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by tedsmith » Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:24 pm

Hello all,

We hope this newsletter finds you well. It has been a very busy 6 weeks at the VCBC and we would like to thank you for your patience during this transition. Lots of amazing things are in the works both at the club, and the world at large.

Sorry for the late notice but starting tomorrow the hours of club will be changing on statutory holidays to the Sunday schedule. That means Sundays and all Stat holidays we will be opening at 11:00 AM and closing at 6:00 PM.

We would also like to announce the first meeting of the advocacy committee, and open it to all the members. On December 8th at 2:00pm any members who are interested in participating should meet at the club. The committee will focus upon club literature, public presentations, internet networking and media outreach. This is your opportunity to participate in the future of the club, and help get the word out. Future committees for research, fundraising, health care, and Health Canada will be starting next year, one new committee each month.

Meanwhile, Ted and Gayle are preparing to head to the other side of the country to host cannabis conventions and promote the new book, HEMPOLOGY 101: The History and Uses of Cannabis Sativa. They will be kicking it off at Dalhousie University on Sun Nov 18, followed by events at Mount Allison University in Sackville NB on Nov 20, Ottawa on Nov 25 and finally Toronto on Nov 29. The times and dates are being posted in the forums:

http://hempology.ca/cbc/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4434

You can buy the book at the club for $20 or on-line at

http://hempology101store.ca/

We are still working on the new webpage for VCBC and will let you know when it is ready.

Finally we still need several more witnesses for Owen’s jury trial in February. If you are interested in testifying about how the food and skin products of the club help you please contact Ted or Owen.

Regards,
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by erroneous » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:29 pm

Contents:

1. The Cookie Trial Takes a Twist

2. Upcoming VCBC 17th Anniversary Potluck

3. Important New VCBC Committee on Health Canada to be Formed

4. Fight the Proposed Changes to the MMAR!

1. Just in case anyone hasn’t heard the good news yet, the Crown has recently revealed that they intend to drop the case against Owen Smith with relation to the bake-op bust back in 2009. This comes after Crown prosecutor Peter Eccles fell ill and the case was passed on to a new lawyer who has different ideas. It seems that his strategy is to avoid wasting time in a jury trial, and instead challenge Justin Johnston’s decision from last spring. In any case, this is great news for all of us, especially Owen. We really can’t thank all of you enough for your support through this.

2. Come celebrate the 17th anniversary of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers’ Club with a potluck dinner on Sunday, January 20th in our home at 826 Johnson. Bring a dish of your choice to share, or just come and enjoy the fun. This has been a great year for us with all of our legal successes, operational changes, and the many huge steps forward that have been made in the movement at large. We hope you will join us for this special event.

3. The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club is pleased to announce the creation of a Health Canada committee. It will focus on educating the public about the government’s medical cannabis programs, communicating with Health Canada on behalf of VCBC, and advocating for patient’s rights at all opportunities.

Made of VCBC members and other interested citizens, this committee will meet at 5pm on the second Thursday of every month at the club (if it gets too big we will move to the atrium of the BC Ferries building across the street). Please contact us if you are interested in participating. Minutes from the meetings will be made public on the Hempology 101 forums at:

http://hempology.ca/cbc/forums/viewtopi ... =8402#8402.

The first meeting will be at 5pm on Thursday, January 17th, at 826 Johnson Street. With the new medical cannabis regulations coming into effect soon, the timing for this committee could not be more critical. Protests are being organized for Feb 21.

4. Health Canada’s proposal to phase out the MMAR and implement the new MMPR should be of serious concern to medical cannabis users across the country. The new regulations undo a lot of the hard work we’ve put in at the courts over the past decade, most notably by removing patients’ rights to grow their own medicine. To view to proposed changes in detail, go to: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2012/ ... 4-eng.html, where you will also find contact informaiton for Health Canada. We hope all of you will take the time to voice your opinion on this matter before the public feedback deadline of February 21st.


