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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Oh Cannabis Summer 2019 News y Views!

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HEADLINES

Canadian Legalization Round 2: The federal government prepares to legalize edibles, topicals and extracts exactly one year into the legalization process. Sadly, as with legal bud, uptight reefer madness restrictions are the order of the day. Can the government licensed cannabis producers, marketers and sellers realistically hope to compete in Canada's bustling, free market place?

Drink Up: Legal cannabis infused drinks take on the alcohol industry! Can cannabis give them a good run for their money?

DIY: What's yer consumer alternative to crummy, overpriced, government weed and edibles? Dig yer garden! Start rattling those pots y pans!

Safety First Hi-Jinks: Cannabis verses the Tide Pod Challenge?

First Nation Rising: More news and views on indigenous pot!

Spin Control: A green marketing reporter's pet peeves?

Reefer Madness 2.0: Dealing with the stigma and lies in the legalization era!

The Blunt Truth: Tobacco and weed?

A Child's Garden of Grass: Cannabis in the sixties and seventies revisited!

Cannabis for Newbies? Cannabis for seniors? Some considerations ....

Much More 2 Come .....

OH CANNABIS



Legalized Kinda Sorta: Edibles, extracts and topicals become legal across Canada October 17. They should be available in government licensed, recreational, pot shops by mid December, hopefully in time for Christmas. But don't get excited! They're no match for similar products all ready widely available through the underground market. Edibles are limited to 10 mg of THC per pack. Gummy Bears and many other novelty items and shapes not considered child safe, are strictly forbidden. Extracts are capped at 10 mg per piece too, up to a 1000 max per pack. Non alcoholic, cannabis infused drinks, including near beer and wine are okay. However packaging and labelling requirements are super uptight and unappealing at best. The focus remains on THC rather than CBD's. Getting high remains more important than getting well, despite government assurances to the contrary ..... None of this is much fun, nor a commercially viable way to go for consumers or producers alike. But at least they'll be legal now. Overtime, the courts and marketplace can sort out the mess @ GCA @ Globe @ NP @ FiC @ 

Warning: The Warning Labels: Health Canada gives packaging somewhat of a makeover. They tone down the alarm factor a bit, but guarantee they'll still look and sound dull, dangerous and quite unappealing @ Leaf See the complete, new list of warnings @ GCA

Stuck With A Pig In A Poke: Welcome To The New Roll Out! Just Like the Old Roll Out! Basically, the newly legalized cannabis products must be as ugly and boring as possible to make them child safe and so on. Blah. Blah. Blah. Too bad for the legal marketers and producers! With their hands all but tied, it'll be impossible to compete CBC

The Tide Pod Challenge: Ironically, youngsters across Canada are indeed gulping down poison! Lots of it. But little is being done. Yup! They're swallowing highly toxic, chemical detergents. The one's widely being marketed and sold in tantalizing, candy like "Tide Pods". Unlike with cannabis, alarm bells don't ring! Child safety?!? Tide's corporate sales agenda definitely comes first! The colourful Tide Pods were even being brazenly advertised with much fanfare, down the full length of a packed subway car or two in downtown Toronto, last week. Full throttle Canadian reefer madness! For shame @ Huff @ Huff


Drunken Rapture: The Toronto Raptors finally won the NBA Finals for the first time ever! There was rioting, and shootings afterwards. Pumped up sports enthusiasts even trashed 2 police cars. Some city buses. Meanwhile the Ford government is about to allow alcohol at sport tailgate parties for the first time. Allow beer to sold at the corner stores across the province. Without blinking an eye. Even bragging about it too! Yet when it comes to cannabis, a lot safer, unaggressive drug? Ford is so tight about weed, he squeaks. Enough double standards! Consider carefully; would this have happened if it were mostly tokers rather than drinkers partying? @ Global @ Globe

IN THE NEWS



US Legalization -A Timeline: The prohibition dominos are falling! America's turning green! Here's a timeline of the long US march to legalization. Looks like it won't happen federally this year! But watch it become a big election issue for many voters in 2020! Here's how the US legalization movement got to where it is today, and what might come next @ Fool

Galloping: Support for legalization in the US has surged to 66%. Here are the most popular arguments for and against it, among American today @ Forbes

