Vancouver, British Columbia is widely regarded as Canada’s most pot-friendly city; there are marijuana cafes, the majority of the population favors complete legalization, and estimated yearly sales of the drug reach several billion dollars. So, perhaps it should not be a shock that the new Olympic torch, to be used when Vancouver hosts in 2010, suspiciously resembles a giant joint when lit.
The Vancouver Star reports that the newly-unveiled torch is already commonly known as the Olympic Toke. Suzanne Reeves, the Vancouver organizing committee’s director of communications for the Olympic torch relay, denies the comparison, saying that when she looks at the torch, which is meant to evoke ice, skiing, and skating, she is reminded of “the edge of snow and an unfurling flag.” She adds that “It’s quite magical. Most people’s reactions are emotional.”