A well-known advocate for marijuana legalization has sent a sample to every Liberal MP to "refamiliarize" them with the substance's "pleasant effects" — and remind them to keep their election promises.
Dana Larsen — a founding member of the Marijuana Party who went on to run federally for the NDP and contest the B.C. NDP leadership — mailed all 184 federal Liberal MPs a gram of dried marijuana along with a copy of his new book Cannabis in Canada - The Illustrated History.
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"Since they are soon to be legalizing cannabis it is a good time for them to learn about the history of how cannabis is such an important part of our country's history," Larsen wrote to Radio-Canada.
"I included a gram for them because it is also a good time for them to refamiliarize themselves with the pleasant effects of cannabis, and to remember why so many Canadians enjoy using cannabis for medicine and relaxation."
The packages were sent to each MP's constituency offices, bypassing any shared mailroom security for their offices on Parliament Hill.
Patrick McDonell, the deputy sergeant-at-arms and corporate security officer for the House of Commons, circulated an email to MPs on Tuesday saying: "If you are in a constituency office and receive such a package, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately to properly dispose of the package," because his officers do not have the jurisdiction to screen incoming mail in local ridings.
It's unknown whether all 184 packages got through, or how many MP offices contacted the authorities as directed.
While it's not legal to mail marijuana, Larsen wrote to Radio-Canada "I do not expect to hear from the police over this. I am sure they have much more important things to do."
'Haven't smoked it (yet)'
The unsolicited tokens are worth about $800, Larsen said.
One rookie MP from Toronto, Nate Erskine-Smith, appeared enthusiastic about his gift, first tweeting:
Thanks for the gift @DanaLarsen! Received, but haven't smoked it (yet). #LegalizeIthttps://t.co/j8oNt2u8y0— @beynate
He later wrote on Twitter:
On a serious note, thousands of Canadians are charged every year for marijuana possession. A sensible policy is long overdue. #LegalizeIt— @beynate
The Trudeau government's pledge to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana appears likely to consume plenty of political oxygen as the new government gets down to business on its election promises in 2016.
Trudeau has suggested change could come in a year or two. But a briefing obtained by The Canadian Presssuggests the prime minister has been warned that Canada is currently a signatory to three international treaties that criminalize the possession and production of marijuana.
The Liberal Party says on its website that legalization plans will also include the creation of "new, stronger laws" to punish people who provide marijuana to minors, sell it outside the new "regulatory framework" or operate a vehicle under its influence.
Trudeau has promised to set up a task force comprising federal, provincial and municipal governments, while seeking input from experts in public health, substance abuse and the police, to design a new system of marijuana sales and distribution.
This is not the first time Larsen has sought attention by mailing pot to a politician. During the 2014 teachers' strike in B.C., he mailed Premier Christy Clark a larger sample, suggesting that smoking it could help the warring sides in the dispute ease tensions.
___________ #bestofeverything _____________A few joints of Purple Kush could help@christyclarkbc and @FassbenderMLAresolve issues with @bctf.pic.twitter.com/KXF1BibiKC— @DanaLarse
I really like they set their design up on their web page: CBC ... heck were there even ads?
How the writing is graphically presented with dodge balls headers and other links that lead you on a safari of reading: These really are what bloggers should pay attention: style with a bit of pizzazz. Hmmmm I've talked about starting my e-zine. Let's see how short lived it is as I cut and paste from the news source, when they come running to tell me to remove it. I'd then wonder that they can have a leg to stand on legally would they? They have tools on their website that says SHARE.
LOL, I just realized my ALL-CAPS calmed down. Here's a band that was really into by the younger set: Arcade on Fire who have grown up and got into their own unique sound and simple an orgasm for the ears. Have a listen to NO CARS GO:
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This song caught my eye and made me think it would be my social media theme song.
You ever have something happen to you or cross your mind and it makes you question everything? I'm not sure what triggered what or why it hit to be perfectly frank. All this time, I've been pawning myself as an employee. A few times, it went bonkers, other few times simply great.
Now I've been wondering what life would be like if you could just write all day? Not punch in a clock. Not being home feeling guilty what chores you're procra- stinating on, or any other responsibilities. Why not throw caution to the wind and let one's creativity roll.
Why not have advertisers pay Bloggers directly? Why not have advertisers pay bloggers for the write to host their blog on their page to attract the demographic. That would be instead of the dry corporate announcements their average customer wouldn't care about.
We should be promoting what we like, instead of being told what we should like.
The product of the week that I bought, that I can't wait to try tomorrow morning:
I guess it is such a new product that Conair doesn't have a picture on its website - how did they get it ordered? Apparently, someone ensured it was included in the catelogue for purchasers but not for promotions. Yep, like a lot of companies, the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. If and when I get a photo from Conair I may swap this out. In the mean time this soap caught my eye and I think I may like to buy it. When I went to Shoppers today, they didn't offer me any contest entry form. What's up with that? The web masters know more than the cosmetic or cash register counters. Oh, my another disconnect. I tweeted at them, we'll have to see what type of community manager they have: a spammer, or someone who actually reads the stuff and responds. Makes me wonder why they don't have customer oriented or loyalty folks do the tweeting or facebook posts?
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I found it intriguing that American Idol is having a "Fairwell Season". Delighted as well. I watched a few seasons and like many thought it had dried up. Pleasantly surprised, the dynamics of Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. Liked the harmonies they did as spoofs on really really old songs, even by my standards.
One part I forgot I liked about these shows come in two parts, musical talent aside in fashion: one being the hosts (Ms. Lopez) and her fashionable tame looks that is part glamour and part wholesome natural beauty.
Okay, so she gets a professional makeup artist, hairdresser and styler. I wonder how much she is involved in the looks?
Then there is the contestants and their transformation. One can't wonder is how much of a whirlwind it is being madeover, while curious about anyone who stuck close to home in their personal looks.
OK, let's have a look here. Adam Lambert. He had an inkling for his look on American Idol. A pop star now in his own right. He has more of an edge.
According to the Mail Online (A Division of the Daily Mail UK) he's the $10 Million Man. Crowned the highest income earner for 2015 by American Idol alumnae, bypassing Kelly Clarkson's $4 million and Carrie Underwood's $8 million.
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