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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!


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!


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.


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!

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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.


First – a message from Irvin Rosenfeld. To quote:

To all my friends in Montana:
Didn’t you learn anything from what just took place in your state?
70%-80% of the people in the United States are in favor of Medical use of Cannabis and you still almost lost your law.
40%-55% are in favor of legalization of Marijuana.
Protect what you already have.
Our president is changing his stance and not living up to what he promised. What happens if he loses in 2012 and we have a total backlash against all use of Cannabis, even medical?
I have been around this issue for 40 years. In my opinion, talk of legalization and support of the social culture is only going to keep hurting the Medical use as the country is starting to lean the other way. It is too easy for our opposition to hold up an ad telling people how to pass a piss test and say “This is what legalization causes.”
Decrim is one thing, trying to shove legalization in the face of our opposition without a decrim law makes no sense.
While legalization would allow all patients to have their medicine, as a nation we are not there yet, however
Patients are Out of Time.
signed,
Irvin Rosenfeld, the longest surviving Federal Cannabis Patient and an adopted Montanan.
The woodpecker to me is the legalization effort and “Culture Club” effect on the Medical Cannabis ship – and in my opinion it’s gonna SINK if it keeps up.
I have always agreed with Irvin on this view.
One thing folks seem to forget, as we get so casual in our Medical Cannabis,
THIS IS STILL A SCHEDULE I DRUG!
Until it is re-scheduled – we have NO business stumping for legalization. It’s just TOO much for the general population to absorb. Re-scheduling should be the focused effort – and decriminalization.
The Federal Government has reversed its stance. Barack Obama has backed up a step or TEN – and the idea of the Holder memo protection is hereby GONE.
Many of the previous Caregivers I have been in touch with will NOT re-register to become a Provider under the new law. I can’t really blame them for that…..as all of their information will be handed to law enforcement on October 1, 2011 under the new law. Unless we get all of our signatures of course. Until then – times are frightening. After the past legislative session it is QUITE apparent that law enforcement is NOT on our side.
Quite the opposite in my opinion. We are viewed as potheads and criminals.
So….as of July 1, 2011 – we have the Judges ruling – and the referendum is under way.
We also have a SERIOUS lack of providers – and 30,000 patients out there – with no provider to care for them.
I have come up with a solution to help folks – as I feel I am in a position to do it.
First – I have NEVER been a caregiver – EVER. I respect the HELL out of the brave souls and warriors – but it was never my place – not my niche in this industry.
I consider it my job to attempt to protect – and promote Caregivers. Right now – PROTECTION is the priority – and safe patient access.
I am also in a position NO OTHER magazine in Montana can be in. Not just a Trade publication – but my NOT caregiving makes me NO competition for ANY of you. The other 2 magazines in Montana are not only Culture magazines – but they are owned and/or managed by Caregivers.
Now – this is not said to imply any foul play – just the facts. They simply cannot offer what I am about to offer – as the Feds could come and get THEM at any time they saw fit. All of their records would be exposed to the Federal Govt if they came and got the other caregiver magazine owners.
As I have NEVER been a caregiver – there are no records to go after retroactively. They have NO reason to even come and get me. I own a MAGAZINE and I am a patient – and under the new law, as I have declared a provider – I don’t even grow.
Here is what Montana Connect can do for YOU Caregivers – to add an extra layer to attempt protect you from this heinous bill in heinous times.
I will offer this to my advertisers – an extra layer of protection for the same price. You can still post an ad – and promote yourselves (most likely sans garden names) and on said ad – will be a contact code for the patient to use. They will contact ME via cell or internet – and I can pre-qualify patients – and direct them to you folks. This gives you a buffer – and I can screen folks. If it’s a sketchy call or law enforcement – I can help weed them out – and attempt to PROTECT caregivers without any of you being under threat of the Feds finding locations and coming after folks. They have made their intent known.
Without the Caregivers (or Providers – under SB423) – the patients have nothing.
We must work to protect and help all.
If you have a better idea – fly it by me. Anything to help.
In addition – patients have responded very positively to Montana Connect – and have loved the content and educational aspect. Montana Connect will continue to ALWAYS have 60% content vs 40% advertising.  I will NEVER sacrifice that.
Another thing we are doing here is building a strong medical community – where we can share science and stories – conduct peer review. Bring credibility and Integrity to medical cannabis – it is desperately needed.
I wish I could tempt folks with deeply cut advertising rates for attending events, or sponsorship of a group, but I simply cannot. If I were to do that – Montana Connect would become all ads – and no content. I cannot do that with my publication – will NEVER do that. The ad rates are structured to support the content.
I’m here for you folks – and I believe you will see from my history that I have never wanted anything more than to help folks and promote this industry I love. I have paid dearly for that since legislative session started – as I gave up my garden to stay on the hill – and by the time we needed to print again – SB423 had essentially put the brakes on EVERYTHING.
So folks – I am asking for your support – and in turn – I will do anything and EVERYTHING to support and help all of you.
Patients – if you love Montana Connect – encourage others to read and subscribe. Give copies to your providers.
Providers – even if you don’t need new patients now – help provide a voice. Keep Montana Connect out there – and have a voice yourself! Ads don’t have to promote your business – you can state opinion too. Within reason of course – we can’t be libelous or anything…..
Another advantage Montana Connect has over all other publications is feedback, stories, and guidance from Irvin Rosenfeld, the longest surviving Federal Medical Cannabis Patient. Irvin has been involved in the movement for 40+ years – and has a wealth of knowledge to share. He also lends quite a bit of credibility to our cause.
NO other publications have that.
I look forward to your response to this – and hope to have an issue out mid-August. I have ALL of my livlihood tied into this magazine – and I am not financed by out of state money.
It’s me….and I am here to help you as much as I can – in any way I can.
You matter to me……and it’s much more than dollars and cents.
Let’s build this folks…….Mike and Cashy Hyde are on the cover of the next issue. Let’s get it OUT there!
Call me at 406-594-7932 for ad rates or e-mail me at montanaconnect@gmail.com
I look forward to hearing from you!
Walk PROUD Warriors!
Hiedi

