Penticton, BC, Canada
Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4
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: The law will pretty much leave you alone unless you look like you are holding a large amount or are smoking in populated areas. Avoid downtown or Okanagan Beach (Okanagan Beach now has a Mini Police Station) and Bylaw are always patrolling down town.
Where to buy marijuana: Just about anywhere, ask people that are walking around (Obviously the stoner type) or people near 24/7. There is also a delivery if you have the right connections.
Marijuana prices: Same as just about everywhere else in BC, $10 a Gram, $20-$25 1/8th it depends who you know. In the summer due to the high number of people coming to pick fruit and consumption the prices may to up to as much as $30 an 1/8th.
Marijuana brands: As long as you do not get shake then you can expect that it is Indoor high quality or outdoor high quality, either way we have good weed. In the summer most dealers rely on people to bring in weed from Vancouver (So weed is always good)