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Friday, 20 April 2018

Oh Cannabis Spring 2018 News y Views!

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Major 420 celebration festivals enthusiastically proceed across Canada with much success, despite stiff opposition from the local Canadian authorities, mere months before "legalization"! See Below!

Cannabis activists take note "420 Toronto 2018" festivities will proceed out front of Toronto City Hall, despite the set backs! Under Prohibition 2.0, no permit's been forthcoming, "legalization" be damned. [More!] So expect some peaceful civil disobedience! Speakers include the Cannabis Culture 5's Chris y Erin Goodwin, the Hotboxes Abi Roach and many, many others! Lotsa live music and green vendors too! Follow @ 420! @ Facebook! 

More on 420 Toronto across the GTA this year @ Toke Of The Town!

OH CANADA



420 Toronto 2018, as organized by Cannabis Culture [CC] alumni Chris y Erin Goodwin successfully rocks Toronto City Hall! No permit? No problem! Police and City Officials are busy all day to no avail trying to curtail festivities. Only succeed in shutting down green venders from operating openly. Med Pot activists speak out against pot tax in no uncertain terms! Nathan Phillips Square is packed as thousands of eager tokers continue to arrive, pouring in after work, until late in the day! Stay tuned for my blog! Also see @ City @ BlogTo 

420 Ottawa: 20,000 pot aficionados light up Parliament Hill! Cannabis activists denounce draconian Canadian Prohibition 2.0 restrictions of legalization Bill C-45 @ OM @ OC



Busy! Busy! Busy! Ottawa Cannabis Activist Ming Saad y Crew Help Rock Parliament Hill!

420 Vancouver: The nefarious park board attempts to discredit highly successful event at Sunset Beach! Blame volunteer organizers with heap of bogus reefer madness damage claims. Veteran cannabis activists Jodie Emery and Dana Larsen, along with local local social media, set the record straight. See how the Park board lies go up in smoke @ G-Straight

420 Montreal: Thousands ring la belle for Quebec's cannabis counter culture @ CBC

Legalization Canada: Policies for sales, distribution and consumption will vary across Canada. Here's a handy province by province guide @ Leafly

Canuck Legalization Woes: Bill C-45 is poorly thought out and fraught with peril. Here's 5 everyday ways in which it will turn out to be a big disaster for tokers @ CD

Prohibition 2:0! The CCLA [Canadian Civil Liberties Association] has warned the senate that legalization will be a "minefield of criminalization" as far as our civil rights go @ LD

Senate Vote: Bill C-45, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's legalization bill, passes second reading in the unelected Canadian senate by a 44 to 29 vote. The Conservative senators remain adamantly opposed. Alas! Not much good old fashioned business sense. Just lots of reefer madness ignorance, and fear mongering instead. Delays continue, with the bill now scheduled to pass into law after third reading on June 7th. Regretfully, legal sales and distribution for those who still obey Canada's unjust cannabis laws, will now occur much later on this summer, well after Canada Day, July 1st. As for the rest of us, well .... @ Global



Party Positions: Trudeau's Neo Liberal's continue to push forward Bill C-45; a very restrictive Prohibition 2.0 style Corporate Cannabis style legalization law, as documented on "Oh Cannabis" at great length. But what's up with our other 2 main national political parties? 

Basically, Canada's Neo Con-ster Canadian Conservative Party [CPC] remain hyper fixated very negatively on the bill's policing, public health and safety clauses, trying to block it every step of the way. With no thought given to a free market approach, they best they can do is agree that possession should be a ticket able, rather than a criminal offence. Sounds an awful lot like decriminalization, but the details get very sketchy from here! 

Of course, decriminalization was the Centre Leftish New Democratic Party's [NDP] platform in the 2015 Federal election [READ]. Sadly, that crashed and burned along with the party at the polls, as on the weed front, the Trudeau Lib's shamelessly stole the issue right out from right beneath them, with all the deceptive bells, whistles and smoke screen of their sham legalization plans. 

Still, the NDP's now passed a resolution at their recent party convention to decriminalize all drugs, not just weed. Unlike the other 2 main parties, the focus is on social justice and health care, rather than a punitive, policing approach to public health and safety. 

Be that as it may, our truncated NDP "Dippers" are now relegated to the peanut gallery in our House of Commons. Whatever else ails the party, and the concerns are legion, it's too bad the NDP's very level headed approach to cannabis is mostly lost amongst all the noise of corporate legalization rigging in Ottawa to date.

Here's a fairly decent summary of the main three party's positions @ Globe

FYI: All but one separatist Bloc Quebecois MP voted with the Conservatives [RM] against legalization. Party Leader Elizabeth May, the only elected Green Party MP in the House of Commons, supported C-45 [IPol] after proposing a number of progressive policing, health and safety amendments, also a criminal pardon [Green]. Neither party has a sitting member in the Canadian Senate.

