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Teen's medical marijuana fight escalates as school says he cannot come back to class after going...
Colorado Independent ^ | 02.07.11 | Scot Kersgaard

Posted on 02/22/2011 1:35:12 PM PST by neverdem

Teen's medical marijuana fight escalates as school says he cannot come back to class after going home for medicine

Father appeals to legislators for help

The saga of a Colorado Springs teenager struggling with a rare neurological condition best controlled with medical marijuana lozenges became a little more surreal when Harrison School District 2 informed the student’s father that the child cannot return to school on any day that he consumes medical marijuana.

“They say if he takes his medicine he cannot come back to school,” the teenager’s father told The Colorado Independent. The boy attends Sierra High School.

The child missed most of the last school year when he was diagnosed with diaphragmatic and axial myoclonus, which causes seizures that can last for 24 hours or more. He spent extensive periods of time hospitalized and used morphine and other narcotics to control the seizures until doctors discovered that THC works better than any other medication.

He was able to return to school in January but as the district would not allow him to possess or consume his prescribed medicine on campus, he transferred to a school closer to home so that he could walk home as needed to take his medicine.

After the district’s latest salvo was delivered, the teen’s father said he spoke with both the district superintendent and the district attorney and that neither were receptive to his arguments that his son needs the medicine to function, does not get high and does not smell like marijuana.

The district has refused to comment to us, other than for a spokesperson to say that the district intends to follow the letter of the law, which is that no student may possess or consume medical marijuana on school grounds.

The district’s attorney, Kelly Dude, did not return a call for comment.

The father has now taken the step of writing to the legislators who represent his district, Democratic Senator John Morse and Republican Representative Mark Barker.

We called both, seeking comment. Barker told us he would look into the matter, and then sent us this email: “I will have the legislative liaison staff research the issue and once we have the information, perhaps we can provide a solution.”

Senator Greg Brophy, R-Wray, reached by email, said this: “Tragic. Zero tolerance policies are for people with zero intelligence.”

Brophy has introduced an unrelated bill that would make it easier for some students to take needed medicine while at school.

In the letter, signed by the mother, the father and the grandmother (who has legal custody of the child), they recount the damage they believed was being done to the child by narcotics which had been used to control his condition before they tried THC.

They ask Morse and Barker for their help in changing the law so that exceptions can be made on a case by case basis. They make the point that the teenager does not get high on the drug.

“This is a child that wants his education, and has gone through enough with the endless tests, trials, and school changes.

“We are doing everything we possibly can to stay within the letter of the law,” they write.

The father has released many pages of medical records to The Colorado Independent. The boy’s doctor has not yet returned our phone calls, so we are not releasing her name, but below we quote from a letter she prepared for the school district.

LETTER OF MEDICAL NECESSITY

Date: January 18, 2011 To: Whom it may concern

Regarding: redacted name

DOB: redacted date/1994

Diagnosis: Diaphragmatic and Axial myoclonus

Treatment: Sinemet 25/100 mg tablets, 2 tablets by mouth three times per day Zoloft 50mg at bedtime THC 10-50mg as needed for episode of breakthrough myoclonus

Rationale: Failure to respond to a host of other medications including Keppra, clonazepam, valium, morphine, benadryl, Xanax, inhaled lidocaine, Dilantin, Tegretol, Depakote, Flexeril, Artane, IVlg and Solumedrol. Previously, (redacted name) was taking benzodiazepines while at school for episodes of breakthrough myoclonus which was sedating and ineffective to control the symptoms. We now have (redacted name) on a medication regimen which actually helps reduce the frequency and duration of his spells, and have found a medication which reliably aborts the attacks (THC) when they occur.

He has no significant side effects to the THC and is functional on this medication. I strongly recommend that (redacted name) return to school on his current medication regimen and be allowed to take the THC which has been prescribed by a physician to treat his medical condition.

Please call me with any concerns or questions.

In the plan above, the father explained that the zoloft and sinemet are taken on a regular schedule to reduce the frequency of the attacks and the THC is taken only when an attack occurs in order to reduce the severity and length of the individual attack. For best effect, the THC needs to be taken immediately when an attack occurs, which is not possible when the boy has to walk home to get his medicine.

As a side note, the father told us today that his son sprained an ankle over the weekend and was prescribed vicodin for the pain.

“I called the school to see if he could come to school after taking vicodin and they said that was no problem even though the vicodin affects his mental state way more than the THC.

“It’s not right,” the father said.


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IIRC, medical marijuana is OK in Colorado.
1 posted on 02/22/2011 1:35:16 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Don’t believe one word of it.


