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Thursday, 14 December 2017

CC5: Cannabis Culture 5 -Pre-Trial Settlement?




The Cannabis Culture 5 [CC5] return to the old Toronto Court house for their next pretrial date on Monday December 18th at 10am! A breakthrough in the 9 month proceedings is in the works. It's the first real ray of hope, if we can call it that, since the CC5's were busted last March in the high profile Project Gator cross Canada police craft cannabis dispensary raids, aka Prohibition 2.0.

The Cannabis Culture 5's Marc Emery spoke again with Oh Cannabis after the Dec 10th court date about the pending deal, now expected on Monday. Marc explains that the crown is demanding a huge, unprecedented "shit kicking", "onerous, punitive fine". He'd prefer to do jail time instead, but that options not on the table.

Marc notes that since the Project Gator bust he's testified extensively at the many government committees seeking input into the legalization process. He's disheartened that his warnings and advice about the Trudeau government's new overly regulated, corporate legalization model are going unheeded, but he's tried his best.

Marc warns that we are certainly headed towards a real "shit storm" with legalization come next year, one rife with "euphoria, aggravation, annoyance and confusion". Moreover, he warns of a bad shortage of legal weed, even within the first few days of legalization. Of course, it will even be even worse if the government succeeds in shutting our flourishing, across Canada, craft cannabis dispensary movement down!

Marc plans to leave for Europe and South America after his bail conditions are lifted. He'll meet with cannabis activists in countries "not so far along" in the legalization process as we are here in Canada, to network and share the good news about what we've been able to accomplish. Then he'll return in the spring for the legalization roll out to see what can be done then.

He remains optimistic that although legalization will be a legal mess, there are many "interesting experiments" occurring across Canada in our 13 different provinces and territories. In the long run, Marc is hopeful that a more fair, varied, and effective legal cannabiz model can still be developed over time.


In the meantime, Jodie Emery, will "transition" and "convert" the Cannabis Culture brand into a legal market model. Cannabis Culture certainly plans to continue providing us with their heady brand of top notch strains, user friendly service, and cannabis activism, as weed finally becomes legal in Canada next year.

Watch Marc Emery's complete interview @ Youtube

The CC'5s Chris Goodwin also spoke to Oh Cannabis. In his interview, Chris comments on the important role peaceful civil disobedience actions have played in the the Canadian legalization fight. Chris explains, that like with the gay and civil rights movement, the only way we can often expose and change "colossal injustice on a massive scale" is by peacefully breaking the law in a non violent way.

Do you grow, buy, smoke and or sell illegal weed? Do you actively join in the protests? Chris notes that if only 5% of the population can be likewise encouraged to openly challenge and violate an unjust  law, it can be effectively changed. 

We are now seeing this happen with legalization as a result of Canadian's widespread refusal to obey our cannabis laws. Truly, it can be an especially exhilarating high of a different kind, to engage in peaceful civil disobedience actions like the CC5 and bring about real change, as Chris explains @ YouTube



Three hours have been set aside for the CC5's December 18th court date. The police evidence will be presented, along with the details of the agreement that is reached.

Oh Cannabis joins Dankr.ca in urging our local cannabis community to please come out to demonstrate your support for the Cannabis Culture 5 and Canada's indie craft cannabis dispensary's at the old Toronto City Hall court house next Monday December 18th at 10 am! More details @ Dankr.ca


Let's be vocal! 

Loud! Clear! 

No to Trudeau + Wynne's corporate agenda! 

We want craft dispensary weed here! 



LINKS


Reefer Monopoly Madness: Canada's corporate legalization model demands tight federal and provincial control over the production and distribution of weed. The government is trying to reinvent and monopolize a successful, grassroots, cannabis industry that's already in place! It's strictly for the big business boy$ exclu$ive profit and gain! Most everybody else who's fought and suffered under prohibition are now on the losing end, as they are heavy handedly being squeezed out of business to clear the way. The CC5's Jodie Emery explains @ Link

The Court Settlement: Read more interviews with CC5's Marc Emery, Jodie Emery and Erin Goodwin @ HERE!

The Project Gator Bust: My exclusive, live reports are @ HERE! and @ THERE!

Stay tuned for my live Twitter coverage of the December 18th court date:


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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Green Market Toronto Review 12 11 17

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On Sunday, Toronto's "Green Market", [LINK] the craft cannabis pop up kind, once again rocked our smokey city! I arrived at opening time. Discovered a long line up. No problem! We quickly made our way into the fair.

Sunday's Green Market was held in an easily accessible, downtown, west end, warehouse on Dufferin Street. For obvious reasons, the "secret" locations are only announced on the day of the show. Lots of folks were still arriving hours later, as I left. Truly, a splendid time was guaranteed for all!

Once again, Lisa greeted us at the door. Helped check our tickets and stamp our hand. We signed a disclaimer. Were provided with a handy cannabis safety flier ["Take Care With Cannabis"] containing useful, practical health and safety tips on usage, dosage, effects and the like.


Quite frankly, I did not see any problems or unpleasantness that could even possibly be associated with weed, during my visit. Quite the opposite! Think cannabis "love in" sans the reefer madmen fear mongering of policing tales and b-grade movies!

