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Cheech and Chong Support Marijuana Legalization in Victoria on July 20 at the Royal Theatre

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Cheech Chong & War C/O: HighTide Entertainment

On Sunday, July 20th at the Royal Theatre, Cheech and Chong, along with War , bring their “Up In Smoke” show to Victoria for their only tour date in British Columbia.


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Thanks to High Tide Entertainment owner Matt Laundrie, who is bringing the event to Victoria, both Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have agreed to allow Ted Smith of Hempology 101 and the Victoria Federal Liberal Party Electoral District Association to set up tables in the Royal Theatre in support of legalizing marijuana in Canada.


Ted Smith is the founder of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, the oldest medical marijuana dispensary in the world, general manager of Hempology 101 and the author of the book by the same name which is considered the international reference work on the history and uses of cannabis sativa . He is also is the publisher of the Cannabis Digest, a quarterly national newspaper and daily blog, which educates the public about cannabis and prohibition. Ted will be at a table in the Royal Theatre signing and selling his widely acclaimed Hempology 101 book, handing out the new July 15th issue of the quarterly Cannabis Digest newspaper, and will answer questions about medical marijuana and its uses.


The Victoria Federal Liberal Party Electoral District Association will also have a table set up at the Royal Theatre to answer questions on the official federal Liberal Party policy to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. The drive to create this policy originated in Victoria at the B.C. provincial party convention in November of 2011 when the policy paper was approved. Once approved in B.C. the policy resolution, in a different and improved form, was introduced at the national Liberal Party convention in January of 2012 in Ottawa. After lively debate the policy was approved by 77% of the national voting delegates. Under Liberal Party of Canada rules, a party leader can veto policy. In 2013 party leader Justin Trudeau (admitting he had smoked while sitting as a Member of Parliament) supported the policy to legalize marijuana in Canada and made legalization the first public plank in the national party platform leading into the October, 2015 federal election.


Over 200,000 citizens signed the Sensible B.C. petition to decriminalize marijuana by changing the Police Act in British Columbia. Over 14,000 people came into the Victoria campaign office to sign the petition which, if it went to a referendum, would stop police from arresting otherwise law-abiding citizens for simple possession of small amounts of marijuana. Many Sensible B.C. campaign workers and petition signers are now in support of the federal Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau. It is the only political party (Mulcair of the NDP does not support legalization) with a realistic chance of unseating the ruling Harper Conservative government and overturning their archaic policies regarding cannabis, involving both medical and recreational users.


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