Confessions of a Cannabis Cultivator


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Confessions of a Cannabis Cultivator

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Sean Whalen

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Robert Clark

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Kurt Bestor

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Richard Dutcher

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Steven Wilson

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Peter Breinholt

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Zen Master Genpo Roshi

“Mike”, a cannabis cultivator from California, joins me on today’s show to discuss the finer points of growing and selling high end marijuana.

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My letter to Utah Senators regarding medical marijuana

I’ve been asked to share the email that I’ve been sending to members of the Utah Senate.  The text of that email is below.  A couple of things worth noting:

  • If you want to know who your Senator and Representative are, use this awesome tool. It will pull them up and give you an easy way to email them:
  • I began by writing to my senator. He’s on board to vote YES. In my email to him, I indicated in the first line that I am a constituent of his. This is important, as legislators give priority to correspondence from members of their districts.
  • I’ve also written to other members of the Senate from around the state, even though I am not one of their constituents. It can’t hurt to let them know they are being watched. As the bill moves along, there will be specific Representatives and Senators who we will need to put pressure on. Join my email list; I’ll keep you posted on who they are. Join here:

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Dear Senator _____,
I am writing in regards to SB73, on behalf of my father, who is a survivor of esophageal cancer.  This horrible disease necessitated the removal of his whole esophagus and moving his stomach into his upper chest cavity.  Aside from cancer, he is disabled from a severe motorcycle accident he experienced in Logan Canyon during his 20’s.  The combination of these things have left him with many chronic conditions including loss of appetite and (inability to keep weight on / undernourishment), tongue paralysis, nausea, persistent dizziness, and depression.  His doctor, Dr. Michael Stones in Logan, has searched for an anti-depressant that he can safely chew instead of swallow. Only one drug exists that he can chew. The drugs side effects are dizziness and fatigue, which will only make his other conditions worse.  Even if he were to try to tolerate the side effects, the medication must be taken for 6 weeks before it takes effect.

There are countless documented cases of whole plant cannabis being a safe treatment for nausea, appetite loss, and depression – and the effects are immediate.  My father is 77 years old and probably doesn’t have a lot of years left, particularly if his conditions are not abated.  It would be nice for his last years to be as pleasant as possible. Cannabis is non-toxic and when consumed as an edible, has zero negative physical side effects.   He would be able to safely and easily eat edibles (brownies, cookies, etc).  Medical cannabis is also far less expensive than the drugs that he has to take to treat these problems.

If he doesn’t get these things under control, he will soon be forced to have a feeding tube which would exacerbate many of his other problems. My mother, who takes care of him, has to take work off every time he falls, has a doctor appointment, or other wise needs attention due to his condition. Her missing work creates additional expense for them. They are already very poor and cannot afford this.

Under SB89, my father would not qualify to have medicinal cannabis, nor would the cannabis products proposed by SB89 help him, even if he could have it. He needs the therapeutic benefits of the “entourage effect”, which are the compounded benefits that come only from whole plant cannabis.  SB89 is not good enough and we will not stand for it.

The LDS Church’s opposition to SB73 and acceptance of SB89 needs no introduction at this point. I absolutely support The Church’s right to create it’s own codes of conduct for it’s own members and to enforce then however they want, within the construct of the religion. The Church is endeavoring to influence policy for Utahns that may or may not be a part of their organization. Furthermore – The Church’s opposition to SB73 and non-opposition of SB89 has been made clear: they object to THC in the medicine.   The LDS Church makes no policies regarding the injestion of medications obtained via a doctor’s prescription and pharmacy.  Please consider this:  Marinol is a drug used to reduce nasuea and increase appetite in cancer patients. Marinol is simply man made THC.  At present, if a patient were to be prescribed Marinol, the LDS Church would have no problem with it.  Unless the LDS Church is willing to come out in public opposition to the prescription of Marinol, it would seem that it’s opposition of SB73 is rather dubious.  The bottom line here is the importance of taking cues from your constituents rather than the lobbyists from the LDS Church (or any corporation, for that matter).

Please vote in favor of SB73.   I am also respectfully informing you that I will be watching to see how you vote on this.  I am involved in the media in Salt Lake City, and have a nationally syndicated radio show.  Should you vote against SB73, I (and many other media personnel) will make sure that everyone knows you were one of those that opposed this compassionate measure. Should SB73 be defeated, an army of enraged and highly motivated citizens will organize a ballot initiative for full legalization of cannabis, taking the power of this issue out of the hands of the Legislature. Survey after survey show that a majority of Utahns favor medical cannabis. We WILL win at this stage. Furthermore, we WILL make sure that every Senator and Representative who votes against SB73 will pay for it at the voting booth when it’s time for re-election.  If careful regulation is your concern, voting for SB73 is your only realistic option.

