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Missing 420 with friends

By David Wylie

A few years before legalization, I went to a gathering of reporters from a bunch of different media outlets.

About a dozen of us met at a bar, raised a pint or two and swapped stories.

An hour or so into the shindig, one of my colleagues tapped my shoulder and asked if I wanted to smoke a joint with a few others.

Generally, I’d kept to myself about partaking in pot. Some of the jobs I’ve held in the past have been quite public, and a reputation as a pot smoker in certain bluer cities could close doors in your face. This time though, I wanted the camaraderie of knowing I was in good company.

We went out back and formed a circle of five or six as I recall.

Some of the familiar faces were as surprised to see me as I was to see them.

A well-known TV reporter pulled a nice sized joint out of his pocket, lit it, and around the circle it went. I’ll admit that I felt a little sheepish when it got to me, but a few puffs in and we were all fast friends.

Since then, I’ve become much bolder when it comes to my affection for cannabis. I’ve talked weed with all kinds of people whom I never thought would broach the subject—politicians, pastors, teachers, executives, etc.

COVID-19 smothers events

Just as legalization was setting us free to meet and socialize together about cannabis without looking over our shoulder, COVID-19 spread its blanket of isolation. Digital events replaced in person ones—but virtual smoke circles are just not the same.

One of the biggest current problems in Canadian cannabis regulations is the outlawing of cannabis consumption lounges—anywhere you can go to hang with people to partake together. However, change is in the air.

The province of B.C. has been asking growers and processors their thoughts on consumption areas in the most recent round of stakeholder engagement.

Places where people can smoke or eat or drink or vape together are a natural fit for farm-gate cannabis, like a glass of red or white at a winery picnic table.

Cannabis is fun together

One of the greatest aspects of cannabis is its ability to bring people together.

Sure weed is great for sinking into the couch and watching a movie or playing video games but those activities can be more fun with friends.

Some strains may put you in more of a cannatonic state while the answers to life, the universe, and everything roll through your mind’s eye like the text intro to Star Wars in a galaxy far, far, away. Other types of weed, though, are excellent for socializing and building bonds with fellow tokers.

While writing cannabis laws, there seemed to be some festering fear (reefer madness) that people smoking pot together might turn into rioting and chaos. Those of us who have actually taken a pull off a joint know it’s more likely to spark up a quiet conversation about how to make the world a better place.

This is the First Hit from the latest oz.! Issue 4 just published—look for it soon in your local cannabis store, including Spiritleaf, Lake Country Cannabis, Greenery Cannabis Boutique, and Higher Path locations in the Valley. If you want copies, email david@okanaganz.com.

Valens closer to La Belle Province

The Valens Company is poised to enter the Quebec cannabis market.

The Valens Company is a step closer to breaking into Quebec—the third largest market in Canada.

Kelowna-based Valens says it’s now authorized by the Autorité des marchés publics (AMP). The AMP is a key gateway into the province for companies that want to do business there, and its authorization means Valens can now apply to become a registered vendor to supply goods and services in Quebec.

“Our team has been working tirelessly to expand our domestic distribution network and Quebec would represent the fourth domestic market we have entered since the beginning of fiscal 2021,” says Valens CEO, co-founder and chairman Tyler Robson.

Ever-increasing footprint

Valens has three manufacturing facilities in Kelowna, where they make everything from high-potency concentrates to pastel-coloured bath bombs. They manufactured 1.4 million cannabis products last year across 190 different SKUs.

Some of their most recent releases include two new flavours of Summit 10 iced tea and a double chocolate brownie from Verse Originals. The company is about to drop peanut butter cups through LYF Edibles.

Valens (VLNS) is one of the top performing cannabis companies in the world.

For the full story give a hit to the oz.

Quick hits

🤣 Actor Jay Baruchel talks legalization in Canadian Audible original 'Highly Legal' (The Canadian Press)

🗞 Kid Cudi is looking for a professional blunt roller if you’ve got what it takes (ToneDeaf)

💰 High business licence fees for Edmonton cannabis retail shops to be slashed by 90% (Edmonton Journal)

🚭 Using medical cannabis tied to decrease in cigarette smoking (the oz.)

😷 The cannabis-COVID connection: What we know and what we don't know (Benzinga)

Sage N' Sour ½ Z by MTL Cannabis

One of the buds in my ½ Z of MTL Cannabis Sage N' Sour was 3.5 grams… and almost perfectly heart-shaped.

Opening the big jar, I was greeted with the Sativa’s bright candy citrous smell.

MTL’s nomenclature is a ‘½ Z,’ but you may also know it as a ‘half-ounce’ or a ‘half-oh.’ Whatever you call the quantity, it deserves repeating, this is lovely weed.

RELATED: Review of our first eighth of Sage ’N Sour

It is awesome to see great quality large formats becoming mainstays in the market.

This is fresh, packaged less than two weeks before hitting BC stores.

Just over 14 grams poured out of the jar, with one extra-chunky bud, three others over a gram and many more nice-sized and nicely manicured buds. It certainly measures up to the quality of their eighths.

This lot is 23.4% THC and 3.7% CBG, which is almost double the percentage from the last time.

The terpene profile includes Terpinolene, Caryophyllene, Limonene, Ocimene, and b-Pinene.

Its genetics are S.A.G.E. crossed with Sour Diesel.

— David Wylie

See all of our reviews

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Here are some of the job openings in the Okanagan cannabis industry:

  • Sundial Growers is looking for a Territory Manager for Interior BC to manage sales and community engagement activities. The role is based out of Kelowna, and requires 40% travel throughout the greater Okanagan region, with limited travel to Prince George. Find the job ad on Indeed.
  • Spiritleaf Penticton is looking for full-time and part-time Concierges. The salary is $15-$17 per hour, plus benefits. Find the job ad on Indeed.
  • Glenmore Cannabis is looking for an evening Budtender to work until 10:15 p.m. It’s part-time, with 20-40 hours per week. Pay is $16.50-$20 per hour. Details are here.
  • An anonymous fully licensed cannabis farm in Rock Creek is looking for Farm Labour for the September harvest, expected between Sept. 15 and Oct. 30. There will be an option to return for 2022 season from May to November. The job is full time and pays $20 an hour. Details are here.

If you apply, tell potential employers you heard about the job through the oz. If you want us to feature your job opening, email hello@okanaganz.com.

Newswire

Unprecedented Research Study to Provide Groundbreaking Insights on Cannabis Tourism
 
The Valens Company Enhances Testing Capabilities to Prepare for International Industry Market Expansion
 
Phyto Extractions Submits Application for Dried Cannabis Flower Sales Licence
 
THC BioMed Announces Shipment of Kiss Mango Beverage Shot to Ontario Cannabis Stores
 
B.C. Cannabis Retailer Launches Free Same-Day Delivery

Useless facts

The opposite sides of a die will always add up to seven.

Samsung's first product was actually noodles.

The word “phonetic” isn’t even spelled phonetically.

You can fit 63 Earths in Uranus.

Both Modern and Post Modern art are over 100 years old.

— r/uselessfacts

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