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Cannabis Consumption sites in British Columbia

Are you against or for them? Do you live in British Columbia? Perhaps you voted in the survey I’m referring to, done in 2023. Thank you for providing the answers to it. This is a British Columbia official survey of how we feel about cannabis consumption sites. Overall, the older we are, the more we are against it., short story. What are your thoughts on why? Read all, I will discuss why I think that is towards the end. I received it in PDF format so I’ll highlight it below. Be warned, it is not a quick read, like the results as described in the PDF linked below for download.

From the Executive Summary: The Province of British Columbia is considering whether to permit cannabis consumption spaces and, if so, how to regulate them. ‘Cannabis consumption space’ is a general term that refers to a business such as a cannabis lounge, a special event, or other establishment that has cannabis for sale and use on-site. In spring 2022, the province sought feedback on cannabis consumption spaces through a demographically and geographically representative telephone survey, an online survey and written submissions. This engagement aimed to gain insight into whether people in B.C. think these spaces should be permitted and if they would visit these spaces. The Province also sought to understand the extent to which people agree or disagree with the proposed policy principles that might guide how these spaces could be regulated and perspectives on potential concerns or opportunities.

2023 survey results, 53% yes among existing users and 5% among people who do not use cannabis, via telephone survey visiting a cannabis space. 78% users and 0% Non users responded positively online with non users 98% against but 2% maybe
2023 survey results, 53% yes among existing users and 5% among people who do not use cannabis, via telephone survey question re: visiting a cannabis space. 78% of users and 0% of Non-users responded positively online with non-users 98% against, but 2% might visit.

The overall interest in British Columbia is high. Considering that an estimated 1.4 million people living in British Columbia reported using cannabis at least once in the past year (based on the 2021 ‘BC Cannabis Use’ survey), there may be at least 750,000 people in B.C. who are interested in visiting a cannabis consumption space at least once. In 2023, survey respondents were asked to indicate their interest in visiting these spaces to buy and use cannabis, to assess potential interest in consumption spaces. Most respondents who use cannabis were interested in visiting a cannabis consumption space, and few respondents who do not use cannabis were interested in visiting these spaces.

Open area beside Epik Cannabis Dispenserary
Perfect Open area to host an evening event, perhaps a daylight event with music cannabis consumption and freedom to do anything legal. Cannabis, more than I think, could heal this area. It sits on what was once called Canada’s most dangerous intersection…

Pre-pandemic and, before legalization, groups of like-minded individuals, at least 2, would gather upon encountering each other. In these gatherings, a match involved the consumption of 2 joints, with each person taking turns to light theirs in sequence once the first joint was ashed. Celebrations were social and varied by community. Many people attended all those gatherings in a friendly protest, which caused police and media attention in major cities like Vancouver, Toronto and other communities with local media attention if any attention happened. 420 was a code not so secret. Your next-door neighbour likely had the best stuff in the community, at least that was the sales pitch… A pair of tokers would commonly meet to discuss the quality and more from diverse grows and distribution doors. We’d compare strains, hockey scores, world events and personal stories of the highway runs we did in life. If they’d only listened to us, we coulda unleashed world peace. Why couldn’t we all just get a bong with each other and sit in a room to discuss it? The Pandemic taught us a few lessons about sharing a toke. For a short time before the governmental Marijuana Advisory Board allowed provincial weed to be sold in the province grown by people in the community and sold by citizens of the community who owned the business, a few original users and distributors kept their original Cannabis supply fresh as we all became suppliers and supporters of local weed sold at local dispensaries. They were employing local people known to us. There are still problems, but investors face those challenges now. They are trying to improve things, ever so slowly even for government time, federally speaking—so many restrictions.

Cannabis is a dangerous investment still. The goverment needs to be on top of the early struggles of this market
Civic construction played a part in forcing Earth to Sky, in late 2023, to close. 3rd Ave had summer and fall ‘infrastructure upgrades’ installed, affecting the vehicular traffic from Edmonton to Victoria Street, the previous 2 summers.

