Open Letter to the Person who Called me Failed Parent

By Sally Schindel

I belong to the club no one wants to join. My son died by suicide in March 2014 at age 31. I have since met other mothers enduring this life change and trying to heal as I am. I find we mothers feel and behave like all mothers – trying desperately to protect our young. We protect children we still have and others threatened by the same harm that took our children. Some of us behave like badgers – we are serious and a force to be reckoned with. Like disturbing a bees nest – we go to work to rebuild our lives honoring our children that left us far too young.  (Read Sally’s previous testimony, Who Said No One Ever Died from Marijuana?)

Listen to Sally’s recent interview here.

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The Other Side of Cannabis

The Other Side of Cannabis, is a candid documentary film which comes  from a mother’s attempt to understand her son’s psychotic break.  It takes us behind the scenes to tell real-world stories the American press has missed. It’s a real eye opener.

The Other Side of Cannabis was selected to be part of the St. Tropez Film Festival in France, this week, May 10-16.  It has been nominated for awards in 5 categories.   Featured in the San Luis Obispo Film Festival earlier this year, it also won first place at the Sunset Los Angeles Film Festival 2015, in the documentary film category.

Copies of the DVD on the OSC website.

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Non-Profit to Protect Oregonians from Drugs

CLEAR Alliance, [Children Learning Through Education and Research] a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has been formed by current and retired public health and safety professionals in Oregon The IRS has approved its tax-exempt designation.

The mission of Clear Alliance is to increase awareness and educate youth and adults in Oregon about substance abuse, mental health, and violence prevention by making educational tools available and disseminate factual messaging to the public. Based on the need and requests from the public, CLEAR Alliance will focus its first projects on marijuana and heroin education, both locally and statewide. The goal is to provide public health and safety information that is based on clear scientific-based Continue reading

The Will to Change

By DeJohn Cartier Taylor  

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”     Gandhi            Human potential has no boundary, and as individuals we possess no limits except the limits that we impose on ourselves. I began abusing substances at the age of 13.  And my use would lead to the development of a debilitating addiction that would cause me to spiral down a path toward self-destruction.

In 2011, I was put out of school in 9th grade, and I found myself in front of a judge due to possessing narcotics on school property. When one takes a look at our current world, they will notice that with drug involvement comes varying degrees of violence. Apart from taking on a juvenile record, and being put out of school for a period of 3 months at 13, my usage and experience with marijuana caused me to be Continue reading