What Am I?
I am sick and tired of Health Canada and Steven Harper saying everyone they
provided licenses to are CRIMINALS.
WHY now? After providing thousands with permission to grow for years?
Because they REALIZE that YES indeed Cannabis will become a BILLION dollar industry and they can make $$$. LOT's of MONEY.
Who cares about the Health in Health Canada?
It is ONLY about money... for them.
For US it is about a life saving medicine that has changed our lives for the better!
ONE that WE were prescribed by a Dr. (not paid for) & granted permission from Health Canada to have a Designated Grower and provide Storm with his own medicine.
YES WE have invested MUCH. Blood , sweat & tears and $$$.
You would too if your only son was suffering from a terminal to progressive, no treatment no cure, chronic pain disease! We are after 7 years finally just now making up for all of it and providing for Storm and myself perfectly.
NOW Health Canada expects us to stop providing for ourselves - as we have for the past 7 years. We are expected to stop and start paying for cannabis -* the amount Storm would need, according to Health Canada's prediction of prices would be:
10 grams / day @ $5 = $18,200.00/year
@$3 = $10,920.00/year
@ $7 / gram = $25,480.00 < what H.C. suggests.
ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME? - people wonder why I swear. ;)
We can not afford it. Could you?
For something our DG is now producing for pennies?
I think NOT.
Simply because they ASSume, we are all criminals?
I know what I am and it is NOT a criminal.
All cops are Pigs.
All fat people are lazy.
All blonds are dumb.
All priests are pedophiles.
All muslims are terrorists.
All women are easy.
All men are assholes.
All politicians are criminals .. (hmmmmmmmm - verdict not yet in on this one.)
^ALL WRONG! ^ All negative, uneducated stigmas/stereo types.
This is no exception. It is wrong.
Criminals? Gardeners!? That is what they are!
GROWING A PLANT. A human right.
How we have survived - forever.
Who are you?!
I hope I have inspired more to do the same or at least THINK about it. We are powerful. We are Not criminals and we deserve the right to provide for ourselves as we have been for years. < Thanks to Health Canada.
Many of us hate having our photo taken. Imagine now you have a "twitch' that contorts your face most of the time. Photo's? Yippie.
I was asked for a photo for an upcoming interview & need one for another project and a book photo so I thought best to get it done right.
Who better than someone I have known for years. I asked Kyle Clements, a very talented artist
and photographer and the next day he showed up!! Kyle is also down to earth and what I consider "quirky" in a great way, so I was at ease.
I think that is part of the battle right there! As an added bonus Kyle brought his mom!
LOL *just in this case- as she is my best friend too, I am sure he does not show up for photo shoots with mom in tow, she did a great job of holding the light and making me laugh.
When I got the photos I became teary, because I like them.
I usually avoid mirrors at all costs. I feel my face contorting a million times a day -
I don't need to see it. Know what I mean?
This is me. This is how I am and have been for the past 4 years now.. I wish I did not have the pain that goes with it. It is the pain and concern is what allows me to get past the rest though, see how trivial it all is.
No touched up photos here, no fancy dress, no elaborate props... they all just add to the illusion.
I have no time for pretend.
Love me or leave me I care not - I will survive and continue on!
It does not matter what we look like only that we still remain.
What a difficult lesson this has been BUT I am grateful for every bit of it!
It broke a barrier for me- I look differently at people with disabilities and those with vanity issues. The more beautiful as of late, are those that YOU really see - not those that disguise it all with a beautiful shell and can be very ugly on the inside.
My son puts it better than anyone ever will.
"Mom when I look at any photo of you I see Love."
No one else's opinion matters.
Thank you Kyle.. I get by with a little help from my friends ;-) xox
Poppy is so playful! She is out of that baby stage and now into playing, fetching, tug of war and chase! Today she was running with a stuffed toy 3 times her size and tripping every other step. She has also taken to sitting in the toy basket, to guarantee first dibs, I guess. It is a continual source of amusement for me and all who visit.
I had a visit - I can't get over Poppy all over my best bud Cathy below! She was on her lap and showering her is kisses!
All my girls love Cathy as you can see! Of course they do! But, sure enough as Cathy pats them - her nose gets itchy and she starts to sneeze - lol, but they cannot resist and clearly neither can she. Just looking at this photo I can't help but smile. I had to share.
