Archive for June, 2011


It has been a whirlwind of a book tour. Got it slapped together in just under two weeks……I was SO TIRED when we got back from Breckenridge last night I was fast asleep long before 9pm. OUT COLD from sheer exhaustion (and maybe some altitude sickness – Breckenridge is HIGH!) and a great week of work and meeting folks with my dear friend.

Irvin Rosenfeld and I have been touring the Colorado Cannabis Industry for the past week. It has been amazing.

We started in Denver on Monday. Now – I do have to say….it started out sideways. I had made arrangements with a rather large outfit to schedule two days in Denver. I’m not going to get into the ugly details – as we are on the road to redemption and I don’t like to get sideways with anyone. Let’s just say – BOTH days entrusted failed…..and I pulled it out myself.

So – as Monday was shot – Irv and I went to our appointment at Greenway University. We met with Tom and got to see Chloe…..and we booked an event – In FLORIDA.

I know….right?

So….it is a ticketed educational event scheduled for West Palm Beach Florida on July 23 and 24th. I will get more details as they come – but the REALLY cool part here is – I have MY first official speaking event! MINE! Yes – Irv will be speaking too – but I have my own time slot – my own message. I will go over that in another post soon….but I am thinking it will be about what NOT to do – and kickin the culture club to the curb.

Medical Cannabis needs a facelift!

I go back to Greenway Monday morning – so will have more details. I am SO PLEASED though – to be going to Florida to educate folks. I get to go to Florida!!! CRAP it’s gonna be HOT!

Let’s get on with the tour.

Tuesday, the 14th – Irv and I were scheduled for Colorado Springs. Now….I have fallen in love with Colorado Springs I have to tell you folks. Gorgeous place – and just flat out AWESOME folks! As we drove in I was in love with the layout of the town – and it’s charm. Garden of the Gods is on my list to take Gracie to see – and the Giraffe zoo.

As we drove looking for the first appointment we were pleased to find it VERY hard to find. Even with my droid navigator! We stopped at the natural food store (next door we were to discover) and I was amused to find the clerk had no clue a dispensary was in her area.

Well…..we went BACK to the place the navigator said it was and found cars had arrived – so we got out to look.

Their sign was 5″ x 5″ big on their door……black and white – no leaf – no fluff – no hype.

“SOCO mmj” was all it said.

We met Don & Elisa there – owners of the discreet shop. They had built their business on word of mouth – and generated a dedicated clientele. In getting to know Don & Elisa – it was quite apparent they TRULY love what they are doing – and helping folks. Elisa is retired from HP – a HUGE employer in Colorado. She took her entire 401K to build this business……and a year ago the Feds nailed her for cultivation.

This wonderful, caring, HARD WORKING and dedicated woman could stand to lose EVERYTHING. Her court date is in July……

I was horrified to hear the tale….not mine to tell as of yet. I would have to have Elisa’s blessings. I will tell you this though – she is in my prayers every day now. They had scheduled Irvin early in the day – because as soon as we left – they had to go to Denver to get all employees licensed under the new program. Elisa may not get licensed – and when I return to the Springs next week – I hope to learn she was – but don’t expect to. You see – her cultivation charge she’s up against prevents her access to her OWN BUSINESS as of July 1 in Colorado.

Makes me HOPPIN MAD! Especially knowing their dreams of owning a catamaran and sailing the ocean when they retire……as they should be able to do.

We all want the proverbial “American Dream” in our own vision…..don’t we? If we work hard and do good for others we should be able to get that dream right?

One would think so…..it USED to be how it was.

Apparently the Federal Govt has a different idea…..

Next stop on the tour was MMJ supply. This shop was in kind of a strip mall – but discreet, clean, and neat – with good folks behind the counter. MMJ supply has also been a HUGE supporter of their teenage patient Chaz and his father. “I am Bill Smith” was the campaign. Chaz is a very nice young man – with a SERIOUS condition – and Cannabis is the only thing that works for him.

MMJ Supply had been working with Organna Labs out of Denver – and had some SUPER neat stealth medication vaporization items. They have the new Vape Pen by Atomis(?) – they make them – and they feature a small pen like apparatus that is an electronic vaporizer. Cartridges are manufactured by the lab and contain a specially processed honey oil – thet is delivered in metered doses. There were anywhere from 50mg doses – to 200mg.  I didn’t get to ask a TON of questions – as we were only there an hour and I learned more about the pens the next day in Denver. I suspect MMJ supply stays very in tune to stealth medication efforts to help patients such as Chaz. I mean YIKES! The kid is VERY ill with a TERRIBLE disease – and all he wants to do is be able to go to school and be as “normal” as possible……..