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!


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PLEASE pass on as you see fit – and share your experiences on blog if you wish…..I have heard some pretty comical call recollections!

Also – when we share what we have said – it may help others to frame what they wish to say…..give them some “ammo” – or expound on something you may have started.

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more cut and paste of all the current news. as before, there’s a lot of ground covered here, so read it all or you might miss something good. questions? you can get a hold of me

monica

333-2622

ccofmt@gmail.com

keep up with the lawsuit and other MMJ happenings and to donate to the cause

http://www.mtcia.org/

MMJ complaint department

Jeff Essman, author of SB 423 (406)534-3345 or email jessmann@mt.gov

Perhaps we should publicly suggest that patients wondering what to do now that their Caregivers are going out of business and they cannot grow for themselves, contact Senator Essmann directly at the contact info above to inquire from him in his infinite wisdom what they should do.

US Attorney’s office Victoria “Tori” Francis 406-247-4633

Attorney General of Montana Steve Bullock phone: (406) 444-2026 Fax: (406) 444-3549 Email: contactdoj@mt.gov

MTCIA fundraisers

Lots of fundraisers coming up. Informative speakers, bands, mingling, and grown up drinks for those who attend. These are a great way to meet other warriors in your area and raise money for the fight. Look to see if one is coming to a town near you. I’ve attached the flyer for the Bozeman mixer. Please feel free to print and distribute.

Booths and banners are available.

For more info on the booths, banners, volunteering to help, whatever, call Ed 261-9535 or email him ed.tamarack@gmail.com

Bozeman

When: Friday, June 3rd

7pm-10pm

Where: Eagles club next to the Nova

316 E. Main St Bozeman

Helena

When: Saturday, June 4th

7pm-10pm

Where: F.O.E.

801 N. Fee St. Helena

Kalispell

When: Saturdy, June 11

7pm-10pm

Where: F.O.E.

37 1st St. W.

Kalispell 59901

BILLINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO BAN ALL STOREFRONTS IN BILLINGS

When: Monday, June 13th

Link to agenda: http://mt-billings.civicplus.com/archives/37/SUMMARY_05_23_2011.pdf

Billing’s city council is meeting to decide whether to completely ban all storefronts in city limits. Show up and let them know what you think.

A NOTE FROM ED…LOOKS WHO’S RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR!

Senator Wanzenried is running for Governor he stood up for us and now we need to stand up for him. I have spent many hours talking to Dave on the topic of medical marijuana and I am convinced he is the only gubernatorial candidate that fully supports us. Dave was the first Senator to sponsor the amendments to sb423 and a true friend.  I am asking everyone to forward this email if we can get $10.00 out of a couple thousand supporters we can greatly help his run for office. This man is dedicated to the rights of Montanans, I will donate my $10.00 now here http://wanz2012.com/

and go “like” Dave for governor on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-Wanzenried-for-Governor-of-Montana-2012/203448116354832

JEFF ESSMAN’S EDITORIAL AND KATE CHOLEWA’S RESPONSE

Essman’s editorial

http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/article_55667bfd-6ccd-53cd-a884-656352eb80ba.html?mode=story

Kate’s response

http://www.mtcia.org/2011/05/montana-medical-marijuana-advocates-slam-sen-essmanns-editorial-as-fantasy/

LAWSUIT

New info on the timeline for the lawsuit

http://www.mtcia.org/2011/05/sb-423-lawsuit-update-timeline/

REFERENDUM

link to an update on the referendum petition

http://www.mtcia.org/referendum/

We cannot gather signatures yet. It is a legal process, which is
unlikely to be complete before June. Sit tight, the delay is absolutely
unavoidable. However, what we can do now…

Organize Volunteer Signature Gatherers

We need a small army organized in the next 2 weeks and we still need another 500 volunteers. If you think you can gather 20+ signatures, please step up by emailing your name, city/county and phone number to petition@mtcia.org

YOU CAN’T SIGN THE REFERENDUM IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE!!!double check that you are registered to vote and that all information is correct. your signature can be disqualified for a wrong address, misspelled name, etc.

http://sos.mt.gov/Elections/Vote/index.asp

Lisa Kimmet, Deputy

Elections and
Government Services

P.O. Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620-2801

(406) 444-4732
(888) 884-8683 (VOTE)

Fax (406) 444-2023

RAIDS

IF YOU HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT POLICE ACTIVITY AGAINST THOSE INVOLVED W/ CANNABIS, CONTACT ME! STAND PEACEFULLY BY, OBSERVE, REPORT, SUPPORT!

or even better, sign up for ASA’s raid response and/or text alert and give them a call. Also a good idea to call MT NORML, post on facebook, whatever. Just get the word out! We need to be standing together in HUGE numbers that they can’t ignore.

FEDERAL CANNABIS BILLS! CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL THEM TO SUPPORT!

https://secure2.convio.net/mpp/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=929&JServSessionIdr004=regu31lf14.app207b

PATIENT CARDS

Things seem to be changing daily at DPHHS. Keep checking the site to stay up to date.

http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/medicalmarijuana/

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 I’ll be blogging soon about my adventures…..been pretty busy!

Well……DPHHS finally released their FAQ re: SB423

PLEASE folks – do NOT attack them! In my opinion – they are victims too……

If you want to take it out on anyone – let your elected officials who voted FOR it HAVE it! Be sure you check to see who voted how on the Legislative website  – search for HB 161 (Milburn’s repeal bill) AND SB 423 (Essman’s lil lovely the Gov let pass -and cause of many puckered butts and bugged eyes across our great state). AND – be sure to look at ALL of their voting history on these bills – not just the final votes……it’s a strategy game – and the rely on folks being lazy and seeking just the final answer. Please SHARE any efforts you have here on blogpost so folks are not doubling efforts.

