Friday, April 20, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Part Three of The Current
4/20 - Canada's Cannabis Culture - Heart of Dankness Author
For Canada's cannabis culture today is a big day on its calendar. It's called 4/20, a smoke-in to protest against the country's marijuana laws. Tokers will be out in force in cities across Canada, especially in Vancouver. Parents there are angry because the city's school board has scheduled a professional development day for many teachers. With a number of classes cancelled, students will be free to attend the pot smoking event.
We aired a clip from some of the winners accepting awards at last year's Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. For marijuana lovers around the world, The Cannabis Cup is the Stanley Cup of pot.
To talk about the underground cannabis culture in Canada and beyond, we were joined by Mark Haskell Smith. His new book is Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers and the Race for the Cannabis Cup. He was in our Toronto studio.
4/20 - Canada's Cannabis Culture - Vancouver Medical Cannabis Dispensary
We started this segment with the sound of people at last years Cannabis Cup trying to use rather than lose their weed during a raid by Dutch police. It was a decidedly non-mellow interruption to the competition.
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.
Last Word - Growing Cannabis
We've been talking this morning about the art of growing marijuana. So we ended the program today with some gardening tips for growing cannabis if you're so inclined. Our expert is an Australian named Kog.
Other segments from today's show: