Run From The Cure – The Rick Simpson Story

Poster printed on Hemp paperThe people of the world are now waking up to the realizations of corporate greed. More and more, substantial proof of corporations and banks benefiting over normal citizens is becoming more obvious.

Although most of the anti-corporate speak and protests centers around global financial institutions, another fight, that is not-so-new, has been waged against the giant pharmaceutical companies of the world: the fight for medicinal marijuana legalization.

Nowadays, there seems to be less and less of a distinction between government, banks and pharmaceutical companies. They all seem to be intertwined. They all seem to be working together to achieve the only goal that makes sense to them: profit.

The government creates the laws that benefit big business and leave the average citizen wondering why their government is not supporting them. As new information regarding the influence of corporate greed on our society becomes more obvious, so does the anger of everyday people. People are fed up.

Protest against Dutch marijuana legislationProtests, anti-corporate, and even riots are becoming more of a prominent sight on our computer and television screens. As thousands take to the streets in major cities around the world to protest more financial equality for the people, thousands are also protesting marijuana laws that prevent millions of people with chronic diseases from using the only proven cure on the planet: Marijuana.


Out of many fighting the antiquated (1920’s) anti-weed laws is Rick Simpson. A Nova Scotia resident, Simpson chronicles his fight against anti-medicinal marijuana laws in the homegrown doc, “Run From The Cure: The Rick Simpson Story”.

The documentary, which can be viewed on YouTube, outlines Simpson’s mission to provide homemade hemp oil to people with life-threatening medical conditions, like Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Glaucoma, Anxiety, Ulcers, Migraines, and even Snoring, among many others.

Rick Simpson

Simpson demonstrates how he makes his own hemp oil, and also talks about how the oil can be ingested via the mouth, vaporized via the lungs or used as a topical cream applied directly to the skin. The doc also gives heartfelt testimony from many people who suffer from a variety of ailments, and have benefited from Simpson’s Hemp Oil.

In one case, a man diagnosed as a terminally ill Cancer patient, is given a clean bill of health after only 3 months of using hemp oil.

In the documentary, Simpson, age 57 at the time of the film was made, witnessed his own cousin suffer and succumb to cancer in 1972 at the age of 22. Since then, Simpson had worked in the “hospital industry” and mentions how he had witnessed the rise in the number of Cancer patients exponentially over his almost 30 years working in hospitals. He attributes the rise to the harmful carcinogens in air pollution and the dangerous hormones that are placed in foods with very little oversight from the FDA. Although Simpson had physical proof from actual people, of the medicinal benefits of Hemp Oil in the treatment of all Cancers, his plea to the Canadian Cancer Association to at least consider the oil as a viable treatment, was ignored.

In 2007, he suffered a major head injury, ending his professional career. And, unable to find pharmaceutical relief (without harmful side effects) for his post-surgery pain from his doctor, Simpson turned to trying hemp oil. He’s been an advocate, a maker and distributor of hemp oil ever since. However, marijuana was still illegal in Nova Scotia and Simpson became the target of public scrutiny and eventually investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Rick Simpson in field of Hemp

In 2008, Simpson was on trial for the illegal manufacturing and distribution of marijuana. The trial lasted seven days. And although he had many people that he had provided hemp oil to, who were cured from its’ effects and were ready to testify, the judge did not allow their testimonials to be heard.


Although Simpson testified that he was very “public” about his intentions with hemp oil, he was found guilty by Justice Felix Cacchione and fined $2,000. Simpson was also sentenced to one day in jail, considered served by his court appearance for producing marijuana and possessing less than three kilograms of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for the purpose of trafficking.

“A charge of possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana was stayed. Mr.Simpson was given six months to pay the fine”, according to an article on cannabis culture.

Simpson, fed up with the Canadian legal system, left Canada not too long after his sentencing. He now lives somewhere in Europe on very little income and continues to fight for the legalization of hemp oil for medicinal purposes by conducting seminars. You can fin out more about “Rickey” Simpson’s ongoing efforts for awareness and legalization of hemp oil through his website:

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