A Call for Water Protectors to Stop Sabal Trail!

 

Action Days: Dec 28 thru Jan 2, and January 14-15th Peaceful Civil Disobedience

The Sabal Trail Pipeline is FlorIda’s DAPL:
A Scheme by Private Utility Monopoly FPL & Cohorts to Profit at Public Expense, Threatening Our Water, the Environment and the Economy!

Crossing three states, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, the Sabal Trail Pipeline is intended to transport natural gas (aka, fracked methane). including fracking investments in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Compression stations and facilities are going in near ports to facilitate export sales to other countries. The Sabal Trail Pipeline project, jointly owned by Spectra Energy, Duke, and FPL’s parent company, NextEra, and paid for by utility customers, threatens Florida’s fragile geology and network of springs, rivers, caverns and one of the world’s largest aquifers, the Floridan Aquifer that spans Florida and portions of 4 more states, and upon which we depend for much of our agricultural and drinking water in Florida.

Spectra Energy, the company charged with operating the pipeline, has an extremely poor safety record with a history of spills, leaks, fires, explosions and negligence. The pipeline is approaching the final phase of construction, connecting its N. FL construction head to another pipeline or rail line near Lake Okeechobee, the final leg to the ports. It is scheduled to be completed by February and operational by May, or possibly.

Additional controversy concerns questions about improperly approved Environmental Impact Statements, and the legality of eminent domain evictions of 160 properties, particularly because the gas appears to be for private profit gained by export, and not for domestic use. Governor Scott has approved the pipeline, in which he is financially invested, in a blatant disregard for conflict of interest.

The Green Party of Florida calls for clean renewable energy and a stop to further pipelines. Sabal Trail threatens our water, environment, and climate, forcefully takes private property, charges utility customers, and delays green energy by over-building infrastructure for needless fossil fuel.

What Can I Do?

Join Water Protectors onsite at Sabal Trail
Dec 28 through Jan 2, January 14/15, & into the future
https://sabaltrailresistance.wordpress.com/contact/stop-the-suwannee-river-crossing/

Go here to learn more about the camps, find ride shares, etc.:
Events in all areas: http://stopsabaltrailpipeline.blogspot.com/p/next-events.html
Events and info: http://www.facebook.com/stopsabaltrail.
Facebook group for shared info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/StopSabalTrailPipeline/
Info: http://www.stopsabaltrail.com

Water Is Life Camp (Branford): http://floridawaterislifecamp.org/
Sacred Water Camp (Live Oak): https://www.facebook.com/groups/sacredwatercamp
Rideshares to Camps: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1289270891117066/

Both towns are in Suwannee County.  Live Oak is about 70 miles from Gainesville; Branford is about 1/2 way.

Call, Rally, Share:

Call on those in power to rescind the permits (Be polite and professional on the phone!):

  • Florida Governor Rick Scott 850-717-9337
  • Army Corps of Engineers 904-232-2477
  • President Obama 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414

Join or initiate Actions:
Events: http://stopsabaltrailpipeline.blogspot.com/p/next-events.html
Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/STOPSABALTRAILPIPELINE/

To have your group listed as an “Endorsers of Sabal Trail Resistance,” send to: sabal-trail-resistance@googlegroups.com.

Educate others on line or in conversation. Feel free to print or pass on these GP flyers about Sabal Trail, here in English and Spanish: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4nDppvtKwZCVm82bDFxZ19Vc2s

Learn more about the menace and corruption these pipelines present:
Informative letter to Georgia Governor Deal
http://spectrabusters.org/
http://www.l-a-k-e.org/ngo/sierra/jsq-stt2.pdf
Sabal Trail pipeline’s adverse impacts will be mitigated, agency says

 

Cannabis Expert MD Challenges a Pharmacist’s View on Medical Marijuana

 

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Cannabis specialist Jeffrey Hergenrather, MD, and President of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, offers critique of North Florida pharmacist Karl Metzger’s dismissal of Medical Marijuana. (Metzger’s article appeared on the website of the Bay County Green Party of Florida, entitled “The Fallacy of the Medical Marijuana Movement – A Pharmacist’s Perspective.” It can be found here.)

Hergenrather introduces us to the field of whole plant therapeutics, and sheds light on the amazing synergistic properties of the cannabinoids and terpenes present in marijuana.

With Medical Marijuana appearing on the ballot in Florida in November, as Amendment 2, the battle is heating up for the hearts, minds, and votes of Floridians. It is essential that voters have an informed view. In that interest, Hergenrather’s response to Metzger’s article is presented here.

