As they can over here but its a bit of a grey area in that under a doctors care grass is legal.... but where to get the supply? IF the proposed legalization goes through such pot shops will make a mint as will the government on taxes so they are trying to get ahead of the game. Hold up right now seems to be getting a reliable means to test drivers for drug impairment. Will be a good thing IMHO, gets supply out of hands of the criminal bunch, regulates the quality and put some $$ in gov coffers.......
That's interesting kanuck and I agree with you. Do you think it will bring dope tourism to Canada though ? That became a big problem in Amsterdam. A lot of us Limeys used to go over there for "smokers' weekends". It seems that it's becoming less liberal over there. I don't know whether it's come into force yet but I've heard that only Dutch nationals will be allowed to smoke in their coffee shops: tinyurl.com/zfqxa5t
Our government briefly experimented with changing our laws some years back and cannabis was downgraded to class C for a while. I used to be a pothead in my younger days but I packed up years ago. Wouldn't mind trying some of those non-smoking products that are available in the US though.
Dont know about the tourist thing, we have a long way to go yet, it may even not happen! Some states in the U.S. have legalized it but federally down there it is still a crime to possess it and entry is denied into Canada if charged with such...... its a real mixed mess where nobody really knows what they can and cannot do legally with it !! Myself I have never tried it but given years of arthritis pain and the touted medicinal qualities it is something I may try if legalized, gota be better than some of the legal drugs currently being pushed by the pharmaceutical industry, and even my current 'drug' of choice the demon rum..... ?
back in 2001 during the terror attacks on the USA, American airspace was shut down. no planes in the air. Canada swiftly followed suit. all over north America planes in the air had to be diverted to the nearest accomadating airport.
because of the way flights to north America fly over the curvature of the earth, flights from north asia and Europe reach Canadian airspace before usa airspace. many, many planes en route had 'reached the point of no return' and could not turn back. the canadain authorities, not wanting to risk major population areas like montreal meant that the east coast (and Vancouver in the west) had to take a major brunt of these planes.
ganders in newfoundland is a small town with a population of about 11,000 people. it also has a major international airport. because this airport is the first north American one you reach after leaving Europe (once past Iceland, and flying over the curve of land, the only other population centre is in Greenland and their airports are military).
nearly 40 planes were diverted there. which meant around 6000 people had to be housed, fed and looked after. for a town of 11000, that's a lot of people. but in an emergency people are infinitely kind and the people of a tiny town rallied round. (including people climbed into the holds of the planes to looks after animals in transit.)
a small town can only provide so many sandwiches- the red cross had to ship in supplies, which were stored on the local ice rink!
Halifax and Vancouver took a similar amount of planes but they are bigger places. in all somewhere between 30,000 and 45,000 air passengers were stranded across the country.
and I guess I've never really thought about it. people were diverted and stranded in the US, but I never considered the surrounding countries. I presume mexico and the Caribbean also had diverts.
The folks of Newfoundland are often the but of jokes but this incident showed their true colours as they opened their homes to complete strangers many of whom are still good friends with their hosts. I have always had a soft spot for them from The Rock, Bluenosers, Herring Chokers, and other Downhomers and the way the residents from Gander responded to this emergency reinforced my fondness for the folks from 'out east'.
Well here in the colonies its "Thanksgiving" weekend which signals the end of summer and time to close up the 'cottage', haul out the boat, winterize the trailer or for those less affluent simply try and remember where we put the snowshovel! As we prepare for the return of shoveling white shit off our driveways whilst freezing our arse off there are multiple things to be taken care of before that happens. Put the gardening tools away far from places where they can attack you car or foot when hidden under white layers, make sure said car can survive -10 or -20 nights come that cold morning when you simply must get into town, bring in those plants you want to save for next year and so on..... Its hard to even think about these things when we are experiencing unusually warm and sunny days for this time of year but if put off the next thing we know the weather will suddenly turn and then it will be too late! Perhaps the sunny 20 degree days will carry on till xmas and spring will arrive in January but I am not optimistic about that so next week had better find out where I hid the winter jacket and snowmobile suit.
PS If you think I am whining now wait till all of the above actually happens......
From the above link.... "England is a small country, smaller than North Carolina or Iowa. The whole of Great Britain-that is England and Scotland and Wales together-is hardly bigger than Minnesota. England's largest river, the Thames (pronounced "Terns") is not even as big as the Mississippi when it leaves Minnesota. No part of England is more than one hundred miles from the sea......
If you have a chance to travel about you will agree that no area of the same size in the United States has such a variety of scenery. At one end of the English Channel there is a coast like that of Maine. At the other end are the great white chalk cliffs of Dover. The lands of South England and the Thames Valley are like farm or grazing lands of the eastern United States, while the lake country in the north of England and the highlands of Scotland are like the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In the east, where England bulges out toward Holland, the land is almost Dutch in appearance, low, flat, and marshy. The great wild moors of Yorkshire in the north and Devon in the southwest will remind you of the Badlands of the Dakotas and Montana."
Way back when before I left for Canaduh I 'toured' England, Scotland and Wales and thinking about the above description I was struck about how true that is and how far we here north of Trunphland have to travel THOUSANDS of miles to see the same variety of landscapes. I do not think however that I will make the trip right about now (early Feb) as perhaps the most scenic sight would be the mountain peaks rising up out of the snow as sit stuck on one of the few roads that cross the great divide from Alberta to British Colombia.