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Dravets syndrome marijuana treatment only available in Colorado; will it be able to save these patients?

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/family_of_sick_toddler_leaves_nj_for_colorados_medical_marijuana_program.html

Family of sick toddler leaves NJ for Colorado’s medical marijuana program

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Meghan Wilson is moving to Colorado so she can get medical marijuana for her daughter Vivian who suffers from seizures. Her father Gene Gatens is helping Meghan take her two daughters Adele WIlson 4, and Vivian Gatens 2, with the flight to Denver from Newark Airport in Newark on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Vivian talks to her grandfather. Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN N.J.

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NEWARK — The Scotch Plains family who waged a public fight to change New Jersey law so they could obtain medical marijuana for their severely ill young daughter moved to Colorado on Friday, saying that’s where they’ll find a strain of the drug they hope can save her life.

Brian and Meghan Wilson say their battle in New Jersey, which included a public plea to Gov. Chris Christie, led to modest changes in the state’s strict law, but isn’t enough to help their 2 ½-year old daughter, Vivian, who has a potentially fatal form of epilepsy.

“I’m not angry,” said Meghan Wilson, clutching boarding passes and pushing a portable oxygen tank at Newark Liberty International Airport. “I’m just ready to start the next chapter. If we get medicine that helps Vivi, that’s great. Who the hell cares we had to move?”

Bleary-eyed after a bad night’s sleep, Wilson said she and her daughters Vivian and Adele, 4, were eager to reunite with Brian Wilson, who left for Denver by car last Saturday.

Brian Wilson has already bought Vivian’s medicine: a two-month supply of a liquified marijuana strain of concentrated Cannabidiol, developed by the Stanley Brothers of Colorado Springs in 2012. Their dispensary says it serves about 180 pediatric epilepsy patients, including many who became “medical refugees” after relocating from other states.

When the Wilsons first went public with their story in The Star-Ledger in May, they were adamant about wanting to remain in New Jersey — close to family, friends, and Vivian’s nationally renowned neurologist, Orrin Devinsky, an expert in treating her illness, Dravet syndrome.

Lawmakers responded by introducing a bill to remove many of the barriers that prevented Vivian and other children from participating: a requirement to get recommendations from at least two doctors including a psychiatrist, limiting dispensaries to grow only three strains, and banning them from producing edible forms of medical pot.

After Brian Wilson pleaded with Christie during a campaign stop to “please don’t let my daughter die,” the governor signed a compromise bill in August that allowed multiple strains of cannabis to be grown and made into edible form, but for children only.

However, none of the three sanctioned dispensaries in the state are producing edible products, nor have they acquired the strain shown for kids in Colorado to have curbed seizures and allowed them to cut back on powerful narcotics with serious side effects.

And the state Health Department has said its lab is not prepared to test any form of edible marijuana to determine potency.

The Wilsons say they accelerated their plans to leave New Jersey after the sudden death in December of Sabina Joana, a 15-month-old girl with Dravet syndrome. Brian Wilson said the changes in New Jersey can put the program on the right track. He just couldn’t afford to wait it out.

“Even though the program is still screwed up, what’s in place will allow dispensaries to make what we need,” he said before his road trip last weekend. “We want to make the best of Colorado, but hopefully we will be able to come back. New Jersey is our home.”

The Wilsons leave behind a growing movement of parents whose children have Dravet and other neurological disorders determined to change the program again so it works for patients of all ages.

Jennie Stormes of Hope Township, whose 14-year-old son, Jackson, has Dravet and is a medical marijuana card holder, said at a Statehouse press conference Thursday that New Jersey should recognize other states’ medical marijuana laws so they can obtain forms of the drug produced outside the state. “We really need to ask important questions, like why did Gov. Christie allow edible but only for minors,” she said. “Does my son become less important when he turns 18?”

Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union), who sponsored the first bill inspired by the Wilsons, urged Christie to support her “reciprocity” bill so “we do not make any more medical refugees, like the Wilsons.”

Christie has said “he is done expanding the medical marijuana law.” His office did not return requests for comment, and the state health department declined comment.

