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TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING. For over a decade, Abi Roach, owner and operator of the Hot Box Cafe, has been a big part of the cannabisloving scene in Toronto. As the Hot Box celebrates ten years, Spliff Magazine caught up with her to talk about the past, present, and future of smoke in Canada and beyond.
During the warm summer afternoons of the Toronto mid90s, Abi spent her summers selling handmade jewelry at Queen and Soho, where fellow street vendors introduced her to real heady culture, teaching her how to make hemp jewelry and about the many gifts the cannabis plant offers. This is how she met Robin, who opened the Friendly Stranger in 1994 and helped inspire her teenaged dream to become a shopkeeper Abi decided to make this dream happen in Kensington Market, a neighborhood she loved for its vibrancy and uniqueness. She moved to her first Kensington apartment just a week after her 18th birthday. A few years later, Roach-O-Rama was open for business at 66 1/2 Nassau Street. It’s been part of the neighborhood ever since, and the community has come back with love to spare: “Opening my business in Kensington has been amazing. It is the most supportive and wonderful community I found have founded my business in.”
This business continued to grow organically through the years. In the summer of 2003, Abi travelled to Vancouver to visit Blunt Brothers (now, sadly, burnt down), and then on to Jamaica, where she discovered what she now calls her second home. During her trip Abi met fellow cannabis connoisseurs who enjoyed smoking openly and without harassment even though it was technically illegal. When she returned, Abi opened the Hot Box Cafe in back of Roach-O-Rama, creating a space for hasslefree enjoyment in Toronto. As luck would have it, the day before the Hot Box opened, an Ontario court ruling weakened marijuana prohibitions, which meant that from the very first the Hot Box was able to operate completely legally. The Hot Box philosophy of “normalization” draws on how the LGQBT movement has achieved strides towards social reform: “By coming out of the “grow closet” Canadian society can see marijuana as a social norm rather than an illegal evil. When we come clean and say, “Yes, I enjoy smoking a spliff” to our friends and family, they
see that it is quite harmless, and though we are “potheads,” we still function in a normal and harmless manner. Thus dispelling years of prohibition myths!” As Abi points out, it's not until all levels of society change their point of view that laws change, and so, making cannabis culture proud and visible is an important part of breaking down the barriers that popular misconceptions about marijuana help reinforce. The “normalization” philosophy has achieved many gains in the push to end marijuana prohibition. Abi explains, “Ten years ago, we technically couldn't even tell a customer their bong was for weed, now they can come and openly smoke a joint over a cup of coffee. At present there are six independent vapor lounges in Toronto, and many cannabis-centered head shops. And we have seen the Marijuana March, which we have supported since 2000, grow from 500 to over 25,000.”
Over the last ten years, cannabis laws have changed and become less restrictive, the majority of Canadian society now supports marijuana law reform, and all sorts of political leaders have come out in support of the movement. Abi is proud of how the Hot Box has helped make this happen:
“I think the Hot Box had a lot to do with these changes. We have opened a door which cannot be closed. We have changed minds and lives. We have operated for a decade without much police interference and completely violence-free, which can't be said for the bar scene that soaks our streets nightly with violence and needless crime. Hot Box has proven to prohibitionists and conservatives that cannabis is truly harmless to society. This was and is the goal and mission behind the idea and we will continue for another decade!” The Hot Box Cafe continues to grow and evolve. Right now Abi is working on bringing the Hot Box concept to Jamaica, and looking forward to future partnerships in Vancouver.
The continued vitality of the Hot Box is nurtured by Abi’s personal philosophy: “In opening my own business, I was able to follow my own goals, dreams, and ambitions. Follow your dreams and do what feels right for your life rather than what society tells you is right for your life. You are the king and queen of your destiny.” Great words to mull over with a nice fat spliff.
Women are Powerful! We fight for what for what we believe in; our families, our planet, our rights, and the rights of others. Our voices are heard. When we start to fight for what we believe in, take notice! Because things are about to change.
