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Letters to an Apathetic Senator from a Veteran of the USMC and Desert Storm.

 

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Senator Mary Pilcher Cook is TOO EXTREME to represent us! Tell her YES to SB9!

My First Letter to Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook (R) Kansas:

Poll: Americans View Cannabis/Marijuana As Less Harmful To Health Than Tobacco, Alcohol, Or Sugar.
 
Americans believe that consuming cannabis poses less harm to health than does the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or sugar, according to the findings of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released today. With the rise of obesity and Diabetes in Kansas, I would have to agree that sugar kills more people per year! That is just statistical fact! Alcohol and Tobacco, well we really don’t need statistics but, Alcohol kills 88,000 Americans per year.
Marijuana, well in America, the only statistics that can be found are from a man killed smuggling tons of marijuana over the Mexico border. One of the bales of marijuana fell on him and killed him.
Respondents were asked which of the four substances they believed to be “most harmful to a person’s overall health.” Most respondents said tobacco (49 percent), followed by alcohol (24 percent) and sugar (15 percent).
Only eight percent of those surveyed said that they believed that marijuana was most harmful to health.
The poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 3.10 percent.
Commenting on the poll results, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “These results once again reaffirm that an overwhelming majority of the American public understands that any potential risks associated with the use or abuse of cannabis are relatively minor to those associated with many other legal and regulated substances. Criminalizing cannabis and those who consume it responsibly is a disproportionate public policy response to what is, at worst, a public health issue but not a criminal justice concern.”
Under federal law, marijuana is classified as a schedule I controlled substance, meaning that its alleged harms are equal to those of heroin.
Also, as I am sure you are aware, Kansas families are moving out of the state. I have read two stories in two different newspapers. Here is a link to one: 
I could go on and on. My family is in the same situation with a chronically ill child. I myself am a Desert Storm veteran and long time Kansas resident. I have been prescribed all kinds of drugs for diabetes and neuropathy, which have made me very sick, elevated my liver enzymes and caused me more side effects than they were worth. Please, reconsider your stance. Kansas cannot afford to lose more population. All of the states surrounding us are moving forward with medical marijuana laws. Kansas doesn’t have to be stuck in the 1930s. Kansas could be a leader instead of a follower.
My wife is a nurse practitioner. I am a registered nurse. There are only 3 pediatric GI doctors in Kansas. We are moving to Colorado in May, along with several other families that need an alternative to chemotherapy to treat my daughters disease and their own families ailments.
This may not affect you but it affects a lot of Kansans. I am ashamed of the reception Topeka gave the disabled vets and Kansans that showed up to support Senator David Haley. The security guards and even some of the politicians made fun of the people that showed up.
I fought for my state and my country. Do you fight for Kansans or your own agenda?
I have worked as a Director of Nursing in the top Nursing Home in Kansas. I lost that job after 4 years due to undiagnosed diabetes… a result of contaminated water from Camp Lejeune and my deployments. I sacrificed. I have lost jobs standing up for the little guy. Would you do the same? It seems politicians hammer the same issues year after year.
Abortion is very important, but what about my 7 year old taking dangerous chemotherapy for Crohn’s disease? 18,000 dollars a dose. There are double-blind placebo studies showing the efficacy. I know Kansas is not big in Science, which is a shame. Most of the politicians believe the world is 2000 years old. The fact is, Cannabis has been used for over 10,000 years if you believe in science and Carbon 14 dating.
Please reconsider. ALL the other states are making this a priority for the sick and dying. Have you ever held a dying person’s hand? I have held hundreds as a registered nurse. Many, without adequate pain relief because the opiates cause nausea or don’t work. If you give too much, it will kill the person. Cannabis works on the Human Bodies endocannabinoid system. It does not affect the center of the brain that controls vital organs. You cannot stop breathing from injesting it.
The science is there. Senator David Haley needs some help. Why do republicans and democrats fight eachother like children? It only hurts the people you are charged with supporting and protecting.
Please, reconsider your stance. Kansas has already been the laughing stock of the nation for several ridiculous bills you ALL have wasted money on, such as the LGBT discrimination bill. It’s hypocritical to say SB9 would cost too much money.
Thank you Senator,
Emery Myers, Corporal-ret. USMC 1990-1994 and disabled vet!
Final letter after I sent 2 more pleading for her to at least let the bill have a chance in the legislature:
Dear Senator Mary Pilcher Cook,
I guess my service as a Marine, defending your freedom doesn’t warrant a response. My service as a registered nurse in the state of Kansas doesn’t warrant a response. I guess you have made your mind up on SB9, despite 70% of Kansans support the bill.
Burying your head in the sand doesn’t change the fact that Kansans use this medicine. I will not email you again. I will email other “conservative” Senators that respond and act. I will also contact the White House. I recieve responses from them.
Politics and the care of the sick and dying are sad to say the least in Kansas. My family, along with many other families that have already moved, will be moving to Colorado this summer after my wife graduates top of her class with her masters degree as an advanced practice registered nurse.
Again, religion and your personal views should not influence your decision to allow SB9 a fair hearing. I run several successful blogs and am a member of at least 5 organizations that represent veterans and Marines. I will be sure to seek support from those organizations also.
I serve 8 years for my country and you cannot even respond to a legitimate email. My 7 year old daughter has severe Crohns, I am a disabled vet. I guess in your book that doesn’t count. I will continue to fight as any Marine would.
If you are a bible thumper, do you know Genesis? You might want to read that again.
Sincerely,
Emery Myers, Corporal USMC-ret and nationally certified registered nurse.
I called her office and left a polite message weeks ago. No call back. I have sent her letters. No reply. This is government at its finest. The other Senators that replied want nothing to do with this bill. They use political terms and state it isn’t in their power or “no comment”. 70% of Kansans want medical marijuana. The government won’t listen to the people. This is a trend that is becoming more evident and more serious with all issues. We need to end this trend and quit electing these types of career politicians. Senatory Mary Pilcher Cook doesn’t even have education in health care. She was a publisher of software!
Please help me send this bible-thumping Senator a clear message. Please email her at: Mary.PilcherCook@senate.ks.gov and let her know that her treatment of her constituents is not acceptable. Please. You can copy and paste my first letter if you like and send that to her.
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Tell Kansas Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook to Allow Hearing of Medical Cannabis Bill SB 9. She is not allowing it again, year after year, while most other states are enacting these very same bills!

