Opening Statement



Thursday, 12 December 2019

Japan A Go Go!

Still Editing A Bit ...



Janet and I experienced autumn twice this year. We enjoyed the crimson splash of colour as the leaves changed colour at our country place in Land o’ Lakes, Ontario, Canada. Then flew half way across the world to watch them explode again in gorgeous splendour in Japan. 

It was a real high! Beyond compare! A fitting celebration. It's official. Janet is retired now too! Japan was on both our bucket lists. So, away we go:

The 12+ hour direct flight from Toronto to Tokyo was totally discombobulating. We sat through 3 meals, a couple of movies, endless chatter, a snooze, with still a few hours to spare. The 14 hour time difference was manageable upon arrival. It was evening, so we went to bed early for a good nights sleep. But it was murder coming back. 

Still well worth it. Our most fantastic trip yet!

We spent 12 nights in Japan. From Tokyo, we travelled to Nikko, Mount Fuji, Hakone, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Osaka. We booked our trip through Jade Tours at New Wave Travel, here in Toronto. Most of our excursions were with Sunrise Tours. By bus, train, boat and on foot. 



Quite frankly, Japan is very cultured, sophisticated and efficient. Moreso than most places we’ve travelled, even among the G20 countries. The cellphones, tablets, computers and apps are more advanced. The transportation technology is amazing. The trains are always on time. Even the public toilets onboard the super fast, bullet train have heated seats. They lean back. Play music. And deodorize any smells.  

Our hotel rooms were very comfy, with plenty of extras. Arrivals and departures ran smoothly. The transfers were very orderly. Our suitcases were aways picked up and dropped off at our next location, right away, on time, without fail. 

The staff and tour guides? Or the locals in the street? Unfailing helpful, friendly and polite. We were shocked. The young folk automatically step up to help, or offer their elders a seat. 

We like to think that Canadians are polite and considerate, eh? Ha!



Bump into somebody by accident? Commit some other such faux pas? Everyone bows to each other out of respect. To smooth things over. And move on, with a touch of social grace, so sadly lacking back home in the west.

Usually Janet and I only book airfare and our hotel in advance. We decided to try a package tour of Japan. We were worried that the huge crowds, and quite different Japanese language and customs might be very confusing, at least for our first trip. 

But no problem! We've visited the other side of the world. Everything ran smoothly. Like clockwork. We felt safe. Were never afraid. Even though far from home. Our world. The one we know best. It was very easy for us to travel about in Japan, relaxing and enjoying ourselves to the max!

Here’s a few notes, in case you'd like go:

TOKYO



Our first 3 nights were at the Keio Plaza Hotel, while we explored Tokyo and Niko. Our room was comfy, not too small, like we had feared. Had all the modern amenities, and then some. 

The Keio is conveniently located beside the Shinjuku station and shopping complex. We also enjoyed shopping at the nearby Shibuya Crosswalk, a short subway trip awayTower Records has 6 floors of music, mostly on CD's, over a third of them JPop. The local scene is huge. But floor displays also touted the latest reissues by western pop legends the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash

I caught a free in store concert with local alt rockers Rourourourous. Met the band. Bought an autographed copy of their new disc. Fun. Very cool! Truly, music is a universal language!



As we stepped back outside Tower Records, I was amazed by all the unique stores. Really, Japan is like one giant shopping mall everywhere you go. Beside clothing, there's lots and lots of book, collectables and music shops. Computer and electronic outlets. Game arcades, clubs, restaurants and theatres too. With a very thriving local J-Scene in fashion, music, literature and the popular arts, to say the least.

True, Japan is pricey. Reminds me of Manhattan. The low Canadian dollar didn’t help. Still, we managed to find more than our fair share of reasonable priced goodies. Mostly clothes, electronics and a few souvenirs. Were pleased we didn’t blow our travel budget -there is just so much, very cool stuff to buy!

