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Friday, 9 November 2018

Akumal A-Go-Go!




It's Janet and my anniversary, so off we go on another vacation. Quite frankly any excuse will do. However we're beach people. Experience teaches us that Akumal Mexico has a drop dead, gorgeous, white sand beach, along the Mayan Riviera. With swaying palms. Turquoise sea. And lots and lots of vividly real and colourful sea life. In particular it's a nesting grounds for turtles. Countless turtles. Whole families of them. Everywhere. What more could me and my honeybuns ask for? 

Yes! It's time for another holiday in the sun!

Escaping the cold north via Toronto's Pearson Airport, we touch down in sunny Cancun, a few hours later. A sudden, full frontal blast of heat hits us as we step off the plane. Next thing we know, we're at Secrets Akumal, a 5 star resort that we couldn't usually afford, except as a last minute deal. A nice room with a view. Excellent food. Service. The beach. Janet likes to be pampered on our vacations. Me? I like to swim. What more could we possibly ask for?


We spent the next week relaxing on the beach in our lounge chairs, under an nice umbrella, cool drinks in hand. Enjoying frequent snorkel trips along the shore, down along the sea coast, out to the far reef. Swimming among the turtles. Squid. Blowfish. Huge schools of brightly coloured tropical fish. A giant 6 foot silver barracuda. And a feisty, but harmless nurse shark. All this and more. It was truly magical. Spectacular.

Divers take note: We've been visiting Akumal for a few decades now. It's grown from a small, forgotten fishing village along the coast into a major, sprawling tourist hotspot. Whereas once we swam freely about, much as we pleased, a lot of the main beach area is now a restricted area, for very good, environmental reasons.

Sadly, the beach rules, as posted prominently along the glistening white sands, are now absolutely necessary, to preserve the endangered sea life. Far too many swimmers and divers have been poking and grabbing at the turtles. Mucking up the feeding and breeding grounds with their diving fins. Poisoning the waters with sun tan lotion and human waste. 


It's been quite disastrous! Many of the stressed out turtles that I saw had huge tumours and open sores along their neck and face! Very, very disturbing! 

If you visit Akumal, please be prepared to observe the beach rules. Or maybe head somewhere else for awhile. The turtles were here long before we came along. Hopefully they will still be here well after we are gone. Or maybe not?!?

Regretfully, Janet and I also had some very serious concerns with the Secrets Resort. For starters, to get our room keys, we had to sign a promissory note that we would not smoke cannabis anywhere at the resort!

As a medical cannabis user, and a Canadian one too boot, I was quite frankly insulted. It is, of course, perfectly legal to toke in our country. I was quickly assured that it had nothing to do with our being Canadian. Indeed, everybody has to sign the surprise form, once you are there, to get your key! 


Of course, this is Mexico. The laws are definitely different here. Still, at many other resorts I have visited in Mexico and Jamaica, both of which are moving towards legalization, they'll at least turn a blind eye to tourists toking on their balcony or on the beach. Yes it's illegal, but the times they are a changing. 

Not here! I was truly saddened that the Apple Vacation Group is now making a cannabis ban standard policy at all their resorts, even as legalization spreads across the Americas. Guess which secretly reactionary, reefer madness, resort chain I won't be frequently, during the years ahead?

Of course, there is a simple solution for the dedicated pothead tripping abroad. My doctor at the cannabis clinic recommended Sativex spray and Naboline. Both are perfectly legal, prescription drugs in many countries, though not in others, where they are at worst simply not allowed through customs. That's if they even recognize them among the other many different, bewildering prescriptions in one's kit bag. 


A quick spray or two or three of Sativex is good for a very long, spacey dive in the sea. One Naboline will keep me happily buzzing along on a pot like high for up to 12 hours at a time. Normally, I am hesitant to use cannabinoids, but hey, these will do nicely in a pinch!

Also, the Apple Vacation Group tricked us into attending a very unseemly, hard sell for a ridiculously confusing, contorted and costly world travel package of some sort. The long, drawn out presentation was extremely tacky and totally unbecoming of such an otherwise outstanding 5 star hotel. There is no excuse for this. The check in desk even recommended it, upon our arrival, catching us off guard, thinking it had something to do with our stay at the resort. 

So Janet and I wasted a few hours our first morning in Akumal trapped indoors listening to a quite shameless marketing scam. Gritting our teeth. True, we got a very nice, free, massage at the luxurious hotel spa out of it. Fortunately, that quickly helped wash off the very slimy feeling leftover from the embarrassing sales speil, but still ..... Uggh!

All in all, we're very unlikely to rebook a Secrets vacation anytime soon. Sad to say, but beware! You might well avoid Secrets and the Apple Vacations Group at all costs! Despite the many wonderful luxuries at their Akumal resort, the sneakiness and questionable practices as noted, certainly wouldn't make us feel very comfortable visiting again.


