The committee hearing was supposed to include former Toronto Police Chief and current Federal MPP Bill Blair. He is now Trudeau's point person for the federal government's marijuana task force! This was a rare chance for our grass root citizenry to be heard on the dire, often unseen impact of "Project Claudia". Or as it's sometimes also known here, as Mayor Tory's Toronto's "Wild West" Summer of Marijuana Dispensary Raids and Busts!
Certainly, the members of our Toronto medical marijuana community are very eager to explain the resulting stigma, harassment and medical accessibility problems we are experiencing as a result of "Project Claudia"!
However, the committee hearings have been repeatedly cancelled time and again! For the October 25th meeting, I didn't even receive an acknowledgement of my request to speak, let alone a cancellation notice!
Advocate Lee Hathaway at Vapor Central Pot Q+A's!
Fortunately, stalwart Toronto marijuana legal advocate Lee Hathaway is keen to help organize a protest rally to let our politicos know that we are still here!
Toronto's medical marijuana patients desperately need an official explanation! Some compassion too!
Surely, we are entitled to clear direction on how to properly meet our local special medical needs among all the "legalization" confusion! Or is that even possible for us lowly plebs? At Mayor John Tory's increasingly very elitist and exclusive Toronto City Hall?
Sadly, our LP [Licensed Producer's] aren't much help either! Consider Tweed spokesman Adam Greenblatt. When I questioned him at Sunday's NORML panel discussion on the dispensary raids, Greenblatt quite bluntly informed me that there was absolutely nothing he could do to help with the customer service problems at Tweed!
Tweed's Adam Greenblatt -customer service help for patient's med prescription woes?!?
Sympathetic fellow medical marijuana patients in the audience were quick to commiserate, sharing their own customer service problems with me about filling doctor prescriptions at Tweed. It's a huge, hopelessly ignored and ongoing problem! Plus, Tweed is not alone among the big LP's! The situation everywhere is bordering on chaos!
Before Project Claudia, if in a pinch, we could always go to our nearest more friendly, helpful and well stocked local dispensary. Now? Not anymore! Not if we want to obey "the law".
Unfortunately, I still haven't received my Tweed prescription from October 3. At the time, I politely asked the Tweed customer rep to confirm my order and delivery address because of the last 2 mix ups, but they just said no and hung up on me!
Now, it's October 24th! I still haven't received my order. My prescription has expired.
Ironically, Tweed are one of the better LP's I've tried. Their CBD and THC hemp oils are an excellent product. Excellent that is, if you can actually get your order filled and delivered to the correct address in any sort of reasonable and timely manner. Tweed's batting average with me? Only 2 out of 5 times have they succeeded!
Where's the much touted "medical compassion" with that attitude?!? The horrific medical patient customer care? It seems we are pretty much up shitz creek without a paddle at Tweed!
In a pinch, before "Project Claudia" we could get at least get our prescriptions quickly filled at a local dispensary -but no more!
Does Toronto City Hall understand? As a result of Project Claudia, Toronto's medical marijuana patients are suffering so much additional unnecessary, untold and unsolicited grief! For just trying to fill a bonafide medical prescription!
The Sunday Karma Cup Dispensary Raid Panel!
A final note: One seriously hopes that Snoop's Tweed hasn't become a dispensary snitch! Is "Project Claudia" a "let's try to shut down the competition down" end run by the LP's? It's on the public record that Tweed has lobbied the mayor's office over the dispensary situation many times! Oh to be a fly on the wall during those talks! The nefarious spectre of LP dispensary snitching was a disturbing question that came up repeatedly during this year's Toronto Karma Cup!
Adam Greenblatt was quick to deny Tweed's complicity. I've heard many good things about Adam's advocacy efforts in the past. But, let's face it! Sadly, as a Tweed activist he just simply blew off our Tweed customer service concerns as medical patients at the Cup!
So is it just too bad for the little guy? Tough luck?
What are we to think?!? Or do???
Official indifference to our medical prescription needs is not just something that can continue to be ignored! Not by the big licensed producers like Tweed. Nor by our elected reps at Toronto City Hall! The medical access problems are legion. They create a definite medical access crisis for many desperate patients, suffering from PTSD, stress, anxiety and/ or in need of safe, reliable and organic pain relief!
Medical marijuana patients! Advocates! Everyone! Please, puleeeeze attend the Toronto City Hall Protest Rally at 9 am tomorrow, Tuesday October 25th at 9am!!!
Let's be heard!
Hope to see you there!