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September 4th marked the 10-year anniversary of the landmark 2002 "Senate Report on Cannabis" (the cttee members unanimously recommended legaliation) and NORML Canada is commemorating this anniversary with a campaign that includes a new website dedicated to educating Canadians by making the findings in this report easily accessible.
The weather for the 3rd Annual Treating Yourself Expo in Toronto, Ontario was once again hot with high humidity. Debbie and I arrived Thursday so we could tour the expo floor as exhibitors were setting up their display booths. Gives us a chance to talk with old friends about all the new and improved products and services being made available to our community this year. The 3rd TY expo was, as I expected it be, more fun and informative then both previous years events.
I can’t pin down just one display booth that I liked best but there were many I really liked. One favourite of mine was the Steep Hill Lab Inc. Cannabis Analysis Laboratory service that was provided through out the 3 day Expo. I had to take advantage and get some hydroponically grown Serious Seeds AK47 and DNA Genetics OG Kush samples tested. Once the bag was opened the dank odour of DNA’s OG Kush produced a comment instantly “wow what the hell is that you have there” from one of the people standing in front of the testing booth. Dean from DNA happened to be close by as well and he knew right away it was DNA OG Kush. After many interesting positive comments from the crowd around the test booth, Dean, Debbie and I headed back to the DNA display booth to discuss this in further detail. Thanks to DNA for the freebie and we will make sure we share a sample of the end results next year too.
Every year at the Treating Yourself Expo we have seen so many friendly, happy people with smiling faces the only way a person couldn’t have a really great time is to not attend at all. Every year Debbie and I so look forward to meeting more like minded individuals along with spending good quality time with so many old friends that alone is priceless in it’s self. If you have ever attended a pro cannabis type event like this you will know real well what I mean.
The awesome glass blowers competition was new this year. Next year will bring world class glass artists from around the world no less. We are really looking forward to seeing this world class competition happen live next year. Even if you can't make it to Toronto in 2013 for the 4th Annual Treating Yourself Expo you can still watch it live via Pot TV.
The biggest highlight of the whole time in Toronto for us was when we got to have a drink and a meal with John Conroy (President of Norml Canada) at the Friday night VIP party. The heat and humidity did force Debbie and I to leave the Friday VIP party venue earlier then we would have like though.
Saturday night we were invited to Skunk Magazine’s private Breeder’s Bash (world class cannabis seed breeders gather for some private fun times) at Puff Mama’s Bakery venue. Among the entertainers provided was Precious Chong, Tommy and Shelby Chong’s daughter. A funny woman and as nice as her mom and dad too. This was our first time seeing her live on stage.
It was impossible not to get very well medicated at the venue with girls constantly offering up wine glasses filled with perfectly rolled filtered joints to all attending. The venue was of course hot boxed as you can see in the pictures.
Pictures by Kelly Christie, more of his pictures are on facebook.
What is even better still is Marco Renda is looking into a second TY Expo show in Vancouver next year (Oct. or Nov.) as well as the already scheduled 4th annual Treating Yourself Expo in Toronto last weekend of May 2013.
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This year was much different then last year for Debbie and I and the expo as a whole. There was a huge improvement in the floor plan laid out for the TY expo. Instead of being spread out over multiple floors everything was on one floor including the huge vapour lounge. More exhibitors, entertainment, attendees, information and free stuff. Even a much more upbeat positive vide surrounded this years 3 day event over last year. The VIP dinner was at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre itself unlike last year when two boats were used. Additionally there were off site after parties at Vapour Central and even Skunk Magazine sponsored a awesome off site party that Kelly Christie and I ended up being coerced onto the stage to be included in part of the show for attendees enjoyment and my embarrassment and enjoyment (yes I have fun with it). Kelly’s performance on stage was just awesome the crowd loved it.
One glaring example, for myself personally, of the change in attitude amount the attendees was last year a attendee approached me with some disturbing comments one being along the line, the expo was going to be raided by the police and so on. I of course knew right away this was not at all true! I went on to try to gently explain to this person that their fears were not at all based on reality and why I knew what I was telling them to be actual facts. Sadly I think I was not able to convince this person and they continued on their way. I assume continuing to spread what they still believed to be true the expo was going to be raided. This year for the 2nd annual Treating Yourself Expo the exact same fearful person from last year was a volunteer in a booth no less.
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