Vancouver Medical Marijuana Activist Starts Pot Bazaar For Low-Income Users
Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:53 PM
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 5:32:07 PST PM
High “medicine” costs to use marijuana from sanctioned Health Canada growers and the black market has frustrated a local man enough to start his own 420 Market in east Vancouver.
It’s already been running once a month since October, pot activist Dave Douglas told 24 hours this week. His federal medical marijuana licence allows him to purchase a large amount daily — 20 grams — from a sanctioned grower. It’s too much for him to use alone, so he sells it for about three-quarters of the black market price to licensees who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it.
“The prices have gotten very, very high. The compassion clubs, they’re at the mercy of the growers, so whatever the growers charge them they have to add an operation cost for the patients,” said the 53-year-old.
“What we can do is give the low-income people the opportunity to get the medicine they need.”
Health Canada said it doesn’t get involved in licensee financial transactions. Douglas calls his market a “grey area,” adding he’s already spoken to police about it.
Vancouver Const. Brian Montague said officers would likely leave the party alone unless there are complaints. Douglas has promised that only people who hold medical marijuana possession permits would be allowed to buy. Someone will be checking IDs at the door.
“Our focus isn’t on compassion clubs or medical marijuana,” he said Monday. “The sale of marijuana is illegal … but obviously we have discretion we can use with regards to how those laws are enforced.”
Douglas, along with more than a dozen vendors — peddling items such as seeds, growing and smoking equipment, food, books and more — will operate the market between noon to 6 p.m. on Dec. 16 at a photography studio near Dundas and Semlin.
Sensible BC founder Dana Larsen said there are more than a dozen marijuana dispensaries already operating in Vancouver. He runs two of them, but has never been raided by police.
“It’s a very poorly designed system,” he said of the sanctioned permits. “(Transactions) are entirely between the patient and the grower … some growers charge a lot, some rip off their patients.”
Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang is a supporter of legalizing and regulating the weed, but he said council couldn’t just grant business licences to those like Douglas — drug laws are above civic governance.
“We can’t actually do anything with our business licences until the federal government says it’s legal or illegal,” he said.
“Right now, (the laws) are so open to interpretation and different opinions.”
Posted 09 December 2012 - 02:07 PM
Come on Ann Arbor, where ya at?
Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:28 PM
Wonder if he brought a truck to get all this home 20 grams large amount ?
Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:45 AM
the video review from urbangrower mentioned that the mmj was irridated and looked like shake.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:35 PM
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