4/20 2017 was a unique day in Canada. Just a week after the federal Liberals revealed legislation for recreational marijuana, we should have only been celebrating. Instead, advocates and activists were also protesting the ridiculous restrictions this bill introduces. It treats marijuana as more dangerous than alcohol and tobacco, encourages a big-business oligarchy, and won’t protect kids or drive out organized crime.
The East and West Kootenays in British Columbia have been at the forefront of craft cannabis growing for decades in Canada. With the new regulations ahead, what will they mean for this area and its growers?
The Kootenays and Craft Cannabis Growers
After a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, March 14th with our MP, Wayne Stetski (NDP), it was loud and clear that the regulations the Liberals are pushing forward will not work for this area.
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….
Harmless plant, better than the alternative, threat to children, cash crop…. With so many viewpoints, which should dominate the discussion of cannabis in Canada? What is the reason to grow — and legalize — marijuana in our country? What’s the point of legal pot?
When the Toronto Police Services (TPS) pulled off Project Gator, they were making a statement. I objected to the restriction of the nascent free market already established. The one that could guide the government through recreational legalization. But a reader reminded me that the government never promised a free market. They won based on a promise of regulation and restriction. To remove profits from organized crime and keep marijuana out of the hands of children.
When you’ve been a cannabis activist for well over a decade, the only time you expect to hear your name dropped at a police press conference it will be followed by the words “has been charged with.”
On a morning in late January, I was drinking coffee and watching a Toronto Police Services press conference. I was getting agitated by the misinformation as they spoke in regards to a rash of recent violent dispensary robberies in the city. And then, I was surprised to hear my name mentioned.
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.
As anyone who made it out to the 2017 M.O.M. Cup Saturday night show could tell you, Twelve High Chicks believes in unique entertainment. Notably, the cup was in one place and not a variety of locations. So instead of a cannabis celebrity headlining a dope-friendly dance party, Saturday featured a showcase of Vancouver — and notable Australian — talent. And what talent!
The Twelve High Chicks 2017 M.O.M. Cup went by in a blur of edification, entertainment, and pot smoke. Obviously no one could attend every single speaker, panel, and performance. Even though there were no overlapping panels, there were multiple rooms to visit. One of which hosted the Twelve Chicks to meet, and the other held the open Canadabs dab bars! So today we’ve got a recap for reference … and remembering.
A very big thank you to all of the competitors at the 2017 Twelve High Chicks M.O.M. Cup. Without your marvellous companies, Canadians that can’t (or don’t want to) join the ACMPR have access to medical and recreational marijuana. And without your entries we literally couldn’t have held the cup! While every sample was beautifully representative of what Canadian weed be, there were only so many cups. Congratulations to the 2017 M.O.M. Cup Winners!
We’ve posted about the Twelve High Chicks M.O.M. Cup platinum sponsors and gold sponsors on our site already. Their sponsorship is incredibly important. But there are so many M.O.M. Cup sponsors that we’ve mentioned on Social Media still to formally thank here.
This weekend wouldn’t be possible without the support of these wonderful companies!
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.
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