As the Canadian goverment continues to move closer towards the legalization of marijuana, one of the country’s most popular bands is getting involved in the movement.
Just announced today, The Tragically Hip have partnered with Newstrike, a company that the band describes as “soon to be public, licensed producers of medicinal marijuana.” The band are now significant investors in the medical marijuana company, which will enter the TSX and begin trading in June using the symbol, wait for it, HIP. Whether or not you’re pro-marijuana, that’s pretty cool.
Posting a message on their official band site, The Tragically Hip say they’ve decided to partner with Newstrike because of the company’s expertise in the burgeoning industry, saying Newstrike has “hired pre-eminent scientists and growers, developed large, well-structured sites and have the wherewithal and expertise to take this on.”
The band made their pro-marijuana stance clear in their open letter, saying they feel the legalization of medical marijuana in Canada has already helped to improve the lives and well-being of their fellow Canadians. Noting that the “harm wrought by the prohibition of marijuana has been thoroughly researched and documented,” the Hip applaud the government’s efforts to legalize recreational use of marijuana within the coming year. “This is a common-sense-policy and, in our opinion, is a change for the best,” writes the band.
The letter notes that The Tragically Hip look forward to “contributing creatively” to Newstrike’s efforts. It’s unclear exactly what this will entail, whether this means allowing Newstrike to use their music or lyrics in ads or throw a benefit concert. Last summer’s cross-country tour was viewed by many as an unofficial goodbye tour for the band, who announced in May 2016 that lead singer Gord Downie was suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. The frontman has recently been seen in public, including embracing rapper Drake at a Toronto Raptor’s game, giving many fans hope that Downie’s health is at least remaining stable.
Whether or not the band’s involvement will include its own stream of marijuana is unclear, but names already floating around social media include “Weed Kings” and “Fiddler’s Green.” Considering the relaxing effects of marijuana, we think ‘Gord Downie’ works too.