A Vancouver-based company has created a cannabis advent calendar for those looking to be extra merry this holiday season. And despite the fact that it’s currently illegal to consume pot without permission from a medical professional — the legalization date isn’t set until the summer — and health experts are raising the warning flags, they’re still selling like hot cakes! Delicious, marijuana-stuffed hotcakes.
These advent calendars replace traditional holiday chocolates with cannabis edibles and flowers. And since introducing the product to the public earlier this month, Coast Medicinals‘ creator, Lorilee Fedler, has been inundated with requests from people who want a little more green in their holiday season. So far, Fedler’s company has sold 150 calendars, with another 300 orders on the way, plus a 1,500-person wait list. According to Fedler, orders for the $200-$230 calendar are coming in from all across the country.
“We just wanted something fun and different for adults,” said Fedler, who got the idea from craft beer advent calendars that packed different brews behind the doors of each day throughout December, rather than chocolates.
Among its critics is Rebecca Jesseman of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. “The biggest concern is it’s not a regulated product,” said Jesseman. “We’re talking about a product that has not gone through quality testing, so there’s no way to be certain as to what’s in the product in terms of the levels of THC and other cannabinoids.”
In other words, consuming this product could turn your night before Christmas into a Christmas nightmare faster than the local mall turns on holiday music after Halloween.
Others are concerned about the calendar’s appeal to children, though Fedler claims they’ve taken steps to distinguish their product from a child-appropriate advent calendar, such as adding a 19 plus warning label on each of the products.
“We didn’t make ours like the classic Santa or the reindeer or the snowman [theme],” said Fedler. “We made ours like an ugly Christmas sweater.”
Regardless of legality, morality or where you stand on ugly sweaters, Canadians are buying and the authorities aren’t stopping them.
It looks like 420 will be coming a few months early for hundreds of cannabis enthusiasts all across the country.