Please join Dabbin Dad in congratulating Pete Mould for being the first Dabbin Dad of the Month!!!! Here at Dabbin Dad, I want to promote positive use of marijuana, those that demonstrate responsible use and who help tear-down old misinformed stigmas of marijuana. I am not the only person who finds marijuana to be extremely helpful as a medicine. I would rather ingest marijuana daily for the rest of my life rather than continuing to medicate with prescription cocktails which who knows what they are doing to my body.
As the former Executive Director of Connecticut NORML, Pete helped advocate for marijuana reform, specifically, “We request that you please change your regulations to allow producers to sell the bud-form to dispensaries, in order to enable patients to have their high-quality medicine.” When discussing the topic with Pete, he was extremely modest. He provided me with some great insight, when he said, “I was one guy with a Twitter account trying to raise concerns on how medical marijuana was being handled.” In this case, it only took one person with an idea to start a petition to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP). Quickly the petition grew and the DCP took action, in which, resulted in the change to bud-form marijuana at the dispensaries.
I had the pleasure of meeting Pete and was able to sit down with him to find out more about the man who stood up for medical patients in the State of Connecticut! Below are some questions and responses from our safety session:
What are your favorite ways to medicate?
Pete: At this current time my favorite way to medicate is the good old water bong with an ash catcher and lots of edibles. I do dab, but not as much as of late. I feel flowers offer more of the relief I seek for my condition and entourage effect of cannabinoids.
For a good portion of the last three years I did vaporize 95% of the time. I like indica dominant flower! #Vaporbrothers
When did you first identify that marijuana was a better approach to treating your condition?
Pete: Between 2011-12 I was addicted to pain pills and muscle relaxers from a work related injury and I found that cannabis relieved the pain and spasms better than any opioid pill I had been taking. I had gone from 60-90 pills a month down to less than 10 pills a month in less than a year. Even after a major spine surgery in April of 2014 within 72 hours of arriving home from the hospital I stopped all pharmaceuticals and haven’t taken one since. I’ve also been using cannabis for almost 30 years I’m 42 yrs old and proud to say that!
What drove you to become a marijuana advocate?
Pete: In late 2012 I was forced to stop working due to my work related injury and now had a lot of free time on my hands. This was also when Medical marijuana passed in Connecticut and I’ve always been very vocal about cannabis and its legality and medical use!
So now I have read the CT mmj regulations and gotten my card. I’m a legal cannabis patient in CT now. I’m a Facebook junkie and I was seeing that a lot of other patients where having difficulty signing up to become legal as well. So with all my spare time I helped other perspective mmj patients get the information they needed and signed up on the program. “I’m just a guy” a provider of information who likes to help people and I’m not afraid to speak my mind and it all started with that. I became the voice of the patient unintentionally and I thank everyone who supports the work we do behind the scenes because I am not alone. We have an extensive “Cannafamily” in Connecticut.
I understand you have three children, can you tell me a little about them and how you treat the marijuana in your household?
Pete: I have a 20 year old daughter and a 13 year old son and a 15 year old son.
The day I got my card in the mail was a historic day in my household for me at least. I sat my kids down and told them about cannabis and my doctor and the state of CT has given me permission to legally use cannabis as medicine. They all had witnessed what pills had done to me and seen the transformation when I stopped pills and went strictly to cannabis. I’ve been blessed with three beautiful and smart kids. We treat cannabis just like any other medication!
Do you have any advice for parents, who medicate with marijuana?
Pete: Educate your kids and don’t medicate in their presence. Be responsible and always remember “Safety is no accident”
What does the future of CT medical marijuana look like to you?
Pete: The program in Connecticut is growing daily and I’m very proud of all involved at the production facilities and the dispensaries. They are all producing very very good quality medicine.
The prices still need to come down to really help those like me who live on a very limited income. The compassion program really needs to be addressed as well as the ability for patients to grow at home! ← Patients grow rights are the most important thing right now!
What are some of the hobbies/activities you like to take part in?
Pete: I love bass fishing! There is nothing better than being on a lake at sunrise with a joint in hand taking in the beauty of all our mother has to offer.
What is your favorite album / song to smoke to?
Pete: I love metal! \m/, The Doors and Floyd!