Medpot Minstrel: Hydroponics Medical Marijuana

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Blind Justice in Butler, Alabama

A courageous young woman named Loretta Nall is running for Governor of Alabama. She is an outspoken advocate of medicinal marijuana, and recently posted a very moving article about a cancer patient named Don, who is facing prison time because his Marinol was no longer covered by insurance, so he resorted to acquiring his medicine in other ways.

(Marinol, as you know, is the synthetic drug containing THC, the active ingredient in marijuana—it costs seven hundred dollars for a month’s supply, and only a few can afford that.)

Ms. Nall drove out of her way on small roads in order to find Butler, Alabama, where Don is about to stand trial. Her insightful account of her journey can be found at the website of the U.S. Marijuana Party. She comments on injustice, dire poverty, and the resilience of the human spirit. She’s a skilful writer—it’s worth reading.

Don not only suffers from Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma, but also from diabetes and neuropathy. He’s on insulin, diabetes pills, Oxycontin, Loratab, and Prozac, not to mention chemo treatments every three months. He has tumors the size of tennis balls under his arms, and at other lymph node locations.

He is small, pale, weak, and walks with a cane, according to Loretta. She expresses her outrage with the following words: “I am immediately angry that our government would dare to pick on someone so sick and helpless and defenceless. What BASTARDS!!”

I couldn’t agree more. The picture Loretta paints of Don’s predicament represents the worst of the so-called American system of justice. As the late sixties folksinger Richard Farina sang a long time ago—“Blind Mother Justice on a pile of manure.”

I pray that Loretta Nall becomes the next Governor of Alabama, Short of that, I hope that her valiant efforts on behalf of medical marijuana patients will awaken the consciences of some citizens, not just in the South, but throughout the United States.

My six pot plants are three-quarters of the way to harvest. In August, I’ll be treating them with Colossal Bud Blast. Right now they get their regular dose of Iguana Juice Bloom during the periodic flooding of the hydroponic buckets from the reservoir.

My home office is next door to the grow room and I was concerned this past week about an infestation of fruit flies. I inadvertently left a banana in my office and it ripened and attracted these bugs. They’re hard to get rid of and my fear is that they’ll fly into the grow room.

I purchased some yellow sticky traps at a garden store, and already I must have snared dozens of them. They are usually a problem in the kitchen, around the compost bin, but this is the first time in my office. I’ll have to be careful with food from now on.

Just to be on the safe side, I sprayed some Bug Away on the little buggers to stop the infestation.

Good sanitation measures around the grow room also include personal hygiene when working with your plants. Unwashed clothing or hair can take pathogens or pests into your grow space, as can the bottom of your shoes. It’s a good idea to leave your shoes at the door and work in socks, or slippers if you’re afraid of getting your feet wet.

Speaking of getting your feet wet, we need more courageous young women like Loretta Nall to enter politics, since they seem to have more balls than men when it comes to speaking out on behalf of true justice and compassion.

posted by Wes @ 1:45 AM


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