Instead, excited cannabis shoppers were dazzled with 10,000 sq/ft of top notch, blissful craft, cannabis products. "Made in Canada", they included a vast array of tantalizing new and classic medibles to sample and buy.

Infused baked goodies, snack food, gummies, chocolate, fudge and topicals were all available in ready supply. Some seeds, bud, shatter, vapour pens and e-juice too.


The infused market tune-age kept the party a' thumping courtesy Deejay NDN and other celebrity DJ guests. They were fund raising for Toronto Overdose Prevention Society at Pursuit OSR. [LINK] Even more high times were provided by the yummy, sunny High 5 party grrrrl hosts as they pranced about wishing everybody a merry Christmas! Hi! Hi! High ....!

I spent a few hours wandering the floor, checking out the latest goodies for sale. The producers were on hand to answer any questions one might have. On the whole they were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic on educating us about their wares. Never did I experience any uncomfortable hard sell tactics or undue pressure to buy this or that! I left very satisfied and a lot better informed with the many happy purchases that I scored.

As you might know, Oh Cannabis is an indie, non profit, activist blog for medical cannabis users, where recreational aficionados are also aways welcome too. I do not make a red cent off any of my reviews. Free samples are always appreciated, for testing purposes, but my opinions are not for sale. I will always shoot straight from the hip.

With that in mind, here are some of my favourite goodies from the Sunday show, that still have me flying high. The list is hardly comprehensive. Nor was I asked for any reviews. The fine weed products highlighted below simply have me happily tripping along my merry Christmas way as a cannabist -perhaps you too!

My Best Of .....



Sofa King Good Bakery: The king's Honey Roasted Peanut Butter is made from a medical grade distillate with 400 msg THC and 140 msg CBD's. [$25 Cdn] Likewise their Strawberry Fields Forever Jam. [$25] OK Ok! I'm still just a big kid! Wake y Bake it on toast come Christmas day! Brunch? Or anytime? Howzabout an infused peanut butter and jam sandwich? What high times fun! Lotsa fun! And I do mean fun! Lots and lots and lots and ....... Well, you get it! Plus all natural ingredients are used, hand picked fresh strawberries too!

Two thumbs up are also due for Sofa King's Cosmic Pretzels; 100 mgs THC, 35 mg CBD's a pack! [$10].  They were perfect for watching the Walking Dead later on Sunday night! Yup! These TV bite sized treats will certainly leave you feeling like a zombie but not dead from the neck up, nor downwards for that matter too. On a more seasonal note, they'll turn on yer Christmas lights and keep them flashing! Deck ye halls! Fa la la la ..... er .....

I'm happy to recommend Sofa Kings award winning line of fresh baked goods, cereal bars, chocolates and sweet jams. They have consistently proven to be among my personal favourites at the Karma Cup and past green market shows. "Treat yourself and your pain", as their motto goes. Go for it! Sofa King's tasty wares are readily available in the Greater Toronto Area [GTA] and by mail order, with more info @ [LINK]



High Society Supper Club: Owner/ Executive Chef Reena Rampersad to the rescue! I recall bemoaning the lack of high quality fast food snacks at the vendor trucks outside the Queens Park Green Market last May. Marc Emery, our "Prince o' Pot" had just introduced us, as he told me about High Society's fab Supper Club 420 dinner parties. Well, Reena was on hand Sunday with a batch of killer pakora's to handily fit the green market snack bill. I dipped them in High Society's home made, infused hot and mango sauces! Whoa! Bought a big jar of the hot [$40] and am now putting it on everything that needs a lil' old kick -at 25 mgs THC per tablespoon, lotsa tasty uses! Am looking very forward to reviewing a High Society dinner for you in the coming daze ahead! Stay tuned! Meanwhile, check High Society out @ [LINK]

Other



Abie Roach and Toronto's Kensington Market Hotbox Cafe crew were out in force. Just in time for Christmas, with lotsa trez kool "stocking stuffer" paraphernalia and pothead gift baskets too! We await with baited breath to find out if the Hotbox and our other lounges will still be allowed in Ontario under legalization come next year. Could be tense! Find out more @ [LINK]



East Coast Collective Rockstar Shatter: Although the Toronto Green Market is not really a bud or concentrate show, there are some free dabs and great deals to be had. I'm very excited to have scored a gram of the Collectives new "Rockstar" PHO Blend shatter [$40], which has left me .... well ... sh sh sh shattered! @ [LINK]



Weedlocka: was out to introduce their all zero-odor Geerbbox weed case for travellers. [$10]. Apparently even police dogs won't be able to smell your stash. Another happy shopper confirmed for me that it's true. Could save our med pot users a whole lot of embarrassment, hassles and grief while in transit in our crazy, mixed up legalized/ non legalized world @ [LINK]



The Toronto Overdose Prevention Raffle!

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Oh Cannabis Fall News y Views 2

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HEADLINES

Canada's Cannabis Legalization Bill C-45 has passed third reading in the House of Commons. It now goes to the Senate for final approval!