In Prince George, British Columbia, Grasshopper Cannabis was the first one to survive the initial wave of dispensaries. None before had business licenses and did not survive a week. This one opened at 421 George Street. Another dispensary, Epik, at Canada’s most dangerous intersection, 3rd and George just down the street, was the second to open. Sigh, it’s not all bad, BC is home to unemployed actors, and there are places where they can hone their acting skills. Life in the city, on its streets and jails, outside the Provincial Courthouse. It isn’t just our city, sadly. For a spell, we had a story or 2 the nation was interested in collectively, around the time just before legalization. Epik has an open area beside the store to host a cannabis consumption (outdoor) site, and an entire upper floor too if the government allows editable consumption, some non-psychosomatic. A nearby diner would likely partner with a dispensary to provide those orders. Some other businesses may have rented out that area upstairs, though. Diners on 3rd might compete with diverse offerings of Cannabis cooking too, if allowed. It does not have to be medicinal or recreational, just not decarbed. Healthy, unique meals. A new taste to old recipes, none of the refer madness effects. Activated uses are so diverse, too. Cannabis Vodka? Are you drunk or stoned when consuming it as alcohol? Crossfaded is a good word if you’re stuck, but drunk works. Of course, activated cannabis, edibles and meals would be available for takeout through the dispensaries too, to be used responsibly at home at the discretion of the buyer. The first year, there was an event on April 20th in that outdoor space by Epik, just before the fall pandemic began. The area used is a private parking area for local businesses. I attended the event, but they had prohibited taking photos. The Ramada Hotel sits across from Grasshopper, as does a popular small home-style diner called the ‘Daydream Donuts Cafe‘ next door to Grasshopper. Epik has a neighbouring diner too, ‘Ritual Coffeeworks‘. I’ve heard they have a connection to Grasshopper in Ritual. Many dispensaries close too, like Earth to Sky, found further up 3rd towards 5th in the block just after Victoria St, unable to provide the federal, provincial and local governments with income to operate as long-time road construction on Third Ave blocked all but pedestrian traffic dropping in. The picture is above, if you missed it… The residents and workers of the neighbourhood out for a healthy stroll to the neighbourhood dispensary were not quite enough to support.

Back to the survey and a closure to this post. By now, you have an independent thought in your head about open-air cannabis use in an event-type setting. I’ll focus this para and the next on one thought: new life. As many of the respondents were women of all ages, a concern in more than one female and some male minds was pregnancy use. That’s an educated guess. Gender was a question asked somewhere in that long document. My questions. Would females even congregate at cannabis consumption sites? What if they were pregnant? What if they became ‘with child’? A simple Google search brought up loads of negative information bordering on Refer Madness. It contains none of ‘the harmful chemicals tobacco has‘. It continues negative against any cannabis use, but make your mind up if you read past that warning. Youth still have that world to grow up in. Lots of youth start families. It still has the reputation of being a gateway drug for that age group. There is always the possibility of re-illegalizing it in Canada. The youth can change their futures collectively as they inherit adult roles, changing local, regional and national paths.

Digging deeper, a study of the human endocannabinoid system and its role in pregnancy shows how important it is for life from the moment of fertilization, from the mother. It continues until the child can produce enough of the endocannabinoid, all its life, to the last dying breath hopefully decades later. It starts with breast milk c/w endocannabinoids. Did you ever have a ‘Runners High‘, during activity, long after weaning from Mother’s Milk? Even deeper, we see the similarity of the Cannabinoids in cannabis to an endocannabinoid cell. The receptors in the body fit both cannabinoids and endocannabinoid cells. What happens to a lowered or compromised endocannabinoid system throughout life? Can cannabis use supplement a lowered or compromised endocannabinoid system? Well, I think Canada’s legalization is a huge 20-year at least study on Cannabis use. Questions to ask- at least one. Will it influence chronic illness diagnosis rates over a generation? OK 2. Will it affect tobacco sales and addiction? We’re already almost tobacco-free in BC– You make the difference. In BC or perhaps elsewhere, doctors can counsel persons serious about quitting. Pharmacy is a partner to health in ‘The Quit’ here. It isn’t all cannabis-related, but it was part of my quit… In BC, it is free to tobacco consumers who want an end other than death. Ask at a doctor’s office or your pharmacy. Quitnow is international and available for support with the quit, which we know is hard to do, even in British Columbia! We can have a tobacco-free generation. That includes those questionable tobacco vapes. You are part of the collective in your local area.

Keep following my posts as I research where the money goes. I hear in the USA where individual states legalize, those states pump funds into education, highways, civic roads, and other state concerns and new programs. Where does Canada put the money nationally? What if BC and all the provinces kept more of this coin?

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Pedestrian Guidelines for North America

Pedestrian guidelines are firm and aim for public safety. Even for some electric mobility devices. It starts at home, with children, and walking to school. As a child, you might have had an authoritative figure who walked with you. You might even have been that authoritative person yourself. Cool. Life went on. You may have inspired other pedestrians, knowingly and unknowingly. Some of us stumbled while walking suddenly. Like one sunny day late in May, when I encountered a wall in 1999, then I was diagnosed with a chronic illness in mid-June 2000.

