Oregon Growers Donate Medical Marijuana To Kids

Oregon Growers Donate Medical Marijuana To Kids

Eugene based TJ’s Organic Garden is offering up free medicinal marijuana to children suffering from epilepsy. TJ’s owner Jim Murphy says that they are aiming to supply about 500 children with the non-psychoactive medicine at absolutely no cost. Murphy said, “To be part of the fix is pretty special. It’s a payment within itself.”

The look on Jim Murphy’s face says it all; he’s proud to be helping suffering children. It seems that it’s Murphy’s sense of social responsibility that beckoned his generous donations. “It would be wrong of us not to do so,” Murphy says. With a glimpse of what’s at stake, its no wonder he feels this way.

“Now that I’m on this medication, I feel like a normal boy.”

Those are the words of 8 year old Forrest Smelser, one of the children receiving free medicine from TJ’s. On bad days, Forrest would suffer from a seizure up to every 15 minutes. His mother Tanesha says that in the case of seizures lasting more than 15 minutes, Forrest would begin suffering from brain damage.

Child With Epilepsy

Shortly after his 8th birthday, Forrest began suffering from epileptic seizures. The seizures were extremely damaging to the life of the rambunctious young boy. After multiple trips to the emergency room, doctors prescribed the anti-seizure drug Trileptal. The drug proved to be ineffective and didn’t provide the quality of life that a child this age deserves. Forrest became angry and violent on the drug, even hitting himself at times.

After a family friend’s suggestion, Forrest’s mother Tanesha began treating her son with non-psychoactive CBD pills. The results were remarkable. Young Forrest has been seizure free for over 9 weeks now. His mother Tanesha says, “I have my son again. He’s not this fog of a child. He’s not this angry child. He’s my child exactly.”

Child Healed By Cannabis

Forrest is one of 195 medical marijuana patients in Oregon under the age of 18. His mother Tanesha says, “I know it sounds scary and unconventional, but it’s working.” That seems to be the resounding message for parents with children afflicted by epilepsy. Children as young as 4 years old have been enrolled in Oregon’s medical marijuana program.

With more and more success cases being reported across the United States, CBD treatments for epilepsy are becoming increasingly common. TJ’s Organic Gardens has received inquiries from as far away as West Virginia. Murphy encourages parents to contact him, saying, “Get a hold of us. If we can help that’s great. If we can’t, we may be able to point you in the right direction.”

If your child is need of help, you can contact Jim Murphy at [email protected]

via Komo News

Oregon Cities Lining Up To Tax Legal Marijuana

Oregon Cities Lining Up To Tax Legal Marijuana

Oregonians are set to vote on the legalization of marijuana for recreational use this November, but that hasn’t stopped some Oregon cities from passing taxation laws before the state vote occurs. Seems strange right? Not when tax revenue to your city government is at stake.

Measure 91, which would allow the legalization of recreational marijuana would bar local governments from placing a local tax on marijuana. The folks behind the “Vote Yes On 91,” campaign don’t want marijuana sales taxed at the local level, because lower-priced weed discourages purchasers from going to the black market for their goods. “We already have a marijuana market, it’s just an illicit market,” said Amanda Reiman, a policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance. “Habits die hard. The price definitely makes a difference there.”

Most cities that are enabling this tax are placing it at 10% but others are taking a more extreme approach and placing the tax at 20% in an effort to push out dispensaries. Several estimates place tax revenue from legalized weed in the state between $17 and $40 million annually. If Oregon consumers react in the same manner as Colorado’s, we estimate that the state would bring in about $24 million a year. With that amount of money at stake, it starts to make sense why local governments are actively putting measures in place to secure their own financial success.

It’s still up in the air as to whether the state will grandfather in these local laws after the state initiative successfully passes. Measure 91 already proposes to allocate 10% of the total tax revenue from recreational marijuana to municipalities for local law enforcement. This begs the question of the need and efficacy of additional tax dollars being handed over to local governments due to their own decree.

Oregon cities are looking to cash in on the legalization of marijuana. Whether it they grab hold of this revenue via special taxes or permitting fees, they will most certainly reap the benefits of legalization at a local level.

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