Hemp’s Future’s So Bright, It’s Creating Shades!


It hadn’t dawned on me that you could make sunglasses from hemp so when I came across these today, I thought,”But of course, makes total sense!”

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These hemp glasses are made by a company called Hemp Eyewear and  are estimated to launch early 2015 (looks like 2015 will be a busy hemp year!)

This company believes the world needs more utilization of hemp to create sustainable and eco-friendly products and I couldn’t agree with them more. Bravo Hemp Eyewear!

So show these people some love and sign up to get updates about their launch on their website: www.hempeyewear.com – You know, us “hempreneurs” need all the support we can get!

 

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The Imaginary Perils of Tomatoes and Industrial Hemp


Linda Werner:

A great blog that explains the absurdity of hemp prohibition here in the U.S. The imagery of the tomato plant being deemed dangerous is such a great parallel for industrial hemp.

Originally posted on Arlington Stone:

Hemp Field - Kentucky 2What if tomatoes were poisonous? Many of us used to think they were. Back in the less enlightened years of the United States and Britain, tomatoes were regarded as a known danger throughout much of the 17th and 18th centuries. There are links to enlightenment via Thomas Jefferson’s fondness for the fruit after dining upon tomatoes in France. Others credit the influence of less superstitious immigrants from Europe and South America. But regardless of who made us snap out of our baseless fear of this delicious staple of the modern American diet, I ask you to ponder the what-ifs of an alternate history.

Perhaps we discovered that the tomato itself is not a bad thing, but the leaves are patently dangerous, and riddled with toxins. Thus we find ourselves with a mixed bag of positive and negative aspects. Eat the fruit and you are one-third of the way to a…

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How Cannabis Saved My Marriage


Today is my wedding anniversary. I’ve been married to Jay for 14 years. With today’s divorce rate, that’s  kind of a big deal.

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I didn’t plan on writing a blog today, but I came across this clip of Dr. Oz on the Larry King Show and I thought to myself, “Dr. Oz, you have no idea just how beneficial medical marijuana is!” It’s such a relief that people like Dr. Oz are doing their homework and admitting they were wrong.

The reason I felt so compelled to write this blog today is because I recognize how different I am now from the person I was 14 years ago on my wedding day. My daughter Samantha, who is 24 and bore witness to those 14 years, was reflecting with me over the weekend about how sick I always used to be. It seemed there was never a day I was 100%. I had issues with digestion, constant back and neck pain, depression, panic and anxiety disorder and even almost died from a gangrene gallbladder. It’s safe to say that Jay married a train wreck! Even my pregnancies were challenging. I always share with people  who comment on how well-behaved my kids are that  I paid my dues in utero and that’s why I have such well-behaved kids now. Part of me actually believes this. Nowadays, it is rare when I’m not 100%. I have the occasional day or two of not feeling well, but that is definitely no longer the norm and it feels amazing.

I’m sure that a lot of my illnesses were stress related: getting married, moving 30 miles away from my job,  remodeling our home, bringing my elderly mother with me and dealing with two of her cancers, dealing with family drama, having two difficult pregnancies, losing my mother to pancreatic cancer, starting a challenging business and duking it out with two business partners could probably short circuit the best of us.

One day, I hit rock bottom and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. My rock bottom included a severe dependence on prescription medication and a stint in the hospital as a result. I was addicted to sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medication, anti-depressants, anti-acids for my tummy and so on and so on. I was so addicted to caffeine that I guzzled lots of energy drinks to get through my day. I was a chemical time bomb waiting to explode. The funny things is, I didn’t think I was a drug addict because I was using medications that were prescribed.

Recently, my husband went through a health scare and he immediately took the homeopathic route to health.  I can honestly say that I am so impressed by the control he took over his illness with a detox and severe diet change. My husband is definitely not the type of person to go against conventional medicine, so the fact that he took a leap of faith was a big deal to me and  the fact that he saw results, I’m sure convinced him  to think twice about soley relying on conventional medicine. Bad health always impacts a relationship and I can only imagine what Jay was going through when I was always so sick with no end in sight. I have to admit, going though it with it Jay for just a few months was another “scared straight situation.” We have young children and the thought of them not having a vibrant, energetic dad was heartbreaking and I think he “got it!” I know I got it when I saw how much more energy I had with my kids after getting healthy.

