Posted November 2013

Vitamin Cannabis November Newsletter 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! We have much to be thankful for in the Mile High City. My beautiful family first and foremost :-)

I had the pleasure of seeing for the first time in my life a line of people gathered outside the dispensary I work for on Black Friday. They were in line for a free pack of joints and great “Green Friday” deals on marijuana sacks. I bought some Ganja in honor of an Epic Black Friday gone green in Colorado! We hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving! :-)

There is much to get to, but we will start with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper adding into the state’s budget for 2014, $7 Million dollars to fund 10 to 14 Cannabis research grants. This coincides with a mammoth spike in the number of Marijuana refugees flocking to the state to treat rare forms of epilepsy, cancer, and other diseases. The stories have made the rounds across all the local media channels, and it seems highly unlikely the state would set aside funding for cannabis research without a change in federal classification, but we shall see. Could the state be brazenly defying the DEA and FDA and approve cannabis research? Or will we see reclassification at the federal level before the measure goes into the state budget? I’ll be watching either way, and it is MAJOR NEWS if it is approved!

Also in Colorado, the city council of Denver backed off Draconian measures to regulate cannabis use in private homes and on private property in Denver, settling instead for a loose law stating you can’t be seen smoking in your house or yard from the street. The Denver Police chief then said if the cops get a call about a public smoker, they will ask the smoker to step inside before issuing a ticket. It’s better than the original ordinance, and we are making progress every day. The city also voted in an additional marijuana tax, as did the state, so recreational cannabis sales will be taxed at a very high 30% rate come January first, which will increase the price for rec cannabis users.

A Colorado Mother whose child used the Phoenix Tears Cannabis Oil medicine to success, then was being forced by doctors to have the kid undergo chemotherapy anyways, has won her battle against the doctors. The Colorado Department of Child Services, which was called by the doctor after the child’s mom refused chemo, declined to investigate the mother further, and the child is no longer required to do the toxic chemotherapy for a now non-existent cancer. It is another victory in Colorado, as finally parents are being able to make the decisions as to what is best for their child.

Speaking of – but stepping out of state for a moment – an Arizona family is suing their department of health in advance of marijuana concentrates potentially being banned, which is exactly what their sick child needs. They declare the cannabis CBD oil is keeping their kid well, and are suing pre-emptively to ensure a disruption of medicine does not occur. It is awesome to see hundreds of people now realizing the benefit of the cannabis oil, and also taking action against forces that would keep them from using this blessed, god given plant medicine. It’s inspiring and encouraging… :-)

Back in Colorado, the Industrial Hemp regulations have been set, and – get this – it’s a $200 fee and $1 per acre to grow as much hemp as you can on the acres you own. Come to Colorado and grow some hemp, everybody! I know I’m making plans to someday soon. We’ll see if Hemp lives up to all it has been said to and I’m expecting to find it gets the job done better, cleaner, and tougher than other materials it’s up against. Time will tell, but for $200 and a few seeds, you can help us find out right here in Colorado. :-)

Additionally, with more jobs to come from Industrial Hemp, it’s nice to know the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division has officially “badged” over 10,000 people to work in Colorado’s medical marijuana industry. That’s a lot of new jobs, and it would be 3 times that many if they simply accepted more people into their office to get the badge. (They only take 10 a day, while 60 get stamps proving they’ve been there, it sometimes takes 10 stamps before getting to turn in your app to get a badge!) Still it is very exciting that so many opportunities have been created by cannabis, and as a worker in the industry, it’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, and literally a dream come true.

There is also major news out of Big Pharma – as GW Pharmaceuticals is running a human test of THC Oil (the phoenix tears) on Brain Cancer patients to see if it reduces tumors. It should work as the oil is one of few things that can cross the blood/brain barrier, and it may pave the way for more THC medicines to quickly become tested and available to the public. I’ll remind everyone they can make the same medicine themselves thanks to Rick Simpson and Christian Laurette, but it’s nice to see eventually you should be able to get the oil pre-dosed from your local pharmacist, for all sorts of ailments. I’ll still make it myself, though :-). You can view the related article here.

For your furry friends, an MIT Based entrepreneur – yes that MIT Ivy league school – and a couple veterinarians have released a CBD pill for dogs and cats called Canna-pet. It has very little CBD, but it might work, and it won’t give the dog the wobbly legs the THC can sometimes do. Further testing may reveal more to it, but for now you can legally get your kitty or puppy CBD cannabis pills, shippable all over the world because they don’t contain THC. They also are supposedly made from USA grown hemp, not the Chinese hemp scrap waster paste that other CBD suppliers use. It sounds good, but some regular hemp seed oil from the natural grocer has almost the CBD content in a couple table spoons- so fido or fluffy may enjoy a spoon of that every day, too.

In Vitamin Cannabis Oil related news, we have been experimenting with the supplement Citicoline to counteract the high the oil gives the user. So far it reduces the high feeling and durations, and limits the user’s ability to feel high in the first place. The sleep effects are still there. We are now looking into curative effects as we progress, but if you need to be on the oil and still functional, the citicoline is effective at reducing the “high.” Ideally, though, I do not recommend this method and would much rather you get “high” and then get restorative sleep, than risk you blocking the curing effects of the THC. Time will tell, though.

In International News, Dr. FeelGood is at it again. Dr. Sanjay Gupta (No relation to the marijuana strain named Sanjay Gupta) is back with another film coming out in March 2014, this time a British Documentary on a loophole that lets certain patients import cannabis from Amsterdam. It may feature other stories from that side of the world involving marijuana, and with all he has already done, people will be watching what he does next…

Lastly, there were 17 raids by IRS & DEA agents at Colorado dispensaries this past week – the first in a long time. Even with legality, we are not out of the woods yet. However, many of the places targeted had legitimate reasons to be targeted, like having a million dollars of plants growing in a warehouse but only claiming $100 a day in sales to be taxed on. Other shops had outright drug cartel ties through people who should not be in this industry, or ties to jewel heist thugs. The shop I work at – with its intricate tracking system and safeguards, background checked employees and owners, and which pays its taxes and makes the state money – was not raided. The raids are actually a sign that certain aspects of Colorado’s system are working, and working well.

I am never a fan of raids, and cannabis plants left in a parking lot to be snowed on is a shame, but if these guys were really the bad guys the feds and state say they were, then they got what was coming to them. Honestly, it seems like it came down to taxes. The dispensaries paying their fair share were left alone. I’m glad to pay taxes on cannabis – and the first $40 million of it goes to kids in Colorado schools. The system works, is working, and is growing rapidly!

This November 2013, after Thanksgiving and Black Friday are finally over, I’m smoking a bowl of my Green Friday weed and saying a prayer of thanks. I’m thankful for my family, for my friends, for Colorado, and for Cannabis. Won’t you say that prayer with me? :-) Viva la evolucion, viva la oil!!

Kyle Marsh
Capn Cannabis
November 29th “Green Friday” 2013