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Alleged Head of Illegal SD Marijuana Hash Oil Operation Faces Felony Charges

Among other things, defendants are accused of conspiracy to use flammable, volatile and/or toxic chemicals to extract THC from marijuana.

By Southern California Patch (Patch Staff) – May 25, 2017 12:00 pm ET

The complaint alleges that during a city inspection in April 2015, attorney Jessica McElfresh, 35, acting as counsel for Med-West, concealed the chemical extraction of concentrated cannabis conducted on site. She allegedly told a city investigator that Med-West did not operate on site and led inspectors to believe the business was merely a packaging and paper company.

Source: Alleged Head of Illegal SD Marijuana Hash Oil Operation Faces Felony Charges

HFN Editors note: What’s it’s all about, this raid/failed-money-grab/lawyer-client-prosecution, hard on the border with Mexico Ablaze? The selection of Med-West for punishment by the local DA is highly suspect, when you look at her history of selective prosecution in the face of overwhelming evidence this is a “random” act of hate, in clear violation of the 14th amendment. Unequal application of law pure and simple. Dismiss this case and kept my people go!

1 why them? The town is full of similar companies, as Statics. Manufacture of cannabis products is a daily occurrence here in New Berlin (aka San Diego). Hundreds of delivery services and store fronts are full of cannabis products made by the Med-West types of firms.

2 why San Diego. Politics. Dirty cops, judges, lawyers, and politicians, it’s starts with crooked lawyer-liars though. And of course federal collusion with said crooks and politicians handing out “anti gang money” and the like. Refer to Operation Green RX circa 2009.

3 who is Jeff Lake again? How does he operate in the very same vein as Jessica? He trained her; she worked under him, in his office, as a brand new baby lawyer til setting up her own shop.

Charges Filed Against Medical Marijuana Business Owner

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Support Our Troops: Let Them Heal With Cannabis


Courtney McKinney, Contributor
Writer and PR pro with a background in film, non-profits, and public policy

05/22/2017 12:12 pm ET

When Ricardo Pereyda returned home from Iraq, he knew he was having a hard time adjusting to life at home, but he didn’t know exactly why. He was angry, he was violent, and he could not connect with his family. “I was drinking too much, I was getting in bar fights for no reason, picking fights, driving like a maniac on the highway, driving people off the road, I was in need of help.” Eventually, Pereyda learned that he was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

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HFN editors note: US Vets have a fundamental right to use natural medicines. Cannabis is the premier plant in this regard, on gods green earth. Om? Om!

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How Donald Trump Became A Buffoon
The fatal flaw in the Donald tragedy is that this person actually believed his own propaganda.
04/28/2017

The definition of “buffoon” from Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

1: a ludicrous figure: clown

2: a gross and usually ill-educated or stupid person acting like a ridiculous buffoon

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At Denver’s Newest Church, Marijuana Is The Holy Sacrament | The Huffington Post

“We are all ‘high’ priests,” said a member of the International Church of Cannabis.

By Antonia Blumberg The International Church of Cannabis will open its doors in Denver on April 20, a day marijuana enthusiasts everywhere have memorialized as a sort of “high” holy day.

Church members refer to cannabis as “the sacred flower,” which Molloy described as “a gift from the Universal Creative Force.”

Source: At Denver’s Newest Church, Marijuana Is The Holy Sacrament | The Huffington Post

We’ve been blazing the holy herb 45 years in one form or another, the Herb Folks Nation has risen…. a church of another flavor

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Classified docs contradict Nunes surveillance claims, GOP and Dem sources say – CNNPolitics.com

Washington (CNN)

By Jim Sciutto, Manu Raju and Eric Bradner, CNN

Updated 8:20 PM ET, Tue April 11, 2017

After a review of the same intelligence reports brought to light by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides have so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal, multiple sources in both parties tell CNN.

Source: Classified docs contradict Nunes surveillance claims, GOP and Dem sources say – CNNPolitics.com

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Report: U.S. Intel Told Trump the Russians Claim to Have ‘Compromising’ Info On Him | The Weekly Standard

CNN reports that American intelligence officials have briefed Donald Trump on documents that allege the Russian government has compromising personal and financial information about the president-elect.

Details about the existence of this compromising information have been circulating among journalists for the last week, but CNN has confirmation that the intelligence officials have briefed both Trump and outgoing president Barack Obama.Here’s more from CNN:

The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible.

The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump.

