The roots of prohibition can be traced to the colonial empires of the past. British Empire politics and policies encouraged prohibition for nearly 500 years. On the other hand, the British Navy sailed on cannabis ("hemp") for rope, clothing and sails.
It was a requirement that citizens grow the plant everywhere, in every port. This did help to spread "Indian Hemp" around the world. Hail Britannia. Cannabis prohibition appears to be just more of the same with a modern twist: profiling of the citizens. Racist roots aside, the net effect of prohibition results in wholesale records, criminal and otherwise, that are created and stored in "law" enforcement databases worldwide. A clear violation of Human Rights & Freedoms. Section 8 of our Charter states: Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure. The Supreme Court of Canada has stated that the purpose of Section 15 is to protect those groups who suffer social, political and legal disadvantage in society. Discrimination occurs where, for example, a person, because of a personal characteristic, suffers disadvantages or is denied opportunities available to other members of society. Searching the internet and phone records, for example, to detailing connections between those in the cannabis community, is illegal. Yet it happens every day. Guilt by association. Members of the cannabis culture are routinely discriminated against on a daily basis.
The Supreme Court of Canada has stated that a limit on Charter rights is acceptable if:
• the limit deals with a pressing and substantial social problem, and
• the government's response to the problem is reasonable and demonstrably justified.
Criminal court cases where deeply held spiritual beliefs are examined (on trial in relation to cannabis), the judges rulings have used the "not withstanding" clause to violate Charter Rights on a consistent basis. Jail time has been ordered to "punish" the defendants ~ as if that would change their beliefs! The governments response is neither reasonable nor justified - except under the terms of prohibition. A sincere belief in the Tree of Life can land you in prison. In no uncertain terms, this is persecution of a religious minority under Section 2 of the Charter. Very clear violations of section 2 of the Charter of Rights & Freedoms and the Constitution.
The larger social & economic impact is even greater. We've all seen the numbers and the statistics. They seriously suck. The entire justice system is broken. Indeed the pressing and substantial social problem IS prohibition itself. A failed social policy that undermines our civilization in corrupt ways. In the words of the Senate in 2002, "prohibition is a failure of good governance". What is the way out? One approach is to jam the machine. Stand on your rights as a citizen. Simply refuse to plead guilty, drag the whole thing out for months. This serves to occupy valuable time & resources in the 'justice system'. It's just not worth spending all that effort into prosecuting minor cannabis consumers. Putting them in jail only costs the taxpayers more & more year after year. Worse, the issue is never resolved. Law enforcement can't even keep cannabis out of the prisons. Prohibition contributes nothing but social & financial damage to all citizens. Taxpayers suffer under the burden whether they agree or not. Billions of tax dollars wasted. Decade after decade. Worse, our children get arrested in record numbers. Qualifies as taxation without consent nor representation. We do not consent.
Another tactic is by democratic vote. In States where a ballot initiative is (even) allowed, the citizens have overturned cannabis prohibition. Oddly enough, the sky didn't fall. Here in Canada they don't really let us vote. The last referendum was years and years ago. A national referendum was held on alcohol prohibition in 1898.... yes, 116 years ago. Guess what? Prohibition fell as a result of the citizens being sick & tired of being subject to a social policy created by politicians and vested interests. The sky didn't fall. Sound familiar? History has a tendency to repeat itself.
Editorials on this subject note that Washington and Colorado have already legalized cannabis. "I think it can be safely said that Washington’s law is viewed as problematic. Colorado's is better. I think we can do better yet. Something simple and not overly restrictive." For example:
• A preamble, with a list of Whereas':, listing the evils and failures of prohibition.
• Cannabis, in any form, formulation, product or extract, shall be legal for adults to possess, grow and to give away for free.
• Commercial sales and cultivation of cannabis shall subject to the same regulation as other retail, industrial or agricultural businesses and be subject to standard taxes only.
• Age limit (18 - 21) ie: If you can vote, cannabis is legal.
• People having past convictions for cultivation, possession or sale, shall have their criminal records expunged.
• Nothing here shall change the law on impaired driving.
• Nothing here shall be construed as superseding current medicinal "marijuana" laws.
