Tommy Chong on potential pot crackdown: Stay high

FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, comedian and marijuana icon Tommy Chong, talks about his line of marijuana products, including his “Chongwater” hemp drink, a custom joint roller, and his “Smoke Swipe” wipes that can remove the odor of pot smoke from clothing, during CannaCon, a marijuana business trade show in Seattle. Chong tweeted Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, “Don’t worry stay High” in response to a potential crackdown on recreational pot use by the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Tommy Chong has a message for those fearing a crackdown on recreational marijuana use: Don’t worry. Stay High.

Chong shot to fame in the 1970s alongside Cheech Marin as the stoner comedy duo Cheech & Chong.

After White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday that the Department of Justice “will be further looking into” recreational pot use, Chong tweeted, “Of course Trump is going after legal marijuana but like the failed Muslim ban it will be defeated in court. Don’t worry stay High.”

Chong has a line of marijuana products on the market in states where pot is legal.

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Police find 10 kg of pot during Sask. traffic stop

Police say they pulled the vehicle over for speeding on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Sintaluta

Police say they found $150,000 worth of marijuana in the man’s vehicle. (CBC)

A man has been charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking after police found $150,000 worth of pot in his vehicle.
Police say members of the Indian Head detachment and Broadview traffic services stopped the man from British Columbia on the Trans-Canada Highway, west of Sintaluta, Sask., because he exceeded the speed limit of 60 km/h when passing an emergency vehicle.

Police say they ended up searching the 52-year-old’s vehicle and found 10 kilograms of pot and 0.2 kilograms of hashish.
The estimated street value was provided by RCMP in a press release.

The man made his first court appearance in Fort Qu’appelle, Sask., this morning.

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Number of Canadians with prescriptions for medical pot soaring, now almost 130K

Marijuana is photographed at the growing facility in Markham, Ont., on Thursday, January 7, 2016. The number of Canadians registered to purchase medical marijuana from licensed producers has exploded since the federal commercial-access program was introduced almost four years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO – The number of Canadians registered to purchase medical marijuana from licensed producers has exploded since the federal commercial-access program was introduced almost four years ago, reaching nearly 130,000 by the end of last year, the most recent Heath Canada figures show.

As of Dec. 31, 129,876 Canadians had signed up with the country’s cannabis producers, a 32 per cent jump from the 98,460 registered at the end of September and a whopping 1,544 per cent increase from the 7,900 granted access to medicinal cannabis in mid-2014.

But the surge in demand has many wondering if all these patients have a legitimate medical need for the drug. Or are some people using the system to acquire recreational pot before it is legalized, as the Liberal government has promised to do this spring?

Dr. John Goodhew, a family practitioner in downtown Toronto who supports the use of therapeutic cannabis for specific conditions, said he’s seen a definite uptick in patients seeking prescriptions.

Because Goodhew has become known as one of a minority of doctors who will prescribe medical marijuana, he has patients from all over Ontario contacting him.

“So patients will frequently call me and I’m not able to help them because I only consider marijuana as a therapeutic agent for people in my practice, people that I know, people whose medical histories I’m familiar with,” he said Thursday.

“And this is really the only responsible way to do it. Unfortunately it leaves other people kind of in the lurch.”

Goodhew said he prescribes cannabis for such ailments as pain, weight loss from conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, nausea and hepatitis C.

But increasingly patients are asking for it because of osteoarthritis, a painful condition that’s on the rise as the population ages.

“Things like anxiety and depression where there really isn’t good data that it works … I won’t prescribe it,” he said.

“And other people will come in and just ask (for a prescription) and I’ll say ‘What is the medical condition?’ and they’ll say ‘Can’t you just make something up?’ And I’m like, ‘No, it doesn’t work that way.’”

Goodhew attributes such behaviour to the “Trudeau effect,” a slackening of concern as people anticipate that Ottawa will soon decriminalize recreational marijuana. But he acknowledges it can be difficult for physicians to determine which patients have a genuine need for the drug and which ones want it just to get high.

“I think there are probably a minority that are strictly medical and there’s a minority that are strictly recreational and with most people it’s probably a combination.

“Because part of pain relief is if it relieves pain and it also makes you feel good, it’s kind of a mixed blessing that way.”

Dr. Jeff Blackmer, vice-president of medical professionalism for the Canadian Medical Association, said the spike in the number of people registered to purchase medical cannabis could be a reflection of doctors becoming more comfortable with prescribing the drug, coupled with growing patient demand.

And he agreed that while some people seek a prescription for authentic health reasons, others likely simply want it for its euphoric effects.

“When I talk to doctors about this, there’s no question people will say, ‘Some of my patients I feel really would not be here asking for it if they did not have these medical conditions,’” he said from Ottawa.

