It’s time to end Vancouver’s wasteful war on weed for good

By Dana Larsen,  Director of Sensible BC, the Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary and Overgrow Canada | Huffington Post | June 2nd, 2017 Media coverage of Vancouver’s 4/20 protest festival is very different from that given to every other event in the city. While stories about festivals like Vaisakhi or the Pride Parade focus on the revenues generated by local businesses and the economic benefits these community events bring, our cannabis event is viciously attacked in the media as some kind of drain on civic resources. In fact, the complete opposite is true. B.C.’s cannabis industry is one of our province’s biggest economic engines. Read More …

Toronto’s public health chief wants pot possession decriminalized now

Dr. Eileen de Villa urges Ottawa to immediately decriminalize possession of recreational marijuana until legislation to legalize it comes into force in July 2018. By BETSY POWELL City Hall Bureau | Toronto Star | Mon., June 5, 2017   Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health wants Ottawa to immediately decriminalize possession of recreational pot until legislation to legalize and regulate cannabis comes into force in July 2018. “Given that cannabis possession will soon be lawful in Canada, it is recommended that the Board of Health urge the federal government to immediately decriminalize the possession of non-medical cannabis for personal use,” says a new Read More …

Francis Boots discusses the cannabis plant from a traditional Onkwehon:we perspective

Francis Boots discusses the cannabis plant from a traditional Onkwehon:we perspective. Boots talks about the how the longhouse people in Akwesasne developed a proposal to do a legal grow op and his perspectives on the cannabis plant. This interview was conducted on May 22nd 2017 by Tom Keefer.

The ‘Cannabis Revolution’ and Native and non-Native cooperation

BAY OF QUINTE – Carl is a 7th generation Irish-Canadian farmer and carpenter who lives near the Bay of Quinte, on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. He believes that there is a “Cannabis Revolution” currently underway. In this interview he talks about the local cannabis industry, and how the opening up of nearly a dozen cannabis dispensaries in Tyendinaga has affected the local non-native cannabis market. This interview was recorded in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory by Tom Keefer on May 23rd, 2017.

National Indian Cannabis Coalition

Established in the United States in 2015, the National Indian Cannabis Coalition (NICC) was formed to guide tribal entities through the initial considerations and challenges associated with entering the regulated cannabis market. NICC’s initiatives include helping create self sufficient communities, decreasing reliance on federal funding and positioning Indian Country as leaders in agricultural industrial hemp production. NICC intends to shift the dialogue from one primarily focused on medical or recreational marijuana in Indian Country to a conversation about hemp as a tool for economic development. Today, while there are more than 30 nations growing industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity Read More …

‘We’re dealing with a lot of deep trauma’: B.C. Aboriginal peoples turn to culture for healing amid overdose crisis

  by Nick Eagland | Vancouver Sun | April 2, 2017 The morning of his sister’s funeral, Jonathan Ewenin walked out of Vancouver General Hospital not knowing why he’d slept there. Rail-thin, dazed and alone, he worried what his sister, Mary Bee, would have thought of him and of how he’d almost missed the chance to say goodbye. It was Nov. 4, 2016, Ewenin’s 19th birthday. A fentanyl overdose had nearly killed him the night before, Ewenin later learned. His 26-year-old sister died Oct. 22. Her cause of death remains unknown. Ewenin rushed to St. James Anglican Church in the Downtown Eastside for the funeral service, which was Read More …

The Liberal Party elite is heavily invested in the medical marijuana Licensed Producers mail-order business

By Potfacts.ca Anne McLellan is engaged by the law firm Bennett Jones LLP, that describes itself as a ‘very entrepreneurial law firm’ that wants to be the ‘go to’ law firm for licensed producers (LPs) of marijuana in Canada. This is what should disqualify McLellan for the appearance of a conflict of interest. But then Justin Trudeau was first introduced to “legalization” by Tweed Marijuana licensed producer cofounder Chuck Rifici, who has gotten rich as a consequence of his investment in his LP, and who has been agitating for all competing dispensaries and cannabis sellers to be arrested and shut down. Rifici is also the chief Read More …

Indigenous people speak out at 420 rally in Ottawa

  OTTAWA – Representatives for the National Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association (NIMCA) were invited speakers at the Ottawa 420 event on April 20th, 2017. In this video by Clifton Nicholas, NIMCA members speak about the newly proposed Canadian Cannabis laws and the need to include indigenous people in the process. For more information about NIMCA check their Facebook page.

People of the Hemp, Part 2: Criminalizing Traditional Teachings

Alysa Landry | Indian Country Today | September 29, 2014 Four times a day, Crandy Johnson prays in his Native Tuscarora language and uses a homemade tincture made from traditional herbs. Crandy, 72, and his brother Tracy, 74, are second-generation metal-workers who spent their working years as “steelwalkers,” perched atop skyscrapers, bridges and other structures from New York to Alaska during the construction boom after World War II. During an interview in Tracy’s home on the Tuscarora reservation in northwestern New York, the brothers talked fondly of their career. “We did everything,” Tracy said. “We were on top of buildings and pipelines Read More …

People of the Hemp, Part 1: Losing Land, Culture, Tradition

Alysa Landry | Indian Country Media Network | September 26, 2014 The way Tracy Johnson tells it, the plateau of land overlooking Niagara Falls and nestled among the Finger Lakes of northwestern New York once was covered in fields of hemp. The natural herb, interspersed with rows of corn, was evidence of centuries of inhabitation by the Tuscarora, now a dwindling tribe on a tiny sliver of land. The Tuscarora, or Ska-ru-ren, are the “people of the hemp,” “hemp gatherers” or “shirt-wearers,” so-named because they traditionally wore shirts made of woven hemp, said Tracy, who is one of about 660 enrolled members Read More …