Today’s date is 10/17. This number is important for two reasons. Firstly, recreational weed is officially legal in the great state of Canada. Everyone here was smoking doinks already, but now you can tweet at regional police accounts that you just picked up and they legally have to reply with a fire emoji. The second reason 1017 is a special number is because of 1017 Brick Squad—the Atlanta hip-hop label founded by rapper, author and motivational speaker Gucci Mane. These things are probably 100% related. Gucci Mane, along with past and present label signees like Waka Flocka Flame, Young Thug, Chief Keef, and others caused devil’s lettuce to become legal up here. Or whatever. Honestly, I can make whatever wild assertions I want cause my editor is high as shit.
The thing is, even though VICE and Noisey aren’t known for weed-related content, if you read between the lines, you can see hints they are actually open to the idea. It’s a breath of fresh air (or smoke lol) to finally be living in a country where we can explore the topic with higher intellect. To quote Waka Flocka Flame from the song “O Let’s Do It”, as he says, “O, Let’s Do It.” If that doesn’t convince you 1017 Brick Squad helped Canada legalize weed for men, women and asthmatic children, consider this video of Waka walking through the airport in my home city Regina, Saskatchewan 2011:
Compelling evidence. I reached out to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ask if he goes “hard in the paint” like Waka, but he has yet to comment. The only explanation is either Justin disrespects 1017 Brick Squad or he’s too high to respond. Either way, being the county’s most important journalist, I can’t help but I feel disrespected he didn’t hit me back on my Google Plus request. Our leaders must step up, put their egos aside and recognize the significance of this day. As Gucci Mane once said, “If a man does not have sauce, then he is lost. But the same man can get lost in the sauce.”
Marijuana is going to change everything in Canada. Not only will Canadian-made television seem slightly more interesting, but we might be able to let Gucci Mane cross the border finally. Based on these lyrics from Gucci’s song “Both” featuring Canadian rapper Drake, it’s safe to say Drake likely had a hand in legalizing weed specifically to let the Trap God ender the country:
“I got so many felonies, I might can't never go to Canada/ But Drake said he gon' pull some strings, so let me check my calendar.”
This brings me to the most important point so far: Canada legalizing laughy gassy herb officially makes us more relevant and cool than the United States of America. I mean, what do they have? Flamin Hot Cheetos and Florida? Keep them. We got stanky buds from coast to coast now. Since the beginning, the US has been like a big brother—a Gucci Mane—and we have been like Waka. But now, we’re more innovative, interesting and sexier, like Young Thug. As he once sang on Rich Gang’s “Ridin,” “My weed is loud and you smokin' libraries.”
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