“But I also hear from colleagues that they do suspect some of the patients are there asking for the approval to use it recreationally,” said Blackmer, adding there’s no standard test “to tease that out.”

While doctors aren’t prohibited from prescribing cannabis, the CMA opposes its use medicinally because of a lack of scientific evidence proving the drug is effective in treating specific conditions.

Dr. Mark Ware, a pain specialist and medical cannabis researcher at McGill University in Montreal, said there are several pharmaceutical cannabinoids approved for use in Canada, including a spray containing a cannabis extract used to treat pain and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis or for advanced cancer pain.

But herbal cannabis in the form of dried flowers or oils is not “approved” as medicine in Canada. But they are legal under federal Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, he said, noting that the best available clinical trials support their use for pain caused by nerve damage, after standard treatments have failed.

“There is a very long list of conditions for which people have claimed benefit from cannabis use,” Ware said by email. “Most of these conditions have not been formally studied in clinical trials, but intriguingly, for many such ‘claims,’ there is a body of scientific literature that provides a rationale for why cannabis might work for those conditions.”

Some of those trials are either planned or underway in Canada and elsewhere.

In the meantime, Blackmer said doctors are waiting to see if and when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government will legalize and regulate the sale of recreational pot.

“We would like to see just one system,” he said. “So if marijuana is legalized for recreational use, we feel very strongly that that makes the ‘question’ around use of medical marijuana essentially moot, because it would be something that’s available to everyone for any reason, and you wouldn’t need to go through physicians and you wouldn’t need to get special dispensation.”

Goodhew is anxious for that day.

“I’m supportive of the role that marijuana has in medicine. But I’m really tired of being the gatekeeper for it. And all my colleagues are,” he said.

“Not only are we the gatekeepers and have to fill out forms constantly for people with legitimate use, we’re now getting inundated with people who want a prescription so they can get the good-quality stuff at a decent price from the licensed growers … (and) we’re constantly having to turn people down.

“So the day that it becomes legal will be a day when we’re all going to breathe a sigh of relief.”

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Marijuana business expands beyond smoke and rolling papers. 

Investors study ways to buy into pot as rules change. But is it real or market euphoria? Don Pittis – CBC News

Employee Jamie Dutra reaches for a packet of ‘pre-rolls’ requested by a customer, selecting from one of hundreds of products at this Toronto shop for smoking accessories. (Don Pittis/CBC)   

Jamie Dutra has just finished unlocking the doors and rolling back the security screens at The Dragon, a shop in Toronto’s Bloor West Village that is part of a Canadian investment trend.

Only five minutes after opening time, there are two customers and a reporter in the small shop. Dutra is ringing up $18 worth of rolling papers and other things she describes as “accessories for legal smoking mixtures.”

Despite the fact that medical marijuana is legal and the federal government is about to lift the prohibition on recreational pot, laws from an earlier era prevent sellers from calling their goods drug paraphernalia, she says.

A customer admires thousands of dollars worth of ‘accessories for legal smoking mixtures,’ so named because the law still prohibits the sale of drug paraphernalia, a legalistic fiction despite coming rule changes. (Don Pittis/CBC)

Of course it’s a legalistic fiction. The sign outside shows bright green leaves of Cannabis sativa, and a time traveller from the 1960s would immediately recognize it as what used to be called a head shop.
Is business good?

“Oh yeah, for sure,” says Dutra.

At first glance the location seems unlikely, in the middle of an older residential neighbourhood where 100-year-old brick homes commonly sell for more than a million dollars.

“We had some concerned parents in,” says Dutra. They were worried that the shop was one of the city’s many storefront cannabis shops, she says.

Walking on eggshells

The Dragon has expanded from its original outlet in North York to three locations around the city, in this spot replacing a fruit and vegetable stand about nine months ago.

Dutra says business was slow at first, but now during the busy period in the late afternoon, there is almost too much business for a single employee. Some of the shoppers are local residents, but the shop’s location, visible from the Jane subway station, helps draw in customers.

As to whether the shop will begin selling pot if the new laws permit, Dutra is careful. “That depends,” is all she’ll say, offering an email address for the chain’s owner.

“For now everyone’s sort of walking on eggshells,” says Marc Lustig, CEO of Ottawa-based marijuana investment company CannaRoyalty.

Products in what used to be called a head shop, but experts say the number of ways of consuming marijuana is about to explode, with many of the innovations having nothing to do with smoke.

Until the federal government reveals the details of its new pot rules and the new U.S. administration decides whether it will take a soft or hard line on marijuana-related businesses currently legal under state laws, investors remain nervous.

And while Lustig is confident the sector is due for explosive growth, he thinks people investing in growing pot for sale to pot smokers are not going to be the big winners.

Pot-smoking going the way of the dodo

“I see the future of the cannabis sector much more around the new products that are going to come,” says Lustig, who listed his company six weeks ago. “Smoking has gone the way of the dodo bird.”

