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Friday, 16 February 2018

Oh Cannabis Winter 2018 News Y Views 2

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OH CANADA

Justice Delayed: Our unelected senate pushes back a final vote on Canada's legalization bill until June 7th, to provide an extra 3 days for debate. Any amendments could possibly be sent back to the House of Commons, creating further delays. If not, Royal Assent will follow quickly afterwards. However, don't expect any legal pot to go on sale for another 2 or 3 months until late summer, if you don't mind our Conservative senators, trampling all over your basic civil rights, especially as a medical cannabis patients ..... Eh? Say wot?!? It's readily for sale everywhere, anyways. Gee! Why aren't we surprised?!? More @ Star and Globe

Trudeau Legalization Follies: Recent estimates are that 60-70% of Canada's recreational market will remain underground after legalization! There are currently 66 dispensaries and 219 weed delivery systems listed on Weed Maps throughout the GTA [Greater Toronto Area] alone! That's despite TPS [Toronto Police Services] Projects Claudia and Gator busts. Also Premier Wynne's threat of a huger impending crackdown before the province's Cannabis Act becomes law in July. Here's a quick reality fix on the street credibility of Justin's weed monopoly follies, with special insights from Toronto "Hotbox" cannabis activist /entrepreneur Abi Roach @ CBC


Where There's Smoke There's Fire: Further estimates are that on average, weed is selling for as little as $7 gram across Canada. Plus, we know It's not uncommon to even score a very decent oz of street kush in Toronto, our largest city, for $150 [Cdn]. So far the proposed government retail price point for legal weed seems to be about $10 plus tax. Ha! Watch government retail plans come off rails, if plenty of cheap, good underground weed continues to flood the streets come legalization this July, August, September, whatever. Of course, Trudeau and many of the Premiers will continue to blame that on organized crime. Desperately continue to try to shut out our long thriving and entrenched indie market and existing dispensary/ home delivery cannabiz industry! All for their nefarious, big, bad, corporate monopoly weed buddies @ CBC

Canuck Price Per Gram: Statistics Canada's new Cannabis Stats Hub presents all the latest findings on cannabis consumption in Canada. Their cross country price per gram survey is determined by surveying anonymous online sites and and our LP [Licensed Producers]. It's a start ..... You'll find more on Stats Can Cannabis Hub under "Higher Learning" below. Also @ StatsCan



LP Pot Shops: Meanwhile, Canada's government licensed producers are left desperately scrambling to reinvent the wheel. Somehow squeeze out our indie pros who've been successfully setting up and running retail outlets for years. Some provinces will allow dispensaries, government run and/or private, others not. Some are slowly warming up to idea, but will it be too little in the daze ahead?!? @ NP

Shopify will be the Ontario government's sole online provider as a part of it's strict monopoly on the sale and distribution of legal weed. Hope they have better sales and service than Tweed @ CBC

Shoppers Drug Mart: The cross Canada pharmacy chain inks a supply deal for medical cannabis with government licensed producer Aurora Cannabis. They've also recently signed deals with Aphria, MedReleaf and Tilray @ Globe



Canuck Stock Ticker: Canada's hazy stock market movers and shakers in weed might be about to go up in smoke if the TSEX business speculation bubble goes bust. Heh heh, er .... @ Now! More @ Grizzle

Open Letter To Premier Wynne: Cannabis Activist/ Entrepreneur Abi Roach makes the case for average Ontarians who just want have a safe place to go socialize and toke come legalization. So far, the province is against it! @ Skunk and @ Leafly

Places of Use Regulations Under The Cannabis Act 2017: Read the Ontario government's highly restrictive proposals for where you will be allowed to legally vape and toke. There's a link to the "feedback" form too, due March 5th @ ON

Ministry of Attorney General: Seems there's a big conflict between Ontario's Cannabis and our Smoke Free Ontario Act! Rather late in the legalization game, the Wynne government is finally surveying we poor plebs on whether cannabis lounges should be allowed or not! Also on whether we should be able to smoke pot in hotel rooms, apartments, workplace and public outdoor places! They want you to write them an essay of sorts online, and it's due March 5th, with implementation expected this summer. Not exactly a realistic timeframe to sort through all that information! Almost sounds to me like they've all ready made up their minds about whatever they are going to do and are now just further wasting our fucking time! Then again, it's hard to resist these challenges, when there's so much to say. Can't hurt! There's always strength in numbers, very real even when ignored. More @ OC



OPSEU: As President "Smokey" Thomas is proud to point out, the Ontario Public Service Employee Union is covering up to $3000 of the cost of medical cannabis for it's staff. Recognizing the medical value of cannabis as an effective treatment for many ailments, they want to "keep up with the times". Here's to setting a good workplace example @ OPSEU