At the airport, Gene Gatens, Meghan Wilson’s father and “G-Pa” to his grandchildren, said he felt “relieved” the family was moving.

“I am very proud of my daughter and son-in-law for staying here and seeing through the culmination of that bill,” he said. “Wherever they go, I’m behind them.”

But when Gatens took a call from his sister, who was crying, he lost his composure and started to weep.

“Every time I think I have made peace with this, I get these feelings of rage and confusion, trying to figure out the absurdity of it all,” he said. “Why does this have to take them away from their family?”

Comon sense analysis of where american citizens’ thought is on Marijuana.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2014/03/02/marijuana-legalization-cusp-broad-acceptance/TUycJH26igBgdAH5K7bbjP/story.html

Marijuana legalization on cusp of mass acceptance

In long journey, drug soars from illegal to popular

By Marc Fisher

|  WASHINGTON POST  

  MARCH 02, 2014

People sampled products at the Cannabis Cup last month in San Bernardino, Calif.

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People sampled products at the Cannabis Cup last month in San Bernardino, Calif.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — In the ‘‘medication area’’ of the nation’s biggest marijuana exposition, scantily clad young women hand out marshmallows they’ve dipped into a rushing fountain of pot-laced chocolate.

A few steps away, Anthony Ramirez offers free hits from a bong filled with the waxy marijuana extract that his family started producing when a friend’s mother needed relief from the pain of lupus.

Across a vast outdoor plaza lined with hundreds of booths, last month’s Cannabis Cup gathering in southern California attracted more than 10,000 visitors at $40 a ticket.

By midafternoon, some of them are sprawled on overstuffed couches that merchants have thoughtfully provided. Others move from booth to booth, sampling wares from businesses that have risen from the underground economy to create a burgeoning industry of hazy legality.

Vendors hawk brightly colored candies, chocolate bars, slickly designed jars of gourmet peanut butter — all infused with weed. Smokers sample e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and the latest in bongs and glassware.

Agricultural firms display industrial-sized machinery for harvesting plants, electronics firms offer a dazzling array of grow lights, and everywhere, growers lovingly explain the virtues of dozens of plant strains such as Gorilla Glue, Silver Haze, and Crystal Coma.

All in a state where marijuana is not yet quite legal, and all without a single police officer to be seen.

America has been at the edge of marijuana legalization several times during the past half-century, but never as close to mass acceptance of the drug as the nation is today.

Since the 1960s, the United States has traveled on a herky-jerky trip from hippies and head shops to grass-roots backlash by suburban parents, from enthusiastic funding of the war on drugs to a gathering consensus that the war had little effect on marijuana use.

Now, for the first time, marijuana legalization is winning majority support in public opinion polls and a drug used by about 6 percent of Americans — and one-third of the nation’s high school seniors — is starting to shake off its counterculture reputation. It is winning acceptance even from some police, prosecutors, and politicians.

But is this time really different? Why is the current campaign for legalization resonating when previous ones did not?

Today’s leap toward legality is entwined with the financial desperation of cash-strapped states, an Internet-driven revolution in how Americans learn about marijuana and its medicinal uses, and a rising libertarian sensibility in which many liberals and conservatives alike have grown skeptical of government’s role in telling citizens how to medicate themselves.

The skies looked bright for legalization at points in recent decades, and those efforts ultimately went nowhere, as campaigns by parents combined with sharp opposition by law enforcement and elected officials to keep marijuana on the list of substances that can land you in jail.

But in 20 states and the District of Columbia, the booming medical marijuana industry (the drug first became legal to treat ailments in California in 1996) has raised expectations of full legalization.

In 2012, legalized marijuana outpolled President Obama in Colorado; the votes for pot and Obama in Washington state were almost identical at 56 percent each.

Activists in at least six states and the District of Columbia are working to put legalization initiatives on the ballot this year or in 2016.

Legislatures in 13 states are considering bills to legalize a plant that in 80 years has traveled from widely used patent medicine to felony to misdemeanor and now to the cusp of acceptance as one more taxed and regulated mind-altering substance, akin to alcohol or tobacco.

