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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

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