No real shocking news, but CBC is reporting established Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow inhaled cannabis. Her journey included some minor experimenting with marihuana, but she stresses she preferred camping, hiking and biking to buds. A cannabis enthusiasts will tell you – all these activities go great with ganja!
Chow refused to speak about mayor Rob Ford’s harder drug use, preferring to stick to bland policy statements that her campaign team believes mainstream media want to report back on. However, Chow didn’t comment on whether she would make Toronto a more cannabis consumer friendly city.
At a recent Toronto planning committee meeting, councilor and mayoral candidate Karen Stintz instructed city staff to create pro medical cannabis zoning. Staff had created zoning that would have negatively impacted medical marijuana patients, but her forward thinking prevented bad bud zoning.
Should the federal government ever allow retail medical cannabis sales, Toronto will have cannabis friendly zoning. Currently the new Health Canada regulations do not allow retail sales.
The issue of the marijuana vapor lounge report has not been dealt with on Toronto’s campaign trail. While city hall reporters are asking the fun, ‘have you ever inhaled’ question, they haven’t asked candidates their opinion on bring your own cannabis lounges.
The Campaign to Elect Matt Mernagh Mayor suggests Toronto voters are well beyond accepting past inhaling as an impediment to public office. We believe Toronto is ready to elect a medical marihuana patient to city council and who better than the person who has championed the rights of patients for a decade, Matt Mernagh.
Toronto would benefit by having a mayor who manages their disability with medical marihuana. Mernagh uses cannabis to effectively manage a rare brain tumor, fibromyalgia and scoliosis.
Matt Mernagh is author of the Green Candy Press book, Marijuana Smoker’s Guidebook An Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains. His new goal is to become the future mayor of Toronto.