CCCC Talks about its progress and its problems

Dear Editor,

About two years ago a young man from Farwell Casey Long, put an ad in the paper advertising a meeting for people interested in medical marijuana.  A small club was born.  The Clare County Compassion Club.  The goal of the club was to help medical patients get registered with the state and assist them in understanding the law.

As the club grew, so did the experimentation with the medicine.  Members were making candy, cookies, topical oil and oil to be taken orally.

The active ingredient produced by the plant is an oil that is alcohol soluble.  There are a number of methods of extracting this medicine and then storing it in olive oil or alcohol.  The vegetable oil extract can then be used in many different ways.  As a topical oil for muscle pain, arthritis, gout, restless leg syndrome, tooth aches, psoriasis, headaches, infections, back pain and even cancer.  Successful testimonials are reported regularly.  The oil is also put into hard candy, cookies and peanut brittle.  These products are called Medibles.  The oils and the Medibles work great without producing a high.  So people can treat their medical conditions and function “go to work.”

The alcohol extract is boiled down to evaporate the alcohol.  When the process is complete, all that remains is pure concentrated THC and CND, the active ingredients in marijuana.  This concentrate is being used with great success treating many different kinds of cancer.  A movie, Run From the Cure, was made to document this.  Google Rick Simpson oil to learn more.

The club has grown larger and so have the reports of how medical marijuana has changed lives.  From people weaning themselves off dangerous, expensive prescription drugs.  To no longer needing addicting pain and arthritis medication and sleeping pills.  We have a report from a Gulf War Veteran who suffers from PTSD.  He reported that his prescriptions help some, but cause other serious problems.  He has told members of the club that medical marijuana really has worked well in helping him to lead a normal life.  Two patients have Crones disease.  Both agree nothing has ever worked so good or so fast to relieve their discomfort.  As new reports come in regularly the inside joke is, what doesn’t medical marijuana help?

As the medical marijuana law was established, it was understood that Care Givers, people who grow for patients, could be reimbursed for their growing costs.  Such an action would be called a transfer.  Care crop failures and the time it takes a person to get registered can lead to a lengthy wait for medication.  This was one of the reasons the law was written in such a manner.

Many care givers give their patients one free ounce of medicine a month.  They would then transfer any extra medicine to other care givers, patients or to dispensary’s to make up their growing costs.  The program was working well.

The Clare County Compassion Club has held raffles and fund raisers.  The raffle was very successful.  all items were donated.  The club collected money and donated it back to people who needed help.  Money and books have been donated to the library to show appreciation for allowing us to utilize their meeting space.  All was going fine.

meanwhile dispensaries were starting to multiply.  Some were opened by people with good intentions, some were opened by profiteers.  The state attorney general stepped in and as usual, overreacted.  Now, Mr. Schuette says it is illegal to transfer medicine amongst registered card holders.  This has left huge numbers of sick people with no access to their medicine.

Medical marijuana is taking huge bites out of big pharmaceutical profits each month.  The state of Michigan was also saving big money on pharmaceutical drugs.  Why is the Attorney General fighting so hard to kill the medical marijuana program in Michigan?  I wonder if it is affecting his stock dividends?  Could there be a financial interest behind his actions?

Mr. Schuette is clearly ignoring the voice of the 63% of the voters who said medical marijuana must be available to those who have a qualifying medical condition.  The Attorney General has no right to cause people to needlessly suffer for his personal beliefs or interests.

Everyone who has a serious illness and everyone who might be afflicted with one in the future or have a loved one so afflicted.  This will affect you!  Please call, email or write Mr. Schuette and tell him to please stop trying to destroy our medical marijuana law.  The voters of the state have spoken.  The money spent fighting this program would be much better spent on research and development.

The Clare County Compassion club meetings are open to the public.  We welcome all who are interested in the program and would like the opportunity to talk with those being treated for different problems.  The club meets every other Saturday in the lower level of the Pere Marquette District Library.  The next meeting will be November 26th, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

Hope to see you there.


5 Responses to CCCC Talks about its progress and its problems

  1. mayorherb

    November 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Clare County compassion Club, Has helped alot of people..Not only helping them off pain meds..But with cancer.. we have Succesfull rates on Skin Cancer..We also have had people with type 4 cancer, Who no longer has Tumors..What does this tell you..? What do we get out of this? When FAMLIES come to our meetings and thank us for helping there famly memeber off Perscription drugs, Or now there family memebr is out of there room and part of there family again and when they start crying..You know they mean this..We would like to get back to helping all we can.. we had been having Farmers market n Lake George,Mich. Then they herd RUMMORS So they NO longer allowed us to rent the BOOSTERS Club..Which allows alcohol.People been renting the boosters club for years and having alcohol served there for weddings,B-days,How many accidetns did they ahve after them parties, Or fights during?When we ahd a meeting with the Prosecutor to Contiue these..She didnt even know we was having them,What does that tell ya, You guessed it,NO PROBLEMS..At farmers Market,One can deal direct with the grower(no middle man like Dispenses)Gives Patient who might have did welland have extra,s a chance to help another patient who might not have did so well..Or maybe waiting for there plants to finish growing(which can be a few months)..With the money donated for this..We used to help get Patients legal that might not have money to do so..We put all our money back into the people who donated..So Please >Please let us continue our markets so we can continue to help People,Could possibley be one of your famliy members one day.. Please and thank you..Mayor/Founder/President (please at least stop and see us before you judge us..thank you.. we ahve invited the Chief of police from Clare/Prosecutor and or who ever else would like to come and talk and listen..

  2. mayorherb

    November 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    This week we will be collecting donations for Clare County Fia’s Project kids christmas. Any Personal Needs Item would be so appreciated folks.. We will continue this drive until Dec 9th so if you cant make the meeting you could still help us by getting Personal needs items to Mayorherb or myself directly. Or of course any CtripleC member.We will do our best to provide some personal needs items to the over 300 families that will participate. We did this last year and it went REALLY well!! Personal needs items requested but not limited too..
    Diapers, Pull ups, wipes
    Soap, shampoo, conditioner
    toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss
    toilet paper, feminine hygene products
    Laundry detergent, cleaning products
    Towels and washclothes
    New socks or underwear in childrens sizes..

    Any personal need item will be appreciated.. thanks everyone..

  3. mayorherb

    November 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Last year we Gathered alot of items for the CHILDREN n Clare County..Hope to see some of you at our meeting..

  4. mayorherb

    November 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    P.S please bring some donations for the Children..