Soon people throughout Canada will be able to smoke recreational marijuana.
To get to this point however, Cannabis advocates had to fight the war for weed. There are several Toronto venues where this war has been waged. So maybe it’s time we commemorate them.
Historical markers need to be put up now, not later, lest we forget the contribution that regular Canadians played in changing a 100-year-old failed policy.
As someone with a strong interest in pot past, it’s already challenging enough to learn about Toronto’s cannabis culture dating back 50 years or more.
If we wait any longer it’ll be forgotten.
Unbeknownst to most passersby, Toronto venues from the 1960s have played a significant role in fostering the culture of cannabis. These places have engaged in open acts of peaceful civil disobedience against the war on marijuana, which pushed Canada towards legalization.
For the record, I’ve held court in two of the venues as a leading advocate for cannabis reform.
In 2011, I was chilling with friends at a bring-your-own-bud lounge when my lawyer called to say we had successfully struck down Canada’s marijuana laws and the cannabis that I was using illegally was suddenly legal by court order.
My legs gave out and I had to use a wall to hold myself up!
As a best selling author (Marijuana Smoker’s Guidebook) and a weekly webcaster (The Mernahuana Zone), I’ve had an opportunity to sign books in these venues and interview people who were frequenting venues I wasn’t even alive to experience.
Most recently, I led a Jane’s Walk to generate interest in my latest advocacy plan: historical markers to commemorate the war on cannabis.