Thanks, Cash, & the Millionaires in the Room

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you spent time with those you love and gave thanks for the blessings in your life. I know I am thankful! For my family, for my health, and for the hope in the future of Colorado’s Cannabis Revolution. I’m also thankful for Rick Simpson, Christian Laurette, Dr. Bob Melamede, Ken Gorman, and all the other kind souls who have contacted me during this journey, and the knowledge they have passed on to me, that I will pass on to my children. Somehow part of me feels this is the end, and part of me feels it’s just the beginning…

To that end, we have released a video called “Vitamin Cannabis: How to Make the Cure” after numerous weekly requests for specific instructions on how to make the pills. Since, tragically, even with Amendment 64, I cannot legally open a small business that sold just the pills, this video became a must. So for all of you who keep e-mailing me asking to buy the medicine- I do not sell it! But this video should help you make it yourselves. :-) I want to add that the frozen everclear method using an essential oil distiller video posted on youtube is the best method I have seen for making the oil, second only to Rick Simpson’s method posted in Christian Laurette’s “Run From the Cure.” I am not trying to step on any toes by releasing this video, this is just one method of making the Cannabis Oil, and as long as you have breath in your body and potent cannabinoids, regardless of your method of obtaining them, the medicine will work!

In Amendment 64 legalization news, history is being made daily in our state, and first the cities of Boulder and Denver have dropped all misdemeanor cannabis possession charges on their dockets. The prosecutors felt they would not win the case if it came to a jury trial, so they dropped them all. Some prosecutors are refusing to drop the charges on plaintiffs in their small redneck counties and cities, and those D.A.’s are what I call “Dickheads.” I hope the D.A.’s in those counties reconsider and follow the will of the people of Colorado.

In Grand Junction, a leaked police memo sets a standard most police in the state may adopt, which says as of right now not to arrest or ticket anyone for less than an ounce of marijuana on them. The hysterical part of the memo regards the police and their inability to hand you back your marijuana if they confiscate it to weigh it. It seems the police would be “transporting a controlled substance” according to Federal law, if they hand you your (less than an ounce) bag of weed back. The memo instructs the police officers to set the pot down and ask you to pick it up. This is going to lead to some hysterical encounters if officers actually do this. My guess is that most officers will just get really good at eyeballing over an ounce of weed in a bag. It’s still funny to me- the cops can weigh your sack of herb now, but can’t hand it back to you if it’s legal according to state constitutional law. The times, they are a changin’.

Attending the Amendment 64 Symposium and Highway 420 Book signing event in Denver last week- Rob Corry delivered the line of the night, saying that “Due to the new laws non-requirement of a Colorado state ID for retail pot sales, out of state and international ID carrying persons over 21 will be able to legally purchase cannabis in Colorado. This means, with tough new cannabis laws in the Netherlands, people from Amsterdam will be flying to Colorado to buy weed.” The line got cheers and hurrahs! I should add all of this retail sales stuff won’t happen for a year or longer- but carrying an ounce will be legal in 3 weeks, so will growing 6 plants. I also met an Amsterdammer at last years 420 rally- and she said with Colorado’s openly advertising pot shops and cannabis events monthly- we were already way ahead of what for decades stood as the Cannabis Capital of the World. I can officially say- Colorado has taken that torch- and we intend to burn it bright.

Warren Edson spoke on the THC DUI measure of 64, which everyone is watching very close. A Zero Tolerance policy has already been thrown out; now it may be set at you are “impaired” according to the state at 5 nanograms of THC in your blood per milliliter. This could be very bad- as most pot smokers are in the hundereds of nanograms of THC per ml of blood just after smoking- and they are not too “high” to drive- and would not be considered so given a roadside sobriety test. If they set the law at 5 Nanograms, a lot of people could get THC DUI’s that were not impaired at all. We are all hoping they will set no nanogram of THC standard, instead relying on roadside sobriety to determine if a driver is impaired, because that is filmed by a dash cam in the cop car and can be used as evidence in court. This would allow marijuana users to have a jury of 12 decide if, based on the video, they were impaired, or if the officer was just being a jerk. The DA’s are ignoring the will of the people of Colorado in certain areas, why should we believe cops in certain areas won’t go THC DUI crazy if they set such a low standard? Also, what probable cause will be allowed for making a person undergo a roadside test for THC DUI? Just smelling weed would be enough- and at such a low nanogram level- everyone who smoked within 24 hours would probably have nanograms above 5. We heard stories of patients testing in the thousands for nanograms of THC in blood. I didn’t get to ask if those patients were comatose and shouldn’t drive or not. Edson also mentioned the THC/DUI issue could come up in divorce court if it sets a standard for THC “impairment.” If one parent labels the other a daily marijuana user who is “constantly impaired” and the blood test confirms it, a good parent could lose custody of a child based on a ridiculous and unscientific standard of 5 nanograms as being impaired. I’ll try to keep everyone updated as we get more information on the issue- for now be careful still, especially in counties known to be unfriendly to Cannabis.

On a sad note-one that pains me deeply- Cash Hyde has passed away from cancer, after the Montana legislature forced the closure of dispensaries and cracked down on medical marijuana providers making it difficult, if not impossible, for Cash’s parents to get him the medication he needed. Cash has been an inspiration to us all, and he will be greatly missed. He accomplished so much in his short time here on earth. He will never be forgotten. Neither will the ridiculous laws and politicians that hastened his death. The laws will change in time, but not in time for Cash. The true consequence of cannabis prohibition lies in Cash Hyde’s story.

I made part two of Vitamin Cannabis and titled it “Save the Children” after hearing of Cash’s story. My baby boy had not yet been born, but I still felt the beginning pride a father feels. I knew that if Cannabis did cure cancer, the children who lay dying from the disease should be the first to receive it- just as the Polio vaccine went first to the kids already infected.

Cash beat cancer multiple times with Cannabis and Chemo. Finally, when left with only chemo as an option, he wasn’t able to survive. The legislative body in Montana that overrode the will of the people should be ashamed of themselves. But sadly, I know, in their alien world, Cannabis is evil- and should never be given to children. I disagreed at the time I made part two of my film, and I still do. Children should be given cannabis, but only in certain situations of dire medical need, or instead of addict forming brain altering ADD drugs.

It may turn out there are many more reasons to give children small doses of Cannabinoids, or hemp seeds and hemp seed oil, as a way of strengthening brain development, immune resistance, etc…but for now, I know that the years of telling children that Cannabis is evil has led to this- a child dying from a disease that possibly could have been cured with the very substance labeled as “evil”. “Save the Children from Cannabis” was a theme the Anti-legalization group used in Colorado to attack us legalizing weed. Luckily, most in Colorado knew it was better for the children if weed was legal. For Cash, I say “Save the Children with Cannabis.” He was a beautiful boy- A bright soul gone to heaven- Rest in Peace Cash Hyde 2008-2012

Please check out more on Cash’s story here: http://www.cashhydefoundation.com/

More to come in December- positive energy to all who have read this far- much love. -Capn Cannabis November 24 2012