Why has cannabis been demonized when humans have been consuming it for thousands of years? In 1936, the release of a little film called Reefer Madness caused the clutching of pearls across North America, which led to decades of anti-weed propaganda, stigmas about cannabis use, and the devastating “War on Drugs” in the 1970s.
Writer’s block? Artist’s block? Creatively clogged? Cannabis is beloved for its ability to help people tap into new ways of thinking.
Medicinal cannabis is a treatment path taken by thousands. And many wouldn’t have the same access to MMJ without the dedicated, inspiring efforts of Dennis Peron, Mary Jane Rathbun, the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club, and more, and their fight to help a queer community devastated by the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s.
“It was a very political event, and it was also an event that was about the community,” says LGBTQ2S+ bookseller, storyteller, spoken-word artist, writer, and lecturer Jeffrey Canton, about Toronto’s Pride in the 1980s.
Pride festivals and parades all over the world feature one prominent, universal symbol: The Rainbow Flag. The original, created in 1978 by San Francisco-based queer artist Gilbert Baker, started with 8 colors — all chosen with specific meanings.
Ahead of Pride Toronto, we got a little curious: What are Pride celebrations like around the world? The very political origins of Pride are familiar to many, but we wanted to know how the LGBTQ+ community abroad took Pride and made it unique to their city or country.
Bust out your noisemakers, and get ready to puff-puff-pass, because Canada’s 90-year cannabis prohibition is O-V-E-R. At least it will be on October 17, 2018 — the date PM Justin Trudeau announced as the official start date to the country’s legal, adult-use recreational market, after the Senate passed Bill C-45 (known commonly as The Cannabis Act), on June 19.
Were you out at #LAPride? We sure were! If you couldn’t make it — or just want to relive the fun — stay tuned as we share some of our favorite moments.
DYK? In 1979, the LA Pride parade relocated from Los Angeles to West Hollywood. In 1984, WeHo became an official city and established a majority-gay city council — becoming America’s first gay municipality.
We’re at Lift & Co. Expo this weekend, and it didn’t take long for us to make some new friends, learn a lot about where the cannabis industry is headed, and reaffirmed our faith in just how amazing this industry is.
Attitudes on cannabis have taken a radical shift in recent years, with everyday people overwhelmingly supporting legalization, and even consuming marijuana themselves. Attitudes towards cannabis have changed dramatically to the point where you can get cannabis online.
The world’s most famous domestic queen can roast a perfect turkey, design a beautiful flower arrangement, and as it turns out, sculpt a topiary Statue of Liberty from a sativa plant and be BFFs with Snoop Dogg. Could the cannabis industry be Martha Stewart’s next frontier?