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Friday, 22 March 2019

Oh Cannabis Spring 2019 News y Views!

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HEADLINES

Canada's Indigenous Six Nations declare weed sovereignty on treaty lands. What'll the Feds and provinces do?

US Legalization: Both Democrat and GOP politicians and lawmakers are getting onboard! But will they succeed in 2019?

Pot Race: Licensed Ontario dispensaries desperately race to open April 1st in Canada's largest market! Will they make the deadline? If not, what will the Ford government do?

Nowhere 2 Toke: Licensed lounges remain verboten in Ontario, despite legalization! Is there any hope in sight?

Pot Tax: Canadian Federal Budget includes a new medibles and topicals tax. Provides limited income tax relief for med pot users! How to fight back? 

Stock Market Reefer Madness: Canada's floundering legal cannabiz industry faces some huge challenges. The unlicensed market is totally kicking their butt! Why can't they compete?

Casual Causal: Cannabis is under renewed scrutiny! A lot of it very hostile and misleading. More reefer madness? Now? What gives? And what to do?

All This and Some Spring Weed Musings Below ....

420 CELEBRATIONS



420 2019: This April 420 is the first since Canada legalized weed. It's left us with Prohibition 2.0 and quite a legal mess. Should we treat our most venerated pot holiday as a day to protest? Or celebrate? Let's not forget our movement's activist roots! More @ Leafly

420 Vancouver: Cypress Hill are this year's headliner! However, the park board is out to quash Vancouver 420 once again, even though cannabis is now legal! Activist's, including organizer Dana Larsen list 10 reasons why it will continue anyway, as a protest event @ GStraight

420 Toronto: This year's main festivities will now be held in Woodbine Park along Queen St. East at Eastern Avenue and Coxwell, from noon until 6 pm. Sounds great! Plans call for DJ's, bands, sponsor and vender tables plus a "Free Farmers Market"! Stay tuned for more details @ Twitter and Facebook

Hotbox's 420 Block Party: There'll be live music, venders and free giveaways. Plus Hotbox's venerable outdoor, summer "Potio" re-opens! Come from 1-10 pm. Check out Toronto's landmark lounge and head shop at 204 Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market, downtown west. Don't forget to say "High!" to Abi Roach! And thank her for all her fine work at NORML.ca! More @ Twitter @ Facebook



420 Sudbury: The main event's Saturday April 20 at Mr. Green's Novelties, LaSalle Blvd. Sudbury. [Link] The party continues that evening 10 til 2pm at Coyote's. More details @ Facebook

420 Tickets: Lots and lots of trez kool 420 events happening across Toronto and throughout Southern Ontario this year! Including club dates, comedy fests, private parties etc. etc. etc. But they require tickets. Get yours now @ EB More Toronto events @ TS


Got something happening? 
Let me know! More links to come!!!

OH CANNABIS



Weed Sovereignty: Six Nations are fed up. The largest of Canada's indigenous peoples are now in effect declaring weed sovereignty on the treaty lands. The goal? To protect their "health and safety". And to prevent "external interference". All levels of Canadian government be damned! They've got their own regulations for cultivating, distributing, selling and using weed. Minimum age is set at 19. Plus 18% of sales goes towards community projects. A new cannabis control commission is being set up. And provincial sales licenses have no validity here! So what if anything will Ontario's "law and order" reefer madman Premier Doug Ford do now? Or Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who's facing a dicey federal election this fall? With indigenous issues all ready in the spotlight? Note that many of the Six Nation reserves are located next to our major urban centres. Ontario's government licensed dispensaries don't even begin to open until April 1st, with only 25 so far approved, for across the whole province. Ha! The heat is on @ HSpec @ CBC

April Fools: The first 25 pot shops are finally scheduled to open across Ontario, Canada's largest province population wise, come April 1st. That's almost 6 months after legalization. However, they aren't expected to even put a dent in our booming, unregulated cannabis market. Think high prices and a lack of licensed retail outlets. Duh. Its clearly a case of too little too late, for the foreseeable future. What to do?!? Hint: Grow your own or stick to Weedmaps! More @ CBC @ TStar

Sales Dept: Ontario's first 25 legal cannabis shops could be earning $500 million a year! Of course, as we know, that's nothing. It could be a lot more, if Ontario was a truly, free, open market sans Ford's lottery licensing BS @ MJB



The Price Point: Licensed government weed only accounts for 30% of total cross Canada sales. It's also 36% more expensive. That's if you can even find a legal dispensary or lounge, so you can toke. Duh @ CTV
Needless to say, high prices are pushing consumers back to the unlicensed market for cheap weed @ CBC

