Events in Windsor
Events in Windsor number in the hundreds, but only ONE seems to have caused a different kind of fireworks. The event in question was the 420 Event which was held last year and it will be held again this year. The event organisers hope that this event will be seen in a more favourable light due to the upcoming legalisation. Last year it was heavily advertised through social media, but the fireworks dimmed when local newspapers, and TV reporters wrote articles about the event. The Windsor star spoke with the Windsor police and as a result the police responded accordingly.
“Public safety is our number one priority at any rally or protest, regardless of the topic,” said Windsor police spokesman Sgt. Steve Betteridge. “Number two would be that our officers are sworn to enforce the law — as it is, at that time.”
The only problem, is the event was not a rally or a protest. After the event the Police boasted that there were no problems, no arrests and it was a quiet event. Unlike events where there is alcohol, it would be highly unlikely that anything would happen. But the general public were given a negative impression which reduced the number of attendees. This year the organisers are planning more education, great speakers from as far away as Texas and local legend Jack Kungel who is now Cancer free and teaches people how to eat healthier.
The term 420 was coined in the 70’s and it was more of a protest. But the evolution of 420 is now turning into a day of Celebration as Cannabis is legalised this year. Thousands of people have been jailed for possessing it even for their own personal medical use for many years. And families have had to flee to legal countries in order to get treatment for their children. 2018 will be the year to Celebrate and the Epic 420 event in Windsor will be the place where it will be celebrated.
2018 will be the year that thousands of medical patients will be able to Celebrate publicly. Patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Arthritis, Epilepsy, PTSD, Cerebral Palsy or use it instead of OPIODS for pain relief will all be there. Unfortunately, many patients are starved of information about how to get a prescription, where to get it, and how to use it. One elderly man attended the 420 event last year asking how he could get edibles for his wife as she was in so much pain due to crippling arthritis and could not swallow pills and opiates scared them. Medical Cannabis patients are also afraid to tell family and friends. Cannabis has a stigma attached. Yet Opiates have caused the biggest epidemic and thousands of deaths. The issues of patients are growing. They have no where to medicate,
Landlords are now going to stop people from using their medication in their homes. Many are in wheelchairs. There will be a lot of discussion about dispensaries, lounges where people can go to in order to smoke their medication and to socialise, as well as the OCD. The official Ontario Cannabis Store. Now with legalisation, even more patients want to know HOW to grow, WHAT to grow, methods of growing, how to make Edibles/Medibles and most importantly how to take the right dose.
The 420 event in Windsor is organised by a local man Leo Lucier. Leo was able to get a permit for 2 days this year at the same location – Charles Clark Square (behind Casino Windsor) Not only did Leo organise the event last year with very little time, money or volunteers, it was a success. He is a long standing supporter of Medical Cannabis and has been known to help other patients who are looking for local doctors to get a prescription. Last year he arranged for great speakers including Sam Mellace who was featured in National Geographic and John Turmel. Cost to enter the event was $5.00 or a donation of canned goods.
Last year the response for donations was overwhelming and raised a lot of money for the Food Bank and the Womens Shelter. Entrance fee was $5.00 or a canned good and Leo Lucier’s truck was overflowing.
Patients are looking for information, yet there has only been two information nights in Windsor and both events were packed solid. One event was arranged by the Windsor Essex Rotary Club and the Arthritis Society held another one. Many patients came to these events to get answers. And both events had patients on stage sharing their stories about Cancer, Arthritis and the accompanying pain. They spoke very highly of the support they got and how they are able to live without pain and not have to use Opiates.
Events in Windsor
Windsor hosts thousands of events every year. Art in the Park, Walkerville Art Walk, Bluesfest, and Pridefest. But the 420 event is not listed on any calendar in this area. Local patients can’t find it if it is not advertised anywhere. And they will NOT come if the media paints the event in a bad light. The Arthritis Society has embraced Medical Cannabis, and LiUNA union has offered it in their benefits package. They want to see more people being weaned off of deadly opiates.
The organizers hope that the 2018 Celebration is embraced as there are plans for making it bigger next year with even more vendors.
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