The Ballad of Peggy and Glenn,

By Rena McCain

Hello, everyone! I hope today finds you well!

I want to share this story about Peggy Kimmel and Glenn Keeling and what our legal system here in the United States has done to their lives. It’s tragic that people have to fight for their health this way and I would encourage anyone who is moved by this story to reach out and show your support in any way that you can. No one should have to endure this.

So this couple that I know, Peggy Kimmel and Glenn Keeling, are from Ohio. In June of 2016, Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed HB 523 making cannabis medically legal as of September 8, 2016. This made it legal to seek doctor recommendations for medical cannabis. This is exactly what Kimmel and Keeling did!

Keeling suffers from Crohn’s Disease. And, in accordance with the law, his doctor recommended cannabis, issuing a medical cannabis card that Keeling believed allowed him to legally buy and use cannabis as medicine.

According to Keeling, the cannabis was helping him deal with the disease.

“I was able to eat better,” Keeling told Duane Pohlman, a reporter with Local 12 WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio. “I had more of an appetite. I was able to get out of bed.”

Who wouldn’t want to feel better and get out of bed?”

Kimmel, who was issued a medical cannabis card by the same doctor, said the cannabis she was using to treat her MS was a miracle medicine.

“I could walk without using a cane or a walker,” Kimmel said.

Additionally, the cannabis had replaced dozens of pills, shots and other pharmaceuticals that a biopsy had revealed were harming her liver. Just, wow!

So, it really is one thing to knowingly break the law. But it’s quite another when it’s legal and recommended on doctor’s orders. But seemingly this is exactly what’s happening there in Ohio. This couple is facing a dozen charges and could lose custody of their daughter for legally medicating with cannabis.

Keeling is currently facing 16 drug charges. His wife, Kimmel, is facing 15 drug charges after police showed up with a search warrant on October 31, 2018.

When Village of Rockford, Ohio police officers and Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies came to their home on Halloween night, Keeling said he led them straight to the cannabis. The cops that came and arrested them didn’t care that they had been issued valid medical cannabis cards. What an injustice when law enforcement officials are not even aware of the laws they are supposed to be enforcing! Or even worse, when they don’t care to educate themselves, either.

Even Kimmel’s 14-year-old daughter, Tina Lane, said it was clear that her mother was improving on cannabis-based medicines.

“My mom could walk.” Tina said.

Along with all the other charges, her mother and stepfather also face a count of child endangerment, even though Mercer County Child and Family Services, which investigated the case closed their case without any action, stating in a letter that the “family has many strengths, including a desire to protect Tina and provide for her basic needs.”

“They feel that she is safer with us than anywhere else,” Kimmel noted.

But that night, the entire family’s sense of security was shattered. Keeling left in handcuffs and would spend nearly a month behind bars.

Moving forward, Mercer County Prosecutor, Matt Fox, was in Mercer County Court at Keeling and Kimmel’s arraignments. Fox argued that bond for the pair included the usual conditions: “That they don’t consume alcohol or drugs and subject themselves to random testing,” Fox told the judge.

Eric Allen, Kimmel’s attorney argued the condition be changed to allow his client to use an essential medicine: marijuana.

“Over the past few months there have been an increasing number of lesions on her brain. Using medical marijuana tends to alleviate some of her suffering.” Allen told the judge.

So, like a decent human being and in accordance with the law, Judge Jeffrey Ingraham issued bond conditions for Kimmel that includes use of medical marijuana under a doctor’s supervision. So they can use it legally, but are up on charges for also using it legally. How does this happen?

When asked if she would like to say anything to the prosecutor, Kimmel didn’t hesitate.

“I am not a criminal.” Kimmel said. “I would not ever break the law on purpose of any kind.”

They are both free on bond, but struggling financially because this has been a very costly, in more ways than one. They have been fighting for 19 months, and have finally been “granted permission” to use their medical cannabis. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get because of the financial hardship the state has imposed on them.

