Puff & Paint cel­e­brates cre­ativ­ity

The Coast - - SHOPTALK - —Re­becca Ding­well

Think of it as a BYOC Paint Nite—BYOC as in Bring Your Own Cannabis.

Scott Brumwell re­cently launched Puff & Paint Ltd. with his wife Beatrice. With a back­ground as a para­medic, Brumwell knows a lot of med­i­cal cannabis pa­tients. He’s also no­ticed a lack of so­cial groups or or­ga­nized events for that com­mu­nity.

“One of the things we want to do is break down the stigma that still sur­rounds med­i­cal cannabis use,” says Brumwell. “So many peo­ple use med­i­cal cannabis, but they just tend to use it in their own homes and they don’t talk about it.”

The con­cept for Puff & Paint was born “to cre­ate a com­mu­nity for peo­ple to come to­gether” with like-minded folks. Brumwell’s sis­ter Vic­to­ria Brumwell is on board as Puff & Paint’s main art in­struc­tor, “so at this stage it’s a real fam­ily af­fair,” he says. Pri­vate events are avail­able for book­ing and the com­pany’s first public events are sched­uled to take place in Septem­ber. Above all, the goal is to make art and have fun.

“Just art it­self and paint­ing—any kind of cre­ative process—does won­ders for the phys­i­cal and the men­tal well­be­ing.”

You don’t have to puff to take part in the paint­ing, so fam­ily and friends of pa­tients are wel­come as well. Brumwell also em­pha­sizes that they’re happy to ac­com­mo­date ac­ces­si­bil­ity needs, in­clud­ing emo­tional sup­port an­i­mals. With the le­gal­iza­tion of recre­ational mar­i­juana on the hori­zon, the Brum wells may look to ex­pand be­yond the med­i­cal market in the fu­ture. “We would love to do that for sure.” The startup is cur­rently based in Nova Sco­tia, but there are plans to ex­pand Puff & Paint to other parts of the coun­try. They’ve been in talks with po­ten­tial man­agers in Bri­tish Columbia and On­tario.

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This ain’t your reg­u­lar paint night, folks.

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