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Monday, 23 September 2019

Teacher Free Speech Fall 2019 New y Views!

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OH CANADA

Did They Or Didn't They?!? Congratulations to Ontario's CUPE Education workers! Pending a membership ratification vote, CUPE has reached a last minute contract deal with the Ford government. Averting a school strike for now, during the Canadian federal election. But is it a good deal? And what happened?!? Did Ford fold? Or did CUPE sell the members short? AEFO, ETFO, OECTA and OSSTF too? Letting Doug the Thug off easy? Sadly, we need to wonder. It wouldn't be a first for our unionized education sector. Cross your fingers. Let's see this time! More @ TStar @ Global

CUPE Strikes? Last ditch contract negotiations continue prior to CUPE's Monday October 7 strike deadline. It's mid federal election. CUPE's 55,000 education support workers are at a 5 month bargaining impasse, in fighting for their sick days, decent working and learning conditions. A living wage. 

York, Peel, York and many other Ontario school boards are planning to immediately close their schools Monday, arguing safety and sanitary reasons. Meanwhile, the province's parents are left madly scrambling to find alternate day care arrangements, as push comes to shove. More on CUPE y the boards @ Globe Parents @ CBC



The Spin Game: A CUPE strike would squarely thrust the Canadian federal election spotlight on Ontario Premier Doug Ford's deep, very troubling public service cuts. Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer denies he'll follow BFF's Ford's lead, across Canada, if he wins on October 21st. Meanwhile, the ham fisted Ford's been desperately trying to lay low. Not complicate the facts for him, with any of his trade mark bullying and bluster. 

Will Doug The Thug finally agree to CUPE's not unreasonable demands? Or will a CUPE strike succeed in smoking Ford out? Embarrass and expose him? And Andrew Scheer? Or will the Conservative's back room boys be able to successfully spin it for parents, and the Canadian electorate? Get the better of CUPE instead? Without doubt, a province wide school strike blow's the door wide open to a huge, angry elephant in the Conservative war room @ CBC 

Front Line: An educational assistant speaks out. Shares her first hand experiences. See what life in the trenches is really like nowadaze, under Ford. For Ontario's students, education workers, teachers, and once world class, public school system. Read and weep @ CE

More Canadian Federal Election Coverage, specifically on reform of our highly flawed Cannabis Act [2018], is @  @ My Blog!

"Oligarchical Rigging 101" or "The SNC Lavalin Sideshow": All three of Canada's mainstream political parties; the Liberals, Conservative and NDP, continue to mudsling over the Lavalin scandal. Basically, it just distracts us throughout the fall election, from all the corporate butt kissing going on. Canada's political and judicial system system of government remains at the beck and call of Corporate Canada. It doesn't matter which party wins, ultimately they control them all. Zzzzz. Yawn. So let the finger pointing continue! It's just a side show. An amusing diversion. A corporate  blood sport. The status quo stays the same @ Tyee



Brownface Canada: Prime minister Justin Trudeau stumbles out the re-election post. US based Time magazine publishes a "Arabian Nights" costume photo [or two or three ... ]. Showing him back in 2001, painted up like Ali Baba, complete with dark make up and a turban, laughing it up at an elite private school party. Sure, Justin's indiscreet Disney dalliance paints a pretty ugly picture of the monied class, racism, and white privilege in Canada But I guess our neighbours to the south only object to election interference, when it happens to them, eh? Just need go find a willing Canadian partner. The story is Time Plus you'll find a "Time-ly" reporting expose @ FTCP

Turban Power: Are Canadian's mature and open minded enough to vote for an NDP PM wearing a turban? Or are the media just trying to stir things up for Jagmeet Singh? @ CTV



Election Racism Frenzy: PC Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer, despite the rampant racism in his own party, goes on a vicious personal attack against Trudeau. Accusing him of being the most racist of all. But they miss the main point. Systemic racism is nothing new. It's rife throughout Canada, a historic by-product of wealth and privilege. It remains unchallenged today, despite all the self righteous, election furor @ CBC @ Huff

