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A Canadian’s guide to staying ‘green’ this festival season (Opinion)

Marijuana festivals 2019
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October 17th, 2018: A cloud of smoke seen ‘round the world. The unthinkable happened. Marijuana was legalized across the board in Canada! As a fellow Canadian, I was elated! Wow! A chance to finally try cannabis for the first time. Totally.

Yeah. Anyways. I know, as Americans, it’s state-by-state legalization, which many of you already enjoy, especially our neighbors down in Washington state. For folks that legalization hasn’t touched yet, this could be a little bit confusing concerning what this means for consumption at festivals and crossing borders. Well, luckily, I’m a bit of an expert myself, so I decided to put together a small list of things to remember!

Crossing the Border!

Just don’t. Even if you’re from a legal state, you still can not bring marijuana across the border into Canada, even if it’s from Washington. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to purchase, and consume, once you’re over the border. Keep it at home, and stock up once you’re here! Make sure not to have any incriminating text messages, or social media posts, regarding marijuana. It may be legal here, but you guys gotta keep it on the DL.

Purchasing

Vic

We have plenty of options for legal purchasing throughout the country. The necessary item you need is valid ID showing you are over 19 years of age (the age of majority in Canada). You need to head over to any of the dispensaries around (most of them available with a quick Google search). Make sure to specify strains, and research what you’re after, before you head in.

Traveling

You can travel with up to 28 grams (1 ounce) of dried flower cannabis as per Canadian law. Make sure to keep it concealed, and treat it like alcohol. Do not consume before driving, and avoid consuming in public spaces.

Festivaling

Banana Cam 2018

So you’re all stocked up! You’re heading to the festival, and you get it all taken away! Don’t let that happen. Make sure to check the rules concerning the festival you’re going to as some still don’t allow cannabis products to be consumed inside.

Well, that’s all I can think of! See you on the dance floor, and keep it hazy!

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26 years old, with a voracious appetite for bass, dancing, all things art, and a flair for the dramatic, Jamie Gib grew up in the rave scene, having been introduced to electronic music in the late 90s as a small child from his cousin and he joined the rave scene in 2004, and never looked back, A DJ, Promoter, Go-Go Dancer, and writer, Jamie has made his mark on the Vancouver Island scene and beyond, having worked or attended 90% of the festivals on the Pacific North West and has no plans on stopping there. If there's dirty house, drum n bass or glitch hop to be heard, you can bet he's not far behind.

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