Inside Europe's First Narco State: Fast cash comes first and foremost in Albania. Organized crime and rampant unemployment are the order of the day. Sound like a spy thriller? Get this -Albania is supposed to be one of the good guys; a NATO Allie.  About to join the Eurpean Union. Whew! Well that's okay then, eh! ... eh? ... eh? @ Vice


GREEN MARKETING

The Trouble With Government Weed:  Canada's cannabis retail rollout is creating a huge consumer disconnect. First with the legal bud. Now with legal edibles, extracts and topicals. For now, they're a novelty, so the newbies will go buy it at the government stores. But unless the restrictions are soon lifted and the process refined, legal producers and sellers will hardly be able to compete. Not within Canada's bustling, unlicensed, free market place @ Lift

More Tynedinaga Pot Please! Canada's indigenous people have declared weed sovereignty on Treaty Land. Their thriving pot shops are an excellent free market example of how to sell pot. Last issue, I reviewed some of my favourite's at the Mohawk Tyendinaga Reserve outside Belleville Ontario. Will provide more throughout the summer. Here are 5 more, from another kool site @ DGTA

Vape Guide: I've got my trusty Pax and mighty Storz-Bickel. In a pinch, a handy Aspire will do. We've all got our favourites. But how do they rate? Here's a handy guide @ VG

A Game Changer? Will cannabis infused drinks give alcohol a run for it's money?  

Yea! It seems that the beer companies for one are worried, because it won't make you fat! @ TS

Nay! On the other hand  it takes longer to get high! Plus there are all the ridiculous, marketing restrictions. The manufacturing conditions. Especially in Canada! The THC count? 10 mg max! And no alcohol is allowed in the mix! Won't help export sales. Can't even advertise that it tastes like non-alcoholic wine or beer here in Canada. Sad. Sad. Sad @ Leafly

Spin Control: Yeah, a lot of time it's plain BS. Just butt kissing time. Happily, I write for myself. Got nothing but ideas to sell. Or rather give away. For free. Ha. Ha. Er ....  On the other hand, if you're trying to get mainstream media coverage to sell a green market product, and earn a living, you'll need to exercise a lot more .... ummm .... very special spin control! Over how you present yourself! And your product. Aren't getting the coverage you need? Avoid these reporter pet peeves @ Forbes

HIGHER LEARNING



Yummy Gummy's: Ok. Ok. The Canadian government is only going to allow weak candy edibles and they can't look like bears. Oh noooooo? What to do?!? Harumph!  Simply make your own! The THC/ CBD dosage? As strong as you like! And in whatever friggin' shape or size you like. Here's to easily make your own gol darn gummy bears. So good luck Government of Canada! -Not! @ Leafly

Grow Yer Own Time: Yipper! Government weed sux! I$ expen$ive. Often so so in quality. Too low in THC. CBD's. Hmmmmmm. Don't want to go underground? So what to do? Here's a handy shopping list so you can grow your own weed! Much of it available for under $300 on Amazon. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Justin Trudeau you corporate prick @ MG

Blunt Truth: A "blunt" is often incorrectly used to refer to a nice, big, fat joint. Specifically, it refers to one rolled using a cigar or tobacco leaf. Gives you quite a rush. But do you know how addictive it is?!? I've spent much of my life battling the demon nicotine. Have nooooooo desire to do so again! Now see some newbies trying it without even thinking. Please -beware! Smoke weed, no tobacco @ TC

Plastic People: Plastic Straws are finally being banned almost everywhere because they are just so bad for the environment. Sadly, if hemp hadn't been made illegal, they never would've been a problem in the first place. Seems the plastics' people had a diabolical hand in stretching the truth about our favourite weed @ FTP

Back 2 The Garden! The aging Woodstock baby boomer generation is getting back to the garden, the weed garden that is. Rediscovering many truths about our favourite sixties plant. Yes! It's an excellent DIY remedy for aches, pains and so much more @ TGO Plus, a complete seniors guide to cannabis is @ Aging

Reefer Madness 2.0: With time, legalization will help dispel a lot of the lies and misconceptions about our favourite weed. Especially now that it is being declassified. Can be properly studied. But let's be realistic. It won't all be good news. But a lot of the stigma and unnecessary BS can finally be put to rest. And we can enjoy it eyes wide open. As well educated critical thinkers, who can decide for ourselves, what we want/ don't want to put into our bodies SAB

