No matter WHO they are – or how good intentioned the project.

This morning I woke up to this some pretty serious allegations.

First and foremost – I would like to state – in no way, shape, or form was the Cash Hyde Foundation scammed or ripped off.

In any manner.

I was saddened to see Mike Hydes accusations this morning. I understand they were born from his grief and suffering at losing Cashy.

As Mike mentioned, I am not funded for the work I do on behalf of patients in Montana and across the country. The incident in question, the fall 2012 Indigogo fundraiser, was a $5500 online fundraising campaign for the Foundation. The $5500 goal included a $1500 reimbursement to me for money I had already spent working on behalf of Cashy and the Foundation. The fundraiser netted 1325.00 which I kept as reimbursement for my expenses. Mike and the Foundation Director know this to be true. We had made arrangements well in advance of the fundraiser, and my work efforts. We had a verbal contract.

Re: the e-mail account, of which I am not the only person using Cashy’s name in a free e-mail account out here –

I received ONE e-mail re: the Foundation at this address which I will share in entirety here:

Mike Hyde III

Mike Hyde IV

That is the e-mail in entirety.

They say “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” – Sadly – I am finding this to be very true.

Accusations like this do nothing for the real victims of the drug war.

I am hugely saddened by events of the day, and I wish the best for Mike, Kalli, Colton, and Catherine. I love them all very dearly – and hold them in high esteem. I grieve for Cashy too – he was so very special to me, as he was to so many.

Cashy was my first immersion into pediatric application of Cannabis oil – and I cherish the experience no matter what the outcome of a failed fundraiser. I have donated countless hours of time, as well as my own finances when I had them. I was one of the very few who got behind this family in Montana in the beginning.

I am sorry this has happened. Rest assured folks – if I ever perform another fundraiser for anybody – anywhere – there will be much more than a verbal contract involved.


This has been one of my hardest posts to write – ever – in my entire life.

It has taken quite a few days to get it together and a constant supply of Kleenex.

Yes folks – Cashy has passed on.

Believe Timeline

It was very sudden. The Hyde family was not expecting Cash to pass away. Not like this – and not so suddenly. Not ever. There was no “plan z” for a funeral.

It was November 14, 2012. I had just stopped to see the Hyde family on November 7, on my way out of state to Florida. Whenever I am in and out of Montana – the Hyde family is always my first and last stop. When I arrived back in state – Cashy was his rambunctious self – arguing with his Mama about who got to do what with him, and lively as ever. Loving his baby sister – and hassling Colty to play with him.

Always refreshing – even if he was cantankerous! That meant he was alive!

Colty met me as I parked. Colton is Cashy’s big brother – and I adore the young man. At 8 years of age – more wisdom can be seen in his dark brown eyes than many adults can fathom. He has been through and learned so much in the past three years, fighting cancer with his family.

badass colty

Colton Hyde is a Warrior in his own right.

He always greets me with a smile, and a hug when I can catch him.😉 I adore Colty, and he knows it. That little smartass is the one who dubbed me “Hiedi Handfull” and left me speechless when he did it! Few adults can render me speechless, nonetheless a mere child?

I love you Colton! Ya twerp!

As I got out of the vehicle and went in to the house, I never dreamt it would be the last time I saw the Hyde family as a family of 5.

Not for a minute.

Cashy was sleeping that day – charging his batteries up for “Wet Wednesday” – every Wednesday the family and friends get together and go swimming in Missoula, or wherever they are. Not just 2 or 3 – but  the whole HERD. It’s a riot!

I never pushed in on Cashy – ever. I always figured he had so much intrusion in his life from all his hospital time, he didn’t need one more person pushing in on him. I let Cashy allow me on his terms, not mine. Let the lil man sleep for lands sake so he can have some fun. Kiss him for me. Give the lil stinker a squeeze.

The Hydes were the Hydes – vibrant and busy – caring and loving. Catherine Joy BEAMED her precious smile at me and I kissed her cheeks. Joy really fits in her name, as she brings so much joy to all who meet her. Precious baby girl she is!

Cashy and Catherine

Cashy and baby sis Catherine – he loved being a BIG brother

There is always family and friends at the House of Hyde. A blurring cacaphony of them at times. Laughter and happiness are more often than not the theme of the day.

Cashy, Kalli, Colton, and Mike Hyde

Cashy, Kalli, Colton, and Mike Hyde

One Love

One Heart

Yes…..they really do live it. It is wonderful, warming, and has changed my life for the better. When I ever get down and out….I remember the Hydes and embrace fond memories of roadtrips and the Bada Bing. One Love!

Fast forward one week. I am in Fort Lauderdale with Irvin Rosenfeld. I had seen the posting earlier from Kalli about Cashy not feeling well. I had seen the post of him failing.

I immediately got in contact with the family and was told Cashy had really headed downhill, and his respiration was failing. Cashy wasn’t looking good, and this was probably going to be “it”.

I asked Mike to please kiss his sweet cheeks for me. I was distraught being so far away, and only a week gone, to have this happen now. If I could have been within 1,000 miles of the Hyde’s, I would have been on my way there immediately.

As it was  I was too far away to even dream of getting there.

Irvin was so good to me, so supportive. I had pulled up Playing for Change’s version of “One Love” on my smartphone – and we were watching it when I got the text…..”Cashy has passed”.

There are no words for that moment.

Only tears.

Instant heartbreak.

Irvin and I had just been discussing how Cashy was known worldwide, how far his story had gone, how many people he affected in so many ways. Cashy’s story touched people on a level of compassion never seen before. Grown men cried in front of me when I told Cashy’s story and shared photos and videos.

Playing for Change’s version embodied Cashy for me, as it was the work of so many on a worldwide level. Many many people had worked so very hard to bring it all together. It was such a beautiful work.

Cashy accomplished the same thing. Cashy affected the world – his story has been viewed and read far and wide. At least a hundred countries just by my blog stats. Parents have been inspired, and saved their own children, thanks to Cashy and his message of hope.

The world grieves for Cash…..one very small sweet little boy with a brain tumor. He has touched and affected so many.

Those brown eyes…..exposing a soul so very much older than the vessel containing it.

Hyde 2011 (10)

One small child, with such a huge message and story. Not anecdotal. Not supposition.

Only proof.

GONE! Cancer Free! Official report dated 5/16/2012. This WAS a Stage IV PNET brain tumor on Cashy's optic nerve. How many children must die? WHY?!?!

GONE! Cancer Free! Official report dated 5/16/2012. This WAS a Stage IV PNET brain tumor on Cashy’s optic nerve. How many children must die? WHY?!?!

And with his death, proof that lack of access to medical cannabis kills people.

Yet again.

We can never forget folks like Robin Prosser, Scott Day, and Travis Michalski. Montana has had a history of serious issues with access, actually a lack of access to medical cannabis.

When will politicians quit killing Montanans?

SB423 was implemented in July of 2011. Even before implementation, a law suit was filed to stop it, and enjoin at least the most vicious parts and hold them back with a restraining order.

In July of 2011 Cashy was declared cancer free. He was again cancer free as recent as May of this year.

