Blunt talk with a real es­tate bro­ker

How a daily pot smoker views le­gal­iza­tion

Bayview Post - - Life - Lju­bica Kos­tovic is a cannabis con­sul­tant and lead­ing writer and speaker on is­sues re­lated to med­i­cal and recre­ational uses.

Ev­ery­one, meet Michael. He and I don’t know each other, and that’s not his real name. But he’s agreed to meet with me, smoke a joint and talk about how he smokes cannabis on a daily ba­sis and what the com­ing of le­gal­iza­tion might mean to him.

Michael is a big-time real es­tate pro­fes­sional in Toronto. He is also a thir­tysome­thing fam­ily man with a wife and a cou­ple of kids.

He’s been a long­time cannabis con­sumer and re­sides in the Av­enue Road and Eglin­ton Av­enue West area in a re­spectable home, on a re­spectable street. His neigh­bours have no idea he smokes pot (although, who knows, maybe they do as well).

For him, the smok­ing rit­ual is per­sonal and pri­vate. He might smoke at the oc­ca­sional party, but gen­er­ally he does so at home.

Not to­day, I say, as I roll out my Mar­ley wooden rolling tray for us to use and apol­o­gize for the pile of stems I am ap­par­ently build­ing into a col­lec­tion.

I would al­ways save the stems of the bud when I first started us­ing cannabis for med­i­cal rea­sons. I would also save the de­car­boxy­lated left­over weed from my va­por­izer — I could use both to in­fuse oil or but­ter later.

My rolling tray is a mess. Since I con­sume daily and work in the crazi­ness that is to­day’s mar­i­juana in­dus­try, I have come to ac­cept that some­times my rolling sta­tion is a dis­as­ter.

But ac­cord­ing to Michael, “It is per­fect,” be­cause he is still able to roll one up for us to share.

Michael is par­tial to the in­dica strain va­ri­ety and par­tak­ing in a smok­ing ses­sion at the end of a day, while watch­ing hockey or any­thing that al­lows him time to re­lax from the hus­tle of the city’s thriv­ing real es­tate in­dus­try.

I soon find out Michael also loves smok­ing blunts. For those not in the know, a blunt is a mar­i­juana cig­a­rette rolled in a cigar leaf: be­cause of the tobacco wrap­ping, it pro­duces a unique high that is dis­tinct from other con­sump­tion meth­ods.

He re­calls, in our in­ter­view, how he first en­coun­tered blunts in Los An­ge­les at a Snoop Dogg party. Be­fore then he’d never smoked a blunt in his life. Michael: So I wasn’t smok­ing joints for two years, I was va­p­ing. Then I went to this party, and I come across Louie the XIII. Ap­par­ently it’s this guy who has sold to celebri­ties, and he’s got these hand-rolled, prepack­aged, pre-rolled blunts.

[Note: Hav­ing spent a lot of time in the pres­ence of pa­tients and other mar­i­juana in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, I’ve come to take for granted know­ing ex­actly what strain I’m con­sum­ing, down to the ex­act per­cent­age of THC and CBD. Par­tak­ing in some mys­tery weed with Michael was ac­tu­ally so re­fresh­ing.] Michael: No. Ini­tially, it was just to get high. I’ll give you an ex­am­ple: If my wife says we’re go­ing to the mall on a Satur­day with the kids, she’ll say, “Smoke a joint,” be­cause, with­out a joint, I can’t even deal with that re­quest. I think ev­ery­one can re­late to the stress that is the mall on any day, but es­pe­cially a Satur­day with a three-year-old and a one-year-old. I need that small joint to chill, then I can go, oth­er­wise, I’m anx­ious.

As we fin­ish the rest of our joint, Michael tells me about spend­ing the last 12 years in the real es­tate in­dus­try. He has just made part­ner at one of Toronto’s most in­flu­en­tial com­mer­cial bro­ker­age firms.

He is also work­ing on a few deals in the mar­i­juana in­dus­try. He’s stoked on weed be­ing ac­cepted and nor­mal­ized, and his vi­sion for le­gal­iza­tion is one where he gets to ap­ply his business skills to help the in­dus­try grow prof­itably through in­no­va­tion.

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