Please visit the links below to know more about this couple and where they are now in their fight for their lives, or make a quick call to Mercer County Prosecutor Matt Fox at 419-586-8677. Please ask that all charges against Peggy Kimmel and Glenn Keeling be dropped.

Thank you! One team, one dream?

Sign the petition:  https://www.change.org/p/matt-fox-no-criminal-charges-for-medical-marijuana-patients?recruiter=269537161&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_abi&recruited_by_id=203061a0-d920-11e4-8959-d100ed686160&share_bandit_exp=abi-17131326-en-US&share_bandit_var=v3&utm_content=fht-17131326-en-us%3Av2

 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the MONTROSE STAR.

Rena McCain is a co-founder of the Cannabis Open Carry Walks. Find her on Facebook at GanjaGrrl420, or via Twitter @sassikatt24 and Instagram at ganja_grrl420. Listen to Conversations with Ganja Grrl & 420 News HQ, McCain’s broadcast on MixLR.com every Sunday morning, 11 a.m. ’til 2 p.m. CST on the MountainHighX station. To listen, download the MIXLR APP for Android or Apple. Make an account. Search for and follow MountainHigh10.

Raw Cannabis w/guest blogger Miss Teddi

 

My name is Miss Teddi, ABQ’s very own Raw Cannabis juicing lady. I have been following the work of Dr.Courtney’s since 2010, and started juicing 4 years ago .  Raw Cannabis came into play around 2010 by Dr. Courtney.

Dr. Courtney has shown his investigations to many doctors. Kristen Petskuski was the first patient to be healed with Raw Cannabis in 2012. This helped important institutions such as the national cancer institute recognize the anti tumor properties of cannabinoids.

It has also been found that Raw Cannabis has nutritional value as well. I’m trying to get together with a laboratory to test these properties.

In 6 years we have only just began to understand the wonders of Raw Cannabis as an herbal remedy for healing, and as a vegetable.

We have also learned the there are 480 natural components within the cannabis plant.  One of the components is THC. This is the substance that is mainly responsible for the psychoactive effects. It is the lesser known components, the CBD and THCA found in the leaves and trichrome covered flowers of the raw plant, that deliver the nutritional and therapeutic punch.

Consuming Raw Cannabis in it’s raw form is the only way to enjoy all the benefits of the plant. But when cannabis is ripe or heated it loses the anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti- proliferative (the anti- cancerous ) properties of cannabinoids. Remember when you heat up a vegetable it loses a great deal of its nutrients and enzymes which are beneficial to your health? By definition Raw Cannabis is a vegetable and it also loses a great deal of its nutritional value when heated.

We benefit from Raw Cannabis because it comes along with a concentrated source of nutrients that can boost your energy. Its loaded with anti-oxidants, a prefect balance of omega 3 and omega 6, and potent anti-inflammatory properties which can help fight off a host of illnesses and simple aches and pains. You also avoid the high, or head effect.

Plus, with it containing  protein and vegetable matter it can be  used as a dietary supplement. You can lose weight, control your blood sugar, blood pressure, and much more! It just makes for a better quality of life.

There are however a few things one must look out for, Dr. Courtney cautions.

People who have kidney or gallbladder problems may have risks with Raw Cannabis use. He also would not recommend Raw Cannabis for people with hypercalciuria type two, enteric hyperoxaluria, or primary hyperoxaluria. Also anyone taking blood thinning drugs such as coumadin or if you are taking medication that can be blocked by grapefruit or pomegranate juice, you should advise your doctor that your are considering a Raw Cannabis regimen. Most leafy greens contain a high amount of vitamin k which can prevent the liver from metabolizing such drugs, and Raw Cannabis can have this effect as well.

