Dragonfly in the Cannabis Greenhouse
Dragonfly in the Cannabis Greenhouse

A pound of weed is happiness in a sack.

If I consume a substance because it changes how I feel in what I deem to be a positive manner, this is medicinal use. The light, love and happiness that cannabis brings to my life can only be described as medicinal; it promotes a fundamental sense of well-being that I consider crucial to my existence.

Farming is inherently hard on the body; without cannabis to ease my aches and uplift my spirit I would not grow production vegetables. I medicate myself in the means I see necessary because I’m comfortable taking responsibility for myself. I don’t expect that everyone wants to take this responsibility, but I state unequivocally that I have the right to choose for myself what to put in my body.

Cannabis is my choice for morning stimulant because I don’t use caffeine, my choice for evening wind-down because I don’t use alcohol, and my choice of painkiller because I don’t use pharmaceuticals. Most importantly, cannabis keeps me happy-level. It calms my manic irritability and anxieties but also manages the occasional depressive set of emotions. I understand deeply why cannabis is known as the “poor man’s mood stabilizer.”

Food and Medicine are Both Human Rights

As a “self-medicator,” I demand acceptance of my choice of use because it is my sovereign human right. I will exercise my innate right to provide my food and natural medicines because I see them as being inseparable. As Hippocrates said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”

Cannabis helps me be the person I most want to be, and for this I am eternally grateful. A pound of weed is happiness in a sack. If you equated 1 gram with one dose (just a rough example for this exercise) then 450+ people are going to have a better day because of that pound. We’re combating the dehumanization of the modern, globalized world with ancient medicine that has offered us spiritual guidance for millennia.

To participate in the magical process of land stewardship and cannabis cultivation is to stand in defiance of the mechanized, petrochemical paradigm. As small farmers (USDA defines 100 acres as a small farm), we represent a Jeffersonian reality that reflects the implicit assumptions under which this country was founded. We are Americans, farming a conversion of solar dollars into productive homesteads with a plant that spreads happiness, joy, and is beloved by millions.

Cannabis brings magic to my life. The way it makes my brain and body feel is a relationship that I treasure and work continually to refine. Each year my knowledge of self deepens along with my knowledge of cannabis; this leads to strain specificity and a highly refined palette. I know my medicine, and I understand the breadth of medical potential cannabis represents.

Cannabis Seed Bank Could Help Medical Research

The elders in my community use cannabis for their various health issues, which means there is a vast body of anecdotal knowledge in need of collection and datafication. This medical efficacy research provides evidence backstopping the claims of cannabis advocates. As we return cannabis to its rightful place in our medical lexicon, it is our duty to collect this information and use it to help people. To this end, I’d like to propose a Cannabis Seed Bank so that we can collect the genetics that have proliferated in our hills.

The general American industry trend is larger, less diverse, and more specialized. We’ve seen this play out in our food supply as traditional, localized cultivars are lost to mono-crop models. Cannabis cultivation has seen similar consolidation towards specific genetic lineages in the last ten years. What was a totally diversified system based on importation of land-race genetics to specific pockets where they adapted to micro-climate (think Darwin’s Finches), is now a system dominated by clone-only genetics. I love clone weed, but I also believe totally that we have a duty to maintain maximum cannabis genetic diversity.

As we move forward, we need to collect the strains and the anecdotal data that farmers carry about each varietal. These strains are unique, and have been used to treat the range of human ailments as presented by the farmers. Swami Chaitanya says that everybody knows they grow the best weed because the plant responds to your energy and provides you exactly the medicine you need. If we extrapolate this idea, medical patients should seek out growers with similar conditions so as to be able to access the plant’s layered healing properties.

Cannabis functions at many levels — physically, emotionally, spiritually — so the more we’re able to inform consumers and provide them access to farmers, the more effectively we can provide the Healing Of The Nation.

The Great Human Project

I like to think in terms of the Great Human Project (GHP) that is humanity; the sum total of all human energy, ever. Good, bad, neutral: All human energy is represented in this construction. We’re working on the GHP together, interconnected and participatory. As individuals, self-definition is shaped and defined by the human energy around us. Energy is dialectical, meaning that everything happens in push-pull tandem. We act, and are in turn acted upon; this interaction evolves through time/space.

It is my life goal to contribute maximum positive energy and happiness to the Great Human Project. I do this not in naivete of current events, but with an absolute belief in human ability to rise to the challenge and create a better world for all of us. Cannabis is an integral part of my hope for the future; it is the leverage that will put the populace back on the land, producing for themselves.

Small-scale cannabis production supports a Jeffersonian reality of decentralized, diversified farmsteads and provides secure, fullfilling, meaninful existences for humans. Not everyone wants to farm (cannabis is definitively farming); those who do should be supported completely in their efforts.

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