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Freedom! You can make a difference! Please email Senator Mary Pilcher Cook and let her know you WANT what 70% of Kansas and the rest of the nation want… Medical Cannabis (marijuana) for our sick and dying residents. She needs to know we are a compassionate state, not a state stuck in the 20th century!

Tell Kansas Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook to Allow Hearing of Medical Marijuana Bill SB 9

EVERYONE, PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION BELOW!

Sign the petition here to show Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook we appreciate her service but we want Senate Bill 9 to be reviewed with an open mind!

Tell Kansas Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook to Allow Hearing of Medical Marijuana Bill SB 9, which is the medical cannabis (marijuana) bill for Kansas that 70% (according to a very recent poll) of Kansans want and the majority of the other states are DOING right now. Even Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kentucky, and so many more I can’t list them all are enacting compassionate bills for their citizens.
Freedom...It's up to us... the activists, the AMERICANS! STAND AND FIGHT!
Freedom…It’s up to us… the activists, the AMERICANS! STAND AND FIGHT!

Earlier this month, Kansas Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City, Kansas) introduced SB 9, a bill which would allow Kansas residents with qualifying conditions to legally use and possess marijuana.

According to a recent SurveyUSA poll, 70% of Kansans believe that medical marijuana should be legal, but unfortunately, State Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee), chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, intends to block the bill from receiving a hearing. Pilcher-Cook said in an interview with AP, “I don’t think the Legislature would be for it,” she said. “We have a very limited session. You have to look at the opportunity costs.” Mary Pilcher Cook is not a medical professional. She is not a doctor, nurse or other scientist. She is a software publisher that got elected to Senate. She is VERY conservative and has been labeled “right-wing” by the media. This needs to be a bi-partisan issue…not just an issue for her only to decide on. We are a democracy! 

Opportunity costs? What about the opportunity cost of denying every sick person who would benefit from marijuana the right to use it? Or how about the opportunity costs of someone taking addictive and dangerous opiates because they don’t have safe access to marijuana?

Lives are literally hanging in the balance and the opportunity cost of not allowing this bill a hearing is too great. Too many Kansans are suffering and MOVING out of the state to seek the medicine they need for family members. Kansas cannot afford to lose more population!

Please use the script below to call Pilcher-Cook’s office (785-296-7362) and/or sign below to send her an email urging her to allow SB 9 to receive a hearing.

Copy and paste and email… or call and use this script to call: The citizens of Kansas demand that SB9 be reviewed. Many physicians, nurses and citizens demand the use of medical cannabis for chronically ill Kansans. The medicine has many scientific studies backing the efficacy of the medicine. We intend no insult, but you do not have the scientific background to bury this bill. You are a software engineer and publisher. We are nurses, physicians and KANSANS. 70% of us want this bill. It’s time to listen to the constituents. Turning a blind eye will only lead to more people self medicating with sub-standard, illegal medicine. Many people use marijuana in Kansas. Ignoring the masses won’t change the problem. Allow safe access to medical cannabis patients. Allow Senator Haley the respect he deserves for being brave enough to speak common sense on the issue. Being Republican doesn’t mean you have to be FAR RIGHT on all your views, especially when it affects the welfare of so many Kansans. Please listen to the masses, the constituents that elected you… Not the other politicians, lawyers, lobbyists and antiquated politicians. Kansas doesn’t have to be the laughing-stock of our nation! We can progressive and conservative. Regulate, tax and treat the chronically ill and terminally ill! Written by a registered nurse with many years of experience in the field…NEVER seeing adverse effects of marijuana use in the hospital…but treating thousands for alcohol and tobacco!

