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Marijuana and hemp?!
Marijuana and hemp are the same thing, so please stop referring to them as if they are different. If you must, use marijuana/hemp, that is certainly more appropriate.

I hate to see the proliferation of these Babylon smokescreens. Soon this propaganda will justify some dog-fucking CEO to make billions on the hemp industry while continuing to oppress the tokers. Cannabis Canada should immediately desist referring to marijuana and hemp as if they are different. Think about it!

I can see it now: “pot smokers called freaks by hemp association.”

– Wyn

Although we do use the words “marijuana” and “hemp” on different occasions, we’re also pretty darn clear that marijuana and hemp are both aspects of the cannabis plant. The name of our magazine might give you a clue to that one.

However, many people don’t know what “cannabis” is, and so we like to have the words “marijuana and hemp” on the cover to make sure a casual browser knows what we’re all about.

CC is aware of the possible future where pot-prisoners work the hemp fields. It’s not a pretty picture, and one we want to avoid. This issue we’ve reported on the arbitrary origins of the pot/hemp standard demarcation, and have even cautioned about the dangers of widespread hemp pollen to Canada’s marijuana crops.

?DL

An East Coast Story

This is an East Coast story. I read your mag, but don’t see much in it about the East Coast. Don’t forget about us!

Here in the East things are growing good, with all the info from High Times and Marc in BC. (Thanks Marc!)

So picture this: Gestapo type RCMP raid on local resident nets 9 grams of weed.

It was an ordinary Tuesday night for Sandy. His wife at bingo, he and his friend Rob lite up and get back to watch TV.

Then 6-7 gun waving RCMP invade his home. He fully cooperates, telling the police that his weed is in the freezer ? all 9 grams of it. The police are very rude. This raid costs the taxpayers more than the weed was worth.

The East Coast needs to come together and get some organizing. The person in this story is my brother, as all weed smokers are.

Stanibis ? East Coast Loudmouth
Nova Scotia

Life is Short

I do not understand why you spend so much time promoting the drug. Life is short and can be wonderful without alteration. Enjoy the life/world around you with a clear mind. When you are under the influence are you having a great time or just imagining it?

G Lafleur
Native Student Advisor
Brock University

Although it’s true that life is short, most people in the world enjoy some form of “alteration”. Whether it be coca or caffeine, marijuana or tobacco, alcohol or yohimbe, every culture on the planet has a number of psychoactive substances used by most of their population.

The fact of the matter is that most people enjoy altering their consciousness. Wanting to alter one’s consciousness is a natural, normal behaviour which is exhibited among most higher animals. Chimpanzees, elephants, cows and cats are just a few of the many animals which will actively seek to consume certain plants, for the sole purpose of “altering” their consciousness.

Accepting that seeking to alter consciousness is a natural and normal behaviour doesn’t mean that all ways of altering consciousness are equally safe or useful. To the contrary, many common ways of altering consciousness are quite dangerous. For example, techniques such as inhaling glue and solvents are known to be quite harmful, yet are widespread among certain communities.

At Cannabis Canada, we believe that the scientific evidence overwhelmingly shows that marijuana is one of the safest and most reliable and enjoyable ways to alter consciousness. If in “promoting marijuana” we convince some people to smoke pot instead of using a more dangerous substance like glue or tobacco, then we’ve convinced them to make a more responsible decision.

?DL

Detrimental to Security

Gentlemen:

The publication you sent to the above-mentioned inmate was not delivered to him and is being returned.

The publication entitled CANNABIS CANADA #10 contains information on illicit drugs and encourages illicit drug use throughout the magazine.

Materials that encourage or depict the use of illegal drugs are not authorized to be retained by this inmate. I have, therefore, determined that this publication is detrimental to the security and good order of this institution as defined in Federal Bureau of Prisons Program Statement 5266.8.

Sincerely,
Al Herrera, Warden
US Department of Justice
Federal Prison Camp
Yankton, South Dakota

Spoilsport.

