"We need to relax the laws… if I pass a joint to a 17 year old & I don’t know he’s 17, I could get 14 years in prison for that. We don’t even put murderers in jail for that long" @KF420 –#Podcast drops soon pic.twitter.com/zEWrCj5kG3
‘Keith represents the type of person who made cannabis law reform happen in Canada,’ says Jodie Emery
John Conroy met Fagin while they were both working together at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Canadian Chapter in the early ’70s. Conroy went on to serve as NORML Canada‘s president and Fagin became its regional director for the prairies.
“This man deserves support from all of the people he’s helped and for all of the great work he’s done in Alberta — both him and his wife Debbie,” Conroy said. “I was very sad to see what had happened to him and felt he was very deserving of getting the stuff he needs to get mobile again.”
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Fagin has been involved in the modern cannabis movement since its early days, said Dana Larsen, director of the Vancouver Dispensary Society.
Fagin helped found one of the country’s first compassion clubs, Calgary 420, Larsen said. He was always willing to talk about why Canada needed to legalize cannabis and defend the culture — and then once legalization happened, Fagin was ready to educate people about how flawed the system still is.
NORML Canada launches official Post-Legalization platform to focus advocacy efforts on reforming Canada’s legal Cannabis system.
In light of the first year of legalization, NORML Canada has monitored the Canadian cannabis landscape closely, to determine the next steps for crafting achievable and functional reform of cannabis regulations.
The five key “pillars” established by NORML Canada are designed to help focus organizational resources to support our ongoing government and public outreach.
1) Increased Access
Our goal is to ensure consumers have ease of access to legal cannabis products, access to medical dispensaries, access to world-class product options, as well as access to affordable legal options.
2) Transitioning “Unregulated Market” into the legal framework
Creating avenues for the current unlicensed market to be welcomed as part of the legal cannabis industry in order to achieve the government’s stated goal of disincentivizing the illicit market.
3) Social discrimination protections
Putting in place protective regulations that remove stigma barriers and consequences for consumers in the workplace, housing, and family.
4) US relations – border & banking
Ensuring international respect for Canada’s sovereign laws. Removal of any unnecessary international banking/travel barriers for legal business and cannabis entrepreneurs.
5) Expungement, apologies, reparations & beyond
Government must acknowledge the fact that cannabis laws were historically unjust and discriminatory in the first place.
NORML Canada invites the public and press to join us at the historic Hotbox Lounge on Oct 17th, from 4-7pm to launch the new official platform, and to discuss the year-to-date.
NORML Canada proudly welcomes our sister chapter to the South – NORML Michigan, to share insights on Michigan’s newly passed legal recreational cannabis bill. Our combined goals are to understand how we can learn from and collaborate with one another.
About NORML Canada
NORML Canada is a non-profit, public interest, member operated and funded group, chartered at the federal level in Canada since 1978. US NORML advocates for consumers rights to access high quality, safe, convenient & affordable cannabis. NORML was founded in California, 1970.
image – “Kalika (left) joins dozens of participates at a 4 20 public rally while lighting up her bong and enjoying the atmosphere at City Hall. Saturday, April 20, 2019. Brendan Miller/Postmedia”
“Keith Fagan has been a lifelong cannabis crusader but as he celebrates the first 4-20 since legalization he says more advocacy work is needed to eliminate the stigma still clouding now-legal pot users.”
4-20 celebration in Calgary has a ‘different feel’ after prohibition lifted
April 20, 2019
Michael Franklin, Web Producer – CTV Calgary
April 20 has always been an unofficial holiday of sorts for cannabis users to enjoy their product and fight for its legalization. But even now that the drug is legal, some experts say the battle isn’t over.
Post-legalization, Alberta cannabis fans look ahead with 4-20 ‘protestival’
April 20, 2019
Emma McIntosh – Star Calgary
Omar Mosleh – Star Edmonton
EDMONTON AND CALGARY—Alberta’s first 4-20 celebration with legal cannabis felt a little less like a protest and a little more like a celebration..
Calgary Now: Is legal cannabis really coming? Part 1
April 20, 2019
Original broadcast April 26, 2016
Kevin Chorney – Shaw TV Calgary
“We need to really strongly look at cannabis because it does help people. We know it’s helping people getting off of opiates. We know it’s helping people with mental health issues, with mood improvement, pain improvement.”
The science and evidence
April 17, 2018 – Sept. 4, 2002
Published April 17, 2018, “4/19 pot panel wants to clear the air regarding cannabis and youth”
Bronwyn Beairsto – Vancouver Courier
University of British Columbia professor and researcher for the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, M-J Milloy says the link between cannabis and brain development is still merely by association. There a great number of scientists worldwide working on this issue, but there’s been no smoking gun, Milloy said.