HIGH TIMES

Newbies Guide: Here are 10 helpful tips for the new toker. Like about expectations, product safety, and on choosing your smoking circle or tribe carefully. Here's to the high times ahead @ Leafly

Groovy Man! The Sixties and Seventies were quite arguably the dopest time for weed, way before it went mainstream. We tokers were a counterculture, which protested injustice. That's how we got to where we are today @ TGO 

Far Out: Drugs on campus during the sixties. A first hand account from back in the day. Consider for yourself, what it was like, compared to drugs today @ SEP

Spot The Sixties Stoner: What to look for? Tunes? Slang? Dress? Groovy 

COMMENTS





Friday, 14 June 2019

Teacher Free Speech Summer 2019 News y Views!

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OH CANADA

Cuts Hurt People: Ontario's Ford PC's have been firing up a huge trash can party across the province! In year one alone, to ostensibly "balance the budget", most everything thats made our province a great people place in which to live, has been put to the torch. Here's a list of the cuts to health, education, the environment, social services, research, justice, municipalities, the legislature, arts, culture and tourism. On and on it goes. Premier Doug Ford's pals must be laughing so hard they'll piss their pants @ NO

Meet Dean French: Many suspect he's the ... ahem ... "brains" behind the Ford Wrecking Ball. From behind the scenes in the premiers office, he's been directing the smash and grab for Ontario's Neo Conster government @  TL

Last Laugh: Ford's now tanked in the polls, making outgoing Premier Kathleen Wynne look like "Ms Popularity Plus"! He might also be trashing Andrew Scheer's Federal Conservatives odds for a fall election win in Canada's most vote rich province. @ TStar

"Oligarchical Rigging 101" or "Beware of Doug": Get this -Ford's PC's could still get easily re-elected in 2022! As for Andrea Horwath and the opposition NDP? Our wishy washy leftish alternative continues to flounder! The leaderless corporate Neo Liberals? They're in total disarray. Sigh! Alas! A provincial prospectus TStar and @ TStar


Hey! It's Andy + His Pal Doug! Rob 2!

"Engaging Ford" or "You Can Run But You Can't Hide": Ford cuts and runs! He suspends the Ontario legislature, until after the Federal election, perhaps to get out of Scheer's way. But Engage Canada, on behalf of the Canada's unionized workforce starts taking him to task during the Toronto Raptor's NBA playoff's @ CTV 

"Mini-Me" or "Connect The Dots": Think Ford's Ontario PC's are a complete horror show? Just imagine what the Scheer Conservatives could do to create havoc across Canada! Check out Engage Canada's ad and website @ ScheerWeakness

Canuck Right Wing Watch: Rebel Media, Canada's far right mouthpiece has long been long echoing their hate mongering, anti-muslim and pro Big Oil counterparts in the US. Think Trump North! They do so with the help of foreign dollars! And the tentacles run deep! They're very busy funding coverage of Ford crony and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. So to Neo Conster Andrew Scheer. Also his updated brownshirts; Canada's so called Yellow Vest "protesters". Sadly, while Engage Canada gets instantly labelled a big bad lobby group, with Rebel Media most Canadians ignore the obvious. Inside Rebel Media @ NP @ PP @ Walrus

The Problem With Andrew Scheer: He's a huge magnet for hate groups on the far right. And like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he's a corporate tool. But worse yet, all of this is being largely ignored by the Canadian media @ Macs Nor has NDP Federal leader Jagmeet Singh, coming late to the election game, been able to gain much traction @ Macs

IN THE NEWS




Twilight Zone Time: Duh. Duh. Duh. Duh ......

Mueller Time: Seems everybody and their mother has a very strong point of view on the Mueller Report! The alleged Russian election meddling? The Donald Trump cover-up? The obstruction of justice? Even US AG William Barr's summary seems dubious at best. We can't all be right. Or wrong.

Perhaps it's time to actually read it ourselves? At least take a serious gander? So we can speak knowledgeably! About the most important issue in US politics today! And perhaps for a very long time to come!

