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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

 

Folks, 60 Minutes just did a special segment on Colorado’s first year of marijuana legality and they announced “The Sky hasn’t fallen.” In fact, our violent crime is down, road fatalities down, and even burglaries are down. Meanwhile, our economy is up… way up! The Ski resorts reported their best year ever, the economy was ranked #1 in the nation, and our #1 problem now is affordable housing for the thousands of people moving here. If San Francisco was a mecca in the 1960’s, Denver is the new city of hope and promise for both Marijuana Refugees seeking medicine, and the smartest and brightest of the up and coming generation, who have moved here for jobs and acceptance of their cannabis associated, or “plant based”, lifestyle. It’s going to be the Summer of the Love of Bud this year in the Mile High City. Won’t you join us for the Evolution? Come participate in the THC Test and Celebration :-)

But there are some Debbie Downers in the bunch, like the states of Oklahoma and Nebraska whose DA’s have chosen to sue the state of Colorado for our cannabis legality and the supposed problems it’s causing for the neighboring states. Personally, I think it’s a ridiculous lawsuit, and apparently so does a Republican State’s Rights supporting State Senator from one of the states, who has promised to join Colorado’s side if it goes to court. It’s hysterically funny. And John Suthers – a former enemy of cannabis – will now represent our state in the lawsuit and defend my right to use Cannabis. Ha Ha!! The prohibitionists used to rain shit down upon me and my band of cannabis merry makers; now the shit is being rained on them, as their fortress of bullshit collapses and I get to watch, while legally toking cannabis!

But Speaking of John Suthers, Colorado’s AG is going after a butane hash maker who blew up his house making shatter (wax, dabs) and is claiming he was making Cannabis Oil. Constitutionally I’m on the oil guy’s side, but I’m not in favor of butane hash oil and it certainly is not the same thing as Phoenix Tears, or my Vitamin Cannabis oil – which is made with ALCOHOL. The City of Denver legally recognizes her citizens’ right to make the oil in small batches using Alcohol, which will not blow up as easily as butane. But now, due to a comma written into the bill, John Suthers is arguing that all cannabis oil production is banned, regardless of method and cutting agents used. If he’s found right, it makes the Denver ordinance null and void because cannabis oil would become illegal on the state level.

Now I pray this doesn’t happen (so do thousands of refugees moving here just so they can legally make cannabis oil), and there is another bill in the state house that will attempt to make oil production illegal again. If it passes it will go to court again when an everclear oil manufacturer goes to a jury trial. It is ridiculous that even after legality I’m still facing the loss of my rights to make cannabis oil out of cannabis I grow myself. That’s the only way I can control the quality and to force me to buy it from a shop is ridiculous, monopolistic, and immoral. But, like I was famously told by the man implementing the laws, “Regardless of Morals, I have a business to run.” Those laws benefit big business, not patients or people. To make laws to prevent sick people from getting medicine from anyone is insane.

Lastly, the 2015 420 Rally in Denver will be on Saturday 4-18 and Sunday 4-19 this year- as far as being an official city permitted event. Another rally and march will still take place on Monday 4-20, around the capital, but only this march/event will be unpermitted, and illegal; a spontaneous (though planned) “Gathering of the People”, and that is just how the event started! The 420 events I attended in the past were never permitted by the city and the cops allowed us to congregate, begrudgingly, and quickly moved us out of the park and made arrests numerous times. There were years with 200 people, and years with a couple thousand. After activist Ken Gorman’s death, the rally became a meeting point for the minds that would legalize cannabis in Colorado soon after, just as Ken had told me before he was killed. Legality of cannabis has been a blessing to many and it all went down just the way he said it would. Now, in 2015, one year into what can only be described as a smashing success to cannabis legality, to see the event unpermitted by the city and in true original form again, it brings a tear to my eye and you know damn well I’ll be at the capital in Denver on 4-20-2015 to celebrate Cannabis, Ken Gorman, and Colorado’s first strike victory in the war on the drug I love: Kaneh Bosm.