But let's not labour the point. Overall, we had a very relaxing week on the beach. A very romantic stay. The stresses of the day dissipating under the hot sun. The refreshing cool water. The delightful sea breeze. 

As for the Mexicans themselves? We mostly stayed on the resort. The staff and locals in Akumal were absolutely wonderful. Always pleasant and helpful. The guests? Mostly American. A handful of Euros, latins, and a few, very few Canadians. Overall, a lot more loud and abrasive than what we're used to. But since we were on a romantic getaway, we just stuck to ourselves anyway.

We could overhear a lot of the yanks talking. Were quite surprised with how many of them actually think Trump is really smart and on to something. Janet just bit her tongue. Me? I enjoy talking with just about anyone. But must wonder why they'd want to vacation in Mexico of all places?!? Maybe they'd confused all the talk of a "wall" with um ... shopping "malls"?!? 


Yes! There's lots of shopping malls here! And often, everything is much, much cheaper locally, if you want to make the effort. We took a quick run into Playa de Carmen. Scored some bottles of mescal with the notorious, bloated worm and even a rather nasty looking scorpion, waiting at the bottom. Ha. Cost a fraction of the price, even at the roadside tequila factory or, god forbid, at the resort. 

Fortunately, we got a great last minute deal at Secrets from our travel agent at New Wave Travel here in Toronto, otherwise we couldn't have afforded it. Indeed, Tourist Ville Mexico on the whole was very, very expensive for most everything, unless you really shop around. 

By the way, I brought along a book to read; Bob Woodward's Fear. All about a TV reality star who becomes US president. Hasn't the slightest idea of what he's doing. Can't learn from his mistakes. Had I read it even three years ago, I'd have thought it sheer fiction. Quite impossible. Totally Crazy. 

But now? Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!




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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Oh Cannabis: Nugswap Cannabis Co-op!

Dankmasta P., under another nom de plum [Wink. Wink. Wink.] is no stranger to this site. With corporate legalization upon us, his cooperative, community based canna friendly alternatives to growing your own ACMPR [Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations] weed are especially pertinent. Please enjoy his latest guest blog! And contact him to join in! Or start your own Nugswap too!



Some of us have decided that government cannabis is not for us. Many medicinal users in this position have been growing for awhile, and while some of us just grow for ourselves, many of us [myself included] run a grow for a number of family members.

Some of us have taken it a step further and have started cooperatives with multiple medicinal users and growers, which is the ideal in terms of adaptability [multiple grows = multiple methods and skill sets] and selection [multiple grows = more genetics].



Newly Transplanted CBD OG Kush

I have two other ACMPR growers that I have traded my grow with in the past, but with recreational cannabis being illegal, I had to be very careful about who I traded with.



Our Garden

The idea of a nugswap is to give all cannabis enthusiasts access to the best model for our community; the cannabis co-operative. At first the crop will just be a bunch of growers legally swapping grams of their grow, but the growth and community service potential of such a community is huge.



Mr. Law's Farm

Some new members have mentioned the idea of having a clubhouse where we can comfortably share our flower, press rosin and use communal equipment, which is an amazing idea.



Our Rosin Press

The revolutionary idea that we can now create canna friendly safe spaces where we can medicate [or just get high] without being prosecuted, is huge. There is also the potential to run an amateur "Homegrown Cup" with sponsors and real prizes if people are really enthusiastic about it, which is a great way to publicize this great alternative to LP buds.



Totrees CBD OG Kush


If you are interested in becoming part of the nugswap contact us 


Baby Pics

The first [Toronto based] event is almost fully booked, but any growers who don't register in time for the first swap can still register for the next one. More details coming soon!


-Dankmasta P!-



Dynamed CBD


GUEST BLOGS ALWAYS WELCOME! 
Please contact me @ 
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Oh Cannabis: Legalization Day 2018!



Inhale. Hold. Smile. Exhale. Finally -It's October 17th 2018. It's Legalization Day in Canada! I'm on my downtown Toronto walk. Wondering what, if anything, has really changed?

I'm packing my Pax 2 vaporizer. Puffing on a healthy plug of Godbud. Got my shatterizer, full of Laughing Buddha for good measure too. Now back from the lake til next spring, it's high time for a nice, long, urban promenade

First stop? My barbershop in Yorkville at Yonge and Bloor. I wish Wayne a Happy Legalization Day. But he doesn't toke. Nor do most Canadians, with polling show that less than a third of us plan to do so even now that it's legal. 

No matter. Maybe a lot more of us will once medibles, infused drinks and e-vapes are legalized in Canada next year? I think so. Let's face it, most folks don't smoke anything anymore anyways.

