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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Oh Cannabis Fall 2020 News + Views!

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OH CANNABIS

Happy Cannaversary: Yup! Canada legalized cannabis two years ago this fall, on October 17th 2018. Ending a lot of the old school reefer madness. With legal pot shops. Home grows. Licensed producers. Cheap weed. And even oils, concentrates, drinks, topicals and edibles. Then again, our indies, illicit and indigenous brothers and sisters are still locked out of the legal market. As for an amnesty and expungement of criminal records? All that dumb legal packaging? The low THC counts? And hysterical safety concerns? We've still got a long way to go @ Leafly

Welcome 2 Prohibition 2.0: Ontario's Doug Ford government is keeping our legacy cannabis retailers in legal limbo. After somehow weeding them out with his dubious pot shop licensing lottery, they're now just being left hung out to dry. Sure, there's no more "lottery". But with 550 licenses pending, it takes up to two years now, to get one approved. Legalization?!? Ford's still unfairly locking most of our long suffering, pioneering, pot shop activist-entrepreneurs out of the legal marketplace. Total BS. A real Neo Con @ DH


Beating Covid-19? Tetra Bio-Pharma! is focused on developing a CBD cannabinoid ARDS 3 [Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome] treatment for Covid-19. Phase 1 testing enrolment begins in December. We stoners know that our favourite weed is great for stress and anxiety. It's sure helping us relax during the pandemic. Let's not got too far ahead of ourselves, just yet. But wouldn't it be great if it can be scientifically proven that it also help treat Covid-19? Or maybe even prevent it or help provide a cure? And a company in Canada .... National Anthem Time.... helps lead the way! More @ Forbes Tetra Bio-Pharma

Discount Legal Weed: Our thriving unlicensed legacy marketplace is really making Canada's Licenced Producers and dispensaries feel the heat! Now they're offering more cheaper, value brands of weed to compete. Good luck @ MJB

WeedMD -Union Buster: The Strathroy LP [Licensed Producer] has been very busy putting a dodgy chill on the employee's UFWC union drive. Nasty. Nasty. @ LFP

Weed Whacked: It gets worse! Some licensees have even been caught red handed writing a letter to the RCMP. Asking them to use Weedmaps to bust our unlicensed legacy retailers. The goal? To put them out of business! Rather than include them in the new regulated marketplace too. Hey! If ya can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! That's what's happening anyways! Want some quality and integrity with that weed? We know where 2 shop, in Canada's new licensed verses unregulated cannabis marketplace! Read the story @ BNN Let's boycott Dougie's very special Signa-Tory buddies for not getting it. If it weren't for our legacy retailers, you wouldn't even be in business in the first place!!! Screw that @ List


Cannabis Activist-Entrepreneur Erin Goodwin

Friendly Stranger Strikes Back: Ontario legacy headshop brand The Friendly Stranger [Think Robin Ellins] has acquired Toronto's legacy Hotbox Shop [Think Abi Roach]. And Peterborough's legacy Happy Daze outlet. With lots and lots more trez kool legacy surprises in store. Sooooo .... who's that behind the Hotbox counter now?!? Why, it's totally kick butt activist-entrepreneur Erin Goodwin! Know this: All three landmarks have now applied to become licensed pot shops! Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp also plans to open 17 more, new locations across the province. Take that, you Ford conster tools @ Cision @ BlogTO @ PEx

No Cannabis Cafes: Nope! Not in Ontario! Not 4 now anyways. More Ford nonsense @ CBC

Racial + Gender Disparities: Not everybody has profited equally under Canadian legalization. Far from it @ Globe

RIP: Med Pot? Canada's medical cannabis patients often got overlooked in the legalization process. Safety? Access? Compassion Clubs? Support groups? At the pharmacy? Here's to imagining a much, more inclusive system to better meet our very specific needs @ Muggles

IN THE NEWS


Yer Weed Election Prospectus: Trump-Pence? Biden-Harris? Nope, legalization wise, neither ticket is an excellent choice. But best hold your nose and vote @ Complex NORML @ NORML

Dump Trump: If there's still any doubt, Der Donald is a lousy businessman, as his tax returns show. Rather than embrace the new cannabiz sector, he's done little but engage in reefer madman attacks and obstruction over the past four years. Plus the issue is a Liberal-Commie non-starter for most of his die hard MAGA base. Bottom line? There's little real hope for legalization anytime soon, if Trump gets re-elected. It's uncertain at best @ Leafly @ MM

Harris-Biden: Joe and Kamala are promising to decriminalize recreational cannabis and expunge all conviction records for cannabis use. Plus they support the legalization of medical cannabis. And will reschedule cannabis as a Schedule 2 drug. They are a step forward at least @ TeenVogue @ JB

Senator Bernie Sanders continues to robustly advocate legalization. But of course, you can't vote for him for president. No way. Still, if this is a transitional election, maybe the young progressives in a Democrat Congress can pick up the gauntlet. Complete the transformation in the year's ahead. A reasonable bet! More @ MM

GREEN MARKETING


A Legal High: Ontario's licensed pot shop now account for 25.1% of the province's weed sales. Finally, there's some decent, legal places to shop! The OCS [Ontario Cannabis Store] is even boasting that the cheapest sale priced legal grams are now selling for as little as $7.05 a gram [Cdn]. But how's the THC count? The quality? And what about all that dumb packaging? Let's be frank. A decent sale priced "illicit" ounce still goes on average for $100-200 an ounce or less, in Toronto, for example on Weedmaps. Ditto at the Mohawk shops in Tyendinaga. Sure. Our licensed producers and pot shops are definitely improving, the OCS too. Bravo! But on the whole, they've still got a long way to go, in order to compete @ BNNB

