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#51 squatter420

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 08:18 PM

*         Statewide Patient Conference in May – Register Today!
    
     *         Cannabis Pain Study Seeks “Subjects”
    
     *         Recent Montana News
    
     *         News/Web Items of Interest







First Annual Statewide Patient Conference, May 23-25



Many of you have registered to attend parts (or all) of our upcoming, first statewide conference at the Feathered Pipe Ranch, a rustic but beautiful, world-renowned yoga teaching retreat nestled against the Helena National Forest.



Please join us!



The event starts on Friday afternoon, May 23, and will end soon after lunchtime on Sunday, May 25.



On a “first-registered-first-served” basis, up to about 50 of us (potentially a few more, depending on weather conditions) will be able to stay at the ranch for the entire time, including two nights of lodging and all five meals.  Others can choose to arrange lodging in Helena, about a 17-minute drive away.



Information about conference costs, and how to reserve space and register, appear below – and the form you’ll need to register is copied at the very bottom of this email.  But first, here’s our basic agenda:



Friday, May 23

·         2-4 pm:            Check-in/registration

·         4:20 pm:          Official opening

·         4:45 pm:          “Disasters in the Grow Room: How to Prevent & Resolve” (panel)

·         6:30 pm:          DINNER

·         7:30 pm:          “Parenting in a Home with Medical Cannabis” (Angela Goodhope)

·         8:00 pm:          Dessert… & “Cooking with Medicinal MJ” (panel show & tell)



Saturday, May 24

·         8:15-9:15 am:  BREAKFAST buffet ongoing

9:00 am:          Letter-writing to Congressional delegation and others

·         BREAK

·         10:30 am:        “How to Avoid Legal Problems” (panel includes experienced attorneys)

·         BREAK

·         1-2 pm:            LUNCH:  panel-led discussion

§  : “How to Choose and Build a Relationship with a Caregiver”

·         BREAK

·         3:30 pm:          Chris Conrad

§  “Tales and Advice from Gardens & Courts”

·         4:30 pm:          Mikki Norris

§  “Maximizing Your Safety as a Cannabis Consumer: Lessons & Reflections from the California Experience”

·         BREAK

·         7 pm:               DINNER

§  “The coming year’s outlook for Montana patients and caregivers: organizing for success at the state Legislature & Congress” (Tom Daubert)

·         BREAK

·         8:30 pm           Live musicians and entertainment, outdoors with a bonfire (or in the Main Lodge depending on weather); enjoy the ranch’s giant hot-tub, etc.



Sunday, May 25

·         9-10 am:          Annual business meeting of members of Patients & Families United

§  Code of Ethics for patients & caregivers (discuss and edit a draft)

§  Policy and standards for caregiver referrals and complaints about them

·         11 am:             BRUNCH – with closing panel discussion, conference evaluations



<official end of conference>

·         2 pm:               Training workshop: public speaking and media interviewing about medical marijuana and related issues





Our Featured Speakers:  Chris Conrad & Mikki Norris



Nicknamed “Johnny Marijuanaseed” by many, Chris Conrad is director of Safe Access Now, author of Cannabis Yields & Dosage, Hemp: Lifeline to the Future and Hemp for Health, and curator of the Hash-Marijuana-Hemp Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  He has qualified as an expert witness on cannabis more than 150 times in the California, other State and federal U.S. Courts.  His recognized cannabis expertise includes issues of hemp, personal use, medical use, dosage, consumption, religious use, cultivation, yields, preparations, pricing, sales and intent.  www.chrisconrad.com



Mikki Norris has been an activist for drug policy reform since 1989.  She is director of the Cannabis Consumers Campaign, which advocates for cannabis consumers to come out of the closet to stand up for their equal rights (www.cannabisconsumers.org).  Since 1995, she has worked to put a human face on the injustice of the Drug War with her photo exhibit project, “Human Rights and the Drug War” (www.hr95.org), and her book, Shattered Lives: Portraits from America's Drug War (1998, 2000).  In 2006, she was a consultant on the California Cities Campaign, which successfully ran three initiative campaigns and two city ordinances making adult marijuana offenses law enforcement's lowest priority (www.taxandregulate.org).   In 2006, at the National NORML conference, she was presented with the Pauline Sabin Award “in honor and recognition of the crucial need for and importance of women’s leadership in ending marijuana prohibition.”  This  year, she and her husband began publishing the cannabis-themed newspaper, The West Coast Leaf (www.westcoastleaf.com).





Conference Costs & Reservations



To register, please send the form that appears at the bottom of this email with your deposit -- $35 per person – to:  Patients & Families United, PO Box 1471, Helena, MT 59624.



Deadline for receiving your reservation and $35 deposit per person:  Friday, May 9!

Thereafter, we cannot guarantee space – but will do our best.





COSTS:



Full conference, including 2 nights lodging and all 5 meals….                      $225 per person

            Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch



Lodging Friday night only, with 4 meals…                                                   $160 per person

            Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner



Lodging Saturday night only, with 3 meals (lunch, dinner, brunch)…          $140 per person

            Saturday lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch



Attend full conference with all 5 meals but with no lodging…                     $60 per person

            Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch



Attend all Saturday sessions with all 3 meals, no lodging…                         $40 per person

            Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner



Attend most Saturday sessions with 2 meals                                                 $30 per person

            Saturday lunch & dinner









Important Final Caveat About the Conference

Gatherings sponsored by Patients & Families United adhere fully to all aspects of the Montana Medical Marijuana Act and other state and local laws.  Striving to improve the law, to make it more workable for patients and caregivers, is one of our most important purposes – but until we succeed we also focus on helping people learn how to function safely and legally.





Cannabis Pain Study Seeks “Subjects”



Dr. Donald Abrams, one of the nation’s leading researchers on the utility of medical marijuana, seeks appropriate participants for a cancer-related pain-relief study.  Learn more (and pass this info to other patients who might be interested in or suitable for the research) here: http://clinicaltrial...ecr=Open&rank=6





Recent Montana News



Ron Paul in Missoula – medical MJ & drug prohibition issues – Great Falls Trib, 4-23-08  http://www.greatfall.../804220303/1002



Ron Paul rallies Missoula – New West, 4-22-08  http://www.newwest.n...ssoula/C37/L37/



Tester bemoans cutting of crime-fighting money – Great Falls Trib, 4-23-08  (See “Pork-addicted Dems reviving flawed anti-crime program,” below, for more background on this) http://www.greatfall.../804220302/1002



Baucus: High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas should get more funding – All American Patriots, 4-23-08  (See “Pork-addicted Dems rviving flawed anti-crime program,” below, for background)   http://www.allameric...ing-areas-shoul







News/Web Items of Interest



“Gateway” to Washington – LA Times, 4-23-08 – 3rd point/counterpoint on prohibition  http://www.latimes.c...0,7978498.story



Raiding state’s rights?  -- LA Times, 4-22-08 – 2nd point/counterpoint on prohibition  http://www.latimes.c...0,7519744.story



America on drugs – LA Times, 4/21/08 – 4/25/08 – week-long “debate” on prohibition  http://www.latimes.c...0,5775568.story



Pork-addicted Dems reviving flawed anti-crime program – Reason Magazine, 4-15-08  http://reason.com/ne...how/125966.html





Quote of the decade



This one’s worth memorizing:



“In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors.” (Applause.)

                                            -- President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 2007







Quote of the Century?



''I have discovered . . . that alcohol taken in sufficient quantity produces all the effects of drunkenness."

                                              --  Oscar Wilde







Last but not least – don’t forget hemp soap!



Enjoy “homemade-in-Montana” hemp soap!  Makes a great gift for yourself or friends.  A portion of your purchase price will be contributed to our Robin Prosser Memorial Medical Marijuana Patients Legal Defense Fund.  See:  www.NaturallyMays.com





[Founded in early 2007, Patients & Families United works to support Montana’s medical marijuana patients, regardless of their medical condition, and pain patients, whether they use medical marijuana or not.  If you don’t want to be on the mailing list for these periodic updates, please email to tell us at info@mtpfu.org. Visit our website for background and information of use: www.mtpfu.org]







Patients & Families United

1st Annual Statewide Conference, Feathered Pipe Ranch, May 23-25





Registration Form

May 9th Deadline





Fill out and mail with a check or money order for your $35 non-refundable deposit per person to:  Patients & Families United, PO Box 1471, Helena, MT 59624.







Name (s)_____________________________________________________________________



Mailing: Street, Town, Zip ____________________________________________________



Email ____________________________  Phone __________________________________



We/I am (check as appropriate):  ____ Patient  ____ Caregiver  ____ Neither; just interested



Please note that most lodging at the Feathered Pipe Ranch is rustic and dormitory styled with shared bathrooms.  Double rooms for couples are extremely limited.  If you’re registering for overnight lodging, please indicate if you have special needs, preferences or requirements, as appropriate:



______ Must have a ground-floor room for health reasons



______ Can accept a second-floor room



______ Prefer to sleep in the Main Lodge rather than an out-building, if at all possible.



______ If you foresee any other reasonable needs you’d like us to plan for, including dietary, please outline below or on the reverse side of this paper:







Register  (indicate the total number of people you want to register for each item below):





_______  Friday dinner



_______  Friday night lodging



_______ Saturday breakfast



_______ Saturday lunch & dinner



_______ Saturday night lodging



_______ Sunday brunch







Please indicate your intended attendance choice:



Please note that all attendance options include some meals, since our conference sessions will overlap with the preparation of good natural foods by Feathered Pipe Ranch.



($35 non-refundable deposit per person due with your registration form, the balance due upon arrival.)







_____Full conference, including 2 nights lodging and all 5 meals….            $225 per person

            Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch



_____Lodging Friday night only, with 4 meals…                                         $160 per person

            Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner



_____Lodging Saturday night only, with 3 meals (lunch, dinner, brunch)…$140 per person

            Saturday lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch



_____Attend full conference with all 5 meals but with no lodging…           $60 per person

            Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch



_____Attend all Saturday sessions with all 3 meals, no lodging…               $40 per person

            Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner



_____Attend most Saturday sessions with 2 meals…                                   $30 per person

            Saturday lunch & dinner











Fill out and mail before May 9th, with a check or money order for your $35 non-refundable deposit per person to:



Patients & Families United, PO Box 1471, Helena, MT 59624

#52 squatter420

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 06:42 PM

* Brief Update on Patient Issues
    * First Statewide Patient Conference, May 23-25
    * News/Web Items of Interest
    * Patient Conference Registration Form & Info





Update



Since our last update, we’ve been busy readying plans for our first statewide conference for patients and caregivers (see info below) and – as always – working to defend patients’ rights.



