After Washington and Colorado successfully passed laws legalizing the use of marijuana for adults, VICE decided to venture to Canada’s marijuana capital in order to catch a glimpse of the current state of the industry in the Great White North.
If you’re a marijuana aficionado, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of BC Bud. Back in the ’70s, draft dodgers packed their seeds off to British Columbia, which happened to have a perfect climate for cultivation.
The development of strains that are higher in THC, an unprotected border with the US, and lax Canadian laws enabled the industry to generate revenues today estimated at close to $7 billion a year in British Columbia alone.
This particular province has a population of only 4.5 million which seemingly accounts over 40% of Canada’s marijuana industry. Everything is set to change since Prime Minister Stephen Harper instated Bill C-10, the new tough on crime legislation. Now their government is armed with mandatory minimum sentences and industrial private prison complexes to fill which only helps to perpetuate Canada’s war on tokers.
VICE traveled west to talk to the people directly affected by these recent events: from the legalization activists and the large and small scale growers, to the illegal traffickers and law enforcement.
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