• Add protection for parents from government agencies as to use, possession, or growing in homes with children, and for medicinal use by children.
When writing such a bill, avoid restrictive:
• Local options
• Tax earmarks
• Public consumption
• Outside vs inside grow
• Cannabis vs Hemp
• Grow quantities
• Lab testing*
Here in Canada, the recommendations of the Senate* report ©2002, the Liberal's majority vote on Resolution 117 ©2012 and the draft policy paper* tabled by the Young Liberals ©2013 will be the guiding documents for the repeal of prohibition after the next election. It is a serious political and social issue. This problem began in Parliament, it must end there. Nothing less will do.
Our descendants may be stuck for 50 or 100 years with what we come up with… so it is vital that we get it right. Convoluted rules, regulations and restrictions will impact the free market innovations and products for years to come. We'll get to those in a bit.
Cannabis & the Circular Economy: toward a sustainable future. The key to industrial production is found in processing - separating the fiber from the core. We are bringing technology into the market. Eco-Canna.com
Cannabis agriculture, taken to industrial levels, has applications which reach into many other sectors of the economy. Massive amounts of stalk material are being used in cement mixtures to build houses: hempcrete. Roof shingles, carpets, drapes, plastics and more can all be manufactured from this one crop. Every home built would capture tons of CO2 for decades. The initial thesis presented around these ideas was published by Marc Deeley at University of Strathclyde in 2000. The Hemp Industries Association circulated the idea here via the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance in 2004. Estimates of carbon bio-mass sequestration were verified by the Manitoba Department of Agriculture in 2006. Later the idea was sent off to the Virgin Earth Challenge in 2007. Today in 2015, a mere 107,000 acres are cultivated in Canada. A drop in the bucket. Used as diesel fuel or processed into ethanol, cannabis production would skyrocket. Did someone mention pulp & paper and deforestation? Tip of the iceberg. Imagine. Fifteen years later we could be doing a global countdown as CO2 levels drop below 350ppm.
The wold has reached levels of 400ppm CO2 in our atmosphere. There is a rather direct way to reclaim the carbon ~ agriculture. Phytoremediation to be accurate. We are of the opinion that an ancient species: cannabis can reverse the trend of rising CO2.
Warriors of the Rainbow
The tasks of these "Warriors of the Rainbow" are many and great. There will be terrifying mountains of ignorance to conquer and they shall find prejudice and hatred. They must be dedicated, unwavering in their strength, and strong of heart. They will find willing hearts and minds that will follow them on this road of returning "Mother Earth" to beauty and plenty - once more.
The day will come, it is not far away. The day that we shall see how we owe our very existence to the people of all tribes that have maintained their culture and heritage. Those that have kept the rituals, stories, legends, and myths alive. It will be with this knowledge, the knowledge that they have preserved, that we shall once again return to "harmony" with Nature, Mother Earth, and mankind. It will be with this knowledge that we shall find our "Key to our Survival".
This is the story of the "Warriors of the Rainbow" and this is my reason for protecting the culture, heritage, and knowledge of my ancestors. I know that the day "Eyes of Fire" spoke of - will come! I want my children and grandchildren to be prepared to accept this task. The task of being one of the........ "Warriors of the Rainbow.
The Futures of Cannabis
The fall of prohibition 2.0 mirrors the fall of prohibition in the 1930's. Citizens had taken to the streets to protest the violence and criminal activity generated by prohibition on both sides. This trend was in direct response to police raids on illegal alcohol producers, social clubs and smugglers. As the hostilities escalated, "gangs" were formed and legends like Al Capone grew in power & influence. The program wasn't working. The people knew it and demanded change in "business as usual". Prohibition was a failure.
The corruption and violence associated with prohibition was taking its toll. First a couple of States 'legalized' alcohol. Then a few more. Finally Congress repealed prohibition. This exact same set of events is in motion today with one major difference. It has been the cannabis culture, the underground true believers who have championed this cause for decades. This sub-culture has proven & created "medical marijuana". It sure wasn't the chemical drug manufacturer's nor the doctors. Cannabis farmers have made (so-called) hemp 'legal' in Canada. Turns out that industrial cannabis crossed with medical cannabis produces a high CBD profile which controls epilepsy. Who knew? The ganja nation, that's who. The very people who have been relentlessly arrested, prosecuted and persecuted for generations.