My family and I had a wonderful Christmas. We hope you all are having a wonderful start to your new year. Positive thoughts to you and yours,

Kyle Marsh
January 2015

P.S. In Ken’s honor, let me leave you with his favorite phrase: “Keep on Smokin’ them joints!”

Howdy from the Spooky wild wild west of Denver, Colorado, folks! The all hallows eve and reformation day celebrations are in full swing this week. The Vitamin Cannabis Team and I wish you a safe and spooky Halloween 2014! :-)

In less scary news (unless you hate weed) it is JUDGEMENT DAY for Cannabis as a schedule one narcotic in this country. A single Circuit Court Judge holds our fate – so send positive energy to her in California – as she decides whether or not evidence exists to support a rescheduling of Cannabis. IF – and it’s a big IF – she sides with God and morality and says pot should be rescheduled, the federal government will immediately appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States of America. The Supreme Court can then choose to hear the case, and decide if an order to reschedule should go out, or they can “Back Door” cannabis rescheduling in the same way that gay marriage was actually legalized in all the states: by refusing to hear the case, thus validating the lower circuit court’s ruling. Now I’m no legal expert, but that is my understanding of the situation, and it gives cause for hope that eventually we can get this wonderful plant out of its ridiculous status in the federal drug scheduling.

If you’re just now hearing about CBD, then be proud you are first to hear about CBG, the new cannabinoid creating serious buzz as a tumor fighter and, also, one of the new cannabinoids that most labs can test for. For those of you in lucky states that still allow private personal cannabinoid testing, you can now see where your CBG levels are, in addition to THC and CBD. A friend of Vitamin Cannabis recently e-mailed me links to high CBG oil which is starting to appear in the more progressive, compassionate states. We are eager to see the results of the new CBG heavy strains and concentrates and their ability to break up difficult tumors. Look for CBG to start appearing in places near you!

There is a new $100 Million lawsuit against a private caregiver, a testing lab and its owner, and a second testing lab regarding a CBD product legally available and sold online. The Vitamin Cannabis team has received reports of numerous CBD oils sold online either being inactive (did nothing) or, in some case, caused extreme gastrointestinal distress or other harsh reactions including vomiting. We were attempting to have the oil tested ourselves when a ban on testing blocked us. We still managed to obtain the toxic test results, but did not post them to our site. I would like to say we would have had no involvement with this except for numerous people reporting and asking us for help in determining if the product was safe, and the company (when I contacted them directly at the cannabis cup) would not reveal where the hemp came from, or offer up toxicity tests of its own, which led to the underground movement to determine the safety of the product for human consumption. The company is pissed that it was revealed the stuff was potentially toxic and is now suing several good people who do not deserve the lawsuit.

Now this is all going to get hashed out in court (pun totally intended), but what we hope the overall result becomes is that the CBD oil’s producers be required to provide evidence the oil is safe, and its origins. I’m not saying the CBD oil products sold online by a wide variety of companies are all unsafe, but I am saying I would like the companies to be honest about where the hemp came from, how it was treated, and what the other ingredients are in the oil. The fact a company would sue people trying to determine a products safety after repeated people complained of bad reactions, I think, says the most about whether you should trust some of the products offered online.

http://mmjbusinessdaily.com/medical-marijuana-inc-files-100m-lawsuit-over-false-claims/

To see the MOST HOPEFUL news story I have seen on the THC heavy cancer curing oil, please follow this link to see TEAM LANDON’s story in more detail. I can’t help but feel this is the first of many stories that will break into the main stream media and further the Phoenix Tears story. Sierra and Landon have been through so much- but to see the results- on the news- brings real tears to my eyes. It’s happening, folks, and thanks to brave people like TEAM LANDON, the truth will prevail! :-)

http://www.koaa.com/news/news-5-investigates-mother-claims-cannabis-cured-son-s-cancer/

