Turn a J the Mossberg Way

or Rolling Dope for Dopes, a guide to responsible Cannabis use for new users

Why roll a joint ever again in the land of never ending pre-rolls? Why know how to build a fire when you have a furnace in your house? Because it could save your life. Here’s the scenario: You’re at home with your best friend, and its Canadian winter out there so neither of you want to drive, let alone leave the house. You don’t have a bong, and you live a minimalist lifestyle so there is absolutely nothing to make a pipe out of. Your wife/girlfriend just took the cans back for deposit. Time to roll one… look no further than this guide to become expert in rolling artisan Cannabis cigarettes in no time.

1. Gather your tools and materials

Start with a premium strain, Sativa if you plan on some activity, Indica if you want to chill. There’s much more nuance there to consider, but those are your basic effects.
A grinder, some papers, a business card aka. filter, a pen for poking, and a chunk of that beautiful bud

2. Grind that bud

Don’t fill the grinder up too full, or your will have a hell of a time turning the thing. If you’re finding it’s sticking quite a bit, it helps to scrape off any residue on the contact edges of the grinder (the inside edge of the lid, and the lip on the grinder that it sits on
Grit your teeth and twist repeatedly. Go clockwise, counterclockwise, any way you can turn it will do. I hope you’ve been training grip strength.

3. Prep the paper

I like to give the paper a quick roll before I get to work to give it the right shape and make it easier to tuck in those edges once we get it full of flower.
Fill that bad boy with a reasonable and responsible amount of flower, depending on how many people are participating.
I transfer to my left hand, cradle the whole works, and push the flower in from each edge and pack it down a bit in the middle of the paper to make it easy to roll, and so we don’t lose too much flower to the kitchen table.

4. The roll and tuck

Carefully roll between your thumbs and forefingers to form the flower into a shape that vaguely resembles the shape you want your joint to be; cylinder, cone, camel, its all good.
I typically roll, with the glue side on the side of my forefingers, and I use my thumbs to tuck in both corners, and roll the glue side over. This takes a bit of practice.

5. The glue and poke

Lightly wet that glue and finish the roll. In the case of Juicy Js, its a sugar based glue, don’t lick it all off or you will have to start over!
I usually give each end a little poke with the pen to push the Cannabis away from the edges of the paper.
Give the front end (the opposite end of the filter) a little light twist, just to keep any (more) Cannabis from falling out. I usually let the seam/glue dry a little before inserting the filter and performing the finishing touches.

6. Build a filter

Business cards are my personal favorite. Fold it back and forth a bunch of times and rip, or get out the scissors for a cleaner edge. They both work.
Roll it up to be slightly smaller than the filter end of the joint, tear off any excess. The filter will unravel and expand to fill the space pretty effectively.

7. Finishing touches

Push that filter in there. Once again, I let the glue/seam dry a little before I do this, or you stand a good chance of splitting your paper. I put a bit of a hard edge in the center of the filter so I can use a steak knife to help it unfurl and reach its full filtering potential.
When the filter is secure, shake it lightly from the twisted non-filter end to pack the flower in a little better, but don’t pack it in too tight. This will afford you the opportunity to shape it a little bit as you go.

8. Great work, enjoy!

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The Heroes of Cannabis Prohibition #1 – Marc Emery

The self proclaimed “Prince of Pot”

Maybe the name rings a bell, maybe it doesn’t. Not to date myself, but I guess it probably depends on your age. Marc Emery is a Canadian Cannabis activist, politician, and entrepreneur. As the Canadian government took a page from our neighbours to the south and stumbled its way around Cannabis legislation/prohibition, the ‘Prince of Pot’ is probably the most prolific Canadian to have put himself in the line of fire again and again.

Marc created and owned many businesses throughout his life starting at the age of nine. It started with mail order stamps, and by the time he was seventeen he was dropping out of high school and buying a used bookstore in London, Ontario. I could only dream of being so industrious at such a young age. He operated the store for seventeen years and finally sold it in 1992. Throughout the 80s, he would run for a number of political positions, including Ward 3 Alderman in Hamilton, Ontario, the Libertarian party, and the Freedom Party of Ontario. He also ended up running, unsuccessfully, for Mayor of Vancouver in ’96, ’02, and ’08.

Marc’s legal issues started with an obscenity charge in 1991. He was accused of selling copies of rap group 2 Live Crew’s CD, ‘As Nasty As They Wanna Be’, which was banned at the time in Ontario. After being sentenced to probation, he immediately started selling copies of Cannabis related literature and ‘High Times’ magazine in contravention of Canadian law at the time. Always the proponent of free expression and speech, he invited local police to arrest him. They wisely declined, as that might make the tyranny seem a little too obvious.

In 1998, via a joint (pun intended) operation between American Navy agents and Vancouver police, he was convicted of selling Cannabis seeds, the most dangerous seeds in North America. And thank goodness for that, had these institutions not teamed up and undoubtedly spent a ton of tax payer money on this operation, we may have very well ended up overrun with Cannabis plants.

This is probably the most interesting charge throughout Marc’s ‘criminal’ career. In 2004, he was charged and convicted of drug trafficking, because… wait for it… a witness saw him pass a joint. I guess that makes every last one of us drug traffickers. He spent 61 days in Saskatoon correctional center for basically being a chill dude.

In 2005, acting on the request of the DEA (way to stand up for our citizens Canada), he was charged again with a litany of nonsense (conspiracy to distribute Marijuana seeds among them). Meanwhile, Gary Webb, a journalist who had implicated the CIA for its involvement in Iran-Contra cocaine trafficking, had been found dead with two shots to the head. It was ruled a suicide, so I guess that’s why the DEA wasn’t busy following up on that one. In 2010, Marc was extradited and spent just over 4 years in an American prison.

Most recently, in 2016, Marc and his wife Jodie were charged again under ‘Project Gator’, a Toronto police project targeting dispensaries, resources well spent! They were fined and given two years probation. Still over-the-top, but I guess its better than getting sent to jail for passing a joint.

Marc Emery, the ‘Prince of Pot’, defender of free speech, horticulturalist, and ever the contrarian. He was a martyr in his own way, sacrificing his freedom to bring awareness to how crazy the ‘drug war’ really is. How dare these plants exist, and how dare you sell their seeds. How dare you even sell paper with words that refer to these plants! At least we are finally teetering on the edge of sanity with the push for legalization. It’s about time, and Marc should be recognized for his contribution to personal freedom.

“We can begin the restructuring of thought by declaring legitimate what we have denied for so long. Lets us declare Nature to be legitimate. The notion of illegal plants is obnoxious and ridiculous in the first place.”

-Terrence McKenna