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“Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:
heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote”
Re: US Patent #6630507 on Cannabinoids found in cannabis
“The present invention concerns pharmaceutical compounds and compositions that are useful as tissue protectants, such as neuroprotectants and cardioprotectants. The compounds and compositions may be used, for example, in the treatment of acute ischemic neurological insults or chronic neurodegenerative diseases.”
Where are our up and coming millennial attorneys at, willing to take this issue to the mat in the courts since the GenX/Y dropped the ball? Yah I said it, my crowd really twonked this one up. In our defense most of us were pretty naive with a case of the warm and fuzzies on Ritalin, brainwashed by red ribbon week and commercials about frying your brain like a damn egg for breakfast. Don’t forget all the Care Bears Movies, “We are the World” topping the charts and an MTV promoted, pot smoking president. Nonetheless, we took 1996 for granted in California, became complacent and the ball was dropped. Cry all you want California Baby Boomers you finally have that legalization you’ve been whining about for decades thanks to those millennials you love to blame everything on. But back to the topic at hand, The Quagmire.
Let’s start with the definition of quagmire. According to Merriam-Webster, “Quagmire, (noun); 2. a difficult, precarious, or entrapping position.” That seems to be the position the US Government finds itself in with cannabis whether they realize it or not.
What is the legal precedent on the US government lying to its citizens and also providing the proof of the lie? Anyone? We are seeing some examples in recent history; Flint, Michigan. Standing Rock. Just to name a couple. I hope dear reader you are paying attention to how these situations are being played out.
What I see happening with the US government stating cannabis to be a schedule 1 drug, while holding a patent stating the exact medicinal properties of aforementioned schedule 1 drug, which by definition assumes no medicinal properties, is a quagmire. To be a clear, a contradiction easily remedied. Then why isn’t it? Ahhh there in lies the rub dear reader. During the attempt to reschedule cannabis in the 2000’s, specifically ASA’s appeal in 2012, we are allowed a glimpse into the potential “why”. The decision makers know too little to make an informed decision in addition to identifying who will benefit the most from this legislation alteration and how said government can best capitalize on the situation. Now let’s face it, government officials have shown us they are not about “working”, asking them to educate themselves in order to serve the electorate is laughable. I am of the opinion that it will come down to the lobby, and who can finance it. (so please pay attention.)
This statute passed by Congress in 1937 effectively criminalized marijuana, restricting possession of cannabis to individuals who paid a tax for authorized medical and industrial uses.
It is speculated that with the influx of immigration from the south into the United States, this legislation was a method in which to control the masses migrating north after the Mexican Revolution. Known as marijuana to the Mexican community, many American’s did not make the connection to the more familiar cannabis found in tinctures in medicine cabinets across the country at that time. Thus making the case for the purpose of this legislation being an effort and example of controlling a people by controlling their customs. By using a foreign term for a common medicinal treatment in addition to propaganda and fear mongering they turned the tide. Enter Reefer Madness, a culturally and sexist demonizing cannabis propaganda campaign. Cannabis medicine had been being used safely and effectively in America, it was a commonplace treatment up until this point.
Additionally this legislation angered more than one group, the physicians prescribing cannabis, the pharmacists providing the cannabis and the cultivators all were mad. Congress issuing separate taxation on each level, making cannabis triple taxed. In addition to using the misnomer of marijuana whereas the scientific community knew it as cannabis sativa. Dr. William Creighton Woodward, legislative counsel for the AMA went on the record objecting the assertions made against cannabis/marijuana also pointing out using the term marijuana wasn’t proper causing confusion, the medical community wouldn’t recognize marijuana and cannabis as the same. He seemed to feel the medical community wouldn’t be so conducive to restrictions such as these regarding cannabis use and access.
Which lands us with cannabis being scheduled as having no medicinal value and a highly addictive substance based on a 1928 International Opium Convention ruling and some interesting statements from some interesting characters. For anyone interested in reading the statements, http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/taxact/taxact.htm
We know cannabis is federally a schedule I drug whether it is deserving of the scheduling or not. We know there is a federal patent on cannabinoids found in cannabis for medicinal use. We have proof that cannabis has been used medicinally globally for thousands of years.