Bang. A few years later, you might be using a mobility device, if that happened to you. What’s with this? Stairs become your barriers, many places you can’t live, and it begins there. There are so many barriers! Freedom of the road and all conflicts with public safety. There are so many cars! Legal weed (in Canada). The doctor and the prescriptions. Freedom and discretion in many areas of North America, and open-air consumption are all good many times, even here, where it’s legal. Makes sense of it all, don’t you know? Am I the same on one of those devices as I was walking to school? My mother and older sister were my walk partner in that younger me. We walked facing those big deadly cars. “Stay out of their way”, they would warn. “You cannot see them coming behind you on that other side. Walk like this, you little bra…” I’d scare my sibling, scaring at least one driver too with me darting the traffic lane, terror on a bike. You never win against a vehicle. But life I found is fun when challenging that ‘fear factor’. Yes, some folks never made it past that life of thrill. They refused to walk with me after a few close calls, and I picked up some bad habits. Meh. Darn walls. I met some RCMP officers and the Road Safety Department of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia a couple of years into my life on a mobility scooter. Medichair Northern BC has always supported pedestrian safety along with me… We learned together, adding to the legend in my mind. Gave a community speech for the community. I was also pulled over a few times by young officers suffering from unfamiliarity with mobility device travel after it, just educating them on the road, backing up perhaps a supervisor advising of sightings of ‘people like us’ driving unsafe because of weather conditions.

Looks like snowplows passed on this winter morning in Prince George BC on Third Avenue. Pedestrian safety begins with me, along with you, in the active transportation network of Prince George.

Long and short of that story, there are several classes of 2, 3, and 4-wheeled electric scooters. For the afflicted, our scooters travel no faster than 10 kph or 6 mph. This is a pedestrian-class scooter or power wheelchair, and it usually comes from a medical supply place. It is often authorized in BC by an Occupational Therapist (OT). Other places exist, like online retailers and Walmart Scooters for example, 1-800 Wheelchair is a website too c/w no cost shipping. Some people have health insurers that pay for one. Donated items show up. An OT will provide guidance and basic instructions for safety inside and out in the wild, when new and when devices are renewed. They wear out after about 5 years of hard long-distance riding in any community. Many funding sources depend on an OT being involved. But if you have the means, you could purchase one without a health need to replace a vehicle or to gift an ageing relative or partner. At the end of the story, mobility devices incapable by design of travelling faster than 10kph (6mph) are pedestrians and have no actual rules. They face the traffic in multiple forms of mobility, as a safe way of travel on road surfaces. Pedestrians are not supposed to travel on provincial and national highways. Where accessible pedestrian infrastructure exists (sidewalks and paths/parkland, they should be utilized by all forms of pedestrian movement.

Challenges to Pedestrian Safety

  1. Why do we only use a mobility device? Good question. You must be comfortable with our transportation devices to feel safe inclusively. 7 days a week, 24 hrs a day 365 days a year you might see us living our lives outside our homes. We are a class of the diverse pedestrians that you see in your daily travels along a sidewalk or a roadside as you drive or walk by. Many of us use one as an accessible vehicle’s cost is prohibitive to many, or perhaps we don’t realize a vehicle we might or perhaps not own now can be adapted with hand controls. That also requires a driver’s licence review in British Columbia, perhaps elsewhere, for recertification of safety. That might be a challenge for many before the cost of ownership. Perhaps the licence was legally lost or age took it away. Most often, we live in a larger community, like a city. Our reasons are diverse. We were electric long before it was cool in vehicles. On a sidewalk, we travel, respecting other pedestrians. We love it when you respect us and clear the path of your body when you notice us behind.
  2. What about the direction of travel against traffic? Doesn’t that conflict with bike traffic in that lane?: That’s 2 of the questions that come up the most often. As a power mobility device travels in a small footprint, and the bike cannot see traffic behind, a smaller footprint, it makes sense for the mobility device that stays out of the way of oncoming traffic with awareness, to travel closer to the traffic flow as the bike passes safely next to the sidewalk. We can all share a road surface. We should not travel on roadways where bikes are banned. I always go wide tight against the traffic lane, making it obvious for a bike to pass on my right. Some will veer wider and try to pass on my left, putting themselves deep into traffic flows. I then dart in to pass them on the inside, allowing them safety.
  3. Parked cars: Sometimes a rider on the road will encounter a line of cars parked. Always be looking for a running vehicle or one that appears to be pulling out. If vehicles are oncoming, proceed only if safe to go, or duck between the parked cars, proceeding when safe until the end of that line hopping cars. Also if a bike is coming dart in-between the parked cars till the bike passes.
  4. The safest and most recommended way of travel is on sidewalks. In a perfect world, that is true. Always try to keep on sidewalks. But in reality, some sidewalks are not in the best shape. Sometimes, they are so crowded with many people. Some are not curbed at the intersection. Sidewalks are rough on sensitive bones, as those devices have no shock absorbers. Sidewalks don’t exist everywhere. There are a diverse amount of reasons people ride on the road. If you follow the same guidelines as pedestrians, you will be safe and unhindered. If you interfere with vehicular traffic, you will catch the attention of an RCMP officer or other emergency responder in Canada for a much longer story… You won’t face charges doing anything pedestrian but that’s loose as you might have a legal charge applied. You can keep your weed now, lol.
  5. Seasonal: Extreme weather is always a challenge, particularly for someone who uses a mobility device. Winter, short story. Snow is a much longer story with temperature challenges; spring flooding and frozen drains follow… Snowmageddon events
  6. The city I live in is Prince George BC. We have a civic committee for access and inclusion. It connects to the city’s active transportation network of pedestrians among vehicular traffic, inclusively. Society’s definition of ‘disability’ for people with an affliction is those who require accessibility changes. Those changes are inclusive and benefit everyone once realized. An App we use gives the civic committee information from your eyes, about civic issues of concern from taxes to potholes and sidewalk challenges. Even those frozen spring drains are fixed fast. It’s part of a civic program called CityWorks. It can be downloaded on all mobile devices. The city of Prince George highly recommends all civic residents and participants of the local active transportation network download it today.
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How does a person create a Biofuel station?