If in question as to WHO to thank – and who to never elect again – visit Votesmart.org and punch in your zip code.

You can also visit Montana Drug Policy’s Site. Spend some time here – and contribute what you can – this will be all inclusive come next elections. Get familiar with it – so you can share with others. Also watch for YouTube videos from my channel to be posted with reps as we all find time (Yeah….RIGHT!) to add more as we go……I hope to add all Marijuana legislation for Montana I can to my YouTube Channel.

PLEASE – also – keep in mind – injunctions are being filed to stop law.

So – let’s take a look at this lil lovely and break down the FAQ…..My comments will be in RED of course – as it makes me RED MAD!

Here we go:

There are important changes to the Montana Medical Marijuana Program that will affect you.
These frequently asked questions (FAQs) will provide answers to questions
about the new law and the transition to the new program.
DEFINITIONS:
1.
Marijuana Infused Products Provider (MIP Provider): Means a Montana resident who meets the requirements of the law, and who has applied for and received a registry ID card to manufacture and provide marijuana-infused products for a registered cardholder.
2.
Provider: Means a Montana resident, 18 years or older, who is authorized by the department to assist a registered cardholder (as allowed by law) to obtain medical marijuana.
3.
Registered cardholder: Means a Montana resident with a debilitating medical condition who has received and maintains a valid registry ID card.
4.
Resident: A person who meets the requirements of the law and who does not claim residency in another state or country for any purposes. An absentee property owner who pays property tax in Montana is not resident.
5.
2nd Degree of Kinship (by blood or marriage): Means a mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, spouse, grandparent, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandparent-in-law, grandchild-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepsister, stepson, stepdaughter, stepgrandparent or stepgrandchild.
6.
Seedling: A marijuana plant that has no flowers and is less than 12 inches in height and 12 inches in diameter.
PATIENTS:
1.
Is the medical marijuana program still issuing cards? Yes. The department will continue to accept new and renewal applications on the current forms until June 20, 2011. New forms will be available on the website by June 20, 2011.
2.
When the new laws take effect, is my card still going to be valid? Yes, Current patient cards will remain valid and will expire on the expiration date printed on the card. Under the new law, cardholders must carry their registry card with them at all times, along with a picture ID. All current caregiver cards will become invalid on July 1, 2011.
3.
Can I renew my card early? Patients can renew their card up to 30 days before the expiration date printed on the card. This means patients can renew early if the expiration date is on or before July 20, 2011 and the renewal form is received by the department by June 20.
4.
Instead of waiting for my renewal, can I pay $25 and get a new card? No. If a patient sends a new application packet but has a current, unexpired, enrollment the application materials will be returned to the patient.
5.
I am not a Montana resident; can I still get a card? No. Individuals must be a Montana resident to apply to be a registered patient or a provider. The new application will require a Montana driver’s license or state issued ID card.
6.
When the new law takes effect, can I keep my caregiver? Effective July 1, 2011 patients will no longer be assigned to the caregiver they have now. Patients will have two options to get their medical marijuana:
a.
Patients can begin to grow their own medical marijuana.
b.
Patient’s can find a person willing to serve as a registered provider to grow and provide marijuana to them for free.  GOOD LUCK! How may I ask? Advertising was killed too!
i. If a patient names a provider, the patient can no longer grow their own marijuana. So you better be good at it, have the TIME to grow it (life expectancy or work schedule if so blessed to be able to work), and all the resources and knowledge AT HAND.
7.
Where can I get materials and marijuana seeds or cuttings to get started? The department does not have information about growing marijuana, but recommends using the internet, family and friends as resources to find information. EVEN THOUGH providors are not allowed to advertise – and who could afford to anyway? GREAT WAY to shut up a political or educational voice……So much for Freedom of Speech!
8.