The classified briefings last week were presented by four of the senior-most US intelligence chiefs — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.

One reason the nation’s intelligence chiefs took the extraordinary step of including the synopsis in the briefing documents was to make the President-elect aware that such allegations involving him are circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress and other government officials in Washington, multiple sources tell CNN.

Both the president and the president-elect have been briefed.
5:55 PM, JAN 10, 2017 | By MICHAEL WARREN

Source: Report: U.S. Intel Told Trump the Russians Claim to Have ‘Compromising’ Info On Him | The Weekly Standard

#fascism this did not go away… who is zooming who grasshopper? April 9, 2017

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Banda pleads not guilty; medical cannabis experts testify | Local News | gctelegram.com

Banda pleads not guilty; medical cannabis experts testify

By Mark Minton Staff writer 12 hrs ago

Shona Banda, a local medicinal marijuana advocate facing drug and child endangerment charges, pleaded not guilty to all charges against her Friday during an arraignment and pretrial conference that included testimony from two prospective witnesses well-known in the field of medical cannabis.

Source: Banda pleads not guilty; medical cannabis experts testify | Local News | gctelegram.com

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Bill Could Make California a Sanctuary State — For Marijuana | The Huffington Post

The measure would bar local police from cooperating with federal crackdowns on pot operations allowed under state laws.

By Mary Papenfuss

California legislators have taken a page from laws establishing sanctuary cities for immigrants to create a measure aimed at protecting marijuana from a federal crackdown.

Source: Bill Could Make California a Sanctuary State — For Marijuana | The Huffington Post

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Lavender | Marijuana Strain Reviews | AllBud

indica Dominant Hybrid 60% Indica / 40% Sativa THC: 27%, CBD: 1% Also known as Lavender Kush, this strain gets its name from its odor and the dark purple coloration on its leaves. It’s an indica-dominant mix of Super Skunk, Big Skunk Korean, and Afghani Hawaiian, and it has a 40:60 sativa/indica ratio. Lavender has a spicy aroma with floral tones and has a sweet lavender taste. This strain is well known for its unique flavor and smell. It produces a strong, relaxing high with euphoria and happiness.

Source: Lavender | Marijuana Strain Reviews | AllBud

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Clown

Repeal Obamacare ? Naw you are a loser.

For Trump, no closing this deal

By Phil Mattingly, Sara Murray, Stephen Collinson and Jeff Zeleny, CNN
Updated 8:13 AM EDT, Sun March 26, 2017

Trump’s art of no deal: Find someone to blame

It was a gut punch moment for White House and leadership officials who’d knowingly risked the bill’s fate by offering a compromise to the group, but were convinced it would be enough to start quickly picking off members, one-by-one.

Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, was furious and confronted the group. There would be no more negotiating, he said.

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‘There Is No Other Word for It’: Former Bush Ethics Czar Says FBI Uncovering Evidence of ‘Treason’ | Alternet

“Congress has no credibility in undertaking the Trump-Russia investigation.”
By Travis Gettys / Raw Story
March 23, 2017

The former ethics lawyer for George W. Bush believes the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia has uncovered evidence of treason.

Source: ‘There Is No Other Word for It’: Former Bush Ethics Czar Says FBI Uncovering Evidence of ‘Treason’ | Alternet

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Trump’s peculiar relationship with the truth is becoming a national embarrassment (opinion) – CNN.com

(CNN)Donald Trump’s peculiar relationship with the truth — his penchant for promoting unfounded stories and conspiracies theories — represents not just a curious quirk or a character flaw. They are a much-practiced technique that has paid dividends as self-promotion in his business career and in his political rise. Over decades spent in the company of yes men and yes women, he has been able to fire off nonsense without question or rebuke.

Source: Trump’s peculiar relationship with the truth is becoming a national embarrassment (opinion) – CNN.com

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Outdoor vs. Indoor: Dispelling the Myth That Indoor is Better

Whether you’re a cannabis consumer, grower, buyer or seller, you know different growing methods effect the price and value of cannabis. It’s quite sad to me that a majority of cannabis …

Whether you’re a cannabis consumer, grower, buyer or seller, you know different growing methods effect the price and value of cannabis. It’s quite sad to me that a majority of cannabis consumers and buyers are largely ignorant of the fact that outdoor ganja is as good and sometimes far superior to any indoor cannabis you will ever consume.

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Marc and Jodie Emery arrested at Toronto airport

Marc and Jodie Emery, Canada’s “Prince” and “Princess of Pot,” are behind bars Thursday morning after being arrested in Toronto.