Zach Walsh, another UBC researcher specializing in cannabis, concurs.The evidence is weaker than the rhetoric; According to Walsh, there appears to be a link between schizophrenia and other psychosis and marijuana use, but this could just be an association rather than causal. He notes that there’s been a dramatic increase in cannabis use in recent years, especially in Canada, but schizophrenia levels have stayed stagnant. www.vancourier.com/news/4-19-pot-panel-wants-to-clear-the-air-regarding-cannabis-and-youth-1.23270407
Published February 9, 2018, “Why cannabis shouldn’t be considered a gateway drug”
Calgary professor debunks marijuana myths” Dave Dormer – CBC News U of C associate professor Matthew Hill says some common beliefs around the drug aren’t rooted in fact Myth: Cannabis alters brain structure. A: That one I would say, right now from the current studies, that would be false. www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-marijuana-myths-debunked-uofc-1.4528428
December 16, 2015, “Cannabis for the Management of Pain: Assessment of Safety Study (COMPASS)”
Dr. Mark Ware – McGill University
Our data show that daily cannabis users had no greater risk than non-users (control group) to experience serious adverse events,’’ explains Dr. Aline Boulanger, director of the pain clinic at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal. ‘’We found no evidence of harmful effects on cognitive function, or blood tests among cannabis consumers and we observed a significant improvement in their levels of pain, symptom distress, mood and quality of life compared to controls. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26385201
December 2, 2013, “A Controlled Family Study of Cannabis Users with and without Psychosis”
Harvard University study
Evidenced that teen cannabis consumption is not lead to the development of schizophrenia later in life. The study compared families with a history of schizophrenia to those without. The study also examined non-psychotic cannabis consumers and non-consuming participant controls. The results of the current study suggest that having an increased familial morbid risk for schizophrenia may be the underlying basis for schizophrenia in cannabis users and not cannabis use by itself. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4319545
September 2002 “The Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drug Use” studied the cannabis issue extensively.
Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs. Their unanimous recommendation was that cannabis be legalized in a regulatory framework similar to alcohol.
“Scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated not as a criminal issue but as a social and public health issue” www.SenateReport.ca
April 3, 2018
The idea isn’t being welcomed by Keith Fagin of the cannabis advocacy group Calgary420. He says cannabis users deserve somewhere public where they can gather to smoke, vape or eat the drug.
April 2, 2018
Calgary 420 says the city might be overstepping with proposed new rules that would ban the use of cannabis in public places like parks and sidewalks. Ian Campbell has more.
Cannabis and driving studies
June 22, 2017 American Journal of Public Health (ajph)
Crash Fatality Rates After Recreational Marijuana Legalization in Washington and Colorado. Evaluate motor vehicle crash fatality rates in the first 2 states and compare them with motor vehicle crash fatality rates in similar states without recreational marijuana legalization.
Automobile crash fatality rates in Washington and Colorado were no different from comparable states without legal recreational cannabis. http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2017.303848
The U.S. Department of Transportation report suggests that while cannabis could potentially impair driving skills, its findings in other research suggest drivers under the influence of cannabis are actually more cautious. “Subjects in most of the simulator and instrumented-vehicle studies on marijuana are driving typically drive slower, follow other cars at greater distances and take fewer risks than when sober,” the report said. http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nti/pdf/812117-Drug_and_Alcohol_Crash_Risk.pdf
2003 and 2007
Canada Safety Council
Drivers under the influence of cannabis are acutely aware of their impairment. They consciously try to drive more cautiously, by slowing down, focusing their attention and avoiding risks.
Cannabis addiction Business Insider – We took a scientific look at whether weed or alcohol is worse for you, deaths and addiction
: “More than 30,700 Americans died from alcohol-induced causes in 2014
There have been zero documented deaths from marijuana use alone.
Marijuana appears to be significantly less addictive than alcohol.” http://www.businessinsider.com/alcohol-marijuana-which-worse-health-2017-11
Philippe Lucas, VP at Tilray, a research scholar with the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC, said cannabis dependency isn’t as severe as some make it out to be. Normally, people are able to give up cannabis on their own, compared to severe drugs,
Lucas, the lead author in a September 2015 study in the “International Journal of Drug Policy”, a peer-reviewed publication found medical cannabis can be a safe and successful substitution for other addictions to alcohol 25% reduction, 32% for opiates, 12% tobacco, and more. The study has been updated and published August 2017, “Rationale for cannabis-based interventions in the opioid overdose crisis” in the Harm Reduction Journal.
Organized crime Canadian Drug Policy Coalition– Organized crime in the cannabis market:- Evidence and Implications
“2. Unsubstantiated media and police reports portray the cannabis industry as dominated by organized crime.”
“3. Evidence suggests a very low involvement of organized crime in the cannabis industry in Canada; the majority of those in the industry tend to be non-violent and have minimal, if any, involvement with other criminal activities
Mental Health The University of Alberta, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, Dr. Elaine Hyshka; Assistant Professor, School of Public Health.
November 2017 Dr. Elaine Hyshka, “There are also people who claim that cannabis is going to basically damage your brain when you use it, especially if you’re young, and that it’s going to contribute to the intellectual downfall of a generation. And that’s also not true,” she said.
A Controlled Family Study of Cannabis Users with and without Psychosis Harvard study published in 2014:
Evidenced that teen cannabis consumption is not lead to the development of schizophrenia later in life. The study compared families with a history of schizophrenia to those without. The study also examined non-psychotic cannabis consumers and non-consuming participant controls.
The results of the current study suggest that having an increased familial morbid risk for schizophrenia may be the underlying basis for schizophrenia in cannabis users and not cannabis use by itself.
Dr. Susan C. Boyd, a B.C. researcher’s books “Killer Weed: Marijuana Grow Ops, Media and Justice”. about how law enforcement and media are not telling the facts and “Reefer madness is governmental” Note: Dr. Susan C. Boyd is a member of Liberal government “Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation”