Articles Tagged: medicine

NJ Weedman gets his medicine by mail (Cannabis delivery)

August 27th, 2013 | By Pirate

I have been following NJ Weedman lately again.  It has been a few months since I have paid much attention to anything but healing from my accident.  But I have watched NJ Weedman as he has been getting treatments for his bone cancer in California, while living in New Jersey.   We had contacted Ed Forcion (AKA NJ WEEDMAN) in June when we were on our way to our new home on the east coast and we wanted to do an interview with him.   Ed agreed, and we told Ed we would pay him for his time.
When we got to Ohio, we started see how low our funds were, and how far we were from Maine.  So we told Ed we would have to reschedule.   New Jersey would have taken us several hundred miles out of our route.

Tonight I was able to send Ed $20, to try to keep my promise.  I figure it may come in handy during a rainy day when Ed is budless.  I sure wish I could send more.  I know Ed is overwhelmed right now with medical treatments, court cases, and activism.  As Ed often says “Activism doesn’t pay” and I know that all too well.   It was nice to be able to support a good activist and someone who has been very effective in promoting and using Jury Nullification.  Good work Ed!

Tonight Ed posted a video about how he had sent his medicine to himself from California to New Jersey and he displayed a video with all of his ganja treats..   This is revolutionary!   People in so-called “Dry states” can do this too, and there are many ways to do it.

First this is Ed’s documentation of this process:

See more at:  http://njweedman.com/

Now here is the nitty gritty of how this works for other people.

I have learned about several websites on the “Darknet” that you can purchase and have different illicit items shipped to you.

It is neither illegal to visit these sites, nor is it illegal to post about them.  But the legality of the items and the process in which the items are shipped is a different story.   Before I give any links to these sites or references to these sites, let me make it clear.

1.  You do no know who you are ordering from.  Be very mindful of that.

2.  You don’t know what you will receive in the mail or who will follow your package

3.  You need to be VERY careful of how you browse these sites and how you relay information over the internet.
With this in mind.   I am neither responsible for your orders, or your actions.  You take full responsibility!

However if you are a cancer patient and you need cannabis for medicine, I have no moral conflict with you ordering cannabis online to help treat your symptoms or in fact to even CURE your ailments with cannabis.   I lost my father and my grandmother to cancer, as well as countless friends and loved ones.

First is Silk Road Marketplace, which is one of the oldest sites for ordering medicine over the “Darknet”.

They accept bitcoin as payment and they offer both sellers accounts and buyers account.   You can learn more at Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road_%28marketplace%29

Forbes reports that Silk Road makes 22 million dollars in sales per year.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/08/06/black-market-drug-site-silk-road-booming-22-million-in-annual-mostly-illegal-sales/

Then there is a few smaller sites.  One that I have heard of is “Black Market Reloaded”, and I do not know much about it.  You will have to do your own research.

Another one that has made some recent waves over the last few months, and has gotten a lot of press is “Atlantis”.   Which is also an .onion website, and offers very similar services to Silk Road.  They are probably most well known as Silk Road’s biggest competitor.

Learn more about them at this link:

http://www.businessinsider.com/atlantis-drug-marketplace-2013-6

Now down to the security issue.   As NJ Weedman says, he does not have items delivered to his own house.  That would just be stupid.   So finding a drop location is going to be one of the most difficult problems with getting meds by mail.

It takes the TOR Network to even gain access to these sites.  The TOR Project is used by various private individuals, organizations and governments to provide concealed/anonymous internet browsing.   Learn more at their website;

http://torproject.org/

But many people have still been traced.  Recently several web hosting sites, and mail hosting sites were targeted by authorities and their owners were found and arrested.

Read this:  http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/08/04/2054208/half-of-tor-sites-compromised-including-tormail

Many of these sites had illegal child porn or other related services on them, and it good that those people were blocked from injuring children.   However many legitimate services that activists, journalist and others rely on were also taken down at the same time, since it was a central hosting company that was providing service to these sites.

So I recommend to people to do many things to protect themselves.  On top of using the TOR Project, I recommend looking into an anonymous VPN service.  See more at this link;

http://torrentfreak.com/vpn-services-that-take-your-anonymity-seriously-2013-edition-130302/

It is also well known that using Windows in any sense will leave you vulnerable to attacks and exposing sensitive data.  So I recommend using linux, as well as a USB live linux OS like Tails.   Even if your computer is loaded with only one operating system, and that OS is a Windows version.  You can still bypass using windows, and boot in to a USB Operating system like Tails, which is designed to provide anonymity.

https://tails.boum.org/download/

And there are many others to choose from.

