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Cannabis Patient’s Bill of Rights!

As I have been speaking and sparring with cannabis activists and local politicians over the last few weeks it has become clear that all involved can agree on one thing: it is not a matter of if but when and how we will legalize. The concrete is still very wet on the how question and opinions seem to vary widely among activists and politicians alike. With this in mind it has occurred to me that it could be helpful to set down a few basic principles for what I believe cannabis patients and consumers should demand in their state’s laws and regulations.

From economic generation to significant reductions in overdoses from alcohol and opiate use, to quality life enhancements for sufferers of an ever expanding list of maladies and conditions; positive outcomes have been consistently correlated with increased cannabis access in states that have legalized medical and adult use sales. As such, any policy that restricts access needs to be based in valid science. It is with this in mind that I have authored the following 5 rights. Please let me know if I missed something or you disagree with one of these proposed rights!

  1. Right to home cultivation: Cannabis is an incredible medicinal plant with very few side effects. When eaten raw it produces no psychoactive effects and is non-toxic unlike many common weeds and houseplants. Dispensaries can be very expensive, patients and adult use consumers should be permitted to grow at home for personal use and non-commercial sharing.
  2. Right to work: Everyday science and anecdotal evidence is proving cannabis an effective treatment for an ever expanding array of conditions, many forms have no intoxicating effect yet nearly all will result in a drug screening “FAIL” over a week after consumption. This disproportionately affects working poor, first responders and transportation workers who are subject to pre-employment and randomised drug screenings. Presence of cannabis metabolites in the blood, urine, saliva or hair should not be a valid reason to deny or terminate employment.
  3. Right to Drive: Presence of THC or metabolites in a driver’s blood, saliva or urine have not been shown to closely correlate with impairment in a way that is analogous with alcohol. Though first time users may not be comfortable driving after a one time 3mg dose of thc, a cancer patient on a 1000+mg per day RSO protocol may never be impaired despite sky high blood-cannabinoid levels. Consumers of non intoxicating forms of cannabis such as raw smoothies high in THCa will fail all of these tests despite never having risked any impairment or intoxication.
  4. Right to Consume: Cannabis smoking should be permitted anywhere that similar tobacco use is. We reserve areas for tobacco users at the very least cannabis patients should be allowed those same spaces to produce our far less toxic smoke. Apartment dwellers who don’t want to be discourteous to their neighbors risk ticketing or arrest in many “legal” cannabis jurisdictions for simply taking their smoking materials outside. These laws perpetuate the bigoted legacy of prohibition by disproportionately targeting poor and minority youth for an activity (smoking outside) that is nearly universal in North American cannabis culture. Young racial minorities, especially those residing in certain low income areas bear the brunt of these policies receiving an astronomically disproportionate number of arrests and citations for public consumption despite evidence that they consume cannabis at lower rates than their white and upper class neighbors.
  5. Right to Access a Diverse Marketplace of Producers and Products: This is a win-win as a state’s cannabis consumers enjoy can gain access to greater variety and lower prices; workers, taxpayers, landlords and the overall business environment benefit from a diverse competitive cannabis marketplace with low barriers to entry and no absolute caps on #’s of businesses. Cannabis businesses should be permitted to open and succeed or fail as they compete over talent and consumers; boosting the overall economy by utilizing a broad array of ancillary businesses in the process.

Are you a Maryland resident who supports patients rights to grow at home? Please sign this pettition!! #MDHOMEGROW2020

The Story of Cheryl Glenn

Instrumental in the creation of a medical cannabis program, her downfall points to its structural failings.

I’ve stopped spending time with people if they’re not, um, donating…

Cheryl Glenn as quoted in Wednesday’s plea agreement

Former Del. Glenn pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a number of interests including at least one as yet one unnamed out-of-state cannabis company. The 12 year incumbent democrat who unexpectedly resigned before Christmas has acted as a cooperating witness for at least 7 months since initially being confronted by two FBI agents back in February.

She evidently is on very good terms with these agents as she is reported to have given both long hugs at the conclusion of her plea hearing. The extent of her cooperation and who, if anyone, is yet to be implicated is anyone’s guess. That this points to problems with Maryland’s approach to medical cannabis is undeniable.

