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.

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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.

MICHAEL BELL

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