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Health Canada Helps Celebrate Hempology 101`s 16th Anniversary

By admin | August 24, 2011

For Immediate Release
Aug 24, 2011

Health Canada Helps Celebrate Hempology 101`s 16th Anniversary

Victoria, B.C.: Multiple events will mark the sweet sixteenth birthday of the International Hempology 101 Society on Sept. 7, 2011. Traditionally, on the first Wed. every Sept., the University of Victoria Student Society Hempology 101 Club gets together at 4:20pm to kick off the school year. That is followed later in the evening by a march from City Hall to the B.C. Legislature where the group takes a postcard picture and gives out annual awards.

Fortune lead Health Canada to choose Sept. 7 as the day meetings to discuss proposed amendments to the MMAR will be held in Vancouver. The president of the International Hempology 101 Society, Ted Smith, will be attending the morning session of these meetings representing the Cannabis Buyers’ Clubs of Canada, the oldest medical cannabis dispensary in the world.

These proposed changes will take away a patient`s ability to legally grow their own medicine, or find a caregiver to do it for them. This would seriously compromise the health of Canadians who currently benefit from this program, and stop others from improving their health by gaining access to as much herb as they need to manage their medical problems.

While it is not known how many groups will be presenting at this meeting, only one person from each dispensary invited will be allowed into the room. Patients and interested citizens were given until July 31 to comment on the proposed amendments, though the new regulations have not been shown in print to the public.

Patients and concerned citizens in the Victoria area are expected to support Ted Smith as he criticizes Health Canada`s medical cannabis program by going to the sidewalk in front of their MP`s office with signs reading MY PLANT MY LIFE, and live plants if they have a MMAR card. The morning rallies at the offices of NDP MPs Denise Savioe (Victoria), Randall Garrison (Esquimalt- Juan de Fuca), and Jean Crowder (Naniamo-Cowichan), as well as the Green Party`s Elizabeth May (Saanich- Gulf Islands), will be from 9:30 am to 12 noon. At 12:30 pm, Ted will hold a press conference on the front steps of the SFU Wosk Centre in downtown Vancouver, where the meeting with Health Canada will be held.

Next stop will be the University of Victoria, where the UVSS Hempology 101 Club is the largest student club on campus. A new UVic smoking policy, which comes into effect Sept. 1, appears to threaten the continuation of the weekly 420 Wednesday gatherings in the centre of the campus, and the UVSS Hempology 101 Club will likely have to fight to retain its ground. The 6th year of Hempology 101 lectures begin the following week.

The day’s events will conclude with the annual march from Centennial Square, starting at 7pm, to the front steps of the provincial legislature. Many will be dressed up in cannabis inspired costumes for the annual postcard picture. Trophy bongs will be handed out to the 4 winners of the REACH FOR THE POT Tournament and the Jack Herer Bowl will be given to the Most Valiant Player. Prizes will also be handed out for the best joint roller, bong, pipe and t-shirt, which were decided in July.

For more information call Ted Smith at 250-318-4220 or email at

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