The birth of cannabis culture

That gorgeous baby you see on the cover as the centrepiece to our hempy Easter bud-basket is my new daughter, Lily.
Lily was born in the early morning of December 17, moments after the Vancouver Police had left Hemp BC and the Cannabis Caf? after their latest raid.

My partner, Jana Razga, is the manager of the Cannabis Caf?. While she was in the throes of childbirth, Vancouver Police Officers were assaulting her friends and employees, confiscating her vapourizers and pushing over her window display to get to the (fake) joint in the mouth of a Kermit doll.

I can think of few other events that would have kept us from being there for our friends and allies, but childbirth is a miracle that cannot be delayed.

The juxtaposition of Lily’s birth and a brutal attack by the the forces of prohibition has reminded me that destruction and creation are inexorably bound up together.

The ?marijuana movement? is primarily a movement against prohibition. Yet in our efforts to destroy prohibition, we must not forget that we are creating something else, something better and new.

Canadian cannabis culture is still in the womb, and we are its parents. That’s right dear reader, you and every other reefer-rolling hempster in the land are the parents of cannabis culture. If you’re reading this magazine then you are a participant in cannabis culture, a rapidly growing phenomenon which is stretching the body of Canadian society, soon to emerge and become a viable organism in its own right.

Canada was first inseminated with Cannabis culture during World War II, when marijuana use was introduced through Canadian soldiers’ contact with foreign marijuana smokers.

These soldiers returned to Canada and cannabis culture embedded itself within the walls of our nation’s colleges. It manifested in the “Beats,” who embraced Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, along with a fondness for reefer and jazz music.

Despite the harsh legal sanctions introduced against marijuana, (or perhaps even because of them) cannabis culture experienced a rapid surge of development during the late 1960’s. This phase of rapid growth both invigorated and disturbed the Canadian body politic, just as the development of a fetus brings both elation and nausea from the rapid change within.

So far, all of this development and growth has been below the surface of Canadian society.

Cannabis culture itself has been hidden from view, but our effects have been apparent on the surface of society, as we stretch and wriggle within the tight constraints which surround us.

Just as soon-to-be parents are often afraid and unsure of what their impending child will bring them, so is society unsure about the consequences of cannabis culture. Yet birth is ultimately natural and inevitable, and the emergence of cannabis culture is a process which cannot be stopped.

If the mother-to-be resists the birth process, then labour can be a very difficult and sometimes even violent event. Yet if the mother is prepared for the birth and accepts the changes it will bring within her, then the process is much quicker, less painful, and the healing comes faster. It is my fervent hope that the Canadian people are ready to open up and allow cannabis culture to emerge, because we’re coming out now, ready or not. Cannabis Canada is here to act as midwife, and our advice to Canadians at this time is to push…

The end of prohibition is only the beginning.

Dana Larsen
Editor, Cannabis Canada Magazine

Note: We’re also happy to announce that we’ve got a section of hempen paper again!