Jagmeet Demystified: NDP Party Leader Jagmeet Singh takes off his turban. Let's down the hair. Explains his Sikh turban for us. Knowledgeably. Sensitively. With a personal touch. And damn! He looks sooooo cool with long hair! Unlike Trudeau and Scheer, Jagmeet actually reaches out, to everyone who's been hurt by all the racial nonsense and joking around. Whom are someone often seen as lesser people, just because they're different. Don't closely conform to the elitist ideals @ CPAC . The high point? Jagmeet Singh uses the new story as a teachable moment to expose 5 misleading Sikh head wear myths! Seems a lot better at it too, than former teacher Justin Trudeau. Or for that matter, Andrew Scheer too. Well done @ CBC



BFF: Thug Ford y Andrew Scheer:  Premier Doug Ford successfully campaigned on "tax cuts for all". We got service cuts instead. Now the Thug's very desperate, fellow Conservative Andrew Scheer is quietly copying him to become the next Prime mInister of Canada. So far, he's had to tread very lightly in Ontario. Indeed, our voters have all ready seen where that leads. We've been conned once by their lies. Here we go again? @ CBC More on the "Doug Ford Factor" @ NP

Ford Tracker: Premier Thug Ford and his Ontario PC's have been very busy trashing our province's essential social services and safety net, since being elected in Spring 2018. Here's an ongoing record, with news links, for the damage to date @ OFL

OSSTF "Open Negotiations": The Ontario public school teacher union announces it'll openly post and share it's bargaining position and any updates online, during the ongoing contract negotiations, with the Ford government. IMHO the transparency is refreshing.  Hopefully better engaging the membership. Responsibly. Making the whole bargaining process a lot more accountable. With no more nasty last minute surprises, come the ratification vote, when the final deal is presented to them. We'll see. Open up! Waaaaaay up! OECTA take note! More @ TStar

Culture of Secrecy: Many unions are ending the questionable practice of media blackouts and closed door negotiations, during the collective bargaining process. During the 2012 and 2015 contract negotiations, our Ontario teachers often felt deeply betrayed by all the secret back room wheeling and dealing that occurred. The shocking concession bargaining practices, and so on and so forth. It's well documented in my Teacher Archives, top left of your screen. Check it out if you weren't around. Or need a refresher course. Anyway Kudo's to OSSTF. But betcha the OECTA catholic code of silence, as always, stays firmly in place. More on the new union approach @ BP

OECTA Pre-Empted: Ontario's Catholic teachers accuse the Ford government of unfairly "pre-empting" contract talks through teacher layoffs and drastic increases in  class size. Seems Ford's violated the integrity of the teachers bargaining process. Wrecked havoc among the student learning environment. While running roughshod over various, very important and legally binding "statutory freeze" clauses. All in all, it looks a lot like another constitutional court challenge, a la Bill 115, back during the McGuinty years. More @ Star

CUPE OSBCU Votes 93%: The Canadian Union of Public Employees are now in a legal strike position come September 30th. CUPE represent our Ontario's school staff, including the custodians, educators, paraprofessionals and office workers. Sadly, contracts talk are stalled with the right wing Ford government, as the big Thug takes a PC wrecking ball to our much needed provincial social services. Ford's goal? To pay for big, fat tax breaks for his rich friends! CUPE's options? Work to rule. Or maybe a full blown labour strike. Expect lotsa CUPE fireworks smack dab in the middle of our fall federal election! BFF's Andrew Scheer and Premier Doug Ford beware! @ CUPE

Fox North: The right wing Toronto Sun is hellbent, on helping elect CPC Neo Conster Andrew Scheer as Prime Minister of Canada, anyway they can. Beware! Very aware! Over the years they've shamelessly endorsed everything from racial apartheid to anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. And now, they're out to convince us to vote for Andrew Scheer! Consider the [news] source @ N99

More 2 come ...

