So You’re Running For Mayor Questionaire

City politics got heated a few weeks ago when it was revealed right wing mayoral candidate Rob Ford got popped with a roach in his pocket a decade ago in Florida. This didn’t hurt his election bid in the least. In fact Yongesterdam potheads began to wonder about Ford, who two years ago ushered through a busted grow-op cost recovery bylaw. After Ford’s roach revelation, complete with mug shot via CBC, other candidates were quick to claim their cannabis cred. The real question is, who hasn’t inhaled? Rob Ford Mugshot: Not Chris Farley It's Rob FordRob Ford Mugshot: Not Chris Farley It's Rob Ford

Then in their very last session ever, city council voted to adopt the Vienna Declaration.

The first city to do so!

I wrote an article for Toronto alt-weekly NOW about the possibilities of licensing compassion clubs via Toronto Public Health. I’m performing follow up via Cannabis Culture by polling Toronto mayoral candidates via email. Hopefully this helps Toronto potheads determine who is green friendly and who is the 420 hater.

Here are the questions I sent.

1) As mayor of Toronto how would you implement the Vienna Declaration?

2) As mayor of Toronto would you license medicinal marijuana clinics via Toronto Public Health and advocate for city oversight at the federal and provincial level? Bonus – name two compassion clubs

3) As mayor would you set up a committee to study the issue of compassion clubs as a source of medicinal marijuana given the problem effects 10,000 – 15,000 residents?

4) How effective has Toronto’s busted grow-op bylaw been in recovering costs associated with marijuana grows? Bonus – how much has the city recovered since its implementation.

5) Where are Toronto’s green light districts located? Bonus name one of the bring your own marijuana vapor lounges in the city.

6) I don’t know where these green light district are, but I’m curious to find out about it.
a) True
b) False

7) Toronto ‘green light district’ is commonly referred to as;
a) Yongesterdam
b) Vansterdam
c) Oaksterdam
d) We have a Green Light District?

8) Two American cities tax medicinal cannabis (Oakland, Denver) as mayor would you seek this creative solution to solve our city’s budget woes?

9) 40,000 people attend Toronto Global Marijuana March first Saturday in May. As mayor, would you.
a) Attend and march with the people
b) Ignore it and pretend it’s not happening
c) Try To Shut It Down
d) Have Something Else Scheduled That Day

10) When and why did you stop inhaling marijuana?

Matt Mernagh
Matt Mernagh

Matt Mernagh is author of Marijuana Smoker's Guidebook The Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains ( by Green Candy Press and hosts a weekly weedy webcast The Menahuana Zone on Pot.TV every Tuesday. The Mernagh Ruling is a test case of Canada's cannabis laws and was spearheaded by Mernagh, lawyer Paul Lewin and 22 witnesses from across Canada.