Pardon Us: You'll also find an NDP petition to provide a still allusive pardon for any of our citizens whom have been convicted for criminal possession of pot @ NDP


Canadian Pot Tax: The Canadian Federal government only projects a $35 million cannabis tax windfall for 2018. That's after weed is legalized this summer. Then they expect $100 mil in 2019, the first full year of regulation. Or so they say! 

Are the sneaky Trudeau Libs low balling the dollar figures? Well, there are the start up costs. But let's not forget, a flourishing underground market, which has hardly been eradicated, whether they want to officially acknowledge it's huge, ongoing tax bite or not. 

But what if the revenue is actually somehow surprisingly a whole lot more? Mightn't it also give them a lot of wiggle room to .... Guess what?!? Help balance the budget! More @ Buzzfeed

Ontario "Cannabis" Budget Time: Premier Kathleen Wynne's Neo Libs expect a provincial budget loss for the first year of legalization at least. Start up costs will apparently require extra $$$ for policing and municipal expenses, to help them get onboard with the province's newest, corporate, monopoly program. Not to mention, stomping out all those darn, pesky cannabis activist-free enterprise entrepreneurs too! 

One supposes that we medical cannabis heads are supposed to jump for joy at the 8% tax rebate from the HST on our prescription weed! Hmmmmmm! 

Our First Nation status bands might not be pleased either with the province again treading on their treaty rights. Seems the $13 HST will apply to any and all "off reserve" [non indigenous consumer] purchases. No word on how much of that goes back to status council.

More on the budget @ Global



Legalization: Chief Isadore Day Speaks Out!

First Nation Rising: Our indigenous people across Canada continue the good fight to assert their economic and treaty rights in the legalization struggle. They want to set their own cannbais laws, rather than let the Canadian government simply do so. It's really quite paternal and opportunistic, but what else is now? Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day helps explain @ Herb

Decolonizing Cannabis: Weed has long been an indigenous homeopathic, folk medicine. Now it could provide a much needed economic engine to help create jobs and prosperity on our troubled, treaty lands. But will the Canadian government relent in it's patronizing ways? If not, what next? More @ Now!



Legal Weed Sucks: Bottom line is that there's all ready a thriving cannabiz industry in Canada. It's long been successfully turning out an excellent quality, high grade product, free enterprise style, legalization be damned! All that's changed is than now, having lost their "War on Drugs" the government wants to cash in too with their own dodgy, corporate licensed boo. Bleech! @ Now

Legalization Will Be A Legal Mess: Cannabis Activists-Entrepreneurs Lisa Campbell and Abi Roach outline a whack of other very troubling reasons why the fight against government "prohibition" will also hardly be over come "legalization" in Canada @ CTV



No Toking Allowed: Some Ontario apartment landlords and condo boards are quietly moving to ban smoking cannabis from their buildings as legalization approaches. Only medical users will be exempt. However, it's very difficult to change condo by-laws either allowing or prohibiting the smoking of tobacco or weed, once they're passed. Will you be able to toke at home without getting hassled? Best get involved with your condo board or tenants association now! It's time to nip any such restriction in the bud, where you live, before it's too late @ Now!

No Grow Yer OwnTheir bullshit reefer madness concerns over Bill C-45 are many, but note well: Canada's Conservative Senators in Ottawa are specifically targeting your right to grow weed at home @ GC


It's Election Time: Don't forget the candidates from the other parties too!


Sensible Ontario -Where 2 Toke?!? As the June 7th Ontario election quickly approaches, the cannabis friendly lobby group continues to actively lead the charge to allow licensed cannabis lounges and private storefront dispensaries in our province come legalization. Hotbox cannabis activist-entrepreneur Abi Roach explains the challenges @ Leafly Lisa Campbell @ Now! Follow Sensible Ontario @ B Sensible!



Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization in Canada: Download a FCM [Federation of Canadian Municipalities] PDF file for the work ahead on both policy and regulations, as they pertain to the planning, business licensing and public consumption etc. etc. etc. of our favourite weed! It's very important to get involved with this now!!! @ FCM

Political Flip Flop: Alas! Ontario Progressive Conservative [PC] Party Leader Doug Ford seems to be quietly walking back his much ballyhoo'ed support for free market cannabis in the run up to the June 7th provincial election. The parties ultra social conservative wing is definitely not on board. Plus, except for wild card MPP Randy Hillier, most of the party is overwhelmingly opposed to legalization, period! @ PM Also, see below ...



