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BC government warns public of potential bad bud

Study showcases potential risks of illicit cannabis use, according to BC’s Public Safety Minister

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If you are smoking up, the BC government wants to be sure the product is coming from licenced sellers.

As part of a pilot study, the BC Cannabis Secretariat sent 20 dried cannabis samples to a federally licensed analytical testing lab in February, 2021. The samples – which had been seized by the provincial Community Safety Unit from illicit retailers – contained a total of 24 distinct pesticides, along with “unacceptable levels of bacteria, fungi, lead and arsenic,” according to Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth.

The study claims some growers may be engaging in practices that pose risks to consumers and employees handling the product, as indicated by the frequency and variety of contaminants identified.

“My message to people who choose to consume cannabis is simple,” said Farnworth.

“Buy from legal sellers whose regulated product is subject to national requirements that are in place to protect you.”

Farnworth also said in addition to the health risks, purchasing illegal cannabis means you could be supporting organized criminal operations who “pose a danger to our communities.”

There are more than 370 legal cannabis stores in BC, and roughly 160 illicit stores have either been forced to or voluntarily shut down since enforcement began after non-medical marijuana became legal, according to Farnworth.

“When the arguably six billion dollar industry was legalized, few, if not none of the groups previously involved have gone away. The market just opened up to legitimate buyers,” a former Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit senior officer told the Western Standard.

“Those guys were already well established in production, distribution, marketing, sales, wholesale, and retail across Canada … and they also have roots in the US.

“Organized crime groups are also going to farmers up the valley and saying, ‘Look, I’ll build you a barn if I can use it for five years.’

“They are making huge profits at half the cost of government cannabis … some of these barns are doing 10 million dollars a year in wholesale prices, and of course this money and these organizations are often connected to the lower Mainland conflict.”

Farnworth has said in contrast to buying contaminated products which contribute to organized crime, the public can instead buy from a licensed seller and “feel assured that the tax revenue will go toward the public services that we all rely on.”

The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health set forth a list of evident limitations to the analysis, such as how the small sub-sample is not representative of all illicit cannabis in Metro Vancouver. The samples may have been produced by 20 different growers, or one. They may have been grown within Metro Vancouver or may have been sourced from elsewhere.

The National Centre elected not to perform health risk assessment using the data, due to concerns of over or under-representing the risk to the public.

“This is a continuation of the same fear mongering tactics,” Jodie Emery, Canadian cannabis activist and publisher of Cannabis Culture told the Western Standard.

“The government needs to accept responsibility for tainted cannabis. When they complain about dangerous shady people who are involved, it’s because they themselves have criminalized it, they’ve kept it criminal. This incentivizes people who are shady and unscrupulous.

“If the government allowed the mom and pop shop to operate, they would do it with pride, honour, and integrity … but when the government threatens prison time and massive fines, the market goes to people who are potentially dangerous. Cannabis wasn’t legalized, it was just corporatized.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Mars Hill

    June 15, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    This sounds like a joint effort between dopey politicians and high flying business types that will only go up in smoke.

  2. R3

    June 15, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    They forgot to mention their most important detail, no tax is collected from pot sold on the street.

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Truckers: ‘We are not separatists or terrorists’

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks-alone- going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks.

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Truckers on the Freedom Convoy are rejecting characterizations they are “separatists” and “terrorists.”

“A small team of Alberta truckers, their family members and friends, came to the decision that the Government of Canada has crossed a line with implementing COVID-19 vaccine passports and vaccine mandates. As of today, we now have the support of millions of Canadians from across the country,” group organizers said in a press release.

Demands from the Freedom Convoy to the federal government are:

  • Terminate all vaccine passports, including inter-Canada passport systems.
  • Eliminate mandatory programs of vaccination and contact tracing.
  • Respect the rights of those who wish to remain unvaccinated.
  • Cease the divisive rhetoric attacking Canadians who disagree with government mandates.
  • Cease limiting debate through coercive measures with the goal of censoring those who have varying or incorrect opinions.

“A unified and free Canada can be our future, and it starts now with reminding the government they serve the people,” stated the truckers.

“We have an opportunity for all of us to come together irrespective of our differences and do what is needed to ensure our freedoms are protected now and for future generations.

Statements claiming the convoy participants are ‘separatists’ or ‘terrorists’ are “categorically false and an attempt to smear” the movement, organizers said.

