Welcome to Canada. Allow Me To Light That Joint for You.

Today marks a first in Canada and the world.  October 17th, 2018 – Canada becomes the first industrialized nation in the world to legalize pot. 

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That’s right.  Say good bye to loon calls and the crashing roar of Niagara Falls.  Upon entering Canada you will now be greeted with the deafening sound of people giggling.

Heeheeheheeheeheeheeheeheeheehee.  

I know you’re thinking, but what about The Netherlands?  All those Amsterdam cafes filled with pot smoking hippies and pot and pot paraphernalia?  Pot isn’t legal in The Netherlands. It’s decriminalized.  As of today, in Canada, smoking pot is perfectly legal.

Here is your introductory guide to legal weed in Canada.

Pot is Legal in Canada

Medicinal marijuana has been legal (if you have a prescription) since 2001 in Canada, but your doctor had to be a proponent of it. If he or she wasn’t, you weren’t getting a prescription.  But there were always other ways.  Judging by the number of “medicinal” marijuana users wearing knitted caps, tie dye shorts, and cannabis leaf shaped sunglasses, it was pretty easy to get a prescription if you wanted one.

Those stereotypical “it’s prescription” users, with their sloth like reflexes and lopsided grins gave actual medicinal marijuana a bit of a bad name. The pot smoking image of a big loser inhaling a rocket sized joint outside a medical marijuana dispensary did nothing to further the cause of responsible medicinal marijuana users. Which is a shame because medical marijuana has helped all kinds of people I know including kids and the elderly.

 

WAIT! YOU THINK KIDS SMOKING POT IS O.K.??? WHAT THE ACTUAL F&*K  ???

Now this is where you get confused again isn’t it?  Yes. Kids can benefit from pot.  My friend Leslie’s kids for example. Her kids suffer from a rare autoimmune disorder called PANDAS.  I implore you to click on the link and read her story.

Kids and pot.  All pot isn’t created equal.  The thing in pot that gets you high is THC. Take that away and you don’t get high but still get the medicinal benefits of the other oil in the plant, CBD oil.  So if you have a sick child or elderly parent or anyone else who wouldn’t benefit from both feeling better and sinking into the couch with a grin and red eyes for a few hours – you can just give them CBD oil. All of the health benefits, none of the psychoactive effects (getting high). However anyone under age still needs a prescription for any cannabis product including CBD oil.

BUT POT IS A GATEWAY DRUG!!!

Actually that’s a bit of a misconception.  According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (in America) pot is no more a gateway drug than alcohol is.  People who go on to use hard drugs choose pot as their first drug just because it’s the easiest one to get access to.

It has been argued however that pot can trigger schizophrenia in teens and young adults. The research is still being done.

THERE’S GOING TO BE STONED MAYHEM AND A DORITOS SHORTAGE!

Worried the entire of Canada is going to pot? As it turns out, according to a study by Stats Canada, only 6% of people who haven’t smoked pot in the past 3 months are planning on trying it for the first time, or increasing their use once it’s legal.  I mean it’s pot. It’s not like it was all that difficult to get beforehand.  If you smoked pot before it was legal you’ll just continue to do so without threat of arrest.  And if you never smoked pot before it was legal, chances are you aren’t going to start smoking it now.

F*&%IN’ EH!  MAYBE GOLF WILL FINALLY BE FUN NOW!

Not so fast Sparky.  Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it legal to do so everywhere. Like smoking and drinking, pot is still restricted so chances are you won’t be lighting up on the golf course. You can only buy it certain places and you can only smoke it certain places. What those places are depends on which province you live in.

 

DOES KAREN SMOKE POT? IT SOUNDS LIKE KAREN IS A TOTAL SNOOP DOG.

Nope.  I don’t.  It’s not my thing. Like I’ve said before, I don’t find relaxing to be especially relaxing. Having said that,  I currently have a freezer full of pot brownies that I’ve made for family and friends, but I’ve never had any of them myself. Kind of the same way I have a liquor cabinet full of booze and a fridge with beer even though I don’t really drink.  I like to be a well supplied host for others.   I made the brownies last summer out of cannabutter which I had to illegally procure from my 83 year old mother’s friend in a suburban enclave under cover of darkness.   Betty doesn’t smoke pot either, but if she’s one of the 6% who decides to take it up, I promise to video it for you.

