Article by Sarah Laing, Toronto.com
As recreational marijuana legalization approaches, even the most committed narc might be getting a little…curious. We cornered activist, writer and decade-long cannabis smoker Sarah Hanlon for a no-judgment, ask-me-anything session on the subject—a little clearing of the smoke, if you will.
How will it all work when recreational marijuana use is legal in Canada? Will you just go to the store in the same way you’d go to the LCBO to buy wine?
“Yes, actually. It’s all regulated provincially, but in Ontario, for example, you’ll go to the Ontario Cannabis Store or you can still get it online. If you’re going on the day they open, I’d say plan to get in line because I think they’re going to be very busy.”
Where will these Ontario Cannabis Stores be located?
“The first four to open will be in Guelph, Kingston, Toronto and Thunder Bay. By the end of 2018, the plan is to have 40 stores across the province, and those will be in municipalities that include Barrie, Brampton, Hamilton and Ottawa. By 2019, there will be 80 Ontario Cannabis stores, and by 2020, 150.”
How much will this recreational marijuana cost?
“It’s hard to say, but there will definitely be a range. I’d say the average would be around $10 dollars a gram before tax.”
What will you actually be able to buy at these cannabis stores?
“You will only be able to buy the dried flower. You won’t find edibles, since the government hasn’t yet made those legal. They will consider more options along with vape pens and concentrates.”
How much marijuana can you buy at one time?
“You will be allowed 30 grams, which is just over an ounce of dried cannabis. That’s also the maximum you can have on you in public.”
And that’s it in terms of places you can buy marijuana in Canada, legally?
“Legally speaking, yes. You will also be able to grow up to four plants of your own at home—although there are certain provinces, like Quebec and Manitoba, that are opposing that part of the legislation. That’s four plants per residence, FYI, not per person.”