I’m sitting here in Northern British Columbia watching the news about increasing fuel costs. I listen to the sound of vehicles on the main artery road in my city. Electric and hybrid vehicles are much better for residences along these roads and highways. Quieter. An ICE (or Internal Combustion Engine) stands out. As the news plays out, I imagine the lives of the people behind the wheels I hear. Emergency vehicles just passed. An ICE. Well, it could’ve been a hybrid, using ICE, but I doubt that. The government will take a little longer to upgrade emergency vehicles. Electric in a different life could have feelings of relief, not being a slave to that pump. Hybrid vehicles visit the pump less.

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Trip 2023

It has been about 20 or more years since I traveled this highway. Even longer by bus. In 2018, the only intercity human transportation and one of the few shipping centers in Prince George shut down with little forewarning. At least it caught me unaware. Greyhound. Wasn’t too fond  of people in general, refused to comply with Transport Canada’s emerging Accessibility standards for intercity transportation of people.

Why did I not use Greyhound more? They had a route for a very long time, connecting not only Northern BC to the nation and beyond, they brought that beyond to Northern BC and beyond that way. That is a question I would ask another who spent that time apart from a family. Particularly if at a basic level, this service was available.

No excuse, I had a hard life. My Multiple Sclerosis arriving in 2000, expected to put me in a wheelchair within 5 years. Within days of diagnosis, my father died. Within two 2 years, my mental health condition was apparent and diagnosed with MS treatments, new at that time. Medical support denied me as I was using Marihuana. No vehicle. My legs decided I would lead a pedestrian life, avoiding vehicles. ‘Disabled Income. I’ll say no more.

By 5 years, I had given up my car as my right leg could not move from the gas to the brake pedal fast enough. I also quit smoking tobacco, which put me in alternative places within my community. Greyhound would not accept me as I was disabled and invalid in their minds, which is the basic reason, and I had no vehicle. My medical support accepted me back, as they could not deny me. I feel they were forced. 

I have no fond memories of Greyhound anyway, who did not mind tobacco and alcohol as long as people were on board when doors shut and wheels moving when I last rode. They left many people behind. Alcohol was still forgiven, but Canada forced tobacco out. No Cannabis allowed, but to be fair, Canada called it Marihuana, which came straight from hell. Onward to 2023. Side note: Cannabis is legal now but still can not be consumed on board.

I arrived at the stop for multiple buses running for my city. Northern BC just got away with BC Bus North, and now at 8:16 am, we wait. Soon, it’ll arrive. 8:17 now… Hurry up and wait. Well, en route now past city limits at 843 am… Ebus underway!

This would’ve shortened my trip not so long ago. Actually, it would cause adventure as I might’ve been placed between communities, awaiting the RCMP and a ride to their offices. Past is the past, Onward to Kamloops

Well, we’re all on board by 8:25, Mike does the welcome aboard speech. This Ebus is not accessible. No, it does not have a ramp. This bus has 7 stairs. I saw that it has to be requested in advance 48 hrs minimum for access. They bring a unique bus to the pickup location. Scooters always go under one bus design, and another bus can take a fair-sized power chair, untested with a scooter. Washrooms in the back. Meh. Lots better than Greyhound. Not quite as good as Northern or another Health Authority’s Connection Busses. Coincidently, A division of Ebus company manages the medical transportation I learned. There is a price difference lol.

