As you might be aware, I've been taking a break fro Cannabis cartoons - it is never far from my mind. That is the problem, when it does enter my mind - be it the news or comment I've read elsewhere - it usually pisses me off to be blunt.
There is hint in the air -to be fair- the government or those in it, wish to treat Cannabis *which will eventually become legal in Canada much like the L.C.B.O.
* L.C.B.O. For those that are not aware - In Canada- that is where we go but our booze.
Alcohol, You name it - it is there! every kind of GIN, Whiskey, Tequila 'T-killya', Rye & wine- of every kind from every corner! Now they want to sell Cannabis too.
For one reason $$$ and to every patient who truly uses cannabis for what they NEED it for- it's a slap in the face. A slap I feel fresh every time I pick up the paper, moms (dads) who fight still for very sick children - who Cannabis has PROVEN to help - you just kicked them in the gut.
The articles alone - I am so sick of the lack of respect - for anyone really - wording that makes me wonder what happened to 'professional journalism', which I have looked up to all my life (and wished I could be capable of- without grammar errors ;)) I do understand it tho.. its all to do just that. Piss us off. Hopefully it gets people thinking which, I do like this particular journalist for.
Let me tell you FIRST hand: We would have been LOST without the help of 'compassion clubs'. That is who I am for! Compassion Clubs.
When you find a club that is professional and cares- they take the initial time to explain,
teach- take one through the process, even shows one hoe to vaporize for example- and they do- wow! Stress can be lifted by those that KNOW best. Surrounded by it - made a profession from it. My friend Neeve has been in the Cannabis industry in Toronto long before any of this was even a spark. Yes, I trust his opinion on what strain he thinks works best for what. Adam runs a club in Montreal that makes some od the best baked goods I've ever had. Yes, I trust his opinion before I trust the opinion of anyone at the L.C.B.O.
YOU must find a club 'you feel good' about. You will be the ones dealing with them every time you need your medicine.
God did put us on the right path back then! We were blessed to have people who cared about this journey, about Storm and our family.
My Gosh! You have no idea. I am forever grateful to them. Gabe, who I've not spoke with for years still holds a special place in my heart for the time he took and the degree that he helped us. Many are still friends today.
Doctors can't recommend a strain - they are NOT the cannabis exerts, they are 'health' experts.
For Journalists or anyone else to ASSume, compassion clubs are run by people who do not know what they are doing- that could be said for any business.
Find one that is working and frequent them. Let them prove themselves.
Below are three I know of, but I suggest you Google 'compassion club' - in your own area, home town. You might get closest city. Or ask people - it is more common then you realize. There are many cannabis friendly communities online.
I do not recommend buying from people online you do not know.
I do not recommend anyone online, I do not recommend any LP... yet.
CALM is the club we first went to in Toronto - what seems like a very long time ago, we have not been in years, again I stress - find one that suits you and your 'vibe' YOU must 'feel' comfortable.
Sante Cannabis Is in Montreal. I had delt with them over the years - they had incredible baked goods, IMO. ;)
The Medical Cannabis Dispensary_ is run by a woman I have come to know and think she is very helpful. They are in B.C.
The above are - If asked - I point in the direction, it's you own path.
Phhhhhbt! If you think the drug stores are any different - they want the same thing the L.C.B.O. does - don't fool yourself $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
IF they do will they hand out free samples like they do at the L.C,B.O.?
More on that soon...
I read a comment on FB Mandy McKnight made a while back and it stuck with me.. I'm not sure of Her exact words but it was something along the lines, IF Health Canada could not get it right - in HOW LONG??? -What makes them think the L.C.B.O. will be any different?
Compassion clubs started for a reason.
Next post... back to something less stressful. Holding hands.
Tis the season!
Office parties! Christmas open houses, parties, family gatherings and we get there by car most of us & we drink. Most of us. Fact. Office parties and alcohol* - BTW are the start to many affairs and destruction of many marriages.
Every year people die at Christmas in traffic accidents related to alcohol - over indulgence. That is what it is.