Lastly, I’d like to thank all the people who have personally contacted me the last month with links to information, videos, test results, politics, and breaking news regarding the cannabis movement. It was my 34th birthday October 9th and, while I am blessed with a beautiful and wonderful family, I also received a karmactic birthday present. An old friend stopped by with a new strain called “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Weed” that looks and smells just like THC filled buds, but this new strain has 15% CBD and less than .03% THC. It grows 4 feet tall and bushy; no 14 foot hemp plants. Sticky as all hell and some of the best weed I’ve seen. Only professionals and cannabis connoisseurs would be able to tell “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Weed” from high cannabis THC; I can’t imagine law enforcement officials worldwide will be able to tell it’s not THC weed. That creates an enforcement issue in the near future, and is one more beacon of light in the dark indicating Hemp/Cannabis is about to go legal worldwide. I was blessed to receive a quarter ounce of the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Weed” for my birthday, thanks CBD Bill. It was fantastic!

I’ll leave you all with some pictures of the new CBD strain that can be legally grown and transported anywhere Hemp is legal! Tell me it’s not high THC stuff :-). Click for full size images.

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Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Kyle Marsh
Capn Cannabis
October 31th, 2014

 

Howdy from the Wild Wild West Mile “Legally” High City of Denver, folks!

From the largest city in the state with the best economy (yeah…it’s because of the weed), I bring you greetings and salutations, marijuana musings, and news of cannabinoid victories in our state. Open your hearts and minds and here we go!

For starters, according to dateandtime.com, the latitude of Denver is “39 44’20 N.” I just find it fitting that there’s a “420” in our numerical location. 420 is now embedded in our culture, and if it wasn’t for the 420 Marijuana Legalization rallies held each year which got the ball rolling, we wouldn’t have the blessings of hemp and cannabis freedom we enjoy today. I’m not too into the numbers of things, but all 420’s stick out to me – on license plates, serial numbers, and, as it turns out, my geographical location on planet earth. :-)

In major news, the Colorado Department of Health once again tried to place unconstitutional limits on caregivers in our state who privately care for thousands of the marijuana refugees that have flocked to our state for treatment with cannabis medicines that work when all else fails. One individual cares for 80 patients with epilepsy who need a specific CBD plant (Note: it’s not all just CBD, many epilepsy patients use THC/CBD blends). When he brought some of the children he treats and their parents to the state house to testify in a public comment session, there was no way the board could vote against forcing 70 children to find another caregiver. It’s a complicated situation, but the department did the right thing by avoiding this issue… for now… Other attacks on greenhouse growing in favor of highly polluting warehouse grows is on the horizon, and I’m sure the caregiver/patient number issue will be revisited in the future.

In other pot news, the Israeli government did an extensive study on cannabis and PTSD and found immediate cannabis use right after the traumatic event resulted in a significant decrease in the symptoms and future damage. No surprise, cannabinoids can cross the ultra-protective blood brain barrier, and once there they operate to protect and repair the brain itself. Funny how a substance that did that would remain illegal for so long.

Hempcrete is also in the news a lot, with a video you can see here of it blackening but not burning under a propane torch test. For people building in areas that may be prone to wildfires, hempcrete is an incredible option, and we hope to see it being used more in Colorado and elsewhere very soon. More research is also being done on hemp as an energy storage facilitator. It’s absolutely amazing what this plant’s products can be made into. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeW6kuZgPY4

There is news from Realm of Caring announcing they will begin getting their medication to patients everywhere soon. Congratulations to Realm and all involved in this monumental achievement. There is an awesome article that includes many details that only people actually caring for kids with epilepsy/autism can use, that I’m including here: http://www.ladybud.com/2014/09/18/realm-of-caring-announces-charlottes-web-to-be-shipped-to-all-50-us-states/

But the biggest news of all comes from a familiar source: TEAM LANDON in Colorado Springs. All I can say is watch the video on the link below, but only if you want to see a kid who had leukemia vaping a cloud pen and a stunned newscaster asking the question: “Does Cannabis Really Cure Cancer?” Landon’s test results are amazing, from dying of cancer to only needing checkups to make sure the cancer hasn’t come back. All by using cannabis oil/phoenix tears. It’s newsworthy, it has been for a long time, and now it’s finally on the actual news. The story is changing, too; now instead of focusing on whether cannabis oil should be given to children, the news is focused on real cure stories they can’t deny. It reminds me of when I made part two of Vitamin Cannabis called “Save the Children.” I had hoped it would happen sooner, but I’m glad it’s finally happening. Others are seeing it’s the children who are most vulnerable to disease, and it’s kids who benefit most from the cannabis oil.

