In the fight to gain access to medical marijuana for her 4-year-old son, Logan, who suffers up to 10 seizures a day because of epilepsy, Gail Rand put herself at the heart of the debate.
Expanding Maryland‘s fledgling law on medical marijuana proved to be one of the key issues of the just-completed General Assembly session, and an Annapolis mother proved to be a key player in the reform bill that passed the House and Senate.
In the fight to gain access to medical marijuana for her 4-year-old son, Logan, who suffers up to 10 seizures a day because of epilepsy, Gail Rand put herself at the heart of the debate, starting at the opening gavel of the 90-day session when she was on hand to lobby House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.
“It was a pretty powerful part of the last couple months for me,” Rand said of the assembly session.
Legislators passed a medical marijuana bill that effectively overrides last year’s failed program. The state’s earlier effort approved distribution of the drug through medical centers conducting research, but regulations were never approved and no such centers came forward to participate.
This year’s law, instead of relying on academic institutions to administer the drug, will allow for private growers and dispensaries. The program will be overseen by the state’s medical marijuana commission. Read more here.
Brittany Driver is a marijuana critic and “Pot and Parenting” columnist for the Denver Post’s marijuana website, The Cannabist. As part of her job responsibilities, Brittany tests different strains of marijuana and writes knowledgeable and experiential reviews to provide the reader with an unbiased critique. Brittany also writes a “Pot and Parenting” column in which she details what it’s like to be a marijuana-using parent in hopes of providing insight for those who might have a skewed view on what a pot smoker truly is. This all comes second of course to her favorite job as a stay-at-home mom to her 2-year-old son.
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By Sandy Thompson Soderberg
I have faith. I have faith in myself. I have faith in people. I have faith that people want to be educated with truth. Unfortunately, most people have been educated in a system that doesn’t always teach truth.
You may have read my last article. For those that didn’t, here’s a brief synopsis and the follow up about mine and my child’s experience when my child’s teacher asked her “does your mother smoke a lot of marijuana?” based on my political posts on Facebook regarding hemp. I spoke to the teacher as well as the principal the day after the incident. Both were very open to talking as well as meeting to discuss the situation. Continue reading
One of her teachers approached her that day, based on my political posts on Facebook and asked my 6th grader, “Does your mom smoke a lot of marijuana?”
By Sandy Thompson Soderberg
Now while it is true, a pot is something you cook with, this is not what I was being talked to about. It was the early 80’s and the agenda in schools was to “educate” kids about drugs through a program called D.A.R.E. When my folks heard about this coming to the schools, that the local law enforcement was going to be in our schools telling kids LIES about cannabis, bringing in pipes and bongs asking if kids knew what they were, asking kids point blank if their parents used marijuana, well, I was told to lie. And this created fear in and of itself. Was I supposed to lie to the people meant to protect us? Yep. Because we live in a contradictory society that has brainwashed people.
Fast forward 30 years and now I’m a parent.
I’m not going to lie to my kids. From the time they were born, I have talked to my children like people. I did not make things up to serve my purpose, but simply provided them with facts based on truth. From science to personal experience. When it comes to the talks about drugs, I repeatedly express to them the importance of people making sure their bodies and minds develop before they partake in ANY mind-altering substance. And that pharmaceuticals are some of the most dangerous substances out there. Continue reading