The more I read the less I understand.
Actually the more I read the more I really understand...
It's not about us, or care for our health it is about $$$
Facts ca not be ignored for much longer.
People are tired of being sick, and sick of being tired. ;-)
I had to start a paper mache project just to give me a break - although occasionally I find myself drifting on how I want to draw a specific toon..
Have hope! Believe in the power of people to end the insanity.
I was reminded of this one I drew a couple of years ago. Looks like I was right.
While working on the Cartoon regarding not being able to consumer products, and thinking how insane it was... I was told I better be careful about selling my Hempy Stalkers out of the country! REALLY!
I have a couple that did not sell at the EXPO - I had enquires from many people, but several were from the USA and we were concerned about them being Cannabis stalks, as to wether they might get confiscated at the border. Since home I have had 3 e mail from people that want to purchase a Hempy Stalker - all are from out of the country.
I have been seriously warned to be careful - me thinking come on .. are you fucking kidding me? My painted sticks? My favorite - and now, I have decided never to part with him (he was for sale at the EXPO - glad he did not go) I call him “Budda” Like Buddha ;)
Every-time I look at him I smile, to the point I swear he has started to talk to me ;) Not all talking is done with words. I might make him a regular in the strip. I did a bit of research and I am concerned about mailing them across the border. So I guess I won’t be. Hempy Stalkers - Only in Canada you say? Pity...
AS insane as it seems that I could be charged with trafficking for this painted Hempy Stalker stick!!? The media would be awesome! Perhaps if I was physically feeling a bit better I'd even be up to the challenge...
- Let us not forget Mr. Marc Emery still in jail for selling seeds. A fellow Canadian and Cannabis activist - He gets out next year I think. It is a crime he is in jail at al in my opinion. http://www.freemarc.ca/group/freemarcca/who-marc-emery-0
Mr. Tommy Chong! Who went to jail for BONGS. http://www.imdb.com/media/rm669487616/tt0478090?ref_=tt_ov_i http://www.cheechandchong.com
Countless people have gone to jail for ridicules reasons surrounding cannabis.
It made me realize I just might! I can see us now... Me & Hempy in our small cell, someone would be pulling out someone's roots! LOL
The only positive note I can think is Jack Herer said did his best work in Jail. That he did!! AND you can read it ONLINE for FREE (we have a copy signed by Jack) : http://www.jackherer.com/
Still over a painted stick - Trafficking? When countless HUMANS of all ages are being bought and sold ILLEGALLY every day? THAT is criminal.
As much as it makes me shake my head ... I better not.
I’ll still make them - I have to - I love them, but they will be special gifts, for sale at the EXPO to Canadians only Eh! Pity... ;-)
If I can go to jail for this - what next?! You tell me. How crazy is all of this?
JUST think about it.
We all know someone who or knows directly a police officer who does not agree with Cannabis laws. I have met a few "I don't agree with it, it's my job" Tough call. Yes, we need our jobs, we need to pay bills and provide for our families but what happens when it becomes one of your kids who is up on Cannabis charges? Will your tune then change or if you are a politician (who is a complete hypocrite) will you have the charges dropped: http://gothamist.com/2013/04/26/medical_marijuana-hating_assemblyma_1.php
Educate yourself. Many police are admitting - finally- that they too should be doing more important things! L.E.A.P = http://www.leap.cc/
is a fantastic organization that promotes education on drug prohibition and it's failing history. There are Judges, police officers and politicians that, when they feel they can - when their job is no longer on the line, will admit to Cannabis being a waste of time and money. Listen to the former police captain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8yYJ_oV6xk
I for one look forward to the day when they can return to serving and protecting instead of bulling and beating over Cannabis, a plant.
Music for your blog reading enjoyment:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dzs1K3caXJk
Wow, this cartoon smacked me right in the head ;-) Awesome.
It started with a joke from my best bud Cathy.♥
I was stressed wondering what to draw for 4/20?!
The universal day of
Celebration for Cannabis!!!
Grown from a seed.
Made by *GOD.
(*original patent holder)
Medical, Recreational, Hemp, Food, Fuel..
It's the day and I want to say THANK YOU!
I have said it so many times, I thank God daily for this Plant!
Give us this Day our daily Bud... <3 Wow. YES, I read recently how powerful that prayer is; Give us this dayour daily bread, -not thanks for yesterday, or make sure I have it tomorrow. Give us THIS day. Focus on today.
.. and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and that ^ ^ ^ That simply put means ^ ^ ^ : PEACE, PEOPLE!
Religion aside... who can argue with those lines? How else are we going to get ahead, clearly WAR is not the answer! Thank you Marvin, now in my head for the rest of the day.
People all around the world who suffer over a plant. A plant less toxic than many others, proven helpful to ease pain, yet illegal and lives destroyed because of it.
WTF? O.M.God. How disappointing.
