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Had someone told Cheri Sicard back in back in 1996, when California’s Prop 215 first legalized marijuana for medicinal use, that she would become entrenched in the cannabis movement and become a well known marijuana activist, she would not have believed them. Other than the rare toke at a party, Cheri didn’t use marijuana. It wasn’t until she was in her late 30’s when her doctor suggested she try cannabis to help with a chronic medical problem, that the herb became a permanent fixture in her life.
In the course of about 6 months Cheri went from the typical closeted American marijuana smoker to an outspoken cannabis advocate, and she hasn’t looked back since. She works with numerous marijuana reform groups and can frequently be found organizing rallies, speaking at city council meetings, and giving classes on various aspects of marijuana, as well as advocating for clemency efforts for prisoners serving life sentences for nonviolent marijuana offenses.
Cheri’s Cannabis Gourmet Cookbook (2012, Z-Dog Media) is one of the most popular and well reviewed books of its kind. Her new book, Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women (Seal Press) has been garnering great reviews in the world of cannabis and in the mainstream press as well.
Prior to entering the world of cannabis, Cheri worked as a professional writer, recipe developer, and internet entrepreneur. Her passions for patriotism and country can be found in her earlier books The Great American Handbook (2002 Berkley Trade Editions); U.S. Citizenship for Dummies (2003 Wiley); and Everyday American (2008 Bookspan).
Going back even further, Cheri spent her childhood and early adult years as a professional circus performer, magician and mentalist, jobs that allowed her to travel extensively around the country and the world.
The true believers in medical marijuana think it can cure any disease or at least make it a lot better. Total skeptics say the effects are all simply a result of the placebo effect. What is the middle ground?
There needs to be a way or recording when it does not work or when it causes serious side effects. We're not there yet. Until the ##*%$@ schedule 1 listing is removed, we will have to replly on anecdotes.
Constance Pure Botanical Extracts is a medical cannabis collective that specializes in the production of artisan cannabis extracts rich in both CBD and THC as well as other cannabinoids. Their extracts are made from multiple strains of the cannabis plant in varying potencies. Constance Finley and Kyle Demedio will discuss how they came to specialize in producing CBD cannabis, how it is done and present case histories of people who have been helped by cannabis oil preparations.
Celebrated cannabis author Cheri Sicard will be releasing her newest book MaryJane - The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women at a celebratory book release party on April 8. Cheri gives us all the low-down on this fabulous new book as well as extending an invitation for everyone to attend the launch party which features a festive reception, presentation, book signing, innovative snacks and screening of the acclaimed film – 420 – The Documentary.
Talking about marijuana with your doctor and an update on the multiple marijuana bills making their way through California’ state legislature are the topics of conversation with the guests on this podcast of Marijuana Compassion and Common at blogtalkradio.com/marijuananews.
Many patients want to let their doctor’s know about their marijuana use but are nervous about doing so, but it is important that your doctor’s know all the medications you are taking. Our first guest, Dr. Larry Bedard, an Emergency Room Physician and former President of both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Marin Medical Society, realizes that this can be a touchy subject, but gives some tips on how best to broach the subject with your doctor.
There is a virtual avalanche of marijuana bills in the California State Legislature, the vast majority of them dealing with medical marijuana. As one of a handful of lobbyists in Sacramento for medical marijuana patients, Don Duncan, board member and co-founder of Americans for Safe Access, is one of the most knowledgeable persons on just what is going on in the state legislature and will give us an insider view.
The consequence of marijuana legalization can be a disaster for medical marijuana patients and the power of targeted voter contact as a mechanism to win elections for marijuana initiatives are the subjects of this episode of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense.
Washington passed a marijuana legalization measure in 2012 with provisions protecting medical marijuana patients but legislators are folding patients into the legalization with such possible negative consequences of no longer being able to grow their own medicine and being forced to pay the same exorbitant taxes as recreational users. Kari Boiter, Washington State Coordinator for Americans for Safe Access explains how the marijuana legalization initiative has impacted medical marijuana patients and how patients are fighting back to preserve their rights under Washington's exisiting medical marijuana laws.
