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Green Market Toronto M-Edibles are back this Sunday March 19th from 2-6pm! See "Green Market" below for my review of the last show.....
Cannabis Culture Church Street reopens with the staff taking over ownership as the new managers. Marc and Jodie consider their next move. They are planning a May cross country tour! Stay tuned! More @ Now
Toronto Police Services [TPS] made a big mess trashing the inside of Cannabis Culture, Church St Toronto during the Project Gator bust. BTW, Chris and Erin Goodwin told me that police also seized all the kiddies computers, devices and games when their home was raided. For shame! Church Street Photos @ CJB
Save Our Dispensaries! Despite what Toronto Police Services [TPS] claim, cannabis patients are not very well served by Health Canada and it's licensed producers [LP's]. Any one of us can tell you that it's mail order system totally sucks! Will Marc Emery's acts of civil disobedience finally help make the Trudeau government reconsider it's hard assed position against listening to and allowing our small biz craft dispensaries a place within the legalization process? We know that they actually work, and help us a lot, when they aren't getting busted! Here's some preliminary notes on making store front dispensaries the "next big fight" @ Globe
Whack-a-Mole Department: The London dispensary raids and re-openings show that police crackdowns aren't working @ LPL
Medical Cannabis: Canada now has almost 130 K prescription users
Project Gator -Lost in the Legal Swamp! Great shades of the infamous, "Bath House" raids, the Toronto Police are at it again! The charges from Project Gator have little real chance of holding up in court. LGBTQ activism after the bath house raids lead to lots of big, legal changes. What happens next after the police crackdown on Cannabis Culture? Read as CC Lawyer Dan Stein punches legal holes into the TPS's leaky paddle boat, while he fights to free Marc Emery @ Now!
A Crown Affair: Meanwhile, Durham police are allowing a cop to co-own a pot dispensary. Huh?!? Does the right hand even know what the left hand is doing? Seems some of the officers want in on them too. Hmmm. What to think? @ Star
Canadian Cannabis Court: Weed arrests are badly clogging up our already overloaded court system. Police arrests continue to soar across Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rules out decriminalization. Dithers about with legalization. Sigh! Alas! Canadian cannabis advocate Dana Larsen shows how Canada's justice system is crumbling. Welcome to the Canadian police state circa 2017 @ Huff
CC's Chris + Erin Goodwin Rock Toronto!
Party Politics: Marc Emery is succeeding in putting PM Justin Trudeau on the hot seat for mishandling the legalization portfolio. Did you know that he has endorsed CPC candidate Maxime Bernier, a fellow Libertarian for the spring Conservative party leadership race? Will Bernier have the balls to break CPC ranks, and speak out for legalization? Support Marc? How the mighty fall by the wayside, one by one by one, as push comes to shove. And Maxime? Marc's planning to attend the Toronto CPC leadership convention on May 26/27th to cheer him on. Good! It's important to get the issue out on the floor. Wonder what O'Leary will say? Ha! More @ GeorgiaStraight
Trudeau Pot Czar Bill Blair digs in his heels. He says the government won't rush legalization. To be expected @ Bloomberg
Good Buds: Since Project Claudia's dispensary raids began in Toronto last spring, 10 owners and managers have been "committed to trial". As for the additional 151 bud tenders arrested in the raids? They've had their charges "stayed"/ tossed out of court. What a senseless waste of time and legal resources! More @ Citizen
Cannabis at Work: Canadian employers are already considering how to "cope" with legalization in the workplace. Safety issues are a big focus. Know this: Workers, unions and cannabis activists need to get involved asap, to make sure that they get it right! Otherwise?!? @ CBC
Driving on Cannabis: Manitoba is considering legislation for "impaired" driving checks, while looking at ways for the police to do it @ Globe
Pre-Emptive Strike: New zoning changes in Edmonton Alberta close "loopholes" for the cities cannabis lounges and dispensaries, prior to legalization @ Journal. You'll find copies of the new regulations here @ PDF's
