Article by Falice Chin, CBC News
A longtime business owner in Calgary is looking for opportunities to cash in on Ottawa’s plan to legalize marijuana.
Vlassis Douvis — owner of Hemp Roots — says he’s making space in his three retail stores in anticipation of the Liberal government’s new pot legislation.
“If it’s allowed for me to sell marijuana I would in all forms,” said Douvis, 59. “Be it flower, be it concentrate, capsules or whatever the case may be.”
Originally from Greece, Douvis came to Canada in the 1970s during the height of what he called “hippy culture.”
He described growing marijuana in his youth as really no different than growing tomatoes at home.
“It was part of the lifestyle,” said Douvis, who later decided to turn that lifestyle into a career and business.
“This is a crazy business — crazier than anything I’ve done,” he said.