When the Ladies of Temperance took to the streets in 1874 to fight for the prohibition of alcohol, alcohol was prohibited. When Emily Murphy, a suffragette and outspoken opponent of cannabis in Canada, began lobbying to prohibit cannabis, cannabis was prohibited. Conversely, when Pauline Sabin and the Woman's Organization for National Prohibition Reform came together and fought to end alcohol prohibition in 1929, alcohol prohibition ended. Women are Powerful. Today in the United States and Canada women are getting organized; we know that cannabis prohibition does not protect our children. Drug dealers don’t ask for I.D. Prohibition doesn’t protect our families as otherwise law-abiding people are criminalized and punished for their choice of relaxation and medicine. One of the serious consequences of cannabis prohibition is organized criminal activity, often accompanied by violence. Prohibition does not protect our communities. The women who ended alcohol prohibition watched as infamous bootleggers like Al Capone destroyed their safe communities and decided, collectively, that enough was enough. Like these powerfully united women who successfully ended alcohol prohibition, we are going to end this too. We know how to do it, but it’s going to take all of us; men and women, politicians and police, consumers and non-consumers, people who want to give to the next generation what we have yet to see: a rational and sane cannabis policy in Canada. The answers to the questions of how to effect change are simple, because they’ve been done before and they worked. Women are incredibly powerful when aligned politically, and constitute a pivotal force when it comes to the issue of repeal. The key is collectivity. We, all of us together are going to vote, and we will vote for politicians who support ending the prohibition of cannabis. The ones who mean what they say and will follow through with their promises. We are going to vote out the “dry politicians”; the politicians who want to throw kids in jail, the ones who are threatening patients, the ones who are implementing mandatory minimum sentences for people who grow plants in the privacy of their homes. For the next two and half years until the next federal election we are on this mission, and we at the NORML Women's Alliance want you to join us. Legalization will be an issue in the next election. The change is coming, and we need your help to see it home. We want you to go to the website, www.normlwomen.ca, we want you to join us, support us, talk to us, tell us who you are and where you are from. We have two years to get organized, and we can do it! We are Powerful!
Legalize and Regulate Marijuana WHEREAS, despite almost a century of prohibition, millions of Canadians today regularly consume marijuana and other cannabis products; WHEREAS the failed prohibition of marijuana has exhausted countless billions of dollars spent on ineffective or incomplete enforcement and has resulted in unnecessarily dangerous and expensive congestion in our judicial system; WHEREAS various marijuana decriminalization or legalization policy prescriptions have been recommended by the 1969-72 Commission of Enquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs, the 2002 Canadian Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, and the 2002 House of Commons Special Committee on the Non-Medical Use of Drugs; WHEREAS the legal status quo for the criminal regulation of marijuana continues to endanger Canadians by generating significant resources for gang-related violent criminal activity and weapons smuggling – a reality which could be very easily confronted by the regulation and legitimization of Canada’s marijuana industry; BE IT RESOLVED that a new Liberal government will legalize marijuana and ensure the regulation and taxation of its production, distribution, and use, while enacting strict penalties for illegal trafficking, illegal impor-
tation and exportation, and impaired driving; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a new Liberal government will invest significant resources in prevention and education programs designed to promote awareness of the health risks and consequences of marijuana use and dependency, especially amongst youth; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a new Liberal government will extend amnesty to all Canadians previously convicted of simple and minimal marijuana possession, and ensure the elimination of all criminal records related thereto; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a new Liberal government will work with the provinces and local governments of Canada on a coordinated regulatory approach to marijuana which maintains significant federal responsibility for marijuana control while respecting provincial health jurisdiction and particular regional concerns and practices.
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Ah Vancouver. What can be said about a place with so many contrasts? White, snowy mountain peaks along side green grass and cherry blossoms.The richest neighborhood in Canada, West Vancouver - across from the poorest - East Vancouver. Old-school draft-dodging, system- subverting-anarchists live along side heavily caffeinated, corporate, card-carrying-conservatives. The Pot scene in Vancouver is much the same. Knowing the right people and the right places can make all the difference between a heavenly-hempy holiday or hellish tourist headaches.