Cathy will kill me she's not big on photos (neither am I) but not to share an image of love - Look at Poppy's tail! Wagging so fast it's a blur! Cathy could not even speak between kisses and giggles.
Daisy and Poppy are best friends. I am blessed to have Cathy as my best friend for several years now. She is 'THAT ONE' friend. All you need. She has seen me at my best, worst, prettiest and scariest, she actually told me today she 'Liked' my hair and I was thinking - Oh, you are such a good friend (heehee) ! She has shared tears, cried, laughed and hugged me a lifetime of hugs. She does not judge me - not even when I answer the door at 3 in my flannel P.J.'s. Or when I show her my next craft creation - she's ready to sign up for a how to! She also is the one I call in an emergency - crafting or cooking...
She inspires creativity and makes me want to be a better person.
All we need is one friend like that, I actually have a couple... but Cathy is my Bud.
I love her. If she ever tries to smuggle Poppy out of here, I shall show her no mercy.
Zen Kitty Murrine By Steve Bo
Just before the last TY Expo I was contacted by a friend David, asking if I’d consider making Laughing Buddha into glass art? One thing led to another, and two incredibly talented glass artists made a couple of my characters out of GLASS! It’s is officially called a Murrine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murrine
Below are a few photos of Laughing Buddha actually being made. I look at things all the time and often I think, I can do that! I look at how these talented artists make these little works of art and I am BLOWN away! I think ‘How in the heck do they do that’? I have looked at my Laughing Buddha murrine and then the drawing and think HOW the heck does he even figure out HOW to do that!? Patience for sure.
I nearly lost them at the EXO and once home, every time I showed someone I was putting them someplace and did not know how to display them... time to bring in an expert.
I put all call into Kat @ Kats Gallery (ON FB)
and simply said (more or less) I’m making a special Laughing Buddha and this is what I want.. blah blah blah. Do your thing.
I believe everyone is an artist in many ways. Kat is an artist when it comes to framing and creativity. Not only did she clearly put thought into it but to place the pieces on silk flowers! It just blends beautifully! Storm commented - “what... awesome, are those the only real flowers” - it really makes you take a closer look at the entire piece. It just is beautiful if I do say so myself! I also asked her to keep FUN! She has known me for almost 30 years so I knew I did not have to worry. I’d rather someone else take it over. I do want to add I have another framer as well, and over the years - when I need something framed and ‘need a mans opinion’ or the drawing for a man, I use my friend Bob Doyling
(also on FB & a very talented photographer!) Both artist in their own right, and as different as acrylic and water color! Variety is the spice of life!
This laughing Buddha speaks for itself. It is a 4 artist combination! Including Kat.
It IMO is the perfect way to display my one of a kind prize possessions ;-)
Now everyone can see them, not touch, drop or lose them! It hangs in my kitchen and so far not one person has walked past without commenting!
Another Idea I had (after) was to have the glass and then have me and the artist in a photo cut into the matt above! NEXT year! The artists that made my Murrine are: Jerry Kelly
, he made Laughing Buddha and is in the photos below and the Zen Kitty creator is Stephen Boehme
! They are both on FB and both doing some incredible work.
Sorry, It is nor will it ever be for sale. I was so honored by the gentlemen that made these you have no idea. Flattered, honored and humbled! LOL
Do you have any creative way to display your Murrine?
My Laughing Buddha Murrine & Zen Kitty may be purchased through Murrine Scene
You can find them on FB or @: https://www.facebook.com/murrine.scene?fref=ts
Have a Peek at the slide show below to see details and How Laughing Buddha was made!
It is so easy for many of us to think the worst. Many not even aware that the pattern of worry perhaps even established for us, by those around us. Aways thinking what if and that what if - the worst case scenario.
I GET it. If you think I have not thought my own ‘What if’s’, especially lately - I have,
The best what if... What if I die.
We all think about it, but for some it becomes almost a reality as we deal with health issues that are unavoidable or there’s nothing like surviving a life altering accident.. why do I say it is the best ‘what if’?
Because it is the one that can make many finally snap and say:
WOW! What if!
What If I just started to live my life and not give a shit what anyone thinks!
What if I fight for what I believe in and people see the honesty instead of the lies!