Rewind and go back to July of 2011. The Hydes cut down their garden, to remain within the new boundaries of the law. They had 16 strains. They had never determined exactly which one worked for Cashy. Heck – Cash was cancer free….we were home free right?

Not hardly…..

Mike had volunteered to take Cashy out in Montana to help with Initiative Referendum 124. To help educate Montanans. To help save not only his son, but other Montanans. He would take him down mainstreet in every town in Montana if he could get there.

It was that important to him. He was fighting to save his son’s life, as well as the lives of many other Montanans.

It was imperative we stop this evil and completely unconstitutional law.

Unfortunately, pediatric application is frightening to folks. Even “industry folks” in Montana……”our camp”.

The Initiative Referendum struggled forward, and the Hydes focused their energies into fighting cancer nationally after being rejected in their own state.

I still to this day cannot tell you why Montana folks didn’t take Mike Hyde up on his offer. Cashy’s message could have killed that law right out of the gate in my opinion.

Montanans are compassionate folks, and they don’t take kindly to hurting folks.

I stated then “A child shall lead them”……and it fell on deaf ears.

Hundreds of folks turned out for Cashy’s funeral November 19 in Missoula. KPAX TV was there and followed the event and the police procession through Missoula from the church to the funeral home. There were two funerals for Cash – one in Montana and one in Salt Lake City. Cashy was buried on Mount Calvary in Salt Lake City in the family plot on November 24.

My point here is….the VERY people Initiative 148 was developed and voted in by Montana voters in 2004 with more than 62% of the vote in support are who is affected directly by SB423.

The sickest of the sick. The cancer patients. The children.

SB423 is designed to repeal and destroy an industry. To reduce patient numbers to <2,000 in Montana – the Legislature’s “magic number” they desire to see in the registry.

There are more cancer patients in 3 counties than the magic number desired by the 62nd Legislature!

With the current law as it is – access for cancer patients is near non-existent. Does the Legislative body have a magic wand where they can determine there will only ever be 2,000 cancer patients in Montana? Especially after incidents like Libby and the vermiculite issues? Cancer in Libby alone is off the charts statistically.

Ever since this law – SB423 – was enacted – it has done nothing but hurt people. It hurts patients. It hurts Montana.

SB423 killed Cashy

The Hyde’s had to fight tooth and nail for access to life saving oil when his cancer came back last year after the law changed. It wasn’t easy – it was a CONSTANT battle to get the right oil – and even to find the CBD plants needed to make the right oil for Cashy.

Lab testing? Wiped out by the last session. There are absolutely no parameters for lab testing under SB423.

Dr referral? IMPOSSIBLE – or nearly impossible for a child with cancer. Children with cancer in Montana need two dr referrals to be carded in Montana at this time. If their parents are professionals who may owe on a student loan, do not even consider it. Any Federal debt is a dis-qualifier to be a caregiver for your very own child.

The law is even designed to ensure low plant volume – and immature medicine. It takes 2 pounds of plant material to make about a months supply of oil…….cancer patients will do nothing but die under this law.

We seriously need some change.

SO – what can you do to help?

First – please donate to the Cash Hyde Foundation.

CHF logo

The Hyde’s fully intend to carry on with the Foundation and fighting pediatric cancer. Folks want safer options for their children – and will go to lengths to get them. Cashy’s memory and legacy shall carry on with Reggae Runners and Reggae Rockers and Foundation events all across the country.The day after the Hyde’s buried Cashy in Salt Lake City – they went and donated 6 Reggae Runners to the Children’s hospital there in Salt Lake where they spent the first 10 months fighting cancer with Cashy.

The Hyde’s will never quit.

As you can see from this Huffpost Live story – pediatric application is really moving to the forefront rather quickly. Reggae Runners and the legacy of Cashy will help keep that momentum going forward.

In addition – a Gift Card has been established at the Good Food Store in Missoula Montana.The Hyde’s have spent the past 2 years of holidays in the hospital fighting cancer. Please help ensure they have a super nice Christmas dinner for their family.

Please dial 406-541-3663 and press 1 for customer service to get to a representative there who will collect your donation and apply the funds to the Cash Hyde Family Gift Card. They will keep a list of donors and we will be getting Thank You’s out to all.

Legislative Session starts January 7, 2012. Please be prepared in Montana for session. Soon, we will be introducing the Cash Hyde Memorial Medical Cannabis Act of Montana and lobbying for change in Montana – so we have access for all sick Montanans. We are collecting bill sponsors now, and it is going well. They know SB423 is a bad law.

Cashy’s Law will be so much better – and I truly hope you folks out there will assist in the fight to make it become a reality in Montana.

SO many Montanans rely on it.

We can memorialize this precious boy and gain proper access to safe medicine for all Montanans.

It’s long overdue.

For more information or to assist – please send an e-mail to MTConnectMe@gmail.com

Be well folks – and do good. The world needs to be a better place – and with your help – we can make it a better place.

One Love

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Well folks – it’s that time again!

I don’t know about you, but I’m EXCITED for November 7th! I can’t wait for it to get here!

Over the last year through the efforts of getting IR-124 on the ballot – SO MANY new folks were registered to vote in Montana.

This election could change a few things. I sure hope so after the 2011 Legislative session.

To help you make the decisions that best reflect your views – I will share some links here with you.

FIRST

Let’s be sure your are registered properly. If you have moved, even across the street in some instances, it can change your district, and who you vote for.

PLEASE visit the My Voter Page HERE and click “start” to find out your registration status.

In addition – you can view a sample ballot for your area too! Sample Ballot Lincoln MT 11-2012 is the ballot from my district. When you click through you will have opportunity to view your ballot too.

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If you have ANY questions, Please be sure to visit the Voters Guide. The pdf is here: Voter Info pamphlet 2012 MT

If you have any questions about the voting process – please visit HERE

Now – Montana PBS did a couple superb segments regarding issues close to me. I thoroughly appreciated their explanation of the Ballot Issues.

Please see the Ballot Issues segment HERE

For a refresher re: Cannabis – and one of the best documentaries I think ever made re: Cannabis – please be sure to watch Clearing the Smoke the Science of Cannabis  HERE – I cannot state what a wonderful job they did in words. Very impressive.

PLEASE be sure to visit Montana PBS and have a look at all of their election coverage.

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Still confused on the issues? Well folks – there is a Voter Guide for almost every issue in Montana. You just need to sort it out according to your values and issues. We have voter guides online re: Cannabis, Livestock and Agriculture, Women’s Issues, and Energy and Conservation and MORE.

HERE is a link to the google search I performed and the results listed. Go research to your hearts content – and pick the candidates that are aligned closely with your values and beliefs.

Well….that’s about it for the Voting segment of this post – now – let’s talk RALLY!

Yup – Hiedi has a face for radio!😉

As you can see….I’m a sign waver. I have been waving signs for this cause all across our Nation since last session – with a lot of it in Colorado and Colorado Springs.

In Colorado Springs this year – after a full year of our advocates there rallying in front of the El Paso County Courthouse every week or two weeks to oppose prosecution for a patient, and a provider facing state charges. Two separate cases – yet went to a Trial by Jury within two weeks of each other.

BOTH were found NOT GUILTY

Signs matter – and they educate. In Montana – the media has not been getting our voice out.

WE HAVE TO!

