I'll admit it...I never thought #Canada would be my choice as a weed destination, but boy was a surprised by how much I enjoy buying and consuming #cannabis in this country. America could learn a thing or two from its neighbor a little "higher" up North.
On a recent trip to visit some non-cannabis consuming friends in Montreal, I decided to sneak a trip to a local dispensary to see how the Canadian system worked. In 2018, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize the cultivation, possession, acquisition and consumption of cannabis and its by-products. In Montreal, the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), is the agency who legally sells medical and recreational cannabis in the province of Quebec. Each province has different regulations, so make sure you check the laws before you visit. You can learn more you can visit this website: www.canada.ca
The dispensary was easy to spot. Just like when Colorado and Washington legalize pot, consumers lined up for hours waiting their chance to purchase cannabis legally. I was riding down St. Catherine Rue and noticed a line that looked like it was wrapped around the block. I looked to see what everyone was line up for. That's when I saw those 4 special letters: SQDC. I was super excited when I realized the dispensary was in walking distance from where I was staying. A little discouraged by the line, I decided to wake up early the next morning to avoid the crowd. #SQDC opens at 10am and closes at 9pm weekdays and 5pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Not being a morning person, I unfortunately slept in and didn't make it to the dispensary until 1:52pm Saturday. Planned foiled, I didn't avoid the line. It looked like there were at least 30 or more people ahead of me. Sigh, I thought. But to my surprise I was in the dispensary and in front of my super friendly and knowledgeable budtender in 10 minutes. And all I had to do is show my ID to prove that I was over the age of which is the minimum age to legal purchase the goods.
There was a menu on top of a glass counter that had products displayed beneath it. There were a mix of sativa, indica and hybrid flowers, topical, tinctures and capsules. I asked my budtender if they had vape cartridges. He informed me that Canada doesn't sell them and probably wont because of the issues users have experienced in the States.
I ended up getting a sativa preroll, 1 gram of indica flower (yes! you can buy by the gram) and a sativa tincture.
With product in hand, I decided to immediately test my preroll since it was about 40 degrees (Real Feel: -1) outside and I didn't think my finger could manage rolling in the cold.
Did I mention that the public consumption in the Quebec Province is legal! Oh Canada! So, I decided to walk around downtown and see some sites while I puffed away.
To my surprise, no one looked at me weird or frown their face as I passed by with a cloud following me. In the States, I consume outside, but am always looking over my shoulders for the man in blue. I thought the preroll was a bit light for my taste. I didn't try any of the other products until I return to the States. (Yes, I brought it back with me.)
After landing, I did relight the joint that I had. For some strange reason, it was way better than it was the first time. Not sure if the cold weather effected my high. The tincture is great! It's a spray. I give the tube a couple of pumps. Each pump dispenses a 1mg does of THC. The gram was rolled a few days later. Still a bit light for a indica strain, but it did its the job.
Overall, I loved the ease of purchasing and consuming cannabis in Canada. I didn't need a card, the budtender was amazing, there was a nice selection of products and strains and the weed did what it was supposed to do! I'm definitely planning another trip to Canada (this time when it's warm) to check out other provinces and their cannabis culture! I suggest you do the same!