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    Colorado Mourns Pro-Marijuana Activist Killed By Drunk Driver

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     KimSidwell is a photographer based out of Denver, Colorado, who knew Jenny Friede personally. Friede, a pro-marijuana activist, died after being struck by a drunk driver on August 31. She says Friede was an active member of Colorado's cannabis community, and the community was shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. The community has also reacted with love and support for her family and her boyfriend Jeremy, who is still healing from his wounds sustained in the accident,' she said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Colorado's cannabis community was devastated by the news this week that activist, Jenny Friede (better known as Jenny Kush) was killed in an accident over Labor Day weekend.

    Jenny was riding in a car driven by her long-time boyfriend, Jeremy DePinto when Rebecca Maez, driving under the influence, barreled down the HOV lane heading in the wrong direction on Interstate 25. The Denver Post reports that Maez has had previous DUI issues.

    With nowhere to turn, trapped in a walled off HOV lane, Jenny and Jeremy crashed head on with Maez. We have heard no news regarding how the drunk driver managed to gain access to the HOV lane. Both drivers; Jenny's boyfriend, Jeremy and the drunk driver, Rebecca where injured, but survived... Jenny was not as lucky.

    This tragedy has a morbidly ironic twist, as Jenny had worked tirelessly for most of her adult life to educate the public about how much safer marijuana is than alcohol.

    Jenny leaves behind four children and a community in Colorado that loved her dearly. She was a dedicated activist, a charismatic radio host, a talented artist, founding member of Moms For Marijuana International, and a member of Girls for Ganja.

    The Colorado Cannabis Blog described her laughter, a trait that has been commented on heavily, as unique "...so genuine and heartfelt, you could hear it through a crowd on the other side of the room."

    Jenny's producer at iCannabis Radio, Georgia Edson, describes Jenny as a “pillar of the cannabis community.” She goes on to say, "Her willingness to stand up for personal freedoms parlayed itself into the perfect activist. Jenny stood up and spoke clearly for what she believed in ...Jenny lived her life honestly. She said what she meant and meant what she said. Her relationships were strong because she cared enough to speak the truth, even if was difficult. Jenny lived by her convictions and encouraged others to live an authentic life as well."

    Several of Jenny's friends chose to dye purple streaks into their hair to pay tribute… Jenny was known for her creative hairstyle choices and her favorite color was purple. Denver's local news station, Channel 7 even stopped by Rising Pheonix hair salon to document the occasion and later documented the celebration of Jenny's life at The Hoodlab on Wednesday night. Hundreds of people showed up to offer their support and her friends have established a fundraiser to help Jenny's children. Anyone can donate at FundRazr.com by searching for the fundraiser titled, "Raising money for Jenny's 4 children".

    Photos By CannabisCamera.com

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