Posted April 2015

Happy April 2015 everyone!!

So the events of 4-20 are over- and oh my! What a week it was! From the President being on Sanjay Gupta’s CNN doc Weed 3, to the High Times Cannabis Cup, to the Saturday 420 festival, to the political rally on actual 4-20-2015 on Monday- it was epic times in Colorado! I hope you had fun wherever you were this 420!!

On Saturday I visited the 420 Marijuana event in Civic Center park- it was well attended and I looked at cannabis wares from all over the country- including sea shell and sea urchin pipes, bamboo Gandalfs, and great glass pieces too unique to even try to describe! Devin the Dude played pot songs while people toked and shopped the booths, and a great time was had by all. On Sunday it was the High Times Cannabis Cup- which was epic in itself for people from out of state (the pot plants were placed in an area specifically to take photos with this year) but a memo from the MED (the pot cops) did put a damper on the event as no dispensaries were allowed to transfer their weed to their booths to give away- like they had in past years. So less free pot, but more vendors, giveaways, and great glass!

On Monday, the actual 4-20 day I took my camera to the capital building for the traditional political 420 rally and had a great time. The spirit of Ken Gorman was strong. I toked at the 4:20 pm moment and it was very uplifting for all of us who had been to rallies before legality, to see the beautiful thing legality has become in Colorado. I edited and just released the video from the event, please check it out here:
http://youtu.be/xHLNCOJYCw4

In major news that I actually saw talked about by Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez on the View (Rosie Perez mentions the GVMT Patent on cannabis as a medicine- you go girl!), our activist friend, Shona Banda, is in some legal trouble causing national headlines. My fiancé and I met her and bought her wonderful book “Live Free or Die” (a great read- pick it up!) at the Denver “Vitamin Cannabis” premier here in Colorado.  Shona is also interviewed by Christian Laurette for the (hopefully) upcoming Run from the Cure 2 Movie “Run 2 the Cure” and is featured in the trailer:
https://youtu.be/Qv8yxuv6e1w

In the non-compassionate state of Kansas, where Shona lives, her son was at school attending a DARE educational presentation made by a member of the police department. The officer apparently spouted some pretty severe horseshit comments about marijuana and Shona’s son, having seen marijuana medicine save her life, spoke up against the officer and offered his own version of the benefits of the cannabis plant to the students. This, for some reason, angered the officer- who detained the son and ordered a search of Shona’s home- where some cannabis and cannabis oil she uses as medicine was found. Her son was taken from her by Kansas authorities, and she is now facing felony charges and the loss of custody of her son permanently. All this because her son dared to speak the truth- and she lives about 50 miles east of the border to Colorado- where this all would have been laughed away. Shona’s legal defense has been funded above its current need- but if you want to donate still to her defense fund please do so here because this may be a key court case for patients’ rights nationwide:
http://www.gofundme.com/rw8p88r

We at the vitamin cannabis team wish Shona nothing but positive thoughts and the best outcome for her and her family in all this. Ironically- today in the paper- Colorado’s legislature has approved a bill that will allow schools and parents to administer marijuana medicines on school premises if it is doctor recommended. This fixes the problem of kids who need CBD and THC blends but whose parents are forced to pick them up and cross the street to give them their life saving and life enabling meds. So in Kansas they arrest a mother and take her child over cannabis. In Colorado- we give it to them in schools- and it works. Amazing the difference a few miles can make…

In more Colorado news, 60,000 pot plants are in “quarantine”- and some were “destroyed” (read: someone took them home but said they threw them away) in Denver over banned pesticide use. The warehouse grows are inundated with bugs- and it takes some serious pesticides and work to control them. Lazy growers have been using pesticides that are toxic to humans when the bud is smoked- only now is the city of Denver cracking down on it. Some of the nutrients/pesticides in question are not all that bad- some are downright toxic and never should be used. I’m glad the city is taking these steps to curb the bad players out, but it still hurts to see cannabis plants “destroyed.” If testing comes back negative for toxicity, the plants will be allowed to be sold. I’ll let ya know in a future newsletter…

And speaking of updates, the $100 million dollar lawsuit over the RSHO toxic test results is being settled and I watched the video of the lab owner explaining how the mistake was made. We’ll see more “apology” videos from other players in the debacle shortly. In other CBD news- Realm of Caring has their product “Charlotte’s oil” available on Amazon.com for the first time. A milestone for the group and it offers hope to those suffering in non-compassionate states. Though I will still state: grow your own if you can in a legal state’s setting- it’s the best way to ensure your supply of medicine doesn’t get interrupted.

Congratulations to all the CBD groups, Phoenix Tears groups, and 420 event planners and attenders who made this 4-20-2015 the greatest one for Cannabis ever!! I thank you for bringing a green tear to my eyes :-) We’re reclaiming the freedom that God gave us!

Blessings and positive thoughts and energy your way-

Capn Cannabis
Kyle Marsh
April 29th 2015