In San Francisco during the ’90s, the nation’s 30-year culture war over marijuana had gone silent, replaced by a new urgency. In the city’s devastated gay neighborhoods, AIDS powerfully shifted the debate.

The 1996 campaign for medical marijuana in California pushed aside groovy graphics and hippie rhetoric and repositioned weed as a tonic for cancer, glaucoma, and AIDS patients. Grandmothers took to TV to explain how marijuana eased their pain, and doctors were enlisted to join the campaign.

Then billionaires George Soros and Peter Lewis each pumped half a million dollars into the effort. The initiative won 56 percent of the vote, opening the door.

During the next decade, 20 states and the District of Columbia followed the same path, but with extremely different results. In California, where medical marijuana permits are as easy to get as a bottle of scotch, more than half a million people have cards letting them shop in hundreds of dispensaries.

In the District of Columbia, where the law requires a 14-page application and recognizes only four diseases as warranting treatment with marijuana, just 120 people have been approved to purchase it since the first dispensary opened last July.

If legalization spreads beyond Colorado and Washington state, it likely will be because of a confluence of forces that have gathered steam during the past decade: Big money is backing the new, aboveground marijuana industry, and the Internet has altered the kind of messages that Americans hear about pot.

Americans have grown more libertarian in their perspective on personal freedoms, the most antimarijuana generation has passed on, and people across the ideological spectrum have grown frustrated with the cost, both financial and social, of decades of arrests and imprisonments.

Legalization drives are underway mainly in states facing tough budget problems.

Keith Stroup, founder of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, says, ‘‘big money can be made and suddenly the sin doesn’t matter that much.’’

Recreational Marijuana is “inevitable”

 

 

With States nationwide getting on the Recreational Marijuana ‘bandwagon” its all about the path of least resistance. Lawmakers are starting to see the cash flow, and they are forgetting why Marijuana was made illigal in the first place, I imagine. 

here we can see Illinois, Florida, and Alaska all figuring it out. 

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/02/21/illinois-lawmaker-legalization-of-recreational-marijuana-inevitable-here/

Illinois Lawmaker: Legalization Of Recreational Marijuana Inevitable Here

 
 

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(CBS) – A state lawmaker predicts the legalization of recreational marijuana is inevitable and says the longer the delay, the more tax revenue cash-strapped Illinois will lose.

State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, posted on her Facebook page the statement: “While Illinois if figuring out where to put dispensaries, Colorado is raking in 184 million dollars.” That’s a reference to tax revenues expected in Colorado where recreational marijuana has been legalized.

Feigenholtz tells WBBM Newsradio she’s more concerned about raising marijuana sales taxes than she is in legalizing marijuana.

She says she’d only support marijuana legalization if it came with drug abuse treatment funding as well as safeguards so that youths are discouraged from consuming pot.

At the same times, Feigenholtz says she “laments” all the tax revenue being lost while Illinois is facing unpleasant choices between cutting human needs program or further upping state taxes.

She says she’s not ready to introduce the legislation herself this year but could support such a measure.

Steve Brown, press secretary for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, notes Feigenholtz is a member of the leadership and would get serious consideration if she introduced a marijuana-legalization bill.

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Marijuana and Your Higher Self; Intention of Spirit

 

Does Cannabis have something deeper to teach us?

Being aware is in my opinion a very advantagable quality to posess. If one is aware they can better predict outcomes, or possible oppurtunities, obstacles are easily broken becasue one might be very aware of his situation. I’d say Wing Chun, the mentor to Bruce Lee in Ip Man (a fictionalised biopic of the grandmaster of martial arts, Yip Man….watch it if you havn’t) is probably very aware of himself, others and situations around him. And that is an advantage. He spent a good deal of time, effort, focus, and passion on achieving this advantage. And it is for his taking. Intention is a powerful thing. Once you are aware of what you want your intention moves with ease to your next destiny. 

