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Recreational Marijuana

Last week in Toronto multiple raids took place, confiscating large amounts of marijuana and edibles. The cannabis shops that were involved were claimed to be selling for recreational use.

This raid resulted in 71 criminal charges, and 90 people were arrested.

Police Chief Mark Saunders said that these shops were a general  health concern by not having the needed information in regards to thc content, or where the marijuana and products came from.

There are 18 known dispensaries that are legally working under the health Canada act and will remain to be open for operation.

Mr and Mrs emery are fighting for recreational marijuana use and are fighting for legalization.  Jodie posted on social media today about the queen street raid last week. Jodie and her husband mark Emery are protesting and are still providing cannabis for recreational use for users above the age of 19.

Cannabis Culture was one of the shops that was involved in the raid last week. They have decided to continue operating their dispensary and they will not give up on providing recreational users with the medication they need.

I can hardly wait for legalization to take place.! To know that people are getting criminal charges and being arrested over marijuana is outrages. I am very appreciative to those that are speaking up and fighting for the legalization. without people standing there ground and continuing to do the right thing  by providing marijuana to the sick and healthy our rights would not be herd.

with legalization just around the corner Mr and Mrs Emery are “refusing to be bullied ” by law enforcement.








Toronto Dispensary Raid “Project Claudia”

Toronto Dispensary Raid



Thursday May 26th in Toronto Dispensary Raids took place in Kensington Market and on the Danforth. With warrants on locations, police officers forcefully gained access, confiscating  269 kilograms of dry marijuana, as well as other THC products. police charged 186 people as well as making 90 arrests.  Complaints had been made that these shops were causing a “broad impact ” on the neighboring area close to location. The target was on dispensaries that were claimed to have been distributing marijuana products that did not comply with the  marijuana-for-medical-use regulations.

While some bystanders made commits indicating that this was a good thing to have happen, others were not happy to have witnessed the Toronto raid take place.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion in regards to this situation. Whether you agree or not, personally i dont think it was necessary to make a scene by smashing shop windows.  For those that used these shops to get their medication from, they are now forced to go else where. Having these shops open to the public allowed marijuana users to get their THC from a safe and reliable source. Having a place to be able to get your medication from is crucial for many people, not just marijuana users.

In these kind of scenarios its been voiced by citizens that this is a waste of authorities’ time. That they’re not putting their resources to any good. Some people believe that there are more serious things happening in Toronto that should be addressed before taking action the way the have . Actions like these have left some people with disappointment.

Before the Dispensary raid to place, Notices were given earlier on this month to 78 property owners out of the 83 known medical marijuana dispensaries. Contravening the city’s zoning bylaw, these dispensaries were informed in the notice.

If it wasn’t for events like 420 protests or people gathering to voice  their preference towards marijuana,  we wouldn’t have legalization. This is going to be a long going process to have legalization, as well as a costly matter. This is worth speaking up, and fighting for!

I have a strong opinion towards marijuana, and the good it brings to people. It has so many things to offer and not just smoking and getting high, the marijuana can bring so much more to the table!






Marijuana does not kill brain cells, it helps them!

40 years since the Weed Monkey

If someone tells you that you are killing brain cells by smoking weed, you can tell them they are wrong.

Many people still believe that marijuana kills brain cells, Government scare campaigns often claim that cannabis kills brain cells. This frightening belief was popularized by Ronald Reagan 40 years ago when he famously stated: “I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast.” He sought to conduct an experiment that would prove marijuana kills brain cells and scare the public in order to win their votes. Dr. Heath from Tulane University who was willing to execute the study on Rhesus monkeys. He would administer the monkeys with the equivalent of 30 joints per day for an entire year. After only 90 days the monkeys began to atrophy and die off. The number of dead brain cells in the monkeys were staggering and the results of the experiment concluded that the effects of marijuana were devastating to the brain.

The hype: Brain Damage in Dead Monkeys!!! Marijuana kills brain cells!!!

Accurate records from the study finally released to the public… The findings of these records are cruel and inhumane. It involved strapping monkeys into a chair and pumping them with equivalent of 63  Columbian-strength joints in five minutes, through a taped down gas mask. They died by asphyxiation and carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that kills brain cells, and is given off by any burning object. The lack of oxygen also damaged their brain cells, because the smoke was all they could breathe for long periods.

