A CELEBRATION OF POT
Keisha Weiss lights marijuana inside a pineapple during a 4/20 rally Thursday at Victoria Park. Some pot smokers are now getting their product by mail order.
With the federal government’s announcement that marijuana will be legalized, many who partake in the use of cannabis are contemplating how they will purchase it in the near future.
A twenty-something university graduate, who describes himself as a “working professional” and “taxpayer,” said he currently orders his marijuana off the Internet.
“You can openly order stuff and it comes in the mail,” he said, adding it is something he has been doing for a little over a year.
Before that, he was buying his weed through your “typical street deals” where “you have a sketchy person who you meet in a parking lot somewhere and you pretend to be their friend for a few months.”
He said that experience was “always really uncomfortable” but conceded that, “You kind of felt like you were supporting someone in a way.”
Still, he dubs his “new” drug dealer much better.
“Canada Post is indeed the best drug dealer in Canada,” he said. “It’s delivered right to my house, I don’t have to sign anything. The mailman brings it right to my doorstep. This is the age we live in.”
As for those local drug dealers he used to meet in a parking lot?
The taxpaying working professional said “part of me feels bad for that, because I recognize that most of those people were people exactly like me who maybe wanted to make an extra 20 grand a year or whatever.”
Now, he expects those people to be out of business because they are “totally being crushed by bulk retailers.”
Those bulk retailers were out in force at Regina’s annual 4/20 celebration in Victoria Park.
Hundreds of pot smokers gathered together to smoke, and this year, people from Internet-based, mail order dispensaries (most of which were based in B.C.) were out soliciting new customers.
Tawni Paquachan with Bud Buddy, “Canada’s online dispensary,” said the only requirement to register is proof of being 19 years old.
“We really need to end the stigma that it’s a gateway drug and it can really be used in a lot more positive way than we’ve been portraying it,” she said.
A middle-aged man who didn’t want to be named said, for now, he “usually gets it from the local dealers in my neighbourhood” who are “friends of friends.”
He said that if higher quality products are offered at dispensaries, that is where he will start going once it is legal.