 Sometimes you find many obstacles before you get to where you’re going. And I’d assume along the way you might learn a thing or two about what you need to do. And a couple things about what you ought not to do. Growing is natural. Growing spiritually as well. Everyone is on thier own journey. In a sophisticated life force or spirit I would think that would be the norm. Connecting with people, not controlling them. Growing together. There are still many pople following other people, following lights, and roads, and signs, and going to the same places every day, and not really growing per se. Yes, their vessel changes and they grow “as a person”, but as a spirit? Intention, Curiosity, Questions, Knowledge, Acceptance, Humbleness, integrity, and Respect for oneself prevails in the end. 

Marijuana has been struggling for its freedom, maybe not always, but in the here and now, it has been a struggle. It grows everywhere, and anywhere it can. Without much complaint at that. It provides wonderful medicinal qualities, as well as cereberal effecs that can leave one feeling relaxed, and at times enlightened. A problem you were mulling over in your head, magically presents a solution. Or you enjoyed cleaning, and doing lawnwork so much a new project popped into your head for spring. A new drawing idea, or song. Either way it can be said that when one smokes the herb, they find inspiration. Something that is essential for life, or a least a life worth living. To be “content” and well off, taken care of, or just plain bored is something I never want to be. When you have passion for who you are and what you’re about, thats living. Marijuana has passion for life!

Marijuana helps us be what we want; meditative, relaxed, energetic, creative, respectful, healthy inside and outside. When you’re healing physically and mentally, catching that break so that you can realign and think “out of the box” you’re being you and it’s working great. Your intention can soar. Your smile is bigger and shared more often. You feel accomplished and happy, and want to share that feeling. Marijuana seems to only have good intention for us, and I hope we can revel happily in the love that has been gratefully recieved already. And Smile back. 

 

We have all seen what happens when you love something that isnt real. Something like propaganda, or movies, (realistic all -day-action packed drama, and romantic expectations are lost on movies – two words; False Hopes) even a corrupt government, illusions that makes life hard, and seem not that much fun. It’s hard to say “trust no one”, “hide in a hole” but at times that’s what you may feel like doing. Because intention was misplaced. Maybe just lost on greed. It’s safe in my opinion, to say that something having been around far longer than any government or nation I have existed in, still pushing through has some pretty hardcore intent written in its past, present, and future destiny. Marijuana will not back down. You have to admit, as a plant that has been illegal in the United States for some time now, it sure got around anyways. I’m pretty sure my high school ceramics teacher smoked marijuana while on duty for the “saturday school kids” (being tardy and sorts gets you a fun filled four hour sat in classroom-quiet). I had one once, and I didn’t have Mr. Jones, I had some grouchy lady who could have benefitted from a little Marijuana in my opinion. My intention was to get out of highschool as fast as I could. And I did, 6 months early! woooheeee!

If you put your mind to it, anything is possible. We tell kids that all the time (I was told that) then proceed to shoot down their dreams in the most innocent of ways, without even knowing it. As well as other not so innocent ways becasue of reactions and consequences from outside factors of control beyond our reach that we cannot keep from their lives. I tell my son, “if you want your fire hose (stick) to have a water spout to put out fires, and a fire spout to throw flames, that can happen.” Job security right there. My first thought was to say “no, no that wouldn’t be productive you wouldn’t want to start more fires by confusing the buttons” but in reality, there’d probably be a safety switch, so that’s a non issue. Meaning it’s not a problem. Maybe while I amlost sqwashed a dream, or intention of creativity and spirit, I also recieved perspective. Which is important.

You can be shown pearls and becasue of ones lack in perspective, have them waste away. Intent must be recieved as it is sent out. Revolving so to speak; questions asked, acceptance, understanding, curiosity, respect, growth. These things help us move forward in so many ways. Marijuana can help us move forward in so many ways because Its intention is pure, and honest. Cannabis is Not hiding behind false hopes, and expectations. Just growing, there on the side of the road, or in a garden waiting to be read to or asked a question. 

