Here come the Republicans…

Oklahoma Law Would Ban People With DUIs From Drinking Alcohol

New Mexico considered a law in 2013 that would have made it temporarily illegal for a person to drink alcohol after being convicted of driving while intoxicated. The state does not appear to have moved forward on that proposal.

Americans for Safe Access

Tue, Jun 17, 2014 8:42 am

From: Painkills2
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Dear Americans for Safe Access:

I have read ASA’s notice regarding its PFC program, and I have a question regarding “manufacturing, packaging, and labeling,” which I understand is part of the certification.

New MexiCann is the first dispensary in New Mexico that has been certified in ASA’s PFC program. And yet, the way that their products are labeled is causing confusion. Specifically, when listing THC percentages, New MexiCann combines both THC and THCA results, along with grouping CBD/CBGs in one listed percentage. These discrepancies are somewhat due to the difference between what the product tests at for dry weight, compared to actual weight. In an attempt to make it easier for other patients to gauge products in New Mexico, I have advised patients to deduct 1 to 2 percentage points from any product’s reported THC levels.

If ASA has developed rules for labeling THC, I would appreciate your sending me that information.

I am also curious about how the PFC program will bring consistency into this product market, considering I have found significant differences in THC levels for the same strain/product over time.

I would also appreciate knowing ASA’s involvement in the newly proposed rules by the New Mexico Department of Health.

Thank you,

(also posted at


Re: Americans for Safe Access
Postby Painkills2 » Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:13 am

No response (yet) from the ASA to the above email — not even a confirmation of receipt.

And I don’t know why I keep trying to get help from these “activist” groups… When does disappointment after disappointment turn into just giving up? I’d say, right about now.

Chronic Pain waits for no one. (Did you think it did?)

Even though I’ve given up on this state’s medical cannabis program, that doesn’t mean I don’t watch the soap opera from afar.

The video attached is a radio program that has snippets from the recent public hearing at the Department of Health. It’s worth watching, if only for the speech by Cisco McSorley, one of my heroes. Honorable mentions go to Drs. Bill Johnson and Laura Brown, and Dana Rice from Sandia Botanicals — gracias. And a big thanks to all of the patients who were able to attend and had the courage to speak.

Thanks go to Larry Love too, of course — even though I don’t always agree with him, he seems like a pretty good dude.

What to do about a medical cannabis program that appears unfixable? It doesn’t really matter what I think… but that won’t stop me from offering an opinion 🙂

I don’t think there’s enough information about the overall program to propose any solutions at this point. In fact, the history of the program shows that the DOH has always made changes using flimsy and anecdotal evidence to support them, and without an actual understanding of how the program works or what the effects of any changes might be.

In other words, it’s a crap shoot. How do you think anyone taking prescription medications would feel if having access and obtaining their medicine was a crap shoot? (And how would they feel if their medications weren’t covered by insurance, and they had to start paying taxes on them?)

And while I appreciate all the patients who spoke at the hearing and support this program, I’m sorry, but I’m not a gambler. The history of this 5-year-old program does not instill confidence, and neither does the current political climate. I’m sure all of the producers are trying their best, but in five years, this program has just gone from bad to worse.  Or maybe the better description would be stagnant.

I really appreciate those who spoke about the cost of renewal and how ridiculous, redundant, and expensive this process is; but even if there were no annual renewal costs at all, I still couldn’t afford the prices being charged by the dispensaries in New Mexico. And if I can’t afford them, there must be a lot of other people who can’t either.

Even if I were able to renew at this point, there’s still the hurdle of passing Dr. Rosenberg’s inspection — and the question of having medical records that are no more than 5 years old.

But most importantly, I can’t afford to buy medicine that’s not strong enough to treat my medical condition — which I did about 80% of the time during the year I was enrolled in the program. Unfortunately, I don’t think testing or a product label is going to make a difference in the quality and strength of the strains which are currently available.

I guess it will be New MexiCann and Americans for Safe Access that decide how each product will be advertised — I mean, labeled. Or will there even be a standard?

And what the heck happened to Jeremy Applen at Page Analytical? Dude, I’m so sorry…

(More on testing:

There’s no doubt that this program works for some patients — I guess I just wasn’t one of the lucky ones. And although I feel a little guilty for not continuing to fight, I can’t escape this one fact: Chronic pain waits for no one. (And from what I’m learning about addiction, I think the same rule may apply.)

I’ve been fighting for my medicine, for treatment, for pain management, for a quarter of a century. I’m really not physically or mentally capable of continuing to bang my head against a brick wall. I’ve analyzed the situation to the best of my ability, and I believe I’ve made the right decision. After all, one must have hope, and although I keep looking for hope in this program, I can’t find any…

However, that doesn’t mean I can’t watch for change from afar…

Long live HIPAA (only in your dreams)

The copy of my Unum file arrived in the mail weeks ago, but since I’m still in the phase of saving enough money to see the required doctor, I haven’t wanted to stress myself out by reading it.

I’ve been using visualization to work up the courage to begin reading the 4″ file (pages are copied front and back, so that’s an 8″ file).  And today, even though I’m shaking a little, I opened up the package.

Just fanning through the documents, all of a sudden, I see somebody else’s name…

Dear Eileen Lisker of Mount Pleasant, PA:  I have a copy of some of your medical records from Prick Hospital in 2006.  (An unfortunate name for a hospital.)

Don’t worry, I’m not interested in reading them or anything, but I have to keep them as part of the copy of my Unum file.  See, I have to number each page that was produced by Unum — it’s called Bate-stamping documents.  (But since I’m not supposed to write on these documents, I guess I’ll have to buy some stickers…)

So, Ms. Lisker, although I won’t do anything with these documents, I thought you should know that I have them.  (If someone was sent a copy of my medical records by mistake — well, there’s nothing I can do about it, so happy reading.)

Since I can’t contact Unum by email, I guess I’ll notify them of this issue the next time I write to them.

Hey Unum, stop sending people’s medical records to the wrong people!

We lost our son to football and brain disease. This is our story.

Joseph Chernach committed suicide in 2012, at the age of 25. A year later, brain tests revealed that had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Though he played youth and high school football for eight years, he is one of few football players to develop the degenerative brain disease without competing at the college or pro levels. His parents, Debra Pyka and Jeffrey Chernach, told their story to Joseph Stromberg.