Biding adieu, I continue on my stroll. South on Yonge Street to Dundas Square. West through the Eaton Centre to Toronto City Hall. West along Queen St. through SoHo. North on Spadina Avenue to Kensington Market.


It's a crisp, sunny, autumn day with a stiff breeze in the air. The tree leaves everywhere explode in wild bursts of colour. Crimson. Red. Bright yellow. Providing plenty of opportunities for quiet reflection on a very special day. One I've been waiting a lifetime for. Well, at least since I first started toking back in 1972. 

Yes! What a bloody long, strange trip it's been! And now? Here's some thoughts and observations:

Legalization has come about as a result of the largest and most successful act of civil disobedience in Canadian history.  Let's face it though -the government and police have totally lost the War on Pot but don't seem to realize it yet, as they scramble to prop up Prohibition 2.0, in it's wake. 

In Ontario, we can now smoke pot anywhere tobacco is allowed. I am quite enjoying a quiet, peaceful vape as I walk about in public without fear of any bullshit. To be quite frank, as a medical user and cannabis activist, I pretty much regularly do so anyway. Still, it's pleasant. A liberating relief. One less nuisance in my autumn years!

I pass three familiar dispensaries on today's downtown walk. Alas! MMJ in Yorkville has finally shut it's doors. Zen Zoo on Queen West is now only selling CBD's until further notice. The lights at the Green Room on Spadina Avenue have gone dark. Yup! the Ontario provincial Ford government has threatened to withhold licenses from anybody who's still open to illegally sell pot today.

Welcome to Legalization Day 2018! The irony of ironies: Pot is now legal across Canada. However, in Toronto, Ontario, arguably our largest market, not a single brick and mortar store is legally open for business on the first day. Not until April 1st of next year! 

True, you can order weed from the government run Ontario Cannabis Store [OCS] website. Then wait a few daze, at least, for it to be shipped via Canada Post. 


Or you can go on Weed Maps. My perfectly decent Godbud is readily available for $120 an ounce. That includes the taxes and friendly same day delivery to your front door. 

Meanwhile, at the OCS site? 15 grams of Godbud cost $136.35 tax included, plus $5 delivery.

OK. Go figure it out: Toronto's brick and mortar dispensaries are supposed to shut their doors until next April, even though pot is legal now? Duh!

Expect the underground market to be flooded with cheap, plentiful weed. Just go online to score a great deal. And don't throw your favourite dealers number away -not just yet!

Oh brave new world! Cannabis never should've been made illegal in Canada in the first place. Despite legalization, the underground market is still the place to go to buy good, cheap pot. What fools our politicians be...


Many of our downtown head and grow shops are having a special sale to celebrate legalization day. There's 20% off a lot of dope paraphernalia at the Toronto Hemp Company on Yonge St. All sorts of promotions at The Friendly Stranger on Queen St. too. The Sacred Seed is busy readying it's seed bank to meet all our new, legal horticultural needs. Obviously, there's no need for these very familiar cannabis entrepreneurs to shut their doors now that legalization is upon us. Matter of fact, watch for the Friendly Stranger to position themselves for weed sales in the daze ahead come next April. 

Smart move! It's a well deserved payoff for those who've stayed the course with decades of faithful service through thick and thin under Prohibition.

I continue my stroll. Note that there are lots and lots of parties and celebrations listed online. Mostly of the corporate weed strain. Our big boy, licensed producers are kicking into action, a la Trudeau's corporate cannabis agenda. No surprise! The straights are eagerly lining up to cash in. 

It would've been nice to join the impromptu festivities in downtown Bellwood-Trinity Park for an peoples' "smoke in" of sorts. A chance to rub shoulders with my fellow tokers, from the great, un-corporate washed, masses! But 4:20 pm finds me at Jodies Joint in Kennsington Market. It's only fitting to spend it on Legalization Day with some of the real movers and shakers behind our successful, counterculture, cannabis movement.


With Jodie!

Cannabis Culture activist/ entrepreneur Jodie Emery is busy sequestered upstairs with the national media to outline our pressing, ongoing legalization concerns. She pops down. Says hello to the cannabis faithful, gathered for a cup of java to see her and say thanks for her unrelenting efforts. The good fight for open free market weed and our Canadian civil liberties continues.

Across the street, the crowd gathering in front of Abi Roaches Hotbox Lounge spill onto the street. Abi heads out for an impromptu meet and greet. We thank her profusely for helping lead the cannabis lounge and dispensary fight. For providing kool and friendly places where we can safely and comfortably gather to toke, off the streets, outside our homes. Beyond prying eyes, sharp tongues, the bully boys and worse! And of course to congratulate her. Abi's now heading NORML Canada. The good fight goes on.