We watched the huge flow of people and cars criss crossing the intersection at Shibuya, Tokyo's Times Square; the giant throbbing, heartbeat of Japan and the night. Then retired to the Keio’s Luxe lounge for a nightcap. Snacks. Catching up on our social media while enjoying the tasty musical menu of piped in, post war, American jazz.



Breakfast and lunch were included most days. The Keio, like our other tourist digs, provided a hearty Japanese-American breakfast buffet with our tour package. Otherwise? It'll cost about $25 US. 

The skies the limit for dinner, depending on your budget and tastes. However, western junk food or a bento box were readily available for $15 or less. Chicken, beef and pork, besides the prerequisite seafood and fish, were usually on the restaurant menus. Try a big bowl of Udon soup. It's available at kiosks everywhere for about the same price. Was great when we were hungry and on the run. 

Sandwiches were always in stock at the local convenience stores. Crusts neatly cut off, wrapped in cellophane, they cost a few dollars tops. Ditto the countless Japanese drinks and snacks from the long rows of vending machines lining the streets. We were never hungry. Or couldn't find something good to eat!

As for the big name tourist sites? Be forewarned! Tokyo was fire bombed relentlessly during World War Two. Most of the city, including the historical buildings were destroyed. Little survived intact; the original structures were made from wood! 

Tokyo's been rebuilt. Is very ultra modern. Like most Japanese cities, everything is very nice. Also very new. But most of the famous sites we visited were largely post war reconstructions. Sometimes none the better for wear and tear. 

We checked out the huge stone foundations from the old Imperial Palace. Didn’t get inside, as it was closed for a royal ceremony. But apparently it's been rebuilt a few times over the years too.



Quite frankly, we saw more Shinto Shrines and Buddha Temples than you could shake a stick at. Tosho-gu? Meiji? Asakusa?, Also, largely rebuilt. Ready perhaps for a more updated, virtual, high tech remake? 

Nonetheless, we really enjoyed the amazing scenery and sprawling, well kept grounds at each site. The countless statues. Small ponds. Exquisitely sculptured gardens. Kegon Falls nestled among the exploding autumn colours, was especially picturesque. 

It was great being outside. Enjoying the autumn colours. The mild, fall weather. Everything spotless. You won't see garbage lying about. Not even on the city streets. The trash is secured with a mesh cover, so it doesn't blow away. And folks don't dare toss their wrappers and junk on the ground. No way! 

Here's an interesting insight into the Japanese psyche. Our Tokyo tour guide explained that 80% of the Japanese practice both the Shinto and Buddhist faiths. There’s lots of cross over. Only 1% practice Christianity. But Christmas holidays and Christian weddings are very popular. 



Western style baseball is also very popular in Japan. She described it as a game where everybody knows their place. Has a specific role to fill. And must play hard to the best of their ability, for the good of the team! 

We didn't see a game while we were there, or I might’ve watched it in a different light. But there was lots of sumo wrestling and horse racing in the sports section of the Japan Times, and on TV. Hmmm. Dunno what that means. Read into it what you will!

Also interesting: Our tour guide explained why the Japanese wear protective, surgical masks in public. Think pollen. Pollution. Plus it's common courtesy, if you think you've got a cold or flu. Makes sense!

Our tour of Tokyo Bay provided a good view of the city skyline. Tokyo is very high density like most cities in Japan. It's the largest with 9.27 million people. Two thirds of the island is mountainous, so most of the people live along the coastline. In the foothills and valleys. Still, the skyscrapers weren't nearly as tall as I'd expected in Japan. Apparently because of the frequent earthquakes, typhoons and a tsunami or two. 



Driving about Tokyo anytime of the day is challenging at best. With so many people, expect massive gridlock. Even so, few motorists honk their horn! 

Public transit is definitely the best way to go. One lines up at the bus or train station, in a very orderly manner. Your ride pulls up exactly on time, stopping right at the marker on the floor where you stand. Wait patiently in single file. Go with the flow. It'll work perfectly! Don't? Everybody notices! That will not do! Better be ready for some real serious bowing! 