From Jeffrey Hergenrather, MD:

I believe that it is very important to integrate the pharmacist Metzger’s viewpoint into a discussion of the use of cannabis as medicine.  Mine is a clinical perspective coming from consulting with thousands of patients for over 35 years.  Lacking that clinical perspective Metzger’s viewpoint is flawed in many respects.

To begin with, when patients are recommended cannabis and cannabis extracts and products, it’s true that we want to have measured medicine in administering with the most safety and efficacy while minimizing adverse facts. It is also true that cannabis is one of the safest substances known to man. In his conclusion, Francis Young, DEA administrative law judge, on page 68 of his 1988 judgement said:

The evidence in this record clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record. The administrative law judge recommends that the Administrator conclude that the marijuana plant considered as a whole has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, that there is no lack of accepted safety for use of it under medical supervision and that it may lawfully be transferred from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2. The judge recommends that the Administrator transfer marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II.

The pharmacist seems concerned that having the right dose will prevent intolerance which would eventually “render medication useless”. This has not been the case in cannabis medicine. Patients find an effective dose by self titration. In my patient population that I have followed closely for 10-15 years or longer the patients use approximately the same amount of cannabis from year-to-year. Some describe increasing their dose with a flareup of pain or autoimmune disorder. After the flare up the dose of cannabis diminishes again, oftentimes to little or none depending on the condition.  Most patients simply self titrate and remain within a fairly narrow pattern of use. So the concern of the pharmacist is really not a problem for whole plant cannabis as medicine.

We are in agreement about minimizing adverse effects. That is one of the roles of the integrative cannabinologist (the cannabis consulting physician). It is in fact a key role in the patient encounter to determine the appropriate use of cannabis, make recommendations as required by law, advise about strains that may prove best tolerated and effective, and discuss the various methods of administration. The quantities of use are effectively titrated for the best effect to meet the needs of the patient while minimizing adverse facts.

The pharmacist also seems concerned about the number of molecules encountered in the whole plant as if this is a problem. It does create a whole plant research environment with astronomical numbers of different combinations of active ingredients that make it unwieldy for product consistency. Not all pharmacists are hung up on single molecule pharmacology and drug development. Many pharmacists are knowledgeable about the synergism of cannabinoid and terpene molecules providing for much better effects with the whole plant. Single molecule drug development is quite out of touch with using whole plants as medicines. Metzger’s concepts display a lack of knowledge of the “entourage effect” of cannabinoid and terpene molecules that are evident to the cannabis scientific community. These molecules are individually and collectively exceedingly safe. Their efficacy is based at least in part on combining the molecules as they are in the whole plant. The effects on pain and the anti-cancer effects of cannabis are best with combinations of molecules, not with the single molecules.

The commonly encountered terpenes in cannabis are generally considered safe though they may impart a soporific or energizing quality to the cannabis, hence strain selection is an important aspect of recommending cannabis.  Some of the herbalists and naturopathic physicians are bringing the term “adaptogen” to the cannabis conversation. Cannabinoids induce homeostasis by down regulating both nervous system and immune system functions, whether that is to aid in eating, sleeping, relaxing, forgetting, or protecting the body in various ways. Cannabinoids are uniquely able to work as retrograde messengers for any neurotransmitters, facilitating the biological needs that are lumped together as ‘homeostasis”.

It is important to recognize that cannabis smoke, unlike most other smoke, is bronchodilating. This is a unique property of the cannabinoids that make it very helpful for patients with asthma. Asthmatics have varying sensitivities to cannabis smoke. Some prefer to not use inhaled forms at all as the vapor or smoke induces some mucous production and low grade irritation from the smoke despite the bronchodilating effect from the cannabinoid exposure. It is remarkable but true that it doesn’t cause COPD, emphysema, or cancers of the lung or airways as researched by Donald Tashkin, MD, professor emeritus of pulmonary medicine at UCLA.

It may be typical of some pharmacists to only look to single molecules as medications, but there is a public acceptance of plant products in herbal medicine, as well as Chinese, Tibetan and other whole plant remedies. If cannabis were not one of the safest plants known to humankind there might be greater concern about cannabis acute overdose or chronic exposure leading to some other harm. This is however a minor concern for the cannabis specialist as the self titration of dosage is effective and has been used for millennia to find the right dose for cannabis for any particular condition.

