I’ve been banned from crossing into the USA since May 2016. So instead, my friend Dixie and I went on a different trip, to BC’s Sunshine Coast. It may not have been the trip we had planned but we still got to have our getaway — and some really rare one-on-one time — doused in a cloud of pot smoke.
Weed Woman Goes to the John Cook MUMMorial Cup
The John Cook MUMMorial Cup and Harvest Fest 2016 were held in Riversdale, Nova Scotia July 22th–24th, 2016. Although it was the ninth annual festival, the John Cook MUMMorial Cup was first created after the death of MUMM co-founder and director John Cook in 2013.
Being from the Maritimes myself, I had always wanted to attend this festival. Well, just a few days before this year’s event, I coordinated with grower and competitor Ryan Adams to take the marathon 20-hour road trip together to check it out.
If you envision yourself in a situation strongly enough, that vision potentially manifests itself in your future reality. And when we take the time to envision ourselves in positive situations, it displays self-confidence, optimism, and the ability to look more deeply at ourselves. In essence, we can truly be ourselves without restrictions, inhibitions or regrets. This also constitutes personal freedoms, personal triumphs, and personal rewards. Ultimately, we are able to pave the way for any vision when we believe in it wholeheartedly. Sarah Hanlon proved this theory when she envisioned and pursued her ultimate dream to compete on the hit Canadian reality series Big Brother Canada, on season 3. Sarah Hanlon was simply herself, with a big vision. We show how her outstanding victory played out in this Twelve High Chicks interview.
Raised in Brampton, Ontario by her birth parents, Sarah Hanlon’s background was the youngest of four siblings whom she has always considered to be her rocks. With a well structured childhood, Sarah was brought up adopting values like respect, compassion, and kindness through the loving guidance of her family. Honesty and kindness have always been Sarah’s strong suits, which is how she ultimately won the hearts of thousands of Canadians in Season 3 of Big Brother Canada.
In life, one may face a moment of defiance, suffer a loss or experience grief, and perhaps be forced to circumvent changes to regain what one feels to have lost in the first place. Sometimes when suffering, one seeks something of a spiritual pillow to soften the blows of reality. And, most often, one seeks inner peace to stitch back the hope lost.
A lifetime of moments gathered by threads of time reveals the fabric of our being. We all carry certain truths, burdens, and sorrows. We constantly try to prove to ourselves and to others why we do what we do: a reason, an explanation, a justification for wanting to fit into society normally as cannabis users and fans.
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 was a monumental day in Canadian cannabis action with the long-awaited decision in the Allard case. It was a fight that saw medical marijuana users taking the Canadian government to court for around the tenth time in fourteen years, and each time part or all of the medical marijuana program has been found unconstitutional. This time the fight was over the right of patients to grow their own marijuana or have a designated grower rather than be forced to buy it from a small handful of government-sanctioned Licensed Producers.
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.
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.
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!
In June 2015, Vancouver’s municipal government took the bold action to bring in licensing requirements for the nearly 100 marijuana dispensaries that have opened up in the city.
This is a bold move because, first off, marijuana is still illegal in Canada unless you are part of the federal government’s medical marijuana program as a patient or licensed producer. Secondly, Vancouver is the first city in Canada to openly question the Feds’ stance on cannabis and take a position against it; even going so far as putting the blame on the Harper Conservatives, right where it belongs in this writer’s opinion, for creating the problem in the first place.
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.