A number of patients face legal problems in spite of Montana’s medical marijuana law, and others who happen to be on probation are suffering continuing disputes with the state Department of Corrections.  Several weeks ago, a drug task force served a warrant on one of the state’s leading patients/caregivers; the law enforcement agents made no arrest, but did seize all plants in excess of the law’s stated six-plant maximum (Montana’s law provides a strong affirmative defense, allowing patients/caregivers to explain how more than six plants at a time can be needed to assure a steady, adequate supply – but, unfortunately, one can’t use this “defense” until one is first charged with an offense).  We’ve been working to help in all these cases.



In addition, since our last news/update, Patients & Families United has been developing legislative proposals for the 2009 Legislature – a package of measures that would improve the workability of Montana’s legal medical marijuana policy.  These are among the items-in-progress that we will be discussing as a group at our upcoming patient/caregiver conference.







First Annual Statewide Patient Conference, May 23-25



So far, nearly 30 patients/caregivers from all over the state – from extreme northwestern Montana all the way to “West Dakota” – have sent deposits confirming their intent to attend the full conference, Friday to Sunday, May 23—25.



There is still plenty of time to decide to attend – but we need to receive confirmed registrations by this coming Friday, May 9th in order to be able to guarantee your lodging and food.



This first statewide conference will convene at the Feathered Pipe Ranch, a rustic but beautiful, world-renowned yoga teaching retreat nestled against the Helena National Forest.



Please join us!



The event starts on Friday afternoon, May 23, and will end soon after lunchtime on Sunday, May 25.



On a “first-registered-first-served” basis, up to about 50 of us (potentially a few more, depending on weather conditions) will be able to stay at the ranch for the entire time, including two nights of lodging and all five meals.  Others can choose to arrange lodging in Helena, about a 17-minute drive away.



Information about conference costs, and how to reserve space and register, appear below – and the form you’ll need to register is copied at the very bottom of this email.  But first, here’s our basic agenda:



Friday, May 23

·         2-4 pm:            Check-in/registration

·         4:20 pm:          Official opening

·         4:45 pm:          “Disasters in the Grow Room: How to Prevent & Resolve” (panel)

·         6:30 pm:          DINNER

·         7:30 pm:          “Parenting in a Home with Medical Cannabis” (Angela Goodhope)

·         8:00 pm:          Dessert… & “Cooking with Medicinal MJ” (panel show & tell)



Saturday, May 24

·         8:15-9:15 am:  BREAKFAST buffet ongoing

9:00 am:          Letter-writing to Congressional delegation and others

·         BREAK

·         10:30 am:        “How to Avoid Legal Problems” (panel includes experienced attorneys)

·         BREAK

·         1-2 pm:            LUNCH:  panel-led discussion

§  : “How to Choose and Build a Relationship with a Caregiver”

·         BREAK

·         3:30 pm:          Chris Conrad

§  “Tales and Advice from Gardens & Courts”

·         4:30 pm:          Mikki Norris

§  “Maximizing Your Safety as a Cannabis Consumer: Lessons & Reflections from the California Experience”

·         BREAK

·         7 pm:               DINNER

§  “The coming year’s outlook for Montana patients and caregivers: organizing for success at the state Legislature & Congress” (Tom Daubert)

·         BREAK

·         8:30 pm           Live musicians and entertainment, outdoors with a bonfire (or in the Main Lodge depending on weather); enjoy the ranch’s giant hot-tub, etc.



Sunday, May 25

·         9-10 am:          Annual business meeting of Patients & Families United

§  Code of Ethics for patients & caregivers (discuss and edit a draft)

§  Policy and standards for caregiver referrals and complaints about them

§  Legislation for 2009 session of Montana Legislature

·         11 am:             BRUNCH – with closing panel discussion, conference evaluations



<official end of conference>

·         2 pm:               Training workshop: public speaking and media interviewing about medical marijuana and related issues





Our Featured Speakers:  Chris Conrad & Mikki Norris



Nicknamed “Johnny Marijuanaseed” by many, Chris Conrad is director of Safe Access Now, author of Cannabis Yields & Dosage, Hemp: Lifeline to the Future and Hemp for Health, and curator of the Hash-Marijuana-Hemp Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  He has qualified as an expert witness on cannabis more than 150 times in the California, other State and federal U.S. Courts.  His recognized cannabis expertise includes issues of hemp, personal use, medical use, dosage, consumption, religious use, cultivation, yields, preparations, pricing, sales and intent.  www.chrisconrad.com



Mikki Norris has been an activist for drug policy reform since 1989.  She is director of the Cannabis Consumers Campaign, which advocates for cannabis consumers to come out of the closet to stand up for their equal rights (www.cannabisconsumers.org).  Since 1995, she has worked to put a human face on the injustice of the Drug War with her photo exhibit project, “Human Rights and the Drug War” (www.hr95.org), and her book, Shattered Lives: Portraits from America's Drug War (1998, 2000).  In 2006, she was a consultant on the California Cities Campaign, which successfully ran three initiative campaigns and two city ordinances making adult marijuana offenses law enforcement's lowest priority (www.taxandregulate.org).   In 2006, at the National NORML conference, she was presented with the Pauline Sabin Award “in honor and recognition of the crucial need for and importance of women’s leadership in ending marijuana prohibition.”  This  year, she and her husband began publishing the cannabis-themed newspaper, The West Coast Leaf (www.westcoastleaf.com).





Conference Costs & Reservations



To register, please send the form that appears at the bottom of this email with your deposit -- $35 per person – ($15 for those not registering for any overnight lodging) to:  Patients & Families United, PO Box 1471, Helena, MT 59624.



Deadline for receiving your reservation and $35 deposit per person:  Friday, May 9!

Thereafter, we cannot guarantee space – but will do our best.





COSTS:



Full conference, including 2 nights lodging and all 5 meals….                      $225 per person

            Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch



Lodging Friday night only, with 4 meals…                                                   $160 per person

            Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner



Lodging Saturday night only, with 3 meals (lunch, dinner, brunch)…          $140 per person

            Saturday lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch



Attend full conference with all 5 meals but with no lodging…                     $60 per person

            Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch



Attend all Saturday sessions with all 3 meals, no lodging…                         $40 per person

            Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner



Attend most Saturday sessions with 2 meals                                                 $30 per person

            Saturday lunch & dinner



Attend Saturday sessions with lunch only                                                     $15 per person

            Saturday lunch only







Important Final Caveat About the Conference

Gatherings sponsored by Patients & Families United adhere fully to all aspects of the Montana Medical Marijuana Act and other state and local laws.  Striving to improve the law, to make it more workable for patients and caregivers, is one of our most important purposes – but until we succeed we also focus on helping people learn how to function safely and legally.





News/Web Items of Interest



Medical marijuana user dies for lack of liver transplant – Seattle Times, 5-2-08  http://seattletimes....nadeath02m.html



Will pot ever be legal in this schizoid country? – AlterNet.com, 5-1-08  http://www.alternet....5/?page=entire<http://www.alternet....55/?page=entire



Police from Seattle to Miami uncovering indoor marijuana farms – Fox News, 4-30-08  http://www.foxnews.c...,353547,00.html



Anti-drug task force funding leads to police corruption, destruction of lives – Huffington Post, 4-29-08    http://www.huffingto...nd_b_99219.html



Appeals court rejects challenge to law denying student aid to drug offenders – Chronicle of Higher Education, 4-29-08  http://chronicle.com...-drug-offenders



A little stop-and-frisk may turn up a little pot – New York Times, 4-29-08  http://cityroom.blog...i=5070&emc=eta1



Michigan to vote on legalizing marijuana for medical use – Detroit News, 4-29-08  http://www.detnews.c...ITICS/804290377



American Gulag just keeps growing, by Ethan Nadelmann – AlterNet.com, 4-25-08  http://www.alternet....reporter/83434/



Court decriminalizes drug possession in Buenos Aires – Drug War Chronicle, 4-25-08  http://stopthedrugwa...drug_possession





Quote of the decade



This one’s worth memorizing:



“In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors.” (Applause.)

                                            -- President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 2007







Quote of the Century?



''I have discovered . . . that alcohol taken in sufficient quantity produces all the effects of drunkenness."

                                              --  Oscar Wilde







Last but not least – don’t forget hemp soap!



Enjoy “homemade-in-Montana” hemp soap!  Makes a great gift for yourself or friends.  A portion of your purchase price will be contributed to our Robin Prosser Memorial Medical Marijuana Patients Legal Defense Fund.  See:  www.NaturallyMays.com





[Founded in early 2007, Patients & Families United works to support Montana’s medical marijuana patients, regardless of their medical condition, and pain patients, whether they use medical marijuana or not.  If you don’t want to be on the mailing list for these periodic updates, please email to tell us at info@mtpfu.org. Visit our website for background and information of use: www.mtpfu.org]







Patients & Families United

1st Annual Statewide Conference, Feathered Pipe Ranch, May 23-25





Registration Form

May 9th Deadline





Fill out and mail with a check or money order for your $35 non-refundable deposit per person to:  Patients & Families United, PO Box 1471, Helena, MT 59624.







