Welcome to MichelleRainey.com
Medical Cannabis Patients Advocate
After a brave fight, Michelle succumbed to cancer on October 20, 2010. Her passion, strength and courage inspired so many people, and she will never be forgotten.
Michelle's memorial bench is located at 23282 River Rd, Maple Ridge, BC V2W 1B6View on Map http://m.google.com/u/m/wYU8q3
The formal viewing will take place January 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm.
Her husband Jef, is continuing the work, so the Medicinal Cannabis Education Package and Medicinal T-Shirts are still available.
In her honour, a non profit will be established, the Michelle Rainey Foundation: Continuing Crohn's, Cancer and Cannabis Research.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step and each day Michelle's feet hit the ground running with the conviction of a true leader. Leading by example is her modus operandi and she sets the bar high, intimidating some, but inspiring many. With a can-do approach and hands-on talents, she has become synonymous with Medicinal Marijuana in Canada and the world.
Wanted by the U.S. DEA on trumped-up charges of manufacturing marijuana, conspiracy, seed sales and money laundering, Michelle has become a medicinal patient's advocate, Director of Marketing and Sales for a leading alternative medicine journal, Treating Yourself Magazine and Financial Agent for the B.C. Marijuana Party while fighting extradition - all at the same time. Talk about juggling your life and your career and as if all this wasn't enough for the average person to deal with, Michelle was diagnosed with Cancer last year. The big C! Most people, including many famous people, will shrink back into their world and disappear from sight when confronted with the thing we all know killed "The Duke" John Wayne. Some will talk about it after their Cancer has gone into remission, Michelle responded by making videos, telling everyone about her situation and helping many with valuable information, even though she lost her oldest brother to Cancer just the year before, she never relented or lost hope.
Vitamins and at least 5 days of hard cardio workout at our local gym lead to alliances with the gym staff as well as the owners who actually happen to be world bodybuilding champions. Positive mental attitude absolutely spilled-over to everyone she met during her daily travels, including the proprietor of the vitamin store who was impressed with Michelle's knowledge of the correct cancer-fighting preparations. Her upbringing in the Health Food industry and her life long fight with Crohn's disease has prepared her well for the fight of her life and she faced invasive surgeries to get the bad stuff out. After three tough back-to-back operations Michelle's prognosis is now looking great. She will still be a Cancer patient for life with mandatory check ups but for the most-part, this chapter has ended on a nice note, thanks to everybody who helped, a good health care system and some very talented doctors, and a lot of praying.
After a very successful banking career lasting over a decade Michelle decided to take the bull by the horns and join the Marijuana Movement when fate caused her path to cross with Marc Emery's. When he walked into her bank, she took it as a sign and completely exchanged her safe and comfortable life for a hell-ride. Life in the fast lane is an understatement when you know the depths of conviction Michelle had to have to be the catalyst for the day to day affairs of every project and undertaking they did for almost another decade, from elections to the creation of Pot-TV. Now Michelle helps patients fill out the myriad of forms Health Canada requires for each medicinal cannabis user to complete. (When was the last time someone had to fill-out 40 pages of paperwork for a Valium?) Just the task of downloading the correct documents could be a nightmare so when Michelle first filled-out her papers we simply made copies of the correct forms then she took them and made full-sets of forms for anyone who needs them. Then she took it one step further and complied information regarding scientific findings on medicinal cannabis to inform potential patients- doctors with. The response was amazing, first from the potential patients and then from the doctors themselves. Most admitted no knowledge of cannabis. She showed it to her doctor and he congratulated her on her presentation, he was impressed and very supportive.
The information packs cost a lot of money to produce and she has never charged a dime for any, we even pay for postage out of our own pockets. Michelle has sent packets to the college of physicians in each of the thirteen provinces of Canada and three formally acknowledged the information and thanked her. Perceptions of cannabis are being slowly changed one person, one doctor at a time. Michelle's probation officer supports her efforts and the ironic thing is that she doesn't have any legal trouble with her home country, but she is wanted by a country that has less than 5 percent of the world's population, but 25% of the world's prisoners behind bars. Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States and he promised to put a halt to dispensary raids in the 14 states that support legal medicinal marijuana and now President Obama's half brother, George, has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana near his home in Nairobi, Kenya. Even though Barack doesn't know George well and even though many presidents had brothers who did embarrassing things you got to take this as a sign to take notice of the pot situation in the world; is it time for a real change? (I'm not talking Billy Beer.)
I can only hope that the propaganda will die and that rational thinking will prevail in regards to cannabis. Michelle has a way with people, from the very old to the young and everyone in between, her patients and understanding never cease to amaze me. What was the first verse to that Mary Tyler Moore song, "Who can turn the world on with her song?" Something like that describes Michelle's talents for turning people on to what is right and what is important but with a huge dose of compassion and understanding. Understanding is what we all need a massive infusion of, where is the understanding bailout? Everybody complains about their job, that their condo won't sell or their hair isn't what it used to be; from early-early morning to late at night and sometimes all-night-long, Michelle's main Crohn's symptom, diarrhea, keeps her shackled to the toilet sometimes for hours at a time and in all the time I have known her she has never complained once. Instead she helps others and takes good care of me and nurtures the relationships that make us what we are today, without her I'd be nothing and without me, Michelle would be a lonely warrior. She would still kick-ass and take names but I believe in Karma and wherever you are is where you are meant to be. Me, I'll just keep writing and filming and taking good care of the medicine that takes good care of us, and I'll be extra sure to take good care of the one who takes care of me, so she can continue to add to the list of over a hundred medicinal patients she has already helped to get signed.
Not much more to say except I am probably biased in this assessment of my wonderful wife Michelle and her plight. When we met we both immediately knew that we were meant to be together. We were married the last day of the last Tokers- Bowl in 2005. In front of over 200 surprised, red-eyed guests, friends and about a dozen video cameras we tied the knot - A Canadian married An American - on the Fourth of July at a huge pot party! There wasn't a dry eye in the hall when the band played an incredibly accurate rendition of "One" by U2. That night we danced in peace and harmony but the fun was over just three short weeks later, July 29th when the Vancouver PD in conjunction with the US DEA shut -er down. They raided the BCMP and put an end to Marc Emery Seeds but life goes on for the other thousand seed merchants and so does the life of medicinal cannabis. They targeted the only company that was pouring all their profits into legalization and marijuana law reform. Inform yourself then inform your doctor, lawyer, teacher or probation officer, pot cures cancer, and a whole list of other things, if used responsibly by responsible adults, pot can be just as beneficial as the best vitamins and nutrients. To dispel one myth; I've smoked tons of good marijuana and never once got "wasted." Michelle uses pot daily to control her symptoms and she's not a "dope." We are the future and we need your help, take that first step and see where your journey takes you.
Peace and Buds,
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