Smoking tolerance level: 4.8
Legislation: it is against the law to possess marijuana in Canada. If you have baggies, scales or other selling paraphenalia, you may be charged with trafficking.
Cannabis is schedule II in Canada (for more than 3 kg). Canada’s cannabis control laws are spottily enforced, with the west coast (British Columbia) being well known for its high quality cannabis and low levels of enforcement. In 2002, Canada’s federal government made several findings in favor of cannabis legalization and medical use approval. Although the status of medical cannabis is still in flux (sep 2002), the Canadian government has several times voiced its intention to support full medical use. Non-viable Cannabis seeds and Cannabis stalks (that do not include leaves, flowers, seeds or branches) are exempted.
In July 2000, an Ontario Court of Appeal ruled against the Canadian law because it did not address medical necessity and on July 31, 2001 a new regulation was enacted by the cabinet which addressed medical use. In January 2003, a lower Ontario court ruled simple possession laws banning cannabis unconstitutional, although it is unclear what the long term implications of this might be.
Law enforcement: It is against the law, but as with the rest of Canada it’s pretty slack on the enforcement. However Calgary, over the past few years has been starting to crack down on alot of grow-ops. And they will bust you (depending on the cop).
Most of them are pretty nice people, and might just ask you to put it out. However because of the recent grow-op busts some can be pretty gun-ho. Best bet is to never carry more then you need to, and don’t act all dumb. And if the police do try to talk to you, be polite and respectful, and you should be fine.
Where to buy marijuana: The best places are along 17ave SW or Stephen Ave in the downtown core. If you know a buddy in the city it can make things a lil easier. It’s always better to go with a local rather then a downtown corner guy. You’ll get better counts, better stuff. But it’s pretty easy around Stampede time, you can walk just about anywhere downtown and find someone toking away in a park. Or you’ll have the guys walk by you selling budz.
If you keep your eyes open you can prolly find some locals toking away, but try to avoid asking people around the clubs, as sometimes they can be a litttle testy.
Calgary Marijuana prices: pretty average prices. 10-g , 60-80-1/4 , 160-200- O If you get stuck buying from runners along 17th or Stephen try to stick to dimebags.
Strains: Mostly BC Bud, although you can find most anything if you put your mind to it and have some resources to work with. However if your just visiting the city, chances are you wont have much of a selection other then hash or weed. Avoid buying off people that also sell hard drugs, they usally have lower quality stuff, and sometimes it can be shake.
More information: Calgary isn’t really a place you go just to smoke a lil pot. Although you’re probably safe just to walk down any street puffing on a joint, some cops may try to harrass you, or even dump your bag. But as a general rule if you’re not bothering anyone, they won’t bother you.
Calgary is also home to the Calgary Stampede, and this is one good old type fun. The whole city stirs up into a frenzy, and they love to welcome people from all over the world. The people here are very nice, and have no problem welcoming a stranger.
Also the beauty of the landscape is something to behold. Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities. Great parks, a wonderful zoo, and some of the best steak anywhere. It’s definitly a great place to visit!