After taking a few days to digest the Liberals new Cannabis Act — all 131 pages of it — and then taking several more days to get over my initial anger and disbelief, it became pretty clear to me what happened. Justin Trudeau and some of his buddies were sitting around one night enjoying some wine, or perhaps some reefer, and someone joked “Why don’t we run the cannabis market?” And everyone laughed, but then the idea of just how to do it took hold.
The last weekend of February this year saw the emergence of a new cannabis competition: the M.O.M. Cup. It was held in beautiful Vancouver, BC — Canada’s cannabis hotspot — in a smaller, private venue over three days. As someone who has attended close to twenty different cannabis competitions and events over my lifetime I’ve seen it all. Or so I thought. More on that later….
Reading the final report from the Task Force on Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada released late in 2016, I got the same feeling I get watching puppies open their eyes for the first time. New puppies and the task force recommendations are equally naive about marijuana.
The 105 page report has some good points, some not so good, and others downright ridiculous.
Earlier this year I first learned of cannabis cigars, or cannagars, via Facebook; a company in Washington State called Leira turns them out.
As soon as I saw them I wanted to try one. I’ve been thinking for a long time that it would be great to have a marijuana-filled cigar to enjoy for an hour or more. And these were true stogies: an 8” one can burn for up to 5 hours. Unfortunately they are only available in Washington.
Enter Smiling Buddah. The small, BC-based company also produces cannagars, and I made it my mission to get my hands on one ASAP. Lucky for me I have some great connections. I soon found them at the Cannabis Culture Dispensary on Beatty St, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside area.
In 2015 I wrote about the Kush Cup and the boat cruise with the Trailer Park Boys. This year I had plans to attend other events that weekend, so I was surprised when our editor asked me to write about the 2016 Kush Cup. But surprise quickly faded to a grin when she explained she only wanted me to write about judging Kush Cup 2016 weed. This was something I could do.
As we move toward the legalization of marijuana the government now has a place on its website, under Consultations in Health Services and Systems, allowing you to have your two cents worth until August 29th. It’s a five-part discussion paper and legalization questionnaire where you can add scientific documents, give your personal (expert) opinion, and answer a number of multiple choice questions.
It’s become painfully obvious that the Liberal government’s legalization scheme is becoming just that, a scheme, to completely take over marijuana sales in Canada. Think about that for a minute: just how much weed is sold here? To be honest, in the market that exists today I’m afraid to even try to guess how much pot is sold in a week, never mind in a month. But one thing that does seem clear is that the government wants no part of the cannabis community in the soon-to-be legal market.
It was only six short months ago when good feelings were in abundance after the Conservatives’ sound trouncing at the hands of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. Thoughts were turned to what a legal cannabis market might look like. Yet here we are six months later and it’s starting to feel like the Liberal days of old.
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 was a monumental day in Canadian cannabis action with the long-awaited decision in the Allard case. It was a fight that saw medical marijuana users taking the Canadian government to court for around the tenth time in fourteen years, and each time part or all of the medical marijuana program has been found unconstitutional. This time the fight was over the right of patients to grow their own marijuana or have a designated grower rather than be forced to buy it from a small handful of government-sanctioned Licensed Producers.
Celebrations are over, the holidays have come and gone, the bills have started coming in, and tax time is near. Which means the days have started getting longer and many of us are anxiously waiting to start our new gardens. So now is the time to finalize your summer growing plans. Good planning pays off and you gotta make hay while the sun shines, as the old saying goes.