To reiterate, as of today, possessing, smoking, growing, baking and sharing pot is now 100% legal in Canada.

Let the giggling commence.

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October 17th, 2018 Canada became the first industrialized country to legalize pot across the nation.  It's perfectly legal. Just like smoking or drinking or eating poutine.  Here's a quick guide.

84 Comments

  1. judy says:

    I wish I could obtain this legally for my 82 year old Husband with Alzheimer’s. I have heard it is helpful especially in the early stage. We are so weirdly puritanical in America although not about War and killing the planet?

    • Tina says:

      Many states now have prescription sales legal and some allow retail sales. I’m from Oregon, we’re the gold standard of pot markets!

    • billy sharpstick says:

      CBD(with no THC) is legal in most of the US. Although many legal orgs are still confused about it. You can even buy it online. My elderly MIL has a card to buy it in Florida. Hers has minimal THC. She takes it for pain and is actually more alert now than without it. Her doctor was amazed recently. (I wish I lived in a civilized country sometimes)

  2. Sam C. says:

    Glad to see you’re a free thinker! I agree totally!

  3. Wendy W says:

    Can you please give us your cannabutter and pot brownie recipe? I plan on indulging on this historic day so I can tell my Grandkids that I was here! Heeheehee 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

  4. Canada is tardy. I’m an Oregonian. 😁 I don’t partake, but the medicinal stories of friends and family is astounding. Congratulations. The pot shops will be on every corner in less than a week. Like Starbucks, but greener.

    • Karen says:

      Ha! We only recently allowed grocery stores to sell wine and beer so no mom and pop pot sellers here. Everything will be sold by government sanctioned outlets. How else would they get their tax revenue?? 😉 ~ karen!

      • Karen says:

        By taxing the mom and pop stores, like California and Colorado. Growers are taxed, distributers are taxed, and the sellers are taxed.

      • Linda says:

        From your own chart above, 7 out of 13 provinces/territories will indeed have “mom and pop” or properly known as “private” stores. Not all stores will be government operated. The government will still get their tax money…

  5. Isabella says:

    65% of us Americans think it should be legal as well, good for Canada, another reason to love you all. If your weather was better I’d beg to move there. But I like long Summers and minuscule Winters. Cheers.

  6. Wendi says:

    I really wish the US would jump on that bandwagon <>

    • Bonnie Cramond says:

      I have read and heard of wonderful medicinal benefits of CBD oil. I live in GA where it is legal to use medicinal marijuana, but not legal to grow it, buy it, or bring it in to the state. My husband and son both died of cancer this year, but their suffering and the effects of chemo were eased by the marijuana products legally purchased in CO but illegally brought into the U.S. (Any police monitoring Karen’s blog should know that those products are long gone.) We restrict that in the U.S., but we have a worsening opioid crisis because those drugs have been liberally prescribed. So frustrating!

  7. MrsChrisSA says:

    Here in SA they have legalised growing it in your own garden and for your own use, in your own garden….

    In the meantime, I am very pro the medicinal purposes and properties of pot – think the pharmaceuticals are very wary because it will reduce their profits as it most certainly does help for a multitude of ailments.

    But just for getting high – not my scene!

  8. Teri says:

    I’ve been fascinated by the media running around with their hair on fire worrying about how the country is going to hell in a hand basket starting in a few hours. I know ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ and bad news sells but they’d have you think that everyone is going to get stoned and stay that way — an entire country just waiting to get legally high.
    I’m sure the same rhetoric was used prior to the repeal of prohibition (which happened earlier in Canada than in the US — we’re so edgy up here).
    I suspect life will go on as before but I’m glad I can get CBD oil over the counter.
    In the meantime, if the nice US border guard asks if you partake or have ever done so, say “no” or prepare to turn around and go home.
    Teri on the left coast, the home of BC Bud.

