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Monday, 26 June 2017

Oh Cannabis Summer News + Views!

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HEADLINES

Happy 150th Birthday Canada: In special commemoration -"Oh Cannabis: The Anthem" @ YT and "Oh Cannabis: Our Homegrown Plant" @ YT

COMPLETE THE ONLINE SURVEY: The Ontario government is seeking your feedback by JULY 31st, on "how we should approach selling and regulating cannabis in Ontario." Please share widely with our cannabis community @ ON.CA

Cannabis Culture 5: The endless Toronto court hearings continue for Marc y Jodie Emery, Chris y Erin Goodwin y Britney Guerra! I covered the May 23 [Here] and June 26 dates live on Twitter [LINK]. Stay tuned! The next one's scheduled for July 31st! The Crown seems hell bent on continuing to tirelessly drag out the process. Meanwhile, Cannabis Culture's dispensaries and other business interests remain closed across Canada as per the CC5's bail conditions. Marc openly seems keen to deep 6ix that. He's repeatedly noted in his media scrums that he fully plans to reopen his dispensaries, business as usual, once bail is lifted. A PJT [Pre Judicial Trial] is to be held before the 29th, in which a deal could be struck, though that's by no means certain. Any jail sentence, would be Mr. Emery's 31st for civil disobedience, as he and the crew continue to fight the good fight for our civil liberties, in this case to our right to buy, sell and toke sans the Trudeau Neo Libs nefarious corporate weed agenda! Also read trez kool Dankr.ca's June 26th review @ Dankr.ca

Free The CC5: Progressive Federal NDP millennial leadership candidate Niki Ashton calls for a full pardon for the Cannabis Culture 5. Also for decriminalization and an end to Canada's mad frenzy of pre legalization cannabis busts @ Tab


CC5: Court daze ...

Project Claudia: Charges have been dropped or stayed against 72 of the 90 individuals busted in the 2016-17 Toronto Police Service's [TPS] high profile cannabis dispensary raids. Many had previously signed a peace bond. The Attorney General has decided not to pursue a verdict. Surely the decision is a cannabis infused pie in Police Chief Mark Saunder's face! He insisted that he was very sure the highly controversial charges, supposedly to preserve "public safety",  would stick @ Vice



Health Cannabis: Health Canada is absurdly denying that there's a critical shortage of medical cannabis in our country, as the July 1st 2018 date for the legalization of recreational cannabis approaches. We patients know that's total BS. The situation has left many skeptics wondering whether the Trudeau government is secretly planning to break it's legalization promise @ Lift 

See my first hand report on the horrific supply problems with Tweed and our other legally licensed producers [LP] @ Here!


Mohawk Alert: The reefer madmen at Quite News ["Quinte's Best Source of News" -according to themselves ....] are loudly bragging that they're out to stir up shit for the excellent First Nation cannabis dispensaries popping up all over the Tyendinaga Reserve south of Belleville, Ontario [See my review below ...]! They are demanding that the Mohawk police and council explain why it's allowed, when other dispensaries across Canada, quite inexplicably, despite a shortage of medical weed, are getting busted all over the place, prior to "legalization" next year! So ....  Will controversial reserve Police Chief Ron Maracle come to the rescue of the lackeys at "Quinte News" as they try to white wash the situation? To create an excuse for a huge, ill advised RCMP or OPP bust?!? On Treaty Land?!? When First Nation relations across Canada with the fork tongued Trudeau government are all ready going up in smoke under a dark black cloud of broken promises?!? Check out their latest "News Story" [and one uses the term lightly ....] @ Quinte

More Reefer Madness: Police Chief Ron Maracle evokes the absurd specter of fentanyl laced weed, none of which has been found being sold at the reserve, as an excuse for a possible police crackdown @ BI

Canada/US Border Crossing 101: With the tourist season upon us there will be many stoner "trips" back and forth between our two countries. Here's what you should be aware of, crossing either way @ Leafly
 

OH CANADA


Cannabis Act Bill C-45: Canada's legalization bill has passed second reading 200 yays to 77 nays. It now goes to the Health Committee for further study, and should be passed before Canada Day July 1st 2018 @ Lift

Provincial Angle: Canada's provinces have each now been tasked with working out a local cannabis framework setting the age limit, sales and distribution model for legal weed in their jurisdiction. These will take effect when Bill C-45 is passed into law by next July 1st. Here's what each province is doing, or not doing, as legalization approaches @ Mari

