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

Ottawa Magazine - - THIS CITY - —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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