September 30, 1999
>From The Toronto Star
By Leatrice Spevack, Special to The Star
A GOOD HIT FOR LAUGH ADDICTS
Comedy Show Benefits Crusade To Legalize Pot
One person's recreation is another's remedy, but unlike tequila or Tylenol,
using marijuana can land you in the slammer -- whatever you use it for.
Oh Cannabis!, a benefit for the Medical Marijuana Defense Fund and the
Toronto Compassion Centre, aims to help change that.
(Marijuananews note: For non-Canadian readers, Oh Cannabis! is a pun on the
Canadian national anthem, Oh Canada.)
The show, next Wednesday at Yuk Yuk's Superclub, is simply smokin' with top
stand-up talent. Comedy addicts will get a dose of some rollicking reefer
madness as Ed the Sock's side-kick, Craig Campbell; Nubian Disciples main
man, Kenny Robinson; Jerry Springer hoaxster Johnny Gardhouse; Tom Stade,
Alan Park, Kid Keno, Lou Eisen and Kerry TaImage, among others, make
laughter matter for the seriously ill.
What lures Lou Eisen (the mastermind behind Yuk Yuk's Yids in the Hall) to
the cause is that "I got caught ... oh, uh, I got involved because if
something helps somebody medically they should be allowed to have it,
whether it's marijuana or Ben and Jerry's. In fact, if Ben and Jerry had a
marijuana-flavoured ice cream, that'd be great – not for me, of course."
Oh Cannabis! producer and comic, Howard Dover, 36, who is busy preparing his
showcase at the renowned Caroline's Comedy Club, cracks, "What prompted me
to do the second benefit was that the first one only raised enough for a
couple of ounces."
More seriously, he adds, "I have a cousin who is stricken with AIDS and is
petitioning for medical marijuana."
AIDS patient Jim Wakeford, who may be in attendance at the benefit, is one
of only two Canadians who are currently allowed to use medical marijuana.
Canadian Health Minister Issues Call To All Pot Growers To Send Him Their
In The Meantime, He Is Going To Try To Get Marijuana From DEAland.
Maybe He Will Have Better Luck Than Our Own Researchers.
Two AIDS Patients Get Exemptions.
The courts, according to York University law professor Alan Young, are
"sitting on 90 other applications with no light at the end of the tunnel."
Young will be championing the cause at the Ontario Court of Appeals on
October 6 and 7.
"I've been involved in issues relating to cannabis roughly 5 years now. What
I consider to be a grave injustice is the Canadian government converting
law-abiding, productive citizens into criminals simply because they chose to
... medicate themselves in alternative ways."
Exhausted MS Patient Harichy Abandons Court Fight; Will Try For Bureaucratic
"Surely, Canada can do better." -- Great Column In Her Hometown Paper
Comic Kerry Talmage, who undergoes treatment for diabetes, a kidney
transplant, high blood pressure and cancer, says, "Everybody knows that I've
had 35 operations in the past five years. I've seen the light so many times
God sends me a hydro bill."
(Marijuananews note: No, that is not about "sophisticated" indoor growing.
It is the electric bill.)
"My medical background says it all. I take six needles a day ... two for
diabetes. So if anybody's for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes,
it's me -- I use it. You know where I can get any Cheezies?"
Only tickets sold in advance at the following locations will benefit the
Toronto Compassion Centre and the Medical Marijuana Defense Fund: Toronto
Compassion Centre (654-6120); The Toronto Hemp Company, (667 Yonge); Ed's
Record World, (2359 Yonge); and The Hidden Jungle (3327 Lakeshore W.).