I host a weekly podcast (Cannabis and Coffee with Tamarijuana) that brings experts and patients together. I have been doing this now for just over a year. And what I hear in most every conversation — be it with an advocate, activist, doctor, etc. — is worry about over-regulation. This recreational legislation by the Canadian government is still going to leave patients with gaping holes in their medical program. Patients still fear losing the plant counts and prescriptions.
The first Global Marijuana March was started by Dana Beal in New York, USA in 1998. It raised awareness both of the harms of prohibition throughout the world and how it should end. It has now grown to over 900 worldwide participating cities — as a festival in some places — and is celebrated by millions.
But not everyone lives in large cities. Sometimes your town doesn’t have a GMM. Sometimes you live in a place that isn’t pro-pot. What do you do then? Start your own community GMMs. I did … twice!
The East and West Kootenays in British Columbia have been at the forefront of craft cannabis growing for decades in Canada. With the new regulations ahead, what will they mean for this area and its growers?
The Kootenays and Craft Cannabis Growers
After a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, March 14th with our MP, Wayne Stetski (NDP), it was loud and clear that the regulations the Liberals are pushing forward will not work for this area.
Nothing is more infuriating to me right now than waiting for the new government to decide what will be allowed and what will be in the medical marijuana grey area since the Allard win. What will be considered okay after Health Canada incorporates personal growing into the Licensed Producer system designed into the MMPR?
I recently fell victim to this unjust law again when one of my friends/patients left my house after spending the afternoon. We exchanged methods on how to make the tincture that was then incorporated into hard candy. He had brought all his own product with him and when he left my house he also took what we had made together. A few hours later he came flying back into my house, stating he had been pulled over by the RCMP and had been held for several hours. He told me they had ripped his vehicle apart and all they wanted to know about was where, how, and who had made that candy. Was I was under investigation … for candy?!
The appalling reality of the promise of legalization has come to haunt many of us. Since the new government took over in November, Canadian Medical Cannabis Partners Society have repeatedly inquired about the promise to legalize and how it affects medical users. Would the Canadian Liberals keep the MMPR despite Allard’s expected win against its restrictions on personal growing?
Editor’s Note: This article is a combination of two previous articles, originally published February 7th and 8th, 2015, formatted for Twelve High Chicks’ year two layout. Content and intent have not been changed.
What if mainstream non-users think that all female cannabis users sit around in bikinis and long socks, smoking bongs? It’s far-fetched, but at one time mainstream non-users saw propaganda like Reefer Madness and believed that.
Amazing! We did it Canada, we voted for change this election with 68% of Canadians stepping out and making their voices heard. And more, the youth of Canada spoke. I couldn’t be prouder to be a Canadian today!
I volunteered for the Liberal candidate in my riding and met with Don Johnston and his wife Jeanette early in his campaign. I threw the question out about cannabis at him and asked what he thought about gardens and dispensaries. His answer was very much what I wanted to hear: ‘Marijuana has been beneficial medically for years and the science is there, never mind the fact it is safer than alcohol and is prohibited and that is ridiculous. People shouldn’t get criminal records and lives ruined over a bit of pot.’
It’s hard to fathom, for many, the loss of your right to have a garden. I never thought when I was first licensed under the MMAR program that it would change so much that we wouldn’t be able to grow our own plants. For some the reality of this change is still hanging in the balance because of the Allard Injunction, which at this time means anyone who held a valid MMAR licence as of September of 2013 continues to have it unless they move.
This summer, because of my convictions about access for everyone, I was honoured to accept when I was voted in as President of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Partners (CMCP) a non-profit society that is the voice for over 3500 patients and caregivers. I have always fought for the rights of patients, being one myself, as well as the rights of everyone out there and this group’s mandate is something I can really run with. I want to thank the board of directors for the opportunity!
I am a face in the crowd, a marijuana consumer that for many years hid in the closet, hid from my family, and hid from society.
When I was young, I enjoyed smoking pot now and then mostly to unwind with my friends. My ex even sold a bit and in 1989 he ended up doing a bit of time for trafficking. The ‘80s and early ‘90s were long before anyone was talking about marijuana being medicine, and before I was paying attention to anything having to do with my health; they were my crazier years.
In 1992 I became a mom. Life changed and years passed but I was still consuming pot, not for health reasons, just ‘cause I liked it.
Before incorporating, MUMM unofficially began activism together in February 2003: in response to a Senate Committee report released in September 2002, a public Demand for Dignity forum was held. Patients either self-represented or had someone speak for them about their personal situations — their own quests for dignity in a screwed-up system. One patient was an Exemption holder who would have been one of the first incarcerated and denied access to his medication. The key note speaker was Senate Speaker Pierre Claude Nolin. It was a highly-charged, emotional time; patients had rights but still struggled for access to readily available, quality medication. A struggle that, over a decade later, patients still face.
I first met Debbie Stultz-Giffin on the internet back in 2008. I was as amazed then as I am now how she does as much as she does and how effective she is. At the 2013 Treating Yourself Expo we met in person and I was honoured to spend many days with her. I have so much admiration and love for her and consider her one of my closest, dearest friends. She is truly one of the kindest hearts I have ever known: Deb is a wife, mother, and grandmother; she volunteers in her community with a local women’s group; and she’s a past Beaver Scout leader. Her drive and her lust for life are always an inspiration to me.
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