Autumn potiquette: call of the wild

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Courtesy of Lift Magazine

In a previous article, Lift presented a collection of ideas to help the average pot smoker enjoy cannabis in socially positive ways, and to reduce friction in cases where neighbours and passers by might not yet have acclimated to the looming reality of legalization, or who might simply prefer a smoke-free summer atmosphere. With the changing season comes a new set of challenges and opportunities for those who seek to smoke friction-free, and for those who champion the cause of positive integration.

The fall college semester is now in session, hunting season has begun, and, for outdoor growers, the harvest moon draws near. Here are some ideas to help you have a cannabis-friendly fall.

On Campus

College is famously a hive of experimentation, social exploration, and most of all, keg parties. According to Statistics Canada, roughly a quarter of Canadian teens report using cannabis well before going to college, but for the many whose first exposure to cannabis was or will be a college kegger, here’s a potiquette primer:

For the most part, don’t smoke on campus (unless you can run faster than campus security, or if you attend a college on the west coast). Get to know your quad. Every campus has at least one spot with privacy and wind cover, where you can sneak in a cheeky puff without the smoke going straight into an air intake vent. Find that spot, and treat it with respect. Don’t go to class hella-blazed. Studies have shown cannabis stimulates brain cell growth, but with today’s tuition rates you can’t afford to miss an important detail because you were trying to remember whether Scooby Doo’s collar is red or green (it’s blue). If you must burn & learn, keep the buzz light. Don’t go to class after hotboxing your car. We here at Lift love the smell of roasted ganja, but not everyone shares our appreciation for the aroma, and for those who don’t it can be as distracting as strong B.O. or Axe Body Spray’s latest frat bro fragrance.

General attitudes toward cannabis vary greatly at campuses across the country. Searching social media for cannabis groups local to your school, neighbourhood, or town can sometimes be the most useful tool to take the temperature when moving to attend college in a new community.

Blunting and hunting

Don’t do it.

Everyone—including hunters and range enthusiasts—tends to agree that firearms and intoxicants don’t mix. That goes for alcohol, cannabis, painkillers, and anything else that causes impairment.

Barn dances

Barn dances are a prairie tradition that dates back to before Confederation, when early settlers would gather to celebrate their communities by drinking, dancing, and fighting each other for no reason. In the most rural of Canadian communities a barn dance can be the highlight of the year, and although some rural communities are among the slowest in the country for cannabis to find its way into the accepted status quo, that doesn’t mean prairie potheads need stay home.

There’s an interesting dynamic observable among

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