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Lisa Kirkman, aka “Mamakind”, SKUNK Magazine‘s resident sex and marijuana columnist recently made headlines when her battle with Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) about the ability to vaporize marijuana in class created controversy. Many critics suggested the ordeal was a publicity stunt and she didn’t really need to vaporize in class. Below is Kirkman’s response:
[The controversy started over a few] students who simply don’t like the smell compared to me, who must medicate on the medication schedule I’m required to be on. That’s not just unfair, that’s dangerous to my health.
Having Ideopathic Thrombocytophenic Purpur (ITP), being unable to take opiates and missing more than half of my digestive system are just some of the challenges I face in using traditional medicines (not that it’s anyone’s business but myself and my doctors, thank you for the plethora of layperson medical assessments) and in using many of the methods of cannabis ingestion others may use. I shouldn’t have to justify or defend my health care plan to anyone but my health care providers.
I don’t have access to a compassion club for a variety of strains, methods of ingestion, etc. and even if I did, I cannot afford to buy such things. I am on a student loan and SURPRISE! Neither Alberta’s low-income adult health benefit plan, nor student health plan, cover half of my pharms, let alone anything cannabis related.
Oh that we all had access to dispensaries!
Oh that we all are able to grow for ourselves!
Oh that we all could pop Ibuprophen, or OxyContin, or eat a cannabis cookie for that matter (or eat anything as big as a cookie at any given time)!
Oh that we could all afford $1000/month of medication alternative to cannabis!
Oh that we could tell our bodies,
“Hey Body, I know that you need to be medicated now in order to function properly so you can go to school so you can support your family, but if that happens, some people are going to wrinkle their noses! THEIR NOSES! Unwrinkled Noses are much more important than Less Sickness or Pain…”
How about you stop smoking your disgusting cigarettes, reeking like an ashtray, then saunter into class, making me ill? Are you medicating with those cancer sticks? Make sure you swear at me and harrass me when the weather is good enough for me to smoke my medicine outside, all the while poisoning yourself and me and everyone around you while I attempt to use my medicine.
I put myself thousands of dollars into debt to be able to go to SAIT full-time so I could further my career and support my family. I will not let selfish reefer madness and misplaced moral judgements prevent me from doing that.
I AM NOT SMOKING IN CLASS–I AM VAPORIZING.
I AM NOT GETTING HIGH, I AM MEDICATING.
I AM NOT DOING THIS FOR FUN–I AM DOING THIS BECAUSE I WOULD RATHER LEAD A PRODUCTIVE LIFE, MAKE A LIVING, CREATE AND RAISE HEALTHY, HAPPY CHILDREN THAN SUCK OFF THE GOVERNMENT’S TIT ON DISABILITY OR WELFARE.
If you have a problem with any of the above, you can kindly fuck off.