Happy 1017

The Coast - - THIS WEEK - — Kyle Shaw

As Day One of Canada’s post-pro­hi­bi­tion era dawned, Hal­i­fax looked much as it did be­fore Oc­to­ber 17. The most vis­i­ble change was likely at Q104 FM, which did a weedy re­brand to be­come HERB 104, The Home of Rock n Rolling. Hon­our­ing both Weed Day and the an­niver­sary of noted pot fan Gord Downie’s death, the “le­gal­iza­tion sta­tion” played on-theme songs like Pink Floyd’s “Com­fort­ably Numb” and Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” plus lots of Trag­i­cally Hip. So maybe things didn’t change a whole lot there.

But at Nova Sco­tia’s ganja ground zero, the Clyde Street cannabis store, some­thing was def­i­nitely up. At mid-day the line to get in the doors was still more than half an hour long, and in­side was an­other line-up to get to the counter for ser­vice. There were peo­ple who’ve been smok­ing weed since the 1960s be­side peo­ple who have never used it. And pretty much ev­ery­one agreed the line moved faster than ex­pected, con­sid­er­ing you get to be a part of his­tory.

Pass the dutchie to ed­i­tor@the­coast.ca.

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