Keep an eye on http://hempology.ca/protest/ for more developments, including details of the protests on February 21st, as they happen and as the site takes shape over the next week. This page will contain an extensive listing of relevant MPs and their contact information, as well as an excellent analysis of the new regulations by our favourite lawyer, Kirk Tousaw.

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That’s all for this month. Once again, on behalf of the staff of the VCBC, thanks to everyone for helping to make 2012 so wonderful. Here’s to a new year of limitless possibility.
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by erroneous » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:34 pm

Contents:

1. Cookie trial is proceeding as planned.

2. Fight the MMPR! Nationwide protest planned for February 21st.

3. Hempology 101 book tour stopping in 11 coastal communities including Victoria.

4. This month’s VCBC committee meetings.

1. Our current legal campaign against Health Canada is going smoothly. Owen was acquitted in early January when the prosecution entered no evidence against him in court. And as we anticipated, they went ahead with appealing the voir dire we won last spring that legalized the manufacture and possession of cannabis concentrates and edible and topical products for medical users. Right now we’re waiting on the BC Court of Appeal to decide whether or not they’ll hear the case. We hope they do, because we’d love to see how they try and defend their impossible position this time, and it would leave the possibility of the case eventually being heard by the Supreme Court of Canada where the decision would be legally binding nationwide. We’ll keep you up to date on this as it unfolds.

2. This month marks the end of the public comment period on Health Canada’s proposed revision of the MMAR, the MMPR, which would see patients lose the right to grow their own medicine. The protest against this heartless change that you heard about in last month’s newsletter is shaping up to be one for the records, as we have confirmed that protest events are taking place at about 85 ridings across Canada so far. A funny sidenote - when we originally made the website for the protest, www.hempology.ca/protest, we used images that were hosted on the Government of Canada’s website. Our site received a huge amount of traffic right away, so much that the government server hosting the images went down. We’ve since started hosting the images ourselves.

Anyway we hope you’ll all come out with us on the 21st of this month to raise awareness. We’ll be getting in touch soon with details about when and where to meet, and any preliminary meetings that will be happening to plan and prepare.

Also, if you haven’t already, please remember to contact Health Canada directly to voice your support for patients rights to grow their own medicine! We can’t stress how important it is for as many people as possible to take this easy step. The contact info is:

Medical Marihuana Regulatory Reform
Controlled Substances and Tobacco Directorate
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Health Canada
Address locator AL3503D
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9
Fax: 613-941-7240
Email:consultations-marihuana@hc-sc.gc.ca


3. Ted has found himself with all kinds of free time this winter because of the way Owen’s trial went (or didn’t go), with it taking an hour instead of the few weeks or months we had all planned on. So he’s decided to tour the coast to promote his textbook as well as Dana Larsen’s Sensible BC campaign. The dates and locations, including dates for Victoria and Sidney, can be found at: http://bit.ly/XWiVaL.

These events are free, will be at beautiful venues, and promise to be fun and engaging, so tell your friends and family to check it out if there’s a stop happening near them.

4. Finally, we just want to remind you again about our new committees, as we hope to continue to increase the input members have in the operation and direction of the Club and its activities. We have two meetings coming up this month and it would be great to see you at either or both of them. The first is a meeting of the Health Canada Committee, on Sunday the 13th from 6;30-7. The next is the Research Committee, which will meet on Thursday the 28th from 5pm until no later than 6. Both meetings will start at the Club and move across the street to the Atrium if things get crowded.
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That’s all for this month, A wonderful February to all of you, and thanks again for making all of this possible.
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by tedsmith » Thu May 02, 2013 11:49 am

Sorry for not sending an email last month but it was an incredibly busy time and by the time we realized it had not happened it seemed too late. In fact this month is so busy that we are not holding any committee meetings.

We will get back to having meetings in June, starting with the new Health Care committee. This committee will seek to connect members to friendly medical professionals and to educate the medical community about the uses of cannabis. The first meeting will be Thurs June 6 at 5pm at the club.