What the heck did Bob really say? And what is to be done? I prefer the cheap, hard copy version of the Mueller Report. It's now available in bookstores. And even at Costco for crying out loud! Or read the online version for free! @ WP

White Faced: Whatever else, Mueller certainly highlights a dysfunctional, chaotic White House on show for all to see. Both at home and abroad, a Great Power unhinged can be horrifying. Very dangerous. One's enemies take succour. Who knows what they'll do next. Or even if they need to, when the controls are set for self destruct. Consider carefully @  Pol



Impeach or Prosecute? The focus right now seems to be on whether President Donald Trump should be impeached or not. However, to prosecute him on criminal charges after he finishes office could be the best option. Or maybe not? More @ Politico

Dem Dems? The new, urbanized Democratic Party coalition is more diverse and representative of the US population at large than ever before. Thats reflected in the many house votes. Sadly they're often slipping by unnoticed among all Trump's jackass, diversionary grandstanding and antics. Still, are they up to the big job of toppling him in 2020? Time will tell. The clock is ticking. More @ CNN

Democratic Socialism: Presidential contender Bernie Sanders makes a strong case for Democratic Socialism in the US. Attacks Corporate Socialism. Meanwhile, moderate Democrats wring their hands. Are they up to the fight? Will it sell? By US standards, he's definitely pushing the envelope firmly into the new century! More @ Vox @ CNN 

Living Through Another Cuba? Seems not! Despite all his huffing and puffing over Venezuela, the Trumpster is no JFK. Yup. There was a failed, US sponsored, right wing coup attempt. But the dirty tricks seem as far as he's willing to go. It's being widely reported elsewhere, if not here. Both Russia and China have told him to fuck off. Not send in troops. Go the UN route instead. Work to stabilize the troubled nation. Which he won't. And so for now, armed Manifest Destiny at least, in the America's, during the Era of Trump, is kaput! More @ Pol @ TeleSur

EDUCATION BEAT



Bill 115 Redux: Ontario teacher contracts expire August 31st. So many job and course cuts have already been announced. Bets are the Ford Neo Cons will unilaterally impose an austerity contract on the teachers, with lots of slashes and burns a la the Wynne Liberal's Bill 115. Yes! That was ruled illegal years later. But are AEFO, ETFO, OECTA and OSSTF up to the fight? Or will they roll over and play dead again? The unions do so at their own peril. This time, they could very well end up down for the count! Do or die time, it's shaping up as a fight to the finish @ BI

In Bed With Ford: The TCDSB Toronto Catholic school board turns on it's own teachers to balance Ford's $32.8 million funding shortfall. The teachers will now need to pay $10 a day to park at work, a defacto salary cutback. No word yet on whether parents visiting the school must pay too. Nor the trustees or admin at the board office. For shame! @ TStar

"Who 2 Trust Anymore Come Hell Or High Water?!?" Not organized religion! It's all but abandoned the moral high ground. Did so long ago. We've been lied to for far too long. The sexual abuse is very well documented now, and it's legion. So Pope Francis finally sets some new rules for investigating all the Catholic cover-ups, but it's in house, not something that has to be reported to police. And the penalties remain unclear. Meanwhile, the Southern Baptists also continue to grapple with widespread and rampant history of sexual abuse like so many of the other churches. Too little! Too late! Quick! Hide the kiddies! The virgin girls and boys! Faaaaaaa! Jesus must be rolling in his grave! @ WSJ @ TGC

KULTURE KULT INK



Toronto Raptors Win! Naw! Most of the team are Yanks, not Canucks! But they've won the NBA! Defeating the Warriors 114-110, in a 6th game nail biter! A first time for the Raptors. Also the first time an ... ahem ... non US team has won! But Canada parties like crazy anyway. Cracking open the Brewski's! Firing up the joints! Of course, a lot of the NHL players are from here, and ... and ... and so @ Global

Sexist Air-Conditioning?!? Summer is upon us! So. Do you need to wear a heavy sweater at work? Totally freeze your tootsies off every time you enter an air-conditioned building? That's because the temperature is automatically preset to the comfort levels for an average 155 lb, 5 foot 10 man wearing a suit and tie in the 1960's! Even nowadaze? Too bad! The times they are a changing, but maybe not for you! Grrrrrr. Brrrrrr @ WN





COMMENTS


Thursday, 2 May 2019

Oh Cannabis -Our Condo "Air Quality Control" Rule!