Email: mpcook@everestkc.netMary.PilcherCook@senate.ks.gov

Contact information for Senator Mary Pilfer Cook Below:

Occupation: Retired Software Engineer and Publisher
13910 West 58th Place,
Shawnee, KS 66216
Email:mpcook@everestkc.net

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Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook

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Room: 441-E
Seat: 36
Phone: 785-296-7362
Email:Mary.PilcherCook@senate.ks.gov

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13910 West 58th Place
Shawnee, KS 66216
Phone: 913-396-9306
Email:mary@pilchercook.com

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Occupation: Retired Software Engineer and Publisher
13910 West 58th Place,
Shawnee, KS 66216
Email:mpcook@everestkc.net

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Spouse: Don Cook

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Fred Phelps, Hate Monger/Pastor of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas Dying.

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. ‘on the edge of death’
The anti-gay Kansas preacher who courted notoriety by picketing the funerals of gays and U.S. soldiers is living out his last days in a hospice care facility near his Topeka church. Steve Drain, a Westboro spokesman, confirmed Sunday that Phelps is in ill health.

	The Rev. Fred Phelps, leader of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., is reportedly near death.The Rev. Fred Phelps, leader of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., is reportedly near death.

 No one’s going to protest against this guy’s death.
Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. has been admitted to a hospice facility and is “on the edge of death,” his estranged son revealed.The 84-year-old preacher established the small Kansas church in 1955 and made it a household name by picketing funerals, public events and businesses with hateful signs attacking gay people, Jews and others.

Pastor Fred Phelps Sr. outside the Albany County Courthouse in Laramie, Wyo., on April 5, 1999, where one of the defendants in the beating murder of Matthew Shepard will stand trial.Pastor Fred Phelps Sr. outside the Albany County Courthouse in Laramie, Wyo., on April 5, 1999, where one of the defendants in the beating murder of Matthew Shepard will stand trial.

“I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps Sr., pastor of the ‘God Hates F–s’ Westboro Baptist Church … is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice in Topeka, Kansas,” son Nathan Phelps wrote on Facebook.
Steve Drain, a Westboro spokesman, confirmed Sunday that Phelps is in ill health.
“I can tell you that Fred Phelps is having some health problems,” Drain said. “He’s an old man and old people get health problems.”
Anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps Sr., shown in 2006 at his Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., is clinging to life in a Shawnee County care facility.

Anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps Sr., shown in 2006 at his Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., is clinging to life in a Shawnee County care facility.

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In his Facebook post, Nathan Phelps, who left the church 37 years ago, said Westboro excommunicated his father in August.
 Drain declined to comment on whether Phelps has been voted out of the church he established.
Westboro Baptist Church member Jacob Phelps of Topeka, Kan., holds a signs on Oct. 6, 2010, in front of the Supreme Court in Washington as the court heard arguments in the dispute between Albert Snyder of York, Pa., and members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Westboro Baptist Church member Jacob Phelps of Topeka, Kan., holds a signs on Oct. 6, 2010, in front of the Supreme Court in Washington as the court heard arguments in the dispute between Albert Snyder of York, Pa., and members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

“I’m not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to god ends this way. Destroyed by the monster he made,” Nathan Phelps wrote in the post, which had been shared more than 1,000 times as of Sunday night.
“I feel sad for all the hurt he’s caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved.”
Westboro members frequently protest at the funerals of American soldiers with signs bearing messages like “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “Thank God for 9/11,” claiming the deaths are divine punishment for the country’s tolerance of homosexuality.
Two same-sex couples kiss in front of Westboro Baptist Church protesters, on Mar. 27, 2013, at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Two same-sex couples kiss in front of Westboro Baptist Church protesters, on Mar. 27, 2013, at the U.S. Supreme Court.

They first attracted widespread attention by picketing the 1998 funeral of Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student tortured and killed in an anti-gay attack.
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The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights nonprofit organization, has described Westboro as a hate group, and some people reacted to Nathan Phelps’ Facebook post with glee.
Protesters from Rev. Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate on June 6, 2009, during funeral services for Dr. George Tiller at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kan.

Protesters from Rev. Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate on June 6, 2009, during funeral services for Dr. George Tiller at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kan.

