Hello, my name is Anna. I’m 17 and would love to share my story. I hope they legalize cannabis very soon to help others. Cannabis helps a lot of medical problems, and some not so medical problems. I started smoking cannabis when I was 13. I was diagnosed with chronic depression. I had severe anxiety, night terrors, and a self harming addiction. After I smoked cannabis I had the best sleep I had, had in years. No nightmares, no waking up screaming and/or crying. My anxiety completely went away; except anxiety about getting caught smoking cannabis. I have never felt as okay and happy then when I smoked. And people say “Oh, but you won’t be okay when you’re sober.” That’s not true. I may have been sad but with smoking cannabis my depression went away. I can say that it changed my life completely. I now am a recovered self harmer. And I never thought I would make it to see my 17th birthday. But I’m here, I’m happy, and I’m alive.
Sharon is a wife, mother, caregiver, business owner and life long resident of Georgia. Her eyes were opened when her family was traumatized by the “War on Drugs”, she uses her ears to listen to other victims and her voice to tell their stories and educate others on the direct and indirect harms of prohibition and how it affects us all.
Sharon has been a guest on numerous radio stations across the country as well as local and regional TV news affiliates. As well as LadyBud Magazine, HighTimes Magazine and Main Street. She was recently nominated by Mass/Cann NORML for National Female Activist of the Year. Sharon has traveled the country speaking on various topics including drug policy, activism, southern strategies and harm reduction. She produces a segment on 420radio.com highlighting the stories and work of other women in the fight to end marijuana prohibition.