One of the fantastic side effects of the Allard decision in Vancouver earlier this year is the creation of an experimental cannabis businesses environment that hopes to influence Canada’s marijuana legislation guidelines.
One of these experiments seeing success is a farmers market-style event that has been happening in Toronto the last few weeks and continues this weekend in the Kensington Market area known as Green Market Toronto.
Lisa Campbell is the organizer of the event and is also the chairperson of Women Grow Toronto (this is not a W.G. event). “Green Market Toronto was started as a means to provide a space for Toronto’s craft cannabis products, such as baked goods, creams, and tinctures. The goal of the project is to create a new face for cannabis culture and to show that these products are harmless and should be readily available to Canadians.” Lisa also says it is a great way to meet the local producers and try their products.
Edibles are difficult to find these days due to a ban set in Vancouver. Some Toronto dispensariesare following these regulations, in an effort to not cause any further issues with law enforcement.
“[Many dispensaries] are not selling edibles to show the cops they are being compliant, even though there’s no regulations that say they aren’t allowed to. A lot of the local craft producers are really hurting after the raids and their products are being taken off the shelves across Toronto. So we wanted a way to show that these products are valuable.”
Campbell and her team are also taking advantage of the popularity of farmers markets in Toronto and Ontario. “By having a farmers market for cannabis edibles and other products, we can show that cannabis is also part of Toronto culture and has been for a really long time, it has just been underground.”
An existing farmers market in Ontario. Courtesy of BlogTo
The Green Market Toronto will be happening until the end of August when the Allard decision timeline runs out, and the wheel of legality for cannabis in Canada will be spun again.
Speaking of legality, Lisa and her fellow cannabis colleagues have been fortunate enough to be left alone by police, but the threat is always out there in this environment. “We are always concerned about police interference.”
There have been many legitimate magazines, some of them nationally revered publications such as Chatelaine and other local outlets that have been reporting on the cannabis community in Canada. These include the dispensaries, edible and tincture makers to name a few, and they do so in a legitimate way. Lisa is hoping that law enforcement and those who may be on the fence will read the latest news so they can be reassured that this is a great part of Canadian culture.
If you are looking to attend this interesting event and buy some excellent products, check out their link on Facebook and sign up to attend. For obvious reasons the address is not being heavily publicized so inquire within.