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Marijuana: Families with sick kids moving to Colorado for MMJ access

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Charlotte Figi and mom Paige.
As we reported earlier this month, the number of children on the Colorado medical marijuana patient registry -- with parental permission -- nearly doubled from June to August this year, with sixty kids under the age of eighteen now on the list. This is the highest that figure has ever been, and it's due in no small part to six-year-old Charlotte Figi, a Colorado Springs girl featured in an August CNN special hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta that explored the world of medical cannabis.

Figi suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Dravet Syndrome; the ailment caused her to have as many as sixty painful, body-wrenching seizures every day. At one point, things were so bad that her parents filled out a "Do not resuscitate" form for their daughter.

In 2012, and at wits' end, her parents finally turned to Colorado's burgeoning medical marijuana industry, where they found salvation in the form of a high-CBD infused olive oil that Charlotte takes orally. Within weeks, she went from 1,000 seizures a month to just three.

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Charlotte before she began taking cannabis oil treatments.
"I have seen more patients like Charlotte firsthand, spent time with them and come to the realization that it is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana," Gupta said in the special. And it's probably no coincidence that the number of young MMJ patients rose the month the program aired.

Charlotte Figi's story is eye-opening. And coupled with the renowned doctor's go-ahead, it seems to have inspired a small migration of families with sick children to Colorado, in search of an alternative treatment for their little loved ones. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that nearly twenty families with children suffering from seizure disorders have relocated to the state recently, looking for one last chance to help their kids.

Among them is Mohammad Halabi, a Lebanese refugee who has moved his family from New York City to the Springs based on a YouTube video he saw about Figi. Halabi's own daughter, two-year-old Mia, also suffers from Dravet's Syndrome, and what he saw gave him hope once again.

"As soon as we saw it, we knew we had to go," he told the Gazette.

Josh Stanley, the dispensary owner and grower who discovered the high-CBD plant used to make Figi's medicine, also was part of the Gazette article. According to him, he's been getting endless calls from families across the U.S. and a waiting list of about 1,000 people. He's rushing to increase production of the strain, now called Charlotte's Web, but won't have a full harvest until March.

Continue for more about families moving to Colorado for medical marijuana access, including comments from Dr. Alan Shackelford.


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Suni Daze
Suni Daze

dont move here DHS will make their kids do chemo !!

McShyster
McShyster

Nederland marijuana bust nets 8 suspects, 70 pounds of pot

The Boulder County Drug Task Force on Thursday arrested eight people and seized more than 70 pounds of pot at a residence in Nederland after investigators say they uncovered an operation that was shipping marijuana to other states for distribution.

The eight arrested were Ray Aguilar, Neil Bender, Mark Denny, Jesse Leham, William Micucci, Robert Wynder, Michael Zelaya and Robert Leyba, according to the task force. The suspects range in age from 22 to 57 years old.

Police recovered 70.6 pounds of processed marijuana, $21,761 in cash and a .380-caliber handgun during the bust that took place at a residence on Jefferson Street in Nederland.

Investigators began looking into the suspected drug ring in September after being contacted by officials with the sheriff's office in Brevard County, Fla., Boulder County Drug Task Force Sgt. Barry Hartkopp said.

He said investigators in Florida heard about the operation from a suspect they were questioning and reached out to local officials with that information.

Undercover detectives were able to make contact with the suspects and eventually convinced them they were seeking to buy 70 pounds of marijuana for transport and sale in Illinois, according to the task force. The suspects agreed to sell the marijuana to the undercover investigators for $231,000, according to officials.

[so these greedy fools thought they found a sucker willing to pay $3300 per pound locally? ]

During Thursday's bust, police encountered the suspects in a pair of vehicles in front of the residence. Inside the cars were large vacuum-sealed bags containing marijuana, police said. Similar bags were found in a container within the residence, officials said.

The suspects were arrested on charges of distribution of marijuana over 50 pounds, a Level 1 drug offense.

