Last week, cannabis pioneer Liz Valentine talked about challenges new medical marijuana patients have when it comes to overcoming the stigma often associated with marijuana culture. We’re beginning to see a paradigm shift, but many are still finding it difficult to overlook the misleading propaganda that has influenced our culture for generations. The fact that all forms of cannabis are still federally illegal doesn’t help. Unfortunately, too many patients are made to feel like criminals for using it to get well.
This is especially true for mothers, who often feel judged – or threatened – for opting to treat their children with cannabis despite the overwhelming evidence that it is helping so many children where pharmaceuticals have failed. It is also expensive and, in states that prohibit personal cultivation, treatment is limited to what parents can afford to buy in a dispensary.
Twenty-three states have legalized marijuana for medical use; but, each state sets its own parameters for treatable condition. Unfortunately, not all childhood conditions qualify for marijuana treatment. That means parents must find other conditions that do qualify, or move to a state where medical marijuana is not as restricted.
In this week’s show, 3 Moms, 3 Miracles and a Foot Soldier On A Cannabis Crusade, we find these are issues that every one of my courageous guests today have struggled to overcome.
We applaud all four of our guests for strength, passion and bravery. It takes courage to speak out about their personal choice to use what some deem to be a controversial drug protocol for children. We hope that their stories inspire nay-sayers to understand the benefits of allowing all mothers to access cannabis for treating debilitating childhood illnesses.
Please enjoy the show and let us know what you think. As always, we welcome your feedback!
Kathy Inman, is truly a cannabis pioneer working to raise awareness and break stereotypes associated with marijuana. Currently leading the push for legalization in Arizona, she’s known as a “foot soldier” in the cannabis movement. Kathy started the Phoenix chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) in Phoenix in 2008 and served as State Director until 2014. She is also the founder of MOM FORCE AZ, an organization that provides support for mothers of children who need cannabis to get well.
Parisa Rad, Brandy Williams and Sarah Ellett are three mothers of special needs children with debilitating illnesses including autism, cerebral palsy and a variety of life-threatening conditions. All three had become frustrated with pharmaceutical protocols that had not only failed to make their children well, they actually made their children’s conditions worse. Each of them has witnessed first-hand miraculous results of using cannabis protocols to treat a variety of debilitating conditions from autism to cerebral palsy.
If not for the generosity of our supporters, we wouldn’t be here! We’d first like to express gratitude our national radio sponsors Hemp Meds and Healthtera. We’d also like to shout out to our producer, Ed Vanderlee at Star Worldwide Networks, Erik Godal, the composer of our theme “Evergreen,” Steve Webb at XRQK Radio Network and Dr. Bryan Doner for the Medical Marijuana Minute and Compassionate Certification Centers for supporting our broadcast in Pennsylvania. We are grateful!