Here's a Groovy Farm Solution

Here's a Groovy Farm Solution
Posted by CN Staff on May 13, 2002 at 10:43:34 PT
By Bill Sass, Edmonton Journal 
Source: Edmonton Journal 
Prairie farmers are in trouble. This time it's not too hot, too dry, too cold or even too wet. OK, maybe it's too cold. But I have high hopes about that Global Warming stuff not turning the entire planet into an uninhabitable desert forcing us to burrow into the ground where, after several generations, the human race turns into cannibalistic Mole People who wander in sewers hunting telemarketers.No, this time it's the Americans who have passed something called the U.S. farm bill that offers huge price subsidies to anyone wearing a John Deere hat who has a reasonable grasp about whether it's better to spray weeds at the three- or four-leaf stage.
The subsidies mean U.S. farmers can sell their crops cheaper than Canadian farmers because their government is giving them $105 billion US ($350 gazillion Cdn) worth of support.The Canadian government has a similar subsidy program for Quebec heavy industry and golf courses.Recently, it has become painfully evident the Canadian government knows little or nothing about farming.There is no shame in this.In fact, even I know little or nothing about growing plants in the rich, dark soil I buy every year from Harriet's House of Horticulture, one of the many establishments in the city that sells everything the average homeowner needs to culture a hort.The truth is, if it wasn't for farmers, I'd be wandering through the sewers tracking down something suitable for Saturday's barbecue right now because the only thing ever edible in Billy's Garden is whatever I can scrape off the fast food wrappers that blow in from the burger joint across the street.Anyway, it would be nice if we could give our farmers $105 billion US. The sad fact, however, is $105 billion represents the entire cash supply of Canada and it has already been earmarked for things like much-needed private jets for cabinet ministers.Luckily, I have discovered other solutions which would help our farmers and get the feds out from an embarrassing problem that came to light the other day.We all know by now the federal government has failed in its attempts to grow medical marijuana in underground mines in Flin Flon, Man.The fact that Canada has 9,215,430 square kilometres of land actually above ground where many crops traditionally grow seemed to be missed by officials in the federal Health Department.I'm sure most of us, even those with hamburger-wrapper gardens, probably wouldn't say "underground mine," if someone asked us where we would grow a plant if we had to grow one.Also forgotten was the adage: "You will reap what you sow." They seem to have sown 185 varieties of pot, the result, presumably, of not being aware most agricultural experts agree you should read the label on the package before sticking the seed into the ground.The trick with medical marijuana is to grow a plant that will give you a predictable bang for the buck. Too little bang and it doesn't work. Too much bang and the patient starts "feeling groovy" and voting New Democrat.Finally, the federal farmers missed looking on the Internet where "how to grow marijuana" sites outnumber even "look at naked people" sites three to one.I could be wrong about this, but it occurs to me that Canadian farmers are really, really good at growing things and tend not to grow cash crops in underground mines in Flin Flon, Man.And if they are in trouble because the U.S. is handing out free money at levels that would make even a Canadian Liberal blush, then would it not seem reasonable to let farmers grow enough medical marijuana to keep them afloat until the Americans run out of cash?If Canada is going to pot, we might as well do it right.Note: Why Prairie the pinch from their federally subsidized U.S. counterparts should let their fields go to weed farmers feeling.Comments? Questions? Tokin' gesture?Source: Edmonton Journal (CN AB)Author: Bill Sass, Edmonton Journal Published: Friday, May 10, 2002 Copyright: 2002 Edmonton JournalContact: letters thejournal.southam.caWebsite: Articles & Web Sites:Canadian Links Pot Growers Blast $6 Million Waste Pushes B.C. Bud for Official Pot Crop Marijuana is Bad Weed 
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Comment #12 posted by goneposthole on May 13, 2002 at 16:48:49 PT
Canada and Colorado
A friend of a friend of mine (pretty good, eh) built a cabin in the wilderness. No deed, no permit, no land sale. He just went and built it. May not be the case today, but he did it. Canada is great. You will be amazed.  Check out the Toronto Hemp Company, (THC).Colorado is a good place, too. A Colorado company contacted me about a former employee who moved there. He got the job. Colorado has plenty of reefer.In Idaho at the Lucky Peak resevoir, I witnessed a Bald eagle feeding on it's kill (not a telemarketer). It was a deer. At the Twin Springs Resort, a shotgun was placed at the doorway of the hot springs swimming pool to keep the peace. I placed a red rose into the barrel. The foothills of Idaho were a happening scene way back when. Even those crazy Californians were there. People riding around on dirt bikes with a six gun holstered to their waists, could have just as well been the movies. A friend of mine was caught red handed poaching deer by a US forest ranger. He turned a shotgun on him. He was going to eat. Eastern Idaho and western Montana is a no man's land. You will see wolves feeding on deer.