THC stimulates the hippocampus, create new brain cells

We mourn our own loss of our own brain cells, neurons, as we age. As they die we lose memories and capabilities – even our personalities. THC stimulates the hippocampus causing it to rapidly create new brain cells (a process called hippocampal neurogenesis). The endo-cannabinoid system is one of the most important components of the brain. Diseases like Alzheimer’s and mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder are most likely the result of a declining neurogenesis process, Cannabis can help in this area.


THC stimulates the hippocampus causing it to rapidly create new brain cells (a process called hippocampal neurogenesis). The endo-cannabinoid system is one of the most important components of the brain. Diseases like Alzheimer’s and mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder are most likely the result of a declining neurogenesis process, Cannabis can help in this area.

Back in 2005, Dr. Xia Zhang at the University of Saskatchewan showed that cannabinoids cause “neurogenesis” – which means that they help make new brain cells grow!
In 2005, Canadian researchers made a groundbreaking discovery that would forever discredit the myth that marijuana causes brain damage. What they found was an opposite effect. That is, THC –can actually cause the growth and development of neurons in the brain.

Brain growth

Neurogenesis the process of forming new neurons. The process of forming new neurons – known as neurogenesis – is thought to improve functions of the brain such as learning and memory. Furthermore, studies have linked anxiety and depression disorders to decreased neurogenesis. Although neurogenesis is an ongoing process, the intensity of neurogenesis declines as you age. Regular use of opiates, alcohol, nicotine and cocaine can inhibit the process of neurogenesis.

Endocannabinoid system

Scientific research has found the endocannabinoid system to plays a major role in neurogenesis, that the endocannabinoid system facilitates the process of neurogenesis throughout the entire human life span, from embryonic development to late adulthood.
Cannabinoids can be used to treat a variety of symptoms associated with brain aging, including the decline in neurogenesis. and how cannabinoids can still promote neurogenesis even after brain cells are damaged.

“Most ‘drugs of abuse’ suppress neurogenesis. Only marijuana promotes neurogenesis.” – Dr. Xia Zhang
Weed grows brain cells, increases IQ

Although marijuana seems to possess the unique ability of increasing the growth of brain cells, Neurogenesis is believed to improve aspects of memory and learning, which one might assume could have a positive effect on your IQ score.

The principal area where neurogenesis can take place is in the hippocampus, a dual area deep within the brain. High concentrations of cannabinoid are located in the hippocampus. Although small, hippocampal health appears important to memory and brain organization. It can be damaged. Excess alcohol and many drugs can cause it to lose neurons and shrink, resulting in fading memories and depression. Stem cells that are used in the neurogenesis process are one of the most important components of the brain. Diseases like Alzheimer’s and mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder are most likely the result of a declining neurogenesis process.
Cannibinoids repair, stimulate, protect and create new brains cells, and it makes you Smarter.

A recent issue of the journal Neurochemistry International proves that cannabis can repair and stimulate the growth of brain cells and possibly make a person smarter. Contrary to the public’s belief, a person’s brain, in fact, does not stop growing after reaching adulthood. The brain is able to create nearly 5,000 new cells every day, but this number goes down as a person grows older.

Weed is an anti-oxidant

THC act also as an anti-oxidant cleansing for brain. The THC coats the neurons in a sort of healing blanket. This allows for the disposal of damaged cells, improving the efficiency of the brain, and making room for more neurons to be developed, some of which were created with the help of cannabinoids. Both THC and CBD.s, chemicals in marijuana make the mitochondria in brain cells work at a faster pace, making them more energy efficient, leading to a better functioning, smarter person.

Endocannabinoid system

Marijuana’s active ingredients may hold promise for preventing— or even reversing— brain aging and possibly Alzheimer‘s and other degenerative brain diseases.The active ingredients in the marijuana plant, called cannabinoids, affect specific receptors within the body. In fact, the body produces its own set of cannabinoids called endocannabinoids and has an endocannabinoid system which regulates the activity of all cannabinoids in the body.

There are two types of receptors within the endocannabinoid system CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are located primarily in the brain and nervous system, while CB2 receptors are located primarily in the immune system. Research continues to uncover the unique role cannabinoids play in protecting brain function as well as The fact that these receptors are located all over the body is part of the reason why marijuana has been found to be useful for so many different medical conditions. deterring the aging process and even reverse the damaging effects from brain disease’s such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and many other conditions of the brain.

The brain was made for cannabis

Crucial to a proper understanding of how cannabis affects the human brain is recognizing the fact that the brain was made for cannabis. Cannabinoids help bridge the gap between brain neurons, which are known as synapses, acting in ways that help positively regulate brain chemistry.