Can I have the same number of plants as I do now? No. Effective July 1, 2011, patients will be limited to 12 seedlings (<12”), 4 mature flowering plants, and 1 ounce of usable marijuana. If patients assign a provider, they cannot grow for themselves.
9.
Can I keep my card if I have a chronic pain diagnosis?
a.
All current patient cards remain in effect until the expiration date printed on the card.
b.
Upon renewal, if a patient has a diagnosis of chronic pain, the patient’s doctor must state that the pain is persistent and severe and can be proven by necessary and relevant x-ray, MRI or other diagnostics; OR.
c.
A second physician may confirm the chronic pain diagnosis, after performing a physical exam if the patient’s first physician did not order diagnostic testing.
10.
If my spouse and I are both patients, can we both grow marijuana in our home? Patients cannot grow marijuana or produce marijuana infused products at a location that is shared with, rented to or leased by another cardholder, unless individuals are related by the second degree of kinship. For example:
a.
A husband and wife, who are both patients, can grow for themselves in a home they share.
b.
Roommates who are both patients, but are not related, cannot grow for themselves in the home they share. SEE THAT ONE? Multiplies grows like RABBITS – IF so lucky to qualify…….
11.
If I grow my own marijuana, do I need to have a background check? Will my name be on a list given to law enforcement? No. If patients are growing medical marijuana for their use only, they do not need to have a background check and their name and address will not be on a list given to law enforcement. BAIT – Better to be a Patient – than a Providor…..by gosh – that thar providor has just GOT to be a ROTTEN person if they go so far as to pay all the wicked new fees and do it all for FREE!
12.
My minor child is on the registry, will his/her card still be valid under the new law? Yes, the card will be valid until the expiration date. The new requirements for minors take effect on July 1, 2011. If you renew your child’s card after June 20, 2011, it will be under the new program – and good luck with that……it’ll be hard enough to find a Dr for an ADULT nonetheless a child……
13.
Do I need to sign up as a provider in order to be the marijuana infused products (MIP) provider for my child? Yes. You will need to submit a provider application packet and an application fee to the department to become a MIP provider for your minor child. See the provider section for more information. OH – just WAIT….it’s lurking below – waiting to make you vomit…….
14.
Does the new law require two physician recommendations for a minor child? Yes, upon renewal (or for a new application submitted after June 20, 2011) minors must have a recommendation from two physicians in order to be on the registry.
CAREGIVERS:
1.
When do the new rules for caregivers take effect? July 1, 2011, caregiver’s cards will no longer be valid so they can no longer sell medical marijuana to patients. Individuals must register with the department as a provider if they wish to provide marijuana to patients. And the hunt for the scourge will ensure – the “cleansing” as it was called……
2.
Do I need to destroy my plants? If caregivers do not register as a provider under the new rules by June 30, 2011, they must take plants and any other medical marijuana products to local law enforcement. If the caregiver is also a registered patient, they may keep 12 seedlings (<12”), 4 mature flowering plants, and 1 ounce of usable marijuana for themselves. Lol…….I don’t think local law enforcement has a CLUE about this. Ol Sheriff Dutton just last Tuesday May 10, 2011 asked me how this lil bill affected him. I didn’t realize they were having local law enforcement receive it all……..Ol Sheriff Dutton is gonna take a week to poke HIS eyeballs back in his noggin!
3.
How many patients can I serve under the new law? Providers are limited to serving no more than two other patients, if the provider is also a registered patient. Providers who are not patients can provide medical marijuana for up to three other people. Ahem…..for….FREE!
4.
Can I be a provider and a marijuana infused products provider? Yes, however registered providers who are also marijuana infused products providers are still limited to serving only three patients, or two if they are also a patient. For FREE with EXTRA rules to kick you in the teeth!
5.
How do I sign up to be a provider? If I am INSANE enough to want to In order to become a provider, individuals must first be named by a patient, as their provider, on the patient’s application. Individuals who are named by a patient must submit an application packet to the department along with a check or money order for the amount of the fee. The provider application now requires a fingerprint background check.
