We sat down with one of two live participants in the U.S. government’s Compassionate Investigations New Drug Program in Marijuana to discuss what it’s like to be in cannabis.
Through a program established in 1978, the National Institute on Drug Abuse provided outdoor pot developed by the University of Mississippi to a handful of patients. This is Robert C. This was a direct result of Randall beating players on the court on medical grounds when he was caught growing cannabis to treat his glaucoma.
Elvi Musikka will join the show after a decade. She began self-medicating with her glaucoma, just like her federal patient predecessor, Randall. Over the years, he received just over 115,000 additions from the government. Earlier this year, Musikka announced that she was not taking part in the event after 32 years. Which begs the question, how bad is weed for closing 300 free joints in a month? very bad. Before exiting the program, Musikka hadn’t used sub-middle-grade cannabis in several years. Thankfully, he had access to a high level of quality in his home state of Oregon.
Musikka begins our conversation by noting that she has seen the full evolution of “Just Say No” since she first became a medical marijuana patient in 1975.
“I’ve seen a lot of changes,” said Musikka. LA Weekly. “But it still moves very slowly. I can’t even imagine how there is still a serious taboo and people are going to jail for participating in the Creator’s best gift to the planet. And so, for me.” , it is blasphemy against the work of the Creator. It is accompanied by this prohibition.”
Musikka quickly turned to how thrilled she was that patients were getting access to medical cannabis in most states. It was not that easy for him. She worked with Randall on his defense, and when the Feds saw who was assisting him, they knew he meant business.
“When they found out that my lawyer was serious, I was suddenly approved. We had been working on it from the beginning – ever since I got arrested during my trial,” Musikka said. “Now the trial was over, and I won, so they had to bow down.”
Musikka was at first surprised at the amount of cannabis he was getting. To him “medicine” meant sparking a joint and pulling something, then burning it back and repeating the process a couple of times. Musikka saw his advisors regarding the quantity, and they told him not to make an issue of it. She quickly understood where they were coming from.
“I was very happy to have the microphone,” Musikka said. “Because that’s all that matters to me. I had my prescription on that. I could go on, and I did with the Cannabis Action Network across the country.”
As Musikka noted, one of the main reasons for leaving the program was the quality of the cannabis it actually had access to. We asked what he thought of the DEA’s recent move to eventually expand the pool of legal marijuana for research beyond the farm that filled his tins for three decades?
“I’m so happy that the federal government is allowing people who really know what they’re doing to grow marijuana because the excuse I’ve been getting for the past 30 years is that it’s worth all the trouble. Wasn’t,” she replied.
Musikka never moped on a quality NIDA pot. She found this to be another reason to hit the road and advocate for medical cannabis.
“It was worth it because I could go across the country and speak about what I believe in. [It] Was very important to me, ”said Musikka. “I never lied. I just told them everything I learned. They wanted me to discover the harmful sides of using marijuana, and every time they asked me, I said, ‘Okay, I’m still looking up.’ Good luck on that.”
As far as seeing the move from advocacy to something more business oriented than “getting access to patients”? The worst part was that everyone was changing the kind of cannabis it grew.
“Yeah, it shocked me at first and I didn’t attend a lot of expos because I noticed, all of a sudden, I couldn’t buy the cannabis clothes I wanted, which was a big deal here in California and all over the Northwest in particular. And now all over the country, ”said Musikka with a laugh.
She said she believes that in recent years everyone has decided to grow hemp for the extract, not the fiber. Definitely a fair guess.
Musikka closed as usual, calling on people to contact their legislators, “to make sure they understand that your support for this issue is very important to the people on the planet. This is no children’s thing.” Not a game.”
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