Lustig says that legal cannabis producers, businesses that until recently seemed so exotic, are competing to grow the same relatively undifferentiated commodity.

“The Canadian marketplace is dominated by, now, 20 different public companies that are all licensed producers,” says Lustig. “But their business model is one-dimensional: I build a greenhouse, I produce bud and I hope to sell that bud.

Shop clerk Jamie Dutra gestures in front of a wall of bongs and hookahs and other cannabis-related products in the Bloor West Village area of Toronto. (Don Pittis/CBC)

He may be overstating the case. Canopy Growth, leader in a large group of Canadian pot-related firms and valued at more than $1 billion — 10 times the capitalization of Lustig’s company — has diverse research interests.

But Lustig’s point is a good one, that the most lucrative and high growth part of the cannabis business may not be growing pot.
Lustig’s strategy is to invest in companies in Canada and the U.S., many much smaller than his own firm, that are finding ways to ingest pot without smoking, such as by absorbing it under the tongue or through the skin with a dermal patch.

Some companies are researching even more sophisticated uses.
At Toronto-based Bodhi Research, for example, scientists study ways to use cannabis products to treat concussions. Resolve Digital uses a high-tech device to measure and record exact aspirated doses of cannabis oil as medication. Another Canadian firm, Anandia in B.C., is studying plant genetics, extraction of active ingredients and quality testing techniques.

“I believe the cannabis sector will be bigger than both the tobacco sector and the spirits sector,” says Lustig.

While marijuana may also be a recreational drug, he says, it has the added capacity to be an important part of the pharmaceutical industry, especially as the plant loses its image as a street drug.
“It was illegal. No one could do any medical research on it … but it’s not as bad for me as opiates,” says Lustig. At a time when people are dying from opiate overdoses, that is a message that resonates.
Original research takes time. The Canadian marijuana industry is still in its infancy, and as The Dragon shows, smoking has not gone away.

But in its growing complexity, the potential of cannabis is about a lot more than smoke.

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Jeremy Jacob: Cannabis legalization in Canada is about much more than the plant. 

Jeremy Jacob and Andrea Dobbs operate a “boutique” marijuana dispensary in False Creek.

There is an ugly trend that exists in society today, and it is affecting all of us. Revenue from natural resources, industry, agriculture, and more, is increasingly being leveraged away from the average Canadian and into the bank accounts of the wealthiest among us.

Our legislators must now decide if they will take the multi-billion dollar cannabis industry in the same direction, or if they will allow entrepreneurship and a world-renowned industry to continue growing and maturing, as it has been doing for decades.Under Canada’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations—created by the former Conservative government—15 of 27 producer licences (56 percent) have been awarded to business based in Ontario. This is a radical reshaping of the industry.

Historically, an estimated 70 percent of Canada’s cannabis production has been located in British Columbia. The cannabis industry—small-scale production, processing, and retail—is a significant part of B.C.’s economy.

B.C.’s cannabis industry has operated for decades and is considered a low priority for law enforcement due to the peaceful nature of the majority of operators, and the low harm it places on society. Creativity, vision, inspiration, care for others—these are the motivators for many of B.C.’s cannabis entrepreneurs. There is a strong precedent from multiple jurisdictions to allow business continuity during the transition from prohibition to legalization. Clearly, this approach also nurtures local economies and allows small-business people and their employees excellent opportunities in a new business landscape.

Recently, premiers of B.C., was well as Ontario and Manitoba, came out in support of a liquor store and pharmacy monopoly over cannabis distribution.

It certainly seems that government and big business are maneuvering to divide the spoils of a newly legalized industry.
One wonders if Premier Christy Clark recognizes the significance of this to B.C.’s economy.

If pharmacies and liquor control boards are given a monopoly over cannabis, the culture of dispensaries—the preferred source of cannabis for both medical and recreational cannabis—will disappear. Some of Vancouver’s dispensaries are among the best in the world and are currently going through a municipal licensing process.
Legalizing cannabis is a significant chapter in Canada’s history, our economy, and our society. There are real risks to local economies, and west coast culture, in creating regulations that dismantle an existing industry.

The right to grow, the right to process, the right to choose your medicine and your supplier, must be ensured. Significant research on the medical properties of cannabis must be undertaken. Education, de-stigmatization, and awareness must continue and increase.

Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals campaigned effectively on protecting the middle class and reducing the income gap, and to legalize cannabis.

Legalized cannabis could make it possible for many small business people and their very specialized staff to thrive. Alternatively, giving recreational marijuana to the liquor industry could leave us out in the cold, particularly here in B.C., while giving corporations, some of them global, the ability to consolidate trading tickets and amass ever-greater fortunes.

