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MAPTalk-Digest Sunday, December 23 2007 Volume 07 : Number 135

001 Drug War Still Racist, Even in 'Liberal' Austin
    From: Herb <>
002 US OR: Pot growers lure home invaders
    From: Allan Erickson <>
003 Beth Wehrman Has Pancaratic Cancer
    From: Richard Lake <>
004 Re: Pot growers lure home invaders
    From: Rick Steeb <>
005 Re: MAP: Beth Wehrman Has Pancaratic Cancer
    From: Tom Suther <>
006 An update on Beth from her http://www.carepages.com page
    From: Richard Lake <>


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Subj: 001 Drug War Still Racist, Even in 'Liberal' Austin
From: Herb <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 22:14:30 -0800

Drug War Still Racist, Even in 'Liberal' Austin

http://texascivilrightsreview.org/phpnuke/modules.php?name=News&file=a

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Subj: 002 US OR: Pot growers lure home invaders
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 22:23:44 -0800

Comments section is... interesting... amazing how the ignorance still  
flows like an unchanged, and very full, diaper.

Pot growers lure home invaders
http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php? 
story_id=119818823475451100
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Subj: 003 Beth Wehrman Has Pancaratic Cancer
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2007 04:51:33 -0800

Some of you may know Beth from conferences. Here is a picture Media 
Awareness Project volunteer Beth Wehrman at the Drug Policy Alliance 
Conference, 2005, Long Beach, CA http://www.mapinc.org/images/BethatDPA.jpg

Some of you may know Beth as the needle exchange lady of Lifeguard 
Harm Reduction Services http://www.lifeguardonline.org/ of the 
Peoria/Pekin, Galesburg, and Quad Cities areas of Illinois and Iowa. 
You may remember the reaction of Peoria and their newspaper to her 
services in 2002 as written about here 
http://www.mapinc.org/alert/0240.html and here 
http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/236/peoria.shtml

Now Beth needs your prayers, good vibes, and support. More on how you 
may send her messages below.

Yesterday the below was posted to Beth's webpage in the discussiion 
area at http://www.carepages.com

*****

Cancer Sucks

Randal Wehrman December 21, 2007 at 03:45 PM CST

At approximately 11:30 A.M., Dr. Reid Lombardo's nurse called to 
inform us that they were closing and they would come get us for a 
consultation. Dr. Reid Lombardo sat with us and cried with us, 
something I've never seen a surgeon do. She told us that everything 
was good until she got to the mesenteric vein and artery and that the 
tumor had encroached upon them preventing her from separating the 
tumor from them. So she had to close.

This was not the news we were hoping for, obviously. We will now wait 
to consult with oncologist to hear their recommendations, but Dr. 
Reid Lombardo thought we would probably try to shrink the tumor with 
radiation and chemo and then we would check again to see if the tumor 
were shrunk enough to proceed with the Whipple. A resident assisting 
told us they would probably try to get her released before Christmas 
if possible. We are a stubbon lot and will never give in to this 
dispicable disease.

I will further say that as I sit here and wonder what the future 
holds for Beth and our family, I am appalled at a Government and a 
President who continue to spend billions in Iraq and spend so very 
little on cancer research. I wonder how W would feel were he in my 
shoes!! Our foreign aid to Israel is something like $10 billion and 
cancer research for our citizens is only $6 billion. What is wrong 
with this picture?

Please keep the good thoughts coming. They really help. Beth is still 
pretty groggy. The first thing she said to me was, "it's too early 
for me to be out, I know what that means and I'm pissed!" Obviously, 
she won't quit.

*****

The whipple procedure is discussed here 
http://www.mayoclinic.org/pancreatic-cancer/whippleprocedure.html

Beth is under the care of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and is 
at Saint Marys Hospital http://www.mayoclinic.org/hospitals-rst/ but 
may, as the above message says, be home for Christmas.

