A Vancouver cannabis company is scrambling to keep up with a flood of orders for marijuana-filled advent calendars, but the novel take on a popular Christmas tradition has some health experts ringing alarm bells.
Lorilee Fedler of Coast to Coast Medicinals said she’s been overwhelmed by the response since launching the holiday calendars earlier this month.
“We just wanted something fun and different for adults,” Fedler said, adding that she came up with the idea after seeing versions containing beer.
The company, which is unlicensed, has sold 150 calendars, with 300 more orders ready for processing on top of a waiting list of about 1,500 people, Fedler said.
“We didn’t expect it to be so popular,” she added, laughing.
Coast to Coast offers the advent calendars packed with only marijuana flowers, only edibles, such as weed-infused gingerbread men and snowflake cookies, or a combination of the two. They cost between $200 to $230.
The calendars are illegal but Fedler said she isn’t concerned about a crackdown, and police have not contacted her. The federal government has yet to finalize legislation around restricting the marketing of marijuana ahead of its proposed legalization date of July 1, 2018.
Last week, Health Canada unveiled a set of proposed regulations that would, among other things, limit colours and graphics on cannabis packages and require stark health warnings like those found on tobacco products.
Rebecca Jesseman of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction said the emergence of such advent calendars illustrates the gaps that exist in the current law.