 They pretty much ingrain into our little innocent minds that we want to get a career and become somebody….as if we’re not already. It would be wiser to teach kids in my humble opinion, how to be themselves and learn about what they are naturally curious and interested in then trying to teach them how to become someone important. There are many children I feel are much more intelligent than some other adults (thier natural skills lost in the assimilation). I have encountered many times where I just look at my son and think… “wow, you get it. You know something I have forgotten, or havn’t learned yet” Age is meaningless. Yes, wisdom exists beyond seniority. Well, possibly. I’m still working our reincarnation issues with that statement. Many times school has molded perfectly good kids into “respectable citizens” .. I’ve decided that what governments consider respectable people, I sometimes consider ignorant sheep without intent or passion. They do what their told, and they are happy they are being told what to do becasue they wouldn’t know what to do if they weren’t. Their intent has effectivly been lost on them. They might be due for a toke sesh. just saying. 

There’s a couple great reads on the spiritual intent of marijuana and growth I found while exploring the idea of Marijuanas Higher Consciousness level. Both tie in so nicely becasue there’s a good example of how a person with poor intentions can effect the intent of Marijuana. That doesn’t mean it’s not okay to use for fun, but just shows that you can’t blame the messenger. Marijuana is not responsible for humanity, rather a bringer of knowledge, perspective, and possibly a new way to see ourselves, and become “A Higher Self”. Heh heh. 

Resurrection of the Higher Self
 
by Matthew Webb, visionquest@eoni.com
Jul 1989
 
[ Erowid Note: This document provides an interesting look into a group advocating the intentional, spiritual, and transformative use of cannabis. The views expressed in this interview share many similiarities with some other cannabis-positive writings and metaphysical viewpoints, but which are not well represented in the Erowid archives, despite their prevalence. ]
 

THE HIGHER SELF

 Blake: “What I meant was, that marijuana can be a powerful tool for self improvement if used with the proper focus.”

MB: “What do you mean it can be a powerful tool?”

Blake: “This plant has the potential for use as a psychoactive booster of consciousness. It is a kind of ‘psychic vitamin’ that can expand ones’ abilities mentally, psychically and spiritually.”

MB: “In certain Native cultures substances such as peyote and psychoactive mushrooms are used for self exploration. Is this what you mean?”

Blake: “Self exploration is actually only a part of this. In native cultures, psychoactive substances are also used to gain what are considered spiritual powers, psychic enhancements, altered and deepened perceptions of truth, greater inner strength, energy, mental alertness and flexibility. Perhaps even more importantly, these substances are used to gain spiritual realization and refinement. They are even used as an aid to unify ones self with Nature and God.”

MB: “And you include marijuana as one of the substances which can accomplish these things?”

Blake: “Yes we do.”

MB: “Don’t you think that if marijuana had such potentials that people would have discovered them long ago? I mean, everyone ‘gets high’ at one time or another, but no one I know of gains any psychic powers or finds God through weed.”

Blake: “In reference to the first part of your question, people did actually discover the spiritual potentials of marijuana long ago. References to this herb in the ancient Vedic texts of India, indicate that it was being used by Rishis and Yogis at that time to gain deepened perceptions. As for the fact that ‘everyone gets high’ as you said, yet few find God or greater personal power, this is just a result of cultural influences. Lets look at it this way. Compare marijuana to driving a car. As soon as you take a puff you’re behind the drivers’ seat. The engine’s running and you can go anywhere you want. But just because you own a car though, does not guarantee that you will take it to useful, productive or enlightening places. You may just drive in circles, get in a wreck or simply drive it off a cliff. It all depends upon your intention when you’re driving as to where you end up, and what you’ll do when you get there. Marijuana is the same way. Although it contains great potentials for self-transformation and can take you to places you never dreamed of, its effect is still primarily limited to the mind that is driving it, so to speak.”

MB: “So you’re saying that the usual effect of just ‘getting stoned’ and oblivious to the world, is due more to user error than to the substance itself.”

Blake: “That is exactly what I mean, and what a pity! Most people just get high within the usual party mode of stimulating amusements, simply because this is the only intention they hold when smoking it.”

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http://www.erowid.org/plants/cannabis/cannabis_spirit6.shtml

 

 

Here’s the socond…

By: Teal Swan

Cannabis and Spirituality (Is Pot a Beneficial Spiritual Drug?)