A PLANT. While others rape, kill, abuse, terrorize, suffer & starve needlessly...
enough with the bullshit distraction.
FOCUS on the REAL problems at hand.
Rise Up people! Speak up! <3 Celebrate this Plant! Let it be a symbol of change.
It all starts with a SEED!!! Life.
So.. Yes! Give us this Day our daily bud, and thank you Lord for it!
I do! Everyday! Keeping the Love of my life happy - How could I not give thanks?
Celebrate 4/20, Spread Peace and Love !!! - there are already enough assholes doing the opposite;-)xox <><
I read that on a post regarding the new MMAR - Who in their right mind would expects anyone to stop growing...
and I thought-
It's true when you look at this all! It's INSANE!! It is appalling.
But then again so is Steven Harper - I can't even read about him - what a shitty representative of Canada. IMO. People on hunger strikes - because they we feel we are not being heard, sick people losing the right to provided themselves with medicine after they were told they could! Selling off Canada one snow covered rock at a a time Eh? I cannot remember a time in history when people were as disappointed - no, that is not even the word - it's more like ashamed
of our illustrious leader 'Steven Harper'.
EVEN if you do NOT use Cannabis - How can the government tell people that they have to stop growing their medicine - when it has been legal for them to do so... AND They gave them permission! It is NOT easy, It is NOT cheap and it has become a passion for many of these people. All I can think in my cartoonist mind is two little kids - here you can have this this and this .. oh changed my mind! Take backs! Someone is going to be crying.
ONLY the problem is in many cases these people need this medicine just to function daily lives! It has me really worried about the expected price increases and my son's health! ;-(
Growing your own or a Designated grower is a sure way to keep the quality and strain that is best for you. It will keep prices reasonable or better yet
- KEEP PEOPLE PROVIDING FOR THEM SELVES!!!
Self worth right there should mean more than anything. No one likes to depend on others.
What if your child has such a food allergy to pesticides you decided to grow his own vegetables.. but was told you could not. People SHOULD be thinking about this on several levels. WE are not talking METH labs we are talking garden rooms. http://hempology.ca/protest/index.html
is just one of the many petitions. Please take the time to sign. Educate yourself and if you grow your own medicine get ready to defend your right.
It always amazes me to read about Cannabis and Dr.s. You see Dr.s over the years have supported Cannabis and Cannabis research. Years ago it was prescribed by Dr.s for everything from Colic to cramps. When the U.S government 'took it off shelves' to say - Dr.s did not agree and were often public about it. I just read once again The American Medical Association
and the The American College of Physicians
and the American Public Health Association
and the American Nurses Association
are strong supporters for Medical Cannabis and want research encouraged.
They know people who suffer and cannabis helps, I read about it all the time, Dr.s who get Cannabis for their family members. Some just to make the end of life more enjoyable & pain free (controlled).
So time and time again - I wonder - then why not stand up for what is right? Why are we letting those who are motivated by money and lies continue to stop the human race from doing what we believe is best for our own lives. It is NOT about getting high - trust me - I know many medical patients and they wish they could get 'high' most just are able to function. So since this war on Drugs is the failure that it is, the lies about cannabis hard to further contain... speak up. Remind your Dr.s about the facts. Share the opinions of their peers on Cannabis research and medical value. Perhaps they just don't know. Either way it's time. Time to let those who truly want to help us - do just that. Leave the police to deal with CRIMINALS and the politicians to - what ever it is they 'claim' to do.
*Note- I am a Canadian. I am reading an American book about Cannabis (and enjoying)
My cartoons can "sadly" easily have different words replaced the Canadian
Medical Association - (but we already do recognize Cannabis and it's medicinal value) or replace the DEA with the Mounties and our own FAT CAT - S.H. The facts are - we are all fighting this insane battle. ALL OVER the world.
How many are we?
Educate your Dr.s, Educate your kids, parents, friends and family.
Plant the seed ;-)
The money that is wasted every day on the war on drugs. Check this out,
Drug War clock : http://www.drugsense.org/cms/wodclock
And this is after 40 YEARS -- COME on ! Time tested obvious results.
Put some of that money to better use! EDUCATION show kids what will happen when they make poor choices. Teach them about how what they do now will affect them when they are older. MAKE them aware so that they just might make the right choice. TEACH them to read! So they can educate themselves, the sooner the better. Schools are suffering, children are hungry and the law keeps throwing people in jail instead of being helped & treated - they are released only to fall into the same pattern as before. Worse , they go to jail for a crime like smoking cannabis and come out criminals.
