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.
I’m an online, behind the scenes kinda guy. I’m of no use in real life event planning or management, and I’d rather type than speak. So although leading up to each M.O.M. Cup I bust my tail, during the actual weekend I’m just one more media rep. It works out well, since I can experience what judges actually experience. And attending M.O.M. Cup 2018 was an experience.
The cup faced certain challenges this year, including a desperate search for a venue after an asshole — I mean arsonist — severely damaged our original location, forcing it to close for repairs. Twelve High Chicks M.O.M. Cup 2018 sponsors were vital in securing our eventual, beautiful venue in Surrey, BC … and thereby including delicious meals on all three days for all attendees. A huge plus for hungry stoners!
Whether their products filled judging kits, they provided time and energy, or financially sponsored the event, the M.O.M. Cup was made such a success because of their generosity. For obvious reasons, many don’t have a direct sales presence but they’re online — Google is a great tool for sources for wherever in Canada you’re from.
A huge M.O.M. Cup 2018 thanks to all of our performers. Their sets were beyond fantastic, more than we could ask for! The performances set the tone each night, and kept tongues wagging the next day. Ajia picks cannabis-friendly performers for adult entertainment, comedy, speakers, and games … the M.O.M. Cup is unlike any other because of their talents.
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:
Remember M.O.M. Cup 2017? With M.O.M. Cup 2018 just a week away, we thought it would be a great time to remind our readers of what they can look forward to!
2017 M.O.M. Cup
From February 24th to 26th, 2017, the M.O.M. Cup hosted over 200 people in one haze-filled building. Between the judges’ samples, the open Canadabs dab bar, and the schedule, the three days flew by. It was a whirlwind weed weekend!
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.