  9. Mari says:

    You’ll get a lot, I mean A LOT, of pot shops. And it certainly doesn’t help that I live in Colorado (gettin’ high in the Mile High) and I’ve heard allll the jokes. Honestly, I don’t know of anyone that took up smoking pot just because it was legal. It just doesn’t seem like that big of a deal – until you see the idiots trying to cross state lines with it!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mari! All pot in Canada will be sold from government outlets, the same way we sell beer. We literally have a store called “The Beer Store” where all our beer is sold. It was only last year that a few grocery stores were allowed to carry a small selection of beer and wine. So there definitely won’t be pot stores appearing everywhere. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • Linda says:

        Like Teri above, I also live on the West coast (Victoria, BC) and we definitely DO have shops on every corner! In the past few years they’ve popped up everywhere. Each Province has it’s own approach… Ontario, where Karen lives, where I was born and raised, is the most restrictive of all. Western Canada has been far more progressive about alcohol sales as well with private (non-government) stores galore. Just trying to keep it real ’cause out here we often have to stress that we are part of Canada too 😉

        • PMMK says:

          You are right about Ontario being more restrictive than the rest of the country, Linda. The Junction in Toronto was dry from 1904 to 1997 and it took a referendum to overturn the lifetime-ago dry bylaw. The change of heart was spawned by a storefront vacancy rate close to 20%.

          This past summer we bought some interesting craft beers and ciders at Zehr’s from what I thought was a good selection. Nice change even though I don’t even drink beer and rarely have a cider.

  10. Dann says:

    Might want to warn folks that the “new” pot can be more exponentially More powerful than that of their foggy memories. I may or may not be speaking from a (long/ terrifying/ unpleasant) New Years Eve is experience

    • Ann Roberts says:

      If you search out the right variety for you, it can be any level you wish. I don’t like the feeling of being “high” like I did when I was a kid. The munchies, the giggles, the racing mind…..none of that for me. But an indica with a higher CBD/lower THC level just helps me fall asleep like a normal person, instead of the person who used to get 1-2 hrs of sleep a night for night’s on end. And I may be a bit light headed if I get out of bed during the night for anything. But I can fall right back to sleep and get much better quality rest.

  11. Rene says:

    Sorry Karen but South Africa beat you to it-they legalised cannabis earlier this year!

    • Karen says:

      South Africa isn’t considered an industrialized nation yet (it’s still growing into that). 🙂 Pot is also legal in other non industrialized countries but not in any of the G7 nations. ~ karen!

    • Karen says:

      Oops. And now that I’ve looked into it further, South Africa has only decriminalized it. Like the Netherlands. ~ karen!

      • Agnes says:

        I guess Uruguay is not industrialized either. They have had legal and national cannabis supply going for long enough to report some solid findings. The sky did not fall in, apparently. 😉

        • Karen says:

          No, lol. Not terribly industrialized. In order for a country to be considered “industrialized” there must be lots of panels and judgey people who hold judgey meetings to come up with judgey petitions. 😉 ~ karen!

  12. Suzette says:

    Colour me shocked that Ontarians didn’t break the internet,at midnight, with a shopping frenzy!

  13. Dana Studer says:

    Did you decorate for Halloween? Did I miss your post? I’m starting to collect bones for a bone wreath.

    • Karen says:

      I haven’t yet Dana. I know I’m usually all over Halloween, but with doing my floors and hosting Thanksgiving I haven’t had time yet because those two things put me really behind on harvesting my garden (which needs to be done before everything freezes in the ground, lol). HOPEFULLY I’ll get it decorated and some photos taken before the 31st. 🙂 ~ karen!

  14. Sabina says:

    Your chart is interesting because just over the Peace Bridge and/or Lewiston-Queenston Bridge here in Western NY the news was reporting this morning that it can be smoked (in Ontario) anywhere that tobacco products can be smoked, just just private property. Legislation is being drafted here in New York State to legalize recreational use, maybe we’ll see a bill at the turn of the next century…

  15. Ann Roberts says:

    Congrats to Canada,

    Us in the US have been watching with great envy,

    Most of your info above is good. But when you talk about CBD early in the article, you may not be quite accurate. CBD alone is only really good for a few things. Some of the seizure kids mostly. All other conditions benefit from at least a small amount of THC. If the correct strain of cannabis is used to make the oil, there won’t be a whole lot of fun things about the feeling. Just very relaxed to the point of sleep. Which is what I use it for. My chronic, medically proven insomnia and my pain from psoriatic arthritis. No CBD only oil touch either condition.

