“It’s legal here, but’s it’s not legal elsewhere,” she says. “I travel to the U.S. quite a bit and I need to be available for visas in other places. I just don’t trust that the information about me buying weed will not be shared and used against me in this era of insecure data.” Rather than buying from government-approved suppliers, the yoga teacher and designer prefers to get her marijuana from friends, family members and an illegal dispensary near her home in Toronto.
Legal producers have to “ start from scratch “
When the Cannabis Act pass’s through Canada’s parliament last year, making it only the second nation in the world to legalize marijuana. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proclaimed it would” keep the money out of the pockets of organized crime.
‘It’s a little less clinical’
There’s also the convenience of having a branch of the illegal dispensary chain cafe close by. The Toronto municipal government has struggled to shut down the retailer, even with concerted program of raids.
Although online sales are available in every province, they’re proved to be dramatically less popular than numerical and mortar stores. The end result is that many Canadian stoners, particularly in rural and regional areas of Quebec and Ontario, prefer to get their pot the same way they always have. Even in Toronto, where five stores serve a population of three million, buying cannabis legally can be a hassle.
Not Enough To Go Around
Then there were problems with supply. The first year of legalization has been characterized by shortages, especially of dried flower, the standard type of cannabis.
“A recent study showed that 10 percent of all cannabis users consume two-thirds of all cannabis,” said Rosenthal.