“It is saddening this kind of rhetoric is coming from Prime Minister Trudeau and his government. Instead of protecting our basic freedoms outlined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Justin and his government seek to do the opposite. He is continually issuing defamatory comments and maligning large segments of the population. If history has taught us anything, these are actions that cannot be ignored. We are peaceful, hard-working Canadians who love our country and want the betterment for all Canadians.”

The organizers said due to the mass support of the movement, they can no longer guarantee the average Canadian will not be disrupted by the protest.

“For that, we are truly sorry, and we will do our very best to limit the disruptions to your lives. We ask that Canadians remember we are fighting for everyone’s freedoms and it’s the political class that has abandoned us all,” said the release.

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks. One driver going the opposite direction told the Western Standard he measured the convoy at 100-km long as it approached Winnipeg.

Some supporters are unable to commit to the whole trip, but are finding ways to still participate.

“A lot of vehicles just join the parade while it’s close to their homes and then peel off later, so it’s dynamic,” Martin Halvorson, a driver in the convoy, told the Western Standard.

“The amount of people is unknown because we are not counting … The numbers are big,” convoy organizer, Andy Draaistra, told the Western Standard.

“All the support is unbelievable, we hope the overpasses will hold the tons of people,” said Draaistra.

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The protest is against federal COVID-19 mandates and is scheduled to arrive in Ottawa January 30 and then hold a mass demonstration the next day, Monday, when Parliament reumes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
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China changes Fight Club ending to cops busting anarchists

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

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The classic film Fight Club has been changed for viewers in China, with a ‘happy ending’ that complies with domestic censorship rules.

An altered version of the 1999 film was released on streaming platform Tencent Video in China over the weekend.

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

Many in China had seen the original film pirated online and were surprised when streaming the newly released version.

Instead of buildings exploding at the end, the version shows authorities step in and win. 

Original closing scene of Fight Club

In the closing scenes of the original the narrator kills off his imaginary alter ego Tyler Durden and then watches multiple buildings explode with Marla Singer, suggesting his character’s plan to bring down modern civilization is underway.

In the censored version released in China, the narrator still kills off Durden, but the exploding buildings scene is replaced with a written message on black screen.

“The police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding.”

As well as Tyler, figment of the narrator’s imagination was sent to a ‘lunatic asylum’ for psychological treatment and later discharged.

Revised ending to Fight Club

China is home to some of the strictest rules regarding censorship, and only a handful of foreign films are released each year.

In the past Hollywood has created alternative cuts in order to comply with Chinese censorship rules, in hopes to access millions of viewers in the country.

It is unclear if the cut was made by western movie producers, or the Chinese government.

Tencent did not comment on the matter.

Authorities under President Xi Jinping have been working to eliminate society of influences classified as unhealthy, including within movies, television, computer games.

This effort was also extended to cracking down on the country’s local celebrities for perceived immoral behaviour.

The Cyberspace Administration of China announced earlier this week an organized month-long ‘clean’ web campaign to create a ‘civilized and healthy’ online atmosphere.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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Butt launches Twitter tirade on Scheer for supporting truckers

“It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened?”

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The former top aide to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has launched a Twitter broadside against former Conservative leader Andrew Scheer after he supported the truckers’ convoy rolling across Canada to protest vaccine mandates.

“Thank you Truckers! Trudeau is attacking personal liberty and threatening everyone’s ability to get groceries because of his overreach on vaccine mandates. He is the biggest threat to freedom in Canada,” Scheer tweeted.

Scheer tweet

That was enough to set Butts off.

“A breathtakingly irresponsible thing for a former Leader of the Opposition to say. Calling the prime minister — any prime minister — the biggest threat to Canadian liberty? This isn’t a dog whistle. It’s a welcome mat,” he tweeted.

“Politics is a rough business and not for the thin of skin or faint of heart. But the people in these enormously important offices have to respect those offices, even if they don’t like each other.”

Butts tweet

In a later tweet, Butts said: “Have been thinking about Mr Scheer’s comments all day. It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened? I almost wish I were a Conservative, so I could fight for my party’s soul.”

On the weekend, Butts took a run at organizer Tamara Lich in an attempt to cast doubt on the integrity of Convoy For Freedom 2022.

“An Alberta separatist has collected almost a million bucks on a GoFundMe page to ‘support’ trucker protests. Where will the money go?” asked Butts in a tweet. 

More than $4.5 million has been raised to date as thousands of truckers are expected to descend on Ottawa this weekend.

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