Ontario Pot Election: Ontario Progressive Conservative [PC] leader Doug Ford has surprised everybody by promising free market pot if he's elected Premier of our province on June 7th. It's an obvious ploy by the Neo Conster populist to snatch leftie votes from our often quite hapless provincial NDP, who so far seem too afraid to say boo too loudly! Let alone cannabis .... or hash .... or ... or ... or ..... 

Anyway, Conservatives take note -ever the business man, Dougie is to be complimented. He's actually presenting us all with a real free enterprise alternative! Instead of the Wynne Corporate Neo Liberal's plan for an Ontario government controlled weed monopoly! It's capitalism at it's most basic, grass root level. Also, a free enterprise truism the party faithful, so far at least, just don't seem to get!

So will the Ontario PC's now become Ontario's free enterprise pot party? Or is Dougie making empty promises? Doomed to go up in smoke on a house vote? Can you see his rambunctious, social conservative flank getting on side with weed?

I attended Doug Ford's Unity Rally here in Toronto on March 19th to find out more details. The devil, as we well know, is always hidden in the details. Quite frankly, as far as PC is concerned there are none. The new emperor has no clothes. Nope. None. There were no details on any of his polices, let alone weed, with the provincial election less than 2 months away. Anyway, you can read my blog The Doug Ford Unity Rally!

Doug alone spoke. Did his stock "Wynne's worst nightmare" speech. I cornered outspoken PC Social Conservative critic Tanya Grenic Allen, afterwards, at the media scrum. Ostensibly, she was there to show her support for Ford's "Unity" rally, I guess. Asked her whether she'd support Doug's position on free market cannabis. Listen to what she said @ Tanya Granic Allen On Weed?

Whoa! Smooth, but I don't think so! Doug will decide the policies? With no word on whether she will go along! It sure sounds like we'll have a veeeeeery interesting pot election debate ahead! 

The match is lit. Anybody could go up in smoke. Please, let's get questioning and apply a little pressure to any and all of the candidates on where they stand; Liberal, NDP and of course, Doug Fords PC's. 

How often do they and the teams come knocking at your door? At the very least, this is an excellent chance to make sure our cannabis counter culture concerns are really heard! Face to face!

Hey -it's called democracy.

More on Doug Ford @ Macleans 



Let's All Get Abong? Abi Roach Tells It Like It Is!

Why Reinvent the Pot Wheel?!? Around and around the arguments go! Cannabis Culture's Jodie Emery explains why she agrees with PC Doug Ford's free market approach option to the Wynne Lib's government run weed monopoly. Jodie knows the score @ Sun

Political Tactic's 101: Local Hotbox cannabis activist-entrepreneur Abi Roach discusses how Ford's free market weed could well just prove to be a PC election tactic, aimed at little more than siphoning off votes from the left to the conservative fold. Lift writer Kate Robinson doubts his intentions too. She also wonders how many of us will actually follow through and vote for the Ford PC's come election day. 

Let's face it -Doug Ford is a well known local Neo Con huckster across the GTA. Like him or not, he's the Party Leader who's introduced our concerns about Wynne's weed monopoly into the provincial election debate! Leaving many progressives wondering; whither too the NDP?!? More @ Macleans



Prohibition 2.0: Premier Kathleen Wynne fights back! Real quick! Free market cannabis is reckless! She flails at Ford! Punching at him time and again with the same, old, tired corporate reefer madness arguments! About policing! Health! Public safety! The same as we hear all the time from Justin T! 

What fools we mortals be. If Ford can only sweat the details, so to speak -know them well, then the Neo Lib prayer songbook might well go flying! It's not too hard to rip that BS to shreds! 

Kathleen would be down for the election count on pot, that's for sure. Plus, a whole lot of us of all political stripes would be breathing a huge sigh of relief. Inhaling deeply, if need be, as we decide whom to vote for, on election day. 

Then again; by going out short on details to fight the cannabis good fight, our clownish Doug Ford might well just make pot matters a whole lot worse. Make no mistake; like her or not -Kathleen Wynne is no dummy! Don't think a few, good sucker punches couldn't knock out Dougie's dim pot lights? Make his arguments look absolutely stupid and foolish? Sigh! Alas! We lose out too! More @ Star



Marc Emery -Cannabis Culture Rocks On!

