About Vanessa Waltz

Vanessa Waltz is a writer, artist, and marijuana reform advocate living in New Mexico. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1994 with a dual BA in Sociology and Studio Arts. Vanessa is a firm believer in the healing properties of cannabis, and has a special interest in advocacy for children with epilepsy and cancer. She is the managing editor of Ladybud Magazine and serves on the board of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey (CMMNJ).

Posts by Vanessa Waltz:

POEM: Untitled by Vanessa Waltz

POEM: Untitled by Vanessa Waltz

Hard to celebrate Weed freedom if our other Freedoms disappear We Jews are afraid Listening to these echoes We’ve heard them before At what point did they Stop accepting new leaders Back in Germany? Bernie oh Bernie We glimpsed hope for a moment I’m so sorry, bro Shouts of “soar”* loser More evidence we needed […]

An Open Letter to Those Who Oppose Cannabis Clothes

An Open Letter to Those Who Oppose Cannabis Clothes

When a friend posted this piece about cannabis clothes on Facebook that originally appeared at the blog for Pick & Mix Seeds, I began formulating a response by the time I reached the end of the first paragraph. The story in question is actually an open letter “to those who wear cannabis clothes” and it really […]

Dear President Obama: Please Stop Making Jokes About Cannabis

Dear President Obama: Please Stop Making Jokes About Cannabis

Dear President Obama, Please stop making jokes about weed. And while you’re at it, please stop telling young people that cannabis prohibition reform shouldn’t be a priority. You’ve been called out on this before, but clearly you are still out of touch with what’s going on in America. Yes, pot can make you laugh, and it […]

Why Don’t More Doctors Recommend Medical Marijuana?

Why Don’t More Doctors Recommend Medical Marijuana?

Yesterday I was at an appointment with a new doctor for a surgical consult, and within the first two minutes of our conversation, he said “I think medical marijuana would really benefit you. Are you interested in learning more about it?” For someone who lives in a state like California, this may seem old hat. And […]

Brittany Maynard Deserved to Choose Her Treatment

Brittany Maynard Deserved to Choose Her Treatment

As you probably already know, Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) patient who had become the face of “Death with Dignity” chose to end her life on November 1 as she had planned. And I’m really angry. No, I’m not angry at Brittany or her choice…I’m angry at the Cannabis community for its reaction […]

A Limited Amount of “Caring”: Parents and Advocates React to Realm of Caring’s Federal CBD-Only Bill

A Limited Amount of “Caring”: Parents and Advocates React to Realm of Caring’s Federal CBD-Only Bill

Image: Jason and Jayden David, photo courtesy of Jason David  Congressman Scott Perry (D-PA), Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) introduced the “Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014” yesterday in Pennsylvania, flanked by representatives from Colorado’s Realm of Caring (RoC), the producers of the high-CBD low-THC Charlotte’s Web cannabis strain. According […]

Brain Cancer Awareness Month: Craig “51” Rodgers, Cannabis Warrior

Brain Cancer Awareness Month: Craig “51” Rodgers, Cannabis Warrior

ALL PHOTOS: Facebook Editor’s note: I wrote this after Craig Rodgers, aka “51”, passed away in June of last year.  It seemed too personal and sad to share this piece when I wrote it last summer. In fact, when I wrote it, I used the second person pronoun “you” because it was too hard to […]

“Adjustment Sickness” From HempMedsPX RSHO: NOT a Normal Reaction to Cannabis

“Adjustment Sickness” From HempMedsPX RSHO: NOT a Normal Reaction to Cannabis

In the wake of reports of serious gastrointestinal effects from Real Scientific Hemp Oil (RSHO), parents arguing the benefits of the controversial product are claiming that nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are “normal” effects of “adjustment sickness.” While it is clear that a number of patients – both children and adults – have been hospitalized due […]

POETRY: In Memory of Lt. Duncan Sleigh

POETRY: In Memory of Lt. Duncan Sleigh

2LT, 39W 30 Numbered rank, panel, row Google it and you’ll find a dry report of casualties At Quang Nam Mike Company 3/7 Marines lost eight men on 6 Nov 1968 in an engagement south of Hill 55 about 8 kilometers northeast of the Liberty Bridge 1945-1968 23 years old 46 years ago the time that’s […]