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Marijuana advocates have their annual 420 smoke-in


 

Parliament Hill was under a cloud of marijuana smoke as pot advocates gathered for 420.



 

Marijuana advocates have their annual 420 smoke-in

  1. Hoooooo! I got smoked up just looking at the pictures!
    I absolutely howled at some of those shots – what a circus!

  2. The Least Productive Members of Society Annual Conference.

  3. Meeting in front of the meeting place of their closest competitors for the title.

    • Ah, if only. Were that true, they'd do less damage.

    • Witty… very witty…

  4. Nice!

  5. Horrors! Look at all that carbon going up in smoke! Will no one think of the polar bears?

  6. LoL! I'm amused that someone wore the Green Man costume. I wonder if he took some LSD as well?
    No "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" fans here?

      • "Green man got me through some tough times..but i'm all done with that now."
        Gotta love Charlie!

        • We love that show! Love Diandra and Dennis becoming crack heads to collect welfare.

    • last time I saw the green man he was supporting the Canadian Olympic Men's Hockey victory

  7. Ahem, you two with the poster pictogram depicting a jackbooted stormtrooper beating up on a poor disabled victim in the wheelchair! Can I ask you some ques– hello? Hello? Can anyone get their attention… thanks. Hello? Over here! Cute poster you got. Really rad, man. So, anyhow, can I ask you something?

    Hello? Please, stay with me for a few seconds, ok? … Sure, you can sit down if you need to, no problemo. You need a sec? Hello, no, over here, I'm the guy who'd like to ask you a question if you don't… no, thanks, nice of you to offer, but you can keep it for yourself.

    Continued…

    • It's just a pic of some person who knows that a peep is a wheelchair can smoke it legally, and they are jealous that they can't…not the fact that they really want to beat them because they are in a wheelchair…I have an ex who is in one and his fave number is 420, but my ex is a jerk that uses his disability to get what he wants also!! He REALLY DOES!…that's why we are ex'es lol

  8. …continued.

    So, anyways, I was intrigued by your artwork there. Yeah, that's right, evil arm of the law, defenseless vulnerable citizen minding his own business, no sh!t, eh? Anyways, about that — no, dude, sorry, I'm all out of Doritos — about that cop beating up on the innocent toker in your diagram there. There. On the poster you have in your hand. No, your other hand. Still with me? Cool.

    So, about that violent cop beating folks up for their Mary Jane. How often have they clubbed you? Wow, I guess you've lucked out. How many would you say are here on Parliament Hill? No sorry, you're right, I shouldn't make you do things like count past twenty. My bad. Let's just say a lot. Have you seen any Mounties around? Oops, big word, I mean RCMP… cops… The Man… Yeah, it's like they're all around. So, um, how many beatings you seen so far today?

    • I take your point, but not being able to see all of the words on the poster, is it not possible that the photograph of the older gentleman right next to the pictogram is the photograph of a man in a wheelchair who was once beaten up by police for toking up? I mean, maybe not (maybe it's just some random old guy placed next to the pictogram for no reason whatsoever) but I think it's at least possible that the poster has a bit more logical consistency than you suggest (though, truly, still a REALLY dumb poster).

      Also, what's with your sketch making it seem like the high person is totally distracted and not able to focus at all on what you're saying? They smoked pot, they don't have ADD. No one I know has ever been that out of it on pot, including myself, and I know at least dozens of people who smoke daily, and who smoke some pretty boomer weed. However, your stereotype of the generosity (offering you a hit) and the munchies (though, myself, I wouldn't even go for Doritos when high) are right on target.

  9. The real-world-sucks-let-me-enter-a-pretend-world crowd.

    It's a version of sucking one's thumb and curling in the foetal position.

    Get real people.

    • As opposed to what you do? Writing a comment on every story calling Liberals names and traitors, calling the left wing a bunch of idiots, etc. etc?

      At least their "pretend world" is drug induced!

      • Did I hit a nerve MacCross?