I really do not believe people get drunk and then try to kill someone in their car on the way home. Those who do and escape alive, live with it for the rest of their lives.
Please think, If you are serving alcohol make a sign that says:
I LOVE you. Please remember that when you are drinking & driving home from your celebration. Please moderate your drinking.
I'd rather that sign, than a hospital or morgue visit.
Kevin assisted me again with this little poem ;) I have a couple more as well on the desk.
Today, it's all about painting that elephant.
Merry Christmas! Happy NEW year... Have fun!
Cannabis IMO is much safer than alcohol.
I'd feel much safer driving with someone who has smoked than drank.
Norm and Storm are both very responsible drivers.
Norm won't even attend functions- he does not want to go and drink, he does not do it any other time - so.. I use to say GO!! But now, I get it.
Storm, will also have a glass of wine or two but then stops. Even if we are at dinner in the city he usually only has a glass of wine or a beer. Thank God.
I know too many lives ruined by alcohol.
Have Faith! Believe!!
I took this a while back lol I love my son!
DON'T text either!!!!
Sunday we had a trip to the city planned, visit a few stores and see a couple of friends.
I had it in my mind how the day would go. It went another way.
Storm and I had a good day and did see some people we have not seen in a while, & it was great to say Hello and catch up a bit.
But the day had an event that really stuck in my head. Enough to draw it.
I suggested to Storm that we find an outdoor patio so that I could medicate. Which was badly needed. Young st. was busy - what else is knew... the level of poor was new, to me anyhow. Everything you see in the cartoon is TRUE and more. It was a visual smorgasbord!
The color, the people, the noise were slightly overwhelming as it is but when we finally found an empty patio and had just ordered a coffee, was about to medicate, I heard this strange beeping... you know s sound you know but are not sure where....
I turned to see a woman in a hospital gown, no shoes on her feet... walking towards us - with an IV pole - she was hooked up. The blood backed up into the line connecting to her arm. The machine on the IV pole beeping!
I instantly thought of TIFF and thought it might be some stunt..
She walked right where we were sitting, when an EMT worker pulled up beside her and started to question her. We were sitting right beside her.
He was nice and asked her where she was going, he said she had walked 5 km from a hospital?! 5 km and no one stopped her? No one asked her where she was going or what she was doing. ;( The conversation continued and he expressed concern about the IV Pole stating a few times “it’s worth about $3,000... “ I was thinking - buddy - she is in her hospital gown in the middle of young street attached to an IV POLE do you think she was thinking about the cost?
Well a couple of police cars later... she had slid down the railing where we were sitting almost within touching distance.. she did turn and say “sorry”
I told her she had no need to apologize. I felt bad for her. She was here from Alberta, no family, at a shelter and sick., She had a bad infection and was in the hospital to get better. It is great in this country she can be treated! I get it bout the IV Pole.. but really? What has played on my mind is the fact that he got so far. How sad. :( So many people just ignoring everything. stepping over the poor liek they re trash on the street.
I bet people looked at her when she was not looking and they thought she must be crazy. Who is cray? THOSE who see and do NOTHING are the closest to mad there is. No compassion.
I did not leave, We sat there. I at one point thought the conversation might have gone differently if she were alone. The other officer made a point about asking her is she had been in trouble and also the cost of the Pole.
Then they talked about how they needed bigger cars.
An ambulance finally arrived and she had to go back. Back to where she was so very tired of. I don’t have the answers. Better security at the hospitals?
This cartoon is full of mental illness. Alcohol abuse. Sexual obsession, Shopaholics. The rich and the poor. People together but a great percentage alone. Many on phones. Obese people getting more obese on the takeout Blvd. as they stroll past a woman begging for food.
Everyone in their own world.
WE ARE here TOGETHER! One day that might be you!
What is happening to you Toronto? Not the city I know and loved.
That could easily be someone's sister or mother.
I talked it over with a friend who work in the city and she said “you see so much so often you just learn to turn your head.”
I don’t think that is what Jesus meant when he said ‘Turn the other cheek’.
Forgive us, for we know squat. ;( .
