On Canada Day, Let Legendary Canadian Pierre Berton Teach You How To Roll A Joint

American readers might not recognize the name, but Pierre Berton is as Canadian as a beaver in head-to-toe denim. He wrote more than fifty books on Canada's history and culture, made countless media appearances, and was named as a companion to the Order of Canada.

And he really liked to smoke weed.

According to Brian Mckillop’s 'Pierre Berton: A Biography', he “readily admitted” to reporters that he had smoked marijuana since his forties, and was a critic of Canada’s drug laws.

In one of his last appearances before his death in November 2004, Berton appeared in a segment on the satirical news show ‘Monday Report’ (later the ‘Rick Mercer Report’) to impart some of his joint-rolling knowledge. Check it out below.

Note: The video is a little shaky at the beginning, as it’s from well before the heyday of streaming video. Fear not - it evens out once the actual rolling begins.

“Remember Canada, it’s the loose joints that tend to fall apart." Wise words, indeed. 


Both houses of the New Jersey legislature have chosen to postpone voting on a bill that would have legalized recreational cannabis in the state. New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) has announced that Monday's Senate and Assembly votes on the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act has been cancelled. "While we are all disappointed that we did not secure enough votes to ensure legislative approval of the adult use cannabis bill today, we made substantial progress on a plan that would make significant changes in social policy," Sweeney said in a statement on Monday afternoon.

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