Last Wednesday, March 8th, I was a panellist on a marijuana legalization episode for theZoomer — far from Toronto’s bail court. The other panellists were a venture capitalist, an addiction counsellor, a lawyer, and a licensed producer. And, less intimidating, a friendly face in the Princess of Pot: fellow activist and owner of Cannabis Culture, Jodie Emery.
Hey there, it’s Lillie, here to rep the fun side of activism: the steps forward in cannabis access that M.O.M.s provide!
The last few years of cannabis in Canada have seen the efforts of activists paying off massively. We’re still waiting for legalization, but the recommendations for it came through on schedule. While they may not be what we end up with, the Liberal government seems to be following through with this campaign promise. That our government would admit the damage prohibition does to society is a huge win for activism.
Vancouver, BC, or Vansterdam as we affectionately call it around these parts, is a stoner’s dream to both live in and visit. That makes it a great city for Twelve High Chicks to host our M.O.M. Cup, February 24–26, 2017. You are coming to it, right?
Vancouver has an array of diverse lifestyles, but one of the common denominators is being chill; we don’t live to work, we work to live. Our landscape here — with mountains on one side and ocean on the other — is so beautiful with its beaches, rainforests, and beautiful architecture that it’s hard not to feel in awe of one’s surroundings. And our varied nightlife is full of art shows, craft beer, and alternative events.
It’s not a boring city, and there are a lot of novel things to do — particularly from a stoner’s viewpoint. Here are some stoner tips if you’re visiting Vancouver for the first time to attend the M.O.M. Cup … or are coming at any time.
In June 2015, Vancouver’s municipal government took the bold action to bring in licensing requirements for the nearly 100 marijuana dispensaries that have opened up in the city.
This is a bold move because, first off, marijuana is still illegal in Canada unless you are part of the federal government’s medical marijuana program as a patient or licensed producer. Secondly, Vancouver is the first city in Canada to openly question the Feds’ stance on cannabis and take a position against it; even going so far as putting the blame on the Harper Conservatives, right where it belongs in this writer’s opinion, for creating the problem in the first place.
It was a beautiful sunny Wednesday morning and it was already getting warm by 9:30. I was making my way to the Vancouver Art Gallery on Canada Day. For the last fifteen-plus years marijuana enthusiasts, protesters, and other civic-minded people have gathered there to celebrate our nation’s birthday, to exercise their right to peaceful assembly, and to protest the unjust laws that prohibit the sale, growth, and use of marijuana by having an open cannabis farmers’ market, much like the 4/20 celebration held every April 20th: Cannabis Day.
When I turned the corner of Burrard and West Georgia on April 20th, 2015, I could see an oversized joint proudly jutting to the sky, puffing away. The smell of a thousand burning joints got stronger and stronger with every step towards one of BC’s greatest art institutions, the Vancouver Art Gallery. A large banner parodying a package of Zig-Zag whites with a caricature of Trudeau’s face covered the current exhibitions banner. People had set up blankets and booths all over the gallery grounds.