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Cannabis Consumption sites in British Columbia

Are you against or for them? Do you live in British Columbia? Perhaps you voted in the survey I’m referring to, done in 2023. Thank you for providing the answers to it. This is a British Columbia official survey of how we feel about cannabis consumption sites. Overall, the older we are, the more we are against it., short story. What are your thoughts on why? Read all, I will discuss why I think that is towards the end. I received it in PDF format so I’ll highlight it below. Be warned, it is not a quick read, like the results as described in the PDF linked below for download.

From the Executive Summary: The Province of British Columbia is considering whether to permit cannabis consumption spaces and, if so, how to regulate them. ‘Cannabis consumption space’ is a general term that refers to a business such as a cannabis lounge, a special event, or other establishment that has cannabis for sale and use on-site. In spring 2022, the province sought feedback on cannabis consumption spaces through a demographically and geographically representative telephone survey, an online survey and written submissions. This engagement aimed to gain insight into whether people in B.C. think these spaces should be permitted and if they would visit these spaces. The Province also sought to understand the extent to which people agree or disagree with the proposed policy principles that might guide how these spaces could be regulated and perspectives on potential concerns or opportunities.

2023 survey results, 53% yes among existing users and 5% among people who do not use cannabis, via telephone survey visiting a cannabis space. 78% users and 0% Non users responded positively online with non users 98% against but 2% maybe
2023 survey results, 53% yes among existing users and 5% among people who do not use cannabis, via telephone survey question re: visiting a cannabis space. 78% of users and 0% of Non-users responded positively online with non-users 98% against, but 2% might visit.

The overall interest in British Columbia is high. Considering that an estimated 1.4 million people living in British Columbia reported using cannabis at least once in the past year (based on the 2021 ‘BC Cannabis Use’ survey), there may be at least 750,000 people in B.C. who are interested in visiting a cannabis consumption space at least once. In 2023, survey respondents were asked to indicate their interest in visiting these spaces to buy and use cannabis, to assess potential interest in consumption spaces. Most respondents who use cannabis were interested in visiting a cannabis consumption space, and few respondents who do not use cannabis were interested in visiting these spaces.

Open area beside Epik Cannabis Dispenserary
Perfect Open area to host an evening event, perhaps a daylight event with music cannabis consumption and freedom to do anything legal. Cannabis, more than I think, could heal this area. It sits on what was once called Canada’s most dangerous intersection…

Pre-pandemic and, before legalization, groups of like-minded individuals, at least 2, would gather upon encountering each other. In these gatherings, a match involved the consumption of 2 joints, with each person taking turns to light theirs in sequence once the first joint was ashed. Celebrations were social and varied by community. Many people attended all those gatherings in a friendly protest, which caused police and media attention in major cities like Vancouver, Toronto and other communities with local media attention if any attention happened. 420 was a code not so secret. Your next-door neighbour likely had the best stuff in the community, at least that was the sales pitch… A pair of tokers would commonly meet to discuss the quality and more from diverse grows and distribution doors. We’d compare strains, hockey scores, world events and personal stories of the highway runs we did in life. If they’d only listened to us, we coulda unleashed world peace. Why couldn’t we all just get a bong with each other and sit in a room to discuss it? The Pandemic taught us a few lessons about sharing a toke. For a short time before the governmental Marijuana Advisory Board allowed provincial weed to be sold in the province grown by people in the community and sold by citizens of the community who owned the business, a few original users and distributors kept their original Cannabis supply fresh as we all became suppliers and supporters of local weed sold at local dispensaries. They were employing local people known to us. There are still problems, but investors face those challenges now. They are trying to improve things, ever so slowly even for government time, federally speaking—so many restrictions.

Cannabis is a dangerous investment still. The goverment needs to be on top of the early struggles of this market
Civic construction played a part in forcing Earth to Sky, in late 2023, to close. 3rd Ave had summer and fall ‘infrastructure upgrades’ installed, affecting the vehicular traffic from Edmonton to Victoria Street, the previous 2 summers.

