When we traveled to the Emerald Cup in Santa Rosa a few years ago, several people insisted that we meet and interview Frenchy Cannoli. Little did we know then that our precious moments with him would add up to this little Legacy Video of his life story that we now share with you today, as an homage to the man, the loving legend and talented hashishin.
We realize that people have limited moments in time to view and appreciate videos. So we decided to post these “Canna-Minute” videos which are excerpted from the dozens of interviews we have collected for our documentary, “Cannabis the Story.” We will continue posting these Canna-Minute videos through the coming weeks.
Meet some of the Cannabis luminaries of the documentary:
“Cannabis the Story,” a short documentary, 24 minutes long, is now available for viewing at Vimeo. By watching the doc, you will be supporting our ongoing work in disseminating information about this amazing plant to the world at large. We have over 175 hours of footage that we are continuing to edit into short one-minute pieces for social media as well as longer “chapters” for a docu-series. We appreciate your support and your feedback.
After 5,000 years that we know of, during which humans reaped Cannabis for every utilitarian scenario you can think of – clothing, rope, oil, building materials, paper, sacred rituals and medicine, it took a bunch of old white men afflicted with racism and greed to bring that momentum to a grinding halt.
While those old white guys are now dead and gone, 80 years of Cannabis Prohibition has taken a wrecking ball to everybody’s Quality of Life. As an evolved Cannabis industry tries to take root, during a raging opioid crisis, with U.S. states legalizing it for medicinal use vs. recreational use, and as stigmatized seniors turn to Cannabis as a way of alleviating pain and easing palliative passage, one common denominator remains. The Cannabis Farmers.
It is those farmers who have preserved the seeds and cultivars that are still being destroyed across the world by authoritarian figures who think they are upholding the law. What they are really doing is taking medicine away from people who need it.
It is the farmers who have stood up for Cannabis, even at the cost of their homes, their livelihoods, their families, and even their lives. Some have served time in prison for cultivating a plant. Some are still in prison to this day. That is a travesty.
As more people reach an understanding about the relationship between humans and the Cannabis plant – and it’s truly profound – these “pot busts” really look more and more like the old Keystone cops aka a buncha idiots. Just Google the “Endocannabinoid System” and how it relates to Cannabis, and you may find yourself rapidly emoting through the five stages of grief. Anger, shock and depression at how our own government perpetuated untrue myths about Cannabis. Once you accept how helpful Cannabis can be when used correctly, the only bargaining you may wish to conduct may be at your local dispensary.
Dan Herer, the son of Jack, who wrote “The Emperor Wears No Clothes,” showed me a ten-dollar bill from the early 1900s.
In and of itself, upon first glance you see good old Andrew Jackson gracing the front. But when you look on the back of the bill, what’s that? Oh my. It’s a hemp farm. Maybe you already know our first President, George Washington, grew hemp. And, some speculate, cultivated a small patch of flowers that could be smoked. Let’s call that strain “Presidential Cherries.”
I think that most people alive today descended from farmers somewhere in our ancestral chain. It is those farmers, and the farmers of today to whom I tip my hemp hat. But it’s the Cannabis farmers who have fought on the front lines for 80 years to protect plant medicine for us and for our future generations. Thank you all for your service to our world.
It is no surprise to our readers that we have a deep and abiding love for Cannabis Nurses and the work that they are doing on the “front lines” of Medicine. Dr. Raphael Mechoulam himself has expressed frustration at the foot-dragging of traditional members within the medical field in conducting scientific research on this plant. Now in his late 80’s, he said ” I greatly regret that I don’t have another lifetime to devote to this field.” Nurse Heather Manus, in her presentation during the 2019 Cannabis Nurses Networking Conference said, “They didn’t teach us about the EndoCannabinoid System at nursing school and I want to know why.”
It’s apparent to us that after 80 years of Cannabis Prohibition, incurred by a handful of greedy businessmen and authoritarian government officials, many people are still suffering from the stigmatization of the plant. Not to mention those who are suffering from pains and dis-eases that can be addressed with the judicious use of the plant.
A man we met at this year’s CannMed conference in Los Angeles said that we have advanced in terms of Cannabis research as far as the day we put a man on the moon. To think where we could have been today in terms of medical advancements. My own parents would have had a more merciful passage from this life to the next, if only access to Cannabis hadn’t been a crime. As far as Paliative care, there is much more we could all be doing for elders who are suffering.
Some of the nurses at the CNNC shared their stories with us, so that we could share them with the world.