IN THE NEWS



Impeach Trump: Finally! The Democrats are going to try to impeach Trump! Not with the Mueller Report tho! Instead, it's on more of a go forward basis! To wit: Since Russiagate, Trumps been busier than ever. Seems he's now trying to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 US election. This time vis a vis the Ukraine, Australia and China. Hoping they'll help him dig up dirt. Make up stories. Ruin Democrat leadership forerunner, Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The Whistleblowers complaint is @ Wired The Trump Transcript @ CNN Australia @ NYT  China @ NBC

Upside Down: The journalist who originally reported on Joe, and his son Hunter, explains how the right wing spin doctors misrepresent the real Biden-Ukraine story @ Intercept

The Conservative Media is real busy trying to bury the whistleblowers report under a flurry of misleading conspiracy theories @ MM

Out Foxed: Fox News is a prime example. It's a major source of news and views for many in the US. It's been very busy helping Trump, by either ignoring or weaving a false narrative about his impeachment @ MM

"Down But Not Out" or "The Trump Grievance Machine": Trump's election campaign is successfully using these conspiracy theories and the impeachment proceedings, to fundraise huge amounts of cash for 2020 @ Politico



The World Stops Listening: US President Donald Trump has devalued American credibility, power and prestige such that much of the world no longer respects or feel they need the United States. That's unlikely to go away, whether he's still around after 2020 or not. The damage at home and abroad has been all ready done, much more effectively than any progressive, anti-imperialist critic could've ever dreamed. But make no mistake! Trump's also created a very unstable power vacuum in his wake. Not just America's important, international allies have noticed. Other various big, bad boy, dictators, terrorists and assorted malcontents are also very busy out there, carefully taking notes. Planning accordingly @ Macs

Boris y Natasha Redux: Meet the top secret Russian GRU Cyber Spy units trying to help destabilize the US and Europe. Think Russiagate for starters .... Here's how they work @ MSN

EDUCATION BEAT



Special Ed Integration: Ontario's Ford government is hellbent on integrating all special education students into the regular classroom setting. Including the most violent and challenging ones! Realistically speaking, numerous educational assistants and other in-class supports are desperately needed, for such a plan to even half work. Too bad! The Ford government is cutting them, to ostensibly help balance the provincial budget. Pay for his tax cuts for the rich. More on the truly, horrific problems ahead @ NFR

Millennial's Matter: The youth vote elected Trudeau in the 2015 federal election. An older, angry vote might now well turf the Liberals out. After all is said and done, it's the voter turnout which actually wins an election. Will our young voters still show up, in large numbers, this fall? Are they still attracted to the Trudeau Liberals? How about the NDP? The Greens? Or will they be outnumbered by the older, white male Canadians whom vote PC? More @ CBC

Greta Thunberg: A co-ordinated network of climate deniers, across Europe, the US and Canada, is out to discredit her calls for action by any means necessary. Can't see that appealing to our next generation of voters and decision makers, during their formative years. Talk about being on the wrong side of history .... But damn the torpedos @ TVogue

Indigenous Activist Top 10: Meet 10 of North America's most leading edge, indigenous activists. These innovators and disrupters are strongly speaking out about pressing First Nation issues, with deep, universal implications for all of us today! Youth Suicide? Violence against women? The destruction of our environment? Racial stereotyping? Truth and Reconciliation? Colonialism now? Learn more @ Imp

Socialism Now? Good news for Canada's left! But not stateside! Unlike in the US, most Canadians have a positive view of the socialist bugbear that Americans love to hate -in equal measure! Up here, the times they are a' changing. Sooner or later. It's just a matter of time @ Star

Why People Hate Religion? A pox on the countless charlatans and phonies amongst our oh-so-newsworthy Christian conservative circles! Sadly, they're undermining all the good, social justice work of those hands on Christians whom still humbly follow His example. Instead of passing judgement or looking for fault, they're still actively helping desperate refugees, the poor and downtrodden today! @ WP

KULTURE KULT INK




The Best: Trailblazing, sixties, R+B iconoclast Tina Turner is enjoying retirement. At age 79, she's doing "absolutely nothing she has to do" for a change. But continues to dish out some helpful advice on ... get this ... relaxing. Yup! Our Tina's still alive and well @ N1 Some Tina tunes @ Youtube Live Concert @ YT @ 60's


Happy Autumn? Thanksgiving? Not if you're indigenous; a member of our First Nations! Think about it: Settlers come from Europe. Steal your land. Destroy your way of life. Then want to celebrate it every fall?!? More @ Think

Much, much more 2 come ....