Legalization Will Be A Legal Mess: Cannabis Activists speak out as the provinces enact legislation to meet the federal legalization date; Canada Day, July 1st 2018! 

Prohibition 2.0: Police raids continue across Canada and US as the legalization movement continues to gain momentum!

Cannabis Culture 5: They're going back to court December 4th! Is there a pre-trial deal pending?

OH CANADA


Bill C-45: Canada's legalization bill passes it's third and final reading with a 200 to 82 vote! The Liberals and NDP voted for the bill. Sadly, despite their alleged business acumen, only 1 Conservative did, MP Scott Reid. Yeah Scott! Oh yeah -Liz May, the sole Green Party MP supported the bill too. C-45 now goes to the Senate where there could still possibly be some last minute Conservative haggling over the July 1st 2018 implementation date. More @ CBC

Consultation on the Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis: Canadian readers are urged to fill out this online government survey by January 20th. Read the report and speak out now @ GCA



Now available! Link above!

Prohibition 2.0: Here we go again? The new regulatory regime in Canada is worse than the old school prohibition it seeks to remedy and replace! Moreover, our civil liberties are still at stake! Consider @ FL

Alberta's Bill-26: Hybrid Weed! The province plans to take a "hybrid" approach to selling pot, through on line sales at a government website and privately owned stores! The NDP government wants to create a "competitive" legal alternative to "destroy" the black market. The legal age is set at 18. One can carry up to 30 grams in public and grow up to 4 plants at home. Smoking and vaping are restricted like tobacco. A 90 day driving suspension is being proposed. THC limits and roadside testing continue to raise many questions and concerns. Overall, many aspects of the new bill still need to be worked out for legalization by July 1st 2018 @ Global @ Global @ CBC @ CBC

Quebec's Bill-172: Zero The Hero? Quebec's new "zero tolerance" cannabis law will unrealistically limit tokers' 18 years of age or over to only 15 government stores and state run online sales. Legal possession is set at 30 grams in transit, or 120 grams at home! No homegrown weed will be allowed for now, as a part of these "evolving laws", except for pre-licensed med pot patients. PQ opposition critics argue that the provincial Liberal government plans will actually benefit the Quebec chapter of the Hell's Angel's thriving gang run black market in the province. Also noteworthy, drivers with "any traces" of THC in their system could lose their license. However, Ottawa has yet to provide a reliable way for testing drivers, and the clock is ticking! More details @ CBCCBCMJB @ Globe .

Half Baked: Cannabis Activists Marc-Boris St-Maurice, and Jody Emery among others analyze the reefer madness mentality of Quebec's new bill. Note: Chief Gina Deer makes it clear that the Mohawk's plan to regulate the sale of indigenous weed on tribal lands @ MGazette


CC5: Live coverage/ blogs! @ Twitter!

Return Of The CC5 -Cannabis Culture 5: The upcoming December 4th hearing at the old Toronto City Hall court house could be the big one, with a possible pretrial release deal in the works! Read my blog @ BLOG! Stay tuned for more coverage as it unfolds!

Canada 2.0: 15,000 citizens from across Canada have been arrested for pot since Trudeau was elected 2 years ago on a legalization platform. Very few cases result in convictions. Still, the federal government continues to ignore NDP opposition calls for interim decriminalization until legalization is passed into law, claiming that they are busy fighting organized crime @ Lift

Wynne Loses: The Ontario Wynne government's controversial plan to ban the public consumption of cannabis, is threated by the huge proliferation of new, increasingly, popular cannabis lounges across the province @ CLN

"Chasing Rainbows" or "O Brave New World": Retired cops are getting into the weed business after having made a career of busting others for doing the same @ CTV

Cashing In: Cannabis Culture 5 activist Jodie Emery takes former controversial Toronto Police Chief and Conservative MP Julian Fantino's to task for his "hypocritical" behavior and "profiteering". With legalization pending, the former reefer madman's new job is as an executive chair of a medical marijuana company @ Global @

Overgrown: Cannabis activist Dana Larsen's trafficking charges for giving away free cannabis seeds have been stayed by a court judge in Alberta. Charges kaput @ Straight Follow Dana @ Facebook and @ Overgrow

IN THE NEWS


[Not So] NORML US: US AG Jeff Session's hazy comments about weed at his latest House Judiciary Committee hearing, have resulted in a NORML campaign urging the forgetful old "Just Say No" reefer madman to puleeze just start respecting state marijuana laws in the US @ DC Participate online @ NORML

Big Swat: "Door busting raids" are leaving a horrific "trail of blood" across the US in the senseless, spiraling war on drugs. The result? Gruesome injuries, avoidable deaths and some very costly legal settlements @ NYT


Corporate Agenda: 653,249 Americans were arrested, charged and their lives thrown into turmoil, one every 45 seconds, throughout 2016 alone. Thank the beer, alcohol and big pharma corporate interests lobbying congress against legalization @ ActivistPost @ RR

Backing The Bluez: US human right activists are warning pot dealers about the new congressional "Back The Blue Act": Should the police just happen to beat you "without justification" during a bust, you can claim medical costs but nada for pain, emotional stress and suffering or punitive damages @ ActivistPost


