Eleven years ago, if you told Genevieve Newton she’d be the newly crowned recipient of Canada’s Top Grower Award, she would have said you we’re crazy.
In 2012, Genevieve’s life was very different. Everyone has their flaws, their vices that they latch onto, for Gen it was no different. At that time, Gen struggled with addiction and unhealthy habits. After entering rehab, she successfully navigated the difficult road to recovery and was able to get clean and get her life back on track.
In 2016, Gen got sick. Diagnosed with colitis, Genevieve faced a dilemma when her doctors prescribed heavy medications that seemingly worsened her condition. Genevieve heard that cannabis could be a healthier alternative to relieve some of her symptoms, but her recovery team, including her doctors and psychologists, said they would end their relationship with her if she started using the plant. Gen’s entire support circle was ready to abandon her as she contemplated using cannabis vs the prescribed medications.
Feeling very conflicted about the decision, Gen’s condition was only getting worse. She wasn’t eating. She was losing a lot of weight. Finally, her friend handed her a joint and said “just smoke this”. Despite the warnings she was receiving from doctors, she took the joint in hopes of finding relief.