“Pot, otherwise known as cannabis or marijuana, is considered a spiritual medicine and has been used as such since 2000 BC because it is a psychoactive drug. Pot is considered psychoactive because it can alter one’s state of consciousness. Altering one’s consciousness helps them to break free of illusion and the restriction of limited perception.

All plants possess unique energetic frequencies and those frequencies can teach a new way of thinking and being. Cannabis teaches about a great many things including: The path of least resistance, oneness, surrender, release, letting go, present moment, “Livity”, communion, allowing, the impermanence and illusion of the physical dimension, the frailness of boundaries, inhibition, the unhealthiness of control, the fear that lies behind the bold, confident mask of the ego and effortless being.

People react very differently to cannabis; this is because the vibratory rate of the plant is in fact what is altering people’s state of consciousness. An individual human holds a unique vibration. When a person interacts with cannabis, the vibratory rate of that individual has to change in order to match the frequency of the cannabis in order to stay a match to sharing a reality where both the plant and the person coexist. In shamanic tradition, these psychoactive plants (including cannabis) were seen as gatekeepers or tunnel guardians between realms. This matching of frequencies or resonating between person and plant is called “friending”. Friending the plant, allows you to pass between realms. This resonance effect drastically increases when the medicine is ingested. The vibrational resonance causes a cascade of physiological reactions occur, most especially the inhibition of neurotransmitters. It inhibits the brain from functioning at normal capacity. This provides a great deal of relief to many people, who are bombarded by their own resistant thoughts.

The brain is a transceiver of information that is designed to create the illusion of a static 3-D dimension for the purpose of learning. The physical dimension is a learning hologram. When the transceiver is affected or inhibited by certain drugs, the illusion of the physical dimension begins to dismantle and a person can feel or see beyond this dimension into other dimensions and realities. When the transceiver is incapacitated, a person is enables to allow more of his or her own pure being to be fully present and unrestricted. But people react differently to the plant. The question is…why?

A person reacts differently to cannabis for two main reasons. 1) Because people have different vibratory rates. Your enjoyment of cannabis, or lack there of, is directly related to whether the plant holds a higher vibration than you do, or whether you hold a higher vibration than it does. If the plant holds a higher vibration than you do, you are most likely going to experience a sense of calm euphoria and a dramatic reduction of pain in your body. If your vibratory rate is higher, you will most likely experience paranoia and other unwanted side effects from the medicine. 2) Because cannabis is extremely responsive to intention. It enhances the truth of this reality, which is that intention directs energy and intention creates your experience. If you set an intention for what you want cannabis to help you do, it will have that effect. If you do not, it will respond according to the intention of your subconscious. This means if your subconscious wants you to know about something that is plaguing it, or if your subconscious fears the loss of personal boundaries, taking cannabis will enable your subconscious to fulfill it’s intention and you will come face to face with your fears.

The number one benefit of cannabis is that it helps people to release resistance. By affecting the brain like it does, it inhibits the brain from focusing on and translating the resistant, stressful thoughts that cause a negative emotional response within the body. This is why it is so effective at reducing stress. And this is also why it is so effective for the use of pain management. Pain is a symptom of resistance. By causing a person to release resistance and “flow downstream with life” a person is free to be who they really are. More of their true essence is present in the absence of resistance and this is why people often undergo such intense spiritual experiences while under the influence of cannabis. But this is also why it is used recreationally.”

 

Marijuana has shown, through the ages that its intent is TO BE. To be free, to be accepted, accepting, welcomed, welcoming, loved, loving, understood, overstanding, cared for, and connected to. Marijuana wants us all to connect. As we come closer to one another and understand our true selves. we shall revel in the fact that intention is all we need to do this. 

 

 

 

I want to dedicate this Ode to a flower, a Marijuana flower. I found this sweet poem in a book I have called “Peace is Every Step” ” The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life” Forward by H.H. The Dalai Lama. It has a wealth of applicable information in it, along with really sweet poems and shorts essays”

In one Called Flower Insights this poem appears at the end. Said to be written ‘by a friend of mine who died at the age of twenty-eight in Saigon, about thirty years ago” 

Stnding quietly by the fence,

you smile your wondrous smile.

I am speechless, and my senses are filled

by the sounds of your beautiful song,

beginningless and endless.

