Jenny Kush's friends share memories of cannabis activist killed by drunk driver

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In reporting "The life and tragic death of cannabis advocate Jenny Kush," our feature article about a cannabis activist and Internet radio host killed by a drunk driver, we heard a lot of good stories and kind words that we just couldn't quite squeeze in.

Thankfully, there's always room on the web.

Below, we've compiled a few thoughts on Kush, as well as the final edition of her SexPot Radio show, during which dozens of her friends said goodbye.

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Jenny Kush was love and honesty in a way that most people will never have a chance to experience in their lives. If she knew you, she loved you. She didn't have circles or levels of friends, she was your best friend, to every friend. She loved in a way that most, including myself, struggle to achieve, and for all our effort, achieve far less then she did just by walking into a room. Thank you, Jenny, for everything, and for everything else.

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I have so many fond memories of Jenny, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be the time I spent living in Lakewood within walking distance of Mad Hatter Smoke Shop. Jenny would call me all the time just to come give her hugs. If i didn't go, you can bet your ass i would hear about it the next time I saw her. And not just any hugs: I mean full on embraces. Jenny always gave the best hugs. There would be days after working all day that I would want to just go home and sleep, but if I knew Jenny was up at the shop alone, I would just go hang with her and talk about our lives and whatever we may have been dealing with at that moment in time. Those hugs and those talks we shared are what I will miss most about Jenny.

Kim Sidwell: Cannabis industry photographer

I'm absolutely in shock. Very angry and very sad. Jenny truly was a breath of fresh air in this world, she was one of the most committed activists I've had the pleasure to document. This world was a better place with her in it.... Painful day... sure does put things into perspective. I never told Jenny how wonderful I thought she was. Never told her that she was one of the most original people I've ever met or that her positivity was absolutely contagious. Never told her how much I admired the way she faced and dealt with the challenges she had been dealt and I never told her how much I enjoyed hearing her laugh. I loved the way you could hear her distinct laughter through a crowd from across the room.

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One thing is for sure and needs to be said clearly, maybe, is that she made everyone she loved feel it. You knew how much she cared about you because she made sure to let you know

Paul Garret: Owner, Mad Hatter Smoke Shop

We were all at HoodLab, and I don't know if you remember the old HoodLab, but if it was cold outside, it was cold inside there. Anyway, I remember seeing her freezing and I told her that I wasn't hitting on her, but she could come share my big jacket with me. She laughed, came over and hugged me and got warm. I remember her looking up at me then and saying, "You're my best friend."

And she meant it. Sure as shit, the next day she shows up and starts hanging out at [the smoke shop]. She wasn't taking "no" for an answer. I was her friend: That is the way it is.

(Note: Kush eventually started working at Mad Hatter, where Garret says she streamlined operations.)

What started out as a favor to a friend became so much more than that. She just fell into so many vacant roles that were needed at the store. She basically took over and became my assistant and right-hand-man who took care of everything for me. She loved helping people and helping people out. She was always there and in the center of it, but never once expected credit.

Georgia Edson.

The last time I saw Jenny was a couple of weeks ago, when she came [to MMD] to visit me. I was working by myself and she walks in the door and I'm so surprised. Like, out of the blue. Jenny walks in here and sits down on the couch and we're talking, talking, talking and having a great conversation. After about twenty minutes, I wondered if she wanted something. She had walked in and I just started chatting at her and catching up.

So finally I asked, "You know, what brought you here?"

And forever-honest Jenny grinned and admitted her ulterior motive:

"Well, I was just driving past and I really had to go to the bathroom and I knew yours would be clean."

I wasn't offended by that. That's just Jenny. But she sat here after and we caught up and chatted forever. She's just such a great person.

Here's a video from the final SexPot Radio program, recorded on September 24.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Videos: See Jenny Kush hosting SexPot Radio before her tragic death."

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