I’ve been staring at half-written articles these past few months and getting nowhere. Since the most common writing advice given to me is “write what you know,” I figure that is most likely my best bet to get those creative juices flowing — along with a nice sativa hybrid. So once again I am writing about my slice of heaven: the incomparable Wreck Beach, located at the furthest western tip of Vancouver, BC. This time, I’m writing about Wreck Beach with kids — my kids!
Twelve High Chicks thanks guest contributors Talya Hart and Bert Easterbrook for their coverage of the 2017 Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo.
This year, we as a family unit had the opportunity to attend the third annual Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo, held at the University of British Columbia (UBC). It was a big change in pace for us from the Global Marijuana March, which we have attended in years past.
I am a Canna-Mom. I make this statement proudly, yet we live in a society where many moms who do smoke will choose to do so in silence, not wanting to deal with the judgement and criticism of others. Worse yet they fear that their children will be taken by social services.
I refuse to hide my use of cannabis, despite being judged. I’m here to tell you all the ways it helped me get through pregnancy and the early stages of motherhood.
Let me tell you about it.
From a Mom’s Perspective
I am Canadian mother with my MMPR (Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations) prescription for chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and depression. Like a lot of MMPR patients, I had used marijuana for years to treat my health problems. Eventually, with the help of my doctors, I decided to give medical marijuana a try.
We’re so very pleased to announce that Twelve High Chicks Magazine is now available to buy in print!
It’s been a wild ride. We’ve chosen the best articles from the website to refresh and share alongside beautiful new photography, decided on new ideas and events to cover, and found new voices that show what Twelve High Chicks is all about. This magazine has required a lot of work, a lot of heart, and a lot of pot!
With glossy, colour, cannabis-centred photo spreads featuring some of Vancouver’s most beautiful and talented alternative models; funny stories and serious articles from your favourite Twelve High Chicks writers and new contributors; and reefer-specific reviews, recipes, and more, the first volume of Twelve High Chicks Magazine fully reflects the interests of our readers through the focus of our Chicks.
As our government takes on the daunting task of legalizing marijuana, Twelve High Chicks Magazine shows the richness of the culture and community that have grown up around this wonderful plant here in Canada and around the world. Get your copy now online, if you’re in Vancouver, see our list of locations below that we’ll be adding to each day!
I have two kids: a daughter who is seven and a son who is six. I am a single parent with split custody of them. And I am a recreational pot smoker. When my children were small, I didn’t worry over what I would tell them about weed. As a new stoner parent answering kids’ questions, I wasn’t ashamed of my use and I knew that I would be frank with them about it.
But as they get older they become more and more curious about it, and their questions are more direct.
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.
In the fight between the Harper Conservative’s Health Canada and actual health experts, Minister Rona Ambrose claims the high road in a fight to ‘protect the children’ from pot while actually fighting to retain federal control over adult access to a useful, versatile drug. She doesn’t want pot use ‘normalized’ for kids.
While I agree that pot use among children and teens shouldn’t be encouraged, Ambrose’s claim that legitimate medical marijuana dispensaries would do so is inherently flawed.
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.
Living in small-town Alberta, it wasn’t easy to find a doctor to sign me on to the MMAR program. However, I was friends with Michelle Rainey. Michelle had already been diagnosed with cancer and was fighting her own battle but was still helping as many people as she could. I too was sending out medical forms for others and helping patients with paper work but at that time we had limited resources.
In 2009 I’d had tests but was still waiting for a doctor. I continued doing what I could for advocacy. At the Global Marijuana March that year I wasn’t feeling very well. Shortly thereafter I found out I was pregnant with my fourth child.