There is a sign of hope in the cartoon. Can you find it?
When I read about Powdered Alcohol being approved in the USA I thought it was a joke.
I looked at the links and still thought it was a joke. An Onion perhaps?
I then went to the companies WEBpage.. No joke.
It should be.
YEP, the U.S.A approved Powdered Alcohol - Making the world a better place every step of the way.. SIGH.
"It’s a fact that Canadians love their alcohol. According to a 2012 Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey (CADUMS), 78.4 per cent of Canadians consumed alcohol over a 12 month-period and risky alcohol consumption, common in under-age youth, young adults, and males up to age 54, is on the increase." DRINK UP!
Americans are having to MOVE to different states to HELP save the lives of their seriously ill/dying children to access CANNABIS, A MEDICINE the USA DOES acknowledge has all sorts of healing properties- (including CANCER, they even took out the patent on it years ago), yet POWDERED ALCOHOL is about to hit the market.
Imagine the possibilities.
It makes me sick to my stomach.
Clearly someone was BOUGHT. As usual.
I'll be paying VERY close attention as to what and WHEN Health Canada decides.
We don’t have ENOUGH BOOZE? One coming to every local corner store near you! I noticed on his site he has ‘reviews’ from organization like M.A.D.D,. but NO actual links. Go figure. It goes on to tell of the endless possibilities including sprinkling on Food! A whole new way for pedophiles to ready their prey. FACT.
Oh, BUT don’t SNORT IT! It also said in the web site - but know, there will be those that do. It will happen, It will be a bigger problem that it already is.
Alcohol/powdered alcohol... People will continue to die from it, kids will abuse it - so will many more adults.
ONE MORE REASON CANNABIS is STILL ILLEGAL.
The competition want’s it that way.
Read it for yourself, then educate your children.
Hopefully they will make better, educated choices than many of us. ;-) http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/12/05/study-gateway-drug-alcohol-marijuana/
and there is more but I would like to add, as I did before...
Parents YOU are the gatekeepers! Speak WITH your kids. Educate them, NOT lie.
Love them and hopefully nothing will become a gateway to anything!
Unless it's a better, healthier way!
Common sense tells us it is alcohol - research, read, watch documentaries, you will be amazed at the chain of events started by alcohol prohibition!
Alcohol for many is not a gateway. They learn to drink in moderation.
For others it does not always lead to other drugs - it can be enough - hence,
Alcoholics Anonymous. It can create generations of abuse in some families.
It blows my mind Cannabis was ever classified as a far dangerous drug over Alcohol.
I am familiar with both and alcohol was my gateway drug.
How about you?
More info on Exhibit tomorrow.
Before I am anything I am a mom. AND very proud of it.
Storm was my gift the second my Dr. told me on my birthday I was pregnant.
I never forget He is the best gift I have ever been blessed with.
The seed of Love - For most of us it is a seed planted in love.
No matter HOW you feel 5, 15, and 20 years later (and more!) ;)
So A MOM first is what I am and I say to Storm all the time:
PLEASE DONT DRINK and drive!!! We all say this to our young adults.
We should be. We all need the reminder and Tis the season.
So many parents lose their children to alcohol and driving and let’s face it
Tis The SEASON! CHEERS!!! HO HO HOpe I don’t run into R.I.D.E.
^ How many of us have said it and still do. ^
Don’t drive if you are taking OXY and you feel high.
Don’t drive if you are taking cold medicine! That stuff use to knock me on my ASS!
Don’t drive if you are sick and can’t focus and feel like shit!
Don’t drive IF you feel impaired in any way!
I DONT Drive. - Which really sucks because Norm promised me a smart car for my 50th. But the last time I had the truck out I had an attack in a drive-through and felt really uncomfortable!! It is NOT worth it. Not just for me but for others.
PLEASE do not drive if ‘impaired’. *IMPAIRED = ON CELLPHONE!!
ALL of these reasons kill more daily than a driver strictly on cannabis.
I have yet to read of a case.
