We Asked People on 4/20 Where They Got Their Weed

One last 4/20 before the government becomes our drug dealer.

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Apr 23 2018, 4:28pm

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Every year on April 20 at 4:20 PM, people across the world proceed in (now) slight rebellion with the simple act of lighting up. Since our government says that legalization is around the corner, we might have experienced the last true 4/20 in Canada. Given we are living in a wild and changing time for cannabis consumption, we went to a 4/20 event in Toronto to ask people where they got their weed and what how legalization will change the way they get their fix.

Sarah

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
Sarah: I got it from my buddy who was walking around, he gets it from a dispensary.

How much did you pay?
Gram for gram, so like, 10 bucks a gram.

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
Probably just smoke on my front lawn and not give a shit who looks at me.

Wa Hashmi

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
Wa Hashmi: We’re really just here for the vibes.

How much would you pay if you did?
Usually, we don’t really pay for weed and stuff. If it’s around it’s around. I may consider paying for weed if it becomes legal, of course.

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
I think what I want to do is like, there’s going to be a limit to grow 4 plants, so I think I’d like to grow it and get back into gardening, I’m at the gardening committee in my condo. So just grow like, more tomatoes and vegetables and throw in a bit of that. If it’s going to be legal I can do that, throw a little herb in my garden. It’s just going to open up lots of avenues. If I were to smoke weed let’s say, I would just limit the intake of smoke and go the vapourizing route or the edibles route.

Jake

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
Jake: A dispensary.

How much did you pay?
10 bucks a gram, 12 bucks a gram.

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
Uh, keep smoking, live happy. Maybe get into the industry, that’s about it. Work for a pot shop or work on my own, something along those lines, you know?

Carter Lepage

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
Carter: I actually get it from my brother, he lives in BC. He grows legally. Yeah, me and him are actually going to start a business after it gets legalized.

How much did you pay, if your brother made you?
I don’t pay for it, my brother, he spots it to me offhand. But yeah he doesn’t really pay gram for gram because he gets it in bulk. So I don’t know the exact number but it’s pretty cheap because he lives out in BC as well.

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
Hopefully to get this business up and running. We’re trying to be licensed producers and get weed out to people that need it.

Channel

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
Channel: I got it at a dispensary in Whitby.

How much did you pay?
Total, maybe just for today it was 95 bucks, for a quarter.

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
I’m probably still going to try to take from dispensaries. Just cause like, it seems like it’s just going to be too fucking complicated to get it from the government. And it’s probably going to be more highly taxed, I think. So, yeah.

Petee and Marty

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
These guys were just handing some out business cards with weed on the back. It works I’ll tell you that. I’m not trying to say we’re not weed smokers, but we came here today to just enjoy the spectacle.

So how much did you get for free?
It’s not quite a gram, it’s a little less than that. A five tip for sure.

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
Smoke it more recreationally I suppose. It’ll be a lot easier. I’ll smoke it in the park while I’m hanging out for sure.

Brianna Lavers and Adrian Craig

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
We got our weed from a delivery dispensary in Brampton.

How much did you pay?
We got 180 dollars for an ounce and it’s 10 dollars for delivery. And they deliver it right to your house, it’s pretty sick.

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
Well, it’s just going to be the same for me. It’s going to be a lot easier to buy it for sure, but it’s still pretty easy now.

Cameron

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
I just get it from a guy in Oshawa.

How much did you pay?
Gram for gram. ($10)

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
Hopefully, for older people it’s better for them. And can bring them up higher. Make it easier for people to get it. Hopefully it’ll be easier in general for people to go to the store and get it.

George Warner

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
George: Friends.

How much did you pay?
I didn’t buy any weed, don’t need to, I’ve got lots of friends here.

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
I think my outlook or maybe my social interaction will be more enhanced because today’s generation, with being on the computer and stuff, they’ve isolated themselves. And there was a recent Harvard study done that showed that if you are on the computer for a long time, more than eight hours, which a lot of people do—social media—there’s more stress and because you don’t interact with people you don't’ get the physical attributes of fitness. (Editor’s note: I wish you were more specific George, did you mean this study?). Because I don’t smoke cigarettes, one or two drags that’s all I need in my system.

Mikayla

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
Mikayla: What I’m smoking right now, a guy just gave me from (a Toronto dispensary). Normally, just from my friend.

How much did you pay?
Usually I pick up about a Q at a time and I pay 45. Today, have paid maybe 20 dollars and I’ve gotten a joint, a bunch of edibles, a bunch of gummies, it’s been a very productive day money-wise.

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
Honestly, just be more open about smoking and try to introduce more people to it because right now it’s still, even though it is almost legalized, it’s still taboo of a subject. So like, just making it a comfortable thing for everyone to talk about and openly share.

Bianca

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
Bianca: People were just handing stuff out so I got some free stuff from there.

How much did you pay?
I get my weed online actually. I get it from my friends, they get it online and I get it from them.

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
Just smoke!

Franco

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
Franco: Multiple sources. Where did I get my weed today? Sadly a licensed producer, my standard is not from there. [Usually] I go to Thompson Caribou, I often to that because it’s cheap. Or some local people I know.

How much did you pay?
Licensed producer is five bucks a gram, I don’t do a lot of flower. I buy oils that licensed producers don’t sell. It’s 60 bucks for five grams of oil.

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
I don’t know, it’s not going to really change much for me. I’ve been progressing to smoke less, to eat more oils. Mainly because of my son I guess, I just told him recently about my medical use. So I’m going to switch over to not smoking anymore so he’s not gonna like, look for it. Like, what are you doing in the bathroom dad?

Jarrel Young

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
Jarrel: I actually don’t smoke weed, I don’t do anything, I’m just here supporting.

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
Maybe looking into weed stocks, the business of it. If it’s now just another business that exists then there might be different ways to make money or expand networks and all that kind of stuff with it.

Ire Alderete

VICE: Where did you get your weed today?
Ire: I got it from a friend of mine.

How much did you pay?
$20, for two grams.

What do you plan to do once weed is legalized?
I’m going to smoke 10 times more. I don’t know, that’s it. Like, why not?

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