Also having its first meeting in June, the Events committee will be planning opportunities for the members to get together and socialize outside of the club more often, while attempting to coordinate some fundraising activities, too. This committee will help with the annual birthday potluck, summer picnics, hikes, movie nights, etc and other fun happenings. It will have its first meeting on June 13 at 5pm.

The next meeting of the Health Canada committee will be Thurs Jun 20 at 6:30pm at the club. The final meeting of the month is the Research and Development committee on Thurs June 27 at 5pm.

The best news of the spring is the fact that as of April 1 the taxes at the club went down to 5%, as the PST is apparently not applicable. Hopefully this will help in the fight against the GST, too.

Ted and Gayle will be going to the Treating Yourself Expo in Toronto on the last weekend in May, so if you know any cannabis lovers in Ontario you should tell them to go buy a Hempology 101 textbook there. They also just took a vacation to Jamaica, and while the video is not ready yet there will be one of that posted soon.

REACH FOR THE POT, the world’s only cannabis gameshow, has started back up Weds nights at 7pm at the bandshell in Beacon Hill Park. Come watch the best free entertainment in town or check it later on youtube. I you feel even more full of energy, come play dodgeball with Team 420 every Thurs on the back lawn of the courthouse, or just show up at 420 for a toke and watch us play.

For those that really need to go to a meeting, you are always free to attend the monthly board meeting of the International Hempology 101 Society, 7:30 pm Tues May 7.
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by tedsmith » Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:21 pm

VCBC June 2013 Newsletter

On the last day of May, BC Supreme Court Justice Johnson followed through on his decision last year and made it legal for Designated Growers to supply cannabis extracts to patients with a licence to possess from Health Canada. This trial started when Victoria police arrested former CBC of C head baker Owen Smith making cookies and charged him with possession for the purpose of trafficking THC. Owen was acquitted of all charges and the judge found the Marijuana Medical Access Regulations unconstitutional because they do not allow patients to make cannabis derivatives like hash, butter or tea. The appeal will be heard in Vancouver on Oct 17.

More details can be found at : http://www.hempology.ca/cbc/forums/view ... a170c997b5

The committees are finally all up and running. There will generally be a meeting every week, though some adjustments will be made each month.

Thurs June 6 5 pm Healthcare

Thurs June 13 5 pm Events

Thurs June 27 5pm Research & Development

Thurs June 27 6:30 Health Canada

Every Weds night this month you can go to the band shell at Beacon Hill Park at 7pm to watch REACH FOR THE POT, the world’s only cannabis gameshow. The final of the tournamnet will be held in July, just after we hold the annual Hempology 101 contests for the best pipe, bong, t-shirt, written word and joint roller on July 3. There will also be a game at 420 on July 1, Cannabis Day, on the front steps of the courthouse.
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by tedsmith » Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:44 pm

July 2013

Hope everyone had a happy Cannabis Day.

The board is starting to prepare for the 1st Annual General Meeting of the VCBC. Though the AGM will not be until early Nov, the VCBC is accepting nominations to the board from Aug 1 to Aug 31. If you know someone that you think would be a valuable part of our board, please ask them if they are interested before submitting their name to us. We are hoping to attract some professionals outside our memberships, as well as give some qualified members a chance to help steer the club into the future.

Since it is the summer we are cutting back a bit on our committee meetings. The only ones happening this month are the Research and Development Committee and the Health Canada Committee. Both will be on Thurs July 18, with R & D at 5:00 and HC 6:30. The R&D meeting will be focused on creating a product using glycerin and the HC meeting will be about a letter we are writing to the federal government about the need for derivatives to be included in any medical regulations.

Health Canada is changing their program for medical cannabis. The new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations will take away the right to grow and force patients to buy cannabis from commercial producers. This has created a lot of uncertainty in the field. There is an effort to fight this in court, lead by veteran lawyer John Conroy.

http://mmarcoalitionagainstrepeal.com/

Hempology 101 is preparing a second round of national protests at MP offices against these regulations on Oct 1. Please try to get as many people involved in these actions as possible. On April 1, the day the new regs come into effect, we will organize the last round of protests and host a big one in Ottawa. Posters for the Oct 1 event are available at the club if you know a good place to put one up. Most of the organizing is being done on facebook at this address:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/177176089072932/

The next issue of the newspaper comes out this month. Make sure you grab one to keep up to date on all of the things happening in the movement. We have finally started selling advertising so it is a few pages bigger than the last ones.

