The pain that drives you and consequently, hurts the deepest, is seeing the harms that prohibition has caused throughout the world. In the US, prohibition drives the incarceration of a huge cross section of our population for non-violent drug offenses. Marketplace violence destroys communities when the fight for “turf” is settled with guns at high noon, not through the Courts. The misinformation used to boost the message of the prohibitionist has poisoned the social conscience with “Reefer Madness” propaganda and poisoned our bodies with chemicals from the pharmaceutical industry. Do not be mistaken, this war on drugs that the government has declared is a war on people. And as with any war we experience violence and innocent casualties which results in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
For me, I have to say that by far, the hardest part of being a Cannabis Activist is watching people who I have come to care about or even love, die. Whether because prohibition has made the best medicine illegal or because the lies have made it hard for even open-minded people to trust the truth.
I recently lost someone who I loved very much to the insidious disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). This was a very intelligent open-minded person. For the 40 years that I was blessed to know this man, he was a proponent of holistic natural remedies for ills and promoted a healthier way of life for him and his family. He surrounding them with natural chemical-free food and embraced the lifestyle way before it was in vogue to do so.
The symptoms of ALS appeared right after my friend had a filling from a tooth removed. This amalgamated filling is made of several things combined, one of which is mercury. Mercury is poison and he died believing it could very well have been the trigger that brought this disease about.
As an advocate I have seen what the neuro-protective and neuro-regenerative properties of cannabis can do. For years, I have had the privilege to work with Cathy Jordan and call her my friend. Cathy was diagnosed with ALS in 1986 and is still alive today, 30 years later, because cannabis has stopped or slowed greatly the progression of her disease.
My friend was a blessing to all who knew him. He was called to share his wisdom of the Living God at an early age. He never tried cannabis recreationally and even though believed me and the research, the lies of prohibition still have effects we do not see at first.
- Even in his new found knowledge of the healing properties of cannabis, he placed those healing properties equal with other holistic natural remedies.
- The prohibitionists tell us only the treatments sanctioned by a doctor will make you better.
- The fear of arrest in an illegal state makes people hesitate to use cannabis – when cannabis is the last option, not the first option, people can do some really harmful things out of desperation. Since mercury is a poison, the holistic doctor took my friend through some really strenuous detoxification rituals that weaken the body.
I am not saying that cannabis would have stopped the progression of ALS with my friend as it did with Cathy Jordan because I cannot. Everyone is different with different chemical makeup so what may work for one person may not work for another.
The thing is, we must all do what we believe is right for us. The problem is that the propaganda lies that have permeated our society for the last 80 years about the cannabis plant have made it harder for people to trust in the healing power of cannabis. Thus, each year, more of us love and lose someone who could benefit from cannabis.
I see so many people pass through my life who try cannabis alongside western medicine, like taking chemo and using cannabis only to relieve the discomfort caused by the chemo. Some of these people make it, but many do not. I can’t judge them, we must all do what we believe. It is sad to have loved and lost, but as they say, it would be far worse to have never loved at all. Allowing the PTSD from the drug war to keep us from letting the casualties into our hearts is not an option. Let us continue to fight, stand for the truth and live our lives full of compassion.