Mugs of RoC: Meet Kathy

Welcome to the inaugural session of Mugs of RoC. We want our clients to get to know us, and what better, or more personal way, than the importance of an office staple: the coffee mug! I’m Nicole, Outreach Director, and your humble translator, on our adventure through the RoC office. We will talk with someone new each month, so stay posted.

Today, we start with Kathy, she’s the first person you see when you come into the office. She’s our security guard, office supply fairy, do-it-all super-woman who’s been known to clear a drain or two, in short, our Executive Administrator.

Nicole: “Say “Hi”, Kathy”

Kathy: “HI!”

OK, let’s get to know Kathy….

What’s in your mug?
“Just say coffee…and half&half.”
Where did you get it?
“Anthropologie in the Kansas City area, where we lived before we moved to CO for our superhero kiddo, Otis.”

Why do you love it?
“It’s difficult to spill, I’m more than a little accident prone.” (SIDENOTE: Kathy was recently in a walking boot after breaking and severely dislocating her middle toe when she tripped. She had surgery to replace and pin it and couldn’t drive for 6 weeks. Sorry, Kathy!!)

Why do you love RoC?
“I get to work with a stellar team of super compassionate people and connect with clients all over the world.”

What’s your favorite book: “Harriet the Spy”
What’s your favorite band: “Avett Brothers”
What’s your favorite movie of all time: “Wedding Singer”
Give me a quote: Good luck finding a DJ that can move and shake like THIS!
Where would you like to travel to: “Italy”
If you had a million dollars: “I would invest in my future, for Otis. Create the home of our needs and dreams… and then go to Italy, of course.”
What would you like to say to all of your faithful admirers? “Can I borrow $5?” :)

Thanks for being a good sport, Kathy, you RoC!


Game Day With "Jake The Snake" Plummer Update

We want to extend our sincerest thanks to Jake Plummer and all the wonderful supporters who were able to attend the Game Day with Jake “The Snake” Plummer on New Year’s Day. It was an absolute blast! We received so much positive feedback and engagement, that we hope to provide Game Day for TWO games this year, the season opener on 09/17/17, as well as New Year’s Day again! We would also like to thank Kyle Johnson, Reuben Droughns and Charlie Adams for hanging out and taking part to make the day as amazing as it was!

“We will be talking about it and remembering all the great memories for a long, long time! You folks did a great job.” - Jay and Kathy Reano, pictured above with the crew.

“BEST.DAY.EVER. Thanks for having us jake the snake and RoC! #brightlightsfade” - Sara Lewinski

“Best photos EVER. We got to hang out with Kyle Johnson, Charlie Adams, Reuben Droughns, and Jake Plummer all day and watch the Broncos CRUSH THE RAIDERS!! Thank you so much Realm of Caring” - Matt Lewinski, both pictured above

“Thanks again for putting on the tailgate party at the Broncos game on New Year's Day. It was a good time for a great cause!” - Gabe


The New DEA Rule: No Cause for Concern

We have received a lot of questions about the recent statement released by the DEA in regards to cannabinoid products. We know a lot of individuals who rely on these products to help improve their quality of life and overall health​, and hope to help clarify the impact this action will have for our beloved clients.​

First of all, ​​we at RoC are not lawyers, and are still reviewing the "rule" with several leaders in the hemp and medicinal cannabis industrie​s. From these collaborations and studying several legal opinions, ​we expect our product partners to go on with business as usual, allowing our clients to continue receiving the therapies they rely on.


Moments of Impact in 2016

As we look back and reflect on another amazing year, there have been many wonderful moments from 2016! Here are a few fond memories that made a profound impact on some of the RoC Team. We hope you enjoy the perspective and insight!
Have a happy and safe holiday season.
-The Realm of Caring Team

In 2016...

Linnette: What made an impact for me this year was Argentina. Last year Hemp or any product derived from the Cannabis plant was not permitted and now, this year, it is not only permitted to be imported, but also the Argentina government pays for the product so people who can't afford it, can have it! A lot of moms and people in need in Argentina fought hard to be able to access Charlotte's Web and they were successful! It was very nice to see how when people get together and fight for the same cause(s), there is change. I am glad to know Realm of Caring was part of that change. :-)

​Kris: I loved the response I got from the community, especially the small business owners I spoke to regarding sponsoring the Run. It seemed like everyone I spoke to knew someone who could benefit from Cannabinoid Therapy and the open-minded attitude and acceptance in our community was inspiring and heart-warming. Minds and hearts are changing when it comes to cannabis and I feel very privileged to see this change, oftentimes firsthand. =) =) =)

​Jasmin: A Client has reached out to me over the phone and the first thing he said was "What the heck is in that marys patch? I haven't slept so good in 7 YEARS, because I suffer from PTSD that causes insomnia, anxiety, depression and therefore my mind does not know how to shut off, down or just RELAX! Why hasn't anybody told me about this stuff?" I was so happy to take his call and explain how cannabinoids work in the ECS. By the end of the of the call he was ready to share his story with friends and family, the whole world, if he had their numbers!