You may also want to encrypt your data.  TrueCrypt is known for being a free an effective way to encrypt your data.

See more here:  http://www.truecrypt.org/

That is the basics, and there is a lot more to it than that.   So do your own research.  DO NOT TRUST WHAT I HAVE GIVEN YOUR HERE.  There are always changing circumstances that may leave you vulnerable.   So rely on your own research and wisdom.

To see this on wordpress.com go to:   http://xcannabis.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/nj-weedman-orders-his-medicine-by-mail-you-can-too/    <  That is our backup site incase this site is having problems

 

Five men indicted in Spokane for providing safe medicine to qualified patients

July 21st, 2011 | By Pirate

It is sad when a government will repress a people, and criminalize a safe and natural plant solely for their own pissing match.
I am personally acquainted with some of the people in this list, and I am appalled that anyone could consider them criminals for their compassion and determination to help people who are sick. The two that I knew played by the books and conducted business very professionally.

I will be placing calls to the District Attorney’s office to voice my disgust in these cases!

http://www.justice.gov/usao/wae/

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015674977_apwamarijuanaindictments.html
A few things that are fishy.  Why only Spokane?  Why were Spokane police ignoring state law that authorizes medical cannabis?   Why only these 5 out of over 40 other dispensers in Spokane?

One more item for thought.  When will all medical cannabis patients, growers and dispensers start standing up for full legalization?   Standing united is the only what this will be successful!

To reschedule or to unschedule cannabis

June 23rd, 2011 | By Pirate

On our show today we are going to be having Jason Kamiri from Iowa who is in favor of rescheduling cannabis. I have recently been in favor of rescheduling cannabis as well in order to give it some legal legitimacy as medicine, since Schedule I does not offer that legitimacy.

Interview with Jason Karimi about rescheduling cannabis  To reschedule or to unschedule cannabis

The question is; Do we reschedule or to unschedule cannabis?

Jason’s website is:  http://weedpress.wordpress.com

While I agree that cannabis is medicine and should have the notion made that it is considered medicine. I have changed my mind of working any further on cannabis rescheduling.
The biggest issue is being able to fight the federal government on the topic that Schedule I says that there is no accepted medical use of cannabis in the USA.

However Oregon took care of that last year by rescheduling cannabis to Schedule II.

I am very happy that Oregon took that step and won. Because now Schedule I is federally unqualified for cannabis, since cannabis does have accepted medical benefit in a very legitimate forum in Oregon via the scheduling of cannabis in Oregon under schedule II.  Now the feds can’t legitimately claim there is no accepted medical benefits in the USA any more.  Not only by that step in Oregon, but also in regards to 15 states having legalized cannabis for medical use, and the fact that the USA government has a patent on cannabis for it medical benefits.

The problems that I have with rescheduling cannabis is that in any other schedule than schedule I, big pharma gets control of the market.  Just like any other drug in Schedules II-V, Big Pharma controls and messes with that medicine however they see fit.

It also doesn’t offer much protection to consumers under Schedules II-V, because people still go to jail for these “legal drugs” for one thing or another.  Re-scheduling cannabis is not liberating cannabis. It is merely giving it a “medical qualification” and invalidating the claim that cannabis should be classified as schedule I.

While I disagree with Schedule I, I also disagree that big pharma should get control of this crop, because if they do, they will get their billions of dollars behind prohibition, and that can’t be good for anyone but big pharma.

Below is some of the issues that have taken place in Oregon.  Despite that cannabis has been rescheduled in Oregon, their dispensaries are getting shut down and patients are still getting arrested.

Rescheduling has not liberated Oregon from my point of view.

Which is why I believe it’s necessary to go back to May 18th 1969 when Timothy Leary challenged the constitutionality of cannabis prohibition and won.

Some clips from Oregon news on cannabis rescheduling:


Oregon Senate Bill 728 passed the Senate by a vote of 26-2, the House passed it 58-1, and the Senate concurred on amendments 26-3.  It now awaits Gov. Kulongoski’s signature.  The measure adds new sections to Oregon’s law on controlled substances:

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Portland — The Oregon State Board of Pharmacy acted today to remove marijuana from the list of “Schedule I Controlled Substances,” in accordance with a bill the legislature passed last year.