COMMENTS:

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Oh Cannabis: Karma Cup 2019 Review!

The 2019 Karma Cup Results are in. See below and @ RESULTS!



Karma Cup 2019 was a totally smoking celebration! Our top Canadian indie, craft weed growers and producers brought along their very best bud, shatter, concentrates, edibles, topicals and CBD's ... well, you name it! 

Once again, they set up shop in the Church St village, downtown Toronto. With mad pot parties at our cannabis lounges. Plus lotsa other weed festivities and the like, throughout the city core.

Truly, A splendid time was guaranteed for all!



It was my third consecutive time, as a Karma Cup judge. I again somehow managed to complete all the blind taste tests, this time for about 115 of their fine products. Over an extended three week period. Carefully assigning a mark of between 1 to 9 for each, in 9 different categories!

9 marks X 115 samples = 1235 blind taste tests! So many numbers! All floating about my head! In-between countless, endless tokes, tastes and rubs.

Whew! It doesn't get much better than this! Puff, puff passing away the daze at my summer home, in the Land o' Lakes Ontario! In-between kayaking, camping and dancing around the campfire, with all my stoner family and friends! 

The price of the judges pack? The early bird special cost $650. Cheap and well worth it, for a hardcore, medical and recreational cannabis enthusiast like myself. 



Get this -you personally can sample most every type of weed product possible. See what you like. Mark it by preference. Then find out what each is afterwards. While enjoying the leftovers. Now able to buy and use them as an informed, knowledgable consumer! 

Forget our uptight, legal, licensed government dispensaries! At Karma Cup, everyone of legal age can smell, ouch and taste everything first before making a purchase. Just like the big boys and girls that we are. Very much reminding me of Toronto's great, green market market scene before legalization. Before the new reefer madness of prohibition 2.0, made that all but impossible to do!




Remo Brand Remo!

This year, I even noticed two Licensed Producers [LP] in attendance. To his credit Mr. Remo Brand showed up in person, with his camera, flying his cannabis colours. Scoring tons of accolades from the different winners for his fine line of plant nutrients. Ditto LP 7 Acres. They sponsored a kool, outdoor "Session Garden Lounge". Signing up tokers online. Actively promoting their "Respect The Plant" brand!  Both at our pot party deluxe! 

Yup! We actually smoke weed here! Screw that!

But it was the Unlicensed Producers whom were the true heroes! Winning handfuls of trophies! Setting up over 50 plus sponsor and vendor booths at the jam packed 412 Church St. Market. Providing a rich bounty of free tokes, dabs, edibles, and swag. With plenty of great bargains! Their business cards! And lotsa invaluable, product information. While the DJ's blasted the stoner tunes! And we partied away like there's no tomorrow!




High 4 or 5'ing It At The Cup!


My good buds and I began making the rounds Friday night at the High 5 Karma Cup Kick Off Party in Toronto's west end. Think of a warehouse party! With lotsa free dabs. A THC/CBD cocktail bar. A comedian. Pole dancers. Not what you'd think! Nothing sexist or demeaning. All in all? Plenty of great laffs. With lots of cheap goodies to buy! 

Next we headed across town, to the east end, for the Planet Paradise Karma Cup Kick Off Party. Planet Paradise is a converted bar where one can smoke weed and safely party in peace. We enjoyed the great tunes. Tokes! Dabs! Edibles! The tons of other giveaways. No end to all the good cheer!



On Saturday afternoon we attended the Karma Cup Speaker Series at Yonge Street's Vapor Central, a vape only toking space. This year's excellent panel discussions addressed everything from growing, licensing, and cooking with cannabis, to pets, weed and youth. There was also a heartfelt, special tribute to local cannabis activist Tracey Curley, who passed away this year. 

My two personal favourite sesh's were:




Legacy 420 Rocks The Cup!

