Debra Cannistraci, who gave up custody of her children after being denied medical marijuana by a family court adjudicator and becoming too sick to care for them (see CC#27, Pot-parents lose their kids ), has moved to Berkeley, California, resumed her use of the healing herb, and regained her strength.
“I am up to 110 pounds,” said Cannistraci. “Now the trick is to maintain weight.”
Meanwhile, she has reopened work through her marijuana mission, Angelwings. Meetings at the “Consortium” figure prominently in the transformation of her activism. The Consortium is a group of medical cannabis buyers clubs that meet in the Berkeley area to share knowledge and push back the unconscionable oppression meted out to medical users by police. Cannistraci plans to tour California, educating police and further networking with medical cannabis enthusiasts and users statewide.
“I am getting ready to do emissary work, ” explained Cannistraci. “I will be talking with the board of supervisors, the sheriff’s department, the district attorney, and the health department. We need to let the counties know that arresting patients is a violation of their rights, and what they can do to help the patients have safe access.
“Several counties throughout California don’t acknowledge Proposition 215. Some of the counties in Northern California are the toughest, because they think that they don’t have to follow the law. I had one police department say that because they were on the other side of the falls, that the law doesn’t apply to them.”
? Debra Cannistraci: (209) 329-3213