Stops announced Williams Lk, 70 Mile House. Shouldn’t that be 112.7 Km House here in Canada? Hmmmm. Stay tuned. This ride is much smoother than Greyhound, and seatbelts are mandatory. 9:47, just entering Quesnel.

Underway, I’ll be 500 + KMs before this day is done.

Well, 1135 and the stop at Williams Lk was another memory to behold. A single bathroom satisfied my 3 hrs travel to find it, but I didn’t feel like the ‘back of the bus’ bathroom was close enough. Well, onward after Mike, the driver, does a headcount. Onward to the next stop and stretch. Time to charge and enjoy the puff. Lol, This stop by a liquor store… Iconic memories of being left here, with Greyhound… Onward.

Miles to some, kms under the wheels, moving under us. Onward!

We stopped for lunch at 112.7 km house. I’ll bring lunch on my return, just saying. A bathroom break to wash my hands, puff and consume some truck-stop-packaged something. It’s time to huff a vape puff and get on board.

The city marker was found in a city park.

My impression of Kamloops by Transit any of the modes is great. Ample wide open nature parks, accessible and ‘walknrollablable’ by City Transit. They built sidewalks for community health. All built on hills, busses struggle to climb. No wonder it’s considered the ‘City of Tournaments‘. My morning walk was a walk to the 7-11, a block by sidewalk but 20 meters above my sister’s place. Meh. A surprisingly meagre amount of benches and garbage collection areas exist on the sidewalks. But again, the city was clean along those sidewalks. I noticed very few mobility devices in use. Had I brought mine, I would’ve seen more, I imagine. I was told Tranist, HandyDART services, and private vehicles are the standard modes of Kamloops’ mobility. Walking is done mainly in those parks, so common with benches and garbage cans. People rarely walk to the park, I was told.

Peterson Creek Park affords many views 30 or 40 meters above a busy highway. Well-placed benches are along a mega km natural trail connecting some other large area parks and sporting areas.
 They donate benches as a legacy. We give thanks for the views these people enjoyed in life. There’s no litter to distract the views. Thanks as well to respectful visitors who came before me and any who picked up after those disrespectful visits.
The Highway below the park and mountain views.
 The mountains overshadow Kamloops
Another Bench
Sage grows everywhere, among the diversity of nature.
 Trail markers, so an exploration party does not get lost (easily)
That highway so far below
This deserted mall serves as Ebus HQ in Kamloops. The office to register is inside, and a restaurant, a couple of computer tech support offices exist. Most of the places are closed inside.

 As it is Aboriginal Day in Canada, while I traveled back, I respected these lands I traveled upon. I am traveling between the TKemlups and Lheidli T’enneh territories. Such beautiful territories they’ve managed since a time before time was recorded. As we travel, my thoughts are of ancient trade routes and past explorers to this part of Canada. I called PG Taxi along the road and booked a taxi for my arrival at around 830pm. Back home.

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Now on a Canadian server

Thanks to Shift Creative, a Prince George web design service Walknroll.info is now hosted and not costing me that US exchange rate. This site isn’t making me any money, but it still remains. It will, in the future, be more than entertainment. I highly recommend the services of Shift Creative!

Well, it will get more posts. For the first time since I installed this WordPress App on my Android device, this host has connected with no issues. I can post as I travel. I’ll do this as I travel on Ebus to Kamloops in a few days. This bus might provide wireless internet and charging, I hope.

Me, 2023, before I go, lol.

Yes, you’ll get some photos. Ebus is a fairly new service connecting Prince George to Kamloops. It is the first intercity service to run that route since the departure of Greyhound in 2018. Thank you for following this site all these years! Stay tuned as I walknroll around Prince George after visiting our sister city. More to come!

 

 

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WordPress user types: Patron

What is a ‘Patron’? I asked Google after finding it as a ‘user type’ on a website I manage. I have this website and another on WordPress. They do not come cheap. One is on ‘Shared’ communication servers. I reference this, but it might not display on Google Chrome browsers. Mine’s on a private host’s ‘shared’ website server. Both allow WordPress to be installed on the domain, the website you’re viewing right now or over here where the only actual difference to you, the viewer, is that this one is HTTPS. It’s privately funded, but buy me a coffee here and I’ll thank you just the same! I’d consider you a Patron for sure! Why is this important for everyone, HTTPS? Do you see a warning before you view this other very trustable website? Or is even this one just as trustworthy? They’re way more credible than mine and get way more views per day! HTTPS assures you safety amid a clutter of websites offering troubles. When they become HTTPS, I am sure those views will increase. That said, just because it displays HTTPS, know safety by experiencing past website visits. Mine should improve with frequent posting, and creditable linking verifying.

