The Green Market Toronto was born out of the Project Claudia raids and the police crack down on edibles. Without edibles, patients are forced to smoke or vaporize their cannabis, neither of which is particularly healthy. Through a court battle, R. v. Smith, it was ruled that medical marijuana patients have the right to possess cannabis in all of its forms.
This means edibles and cannabis concentrates, which Licensed Producers are not legally allowed to produce or sell, but can be possess by patients. If patients have the right and need for these products, but the legal framework isn’t allowed to offer these products, where are the patients supposed to get it from?
That’s where the Green Market comes in! The Green Market organizers noticed fewer and fewer dispensaries carrying edibles and wanted to offer an opportunity for patients to get their medicine. The majority of the vendors at the Green Market sell infused edibles, with others making beverages, concentrates, and vape pens.
The Green Market had a great turn out this week at the Underground Comedy Club. This may have been a result of increased publicity with Mayor Tory re-tweeting one of the organizers tweets and the associated press hype. As a result, the Underground Comedy Club was a max capacity for the majority or the event, with a long line outside the door.
There is a clear desire from patients, they want access to edibles and concentrates, and are willing to wait in line to browse the approved vendors. With over 10 vendors selling cannabis extracts and/or infused products, I’m sure you’ll find something that satisfies you. Most vendors offer samples of their products, for guests to try. This allows you to taste the product before you decide what you’d like to purchase.
This style of event works really well. Visitors can browse, sample, and learn more about the products by talking directly to the producers of the edibles/extracts. All products are affordably priced, with some companies lowering their prices for these events. This is because they are selling directly to the customer rather than having a dispensary re-sell their products or paying for shipping.
At this edition of the Green Market, the regular vendors like Hidden Valley Reserve, Fritz’s Cannabis Company, Blessed Edibles, Extreme Infusions, Charlene Freedom, Canna Love, The Bakers Shop, Mary Jane’s Touch, and Mary’s Wellness where all there. There were also new vendors and return vendors that aren’t consistently there. This included Alair vaporizers, The Green Chef, Metta Meds, and CannaBiscouti.