Name (s)_____________________________________________________________________



Mailing: Street, Town, Zip ____________________________________________________



Email ____________________________  Phone __________________________________



We/I am (check as appropriate):  ____ Patient  ____ Caregiver  ____ Neither; just interested



Please note that most lodging at the Feathered Pipe Ranch is rustic and dormitory styled with shared bathrooms.  Double rooms for couples are extremely limited.  If you’re registering for overnight lodging, please indicate if you have special needs, preferences or requirements, as appropriate:



______ Must have a ground-floor room for health reasons



______ Can accept a second-floor room



______ Prefer to sleep in the Main Lodge rather than an out-building, if at all possible.



______ If you foresee any other reasonable needs you’d like us to plan for, including dietary, please outline below or on the reverse side of this paper:







Register  (indicate the total number of people you want to register for each item below):





_______  Friday dinner



_______  Friday night lodging



_______ Saturday breakfast



_______ Saturday lunch & dinner



_______ Saturday LUNCH ONLY



_______ Saturday night lodging



_______ Sunday brunch







Please indicate your intended attendance choice:



Please note that all attendance options include some meals, since our conference sessions will overlap with the preparation of good natural foods by Feathered Pipe Ranch.



($35 non-refundable deposit per person due with your registration form, the balance due upon arrival.)







_____Full conference, including 2 nights lodging and all 5 meals….            $225 per person

            Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch



_____Lodging Friday night only, with 4 meals…                                         $160 per person

            Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner



_____Lodging Saturday night only, with 3 meals (lunch, dinner, brunch)…$140 per person

            Saturday lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch



_____Attend full conference with all 5 meals but with no lodging…           $60 per person

            Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch



_____Attend all Saturday sessions with all 3 meals, no lodging…               $40 per person

            Saturday breakfast lunch & dinner



_____Attend most Saturday sessions with 2 meals…                                   $30 per person

            Saturday lunch & dinner



_____Attend Saturday sessions with lunch only                                           $15 per person

            Saturday lunch only





Fill out and mail before May 9th, with a check or money order for your $35 non-refundable deposit per person to:



Patients & Families United, PO Box 1471, Helena, MT 59624

#53 squatter420

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 11:10 AM

* Update: First Statewide Patient Conference, May 23-25
    * Recent Montana News
    * News/Web Items of Interest





Update on Patient Conference, May 23-25



Fifty-seven people have preregistered to attend our conference next week at the Feathered Pipe Ranch.  Most all are registered patients, and many also are registered caregivers – and most everyone will be spending the weekend at the Ranch rather than commuting from nearby Helena.



Once this statewide conference ends, we’ll post some photos and info about its highlights on our webpage.  In the meantime, we’d love to hear from those of you who didn’t respond to our past emails and/or who aren’t planning to attend:  What got in the way?  What changes could we make when planning our next conference that would make it more likely that you would want to attend… or more likely that you could?  We appreciate all the feedback we receive.





Recent Montana News



Medical marijuana is legal for those who need it, period – Helena IR op-ed, 5-4-08  http://www.helenair....4_marijuana.txt



A dilemma over drug testing – Daily Interlake, 5-4-08  http://www.dailyinte...n/opinion01.txt





News/Web Items of Interest



Congressman John Conyers questions DEA’s tactics on medical marijuana – 4-29-08  http://www.safeacces..._DEA_Letter.pdf



Reports find racial gap in drug arrests – New York Times, 5-6-08  http://www.nytimes.c...7jg&oref=slogin



LSD may shed hippie image with Swiss medical study – Bloomberg News, 5-1-08  http://www.bloomberg...I&refer=science



CA taxpayers file suit to prevent $12 billion in prison construction debt payments, 5-6-08   http://www.californi...ornia_taxp.html



Tracy Ingle: Another drug war outrage – Reason, 5-7-08  http://reason.com/bl...how/126284.html



Democratic candidates more willing to consider marijuana issue – RawReplay, 5-9-08  http://rawstory.com/rawreplay/?p=1023



NYC’s staggering pot arrest rate for pot achieved by police deception and scams – AlterNet, 5-9-08    http://www.alternet....reporter/84515/



Cannabis does not kill.  Unfortunately, cannabis prohibition enforcement CAN! – NormlBlog, 5-10-8    http://blog.norml.or...nforcement-can/



New federal report on marijuana use is misleading, groups say – Salem-News.com, 5-10-08  http://www.salem-new...uth_5-10-08.php



The government’s sorta-kinda-maybe logic – Denver Post, 5-12-08  http://www.denverpos...nion/ci_9235928



How pot became demonized: the fine line between good medicine and “dangerous drugs” – AlterNet, 5-13-08   http://www.alternet....reporter/85205/



Risk of serious assault rises when booze sales go up, study suggests – CBC News, 5-14-08  http://www.cbc.ca/ca...hol-survey.html







Quote of the decade



This one’s worth memorizing:



“In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors.” (Applause.)

                                            -- President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 2007





Quote of the Century?



''I have discovered . . . that alcohol taken in sufficient quantity produces all the effects of drunkenness."

                                              --  Oscar Wilde





Last but not least – don’t forget hemp soap!



Enjoy “homemade-in-Montana” hemp soap!  Makes a great gift for yourself or friends.  A portion of your purchase price will be contributed to our Robin Prosser Memorial Medical Marijuana Patients Legal Defense Fund.  See:  www.NaturallyMays.com





[Founded in early 2007, Patients & Families United works to support Montana’s medical marijuana patients, regardless of their medical condition, and pain patients, whether they use medical marijuana or not.  If you don’t want to be on the mailing list for these periodic updates, please email to tell us at info@mtpfu.org. Visit our website for background and information of use: www.mtpfu.org]

#54 squatter420

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 08:45 PM

* VICTORY!  Corrections Dept. Abandons Proposed Ban on MMJ
    * SUCCESS!  Our First Statewide Patient Conference
    * Recent Montana News
    * News/Web Items of Interest





VICTORY!  Corrections Dept. Abandons Proposed Ban on MMJ



Our – your – activism on this issue has prevailed!



The Montana Department of Corrections has announced that it WON’T adopt a rule banning the use of medical MJ by any person on probation or parole.  Here’s one of the news articles this morning:  http://www.helenair...._080530_pot.txt



This issue has been one of the highest priorities for Patients & Families United this year.  While the number of registered patients on probation is extremely small, the issue is hugely important to their well-being.  In addition, we saw this issue as very significant symbolically and to our overall public – and law enforcement-targeted – education efforts about Montana’s medical marijuana law.



After the department announced this decision yesterday, we talked directly with the department’s attorney for clarification.  As a result, here’s our best advice to those patients who have been having difficulties with their probation officer:



·         Contact your PO to ask again for clear permission to use medical MJ.

·         If your PO again denies your legal medicine, let Patients & Families United know immediately.  Email us at info@mtpfu.org.

·         The department will have an internal grievance procedure that probationers can use if POs continue to deny their use of medical MJ.  We are told that by using this procedure, such denials should result in favorable decisions.



We extend a heart-felt thank-you to all the patients and many others who took the time to participate in the public comment periods on this issue, particularly those of you who came to Helena to testify at the hearings.  This is proof that by working together we can succeed, however slowly, in changing law and procedures for the better!



And congratulations to those patients on probation who will soon no longer need to worry about the prospect of being sent to jail unfairly, merely for using a medicine their physicians recommend and that brings them much-needed relief.



(By the way, folks: It is entirely possible if not likely that the 2009 session of the Montana Legislature will consider a proposal to amend our medical marijuana law in a negative way, to accomplish the ban the corrections agency sought.  We will be ready to fight any such proposals – and we will call on you to help!)





Our First Statewide Patient Conference, May 23-25



Our first statewide conference last weekend was a smashing success!



Thirty of us – from all over the state, from Eureka to Miles City – spent the entire weekend together at the Feathered Pipe Ranch, and at the height of the event on Saturday, 60 people attended our sessions on legal issues and the afternoon presentations by Chris Conrad and Mikki Norris of California.



The gathering offered an abundance of informed discussion and advice of use to patients and caregivers, along with a healthy serving of just plain fun.  Patients and caregivers from distant locations had the time to get to know each other well and to share ideas and information.  On Saturday evening, we transformed the Main Lodge at the Feathered Pipe Ranch into a Montana-styled “Amsterdam coffeehouse.”  A group of superb musicians came as volunteers to entertain us for hours while attendees relaxed, socialized and medicated freely as needed.  It was a remarkable occasion!  One person noted that it was probably the first large – and legal – marijuana “party” in Montana history.  A true highlight was the discovery that Chris Conrad not only is a bona fide expert on “all things cannabis” but also is quite an accomplished singer and guitar-player!



It is impossible to say how gratifying it was to see so many patients, who tend to lead lives of solitude consumed with unenjoyable healthcare imperatives, have the opportunity to retreat for a few days of social fun in a relaxed and beautiful setting.





Plan Now for Our NEXT Patient Gathering!



Patients & Families United will again have a booth at this year’s Hempfest in Missoula – all day, Saturday, September 6th.  That evening, somewhere nearby, we will again host a gathering for patients and caregivers.



Plan to join us in Missoula on Saturday, September 6th!  Hempfest is a lot of fun, and features excellent live music all afternoon and well into the night.    





Send Us Your Favorite Recipes



We’re developing a medical marijuana cookbook.  Please send us your favorite recipes!



