Sunday, August 26, 2018

Patient Advocacy Network Call To Action - Protect Prop 215 - Reform 64

Flyers to download, print, cut and distribute - Let's get the word out!

Patient Advocacy Network is calling on all medical cannabis patients and providers to help Reform Prop 64.  Please print out the above flyer and distribute and/or share on all your social media platforms.  
It's time to Take Action and join the Team to Protect Prop 215.
* The taxes on medical cannabis are too high.
*  Boutique providers are being pinched out
*  No licensing for those that want to be not for profit Compassion Centers
*  Giving medical cannabis away for free is illegal
*  Collectives & Cooperatives will be no more come January

These harmful provisions violate the spirit of the Compassionate Use Act. Together we can change these laws.
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We have a lot of work to do in the California legislature to protect patients' safe, affordable access to medical cannabis, and to ensure that we don’t lose our boutique shops – the providers that have been around for well over a decade and have weathered the DEA raids and the fight for local regulations, the true pioneers and risk-takers are the ones hurting due to over regulation.  The patients are being pushed out of their favorite shops because of excessive taxation.  
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Compassion Flower Report - Episode 2 & Medical Cannabis News Digest

See Episode 2 here:

Visit the YouTube link above the watch the full episode of Compassion Flower Report.  Below is a recent Medical Cannabis News Digest - headlines of interest to patients and providers.  Patient Advocacy Network has sent these digests out as an email in the past, but will now post these news stories here on Cannabis Patient Voice.  

Please be advised that links may expire overtime.  However, the story title may help you find  it in its archive.

Follow PAN on twitter @PAN4Compassion for regular updates.


Medical Cannabis News Around California

California family fights school to allow daughter's medical marijuana

Rejected La Mesa Marijuana Dispensary Owner Takes Issue to 

Los Angeles moves to license pot growers after long delay  

San Rafael picks 16 medical cannabis licensees

California Marijuana Products Delayed by Backlogs in Testing Labs

Proposed California bill would allow medical marijuana use at school

Santa Rosa girl who takes medical cannabis to treat seizures attends her first day of kindergarten

Judge blocks SLO County from ripping marijuana plants off California Valley farm — for now

California Cannabis Tax Hits All-Time High, Still Falls Short Of Expectation

Medical Cannabis News Around the U.S.

V.A. Shuns Medical Marijuana, Leaving Vets to Improvise

One Simple Change To The Tax Code And The Price Of Medical Marijuana Will Drop

Arizona - Regulators investigating AZ medical marijuana grow after chemical spill

Future of 2 Arkansas medical marijuana growing facilities hinges on school definition

Colorado medical marijuana doctors policed by secret state policy, suppressed lawsuit alleges

Colorado Medical Marijuana Sales Take A Nosedive. Is The End Nigh?

Florida - State medical marijuana director Christian Bax resigns

Florida - Bill would protect veterans, federal workers who use medical cannabis

Georgia might allow medical marijuana growing and dispensing

First Hawaii Island Medical Cannabis Licensee Given The Go Ahead

Illinois - Rauner signs bill to allow medical marijuana in schools

Indiana lawmaker's medical marijuana push to take him to Mile High City

Indiana - 'Our goal is to save lives.' Medical marijuana advocates hold town hall

Several Hoosier vets, lawmakers meet at medical marijuana forum

Medical marijuana wait: Regulatory hurdle for Louisiana crop

Maryland medical marijuana users demand action after repeated computer crashes at dispensaries

More Maryland medical marijuana firms approved as industry continues to grow

Michigan approves medical marijuana testing labs

Three Medical Marijuana Measures Qualify For Missouri Ballot

Lawsuit seeks to snuff out two of three medical marijuana questions on Missouri ballot

800 turn out for New Jersey medical marijuana application conference

North Dakota patients may have to wait until 2019 for medical marijuana

North Dakota receives 19 medical marijuana dispensary applications

Ohio regulators award 7 licenses to medical marijuana processors

Ohio officials say no way it can meet September medical marijuana program deadline

Oklahoma medical marijuana won’t be available for months

Oklahoma - The only draft of full legislation for medical marijuana removes THC limits, allows smokables. What else would it do?

