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Proposed Medicaid Changes in Kentucky – Tell us what you think about Governor Bevin’s proposed Medicaid changes


Proposed Medicaid Changes in Kentucky – Tell us what you think about Governor Bevin’s proposed Medicaid changes – LINK

PLEASE FOLLOW LINK ABOVE TO COMPLETE THIS IMPORTANT SURVEY!  YOUR HEALTHCARE IS AT RISK IN KENTUCKY!  NOW IS THE TIME TO SPEAK UP!

United 874K Members and Supporters –
The three public hearings on the proposed Medicaid waiver have been completed, with approximately 400 individuals in attendance in Bowling Green, Frankfort and Hazard, KY and nearly 100 individuals who spoke. 98% of those who spoke expressed concerns about the proposed waiver. Concerns were expressed about requiring the “medically frail” to pay monthly premiums; about a work or volunteer requirement of 20 hours/week for those on the Medicaid Expansion; loss of retroactive eligibility which could cause a lapse in coverage or a delay in beginning Medicaid coverage; increasing premiums over several years for some Medicaid members, with a 6-month lock-out from services if the premium is not paid; eliminating annual dental and vision check-ups and routine care for the Medicaid Expansion folks
Clearly those Medicaid members who are deemed to be “medically frail” (by a process yet to be determined, but ostensibly those with SMI. Chronic SUD, complicated medical conditions, are on SSI, or have a disability that interferes with a task of daily living) will be charged a monthly premium, probably in the range of $1 – $8 / month. We are concerned both by the financial burden, but also by the administrative burden created by this requirement. If the premium is not paid, then the medically frail individual will have to pay a copay for every service and every medication! While the 1915 C Waivers are exempt from this current 1115 Waiver Proposal from the Administration, we are concerned about individuals who are currently covered by Medicaid while waiting for a 1915 waiver slot. They would likely be classified as “medically frail” and would be subject to a monthly premium; if not paid, then they would be charged a copay for each health service and each medication they receive.
Medically frail individuals will not have a work or volunteer requirement and will have the full range of current benefits, including dental and vision. These latter benefits (annual check-up, routine cleanings, etc.) are being removed from the benefit package for all other Medicaid members (excluding children and pregnant women); those basic health benefits will have to be “earned” by the member through their Rewards Account.
I urge you to spread the word and to encourage those affected by these waiver changes, their families, providers and advocates to submit comments! I am available to answer questions or to be of assistance, if you will contact me.
I have attached a flyer which gives information about writing or emailing your comments about the waiver to Medicaid Commissioner Miller. THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF WRITTEN COMMENTS IS 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016! Volume is important, so please encourage everyone to write in. And send a copy of your comment to kymedicaidchanges@gmail.com so we can be sure that your voice is heard!
I have also attached a brief description of the waiver proposal and how it would affect various groups of people who are now Medicaid members.
KY Voices for Health is conducting a very short SURVEY about the proposed changes in Medicaid. Please distribute this link and ask folks to complete the survey! It takes less than 3-4 minutes.

This is me at 21 years old. This is the day I graduated from the Detroit police academy…


Merri McGregor

Yesterday near Harrison Township, MI ·

This is me at 21 years old. This is the day I graduated from the Detroit police academy at 4:00pm, went home and took a couple hour nap, woke up at 9:30 that night and reported to my first tour of duty at the 12th Precinct for midnight shift. Look at that smile on my face. I couldn’t have been more excited, more proud. Armed with my dad’s badge that he wore for 25 years on my chest, one of my mom’s sergeant stripe patches in my pocket, my lucky $2.00 bill tucked into my bulletproof vest, a gun I was barely old enough to purchase bullets for on my hip and enough naive courage for a small army, I headed out the door…my mom snapped this photo on my way.

The next 17 years would bring plenty of shed blood, black eyes, torn ligaments, stab wounds, stitches, funerals, a head injury, permanent and irreparable nerve damage, 5 ruptured discs, some charming PTSD and depression issues and a whole lot of heartache. They brought missed Christmases with my family, my absence from friends’ birthday get-togethers, pricey concert tickets that were forfeited at the last minute because of a late call and many sleepless nights.

