Hello Buddies! Jake Green here for your monthly dose of all that is good in the weed world. I sift through the news every month to bring you everything important, developing, and interesting in the marijuana industry. Weed will be legal before you can roll that next fatty, and corporations and provincial governments are getting ready to cash in. So, let’s take a look at what’s happening out there in Weed Land.
BuyBCBud.com New and Improved Website
One of the more important updates for our immediate audience is the overhaul of the BCBud website. With improved functionality, a sleeker design, and lots of juicy buds to choose from, BCBud is set to offer one of the best online purchasing experiences. Just pick a bud, point and click, and before you know it, you have premium bud delivered right to your door. Add Walter’s famous customer service and delicious product line to the mix, and you’ll be smiling all night, and giggling, and munching…
Corona and Canopy?
What happens when Constellation brands, a dominator in the alcohol industry, invests $4 billion into Canopy Growth, one of the largest marijuana businesses in Canada? Well, Canopy goes up 40% on the stock market, and the government is left trying to figure out “Big Marijuana” and how it ties into “Big Alcohol”. For weed smokers, this is actually a huge benefit, and a slight downside.
What does all that big beer money mean for weed? Two major things: marketing and lobbyists. Brand awareness for cannabis is about to increase exponentially. Your favourite strains might soon be as widely known as Corona, with smaller growers taking the “craft” route and riding the popularity of bigger brands. This increase in demand will lead to the market being flooded with certain strains, while other plants become less wide spread, and eventually, more expensive. There will always be room for small batch, unique strains, but the “Budweiser” of bud is going to have a lot more power.
For lobbyists, well, Mary Jane now has as many backers in government as alcohol has always had. With enough money, lobbyists can convince the government to do pretty much anything. For weed, this means that governments might be loosening the tight noose they had planned to put on cannabis regulations. The political clout that used to be devoted to beer is now shared with cannabis. Governments may now loosen up on where weed can be smoked, how we buy weed, how it is marketed, etc. Regulation is going to be a lot looser than anyone originally expected (which could be good or bad, depending on who’s selling).
Provinces Get Their Stuff Together
Hey! Look at this! Provincial governments finally know how they are going to regulate legal pot. There’s a more detailed look here, but I’ll give some quick notes for those of you with a short attention span.
BC- 19+. Private and public stores. Smoking in public follows same rules as tobacco
AB- 18+. Online sales regulated, heavily regulated private store sales. Stores 100 Meters from schools. Smoking in public the same as tobacco.
SK- 19+. No smoking in public areas. Private sales, but only 60 retail permits planned.
MB- 19+. Private sales but no growing at home for recreational purposes. No smoking in public places.
ON- 19+. Government run online sales first, then private sales once regulation is completed. Only allowed to use pot in private residences.
QC- 18+. Weed sold through government retailers only.
NB –19+. Government run retail stores only. Smoking in public permitted, but weed must be kept in a locked place when at home.
PEI- 19+. Government run retail stores. Smoking only in private residences.
NS- 19+. Government run retail stores alongside alcohol.
NL- 19+. Private retail sales monitored by government. No public smoking.
First Roadside Saliva Test
The first saliva based road side test for marijuana has been approved. And, it is just horrible. The amount of false-positive and false-negative tests is abnormally high. A study done in Norway using the device found that, when compared to blood tests, false-positives for marijuana were at almost 15%, and for cocaine, 87%. For those of you who have trouble with math, that means 87% of the people who tested positive for cocaine, didn’t actually have any in their system. Seriously? Oh, and it doesn’t work if the temperature is below 4 degrees Celsius. So, you know, super useful in a country like Canada.
The test is meant to be an indicator of if you might be high so that the police can take you to the station for more substantial testing. Remember in the last article when we talked about the ridiculous 12 step test that they use to figure out if you might have been high at some point in your life? Yeah, that is the test that they would give you if you fail the saliva test.
Good stuff all around. However, a new StatsCan survey concluded that about 4.6 million people drive under the influence of marijuana. And while I love the pot, you won’t find me driving anything with more horse power than a bicycle. So, even if the testing isn’t that accurate, keep it safe out there.
Legal Pot Gets More Tickets?
This one seems a little counter-intuitive, but it also makes sense. When weed becomes legal, more people will be fined for smoking it than ever before. The reason? Well, right now, police have almost no interest in ticketing, or arresting, people who are smoking pot outside. The amount of paper work involved, and the negative impact on the person’s life, means police tend to ignore the smell of sweet herb wafting around town. However, once weed is legal, smoking pot outside is just a quick ticket (in some provinces), like drinking in public. So, officers will be much more likely to issue a $1000 fine to anyone breaking the rules. Not exactly the good times we were all hoping for.
Also, legal or not, 16 of Canada’s Universities and Colleges have already banned smoking pot on campus. That is just not cool at all, man. University is supposed to be a place to experiment, have fun, and think new thoughts. Weed goes perfectly with that. Then again, weed has always been a big part of higher learning, a ban probably won’t change too much.
Well, that’s the most important news this month. Keep your joints lit and your pipes packed friends!
– Jake Green