Alberta Bound: There are some problems but the province is Canada's weed capital! It's got the most pot shops. Sales seriously out perform the rest of the country, including Ontario and BC. Surprise! Unlike Neo Con Man Doug Ford, "socialist" NDP Premier Rachel Notley's has actually made sure the province is legally "open for business"! More @ Vice

Canuck Pot Budget: It's official! The 2019 Canadian federal budget includes a new excise duty tax for cannabis edibles and extracts, including oil and topicals. It takes effect May 1st for medical cannabis users. Later this year for everyone else, once it's legalized for recreational use. Expect to pay $0.01 cent tax per milligramme of THC, in the government's new tax by "THC content" scheme. Meanwhile, the $1 per gram tax on dried flower remains unchanged. Consumer spending on "legal cannabis" was only $1.2 billion, less than projected. However, our untaxed "black market" enjoyed a 400% increase in sales. Basically, government licensed weed just doesn't make the grade. Can't compete in supply, quality or price. But try telling Ottawa that, as they pile on more and more taxes, regulations and other restrictions @ BloomB 

Med Pot Tax Time: Cannabis remains the only Canadian prescription drug that includes an excise tax! A little medical patient tax relief is being offered through a 15% credit come income tax time. Still, no justice, not peace! The good fight continues @ Leafly 



Good Morning Judge: A Nova Scotia medical cannabis patient becomes the first of many planning a constitutional challenge to Canada's new impaired driving laws. Why? The roadside test measures the level of THC in your system. Not how impaired you are. If you have a cannabis prescription, the test becomes discriminatory -the THC will show up, even though you aren't stoned. Expect a lot more legal challenges in the daze ahead @ CTV

CFAM: Canadians For Fair Access 2 Medical Marijuana continue to actively lobby for and demand the removal of any and all taxes on medical cannabis. Join the fight @ CFAM

Worker Compensation Pot Claims: Injured workers from across Canada continue the important fight to have medical cannabis prescriptions for pain management covered as a benefit. The results remain mixed at best @ CBC

Ford's Ontario Pot Lottery: A third, winner strikes gold by throwing their lot in with Alberta's High Tide Inc., this time to open a legal Canna Cabana dispensary in Toronto, by the government's April 1st deadline. Surprise! The corporate big boys somehow come out on top again! So much for our many, long time, eager, knowledgable, homegrown, mom and pop operations who didn't win the draw. More below in "Green Marketing" and @ HTI

IN THE NEWS



US Legalization: US lawmakers from both the Democrats and the GOP are on a roll. This spring, there are 6 pieces of legislation before congress to end prohibition at the federal level. Will one of them pass? Here are the 6 different bills in play @ Leafly But don't hold your breath! Here's why they still might not pass this year @ Fool

Canadian Green Print eh? American busine$$e$ are increa$ingly nervou$ that Canadian legalization will freeze them out of the marketplace if they wait too long. Some even view the Canadian model as a "blueprint" for how it can be set up in the United States. Hmmm. Wanna buy a used one for corporate government monopoly? Then try ours! Sure, it's got some salient points. Actually, I'd say it's more of a "green print" too, but but but .... More @ SN



US Cannabiz Equity: The MCBA [Minority Cannabis Business Association] isn't taking any chances as legalization takes hold across the US. They're providing US lawmakers and regulators with a policy model. It seeks to maximize the ability of disadvantaged communities of colour to rightfully benefit in equal measure as manager, owners, employees and investors in the new, legal cannabiz sector. Whether anybody is listening is something else. But it's important work that needs to be done from the get-go. Bravo! Read @ NCV 

The Times They Are A Changing: Here's how the cannabis industry in the US has changed over the last 10 years @ MM

GREEN MARKETING



Cannabis Market Crash: The Canadian Cannabis Index lost half it's value in 2018. There's still dark storm clouds on the horizon. What could go wrong in the year ahead? @ MT

Pot Wars: In all fairness, Canada's seemingly hapless LP's [Licensed Producers] are often being sent in battle with both hands tied behind their back. Until they can compete with supply, quality and pricing, the unregulated, underground cannabiz sector will continue to kick their ass @ MT

Stock Ticker: Cannabis stock promoters continue to prey on investors and operators who are not really "in the know". Beware @ NCV

Hunny Pot: Come April 1st, 6 months after legalization, and Toronto finally has one ... count em' -one .... legal cannabis shop! It's a pricey Apple Store type set up, with personal shopping assistants and all the other fancy bells and whistles. The owner Hunny Gawri; a non toker, remains confident that the government can keep him in business with enough legal boo. But once the novelty wears off, can the Hunny Pot really even begin to compete with our all ready flourishing, much cheaper priced, unlicensed, underground market? The countless other experienced, heritage, dispensary owners, waiting patiently in the wings? Check Gawri's Hunny Pot out @  TL @ Vice @ BBM @ BBM Lotsa pix @ WL



It's blood money, Hunny!


