06 Oct 2015 1 Comment
01 Sep 2015 Leave a comment
If you haven’t guessed, I hate Monsanto. There. I feel better now that it’s out in the open. They have long known the ill effects of their products on everything living, but they just don’t care. If you point out the scientific papers that show negatives associated with their products, they quickly dismiss them as “junk science”. However, their “science” that they use to continue the experimentation on us is “pure”. But they won’t do long term studies on exposure, and they won’t release their “proof” in detail.
Science isn’t the problem. It’s that false, incomplete, “recommended by owner” science is used to justify the continued proliferation of not just chemicals, but novel organisms in our food.
They lie. They cover up. They use money to buy their desired outcomes. They pay people to surf the internet and confuse legitimate conversations about genetically modified foods. They sue farmers for their own pollution of the environment. They are providing the pharmaceutical companies, of which they are part, with a steady supply of sick people.
Here’s an excellent article on the issue of Monsanto’s continual maligning of any science but their own and other improprieties in relation to Monsanto. Link to original is in the title:
The Case of Glyphosate: Product Promoters Masquerading as Regulators?
On 20 March, the World Health Organisation International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said that glyphosate was probably carcinogenic to humans. This is just one step below the risk designation of ‘known carcinogen’. The European Unioin is currently in the process of assessing the IARC’s research and will re-evaluate glyphosate.
Aaron Blair, a scientist emeritus at the National Cancer Institute who chaired the 17-member working group of the IARC that classified glyphosate as “probably” cancer-causing, says that the classification is appropriate based on current science. Blair also states that there have been hundreds of studies on glyphosate with concerns about the chemical growing over time and added that in its review the IARC group gave particular consideration to two major studies out of Sweden, one out of Canada and at least three in the US.
He stressed that the group did not classify glyphosate as definitely causing cancer:
“We looked at, ‘Is there evidence that glyphosate causes cancer?’ and the answer is ‘probably.’ That is different than yes… It is different than smoking and lung cancer. We don’t say smoking probably causes cancer. We say it does cause cancer. At one point we weren’t sure, but now we are.”
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, which was primarily responsible $5.1 billion of Monsanto’s revenues in 2014. The herbicide is also used to support Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops, which comprise the vast bulk of the balance of its revenue stream. Unsurprisingly, Monsanto has wasted no time in trying to rubbish the WHO findings. The work of cancer specialists from 11 countries was speedily dismissed by Monsanto. In a press release, the company argued the findings are based on ‘junk’ science and cherry picking and are agenda driven.
In 2011, Earth Open Source said that official approval of glyphosate had been rash, problematic and deeply flawed. Its comprehensive review of existing data suggested that industry regulators in Europe had known for years that glyphosate causes birth defects in the embryos of laboratory animals. The review raised questions about the role of the powerful agro-industry in rigging data pertaining to product safety and its undue influence on regulatory bodies.
Despite its widespread use, there has been little monitoring of glyphosate in food, water or the wider environment. In 2013, Friends of the Earth (FoE) and GM Freeze commissioned a study based on urine samples from volunteers in 18 countries across Europe. It found that on average 44 percent of samples contained glyphosate. The proportion of positive samples varied between countries, with Malta, Germany, the UK and Poland having the most positive tests, and lower levels detected in Macedonia and Switzerland. All the volunteers who provided samples lived in cities, and none had handled or used glyphosate products in the run-up to the tests. The study was the first time monitoring has been carried out across Europe for the presence of the weed killer in human bodies.
According to a peer-reviewed report in the scientific journal Entropy, residues of glyphosate have also been found in food. These residues enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease, according to the report’s authors, Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and science consultant Anthony Samsel. The study says that negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.
In Mississippi, 75 percent of air and rain samples contained levels of glyphosate that could have serious physiological consequences for humans. Even if you are careful about what you eat, there is no escaping this poison. Sayer Ji from GreenMedInfo:
“The reality is that the environment is becoming so saturated with the ‘fall out’ from the ever-expanding GM agricultural/agrichemical farming grid that even if you somehow find a way to avoid eating contaminated food, you will be forced to have to deal with its adverse health effects, as long as you need air to breath and water to drink.”
