Zaki’s Journey – A Colorado Celebration

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

It takes a "Village".  Thanks to entrepreneurs, cannabis activists, a supportive state legislature, incredible support from the Colorado Department Agriculture, visionaries and federal representatives – today Zaki Jackson celebrates two-years seizure free.  It's hard to miss the irony that such an accomplishment is belng celebrated currently with election silly-season; perpetual political posturing about 'get tough' cannabis policies by our candidates for Governor (with the notable exception of Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon).

But not for the people leading this transition, it wouldn't be happening at all.  You see, the ending of cannabis prohibition in Colorado isn't "The Great Social Experiment".  The "Great Social Experiment" was "Prohibition".  A miserably-failed federal policy that has left a wake of perpetual poverty, unnecessary deaths and a trillion-dollar price tag.

My introduction into the life of Zaki Jackson, one of the first kids to use Charlotte's Web ( a therapeutic hemp oil to treat his seizure disorder) was from a phone call from his mother who had read the story of the industrial hemp flag being flown over the US Capitol Building on July 4, 2014 – Zaki's nine-month anniversary of being seizure free. Soon thereafter, Heather brought Zaki to the Colorado state capitol where we together celebrated the hoisting of the same flag here in the Centennial state.

Today, Zaki celebrates 2 years seizure free.

Zaki started having seizures at four months old and by the time he was five he had had 500,000 seizures. By the time he was nine, he had been through seventeen pharmaceuticals, he was developmentally a toddler and he was receiving hospice palliative services. After running out of medically available options, Zaki's mother Heather Jackson decided to have him try a Charlotte's Web product and on Oct 4 Zaki will celebrate his 2 year anniversary without a seizure!

Thanks to the efforts of many activists across Colorado, the cultivation of industrial hemp is now legal. We're tackling, head-on, the utter failure of our national policy that has for decades banned the cultivation of this wonder crop. Today, the first crop of Charlotte's Web nears its harvest in Yuma County – and with it will bring relief to thousands of children suffering from this awful, debilitating disease.

A special shout out to Jared, Joel  and Jordan Stanley and the incredible family and support system that surrounds you. One would have to travel far and wide to find human souls as passionate about 'making a difference' than these brothers. You're 'good folk'.

We have a long way yet to go; passing legislation at the federal level is key to bringing practical, natural solutions to every afflicted American household crying out for help.

xJoin us today in a Colorado celebration – celebrating this amazing milestone in Zaki's life – and that of Charlotte Figi, the plants namesake. And an extra-special shout out to Zaki's mom, Heather Barnes Jackson for her tireless efforts in tackling the challenges of the families she serves at Realm of Caring.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DaninDen says:

    As I understand it, Charlotte"s web product has the "get high" component breed out of it. Leaving the therapeutic.

    Am waiting to see how industrial hemp adds to Colorado's Ag bottom line, Is it true that it can be grown on marginal soil (once a native to the plains ?)   with minimal water requirements? 

    I am glad that recreational pot use no longer places the young on a conveyor belt "justice" system.  Curious as to how many "folks" are part of the silent migration to this state for said reasons.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Yes, Charlotte's Web is one of many strains of High-CBD plants being developed in Colorado.  It is true that industrial hemp can be grown in nearly any environment and soil type and it appears to offer significant water savings as well.  I don't tend to overhype products or movements, but it's hard not to hype the cannabis plant given it's application to almost anything that falls under the "Five F's": Food, Feed, Fiber, Fuel and 'Farma' (as opposed to 'Pharma'). 

      • Awen says:

        true, industrial hemp can be grown almost anywhere, but for now, I've heard from the ag industry that it is likely to be no more than a small-time grow operation. No large-scale planting is foreseen, for several reasons, but the big one is:

        You can't get crop insurance on it. This is a major factor for farmers; if you can't get crop insurance, then any losses due to Mother Nature you have to take the hit. Most farmers can't afford that. Until the federal Dept of Ag and Congress make it eligible for crop insurance, it's unlikely that anyone's going to take that risk.

        • MichaelBowman says:

          Give us access to seed and I'll prove you wrong (that's a federal issue that has to be solved).  It's a niche market like craft beer was a niche market a decade ago. We've seen the collapse of the corn market on the past six weeks which is promoting a lot of calls to me about growing next year. I am already seeing discussions about the crop insurance issue being talked about creatively by industry supply chains.  

        • MichaelBowman says:

          (the reason the industry will have to take on the insurance issue in the short term is the because of the length of time to get a crop recognized and supported (and subsidized) by USDA- Risk Management Agency.  That could take up to five yeas.  The industry isn't going to wait that long.)

    • MichaelBowman says:

      The Stanley Brothers getting well-deserved kudos this week on "The View"…


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