No Canada Wall? Seems the Trumpster isn't worried about legal cannabis in Canada. Still, beware of carrying weed through US customs @ MassRoots
AROUND THE WORLD
The Trump Effect: While President Trump is a pretty scary, unpredictable dude there could be a silver lining to all the BS at the grass root level. Until he decides what to do, and does it, "Big Marijuana" [Banking, Pharma, and Tobacco] are sitting on their hands among all the uncertainty. That gives the small cannabiz sector a chance to grow and develop some more in the meantime. More @ MJIN
From Russia With Love: Maybe/ maybe not! Another theory is that Attorney General Jeff Sessions might get too tied up and distracted over the Rooskies to crack down on weed @ HighTimes
Congressional Cannabis Caucus: So far, 28 states have legalized cannabis for recreational and/ or medical purposes, mostly the latter. However, only 4 congressmen are openly advocating for the cannabis industry. 2 are Democrats. 2 GOP. Meanwhile the Trump administration continues to send out confusing smoke signals over whether the Fed's are going to meddle in the state's biz @ Entrepreneur
Crossing State Lines: What's legal? Where? The USA is different than Canada when it comes to legalization. So far, it's has been left up for them each to decide, so the laws vary from state to state. Here's what you should know while travelling around, so you don't get busted @ Cannalytics
Mister Trump -Tear Down That Wall: Ronnie Reagan knew that the Berlin Wall was BS. Fast forward to now. Legalizing cannabis would hurt Mexico's drug cartels worse than any great wall ever could. But is the Donald listening?!? @ Reason
Legal Pot Clubs: The senate wants to permit cannabis "social clubs" to open in Colorado. However, the Guv doesn't want tobacco smoking to also be allowed or he could nix them. These clubs are very popular in Spain. Marc was going to scout them out at one point, told me he thought no tobacco was best. Dunno if he did. It's an interesting concept @ AP
Worldwide Round Up: Here's how different countries around the world are dealing with legalization. Or doubling down on prohibition. Malaysia? If you're caught with 7 ozs or more, it's the death penalty! Same with trafficking in Saudi Arabia! For weed?!?!? More @ CCRegister
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Green Market Toronto returns this Sunday March 19, 2-6pm, location TBA @ Event
The Toronto Centre for Social Innovation Green Market as it's otherwise known, readily provides M-Edibles to a hungry city. The courts have ruled that medical cannabis users have the right to access medical cannabis in all it's forms. Without our cities dispensaries and the Toronto Green Market, that's not possible, unless one somehow makes them yourself, or buys on the street! More @ Star
Green Market Toronto M-Edibles: Alas! Toronto Police busts have decimated the local medical cannabis market for both patients and recreational users alike! Fortunately, Green Market Toronto keeps popping up to fill our wants and needs. On March 5th, our local friendly, well informed and helpful producers once showed up to provide everything from infused honey's, oils, candies, chocolate, to topical creams etc. etc. etc. Standouts for me included "Fritz's" popcorn, gummies and chex mix. "Cannaloves" gluten-free medibles. Also "Extreme Infusions" honey, syrups and oils. Good news to see expiry dates being listed on the products -absolutely necessary from a consumer/ medical patient perspective! "Toko" and "High Ends" disposable vapourizer's were out in force. The occasional dud pen continues to be a concern, refund policies vague, but otherwise a handy little product. Cody Van Gogh's creative 2 gram joints now come in a nice gift pack. Free medible samples abounded. A "Take Care with Cannabis" health tip guide was handed out to customers at the door. Trez kool! Truly, at the Green Market Toronto, a splendid time is guaranteed for all! Follow @ Facebook
It's A Pop Up Market: Another Green Market Toronto Review is @ Civilized
Toronto Weed Map Anyone?!: The new TTC [Toronto Transit Commission] public transit "Weedmap" angers city prohibitionists! One hopes that they will soon be going the way of the Doddo bird, but don't hold your breath. Meantime, Weedmap now shows Torontonians where the nearest local dispensary is. Police continue to play "Whack-a-Mole". Raid a shop. They re-open next day. Good to have a map, but the whole scenario is very bizarre, to say the least @ CBC