We got by fine, but weren’t quite ready to venture onto the Tokyo subway at rush hour. Maybe next trip!

MT FUJI


Mount Fuji sticks out visibly above the clouds as one flies into Tokyo, the first sight you see. It’s a fairly short day trip from the city, traffic permitting. The wheels of our tour bus, rolling along the corrugated “singing roads”, hum a patriotic folk tune.  We wind our way through Hakone National Park up to 5 Mile Station. Ride the nearby Komogatake Ropeway cablecar to hilltop Owakudani station. Enjoy a very spectacular "420" view. 

Tokers beware! Despite it’s many charms, Japan is not, repeat not, cannabis user friendly. Far from it. Best one pack some discreet, high grade, prescription cannabinoids instead. 




Still, we enjoy a mystical view of Mount Fuji. The exploding fall colours. From up among the clouds. Buzzing along on whatever. In the thin mountain air. 

In short, Mount Fuji is "420" par excellence! Huge. Immovable. Timeless. And serene. Ommm.

JAPANESE ALPS



From Mount Fuji, we take the bullet train to Hakone-Yumoto, famous for it’s mountain hot springs;  it’s “onsen” public baths. The modest 3 star Yumoto Fujiya Hotel, is simple but pleasant and clean. Comfy Jobito gowns are provided in our rooms, acceptable lounge wear at the hotel, or even out and about the town. 

Our English speaking tour group are mostly Australian, Indian or from the US. We go out for dinner, check out the local shops. Janet and the girls score some delightful, traditional silk tops, very reasonably priced. Head off to the hotel hot springs. 

As for the guys, I had to go it alone. An onsen has separate men’s and women’s baths. With small, heated pools. A steam room. Sauna. Open showers and stools. No clothes are allowed! Washcloths only. When not in use, put them on your head. There's more:




It was real laid back and relaxed. Great for sweating out the strain of a few, very busy daze on the road. It's uniquely Japanese. Very polite. Functional. A totally non-sexual and non judgemental experience. Calming. Cleansing. Collectively or solo, a ritual. A respite. The onsen is not to be missed! 

For the next 2 days, Janet and I continue our tour of the Japanese Alps. Visit the mountain towns of Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa. We gaze out the bullet train window, speeding through deep valleys, along the breathtaking ridges and death defying cliffs. Surrounded by the bright orange, red, yellow and dark brown, alps exploding in fall colours. Lost in our reverie. A moment in time. 



We enjoy more onsen at the Hido Hotel Plaza in Kanazawa. Hold hands shopping the bustling, morning market. Walking the picturesque  Kenrokuen gardens at Kanazawa. Touring a rebuilt, ancient Samuri residence. Exploring the traditional, thatched roof grassho-zukuri huts in Shirakawago. Tucked away in a valley, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. The colourful, hillside autumn leaves forming a glorious patch work quilt. 

We catch the train to Kyoto. Check into the Miyako Hotel. Excited to awake next day, for our excursion to Hiroshima.

HIROSHIMA



Standing wordless at ground zero of the atomic age. Quietly gazing at the ruins of the Atomic Bomb Dome. Surrounded by studious Japanese children furiously taking notes. A slight breeze rustles the leaves. The grass. A hint of winter to the air. I'm at a complete loss for words.

At 8:15 am on August 6th 1945, a US B29 bomber, the Enola Gay, dropped “Little Boy”, an atomic weapon on the unsuspecting city. 140,000 women, children and died in the A-bomb flash. And it's horrific after-effects. It is said that if we put our ear to the ground, one can hear the lost souls crying in horror. 

Truth be told, I doubt I’d be able to get back up off my knees. Not anymore. Not in my autumn years. So as far as an ear to the ground goes, I'll leave that to you.



Instead, we wander the Hiroshima Peace and Memorial Park. Examine the grainy survivor photos, scorched artifacts and remains of that profoundly shocking and disturbing day. A blackened toy doll. A melted eye glass found in a skull. A picture of a woman. The patterned dress seared into her skin from the intense heat of the blast. Innocents for the most part. Heading out in the morning. During rush hour. Like we do, most of our lives. Off to school and work. 