“Thank God he is almost dead!!! Party time!” user Victor Purchase wrote below the post.
Others preached goodwill.
“I may not have supported his lifestyle. In fact, I stand for everything his church is against. But that doesn’t give me the right to be happy about someone dying,” wrote Corey Bartley.
Steve Drain of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., protests outside the Grand Ledge Baptist Church on March 27, 2006, prior to the funeral of Army Cpl. Nyle Yates III, as military veterans and other supporters stand between Drain and the church in Grand Ledge, Mich.Steve Drain of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., protests outside the Grand Ledge Baptist Church on March 27, 2006,  prior to the funeral of Army Cpl. Nyle Yates III, as military veterans and other supporters stand between Drain and the church in Grand Ledge, Mich.
The church’s sick activities inspired a federal law limiting protests at funerals for soldiers along with numerous state restrictions on picketing at funeral sites.
Just Wednesday, a federal judge upheld a Missouri law requiring protestors to stay at least 300 feet away from funeral sites.
But Westboro won a First Amendment victory in 2011 when the U.S. Supreme Court said church members couldn’t be sued for money damages for inflicting pain on grieving families.

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One Gram of Cannabis a Day Keeps Her Leukemia Away.

Dr. William Courtney Calls Child “A Miracle Baby”

Dr. William Courtney Calls Child “A Miracle Baby”

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Dr. William Courtney
Medical marijuana is gaining acceptance, but could it even help kids? Dr. William Courtney has seen it happen, and on Friday, told HuffPost Live host Alyona Minkovski about it. Saying he was “quite a skeptic 5 or 6 years ago”, Dr. Courtney continued that “my youngest patient is 8 months old, and had a very massive centrally

located inoperable brain tumor.” The child’s father pushed for non-traditional treatment utilizing cannabis.  “They were putting cannabinoid oil on the baby’s pacifier twice a day, increasing the dose… And within two months there was a dramatic reduction, enough that the pediatric oncologist allowed them to go ahead with not pursuing traditional therapy.”The tumor was remarkably reduced after eight months of treatment. Dr. Courtney pointed out that the success of the cannabis approach means that “this child, because of that, is not going to have the long-term side effects that would come from a very high dose of chemotherapy or radiation… currently the child’s being called a miracle baby, and I would have to agree that this is the perfect response that we should be insisting is front line therapy for all children before they launch off on all medications that have horrific long term side effects.”
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Laney the Crohn's Warrior. Image courtesy of www.darwinsrightleftwing.com

Update on Laney’s Battles! Petition at end of article friends!

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Update on Laney’s Battles!
Laney and her Yorkie, Kia. These two are inseparable. Kia might as well have Crohn's disease as she spends hours everyday in the bathroom with Laney!
Laney and her Yorkie, Kia. These two are inseparable. Kia might as well have Crohn’s disease as she spends hours everyday in the bathroom with Laney!

Please, if you are a parent, please sign this petition. Marijuana is a diverse plant with MANY beneficial properties. My daughter is taking a dangerous chemo drug for her Crohn’s Disease. She is only 7. It will leave her sterile and further injure her liver. Please help her. Please help ALL Kansans with Chronic Illness and Pain without voices. Please sign this all important, historic petition. Stand and scream! Make your voices so loud that the House and Senate WILL HAVE TO LISTEN TO US!

Part 2 of her story is here: Laney’s Story of Living with Crohn’s Disease.

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Cannabis Treating Crohn's Disease

Marijuana Put My Crohn’s Disease Into Remission and It’s Not A Joke! A story of truth and inspiration!

Marijuana Put My Crohn’s Disease Into Remission and It’s Not A Joke

Marijuana Put My Crohn’s Disease Into Remission and It’s Not A Joke

Marijuana Put My Crohn’s Disease Into Remission and It’s Not A Joke

I usually do not want to talk about having Crohn’s Disease. It is just a reality I have lived with for nine years, but never exactly dinner table discussion or an amusing anecdote shared with friends over drinks. It has been not just a major inconvenience in my life; it has altered its course significantly. The subject is emotionally difficult to explain. It’s personal. For lack of a better word, unpleasant.

I feel compelled to share now, although I don’t really want to, because a new study has proven smoked marijuana has a near 100% success rate in putting Crohn’s Disease into remission. I am sick of everyone making jokes about my involvement in the marijuana legalization movement; I’m sick of having to stay quiet about what I do around family or in public for fear or upsetting someone’s delicate sensibilities about “drugs” like marijuana. Let me tell you a thing or two about drugs, marijuana and Crohn’s Disease. It’s not a joke and it is not about “getting high” for me.

It is difficult to explain to people what Crohn’s is, because it involves the digestive system and people like to just think it is IBS. It is not IBS. It’s especially hard to explain because the causes are unknown; it is a chronic illness that was only given a name in 1932.

Genetic factors can signal its onset, but I had no such forewarning. My mom was adopted in the 1960s, when laws pertaining to adoption allowed all records, including medical, to remain locked—even fifty years after the laws have changed. Some digging produced some vague birth records showing a great-grandmother and some other distant biological relatives who died of their intestines exploding inside of them. My doctors urged me to find family members who had the illness so they could try to find patterns. We found my biological grandmother in Pennsylvania, but she wanted nothing to do with either me or my family and refused to provide any medical records.

