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Well folks – it’s that time again!

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

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

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

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

FIRST

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please see the Ballot Issues segment HERE

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

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

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

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

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

Yup – Hiedi has a face for radio! 😉

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

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

BOTH were found NOT GUILTY

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

WE HAVE TO!

So…..here’s what is going on:

FIRST

Sign this petition!

SIGN THE PETITION

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

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

IN THE MEANTIME

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

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

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

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

MONTANA PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS NEED TO STAND UP!

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

CLICK HERE TO JOIN

Please read about Chris Williams HERE

PLEASE COME

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

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My Birthday is November 2nd

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

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

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

Please come help me answer questions from confused voters.

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

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

PLEASE Join me folks!

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

Please meet Lets Connect USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s Connect!


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

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

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

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

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

Well…..No……I don’t.

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

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

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

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

The crickets are still chirping.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hold them accountable.

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

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

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

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

Lets take back our voice.

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

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

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

Ask him yourself. See what he says.

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

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

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

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

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

Under CRIME – NOT healthcare.

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

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

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

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

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

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

As they should be doing.

Pay attention voters – this one MATTERS.

NO MORE BAT CRAP CRAZY in Montana!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Howard exposed on Intelligent Discontent – Thank you Pogie!

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

Maybe.

Stay on em and Walk Proud!

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


This is what it’s all about.

Welcome to the front lines of Cancer treatment.

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

Please meet Cash Michael Hyde.

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

The Hyde Family – Mike, Kalli, Colton and Cashy

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

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

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

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

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

May 10, 2010 recovering from brain surgery

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

Cashy was started on chemotherapy.

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

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

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

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

Slowly, Cashy regained his vision.

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

Poor lil blind kid…..
June 2, 2010

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

This is where things got really ugly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 12, 2012

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

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

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

April 6, 2011 Cancer FREE
Cancer Fears Me!

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

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

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

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

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

In July Cashy was still cancer free.

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

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

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

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

The Hydes and Tommy Chong

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

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

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

Shall we talk about medical bills?

Nah….I’m sure you get my drift.

Back to Cashy’s story……..

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

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

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

Radiation mask

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

June 2011 Cashy gets his oil

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

As far as cancer treatment?

He ROCKED it!

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

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

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

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

Celebrating tumor shrinkage 12-29-2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We still have a long way to go.

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

Griz Nation Loves Cashy

I sincerely believe that.

That’s not the problem.

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

Period.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please respect the patient.

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

Which team are you on?

Me?

Team Cashy…..until I die.

I hope you will join us in our fight.

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

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

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

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

Love you Cashy!!!

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

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

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

I bet it’s GONE…..or danged close.

Stay tuned and find out.

 

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

 

** Note from Hiedi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


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!


Montana Connect has been championing children since it’s inception.

Please meet the first child featured in Montana Connect.

Meet Joey, and his amazing mother Mieko Hester Perez.

The Unconditional Foundation for Autism

Joey and Mieko Jan 2012

It wasn’t always smiles when I met this family 2+ years ago. It was pretty dismal actually.

Joey was at least 50 pounds lighter than he is now, emaciated, and withdrawn into his lil autistic world. He had not been eating, and Mieko discovered Cannabis, and started her fight. Please be sure to visit the foundation website for the entire story.

Mieko was a very determined mother who had never had anything to do with Cannabis. EVER. She worked in the legal profession, her family had law enforcement ties.

Cannabis was Taboo.

When a child is on the verge of dying, parents will do ANYTHING to save their child. Mieko had found herself in this position, and Joey is alive today because of a Mother’s determination.

In turn, the immersion of Mieko into the California medical cannabis community had it’s own challenges. On top of a full time job and a kid with autism, Mieko had an infant and a teenager in the house. Challenges presented themselves daily, if not hourly on some days, and Mieko battled through.

It has been a LONG haul, and I must say, I am very privileged to have had the glimpse into Mieko’s life I have had. It has been a very rewarding experience, one to be cherished for a lifetime.

Watching Joey – MAN – what a miracle. Visit the foundation site – go see for yourself. That young man was on the brink of death……

Today? Joey has gained over 50 pounds and eats foods he never experienced before. He has come out of his autistic “world” and interacts – smiles – and plays with his siblings.

Mieko – she battles on, protecting her children, and advocating for others. Always helping, always supportive for the parents who reach out.

Some may not like her advice, but rest assured, she speaks from experience. She has seen it all, and survived.

Survived and fought so Joey can have LIFE.

Isn’t that what it’s all about?

Please keep up with her story here: Mieko’s blog – a Mother’s Tale of Advocacy

Make it a point to share her story, help her to empower more parents, and bring more autistic children LIFE

Show your support TODAY visit http://www.uf4a.org to get your bracelet!

Let’s Connect!

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406-594-7932


Partnering to Save Lives

Montana Connect is pleased to announce an alliance with The Cash Hyde Foundation

It is with great pride we announce an alliance between Montana Connect and The Cash Hyde Foundation. With this joint venture, we will be detailing the Hyde’s two year fight against their young son Cashy’s Stage IV PNET Brain tumor he was diagnosed with at the young age of 18 months. The entire publication is dedicated to their story, the fight in Montana, the science, and the medicine. In addition, we will be ensuring the Hyde’s have the security and comfort of a home to raise their family in. Proceeds from all sales are structured to support the Hyde’s, share their message, fight for Montana, and get the Cash Hyde Foundation Special Edition into the hands of educators, physicians, nurses, and politicians across our Nation. Goal: A years worth of house payments, and security for a young family. Paying off the mortgage in completion would be a DREAM.

