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Why We Fight For Cannabis Reform


show me cannabis regulation initiative marijuanaMissouri Marijuana Activist Explains Why She Fights For Cannabis Reform

By John Payne, Show-Me Cannabis Regulation

Below you will find a letter from Show-Me Cannabis Regulation activist and Springfield resident Trish Bertrand explaining why she fights for the cause. Trish is one of the most dedicated volunteers we have in Springfield. With her husband Daryl, she collected over 3,000 signatures for our statewide initiative earlier this year. Now, along with SMCR board member Maranda Reynolds, she is leading the fight for cannabis decriminalization in Springfield. Her story is moving, tragic, and far too common.

I fight cannabis prohibition because no one should ever experience what my family went through.

My husband, Daryl, suffered long-term chronic pain from a disc in his back that had collapsed onto the one below it and pushed forward to the point where it could be seen protruding with the naked eye. Due to other health conditions, surgery and prescription pain killers were likely to cause serious harm to his liver, so he did what hundreds of thousands of peaceful and productive Americans do every day: he used cannabis to treat his pain. He was able to work and be a good husband and father. Instead of trying to buy it off the black market and enabling the drug lords, we built our own garden.

Years later, we finally got a doctor’s approval to start spinal fusions. Four days after his second surgery, we were raided by the COMET Drug Task Force. A computer repair store had found some deleted pictures of the garden, and turned them over to the police.

Due to Daryl’s medical condition, he was released after four hours of confinement. I will never forget telling him that night that we headlined the local news on three channels. The fallout started quickly with people pulling orders from our business right and left. We were falsely accused ofusing our family business, a playground store, as a front to sell cannabis on the street.

Daryl took a plea agreement; he would be a felon and have 5 years community service. Even though I do not use cannabis, I plead guilty. At that point, we had no business, no income, and no way to pay a lawyer. In our 12 years of marriage, we had one speeding ticket between the two of us. Now we were felons, no longer able to get a decent job. Forced to move, the only place we could now afford was in a neighborhood with two pedophiles, a stabbing, and a felony assault. This isn’t who we are.

A lot of people would blame cannabis, but that isn’t right. Using cannabis kept him working and kept our family functioning. We were as happy as could be, in light of his illnesses. It was the unfair and unjust laws that put us where we are today, and I will not stop fighting until those laws are changed.

Trish Bertrand

Trish needs your help to spare other Springfield residents from arrest for possessing cannabis. If you are a registered voter in Springfield, you can sign the petition at Mr. Eddies Headies on South Avenue, Good Vibes on West College, Bilbo’s Earth Store on West Republic Road, or Soundsmart on East Battlefield. We have to turn in the first batch of signatures by July 2nd, so visit one of those locations as soon as possible.

Regardless of where you live, you can help Trish fight these unjust laws by donating to the Springfield campaign today. Remember, the National Cannabis Coalition will match your donation, so every dollar you give will mean two dollars for Trish and the rest of our activists in Springfield, so donate now!


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  1. Declaration of Rights of Cannabis Users

    Mission Statement: To bring an end to cannabis prohibition in 2013 by gathering signatory members through promotion and declaring our rights through the document, “Declaration of Rights of Cannabis Users”. Giving prohibitionists reasonable opportunity to affect appropriate, timely and agreed upon change and, if necessary enforcing our rights in a peaceful way. After April 20 2013 adopting a zero tolerance for acts of brutality and injustice by prohibitionists.

    The laws regarding cannabis were born on the wings of lies and pampered by propaganda such that now the tightly held belief systems are going to have to reckon with the desire of all humanity to live with dignity, free from the oppressive tyranny that ignorance and bigotry have spawned.


  2. c504newOrleans on

    Good shit its time we legalized this shit and help america grow as a nation that is FOR THE PEOPLE not the big Pharmaceutical company that’s Tryin do use the same plant that as humans have rights to.

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