4 Shame: 77 year old Charles White 2 die in jail 4 growing weed!

Busted: A 77 year old US cannabis farmer faces 10 years in jail, even though police broke the law to arrest him and weed is now legal in many states @ FTP

Crash Fatality Rates: Despite frequent police claims in both the US and Canada, they haven't increased in Washington or Colorado since legalization @ AJPH

GREEN MARKETING 



Green Market Toronto returns December 10th between 5-11 pm promising more high times. A wide array of local craft cannabis products will be available to sample and buy. The infused entertainment comes courtesy of a Toronto Overdose Prevention Society fundraiser also being held onsite, somewhere downtown Toronto, location TBA on the day of the event. C U there! Tickets and more info @ EventBrite

Pax 3 Review: It's a sleek, discrete, trez kool way to vape just about anywhere! But is it worth the big ticket price? To upgrade to the latest model? The new, improved charger and heater functions seem a big improvement over my relatively basic Pax 1. Still I've heard that it's far from ideal for shatter, concentrates and extracts, despite the reviews to the contrary. Not everyone agrees @ SSL



Cafe y Weed Anyone???

Cannabis Drinks: My favourites are Legacy 420's Cream Soda and Cherry Cola! At $5 a pop they're a bit pricey, plus no bulk discounts .... yet. Still, weed drinks are healthier than toking and boy-o-boy do they get you high! Hmmm. Why not DIY? Sure, it's a lot more complicated than simply grabbing one from the fridge, but here's a bud infused syrup you can use to make your own cannabis drinks at home. Plus you can add it to any drink you like, including coffee and tea @ TS

HIGHER LEARNING



Sex + Drugs? Lets Rock n' Roll: A titillating new study seems to prove that there's a chemical link between cannabis and sexual bliss. Well, we tokers knew that already. Alas, the scientists still aren't satisfied. Seems more research is needed .... Yeah right! Too much fun @ CC

HIGH TIMES


Sweet Marijuana: Portuguese electrodance, reggae rapper "Mistery" provides us with a trez kool, weed, protest anthem for the new millennium, with his underground klassik @ Youtube

Police + Thieves: J. Boog's latest spin on the vintage reggae golden oldie helps put the War on Drugs in proper perspective for the new millennium @ Youtube

Who Recorded the First Reefer Song? Was it "Reefer Man" by Cab Calloway in 1932?  Louis Armstrong's "Muggles" in 1929? Or was it one of the countless recorded versions of "La Cucaracha" the olde Spanish Mexican traditional folk standard?!? Tune links and more @ MJ

COMMENTS:

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Cannabis Culture 5: A Court Settlement?

 

The Cannabis Culture 5 were back at Toronto's old city hall courthouse November 7th. It was another, long, drawn out, tedious morning full of procedural wrangling, with the case finally being remanded until December 4th.

Here's an important takeaway: It seems the pretrial resolution discussion process is going fairly well. A feisty Marc Emery is even hopeful that a settlement can soon be reached!

To wit: Our High Prince o' Pot advises Oh Cannabis that the crown isn't seeking jail time, which he's quite willing to serve. Instead, it sounds like they are raising the Prohibition 2.0 ante, seeking a huge, much larger fine than any we have so far seen in a case resulting from the ongoing, cross Canada dispensary raids. Eternally optimistic, our PoP has high hopes that a deal might still be reached by December 4th! Marc explains @ [Videoclip]


Meanwhile, Jody Emery expressed her dismay over the awful, supply shortages Canada's medical cannabis users still face prior to legalization in Spring 2018. Cannabis Culture, like our other, indie, craft weed dispensaries, was already up and running to meet our unfilled prescription needs, with a wide variety of otherwise still available products and strains. Ironically, as the police raids continue full thrust, Canada's much touted, corporate, licensed producers still won't be able to adequately meet  Canada's medical cannabis needs, let alone the new legal recreational demand, come this spring! Jodie speaks @ [Videoclip]

The CC5's Erin Goodwin tells Oh Cannabis that she's of course enthusiastic to wrap up the case asap. However, as Erin points out, it was only through active civil disobedience over the years that Canada's prohibition laws have been changed. One doubts the good fight to safeguard our basic civil rights will be over on December 4th, let alone next spring, come what may, on any number of fronts. Nonetheless, as a result of cannabis activism, better toking days are definitely on their way! Erin looks ahead @ [Videoclip]


LINKS

News Updates/ LinksOh Cannabis News Y View @ Fall1 @ Summer @ May-June @ Spring 2 @ Spring 1 @ Jan-Feb @ December

On Cannabis Culture and Toronto's Wild West @ HERE!

On Marc Emery + The Ontario's Pot Busts @ THERE!

Oh Cannabis: More On Ontario's Dispensary Busts @ HERE!

Oh Cannabis: On LGBTQ + Inclusivity @ HERE!

Free The Emerys -The Cannabis Culture Bust @ THERE!

Oh Cannabis Culture: The Project Gator Busts @ THERE!

A Toke With Marc + Jodie Emery: @ HERE! 

