Welcome to the mid August Toronto Pot Report -live from Canada's "Skyscraper Provincial Park"! My impromptu mid August stroll through the downtown Queen St West and Kensington Market scene reveals many dispensaries still opening and closing over and over again in an endless game of "Whack-A-Mole" with Toronto Police.
Stock is limited to a respectable variety of buds and joints, often on sale, many strains selling for $8-12 Canadian [Cdn] a gram. Some limited hashish was also on supply, with Moroccan at $20 Cdn a gram.
CN Tower: Nope! No Drake on top!
Edibles seem to have disappeared from the local scene! Fortunately, I did my homework first! Big 31 licensed producer, Snoop Dogg's "Tweed" has got this market well covered, legally by mail, with new A+ lines of hemp oil -Zaius, Argyle and Bedrolite that are sure to please on both the THC or CBD count. As a bonafide licensed medical marijuana patient, the government tax on these prescription drugs remains highly problematic both in cost and in principle. For shame!
An extra fee is required by Tweed for 24 hour courier delivery in the Toronto area. However, delivery remains free on tax free prescription Naboline synthetics and Sativex sprays from the local pharmacy, the former even covered by some drug plans. The latter buccal spray is very pricey for most tastes at about $750 Cdn for a 3 pack of 3 X 10 ml 90 hit vials, but clean and very convenient in a fix; 1 spray = mild, 2 = average, 3 =very high!]
A limited supply of dispensary medicated summer drink mix was still available on my walk. It could certainly prove popular with hot weather crowds in the years ahead, if not prohibited under upcoming legal legislation. Pixie Mix N'Go Mango [THC 80/ CBD 50 28g for a 500 ml bottle] would seem perfectly delightful for a summer city outing or better yet -a country promenade! $5 Cdn!
Above average street shwag remains plentiful and cheap. Prices quoted were within the $120-180 Cdn range an ounce. Nice buds, pleasant bouquet, and a high THC count! A little seedy at times! Worry not! Everybody seems to know somebody safe and kool. The Black Market definitely remains a recreational growth industry player as both the Canadian federal and Ontario provincial governments continue to fumble the legalization roll out ball!
Dispensary staff seemed in good spirits despite the constant legal grind. Email notices to registered customers will keep one abreast of openings, closings and any other alternative arrangements. Though if you are a local, a simple walk by and friendly "hello" should suffice. No scary characters here!
Vapour lounge and hotbox patio's are wide open for the summer crowds. Personally I find that scene a little too "urban goofy' for me. Much prefer the old/ new school ambiance and outdoor high at The Octagon, Land o' Lakes, as the Toronto weed club scene continues to evolve. The strum and drums remain a highlight. Deep in the woods. Invite only. Unless you bring your own instrument; bongo, clavas or even spoons will do, as long as you intend to join in and play .... Still, all seems to remain relatively well with the August Toronto pot scene, much better than in years past, police hassles with the dispensary owners notwithstanding.!
In Summary: Both the indies and the Big 31 continue to hang on, alas, trying to make the best of an often messy, confusing and aggravating business scene during the peak Toronto tourism season. Locals continue to keep their heads up and spirits high despite the tiring hassles in the lead up to the legalization of recreational weed in Canada! Meanwhile, the scene here for both the casual toker or weed aficionado visiting town might seem strained. Still, look about and you will certainly still find lots about the Toronto pot scene that's very kool and trippy indeed! And an especially good deal for the US visitor too, considering our 75 cent dollar!
On Bill 45 -the Wynne government's crackdown on pot in our province @ Here!
Reefer Madness Canada: The Harper Era Revisited @ Bummerz!
My June Toronto Pot Report and news links are @ Here!
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