The culture of disseminating misinformation about cannabis has been coming from NIH, NIDA, FDA, DEA, and the ONDCP for many decades.  The fears and uncertainty about cannabis created by these reports can be readily dismantled with a little research into the facts.  For example in the Dunedin study alleging diminished IQ in young cannabis smokers, correcting for socioeconomic variables reveals zero differences in the IQ of the study subjects.  You must look at the source and funding of the studies to shed light on the conclusions.

I concur with the pharmacist in recognizing that looking to the future, it is important to measure the content of dominant terpenes and cannabinoids.  With that information in the hands of the patients, the clinicians will all benefit from the patients teaching the clinicians which kind of medicine works best for them. Meanwhile the novice should understand that you must start the dose at a very small quantity and build up slowly for days or even weeks to reach an optimal dose.

One of the more telling aspects of this science comes from a paper in print last year.  It is from a couple of prominent researchers at NIDA, Pacher and Kunos.  They say: “modulating endocannabinoid activity may have therapeutic potential in almost all diseases affecting humans, including obesity/metabolic syndrome, diabetes and diabetic complications, neurodegenerative, inflammatory, cardiovascular, liver, gastrointestinal, skin diseases, pain, psychiatric disorders, cachexia, cancer, chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting among many others.

While the monied interest appear positioned to develop cannabis medicines as single molecule pharmaceuticals, people throughout the country wish for the day when we will free the plant from the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and allow cannabis to be grown for personal use and  thereby bring an end to the very divisive and destructive War on Drugs here and abroad.

Jeffrey Hergenrather, MD, President of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, Sebastopol, CA.

Fight for $15 Heats Up in Miami

Miami Greens showed their colors Thursday in support of fast food workers demand for $15 an hour and the right to unionize at a spirited demonstration in North Miami Beach, held in the rain in front of a McDonald’s restaurant and across from Burger King. Similar demonstrations were held in some 150 cities organized by SEIU (Service Employees International Union) as part of a labor and wage justice movement spreading across America, spurred by the unanimous passage by Seattle’s city commission of a $15 an hour minimum wage ordinance on June 2nd.

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South Miami Mayor Stoddard Wins 3rd Term in a “Mudslide”!

They called it a “mudslide” because of the exceptionally dirty attacks that had been leveled against incumbent South Miami Mayor Phil Stoddard. But those smears only gave the hoots and cheers from the exuberant gathering of neighbors, supporters and volunteers (including a contingent of Greens) at Stoddard’s victory party a more special meaning. Commission meetings have been notorious for divisive bickering, with some factions being backed by special interests. In a more positive vein, the city is also noted for intense citizen engagement at its commission meetings. With Stoddard’s progressive majority growing from 3-1 to 4-1, they now have a mandate to build on that work of moving the city ahead, independent of special interests. Stoddard now plans on holding a series of public workshops to develop a strong agenda for the city.

— Submitted by Steve Showen
Miami Green, and Co-Chair of the Green Party of Florida
February 15, 2014

stoddard02SOUTH MIAMI, FL, February 15, 2014 — They called it a “mudslide” because of the exceptionally dirty attacks that had been leveled against incumbent South Miami Mayor Phil Stoddard.  But those smears only gave the hoots and cheers from the exuberant gathering of neighbors, supporters and volunteers (including a contingent of Greens) at Stoddard’s victory party a more special meaning.

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Greens Support Re-election of South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard

Residents of South Miami are fighting to maintain the small town character of their fair city of some 12,000 residents nestled between Pinecrest and Coral Gables. The largely residential, racially-mixed city is under heavy pressure from developers who would threaten its family-friendly character. A leading champion for the city has been FIU Professor Philip Stoddard, who is running for his third two-year term as Mayor of South Miami. Overall, Stoddard has used his “bully pulpit” to reach broader audiences about the myriad concerns over FPL’s nuclear power ambitions, as well as other environmental concerns. He has organized other mayors along the US Highway 1 corridor. Stoddard was quoted at length last June in a startling feature article in Rolling Stone magazine about Miami being ground zero for sea level rise.

— Submitted by Steve Showen
Miami Green, and Co-Chair of the Green Party of Florida
January 31, 2014

stoddardResidents of South Miami are fighting to maintain the small town character of their fair city of some 12,000 residents nestled between Pinecrest and Coral Gables.  The largely residential, racially-mixed city is under heavy pressure from developers who would threaten its family-friendly character.  A leading champion for the city has been FIU Professor Philip Stoddard, who is running for his third two-year term as Mayor of South Miami.

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