I believe the solution lies in a collaborative effort of physicians, researchers, cultivators, patients and professionals developing a realistic, effective protocol and regulation model. I believe the descheduling and decriminalization of cannabis is necessary.
What do you think dear reader? Should cannabis merely be rescheduled? Descheduled? Remain as a schedule I? Does our government having a patent on cannabinoids make you scratch your head? Knowledge is power, share this information with your friends, have conversations, let’s see what people think when they learn more about the facts. #youknowmorenow
Additionally I would like to thank those of you who made purchases from the storefront this month in support of our educational campaign for June 2017 and fundraising for the ACLU in honor of PRIDE. #lovewins
As always, thank you for your time!
Hello again ladies and thank you for joining me for the vLog this week about getting started with cannabis. Next week will be extra special as I have a BIG announcement and introduction for you! But enough of that, THIS week I wanted to talk to you about getting started with cannabis as I get this question A LOT. To be clear I am NOT a medical professional and am speaking in general terms as to provide a litmus of sorts to get you sorted out, or started out as it were.
Okay so, I like what I call the destination approach as it breaks down a lot of information to help provide direction and guidance once you have the legend or key. I am going to give you the formula for your OWN legend/key. Grab a notepad and writing instrument, open up docs in your nearest device, whichever suits you best and write these 7 suggestions down.
Please answer these questions:
Do your research.
Please utilize the number of informational texts available to help identify effective anecdotal treatments. Amazon plays host to most of the top medical cannabis texts available, for further research data or analytical information please send an info assistance inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. My 3 favorites currently include:
Speak with a professional.
This allows you an opportunity to ask any unanswered questions you may have of an actual doctor, for peace of mind as well as any clarity or needed confidence in your treatment plan. In addition to that I believe in adding a layer of protection to your access and your rights as a legal medical patient.
Obtaining legal cannabis.
As simple of an answer as this should be, the reality is, it isn’t. Due to the restrictive nature of government in unknown territory access remains to be an issue for some people. For example if you are a patient with mobility issues traveling a great distance to and from a legal dispensary may prompt you to use an illegal delivery service at a lower price point and convenience of home delivery. But that is a whole new ball of wax.
My suggestion is to search your city government page to find out if dispensaries are legal in your city, from there search the county to find the closest city or municipality to host a legally permitted medical cannabis dispensary. Please note: Online cannabis delivery and dispensary directories do not require businesses to be operating legally to be listed on their directories. Hey, I know, it’s a lot to have to sort through on your own, and there is more! It is kind of ridiculous really, but let me share something with you, is it worth the peace of mind knowing you will be visiting an establishment that isn’t going to be raided whilst you are there purchasing your meds? Is it worth avoiding a police incident video montage for the evening news? That’s what I thought.
So now you have located the dispensaries, if possible select a few. Then, call them up. Ask them if they sell lab-tested cannabis and cannabis products? Are they ALL tested? Ask them the types of products they carry and where they source their cannabis? Indoor only? Outdoor only? Then decide which location suits your specific needs best, feel free to share with the staff what you specifically are look for from a dispensary to see if they can accommodate your needs before making a visit.
Read the label.
We do this for everything else we buy, cannabis is no different. Know what is in your meds no matter the product, from topicals to edibles to cannabis flower. Only ever consume lab-tested products you can see results for. Make sure things like batch numbers match up with given results. I hate that I have to specifically mention this but I have come across this. In addition to ensuring clean medicine these results are your roadmap to treatment. The terpenoid and cannabinoid profile* in combination with your personal outcome can help you navigate what is giving you the greatest results.
(*Really great lab results will include full cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles, I lean towards the products that are testing at these levels.)
Trial by fire. It is the truth and where we are right now at this impasse of lack of information and access to obtaining said research/data. We do have some really helpful resources to help guide us, like the reason I mention the importance of lab-results and treatment. Let me give you an example, aromatherapy. I enjoyed a great talk by a confident ph.D. known as Justin Fishedick that really opened my eyes to a new vein of understanding. Much like we all respond to different smells and aromas is how we can compare our responses to cannabis. But fear not, this does not need to be a perilous trial with the tools provided herein. You will have a greater understanding of how to treat yourself and the medicinal history of the plant versus the propaganda most of us were raised on.
