Guess what.. buying cannabis just got harder in Canada. We’ve already seen a story about 30% of cannabis users going back to their dealers.. it’s just easier.

Anakana Schofield  writes in her piece, Out of Stock published 26 November 2018.

Canada legalised marijuana last month. On the way home from the optician on legalisation day, I decided to call into the Sunshine Wellness pot shop I’ve been visiting for the past few years to stock up on CBD oil. Pure CBD oil has no THC (the ingredient that makes you high) and is very useful for inflammation, pain, insomnia and dismay.

I was astonished to discover a big sign in the window thanking me (not personally) for the last four years. The shop was now shut and seeking to be regulated. Worse still, the counter displayed a number of posters advertising the conservative candidate running for mayor of Vancouver (he didn’t win).

Dismayed, I took to my phone and hoofed it four blocks west to a larger operation called Weeds. At Weeds, there was a short queue, someone filling out an application form, and several sales assistants wearing rather chic black rubber gloves.

A helpful rubber-gloved assistant explained they did not stock the CBD oil I am used to buying (for a modest $35 a bottle) but could offer me a better quality one that cost $150. The bottle was exactly the same size and while I am certain it is indeed superior, I don’t need anything superior.

On legalisation day, I assumed that, like the liquor stores operated by the provincial government, there would be oodles of government-operated pot shops all over the city. Mais non, the sales assistant told me. ‘So where is the government pot shop exactly?’ I asked him. ‘In Kamloops,’ he said. Kamloops, population 85,672, is three hours and forty minutes drive from Vancouver.

I phoned the government pot shop help line….. Read more