Relax. You’re on an HTTPS website!

WordPress allows different user types separating them from casual browsers who do not ‘subscribe’ to new posts publicized. That, coincidently, is another ‘Registered User’ alongside a Patron user. A subscriber gets added to Mailchimp and other lists connected to our website alongside the other registered users so diverse, and others as it shares to Social Media. The website appreciates all who register inclusively; you support the website’s authors (Contributors, another user type) with your views and shares! The Patron is a user who has had a financial long-term impact on the organization, i.e., what the organization calls a ‘valued, esteemed contact’. Imho, I would consider them financial benefactors for the entity that the organization becomes because of the coin. It helps the organization amid the funds so appreciated by government gaming sources so dearly loved. Know your limit and play within it, but thank you BC for your donations through those entertaining addictive stations. If you lose control, there is help! Please don’t validate your addiction and try claiming it on your taxes as a creditable donation. Speaking of donations, if Non-Profits were to host HTPPS Websites, the visitors would be more likely to become a patron even anonymously via an online 50-50 chance. See how Gaming helps BC Nonprofits directly? Nonprofits almost always have a running 50-50 draw and since 2019, those have been online and secure. Some by email or offsite on a secure website (HTTPS) in the organization’s name costing a percentage!

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Nature is natural

Nature in the beginning

Nature. When a tree falls in the forest, and no one, no animal is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Perhaps it does, maybe in practice, or perhaps it saves the sound for a listener to keep them out of the way of the falling tree. Only Mother Nature can answer that question with credibility. She’s been doing this since it grew the first trees on our planet before humans or animals were there to learn the dangers of falling trees and hear the warning sounds of Ms. Nature. Falling trees are not the only danger. New forests with diverse plants grow in stages small and fast-growing plants, soft broadleaf trees to slow growth with larger, more dense wooden plants such as trees like Pine, Spruce and Douglas Fir in the Forests. No one knows for certain, but large trees may have been preceded by Wild Cannabis and shrubs, which were likely the first plants on this planet. It was likely once part of nature on the entire planet.

A picture of nature, with a river flowing through a valley
Fishing, peaceful activities can be found in nature. We should all respect it and work to preserve its beauty.

Nature’s tools

When plants like trees grow, they drop seed as they mature. Some tree species like Aspen will spread out by their root systems with just one method of reproduction. When one tree drops the root system and the fallen trunk provides ‘starter material’ as it decays with branches that take root and grow with the root system. A single thick stand of aspen may be thousands of years old, perhaps even Millions years old. Large herbivores like Moose and Deer control the species that eat leaves and small saplings. They are the start of a forest construction along with the bushes and shrubs with seed and fruit for the smaller ‘workers’ like birds, squirrels and mice. Those animals eat seeds, nature employs them. They never stop eating. They are not really particular, munching on a diverse range of seeds. Predators eat vast amounts of seed eaters and some eat both animals and seed. The seeds survive the digestive tracts of consuming animal. Most animals poop, and that provides a good fertilized pile for the seed to grow in. The resulting plants condition the soil for larger plants like trees, most grown by seed themselves.

Nature’s way of regeneration

Well, we’ve already explained the ‘Poop cycle’ of natural workers to create new forest but there are other regeneration methods used naturally. Fire is one way. Pine trees have cones that contain seed.  Through their life, which could span eons, it drops seed in these cones.  Some of that seed is eaten, as some animals can eat cones and pooped all over the forest. The cones open naturally in heat drop seed.  Pine produces a powerful scent when it gets hot. That aroma is flammable and will ignite naturally. Often, nature will provide the spark with lightning, but more recently, humans have caused many wild fires in a forest, either by carelessness or industry. Human-caused fires can grow dangerously hot, making land sterile and seeds hard to grow naturally. Many times, it takes human intervention to regrow the natural forest quicker after a huge hot human caused wildfire.

Humans and Nature

Recreation

There are activities that support nature and are sustainable. We drop lines for fishing in our rivers, lakes and streams. We hunt game in the forests, as we are predators and herbivores. There are several berries, edible plants and some mushrooms we collect to consume. We can find holiday decorations and trees for Christmas in a forest. A walk in a quiet forest is mentally stabilizing for everyone, particularity those with challenges. It teaches the human child of all ages to respect nature.