Toronto Protest Videos @ THERE!

CC5 in Court @ HERE! 

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COMMENTS:

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Oh Cannabis Fall News Y Views 1

High! Read Oh Cannabis News Y View @ Summer @ May-June @ March-April @ Jan-Feb @ December Also follow me live on Twitter @davidchiarelli


HEADLINES

Project Gator Cannabis Culture 5 Bust: Marc Emery tells Oh Cannabis that the crown wants to strike a pretrial deal, perhaps by the next December 4th court date! Exclusive blog y video interviews @ Here!
 
Legal Cannabis Prices: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposes a $1 excise tax on legal weed sold by government LP's [licensed producers] at $10 a gram. A further 10% tax will be added to any strains more expensive then that. Canadian growers, craft dispensaries, and seasoned pot smokers shrug in disbelief. See below ....

Med Pot Access: Despite legalization plans, Canada's medical cannabis patients still suffer from a worsening legal weed shortage and an inexplicable medical cannabis prescription tax, with no relief in sight. See below ...
 
"Loose With Wynne" or "More Ontario's Corporate Neo Lib Hijinks": Ontario Premier Wynne's proposed provincial legislation takes a further huge police jackboot to the province's popular vapor lounges and craft cannabis dispensaries. Also, the creation of a very limited and strictly controlled stand alone CCBO [Cannabis Control Board of Ontario] corporate monopoly over the sale and distribution of legal weed. More! See below ...
 

Prohibition 2.0: The Canna Clinic raids continue across Canada, as TPS [Toronto Police Services] and the RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] play Whack-a-Mole to little avail, with our countries craft cannabiz industry prior to legalization next year. See below ....

CC5 [Cannabis Culture 5]: get a bit of a respite. Bail Conditions for Marc and Jodie Emery, Chris and Erin Goodwin and Britney Guerra, have been softened somewhat, as the slimy case slowly snakes it's way through our court system. See below ....

Back in the USA: The US GOP House and Senate is split over AG Sessions plans to squash state legalization rights, but he could still win by default. See below ...

OH CANADA


Write Your Federal MP: Canadians for Fair Access To Medical Cannabis [CFAMM] wants the Trudeau government to eliminate the unjust and abhorrant HST and Excise tax on medical cannabis prescriptions! A sample online letter is provided along with a lot of other useful email tips. Please share! @ #DontTaxMedicine! 

Legalization Date: We still don't know exactly when legal weed will go on sale in Canada next year. Here are some government hurdles that Bill C-45 still has to pass through before it becomes law @ CBC

Bill C-45 Review: The House of Common's Health Committee has completed it's study of Canada's new legalization bill. Mostly minor changes, for example to the height of legal homegrown plants and to the Non Smokers Health Act are recommended. The committee seems oblivious to a lotta other awfully, more huge elephants in the room. Too bad! The bill's oppressive and unrealistic Prohibition 2.0 thrust continues to serve Canada's greedy, corporate neo lib masters and feed hungry police budgets, rather than serve us. See below and @ CTV

M-edibles: A further amendment will allow for cannabis edibles and concentrates to be produced and sold, but only one full year after legalization, to allow for further study [he writes as he brushes the crumbs from his keyboard ... ] @ Lift

Cop Data DNE [Does Not Exist]: Canada's police forces are using reefer madness scare tactics to oppose legalization next spring. The shocking claims that they're constantly slipping into the public discourse are quite frankly unsubstantiated. Turns out, the data to back up the fear mongering about everything from stoned drivers to weed crimes, just simply DNE @ CTL

Flying High: Canadian airport security is relaxed for medical cannabis users, allowing up to 150 grams to be carried on board flights. Sounds like a party, eh?!? But howzabout medibles?!? At least we can eat those in fight for those ... er ... long trips!!! Jeez @ Star

Cheap Weed: Trudeau's all wet! Get this -he's proposing a $1 [Cdn] excise tax per gram for legalized government LP [licensed produced] weed. Plus an additional 10% tax on any strain costing more. Meanwhile, in Toronto at least, our city streets are all ready awash with a tsunami of cheap, top quality, underground, craft grass, sometimes as low as $150 an ounce [Tom Cruise, Kosher Cush, Alien OG etc.] which the LP's can't match in price and potency, let alone availability. For example, of the new low water mark, a vast range of top notch strains [Rock Star, God Bud, etc. etc. etc.] were selling for as low as $5 a gram, prerolled joints for $2-3 at the September Toronto Karma Cup .... Keep up the good work Justin! Stick to your water guns! Let's watch for a pricing race to the bottom that could prove a financial lifesaver for we poor lowly cannabis medical patient and recreational consumers alike, as government legalization goes awash under Prohibition 2.0 @ Global


Reality Check: Guess what?!? Now a huge legal cannabis shortage is widely expected as Canada's LP's struggle to meet the increased market demand next spring. Most medical cannabis tokers were all ready painfully aware of the licensed producers inability to keep their heads above choppy waters in just producing and delivering the goods in meeting our relatively much smaller prescription needs []. As for the flood of new commercial buyers looking to buy some legalized LP Trudeau-juana weed? Tch! Tch! Diver down! See above and @ Global and @ Global and @ Macleans