What if I do what makes me happy and enjoy LIFE.
What if I just do the best I can..
What If I can make changes!
What if I Do succeed!
It is 1/2 the battle, many times the what if’s don’t come true and all we have done is exhausted ourselves with the process. EVEN when many ‘What if’s’ do come true - they are not as bad as we first perceive.
So many people are worried about the upcoming changes and 'what if’s' surrounding cannabis - what if I cant get my medicine, what if I cant afford it, what if we get raided, what if we go to jail. What if I lose my home, what if..
WHAT if we all FOCUS on what can go right!
What if we all said enough is enough! WE ARE NOT criminals!
What if we stand together and make our own changes? WHAT IF!?
I for one am tired of the negative 'What ifs...'
What if, I do what I believe is right and try to do the best I can to make this stay enjoyable and be a better person. How could the world not be a better place if we tried to do a little more of the positive “What if’s”.
Too many negative already seeing themselves behind bars.
I’m not naive, I consider myself hopeful. You can call it what ever you want. I have read over and over many time people are getting off, cases dismissed and changed made.
Cannabis education IS spreading all around the world as IS the demand for legalization, so instead of thinking the worst - think ‘what if this is it & the tides are finally turning!
A few years ago I thought:
What if I do some medical marijuana cartoons to try to bring attention to the problems. What if! Back then I did not think - what if my comics are seen all over the world?
No, admittedly, I was PROBABLY thinking...
What if no one likes them...
What If I never get published..
So glad I was wrong. :) Thank you.
FOCUS! xox <><
Accountants, administrative people, farmers, architects, sales representatives, Dr.s & nurses, dentists, florists, health workers, child care workers, bakers, cooks, mechanics, carpenters, brick layers, construction workers, lawyers, parents, teachers, software designers, actors, butchers, assemblers, cleaners, vets, fire fighters, police, real estate agents, dietitians, gardeners, hair dressers, hotel managers, secretaries, technicians, meteorologists, musicians, house painters, pipe fitters, plumbers, roofers, seamen, photographers, surgeons, taxi drivers, travel agents, web designers...
Please feel free to add to the list!
If you think the only one smoking cannabis are stoners. Think again.
Here is a list of the 10 most successful cannabis consumers: http://coed.com/2009/02/06/the-10-most-successful-potheads-on-the-planet-cool-enough-to-admit-it/
Enough is enough. WE are NOT criminals.
We are making a choice, that does not harm anyone.
In many chases a choice that makes us BETTER.
Better people, better health and better members of society.
We choose to use a plant, a natural substance to ease our pain, mentally and physically. Making
us criminals is an UNJUST system, used in the past to send Cannabis consumers to jail. The true crime is there are far more dangerous substance abuse daily. Instead of locking people up - we should be educating and informing on better decision making. Instead they are forcing us to USE dangerous, deadly opiates for pain in many cases especially. That is the CRIME!
<prove me wrong!
I REFUSE. I refuse to be trapped into a $$$ making scheme instigated by Health Canada because of their lack of professionalism and education and understanding.
In Canada, many were given the right to produce their own medicine/cannabis or obtain a designated grower - by our own government. Many invested time and knowledge and finances to do this and be successful at it.
Now our government has decided against this....
To which I say: Too bad.
Who the F*ck do they think they are, to play with peoples lives like they do? To turn people into criminals over growing a plant?
*NEVER forget that is all you are doing! Growing plants! It is WRONG to send someone to jail for growing plants. ESPECIALLY if at one point they had permission to do so.
We are not criminals. The criminals are in suits (working for Steven Harper) making decisions that affect the lives of seriously sick and suffering, mind games is exactly what they are playing at now, and it is shameful.
We are not criminals.
American Drug War 2. http://americandrugwar2.com/
We rented it via Apple T.V., Apparently it can be found on youtube.
We watched the first of these documentaries a few times, I did, it is very educational and the producers story very honest. IMO. BUT the second documentary shares also the story of Cashy Hyde. & his beautiful family.
The bullshit that family had to endure on top of everything else. From medicine to police abuse. That is exactly what it was . OVER A FUCKING PLANT.
Does anyone deserve this over a plant that has never been responsible for a death? Parents who only want to do everything they possibly can to help their child?
