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NBA Open to Discussing Medical Cannabis

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MARIJUANA POLITICS – The News Source For an Informed Citizenry Post by Ngaio Bealum

Could the NBA allow players to (openly) use cannabis? It just may happen.  A recent post on reddit suggests that NBA commissioner Adam Silver is at least open to the idea. When asked about medical marijuana use and the NBA, this is what Commissioner Silver had to say:

“I would say it’s something we will look at. I’m very interested in the science when it comes to medical marijuana. My personal view is that it should be regulated in the same way that other medications are if the plan is to use it for pain management. And it’s something that needs to be discussed with our Players Association, but to the extent that science demonstrates that there are effective uses for medical reasons, we’ll be open to it. Hopefully there’s not as much pain involved in our sport as some others, so there’s not as much need for it.”

There may not be as much pain in the NBA as there is in the NFL, but there is certainly wear and tear. Professional basketball players routinely push their bodies to the limits. About twelve years ago, many players decided to curtail their use of prescription anti-inflammatory drugs for fear of kidney and liver damage. Cannabis is a natural anti-inflammatory and has no real side affects, except for perhaps a pleasant buzz.

As it is now, cannabis use can get an NBA player suspended, although that wasn’t always the case.  Old school fans will recall when former Celtics Center  Robert Parish got busted for receiving cannabis in the mail. He didn’t miss a game.

Many former players are now looking to capitalize on the new legalization. Former Portland Trailblazer  Cliff Robinson and  International Cannabis Business Conference panelist and former Detroit PIston John Salley have each started cannabis based businesses.  It is time for the NBA to embrace the future.

Ngaio Bealum is a writer, comedian, cannabis activist, and a decent juggler. You can catch him on the road performing at events like the Dope Show in Tacoma, Washington, and MCing the International Cannabis Business Conference. Follow him on the social medias. @ngaio420

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Tasting 1-2-3: Lamb Sour Diesel (LSD)

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Lamb Sour Diesel (LSD)

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Barney’s Farm

Hybrid Origins: Mazar x Skunk #1 Flowering: 55-65 days

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LSD

It doesn’t take a detective to figure out how LSD got its name. This variety lets marijuanas freak flag fly, bringing out pot’s most psychedelic qualities. The Mazar parent is a strain that was probably known by name a decade ago, when it was newer to the scene. Mazar has often been compared with the better known White Widow for the cimilarities in plant and bud structure and effects. Both strains are indicasativa hybrids, although Mazar is more indica heavy, as suggested by the name, which references the presence of Afghani in the parentage and comes from the name af Afghanistan’s fourth largest city, Mazar-e-Sharif.

Barney’s Farm Seed Bank used these long established genetics in combination with the versatile Skunk #1 to create the LSD variety. These parents have passed along many of their strengths. LSD is a hardy, disease-resistant plant that thrives in nearly all reasonable growing conditions. These plants stay light to medium green with leaves that split the difference between sativa and indica thickness. Flowering takes 8 to 9 weeks. At first the LSD plant may seem dense with foliage, but the buds soon outshine the vegetation. LSD buds form slightly curved corkscrew triangles with large stacked calyxes and a profusion of burnished hairs. While plants remain fairly compact and can be staked or grown successfully in a sea of green, LSD also delivers satisfying yields as a multi-branch plant, often reaching 600 grams per square meter. When grown outdoors, LSD plants finish in mid-September.

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Diesel Pump

The LSD flavor mixes a slightly nutty and earthy palate with a dank sweet muskiness. Best of all, LSD lives up to its name, delivering a vivid, euphoric experience that stands out from the typical indica stone. While the body high has depth, the strongest sensation is the super trippy psychedelia that will blow the cobwebs out of the corners of your mind. This strain is great in a stimulating environment. Music, food, and colorful imagery will all be enhanced under its influence. However, overindulgence or overly hectic situations may cause a sense of being overwhelmed so it can be good to stay somewhere that also offers a sense of comfort and safety. Medical users have recommended this strain for nausea, anxiety, depression, and headaches.

