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The NORML Women’s Alliance of Canada at the 1st Annual Vancouver Health Expo
The women of British Columbia represented at the Vancouver Health Expo this year and it was a phenomenal success on many levels. This was the first year for the Expo that was founded by our B.C. Community Leader Sandra Colasanti. Sandra is a powerhouse in this community and the support she is shown wherever she goes speaks to her incredible grace and ability to work under pressure. Thanks to the amazing efforts of our volunteers Ashley Abrahams and Rosanna Servello who ran the booth speaking without pause and with passion and conviction of the message of the Alliance to the attendees throughout the weekend. We held a fantastic panel on Friday afternoon with Green Party founder Adrianne Carr and Liberal MP Joyce Murray where we asked politicians questions we had gathered from the attendees.
We spoke with our political allies, the Greens and the Liberals throughout the weekend about better strategies in bringing about legalization in Canada in the near future. We spoke with doctors and members of the medicinal community about the upcoming changes to the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (“MMAR”) program and how we might be able to help in the future. We made many new friends from across Canada and the United States and renewed old friendships. There is a one story which illustrates best why events like the Vancouver Health Expo is so important to our community and makes all that we do worth it!
On Saturday morning a young woman and her mother came to the NORML Women’s Alliance table and wanted to know who we were and what we were doing. The Expo was a good mix of Cannabis and alternative health activists. I offered them one of the buttons Bob Erb had donated to us – telling them the story of Bob and what a wonderful man he is! The daughter immediately chirped up…she knew Bob Erb. He had just given her father $10,000 to come to visit her because she had recently been diagnosed with cancer…it was all over the news the previous week. It got a little emotional. The young lady – Ashley – came to the Expo for hope and healing. I believe she is on her way. She will be joining the NORML Women’s Alliance and we will support her on this journey….she is beautiful inside and out.
Thank you Sita von Windheim and Sandra Colasanti for spending so much time with her…and all of the doctors including Dave Hutchinson! Congratulations and thank you Sandra Colasanti for your untiring efforts not only for the NORML Women’s Alliance but the entire cannabis community.
NORML Women’s Alliance of Canada representing at Cannabis Day /Vancouver Art Gallery
On July 1, 2013 the Cannabis community of British Columbia celebrated our nations’ birthday at the Vancouver Art Gallery with “Cannabis Day!” Our flag is a cannabis leaf instead of a maple leaf; and our song is O’Cannabis in lieu of O’Canada.
It was a proud and yet solemn day for many – as we are still in a fight for our civil freedoms. This year the NORML Women’s Alliance of Canada represented loudly and proudly for the first time! Our booth was visited by many women (and men) who were so happy to hear about the work that we are doing and wanted to know how they could help. We met many tourists who had unwittingly happened upon the gathering and were quite awestruck by the entire scene. The good people of Vancouver hold one of the best outdoor cannabis farmers’ markets and it inspires many visitors to see the bigger picture. One beautiful woman from Australia was especially inquisitive wanting to know if Cannabis was legal in Canada only on this day…… and it would seem that it was!
Thanks to our B.C. activist family for including the NORML Women’s Alliance as speakers. Sandra was as eloquent and as passionate as always. Thanks also to Rosanna Servello for working the booth with us. These events are so much fun but it is especially rewarding when our newer members experience our community and are readily embraced by those who know us and appreciate the work we are doing. If there is one thing I want the women of NORML to know – it is that we heard the phrase “Thank you for everything you Ladies are doing” more times than you could imagine. This is for all of us….Thank you Ladies and I hope that you are having Great Summer!