Glenn, who was instrumental in the legalization of medical cannabis in the state and whose late-mother is the namesake of the Natalie M LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) has pleaded guilty to accepting over $30,000 in cash bribes from an out-of-state cannabis vendor to facilitate its entry into Maryland’s state sanctioned 120-license medical cannabis marketplace. Later she accepted more money from a local business owner for introducing legislation that would favor local businesses in the application process.

Ms Glenn, who publicly championed for minority and small bushiness access to Maryland’s cannabis marketplace, was frank in private “I’ve stopped spending time with people if they’re not, um, donating,”

Ms Glen admits that personal financial pressures led her to accept bribes from at least two of the hundreds of businesses competing for a handful slots in Maryland’s pre-fabricated limited license marijuana marketplace. This should not have been possible.

GTI CEO Ben Kovler from GTI (photo from GTI’s Website)

On the Cannabis Economy Podcast GTI-Rise CEO and heir to the Jim Beam fortune, Ben Kovler, when asked about the value of acquiring these highly sought after licenses, “being in control of a limited supply, high demand business, well it seems pretty obvious…” It should also be obvious that, in creating these small lucrative markets, choosing a handful of players out of a large pool of applicants, puts the power to make and break fortunes in the hands of elected and appointed governmental officials and creates obvious incentives and opportunities for those willing and able to pay and accept bribes.

The best way to fulfill the stated goal of Maryland’s medical cannabis statute to “provide safe and affordable access to patients across the state” is also the best way to eliminate corruption, questions of favoritism and discrimination. Take away the arbitrary license caps and other regulations that give officials the ability to “discriminate”. This power should be put it where it is least likely to be corrupted, in the hands of the consumer.

Simple easy to follow rules, with low fees and no other arbitrary barriers have led to thousands of issued licenses in Oregon and Oklahoma without any of the delays, corruption and inequality we have seen in Maryland and other restricted-license states.

After 7 month’s of reported cooperation we have yet to hear the last of Ms Glenn’s saga. She was not part of a single member body, did she implicate any fellow lawmakers? The Governor’s office is actually most structurally vulnerable to corruption as it is in the governor’s power to choose the leadership and appoint all members of the 17 member all-powerful Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) which is charged with the establishment of rules and regulations and holds large portions of its meetings in secret, behind closed doors.

In light of these now confirmed allegations against former Del. Glenn we should ask for a reversal of the strategies and policies that she helped craft and which led to her downfall. We now have irrefutable proof that there was corrupt purpose in at least part of the establishment of this exclusive marketplace. As taxpayers, patients and consumers we should demand an immediate relief from this corrupted marketplace in the form of legal homegrow and a new marketplace determined not by lawmakers or an un-elected body but by patient consumer preferences.

Help Legalize #MDHOMEGROW2020 Sign and Share this Petition!

Flower Review: Strane’s Snow Monster

This strain has been a difficult one to get to writing about.

Last week I was due a $1-8th, with Liberty Rockville’s 3 visit e-punch-card and snow was in the forecast. I am generally a good sleeper, but when snow season comes and I am obliged to work over night, I lose the ability to relax, turn off my brain and sleep. It was with this in mind that I asked the associate for his top choice in the deep purple spectrum of Liberty’s color-coded display. He called out Snow Monster as a “personal favorite for sleep”.

Due to the nugget’s seeming weightlessness I initially assumed that the flower would be dry. It was certainly low in water-weight, but when breaking down the buds, they proved remarkably sticky, not something that would grind down to a powder.*

That night I mixed a bowl with equal parts Industrial Hemp Farm’s “Special Sauce” and snow monster. The odor-profiles of these two batches match very closely. A slight version of the berry taste and smell that I have come to expect in Liberty’s purple strains with a smooth subtle funk.

Despite a small bowl-pack, moderated with the CBD flower I felt an almost immediate smack to the face. Relaxed and stimulated at the same time I sat down to watch the new Aaron Hernandez documentary series on Netflix. The show is well executed; as engaging, as it is disturbing. Despite the nature of this programming I was out cold, blissfully sleeping 40 minutes later when my wife woke and shuffled me off to bed.

The next evening I decided to add a bit more CBD flower to hopefully soften the snow monster’s night-ending effects. I was hoping that this strategy might allow me to make some progress on this review. Initially it seemed to do the trick. I was immediately inspired to take some pictures. Pulling the top flower out I was disturbed to notice what I perceived to be a hair.