Winner of the 2008 Cannabis Cup in the Indica Category

Aroma– 8:40 Juicy citrus scent mixed with slight herbal flowers, ammonia strong

Flavor– 8:42 a little harsh,  I think we will trek down to Jambo today and fix that by buying a bong.

8:43 Here we go….. The dryer going sounds are great, I just want to go in and fold some clothes now. Seems like a perfect idea. Now I am talking to my Mate.  Going pretty good at this point he can pick whatever he wants on TV.  I am in my evolving bliss 8:45.  We are just talking it up and laughing.

10:45- ok so quickly I lost myself, and I had so many thoughts to share.  I just skipped it.  Let me tell you though…I think I am brilliant.  I have so much inspiration tonight!!!  If I could only remember all the plans I made.  If I had only written it down like my man suggested.  I think I may need to remember the recording device going forward.

Next Day Sunday 10pm Impromptu visit from my daughter and her Mate.  They want to watch a movie so lets give this another try- Ok so they want to make a gravity bong or Shuttle bong thingy.  Whoa this is awesome.  It hasn’t changed a spec!!! Makes it a lot smoother but oh my god I took the biggest hit ever and pretty sure I am going to be trashed.  Now we are watching Taledega nights.  Ok Non-stop laughing almost borderline crazy giggling.  This movie is so wrong. It is dumb humor and I am loving it.

Now I am up watching movies by myself.  Oh god its 3 am and I can’t sleep.  I can’t get comfortable and I can’t shut off my brain.  Woke up having very scary nightmares all night long.  I woke up screaming at one point.  My daughter reports the same thing.  Oh and this is important.  No appetite.

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Sleepless

Overall impression: This one is all over the place, really fun and lots of laughter but throw a cry in there and frost it with sleeplessness and scary dreams.  This one best served with close friends and a fun activity. Score: 3.75

Relationship status: Quite charming.  It’s a fun whirlwind and I am really caught up but my heart feels hollow and I am not sure we will last forever.  It’s not true love and sometimes it makes me really sad.

Pot – ittude Adjustment

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Pot – ittude Adjustment

I decided to write a story about weed, or lack thereof. I am working out of town away from all my comforts. Now, I should let you know, I don’t smoke pot all that much. Compared to the old me I am a complete stoner but compared to real pot smokers my habit is laughable.

So here I am at the end of the day and all I can think about is how nice it would be to rip a giant hit and release myself from stress, worry and the general BS I have to face at work right now. Yes, one hit does it for me. I know, I know, lucky!!!!

Does this mean I am trying to escape from my problems? I think not my friends. I have found that pot helps me forget temporarily, lowers my heart rate and allows me to just wallow in my own fantasy world. Who wouldn’t want to drift off into lah-lah land when they have to get up and do it again tomorrow?

Is this the same as trying to forget your problems by drinking yourself into a stupor? Some of you might think so but I call Bullshit. Drinking just makes you not care, become non- productive and gives you an overall numb sensation, I have no problems, feeling. It also can make you think you are tougher than you are, really good looking, super extra smart and megaphone loud. Oh let’s not forget the poor decision making, behaving outside of your character and the long list of “oh god did I really do that last night. Oh and to top it off…that shit ends up on Facebook. I don’t want to give you the impression that I don’t drink. I do and sometimes I think I am a real wino. But on this occasion I just want what my little weed friend can offer. Pure Bliss.

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Sooooo, where can I find pot? Let’s see; 1. It’s not legal here. 2. I don’t know anyone to ask. 3. I have no pipe or bong. 3. I have never tried to buy pot from a stranger. I think I will just have to suffer…

What this makes me really think about is how dumb it is that we are unable to bring our supplies with us when we travel. It seems so ludicrous to me that people can bring a suitcase full of prescriptions drugs that they can legally abuse from state to state or country to country, on a plane, train, boat with no hassle. I can even get completely wasted on a plane, sometimes it is even complimentary. I could pop 5 valium and a couple ADHD pills and get on with my bad self.