Reading The Emperor Wears No Clothes 8 years ago changed my life. I always say this, but it’s true. It made me question everything. Today, as a result of the healthy lifestyle I’ve adopted, I am the healthiest I’ve ever been. I  attribute my attitude to my journey as a hemp activist. While exercise has always been a staple for me, I now exercise to feel good, as opposed to looking good. I also meditate almost every day which I believe is the key to reducing stress. I eat super healthy and I am off all chemicals. I used to be able to pound tequila back in the day and now, I’m lucky if I can finish a beer. I hardly drink any alcohol at all and to many, that may be hard to believe. While my mom was a devout Catholic, I’ve never been interested in religion but today, I know I am very spiritual.  I can attribute my mental peace to Marianne Williamson and The Course in Miracles, as well as the heightened spiritual awareness I feel when I do medicate. I can honestly say that I feel I have worked on my self so much these last 14 years, that Jay finally has the wife he deserves.

Nowadays, I defer to more homeopathic remedies and even refer to Louise Hay’s book, You Can Heal Your Life, to figure out the thought patterns that are causing my ailments. Sounds crazy, but it’s true, your thoughts do affect your wellbeing.

How has all this saved my marriage? First, I married a man who is the most loyal human being on the planet, so off the bat, I will give him credit for that and for not leaving me when I was impossible to live with. Second, Jay’s support for my passion as a hemp activist is quite adorable. He is constantly doing research for me and pushing me towards my goals. Lastly, Jay has witnessed the chemical mess that was me and dealt with me while I  titrated off all my meds over an 18 month period.  It was not pretty! I know that Jay is grateful I turned my life around. He, and my kids are so happy that I have become who I am today, and guess what? I can attribute it all to the day I picked up Jack Herer’s book.

It has not been an easy journey for my husband and me these last 14 years but I can honestly say that we are stronger and more in love than ever. Thank you Mr. Werner for always, always supporting crazy old me and for not being shy about being married to a hemp activist. You are the perfect man to accompany me on this journey and I really do love you so much. Here’s to many more healthy, loving, peaceful, fun years together.

 

 

 

 

Marianne Williamson, The Hemp Activist’s Candidate


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Marianne Williamson, author and spiritual leader is running for US Congress  in my district (#33). This is ridiculously exciting to me as I have been personally touched by Marianne’s teachings.  If you’ve seen the back of my car, my lawn sign or the t-shirt I’ve been wearing, I think you’d get the point……I’m a fan! I can honestly attribute Marianne for teaching me how to have a more peaceful mind. It was her meditations that I based my peace hikes from and I figured, if she could help ME find peace, imagine what could happen if she were to translate that on a larger scale and affect our whole country? It didn’t take me long to jump on the Marianne for Congress bandwagon!

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As a hemp activist, I had several occasions to contact our current Congressman, Henry Waxman who is known as a liberal and an environmentalist. I often asked Mr. Waxman about legalizing industrial hemp in California and I always got the same generic response: Hemp is listed under the Controlled Substances Act and that the Federal Government cannot tell the difference between Marijuana and industrial hemp. I thought to myself, is this guy serious? Is he really not willing to fight this fight? And, the answer was: No, hemp was not a fight our soon former representative Henry Waxman was interested in AT ALL. How can you claim to be an environmentalist and not understand the need to legalize hemp in this country? While many were surprised by the announcement of his retirement, I was all too happy since Marianne was one of the first to announce her candidacy even before Waxman made his retirement announcement.

I was introduced to Marianne back in 2009 when she was still speaking at a theater on La Brea off of Melrose. Nowadays, Marianne Williamson speaks at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills on most Mondays at 7:30 p.m.  This little woman packs a powerful punch as an orator. She pretty much mesmerizes her audience for about an hour and then takes Q&A for about half an hour. This is when Marianne demonstrates her problem solving skills as audience members come to her with their various issues. She’s not only a genius at shedding light on how egos get the best of us, but she does it in a way that feels so respectful. I’ve also had the pleasure of being in the company of Marianne at a study group in Malibu as well as a few events for her campaign. I wasn’t sure how her political speak would resonate with me, but as soon as the first meeting was over, I was happy to be recruited to assist with her campaign.

