A little while ago, I met with the organizers of Oregon’s I-24 initiative which will end marijuana prohibition in Oregon if it succeeds. It was the first time that I had met fellow marijuana activists face to face for official Weed Blog business. By official, I mean I talked to them via e-mail and met up with them for pizza and to talk the toke. Whether that’s ‘business’ or not, I will let other’s decide. At the meeting, and at just about any other meeting with marijuana activists, they always ask if I know ‘fill in the blank’ person. My answer is almost always the same, “I’m friends with them on Facebook, and have talked to them via e-mail for two years, but no I have never met them.”
I explained to my new friends that one of my goals for 2012 was to meet as many marijuana activists as possible in a face to face situation. I always feel that it results in a more dynamic team scenario. I can write articles about people, I can follow them on social media, I can even follow up with them via e-mail, but rarely do things actually get done as fast as they do when I talk to a person face to face. At the meeting, the organizers of Oregon’s I-24 asked me, ‘who in the marijuana movement would you most like to meet?’
I didn’t have an answer at the time, and to be honest, I still don’t have an answer. I have narrowed it down to a list of about 300 people, and I can’t imagine being forced to choose just one! I have met a lot of activists lately from Oregon and California, and that has been amazing! I always feel empowered when I see how excited marijuana activists get when they are talking about their causes. It makes me want to get out and get active even more.
I have always wanted to meet the legendary Vivian McPeak, and Carl Olsen from Iowa, and Jay Selthofner in Wisconsin. I have been talking to Cheryl Shuman lately and she is now at the top of my wish list as well. The list goes on and on. I am compiling a directory of all of the people that I want to meet, and it seems to be never ending. Some of the people that I have wanted to meet most are unfortunately no longer with us. Jack Herer and Gatewood Galbraith were two people that I wanted to meet at least once in life, but unfortunately I won’t have the chance. I guess if I was forced to choose one person in the movement that I would like to meet over all others is Peter B. Lewis…but then again, something tells me that most other marijuana activists would too lol.
Who do you want to meet in the marijuana movement? Or for that matter, was there someone that you wanted to meet, and did? How was the experience? I know I admired a lot of people from afar to find out that they were even cooler than I thought. On the flip side, some were not as I expected!