I’ve laid in wet grass on the freeway for three hours watching a team of burglars and orchestrating their apprehension, I’ve dodged gunfire while running down a dark alley in the middle of the night chasing a shooting suspect, I’ve argued with women who were too scared to leave their abusive husbands until they realized they had to or they would end up dead. I’ve peeled a dead, burned baby from the front of my uniform shirt, I’ve felt the pride of putting handcuffs on a serial rapist and I’ve cried on the chest of and kissed the cheek of my dead friend, coworker and academy classmate even though it was covered in his own dried blood and didn’t even look like him from all the bullet holes. I know what a bullet sounds like when it’s whizzing past your ear, a few inches away, I know what the sound of a Mother’s shrilling scream is like when she finds out her son has been killed in the middle of the street and I know what it’s like to have to tell a wife and mother of 3 that her husband was killed in a car accident while on his way home from work.
Smells, pictures, sounds and sights are burned and engrained into our minds…things we can never forget, no matter how hard we try; things that haunt our sleep at night and our thoughts during the day; things that we volunteered to deal with so that you don’t have to. Things I don’t want my sister, little cousins or YOU to even have to KNOW about.

I never once went to work thinking, “I’m gonna beat someone tonight.”; “Hmmm…I think I’m gonna kill someone tonight.” I DID, however, go to work every night, knowing that I was going to do the best I could to keep good people safe, even if that meant that I died doing so.

We ALL need to start being more understanding and compassionate toward one another. Violence doesn’t cure violence and hate doesn’t cure hate. I’ve seen and experienced both sides of the spectrum since I left the PD and I get it. I truly do. But this all has to stop.

Are cops perfect? No. Are there bad cops? Yes. But please…understand that the vast majority of police are good, loving, well intentioned family people. They have husbands and wives and children and parents and pets and cousins and mortgages and electric bills and lawns that need cutting, just like you. They have hearts and consciences. They aren’t robots, they’re not machines and they just want to help keep the wolves away from the sheep. I KNOW there’s people who don’t deserve to wear the badge but they’re SO VERY few and far between. It breaks my heart to see all this hatred and anger flying around. All it’s doing is encouraging more of the same.

If you’ve read this far, thank you for listening. I’m not gonna sit here and tell you that if you hate or don’t support one side or the other, to unfriend me and never speak to me again…I hope those are the people who come straight TO me. Because I’ll be more than happy to hug you and pray or meditate with you. I’ll be more than happy to listen to your concerns and let you vent and empathize with your feelings. But then I’ll encourage you to help me find a solution to end all this nonsense because if we’re not part of the solution, we’re part of the problem. Love to all of you. ALL OF YOU. We’re all SO much better than this.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️✌️❤️❤️❤️❤️✌️

 

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MotherJones.Com "My four months as a private prison guard", by Shane Bauer


Have you ever had a riot?” I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).
“The last riot we had was two years ago,” he says over the phone.
“Yeah, but that was with the Puerto Ricans!” says a woman’s voice, cutting in. “We got rid of them.”
“When can you start?” the man asks.
I tell him I need to think it over.

I take a breath. Am I really going to become a prison guard? Now that it might actually happen, it feels scary and a bit extreme.

Read Why Our Reporter Worked at a Prison

From the editor: Why we sent a reporter to work as a private prison guard

I started applying for jobs in private prisons because I wanted to see the inner workings of an industry that holds 131,000 of the nation’s 1.6 million prisoners. As a journalist, it’s nearly impossible to get an unconstrained look inside our penal system. When prisons do let reporters in, it’s usually for carefully managed tours and monitored interviews with inmates. Private prisons are especially secretive. Their records often aren’t subject to public access laws; CCA has fought to defeat legislation that would make private prisons subject to the same disclosure rules as their public counterparts. And even if I could get uncensored information from private prison inmates, how would I verify their claims? I keep coming back to this question: Is there any other way to see what really happens inside a private prison?

 

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…charging the world’s governments with Crimes Against Humanity


 
 
 
 
Robert Melamede

10 hrs · Burlington, VT ·

The below is my developing challenge that will ultimately be brought to the world court charging the world’s governments with Crimes Against Humanity, and violating the Declaration of Human Rights to which they are treaty bound to uphold.

To Whom it May Concern, the below presentation is presented in support of human evolutionary freedom. This natural process is threatened by backward looking people (BLPs), a population driven by a hypersensitivity to stress caused by insufficient endocannabinoid activity and resulting in ignorance, fear, and greed as they continue to harm others who think differently from themselves.

