Talking Medical Marijuana Blues

An Introduction

Since 2007 I’ve been a member of a number of different collectives in Long Beach.

I’ve volunteered, built websites, taken photos of over 300 different strains of medical marijuana, and grown to care about a number of incredible people.

I’ve also watched one collective after another crumble under the burden of legal fees, changing city regulations and other costs associated with always having to fight to stay open…

My personal history with medical marijuana goes back much further than that however, back to when I first started using marijuana in 1983.

I’ve spent a lot of years watching the medical marijuana story get to where we are today, and in this series I share my motivation for being an activist, talk about being a collective member, and about my own medical use of marijuana.

And then there’s this – RIGHT NOW, in Long Beach, our collectives are facing the prospect of having our city council ban them on Tuesday evening, and all my thinking about this has given me the talking medical marijuana blues – Enjoy!

Talking Medical Marijuana Blues – Part One

Includes the story: The Man On The Other Side Of The Wall

“On Tuesday night, November 18th, I got home from work, sat in my big chair, kicked back, and for the first time in my life smoked marijuana legally…”

Talking Medical Marijuana Blues – Part Two

I Get By With The Help Of My Friends – a brief look at my personal history with medical marijuana…

“There was a time, not very long ago, when I would often have to wait for days, sometimes a week to get my medicine. Sometimes nothing would be available from the few friends I knew, who knew a friend, who knew a friend who could get marijuana for them…”

Talking Medical Marijuana Blues – Part Three

Talking ‘Bout My Medication – looking at the different ways to use medical marijuana and how I use it…

“I wasn’t diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder until I was 33 years old. This revelation – that there was a medical reason, of some kind, behind my most confusing moods and actions – caused a paradigm shift that made me look back over my life through a new perspective…”

Talking Medical Marijuana Blues – Part Four

Rev. Martin Luther KingWe Shall Overcome! – talking about the situation here in Long Beach, right now – about the City Attorney’s effort to ban the collectives, and how you can help!

“Rev. Martin Luther King stated over 40 years ago in a speech that “the arc of the moral Universe is long, but it’s bent towards Justice…”

During my long, personal civil rights march towards medical marijuana justice I’ve seen that this statement is true, just as I also believe that one day ‘we shall overcome!'”

5 thoughts on “Talking Medical Marijuana Blues

  1. I have been a long time marijuana user and have consistently had issues with it since the beginning from having to find “the guy” to having to go without my medication and lose out to my rage, however since moving to California and Long Beach and getting my card, with the help from my favorite collective I have found a way to manage and contain my issues and have successfully gone the last two years with not a violent issue or illegal activity plus I am 1 semester away from a degree so with all the latest goings on I fear for my medication and sanity, not the fact that they will be gone but the fact that it will once again be criminalized and I will have to find other route to guarantee I can continue to be a productive, successful member of society and a help to my family. Ignorance is not innocence.

  2. Great read Jon, I too am a medical marijuana cardholder and I am also bi-polar and manic depressive. I’ve been a “stoner” since the early 80’s and never thought I would see the medication legalized just because of the bad rap it has gotten in the past years. So glad that it has been though, I no longer have to “hide” like it’s a “bad thing” to medicate with M.J.
    I really hope that there is success in getting the closed minded to understand that some things work for some people and that if used properly, can really, really help citizens of our community to better function in their lives.
    I hope that this is not a cause we need to fight for, for the next 25 years to keep. In my opinion medical M.J. is the best thing that has ever happeded to me, I have worked for over 19 years while daily smoking so there is no way that people can say that smoking pot makes you a couch potato. I can actually function and concentrate while I am medicated….and I eat too (which I have a major problem with-I just do not want to eat and have no appetite).
    Thanks for your article, I could really relate to it and the people that have replied. Keep up the good work. I will visit your site regularly now.

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