Email to info@mtpfu.org or snail mail to:



Patients & Families United
PO Box 1471
Helena, MT 59624





Recent Montana News



Medical marijuana allowed for parolees – Helena Independent Record, 5-30-08  http://www.helenair...._080530_pot.txt



Drug testing raises questions – Montana Standard (Butte), 5-28-08  http://www.mtstandar...opinion_top.txt



Daily dose of compassion: punitive attorneys general are a bust – Missoula Indy, 5-15-08  http://www.missoulan...F993DB8114D32D3





News/Web Items of Interest



Heed voters on pot – Rocky Mountain News, 5-30-08 http://www.rockymoun...d-voters-on-pot



“Legal Weed” is just beer, but feds want to cap sales – LA Times, 5-29-08  http://www.latimes.c...6448,full.story



Pres. Bush can’t remember if he ever used cocaine (yeah, sure!) – Cox News Service, 5-28-08  http://www.ajc.com/m...nbook_0527.html



Denver panel recommends no MJ prosecutions for small quantities – Rocky Mtn News, 5-28-08    http://www.rockymoun...tion-petty-pot/



Calif. Assembly votes to protect medical MJ patients’ right to work – Americans for Safe Access, 5-28-2008   http://stopthedrugwa...arijuana_policy



Can pot extend Ted Kennedy’s life?  Too bad it’s illegal – AlterNet.com, 5-23-08  http://www.alternet....reporter/86256/



CNBC-TV report on California’s legal MMJ industry – 5-23-08  http://www.cnbc.com/...51729596&play=1



CNBC-TV report on MMJ certification program at Oaksterdam University – 5-23-08  http://www.cnbc.com/...51801574&play=1



Medical marijuana: How much is enough? – Seattle Times, 5-21-08  http://seattletimes....tsupply21m.html



Using cannabis as a potential anti-cancer agent, Dr. David Bearman & Paul Armentano  



Cannabis forgetting and the botany of desire, Michael Pollan  



Sen. Jim Webb on marijuana regulation (final paragraph) – Baltimore Sun, 5-19-08  http://weblogs.balti...olitical_m.html



Rhode Island Senate approves marijuana dispensaries – Providence Journal, 5-16-08  http://www.projo.com...v8.365718d.html



Dope smokers want equal treatment by governor – Denver Post, 5-16-08  http://www.denverpos...news/ci_9285948



MMJ: GOP attacks Obama for suggesting he would end raids – Drug War Chronicle, 5-16-08  http://stopthedrugwa...dical_marijuana



Obama on medical marijuana: getting clearer – Reason Magazine, 5-15-08  http://www.reason.co...how/126533.html



Why some hospitals are allowing unnecessary suffering – AlterNet.com, 5-17-08  http://www.alternet....wellness/85637/



Obama to stop raids on marijuana clinics – New York Times, 5-14-08  http://tierneylab.bl...inics/#more-291



Effects of THC on driving – PubMed, May 2008 research publication  http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/18460360



COMEDY:  Colbert’s homage to the father of LSD, Albert Hoffman – Colbert Report, 5-8-08  http://www.comedycen...?videoId=167613



  



Quote of the decade



This one’s worth memorizing:



“In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors.” (Applause.)

                                            -- President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 2007





Quote of the Century?



''I have discovered . . . that alcohol taken in sufficient quantity produces all the effects of drunkenness."

                                              --  Oscar Wilde





Last but not least – don’t forget hemp soap!



Enjoy “homemade-in-Montana” hemp soap!  Makes a great gift for yourself or friends.  A portion of your purchase price will be contributed to our Robin Prosser Memorial Medical Marijuana Patients Legal Defense Fund.  See:  www.NaturallyMays.com





[Founded in early 2007, Patients & Families United works to support Montana’s medical marijuana patients, regardless of their medical condition, and pain patients, whether they use medical marijuana or not.  If you don’t want to be on the mailing list for these periodic updates, please email to tell us at info@mtpfu.org. Visit our website for background and information of use: www.mtpfu.org]

#55 squatter420

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 02:42 PM

URGENT!



Today is the last day for voting on the Helena newspaper’s website on the question of whether people on parole/probation should be allowed to use medical marijuana without a judge’s approval.



When we first alerted you, several days ago, to this unscientific reader poll, those on our side – voting YES – numbered only 22%.  Currently, our side has risen to 43% -- but we can narrow that gap further if you make sure to vote – and alert your friends; ask them to vote today as well!

                                                                                                                              

(The website’s system does not allow you to vote more than once on a given computer.)



The newspaper’s editors have misunderstood the proposed ban on MMJ that the Dept. of Corrections recently abandoned as a result of our public comment.  The Dept. of Corrections never proposed simply to require a judge’s approval before a probationer could become a registered MMJ patient – instead, the Dept. had proposed a flat ban on MMJ.  (Either way, however, such a proposal would have been illegal under Montana’s medical marijuana law.)



If you haven’t yet, please take a quick moment TODAY to vote YES on the newspaper’s question – and ask your friends to do the same!



Vote at the lower left-hand side of the webpage here:  www.helenair.com



Thanks for your help and support!







Quote of the decade



This one’s worth memorizing:



“In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors.” (Applause.)

                                            -- President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 2007







[Founded in early 2007, Patients & Families United works to support Montana’s medical marijuana patients, regardless of their medical condition, and pain patients, whether they use medical marijuana or not.  If you don’t want to be on the mailing list for these periodic updates, please email to tell us at info@mtpfu.org. Visit our website for background and information of use: www.mtpfu.org]

#56 squatter420

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:47 PM

* Helena Editorial Illustrates YOUR Ability to Influence!
    * PFU Now Seeking Meetings with Congressional Delegation
    * Recent Montana News
    * News/Web Items of Interest





Helena Editorial Illustrates YOUR Ability to Influence!



YOUR ability to influence public awareness was on high-profile display in the Helena Independent Record’s editorial earlier this week.  



The paper was reporting the results of its unscientific reader poll on the appropriateness of allowing people on probation or parole to use medical marijuana under Montana’s law.  When we first alerted you to this reader-poll, only 22% of respondents had taken our supportive position.  Not only did your responsiveness greatly narrow that gap, but EVERY reader comment the paper received supported medical marijuana patients’ rights!



The result: a VERY helpful editorial that no doubt allowed many readers to develop a better understanding of the issues.  Check it out, here:



We’re split on parolees and medical marijuana – Helena Independent Record editorial, 6-9-08  http://www.helenair....view_080609.txt





Patients & Families United Seeks Meetings with Congressional Delegation



We’re now following up on formal letters we sent to Max Baucus, Jon Tester and Dennis Rehberg, asking each of them to meet with a small group of Montana medical marijuana patients.



We want to make sure that they all understand the various ways that the federal government’s anti-science and anti-truth position on medical marijuana continues to threaten Montana patients in spite of our state law.  For example, the drug task forces whose federal funding the delegation supports continue to ignore Montana law, riding roughshod over the rights of Montana patients – in the last year, three drug task forces have wasted tax dollars by targeting bona fide patients.  Another example concerns the Veterans Administration, whose policies ignore the science underlying medical marijuana and can penalize veterans who use marijuana as medicine.



We expect that Montana’s senators and congressman will grant us the meetings we’ve requested some time in the coming months.  We don’t yet know where in the state these meetings will take place – but if you’re interested in being among the patients/caregivers who join us for these talks, please let us know.  Send us an email at info@mtpfu.org.  Tell us where in the state you live, how far on how much advance notice you’d be able to travel, and what kinds of things you’d want to say to our congressional delegation.



Thanks as always for your help and involvement!





Recent Montana News



We’re split on parolees and medical marijuana – Helena Independent Record editorial, 6-9-08  http://www.helenair....view_080609.txt



Ex-felon thankful for medical marijuana – Missoulian, 6-8-08  http://www.missoulia...ocal/news03.txt





News/Web Items of Interest



Now experts say cannabis should be legal – Scotsman News, 6-10-08  http://news.scotsman...ould.4167260.jp



I was wrong about the war on drugs – it’s a failure, by Bob Barr – Huffington Post, 6-10-08    http://www.huffingto...r_b_106249.html



Bongs over Bridgeport – Fairfield County (Connecticut) Weekly, 6-10-08  http://www.fairfield...home.cfm?uid=83



Dr. Feelscared: Drug warriors put the fear of prosecution in physicians who dare to treat pain – Reason Magazine, August/September 2008   http://www.reason.co...show/29239.html



Marijuana hotbed retreats on medicinal use – New York Times, 6-9-08  http://www.nytimes.c...tYLs FR 8kWuVYQ



It’s counties against state again in appeal of pot case – San Diego Union-Tribune, 6-8-08  http://www.signonsan...1m8potsuit.html



Obama and McCain: Where they stand on addiction issues – Join Together, 6-6-08  http://www.jointoget...where-they.html



In Argentine drug courts, a shocker at sentencing – Washington Post, 6-7-08  http://www.washingto...0604154_pf.html



Medical cannabis: past, present & future: Michael Alrich, PhD – You Tube  



New ad urges legalization of medicinal marijuana – High Times, 6-4-08  http://hightimes.com...s/ht_admin/4361



All indicators point to a softening of America’s harsh marijuana laws – AlterNet.com, 6-3-08  http://www.alternet....reporter/86982/



10 funniest anti-drug commercials in advertising history – http://www.bestweeke...tising-history/







Quote of the decade



This one’s worth memorizing:



“In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors.” (Applause.)

                                            -- President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 2007





Quote of the Century?



''I have discovered . . . that alcohol taken in sufficient quantity produces all the effects of drunkenness."

                                              --  Oscar Wilde





Send Us Your Favorite Recipes



We’re developing a medical marijuana cookbook.  Please send us your favorite recipes!



Email to info@mtpfu.org or snail mail to:



Patients & Families United
PO Box 1471
Helena, MT 59624





Last but not least – don’t forget hemp soap!



Enjoy “homemade-in-Montana” hemp soap!  Makes a great gift for yourself or friends.  A portion of your purchase price will be contributed to our Robin Prosser Memorial Medical Marijuana Patients Legal Defense Fund.  See:  www.NaturallyMays.com





[Founded in early 2007, Patients & Families United works to support Montana’s medical marijuana patients, regardless of their medical condition, and pain patients, whether they use medical marijuana or not.  If you don’t want to be on the mailing list for these periodic updates, please email to tell us at info@mtpfu.org. Visit our website for background and information of use: www.mtpfu.org]

#57 Guest_the_shadow_*

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 02:48 PM

*Can You Help Us at a County Fair Later This Summer?
*Don’t Miss Missoula Hempfest, Saturday September 6
*Recent Montana News
*News/Web Items of Interest

Can You Help Us at a County Fair?

Patients & Families United hopes to have an information booth at some of the state’s county fairs (and other public events) later this summer, and we’re now trying to iron out the details.  Our goal is to distribute information about medical marijuana and the state’s law, answer people’s questions, and to recruit more supporters for the cause of patients’ rights.

We need to know whether patients, caregivers and their friends and relatives in certain areas of the state can volunteer to spend time helping us “cover” the booths, which would need at least one or more people on hand at all times.  Check the list of locations and dates below – and email us at info@mtpfu.org or doebare@aol.com if you can volunteer for any of the events.  Let us know which one (or more than one) and how many people you could “deliver” during the time periods listed.  Once we know which of the events we have the person-power to attend, we’ll be in touch with those of you who can volunteer, to talk or email in more detail.

