A conversation with the CO MMIG about low income patients


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The next Denver Medical Marijuana Workgroup meeting has been scheduled for next
Tuesday:

What: Denver MMJ Workgroup Mtg with George Thomson and Ruthie Sullivan

When: Tuesday, April 24th, 2:00 to 3:00

Where: Wellington Webb Building Atrium, 201 W. Colfax, 80202

Agenda:

1. Denver Update (Ruthie Sullivan)
2. MMED Update (George Thomson, Senior Director of Enforcement at DOR)
3. Questions/CommentsPlease forward this invitation,
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Mike Elliott, Esq.

Executive Director

Medical Marijuana Industry Group

720-382-3009 (cell)

720-377-0741 (office)

mike@mmig.org [mailto:mike@mmig.org]

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This email was sent to btokeefer@gmail.com by mike@mmig.org.

 

Medical Marijuana Industry Group | 1660 Lincoln St., Ste 1460 | Denver | CO | 80264

Breezy Keefer ✆
Apr 17 (6 days ago)

to mike
I’m clearly not a member of the industry, so kindly don’t ask me to pimp your shit…. EVERYONE knows that I CANNOT attend this shit….. so I’m not wasting my time making ya’ll look good any more. YOU DO NOT CARE ABOUT PATIENTS
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Respectfully,
Breedheen O’Rilley Keefer
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~ Do all that you can to cultivate peace within yourself, that it might
shine out from you, and plant the seed of peace in other spirits, for them
to cultivate.~

{Remember… it is when we choose act on the issues that are in front of
our faces, when we choose to get involved instead of looking the other way
as our fellow man struggles, when we choose to take those small simple
little actions, working on righting little wrongs in our everyday lives that
really make change happen, those seemingly small actions are what really
make the world a better place and are a catalyst for greater social change.}
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Michael Elliott, MMIG ✆
Apr 17 (6 days ago)

to me

Hi Breezy,

I’m sorry for sending you the email – I was simply sending the invitation to folks who had signed up previously for Denver updates.

Ultimately, I believe that my group is doing quite a bit to protect the rights of medical marijuana patients.  Specifically, we just donated to the Beinor litigation fund, we have gotten several positive stories about medical marijuana in the Denver Post, NY Times, and other venues, and we are one of the only groups advocating for medical marijuana reform in DC.  You are welcome to share your concerns/suggestions with me.  I, at the very least, will listen.

Michael Elliott, Esq.

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Executive Director

Medical Marijuana Industry Group

720-382-3009

From: Breezy Keefer [mailto:btokeefer@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 1:47 PM
To: mike@mmig.org
Subject: Re: Next Tuesday – Denver MMJ Workgroup Meeting with George Thomson

Breezy Keefer ✆
Apr 17 (6 days ago)

to mike
sure, if you are really interested in what I think, I made tons of points on my fb wall today. I think these events grossly under-serve the low income patient. I think the low income patients fall through the cracks.

Michael Elliott, MMIG ✆
Apr 17 (6 days ago)

to me

How are low-income patients being grossly underserved? Do you think that low-income patients are having trouble affording medical marijuana? Or is the problem deeper than just cost?

Michael Elliott, Esq.

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Executive Director

Medical Marijuana Industry Group

720-382-3009

From: Breezy Keefer [mailto:btokeefer@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 6:00 PM

Breezy Keefer ✆
Apr 18 (6 days ago)

to mike
The average person on social security disability or state assistance due to illness goes under-medicated and often COMPLETELY un-medicated for several weeks out of the month…. At current market prices, few can afford anywhere near their medically necessary doses particularly if they are using cannabis as a part of an opiate reduction/replacement therapy.

Meanwhile, their caregivers grow plants in the names of these low income patients and profit off of the cannabis the low income person is incapable of purchasing for themselves. This “excess” herb goes into concentrates or edibles in the best case, and into the black market in others. Often, the low income person’s medicine is sold out of state where it is worth more. I have been on the registry since June of 2009.
When I began writing for the cannabis cause, I received SSD, SSI, food stamps, medicare and medicaid.  My husband was on disability as well. After the state began encroaching on our benefits by reducing/removing programs without cause or explanation, My husband left me. Under social security, if you are both disabled, you are a single person, not 2 people. He was more capable of paying into the system, so he got a larger check than I.
I was left living on $350 a month plus food stamps. Together it gave me $17.42 to live on. At the beginning of the 2012, I got a cost of living DECREASE. In March, my food stamps were cut to nothing without explanation again. I broke my pelvis and went to the emergency room where I found out I no longer have medicaid. I have been left to live on $10.61 a Day! How am I supposed to afford my medication? I was on the highest legal dosages of medications like Fentanyl. I’ve had opportunity to be with others who are better off than I am and have seen benefits from 7+ grams daily treatment of cannabis via ingestion, smoking, and topical applications. The cheapest dispensaries charge about $25 for 3.5 grams. This means that my medication costs nearly 5 times my daily budget for all my needs  combined (housing, food, clothing, transportation, medication ect.)
How is this in any way sane or compassionate?

Breezy Keefer ✆
10:11 AM (6 hours ago)

to mike
you asked for my opinion I gave it to you as it applies to me and many other low income patients in the state. You seemed unaware patients were being victimized, yet you have no response. Interesting.

Update April 29, 2012

Hi Breezy,

 

I’m sorry for my delayed response.  I recently became a father; and on top of that, I’m in the process of moving.  To say the least, I do not have enough time to meet all of my responsibilities. 

 

Thank you for your email.  I am sorry to hear that you have been having so much difficulty.  I know many other patients who face similar battles to those that you are facing. 

 

Occasionally, my group is able to make positive changes in the law to address issues such as making medical marijuana more affordable for those in need.  You are welcome to send me suggestions for changes in policy.  I will continue to listen – and if the time is right, perhaps MMIG can make a difference. 

 

I am happy to hear your concerns.  However, if you would like to have some sort of a relationship going forward, we need to have trust and respect.  If you would like to communicate with me further, please remove your blog posting.

 

Thanks,

 

Michael Elliott, Esq.

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Executive Director

Medical Marijuana Industry Group

720-382-3009

Response May 6, 2012

Mike, If you care about low income people, then you should be able to have an intelligent respectful debate about their issues in public. No, I will not remove my blogpost. You may do as you like. You may cease communication with me if you like. I am not going away as it applies to low income cannabis patients…

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About Breezy Kiefair

links about breezy blog http://breedheenorilleykeefer.com/ http://misshightimes.com/users/breezykiefair on youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/Mr8MrsKiefAir?feature=mhsn ~ Do all that you can to cultivate peace within yourself, that it might shine out from you, and plant the seed of peace in other spirits, for them to cultivate.~ {Remember... it is when we choose act on the issues that are in front of our faces, when we choose to get involved instead of looking the other way as our fellow man struggles, when we choose to take those small simple little actions, working on righting little wrongs in our everyday lives that really make change happen, those seemingly small actions are what really make the world a better place and are a catalyst for greater social change.} ~Both quotes by Breedheen "Bree" O'Rilley Keefer~ an interview in the 420 times http://the420times.com/2010/06/the-faces-of-medical-marijuana-an-interview-with-breez/ Cannabis Health News Magazine... see pages 37-39 http://cannabishealthnewsmagazine.com/PDF/CHNM_Feb2010_small.pdf

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