Cannabis Canada Fall 1995: A letter from the editor

This was a busy summer for Cannabis Canadians, as cannabis cropped up across the country in a great many different ways. Cannabis Canada was on the scene, covering the events for our loyal readers, monitoring and supporting the growth of Canada’s cannabis culture through this critical period of its development.

Canadian farmers grew more legal cannabis this year than they have for the past half-century, cannabis shops have been opening at the astounding rate of one every two weeks, and if local conditions are any indication, it looks like this will be a banner year for marijuana farmers as well. Given the prevailing attitude of acceptance (at least here on the West Coast), as well as the valiant efforts of growers across the country, we can look forward to an excellent harvest to sustain us through the winter.

We begin this issue with our usual look back at some significant events from the past few months. These Milestones on the road to peace and freedom are recorded here.

One of the most common questions we get asked here is “what can I do to support the cannabis movement in my home town?” Marc Emery, publisher of Cannabis Canada, proprietor of Hemp BC, and arguably the most successful marijuana and hemp advocate in the country, provides his answer for you. He explains that a hemp store is “the physical manifestation of the hemp movement”, and that Opening a Hemp Store is the best way to educate others while actively promoting and supporting the cannabis industry. Armed with this article and about 000, anyone with a willingness to work can quickly become the proud owner of a stable and prosperous business dealing in hemp products and marijuana accessories.

While opening a hemp store is certaibly an excellent way to fight for an end to prohibition, others have found themselves charged as criminals and are fighting their cases in the courts. Don’t Plead Guilty: you can postpone your trial while working toward freedom for all. In Cannabis on Trial, we outline two other cases presently before the courts, and how you can help them to succeed.

Although Vancouver is generally accepted as being Canada’s freest city when it comes to those who use cannabis and other banned drugs, San Francisco has surpassed all other cities in North America with its political support for users of medical marijuana. In an article called Cannabis Buyers’ Club Flourishes in ‘Frisco, Rose Ann Fuhrman takes a look at the San Francisco Buyers’ Club, which provides medical marijuana to a clientele of about five thousand people. The San Francisco municipal government is providing an example which other cities would do well to follow.

Cannabis Canadians can be proud however, as this year the Ministry of Health granted seven farmers license to cultivate legal cannabis. This is six more farmers than last year, when Canada’s only legal cannabis farmer was Joe Strobel. Dr Alexander Sumach visited Joe Strobel at his home in Tillsonberg, Ontario, and their observations and conversations can be found here, under the title of Joe Strobel Grows Hemp.

I spoke with the rest of Canada’s Cannabis Farmers, and found them to be a varied group. Some were reluctant to speak with me, while others were more than happy to share their experiences and information. All of them described how the bureaucracy was generally hostile to their license application, but most also indicated that they would be applying again next year, and were confident that they would be able to grow cannabis again.

Another group of cannabis farmers can be found among the Mohawks in Kanesatake, Quebec. Although they did not apply for a license, initial reports indicated that over a million marijuana plants had been planted by Mohawks in a number of massive fields. Spanner McNeil went to Kanesatake to investigate the situation, and his special report, called
The Grass Cage, can be found right here. Spanner also interviewed a Mohawk Warrior who wanted to address some of the falsehoods in the popular press. His words are titled A Warrior Speaks Out.

Cannabis is used by peoples around the world for sacred and spiritual purposes. Chris Bennet takes a break from his regular trip through history in “When Smoke Gets in My I” to explain how Visions of a Sacred Tree have appeared in both Native and European culture. Chris shows how cannabis is linked to different aspects of native politics and spirituality, including the recent armed standoff at
Gustafsen Lake in British Columbia.

From Canada we move to a land where the sacred herb has been consumed for sacred purposes for thousands of years. Greg, our foreign correspondent, has just completed a voyage through India. His tales of dancing until dawn, avoiding the cops, and smoking up at a Shiva shrine can be
found here, bravely titled Fear & Lunching in India, a Cannabis Inspired Psychedelic Odyssey.

Greg’s adventures with the Indian police are scary enough, but some of what goes on in our own country is quite worrisome as well. Cannabis Canada meets Canada Customs in Opened Mail, Closed Minds. Miles Davis describes how a cool attitude and a phone call to his lawyer kept him from losing his spores to the Canadian thought police.

It might seem trite to say that cannabis is a growing industry, but of course it’s also absolutely true, and this issue we begin a three-part series on growing your own cannabis crop, brought to us by the good Dr Goodbud. Our first installment of Dr Goodbud’s Growline is here: get some seeds, get a clone, tend them well, and grow your own. It’s cheaper, and the smoke is so much sweeter.

This issue also seeds the return of another well-educated character, as Prof Lovejoy O’Neil brings us some delightful information about pot smoking in the modern world. Ever wondered just how many types of potheads there are? The kind Professor reveals all.

Cannabis Consumers, do your part to feed this hungry industry.
Eat the seeds, wear the fabric, use the paper, take the medicine.
Because cannabis is good, and prohibition is wrong.

Dana Larsen,