Yucca Valley. a small California desert town in San Bernardino County, is vying to become the first muncipality in what is the largest county in the United States to allow for the sale of medical marijuana. Jim Stewart, Campaign Coordinator for Measure X, reveals their plans for getting voters to pass their initiative using volunteers to undertake a program of target voter contact.
With medical marijuana dispensaries that can sell to tourists set to open soon in Nevada, Las Vegas is rapidly becoming a hot spot for marijuana tourism. Longtime Las Vegas patient advocate Cindy Brown has been involved in the Las Vegas mmj scene for many years and will bring us up to date on what is happening in Sin City including when the dispensaries are expected to open, what will be the requirements to purchase and just how cannabis friendly is Las Vegas really becoming.
Keeping up with our nation’s rapidly changing marijuana laws can be a real challenge. Thankfully there is the Margolin Guide to Marijuana Laws in California and throughout the United States. As one of the longest practicing marijuana attorney’s in California and as director of the LA Chapter of NORML, Bruce Margolin has been involved in many precedent setting marijuana cases and has seen the changes in the marijuana law at all levels of government. As the show’s second guest, attorney Margolin will talk about how the guide came into being, what are its contents and how to use it when you need marijuana law information. Plus you can learn how you can obtain a free copy of this authoritative book.
A candid look at the surprising gains marijuana law reform has made in the U.S. Congress plus an insider’s look as Upland medical marijuana patients refuse to let the city get away with skullduggery are found on the latest installment of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense.
Veterans getting medical marijuana recommendations, preventing the DEA from interfering in a state’s medical marijuana laws and protecting states with marijuana legalization laws have all made major progress in the U.S. Congress.
Dan Riffle, Director of Federal Policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, will discuss these newest and astonishing developments, tracing their history, explaining what they will do, why progress is being made and the unexpected switch by some Representatives and Senators from opposing marijuana law reform to supporting it.
When Upland residents submitted an initiative petition with enough signatures to require a special election on allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to operate, the Upland City Council refused to hold a special election and put it off until 2016. Although the refusal by the city to hold a special election is tied up in court, the backers of the initiative are not going to wait for the slower-than-molasses court challenges to decide the issue.
They have filed a new initiative that will overcome the problems that are being challenged in court. Craig Beresh, one of the initiative proponents, will explain how the Upland City Council was able to derail the original initiative and how the new initiative differs from the old one and why this time they are very confident of success.
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Project CBD exists to defend and promote whole-plant cannabis treatments. The Director and Co-Founder of Project CBD is Martin Lee, the celebrated author of Smoke Signals - The Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational, and Scientific.
As this shows first guest, Mr. Lee will explain how Project CBD goes about promoting and publicizing research about the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) and the rest of the phytocannabinoids and their program to connect with doctors, researchers and patients concerning developments in cannabinoid science. Mr. Lee will also delve into the lawsuit Project CBD has filed to strike down Medical Marijuana Inc.’s $100 million lawsuit.
Alice O’Leary-Randall is a senior spokesperson for the medical marijuana movement. In 1976 her late husband, Robert C. Randall, became the first person in the U.S. to legally receive medical marijuana. In 1978 Alice and her husband Robert were instrumental in the passage of the first ever medical marijuana law when New Mexico legislature passed a law recognizing marijuana’s medical value and establishing a statewide program of controlled, legal access to the drug for patients with glaucoma and cancer chemotherapy.
As the show’s second guest, Ms. O’Leary Randal will discuss how New Mexico’s law came into being, why it faltered and the beginnings of the modern day medical marijuana movement which began when they co-founded the Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics (ACT), the first non-profit organization dedicated solely to resolving the medical marijuana issue and drafted national legislation that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.
