Your Family is Anti-Cannabis…You’ve Survived Worse.

Let’s just agree to disagree. I HATE that phrase. Never quite understood it lol but took it as common practice to ending a disagreement or debate.  And when it comes to cannabis, sometimes you have to take that same approach.

Being a cannabis consumer since my teens has led to some pretty creative reasons for bloodshot eyes, relaxed motion, or giggly demeanor. Most of the time, “I’m really sick,” or “Just really, REALLY sleepy” is about as effective as saying “I just took 10 hits of a really large bong and everything looks like a coloring book.” Everyone has their reasons for concealing their consumption or state of high, but if you use cannabis as medicine or to improve your way of life then it’s about time to stop hiding.

My mother was the first person I was truly honest with. She saw it as just a teen thing then until I started dealing and having legal, um, issues lol. It took a long time to reverse her negative perception of MY use of cannabis, and it was only a few years ago that I maturely let her know the real deal. It’s my lifestyle, my medicine, and my passion…and it’s fun as hell! Now, I’m at Thanksgiving trying to convince my grandmother that maybe a few hits of Pineapple Express could replace her arthritis meds. I’m educating my cousins on the conditions to obtain a card. I’m texting my dad reminding him to eat before snacking on the indica brownies I gave him for Kwanzaa.

I’m sure they all have their opinions. But I accepted the fact I may be seen as the family “pothead” because sticks and stones…you know the rest haha. I don’t think everyone needs to be out about their usage, to each its own. But if the only reason you are keeping your usage from your family is simply their judgment, it may be an opportunity to educate them with your knowledge and experience. You could be helping someone you love!

We’re all adults. So don’t go around trying to convince people to get high who have never had any interest before. That’s evasive and just plain annoying lol. But if you have found relief or healing in cannabis, it’s time you stop feeling ashamed.

Step one to being an advocate is being vocal. The more people educated about cannabis, the better. You may be high, but so are the number of benefits.

BE PROUD STONERS!!

 

11 y/o Allowed to Take Cannabis Meds at School

Don’t you just LOVE good news? Blogees I’ve been tracking a story happening only an hour from where I live. An 11 year old from a Schaumburg, IL school district was allowed to have medical marijuana administered to her on school grounds or buses.

Why is this a big deal, and why am I so happy?

  1. Cannabis consumption, sales, or possession is not allowed on school grounds in Illinois. Good for children’s safety. Bad for children with conditions that are currently treated with cannabis.
  2. The move was a result of a lawsuit, which revealed the student had a RIGHT to take her medication. This is a big move.

So if using cannabis on school grounds is illegal, how did this exception happen? In the lawsuit, the policy violates the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The student is a leukemia patient who uses cannabis to treat seizures.

CANNABIS POLICY REFORMATION IS NECESSARY.  Imagine the tons of other underage patients this could potentially benefit. Parents are forced to fight a crooked system simply to provide necessary treatment for their children.

Do you, or someone you know, with a serious medical condition using medical cannabis for relief? Their children? What are your/their obstacles?

Tomorrow will be another, and hopefully final, hearing for the student and school district. Thanks to her parents, maybe more will have a chance to present medicating (if necessary) safely while at school. Progress!

Comment below and let’s keep the conversation going.

And please join or support your local NORML chapter!!

 

Illinois Adds Intractable Pain To Qualifying Conditions!

Not to overshadow the awesomeness of Women in Cannabis Wednesday…BECAUSE IT IS WOMEN IN CANNABIS WEDNESDAY, but I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to blog this.

So, this guy —-> nirav, Nirav Shah, is the director of the Illinois State Dept. of Health. He’s also THAT GUY, because he rejected intractable pain as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana treatment not once, but twice. Yea, that guy.

Luckily, this guy —-> 243996, Raymond Mitchell, is a Cook County Judge who thinks that’s bullshit. After reviewing medical journals with over 40 clinical studies, he concluded that intractable pain was effectively and safely treated with cannabis.

The real credit should go to Ann Mednick, an Illinois resident and sufferer of intractable pain caused by osteoarthritis. She filed a lawsuit in order to legally use cannabis to replace her opioid usage because she desired less side effects.  Thanks Ann!

There are a few conditions on the list of qualifying conditions that result in chronic pain, but intractable pain is defined as debilitating, usually with no cure. Whether or not that is the reason for rejection, Judge Mitchell’s decision will be appealed, according to a spokesperson for the department.

The fight continues.

 

 

#WCW-Andrea Unsworth

High and Happy Wednesday Blogees!!

In an industry that is still fresh, growing, and not totally legal, outreach is key.  Finding unique ways to draw new clients is an ever-present and exciting aspect of starting a business in the cannabis industry. It also creates opportunities for multiples businesses and organizations, and today’s #WCW is a shining example.

Andrea Unsworth is the founder of StashTwist, a non-profit delivery service dedicated to providing safe access to cannabis throughout the East Bay Area in California. If she looks familiar, either you keep up with your lady cannabis queens or you recall her from the #WCW post about Supernova Women. She’s the co-founder!

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This woman is all about the business of fair employment. Like myself, she believes that the best potential employees for the cannabis industry are ironically those currently imprisoned for cannabis crimes.

“I want people who are felons working for me. Funds specifically need to be appropriated to helping folks that have been convicted, not just for reparations, but to help them write a business plan.”

Her efforts give new meaning to the term “giving back to the community.”  The community IS her business, so advocacy goes hand in hand in hand with her outreach. She hired her own father so he could quit his job as a night security guard. And that’s what it’s all about, creating businesses to help EVERYONE succeed. Now how dope is that??

The Oakland native was featured on “The Profit” hosted by Marcus Lemonis. Yea, MSNBC even knows how big of an impact cannabis businesses are making. Check her out!

 

Because I prefer to roll my own, this JOINT is dedicated to you, Andrea Unsworth! Queen, your work is making necessary strides, and we thank you!!

 

“The dopest part of my job is my community.” –Andrea Unsworth

 

More links:

Stashtwist Website

DOPE Magazine Interview

Jeff Sessions…back at it again.

Happy New Year Blogees!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and I hope you are staying warm too! I want to hear all about it, especially those hilarious weed conversations with the relatives. But in the meantime, 2018 is already trying to kick our asses.

Earlier today, attorney general Jeff Sessions released a one page memo basically taking a seagull crap all over Obama’s 2013 policy. You know, the one that says the federal government won’t interfere with states in the legalization of pot as long as the state is abiding by federal law.  Which is why 29 states have some policy of legal cannabis but it’s illegal to consume cannabis while driving in every state.  That flexibility left the decision of legalization and enforcement policy up to the state, NOT the federal government.

Yea, Sessions wants like, none of that.

In his one page love letter, he’s suggesting that if states don’t want federal interference, they shouldn’t legalize. Furthermore, he wants marijuana labeled as a dangerous, Schedule 1 drug that has no medicinal uses. “It’s not so much the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce,” Sessions said. “We should do our job and enforce laws effectively as we’re able.” Uh well yea, Sessions. But you’re trying to change the category and federal integration of cannabis SO you can enforce such laws “effectively.”

he directed “all U.S. Attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country.”

Is there an empty stadium available, so this man can have several seats?

So what does this all mean for us? That U.S. attorneys can go on ahead and enforce federal level laws against cannabis states, legal ones included.

What does that mean for me? More mass incarcerations. More people of color getting arrested. More. Steps. Back.

You can thank your president, by the way. Happy New Year!