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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Intro: Karma Cup Toronto Review!

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Last weekend, I attended the Karma Cup 2016 here in Toronto. It was a beautiful, crisp, autumn weekend. I wore both my local activist blogger and medical cannabis hats. Had a lot of fun! Partied heartily at the Vendor's Village. Also at the Church St. Cannabis Culture [LINK] and Yonge St. Vapor Central lounge [LINK]. 

VENDORS MARKET




Sunshine + Lollipops: Green Market's got the goods @ greenmarketto

I began both daze at the Church St. Vendors Village located in the parking lot outside O'Grady's bar. It featured a fine selection of Karma Cup Cannabis products and strains. Edibles, joints, vapes and dabs were freely available to sample. Lots of bargains too! Very indie! DIY! A nice, local scene!

Myself? I enjoyed the "Pineapple Express" at Canada Concentrates [Est. 2016]! [LINKA little dab will do it! Loaded up on MJ's [LINK] topical creams. The candy at Green Market Toronto was delicious! [LINK] Very potent and mind expanding too!  

VAPOR CENTRAL



Vapor Lounges Big Sister Canada Sarah Hanlon Rocks!

Fortified, I headed off for the NORML Canada [National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws] [LINK] main stage. It was upstairs at the Yonge St. Vapor Central Lounge

Big Bro Canada's Sarah Hanlon [LINKmeet and greeted us at the door. Serving up good vibes. Toking tools. Snacks. Cold, non alcoholic drinks. 

I plunked myself down on the comfy, cushioned seats. A nice couch lock soon set in! I'm a pretty hard core political junkie. I like to toke rather than drink. To be able to talk and hear. Without anybody drunk and obnoxious shouting and slobbering in my face. About things that are only interesting if you are really pissed. It felt like I had died and gone to heaven. With legalization, it will be great not to have to go to bars where folks are getting sloshed anymore!

ON THE ISSUES



The NORML Canada speeches, panels and Q+A's covered many very timely and interesting municipal, provincial and federal issues! Often, they were a real eye opener, considering that Trudeau's federal bill to legalize marijuana in Canada is due in the spring!

So far, I've posted two blogs, both related to the NORML Canada Sunday afternoon Panel discussion about the Project Claudia raids in Toronto:



On Tweed Weed and Project Claudia @ HERE!

This is about the very troublesome medical access issues that I have unsuccessfully tried to raise with cavalier Tweed Inc [LINK] spokesperson Adam Greenblatt. [LINKIt's amazing how many other prescription holders are also being neglected by LP [Licensed ProducerTweed Inc's "medical customer service" too!

Regretfully, Adam has been absolutely no help whatsoever. A complete disconnect! 

Sometimes a former activist turned big lobbyist or corporate spokesman forgets that talking the talk isn't the same as walking the walk! Might not even realize what they are doing! But for the "little people" with our health at stake, it's a complete no brainer: Out of real necessity, medical and compassionate concerns need to always come first and foremost on the long and winding road to legalization! 

Most of the speakers insisted that's what they believe too. But do they really have our interests at heart? Their own priorities straight? Actions always speak louder than words! It's not what they did yesterday, but what they are doing, or rather not doing today!

Tweed Inc and the LP's badly need to put their house in order. Get their medical priorities straight. Focus directly on our health problems and actually help us. There is strength in numbers my brothers and sisters! Speak out! Spread the word! This is total bullshit! No justice -no peace! For Tweed! The other LP's!




Project Claudia: Toronto City Hall @ HERE!

A double whammy! This blog reports on my Tuesday protest action at Toronto City Hall.  Without notice, the Toronto Licensing and Standards Committee cancelled my medical Cannabis deposition on the Project Claudia raids. Mayor John Tory was MIA! Councillor Georgio Mammoliti played dumb. By the way, not too hard to do...... 

The silver lining? I got to scrutinize the situation at City Hall first hand, personal and up close. Poked at the barriers a bit, checking it out. 



Hello you corrupt pricks! I'm a citizen. I am still here! Watching! Will keep coming back. My only hope is that next time more of you, dear reader, might decide to come as well! Start to get a deposition together. Or do something else of your own. So we can all effectively work to overgrow the government together, grass root style!

A separate review will follow on the NORML Canada main stage speeches, panel discussions and Q+A's. They certainly deserve a whole blog! However, here's a few basic housekeeping items to look at before they grow stale:

KARMA CUP TORONTO TROPHY WINNERS 



Dankr -nice work!

Whoa! Check it out! Weed! Hash! Concentrates! Edibles! Glass! Etc. Etc. Etc. 15 categories! 130 entries! Here are the results @ Dankr.ca

This year's Karma Cup demonstrates that Cannabis prescription seekers could benefit greatly from the many different medicinal strains that the growers can readily make available now. Looking ahead, the incredible selection could also certainly provide a true source of pleasure and delight for the "craft" Cannabis connoisseur, if given the chance. As a result, all of the growers deserve a big two thumbs up in my books! 

No wonder there's so much pressure to shut down our budding local Toronto dispensary scene, eh?! Along with any opposition and complaints! The big boys don't like any competition. As for Misters' Tory? Mammoliti? Greenblatt? -For shame!

THE VENUE CHANGE

Hold tight onto your space cowboy hats! There's been another high times shoot out at the Reefer Madness Coral! 

Yup! He's back! It's more of Mayor John Tory's Toronto Wild West Follies! 



Actually, John's now beginning to act a lot more like our very own Toronto version of Snidely Whiplash! Turns out that the dastardly city revoked Karma Cup Toronto's outdoor tent licence on October 21st. The property owner was threatened! Only one day to go and the event is without a venue! Sigh! Alas!

Enter Cannabis Culture activist Marc Emery to foil the cities diabolical plot. Perhaps Marc has traded in his High Prince o' Pot crown for Duddley Do-Right's mountie hat? He finds a last minute location! 

Snidley Whiplash: "Drat! Curses! Foiled!

Insert the high pitched, mangled, scratchy soundtrack from a spaghetti western here!

See Mayor Tory escape. Mount Giorgio. Ride off into the sunset on his back.

Hooray! Marc has saved the day! Welcome to the topsy turvey world of Mayor John Tory's Toronto Wild West!



Out of necessity, the Vender's Village needs to be tightly squeezed into the parking lot at O'Grady's bar on Church St. Likewise the NORML Canada main stage moved about a 10 to 15 minute walk over to the lounge at Vapor Central on Yonge Street!

Two great locations! Both excellent events! But there's an unfortunate divide! They are just too far apart. Most folks miss out on the very insightful speeches and discussions happening at the NORML Canada stage!

So, what the hell is really going on with "legalization" anyway? In our city? Province? And across Canada?

NEXT: My NORML Canada Main Stage Speech and Panel Review!

LINKS

Nice one Chris! Here's a good review of the Karma Cup @ Dankr.ca

Feeling alright at the Karma Cup @ NOW



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