Someday I hope they have a ‘Flying High Airlines’. Flight staff will wear tie-dye, offer CBD oil, play relaxing music, have groovy snacks and be super friendly. The airport will have a VIP Stoner section for long layovers with comfy places to lie about with soft streaming music.

The other folks can just keep flying on ‘Oh God Please Help Me Airlines’ with the screaming child, the bad coffee, stupid snacks, and weird baggage rules. Those airports will continue to make sure that we are as uncomfortable as possible during lay overs. You have to drink to be able to tolerate how awful it is. Hey? Which airline and airport do you think would be more popular?

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So back to the quest for pot.

As it turns out, a colleague of mine that happened to be working in the same location as me was a little bolder than I could be and actually got hooked up be his taxi driver. Ha ha ha that cracks me up. Ask the taxi driver, they know where the weed is? Who knew? So she offered me some. I turned it down. As it turns out I am so worried about doing a good job while I am here that the sensible side of me says “if you want to be sharp tomorrow don’t get baked” which for me is one hit.

Yes, I will admit that even I know that moderation is the key to being a responsible stoner. If I went out and had a few shots of tequila the night before a big day, it would be an awful, long, painful day to remember. Pot works the same way for me so I choose to be responsible and decline her generous offer.

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So I head home on Friday. I board my flight and after settling in and getting out my crossword puzzle I hear a baby crying a few seats ahead of me. Oh great this will be an amazing flight. You know it. The baby is fussing the entire flight and I am ready to poke my own eye out by the time we land. So I drink a couple shots of Jameson and try to melt into my uncomfortable, yet better than nothing, oblivion.

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Well folks, let me tell you a little something about lessons learned in life. I am so caught up in my own boo hoo hoo this trip, no weed, tiresome work, alone out town, boredom, and then this crazy cranky baby on the trip home that I forget I am not the only person on the planet. I get to Seattle to await my next flight and my friend who happened to be sitting directly behind the screaming babe and her parents meets me at the next gate. I lament over my woes and talk about how much I just want to get home and “God how I hate disruptive and bratty children” blah blah blah. So she tells me that the baby has cancer and her parents are just hoping she survives the treatment etc. Yep, I am an asshole. Enough said.

Sometimes these things happen to us to wake us up I think and help us remember that we need to leave our bubble and connect with the humans around us. Instead of complaining and being negative we could actually step off our platform and lend a hand, an ear or a shoulder to a stranger that has it far worse than us. Perhaps stop bitching about the frivolous nit-picky BS that plagues us? Ok, so perception now is reset and I am even more anxious to get home to my personal bliss.

I get home and all settled in and there is my lovely blue glass friend waiting with open arms ready to forgive all my transgressions. I have to say, I love this part. I know that within aprox. 45 seconds after inhaling this green little paradise I will slip into happy, all my cares will melt away and all that is important will become clear. It does, as expected. Thank you Pot Gods for your generosity. I am finally sated.

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What have I learned? Pot? Yep still great, find something every day to be grateful about and stop being a giant jerk.

WJ

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE RELEASES MARIJUANA TAX COLLECTION NUMBERS

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SALEM, Ore.–The Department of Revenue processed $6.84 million in marijuana tax payments through the end of March. Medical marijuana dispensaries started collecting a 25-percent tax on their recreational marijuana sales in January.

Since January, 57 percent of payments were made by appointment and 43 percent were made by mail. There were 320 dispensaries selling recreational marijuana products in February, as reported by the Oregon Health Authority.

The department would like to remind dispensaries that their first-quarter marijuana tax returns must be postmarked by May 2, 2016. Dispensaries should also remember:

  • Taxes collected for March’s sales are due to the department by May 2.
  • They need to register for a tax account before making their first payment.
  • Vouchers need to be included with all payments.
  • Cash, check, or money order are the only payment options.

Cash payments are only accepted at the department’s main office in Salem. Appointments are required. Call (503) 945-8050 at least 48 hours in advance to schedule an appointment. Appointment times are limited, so please call early in the month.

Payment vouchers, quarterly return forms, and more information about the marijuana tax program are available at www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish);(503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, [email protected]. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.

