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For those of you living around the world you may not quite understand our traditional 420 smoke in here in Vancouver. Each year thousands of people gather infront of the art gallery here in downtown Van city to in one impressive toke fill an entire city block with the sweet smoke of the cannabis plant. Every year it is so impressive to see so many people of every different kind coming together to show their love and support for what should be our legal right. There are booths and street vendors all over selling bud and edibles, bongs and pipes, and generally promoting the use of the herb to the public.

The highlights of the event being of course the on-the-dot cloud rising above Vancouver’s biggest session in history, the speakers of course, David Malmo Levine, Jody Emery and many others, Marc Emery who was there through the whole of the event politicin’ shaking hands and kissing babies (not that there were any babies there, that would be entirely inappropriate). The music was good and the atmosphere was amazing.

However this year’s traditionally peaceful celebration was a bit tainted and if I may say no exactly “putting our best foot forward” for the cannabis community. The state of the affair was complete chaos from when I arrived to when I left. There was immense amounts of trash all over the grounds, there were people tagging on the art gallery, a girl passed out and had to be taken off by paramedics, and if thats not bad enough for the first time in over 20 years of 420 celebrations a fight even broke out dead center of the crowd.

Now this sort of thing makes me very sad because the entire statement that everyone there had come together to support was lost. Now this was little to no surprise  considering there was over 10,000 people crammed together on one downtown city block. This to me is simply poor planning. They desperately need to move the celebration to a new venue and judging by the number of people they bring out its gonna need to be a big one.

So here is what I propose!

The Vancouver International Cannabis Festival!

Now much like the operation of the Jazz festival in Gastown every year, we could host something similar with stages and booths up and down water st. and extending up to queen elizabeth square right in front of the Cannabis Culture headquarters. I think this would be fantastic, more space would mean less chance of fights and we could bring in bands from all over the world to perform infront of thousands of people. Political leaders and activists could speak from different stages and get their messages out to a wider group of people who instead of trying to fight though crowds without burning themselves on a blunt could comfortably smoke and listen to what they have to say.

However the concern is due to the poor execution of this years event it may be possible that BC Marijuana Party may not have much bargaining power with the city to continue this event let alone host it in a bigger space next year.

On another note, I’ve got some great shots of this year’s event and will have them up for you guys to check out on here very soon!

As always, Peace and blow that smoke proud.

~The Hempen Journeyman

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Marc's Final Farewell with his wife Jodie by his side.

Marc's Final Farewell with his wife Jodie by his side.

It has been just over two months since my last post and I’m really sorry that this has to be my first post back.

Today was a sad day for so many people as we watched Marc Emery, the leader of the BC Marijuana party and the self proclaimed “Prince of Pot”  head in to the Supreme Court of BC to be sentenced for marijuana trafficking to the United States. He will be taken today after his hearing and held in a BC prison until the extradition order is signed and Marc is shipped to some US federal prison.

The throng of people crowded outside the courts today here in Vancouver to hear Marc and Jodie give their final press conference together before Marc’s five year sentence was inspiring. We all gathered at 9:00 this morning, some of us missing work, some skipping school and other travelling in from all over the the greater Vancouver area to show their love an support for not only Marc, but for his wife Jodie as well who will continue his work in his absence.

At the end of the press conference everyone said their final farewells with hugs and tears as we saw Marc off into the courthouse. I hope everyone out there will look at this situation and realize that this ridiculous war on drugs has just destroyed another family by tearing a husband from his wife for the sale of a plant.

Today for the first time in my life I am not proud to be a Canadian because of the lack of respect and support our government has shown for this honest, hard working and inspiring man who by our laws has committed no crime. The fact that our own Vancouver Police Department conspired and worked along side the DEA allowing them not only into our country, but into our city to destroy a man we all love.

All I can hope is that this ordeal will bring some coverage to the issue of prohibition and show that Marc who has done no damage to anyone has been wrongfully persecuted by the United States government and that cannabis has no victims. The only victims are those of the prohibition.

To Marc and Jodie, I hope only the best for your both. Stay strong and you both can get through this knowing that your sacrifice has not been in vain, the legalization movement will continue to grow and that someday your lost liberties and happiness will be returned to you both.

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Wow I have never seen so many people smoking weed. The  cloud above the crowd was so thick it looked like an outdoor hot box. There were way too many people for anyone to really enjoy this unless you got there early and got a good spot. For future reference make rounds to the 420 rally around 10am if you are looking for a good relaxed experience. I’m glad to be out of the sea of humans, and i’ve finally made it home for some more celebrating. I hope everyone’s having a great 420!

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Hey everybody, I’ll be spending the next couple days getting my stuff together for 420 and I’ll be mobileProud Smoke broadcasting video from the rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery on monday April 2o for the world to see what’s going on over here on the west coast of Canada. So if you’ve got no plans for 420 join me here on my blog and enjoy the celebrations. If you’re In the greater Vancouver area come downtown and join the fiesta out front of the art gallery and If you feel so inclined I’ll be rocking the Proud Smoke Logo and wandering around talking to an Iphone so  feel free to introduce yourself and we’ll have a good time! I’ll be arriving down there just around 4:20pm but if i have time i might be wandering through a bit earlier as well. Its gonna be a lot of fun and something you don’t want to miss.

Peace and keep blowing that smoke proud,
King of Hearts

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