Article by Mike O, Cannabis Life Network
When Canada officially legalized recreational cannabis exactly two weeks ago, Canadians were engaged in some serious navel-gazing over the effects and ramifications the Cannabis Act would have on their lives.
But at the same time we were trying to figure out what exactly the cannabis rules were for the province or territory we live in and how to actually get cannabis legally, the entire world was watching Canada, and it’s always interesting to see what those on the outside looking in thought of the most historic change to Canadian drug policy in almost a century.
One of those people was popular American YouTuber Philip DeFranco, who has over 6.3 million subscribers and hosts one of the biggest news shows on the platform. On Oct. 24, Philip DeFranco weighed in on “Canada Legalization Wins and Fails” in a six and a half minute segment so, like his catchphrase, “let’s just jump into it”!
First, the numbers
DeFranco said that according to one report, over 111 cannabis retail shops opened across the country on the first day, and the SQDC, which he called a “manager of [cannabis] sales in Quebec” (although it’d be more accurate to call the SQDC a government-run cannabis monopoly), recorded over 12,500 instore transactions and 30,000 online orders.
With the SQDC receiving so many orders, DeFranco said it quickly ran out of supply, and over in Manitoba, the government agency in charge said that shortages could last for months.
DeFranco described Bill Blair as a “Canadian legislator who pushed for legalization” but in reality, the former Toronto police chief (who was the government point man on cannabis) was probably one of the worst people Trudeau could have appointed to the position from the standpoint of cannabis activists, as his only experience with cannabis was busting and arresting those who grew or possessed it- he still maintains to this day that he’s never even tried it.