I really do think when they said for Storm no treatment, no cure was a blessing in disguise some days. Well, I might think that now, I did NOT then.
What Cashy endured... my one fricken surgery (miniscule in comparison) and I am still reeling ;-( Cashy died the day after my surgery - I did not find out until a few days later.. maybe even a week I don’t remember, I just remember no one wanted to tell me. Which I am now thankful for. It was a direct blow to my heart. How could it not be? It was for MILLIONS.
Cashy was a miracle, you have no idea and yes he was here for a reason. We are all blessed because of him. Yes, he was a ‘weed warrior,’ sadly we now have a few. A few little warriors who are suffering with pain, disease as their parents stand and watch helplessly.. and then to fear for your life because a plant you give your child and eases their pain is ILLEGAL? Alcohol, pills and tobacco are all easily attainable and all deadly?
Is there any wonder I feel I am going mad? How crazy is all of this? Innocent children are being punished and made to suffer over $$$
We all are. OVER the next big money maker! Imagine if it was YOUR child.
Google Children on Cannabis I dare you.
I KNOW. I have living proof and I love him very much. I am doing this for more than my own son.
Imagine if it were your child and you knew you could not get him enough medicine, MEDICINE that you KNOW has helped him, eased his pain and could possibly be what is saving his life and although it is something you should be able to GROW in your back yard. THEY COULD NOT.
IT needs to be acknowledged for what it is A VEGETABLE.
A MIRACLE plant! Prohibition is not the problem any longer, it is lack of education.
Once more people become educated on the subject, and get away from reefer madness it will only be a matter of time.
My son says I am naive. ;( I’d like to say I STILL believe in US
Please take the time to watch something that will educate you.
The American government is educated on the subject of cannabis don’t forget - that’s why they took out the patent on it. FOR its medicinal values.
R.I.P Cashy. What a gift you were to this world.
Today is a new day.
I was gifted Friday a book, and read it already. I loved it. Although, I do feel the he, E. Alexander M.D. forgot about us 'not so medically inclined', I was dumb struck a few times. LOL
Hey, we can't all be brain surgeons.
I was hesitant to read it because of the brain issues (frightened, a better word) but glad I did. My faith is strong and I already believe in heaven. I believe there is more to us than this. We are all better than this <3. I BELIEVE in GOOD and God.
In a world full of temptation/lies/greed/pain it is hard to focus always on the good.
I too know that pain and fear bring out the worst in people and I am NO exception.
I am thankful for those around me that love me enough to remember that. ;)
Still, a few times "Proof Of Heaven!
" hit too close to home.
Thinking of it now I tear up. <3 that poem.
He says he is meant to write that book and I feel I was meant to read it.
That is what it is all about. Helping each other.
I am glad I read it, not for proof of heaven but reminder that we are all ONE.
ONE LOVE ❤
It inspired the toon! At first I was just going to draw pills and cannabis, and then I was poked in the head to be reminded of the Bigger picture!!! :)
I am pulling back, looking in praying/meditation and DRAWING. Amen!
Enjoying my newly painted & clean (LOL - how long it will stay that way, time will tell.) kitchen - I have sunshine indoors all the time! I LOVE IT! That and my guys and girls...
Good Vibes always appreciated!
xox <>< !!!
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.R. Buckminster Fuller
A picture is worth a thousand words...
If you see love in this photo it is because it exists.
My hubby saw this photo and instantly asked “WHO is that? Looks a little close to me... “
All I could think to say is “yes, it does, that is my friend Chris.” ;) This expo was the first time Chris and I actually met and that photo taken then. We have been friends on FB since 2o10. I never saw his photo before the EXPO and had no idea what he looked like. The moment he said ‘Hi' my heart jumped - CHRIS! I thought & he is handsome too! LOL
When I first met Chris it was online, FB. He was a medical patient and had suffered a very serious accident, I knew he suffered extensive damage to his face and brain not to mention everywhere else, I had seen photos of his x-rays but I did not know much more... then after a few posts, curiosity got the better of me and I asked. I am learning to be BLUNT - how else do you find stuff out.
Well, the rest is history. A history filled with questions, likes, comments, shares and more.
Chris, for some reason I decided to trust and share a few details about my own head pain long before many others even knew what I was dealing with, asking him what strain he suggested for head pain, a few things... I still do ;-) Just the other day I asked: Do you swear more?
