Parents 4 Pot Blog

Wisconsin Advocates Push For Whole Plant Cannabis at CBD-Only Hearing

Wisconsin activists made demands for whole plant cannabis during a legislative hearing

that was meant to remove the physician requirement lobbied for by the Wisconsin

Medical Society within Wisconsin's CBD-only law. Passed in April 2014, Wisconsin’s

law has not provided safe access to cannabis for seizure patients. It has since been

posthumously renamed  "Lydia's Law."  Lydia’s mother led the fight for CBD only

legislation. Lydia died on Mother's Day in 2014.

Press Release - P4P Supports John Vergados

Among the other great pieces John Vergados has written, “It Takes a Child to Raise a

Village” stands out with the compelling story of nine year old Mykayla, and her struggle

to overcome cancer using cannabis. This statement is issued by the Board of Directors

of the U.S. National Organization, Parents 4 Pot in support of Mr. Vergados and his

current struggle to defend himself from Canadian Federal Court charges of Importation,

Possession, Possession with Intent to Traffic and Conspiracy to Import and Traffic

Cannabis Seeds. 

The Muzzle is Off – This Mom’s Truth

By, Jill Hitchman-Osborn

A little over a year ago, I begged the Department of Public Health in Massachusetts for cannabis

access from a program so poorly implemented that legal patients had no legal access. What I

couldn’t say that day was that my daughter, Haley was on CBD. She was enrolled in the Epidiolex

trial with a pharmaceutical company that was testing a version of CBD only cannabis. What I was

muzzled from saying was that Haley failed Epidiolex miserably.


Two Years and Counting – It’s a Parents 4 Pot Anniversary

By, Deannajean Ryther

On November 11, 2013, Parents 4 Pot began. For me, it came at a time when I was asking myself a

lot of questions about being involved in activism and what directions I should take. Did my voice

matter? Was I making a mistake? Cruising Facebook on my phone, I noticed that my battery was

getting low. Just then, Mickey Martin made a comment on my page that sparked a fire in me.

Please Support the Parents 4 Pot POW and Cannabis Community Holiday Drive!

We Need Your Support for the Third Annual Parents 4 Pot POW and Cannabis Community Holiday Drive. Help Us Help Those Affected by Cannabis Prohibition.

We are incredibly excited to announce our third annual Parents 4 Pot POW and Cannabis Community Holiday Drive. Our Holiday Drive is an amazing opportunity to bring joy and happiness to those who have suffered greatly at the hands of cannabis prohibition. This year we have really tried to expand our reach and are hoping to provide a great Christmas for over 30 families in need. WE NEED YOU TO STEP UP AND HELP US MAKE THIS A REALITY. Please consider making a substantial donation to this worthy cause.

The families we have chosen are all families who have suffered greatly from our Nation’s war on cannabis freedom. A number of the families are POWs who are currently serving time for cannabis related crimes, and who do not have the means to give their kids a great holiday. We provide a meaningful Christmas by hooking these kids up with gifts that they have asked for with a note about how their parents are heroes and not criminals. It is an amazing feeling to be able to support a prisoner who has been unjustly convicted by putting a smile on their kids’ faces for the holidays. For example, one of the prisoners we have supported is Luke Scarmazzo who is serving over 20 years for operating a dispensary in California. Last year after making Christmas special for his daughter, Jasmine, we received the following message:

Thank you. Really, thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. Jasmine also wants to thank them and she coming up with some pictures and cards she wants to send out. P4P really made this year special for her. I really cannot express what it means to me. Jasmine is my world and for her to be happy and cared for in such a way was truly a blessing. Please let Parents 4 Pot know that I am in their debt and they forever have a friend in me… Regards, Luke

In addition to those in prison for cannabis, we also help medical cannabis refugee families who have had to uproot, and sometimes split up, their families to access medical cannabis in another state. This is often a real financial burden for families, and by providing support to them during the holidays we can help minimize the struggle for them. Can you imagine having to up and move to a completely different State leaving behind families, friends, and good paying jobs just to be able to use a medicine that is effective for treating the illness of one of your family members? It is unthinkable that we still live in a society where this happens, but it is all too true for many. We are glad to be able to help families who are in need due to this unfortunate reality.