Thanks!



Butte Silver-Bow County Fair – July 30 through August 2
Western Montana Fair & Rodeo (Missoula) – August 5 through August 10
Northwest Montana Fair & Rodeo (Kalispell) – August 13 through August 17
Jefferson County Fair & Rodeo (Boulder) – August 21 through August 24
Lincoln County Fair (Eureka) – August 21 through August 24
Ravalli County Fair (Hamilton) – August 27 through August 31
Beaverhead County Fair (Dillon) – August 26 through August 31
Billings (the “Mind, Body, Spirit Fair”) – September 12 through September 14
Helena (the “Mind, Body, Spirit Fair”) – October 3 through October 5)



Don’t Miss Missoula Hempfest, Saturday, September 6th

Patients & Families United will again host an informational booth at this year’s Hempfest – a wonderful all afternoon-and-evening event featuring excellent music that we highly recommend in its own right.

That evening, over the dinner hours (and before the best of the Hempfest music begins), we will host an off-site gathering for patients, caregivers and supporters – and we wanted to remind you to make plans to join us!  

We’ll offer more details as the event approaches.  But we are pleased to announce now that our featured speaker that evening will be Adam Wolf, an attorney in the ACLU’s national Drug Law Reform Project.  In the last year alone, Adam has argued – and won – several of the nation’s most important medical marijuana patients’ rights cases.  He’ll be on hand to tell us about them, and to answer any questions you may have.  This is a superb opportunity to learn more about your rights – and about ongoing developments around the nation pertaining to medical marijuana and the so-called “drug war” more broadly.



Recent Montana News

Montana’s medical MJ policy for probationers/parolees – on Norml’s “Daily Audio Stash” for today, 25 June    http://stash.norml.org/

Drug policies move one step forward – Whitefish Pilot, 6-19-08  http://www.whitefish...news/news01.txt

Whitefish high school reconsiders drug testing policy – Missoulian, 6-15-08  http://www.missoulia...ocal/news05.txt


News/Web Items of Interest

Tvert pushes pot smoking at Denver International Airport; “alcohol-related air rage” threatens travelers, he says – Rocky Mtn News, 6-25-08  http://www.rockymoun...smoking-at-dia/

What your government knows about cannabis and cancer – and isn’t telling you (by Paul Armentano) – Huffington Post, 6-24-08     http://www.huffingto...w_b_108712.html

US Senate hearing: “Illegal Drugs: Economic Impact, Societal Costs, Policy Responses”

6-19-08 hearing on federal drug war policies – links to testimony and data:  http://jec.senate.go...n_id=&Issue_id=

Puerto Rican officials push to legalize pot – New York Daily News, 6-19-08   http://www.nydailyne...egalize_-2.html

Legalize every drug, by John Stossel – New York Sun, 6-18-08  http://www.nysun.com...ery-drug/80204/

Marijuana: like a bullet through your brain (by Dominic Holden) – The Stranger, 6-19-08  http://slog.thestran...hrough_your_bra

Penny wise, pound foolish: budget cuts threaten money-saving drug court – The Stranger, 6-18-08    http://thestranger.c...t?oid=601469

Student drug-testing folly – Rocky Mountain News, 6-17-08  http://www.rockymoun...-testing-folly/

A grandfather looks back on 40 years of happy pot-smoking – AlterNet, 6-15-08  http://www.alternet....abb04e3900e692c

Yet even more lies about pot potency (by Paul Armentano) – Norml Blog, 6-19-08  http://blog.norml.or...ut-pot-potency/

Don’t buy the “potent pot” hype (by Paul Armentano) – Huffington Post, 6-16-08  http://www.huffingto...h_b_107458.html

White House returns to stoking fears about potent pot (by Bruce Mirken) – AlterNet, 6-13-08  http://www.alternet....b19d96b8f8e3700

Drug Czar reports marijuana is better than ever (by Jacob Sullum) – Reason, 6-12-08  http://www.reason.co...how/127006.html

State on right path on marijuana law – The Olympian, 6-13-08  http://www.theolympi...ory/476778.html

George Soros: War on Drugs “One of the Most Repressive Aspects of American Life”  http://blog.aclu.org...-american-life/

3-part You Tube: Ron Paul presents “Power to the Jury”  

You Tube:  “Jury Nullification”  



Quote of the decade

This one’s worth memorizing:
“In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors.” (Applause.)
                                            -- President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 2007


Quote of the Century?

''I have discovered . . . that alcohol taken in sufficient quantity produces all the effects of drunkenness."  

                                              --  Oscar Wilde

Send Us Your Favorite Recipes

We’re developing a medical marijuana cookbook.  Please send us your favorite recipes!  

Email to info@mtpfu.org or snail mail to:

Patients & Families United
PO Box 1471
Helena, MT 59624

Last but not least – don’t forget hemp soap!

Enjoy “homemade-in-Montana” hemp soap!  Makes a great gift for yourself or friends.  A portion of your purchase price will be contributed to our Robin Prosser Memorial Medical Marijuana Patients Legal Defense Fund.  See:  www.NaturallyMays.com

[Founded in early 2007, Patients & Families United works to support Montana’s medical marijuana patients, regardless of their medical condition, and pain patients, whether they use medical marijuana or not.  If you don’t want to be on the mailing list for these periodic updates, please email to tell us at info@mtpfu.org. Visit our website for background and information of use: www.mtpfu.org]

#58 HBMT

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 11:32 PM

i was gunna say that ... lol

#59 Guest_the_shadow_*

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 03:39 PM

*Montana caregiver arrested, faces prosecution
*Update on PFU request for meetings with Congressional delegation
*Recent Montana News
*News/Web Items of Interest

Registered Montana Caregiver Arrested, Faces Possible Prosecution

A registered caregiver was arrested last week, after being stopped for speeding while on his way to deliver medicine.  As a result, at least eight Montana patients, who endure severe pain and other extreme symptoms due to conditions such as colon cancer and Multiple Sclerosis, now suffer needlessly and without the medical marijuana that helps them.

This is the first time that a Montana caregiver has been arrested and jailed.  (Until now, all arrests have involved patients who weren’t registered at the time).  

Patients & Families United got involved in this case even before the arrest took place, when the caregiver called on his cellphone while law enforcement agents were still questioning him along the side of the Interstate.  Since then, we have met with the caregiver, who was released on bail after a night in jail, have talked with his attorney, and have begun research to help with a possible defense.

We expect this case to raise critically important precedent-setting issues about patient and caregiver rights and other aspects of our medical marijuana law.  We will let you know more just as soon as several imminent legal steps have completed and some facts become clearer.  And we may ask you to take helpful action – a letter to the editor, for example – so that we can support the caregiver and use this tragic situation as an opportunity for positive public education.

In the meantime, the only news story that has yet appeared tells more:

Man jailed on pot charges – Butte Montana Standard, 7-11-08   http://www.montanast...0_butte_top.txt

Update on patient meetings with Congressional Delegation

We’re making progress toward scheduling meetings with the three members of Montana’s Congressional delegation.  Most likely these meetings won’t occur until August (at the earliest), in different places in Montana.  We will let you know soon (we hope) when the face-to-face meetings we seek are scheduled.

We want our Senators and Congressman to understand how the federal government’s brutal, anti-science policies continue to cause needless patient suffering – and how Montana’s own law and state rights are being trampled in numerous ways.  Examples:

*Drug task forces – whose funding Senators Baucus and Tester proudly helped reinstate recently – deliberately ignore and violate Montana’s medical marijuana law.  In the past 14 months, the task forces have interfered with three Montana patients – one of whom later committed suicide as an indirect result and another of whom could lose the healthcare coverage he needs to survive as a consequence of federal-dictated actions.

*Federally funded clinics and other healthcare facilities often ban medical marijuana for their patients, regardless of need and benefits.  Some even refuse to serve patients in need if they hear the patients mention any use of medical marijuana.  These facilities mistakenly believe they have no choice, and are terrorized by brutal policies that override their desire to practice medicine professionally, without government interference.

*Healthcare for veterans – again, because of federal policies, many veterans live in fear of being discovered as medical marijuana users.  Veterans Administration facilities won’t recommend medical marijuana for any patient no matter how severe his or her condition, no matter how much relief marijuana can offer the patient, and regardless of its legality under Montana law.  Further, VA patients can be refused future healthcare if any drug testing indicates marijuana use.

*The government-fostered atmosphere of prevailing ignorance and fear is leading some retirement facilities and home-visit healthcare support programs to refuse service to medical marijuana patients.

These and other consequences of the anti-science federal policy must stop.  The compassionate policy adopted by Montana voters in 2004 cannot truly be fulfilled until Congress ends the practice of taxpayer-funded government terrorism targeting marijuana patients.

