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Cannabis and Common Sense

For a year or more now, Vancouver has had a couple of "cannabis cafes", storefronts where it was OK to go sit and roll your joint and smoke it peacefully. Now, in a move beyond, my own Commercial Drive has a store -- Da Kine -- which sells marijuana openly over the counter.

marijuanaTo purchase from the store, you have to be over 19 (very carefully carded at the door) and be willing to complete and sign a form saying that you suffer from some medical condition or other and that the marijuana is of medical assistance. Once that is out of the way, you can go to the counter, choose from the menu of what is currently on offer, pay your money and take your dope (in gram baggies -- about $10 Canadian -- up to a maximum of one ounce). The cafe also offers a comfortable space where you can roll up and smoke on the promises, and a fully stocked paraphenalia retail area.

Although the store has been operating for two or three months, it received block headline coverage this week in the local media. The Vancouver Chief of Police has said that he has other priorities than bothering about Da Kine. I went there last night to see what the fuss was all about. It was busy, with perhaps a dozen and a half clients milling around, studying, filling forms, waiting for their dope, sitting and smoking. There was no fuss and no trouble. Everyone seemed to be just happy that the days of common sense have arrived on Commercial Drive.


By the way, not all of Canada is this enlightened. Vancouver-based Marc Emery, the leader -- or at least the face -- of legalised marijuana in this country was in Saskatchewan recently attending a rally. Someone passed him a joint which he in turn passed on to someone else. Emery was busted and is currently serving 90 days in jail for "trafficking". I guess the magistrate thought he was in Kansas or someplace equally medieval!

September 2, 2004 in B.C., Canada, Drug War, Vancouver | Permalink


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Are there any cannbis cafes around,the wife and i are coming up in feb.Also how much proof is needed for medical forms?Thanks.

Posted by: Earl Marshall | Jan 28, 2005 8:01:08 PM

Start at the Amsterdam Cafe on Hastings by Homer. That section is known as the Pot Block, housing the cafe, Mark Emery's world famous seed business, the HQ of the Marijuana Party of Canada, etc. etc. Ask around there and they'll fill you in on the latest scene.

As for medical forms, don't worry about it.

Posted by: Jak King | Jan 28, 2005 8:18:28 PM