This "failure of good governance" continues unabated in the cultural clash struggle for control over this entire issue. The major difference here is that cannabis has far greater potential than mere alcohol. Several interlocking invested interests do NOT want to see cannabis legalized nor decriminalized. Between the politicians, industrial prison complex, pharmaceutical cartels and bloated police budgets, there is plenty of incentive to continue the war of drugs at any cost. Prohibition is it's own reward. In fact, the 1993 UN report on the subject noted that, in reality, prohibition breeds corruption at ALL levels of government. Remember, more police & politicians went to prison after the fall of alcohol prohibition than did bootleggers. The salient facts are no longer hidden from view and then the real the truth comes out. The uncomfortable part of "the truth will set you free".
The 'green rush' to invest in this new industry is both interesting and alarming at the same time. What most people fail to comprehend is that this is not a "new" industry whatsoever. The cannabis culture is already here. We've always been here. We will always be here far into the future ~ regardless of prohibition or not. This part of the sub-culture values & mind set. Natural, organic, renewable, alternative, sustainable, agricultural ...values not associated with corporate ventures or global conglomerates. Consider that corporations growing cannabis is against the very recommendations made by the Senate Report ©2002. The committee suggested that the private citizens, those with the experience, be the producers rather than existing or new corporate entities. They also suggested thousands of producers and thousands of outlets across the country.
What is new though is the freedom to openly engage in the cannabis arena; to learn, develop, innovate, create, research and produce an ever increasing array of products from what I call the Tree of Life. The medical cannabis market comprises 2% of the population. Social cannabis market impacts perhaps 10% of citizens. Industrial cannabis development has the potential to dwarf both markets by a vast margin. The smart money is going there.
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Free copy of Never Plead Guilty - self defence for the cannabis community. We first published this book in 2007 inspired by a book by Paul Copeland published several years ago (before the Charter of Rights & Freedoms) called Don't Plead Guilty. It was good advice then. Today it is still good advice... that requires that you stand up for your rights.
Our community has suffered for decades under the "law". It is time to once again REPEAL PROHIBITION. To this end, after a few years of trial and tribulation, the shift in public opinion has changed. When 65% of the population favours "legalization", we can only agree. Now we are doing this. Prohibition began in Parliament. It must end there.
The purpose here is to give you the tools & information to avoid a criminal record. The effect of this is to protect you, your family, friends and your freedom. If every cannabis consumer in Canada refused to plead guilty, the court system would be totally overloaded. Under the Conservative government, the arrest rate has accelerated. Since 2006, under the Conservative regime some 475,000 people have been prosecuted for cannabis. We estimate that 741,000 were stopped, ripped off and/or arrested, This is a massive "failure of good governance" in the words of the Senate in 2002.
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A little history: the compassion club Section 56 was raided three times over a period of several months beginning on THE very day of the Supreme Court hearings regarding "recreational" cannabis May 3, 2003. I did not view that as an "accident". It was carefully planned by the police forces. The ensuing court case was very educational, to say the least.
This book was written as a result. At first, none of the lawyers we knew would help us. Brother Ed Pearson, another Reverend of the Church, held two law degrees. One in Canada, the other in the United States. He agreed to help Brother Justin put the writing together and I set out to publish the work. Bless his soul. We printed a first run and took them to the Global Marijuana March events. We hope that some of them will help pass the word - so to speak. NPG was revised ©2012 and re-published on Amazon in print. You can get a printed copy there to give your best friend as a gift. Today, we've revised this for 2014 and it's being distributed on-line free to as many people as we can reach. We know that the "government" will arrest another 57,000 people this year. Imagine how many citizens have a criminal record over cannabis by now... a million? More? We also know that the "government" is now, officially, of three minds about the law. According to the principle of fundamental justice, under the Charter of Rights & Freedoms, the law must represent the will of the People. We do not consent.
Time to get up - stand up.