More About the Author
Like Tommy Chong, Mamakind (a/k/a Lisa Kirkman) was born in the University Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She attended the Universities of Lethbridge, Calgary and Poona (Pune, India) working toward a degree in Religious Studies.
After the birth of her first child, Mamakind moved to British Columbia to pursue her love of cannabis and passion for writing and editing with Cannabis Culture magazine, heading out on a long road of anti-prohibition activism. While in BC, she founded a medical cannabis dispensary (the Sunshine Coast Compassion Club Society), was a contributor to Cannabis Health Journal, started her own cannabis-related advertising directory, had another baby and was convicted of growing medical cannabis for her sick husband in 2005. MK started contributing to SKUNK Magazine the same year, answering stoners' sex & relationship questions and later moved to Montreal, Quebec to become SKUNK's Senior Editor and Sales Director.
After two-and-a-half years of writing, editing and activism in Quebec, after winning a lengthy and public legal battle with the American Government who had kidnapped her child on the grounds that writing about sex & pot makes you a bad parent, Mamakind recently moved back to her hometown of Calgary to raise her children, continue her antiprohibition activism and contributions to SKUNK as Editor-at-Large, as well as entering the world of book writing with the first collection of her work, the highly acclaimed "SexPot: The Marijuana Lover's Guide to Getting' It On," published by Guru of Ganja Ed Rosenthal. Mamakind also co-wrote "Happy Buds" with Ed Rosenthal & Anna Foster.
Mamakind continues to freelance; she was the first female blogger on Celebstoner.com; her work has appeared on websites throughout the world and in a cover story of the May `09 issue of High Times. She was featured in the December 2011 Penthouse magazine, as well as the March 2012 issue of Hustler magazine and she is now the official "Asshole of the Month" columnist for Hustler Canada.
Mamakind has been a guest speaker at various international events, rallies and protests, such as the 20th Nimbin Mardi Grass in Australia. She's developed a writing course called "I Wanna Write for the Pot Magazines," for professional and amateur journalists interested in breaking into cannabis-related publications.
You can find her blogs on CelebStoner.com, CannabisCulture.com, ThePuffingtonHost.com, Chess.com, as well as on her own website www.MAMAKIND.com and her PG-rated blog, Mamakind School Daze. She is a federally-licensed medicinal cannabis consumer and cultivator and three of her favorite strains are DJ Short's "Flo", Serious Seeds' "AK47," Sensi Seeds' "Skunk #1" and as of late, "Mullumbimby Madness."
She was one of the first persons possibly anywhere to legally vaporize cannabis on a commercial flight.
Mamakind is working toward her Communications Studies degree in Print & Online Journalism, starting with full-time studies at SAIT.