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'REEFER MADNESS' Killed My Sister

Years of misinformation about marijuana have created a cruel ignorance that in this case, led to a woman's death.
'Reefer Madness' was created to demonize marijuana and it planted the thought that this healing medicine, used daily by millions, was more dangerous than heroin.

(SALEM, Ore.) - My sister was buried yesterday. Patricia Agnes died of Liver Cancer at 62. God, rest her soul. She never drank, smoked and ate a healthy diet. She had a medical marijuana permit but she never smoked marijuana in her life. She believed the 'Reefer Madness' Lie that Cannabis was a drug like meth or heroin. Why else would it be a crime to use it? The doctors and everyone did their best but ….. It’s the Cannabinoids, Stoopid.

Everybody needs cannabinoids to be healthy. When your body does not produce sufficient cannabinoids, you need to supplement with plant cannabinoids from medical marijuana to be healthy. A search of Google, Google News and a visit to Wikipedia will convince you every human has cannabinoids. Every creature from the dinosaurs to humans has needed cannabinoids. Unlike alcohol, nicotine, meth or other drugs, a health body makes the cannabinoids it needs.

People become sick because they can not make the cannabinoids they need; people like my sister, Patricia Agnes. Recent studies have shown how cannabinoids slow the growth of tumors like Pat’s cancer.

Three years ago, Patricia came to me asking for help. She felt discomfort below her ribs; not really pain but pressure & heat. Pat’s doctor said she was in good health. Her doctor thought she might need anti-depressants. But Pat was still concerned; concerned enough to consult with me, the 'family drug addict'; I am an Oregon Medical Marijuana Patient & Grower and natural wellness advocate.

We talked for a while about our genetic condition that made us susceptible to auto-immune diseases. I said what your doctor thought might be 'depression' may not be the issue but just a symptom.

Pat took 1/4 of an Angel Oil Cookie and the pressure subsided almost immediately. Angel Oil is a low THC count cooling oil made with Cannabis. After eating a few cookies over a few days, she became convinced they were helping her. She continued to get good results and felt healthier in general. We started a cellular renewal nutrition program. Pat was never high but felt healthy all the time. Her husband & sons and her prayer group supported her health renewal.

Then, Pat went to our siblings- the judge, the nurse, the bishop, the teacher, and several business people. But they were not interested in how she felt and discouraged her from continuing with medical cannabis. Pat started feeling guilty; that she was a drug addict, bad, weak, and a sinner. Pat was concerned about her career as a teacher. Combined with family disapproval, it was too much emotional pressure.

She tried to quit Angel Oil but she kept feeling bad inside again; so she would have a cookie and feel guilty and then quit again. By trying to quit the Angel Oil cookies, she spread a 6 month supply over 18 months. Pat had her last Angel Oil cookie about a year ago. I encouraged her to continue; she said did not. Two months later Pat was diagnosed with Liver Cancer in July 2007.

Discouraged by siblings and trusting allopathic chemo, Pat waited 6 months after her diagnosis to contact me about Angel Oil again. The chemo failed and she was given 6-12 months to live. She started on the Angel Oil Cookies again and the cellular nutrition. But the chemo had taken its toll on her. She could not eat much; everything made her feel sick. But she still would not smoke marijuana. Even when it was would help, she would not smoke. She would only eat the cookies, which were at that point, too hard to digest. Pat continued to get worse.

Another patient with similar liver issues, a nurse, asked for help the same weekend that Pat started taking Angel Oil again. Janine developed hepatitis because of her statin heart medication. The doctor could not control it and she was getting very sick. Janine had never smoked marijuana but one cookie stopped the pressure and burning. The Angel Oil & Cellular Renewal program brought her liver issues under control. Janine is spending the month with her young granddaughters.

Patricia Agnes died June 11, 2008; 11 months after the cancer was diagnosed. She is survived by her loving, devoted husband of 40 years and her 2 sons. She was a wife, a mother, a big sister, a teacher, and a gardener. Pat loved her family, her country and her God. She was a prayer warrior that read the Bible and went to Mass almost every day. She was most proud of her sons- both career Navy Special Operatives. She taught them to make the world a better place and they are. Loved by so many who knew her golden heart and desire to do good, she will be missed.

I felt Patricia would want others to know what really happened to her. Fear, ignorance, intellectual dishonesty, and prejudice are the enemy. Jesus said 'the Truth will set you free'. This is true. Plant Cannabinoids help many people and the government, family, friends, etc should not make sick people feel guilty for getting well. Stop this 'Reefer Madness'; it kills people.


Peter Kennedy is a 40 year Medical Marijuana User & Martial Artist & Mr. Mom. He is an MBA that studied Economics at Notre Dame. He operated his computer software business until an accident disabled him. In order to restore his health, he developed Angel Oil and has fully recovered. He now works in the bio-tech industry. Contact Peter via email-

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alyssa July 13, 2008 7:58 pm (Pacific time)

im soooooooo sorri to hear about ur sister i kno how u feel a had a tradic time just a little while ago

edwin23 July 10, 2008 8:21 am (Pacific time)

Drug and addiction can be devastating to family members and individuals.Drug addiction treatment can include medications, behavioral therapy (such as cognitive therapy, psychotherapy, counseling, etc. ). A Research Based Guide released from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) said that treatment must be specific to each individual and assessed and modified continually to match the person’s changing needs.

Peter Kennedy June 25, 2008 2:20 pm (Pacific time)

Anne- Yes, it is an outrageous claim but true. The science points that way but I have exerience with live patients that had cancer. It is not the cookie; it is the Angel Oil that heals. You missed the point, the cancer stopped growing with the cookies and came back when she stopped. Do your homework before you display your ignorance. It is the Cannabinoids, Stoopid.

Daniel June 23, 2008 1:10 am (Pacific time)

To Anne, Do a quick google search for "thc cancer" and see that it is being used to shrink cancerous tumors in lab animals. We shouldn't be suprised that such a kind plant, (so many uses, and its seeds are high protein health food) would be effective in fighting cancer *and* easing symptoms of a wide variety of diseases. Anyone in Utah July 19th should come up to the capitol building at noon for the big rally to end the war on Cannabis users!

Anne June 19, 2008 4:13 pm (Pacific time)

I'm certainly very sorry for your loss, but your claim of marijuana ignorance ("reefer madness") having killed her is outrageous. The cookies may have eased her symptoms, but no cookie could cure her cancer. Both of you were right on to believe your instinct that the initial doctor's diagnosis was incomplete, but rather than encouraging her to seek another opinion, you helped her ease the symptoms rather than treat the cause. Believing that this herb could solve her medical problems was the true ignorance that led to her death, and that's heartbreaking.

Andrew S. June 18, 2008 10:16 am (Pacific time)

Peter, I am so sorry about your sister. It sounds like you did everything you could to help. The marijuana lie is a clear example that $$ speaks a lot louder than science, reason and compassion, especially in the Republican Party. But the lies are unraveling, and only the ignorant and crooked still buy the federal government's war on patients and medicine. I think it's just a matter of time before marijuana is federally available as medicine, as too many people know the truth. I'll say a prayer for your sister. Tx for sharing such a painful story.

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