Happy 4/20 2018! We’ve already talked seriously about what almost legal means for attending events this year (be safe!). And this is a day of celebration. So it’s time for our annual puff’n’pass poetry. But Canada’s legalization, and the increase of corporate investors who have previously been anti-pot, mean worry remains over overturning past convictions, helping craft growers, and freeing cannabis in a capitalist society.
It’s April, and one of the big North American/International pot-party-protests is just around the corner: 4/20 2018 celebrations! But this year is a little bit different and a little bit special. After years of agitating for cannabis freedom, across North America there’s been a wave of recreational legalization.
Canada still looks forward to legal recreational cannabis this summer, although we probably won’t be able to buy it legally for Cannabis Day. Meaning 4/20 2018 may be the last civilly disobedient Canadian protestival for our favourite plant.
Twelve High Chicks thanks guest contributor Dennis Boisvert of POW420 for this article on knowing your (medical) cannabis rights in the USA. This article is experiential and should not be taken as legal advice.
This is going to be an explanation of how the US Justice System works from pull-over to deal/sentencing as seen by an advocate.
First of all you need to know your rights and how they are applied. Understand that any police officer you communicate with may not necessarily respect your rights, and may be willing to lie in court because they believe you’re “evil.” From first contact that should be in the back of your mind.
Thank you to all our judges and entrants, and congratulations to the M.O.M. Cup 2018 winners. What a blast, and what a selection to judge! From our online judges enjoying in the comfort of their own homes to our judges on the couches in the heated toking tent (hosting the free dab bars) a lot of cannabis was sampled and found worthy. Each year, competing M.O.M.s bring their A-game (and A-strains) and it just gets better and better.
Here’s a list (and links) to all the M.O.M. Cup 2018 winners:
A Tribute to Late Activists Mary Elizabeth Woodside and Stephanie Leigh Hooker
During these last few years of writing, most of it has been opinion-based or experience-based, and most definitely from a personal place. This isn’t an article about Weed Woman or Tracy Curley but a subject that has certainly impacted my life: depression and cannabis.
Cannabis has been misunderstood until very recently. The past couple of decades have unfolded revolutionary evidence of the role cannabinoids play in our bodies. And while today’s society adapts to that notable presence, it gets criticized among its objectors and becomes more researched by its admirers.
It may well be the saddest day in the history of Canadian activism: July 1st, 2015 in Vancouver, BC. Cannabis Day.
For over twenty years, activists had gathered on July 1st at the Vancouver Art Gallery, in the centre of the city, to protest Canada’s participation in the U.S. driven attempt to prohibit the use of Cannabis worldwide.
For me, 2015 was my seventeenth year in a row — first as a concerned citizen/volunteer wanting to help change a very bad law, and for the last ten years as an organizer and a vendor. Cannabis Day had become a mainstream event complete with entertainment and many potent speakers during the day. But most importantly it included a vibrant farmers’ market, with over a hundred vendors selling all things cannabis in defiance of the law forbidding it. It is the law against selling cannabis that is so destructive to our society; denying access to such a wonderful life-saving medicine. That’s why we feel it’s important to openly break that law.Read More
The Liberal government is actually soliciting feedback on the proposed regulation of cannabis in Canada. When we first gained access to the Cannabis Act there were a lot of questions, and blurry suppositions. And everyone had their own reasons for being concerned.
So now we have our say, until January 20th, 2018. But in order to have legal cannabis before July 2018 the government won’t radically alter anything. And they won’t release any more drafts of the regulations. So this is pretty much it.
Here’s the page to start from: Consultation on the Proposed Regulation of Cannabis.
As a society we now know that prohibiting drugs carries a host of unintended and undesirable consequences. These include an increase in demand, a guaranteed unregulated underground market, and great disrespect for police and laws. But the most glaring example of the failure of prohibition is the current opioid overdose crisis.
What’s the Problem?
This crisis, recently declared a public health emergency in the USA, has also killed many thousands of people in Canada over the past two years — mostly due to street opioids being adulterated with fentanyl. Here in British Columbia there have been over 1000 overdose deaths already this year. Politicians, health care professionals, and society in general are trying to find solutions.
I host a weekly podcast (Cannabis and Coffee with Tamarijuana) that brings experts and patients together. I have been doing this now for just over a year. And what I hear in most every conversation — be it with an advocate, activist, doctor, etc. — is worry about over-regulation. This recreational legislation by the Canadian government is still going to leave patients with gaping holes in their medical program. Patients still fear losing the plant counts and prescriptions.
It can come as no surprise that regional governments are tackling the issue of legalization with drastically different plans. Those differences were rather the point; the federal bill mandates cannabis legalization only so far.
The framework allows local governments to decide on many aspects of legalization after considering their citizens’ desires. After all, each province and territory has vastly different needs, views, and cultures. What’s good for Saskatchewan isn’t necessarily right for Newfoundland & Labrador. What we achieve in BC is vastly different, I hope, to what Ontario is getting.