As we left MMJ Supply – Tanya Garduno pulled up in her car. I had met her the previous Saturday at the Cannabis Expo in Colorado Springs they held – where Mike Hyde spoke.

Yes – the Hyde Tribe was in Colorado. I love those guys – and will drive anywhere to hug each and every one of them.

Anyways….Tanya Garduno is the President of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council (CSMCC) – and I am telling you folks – we need to CLONE HER and have one in EVERY TOWN. Amazing amazing woman – who has done GREAT proactive work in the Springs. Talking about Tanya and her accomplishments is a story for Colorado Connect.

Tanya let us know dinner at the Ritz was on for sure – and greeted us ever so warmly. We had a tight schedule and had to scurry on – but it was good to touch base at the beginning of a long day with a familiar face and voice.

Briargate Wellness Center – was a good stop again. Nice place and discreet – good folks. Love their logo – very classy – with no leaf – promoting health and wellness. Many folks in Colorado have cossed over into holistics and herbology – which is good to see. Chemicals are never good.

Strawberry Fields was next on the stop – a small house converted into a shop – cute and quaint. Met a super neat man there – a client of Strawberry Fields – who had his life changed by cannabis. I hope to have Bud’s patient story in Colorado Connect -as it is compelling – and he is a lifelong resident of the area. He is SO HAPPY and feeling better in his life now. Absolutely heartwarming to hear these stories. The staff at Strawberry Fields were exceptional – and they run a nice shop. We also met Jessica from Vibrant Health here. Jessica was a pleasure to spend time with and had quite a wealth of knowledge.

Our last stop was Provenance care – and we had a good time there. The owner and Irvin had a lot in common – and with two Erik’s – it was a challenge. Spunky, smart, educated staff – with a big hospital patient base – and a clean scene. Folks really striving to do what is best for their patients – and the industry.

Now…..I cannot say I liked one better than the other here – I am simply trying to detail out what I experienced through my eyes. Irvin and I were BOTH very impressed with all the places we went to this day – and Colorado Springs has a GREAT cannabis Community – who work together to protect their patients.

THAT to me is the best part…..the unity of their community and protecting patients. Each and every one brings their own “special touch” to the table – and it is valuable to the patients and their needs.

It was a great day -and I will get to the rest of them here directly……watch for Part II.

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Senator Essman

Thank you for taking the time to talk with me yesterday. We covered quite a bit of ground in 15 minutes.

As we spoke about – I promised to send an article regarding advertising and Federal ruling re: medical marijuana.

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/a/mjadsupheld.htm

I also found more information regarding the constitutionality of the infringement upon patients rights in medical cannabis states by attempting to repeal medical cannabis laws and reduce safe access to patients:

http://www.totalinjury.com/news/articles/major-injury-news-events/medical-marijuana-movement-milestone.aspx

I sincerely hope you will take the time to read them.

Also – Senator – I have to bring one more story to light for you here – as it was the birthstone for my education in medical cannabis – and where I am grounded. It is a wonderful tale told by a Grand storyteller to the California Judges Association in 1995 at their annual conference.

If you take the time to read ANY story on any link I have presented here – this one would be the most important link to click:

http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/history/whiteb1.htm

Please pay close attention to this section – as I feel we have repeated history…..

“The first group of states to have marijuana laws in that part of the century were Rocky Mountain and southwestern states. By that, I mean Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana. You didn’t have to go anywhere but to the legislative records to find out what had motivated those marijuana laws. The only thing you need to know to understand the early marijuana laws in the southwest and Rocky Mountain areas of this country is to know, that in the period just after 1914, into all of those areas was a substantial migration of Mexicans. They had come across the border in search of better economic conditions, they worked heavily as rural laborers, beet field workers, cotton pickers, things of that sort. And with them, they had brought marijuana.