I began fasting in middle school, but I didn’t start seriously starving myself to the point of illness until my sophomore year of high school. Not the point of this article, so I am not going in depth. Some people believe malnutrition can be a trigger for those who carry the gene. I think so, too. By my senior year I was in such terrible pain I would double over crying at night, unable to sleep. A nutritionist my doctor sent me to said it was my vegetarian diet and I needed more protein. I started puking everything I ate. The starving became involuntary.

The day I graduated high school all the other kids were lined up ready to process into the auditorium and talking about their college plans, I was sitting against a wall trying to regain my composure to get up and walk across the stage with everyone else, biting on my own hand to get through the pain so hard I broke skin. That summer before college was pretty miserable. I was in and out of doctors’ offices while trying to make plans to move over 300 miles away for college.

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease three days before I moved into the dorms at San Francisco State. I spent much of my first semester in my dorm bed under mounds of blankets with the heat blasting because I couldn’t eat food and I just never could get warm. As it turned out, I had a blockage in my large intestine that had caused inflammation, which in turn shut my whole body down.

I was desperately trying to maintain a normal social life just after moving to a brand new place and without friends. That November before going to a dinner party a co-worker was throwing, I decided to shower and get ready in our shared hall bathrooms. I got in the shower and shivered so hard I couldn’t stop shaking. I kept turning the knob higher and higher until my skin was lobster red and near blistering. Though I had begun to burn my skin, I couldn’t feel it. I reluctantly got out of the shower and moved into a stall to put my clothes on. As I zipped up the back of my dress I started to get dizzy. I clutched a wall for a moment, telling myself to keep it together, before I collapsed on the concrete floor.

A couple of minutes later a girl from down the hall found me on the floor, lifted me up and walked me back to my room. The first thing I said was “don’t tell my mom, I have a party to go to tonight…” before passing out in the bed again. Thankfully, she and my roommate ignored my suggestion and found my mom’s number in my cell. She told them to take me to the hospital immediately.

When I got there, the doctor was ready to do emergency surgery to remove the blockage.  I stubbornly pleaded with the doctors to find another way – after all, I had this crazy idea I was going to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in only three years and it was late in the semester to be dropping my classes for a surgery. The surgeons kept a tube snaked through my nose and esophagus to my stomach for two days while it drained the bile built up behind the blockage to the point of turning toxic. The buildup had triggered anemia, which in turn caused the coldness and fainting.

Luckily, the doctor who treated me knew a specialist and major researcher in the field at UCSF, a world-renowned medical research school.

The specialist removed the tube, allowing me to speak aloud for the first time in days (until then I had been communicating via slips of paper I handed my mom, littered with obscenities directed towards the nurses and other doctors). We agreed to do the surgery over spring break in March as long as I promised to take the prescribed medications and my condition didn’t worsen.

I started taking a lot of pills. I was always the youngest person by at least 40 years in my local pharmacy. One of the pills, Asacol, I seemed to be taking all day with no perceived benefit. The one that stood out the worst for me though—Prednisone. Prednisone is a steroid used to reduce inflammation and is typically prescribed to people suffering with arthritis. It caused me to gain 10 pounds of water weight almost immediately. When I stood up to walk to class I would have sloshly ankles within minutes, so I started taking a shuttle to the other end of campus when I became unable to make the walk. My otherwise clear skin broke out in a bad way. I had mood swings; any little thing would set me off crying or picking fights. I remember one particularly depressing Friday night when the dorms were abuzz with partiers and I was watching Oprah with my feet propped up and crying into a carton of strawberry ice cream like a pregnant woman.

I made it to March, miserably, and then I went in for surgery. Because I was only 18-years-old they wanted to do what they could to not to scar up my body too much, so they did the surgery laparoscopically (with lasers) and pulled the damaged part of my intestine out through my belly button and glued it back together. While this procedure avoided any major scarring, to this day my skin’s misalignment becomes apparent when I gain and lose weight, which I do constantly because… I have Crohn’s Disease.

I came out of the surgery a little angry. A nurse commented to me that the surgery was more painful than childbirth so it should be a breeze when I start popping them out. Why the hell would an 18-year-old who just had their body torn open even give a fuck about childbirth?! I think it was her way of telling me it was okay that I was constantly tapping at the morphine drip button they put in my hand. I was using it to put myself to sleep. I was even angrier when they started telling me about all the meds they wanted to give me and when they told me that I had an 80% chance of having to do this again in two years, and AGAIN two years after that until I would eventually have to carry a bag because I didn’t have enough intestine left. Fucking gross, I wasn’t going to accept it. The doctors painted a very bleak and expensive picture of my future, right when it was just getting started.

“The doctors painted a very bleak and expensive picture of my future, right when it was just getting started.”

I had smoked marijuana regularly in high school, Proposition 215 had already passed but there were no medical marijuana clubs in my conservative, rural, part of California. We still had to buy our marijuana from shady street dealers. I felt so cool and so terrified at the same time going to buy marijuana with a friend the very first time. I think the guy we bought it from was part of a local gang.

