GBL Celebrates “Myrtle Clarke” on International Women’s Day

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Myrtle Clarke is celebrated by Green Bee Life this “International Women's Day” ... Also known as the United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace.

Myrtle Clarke, Co-Founder (with husband Julian Stobbs), “Fields of Green for All,” a nonprofit organization, whose objective is to reform the law for Cannabis users, starting in South Africa, which could set global precedent.

After being arrested in South Africa, for cannabis possession, official offense…”Dealing in Superweed,” and faced with the threat of 10 years in a South African jail, instead of pleading guilty or paying a bribe, together with her husband, she decided to challenge the constitutionality of the South African cannabis laws.

Clarke said in their joint 2015 TEDx talk. “This is about sovereignty. It’s about cognitive liberty. It’s about the very freedom of our minds.”

Her attorney, Paul-Michael Keichel, explained why he agreed to take the case: “I find that the laws prohibiting cannabis in South Africa, and all around the world for that matter, are generally quite irrational and they treat people unequally — especially when compared to how users of tobacco and alcohol are treated. Also, they don’t do what they purport to do.” According to crime statistics from the South African Police Service, 259,162 people were arrested between 2015 and 2016 on drug-related charges, with cannabis accounting for roughly 65 percent of those arrests.

If they win their case she hopes it will be the first thread in a global unraveling of prohibition laws.

A change in legislation of this scope would enable older black grandmothers, raising grandchildren orphaned by the HIV epidemic, to “legally” earn wages. Currently, if caught, the entire crop is confiscated, they are imprisoned and generations of orphaned children are lost to state orphanages.

By: Maria Calabrese, Founder + CEO, Green Bee Life

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