The Physics of Life, Evolution and the Endocannabinoid System
Program Director Phoenix Tears Foundation, Denver CO, drbobmelamede@me.com

The earth is constantly bombarded by electromagnetic waves that in conjunction with the heat of the earth have powered the chemical conversions that led to the emergence of life. Nobel laureate Ilya Prigogine pioneered a new form of physics known is far from equilibrium thermodynamics. His work is based on the concept that flowing energy naturally organizes matter. Flow dependent dissipative structures naturally form because they generate more entropy to their surroundings than would occur in their absence. Hence they are consistent with the second law of thermodynamics. Consequently, for the first time in human history, we have a theoretical framework for understanding life, its emergence and it’s evolution.

The emergence of life from the inorganic prebiotic “soup” was a far from equilibrium phase change, as was/is also the case with the emergence of new species or their disappearance with extinction. With the evolution of vertebrates, a new homeostatic mechanism appeared, the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system homeostatically regulates all human body systems (circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immunological, neuromuscular, skeletal, reproductive and skin) from conception until death!

The CB1 receptor, responsible for the euphoric effects of cannabis, regulates free radical production by regulating ion channels, in particular calcium. Consequently, they control all forms of energy-requiring cell activation, i.e., muscle contraction, nerve conduction, endocrine hormone production, etc., essentially cell differentiation as they drove the evolution of the human brain. Additionally, free radical are critical determinants of the various the forms of cell death. The probability of cell death, apoptosis or necrosis (including numerous subdivisions), is ultimately determined by the destructive free radicals that are natural metabolically produced or brought into the system fro outside: sunlight and all forms electromagnetic radiation to which life is constantly exposed.

The CB1 receptor is found everywhere, and composes most abundant neurotransmitter system in the human brain (not taught in medical schools). It allows for the fine-tuning of energy production via the dangerous, but efficient free radical producing electron transport system, As a result, the CB1 receptor has facilitated the development of the human brain, characterized by complexity and hence, distance from equilibrium. All cellular differentiation is promoted by efficient energy production.

The CB2 receptor activation turns on beta-oxidation of fats and makes energy inefficiently but safely. Concomitant with fat burning, cells initiate autophagy, a recycling mechanism by which cells eat their free radical damaged components and recycle them. Fat burning cells become less differentiated as they try to repair themselves. Drug resistance cancer cells and their metastasis are possible consequences.

By regulating the fuel source, and hence differentiation state of cells, they can be made more or less susceptible to dying. Consequently, cancers, infections (especially viral), and the aging process itself, can be regulated by manipulating energy flow, and hence free radical production with cannabinoids.

Since evolution is a direct manifestation of the creative force that permeates the universe the underlying science is the guide by which we live our lives. Our religion is Evolutionism (see Appendix I) and is the basis of the Church of Evolving Consciousness.

Jason Glasgow is a member our church and was performing his sacramental duties to aid his fellow human beings suffering from illnesses that naturally result from insufficient cannabinoid activity. Both scientifically and experientially, human suffering can be dramatically reduced through the consumption of the essential nutrient, our sacrament, high THC containing cannabis extract-the oil of life.
Appendix II provides the references for the science that is assembled into Appendix III. In accordance with the Declaration of Human Rights (see Appendix IV) Jason must be released, and his medicine must be returned to the patients for whom it was destined in accordance with their Fundamental Human Rights..

Appendix I

Evolutionism

“What is life?” is a question everyone considers. As the principles of far from equilibrium thermodynamics were discovered, they have become the basis of the religious beliefs by aware people globally, how we relate to the universe. Now, for the first time in human history, the process of life can be understood from a scientific point of view that can serve as a guide for human behavior. Our faith is in the validity of science, our belief system is known as Evolutionism, We are Evolutionists.

Surprisingly, evolution has selected for marijuana-like compounds to play a critical role in maintaining human health. The appropriate use of marijuana promotes human health. Hence, its appropriate use is thus mandated by Evolutionism since evolutionists strive to do what scientific facts suggest is healthy for themselves, their family, their community, their country and their planet. Currently, we are deprived of our religious freedom. We cannot practice our fact-based religion because people of other, typically faith-based, religions deny the truth about this unique plant, and make laws contrary to fact despite its use as a component of the Holy Anointing oil specifically described in the Bible. Because we faithfully adhere to our religious principles, we are labeled as criminals!