How legal cannabis actually made things worse for sick people in Oregon

Pennsylvania - Medical Marijuana Patients Anxious As They Navigate New System

Dry leaf medical marijuana available to Pennsylvanians next week

Rhode Island dispensaries begin selling to out-of-state customers

International Medical Cannabis News

Medical Cannabis Reform in Britain: Five Things You Need to Know

Doctors want medical pot phased out after legalization: Canadian Medical Association

Medical Cannabis – New Developments in Germany, the EU and Canada

Australian Medical Marijuana Patients Can’t Get Any Cannabis

Already 91 per cent of Aussies support medicinal cannabis and over the counter purchases may soon become a reality

Germany Moves to Make Cannabis Available for Medical use in Pharmacies

Israeli firms team up to create kits for growing medical cannabis at home

Italy’s Health Minister Promises Medical Marijuana Expansion, With Sales In Pharmacies

Lebanon weighs medical cannabis laws as Israel drags feet

Medical cannabis market rallies in New Zealand ahead of move to allow patient access

An exclusive look inside the UK’s legal medical cannabis farm

Friday, August 24, 2018

A Brief History Of Compassionate Care

California, the first state to pass a medical marijuana law, by a vote of the people, largely in response to the AIDS crisis.  People were literally dying in the streets of San Francisco, mostly due to starvation or dehydration.  These people could not hold down food or water due to their medications and wasted away, perished.

A group of advocates in SF decided that maybe smoking out these AIDS patients and feeding them soup could help save lives.  It worked.  AIDS patients would smoke, get hungry, eat, hold down their food and meds. Cannabis was saving lives and giving people more livable lives.  Many of these patients eventually passed away,  but it was not due to starvation or dehydration on the streets – but with dignity and a support network.  

A group of marijuana activists and patient advocates did not want to see these brave providers go to jail for giving away cannabis.  So, the Compassionate Use Act was born AKA Prop. 215:

The Compassionate Use Act of 1996

The people of the State of California hereby find and declare that the purposes of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 are as follows:

To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the persons health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief. 

To ensure that patients and their primary caregivers who obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction. 

To encourage the federal and state  governments to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana. 


The law passed in 1996 and is the foundation of a medical cannabis model where compassionate people were giving marijuana away for free to those that needed it most, not only in  San Francisco, but WAMM in Santa Cruz and the work of Brownie Mary are other examples of Compassionate Care.  These providers were not in it for money.  They wanted sick people to have more livable lives, and to pass with dignity and little suffering.  This is the spirit of medical cannabis and compassion.  

With this movement also came the first dispensaries.  Not all patients are gravely ill. Many are productive, have jobs, and are receiving relief from their conditions from medical marijuana. Still many dispensaries were giving cannabis away to their neediest patients, veterans, and those on disability, and have been doing so up until recently.

Prop 64 made it illegal to give cannabis away.  This year elected officials saw the harm in this and introduced SB 829 – to allow for a Compassionate Care license – which is supposed to diminish the fees and taxes on cannabis intended for ‘non-commercial purposes.’  

The problem with this bill is it that a business operator can ONLY acquire a Compassionate Care license if they have an M license.  Certainly those with M licenses should have the option of providing a Compassionate Care program.  However, those that want to be purely a Compassionate Care business should not have to acquire an M license.  

Here’s why: An authentic Compassionate Care entity runs as a not for profit social service agency, and has no retail sales making the need for any retail cannabis license unnecessary.  It is costly to get and maintain an M license, especially for a not for profit Compassionate Care provider.    

Those that want to operate solely as a not for profit Compassionate Care business should have the option to do so without being required to have other costly licenses they won’t use – just so the state can get more revenue.

This is one of many provisions that needs to be changed in Prop 64, and it should never, ever, ever be illegal to give medical cannabis away for free.  

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Getting To Know Patient Advocacy Network

Patient Advocacy Network has made a number of new friends recently that have questions about our work and in what direction we want to go.  Despite our long history in the medical cannabis movement, we know that there are many that are not familiar with our work.  We are excited to be engaging new friends.

PAN has relaunched the Compassion Flower Report as a show on Youtube.  President Degé Coutee did the Compassion Flower Report as a segment on the Hollywood Hemptress Hour with Tere Joyce, an online live radio show and podcast, until that show ended.  

In the inaugural episode of the relaunched show Degé talks about the history of the organization, the state of medical cannabis now and next steps.  The show will be posted by or before 4:20 p.m. PST on Fridays each week.