    • You're perfectly free to not drink, not smoke, not drink coffee or eat chocolate, not take painkillers, and to endure surgery while wide awake in order to fully appreciate all of the nuances of the "real world" if you choose. I don't see why you need to personally denigrate the millions of Canadians who choose to take the edge off their day with a toke.

      • I don't see why you need to personally denigrate the millions of Canadians who choose to take the edge off their day with a toke.

        "Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."

        — H. L. Mencken

        • Brilliant quote. Mencken was awesome BTW.

          • Yeah, I loved that part where he said, "The Jews could be put down very plausibly as the most unpleasant race ever heard of. As commonly encountered, they lack many of the qualities that mark the civilized man: courage, dignity, incorruptibility, ease, confidence." Oh, man, what a card!

    • It is also called being in Harper's Cabinet.

    • OMG…are you a genuine dyed-in-the-wool, beer-swilling moron?! If yes, please go drown yourself in a bucket of booze then, fool, and leave what you dont understand (and clearly dont try to understand), alone. I dont smoke because the 'real world sucks', I smoke and CELEBRATE the real world! Often, when I've smoked, I'm inspired to play my guitar, or create an illustration, perhaps even do some creative writing, etcetera; these are not 'pretend' pursuits, they're quite real and productive. I'm an artist and I dont shy away from THC's effects. Why dont you spend some time reading the real literature out there about marijuana. If you do, you'll soon realise that the only strike against pot is that it remains illegal…and that's only because most politicians dont have the balls to do the right thing.
      Fools like you, drink themselves stupid, often get belligerent and pick fights, they puke up, and if they dont kill somebody trying to drive drunk, they wake up in the morning feeling like their heads are in a vice that's trying to squash their tiny minds like a bug. Let's see, the choice is…be happy…or be miserable; well, we all know which choice fools unerringly make. The fact that booze is legal and pot is not, makes no sense; Pot smokers are not criminals. So please shut your pie hole, fool – your ignorance is showing and it aint pretty!

  10. If this law wasn't a total joke, some of those people would have been arrested. Such a wasteful injustice.

  11. I'm not so sure smoking the largest blunt in the world is the best way to make the point that, if legalized, people would use marijuana responsibly. I don't think I've ever seen pictures of a protest or sit-in and come out thinking "these reasonable people have effectively demonstrated their point."

    • It does demonstrate how bloody safe it is to use. And in reality it was probably passed around a very large circle.

    • I think the point is to be making a mockery of the law. The point isn't "Look at me, I represent how 90% of Canadians would act if marijuana were legalized". I think the point is "Look at me, smoking a giant joint right in front of uniformed on-duty police officers". The point is that the vast majority of people think that the criminalization of marijuana is asinine, and it's such a widely held belief (and the act so not dangerous to the public) that you can do it, BRAZENLY AND WITH A GIANT JOINT, right in front of a police officer and no one really cares (and I know for a fact that this isn't just the case when the smoking is done at a protest). The point is that NO ONE should have a criminal record for this, as is tacitly acknowledge by the fact that no one is ever charged for breaking this law at a protest like this (though away from the spotlight, hypocritically and unjustly, people do still occasionally get prosecuted for this).

      Also, who's gonna cover a protest of a bunch of librarians and engineers and judges calmly standing around outside smoking joints in their boring old business wear? (Plus, all of the librarians, judges and engineers who smoke are at work on a Tuesday afternoon… they won't toke up until after 5:00).

      • As a trafficker in marijuana, I must say the laws against possession and trafficking are fair and just. Please don't change a thing. Now, if you will excuse me, I have two hockey bags full of premium hydro in the back of my tricked out Ford F-150 (I roll on 24s, ya know) that just have to get to market.

  12. Usually slow-talking potheads demonstrate their points quite well: smoke up and you can sound just as spaced-out as me.

    Pot smokers are just people that are unable, or unwilling to face the real world.

    • And homosexual-bashing, "tough on crime" (despite killing their own bill three times), pro-Christian Conservatives have firm grasp on reality.