To Rick Simpson and Christian Laurette, Landon’s story of life is your story continued. Landon and his mom Ran from the Chemo and ran to the cure, thanks to you guys. I hope you’ll watch the video and see just what is happening here in Colorado where compassion rules the day. View story here: http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/09/24/springs-woman-claims-marijuana-cured-her-sons-cancer/

We hope you find the fall weather turns your cannabis purple. Keep the faith, keep spreading the word, we are all making a difference, folks, we truly are. :-)

Viva la evolucion – viva la revolucion,

Capn Cannabis
September 29th 2014

Hello folks!

The 4th of July experience in Colorado was ridiculous!! It seems, for some strange reason, that a lot of people had a bunch of extra money lying around in cash they decided to spend on fireworks. My kids and I were treated to many fireworks shows going off in all neighborhoods of the city despite the fireworks ban. The smell of sulfur in the air, the loud pops and booms, the bright lights of exploding colored flames in the sky. Legality of marijuana hasn’t brought the devil to Denver just yet.  In fact recent reports indicate our violent crime, suicide, and drunk driving fatality rates are all down. Those are all reasons to be extra happy this independence day; and many were celebrating Cannabis independence too!

New numbers are in showing Colorado tourism hit 17.3 Billion dollars. A NEW STATE RECORD!! Our ski slope communities saw considerable gains, our tax coffers have been filled, and even a former PRISON in Brush, CO may be turned into a Cannabis grow facility!!

Nationally, “Charlotte’s Bill” rescheduling Hemp and CBD may become law federally, NY is advancing its CBD and medical marijuana bills, and Oregon will vote this year on Recreational Marijuana. Also from the Big Apple: the New York Times editorialized the end of Marijuana Prohibition and it led to jokes on the Tonight show, but also an acceptance that legality and rescheduling is coming in the very near future.

New legal limits for recreational marijuana in Colorado set at 10 mg per serving are forcing many edibles manufacturers out of business, as the state has said that 100 mg total per edible must be divided into 10 mg portions (to help avoid over-intoxication, they say.) This new law means a medicated potato chip manufacturer who used to sell bags of THC infused olive oil drenched potato chips in 100 mg bags would now have to separate the bag of chips into 10 different bags with only 3 chips in each bag inside a larger bag containing all 10 bags of 3 chips. Instead of continuing to make THC infused chips, this manufacturer has folded up shop. The costs and pain in the ass factor of following this regulation once again favors big business models who can afford the testing and packaging required to produce edibles for recreational use in Colorado. This only affects recreational users, this does not affect Colorado Medical Marijuana patients

But back to positive notes:
On a recent trip to our excellent amusement park in the heart of the city, Elitch Gardens, which I’ve gone to since I was a child, I was blessed to overhear a conversation behind me in line from a young woman from South Carolina expressing to her friend just how shocked she was to smell cannabis being consumed everywhere in the city (even in line for a roller coaster, or immediately after the rush as I witnessed the guy in front of me do). She was happy about it – thrilled, in fact – and her friends just laughed as she said, “Do you know what would happen in South Carolina if you smoked pot in line at an amusement park? The cops would be on you in a heartbeat!” Her male friend added (erroneously) “You can hit a bowl in front of a cop here and they can’t do shit.” (Not true; do not do it!)

We have many exciting things we are working on currently and we hope to have more good news coming soon. In the meantime, thanks once again to Rick Simpson and Christian Laurette for all they have done. We are all truly blessed to be working with this Cannabis oil.

Positive thoughts everyone’s way!

Capn Cannabis July 31st 2014