I have never met Jennessa Lea, but have been friends with her for a couple of years now. She is one of the most inspiring activists that I have seen. When we first became online friends, she was located in Minnesota, which is not an easy place to be a cannabis advocate. While living in Minnesota Jennessa overcame some really significant life hurdles, not the least of which was her diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
She is living proof that cannabis is medicine and has dedicated her life to demonstrating that cannabis can be part of an active, healthy lifestyle. I remember when she was moving to Colorado to live in a state that had better access to cannabis, and was ecstatic when she announced that she was opening Break the Stigma Fitness, a cannabis-friendly exercise facility.
Her creation was doing very well, being featured in a number of big media articles as well as on NowThis Weed. Unfortunately, Jennessa was recently served with a notice stating that she needed to close down. She has started a GoFundMe campaign that I encourage everyone to donate to if they are able. If you are not able to donate, please share the campaign far and wide. Below is more information about the effort, via its GoFundMe page:
In 2014, I was a single obese mother weighing in at 250lbs, taking over 20 prescribed pills a day. I was in prescribed bracing on my wrists, knees, fingers and ankles. I had received a loaner wheelchair, while they took measurements to build my very own. This was my existence.
I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. EDS is a connective tissue disease, that affects the collagen in your body. You can think of collagen like the glue that holds the body together, which meant my body was extremely