Cannabis as Sacrament, Indigenous Medicine and Each Healing: The speakers included Legacy 420 alchemist Seaira Maracle and marketing/ training director Jordan Brant from the Tyendinage Mohawk Territory, outside Belleville Ontario

We leant a lot more about our favourite herbal medicine from a very enlightening,  indigenous perspective. Also about the First Nations' homegrown, community challenge to Canada's "Prohibition 2.0" cannabis laws. 

Sadly, the First Nations' weren't consulted about legalization. Nor have the various levels of government in Canada show any respect for their legal jurisdiction on Treaty Lands! 

Jordan was quick to emphasize that in the broader sense, we are all allies within the Canadian cannabis community. The government has shown complete disregard in so many, different ways towards each and everyone us, with it's highly flawed legalization "model", if you will. This is not just a First Nation issue! 

Hardly! Oh Cannabis looks forward to further following up with our indigenous counterparts in the legalization struggle, during the daze ahead. One quite respects the strong, activist and indigenous thrust that Jordan has voiced. And suspect that we'll see quite the shit storm, when push comes to shove on Treaty Lands. Like Tyendinaga. No bars hold. Remember Oka!



Cannabis Advocacy -Past Present and Future: 420 Toronto's Erin Goodwin, "Cannabis Amnesty's Reena Rampersaad, along with Justin Loizos Just Compassion and CFAMM's Sarah Coleco updated us on their cannabis activism efforts, past and present. Some of the names and initiatives will be quite familiar to readers on my blogsite. I'm glad to report that our movement remains alive and well. It's in great hands. There was a great mix of old and new faces in attendance. With our political novices in the audience eagerly asking about how to get more involved!

Sunday afternoon found me at the Karma Cup Awards ceremony. Much good vibes! Fanfare!  And more free giveaways! Craft cannabis growers and producers Phatpharms, LD Extracts, and Sofa King Bakery were among my own favourites, winning a handful of trophies. But there were many more @ RESULTS!



Over my last three years judging the cup, I've noticed that the number of entries in each category, quite accurately seems to reflect our changing consumer interests and preferences, in both the larger under and above ground market.

This year the number of Hybrid buds [15] was up. The number of Sativa ones [7] down. The Indicas [11] held their own. So too with Pre-rolls [4]. Sadly, Solvents [11] and Solvent less [4] seem to be in steady decline. Including hashish too. Boo hoo hoo!



Edibles [22] and Terps [14] held their own. More Topicals [15] Pens [8] and CBD products [8] were readily apparent. This should come as no surprise! Hopefully, the second wave of legalization will finally bring them to Canada's licensed dispensary shelves, just in time for Christmas this year. 

Harder to explain: Glassware was dropped altogether! Hmmmm. There also seems to be a drop in the THC percentages of Edibles. Generally to well within the 25 to 100 mg range. Perhaps that's a tip of the hat to the government's legal 10 mg limit, without going all the way? 

Some of the weed and Solvent/Less samples also seem to be getting smaller, and therefore harder to more fairly re-evaluate, as I continued to judge the different entries. 



Fortunately, a lot more attention was paid to properly wrapping the individual samples. However, the Topical, Term and CBD directions remain scant. The buds sometimes rather flat and squished. 

There's was far too much sugar, chemicals, preservatives and processed flour in many of the Edibles for my own liking. Not very healthy. But no doubt very popular and convenient.

All in all? For my money, despite these reservations, it's still a top notch judges package, which I thoroughly enjoyed! Without doubt, Sarah Sunshine has performed a Herculean task in getting the Karma Cup together for us, despite the many challenges, legal and otherwise. 



Retired and laid off teachers please take note: At the awards show, Sarah noted her concern over finding people whom can actually do the marking! Provide grades. 

Hey! It comes natural to us! And believe me, grading cannabis samples is a helluva lot more fun, than school projects, papers and activities ever were! 

So rah-rah! Let's help Sarah out! Be sure to apply next year!

Another word for the wise. If you have an entry, have somebody there at the awards ceremony in case you win. Prepare a little speech. Plug your wares. Encourage the shoppers to visit your booth. Makes $en$e -No?