Let’s start where it all began: The Pot Block - at the intersection of Cambie St. and W. Hastings St. - Marc Emery must be given credit for cultivating this section of Vancouver to the eden of safety and freedom for those cultured by Cannabis. Over the last 20 years this area has evolved, shifted and grown, but the spirit has remained the same - with several pot shops still firmly rooted. Surviving through years of city bureaucracy, raids and police harassment. It’s constantly changing, rest assured a year from now this article will no longer be accurate. As of article being written - “Marc Emery’s Cannabis Culture Headquarters” is steadfast at 307 W. Hastings St. This is the store to buy all kinds of Hemp products, from handbags to hand cream. The most stellar stoner glass pieces from torch workers near and far. Prices for one-of-a-kind glass pieces range based on size and intricacy, so there’s something for everyone. CCHQ also houses the most extensive counterculture and Cannabis-related literature collection for sale in all of Canada. For more details visit cannabisculture.com. Within the CCHQ there’s another little shop, “The Urban Shaman.” Owned and operated by Chris Bennet who is also the author of several renowned cannabis
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tomes: Green Gold the Tree of Life, Cannabis and the Soma Solution and Sex Drugs Violence and the Bible. His shop may be compact but it packs all kinds of cool artifacts, art, historic references, books and Shamanic herbs from around the world into this space. His website www.urbanshaman.net has some information about products that are available. More about Chris’ books can be found at forbiddenfruitpublishing.com A staircase from the sidewalk (just east of the CCHQ’s entrance) leads up a flight of stairs to the “Herb Museum”. This labour of love has been a work in progress for many years and has finally been opened to the public. It has been worth the wait. David MalmoLevine, the curator of the space, has amassed a historical collection of items and historical references. The Museum’s collection follows humanity’s long relationship with medicinal and psychedelic plants. Carefully catalogued and organized, the museum will lead you on a path through the ages, and reveals how these sacred plants have been with us through the generations and across the globe. The Herb Museum is open 5-11pm everyday! Check out herbmuseum.ca for details. After your tour, continue up to the next floor, where you’ve find the BCMP Lounge. The BCMP Vapour Lounge is one of the best
in town, and a local favourite. It’s strictly bring your own bud (as are all the lounges in Vancouver) don’t bother asking. As a matter of fact don’t ask, it’s rude. The lounge is open everyday, Monday - Thursday 10a til midnight and 10am to 1am Friday - Sunday. Tuesday nights are open Jam night - definitely a good time to check it out. If there’s a waiting list, head over to “The New Amsterdam Cafe” beside the CCHQ on West Hastings. The Amsterdam Cafe is alive and well despite several incarnations and owners over the years. It’s also a bring-your-own-bud establishment. It has just recently been renovated and it’s looking better than ever. A more open feel, with vapour bar, and tasty, stoner friendly edibles. Lots of great glass and accessories are also available for purchase here. Lately, there have been many Medical Marijuana dispensaries opening in the City of Vancouver. These facilities operate outside the law. Each dispensary has a different intake process and membership application. Most require at least a proof of ailment for membership. It best to call ahead to see what is required.. Further East at 872 East Hastings St. the “Vancouver Seed Bank” is open 11am to 7pm everyday. Since 2006 they have offered hundreds of Cannabis strains sourced from well- established breeders and stabilized genetics. They also boast hundreds of non-GMO, organic and open-pollinated vegetable and herb seeds. Prices are extremely reasonable, germination is guaranteed and
the customer service is excellent! (I own this place so I’m bias. ) The Seed Bank also has a hidden outdoor, smoke friendly garden oasis hidden behind out shop to bask in the sun. There is also a cozy indoor lounge for rainy days. Further information and products are available online at www.vancouverseedbank.ca. Beside the Seed Bank at 880 East Hastings is the “Vancouver Dispensary”, open since 2009. Using the established template by the first Cannabis dispensary in the city - theVancouver Compassion Club - Ganja Guru Dana Larsen, took the model a step further. Pushing the limits in Vancouver. Since then, several Cannabis Dispensaries have opened in the Vancouver City limits without incident - mostly. To become a member of the Vancouver Dispensary, bring an application to their main