Wearing little more than black briefs and an “I heart my foreskin” T-shirt, Glen Callender is standing outside Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, where U2 is scheduled to play the first show for their “Innocence + Experience” tour.
This is the first of a series of pro-foreskin protests outside all ten of U2’s North American tour stops organized by Callender, who’s the founder of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project (CAN-FAP)—pun intended. CAN-FAP has even named Bono “Foreskin Enemy #2” (“Foreskin Enemy #1” is Bill Gates).
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Twenty minutes after I met Andy Bishop, a self-described “cosmic country” musician in Vancouver, I watched him buy weed from a vending machine. Bishop, who has a medical prescription to use marijuana, agreed to meet me for the first time at the BC Pain Society, where Canada’s first pot-dispensing machine hawks half ounces for $50.
The vending machine has been up-and-running for a month, even though dispensaries have technically been illegal since April 1. New legislation banned all growers except for those certified by Health Canada. A recent injunction allows at-home growers to keep doing their thing, but the court order’s not meant to last.
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