I as you might know if you pay attention to this blog, I have been frightened to say the least, hard not to when you are dealing with something and Dr.s can’t seem to figure it out so. I ask, he answers. It has been a God send for me.
That makes me giggle, Chris and I have a different opinion on God - BUT even that we put aside to discuss other more important stuff! < How it should be.
Who else do you ask? If you don’t know from experience - YOU don’t get it!
He gets it. Explaining things I am experiencing.
I was thrilled when I heard he was coming to the EXPO! I really consider him a friend and I felt it! I know he cares for me and I him and we just became friends on FB and because of Cannabis! How cool is that?
That being said I did ask Chris If I could share a few details. I was going to ask him to write a blog but I thought - no, better to see his answers, up front & honest. Just as he shared with me and I am so grateful he did.
Below a few photos, I borrowed from his profile, and a few of our messages... ;-) I asked Chris to share his accident and he did: I have my card due to a very serious car vs. snow removal truck in 2003.I was a passenger that had a 10 wheel dump truck full of snow turn in front of us, crossing our path. He turned illegally (double yellow line) into a parking lot to dump his snow (illegally on private property).
He claimed he did not see us, but that is only possible if he was not looking! There was nothing my friend could do, the truck turned and we hit the side at around 50mph (80k).
There were no airbags and the front of the car was destroyed, the dash actually came & hit me in the face, just under my chin and cracked everything up to my forehead. Lower jaw, upper jaw, cheekbone, eye orbits, nasal everything... it was not pretty.
Botched surgery caused me to need 3 more to adjust my upper jaw to what the idiots had done to the lower by mistake, all because of "god" complexes of certain doctors & the department in general.
Let's just say I do not recommend "teaching hospitals", part of a local university.
My other serious injury was to my brain, I have a frontal lobe TBI which is a real pain in the ass to say the least.
I'm not sure what you know of TBI (Traumatic brain injury), but it is a a serious problem with no solution, every victim will be affected slightly differently and it is invisible, so people just think we are rude, mean, all kinds of things that are associated with bad behavior. That leaves us open to discrimination and more problems. I am 'lucky' (Hurts to say that, because I really don't feel lucky!!) that I was highly functioning before so I compensate well in stress free situations, but it doesn't take too much to make me rattle me. Friends and family relations are strained, I am also really not the same person I was before, I like different music, different people, I dislike some friends and activities...
SO, I use cannabis for pain relief, which helps me a lot. I can do more things with less frustration and it makes me feel less pain to the point where I can think before I act or speak - a common trait with head injuries that can get us into a lot of trouble.
It also helps with anxiety, stress, makes me tolerant and compassionate.
I hope that wasn't too much info lol
Painful topic, once I start it's hard to stop the flow of words, I don't let them out often anymore.
To finish that up, 99.9% of people have no idea when they meet me if for just a few minutes, I hide it well, but after awhile it starts to show that I may not be in complete control of my thoughts, words and actions.
Cannabis gives me as much of those abilities as I can get, no other medication I tried even came close.
I asked about Strains: It depends what you mean by brain pain
Headaches? mental fatigue?
I am not the best guy for this, my brain is in hyper vigilance mode due to a TBI, so I can intake massive amounts of any indica with no negative effects. Makes me sleepy, but so does having a TBI.
What they do to me is different from what they do to most ppl.
I avoid sativas cuz they make me even more hyper vigilant, jumpy, annoying ... lol
If I had to name one strain for most brain issues, anxiety, epilepsy... -->Sensi Star. It covers a wide range of issues, seizures are one of them, which I do not have, but the same soothing effect it gives an epileptic, it can provide to me. Hope that helps a bit
... Hi Georgia,
Secrets are safe with me
I hope the neuro can provide some good info, that sort of thing is complicated for sure. I have a brain injury so whenever I have issues with my eyes, speech, tingles, nerve pain, twitches... it is hard to know from where it actually starts.
I know an epileptic that swears he can take a few drops of Sensi Star tincture at the onset of a seizure (wife puts it under his tongue) and he almost instantly stops the seizures! Sensi Star may be the right strain for you, although they do have slightly different effects on each person.