The Inside Dope: A grave injustice was committed under Prohibition 1.0 when cannabis was made illegal in Canada. Sadly, many more injustices are still being constantly perpetrated under Trudeau's much ballyhooed legalization plans [aka "Prohibition 2.0"] for next year. Canada's cannabists and grass root cannabiz entrepreneurs continue to be busted in record numbers! Moreover, our vulnerable minority groups are being persecuted the most! So why no pardons? An amnesty? Or compensation? Why aren't those Canadians who fought the hardest for legalization, persevered and are still bearing grave injustice, being incorporated into the new licit Cannabis trade? Something very rotten is obviously going on with Trudeau's corporate weed agenda. Few are forcefully speaking out! Meanwhile, those who resist, perhaps most notably the Cannabis Culture 5, are being rounded up across Canada and thrown in jail. As the saying goes, "No justice, no peace!" Don't be fooled! The good fight isn't over yet. Cannabis activism remains as important as ever! The time for action is now, not later on, when it's too late! More @ Star


Trudeau ....

Busted 1: Police have raided 7 Canna dispensaries, 6 residences and arrested 80 employees in Toronto and Vancouver, reminiscent of this spring's Project Gator Cannabis Culture bust's, as Bill C-51 weeds it's way through parliament before finally becoming law @ CTV A second Canna bust and 8 more arrests followed the same week @ Global

Busted 2: Canada faces a cannabis shortage when recreational weed is legalized next spring. Government friendly LP's [licensed producers] can't even meet the medical cannabis demands as is. Sadly, police are very busy busting the indie dispensaries that can. More @ BloomB

Busted 3: Statscan's latest figures contradicts police fear mongering that organized crime is behind Canada's indie black market cannabis trade. So ... so ... so does that mean that the CC5's Chris Goodwin and Marc Emery aren't really "gangsta's" but are actually just engaged in some good old fashioned, civil disobedience?!? Yiiiiikes! @ Globe

Busted 4: What do we find when we search for "cannabis" or "marijuana" on the City of Toronto website for registered lobbyists? A number of Canada's big government LP's! Cross reference the dates with those of the rash of TPS [Toronto Police Services] indie dispensary busts. Then connect the dots to figure out what's really going on! See @ TO

Medical Sensi: Toronto's Medical Officer of Health calls for recreational cannabis to be decriminalized, estimating that if not, a further 59,000 charges and 22,000 convictions will result between now and legalization next spring @ CBC

Decriminalization: The federal NDP is pushing for it in parliament but they are up against the Corporate Trudeau Neo Libs, Andrew's Sheer Cons, and of course ... our government licensed producers @ Leafly

From the Horse's Privileged AssVice Canada talked about legalization, or rather Prohibition 2.0, with Prime Minister Trudeau @ Youtube

Union Weed: UNIFOR, Canada's largest private sector union is encouraging dispensary workers to unionize. It will support them, despite the cannabiz "gray market" legal status. Workplace safety is a big issue, especially with the rash of armed robberies in the GTA [Greater Toronto Area]. 40 workers at the Canna Clinic are now negotiating their first union contract @ UNIFOR.

Vancouver 420 Lessons: Cannabis Activist Dana Larsen critiques the hypocrisy of a right wing municipal council warmly embracing public booze fests while looking down with disgust on the weed. Enough is enough @ Huff

At The UN: Canada is violating 3 UN Drug Treaties by legalizing cannabis. Truth be told, the 3 international treaties quite deceitfully lumped cannabis in together with lots of other much more dangerous substances, under intense US pressure during the highly dubious Prohibition 1.0 reefer madness era. Still, a one year notice is required to legally withdraw from them. The government's plan to deal with this sensitive UN issue remains completely clouded in mystery, increasingly leading some to question Trudeau's promise to legalize weed by July 1st 2018 @ Mari

IN THE NEWS


Trump Reefer Madness: Whether they realize it or not, our US neighbours to the south continue to suffer gross ridicule and humiliation on the world stage in the Age of Trump. Now, in a befuckling scenario befitting a Third World nation, alleged Putin pal and Trumpster Attorney General [AG] Jeff Sessions has personally asked congress for a green light to prosecute medical cannabis users in the US -state law and budget cuts be damned! Whatever happened to decency? The rule of law? Order? Leadership? Or good government? Let alone the notion of America as a world beacon of light and hope? Alas! They all now seem to be getting snuffed out pretty quick stateside in the struggling democracy's darkest hour @ WP

Prohibition 2.0: How AG Nincompoop Jeff Sessions wants to create a new War on Drugs @ WP

The Horror! The Horror! Jeff Session's alt facts about cannabis definitely earn him another failing grade! Bigly! @ Bloomberg