Ka Boom!

Gone.

A Yankee visitor, in red cap, oafishly yammers away about military necessity and the like. Is greeted with stunned silence. It’s 74 years later. The Age of Trump. I shudder. Staring at all the collateral damage. Think state, sponsored terrorism instead.



We visit Miyajima hoping to see it's stately red, floating Torii gate rising above the harbour waters. But it’s covered in scaffolding, getting a face lift. We sample a traditional "Okonomia" pancake, a survivor’s recipe, dating back to the blast. Served straight up with a bottle of US styled Hiroshima Cola. Sigh. Alas.

We catch the bullet train back to Kyoto at Hiroshima station. Like much of Japan, it's ultra modern and new. Hopeful. Built atop the ruins of World War Two. 


I leaf through my newspaper. More stories of North Korean missiles, fired into the Sea of Japan. While the western world looks the other way. A timely reminder that the possibility of nuclear annihilation is never far away. 

KYOTO-OSAKA



What more can I say? We saw lots of traditional castles, residences, temples, and shrines. Mostly reconstructs. In two more lively, post modern Japanese cities, jam packed with people and stores. We visit the Kyoto Handicraft Shop, scoring lots of reasonably priced Japanese JinBei pyjamas. Traditional Yukata dressing gowns. Pants and tops. Colourful. Lose. Flowing. Excellent lounge wear for back home. Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas this year?

We toured the picture, perfect Tenryuji Temple pond garden. Enjoyed a morning stroll through the bamboo forest at Today Temple Nara Deer Park. The impossibly thin, tall trees. Ate home made apple pie. Marvelling at everything. Alone in our own world and  deeply in love.



I watch the happy, young, Japanese couples, in eye catching kimonos, being pulled around in rickshaws. Breath in the cool, refreshing mountain air. Enjoying every last minute of our trip. Each, a moment in time.

I close my eyes. Take a snapshot in my mind of the sites, the people, the sounds. A fleeting essence of Japan. Hopefully, to last a lifetime. Or until we return again.

In Kyoto, there’s a tour of  Aerial Garden Observatory. Osaka Castle.  A river boat cruise to see Nakanoshima.



Back in our room, Janet and I pack. Next day, catch a flight back to Tokyo. Transfer to our Air Canada flight. Landing back home in Toronto, many, many hours later. Tired and exhausted. But mesmerized too. In wonder. Agape. 

In heart and soul, we're still in Japan. 

David C



COMMENTS:

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Oh Cannabis Fall 2019 News y Views!

Inhale! Hold! Exhale! Smile! ChEcK oUt My "Readers Guide 2 Oh Cannabis News Y View" @ Directory! UpDAtEs AddED iN LaRgE TyPe! LiVe TwEeTs @ davidchiarelli 




OH CANNABIS

More Trudeau: A liberal minority win in this fall's federal election, sadly leaves the Liberal's corporate weed agenda firmly intact. Expect more bureaucratic inertia and health and safety reefer madness a la Prohibition 2.0! However, with the NDP and Greens holding the balance of power, we could see more private member bills, pushing for expungement and an end to the medical cannabis tax @ Leafly 

Truth Tracker: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quick to defend his money grubbing, corporate legalization strategy during our federal election. Apparently, it's been a great success. Canada's big bad, black [read "unregulated"] market is now on the run. Eh?!? Not so fast buster @ CTV

On The New NORML: NORML Canada held an open meeting October 17th, on the first anniversary of legalization, to announce it's new 5 point plan for the road ahead. The goal? To focus advocacy efforts on reforming Canada's highly flawed Cannabis Act @ NORML.CA @ NORML.CA

Dr. Mike Whitty from NORML Michigan and NORML Motorcity [Detroit] provided insights into that state's new recreational cannabis law. Former Health Minister/ BioMed Exec George Smitherman dropped by to discuss cannabis lounges and the Ontario Smoking Act. Then Abi Roach and the NORML Canada executive opened the floor to a lively discussion on the "unregulated" [as opposed to "black"] market. Over regulation. Medical cannabis access. Fear and stigma. Social discrimination in the cannabiz sector. US border crossings. Expungements and lots more.




