How many people do you know that have been arrested for drugs? I bet you or someone rather close to you has at least been hassled with by police over a small amount of cannabis. If you were born into a legal state ask your parents. Im sure they have a story or two for you.
These non violent drug offenses clog up our legal system. They disrupt and often ruin the lives of the offender. There are many times a person who is convicted of a low level drug offense will have to wait seven or more years for a expungement to even be heard.
When you’re convicted of a drug felony or any felony for that matter, all your rights are stripped from you. You can no longer own a firearm. You can no longer vote. In some states won’t let felons hold public office. On top of having your rights removed. Now when you are filling out a job application or a apartment application you either have to lie when they ask ‘have you ever been convicted of a felony’ or you have to check ‘yes’ and almost certainly be denied.
Lastly, you have probation or jail costs. The court might have even fined you.
None of this is helping rehabilitate the person. This only makes their life more difficult then it already was. We need to find a way to fix this broken system.
This post comes a little late but it does not matter if it is Veteran’s day or just any other day of the year. Our vets are some of the most important people in our society.
This is a brief overview of how medical cannabis helped this vet.
The vet we interviewed is a registered medical marijuana patient.
We start our story in 2009 with a 18 year old leaving for a foreign land. He would spend 13 months in Iraq. During those months he will defend his country with his life. He would watch his brothers in arms give their lives in defense of their country. There is a lot that our vets are not allowed to talk about, especially when it comes to combat.
Our veteran retuned to the states in 2010. He is prescribed anti-depressants, sleeping meds, and mood stabilizers. All of which are suppose to help with the combat related stresses. Unfortunately, these same medications that are suppose to help have harsh side effects. The one that bothered our veteran the most was the hazy feeling. He said “I felt like a zombie”.
After being honorably discharged our vet tries cannabis recreationally. Meaning he is not using cannabis on a daily basis. He does start to self medicate with alcohol. Needing it to get to sleep most nights. He has seen horrible things, only he knows what is going through his head while he sleeps.
He soon moves closer to family. He starts smoking cannabis daily with friends. He notices that when he is consuming cannabis he does not have the urge to drink as much. He also notices that he does not need alcohol to sleep. Along side all this he is much more patient with people. A man who because of the combat he has seen was lacking in some social skills. After consuming cannabis he says that his social anxiety is diminished as well.
Finally, when the state that our veteran lives in allowed access to medical marijuana he jumped on it. Already knowing the positive effect of cannabis.
So, how can the federal government put this plant into the schedule I category? A category that states that this plant has no medicinal value. When even if you just look at this one case with this one war veteran you can see the medicinal value.
The story of how the legendary strain ChemDawg came to be…………..
At a Grateful Dead show at Deer Creek Amphitheatre, joebrand (aka wonkanobe) and pbud met chemdog and sold him an ounce of very high quality pot for $500. Joe and Chemdog exchanged numbers and they later arranged for two ounces to be shipped to chemdog on the east coast. According to chemdog, one ounce was seedless and the other had 13 seeds.
In ’91, chemdog popped the first 4 seeds. From these seeds, one male was found and disposed of (chemdog was young, you can’t blame him). The 3 females were labeled “chemdawg” (now ’91 chemdawg), “chemdawg a” (now chemdawg’s sister), and “chemdawg b”. In 2001, chemdog and his girlfriend attempted to germ 3 more seeds, labeled “c”, “d”, and “e”. the “e” seed never germinated, “c” turned out to be junk (according to chemdog), and chemdawg “d” was the keeper. In 2006, chemdog and joebrand reunited and joe was given 4 of the last 6 beans: Chemdawg phenos 1-4, “4” being the chosen keeper. Joe thought the “4” was the best representation of the original and thus dubbed it the “reunion pheno”. Chemdog still has two seeds left in his stash.
Cannabis and coffee is a popular combination used by recreational and medical users alike. The combination is often referred to as the ‘poor mans speed ball’. This because cannabis is viewed as the depressant and coffee the stimulant. One picks the user up while the other has the opposite effect.
Personally, this is one of my favorite morning rituals. I wake up, drink my coffee, take my CBD and pack a bowl of what ever I got from the dispensary. This puts me into the head space that I prefer. Medicated from the cannabis and alert from the coffee. Many people do this every day.
For those that tire easily from cannabis use. Coffee in the morning might just be the pick me up that they need. You need your medicine in the morning but you don’t want to be dragging all day because you are too medicated. The coffee take that away. No longer are you lethargic. You’ll be surrounded by a euphoric aura as you stroll off to do your daily tasks.
In short, if you are a cannabis user and a coffee drinker then you should try the two together sometime and see what the effect is on you.
Do you use cannabis and coffee?
Today we’re going to move on to the next major event in my cannabis career. My sophomore year in high school. I fell into a friendship with someone who produced hash cookies. These cookies had a intense taste and smell of cannabis. Half of one of those cookies would have someone heavily medicated for 8 hours or more. The upside to this venture I was about to undertake was I had a hard time eating the cookies myself.
I brought the cookies to three of my senior friends. I’m going to leave their names out for apparent reasons but we can call them ‘the three amigos’. They would take the cookies and spread them around the school and town. It seemed like every week I was bringing more and more cookies to the three amigos. It got to a point I was bringing the three amigos so many cookies everyday that they gave me the name ‘cookie monster’. This went on for the majority of the school year. Everyone was happy. Everyone was medicated. The three amigos had even started to spread into the neighboring town. Everything was looking up. Then the drought came. My producer stopped making these amazing med-edibles. The ride was over.
Skip to after graduation:
My girlfriend and I are living in a little apartment and both working. I’ve told her the same story I told you about ‘The Cookie Monster’. She never really believed me. She comes home from work one day and starts to tell me how she was having a conversation with a coworker about edibles. Her coworker told her about these amazing cookies that she use to get. She told my girlfriend about how you could split a cookie with a friend and both be medicated for hours. Then she mentioned the mastermind behind them was called ‘the cookie monster’. My girlfriend freaked out. She said “that’s my boyfriend. He’s told me that story before and I never believed him”
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed the story. Until next time.
Stay medicated and stay educated.