Brown bear, elk, high mountain passes places, that you don't think existed are right there.There are plenty of places with plenty of land besides California. Check it out. Lots of good people, too And lots of good cannabis The world is your oyster. 
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Comment #11 posted by mayan on May 13, 2002 at 16:02:44 PT
It is unfortunate that U.S. farmers have come to rely on government subsidies...but that is the way the government wants it. The g wants the farmers to be dependent upon them so they can control every aspect of agriculture. I would love to see all U.S farmers should go on strike & demand the right to cultivate industrial hemp. A pipe dream maybe...but wouldn't that be interesting?I want my money back! - Government Fails Fiscal-Fitness Test:
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Comment #10 posted by Toker00 on May 13, 2002 at 15:12:08 PT
Thanks, Jose. I've been to Florida a few times, but never lived there. I appreciate the tip. But, I am getting as far away from these southern hypocrits as I can. And, I was born in the south. But it isn't anything like it was when I grew up here. Conservatism has destroyed the south. Now it preys on the rest of the country. And world. I'm afraid the United States of America should now be called: The United Fascist Korporate States. This country is headed for hell. Death may be prefferable to what I will have to face with starting my life over. I had all the pieces I needed for my dream. But I am a Cannabist. We are not allowed the same freedoms as the fascist sheep in this country. Instead of equal opportunity according to ones abilities, we are faced with the same repression as the Jews in Nazi Germany. The difference is, the Jews had someone to rescue them. We don't.Peace. Realize, then Legalize.
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Comment #9 posted by freedom fighter on May 13, 2002 at 15:07:26 PT
Check with STK Framing, largest contractor in Colo. building Richmond homes. I have worked for that company for many years on and off and recently got back in. I too had been out of work for couple of months after the 9/11. Things are picking up but you gotta hustle to find the job.If you need more info. let me know..ff
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Comment #8 posted by Jose Melendez on May 13, 2002 at 14:11:48 PT:
Anyone need a really good carpenter, say in Colorado, or even California? My wife is an excellent secretary.
Check out DeLand, FL. Lots of opportunities in and near the DeLand Air/Tech park, plus Daytona, Orlando are minutes away. DeLand has a low cost of living...
Jose Melendez
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Comment #7 posted by Jose Melendez on May 13, 2002 at 14:08:50 PT:
great Letter to Editor
from: Mon, 13 May 2002
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2002 The Province
Contact: provletters

As a medical marijuana user I was outraged at Health Minister Anne 
McLellan, who said there are too many strains growing in the Flin Flon mine.
I happen to know that medicinal marijuana advocate Steve Tuck provided more 
than $100,000 worth of medical strains from Humbolt, Calif., and turned 
them over to Dr. Smalls and representatives of police. He had them all 
marked according to their qualities and specific to certain illnesses.
This can be verified by B.C. court records. The marijuana plant cannot be 
"standardized" with one specific THC and CBD combination, and it would be a 
shame to do so as people with varying illnesses require various strains.
This first Flin Flon crop now being submitted to scientific "quality 
testing" is going to be wasted and valuable strains and research of Mr. 
Tuck lost.
John Gordon,
Arrest Prohibition - Drug War is TREASON
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Comment #6 posted by E_Johnson on May 13, 2002 at 12:44:19 PT
Which way shall we go?
But I have high hopes about that Global Warming stuff not turning the entire planet into an uninhabitable desert forcing us to burrow into the ground where, after several generations, the human race turns into cannibalistic Mole People who wander in sewers hunting telemarketers.Cannibalism or cannabisism, which one will we choose?