While marijuana use does not kill normal brain cells there is another kind of brain cell it does kill. There is a growing body of evidence that marijuana has the ability to kill brain cancer cells.
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Truthonpot.com: Cannabichromene In Marijuana Helps Brain Grow, Study Shows

Time: How Cannabinoids May Slow Brain Aging

Bit Landers: Marijuana doesn’t actually kill brain cells; a new study says it may help regrow them.










The New word for Cannabis, ‘Marijuana’, is evil.

The New 20th Century Word for Cannabis, ‘Marijuana‘, is Evil.

The word ‘Marijuana‘ will not be part of my vocabulary any longer, and I will tell you why?

Is the the word “marijuana” a racist term? Yes, It is a racist term that was used with the motive of falsely describing cannabis as an evil, abominable, dangerous and destructive new substance that creates criminality, violence, and insanity in its users for the purposes of making it illegal and unavailable so as to protect corporate and pharmaceutical financial interests,  government drug enforcement agency funding (mainly The Bureau of Narcotics), ignorant, incompetent, and/or corrupt, selfish politicians, and for personal career advancement and greed.

The word “marijuana” plays an extremely controversial role in our cannabis cultural history, It represents in some ways,  all that is selfish, evil and bad in our modern society. Cannabis prohibition was racist and rooted in lies and deceptions from the start. As the nation’s nearly 80-year history of pot prohibition slowly begins to crumble, it’s been a long journey from the reefer madness of the 1930s and the War on Drugs of the 1980s to the medical cannabis dispensaries and the legal recreational weed businesses that operate in states in which cannabis is now legal for recreational use.

The word ‘marihuana’ originated in Mexican-Spanish-Aztec languages and the motives in introducing the word ‘marijuana’ to America, instead of cannabis was a very racist act, based on the longstanding fact that narcotics agents and big corporations in the 1930s chose that word over the more scientifically appropriate and commonly understood ‘cannabis’ when crafting  new drug laws, their motive was to make cannabis sound foreign, diabolical, wicked and sinister.

Prior to 1910, “marijuana” didn’t even exist as a word in American culture.

Prior to 1910, “marijuana” didn’t even exist as a word in American culture. Rather, “cannabis” was used, most often in reference to cannabis extracts in medicines and remedies for common household ailments that were readily available and legal in America.

Between the years of 1910 and 1920, almost a million Mexicans immigrated into the United States seeking refuge from the wreckage of civil war. Though cannabis had been a part of U.S. history since the country’s origins, the idea of smoking the plant recreationally was not as common as other forms of consumption. The idea of smoking cannabis entered mainstream American consciousness after the arrival of Mexican immigrants who brought the smoking habit with them. It was common for Mexicans to smoke weed medicinally as well as recreationally.


The first bill criminalizing the cultivation of “locoweed”; as it was purposely called to intentionally falsely associate it with a plant that grew freely yet was dangerous to plants and livestock, was passed in California and other states bordering Mexico thus confirming basically the start of an ongoing racist conspiracy to use Mexicans as pawns to make cannabis products illegal for unethical, self-interested, profit driven Corporate greed, Corporations needed to discourage the production of cannabis use because it infringed upon their products profit potential…

Cannabis would compete with corporate interests such as, for example, the Dupont Chemical Company had just patented nylon and wanted hemp removed as a competitor and big pharmaceutical companies who wish to rid cannabis medical products as it was serious competition to their own pharmaceuticals. The “marijuana” term started off life as a Mexican folk term,  originally coming from the aboriginal Aztec’s vocabulary, but was first popularized in the US by the notorious yellow press publisher, William Randolph Hearst. And it was Hearst, who helped spark the Spanish-American War in 1898 with sensationalized reporting by his newspaper chain, he enthusiastically helped Anslinger and others demonize cannabis or hemp by labeling it as ‘marijuana’ to infer that it is a ‘new foreign dangerous drug’. Hearst was a racist, as well as being committed to the prohibition of marijuana, which threatened his timber investments. He used his control of hundreds of newspapers to orchestrate a vicious propaganda campaign against cannabis, which featured lurid (and false) stories about black and brown men committing outrageous acts of murder and mayhem. That campaign played upon the racist public opinions of the times to make cannabis illegal at the federal level in 1937.

We can truthfully say, ‘Cannabis’ is NOT ‘Marijuana’

At this time, “marijuana” has come to be associated with the idea that cannabis is a dangerous and addictive intoxicant, not a useful, valuable medicine for helping people deal with the effects of such things as Cancer, AIDS, Arthritis, Diabetes, Wasting Syndrome and a myriad of other conditions. This stigma has played a big part in stymying cannabis legalization efforts throughout the U.S. as well as medical or scientific research.

