rita wootonA few days ago a Kentucky Senate committee heard from Rita Wooton about her son’s epilepsy. She begged the committee to pass the Cannabis Compassion Act swiftly into law so that her son can start taking cannabis oil:

“We’re not looking for sympathy or even empathy,” she said. “We’re looking for help, and that’s where we come to you all. It’s your decision.”

Her tears had a clear effect on the hearts and minds of the senators. The bill’s sponsor,  Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville went so far as to say: “I know as a parent, I’d be doing whatever it took,” which is essentially saying, “bring cannabis oil into Kentucky for your son.”

Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort spoke with even more candor: “Get your airplane tickets bought so you can go wherever you can get this cannabis oil,” Carroll told Wooton . “By the time you get back it’ll probably be legal. If it isn’t and you get in trouble, please call me. My name is Julian Carroll, I’m an attorney. I’ll represent you, or I’ll get someone to represent you so you won’t get into trouble.”

Here is Wooton talking about her situation and why she chose to appear before the committee:

After hearing this testimony, 11 of the 12 senators chose to vote in favour of the Cannabis Compassion Act. The only weird part of the story is the lone senator who still had the balls to vote against it. A woman tells him that her son could die any day and she needs to try a medicine to save him… and hearing that, he shakes his head and says, “Sorry, sweetheart, no can do”. Man, that’s some epic and cold-hearted balls on display.


All this focus on Charlotte’s Web makes me wonder whether it’ll be the only strain grown in Kentucky. The politicians involved in this decision making process would be wise to consult with experts on the subject. There are people working with sick people on the front line in Colorado and Washington who could teach these senators a huge amount about which strains and which combination of cannabinoids work best for which condition. That way, the committee members would come to realize that cannabis oil has uses that stretch far beyond epilepsy. More likely, though, they’ll just stick with Charlotte’s Web – which will mean allowing other patients to suffer; that is until patients with MS and cancer testify to the same committee in a couple of years and they elect to broaden the scope of the bill.

Regarding Charlotte’s Web, this is not the only high CBD, low THC strain available, gentlemen. And the rather uncomfortable truth is this: THC is also medicine. Yes, it gets you high, but it also kills cancer cells. Trying to eradicate THC from cannabis is the real reefer madness, and the entire political class is afflicted.

Nonetheless, here’s an idea for these politicians to consider: take a closer look at THCA as an alternative to THC. THCA is a non-psychoactive precursor to THC. There’s disagreement in the scientific community with regards to the health merits of THCA vs THC, but THCA certainly won’t get anyone high, and certainly will be good for – a ball park figure here – every single person on the face of the earth.

It’s wonderful that Charlotte’s Web is helping these kids, but here’s what I don’t get: why did the Charlotte Figi case become big news and catch the public‘s attention, while the hundreds of other people saved by cannabis oil have generated zero mainstream attention? The only time the mainstream media reported cannabis oil in relation to cancer, even a bit, was with Tommy Chong. Yet, if you look at how that news story was reported, it was from the perspective of: “look at the crazy old stoner stupidly thinking cannabis will cure his cancer”. A few months later when Tommy reported back that his cancer was in remission thanks to the cannabis oil there was no mainstream reporting at all. How is cannabis oil destroying his cancer not a MILES bigger story than Tommy Chong using cannabis? It’s irrational that the follow-up story wasn’t reported, and it speaks to the uncertainly within the mainstream media regarding cannabis oil. They are so programmed into the mindset of “drugs are bad” that they aren’t willing to accept that the landscape has dramatically changed. Journalists need to rethink their assumptions. By doing so they will start seeing cannabis as a legitimate medicine for many conditions. Yes, maybe ever cancer treatment.

Let’s all hope that 2014 is the year this media reappraisal and re-education takes place. It would be for the benefit of everyone to see these stories reported more widely.

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