In 2010, the provincial government of Chaco province in Argentina issued a report on health statistics from the town La Leonesa. The report showed that from 2000 to 2009, following the expansion of genetically-modified soy and rice crops in the region (and the use of glyphosate), the childhood cancer rate tripled in La Leonesa and the rate of birth defects increased nearly fourfold over the entire province.
As in Chaco, the introduction of Roundup Ready crops in the US has resulted in an increase of glyphosate use. Using official US government data, Dr Charles Benbrook, research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University, states that since 1996 the glyphosate rate of application per crop year has tripled on cotton farms, doubled in the case of soybeans and risen 39 percent on corn. The average annual increase in the pounds of glyphosate applied to cotton, soybeans, and corn has been 18.2 percent, 9.8 percent, and 4.3 percent, respectively, since herbicide tolerant crops were introduced.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, herbicide-tolerant biotech plants were grown on virtually all (94%) soybean fields in the US during 2013 and on 89% of all cornfields. Food & Water Watch found the volume of glyphosate applied to those crops increased almost 1,000% between 1996 and 2012, from 15 million pounds to 159 million pounds. The increase in usage has been accelerating in recent years.
Glyphosate was approved for EU-wide use in 2002. Yet there is a mounting body of evidence that links glyphosate with a range of serious health problems and diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, birth defects, autism, infertility and cancers. If regulatory bodies had done their job properly, we would not now be in this situation.
FoE argues that the European regulatory agencies did not carry out their own safety testing, relying instead on data provided by the manufacturers. Of course, it has for some time been noted that regulatory agencies in Europe, the US and Canada have shown a dereliction of duty by prioritising the needs of big food and agro-industry concerns and their products over any notion of public safety or the public interest. We know that outright corruption and serious conflicts of interest have been major factors in this respect [see this, this, this and this].
Something to hide
Regulators have much to answer for, but they are silent. Claire Robinson from GM Watch notes that a group of Chinese food safety volunteers submitted a request to China’s Ministry of Agriculture to disclose the study that justified issuing the safety certificate for the import into China of Monsanto’s Roundup. Writing on the GM Watch website, she says:
“The Ministry replied that Roundup was registered in China in 1988 based on a toxicology test report issued by a testing company called Younger Laboratories in St Louis, Missouri. The test was an acute exposure toxicity test (such tests last a maximum of a few days), with Roundup being given to rats by mouth and applied to the skin of rabbits. It claimed to find no effect on the eyes or skin, and no allergy. The volunteers asked the Ministry to release the study, and the Ministry in turn asked Monsanto. Monsanto replied that the study constituted its own commercial secret, adding that the company had never disclosed the study anywhere in the world and did not agree to disclose it now. The volunteers are appealing against the decision.”
In Europe, Tony Tweedale, a Brussels-based advisor to NGOs on toxicity and risk assessment issues, asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to disclose the two key chronic toxicity studies on glyphosate that the German regulatory agencies relied upon to set the Acceptable Daily Intake of the chemical.
Robinson notes that both the German government regulatory agencies (their decisions form the basis for the widespread use of glyphosate) and EFSA have refused Tweedale’s requests to release the studies, on the grounds that they are commercially confidential information. Pesticide Action Network Europe previously asked the German regulatory agencies to release the full range of long-term toxicity studies on glyphosate. They refused, again for reasons of commercial confidentiality.
Such official stonewalling raises the question of what could be in these industry studies that that public is not allowed to see. The assumption is that the industry – and regulators – have something to hide.
The Earth Open Source review found that the biotech industry’s own studies conducted in the 1980s and 1990s showed that glyphosate causes birth defects in experimental animals. While the industry studies themselves are held by the German government and remain secret, the Earth Open Source authors examined Germany’s summary report on the studies, which is in the public domain. This report was submitted to the EU Commission and led to glyphosate’s European approval in 2002.
