Happy Trails to our friend Ray Christl

I am saddened and happy at the same time, to know that our friend Ray Christl has passed on, and is now pain free and back home.

Ray passed away on July 4th 2015, he fought a hard battle with stage 4 prostate cancer in his final days, and put up a strong fight, using cannabis as treatment as well as laughs with good friends and family.

Ray and I met on Facebook or the NORML Stash in 2010, its not entirely clear to me which point was our first contact.  But our mutual concern was over Pastor Roger Christie who was in federal detention in Hawaii for his role in the THC Ministry.   Shortly after meeting up online, Pastor Ray and I decided to start doing radio together.

I had been doing radio prior to meeting Ray, and he had many years of broadcasting under his belt, so it was a good matchup.

My first radio show with Ray was on the THC Ministry hour on The Free American show with Clay Douglas.
Reference to that show on December 2nd 2010;

The Free American – THC MINISTRY HOUR 2nd Hour part 1

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

Here is a list of other shows that we created, under my station Sensi Life Radio;

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sensi-life-radio/id409096518?mt=2

Ray and I had distance because of some disagreements, and about the arrangements of his arrival to the USA from Cambodia.   I was trying to raise my family, and we had just found out we were having a new child, and Ray was hoping to stay with us.  I couldn’t accommodate, and we lost touch until the end, and we had some warm emails just recently in the last few months of his life.  I was grateful to be able to reunite with Ray.

You can hear from our radio shows his heart for cannabis healing and cannabis sacrament, and this was a lifelong pursuit of his, a very honorable pursuit.   I am grateful that he allowed me to be a part of his life and legacy for a short time.

Ray stayed in Oregon with Paul Stanford and was a caretaker at the THCF garden and worked closely with patients as a caretaker there.   The photo below, and the comment underneath I borrowed from Paul Stanford’s facebook wall.

 

Pastor Ray Christl
Pastor Ray Christl

Ray Christl passed away early on July 4th in Arkansas, after a long fight against cancer. Ray worked decades for global cannabis freedom. Ray and I worked together on Oregon initiatives to end marijuana prohibition, and Ray helped THCF Medicinal Gardens, where this photo was taken on September 1, 2014. Ray believes in the spiritual significance of cannabis and is devout in faith. Ray leaves family and friends from his hometown of Chicago to his family in Cambodia, Hawaii and Arkansas. Ray was here in Portland for most of his final years, and just left to be near his family in Arkansas on June 13. Thank you for your good works Ray, and blessings and prayers for you and your family and friends..

Bless up and happy trails Pastor Ray Christl!


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