The new law, ORS 475.059 established by Senate Bill 728, requires marijuana’s removal from a list of controlled substances that have a “high abuse potential and no acceptable medical use in the United States.”

The Board placed marijuana into “Schedule II Controlled Substances,” which contains substances that have a “high abuse potential with severe psychological or physical dependence liability,” but are accepted for medical use in the US and are available by prescription. The Oregon Controlled Substances Act provides three additional schedules for substances that are progressively less serious or dangerous, Schedules III, IV and V.

The Board reviewed scientific and medical literature and heard testimony from experts and members of the public before voting to move marijuana into Schedule II. This action is consistent with Oregon’s assertion that marijuana does have an acceptable medical use.

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Portland — The Oregon State Board of Pharmacy acted today to remove marijuana from the list of “Schedule I Controlled Substances,” in accordance with a bill the legislature passed last year. The new law, ORS 475.059 established by Senate Bill 728, requires marijuana’s removal from a list of controlled substances that have a “high abuse potential and no acceptable medical use in the United States.” The Board placed marijuana into “Schedule II Controlled Substances,” which contains substances that have a “high abuse potential with severe psychological or physical dependence liability,” but are accepted for medical use in the US and are available by prescription. The Oregon Controlled Substances Act provides three additional schedules for substances that are progressively less serious or dangerous, Schedules III, IV and V. The Board reviewed scientific and medical literature and heard testimony from experts and members of the public before voting to move marijuana into Schedule II. This action is consistent with Oregon’s assertion that marijuana does have an acceptable medical use.

Senate Bill 728

http://www.leg.state.or.us/09reg/measures/sb0700.dir/sb0728.en.html

 

http://stash.norml.org/wake-n-bake-lounge-raided-after-nearly-seven-months-of-openly-operating-in-aloha-4

On Wednesday June 16, 2011, officers in Washington County served search warrants on Wake n Bake Lounge, located at 18918 Shaw St in Aloha, Oregon.  Three residences associated with the cannabis club were also searched.  Although computers, various equipment and cannabis were confiscated during the execution of the warrant for suspected “manufacturing and distribution of a controlled substance,” no arrests were made.

How will this affect pot in Oregon? And what does this mean?

“A schedule I drug means that it has no medicinal value that is recognized,” said Lane County Chief Deputy District Attorney Patty Perlow. “A schedule II drug has recognized medicinal value but a high risk of abuse.
http://www.kval.com/news/local/96612724.html

Patient’s records taken in Washington raids

May 3rd, 2011 | By Pirate

I feel horrible about what has happened in Spokane, and my heart goes out to the sick and dieing in Washington who just lost their sources of medicine.  But let me just point out that some of what happened such as these dispensaries losing patient records, was COMPLETELY un-necessary!

We have sent out emails, post cards, and personally discussed with dispensaries and providers what they can do to protect their records and how they can better document “one patient at any given time”.   We started  www.emeraldpos.com in 2009 and we modified some great open source software, and even paid a developer to upgrade our modification for a Dispensary management system.    This has the ability to store records remotely in a secured database in a secured facility, or locally, and it has many front end and backend dispensary management functions.   The best part is that it is not expensive like some of the other software systems that do the same thing.  Some software that is available for dispensary management is upwards of $7000.   Our software is COMPLETELY free!

My heart breaks after watching this video from Club Compassion.   Both for the owner and for the patients.

 

 

I hope that if nothing else comes from this, that other dispensaries will employ some sort of safety measures for their patient’s records.  This is very sensitive information and this issue NEEDS to be addressed!

See EmeraldPOS.com for more info (we also offer free video training on YouTube, to help you get set up):

DEA Raids in Spokane 4/28/11 footage

May 3rd, 2011 | By Pirate

The DEA as well as local agencies decided that they would take the medicine away that patients desperately need in Spokane on 4/28/11.   The agents raided 4 different dispensaries and have threatened the landlords of all others.
It is against the will of the voters of Washington who passed I-691 in 1998 so that patients could get access to the medicine that they need.

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/feds-raid-medical-marijuana-facilities-in-spokane-washington

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When will the people unite, pool resources and simply END PROHIBITION!?!
Let’s pass I-1149!

Serving one patient at any one time, removed (Section 404 of SB 5073)

May 1st, 2011 | By Pirate

This is a topic that has been a concern since we all protested the raid at CHANGE in Spokane in 2009.
According to the Washington voters that passed I-691 in 1998, a provider could provide medicine to one patient at any one time.   But under Section 404 of SB 5073 that has changed, and a 15 day cooling off period is applied between patients.