Thanksgiving And Giving And Giving…

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Season’s Greetings…sort of.

I want to share my wonderful Thanksgiving experience with you in hopes that it will lighten your mood for the day and pass along a feeling of cheer and memories of the holidays.  Oh, and a little humor.

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It started out so beautifully.  I actually decided to hide the Pot and my new Bong (Water Pipe…lol whatever!!!!!) for a couple of days because there were going to be teens at my house.  I know it’s legal, I just can’t get past the fact that I still have a responsibility to be a good influence.

So…. I took a couple of hits before everyone showed up on Thanksgiving Eve.  I was useless.  I have figured out that I am incapable of anything when high.  I can’t work, cook, sing, read or focus on anything but the fun I am having when I am baked out of my Gourd Hole (my head for those of you who do not know).  It was ok because I had already prepared the house for guests and had done all of the shopping.  Only thing left to do….Try to not appear as stoned as I was.  FYI-Green Crack was the flavor of the day. So my PIC (partner in crime and love of my life) made dinner and saved us all.  I was silly and laughing the entire time.  My grown kids think I am an idiot of course (what else is new?).  All in all it was totally worth it.  In the past when there is an event, I end up working and cleaning and being a good hostess the entire time (resulting in me not relaxing at all).  I did none of that I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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My daughter took some lovely photos!

Thanksgiving Day:  My PIC told me I was not allowed to smoke weed today.  Too much to get done and he was not going to do it alone.  “Ok honey”, I said.  So we proceeded to prepare a wonderful meal for 12.  We had a sit down meal (usually its buffet style in my family).  I wanted it to be beautiful and special for all.  I even planned to go around the room and have each person say what they were grateful for.  This always blows up in my face.  There is always a dumb ass, a smart ass an overachiever and take it all too seriously in the group.  Why do I bother I say?  Well we all ended up laughing and it was great.  The food was awesome and a good time was had by all.  Everyone left around 5 and the house was once again ours.  What a wonderful celebration!!!

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That is some pretty glass!

Immediately I go to get the Bong.  The pot is nowhere to be found.  We turn the house upside down and finally have to admit that someone has stolen my weed.  Shit!  Nothing ruins a great celebration more than thievery.  So we spent the next few days trying to figure it out to no avail.  So, after heated accusations directed at the only likely culprits (the teens), and some pretty upset family members, I find the bag of weed under my bed.  What!!!???!!! How in the hell did it get there?  I didn’t put it there. I inspect it and it appears a couple things are missing but most of it is as I left it just not where I left it.  I am not actually mad at this point.  I am extremely perplexed and embarrassed and still do not know what happened.  Am I developing a split personality?  Was I so out of it that I moved my own cheese and am not aware of it?  Or was it one of my new alter ego’s Sabrina (the party girl) or Endora (the crazy bitch) sabotaging me.

This is what I learned.

  1. Hide your stuff better and tell your PIC where you hid your pot so you don’t end up hiding it from yourself.
  2. Do not ever trust teenagers to do the right thing or fess up (their wiring goes all wonky at 15)
  3. When all else fails tell said teenager that you believe them, let Karma step in (you are better off saying you are sorry for accusing them, forgiving them, pulling them close and inviting them back) I promise this isn’t crazy talk.
  4. Let it go… it doesn’t matter in the big picture.

Since this was my very first experience with Pot around Thanksgiving I have to say I am pretty satisfied.  I have a wonderful, normal dysfunctional family and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.  I can’t wait to see what the rest of the holiday season has in store for me.

Happy Holidays and Much Love to you and your dysfunctional, yet perfect Families…

— WJ

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OLCC: Cities and Counties Marijuana Ban List Updated

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has updated the list of Oregon cities and counties which have prohibited the establishment of licensed recreational marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers, and/or retailers. 

www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana/Documents/Cities_Counties_RMJOptOut.pdf

 

For more information, go to www.marijuana.oregon.gov. Phone: 503-872-6366; email:[email protected].