Industry

Several activities occur in the forests that immediately don’t seem good for nature. Many seem to be conducted to collect wealth from the forest and nature takes a few generations to recover. Logging happens with clear-cutting and most times, the natural forest’s diversity is replaced with a monoculture of merchantable single tree species, Pine and Spruce mainly.  This practice must stop. It’s totally not natural. The trees use fire to regrow naturally, clean out dying and dead matter clearing soil for recent growth. A monoculture of trees that use fire to regenerate concentrates the heat so it completely burns the soil and there are no firebreaks like broadleaf plants to slow or stop it. Monoculture stands are suspected of being one cause of huge infrastructure fires seen in British Columbia during the summers of 2017 and 18 and could be a reason for declining animal populations. It is the most destructive use we have of the forest, but other activities like oil and gas, as well as mining also have an impact, but mostly those try to make the land natural after work is finished.

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Cannabis potential part 2

Cannabis, or how to restore the Forests ‘The Why’

Continued from PART ONE of “Cannabis Potential”  If you need to read that one, the link will take you there.  Go ahead.  I’ll wait for you to return….   Welcome back.  Before that though, its good to see why we need it to happen.  This is a ‘Weeducation‘ class, by the end I hope you know Cannabis Potential

Prelude to why we need Cannabis

Perhaps as early as 1940 or sooner, the industrial impact on British Columbia’s (mis)managed forests growing in our province has made an impact on the world’s environment.  The forests are a form of life on the planet, with succeeding generations like us.  Fast forward to the year 2000 and 2 decades more, and we have threats like Old Growth Forests being harvested for their ‘Net Worth’ to the economies of BC and Canada.  It’s BC’s 2nd leading industry behind Mining, another forest damaging industry but resoritive in most cases, no threat to ‘Old Growth’ as far as I know.  Those Old Growth trees are very important to the entire ecosystem of the forest working in harmony with the rooted plants, animal births and while they grew, other trees of the forest.  It likely ‘fathered’ and sheltered multi species life for better than 2 centuries.

Random thought

When I die, I would like to be a tree growing wild.  If everyone had that thought, cemeteries could be new forests, trees lining streets providing shade began with bodies as fertiliser legally.  It worked for at least one gardner who was a Serial Killer who’s flowers grew strong and healthy in a competitive market before it was discovered, I read soon after he was caught.   Back to forests then Cannabis potential…

Back to the reason

The governments of BC over the decades have allowed the harvest of many of these founding trees to the detriment of the forests whole, it must end now.  A recent plan to cut them into pellets is so wasteful even for industry imho.  2020 sees many mill closures and raw log exports.  This leads to high unemployment, social discomforts and perhaps even poverty.  The forests need to recover, we need to step back industrially from the forests for at least 2 generations of humans.  Nature has a job to balance and we need to assist it.  But we need wood.  It has so many uses in our society.  Housing.  Fences.  Construction.  Toothpicks.  Toilet Paper.  Whatever would we do without Toilet Paper! Ok well bidets are popular in most parts of the world, we’d survive.  But what of the rest?  Do we have an alternative fiber that would replace our basic needs for wood c/w employment for the workers displaced?  This is the first Cannabis potential I’ll write about, but it’s not the first use BC will recognize shortly.

A Cannabis leaf, a symbol of its potential
Cannabis leaf, full of its potential for earth and animal health including human

Cannabis, or how to restore the  Forests ‘The How’

Concrete traditionally made and widely used in construction alongside wood develops cracks over time, crumbles bad with water, not breathable and is not real good for the environment when disposed at the end of its usefulness.  Cannabis creates a perfectly recyclable “Hempcrete” replacementHemp lumber is a thing too.  Building with fire resistant Hemp materials makes sense living in flammable forests as they rebuild themselves naturally.  Even Hemp toilet paper.  This product as well can be infused with CBD and THC for a medicinal aid for problems at both ends of your plumbing. Top it with Hemp foods for complete health through the digestive track, clean with a medicated wipe to make your butt happy.  Your mouth and butt and everything between will thank and be smiling with you!  Oh, and you mentioned employment…  There is a ton of employment from supervisors to laborers from seed to consumer, with every processed use of Cannabis to Hemp.  Don’t forget the spin off businesses perhaps selling Hemp food and clothing (and the million other items made from Hemp), they need employees too.  As this happens, less people work in the forests.  Work in the forests becomes research as it regrows naturally with our educated assistance, recreation becomes the forest’s main industry.  Stay tuned for part 3 arriving soon!

 

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Cannabis in history, potential part one

Mixed feral stand of Cannabis common in history
Back in history, this could be a prehistoric scene of life before it crawled ashore.