The Earth Open Source authors found that the German regulator consistently dismissed evidence of birth defects using unscientific reasoning.
Claire Robinson says:
“… if the German government or EFSA were to release the industry studies, independent academic scientists could reanalyze the data (and methodology) and form their own conclusions about the safety of glyphosate. Given the past failures of risk assessment, these could well be at odds with the conclusions of the German regulator.”
In his recent book, ‘Poison Spring’, former US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) worker Evaggelos Vallianatos quotes the EPA scientist Adrian Gross as saying that his colleagues, EPA toxicologists, “go straight to the company’s summary and lift it word for word and give it as their own evaluation of those studies.”
In a similar vein to the claims by Valliantos, former Monsanto boss in India during the eighties has said that the company faked data and so-called regulators just accepted such data at face value.
And here lies the crux of the matter: proper, independent analyses of risks being sidelined and ‘regulation’ amounting to little more than blindly accepting dubious industry claims or studies that merely say its products are safe. And yet, this is an industry that tried to rubbish the now republished the Seralini team’s study into GMOs and glyphosate (with unscientific polemics masquerading as scientific critique). While the Seralini team’s two-year study has now undergone three rounds of peer-review, the industry keeps its own inadequate three-day or three-month studies secret by hiding behind the all too convenient notion of ‘commercial confidentiality’ and restricts, controls and censors independent research concerning its products; if that fails, it sets out to smear, intimidate, bully and discredit researchers whose findings are not to their liking [see this and this].
If the Serlani-led study and the rest of the evidence alluded to in this article show one thing, it is that regulators ought to do what they are supposed to and go back and properly reassess the products which they have allowed agribusiness to contaminate and poison us with. However, based on reactions to the Seralini-led study, the EFSA may had already made up its mind. William Engdahl states:
“A spokesman for the EFSA announced just a few weeks after the publication of Seralini’s bombshell study and without proof, “EFSA’s analysis has shown that deficiencies in the Séralini et al. paper mean it is of insufficient scientific quality for risk assessment. We believe the completion of this evaluation process has brought clarity to the issue…. Serious defects in the design and methodology of a paper by Séralini et al mean it does not meet acceptable scientific standards and there is no need to re-examine previous safety evaluations of genetically modified maize NK603.” No mention of what the “serious defects” nor of why that would not call for repeating the two-year tests with other independent scientific groups around the EU to determine whether or not Seralini’s results were accurate… “Case closed, ladies and gentlemen and don’t ask us for more on this…” The mainstream media in Germany and across the EU dutifully swallowed that nonsense as the end of the discussion. Monsanto maize and Monsanto Roundup herbicide were ‘safe’.”
If Monsanto is going to accuse others of ‘junk’ science and ‘bias’, it has a serious credibility issue given that is has been a long-time leading exponent of junk science and biased agendas. Moreover, Sustainable Pulse has discovered documents from 1991 that show how the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was fully aware of glyphosate’s carcinogenic potential. In 1985, the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate was first considered by an EPA panel. This committee went on to classify glyphosate as a Class C Carcinogen with “suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential.”
This Class C classification was changed by the EPA six years later to a Class E category which suggests “evidence of non-carcinogenicity for humans.” Sustainable Pulse concludes that the US government is to blame for allowing glyphosate onto the commercial market because it wanted to push it as part of as global campaign to support the US biotech industry in its attempt to dominate global agriculture. In other words, the health of the public was not put before the need to protect company profits and foreign policy aims.
Our health is being sacrificed for the commercial interests of a few powerful corporations. At the very least, the public would like regulators to regulate, not product promote.
