Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on April 29, 2009
Note: the project known as The Medical Marijuana Lists is now using a shortened version of the name – The MMJ Lists
I’ve been dusting off the files, photos and various materials of The MMJ Lists to move it closer to how I envision it…
Since January I’ve been taking photos at A Soothing Remedy Collective and more recently, AAC – Apothecary’s Assistants Collective, where I also volunteer as a bud-tender, front desk clerk, joint roller, or whatever else is needed while I’m there for my shift.
Monday (April 27th) I was there for the afternoon and evening shifts… and spent most of the evening rolling joints of White Widow to give away to the members.
AAC gives you a free joint every time you stop by to get your herb… it’s part of the “member-focused” approach to the Medical Marijuana dispensary movement and an effort to slow down the collective-hopping (see below) that goes on.
(read more here…)
Also… I’ve added to the “About” page…
About The MMJ Lists
In June of 2008 I started taking photos and posting menus on WeedTracker.com for a local, Long Beach collective called CCLB, Canna Collective Long Beach.
The whole thing started as a fluke – I just wanted CCLB to keep up with their menu posting because gas prices were soaring and online people wanted to know what was available before they made the long drive – sometimes coming all they way from San Diego – a nearly 300 mile round trip.
My round trip to CCLB was only 10 miles, so during June I started my volunteer gig as the Menu Guy for CCLB. Over the July 4th weekend, through a series of events I’ve written about elsewhere, I officially became an unpaid, community volunteer at CCLB and through October of that year I photographed nearly 80 different strains, some of them several times.
It was almost an overwhelming situation, and it started to seem like I spent all of my time photographing, preparing the photos, posting them and then posting the menu… and by the beginning of November I had to halt the project as it was going, and think about how to present the photographs. (The price of gas had fallen too, so my original reason for posting menus had ended.)
(read more here…)
The link to The MMJ Project is: http://mmj.onehumanbeing.com/
Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on January 23, 2009
The MMJ Project Report | Vol. 1 | No. 2
In this issue:
- From the Artist: At Work on The Medical Marijuana Lists
- The Lists – 2009: Goals for The Medical Marijuana Lists
- Ahead in 2009: Share Your Truth
- The Codex: The Documents of The MMJ Project and Creative Commons
From The Artist
From the Artist: At Work on The Medical Marijuana Lists
I have this life-long habit of tackling incredibly large projects… and The Medical Marijuana Lists is following in that tradition.
As I discussed in the previous report, I have a large collection of photos I took last year (2008) while volunteering at a local medical marijuana (MMJ) provider – CCLB – CannaCollective Long Beach.
My goal has been to create a strain/medical condition database to provide other MMJ patients with informal and subjective opinions about the various types of MMJ and what medical condition they are most effective in treating.
I’m not a doctor and I’m not a scientist, just a very experienced MMJ patient, but I have the conviction that my opinions, along with the thousands of other MMJ patients who are in similar situations, have value and can provide a helping hand to another person making the same journey we have undertaken.
It’s never easy trying to live a normal life while dealing with a chronic medical condition, and our government has not made it any easier with their consistent message of lies, distortion, drug war rhetoric and zero tolerance – all failures at best – outright evil when looked at in the light of reality.
We (current MMJ patients and MMJ users) have to take it upon ourselves to make the difference so the ones that come after us don’t have to waste their energy fighting this stupid battle.
This is one of the reasons I’m preparing a project site for The Medical Marijuana Lists, or The Lists, to use it’s nickname.
(continues on next tab – The Lists – 2009)
The Lists - 2009
Goals for The Medical Marijuana Lists:
1. Provide clean and easy access to Medical Marijuana (MMJ) information for new and experienced MMJ patients, their caregivers, friends, family, interested parties and the general public including:
- Marijuana names and information about the the wide variety of MMJ available currently, based on actual patient experiences.
- Subjective and informal information about the use of particular strains or varieties of MMJ for particular medical conditions.