outlet at Thurlow St. and Davie St. in the West end. The West End branch of the Vancouver Dispensary is excellent. A huge selection of quality medicinal products at prices ranging to suit any budget are available at both locations. The information, forms and requirements are on their website www.cannabisdispensary.ca A new lounge has recently opened next to the Cannabis Dispensary st 882 East Hastings St. called “Weeds” it has a nice lounge area, outdoor tented patio, bar and video games. Another 4:20 friendly spot in the neighborhood is always welcome. So that’s the current green scene in Vancouver, in a day things could be different. There’s always constant change, conflict and contrast here. It’s part of what makes this city great. 7
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On January 24th 2013 Toronto drug squad officers executed a raid at a medical cannabis dispensary that has been operational for more than seven years, serving hundreds of sick and chronically ill patients. The name of this dispensary is called Section 56 Medical Cannabis Resource Center. If you are a member of Section 56 and have been deprived of your medicine as a result of this raid conducted by the Toronto Police, I am truly sorry for the situation you are now faced with. Over the past few weeks, many people have expressed to me that this action has forced them to seek out cannabis in the black market resulting in numerous small robberies, unsatisfactory product distribution containing contaminants, which can cause allergic reactions and other ill health effects. Cannabis is the chosen medicine of our members at Section 56, many of whom have relied on us for the past several years to assist with their individual symptoms which can be controlled or effectively alleviated without the reliance on pharmaceutical drugs which can cause harmful side effects (Prozac and Paxil studies provide statistics showing potential risks of suicide and homicide; arthritis drugs commonly prescribed such as Percocet or Oxycotin/Oxyneo, show studies concerning long term liver and kidney damage). As Canadians, we have a right to choose our medicine and to receive health care that can truly heal or treat our sickness.
gressive enough to participate in the MMAR program through various law enforcement agencies throughout Canada including the RCMP and OPP (see Dr. Kammerman raid and Dr. Sinha raid). I urge everyone to write to your MP expressing dissatisfaction that your tax dollars are being spent to raid medical cannabis dispensaries, causing more money to be brought into the black market, increasing crime rather than preventing it.
By conducting raids on Medical Cannabis dispensaries, the police are depriving sick individuals of a reliable source for their medicine and a comfortable and friendly environment where medical cannabis users are not judged and harassed but supported and assisted. People forced to the black market are vulnerable to exploitation, potentially unsafe cannabis, and arrest (which leads to increases in the prison population for cannabis related matters). This is the ultimate effect of raiding medical cannabis dispensaries, over-capacitated jails, more money on the black market, harassment of sick people, and tax dollars wasted on an agenda, which an overwhelmingly large percent of Canadians do NOT support.
The federal government has officially recorded acknowledgement that medical cannabis is the preferred method of healing and controlling symptoms by over twenty five thousand people in this country; we know this because they have given that many people licenses to possess and/or grow medical cannabis thus far. The MMAR (Medical Marihuana Access Regulations) is a federally controlled program which issues licenses for people to grow medical cannabis for themselves, or have a person designated as their grower, or lastly purchase Health Canadaâ€™s medical cannabis which has been notoriously reported to be pre-ground, irradiated, and one study found traces of potentially harmful metals. Of course, not everyone has the resources or the time it requires to set up and cultivate a cannabis growing operation, however the Canadian government has been indifferent to this issue thus far. Most ill individuals using medical cannabis access their medicine through medical cannabis dispensaries such as ours, Section 56.
It is conservatively estimated that over one million Canadians use medical cannabis to treat some form of illness. Various polls suggest that number is much higher. However due to an extreme difficulty faced by patients in obtaining medical cannabis licenses, patients continually face legal harassment and are at risk of legal charges, especially since Prime Minister Harperâ€™s new minimum mandatory sentencing for all charges Cannabis related including possession for personal use.
