Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pot Culture: Michelle Rainey

This was the first time I have ever seen a stranger wearing a Medicinal Michelle t-shirt. He’s riding his bike down Queen, and without hesitation I compliment him on the shirt choice. Love the positive message and vibes. This small cyber collage was made to brighten my spirits.

Michelle Rainey was one of the very first activists I heard about when I was on a quest to learn more about the people making a difference. Stunning beauty and true warrior, to imagine Michelle is to see the brightest red smile and golden curls. Definitely more than her appearance, she started fighting the war on drugs to ease the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Always an inspiration! 

Always look to the bright side of the sun, 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Let’s Keep the Joint Rolling in the Right Direction…

On Wednesday, June 22nd there will be a rally in regards to Health Canada trying to postpone the 90-day deadline on updating marijuana laws. Stand up for your rights now, don’t wait to start fighting until the good plant positively affects you, or someone you love, but the bad laws ruin your lives. Join me on Wednesday to defend the use of this perfect resource!  Meet at 10 am at Ontario Court of Appeal (130 Queen Street West, Toronto)  

The purpose of this rally is the pressure Health Canada to make easier access to medicinal marijuana quicker, because for 10 years they have been bullying patients. If they don’t significantly change, then cannabis will be legal for all resources in Ontario.

Tune into The Mernahuana Show today for a pot-pep rally. We'll discuss more details of tomorrow's protest, along with getting pumped up to face our opponent. Ra-Ra shishboom ba, we insist you change the cannabis laws!

Dressier attire for the rally is encouraged, and be sure to bring protest signs, megaphones, and your smile.  

Monday, June 20, 2011

Wearing Canna-Clothing Isn't a Crime!

Every day I dare myself to interact with a complete stranger, within reason. When someone is wearing canna-friendly unusual fashion, I’ll make a point to ask about it.Just before a shift at Hotbox, someone wearing a Cat in the Hat-esque reefer hat walked past me to the patio. Immediately I burst out laughing and ask him if I may take a couple photos for this very blog post. 

Our bold bud wears this hat all the time whenever he is traveling, just for a fun adventure to meet new people around the world. While visiting New Orleans, he was refused entry into a casino because of his hat. Being aware that the weed symbol was the real issue, he defended himself by making an example of another person gambling and wearing a baseball cap. Obviously there isn’t a “no hat” policy. My buddy joked with me that if his hat had stripes of red, white, and blue with a star on the front, they probably would have offered him free beverages and a V.I.P package! Ain’t that America.

Historically, hemp is a very prominent part of early America and our planet’s history. Just a bit from Emperor Wears No Clothes regarding the importance of hemp as:

“Cannabis hemp is overall, the strongest, most-durable, longest-lasting natural soft-fiber on the planet. It’s leaves and flower tops (marijuana) were- depending on the culture- the first, second, or third most-important and most-used medicines for two-thirds of the world’s people for at least 3,000 years, until the turn of the 20th century.”

Specifically, in America you could pay your taxes with cannabis hemp for over 200 years, and you could be jailed for not growing cannabis during periods of shortage. Herer describes a few of the many successful opportunities of America’s hemp history:

  •        Benjamin Franklin started one of America’s first paper mills with cannabis. This allowed America to have a free colonial press without having to beg or justify the need for paper and books from England. 
  •         Plus, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew cannabis on their plantations.

Wear your weed merchandise with pride, because that leaf doesn’t just represent getting high. It’s a simple way to bring attention to a powerful resource and a foolish war. Buttons, t-shirts, key chains, and even hats cannot be illegal for their positive message. Try to open up with friendly strangers, and pass along anti-prohibition information. Pot-entially you could educate and change quite a few minds.

   Always look to the bright side of the sun,

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Raise Awareness and Expose the Truth!

The message is simple, but the laws are complicated. These are images of me doing my part by distributing fliers for Why Prohibition and End Prohibition at work! 
Ivan wants to end prohibition too!

 Always take the opportunity to learn more! Knowledge is power. 

Always look to the bright side of the sun, 

Tons of Fun at the TY Expo!

Although it's been two weeks since the TY Expo, I had such an amazing weekend that I must post my photos from the event! By decorating the vapor lounge, I was granted access to the entire expo all weekend. 

For each table I made little purple and green weed plants with paper, placed those in decorated pots, and added bristol board and coloured markers for everyone to sign. 

The lounge was massive, but my minimal decorations added something special. This is the Medicinal Michelle clothes line I made, complete with t-shirts and fake bud.
Bong Man and I having lots of fun in the vape lounge! 

It's rare that weed and fashion moments happen in public, because people live in fear and choose not to represent cannabis because of threats from government and police. Wearing a t-shirt or a button isn't illegal, so daily I take pride in representing my medicine. At the expo many individuals from all over the world chose to represent their style creatively with a canna-twist! 
A marijuana manicure at Puff Mama's booth.
THC in a teacup!
This friendly stranger rolled this fatty to fit in his ear just for this photo! Originally he was wearing a cigarette, and I told him I would only put it on my blog if it was a joint!
Who's Puff Mama? Just ask! 
Working hard but having more fun with the ladies.

Unprocessed hemp looks exactly like my hair!
I feel like the Goddess of Hemp! 
My medicine, my choice. I choose to be silly and have fun!
A side effect of my medication should not be discrimination.
Bong toke with Tracy right outside the
Toronto Metro Convention Center! Inhaling my medicine feels
empowering when others choose to hide in private.

How can they prove the fine line between recreational and medicinal?
Bong hitting is not a crime!
 Always look to the bright side of the sun, 

Fuck the Fashion Police

There is a particular stoner girl fantasy of mine that involves strutting to the end of an actual runway in New York or Paris to take a deep toke off a bong, or a puff of a joint. To smoke my medicine proudly, unlike Kate Moss who chose to accessorize her Louis Vuitton look with a cigarette. 

Tobacco kills 435, 000 Americans per year, and cannabis has only saved lives.
Seems impossible considering I have no modeling experience or connections, but a friend reminds me that the chances of that happening are much greater than prohibition ending. When my dream is to see this resource being used the way that it was intended for, I have no choice but to constantly be dreaming of the impossible. 

Early last Thursday I arrive ten minutes before the second hand shop opened and with the extra time I decide to smoke a joint. Being a soldier in the drug war, I plan to march down the runway and use the many facets of prohibition to empower me. While marching with my burning weapon and listening to Siamese Dream, I begin manifesting this runway fantasy.

After shopping I am about to ride the streetcar, but I notice my metro pass isn’t in my wallet. The only option I have is to backtrack immediately, starting at the store. Without any luck and much frustration, I light up another joint. From a short distance, I notice a police officer on a horse creeping in a bush towards a man sitting on a rock. Without hesitation I put out my doob and shuffle quickly behind the cop. Oddly enough, the horse and cop were heading down the exact same street which I practiced my runway walk and where I was searching for my metro pass.
Before I strutted against this stallion,
I took a photo to remember this surreal moment. 
As a fun game of pretend, I listened to the song zero and strutted alongside that cop just like a proud soldier would. Taking this opportunity to bring some positivity to an unusual situation, I looked right at the police officer, said hello, and wished him a great day. He complimented me on the tights I was wearing, and with bright red bloodshot peepers I looked him fiercely in the eyes and said, “Thank you, they’re green, my favourite colour.” He let me know that he would share this styling with his children, because they always wear that colour green and it looks great with black.
Using the Verdamper in my green tights!

Always look to the bright side of the sun,