    Another thing about buying CBD only oil is that there are very very few good companies making the product in a way that is worth buying. Many use the waste from industrial hemp production. They don’t bother to even source hemp that has the proper properties to maximize the content and quality of the CBD’s. Then they may use bad chemicals to do the extraction and not be able to remove it all. Then charge and arm and a leg for a small bottle that is pretty much worthless. There are some very very good companies that will provide you a copy of the independent labs they had drawn on their product to prove it is what they say it is.

    I just hope the US can move forward soon. Oh wait, still 2 more years of the admin we have and there is no way it will happen with these baffoons.

    • Linn says:

      Ann, can you provide the names of the companies of which you speak? I too, suffer from insomnia and arthritis, although not a true diagnosis. I’ve been told that I can get relief from CBD, but have been hesitant to ask at any of our pot shops in the US for the reasons you mentioned.
      Thank you

    • PMMK says:

      Ann Roberts, I would really like to find a CBD oil that I can be sure is not contaminated with other materials. I tried it about a year ago and, although it did help me sleep, it left me feeling like I spent the night strolling through a field of ragweed. I told with my rheumatologist about it and mentioned that I thought it must have been full of pollen from male plants. His response was that it probably really was contaminated with ragweed and that I should try again but that I need to find a better source.

      I am truly hoping that the federal regulations will yield reliable products.

  16. Heather says:

    I’m all for legalization, although not a pot smoker. Like you, Karen, I don’t really like relaxing. As far as it being a gateway drug, I always told my kids, “It’s a gateway drug if you let the criminals mind the gates.” I think it’s time we decriminalize all recreational drug use, so we can approach drug abuse as the health problem it is instead of making criminals of vulnerable populations.

  17. Colin Barr says:

    Great article. One thing to note. I also thought it was prohibited to use pot outside of a private residence (which I would have preferred as I think it should be restricted the same as alcohol) in Ontario, but according to the government site it is not? https://www.ontario.ca/page/cannabis-legalization#section-2

    • Karen says:

      Hey Colin! That’s actually “proposed legislation” from the Ontario PC party. As of right now, it is only legal to smoke/vape pot in a private residence. ~ karen!

  18. lisaMC says:

    And yet right over the border, in New York, there are still helicopters flying low all late summer hoping to heat scan some poor old granny’s backyard garden hoping to find the evil weed to lock her up to do hard time…. Oh wait, maybe that’s my second hand smoke-induced paranoia! ; )
    Seriously, the world is wacko. As if that needed saying. Here in the US, in “liberal” NY especially, there are so many players in the legalization saga–all having to do with ensuring corporate profit and nothing to do with the people who actually live, work, pay and suffer needlessly here. I know personally–my son has epilepsy and while it is said you can get a prescription if you are lucky enough to find a doctor who prescribes–all that the Doc can prescribe is this sad purified laboratory medicinal version that has lost the God given magic of true herbal remedies.
    Oh, by the way, I don’t use weed either.
    But I’d try a brownie if you want to smuggle me one : )

    Try to explain that reasonably to a middle schooler

    • dee says:

      @LisaMC I have uncontrolled epilepsy, and thankfully have my medical exemption. It’s the “security blanket” I’ve always wanted, but have never had. The last time I ran out I had a small seizure while walking across an intersection while I had the light. Do you have dispensaries in your area? While it’s true that little people can benefit from only CBD, it’s been found that adults are having better results if a little THC is added (just like another person said upthread). Don’t waste your $$ on hemp in any form. I use the flower so I can get more immediate results if I am having an “aura” which is a signal of an upcoming seizure-it stops it, and prevents the seizure. That’s especially important, as these seizures can (and do) end up being a tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure, which in my case can unfortunately multiply and put me in a truly life-threatening situation. I’ve been able to take back some control over my life, and for that I am eternally grateful. I hope you can get some for your son Lisa-it’s been a godsend for me!

