Name: Bobby West aka Uncle Stoner
Occupation: Cannabis Activist and Retired Veteran
When and how did you become an advocate for cannabis?
I became an advocate for cannabis after I retired from military services, I was having many negative side effects from the prescribed pharmaceuticals. After many battles with the side effects I went back to my home town Grass Valley, California to get back to my roots to taste a little bit a freedom and grow my own medication. It was when I was able to get off all pharmaceuticals and other self-medicating drugs that I realized that it was due to the cannabis that I was consuming, I was able to manage my disabilities better. I started traveling to Amsterdam for knowledge and to experience the cannabis freedom movement there. It was at that time I gained much more respect for the plant and people fighting for it, and I chose to stand up and join the freedom fight.
How has cannabis benefited your life?
Cannabis has let me become the person that I was meant to be.
What’s your greatest achievement for the cannabis cause?
I feel that my greatest achievement is helping the Nunez family find the CBD that works best for their daughter Amylea.
How did that manifest?
We heard about the Nunez family’s struggle and fight to treat their daughter with CBD, and immediately reached out via Facebook. After a phone call with the mother Nicole, and hearing about their struggle we arranged to meet. I reached out to a local well-known CBD grower and provider reviewed the situation, and he agreed to come to the meet up as well. The baby was changed over to his product Haleigh’s Hope. Baby Amylea has continued to amaze the doctors that told her parents she would have no quality of life due to the tonic clonic, grand mal and other seizures. This baby is now over a year old, happy, healthy and has only suffered one seizure since being on Haleigh’s Hope.
Who do you look up to or admire?
There are so many people that have guided me on my path it is hard to name just one, but I truly admire people who stand up and fight for what’s right.
If you could change one thing about the way cannabis is viewed and/or treated right now, what would it be?
I would like to see the negative stigma taken away from cannabis, and have it be respected as a medication and natural resource, that is covered in our education systems.