The Washington code has read under RCW 69.51a.010 for 13 years about providers:

The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

(1) “Designated provider” means a person who:

(a) Is eighteen years of age or older;

(b) Has been designated in writing by a patient to serve as a designated provider under this chapter;

(c) Is prohibited from consuming marijuana obtained for the personal, medical use of the patient for whom the individual is acting as designated provider; and

(d) Is the designated provider to only one patient at any one time.
After Change was busted in 2009, this became a concern for providers.  We felt it was necessary for patients to be able to access medicine as soon as they got their recommend without having to wait for their garden or their provider’s garden to grow for 3-4 months before harvest was ready.  Ill patients sometimes don’t even have 3 months, not yet can they wait even if they do.  Their doctors has recommended cannabis to them because they are sick, and they should have immediate access to their medication.   So we designed software to offer a time/date stamp so that providers can prove that they are only serving one patient at any one time.   We paid a developer for a lot of modifications to an open source program called  PHPPointOfSale, and it offers a database record, and a printed receipt with this time/date stamp on it, to help protect providers.   You can see that software and even download and use it 100% free at:  http://emeraldpos.com

But NOW under SB 5073 that lingo changes.  See the below info and link:
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Passed%20Legislature/5073-S2.PL.pdf

NEW SECTION. Sec. 404. (1) A qualifying patient may revoke his or
21 her designation of a specific provider and designate a different
22 provider at any time. A revocation of designation must be in writing,
23 signed and dated. The protections of this chapter cease to apply to a
24 person who has served as a designated provider to a qualifying patient
25 seventy-two hours after receipt of that patient’s revocation of his or
26 her designation.
27 (2) A person may stop serving as a designated provider to a given
28 qualifying patient at any time. However, that person may not begin
29 serving as a designated provider to a different qualifying patient
30 until fifteen days have elapsed from the date the last qualifying
31 patient designated him or her to serve as a provider.

Word Is Bond – Someone Always wants to be someone

March 13th, 2011 | By Pirate

After having many friendships and several business relationships fail I have looked back to figure out what went wrong.

To me it always comes down to egos.  It comes down to someone wanting to be someone that either they are not, or that they aspire to be.

In the case of Change it seems like it came down to money.  It’s always about money.  As much as people say “I dont do it for the money”.  I always find it suspect when they say that, yet there are hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake.

Lets take for example the story of Christopher Stevens in Spokane Washington.   Chris Stevens bravely opened Change in Spokane.
This is the website that I made for them when I was a patient:  ChangeInSpokane.com
Along with Scott Shupe and a few other brave business men in Spokane.   I was blessed by their services to help relieve inflammation of a vesicular anomaly in my brain.  I traded my services in website design and website hosting for medicine and it was a great blessing to me.   I was happy to be a small part of something so awesome and historical.
Chris registered the domain, and I put the site together.
I drove all the way from Deer Park to Spokane weekly to get good quality, fresh medicine.  It wasn’t hugely convenient, but since I didn’t know anyone in Deer Park as we had just moved there, it was nice to be able to walk into a store that I knew had regular business hours and a regular supply of at least 5-10 strains of medicine.  Sometimes I have different symptom and sometimes different strains help in helping me in different ways.  So that was a huge blessing above and beyond what I had available in the black market.

So finally after the state accepts $11,000 from Change for taxes, and shortly after Scott Shupe was caught in Oregon with more than his limit of medicine.   They get raided and shut down and the police also went to four other residents houses.

Shortly after that happened, I created some software mods that I released for free to help dispensaries prove that they were only selling cannabis to “one patient at any one time”   You can see that service here:   http://emeraldpos.com anyone can download and use those softwares and use our website and our youtube videos for free.

While Mr. Stevens is in jail, he is filmed with this testimonial about the events that took place over the span of three months previous.

Now this is where I get confused, because while Mr. Stevens was running for city council, and while he was running Change with his business partners, they were telling us this was about “compassion” and “medicine”.
But in this interview Mr. Stevens claims that his business partners lured him into Change based on “making millions of dollars”.

But now, not only was it about millions of dollars.  Now Mr. Stevens is turning state evidence on one of these people who suckered him in to making “millions of dollars”.

