League of Women Voters of Nevada County seek to dispel medical marijuana myths – The Union of Grass Valley

At the age of six, Silas Hurd’s family was told by doctors that he would not live to the age of 10. Hurd had been diagnosed with epilepsy, and was suffering persistent seizures from the illness.

After trying and failing several times to help his son, Silas’ father, Forrest Hurd, now a cannabis activist and founder of the Caladrius Network nonprofit, dug into the research on cannabis and clinical cannabinoid science. And he found a specific cannabis treatment plan that worked for his son.

“(My son) went from not being able to speak to being able to run and play,” said Forrest Hurd.

Silas Hurd’s story has drawn much media attention in recent years, but on Saturday it was shared to begin a new conversation about medical marijuana to an audience of about 50 people at the Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

“They said there’s going to be millions of dollars made in the industry. I think there will be millions of dollars lost as well.”

— Daniel Batchelor, Elevation 2477

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Forrest Hurd was among a group of panelists from professionally diverse backgrounds brought together by the League of Women Voters to help educate attendees on the legal, medical and business aspects of medical marijuana. The panel included Daniel Batchelor, CEO of cannabis business Elevation 2477; Stephen A. Munkelt, a criminal justice attorney practicing in Nevada City; and Craig Griesbach and Sean Powers, representatives of Nevada County’s Community Development Agency.

“No one is anti-cannabis on the panel,” said Fran Cole, programs director of the League of Women Voters, to the crowd. “That’s not where we are now.”


In 1996, California passed Proposition 215, a statewide voter initiative to legalize medical marijuana. Seven years later, the California

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