently recovered from a brutal battle with prostate cancer and medicated with cannabis during treatment. Morris prefers the non-intoxicating high-CBD products, now available to all in his state, to the intoxicating high-THC forms because, Johnston says he’s “not a ‘pothead.’” “Edibles seem to be acceptable to an older generation who wouldn’t consider smoking,” Johnston said. 3D Cannabis Center is also opening their doors to show curious customers and tourists where their product comes from, even including large windows to showing anyone wanting a look the plants. But recreational legalization is just the first step for the country, Johnston says. “Now that prohibition is over in Colorado, we have to get people out of jail” for marijuana offenses, said. 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Reuters reports that the state “limits the number of hospitals that can dispense marijuana” and that “patients will have little say in the marijuana they are prescribed.” It is still illegal to grow marijuana in New York and “import specialized plants from other states.” The state began the process of legalization last year, and passed the measure in June 2013. But New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, opposes the bill. The state’s senate is also divided and refuses to call a vote on the Compassionate Care Act, according to Newsday.com. Though it is now law, not everyone present for the Dec. 18 hearings was in support of the measure. “When the perceived risk of something goes down, its use goes up,” said Maximillian Schwartzberg during his testimony. Schwartzberg detailed his introduction and subsequent addiction to marijuana, raising concerns that experiences like his may become more common with a legal way to obtain cannabis in his state. “It was not a gateway drug. It was more a concierge drug,” he told the assembly. “Marijuana was harder for me to stop than anything else.” But even those opposed like Schwartzberg were not entirely against the medical use of cannabis. “I am for compassionate care,” he said. “But my [opinion] is that it becomes a Trojan horse.” Patients like Niemetz have resolved to advocate for the legal medical use of cannabis in the state, or find a state that accepts their preferred medicine. “It’s time to stop persecuting patients who use this medication,” Niemetz said. Niemetz was arrested for possession in 2013, though the chargers were later downgraded from second-degree possession to decriminalized possession due to his cancer. He now purchases high-quality marijuana from California, and is preparing a stock-pile of edibles and oils for when he begins isolation treatment within the next few months. “This is something I intend to fight and beat -- again,” Niemetz testified. 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