Friends, please, our Beth very much appreciates your good thoughts, 
as the note above says. Sending them is very easy. Just follow these 
instructions:

Her message board is:

http://www.carepages.com

At the upper right corner of the webpage is a link to a page on which 
to register, which you must do.

Once registered you may use the link in the same location to visit 
her board page section. You must enter her name, one word, case 
sensitive, as follows:

BethWehrman

This will take you to her pages. I had a little trouble finding the 
actual Message Board but it is there, and it is where you may post 
messages to her.

Yell to me if you are having difficulty accessing the page, and I 
will try to help. Or if you wish, send me an email and I will post it 
to the message board for you.

Richard


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Subj: 004 Re: Pot growers lure home invaders
From: Rick Steeb <>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2007 10:32:23 -0800

Re: Pot growers lure home invaders
<http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=119818823475451>

When Cannabis is available to adults in any store that carries cigars or whiskey, the problem will be solved.

"Smoking weed is 5X more likely to cause cancer than nicotine. And yes it's in a non-government medical journal--look it up."

Hey, Rockwood, YOU look it up; it's all in the latest TASHKIN study.  Cannabis, even when SMOKED, [c.f. vaporized] PREVENTS cancer.  Even for tobacco smokers.

Marinol's THC costs 10x what the THC in high-grade herb at $400 an ounce costs.

Marinol is pure synthetic THC, the "dreaded" psychoactive component (which is ostensibly why pot is illegal, eh?).  

Marinol excludes the other 59+ cannabinoids, some of which mitigate the "high" caused by THC, some effective neuroprotectants, some effective against cancer, alzheimers, stroke, and more.  

Google thc+tumor+1974 if you have ANY doubts, or think the government "is here to help you".  

The Federal law is a damned lie.  Look it up.  What fool believes a law that excludes tobacco and alcohol and places the least toxic substance on the "controlled" list in "Schedule I"?  

Beyond its blatant abrogation of the Tenth Amendment, having Cannabis in Schedule I makes the Controlled Substances Act patently absurd.

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Subj: 005 Re: MAP: Beth Wehrman Has Pancaratic Cancer
From: Tom Suther <>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2007 11:39:45 -0800

If there is anything I can do for her while she is in Rochester I would be happy to help.

I live in the area.

