What is clear is that the consciousness of America is changing. Our children recognize that it is much more beneficial to put their hard earned money into the hands of a farmer, than in the hands of a giant pharmaceutical.
The money saved then can go into other entrepreneurial endeavors, helping to grow America.
Tell Michelle its wonderful to be there. There, meaning at the hospital with her.
Michelle is my 18 year old niece who is very close to translating to the next world. Her parents and family surround her. I am married to her aunt, a LaZebnik.
I am grateful for this experience that Michelle is sharing with me, and her family.
I met Michelle in 2007, when I first started dating my wife. I looked at her with my heart, and inner eyes, and saw an incredibly beautiful soul. Shining. She had been given a tough row to hoe in this lifetime. Throughout all challenges, her parents met her special needs. Truly remarkable individuals.
So now, over the phone, I remind my wife to thank Michelle, being in her presence.
My thoughts are taken aback to loss of loves that I have endured. I realize my strength comes from this past pain. My discipline commands me to stay in the present. I see the dilemma family members face as they envision the future. There is pain in the future. There is pain in the past. But there is no pain right now. I attempt always to bring us back to the present, if possible. I always remember the words of one mentor who asked the question, “What do you say to this grieving person?”
The answer is simple: you say nothing. Instead, we speak with our presence.
Old Man LaZebnik has been summoned from Michigan, because he is a pillar in this family. He brings stability with his presence.
These times are precious, because this is where the rubber hits the road. Conversations tend to be more real, and genuine. We are connecting on the inner, and not with mere words.
Love is the prevailing feeling. Our guard is down, and we trust our hearts to open up. And they do. Love abounds. All because our precious little princess is taking her last few steps on this mortal coil.
I am truly amazed.
May the Blessings Be.
September 11, 2015
The Winning Caption from The New Yorker magazine
After reviewing this, my only comment is, “What more can I say?”
PRESS RELEASE: 8/10/2015 State of Minnesota vs. Jon Hansen II Case Settlement and Sentence
From: The Calvin P. Johnson Law Firm, LLC.
Jon Hansen II pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana today and received a stay of adjudication of sentence pursuant to Minn. Statute Section 152.18, in Brown County District Court, the Honorable Robert Docherty presiding.
This case resolution means that no conviction is entered against Mr. Hansen and discharge will be granted upon successful completion of probation.
Mr. Hansen was growing marijuana in the privacy of his home when a neighbor contacted police and his home was eventually raided by the New Ulm Police Department. Three ounces of marijuana were found, in addition to several plants being grown for Mr. Hansen’s personal use. Mr. Hansen used cannabis to treat his depression and anxiety.
Mr. Hansen presented testimony to the Court arguing that marijuana is no longer a controlled substance because the Minnesota Legislature has labeled it a medicine that can be used safely under a health care professional’s observation. Mr. Hansen called a medical doctor, and three PhDs, as well as the legal director of the National Health Freedom Coalition, at pre-trial hearings.
In rejecting Mr. Hansen’s argument, the Court stressed that it is up to the Minnesota Legislature to change the designation of whether marijuana remains in Schedule I.
As such, Mr. Hansen has taken his battle to the Legislature. Thus far, he has directed three letters to the Legislature, pleading for a coherent construction of the law. Under the present scenario, doctors remain fearful of being charged with sale of marijuana, so long as it remains under Schedule I. Mr. Hansen has urged a final resolution removing marijuana as a Schedule I substance, and encourages the State to recognize Its own power in securing the benefits of marijuana as a medicine, as well as encouraging its development in other fields such as food, paper, plastics, textiles, clothing, and more.
Mr. Hansen is grateful to the newly elected County Attorney’s office in Brown County. Under this case settlement, Mr. Hansen is allowed to continue with his employment, as well as maintaining the strong bond he has with his son. He is grateful to the Court for providing the chance to prove his desire to remain an upstanding citizen of Brown County and the State of Minnesota. He remains hopeful that the debate regarding medical marijuana goes forward, and the Legislature determines to allow all the people of Minnesota to enjoy the numerous benefits of the plant.