Finally, watch for a number of new edible products this month. We are going to develop a number of new veggie capsules, even making indica and sativa hash caps! They should be available in a few weeks. These caps will help standardize the doses members are taking and will help the medical community understand these plant medicines. New handouts will be available with lots of info.

Hope everyone has a hempy summer.
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by tedsmith » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:31 am

Sorry about the late newsletter. It totally slipped my mind last weekend. It has been a very relaxing summer for myself and Gayle and we cannot say thank you enough to the great staff who look after the club.

If you have not heard about the new capsules for sale we will forgive you because we have not made any handouts for them yet! Sorry but we have had a super busy summer at the club and have not had time to finish pamphlets to go with the 10 new kinds of cannabis capsules we have. The CBD caps are flying off the shelf, as are the 2 kinds of hash caps. Several doctors are now sending new patients to the club just for these caps and we expect interest to grow more when we have the handouts.

The monthly Research and Development meeting is scheduled for next Thurs Sept 12 at 5pm at the VCBC. Members of the club are invited to attend as we discuss improving or adding to the 43 food and skin products we currently offer and talk about possible research methods we could use at the club to document our work.

On Oct 1 at noon we will be helping the International Hempology 101 Society as people across the country protest against changes to the federal medical cannabis programs at their MP office. The new MMPR replaces the MMAR and will take away a patient’s right to grow their own medicine. Rallies at MP offices across the country will help raise awareness about the devastating effect this step backwards will have upon many unhealthy people. Please phone your MP or the media that day to help bring people’s attention to this matter on Oct 1 if you are not able to attend the rally.

On Sept 9 the Sensible BC campaign kicks into high gear. With only 90 days for the collection of signatures, we have our work cut out for us. Please register to be a canvasser and make sure you are a registered voter in BC before Sun night or you cannot even sign at all! Go check out the office for Sensible BC on the corner of Yates and Broad, right downtown Victoria.

Hempology 101 will be trying to have a booth up at UVic 5 days a week starting Monday to help the Sensible BC campaign. With the club just getting the 420 circles back to the center of campus, we are all excited to see what happens there this year. Next week the free, non-credit lecture series begins, with the first lecture on the Cannabis Before B.C. The lectures are from 3 to 4 pm every week and normally will be held in the Cinecenta theatre unless the weather is too nice in which case we will be outside of the SUB. It will be filmed and put on youtube for those who cannot come.

Nominations for the board of directors closed last week. Though there are only a handful of nominees they are all excellent candidates. The election will be held in early Nov. More info to come in next month’s newsletter.

In the bakery trial with Owen Smith, the date in the BC Court of Appeal has been moved back to Dec 6. It is still scheduled for Vancouver but there is still a chance it will get moved back here. The crown’s factum is available on-line if you wish to read it.

On a sad note, it is with deep regrets that I announce the passing of the man who ran a branch of the CBC in Halifax for 10 years, John Cook. He was one of the most caring, giving, thoughtful. compassionate man I have ever worked with.

Finally, Oct 1 will mark 1 full year of the VCBC. The transition to a non-profit society could not have been smoother, with Dieter deserving a tonne of credit for helping take the group to the next level. It has been a dream come true to watch the club take care of itself more so I can do more work with Hempology 101. Thanks to everyone who has helped with these important developments.

