Written by Caitlin Bowling
Wakefield has short dark hair, pink fingernails and silver heart-shaped earrings. Wearing a printed shirt and sweater, the Cherokee resident is dressed as if she was going to a nice restaurant with a friend or just coming from church.
Despite her clean-cut appearance, Wakefield is a vocal leader for, what some may find, a surprising cause — medical marijuana.
Wakefield’s mother died from cancer a year ago, and the life-changing event has made her very open and passionate about allowing people suffering from chronic illnesses to use cannabis as a form of treatment.
“If I had known then what I know now … (my mother) would have had some to smoke everyday,” said Wakefield, a member of the North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network, a nonprofit with the end goal of passing a medical marijuana bill. Medical cannabis is legal in 16 states and in Washington, D.C. Another 17 states have seen bills introduced.
The N.C. Cannabis Patients Network has about 700 members, most of whom range from age 30 to 60 and beyond, Wakefield said. Members are also allowed to remain anonymous.
“We are just wanting to be able to grow our own medicine,” she said. “We are trying to get our rights back.”
There is currently a bill in a N.C. House of Representatives committee, which NCCPN hopes will be voted on either during the upcoming short legislative session in April or when the newly elected General Assembly leaders meet next year.
House Bill 577, a.k.a. the Medical Cannabis Act, would allow people with debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis (to name a few), to receive prescriptions for medical marijuana from their doctors. Studies have shown that cannabis can increase one’s appetite and offer pain relief.
The state would also profit from the legalization of medical marijuana. Within four years, the state would realize about $250 million in revenue from the production and sale of cannabis each year, according to the bill.
However, Wakefield understands that the organization is in for a tough fight in this Bible Belt state, especially since some are hesitant to sign their name in support of such a controversial bill. When asked what the biggest obstacle to the bill’s passage was, Wakefield immediately spouted the Republicans.
“They tend to be a lot more conservative than Democrats,” she said.
But even when the General Assembly was under a Democratic majority in previous years, similar efforts went nowhere.
While marijuana carries a stigma for its use as a recreational drug, allowing medical marijuana is not tantamount to opening the floodgates of illegal use, supporters claim. Many synthetic pharmaceutical drugs are abused in street settings but are still legal for their perceived medical benefits.
One Democratic state representative from Buncombe County has already put her support behind the Medical Cannabis Act.
Patsy Keever, who is serving her second term of office in the N.C. House of Representatives, said her husband suffered for three years before he died of cancer, and his pain medication was in pill form.
“He couldn’t swallow,” she said.
If medical marijuana was available, her husband could have inhaled it in a vapor form, Keever said.
“Medical marijuana has been proven to treat the pain,” Keever said. “Anything that will just help somebody in pain and not harm them or anybody else seems like a no brainer to me.”
The bill being considered in North Carolina is much stricter than the one in California, Wakefield said.
In California, it is widely claimed that anyone can get a medical marijuana prescription by simply walking into a doctor’s office and saying you have a problem. In North Carolina, patients looking for a prescription would have to have a relationship with their physician, which includes a full medical assessment and the doctor’s willingness to provide follow-up care to determine the efficacy of the drug.
People who wish to grow or sell marijuana or marijuana-infused products, such as cookies or butter, will be required to pay a $5,000 licensing fee each year. That amount could increase to $10,000, pending possible amendments to the bill, Wakefield said.
The North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network will hold a meeting at 2 p.m. on March 10 at Tribal Grounds Coffee Shop in Cherokee. Discussions will revolve around allowing the use of medical marijuana in North Carolina and educating people about the benefits of prescription cannabis. The meeting is open to the public.
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PAUL: … next year the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve by repealing the Federal Reserve Act. (APPLAUSE)
AUDIENCE: End the Fed! End the Fed! End the Fed! End the Fed! End the Fed! End the Fed! End the Fed!
PAUL: But a lot has happened in the last four years. These problems have been going on for a long time. It’d be nice if we could blame one person or one administration, but it’s been going on a long time, so — so many young people here, I think you’re realizing you’re getting a bad rap for what you’re inheriting. You’d like a much better deal. And the deal — the better deal can be found in less government and only sending people to Washington who have actually read the Constitution and will obey the Constitution and take their oath of office seriously…
… which would be — which would do so many wonderful things for us. Take, for instance, if you’re tired of the wars — I hope you’re sick and tired of the wars that we’re involved in…
… what if we had the return to the Constitution. The founders made sure in the document in the Constitution that the wars would only occur not by the executive branch, but only by the people, through their representatives in Congress. That’s the way all wars should be declared. If necessary, they should be declared, won, and get them over with, and come home. That’s the way it was supposed to be done.
But since — since World War II, we have gone to war without a declaration. And for that reason, we essentially have not won one of those wars. It has added a lot of tragedy.
