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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.
This installment of The Forbidden Fruit welcomes a really good friend of the show, Jeremiah Camara. We love having Jeremiah on the show. Each time he calls in, that episode becomes an instant classic. This episode will be no different. You know we have to talk about his famous Slave Sermons series, but not only that, we will talk about his documentary "Contradiction-A Question of Faith". If you haven't seen "Contradiction", what are you waiting for? We will also talk about Jeremiah's recent trip to the Mother Land, Africa, and his life changing experiences there. Also, you won't want to miss us talk about the future of Medical Marijuana. Like we said earlier, this will be an instant classic and one not to miss for anything in the world. So like we always say, See you on The Fruit! Be there are be square!
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Cliff Schecter discusses the politics and potential impact of two proposed ballot measures to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in Ohio.
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Lynette Shaw has scored a major victory for all medical marijuana patients in her fight to keep her medical marijuana dispensary open and tells us all about it and how it affected her life on this special edition of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense.
In 1997, Lynette opened the U.S.A.’s first legal licensed medical marijuana dispensary in Fairfax California. With the town’s blessings, she operated her medical marijuana dispensary with no problems until U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, as part of a 2011 federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in Northern California, obtained a federal injunction to close her dispensary.
Never willing to back down she fought back and on October 19, 2015 she won a precedent setting ruling that has the potential to impact federal actions against medical marijuana laws throughout the country.
The federal injunction was lifted by US District Court Judge Charles Breyer, the same judge that had imposed the injunction, citing that the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment to the Congressional Appropriations Act of 2014 prevented the expenditure of any money by the Dept. of Justice against medical marijuana dispensaries that are compliant with state and local law.
Judge Breyer’s ruling is a major setback for the Department of Justice and has the potential to end federal prosecution of every medical marijuana dispensary that is operating legally everywhere in the United States.
Lynette will talk about the ruling, the resulting storm of nationwide publicity, how it has affected her life and what her plans are now that she is free to go ahead and reopen her dispensary.
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.