I had the pleasure of first meeting this gorgeous, savvy, redheaded woman back in July 2011 in Saskatoon, at the 1st Annual Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup. As the Project Coordinator, when I won a raffle, Tracy traded off the expected prize for the one I wanted: a Medicinal Shirt in support of Michelle Rainey’s legacy. My experience meeting Tracy was most memorable because of this, her love of helping people. It reminded me how many of us lack people like her in our lives, and how, if we had more people like Tracy, we would more comfortably persevere in the struggles we face as cannabis activists in Canada. Tracy has helped hundreds of patients obtain dignified access to medication and physicians, and she helps patients by teaching them how to medicate in foods.
Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Tracy was raised primarily by her mother and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the tender age of six. Her mother made the best of each Halloween for Tracy by trading candy for art supplies and other things Tracy needed. It was truly brilliant and, in my opinion, paved the way for Tracy to become creative at a very early age.
As a teen, Tracy tried pot with her peers but wasn’t as drawn to it as others were, and pot wasn’t as easy to obtain as booze. However, during one evening in her adulthood Tracy wasn’t feeling well before Sunday dinner at her fiancé’s parent’s house. With the suggestion that it might help her nausea, Tracy shared a joint with her soon to be sister-in-law. After she was medicated, she realized that cannabis was working for her like a miracle. Later that week, for her first time Tracy purchased a twenty dollar baggie. She was 28.
Tracy began her career in cannabis in 2004, working in a medical marijuana dispensary in Toronto. She became steadily more involved with cannabis activism than she ever imagined. In 2005, Tracy attended her first Global Marijuana March (GMM) in Toronto, where she proudly walked alongside her new-found family.
Tracy’s heartfelt credit for becoming an activist goes to ‘Hamilton’s Hashmob’, now just Hashmob, a group of very compassionate, caring, giving and solid people in the Toronto area. I can attest to Hashmob being an amazing group of individuals as I have had the pleasure of knowing them too. They have done so many positive things for our cannabis freedom fight across Canada, and continue to do so every step of the way! Tracy was welcomed with open arms, and Hashmob gave her a place to call home.
In January of 2006, she attended the Peace Summit II directed by Puff Mama, and that year took on bigger and better endeavours. During her very first 420 event that year, she asked Hashmob to assist her with promoting the upcoming Toronto GMM. When they explained to Tracy that she had to speak for herself, and that no one would do it for her, she took the megaphone in hand and marched on stage and gave it her all. She found her calling that day and went with it; no one has been able to stop her since! 20,000 people attended the march that year. What an outcome! This is something she is still very proud of today.
Tracy has always felt empowered by the company of other women. Being raised mostly by her mother, she knows what women are capable of. She believes that women will help to end cannabis prohibition just the way women did with ending alcohol prohibition. I agree entirely: women are mothers, sisters, and protectors, it is only a matter of time before our government will hear us. It’s in women to fight for future generations.
Tracy displayed this desire to fight with love and kindred-feeling when she created a calendar to raise funds towards cannabis legalization which she named ‘BudBabes’. Tracy scouted her female friends for amateur volunteer models and received a great response. The calendar was featured in Skunk Magazine (Volume 2, Issue 3).
After leaving her job at the dispensary in 2006, Tracy began working with other like-minded people at the Toronto Compassion Center, where she began to learn about cannabinoids and what cannabis does for our bodies. Tracy attended her first International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium, receiving a certificate in harm reduction. It was then that she began speaking at the universities in Toronto about medicinal marijuana and harm reduction strategies.
In 2007, Tracy managed the now-closed Kindred Cafe, was coordinator for ‘Yongesterdam’, and was named ‘Best Marijuana Activist of the Year’ by Now Magazine for all of her hard efforts. Tracy had become a classy, educated, and informed Toronto cannabis icon.
But Tracy started to tire. She was burnt out from working too much, dealing with mounting health issues, and a loss in the family, so she took a break from the Toronto Compassion Center.
Tracy still had a lot on her plate and on her mind. To test her communication skills and long-distance work abilities, in 2010 she assisted with producing Vancouver’s first Cannamed Fair in February 2011, while she was still living in Toronto. Expanding her activism onto a National platform, she realized there was no limit to what she was capable of achieving: she was ready, able and willing.
During this major transition Tracy was losing a close friend to cancer, Michelle Rainey. Michelle was a beautiful soul who still today shines in the hearts and minds of those she inspired and loved. Michelle’s memory will always be a beautiful one.
Even with all the mayhem going on, Tracy started baking medible creations for patients from her home to help them access cannabis in a dignified manner and as an option to consume without smoking or vaping. Tracy reinvented herself with grace, compassion, integrity and love. She now is the proud creator of The Wake N’ Bakery, an online bakery out of Toronto, where she continues to reside. And she’ll soon be showing fans how she does it on her upcoming show Baked with Tracy Curley.
Through 2013 and 2014, Tracy co-hosted a show with Opus 420 on Opus Live for Pot TV. This year, Skunk magazine named her one of the three hundred most influential women in the cannabis industry.
She also celebrated 420 in Vancouver with her supporters and fans, and took the crowd by surprise when she revealed herself as Canada’s first-ever pot super hero, Weed Woman — an upcoming true-life inspired, brash comic book for adults created by Twelve High Chicks’ inceptor, Mae Moon.
Always involved with her entire community, Tracy attends Pride parades in support of all human sexualities and in support of those in the LGBT community with AIDS and HIV that have fought so hard for legal access to marijuana. She believes in human rights, human equality and most of all human compassion. Tracy is motivating, compassionate, honest, real, and an overall altruistic person who isn’t afraid to speak her truths, and is always willing to share her love of life, cannabis, and compassion with others. She is never too far from an event that has substance, and always gives her heart and soul to everything she strives for.
As well as running her bakery, Tracy currently works with Three Happy Cats, Twelve High Chicks and Weed Woman doing what she does best: being compassionate, giving and helpful. Tracy has worked very hard for the cause of cannabis legalization in Canada, making her a real life superhero and ‘cannapreneur’ even though, in her own recent words, “the politics of pot sometimes get dirty and very often we all wear a little mud” (Facebook, May 8th, 2015).
If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Tracy, I highly recommend following her on Twitter, she is a force to be reckoned with!