Meagan: In 2016, there have been SO many wonderful things happening at RoC, it's hard to highlight just one moment that made my heart sing. One of the most powerful things I've been able to be a part of was Eugene Monroe's visit to Realm of Caring. Eugene is a professional football player that visited with some of our families at the office to learn more about the research we are conducting with John's Hopkin's University to determine the effect of cannabidiol on CTE, a condition suffered by many professional athletes as a result of repeated head trauma on the field. Watching Eugene love on our children and see how deeply their journeys with cannabis have impacted him, was exceptionally moving for me as a parent. We are not alone. That day, Eugene graciously pledged to fund the entire research campaign.

​Sam: Having a family drive down from northern Colorado to visit us. Their daughter has done extremely well with CBD therapy, going seizure free for several years, allowing the entire family to enjoy life to the fullest. They brought their infant daughter and called us "heroes" for what we do. It was incredible to see the impact we have on some families.

John: The most impactful moment of 2016, for me, was when one of my closest clients passed away. It made me realize the utter seriousness of the situations we deal with, as well as the dire and immutable consequences that those with serious medical conditions face in their day to day lives. Tomorrow is never promised.

Lacie: Daniel and I were going through a really hard time with the suicide attempt of his mother and the life-shattering Huntington's diagnosis that we received. We had to take emergency leave for a couple of weeks to Missouri and even coming back to work was a very hard transition for me. I was greeted by the team with warm hugs and gentle and assuring conversation. We were given a delicious pot pie that Meagan made for us as well as much needed financial support. They fact that I became a client over night gave me the perspective of just how important we are and how we are impacting mankind in such a positive and powerful way. I love RoC and I am so glad to contribute and be a part of the team.


TAKE ACTION: Make Cannabis Research Easier

Discrepancies Between Federal and State Cannabis Laws Pose Significant Barriers to Research – New Guidance Needed!

Twenty-eight states have legalized marijuana for medical use. Many scientists want to conduct research on marijuana in states where it is legal, but are concerned that if they do research with state-legal products they may risk their DEA licenses or federal funding. There are also significant regulatory challenges for state-legal cannabis businesses to comply with federal requirements for conducting research with their products. We need to understand the therapeutic potential of marijuana and the potential adverse health consequences of its use, so the Administration must issue new guidance to provide legal protections for scientists studying marijuana who meet state and federal requirements governing research and who don’t become a source of diversion.


The REAL Winner of 2016: CANNABIS!

Here is a breakdown of the new legalization passed in a total of 7 states, medical and recreational.


FL Win

Qualifying Conditions: ALS, AIDS/HIV, Cancer, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Crohn's, Parkinson's, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis OR as a physician sees fit.

Arkansas Win

Qualifying Conditions: Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, ALS, Tourrette's, Crohn's, PTSD, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, alzheimer's, cachexia, neuropathy OR as a physician sees fit.
Possession: 2.5 ounces
Effective: Nov, 9th, 2016

ND Win

Qualifying Conditions: Cancer, glaucoma, ALS, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, dementia/alzheimer's, PTSD, Crohn's, epilepsy, PTSD, spinal stenosis, neuropathy, pain, cachexia
Testing, quality done by random sampling.
Possession/purchase: not more than "3 ounces in a 14 day period."
Cultivation: if residence is more than 40 miles from nearest "care center" one can grow up to 8 plants in a private residence.


