TMZ 188 Love Your Body

POT TV – The Mernahuana Zone. The younger stoners jokingly refer to me as the Lady Gaga of Ganja for my cannabis costumes at our 4/20 smoke-outs. But my style is more David Bowie. Outlandish clothes help hide my physical shortcomings – in my case my crooked spine. Sometimes I view my body as broken. Chronic pain has me measuring my suffering on a scale of one to 10 every day. It’s a way to help me understand a body riddled with hidden health issues: scoliosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia.

Marijuana is my other coping mechanism. A decade of our public puff-downs has pushed pot prohibition onto the front pages, but the federal government continues to restrict access to medical marijuana and threaten to jail people for growing their own medicine. I did time in the Don for growing my own in 2008. I got a licence to possess pot after taking the government to court, but I’m still not sure if I’m going to get busted anyway every time I travel outside Toronto. The government continues to deny marijuana’s therapeutic benefits. Now they’ve turned over production to a few big companies that are making it too expensive for many who require pot as medicine. It’s the only medicine that’s helped my seizures. Another ruined me so badly, I shattered my shoulder and was in physiotherapy for a year. But that experience instilled a strong workout ethic that continues six years later. Without my medical marijuana – and weekly Pilates sessions – I’d never have become physically able to ride a bike, walk, climb a mountain (Grouse Grind) or have the courage to be photographed sans clothing.Doing spectacularly fun stuff is my other way of giving pain the middle finger. Mentally, though, it can be extremely upsetting to know the pain will never go away. Mindfulness is teaching me to let certain feelings go and focus on the moment.

TMZ 188 Explores The Assorted Weed Box Craze A new form of greens getting delivered every week or month to your door is taking place in San Francisco and Tuesday Jan 13 on The Mernahuana Zone webcast we interview Marvina. Foodies love the assorted box of produce delivery service and now cannabis enthusiasts can get a variety of strains in a cool box. Hopefully Guess This Ganja segment sponsor Bud Buddy makes some notes on this amazing segment. Watch stoners guess the weight of weed at 920pm and online viewers can play too! After Crop King Seeds 420 Bud Swap at 820pm we speak with Lisa Campbell, who is one of the many organizers from Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy weekend conference. It was her idea to have Amy Anonymous and I host a bus tour highlighting the city’s stoner sights! The last cannabus tour took place in 2005.

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745pm EST or 445pm PST Mernahuana Interviews Marvina

820pm Crop King Seeds 420 Bud Swap
920pm Bud Buddy Guess This Ganja

The Mernahuana Zone is webcast weekly from Canada’s stoniest destination Vapor Central. Tune in and toke up every Tuesday from 720-1020 et or 420-720 pt. TMZ, available for download from Soundcloud and iTunes.

Matt Mernagh is the author of Marijuana Smoker’s Guidebook The Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains. On sale now from Amazon, Urban Outfitters or iTunes.