We also provide support to cannabis activists and advocates who have come upon hard times. Tragedy can strike any of us at any time, and there are a lot of great families who need our support this holiday season to help make ends meet. It is an honor to be able to give back to members of this community at their greatest time of need, and to help them have great holidays regardless of the difficulties they may face. As a community, we can lift one another up and bring a smile to one another’s face. Life can be difficult, at times; and it is important for us to do what we can to help those in need who have dedicated themselves to cannabis freedom.

How Can You Help?

We are glad you asked! On our website we have created a Holiday Drive page where you will find a list of the many families we are helping this year. For each family you will find a short summary of their situation, and why we are supporting them. You will also find a link to an Amazon Wish List for each family that has specific gifts the family has chosen. You can simply find a family, or several families, who you would like to help and you can make a direct purchase from their Wish List. The gift will then be mailed directly to their home from you. It is an easy way for you to make a direct impact on the lives of these great families, and only takes a second of your time.

Another way you can help is to make a direct donation to the holiday drive to Parents 4 Pot through PayPal, and we can do the shopping for you! We understand that it is difficult to choose from so many great families, so if it is easier for you just send your donation to [email protected] through PayPal and we will make sure it is fairly distributed among the families. You can use the PayPal portal on our site HERE, or directly through PayPal just click on “Send Money” and enter our email address, and select “Send Money to Friends and Family.” In the area where it says “Write a note” just put “Holiday Drive” or you can specify a family you want to help as well. Enter the amount you would like to donate and click Continue” and then “Send Money Now.” We will receive the donation and add it to the Holiday Drive effort. Easy, right?

If you cannot do PayPal and would like to arrange for a donation by cash or check, please email us at [email protected] with your contact information and one of our Board members will contact you to make those arrangements. Due to banking matters, Pay Pal is the easiest solution; but we can certainly take your donation in other forms of payment, as well.

The P4P Seal of Approval

For those individuals and organizations going above and beyond we will be presenting them with the official Parents 4 Pot Seal of Approval. Any organization contributing $1,000 or more to the Holiday Drive this year will receive recognition for their generous effort. We will send you a certificate like the one below that you can display showing your amazing support for families affected by prohibition. You can use our seal in any promotional materials, and we will mention your organization on our social media outlets, on our website, and in our monthly write up in Skunk Magazine! We are honored to have several great organizations that have made this commitment already this year. Can we count on you to join them in making this holiday season incredibly special for our families in need? We are counting on you and truly appreciate your support. You can make the donation directly through PayPal, or we can make arrangements to get your donation through other means of payment. Just let us know what works best for you!

Thank You!

Parents 4 Pot is dedicated to helping families who are suffering due to the injustices of cannabis prohibition. Through the support of folks like you we can continue to help those in need, and provide education to help create a broader understanding about cannabis in relations to families in our society. It is long overdue that we end cannabis prohibition and quit destroying families by imprisoning people for cannabis and treating cannabis users like second-class citizens. We are eternally grateful to those who continue to support our mission and vision, and we are asking you to give generously to this year’s holiday drive. Last year we were able to provide an amazing experience for over 20 families through several donations from members of the cannabis community and cannabis businesses. This year we are taking on more than 30 families, so we need your support now more than ever. We appreciate your kindness and support. Together we really can make a difference in the lives of those affected by cannabis prohibition, and begin to end this battle once and for all. Thank you. 

Parents 4 Pot at Portland Hempstalk

By, Brandon Krenzler

Hempstalk 2015 was held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon after a

hard battle with the parks department. The roster of speakers was full, and the conversation has

shifted from legalization to social acceptance and support for the medical program. The Parents 4

Pot booth was manned by members from the Oregon chapter.