Are you a medical pot smoker? Or a recreational one? Living in a condo? A rental home? Or an apartment? 

Remember last spring? Maybe you were shocked! Upset like me!

Cannabis was finally being "legalized!" But my condo board was hellbent on a complete smoking ban! 

Say what? I'm a medical user! I can't toke at home? 

Apparently not here at my 218 unit building in Toronto, Ontario, Canada! Nor in lots of other multiple resident properties, all across our provinceSee @ [LINK].

That's changed! 

No, our building's new "Air Quality Control Rule" isn't perfect. It's a compromise. 

But I can relax now. Toke peacefully in the privacy of my own home! If not in the other "common elements" or "areas"! Without the fear of being hassled!

It's far from perfect. However, our new rule is hopefully a useful model! One that you can build on! 

Here's the complete legal text, along with my explanatory notes, in case it's of some help for you: 


AIR QUALITY RULE


Pursuant to Section 58 of the Condominium Act, 1998


WHEREAS the Board of Directors of the Corporation has the authority to pass rules governing the use and occupation of the units, consistent with the Declaration, in order to promote the safety, security and welfare of the Owners and the property, or for the purpose of preventing unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of the common elements and other units; and

[In Ontario, smoking tobacco and recreational cannabis can be banned in a condo, apartment and/ or house. But check where you live. The laws vary. Across Canada. In different US states. And other countries.]

WHEREAS the Board of Directors of the Corporation recognizes there is a distinct category of medical user. To prevent against substantial interference with the reasonable use of property amongst other users, reasonable containment is the goal of this rule to support accommodation.


[Let's be clear! A complete smoking ban? It's not all right to harass a medical cannabis patient! Most of us are very reasonable. Just want to be left alone. To relax. Be safe. And peacefully medicate at home. 

Of course, that can be problematic in a multiple resident building. If some of us aren't reasonable, then our neighbours definitely have rights too. But it's not fair to overreact. Automatically assume the worst.

Think of all the many contentious messes, stinks and noises in your building. Why centre us out for special punishment? 

The bottom line? Nowadays, cannabis is legal in Canada. That should be good news! We tokers have been unfairly criminalized, bullied and harassed for far too long! 

Lasch Law's complete smoking ban would've grandfathered us as medical users in my building. Require us to declare and share our medical information. That sounds like a legal quagmire. Smacks of bullying. [LINK]

Such reefer madness hysteria is at best manipulative. Ill-advised. And very mean spirited. Condo boards and landlords need to clearly hear that's not okay! Enough is enough! 

Inevitably, one or more of these nasty pot bans are going to result in a major, civil rights challenge. Under close scrutiny, they're very problematic. Will get botched up. Backfire in court. 

Especially when it comes to medical cannabis rights. The grass root activists among us need to lead the charge. Remind the condo board or landlord of our legal rights. So they don't carelessly over re-act. Rashly pass a complete smoking ban. Before carefully considering all of the legal implications. 

With my board, it was a long, gruelling process. At heart, they're good people, whom I quite like. Still, to put it nicely, it required a very high spirited debate. But was well worth it. 

In the end, we unanimously agreed to rewrite the complete smoking ban that Lasch Law had forwarded for our consideration. For starters, we added these specific references to our new Air Quality Control Act; "a distinct category of medical user", "other users" and "reasonable containment". Moreover, you can see that they are prominently placed within the opening clauses of the new rule we passed.] 


NOW THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED AS A RULE OF THE CORPORATION AS FOLLOWS:

1] There shall be no smoking anywhere on, within or upon the common elements of the Corporation [which shall include all exterior common elements of the Corporation such as patios, terraces and/or balconies, if any] except in areas as may be specifically designated by the board from time to time, at its absolute discretion.

[This protects the resident's medical and recreational right to smoke cannabis within our own condo units! I chose to focus on medical user rights first and foremost as a part of my strategy. The legal arguments are the strongest. Blowing big holes in our odious, Lasch Law ban. Creating the most reasonable doubt.