With Abi!

Heading home happily buzzed on the subway, I can only surmise that with legalization, not much has really changed, at least for me. Still, with lots more recreational tokers being introduced into the legalization mix, we long term cannabis enthusiasts, especially of the medical cannabis ilk, now have a safer, firewall around us. The worst is behind us. The writing is on the wall -Cannabis is legal in Canada!

No doubt, Canadian legalization seems like little more that a shameful government-corporate monopoly cash grab at present. And legalization is a total legal mess. It will still take a decade or two of court action to straighten things out. 

In the meantime? Relax. Fire up a joint. And keep up our cannabis activist efforts. Indeed, I think Jodie has put it best:


New marched.
We protested.
We ran for office.
We created media.
We lobbied politicians.
We formed businesses.
We made alliances.
We used civil disobedience.
We got arrested.
We went to court.
We changed laws.

We did the right thing.


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Friday, 21 September 2018

Oh Cannabis Fall 2018 News y Views!

Inhale! Hold! Exhale! Smile! Then Read "Oh Cannabis News Y View" @ Summer @ Spring  @ Winter 2 @ Winter 1 @ Fall 2 Fall1 Summer @ May-June @ Spring 2 @ Spring 1 @ Jan-Feb @ December Live tweets @ davidchiarelli -Inhale! Hold! Exhale! Smile!


Justin Trudeau: Legalization Sinner + Saint! Thanks but .....

HEADLINES

Canada Legalizes Pot October 17th!

Canuck Legalization? A Weed Shortage Ahead! 

New Legal Ontario Cannabis Store Woes!

Prohibition 2.0 -Huge Dispensary + Pot Lounge Crackdown Looms!

We Won't Back Down: Medical and Recreational Cannabist's React With Uncertainty to Legalization and Prohibition 2.0!

Canadian Medical Cannabis Rights To Remain In Place!

Late Start: Ontario's Ford PC's Promise Open Market Weed, maybe in 6 more months!

US Midterm Pot Madness: Progressives Rock Pot Vote For Dems. Government Fake News Offensive Aims To Thwart State Legalization Process!

Michigan, Missouri, Utah, North Dakota Weed Referendums!

South African Courts Legalize Weed!

Uruguay Legalization Updates!

Pot: The China Card!

Willie Nelson Smokes Pot! [Eh? You didn't know?!?....]

Much More ......

OH CANNABIS



Sh-Sh-Sh Shattered!

Canada's Cannabis Act 2018: Here's a link to the complete text to our new federal act of parliament, which as of October 17, 2018, finally legalizes weed GC.CA

Handy Guide: Here are the different regulations that will come into effect across Canada, in each province, as the Canadian Cannabis Act takes effect on October 17th. They effect sales, consumption, cultivation and age limit etc. etc. etc. @ Leafly

Cannabis Offences: Here's a handy chart explaining what you can be charged with, under our new act and the penalties, courtesy Brazeau Sellar Law @ FB

NORML.CA: Entrepreneur/ Activist Abi Roach, a well known force in our local Toronto cannabis community has been appointed national chair! Congratulations Abi @ Cannad

Cannabis Activism Now: Here's how some of Canada's leading cannabis activists are reacting to the Trudeau government's unclear, arbitrary, and very repressive legalization act come October 17th. Think Prohibition 2.0 @ Global



Scheer lunacy!

Canadian Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer won't commit to keeping pot legal if his party wins next year's 2019 federal election. Well, the answer to this one is very easy -don't vote for them then! @ CTV

Reality Check: How realistic are Andrew's claims he'll reverse legalization? Not very, but the threat of the devil's weed has long served well to help fire up his social conservative base. Maybe not once the big bucks start to roll into business profits and federal coffers? More @ Global

Flip Flop Man: Will he or won't he re-criminalize pot? Only his hair dresser knows for sure. Hey! See below! Stateside progressives rocked the US midterms by getting out the cannabis voters. How might we do that here? To take Justin to task for Prohibition 2.0 too? Or make the NDP show some real activist backbone and spine? More on Andrew's sheer BS @ NP 



Think Middle Class: Trudeau's plans for legalization were very much formulated with Canada's middle class values in mind, in this interesting piece @ NewState

Counterculture Rising: Even ye venerable New York Times is writing about the Canadian government's failure to shut down the so called "black market" in Canada with it's legalization plans aka Prohibition 2.0. Truth be told, legalization resulted from the largest, most sustained peaceful civil disobedience uprising in Canadian history. It's as much a social, cultural, economic and lifestyle movement as a political one. Whether our police and politicos want to admit or not, they've lost the war on pot. Big time. No if ands or buts. Sure, they can create as many stupid new prohibitive laws and regulations as they want. But we didn't follow them before. Why would they think that we'll follow them now? All they have created is a huge legal mess. Continue to disobey, as necessary! No justice = no peace! Stay tuned! The good fight's not yet over! More @ NYT