2 posted on 02/22/2011 1:38:41 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: neverdem
Need meds? WI doctors are ready to write script for you. Medical reasons/necessity not required. If interested, apply at nearest union rally or contact local union thug for locations.
3 posted on 02/22/2011 1:39:55 PM PST by JPG (As WI goes, so goes the nation. Thank you, Gov Walker.)
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To: neverdem

Only freaking school oficials would be insane enough to get upset about THC but still allow students to take Ritalin.


4 posted on 02/22/2011 1:42:48 PM PST by Seruzawa (What's Democrat's legacy? Almost 1/2 million dead US soldiers and collapsed cities.)
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To: neverdem

Welcome to Zero Tolerance. The school system can’t tell the difference between a gang-banger smoking chronic and a kid sucking on a lozenge.


5 posted on 02/22/2011 1:46:35 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Seruzawa

Why would school officals have a list of prescription meds taken by students at home?


6 posted on 02/22/2011 1:47:03 PM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: george76; jan in Colorado; colorado tanker; coloradan; dljordan; Colorado Buckeye; GraceG; ...
From the third paragraph in the blockquoted letter of medical necessity near the end of the story:

We now have (redacted name) on a medication regimen which actually helps reduce the frequency and duration of his spells, and have found a medication which reliably aborts the attacks (THC) when they occur.

Think of it like a rescue inhaler for asthmatics.

They have no problem with opiates for a sprained ankle, but it's zero tolerance when it's prescribed THC for breakthrough seizures. Go figure.

7 posted on 02/22/2011 1:50:25 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: org.whodat
Don’t believe one word of it.

Where did you do your neurology residency or go to medical school?

8 posted on 02/22/2011 1:57:19 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
“They say if he takes his medicine he cannot come back to school,” the teenager’s father told The Colorado Independent. The boy attends Sierra High School. This is that wacky website almostnews.co or whatever. Or maybe an old Cheech and Chong routine.
9 posted on 02/22/2011 2:04:10 PM PST by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: neverdem
I was in favor of medical maryjane until I was asked to build a sound deadening wall in the consultation room of an approved, legal, medical marijuana dispensary.

I thought the clients would be folks with cancer, people with serious mental issues...

I was in several consultations where the owner was listening to the 100% healthy college student that ‘this was so’ trick’ much better than looking for the dude with the red hat a Walmart.

The whole thing is a sham.

I used to have sympathy, but no more...

Dope smoking is a crime.

Attn Freepers who disagree with me:

What other laws of the union do you break willingly?

A crime is a crime.

10 posted on 02/22/2011 2:05:51 PM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: neverdem

Dude!

Wait, what?


11 posted on 02/22/2011 2:07:38 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

Free Republic SO needs a ‘like’ button!


12 posted on 02/22/2011 2:18:36 PM PST by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: neverdem
Yes, Colorado now has medical marijuana and there are specific provisions how a minor can get a prescription. It's in the state constitution and state law, so regardless how you feel about MedPot it's hard to see how a state school could bar its use.

That said, it can't be used in public view and "workplaces" can't be required to allow use while at work. Of course, an adult can just leave the building.

13 posted on 02/22/2011 2:23:31 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: org.whodat
Don’t believe one word of it.

The Independant is a left wing rag, given away free at grocery stores etc. Hard, hard, left wing. You're right not to believe a single word they print.

14 posted on 02/22/2011 2:26:08 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: neverdem

Anyone that believes this is about medicine probably votes democratic, or is a libertarian. Or could be Willie Nelson I guess.


15 posted on 02/22/2011 2:52:01 PM PST by itsahoot (Almost everything I post is Sarcastic, since I have no sense of humor about lying politicians.)
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To: Leo Farnsworth

Can THC not be synthesized in the lab? There is no need to roll-it-and-smoke-it.

I don’t have a problem under specific circumstances (there are a whole bunch of LEGAL narcotics that one can be prescribed for a variety of pains and disorders that are far more mind-altering and addictive than THC when processed as it appears this student may have access to.

I would have a zero-tolerance policy if other students turned up with the lozenges... that would be distributing a controlled substance (no different than if he were giving/selling his vicodin to fellow students).


16 posted on 02/22/2011 2:54:26 PM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: neverdem
if the kid doesn't get high on it, and shows no outward sign of intoxication, why tell the school ANYTHING???
17 posted on 02/22/2011 3:08:15 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: neverdem

Why doesn’t he claim that his medicine is necessary for a sex-change operation? Then he’d have smooth sailing.

Hell, a significant portion of the student body is stoned, anyway. He probably isn’t, as his need is medicinal, and he’s focused on seizure prevention, not being high, giggling in school, and raiding the fridge. They should leave him alone; it would be OK to monitor him for weird or disruptive drug-induced behavior, but nothing he would do could be more disruptive than fading into a 24-hour seizure.


