The story of Plauen’s cannabis social club
Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there lived a young, happy couple. They found each other in Plauen, Germany. This is a small (50,000 population) town in the old communist east of the country. These kinds of areas tend to have higher unemployment and social issues. Alcohol and drug abuse being a serious problem. So our happy couple have set up a cannabis social club in Plauen. The old conservative heart of Germany sees the couple’s club as a terrible example of society’s decay.
However, there is a little more to this story. You see Plauen’s cannabis club founder has a special interest in cannabis. When he was younger (he is 23 now) he had a bad motor bike accident. Unfortunately he damaged 20% of the back part of his brain, and 10% of the front. This meant that he couldn’t move around too much. If he walked somewhere, he would bump into things. As objects move towards him his brain can’t make sense of them and he hits them. His doctors put him on many different pharmaceutical drugs. These were nasty, strong chemicals and they seemed to make him worse. One of the side effects he suffered was throwing up blood all day. Worse than the side effects, he couldn’t think normally. Understanding what had happened was difficult. Luckily for him, he had a very cool, knowledgeable doctor that whispered to him one day, “try cannabis”.
When he has smoked enough cannabis, he can drive, talk and think normally. Cannabis rewires the way his mind operates. The toxic legal drugs were killing him but the illegal, safe, healthy cannabis plant saved him. Imagine being given back the power of thought. What would you do? Well, our Plauen activist here decided that he should tell the world about what happened to him and raise awareness about the healing power of the plant. The Plauen cannabis social club is a perfect example of what cannabis can do. Not only has it helped Stefan medically, but the herb has an interesting way of letting us think in a very creative way. As the local Plauen authorities cut their after school youth program budgets, the cannabis club has been dreaming up ways to fill those gaps. All money raised by this couple goes to youth projects (Check out their website for more information).
None of this information has been filtering into the minds of the local Plauen population. They were told by the television that cannabis is bad so that is that. The Plauen club is harassed and belittled even though our happy couple only have good intentions. Praguepot is helping out but we are still three hours away and there is a bit of a language barrier. At last weekend’s Prague cannafest, we tried to meet as many German activists as possible and ask them for help. The cannabis community is full of all kinds of people, but you can always notice the increased levels of compassion. The cannafest organizers gave the Plauen club a free stand. That act of kindness has helped connect our couple to the wider community. After a fun weekend they are back in Plauen looking for a suitable garden space to grow organic fruit and vegetables.
Without cannabis, the Plauen club founder would be in a very bad situation. When he came to Prague I made sure he had pot. This is a criminal act in the eyes of the law, but with a little common sense you can see that a law that forbids someone from health is an invalid law. Our governments are dead wrong on cannabis and it is time for them to grow up and deal with the fact that they are quite often completely full of shit. In Amsterdam you can buy pot from a coffee shop but the owners of that coffee shop must magically produce their pot because it is illegal for them to buy it anywhere. We have new shiny medical marijuana bills being proposed but they don’t even attempt to utilize the true value of the plant. At this years cannafest, leading cannabis scientist, Cristina Sanchez told a packed audience that cannabis is 100% healthy for humans. The plant has a positive effect on all cancers. With this ringing in your ears, lets get busy working on how to get out of this mess. Our cancer ravished society needs cannabis. We need more people talking about pot and we need more people growing it. If you can help our Plauen friends in any way the karma points are huge and so is the thank you.
We will keep you posted on what happens up in Plauen. With their limited resources they have turned a bad situation into a beautiful song. Cannabis is medicine, it brings health so it is automatically legal to grow and use no matter what the suits say.