PAUL: Just in these past 10 years, these wars that we’re fighting in the Middle East, over 8,500 Americans have died, 44,000 have come back with serious injuries — and amputations and all kinds of problems — hundreds of thousands looking for help because of post- traumatic stress syndrome, at the same time, economically it’s been very damaging. It has added $4 trillion to our national debt. That is what you’re inheriting. This is the reason why it is so important, if you’re talking about peace and prosperity, you have to change the Constitution and have a lot less war and make a lot more sincere effort to promote the cause of peace.
But this has been going on for a long time, and both administrations have been doing this, and this is the reason that the message of liberty actually brings people together, because individuals see that the parties aren’t doing a very good job. You elect one party to cut the spending; they raise the debt and the spending, as well. Another party is supposed to do the job; they go in and nothing changes.
So if you look at the candidates today, there is very little difference, except for one.
The rest — the rest of the candidates support the status quo. Foreign policies never change. Monetary policy doesn’t change. There’s no challenge to the Federal Reserve system. And most of all, there’s no — no desire to protect personal liberty, personal privacy, protect us from the intrusiveness of the federal government, to protect your right to use — to use the Internet.
These are the kinds of things that are so important to so many people. And, unfortunately, that is not offered. I believe it is the offering up of a program that — that emphasizes personal liberty, the Constitution, sound monetary policy, and a sensible foreign policy is the reason the momentum is building and the reason why we’re getting such a great reception here in North Dakota.
By Kenneth W. Smith Jr. | 10:21 PM ET, 03/06/2012
I’m writing you this letter today to give you some very unfortunate news! I am dying from Radiation Necrosis. (Cell Death) Patient’s who get radiation necrosis, do not survive, and there’s very little research. There is no treatment except to attempt to control my major brain seizures. Therefore, doctors at UCSF Medical Center -Department of Neurological Surgery and Neuro-oncology Clinic are keeping a very close eye on my condition. My new doctor is building a educated group of brain surgeons and neurologists on the team. Last year USCF Brain Tumor Center was ranked 1 of the top 5 brain center in the USA.
I am sure you are in shock, you are not sure how to respond, maybe afraid to be near someone you know who’s dying but please try to be here for me… I really need your support and your help.
Now I have brain MRI’s every 2 months. My body has already begun it’s decent! Doctors are still not quite sure of my timeline yet but suggested preparing for end-of-life. It may take a couple months to determine the rate of growth.
I am in tremendous pain every single second! I have already lost a lot of brain functions, motor function, balance, memory, and coordination just to list a few. To make matters worse I am having serious and major seizures. Some seizures have lasted up to 20 minutes and have stopped my breathing. December 2011-present I have been rushed to ER several times because of these seizures. Right now, doctors would like to brain surgery again, however, due to my past brain surgery complications it’s to harmful to do the same surgery they preform on other patients. Therefore, my doctors are in the process of attempting to control them using seizure mediations. Please continue to read more about my medical condition…
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WHAT IS RADIATION NECROSIS?
Radiation Necrosis, a focal structure lesion that usually a curse at the original tumor site, it a potential long term Central Nervous System (CNS) complication of radiosurgery or radiosurgery. Edema and the presence of the tumor render the CNS parenchyma in the tumor bed more susceptible to radiation necrosis. Radiation necrosis can occur when radiotherapy is used to treat primary CNS tumors, webcast the disease or head and neck malignancies. It can occur secondary to any form of radiotherapy modality or regimen.
WHAT’S THE PROGNOSIS OF RADIATION NECROSIS?
Prognosis is related to the natural history of underlying tumor and the idiosyncratic nature of radiation necrosis. Some lesions may show no Internet the while others require multiple resections to relieve disability. While long-term survival is uncommon, prolonged survival in the context of radiation necrosis has been described. The next big real question is how does that relate to me? Well, I am dying…
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It’s hard to believe after all these years of fighting to stay as healthy as possible my life is coming to a graceful, painful, end… I have create and made history. I have been to the US Supreme Court in two cases and in 2012 my third. I sued John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales for the right to posses, use, and cultivate medical cannabis in a federal case that made history upon it’s filing and again when we one in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This case may have had the appearance of being only about medical cannabis, but in fact, the case won and went to the US Supreme Court using the Commerce Clause. What does this have to do with Obama Care? The “mandate & tax” is commerce. Therefore, it’s my Gonzales v. Raich case both side are using as their legal arguments heading to the US Supreme Court again now.
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Whenever I am rushed to ER by ambulance they take me to either Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley or Summit Hospital in Oakland.
