Jazz Fest (April 28-30, 2017)Friday, April 28thSaturday, April 29thSunday, April 30thJazz Fest (May 4-7, 2017)Thursday, May 4thFriday, May 5thSaturday, May 6thSunday, May 7th If you’ll be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest this year, don’t miss out on all of the awesome late night music options taking place across the city. Learn more about all of the amazing music you can catch at this link. 2017’s Jazz Fest is right around the corner and feeling sooner than ever with the release of the Jazz Fest cubes this morning. The cubes, which layout the official schedules for both weekends, are a cause of pleasure and pain for attendees, outlining where our favorite act we’re trying to catch will perform as well as bringing to light time conflicts inevitable with such a stacked lineup. You can check out the cubes for the first weekend, running from April 28 to 30th, and the second weekend, running from May 4th to 7th, below or on the Jazz Fest website here.For those of us making it down to New Orleans this year for Jazz Fest, the cubes are just the beginning of figuring out which awesome performances to hit. Check out the line-up for Live For Live Music’s Late-Night After Jazz Fest series here, which will be bringing a bunch of special musical performances you won’t want to miss to The Howlin’ Wolf. The NOLA Crawfish King and Live for Live Music will also be teaming up for the second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival, a three-day festival nestled in the time between the two Jazz Fest weekends. You can find more information about the NOLA Crawfish Festival here, whose all-star lineup features a bunch of supergroups including the likes of George Porter Jr., John Medeski, Eric Krasno, Luther Dickinson, Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, and many more.
The New York Times 29 October 2018Family First Comment: Have you heard the claim that legalising marijuana will get rid of the black market and the gangs? Yep – another myth.“When Canada legalized recreational marijuana, on Oct. 17, one of the central aims was to shut down the thousands of illegal dispensaries and black market growers dotting the country. But taming an illegal trade estimated at 5.3 billion Canadian dollars is proving to be daunting. Many of the products sold at Weeds, Glass and Gifts are banned under the new law, which restricts licensed retailers to selling fresh or dried cannabis, seeds, plants and oil. Yet the retailer’s owner has no intention of shutting down his four Vancouver stores or changing his product lineup. “The government taking over the cannabis trade is like asking a farmer to build airplanes.””#PeopleBeforeProfits#SayNoToBigMarijuanawww.VoteNO.nzIn the pot-friendly city of Vancouver, illegal marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks outlets, and among the most popular is Weeds, Glass and Gifts. There, in a relaxed space reminiscent of the coffee chain, jovial “budtenders” sell coconut chocolate bars infused with marijuana and customers smoke powerful pot concentrates at a sleek dab bar.When Canada legalized recreational marijuana, on Oct. 17, one of the central aims was to shut down the thousands of illegal dispensaries and black market growers dotting the country. But taming an illegal trade estimated at 5.3 billion Canadian dollars is proving to be daunting.Many of the products sold at Weeds, Glass and Gifts are banned under the new law, which restricts licensed retailers to selling fresh or dried cannabis, seeds, plants and oil. Yet the retailer’s owner, Don Briere, an ebullient 67-year-old and self-styled pot crusader, has no intention of shutting down his four Vancouver stores or changing his product lineup.He even has plans for expansion with a new line of outlawed canine marijuana treats, which purport to reduce pet anxiety.“We’ll keep selling what we are selling,” said Mr. Briere, who in 2001 was sentenced to four years in prison for being one of British Columbia’s most prolific pot producers.The Canadian government faces many challenges in stamping out the illegal marijuana industry. For one, there are too many black market shops like Mr. Briere’s for the government to keep track of.READ MORE: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/29/world/canada/marijuana-cannabis-vancouver-legalization.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.