So…..here’s what is going on:

FIRST

Sign this petition!

SIGN THE PETITION

Chris Williams had a hearing in Great Falls on November 1. Unfortunately, after another individual called the Federal Marshalls re: our rally – Chris’ court hearing was moved to November 7, 2012

IF Chris could have been released on that date in that hearing – he would have been able to vote on this issue. As it stand now – he cannot. Please read the petition – sign – and SHARE IT. This is a Federal issue – National signatures are welcomed and encouraged.

IN THE MEANTIME

Start making signs and please JOIN US on November 1, 2012 at the Federal Courthouse in Great Falls Montana.

We will be rallying there from 9am-1pm – with a press conference after.

Don’t give me that “I don’t want to be seen on TV or the newspaper” bunk. That’s what your signs are for! Hold them up in front of you and have a concise message on that sign!

If a reporter want to interview you and you are not comfortable, refer them to someone else – or I will help you.

MONTANA PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS NEED TO STAND UP!

To join the Facebook event -please follow this link – be sure you are logged into your Facebook account – and it should take you directly there where you can JOIN the event.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN

Please read about Chris Williams HERE

PLEASE COME

Now is the time folks! Fight the Fear and RALLY with me! We have permission and all permits needed in cases applicable.

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My Birthday is November 2nd

I am also organizing a Rally at the State Capitol – and I will be there ALL DAY LONG from 9-5 on my birthday fighting for us.

Please join me – it would be the best gift ever.

I will be at the corner of 6th Street and Montana Avenue right in front of our Great State Capitol. Not only is it beautiful – but VERY visible.

Please come help me answer questions from confused voters.

I hope to see as many folks as possible at BOTH events – the Great Falls one takes PRIORITY

If you have to pick one day – go to Great Falls. The media needs to see us!

PLEASE Join me folks!

Many of you may know – or may not – but I have been very busy in my absence.

Please meet Lets Connect USA

We do National News Cannabis Headlines from across the USA every M-F from 9-11 am Montana time.

There is always an hour of news at the beginning – some shows we get in two hours of news. At the end of news – we open the mic for callers and comments. There has been a lot about Montana the past two weeks. Be sure to tune in to our archives on the site.

For those who want to listen live – here is the link to Mondays show – Monday, October 29, 2012 – Cannabis News Headlines – you can listen online – through iTunes, or call in at 646-721-9929

Please note – at BOTH rally’s I will be remoting in LIVE from on site in both Great Falls and Helena. We hope you will call in and participate – and catch up on the news in our archives.

In any order – we hope you enjoy the news – and staying up to date with Cannabis News Headlines from across the USA. Be sure to send us your news stories too at LetsConnectUSA@gmail.com

For advertising information – send an e-mail or call 202-760-1924

Thank you SO MUCH folks. Please be sure to SHARE this post so all Montanans can participate – and help to affect change in our state.

Walk PROUD Warriors! Let’s WIN this fight! Lets END the FEAR!

Let’s Connect!


Actually – how about you write in your own candidate – and be sure to check the box.

Recently I had discussion about the Gubernatorial candidates in Montana. Rick Hill and Steve Bullock are who made the ticket for 2012.

I met with both of them last fall. I had intimate – detailed conversations with both about medical cannabis.

I walked away from both meetings – not happy with either candidate. Both were evasive, and cited Federal law. When asked about states rights, and voters will – they both danced like Michael Jackson with his hair on fire…..

In my conversation I was told I HAVE TO pick one.

Well…..No……I don’t.

You don’t either…..educated and empowered voter.

You see – they have these sections on a ballot where you can write in your candidate. They are blank lines and checkboxes directly below printed candidates names, and voters are told they can write in a candidate – and check the box next to their write in to activate their vote.

I intend to use that space. I have – rather frequently the past few years – taken that liberty. This gubernatorial election – I WILL BE again.

You see – neither Hill nor Bullock cared to listen to the plight of the patient. Neither care that we have science and fact – they simply worry about Federal law – yet they actively campaign to shoot wolves – which is ALSO Federally illegal. I tried to talk to them about cancer – and access for very sick patients.

The crickets are still chirping.

Personally – I really don’t think they care. They care more about getting into that office – and that seat. They both talk about what proud Montanans they are – and how they want what’s best for Montanans. When it comes to cannabis – they zip their lip and let the arrests and raids go on – without uttering a single word. Yet…..a cowboy or rancher somewhere has his sheep or cattle slaughtered by a wolf – they scream it from every podium they stand on.

Sheep die – jump up and down. Montanans die – look the other way. Herd em to big pharma.

THAT will be what you get if you vote for either, in my educated opinion, post meeting both men individually, and following their races.

Find out for yourself people. Open the conversation – ASK THEM BOTH.

It matters – ask them the hard questions – and make them state it publicly. Ensure it goes on their website – in a firm statement that they will stand by throughout their term. Make them commit to protecting sick Montanans, and ensuring they have safe access to medicine that can help them. Make them commit to citing science and fact, rather than tired drug war propaganda, and political posturing.

Share their responses. Post them as a comment on this blog. Take screen shots and I will share with Montana voters.

Hold them accountable.

If you come to the same conclusions as myself – WRITE IN YOUR CANDIDATE – be sure you pick a good one. Be sure you CHECK THE BOX after you write in.

You do NOT have to pick who we have on the ballot – and I refuse to honor either of them with my vote.

Don’t let ANYBODY bullshit you – You go ahead and vote for the candidate you see fit. Mickey Mouse is not an answer this year. We have to send a message. A message that our vote counts – our voice counts – no matter the issue. They are there to represent US – pick only who you feel will represent you – and write them in if they are not on the ballot.

Don’t just “give” your vote away because somebody says you HAVE TO PICK ONE. Be who you are – and vote your heart. Whether they win or lose – you did not support the person you cannot bring yourself to vote for – and they don’t get a “free” vote.

Lets take back our voice.

DO NOT just give a vote to those who won’t have an opinion – or state fact about their views. I mean – Bullock worked for Steptoe and Johnson early on in his career. Significance? That firm is who has represented the Federal patients (Bob Randall and now Irvin Rosenfeld) for 30+ years to ensure they have access to their Federal cannabis.

One would think Steve Bullock would use that knowledge and power to fight for Montana patients. What a GREAT sword to wave to protect Montanans – just as I asked, and practically begged him to do as Attorney General in Montana’s 62nd session.

Nope – he refuses to even acknowledge it. Won’t even discuss it.

Ask him yourself. See what he says.

Hill? Ha! He has a canned answer for cannabis – and will march however the MT GOP tell him to.

Speaking of the MT GOP and adding medical marijuana to their platform. KEEP IN MIND – they ramrodded this whole nasty painful law we have now. They worked DILIGENTLY to be sure they called it anything but “medical” – SB423 is “The Marijuana Act”

Now….they add it to their platform? They completely destroyed a law and industry – and they want to FIX it now?

REALLY??? Sounds like they’re stumpin for votes. Maybe they have had some repercussions from making national fools of themselves last session.

Now – take a look HERE and see just where they added it to their platform.

Under CRIME – NOT healthcare.

They still don’t “get it” – and choose not to.