A sticky strand of resin, stuck to the inside of the canister.

On closer inspection I was looking at a strand of sticky molasses-like resin that, having oozed from the bud, had adhered to the inside of the container. I took more pictures, trying to catch the flower in close-focus. Now, fully under the influence and living in the moment I had an original thought. “This flower looks like its covered with ice and snow!”

The soft light of the room does not give this bud’s snowy appearance justice

After picture-time, and a half dozen attempts at starting this post, all interest writing was quickly replaced by a profound urge to sleep.

Then came Friday evening with its preparations for icy weather. The storm had been downgraded but I still had two crews go out to spread salt on a list of properties. I stayed up until midnight, snacking on dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Shortly before 12:00 I checked in on both groups to make sure everything was A-OK. Then I packed a bowl with the same mix of Special Sauce/Snow Monster I had prepared the night before.

Despite the coffee-bean snacking I was fast asleep when a 1:30am client-call startled me to a groggy attention. He had another property in need of salt and wanted to know if I had someone available to do it. As I struggled to leave the room so as not to awake my S/O I was struck by a full body relaxation and sleepiness that I would normally only associate with an edible such as RSO. Gathering my bearings I made a few phone calls and sent a few texts. Once all was in order I went back to bed, quickly falling into a deep, sound sleep.

Conclusion:

This batch of snow monster is an extremely resinous, slow burning and potent flower with strong narcotic effects. If it promotes hunger I was never able to stay awake long enough to experience it. I usually cannot fall asleep if I have had caffeine and usually have trouble falling back asleep when woken. Under the influence of this batch of flower seemingly nothing can interfere with a restful slumber.

* Though sticky and resinous on day one, without the benefit of a boveda pack to boost moisture the flower was much more crumbly in just a couple of days sitting in the closed canister at room temperature in my house. .

NORML Policy Conference and Lobby Day Signups

February 3-Policy Conference Signup

NORML is holding this policy conference featuring a who’s who of local cannabis advocates on the day before its annual lobby day event. There is an associated cost that is going up as we get closer to the event but they do promise to cut people a break who cannot afford.

February 4-Lobby Day Signup

There is no required fee for this event. This is the most important of the two days as it is when you will go to speak face to face with your legislators and staff, make your concerns known!

Campaign for #mdhomegrow2020 Dialogue with a Delegate

I recently attended a community event for my district’s state legislators to explain their priorities for this legislative session. Following these presentations there was a scheduled Q&A and I was eager to ask how these officials felt about the disparities between Oklahoma and Maryland in terms of access, cost and, most importantly for 2020, home-grow.

I was disappointed to not be called on to ask my question in front of the entire room but stood in a handshake line to speak 1 on 1 with my legislators. All claimed support for legalization but when I was not able to get any answers on #mdhomegrow2020. As is good practice I then followed up with some emails.

The following is a correspondence with one of these elected officials. As we are still in dialogue I will not “out” who this person is out of fairness and respect. They may still prove to be a valuable ally:

“Dear Del. xxxxxxxxxxxx:

Thank you for taking a few moments to chat after yesterday’s event.  

One thing I failed to really get to in our conversation is my one, I think modest, goal for this legislative session.  That is to provide some immediate alternative to the current MMCC regulated oligopoly. The average registered patient is spending $50 per week on MMCC  regulated products that many could easily produce for themselves at home for pennies on the dollar.  The long promised but still yet to be delivered “Compassionate Use Fund” would only help two narrow categories of patient.   I think one can imagine $50 dollars per week as an undo burden, even to those not receiving medicaid or veterans benefits.    

As I mentioned in our chat, Oklahoma passed its medical cannabis law in June of 2018 and in days it was legal for patients to grow up to 12 plants.  That this bible-belt state could pull off such a feet without the sky falling should be an indication that we can and should do the same in 2020.  

Apart from home cultivation I think Oklahoma has set a remarkable precedent for what consumers and taxpayers should expect in terms of an accessible, diverse affordable cannabis market quickly without the lawsuits and allegations of misdoings that have plagued our 6 year journey.    I  attached a side by side comparison of our two markets.  It shows a stark difference and points to what is possible in terms of achieving safe affordable access, while generating tax revenue, ownership and employment.  

Please let me know  you if you support my goal to permit Maryland patients the same rights as those in most other medical cannabis states.  If so, is there any way you can help or any suggestions as to how I might proceed

Wishing you a happy and healthy week!