Link to court case

http://www.hempology.ca/cbc/forums/viewforum.php?f=20

Link to lecture series

http://www.hempology.ca/cbc/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4900
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by tedsmith » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:02 pm

VCBC Oct 2013 Newsletter

In two days, on Tues Oct 1, the International Hempology 101 Society is organizing protests against the new medcial cannabis regulations across the country at MP offices. Oct 1 is the day the current program, the Marijuana Medical Access Regulations, stops issuing personal licences to grow cannabis. Patients will be forced to purchase cannabis under the new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. For more information see

http://www.hempology.ca/cbc/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4533

Veteran lawyer John Conroy is leading the legal fight against these changes. If you have a licence to grow your own medicine or have a DG, then you should be writing your story in the form of an affivadit and sending it to him. More information about his efforts and the coalition trying to fundraise in support of him can be found at

www.mmarcoalitionagainstrepeal.com

In case you did not notice, the Sensible BC campaign to decriminalize possession of cannabis is in full swing. We only have 90 days to collect about 500,000 signatures across the province. The head office for the lower part of the island is at 622 Yates St if you know anyone who wants to help or sign the simply sign the petition.

It is easy to sign up to help canvass and collect signatures. Even if you can only collect 15 or 20, that is still better than nothing. You do not have to help with a booth or go door-to-door, you just have to go around with the forms and let people sign up when you see them. You do not have to convince anyone, there are enough supporters out there we just have to connect with them. Even though we have until early Dec we need to nail down the easy ridings now so we can focus on the tough ones later.

http://sensiblebc.ca/

The first Annual General Meeting of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club will be held in early Nov at a time and location to be announced in the next few weeks. There are 5 candidates, all members of the club, running for 3 available positions on the board. A meal will be provided to everyone who sends a RRSP to Dieter before Nov 1. This will be a wonderful gathering of the inner core of the VCBC and will set the stage for an even better future.

Have you seen our new capsules. The club now sells 9 different kinds of capsules. Using different strains, different techniques and even hash, we have created a line of capsules that will be easy for new patients and doctors to use and understand, while giving experienced members even more choices. New literature helping describe the different pills is very close to being.

http://v-cbc.ca/Publications/product-guide/

Finally, Oct 1 marks the one year anniversary of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club taking over the organization from me. My bankruptcy for not paying back taxes is almost totally over and the club does not require my assistance much at all it seems. It has been an incredible transformation. Being able to focus on Hempology 101 and the Cannabis Digest has been very good for me and people across the country. Thnx so much to Dieter for all of his time and effort it making this dream become a reality. Though I know the road ahead is uncertain, such is life. What I am certain of is that we have done our best so far and that we can confidently go ahead full steam ahead.
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by dmacpher » Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:06 pm

VCBC Oct 2013 Newsletter



In two days, on Tues Oct 1, the International Hempology 101 Society is organizing protests against the new medcial cannabis regulations across the country at MP offices. Oct 1 is the day the current program, the Marijuana Medical Access Regulations, stops issuing personal licences to grow cannabis. Patients will be forced to purchase cannabis under the new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. For more information see



http://www.hempology.ca/cbc/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4533



Veteran lawyer John Conroy is leading the legal fight against these changes. If you have a licence to grow your own medicine or have a DG, then you should be writing your story in the form of an affivadit and sending it to him. More information about his efforts and the coalition trying to fundraise in support of him can be found at



www.mmarcoalitionagainstrepeal.com



In case you did not notice, the Sensible BC campaign to decriminalize possession of cannabis is in full swing. We only have 90 days to collect about 500,000 signatures across the province. The head office for the lower part of the island is at 622 Yates St if you know anyone who wants to help or sign the simply sign the petition.



It is easy to sign up to help canvass and collect signatures. Even if you can only collect 15 or 20, that is still better than nothing. You do not have to help with a booth or go door-to-door, you just have to go around with the forms and let people sign up when you see them. You do not have to convince anyone, there are enough supporters out there we just have to connect with them. Even though we have until early Dec we need to nail down the easy ridings now so we can focus on the tough ones later.



http://sensiblebc.ca/



The first Annual General Meeting of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club will be held in early Nov at a time and location to be announced in the next few weeks. There are 5 candidates, all members of the club, running for 3 available positions on the board. A meal will be provided to everyone who sends a RRSP to Dieter before Nov 1. This will be a wonderful gathering of the inner core of the VCBC and will set the stage for an even better future.



