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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Oh Cannabis Summer 2020 Newz y Viewz!



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Racism, Policing and the War on Drugs continue to taint the Canadian legalization process. Racialized Canadians still face discrimination within the cannabiz sector. The police arrests continue. While the same former top cops and politicians behind the War on Drugs still run the show, only now from on high, within our legal system, government task forces and the corporate weed world. NORML Canada's Caryma Sa'd explains why Canada's cannabis activists and entrepreneurs need to be both resistant and transformational, for any real change to occur ITJ 



Double Standard; Canadian authorities are big on law and order, when it comes to busting the unregulated cannabis market. But then turn a blind eye when the government LP's [Licensed Producers] also break the law. Take CannTrust's recent hijinks; will that get them a criminal .... or ..... a regulatory charge?!? @ 420Int

Canuck Imperialism: Aphria and Aurora are among the Canadian LP's cutting their losses in Jamaica and heading home, during the Covid-19 pandemic. There's an upside to that for the local Jamaican growers and producers. Now they can set up and run their operations, to better help and serve their own community, not ours, without any foreign interference. Yeah. Canadians can be nice, nice, very nice. But I bet given the chance, we can also be big, bad imperialists too. Calling the $hot$. Throwing our dollar$ around. $idelining the local$. $cooping up the big profit$. As Canadians, we are better than that! Should know that bigger isn't always better. And that foreign control comes at a very steep national cost. So instead why not fix your screwed up corporate business model back home here in Canada, eh? To actually work ... ummm ... for us?!? @ Forbes

IN THE NEWS



Stoners Guide to the Fall US Election: Donald Trump? Joe Biden? The Lawmakers? Senators? State legalization referendums? Here's an excellent pot election prospectus, with plenty of helpful linksLeafly

Trumped? Sadly, Der Donald's got one over Democratic Presidential contender Joe Biden on legalization, as he targets Joe's role as an "architect of the War on Drugs". Expect lots of pot smoke and mirrors from both sides, in the fall election race ahead. Neither Biden nor Trump seem likely weed champions. Too bad, with legalization scoring much higher approval ratings than either of them, in the polls @ MM @ MF

Up In Smoke: Pot shops across the US are getting hit hard by burglars and vandals during the widespread protests sweeping Trump Nation. So who's to blame? Enough with the crazy Antifa conspiracy theories. Try your typical professional thief instead. It's a rare opportunity that they can easily exploit for personal gain. Unlike the more high minded everyday American taking to the streets and risking Covid-19, to protest police brutality and racial injustice. MBD



George Floyd Prohibition 101: America's drug laws specifically target blacks and POC. The police killing of George Floyd provides a case in point. See "Higher Learning" below and @ Leafly

By the Numbers: Black Americian's continue to suffer the most in the War on Drugs. While most white toker's, are keeping silent. Rather than protesting this very grave, racial and social injustice too @ PN

Death 2 Tokers? GOP Lawmaker Rep. Mo Brooks [R-AL] slams the widespread protests against the brutal police killing of George Floyd as "undeserving" -because he was an ... ahem ... "marijuana user". 

In Tennessee, GOP Lawmaker William Lamberth [R-Portland] blocks a resolution to honour murdered, black, teenage LGBTQ activist Ashanti Posey. Why? Get this -police allege that she was involved in a small time pot deal, just before she was shot and killed, by suspects unknown. Instead of considering it as a hate crime, like her family suspects ... 

Meanwhile Bernie Sanders [I-VT] and Cory Booker [D-NJ] plus a chorus of Democrats, are focusing their attention squarely on the war on drugs, where it belongs. Weed should be treated as a health rather than a policing issue. It's high time to stop letting the over zealous police, be the weed judge, and jury. Plus far too often, as in Floyd's case, the executioner too @ MM @ MM

Take A Hit: With legalization stalled, NM's progressive are now handing out walking papers to the anti-pot senators, in the Democrat state primaries. Bravo @ BW

A Single Convention: US Imperialism, racism and the worldwide War on Drugs still go hand in hand, even today @ Vice

GREEN MARKETING




Covid Cannabis Sales: Despite the pandemic, worldwide legal sales will hit a whopping $20.4 billion in 2020. Think that's a lot? In 2019, the unregulated market earned $214 billion in sales! Compared to $14.8 billion for the legal market! The greedy, hamstrung LP's and their ditch weed still don't lead the pack. Far from it. Doesn't look like that's about to change anytime soon @ GMR

Ontario Cannabis 2.0: The cannabis sales figures for the first year of legalization are now available for Canada's largest province. Aurora DriftCanna Farms and Redecan are among the winners. More on the leading brands, products and areas of concern GO




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Indigenous Weed: Meet Tim Barnhart, owner of the Legacy 420's Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory dispensary, in south eastern Ontario. Tim discusses the economic, legal and community challenges of Covid-19. The economic fall out to follow. Plus how that's all being very responsibly handled by the First Nations in CanadaRPM

Tyendinaga Pot Shopping: Back in cottage country for the summer, I recently made a supply run to some of my favourite pot shops on the reserve. Staff are protected by glass dividers. Wore PPE's. Social distancing is in effect. Apparently, so far, no Cover-19 cases, even though they've remained open during the pandemic.

