Todd Stimson is putting his freedom on the line for a plant with healing qualities. Facing felony charges for providing medical cannabis for multiple cancer patients, including his daughter, he is carrying a mock potted marijuana plant from downtown Asheville through the mountains and across the countryside to the capitol building in Raleigh. He and his fellow freedom fighters are looking to raise awareness about the plants’ benefits, the irrational laws that cause 20,000 North Carolinians to be arrested every year for possession of the plant, and to encourage everyone to call their representative in support of House Bill 1161.
This article is a running documentary of Todd and the fellow marchers’ walk across the state. It is a compilation of what can be found on Facebook. You can follow all the Facebook posts by typing in the #MarchAgainstFear hashtag into Facebook.
The “March Against Fear” Facebook event is here
A press release about the march is here.
Day Eight, June 13 – Statesville, NC (Halfway Point)
Video of Day Eight of the March Against Fear 2014… includes a song by Doug Honeycutt, with Jesse Pague, Ray Pague and myself playing along. Bev Sun Painter and I worked all morning getting this one edited – we really like it, hoping you do too! Now, it’s off to Jordan Lake to see our heroes!
Triangle Sandhills TimeWarner Cable News – Protestors March from Asheville to Raleigh in Push for Medical Marijuana
Day Seven, June 12 – Catawba, NC
[By Ervin Dargan – videographer for MarchAgainstFear….]
(The video below) explains well why I’m a medical cannabis advocate. So many times I’ve heard this same story – patients have an injury or other condition with chronic pain and are prescribed opiate-type medications, of which the terrible side effects and lack of efficacy for long term illness are well known. A life time of addiction and dosage creep are their only prospect until they find that cannabis used as an adjunct medication can drastically reduce or cut out their need for narcotics (studies show an average of 2/3 reduction) . They get their lives back – they can work again, can play with their grandchildren again, have hope for the future…tears often well up in the teller and me also. Yes, this stuff really is medicine, not a “stalking horse for legalization” as some believe. Prohibitions may come and go but the Truth remains – Nature is the best pharmacy and we have a natural right to treat our own bodies as we see fit.
Day Six, June 11 – Hickory, NC
Video from Day Six of March Against Fear 2014 – I think Kirk says it well, “We need the plant, the whole plant…so help us God!” A bill to legalize “CBD-only” cannabis oil has been introduced in NC and will have more legislative support than HB 1161, mostly because a CBD only extract from GW Pharmaceuticals will soon be distributed by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. We will have to fight hard for the Natural Right to use a plant as we see fit. Thanks ToddFreedom Fighterswnc,Ray Pague,Charlie Sean,Jason Humes,Matt Ramsey and many others for marching for natural medicine.
Day Five, June 10 – Valdese, NC
Day Four, June 9 – Glenn Alpine
These folks are walking across North Carolina to garner public support to get a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing medical cannabis out of committee and onto the ballot in November. Local press is good and getting better – WSOC TV from Charlotte interviewed them today. This trek reminds me of the Jouneys for Justice where I metKay Lee, Bob andCathy Jordan,Cher Ford-mccullough,Brian McCullough,Jodi James, many other wonderful Souls who put themselves on the line for Truth and principle. These actions have powerful transformative effects on individuals, becoming milestones in their Spiritual Journey. It’s exciting to see that glow of Freedom on their faces asRay Pague, ToddFreedom Fighterswnc,Charlie Sean,Matt Ramsey,Ziggie McLemore and others March Against Fear… after all, isn’t fear always the real enemy?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIjzN4_JLCs — Two puppets discuss marijuana news, House Bill 1161 and how Todd Stimson’s March Against Fear needs your support.
Statesville Record and Landmark covers Todd’s trek through their area.
Day Three, June 8 – Marion, NC
Video from Day Three of the March Against Fear 2014, including a mother whose child has Tourette Syndrome supporting the walkers and HB 1161 (Tourette Syndrome is a qualifying condition under the NC Medical Cannabis Act, which HB 1161 would put on the ballot) Cannabis is used around the world to help Tourette Syndrome sufferers… I have a recommendation for cannabis for stuttering (issued by the late great Dr. Tod Mikuriya).
Hickory Record asks “Drugs or Medicine? These guys are walking 240 miles in support of state bill
Day Two, June 7 – Black Mountain
Different kind of protest video with a cute impromptu song for the plant played from a tree climbing banjo player. The March Against Fear is garnering a lot of public support and good press – you can follow the action by “going” to this event, even if you can’t attend you can show solidarity –
Day One, June 6 – Asheville, NC
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~Lao–tzu
And the journey begins!….