All people make marijuana-like compounds known as endocannabinoids. Whenever anyone gets hungry, they are giving themselves the “munchies” with the cannabinoids that they produce, as occurs when a mammal nurses its young. In fact, cannabinoids control every system in the human body (cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, immune, digestive, reproductive, excretory, musculo-sketetal). It is because of their all-pervasive activity that cannabinoids can impact on so many illnesses. Cannabinoids: kill many types of cancer cells, protect against Alzheimer’s disease, delay the onset and severity of auto-immune diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease, and recently has been shown to both protect the heart from damage as well as to protect against, arteriosclerosis, they relieve pain, stimulate the appetite and promote sound sleep. Cannabinoids also regulate stress, learning and open-mindedness. Hence, we can predict that many followers of faith-based religions are deficient in cannabinoid activity, and are impaired in their capacity for open-mindedness. As a result, they make laws that are contrary to fact and freedom.

Before elaborating on our religious beliefs it is important to have a definition of religion. Here are some examples:

“Religion, sometimes used interchangeably with faith, is commonly defined as belief concerning the supernatural, sacred, or divine, and the practices and institutions associated with such belief. In its broadest sense some have defined it as the sum total of answers given to explain humankind’s relationship with the universe. In the course of the development of religion, it has taken an almost infinite number of forms in various cultures and individuals” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion

“Any specific system of belief about deity, often involving rituals, a code of ethics, and a philosophy of life.” Thus we would include Agnosticism, Atheism, conservative Christianity, Humanism, Islam, Judaism, liberal Christianity, Native American Spirituality, Wicca and other Neopagan traditions as religions” www.religioustolerance.org/gl_r.htm

“An organized system of belief that generally seeks to understand purpose, meaning, goals, and methods of spiritual things. These spiritual things can be God, people in relation to God, salvation, after life, purpose of life, order of the cosmos, etc.” www.carm.org/dictionary/dic_p-r.htm

Far from equilibrium thermodynamics, as pioneered by Nobel Laureate Illya Prigogine, shows that flowing energy intrinsically has a creative capacity. This physical reality has manifested itself as chemical evolution, life and consciousness As such, these principles constitute the foundation of a belief in an abstract higher creative force that has parallels with other religious beliefs (GOD=generalized open system dynamics). These concepts are of particular interest to a growing number of people in a broad spectrum of fields, in particular those devoted personal growth, health, and the exploration of their minds. The principles of evolutionism provide a foundation, based on sound scientific principles for viewing life in a positive, and constructive manner. On the other hand they provide a unifying framework to challenge current laws that squander our resources and unconstitutionally restrict our basic human rights including religious freedom.

Basic Principles for Evolutionists

The universe has been expanding and cooling since the big bang. Regardless of what one posits to be responsible for these events, they appear to be governed by physical laws. Evolutionists see the Second Law of thermodynamics, as it pertains to far from equilibrium systems such as the Earth’s biosphere, as the driving force behind evolution. In contrast, those who deny evolution incorrectly apply the Second Law of Thermodynamics as it applies to equilibrium systems to justify intelligent design. Hence being an evolutionist does not exclude other religions beliefs unless they specifically exclude the belief in the evolutionary process. We now understand that whenever far from equilibrium systems are considered, where there is a negentropic potential, a source, and an entropic sink, where disorder increases, there is the possibility for spontaneous organization (creativity). In other words, as long as the entropy of the universe increases, the entropy of subsystems can decrease (the second law of thermodynamics). For example, our sun emits a spectrum of electromagnetic radiation that is rich in ultraviolet light. This type of light is of relatively high frequency and hence has greater information potential (high frequency) than does lower frequency light. The biosphere is powered by the information potential extracted from the higher frequency light. The earth re-irradiates infrared light back into the space. Infrared light is of a lower frequency and therefore has less information capacity. Evolution and all of its creative manifestations result from the process of acquiring and refining energy that comes from our sun and the expanding universe. Health can be measured by an organism’s or a population’s distance from equilibrium. The further from equilibrium an organism (population) is, the greater its flow dependent organization and state of health, ultimately meaning adaptability. In contrast, equilibrium is the state of maximum disorder or greatest entropy. Thus, as an organism (population) approaches equilibrium, health declines. The opposite is also true. The move from equilibrium moves an individual (population) towards health. Therefore, an intelligent life form would conclude that it must move further from equilibrium if health and survival were of value. We must uncover, as individuals, how to apply these thermodynamic principles to manage our ecosystems and individual lives in sensible, healthy ways.

What does this mean from a practical point of view? It is a personal search for an evolving understanding and application of the principles under discussion. It requires lifelong learning. This process becomes a fulltime perspective as one applies and refines the simple concept of moving further from equilibrium to all aspects of ones existence. Our life’s energy becomes more functionally applied as less energy is wasted on primitive nonfunctional organized structures that waste life’s potential. All things that healthy individuals in a healthy society value conform to the paradigm that there is value in the move from equilibrium. Our planet, its ecosystems, nations, communities, families all evolve by these principles.