I bow deeply to you. 

“You” refers to a flower, a dahlia. That morning he passded by a fence, he saw that little flower deeply and, struck by the sight of it, he stopped and wrote that poem”

Flower Insights

“There is a story about a flower which is well known in the Zen circles. One day the Buddha held up a flower in front of an audience of 1,250 monks and nuns. He did not say anything for quite a long time. The audience was perfectly silent. Everyone seemed to be thinking hard, trying to see the meaning behind the Buddha’s gesture. Then, suddenly, the Buddha smiled. He smiled because someone in the audience smiled at him and at the flower. The name of that monk was Mahakashyapa. He was the only person who smiled, and the Buddha smiled back and said,”I have a treasure of insight, and I have transmitted it to Mahakashyapa.” That story has been disscussed by many generations of Zen students, and people continue to look for its meaning. To me the meaning is quite simple. When someone holds up a flower and shows it to you, he wants you to see it. If you keep thinking, you miss the flower. The person who was not thinking, who was just himself, was able to encounter the flower in depth, and he smiled.”

“That is the problem of life. If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. When a child presents himself to you with his smile,if you are not really there-thinking about the future or the past-then the child is not really there for you. The technique of being alive is to go back to yourself in order for the child to appear like a marvelous reality. Then you can see him smile and you can embrace him in your arms.”

 

 

 

 

Florida Keys want to unlock Recreational Marijuana!

 

 

 

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Keys state senator files bill to legalize recreational marijuana
BY NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
February 28, 2014 Updated 7 hours ago
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State Sen. Dwight Bullard’s chance to pass a recreational-use marijuana bill is slim.
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In the latest twist in a debate about legalizing marijuana in Florida, Sen. Dwight Bullard, a Democrat who represents the Keys and parts of Miami-Dade, filed a proposal Friday that would allow the recreational use of marijuana.

The bill (SB 1562) likely has little chance of passing the Republican-dominated Legislature. But it calls for allowing people who are 21 or older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and also would allow them to cultivate up to six marijuana plants. The proposal also would create a regulatory structure that deals with issues such as the sale and taxation of marijuana.

The proposal comes as Florida voters prepare to cast ballots in November on legalizing medical marijuana. Also, lawmakers are considering proposals to legalize a marijuana extract that can help some children who have a form of epilepsy and suffer from severe seizures.

Republican Keys state Rep. Holly Raschein of Key Largo favors medical marijuana legalization.

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LoDO Wellness Center
1617 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202

http://lodowellnesscenter.com/

Medicine Man
4750 Nome St
Denver, CO 80239

http://medicinemandenver.com/

Mile High Medical Cannabis
1705 Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80204

http://www.mhmcdenver.com/

Strainwise – The Shelter
4095 Jackson St
Denver, CO 80216

The following shops are licensed outside Denver.

• Alpenglow Botanicals, Breckenridge

• Alpine Wellness, Telluride

• Alternative Medical Supplies, Black Hawk

• Annie’s Tobacco Emporium, Central City

• Bioenergetic Healing Center, Frisco

• BotanaCare LLC, Northglenn

• Breckenridge Cannabis Club

• Bud Med Health Center, Edgewater

• Cloud 9 Caregivers, Garden City

• Green Grass LLC, Central City

• High Country Healing, Silverthorne

• High Country Healing II, Alma

• Marisol Therapeutics, Pueblo

• Milagro Wellness Healing, Dumont

• Patients Choice, 2517 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater

• Serene Wellness, Empire

• Telluride Bud Company, Telluride

• Telluride Green Room, Telluride

• The Kine Mine, Idaho Springs

• The Greener Side, Pueblo

• Ever-green Herbal Remedies, Idaho Springs.

• Organix, Breckenridge

 

Nature’s Herbs and Wellness Center
522 27th St
Greeley, CO 80631
 
http://www.naturesherbsandwellness.com/
Cloud City Compassionant Care
1013 Poplar St
Leadville, CO 80461
 
http://www.cloudcitycare.com/
 
Silverpeak Apothecary
520 E Cooper Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

“The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The shop is very boutique like. Great products and aroma. Free stickers!” says a review.
 
