Legal in Carbonear
Customers cheer as sales made for legal marijuana
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.”
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,
Chocolate fondue flavoured sativa is one of the many products one can buy now at Dominion in Carbonear.