By Travis Dolynny
Reporter AM980 News

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Marc and Jodie Emery, Canada’s “Prince” and “Princess of Pot,” are behind bars Thursday morning after being arrested in Toronto.

According to their lawyer, Kirk Tousaw, the marijuana activists were arrested at Pearson International Airport Wednesday night, and are being held awaiting a bail hearing set for 10 a.m.

Source: Marc and Jodie Emery arrested at Toronto airport

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Cartoon Donald Trump Gets Twitter Advice From Ghosts Of Presidents Past

#fakeghostnews By Lee Moran HuffingtonPost.com

Introducing… Ebenezer Trump.

The cartoon ghosts of former Presidents Richard Nixon and Abraham Lincoln give cartoon President Donald Trump some tips on tweeting in a new “Late Show” spoof.

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Dennis Peron: a Cannabis Folk Hero Who Never Sold Out | Cannabis Now

Dennis Peron’s legacy is seen anywhere marijuana is legal. As one of the primary forces behind California’s revolutionary medical-marijuana law, Proposition 215, Peron planted a seed that sprouts every time another state adopts medical marijuana or legalizes cannabis use for all adults. Cannabis Now recently spoke with the ailing legalization icon at his San Francisco, […]

Source: Dennis Peron: a Cannabis Folk Hero Who Never Sold Out | Cannabis Now

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With no charges filed, owner of pot business wants assets returned – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Jeff McDonald Reporter

More than a year after federal drug agents seized just over $100,000 in cash from James Slatic and his family following a raid on his Clairemont Mesa medical marijuana business, criminal charges have yet to be filed.Now Slatic wants San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis to return the money. He and his lawyers argue in a new court filing that the year-long statute of limitations has expired so the money should be returned.

Source: With no charges filed, owner of pot business wants assets returned – The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Trump’s vow to move against California pot could get complicated | Fresno Bee

 

 

 

BY RORY APPLETON
rappleton@fresnobee.com                                                            For the first time, President Donald Trump’s administration publicly took a side in the marijuana debate, saying Thursday it would direct the U.S. Department of Justice to crack down on violators of federal pot laws in states where recreational pot is legal. California, which approved recreational pot use in November and already has clashed with Trump over immigration, would appear to be a prime target for this new enforcement.On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said medical marijuana would not be targeted. But many medical marijuana companies are currently looking to expand into providing pot for recreational use, so making a firm differentiation could be difficult.

Source: Trump’s vow to move against California pot could get complicated | Fresno Bee

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Jeff Sessions Issues Ominous Warning On State Marijuana Legalization

The White House last week opened the door for a crackdown on recreational marijuana. Today, the attorney general didn’t walk that back.
By Ryan J. Reilly , Matt Ferner

WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday restated his opposition to marijuana use and offered an ominous warning about state-level marijuana legalization efforts, suggesting that such policies would open states to “violence,” as well as potential repercussions from the federal government.

“By talking about marijuana and violence, the attorney general is inadvertently articulating the strongest argument that exists for legalization, which is that it allows regulated markets in a way that prohibition does not,” said Tom Angell, chairman of drug policy reform group Marijuana Majority. “The only connection between marijuana and violence is the one that exists when illegal sellers battle it out for profits in the black market.”

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Jeff Sessions Could Reverse Years Of Progress On Marijuana Policy

 

 

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San Diego police raid 2 illegal marijuana dispensaries – The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego police seized thousands of marijuana products and more than $16,000 in cash after a raid at an illegal pot dispensary in San Ysidro Wednesday and another one in Miramar Thursday.

David Hernandez David Hernandez contract Reporter

San Diego police seized thousands of marijuana products and more than $16,000 in cash after a raid at an illegal pot dispensary in San Ysidro Wednesday and another one in Miramar Thursday.

The latest shop to be searched with a warrant was Dank of America on Activity Road near Camino Ruiz. Narcotics officers arrived about 9 a.m.

Source: San Diego police raid 2 illegal marijuana dispensaries – The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Trump Admin Refuses To Recognize Legal Marijuana In 8 States, Threatens Prosecution

Before you light up, you might want to stock up. Because the new president won’t be honoring state laws that allow recreational use of marijuana, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on February 23.

“There’s a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.”

Spicer also referred to marijuana as a gateway drug, falsely claiming it led to “opiod addiction(.)”