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Memorial Day Weekend 1997 Featuring speeches from Gatewood Galbraith, (The Last Free Man In America), Jack Herer (Godfather of The Hemp Movement), Chris Conrad, (Hemp Guru), & Elvy Musikka, (Federal Medical Marijuana Patient & advocate)& Master of Ceremonies Derrik DeCrane. Music by Teddy Woodward & The Hemptations. Rainbow Farm was located in Vandalia, Michigan & was a cannabis friendly community. They had great concerts & speakers. The government came in later & killed the owners & stole the farm from the legal birth right of the son, Robert 1 week before 9-11 (September 3rd & 4th,2001). Tom Crosslin & Rollie Rolhm were the owners & each one of them were systematically gunned down & tortured after being out numbered 300 to 1. In order to stop a memorial day concert, that was to start a signature campaign to legalize cannabis in the state of Michigan. God Bless Robert & keep him safe. Our Government in the name of,” The Drug War”, is committing crimes against citizens of this country on a daily basis. We must never forget those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom. We must hold those accountable who did this. Zero Tolerance makes zero sense.
* Terrible tragedies like Rainbowfarm story have been happening on a regular basis every since it happened. It’s not the Rainbowfarm way to preach a negative message.We are peace loving individuals who want you to know that the only way we can stop these injustices to carry on in the name of the drug war, we must come together on this topic & not be divided by issues like race, sexual preference, or religion. We must vote for the change we want for our country. Tom & Rollie loved America & flew the flag everyday because they were RED, White, & Blue, Proud American Tax payers.
Why I Do What I Do…
I can never remember the details. The “detail” section of my brain just does not work very well. I’ve had Major Depression, and Chronic Anxiety as well. I also, among other things, have had a “Cerebellar Vascular Accident (CVA) which is about the same as a ruptured aneurysm/stroke in 1998.
It does not matter though, because I can remember where to find the information that I need, when I need it!
At the same time, the philosophical portion of my brain tends to work overtime. I spend most of my waking day on the internet, scanning for more and more information for which I know I may not remember the details of…
…but I will always know where to go to find that information when I need it!
I do this by scanning the internet for anything and everything from Cannabis issues, political, social, economics, healthcare and the conspiracies thereof, and then back to the daily news and beyond.
I never had the opportunity to go to college, and I received my education in “Little’s” such as our former President Abraham Lincoln, who, incidentally, was also from Kentucky.
I read, and read and read some more and then ask “why?” or “why not?”, and then I search for more.
I believe as George Carlin did when he said that “children should be taught to question”. Question everything. Nothing should be taken for granted nor at face value.
In the 1990’s my Father and I were discussing Hemp one day and he advised me that I should seek out Gatewood Galbraith and go see him. That, “He knew all about it”. At that time I was busy raising kids and working and taking care of Mom and Dad on the weekends. I did not even have a computer!
I began about 2003 searching out marijuana information on the internet.
My Dad had died in 2001 and three months prior to that had called me one day and asked me if I could find him “a little pot”. As I was then ignorant of any kind of medicinal use of Marijuana, and he had COPD and Heart Disease. My only answer to him would be, “I’d love to Dad, but I’m afraid if you tried to smoke it at this point it could kill you.” His lung capacity was near zero.
At that time we knew nothing of the “healing oil”. So in 2003 I was browsing one day and it came to my mind to search for “medical marijuana”.
The rest is history. Once I found how to access the information nothing was gonna stop me from trying to spread the message – through as many sites as I could possibly access. It suffices to say that in the last seven years or more I have learned a lot. The whole world has learned a lot.
I have been through many changes in my life and am thankful for most of them.
My only hope is that the Earth has a chance to recover itself before it is too late.
Much of that depends upon how we choose to “FREE” this God given gift of Cannabis, and what is done with it once it is.
I have seen so many abuses against humanity in general that I cannot ignore it. So therefore, I not only am an activist for anti-prohibition, but I have very strong feelings concerning other issues as well.
Mountain Top removal, strip mining, coal ash and the illness and death as a result of it. Human trafficking and the death penalty issue, prisoners rights and issues, including the “DRUG WAR” Prisoners as well. Then there are Civil Rights, Human Rights, the Bill of Rights, Constitutional Rights, Religious Rights and the list could go on forever.
I never thought that I would be qualified to be a politician, nor a lawyer, nor did I ever think that I would want to be, mainly because I do not want to be put into a position where I can no longer say what I feel is right, but must succumb to the “for the greater good of the people” clause which they use in order to be able to lie to us with a straight face.
And since there are so many differing opinions within any given movement of Activists, I feel it is necessary to have citizen reporters and/or journalists. That is where I felt that I would fit in, as I could bring the news of all of the important issues which affect our lives straight to the web. I have an occasional opinions on a given subject, but basically I want to give you the information that you need in order to make up your own minds about what you think is right.
After all, It’s not about what I as a single being wish to have happen. It is about a Democracy which believes in the right of the people to decide for themselves who they want in office and how these laws are carried out. In the end, it is only YOU that can help save our Earth and bring it to peace by petition, voting rights, etc., After all, as Gatewood once said: There are only two ways to win a war. One is politically and the other to take it to the streets. I damn sure hope the streets isn’t where we end up.
Peace and Prayer to You All!