Sarah y Craig Show Us How It's Done!

In conclusion, as Expert Joint's co-host Craig Ex pointed out, Karma Cup is what legalization should really look like! So true! The products are high quality! Carefully crafted! Very innovative! The growers and producers true aficionados! Bonafide originals with some real skin in the game! A lot of love and attention goes into each and every cannabis product, unlike far too much of the legal shit that you'll find on the licensed store shelves! 

As medical and recreational consumers, we can taste, touch and smell the goods. The samples allow to actually check them out and do some real comparison shopping. The actual growers and producers are there to answer our questions. Educate us about their wares. 

Just add lots of good times! Love. Peace. Lotsa great vibes! 

Hey! It isn't like we gathering together to take poison! Far from it! 

Karma Cup 2019 was a total blast. Come Sunday at 420, endless joints were freely being passed around. It's was a giant pot party! The pot party to end all pot parties! Culminating after the roaring countdown with a crowd sized super joint! []

Next year, come to Karma Cup! Don't trust the government! Or be fooled by it's rip off legalization scam. And Prohibition 2.0. The bullshit reefer madness. The endless lies.

Instead, learn how legalization can actually work, for growers, producers and consumers alike. See for yourself what our cannabis community is really like. And what we are all about! 

Pax!

David C



COMMENTS:

Monday, 16 September 2019

Oh Cannabis Fall 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 




OH CANNABIS

Canadian Federal Election My coverage of the main parties position, or lack thereof, on reforming our flawed Cannabis Act [2018] is @ HERE!

Sign Abi Roach's Petition: Toronto's Kensington Market Hotbox/ NORML cannabis activist is rightfully pissed! She's demanding that the Ontario Thug Ford government open up the dispensary application and licensing process just like like they would for any other legal business in our province. Say no 2 his corrupt "pot lotto" reefer madness @ Change.org

Thug Ford's Pot Lottery: It's Ontario losing ticket! Sadly, Canada's largest province can't even begin to provide enough weed to go around under the "system" Ford's created. Meanwhile, there's plenty of established indie retailers, who've suffered long and hard throughout prohibition. They could quickly rush in to meet the demand. Instead, the Thug's oh-so-lucky friends and lotto fiends continue to somehow win big time! Without having ever risked any skin in the real legalization game and struggle! No justice, no peace @ Globe

Procedurally Unfair: Thug Ford's "disqualified lotto winners" launch a legal challenge against the corrupt AGCO @ FP



Ford -Not Open 4 Business: How bad is it here? Even the province's OCRC, our government run crown pot corporation, somehow managed to lose $42 million over the last fiscal year, since legalization. How ironic! Ex- high school drug pusher Premier Thug Ford and his Neo Conservative party?They insist Ontario is open for business. While clearly lack any half assed business sense whatsoever! @ CP24

Canada Vapes: Our Canuck producers are standing by their soon to be legalized vape products, despite the recent US health scare. Much more on the real problems and issues below, and @ FP 

Nic'd: Canada's only confirmed, vape related illness to date involved nicotine @ Globe 

Cannabis Council of Canada: stresses that vape pens and their contents should be sold in a "properly regulated and responsible environment" @ Inc

Canadian Medical Association: urges the government to reduce the THC count in legal edibles from 10 to 5% for ... ahem ... "safety" reasons. Our underground craft producers will quickly make up the difference, especially for our more needy medical cannabis market. Internationally speaking? Canada's legal producers simply won't be able to compete there either, recreationally or otherwise. More reefer madness @ CH

Alberta Smokes: Seems Canada's western "Texas Lite" province has the best well oiled and functioning cannabis retail sector in the country. Their usually combative right and left wing politico's even managed to work together to get it right, whereas here in Ontario it's nothing but a total fucking mess @ CH

BC Ban: Promoting cannabis at any liquor-licensed venue or event in British Columbia is now strictly prohibited! But for booze it's okay?!? Crazy man crazy @ Straight