Work Begins on Rules for Legal Pot

MARIJUANA PICSALEM, Ore. — The work to bring regulated, legal, recreational marijuana to Oregon begins next week. Lawmakers will consider a request for a half-million dollars to start making rules for legal pot.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission says it needs the money for four initial positions: program manager, two policy analysts, and a public affairs staffer.

The OLCC says regulating pot in Oregon will eventually require up to 30 workers and a two-year budget of $6.4 million.

Pot becomes legal in Oregon, July 1.

Medical Marijuana Shops on Measure 91

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EUGENE, Ore. — It wasn’t even been 24 hours after voters approved marijuana in Oregon before local medical marijuana dispensaries prepared to expand their business.

The latest numbers as of Wednesday night were 55 percent voted for legalization of marijuana and 45 percent voted against.

People still need a medical marijuana card to get inside a dispensary like The Herbal Centre on River Avenue; but come July, anyone 21 years and older will be able to buy pot, which is exciting to businesses already involved in the marijuana industry in Eugene.

Nicholas Landis and his family opened The Herbal Centre in April.

“Every month we’re increasing it’s a fun business it’s growing every day,” Landis said.

After just a few months in business, they’re getting ready for a major expansion with the passage of Measure 91.

“It just changes everything it changes the whole business plan for us and the way that we’re going to have to approach business now,” Landis said.

Landis says around 120,000 Oregonians have medical marijuana cards. When recreational sales start next year, Landis expects his customer base to expand to about 2 million people.

“Our vision just to be able to finally offer marijuana to everybody, to stop the criminal aspect of it, and we just and we just envision a good time. For the customers it’s a lot of fun the people that we get to meet and expand it to everyone else it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Landis said.

Across town, The Greener Side expects similar growth.

“So we’re going to see an increase of patrons, the market shares going to increase probably around 80 percent,” said Chelsea Hopkins, The Greener Side director.

It’s not just local businesses that are looking to get involved in the marijuana business, entrepreneurs around the country are already helping people set up dispensaries and get licensed.

“I think the opportunities in Oregon are going to be absolutely extraordinary moving ahead. You’re going to see an extremely robust industry with many new businesses being started there. The entrepreneurial energy will be enormous, the number of jobs created will be extraordinary the tax revenue will be incredible,” said Leslie Bocskor, Nevada Cannabis Industry Association.

Before anyone can walk into one of these shops to buy pot, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has to roll out guidelines, which could impact how the shops change their business model for all the new potential customers.

“We’ll see whether or not we can integrate adult sales with medical marijuana sales or if we’ll have to open up another facility. So we’re just waiting to work on the details and see how we will expand,” said Hopkins.

“We know there’s a lot of curious people out there to see what it looks like in here to see what goes on and we just can’t wait to offer that to everybody that’s 21 and older,” said Landis.

Even though these shops are expecting big business with the recreational side, they say they don’t have plans to change the way they sell medical marijuana to their patients.

Law Enforcement Response to Measure 91

Lane County SheriffEUGENE, Ore. — Local law enforcement agencies say they don’t have a plan in place yet for changes in enforcement once recreational marijuana is legal.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says impaired driving is illegal, whether pot is legal or not. But it will look to states that already have recreational usage to see what issues they’ve come across so far.

LCSO says it currently plans to not change enforcement.

“Cannamoms” Make the Move to Oregon

cannamoms 1EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon’s medical marijuana program is one of the most recognized in the county; so much so, even people from outside of the state are moving here just to take part.

Families from all over the country say in their research, Oregon is the only state that allows non-residents to legally participate in its medical marijuana program. So, they picked up and left their homes for Oregon, one family even moving to Eugene permanently.

Eugene is still new territory for Patty Kuntz and her family, having moved from Idaho just months ago.

“Everything changed when we moved to Eugene,” Kuntz said.

Patty left behind a career and her husband travels back almost weekly to run a business. In their minds, the move was inevitable.

“We really didn’t feel like we had a choice,” Kuntz said.

Patty and her husband, Justin, made the tough decision with their 9-year-old son Kaiden in mind. Kaiden suffers from absent seizures, a form of epilepsy. He has about 100 seizures a day, each lasting about 20 seconds.

