Researching violence against women.
Rape Culture. Research is difficult.
Research can be heart wrenching.
Knowledge is power.. Ignorance is bliss.
Bliss helps no one.
See No, Speak No & hear No evil.
Help end the lies surrounding cannabis!! Its time.
See no evil- don't stand for bullshit. If you can take steps to correct it - please do. I once saw a DARE table with a cannabis display on it, I immediatly went to the person, told them it was false informaton, get rid of it or I'd complain. They did.
Hear No evil, when you hear it- again take steps to inform and correct. Nicely.
There are enough assholes already out there & there is no need for nasty.
I have no issues asking questions when I hear false statements and ask:
Can you prove that?
That shuts liars up pretty quick.
Speak no evil.. don't. Tell the truth, alwasy.
Please don't humor me with lies.. it only leads to confusion.
When you hear people speak- & it is false information - ask questions.
On my mind.. I wrote a blog yesterday, went to make a correction then accidently deleted & was too tired to do over. lol I have my christmas card list complete- all 100! I didn't think I had that many but the list came to us without and struggle- friends, family, Dr.s, business friends - even a movie star.. lol It was a pleasurable experience sitting and thinking of everyone in our life who has 'touched' us one way or another.
It is yet another grey day here in Ontario - wtf.
Glad I am NOT in B.C. I believe they do get worse winters than us.. I'll stay in Ontario.
On a postivie note- what better to do on grey days- than paint!? Today It will be this Proverb:
Be humble for you are made of earth.
Be noble for you are made of stars.
- Serbian Proverb -
For every single person who has shared, reposted, talked about (good & bad), glanced at, printed, mailed & e mailed any of my drawings. Thank you. Each time - bringing ALL of US one step closer to ending the negative stigma attached to cannabis as a medicine.
I started drawing to educate 10 years ago- when at 14 Storm had his first bong hit and his pain was no longer controlling him- he became master & controller of it. No more tylenol, codine or morphine to constantly consider. I thank God & the universe for the cannabis plant daily!
Inspired by love & we did not want parents who were already dealing with a sick child have to deal with some of the 'BULLSHIT' we had to. As well as be informed it was in FACT helping with chronic bone pain, that NOTHING was able to do as well & keep our son happy & healhty & active. We decided to share, because of the loss of judgemental family & friends to the constant questions and concerns raised by othes - including myself at times, AND the politics of it all. Health Canada Horror stories & fear mongering rampant in our own country, never mind any place else in the past 10 years -Good riddance, to a hateful, harmful government here in Canada. Welcome Justin, who will legalize. be patient people.
Cananbis has introduced us to a new world, literally, one filled with compassonate & understanding people, ready to be laughed at and shunned for thier love of a plant. People who refuse to sit back and watch all day- instead, they draw, talk, protest, bake, blog, bulldoze & blunder thier way through to make a differnence, and they do.
I am very thankful for them.
We have also met a few 'heavy hitters' in this industry and I am thankful for them, they fight the legal battles and go to bat for the millions who cannot due to lack of health or finance. Many have been fighting for years and yes- it too can take a toll on thier health.
We've made many friends ;) thank you... all around the world! Thank You!
Friends who showed us the ropes, taught us a few tricks, took us under their wings and more. Thank You.
A enemy or two had been made a long the way I've no doubts. YOU will never please everyone & I am grateful for them as well - they teach the the most dificult lessons - each time helping make me stronger in the process. More determined.
Every person who has taken the time to read this blog and ignored my continued spelling & grammar errors! I know how difficult it is for many, there too should be a lesson, if you are judge'n me bi my spellin, with out understanding - you have too much time on your hands.
& just like judging someone for wanting to choose cannabis over pills - we are no better.
I try to only judge 'myself' at the end of each day. That alone is enough.
Time to Draw
Tell me the world is NOT watching this. I can't believe what I am seeing with the North Dakota pipeline Violence. History repeating itself... the ones with the bigger guns wins.
Or bullies moving in and taking whatever the fuck they want.
Bullies with BUCKS!! $$$$$$$$$$$$
I don't understand why all AMERICANS, not just Indians are not ALL Standing with Standing Rock!? Look at the devastation already with PIPELINE leaks all over the world already destroying our water, wildlife and US! Wake the fuck up.
They are fighting for ALL of our clean drinking water. Pipeline accidents happen and the results devastating, the damage in most to all cases can never be properly cleaned/contained. But this is not just the blockade.. it's the violence on peaceful protestors. Rubber bullets - God forgive them. I had no idea the damage they did, so they don't kill- big deal! IT IS inhumane treatment of others! This pepper spray shit, Jeeze I can't help but want to see those spraying - sprayed... and this is what happens.. anger is fuelled by both sides. In my case Anger against the American government who would let this happen.
If you research treatment of American Indians in History- we don't need to - is anyone still oblivious to this past disgrace? Here it is repeating itself LIVE for the world to watch this time, and it does not look good America on you. It happens all the time, Native Americans in America are incarcerated/shot on average more than most.. after the well known statistics of African American Abuse, that is.