Vapor Cartridges -The Inside Story: What are you vaping? Where does it come from? Is it safe? Pesticides are a concern. More @ MerryJane
Online Weed: What to look out for in choosing a good site to buy from @ CannabisCulture
Cannabis Infused Tampons?!? Hey don't laugh. They are getting rave reviews for reducing cramps and lower back pain. Plus they're organic! @ Independent
Cannabis Stock Ticker: Canuck cannabiz stocks have taken a bounce on speculation after the dispensary raids. Hmmm. The raids were good for business?!? Which ones? Why? Maybe it's time to put together a personal cannabiz portfolio? I think so. The plot thickens @ FinancialPost
Cannabis Social Clubs: They provide a novel, cost effective way for members to grow their own supply of non profit weed. Sounds ideal for the medical cannabis patient. But where are the big buck$ for the big boy$ in that eh? More @ Lift
Cannabis 101: A Visual Buyers Guide! What to look at when shopping for weed @ Leafly
"Extracts 4 Dummies": or "Shattered": TPS tried to create a big reefer madness horror show about discovering the "potent" and "dangerous" cannabis concentrate "shatter" during the Cannabis Culture Church Street bust. At the media scrum outside the court house, everybody laughed! Here's some much more knowledgeable info on concentrated cannabis extractions @ HighTimes
Getting Lit 101: A creative writing workshop on cannabis, anyone. Wait!!! You mean some folks actually write while stoned on weed?!? No..............!? Yer kidding me, eh? Ummmm, by the way ... toke! toke! toke! ... It's BYOC @ HighTimes
Medical Cannabis: The Patient Experience is a free symposium where folks can participate in an interactive learning experience. It's April 2, 1-4 pm downtown Toronto. For more info call 844-456-1515. RSVP @ firstname.lastname@example.org
"Women's Use of Cannabis for Pleasure": A McMaster University School of Social Work candidate is seeking participants for a bona fide "research ethics" approved study! It will be done one on one via Skype. In return you will get a summary copy of her thesis! Contact @ email@example.com
Political Activism 101: CC's Erin Goodwin shows us how it's done! Be prepared at our cannabis community protests and events. Don't let the mainstream media set the agenda with negative "drug war" imagery! Think, act, share .....
History of Women and Weed 101: Activists Jodie Emery? Erin Goodwin? Britney Guera? [Add your fave here ....]? Females' are filling a leading role in the emerging cannabiz industry and protest movement. That should come as no surprise! Women have a long history of being caregivers! Learn a lesson in caring and healing @ JaneStHealing
Tokin' With Queen Vic? Maggie Mead?!? Yup! Here's a crash course on 7 famous women who smoked weed @ Herb
Vic: Toke? Who? Me???
Fake Pot News: "Fake News" is rampant in America during the Age of Trump. Some weed stories have turned out to be real whoppers too. Recognize any of these? @ HighTimes
Cannabis and The Arts 101: Don't just sit there stoned! Your friendly local art gallery, museum and zoo are very trippy, potent and mind expanding after enjoying a puff or two or three! Here's what strains go best with this higher learning experience @ Marijuanomics
Do It Yourself Corner: Here's 5 DIY bongs and pipes you can make for yourself in a pinch. Real cheap! Very grass roots! Heh Heh er .... @ GrassCity
No! Really?!? Jimi Hendrix, our "man with the guitar" smokes a little boo back in the day @ Youtube
Sweet Marijuana: Mistery's "Save Di Earth Riddin" rocks my house these daze @ Youtube
Bad Doggie -Not Good?: Tweed Weedster Snoop Dogg freaks out the Donald with his new video, and receives one of his infamousTweets @ HighTimes Watch the video @ Youtube
Welcome to Jam Rock: Bob's youngest offspring, Damian Marley steps up in the new millennium! Damian's planning to set up a "global medical cannabis platform and brand" franchise business @ JaGleaner
US Cannabis Festivals: Here are 5 big ones! Suppose with legalization pending in Canada there will be a lot more to watch out for here this summer! Read @ Allbud
Weed Roots: A health scare cancels several Willie Nelson shows, but it seems like he's back again @ KHOU.
It's All Going To Pot! Yeah, Willie knows the score. Gotta love this space cowboy anthem with one time Okie from Muskogee, Merle Haggard @ Youtube