a.
New fee information and a new provider application will be available on the department’s website by June 20, 2011
b.
Until October 1, 2011, individuals can register to be providers without submitting the fingerprint background check.
c.
All registered providers must have submitted their fingerprints to the department by October 1, 2011. WTH does b and c mean? UNTIL Oct 1 you can register without fingerprint background check – but you must have submitted your fingerprints BY October 1, 2011 if you are registered?
d.
The proper forms and the procedures needed to submit fingerprints to the Department will be posted on the website before July 1, 2011.
e.
After October 1, 2011, providers must pass a fingerprint background check before becoming a registered provider.
6.
What are the limitations for being a provider? Approval as a provider will not be granted if there are any drug convictions (felony or misdemeanor) or any other felony conviction in the applicant’s background history. Providers must also attest on the application that they:
a.
Do not owe any back taxes, interest, penalties or judgments to any government agency;
b.
Are not in default on a student loan;
c.
Have not failed to pay child support. YIKES! I bet folks were PAYING these very same debts BEFORE this bill!
7.
What can I charge for serving as a patient’s provider? Providers cannot accept anything of value, including money, from patients for their medical marijuana. There are two exceptions. If the provider is submitting the patient’s application paperwork to the department, they can be reimbursed by the patient for the registration or renewal fee. The provider can also be reimbursed, by the patient, for the provider’s registration fee. AND – I bet you had better document that with a TRIPLICATE form – notarized by the Governors staff……
8.
What about a provider’s initial start up costs for lights and materials; or the cost of production such as potting materials, nutrients, or the electrical costs? Providers cannot accept anything of value, including money, from patients for any costs associated with the production of medical marijuana. – NADA – NOTHING – ZIP – ZERO – ZILCH
9.
Are there special rules or considerations specifically for Marijuana infused product providers? Yes. Marijuana infused products providers must use dedicated cookware used only for producing marijuana infused products. The cookware cannot be used for general household cooking and is subject to local health department food preparation rules. OH – and just WAIT til you get a load of THOSE rules…….for folks SO OPPOSED to smoking – they sure made it IMPOSSIBLE to do anything BUT! IF you can get it that is…..IF you can qualify…….IF it’s even worth some folks time and trouble……
10.
Are there limitations in the law on where a provider may grow marijuana or manufacture infused products? Yes. Providers cannot grow marijuana or produce marijuana infused products at a location that is shared with, rented to, or leased by, another provider or another registered cardholder. This means a provider cannot grow marijuana in a home that is shared by the provider and a patient. However, patients who live together can grow for themselves in a home they share if they are related by the second degree of kinship. For example:
a.
A husband who has been named and approved as a provider cannot grow in a home shared with his wife, if she is also a registered cardholder. – So what? Divorce?
b.
Both husband and wife could grow for themselves in a home they share if neither is a registered provider and are both registered patients. Ah! That’s it……so much for being able to help OTHER family members! For FREE no less!
11.
What are registered providers’s growing limitations? Providers will be limited to 12 seedlings (<12”), 4 mature flowering plants, and 1 ounce of usable marijuana in possession per approved patient.
15. Where can I get materials and marijuana seeds or cuttings to get started? The department does not have information about growing marijuana, but recommends using the internet, family and friends as resources to find information. Yeah….it was all DESTROYED in July – all the science – quality – safety – and high CBD strains. Might as well find yourself some mexican schwag….it’s all that will be available. Hope you live through unknown grow procedures – imported from Mexico!
12.