Reefer Monopoly Madness: CC5's Jodie Emery explains that since the Canadian government doesn't really want to legalize pot, so much as they just want to profit from it, civil disobedience once again becomes our only option against Canada's unjust pot laws. Nice one Jodie! Screw Trudeau's pricing and taxation pipe dreams and the mad, keystone cop, crackdown attack on our huge, existing and flourishing underground cannabis market @ OCitizen

Med Pot Access: Alas, medical cannabis patients take note -there's no specific promise guaranteeing our access to the greatly reduced legal supply for meeting our prescription needs once recreational weed is legalized! So far, Trudeau's still greedily taxing our medical cannabis prescriptions too!!! More @ OCitizen

Ontario Prohibition 2.0: New legislation from the Wynne Liberal government to regulate and distribute cannabis are super strict, punitive, and not very well thought out. No public consumption? No craft dispensaries? A legal age of 19? Duh @ Vice

Puff on This: A frank overview of everything that's wrong with Wynne's Weed Plan 101 @ Vice

Vapor Woes: Ontario's health conscious tokers, our vaping lounges, med pot dispensaries, and even the government licensed producers come under attack by the ill considered anti vaping thrust of Wynne Lib's Prohibition 2.0 plan's for legal weed @ Vice

Leaky Gov't Boat: Leaked Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services documents suggest Wynne's ill conceived plans are all wet, a sinking proposition! But are the Lib's listening to reason? Will they even still be in charge of the provincial ship of state after next spring's election, when the new laws take effect? @ Vice 


Legal Pot? Wynne Loses!

RCMP Doubts: Canada's venerable mounties argue that federal legalization plans won't succeed in killing the black market @ NatPost

No Canna Do: Another of Canada's resilient Canna Clinic dispensaries has been raided, this time in Toronto's bustling Kensington Market. TPS [Toronto Police Services] arrest 15 employees, seize 169 kilos of cannabis, 14.5 kilos of oil, 4.9 kgs of shatter, and $14,400 in cash! @ Global and @ CP24

Fighting Provincial Weed Monopolies: CC is prepared to go all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada to advocate for the right to move weed between provincial borders without import or export tariffs or taxes. Ironically, the test case involves booze @ CC 

Busted: Ming's Cannabis Culture Ottawa dispensary, in the Bank Street shadow of Parliament Hill, is raided once again. She and her Good Bud's remain undaunted @ OCitizen More from Ming @ Twitter


Ming Saad: Ottawa CC Rocks!

 Project Claudia: Mayor John Tory's Toronto City Hall looks to the province to pick up the law enforcement bill for it's unsuccessful million dollar whack-a-mole police crackdown on Toronto's indie dispensaries @ Globe

More Med Pot Access: In challenging the Project Claudia busts, King Canuck Cannabis lawyer Alan Young argues that Toronto police dispensary raids are an unconstitutional infringement on our patient rights @ Star

Senior Med Pot Relief: Cannabis supplier "WeedMD" has inked an agreement with the Ontario "People's Care" nursing home chain. However, it seems another monopoly is in the making with this "exclusive deal" @ CBC

Project Lincoln: The TPS and RCMP have teamed up again, as with the CC [Cannabis Culture] "Project Gator" raids, this time to target Canna Clinic's craft cannabis dispensaries across Canada in Vancouver and Toronto. They have been very busy @ Global


CC5: The Emery's, Goodwin's and Britney Guerra have managed to get their bail conditions modified. They now allow for more travel, work and media, just not in relation to the dispensary arm of the Cannabis Culture's business interests. Remember, CC also runs Pot TV, Cannabis Culture magazine. Then there's their cannabis advocacy efforts. More @ GStraight


Cannabis Control Board of Ontario [CCBO]: Premier Wynne announces the province's plan to create a new government run Cannabis Control Board in Ontario. Not to be confused with the existing government LCBO [Liquor Control Board], up to 60 stand alone storefronts will open over the next year, with 150 to be up and running by 2020 @ CBC and @ Vice

Prohibition 2.0: When the legalization of recreational weed arrives next year, that equals about one government CCBO store for every 250,000 Ontarians. Cannabis will also be available online similar to the federal governments sale of mail order medical cannabis through it's LP's [Licensed Producers]. It's hard to figure how Wynne thinks this super strict regime will be able to compete with the thriving black market craft cannabiz industry all ready in place. The governments plan? Bust and close and close them all down! Phfffffft! Think Project Claudia/ Gator .... Good luck! Not! @ Vice 

Cannabis Culture's Jodie Emery slams the provinces "insane" monopoly game with legal weed, urging them to "Stop criminalizing the existing industry." @ CTV and @ Citizen

Missed Opportunity: The Ontario government could probably make much more $$$ by partnering up with our local dispensaries, rather than by trying to bust them all and creating it's own monopoly .... Where's the dollar and sense Conservative Party voice in all this?!? Duh @ Vice

PC/ NDP MIA: Sadly, neither of Ontario's provincial 2 main opposition parties will stick their neck out to say how they'd distribute cannabis, with the next election 8 months away. According to the Trudeau timeline, recreational cannabis will become legal less than a month afterwards, at the latest @ Star

Dr. Doom: More on the governments plans to raid and close the existing dispensaries, and replace them with their own monopoly @ Vice

Return of Dr. Doom: Trying to create a public sector monopoly on selling weed by trying to shut down the free enterprise sector will only fuel the very illicit trade the government claims it wants to stamp out @ Huff

Prohibition 2.0: Ontario proposed minimum age for buying recreational weed will be set at age 19, not 18 as recommended by the feds @ CBC


But would you bring him home to meet mom y dad?!?

