A Big Day for Cannabis Issues in Pasco County. So Local Pasco, Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Local Enterpreneur Shows the Way, Worldwide

We have some national level guests with us, today.  It’s interesting to me, to take a hard look at the kind of folks that are speaking up, here:

Garyn Angel is a local entrepreneur…Several years ago, he found himself trying to help a sick friend treat his own illness.  Garyn is an analytical thinker.  He was put off not at ALL by the illegality of cannabis.  What he knew, what many of us know, is that there are no good reasons for cannabis to be illegal.  Once you see it work for yourself, or for a loved one…You simply cannot un-see the benefit.  Once you see someone replace opiates with pot, or have their appetite restored, or their mobility restored…You find yourself far less concerned with it’s status on Federal drug schedules.

imagesGaryn Angel and Family

Garyn Angel, inventor of the Magical Butter Machine.
Garyn Angel, inventor of the Magical Butter Machine.

He talks to us today about his journey to becoming a strong advocate and activist for both medical AND recreational cannabis use…He is responsible for convincing the city of Port Richey to consider decriminalization of small amounts of cannabis, for adults…That draft ordinance will be read at tonight’s Port Richey City Council Meeting.

Unafraid to Speak Up: Miko Grimes

Miko and Family
Miko and Family
Miko Grimes is the wife of Bucs DB Brent Grimes.  She has a DEEP understanding of the culture of the NFL.
Miko Grimes is the wife of Bucs DB Brent Grimes. She has a DEEP understanding of the culture of the NFL.


Our second guest also has a national face and following.  She is the outspoken, often controversially received Miko Grimes.  Miko is an athlete herself, a scholar, a student of professional sports (if you start an NFL conversation with her, you better know what you are talking about, because she will embarrass you, and smile about it)…She is also the wife of new Tampa Bay Bucs Defensive Back Brent Grimes.

Miko is here to tell us about how the NFL is now considering medical cannabis as a replacement therapy for the much harsher drugs they’ve always handed out like candy.  She’ll remind us that the league only treats pain to keep players playing…And the once they can no longer function, they are left on their own to medicate as they can.  This system has led to tragic circumstances for countless players…And death for many.

The league ALSO must now reckon with the fact that cannabis is an effective treatment for traumatic brain injuries caused by concussions…And they know they are being heavily scrutinized as they seek a way to compensate for the decades of looking the other way.

Miko Grimes in the Spare Room Studio
Miko Grimes in the Spare Room Studio

Today, the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners is going to extend a moratorium on medical cannabis dispensaries in our county through December 31st, 2016.  This means none of the sitting board will have to risk taking a pro pot position, until after the elections.

In my personal opinion, this is so they can avoid the risk of being pro cannabis…Which, in decades past, has painted a candidate as “soft on crime”.  In fact, the crime of smoking marijuana is the most dangerous thing about it…For the user, and for the community.

What a time to be alive:  Being PRO medical cannabis is now the majority position!  Medical cannabis legalization is polling at EIGHTY percent.  It is going to pass, in November.  The County Commission is positioning itself to be behind when the start gun goes off, regarding regulation, distribution, and business modelling of a cannabis distribution in Pasco County.  As it stands right now, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties already have medical dispensaries…So the only thing to BOCC is saving us from is having a plan, and potentially profiting from the jobs created by the new reality.

 

Let me close with a quote.  Remember, this is a quote by a DEA official, in 1988.  Ask yourself:  Why are we still where we were, then?

“Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care. … It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record.”

DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young, Ruling in the matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition, September 6, 1988

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