Recent Montana News

Man jailed on pot charges – Butte Montana Standard, 7-11-08   http://www.montanast...0_butte_top.txt

News/Web Items of Interest

United Nations Forum (in Vienna) on International Drug Policy – Daily dispatches from Graham Boyd, director of ACLU’s Drug Law Reform Project…  scroll down as needed at the ACLU’s “blog of rights”…   http://blog.aclu.org...rug-law-reform/

Appeals court reinstates girl’s strip search case – L.A. Times, 7-12-08  http://www.latimes.c...0,1505074.story

Austria legalizes cannabis cultivation for medicinal purposes – Medico Legal News, 7-11-08   http://www.medindia....ses-39150-1.htm

Emerging from the drug war Dark Age: LSD and other psychedelic medicines make a comeback – AlterNet, 7-11-08   http://www.alternet....6f3aa0d502fb201

Why I’m not convinced Big Pharma is behind pot prohibition – Huffington Post, 7-9-11  http://www.huffingto...g_b_111523.html

Medical marijuana is needed by seriously ill patients – Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 7-7-08   http://seattlepi.nws...arijuana08.html

Big Pharma is in a frenzy to bring cannabis-based medicines to market – AlterNet, 7-5-08   http://www.alternet....reporter/90469/

This is the U.S. on drugs: only the cops and crooks have benefited from $2.5 trillion spent fighting trafficking – Los Angeles Times, 7-5-08   http://www.latimes.c...0,2831899.story

Americans can’t allow McCain to continue Bush’s failed policies in the “war on drugs” – Huffington Post, 7-2-08   http://www.huffingto...a_b_110388.html

Pothead Ph.D. – The Chronicle of Higher Education, 7-2-08   http://chronicle.com...2008070201c.htm

World Health Organization documents failure of U.S. drug policies – AlterNet, 7-2-08   http://www.alternet.org/story/90295/

Not winning the war on drugs – New York Times editorial, 7-2-08   http://www.nytimes.c...ion&oref=slogin

Study finds long benefit in illegal mushroom drug – Washington Post, 7-1-08  http://www.washingto...8070100006.html

Mystical-type experiences occasioned by psilocybin mediate the attribution of personal meaning and spiritual significance 14 months later – Journal of Psychopharmacology, 7-1-08  http://jop.sagepub.c...9881108094300v1

U.S. leads world in substance abuse (countries with looser laws have lower rates) – Reuters, 7-1-08  http://www.reuters.c...125478320080701

24-ounce limit proposed for medical marijuana – Seattle Times, 7-1-08  http://seattletimes....rijuana01m.html

As fires rage, the law protects us from marijuana – Sacramento Bee, 7-1-08   http://www.sacbee.co...ry/1051332.html

Fending off pot smokers on Gay Street – New York Times City Blog, 7-1-08  http://cityroom.blog...t/index.html?hp

Go USA!  We’re the awesomest druggies in the world – Of Two Minds, 6-30-08   http://scienceblogs....usa_were_th.php

Some proof that marijuana is a powerful medicine – Wired Science, 6-29-08  http://blog.wired.co...-that-mari.html

How long does drug prohibition need to continue before it’s declared a failure?  -- AlterNet, 6-30-08   http://www.alternet....10269f05c9c090b

False positives are common in drug tests on new moms – Los Angeles Daily News, 6-28-08  http://www.mapinc.or...8/n631/a06.html

Allow pot in airports to make flying safer – FoxNews video report, 6-25-08   (Watch Mason Tvert get his opponent to call for outright legalization!)  http://rawstory.com/rawreplay/?p=1355

Ecstasy is the key to treating PTSD – AlterNet, 6-27-08   http://www.alternet....43ecb69e50acd34


Quote of the decade
This one’s worth memorizing:

“In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors.” (Applause.)

                                            -- President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 2007

Quote of the Century?
''I have discovered . . . that alcohol taken in sufficient quantity produces all the effects of drunkenness."  

                                              --  Oscar Wilde

Send Us Your Favorite Recipes

We’re developing a medical marijuana cookbook.  Please send us your favorite recipes!  

Email to info@mtpfu.org or snail mail to:

Patients & Families United
PO Box 1471
Helena, MT 59624

Last but not least – don’t forget hemp soap!

Enjoy “homemade-in-Montana” hemp soap!  Makes a great gift for yourself or friends.  A portion of your purchase price will be contributed to our Robin Prosser Memorial Medical Marijuana Patients Legal Defense Fund.  See:  www.NaturallyMays.com

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 09:43 PM

Has anyone contacted the MIssoula Independent about a follow up story for Robin?

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 02:02 PM

MMM - this sticky is purely for updates from patients and families united. (Literally copied and pasted from the e-mail).

You'll get a lot more exposure to your question if you start a new thread in the Montana forum.

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Shadow - the formatting's a bit off, but I wanted to get this posted ASAP. I added emphasis for a few key points...


[Because we continually update our e-mailing list, this may be your first edition of our periodic news/update about medical marijuana and pain-treatment issues in Montana.]

*Warning: 2009 Legislature May Jeopardize Rights of Patients/Caregivers

*Important: ADVICE to Patients/Caregivers

State Health Dept. Will Propose “Rules” for Medical MJ Program
Dillon Court Hearing for Two Montana Patients
*Billings Meeting* – Thursday, August 21 – for Patients, Caregivers, Interested Public
*Missoula Hempfest* – Saturday, Sept. 6 – Patient/Caregiver “Mini-Conference” (features Adam Wolf, leading national drug law reform attorney)
Missoula Pain Initiative Conference, Sept. 5-6
“Marijuana: It’s Time for a Conversation”
Recent Montana News
News/Web Items of Interest

Warning:  2009 Legislature May Jeopardize Rights of Patients/Caregivers

It now seems likely that next winter’s Legislature will consider proposals to restrict and reduce the rights of patients and caregivers under Montana’s medical marijuana law.  It’s too early to know what kinds of restrictions might be proposed, but it’s clear to us that controversies about the program are brewing hotly in some areas of the state.  We’re spending a lot of time these days talking to legislators and others to get a clearer feel for the issues that are being talked about.

Patients & Families United is working to raise money to fund a modest but effective lobbying effort at the Legislature.  (Hint: You can support our efforts by making a contribution any time, using the mailing address at the bottom of this email.)  And, we’re still developing proactive proposals to improve the state’s compassionate medical marijuana program – but we’re also now bracing to fight proposals that could have serious negative effects.

Why is pressure building to change the law in ways that could make life harder for people who need marijuana as medicine?  The answer, unfortunately, appears to involve unsubstantiated rumors of problems caused by just a very few patients and caregivers – coupled with an apparent unwillingness on the part of some in law enforcement to understand the existing law and its ramifications.  (This is one of the reasons we were so frustrated to be denied an opportunity to address briefly a recent statewide convention of the combined sheriffs and police chief associations.)

We’ll try to explain all this in more detail in the near future, after we complete some of the research now engaging us.  For the moment, please see suggestions listed below.


Important Advice to Patients & Caregivers

We encourage all registered patients and caregivers to do their best to adhere to the terms of Montana’s medical marijuana law.  This will not only help you remain safe, but will help maintain good relations with law enforcement and with other patients who depend on medical marijuana’s legality for a semblance of comfort in their lives – and even, in many cases, for survival itself.

Legal and other problems that have emerged since passage of Montana’s medical marijuana law yield a few basic pieces of advice for all:



·         Consider registering with the state health department if you plan to use marijuana as medicine.  Montana’s medical marijuana law offers optimum legal protection only to those who are registered.  (If you’re not registered, you can use the law’s “affirmative defense” in court – but only registration actually insulates you from the risk of arrest and prosecution in the first place.)



·         Patients and caregivers both should never possess more than six plants and one ounce of medicine per patient at any time.  We well understand both the medical and horticultural reasons this can be difficult if not impossible for some patients.  And, importantly, Montana’s law offers the opportunity to explain in court why a patient legitimately needed more than the law’s limits in order to be reasonably assured of a steady supply of medicine.  But, as with registration, only when you function within the law’s limits are you protected from possible arrest and the risk of having to endure exhausting legal complications.



·         Don’t consume medicine while driving or in a public place – Montana’s law forbids this.



·         Don’t speed while driving.  This is against the law always – but can be particularly risky if you happen to be in possession of medicine in plain view.



·         Don’t work with a caregiver if you don’t have a firm basis for trusting him/her.  Don’t expect the state health department – or local law enforcement – to protect you from unsavory behavior by others in connection with medical marijuana.



If you have questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to email us.



Again, please remember that Montana’s compassionate medical marijuana law makes the difference between life and death for many patients, and the difference between misery and semi-comfort for others.  Accept that until we can work together to succeed in improving the law, to make it fully workable for patients and caregivers, everyone shares the responsibility to support the existing program and not jeopardize public support for patients and the integrity of this important treatment option.





State Health Dept. to Propose Rules for Medical MJ Program



The state health department will soon propose rules for its medical marijuana registration program.  The rules would formalize the procedures that the department already uses, generally speaking.  We’ll let you know when they are proposed – because there will be a public comment period, and we’ll urge you to participate.



We expect the proposed rules would formally adopt the program’s current fee for patient registration, $50 per year.  In addition, the proposal will outline the procedure and timeline that will be followed for such things as changes in the identity of a patient’s registered caregiver.



We do not expect that anything in the proposed rules would create problems for program participants.  The effect of the process will be merely to make the agency’s procedures official such that they can’t be changed without yet another formal rule-adoption process, including public comment and a public hearing if warranted.





Dillon Court Hearing for Two Montana Patients



Undercover drug task force agents joined with medical marijuana patients, caregivers and their supporters last week – to spend a day on rigid wooden benches in a sweltering Beaverhead County courtroom.  The occasion: a district court hearing on three motions to dismiss felony drug charges against Scott and Summer Day, medical marijuana patients who live in Dillon.



The three motions to dismiss were grounded as follows:



·         The prosecution has violated procedural requirements by failing to provide the name and information about the whereabouts and trustworthiness of a confidential informant who sparked the investigation of Scott Day.  Not having this required information already may have cost the Days irretrievable opportunities to challenge the prosecution’s case.



·         Montana’s Medical Marijuana Act protects Scott and Summer, and will ultimately require a not-guilty verdict.



·         The search of the defendants’ property resulted from trespassing that isn’t allowed – supposedly to inform the defendants that a “flyover” warrant that itself prohibited trespassing had yielded no useful information and that the investigation had closed.



An undercover drug task force agent who led the investigation provided several hours of testimony that not only seemed riddled with contradictions but also was remarkable in its spirit of resignation and lack of enthusiasm.  One of the day’s most pointed moments came when Scott Day took the stand, and was asked by the county attorney whether he had heard the agent’s testimony.  Day said, “Yes, I heard Agent H—  lie.”  



The judge has not yet issued a ruling on the motions to dismiss.  If he denies all of them, the next step in the process will be a jury trial.



A guilty verdict could make Scott Day ineligible for the healthcare insurance that literally keeps him alive.  He suffers from a rare disorder called mucopolysaccharidosis, which requires extremely expensive monthly treatments, and he uses multiple strains of medical marijuana flowers to control his condition’s varied and severe, debilitating symptoms.  Summer uses medical marijuana to control chronic pain.  Although their physician knew and approved of their medical marijuana use, he was afraid to sign a recommendation because he mistakenly believed he could be vulnerable to punitive action as a result.  Thus, while they are registered patients now, Scott and Summer weren’t registered with the health department when the drug task force investigation led to the incident that in turn led them to – illegally – discover the Days’ garden.  





