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Thursday, 14 December 2017

CC5: Cannabis Culture 5 -Pre-Trial Deal!




The Cannabis Culture 5 [CC5] return to the old Toronto Court house for their next pretrial date on Monday December 18th at 10am! A breakthrough in the 9 month proceedings is in the works. It's the first real ray of hope, if we can call it that, since the CC5's were busted last March in the high profile Project Gator cross Canada police craft cannabis dispensary raids, aka Prohibition 2.0.

The Cannabis Culture 5's Marc Emery spoke again with Oh Cannabis after the Dec 10th court date about the pending deal, now expected on Monday. Marc explains that the crown is demanding a huge, unprecedented "shit kicking", "onerous, punitive fine". He'd prefer to do jail time instead, but that options not on the table.

Marc notes that since the Project Gator bust he's testified extensively at the many government committees seeking input into the legalization process. He's disheartened that his warnings and advice about the Trudeau government's new overly regulated, corporate legalization model are going unheeded, but he's tried his best.

Marc warns that we are certainly headed towards a real "shit storm" with legalization come next year, one rife with "euphoria, aggravation, annoyance and confusion". Moreover, he warns of a bad shortage of legal weed, even within the first few days of legalization. Of course, it will even be even worse if the government succeeds in shutting our flourishing, across Canada, craft cannabis dispensary movement down!

Marc plans to leave for Europe and South America after his bail conditions are lifted. He'll meet with cannabis activists in countries "not so far along" in the legalization process as we are here in Canada, to network and share the good news about what we've been able to accomplish. Then he'll return in the spring for the legalization roll out to see what can be done then.

He remains optimistic that although legalization will be a legal mess, there are many "interesting experiments" occurring across Canada in our 13 different provinces and territories. In the long run, Marc is hopeful that a more fair, varied, and effective legal cannabiz model can still be developed over time.


In the meantime, Jodie Emery, will "transition" and "convert" the Cannabis Culture brand into a legal market model. Cannabis Culture certainly plans to continue providing us with their heady brand of top notch strains, user friendly service, and cannabis activism, as weed finally becomes legal in Canada next year.

Watch Marc Emery's complete interview @ Youtube

The CC'5s Chris Goodwin also spoke to Oh Cannabis. In his interview, Chris comments on the important role peaceful civil disobedience actions have played in the the Canadian legalization fight. Chris explains, that like with the gay and civil rights movement, the only way we can often expose and change "colossal injustice on a massive scale" is by peacefully breaking the law in a non violent way.

Do you grow, buy, smoke and or sell illegal weed? Do you actively join in the protests? Chris notes that if only 5% of the population can be likewise encouraged to openly challenge and violate an unjust  law, it can be effectively changed. 

We are now seeing this happen with legalization as a result of Canadian's widespread refusal to obey our cannabis laws. Truly, it can be an especially exhilarating high of a different kind, to engage in peaceful civil disobedience actions like the CC5 and bring about real change, as Chris explains @ YouTube



Three hours have been set aside for the CC5's December 18th court date. The police evidence will be presented, along with the details of the agreement that is reached.

Oh Cannabis joins Dankr.ca in urging our local cannabis community to please come out to demonstrate your support for the Cannabis Culture 5 and Canada's indie craft cannabis dispensary's at the old Toronto City Hall court house next Monday December 18th at 10 am! More details @ Dankr.ca


Let's be vocal! 

Loud! Clear! 

No to Trudeau + Wynne's corporate agenda! 

We want craft dispensary weed here! 



LINKS


Reefer Monopoly Madness: Canada's corporate legalization model demands tight federal and provincial control over the production and distribution of weed. The government is trying to reinvent and monopolize a successful, grassroots, cannabis industry that's already in place! It's strictly for the big business boy$ exclu$ive profit and gain! Most everybody else who's fought and suffered under prohibition are now on the losing end, as they are heavy handedly being squeezed out of business to clear the way. The CC5's Jodie Emery explains @ Link

The Court Settlement: Read more interviews with CC5's Marc Emery, Jodie Emery and Erin Goodwin @ HERE!

The Project Gator Bust: My exclusive, live reports are @ HERE! and @ THERE!

Stay tuned for my live Twitter coverage of the December 18th court date:


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