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Freedom for Cigarettes but No Freedom for Medical Cannabis? - Veteran Discusses His Use of Medical Cannabis to Treat PTSD
APR 8, 2014 - JTMP attended the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2014 here in DC sponsored by Americans for Safe Access and a few others to bring together medical cannabis patients, activists, doctors, botanical experts, food and drug law advocates, medical cannabis business industry representatives, and others to form a plan on how we move forward to expand the rights of patients nationwide who will benefit from medical cannabis treatment. Although things are moving "fast", Maryland passed a Medical Cannabis Program Bill yesterday while the conference was happening, there are still a lot of battles to fight. 48 of the 50 states (and DC, territories, etc.) remain in the insane 1920's prohibitionist mode and deny millions of patients the medicine they need to ease their suffering, and in some cases HEAL. JTMP will have a video of a man whose wife was HEALED by medical cannabis, and he has the lab test results to prove it, so stand by for that also. This is an exciting week.
I haven't yet finished the Unity Conference 2014 video series I am going to be releasing this week of panels discussing botanical medicines, cannabinoids and other exciting topics at the conference (stand by!); but we did an interview with TJ Thompson, a Navy vet who uses medical cannabis to treat his PTSD, and it was so moving I just had to get it out. TJ lives in Virginia, and even though a recent Quinnipiac Poll shows 84% of Virginians want this vet who has served his country to have his medicine available to him, many elected officials continue to resist enacting a medical cannabis program. Which brings me to the topic of my blog. Last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel raised the hackles of many by suggesting (gasp!) that the US government not sell poison (cigarettes) through the PX and commissaries on US military bases. (I am an army brat so I know what those are, but for those who don't know they are basically the grocery and drug store on base) Secretary Hagel pointed out that tobacco related illnesses cost the military well over a billion dollars a year in health care costs to treat. So fiscal conservatives who hate wasteful government spending rallied behind him right? Well, not quite. People started screaming that the "freedom for the soldier to buy cigarettes is being infringed!" and foam came out of their mouth. When I saw how medical cannabis is helping this vet TJ below treat his PTSD I thought: Will these same people fight for this and other vets, active duty, and even regular citizens the freedom to have safe and easy access to legal medical cannabis, as hard as they fight for that soldier or vet to have poison (cigarettes)? (Spoiler: They won't) What are your thoughts? Start up a discussion on our JTMP Facebook Page! Watch our interview of TJ Thompson below.
APR 5, 2014 - Americans For Safe Access, together with medical marijuana patients and activists, cannabis industry representatives, and experts kicked off the 2014 National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference in Washington, D.C. today, and JTMP attended. From the feel of the crowd and the energy, medical cannabis advocacy may have some problems and issues to work out, but I can tell you that the movement has a tremendous amount of energy and momentum right now. Things are happening fast, and there was a lot of information to take in just the first day. There were people from Tennessee, California, South Carolina, everywhere. There were panels and meetings, and there will be a citizen lobbying day on Capitol Hill on Monday to cap it all off. [Click Read More for rest of blog...]
APR 4, 2014 - Medical marijuana and activists wishing to secure, expand and raise awareness of the plight of medical marijuana patients will gather in DC this weekend for the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference. There will be companies showcasing their research into using the CBD cannabinoid to fight cancer, as well as speakers, exhibits; to be capped off by a citizen lobbying effort on Capitol Hill to fight for the rights of people suffering from diseases that could be helped by medical marijuana. JTMP will be there covering the event, and we will have blogs and video of many of the speakers and events, so check back. Read more about the event on the Americans for Safe Access website.
MAR 31, 2014 - EasternEcho.com from Michigan reports on Daniel "Hush" Carlisle, a rapper musical-activist who is behind a cool new dog shelter opening up. The stray dog problem in Michigan is pretty bad, so this should help out. Read more about this awesome work by Hush on EasternEcho.com here. (photo credit: Hush)
MAR 30, 2014 - DC is currently holding its primary elections, and I headed out yesterday and "early voted". We in DC are very progressive and do not put up any voter suppression hurdles. In fact, DC is very accommodating to its citizens when it comes to early voting, same-day voter registration, and making sure DC citizens who may not have an ID for some reason or another, can use an alternative form of ID like a utility bill or something. We have accessibility vans picking up our disabled citizens and whisking them to the polls. In other words, in DC we make it easier to vote, NOT harder. My experience was great. No lines, and I was in and out in 5 minutes. I was free to do my other errands and carry on not worrying about missinga primary or special election which I do sometimes if it is "only on one day". That is why early voting is important, it more accurately represents more of the electorate, because more people vote.