Natural Choice
2835 Downhill Plaza
Steamboat Spgs, CO 80487
 
http://m.naturalchoicemmj.com/
 
Rocky Mountain Remedies
2730 Downhill Plaza #106
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

http://rockymountainremedies.com/
Sunrise Solutions

41 County Road 68
Bailey, CO 80421

http://www.sunrisesolutionsllc.com/

 

The Green Solution
Northglenn, CO 80233

470 Malloy Dr.

..may not be a solution for you afterall. Cpl really rough reviews on these guys. Looks like maybe the medical side got the back burner to the money making recreationl sales. Bummer.

a review by; hhhSoonerfan1
 
reviewed 2 weeks ago
“They used to care about patients. Not anymore…they care about CASH! They have basically shunned the medical patients. They jacked up the medical prices, cut the daily deal, offer only 6 strains to medical patients. They run out of medical flower and limit amounts for medical patients. Plenty for the rec. CUSTOMERS. They have a very impersonal attitude. I am disgusted with the way they built their business from the 6 plants of every patient. Now they are treating us like second class citizens. They should be ashamed of themselves. But they aren’t….they pulled the ol’ bait and switch on patients last year. They put up a big sign declaring all these wonderful benefits that being a patient would yield vs. being a rec. user. LIARS!!!!! You used us and now you are throwing us away. I won’t be renewing with TGS. They no longer care about people with a real need for medical marijuana.”

and another

 

 
reviewed 3 weeks ago
“This place use to be great now they suck!!! Ever since they started selling recreational now you have to wait in a long line to get product if you don’t call ahead. And if you want to do a call ahead they don’t answer their phones. Also they only have 6 strains to chose from for medical. I would recommend not wasting your time with this place!!!”


 
reviewed a month ago
“Ok here’s my peace. The Green Solution sucks, for medical users. I came into the store today (1/21/14) attempting to buy some concentrates, and first thing is there is only one line which wasn’t a big deal but people who need this for medicine should not have to wait behind people who just want to get high. So then after waiting I got pinned with a sales person and we moved to the concentrates. Specifically I wanted some shatter cause I have Cancer and the rest doesn’t really seem to help with my appetite or the pain. So I explained this to the sales rep and they replied with “Sorry we’re out of shatter for medical, we only have recreational left.” So I asked if they could sell it to me for the same price as medical and they replied with no. Honestly its appalling to see a company that was originally founded to help people with their medical needs shifting to just a company out to make as much money as they can and disregard the people who need their product and built the company up from nothing is horrible. I myself will be boycotting the Green Solution and I urge others to do the same.”
 
Before Recreational sales, good reviews were piling in..
 
 
reviewed 11 months ago
Best dispensary in Colorado. Been a member here for almost a year. A real medical marijuana dispensary! Tested meds for accurate results. More aimed towards medical than other places. And sanitary, nobody breaths or sniffs your medicine before you get it. Simply the best care at a good price. Also have everything you need. Large store with nice atmosphere.

Marijuana Business is good for one Colorado County

 

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/colorado-county-reports-1m-january-pot-sales-n38456

Published by: Daniel Arkin

Feb. 25 12:47pm

First Colorado County Reports $1M in January Pot Sales

It’s high times for at least two pot stores in Colorado.

A southern Colorado county with a pair of recreational weed shops became the first in the state Monday to announce tax totals from its fledgling — and recently legalized — industry.

 

Pueblo County finance officials said Monday that its two stores generated roughly $1 million in total sales to cannabis customers in January — producing about $56,000 in local sales taxes, according to The Associated Press.

The county is the only spot between Denver and the New Mexico state line that presently permits recreational weed sales. The two stores are slated to be joined by three others launching in February, the wire service reported.

“We recognize that the eyes of the world are watching us, and we are proud to have erected a robust regulatory environment in Pueblo County,” County Commissioner Sal Pace said in a statement Tuesday.

Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz estimated the weed industry will gin up about $670,000 in new tax revenue for the county this year, according to the AP.

 

Image:BRENNAN LINSLEY / AP