    • Meanwhile, the MP's go over to their favourite pub afterwards and drink their brains out.

      • Some of them smoke up first.

        • Some of them smoke up instead.

    • So, would you extend that to "people who drink are just people that are unable, or unwilling to face the real world"? 'cause that would be logically consistent, and I'd at least praise that were it the case.

      Also, even if it's true that all these people are doing is avoiding the "real world", should that be illegal?

      I would also point out to you that, almost certainly, at least one person you know (and probably many more) whom you consider to be an upstanding and productive member of the "real world" smokes pot in their private time and you just don't know it.

      • I'm finishing my 4th year of a bachelor's in social sciences degree with honors…I smoke pot. I guess I'm not productive and can't face the real world. Oh well.

        • Well, honestly, if people who smoke pot really were just unproductive drains who can't face the real world, I think our economy would collapse. There are just too many Canadians who fall into that group for that to be the case.

          • Vancouver, for one, would have double-digit negative economic growth, and that's, umm, not quite the case . . .

  13. If it were harmless, I'd shrug my shoulders about pot smoking. But then there's this:

    "Cannabis Damages Young Brains More Than Originally Thought, Study Finds" (ScienceDaily (Dec. 20, 2009))

    An article about the study summarizes the key findings:

    "The damaging effects of this illicit drug on young brains are worse than originally thought, according to new research by Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, a psychiatric researcher from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. The new study, published in Neurobiology of Disease, suggests that daily consumption of cannabis in teens can cause depression and anxiety, and have an irreversible long-term effect on the brain."

    • Perhaps we should legalize and regulate it then, and try to keep it out of the hands of young people (adults, imho, should be perfectly free to damage their own brains however they please, so long as they don't hurt anyone else).

      Ask any teenager who will be honest with you. Pot is much easier for most kids to get than alcohol.

    • If only there were as extensive a literature on the harm caused by alcohol or smoking tobacco…

      • Or having unprotected sex, or eating too much fatty food, or not getting a regular checkup from your doctor…

        There are ALL KINDS of activities which harm the participant and/or increase the likelihood of their death. However, we generally consider these activities to be none of the government's business so long as no one else is harmed.

      • there is the literature..even so it does not negate the current news on pot that is telling us it is not nurturing the brain!!

  14. … and another recent study: "Long-Term Cannabis Users May Have Structural Brain Abnormalities" (ScienceDaily (June 3, 2008))

    The article states: "Long-term, heavy cannabis use may be associated with structural abnormalities in areas of the brain known as the hippocampus and amygdala,…"

    And the money quote:

    "The hippocampus, thought to regulate emotion and memory, and the amygdala, involved with fear and aggression, tended to be smaller in cannabis users than in controls (volume was reduced by an average of 12 percent in the hippocampus and 7.1 percent in the amygdala)."

    An activity that shrinks people's brains: just what our society needs!

    • Does this mean that Conservative supporters are closet pot smokers?

      • No, they could never be that cool.

        • I GUARANTEE that at least one member of the Tory caucus smokes marijuana in private with some degree of regularity, and I'd bet that a majority (probably a large majority) has smoked pot at some time.

          As much as I often don't find the Tories to be representative of the population at large, I don't for a moment think that they're that out of step with the rest of the country.

          In fact, are there Tory MPs who openly favour decriminalization? I'd be a bit surprised if there weren't one or two.

      • They're more the coke crowd. Just ask Rahim!

    • An activity that shrinks people's brains: just what our society needs!

      It might help the Tories finally get their majority!

      (lol, j/k)

    • Jarrid, stuff like you cite is so bloody bogus in terms of a legalization/decriminalization debate. This is getting tired. I could fill up a hundred posts full of all the studies and statistics about the horrible effects of alcohol and alcohol abuse. And yet booze is perfectly legal. Marijuana in fact used to be, before a bunch of alarmist, hysterical misinformed idiots got it banned several decades ago.

