Article by Hina Alma, The Toronto Star
There is more to weed than rolling a joint and smoking it.
The various potions, potencies and procedures involved in preparing cannabis-infused wares and edibles might please any chemist, while the business aspect of it might make it seem like Christmas every day to many a manufacturer. This was demonstrated on a frosty Sunday evening as over 30 vendors set up stalls for a Green Market, “Nuit Verte,” at a “secret location” to sell weed-infused products to more than 400 eager cannabis-pursuits.
The Green Market was billed as craft cannabis night market (strictly for adults) in celebration of legalization.
In an appropriately green-painted cavernous hall, people milled around surrounded by every imaginable product — bath salts; creams; salves; oils; Jolly Ranchers; cotton candy; cookies, marshmallows and pretzels, all THC-laden — waiting to be dipped into weed-infused chocolate fondue, peanut butter cups, mac and cheese, cookies and more.
Market co-founder Lisa Campbell said they’ve opened for several evenings this year since Mother’s Day. It was started to create a space for local vendors of craft edibles to sell their products, she said, because dispensaries refused to sell edibles after the Project Claudia raids in May.
“You have an industry that’s suffering in Toronto so we come together as a community to support each other and keep it together,” she said.