It sure sounds like snake oil, but if marijuana can cure cancer maybe it can aid in the control of Ebola. David Allen M.D. takes a look at the latest scientific evidence that the cannabinoids in cannabis, particularly Cannabidiol (CBD), may offer control of the immune system and in turn provide protection from viral infections such as ebola.
The November 4 mid-term elections were a boon for marijuana advocates as much as they were for Republicans. Dale Gieringer, Executive Director of CalNORML and political analyst extraordinaire, will examine the legalization initiatives explaining how they will effect marijuana consumers, speculate on the fate of the Washington D.C. initiative with a Republican controlled congress, evaluate how supportive some of the newly elected members of congress will be and prognosticate on the future of legalization in the U.S.A.
Gina Tron is an editor and freelance writer. She is also Creative Director for Williamsburg Fashion Weekend. She contributes and/or has contributed to The Washington Post, Ladygunn, VICE, Politico, Denver Westword, XoJane, Salon and more. You're Fine. is her first memoir by Papercut Press.She helped break the story on heroin in Vermont in 2014 with her stories in VICE and Politico. Her recollection of being a suspected school shooter in VICE got her international recognition.
She recently had published a column on Drug Testing that appeared in the Washington Post. Why she was motivated to write the column, how she came to write it and the reponse will be discussed. The column on Drug Testing published in the Washington Post can be read at:
Omar Figueroa is Sepbastopol attorney representing mmj patients and collective. He will talk about the new DOJ memo informing police that they cannot use federal asset forfeiture laws any longer when seizing property. This will have a signficant effect on medical marijuana patients and especially medical marijuana providers. Omar Figuerora explains it all in terms that everyone can understand.
Of all communities that would benefit from regular cannabis use is our senior citizens. Robert Platshorn, founder of the senior citizen outreach program The Silver Tour and of HBO’s Black Tuna diaries fame, is the first featured guest.
In Florida are lots and lots and lots of senior citizens and their vote will be crucial in getting the mmj initiative on the November 2014 Florida ballot passed. Getting senior citizens to connect the benefits to their health from marijuana use with a yes vote on Florida’s mmj initiative is crucial. Robert will explain how they are going to do that.
Obtaining a medical marijuana recommendation to use marijuana is now legal in 22 states and the District of Columbia. THCF Medical Foundation has been providing recommendations since 1999 making it one of the oldest medical marijuana recommendations services in the country. They have clinics in Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado, Nevada, Hawaii and Michigan. Clinics will be opening soon in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Washington D.C.
A private non-profit foundation, they are taking the company public so big changes are on the way and Paul Stanford, founder and President, will be on hand to give you this exciting information from the largest provider of medical marijuana recommendations in the nation.
Marijuana legalization measures have been a mixed bag of good and bad for medical marijuana patients. With California most likely to have a legalization initiative on the ballot in 2016, legalization proponents want to work with medical marijuana patients to ensure that their rights are protected under any marijuana legalization initiatives that are on the ballot.
Dale Sky Jones is Director of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, a California based nonpartisan organization dedicated to ending marijuana prohibition through ballot initiatives, legislative collaboration and public education campaigns. As the shows first guest, Ms. Jones will provide information on the series of roundtable discussions being held in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego and Santa Ana on Jan. 30 and 31. Information on prospects for the 2016 initiatives and how patients can work together to make sure they do not have a negative impact is at the center of these community forums.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy at the University of California at Irvine are sponsoring a symposium on Saturday, Feb. 21 that will bring together experts from the legal, political, and judicial arenas, as well as civil rights activists, harm reduction workers, entrepreneurs, and full-time reform workers for an in-depth look at how U.S. drug policies have affected society, and what lies ahead on the horizon.
The show’s second guest is Lauren Ayn Mendelsohn, coordinator for SSDP at UCI who is also a J.D. Candidate, 2016. She will explain the ins and outs of this important symposium and reveal the names of the invited speakers and participants. Marijuana law reform is a key component of the reform process and Ms. Mendelsohn will provide information on how this is incorporated into the symposium’s presentations.
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