How to buy pot in Ontario: A consumers guide to purchasing and using legal cannabis

How to buy pot in Ontario: A consumer\s guide to purchasing and using legal cannabis

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DELTA, British Columbia (AP) — Mat Beren and his friends used to drive by the vast greenhouses of southern British Columbia and joke about how much weed they could grow there.

Years later, it’s no joke. The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some of those greenhouses have been replaced with a new cash crop: marijuana. Beren and other formerly illicit growers are helping cultivate it. The buyers no longer are unlawful dealers or dubious medical dispensaries; it’s the Canadian government.

On Oct. 17, Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. Uruguay launched legal sales last year, after several years of planning.

British Columbia, home of the BC Bud long cherished by American pot connoisseurs, has had a prevalent marijuana culture since the 1970s, after US draft-dodgers from the Vietnam War settled on Vancouver Island and in the province’s southeastern mountains. But a change in Government last year slowed cannabis distribution plans there, too, and it will have just one store ready next Wednesday: a state-run shop in Kamloops, a few hours’ drive northeast of Vancouver. By contrast, Alberta expects to open 17 next week and 250 within a year.

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It’s a profound social shift promised by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and fueled by a desire to bring the black market into a regulated, taxed system after nearly a century of prohibition.

The federal Government has licensed 120 growers, some of them enormous. Canopy Growth, which recently received an investment of $4 billion from Constellation Brands, whose holdings include Corona beer, Robert Mondavi wines and Black Velvet whiskey, is approved for 5.6 million square feet (520,000 square meters) of production space across Canada. Its two biggest greenhouses are near the US border in British Columbia.

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It also stands in contrast to the United States, where the federal government outlaws marijuana while most states allow medical or recreational use for people 21 and older. Canada’s national approach has allowed for unfettered industry banking, inter-province shipments of cannabis, online ordering, postal delivery and billions of dollars in investment; national prohibition in the U.S. has stifled greater industry expansion there.

Hannah Hetzer, who tracks international marijuana policy for the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance, called Canada’s move extremely significant, given that about 25 countries have already legalised the medical use of marijuana or decriminalised possession of small amounts of the drug. A few, including Mexico, have expressed an interest in regulating recreational use.

Hannah Hetzer, who tracks international marijuana policy for the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance, called Canada’s move “extremely significant,” given that about 25 countries have already legalized the medical use of marijuana or decriminalized possession of small amounts of the drug. A few, including Mexico, have expressed an interest in regulating recreational use.

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“It’s going to change the global debate on drug policy,” she said. “There’s no other country immediately considering legalizing the nonmedical use of cannabis, but I think Canada will provide almost the permission for other countries to move forward.”

At least 109 legal pot shops are expected to open across the nation of 37 million people next Wednesday, with many more to come, according to an Associated Press survey of the provinces. For now, they’ll offer dried flower, capsules, tinctures and seeds, with sales of marijuana-infused foods and concentrates expected to begin next year.

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At least 109 legal pot shops are expected to open across the nation of 37 million people next Wednesday, with many more to come, according to an Associated Press survey of the provinces. For now, they’ll offer dried flower, capsules, tinctures and seeds, with sales of marijuana-infused foods and concentrates expected to begin next year.

The packages will be plainly marked, childproof and sent directly from licensed growers. If you miss your delivery, you’ll need to pick it up at a nearby Canada Post with accompanying ID to prove your age.

The provinces are tasked with overseeing marijuana distribution. For some, including British Columbia and Alberta, that means buying cannabis from licensed producers, storing it in warehouses and then shipping it to retail shops and online customers. Others, like Newfoundland, are having growers ship directly to stores or through the mail.

Once the people of Ontario start ordering cannabis online, it will be delivered via Canada Post in around one to three days for a flat, province-wide cost of $5, according to the CBC.

Federal taxes will total $1 per gram or 10 percent, whichever is more. The feds will keep one-fourth of that and return the rest to the provinces, which can add their own markups. Consumers also will pay local sales taxes.

Ontario’s online cannabis retailer, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), has confirmed additional details surrounding how much it will cost to ship the plant when it becomes legal.

