On Sunday morning, with 24 hours to go just before the 1st legal recreational cannabis shops could 1st open up their doors in Ontario, cannabis lawyer Caryma Sa’d walked previous the only Toronto-primarily based cannabis shop that the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario had provided the go-ahead to open beginning the subsequent morning at 9 a.m.
With no sign of any a single in line for the store’s opening, Sa’d promptly hatched her strategy to turn into the 1st consumer in line. Armed with a tent and some blankets, she staked a position at the just in front of the corrugated glass fronting The Hunny Pot Cannabis Shop on Queen Street West in the city’s downtown.
“I consider it is an chance as component of a historic moment. Clearly on October 17, it was a longshot to be 1st on the OCS web page, and myself, getting a Visa Debit, nonetheless haven’t purchased legal weed,” Sa’d explained as the impetus behind her want to be the 1st to have a possibility to obtain cannabis from a lawful, brick and mortar shop in the province.
It is a single of 25 Ontario-primarily based legal storefronts set to open in the coming weeks, but only a single of 10 shops across Ontario that the province has totally licensed to open beginning Monday morning.
The Hunny Pot is the only shop positioned in Toronto to get the coveted approval to open up shop as other Toronto-primarily based cannabis retailers go by way of the final stages of the licensing procedure.
“There are not as well lots of of the 25 areas opening [tomorrow], so this will be amongst a single of the 1st legal storefronts. I’m curious to see what the consumer encounter will be. And all round just becoming an active observer in legalization.”
She says she place an ad on the internet searching for an individual to remain in the tent Sunday afternoon and by way of the evening, but that she’s not going to let the chance to obtain recreational cannabis legally get away from her.
“I’m surely going to be right here acquiring cannabis. I anticipate to be right here considerably earlier than 9 a.m., it is a group work. And I’m grateful to have an individual holding down the fort whilst I do some of the boring operate stuff that I do.”
It is effortless to dismiss Sa’d’s mission as a publicity stunt: She’s at the moment operating in a hotly-contested election to turn into a “bencher” of the province’s Law Society, a position akin to a board of directors. Sa’d has run a higher-profile campaign, such as a video endorsement from former WWE wrestler Brett “The Hitman” Hart.
“I’ll inform you what. Operating for an election is stressful, so I could surely use a joint.”
But she says the chance is connected a lot more to her cannabis law practice than the election she’s at the moment operating in.
“I consider this is an chance for a platform. Bencher election aside—I do practice in the cannabis space and I see how the government’s transform in policy going from ‘open to business’ to ‘arbitrary lottery system’, that is impacted people today in a adverse way.”
“I’m not right here to rain on anyone’s parade but it is some thing we want to retain considering and speaking about, and secure and fair access to cannabis really should be our priority and we really should also be considering about how we integrate the underground marketplace into what is a big opportunity—not just for a choose couple of but seriously could advantage us in a broader scale.”
As for what she’s going to obtain when she gets inside of the shop, Sa’d just desires to obtain a joint.
“I know there will be pre-rolls, so I’m curious to see what that appears like.”