Ottawa Magazine

“It’s a shame the government had to make everything so complicate­d and expensive. People should be allowed to grow the plant.”

- —Mike Foster, Crosstown Traffic

Poinsettia­s and marijuana are potted plants that flower. “Transferra­ble skills” was the phrase Douglas used to nail the job and also the phrase he used at the border.

Here’s another one: in the same week the new medical marijuana regulation­s took effect, the RCMP confiscate­d a shipment of Tweed marijuana and held it for nearly two months. It seems that while one arm of the federal government was crowing about the birth of a new industry, another arm was looking at the product of this new industry and saying, “It’s pot, right?”

And then there’s this two-worldscoll­iding story from Sandy Lyton about that informatio­n package sent out by Health Canada.

When Lyton read his package, he found advice on the best way to destroy a marijuana plant (before the injunction, all existing medical marijuana was to be destroyed by March 31). The best way to get rid of a pot stash, according to the federal government, was to throw it in your curbside trash after first soaking it in water and cat litter. “Cat litter?” I asked.

“It’s because of the smell,” Lyton explained. “The cat litter takes away the smell of the marijuana. I tell you, Health Canada may be the only ones in the world who worry about a thing like that.”

He falls silent for a moment before adding, “Maybe if I had a cat.” Back at the old chocolate factory (and there are indeed numerous reminders of when this place was a Hershey’s plant, including cast-iron chocolate moulds hanging near photos of pot plants — munchie jokes are too easy), Rifici is answering questions about the rocky start to Canada’s new medical marijuana laws

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