Our holidays are seldom restful. Though filled with as much wonder and experience as we can manage, our jam-packed wanderings leave little room for true relaxation. In the last four years my wife and I have driven Toronto to St. John’s and every province in between, built stairs in Lima and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, camped along the Oregon Coast, and gone on several brief but busy excursions in between. Each has been an amazing yet tiring adventure.
This time we opted for a more laid back vacation with an Alaskan cruise on board the Norwegian Jewel. For a change our itinerary would be set for us, we would only have to check in to a single room, and food and entertainment would be provided for us all along the way. It would be a very different vacation from the kind we have been used to, but we decided to give it a try. After boarding in Seattle along with my wife’s parents we sailed off toward shores unknown to us, which would turn out to keep us quite active after all. Continue reading
Let’s recap, Canada: what’s new in the realm of marijuana as it relates to the Great White North? Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party has been leading the federal polls with a campaign that includes talks of legalization. The country’s “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery just got released from prison serving five years for selling cannabis seeds. South of the border, Washington and Colorado have become the first jurisdictions in the United States to legalize recreational cannabis use, while other states show potential to follow suit.
With all of this going on at once, the issue of legalizing weed in Canada is more at the public forefront than ever. Most Canadian citizens have some opinion on the subject, though our viewpoints might not always be well-informed. For those looking to gain insight, there is one documentary I would recommend that provides a compelling overview of marijuana and its role in North America both past and present. That documentary is The Union: The Business Behind Getting High.
The article below is a slightly revised version of a piece I wrote in 2009 about the film, with footnotes added to clarify information that has since become outdated. A more current outlook on the topic can be expected from the upcoming follow-up documentary, The Culture High, to be released this fall. Continue reading