Indigenous Perspectives: Locked out of and not consulted on legalization, many of the First Nations in Canada have decided to declare weed sovereignty; that is to grow and sell their own cannabis on treaty lands. Legacy 420's Jordan Brant explains the many internal challenges and considerations that presents from an indigenous perspective @ JBrant

Here's another point of view about the right to create and enforce a indigenous "Cannabis Control Act" on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory outside Belleville, Ontario, where the Legacy 420 dispensary is located. The issues and implications run deep! More POV's @ RP

It's a very lively, in-depth community debate, bubbling under both the surface of Canadian politics and history. One we hear little about off the reserve. Truly, we can learn a lot from the First Nations' community approach to legalization. Plus from the terrific indigenous dispensaries and grow-ops that they are busy setting up. Ours often pale in comparison. No pun intended. Well, maybe ... 

Election Warning: Many First Nation chiefs across Canada are voicing a stern warning for whomever wins the fall federal election! Amend the Cannabis act to include indigenous treaty rights, so that conflict doesn't ensue! Serious business @ CBC

IN THE NEWS



Trumped: The befuckled US President gets his youth vaping crisis' mixed up. Bans flavoured cannabis vapes. They're not safe, it seems! Unlike opiods, or for that matter the NRA ... Well you get the picture @ Politico @ VF @ Vice

Safe US Banking Act: Good! SAFE [Safe And Fair Enforcement] has been passed by the House! Would finally allow the US cannabis industry to access the everyday, legal, banking and financial services, it so desperately needs to succeed. But it's also bad news! SAFE doesn't dare remove cannabis as a mucho verboten schedule 1 drug. So the long and short of it all? Our favourite weed remains a big no-no at the federal level. Plus, the bill's highly unlikely to be approved by all those GOP reefer madmen, still foaming at the mouth in the US senate @ BW

US Report Card: How does your state rate for medical cannabis access in 2019? Check it out @ Leafly

Cannabis Summit: Women Republican and Democratic lawmakers from across US meet to knock heads. They calmly and rationally discuss legalization policy, showing the Big Boise [ ... duh ... ] how it's done right @ MM

Friends in High Places: Finally, a lot of top Republicans are speaking out for legalization and supporting the cannabis industry now too @ TCBD @ GH



Patricia Spottedcrow Verses the Stool Pigeon: A 25 year old single mom from Oklahoma got 12 years for selling $31 in pot to a police informant. Faaaa .... that's less than is sitting here beside my computer as I type ... !!! Patricia simply can't afford the court costs and fines, so she keeps getting tossed back in the slammer. And so it goes to be poor, indigenous and female! Once again; No justice -no peace @ Insider and OCSW

GREEN MARKETING

How 2 Tell If Your Vape Cartridge is Safe? Cannabis oil itself is quite safe. The danger is with the cutting and binding agents and other vaping liquids added for flavour, plus to make big clouds. Ditto the cheap and dangerous Made-in-China batteries. Check it out @ GE and @ Weedmaps

Vape Safety Requires Legalization Just like with any other consumer product, the cartridges and pens could be easily safety tested and proper standards set, if they weren't illegal. But of course, that just makes too much sense @ NYM @ FEE

Big Tobacco is using crisis to consolidate it's power over the massive new vaping market! Surprised? @ Vice



Up Yer Butt: The cannabiz sector is pulling out all the stops in marketing "Boof", a promising, new CBD "butt lube", to the LGBTQ community. Seems it's good for pain, inflammation and to relax too. Er .... face north, Jack @ MJ 

Corporate Woes: The cannabis market is growing growing faster than the marketing branders can define it. And so we watch as the corporate squares move in on our turf and try to co-opt us. Fall flat on their face @ Forbes

Reefer Madness 2.0: Despite legalization, the pot stigma remains! Sadly, the mainstream media in both Canada and the US continue to reinforce the same old, tired racial, criminal and cultural stereotypes about us, and our favourite weed @ FT

HIGHER LEARNING



Vaping Woes -The Scientific Evidence: Since cannabis has been illegal up until now, nobody in the scientific community could properly investigate the problems that naturally arise, as with anything new. That's slowly changing. For now, we've got the CDC [Centre 4 Disease Control] investigating pulmonary disease among E-cig users, for starters @ CDC [list]