Sunlife Insurance: It's a significant industry shift! Also a strong sign of the growing public acceptance of medical pot. Cannabis is now being added as an option to Sunlife's group benefit plans, for pain management, cancer, sclerosis, arthritis, and palliative care treatment @ FP

Bad Police Trip: TPS suspends two police officers who allegedly consumed the medibles seized in a raid on the Toronto Community Cannabis Clinic dispensary. Seems the officers then began to hallucinate. Needed to call for help ... Dunno. I've consumed 500 mgs plus and never actually hallucinated .... no, I don't think so .... tho I suppose have a pretty high tolerance level as a long time, vintage med pot user. But hey! Weren't those medibles court evidence?!? Confiscated and then consumed in a police bust?!? Who's being served and protected here? WhewCBC

First Nation Rising: Canadian Indigenous FSIN [Federation Sovereign Indigenous Nations] are feeling left out of the legalization process in Saskatchewan. They're royally pissed that they weren't even included in the governmental process to decide how and where pot can be sold in the province. Our First Nations do not believe that Canada's new cannabis laws necessarily apply on Treaty lands! What next?Global

Hamilton High: A tip o' the wise thinking cap to Mayor Fred Eisenberger. Turns out he's a farm shareholder of sorts in a "growing field", tho he won't say where. I hear through the pot patch that at least one councillor is also wisely keeping an open mind to the long term prospects of pot tourism a la B+B's, and fine errr .... high society dining, just as long as it's kept low under the radar for now. Wow! Watch for Hamilton to become one hopping lil' city in the daze ahead @ CBC

IN THE NEWS


CPAC Pot Rodeo: It was high noon at the not-so-ok GOP coral as retired, rogue "cowboy cop" Howard Wooldridge arrived to stir up conservative support for legalizing pot. He refreshingly argued his case on the conservative principles of personal freedom, responsibility and limited government for the party faithful. 

Bravo. One can even really respect Howard, even as a principled hard core leftie. Legalization is all about personal responsibility and freedom. It's very much a question of civil rights! It's also just plain, old fashioned grassroot, free enterprise -that's the underground, cannabiz industry in it's purest form, regardless of ones political stripe! 

Up here in Canada, Marc Emery like Rand Paul both get that. But ironically, not our own, wider, homegrown, conservative movement, provincially or federally, like in the US. Too bad, there could be a lot of common ground to build on here, in these otherwise so sadly, unprincipled times @ WR

US Drug War Is The New Jim Crow! The ACLU [American Civil Liberty Union] provides us with a primer explaining how prohibition is a violation of one's most basic rights. They also highlight it's racist origins @ ACLU



Free Trade Weed?

CannaMexico World Summit: Former Mexican president Vicente Fox hosts May 30-31st!  Too bad about NAFTA but ... but... but ... howzabout a trez kool 3 way US-Canada-Mexico cannabis free trade deal instead?!? Yessireee! We'll all be feeling lifted upwards and onwards from there. Here's Fox's plan @ BZ

Dollar$ and $en$e: US treasury department officials are finally questioning whether or not it might be better to ease restrictions on cannabiz banking accounts and receipts. It's better and safer than running a "cash only" biz for pot growers, producers, and retailers alike.  Oh! And it's also a better way to collect taxes. Duh! Unfortunately, not everyone is convinced @ Forbes



Refusal of Compliance: Massachusetts might become a "sanctuary state" when it comes to legalization. Voters have signalled that they want a "sensible drug policy" and "end to prohibition". Now, along comes Federal AG Jeff Session's War on Drugs! What to do?!? Seems local state authorities might just not be simply cooperating with their fed counterparts when it comes to weed @ PS

Scouts Honor: A very resourceful Girl Scout sells 300 boxes of "Girl Guide Cookies" in 6 hours outside the Urban Leaf dispensary in California scoring $1,500. Girl Scouts in California, unlike Colorado, consider a dispensary to be the same as any other store. Alas. those darn Girl Scouts could sure create quite a shit storm up here in Canada tossing their cookies into the legal quagmire of Trudeau's Prohibition 2.0 legalization mix. More @ Root

GREEN MARKETING



Cookin' With Chef Reena: High Society Supper Club Chef Reena Rampersaad discusses the importance of "microdosing", when figuring how much medibles we'll consume @ CBC  BTW, also read my High Society dinner review @ BLOG