Source: Trump Admin Refuses To Recognize Legal Marijuana In 8 States, Threatens Prosecution

In a February 24 writeup, The Washington Post notes:

“First, marijuana has nowhere near the same addictive or potentially lethal properties that opioids do. Second, Spicer seemed to imply that recreational marijuana use could lead people to try more dangerous drugs — a controversial claim commonly called the ‘gateway drug’ theory.”

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Donald Trump Is Once Again Going To War Against His Own Intelligence Agencies | The Huffington Post

Trump’s outburst comes hours after CNN and The Associated Press reported that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus had asked the FBI to publicly dispute reports that the president’s team had communicated with Russian officials throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.

The target of the president’s attack appears to be misdirected as the AP reported that a “White House official” leaked Priebus’ request for the FBI to squash the reports.

Source: Donald Trump Is Once Again Going To War Against His Own Intelligence Agencies | The Huffington Post

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Millennials Are The Foot Soldiers Of The Resistance | The Huffington Post

Source: Millennials Are The Foot Soldiers Of The Resistance | The Huffington Post

Young people are outpacing older generations when it comes to attending protests in the wake of Trump’s election.
By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman

Since the November presidential election, waves of people have taken to the streets in protest ― and young people are leading the charge.

Millennials ages 18 to 30 are more likely to have gone to a protest since the election than any other age group, according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3. Millennials are also more likely than older groups to think protesting is an effective form of political action.

For HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened. What will you stand up for? Tell us with #LoveTakesAction.

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Trump’s ‘Winter White House’: A Peek at the Exclusive Members’ List at Mar-a-Lago – NYTimes.com

Demand for membership, and its price, have risen at President Trump’s Florida resort, raising concerns in some quarters about access that only the superwealthy and influential could obtain.

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, MAGGIE HABERMAN and ERIC LIPTON
FEBRUARY 18, 2017

On any given weekend, you might catch President Trump’s son-in-law and top Mideast dealmaker, Jared Kushner, by the beachside soft-serve ice cream machine, or his reclusive chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, on the dining patio. If you are lucky, the president himself could stop by your table for a quick chat. But you will have to pay $200,000 for the privilege — and the few available spots are going fast.

Virtually overnight, Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s members-only Palm Beach, Fla., club, has been transformed into the part-time capital of American government, a so-called winter White House where Mr. Trump has entertained a foreign head of state, health care industry executives and other presidential guests.

Source: Trump’s ‘Winter White House’: A Peek at the Exclusive Members’ List at Mar-a-Lago – NYTimes.com

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My interview with the former spy who wrote the Trump-Russia memos

When I broke the story in October, I spoke with him. Here’s what he said.

David Corn Mother Jones Washington correspondent

JAN. 13, 2017 1:31 PM

The newsworthy story at this point was that a credible intelligence official had provided information to the FBI alleging Moscow had tried to cultivate and compromise a presidential candidate. And the issue at hand—at a time when the FBI was publicly disclosing information about its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s handling of her email at the State Department—was whether the FBI had thoroughly investigated these allegations related to Russia and Trump. I also didn’t post the memos, as BuzzFeed did this week, because the documents contained information about the former spy’s sources that could place these people at risk.

Source: My interview with the former spy who wrote the Trump-Russia memos

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Jeff Sessions Could Reverse Years Of Progress On Marijuana Policy


Matt Ferner
National Reporter, The Huffington Post
Drug reform advocates have a few concerns about President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general nomination.
11/18/2016 07:04 pm ET

In 1986, when Sessions had been nominated to be a federal judge, a former assistant U.S. attorney accused him of saying that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was acceptable until he found out members smoked marijuana. Sessions allegedly made the statement in connection with the prosecution of a Klan member who had hanged a black man.

“Jeff Sessions should scare every regulator, government official, cannabis industry operator, patient and consumer across the country,” said John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who writes extensively on marijuana policy.

An Attorney General Sessions could reverse the federal guidance allowing state marijuana programs “with the stroke of a pen,” Hudak said.

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President Jimmy Carter Releases INTENSE Message Calling Out Religious Hypocrites


JUST IN:
By Gloria Christie – June, 2016

President Jimmy Carter recently blamed much of the world’s violence on religious hypocrisy. On June 21, he told the annual Human Rights Defenders Forum at The Carter Center that “we are at a turning point in history,” choosing between “peace and human suffering.”