Tinctures or eating it may also have an added benefit over inhaling for your purpose. I hope you find the strain you need
In between these e mail, we shared cute photos, jokes, toons, informative Cannabis info and Chris always supported my toons and work. He went even further to help me heal by sharing his advice on Hemp Products > Good for the BRAIN! - he sent me some AWESOME Hemp oil and that AMAZING honey (by mr. Cookie - Brain) that is a terrific appetite stimulant! Helped me pack on a few pounds, after surgery I lost another 14! I needed it. He still sends me tips and info for arthritis - something we also share.
That is all I will share with all of you... it has been one of the best lessons for me, you can make real, special friendships on FB. Strangers are willing to help! ASK!
♥ You might be blessed to even meet them in real life! Chris thanked me over the years for inspiration.. I often wonder when someone comes into our lives is it for our advantage or theirs? BOTH. We are here to serve, help, assist, and share with each other.
Do you see love in that photo? I do ;-)
Not the kind of love that first comes to mind, but one of two people who care for each other and want to help each other.
All this week I keep thinking who knew, 4 years ago FB Friends you made would become real life friends. A drawing you did would be turned into glass by other artists?
WHO knew!? A caterpillar turned into butterfly.
Brought together by a PLANT!
I hope Chris and I continue to be even better friends as the years go on, he really has been a life/sanity saver for me the past few years and I am blessed to call him friend.
I grateful Chris and his bud (also a nice guy - got to meet him too at the EXPO) - are still here with us today
*** I discuss many blogs with my guys, and sometimes special friends before I publish.. I got a 'that seems pretty personal..' WHY? Because I express love for a friend, another human? Too often all we hear is negative. It surrounds us. We hate this and that... I have no more room or time for it. Not a day goes by in this house were we don't say I love you to each other... Storm and I every time he leaves or says goodbye - he throws in an I love you! What an awesome way to end a conversation. ;-) Until we see that person again.
I'm done, If you make me happy your going to know it! I don't care if the world knows it.
Maybe if Chris and I hung out more, I'd see more of the side he mentions - I have a hard time imagining (because he has only ever been nice to me) even then - because he shared with me, I KNOW to be patient & understanding, we are all far from perfect.
We should share with people - It avoids a lot of guessing. ♥
Introducing Running with Buddha.
Many of you might not be aware of my Hempy Stalkers.... probably because every year I am lucky if I can produce 10. This year only 8. Each Hempy stalker is made with THC & TLC & every year they get better and better. It’s only been 3 and like any other work you get better and fine tune it as you go along. The problem is - NOT a problem for me - I have a few collectors that come back every year, so in essence they are sold before I even display them.
NOT this year!’
I did 2 things. I told all, they have to wait until the EXPO is officially one before they can purchase anything and Running with Buddha is NOT for sale. I decided that with my ‘show special’ (More on that Wed.) 100 bags- every bag purchased is the only way you also get a chance to WIN Running with Buddha. 1 in 100, those are pretty good odds!
If you do not win you still get an awesome limited edition bag full of Happy Hippie stuff.
This way someone that might not be able to afford a Hempy Stalker can possibly own one.
My hubby is right now in the garage building me an awesome display! Just for my Stalkers ;-) Each made with THC & TLC! Here are a couple of photo of Running with Buddha but like everything else ‘she’ is much more beautiful in real life.
Of course there will be several available to purchase they are priced from $65.00 Up to $400. for “the Twins” if you are interested you better decide early...
Each takes a long time to make, almost a full year, proper drying and prep then painting, bringing to life - most of them guide me as to what they become ;-) I add little details, charms, beads, glass and what ever else seems to want to be part of Hempy Stalker ART.
I have had Running with Buddha on display in my own living room and it is going to be hard to part with. Not one person walks by and does not make a comment! What a wonderful way to start a conversation about Cannabis. Ideal for a Compassion CLUB, HOME. OFFICE anywhere! I have a friend with one on order after the EXPO to display in her store front window! EXCITING!
To me they are sculpture, art... that is what they are, NOT for Children. They are not toys. They are a little delicate but made to be handled, touched and appreciated for all they are, and all they represent!
LIFE - GROWTH and LOVE.
Want to see more!? See you at the EXPO and I will have a blog with all the Stalkers after the EXPO - sorry no point even showing them now, I don’t like to tell people “No.”