Medical Cannabis is NOT a crime issue. Since when did we turn to law enforcement for medical decisions? If your mother got cancer – are you going to ask a cop what to do?

NO – you go to doctors – who have training and years of education for the medical degree they possess. You consult with groups that train doctors about medical cannabis. You seek EDUCATION and COMPASSION  – NOT more jail cells and crimes to cite folks with.

My local Sheriff – bless his soul – great guy. Been around for years. Great BIG guy too. I completely trust him to save me from a criminal. I have complete faith in his abilities to protect and serve. He has done so in my community for years.

Cancer? Well….I don’t think ol Buford would enjoy the technical biologic aspects. The chemicals and chemos. Not really his area – yet – local politicians would turn to him about a medical issue?

I think he’d laugh at em….personally. Shrug his shoulders and say “Go ask a doctor”.

As they should be doing.

Pay attention voters – this one MATTERS.

NO MORE BAT CRAP CRAZY in Montana!

Look up the vote on HB161 – here’s the link. Go see how your rep voted. If they voted for HB161 (The repeal bill – as in NONE whatsoever in Montana – completely removing a voter initiative) Vote them OUT.

If they voted against HB161 – they have a pretty good constitutional understanding of MT voter initiatives – and are more than likely a good candidate to keep in office.

Now is the time people. If your rep is on that list as voting FOR repeal – get after them. Ask the hard questions – make your thoughts known.

Now….go educate yourself and VOTE. Don’t just give away your vote. Make em earn it – and MEAN it!

Whatever you do – don’t think you HAVE TO pick one……you can pick whomever you want.

Vote None of the Above – or write in your own.

If you need a refresher – go watch Brewsters Millions…….GREAT POINT

In addition – be SURE this man is eradicated from our political body.

David Howard exposed on Intelligent Discontent – Thank you Pogie!

Comments? Share them below……maybe I’ll even tell you who I plan to write in.

Maybe.

Stay on em and Walk Proud!

For those of you who may need a little inspiration – Watch THIS


This is what it’s all about.

Welcome to the front lines of Cancer treatment.

I would like to introduce you to my little motivator, and real life hero.

Please meet Cash Michael Hyde.

Cashy was born June 21, 2008 to Mike and Kalli Hyde in Missoula Mt. He came into the world with an older brother, Colton.  Today, he is due to become a big brother in April.

The Hyde Family – Mike, Kalli, Colton and Cashy

Cashy is very lucky to be where he is at today. You see, at 22 months of age Cashy was diagnosed with a Stage IV PNET brain tumor on his optic nerve.

It was May 3, 2010. Cashy had been sick for a couple weeks, and his mother and father became very concerned. They had been told that Cashy simply had mononeucleosis, and that it would go away.

It didn’t go away. As a matter of fact, it had gotten worse. Cashy was sleeping 18 hours a day, vomiting morning and night, and his left eye had started drifting and drooping. It felt to his parents like he was dying in their arms.

On May 3 2010 the Hydes took their son in for a second opinion, and an MRI. The doctors at first thought they were over reacting but consented to the testing. Thank heavens Mike was so persistent. The Dr entered with the devastating news of the tumor that was 4.5 centimeters in diameter, located directly behind his eyes, and wrapped into his optic nerves. Cashy was immediately life flighted to Salt Lake City.

Not two days later, they performed surgery on this sweet boys brain. They could only get 10% of the tumor and Cashy was left blind and terrified for about 6-8 weeks after this surgery.

May 10, 2010 recovering from brain surgery

It took a few stitches to sew his lil noggin back together.

Cashy was started on chemotherapy.

During Cashy’s first round of chemotherapy, he had his first seizures from the meds. They lasted 10 hours, and damned near killed his parents to witness it.

This sweet little child was OD’d at one time on Fentanyl, in the hospital.

The drug cocktails they give these children for cancer treatment are unbelievable!

Cashy celebrated his 2nd birthday in the hospital, blind, but happy to be alive with his family.

Slowly, Cashy regained his vision.

After the third round of chemotherapy another MRI was conducted. They found Cashy’s tumor to be completely gone, with only some remnants of cancer cells left at the base of the skull where they had been eroding his skull.

Poor lil blind kid…..
June 2, 2010

On to the high dose chemotherapy with 3 stem cell transplants on August 18, 2010.

This is where things got really ugly.

This process takes three “rounds” of treatment. The first round, Cashy fared well. The second round is when there started to be problems. It started with a few up and downs, extreme nausea, vomiting, chills, peeling of skin and diaper area, leaving severe diaper rash.

This was too much for Mike. Mike had become a caregiver in Montana to help sick folks, and now his son needed him. He had witnessed the success in his clients.

How could he deny the same remedy to his precious son?

Please see the Virtual Tour here. You will completely understand when you see Cashy.

Mike had some cannabis oil made…..and Cashy has been on it ever since. They started Cashy on his oil in September of 2010.

Within hours, Cashy transformed with the cannabis oil’ on board. At this point in September, Cashy had not eaten in 40 days. He had suffered cardiac arrest, and a stroke. The pain and anti nausea meds had taken their toll on Cashy. Pharmaceutical drugs were killing him.

Within hours of administering the cannabis oil, Cashy improved. He started eating almost immediately, and was again able to sit up, laugh, and play. Mike had insisted to the doctors to stop the anti-nausea and pain meds. In October while waiting for his counts to rise from the damage the chemotherapy had done, Cash developed septic shock and was immediately admitted to the ICU where he suffered stroke, pulmonary hemmhorage, pulmonary hypertenision, and 4 episodes of cardaic arrest which required full CPR, and was placed on full life support. Doctors told the Hyde’s numerous times that they didn’t think cash would make it and gave them the option to remove the life support and let him go.

Cashy’s parents didn’t give up hope and continued on with the life support. After 7 weeks of Cashy being on life support they were able to remove him completely from it and only needed a little bit of oxygen. He was out of Hopsital on December 17th, right before Christmas where they got to spend the holiday with Mike’s loving and caring family until their return home 6 weeks later.

October 18, 2010
Happy Boy
Boy of Steel
Cashy’s a FIGHTER!

They returned home to Missoula on January 31, 2011 after 10 long months away. Cashy was excelling, and healthy and happy again.

On March 17, 2011 Cashy went to the Montana state capitol to meet Irvin Rosenfeld, and share his story with the politicians.

They displayed their Reggae Racers, IV poles attached to cars for kids in Cancer units. The family makes them and donates them to cancer hospitals for the children, so they can play, and have fun without wires and IV lines impeding their joy.

January 12, 2012

As Cashy charmed the politicians, they all smiled and laughed at the precious boy. Cashy was so charming and adorable!

Then, they went into session and pushed the green vote button to repeal medical cannabis in Montana, and voted to kill Cashy. The very same day they met him.

In April of 2011, Cash Michael Hyde was deemed cancer free. The boy of steel battled on.

April 6, 2011 Cancer FREE
Cancer Fears Me!

On July 1, 2011 Montana’s “blackmarket bill” aka “repeal in disguise” went into effect. SB 423 is very prohibitive.

In my opinion, no matter how you operate under SB423, you are a criminal.

