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Monday, 3 April 2017

"Overgrow Canada" Or "A Toke With Marc + Jodie Emery!"

"Overgrow the government! Plant the seeds of freedom!"
[Dana Larsen]

 
Marc y Jodie: Still alive y well!

This weekend I caught up for a toke with Marc y Jodie Emery at "Vape on the Lake". [LINK] They popped by the comfy, cozy Etobicoke lounge on their Sunday afternoon promenade. The setting? Think vintage Canuck stoner rec room, a la the 1960's to now. Good buds. Bongs. Murals. TV. Tunes. Some tables and chairs. The local cannabis community coming together. Gathered to get stoned and listen to BC Cannabis Activist Dana Larsen's thought provoking "Overgrow Canada" Toronto speech.

Wait a minute! A toke?!? The Emery's?!?

Yup! I know. Tch! Tch! The "Project Gator" court order says Marc y Jodie mustn't do "illegal drugs"! Not while they're out on bail!  


Dana spreads the seeds of freedom!

What to do? Marc and Jodie have officially joined Canada's growing army of medical cannabis users! Gotten their super duper medical cannabis gold cards. Been officially assigned to a bona fide government Licensed Producer [LP].

So now the Emery's can  get "legally" high, hopefully in relative peace. They aren't breaking the law.

Marc laments the extreme irony. Our legal government LP's don't stock nearly a fraction of the countless cannabis strains that Jodie and he readily provided across Canada at their Cannabis Culture dispensary's before the busts.

It's true! As medical cannabis patients, many of us now can't safely and readily get the many different types of weed required to meet our prescription needs. Not through the Licensed Producers. It's a simple fact. Canada's medical cannabis LP's just can't produce enough strains, nor provide a level of service to match the grass root dispensaries! 


Marc, Jodie and I lean back in our chairs. Smoke the devil's lettuce! Discuss the limited strains we're "allowed" to buy by the government of Canada. Contemplate the infinite. Then among the happy reverie at Vape by the Lake, we listen intently to Dana Larsen's thought provoking "Overgrow Canada" speech.

Dana's speech focused on Canadian prohibition and the dispensary movement. He provided plenty of references from his indispensable book; Cannabis in Canada: An Illustrated History, [LINK]. It's a must read! He handed out free packets of "Freedom" Cannabis seeds. Encouraged everyone to "plant freedom" everywhere across Canada; in "victory gardens", window boxes, in parks and fields.  For our children. For our children's, children, children. Nobody need suffer!


Here are a few more takeaways from Dana's speech:

Cannabis Prohibition in Canada is racist in origin. It facilitates the growth of the Big Pharmacy companies. It allows the government to arrest political activists. Dana points out that it isn't based upon scientific or medical facts. 

If the Canadian government really wanted to eliminate black market cannabis, Dana argues, they could just set the price so cheap that nobody else could compete. But where would the big profits be in that, eh?

Dana explained that it seems quite criminal many of the same politico and police reefer madmen whom enforced prohibition, now stand to benefit the mo$t from legalization. As for everyone else? Those of us who've lived through it? Fought it? Including the Emery's? And Canada's many other non corporate growers, producers and dispensaries?

There's still hope! Dana insists that the dispensary movement is actually winning the "war on drugs"! Most aren't raided and continue to open and flourish across Canada. Need more of them? Dana provided many welcome tips on how to open a front line dispensary for the eager Toronto crowd.


During the Q+A, Dana and Marc engaged in some lively repartee. Bantered back and forth good naturedly about the Canadian cannabis movement. Dana argued that, unlike Marc, he can't quite bring himself to join the Conservative Party of Canada [CPC]. But he agreed with him in publicly endorsing Libertarian Maxime Bernier for the CPC leadership job.

Why? As Dana pointed out, Canada badly needs all three of our main political parties to support legalization. That way a proper debate can take place. Dana noted that the NDP are speaking out more forcefully on decriminalization now. However, they were far too quiet during the federal election and lost badly. We've certainly still got quite a way to go before our political system is firing on all cylinders to produce some good legislation. If not, as Dana warns, "Legalization will really be a legal mess!"


Dana's seed kit!

By mid afternoon I was getting pretty high on the potent political talk, at the very least. Ha ha! Here's a few more random thoughts:

Marc y Jodie deserve to get their mugs on a postage stamp someday for all the fine  heritage work they've done in Canada's legalization struggle. Hell, Marc can be our weed patch Dr. Bethune, and Jodie our Nellie McClung! But will there even still be postage stamps when that day finally rolls around? 

"When We Rise!" Remember the LGBTQ made for TV series? Maybe one day we'll get a prime time show on the Canadian legalization struggle. Dunno. Call it "When We Are High!" Marc writes! Can do the script! But who will play his part? Jodie? Justin Trudeau? John Tory? Or even Chief Mark Saunders?!? BTW, no postage stamps for the last three. No way!

Finally, Jodie should run for leadership of the NDP! Then hijack it for the Canada Cannabis Party!

Draft Jodie! Draft Jodie! Draft Jodie!

Er ... er ... er ...

Let me confess! When I suggested that, Jodie just stared at me like I was really stoned. Heh heh. Well, stranger things have happened! So to in politics. At any rate, a trez kool thought!


And so, I can happily confirm that Marc and Jodie Emery are still alive and well! You can hear Marc speak next at 420 Toronto in Dundas Square! He and Jodie aren't giving up the good fight! Far from it!

Dana's Overgrow Canada road show continues across Canada. Dana's very busy spreading the seeds of freedom. Creating hope! But it's up to us to plant them, in so many ways, especially through our cannabis activism.

Let's all join them in working together to, as Dana puts it,  "Overgrow the government! Plant the seeds of freedom!" 

Be active! Informed! Let's help stop the bullshit!


Dana Larsen's Overgrow Canada link is @ Facebook

Read My Oh Cannabis News y Views blog @ Here!

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