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Convention promotes benefits of cannabis

By admin | March 15, 2012

Convention promotes benefits of cannabis

By Chris Hamlyn – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Published: March 15, 2012 11:00 AM

There might not be a better time for a cannabis convention.

With calls for the legalization of marijuana from former B.C. attorneys general, former Vancouver mayors, current Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and B.C. health officials making headlines, it’s a good time to get the issues out the public.

The Cannabis Convention, organized by the International Hempology 101 Society and Vancouver Island University’s Hempology 101 Club, takes place Sunday (March 18) from 1-4 p.m. in Bldg. 200, Rm. 203 at VIU.

Ted Smith, society president, said as each year passes, it seems more people are realizing the benefits that cannabis has to offer and the follies of prohibition.

“Now more than ever with the push for the war on drugs by Stephen Harper, we really need to present our issues to the public in a way that we can stop the enforcement of cannabis prohibition,” he said. “At the same time, we need to get the message out that as a medicine, cannabis is unparalleled and is saving people’s lives.”

Amie Gravell, president of VIU’s Hempology 101 Club, said there is also a cultural prohibition that silences both recreational and medicinal marijuana users.

“Marijuana use is something that is stigmatized and isolating in many ways – especially medical marijuana use,” she said. “The convention is about building community, giving people the opportunity to meet and discuss the issues in a safe, positive space. That’s something not usually provided by society.”

Keynote speaker for the convention is John Anderson, chairman of VIU’s criminology department, and a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

Other guest speakers include: Chris Bennett of Forbidden Fruit Publishing, Andrew Brown of Cannabis Digest, Spencer Daemoe of Green Harvest and Rebecca Ambrose of the Victoria Seed Bank.

For more information, please go to or call 1-250-381-4220.

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