I come to you as someone who benefitted and abused cannabis as a young adult.
For 11 years, cannabis helped me keep pushing through the depression I was dealing with being a homeless teen and single teen mom. It assisted with the push I needed to keep me focused to move on and receive my high school diploma to pursue dreams I had as a child. Throughout that process, I realized that it was very helpful to disguise the internal pains I was hiding from.
In 2007, I made a choice to stop using weed so I could deal with those pains weed was helping to disguise. I put myself through therapy and found a new love for myself. I opened up a family-based home daycare, had more children, and got married. Throughout those years I still found myself dealing with anxieties and not knowing how to relax. With all our kids and the daycare, our house was extremely busy. I was never fond of alcohol or pills so when I was hearing that we can get a medical cannabis license I had a talk with my husband to see how he felt about me using cannabis again. He said sure try it and see especially if it will help me stop barking at the kids.
This was the very best decision for me as an adult. So much research had been done over the past 11 years that I went fully in to learn more about cannabis. I began with edibles but didn’t care for the edible selections. So I started to make my own and when I tell you that my made from scratch “medibles” were freaking amazing.
I started to research how I could apply to be a producer as a way to build generational wealth for our family. So here I am reading over the application and all my joys and excitement turned into sadness. I couldn’t even afford the process for Step 1. I thought to myself, how is this fair? We’ve been arrested, murdered, and traumatized over weed for years and the only way we can earn money legally in this industry is to have capital of at least $250k. As someone who has bootstrapped her life to where it is now was super discouraging.
With that, I found a workaround as a registered caregiver but you’re limited to five clients. With hope and faith that this plant that saved my life on more than one occasion will be what brings generational wealth to our families. I believe that times are changing and hopefully the elected officials will truly see the benefits in this ahhmazing plant.
We opened our bakery to share my love of baking and cooking but to also showcase the beauty in cannabis. It’s our goal to bring canna-infused confections to all our citizens in Maryland and passing (Maryland) HB0032 will allow that opportunity for my family as well as others who fully believe in the cannabis plant. I’d like to legally grow my own and produce medibles, creams, oils, and tinctures.
My business STRIB’bleTreats Homemade Sweets is a family-owned traditional confectionary that specializes in cannabis infusions. It’s important for us to showcase the beauty and medicinal qualities of cannabis to help end the negative stigma attached to it.
Editor’s Note: Since submitting LaWann Stribble submitted patient story, STRIB’ble HomemaedeTreats Homemade Sweets was awarded $3,000 by the Prince George’s County, Maryland Economic Development Corporation.
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