Another reason why this is significant is this is a local election. Sometimes people get caught up only in the Presidential elections, and ignore the midterms, primaries and local elections.That is a mistake. Who sits on your city council determines if you can get your medical marijuana or not. Your state senators and representatives determine whether your gay friend can marry his lover. JTMP urges our supporters to not only register and vote, but vote in each and every election. Vote in the general elections, the primaries, the special elections, get educated on ballot initiatives and other things on the ballot. Most states send out a "voter's guide" that explains how, where and when to vote; and even contains sample ballots so you can be prepared and be informed when you arrive at the polls. JTMP urges our supporters to pay attention to elections and make sure you have easy and early voting in your state.
MAR 28, 2014 - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot have really been in the news a lot recently, I even heard Mika Brezhinski on Morning Joe say "Pussy Riot" the other day! The two activist-musicians have formed a NGO called Zona Prava "Law Zone" (Use Google Chrome to translate Russian), a campaign to work for prisoner's rights and justice. Read about the NGO Zona Prava on Hollywood Reporter. Also, Pussy Riot will attend the Women In The World summit April 3-5, 2014 in New York. Read more about Nadezhda and Maria attending the WITW Summit on The Daily Beast.
MAR 23, 20134 - We all know that life for a struggling musician is hard when it comes to paying bills (and getting paid for a gig!!), and for decades it has been virtually impossible for them to afford health insurance. The Affordable Care Act is addressing that issue but JTMP has found that it is being hampered not by "Obamacare", but by Republican state lawmakers who, because of a US Supreme Court ruling, do not have to take the money...so they don't. Kathleen Sebilius of the Health and Human Services said in a statement, "Texas taxpayers are losing roughly $18 million a day while the state turns down federal dollars to expand Medicaid." They could take the Federal funds, and then struggling musicians like Christian from The Hates (pictured right) in Texas would be able to apply for Medicaid and get health insurance, but no. It is more important for the Republican lawmakers to take a stance against "Obamacare" than to help their constituents. Unbelievable. Read about the struggle of Texas musician Christian Arnheiter aka "Christian of The Hates" not only fighting disease and our decrepit SICK care system but also battling their elected representatives that are supposed to help them on the HoustonPress.com website. (photo credit: The Hate)
MAR 23, 2014 - I was flipping around the channels the other day, and I stumbled upon a cool music video of the song "Surrender" by the band Angels and Airwaves that paid homage to the Occupy and Anonymous movements, and singing about the youth uprisings not only in America but across the world. It was tastefully done, and the music is pretty cool. Check out the video below.
MAR 21, 2014 - Lady Gaga's charitable foundation "Born This Way" is being criticized for being long on expenses, and short on actual charity. It is hard to criticize Lady Gaga because she has done tremendous work in promoting LBGT rights, but this looks bad. The foundation's tax records shows that it took in $2.65 million in revenue, and paid out over $400,000 in legal fees, $300,000 for "strategic development" and $150,000 for "philanthropic consulting". Huh? Some very lucky hotels got over $77,000, and then there is the $50,000 for "social-media development" (one of her friends got an awesome job maintaining her Facebook page and Twitter account probably) and other expenses which don't sound too much like actual charity. That word is being blurred these days, from adding a wing to a museum so rich people can view art to religions proselytizing and not actually feeding the poor. Read more about Lady Gaga's foundation Born This Way's mess on NYPost here. (photo credit: Stephen Carlisle/CC)
MAR 20, 2014 - JTMP has met James Haley, a great musical-activist out there singing for the 99.9% and against the .01% elite hoarding all the wealth, and I thought I would blog about him today and share one of his songs. James talked to JTMP and talked about his new song, "An American Income Inequality Song - Land of the Free"; and said, "As history has shown, music catapults movements. This is my song about inequality or to be more to the point it is a call to action to do something about it. I share this with you so you can share with others. I wrote this it to question the corporate greed that has overrun our government and weakened our democracy. Let's get this going and move this conversation to the real world. We live in a time where people are not getting active enough despite the social injustices that are taking place so I am creating songs like this to fuel the fire." JTMP agrees with James, and urges we progressives really start to make income inequality and raising the minimum wage into a huge movement going into the 2014 midterm elections and the 2016 Presidential elections. Remember, there are local offices, state senators, governors, US Senators and many offices you should pay attention to and assure your voice is heard is heard in each and every election, as well as bugging your elected representative for the things you need. They are your servant and serve you, not for-profit lobbyists and corporations. Watch James' song, "An American Income Income Inequality Song" below, and check out his Facebook page here, and his website here.