Find out how some other places in the world have treated the problem and are SUCCESSFUL! "Ten Years After Decriminalization, Drug Abuse Down by Half in PortugalDrug warriors often contend that drug use would skyrocket if we were to legalize or decriminalize drugs in the United States. Fortunately, we have a real-world example of the actual effects of ending the violent, expensive War on Drugs and replacing it with a system of treatment for problem users and addicts."http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/07/05/ten-years-after-decriminalization-drug-abuse-down-by-half-in-portugal/
Ten Years After Decriminalization, Drug Abuse Down by Half in Portugal. Fact are facts.
So WHY if anything is Canada following in the footsteps of the American Government and it's failed war. Hmmmmm?? I wish I knew. What I do know is we should be investing in our future, our children. Not kill them with fast food and lies.
If everyone that smoked it admitted to it..
If you smoke cannabis recreationally or medicinally and don't take action to help promote legalization or even better Decriminalization they you don't deserve to smoke Cannabis.
If you are not helping then you ARE hurting. Your worried what others will think, worried about losing your job, worried about losing your kids.
FEAR is a powerful tool.
All these thing we are all afraid of. If you believe are doing nothing wrong then why lie?
Why are we afraid to stand up for a PLANT, that eases pain and brings comfort and relaxation and (HELL YES) some fun and laughter from time to time.
IF Alcohol is legal then we should be demanding Cannabis be made legal for all to use.
No deaths from it EVER. * YES I have to keep saying that - as it amazes me HOW many people I meet who just don't know that!
How many deaths from Alcohol- you tell me.
ARE we not HUMANS - children of God ? All deserving a happy life?
We get one shot and I for one will not live my life in shame when I have nothing to be ashamed of. Not for smoking, eating, vaporizing Cannabis.
There are so many more dangerous things that are all legal - owning a boa constrictor, bungee jumping, ordering puffer fish at a restaurant, bath salts are legal to buy (the kind that Mess you up and eat your dog bath salts) so WHY? IT's ludicrous!
There are enough of us - all around the world. Many who do NOT use Cannabis but still admit & understand it's value and importance to medicine and LIFE in general.
So just admit it and move on there are far worse crimes in this world.
Perhaps you will educate someone in the process-
I'm not saying go to your kids school and announce at show and tell - I am saying, enough ! Cannabis is a safer option than alcohol and if YOU do use it for medicine be LOUD and Proud! This is how change will happen.
* If you are a parent - YOUR children must always come first - If you burn and then burnout - you are not a good parent. Kids need positive examples. If you smoke and sit on the sofa all day - you ARE NOT a setting a GOOD example. EDUCATE your children and teaching by example is one of the best ways to help your children make the best choices for them when they are old enough to decide to try cannabis themselves.
Time to WAKE up! Time to Stand UP!!!
Before we are shut up... then, we will no one to blame but ourselves.
Today I feel hopeful. Well yes and no. I feel Cannabis is being recognized all around the world for what it is - MEDICINE. A plant. Many are talking Legalizing! EVEN better Decriminalizing! Of course there are now many that are saying - fine but let the government do it - put it in a pharmacy - ALL this will still have the problems - as with any prohibition. People will and should always be able to grow any plant on this planet that they use for food or medicine! It is our God given right.
I understand the importance of the Cannabis Medicine. Thank God.
BUT I have also learned on this journey just in FACT how safe Cannabis is compared to legal drugs like Alcohol and Tobacco and MUCH more - including Bath Salts! This has convinced me too many people are suffering - being teated as criminals for something that is NOT HARMING anyone. So Today I'm going to DREAM BIG! Decriminalization!
Really - Look how long it has been - and this fight wages on.
What's the longest war in History? The WAR ON DRUGS!
The failed war on drugs...
I have come to the conclusion this is the only way, re-educate and get rid of the reefer madness lies. The facts are there like a puzzle and you start to see why Cannabis is REALLY illegal and it is sad, very sad. It is all about $$ much like everything else. The difference is - people are suffering physically and mentally. Patience, farmers, Dr.s - everyone! Hopefully you can break the ice with a cartoon - Hopefully one of mine! ;-)
Start a conversation. Share some facts and if you don't know encourage people to research.
Statistics alone should be ending this war on Cannabis - How can a government tell us they are keeping it illegal for our best interest when 100's, 1000's are affected daily - by a much more harmful - many times deadly, LEGAL substance like Alcohol - or tobacco!?
It is not in our best interest - it is in theirs.
Time to look after ourselves, look after each other and stand up for what is right.
I posted this cartoon and saw that it was over 200 shares and I was crying. I can't explain.
At least 200 people shared it and then hopefully from their friends more will share it - It will get people thinking and that has me FEELING FANTASTIC! The day that I don't have to worry about my son being judged, discriminated, busted for his medicine - will be a very happy day in this moms life!
Today I am NOT drawing a Legalize cartoon - I am drawing a DECRIMINALIZE cartoon. Time to put his plant where it belongs back in the garden!
Let the police do their jobs - arrest real criminals - you know the kind that HURT, steal, rape, murder... not the ones growing plants.