President Carter spoke about global violence, and more specifically, violence against girls and women. As a conservative Baptist who still teaches a weekly Sunday School class, he may surprise people with his criticism of religion. He is so passionate about the subject that he wrote the book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power” in 2014. He says:

‘I DESCRIBE THE ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE PERSISTENCE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST FEMALES OF ALL AGES.’

‘We must also realize that women are key agents of the changes we need.’

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God, Whose God? Who IS God?

Peace love and understanding? Naw, Guns Jesus and Football, that’s real ‘merican religion. Read all about it. Then own it!


December 2016 Rev Lepp Update:

Half Way House “rules” prevail
Be still https://m.facebook.com/SugarleafProdutions?fref=nf

and know I am that I am

slaverywhose religion?

Lets be totally honest for just a minute, can we? The bible endorses slavery. So how is this “of god”? It ain’t! We contend the “religion” of christianity has been hijacked by demons in the flesh. Just look around, at what the Flat-World-Religions have wrought.

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What Does “Legal” Mean?

Stay tuned, peace mongers, we are gonna find out really soon.

With the advent of legal herb for adults, what does this really mean, anyway? Will lawyers make a bunch of money off of “murky laws” they created in the first place? Will “medical marijuana” be passe in a matter of weeks? Will NORML keep pushing marijuana bullshit on all of us?

December 2016 Update:

Over 1/2 the states ALLOW cannabis use socially or as medicine, yet the nazis in control of our government continue to thwart the will of the people. They act like they “represent” herb lovers but they represent themselves, the greedy self serving lawyer-liar cabal (driven by “marijuana” busts and infractions) fronted by NORML and ASA.

Here in California, those cannabis users most at risk (of being made into a criminal) under our current “legalization” efforts (recreational and medicinal) , are the youth. Folks between 18 and 21 (lets be honest it’s more like 16 – 21) are the biggest losers under NORMLs regime.

Regime change anyone? How about we take our cues from actual herb warriors and diplomats, like Rev Eddy Lepp and the Most High Roger Christie?

Hell, lets ask Rogers beautiful wife Share Christie what we should do, how we should modify our laws to be humane.

You see, she’s doing hard federal prison time for the holy herb, today. Rev Lepp is doing five more years in a half way house and supervised drug tested parole, so he’s not free still. He has no First Amendment rights, under threat of return to Florence SuperMax 

So can we get our Gandhi on now folks, I’m getting a bit long in the tooth for this shit, and I’m mad as hell Share Christie, Luke Scarmazzo, and thousands upon thousands of peaceful people of the plant rot in the prison-medical-industrial-complex.

Cannabis is still not entirely legal, yet it’s an industry making rich folks richer, lawyer-liars getting fat while the average American labors under the illusion it’s all good. 

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On the frontier of medical pot to treat boys epilepsy – Los Angeles Times

On the frontier of medical pot to treat boys epilepsy – Los Angeles Times.

A U.S. crackdown on pot shops threatens a father’s search for cannabidiol in hopes of halting his son’s seizures from Dravet syndrome.

September 13, 2012|By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times

MODESTO —Topamax. Depakote. Phenobarbital. The list goes on. Before Jayden David turned 5, he had tried a dozen powerful medications to tame a rare form of epilepsy. The side effects were devastating.

There were grand mal seizures that lasted more than an hour. Hundreds of times a day, muscle twitches contorted his impish face.

“If he wasn’t sleeping, he was seizing,” said Jayden’s father, Jason David.

PHOTOS: Treating son’s epilepsy

Feeling helpless, David said, he contemplated suicide. He prayed. Then one day he heard about a teenager who was expelled from school for using marijuana to help control seizures.

So began the pair’s journey into California’s medical cannabis culture.

In the 14 months since, the little boy has been swallowing droppers full of a solution made mostly of cannabidiol, or CBD, the second most prominent of marijuana’s 100 or so cannabinoids. Unlike the dominant THC, cannabidiol is not psychoactive, so the sweet-tasting infusion Jayden takes four times a day doesn’t make him high.

Down from 22 prescription pills per day to four, he now eats solid food, responds to his father’s incessant requests for kisses and dances in his Modesto living room to the “Yo Gabba Gabba!” theme song. The frequency and intensity of his seizures have been greatly reduced.

But this summer, federal prosecutors moved to close Oakland’s Harborside Health Center — the nation’s largest dispensary and the place David has relied on most for help.

