Article by Yvette Brend, CBC News
An unlicensed marijuana dispensary in Vancouver is struggling to keep up with sales after taking advantage of what it terms a “legal grey area” by selling a Christmas advent calendar full of medicinal pot and marijuana edibles.
So far, Coast to Coast Medicinals says it’s sold more than 125 of the calendars for between $200 and $230 each. The calendars can be customized with products that can be smoked or eaten, from gummy bears to chocolate bars — and even products safe for pets.
“It’s gone kind of crazy. We actually didn’t think it was going to take off like this,” said owner Lorilee Fedler, who told CBC her business is not licensed.
Fedler started her business this spring. She doesn’t smoke pot herself, but says she changed her thinking about marijuana after working in a friend’s dispensary and seeing testimonials from seniors and people with epilepsy who said they were getting medical relief from the products.
“It’s kind of changed my whole perspective on it,” she said.
Mail order marijuana
The calendars will be sent to buyers through Canada Post.
Police say such shipments of marijuana aren’t uncommon, and are not illegal with proper licensing. The Canada Post Corporation Act restricts legal warrants to seize mail except in rare cases of a national security risk, according to the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs.
But cannabis consultant and legal expert Eric Nash said without the proper license as a dispensary or a producer, technically 400 Canadian dispensaries and compassion clubs in Canada are operating outside the current law.
“The industry is a zoo really in Canada. It’s illegal but a lot of people do call it the grey area, even thought it’s black and white. It’s pretty obvious,” he said.
While authorities do caution about potential health and safety concerns for people who order unregulated cannabis products online, it’s unlikely police will target pot calendars, especially as they face an on-going opioid crisis in B.C.