I was watching a documentary recently and they stated, at one point you could be considered a criminal and could face jail time for distributing or promoting anything that showed a interracial couples in a positive light. Even standing together. WOW
I grew up in Toronto - The 'melting pot' of Canada ;) If not the world. We have such a great mix of different cultures from all over the world! I did not grow up thinking we were different. Thank God ;) Only in our 'personalities' perhaps!
To breast feed - was prohibited and could land a mother with a hungry baby in jail!?
I can't imagine what kind of police officer would follow through with such a task BUT, if you check out some links shared on FB today - you soon learn there ARE many officers that are compassionless & could care less about most humans - never mind the ones THEY perceive to be doing wrong.
Now - growing a plant. A simple task many millions of humans have done since the beginning of time.
To feed, nourish, medicate & celebrate! A basic way of LIFE. FOR all to share.
I can't help but think time and time again - who the FU*K made these rules?
I know exactly who! OLD, ignorant men.
Now all dead.
No longer living in this day and age! No clue of what's happening today.
Long gone .. but the rules remained for years until the first two, of this comic were realized in fact for their stupidity and CRUELTY.
I also want to remind you that being 'Gay' was considered a crime and prohibited.
??? Who the F*ck made these rules.
MEAN, NASTY, OLD, DEAD men.
Not letting people grow anything - that helps feed or heal - is CRIMINAL.
Another nasty old rule who's time has come.
We are expected to grow as we age mentally , physically and spiritually if we are lucky...
grow and know... No victim - no crime.
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 ;)
It's here! Tomorrow is the day!
All Cannabis any patients have, must be "destroyed in Kitty litter & put out in the trash."
When they recalled OXY and made the new - did Health Canada ask that people put the old in the trash? I think Not.
As of tomorrow patients (approximately 40,000), some terminally ill, all over Canada turn into Criminals in the eyes of Health Canada and our corrupt Steven Harper. If they continue to grow their own medicine they can be arrested & face jail time.
Medicine that Health Canada did in fact allow them to grow for decades. Now forced to purchase a less quality (in many cases) medicine, with less control and at an escalated price, forcing many to return to prescribed drugs - simply because they can no longer afford the 'safer' alternative, cannabis.
There is an injunction of course, from the Supreme Court of Canada saying that patients can still grow their medicine until a court rules otherwise, but Health Canada has already expressed intention to which they wish to ignore. Tomorrow is the day. So be it.
No one can and no one will ever, make us feel like criminals. God has us on this path and I'M NOT BUDGING. Would you? What if it is was your child?
Tomorrow "let the shit hit the fan", and focus on all that can go right!!!
The only criminals here are those in power, hurting already suffering Canadians for the all mighty dollar. FACT.
This is how so many of us feel I think right now. At fist I was going to draw this cartoons just pertaining to Cannabis, but it is regarding everything it seems lately.
We can't win it seems! Constant road blocks and a government that is to help it's people appears to be crushing them at every turn. do it one way and your wrong, do it the other and they will get you to! The united states is no different with confusion and compassion clubs still being raided. The government has taken out the patent for Cannabis as a medicine that helps with cancer & numerous other ailments! Yet, Gov. officials still rant there is NO proof! Someone should send out a group memo to get them all on the same page.
Do people live under rocks? My girlfriend just had this slid under her door.
She is a medical patient approved by the Canadian Government and using cannabis under her Dr.s prescription and supervision- DO they not read the paper? Good luck trying to stop her from using Cannabis in her APT! When was the last time you walked down an apartment hall? I grew up in apartments and the smells sometimes would tun my stomach. Back then people also thought nothing about smoking tobacco on the elevators. YUK. It's all just about educating people but there has to be an end to treating patients like criminals. This is the last thing my friend needed. IF they have issues with smoking in the stairwell then address it.
So as for the toon, ONE LOVE and ONE people suffering under governments that only appear to have their wallets and personal best interest at heart. Not it's people .
ONE LOVE for each other, support each other and speak up for each other - or...
who is next?
According to Health Canada now it will be easier for patients to access medicine (they can no longer afford) via Canada Post. Visit the distributor ONLINE, order and it comes in the mail. Woot Woot! "It's in the mail... " will take on an entirely new meaning.
We had a family conversation about this the other night and had many interesting thoughts. FIRST of all theft. From Postal workers and others watching postal workers or patients that share information unknowingly, the possibilities are endless.
The Postal System does indeed have theft problems. Who does not?
To say they don’t would be like saying there is no such thing is a corrupt cop or a pedophile priest. I WISH it was not true in any case.
Lead us not into temptation. That is exactly what Health Canada has done.
I have had problems with the mail we all have. Let alone returning crappy products.
O.k. never mind that - ‘one bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch’ - more importantly, the safety of these postal workers.
Why are we NOT reading anything about this?
I wonder how they like the fact that they have all just been turned into legal drug dealers. Ahhh, only in Canada Eh!? Pity.
Criminals hold up armored cars and drive away with interact machines - don’t fool yourself - someone is already thinking and plotting. Are Postal workers entitled to carry a weapon? DO WE WANT postal workers to carry a weapon???
I am also worried about my friend - she lives alone (in a ‘troubled’ area of Toronto) in a large building and is concerned she will become a target. I understand completely and would feel the same. It is just ONE MORE added stress many patients do not need or WANT.
How about a Postal strike?
Insurance for “LOST Mail”- Big deal, what will insurance mean to me when I am hurting without my medication?
More toons to come.....
This is just another set of problems - get ready to start reading about them and then you can thank Health Canada. & Steven Harper. Remember it is your tax dollars paying for this and of course I imagine there was a contract with the postal service & gov. so they made money... Ah, that’s Harper - keepin it in the family.
‘Harpers Canada’ family... Not the rest of us.
A friend had some plants taken from his back yard. I am hoping it was just some thoughtless kid and NOT someone he knows. He is upset and stressed. I GET IT.
How do you think I feel when I worry about he proposed future of medical Cannabis in Canada today? Not being able to afford medicine that Storm needs. Medicine I need.
I get it.
Someone stole the plants - to get high. Not thinking much about anything other than themselves and getting a BUZZ. The real buzz is the BUZZ kill a patient now is dealign with over a plant. Suffering - a few months supply of medicine gone. Thief.
If this PLANT were decriminalized and be as IT SHOULD - a seed to plant for all human kind - no one would need to go around and STEAL it!
What other weeds do people do around and steal!? Not my dandelions.
Prohibition is turning people into criminals over plants.
Not the Plant and not the person - that is HUMAN NATURE, to want to feel good.
Please THINK before you consider lifting a plant you might see that does NOT belong to you. It could mean a lot more than getting high to someone - I could mean them being able to keep their job, or function with their family.. it could mean life or death.
A Thief is a Thief. If they steal from one with no guilt, they will steal from another.
It is sad. I don’t think anyone ever trusts a thief again. Including themselves.
I also feel there is an entire beautiful energy surrounding this plant - bad karma if you ask me. Not a high I would enjoy. Not one someone who truly appreciates cannabis would do.
VOTE & GROW it.
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 <><
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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.
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.