Cannabis for many - especially those in chronic pain helps them to Function & Focus- as does many medication for many people. I also know of a few that use it for anxiety of city driving!
I believe a driver should be judged by his actions rather than his medicine.
IT IS OUR OWN CHOICE to get behind a wheel.
With our Canadian winters we have enough difficulty driving *like the 20 car pile up just this past week on the QEW. So please.. not even Cannabis. IF.
xox LOVE a MOM.
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.
If you think I’m over stretching it on this one think again.
Do you use ANY of the mind altering substances? Every one of them is a Mind altering substance. FACT
Research Sugar, introduced as a drug. Until someone decided it was candy... $.
Cannabis is a plant, use in the past fro everything from Cholic to a tooth ache, and until someone decided it was a Dangerous DRUG it was a HERB.
Never mind any of that.., ALL of the substances on the left have been attributed to death. Sugar - again - a major factor in obesity, diabetes and more. Alcohol.. abuse, physical hard to a body, impairment, poisoning, responsible for date rape, murder and “ I was drunk...” and more.
SO PLEASE, stop telling me, I am wrong. Me and the other few hundred thousand (who admit to it) and counting that believe Cannabis is a better CHOICE. A Healthier choice.
ONE for using Cannabis as my medicine and also for all those that wish to use recreationally. Compare the choices and statistics.
THEN lets continue the conversation.
While your at it you can read about Cannabis helps repair the brain.
If you have never tried Cannabis, your opinion is invalid when you judge someone else while you hold that cup of coffee & donut and your evening with a cocktail or two...
We would stop using them IF we had healthier choices like Cannabis!!!
How to end the war on drugs - the ones that destroy lives and kill anyhow... Not on that list: Cannabis.
As simple as it is, it is the truth. Stop doing them.
In my research for Cannabis education I have found over and over many drugs, many legal - all far more harmful than cannabis. I even learned that Sugar was first considered a drug and it’s health concerns made apparent from day one - yet look at it, as it is today... IN everything. That is another toon.
The only conclusion I come to time and time again is, it is all BULLSHIT.
IF the powers that be - were so concerned for our well being they would be removing sugar off the market before cannabis.
If THEY were really worried about our personal safety they would be removing candles off the market instead of telling people what plants they can and cannot grow.
There are so many drugs that destroy your life. Cannabis does NOT appear to be one of them. The only thing you can blame for destroying your life are the choices that you make in it.
IF THEY cared about us they would spend the time educating us, teaching us that yes if you use these drugs chances are - STATISTICS are you may die (but they would have to do that on alcohol and tobacco and THEY made them both legal) If you don’t die you may still lose your job, family and children and all you ever cared for.
But they would have to say that about all items that are in fact LEGAL. Items approved for our consumption. Aspartame for one..
“The monkeys in this study were served their aspartame in an orally consumed milk based formula.
Starting about 7 months (218 days) into the experiment, ALL the medium and high dose monkeys began having brain seizures.
“All animals in the medium and high dosage groups exhibited seizure activity. Seizures were observed for the first time following 218 days of treatment… The seizures were of the grand mal type… One monkey, m38, of the high dose group, died after 300 days of treatment. The cause of death was not determined…”
Grand mal seizures also known as tonic clonic seizures are horrific – a very dangerous seizure which affects the entire brain.”
I’m a little obsessed with the brain these days, any wonder?
O.K., can anyone explain it to me? The insanity of this all?
I’m kidding. I get it... I know it’s all about the $$$.
What I don’t get, is WHY we continue to let it happen.
Don’t Grow medicine that can help you and make you feel better and get healthy, here chew this gum that will cause you a slow painful death but hey, someone is getting rich somewhere.
What is even more mind blowing is someone who knows about Asparatame will eat a piece of gum tomorrow or will drink another diet soda. They will make that choice. YET we cannot make the healthier choice legally.
It is all about personal choice.
Getting high is a natural desire “it’s why little kids spin in a circle” IF, instead of lies - educate and instead of making criminals - created educated beings that will have a fair chance in this life. IF they truly cared.
What will you choose to do?