This Cannabis Culture is our medical marijuana special. We show you step by step how to open your own med-pot shop; we list all of the known medical marijuana stores and services operating in North America as of June 2005; Show Your Grow features medicinal pot shots and even a photo of a complete collection of my Medical Marijuana Test Pack.
When I’m nauseous or I’ve got a stomachache, give me a joint and I feel better. If at the end of a workday I’m beat, hand me a joint and I’ll get my second wind. If I’m humorless and over-wrought, a joint will renew my spirits. That’s why in interviews I call marijuana ‘therapeutic’ instead of ‘medicine’ ? marijuana is like vitamins, as they are not necessarily medicine but they are essential to good health.
Empirically, no doctor in any coroner’s report in Canada, England, the United States or anywhere on earth has ever concluded that a person died from cancers or diseases of the respiratory system or lungs as a result of exclusive smoking of cannabis marijuana. Not one. Yet 440,000 people die of cancers and respiratory diseases each year in Canada and the USA alone, as a result of the legal use of tobacco.
What I don’t tell you in this issue are the risks involved in compassionate distribution of medicinal marijuana. Even in the last year in Canada, wonderful people have been sent to jail for dutifully providing clean cannabis to those desperate in need. Lynn Wood, operating her Compassion Club in Saint John, New Brunswick, received a year in jail (while 7 months pregnant, and with three young children) for her first offense ever, because an undercover cop bought one gram of pot.
Their club is closed. Chris Buors, organizer of the Winnipeg Compassion Club, was sent to jail for 4 months when he was convicted of growing 59 plants to supply his very desperate and very ill membership. The people Chris supplied are now without a compassionate source. So although Canada has ‘legal’ medical marijuana laws, people are nonetheless going to jail for providing medical marijuana.
The risks in the United States are greater. Now that the Supreme Court has determined that federal prohibition trumps state-enacted medical marijuana laws, there is much nervousness in the compassion clubs throughout California and the other medical MJ states. Since we began putting together this Med-Pot special, three California clubs have been busted; and one, Alternative Specialties in Sacramento, had been photographed for CC prior to the club being taken down by DEA agents on July 7.
So you could go to jail for months or years in Canada or the USA. Should you still open a Compassion Club, or try to help those in need?
Yes. Going to jail is the price some of us must pay to see liberty come to our people. Every great human rights movement in history had the courageous, the compassionate, the heroic go to jail for no more than a belief in freedom and rights, and a willingness to act on those beliefs.
Last year, I was arrested for passing one joint and ultimately convicted and sent to jail for a three-month sentence. Would I go to jail again? Absolutely. And it may be for a longer stretch of time. Heroes aren’t common and the price of glory can be steep, so the warriors in our crusade must be mentally prepared for the hardship of imprisonment. Prison will, at times, be our place to take part in the struggle. Better to be jailed as a warrior for our people than as a passive victim of prohibition.
The cannabis culture must be prepared for sacrifice, and to honor those who give their lives to the cause.
COMMENT FROM THE ASSISTANT EDITOR
In the last five months, CC has been through major changes. I feel Marc and I have done quite well despite starting with absolutely zero experience and no employees from the old team. We owe a lot of thanks to our current staff for their very hard work and loyalty, even through the toughest times.
Although we are very proud of the last issue, quite a few errors snuck past proofing before the magazine was shipped for printing. A few phone numbers were entered wrong, spelling mistakes plagued the ad directory and table of contents, and a couple of embarrassing blunders got into other pages of the fi nal copy. Our design team slaved away and did the best they could for many long hours and little rest. I tried to ensure every page was “perfect” before shipping; but alas, even an assistant editor can make mistakes!
So I’d like to apologize for the errors, and I want our readers to know we will work diligently to ensure CC meets ? and hopefully exceeds ? your expectations in the coming months.
I’d like to note some corrections from issue 56. Peter Gorman wrote Tazed & Abuzed on page 83, although his name was not credited. Also, the Durban vs. Durban story in the Table of Contents reads “Sensi Seeds and Dutch Treat Growoff” ? it’s actually Dutch Passion, the Seed Company, not Dutch Treat the strain.
And if you wanted to phone the Editorial office, the Administrative office, or the Advertising manager, the numbers were incorrect or incomplete. This issue’s masthead will be entirely accurate, and you can contact us with the phone numbers and email addresses provided on page 23.
So let me apologize again for such “stoner mistakes,” and I do hope you will write us to comment on the magazine. We won’t know what to change or improve if we don’t get feedback! And in the end, it’s not the advertisers or the writers or the staff that keep a magazine alive ? it’s you, the readers, and we are extraordinarily grateful for your continued support and patronage.