Have you seen our new capsules. The club now sells 9 different kinds of capsules. Using different strains, different techniques and even hash, we have created a line of capsules that will be easy for new patients and doctors to use and understand, while giving experienced members even more choices. New literature helping describe the different pills is very close to being.



http://v-cbc.ca/Publications/product-guide/



Finally, Oct 1 marks the one year anniversary of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club taking over the organization from me. My bankruptcy for not paying back taxes is almost totally over and the club does not require my assistance much at all it seems. It has been an incredible transformation. Being able to focus on Hempology 101 and the Cannabis Digest has been very good for me and people across the country. Thnx so much to Dieter for all of his time and effort it making this dream become a reality. Though I know the road ahead is uncertain, such is life. What I am certain of is that we have done our best so far and that we can confidently go ahead full steam ahead.
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by tedsmith » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:24 pm

Nov 2013 VCBC Newsletter

Next Sunday evening the VCBC will be hosting it’s inaugural Annual General Meeting starting at 7 pm upstairs in the the Maple Room at the Strathcona Hotel in downtown Victoria. The AGM will be the first time an election will be held to add to the small board that was formed last year when the group incorporated. There are 5 long-time members of the club looking to fill 3 spaces, bringing the total number of board members to 7.

A presentation will be made by lawyer Kirk Tousaw. As well as giving a brief overview of the current changes happening within the medical cannabis scene, Kirk will also talk about the Owen Smith bakery trial which is scheduled before the Supreme COurt of BC on Dec 6 in Vancouver.

There are a number of new products at the VCBC, as the Research and Development committee has been super busy. We now have a coconut massage oil and will be coming up with some mango lozenges soon as well as suppositories! The next meeting of the Development committee is Thurs Nov 14 at 5pm. The following Thurs we are going to have a Research committee meeting at 5 pm because product development has been so exciting we never talk about research! This has been the only committee to take off so it is not surprising that it is being split into two.

This is the last month of the Sensible BC campaign to decriminalize the possession of cannabis in BC. There is still time to sign up as a canvasser if you want to help sign up some friends and family but you have to have you paperwork back to the office by Dec 4. Otherwise, please send anyone interested in signing to the office at 622 Yates St.

This is the last month of free, non-credit Hempology 101 lectures at UVic. On Nov 6 Gayle Quin will be presenting at the Medical Uses of Cannabis, followed by a break on Nov 13, and Ernie Yacub from the North Island Compassion Club will be presenting at the Nov 20 lecture on Medical Cannabis in Canada. Everyone welcome. Lectures are in Cinecenta from 3 to 4 pm.
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by tedsmith » Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:56 pm

VCBC Newsletter Dec 2013

This Friday Dev 6 former head baker, Owen Smith, and lawyer Kirk Tousaw will be in Vancouver before the Court of Appeal of BC as the federal government argues the judge erred last year when he declared the MMAR was unconstitutional for not allowing patients to make derivatives from cannabis, like cookies, hash or tea. It is a one day hearing open to the public in the courthouse downtown Vancouver starting at 9:30 in a room to be posted that morning. Hopefully there will be lots of supporters and media there to watch Kirk destroy Health Canada’s unreasonable position.

The first Annual General Meeting of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club was a total success. There was a full room of members and supports listening to our lawyer Kirk Tousaw sum up our court case. It was a monumental occasion, with the first election resulting in Rob MacIntyre, Karli Thiessen and Wanda Ferguson joining the board of directors. Everyone felt the excitement as this new phase of the club’s life takes shape.

Our main focus with this new life on the board is to create more opportunities for the members to have fun together. Ideas so far include a games night, walks, and movie nights. Of course, we will be forming a committee to oversee this. The first meeting of the Events Committee will be Thurs Dec 19 at 5 pm in the atrium of the BC Ferries building across the street from the club. All committee meeting will be held there from now on, as the club does not have a good spot for more than 4 people to meet.