Cannabis Kulture: Our Prince O' Pot Marc Emery's Montreal trial has been pushed back to May 30th. So far, the other 6 activist-entrepreneur's charged have received unconditional discharges. In total 6 dispensaries were closed and 18 kilos of weed seized. Marc's still away on his winter South American and Europe tour of sorts, but is expected back any day now @ MG

TSX Stock Ticker: Will the Toronto Stock Exchange smoke bubble go burst? How sustainable is it's up and down, in and out love affair with cannabis anyway? Supply? Demand? Capacity? The black market? Legalization? Just what what makes the Canuck pot stocks tick? Some speculation @ Now

IN THE NEWS



US 420 State of The Union: Activists, advocates and opponents of cannabis speak out across the states, 30 of which have legalized or are moving towards the legalization of medical or recreational weed SMR

420 High Times Cannabis Cup SoCal: It's been cancelled by San Bernardino authorities, even though recreational weed is legal in California. However, permit or not, as with 420 Toronto 2018, organizers say the show must go on @ Q

420 Racism: This 420, whether they live in a legal state or not, black people still have a far greater chance of getting arrested on a cannabis related charge, in the high charged, racially divided US @ Vox



US Reefer Madness: There's growing, widespread opposition to President Donald Trump's prohibition policies stateside. His own polling now shows less than 1 in 5 of Trump's hardcore MAGA supporters still believe that cannabis should be illegal. But is the Donald listening? More @ MM

Reefer Madman Gets Lit: Former GOP House Speaker John Boehner has stepped up to become the US cannabis industries latest spokesman @ Fortune

Now It Can Be Told: Surprise! Not! Trump AG Reefer Madman Jeff Sessions has long been in the Big Tobacco lobbies back pocket. Hypocrisy be damned -money talks @ Herb

Pardon Us: US legal activists are demanding criminal pardons for possession in 8 states where cannabis is legalized or decriminalized. Sadly, they are also missing in action in Canada too! For shame -No justice! No peace! @ Intercept



Smile Jamaica: Kaya Farms has just harvested Jamaica's first legal medical cannabis crop. They look forward to using the economically challenged island's ganja "brand" to help Jamaica become the "flagship" location for the new "global wellness industry". Ya mon! Jah Bob would be proud @ J-Observer 

Burning: Jamaica is definitely helping lead the charge! It's legalized medical cannabis and decriminalized ganja's recreational use @ MJ

Ja Travel Blog: The legalized/ decriminalized cannabiz tourism industry in Jamaica is still in it's infancy but it looks very promising indeed. Considering the awful economic divide on the troubled Caribbean island nation, it'll hopefully prove very timely for the everyday local folk too. Here's some notes, tips and links from my recent March trip @ MY BLOG

Mexican Legalization: A lot of our North American pot use to come from sunny Mexico back before hydroponics took over. Potheads down that way seem keen to re-establish their brand. A novel approach is being taken to legalization, due to the sad lack of interest amongst Mexico's politicos. It's making it's way through the courts instead. Hey, it's a pretty smart move. Worked big time for the LGBTQ! Check it out @ Civilized

Much more 2 come .....

GREEN MARKET



The Pinking of Pot: Welcome to our new millennium! Nowadaze, Canada's cannabiz revolution is often lead by and for women. Meet but some of our many grrrrrl users and distributers whom are leading the charge @ Chat

Women in Cannabis: Advocate Mz D chairs the panel discussion at the April 14th CannabisCon's Consumer Day in Edmonton, Alberta @ CCF



Mediblemania: You can bet both Corporate America and Canada are keeping a close eye on the booming underground medibles' market and will want to get in @ MJ

Double Standards: Health Canada's packaging restrictions for legal weed will be much harsher than for booze. Why? Enquiring minds need to know @ G-Straight

Much, much more 2 come .....


HIGHER LEARNING



WHO's Next? Finally! There must be a god! The World health organization [WHO] has decided that medical cannabis isn't a health risk and it's safe to use @ USHT

Cannabis Catch 22: Cannabis was a DIY homeopathic cure for whatever ails, long before prohibition came along in the 1920's. Because it's been illegal, very little real scientific research into it's medicinal qualities has been possible, until now. Note well, whenever we hear that there "isn't enough research" to support the medical benefits of weed, that's why. However, with legalization, that's all changing now and the results are often very encouraging, to say the least @ Leaf


Sex + Pot + Rock + Roll: Study shows that our lowly weed is actually a great aphrodisiac! To prick your interest, here's some scientific notes on the research methodology and results, for the .... ah ... academically reclined @ Hytiva

Medible Gummy Bears: Here's how to make these THC infused delights yourself @ Leafly

Much, much, much more 2 come .....

HIGH TIMES



Stoner Babes : In Katie Guin's new adult colouring book, each "stoner babe" is a picture of empowerment for our new cannabis age! Inhale deep n' get out yer crayons! All colours, textures and shades! @ KS

No Pot Celebrities Allowed: Snoop Dog and the Trailer Park Boys beware! Trudeau pot point man Bill Blair says celebrity endorsements for any and all "legal cannabis products" won't be allowed under legalization @ Global

2 Unfair: Take another hit of Robert Klein's "Medical Marijuana" @ Youtube!

Oldie But Goodie: This "Pot Shop" rap video parody has all the right credentials; a kool tune, NORML references, and a direct attack on the corporate "reefer madness" lobby @ Youtube

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