18 posted on 02/22/2011 3:09:50 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: neverdem
question: since it must be a schedule one drug, and has to be ok'd by the federal government, how can a school or ANY other institution supersede federal law saying he can have and possess it???
19 posted on 02/22/2011 3:13:16 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: neverdem
Probably a whole lot better than the one and his bio not listed. Have never known a real competent licensed doctor that believed jack about using pot for medical usage. But have read a whole lot of docs that said it was BS.
20 posted on 02/22/2011 3:28:00 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

Maybe the best thing to do for this poor sick child is to call the family together and give him a big send off and let him wave bye after a shot of his drug of choice.


21 posted on 02/22/2011 3:39:12 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Leo Farnsworth
What other laws of the union do you break willingly?

I wasn't there at the time, but given the opportunity I'd have helped Roscoe Filburn plant that 11 acres of wheat.

22 posted on 02/22/2011 3:48:16 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: tacticalogic

Well done.

Well done, sir (if indeed you are a sir).


23 posted on 02/22/2011 4:41:53 PM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: Leo Farnsworth

Thank you. And yes, I am.


24 posted on 02/22/2011 4:44:53 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: org.whodat

You may not beelieve it but people with neurologic pain believe it.THC is one of the only thigns in the world that will calm that sort of pain unless of course you want to be medicated to the point of passing out like narcotics will do.


25 posted on 02/22/2011 5:21:43 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Leo Farnsworth

“The whole thing is a sham.”

Watch it, pal. The Ron Paul Libertarian cabal will materialize to attack you. Don’t you understand - we MUST have drugs, EVERYWHERE.

Now go back to your cave and forget that little experience...you’re blowing it for everyone who’s bought into the medical MJ myth.

Ok?


26 posted on 02/22/2011 6:01:00 PM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: chris_bdba

No my ideal is give them open access to the pure H, they can take a trip they will never, never ever forget and I will not need to support their sorry asses. And we can call it carbon neutral. LOL


27 posted on 02/22/2011 6:02:27 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

Wouldn’t you rather drive the plunger home yourself?


28 posted on 02/22/2011 6:20:24 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Chode
question: since it must be a schedule one drug, and has to be ok'd by the federal government, how can a school or ANY other institution supersede federal law saying he can have and possess it???

Schools have become politically correct, zero tolerant tyrannies.

Drug Scheduling

DEA says Marinol, aka Dronabinol, a synthetic THC in sesame oil/soft gelatin is Schedule III.

There was a Supreme Court case not too long ago. A 13 year old Savana Redding was strip searched after a former friend said she got 400 milligrams of ibuprofen, aka Motrin & Advil, from Redding. That school views itself as a protector of its students' health and safety, which includes protecting students from both illegal and over-the-counter drugs.

SAFFORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT #1 et al. v. REDDING

Held:

1. The search of Savana’s underwear violated the Fourth Amendment.

29 posted on 02/22/2011 6:28:26 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: tacticalogic

That would not be carbon natural. When people were walking behind wagon trains to settle this country, a kid with a fake illness would have been just so much buzzard bait. Real people made this country not some sorry ass druggie.


30 posted on 02/22/2011 6:28:38 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

I hear the Trojans used to do that. If a baby looked sickly they’d leave it out to be taken by the scavengers.


31 posted on 02/22/2011 6:35:24 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: org.whodat

You do have to admire the kid’s tenacity, though. Apparently he kept right on faking seizures while being pumped full of narcotics, muscle relaxers and sedatives, and kept at it until he finally got some pot out of it.


32 posted on 02/22/2011 6:44:49 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: tacticalogic

Spartans


33 posted on 02/22/2011 6:45:29 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: tacticalogic
No, I doubt if one word of that BS is true. All you have written here is hearsay by some druggie agenda crowd.

same fake doctors as the union thugs.

34 posted on 02/22/2011 6:49:14 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: neverdem
i thank you Sir...
35 posted on 02/22/2011 6:56:02 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: org.whodat

All I have to weigh it against is heresay about “some druggie agenda crowd” and “fake doctors”.


36 posted on 02/22/2011 7:00:28 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Leo Farnsworth; org.whodat; BobL
The whole thing is a sham.

Just because you think it so doesn't make it so. Endocannabinoid receptors mediate some types of pain among other duties. Enter endocannabinoid receptors and (epilepsy or seizures or seizure disorder) into PubMed's query box. You'll get 43 citations.

Marinol is prescribed all over the country for the nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy and wasting in AIDS. IIRC, it's also thought to be useful for multiple sclerosis and glaucoma. Enter endocannabinoid receptors and (glaucoma or multiple sclerosis) into PubMed's query box. You'll get 104 citations.