26 Aug 2015 Leave a comment
I’ll be speaking at a meeting in Ava next week about GMO’s and many of the issues and concerns surrounding these man made life forms. If you’re in the area, it would be great to see you there! Here’s the advertisement that has gone out to promote the event:
25 Aug 2015 3 Comments
As we all know, there are cycles in things. There are natural ups and downs in production of food stuffs as well as in consumption. Guess what? The natural growing season makes it easy for prices to seriously fluctuate. The unnatural economic situation makes it very difficult for farmers to make a profit from their actual labor without government subsidies (handcuffs) and with very limited buyers able to enter the market. I think we are not supposed to remember that not only does the “Federal Reserve” have no reserves, but the entire nation has no grain reserve any longer.
So, now that oil has crashed, it’s time for farm gate prices to crash. :)
August 25, 2015 6:00 pm
US farm incomes cut by half as low grain prices bite
Gregory Meyer in New York
An extended run of low grain prices will slash US farm incomes by more than half from their peak, the government said, deflating a surge in land values and pressuring fertiliser and equipment makers.
Net income on US farms will total $58.3bn this year, the lowest since 2002 when adjusted for inflation, and down nearly 53 per cent from a record high of $123.7bn in 2013,
the US Department of Agriculture said in a forecast updated on Tuesday.
The sharp decline shows how two years of mammoth harvests and easing biofuel mandates have ended what a University of Illinois expert called a “golden age in
agricultural incomes”, similar to previous ones in the 1910s and 1970s.
Now, farmers, their bankers and investors in land and food production are facing a period of retrenchment.
Land in the fertile Corn Belt region encompassing Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Ohio is down 0.3 per cent this year to $6,350 per acre, according to USDA. Farmers are negotiating lower rents
with reluctant landlords, but adjustments have been modest so far, said
needs corn above $4.10 and soyabeans above $10 to break even at expected crop yields, Prof Schnitkey said.
Livestock prices have also begun to reverse after hitting highs in 2014, pulling down incomes for pig and dairy farmers. CME October lean hogs were 0.66775 a pound on Tuesday, off 29 per cent from a year ago.
Farm expenses will decline by only 0.5 per cent, less than receipts, as rises in labour, interest, taxes and fees partly offset cheaper feed, fuel and fertiliser, the USDA said. The agency’s net income forecast was $15bn less than its previous one made in February.
Ken Wright, president of State Bank of Bement in central Illinois, said farmers were seeing tighter credit lines.
“Most of them were able to build up some cash reserves during the good years, but those reserves are being tapped,” said Mr Wright.
Last week Deere & Co, the equipment maker, forecast a 25 per cent drop in US and Canadian
agricultural sales in 2015. Its shares have fallen 4.8 per cent in the past year.
25 Aug 2015 Leave a comment
Some good news for a change! Germany and Scotland appear to be standing up to the biotech cartel in a very positive way.
Germany is taking steps to outlaw the cultivation of genetically modified crops in Europe’s biggest economy.
The Agriculture Ministry plans to officially request that producers of GMOs exclude Germany when applying to sell seeds in European Union, Christian Fronczak, a spokesman for the ministry, said Tuesday. Scotland took similar measures earlier this month.
“The German government is clear in that it seeks a nationwide cultivation ban,” Fronczak said by phone from Berlin. “There’s resistance from all sides, from the public to the farmers.”
Germany is taking advantage of new measures allowing countries to opt out of growing gene-modified crops. Switzerland’s Syngenta AG and U.S. rival Monsanto Co. have been among the strongest proponents of the seeds, which are mostly banned in the EU because of what some say are uncertain environmental and health effects. Monsanto maintains the products are safe.
The Agriculture Ministry has asked for the backing of state ministries in a letter sent in the past few days, Fronczak said. Germany gave state governments a deadline until Sept. 11 to reply. If it doesn’t hear any objections from the states, it will ask that companies exclude Germany from their applications to sell GMO seeds, Fronczak said.
There is one genetically modified crop, a variety of corn designed to be pest-resistant, already grown in the EU and eight pending applications for GMO seeds, according to an April statement from the European Commission.
20 Aug 2015 Leave a comment
There’s just no avoiding it. There is soooo much going around about this September and financial collapse, weird coincidences, and Yahweh’s Appointed Times, otherwise known as the Biblical Feast Days, that one would need to be in serious denial to not be at least peripherally aware of the concerns.
