When I start writing a piece, I sometimes try to come up with a working title that sums up what I am trying to get across. Helps me figure out the tone I am going for. A few I came up with for this one included “Lie Lie Lie: Border Crossing,” “Silver Linings: At Least the Border Guy Was Cute If Someone Has to Look at My Nude Selfies,” and “Hardened Criminals.” I went with the most straight-forward though, “Why the Fight Against Prohibition Matters.”
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 never really blog about my personal experiences on the Internet, unless it’s on my personal Facebook wall for all (whom I choose) to see. However, lately I have had some amazing adventures with my best friend and boss, Ajia Mae Moon, travelling this past summer to get highly medicated, enjoy pot recreationally, and speak at high events such as Seattle, Washington’s 24th Annual Hempfest and the 5th annual Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup (PMHC) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Editor’s Note: This article is a combination of two previous articles, originally published April 8th and 18th, 2015, formatted for Twelve High Chicks’ year two layout. Content and intent have not been changed.
I was just recently on a little trip down to Sayulita, Mexico—a little hippie/surf town about a half hour from Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast. I hadn’t been to my beloved Mexico in about three years and was very interested to hear from the locals about the pot situation. So while there, I made a point of asking everyone I met about it and what I found was as interesting as it was unexpected.
Twelve High Chicks thanks regular guest contributor Tracy Curley for this article.
The Mission: Meet up with Weed Woman Australia, in Vancouver, to embark on a road trip to Seattle Hempfest — now celebrating its second year of legal recreational use — in Washington State. There we would meet up with Weed Woman America/POW420 activist Adela Falk to finally unite us all.
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when writing about some places. They become so rich with smells, sounds and colours, all remembered more intensely than they may have actually been. Were the people quite so loving and caring? Did we really all come together and become family for five days? I’ve made the trip back from Vancouver a few times now, North Country Fair is that kind of reality for me.
Friends kept asking if I’d be attending this year’s Great Canadian Glass Gathering but I didn’t make my decision until two days before when I bought a cheap tent and air mattress at Canadian Tire and immediately started packing.
The GCGG takes place on beautiful private grounds in Birken, BC, about forty minutes past Whistler on Highway 99. I left Vancouver in the early afternoon and still arrived late afternoon.
When I fly into Edmonton from Vancouver, I take pictures of patchwork fields and wide-open skies that are both imposing and protective. I try to name the towns and lakes around my hometown. Many memories of my twenty-seven years in Edmonton are fond ones; so with a lifetime of friends and family to see that plane couldn’t land fast enough.
It was an exciting moment when I booked my flight from Winnipeg to Saskatoon to attend 2014’s annual Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup (PMHC) and work the Three Happy Cats kiosk. After being a judge at the Kush Cup back in August, I couldn’t wait to judge cannabis strains from the Prairies.
The PMHC took place at the O’Brian’s Event Centre in downtown Saskatoon, the same location where it took place the year before so I was familiar with the grounds, which I found really comforting.
Twelve High Chicks would like to thank guest contributor The Green Fairy.
Bali Spirit Festival: the name alone sent a wave of intrigue through me. I was in Ubud, Bali, early into a trip where I hoped to somehow get on a spiritual path. I considered myself just a spiritual baby; maybe something like Bali Spirit Festival could help, I thought.
Officially, Ubud is known as the arts and culture centre on Bali — a small Hindu island, popular with tourists, found among the 13,000 mostly-Muslim islands that make up the 5200 kilometre long archipelago of Indonesia. Unofficially, Ubud is known for its yoga culture, and as the spiritual journey–destination popularized by Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love.
Twelve High Chicks would like to thank our first guest contributor, Tracy Curley.
In my regular day I am just like you. I binge-watch Netflix. There is always something that needs to be cleaned, paid or taken care of in some way. I struggle with my self-image. I worry about the state of the world. I love my friends and family, and my little Chihuahua, Sadie. I’m also a medical marijuana patient: diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 6, I have been using cannabis medicinally for over a decade. With the use of cannabis I’ve been fortunate to be healthy enough to advocate for medical marijuana and legalization, to fight for those still caught in the struggle caused by prohibition. I was no super hero — until I was.
High, My name is Tracy Curley and I am Canada’s first Weed Woman.
Back in 2001 I was one of the first few hundred people in Canada to acquire an Exemption 56 to legally grow, use, and possess marijuana for medical purposes. I have therefore had the pleasure of flying in Canada a number of times with my legal limit in my carry-on luggage. Carrying a half pound of ganja onto a commercial aircraft post-9/11 may seem somewhat foolhardy at first but when people have the power of the law to back them up we tend to be very defensive, even working up a good offensive play.