“There are moments that the words don’t reach, there is suffering too terrible to name; you hold your child as tight as you can, and try to push away the unimaginable.” Hamilton (Original Broadway score)
There are no words available to describe the utter anguish the Parents 4 Pot family feels in sharing the unimaginable news of the passing of our Founder, and current Treasurer, Mickey Martin. Mickey Martin was known as the author of Medical Marijuana 101, and Mickey Martin Consulting Director. He was the Founder of Compassion Medicinal Edibles/Tainted Inc. and the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis, as well as the Founder and Treasurer of Parents 4 Pot. He dedicated his life to cannabis freedom for decades. His work to provide food-based medicines for many years revolutionized the industry in the areas of quality assurance, packaging and labeling of cannabis products. His infamous designs made the term “tainted” a household name among medical cannabis patients and edible connoisseurs. The evolution of Tainted to Compassion Medicinal Edibles epitomized everything that is right about the medical cannabis movement. His consulting firm was successful in helping several clients navigate the competitive application process and secure permits for operating medical cannabis dispensaries. His regulatory program helped several municipalities and state governments develop and implement good medical cannabis laws and guidelines. His development of several voter initiatives, and countless hours at city council meetings, made him a regulatory expert for the cannabis industry. He graduated with honors from St. Mary’s College of California in Business and spent over 13 years developing cannabis-based businesses in the community. His call for self-regulation and responsibility in the cannabis industry led to several victories for medical cannabis organizations across the country. He was a freelance writer for several well-known cannabis publications and maintained a canna-blog at www.WeedActivist.com, which chronicled his experiences in dealing with major issues facing the cannabis movement. He was instrumental in collaboration between Parents 4 Pot and SKUNK Magazine to help bring the international cannabis community together for a higher purpose to help more families devastated by the War on Drugs. Through his work with Parents 4 Pot, Mickey made sure that the children of parents who are incarcerated for cannabis crimes had a Christmas, as well as children whose parents use medical marijuana. Last Christmas, this organization provided gifts for approximately 50 families to celebrate the holidays! We made sure children had back to school supplies last fall, with gift cards to make their own school item purchases. This was all accomplished in large part, because of Mickey Martin!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mickey’s wife, children, family and friends at this sad time. Mickey was a powerful force whose momentum will not be stopped by death. We will continue to advance his dreams and the mission of the organization he created.
THE P4P MISSION
Parents-4-Pot is a dedicated voice for all families who support the end of hemp and cannabis prohibition. We strive to defeat the social stigma surrounding adults who use cannabis responsibly. We support a parent’s choice to use medical cannabis to treat their children's illnesses. Our work helps families with cannabis related issues through education, direct action and organizational support.
We love you Mickey ♥
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That is right. I said it. Pot makes me a better parent.
I smoke pot daily. Mostly because it helps me to take the edge off of an often hectic world. Call it anxiety relief if you want to. I was also a Ritalin child, so I have always had some issues focusing. Smoking some weed allows me to slow my mind and focus on things more clearly. I also have severe arthritis from traumatic injuries in my foot and knees, so cannabis helps cut the pain and my need for pain medicines. Pot even helps me to enhance activities and find more enjoyment in many things.... and all of these benefits make me a better parent.
My kids enjoy me when I am stoned. I am relaxed and calm, and more enjoyable to be around. I don't drink much because I enjoy smoking weed more, and choose it as an alternative to a drink at the end of my long days. Every parent deserves the right to make that choice, and if more parents could use cannabis legally instead of booze the world would certainly be a better place. I am not saying drinking is a bad choice, I am just noting that statistically there are a lot more societal issues related to alcohol than pot. That is just a fact. Stoned people are generally more easy going and calm, where alcohol can make some people less in control, and often even violent. Cannabis just does not have a history of those characteristics, even if abused.
I also am not advocating for parents to abuse pot, and weed is certainly not for everyone. There are people who do not respond well to it, and that is okay too. To each their own. But statistically it is a good choice for a lot of people and many good parents smoke weed regularly. They should not be ashamed of that one bit. It is unfair that cannabis has been demonized in our society, with very little evidence of it doing any harm.
Continuing the charades of the drug war that has resulted us in locking up 25% of the world's prison population is not longer a viable option. Parents should not have to worry about arrest, or losing their kids for their choice to use a safe and beneficial plant. For a lot of people it helps them to not only be just a good parent to their kids, but helps them to be a much better parent.
I firmly believe that cannabis has added value to my two sons' lives. I am a happier person when I use cannabis to ease my tensions and pain. Ice cream tastes better. Movies are more interesting. I can sit at a table a draw with my boys because I am focused and patient due to the mild side effects of euphoria that cannabis can cause. Since when did euphoria become a bad thing?
I am able to use cannabis safely and responsibly in my life. I treat it like I would any other substance in my home. I keep it out of my children's direct reach and I educate them on what cannabis is and why it is a good choice for their dad, both as a medicine and an adult-use enjoyment. They understand that it is dangerous when misused and is not meant for kids, unless they are severely ill. My kids get it, the same way they know not to drink their mother's beer or eat pills if they come across them. They know all of that because we taught them all of that. That is called parenting.
I smoke pot and my wife does not, as it is just not her thing and makes her feel weird. I don't really drink much, as it is not the best choice for me personally. Our family is much better off because my wife and I are able to both responsibly use our substance of choice to take the edge off, and make our sometimes mundane lives just a little more enjoyable. That is how it is supposed to be and there is nothing wrong with that.
Smoking pot makes me a better dad. That is just a fact. We need to ensure that mothers and father like myself have the right to smoke some pot without fear or being treated like a lesser person. It is a very natural thing and something that should be celebrated. We must take back the meaning of what it is to be a responsible stoner again and help the world to understand that weed is a plus in our lives, and as parents.