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
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.
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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 was asked to cover this year’s Legends Valley Bio Cup about 24-36 hours before it changed over to the High Times Cup. That was about two weeks before the actual event, so I can only imagine what was going on behind the scenes.
I know much of the Vancouver cannabis community was up in arms about sponsorship, guest judge, and entertainment changes. With last year not going as smoothly as some would have hoped, there was — and still is — some real animosity towards the event, too. But I figured Alexander Pope had it right when he said “blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Guess what? I’m happy I went in with that mindset, because I am sure that I enjoyed myself so much more.
M.O.M. Cup 2018
Dates: February 23-25th, 2018.
Location: Private Venue in Vancouver, BC (announced to attendees day of).
Must be 19+ to attend.
Email [email protected] with any questions not answered here.
I don’t know if I hugged everyone who worked through the weekend of the M.O.M. Cup 2017. There were so many people who played a part in the success of the event, I hope they know how important they were to our soirée. Being our first cup, we had a lot of lessons to learn; but with all the help we had from a thousand different directions, we pulled off one hell of a stoner event.
I’ve been staring at half-written articles these past few months and getting nowhere. Since the most common writing advice given to me is “write what you know,” I figure that is most likely my best bet to get those creative juices flowing — along with a nice sativa hybrid. So once again I am writing about my slice of heaven: the incomparable Wreck Beach, located at the furthest western tip of Vancouver, BC. This time, I’m writing about Wreck Beach with kids — my kids!
The world’s cannabis freedom movement is changing. Groups always change as they grow. Whether subculture or activism, group dynamics mean nothing stays the same. There are always disagreements within any progressive movement about what their goals are, how they should act, and whose ideas or opinions they should accept. As those movements grow, so do the disagreements.
Editor’s Note: This recap of the first photo shoot for Twelve High Chicks — which became “The Smoke Diaries” in Volume 1 — was originally published on November 12, 2014. Layout and phrasing have been updated for our current format.
When asked to write for Twelve High Chicks I had an idea of what I was getting into. But once I reached the location of the first photo shoot the experience became much more real. I’ve always been curious of what a photo shoot would be like, photography being an interest of mine, and here was my chance to see firsthand.
Lately there’s been murmurs about how progressive activism is cannibalizing itself. Complaints about “callout culture” and building one’s caché by tearing down others. So I’m writing an article on communities and how they change as they grow or their focus shifts. I wanted to look at what cannabis activism and the cannabis community can expect now and as we get closer to legalization.
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But while I was writing, we received this weird little email.
Cannaflage Designs do not disappear into the background. The first thought I had while viewing their lookbook was how vivid each garment is. I didn’t see the cannabis leaves in the fabric right away, but my eyes were drawn directly to the clothes. And the happy part of my brain flickered brighter when I did notice the patterns: lively fractals.
I smoked my first joint in Grade 9 with my best friend. I have never again laughed as hard as I did that night. But I also felt a calm that I remember quite well, that I still feel every time I smoke.
That calmness helped with many things. And when stoned, my mind wasn’t hung up on the words “you’re not a real girl, and you’re a failure for not being a real girl.” Instead, I composed songs, stories, and poems. I connected with my friends. Finally, I relaxed … and I started shopping in the boy’s section.