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The High Road Takes On Canada, Eh

Find out what the laws are like within the confines of our northern neighbor.

by Blake Taylor

The High Road Summer Tour blazes it’s smokey trail across our northern border to Ontario at the Molson Canadian Amphitheater.  

The Canadian province is home to a multitude of music and sporting events to fit anyone’s interests. After catching game from the Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, or Argonauts it’s time to hit the town of Toronto for some nighttime entertainment.

Ontario’s capital of Toronto houses various venues that boast a wide array of genres for any musical taste. The legendary Horseshoe Tavern, where legendary artists from The Rolling Stones to Willie Nelson have graced the stage, is a popular place for alternative rock to country music. The 18,000 square foot venue, The Pheonix, plays host to Canadian Music Week and NXNE (North by Northeast).

Canada is also home to groundbreaking artists including Drake, Rush, Celine Dion, The Guess Who, Arcade Fire, Sum 41, Barenaked Ladies, D.O.A., Simple Plan, Propagandhi, The Flatliners, and the Weakerthans. Our neighbors to the north have also provided us with some artists ripe for ridicule such as Nickelback and Justin Bieber. Whatever you fancy, Canada has made a lasting impression on American pop culture.

Canada also has a tumultuous relationship with cannabis. Here is what to expect when traveling to the Heartland Province:

  1. The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act serves as the nation’s federal drug control statute that makes all forms of cannabis a Schedule II drug

  2. Anyone is subject to arrest and prosecution if caught with cannabis

  3. There is a lack of consensus among all ten Canadian provinces as to what the legality of weed should be

  4. The regulation for patients to access Mary Jane for medical purposes passed in 2001

  5. Canada’s superior and appellate courts have consistently said the current laws have no force on someone who has obtained a prescription

  6. Around 70% of Canadian citizens believe the country’s marijuana laws should be relaxed

  7. In April 2014 the “Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations” was passed that requires patients who want access to medical marijuana to register with the national database

  8. Newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the country will be moving forward with the decriminalization of cannabis for its recreational use

  9. It is still very much illegal to bring weed from one country to another


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Blake Taylor worked for a leading medical/recreational marijuana grower in the Seattle area and has been a freelance writer for four years.



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