Posted on | July 26, 2013 | No Comments
The day I was born on this spaceship we call Earth, I had come to a place where anything that could be claimed as property ‘belonged’ to somebody else; the lands, the lakes and even much of the seas and the skies. The world, it seemed, was also filled to the brim with people who were busy trying to get everyone else to fit their personal mold, while simultaneously working tirelessly to avoid being placed into anyone else’s mold. This is a foundation of prohibition….
“I don’t understand that, so I don’t want you to do it; (I’m afraid.)”
Cannabis threatens many people and entities. Some fear it because they don’t understand it. Others fear it because they are fully aware of it’s potential to undermine their power, wealth or authority.
None of what I’ve stated so far should come as a shock to anybody. To get a bit more specific, now, here in the 21st century it looks like we may be at the beginning of the end for cannabis prohibition. Many countries have decriminalized and/or setup medicinal access. Two states in the USA have passed voter referendums demanding the legalization of cannabis for recreational use as well. Front-runner Liberal candidate Trudeau has openly declared that legalization makes sense.
And yet, just this week the Federal US DEA has conducted heavily-armed paramilitary raids on several health centres (dispensaries) running legally under state laws. The supreme court of Canada again refused to get involved in the cannabis debate as well, just yesterday.
Clearly, these are stormy times.
But here’s a simple truth, from my own perspective and experience… Until 29 October 2012, every day of my life that I grew, possessed or used cannabis I did so illegally and while risking the loss of my property, my way of life, and even my liberty at the hands of the prison-industrial-complex. Even *from* that day, each day I am outside of the law because I refuse to restrict my consumption to only combustion of dried herb (and other reasons, such as these cannabis plants growing on my balcony that are pictured below). Long ago, I lost track of the number of incidents where I had to deal with law enforcement for my choice to have cannabis in my life. It’s just an unfortunate way of life that has become a routine that one anticipates at any moment yet hopes never arrives. Usually it’s just a way to hassle you and flex their law-enforcement muscle (it’s why most of them got into the work in the first place… to have unquestioned authority over people to whom they feel superior) but sometimes it leads to far more serious consequences.
Now for quite some time, many have been thinking the prohibition-mongers are going to be chased away by people like Matt Mernagh. Well, after seeing his case fall, many have decided to lash-out at Matt. For some perspective on the Mernagh issue I welcome you to read this.
So, now ‘the community’ is re-focused on the MMAR/MMPR fiasco. So in review, I’m 43 when I get a licence to grow cannabis, and I’m barely going to be 45 when it goes back to the way I’ve lived my entire life; there will be no more ‘personal production’ after April Fool’s Day 2014, for me or any Canadian.
I’ve lived my entire life with prohibition. Because I am a critically-thinking humanitarian, I can see that prohibition only hurts us both individually and as a whole. Thus, I want prohibition to, for lack of a batter term, be prohibited. I realize there are many things that “make sense” that I may never see in my lifetime. An end to prohibition will certainly be on the list (even if cannabis does manage to get out of the loop, prohibition will continue until humanity matures further). So what do I do? Lash-out at the people who are working to make a change? Or perhaps I should try to stand on my own two feet, and just live my own life? I’ve never, and I will never, ask another person to prostrate themselves for my benefit.
Obviously, I’m going to continue being me and doing my thing – it’s what I’ve always done and what I’ll always do; Yes, I’d far prefer to be able to grow my plants and run a legal lab for cannabis quality assurance and concentrate preparation, thus helping to ensure that my community is safe, healthy and happy. Facts are facts though, and I’m not welcome in ‘the mainstream’. Whatever. Can we, perhaps, now move from the navel-gazing to looking where we’re going? Maybe I should have saved the title of yesterdays blog for the ending line of this one….. Catch my drift, or eat my dust; I’m not turning back.
Posted on | July 25, 2013 | No Comments
I commend my friend Matt Mernagh for his fortitude, wisdom and countless hours of work (not to mention the losses and the stress!) which he focused on defending himself, his 22 witnesses, and the rest of us who grow and consume cannabis. Today the Supreme Court of Canada denied his request for leave, meaning they will not hear an appeal of his (fubar) ruling from the Ontario Superior Court. Perhaps, given the climate of the “Harper Government”(tm) this comes as no surprise to those who consider themselves politically savvy. Those who are familiar with Matt’s case probably are aware of at least the following (simplified) points:
The court of Ontario ruled that the MMAR (the Canadian federal regulations regarding medicinal cannabis [sic: marihuana]) was illusory and granted Matt an exemption to continue to grow cannabis. The Crown, attempting to save-face for the government sought and gained an appeal. The appeal occurred early in 2012, and the decision, which now reversed the court’s position, was released Feb. 2013.
It was on the basis of this reversal that leave was sought to have the case heard at the federal level. Once again, leave has been denied.
This is, for all practical purposes, the end of the road for this particular opportunity to continue forcing a change in the status quo; there are some technicalities, as the ball is now in the court of the Crown once again. They are continuing the CYA game, and are (presumably) giving Matt an opportunity to “get legal” in which case they would stay the charges against him, releasing him from any further jeopardy on those charges. Of course this does presume, as well, that Matt can find a doctor who will “sign his papers”, somewhat of a catch-22 the court has decided to ignore.
“The movement” will likely chalk this up as a loss, despite the fact that it was actually a number of winning battles that each took a bit more territory from the enemy of the people. Now, as always, it is the time to move forward, however, so remember to do your part and keep the discussions about cannabis in the current. The will of the people is clear, and the powers-that-be can be seen scurrying under rocks for cover even now. Many injustices will, sadly, continue to be perpetuated against the common good by the enforcers and “justice granters”, but their day *will* come to and end. Never give up the fight to live free!keep looking »