Ganjika Rat: Desperate pot dealers, long left out of the government legalization model, are undercutting prices by selling to folks lined up for hours, outside Brampton's sole legal pot shop. The owner declares war. Calls for police arrests. Can't compete. The fight is on @ BG

Oh Man! Men still hold 93% of the cannabis boardroom seats in Canada. That's only up 2% from last year! Considering the leading role of women activists and entrepreneurs in Canada's underground legalization movement, that hardly seems equitable, nor fair @ MJB

LGBTQ MIA: The queer community's annual, global, purchasing power is projected at $5.4 trillion. That's lotsa big bucks! Yet they're mostly being ignored by cannabis marketers. And still finding themselves on the outside looking in, within the corporate cannabis workplace too! More @ Leaf

Canopy Growth Grows: They've hooked up with one of our lucky Ford Pot Lottery winners. Now HMV music's former flagship store on the downtown Yonge strip is reopening as a Tokyo Smoke cannabis dispensary. Whoda guessed? All those years ago? When we use to go shopping there for CD's, and DVD's? Then, had to step back out into the Toronto night, looking for a lil' boo to go with the movies and tunes .... @ TStar

A Cheap Beginner Health Fix: Here are the top CBD products you can legally buy for under $50! Some are even listed on Amazon and/or are available for shipping to Canada @ CSH

HIGHER LEARNING



A Mental Case: A recent UK/ Euro study suggests that cannabis puts us at risk of mental psychosis. That's always possible, if one is already so predisposed, of course. However, as NORML stresses, the research lacks any scientific proof of a direct causal relationship between cannabis and mental disorder. It's strictly based upon observational data. That's suspect at best. Other variables could also be responsible and at play. For example, did those tested also drink? Use any other drugs or intoxicants? Without proper, objective research, such alarming and unsubstantiated reefer madness claims are suspect and misleading at best @ NORML

Smoking Tobacco Vs Pot: No, relatively speaking, they aren't the same. Pot isn't harm free, but studies suggest it'll cause coughs not cancer. Rolling blunts with a tobacco wrapper might lead to smoking cigarettes too. More @ GH

Oil's Well? Vaping cannabis oil is pretty kool. I much prefer it indoors during our long cold Canadian winters. However, it might have some health risks. Now that cannabis is being legalized, proper testing and research can begin in earnest. New research is seeking alternatives to the possibly harmful substances including thinning liquids commonly used in making it @ Leafly




April is World Autism Awareness Month!

Autism -High Hopes: Can cannabis help children and adults with autism? The verdict's still out. However, studies suggest that it might reduce violent outbursts and improve other challenging behaviours and symptoms, for those on the spectrum. Now, that it's being declassified as a Schedule 1 drug in many places, more in-depth research can seriously begin. Israeli researchers for one, aren't wasting any time racing headlong into the study. There are high hopes that our lowly weed could prove be a healthy, natural alternative to the much, more harmful chemical drugs currently being prescribed. Here's a quick survey of the recent literature on autism and cannabis @ RS @ CP @ ToI

HIGH TIMES



Ontario Pot Place: Our local Hotbox Cafe is partnering up with the Toronto Craft Beer Fest. They're opening Canada's first legal "Potio", where you can toke weed. It's a test run of sorts, at Ontario Place from June 21 to 23rd. Two daze eh?  Well, it's a start. Otherwise, there are still no legal licensed facilities anywhere in Canada's most populated province @ BlogTO

Dankmasta P's Nugswap continues in Toronto on the 3rd Saturday of each month. It's an interesting alternative to the government's corporate weed agenda. Swap and grow your own @ HERE!

Toronto Toke Tours: Toking tours? Limos? VIP services? Yoga, massage, and cooking classes? All this and more! Say "High" to Toronto on your next "trip". Now, we are legal! Find lotsa trez kool Toronto pot tourism options @ TTT



High AF Sex: Hey Ladies! A new study shows that a toke before sex makes for a great orgasm! Yep! Up to 2.10% times better! Whoa!! So grab yer favourite bud ... or blossom! Double your pleasure! Double your fun! With the big "O" @ Vice



It's Only Rock + Roll [But We Need It!]: For the straight goods on the Rolling Stone's Mick n' Keif, read Oh Cannabis' alter ego -Teacher Free Speech Spring 2019 New y ViewsHere!

Spring Weed Break: Winter's over! There's a thaw in the air. Many tokers are starting  to kick back a bit. Want to relax, but still need a little energy to get us through to the summer holidaze. Which strains work best? Consider Chocolate Fondue, Ultra Sour, Go, Super Silver Haze. More @ Leafly



All A' Twitter: Please note -I often tweet lots and lots more news and stoner links for your information and entertainment. Follow me @ @davidchiarelli

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