It's not easy being green and it is not easy having green as your medicine.
I should be sitting here with thoughts of cheer,
Christmas being just a few days away but I am preoccupied to say the least.
Recently changes have been made to our Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) program with Health Canada.
The 'just of it' in my opinion: Merry F*&^%$* Christmas - all you sick and suffering - get ready for next year when we take you to jail for what we allowed you to do in the first place.
For those what are not aware: when you applied to Health Canada for Medical Cannabis you could also apply to grow your own medicine. Storm could not as he was only 15 - I think you have to be 21. I have had the pleasure of meeting many the past few years who do grow their own medicine and it is a God send! It has allowed many to be in complete control with what they put into their body - as in how they grow their medicine and the desired strain. Different strains for different pains, much like some prefer tylenol over aspirin. It has kept them safe from purchasing Cannabis from the black market and helped them financially. NOW the rules have changed? Health Canada is removing all the licenses for people to grow their own and are farming it out to BIG grows. Perhaps the pharmaceutical companies who already make billions for over priced medications.
Go figure. Who did not see that waiting in the wings...
So those who are already struggling will now be forced to fewer options, pay higher prices and have NO control. MOST of the seriously ill that use and grow their own cannabis that I know of are already struggling to make ends meet - are on government assistance and have a hard time putting food on the table let alone medicine. One friend admitted to me she will go back on pills because they are easier to get and cheaper for her - even thought it is killing her insides and turns her into a T.V watching zombie ;-(
Lets not forgot about those who truly enjoy growing cannabis. The gardeners!
Now they want to take away pleasure as well.
It won't work. Prohibition does not work and this is still prohibition - It is worse!
Health Canada told people they could grow, many people have invested a lot of money
and time and education
on learning how to grow good quality medicine for themselves
and have been doing this for years.
Many also find it truly a release - a passion. I know people who say it is all they have - much like I need to draw! Another friend told me if he can’t grow his life will be over. It is all he does, all that keeps him going is working in his garden, his reason for getting up everyday.
One friend has taken to the art of bonsai cannabis trees- now suddenly he will be considered a criminal and sent to jail!
FOR SOMETHING that was allowed by Health Canada?
For growing plants. <<< Stop and think about that please.
I already hear people saying they won’t stop.
WHY SHOULD THEY!?
Who will get busted first - the people who have always had ILLEGAL grows? No, they will still operate - it will be those that were registered with the program and have been proud of the fact that they grow their own medicine. The illegal ones will still do it - only now even those that do really NEED it will be forced to become criminals by their country ;-( It is a crime! Not just about cannabis, a crime against human rights. EVERYONE has the right to be healthy.
These are NOT meth labs we are talking about - It is a few plants!!! Not everyone that grows has a grow factory!
Media-scare tactics; just like they use to say it had no medicinal value - funny now that everyone from government to entrepreneurs (just saw a cannabis pain patch for pets patent) trying to market Cannabis as a medicine.
What about people like Storm that use Cannabis for their chronic pain!? Those who have HIV, Cancer, Arthritis, PTSD, all who use cannabis In order to live - I read we can expect the cost to be anywhere from 30,000 for a year and UP!! OMG. -Just the thought of that brings knots to my stomach & tears to my eyes. We do not have benefits, we can hardly afford any medications as it is! I know too many in this same situation!
I HOPE everyone that was given the license to grow
FIGHTS - stands up for what they believe it. It is wrong. Decriminalize.
It is the Humane thing to do.
Make it what it is a plant and end this unnecessary suffering and incarceration of sick people who just want to live a HAPPY LIFE!
Other places in the world people are permitted to grow small amounts for personal use. It should be the same.
We are never going to stop the big criminals that grow - especially if the police have to deal with more bullshit like arresting the sick?
How is this any different than making your own beer?
It’s not - except that alcohol is far more dangerous than cannabis,
and Cannabis helps ease pain and is used as a medicine all around the world and has been since the beginning of time.
My wish this Christmas- to put an end to this insanity so people can heal themselves. Mentally and physically . ONE LOVE
For now - Christmas is a few days away... back to baking, spending time with those I LOVE and thanking God for this plant that has helped so many.
It has been the best gift our family has even been given and I as long as I breath I will never stop fighting for the rights of my son, for my own human rights and to try to help many who don’t seem to have a voice. Too tired most of them... I can understand where they are coming from.http://www.torontosun.com/2012/06/22/changes-to-medical-pot-program-could-double-costs-users-sayhttp://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/consultation/marihuana/_2011/program/consult-eng.php