Piece of My Mind


By Little Sweetwater

I am a professional in the medical field. I make $32 an hour, and I am 63 years-old. The state where I live – Wyoming — still believes marijuana should remain illegal, is bad for you, will make you insane, good-for-nothing, and anyone who uses it should go to jail.

Most people around here have not seen the little girl with epilepsy, with constant fits, fighting for her life. They have not seen that same little girl now almost seizure-free because of medical marijuana.

Weed has changed her life, as well as everyone around her! I find it wonderful that she doesn’t have to take two handfuls of pills anymore, the manmade chemical compounds which have numerous side effects and contraindications.

I find it amazing that people are so willing to condemn the parents for giving their child cannabis. Would they feel the same if it were their own son or daughter going through hell? Personally, I opt for a natural substance with proven qualities; it’s too bad they can’t experience the difference. I did.

Two years ago, I had breast cancer — surgery, chemo, radiation, the whole 9 yards. Me, and more than a million other men and women. My pain was pretty well controlled with Advil, or in my case an Advil clone that I chose for the price.

My nausea — Oh Boy! You don’t know puking! We started with Compazine, oh no–we won’t even discuss that med. Zofran, ok, that was my friend, when it worked. I am not a good pill-taker, and sometimes I would gag on the pill I was trying to swallow for my nausea.

So, I decided it was easier to throw up a few time a day than swallow that pill. Besides, I like to have a drink in the evenings, since I don’t have marijuana access, and I didn’t want the side effects of the medicine on my liver and kidneys.

Chemo was bad enough. Before one of my 4 hour oncology visits, I saw an “older” woman, (ha, my age), smoking a pipe. I went over and asked her if I could “visit”.

She let me in her car and for the next 15 minutes before our IV session, she told me about the effects of weed on nausea and how it has helped her. She gave me a small amount and a pipe to try when I got home. I was very nervous about it, because of my job.

Always, without fail, I would have to pull over and puke 45 minutes into my 1 1/2 hour trip, and again within a few hours of being home. That day was the same. When I got home, I put a hit in the pipe to get it ready when the nausea butterflies struck.

Marijuana works for nausea! I know that it works, because I did the experiment myself

Marijuana works for nausea! I know that it works, because I did the experiment myself

The wait was only 3 hours. After I took the hit of weed, I just waited for the puking to begin. After a couple of minutes, I knew it wasn’t going to. Wow, nice! I had no more nausea for the next 7 hours.

Weed was my recourse for the next 3 days to control my vomiting. I no longer had dry heaves before breakfast for 3 days! It really messed with my diet plan, since it stopped my after breakfast puking. I did lose 15 pounds from puking, though…

We both finished chemo and radiation, but we didn’t keep in touch. I still have episodes of nausea, and wish I could have some marijuana when I need to control it. I sincerely hope in my lifetime that our state will allow the legalization of marijuana.

Marijuana works for nausea! I know that it works, because I did the experiment myself.

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Festive Crowd Gathers To Celebrate 10th Anniversary Of Olympia Hempfest


WASHINGTON: Mellow was the mood as the dedicated followers of cannabis converged onto Heritage Park — a modest chunk of field in the shadows of the gilded dome of the Washington State Capital building — for the first day of the 10th Anniversary of  Olympia Hempfest.

There will be many cannabis celebrations happening this summer, but it is important to remember that Olympia Hempfest was the first such event when it debuted a decade ago.  These days, however, Olympia Hempfest is overshadowed by Seattle Hempfest — an hour north and three weeks away. While the Seattle festival expects to attract upwards of 100,000 attendees, a mere 2,500 will stop by Heritage Park this weekend.

For many of the Washington-based vendors and exhibitors, today and tomorrow serve as a dress rehearsal for “the largest hemp festival in the country” next month.

booth at Olympia Hempest

booth at Olympia Hempest

Real Legalization was circulating a petition in support of home growing, sharing and amnesty

Real Legalization was circulating a petition in support of home growing, sharing and amnesty

Still, there was plenty to see, eat and do. A giant stage offered speakers and live music, though the posted schedule was more suggestion than strictly adhered agenda. Many in attendance spread out blankets on the lawn to enjoy the weather, or strolled along the bench-lined waterfront path.

Hundreds in tee-shirts, shorts and bandanas browsed the dozens of exhibitor booths that ringed the waterfront park.  Beneath green leaf-emblazoned banners and neat tables of  symmetrically laid-out marijuana-related merchandise, grizzled vendors stood next to pierced-and-tattooed Kush Girls hawking their wares.

And while every manner of pipe,  bong and beautifully-crafted glassware items were on display and for sale — you could not buy the herb itself at Olympia Hempfest.  The voters of Washington State may have overwhelmingly passed a law legalizing recreational marijuana in November, 2012, but the Washington State Liquor Control Board won’t release final regulations until next month, and weed won’t be available in stores until sometime in 2014.

So instead, local political activists like Keith Henson, Director of the Pierce County chapter of NORML and Jared Allaway for Initiative 584, circulated petitions, recruited volunteers and solicited donations for the next phase of reform.

Real Legalization booth

Real Legalization booth

Libertarians call for Jury Nullification in Marijuana trials

Libertarians call for Jury Nullification in Marijuana trials

Vendor Olympia Hempfest

Vendor Olympia Hempfest

Kush Girls and Booth Babes shared the venue with veteran activists from NORML, and the Libertarian Party.

Kush Girls and Booth Babes shared the venue with veteran activists from NORML, and the Libertarian Party.

Bongs, pipes and all manner of glassware was available at Olympia Hempfest

Entertainment included performances by The Herbivores, Troupe O WA belly dancers, Unhailoed, Corson Swift, C*F*A (Cody Foster Army).

Scheduled speakers included Jodie Emery, John Davis, Cat Jeter, Steve Phun, Jared Allaway, Kitty Miller, Vivian McPeak, Paul Stanford, John Parr, Brian Stone, Justin Kover, Gideon Israel, Joe Grumbine, Julia Peter McWilliams Tribute, Ed Saukkooja, Kristin Flor, Adam Assenburg, Jeremy Miller, Melissa Hysom and Sharon Whitson.