Cannabis is still a federally scheduled one substance, as much of a direct contradiction that is with the U.S. Patent #6630507 for Cannabinoids it remains our reality. As more and more states legalize the more pressure the federal government feels to make a decision. With our current administration the cannabis industry seems precarious at best. Please let me clear, I do not think the states will abide by federal interference on these matters but these actions do have consequences such as the banking quagmire currently bogging the industry and states requiring taxes to be paid. That in itself creates and whole NEW public safety issue.
And that’s all I’ve got!
Thank you so much for your time!
She grows, she cooks, she caretakes, she creates, she heals, she counsels, she advocates, AND she leads. Now we aren’t promoting that we ALL have to “do it all”, it just so happens this particular woman does DO all those things, and does so in an authentic way making her irresistible!
Wendy has a wealth of knowledge and experience, she is also unique in her niche as it has been so dominated by men. She is well organized, highly intelligent and is able to manage a number of tasks on various platforms. In our opinion, making her a lethal force in the industry. The best aspect being, her whole-hearted devotion to and respect for the healing properties of this plant, from seed to sale. We believe it to be one of her most precious commodities.
Please enjoy learning more about Ms. Wendy Kornberg.
WK: I am a second-generation cannabis cultivator in Southern Humboldt County. I have always had a passion for science and gardening, and cannabis is the perfect blend of the two. My family and I own a small ranch on the banks of the Eel river, near the Humboldt County line, where we cultivate cannabis. We use natural, organic methods, and take great pride in cultivating with sustainability, posterity, and the environment in mind. Land stewardship is paramount in our cultivation practices. We utilize ancient agricultural methods, such as fermented plant juices and compost tea, and newer technology like drip line irrigation, in order to create the most synergistic products we can. The cannabis that is cultivated on our property is done so specifically with patients in mind. The flowers are marketed to dispensaries and directly to patients at events throughout the year, and the small bits and pieces that have no bag appeal or prettiness to them are utilized for salve, cooking oil, and other products. I also love crafting, so I’m constantly coming up with new and creative ideas to utilize every part of the plant in a way that is greatly beneficial for both our bodies and souls.
WK: It’s been an interesting journey as a woman in this industry. In my area of California there is still a very strong underlying ideology that the men grow and the women sit and trim, and I don’t think our area is much different than the rest of the state. Even at our farm I often have to belabor and argue my point and process; although that honestly may be more because the way I think is different than the fact that I’m a woman. The challenges women face is no different in cannabis than in any other industry; inherent sexism, lower pay, slower promotions or being passed over for a job, and a more difficult time being taken seriously. There are people we don’t do business with anymore because they couldn’t understand that they needed to talk to me and not my partner. I’ve also experienced being passed over for jobs. I used to run a trim crew and had bugged the boss for years to hire me as a farmer. He kept hiring other people with less experience that never worked out. Eventually a neighbor offered me a job growing, and that enabled me to save enough to be able to buy our commercial property. It’s ironic, since women are traditionally credited with being gardeners, but it seems that once a certain scale is achieved it’s thought that a man must be in charge. I think the problem really lies with the paradigm in our society that things that are wildly successful are the result of a man’s work. We do see that changing, but it’s a very slow process and can be maddeningly infuriating at times.
WK: I think that regulation is an incredibly important part of this process. Unfortunately, most regulations and rules are created by people who are not aware of the limitations of farming. They’re looking at this as a drug rather than an herb. Cannabis is not a standard agricultural crop. There are definitely many problems that are unique to cannabis, and I think that growing at a large scale will impact this plant in a very negative way. Many people use cannabis for self medication, so even though they are “just getting high” there’s a real reason behind it. We know that stress is very deadly and kills people on a daily basis, and yet people who use cannabis to self medicate for stress reduction are thought of negatively. It is this negative connotation that has been prevalent for so long in our country that people have a hard time moving past it. This is incredibly sad to me, as there are so many beneficial uses for this herb. The government has been anti-cannabis for so long that people are having a very difficult time seeing beyond the drug war.
