Cheri Sicard has enjoyed an eclectic life and writing career. A professional circus performer, magician and variety arts performer, Cheri traveled the world performing. This lead her to began writing travel stories for freelance outlets.
Her earlier books deal with US government, patriotism and citizenship. She is also a professional food writer and recipe developer, having created the popular cooking website FabulousFoods.com. and authored "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Easy Freezer Meals" (2011, Alpha Books) along with its associated freezer and make-ahead cooking blog CheriOnIce.com.
Cheri's newest venture, "The Cannabis Gourmet Cookbook" (2012, Z-Dog Media) and its associated blog CannabisCheri.com combine Cheri's love for food and cooking with a strongly held belief in the benefits of medical marijuana.
Had someone told Cheri back in 1996, when California's Prop 215 first legalized marijuana for medicinal use, that she would become entrenched in the cannabis movement, she wouldn't have believed them. Other than the rare toke at a party, Cheri didn't use marijuana. It wasn't until she was nearly 40 years old that her doctor suggested, off the record as the hospital he worked for didn't "allow" it, she try marijuana to help with a chronic nausea problem that a variety of prescription drugs had failed to help. It worked immediately.
Cheri immediately began doing research and studying this amazing plant. The more Cheri she learned, the more the scientific evidence bowled her over and convinced her that the marijuana she was using improved not only specific symptoms, but overall health and well-being as well. She found it impossible to keep quiet about all the astounding medical research that's routinely ignored by the mainstream media and started talking about it to everyone she knew. She continually found herself outraged by government hypocrisy surrounding the war on drugs and the fact that people all over the county, including in states where the people have voted to make medical marijuana legal, are still being jailed over this benevolent plant.
Over the course of six months Cheri went from the typical closeted American marijuana user to an outspoken cannabis legalization and anti-drug war advocate. And she hasn't looked back since. When she isn't cooking and developing new recipes, you can often find Cheri speaking at civic meetings and city and county councils, organizing rallies, teaching classes, and attending court supports for medical marijuana defendants.
Through it all, she is always working side-by-side with other medical marijuana patients. Many are people like her, who have realized a dramatic improvement in the quality of their day-to-day lives by using cannabis. Others with serious and life threatening conditions like AIDS, cancer, PTSD, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, and countless other debilitating ailments, could not bear to live without the relief cannabis gives them. The valuable input, opinions, and support of all these people has lead Cheri to start work on Volume II of "The Cannabis Gourmet Cookbook: Healthy Cannabis Cooking."