Dope smoking is a crime.

A very dumb crime when vomiting from chemotherapy prevents any medicine from going down the hatch.

37 posted on 02/22/2011 7:15:57 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Leo Farnsworth

LOL - it looks like the free-drug gang is out now. They’ve certainly worked a lot on trying to sound credible...they are getting better at it.


38 posted on 02/22/2011 7:34:27 PM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: neverdem

This has nothing to do with marijuana. The kid was prescribed a lozenge that contains THC.


39 posted on 02/23/2011 1:27:00 AM PST by GrootheWanderer
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To: neverdem

LOL, pure BS, but one thing for sure people in this condition should be castrated so they cannot pass on their damage DNA.


40 posted on 02/23/2011 5:25:53 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Leo Farnsworth
Dope smoking is a crime.

And that applies to this article, which deals with a ill boy who sucks on a doctor prescribed THC dervative lozenge that doesn't get him high, how?

41 posted on 02/23/2011 6:53:53 AM PST by green iguana
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To: org.whodat

Giving them access to that would do nothing for the pain they feel.Don’t you get it most who suffer from neurological pain hav done the narcostics route and all it does is make you out of it and still in pain.I sure hope yu never have to experince what they are talking about if you ever do then you will pay for the awful things you have said.Karma isn’t kind.


42 posted on 02/23/2011 9:27:50 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: org.whodat

Giving them access to that would do nothing for the pain they feel.Don’t you get it most who suffer from neurological pain have done the narcotics route and all it does is make you out of it and still in pain.I sure hope yu never have to experince what they are talking about if you ever do then you will pay for the awful things you have said.Karma isn’t kind.


43 posted on 02/23/2011 9:28:22 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: org.whodat

Well let’s just hope that you and all of the know-it-alls here never have to go through the kind of pain that is being described to you here.Then you can firsthand tell everyone about what BS it is or better yet watch someone you love go through this sort of pain.It has nothing to do with an agenda it has everything to do with quality of life and not spending every moment puking your guts out or being is so much pain that killing yourself starts to look like a good idea.BTW THC does not damage DNA and I hope you also never pro created the world has enough idiots without you adding to the pool.


44 posted on 02/23/2011 9:35:02 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba

ROFLOL, self determined pain is just that, does not mean you are in pain, go to hospital and get help. And stop making up fake problems.


45 posted on 02/23/2011 9:35:42 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat
LOL, pure BS, but one thing for sure people in this condition should be castrated so they cannot pass on their damage DNA.

Medical fraud is subject to a range of penalties from criminal prosecution to the revocation of licenses.

The father has released many pages of medical records to The Colorado Independent. The boy’s doctor has not yet returned our phone calls, so we are not releasing her name, but below we quote from a letter she prepared for the school district.

LETTER OF MEDICAL NECESSITY

Date: January 18, 2011 To: Whom it may concern

Regarding: redacted name

DOB: redacted date/1994

Diagnosis: Diaphragmatic and Axial myoclonus

Treatment: Sinemet 25/100 mg tablets, 2 tablets by mouth three times per day Zoloft 50mg at bedtime THC 10-50mg as needed for episode of breakthrough myoclonus

Rationale: Failure to respond to a host of other medications including Keppra, clonazepam, valium, morphine, benadryl, Xanax, inhaled lidocaine, Dilantin, Tegretol, Depakote, Flexeril, Artane, IVlg and Solumedrol. Previously, (redacted name) was taking benzodiazepines while at school for episodes of breakthrough myoclonus which was sedating and ineffective to control the symptoms. We now have (redacted name) on a medication regimen which actually helps reduce the frequency and duration of his spells, and have found a medication which reliably aborts the attacks (THC) when they occur.

Seizures are easily documented by an electroencephalogram, i.e. EEG. You're assuming that the seizures are caused by an acquired or inherited genetic defect.
46 posted on 02/23/2011 10:10:47 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: org.whodat

No one said anything about self determined pain except you.Since seizures can be documented then it is your mouth against medical tests somehow I trust the test more than you.He was “at the hospital” and they did find him help with the THC.


47 posted on 02/23/2011 12:03:43 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba

Name the hospital and doctor and well see them answer to the licensing board. There are laws against quack medicine.


48 posted on 02/23/2011 12:27:20 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

Contact the Colorado Attorney General’s office. Let us know how it turns out.


49 posted on 02/23/2011 12:47:53 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: org.whodat

Post 46 has the some of the testing results you will have to go and read to find out which hospital did the testing but the results are there.Like I said perhaps if you atually READ the article before voicing your uninformed view....


50 posted on 02/23/2011 12:49:05 PM PST by chris_bdba
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