Meet the Hyde Family

In the past two years fighting cancer, the Hyde’s have been amazing. No matter what they went through with Cashy, they gave back to others. They helped other parents in need, and in addition, developed a donation program of their own. Fighting for their own son’s life, they still find time to help others, and donate to hospitals. With Kalli’s experience working in hospitals, and the whole family living in hospitals for a year fighting Cash’s cancer, they saw an opportunity to help others, and they developed the Reggae Runner. The Reggae Runners were designed to get children out of their beds, and having fun with their families while confined to the hospital environment. It was very constrictive, and dangerous, for parents to try to play with their children with the IV poles and cords and wires and tubes. The Hydes had a brainstorm, and adapted a Reggae Runner for Cashy so he could be more mobile, get out, have fun, fight cancer with a smile, and have some independence and safety within the confines of his Reggae Runner. Mike and Kalli found they could play with their son without the hinderance of the IV poles, and Colt and Cashy could have important “Bro Time”. Other families and children saw the Reggae Runners, and wanted one for their children too. The Hyde’s obliged, and each hospital they have stayed at during Cashy’s fight has a small fleet of Reggae Runners and Wagons. Our goal is to get more out there….be sure to tune in below to see how you can sponsor a Reggae Runner or Reggae Wagon for cancer children across our Nation today.

Paying It Forward

The past two years have most certainly been a fight, sending the Hyde’s to Salt Lake City for 10 months, back to Montana, and in the fall of 2011 they spent yet another holiday season in a hospital in California. In the mean time, Kalli has maintained her employment as an RN, and Mike, Colty, and Cashy have traveled the Nation, educating others and advocating for children everywhere. Building the foundation, and ensuring Cash receives the best care. They are expecting a new baby in the first week of May 2012. We will find out if Colty & Cashy have a brother or sister come May. Colty wants a sister, as “Little brothers are a pain!” Guess Cash keeps him on his toes! Thanks heavens he’s cancer free today, and he can be here to meet his new sibling, and keep his big brother Colt on his game.

How YOU can help

Support this campaign! The next issue of Montana Connect is dedicated in entirety to the Cash Hyde Foundation. In this issue we will share the Hyde’s complete story, explore the science, and the plight of Montana. The Cash Hyde Foundation will be immortalized, and have a tool to share Nationally to advocate for the Foundation, Fight for Cashy, and share his story in both printed and digital form. It will also allow them the freedom and resources to fight for and save more children fighting cancer. The security of always having a home to return to. The ability to help so many more than they already have.

Be part of Team Cashy

Want to Monkey around?

Monkey around for $25 – your Monkey will be printed in Montana Connect AND you get a digital version to use at your discretion. Get your Cashy Monkey TODAY!

Personalized Team Cashy Monkeys will be scattered all through the magazine and hosted online. Supporters will also receive a digital copy to use at their discretion. Be sure to get YOUR Monkey TODAY! Don’t forget Grandma and the kids too! Call TODAY! 720-326-6577

Call 720-326-6577

Be a Cashy Warrior

Here’s where the Platinum, Gold, and Silver Sponsorship’s come in. For those of you who can provide more and be a Cashy Warrior, in addition to advertising opportunities in Montana Connect, we have three different levels of sponsorship available.

All level donors will be hosted and featured on the Cash Hyde Foundation website on a state by state basis, enabling these families in need to reach folks capable of helping them in such serious times in each state.

Reggae Wagons and Reggae Runners

Reggae Runners and Wagons customized for hospital use, and ready for donation.

Cash Hyde Foundation Bracelets

There are a variety of Cashy Warrior bracelets available

The Hydes and The Cash Hyde Foundation have been VERY busy, even while fighting cancer! Platinum and Gold level sponsors will secure a place in a 2 page spread celebrating their sponsorship and thanking them in Montana Connect. Each of these levels will have it’s own 2 page spread. The Silver level sponsors will have a one page spread.

Platinum Level Sponsor:

Platinum Level Sponsors will have their very own Reggae Runner for their donation. The Reggae Runner can be shipped to the sponsor for them to donate, or sponsor may delegate the donation duty to The Cash Hyde Foundation and have it donated in their honor.

Gold Level Sponsors:

Gold Level Sponsors will have their very own Reggae Wagon for their donation. The Reggae Wagon can be shipped to the sponsor for them to donate, or sponsor may delegate the donation duty to The Cash Hyde Foundation and have it donated in their honor.

Silver Level Sponsors:

Silver Level Sponsors will get 100 Cashy bracelets and brochures to distribute and share The Cash Hyde Foundation message and educate their local communities.

All level donors will be hosted and featured on the Cash Hyde Foundation website on a state by state basis, enabling these families in need to reach folks capable of helping them in such serious times in each state.

MORE INFO

Contact info:

If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor, please send an e-mail to: MTConnectMe@gmail.com

or call 720-326-6577 or 406-594-7932

Employment Opportunities:

We are also looking for temporary staff for 2-3 months to market, and help Campaign for Cashy Nationally. Please call: 720-326-6577


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.