Some provinces have chosen to operate their own stores, like state-run liquor stores in the U.S., while others have OK’d private outlets. Most are letting residents grow up to four plants at home.

On October 17th recreational marijuana will be legal in Canada and the provinces are getting ready for the first wave of legal cannabis sales.

Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, won’t have any stores open until next April, after the new conservative government scrapped a plan for state-owned stores in favor of privately run shops. Until then, the only legal option for Ontario residents will be mail delivery — a prospect that didn’t sit well with longtime pot fan Ryan Bose, 48, a Lyft driver.

The government says the website is designed to prioritize education about cannabis over sales. To that end, the educational portion of the website is already live. It includes information about the effects of cannabis ranging from pleasant to very unpleasant as well as methods of consumption and risks associated with consumption.

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“Potheads are notoriously very impatient. When they want their weed, they want their weed,” he said after buying a half-ounce at an illicit medical marijuana dispensary in Toronto. “Waiting one or two three days for it by mail, I’m not sure how many will want to do that.”

There will be a four-step age verification process that will include Canada Post workers checking the ID of anyone who looks like they might be under 25 years of age.  Customers will have to enter their date of birth and confirm that they are 19 or over when ordering, but they will not have to provide ID at the online checkout.

British Columbia, home of the “B.C. Bud” long cherished by American pot connoisseurs, has had a prevalent marijuana culture since the 1970s, after U.S. draft-dodgers from the Vietnam War settled on Vancouver Island and in the province’s southeastern mountains. But a change in government last year slowed cannabis distribution plans there, too, and it will have just one store ready next Wednesday: a state-run shop in Kamloops, a few hours’ drive northeast of Vancouver. By contrast, Alberta expects to open 17 next week and 250 within a year.

The website will make use of Shopifys ecommerce system, which means that any data collected will remain on Canadian servers. An app is not currently in the works, but the government says that the site design will be responsive so that it displays and works properly on mobile devices as well as on desktop machines.

There is no immediate crackdown expected for the dozens of illicit-but-tolerated medical marijuana dispensaries operating in British Columbia, though officials eventually plan to close any without a license. Many are expected to apply for private retail licenses, and some have sued, saying they have a right to remain open.

In terms of what products will be on offer, more than 70 strains of cannabis will be available when the store launches on Oct. 17, with an aim to eventually carrying 150. Customers will be able to search by brand, strain, by the amounts of THC and CBD, and by terpene profiles.

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British Columbia’s ministry of public safety is forming a team of 44 inspectors to root out unlawful operations, seize product and issue fines. They’ll have responsibility for a province of 4.7 million people and an area twice as large as California, where the black market still dwarfs the legal market that arrived in January.

Anyone 19 years of age or older will be able to sign for a delivery of cannabis. However postal workers will not leave packages unattended or with a concierge. If youre not home when a delivery arrives, youll be able to pick it up at a nearby postal office.  

Chris Clay, a longtime Canadian medical marijuana activist, runs Warmland Centre dispensary in an old shopping mall in Mill Bay, on Vancouver Island. He is closing the store Monday until he gets a license; he feared continuing to operate post-legalization would jeopardize his chances. Some of his eight staff members will likely have to file for unemployment benefits in the meantime.

“That will be frustrating, but overall I’m thrilled,” Clay said. “I’ve been waiting decades for this.”

The federal government has licensed 120 growers, some of them enormous. Canopy Growth, which recently received an investment of $4 billion from Constellation Brands, whose holdings include Corona beer, Robert Mondavi wines and Black Velvet whiskey, is approved for 5.6 million square feet (520,000 square meters) of production space across Canada. Its two biggest greenhouses are near the U.S. border in British Columbia.

The online store will provide information about the content of THC, the chemical that makes users “high,” and CBD, a component that is not psychoactive and can have medical benefits. “Easy-to-use search filters” will allow customers to search for products based on their preferences, says the website.

“We used to joke around all the time when we’d go to Vancouver and drive by the big greenhouses on the highway,” he said. “Like, ‘Oh man, someday. It’d be so awesome if we could grow cannabis in one of these greenhouses.’ We drive by now and we’re like, ‘Oh, we’re here.”

