At a show last summer, a musician friend said to me, “This is Pineapple Express—I bought it legally in Kensington Market.” Legal. Weed. Kensington. Toronto. That stuck in the memory banks, and I followed up next time I was in Toronto, visiting several locations of one well-reputed dispensary, sampling as many marijuana strains and concentrates as my budget would afford.
Signing up for membership was simple. The touchiest questions were the doctor’s name who had prescribed me cannabis (my retired GP’s did the trick), and I falsely claimed insomnia as my medical reason for consuming. After moving to Toronto I began looking for a
What makes me more uncomfortable is what the arrival of storefront dispensaries could mean for our province, as well as for our relation to cannabis as a culture. The fact that the dispensary Canna Clinic has expanded from locations in British Columbia to Toronto—and now to Halifax—predicts an interest in our region by companies poised to profit from changing cannabis legislation.
Despite police raids, business in Halifax is said to be booming. If this is the case with one out-of-province company now, what does it mean for the future? Is there potential for a cannabis industry in eastern Canada comparable to that of BC’s? Though I think
In purchasing marijuana of an unknown source, there is the possibility of money trickling into
Like many marijuana users, I usually place myself left of centre, identifying more with the ideals of socialism than unfettered capitalism. For years, cannabis has been a counter-cultural symbol—a plant that can be grown almost anywhere with little care, giving it little marketing potential. As stated, this is about to change.
Though I have not given up on responsible dispensaries, I feel that it is important for Canadian adults to be allowed to grow and consume their own cannabis in limited quantities. With shifting public opinion on cannabis, it is my hope that superior gardening tools and techniques will be more widely accessible.
To this end, I would support
I’ve left many significant issues surrounding cannabis untouched, but it’s important that consumers begin to ask themselves what truly constitutes ethical weed. In my opinion, nothing could be more so than growing your own.