Medical Cannabis Advocate And Innovator Rick Simpson Opens Up About Stroke Recovery

A prominent cannabis activist and medical marijuana pioneer finds himself in an hour of need.

Rick Simpson, best known for the development of an eponymous cannabis oil that some have touted as an effective treatment against cancer, is recovering from a stroke he suffered more than two years ago, his wife revealed this month, a health trauma she says has kept him out of the public arena in recent times.

“For the past few years Rick has been absent from the public arena and most of the communication with the world and our much valued connections amongst the cannabis media community have been put on hold,” Danijela Simpson said in an email to High Times this week. “Rick and I have now, due to a change in our circumstances, decided to inform the public, that in May 2018, Rick suffered a stroke and has since then been in the process of recovery.”

The Simpson family launched a GoFundMe campaign earlier this month to help pay for Rick’s medical expenses. As of this writing, the campaign has raised a little more than $5,000, with an ultimate goal of $160,000. 

“It has been a very challenging time for both Rick and myself

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