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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Oh Cannabis Summer 2019 News y Views!

Inhale! Hold! Exhale! Smile! ChEcK oUt My "Readers Guide 2 Oh Cannabis News Y View" @ Directory! UpDAtEs AddED iN LaRgE TyPe! LiVe TwEeTs @ davidchiarelli 



HEADLINES

Canadian Legalization Round 2: The federal government prepares to legalize edibles, topicals and extracts exactly one year into the legalization process. Sadly, as with legal bud, uptight reefer madness restrictions are the order of the day. Can the government licensed cannabis producers, marketers and sellers realistically hope to compete in Canada's bustling, free market place?

Drink Up: Legal cannabis infused drinks take on the alcohol industry! Can cannabis give them a good run for their money?

DIY: What's yer consumer alternative to crummy, overpriced, government weed and edibles? Dig yer garden! Start rattling those pots y pans!

Safety First Hi-Jinks: Cannabis verses the Tide Pod Challenge?

First Nation Rising: More news and views on indigenous pot!

Spin Control: A green marketing reporter's pet peeves?

Reefer Madness 2.0: Dealing with the stigma and lies in the legalization era!

The Blunt Truth: Tobacco and weed?

A Child's Garden of Grass: Cannabis in the sixties and seventies revisited!

Cannabis for Newbies? Cannabis for seniors? Some considerations ....

Much More 2 Come .....

OH CANNABIS



Legalized Kinda Sorta: Edibles, extracts and topicals become legal across Canada October 17. They should be available in government licensed, recreational, pot shops by mid December, hopefully in time for Christmas. But don't get excited! They're no match for similar products all ready widely available through the underground market. Edibles are limited to 10 mg of THC per pack. Gummy Bears and many other novelty items and shapes not considered child safe, are strictly forbidden. Extracts are capped at 10 mg per piece too, up to a 1000 max per pack. Non alcoholic, cannabis infused drinks, including near beer and wine are okay. However packaging and labelling requirements are super uptight and unappealing at best. The focus remains on THC rather than CBD's. Getting high remains more important than getting well, despite government assurances to the contrary ..... None of this is much fun, nor a commercially viable way to go for consumers or producers alike. But at least they'll be legal now. Overtime, the courts and marketplace can sort out the mess @ GCA @ Globe @ NP @ FiC @ 

Warning: The Warning Labels: Health Canada gives packaging somewhat of a makeover. They tone down the alarm factor a bit, but guarantee they'll still look and sound dull, dangerous and quite unappealing @ Leaf See the complete, new list of warnings @ GCA

Stuck With A Pig In A Poke: Welcome To The New Roll Out! Just Like the Old Roll Out! Basically, the newly legalized cannabis products must be as ugly and boring as possible to make them child safe and so on. Blah. Blah. Blah. Too bad for the legal marketers and producers! With their hands all but tied, it'll be impossible to compete CBC

The Tide Pod Challenge: Ironically, youngsters across Canada are indeed gulping down poison! Lots of it. But little is being done. Yup! They're swallowing highly toxic, chemical detergents. The one's widely being marketed and sold in tantalizing, candy like "Tide Pods". Unlike with cannabis, alarm bells don't ring! Child safety?!? Tide's corporate sales agenda definitely comes first! The colourful Tide Pods were even being brazenly advertised with much fanfare, down the full length of a packed subway car or two in downtown Toronto, last week. Full throttle Canadian reefer madness! For shame @ Huff @ Huff


Drunken Rapture: The Toronto Raptors finally won the NBA Finals for the first time ever! There was rioting, and shootings afterwards. Pumped up sports enthusiasts even trashed 2 police cars. Some city buses. Meanwhile the Ford government is about to allow alcohol at sport tailgate parties for the first time. Allow beer to sold at the corner stores across the province. Without blinking an eye. Even bragging about it too! Yet when it comes to cannabis, a lot safer, unaggressive drug? Ford is so tight about weed, he squeaks. Enough double standards! Consider carefully; would this have happened if it were mostly tokers rather than drinkers partying? @ Global @ Globe

IN THE NEWS



US Legalization -A Timeline: The prohibition dominos are falling! America's turning green! Here's a timeline of the long US march to legalization. Looks like it won't happen federally this year! But watch it become a big election issue for many voters in 2020! Here's how the US legalization movement got to where it is today, and what might come next @ Fool

Galloping: Support for legalization in the US has surged to 66%. Here are the most popular arguments for and against it, among American today @ Forbes

Inside Europe's First Narco State: Fast cash comes first and foremost in Albania. Organized crime and rampant unemployment are the order of the day. Sound like a spy thriller? Get this -Albania is supposed to be one of the good guys; a NATO Allie.  About to join the Eurpean Union. Whew! Well that's okay then, eh! ... eh? ... eh? @ Vice


