is a writer, artist,
speaker, spoken-word artist,
comedian living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He
holds a Health
Canada permit to use MARIJUANA for medical purposes
because he lives with PTSD and Fibromyalgia, and
is best known for his public activism work on behalf of medical
marijuana users, and on behalf of Educators
For Sensible Drug Policy, with
whom he currently does not affiliate, officially.
His days are spent writing, making art, and serving
24/7 caregiver to his wife Christine Lowe, an artist and author who
epilepsy, PTSD, and Chronic Pain.
Using cannabis medically since 2002, he has managed to overcome his
sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, erectile dysfunction, and various
addictions to pharmaceuticals, alcohol, video games, and junk food.
In 2003, he co-authored and co-illustrated the world's first children's
book about medical marijuana, called Mommy's Funny
In 2004 he ran against John Baird in the Federal Election and got
In 2006, he and his wife gave the first public marijuana-cooking
demonstration to ever be held in Ottawa.
In 2007 - much to the surprise of doctors,
friends, and family - he got out of the mechanical wheelchair to which
was tethered for 5.5 years, and returned to the comedy stage.
In 2013, he and his wife launched their new Web Series; The Sneaky-Toker's Guide To Ottawa.
He is (arguably) the most-published letter writer in Canadian history,
and is certainly the most-published
anti-prohibition letter-writer in Canada, and fourth most-published anti-prohibition
letter-writer in the world.
He has had articles published in magazines (Cannabis Health, Cannabis Culture), and on line - What
Teens Need To Know About Marijuana (From An Adult Who Uses Ten Grams A
Day) - has been called upon by the media to talk on TV, the radio,
podcasts, and in print, countless times.
He has also engaged in two Ontario Human
Rights Complaints against the Ontario Government, the second of
which also involves OC Transpo and the City Of Ottawa, but which was since dropped.
Here are the places to see Russell's ongoing online activity.
Russell On Youtube
Russell On Twitter
Russell - The biography
Russell's Human Rights Cases
Russell From People (Some of The Famous)
If you would like Russell to speak at
your school or event, contact him.
Special thanks to Gunnar Fornes of
Norway for his help on this site.