If you ask "who is a hero?"- For example in the Cannabis movement - you might hear the same names over and over again. I have come to the realization through this AMAZING - gift the internet that: Cannabis is not a Canadian/American problem, it is WORLD wide problem! There are far too many heroes that we do not see and hear about. People who suffer daily from debilitating disease and pain and use Cannabis to help make life liveable. Or worse - there are too many, soon forgotten after losing the war and paying the ultimate price - their lives.
It is these heroes that I hope to bring attention to, pay tribute to and thank!
I am blessed and thankful for FB, that has introduced me to people from all over the world these past couple of years. I have even found that my former limited knowledge has gone through a rude awakening. We are punishing, hurting, jailing, torturing and even murdering our fellow humans - over a plant. Shame on us.
We need to speak up! We who have the power – through access of the internet- the power to write, speak, draw and share as parents, educators, motivators, reporters- everyday people... need to set an example and end this insanity over a PLANT. A PLANT that HELPS the sick and suffering and soothes the mind and soul of millions more.
This awakening came with a recent post(s) I saw. It made me simply - sad. Two posts that appeared right after each other on my FB news feed that left me feeling a moment of shame, as a fellow Canadian cannabis activist.
The first post was a photo of Cashy Hyde, his tiny coffin being put into the ground - we truly lost a huge little hero. My heart aches and I pray that the family is healing and surrounded by all the love possibly mustered. The second post was by Jodie Emery. It said, if you’d like to send Marc money you can find the instructions at…
I do not believe Marc should be in jail. It was a sad day as a Canadian when they sent him to a US prison. And WE let it happen.
We see Marc Emery in jail - who appears to be a rock star, preforming shows, learning songs, reading magazines and asking for money to be sent to them. I cannot help but think to myself; the average person who goes to jail for simple possession will not become a rock star, will not be out in a few years, will not be able to have family visit even just once, for crimes regarding Cannabis - less serious crimes like simple possession... those people I read about all the time and many hardly get any attention -other than from families or friends. For whatever reason the two posts haunted me and it got me thinking. There are many heroes in this battle. I only wish the ones that are truly suffering would get as much attention, if not more than the “Rock Stars."
People lose their jobs, homes, families and go to JAIL for enjoying what others BRAG about.
THAT IS THE REALITY OF CANNABIS prohibition.
Get busted for cannabis and you won't be in jail learning how to play in a rock band -chances are you will be in jail and become a new 'bum buddy' for someone. When and IF you get out of jail you will have to start all over again. Sadly, THOSE are the facts for our every day heroes. That is closer to reality than coming out a celebrity.
Keep in mind this punishment is all for something millions do and admit to daily! Just like PRESIDENT OBAMA - self admitted Cannabis consumer. Clearly it did not ruin his future. Hmmm? THINK ABOUT IT! It is not fair and I for one will not 'celebrate' it any longer knowing how many are truly suffering. The law needs to change.
Celebrate ALL those who help - the famous together with the every day person who is posting and sharing - every bit helps. Post the truth of what happens to every day people. If not, it will never change.
There are criminals in the cannabis industry - just like every other industry and many are forced to be criminals. Patients should NEVER be made to feel like a criminal for something that provides a quality of life.
Do not forget the everyday hero - who is not getting fame or fortune but still puts it out there every chance they get in order to make a difference. To those of you out there - I salute you and thank you.
Starting tomorrow, (every Monday) I will compile a GUEST blog from someone that I have either contacted- because they inspired me or who has contacted me with something to share. Some do not care if I mention their name while others choose to remain anonymous - mostly because their story is often too painful and they do not want people to know what they have endured. ;-(
Please support and think carefully the next time you salute YOUR hero.
Some are from around the world! It is nice to see how and what they think and feel.
Beautiful songs and yes I agree... Police and firemen & Women ♡♡♡ True Heroes :