Tom

- -----Original Message-----
>From: Richard Lake <>
>Sent: Dec 22, 2007 6:51 AM
>To: 
>Subject: MAP: Beth Wehrman Has Pancaratic Cancer
>
>Some of you may know Beth from conferences. Here is a picture Media 
>Awareness Project volunteer Beth Wehrman at the Drug Policy Alliance 
>Conference, 2005, Long Beach, CA http://www.mapinc.org/images/BethatDPA.jpg
>
>Some of you may know Beth as the needle exchange lady of Lifeguard 
>Harm Reduction Services http://www.lifeguardonline.org/ of the 
>Peoria/Pekin, Galesburg, and Quad Cities areas of Illinois and Iowa. 
>You may remember the reaction of Peoria and their newspaper to her 
>services in 2002 as written about here 
>http://www.mapinc.org/alert/0240.html and here 
>http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/236/peoria.shtml
>
>Now Beth needs your prayers, good vibes, and support. More on how you 
>may send her messages below.
>
>Yesterday the below was posted to Beth's webpage in the discussiion 
>area at http://www.carepages.com
>
>*****
>
>Cancer Sucks
>
>Randal Wehrman December 21, 2007 at 03:45 PM CST
>
>At approximately 11:30 A.M., Dr. Reid Lombardo's nurse called to 
>inform us that they were closing and they would come get us for a 
>consultation. Dr. Reid Lombardo sat with us and cried with us, 
>something I've never seen a surgeon do. She told us that everything 
>was good until she got to the mesenteric vein and artery and that the 
>tumor had encroached upon them preventing her from separating the 
>tumor from them. So she had to close.
>
>This was not the news we were hoping for, obviously. We will now wait 
>to consult with oncologist to hear their recommendations, but Dr. 
>Reid Lombardo thought we would probably try to shrink the tumor with 
>radiation and chemo and then we would check again to see if the tumor 
>were shrunk enough to proceed with the Whipple. A resident assisting 
>told us they would probably try to get her released before Christmas 
>if possible. We are a stubbon lot and will never give in to this 
>dispicable disease.
>
>I will further say that as I sit here and wonder what the future 
>holds for Beth and our family, I am appalled at a Government and a 
>President who continue to spend billions in Iraq and spend so very 
>little on cancer research. I wonder how W would feel were he in my 
>shoes!! Our foreign aid to Israel is something like $10 billion and 
>cancer research for our citizens is only $6 billion. What is wrong 
>with this picture?
>
>Please keep the good thoughts coming. They really help. Beth is still 
>pretty groggy. The first thing she said to me was, "it's too early 
>for me to be out, I know what that means and I'm pissed!" Obviously, 
>she won't quit.
>
>*****
>
>The whipple procedure is discussed here 
>http://www.mayoclinic.org/pancreatic-cancer/whippleprocedure.html
>
>Beth is under the care of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and is 
>at Saint Marys Hospital http://www.mayoclinic.org/hospitals-rst/ but 
>may, as the above message says, be home for Christmas.
>
>Friends, please, our Beth very much appreciates your good thoughts, 
>as the note above says. Sending them is very easy. Just follow these 
>instructions:
>
>Her message board is:
>
>http://www.carepages.com
>
>At the upper right corner of the webpage is a link to a page on which 
>to register, which you must do.
>
>Once registered you may use the link in the same location to visit 
>her board page section. You must enter her name, one word, case 
>sensitive, as follows:
>
>BethWehrman
>
>This will take you to her pages. I had a little trouble finding the 
>actual Message Board but it is there, and it is where you may post 
>messages to her.
>
>Yell to me if you are having difficulty accessing the page, and I 
>will try to help. Or if you wish, send me an email and I will post it 
>to the message board for you.
>
>Richard
>
>

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Subj: 006 An update on Beth from her http://www.carepages.com page
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 12:37:34 -0800

11  December 23, 2007 at 02:24 PM CST
Dr. Reid Lombardo came by to see us today and brought her stepson 
Jordan to meet us all. What a very nice young man who wants to fly 
commercial airplanes when he grows up. She spent an hour or so with 
us, much of time spent talking about many things other than medicine. 
She was very complimentary about our family and was pleased to meet 
us all despite the circumstances. She and Max are still trying to get 
Beth out of the hospital for Christmas, but I am not terribly optimistic.

Beth is not taking enough fluids by mouth to leave so they continue 
to hydrate her with IV's. She has taken some water and tried a 
popsicle and some flavored ice, but that is the extent of it. She has 
voided twice, however, but not sufficiently to empty her bladder. It 
appears her obdominal organs are not waking up after the anesthesia 
meaning that her bladder and bowels are still somewhat paralyzed from 
the anesthesia. So it may well be the day after Christmas before she 
is released at a minimum, but we will remain hopeful that we can do so.

The next question is whether or not we can drive home and what the 
weather is doing. I don't think it a wise idea to get stuck in a snow 
bank right now!

She is up walking with regularity and is to make 8 trips up and down 
the halls today. She is moving better and with less pain, but still 
quite slowly.

I can't imagine that she will be discharged tomorrow but will try to 
remain optimistic about so doing. I suppose in the grand sceam of 
things, Christmas is just another day and if we don't get out for 
that day, it's no big deal. Better to leave when ready than to leave 
and have trouble. She seems to be lethargic and indiffernent today 
which concerns me. If I push too hard she resists so will keep my 
mouth shut and hope that she ralleys.

Happy Holidays from the Wehrman clan. Please keep the responses coming.

Randy

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