As a result, the recreational users also benefited. Can now smoke in their homes. Tobacco smokers too. Otherwise, their case would've been a lot harder to legally make! 

Seniors? New Canadians? People of colour? The LGBTQ residents? Quite understandably, few thought much of going out to the street for a toke! Nor do they want their loved ones to have to do so either. Mean. Not safe. Lots of hassles.

A tip: Be inclusive! Our Toronto condo building is very diverse. Certainly, casting a wide net helped provide a lot more good reasons and support to defeat the complete smoking ban! Moreover, it's a very important social justice issue too

Also helpful: Whether a resident or director is to the left or the right, the threat of unwanted intrusions at home proved very convincing. Smacks of "big brother" and the "nanny state". 

Ask what happens after that trip wire is crossed? What's going to be banned next? Of course, everyone has a pet peeve. The end result? A very slippery slope. All things considered, it's an argument which shoots lots more holes in the ban! From both sides of the political spectrum! 

As a result, our complete smoking ban was withdrawn. The new rule more fairly treats cannabis, tobacco and alcohol exactly the same. All three are allowed in your own unit. But they are prohibited in all of the "common elements" or areas located inside and outside the building.

Smoking on the balcony? It's prohibited by our city by-laws anyway. Hallways, elevators, the parking garage and lobby? Also a no go. 

Our board had already banned alcohol and tobacco from anywhere on the outside grounds long ago. Including at the BBQ pit. It's simple. Now the same rule applies for cannabis too!

That's only fair, if not a compromise of sorts. There's no smoking area outside. Or outdoor party drinks allowed during BBQ season. 

I asked around. Nobody wanted to champion those issues! Well, they really aren't that important to me, except in principle. And everyone is still free to apply "from time to time" for an exemption, as "specifically designated by the board."]



2] For the purposes of the Rule, "smoking" includes, but is not limited to, the combustion, vaporization, and/or inhalation of tobacco or tobacco products, cannabis [marijuana] or cannabis products, or such other substances as the Board of Directors may prohibit from time to time, in it's absolute discretion, by any means or method including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, joints, pipes, vaporizers or other means or methods as the Board of Directors may prohibit from time to time, in its absolute discretion.

[I would've liked a broad vaping exemption. But there wasn't enough interest and support!]

3] In the event that complaints are received by the Corporation that smoke or smoke odours are entering other units or the common elements as a result of smoking by a resident, that resident together with the corporation shall take reasonable steps to prevent such smoke migration from occurring, which may include, but is not limited to, the Corporation employing a licensed and insured contractor to mitigate the complaint involving that resident's unit at his/ her sole cost and expense.

[Corporations indemnify themselves. Our condo board is a corporation. This is a pretty standard legal clause, so I let it be.

The issue of "reasonable containment" however, could be more problematic! Of course, we need to be respectful and sensitive of others. And rightly so! 

As for our superintendent? Property management? The contractors? Will they be properly trained and qualified? In case of a complaint? About a medical cannabis patient? To decide what's "reasonable"? Or how we are to be "contained"? That's very difficult to properly determine! Fraught with legal peril!

At least our medical user rights are clearly noted in the preamble! We're not just another resident who smokes. Can legally call in the real legal experts should any faux pas occur! A useful reference point for us! And hopefully for all concerned]



4] Owners shall be solely responsible for the remediation of any and all damage caused in their unit[s] and the common elements [which shall include all exterior common elements of the Corporation such as patios, terraces and/or balconies, if any] including but not limited to mould or mildew, attributable to the cultivation of cannabis by such Owner[s]. No more than four [4] plants shall be permitted to be cultivated in any one [1] unit at any time.

[Our condo building doesn't have any existing rules banning house plants. Basically, cannabis will be treated like any other plant. Our baseline? The government limit of 4. That mitigated the board's fear of large grow ops! Widespread mould! And skyrocketing electrical costs! Also, our "medical user" reference could arguably help protect the ACMPR grower's legal right to grow more plants, if needed.]