To try to comply with the law, Mike Hyde cut down his garden of 16 strains and kept one. They never knew which plant had the cannabinoids that helped Cashy. They had dialed back his dosage. Cashy was cancer free.

It was a busy summer of advocacy for the Hydes, spreading the message of Cashy’s success, how the cannabis oil had helped this precious boy. Preaching a responsible message.

In October 2011, Cash went in for his routine every 3 month check up of brain and spine scans.

In July Cashy was still cancer free.

The family was devestated by the news that Cashys tumor had returned despite his energetic and playful ways, he displayed no signs of his cancer being back.

But it was back ,and the tumor was half as big as it was the first time at 2.5cm in the same place, wrapped around his optic nerves.

December 1, 2011 we find the young Hyde Family at Loma Linda Campus in California starting a serious series of chemotherapy. They are squashed into a Ronald McDonald house in a room with two twin beds, for 4 people. Keep in mind, Kalli is pregnant too. The family is undergoing serious, life-threatening treatment for Cashy through a second Christmas in a row.

Thank heavens they have the world-wide support system to keep them elevated through this time, and in good spirits. Shortly after arriving, they were blessed to be part of a fundraiser for Cashy in Beverly Hills. Tommy Chong even made an appearance.

The Hydes and Tommy Chong

Now….let’s talk about fundraisers. This is my opinion here, so please do not feel this is the Hyde’s opinion whatsoever. They were ever so grateful for the support.

The problem I have with the fundraisers is this, the benefactor walks away with very little after thousands are raised, and all the party costs eat up all the profits. Yay, we have a big party and raise awareness. Boo, the benefactor gets very little money in the end, and they are on the front lines fighting cancer. Fighting for their child’s life. Fighting to keep their family afloat, and happy and safe during such trying times.

I really hope folks think about this in the future, as fighting cancer is SO expensive! If you have a fundraiser for ANYBODY, get those expenses covered before you open the door. Sacrifice “Primo spot” for lower cost. When those parents are sitting next to a sick child receiving radiation, party location is the LAST of their worries. They still have all the regular costs of maintaining a home at home, as well as travel costs, and there is no magic money fairy there, handing over bills.

Shall we talk about medical bills?

Nah….I’m sure you get my drift.

Back to Cashy’s story……..

We were all transfixed, yet horrified to watch Cashy go through the next series of chemotherapy. Mike and Kalli kept everybody updated daily on Facebook, and eventually started Cashy’s Blog, as folks wanted to stay tuned, and follow the Boy of Steel’s progress.

Please join Team Cashy – http://www.cashhydefoundation.com

Cashy was undergoing full spinal and cranial radiation therapy. In the blog, you will be privy to all Cashy had to endure. They actually use a mask for what they had to do with Cash, and he had to be intubated and completely knocked out for the procedure each time, as it was done with him on his belly, lashed down to the table and secured so he could not wiggle and move. The radiation beams were very focused, and dialed in.

Radiation mask

Now, do you suppose ol Mike Hyde allowed those Doctors to give Cashy any of the anti-nausea cocktails or pain meds this round? He most certainly did not. Cashy Hyde went through SERIOUS full spinal and cranial radiation therapy with absolutely NONE of the pain meds, or anti-nausea cocktails. Only his cannabis oil, and a strict regemin developed by his Father.

June 2011 Cashy gets his oil

As other children lie suffering in their beds, Cashy got out of his every day, and left with his family on days he was checked out of hospital. The entire family came down with the flu in the end of it all, and cashy dropped a lot of weight.

As far as cancer treatment?

He ROCKED it!

Even with the flu and a very low white count, Cashy excelled compared to the other children. He could eat. He could play. He enjoyed his family and a much better quality of life.

These treatments could have left this child blind, or at the least brain damaged for the rest of his life. Myself and the Hydes believe the cannabis oil, with it’s neural protectant abilities, cancer fighting cannabinoids, and anti-bacterial aspects, saved Cashy.

We sincerely believe we will be changing how cancer is treated in America with Cashy’s story.

On December 29, 2011, the family celebrated with dinner at TGIFriday’s.

Celebrating tumor shrinkage 12-29-2011

Cashy’s tumor was shrinking, and the Boy of Steel was doing very well. The tumor had shrunk by over half, and the radiologists could see Cashy’s optic nerves on the MRI scans again. There was a light at the end of the tunnel, and it was not suspected to be a freight train.

Have any of you ever been through radiation treatments? Ever had a close friend or family member go through it? It’s not pretty. Their skin is literally fried off of them in some instances by the radiation therapy.

So, how did Cashy do with burns? He had very slight burns, no more than a light sunburn actually. Why? Well, his parents, yet again, see the magic in the medicine. A local man in California had heard of their story, and brought them a hemp lotion for Cashy’s head. They applied it multiple times every day, Cash even asked for it. There was no severe peeling, and shedding of skin, as the hemp lotion handled the damage to the skin beautifully. There literally was none.

The radiologists reduced the beams, and dialed in smaller to focus tighter on the shrinking tumor.

The Hyde’s hunkered down, and made it through the holidays in a hospital, for the second year in a row.

So, where are the Hyde’s today? How is Cashy?

January 17, 2012 the Hyde Family completed Cashy’s last radiation treatment at Loma Linda, waited for Cashy to recover, and piled into their van to drive back to Montana.

I called Mike shortly after they got home, to welcome them back, and inquire about Cashy. I adore the little fighter man so much.

I was so pleased to hear Mike say “He’s a Rock Star Hiedi, eating like a horse and getting his weight back from the flu. He is doing very very well!”

I cried when we hung up the phone. It’s been a long two years, a long fight, and it ain’t over.

We still have a long way to go.

Cashy IS beating his cancer, and one day I will watch that boy play Griz football. I’ll fight to my dying day to see that.

Griz Nation Loves Cashy

I sincerely believe that.

That’s not the problem.

The problem is the laws, and the Federal Government. In Montana, we have a very prohibitive law now. The politicians didn’t even have the respect to call our new law medical. It’s “The Marijuana Act”, and it is SO prohibitive that I am of the opinion that anybody operating as patient or provider in Montana is at risk. No matter how one interprets the law, in one way or another, they are a criminal.

Period.

They even took away affirmative defense……we had 36 raids in 9 months. That’s roughly one per week. The media is not good to us either, and we never receive an iota of positive press.

That’s a daunting situation for a desperately ill young boy who relies on cannabis oil to survive his cancer.

That’s also why the entire issue of the next Montana Connect is dedicated to Cashy, and his cause. We will be focusing on the Plight of the Patient. Enlisting more Warriors in the ranks of Team Cashy.

We must protect this family, and share the news of the success. We must help other children, and give them support. We must preach a responsible message, and follow through.

Children’s lives depend on it. Children just like Cashy.

I swore two years ago I would be here in 20 years smacking politicians in the forehead with my magazines, and educating them.

I meant it folks. I hope you will join me in my smack-fest, because that’s ultimately what it is. We’re waking folks up to realities mainstream media never lets them see. We’re promoting it with a responsible message. One that respects the patient. The sickest of the patients deserve respect, and rely on it to save their lives. We’re reaching outside of our industry, outside of the choir.

