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First I'd like to thank you for showing enough interest in Friends of Cannabis to make it as far as this page. I suppose that the President of any organization feels, or should feel, a special connection to that organization. For FoC and I that connection is quite special indeed. As the founder, and only member of the FoC Board without significant responsibilities that lie elsewhere, I have had the privilege of being the main caretaker of the garden which is Friends of Cannabis. With the aid of our supportive and diverse Board of Directors, I believe we have been able to chart a course which will land the #420🍁 community in Safe Harbour.
In the coming years, as FoC grows and matures, I hope that my following words are joined by a chorus of voices from Presidents to come. Each able to add their own unique perspective and experience to bare on whatever obstacles stand between Cannabis consumers and the fair and equal treatment we all deserve.
For now you've got me, and my solemn pledge to do whatever is required of me, to tear down the walls of stigma and discrimination that cage what I believe is one of God's greatest gifts to humankind. While I could simply be speaking of the plant itself and its multitude of industrial applications, or the potential the 100+ different Cannabinoids have for making substantial improvements in any number of patients' quality of life. While I could be, and am speaking of these things, I am also speaking of the #420🍁 mindset. The sense of connection to the world and people around us is perhaps Cannabis' greatest gift.
The term"Hippy" is considered a dirty word in some corners of our nation, as dirty as others see the tar sands, and not without merit. The 'hippy" mentality often begins and ends with what we CAN'T be doing, without supporting that opinion with a viable plan for what CAN be done. In the interest of dispelling the stereotype, this particular hippy has a plan. We will see blue skies.
If you asked me 2 decades ago, 1 decade , even 5 years ago, what I thought I'd be doing with my life at 45 this would definitely not be it. 20 years ago I was in the early stages of a banking career. 12 years ago it was a promising career in the investment industry. 5 years ago I was positive I'd have passed by now. Certainly the quality of my existence often led me to yearn for it, and resign myself to a prolonged and miserable end as I'm just too damn stubborn to die.
I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease when I was 13. My family practitioner and a series of specialists had been searching for the cause of my woes; weight loss, severe abdominal pain, stunted growth... for roughly 2 years. 2 years of test after test after test without an answer had finally concluded with the decision to conduct exploratory surgery. What started as exploration changed to a massive bowel resection that nearly killed me, and what was scheduled as a 2-week hospital stay turned to 5, but at last we had a conclusive answer.
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Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition.
Inflammation caused by Crohn's disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people. This inflammation often spreads into the deeper layers of the bowel.
Crohn's disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications.
While there's no known cure for Crohn's disease, therapies can greatly reduce its signs and symptoms and even bring about long-term remission and healing of inflammation. With treatment, many people with Crohn's disease are able to function well.