Billings Meeting for Public & Patients – Thursday, August 21:  4 – 7 PM



If you live anywhere near Billings, we hope you’ll join us for a public meeting and open house on the evening of Thursday, August 21st.   We’ll be meeting informally with patients, caregivers and supporters in late afternoon, with an informational meeting open to all interested members of the general public from 5:30—7 PM.



Location:        Yellowstone County Council on Aging, 1309 16th Street West (16th & Grand)



Open House for patients begins:      4 PM



Public Presentation begins:              5:30 PM





Missoula Hempfest Patient/Caregiver Meeting – Saturday, Sept. 6th



Please join us on September 6th in Missoula, for an important early evening patient/caregiver meeting – almost a “mini-conference” where, among other things, we’ll talk about our prospects for progress at the 2009 Legislature.



This gathering will occur from 5 – 8 PM, at an “undisclosed location” fairly close to Missoula’s riverside Hempfest event.  Refreshments and snacks will be available (as will a large jar for $ donations!).



Our featured speaker will be the remarkable Adam Wolf, one of the ace attorneys from ACLU’s national Drug Law Reform Project in Santa Cruz.  Adam has been an invaluable behind-the-scenes informal advisor to Patients & Families United from its inception.



If you’ve been checking out the news links we feature in all our emails, you may have forgotten Adam Wolf’s name – but not his work and achievements, including:



·         Won a precedent-setting victory representing an Arizona girl who was strip-searched by her school because of suspicions that she possessed the dreaded drug, ibuprofen.  For frightening commentary about this case, see Strip for the principal – Reason Magazine, 7-16-08  http://reason.com/ne...how/127566.html



·         Won both of two rounds in a case in which two counties have been trying to claim that they can ignore California’s medical MJ law and enforce federal law instead.  For the latest news on this case, see California’s pot law upheld in appeals court – San Francisco Chronicle, 8-1-08  http://www.sfgate.co...&sn=001&sc=1000



·         Recently argued in Alaska’s Supreme Court that a new MJ “re-criminalization” law is unconstitutional.



·         Successfully quashed a DEA subpoena for an Oregon medical marijuana group’s patient records.



·         Will soon be representing a northern California brewery, located in the old logging town of Weed, in the shadow of Mt. Shasta – whose bottle cap (which reads, “Try Legal Weed”) the DEA is attempting to ban.  





(No word yet on whether Mr. Wolf will be able to bring us complementary collector’s 6-packs of Weed beer.  There could be a problem with “Homeland” “Security” at the airports.)



Please stop by our table at Missoula Hempfest – any time before 4:20 PM on Saturday, September 6th – for information about the location of our patient/caregiver “mini-conference.”  Hempfest itself begins at Noon, next to the Clark Fork River on the downtown side of Higgins Avenue Bridge.  Our gathering will encompass the dinner hours, before the evening Hempfest music-entertainment gets hottest.





Missoula Pain Initiative Conference, Sept. 5-6



ACLU attorney Adam Wolf will be attending our Hempfest patient/caregiver “mini-conference” in part because he’ll already be in Missoula for Montana’s second annual “Pain Initiative Conference.”  



Earlier that same day, at the Holiday Inn across the parking lot from the Hempfest gathering, Mr. Wolf will be talking to a statewide audience of physicians and other healthcare professionals about the legal issues they face in connection to the nation’s failed “war on drugs.”  (In particular, he’ll be discussing legal issues that relate to prescribing opiates as well as to making medical marijuana recommendations.)



Patients & Families United is proud to be among the cosponsors of this conference and to have participated in all the planning for it, as part of our public education work that targets healthcare professionals.  For more information about the conference’s two-day agenda, and to make arrangements to attend if you wish, see:  

http://www.mtpain.or...renceagenda.pdf





“Marijuana:  It’s Time for a Conversation”



The Washington state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union has produced a half-hour video intended to spark reconsideration of our nation’s failed prohibition policy on marijuana.  “Regular” TV stations have been reluctant to air it, however, as this article illustrates:



Best bet for seeing ACLU marijuana video featuring Steves?  Comcast – Seattle Times, 8-8-08    http://seattletimes....76_aclu08m.html



You can view the film and related information here:  http://www.marijuanaconversation.org/



A good overview of Seattle’s marijuana reform “scene,” including discussion of the ACLU video featuring Rick Steves, can be found here:



The case for pot – Seattle Magazine, August 2008   http://www.seattlema...0444B8F92E1C3E1





Time Warp:  September 26, 1970



Beware this mind-altering essay by Gore Vidal, published almost 38 years ago.  My, my, how things have not changed:



·         Drug legalization, 1970                                  http://www.b12partne...alization-1970/





Recent Montana News



Just say no to drug tests – Butte Montana Standard – 8-6-08  http://www.montanast...opinion_top.txt



Bullock vows to fight prescription drug abuse – Missoulian, 8-8-08   http://www.helenair....808_bullock.txt





News/Web Items of Interest



What will the candidates do to end the unwinnable war on drugs? – The Rag Blog, 8-10-08  http://theragblog.bl...-do-to-end.html



Why California medical marijuana dispensary owner was found guilty in federal court – Reason TV, 8-8-08   “That Lynch’s conviction was virtually guaranteed under federal law simply underscores how immoral those laws are.”   http://reason.com/bl...how/127998.html



Charlie Lynch found guilty – The Agitator, 8-5-08  http://www.theagitat...h-found-guilty/



Collateral damage: drug informant outrage – Reason Magazine, August/September 2008  http://reason.com/ne...how/127411.html



Nader calls for crackdown on corporate crime, reversal of so-called war on drugs – 8-8-08  http://drugsense.org...u6Vpu8BRyW.html



Three people held in raids at marijuana dispensaries – San Diego Union-Tribune, 8-6-08 -- http://www.signonsan...ews_1m6pot.html



Blue card blues: will a government mix-up create a chilling effect?  (Hawaii’s medical MJ program accidentally released full patient registry info to news media) – Honolulu Weekly, 8-6-08   http://honoluluweekl...lue-card-blues/



Democratic convention not “green” enough for Denver (should favor MJ over alcohol) – Denver Post, 8-4-08  http://www.denverpos...ion/ci_10088465



Prescription data used to assess consumers – Washington Post, 8-4-08   http://www.washingto...8080302077.html



Deleted photo sparks fears DEA is hiring mercenaries – Raw Story, 8-4-08  http://rawstory.com/...ng_on_0804.html



DEA agents raid Culver City medical marijuana dispensary – LA Times, 8-2-08  http://www.mapinc.or...8.n745.a02.html



Hollywood milks stoner stereotypes in anti-pot propaganda film – AlterNet, 8-1-08  http://www.alternet....ropaganda_film/



Prohibition ups gang violence – Calgary Sun, 8-1-08   http://calsun.canoe....6327011-sun.php



Argentine president calls for decriminalization of drug use – CNN.com – 8-1-08  http://www.cnn.com/2...rugs/index.html



Cindy McCain, drug dealer – You Tube by SAFER  



ACLU offers to help Mt. Shasta brewery owner fight bottle cap edict – Weed Press, 7-30-08  http://www.mtshastan...ottle-cap-edict



Dr. Kush: How medical marijuana is transforming the pot industry – The New Yorker, 7-31-08   http://www.newyorker...fa_fact_samuels



“Stoners in the Mist” – Drug War Propaganda video on effects of marijuana  http://www.abovethei...e.com/stoners/#



China unveils frightening futuristic police state at Olympics – Huffington Post, 8-8-08  http://www.alternet....te_at_olympics/



The 5 greatest things ever accomplished while high – Cracked.com  http://www.cracked.c...while-high.html





Cops Terrorize Mayor’s Family, Kill Pets, in Gestapo-Like MJ Raid



FBI opens probe of SWAT team raid that led to death of mayor’s dogs – Examiner, 8-8-08  http://www.examiner....id=temp-popular



%##@*&!!@!#$ -- DailyKos posting by Meteor Blades, 8-8-08  http://www.dailykos....6212/934/564520



Commentary on the case by John Cole – Balloon Juice, 8-8-08                         http://www.balloon-juice.com/?cat=17



Prince George’s raid prompts call for probe – Baltimore Sun, 8-7-08  http://www.baltimore...0,4563211.story



Pr. George’s officers lacked “no-knock” warrant in raid – Washington Post, 8-7-08   http://www.washingto...8080502664.html



D.C.-area mayor’s house raided, cops kill his Labrador dogs – Baltimore Sun, 8-1-08  http://www.baltimore...0,6133084.story



Mayor in MD victim of pot raid, dogs killed 7/30/08 – You Tube news report, 7-30-08  



Some doubt mayor’s tie to drugs – Washington Post, 8-2-08  http://www.washingto...8080103916&pos=





HR 5843 – Federal MJ Decriminalization Bill Introduced



Criminalization of marijuana must end – The Hill’s Congress Blog, 8-6-08  http://blog.thehill....juana-must-end/



America’s never-ending prohibition – Reuters, 8-6-08  http://www.reuters.c...630430520080806



7 U.S. Reps support marijuana legalization bill – Atlanta Progressive News, 8-5-08  http://www.atlantapr.../news/0362.html



Positive local buzz from marijuana bill surprises Clay – The Hill, 8-6-08  http://thehill.com/l...2008-08-04.html



Time to weed out pot laws? – Vail Daily, 8-1-08  http://www.vaildaily.../707086273/1021



Marijuana bill packs room, makes headlines – Drug Policy News, 7-31-08  http://www.drugpolic...73108decrim.cfm



Rep. Barney Frank explains his marijuana legislation – CNN Breaking News, 7-30-08  http://www.cnn.com/v...k.marijuana.cnn



Bush drug warrior crashes press conference – Raw Story, 7-30-08  http://rawstory.com/...press_0730.html



Legislators aim to snuff out penalties for pot use – CNN Politics.com – 7-30-08  http://www.cnn.com/2...rank.marijuana/





New Research Findings



Turned-off cannabinoid receptor may turn on colorectal tumor growth – Science Daily, 8-4-08   http://www.scienceda...80801074056.htm





Government Propaganda



Marijuana: The Greatest Cause of Illegal Drug Abuse – Drug Czar’s Office, July 2008  http://www.whitehous...ijuana_2008.pdf





Quote of the month



“Prohibition is not a failure – it's a self-perpetuating policy disaster.”