- Photos of actual medical marijuana that has been available to the average patient at local Long Beach co-ops and collectives; both showing weight and size, but also providing close-up shots.
2. Avoid duplicating services offered on other sites like ASA, WeedTracker, Greenkind Magazine, Potdaq, Norml and others…
3. Encourage MMJ patients to share their stories and discuss using marijuana as medicine in real life.
4. Create a historical record of this period in medical marijuana history, viewed from the patients perspective, focused on the Long Beach and California area providers and the varieties of MMJ that were available.
Ahead in 2009
Share Your Truth
My personal theme for 2009 is Share Your Truth, which is becoming my banner and motto as I look forward into the coming year…
What does that mean and how will that play out? Watch and see…
The Documents of The MMJ Project and Creative Commons
Over the last few years I’ve created a number of graphics related to medical marijuana and I am preparing to make my catalog available for download and reuse through Creative Commons licensing… more about that when the pieces are all in place.
Until then, remember that all graphics and images used on this site are copyrighted by onehumanbeing.com and Jon, onehumanbeing.
And before you leave…
Check out the video on the side bar How To Smoke A Joint. This is a clip from a great Buck Henry film from 1971 called Taking Off. I hope you find this clip both informative and entertaining…
Have a great 2009 and stay healthy
Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on October 4, 2008
Introduction: Back in November of 2003, after a year and a half dialogue with my doctor I finally got my MMJ recommendation. My doctor is a Kaiser doctor, so that is part of the reason it took so long… the other was that marijuana as medicine was a very high personal hurdle for her to get over.
Here’s what I wrote shortly after getting the good word…
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. Within minutes the herb was soothing the chemical hell of the mania I was enduring. I couldn’t believe it. Here I was, in my own living room, smoking pot legally. After all these years of self-medicating my disorder, finally I was legit, the doctor had given me his recommendation, no, his strong recommendation that I use medical marijuana.
I couldn’t wait to share my good news. I called some friends and shared my story of my yearlong journey with my psychiatrist and the doctor I met with today. These are people I’ve smoked marijuana with before. They know what a hassle the drug war is. Yesterday I was one of them. This morning when I woke up I was one of them. If the Federal Government takes a disliking to me, I’m still one of them. But somehow, during the course of my conversations I realized that I had been smuggled out of the country, and now I was the man living on the other side of the wall.
One of my friends said, “Wow, that’s really great for you, Jon, I wish…” and he sounded like someone wishing for the far country. It breaks my heart. I think I can imagine what it must have felt like to be smuggled out of East Berlin into West Berlin, and knowing that people just like you should be where you are. I didn’t realize when I walked into that doctor’s office on Tuesday morning, that it was actually a tunnel under the wall. I walked into that office from the East Berlin of the drug war and walked out in West Berlin. The city is still surrounded, but that is about to change. Freedom has to win. The wall will come down.
But for now, that wall is standing, looking as solid as ever, and I’m a confused immigrant trying to find my way around. How do I go about handling this situation? How do other people who use medical marijuana handle their situation? When and where can I smoke when I need to medicate? Do I now have a greater freedom of movement just like with the other prescription meds I take? It’s a strange new world to me, just a few days old.
So what’s it like on that side of the wall, you might be wondering? Well, when you grow up afraid of the secret police, the fear doesn’t go away over night. I still feel reflexively like I’m on the other side of the wall, I’m sure that will change with time. I keep turning the doctors words over in my mind “I’m strongly recommending that you use medical marijuana.” When being a criminal is the last thing you want to be, those are the best words you can hear. I’ll figure out how to do my shopping in this new city soon enough, but for this moment, I’m just smelling the air of freedom.
I know the city is surrounded, and I know they have the blockade on. But I’ve been smuggled out to live, die and pray with those that breathe the air of freedom, even if it’s just for a moment. Ich bin ein Berliner.
Originally written November 22, 2003