Grass Brownies and Beer: Infused food and drink are all the underground rage! Supposedly, they'll be legalized in Canada during 2019 but ....ummmm .... aaaaaah .... we're kinda hungry and thirsty now, eh! Plus medibles are a very kool, healthy and effective way to enjoy your weed .... unless you're a Toronto police officer! Ummm .... never mind! Or see above! More @ CBC

How To Open Your Own Vapor Lounge: Howdy partner! Got what it takes? Includes helpful tips from Cannabis Culture 5 activist/ entrepreneur Chris Goodwin @ VL

HIGHER LEARNING



Stats Can's High Stat Hub: Yup! The good folks at Statistics Canada have finally set up a site to collect and disseminate info on weed consumption in our country. There's links to "Health", "Justice", "Economy" and "Pricing". Also an online "Question of the Month" survey for your to fill out, straight or stoned @ StatsCan

What Did You Pay? Let's all help out poor old Stats Can with the price of weed! So far, they are limited to LP data and whatever else they glean online visiting various,  different sites @ StatsCan

Leading The Way: Meet pioneering Green Market Toronto Cannabis Activist/ Entrepreneur Lisa Campbell! Backgrounder @ Blyss

More On Why We Need Vapor Lounges: Ontario's lounge scene managed to dodge the Bill-178 bullet last year. The lounges have been granted a temporarily allowing folks, ostensibly med pot enthusiasts, to smoke cannabis when we go out in public, but perhaps not for much longer, not under Premier Wynne's tight ass, Prohibition 2.0, long range plans. Cannabis Activist/ Entrepreneur Abi Roach explains for the real dopes out there that our cannabis community is going to need somewhere public to go to gather, socialize, and enjoy our weed. Keep up the good work, Abi! To quote Baby Huey; Duh! @ NOW



Can cannabis cause hallucinations? The verdict's out. Maybe, if you have history of psychosis @ CBC

Cannabinoids 101: THC, CBD's, CBN's, CBG's, CBC's -all this and more! Check out the medical properties of each. Also, the ailment-treatment chart @ HL 

Shelf Life -Cannabis Oil: Store it right and you will be surprised how long it can last @ Leafly

Shelf Life -Flower/ Buds: Ditto! You've got to learn how to store it right!!! Lotsa helpful tips @ Leafly

On Driving Stoned: The verdict's out on how cannabis actually affects your driving skills. With prohibition, little serious research was ever done. Now the rush is on. Alas. The different study results can vary a lot. Consider this "meta-analysis" @ Frontier

Latest Research In Autism: Promising medical studies in Israel suggest that there might well be many advantages in using cannabis to treat autistic children @ NW

High Anxiety: A mum in New Mexico is charged with "child abuse" and "distribution to a minor" after officials discover she packed her 13 year old daughter some medibles to take to school. Sounds real bad. The article misrepresents the case as a total Reefer Madness horror show! However, read carefully! Turns out the medibles were recommended by a homeopathic doctor, to help the girl deal with anxiety issues. So, would it be better if she was just given lotsa, much, more dangerous, and addictive chemical drugs instead! Bad weed -bad, bad weed?!NYP

HIGH TIMES



Pot Farmers Daughter:  Gallery Kristen Angelo is a US photographer set on documenting and destigmatizing cannabis. Her pictures show the prohibition era family pot farm where she grew up to reveal the basic, everyday humanity underlying our favourite weed. Critics claim she's very authentic and on the leading edge of a "powerful grassroots social and political movement" Whoa! Check her art out @ PFD Follow Kristen @ Facebook Learn how she's actually "fighting corporate cannabis" with her photos. Trez kool @ Herb

Pot Growing Blogs: Here's a guide to some good sites @ Note

Premier Doug Ford?!? He's back! It's Rob's supposedly smarter bro! The Ontario Neo Con CPC enabler leadership candidate with a very rich history, indeed. Ho boy! Get this -Dougie with a mullet dealing drugs as a high school jock! Then making a fortune off cheapo stickers/ decals! Now, he wants to lead the province, Trump North style! Git jiggy with the dude -goon but not forgotten @ Globe



Doug: Hash? Premier?

THC: More Is Better? Maybe. Maybe not. But recent research suggests that if you have developed high tolerance levels over time like me, the higher doses can also mean more med pot benefits. Hmmmm @ CN

Woman In Weed Power: Here's a Top 10 Cannabis list for the most interesting US women in industry, politics and political advocacy. Hmmm. Here, we've got Jodie Emery, Abi Roach, Lisa Campbell and so many more! Everywhere, it's a cause for celebration! Our sisters are arising to the cannabiz challenge, leading the way as activists and entrepreneurs! More @ WR


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