Legalize Marijuana in Ontario
because that is where I live 🙂
I visited my first Vape Lounge in Ontario at Vapelated 26 Chatham St. E. in Windsor, Ontario. An amazing location in the heart of Windsor which borders Detroit, Michigan. When I walked in, I noticed that it looked just like an ordinary bar. The only thing that was missing was the beer on tap and beer on the shelves. In place of of it was a variety of munchies, and cans of soft drinks including Energy drinks and water. I was met by Leo Lucier, the owner of this establishment. I told him I was a professional blogger and advocate for Medical Marijuana as I suffer from MS. I have not used it yet for my condition, but it is something that I know gives a lot of people pain relief for a variety of medical conditions and I was curious as to what this place would look like. There were a lot of bongs on shelves and an interesting piece of equipment called a Volcano. Back in my day we had hookah pipes or rolled it. This intrigued me and I watched how it was put together. This is the Volcano personal weed vaporizer
What I learned in a few short hours, was that this place offers a safe and friendly place for medical marijuana license holders to gather and partake of their prescribed cannabis. And the place was full of very happy customers. Lucier’s permit from the health unit describes his business as a food store, but his Ontario business licence describes it as a
Compassion club for medical use of Pot
I intend to tell a lot of my friends who have medical marijuana licenses to come here. I have been told that it is a grey area though. Legally you can not be asked if you have a card. This company has an active Facebook page called Vapelated that you can check out for the latest news. They offer entertainment as well including bands and comedy nights. During my conversation with Leo and a member of the Cannabis Rights Coalition, I learned that the fight is still very strong for medical marijuana users, and there is still a long way to go before Marijuana is legalized in Ontario. The Cannabis Rights Coalition was there to raise money for the mounting legal fees that it takes for lawyers to fight the fight. I heard so many stories about people who are gripped with pain every day of their lives, and their biggest fight is the right to be able to get easy access to marijuana for pain relief. But the BIG topic at hand right now is the right to grow your own for medical purposes. A right that patients had for 10 years and was taken away!! I agree that there should be licensed dispensaries as most of the people at this lounge said that the licensed growers offer an inferior product. How do you feel on this subject? Do you think it is right?
As I sat at the bar I noticed something very different than I would see in bars that served alcohol. I own a bar, so I can say this from experience. Everyone is calm, relaxed, friendly, and willing to share their life story about why they turned to marijuana to help their medical situation. There is no fighting, I felt so relaxed which could have been the air (if you know what I mean 🙂 A lot of people use alcohol to escape, it is not to manage pain, but to suppress the pain they feel in every day life. Before you say anything, I drink socially and what I am talking about is what I saw in my bar and what I have seen in other bars. It felt great to sit there amongst so many calm people.
Leo Lucier is providing a service. People who use Medical Marijuana can walk into his place without judgement and smoke. Some actually come in with wheelchairs as it is wheelchair accessible. Instead of being housebound, people are coming out and socializing with one another. Not just from Ontario either, a lot of tourists popped in out of curiosity when they saw the sign about the Cannabis Rights Coalition and came in and asked questions. I asked Leo about how he is being accepted in the neighbourhood and he said that he has been very well supported by locals. He also mentioned he is blocks from the Police and never had an issue. Windsor can be a crazy city, but Leo always closes before the bars do as that is when trouble starts with people who have been drinking. The purpose of his lounge is to feel relaxed and safe, and feel part of a supportive community of Medical Marijuana users.
When will Marijuana be legalized in Ontario?
According to Huffington Post, our Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said it would be (of all days), April 20: legislation to legalize marijuana in Canada will be introduced in the spring of 2017. The only thing I hate to see is this:
“The government plans to appoint a task force — led by Liberal MP and former Toronto police chief Bill Blair _ to look into designing such a system. A Health Canada secretariat will support the group” I just hope this so called task force does not concentrate on the effects of all drugs. They need to concentrate on the Medical benefits of Marijuana and not the devastating effect of hard drugs. I have seen Medical drugs get passed in Canada a lot faster than it has taken for Medical Marijuana and these medical drugs have serious side effects including death. I know. My sister died of an overdose prescribed by a medical doctor. The bad part about it is, she should never have been prescribed this powerful pain patch. She did not overdose, the patch did it. She could have benefitted from Medical Marijuana but her doctor did not support it. It sounds all too familiar to so many people in and out of Ontario.
Who can be helped by Medical Marijuana
During my research I have come across videos like the ones below. As a parent it pulled my heart apart. Knowing that our Government is finally going to support people like this is awesome. I just hope the legalization does not come with a price. I want to see people have the choice of where they can buy it from. I am not talking about on the street, but a trusted dispensary who is educated about the different strains of cannabis.
The Documentary about Marijuana The REAL truth will surprise you
Medical Marijuana is one subject but what about Hemp? It is interesting to know that Hemp was once the largest agricultural crop in the world. What happened?? You need to watch this video. It is a real eye opener. I had no idea. There are some very powerful people who felt threatened by both Marijuana and Hemp. Watch and find out just how many products use to be made with hemp. And as for Marijuana, Drug Companies are massive and see it as a serious threat.
Think about it. More people turn to Marijuana rather than deadly narcotics. Read this article on the Washington Post about why Big Pharma is scared. More people are turning to marijuana for pain, anxiety and nausea. What would you choose? Something with a never ending list of side effects including death or….the choice is up to you
Here is the largest Canadian Marijuana grower for Medical Marijuana. I have read that they will also be making pods for coffee machines when it is legalized in Ontario. They are located in Smiths Falls, Ontario. I have also heard they will ramp up and make edibles as well which will be a multi billion dollar industry. They will probably do chocolate, but the market will be huge for baked goods as they have proven in places like Colorado. BUT, most Medical marijuana users agree that they should have the right to grow their own. They used to, but instead of Big Pharma, it is being replaced with the Big Growers who are being licenses to grow and sell to the consumer. If you want to make your own beer and wine you can, why can’t the same be said for people who want to grown their own Marijuana which will be the right type for their medical condition. What do you think? The first video is for Tweed the largest supplier for the Medical marijuana user and the other is an independent fighting for the right to grow.
If you live in Ontario, or in Detroit, it is worth visiting Vapelated in Windsor, Ontario. It was a big education for me. Thank you for letting me interview you Leo and if you go there..tell him you read it right here.