Originally published November 12 2014
Federal government conducting police raids, confiscating medicinal plants, depriving sick children of medication
by PF Louis
(NaturalNews) You wouldn't think that two small regions of a large state that was the first to legalize medical marijuana would be raiding fields of marijuana that have less THC and more CBD than other cannabis plants.
THC is the compound that gets one "high" or elevates conscious awareness. CBD is a compound that has its own set of healing qualities, one of which is how well it affects and improves the welfare of epileptic children.
That makes these raids even worse. Thousands of epileptic children may be deprived of the only compound that creates dramatic improvements with epileptic children.
No pharmaceutical comes close, and all of them have their negative side effects. Growers of this unusual hybrid hemp plant that yields lower THC but higher CBD compounds were raided and the plants destroyed. Higher CBD is for specific medical ailments, especially children's epilepsy, as seen on CNN's special program aired during the late summer of 2013.
That CNN program, Weed, was headed and narrated by CNN medical director Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a mainstream AMA type of doctor. He was impressed by the incredible improvements from small portions of high-CBD, low-THC cannabis oil on children.
Medical marijuana grower raids in progressive CaliforniaThe raids occurred in Modesto, California, which is east of the South San Francisco Bay area in California's Central Valley, an area not as progressive as the immediate Bay Area but still very much in the state that started making medical marijuana legal in the first place, California.
Farther north on the Pacific coast approaching Oregon is the other raid location, Mendocino, which is a surprise and a shock. That region was a marijuana growers' haven during the 1960s and 1970s, when it was illegal.
It was featured in a drama-comedy movie called Homegrown, starring Billy Bob Thornton and released in 1998. Officials knew of it but were hands-off, because those hands were receiving cash dividends for looking away.
In August of 2013, several unidentifiable camouflaged men dropped from an unmarked helicopter onto a 120-acre farm residence property and field growing rare strains of medical marijuana legally within California medical marijuana guidelines.
The grower and Potter Valley resident, Susan Schindler, is a cancer survivor who grows some for herself while cultivating rare strains of medical marijuana rich in CBD, a non-psychotropic constituent of the plant, which were being used orally by children with epilepsy as well as plants with THCV that have been used effectively by a Parkinson's disease patient.
"There was no paperwork, no copies of any warrants they didn't leave any inventory of what they took," she told CBS affiliate KPIX. "The irony is that this whole garden that was destroyed was not a garden that would get you high." Schindler asserted she was following county and state regulations for medial marijuana, and her field did not have street marijuana value.
Down in Modesto a couple of weeks after the Schindler raid in Mendocino, cultivator and medical marijuana patient Stephen Boski was raided by the Modesto Narcotics Enforcement Team, which similarly destroyed a crop of CBD-rich medical marijuana being grown for several children with epilepsy. Boski and his staff were arrested.
Boski claims his operation was in accordance with state law, as he was growing high=CBD plants for patients with MS, cancer and, of course, epileptic kids like nearby Jayden David, whose seizures were under control thanks only to Boski's plants. Yet Jayden's father Jason was denied access to his son's only beneficial epilepsy medicine after appealing to the Modesto City Council.
The Epilepsy Foundation (EF) had earlier issued a statement in support of medical marijuana, calling on the federal government to reclassify it for therapeutic use. "We strongly condemn police raids that rob children and others of a promising medication that may improve their lives when other drugs have failed," EF Board Chair Warren Lammert recently stated.
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