Thank you for your time and attention to this important matter. Thank you in advance for your vote in favor of a compassionate solution to the suffering of my father and thousands of other Utahns.

best regards,
Paul Duane

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The value of the provocateur: Erin Carlson of Utah Repertory Theater

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Erin Carlson of Utah Repertory Theater joined me today for a fun conversation about running the Boston Marathon, what it’s like to do edgy, provocative theater in Utah, and the danger of stoned rabbits.

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Monday Updates: Utah & Weed

I’m not saying it WILL happen… but….


A Repulbican Senator from Saratoga Springs, Utah… not just any senator, but the grandson of former LDS Church President  Ezra Taft Benson,  Sen Mark Madsen, is going to propose a bill that would legalize medicinal marijuana in Utah.  I shit you not:

Read the bill:

Not sure how to contact your elected representative?  Here’s a short video showing you how. It’s SO easy!

Not sure what to say?  This site gives you some ideas:

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Two US congressmen from OR and CO are also sponsoring bills that would legalize cannabis from a federal level:

A 4 year old boy with severe autism finds a cure in medical marijuana:

Rep Gage Froerer & cannabis extract legalization in Utah

Today I interviewed Utah Rep Gage Froerer, (R, Huntsville). He sponsored H.B. 105, the Plant Extracts bill. 
Gary HerbertUtah Governer Gary Herbert signing H.B. 105 into law, legalizing a particular cannabis extract for use in treating epilepsy. The bill also legalizes research on industrial hemp.

charlottesweb“Charlotte’s Web” is the trade name of the strain of cannabis sativa that is used to create the extract that brings incredible relief to those suffering from epilepsy. This particular strain has no practical levels of THC and is very high in CBD, meaning that the user experiences no “high”, but still experiences the therapeutic effects of the plant.

The University of Utah will be conducting research on why marijuana has such potent therapeutic properties for epilepsy. Utah State University will be leading the way in research on industrial hemp.  It’s exciting to contemplate the cutting edge research on the cannabis plant that will be coming from Utah in the coming years.’s_Web_(cannabis)



Cannabis Extract & Hemp Research May Be Legalized in Utah

The transmitter at KTalk went down today, so we are off the air… but that doesn’t mean the show isn’t going on, in some form or another!  Exciting things are happening on Capitol hill in Utah today.  H.B. 105 would make certain Canabis extracts legal in Utah with a doctor’s recommendation.marijuana1 It also opens the door for research on industrial hemp (which is a HUGE deal).  Here’s the bill:   It has a few really cool provisions:

  • permits the Department of Agriculture and a department-certified higher education institution to grow industrial hemp for the purpose of agricultural or academic research;
  •  exempts an individual with intractable epilepsy who uses or possesses hemp extract, and complies with other requirements, from the penalties related to possession or use of the hemp extract under the Controlled Substances Act;
  • exempts an individual who possesses hemp extract and administers the hemp extract to a minor with intractable epilepsy from the penalties related to administering the hemp extract to a minor under the Controlled Substances Act

There are many people who suffer from epilepsy, and this is a well documented, very effective therapy that can bring normalcy to the lives of the afflicted.   Though not a full legalization of medical marijuana, this is the first step.  The benefits of decriminalizing, legalizing marijuana are numerous and you all understand them. Here’s what we need to do, today:

Use the widget to the right of this article and contact your elected officials via phone or email and ask them to support HB 105.  Do it now. It will only take 2 minutes, and just think of how much better a place the world will be when we move past the silliness and destruction of keeping this amazing plant from people research institutions, and industry.


Cultural Assimilation and The War On Drugs

27 Jan 2014 show notes

Yes. I know what you are thinking. What does this photo have to do with cultural assimilation and the war on drugs?  Meet Kimberly, my guest on the show today. Yes, she is super hot… but please, stay focused for a second. We need to go over some business before we get to the interview.

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Opening segment:  Questioning one’s Libertarianism:

Obama says weed is on par with booze:

Links from my interview with cannabis activist  Kimberly Vongsenekeo

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I Am A Mormon


 Imagine if Woody Allen complained about being a Jew.


Imagine if John Wayne spent his time loathing the fact that he was raised Catholic.


 Imagine Steve Jobs bemoaning his own Arabic ancestry.

Do you think any of these men would become the powerful creators that they were, had they put any energy into such grievances?

Here’s what I’ve realized this week.

There’s something about arguing against MY own heritage that has made me less of a person.
As you probably know, the past several years have seen me angst-ridden over my relationship to the LDS Church.  The past year has brought many fascinating people, experiences, and epiphanies to me that have brought me a new kind of peace.