Basically, none of the white people in these states knew anything about marijuana, and I make a distinction between white people and Mexicans to reflect a distinction that any
legislator in one of these states at the time would have made. And all you had to do to find out what motivated the marijuana laws in the Rocky mountain and southwestern
states was to go to the legislative records themselves. Probably the best single statement was the statement of a proponent of Texas first marijuana law. He said on the floor of the
Texas Senate, and I quote, “All Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff (referring to marijuana) is what makes them crazy.” Or, as the proponent of Montana’s first marijuana law said,
(and imagine this on the floor of the state legislature) and I quote, “Give one of these Mexican beet field workers a couple of puffs on a marijuana cigarette and he thinks he is in the bullring at Barcelona.”

Well, there it was, you didn’t have to look another foot as you went from state to state right on the floor of the state legislature. And so what was the genesis for the early state
marijuana laws in the Rocky Mountain and southwestern areas of this country? It wasn’t hostility to the drug, it was hostility to the newly arrived Mexican community that used it.”

During and post 62nd Legislative Session – I have to state here and now – especially after Representative Howard’s “scourge” statement: History has repeated itself – it’s just the “community” has changed.

The views are STILL the same…..

Here’s a refresher of Rep. Howard’s statement:

Feel free to visit my channel ANYTIME….I have over 500 videos from session.

My Senate example of Democratic Party standing up for my personal rights and freedom to treat myself:

Re: Howard and his “credentials” and medical cannabis being such a killer drug……answer me this please:

What about Irvin Rosenfeld? He has been smoking it for almost 40 years! That 58 year old man looks younger than BOTH you and I – and is probably healthier! Cannabis is all Irvin has used to manage his pain for over 18 years. AND – you and I have been paying for Cannabis at a FEDERAL level for 33 years now….the IND program has been in place THAT long.

http://www.mymedicinethebook.com

And regarding this past session and that particular video – I have another question I did not get to ask you on the phone. I will have you know Senator – I have been conservative ALL of my voting career. I began voting in Helena Montana when I turned 18 – my birthday usually falls on election day. My party and my values have been VERY IMPORTANT to me residing in Montana for 34 of my 44 years.

I was QUITE appalled to witness this session a complete reversal of party values on BOTH the House and Senate Floors……

I’ll just SHOW you:

Ellie Hill – VEHEMENTLY defending patients rights and freedoms. Personal liberties – and an INITIATIVE:

Mind you – she is a FRESHMAN! The Freshman Democrats KICKED the conservative parties butts this session – and defended our Constitution in a manner to be respected and honored. I was as horrified this session watching my OWN PARTY shat upon the Constitution as I was watching Jason Christ shat upon Montana’s Initiative, and abuse and extort it.

WHY did the Democrats – FRESHMAN no less – wipe the floor with my beloved party? WHY did this past session have a 15% approval rating? WHY did the Governor break LANDMARK records in vetoes this year? Are you folks SERIOUSLY proud of the work done with a 15% approval rating?!

If you had a staff member who made a 15% approval rating on a performance appraisal given by your company – would they still be employed?

I would really appreciate answers to these questions…….

I don’t imagine you got to watch a lot of testimony over Session – so I would like you to meet Daniel Decker. It was quite a challenge for him to make it that day to testify and wait so long in the halls. I hope you take the time to listen to him:

I heard about your meeting Wednesday, and I was sorry I missed it. Heard it was a humdinger.

I will be chasing down a copy of the video made there – and hosting it on my YouTube channel if they want me to – or I will help them host it – and go viral……heard it was a 3.5 stars out of 4 on the viewing “must see” scale.

I also owe you one more thank you Jeff…..bless your little heart.

Thanks for the TIP re: my magazine.

Over the next few weeks – Montana Connect will be metamorphosing…….

I won’t have to “walk around a corner” to conduct my business as you want the caregivers to do.

Montana Connect is now a Political publication – and I owe it all to you…..GREAT tip!

I can sell it STRAIGHT too – no bullshit games.

Figures……..a politician would suggest I walk funny……..and bend the law.

What in the hell does THAT say?

My first FEATURE story is in outline form – but I figured I should share it with you – as it features you….in a way.

It’s titled: “The Scarlet Letter”

and it’s image will be this

MAC's

Grown in your honor in your own District…….enjoy!

It’s a political LEGACY!

Nice talkin to you Jeff….

Hiedi Handford
Montana Connect Magazine
Bringing Integrity & Credibility to Montana’s Politics from here on out…..at least in MY magazine!

I edited and added this 2 hours later – when I saw it on Facebook. Whoever did it – if you want credit – speak up!

AWESOME! The “A” fits so……WELL!

Appropriate "A" placement!