However, those standards should not be so restrictive that the people who have been doing this and keeping this industry alive for decades will be cut out. . Right now, especially in Humboldt county, it is incredibly difficult to get a permit to legally grow cannabis. The only permits that have been issued so far that I am aware of our for very large multi acre farm. These are from people who had enough money to hire large teams of lawyers to push their permit through for them. Our county is trying very hard, as is the state, but unfortunately they are also making this very much about business and capitalism. There is less and less space for small farmers in this industry. The cost of compliance is so high that many people are not able to pursue permits even if they wanted to. Should cannabis be considered an herb, and treated as such, it would be much more realistic for people to be able to continue farming on a small scale.
But most of us are busy farming, farming and trying to pursue permits, and regulation, and understanding laws on our own leaves very little time for being as involved in the political process as we would like. Currently developing regulation cannabis is being over-regulated. I think that we will see more and more of that capitalism is going to win out, small farms are going to go under, the black market will continue, and the quality of the medicine available will decrease. Cannabis on a large scale will never be able to compete with the quality of the cannabis from a small farm, and a small farm will never be able to compete with the price points of a large farm. It is highly problematic, and I think we will see more and more that it will be big business as usual. I still hope and pray that the small farms will be able to stay afloat by creating cooperatives and the like, but even that becomes difficult when you are trying to get your crop in, or figure out your branding and marketing capabilities.
WK: I firmly believe that cannabis really can cure almost any ailment and if it’s crafted and combined correctly with other immune supportive herbs and oils you can get amazing results in a fairly short period of time. Every product I’ve created has been inspired by a friend or family member. Basically I start with the general ailment that a family member has and research the hell out of it. I think about what result I want to achieve and make sure that everything I add to my initial base oil supports those results.
WK: The first and most important thing to know would be that different strains and methods of ingestion will create different effects in your body. Someone who is a heavy smoker and has a high tolerance for smoking may be exactly the opposite when it comes to edibles. Just because you are a heavy smoker does not necessarily mean that you will be able to take a dab without getting severely affected. Sometimes it is less about the percent of THC and more about the way the different compounds terpenes interact in your body. Secondly, I highly recommend when trying a new product or strain to make sure you have some childcare before you begin. You never know if packaging is exact, or if you will have an adverse reaction to something. And finally, dosage dosage dosage! Make sure that you start with A very low-dose, wait a few hours after ingestion, see how you’re feeling, and then slowly increase if you need to. Remember, if you get too high, you’re not dying. Just breathe and try to ride it out, and know that next time your dosage should be much lower. So many people I know I’ve accidentally ingested way too much because they did not know their tolerance level.
WK: Honestly, it’s probably too late to be jumping in now. The price keeps dropping and the expenses keep going up. The dispensaries are the only ones really getting rich that I know of, and you’d need a few million to get that started; not to mention permits are looking to be extremely difficult to secure. From the outside it seems like an easy way to make a few million, but the reality is we work 80 hours per week (seriously!) for maybe a couple hundred dollars per pound of profit. It’s estimated that $95,325 per year is the optimal salary for happiness (cost-of-living data data from the Council for Community & Economic Research,) which means you would need to grow between 4,500 and 10,000 pounds annually in order to afford yourself and your family with an ideal income. For our small farm this is an astronomical number, and I have no idea how anyone would be able to produce high-quality medicine at that large of a scale. There is certainly room for innovators and motivated people, but it is a very tenuous time for cannabis and I think that unless you have already started down this path, perhaps it is a better idea to wait it out for a few years and see where you fit in later.
Thank you Wendy, for your valuable insight and perspective into these very vital issues facing the cannabis industry right now. We want to make sure everyone is aware of the status and implications of all this change being it truly impacts everyone from the cultivators to the patients/caregivers. It is our hope through conversations like these that people are learning and understanding more, starting to ask more questions from a desire of a deeper understanding. Especially from an audience that doesn’t necessarily consume, there is a recognition that even though they may not consume they recognize there is a value in understanding more about cannabis.
You can follow Wendy on social media and we highly encourage you to do so. She regularly posts informative videos on happenings, as well as various educational videos about cultivating cannabis, and her experiences with various methods, processes and products. If you are a grower or considering a home grown please watch her videos, it will be immensely educational, she doesn’t try to sell you anything but shares what does work for her! Invaluable information all via your mobile device.
As always, to our faithful readers, thank you for your time!
Please enjoy the vLog interview with our household CannaDad in honor of Father’s Day.
Happy Father’s day to all the dad’s out there!