Will my name or address be on a list given to the police? Local law enforcement will be notified of the names and grow locations of providers. The location will be subject to unannounced inspection during normal business hours. Woo-Hoo! Bet ol Mark Long and Mike Batista had a BIG hand in THAT one! Bring in the FEDS! We need MONEY! Oh – wait – it’ll be free – so – they’ll need weed. Gotta feed the hypocrisy we ALL know exists!
13.
Do I need to keep records even if I am not making any profit? Providers must keep records of all transactions with cardholders. This record is subject to inspection by law enforcement and the Department of Health and Human Services. EVEN IF you are too poor to keep them because you had to use your last scrap of paper to wipe your ass!
14.
Do I have to pay to be a provider? There will be a fee to register with the department as a provider. This fee must cover the cost of handling the application and the fingerprint background check. Information about new fees will be on the medical marijuana website by June 20, 2011. Guesstimated to be approximately $500/year. Don’t quote me on that….it’s a guesstimate……
15.
Can I advertise to let people know I am willing to be a provider? Advertising of any kind (including electronic media) is prohibited, effective on the bill’s passage. HA! So much for that Internet recommendation eh? OH – what about my Freedom of Speech? Isn’t that a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT? What about Education? OH – WAIT – Thaaaaaaat’s RIGHT – we don’t WANT you to be educated in Montana!
PHYSICIANS:
1.
When do the new rules for physicians take effect? The new requirements for physician’s statements take effect on July 1, 2011. However, the department will stop taking new applications with old physician’s statements on June 20. If a patient cannot reasonably expect to submit their paperwork to the department by June 20, the patient will need to submit the new doctor’s statement and will be subject to the new requirements. New forms will be available on this website by June 20, 2011.
2.
What about my current patients, who I have written recommendations for? Current patient cards will expire on the date printed on the current registry ID card.
3.
Have the debilitating conditions, for which I can recommend medical marijuana for my patients changed? There are several more debilitating conditions for which you can recommend medical marijuana. The full list is:
a.
Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immune deficiency syndrome when the condition or disease results in symptoms that seriously and adversely affect the patient’s health status.
b.
Cachexia or wasting syndrome
c.
Severe, chronic pain that is persistent pain of severe intensity that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient’s treating physician
d.
Intractable nausea or vomiting
e.
Epilepsy or intractable seizure disorder
f.
Multiple sclerosis
g.
Chron’s Disease
h.
Painful peripheral neuropathy
i.
A central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms.
j.
Admittance into hospice care
4.
Are there new requirements for the chronic pain diagnosis? Yes. There are two options for
certifying a chronic pain diagnosis:
a.
The physician must attest (on the new doctor’s statement) that the patient’s pain is persistent and severe and can be proven by relevant and necessary diagnostic tests such as X-Ray, CT scan, or MRI. OR;
b.
A second physician, after conducting a physical examination of the patient, is required to confirm the chronic pain diagnosis; if the primary care physician has not completed the relevant and necessary diagnostic testing.
5.
Will there be a cost associated with a physician’s practice for making patient recommendations? There will only be a cost to the physician if the physician is reviewed by the Board of Medical Examiners (BoME). The physician will be reviewed by the BoME if the physician certified twenty-five or more patients to use medical marijuana in a twelve month period. To the tune of $1,000 – is that PER 25 patients – or is the 25 patients a one-time thing?
6.
Who do I contact at the state for information about the review of my practice? Contact Board of Medical Examiners at http://bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/med_board/board_page.asp or 406-8412393. Self Policing???
7.
When will patient forms change? Where will I find the new department physician forms? New forms for physicians, patients and providers will be on the Department website by June 20, 2011.
This document is only a summary and is not a legal opinion. Interested persons are encouraged to read SB423 in its entirety.

Yes – only a summary folks…….but the most pertinent things are exposed.

The tender underbelly of Medical Cannabis patients across Montana – present and future……if there will ever BE any future patients under this law…….

Time to kick ass folks………