      Fact of the matter is, booze is legal because it's bascially been legally "grandfathered" as a drug. But the fact that it's legal, and marijuana illegal, has nothing to do with rationality, fairness or justice. Posts like yours only serve to remind me of how true that is.

    • What you again! You just cant stop yourself from blathering on about something you know nothing about, can you Jarrid? Read Orson Bean's comment below; he knows whereof he speaks…whereas you spout the same old stupid shit that's always spewed by the uninformed. There are people in ALL walks of life that enjoy a toke to mellow out, choosing weed over a martini and olive. Big deal…that should be our right. We are hurting nobody. The bottom line in all of this is: POT SMOKERS ARE NOT CRIMINALS! You think it's right to make criminals out of the 15-20% of Canadians who smoke pot recreationally? Oh, of course you do…I forgot, you're a moron…better start building a whole whack more prisons, then!

      Your quote: 'An activity that shrinks people's brains: just what our society needs!' What…are you afraid of the competition when our brains supposedly drop down into your range? Anyhow, that's BS and I'm old enough to know it is.

    • What you again! You just cant stop yourself from blathering on about something you know nothing about, can you Jarrid? Read Orson Bean's comment below; he knows whereof he speaks…whereas you spout the same old stupid stuff that's always spewed by the uninformed. There are people in ALL walks of life that enjoy a toke to mellow out, choosing weed over a martini and olive. Big deal…that should be our right. We are hurting nobody. The bottom line in all of this is: POT SMOKERS ARE NOT CRIMINALS! You think it's right to make criminals out of the 15-20% of Canadians who smoke pot recreationally? Oh, of course you do…I forgot, you're a moron…I guess you'd better start building a whole whack more prisons, then!

      Your quote: 'An activity that shrinks people's brains: just what our society needs!' What…are you afraid of the competition when our brains supposedly drop down into your range? Anyhow, that's info is full of cow pies and I'm old enough to know it is.

    • I could go find articles that state that marijuana use has no long effects on the brain. I just don't care to go find biased studies.

      Like Katt Williams said, "it's just a plant, its grows there. If you should happen to light it on fire, some other things will happen. But it's not a drug, theres no baking soda or razor blades or bunson burners, I don't know the recipe, I'm just sayining."

      the point is, drugs need a recipe to make them work. they need some human artificial intervention (even mushrooms need to be properly clipped so you don't eat cow poo) marijuana grows as is, it's been here long then any of us have that's for sure.

  15. I think I spotted Lizzie May in the 5th last photo.

  16. MR, there were an insufficient number of cute guys in this gallery. Please aim to do better.

  17. On Dec. 10, 1997, Canada's marijuana laws were declared unconstitutional by Justice Patrick Sheppard, which was upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal, July 31, 2000 (Catzman, Charron, and Rosenberg). This decision was not appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, and government has not re-enacted Criminal Code statute upon marijuana. Therefore, marijuana — possession, cultivation, and sales — is legal, and has been for about 10 years. Just like the prohibitions on same-sex marriage, medical marijuana, and abortion, the law died in court, not Parliament. Every pot bust for over 10 years has been legally invalid.

    But police and courts and the government – and yes, even the media – completely ignore these precedent-setting rulings, and continue to bust people with a dead law. Pot is legal, and the media-addled public is being bamboozled.

    • Look, I think pot should be legal and taxed, but . . . I haven't checked out exactly what the Ontario Court of Appeal said, but even if what you post is accurate, the most that that would mean is that the law is inoperative in Ontario. An Ontario Court of Appeal decision on any statute only binds Ontario. It wouldn't bind the rest of the country.

  18. jeeeez……I 'm so hungry i could eat a horse…

  19. Ugly but happy!
    And how come never overweight with all those munchies?
    Happy 420 to all of you!
    xx

  20. Who smokes pot? Ugly people smoke pot.

    Last time I saw that many ugly people in one place was at a Steve Earle concert.

