There is no obvious shortage of parking on the main street through Smiths Falls, Ontario. The boulevard is sixty feet wide, with angled spaces on either side, most of which are empty at 3.30pm on this particular Wednesday afternoon. And yet the town council’s plan – to repaint the white lines so they run parallel with the sidewalk – is the hot button political issue here. It’s raised by several people during my visit; two taxi drivers and the town’s deputy mayor. That’s remarkable when you consider what’s going on a mile further down the road. The cultivation, processing and selling of cannabis on an industrial scale, the apparatus of one of the largest legal drug trafficking operations in the world. The row over parking provision has been rumbling since February. Plants in Canopy’s ‘mother room’ (© 2019 Daniel Jackson) Five years ago it looked as though Smiths Falls’ best days were behind it. Several major … [Read more...] about Smiths Falls – the unlikely home of Canada’s cannabis revolution
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SPRINGFIELD – Supporters both in and outside the General Assembly said Thursday that the push to legalize adult recreational marijuana in Illinois has less to do with marijuana and more to do with social justice and equity. “For us, this conversation has never been about legalizing weed, but rather ensuring that we have a fair and equitable economy with robust provisions to repair the harm caused by the war on drugs,” said Katelyn Johnson, of the Chicago-based group People United for Racial Equity, or PURE. “We want to make sure that the new pieces of legislation do not produce any new lines of criminalization, racial red-lining from the industry or monopolies for institutions that have already made billions while people who work in the informal cannabis industry were incarcerated for the same business activity,” she said. Johnson, along with other advocates and legislative leaders behind the legalization push, spoke during a Statehouse news … [Read more...] about For supporters, pot legalization is about equity
WEED Day is an unofficial celebration dedicated to cannabis that is marked in various locations around the world every year. Revellers gather to smoke or consume marijuana (cannabis) together, with some using the occasion to push for the legalisation of the drug - here is everything you need to know... When is 420 Day and why is it celebrated? Weed Day falls on April 20 every year. In the US calendar, this date is written as 4/20 – digits that have become synonymous with cannabis culture. In nine US states the recreational use of cannabis is legal for people aged 21 and over. It is a day half of celebration and half a call to action - calling for the decriminalisation of the drug. What relevance does 420 have to smoking cannabis? Urban legend suggested that 420 was formerly the penal code that Californian police used to categorise marijuana cases. However, this theory has been discredited as the digits are linked to trespassing offences. Many believe that 420 culture first … [Read more...] about 420 Day 2019 is TODAY! What’s the meaning behind it, how is it celebrated by cannabis users and how did ‘Weed Day’ start?
THE HEMP plant has a storied history in China. It was probably twisted into the world’s first rope there around 2,800BC. In the West you find it in cigarette paper and Bible pages. In the East, it is woven into uniforms of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Since its cooler sister, marijuana, became legal for recreational use in Canada and many American states last year, industrial-use hemp—a variety of cannabis that contains trivial amounts of weed’s mind-altering substance, THC—is flourishing in a country that until a few years ago banned its cultivation outright and where cannabis traffickers can face the death penalty. China grows nearly half the world’s legal hemp. In 2018 sales, mostly of textile fibre made from the plant’s stalk, totalled $1.2bn. Now global demand for its seeds, leaves and flowers is surging. Packed with fulsome fatty acids, seeds go into snacks and oil. Leaves and flowers contain cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating … [Read more...] about Industrial cannabis is booming in China
Erin Jensen USA TODAY Published 6:34 AM EDT Apr 9, 2019 Are you there, world? It's her, Chelsea. Comedian Chelsea Handler has written about intimate topics like one-night stands, but her first memoir, "Life Will Be the Death of Me: ... and you too!" (Spiegel & Grau, 256 pp.) is her most revelatory yet. In the book, out Tuesday, she opens the door to epiphanic therapy sessions, details the impact of her brother's unexpected death and addresses her personal shortcomings. "I didn’t want to write a book until I had something really to say, because I felt like I had been getting away with murder with my career for so long that it was time to pony up and actually do something of import," Handler, 44, tells USA TODAY. "This is the most real that I could get." Handler sought out psychiatrist Dr. Dan Siegel, featured on her former Netflix series "Chelsea" (2016-2017), after becoming enraged following the 2016 presidential election. After a few sessions, … [Read more...] about Chelsea Handler’s ‘Life Will Be the Death of Me’ memoir is raw, ‘real’