Religion – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Religion is a cultural system of behaviors and practices, world views, sacred texts, holy places, ethics, and societal organisation that relate humanity…

en.wikipedia.org

 

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https://www.facebook.com/robert.melamede

https://www.facebook.com/ron.bourassa.7/posts/10154325428338384

Hemp farmer contends harassment at justice center


Sergeant discussed issue with deputies, considers matter closed

 

A Bowling Green hemp advocate and business owner claims he was ordered to leave a baseball cap with a hemp leaf logo on it with court security personnel as he entered the Warren County Justice Center on Thursday.

Chad Wilson, who owns Modern Farm Concepts and is vice president of sales and marketing for hemp products company Green Remedy, said he accompanied his son to the justice center to get his driver’s license.

After passing through the metal detectors in the front lobby of the justice center, Wilson, who was wearing a T-shirt and hat promoting Green Remedy, said a deputy told Wilson he would have to leave the hemp-logo hat with court security or else he would have to leave.

Hemp and marijuana are both part of the cannabis plant genus, but hemp is genetically different and generally has negligible amounts of THC, the active chemical in marijuana.

Kentucky and several other states have legalized the cultivation and research of industrial hemp, which can be used in the making of paper, fabrics, cosmetics and several other products. Hemp growers, however, must get permission from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to raise the crop.

Green Remedy is one of 167 registered participants in this year’s Kentucky Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program.

Wilson attempted to explain what was on his hat and that he was a licensed grower, but court security officers said that Wilson’s hat promoted marijuana, Wilson said Friday.

“I was told basically that I had no right to come into a government building that my taxes paid for,” Wilson said. “I didn’t want to make a scene because I was trying to be a good dad, but I should have stood for my rights.”

Wilson said he gave the hat to court security officers, who stored it in a lock box until he left the justice center. As he left, Wilson recorded a video of himself in which he gave an account of the incident and posted it to his Facebook page.

Later on Thursday, Wilson said he went to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office to complain about how he was treated and that Chief Deputy Maj. Tommy Smith apologized.

The court security officers are a division of the sheriff’s office.

Sgt. Andy McDowell said he was apprised of the situation after Wilson went to the sheriff’s office and he met with the court security officers on duty to discuss the incident.

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‘the carrot test’


 

 

Ron Kiczenski

22 hrs

Urgent note to group,the ‘carrot test’:

Are you of the understanding that you were born with the natural human right to plant, grow, harvest and eat a carrot?

If your answer is yes, then by constitutional protections and existing jurisdictional outlines, you have the same protected natural right to plant, grow and utilize cannabis.
When considering voting for an initiative or supporting legislation, or supporting organizations that have anything to do with cannabis, it is imperative to your evaluation that whoever or whatever you support can not only pass the ‘carrot test’, but should reflect such understanding in text and actions/campaigns etc..

The ‘carrot test’ is the ‘Occam’s Razor’ response to the plant species cannabis being outlawed through regulation and or now being “legalized” through the same relative jurisdictional regulations.
The human rights and constitutional problem with outlawing plants are the same in that humans are born with the naturally endowed right to plant, cultivate, harvest and use the naturally occurring plant material for the many needs of their lives from food to medicine and clothes etc..

The constitution of the USA was first and foremost intended to protect the naturally endowed rights of human beings.
The constitution has also provided for government authority to regulate commerce.

The corporate government has first and foremost blurred the lines of jurisdictional authority in that government has outlawed your constitutionally protected naturally endowed right to garden for yourself and your family by way of it’s (governments) constitutionally provided jurisdictional authority over commerce.

In any honest equation aimed at repairing the obvious disparages described above one need first run the carrot test.

The carrot test is simply to ask the question ‘does this proposal, candidate or organization represent an effort to restore my human right to grow and use natural plants for my own needs.

This without exception is the first question we should all be asking because all other commercial regulatory laws need to be formulated on the secure foundation of your human rights or they will continue to not only jurisdictionally extinguish your natural rights, but they will bury any possible litigious path back to restoring such.

Please re-post this note and help folks to understand and implement ‘the carrot’ test a.s.a.p..