Furious George On Pot!

Oh Cannabis is duly impressed and plans to incorporate the term unregulated market on a go forward basis. Applauds the new NORML's clear focus on many of the most pressing grassroots problems with Canadian legalization, as also regularly highlighted here on my blog site.

Afterwards, we were invited to an industry party for a local, legal, cannabis dispensary. They will remain nameless. I've slammed them before on my site, but they were still nice enough to let me in. Suffice to say that no toking was allowed, even though they were celebrating a new line of pre-rolls. And as for the cannabis edibles they were handing out? They contained no THC or CBD's! For shame!

The irony seemed totally lost on the drinking crowd. We heads decided to just slip outside by ourselves, into the cold and dark, to do our stoner thing. Smoke our own boo. Sigh! Alas! How typical of the whole problem with the legal sector verses the unregulated market! 

Ever wonder why the legal scene isn't catching on?!? Quite simply, the whole corporate mindset and culture sucks! They just don't seem to get it! Nuff said!




Abi on The New NORML!

Sign Abi Roach's Petition: Toronto's Kensington Market Hotbox/ NORML cannabis activist is rightfully pissed! She's demanding that the Ontario Thug Ford government open up the dispensary application and licensing process just like like they would for any other legal business in our province. Say no 2 his corrupt "pot lotto" reefer madness @ Change.org

Thug Ford's Pot Lottery: It's Ontario losing ticket! Sadly, Canada's largest province can't even begin to provide enough weed to go around under the "system" Ford's created. Meanwhile, there's plenty of established indie retailers, who've suffered long and hard throughout prohibition. They could quickly rush in to meet the demand. Instead, the Thug's oh-so-lucky friends and lotto fiends continue to somehow win big time! Without having ever risked any skin in the real legalization game and struggle! No justice, no peace @ Globe

Procedurally Unfair: Thug Ford's "disqualified lotto winners" launch a legal challenge against the corrupt AGCO @ FP



Ford -Not Open 4 Business: How bad is it here? Even the province's OCRC, our government run crown pot corporation, somehow managed to lose $42 million over the last fiscal year, since legalization. How ironic! Ex- high school drug pusher Premier Thug Ford and his Neo Conservative party?They insist Ontario is open for business. While clearly lack any half assed business sense whatsoever! @ CP24

A Different Kind of Dope: Yup! Even Ontario's big licensed producers are furiously lining up en masse to lobby the Ford government. Desperately hoping he'll finally get his fucking business act together in Canada's largest marketplace. More below under "Green Marketing" and @ MBD

Ford Bans Vapes: In another half witted, knee jerk move, the Ford PC government bans vapes from gas stations and convenience stores. Few if any THC pens are sold there, legally anyway, but who knows what the fucktard will do next, as he reforms Bill 36, which governs legal cannabis sales in our province @ TStar @ Ipol

Canada Vapes: Our Canuck producers are standing by their soon to be legalized vape products, despite the recent US health scare. Much more on the real problems and issues below, and @ FP 

Nic'd: Canada's only confirmed, vape related illness to date involved nicotine @ Globe 



Cannabis Council of Canada: stresses that vape pens and their contents should be sold in a "properly regulated and responsible environment" @ Inc

Canadian Medical Association: urges the government to reduce the THC count in legal edibles from 10 to 5% for ... ahem ... "safety" reasons. Our underground craft producers will quickly make up the difference, especially for our more needy medical cannabis market. Internationally speaking? Canada's legal producers simply won't be able to compete there either, recreationally or otherwise. More reefer madness @ CH