Have you tried the newest product? Our mango lozenges are made with coconut oil but are otherwise just like the goji berry lozenges we have sold for years. In fact we have started using coconut oil in the goji berry lozenges, too. Next out will be 4 kinds of suppositories (hash, cannoil, CBD and ryanol) that we will call cannatories. The monthly meeting of the Product Development Committee is next Thurs Dec 12 at 5pm in the BC Ferries atrium.

Plans to protest the MMPR in Ottawa on April 1 are still in full swing. However, there is the hope that an injunction lead by lawyer John Conroy on behalf of the MMAR Coalition Against Repeal will force the government to keep issuing personal licenses to grow. The group has raised over $60,000 but needs much more so we are going to organize a benefit here in early March. Hopefully the rally on April 1 will not be necessary but we are planning for the worst, hoping for the best.

Hope everyone has a great December, whether you celebrate it with holidays or work your butt off. Just a reminder, the club is open every day through the holiday season. We have Sun hours on holidays(11am-6pm).
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by tedsmith » Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:08 pm

VCBC newsletter Jan 2014

by Ted Smith

Hempy New Year everyone.

This should be an incredible year at the club. As the organization settles from the shift to a non-profit society, new opportunities for growth from within are about to manifest. In the big picture, changes with the federal government’s medical cannabis program will raise the spotlight on dispensaries as the industry matures.

The new Events Committee has already planned for several good times this month, starting with a day at the BC Museum starting at 1 pm on Mon Jan 6. Once a year the museum is open to the public by donation, so we want to make this an annual pilgrimage for members and friends of the club. The next event will be a games night at the club on Thurs Jan 23 starting at 7pm. Games night will be for members only. At the end of every month we will be organizing short walks. The first walk will begin on Tues Jan 28 at 1pm at the bus depot at the University of Victoria and will take the group to the Finnerty Gardens on campus. It is wheelchair accessible and, if the weather turns out, the gardens will be just starting to bloom for the spring.

On Sun Jan 26 the VCBC will be celebrating its 18th anniversary by hosting its annual potluck at the store. Members are welcome to bring a guest. It should be another great night with food being served shortly after the doors of the club close at 6pm.

It was a bittersweet ending to 2013, as we saw the final days of Owen Smith working at the club. Do not fret though, as now he is going to be working with the International Hempology 101 Society writing for the paper, designing posters, being a radio show host and otherwise educating the public about this wonderful plant. For now Owen and Coco are off to Costa Rica and we wish him safe journeys.

Owen is the baker who was arrested in 2009 and was acquitted after a BC Supreme Court judge struck down the Marijuana Medical Access Regulations as unconstitutional for restricting the use of the herb to “dried marijuana”. In Dec the case went before the Appeal Court of BC, and lawyer Kirk Tousaw did a superb job defending the lower court decision. The appeal court decision is not expected to be handed down for months, as late as the fall.

Speaking of Hempology 101, the 2014 calendars are now on sale for just $8. We really hope to sell more so we do not lose too much money again. This will be the last year we make calendars so it will be a collector’s item one day! Hempology 101 classes start back up at UVic on Weds Jan 8. It is a free, non-credit lecture, so everyone is welcome.

The big event this year will be on April 1, the day the MMAR end and the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations take effect. That is the day patients that currently have a license to possess or grow cannabis must destroy all of the cannabis they have and start purchasing from Health Canada approved Licensed Producers. April 1, Gayle Quin and I will be going to Ottawa where we are organizing a press conference and big protest against these new regulations, unless a court challenge can force the federal government to keep allowing patients to grow their own medicine.