This time the world IS watching.
Yesterday ironically, as I painted I watched a documentary : Before the Flood
It was not pleasant.. it was the truth and very crucial RIGHT NOW! Please watch and then lets see how you feel about this profit only pipeline! I understand people are upset regarding work- it only brings them a couple of months work at best- (which I understand many people survive on ) but it will destroy the land they live on for the future generations to come - we have other resources that need to be focused on- EVEN I understand this!
I don't know what is going to happen, sadly I see this pipeline happening...
History repeating itself regardless how ugly it was the first time.
Canada has it's own Indigenous people shame we have to deal with & we are, I hope.
WE need to focus on our Tar sands ;( How sad to see Canada ripped apart like you do in the documentary. ;(
Norm had no clue about the Dakota Pipeline protest, has not heard one thing these past days at work (he listens to the radio all the time), yet we hear about what some bullshit with Brad and Angelina on a plane.. bullshit.
Please show Standing rock your support.
I stand with Standing rock .
Wake the Fuck Up People.
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.
My friend Todd...
I have blogged about Todd before. I believe everything and everyone for a reason. I first met Todd at an EXPO and he 'called me' on something - something I offered in my newsletter- to make a long story short - he got my attention, we struck up a conversation and today I am honored to call him and his family friends.
Todd GREW Cannabis legally in the united states.
By paying for tax stamps! I have one right here on my desk to remind me daily of the injustise my friend faces (in the image above) Tennessee Department of Revenue -UNAUTHORIZED SUBSTANCE STAMP(s).. and guess what friends, they don't come cheap. Todd has been playing by the rules, openly goes & pays for his stamps and they know what he has been growing. Todd even has a website he promotes- In other words...
*** IT'S BEEN NO BIG SECRET - BUT not too long ago they still busted his door in and held a gun to his daughters head and arrested Todd. You can research it all yourself or contact Todd, he has nothing to hide.
Shortly after being busted, his younger daughter Ariel was rushed to hospital with pain in her abdomen only to find out she had cancer. She has undergone extensive surgeries and cancer treatments.
Todd has much going on.. His court date is July 14th. 2014.
He does not know if he will go to jail very soon and what his he doing - he is MARCHING! We are close, when this bust happened and I first spoke with Todd, he was frightened (how can one not be), now, I am witnessing a different Todd, one who knows he did nothing wrong and is tired of being pushed around and is tired of watching everyone being pushed around - for what? NOW - A substance only a couple of states away is celebrated.
It is ridiculous!
I am sure people who know Todd are thinking, why did'nt she draw Todd walking...
-one of the reasons why I love my friend Todd, his letter starts off with this:
"On June 6, 1966, James Meredith started a solitary March Against Fear for 220 miles from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, to protest against racism. Ordinary people both black and white came from the South and all parts of the country to participate."
All I could think is 'that is so Todd'. He does not have a racist bone in his body, he is a good hard working guy who simply wants to do what he does, raise a family and help end some of this Cannabis madness! This walk won't be easy, on Todd or his 'ladies', and what a great way to think! African Americans are the hardest hit by Cannabis prohibition and private USA prisons, - don't believe me - look it up. It's NOT just about Todd & h- and Todd understands that. Todd played by all the rules and STILL he is being punished. PLEASE support him on his walk. Black, white, asian, hispanic.. time to do something and this is a great start!
When he asked if I'd draw I said yes, of course, I am asked Daily - and it's Todd's suggestion that gave me the idea, If anyone wants to use this drawing - all they have to do is add their information to the space now and they can share, print, post, anything.
I hope some do use the template, especially if it helps get out a message.
For a better quality image to add your information - e mail me and I will send you a better quality to use. Or try this. Jpeg image ;)
Talk about a week of emotional roller coasters rides! I feel like today I could nap for a month!
Yesterday the court decision was in! From now until trial outcome, Canadians permitted to grow their own cannabis themselves or with a designated grower are permitted to continue! Thank God! I waited like most others yesterday to hear the ruling expected in the afternoon. I read it, over and over, then I burst into tears.
Tears of Joy, tears of relief! Then instantly a anger filled me - so angry, that we are even 'here' dealing with this bullshit!
SO stressed because of Health Canada. Health Canada - here to make us feel better.
After my outburst, I reminded myself not to get angry but busy... and I wanted to celebrate! Celebrate each small victory!
Celebrate that people see what the government is doing, is WRONG. Cruel and criminal.
Right now - I just want to smile, thank God, for a while we don't have to worry about Storm and his pain medication. Or me and my head medication, mental and physical.
I believe this is just the start. There is more good news on the horizon!
I feel it growing as I type!!!
It's a new year and change is in the air!! I know it! I feel it!
