Tracy Curley (Weed Woman Canada) was born in Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island. The ancestor of bootleggers and rum runners, Tracy was born to fight prohibition.
Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of six, Tracy understands the stress and bureaucracy involved in being a “patient” and has used that knowledge to help patients in her role as a medical marijuana patients advocate.
Tracy started her medical marijuana advocacy career by working as a project coordinator in the Canadian dispensary scene in 2004. Using her skills as an event and project coordinator to facilitate public outreach and education initiatives.
Most recently Tracy has continued to work with patients, dispensaries, and various legalization organizations towards the goal of dignified access for patients. Tracy co-hosted Opus Live on Pot TV, with Mik Mann throughout 2014. Baking cannabis edibles to provide access to smoking alternatives, Tracy now hosts her own YouTube Channel, Baked with Tracy Curley where she instructs others on how to bake medibles at home.
Tracy began her career in cannabis in 2004, working in a medical marijuana dispensary in Toronto. She became steadily more involved with cannabis activism than she had ever imagined. In 2005, Tracy attended her first Global Marijuana March (GMM) in Toronto, where she proudly walked alongside her new-found family.
Tracy’s heartfelt credit for becoming an activist goes to ‘Hamilton’s Hashmob’, now just Hashmob, a group of very compassionate, caring, giving and solid people in the Toronto area. I can attest to Hashmob being an amazing group of individuals as I have had the pleasure of knowing them too. They have done so many positive things for our cannabis freedom fight across Canada, and continue to do so every step of the way! Tracy was welcomed with open arms, and Hashmob gave her a place to call home.
In January of 2006, she attended the Peace Summit II directed by Puff Mama, and that year took on bigger and better endeavours. During her very first 420 event later that year, she asked Hashmob to assist her with promoting the upcoming Toronto GMM. When they explained to Tracy that she had to speak for herself, and that no one would do it for her, she took the megaphone in hand and marched on stage and gave it her all. She found her calling that day and went with it; no one has been able to stop her since! 20,000 people attended the march that year. What an outcome! This is something she is still very proud of today.
After leaving her job at the dispensary in 2006, Tracy began working with other like-minded people at the Toronto Compassion Center, where she began to learn about cannabinoids and what cannabis does for our bodies. Tracy attended her first International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium, receiving a certificate in harm reduction. It was then that she began speaking at the universities in Toronto about medicinal marijuana and harm reduction strategies.
In 2007, Tracy managed the now-closed Kindred Cafe, was coordinator for 'Yongesterdam', and was named 'Best Marijuana Activist of the Year' by Now Magazine for all of her hard efforts. She had become a classy, educated, and informed Toronto cannabis icon. But Tracy started to tire. She was burnt out from working too much, dealing with mounting health issues, and a loss in the family, so she took a break from the Toronto Compassion Center.
Tracy still had a lot on her plate and on her mind. To test her communication skills and long-distance work abilities, in 2010 she assisted with producing Vancouver’s first Cannamed Fair for February 2011, while she was still living in Toronto. Expanding her activism onto a national platform, she realized there was no limit to what she was capable of achieving: she was ready, able, and willing.
Even with all the mayhem going on, Tracy started baking medible creations for patients, from her home, to help them access cannabis in a dignified manner and as an option to consume without smoking or vaping. Tracy reinvented herself with grace, compassion, integrity, and love. She now is the proud creator of The Wake N’ Bakery, an online bakery working out of Toronto, where she continues to reside. And she shows fans how she does it on her YouTube show Baked with Tracy Curley.
In 2015, Skunk magazine named her one of the three hundred most influential women in the cannabis industry. She also celebrated 420 in Vancouver with her supporters and fans and took the crowd by surprise when she revealed herself as Canada’s first-ever pot superhero, Weed Woman, from the upcoming true-life inspired, brash comic book for adults created by Twelve High Chicks’ inceptor, Mae Moon.
As well as running her bakery, Tracy currently works with Three Happy Cats, Twelve High Chicks, and Weed Woman doing what she does best: being compassionate, giving, and helpful. Tracy has worked very hard for the cause of cannabis legalization in Canada, making her a real life superhero and cannapreneur even though, in her own recent words, “the politics of pot sometimes get dirty and very often we all wear a little mud" (Facebook, May 8th, 2015).
If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Tracy, I highly recommend following her on Twitter. She is a force to be reckoned with!
By Jade Ridge