With no apologies, I am a follower of Yeshua, and His very name means Yah is salvation. So I do focus on the Appointed Times more than on the deceptions of Satan in mimicking Yah and imputing numerological significance to dates on the wrong calendar. I have espoused preparation and care for your neighbors and surroundings for ever. BUT, I am very, very, very leery of date setting and have a few words of caution for people that I need to share. So bear with me please, as I do think it is very important to keep some things in mind as we approach September.
First and foremost, while it definitely looks as though it is the Shemitah, the release, the Shabbat of the land, it doesn’t always happen on a definitive day. It can happen over time, and therefore not be as clear of an occurrence in our decidedly human minds. In other words, there can be a snowballing effect in action, and it will likely be traceable to a significant Scriptural appointed time, but it may not be evident to us while we are in the beginning stages.
Also, most people have no idea that there is a schism among those who do observe the Moedim, or Appointed Times. The Jews typically follow a projected calendar based upon astronomical calculations of the new moon. However, even the Encyclopedia Judaica shows that prior to the Hillel II calendar adoption, Hebrews used the sliver of the moon to begin the count of the months, which never exceed 30 days. The Karraite Jews still do this, and publish their sighting of the new moon in the current nation of Israel on their website. This causes a slight variance in observance of the High Sabbaths and Moedim amongst those who keep the Appointed Times.
The reason this is important information is because people will likely scoff when something happens a day or two before or after a projected event. Most people don’t even know there is any dissension among those who observe these Appointments, and when they come across the dissension, they can become very confused. We certainly have had a difficult time coming to a conclusion in our own home, so I thought it was worthwhile to let those who are interested know that there are issues with the agreed observance of the actual days.
On the Jewish calendar, they project Yom Teruah, or Rosh Hoshana/Feast of Trumpets to be September 13th. For those who are looking for the crescent moon, the projected date for being able to see the sliver of the moon is September 15th. Yes, the last day for Jade Helm 15. So the point is, we are close, but not exactly in agreement on the Appointed Times.
Hopefully, after letting everyone know that aside from Shavuot (Pentecost) and the regular weekly Sabbath, that there are some variances among the observant people, even, or more importantly, among many in the Hebraic Roots and Messianic groups, you will see that the Creator doesn’t work on our time frames. In Scripture, there are at least two times where Yahweh stopped or turned back the sun. So, as Yeshua said, “No man knows the day or the hour”, so “watch and pray”.
Now that is out of the way, I would like to invite you to read the following article by Michael Snyder. He has done a good job of succinctly encapsulating a lot of the events that are lined up for September of this year. I also want to encourage you to prepare as well as you can and to not be afraid, but be aware…and Be Well!
What is going to happen on September 23rd, 2015? For months, there has been an incredible amount of buzz on the Internet about the month of September, and in particular there has been a tremendous amount of speculation about the date of September 23rd. For a long time I didn’t pay much attention to all of this chatter, because I like to stick to things that I can prove. In law school, I was trained to be very analytical and to greatly value hard evidence. If you follow my articles regularly, you have probably noticed those traits reflected in my writing. Well, today I am going to discuss some things that I cannot prove. I am going to share with you some things that other people are reporting, and I humbly submit them for your consideration. Personally, I do not know what is going to happen on September 23rd, but I have come to the conclusion that there are just way too many “coincidences” to ignore. Ultimately, you need to do your own research and come to your own conclusions.
There are a couple of things about September 23 that we can say that we know for sure. First of all, Yom Kippur falls on that day. It is the most solemn of all of the holy days in the Bible, and it is commonly connected with the judgment of God.
Secondly, we know that Pope Francis will be arriving at the White House to meet with Barack Obama on September 23.
But both of those events are not that unusual. Yom Kippur happens every year, and U.S. presidents have met with popes quite often in the past.
So why is everyone getting so excited?
