Article by Julia Veintrop, Cannabis Life Network
A few years ago, I interviewed a black market dealer I knew who was still selling cannabis in 2017. Then, less than a year later on October 17th, the legal landscape of weed changed forever when recreational cannabis in Canada became law. A bit of time has gone by and I couldn’t help but wonder about my buddy Pat.
Curious about the impact legalization had on his business, I gave him a call hoping that he would be down to smoke a joint and answer some burning questions. As usual, Pat was more than happy to burn one and oblige…
How’s life? How’s business?
It’s steady. About the same to be honest. It hasn’t really changed since we talked.
Really? Legalization happened. Did you notice? Has it affected you at all?
No. Not really.
Seriously? What about your clientele? Have you lost anyone since legalization?
Not at all. I would even say its growing. I have a lot of regulars and then they tell their friends of friends. Usually, I end up being the dealer for an entire family. It starts with one person and then I end up seeing their mom…then their uncle and cousin, then their aunt… Most of the people that come to buy off me are in their 50’s and older. Those people don’t want to go into dispensaries. It’s too expensive.
Did you notice any difference in terms of customer demand? Has it become harder or easier to access your supply and get what they want?
Again, nope. For the last several years, I have gotten a consistent supply of high-quality quads from the same two growers. I go to one for sativa’s and the other for indica’s; they have rotating cycles of Ak’s, hazes, nuken and kushes, especially my favourite, Violator. I met these guys when I was hiking up a mountain one weekend, no kidding. I sparked a joint on the trail and when they got a whiff, we started talking; we’ve been doing business ever since.