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Immigrants are Moving to Colorado for Medical Marijuana

Immigrants are Moving to Colorado for Medical Marijuana

A modern form of immigrants, labelled “Ex-Pots”, are leaving Europe for greener pastures.

European families with epileptic children in need of cannabidiol (CBD) oil are packing their lives up and migrating west to Colorado to obtain legal, medical marijuana treatments. One of the families featured in the fascinating article by The Guardian comes from Ireland and the other comes from Spain.

While marijuana can be obtained in both of those nations (Spain has a plethora of cannabis clubs), the access to high-grade CBD oil overseas is far more restrained than it is in America’s cannabis capital of Colorado. These children have such severe forms of epilepsy that they can have more than 20 seizures a day.

Out of time and out of options, young patients Tristane Forde of Ireland and the Pena twins from Spain have permanently relocated to Colorado. Forde, a tw0-year-old with Dravet Syndrome, has gone from experiencing seizures multiple times a day to seizure free basically instantaneously upon his arrival.

Forde’s family traveled all the way from Dunmanway, Ireland to Aurora Colorado. That 4,000 mile trip sounds very much worth it when you hear his mother say that,

“For the first time, it looked like there was a sparkle in his eyes. It sounds corny, but he just looked so much brighter.”

Getting the best medicinal marijuana on the planet from qualified doctors clearly can perform miracles. That miracle was also not lost on the Pena twins, whose father Javier relocated them from Spain to Colorado Springs (an hour south of Denver).

After seeing videos about the CBD-heavy strain Charlotte’s Web and its effects on epilepsy, Pena made the move thinking that

“I thought that this is the possibility for us to get a better life for them. Why not try? We didn’t think we could find any solution.”

While it’s difficult to transplant your family–Pena got a job transfer–it’s become a common practice. An estimate from Realm of Caring puts the amount of “Ex-Pots” at approximately 400 families. Those families come from all over the glob, including England, Iran and Australia.

That means that at least two continents’ are sending medical marijuana patients overseas. The only drawback? When these families’ visas eventually dry out, they may be forced to go home and leave the medical marijuana behind.

Should that day come, hopefully there will be one of two solutions. The more obvious solution is that the world’s moral obligation allows these visas to extend.

The more pragmatic and long-term solution is that their nations and federal laws in America finally allow families like these to import the best CBD oil on the planet. When there’s finally a solution to a disease that’s been ripping families apart for decades, it’d be a crime to keep that solution away from them.

Bernie Canter

Unlikely Resource Sniffing Out Cannabis Grow Ops in Ireland

Unlikely Resource Sniffing Out Cannabis Grow Ops in Ireland

A very unlikely resource has helped authorities in Northern Ireland locate and raid a marijuana grow operation less than 15 miles from the Parliament building in Belfast. Detectives were tipped off about the cultivation center thanks to a ‘Scratch and Sniff’ card campaign that began in September of this year. Authorities distributed these scratch and sniff cards to citizens of Northern Ireland, aiming to help residents recognize illegal marijuana cultivation facilities, and report them to the Irish police called gardaí.

The card is printed with a circle that apparently resonates the scent of growing cannabis plants when scratched. Writing next to the scratch and sniff circle reassures smellers that sniffing it is safe, with the statement, “It is completely safe; there are no drugs in the card, it is just the smell of the plant.” Also on the scratch and sniff card, is the following list describing what the local authorities say are typical details of a “cannabis factory”:

  • A strong sickly sweet smell.
  • Covered or blackened out windows around a property.
  • Constant lighting day and night.
  • High levels of heat and condensation.
  • Constant buzz of ventilation.
  • Excessive amount of cables.

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Cannabis use and cultivation are illegal in Ireland under the Misuse of Drugs Acts of 1977 and 1984. Possession of a small amount of personal use cannabis does not come with as severe a punishment as possessing and cultivating a large amount that may convey an intent to distribute.

According to detectives of the Organized Crime Branch, this cultivation center raided in Millisle resulted in the destruction of 800 plants worth an estimated £400,000, and is the largest center to be shut down from a scratch and sniff campaign tip. At the current exchange rate, that amount is equivalent to about $626,660.

In response to the scratch and sniff cards distributed by the gardaí, the local chapter of NORML distributed similar cards with the headline, “Scratch and sniff to see if you can recognize the smell of hysterical propaganda.”

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photo credit: The Guardian, Macleans, Substance, NORML-UK

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