“He’ll be standing there and his body will just stop but his brain will just be going a million miles an hour. It’s basically like a lightning storm in his brain,” Kuntz said.

Kaiden tried and failed numerous anti-epileptic drugs throughout the years. That’s when Patty and Justin started researching and discovered studies on medical marijuana, which isn’t legal in Idaho.

In March they made a temporary move to Eugene.

“It was our last option and we were hesitant at first, but we drove down to Eugene knowing that we rented a house for a month. We’re committed for a month,” Kuntz said.

The Kuntz family quickly learned they weren’t the only people faced with this tough last resort. Jessica Hauser, of Woodbury, Minn., was in the same boat. Her 2-year-old son, Wyatt, also has a form of epilepsy called infantile spasms and can have upwards of 100 to 200 seizures a day.

Like the Kuntzs, the Hausers also tried and failed numerous medications before turning to medical cannabis, which is also illegal in Minnesota. But they were searching for a program that wouldn’t require them to change their residency.
In the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program’s handbook, it says the Oregon Medical Marijuana Card protects cardholders, but only in the state.

“Oregon’s the only state in the country where you can come as a non-resident and trial medical marijuana and participate in their program legally,” Hauser said.

They moved to Eugene temporarily in July and stayed for month while Wyatt was treated.

Both Patty and Jessica say their children saw immediate results from medical marijuana. Kaiden’s seizures were cut by nearly 95 percent and for the first time, he was able to go to a sleepover at a friend’s house. Wyatt’s seizures also went down significantly and he took his first steps in two years while in Eugene.

“That made us really excited about his treatment with medical cannabis,” Hauser said.

The families say they were able to experience all of this through a program with a local company called MxBiotech, which has worked with nearly 4,000 patients.

MxBiotech founder Troy Morris says parents go through hours of education about the medicine as part of the program.

“We have to start with educating parents because they’re coming out here to seek treatment, but we can’t give them that treatment, their doctors can’t give them that treatment. They have to do it,” Morris said.

Morris describes his program as results oriented, focusing on the smallest effective dose, researched and customized specifically for each patient.

“If you’re results oriented, the amount you’re going to use is not driven by the sales of marijuana. The amount you’re going to use is driven by what’s most effective,” Morris said.

But having the most effective medicine comes at a steep price, as the Kuntz family learned.

“I love Oregon. I love that they can afford my kid the opportunity to be healthy but everyone we love is in Idaho so it’s been hard on our family,” Kuntz said.

It was also too hard, and too expensive for Julie Gilliam, a mother from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and has traveled to Eugene twice in the last to treat her 1-year-old daughter Clara’s seizures. Each trip only lasted a week because of the financial strain.

There’s no doubt that if we were out there, if we could be out there, we could get 100 percent control,” Gilliam said.

The Hausers have the same issue. They could only afford a month away from home. So now, it’s a waiting game in Minnesota where a similar program won’t be legal until July 2015.
“A month isn’t nearly enough. As soon as we get the program up and running here in Minnesota, I’ll definitely have Wyatt participating in that,” Hauser said.

Whatever challenges comes their way, these “Cannamoms” know they’ve found medicine that can hopefully help their children lead normal lives and they’ve found a support system they couldn’t find anywhere else.

“That’s been the most rewarding part is being able to give back to other parents or refer them,” Gilliam said.

“What a great thing it is to be able to help parents discover what this medicine could potentially do for their children,” Hauser said.

“We’re all leaving our homes to come here and try something that’s illegal in our state so we’ve definitely connected on that level,” Kuntz said.

The Kuntz family permanently moved to Eugene and Kaiden recently trialed a new profile of medical marijuana, which has shown even better results.

As for Jessica Hauser, she says she’s working with lawmakers and helping with the program that will be legal in Minnesota in July.

Medical cannabis is still illegal in Kentucky, so Julie Gilliam has Clara taking anti-epileptic medication.

The strains being used to treat these kids don’t get them high like typical marijuana, the levels of THC, which is the psycho-active ingredient in most pot, is extremely low.

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