Moving to San Francisco and seeing the dispensary and medical card ads in the back of the free weeklies was a revelation. I was nervous about getting a medical marijuana recommendation because of the rumors I heard about government watch lists. But I knew I  didn’t want to take any more of those pills, the effects of the pills were worse than the actual Crohn’s both mentally and physically.

I also had classmates at Journalism school chastise me for wanting to write about medical marijuana, like it was some funny joke. I stopped telling people about it unless they were already “in the know.”

My first “pot doctor” put me at ease immediately. He started telling me how I should use it for my Crohn’s Disease, how it would help me stop the pills and actually feel better. He made me feel normal, comfortable. I got to ask him all the questions my traditional doctors wouldn’t answer and he answered honestly. He said there needed to be more studies, but from what he was seeing with other people like me, marijuana was working. I asked my doctor at UCSF about it on the next visit, she briefly said she had heard encouraging things but she couldn’t recommend marijuana to me. Politics, you understand.

Over the years I researched holistic medicine and integrated that into my daily routine. I also smoked a lot of pot. I would be lying if I said I only smoked pot to ease the pain. Sometimes I smoke pot because I like it. Sometimes my brain is just as sick as my body and it feels good to do something to help myself instead of relying on everyone else.

“I would be lying if I said I only smoked pot to ease the pain. Sometimes I smoke pot because I like it, sometimes my brain is just as sick as my body and it feels good to do something to help myself instead of relying on everyone else.”

This March marked eight years since my surgery and this August will mark nine since my diagnosis. I show no signs of needing surgery again in the foreseeable future. My health is one hundred percent attributable to my decision to ignore everyone’s discouragement years ago and replace all those drugs with marijuana.

Besides the occasional Crohn’s complication (it is an autoimmune disease so I get all kinds of bizarre symptoms through germs I come in contact with, everything from the common cold to shingles and inflamed eyes), I am healthy and have been able to live an otherwise normal life because of my choice.

Like I said, this is a story I have never wanted to tell, but one I now think is important to share. People still go to jail for marijuana. All across the country military-style SWAT raids are conducted on peaceful people because of marijuana. I bet at your dinner table with your “straight” friends and family you still won’t talk about it because they don’t want to hear it or you are afraid of getting busted. Weed isn’t just hippies, nag champa and reggae music. It’s how people like me—your friend, a person you may have met casually, your family, your coworker, your teenage daughter buying pot from a drug dealer—get through life, which is after all, what we are all really trying to do, right?

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Original article from: http://www.ladybud.com/2013/05/15/marijuana-put-my-crohns-disease-into-remission-and-its-not-a-joke/

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Laney the Crohn’s Warrior: Part 2. Please also SIGN the PETITION for Laney and for all chronically ill Kansans! Please, this Father begs you…written by Emery Myers