  19. Jack Ledger says:

    The consumption of cannabis or cannabis byproducts has a long history of misinformation commencing with that 1950’s documentary, “Reefer Madness”. There is a segment of the population that remains convinced of the psychotic effects reflected in that movie…..the same people who believe that the U.S. never landed on the moon. Well, let me assure you, at midnight last evening I smoked a joint and went to the moon. The flag, the footprints, the Moon Buggy……it was all there.

  20. Alena says:

    I have nothing against using pot for medicinal purposes but otherwise, I don’t think we need it legalized. IMHO, this is a bad decision.
    And for the record, I live in Canada.

  21. TdL says:

    Enjoy responsibly! Although not backed by rigourous science, a 4 hour interval between getting a buzz on and engaging in decision-making activities like driving or operating power tools chainsaws and the like is common practice. Leave it longer if you have any doubts. Stacking wood you can do right away.

  22. Debbie Downer says:

    Marijuana research is vast: a solid example can be found at
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/add.12758
    Also, thc is stored in our fatty tissue, so as it is disperses, it affects cell development and protein synthesis, which includes developing brain cells. thc stays in mothers breast milk for 2 weeks after use. thc neurophysiological risk factors regarding cognitive functioning, educational achievement hits adolescents especially hard. Guessing that your Canadian gov’t monetary gains from legalization will be used to cope with negative societal and health consequences like our U.S.A states CO. and WA. are now involved in. In the front end, out the back end, I guess on way or another. By the way, how are your dear chickens doing Karen?

    • Karen says:

      At the moment one of them is screaming at the top of her lungs for some reason. It sounds like the call of “I just laid an egg” so I’ll be checking on that soon. 🙂 ~ karen!

    • Lauren from Winnipeg says:

      Actually, most medical and scientific communities will say that pot research is anything but “vast”. Also, please don’t base your opinions on one article or study. Doctors were refusing to give women HRT for years based on a study that turned out to be inherently flawed. Likewise on the study that was showing immunizations were the cause of autism.

      I’m in my 50’s and have seen people continue to smoke pot for decades with no more ill effect than the casual drinker. As far as health and society goes, I place my vote with pot. With regards to educational achievement, I have the feeling you would be surprised to find out how many lawyers, doctors, accountants, professors, clergy, etc., consume pot and have done so for years without harming their career. Contrary to some public belief, pot doesn’t make you a lazy layabout. That doesn’t mean you should get high at work, just like you shouldn’t be drinking at work. It should be kept away from children (with the exception of medical pot) just like alcohol should be kept away from children.

      I swear it’s as if people think this substance hasn’t been consumed regularly since the 60’s just because it was illegal and now all of a sudden civilization and healthcare as we know it will collapse now that it’s legal.

      As with everything, all things in moderation.

      • Teri says:

        Amen. I end up ‘talking’ to the evening news when they start their scare tactics.
        I can’t see this being any more of a problem (and possibly less) than alcohol. I don’t drink and drive and i know no one who does. I never went to work drunk and neither did my colleagues.
        Why would anyone think that all reason, caution, common sense, moral responsibility and good judgement would be checked at the door judge because canabis isn’t going to get you thrown in jail anymore.
        Teri on the left coast

      • june says:

        I applaud Canada for this common sense measure. I certainly agree that all things in moderation is the way to go. Wish it was legal here in PA.

        Please note, cannabis was used long before the 1960s. According to Wikipedia the first written evidence was by Herodotus in 440 BCE. I doubt that there ever was a society that did not use some form of psychoactive plant for either religious, ceremonial or social reasons.

        • Lauren from Winnipeg says:

          Hi, June.

          I realize that, but it’s probably the era where most people in western society became aware of it thanks to the hippie revolution. What with their love beads, flared jeans, and loud rock music. Not to mention the VW buses, those dens of iniquity. (: Of course I was 9 at the time of Woodstock, so what would I know?

