Don Briere stands behind the counter at Weeds Glass and Gifts in downtown Vancouver, surrounded by shelves of multicoloured pipes and clear boxes overflowing with fragrant B.C. bud.
The affable 63-year-old owns 10 stores, making him the owner of the city’s largest marijuana business chain, even though selling pot over the counter remains illegal in Canada.
When asked how a customer would buy cannabis, Briere says all one needs is photo ID and proof of a medical condition that might be alleviated by pot — for example, a prescription for pain medication or a bottle of antidepressants.
“We’re making it easy for people to get ahold of a real medication that is natural and safe for you,” he says proudly. “Every day we sign people up. Every day.”
While Briere insists a person needs a prescription medication to get marijuana, the same is not true at all dispensaries. Some will set customers up with a naturopath via Skype to make a diagnosis. Others insist on a note from a doctor. There are concerns that some don’t ask for any proof at all.
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