President, ICANN Health Center
The equation is simple: put one Sue Taylor in each town in America, and medical marijuana becomes the law of the land. The retired Catholic school principal and Berkeley, CA. resident simply obliterates the stereotype of a legalization advocate.
Taylor is a grandmother of three and a veteran educator with the latest information on medical marijuana. She makes it crystal clear why seniors have a right to access this misunderstood plant, because even she misunderstood it for most of her life.
Taylor was born in Jennings, Louisiana in the ’40s, the seventh of twelve children. When Sue was 12, the African-American Taylors moved to the white, middle class suburb of San Mateo, California, just south of San Francisco. Sue became the first in her family to graduate college – earning a degree in Social Science from San Francisco State University, and then a Master’s Degree in Education. She became a teacher, and then a principal at two Catholic schools in the Bay Area and raised three sons with her husband in Oakland, also authoring a parenting handbook “Who’s Running the Show”.
A longtime aerobics instructor as well, Taylor sought to unite her physical health with her mental and spiritual health. After her career as a principal, she moved to Atlanta, GA. and earned a degree in Divinity.
Taylor studied a combination of nutrition, exercise and meditation – and the divinity school enlightened her about the whole foods movement, vegetarianism, and a pharmaceutical-free lifestyle. Her awakening did little to mute her concern, however, when one of her sons called one day to ask if she wanted to open a holistic spirituality center supported by a medical cannabis dispensary.
“’That marijuana stuff?’” she remembers thinking. “’Oh no. I sent this child to Catholic school and college and now he wants to sell weed?’ I came right home.”
But Taylor’s son told her that cannabis was the botanical name for marijuana and how for thousands of years it was only characterized in the realm of healing or spirituality. He introduced her to the medical literature documenting how: cannabis has been used to treat pain, nausea, inflammation and dozens of other symptoms for thousands of years; how it’s safer, cheaper and more effective than synthetic drugs, pharmaceuticals, especially for the elderly; how it comes in forms that will not get people high, and do not require smoking; and how sometimes it’s the only thing that works.
Taylor also saw loved ones with cancer and arthritis who improved with the use of cannabis and it sparked in Sue a desire to continue educating; even healing. “I’m here on a deeper level, because of compassion,” she said. “Because of the healing I’ve witnessed.”
Now Taylor teaches cannabis medicine to seniors and other groups at luncheons, and seminars held by the likes of WCRC (Women Cancer Resource Center), the Commission on Aging in Alameda County, as well as Santa Clara, and Contra Costa Counties. She’s certified by the State of California to provide Medical Marijuana Education and Continuing Education Credits to elder facilities. Sue’s mission is to continue to educate on a global level to further de-stigmatizethe plant. Her ultimate platform would be CNN, but in the mean time she has been featured in the East Bay Express newspaper in Oakland, Reason.TV in Los Angeles, German TV, and CULTURE Magazine nationwide.
Ultimately, Sue still plans to open her own Holistic Spiritual Healing Center with medical cannabis as one of the primary modalities.