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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Compassion, War, and The Truth

Compassion, War, and The Truth

By Charmie Gholson
I’ve been writing for a long time and ordinarily, in December I would publish a guide for folks who want to take action and embody the “Spirit of the Holidays”. You know, so they can “make a difference” in their area.

But I don’t need to instruct you on how to make a difference in your neighborhood, in fact, to do so would be insulting because our community is defined by its compassion. You turn compassion into action, and do so year round. Every day, for four years, I’ve seen remarkable acts of generosity and selfless acts of compassion.

The most common example is open-handed generosity from people who have little to give. Those who have a little bit more than others happily share what they’re got, and I’ve been privileged to witness those with plenty act on their awareness of those less fortunate, and do so in extraordinary ways.

Kevin Spitler and Trena Martin at the Med Joint Compassion Club in Oshtemo, near Kalamazoo donated more than 10,000 pounds of food in the last year to community organizations and tons more to other charities.

And in this open letter to the Michigan NORML Membership, “Uncle Pete” from recently broke down the sheer number of chronically and terminally ill folks his camp sees and works to help:

We deal with a heavy patient load of terminal patients and patients with cancer/tumors. Some of the current cases we are dealing with are suffering from things like:

-Stage 4 bone cancer. Patient is 100% terminal as far as we know. It was too late for this one without a miracle. Stranger things have happened. He went on hospice 3 days ago and started treatment last night.

-Prostate cancer: This is one of the easiest to beat for some reason.

-Brain tumors and multiple seizures: This patient will start treatment next week and we are confident we can make him well in a matter of a few months. The doctors say he will die. With a high school diploma, a YouTube video, and some desire.... we will save him. We have experience beating terminal cancer that is incurable according to the docs.

-Bladder cancer patient that is a couple weeks into her treatment and doing very well. Symptoms surrounding her paralysis have been relieved greatly and we are confident the tumors will be disappearing soon.

We have seen people in wheel chairs get up and walk, we have seen people on their deathbeds get up and live.

These are just the cases I have worked with in the last 24 hours. I am overloaded and pulling my hair out trying to find any doctors willing to listen much less help. So while I am excited about some classes going on next year, I would beg somebody to get involved with what we are doing now to start documenting this stuff on a professional level. We have over 90% success rate with our oils.

The members of this community are attacked simultaneously by the system and by our own bodies. We fight law enforcement and chronic pain. Legislators and cancer.  And yet, we are winning the battle of public opinion.

I’m sure our Attorney General and a few others were dumbfounded and furious November 7th, after two states completely legalized marijuana and five Michigan cities overwhelmingly passed marijuana regulations and reforms. It must really stink to have so much money and power, and still lose.

It’s pretty pathetic if you think about it.  Those with money, power and control of the media who want to see this war continued and work to silence us are getting their asses kicked by the sick, the have-nots and disenfranchised. 

They’re probably wondering how we keep gaining ground, no matter how many times they knock us down, but it’s not that hard to understand. You good people possess the one thing they work to hide-- The Truth. And truth crushed to the ground rises again.

Happy Holidays Everyone. I pray you can see yourselves through the eyes of those you are helping. It’s remarkable to behold.

Charmie Gholson is co-owner of The American Cultivator and founder of Michigan Moms United to End the War on Drugs. You can email her at

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