People and legislators all over the country are holding meetings and hearings etc. in effort to regulate, tax and “legalize” cannabis in some way. All such activity is an admittance that the corps/Gov. was right all along to outlaw cannabis and further goes to concede that the corps/Gov. does have legitimate jurisdictional authority to outlaw your naturally endowed human rights.

Instead of demanding our naturally endowed rights be restored, we are insisting we never had such and that corporations should supplant our need for such. Our job as humans is to make sure our children are born into a world that lives together and protects naturally endowed physical rights, if we are not doing such then we have failed at life itself. The only necessary hearing right now should be in fed court where we should be holding Gov. responsible/liable for crimes against humanity and nature, and where we should be demanding the restoration of our naturally endowed human rights.

Leukaemia and Cannabis Oil: The Story of the Late Ronnie Smith


 

 

Above:  right to left Brian McCullough, Cher Ford McCullough, Richard Rawlings, Heidi Drake and Ronnie Smith aka Roland A Duby, taken at Reefer Rumble in Cincinnati circa 2001

 

One of the all-stars of the cannabis counter culture, Ronnie Lee Smith ranks right up there with Rick Simpson, Jack Herer, and many others. Ronnie, at the age of 47 regretfully passed away in Colorado, on April 3rd 2014. The cause of death is said to be complications from leukaemia.

That’s why Ronnie’s case is particularly important. That’s because Ronnie died of a disease for which he has supposedly treated others in similar situations. Ronnie, with his rocket-scientist in-the-rough intellect, was as familiar to You Tube viewers as Rick Simpson.

I watched several of his videos months earlier. He was the go-to person when a patient needed help in either obtaining Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), or getting safe, reliable advice for their condition. He was also a professional comedian and a radio-show host. He was as compassionate as he was generous.

If you had a cancer and needed RSO, he would provide it at no charge. The true sign of selflessness is giving. He certainly gave and claims to have treated hundreds of patients over the years. He even ran for sheriff in 2010 in Gallatin County Kentucky; indicating that if elected, he would provide free, on demand, cannabis oil to anyone in the county who needed it.

Yet, everyone is asking the same question. If cannabis helps treat leukaemia, why did it fail to treat Ronnie, one of the most ardent supporters of health freedom using cannabis and other alternative strategies in America?

As we know, some families seem particularly prone to cancers of many types. In Ronnie’s family cancer was running wild; his brother Lester died of lymphoma in 2003, his mother died of brain cancer—metastatic from decades of smoking and the development of stage IV lung cancer—which had spread to her brain, three days after his brother died. A couple of years after that, his father died of prostate cancer. Had any of them tried cannabis oil? It did not appear to help, if they had tried it. Which is very disappointing to say the least. But I’m only guessing since there are no further details.

It would be of great benefit to know. I personally am trying to gather a database on the efficacy of marijuana in treating cancers but the existing data is so meagre and disorganized that, for the time being, I cannot make a determination. Those that make wild claims of treating cancers, especially those that actually run dispensaries or “clinics” like the ones located in the Bay Area of California, here in the US, are not willing to share their stories save for a few cases that end up on the internet. They say that they have treated hundreds of end stage cancer victims. If so, please provide the proof we need. Reveal these cases so that others may learn of these treatments. Being secretive does not help our cause.

Ronnie Lee Smith was born on August 20, 1966 at the old St. Elizabeth North Hospital in Covington, Kentucky.

Ronnie and Rick Simpson met around 2006. In 2007, Jack Herer enlisted Ronnie’s formidable brain in editing his now classic forthcoming book The Emperor Wears No Clothes. It was around this time when something odd happened.

After Jack and Ronnie became friends, Ronnie would help out making bubble hash with trimmings from Jack’s grow operation. It was then that Ronnie Lee Smith had discovered cancerous lumps “in between each knuckle”, and “a lump hanging out of my rear.” He next describes an astonishing event. Ronnie continues:

“While making the hash I would eat a spoonful on occasion, and I did that four or five times a day for a couple months. I noticed after a month that the lumps between my knuckles got softer and after 2 months, they were gone. Jack said that he wrote in his book about a college study where they killed cancer in rats with THC in the 70’s. His wife Googled the article and in the search, she found Rick Simpson and the story about the oil. This was 2006, and we called Rick, and Rick turned out to be a big fan of Jacks, so Jack had him on the Jack Herer TV show every week. Rick said he needed someone in America to make oil and I volunteered. He sent me referrals for 3 years before he got stuck in Europe. By 2010, I had cured over 200 people. I decided to run for Sheriff and make the cure available for free to anyone in my county. Ronnie Lee Smith co-starred in the hemp documentary about Jack Herer called [[The Emperor Wears No Clothes]], which was based on his popular book.”