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Next to Canopy’s greenhouse in Delta is another huge facility, Pure Sunfarms, a joint venture between a longtime tomato grower, Village Farms International, and a licensed medical marijuana producer, Emerald Health Therapeutics. Workers pulled out the remaining tomato plants last winter and got to work renovating the greenhouse as a marijuana farm, installing equipment that includes lights and accordion-shaped charcoal vents to control the plant’s odor. By 2020, the venture expects to move more than 165,000 pounds (75,000 kg) of bud per year.

The Ontario Cannabis Store will be careful with personal information collected by customers, says the website. “We understand that our customers expect us to keep their purchases confidential, and so we have made a deliberate choice to protect personal information.

Some longtime illegal growers who operate on a much smaller scale worry they won’t get licensed or will get steamrolled by much larger producers. Provinces can issue “micro-producer” licenses, but in British Columbia, where small-time pot growers helped sustain rural economies as the mining and forestry industries cratered, the application period hasn’t opened yet.

Ontario will have online-only sales of marijuana for the first several months after recreational use is legalized on Oct. 17, with private retail stores not expected to open until April. The government-run Ontario Cannabis Store website, ocs.ca, will go live at 12:01am on Oct. 17 and delivery will take one to three days, officials said.

Sarah Campbell of the Craft Cannabis Association of BC said many small operators envision a day when they can host visitors who can tour their operations and sample the product, as wineries do.

Products will be searchable by the content of THC and CBD — the psychoactive and non-psychoactive compounds in cannabis — plant types, their terpenes, or flavour profile, and price point. Customers can order up to 30 grams at a time and will have 14 days to return an unopened product if theyre not satisfied.

Officials say they intend to accommodate craft growers but first need to ensure there is enough cannabis to meet demand when legalization arrives. Hiccups are inevitable, they say, and tweaks will be needed.

The site will ask users to verify their age three times before they make a purchase, and Canada Post, the national mail service, will have to verify it again upon delivery. However, someone other than the person who ordered the product can sign for it as long as theyre over 19 and live at the same household.

“Leaving it to each province to decide what’s best for their communities and their citizens is something that’s good,” said Gene Makowsky, the Saskatchewan minister who oversees the province’s Liquor and Gaming Authority. “We’ll be able to see if each law is successful or where we can do better in certain areas.”

British Columbia safety minister Mike Farnworth said he learned two primary lessons by visiting Oregon and Washington, U.S. states with recreational marijuana. One was not to look at the industry as an immediate cash cow, as it will take time to displace the black market. The other was to start with relatively strict regulations and then loosen them as needed, because it’s much harder to tighten them after the fact.

This expert insight from Michael A. Robinson originally ran in Strategic Tech Investor on October 11, 2018

Canada has legalized recreational marijuana nationwide, and that law goes into effect Oct. 17 – exactly six days from today.

That means any adult over 18 will be able to just walk into a dispensary and buy up to 30 grams of cannabis. That could be flower, oils, or – in some places – seeds and plants.

Ontario and Nunavut – Canadas most and least populated provinces, respectively – will have no stores open Oct. 17. British Columbia has one store for its 4.8 million residents, and the Northwest Territories will be home to just six government-run stores – about one per 7,420 residents.

While the start to legal cannabis may be a little slower than expected, it wont stay slow for long. Manitoba has set a goal to have 90% of residents live within 30 minutes of a dispensary. Ontario is working on opening as many as 40 stores. Already, hundreds of companies have applied to be retailers.

Michael A. Robinson is one of the top financial analysts working today. His book “Overdrawn: The Bailout of American Savings” was a prescient look at the anatomy of the nations S&L crisis, long before the word “bailout” became part of our daily lexicon. Hes a Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and reporter, lauded by the Columbia Journalism Review for his aggressive style. His 30-year track record as a leading tech analyst has garnered him rave reviews, too. Today he is the editor of the monthly tech investing newsletter Nova-X Report as well as Radical Technology Profits, where he covers truly radical technologies – ones that have the power to sweep across the globe and change the very fabric of our lives – and profit opportunities they give rise to. He also explores “whats next” in the tech investing world at Strategic Tech Investor.


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