The weed selection seemed more limited than in years past. Still, I scored some tasty Headband and Bruce Banner strains -$50 and $60 a quarter respectively. A taster of Rockstar cost $8 gm. Great looking buds. Never any tax. 



The edibles are now individually wrapped. Are moreso in the 10 and 20 gm THC range. Perhaps a nod to the federal regulations? I still scored a few 50's. Some 100's for when I go kayaking. Prices vary, but basically $25 for a 500 gm THC pack. 

Service was a bit more kurt and rushed than in years past. Understandable under the conditions. But everybody was still friendly and cool.

Legacy 420 remains the one stop super shop for most anything and everything cannabis related that you'd want. All the weed's tested. There's a 20% seniors discount too. 



Otherwise? Many different strains at Peacemaker 420. Lotsa great starter plants at Better Buds. A fun selection at Big Greens. Plenty of CBD's and candy at the Medibles dispensary. With el cheapo $80 to $120 generic ounces are available most everywhere.

All power to the Mohawk dispensaries. They always keep me coming back. Coz they do it right!!!

Weedmapped: Why are US federal prosecutors targeting the popular weed finder app? Because it breaks US drug, banking, tax and communication laws? Are they after some corrupt state officials? Or about to bust the unregulated pot shops? Hmmmm. Well, know this: Weedmaps is "co-operating" with the fed's "info requests"Leafly

HIGHER LEARNING



The War On Drugs 101: Historically, our societies "fear of drugs" has provided a ready excuse for police brutality against people of colourVice 

Here's more on how the fears are racially motivated, and prevent people of colour from equal justice and protection under the law @ Hill 

On "Drugs": Basically, "drugs" is little more than a white, linguistic construct. It evokes our worst prejudices and fears about "other people". Those whom seem different from us! 

Unlike "medicine", big bad "drugs" like weed, create a scary, nightmarish spectre! Of villains. Death. And insanity. Such that now, only the police can protect us! From the blacks. Mexicans. Indigenous and asian "foreigners". Whom live among us. Maybe using "drugs". 



Since these dangerous "drugs" are an ...ahem ... "law and order" issue, enforcement is largely left up to police. Unlike if we consider "drugs" as a social or medical issue instead. That other trained experts could handle better, without the horrible beatings, killings and arrests. But no. Not when the police are protecting us from those awful "foreigners" and "others", whom we fear and really don't like or trust anyway, because they seem different than us @ Volte

Harry's Reefer Madness: Racist Federal Narcotic Bureau [Nee DEA] Chief Harry Anslinger was the "mastermind" who ran the War on Drugs from the 1930 through 1962. Harry warned that a black or latino man who smokes weed, thinks that he's as good as a white man. He'll have sex with white women. And find a way to corrupt the white youth. So if the police wanted to arrest him, for whatever reason, they could just cut to the quick and bust him for weed. The oh so worried white folk certainly didn't ask any questions, nor complain much either @ TL



"Marijuana" was a racist slang term that Anslinger used to help make "cannabis" sound more Mexican. Dangerous. Exotic. And scary for white people. Nowadays, some tokers argue that the name is commonly used without any hateful intent. It can simply serve as a reminder of the plant's troubled past. Other's argue that enough is enough -it still has a racist and hurtful connotation for our BIPOC community. My editorial policy is to respectfully use the medical term cannabis instead of marijuana, whenever possible. More @ V @ G

Canadian Reefer Madness was built upon the fear of Chinese immigrants and "mixed race babies". Oddly, there wasn't even a debate in our House of Commons, over the prohibition of cannabis in 1923. The Chinese generally preferred opium, if they used "drugs". Not pot. But Canada was only too glad to unquestioningly follow the US lead. Make cannabis illegal too @ Con

HIGH TIMES



Reefer Madness: The US Library of Congress is now thoughtfully highlighting the racist news coverage used to justify Prohibiton 1.0, the criminalization of cannabis, in year's past. Think fake news. Lots of it! And please note -it's still happening today!!! More @ MM



More Reefer Madness: Hollywood gave the War on Drugs it's B-Grade appeal vis a vis such so-good-it's-bad-golden-oldie-klassics as 1936's "Reefer Madness". Naive, white, high school teens smoke the deadly weed at a wild house party. Dance madly. Make out. An old white man gets run over. A young girl dies. And the hipster drug dealers have pencil thin moustaches and wear funny suits. Will the drug horrors never end?!?

I often post these flics on Twitter come 420. Do drop by and check out the fun.[LINK] Meanwhile, here's a trez kool review and colour copy of Reefer Madness for you to enjoy @ YT @ YT2



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