What is more compelling than a child? A child who knows nothing of law, social stigma, or even medicine. He only knows he wants to live, and play with his brother, cars, and puppy dog. Love his parents, and relish their embrace and love.

Please respect the patient.

Lack of respect is what cost us our law in Montana, and threatens Cashy’s life daily.

Which team are you on?

Me?

Team Cashy…..until I die.

I hope you will join us in our fight.

Please folks, realize, every day, you are fighting cancer too. Your clients who walk in the door may never share with you why they are there, many do, but many do not.

It’s personal, and it’s very frightening.

You may have a Cashy walk in one day, or parents. Desperate, seeking help.

Please, help empower your patients today. Share Cashy’s story, and give everybody a little strength from the Boy of Steel.

Love you Cashy!!!

Please be sure to go on Facebook and Like the Cash Hyde Foundation page. Tune in for Cashy’s Cupids! A fundraiser in Missoula for the Foundation.

Subscribe and donate at http://www.cashhydefoundation.com

The Hyde’s head to Salt Lake next week for another MRI. We’ll see what that tumor is up to.

I bet it’s GONE…..or danged close.

Stay tuned and find out.

 

GONE! Cancer Free! Official report dated 5/16/2012. This WAS a Stage IV PNET brain tumor on Cashy’s optic nerve. How many children must die? WHY?!?!

 

** Note from Hiedi

I re-blogged this from Colorado Connect – as Cashy’s story truly does belong in Montana – his home state. The Hydes today – June 21, 2012 – are doing very well – and this very day is Cashy’s birthday.

What are they doing? They are in California – donating a fleet of 20 Reggae Runners to children’s hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco.

What amazing, brave warriors they are. Each and every one of them I adore – and feel as close as family. No matter what hardships are thrown at them, they always face it with love, and laughter. Smiles, and hugs.

Stay positive folks, don’t let the negative eat you alive, because it will. Please Pay it Forward every day – even if it’s something as small as opening a door for someone.

You may make a difference in someone’s life with even the smallest gesture.

Cashy Crusaders are Everywhere! Think Cashy and DO GOOD DEEDS!

Also – if you can support the Cash Hyde Foundation – please do. Here’s how:

http://mtconnect.me/2012/03/19/you-want-to-save-the-children-start-here-start-now/

Become a Cashy Crusader today. It is SO worth it!


Yup – the lil cheeseballer is FOUR today!

Yippee!

Still cancer free, and lovin life, his new baby sister, and his puppy dogs and stickers. He loves his brother Colty too – sometimes. That’s just how brothers are.

It’s still hard for me to believe it was 2.5 years ago that Sweet Cashy was diagnosed with a stage IV PNET brain tumor on his optic nerve and rushed to Salt Lake City for emergency surgery.

Cashy spent his 2nd birthday in the hospital, fighting for his life. Within 3 months of his 2nd birthday, Cashy was at a point where he had not eaten in 40 days, he had suffered cardiac arrest, and a stroke. Traditional treatments were killing him.

He almost lost too……

Refresh your memory HERE if you haven’t read Cashy’s story.

Cashy’s 3rd birthday was spent in Montana, happy and healthy. Cashy was cancer free. His dad Mike had taken him to the Montana Capitol to meet the politicians. Tell their story. Lobby for compassion.

By Cashy’s birthday in 2011 – dismal times were ahead – though none of us knew it. The politicos in Montana completely ignored Cashy’s story – as did many of the medical marijuana industry folks. Cashy’s wonderful story of bravery and compassion and the fight for his life was virtually ignored.

It still is in a majority of the state of Montana.

As the law changed in July of 2011 – so did Cashy’s fate. The new law was very restrictive – very prohibitive.

NOT Compassionate to children whatsoever. Not compassionate to Montanans. Period.

Mike cut his garden down. The 16 strains that had been working for Cashy were gone. Which one helped him? We’ll never know….

Cash was cancer free. His oil consumption was greatly reduced. We shoulda been home free right?

Cancer is a bitch – and an evil one at that. It came back – with a vengeance.

The fight was on. As you know – Cashy went through another battle in December of 2011. Another Christmas in a hospital, far from his home.

Another SUCCESS too! We celebrated a cancer free MRI in Salt Lake City in February 2012 with Cashy’s family at the Badda Bing.

Cashy is surrounded by a HUGE and very loving family – and those celebrations are so wonderful – and full of love. Cashys great grandmas and elders are so grateful to have him alive – they share his story everywhere.

Cashy’s story is such a wonderful one to share re: success. As far as support from Montana and it’s politicians – it’s a disgusting crime. We could educate so many with a small child……an innocent child. A wonderful child with such a brave and loving family.

We could all learn by their example.

All Cashy knows is – he wants to live – and play with his stickers, cars, and maybe his brother if they’re not squabbling. He doesn’t know any propaganda or fear. He doesn’t worry about social stigma.

LIFE – is what matters.

LOVE – surround him with it.

SUPPORT – share their story – and please support the Cash Hyde Foundation.

This family – no matter what – despite anything thrown at them – continues every day to help others. Pay it Forward. Fight the fight against childhood cancer and help to save others children.

Even while in hospital fighting for Cashy’s life – they help others.

Currently – there are about 20 Reggae Runners distributed nationally – sharing Cashy’s message of faith and hope.

That fleet is about to double – thanks to DooBons in California. Originally from Montana – they heard of Cashys story – and chipped in to increase the fleet.

20 more Reggae Runners are being distributed to hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland California. That increases the fleet to 40 Nationally!

40 more Reggae Runners out there helping children to fight cancer with smiles and laughter – directing folks to the Cash Hyde Foundation site – where folks can find the supporters and look for help for themselves.

A note from CJ Maestas – Cash Hyde Foundation Executive Director:

The Cash Hyde Foundation will be heading back to the Bay for the HT Medical Cannabis Cup to be held in Richmond, CA, June 23-24. Additionally we will be donating a small fleet of (20) “Reggae Runners” to San Francisco and Oakland Childerns Hospitals, thanks to the generious donations from Doobons. You don’t want to miss this marijuana expo, complete with seminars, the latest pot products, and, of course, the best cannabis, edibles, and concentrates Cali has to offer! Plus, a special Saturday night VIP party featuring Del the Funky Homosapien. Go to MedCanCup.com for details or to purchase tickets.

If you are in the California area for this event – make it a point to drop in and meet the Hydes! Kc Kush Taynor made the trip from the Ohio chapter of the Cash Hyde Foundation as well. They had their own Father’s Day birthday celebration in Ohio. See it HERE

If you are not in the area and wish to help -PLEASE DO. We have bracelets available – and you too can sponsor a Reggae Runner or Wagon in a hospital near you! We need to flood these hospitals – and save the children.

See HERE for how you can help today. E-mail MtConnectMe@gmail.com or call 720-722-0501

Also – stay tuned and Watch for the Cashy Mobile…….coming soon!

Here’s some pictures of the cute lil stinker. More to come soon!

Love you Cash Man! See you in 20 years baby!


Arguments over MT medical marijuana law underway | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana.

I have been watching this closely today……woke up with it on my brain. Have been anticipating it for weeks, no, months – as many Montanans have been.