In Prince George, British Columbia, Grasshopper Cannabis was the first one to survive the initial wave of dispensaries. None before had business licenses and did not survive a week. This one opened at 421 George Street. Another dispensary, Epik, at Canada’s most dangerous intersection, 3rd and George just down the street, was the second to open. Sigh, it’s not all bad, BC is home to unemployed actors, and there are places where they can hone their acting skills. Life in the city, on its streets and jails, outside the Provincial Courthouse. It isn’t just our city, sadly. For a spell, we had a story or 2 the nation was interested in collectively, around the time just before legalization. Epik has an open area beside the store to host a cannabis consumption (outdoor) site, and an entire upper floor too if the government allows editable consumption, some non-psychosomatic. A nearby diner would likely partner with a dispensary to provide those orders. Some other businesses may have rented out that area upstairs, though. Diners on 3rd might compete with diverse offerings of Cannabis cooking too, if allowed. It does not have to be medicinal or recreational, just not decarbed. Healthy, unique meals. A new taste to old recipes, none of the refer madness effects. Activated uses are so diverse, too. Cannabis Vodka? Are you drunk or stoned when consuming it as alcohol? Crossfaded is a good word if you’re stuck, but drunk works. Of course, activated cannabis, edibles and meals would be available for takeout through the dispensaries too, to be used responsibly at home at the discretion of the buyer. The first year, there was an event on April 20th in that outdoor space by Epik, just before the fall pandemic began. The area used is a private parking area for local businesses. I attended the event, but they had prohibited taking photos. The Ramada Hotel sits across from Grasshopper, as does a popular small home-style diner called the ‘Daydream Donuts Cafe‘ next door to Grasshopper. Epik has a neighbouring diner too, ‘Ritual Coffeeworks‘. I’ve heard they have a connection to Grasshopper in Ritual. Many dispensaries close too, like Earth to Sky, found further up 3rd towards 5th in the block just after Victoria St, unable to provide the federal, provincial and local governments with income to operate as long-time road construction on Third Ave blocked all but pedestrian traffic dropping in. The picture is above, if you missed it… The residents and workers of the neighbourhood out for a healthy stroll to the neighbourhood dispensary were not quite enough to support.

Back to the survey and a closure to this post. By now, you have an independent thought in your head about open-air cannabis use in an event-type setting. I’ll focus this para and the next on one thought: new life. As many of the respondents were women of all ages, a concern in more than one female and some male minds was pregnancy use. That’s an educated guess. Gender was a question asked somewhere in that long document. My questions. Would females even congregate at cannabis consumption sites? What if they were pregnant? What if they became ‘with child’? A simple Google search brought up loads of negative information bordering on Refer Madness. It contains none of ‘the harmful chemicals tobacco has‘. It continues negative against any cannabis use, but make your mind up if you read past that warning. Youth still have that world to grow up in. Lots of youth start families. It still has the reputation of being a gateway drug for that age group. There is always the possibility of re-illegalizing it in Canada. The youth can change their futures collectively as they inherit adult roles, changing local, regional and national paths.

Digging deeper, a study of the human endocannabinoid system and its role in pregnancy shows how important it is for life from the moment of fertilization, from the mother. It continues until the child can produce enough of the endocannabinoid, all its life, to the last dying breath hopefully decades later. It starts with breast milk c/w endocannabinoids. Did you ever have a ‘Runners High‘, during activity, long after weaning from Mother’s Milk? Even deeper, we see the similarity of the Cannabinoids in cannabis to an endocannabinoid cell. The receptors in the body fit both cannabinoids and endocannabinoid cells. What happens to a lowered or compromised endocannabinoid system throughout life? Can cannabis use supplement a lowered or compromised endocannabinoid system? Well, I think Canada’s legalization is a huge 20-year at least study on Cannabis use. Questions to ask- at least one. Will it influence chronic illness diagnosis rates over a generation? OK 2. Will it affect tobacco sales and addiction? We’re already almost tobacco-free in BC– You make the difference. In BC or perhaps elsewhere, doctors can counsel persons serious about quitting. Pharmacy is a partner to health in ‘The Quit’ here. It isn’t all cannabis-related, but it was part of my quit… In BC, it is free to tobacco consumers who want an end other than death. Ask at a doctor’s office or your pharmacy. Quitnow is international and available for support with the quit, which we know is hard to do, even in British Columbia! We can have a tobacco-free generation. That includes those questionable tobacco vapes. You are part of the collective in your local area.

Keep following my posts as I research where the money goes. I hear in the USA where individual states legalize, those states pump funds into education, highways, civic roads, and other state concerns and new programs. Where does Canada put the money nationally? What if BC and all the provinces kept more of this coin?

By Ken

I've managed this site alone for a few years at 2 different servers. I live in Central British Columbia, Canada.

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