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Comment #5 posted by TroutMask on May 13, 2002 at 12:12:39 PT
Carpenters in Colorado
I understand Colorado is booming for carpenters but not so good in the tech fields lately.-TM
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Comment #4 posted by p4me on May 13, 2002 at 12:08:22 PT
Oh Canada, ...
please show us the way. Even now that the Farm Bill is going to do away with MTBE eventually, the American Press will not mention the MTBE scandal because of all the Enron fallout already and they would not want their conglomerate media companies to lose the oil industry advertising revenue. What a screwed up media? 400,000 tobacco deaths a year and the media says nothing about the absurdity of campaign with the ill-named phrase of the War on Drugs.The media said nothing of significance about MTBE, or the WOSD. They surely cannot mention one of the great tragedies of our current times- that the conglomerate media is not covering the news. The great New York Times with its slogan "All the news fit to print" is not going to tell us that our media is biased and intentionally so. I watched the second part of the PBS series on U.S. Grant last night. I learned that Frant was the most popular figure in America for the 1800's even ahead of Lincoln both in life and in death. He lost everything as an old man when he started a stockbroker business with a crook named Ward in the firm of Grant and Ward. Not only did he lose all his money most of his close family invested with him and they lost theirs. So he wrote his memoirs and this gave him a chance to show that he was a real intellect and had some gifts as a writer. Mark Twain had started a publishing business and the first Royalty check was the largest ever at the time - $200,000. There were few passages read on the PBS show from the book, but I wrote this one down.Memoirs of Grant- "This war was a fearful lesson and should teach us the necessity of avoiding wars in the future." Long live the 65 year war on marijuana. In 1972, the wise men who investigated marijuana said it should not be criminalized. We should have learned then and we should have learned now. At some time in the future maybe the majority will come to realize that we are not learning from what we have not learned.Maybe Lincoln's last words of the Gettysburg address would be different if given today: this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the huge corporations, for the benefit of the wealthy shall shall conquer the earth.Todays forecast: Marijuana arrest up to justify larger budgets, confiscations up to reduce awareness of the huge financial hole that is being created. Summary judgements for anything that could change the absurd marijuana laws while the Purple Pill Prilosec plays the corrupt system to make an extra $11 million today even though this manipulation will cost taxpayers $25 million this month. 1500 people will add the word obfuscation to their vocabulay. My friend will be selling his motorcyle to pay a lawyer $550 to represent him in court for possession of marijuana. For every action there is consequence, and the pressure is building to the exploding point.VAAI
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Comment #3 posted by Toker00 on May 13, 2002 at 12:02:07 PT
My hamburger wrapper garden.
Well, folks, it's all over for me. I've fought hard for the cause, and it has left me devastated. The last two contracts I had for work, canceled. All my bills are past due, and no money coming in. This is a first for me, as in the last two years, I have gone from making 40k a year, to now, nothing. It all started when I began to let my hair grow, and stand up for Cannabis Legalzation. I was loud about it, thinking others would hear the call, and join with us, to end this madness. Though our numbers are huge, out power is next to nill. But I will never give up on this cause for freedom. It's not about getting high. It's about getting free.So, carry on the fight, boys and girls, and think about ole Toker00 when you throw that burger trash in the can. Leave a bite for me, ok?Someday, I will be on my feet again. I will have to leave this area, as I have been quite successfully destroyed, here. Even the so called "heads" here have abandoned me. They have gone back (if they ever left) to their closets, and shamed me for being so loud about legalizing, and possibly drawing attention to their asses. If this is the price I must pay for freedom and truth, so be it. I have given out, but I have not given up. I will be back to fight the fight. For now, I must retreat to freindlier grounds. Anyone need a really good carpenter, say in Colorado, or even California? My wife is an excellent secretary.Peace. Reallze, then Legalize.
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Comment #2 posted by Duzt on May 13, 2002 at 11:50:07 PT
Great article
I love to see articles like this that actually make me smile rather than go into my usual morning tirade. I just read that Bush approved the bill for $90 Billion. One more reason for the rest of the world to hate us. This administration needs harbor hate so they can bring war back into popularity. Hopefully the rest of the world will stand up and put us back in our place so we can start focusing on our own problems again. 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 13, 2002 at 11:21:48 PT
Letters To The Editor: Medical Marijuana in Canada
Feds to blame for Flin Flon pot flop
Feds' medicinal-pot debacle was predictable
Feds had their chance
Where do those who need it go?
Delay over medical marijuana hurts ill
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