Women in Weed: Our sisters in the cannabis community are stepping up! Cultivator Autumn Brands is 50% female owned. That's changing the way the company works and does business in some exciting, new ways @ Vie

Women, Blacks and Indigenous are still under represented at the board level of Canada's new Legal Producers [LP's], 2 years after legalization. White folk comprise 73% of our population. But according to a recent survey, we held 84% of the executive and director positions, in the 166 LP's and 56 parent companies being studied @ Vice More facts and figures @ CDPE


Avia Naturals: Our medical cannabis readers know what a pain in the ass it is getting our medicine through Health Canada! Fortunately, this local GTA company provides an excellent, readily available array of organic based, CBD topicals and tinctures. You'll find Michelle downstairs at the weekend Dixie Outlet Mall Flea Market, in Mississauga. Or can order online @ Avian

Next Level: I received 2 of their vape pen cartridges to test and review: Purple Romula and Apple Jack, a THC and CBD distillate, respectively. Made with pure MCT oil. The cartridges have a nice glass mouthpiece. They are rich and full flavoured. Not too harsh on my throat. The Romula packs quite a THC punch. The Apple Jack; a great way to take your CBD's. I quite enjoyed them a lot. Have often been my fall back toke when I'm stuck indoors. More info and to order @ NLD


Takin' it to the Next Level!

US Wake Up Call: The legal cannabis industry is creating a new, booming workforce across the US. That's admist the Covid pandemic, despite the endless, political foot dragging and business complications  @ Forbes

Meet the United Cannabis Workers: Yup! A widespread union movement is taking hold across the US. Here's a who's who. Plus how they're helping protect the new cannbis workforce's wages, benefits and working conditions @ GMR

Cannabis in Europe: Here's the inside dope on where it's legal to grow, sell, and possess both medical and recreational weed, across Europe. Hint: in most countries it's still highly illegal, not just in Eastern Europe, but in the UK and France. Except for the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Spain @ CLR

Cannabis in Asia: An industry update from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Thailand. With lotsa links @ MMJR

HIGHER LEARNING


A Stoner Coronavirus Guide: Be a safe, responsible member of our cannabis community in lockdown. Online. At the dispensary. And when social distancing in public. No more puff, puff pass for now! Sigh! Alas! If Covid-19 doesn't kill you, the long term, side effects are totally blek! Both 4 you and others! Remember, we are all in this together, as a cannabis community @ Woke

Yer Guide 2 Covid + Weed: Here's why cannabis might prove medically useful in treating the virus @ HE

Beginner's Guide 2 Cannabis: Hi! Hi! High there! Here's a quickie peak at everything you need to know to start enjoying our favourite weed. Plenty o' links @ Daze

A Guide 2 420: Just what the faaak is going on?!? You dunno? Then check here @ Daze

How 2 Grade Pot: Use all five of your senses @ CN

Yer Dab Guide: Wax? Oil? Shatter? Let's supervise that high @ Atlantic

Cannabis Edibles: Jus' the facts m'am/ man @ MMP

Indica Verses Sativa Verses Hybrid: Understand the differences. Choose the strains best for you @ SSA

Wake + Bake: How to pair coffee and weed @ Leafly

Don't Drink + Toke: Alcohol and cannabis are a bad mix! It might seem like fun, but ... problems galore! @ MMP

How 2 Straighten Up Quick: It's waaaay easier than with alcohol. Definitely not as hard as you might think @ Leafly

Time Out Tips: Stop toking for a bit, every now and then, to keep getting real high AF. The low down on tolerance breaks is @ Leafly

How 2 Store Weed: The do's and don'ts 4 keeping it fresh y yummy @ Leafly

Why Pot Was Banned in Canada: Cannabis wasn't illegal here until 1923. Sadly, shameless racism played a strong role, as weed was inexplicably included in a list of banned drugs, without debate in parliament. Why? The Canadian government wanted to stop the flow of immigrants from China. And felt pressured to sign the US backed Geneva Conventions banning weed. 

Seems there was no time to waste. Apparently Cannabis turned tokers into violent, raving maniacs. Moreover, drug addled, young, white women were getting seduced! Having "mixed race" babies! 

Canadian icons Emily Murphy and Maclean's magazine even helped stoke the reefer madness. Amongst the confusing panic, prohibition was quickly passed, even though weed wasn't really dangerous. Nor very popular or widespread, throughout the Chinese community TC Walrus

HIGH TIMES



Caremongering: Mercari CEO Lisa Campbell explains how many cannabis enthusiasts are making the best of social distancing during the Covid pandemic -by meeting with and supporting each other online. And in Canada, by legally mailing each other handy, dandy little care packages @ ESun

Karma Cup 2020: No. I didn't judge this year. I love puff, puff, passing with family and friends. And at the various Cup related events. But that wasn't possible this year, so I sat it out. Still the Karma Cup returns next September 11 and 12th. Meantime, here's the 2020 competiton results @ Karma


Smoke Weed Everyday: It's our stoner meme. A true 420 classic. Started out as a Dr. Dre track @ You Got the Snoop Dog/ Collie Budzz treatment @ Tube And just kept keeps getting and better @ ReMix Know your meme's @ NYM

Senior High: Baby boomers take note! Medical or recreational cannabis? We're turning on again like never before. Surprise! It can even increase the quality of life in our senior years. Get lit @ High Times

Ten Best Hip Hop Weed Songs: Yeh yeah! This is trez kool but there's plenty more. Feel free to add your own favourites in "Comments" below. The List @ BluntPower


COMMENTS

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