Well, when you couple the amazing confluence of events that we are going to witness in September 2015 with the unprecedented warnings and cryptic messages about the three day period of September 22nd to September 24th that seem to be popping up all over the place, it is enough to cause any rational person to stop and reflect on what might happen.
If you are not familiar with what I am talking about, I encourage you to watch the three YouTube videos that I have posted below.
I want to make it clear that I do not agree with everything in these videos.
Again, I do not agree with everything in these videos.
But all three of them do contain some incredible “coincidences” that I cannot explain away.
In this first video, we see that the numbers “9/23″ just keep occurring over and over again during recent global catastrophes…
In this next video, we see that the date of “9/23″ has been repeatedly embedded in popular movies and television shows…
Lastly, I want to share with you an extraordinary message by Jim Staley entitled “September 23rd, 2015 – The Convergence” in which he discusses all of the things that are going to happen on and around this date…
Did watching those three videos change your perspective on this?
I have to admit that they shook me up. And when you combine all of this information with dreams and visions that people have been having about September, it starts to become difficult to ignore this phenomenon.
Just yesterday, I was alerted to the following message that Dr. Patricia Green just recently released…
This is a message from the LORD given to Patricia Green on July 29, 2015.
“September 23rd is the day Obama makes a pact with the devil. It was not by chance that the Pope and Obama are meeting on the Day of Atonement. (September 23, 2015) They will make a pact that will seal the fate of the United States of America. My vengeance will be poured out from this point forward. (September 23rd) There is no turning back.
Tell My people to draw close to Me in these last days. Tell them to purify their hearts by the washing of the water of My Word. Tell them to ask My Spirit to expose any wickedness within themselves, so they can repent and be clean.
I am returning for My Bride without spot or wrinkle. I am coming for a pure Bride. Only those who are purified by My Spirit and My Word are My Bride. There will be no pretending when I return. Many will say, “LORD, LORD, did I not prophesy in Your Name, heal the sick, cast out demons, and bring people into Your kingdom?” And I will say to those who had impure hearts, “Get from Me, I never knew you.”
This is the time for self-reflection. If you judge yourself in this season and repent of your hidden sin, your sin will not be exposed to your shame.
Now is the time to purify your own hearts. Now is the time before My vengeance is poured out.”
Once again, I do not personally know what will happen on September 23rd.
If I did, I would tell you.
I am just reporting what others are saying. Use discernment and decide for yourself if there is anything to all of this.
But without a doubt, the month of September does appear to be extremely significant. In a recent article, I detailed some of the things that will be happening next month…
September 14th – Rosh Hashanah
September 15th – The Jade Helm military exercises are scheduled to end.
September 15th – The 70th session of the UN General Assembly begins on this date. It has been widely reported that France plans to introduce a resolution which will give formal UN Security Council recognition to a Palestinian state shortly after the new session begins. Up until now, the U.S. has always been the one blocking such a resolution, but Barack Obama has already indicated that things may be different this time around. If alarm bells are going off in your head as you read this, then you probably already understand how significant this event could potentially be.
September 20th to September 26th – The “World Week For Peace in Palestine Israel” sponsored by the World Council of Churches.
September 21st – The UN International Day Of Peace. Could this be the day when the UN Security Council resolution establishing a Palestinian state is actually adopted?
September 23rd – Yom Kippur
September 23rd – Pope Francis arrives at the White House to meet with Barack Obama. Some have suggested that the timing of this event is highly unusual…
Francis is the 266th pope who will be meeting with President Obama on the 266th day of the year, leading one Internet preacher to wonder if “something is being birthed” on that day, since 266 days is the typical human gestation period from conception to birth.