Reefer Madness Sessions: AG Jeff Session's startling praise for the disastrous DARE "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign from the 1980's shows just how badly out of touch he is with drug issues in the new millennium @ Vox and @ CB

Reefer Madman 2.0: AG Session's nostalgia for DARE ignores the fact that the US government lost the War on Drugs. The evidence is clear. The heavy handed, narrow minded BS didn't work before. It certainly won't work now. Plus it ties up valuable police resources, wasting big bucks, especially on grass, which never should've been included as a Schedule 1 banned drug in the first place @ CB

Meanwhile, Back at the Farm: Trumpland's MAGA antics with both the countries federal banking and controlled substance laws and regulations are creating widespread chaos across the US! Medical cannabis is now legal in 29 states. Recreational cannabis in 8. Still, the legal states are at an impasse. They are now being threatened in a troubling conflict between state and federal jurisdictions! @ LAT

Nevada Weed: What can we lean about "adult-use" sales one week after cannabis was legalized in Nevada? Demand was very strong. Line ups long. Revenues high. The tax dollars are rolling in. They're running out of weed! More @ Leafly and @ RS

Koch Ya! Even the con$ervative Koch Network, always$ quick to $mell big buck$, warn$ the Donald again$t a "failed" cannabi$ fight @ Leafly


US: Big Problems Ahead ....?

NORML: Much of the cannabis advocacy group's recent US focus has wisely been upon public education, to debunk the crazed, alt fact, reefer madness myths and evil half truths coming out of Washington, and the DOJ. You can read their series of timely, informative op-ed articles online @ NORML

Pot in The US Workplace: What you should know @ YH

From Russia With Love: Besides interfering with the US election process, those darn Rooskies might also be stirring up the War on Drugs, to throw the US off their game @ WP

Viva Uruguay: Tired of South America's US inspired drug war, Uruguay will be selling legal weed for $1.30 a gram to more successfully put the bad boy cartels out of business. Weed will only be sold in the pharmacies. 6 plants can be grown at home. Seems you can smoke most anywhere. There are still a lot of familiar licensing requirements and government regulations. However since Canada isn't coming on line with legal weed until next year, they are the first country, if not unlike us the first member of the G7, to legalize weed @ Guardian

UN 2017 World Drug Report: It's official! The United Nations estimates that there are about 183 million global cannabis users. In other words, roughly 3.8% of the worlds population use pot. Furthermore, 163 of the 190 countries studied report cannabis busts this year. 6000 tons of herb and 13000 tons of resin are seized annually under prohibition ! Much ado @ HT


UK: Wishful thinking ....

Queen's Cannabis: The future of legalized, or for that matter even decriminalized weed in the UK remains highly uncertain, despite the widespread reforms elsewhere on both sides of the Atlantic. The Liberal Democratic Party promised to legalize "adult use" in the recent election. However, with hard ass Conservative PM Elizabeth May managing to hold onto power, if only just barely, the future still doesn't look very promising @ Mari
 
GREEN MARKETING


Tyendinaga Dispensaries: The good folks at the Mohawk reserve south of Belleville Ontario show us how to do it right! The Warriors at Legacy 420 [Here] have set up a weed superstore of sorts. Check out the wide array of buds [$8-12g], and shatter [$50-70g]. Also the vast array of home baked medibles, candies, pipes, bongs and other weed paraphernalia. The Little Chiefs at Forever Green [Link] are smokin' up a storm with their oils, Stortz + Bickell vaporizers, and a very top notch selection of strains and medibles. Within the reserve, there's a good number of shops, to find whatever strains your are looking for. Loved the "God Bud" and "Rock Star" at Smoke on the Water [Link]. Also that Big Greens [Link] and Field of Dreams [613-743-4202] provide drive through service, including evenings. Staff are very friendly, helpful and relaxed. The shops are wheelchair accessible and so far, bust free. Remember, there are NO TAXES! Gas costs about 10-15 cents a litre less than anywhere off the First Nation reserve. Please DO NOT HESITATE to support these fine dispensaries, free from Trudeau's greedy corporate clutches, at the Mohawk Tyendinaga Reserve! More @ APTN and @ CanDig

Canada's Mega-Cannabis Farms: Rather belatedly, the licensed producer [LP] race is on to build huge mega-farms to produce a large enough crop to meet the demands of legal weed both at home and abroad. Too little, too late? @ Mari


 In View:  Homegrown Canuck rockers, The Tragically Hip, are buying into legalization via their partnership with Newstrike, a newly minted government licensed producer @ TH

Racist Legacy: Regretfully, the budding US cannabiz industry in general is still very much a rich white man's game, where race, creed and colour does matter -a lot! Canada too? @ Guard