That court challenge is being led by lawyer John Conroy on behalf of the MMAR Coalition Against Repeal. The best way we can help is to fundraise so we are holding an event at HUSH nightclub on Weds Feb 26. There will be a raffle, so if anyone wants to donate a nice prize then please contact me. More details to come in next month’s newsletter.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in our club there are several committees you can come to. All committee meetings are at 5 pm in the atrium of the BC Ferries building across the street from the club. The first is coming up quick. Tomorrow we will be having our product development meeting to discuss the club’s food and skin products. Then next week on Jan 9 we will be having our first Research Committee meeting where we will talk about doing a lot more data collection. Finally on Thurs Jan 23 we will be having our events Committee meeting where we will discuss all of the stuff we are up to in Feb and beyond!

http://www.mmarcoalitionagainstrepeal.com/

http://forum.cannabisdigest.ca/
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by tedsmith » Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:54 pm

VCBC Newsletter Feb 2014

At the end of this month a benefit is being held at Hush to raise funds for the legal challenge striving to protect a patient’s right to grow their own medicine. John Conroy will be in federal court on March 18 and should have an answer before April 1, which is the day the new program takes effect. More information about John and the challenge is available in the Cannabis Digest. The benefit is on Weds Feb 26, with tickets just $10, and will feature several great dj artists including Owen Smith. A raffle with some amazing prizes will also help raise money.

Since the hearing is at the last minute, plans are still going ahead for a big rally in Ottawa on April 1. For those able to make the trek, this will be an intense day as many patients across the country will be focusing their rage upon Parliament Hill that day.

We had a wonderful potluck at the VCBC to celebrate its 18th birthday last month. Games night was also a success and will be a regular event happening the Thurs after welfare day every month, so the next one will be Feb 27. Otherwise there will not be many more special events happening until the summer. If you want to get more involved make sure you fill out the events form available at the front desk of the club. No more committee meetings are planned at this point.

Donations of art are being accepted now for the annual silent art auction of the International Hempology 101 Society. By the end of the month bid sheets should appear around the club. It is a great opportunity to buy some amazing local art with all of the proceeds going to support our work educating the public about cannabis. The auction ends on March 17, St Fatties Day.

There are a handful of 2014 calendars left at a reduced rate of just $5. Please help Hempology avoid losing too much money, as this will be the last year they make a calendar.

For all of the current news, check out the forums of the Cannabis Digest.

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by tedsmith » Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:48 pm

VCBC March 2014 Newsletter

This month will be a very busy month for me as we prepare for the April 1 rally in Ottawa. Sponsored by the Vancouver Pain Management Society, a protest is being held the day the federal government changes the medical cannabis regulations, making it illegal for patients to continue growing their own medicine. As of April 1, the MMPR will only allow patients to possess cannabis legally if they buy it from a Licensed Producer, unless lawyer John Conroy can convince a judge otherwise.

On March 18, John Conroy will be in Federal Court in Vancouver to make arguments for an injunction against Health Canada’s plans, in the hope of securing the right to grow your own medicine. We recently held a benefit at Hush to support this cause, raising just over $1,000. Other concerts are being organized across the country to support this important legal battle. A decision is expected before April 1.

The day before the hearing is the annual silent art auction of the International Hempology 101 Society. There is a wall full of amazing art donated to help educate the public about cannabis. Pictures will be up online soon as we approach this important fundraiser. Bidding ends at 420 sharp on Mon March 17, if you want to be there to make sure your bid wins.

The day before that, on Sun March 16 from 1 to 4, is the 15th annual Cannabis Convention of the UVSS Hempology 101 Club at the University of Victoria. This year we have an incredible line-up, including Dr David Hepburn, Dr Neil McKinney, Cam Birge and our very own, Owen Smith. It is free and open to the public. Bring your friends to this fun afternoon, where you can be surrounded by some of the most passionate cannabis activists on the island.

The following week is the 5th annual UBC Hempology 101 Cannabis Convention, featuring Chris Bennett, Jeremiah Vandermeer, Cheryl Rose and RN Lynda Balneaves. It is Sun March 23, also from 1 to 4. For those unable to attend the conventions, they will be posted on the youtube page later.

On a less serious note, it seems games night might be popular enough to keep doing. We will be playing games at the club starting at 7:30 the Thurs night after welfare day ever month. This month will be March 27. Hope to see many of you there.
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