Recently, two major obstacles patients encounter in obtaining MMAR licenses are either a lack of Doctor participation or the harassment of Doctorâ€™s who are pro-
Avalanche, also known at 'the Truth', is a Jamaican artist creating music to spread the reggae message of love, respect, and blessed love to the world.
The ganja plant that Avalanche calls the “tree of life” helped direct him down the way he continues to forge in Jamaica's music scene: “Herb is I sacred sacrament spirit plant... From I was five years old I still remember the sweet ganja cake every Sunday morning with nice herb tea. So I grow up around the plant. I start smoking herb in high school with I rasta cousin mystic.” Smoke and music are the path towards consciousness:
“Sometimes we smoked calabash chalice with friends, singing songs and giving thanks and praises to Jah the Most High.” Avalanche's new album Truth, released in April, spreads this message by embracing many different feels, but stays true to the mission of bringing reggae back to the conscious path. “Conscious music is the music that's gotta take over the world. 'Cause the message of love is what reggae music is all about. Nowadays they got lots of people singing music and I don't know if they have a direction to the music... The slow music is where we're heading back to. We want to get back there.” By mixing new styles with his classic reggae sense, Avalanche is bringing rasta music back to the Jamaican club scene. And by embracing new ways of communicating, he is spreading his message beyond borders and across the world. You can check out Avalanche's new tracks on Soundcloud and follow him on Facebook or Twitter @avalancheja.
wnies o r B e g d er Fu t t u b a n n Ca Preheat oven to 250*C Yield: 16 brownies, 8 or 9″ pan
1/2 cup cannabutter, melted 1 cup (unbleached) white sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 (organic) eggs 1/2 cup (unbleached) flour 1/3 cup unsweetened dutch cocoa 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, plus 1/4 cup
1. In a large mixing bowl, blend cannabutter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; beat well with a spoon.
2. In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually blend into wet mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup walnuts.
3. Spread batter in lightly greased and floured 8 or 9″ square pan. Top with remaining walnuts.
4. Bake for 20 mins, then turn the pan, bake another 15 to 20 mins, or until brownies just begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool on a cooling surface or rack, set for about 15 mins before trying to cut them, 4×4, they are piping hot! http://www.puffmama.ca/201206/cannabutterfudge-brownies/
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Here are the basic steps to drying your weed:
Remove all of the buds from the plant. Trim each branch and remove excess green leaf from the buds. Crisscross wires over your hooded lamp reflectors and hang the buds on the wires, or hang a screen horizontally over the lamp hoods and lay the buds on the screen. Leave the weed to dry for a minimum of three to four days. In about seven days, the buds will begin to taste better. In 10 days, they can be stored in a baggie, athough a glass jar is better for long-term storage. Purists say you should dry your plants with the leaves on and trim the plants only after they are dry. But that is messy and in my opinion not worth the effort; I have never been able to taste any difference in drying plants this way if the buds were of good quality to start with.
Curing Your Buds
While you can smoke your bud with a basic drying method, to get the best out of your plant, you should also cure it. Cured buds taste smoother and milder than dried buds, and they are preferred by cannabis aficionados.
To cure your weed follow the regular steps for drying your bud. Place buds in a baggie or sealed glass jar and leave them to sweat for one or two days. When you remove the buds, they will be damp again. Place them to dry over your grow room lights again for 24 hours. Return buds to the plastic or glass container.
Check the buds after one or two days to see if they seem damp; repeat the process of sweating and drying until they no longer feel or smell damp. When the bud branches snap rather than bend, the buds can be put away for any length of time in any kind of container, and they won’t incur any rot or bad taste.
After a month or more in storage, the buds can be considered cured and will taste the best they can for months and even years to come. Cured cannabis loses its green color and becomes the more familiar brown shades reminiscent of outdoor weed.
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Diesel is a Sativa Dominant, large, dense, dark green nugs. Covered with dark orange hairs. Shimmers in the light from all the crystals. Deisel Smells very musty, and diesel smelling. It tastes sour & skunky on the inhale, very diesel-y on the exhale. Very unique taste’s. Cant explain it that well. Expect an Instant head buzz!
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