At this point it appears that Ronnie’s leukaemia was in remission. From discovering the nodules between his knuckles in 2006 to the year 2010 he was doing great. By his own admission he had treated over 200 people by then.

Note, before we go any further, that Ronnie had initially used bubble hash which does not involve cooking or the use of heat. Therefore, Ronnie’s initial treatment stemmed from using the carboxylated (the acid) form of THC, CBD and the remaining cannabinoids. This is in sharp contrast to RSO which is a cooked formula and therefore de-carboxylated, and presumably the most powerful variation to take for medical conditions.

In other words, these are very different oils, yet they may possess similar powerful effects. There is continuing debate on the use of acidic forms such as fresh-squeezed marijuana and hashish (eaten) versus the decarboxylated RSO-type preparations. They both seem to have potent curative properties but many insist that cancers be treated with RSO analogues. Most of what I have written about involves RSO or RSO-like essential oils.

So what went wrong? Let’s examine what took place in the months preceding his premature demise.

On April 24, 2013, while driving through Yavapai County, Arizona, Ronnie was pulled over, searched, and arrested for possession of marijuana. The Arizona State Patrol found 2 ounces of marijuana in the trunk of Ronnie’s car, plus cannabis oil (Phoenix Tears AKA RSO). It was during a protracted jail sentence that he was not able to use RSO and this ultimately may have led to his death. Sometime between April and June of 2013, while Ronnie was in the Yavapai County Jail for over 3 months, the State of Arizona never allowed Ronnie to take his medical marijuana to prevent his leukaemia from regenerating.

On February 25, 2014, during a Bobby Pickles podcast, Ronnie Lee Smith explained how his cancer regenerated while he was in the Arizona jail. “I got arrested in Arizona and went to jail for my medical marijuana, which I told the cop was for cancer. So I was in jail for 3 months and developed hardcore leukaemia while I was in there, and then they had rushed me to Emergency Room and got me a [blood] transfusion. That was the only way I got out of jail, because they released me because I was dying and they didn’t want to pay the hospital bill.” … “They finally had to rush me to the hospital for a blood transfusion where they diagnosed me with leukaemia and said I would be dead in 2 weeks.”

As I have written previously some forms of leukaemia appear to be treatable using cannabis oil. The acute leukaemia being more difficult while the chronic forms and the paediatric leukaemia are the easiest to put into remission.

Do not underestimate the power of stress to induce illness or to reverse remissions in cancers. It’s the one problem that most people do not emphasize enough. Stress kills. Here’s a man with a deadly leukaemia which he had been able to keep in remission for at least six years. Now take away his medication and throw him into probably the unhealthiest, stressful, squalid condition possible and watch your cancer grow.

Prison food is notoriously unhealthy. Lacking in micro-nutrients, high in pesticide residues, high in sugars and carbohydrate—the preferred food for cancer cells to grow, and lacking in living nutrients. It’s not too much of a leap to suggest that three months of processed junk food contributed to decreasing his immunity. Add to that lack of sunlight exposure. Vitamin D is a potent anti-cancer hormone.

What I find astonishing is how law enforcement withheld his medication in a medical marijuana state. They knew that it could lead to a regrowth of his cancer and an early demise, yet did nothing.
Lastly there is some speculation that some of the last cannabis oil Ronnie took may have been tainted. Ronnie’s ex-wife presumably had some analysed but there is no further information.

Dr. Christopher Rasmussen

Dr. Christopher Rasmussen

Dr. Christopher Rasmussen MD,MS, an anesthesiologist with a Master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine, is a professor, lecturer, seminar provider, and world authority on preventive medicine. For more information on preventive medicine see http://www.inflaNATION.com.

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Kentucky comes up short of falling in line with current mainstream Cannabis reform – once again


April 17, 2016

Sheree Krider

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Kratom 2016

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The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2016 regular session ended on Friday, April 15 and once again the people’s requests were ignored.

There were a total of five Cannabis and Hemp Bills introduced into this Legislature and not one of them made it.

Here is the short list of them:

March 2, 2016

Senate Bill 262 is AN ACT relating to industrial hempSen. Perry Clark

Friday, March 4, 2016 – to Agriculture (S), Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – introduced in Senate

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Senate Bill 263 is AN ACT relating to medical cannabisSen. Perry Clark

Friday, March 4, 2016 – to Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (S), Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – introduced in Senate

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March 1, 2016 –

HB 584(BR-1994) by Representative Denver Butler, “medical marijuana” .