Faces of Cannabis: A new Lift ad campaign is working to change our perceptions about whom smokes pot in Canada, calling into question many of the negative public stereotypes and prejudices about toker's today. Lift hopes everyone will become more open about their cannabis use, as weed is legalized in Canada. As it turns out, Canadians' can take pride that our toker's actually represent quite an everyday, inclusive, intergenerational and multicultural mix! @ Now


Weed Prices Around The World: Here's a quick fix for Summer 2017 @ CannaH

Baby Boomer High: Many baby boomer "retirees" or "seniors" [Harrumph!] are increasingly using pot to help meet their medical and recreational needs @ MR

Getting High With Mary Kay:  Cosmetic "pot selling" parties featuring wellness consultants and cannabis balms, ointments and tinctures, are proving popular in California's retirement communities @ BI

HIGHER LEARNING


Stoner Grrrrls: Today's cannabis consumer is most likely to be a woman, according to this study. Many are seeking relief from stress, menstrual pains, and as an alternative to more harmful pharmaceutical drugs. Maybe even your mom .... not mine, bless the ol' gal, but maybe yours .... A lot are also millennials @ Yahoo

Weed Etiquette: Yes, when we join in a smoke circle with our good buds y blossums, everyone should share their weed. Here are ten etiquette tips to practice and know, to make for a kool scene @ GRD

A History of Cannabis in Canada [1801-Now]: Don't assume that all will go well just because the Prime Minister has "promised" legalization next year! Remember: History teaches that those who forget the past, are doomed to repeat it, again and again and again .... And that there's all ready been a compost heap of lies, deceit and outright manipulation by the powers that be about weed, throughout the years @ Leafly

Talking Cannabis ....

It's Cannabis NOT Marijuana: "Marijuana" is actually a racist term. It is part and parcel of prohibition's ugly past. Since the 1920's and 30's "marijuana" has become a part of our everyday vocabulary. It is still very widely accepted and used today. No doubt, few of us understand it's origins, or use it in the negative sense. Still, this site, with a goal of being positive and inclusive always tries to use the correct term, or another one that we all like and know instead. You are encouraged to consider doing likewise, on a go forward basis. Legalization isn't just about changing our laws. It's also about changing a horrible prohibition mindset that's caused untold injustice and grief. Learn more @ GRD 


Coming Out! Way Out! 5 ways to tell mom y dad that you smoke weed @ WeRe

"The Pot Talk" or "The Plot Thickens": How to tell your kids that you smoke weed. Hmmmm ... @ MR

Drug Free Kids Canada [DKFC]: The mainstream, government approved approach to discussing cannabis with teens, on the eve of legalization in Canada, emphasizes role modelling, values education and an open communication strategy. Of course, one hopes that today's "with it" parents would act accordingly, as with most teen issues. However, there's also pause for concern in the parenting materials underlying note of fear mongering about the big, bad weed. It smacks of the Trudeau government's strict Prohibition 2.0 reefer madness focus on being very heavy handed with a limited focus on control, control, control. 

Contrary to popular misconceptions, that often doesn't actually work very well with most adults, let alone teens, in the real world today. It can backfire badly! Nor will more big $$$'s for policing and enforcement help facilitate a deeper conversation with our kids. Let's hope sufficient resources are instead put into creating a more thoughtful, realistic, meaningful and comprehensive public discussion about cannabis use.


Fortunately, in these DFKC booklets, parents are being actively encouraged to learn more about cannabis, as a part of this very important public education task. But will there be any more government funds left over to help facilitate that? After police, politicos, bureaucrats and Trudeau's corporate pals grab the lion's share? The dollars are in very short supply, and time is quickly running out @ DFKC 

High Anxiety: How toking weed can help @ Civ

Higher Dining: Are you ready for your first cannabis infused fine dining experience? Here's 5 thoughtful questions you should ask yourself, the hosts and others so you'll be sure to have a great time @ LA


Canuck Weed: Hooray! It's Canada's 150th b'day! To celebrate the occasion, let's "head" out to our favourite, friendly, local dispensary and check out these 5 great, new strains of weed. They originate here! Enjoy, with much Canuck love and hoser kisses @ Leafly 

Then, let's toke on these 3 .... No! Er .... 19 .... Um! .... Howzabout ... 11 buds, with Canadian roots! @ Leafly 

Whew! That sure is a lotta boo, eh?! Kaff! Kaff! And let's not skimp on my personal fave, as o' late! Ta daaa! Toke! Toke! Toke! Some more @ Ye Good Old God Bud!

