Torch not for toking

All hail — or inhale — the 2010 Olympic Torch.

All hail — or inhale — the 2010 Olympic Torch.

Or, as it’s jokingly known around Vancouver, the Olympic Toke.

Composed of stainless steel, aluminum and sheet moulding, the torch was designed to invoke snow, ice, skiing and skating, but to many, the metre-length white torch looks suspiciously like a marijuana joint, especially when lit.

That the torch bears a resemblance to Vancouver’s biggest cash crop was evident right away to Jodie Emery, editor of Cannabis Culture magazine.

“A lot of people come to Vancouver because it’s marijuana-friendly so I think people who already enjoy a joint themselves will feel a little more kinship to the Olympics,” said Emery, who ran this month as a Green Party candidate in the provincial election.

The torch officially is meant to resemble the lines left behind by skiers and skaters on snow and ice.

Any double — or doobie — entendres, officials say, are purely unintentional.

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