Within Canada’s 80-year narrative of moving pot from illegal to legal is a far-more interesting story about how it happened in the first place. Blame the Americans, for sure, but our country’s roots continue to reverberate around three very familiar social indicators: feminism, immigrants and money. The central figure is a woman named Emily Murphy, one of Alberta’s highly progressive Famous Five but also the author of the anti-drug, anti-immigrant The Black Candle. The media usually vilifies her – http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/mark-bourrie-on-emily-murphy-a-pioneer-in-the-war-on-pot – which really pisses off Yolande House, who tried to see her more clearly in her 2003 Master’s thesis at Queen’s University – http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk4/etd/MQ81078.pdf. Photo courtesy of rock95.com.