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Sick Family Needs Help To Relocate To A Medical Marijuana State


donate relocation fund medical marijuana patientsI have always been fortunate enough to live in Oregon, which is one of the most progressive states in the nation when it comes to marijuana policy. Oregon has had a medical marijuana program since 1998, the second oldest program behind California. My entire adult life has been spent in a medical marijuana state, which is very reassuring. I used to have a medical marijuana card, but was forced out of the program due to the rising costs of enrollment. However, I know that if I ever needed to get back into the program, and could afford to do so, enrollment would not be hard, and it certainly wouldn’t be impossible like other states that do not have medical marijuana programs. Not everyone is as lucky as I am. Below is a heartfelt letter from a very hardworking activist that I hope everyone reads. Please consider donating to his relocation fund! His letter is below:

High Dear Friends:

My father and I both suffer from physical, mental, and emotional illnesses such as spinal damage, GI Tract disorders, PTSD (non-combat related), anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation to name a few. Currently we live in my grandmother’s house via a life estate she established before passing away so that we would have a roof over our heads.

However, with our only source of income being his SSI payments of 716 dollars a month and my inability to work we cannot afford to pay the yearly real-estate taxes let alone acquire bank loans to pay for the much needed repairs that this house desperately needs. I’ve applied for SSDI/SSI but even if I am accepted and receive back pay the repairs such as a new roof, repairing and renovating the bathroom, re-landscaping the yard and waterproofing the basement to avoid further deterioration of the foundation, to name a few, are well beyond our fiscal means.

To add to this, we both require medical cannabis yet we live in Missouri, one of the worst states for cannabis consumers to live, and must rely on the illicit market for poor quality cannabis, which barely aids in alleviating and or treating our medical conditions and comes with the potential of legal ramifications.

This brings me to the point of the GoFundMe page.

We’ve decided that it is best that we move to a Western state with a medical marijuana program. We know that this move will not turn our lives around overnight but moving to a state that is cannabis friendly will offer us access to grades and varieties of cannabis to treat our medical conditions. More importantly, relocating gives us a chance at a fresh start that will allow us to begin rebuilding our lives, while at the same time I can explore the employment potentials that the burgeoning cannabis markets provide potentially avoiding the limitations SSDI and SSI place upon individuals.

At this point, we do not have a plan other than moving but we need funds to make this happen. However, we barely make it month to month even with an additional 230 dollars a month in food stamps and that is why I started this GoFundMe page. As I’ve stated we do not have a concrete plan that is why I set the goal for 5,000 dollars but it will help us cover the costs of moving and provide us a buffer while I wait for SSDI/SSI to come through or find a job in the marijuana industry. I know it’s a lot of money but we have a year before the house goes up for sale by the county to recoup the backed taxes owed on the house so there is plenty of time to collect the funds necessary to make this move a reality.

Having said all that, I want to thank you for taking the time to read about our story, thank you for your donations (for those of you who are able to donate), and to thank you for sharing our story with friends and family (for those of you who choose to share).


J.D. TriXteR Phillips


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  1. The cost of any successful indoor grow is very expensive up front, and growing outside is rather risky. My neighbor is a registered caregiver and stuff like lighting and security equipment, organic fertilizers and bug control, humidity control, and daily chores are expensive. Perhaps you can find a caregiver who will not charge the standard rate before you move, as medical marijuana is rather costly at around $300-400 per ounce — try craigslist. Best Wishes :)

  2. Gee, I wish I had enough “power” to get out and grow a garden large enough to feed me and my child. I too have many spinal and structural issues, and have been on disability for over 25 years. I can barely lift a jug of milk — please tell me how I can garden, then process the food for coming months, build storage and perhaps buy a freezer. Fresh tomatoes in Aug. are $2.69/lb! Carrots $1.67/lb, peaches $2.29/lb. Prices of food, especially fresh veggies are at an all time high, and it’s August!!!! I would LOVE the garden.

    Perhaps I need to crowd-source a gardening bot???

  3. josephsshields@yahoo.com on

    My name is Joseph I am 46 years old drawing ssdi. I need to relocate to a rural
    Area halfway house for marijuana patients.
    If you show me the way and introduce people who would kie to help me. Email at Joseph s. Shields or call me after 12pm eastern time.

    i. I’d like come, establish a modest home am and gain medical marijuana treatment. I’d be very interest in learning more about horticulture. Cash work would be good for me. Please call me….email me at josephsshields@yahoo.com

  4. You are flirting with ruin. GA has some of the worst penalties of marijuana. Go ahead and move to a friendly state. If you get caught heres what you face. A felony conviction for cultivation, manufacturing, possession with possible intent to distribute, loss of your home and property, legal
    fees of at least $5000 depending on the weight of your
    crop which will include the roots and attached dirt you could face a manditory sentence of 5 years in prison plus many years on probation and thousands in fines and court costs, loss of your right to own a firearm. If you live within 1000 feet of a school or daycare center you are fucked, if you have kids the state will take them. While on probation you cannot smoke any weed or drink, you will lose your SSI while in prison and will have trouble getting it back. This all happened to my brother that was in your same situation. It is cheaper to move than to risk it all and live in fear.Get out of Ga you FOOL !!!

  5. Asking for help to me is not pity. I once was to proud to ask for help and I had to do what I had to do to survive.
    There are a lot of good people still left in this world. Once upon a time I was down and out hitch hiking from NC to PA and someone had gave me $20, even though I had refused it 3 times, so on the 4th time I accepted it. About a year later I was traveling to WV and picked up a hitch hiker and took him as far as he needed to go and fortunately it was on my way but I gave this person $20, even though he didn’t ask for it and he finally accepted it.

    One good deed to another, it was my way of giving back to the one who helped me. “What comes around goes around.”

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