September 24th – The Pope addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
September 25th to September 27th – The United Nations is going to launch a brand new sustainable development agenda called “The 2030 Agenda“. The following is an excerpt from an article that I just wrote about this insidious new plan…
If you didn’t like “Agenda 21″, then you really are not going to like “The 2030 Agenda”. Next month, the United Nations is going to launch “The 2030 Agenda” at a major conference that will be held from September 25th to September 27th in New York City. The Pope is actually traveling to New York to deliver an address which will kick off this conference. Unlike Agenda 21, which primarily focused on the environment, the 2030 Agenda is truly a template for governing the entire planet. In addition to addressing climate change, it also sets ambitious goals for areas such as economics, health, energy, education, agriculture, gender equality and a whole host of other issues. As you will see below, this global initiative is being billed as a “new universal Agenda” for humanity. If you are anything like me, alarm bells are going off in your head right about now.
September 28th – This is the date when the Feast of Tabernacles begins. It is also the date for the last of the four blood moons that fall on Biblical festival dates during 2014 and 2015. This blood moon falls on the very first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, it will be a “supermoon”, and it will be clearly visible from the city of Jerusalem. There are many that dismiss the blood moon phenomenon, but we have seen similar patterns before. For example, a similar pattern of eclipses happened just before and just after the destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans in 70 AD.
I want to make it clear that I am not claiming that anything specific will happen on any particular date.
But I am not claiming that nothing will happen on any of these days either.
I do believe that September will be an extremely significant month, and without a doubt I do believe that we are currently living in the last days of normal life in America.
So what do you think is about to happen?
Please feel free to add to the discussion by posting a comment below…
12 Aug 2015 5 Comments
The following article is a pretty good illustration of why it is necessary to flatly legalize cannabis and let the State control what they are allowed to actually control…Commerce. You know. That’s where a third party is involved in an exchange of goods. An example would be if I were to sell my tomatoes to a health food store and then you were to buy them from that store. If Nevada’s law, which arguably is poorly written, didn’t have limits on home growers, people could simply help each other. Bureaucracies are horrible at getting help to people when they need it. The medical marijuana with heavy state run controls is more than frustrating for people who are in pain. I’ll be posting several articles about these problems to illustrate why Missourians need to support the 2016-013 Constitutional Amendment.
The article below reminds of the laws regarding cannabis in California in the early 1990’s. At that time, it was legal to have up to one ounce…But you couldn’t buy it, couldn’t grow it and couldn’t sell it. Apparently it was supposed to spontaneously generate in your pocket or purse.
For more than a year, Sheila Gerstenzang has carried the card in her wallet: “Medical Marijuana Patient.”
But she’s yet to purchase a single bit of marijuana.
After a year of frustration and more than $200 out of her pocket, she gave up and let her card expire in May.
Months of delays in opening the first legal Las Vegas-area dispensary have cost investors money and frustrated advocates. But the effect on patients has been the most cruel.
There are more than 9,300 active marijuana cardholders in Nevada, including almost 6,700 in Clark County. There also are an untold number like Gerstenzang who have given up, at least for now.
Nevada’s first dispensary opened July 31 in Sparks. But in Clark County, where nearly three-quarters of the state’s population lives, patients are still waiting.
Gerstenzang, who is in her 60s, has progressive scoliosis and spinal stenosis that cause nearly constant pain. She was first diagnosed at age 9.
About five years ago, with her pain getting worse and specialists unable to help, she did some research and read that marijuana could help her conditions. But she didn’t want to grow her own or use a drug that hadn’t been tested.
Last year, after reading about the coming legal dispensaries, she applied for and got her patient card.
And then she waited.
“It makes me very angry,” Gerstenzang said recently, sitting in the living room of her home in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas. “It makes me feel like we’re all being taken advantage of, we’re being bled for money.”
‘Nothing I can do’
Nearly everyone involved — including county and state officials — has said for months they want dispensaries open in Las Vegas. Yet it hasn’t happened.
Depending on who you ask, you can blame bureaucratic foot-dragging, business decisions, politics, a poorly written state law — or some combination thereof.
It’s been legal for cardholders to grow their own marijuana in Nevada since 2001. In both 1998 and 2000, voters easily approved legalizing it for medical use.