CA Win

sec.3.f- Testing provision
z. Re-sentencing/re-designation/dismissal for offenders who sentences would change based on passing of prop 64 (No other state has a similar provision)
aa. Industrial hemp agriculture and research, separate regulation from high THC
Possession: 28.5 grams of Cannabis flower, 8 grams of Cannabis concentrate, 6 living plants

Nevada Win

Possession: One ounce of Cannabis flower, 3.5 grams of Cannabis concentrate
Cultivation: 6 living, no more than 12 total in a residence (6 growing, 6 drying for example)
Provision for laboratory testing
Effective: Jan, 1 2017

Mass Win

Possession: one ounce flower, 10 ounces in private residence, 5 grams concentrate
Cultivation, 6-12 plants
Hemp distinction
Laboratory testing (random samples)

Maine Win

Possession: 2.5 ounces, or all that is produced by private residence grow
Cultivation: 6 mature, 12 immature, unlimited seedlings
Testing: facilities for "research and testing" no mention of testing for contaminants or active ingredients.
Industrial Hemp distinction

Here's a handy map we put together of the US, highlighting the changes. Looks like we still have some work to do (talking to you gray states!) and lots of potential for expansion in several others!!

"Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still." -Chinese Proverb

Legalization Map

SmartBee Controller® Supports RoC

Realm of Caring is excited to announce our new partnership with Swarm Technologies, operators of SmartBee Controllers®. “One of our organization’s key roles in the cannabis community is to raise the bar in terms of quality expectations. We think the SmartBee Controller®system provides the tools that allow growers to take the quality of their gardens to the next level, and we are excited about the future of this new partnership,” said Heather Jackson, CEO of The Realm of Caring Foundation.

With an emphasis on quality, SmartBee Control System is a real-time, remote-access solution for any greenhouse or grow room, monitored and controlled from the palm of your hand. Simply configure environmental set points, and the SmartBee Controller’s “smart logic” process detects problems, sends an alert, and automatically takes corrective steps to prevent and resolve critical grow room events! How cool is that!

In addition to their business support, every time a SmartBee Controller® product is purchased, a portion of the sales will go towards The Realm of Caring Foundation’s collaboration in clinical research being done at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to help validate the benefits of cannabinoid therapy.

Read more about the partnership below. And if you are a business owner interested in supporting Realm of Caring, or know someone who is, you can learn more about how to contribute here.


Swarm Technologies and The Realm of Caring Foundation Announce Strategic Partnership to Support Clinical Research in Cannabinoid Therapy.

Denver, Colorado – November 15, 2016 -Swarm Technologies LLC, dba SmartBee Controllers® (SmartBee Controllers) and The Realm of Caring Foundation are proud to announce their strategic partnership to support research, education, and treatment of epilepsy and other brain related disorders through innovative cannabinoid therapies.

“Through our SmartBee Cares™ initiative, which was established to support organizations that use nature's plants and herbs for health and medicinal purposes, we are proud to partner with The Realm of Caring Foundation to help support families in need gain access to cannabinoid medicine and therapies, and learn best practices for treating their children and loved ones,” said Skye Hanke, co-founder and Business Development Officer of SmartBee Controllers.

Hanke went on to say, “Every time a SmartBee Controller® product is purchased, a portion of the sales will go towards The Realm of Caring Foundation’s collaboration in clinical research being done at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to help validate the benefits of cannabinoid therapy.”

The Realm of Caring Foundation was established in 2012 by Heather Jackson, the Stanley Brothers, and Paige Figi following the Dr. Sanja Gupta CNN Special entitled WEED, which featured the first two success stories of children using Charlotte’s Web™. The Realm of Caring Foundation’s mission is to educate the general public and policy makers to the benefits of cannabinoid supplements and performing advocacy for those using cannabinoid therapies.

“One of our organization’s key roles in the cannabis community is to raise the bar in terms of quality expectations. We think the SmartBee Controller®system provides the tools that allow growers to take the quality of their gardens to the next level, and we are excited about the future of this new partnership,” said Heather Jackson, CEO of The Realm of Caring Foundation.

Clients of The Realm of Caring Foundation,a 501c3 non-profit organization,are numerous and diverse.Of its over 30,000 members, 42% are under the age of 18; and its clients are affected by a variety of disorders and diseases, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and many more.

SmartBee Controllers® was created by tech-savvy growers to serve the needs of growers, with the goals of making growing less complicated and to minimize the chance of crop loss. SmartBee’s proven wireless solution integrates all grow-room systems into one software application that allows for monitoring and controlling the garden from anywhere with an internet connection. The system’s robust data analytic capabilities allow both the hobbyist and commercial grower to achieve greater and more consistent yields. The SmartBee solution delivers the peace of mind that comes from having 24/7 remote access to your garden.

About Swarm Technologies LLC

Headquartered in Las Vegas, NV, Swarm Technologies LLC (dba SmartBee Controllers®) is a privately-held leader in developing smart technology solutions for growers that simplify operations, enhance yields, improve quality and increase profitability. For more information on SmartBee Controllers® visit or call (866) 373-0847.

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