Many white Americans began to treat cannabis (and, arguably, the Blacks and Mexican immigrants who consumed it) as a foreign substance used to corrupt the minds and bodies of low-class individuals.

Because of the great influx of Mexican-Americans, bad feelings developed between the small farmer and the large farms that used cheaper Mexican labor. Then, the depression came and increased tensions, as jobs and welfare resources became scarce. Americans were searching for someone to blame. Many white Americans began to treat cannabis (and, arguably, the Blacks and Mexican immigrants who consumed it) as a foreign substance used to corrupt the minds and bodies of low-class individuals. The term “marijuana” came into being to suggest it was a ‘new drug’ of negative, heinous and dangerous of Mexican origin, disassociating it from cannabis or hemp, falsely suggesting it to be a completely different substance. Harry Anslinger’s efforts with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was the reason “marijuana” became a new word to be known by Americans all over the country. Harry Anslinger was hired as the first director of the recently created Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1930, he was one of the primary individuals responsible for creating the stigma surrounding cannabis and popularizing the term ‘marijuana’ to be used in a negative, racist light, so that he could receive the ‘proper’ government funding he desired for his new Federal Bureau of Narcotics budget,. Cocaine and opiates were not enough, he needed a bigger target. Anslinger launched a vigilant campaign against cannabis that would hold steady for the three decades he remained in office. A very outspoken man, Anslinger frequently used racist phrases. Anslinger had a receptive audience in a racially divided, segregated America, where apartheid was codified. Someone had to be blamed for the economic calamity that had overtaken the United States and the world in the 1930s. And Mexicans were streaming across the border, taking jobs that were scarce in states like Colorado.

Anslinger regularly made public racist statements such as,

There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”

“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

“Marijuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”

“You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”

“Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”

When making public appearances and crafting crazy propaganda films such as ‘Reefer Madness’,  Anslinger specifically used the term “marijuana” when campaigning against the plant, adding to the development of the herb’s new “foreign” identity. Cannabis was no longer the plant substance found in medicines and consumed unanimously by American’s all over the country, it was described by Anslinger as a dangerous, addictive drug that caused insanity, crime, violence, mayhem and death.

The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was the culmination of Anslinger’s rascist and deceptive work and the first step to all-out prohibition.

During the late 1960’s, the times were changing indeed, and in the previous decade the Beats, the daddy-o’s of the hippies, used marijuana as part of their lifestyle. When, because of the Vietnam War and other reasons, much of the Baby Boom generation revolted, weed, pot or grass, or any of the many names marijuana was called, became a common part of their everyday life.

This development was not taken lightly by then President Richard Nixon, so he lumped marijuana into the same class, or category as cocaine, heroin and LSD, much stronger drugs. Mexico at the time was a major importer of weed into America, Nixon had Mexican marijuana fields sprayed with paraquat, an herbicide that kills green plants on contact and also is toxic to humans.

Nixon ran as a law-and-order president, and he pushed for a ‘war on drugs’.

That war lasts to this day,  costing taxpayers billions. Cannabis is part of that war, even though polls now show that more than half of adults believe cannabis should be legal, and that positive response is even higher in Western states and provinces.

Though the word “marijuana” is the most common name for cannabis in the United States today, its history is deeply steeped in racism, politics, and a complicated cultural revolution. Some argue that using the word ignores a history of oppression against Mexican immigrants and African Americans, while others insist that the term has now lost its prejudiced bite, it is just not a big deal. Regardless of whether or not you decide to use the word yourself, it’s impossible to deny the magnitude and racial implications of its introduction into the American lexicon. As with any changing social norms, reclaiming words or destroying terms based on racist lies and disinformation must be essentially eliminated from our cannabis cultural scene.

As for myself, I am making an effort to rid the word ‘marijuana’ from my own vocabulary, Using the term ‘Weed’, ‘Herb’ or ‘Bud’ serves me well. ‘Cannabis’, I could use when I am expressing ‘weed’ in a ‘formal‘ context.
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The History of the Non-Medical Use of Drugs in the United States by Charles Whitebread, Professor of Law, USC Law School. A Speech to the California Judges Association 1995 annual conference.


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Originally published in Arch. Gen. Psychiat. Volume 26, February, 1972

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The history of how the Marijuana Tax Act came to be the law of the land.

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