          Cheers!

  23. Sherrill says:

    Hi, great level headed thinking once again. I had a prescription to purchase medical marijuana in Canada for over a year now. I buy the CBD/THC in equal amounts, and find it great for pain and anxiety without a high. I did try a variety pack at first,before I tried the oil, and vaped it. I found the high very unpleasant and immediate. It’s not like drinking where three glasses of wine your feeling good but can still function, it was debilitating for me. I didn’t enjoy it or understand what the hype was about how great you feel. I felt terrible. The oil let me control the amount to affective me but not go past that line, more like a real medication. I think the media here is really going over the top, and has a “the sky is falling, the sky is falling!” Message as usual. If you didn’t smoke pot before, there is no reason you would want to now.

  24. whitequeen96 says:

    I’m all for it, especially as CBD oil has been a god-send to my son, who has seizures. Nothing else was working, so I’m sooo grateful to the people at my local dispensary who helped me find the right stuff for him.

    However, one thing puzzles me. I used to smoke pot eons ago, but I never drove my car while under the influence. I’m very surprised that pot isn’t forbidden in cars everywhere.

  25. Dave says:

    I’m glad I read this! We’ve been giving our dog CBD for a couple of months. Of course, with the aftermath of a belated Thanksgiving dinner and my partner (the usual morning dog feeder) being away for the week, I’ve been distracted and have forgotten to put it in her food.

    I did hear on the news the other day that pot will be allowed to be smoked at camp sites, because they are considered a temporary residence. Not sure if you have to keep it in the tent or what the story is.

    • Karen says:

      There’s a lot of misinformation about where you can or can’t smoke pot. I think this is because the government hasn’t really decided where you can or can’t smoke pot. Because they’re the government. ~ karen!

      • Agnes says:

        Hey, they decided! – for Ontario anyway – only several hours after using pot became legal. Too busy working overtime for months to disrupt Toronto municipal elections I guess.

  26. Martha R Doss says:

    I live in the US and am looking for a good CBD company to order from. Do you have any recommendations? I can use the CBD with small traces of THS but my husband is military and would greatly benefit from CBD oil. Only problem is he has a CDL for his job and cant risk having a false positive drug screen so i would need CBD isolate where there is no THS in it. Any suggestions would be appreciated! THank you so much

    • Martina says:

      I am not sure if they are allowed to ship outside of the country, but I use Tilray for my medical mj. Even if all you do is call them, they may be able to point you in the right direction and they have a wealth of knowledge that you may be able to partake of.
      http://www.tilray.ca

      • dee says:

        Tilray’s parent company is in the US, but here in Canada the isolates aren’t legal-and shipping to the US isn’t allowed. If you go to a dispensary though, you might be able to find it. Make sure you buy from a reliable source though. Perhaps a veterans’ org. could help you source some-I understand it’s great for PTSD.

  27. Reid Zeigler says:

    Maybe now some of those liberals who have been threatening to move to Canada will finally go.

  28. Meg says:

    To all you Americans as a reminder: pot is still illegal at a Federal level in the US. Don’t be cocky, it’s not 100% legal even in states where it is.

    To all you Canadians: Enjoy out-freedoming America. This combined with not having to take your jacket, belt, and shoes off at your airports leave me wondering, “wtf America?”

    To Karen: thanks for a well-thought-out, well-written, and tidily-edited pot. I mean post. Please give us your special brownie recipe! I don’t smoke/use either, being much more of a caffeine-a-holic, but would be awesome to know a good (read: trusted) recipe for my friends who do! *raises late morning cup of coffee to you*

  29. Bonnie G. says:

    Cannot wait for the premier of the video!!🤣

  30. Nancy Ann says:

    I’m with you, Reid. I just hope they don’t vote before they go.

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      I find it interesting that some Americans think that they (or folks they would like to rid their country of) can just move to Canada willy nilly. Wouldn’t it be better to stay home and work at fixing your own problems?

  31. attygreen13 says:

    Man y’all get Trudeau AND weed?! Not fair.

