canada's war on weedFor this installment of Saturday at the Movies we are checking out the investigative documentary from VICE titled “Canada’s War On Weed.”

After Washington and Colorado successfully passed laws legalizing the use of marijuana for adults, VICE decided to venture to Canada’s marijuana capital in order to catch a glimpse of the current state of the industry in the Great White North.

If you’re a marijuana aficionado, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of BC Bud. Back in the movie reels 4’70s, draft dodgers packed their seeds off to British Columbia, which happened to have a perfect climate for cultivation.

The development of strains that are higher in THC, an unprotected border with the US, and lax Canadian laws enabled the industry to generate revenues today estimated at close to $7 billion a year in British Columbia alone.

This particular province has a population of only 4.5 million which seemingly accounts over 40% of Canada’s marijuana industry. Everything is set to change since Prime Minister Stephen Harper instated Bill C-10, the new tough on crime legislation. Now their government is armed with mandatory minimum sentences and industrial private prison complexes to fill which only helps to perpetuate Canada’s war on tokers.

VICE traveled west to talk to the people directly affected by these recent events: from the legalization activists and the large and small scale growers, to the illegal traffickers and law enforcement.

We hope you enjoy the inflight movie! Thanks for flying with The 420 Times!

One Response

  1. MeeMan

    “The (World) grows smaller, every day, and the threat of aggression, by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all, or no one is secure. Now this does not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your Ancestors knew this when they made Laws to govern themselves and hired Policemen to enforce them.
    We of the (pro-cannabis groups) have long accepted this principle. We have an (understanding) for the mutual protection of all (groups) and for the complete elimination of aggression.”
    “The result is, we live in peace, secure in the knowledge that we are Free from aggression and war. Free to pursue more profitable enterprises. We do not pretend to have achieved perfection but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own (Government/Police), but if you threaten to extend your violence, this (Political rampage) of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple, join us, and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision, rests with you.” ~ Klaatu, “The Day The Earth Stood Still”; appropriately altered final speech.
    Sounds like something for the Canadians to say to Harper and his anti-Canadian anti-pot Laws and USA-style private prison system he’s getting a hard-on for, doesn’t it?

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