Late harvest season pruned cannabis plant
Late harvest season pruned cannabis plant

Cannabis has the ability to support farmers

Over the preceding decades of Prohibition prior to California Proposition 215, our medicinal human birthright was largely co-opted by criminal organizations responsible for environmental degradation and human rights violations. Though not registered as such, these criminal entities operate in similar fashion to corporations; ruthlessly pursuing profit at all costs. The direct consequences of poor governmental policies created a system similar to corporate cannabis control; more violent but no less abusive of the environment and people in pursuit of economic gains.

This unsettling picture of large-scale cannabis is a meaningful contrast to my experience of a decentralized system that supports smallholders and the dreamers of a better tomorrow.  Across this great country over the last decades (and of course for the first 150+ years of America), cannabis and hemp farmers have grown small plots for personal use and to sell.  Many good people are assisted in doing good works by the spiritual upliftment and economic support that cannabis provides.

Not everyone wants to farm. In fact, so few of us do nowadays that you have to check the box marked “Other” and then fill in “Farmer”. Farming is hard work; every farmer knows that eventually the work will be too hard. We all hope to figure a way to support ourselves before our backs or knees give out.

Cannabis has the ability to support farmers; it helps our aches and pains, and if we’re lucky it makes the truck payment or buys the seed so we don’t have to borrow money.

Corporate Cannabis isn’t Inevitable

Chemical corporations pushing synthetic versions of hemp and cannabis along with government fear mongering created a tragedy of world scope and proportions.  The removal of hemp as a traditional farm crop and support tool deeply affected the way we live.

In an era past peak oil, we have a human duty to put farmers to work producing crops that can support us and heal our soils and communities. There is deep connection and unification to be made between all farmers as we welcome the cannabis plant back into a traditional role as supporter of the national consciousness. Hemp has been used as food, fuel, fiber and medicine, supporting the rugged agrarian ethic this country was based on. As a true patriot, I assert the fundamental supportive role that cannabis has filled for humanity.

When you do what you love, you love what you do. At HappyDay Farms we operate from the heart with deep intention to do truthful, honest work. We steward the land and raise crops that nourish our families and our community. We produce a connoisseur grade medicinal cannabis into which we pour heart, soul and spirit through a bodily labor of love. We seek to honor the American homestead ethic and to assert the absolute reality of cannabis as a small farm support tool.

We Must Take a Stand as Small Farmers

I stand as Secretary of the Emerald Growers Association for the right of the small farmer to produce medicinal cannabis and market directly to patients. The time has come to recognize the medicinal benefits of all forms of the cannabis plant. The conveyance of bodily and spiritual well-being that cannabis offers those who choose it should not be underestimated. This is not to suggest that cannabis is for everyone, but to state that it is a matter of personal choice.

Coming together in celebration of cannabis at the Emerald Cup was a joyful experience. To share the results of our season of loving intention with the world was a galvanizing experience. This year has been a soulful journey into public representation of our diversified farm perspective. As producers of nourishment for our community, we support and are supported.

The same is true of our cannabis; the time has come to end the false separation between growers and farmers. Cannabis must be regulated as an agricultural crop and small farmers must be given priority. In a world of large-farm subsidies and effective large-money corporate lobbying, we must take a stand for the small farmer. The time is now.

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