A few nights ago, I was shooting the Deseret Book Women’s Conference at BYU. During the program, they showed a trailer for a film that has just been made about my Great, Great, Grandfather, Ephraim K Hanks:

I descend from some truly extraordinary people who did unbelievably heroic things in the name of Mormonism.  It’s in my DNA. It’s the fabric of my family culture, and therefore, it’s part of my vocabulary. It doesn’t define me, but I’m also not immune to it.

Corporate Jesus

Jesus is awesome. He looks quite handsome in a suit, too.

Everyone has a different heritage. Eskimos descend from a different set of circumstances. Their ancestors dealt with and thought about different things than my ancestors did. Going back further, my ancestors, from both my mother and father’s side, are Danish.  My ancestry has marinated in a Christ consciousness for hundreds, almost thousands, of years. The ethos of Christ, his teachings, his intentions, all resonate deeply with me, without any branding from any institution.  It’s in my DNA. It’s who I am.

I accept who I am.

I honor it.

I give gratitude for it.

I am honored to be the offspring of a man who had such power powers of manifestation as did Ephraim K Hanks. These days, things like “The Secret” and “The Law Of Attraction” are popular buzz words. These are laws of human nature that have existed from the very beginning. Throughout the ages, and throughout phases in individual people’s lives, awareness of these powers ebbs and flows.  Ephraim understood these principles and used them to manifest healing, food, and life in the lives of people who would have otherwise died.

I know that one of my prime purposes in life is to re-acquaint myself with these powers, to exercise them in my own life, and to then be an example to others so that they, too, may become saviors of men. This is nothing special to me.  It’s your job, too, to align with these powers, exercise them, and then become an example to those around you.  The ubiquity of this call does not diminish from it’s grandeur.

I am humbled at the size of the task at hand. It feels so much larger than me, but I also know that there are powers in the Universe that I can align myself with that will magnify me – make me larger than I really am, so long as I am in correct alignment.


Paul Duane – ethnic Mormon

I know what a lot of you are thinking. “WHAT?  Is Paul going back to church?”  Relax. You probably won’t see me in sacrament meeting or at the Temple.

But like Jesus said, any time two or more are gathered in his name, He is in their presence. That’s sufficient for me. And to that end, I go to “church” all the time… and I love it.

One aspect of Mormonism that has always resonated with me is the 13th Article of Faith:  [quote ]We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.[/quote]

The pursuit of excellence is a part of Mormon culture. One thing I’ve learned from doing a few photography jobs for the Church is this:  When it comes to giving a shit, the Mormons might just own the patent on it. When they do something, they do it RIGHT.  Go walk through any building they own. Watch any film they have produced.  Put your theology aside and just observe the craftsmanship – it is superb, every time. My Grandfather once said,  and it stuck with me, “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right”.  This pursuit of excellence is a tradition that resonates deeply with me.  I mess up all the time. I’m almost devastatingly aware of my shortcomings… but this is where my sights are always set, and I’m grateful to those who taught me this tradition.

I am A Mormon.  It’s my ethnicity.  I’m not fighting it anymore. I like myself,  and if I’m going to feel that way about myself, I’ve also got to completely accept my heritage. Not just tolerate it – but honor it.  For some reason it’s been easier to honor the heritage of other people more than it has been to honor my own.  I believe that 2013 is a gateway year for me, as I move into this new place of honor for everything that makes me who I am. I believe that in more fully honoring my heritage, I will more fully tap into the powers of Manifestation and Creation that my Great, Great Grandfather, Ephraim K Hanks was a master of.

That’s the experiment that’s on the table right now. As always, I’ll keep you posted.

Much love-

Paul Duane

* Admittedly, one of my wish list items is to establish residency in California, get my medical marijuana card AND my Temple Recommend back. I’d like to attend the temple a couple of times HIGH AS A KITE.  It’s not that I miss the Temple, it’s just that I’m curious how my mind would experience the symbols of the Temple while in a more enlightened state.  This is probably already happening in California. If you know any members of the Church who attend worship services of any kind while blazed on “medical marijuana”, I’d like to hear their experiences.  Imagine hot boxing in your car, in the church or temple parking lot with some friends before going in to the Temple or Elder’s Quorum…. I think that the eventual and inevitable nationwide legalization of pot may be a necessary catalyst in refining the human family (and thus, the church), and making it more Christ-like.


I’d like to introduce you to your new home teachers, Brother Cheech and Brother Chong.

Go ahead, get stoned. You’ll find those commandments and beatitudes easier than ever to abide by.