Monthly Archives: January 2015

Legalize Cannabis: I’m Sick of Watching Patients Starve

Legalize Cannabis: I’m Sick of Watching Patients Starve

I’ve worked in the healthcare industry for the past 17 years, specializing in emergency, rehabilitation and end of life care at facilities ranging from large universities to local community hospitals. It wasn’t until the past 7 years in the long term acute care setting that I started noticing an alarming trend: patients starving to death, […]

RIP Benton Mackenzie: Medical Cannabis Activist Dies of Cancer After Family’s Long Battle with Iowa for Safe Access

RIP Benton Mackenzie: Medical Cannabis Activist Dies of Cancer After Family’s Long Battle with Iowa for Safe Access

Early in the morning of January 12th, 2015, Benton Mackenzie’s son Cody went to check on his dying father, only to find that he had passed away in his sleep after a last day spent with his beloved family. Benton Mackenzie was only 49 years old, but he had been battling angiosarcoma since his diagnosis in […]

Chloe Lucille Grauer-Lea Died While Waiting for Cannabis Oil

Chloe Lucille Grauer-Lea Died While Waiting for Cannabis Oil

The beautiful little girl named  Chloe Lucille Grauer-Lea from Memphis Tennessee, whose medical struggles inspired her parents to advocate for state and national medical marijuana law reform, has passed away. Born on October, 11th, 2011, Little Chloe’s three-year struggle ended last month on December 10th, 2014, when she was removed from life support after she […]

Colorado Cannabis on “60 Minutes” Sunday, Jan. 11th Featuring Megan Sanders of MiNDFUL

Colorado Cannabis on “60 Minutes” Sunday, Jan. 11th Featuring Megan Sanders of MiNDFUL

It’s a very clear sign that cannabis is rapidly gaining cultural traction: this Sunday’s edition of the 47-year-old news program 60 Minutes, a program that is arguably one of the most trusted news shows in the country, will be featuring the legal marijuana industry in Colorado. Tomorrow night, January 11th, 2015, 60 Minutes will air […]

Sia’s “Elastic Heart” Video Tells the Dark Story of Unhealthy Relationships

Sia’s “Elastic Heart” Video Tells the Dark Story of Unhealthy Relationships

Content Note: This article discusses a music video that depicts a very raw battle of the sexes in a cage and has been criticized for the age gap between the girl (12) and the man (27). The article also discusses abusive relationships and the sexual assault of a man by a woman. Since it was […]

Recipe: Upcycled Leftover Pot Roast Carne Asada Tacos

Recipe: Upcycled Leftover Pot Roast Carne Asada Tacos

Slow-cooked meals are perfect for the cold winter months. Unsurprisingly, this time of year lends itself to simmering vats of chili, crock pots cooking whole chickens and savory pot roasts in the oven all day. The problem with pot roasts, however, is that there is almost always a large hunk of meat leftover after everyone […]

Brightening: Calvin is Two Weeks Seizure-Free, Thanks to Cannabis Oil

Brightening: Calvin is Two Weeks Seizure-Free, Thanks to Cannabis Oil

Today is day fourteen—two weeks since Calvin’s last perceived seizure—his longest seizure-free stint since July. It is possible that we could’ve slept through one—his unmistakable seizures now occurring exclusively at night—though I generally sleep lightly with the baby monitor alerting me from the bedstand near my head. I’d felt a seizure approaching a week ago—seen […]

The Cannabis Cleanse: 10 Tips for a New Year’s Detox or Prep for Urine Testing

The Cannabis Cleanse: 10 Tips for a New Year’s Detox or Prep for Urine Testing

A disclaimer: If you are experiencing serious physical or psychological discomfort, please consult a physician. This post should not be used as a substitute for serious medical advice. Following the freight-train of festivities that make up the holiday season, and until the last hour when we tip ecstatically into the New Year, it’s easy to […]

Justice for Nick Christie, Who Was Restrained and Pepper Sprayed to Death by Police

Justice for Nick Christie, Who Was Restrained and Pepper Sprayed to Death by Police

Content Note: This article discusses torture by police resulting in the death of a mentally ill man. As all too often happens, when a concerned family member contacted law enforcement about the safety and mental health status of 62-year-old Nick Christie, he didn’t receive the help he actually needed. In March of 2009, the retired […]

New Jersey Appeals Court Rules Cannabis Use Alone Not Reason to Remove Child

New Jersey Appeals Court Rules Cannabis Use Alone Not Reason to Remove Child

Two days before Christmas, an appellate court in New Jersey gave one Garden state mother the best possible gift; a panel headed by Honorable Carmen Alvarez ruled that not only were verbal admissions about possible cannabis use insufficient evidence for an emergency removal order of an infant child but that the state failed to provide […]