Back 2 Basics: Guelph Ontario's Jeffrey Shaver has captured public attention to the cause like never before . It's all a part of the good fight for access to medical cannabis! Jeff's smoking pot outside the Provincial Offenses Court in his underwear to protest the police seizure of his weed and bong @ CBC

Stop Arresting Patients: Ouch! Canuck Medical Cannabis Activist Chris Enns is busted big time with weed during a police traffic stop. Is he deterred? Nope, feeling confident, he's going to make this a constitutional challenge! Video @ Global


Med Pot Access?!? Rights?!?

Jagmeet Singh: The federal NDP Leadership hopeful promises to call for the decriminalization of all drugs for personal use. He does not consider it a "criminal justice problem" @ Huff

Prince Edward Island: Business leaders and owners are now being consulted on the provinces cannabis legalization plans. The public is also being consulted via an online survey. Will government retail stores be the way to go? @ CBC

British Columbia: Seems BC's NDP government might not follow Wynne's lead. Interesting; BC cannabis activism and the dispensary movement on the whole are a lot more vocal, and organized too. But in Ontario?!? Story @ Global

IN THE NEWS


Blowing In The Wind: An extended Trump-Democrat US hurricane relief/ debt ceiling, federal spending agreement now protects state medical cannabis programs from a feared crackdown by the Donald and Jeff Sessions until December 8, 2017 @ Leafly

Reefer Madness Session: US Attorney General [AG] Jeff Sessions gets totally smoked on his ridiculous um ...."theories" .... about weed as the House of Judiciary Committee [HJC] meets to grill him on the Russia Story! Put that in your pipe y smoke it Jeffrey! @ Mash

Med Pot Access: 12 year old epileptic Alexis Bortell is suing US AG Jeff Sessions over her access to medical cannabis! Go grrrrrrl go! @ Slate


Med Pot: Alexis Vs The Session Man!

 Progress [Of Sorts]: Nowadaze, badly divided US Republicans are fighting among themselves at most every level of government. With weed, it's over federal interference in the spreading state legalization drive. Beware! Quite possibly, the GOP controlled federal House and Senate won't be able to agree on a position. By default that gives a green light to head honcho, reefer madman AG Jeff Sessions! Yup! The complete and utter dick will actually enjoy a freehand to further thwart state rights. Meanwhile, a befuckled President Donald Trump seems totally non plussed that more voters support legalization than voted for him in the real non alt fact world of US politics. Getting angry? Let's hope the spreading grass fire grows to help chase the whole gang who can't straight shoot from office in the 2018 mid term Congressionals @ Civilized

Fighting Reality: A once befuddled American public is now slowly coming to grips with the idea that cannabis should be legalized @ CNN

Following The Smoke Fumes: Unlike in Canada, US legalization can basically occur, or even be blocked, at more than one level of government; state or federal. Here's an updated state medical and recreational cannabis law map for 2017 @ Gov

US Legalization Playbook: Here's what legalization measures are in currently in play, state by state across the US @ Leafly


Meanwhile in Westminster ....

UK Legalization Bill: Check out the parliamentary debates, as the Bill moves towards becoming law @ UK

Not 4 Hire?!? As in Canada, the budding, legal, US cannabis industry will be handicapped by laws preventing the hiring of experienced, battle worn, heritage cannabiz employees with previous pot convictions. Remember: These were earned from fighting, and seemingly winning the good fight against prohibition! No justice, no peace @ Forbes. 


Still Not Much Fun With Weed in Much Of Europe!

Europe Tripping 1: My recent road trip to Rome, Prague and Dresdon was rather disappointing weed wise. Perhaps we Canadians are spoiled by the pending changes to Canada's cannabis laws. Alas! Quite frankly, I'm not keen on buy dope from strangers in back alleys ways etc. etc. etc., like we had to do way back in the bad ol' daze. Still, each country is making some progress, it seems. Learn more about smoking weed in the Czech Republic @ Leafly Italy @ WBH and Germany @ HN

No Drones Allowed: Alas! California won't be allowing weed delivery by drone to your home any time soon. Booooooooo @ Verge

Kim Jung Rolls Un: Here's the scoop on ..... are you ready for this?! ~North Korean Pot @ HT

GREEN MARKETING



Karma Cup 2017: Complete news links, and my own judge's review is now posted under separate cover @ Blog

Karma Cup 2017 Winners: Buds Shatter? Extracts? Edibles? Glass? Here are the results! Happy shopping! More @ KC

NORML Canada Conference 2017: Here are the videos from this year's different speakers and workshops, once again held in conjunction with the Karma Cup in Toronto. There's lots from an enlightened perspective, about green marketing, legalization, and the politics of pot! Watch @ Dopechef


Looks good but .....