?DL

Wow ? Great Article!

Wow! That’s all I can say after reading the article “Cannabis and the Christ”. It’s rare that I get to read such a damn truthful piece of literature! Keep up the good work.

Anonymous

Running those type of long, intellectual articles is always a risk, and I assume that a sizable number of our readers didn’t bother to read whole thing, and would have preferred the space be used for bud-shots. Thanks for reassuring me that some of our readers had the same mind-blowing experience I did upon first reading the material.

I’m always glad to get feedback on specific articles, sometimes the lack of specific response from our readers is frustrating. We get plenty of crossword puzzle entries, but few letters telling us what you like or dislike about our publication.

I encourage all our readers to pen me a few words about what you want from Cannabis Canada, and to give feedback on any specific articles that particularly pleased, annoyed, or stimulated you.

?DL

A Message for the Churches

It may seem strange to include a message for churches in Cannabis Canada, but that is the purpose of this writing. Churches must recover the New Testament vision of freedom, and Cannabis Canada can help them to do that. When they do they will help persuade the government that the laws should be changed. Readers of Cannabis Canada are asked to take this message to the churches.

“For freedom Christ has set us free;” Paul wrote to the Galatian Church, and then warned, “Do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5.1) But that is exactly what has happened in the twentieth century in Canada and throughout the world. It happened because churches lobbied the American and Canadian governments to prohibit alcohol.

Lobbyists seeking alcohol prohibition established a mindset that “Demon Rum” caused evil. There had been an earlier prohibition of opium in China which, combined with the lobby to prohibit alcohol in North America, led to the international control of opium and its derivatives.

Churches looked to law to establish sobriety, as this was equated with morality.

Churches closed their ears to criticism of the prohibition policy from their own clergy as well. Bishop Charles Fiske, in Harper’s Magazine, May 1926, told the church “Go back to the method of its Lord ? to reform and renew men by the winsomeness and attractiveness of His teaching, instead of compelling them to behave by reliance on the civil arm.”

But churches did not listen to these criticisms and because of this, the public, the government and the courts have not listened to them either.

Later on, when alcohol was made legal, the public was still easily persuaded that other substances such as opium, cocaine and marijuana could cause evil too and should be suppressed by law. Prohibitionists used fear of alcoholism combined with ignorance about other substances to persuade the public in Canada that they needed The Narcotic Control Act, and more recently The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

If churches had examined their prohibitionist policy they might have found it was contrary to the teachings of Jesus. Jesus taught that no substance entering the body causes defilement, but that rather we are defiled by what comes out of us. People abuse substances. Substances do not abuse people. We don’t correct substance abuse by prohibiting substances. It is a personal problem, not a substance problem. (Mark 7.14-23)

Jesus also taught that if we address an evil in the wrong way it may be temporarily corrected, but comes back with other problems worse than itself. (Matthew 12.43-45) This of course has happened.

Prohibition is the wrong way to address the problem of substance abuse. It despises Canadians as unable to decide wisely what substances should go into their bodies. This undermines the ability to choose wisely, and the ability to exercise restraint and control over the use of substances chosen.

A morally responsible law would help Canadians by regulating hazardous substances and informing purchasers so that they would be able to make good decisions about their substance intake. This would fulfil another teaching of Jesus recorded in John’s Gospel; “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” (John 8.32)

When the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act was being considered by the Canadian government for nearly two and a half years from February ’94 to June ’96, the churches had nothing to say, and no representative of a church testified before the committee.

Churches have not only betrayed us, but they have also been in apostasy from the teaching of Jesus, and we should tell them so.

Reverend Henry Boston,
Retired Minister, United Church of Canada
President, BC Anti-Prohibitionist League

Thanks for the words of wisdom. Henry Boston is the author of a short book called “Forbidden Fountain: The need to review international drug laws in the light of the Christian faith.” Copies can be obtained by sending him $4 at PO Box 8179, Victoria, BC, V8W 3R8.

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