Hartkopp said the sentencing range for a Level 1 drug conviction is 8 to 32 years in prison. It is possible that additional charges will be filed, Hartkopp said.

[ this must be some of the "10,000 arrests" that Lying Brian Vicente claimed A64 would prevent every year, since it "legalized" marijuana. ]

Law enforcement officials from other states "frequently" have contacted the Boulder County Drug Task Force over the past few years about marijuana originating in the county reaching their jurisdictions, Hartkopp said.

"They're appealing to us to try and help them curb the influx of marijuana in their jurisdictions," Hartkopp said

NaturesMedicine
NaturesMedicine

Cannabis = Miracle Drug. It does in many cases what no other drug can.

Nick McCollum
Nick McCollum

There is no reason people should have to be uprooted for treatment

McShyster
McShyster

So why is "recreational" marijuana so harmful and dangerous that NO ONE under 21 YEARS OLD should be legally allowed ANY access to it, under CRIMINAL PENALTY of Law as A64 proscribes ??


Janie Patterson Houston
Janie Patterson Houston

Absolutely. Legalize marijuana- it's long overdue and time for people to wake up to the benefits.

Stephen Dryver
Stephen Dryver

Just think. Diagnoses for ADHD and all other (bullshit) "hyperactivity disorders" will plummet. On the down-syndrome side, the unemployment numbers might slightly increase due to shyster "therapists" and other related occupations becoming gradually obsolete.

RevRayGreen
RevRayGreen

God's medicine...only agents of Lucifer stand in the way...

groundskeeperwilly
groundskeeperwilly

Charlotte's story is an amazing testament to the medicinal uses of non-THC cannabinoids..

I would suggest supporting the 'realm of caring foundation' so children like Charlotte can get treatment.. i am an old man, i was a stauch anti-weed person. (still am to some degree.) That said, for the medicinal value of the family of cannabinoids need open research.. Supervision should be from FDA not DEA, and MMJ should be reclassified to a Schedule 3 drug,

Aaron Harmon
Aaron Harmon

Everyone should have access to the same medical treatment

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@McShyster "8 to 32 years in prison" for a "harmless plant that never killed anyone" ??

Wow! ... Good thing that Colorado "legalized" marijuana, this kind of draconian prohibitionist fascism only happens in backwards redneck Repuglykkkan states.

8 to 32 (THIRTY TWO!) YEARS IN PRISON for pot ??

Good thing this happened in Legalized Colorado !!



NaturesMedicine
NaturesMedicine

@McShyster You still have too many people that are mis-informed and ignorant concerning the plant. Without the 21 years of age provision in A64, it would have never passed. 70+ years of brainwashing tends to dumb people down.

fognl7
fognl7

You need to clarify your thoughts on legalization or criminalization of marijuana (medical/recreational/other). Other than opposition to A64, it is impossible to discern what position you're advocating on the Westword forum, as your posts alternately support and lampoon marijuana users and advocates.

Please reply in the form of an answer, not another question.

McShyster
McShyster

@RevRayGreen 

Lucifer = the Light Giver

God = wanted to keep man/woman as naive pets in the garden

hth.

McShyster
McShyster

@NaturesMedicine

Actually, I'm wrong here. I'm just a bitter, angry person and feel the need to take it out on internet strangers.

McShyster
McShyster

@NaturesMedicine ... so you threw everyone under 21 years old under the legal bus, leaving them victim to CRIMINAL prosecution for any/all recreational marijuana use, cultivation, possession or sale ... just so YOU could obtain 1 (one) pathetic ounce or grow 3 (three) pathetic plants?

How fucking special.

With "friends" like you, who needs the DEA?


stuka1
stuka1

@fognl7  You are expecting rational behavior out of an obviously unhinged troll? 

McShyster
McShyster

@fognl7 I'm actually just a lonely loser with no friends. This is the only way people will pay attention to me.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

@McShysterI also created and used this screen name to carry on conversations with myself when nobody else will talk to me.

Feel sorry for me. I deserve it.

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