On Sunday, May 18th, I had the honor of organizing an event for Marianne at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center where I teach spin that was sponsored Sourena Vasseghi, author of Big Dreams Take Small Sacrifices. We had a great turn out  although I can honestly say they’re weren’t a lot of hard questions pitched at Marianne. It was more like we were all just there to support her which was a bit of a disappointment for me because one of her star qualities and what I  feel will make her an excellent representative is that she is able to bring to opposing sides together to reach a common ground. If she could work that mojo in Congress, I’m sure we could all agree, that would be a miracle!

Here are my top 10 reasons for voting for Marianne:

  1. First and foremost, Marianne is one of the best speakers and brightest women I’ve ever encountered.
  2. She understands industrial hemp’s potential and is willing to fight for it. (This is huge for me.)
  3. She understands the drug war and the ridiculous incarceration rates here in the U.S.
  4. She is not afraid to go up against Monsanto. As an activist, she’s been doing this for years already and it would be great to have someone in congress who will fight to protect our food supply.
  5. She is not for sale and is therefore running as Independent.
  6. She recognizes that both parties, Democrats and Republicans are bought and paid for.
  7. She believes the government has turned into a form of legalized corruption with money controlling our policies.
  8. As the author of Divine Compensation, I trust that Marianne will make very sober choices especially when it comes to our economy.
  9. She believes in the possibility of a government with a conscience.
  10. She’s charismatic, compassionate and a woman of substance.

As a six time New York Times best selling author on spirituality, Marianne has a lot at stake if she is not true to her word. Once you’ve read her books, you’d realize her career depends on her integrity. If you are not familiar with Marianne’s books, four of which were #1 best sellers, you’r missing out. Check out her Amazon page or you can even find her books at your local library.

It is my opinion that if Marianne feels a strong calling for this position, some miraculous shifts in our government are in store for us. One of the first of those miracles may even be a whole new outlook on hemp here in the U.S.   So, please help this miracle happen by voting for Marianne at the primary on June 3rd if you are in her district or by simply spreading the word  that a politician with a conscience may be heading to Washington!

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For more information on Marianne’s campaign, please visit her website: www.marianneforcongress.com

For more on Marianne, visit: www.marianne.com Go get ‘em Marianne!

La Cucaracha, Marijuana, Pancho Villa & William Randolph Hearst – A Recipe for Propaganda


Linda Werner:

Hempy Cinco de Mayo! While you may think hemp and Cinco de Mayo are two separate subjects, I think you’ll find this post from a couple of years ago relevant. Enjoy!

Originally posted on THE HEMP PRESS:

I can’t help but think the universe is messing with me sometimes. When I discovered that the word Marijuana came from the song, “La Cucaracha” (The Cockroach)  it seemed too ridiculous to be true.  Being of Mexican descent, you would think I would have this Mexican folklore stuff down, but I have to admit, I’m a little rusty when it comes to my facts about my own culture. Don’t get me wrong, I embrace it whole heartedly, I just can’t proclaim to be very proficient. So when I came across this little piece of history, I was filled with a little bit of pride and an immediate urge to share. Could it really be that Mexican rebels managed to conquer 800,000 acres of land from William Randolph Hearst and that the word “Marihuana” (as it was originally written in Spanish) was taken from the song, “La Cucaracha?” While I had…

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What Is This 420 You Speak Of?


Linda Werner:

Happy Holidaze! As we approach 4/20, I thought I would repost this post from two years ago.

Originally posted on THE HEMP PRESS:

It’s easy to forget that I was one of those lost blank stares not too long ago. You know, the one that doesn’t react to the term “420.”