To this Delegate’s credit they were second only to David Moon in getting back to me. Here is their response:

Dear xxxxx,

It was good to talk with you at the xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx after the District xx forum.  I appreciate your advocacy for better marijuana laws in Maryland.

Your chart comparing Maryland and Oklahoma is interesting.  The progress of Maryland’s medical marijuana program has been slow and unsteady.  We have passed different versions of the bill in an effort to get good policy.  Oklahoma appears to have waited and then instituted a more complete program.

I have seen charts showing that states that have legalized recreational marijuana have allowed a certain number of plants.  I was surprised to see that Oklahoma allows medical patients to grow 12 plants because that is often the number allowed in legalized states.

The marijuana issue is being actively discussed and debated in Annapolis.  While I don’t foresee significant action soon, I do expect there will be changes in the law that will move policy closer to your views on the issue over the next few years.  Stay active with the advocates and your own efforts.  I too would like to see us make progress and I am supportive of the efforts in Annapolis to do that.”

My initial impression on seeing this pop up on my phone was “awesome!” But it didn’t take long to realize that this Delegate hadn’t in fact answered my central question. Also I didn’t think he had been well informed about the history of medical cannabis across the country and how Maryland’s approach stacks up. I prepared a small excel spread sheet here:

StateMedical Homegrow Plant CountYear of Medical Law Passage
Arizona122010
California181996
Colorado6 which has not changed with rec2000
Hawaii101999
Maine61999
Massachusets122012
Michigan122008
Missouri6 patient 18 Caretaker2018
Montana162004
Nevada122000
New Mexico162007
Oklahoma122018
Oregon7 in initial law 6 today1997
Rhode Island122006
Vermont92004
Washington5-15 depending on Rx1998

And attached it to the following email:

Dear Del xxxxxxx
Thank you for your thoughtful response and encouraging words!  

I understand that it is your analysis that nothing will happen this year but how would you vote?    Do you support patients right to home cultivation, or should patients who choose to grow for themselves continue to be subject to felony conviction? 

Counter to your perception, medical cannabis actually started as a home-grow affair as patients and loved-ones provided for themselves what was strictly illegal at the time.  As state governments began to react to what was already happening on the ground they permitted patients to grow for themselves.  Until after the Obama era “Cole Memo” there were no regulated cannabis dispensaries in the country.

I have attached a spreadsheet of states with medical cannabis provisions that allow home-cultivation with plant counts and the year that their laws were enacted.  You will find that 12 is a pretty standard plant count number in these programs.  Please note ultra conservative Missouri as a recent addition to this list. 

I don’t think I agree with your assessment that Oklahoma has waited to institute a program.  Certainly they have adjusted regulations as the program has developed, the same is true here in Maryland though, with only 120 licensees paying fees and fines to support it, the MMCC does not have a funding mechanism to properly resource its regulations.  

In many ways Oklahoma’s regulations are more fully developed than ours as they have generated $30 million in excess of the cost of managing the program in fees and generated over 50 million dollars in retail taxes, which are split between the state and localities.  Despite a 15% retail tax, patients are still paying significantly less money than Marylander’s for the same products.   

I believe that the clear reason for these exorbitant prices  is lack of competition as the tiny 15 license grower pool, largely controlled by large out of state interests, has been shrinking rather than growing.  Last year Arizona based Harvest Health aquired Verano.  This year Massachusetts headquarters CuraLeaf is in the process of acquiring Chicago based Grassroots.  How is this current state of affairs acceptable, even to non cannabis patients?  

Given all of this, please let me know if you would support home cultivation for Maryland registered patients in 2020.”

I sent this message just yesterday and as such have not yet heard back. My intent is to get a firm answer either way, hopefully providing some education in the process. The more people that are reaching out on this issue the better. As per usual, I was the first and only patient to have reached out with these concerns to this individual. We need more voices in the mix!

Please sign and share this petition to lend your voice to our effort to legalize patient home-grow in 2020. Patients do not deserve the risk of felony conviction!

Key to Legal Homegrow? Contacting These Delegates!

In his supportive email, District 20 Del David Moon suggested that those who wish to see immediate action on home-cultivation should be contacting delegates on the Health and Government Affairs Committee. For reader’s convenience I have created a list of members with contact info bellow.