Jeremy Jacob is a director of the Village Dispensary in Vancouver, B.C. The Village Dispensary is a CAMCD Trade Member.

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Brantford cops raid pot dispensary 3 days after it opens

Cannabis Culture opened Sunday, was raided Tuesday.

Marc Emery, who owns the Cannabis Culture brand with his wife Jodie, holds a handful of cannabis at the opening of one of their stores in Montreal. A company storefront in Brantford was raided Tuesday. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Brantford police raided a pot dispensary Tuesday, a day after it opened, and arrested a 35-year-old Stoney Creek man.

Police went to Cannabis Culture on Colborne Street West around 8:30 p.m. and determined that “the business was selling marijuana to persons who did not possess a medical marijuana license,” according to a press release.
They charged the man with possession for the purposes of trafficking.

The federal government has committed to legalizing marijuana, but it hasn’t happened yet.
In Hamilton, local police have said that until it does, they follow the law and charge people who sell marijuana. A Cannabis Culture branch in Hamilton is among an increasing number of marijuana dispensaries around the city.
The owner of Cannabis Culture, Marc Emery, refers to himself as “the Prince of Pot.” The locations offer pot strains that include Pakistani Kush, LSD, White Widow and Brainwreck. The latter, the website says, is “a strong experience that will give you energy but still get you very stoned.”
In Brantford, police closed the business and, as of Wednesday morning, were waiting to get judicial approval to search it.

Some edits done by Dab Canada. Original CBC article here.

Planting Cannabis Seeds. Germination Part 3 

Planting Cannabis Seeds
Germination- Part 3

Now that the seeds have had time to germinate further, it’s time to plant them in soil. This is just the next step to getting your seedlings the start they need to thrive in your garden. For this part, the supplies you will need are as follows:

  • Germinated Seeds
  • Soil (nice and loose, with lots of perlite)
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Small Pots or Trays
  • Masking Tape
  • Trays
  • Humidity Domes
  • Spray Bottle with Clean Water
  • Mycorrhizae Powder
  • Worm Castings

I like to get everything ready and in front of me, it makes things go much more smoothly.

Organization is key to not mislabeling the seedlings. It’s important you respect people’s genetics. It’s not something to throw around lightly. So proper labelling to be sure the proper strains are in their spot is so crucial.

I set out all my pots in the trays, or you can use seedling trays if you’d like as well. I find the small round or square pots are best to tape labels onto. Once your pots are set up, take your tape and put a piece on each pot for labelling.

Once you pots are ready, fill them about a quarter way up with soil. I like to stay deep in the pot to start, this way if any of the seedling are not that strong, you have room to add a bit of soil to help with support of the weaker stems while they are maturing,

Once your soil is in your pots, use the butt end of your sharpie(clean it first), or anything will work for this just to poke little holes in the center of the pot, where you will be planting the seedling.

Do this in every pot so you have it done. Go about half to three quarters of an inch down.

Once your holes are poked into the soil, you will take your spray bottle and give the little holes a spray so they are nice and damp with moisture. Carefully remove your seedlings, many use tweasers to pick up and handle the seedling so as they don’t come in contact with dirty hands.(always wash your f&@$&g hands!!!!, I should not have to mention this but I will).

Still, try not to touch the seedling too much.

Again, I do one strain at a time, as to not mix up any strains, which i have done before, so this is why I say this. You will do one strain at a time. Take the number of seeds, label the same number of pots with the appropriate names.

Take the seedlings and plant them in their individual slots. Cover them with just a little dirt. Enough to make sure they are covered but that is enough.

At this point I take my worm castings and sprinkle a little over the spot the seeds are planted, maybe a tablespoon. I sprinkle mycorrhizae powder on the castings and then use a spray bottle to water the pot directly in the center where the seed is planted. This brings the mycorrhizae, as well as a bit of casting down into the seedling that it will for sure appreciate.

Once the seedlings are planted, inoculated, and watered I like them to retain the moisture in the soil as long as possible. Being in such small pots, they don’t take long to dry out with the proper air flow in your garden. For this I prefer to use humidity domes. I open the little vents just a little to let fresh air in. But other than that they remain closed unless watering, and until the seedlings have come up, and have a decent start. At first you will water 2-3 times a day, just a little squirt on the seedling as it comes up.

Depending on the strain, and the conditions, the strains usually surface at different times. Some are faster than others and some may seem like they may never surface. Don’t give up right away, just keep it moist and keep diligent, and in most cases eventually the seed will come up.

I hope I increased your chances of success with these tips. As I always say, I’m not claiming this to be the best or only method, it’s just my preferred method from years of practice, research as well as trial and error in organics.

Please keep watch for more upcoming articles, I hope to keep up and have them out regularly. I hope you enjoyed, and that you are back to read the future articles.

Best regards and happy gardening!!!!