On the Cannabis front I say it has been a great year, cannabis has been discussed like never before. People are realizing the healing benefits and many are admitting to it's being a healthy option to opiates. As the rest of the world seems to be progressing what are we doing? Going backwards. Talking about turning sick people into criminals, and charging those already less fortunate unbelievably jacked up prices for medicine that they now pay only pennies for. I read about criminals and people profiting. WHO does not PROFIT now a days? The Pharmaceutical industry sure does profit... and kills. The numbers staggering. Cannabis still '0' deaths.
Cannabis saves my sons life. Simple. What would you do.
Probably what I am .. only in a different manner! Stand up for what you believe it!
If not now - when?
HAPPY NEW year!
I watched an interesting show abut robots and how amazing they are, Amazon has Amazon Drones & wants to have them leave the plant and deliver right to your door! In a mini helicopter, I think it would be a good idea but it seems they are having difficulty with rules & air space so who knows. They also said in 5-10 years most minor surgeries will be preformed by robots, stating less pain and quicker heal and out of hospital time.
It makes me shake my head - how can this be?
WE are NOT machines.
O.k., I KNOW it is complicated but still, of course the vision popped into my head right away for the toon above. The way Health Canada is going - mess ups. changing minds, changing rules, hurting sick people.
Legitimate patients in Canada being forced to stress over becoming criminals in a matter of months, because of pencil pushers that DO NOT CARE and only have $$$ the mind.
My latest treatment in the medical field also has really had an impact in my faith.
Let's hope I won't need anymore surgery in the future.
I am more upset by the impact the pharmaceutical industry has on Dr.s and our health than anything else. They have had far too much power that effects ALL our health and our planet. Stories of Dr.s bought off with holidays and perks from DRUG dealers, more or less, FDA NOT approved drugs. AND killers being let loose before proper studies have ben done. That is exactly what some pills are. Killers.
Do you ever wonder what happens to all those pills?
The ones that get used and the ones that don't?
They become toxic waste to our bodies and our planet.
WOW - are there any more reasons we should be looking more into cananabis?
More on the Health Canada mail. Not only did they make everyone a target by mailing out letters stating on the outside of the envelope you are a recipient of the Marihuana Medical ACCESS Program
- it just got more insane from there.
THIS REALLY made me my hair hackle...
Health Canada states that all medicine must be destroyed as of March 31, 2014.
This means Not only are people NOT permitted to grow their own any longer, nor are they permitted to have a D.G. (Designated grower ) AND NOW IF they have ANY medicine in their possession as of March 31,2014 they will be considered criminals and can be charged!
WAIT - there’s more! -
YOU MUST DESTROY all YOUR MEDICINE by March 31,2014 Or ELSE!
GET THIS - the only example they can think of to suggest at this time is to:
Mix it with water and add it to the kitty litter and throw it out!!!
OR Call your local friendly police station and ask for assistance.
OMGOSH! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!
FU*K - I was mad when I read that. At first my brain could NOT register - I swear - I thought THIS HAS to be a joke!? DESTROY OUR MEDICINE!?
OUR medicine that is saving my sons life!? TAMES my twitch and gives me a BIT of a break! Helps me eat!? Helps Storm function? OUR MEDICINE - OUR Dr. Prescribed!?
AND the only example you can give us instantly makes one think of cat shit!?!
REALLY - I am sure that was intentional and it is appalling!! It is adding insult to injury.
I read it at night before I went to bed, my twitch was full force. The next morning Storm came up to my office, (I was on the computer) I decided NOT to start the day off with talking about it so I kept quiet. He was looking out my office window and he said
“Do you know how I feel that my medicine that helps me have any quality of life is comparable to cat shit in the the eyes of my government?”
AGAIN- HOW DARE YOU!!! NOW you degrade all of us! Turn us into criminals and associate our medicine with cat shit. Yes you did! I’m NOT the only one that has come to this conclusion. YOU OWE EVERY patient on the program an apology! AND our families and our friends!!
Call a police office - yes, sure. SORRY - with stories we see on Youtube, cops beating people for no reason (Barrie). Oh sure, that is my first thought - hmm call the police to help me destroy my marihuana.. duh... Wow, that will be interesting. COME ON!!!
NOW it is CLEAR Health Canada ASSumes everyone they provided a Medical license to grow or use CANNABIS is a criminal. I have friends now that are panicking about running out of meds! You bet people tried to stock up! I HOPE THEY DID!!!
*If someone has a few ‘hundred pounds’. There’s something else going on..
Leave the serious patients alone! Police already have a good idea of who is who,
yet we all pay the punishment. FUCK THAT.
TRY to destroy my son’s medicine. THAT YOU DID NOT PROVIDE.
Guess what? MORE on this ‘Joke‘ tomorrow.
PLEASE share - IF it was your child YOU WOULD! PRAY you are never in our situation.
Tell any mom who’s child is being helped by Cannabis to DESTROY IT!
Watch what happens. Then tell them to think of it like catshit..
;(. I can't believe this is our country. As the rest of the world legalize