Weed Shortage Ahead: Of course, Trudeau's hamstrung, LP's [licensed producers] of corporate, weed aren't able to keep up with the huge Canadian demand for bud, come legalization. Duh. Thank god for Weed Map, and our flourishing indie dispensaries and delivery services. More @ BloomB

No Fun: Yeah, it's official, in guess you didn't guess. The shortage of legal pot could last for years @ Global

Seedy! Very Seedy! Okay. Pots Legal. Cultivation too. So how come we can't find any seeds? Legally, that is, from our government LP's .... Just what the heck is going on?!? @ VSun



Ontario Premier Ford can do good work when he sticks to things that he knows, which isn't much. So it should come as no surprise that our former hash dealer turned provincial premier has thankfully turned the Ontario weed monopoly upside down and created an open pot market in its place. Well done. Sure, there will be nonsense galore! And it doesn't even nearly get Dougie off the hook with all his other neo-conster BS [see Teacher Free Speech news y Views] but let's count our blessings. Here's what you can and can't legally do in Ontario as of October 17th @ ON.CA Read the full text of "Bill 36", the Ford government's "Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act 2018" @ OLA Here's a link to Bill 174, the outgoing Wynne government's Cannabis Act, which it now changes and amends @ OLA

Yes, Smoking: You can smoke pot in Ontario just about anywhere you can smoke tobacco, except near a playground, school, or in your boat or car, so even on the sidewalk is okay @ iPol @ CBC

December 17th: That's the date when Ontario dispensaries can finally apply for a legal licence to open April 1st 2019, if they haven't been busted for selling weed since Oct. 17th, 2018 ... sigh .... on and on it goes! The latest? One can own up to 75 shops. They must be at least 150 meters from a school. Customers must be aged 19+. More @ Vice

Showdown: Ontario's small, indie dispensaries must close now if they wish to go legit later on in April, but who can afford that? @ CBC



Look! Up in the sky .... It's ... It's ... It's ...?!?

Devil In The Details: I've warned on many occasions that Premier Ford is a nincompoop. Just plain full o' shit. Sure, he talks a damn good game on an open pot market but so far it's just been one screw up after another, to wit @ Vice

Ontario Premier Druggie Fraud: Sure Doug said he'll look into allowing private dispensaries, but with the October 17th almost upon us, but there are still absolutely no new details yet. Nor have the previous Wynne government's plans for a government weed monopoly actually been replaced with any new laws or regulations for moving forward. Confusion and uncertainty reigns supreme across the province. City officials and law enforcement claim that they don't know what to do @ Global

LP Stores: Ontario's hamstrung licensed pot producers, who've done everything they were told, can now only open one retail outlet, no more, certainly not a chain @ BNN

LP Woes: Druggie Ford's deals in launching Ontario cannabis retail stores for nearly 6 months after October 17th, means some of our LP's are taking the ex-hash dealer turned Ontario Premier to court over a federal $82 million levy and lost revenues @ Globe

LP Snitches: Corporate Canopy Growth and Tweed are busy lobbying Ottawa to shut down Canada's thriving underground mom and pop dispensary market so that they can claim it all for themselves. Nothing new here but watch this get real nasty! To be fair, they did as they are told, but the government has tied their hands behind their back, as legalization approaches, and quite frankly, for the short term, they are screwed, unless police can succeed in shutting down the open market and eliminating any competition. Don't gamble on it! You might not want to buy too many stocks just yet, if you are so inclined @ Globe



Better Call Cary: A lot of tokers are going to be very, very disappointed to learn that the condo or apartment building where you live has banned pot smoking, despite legalization. Cannabis lawyer Caryma Sa'd helped us successfully fight the ban in my building, from a medical cannabis angle, but you better get hold of her asap. This issue is going to be real biiiiiiiig, and a right royal pain in the ass during the daze ahead @ AD

Pot Ban: Can a landlord actually ban smoking and growing pot in a rental building?!? Gets more dicey from a medical cannabis perspective, but otherwise, here are the laws across Canada @ CTV

Hot Box Hard Times: Many Canadian will be surprised when they wake up October 17th and learn that cannabis smoking, though now legal, will actually be banned in many apartments and condos, not to mention out on the street, or in the park etc. etc. etc. So where to go out to party and smoke? Across Canada, the prohibition laws against your friendly neighbourhood cannabis lounge's remain strictly in place, pretty much wherever you go. So congratulations! Now you can possess weed but have nowhere you can smoke it. Welcome to Canadian legalization! More @ TStar

Reefer Madness 1.0: Cannabis is legal in Canada but sadly, the negative stigma remains. Remember, public attitudes, after nearly a century of reefer madness, will need to be adjusted too, through education initiatives and our everyday social encounters, with those who've been taught to fear the devil's weed @ Globe



And you thought with legalization folks would just fuck off and leave us alone ....?!?