We need to inform these elected officials as to why this is of such urgent concern to us. Please ask them directly whether they support criminal felony prosecution for patients who choose to grow their own medicine for pennies on the dollar charged by the MMCC regulated oligopoly. The better we are able to drill down on what these committee-members views are, the more effective we can be on lobby day this upcoming February 4!

Please email and call these delegates. Get them to express their positions on the record and please report back your findings:

Committee Chair

SHANE E. PENDERGRASS
Democrat, District 13, Howard County

House Office Building, Room 241
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3139, (301) 858-3139
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3139 (toll free)
e-mail: shane.pendergrass@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3409, (301) 858-3409

Vice Chair

JOSELINE A. PEÑA-MELNYK
Democrat, District 21, Anne Arundel & Prince George’s Counties

House Office Building, Room 241
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3502, (301) 858-3502
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3502 (toll free)
e-mail: joseline.pena.melnyk@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3342, (301) 858-3342

HEATHER BAGNALL
Democrat, District 33, Anne Arundel County

House Office Building, Room 160
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3406, (301) 858-3406
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3406 (toll free)
e-mail: heather.bagnall@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3209, (301) 858-3209

EREK L. BARRON
Democrat, District 24, Prince George’s County

House Office Building, Room 414
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3692, (301) 858-3692
e-mail: erek.barron@house.state.md.us

HARRY (H.B.) BHANDARI
Democrat, District 8, Baltimore County

House Office Building, Room 303
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3526, (301) 858-3526
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3526 (toll free)
e-mail: harry.bhandari@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3034, (301) 858-3034

ALFRED CLINTON CARR, JR.
Democrat, District 18, Montgomery County

House Office Building, Room 222
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3638, (301) 858-3638
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3638 (toll free)
e-mail: alfred.carr@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3053, (301) 858-3053

NICHOLAS P. (NICK) CHARLES II
Democrat, District 25, Prince George’s County

House Office Building, Room 206
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3707, (301) 858-3707
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3707 (toll free)
e-mail: nick.charles@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3498, (301) 858-3498

BRIAN A. CHISHOLM
Republican, District 31B, Anne Arundel County

House Office Building, Room 156
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3206, (301) 858-3206
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3206 (toll free)
e-mail: brian.chisholm@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3764, (301) 858-3764

BONNIE L. CULLISON
Democrat, District 19, Montgomery County

House Office Building, Room 312
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3883, (301) 858-3883
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3883 (toll free)
e-mail: bonnie.cullison@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3882, (301) 858-3882

ERRI L. HILL, M.D.
Democrat, District 12, Baltimore County & Howard County

House Office Building, Room 214
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3378, (301) 858-3378
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3378 (toll free)
e-mail: terri.hill@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3007, (301) 858-3007

STEVEN C. JOHNSON
Democrat, District 34A, Harford County

House Office Building, Room 215
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3280, (301) 858-3280
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3280 (toll free)
e-mail: steve.johnson@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3190, (301) 858-3190

ARIANA BRANNIGAN KELLY
Democrat, District 16, Montgomery County

House Office Building, Room 425
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3642, (301) 858-3642
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3642 (toll free)
e-mail: ariana.kelly@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3026, (301) 858-3026

KENNETH P. KERR, Ed.D.
Democrat, District 3B, Frederick County

House Office Building, Room 209
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3240, (301) 858-3240
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3240 (toll free)
e-mail: ken.kerr@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3308, (301) 858-3308

NICHOLAUS R. KIPKE
Republican, District 31B, Anne Arundel County

House Office Building, Room 212
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3421, (301) 858-3421
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3421 (toll free)
e-mail: nicholaus.kipke@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3553, (301) 858-3553

SUSAN W. KREBS
Republican, District 5, Carroll County

House Office Building, Room 203
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3200, (301) 858-3200
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3200 (toll free)
e-mail: susan.krebs@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3349, (301) 858-3349

ROBBYN T. LEWIS
Democrat, District 46, Baltimore City

House Office Building, Room 304
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3772, (301) 858-3772
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3772 (toll free)
e-mail: robbyn.lewis@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3, (301) 858-3

JAMES MATTHEW (MATT) MORGAN
Republican, District 29A, St. Mary’s County

House Office Building, Room 310
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3170, (301) 858-3170
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3170 (toll free)
e-mail: matthew.morgan@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3252, (301) 858-3252