Standing On Guard 4 Weed: The RCMP's Dudley Do Right comes to the rescue, once again. Kinda sorta. While warning why we shouldn't buy unregulated weed, they provide a whole lotta good reasons why we should @ Vice

Missing In Action: Blacks are being disproportionately sidelined throughout Canada's new, cannabiz sector. The underlying criminalization, expungement and policing issues are examined. The focus is also on how they're being excluded from most of the big, important policy discussions @ PO



Alberta Smokes: Seems Canada's western "Texas Lite" province has the best well oiled and functioning cannabis retail sector in the country. Their usually combative right and left wing politico's even managed to work together to get it right, whereas here in Ontario it's nothing but a total fucking mess @ CH

BC Ban: Promoting cannabis at any liquor-licensed venue or event in British Columbia is now strictly prohibited! But for booze it's okay?!? Crazy man crazy @ Straight



Indigenous Perspectives: Locked out of and not consulted on legalization, many of the First Nations in Canada have decided to declare weed sovereignty; that is to grow and sell their own cannabis on treaty lands. Legacy 420's Jordan Brant explains the many internal challenges and considerations that presents from an indigenous perspective @ JBrant

Here's another point of view about the right to create and enforce a indigenous "Cannabis Control Act" on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory outside Belleville, Ontario, where the Legacy 420 dispensary is located. The issues and implications run deep! More POV's @ RP

It's a very lively, in-depth community debate, bubbling under both the surface of Canadian politics and history. One we hear little about off the reserve. Truly, we can learn a lot from the First Nations' community approach to legalization. Plus from the terrific indigenous dispensaries and grow-ops that they are busy setting up. Ours often pale in comparison. No pun intended. Well, maybe ... 




Six Nations Green Cross 6N Police raid!

Six Nation Busts: When are dispensary staff beaten during a police raid? When they are indigenous. No?!? See above. Check it out @ DF

Police dispensary raids on Six Nation treaty lands are increasingly dramatical and quite brutal. In response, the Six Nations Peoples Cannabis Coalition is calling for more self regulation of the production and sale of cannabis on the reserves @ DF


Election Warning: Many First Nation chiefs across Canada are voicing a stern warning for whomever wins the fall federal election! Amend the Cannabis act to include indigenous treaty rights, so that conflict doesn't ensue! Serious business @ CBC

Canadian Federal Election My coverage of the main parties position, or lack thereof, on reforming our flawed Cannabis Act [2018] is @ HERE!

IN THE NEWS



Feel The Bern: US Democrat presidential candidate  Bernie Sanders promises to legalize cannabis, by executive order, within 100 days of taking office @ MF He also outlines a three step plan to block a big corporate takeover of the US cannabiz sector @ MM

Slow Joe? Biden walks back his comments that cannabis is a gateway drug, after belatedly looking into the current research, and discovering that it isn't. The other prudential candidates respond @ MM


Trumped: The befuckled US President gets his youth vaping crisis' mixed up. Bans flavoured cannabis vapes. They're not safe, it seems! Unlike opiods, or for that matter the NRA ... Well you get the picture @ Politico @ VF @ Vice

Safe US Banking Act: Good! SAFE [Safe And Fair Enforcement] has been passed by the House! Would finally allow the US cannabis industry to access the everyday, legal, banking and financial services, it so desperately needs to succeed. But it's also bad news! SAFE doesn't dare remove cannabis as a mucho verboten schedule 1 drug. So the long and short of it all? Our favourite weed remains a big no-no at the federal level. Plus, the bill's highly unlikely to be approved by all those GOP reefer madmen, still foaming at the mouth in the US senate @ BW

Two Thirds Support: Americans are increasingly in favour of legalization. Not only isn't cannabis just for hippies anymore. More and more folks also realize, it just makes makes good business sense @ MR



MORE: The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement Act passes, by a bipartisan House Judiciary Committee vote of 24 to 10. The act would delist cannabis as a Controlled Substance. Impose a minor excise tax to pay for the expungement of criminal records. Now the lobbying begins @ NORML @ NORML