Apples to Apples – One Parent’s Perspective

By, Daniel Martinez

Generally, when my kids ask what’s for dinner, I go and rattle off the special of the day. Tonight,

it’s spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread and a salad. Our favorite! You see, when you’ve got

growing kids you want to make sure they eat well, sleep well and most importantly, stay focused

on school. To me education is everything. And, on this particular night we were all about to get

an education.  "Tell me, what do you guys know about marijuana?"

Cannabis Community Holiday Drive

By Mickey Martin

We are proud to announce that our third annual Parents 4 Pot Cannabis Community Holiday

Drive is going to be bigger and better than ever! Last year, we helped twenty-five families by

providing them with their holiday wishes through the generosity of the community. We raised

over $15,000 that all went directly to families for holiday lists on Amazon and in-kind donations.

This year we are hoping to help even more families and raise twice even more funding. We are

counting on the community to come through big for families who have been challenged by the

restraints and punishments created from the war on cannabis. We focus primarily on three types

of families to help with our Holiday Drive.


Looking for More Families That Need Help 4 The Holidays!

Child Present

We are proud to announce that our annual P4P Cannabis Community Holiday Drive is going to be bigger and better than ever! We are currently considering additional families in need, that we can help have a good holiday season regardless of the difficulties that prohibition has created for them. Last year, we helped 25 families by providing them with their holiday wishes through the generosity of the community. We raised over $15,000 that all went directly to families for holiday lists on Amazon and in-kind donations.

This year we are hoping to help twice as many families and raise twice as much funding. We are counting on the community to come through big for families who have been challenged by the restraints and punishments created from the war on cannabis. We focus primarily on three types of families to help with our Holiday Drive.

The first are POW children whose parents are serving time for cannabis related offenses. We have been honored to be able to help the families left behind by our nation's archaic drug laws. It is sad enough that these families do not get to see their moms or dads on a daily basis, but it is paralyzing to not be able to be a part of the holidays because you are serving time for pot. Our objectives of filling some of the gaps with gifts from P4P in the name of their parents goes a long way to making a bad situation at least a little better.

The second type of families we focus on are refugee families who have had to move to a different state to receive cannabis treatments for children and family members. This is often a difficult situation for families to pull off. In some cases, half of the family is forced to live in one state, while the rest of the family is forced to live in states where cannabis is legal and available. Helping them with holiday gifts goes a long way to them being able to make ends meet. It is crazy that we still live in a society that forces people to move to different states to find safe and effective treatments.

The other types of families we look to help are members of the cannabis community who have simply fallen upon hard times, whether because they lost their jobs or had their homes destroyed in floods or fires. There are people in this community who have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place for cannabis users who have come upon difficult days. We want to make sure to lift up and help the people who have helped the community, and who need a little help to make their holidays special.

If you think you know of a family that falls into one of these categories, please contact us as soon as possible so we can get them on our list. In order to be considered, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line "P4P HOLIDAY FAMILY" with the following information:

  • The name of the family in need
  • Whether they are a.) a POW family; b) a Refugee family; or c) A Cannabis Community Member in need 
  • A short description of their situation 
  • How to contact them
  • How many people are in the family
  • Any other information you think is relevant

We are hoping to get going on the list sooner than later so please do not hesitate on this. Get those emails out ASAP and share this page on your social media and communication channels. We are very excited about our ability to help these families and appreciate your assistance in making the holidays a reality for those in need.

If you or your organization would like to commit funds to the drive, please email us at [email protected] with the subject line "P4P HOLIDAY DONATION" and we will follow-up to make arrangements. People can also PayPal money at any time to that email with your request for it to be used for the Holiday Drive in the message area.

Once again, we thank you and are proud to be a part of such a vivacious and generous community. We are truly humbled.

State of Kansas VS Shona Banda


June 8, 2015

Parents 4 Pot is a national organization that supports recreational and therapeutic cannabis use. The recent actions by the State of Kansas against Shona Banda violate her constitutional rights and have no basis. Ms. Banda is a cannabis activist, author and mother of two children. She uses cannabis to treat her Crohn’s Disease and documents her success in her book. Her prosecution may violate mandatory federal and state statutes under the Controlled Substances Act. Parents 4 Pot contends that the actions of the State of Kansas are criminal at best.