CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – It’s not the taboo subject it once was in pop culture.
The sale of cannabis will become legal for those 19 and over across Canada on Oct. 17 and the conversation surrounding the drug has been shifting over the past few years. That changing dialogue can be heard throughout the east coast.
Allison Wolvers, assistant manager at Wild Impulse in Charlottetown, P.E.I., which carries a wide selection of smoking essentials, said there is much more acceptance and a lot less stigma now.
In fact, Canada’s smallest province is building a store that will sell cannabis just a few doors down from Wild Impulse.
“People aren’t so secretive about it anymore,” Wolvers said. “It’s not just the potheads coming in. We get soccer moms coming in. We get men with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) coming in to talk about stuff. It’s a lot more education and people are a lot more open these days, and that’s even before it’s becoming legal.”
Wild Impulse looks to capitalize on the legalization of cannabis, offering a number of sales and discounts on their products in the leadup to Oct. 17.
“I would say the stigma is wearing off and there’s a lot more people who are more comfortable coming into the store,” Wolvers said. “Before I would never get just a run-of-the-mill mom coming in and asking about vaporizers. People are now actually coming in for information and to get educated.”
But Brad Smith, an employee at Mary Jane’s Smoke Shop in Halifax, N.S., said there is a misconception that