TERESA E. REILLY
Republican, District 35B, Cecil & Harford Counties

House Office Building, Room 203
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3278, (301) 858-3278
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3278 (toll free)
e-mail: teresa.reilly@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3190, (301) 858-3190

SAMUEL I. (SANDY) ROSENBERG
Democrat, District 41, Baltimore City

House Office Building, Room 365
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3297, (301) 858-3297
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3297 (toll free)
e-mail: samuel.rosenberg@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3179, (301) 858-3179

4811 Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21207
(410) 664-2646
fax: (410) 367-4968

SID A. SAAB
Republican, District 33, Anne Arundel County

House Office Building, Room 157
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3551, (301) 858-3551
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3551 (toll free)
e-mail: sid.saab@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3235, (301) 858-3235

SHEREE L. SAMPLE-HUGHES
Democrat, District 37A, Dorchester & Wicomico Counties

House Office Building, Room 311
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3427, (301) 858-3427
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3427 (toll free)
e-mail: sheree.sample.hughes@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3780, (301) 858-3780

KATHY SZELIGA
Republican, District 7, Baltimore County & Harford County

House Office Building, Room 212
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3698, (301) 858-3698
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3698 (toll free)
e-mail: kathy.szeliga@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3023, (301) 858-3023

KAREN LEWIS YOUNG
Democrat, District 3A, Frederick County

House Office Building, Room 416
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3436, (301) 858-3436
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3436 (toll free)
e-mail: karen.young@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3412, (301) 858-3412

253 East Church St., Suite 100, Frederick, MD 21701

Maryland Residents: We Need to Show our Numbers! Please Sign and Share This Petition to Permit Legalized Patient Home Cultivation

David Moon to Home Grow Advocates”We need folks to weigh in!”

Maryland District 20 Del David Moon of Montgomery County (photo courtesy of md house of delegates site)

I have been reaching out to local politicians to see who is and is not commited to permitting patients to grow their own without turning into felons. One of the first to respond was David Moon. He is clearly an ally and has some useful advise for those of us who want change. With his permission I am publishing his message:

“Yes, I’m supportive of homegrow and have included it in all of my marijuana legalization bills. I think it’ll be a tricky sell based on conversations with some colleagues, so I’ve urged colleagues on the committee dealing with health care (note I’m on Judiciary) to try and get it done on the medical side. It seems hard to imagine we’ll get recreational homegrow if we don’t have it for medical patients. In any case, keep pushing on — we need folks to weigh in!
Thanks for staying engaged,Del. David Moon”

So, listen to the man people! Please contact your 3 state delegates, 1 state senator and Gov. Hogan. During election time we will need to support the elected officials, such as Del Moon who are willing to take a stand and support us! If you don’t know who your local politicians please find out via this link.

Please sign and share this petition to help make our voices heard!

Thank You For Your Support For Legalizing Patient Home Grow 2020!!

Please sign and share the petition here!

JAN 15, 2020 — 

Over the last 2 days this thing has really taken off!! Being my first change.org petition I had no idea how “donations” work.  Now I do!

When you donate, Change.org dedicates those funds to promoting  this petition via paid online adds.  This seems to really be working as we went from 0-200 in just over a week and then 200-nearly 600 in just a couple of days! 

I really appreciate every donation and anything else you can do to share this and just spread the word.  One way you can do so is by reaching out to your 3 state delegates, 1 state senator and Gov Hogan with the message that the status quo is unacceptable and that we need home-grow now!  Ask them directly as to whether they think that patients who can not afford astronomical dispensary prices should be subject to felony conviction for growing the very same plant as the overpriced state run oligopoly!!

  Our politicians are invariably uninformed or misinformed since the loudest voices have as yet been from anti-cannabis “concerned citizens” and our ever concentrating pool of cannabis cultivators.* 

My goal is to have as many signatures as possible before meeting with legislators in Annapolis this upcoming February 4.  Please contact me if you will able to join me for that effort!

Thanks again for all the support!

Bob Kestell

mdcannaconsumer.com

*though we have 15 cultivator licenses Verano was recently acquired by Arizona based Harvest Health we are down to 14 owners. Massachusetts based CuraLeaf is in the process of acquiring Chicago based Grassroots which will bring us down to 13 ownership groups. 