Cannabis Summit: Women Republican and Democratic lawmakers from across US meet to knock heads. They calmly and rationally discuss legalization policy, showing the Big Boise [ ... duh ... ] how it's done right @ MM

Friends in High Places: Finally, a lot of top Republicans are speaking out for legalization and supporting the cannabis industry now too @ TCBD @ GH



Patricia Spottedcrow Verses the Stool Pigeon: A 25 year old single mom from Oklahoma got 12 years for selling $31 in pot to a police informant. Faaaa .... that's less than is sitting here beside my computer as I type ... !!! Patricia simply can't afford the court costs and fines, so she keeps getting tossed back in the slammer. And so it goes to be poor, indigenous and female! Once again; No justice -no peace @ Insider and OCSW

US Report Card: How does your state rate for medical cannabis access in 2019? Check it out @ Leafly

Makes Sensi: Mexico moves closer to legalize recreational weed. The plan @ Fool

GREEN MARKETING




All Dried Up: How greedy Bay Street financiers killed the golden goose of Canadian legalization @  Globe

Corporate Weed: Canada's Canopy Growth is very busy promoting it's corporate strain of "cannabis colonialism" throughout the US. Stateside, the big cannabis business sector is still behind the times. But before we start wrapping ourselves in our flag to celebrate Canada leading the way, one must wonder; is the corporate legalization model really a good thing? @ BT

Election High: Canada's cannabiz producers and investors alike are breathing a sigh of relief. Legalization under the Trudeau Liberals has been problematic at best. But had CPC Andrew Scheer had been elected, who knows what would've happened next?!? Now, they consider the way forward @ Fool



A Legalization 2.0 Q+A With Lisa Campbell: Mercari's CEO, a well respected local activist and entrepreneur in the ongoing struggle, fills us in on the next big step in Canada's legalization process -cannabis food and beverage consumables! Take it away Lisa @ Verdie

How 2 Tell If Your Vape Cartridge is Safe? Cannabis oil itself is quite safe. The danger is with the cutting and binding agents and other vaping liquids added for flavour, plus to make big clouds. Ditto the cheap and dangerous Made-in-China batteries. Check it out @ GE and @ Weedmaps

Vape Safety Requires Legalization Just like with any other consumer product, the cartridges and pens could be easily safety tested and proper standards set, if they weren't illegal. But of course, that just makes too much sense @ NYM @ FEE

Big Tobacco is using crisis to consolidate it's power over the massive new vaping market! Surprised? @ Vice



Up Yer Butt: The cannabiz sector is pulling out all the stops in marketing "Boof", a promising, new CBD "butt lube", to the LGBTQ community. Seems it's good for pain, inflammation and to relax too. Er .... face north, Jack @ MJ 

Corporate Woes: The cannabis market is growing growing faster than the marketing branders can define it. And so we watch as the corporate squares move in on our turf and try to co-opt us. Fall flat on their face @ Forbes

Reefer Madness 2.0: Despite legalization, the pot stigma remains! Sadly, the mainstream media in both Canada and the US continue to reinforce the same old, tired racial, criminal and cultural stereotypes about us, and our favourite weed @ FT

HIGHER LEARNING



Vaping Woes -The Scientific Evidence: Since cannabis has been illegal up until now, nobody in the scientific community could properly investigate the questions that naturally arise, as with any new product. That's slowly changing. Now, the CDC [Centre 4 Disease Control] is investigating pulmonary disease among E-cig users for us @ CDC [list]

Here's Why Cannabis Must Be Properly TestedWM



Know Your Rights: Sigh! Alas! Both employees and bosses alike are equally uninformed about our medical cannabis rights, in Canada. But hey! Knowledge is power @ Leafly

Flying High: Yes! You can bring e-cigarettes for personal use with you, or in your carry on baggage, on domestic flights in Canada. But you can't toke or recharge them. Plus any spare batteries must be "protected" while you are on the plane @ GC.CA Eh? Uh huh! You can bring up to 30 grams of weed. And nope! You don't need the receipts @ CBC