History

One use for Industrial Cannabis is Fuel

Around the time 1899 turned 1900 on January 1st & during the decades to come, Henry Ford was building vehicles out of Cannabis and fueling them with the plant. The man sold his vehicles amid the early electric vehicles that were threatening to take over the auto market. He had the idea people could grow Industrial Cannabis to power his internal combustion engine (ICE). Those thoughts swayed away before 1945, likely because of advisory board decisions. We began the short run to today’s environmental problems that we see no end to, thanks to fossil fuels being damaging from extraction to consumption. We should return to that biofuel to phase out the internal combustion engine and the EV takeover. Predictions have it phased out of most nations by 2040. Certainly, by 2100, we may all be using autonomous electric vehicles, which are a combination of technologies developing individual power sources for all our power needs, individual to national willpower. That dream is in another post I’ll make. We have so much more awareness now about clean renewable energy. Is it hype to think that can solve our problems? Not in my thoughts and many thinkers like a forward-thinking corporation in my community. This one function is temporary as the ICE may fade into human history in a predictable future, although perhaps as a heating oil that use will continue. The fuel is multipurpose, non-toxic, but unpleasant to consume. A spill would help the environment, fertilizing the soil for other plants. It’s not the only thing Cannabis can do. Stay tuned, and subscribe for more!

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Food services in Canada

Meals

There are food services actually “Meal Kit Food Delivery” services that save you time from meal planning, targeted for the busy person perhaps with a family, with perhaps more than one mouth to feed.  Different services from raw ingredients with recipes to match, some provincial here in Canada to home delivery within an hour from local diners and grocery stores c/w alcohol and I hope in some near, almost predictable future, ‘Cannafood‘.

Here in Canada, if one went out for Cannafood, they would have to walk home or hire a cab.  Driving while under the influence of Cannabis or ‘Drugged Driving‘ is illegal.  It is odd that the law enforcement of North America considers Cannabis a drug in the same or worse category than Cocaine or Heroin, particularly with driving, but times are changing with what I call #Weeducation.  Nothing like home made though, while you wait for delivery.  In some areas, raw and concentrated Cannabis could be delivered too, locally and discreetly, perhaps not legally but fresher and more affordable.  Stay tuned for the future!

Canada wide delivery

There is a particular service I used for a few months.  GoodFood I can truly rate.  Their food arrives fresh on Dry Ice, the recipes are easy to follow and depending on basic skill level always comes out perfect.  They have a multitude of dinner meals, lunch brunch and breakfast beverages and meals including vegan/vegetarianism options to choose from.  It’s a good idea to know your protein substitutes as a vegan vegetarian diet is lacking as a major source of that overall, GoodFood has that info too as they appear to care about you.  They are just one federal service though.

Another one that I am not familiar with I first saw on Facebook was “Hello Fresh“.  They offer the same services as GoodFood above, likely with different meal choices.  I would expect that most of them offer about the same service with their own diverse menus, but some are based within the province and imho better as the food does not travel as far from farm to table.  That has to be a consideration in this age of Environmental awareness as ‘Local’ is best, and Provincial is second.  Nation should be the last choice although some international foods are good as they have unique tastes.  Never get international food as a ‘Meal Kit’ unless it’s prepared fresh, flash frozen raw, cold transported and your tastes demand it.  There are stores and diners likely local to you with the flavours you desire, perhaps deliver, and as above homemade is always best.

BC Provincial

It seems in the city of Vancouver, BC there are local BC Wide Meal Delivery Kits, a new one opened up delivering to Canada beginning here in BC.  Many Vancouver diners, grocery stores, and farmers markets appear to be listed to send meal kits to customers perhaps across our province.  Check the websites linked to those places in the above link for more info.  Google or use your favorite search engine the keywords “Provincial Meal Kits” for your province to see if you have any choices.  In grocery stores, you may have other shops that deliver, but many “Save On Foods” have a delivery service available, most have park and shop online shopping too, select your groceries online through the app or website and select a time to park and wait for them to be brought to your vehicle

Local

Well, Local I will limit to Delivery services from Diners you might or might not have in your community, I am sure you know the minor strictly local Dial a Bottle company delivering anywhere in Canada sometimes with more than just alcohol via deliveryservices listed below, or even your buddy Ralph who charges a gas fee and the local Booze Can epense after hours… Here in Canada, we have services such as “Uber Eats” where they operate, as Skip the Dishes operates in more communities sometimes delivering groceries through phone and computer apps like InstacartPizza Hut finally got delivery in my town likely had it in yours from long ago.  Pizza places of course you have your local shops delivering in all communities perhaps as well as the big name ones like “Little Caesars“, “Dominos Delivery (avoid the ‘noid, order tonight) and others in a chain across the nation

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