Here's Why Cannabis Must Be Properly TestedWM

Driving Stoned: It's widely assumed that THC, like alcohol, impairs your driving ability. However, that's never been properly tested nor established as a scientific fact. Indeed, another recent report, suggests otherwise @  NORML


Gender Exclusion: Here's a timely reminder about inequality, discrimination and oppression within Canada's budding cannabiz sector. How does it effect indigenous women? Our LGBTQ community? Anyone and everyone who is somehow different than the mainstream "norm"?!? What can we do?!? Some of our leading cannabis activists, including Caelan HartCaryma S'ad and Abi Sampson speak out @ HV



"Yer Visual Guide 2 The Perfect Dab": Aka "A Lil' Dab'll Do Ya!"Leafly

How 2 Avoid Getting Banned From the US for Weed, Even CBD's?!?Vice


Sore Joints Department: Seniors rejoice! Our favourite herb is a safe and pleasant source of pain relief from arthritis! Here are some strains you might want to try @ GO @ MB @ Leafly

A Weed Overdose? It's all but impossible! Yup! You'd have to consume 400 grams of pure THC in a very short time. Basically, it's all about the receptors in your brain cells! Unlike with alcohol and most other legal drugs .... So put that in yer friggin' pipe and smoke it, Mr. Reefer Madness Mad Man @ IHL

HIGH TIMES:



"Where's Waldo?" or "The Real History of 420?" Truth be told, 5:20 pm would work better for me. It's when I'm most likely to wrap up my day. Decompress. Unwind. Get real laid back with my favourite weed. But 420 is THE stoner high holiday time, on a global scale! A massive, widespread counter-culture celebration of weed and our legalization struggle! So Hi! Hi! High! Resistance is futile! Er ... Here's how it all started! Thanks 2 the Waldo's, the Grateful Dead and High Times magazine @ MJ @ LS @ Time and WL


Karma Cup 2019: See my review with links @ HERE! The final 2019 results are in. See who won @ Karma!

This Year's Top 9 Fall Harvest Strains: Miracle Alien Cookies? OZ Kush? Dosi Punch? These best bud lists debates are always lotsa fun! What's your own favourite?  Feel free to add them in the "Comments" section below. See @ Leafly


COMMENT:

Communist Girls ARE More Fun!

Communist Girls ARE More Fun!
See below ...

Communist Girls Are More Fun #1

Communist Girls Are More Fun #1

Communist Grrrls are More Fun #2

Communist Grrrls are More Fun #2

Communist Grrrls Are More Fun #3

Communist Grrrls Are More Fun #3

Communist Girls Are More Fun #4

Communist Girls Are More Fun #4

Art at the Paris Louvre: What does it mean?!?

Art at the Paris Louvre: What does it mean?!?
A careful analytical study!

Help! I Have No Arms!

Help! I Have No Arms!
Please scratch my back.

I can't find my underwear!.

I can't find my underwear!.
Have you seen them!

Weee! I can fly!

Weee! I can fly!
Look! I can crawl thru walls!

I have a headache!

I have a headache!
And a broken nose.

I have a square hole in my bum!

I have a square hole in my bum!

Here try this, it's very good!

Here try this, it's very good!
No. You have a bird face.

I have an ugly baby!

I have an ugly baby!
No I'm not!

Let's save all our money + buy pants!

Let's save all our money + buy pants!
OK but I need a new hand too!

Oh no! I got something in my eye!

Oh no! I got something in my eye!

You don't look well.

You don't look well.
No. My head hurts +I have a sore chest.

Would you like a bun?

Would you like a bun?

Chichen-Itza: Lost Maya City of Ruins!

Chichen-Itza: Lost Maya City of Ruins!
The Temple of Kukulkan!

Gotta love it!

Gotta love it!
Truly amazing!

Under Reconstruction!

Under Reconstruction!

Temples + Snakes!

Temples + Snakes!

The Snake!

The Snake!
It runs the length of the ball field!