PC's Bare Their Fangs: Doug Ford's Ontario PC's are threatening to blacklist any dispensaries that are open for business come October 17th. Like the landlord, they will also face huge fines! Here's the situation in Hamilton Ontario @ HSpec

BC Crackdown: There will only be one legal pot shop open for the whole of British Columbia come October 17th. The BC government is threatening to bust anyone else who's open for business. Otherwise you need to buy government licensed crud online from them and wait for Canada Post, who might be on strike, to deliver it. Sound crazy? A new police unit has even been set up to carry out the dirty deed. And you thought things were bad before legalization? Watch out! More @ Global

Political Suicide: Here's why the dispensary crackdown in BC might well not work as planned @ VIA



Not So Higher Ed: Canadian colleges and universities are moving quickly to ban smoking before cannabis is legalized. Note: These are complete indoor and outdoor bans! @ CTV

High School High: Or a real low rather .... a black Toronto Catholic high school student is suspended because he smells like pot. Sigh! Alas! Let the bullshit begin @ Star

Mail Strike: Government LP [Licensed Producer] Canopy Growth worries that an impending Canada wide mail strike will drive medical cannabis patients, not to mention recreational users, to the countries flourishing underground cannabis market. What?!? That's how most of us are already mostly buying our weed! Just think: The Ontario's PC's under Premier Ford will only allow government licensed mail order sales come October 17th. Just watch to see how quickly the government's ham fisted legalization plans crashes off the rails into chaos, across Canada, if the posties walk. A divine comedy! Duh @ Globe


CFAMM: Don't Tax Medicine: Canadians For Fair Access to Medical Marijuana provide an easy way to petition your provincial and federal MPP/MP's to stop the prohibitive and discriminatory tax on medical cannabis prescriptions. Do it in seconds online @ CFAMM

Med Pot Backlash: The CMA [Canadian Medical Association], in trying to protect it's doctors against the current legal and medical uncertainties of prescribing weed, recommends eliminating Canada's medical cannabis regime, and simply lumping patients in with Canada's recreational pot smokers to fend for our own, come October 17th. Medical cannabis activists quickly speak out against their short sightedness  Even the CNA [Canadian Nursing Association] strongly disagrees with the CMA. Fortunately, the Trudeau government decides to not take the CMA's advice, for now at least, but it's best to always remain vigilant, as you can see @ Leafly and @ Huff @ CBC 

Surete Du Quebec announces that a new Quebec police squad has been formed to crack down on weed dealers after legalization. The goal? To strictly protect the government corporate weed monopoly! Great shades of BC! More @ MTLB

No Cannabis Leafs Allowed: Quebec has banned retailers from selling or giving away anything with a cannabis leaf shown on it. But is that constitutional?!? Arguably, it limits free expression. They'll also need to prove it's harmful enough to warrant such a law. If so, then why aren't they going after beer and ciggies too? @ Huff

Canada-US Border Patrol: A well known, alleged, former Canadian hash dealer makes it across the US border just fine. There's no problemo. That's despite widespread fears anyone that who was associated with drugs will be hereto barred entry. Eh?!? Who wuz it??? Why Ontario Premier Druggie Fraud, that's who, ostensibly on his way to the US to fight Trump's NAFTA plans. Power does have it's privileges eh? @ Vice

IN THE NEWS



US Government's Not-So-Secret War On Cannabis: A news leak reveals the Trump administration's MPCC [Marijuana Policy Co-ordination Committee] is going to try to thwart both the positive cannabis messaging and successful state legalization drives across the USA, by spreading lots of fake news stories, or as we used to say "lies", about our favourite weed. Hello Reefer Madness 2.0 @ Buzz

Flopping Bigly: Trump, with an eye on the polls, might not even support the plan. Plus the cat is now out of the bag about the MPCC's nefarious plot. Here's more on why their fake news strategy will fail @ Motley

Election High: US Democrats, also with an eye to this fall's mid term elections, are cautiously supporting legalization across the US, to get out the progressive vote against Trump and the GOP @ Politico



Cannabis Rocks The US Midterm Vote: State referendums legalize recreational cannabis in Michigan. Likewise medical cannabis will now be legal in Utah and Missouri. Ohio and Wisconsin slowly inch forward, with reforms being set in motion too. Pot stocks feel the love, move higher. Well done our fellow yankee friends and pot fiends! @ Benz More details @ Esquire