Compassion Flower Report - Inaugural Episode

Some of PAN's new friends have asked for a flyer they can circulate among their colleagues.  We ask that you please share this flyer with your social networks.  There is a tremendous amount of work to be done to reform these detrimental policies. The more outreach and support helps us be more effective and move swiftly.  

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Patients, Advocates And Providers Partner To Reform 64 For Fair, Affordable Regulations

Dear Colleague in Compassion,

I need your help to ensure that medical cannabis patients and providers have a voice in Sacramento. Over-taxation has made patient access to medical cannabis unaffordable for many.  Business operators report unworkable, burdensome, and expensive rules.  As a result of these issues there is a significant drop in the projected revenue California expected from the licensed cannabis industry.

Better regulations are needed now.  We cannot hesitate to take action.  Together, we can improve regulations, and protect patients and providers from excessive taxation and other barriers.  

Patient Advocacy Network is prepared to coordinate this effort, a collaboration of constituents and stakeholders engaging the legislature for fair regulations.  Please become a monthly sponsor now so PAN can get started immediately.

You will be invited to attend statewide task force meetings via conference call.  

You will receive informational and educational flyers to share with patients and caregivers.

Your contribution helps sponsor free letter writing workshops and other pertinent patient trainings.  

Your contribution will help sponsor patients’ travel to Sacramento to meet with legislative officials and deliver their letters.  We will also delivery letters on behalf of patients that are unable to travel. 

You will receive action alerts and be informed of any upcoming legislative hearings.

You will receive regular updates on the progress of the campaign.  

This effort takes diligence, consistency and commitment.  PAN is ready to start right now.  Your monthly donation ensures we move swiftly and consistently until we achieve our goal of fair regulations, and reasonable taxation for medical cannabis providers and patients.  

Donations are always tax-deductible and monthly contribution set-up is easy when you make your donation at Cannabis Patient Voice

Please choose a monthly sponsorship level that is best.

Medical Cannabis Provider Sponsorships
$100.00/mo. --  $150.00/mo.  --  $250.00/mo. -- Other

Patient Sponsorships
$5.00/mo. --  $10.00/mo.  --  $15.00/mo. 

Friends of PAN
$25.00/mo. --  $50.00/mo.  

Other payment methods and in-kind donations also accepted. A tax-deductible receipt will be provided.  PAN is a charitable 501(c)(3).  

If you have ANY questions, please contact me directly at (323) 334-5282.  I look forward to working with you.

Thank you for your support!


Degé Coutee
President, Patient Advocacy Network

Patient Coach From SoCal

California Capitol 

Sunday, August 05, 2018

In Loving Memory of Sylvester Ferley Shaw aka Sput

Sput at home living life on his terms

In Loving Memory of Sylvester Ferley Shaw aka Sput
August 20, 1957  -  July 27, 2018

Sput was born with arthrogryposis, a genetic disease that affects the joints. His legs and arms were very under-developed and Sput lived his entire life in a wheel chair.  Medical cannabis was important to his well being.

Eventually, complications with his disease rendered him a quadriplegic.  Sput however, lived much longer than most with his disease and was able to live life on his own terms thanks to the loving care of his best friend and live-in caregiver Soquel.

Sput with his caregiver Soquel

Sput passed unexpectedly, yet peacefully in his sleep on July 27, 2018.  He lived two doors down from PAN’s LA office. All of Sput’s end-of-life wishes are being carried out by Soquel and she needs our support.  

PAN has set-up a Memorial Fund to assist with his memorial service and the other expenses of his passing.  Our goal is to give Sput a worthy send-off and help Soquel take care of Sput’s loose ends.  Funds have already been raised to cover his cremation – Many thanks to those that have already contributed.

Sput -  Mr. Charming

Sput was dynamic, very charming and beloved by his friends.  He appreciated porn, whiskey, weed and The Blues.  He also loved gourmet food.  He enjoyed camping with friends at the annual Top Of The World Party on the Angeles Crest.  Needless to say, partying with Sput was always a good time.

Degé rolls a joint for Sput's 6oth Birthday Bash

PAN has set-up a donation button on our blog specifically for Sput’s memorial to be held on Saturday, August 25th; Hollywood location to be announced. All donations are tax-deductible, a receipt will be provided.  A contribution of any amount is greatly appreciated.  

In-kind contributions are also accepted.  Please contact PAN if you have any questions or if you wish to attend his memorial service. 

Rest in Paradise, Sput.  We miss you and love you dearly.