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Friday, July 25, 2014

Facebook Asked to Shutdown "Marijuana Success Stories" Page

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 12:56 PM

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At first blush, some of the fantastic tales about cannabis oil — a distillation of the entire marijuana plant, leaves and all, down to a viscous oil that purportedly has incredible palliative potential for humans — are hard to believe. Marijuana cures cancer, stops epilepsy ... and solves the deficit?

Outrageous, although maybe partially true. We don't know. And a self-appointed "internet deputy" appears bent on making sure nobody knows.

A Facebook page with 33,000 followers called "Cannabis Oil Success Stories" is the target of the deputy's ire. Saying that the page's existence promotes criminal activity, he's trying to draw Facebook's attention to the page, in attempt to get it shut down.

Of late, cannabis oil has attracted attention from all over the country, including from CNN's Sanjay Gupta. Locally, users have claimed that the oil helps with pain, migraines and epilepsy — and even helps to shrink tumors in advanced instances of cancer (that would jive with findings from a Spanish researcher, who found that THC shrunk tumors in lab rodents).

Discussing such possibilities is exciting. It also must be stopped, according to the above-mentioned "deputy."

The "internet deputy," as far as we can tell, is a blog run by a Colorado-area man identifying himself as Kevin Phelps. We stumbled across Phelps's post about the cannabis oil Facebook group on something called the Christian News Wire.

Oil is made by distilling marijuana down into oil using a solvent. A commonly used solvent is high-grade alcohol like Everclear or 190-proof rubbing alcohol. And that's the problem, according to the "deputy."

Here's their issue:

In June 2014, Internet Deputy's Steve Phillips investigated several cases regarding injuries related to making RSO and came across Kathy Stimson from Austin Texas who said her son Todd was in a severe explosion while making the RSO and that her son Todd spent a lot of time on COSS and was excited about making RSO for his Lyme disease.

Miss Stimson was not home at the time of the accident but quoted, "Todd could not call an ambulance due to the fear that he would be arrested for possession of the cannabis. In the midst of his excruciating pain, Todd decided to drive himself to the hospital but lost control of his car and hit a telephone pole and today is in a wheelchair.
"In conclusion," the post reads, " recommends that Facebook should take a close look at the group "Cannabis Oil Success Stories" and consider taking the group offline until an investigation is completed and safety guidelines are in effect. Otherwise, there will be more casualties from the dangerous and deadly method of making RSO."

Conveniently, there are no hits for Web searches for the events in Austin mentioned. It's possible "Kathy Stimson" is a pseudonym; either way, we have no idea what Phillips, Phelps, or any "deputy" is talking about. 

A message left at a phone number for Phelps was not returned Thursday.

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Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.

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