Every lease of a unit in the Corporation, entered into by an Owner on or after the date this Rule becomes effective, shall contain a written term explicitly stating that the no smoking or vaping of any type shall be permitted on the common elements of the Corporation, and proof of same shall be provided to the Corporation immediately upon request. In addition to all the other means of enforcement and remedies available to the Corporation, any breach of this rule shall be enforced as set out in the existing Rules of the Corporation. Where any provision in this rule is inconsistent with any other Rule of the Corporation, the provisions of this Rule shall prevail and the other Rule shall be deemed amended or appealed accordingly.



FINAL NOTES

As medical users and grass root activists, we really need to get involved where we live. It's well worth it! After all, a cannabis ban directly effects us at home!

Get involved with your condo board or tenant association. Attend the meetings. Network! Maybe try a friendly knock on doors where you smell smoke! Remember, there could be lots of possible allies living in your building. They can help fight the good fight too!

The sooner the better! Condo boards often make decisions with minimal input. So even a few, very unhappy voices can have a big impact. 

Don't forget! After they pass a rule, it gets a lot harder to change! [LINK]

Renters face an even more formidable task. You don't own your house or unit. Still, the risk of doing nothing is just too high. And NOT in a good way! 

It could be very insightful to hear what others are doing! Please feel free to share your "Comments" below!

Fortunately, I could explain a lot of the basic issues to the board myself. Perhaps that comes from writing my Oh Cannabis News + Views blog. Still, it was often in lay person terms. And there was a lot of deep rooted skepticism. 

Cannabis might be legal. However, the reefer madness lies and confusion are still very hard to dispel. That won't change overnight!



When the going got tough, I had the board invite Toronto Cannabis Lawyer Caryma Sa'd to attend a meeting. She thoroughly confirmed the "medical user" facts and answered any questions. It was very refreshing, because she did so from a progressive perspective. Very rare! And of course, she knows all the proper legal terms and references. [SITE] [FACEBOOK]

Caryma also very much appreciated the board's concern about "reasonable containment". So that was also appropriately addressed to the board's satisfaction. 

Overall, it was a very useful visit. Our board needed to hear all this, from a good, well versed lawyer, rather than just me. 

In short, Caryma was a real deal clincher. Her visit helped dispel any lingering reservations. We were able to ditch the complete smoking ban. Then draft and pass our new Air Quality Control Rule.



James O'Hara from CFAMM [Canadians for Fair Access To Medical Marijuana] was also very helpful! I heard him and Caryma speak at Karma Cup 2018. Phoned him later for a sounding board, to make sure I was on the right track. [CFAMM] [TWITTER]

You might look both of them up here in the GTA. Or seek out other similar, cannabis advocacy resources to successfully fight your building's cannabis ban.

Hopefully, our new Air Quality Control Rule is of some help too! 

Pax/
Solidarity!

David C

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Your Reader Guide 2 Teacher Free Speech News y Views!


Under the influence! 

Above the ignorance! 

Welcome to the straight goods! 

Think of Teacher Free Speech as Oh Cannabis' alter ego. Both have a grass root focus on social justice. Civil Liberty. The counter culture. The good fight against rigged government. And corporate rule. Rooted in the here and now. That's my goal!

Teacher Free Speech News and Views has a wider political, social and economic focus. Hopefully providing more general and comprehensive insights into our life and times. 

Oh Cannabis covers much the same ground. With a much, more specific, activist thrust; the fight to legalize cannabis. An end the legal reefer madness of Prohibition 2.0. But the underlying issues are the same!

Be in the know! Read together, they're more holistic. More complete. Whole. Make more sense.

I know. This is getting pretty high falootin'! Soooooo ..... 




HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL FIND:

EDUCATION BEAT: I use to cover the teacher movement here on my site, in a lot more detail, as a union steward, before I retired. Still do somewhat. But as an older, everyday citizen. With wife, family and grandchildren. And nobody growing any younger. The focus here? On educating ourselves. And others in our care. The goal? To be more inclusive. Empowering. Caring. And to celebrate our diversity

OH CANADA: [Verses "Oh Cannabis" .... comprehend?!] You'll find Toronto, Ontario, and Canadian news links and commentary, in that order, on the pressing issues of the day ...


IN THE NEWS: Includes political, social and economic news links from south of our border. And around the world. From a Canadian POV. Something a little different perhaps, for many readers ...

