Marching for Marijuana 

  Marching for Marijuana 

Posted by CN Staff on April 19, 2007 at 20:09:10 PT
By Alexis DeLaCruz 
Source: Steamboat Pilot & Today 

Steamboat Springs, CO -- Hayden resident Don Nord says being able to smoke marijuana or eat banana bread and oatmeal cookies baked with pot has helped him live a more productive and fulfilling life in light of the myriad of medical conditions he lives with.Nord, a vocal lobbyist for the legalization of medicinal marijuana and marijuana law reform, will again spread that message Friday afternoon as he hosts the fourth annual Routt County Medical Marijuana Awareness March on the Routt County Courthouse lawn.
“This is a medical marijuana rally I hold every year to meet people interested in getting more information about medical marijuana,” he said.Nord said the event is open to the public, and he encourages people to stop by.“It’s a really peaceful event,” he said. “No one is rioting or anything like that. We just like to gather around and speak about medical marijuana. People honk their horns as they drive by us — it’s their way of showing support.”Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said the annual event has never caused a problem for the city.Nord has “done it before. We’ve seen him out there, and everything seems to be organized,” he said. “It’s the freedom of speech thing, and as long as it isn’t impeding the flow of traffic or anything, he has the right to do that.”Nord has been smoking medical marijuana for more than two decades, and he has a state permit to legally grow marijuana in his Hayden home. Nord suffers from ongoing complications from kidney cancer, prostate operations, foot ailments and other medical conditions that require him to use oxygen to breathe.“Medical marijuana is not for a stubbed toe,” he said. “It’s more or less for people suffering from cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, AIDS, HIV. It’s to help those kinds of people get through the day.”Mason Tvert, executive director of the Colorado-based nonprofit Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation, said the organization is working to change the public’s perception of what “4/20” is.“I don’t think there is a misperception of what (Friday) is. People know exactly what it is — it’s a bunch of people smoking pot in public,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is transform that into a public discussion about why marijuana laws need to be reformed and why marijuana isn’t a big deal.”Nord has volunteered for SAFER. During the 2006 election, Nord collected thousands of local signatures in support of Amendment 44, which would have legalized possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana by adults ages 21 and older.Friday’s events are about showing discontent with current marijuana laws, Tvert said. “What we do is try to generate public discussion about the efficacy of prohibition and punishing adults for (marijuana) use. Unfortunately, a lot of people are uncomfortable talking about it in public,” Tvert said.People like Nord are the exception, he said.“My hope is that people will stop by and get the information they need,” Nord said of Friday’s march. “The more people I can help or get information to, then I’ve accomplished something.”A global marijuana march is scheduled for May 4, 5 and 6, Nord said.— To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234Note: Hayden resident encourages support for medicinal use.Source: Steamboat Pilot & Today, The (CO)Author: Alexis DeLaCruzPublished: Thursday, April 19, 2007Copyright: 2007 The Steamboat Pilot & TodayContact: editor steamboatpilot.comWebsite: Choice Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #8 posted by doc james on April 24, 2007 at 09:04:25 PT
my nephew called
on that glorious day to wish me a happy 4/ kind of brought the whole thing back to square one. So, my brother did one thing right, teaching him about this medicne.
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Comment #7 posted by museman on April 21, 2007 at 12:25:40 PT
spring was here...
But it's cold and wet right now. Most of my older kids went to a 420 gathering in Eugene - I think there was one done by U of O kids.Me, well I'm not one for celebrating holidays. I think the whole idea of 'party' is just a teeny bit over-rated. I like purpose to my social scenes, and could never find it in that kind of atmosphere.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 21, 2007 at 10:03:53 PT

I hope you had a good day yesterday. We did work outside and will be doing more today. Spring is so beautiful. Sometimes I have to dig deep to find any hope but Spring always gets me feeling really good. It's a time that it's just great to be alive. Happy Earth Day in advance too.
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Comment #5 posted by museman on April 21, 2007 at 09:28:56 PT

420 - the orignal
Sing a song of sixpenceA pocket full of ryeFour and twenty blackbirdsBaked in a pieWhen the pie was openedThe birds began to singWasn’t that a dainty dishTo set before the king.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 21, 2007 at 05:25:31 PT

Happy 420 a day late. I hope you had a great day.
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Comment #3 posted by whig on April 20, 2007 at 23:33:41 PT

new people
I think this is a board that is read by adults. In any case, it is not an appropriate place for children to post comments, FoM has made clear.
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Comment #1 posted by freewillks on April 20, 2007 at 04:36:42 PT

happy 420
Happy 420! Take the time to talk to one person about cannabis today.
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