“Shupe faces charges of delivery, possession and manufacture of a controlled substance — all felonies that might come with prison time. (Change’s other owner, Christopher Stevens, plans on testifying against Shupe, which will lessen his own charge to a relatively minor misdemeanor.)”   ref:  http://www.inlander.com/spokane/article-16291-dispensing-law.html

You can say what you want about Scott Shupe, but one thing is for sure.  He bravely paved the way for other patients, and stuck his neck out for a whole bunch of people.   I guess the difference between Scott and Chris, is that Chris is honest about it being all about money.  I don’t know what Shupe’s motives were for sure, but I suspect the pay wasn’t bad.

Here’s the thing.  It has been said by many of fine humans  “united we stand, divided we fall”.   We can’t be turning over on our friends.  Regardless on if they duped you into making millions or not!
I really liked Chris, and he was even running for city council, and was very kind to patients.  But this whole event makes me think of a bumper sticker that I once saw  “The more I know about humans, the more I love my dog”.

This is a sad day for medical cannabis in Washington.   We need to clear this law up once and for all, and simply LEGALIZE IT!

http://sensiblewashington.org

Taxing medicine is immoral.

November 4th, 2010 | By Pirate

This is a point that I hear from the opposing side of Prop19.


A no on 19er said this to me in a conversation about why he opposes Prop19 today.


“”Taxing medicine is immoral. Why are you trying to take the ‘medical’ out of ‘marijuana’? Why do you want to punish the sick and dying?”

There was a lot more to it, and I have a PDF of the whole conversation.  But that is a point not only voiced by him, but Dragonfly and others have voiced that opinion as well.



My response is:



But Prop19 wasn’t responsible for taxing marijuana. What I am saying is Prop 215 is not going to do th…ese to things for you EITHER:

1. Prop215 does not save you from capitalism, or large scale grow ops.

2. Prop215 does not exclude you from paying any taxes.

Everyone is complaining because Prop19 talked about taxes, and regulation.

Well millions and millions of dollars have been paid on marijuana in California. Thats a fact. And there are tax laws that do govern marijuana in California.   Check this:   http://www.boe.ca.gov/news/pdf/173.pdf
To this day there is not a single law that excludes marijuana from being taxed in California, with exception to the non-profit laws.
Prop 19 did not change the non-profit (501c) laws in any way shape for form.
So these non-profit collectives that have not been paying taxes on marijuana, that would continue to be the case. Non-profits would still maintain their rights as non-profits.

What I am saying is not that I want to cause ANY malice to patients.
What I am saying is that Prop 19 did not effect Prop215. And Prop19 gave rights, it did not take any away.

The hysteria that you are stirring up is what concerns me.

If you think Prop 215 alone is better than both Prop 215 + Prop 19.. Then I can not understand your point of view.
Its almost like the difference between freedom and fascism to me.

Why reduce rights instead of giving more rights to more people?

If Prop 19 would have passed, millions of marijuana consumers would have had rights to grow, possess, transport and sell marijuana.
Yes I know, it covers sales and leaves it up to the municipalities.

Hmm. Its ALREADY up to the municipalities. Oakland is proof of that.


And patients do not stop getting the right to be patients.  Its not like Prop19 passes and the government finally deems all of these people well and good.

There is no money in curing cancer

September 12th, 2010 | By Pirate

People are amazed that I would claim “cannabis cures cancer“, for example one of the reasons I get is “if cannabis truly cured cancer, it would be used in medicine”.


Watch this video to figure out WHY curing cancer is not desired by the companies who would make these drugs.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR38y2I5g5E


Devils advocate; Prop19 does not exempt cannabis medicine from taxes

August 22nd, 2010 | By Pirate

This is the statement I often get from opponents of Prop 19.


“Proposition 19 does not exempt patients from taxes”


My answer:


If Proposition 215 doesn’t already do that, then Proposition 19 won’t change anything.


Medical marijuana is already technically taxable in California.


At present only a portion of the state’s 200-plus medical cannabis dispensaries pay sales taxes. In principle, medical cannabis is subject to sales tax under current Board of Equalization rules, which exempt only drugs dispensed in licensed pharmacies by a physician’s prescription. However, many patients’ groups contend that sales tax shouldn’t apply to non-profit cooperatives and collectives.

http://thebleak.com/MedicalMarijuana/420/?tag=proposition-215


So that is a reason for another new initiative.  If people want marijuana to not be a taxable substance for patients, then they need to step up to the plate and make that happen.  Because medical marijuana, unless prescribed via a pharmacy with DEA drug scheduling, etc, is not presently exempt from taxes.  So again, Prop19 doesn’t change Prop215.