Mr. Science: Green? Red? Purple? Blue? Yellow? Why is weed different colours?!? Inquiring minds need to know @ KL

A History of Cannabis in Canada [1801-Now]: Don't assume that all will go well just because the Prime Minister has "promised" legalization next year! Remember: History teaches that those who forget the past, are doomed to repeat it, again and again and again .... And that there's all ready been a compost heap of lies, deceit and outright manipulation by the powers that be about weed, throughout the years @ Leafly

Cannabis + Autism: There's growing evidence that cannabis can be useful in treating autism. Researchers in Israel are creating a global data base to study it further @ Tonic


Understanding Your Body + It's Relationship With Cannabis: It's time to start relying less on Big Pharma and begin listening more to your own body about what's good for your health. Indeed, there are many cases when it can be best to holistically self medicate with weed for both lots of ailments and just plain, good, old fashioned, healthy living reasons @ HG

High AF Sex: Like THC? Try CBD's too! Dunno if there's hemp condoms yet, but cannabis is great. Here's why @ THC and @ CBD

Enquiring Minds Need 2 Know: What's the difference between THC, Hemp Oil, CBD Oil and Hash Oil? Seek and ye shall find @ ZP

"Little Big Tree" or "Turning Japanese" or "How 2 Grow A Marijuana Bonsai Tree in 5 Easy Steps!" Trez kool @ Herb


The Big Lie: Booze and tobacco are legal, but cannabis isn't because ..... it's not safe?!? Let's get this straight -you simply can't overdose on cannabis or cannabanoids. Period. So why all the BS?!? More @ MR

Weed > Booze: 5 ways that cannabis is waaaaay better for you than the old Kickapoo joy juice @ Civ

Waste Not -Want Not: How to properly store your stash @ GL

Beginner Guide to M-Edibles: How to safely try cannabis infused candies, and baked goods etc. etc. etc. Lotsa shopping and dosage tips too, as well as an explanation of how they work @ Cal

Why We Need Vapor Lounges: OK. Recreational weed's being legalized in Canada. So where are folks supposed to go to toke?!? Legal vapor lounges are still not a given. Duh @ NowTo


DEA Slang: Oh yeh! They are soooooo cool -NOT!!! As a stoner, how many of the DEA's alleged 2017 "drug slang code terms" for pot do you actually know or use?!? "Krazy Kandy"??? "Smoochy Woochy Poochy"?!? "Little Green Friends"!?! "Righteous Bush"?!? "Pu?!? Or howzabout "Mowing the lawn"??? Ever heard that one? The DEA's new "Directory" is @ Vice Your test is @ Leafly

Don't Legalize Weed: Whaaaat?!? Yup! Legal weed might not turn out to be as kool as you think @ YT

On High: Miracles? Spices? Oils? Herbs? Did Jesus use cannabis to perform miracles?!? Enquiring minds need to know @ MJ

HIGH TIMES


What if God Smoked Cannabis? @ YT or @ Lyrics

The God's Bud Super Star Jam Band: Despite the different music styles, these late great musicians all smoked weed -Chris Cornell, Phife Dawg, Chuck Berry, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Leonard Cohen, Gregg Allman, Glenn Fry, Paul Kantner, and David Peel. Now they've all dearly departed us to join that heavenly jam band in the great beyond! Some fiery weed tales @ HT

Stepping Razor: Ironically Jawara McIntosh, the son of former Marley Wailer reggae star and cannabis activist Peter Tosh has ended up in a coma while in a New Jersey jail for a pot bust. No word who's responsible. Alas, Peter suffered a very debilitating head wound from a police beating back in Jamaica during the day. Now Jawara's suffering from "traumatic brain damage", and it's hardly from just smoking the stuff either @ Mari


JFK -Stoned Again!

Tokin' With The Prez: 11 US presidents are known to have smoked weed; JFK, Obama, "Dubya" Bush, Clinton, Pierce, Taylor, Jackson, Madison, Monroe, Jefferson, and Washington! Read more @ HT

Weed Top 10: Bernie Sanders, Justin Trudeau, the Dalai Lama, Snoop Dogg, and Jack Nicholson are but 5 of the most influential people publically supporting the good fight for legalization. Read more @ WR


Look Ma! No ears!

Don't Parrot This: A man has had his ears removed in a 6 hour operation to make him look like a parrot. Now he wants to find a plastic surgeon to turn his nose into a beak .... Naw, the article doesn't say whether he smokes pot. However, this DOESN'T seem to fit into my Teacher Free Speech News Y Views as any sort of ... ahem ... "straight goods" news item, so here it goes! Read on @ TeleUK

Do The Monster Hash: Let's toke and er ... danze instead @ YT and @ B-FlicK


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