The public debate over medical marijuana — which violates federal law but is legal in California, 17 other states and the District of Columbia — for the most part has pitted those who praise its health benefits against those who say it is merely an excuse to get high. Lost in the discussion has been the fact that marijuana has myriad components that affect the body in a number of ways.

CBD, for instance, was virtually bred out of U.S. plants decades ago by growers whose customers preferred the mind-altering properties of high-THC varietals. Yet it is experiencing a resurgence, having shown promise as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, neuroprotectant and cancer-fighting agent.

“Nobody is going to a dispensary for this to get high,” said Martin Lee, a Bay Area writer who has reported on cannabidiol for years. “With CBD, it’s clear that it’s just about medicine.”

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A photo in the kitchen shows a beaming David nuzzled up against his newborn son. But the family’s joy soon clouded. Jayden had his first grand mal at 4 1/2 months. The muscle jerks followed, as did seizures that cause sudden collapse.

At 1 1/2, the blue-eyed boy was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a form of infant epilepsy described in medical literature as catastrophic — and potentially fatal.

David and Jayden’s mother, whose marriage failed under the stress, consulted top experts, resulting in “more drugs and more ambulance trips,” David said.

By late 2010, Jayden had tried 11 medications. The 12th was stiripentol, hailed as a potential Dravet breakthrough. But after six months, Jayden’s seizures and side effects were worse. David said his son rarely responded to those around him, had difficulty chewing and often screamed in fear.

“I was going crazy,” David said. The onetime jewelry store manager recalled stepping out onto his front lawn in April 2011 to make a phone call: “Mom,” he said. “I’m going to shoot myself in the head. I can’t stand seeing him this way.”

That Sunday, David, a devout Assyrian Christian, and his girlfriend brought Jayden to their parish. “We were asking God for signs,” David said.

The TV news story David saw the next day about the epileptic teenager seemed to offer one. Scouring the Internet, he came across decades of research documenting the therapeutic effects of CBD.

It has been shown to relieve, among other things, spasms from multiple sclerosis, anxiety and symptoms of schizophrenia. Animal studies related to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and cancer have proved encouraging.

In an application for a patent awarded in 2003, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services deemed non-psychoactive cannabinoids “particularly advantageous to use” as antioxidants and neuroprotectants because they can be administered in high doses without risk of toxicity.

As for epilepsy, tales of cannabis use date to ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions.

Studies have shown THC is “overwhelmingly anticonvulsant” in animals, said Dr. Ben Whalley, a researcher at Britain’s University of Reading, but CBD and some other non-psychoactive cannabinoids have shown similar effects without the mind-altering downside.

In a human trial during the 1970s, researchers found that four of the eight subjects who received large doses of CBD remained almost free of epileptic seizures, while three others improved. More recently, Whalley and his colleagues published results of an animal study that strongly supported CBD “as a therapeutic candidate for a diverse range of human epilepsies.”

Bringing humor to tumor: Stand up 2 Cancer blends comedy with message

Eddie Kim , Variety
Story | September 13, 2012 | 9:55 PM
Bizzers mingled with medical researchers and cancer survivors at Friday’s Stand Up 2 Cancer…survivor: “I told him there are much easier ways to get a medical marijuana card in California,” Rogen quipped. Samuel L. Jackson…

To treat son’s epilepsy, a father turns to medical marijuana

Marc Martin
Story | September 13, 2012 | 6:14 PM
Jayden David, 5, suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome. Jayden takes a form of medical marijuana that is not psychoactive, so the sweet-tasting infusion he receives four times a day doesn’t make him high.
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Betsy DeVos Compares School Choice Critics To ‘Flat-Earthers’

The education secretary accuses critics of hindering innovation, then calls Trump’s budget, which would cut education 13 percent, a “historic investment” in students.
By Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Opponents of school choice policies are akin to “flat-earthers” who are fighting innovation in education, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Monday night.

DeVos gave a speech praising President Donald Trump’s plans for the “most ambitious expansion of education choice in our nation’s history ― a day before his administration released a budget proposal that would slash Education Department funding by more than $9 billion.

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Flat Worlders calling everyone besides themselves (Fundamentalist Right Wing “Christian”) a Flat Earther ! Like the kettle calling the pot black…

Betsy Devos is the sister of Erik Prince; her family paid the RNC 200 million dollars to get her job, she’s entirely unreliable, unqualified to lead public or any other kind of education. The flat worlders want to take $ from the actual education system and pour it into State Sponsored Religious schools in the name of their fake god.