Le­gal in Car­bon­ear

Cus­tomers cheer as sales made for le­gal mar­i­juana

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS [email protected]­n­com­pass.ca

There was no short­age of peo­ple anx­iously wait­ing in line at Do­min­ion in Car­bon­ear Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Oct. 17, but it wasn’t for a sale on gro­ceries.

In­stead, peo­ple young and old in the long lineup were there to buy le­gal mar­i­juana for the first time, even cheer­ing when the first sale was made.

As of 12 a.m. that day, mar­i­juana was le­gal­ized across Canada, and plenty of peo­ple wait­ing in line said they planned to cel­e­brate in the most ap­pro­pri­ate way they could imag­ine – en­joy­ing some le­gal pot.

Heather Par­sons was one of the first peo­ple to pur­chase some cannabis. She said, as a daily smoker, the chance to buy mar­i­juana legally and speak openly about it, was a re­liev­ing feel­ing.

“It’s pretty amaz­ing, hon­estly. It’s ex­cit­ing now that we can buy it legally, and not get in trou­ble just for hav­ing a bit of weed,” Par­sons told The Com­pass.

“It’s the end of a pro­hi­bi­tion, you know? Def­i­nitely some­thing to be ex­cited for,” added an­other cus­tomer who spoke with The Com­pass, but pre­ferred to re­main anony­mous. “Peo­ple have been fight­ing for this for years, and know­ing that I can do what I want freely, it’s a good feel­ing. This is a big step for this coun­try, for sure.”

How­ever, Par­sons and the other cus­tomer who spoke with The Com­pass said the prices for le­gal cannabis are a lit­tle higher than buy­ing from the black mar­ket.

Still, both said that buy­ing from Do­min­ion on Wed­nes­day morn­ing pro­vided them with a much safer feel­ing, that know­ing ex­actly what they’re buy­ing, and where it comes from may ac­tu­ally be worth the ex­tra cost.

“Buy­ing on the street is never taxed, ob­vi­ously, but I think it’s def­i­nitely a lot safer this way. It feels like that, any­way,” Par­sons said, with the other cus­tomer not­ing that if the to­tal cost, taxes in­cluded, were listed as op­posed to just the base cost, there would be less of a shock to cus­tomers who are fa­mil­iar with street prices.

“In say­ing that, I’m re­ally ex­cited for the safety as­pect. I know ex­actly what I’m gonna get here. Whereas, if I were to go buy from some ran­dom dude, I’m not re­ally sure what I’m get­ting. At least this way, ev­ery­thing is reg­u­lated,” the other cus­tomer said Wed­nes­day.

While they both said they’d be com­ing back for more in the fu­ture, they weren’t con­vinced that le­gal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana was at a stage yet where it could pose a sig­nif­i­cant threat to the black-mar­ket deal­ers.

“At the end of the day, the black mar­ket is cheap. It’s cheaper than com­ing here, and some peo­ple, for ex­am­ple an every-day smoker, might not be able to af­ford to come here on a daily ba­sis,” said the other cus­tomer, who placed an or­der once 12 a.m. struck, only to can­cel it af­ter see­ing the cost. “I said, ‘Man, this is ridicu­lous.’ We save on ship­ping by com­ing (to the store), at least.

“But that’s some­thing they’re go­ing to have to look into if they want this to have a big ef­fect on peo­ple buy­ing or sell­ing il­le­gally. But, it’s all a work in progress, and hope­fully they con­tinue to work at it to find that con­clu­sion. You’ve got to start some­where.”

CHRIS LEWIS – THE COM­PASS

Heather Par­sons stands out­side the Do­min­ion store in Car­bon­ear Wed­nes­day, Oct. 17, with her first le­gal pur­chase of mar­i­juana. The pre­vi­ously il­le­gal drug for­mally be­came a le­gal prod­uct across Canada that day. For more on the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis,

CHRIS LEWIS – THE COM­PASS

Choco­late fon­due flavoured sativa is one of the many prod­ucts one can buy now at Do­min­ion in Car­bon­ear.

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