    • brad pitt smokes weed along with wife angelina

  21. I do not feel happy looking at these guys celebrating the
    this annual 420 smoke-in.
    I live in Mexico and we are suffering the violence related to the traffic of illegal drugs (such as marijuana).
    Yes, pot is illegal in Mexico
    A lot of people die every day in our Mexican cities.
    The same day that you are celebrating we are mourning our people.
    Last week, some members of the drug cartels killed several policeman and their bodies were hung up from a bridge
    (just to promote terror among the civilians).
    Innocent civilians (including children) are killed or hurt during the frequent shootouts that we have every day in Mexico.
    Sometimes I have not been able to get home because of these shootouts.
    I have been thinking in buying a soldier hat to my Canadian born son (he is 7 years old)
    just to protect him.
    Let me explain the horror of that marijuana-related violence by giving to you some links
    (strong viewer discretion is advised).
    http://www.blogdelnarco.com/fotos/wp-content/gallhttp://www.blogdelnarco.com/fotos/table-mirage/

    These events happened recently in my city.

    • The interesting thing to note with your comment is that these drug cartels exist because pot , or marijuana is illegal and therefore these drug cartels can dominate the towns and cities in which they operate. If pot were to be legalized you would see a dramatic decrease in these conflicts as it would no longer be criminal activity and so instead of trying to destroy the cartels the government would be forcing them to register as a grower and exporter of cannabis, therefore paying taxes and turning from violence prone drug smugglers to legitimate companies. Better yet, people could start growing their own. Of course this solution offers no help to the other forms of drugs that are made and smuggled from Mexico but at least it would help.

    • WAKE UP.

      Marijuana prohibition is a direct cause to everything you just said. Yes, drug cartels exist solely because marijuana is illegal. Yes, people are dying because marijuana is illegal.

      The people are protesting marijuana laws, therefore they are fighting to keep your kids safe.

      Save your kids, end prohibition.

  22. Ruben, the violence in Mexico is caused entirely by the fact that cannabis is ILLEGAL. Not by cannabis itself. It is all caused by prohibition, not by the drug. For correct information, go to copssaylegalize.blogspot.com

  23. Steve Finlay
    The violence in mexico is a complex problem.
    It is not just related to the marijuana being illegal as you stated.
    It is also related to the other illegal drugs that are provided
    by mexican cartels to drug users in USA and Canada .
    On the other hand, there is an important fact about the financial support that those criminal
    groups have: there are at least 100 million people that use illicit drugs in the USA/Canada.
    It is clear (at least in mexico) that the most violent cities in mexico are those
    that are at the border with USA (where drugs cross the border to the USA from Mexico).
    The money that the next-door drug user pays for the illegal drugs
    supports the logistics and operation of the mexican cartels. This logistics/operation
    includes the violence.
    It is clear that supplying 100 million drug users is not possible without
    the help of some American/Canadian citizens.
    So I am pretty much sure that this is an international problem.

    There are also other factors that have influenced the increase of the violence in mexico
    during recent past years.
    Since the expiration of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban in the USA (September 2004)
    the mexican cartels have been able to buy some
    of the sophisticated weapons that the USA military are using in Afghanistan and Irak.
    They even have powerful anti-aircraft weapons.
    According to the USA media about 90-95% of the weaponry that is employed by the mexican
    cartels was bought in the USA.
    Some people in the USA are doing a lot of money selling those weapons. They clearly
    do not care too much about other people's lives. They just care about the money.
    It is extremely sad that
    even children have been killed with these weapons.

    There are also other factors involved in this violence that
    have to be solved by the mexicans in Mexico. Poverty is one of them.

    The violence in Mexico that I am talking about
    does not happen just in a gang infested neighborhood in Mexico.
    It is a violence happening anywhere/anytime in SOME of the mexican cities.
    Let me show you some horrible pictures of what I am talking about. Strong viewer
    discretion is advised. http://www.blogdelnarco.com/?s=federales+muertos+

  24. Oddly enough, they look more productive than those working inside Parliament.

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