To quote Molloy ““Look at all of the things that people do in which they give of their time, their talents and their money to support issues & causes that they believe in. I reject the notion that people will not agree to serve as providers to provide for the compassionate use,” Montana Assistant Attorney General Jim Molloy said.”

He rejects the notion eh?

Look at our healthcare system already.  Right here in Montana – we have folks of all ages suffering to attain traditional health care. “Health”care where seniors spend money on pills and starve. Didn’t they just put out a study about hunger in Montana children?

WHERE are all those good folks Molloy references in THAT situation?

And he expects folks to possibly suffer Federal Prosecution for their acts of compassion?

That’s what they face. Montana politicians let Montanans down terribly this past session with the passage of SB423.

Well folks – I hereby reject the notion that our elected officials and Attorney General’s office have ANY CLUE what is going on with Montanans.

Steve Bullock – Jim Molloy – may you never have a family member stricken by cancer.

To all of you who live in reality…..VOTE THEM OUT – every one of them.

If ANY of you out there need help – please call me. 720-722-0501

Me and mine know what compassion is…..and we ACT.

The fight is ON.

Posted: May 27, 2012 in Medical Cannabis

Rep Howard?
See my comments on this post. What a creep – on SO many levels.

VOTE NO!

From Eternity To Here

Rep David Howard (R, Park City), notorious bad speller and apostrophe misuser  has done it again- used Facebook to bash the gays, and highlight his horrible spelling and punctuation:

Sigh.

His Facebook page is like that creationism amusement park in Kentucky– not a fact in sight.

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MUST SEE viewing if you care about MT politics and medical cannabis.

Code of the West

Montana’s 2011 legislative session witnessed a backlash against the Treasure State’s medical marijuana program that still has patients and providers in legal limbo. Film director Rebecca Cohen was onhand with a production crew in tow to capture the action in Helena in the newly-released documentary Code of the West.
“I’m happy to deliver the film back to its home,” Cohen told a crowd of 150 or so at the Emerson Crawford Theatre in Bozeman on May 16. Code of the West chronicles the back-and -forth debate between pro-medical marijuana advocates and interests bent on seeing the repeal of what they interpreted as a loose law that essentially legalized the growing, selling and use of cannabis, to a point they insisted was far beyond that of helping sick Montanans.
A successful move by legislators to repeal Montana’s medical marijuana law was vetoed by Governor Brian Schweitzer, but the law that the governor allowed to pass without his signature in the very waning hours of the legislative session, Senate Bill 423, was described by Cohen as “repeal in disguise.”
Parts of the new law were successfully blocked in court by medical marijuana advocates via an injunction issued last year by a district judge. Legal arguments concerning that injunction will commence in the Montana Supreme Court on May 30.
Federal authorities added yet another twist to the action during the session, executing 26 search warrants of Treasure State medical marijuana interests while repeal was being debated in the legislature, an action some people claim was not coincidental.
Code of the West follows one of the men caught up in the Federal raids, Tom Daubert, who worked with one of the state’s largest medical marijuana operations, Montana Cannabis, prior to the execution of the search warrants. Federal agents confiscated the marijuana and various other properties of those served in the warrant action, essentially putting Montana Cannabis and the other raided operations out of business.
Daubert is notable because he helped craft the initial Montana medical marijuana law in 2004 which voters approved by the largest margin of any state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, 62 percent.

The film also follows the activities of vetoed repeal bill sponsor Montana Speaker of the House Mike Milburn, and anti-medical marijuana lobbyist Cherrie Brady, whose stances during the session were unyielding.

“I can’t say I would change anything,” Milburn said during a showing of Code of the West in Helena on May 17. “What we set out to do, we did. I think we got a lot further than we ever thought we would.”

Also featured in the film were medical marijuana user and cancer patient Lori Burnam, who said she has now been forced back into using traditional pharmaceuticals instead of the cannabis that she insisted was managing her pain much more effectively and safely.

“It does seem there are changing social norms,” stated Cohen. “This film is an attempt at raising those questions. The way we talk about marijuana really matters…honest and thoughtful conversation is needed.”

After the film, some of that conversation took place onstage, as Cohen joined with other speakers for a panel discussion moderated by Yellowstone Public Radio’s George Cole (of YPR’s popular RealTime production), including retired Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell, Rep. Brady Wiseman (D-Bozeman), current Bozeman deputy mayor Jeff Krauss, who is also a member of the Montana Board of Regents, and Chris Lindsey of the Montana Cannabis Industry Association.

Photo: l to r: Chris Lindsey of the Montana Cannabis Industry Association, retired Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell, Bozeman Deputy Mayor Jeff Krauss (also a member of the Montana Board of Regents), Rep. Brady Wiseman (D-Bozeman), filmmaker Rebecca Cohen, and panel Moderator George Cole of Yellowstone Public Radio’s RealTime show.

Like Tom Daubert, Lindsey is also a former Montana Cannabis employee caught up in the Federal action against the Treasure State’s medical marijuana industry, and said he is facing charges that could potentially add up to mandatory minimum sentences of 90 years behind bars.

“There are some fundamental liberties at stake here,” said Lindsey. “And the war on drugs has been a monumental failure…we need to change what’s going on…I hope Montana is at the forefront of change…I would hate to see Montana be the only state to go backwards.”

“Nobody can say with a straight face that the war on drugs is succeeding,” agreed Cashell. He said he believed that as far as the backlash on medical marijuana in Montana is concerned, “money and greed became the driving factor, though the intent of the law was good.”

Rep. Wiseman asserted that though efforts to regulate and reform the state’s medical marijuana industry, initiated by the industry itself, had begun in the 2009 legislative session, politics did the industry in.

“Republicans…refused to compromise [in the 2009 session],” said Wiseman. “That was the real beginning of the repeal effort, in my opinion.” But repeal did not happen in 2009, nor did regulation, and local communities were left to deal with the issue of how to regulate the medical marijuana business.

“We tried to do local zoning…we dealt in many ways with a regulatory framework,” said Krauss, describing Bozeman’s efforts at regulating the then-booming medical marijuana industry in the months prior to the 2011 legislative session. Krauss testified before the legislature regarding Bozeman’s approach, and some of that testimony is featured in the film.

“The legislature has the right to make or change law. I think it’s important to understand conversation is what will advance where we need to go (regarding medical marijuana in Montana),” said Krauss. Cashell agreed, but stressed that the “hard [political] lines need to come down.”

“Polarization has led to gridlock,” the retired sheriff said. “The venom in Helena these days is crippling us.” Rep. Wiseman, who is not seeking another term in the state house, said he was “not so optimistic” regarding the future of medical marijuana in Montana, and he reminded the crowd of a key factor regarding this and other political issues.

“Democracy is not a spectator sport,” said Wiseman. “The Obama Administration has betrayed progressives in every manner…I think [the Federal action on medical marijuana] is connected to the healthcare reform bill…my suspicious mind at work.”

All the panel members seemed skeptical of the Federal Government’s actions regarding medical marijuana across the nation in recent months. Krauss said he was “not ready to fire on Fort Sumter yet” regarding Federal action. He also said people should not “be so willing to have the government used to control, when you don’t want to be controlled.”

“It is a question of getting the facts straight,” Cohen stressed. “We need a media that is on guard.”

