In my case the 'prize' is Cannabis and bringing awareness to it and hope for its legalization.
So my son and everyone else that is ill and suffering will no longer have the added STRESS of the OUT dated, NOT true, negative stigma attached to Cannabis. I hope one day they can use their medicine in PEACE.
It is not always police that treat cannabis users as criminals it is other people. It is all about judgement. WHEN it should be about personal choice and well being. Recently I had a conversation - a rather heated one, to which I still shake my head. It was from a former "pot smoker" - to me a pot smoker is someone who smokes Cannabis but is not educated on its scientific, beneficial, PROVEN use. I have no problems with 'pot smokers' I'd much rather socialize with one than a drunk. They smoke cannabis to relax and have fun, most of time harmless, AND if ever not harmless then look at the 'person' not the 'pot'.
A now reformed 'pot' smoker - said she does not approve of people (her word was not 'people' it was much more insulting) who use it recreationally - I questioned her use of alcohol and prescribed medication (at the same time) WHICH millions of people do every day (even thought the pill bottle tells them not to)! Her intelligent (?) reply - "That is my choice and my business." What a 'uneducated, selfish comment' WHAT about everyone elses choice and their business!? HOW UNFAIR is a comment like that from a former "pot head'. People die from alcohol and prescribed drug use daily! She also comment she is "o.k. with Storm's USE of cannabis" - lucky for me.
I asked her why her use of morphine is o.k.? Her reply "IT IS LEGAL and MY Doctor prescribed it!"My reply - "MY SON's MEDICINE IS also legally prescribed medication from his DR." To this I got a "whatever"... Much more was said, some comments I am ashamed to repeat... because it was said from a 'friend', and a true friend of mine would never have said some of the things she said. Clearly I think I am mistaken, I am a friend as long as I agree to agree with her choices. My friend although I have tried to educate her - it is not important to her so "whatever". I honestly do pray - that it never becomes as important to her as it has to us. I wish it on NO ONE.
Well sadly I will not have the relationship with my friend ever the same again. Some words cannot be taken back. Although I forgive her - I forgive her ignorance on the subject and -her comment said in a heated conversation - probably not well thought out - it is time to move on. I have much more important things to focus on.
My friends seem to come out of the wood work when I need them. THEY certainly do not judge me for 'pot' sticker on my sketch book. Although she will say she was not judging 'me' - that is in fact what she did. MY FRIENDS do not care what others think - they know the importance Cannabis, they know my sons situation past and present (as does she) and they thank me for what I am doing, educating.
So another test I guess, but I shall keep my eye on the prize.. The prize to me is helping others who are suffering make their cause aware. Trying to assist on ending this insanity. Bring much needed attention. I should thank her I have tons of new material. It is never good when you lose a friend. Perhaps I just need to re-think my meaning of friend.
She also made a 'crack about my '"F!*&^%$ loser pot head 'friends' on FB." I can tell you
- I have had many more intelligent conversations and encouragement from them and what I am doing than she and I ever did.
Perhaps she needs a better mirror.
Back to the drawing board.
I also say Whatever...
WHAT ever it takes.
That is what got me where I am today and I am PROUD of what I am doing.
When guided by love I can not fail.