After all the observations I’ve made on cannabis a.k.a. ‘the wicked weed’, I knew that sooner or later that I’d have to make some comment about its new legality in Canada and more particularly in Ontario at the online Ontario Cannabis Store (http//OCS.com).
On that site it is claimed that 150,000 orders were placed in the first week of operation. Many must have been curious; Mona and I haven’t been shy either. In recent purchases we bought 3 different varieties: Cold Creek Kush by Redecan, Bali Kush by Liiv and Radiate by WDBX (short for Weedbox). Redecan is a producer of medical marijuana located in the Niagara peninsula just west of Niagara Falls near the village of Fenwick. Liiv is some part of Canntrust, also a medical marijuana producer located in Vaughn and the Niagara area. I couldn’t find locate WDBX’s actual location, but it has quite a website.
At the OCS site a wide variety of brands and strengths are available at a wide range of prices starting at $7.50 a gram, though some of the cheapest and strongest were out of stock on different days when I ordered. 1, 3.5, 7 and 14 gram sizes may soon be available although only the smallest 2 sizes were on hand when we ordered, so we bought multiples. 30 grams are the maximum that can be purchased at a time. Debit ‘Visa’ cards are the ticket for ordering online if one doesn’t have a regular credit card.
Weeks of testing followed these discoveries.
In regards to packaging, the shipments came fully sealed in plastic jars, 3.5 grams a piece, similar to those used for makeup or face cream. In one instance 3 jars arrived each inside a small plainly labeled cardboard box, surrounded, protectively by paper in an even larger cardboard box surrounded and inside a plain, bubble-wrapped postal envelope. This seems a little much, especially since each plastic jar had only a pharmaceutically measured 3.5 grams that left the jar only a third full!
Delivery was made in 4 days (when the rotating mail strike was on) for the first order and in less than 3 days for the next 2 and arrived by standard mail from Canada Post right to our apartment door. Only a scrawl on some sort of tablet was asked for since we both look considerably older than nineteen. The $5.65 added in the purchase for delivery seemed a pretty good deal given the downright inconvenient inconveniences that so often accompanied deals before this deal became an option.
But one asks, is this legal weed any good? Upon first opening the sealed jar the product is dry, aromatic and largely free of sticks. It grinds easily and rolls just as evenly. Virtually no coughing occurs or is heard as a joint is passed around. Most importantly, before the joint is finished the buzz starts developing into what I would call a nice high. It all starts at about $220 an ounce. Of course some can do better no doubt. For those who can’t, do the math yourselves: it might be worth your while to shop around.
There are those who will worry about big brother, tracking devices, surveillance cameras and other evil government schemes and intrusions (real or imagined) but I haven’t felt paranoid about the new system yet. In fact, it’s hassle free and the feeling is more a sense of long overdue relief.