Medical marijuana patient Sarah Baugh of Helena, who testified during the 2011 session, uses medical cannabis to control her epilepsy. She said she was not impressed with the legislative process surrounding medical marijuana in Montana. Baugh appears in Code of the West addressing legislators at the podium during her testimony.

“We did quite a bit of filming with Rebecca that was not used,” said Baugh. “When we were interviewed by the crew, I told them the number one thing I had learned speaking to legislators on a one-to-one basis was that you have to hold on to your thoughts and feelings for a bit and let them talk about the issue, especially if they are opposed to medical marijuana. You must listen to and address their personal issues or you get nowhere fast. My impression of the session was a sad one. Our laws need to be based on fact, not on religious hysteria or personal opinions. I was horrified by how votes were traded and how often I was lied to directly by my Senators and Representatives. It felt corrupt, undemocratic, and wrong.”

Baugh had a more positive opinion of Code of the West, however.

“I thought that Code of the West did a fantastic job portraying both sides of the issue,” she said. “I felt that Rebecca did her utmost best as a documentary filmmaker to provide factual and concise evidence to back up the film. Medical Marijuana was a last-resort treatment for me to find health and save my life. I don’t want to see these blatant acts of prejudice and discrimination happen legally in Montana anymore. We are better than that; we must be better than that. We should not be judged unfairly for seeking healthier and better lives for ourselves.”

Pat Hill is a freelance writer and photographer from Bozeman, MT


And Cashy is WINNING!

WINNING!

Our Hyde family from Missoula Montana is currently in Salt Lake City, celebrating with an elated family at beloved Uncle Sam‘s Badda Bing.

How do I know this? I was there 3 months ago – when we got results on Cashy’s first scan since his second bout with his PNET brain tumor wrapped around his optic nerve in that precious little boy’s noggin.

I sobbed that day….3 months ago. I was SO relieved….so happy.

This time – I cried when we all saw Cashy being sedated. Poor little man has been through so much – he knew what was going on. He wasn’t too happy to be going to sleep – and held his breath in defiance. He eventually relented, and his little body went limp.

To see that happen to a three year old (soon to be FOUR!) is heart wrenching – but a fact of life for the Hyde’s. A fact of life for many families around the world, unfortunately. Every day around the world thousands of children are diagnosed with cancer. When you really go looking and examine the numbers, it is chilling.

Today – we got heartwarming news – Cashy’s 2nd MRI came back with negative results. To quote Kalli Hyde’s Facebook post “SO ive tried posting this now 3 times……The verdict is in…..Cashy is still cancer free, and there is no evidence of reoccuring tumor!!! Still waiting on thoracic spine report, but cervical and lumbar spine is all clear as well! Thank you God, and thank you everyone for the prayers and support, we would’nt be where we are today without you all cheering Cashy on! Cashy your a rockstar, your my little three foot tall hero!! :)” Kalli also updated their blog – be sure to read up HERE

Cashy is such a hero and inspiration to so many. People hear about and read the news of Cashy’s success and burst out in tears of happiness. It happens in every state, every time – all across the nation, and around the world.

Cashy is a Warrior – and he is beating the scourge……that scourge is cancer.

Support the Cash Hyde Foundation TODAY! Join the Cashy Militia!

http://mtconnect.me/2012/03/19/you-want-to-save-the-children-start-here-start-now/

Help save childrens lives!

To learn about what happened to Montana’s Medical Cannabis law – please be sure to catch this documentary made entirely through the session – detailing the saga of medical cannabis in Montana. Be sure to see Code of the West

Also – I ran across this today – and felt it was important enough to share here. The author is a seated Judge in Brooklyn New York, and a Pancreatic Cancer survivor of 3 years.

He is also a medical cannabis user.

A Judge’s Plea for Pot

By GUSTIN L. REICHBACH
Published: May 16, 2012

New York Times Opinion Pages

 THREE and a half years ago, on my 62nd birthday, doctors discovered a mass on my pancreas. It turned out to be Stage 3pancreatic cancer. I was told I would be dead in four to six months. Today I am in that rare coterie of people who have survived this long with the disease. But I did not foresee that after having dedicated myself for 40 years to a life of the law, including more than two decades as a New York State judge, my quest for ameliorative and palliative care would lead me to marijuana.
Kristian Hammerstad

My survival has demanded an enormous price, including months of chemotherapy, radiation hell and brutal surgery. For about a year, mycancer disappeared, only to return. About a month ago, I started a new and even more debilitating course of treatment. Every other week, after receiving an IV booster of chemotherapy drugs that takes three hours, I wear a pump that slowly injects more of the drugs over the next 48 hours.

Nausea and pain are constant companions. One struggles to eat enough to stave off the dramatic weight loss that is part of this disease. Eating, one of the great pleasures of life, has now become a daily battle, with each forkful a small victory. Every drug prescribed to treat one problem leads to one or two more drugs to offset its side effects. Pain medication leads to loss of appetite and constipation. Anti-nausea medication raises glucose levels, a serious problem for me with my pancreas so compromised. Sleep, which might bring respite from the miseries of the day, becomes increasingly elusive.

Inhaled marijuana is the only medicine that gives me some relief from nausea, stimulates my appetite, and makes it easier to fall asleep. The oral synthetic substitute, Marinol, prescribed by my doctors, was useless. Rather than watch the agony of my suffering, friends have chosen, at some personal risk, to provide the substance. I find a few puffs of marijuana before dinner gives me ammunition in the battle to eat. A few more puffs at bedtime permits desperately needed sleep.

This is not a law-and-order issue; it is a medical and a human rights issue. Being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I am receiving the absolute gold standard of medical care. But doctors cannot be expected to do what the law prohibits, even when they know it is in the best interests of their patients. When palliative care is understood as a fundamental human and medical right, marijuana for medical use should be beyond controversy.

Sixteen states already permit the legitimate clinical use of marijuana, including our neighbor New Jersey, and Connecticut is on the cusp of becoming No. 17. The New York State Legislature is now debating a bill to recognize marijuana as an effective and legitimate medicinal substance and establish a lawful framework for its use. The Assembly has passed such bills before, but they went nowhere in the State Senate. This year I hope that the outcome will be different. Cancer is a nonpartisan disease, so ubiquitous that it’s impossible to imagine that there are legislators whose families have not also been touched by this scourge. It is to help all who have been affected by cancer, and those who will come after, that I now speak.

Given my position as a sitting judge still hearing cases, well-meaning friends question the wisdom of my coming out on this issue. But I recognize that fellow cancer sufferers may be unable, for a host of reasons, to give voice to our plight. It is another heartbreaking aporia in the world of cancer that the one drug that gives relief without deleterious side effects remains classified as a narcotic with no medicinal value.

Because criminalizing an effective medical technique affects the fair administration of justice, I feel obliged to speak out as both a judge and a cancer patient suffering with a fatal disease. I implore the governor and the Legislature of New York, always considered a leader among states, to join the forward and humane thinking of 16 other states and pass the medical marijuana bill this year. Medical science has not yet found a cure, but it is barbaric to deny us access to one substance that has proved to ameliorate our suffering.

Gustin L. Reichbach is a justice of the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn.