Weed In Canada
For a very long time, Canada has had the best growers and the highest quality Cannabis the world has to offer. Many of the most famous growers in the world have been Canadian or have come to Canada to expand their Cannabis empire. People such as Marc Emery who is Canadian to Jorge Cervantes who’s done lots of work in Canada. We have had the privilege to have a very open-minded Government to allow the industry to grow, especially here in BC. We have taken great pride in knowing our Cannabis is of the best the world has seen for many years, until very recently.
In the last 3 years, the world has begun to legalize Cannabis, one country at a time. As we speak now Cannabis has become wide-spread in countries such as England, Spain, Argentina, Italy, Australia, Holland, many others, and most importantly the world’s new Cannabis leader, our neighbours down south; the United States. Due to the methods the United States Government is using for the process of legalization by giving each State autonomy and allowing them to thrive under a Capitalist system, they’ve had the new privilege of attracting the world’s best talent. Many of which were already residing in the U.S.
Canada was slower to legalize and this has pushed many of our top talents to move to the U.S. Many top growers who have lived in Canada their whole lives have now gone and moved down South due to better opportunities. Currently, the Canadian Government is not helping the situation get any better. On top of acting very slowly to legalize they are not following a Capitalist system. Instead, they are monopolizing the industry for their own benefits. There are over 100,000 smaller grow operations in Canada. This was mentioned on the Canada Stats website up until only a few months where now they’ve removed it and replaced it with new charts which only include consumption.
Currently, there are only 101 applications in process for Cannabis production and less than half of them have been approved. The Government is supporting the 30 or so companies who have been approved to grow their operations to meet the estimated demand. As we move closer to legalization the system our Government wants to employ is becoming clear. Each Province will be in charge to completely control all supply by creating contracts with only a few of the companies approved by the Federal Government. Each Province is negotiating with less than 10 of these companies for the total supply of the all Cannabis sales in each province and the country.
The channels to purchase will be completely Governed and owned by the Government. For a detailed reference and guide of what each Province decides to do, the total supply available vs consumer demand, and which LPs have negotiated with the Provincial Governments, you can visit this link.
As obvious as it sounds there are quite a numerous issues with this proposed system. First and foremost, this system is not considering the consumer whatsoever. Here at Medicine Man, we bring new strains each week for the enjoyment of our customers from multiple growers to keep variety and competition high. Imagine you are limited to only 2-6 growers depending on which Province you reside in. Imagine not having the ability to call for delivery and only being able to make purchases from one Government website.
What Issues Can Arise?
The list of issues which it brings is many, but we will go through a small list below.
Many of you have tested the Government approved Cannabis, who are called “Licensed Producers”, and have tested the difference. We’ve tried the difference and so have many others. Now, we are not ‘haters‘ and won’t go as far as to say none of their Cannabis is good, however, we will go as far as to say in comparison to their pricing their Cannabis can hardly compete with our locally grown weed.
Quality will most definitely drop, this is a basic rule of economics. As competition lowers so does quality. Since the beginning when LPs emerged their Cannabis quality has been lower than what is found locally in BC, especially in comparison to certain farms. At Medicine Man, we take great pride in going through a due diligence process to ensure the highest quality of Cannabis in comparison to the price we sell. Imagine that so far LPs had to compete with local competition and they are still growing and selling lower quality overpriced weed and at times using pesticides. So, what do you think will happen when they have no competition at all?
Variety will inevitably drop when there are only a few players in the game. In the last 10 to 20 years the number of strains have grown dramatically. This is because there are so many amazing growers out there formulating and creating new strains by breeding and cross-breeding already existing strains. The highest quality Cannabis comes from the small to medium sized grow operations. They are the ones who pick a few specific strains and really really cater to those. They do a lot of the work manually by hand, taking their time to individually cater to each plant with their own hands. These growers give their personal human energy to the plants. The plants feel the growers presence.
The operations where the Government approved producers use is all machinery and there is no “love” behind their operations. Many growers can relate to this thing that’s become cliche “love” for the plants. We’ve heard of so many different things people say they do to show love to their plants. Some play music for them, others “talk” to their plants, some do minor trimming daily, and many other things that count as the “small things”. Large operations use technology to scale the elements of water, moisture, ventilation and airflow, and light but they leave at that.
I can go on and on about this but I’ll leave it at this: Cannabis is a living breathing being, it is a plant. The more “love” it’s given on top of the core elements the higher the quality will be just like any other plant. Which tastes better apples from a local farm grown organically or mass produced apples from large corporate farms?
Due to competition nowadays customers have the choice of buying from many sellers of Cannabis. Even though it’s only been a few years customers have this much choice, in only a matter of these few years it’s forced the Cannabis merchants to up their game when it comes to customer service.
For example, at Medicine Man, we guarantee response either immediately using our online chat or within 24 hours using our contact page. We offer 3 types of shipping; Expedited (free after $140), Xpress (free after $220), and Priority (free after $350) for your convenience. We have no limit to where we ship as long as it’s within Canadian borders. We have an extensive rewards program, which you can use to redeem dollars towards your future purchases. We give points for every dollar you spend, posting comments on our blog, reviewing our products, sharing our page on Facebook and Instagram, for following our Instagram, even for logging in daily and even more ways to earn points! We even give you 1000 points (which translates to $20) for referring a friend to us! We have same day shipping if you make your purchase before noon.
We’re not the only ones giving so many incentives for customers to choose us, there are tons of great merchants out there who are doing a fantastic job at giving amazing customer service. The reason why merchants like ourselves are putting so much effort into this is that of the nature of competition. Positive competition in good nature creates positive growth for the economy. Not just economically speaking but it’s human nature to use competition for growth, we can see this in sport, in science, in academics, in every human achievement there has been healthy competition.
Pushing many to become unemployed and out of business;
This will be a very sad truth. There are hundreds of thousands, possibly over a million, people in Canada involved in the Cannabis industry. The Government’s initiative to monopolize, Govern, and own the industry will put many Canadians out of business and out of work. I won’t go too deep into this as it’s very disheartening, but it’s important that it’s mentioned. As we Canadians strive to help the economy recover from 2 economic depressions in the last 10 years many of us saw Cannabis as a bright light at the end of a dark tunnel which is now, unfortunately, looking like a dead-end tunnel for many.
Pushing the price of Cannabis higher;
Prices will inevitably rise. This is once again simple economics. Demand will exceed supply exponentially under this new system. There are numerous sources and this is current fact, not forecast. It happened in Colorado, it happened in Washington, and the price of Marijuana was double that of Canada dollar to dollar, to begin with. What Colorado and Washington State did to recover from this was to follow a Capitalist system of competition and now after 4 years of legalizing Colorado State has become the leader of Cannabis in the world today in 2018.
No edibles; and
Weak concentrates (so low in THC that they will not affect a regular smoker);
LPs are not given permission by the Government to produce edibles. They have recently been given permission to produce and manufacture concentrates, but the legal dosage is very low. The legal amount is so low that for any regular smoker it will not affect them. If you are seasoned to “dabbing” then forget about it. They are also limited to the types of concentrates they’re allowed to produce. At Medicine Man, we carry a wide range of rosin, shatter, resin, distillate, and more. There are other merchants out there who sell even more variety such as hash, oil, and other forms.
All lab testing is done by the growers themselves;
The strange part is how the lab testing is governed. All of the Cannabis LPs produce has to be lab tested, however, the lab is licensed and operated by the LP company themselves. Unless they allow a 3rd party company who has no stake to test the Cannabis for quality and pesticides then we cannot be sure of the integrity behind the testing.
This is mind-blowing knowing the great history Canada has with Cannabis. The number of Cannabis growers has been high in numbers and it is highly doubtful hundreds of thousands of people can stop when their primary income has been this for so many years. It’s even harder to believe consumers will be happy with becoming limited to their choice of Cannabis after having the freedom and luxury of so much variety and quality for so many years.
There have been many rumours about these LPs, however, there is the only proof of a very few incidents in comparison to how many times they have done these things. It includes but isn’t limited to using pesticides on their plants, growing more weed than their customer count and selling to the black market flooding the market with low-quality weed, growing low-quality marijuana, and forcing customers to pay high prices up to a whopping $14/gram.
In summary, the Government is proposing a very heavy amount of regulations which is only to their own benefit. But, there will be a lot of turmoil in the process. We will continue to do our best to provide the best service we can while we wait to see what the future has in store. We send our love to all of the growers, dispensaries, MOMs, distributors, all other merchants, and last but the least all the customers out there !
Peace and Love !