I am not the only one that uses raw Cannabis.  A good friend and fellow MCP Pam McKay tells me, “I was having terrible neuropathy in my legs and was suffering from foot cramps. When I began juicing first thing in the morning the neuropathy subsided as well as the foot cramping and it just helped me feel better it a great way to start my day. Without  having full access to Raw Cannabis or the Canna juice  some of my symptoms have returned. I look forward to getting my PPL  and having my own grow simply for the purpose of having my raw cannabis”

I got my dad Ted Thompson to start juicing shortly after he became an MCP at age 81. It was his blood sugar that surprised me the most . His morning fast was 400 at times,  but 3 moths into juicing his blood sugar fast are now testing below 150 and he tells me “I cant explain how it works or what it does all I know is it makes me feel better and I wont stop juicing with raw cannabis!  He stopped once and his blood sugar was at an all time high. My mom told him to start juicing again and it went back down to a normal level in only 2 days .”

My dear husband Rex Kohr started juicing shortly after I did. He told me he didn’t think it was doing anything that he could notice so he stopped juicing. After only 2 weeks of him not juicing is when he could tell a difference. Once again I’m told I don’t know how to explain what it does, all I know is I feel much better when using Raw Cannabis. Rex also states he’s happy that he’s married to the creator of over 50 treats made with Raw Cannabis which makes using Raw cannabis a pleasure to drink and eat. He might be a little biased, but you will be able to judge for yourselves when my book of Raw Cannabis treats comes out in the summer of 2017.

As for me I could write a book on how Raw Cannabis has changed my life, but I’ll keep it simple. I have been using it both as a dietary supplement and as a herbal healing ready for 4 years. I suffer from fibromyalgia, chronic pain, diabetes and the list goes on. Raw Cannabis has given me my life back. I have lost over 100 lbs. gone from 28 pharmaceuticals down to only 3. Before juicing it hurt to even smile, or to give a hug, but now I’m able to do it often. Raw Cannabis is now a major part of my life I’m actually living for the first time in a long time. I’m loving every part of my life. I’m now a big advocate for Raw Cannabis. I’m also an educator and consultant on Raw Cannabis ready for hire! I cant imagine my life without Raw Cannabis in it.

I think it was Shakespeare that said, let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. I think he was onto something.

When juicing, a wheat grass juicer is recommended for those using large amounts of leaf. However, I have found that a blender is better to use its quicker and easier.  According to Dr. Courtney, a blender is prefered for juicing as you recover closer to 100% of what you put in.

You should use cannabis leaves and small buds that are well into flower. Buds have a higher concentration of CBD’s,  than leaves. Using both together is quite beneficial. Most don’t have the resources  to do this, but I have found through experience that you can mix leaves from plants in a vegatative state with your flowering leaves and a few buds to stretch your juice, and it”s quite effective. It works as both a dietary supplement and a healing supplement.

Raw Cannabis can be kept in an air tight baggy in the refigerator for up to a week. Do not freeze your raw matter. It will cause it to loose its enzymes.

Rule of thumb is one cup of raw leaf matter is a serving .

Please feel free to email me any questions you have at missteddisjuicing@gmail.com  You can also find me on Facebook twitter and Instagram

 

Thanks Miss Teddy!

Take back your health America! – Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org    If you would like to guest blog, contact us.

Happy New Year!

2016 has been an amazing year for Bulldozer Health Inc. Here are just a few photos from the past year!  We held events, taped Bulldozer Health Shows, and helped people in MA, CT, RI, TX, and AR access alternative health care.  Through our relationship with Canna Care Docs we have helped more than 40 people to see a doctor and receive their certification for medicinal cannabis use for free or at a reduced cost.  We expanded our alternative health network in the 5 states mentioned as well.  We have also welcomed 35 bands to the Take back your health America stage. All in all, we fulfilled our mission of educating everyone about all of their health options, improving access to alternative health care and inspiring people to optimal health.  But there is still so much more work to do!

Join us in welcoming in the New Year, 2017!

We are very excited as we enter into the New Year that our nonprofit is continuing to grow.  As we welcome in our new Executive Director, Joe Delaney and continue to expand to new states, we know that 2017 will bring more growth and much needed help to many people.

Please consider making a tax deductible donation today at http://www.bulldozerhealth.org , so that we can continue to grow projects like our Take back your health America benefit concerts and Health Fairs,  Community Garden, The  Bulldozer Health Show Podcast and TV show, Compassion Cannabis project and much, much more.

