Canada’s Cannabis Community Remembers Pioneer, Activist, Tracy Curley

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The Canadian cannabis community has lost a passionate cannabis activist in Tracy Curley, who passed at the age of 46, Saturday (June 1). Tracy worked tirelessly, even through ill health, advocating for fair and safe access to the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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A longtime pioneer, Curley spearheaded the movement towards Canadian cannabis decriminalization while calling on women to be more involved, and less fearful, in their personal and communal quests for access and equity.

Tracy, who called herself a “patient and advocate first,” fought on behalf of patients overlooked by the medical system. As a medicinal consumer herself, she relied on cannabis to help manage her diabetes, a disease she was diagnosed with at six years old.

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Curley had an impressive civic wingspan, hopping from compassion clubs to political conferences, to access rallies and raid protests, to media events and back again. Dispelling myths and advocating for patient support and access to medical cannabis was her strong suit, and her presence in the community will be sorely missed.

If you’re interested in attending any of Tracy’s funeral services this weekend, please see her memorial page.

Below, see social media commemorate Tracy’s impact on medicinal cannabis in Canada along with notes on the legacy she’s left with her dear community.