Two years ago, the Legislature voted to allow commercial growing and dispensaries. State Sen. Tick Segerblom, who sponsored that 2013 law, has been frustrated and surprised at how long it’s taken to get Clark County dispensaries open.
In their overly narrow interpretations of its gray areas, Segerblom said, some people seem to have lost sight of the law’s purpose.
“At the end of the day, you have sick people with medical cards who can’t buy this 15 years after the voters of the state approved it,” said Segerblom, D-Las Vegas.
The latest controversy is over one shop’s business plan. Euphoria Wellness, the only dispensary in the county that’s gotten its final state registration, planned to open in March selling marijuana it bought from home growers. That’s allowed under state law.
But the county balked at Euphoria’s plan to buy pounds of marijuana from each grower, citing a separate clause in the law that says a patient can only possess 2Â½ ounces of “usable marijuana” at a time.
By definition, that means it would be illegal for anyone to sell more than 2Â½ ounces to a dispensary, the county argues.
Segerblom said that was never the intent of the law, since such a small amount would make the marijuana prohibitively expensive to buy and test. Part of the dispute centers on the definition of the word “usable.”
So the delay has dragged on. Euphoria still isn’t open, and its temporary county business license expired July 30. The dispensary recently threatened to take the county to court, but said it hopes to avoid that.
County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said businesses bear blame for the delays, too. He pointed to growers who have long had clearance, but have not started operations.
“There’s a certain amount that the government can control, but we can’t control the economics of it,” Sisolak said.
He said he’s gotten calls from frustrated patients, some of whom tell him they’ve spent $800 or more — for nothing.
“I sympathize … but there’s nothing I can do,” Sisolak said.
‘It’s getting worse’
Some days are better than others. But when asked to describe her pain, Gerstenzang put it this way: “It’s every day; it’s 24 hours a day.”
She can’t sleep comfortably in any position and can’t turn over in bed. She can’t even do the most mundane of tasks, something no one misses until you can’t do it: “I would like to be able to clean my toilet,” she said.
The pain is mostly on her right side, but sometimes spreads to her upper back, too. She can only walk for about a block before it kicks in.
“It’s awful. It’s getting worse,” said her husband of 12 years, Herb. “We can’t have a normal relationship.”
The Gerstenzangs love to travel, but it can be torture. On a trip to Europe, Sheila coped by walking while leaning on a doggie stroller.
A Spanish teacher in New York, she retired on disability in 2002 after becoming unable to even bend over a desk to help a student. Not long after that, the couple moved to Nevada.
Five years ago, when the pain was getting worse, she went to see pain management specialists and an orthopedist. She had an epidural. Nothing helped.
Someone recommended an opiate pump, but she worried about infection.
After reading up on marijuana, she decided she wanted to try a strain low in THC, the main mind-altering substance in marijuana.
“Well, I’m a child of the ’70s, and I did not want to get high any more,” Gerstenzang said.
She called some “delivery” services that advertise online — which are illegal — but none could tell her about the THC content of their marijuana because it hadn’t been tested.
While driving, the Gerstenzangs stopped in Colorado, but a dispensary there couldn’t tell her the THC content of its product, either.
A friend once gave Sheila a little bit of “stuff in honey,” as she put it — a marijuana-infused product. She said she took only a tiny bite, which made her feel “very weird” and did nothing for pain.
The Gerstenzangs are glad marijuana sold in Nevada will be tested. Herb, a pharmacist who worked in drug approval for the Food and Drug Administration, said he wouldn’t want his wife taking an untested drug.
So for now, they wait. With no dispensary open, Sheila sees no point paying more money to her doctor, the state and the Department of Motor Vehicles, which issues the driver’s license-like patient cards.
State officials said they don’t track why people decide not to renew the cards, and they couldn’t say last week how many had made that decision this year.
Once a local dispensary opens, Gerstenzang said, she’ll see if it has a low-THC product, then consider applying for a card again.
“Of course, we have no idea whether it will help me,” she said. “But I’d like to be able to find out.”