"Green Wave" or "Pot Beats Politicians": What a great way to get outlet progressive vote! In many cases, our lowly weed got more votes than the winning candidates up for election! Lotsa pro cannabis politicians, mostly Dems, also won big time. Unlike some well known GOP reefer madmen, including former House Rules Committee Chair Rep Pete Sessions [R-TX], who's political reign of error went up in smoke instead, come election night. More @ MM @ Leafly

Weeds In The Congressional Swamp: With Nancy Pelosi so far still refusing to guarantee a pot vote in the Democratic run house, Rep Earl Blumenauer [D-OR] plans an end run. Public support for legalization is high, high high, but what then of the beer soaked GOP controlled senate? @ RS @ RS

North Dakota Votes No: A recreational cannabis referendum was defeated even though medical cannabis is legal in the state. Conservative critics seriously outspent the pot progressives, who weren't sold on the referendum terms for legalization anyway. Still, it seems this ain't over yet! @ Forbes



Cannabis Vote Project: Find out the various candidates stand on legalization, where you live, and vote accordingly this fall @ CVP

5 Worst: For starters, here are 5 well known GOP and Democratic House Reps who's "policy" on legalization really sucks @ Forbes

Uruguay #1: In 2013 Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize pot. It sells for $1.40 a gram, or you can grow up to 480 grams yourself, or as a part of a growing club, each year. Quite predictably, US the nation's US banking interest's are not impressed @ CNN

South Africa #3: As far as legalization goes, South Africa now joins Uruguay and Canada in the world leadership department. It's high court has overturned the countries cannabis laws prohibiting adults from possessing it for their personal use @ BBC

China Weed: Did you know that China grows half the world's weed? That they have been secretly raving to corner the world market? More @ Civilized

GREEN MARKETING




Welcome to the OCS [Ontario Cannabis Store] Website! It''s the largest government run cannabis shop in the world. Also, for now, the only legal way to buy weed in our province, until next April. Or else, you can illegally buy it just about everywhere else .... @ BoC @ iPol @ City

Hacked: Canadian Post admits a info hack has leaked personal info on 45,000 cannabis customers from the OCS @ CTV

It Gets Worse: Seems the OCS is getting it's different strains of weed mixed up. Mislabelling the THC count too! Marking it up. Way up. Duh! Not nice! @ CBC

OCS -The Oral or Genital Way: Can you imagine this kinda mix up happening at your friendly, local, indie  dispensary?!? Cringe big time here: Our government run OCS has been marketing a cannabis "genital spray" as an "oral product" to unsuspecting first time weed buyers. Of course, as one wag has argued, it could end up in your mouth anyway ... @ CTV




Big Dougie -Big Plans?!?

Price Drop: Get this -Legalization could ultimately result in a huge drop, if not a collapse, in the price of your weed. As more and more is grown and sold, it becomes just another commodity. Howzabout $30 ounces?!? Anybody? More @ Leafly

Price Watch: Here are the top 10 sativa's from Canada's licensed producers. The price range? $8-9.67 a gram, plus shipping. The THC count? 13.8-19%. Hmmmm. Hey! Don't lose your dealer's number anytime soon! @ Hmed

Legal Weed Sucks: Pot consumers in New Brunswick are finding legal weed costs too much too in the government stores. Matter of fact, the first Main Street Moncton customer left without even buying any @ CBC

Pot Tourism: Changes to Ontario's Cannabis Act will help pot tourism and the hospitality industry blossom across our province under legalization. For starters, guests will be able to toke in a boutique hotel room or B+B @ MBD



Sisters Got The Power: Black women face a lot of racial and sexist discrimination, subtle and otherwise, in participating in the cannabiz industry. With legalization spreading across Canada and the UDS, the stakes are high, but they are going for it anyway @ Essence

"Old Boys Club" or "O' Brave New World": The boardrooms of Canada's top licensed cannabis companies are ... guess what ... still very old school and dominated by men @ Forbes

High Society Chef Reena Rampersaad explains how the discrimination works, at the grassroots level, even when we might not mean it or are aware that we are doing it, like in her business @ Flare

Misogyny + Weed: Seems our sisters of colour are not alone with some of their concerns. Is the cannabiz community headed towards it's very own "Me Too" moment?! Here's how to spot if your business is at risk to hopefully, as concerned and caring cannabis activists, safely level the sexist player field before the situation explodes. Certainly, we can do better than this! @ BigBud



Cannabis Advocate/ Entrepreneur Lisa Campbell turns her talents to developing Canada's blossoming cannabis hospitality sector, as the new CEO of Lifford Cannabis Solutions. Yay Lisa @ GO