Driving Stoned: It's widely assumed that THC, like alcohol, impairs your driving ability. However, that's never been properly tested nor established as a scientific fact. Indeed, another recent report, suggests otherwise @  NORML


Gender Exclusion: Here's a timely reminder about inequality, discrimination and oppression within Canada's budding cannabiz sector. How does it effect indigenous women? Our LGBTQ community? Anyone and everyone who is somehow different than the mainstream "norm"?!? What can we do?!? Some of our leading cannabis activists, including Caelan HartCaryma S'ad and Abi Sampson speak out @ HV



"Yer Visual Guide 2 The Perfect Dab": Aka "A Lil' Dab'll Do Ya!"Leafly

Everything You Need To Know About CBD's [But Were Afraid To Ask]: A complete guide @ Leafly

How 2 Avoid Getting Banned From the US for Weed, Even CBD's?!?Vice



Sore Joints Department: Seniors rejoice! Our favourite herb is a safe and pleasant source of pain relief from arthritis! Here are some strains you might want to try @ GO @ MB @ Leafly

A Weed Overdose? It's all but impossible! Yup! You'd have to consume 400 grams of pure THC in a very short time. Basically, it's all about the receptors in your brain cells! Unlike with alcohol and most other legal drugs .... So put that in yer friggin' pipe and smoke it, Mr. Reefer Madness Mad Man @ IHL

HIGH TIMES:



"Where's Waldo?" or "The Real History of 420?" Truth be told, 5:20 pm would work better for me. It's when I'm most likely to wrap up my day. Decompress. Unwind. Get real laid back with my favourite weed. But 420 is THE stoner high holiday time, on a global scale! A massive, widespread counter-culture celebration of weed and our legalization struggle! So Hi! Hi! High! Resistance is futile! Er ... Here's how it all started! Thanks 2 the Waldo's, the Grateful Dead and High Times magazine @ MJ @ LS @ Time and WL


Toronto's Top 5 Weed Destinations: Finally! A list that includes places that I, as a local, actually go too. Vapor Central. Hotbox Cafe! The Underground! More @ Exclaim

Church of Weed: Some Cali aficionados have decided that cannabis is a holy sacrament. Smoking it is their religion. Others say it's all just an illegal scam. So then, when is a weed church really a church?!? Ummmmm ..... Ummm .... Er ... Praise the Lord! And pass me a toke @ NYT


Karma Cup 2019: See my review with links @ HERE! The final 2019 results are in. See who won @ Karma!

John Sinclair Remembered: With weed now legal in Michigan, some state locals believe veteran activist, poet, and music impresario [think MC5!] deserves a public holiday! To recognize his heady contribution to the struggle. Get this -John was busted, back in 1969 for offering just 2 friggin' joints to an undercover cop. Was sentenced 10 years!!! 



Fortunately, Yippie Jerry Rubin and Beatle John Lennon came to his rescue, helping organize a "Ten For Two" Freedom Rally at which John and Yoko played a song he wrote called ... what else but ... "John Sinclair". Still rocking @ BB  @ MT @ MT The John and Yoko set @ Youtube

Hippie Inc: With legalization, yesterdaze cannabis counterculture is apparently going corporate, out in California anyways @ 1843

This Year's Top 9 Fall Harvest Strains: Miracle Alien Cookies? OZ Kush? Dosi Punch? These best bud lists debates are always lotsa fun! What's your own favourite?  Feel free to add them in the "Comments" section below. See @ Leafly


COMMENT:

Communist Girls ARE More Fun!

Communist Girls ARE More Fun!
See below ...

Communist Girls Are More Fun #1

Communist Girls Are More Fun #1

Communist Grrrls are More Fun #2

Communist Grrrls are More Fun #2

Communist Grrrls Are More Fun #3

Communist Grrrls Are More Fun #3

Communist Girls Are More Fun #4

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!