--Jack Cole, retired undercover agent, founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (www.leap.cc)





Quote of the decade



This one’s worth memorizing:



“In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors.” (Applause.)

                                            -- President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 2007





Quote of the Century?



''I have discovered . . . that alcohol taken in sufficient quantity produces all the effects of drunkenness."  

                                              --  Oscar Wilde







Send Us Your Favorite Recipes



We’re developing a medical marijuana cookbook.  Please send us your favorite recipes!  



Email to info@mtpfu.org or snail mail to:



Patients & Families United
PO Box 1471
Helena, MT 59624





Last but not least – don’t forget hemp soap!



Enjoy “homemade-in-Montana” hemp soap!  Makes a great gift for yourself or friends.  A portion of your purchase price will be contributed to our Robin Prosser Memorial Medical Marijuana Patients Legal Defense Fund.  See:  www.NaturallyMays.com





[Founded in early 2007, Patients & Families United works to support Montana’s medical marijuana patients, regardless of their medical condition, and pain patients, whether they use medical marijuana or not.  If you don’t want to be on the mailing list for these periodic updates, please email to tell us at info@mtpfu.org. Visit our website for background and information of use: www.mtpfu.org]





Patients & Families United
PO Box 1471
Helena, MT 59624

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Billings Public/Patients Meeting – This Coming Thursday, Aug. 21st
Missoula Hempfest & Patient Meeting, Saturday, Sept. 6th
Montana Pain Initiative Conference, Missoula, Sept. 5-6th
News/Web Items of Interest





Billings Public/Patients Meeting – Thursday, August 21



This week in Billings we’ll hold an open house for patients and supporters, followed by a public meeting.  Please join us if you can – and tell your friends!



Thursday, August 21



Open House for patients begins:      4 PM



Public Presentation begins:              5:30 PM



Location:        Yellowstone County Council on Aging, 1309 16th Street West (16th & Grand)



Directions:      Turn north from Grand, onto 15th, and go past Sears (about 2 blocks).  Then turn left (west) into the parking lot, go past the Sears entry door to the last entry door – which goes directly into the Aging Council’s area.   (West Park Plaza is NORTH of Grand, and you want to get around to the backside of the building and enter there.)





Missoula Hempfest Patient/Caregiver Meeting – Saturday, Sept. 6th



Don’t miss the varied fun of Missoula’s hempfest – coupled with an important gathering for patients, caregivers and supporters that same evening.



Please join us on September 6th in Missoula.  Patients & Families United will have a table at hempfest (by the river, below Higgins Avenue bridge).  And that evening, from 5 – 8 PM, at an “undisclosed location” nearby, we will hold a private meeting.  (Get directions at our hempfest table any time up until 4:20 pm.)



Our featured speaker (and question-answerer) will be the remarkable Adam Wolf, one of the ace attorneys from ACLU’s national Drug Law Reform Project in Santa Cruz.  Adam has fought and won a variety of court precedents on drug issues, including the first two rounds of a case in which two California counties are claiming they can ignore the state’s medical marijuana law and enforce federal law instead.  Mr. Wolf also has successfully protected an Oregon group’s patient records in the face of a failed attempt by the DEA to subpoena them.



Join us in Missoula on September 6th to meet and learn from Adam Wolf – and to expand your network of friends in Montana’s only medical marijuana education-and-support group!







Montana Pain Initiative Conference, Missoula Sept. 5-6th



On Friday-Saturday, September 5th-6th – in the Holiday Inn across the parking lot from Missoula’s Hempfest – Montana physicians and others will gather for the 2nd annual Montana Pain Initiative conference.  ACLU’s Adam Wolf and others, including at least one DEA agent, are among the speakers at this conference.  The Pain Initiative seeks to improve pain treatment for suffering patients, despite the ways our so-called “war on drugs” often interferes with the practice of medicine.



For a conference agenda and information about attending, see:  http://www.mtpain.or...renceagenda.pdf







News/Web Items of Interest



Medical marijuana: What does science say? – Los Angeles Times, 8-18-08   http://www.latimes.c...0,4886601.story



Pot power play: Should state or federal law prevail on medical marijuana? – Los Angeles Times, 8-17-08   http://www.latimes.c...0,2994147.story



Revelry, politics mix at hempfest – Seattle Times, 8-17-08   http://seattletimes....mpfest17m0.html



Celebrating all things cannabis: Hempfest draws throngs to Myrtle Edwards Park – Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 8-17-08  http://seattlepi.nws...hempfest17.html



Victims of the drug war are forced to resort to bizarre legal defenses – AlterNet, 8-15-08  http://www.alternet....legal_defenses/



Parents’ prescription drugs pose risk to teens – San Francisco Chronicle, 8-15-08   http://www.sfgate.co...&type=printable



Juror becomes fly in the ointment – Cato @ Liberty, 8-14-08     http://www.cato-at-l...n-the-ointment/



State top court to review medical pot limit – San Francisco Chronicle, 8-14-08   http://www.sfgate.co.../BA5R12AGIM.DTL



All the experts admit that we should legalise drugs – The Independent, 8-14-08   http://www.independe...ugs-894367.html



High roller: Rick Steves talks about his crusade to legalize pot… The Stranger, 8-14-08   http://www.thestrang...t?oid=645881



Former anti-marijuana lobbyist switches sides – The Hill, 8-14-08  http://www.mapinc.or...8/n787/a01.html



Drug money: KOMO takes pot activists’ cash, refuses to air pot activists’ infomercial – The Stranger, 8-13-08   http://www.thestrang...tent?oid=643645



The French do it better (French anti-alcohol ad targeting teens) – The Stranger, 8-13-08  http://slog.thestran...ch_do_it_better



Got crime problems?  Town tries 24-hour curfew, random police stops – Pantagraph, 8-13-08  http://www.pantagrap...df035100619.txt



Crime-ridden Arkansas town widens 24-hour curfew – Associated Press, 8-13-08  http://drugsense.org...momUgI5QLn.html



A drug reform activist attends a national D.A.R.E. convention, blogs daily – DARE Generation Diary, August 2008   http://daregeneration.blogspot.com/



Pulling the lid off pot – Seattle Times, 8-11-08  http://seattletimes....4763_jdl11.html



“Nailed ‘em!”  (The “crime” of medical MJ on The Colbert Report) – Colbert Report, 8-11-08  http://www.comedycen...?videoId=179077



What will the candidates do to end the unwinnable war on drugs?  -- Huffington Post, 8-10-08  http://www.huffingto...s_b_118045.html





New Research Findings



Invention: morphine-cannabis super pain-killer – New Scientist Tech – 8-11-08   http://technology.ne...e.ns?id=dn14344



Smoked cannabis for neuropathic pain in HIV: a randomized, crossover clinical trial – Neuropsychopharmacology, 8-6-08   (double-blind, placebo-controlled study)  http://www.nature.co...pp2008120a.html



The effects of cannabis on the symptoms of schizophrenia: patient perspectives – International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, August 2008   Pub Med abstract http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/18666905



National survey of American attitudes on substance abuse XIII: teens and parents – The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, August 2008   http://www.casacolum...rvey Report.pdf







Older Research Articles



Novel synergistic opioid-cannabinoid codrug for pain management – World Intellectual Property Organization, 4-17-08   http://www.wipo.int/...91&DISPLAY=DESC



Easing the agony – New Scientist, 9-26-98   http://www.newscient...-the-agony.html







Quote of the month



“Prohibition is not a failure – it's a self-perpetuating policy disaster.”



--Jack Cole, retired undercover agent, founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (www.leap.cc)







Quote of the decade



This one’s worth memorizing:



“In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors.” (Applause.)

                                            -- President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 2007





Quote of the Century?



''I have discovered . . . that alcohol taken in sufficient quantity produces all the effects of drunkenness."  

                                              --  Oscar Wilde







Send Us Your Favorite Recipes



We’re developing a medical marijuana cookbook.  Please send us your favorite recipes!  



Email to info@mtpfu.org or snail mail to:



Patients & Families United
PO Box 1471
Helena, MT 59624





Last but not least – don’t forget hemp soap!



Enjoy “homemade-in-Montana” hemp soap!  Makes a great gift for yourself or friends.  A portion of your purchase price will be contributed to our Robin Prosser Memorial Medical Marijuana Patients Legal Defense Fund.  See:  www.NaturallyMays.com





[Founded in early 2007, Patients & Families United works to support Montana’s medical marijuana patients, regardless of their medical condition, and pain patients, whether they use medical marijuana or not.  If you don’t want to be on the mailing list for these periodic updates, please email to tell us at info@mtpfu.org. Visit our website for background and information of use: www.mtpfu.org]





Patients & Families United
PO Box 1471
Helena, MT 59624

#64 advancedflooring

advancedflooring

    Great Falls, MT caregiver excepting new patients

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 03:13 PM

awesome

#65 montana420

montana420

    The original Billings Medical Marijuana

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:59 AM

anymore action on this site?:tortue-musique:

#66 firecamps12

firecamps12

    Hi, Im New!

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 03:52 PM

greetings. we are new to the sight. we are mmj card holders and caregivers. we are husband and wife. looking to find out ideas, ask questions, and learn more about laws in montana

#67 unowills

unowills

    Hi, Im New!

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 01:43 PM

i dnt knw why the gov. and the rest of them shuld just forget about us med. patiants and wory about the more prob we have going on in the US. litle known the rest of the world

#68 MedMar

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 01:46 PM

Thanks for the info, keep up the good fight, I will tell everyone I know to come support you guys!

#69 bigskybuds

bigskybuds

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 01:07 PM

what a joke sure didnt help in a defense for me... oh yeah they never posted an info on me...whats that all about patients and families united are just lobbist pukes working for the man...i will never support people that dont protect patients when they said they will.




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