NOMINATION FOR THE 2021 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
THE GRAND BOUQUET CANNABIQUE OF HUMAN AND CITIZENS RIGHTS DEFENDERS
Véronique Casamia (1966) France, mother and cannactivist
Start. I grew up surrounded by my mother and grandmother. My father, a crook in prison or on the move, was my hero, my Arsène Lupin. At one point though, he forgot that we existed, my sister and I. When he reappeared, it was I who didn’t want to be good anymore, but to hurt him. I was 15, I was the strongest now! I didn’t want my Father to be proud of me, he had hurt me too much. In school I was always in ‘the fuckers group’ and had a great education. I had a lot of fun, I was always happy to live, even though I was sad, but that shouldn’t be shown.
Experience. In 1982 I started my drug addiction career and it was to last for a long time. It wasn’t until my father died in 1993 that I started to tell myself I had to quit. It didn’t come right away, but it ‘clicked’. I met the CIRC (Collectif d´Information et de Recherche Cannabique) a year later and I blossomed. When in 1997 I became a single mom – dumped at 2 months pregnant – I quit heroin. Cannabis gave me the strength to believe in it, from a victim you become a warrior. As my baby was having trouble coming out, the nurse wanted to give me an injection of morphine but I refused. So she brought me back, after the doctor’s approval, my pack of “cigarettes”. Half an hour after I had smoked, my Baby was born. Today he is doing his philosophy aggregation exams.
My cannabis training I did as an autodidact. In 1995 I was « Ambassador of France » at the Drugs Peace House in Amsterdam, the year thereafter I had a Solidarity Employment Contract (Ces) with the CIRC and in 1998 I became a saleswoman at ‘Chanvre et Cie’ in Paris. It was the ideal preparation for my work as a self-entrepreneur with P’tit Musée du Chanvre in the Street (Little Hemp Museum in the Street) on the markets and campsites of the Golfe de St Tropez, from 2009 to 2017. Since then, I have been developing my project for a Cannabis Club in Cogolin, in particular for therapeutic cannabis.
I have a medical prescription from Bedrocan© (Dutch pharmaceutical company) made since 4 years by my doctor every 28 days. Shipping from the Netherlands is prohibited but the ordinance may protect me from the police.
Motivation. When I met heroine, it was “magical”, I didn’t care at all, never my little heart would be hurt again, the hero numbed everything. I felt strongly to be like dead. Fortunately Cannabis crossed my path and I started to love Life !!! Cannabis saved my life, now it is my turn to fight for Cannabis.
Cannabis is my “Fight for Life”