I am a farmer, business owner and representative of my community. I had consumed Cannabis/Marajuna for the last 15 years, until I was visited by the Guards who charged and prosecuted me for possession and cultivation. I continued to consume cannabis for 15 years despite the fact it was illegal. On www.freemyweed.info there is a collection of some of the information I have gathered over the years. It has given me a good perspective on the cannabis plant, its wonderful healing powers, its thousands of uses, its history and why it was made illegal. All of this has re-enforced my conviction to continue to stand up for my right to chose what I consume and to stand up for my basic human rights. I believe that as a free Irish man I have the right to grow and consume a plant and herb that has been cultivated by countless cultures for thousands of years. I believe I have the right to chose what food and herbs I consume to keep me healthy and happy.
I believe there is no freedom, resilience or sustainability as long as nature is illegal.
Lee Evans is a final year law student from Cork City (UCC). He was asked to become the Legal Director of NORML Ireland after his article 'Cannabis; the misconception of man, the detriment of many' was reviewed by NORML's board members. Lee's article explores the legal basis for the legalisation of cannabis by examining the scientific, legal and sociological aspects of the debate. Lee firmly believes that the legalisation of cannabis is long overdue and his article is premised on the fact that since the medicinal uses of cannabis is now becoming widely known, which is corroborated by scientific fact, it is only a matter of time before the criminalisation of cannabis is brought before the Irish Courts, unless the legislature takes heed to the calls and the evidence and legalises cannabis.
I became interested in politics in 2009 and began studying and researching everything I could find online and comparing sources used and quality of conducted studies and data used. In the course of my economic research I came across articles and other media relating to the economics of the illegal drugs industry which shocked me into studying the relationship between the 'War on Drugs' and our current economic woes. We have a lot of learning to do and discussion must start.
I grew up in Cork and at the age of 18 moved to the United States. I became very interested in the healing properties of cannabis after being diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, a very painful bladder disorder. I was using so many pain pills and medications and not getting any relief from the debilitating pain and inflammation. I began using marijuana and then progressed to using edibles. My disorder has improved dramatically and I have been actively promoting cannabis since. I believe everyone worldwide should be able to reap the benefits of this amazing plant without fear of prosecution.