Mar 01, 2016 – introduced in House, Mar 02, 2016 – to Health & Welfare (H)

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February 25, 2016

HR 173  A “Resolution” to the FDA to “study medical marijuana”, the Sponsors are David Osborne, Lynn Bechler, and Brad Montell.

Monday, February 29, 2016 – to Health & Welfare (H), Thursday, February 25, 2016 – introduced in House

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January 6, 2016 – introduced in Senate by Sen. Perry Clark – This was the “Cannabis Freedom Bill” (This Bill was “pre-filed” in December of 2015)!

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Jan 06, 2016 – introduced in Senate, Jan 07, 2016 – to Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (S)

 

As early as January 28th they were already reporting that Legislation to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana is unlikely to be addressed during this legislative session in Kentucky,

so they KNEW beyond a doubt that they would not take any action on the Cannabis Bills as early as January!

At least Hundreds, maybe thousands of concerned Kentuckians made their way to the Capitol of Frankfort, Kentucky this year to attempt to

impress upon our Legislators just how important the “Cannabis” Bills were, yet I can count on one hand the number of Representatives

in Kentucky that stepped up.

Louisville, KY’s Sen. Perry Clark is a “stand up” Legislator for the People and he definitely did his homework correctly.  I cannot see one thing

that he could have done differently to persuade a different outcome.  Please send him a note of THANKS for everything he has done this year!

Not only could the Representatives not find time to take up the Cannabis issue, but they MADE TIME to take up the issue of moving “Kratom”,

which is another herbal plant, not a “spice” type of drug, to Schedule I in Kentucky taking yet another plant away from the people via “legislation”.

THIS Bill was introduced by W. Westerfield.  Be sure to send him a note and let him know how much we appreciate him stealing our plants!

Kentucky is a corrupt State.  That’s it and that’s that.

Once again, Kentucky will remain last on the list, at least for now.  But it is not for lack of trying to climb up and out of this corruption, by the people who have stood up and asked to be counted!  It is,

as usual, the Kentucky Government as it exists today and has existed for many years.

There is always next year, and there will be a new President in the White House by that time.  As well, there will be new Legislators in Kentucky.

All we can do is to set our sites on next year, and say a prayer.

WE THE PEOPLE OF KENTUCKY WILL NOT BE SILENCED ANYMORE!

The Legislators can expect to have a LARGER crowd in Frankfort in 2017, expecting them to stand up and do the RIGHT thing!

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Mauritanian appeals court upholds death sentence for blogger


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New York, April 21, 2016– An appeals court in Nouadhibou today upheld the death sentence for Mauritanian blogger and freelance journalist Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, who was convicted of apostasy in 2014 for an article he wrote, according to news reports.

The appeals court referred the case to Mauritania’s Supreme Court, which has the power to repeal the sentence, reports said. Under article 306 in the Mauritanian penal code, if the Supreme Court rules that a defendant is repentant, it can reduce the sentence to up to two years in jail and up to 60,000 Mauritanian ouguiya (US$172.93.)

“We strongly condemn today’s verdict against Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, and call on Mauritania’s Supreme Court to repeal the sentence,” said Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. “This mockery of a judicial process, which could end someone’s life for writing an article, should be consigned to the history books.”

The appeal hearing today was held under tight security after the article Mohamed wrote led in January 2014 to nationwide demonstrations, in which protesters called for President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz to punish Mohamed for what they saw as blasphemy, according to reports. The president told reporters in April 2014 that he did not believe Mohamed was aware of the seriousness of what he had written.

Mohamed’s article–published on December 31, 2013, on the news website Aqlame–criticized Mauritania’s caste system and said that followers of Islam interpreted the religion according to circumstance, Reuters reported. The editor of Aqlame, Riad Ould Ahmed, took down the article from the website and issued a statement on January 4, 2014, saying it had been posted accidentally.

During today’s court session, Mohamed admitted he had made a mistake and asked for forgiveness, according to news reports. On January 11, 2014, Mohamed issued a statement from prison denying that he intended to insult the Prophet Muhammad.

During the appeal hearing, the prosecution called for death by firing squad, according to reports. The defense demanded that the appeals court withdraw the blogger’s 2014 death sentence because it was based on his social class, and asked the court to take into consideration his repentance, according to news reports.

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