KULTURE KULT INK: Think "Culture" with a capital K. Society. Arts and entertainment. Society. Links that are just for fun. Or that really don't fit in anywhere else ....

COMMENTS: Please feel free! Any and all constructive criticism and/or points of view are welcome! Use the link. 

Enjoy!

David C

LINKS

My Blog Site Acronym Guide is @ HERE!



COMMENTS

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Come 2 Dankmasta P's Nugswap!


Psssst! Wanna swap buds in Toronto?!? Come to Dankmasta P's "Nugswap"! It's  from 5-8pm, on the third Saturday of each month, at the venerable downtown Vapor Central Lounge. [LINK!]

There's no cash involved, except for the $5 club entrance fee. Everyone's very friendly, laid back and discreet. Just local cannabis enthusiasts. And lots of home growers. Out to swap, trade or "Gift" each other, with the following:

-Flower
-Cuts + Clones
-Seeds
-Edibles + Extracts

Here's how it works:



Upon arrival, fill out a card. Include a nickname. List the Gifts you've brought. And the Gifts you're looking for. Post it on the bulletin board. 

Next, grab a name tag. Check out the other cards. Decide who you'd like to share with. Then swap wares. 

Of course, you can fire up the volcano's! The dab rigs! Vape away!

No cash means no hassles. Just gift what you got. Get gifts back.

Very gifty! Dankmasta P's Nugswap's are very potent and mind expanding too! Sample a whole whack of different cannabis strains! Try them in bud, edible and/ or in extract form. Learn more about growing your own weed. See what you like for yourself; the low cost/ no cost way. 

Collect a very kool bag of goodies! Maybe win a prize in the draw. 

Get stoned AF. Then safely ride the subway home!

Think alternatives: Ontario's uptight, overpriced, licensed, pot shops? 

Tell Doug Ford to go stick it, the Nugswap way! 

Much to my delight, this shesh, I scored:



Rick Simpson Oil -Very smooth. Clean! A lil' dab will do ya! For aches! Pains! Whatever ails! A classic, home made, medical cannabis high!

CBN Capsule's: A clear, natural extract that helps relax and put you to sleep.

Buds: A dank, indica Rude Boy Kush caught my fancy! Plus there was lotsa fun Grape and Purple Kush. Really, with so many homegrown strains, I always find something trez kool. I even scored a few grams of real Jamaican ganja. Very old school! Hard pressed into a brick! Irie!



Cuttings, Seeds, Clones: Great starter strains! Endless varieties! Take your pick! 

So plan to attend Dankmasta P's next Nugswap! Partake in the festivities! 

A splendid time is guaranteed for all! 



LINKS:

Twitter Updatesdavidchiarelli

The Nugswap Co-op ExplainedHERE!

Teachers In The WeedpatchHERE!

My Nugswap Bud ReviewTHERE!



COMMENTS:

Communist Girls ARE More Fun!

Communist Girls ARE More Fun!
See below ...

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Communist Girls Are More Fun #4

Art at the Paris Louvre: What does it mean?!?

Art at the Paris Louvre: What does it mean?!?
A careful analytical study!

Help! I Have No Arms!

Help! I Have No Arms!
Please scratch my back.

I can't find my underwear!.

I can't find my underwear!.
Have you seen them!

Weee! I can fly!

Weee! I can fly!
Look! I can crawl thru walls!

I have a headache!

I have a headache!
And a broken nose.

I have a square hole in my bum!

I have a square hole in my bum!

Here try this, it's very good!

Here try this, it's very good!
No. You have a bird face.

I have an ugly baby!

I have an ugly baby!
No I'm not!

Let's save all our money + buy pants!

Let's save all our money + buy pants!
OK but I need a new hand too!

Oh no! I got something in my eye!

Oh no! I got something in my eye!

You don't look well.

You don't look well.
No. My head hurts +I have a sore chest.

Would you like a bun?

Would you like a bun?

Chichen-Itza: Lost Maya City of Ruins!

Chichen-Itza: Lost Maya City of Ruins!
The Temple of Kukulkan!

Gotta love it!

Gotta love it!
Truly amazing!

Under Reconstruction!

Under Reconstruction!

Temples + Snakes!

Temples + Snakes!

The Snake!

The Snake!
It runs the length of the ball field!