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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.

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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!

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Talk about excitement! The 7th National Patients Out of Time Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics is just around the corner!

Early registration ends April 4th! Call to reserve your spot TODAY! Seating is limited

Register TODAY! Early registration ends 4/4/12. Seating is limited!

I don’t know about you – but my flights are booked, bags are almost packed, and I feel like I am going to the MOTHER of rock concerts!

The lineup of speakers for the event is a world class roster of physicians from around the world. Please see agenda here: Patients Out of Time agenda

Makes my heart pound with excitement to have so many great minds in support of medical cannabis in one place, with DR. ANDREW WEIL no less!

I also have a video message to share from Founders of Patients Out of Time – Al Byrne and Mary Lynn Mathre.

Please view their greeting. A personal invitation 

In addition – Patients Out of Time has a new Facebook page. Please be sure to like, share, and stay tuned for news. There will be live updates from the Conference – and video too!

After speaking with Mary Lynn, I was so very pleased to hear that registrations are rolling in and the seats are filling. We have delegates from Montana, Colorado, California, and around the world! Physicians are coming from as far away as South Africa. New is spreading, and the professional world is responding.

I hope you will not feel threatened by so many physicians and nurses in one place, and see this for the wonderful opportunity it is. Patients are VERY welcome, as are business owners. These folks need to meet you, learn the challenges, share in your success.

It truly is great networking to help build our fight, and our cause.

Imagine the next time somebody tells you “there’s no medical value” and you can recite these physicians names, and findings. Refer folks to them for information. Network and build.

I hope to hear from many of you – and see you there!

We have such a great contingency coming so far…..it can only get better.

The more the merrier!

See you there! For you folks who can’t make it – stay tuned here, and on the Patients Out of Time Facebook Community Page.

We’ll keep you updated.

Walk Proud Warriors!


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.