Dr Chris Fichtner speaks on PTSD and Cannabis
It was the perfect autumn day at Willow Creek springs, “Team Grumbine” had spent the previous week trimming and cleaning the botanic garden in preparation for the Human solution’s latest “Know your rights” summit. folks came out in usual form… Late. This time we started at 11 sharp as Dr Chris Fichtner needed to leave early to catch a flight. As the panel assembled in the garden setting, a few vendors put the finishing touches on their displays of hand made items, skin care products and the like. A few informational booths offered guests opportunities to make real change in the movement. The smells fresh coffee and hand made lasagna wafted in the air and enticed the hungry up to the raised deck where a tasty meal could be found.
We began as guests streamed in from all over Southern California and Arizona
. from San Diego to San Luis Obisbo
Attorney,Jason Thompson gave a workshop on how to handle law enforcement in the case of a raid while the group of participants listened attentively and engaged the panelists with an array of questions. Steve Baker and Tom Emmert photographed the event and CLSA’s Jenny Ezikian shot video. Later Cheryl Shuman arrived and shot test footage for her upcoming reality show possibly featuring some of the attendees. The soundboard and equipment was provided and operated by Tom Emmert.
Willow Creek Springs,The Human Solution, OG Dankster, CLSA’s
Buryldean Andrews,and CPA collective all donated opportunity drawing prizes to help offset the cost of the event. and quietly in the background, these organizations as well as Patient Med aid, a free medicine option for documented qualified patients offered goods and information to the guests.
Stephanie Landa Moderated the discussion featuring attorney,Michael Levinsohn, Jason Thompson, Darlene Buenrostro, and Aaron Sandusky’s Mom,Terri as well as myself. The Fully informed Jury Association generously provided brochures for everyone and I took the opportunity to discuss the Power that every citizen possesses and the potential for each of us to help end prohibition by getting selected on our juries and using our power to refuse to convict defendants for “cannabis crimes.” In a bold move, Liz Mc Duffie, Director of the MCC training program got up and delivered an impassioned speech about “The power of one” and revealed her plan to create banners with the Jury nullification message and to encourage a powerful silent protest where participants would dress in funeral black and silently carry these powerful messages in public places especially courthouses! I forgot to mention at the summit that The human solution is actually sponsoring a contest featuring the best “Jury nullification” banner, placement and exposure.
Aaron Sandusky’s Girlfriend, Darlene, and Mom Terri gave a compelling update and call to action regarding Freedom Fighter Aaron’s current state of incarceration. The Human Solution has stepped it’s prison outreach program to include family support. I reminded the group that “It’s on us” to end this war on drugs by joining together and speaking with one voice.
The discussion continued with topics including collective activities, law enforcement, and activism. Michael Levinsohn and Jason Thompson offered legal expertise while I brought up a defendant activists perspective. We finished before 5 and costumed kids and adults prepared for evening parties. Inasmuch as this event was set on the same day as several other events, It was well attended with more than 100 guests participating throughout the day. The day was perfect, the company was engaged and well behaved. The food was wonderful. Inspiration and enlightenment shone brightly and we dubbed it a success!
On a side note, I just wanted to thank everyone that made this and all of our educational projects a success. As our group has ebbed and flowed through the years, people have come and gone from the group formally but never from our hearts. With the latest tide, as some left, we have been blessed with such a rich swell of support from so many likely and unlikely places. Strong new alliances are growing like kudzu vines in Georgia and if this trend continues, we will be celebrating the end of prohibition before we know it and be sure all those that have participated have earned their place in the history book!! Thank you all for being the solution!