  32. Penny says:

    Well done, Canada! I’m glad to see that most provinces allow home-grown, too. Here in the UK we can be so damn silly with our legislation. For instance, all our cigarettes and tobacco products are only available in cow-pat-khaki coloured packets (pantone 448C, to be precise) with disturbing images of tarred-up lungs, surgical scarring, rotten teeth and amputation stumps…. except cigars, for some strange reason. Does that make any sense to TAODS readers?
    All these items must be sold from within a gantry with doors that must be kept shut until the customer asks for a particular brand. The idea is to reduce the risk of non-smokers (particularly young people) being ‘seduced’ by attractive packaging. The words light, fresh, lower tar and menthol cannot be used in the brand name.
    On the other hand, vaping equipment and the liquids to use in them are on full display, albeit in a locked case, in attractive packaging with the only warning being ‘this product contains nicotine which is an addictive substance’. The flavours recently introduced to my local shop’s display are Ibiza nights, Fairground fizz and Mixology. I would suggest that these are flavours made SPECIFICALLY to target younger people!
    Can we borrow Trudeau, please?

    • Lynn says:

      In Canada cigarettes have the same pictures on packages as on yours, they are also behind doors now also. Just so you know it’s the same here.

  33. Jen says:

    Canada is so sensible.

  34. Renee Ryz says:

    Is the CBD oil tasteless? I have been interested in ordering for my cat who has bad arthritis and degenerative orthopedic issues and anxiety. But as you know cats can tell if you try to sneak something past them. Hate to put out money to not be able to use it.

    • PMMK says:

      Renee, the kind I tried tasted very faintly of weed. Or maybe smelled. I haven’t actually tasted weed except in cannabutter cookies and I was warned to not consume a piece larger than my fingernail at a time so I don’t really know what it tastes like straight. Cats are so tiny compared to us so I imagine managing the dose might be a little tricky. I used a drop or two in a cup of weak green tea. I weight 120 on a heavy day. How would you split up a drop for a little cat? Or are veterinary preparations available?

  35. Lynn says:

    Pot is like anything else some can use it some can’t, some should never ever touch it. It depends on your DNA. In our family we have seen what it can do if you have the wrong DNA. By that I mean those that have indulged have become so paranoid and schizophrenic they have ended up in long term care at young ages.
    The only thing we have all agreed on is it was brought on by marijuana . As none were into anything stronger.
    I only wish that people use caution. The original plant was no where as strong as what is available out there today.

  36. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    Thank you Karen!!

    (liberal tree hugger vegan)

  37. Elaine says:

    Thank you for this great post, Karen! I live with a host of back problems and have managed to live a moderately active life due to continual pain meds. I would love to get off them someday if I think medical marijuana would manage the pain.

    I am a bit confused about the topic of prescriptions. I live in your town and am wondering … do we need a prescription from the regular family (medical) doctor before we can purchase medical cannabis or do we just go to the outlet and fill out the form like the old LCBO days?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Elaine! I’m not a marijuana expert but I can tell you that chances are the local workers at your regular marijuana store are likely to know more about what you need than your doctor will. I’ll see if I can get my friend Leslie’s opinion and let you know. 🙂 You won’t need a prescription anymore. You can just buy what you need yourself. OR you can go to your doctor and have the prescription filled at a dispensary. ~ karen!

      • dee says:

        If your family doctor/specialist won’t prescribe, there are clinics all over where you can get a prescription and education. But don’t pay for it!

  38. Patricia says:

    Here in L.A. there are billboards advertising home delivery of marijuana.

  39. Heather Sykora says:

    My acupuncturist sells muscle cream with just the CBD oil in it.
    For back pain I imagine it could be quite helpful. (Texas) I had chronic back pain until I found a quality massage therapist and started gentle core exercises. Now I hold a plank for 2 minutes twice a week and do some other basic strength exercises. Just the memory of that back pain motivates to never skip my 20 minutes of strength training!!!

  40. Melissa says:

    The biggest take away I took from this post: There is a province in Canada called Nunavut? I had to look it up. They don’t teach us stupid Americans anything about your country. As you have such a large US readership, part of the stuff that you could do is teach us more about Canadian things.

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