Thank you to everyone who supports our cause.

Take back your health America!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

Founder, Bulldozer Health Inc.

Medicinal Cannabis in CT: What’s in a name?

 

Did you know that in the state of CT, the dispensaries carry cannabis medicine, and give it names that are unfamiliar  and unrelated to the common name for the product?   For instance, one of my favorite cannabis strains is called Bubblicious. This medicine helped to heal some of the neurological problems I was having, including double vision and eye droop.  If I were to move to CT and look for that medicine, it would be nearly impossible to figure out which one it is.

Here is the state law:

Sec. 21a-408-59. Brand Name

(a) A producer shall assign a brand name to each marijuana product. A producer shall

register each brand name with the department, on a form prescribed by the commissioner,

prior to any sale to a dispensary facility and shall associate each brand name with a specific

laboratory test that includes a terpenes profile and a list of all active ingredients, including:

(1) Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC);

(2) Tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA);

(3) Cannabidiols (CBD);

(4) Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA); and

(5) Any other active ingredient that constitutes at least 1% of the marijuana batch used

in the product.

(b) A producer shall not label two marijuana products with the same brand name unless

the laboratory test results for each product indicate that they contain the same level of each

active ingredient listed within subsection (a)(1) to (4), inclusive, of this section within a

range of 97% to 103%.

(c) The department shall not register any brand name that:

(1) Is identical to, or confusingly similar to, the name of an existing non-marijuana

product;

(2) Is identical to, or confusingly similar to, the name of an unlawful product or

substance;

(3) Is confusingly similar to the name of a previously approved marijuana product brand

name;

(4) Is obscene or indecent;

(5) May encourage the use of marijuana for recreational purposes;

(6) May encourage the use of marijuana for a condition other than a debilitating medical

condition;

(7) Is customarily associated with persons under the age of 18; or

(8) Is related to the benefits, safety or efficacy of the marijuana product unless supported

by substantial evidence or substantial clinical data.

(Effective September 6, 2013)

 

While I have often said that the names of the medicine such as “headbanger” and “blue dream” don’t sound very medicinal, the fact is that they absolutely are medicinal.  People should know what they are getting when purchasing the medicine without confusion.    It’s great that the content of the medicine is on the label for sure. That said, the medicine has been around a long time, and those who use it are often already aware of the strains that help them. Giving them other random names isn’t fair to the patient, who then has to navigate these names to determine what will work.  Is it simply a ploy to increase sales, just like big pharma? 

Yes, the pharmaceutical companies have been doing this for a long time. There is the chemical name and then the common name. For instance,  valium is actually diazepam and percocet is actually oxycodone with acetominophen.   Why are the drugs renamed by pharmaceutical companies?  I’ve attached an article below about that subject for you to read.  But make no mistake, when it comes down to it, it’s all about marketing and sales. Lets face it, long chemical names can be difficult for consumers to pronounce, and state out loud to the pharmacist or physician. I have to say here though, having to say the chemical name may in fact be helpful, reminding the individual that they are in fact putting chemicals in their body every time they take a drug.

So why would CT follow a pharmaceutical model, and rename cannabis strains?  We can speculate further,  but it’s more productive to move forward and work to change this.  When one is suffering with medical conditions that require medicinal cannabis for healing and reducing symptoms, why should one have to purchase medicine that may or may not help?  Especially when if one knew that actual strain names, one could make an informed purchase and not waste money, time and effort.   Is it about sales and greed? Is it about fear?  We don’t know, but at Bulldozer Health we are about to find out with the help of CT volunteers Joe Delaney and Cody Roberts. We will keep you posted about our conversations and work with the CT State Committees and Representatives.

This blog post, is a part of a series about our project to help patients in CT with this issue and much more! If you would like to volunteer in CT for Bulldozer Health Inc., please contact us via our website at http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

 

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/fyi-how-does-drug-get-its-name