Laney TaeKwonDo Champion Second Chrons Warrior First
Crohn’s Disease Warrior First!!!         Laney is a Brown-Belt Taekwondo champion second!
Part 2 of Laney’s life and Crohn’s Disease. The story of a true champion. The story of Laney! Laney, the Crohn’s Warrior.
Warrior I Will Stay Strong I Will Fight I Will Win
Laney is presently bleeding inside. She bleeds through damaged areas in her large intestine. She is not in remission now, even though she takes Azothiaprine, 100miligrams per day. She is fighting… fighting pain, fatigue, nausea, depression, anxiety, herself…at 7 years old! No 7-year-old should have to be subjected to this but Laney doesn’t think this way. She is positive and optimistic on the outside but I know she is terrified on the inside! She is just TOO TOUGH to let anyone smell the fear, the pain, deep inside her tiny, damaged tummy.
Azothiaprine DESTROYS Laney’s immune system. Why, you may ask does she take the drug then? It is the lesser of 2 evils at this time. Azothiaprine puts her immune system in a “head-lock”, if you will, preventing her tummy from being attacked, in specific, her gastrointestinal system.
The problem is, it is a very TOXIC chemical, continually damaging  her small master organ, her liver! Presently, Laney has lab drawn weekly to make sure her liver is tolerating the DRUG…the FDA approved Killer Drug. If this drug continues to cause problems, then Laney will be faced with intravenous chemotherapy, which increases her chances of various cancers to 11%! She is only 7…
Crohn’s is the WORST auto-immune disease affecting the entire GI tract from the mouth to the anus. Crohn’s Disease causes many severe problems in the GI tract and can attack anywhere along the GI tract.
FOR more Crohn’s Information click HERE.
Despite Laney losing 3 pounds in the last two weeks, which took her 6 months to gain, she recently earned her Brown Belt in Traditional #TaeKwonDo
This is one “Belt” below Black Belt!
She tested in front of the Grand Master, Sun-Yi and performed as if she were a “healthy” 7-year-old…but she is not. Her large intestine, swollen, oozing mucus and scarlet-red, life-giving blood, her large intestine was causing her SEVERE pain. Severe pain, hidden, while she methodically and gracefully worked through her perfected TaeKwonDo forms, alongside her big brother, Landon!
Landon and Laney Brown Belts
Landon snaps a quick punch in the background, while Laney strikes the enemy in the foreground! Landon and Laney are “thick as thieves” they are! Landon is the same rank in TaeKwonDo as the mighty, little Laney. The difference is Landon is a couple of years older than Laney and he is a very healthy boy!
   Laney completely hid the pain during Taekwondo Testing. The constant aching and stabbing sensations in the lower abdomen was a perpetual reminder she can’t ever escape from Crohn’s Disease.
The bloated belly feels full and urgent, constantly, but you wouldn’t know if you looked at Laney performing her “Forms” perfectly. Sparring like she has the spirit of a Lioness in her…I think she does!
"Spirit of a Lioness" by Simbamarasa, reminds me of Laney's inner spirit...Laney is a Lioness! Brave, Powerful, Intelligent and a FIGHTER...A WARRIOR!
“Spirit of a Lioness” by Simbamarasa, reminds me of Laney’s inner spirit…Laney is a  Young Lioness! Brave, Powerful, Intelligent and a FIGHTER…A WARRIOR!
Laney is NOT responding well, at all, to the drug Azothiaprine. She has elevations in her liver enzymes, 5 times the normal level, which indicates moderate to severe liver damage. She was reduced on her Azothiaprine dosage, and 1 month later, her Crohn’s is out of remission…BACK with a vengeance, attacking our perfect, kind, beautiful, and intelligent       “Laney-Bug”!
Laney and her big-brother Landon, holding their Brown Belt Certifications. She smiles and on the inside, she is screaming!
Laney and her big-brother Landon, holding their Brown Belt Certifications. She smiles and on the inside, she is screaming! Nobody understands her pain and fatigue truly, but her. She hides this gargantuan part of her life, to protect her family, her mother and father, from the worry!
Information on alternative, natural medication to treat Crohn’s Disease right here! Click Here
I am Laney’s father. I am also a Registered Nurse, with years of higher education. Proudly, I am also a father of 4 total kids, and a grandfather of 1, beautiful, baby girl!
I suffer from insulin dependent diabetes and diabetic neuropathy in my feet, fingers, and legs mostly. Pain medication prescribed by my doc, does not work and has awful side effects. It is the only choice I have living in Kansas. I am a law abiding citizen. I don’t break the law! So, I have to continue using the BIG Pharmacy medications, endorsed by our far right wing republicans in Kansas!
Kansas is ultra-conservative. So conservative that the state is voting on bills that would legalize discrimination against the LGBT community and… Kansas is voting on a bill to SPANK kids in school until their bottoms are red right now!
Kansas has put the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act in the trash can for the past several years. The chronically ill HAVE to and Need to get this bill passed NOW! HB2198 and SB9!
Kansas has put the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act in the trash can for the past several years. The chronically ill HAVE to, and Need to, get this bill passed NOW! HB2198 and SB9! The above picture gives the potential medical marijuana patients, little hope for a more empathetic and intelligent, dare I say, scientific, Kansas House and Kansas Senate. The Kansas Government is led by Christian Extremest, Governor Sam Brownback!
The bill, HB 2198 and SB9, were introduced several years ago, the bill is the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act. If passed, patients such as Laney, could have LEGAL ACCESS to specific strains of medical marijuana.
The strains have very little THC, the psychoactive component, but high amounts of cannabinoids or CBDs. The CBDs are responsible for halting Crohn’s disease and inducing remission… complete remission!
Dr. Sanjay Gupta Explains best in this incredible documentary on the benefits, the miracle of natural plant therapy…Marijuana! The good Doctor explains why he reversed his opinion on Medical Marijuana!

Please help. Please stand up and fight with this Kansas Dad! This disabled Marine Veteran of Desert Storm, This Kansas father and grandfather… Please, for all of us. This isn’t about you and I…it’s about them…the silent majority that either can’t speak out, or are too afraid.
The disabled, the care givers, the military, anyone that could benefit from treatment, treatment with marijuana! 20 other states have enacted medical marijuana laws and 2 states have legalized it completely!
Kansas Government either won’t give Kansans freedom and choice, or will just keep doing the status-quo,                                 the “same-ol-same-ol-good-ol-boy-” political routine, which the Kansas House and Senate have practiced for the last 40 years, since President Nixon!!!
I am NOT a CROOK! Richard Nixon famous last words!
I am NOT a CROOK! Richard Nixon famous last words!

Please sign this petition. Don’t do it for you…Sign it for those Kansans that need the choice to use a safe, effective plant instead of deadly narcotics, pushed by Big Pharmacy and the FDA!

