Healthy Hopes: Providing Medical Marijuana & Resources To Patients In Need
There’s no denying that we are making progress in terms of the acceptance of cannabis. More and more states are passing medical marijuana laws, not to mention the few states with adult-use laws on the books.
Despite this, there are plenty of people suffering at the hand of prohibition. They are often forced into one of three options: 1.) Rely on potentially harmful pharmaceutical drugs, 2.) Break the law and acquire cannabis through their own means, or 3.) Move to a state like Colorado, Washington, or California where they can access cannabis through legal means.
Option number 3 seems to be the obvious choice, but not everyone has the financial means to uproot their life and move to a new state. It’s this unfortunate reality that has spurred the development of Healthy Hopes.
Healthy Hopes Aims To Help Chronically Ill Patients
Based in Northern California, Healthy Hopes was founded earlier this year in hopes of providing “safe, legal access to patients with serious and chronic health conditions that are easily treated with medical cannabis.”
“The (Healthy Hopes) ranch will serve as a ‘pipeline for patients to move from states where cannabis possession and consumption is against the law.'”
According to Stephen Bradley, the Director of Healthy Hopes, they recently submitted an application for a 450 acre property. If approved, it will serve as the first Healthy Hopes Ranch.
As explained on the Healthy Hopes website, the ranch will serve as a “pipeline for patients to move from states where cannabis possession and consumption is against the law.” Patients will be provided with housing and paired with a skilled grower who will teach them how to cultivate their own medical marijuana.
Bradley, a former law enforcement officer, says this strategy will help more than just the patients that stay at the Healthy Hopes Ranch. Teaching people to grow their own medicine will allow them to offer the same service to others in need.
In addition to teaching people how to grow, Healthy Hopes will utilize their relationships with various businesses to provide patients with resources like nutrients, grow equipment, and more. The idea is to do everything in their power to make the transition into home cultivation go as smoothly as possible.
Seth Green’s Search For Greener Pastures
One of the most prominent voices for Healthy Hopes thus far has been Seth Green, a 23-year-old activist who uses medical marijuana to stifle panic attacks, depression and anxiety he experiences due to cerebral palsy. Cannabis also helps Seth treat symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an experience he decribes in the video below.
In an interview with Medical Jane, Seth explained that he plans to move to a state like California where he can obtain medical marijuana legally. He ultimately hopes to run for a state representative position in the future so that may stand in opposition to major pharmaceutical companies that offer poor long term solutions to symptoms like chronic pain, anxiety, etc.
More immediately, Seth will be one of the first patients to take advantage of the Healthy Hopes offering. The 23-year-old says that he looks forward to sharing the knowledge he acquires from Healthy Hopes with other patients in his position.
In order to make his trip to California a reality, Seth is accepting donations through a Give Forward campaign. The goal has been set at $1,300, and he’s colleted $1,050 thus far. Those who wish to contribute are encouraged to click here.
Based in Northern California, Healthy Hopes was founded in 2014 in hopes of providing “safe, legal access to patients with serious and chronic health conditions that are easily treated with medical cannabis.”There are plans to …