GREEN MARKETING

The Trouble With Government Weed:  Canada's cannabis retail rollout is creating a huge consumer disconnect. First with the legal bud. Now with legal edibles, extracts and topicals. For now, they're a novelty, so the newbies will go buy it at the government stores. But unless the restrictions are soon lifted and the process refined, legal producers and sellers will hardly be able to compete. Not within Canada's bustling, unlicensed, free market place @ Lift

More Tynedinaga Pot Please! Canada's indigenous people have declared weed sovereignty on Treaty Land. Their thriving pot shops are an excellent free market example of how to sell pot. Last issue, I reviewed some of my favourite's at the Mohawk Tyendinaga Reserve outside Belleville Ontario. Will provide more throughout the summer. Here are 5 more, from another kool site @ DGTA

Vape Guide: I've got my trusty Pax and mighty Storz-Bickel. In a pinch, a handy Aspire will do. We've all got our favourites. But how do they rate? Here's a handy guide @ VG

A Game Changer? Will cannabis infused drinks give alcohol a run for it's money?  

Yea! It seems that the beer companies for one are worried, because it won't make you fat! @ TS

Nay! On the other hand  it takes longer to get high! Plus there are all the ridiculous, marketing restrictions. The manufacturing conditions. Especially in Canada! The THC count? 10 mg max! And no alcohol is allowed in the mix! Won't help export sales. Can't even advertise that it tastes like non-alcoholic wine or beer here in Canada. Sad. Sad. Sad @ Leafly

Spin Control: Yeah, a lot of time it's plain BS. Just butt kissing time. Happily, I write for myself. Got nothing but ideas to sell. Or rather give away. For free. Ha. Ha. Er ....  On the other hand, if you're trying to get mainstream media coverage to sell a green market product, and earn a living, you'll need to exercise a lot more .... ummm .... very special spin control! Over how you present yourself! And your product. Aren't getting the coverage you need? Avoid these reporter pet peeves @ Forbes

HIGHER LEARNING



Yummy Gummy's: Ok. Ok. The Canadian government is only going to allow weak candy edibles and they can't look like bears. Oh noooooo? What to do?!? Harumph!  Simply make your own! The THC/ CBD dosage? As strong as you like! And in whatever friggin' shape or size you like. Here's to easily make your own gol darn gummy bears. So good luck Government of Canada! -Not! @ Leafly

Grow Yer Own Time: Yipper! Government weed sux! I$ expen$ive. Often so so in quality. Too low in THC. CBD's. Hmmmmmm. Don't want to go underground? So what to do? Here's a handy shopping list so you can grow your own weed! Much of it available for under $300 on Amazon. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Justin Trudeau you corporate prick @ MG

Blunt Truth: A "blunt" is often incorrectly used to refer to a nice, big, fat joint. Specifically, it refers to one rolled using a cigar or tobacco leaf. Gives you quite a rush. But do you know how addictive it is?!? I've spent much of my life battling the demon nicotine. Have nooooooo desire to do so again! Now see some newbies trying it without even thinking. Please -beware! Smoke weed, no tobacco @ TC

Plastic People: Plastic Straws are finally being banned almost everywhere because they are just so bad for the environment. Sadly, if hemp hadn't been made illegal, they never would've been a problem in the first place. Seems the plastics' people had a diabolical hand in stretching the truth about our favourite weed @ FTP

Back 2 The Garden! The aging Woodstock baby boomer generation is getting back to the garden, the weed garden that is. Rediscovering many truths about our favourite sixties plant. Yes! It's an excellent DIY remedy for aches, pains and so much more @ TGO Plus, a complete seniors guide to cannabis is @ Aging

Reefer Madness 2.0: With time, legalization will help dispel a lot of the lies and misconceptions about our favourite weed. Especially now that it is being declassified. Can be properly studied. But let's be realistic. It won't all be good news. But a lot of the stigma and unnecessary BS can finally be put to rest. And we can enjoy it eyes wide open. As well educated critical thinkers, who can decide for ourselves, what we want/ don't want to put into our bodies SAB

HIGH TIMES

Newbies Guide: Here are 10 helpful tips for the new toker. Like about expectations, product safety, and on choosing your smoking circle or tribe carefully. Here's to the high times ahead @ Leafly

Groovy Man! The Sixties and Seventies were quite arguably the dopest time for weed, way before it went mainstream. We tokers were a counterculture, which protested injustice. That's how we got to where we are today @ TGO 

Far Out: Drugs on campus during the sixties. A first hand account from back in the day. Consider for yourself, what it was like, compared to drugs today @ SEP

Spot The Sixties Stoner: What to look for? Tunes? Slang? Dress? Groovy 

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