Click HERE to sign the petition and FORCE the terribly antiquated and hyper-conservative government to read this BILL HB2198 and SB9! The voiceless need your help and compassion. Even if you don’t agree, share this so everyone can have a choice, for themselves, for Laney, for FREEDOM!
written by Emery Myers, proudly known as “Laney’s Dad”
Adult 21 and over Cannabis Dispensary

Medical Marijuana in Kansas? Possibly, according to the latest news…

Kansas government has killed HB2198 for 3 years now…will 2014 be the year Kansas citizens actually get a voice?

Please click the link below for the most current news video on the recent medical marijuana rally in Topeka, Kansas.

http://www.kake.com/politics/headlines/Rally-ignites-support-for-medical-marijuana-in-Kansas-245633541.html

cannabis, cancer cure
Nature’s medicine…Fact: Most “pharmaceutical medication is derived from nature, plants.”

Joycelyn Elders, MD, former US Surgeon General, wrote the following in her Mar. 26, 2004 editorial published in the Providence Journal:
“Unlike many of the drugs we prescribe every day, marijuana has never been proven to cause a fatal overdose.” 

Mar. 26, 2004 - Joycelyn Elders, MD

Kansas House Bill 2453 “Anti-Gay” Legislation Allows Businesses, Groups and Religion to Legally Discriminate Against Gay Couples.

Kansas House Bill 2453 “Anti-Gay” Legislation Allows Businesses, Groups and Religion to Legally Discriminate Against Gay Couples..

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Kansas is putting up NEW SIGNS for 2014! The House Republicans Have Been Busy!

Kansas House Bill 2453 “Anti-Gay” Legislation Allows Businesses, Groups and Religion to Legally Discriminate Against Gay Couples.

Westboro Baptist Church, Topeka, Kansas! It seems as though the Kansas House Republicans are on the same side as Fred Phelps!
Westboro Baptist Church, Topeka, Kansas! It seems as though the Kansas House Republicans are on the same side as Fred Phelps!

Kansas House passes bill allowing refusal of service to same-sex couples

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gay and lesbian couples in Kansas may be refused service more often
  • A bill protects individuals, groups and organizations that turn them away for religious reasons
  • It “seeks to enshrine discrimination,” rights group leader says
  • If one employee refuses to serve, the employer must ask others to

Denying services to same-sex couples may soon become legal in Kansas.

House Bill 2453 explicitly protects religious individuals, groups and businesses that refuse services to same-sex couples, particularly those looking to tie the knot.

It passed the state’s Republican-dominated House on Wednesday with a vote of 72-49, and has gone to the Senate for a vote.

Such a law may seem unnecessary in a state where same-sex marriage is banned, but some Kansas lawmakers think different.

They want to prevent religious individuals and organizations from getting sued, or otherwise punished, for not providing goods or services to gay couples — or for not recognizing their marriages or committed relationship as valid.

This includes employees of the state.

The politics

The law claims to protect the rights of religious people, but gender rights advocates such as Equality Kansas are dismayed.

“Kansans across the state are rightly appalled that legislators are spending their efforts to pass yet another piece of legislation that seeks to enshrine discrimination against gay and lesbian people into law,” state chairwoman Sandra Meade said.

“HB 2453 is a blatant attempt to maintain second-class citizen status for taxpaying gay and lesbian Kansans.”

Despite the blowback, its chances of passing seem pretty good.

Republicans dominate the state’s Senate and Gov. Sam Brownback is a conservative Christian known for taking a public stand against same-sex marriage.

Brownback has already praised the bill in an interview with a local newspaper.

“Americans have constitutional rights, among them the right to exercise their religious beliefs and the right for every human life to be treated with respect and dignity,” he told The Topeka Capital-Journal.

The details

HB 2453 is titled “An act concerning religious freedoms with respect to marriage” and covers many bases.

It reads, in part: “No individual or religious entity shall be required by any governmental entity to do any of the following, if it would be contrary to the sincerely held religious beliefs of the individual or religious entity regarding sex or gender:

“Provide any services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges; provide counseling, adoption, foster care and other social services; or provide employment or employment benefits, related to, or related to the celebration of, any marriage, domestic partnership, civil union or similar arrangement.”

Anyone who turns away a gay couple not only can’t face a civil suit, but if anyone tries to sue, they could get nailed with the other side’s legal fees.

There are some small concession in the bill to gay couples.

If an employee at a nonreligious or government business refuses to serve a gay or lesbian couple for religious reasons, the manager is obligated to find another employee who will oblige.

It also explicitly says that the law does not authorize discrimination against anyone, including clergy, who performs or supports same-sex unions.

The trend

The Kansas bill would seem to buck the trend.

Laws approving same-sex marriage have recently passed in many parts of the United States, bringing the total number of states where it is legal to 17. Add to that the District of Columbia.

Worldwide, 16 other countries (and parts of Mexico) also have laws allowing same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships. Most of the nations are in Europe and South America.

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CNN’s Sonya Hamasaki contributed to this report (original article): http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/13/us/kansas-bill-same-sex-services/index.html