Ethnoracial Pot: An Ontario study of a student's ethnic and racial background shows Asian youth are less likely to smoke pot @ Eenet

Chronic? Contrary to popular misconceptions, much more scientific research is definitely needed! The final verdict is still actually out on whether chronic cannabis use in male teens is really linked to any later mental and physical medical issues, as this study shows @ NW Same with depression and lung cancer too @ SciD 

Millennials' Toke: The next generation increasingly prefers pot over booze. Perhaps there's hope for us all yet? @ MW



Karma Cup 2018: A splendid time was guaranteed for all. What a vendors market too! Read my blog series! Here's a recap of the winners @ Dankr

Karma Cup Snitch: Seems a certain government LP couldn't stand the Karma Cup competition during the TIFF [Toronto International Film Festival]. So they got the Adelaide St. West location shut down after Day 1. Drat? Foiled! It reopened on Church Street, business as usual on time the next day. Ha! More @ TLeaf



Legacy 420: The classic, indigenous, pot superstore continues to pack us into the Tyendinaga Mohawk Reserve outside Belleville Ontario. By the way, there's also dozens of more dispensary's! I'm a regular at Smoke on the Water, Peacemaker's, Oasis and Field of Dreams myself! See plants, prosperity and sovereignty work hand in hand @ Star

Cannabis Sovereignty: Tyendinaga has now created their own First Nation Cannabis Control Board. They insist that government licenses for the cultivation, processing, distribution, sale, possession and use of cannabis, are not valid on treaty lands. They've even passed their own interim regulatory framework instead. See below: 



First Nations of Canada continue to sell cannabis on a lot of reserves where it is creating much needed jobs and stimulating the local economy. But will a federal and/or showdown be coming over the First Nations' sovereign right to grow and sell their own weed?!? Especially in Ontario, where Premier Ford insists no brick and mortar dispensaries will be legal until next April? @ Macs

More Blarney: Former Canadian PM Brian Mulroney has joined the board of a Acreage Holdings, a New York based pot company. This from the man whom once banned High Times magazine and weed bongs from Canadian store shelves! How many of us have suffered along the way?!? Oh Brave new World @ CBC

Ker-Trumped: China responds to the Donald's trade war with a bunch of new new tariffs that are going to drive the price of your vape pens waaaaaaaay up @ WeedR

Higher Learning



Fake News: The Pot Stigma: False and misleading news misinformation has falsely been the main driving force in creating feeding, and sustaining cannabis' negative image. The author Chris O'Brien examines Toronto's Project Claudia and Gator busts as a case in point, in his essay. He quotes numerous local activists, including yours, truly, on Noam Chomsky and manufacturing consent. Thanks Chris! I somehow missed this one. Lotsa real great info links here too @ Dankr

Marijuana -The Weed With Roots in Hell: Of course, we can't leave out the film industry for helping create the pot stigma too! Have you seen this oldie oldie from 1936 before? Guess what? You can get pregnant, dance and dress funny or even drown, if you dare smoke weed! Gotta love the hopped up beach party weed scene too! Yowza! Boy! Those 30's gals y guys sure knew how to get wrecked! Lotsa reefer madness @ Youtube



Therapeutic Cannabis: Towards a new transcendent ethic, with insight, introspection and a focus on personal recovery, through pot. Ommmm @ NB

Autism + Weed: Studies increasingly show that cannabis can be used to treat autism. "Joey's Strain" has been developed for use with minors @ AIW



How To Store Your Weed: Make that stash last! It's easy! Just be sure you do it right @ HT @ Leafly

Canna-Health Care: The groundbreaking impact of legalization on our Canadian healthcare system will need to be monitored very closely. Health and safety issues? Medical cannabis access? The issues are many, and under prohibition, very little real research was ever actually done. Let it begin @ Global

Pot For Pets: Here's a "must read" guide on CBD oils for your pet @ LeafSci

HIGH TIMES



It's All Going To Pot: 85 year old, country legend and pot head Willie Nelson speaks out on weed and politics. Says he'd like to get high with SnoopMeryl Streep and Pope Francis. Ha. Ha @ ET

Mars Needs Pot: Futurists and Urban farmers are busy now making sure tomorrow's Mars colonists will be able to grow their own weed. Far out man, real faaaaaar out @ FC 



Nugswap: Howzabout a cannabis co-operative where growers can swap buds? Much more to follow! Dankmasta P explains @ TTB

High With A Little Help From Our Friends: How John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Led Zeppelin, Allen Ginsberg and the Grateful Dead helped kick start Canada's counterculture legalization movement way back in the day. Includes a history of prohibition in Canada too! Hmmm. Have I spotted this before?! Well, it deserves another read @ Star


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