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Hawaii woman dies after being kicked off liver transplant list for marijuana use | The NORML Stash Blog

I am the producer of The NORML Network, the host of the NORML SHOW LIVE and The NORML Stash Blog, and NORML's Outreach Coordinator. I'm married, live in Portland, Oregon, and I am a registered medical marijuana caregiver in this state. I've worked days as an IT geek and nights as a professional musician. Previously, I have been the host of my own political talk radio show on satellite radio. I've been the High Times "Freedom Fighter of the Month" and I travel across the country to educate people on marijuana reform. I've dedicated my life to bringing an end to adult marijuana prohibition and re-legalizing cannabis hemp, and I'm honored to be chosen by NORML to give voice to the Marijuana Nation and to speak for those who can't speak up.


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12 responses to “Hawaii woman dies after being kicked off liver transplant list for marijuana use”

  1. Valerie

    My heart goes out to this family for I know all too well the daily struggle of living with cirrhosis. I was diagnosed five years ago with stage 4 cirrhosis. I rarely drink, I’ve never done drugs, never had any other health issues period. What bothers me the most is that one medical insurances won’t cover me because I have a preexisting condition, two they won’t put me on the transplant list until I go into organ failure, three there really aren’t no good medications that don’t cause other issues.

  2. Jenny

    Hi, I am from a small native tribe from Arizona and my mother was recently diagnosed with type 4 cirrhosis. She has never drank alcohol in her life but was diagnosed with heart disease about 15 years ago. Through blood transfusions she attracted Hep. C. and now they finally realized she had cirrhosis. :pissed: It’s been extremely diificult to see my beautiful mother dying every day in front of us. :cry: She will turn 61 in Oct. Although it seems unfair. We try and make her feel happy. I want to try and help eleviate some of the pain she goes through. I’m not exactly sure if the Herbs will hurt her. All I know is that it’s natural and how awful, the medicine’s that was given to her, make her feel. I myself enjoy herb and I know that when I feel sick, that it helps. This is the first time I have reached out in this way. Some of us natives aren’t too familiar with the internet and it helps to find pages like this. My mother on the other hand is afraid of the Ganj. To many reports that it is bad has frighten her, morally. How can I convince her that it will help. Thank you :greenmj:

  3. Kimberly starb, nachdem sie wegen Cannabisgebrauchs von der Transplantate-Liste gestrichen wurde

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  4. Robert Balch

    I was recently busted for having about 1/4 of a bowls worth of pot which I use to keep my stomach settled from symptoms (nausea and lack of interest in eating) of Hep C. My laywer has recommended I find a good article on Pot for Hep C treatment of these symptoms. Does anyone know of a good article from a credible source that might help?

  5. Russ Belville: The Denial of Organ Transplants to Medical Marijuana Patients | India News Blog, Latest News From India, Latest Blogs From India

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  6. phynte

    My heart goes out to the family of Kimberly Reyes for this needless loss of yet another life to the War on Drugs. This is exactly the type of tragedy that needs to be told so that people can relate to cannabis prohibition in terms they can identify with. It’s exactly the reason why our medical industry needs an overhauling. Hell, Gov. Palin, we already have ‘death panels’ and they need to be abolished. President Obama, you know in your heart that cannabis didn’t put Kimberly at risk of a failed transplant.

    Single payer, public option, everyone eligible, personal choice health care for all.

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  8. Fidget Truittelli

    I feel sorry for this poor woman, a major casualty in this senseless :-( war!

  9. pooky420

    My biggest concern is that I would like the government to have less influence in my life, not more. I haven’t had a lot of luck when the government shows up to ‘help.’

  10. TalladegaTom

    Yeah, this is NO laughing matter Mr President. :cry:
    What if that were one of YOUR kids?
    This is SO wrong that it makes me wonder WTF our leaders are thinking.
    The ignorance is astounding.
    My sympathies to the Reyes family.

  11. pooky420

    What happens when we have a health care plan run by the same people who would take financial aid away from students for cannibis use? There is a movement out there to require all recipients of public assistance, Foodstamps, Medicaid, ADC, etc. to submit to random drug testing. Mr. President, is it STILL funny? I’m not laughing.

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