Marijuana in the news

Photo:  Lincoln ClarkesPhoto: Lincoln ClarkesMarijuana has been getting quite a bit of favourable attention in North American media over the last few months, and many of those articles have included mention of Cannabis Culture magazine and interviews with our publisher, marijuana seed magnate Marc Emery.
Maclean’s, Canada’s national weekly news magazine, ran a three-part August 6 cover story about the cannabis scene in Canada. The trio of articles backed liberalizing Canada’s medical marijuana laws, gave a positive profile of Marc Emery, and included a nice photo of the cover of Cannabis Culture #32.

In early August, one of Canada’s two national newpapers, The National Post, ran a lengthy four-part series by Diane Francis about Canada’s marijuana scene, including a profile of Emery called BC’s ‘Prince of Pot.’ “I’ve developed a business to finance a revolution,” explained Emery.?”I sell marijuana seeds around the world and take these proceeds of crime to subvert the system.”

Canada’s other national paper, The Globe and Mail, ran a July 31 editorial which recommended that Canada “decriminalize small-scale marijuana use entirely, and stop saddling pot-smokers with criminal records that last a lifetime.”

Mexico’s largest newspaper, La Reforma, did a July 28 feature story on Canada’s pot scene, including a photo of Marc Emery and an explanation of why BC bud is so much better than Mexican grass. The Toronto Star picked up on the Mexican article and quoted it with amusement in their August 1 issue.

Emery also publicly offered to supply the Canadian government with seeds for their new medical grow operation in Flin Flon. Although the government refused the offer, it still got much press in Canada.

A subsequent article in the July 14 Vancouver Sun had Emery explaining why people in BC are “lucky” to have the massive marijuana industry in their province, because of the billions it brings into the economy.

Respected UK magazine The Economist devoted most of their July 26 issue to a lengthy series of articles about alternatives to the failed drug war. The magazine concludes that “a legal market is the best guarantee that drug-taking will be no more dangerous than drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco.”

The August issue of Rolling Stone presented a large section on the “new coalition” opposing the drug war, including comments about the war on drugs from a wide variety of high-profile people and community leaders.

On August 20 the right-wing National Review came out once again in favour of ending the drug war, with a lead article called “Weed Whackers: the anti-marijuana forces, and why they’re wrong.”

A two-page article in the August 20 issue of Time magazine favourably described the increasing decriminalization of marijuana in Europe, adding that “Washington will have to watch out for hemp-scented clouds blowing from north of the border.”

The article estimates that BC’s pot industry employs 150,000 people, and adds that “One entrepreneur [Marc Emery] is already drawing up plans for a string of cafes along the 3,987-mile US border, proffering high-quality weed to go, in vacuum-sealed bags.”Photo: Lincoln Clarkes

Maclean’s magazine series of articles:

(Part 1) Reefer Madness, The Sequel
(Part 2) Rebel With a Compelling Cause
(Part 3) Blowing Smoke in Vansterdam
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Globe and Mail editorial in favour of decriminalization:
Now That Marijuana Is Legal For Pain Relief
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The National Post four-part series:
(Part 1) The Taxman’s Lost Cash
(Part 2) BC’s ‘Prince of Pot’
(Part 3) Acting High Above The Law
(Part 4) Politicians Keep Blowing Smoke
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The article on BC Bud in Mexico’s La Reforma can be found here, in Spanish:
Mota canadiense, la mejor del mundo

Here’s the Toronto Star’s spin on the La Reforma piece:
Canadian Grass Causes Big Buzz In Mexico
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Article on Marc Emery’s offer to supply pot seeds to Canada’s med-pot grow-op:
BC Marijuana Grower Offers Supplies To Hard-Up Health Department

Emery explaining why people in BC are “lucky” to have marijuana:
BC’s Marijuana Industry Adds Billions To Our Bottom Line
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The Economist’s 11-part series of articles about the failed drug war, including references.
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Rolling Stone’s article on “The New Coalition Against The Drug War”

Rolling Stone’s collection of comments on the drug war:

America’s War on Drugs
(Part 1)
(Part 2)
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The National Review’s article on the Weed Whackers

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More Clippings on Marc Emery:
www.cannabisculture.com/whatsnew/emery.html
www.mapinc.org/people/Marc Emery

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