The first time I heard the term 420 was when a group of students at our local high school tried to name their Relay for Life Team “The 420’s.”Since I was on the organizing committee, I recall someone asking me at one of the meetings if I knew what 420 meant and I had no darn clue. This was as recent as 7 years ago. This woman went on to tell me, in a disgusted manner, that it was code for marijuana and that it was completely inappropriate for a group of high school students to use it for their team name. I agree. I agree even more so since I believe most people don’t even know what 420 means or where…

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What I Really Learned From Jack Herer


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Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of the passing of my friend, mentor and hero, Jack Herer. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars for having known him. Jack’s book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes is responsible for the recruitment of many activists, such as myself. It’s amazing how many people were directly affected by this larger than life man. Jack had a special energy of love and hope. He was a big bear of a man that loved people and loved his mission in a way that made you happy to jump on his band wagon. The first time I reached out to Jack, I had such reverence for him that the fact that he would even respond to me made made him remarkable in my book. As I got to know Jack, I learned that he was so grateful to have people spread his message, that he welcomed everyone with big, open arms.

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The first time I met Jack in person was as his guest at a High Times Film Festival event in Marina Del Rey.  I got there early, with butterflies in my stomach, waiting for this man who I figured wouldn’t give me the time of day but would probably be courteous enough to be polite.  I shared with a few other people who were standing around how nervous I was to meet Jack. They kind of chuckled at me and reassured me that Jack was easy going.

Jack Herer finally arrived. I noticed that he was pretty tall and had eyes that sparkled. I went up him and introduced myself and when I did, the weirdest thing happened. I looked into his eyes and felt this strong sense of familiarity. I remarked to him immediately, “I feel like I’ve known you my whole life.” He responded with an amazed look on his face, “me too.” From that point on, we were friends and Jack made it his personal mission to make sure that I met anyone he thought was important for me to meet as a new activist. I felt so comfortable with him and felt like we were destined to be in each other’s lives. This is when I knew I found my calling. I was home.

Jack involved me in many of his projects but I believe the Seattle Hempfest was his favorite. He regaled me with stories of the Hempfest and was eager for me to share the experience with him.  At that point in time, things were not comfortable with my business partner and I didn’t think she would understand my taking off to the Seattle Hempfest with Jack. Jack asked over and over again, if I would come to Seattle with him. I was torn between pissing off my partner or disappointing Jack. I kept saying to him, “I’ll join you next year, I promise.” But Jack wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.

I ended up going to the 2010 Seattle Hempfest and let me tell you, it was AMAZING! Going to the Hempfest for the first time with Jack Herer is like walking through the Red Sea with Moses. He was the “reason for the season” and watching everyone pay homage to him was awesome. I had the time of my life watching him in action, signing books and talking, talking, talking. While I ended up coming down with an awful cold and being sick as a dog at the event, I can honestly say, I had the time of my life. I flew back home to L.A., exhausted and sick, but feeling so glad I didn’t miss it.

About a month later, Jack called me on the way to Portland’s Hempstalk and said he wished I could have come to that festival as well. I told him that I had a blast at the Seattle Hempfest and I looked forward to being at many more festivals with him. As we said our good-byes, he said “I love you.” I told him, “I love you back.” That was the last time we spoke. Jack Herer gave his last speech at the Portland Hempstalk where he suffered a massive heart attack. He was unconscious for about seven months and then passed away, April 15th, 2010. I was devastated.

In the short time I knew Jack Herer, I learned so much about hemp and activism. But what I really learned is that you cannot take tomorrow for granted. I really thought I had another year to get my act together to be good enough to hang with Jack. He, however, pushed me to dive in. Looking back, Jack treated me like learning everything he knew was urgent. What I learned is this: It was urgent!

The hemp movement is not the same without Jack Herer. It feels like the family is disjointed without it’s famous patriarch. Jack knew that I was passionate about honoring him with the most amazing hemp clothing line in the world and he treated me like he knew I would succeed. The fact that Jack had confidence in me, touched my heart. While I certainly have  not had a shortage of challenges with my business, the fact that I promised Jack I would get it done, drives me every single day.

Often times, I’ll put on Jack’s documentary,  The Emperor of Hemp, just to hear his voice. Those who know me well know that I love documentaries. This documentary, however, is extra special to me.

Check it out when you get a chance:

Even though my heart was broken when Jack Herer passed away, I am ever so grateful for the strong bond we created. I love you and miss you with all my heart, Jack Herer. I intend to make you very proud!