Petition: Grant Home Grow Rights to Maryland Patients

Maryland’s 90,0000~ registered medical cannabis paid more than $250 million dollars into a cannabis market, that breaks down to an average of more than $50 spent by each patient, each week. Most Marylanders can not afford these high prices.  The market is currently being supplied by just 15 growers, most of whom are multi-state conglomerates based outside of Maryland. 

The process to increase the market to include some minority ownership to just 20 more businesses is now mired in the courts with no clear end in sight. A “compassionate care” program that was supposed to provide low cost products to veterans and low income residents has failed to materialize in the year since its conception.  Even if such a program does someday exist we it will still do no good for the vast majority of MMCC registered patients.

We request that all registered MMCC patients be allowed to grow up to 12 plants either at home or as part of a co-operative garden.  Not all patients have the space, means, or know how to get a home garden established.  Patients should be permitted to apportion their plants to the co-op or co-ops of their choosing.

Marylanders deserve the same rights that patients have in states such as Oklahoma, Michigan and Maine to grow their own medicine.

Our politicians need to know that this is something that needs to change now. Please lend your voice and sign and share this petition to legalize home and co-operative cultivation for MMCC registered patients!

Review: Harvest’s Strain of the Week-Cindy 99

This cindy-99 looks and smells very similar to some Durban Poison I purchased at Good Chemisty in Denver this summer.

Running low on THC dominant flower I checked my dispensary email notifications and call around to the few dispensaries that don’t send me their specials. On one such call to Harvest of Rockville I was pleasantly surprised that they have re-established their “Strain of the Week” special that offers a particular strain at a reduced cost of $25 1/8, $48 1/4-$180 for an ounce. This week’s strain was one I haven’t sampled in over a year: Cindy 99.

Cracking open the bag I was exposed to an odor-profile and appearance reminiscent of some Durban Poison I purchased from Good Chemistry in Denver, Colorado over the summer. Citrus with a touch of skunk. Lightish green buds with copious red hairs and sticky trichomes.

Deserved or not, Harvest has been criticized in the past for the quality of their trim and cure. I have been annoyed at times by a trim that leaves browning sugar leaf stumps along the seems and margins of their buds. This brown material doesn’t seem to affect the taste or effects of vaporized flower but when combusted it lends a harshness reminiscent to the taste of thick rolling paper, and for me, a mild headache.

All of the buds in my 8th were flawlessly trimmed, not a brown speck in sight. The cure, which I think comes through in the picture, is top class. Sticky with glistening resin glands, the dynamic scent-profile is on full display. Overall, trim, cure and moisture content are above the standard I have come to expect in Maryland Cannabis and on par with what can be found in other states.

Effects:

Not in a position to take the full force of this 25% THC flower “to the face” I mixed a small bowl with 50/50 mix of Industrial Hemp Farm’s Sour D and the Cindy 99 before my evening dog walk. The Sour D is an uplifting, focus-inducing strain when consumed alone and has a mild if not slightly “diesel” terpine profile. In combination, Cindy-99’s citrusy funk predominated. The combined effect was “inspired” as I took my walk a little wider than originally planned. With perhaps a skip in my step, I reflected on my day and thought through various “next steps” as I whistled and hummed an improvised tune.

Back at home, mind still wandering a bit, dinner perhaps took me a tad bit longer than it should have. A new rice-cooker involved some extra trial and error and I got sidetracked more than once. Despite these fumbles and my grumpy under-the weather wife-daughter duo, I was all positive vibes throughout. I did not get the munchies and so was satisfied by just one serving of what turned out to be a pretty good meal of rice, tomatoes and fried-chicken (please don’t judge).

After dinner we watched a show and the persistent positive energy that had dominated the previous 2 hours transitioned to relaxation and sleepiness. By 10 we were in bed, not long after, fast asleep.

Would I recommend?

Yes! At just over 25% thc and sativa leaning in pedigree moderation is key for anyone who needs to keep a clear mind or has concerns about induced anxiety. Adding a cbd dominant strain as I did can also help to round off any potential edges At $25 per 1/8th this is the best deal I am aware of at present for small quantity flower in Montgomery County,

Help Legalize Maryland Home-Cultivation

If you haven’t already please sign and share this petition urging lawmakers and our Governor to permit home cultivation to Maryland patients.