Europe Tripping 2: Cannabis infused chocolate anyone? Alas! Imagine my disappointment back at the Belvedere hotel, ready to party after I got my hands on a few bars at the local corner store, during our first night in Prague! Yup! Trez kool packaging! But the "weed" is strictly CBD's and/ or hemp seeds!!! There's little more info, except for the very fine print on the wrapper, which simply states that there's no THC!!! Tasty, but kinda sad .......

Canuck Stock Ticker: US pot laws have been creating a lot of headaches and uncertainly for weed on the Toronto Stock Exchange [TSX] @ Globe @ FP


The Dank Duchess!

Dank Duchess: Meet the Cali cultivator turned hash maker as she now turns her attention to curating new strains of killer weed, from rare seeds she found in Spain! Go Duchess go!!! @ CN

Snoop Dogg North: Rapper y cannabiz entrepreneur The Snoop has invested in the Canada based Trellis' companies "seed to sale management" software @ FT

HIGHER LEARNING


Weed Ed 101: The Trudeau government earmarks an additional $36.4M for a new health and safety education campaign about pot. Is it a case of too little to late? More @ Global Read the government media release @ GCA

Parents 4 Pot [P4P]: advocates for responsible, stigma free adult use. Also a parent's choice to choose medical cannabis to treat their child's illness. Learn more @ P4P

Med Pot 4 Kids: Here's a doctor's guide for parents @  CC

Know Your Weed History: Prohibition 101 began in the US 80 years ago, when President Roosevelt signed House Bill 6385: The Marijuana Tax Act into law @ Norml

Cannabis Terpenes Rock: Here's 11 you should learn more about @ MJ

Go Solventless: These concentrates or extracts are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to smoking bud @ MR 

Misdiagnosed: Does your doctor know that Cannabis can be used to relieve the symptoms of gastro intestinal disorders such as IBS, Crohns, and Colitis? More @ Potent 


How Sneak A Toke In Public: Of course, we protest and engage in civil disobedience. But Ontario tokers won't even be allowed to go to a vapor lounge under the provinces legalization plans, let alone toke anywhere in public. Enquiring minds need to know -what is 2B done @ IHL

Trip-ster Guide: The right and wrong ways to inhale weed? Now it can be told! Some tips @ AB

Ghost AG: Meet the weed with a 28% THC count! Compare it with today's other most popular strains @ Leafly

Fentanyl-Laced Weed?!? Here's the dirty lowdown on the mainstream media's big reefer madness myth @ Lift

Finding The Correct Dose? You can't overdose from cannabis. Still, the correct amount for a pleasant buzz varies between individuals. Here's the inside dope on figuring out how much flower, oils and extracts etc. are best for you @ Herb


Sativex -The travelers friend!

Europe Tripping 3: Travelling abroad? Meet legal prescription cannabinoids -the traveler's friend! They can prove very handy and discreet! Love the pharmacy label! Plus most folks have absolutely noooooo idea what they are, lying alongside all the other meds in yer toiletry kit. So if you gotta trip, consider asking your medical cannabis friendly doctor for a prescription for "Nabilone" capsules, or "Sativex" spray .... @ CHealth

High Higher Highest: Canada's post secondary schools race to set up educational cannabis programs for students seeking work in the new legal cannabiz industry @ Lift

Some "Concentrated" Toking Tips: How to smoke shatter, budder, oil, wax and live rosin @ MR

Timely Reading: How to prepare your cannabis crop to survive a hurricane @ WR

HIGH TIMES


The 5 Best Reggae Albums When You Are High: Bob Marley, Damien Marley, Peter Tosh, Steel Pulse, Jimmy Cliff and Sevana. Hmmm. Kool, but lots and lots of others are missing @ Leafly

Marley Remembered: Here's Bob's 1976 High Times magazine interview in it's entirety @ HT

No More Reefer Madness: Higher Ground's TV "Marijuana vs Cannabis" ad week campaign parody emphasizes the advantages of legalization @ HG

Up In Smoke 2017: Cheech gets high. Finds out how it's different being a stoner today. Whoa @ Youtube

WE'ed Are The World: Cheech y Chong go rap @ Youtube


Still Smoking: Cheech y Chong reflect on legalization and the Trump Presidency! A "Mexican Mall" eh?!? More @ Youtube

Party Hardy: Howzabout a tasty, cannabis infused fruit punch to wet your autumn whistle?!? @ Leafly

Stoned: Here's an edited collection of High Times best all time druggie interviews, featuring Bob Marley, Hunter Thompson, Mick Jagger, Steven King, Dave Chapelle, Willie Nelson, and Oliver Stone @ HT 

Rasta Chant: Jah Rastafar I shows us how it's done right! Hey! Maybe they can take in our Canuck protester from Guelph [see above] once winter comes ......?!? Bing-bong! Chillum' @ Youtube

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