On The High Seas

On The High Seas
Posted by CN Staff on June 26, 2004 at 08:47:49 PT
By Erin Pooley
Source: Globe and Mail 
A boatload of party-goers will take to the high seas next month to celebrate 10 years of cannabis-loving culture in Toronto.On July 10, up to 600 revellers are expected to hop on board Capt. Matthew Flinders, a 144-foot luxury yacht, for a four-hour jaunt around the Toronto Harbour to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Friendly Stranger Cannabis Culture Shop in Toronto. The cruise, dubbed Smoke on the Water by organizers, will feature "a jazz-fusion funk band and a little bit of hip-hop," a hemp-themed buffet, cash bar and "oodles of door prizes," said Robin Ellins, the owner of the marijuana paraphernalia shop.
Despite the hype associated with the party, Mr. Ellins is careful not to label it a "pot cruise" -- a term that has been circulating on at least one cannabis-friendly Internet site. "We haven't been promoting that fact in any way, shape or form." Despite moves toward decriminalization, marijuana is still illegal in Canada. When asked whether the cruise would attract police interest, Mr. Ellins responded, "It's just a party like any other. I don't see why the police would be involved. It's just a nice, quiet celebration with 600 of our closest friends."He added that cameras will not be permitted on board to "respect people's privacy."The $50 tickets, which went on sale in April, were almost 90 per cent sold out by the end of this week, Mr. Ellins said.Guests must be 19 and older and identification will be checked at the door, he added.For more information on the cruise, visit -- -- or call (416) 591-1570. Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)Author: Erin PooleyPublished: Saturday, June 26, 2004 - Page M4 Copyright: 2004 The Globe and Mail CompanyContact: letters globeandmail.caWebsite: News Canadian Links Canada Archives 
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